Monthly Archives: September 2008

Easy 3

Comments: Light drizzle outside, a bit chilly at first. Hurray, is summer finally over? Second fastest 3 miler in the last year and a half! I didn’t push it either, I’ll be doing that tomorrow.

I was going to run yesterday, but uhm, I forgot to put my running shoes in my gym bag. Doh! There is a first for everything, right? Today I packed an additional pair of shoes to rest in my locker, just in case I might need them.

Did two sets of Bench Tricep dips in the gym (I really need to get two benches for the home ‘gym’!)

Time: 10am

Weather: 62, overcast, drizzle

Clothes: Old MiT Shirt, Adidas Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (340.9 miles)

Distance: 3

Time: 30:32

Split: 10:11

Course: Under 670 (1.5 m out & back)

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Posted by on September 9, 2008 in 3, Running


Biking & Strength Training

Comments: Rode the bike then did strength training for the follwoing 45 minutes with emphasis on circuit training.

Distance: 6.6 miles

Time: 30 minutes

Course: Stationary Bike

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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in Stationary Bike, Strength Training


13.1 @ home (11:15) PR!

Comments: I was only going to run 10, but felt good at mile 5 that I decided to try the 13.1, that had been lingering in the back of my mind. My route, which is an out and back has lots of hills in them. They are fun when running down them, but coming back up after having run 6 and 8 miles (2 major hills) already is painful at times. They make the gradual 1/4 of a mile incline at mile 12 seem like nothing. BUT, I got it done! I ran the distance 6 seconds faster than my best 1/2 marathon time.

I GUed at mile 4, 8, and 12. The GU at mile 12 almost exited my body as soon as it entered it. I got really nauseous and almost threw up. I have to work on my GUing, I really need to switch to GUing every 5 miles, but it interferes with my drinking/walking every 2 miles. I shall mull over that one for a while. Maybe I can change my drinking to every 2.5 miles. Hmmm.

Overall I am satisfied with the run, but my right knee hurts a bit 😦 . My goal for the Columbus Marathon is under 2:25. I think I can do it!

Time: 6:15am

Weather: 60, overcast, dawn, drizzle for the first 4 miles

Clothes: MiT shirt, Adidas Shorts, Fuel Belt, Reflective Vest

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (327.8 miles)

Distance: 13.1

Time: 2:27:22

Split: 11:15

Course: Over Old Millersport Rd, and back.

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Posted by on September 6, 2008 in 13.1, Long Run, Running


3 @ work (10:23)

Comments: Easy paced (amazing how that pace used to make me huff and puff lol), nice run. I tried not to push it and had to slow myself down several times. It was humid out, but at least the sun wasn’t beating down on me.

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 72, overcast, humidity 68%

Clothes: Old MiT shirt, Adidas Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (324.8 miles)

Distance: 3

Time: 31:09

Split: 10:23

Course: Through North Banks Park, under I-670 and back (1.50 out and back).

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Posted by on September 5, 2008 in 3, Running


4 @ work (10:21) & Strength Training @ home

Comments: On my way to work in the morning the radio stationed mentioned that it will be another hot day. So I had the hubby tell my temporary boss (my actual boss is on vacation) that I will be late to work.

I had left my regular Garmin (Forerunner 205) at home so I used my backup (Forerunner 201) instead. What a difference in tracking between the both. The 201 was not able to track me 1/4 of the time. The 205 usually never looses me once it finds me. In the long run it didn’t matter, because all I needed was something to track my overall time. I already had the distance measured.

The run was good. This was my fastest 4 miler ever at work. 🙂 The thing is though, I tell myself to have a comfortable, slow run, just to enjoy what I am doing, but then I always start chasing my previous time. No, I don’t look at my watch during the run, but internally I want to run faster than the last time. I really need to work on that!

Time: 7:00am

Weather: 70, dawn

Clothes: Old MiT shirt, Pearl Izumi Shorts

Shoes: Grid (320.8 miles)

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 41:22

Split: 10:21

Course: To Goodale Park, x 2 and back.


Strength training at home using the weight machine, free weights, and stretch robe.

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Posted by on September 4, 2008 in 4, Running, Strength Training


1 Mile Virtual Race


This morning, just after I thought how my stomach hasn’t hurt much lately I started cramping (irritable bowl syndrome). It’s ached all morning on and off. Over the last few months I have really watched what I am eating (lost 10 lbs), cut out all carbonated drinks and only have chocolate as a treat after my Saturday long runs. I have an idea what food brought it on and could kick myself for eating it, but *sigh* you live and learn.

So with my stomach being on the not so happy side and my knee on the mend I set out to run my 1 Mile Virtual Race as set up by Life Strides (Reid). He is on a, for him very do-able, quest to break the 5 minute mile barrier. Knowing that we are all busy people he set the race date from 9/1 to 9/7. I have a long run to do on Saturday, my 1 mile virtual race was today.

I warmed up for .25 mile and then set the lap on my Garmin. My goal: To come in under 9:38, which was my previous fast mile (last mile in a 3 mile run) this year. Of course I was hoping for an under 9 minutes mile run, but knew that that would be pushing it.

Part of my race course.

Part of my "race course"; North Bank Park.

My fasted mile this year so far is, drum roll please… 9.09! I am happy about it, but also disappointed. Strange how that works. I ran a total of 2.62 miles with a 10:14 min/mile average.

During the run I learned (again) what the effects on your body are when you run too fast too early. Of course this time it was planned, but none the less it was a valuable lesson to (re) learn. My body was tired after that fast mile!


Good luck, Life Strides, with your goal and thank you for setting up this race. I’ll be sending you positives vibes on Saturday!

Time: 9:45am

Weather: 77, sunny, humid hot!

Clothes: Brooks sleeveless shirt, NB Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid ( 318.2 miles)

Distance: 1 mile Total: 2.62

Time: 9.09 Total: 26:44

Split: 9.09, overall: 10:12

Course: Through North Banks Park, under I-670 and back (1.31 out and back).

North Bank Park picture courtesy of karen08 at Columbus on Camera.


Posted by on September 3, 2008 in Blogroll, Race Report, Running, Virtual Race


August Numbers


  Running Elliptical Biking Total
August ’08 79 9.8 46.2 135

The running numbers are down from last month (94), but the biking numbers are up (0).

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Posted by on September 2, 2008 in Monthly Running Numbers



Comments: The house addition got to my knee once again! This time I was priming the walls in the basement and I guess my knee did not like me doing that (crawling on the floor to paint the bottom of the walls, and the ups and downs). My right one hurts. But, it only hurts when I put weight on it though and it is not bad today. The decision had to be made as to whether I should run or not. Reluctantly I am gave my knee another day to re-cooperate and hope I will be able to participate in the 1 mile virtual race tomorrow or Thursday. So, I got on the stationary bike instead.

Distance: 16.2 miles

Time: 45:00

Course: Stationary bike @ work


2 x 20 Bench Tricep Dips

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Posted by on September 2, 2008 in Biking, Knee Pain


Biking & Strength Training

Comments: I’d rather be running. 🙂 Knee hurts.

Distance: 6.2 miles

Time: 30:00

Course: Stationary bike @ home


Comments: None


Set Rep Description Weight Comments
2 20 Hanging Stomach Crunches At Home
2 20 Chest Press 1 block After 30 min bike
2 20 Military Press 1 block  
2 20 Bicep Curl   Stretch Rope
2 20 Stomach Crunches   Yoga Mat
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Posted by on September 1, 2008 in Biking, Knee Pain, Strength Training