Monthly Archives: October 2008

Recovery 3

Comments: I forgot my Garmin at home…and I had taken my old Garmin home…oops. Oh well.

The run was good, nothing hurt and I took it slow. I did notice however that later on in the day I felt really tired. Somewhat like someone who had gotten over the flue, and with their first day back at work feeling really sluggish at the end of the day.

Time: 10:30 am

Weather: 41, nice and chilly

Clothes: Old MiT Shirt, Izuma Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 94.53 miles)

Distance: 3

Run Time: ??

Split: ??

Course: Goodale Park and back.

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Posted by on October 22, 2008 in 3, Run


Great day for a race!

Comments: We could have not asked for any better weather. Granted it was a bit chilly at the start, but if you are not new to the sport you know what to bring to keep you warm (trash bag or throw away shirt). So all was well.

The first 3 miles were a blur. It took me about 6 minutes to cross the starting line. I tried to run slow and managed an 11 minute mile the first mile. After that I gradually let myself go a bit faster, occasionally pulling on the ranes telling myself you still have the other half to run.

I gued around mile 4.74 at the water stop. And then again at mile 8 something. I realized a bit too late that I didn’t want to GU until mile 9 something, but oh well. At mile 8 I ran into a coworker who had planned to run a 9:40 pace. He had slowed down to use the potty. We chatted for a while and I let him go knowing he was planning on running faster than me. At mile 10 I realed him in, he was slowing down consiterably.

Around mile 8 I started looking for the hubby, but around mile 9 it dawned on me that he was suppose to be at mile 10. Good, because it gave me another mile to look forward to seeing him. And there he was a mile 10, waiting. I rewarded his patience with a kiss and moved on.

My goal was to run up High street, a 2+ mile stretch with 2 inclines, without walking. I did just that. During that stretch I saw the hubby again around mile 12. He asked how it was going and I told him I’d break 2:20!

Going around the corner up Nationwide Blvd was hard, my legs wanted to quit and my body was working overtime. But once I crossed Front street and it was all down hill from there I was running strong passing people left and right.

I had set 3 time goals for myself: 1. Come in under 2:25, 2. under 2:20, and 3. under 2:15. My finish time was 2:17:24. I am very happy about that! I am currently floating on Cloud 9 and I am ready to race my next 1/2. Well, after I stop being sore.

I am happy because:

  • The only time I walked was during water breaks. AND my last mile I ran a 10:14, and part of that was uphill. 🙂
  • I PRed by 10 minutes and 2 seconds! What will the furture hold?
  • I stepped on the scale this morning and I am officially no longer considered overweight. It’s been a long journey and was rewarded with a great race.
  • My sister in-law, who ran the Detroit marathon today, after 3 years of trying, finally qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Time: 7:30 am

Weather: 40’s, nice and chilly

Clothes: New MiT singlet, Izuma Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 81.43 miles)

Distance: 13.1

Run Time: 2:17:24

Split: 10:30

Course: Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon


TIaRT: Running Quotes and Sayings

This weeks theme at The Runners’ Lounge is “Running Quotes and Sayings“.

I only have a few that come to mind:

  • “Nothing is impossible!” – it helps me get up the hills and on the home stretches.

  • “Don’t put an age limit on your dreams!”– I still have so much to achieve, but sometimes feel like I am too old to go for it. When I heard Dara Torres say that on TV I thought “She’s talking to me!” and it’s been my mantra ever since.

  • “You can do it!!!!!”– I can hear Rob Schneider say that in “Mr. Deeds” or “The Waterboy” (Adam Sandler movies). He is cheering me on…

  • “Tell me again, why am I doing this?”– That’s the thought that ALWAYS comes to mind in the middle of the race…The answer usually is “Because you can, dumb-ass!”
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Posted by on October 16, 2008 in TIART


Stationary nerves

Comments: I am getting nervous, but I am not willing to show it, so don’t tell anyone. 😉

Today was my last official workout before the 1/2 marathon. Was it enough? Have I trained hard enough for it? Have I put enough miles in? Will my weight loss give me the PR I am so desperately seeking? The numbers seem to indicate it: I have lost 15 lbs since May…my shorter distance time is a minute per mile faster…I am not completely dead after my long runs…oy! Stop it already!

Tonight will be the night I’ll try to get some good sleep. I have been working on it this whole week, some nights are better than others. It seems like when my head hits the pillow early I am wide awake come 2 or 3 A.M. *sigh* Can’t win for loosing. Hopefully tonight I’ll be able to get some decent zzz’s.

I am picking my race packet up tomorrow at lunch and will have a nice pasta dinner in the evening (I don’t like to eat too heavy the night before). Food, that always gives me something to look forward too! 🙂

Good luck to everyone that is running this weekend! Remember: “Nothing is Impossible”

Distance: 16.2 miles

Time: 45 minutes

Course: Stationary Bike @ work


Posted by on October 16, 2008 in Biking, Blogroll, Pre-race jabber


3 w/side stitches

Comments: I had side stitches…wth? They started almost right out of the gate (so to speak). I was able to get them under control after about 1.5 miles. I was thinking “I don’t need THIS during the half!” It was not like I started like a bat out of hell…no, not so. I took it slow. I’ll have to brute over this one for a bit longer…

After I got back to the gym I did a lot of stretching plus 20 uninterrupted push ups. That felt good.

I keep looking at my running spreadsheet…omg, I only have three training days left!!! If I keep looking at it, the urge to go out and run or lift weights dramatically increases…yickes!

Tomorrow I’ll be getting on the stationary bike, and then it’s eat and rest until Sunday!
The good thing is that I have a new tab started (see purple) for the Capital City Distance Classic. So, life won’t come to an end after the 19th! (Thank goodness!)

Time: 10 am

Weather: 65, sunny (felt hot)

Clothes: New MiT singlet, Izuma Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 78.43 miles)

Distance: 3

Run Time: 31:29

Split: 10:30

Course: Goodale Park and back.

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Posted by on October 15, 2008 in 3, Blogroll, Pre-race jabber, Running


Last 4

Comments: Last 4 miler for sure. Tomorrow I’ll run 3 and that will be it…I plan on getting on the bike Thursday night and lift just a little bit of weights.

Found out today that a co-worker of mine is doing the 1/2 as well. How exciting!

Time: 10 am

Weather: 62, sunny (felt hot)

Clothes: 1/2 marathon shirt, NB Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 74.43 miles)

Distance: 4

Run Time: 40:45

Split: 10:12

Course: Goodale Park,  x 2 and back.

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Posted by on October 14, 2008 in 4, Running


Comfortable 3

Comments: Good run. Sad to be only running 3, but…soon!

Weather: 60, sunny

Clothes: MiT shirt, NB Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 70.43 miles)

Distance: 3

Run Time: 30:10

Split: 10:03

Course: Goodale Park and back

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Posted by on October 13, 2008 in 3, Running