Monthly Archives: April 2008

Elliptical rider 2.74

Comments: On the older machine, on which I just can’t seem to go as far as on the new machine!

Yeah pedometers! The bosses’ bosses’ boss bought everyone under his domain (full time employees) a Pedometer, after the company initiated a walking program. We received ours yesterday after lunch. Very cool! I managed 5,672 steps that day. I’d like to get to 10,000 steps a day, but with such a seditary job it’ll be hard to do (not counting workouts).  It’ll help that one of my coworkers and I have a little competition going. I have to keep reminding him though that shaking the pedometer is not considered walking! 😉

I saw another co-worker from a differnt section of the company with a really cool pedometer. Then I had pedometer envy for a minute, but it passed quickly!

2 more days until Indy!

Time: 10 am

Workout: Elliptical Rider

Duration: 30 min

Miles: 2.74

Calories: 403

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid

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Posted by on April 30, 2008 in Blogroll, Elliptical Rider, Pedometer


3 @ work

Comments: So…what’s up with that: SNOW? This morning as I am letting the dog out to go sniff the yard I am greeted by snow flakes! Time to check the calendar…yep it IS almost May..WTH!

So, instead of running outside I plan on running inside, but then somehow decide to pack my running jacket and gloves, but forget my out running pants, which I don’t realize until I am in the gym. *sigh*

At lunch time the snow had cleared and the sun was peaking out, so instead of attacking the treadmill I do decide to go run outside after checking the weather…41 degrees. The gym bag reveals the lack of outside running pants! I want to go outside, the long pants (yet very thin) have to do. I opt to run glove-less.

Oh, and I forgot to bring my Garmin. *sigh* But it was a good run none the less. 🙂

I checked the Indianapolis 500 mini marathon route. We do one lap inside the Indianapolis Speedway…I can’t wait! We are staying at the Westin, which is located 8 feet from the starting corral!

3 days to go

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 41

Clothes: Mit Shirt, Long Starter pants, jacket, and BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (28.2)

Distance: 3

Time: No Garmin

Split: No Garmin

Course: Under 33 and back


Posted by on April 29, 2008 in 3, Running


6 @ home (11:50)

Comments: I knew my time would be slow before I headed out the door, but I was fine with that. I orignally planned on running 11, but only had one GU left. I figured I could run 8 instead, but then a time crunch on Sunday reduced that down to 6.

No dogs on that run…how nice is that!

Getting mentally ready for the Indianapolis 500 1/2 marathon, which is next Saturday. Making preparations with friends to get the car pooling and picking up, etc in place.  Fun, fun. 🙂

Time: 9:30am

Weather: 50’s

ClothesLong sleeve technical shirt, knee highs, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (22.2)

Distance: 6

Time: 1:10:56

Split: 11:50

Course: To New Salem and back

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Posted by on April 27, 2008 in 6, Long Run, Running


3 miles @ work (10:45)

Comments: The song from Daniel Powter “Bad Day” fits today. But I was able to turn it around! I am feeling 100% better after my run, perhaps a bit tired, but I’ll take that.

I ran the first mile straight without stopping (10:10) and I haven’t done that since my training for the full marathon in October ’07. Then I walked a minute and then ran until I had mile 2 (10:57) under my belt. I did the same to get mile three done (11:08). I am hoping to be able to continue that trend.

My stomach still acts up several times a day, however it doesn’t give me trouble while running. After May 3rd (Indy 1/2 marathon) I’ll be going back to the gastologist requesting that he’ll do a colonoscopy. The pain however is nothing compared to what I had in the beginning of the year. None the less I think it’s come to a point where it is not getting any better.

Stopped at the Columbus Running Co last night. I bought a shirt and some “Yankz” shoe laces (Pink “For the Cure”). I still have $40 left of my gift certificate! My running shoes were at work and I wasn’t able to put the laces on last night. So first thing this morning I tried putting them on my shoes, it didn’t feel right. But I haven’t given up. The shoes are coming home tonight and I’ll be able to spend more time on getting the laces just right. 🙂

I also bought a running shirt, but didn’t try it on. The plan was to wear it today at lunch, but with me being so overweight my current build it doesn’t look very flattering. I am going to hold on to the shirt and my goal is to be able to wear it before the summer is over. It sucks being vein!

Fun facts: My previous shoes had 294 miles on it, bringing the cost to $0.31 per mile ran! Hmmm, it is cheaper to drive that distance in my car (for now at least).

Time: 10 am

Weather: 59, sunny

Clothes: MiT shirt, knee highs, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (22.3)

Distance: 3

Time: 32:15

Split: 10:45

Course: Under 33 and back

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Posted by on April 24, 2008 in 3, Running


Happy Administrative Day

During the times that I don’t play mom/housewife or “speed racer” on the sidewalk I work in a very large company, supporting a director and 5 of his ‘leads’ (plus their employees).

As some of you might have read, my boss broke his leg in a skiing accident over a month ago and is still at home. So every Wednesday he calls into the weekly meeting to keep up with what’s going on. Today one of his guys asked me to attend this meeting, which I have done in the past so it wasn’t anything surprising.

In the meeting they presented me with a very nice card and an $80 gift certificate to the Columbus Running Company for Administrative day. I was so excited I about gave them all a hug. Sure beats the Olive Garden gift certificates I have gotten in the past (yes even though it is my favorite chain restaurant).

A few months ago I had put a bug in one of the ‘leads” ears telling him that I’d rather have a certificate from the Columbus Running Co this year. Woot…and they listened. I am very lucky to work with co-workers that I like, that happen to like me, and appreciate what I do for them.

The certificate is valid for two years, which gives me ample time to browse their small store…I am excited!


Posted by on April 23, 2008 in Blogroll


3.09 @ work

Comments: My Garming displayed it’s “Battery Low” sign shortly after I turned it on. I knew I had forgotten something! *Mental note: Charge the Garmin once in a while!* So, about 7 minutes into the run I was ‘on my own’.

The run itself was ok; both my calves hurt after about a 1/4 mile and then my right shin started to hurt again as it did Friday. After a mile I stopped and stretched, that seemed to help a bit. Yet whenever I walked my right leg felt like it had a club food attached, something was not working right. But, it didn’t hurt any longer though, so I continued.

Sitting here in front of my computer my legs feel tight…I need to remember to give them the ‘stick’ treatment tonight to work some of that tighness out.

Time: 10 am

Weather: 59

ClothesCotton T-shirt, knee highs, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (19.2)

Distance: 3

Time: ??

Split: ??

Course: To Goodale Park and back


Posted by on April 21, 2008 in 3, Running


2 miles @ work (11:04)

Comments:I felt much better about myself today and went outside. I must add that yesterday I forgot my running hat, and when running at work I feel the need to wear it! 😉

Before heading to the gym my legs felt pretty stiff and I was worried that I might be going out too soon, but now I am glad I did. The muscles relaxed and it feels pretty good right now. I did have some shin-splint pains in my right leg, so after coming back in did some exercises to aid that muscle. This is something I should do every time after a run, but….*sigh*

A couple of weeks ago I purchase the Palm Pilot TX to help me keep up with my daily tasks. Over the last few evenings I have found myself browsing blogs that I haven’t visited in a while, such as Nancy’sBill’s, or Kate’s. Blogger’s website is blocked at work and by the time I get home I can’t seem to find the time to sit in front of the PC and browse the web. But, with the handy-dandy Palm TX and wireless Internet in the house I can browse my favorite blogs before I lay my head down to sleep. I am excited about that! 🙂

Good luck! to all the runner’s who are running races this weekend/Monday, but a special good luck go out to KSpin (Salt Lake City Utah Marathon) and Marathon Dude Bill (Boston Marathon). I hope the race turns out the way you would like!

Time: 10 am

Weather: 65ish

ClothesMiT shirt, knee highs, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (17.2)

Distance: 2

Time: 22:08

Split: 11:04

Course: Under 33 and back.

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Posted by on April 18, 2008 in 2, Blogroll, Running


3.18 Elliptical Rider @ Work

Comments: I was gonna go out and run 2 or 3, but after looking at my 1/2 marathon pictures online I felt really fat and decided to stay inside and use the elliptical rider instead. lol

After the workout the hubby and I spend the rest of our lunch buying new work shoes. Shoes for the soul…how about that! I am so greateful he loves me the way I am. 🙂

Time: 10 am

Workout: Elliptical Rider

Duration: 30 min

Miles: 3.18

Calories: 369

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid

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Posted by on April 16, 2008 in Blogroll, Elliptical Rider


Columbus Distance Classic 1/2 Marathon (11:42)

Comments: I didn’t sleep well the night before…I blame my cat for meowing all night long and scratching on the door, and my daughter for getting up at 5am. How come she won’t get up this early during the week when I need her to? 😉 

I had decided to run in shorts instead of long pants like the years before. It was a cold day the long sleeve shirt was a good choice, at times I wish I had grabed the gloves.

The race promtly started at 9…over 3000 people, what a charged atmosphere! The race announcer asked people by show of hands if this was their first 1/2 marathon. There were a lot of hands in the air. I was excited for them! 5 years ago that was me! How time flies!

It was pretty much like I had envisioned. The first few miles I was a bit stiff and kept telling myself “just wait, you’ll warm up and get in the grove”. I did go faster than I had thought, and deep down I was hoping for a PR, but I knew that eventually I’d be l slowing down again.

Around mile 4 we circled the OSU “Horseshoe”… 1/3 done. Around mile 6 my left foot started to hurt, but I was anticipating it and was happy it hadn’t started earlier.

Between mile 7 and 8 I tried to relax my shoulders and think positive thoughts. “Over halfway done…only 5 miles to go…” I Gued at 8 and drank…Mile 9 and 10 didn’t entail any cobble stone, but we did go past an open Starbucks, which was just as painful…I am not a coffee person, but it was cold and smelled pretty good!

At mile 11 I started looking for the hubby and my friend. Uphill on High street was a bitch and that’s the first (out of two times) I took an unscheduled walk break. At mile 12 I Gued again, and thought about my boss, whishing him a speedy recovery, thinking about how last year he & his wife stood there cheering me on and me telling him I was taking Monday off because I am sore already. lol

Then just after the 12 mile mark I saw the hubby and my friend K. How great to see them! I had been telling him he didn’t have to come up, but he decided to work while I was running and then head over at the end. I didn’t realize how much I had looked forward to seeing them. Then I had only 1 mile to go.

Going up High street just before Nationwide was another hill and my second unscheduled walk break.  The rest was downhill and I was done! 2:33:04…12 mintues faster than last year! Not a PR but an improvement, giving me hope that I’ll get faster and break that PR this summer.

I grabbed my medal, a banana, and an apple and headed to find the hubby. I had some vision problems, like ripples in my vision, it was strange, which lasted for about 10 minutes and then was gone. I’ll have to figure out what cause that and try to prevent it.

Overall thoughts:

I was dissapointed that there were no bands or music on the course. I thought there were some last year.

Bikers should not be allowed on the course, unless they have the ‘medical’ shirt on. (No way to prevent it, I know) I saw one biker take out a runner, who was startled to see him and jumped, which landed him in the bikers path and then on the ground. The biker toppled too taking another biker out with him. They (bikers) have no business being there. At least not that one, he didn’t seem to be following anyone in particular. Crazy!

No blister issues! I did develop one on my right food, just below the big toe! What a strange spot, never had one there! I am hoping to retire my shoes now and break my new ones in before the next 1/2 in May. 

I got my necklace from my hubby! And unlike the actual medal I can wear it at work and not look like a little kid. lol

This year they had starting corrals, with times listed on them. Last year they didn’t and it caused some confusion. Good improvement!

My Garmin read 13.26 miles, giving me a 11:32 min mile. I need to learn not to weave so much…haha

It took me about a 1/2 day to warm back up after the race. I so wanted to take a hot, hot bath, but I know better than to do that. So a hot shower and a double layer of clothes had to do!

I am looking forward to May 3rd, which is not only my son’s 20 birthday, but also when I run the Indianapolis 500 1/2 marathon! It’s all good….

Time: 9 am

Weather: 40ish

ClothesMiT shirt, Adidas shorts, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony Grid 5 Guide (281.4 miles)

Distance: 13.1

Time: 2:33:04

Split: 11:42

Course: Columbus Distance Classic (1/2 Marathon)


Posted by on April 12, 2008 in Long Run, Running


2.8 @ work (11:06)

Comments: The blisters are better. I can still feel them, but the urge to go outside today won and I promised myself to stop running should it become irritated.

The run was nice. I was trying to pretend that is was the first few miles of the 1/2 marathon. Going through a preflight check list so to speak. Making sure all engines are fireing and there is no major malfunctioning going on. The first mile is always a bitch when you are not warmed up. The second mile is not much better, but by the time the third rolls around things are good to go.

Even though I only ran (a bit under) 3 miles today I did go through the whole race in my mind:

  • Mile 4, 5, and 6 would be easiest part of the race. Those are my favorite miles to run.
  • During 7 and 8 I will try to relax my body as much as possible.
  • Sometime during mile 9 and 10 (I think) there will be cobble stone and I’ll have to watch my step (unless they changed the route), my feet will be sore and hitting them wrong will be like running on broken glass with no shoes on.
  • Mile 11 will be hard for me, uphill at times, if I remember correctly, but I’ll push through, because I just did 11 last week and was fine.
  • The 12th mile is dedicted to my boss who broke his leg skiing last month and was suppose to run the race. Last year he and his wife stood at mile 12 cheering me on. This year he won’t even be able to do that.
  • More than likely the last mile will be pure survival and not much of a thought process will be going on then! lol

Cranky, I almost signed up for the NY marathon (lottery) after reading your post that you might have no one to run with….but when I saw the entry fee of $155, I decided I need to make sure that’s what I really want to do this year! lol

Tomorrow I am taking the day off work…I shall put my feet up and not move much until the evening when we are meeting some friends for dinner at the Olive Garden for my pre-race dinner. Yummy!

1158 is my bib # should I have not mentioned it before.

I am ready to run…

Time: 10 am

Weather: 50ish

ClothesMiT shirt, Adidas shorts, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony Grid 5 Guide (278.6 miles)

Distance: 2.8

Time: 31:04

Split: 11:06

Course: Goodale Park and back via Nationwide Blvd.


Posted by on April 10, 2008 in 3, Pre-race jabber, Running