Monthly Archives: September 2008

Timeless 4

Comments: Yesterday, as I was putting the Garmin in the gym bag I was thinking to myself, “I really need to charge it tonight.” Did I do it? Nope! So today the infamous “Battery Low” message displayed and it shut off shortly thereafter. Oh well. What’s another run without a time? 🙂

The new ‘loafers’ felt good on the feet and I had a good run. It was a tad bit windy at times, but it was a nice way to cool down.

Is it all finally paying off???: After the run/shower I got dressed and looked in the mirror I noticed that my rear (would it be appropriate to say “ass”?) was no longer there…baggy pants! omg! And last night I was going through winter running clothes in preparation for winter (hey, autumn starts on the 22nd!) I tried some of the shirts on that I had bought but were too small (I tend to do that *sigh*). Holy Batman, they fit! Including my Columbus Marathon shirt, woot!

I haven’t decided yet what I am going to run on Saturday. It will be somewhere between 10 and 15. I am looking forward to the peace and quiet during that run.

Time: 10 am

Weather: 65, sunny, windy

Clothes: NB shirt & shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide (0 miles)

Distance: 4

Time: about 42 min

Split: about 10:30

Course: To Goodale Park, x 2 and back.

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Posted by on September 18, 2008 in 4, Blogroll, Running


TIART: Bring Your Own Blog

I am going with the Take It And Run Thursday “Bring Your Own Blog” from the Runners Lounge today and post my favorite blogs in this post. (Disclaimer: These are no particular order:)

Learning to Run – Joe is an inspiration to make running part of your weight loss (he hasn’t posted in a while, but I have to assume he’s just really busy right now)

Marathon Dude Bill – I don’t think there is a person who doesn’t like Bill. What a great, humble runner he is.

SC Loves to Run – Speed demon Sandy. Her posts are usually thought provoking. If I was only half as fast as she is *sigh*

See Nat Run – I love her posts. They they are very witty and make me laugh.

Trials and Trails – Even though I have never met Drew, we have run some of the same races (live in the same area) and I like to keep up with what he’s doing.

Non-Runner Nancy and Marcy – Two ladies that make reading blogs a down right joy!

It’s my blog – A marathoner just like me. 🙂

Runner’s Lounge Blog – Tom and Amy bringing running friends together. What else can you ask for?

Those are most of the running blogs I read on a regular basis. (Gosh I love Goodle Reader!)


Posted by on September 18, 2008 in TIART


New “Loafers”

The feet are happy, after about 360 miles in their current home, they are going to inhabit new digs starting with today’s 4 miler. They are singing songs of joy and happiness!

Old meets new, with the daughter playing interpreter:

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Posted by on September 18, 2008 in Blogroll


Good 3 mile fartlek run

Comments: 1/4 mile easy, 1/4 mile fast, 1/4 easy, 1/4 fast, and so on, doing that for a total of 3 miles.

Unlike last week, I think I managed to slow down during the recovery time (or so I tell myself). For that my body felt heavy and bloated I ran pretty good.

Mile 1: 9:30    Mile 2: 9:39    Mile 3: 9:48

Going to buy new running shoes for my tootsies today! They are so excited, I can hardly keep them in my shoes! 

Time: 10 am

Weather: 60ish, sunny…nice!

Clothes: Blue shirt (bought it sometime last year, and it didn’t fit, but now it does…woot), Pearl Izuma shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid ( 363.9 miles)

Distance: 3

Time: 28:58

Split: 9:39

Course: Under 670 (1.5 miles out & back)

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Posted by on September 17, 2008 in 3, Fartlek, Running


Easy 3

Comments: My goal was to run 3 miles at an 11 min/mile pace. I ran it a bit faster than that. 😦 The trail was still littered with sticks and small branches from the high wind (Hurricane Ike leftovers) on Sunday, which made it a bit of a challenge, but I managed. 

Time: 10 am

Weather: 65, partly sunny

Clothes: MiT shirt, Adidas Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid ( 360.9 miles)

Distance: 3

Time: 32:02

Split: 10:41

Course: Under 670 (1.5 miles out & back)

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Posted by on September 16, 2008 in Uncategorized


Frustrating 10

Comments: For some reason I can’t seem to have decent ten mile runs. 😦 The side stiches started at mile 1, even though I was running normal pace. Frustrating!

I wanted to see if I could run 4 miles, drink, Gu, run another 4 miles and drink and Gu again, but my body (or perhaps my mind) wanted nothing to do with that. I ran the first 4 miles with almost no problem, but felt the need to drink (and walk) at mile 6. That helped and I made it to mile 8. By then my legs felt really heavy and had to walk at mile 9.5 for just a short distance to get myself back into order.

Even though this was one of my fastest 10 milers, I feel like I failed. Live and learn, I guess. Next time I plan on running 2.5 miles, drink, run 2.5 miles, gue/drink, rinse and repeat. I am not sure if I’ll go another 13 miles or try to bump it up to 15. We’ll see how I feel by then.

Time: 7 am

Weather: 65 very humid, then windy

Clothes: Old MiT shirt, NB shorts, Fuel Belt

Shoes: Saucony Pro Grid ( 350.9 miles)

Distance: 10

Time: 1:52:13

Split: 11:14

Course: Past Lake Rd. and back.

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Posted by on September 14, 2008 in 10, Long Run, Running, Side Pains


Bike & Strength Training

Comments: Rode the stationary bike at work and then lifted weights with the hubby. Did the pyramid on the bench. Was trying to figure out how much I can lift these days. I stopped at 95 (bar + 25 lbs on each side), which I did two times. I would like to get back to 115, and with my current weight need to get to 125 in order to participate in the Arnold’s Classic Pump and Run next year. We’ll see.

Distance: 7.2 miles

Time: 30 minutes

Course: Stationary Bike @ work

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Posted by on September 12, 2008 in Biking, Strength Training


Solemn 4 miler

Comments: Has really another year gone by since we last paid tribute to the events that took place on 9/11/2001? That is unbelievable. My heart aches more than usual and my thoughts are with the all the people that were affected by this tragedy.

Today was a solemn run, used to think about the things we take for granted. It was a good run, I did not push it and enjoyed the time I had to myself. I am hoping that with another weight loss of 5 to 10 lbs I can turn that 10:18 min/mile into an even 10 min/mile, but I am willing to wait and work on it.

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 70, sunny

Clothes: Heart Walk shirt, Adidas shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (346.9 miles)

Distance: 4

Time: 41:12

Split: 10:18

Course: To Goodale Park, x 2 and back.

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Posted by on September 11, 2008 in 4, 9/11, Blogroll, Running


Great 3 mile fartlek run

Comments: I want to be able to increase my speed just a tad bit. My overall goal for next year’s Columbus Distance Classic (1/2 marathon) is to be able to run a 9:30 minute mile all the way through! I am not sure if that is possible, but I am going to try.

I worked on my training plan for when I am done with the Columbus 1/2 marathon in October. That will give me just over 6 months (May 2nd ’09) to work on my speed and overall endurance. I have adopted Hal Higdon’s intermediate 1/2 marathon training guide and basically will follow that one, repeating it almost twice after the C-bus 1/2 leading up to the CDC. Included in that training program are tempo runs every other week.

Today I learned to be grateful that they are only every other week! I did my own version of a tempo run this morning: 1/4 mile easy, 1/4 mile fast, 1/4 easy, 1/4 fast, and so on, doing that for a total of 3 miles.

The last 2 fast 1/4 miles were a challenge, but I stuck it out thinking about the Rolos (chocolate caramel candy) that a co-worker had on her desk. If I made it all the way I promised myself 2 of them (I am not going to mention I had 2 pre workout!).

Mile 1: 9:19    Mile 2: 9:35    Mile 3: 9:36

I am very excited about the time, but I really need to learn to not push myself when running the easy part in a tempo run.

Time: 10 am

Weather: 62, sunny…nice!

Clothes: MiT shirt, Adidas shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid ( 343.9 miles) <– I REALLY need to get on the ball and buy new shoes *sigh*

Distance: 3

Time: 28:30 = fastest in over 3 years!

Split: 9:30

Course: Under 670 (1.5 miles out & back)

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Posted by on September 10, 2008 in 3, Fartlek, Running


Pre-Race Preparations

Runner’s Lounge is currently asking the question about Preparing for a Race. I am going to post it as a blog as well as on the forum. If you have something valuable to add, go to their site, become a member and share it with us.

My pre-race preparations start at least a week in advance with watching the weather channel. 😉 But seriously, here are the things that I do before a big race: 


  • If I run a marathon I start carbing up 3 days prior to the race with just adding additional carbs to my diet, such as pasta or a bagel, however I do not eat heavy the day of the race. The dinner the night before is something that my stomach is used to and won’t sit too heavy in the morning. 
  • If I run a 1/2 marathon I don’t increase my carb intake (because I run that distance alot currently), I just make sure that I have a “good” (I didn’t say healthy) dinner, such as pasta or pizza. 

Gear wise. I get my running gear ready the night (sometimes even two nights) before. I have three piles: 

  • One for all the stuff that I need to wear, such as shirt, shoes, etc. and things that I need to put on, like body glide, Vaseline, etc. I also lay out the nail clippers in that pile to make sure I double check my tootsies before I slide them into the socks.
  • The second pile consists of items that I will need to put on when I am at the race (before the race starts), fuel belt, garmin, iPod (if I wear one), GU, cell phone, and most importantly my race bib, safety pins, and timing chip. That pile also includes some kind of food, like a banana or a power bar, and a bottle of water to be consumed before the race. 
  • Pile three is stuff that I need for after the race, which I have my hubby carry, such as a change of clothes (or at least a shirt), two bottles of water, a power bar and a banana. The most important item in that bag are my sandals! I usually end up bringing all that food and water back home, but all that running I need to wear my sandals, which does not inhibit my toes. 😉  

Other preparations: 

  • I try to get several good nights rest starting 5 days prior to the race, not necessarily counting on getting 8 hours of shut-eye the night before (that never happens, I am the nervous type).
  • During taper madness, which usually hits me the hardest the week prior to the race, I tell myself something similar to what Amy posted about Taper Madness is real: “It’s ok, I’m not sick, it’s all in my head, I’m going to be fine, and I’m ready to run.” I also tell myself over and over that all the hard work is done, going out there and trying to break world speed records now is not going to do anybody any good. It becomes my pre-race mantra, so to speak.
  • In order to avoid any confusion as to where to go on race day (if I am not familiar with the starting area or don’t have someone who knows where we are going) I Google all the information I can about it.
  • If I am not able to drive the course, I’ll study the course map and mentally run it.
  • I also have a “I expect you here and there” conversation with the hubby, making sure he knows what times to expect me where. 

At the race: 

  • As soon as I get there I find the line for the porta-potties, it makes me look like I have something to do. Even though my bladder might be empty, my brain thinks it’s overflowing. Once I am done with that I find my place in the crowd, take in all the chatter around me. I try to loosen my muscles by moving around a bit, and constantly tell myself to go slower the first few miles.
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Posted by on September 10, 2008 in Blogroll, Runner's Lounge