Monthly Archives: October 2007

Still here

School has been kicking my butt and I have to spend every waking minute, when I am not working, on my school project, which is not going to well.

The law library is just over 1/2 mile away, so I am getting my daily exercise in by walking there and back to work at lunch time in a brisk pace. I’d run, but in work shoes that’s rather uncomfortable and I’d hate to walk into the Ohio Supreme Court building all sweaty and out of breath! 😉

I am hoping that I’ll be able to run my first (few) mile(s) tomorrow, no later than Friday. I did walk up 7 flights of stairs yesterday to the water vending machine and my legs are sore today, so maybe I’ll have to do it again this afternoon!

I signed up to participate in the Holiday Weightloss Challange…I need to loose 20 lbs come March ’08. Sign ups for the Pump and Run start tomorrow, I need to get with it…

Here is a picture taken after the marathon.

From left to right: Teri (Sister In Law), her sister Niki, Matt, Niki’s daughter Abby, Brenda, and I


Posted by on October 31, 2007 in Blogroll


Interview with the Columbus Marathon winner

Robb is a long standing member of MiT training. We were wondering how he would do in the interview (he was very nervous). I  must say he did really well. 🙂


Too bad the local TV station here misspelled his name. It actually is Robb Kestner.

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Posted by on October 26, 2007 in Marathon



I started out low because I am not sure exactly where I am at strength wise (and I didn’t want to over do it). Right now, with my current weight ( just under 180 – yikes! Good thing I am tall!), I have to bench 130 lbs, which I don’t think I’ll be able to do successfully at any time. Back in ’05 I worked myself up to 115 lbs, weighing 160.

During the PnR I benched 110 lbs 7 times.

Bench Press – Pyramid

45 lbs x 12

50 lbs x 10

55 lbs x 8

60 lbs x 6

65 lbs x 4

70 lbs x 2

75 lbs x 1


100 lbs x 1 <— wanted to see if I could lift that much lol

The game plan is to do the pyramid once a week and then regular upper body lifting another time during the week.  Oh and run 3 times a week. We’ll have to see how it all works out.

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Posted by on October 26, 2007 in Strength Training


A great E-mail

I just got this e-mail from a running buddy from my running group. He almost brought me to tears (marathon blues perhaps?):

Hey Penny, I realized last night that I forgot to mention about your 5 hour marathon idea for next year.  Do you remember back to this time last year?  Think about what your thoughts were about whether or not you felt you should run a half marathon in the spring.  Think about how you felt about running a marathon.  If you’re anything like me you probably thought…I don’t know if I can do that!  

But now you are a marathon FINISHER and you ran a 5:37.  So you’re thinking…I wonder if I could run a 5:00 marathon?  Well, if the last year has taught you anything, it should be:   *anything* is possible!  It might seem intimidating to try to drop your PR by 37 minutes, but is it more intimidating than running a marathon to begin with?  Teri dropped her PR by 25 minutes twice, so her 3rd marathon was 50! minutes faster than her 1st.  This year I dropped my PR from last year by nearly 32 minutes.  

So if you ask me, you 100% can run a 5 hour marathon!!!!!  Will it take work?  Yes.  Will it be easy?  Nope.  But can you do it?  Absolutely! 

Good luck!


1 mile & lifting and my friend Jim

Running: Walked a mile on the treadmill. Felt very good, but I am keeping to no running until at least Monday.

Weightlifting: Just to get back into the swing of things I did the bench press, no weight other then the bar (45 lbs) 20 times, 2 sets.

I missed my friend Jim in the fitness center today at lunch (no he did not pass away, but rather retired on me while back! lol) With training for the Pump and Run (PnR) old memories are coming back. It felt like he was spotting me (watching me lift & make sure I don’t drop the bar) today, talking smack to our friend Don and my hubby.

Hopefully Don will go back at it next year when he turns 60…Jimmy, you better start using that treadmill that you have in the basement, can’t have Don show you off!! 😉


Co-workers, including the hubby (on my right), and I (red jacket) after a successful PnR in 2005.

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Posted by on October 25, 2007 in Blogroll, PnR, Strength Training, Walking


1 mile @ work ~ treadmill


Headed to the gym with the hubby today…walked 20 minutes on the treadmill and covered one mile. Nice and easy. Yesterday I got off the treadmill after 10 minutes; I could feel soreness in my legs. Not today though. It was temping to just hit the “+” button on the machine and go faster. But I didn’t. 🙂

I also got reacquainted with the bench-press. After all, if I do the Pump and Run I need to start lifting again. Not to worry though, I didn’t add any weights and did just one set of 20. After that I stretched a bit and our day in the gym was done.

My new sticker (pic taken with my cell phone, hence the crappy quality):




Posted by on October 24, 2007 in Treadmill, Walking


What the future holds

Thank you everyone for the pats on the back and words of wisdom. They are greatly appreciated! 


I was able to wear my regular shoes to work today and didn’t hobble quite as bad as the day before…yay, a step towards recovery (yesterday I had to wear sandals!).

Some guy in the office congratulated me on running a 5 mile race this weekend.

I was like, I ran a marathon!“.

How many miles is that?

“26!, I said.

He was all embarrassed and said, Oh, I shorted you 20 miles!and walked off…haha…silly people!

Today the hubby said “I think I want to start training for the Arnold’s Classic Pump and Run.” He is worried about his knees, so we’ll have to work the milage up slowly. I am very excited for him, he’s been pretty lazy (for a lack of a better word) lately. The Pump and Run is in March ’08. I should be able to work that into my schedule for the Indi 500 in May ’08.

I have a co-worker who might be interested in walking (Hal Hidgon plan) the Columbus Distance Classic in April. I was planning on running the race, but I told her if she commits to the training I’ll walk it with her. She’s one of those people that get overly excited about something, jump in head first and then get bored, tired, sick of it shortly after. So, she’ll let me know in January if she plans on committing to it. The agreement is that I’ll plan on running it until we both know for sure that she’s doing the 1/2.

Last night I told the hubby that I want to run the NY marathon in ’09. He was very excited about that, which was a great surprise. He said “I’ve never been to NY.” So I said we should take a week vacation out there, either the week before or the week after the marathon. Cranky suggested that I sign up for ’08 and if my name gets drawn in the lottery then I should defer my race to ’09. (Thanks!) When the time gets closer I’ll be sure to pump you for more info Cranky! 😉 Now cross your fingers that I’ll get in. 🙂

My game plan for today is to go to the gym, walk for about 10 minutes at a very slow pace and then do some stretching.

Future game plan:

Flying Feather Four Miler – November 22nd, 2007

Jingle Bell Run (5k) – December 1st, 2007

Pump and Run (5k) – March 2nd, 2008

Columbus Distance Classic (HM) – April 12th, 2008

Indianapolis 500 (HM) – May 3rd, 2008

Columbus Marathon 2008 – October, 2008

I didn’t just get bit by the marathon bug, I got gobbled up!


Edit: Stopped and got my sticker last night…hopefully I’ll be able to put it on the car tonight…woot!


Posted by on October 23, 2007 in Future Plans


26.2 Race Report

I did not sleep well two nights before the marathon, tossing and turning, so I was worried that the next night would be a repeat. But, I was too worn out from the night before that I actually slept very well.

I rose at 5am refreshed, got dressed, kissed the hubby goodbye, hopped in the car, and headed to my sister in-law’s house. We were meeting with another friend there, Brenda, who drove us up to Columbus. Brenda (a previous BQ) was running in the ½ and Teri was trying to BQ.

The MiT group (about 200 of us) met at the Renaissance hotel and headed over together to Broad street (the starting line). They had a pick-up truck waiting for us there. We tossed all our stuff in there so we could pick it back up at the finish line.

The day before I made the decision to run with the 5:30 pace group. I didn’t want to kill myself and if I had the strength I wanted to pull away from them around mile 22. The 5:30 pace group was all the way at the end of the runner’s pack. The nice thing about being at the end of the lineup is that the bathroom lines are less busy. 🙂 With the bathroom business out of the way I headed to the pace leader. There were about 10 other runners milling around. The hubby snuck up on me to give me a big hug and kiss before they (he and his brother) headed to their designated spot. Helicopters flew overhead, then the horn went off signaling the start of the race. And we were off…well…sort off…it took us over 8 minutes to actually make it to the starting line! And then we were off.

The pace leader, Maneesha (I think was her name), followed the run walk method. Run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute. The first 6 miles flew by fast, we all chatted like little kids, all excited. We shared stories, dedicated miles to friends and relatives. Each mile marker we would cross we’d holler “1,2,3 5:30 rocks”…at mile 6 I saw my friend Kay and her boyfriend cheering me on…yay!

At mile 10 I saw the hubby, brother in law, his brother and sister in law, their daughter, and two friends. All cheering me on. The hubby had a sign. I asked how Teri was doing and was told it didn’t look good…bummer. 😦


Orange tank top, black shorts, under the left turn arrow in the road. 

Mile 10 to 13 were a blurr, we chatted, shared stories, etc. I saw the hubby and gang again. He gave me a banana and we switched out two bottles. And off we were again. At that time there were only 4 of us left who hung with the pace leader. Everyone else dropped back. I saw my father in-law at mile 16. He was holding up a sign my 7 year old made the night before at their house. I about cried. That pictures is going in my gym once it is done!

I saw my running friend Janice on her bike. She was going to run Teri from mile 10 to mile 18. I asked her how Teri was doing and it did not look good.

Around that time my right foot, pinky toe started to hurt pretty bad. I could tell there was a blister in the works. My left foot was already in pain, under the ball of the foot, but luckily that had not started until mile 8. I was pleasantly surprised however that my right leg was not hurting at all and there was not a peep from my knees.

Mile 18 is where the race actually began. It was just about all uphill for the next 3 miles. The pace group pulled away from me and I had to take more walk breaks. I managed to run walk through the uphill part and passed an MiTer. She then passed me and we played that back and forth game for about a mile. Coming onto OSU campus I started a conversation. Her name was Pru. During the last 5 miles Pru became my hero. She pulled me, but she made sure she didn’t push me. It was her second marathon this year and she was way behind her time. So she decided to make the best of it and help me to the finish line. She didn’t put that into words, but rather her actions made it clear.

My stomach was a mess, all that GU made it very upset. I had only been chugging water the last few miles, but that didn’t help. I was suppose to GU at mile 20, but had put it off. At mile 22 I was only able to take one “drag” of that stuff and tossed it to the ground. I’d rather be “undernourished” then puke up all I had taken in the last few hours. During that time we did a lot of run walking…Pru’d say “to the traffic light” I’d say “Yes” and we’d start running. Then I’d say “to the parked car” and she’d say “Of course!”.

Pru asked me if I was alright and ready to run in the last 4 10th of a mile. I said yes and off we went. Then I saw my husband, Teri, Brenda and all others…it was so good to see them cheer me on, just what I needed and finally we made it to the last turn and down to the finish line.

I was hoping that it would hit me that I finished the race, but I am still waiting for the moment. Maybe it’s coming to me bits and pieces at a time, like today (Monday) as I am sitting in a restaurant having lunch with my husband. I was like “I can finally buy that 26.2 sticker!!!” I got a bit choked up (no, not because of the food), but that moment passed.

After finishing the race I was like “never again, I am never running an other marathon…E V E R”. Now, almost 24 hours later I am ready to tackle the ugly hill at mile 18. This year it might have kicked my butt, but next year I plan on returning the favor!

The next big race is the Indianapolis 500 ½ Marathon in May ’08! I am sooo looking forward to it!


26.2 – Shortstory

I did it in 5 hours and 37 min, not as fast as I had hoped. I have a blister the size of Utah on my right foot, pink toe. BUT, I am no longer a marathon virgin. More tomorrow if I can make it to the PC. 😉

Hope all my BRF did well today!


Posted by on October 21, 2007 in Marathon, Personal Record, Running


Ready, set,….3693


>>>2 days to go to the Columbus Marathon<<<

In 2 days and 8.5 hours I’ll be down there, getting ready for my first marathon…oy! Can you say EXCITED?? That is the view out of my office overlooking the starting line. I have decided to take tomorrow off so my co-workers won’t have me committed! 😉

I’ll be doing some elliptical stuff tonight before class. I hope I can keep my legs from bouncing up and down while I have to listen to the teacher lecture.

>>>My bib number is 3693<<< according to maptracker.

Edit: Did 3.8 miles (40 min) on the elliptical rider after work.


Posted by on October 18, 2007 in Blogroll, Countdown, Elliptical Rider