Monthly Archives: April 2008

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. ūüôā

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? ūüėȬ†

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

Clothes: MiT 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

Clothes: MiT 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


Stupid me!

I made a (very stupid)¬†mistake on Sunday and¬†ran in new shoes, which is ok to do, but, as we all know,¬†shouldn’t be done on a long run ~ slap me silly! Around mile 5, I noticed¬†that a blister was forming in the arch of my right foot. This happened with my other shoes before so I was not too concerend, it didn’t bother me too much while running, and I had no problems after the run.

The foot seemed ok on Monday, but yesterday (Tuesday) it started to hurt in the afternoon. By the time I got home I was was no longer able to wear my shoe or sock. Inspection time: it seems like I am dealing with two blisters, but no infection. One deep¬†blister and one slighly overlaying the¬†deep one right under the skin, if that makes any sense. There is one small spot inside the deep¬†blister where it seems to be bruised pretty good, which is causing the pain when I walk. I put some neosporin on it (to aid with the healing in case the blisters break) and now sport a nice, big band-aid covering the arch of my foot so it won’t rub against the sock while I am at work. So far it is not too bad.

I am suppose to run today, but I am going to wait until tomorrow to do so.¬† I want to give the bruise/blister time to heal so I am not miserable on Satuday during the 1/2 marathon. If it hurts tomorrow I might take Friday off from work to keep my food up (other than going to Columbus to pick up my race packet and have nice pasta dinner!). If¬†the blister does become¬†an issue during the first 1/2 marathon,¬†I’ll have 3 weeks to heal before the next 1/2.

The hubby gave me an incentive to run this upcoming 1/2 faster than I did last year. I asked for a necklace from Tarma Designs¬†for this upcoming Mother’s Day:¬†

He received it in the mail on Monday (I know this because he and a co-worker went in on an order together to save on shipping charges). He said that if I beat my time from last year I’ll get it after the run! ūüôā In my current¬†condition I should finish the 1/2 in 2:36, where as last year I finished in it 2:45. I am soooo excited!

3 days until the 1/2 marathon


Posted by on April 9, 2008 in Blogroll, Stupid



11 @ home (11:51)

Comments: I didn’t have to deal with any unchained dogs on this run, but I did have some close encounters of the metal kind…with cars (and I am not one of those runners that takes up the road, I stay on the median when I hear a car). The jury is still out about what I like more, dogs or cars!

It was a good run! I ran 3 seconds faster per mile than I did last week on my 10 miler. The weather was great, a bit too warm maybe, but nice none the less. GUed at mile 4 and 8. The GU game plan next week is: 4, 8, 12. I drank both my water/gatorade, but should be ok next week, with water stations and all.

The Gastroenterologist said, given by my description of the pain, that is was my colon that gave me all that trouble. He said it appears to be healing so we’ll monitor it and see how it progresses. I did notice that my diet has a lot to do with the pain. If I eat junk food and drink pop my stomach is much more agitated then if I drink water and eat healthier food (of course!). Just another reason to eat healthier.

Time: 10 am

Weather: 50ish

Clothes: MiT shirt, Adidas shorts, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid 

Distance: 11

Time: 2:10:18

Split: 11:51

Course: Past Lake Road and back.


Posted by on April 7, 2008 in 11, Long Run, Running


3.09 @ work (10:30)

Comments: 3 seconds faster than Tuesday and today I got stuck at a light for about 20 sec!!! I thought I was underdressed, but it turned out I was dressed just right. ūüôā

I am off to the Gastroenterologist this afternoon…hopefully he can figure the pain out, which I still have on a daily basis, just not as bad as back in December/January.

¬†Cranky, I wish you the best of luck this weekend! I hope you have fun running the 1/2. That’s what it is all about!

Time: 10 am

Weather: 43

Clothes: MiT shirt, Knee tights, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid 

Distance: 3.09

Time: 32:26

Split: 10:30

Course: To Goodale Park and back


Posted by on April 3, 2008 in 3, Running


3.09 @ work (10:31)

Comments: According to my Garmin I ran the first mile in 9:44! *gasp* I did feel really strong, but then my second mile was more in sync with what I usually run, 11:02. The third mile was 10:50 (not bad).  

I bought new running shoes at Front Runner. I was under the impression Saucony no longer made my shoe “ProGrid Trigon 5 Guide”, because I could no longer find them on the internet. But it turns out the shoe just underwent some cosmetic changes and they renamed it to “ProGrid Gruide”. So all is well in the Land of Feet. I was dreading having to look for new shoes, but I walked away a happy customer.

I am hoping to have them broken in before the first 1/2, if not that’s ok. I have not looked at the sole of my current shoes in a while, but last night I did. The rubber part on the outside heal of both shoes is scuffed off! I contribute that to my shuffle running (not getting my feet very high of the ground). I’ll have to work on the being that they only have 300 miles on them!

Time: 10 am

Weather: 57, a bit windy

Clothes: MiT shirt, Knee tights, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid 

Distance: 3.09

Time: 32:29

Split: 10:31

Course: To Goodale Park and back

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Posted by on April 1, 2008 in 3, Running, Shoes