Monthly Archives: August 2007

August Recap

Here are my marathon training numbers for the month of August:

August ’07

Running: 110.91 Elliptical: 32.72 Biking: 5.9 Total: 149.53 Scheduled: 157

 July’s number for comparison: 

July ’07

Running: 55.13* Elliptical: 14.51 Biking: 59.22 Total: 128.86 Scheduled: 142

 *My running miles were much lower in July due to piriformis syndrome.

August’s mileage is the most I have ever run in my life in a month! (I ran 80 miles in June) Overall not too shabby.

September is going to show what my body and mind is made of with an 18, 20, and 22 mile run all packed in that month, not to mention the weekday runs are increasing in length as well. 

With the season turning towards fall I am hoping that it will bring cooler weather and make the runs more enjoyable.


Posted by on August 31, 2007 in Recap


Treading more lightly

Comments: It was only 74 degrees outside this afternoon and overcast. Great day to run!

Yesterday’s run was still on my mind as I headed out the door around 4pm. My legs were still a bit tight, but not nearly as bad as yesterday. I ended up running 5.63 miles in 1:03:10 (11:15). Hurray!

I ran my regular route but then decided, because of rush hour traffic, to change my way a little and ended up running a part of the Columbus marathon route; the last 3/4 mile of that route to be exact. Of course I ran on the sidewalk, but mentally I was running on the road. There I was making the corner onto Nationwide Blvd towards the finish, feeling pretty darn good! 🙂

Thinking back, I have watched people finish this race and that part of the race is so emotionally charging. I can’t wait until someone screams at me “You are almost there, just around the corner…” or “Looking strong, just a little bit farther and you got it!” as I did to the runners then…I think I heard cowbells during that part of my run! lol

Much better run today then yesterday, that’s all I wanted. Rest day tomorrow!

Time: 4pm

Weather: 74 degrees, overcast

Clothes: Penguin Shirt, Izumi Shorts

Shoes: Asics Gel-1120

Distance: 5.63

Time: 1:03:10

Split: 11:15

Course: Around downtown Columbus


Posted by on August 30, 2007 in Running


Put a fork in me, I am done…

Well not quite, but I came close:

I ran last night, 6 miles…at mile 4 I just wanted to quit…Quit running forever! I was friggin’ hot, miserable, I felt like I had asthma, I could not breathe right due to the humidity, my legs wouldn’t move the way I wanted them to, the fertilizer in the field stank,  and my new fuel belt is different than my old one, so that was messing with the mp3 cord going to my ears, always getting tangled up with my hands. The music I was listening too was one female after another complaining about life, etc etc etc. 

But instead of giving up I dug, deep, I mean really deep inside me and forced myself to go on. I think all my running buddies, real life and online were standing behind me and beside me telling/pushing me to go on. The conversation I had with myself would have made even a sailor blush! I actually had to laugh when I growled at myself. I turned the music off and just listend to my slow ‘pidder padder’ and I made it home after 1 hour and 13 mins of running.

Seriously, I think that I pushed my body too far/hard last Sunday and it is now getting even with me: “Ha, you want me to run…I think not!” So tonight (5 miles) I am just gonna see how the bones are holding up and just make some trips around the block.

I am looking forward to tomorrow’s rest day, but not the 18 miler on Saturday. lol

On a good note: I did fill out my Columbus Marathon entry form today to give to my running coach to turn in with our group. It was temping to put a check mark next to the 1/2 marathon race (I would have choosen the “Red Nose Children’s Run”, but I am a tad too old for that! lol), but I didn’t. The form asked for my Predicted Time, I wrote down 5hrs and 30 min. That should be do-able considering I ran my 1/2 marathon in 2hrs and 27 min.


Posted by on August 30, 2007 in Pain, Running, Side Pains, Toe Pains


Why I Run

In the Runner’s Lounge blog Amy talks about “Why we run” and listed different blogger’s “why I run” lists.

I have been meaning to put my own list on paper/blog, but never taken the time. Lucky me, I have the time right now, so here it is:

Why I run (in no particular order):

  • I want to be around my children and their children, possibly even their children…AND grow old with my husband.
  • Running is cheaper than smoking.
  • The conversations I have with myself are very entertaining.
  • I love hearing people say “You ran HOW MANY miles?”
  • Collecting medals is much more rewarding than collecting baseball cards.
  • Because I can do this by myself, without having to be accountable to anyone.
  • It is a great weight maintencance program (I LOVE Peanut M&Ms).
  • It makes me feel good and gives me confidence.
  • I want enough racing bibs to cover an entire wall.
  • It is about the only “ME” time I can get, the kids can’t keep up with me running. 😉
  • It gives me the chance to make real life and online running friends.
  • I want my children to realize there is nothing wrong with exercise.
  • Last but not least: Because I can!

Posted by on August 28, 2007 in Reflection


Elliptical Rider ~ 6.15 miles

elliptical-rider1.jpgComments: My legs, specially my quads are still sore from Sunday. Going down the stairs is still a struggle much to the amusement of my husband! I no longer groan out loud though when I get up out of my chair and take the first few steps after sitting for a while.

The workout itself was good. I was listening to a book on tape (Judge & Jury – James Patterson) instead of music. That enabled me to concentrate on my breathing instead of matching the rhythm of any particular song.

6 miles tomorrow will show what state my legs are really in. I am going to run in the evening at home.

Time: 9:30am

Workout: Elliptical Rider

Duration: 50 min

Miles: 6.15 (PR)

Calories: 711

Shoes: Asics Gel-1120

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Posted by on August 28, 2007 in Elliptical Rider


17.1 miles incl. 13.1 race (PR)

Comments: What a long day! The race went well. I wish I would have been stronger at the end. I was in good shape until mile 9/10, after that everything started aching. The last mile was not pretty (12:15 min/mile), it didn’t help that it got hot. But I got my PR!!! My previous 1/2 marathon time was 2:28:40 back in April of ’05.

I got home, cleaned up, took an hour nap, and then helped the husband move wood for our addition (adding a workout room and a safe place in case of tornatoes.)

Went out for the 4 miles around 6. It was still hot, I was able to run the first 1.5 miles and then had to incorporate walk breaks. After I got home, cleaned up, I sat down and did not want to get up again…ever! lol

Edit: Monday 8-27-07, the only thing that does not hurt today is my head lol I’ll go to the gym at lunch time to just stretch…other than that it’s a REST day w00t!

Time: 8:00 am & 6:00 pm

Weather: Not sure, got hotter during the race. 80’s in the PM

Clothes: AM: Adidas shorts, MiT Technical shirt, Fuel Belt – PM: Brooks running shirt and shorts

Shoes: AM: Pearl Izumi – PM: Ascis Gel-1120

Distance: AM: 13.1 miles – PM: 4 miles

Time: AM: 2:27:28 (PR)- PM: 47:47

Split: AM: 11:15 – PM: 11:57

Course: AM: Columbus 1/2 marathon – PM: To 256 and back

Here is a picture of me and my boss after the race. It was his first half. He finished in 2 hours and 50 minutes! Not bad for an old guy! lol




Maybe it wasn’t Tim Horton’s that brought my run to a stop yesterday, but rather just a silly ol’ stomach bug. My stomach was bothering me all day yesterday afternoon. I actually ended up leaving work early today and this evening it’s moving into my back. Oy!

I am hoping that I can run 3 miles tomorrow, but if I feel crappy in the AM then I’ll skip it and hope that I am able to run the 1/2 marathon on Sunday, after all I gotta be there to cheer my boss on (his first 1/2 marathon).


Posted by on August 24, 2007 in Sick


5.61 @ Work (11:50)

Comments: This run sucked! It was humid then got hotter, I had side pains for the first mile, around mile 4 my stomach decided to ‘flip’ on me and I was in need of a bathroom. That’s what I get for eating a Tim Horton’s breakfast sandwich in the morning and not bringing fluids with me! So, needless to say I walked a lot the last mile and a half. On top of that I didn’t even make it 6 miles. Crappy run…I am writing it off and forgetting about it. I went out did my best and that’s all I can do. Tomorrow will be a better day! 

On a good note: Thanks to Nancy I now have my own Marathon Fairy from Blessthischick! Hopefully she’ll be with me on tomorrow’s run. 🙂


Time: 9:00 am

Weather: Out the door: 77 (feels like 77), Humidity 91% – Upon return: 86 (feels like 93), 65% humidity

Clothes: Adidas shorts, MiT Technical shirt

Shoes: Pearl Izumi

Distance: 5.61 miles

Time: 1:06:22

Split: 11:50

Course: Around Goodale Park and down Neil Ave to 6th street & back

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Posted by on August 23, 2007 in Bad Run, Running, Side Pains


5.37 @ work (10:45)

Comments: The new Penguin shirt was ok, nothing to write home about, but also not bad. I like my MiT shirt better, maybe because it’s more flexible. – No, it is not a CoolMax 😦 –

The run overall felt good. I had side pains in the beginning, but that’s almost the norm now.

I read in an older Runner’s World magazine yesterday that the feeling of fatigue sometimes is caused by your brain sending signals to your legs (or other body parts) to slow down because they won’t be able to sustain that kind of work for a long time. Basically your brain slows you down due to self preservation.

During this run I tried to override my brain at times, making myself go a little faster, pushing a bit harder, while trying to watch my form. Going by my time it seemes to have paid off.

Tomorrow is a 6 miler on my list. Looks like I’ll be working late so I can take a long early lunch.

Time: 9:30 am

Weather: 72, raining on and off, windy at times, humid

Clothes: Adidas shorts, Penguin shirt

Shoes: Pearl Izumi

Distance: 5.37 miles

Time: 57:46

Split: 10:45

Course: Around Goodale Park and down Neil Ave & back


Posted by on August 22, 2007 in Running, Side Pains


Elliptical Rider ~ 6 miles

Comments: I did some serious butt busting on the elliptical rider today to get my 6 miles in 50 minutes in. My legs are like jello now!

I got my “I am slow, I know…get over itt-shirt in the mail yesterday from John Bingham Racing and it fit just right! I am going to break it in this week and wear it on Sunday for the 1/2 marathon. It’s the little things in life that matter! 😉 

Time: 9:30am

Workout: Elliptical Rider

Duration: 50 min

Miles: 6.03

Calories: 698

Shoes: Pearl Izumi


Posted by on August 21, 2007 in Elliptical Rider