Monthly Archives: December 2008

Good feelin’ 4

Comments: Well, once again I forgot my Garmin…lol But then that’s not what it is all about, right? I had a really good, strong feeling run today. It was could, but that’s nothing new nowadays.

I  got side stitches again after a ½ mile (left side) and then again 1 and a half mile in (right side). They are like unwelcomed in-laws, they come when they want to and leave when they are good and ready, but never anytime soon. If this keeps up I’ll have to come up with names for the two sides.

Aside from the sitches, this was one of the better feeling runs I have had in a while. Tomorrow I’ll be running 6 or 8 (depending on how I feel) and in the afternoon I’ll be going to Frontrunner for 2 hours to wrap purchases/gifts for donations. Hopefully I’ll make enough to cover the cost of the wrapping paper, etc.! haha

After the run today I immediately went to the potluck our floor was having and ate pretty good until I eyed the 7-layer Chocolate cake…OMG!!! Yep, I had a nice slice. Yep, it was good! That’s why I run, right, to have goodies like that without feeling too guilty.

Time: 11 am

Weather: 30’s, overcast, occasional snow flurries

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 190.9 miles)

Distance: 4

Mileage y. t. d.: 714.32

Run Time: No Garmin

Split: N/A

Course: To Goodale Park, x 2 and back


Posted by on December 12, 2008 in Blogroll, Running


3 among friends

Comments: Met up with A and E, both Team in Training runners, in the gym at work. A has just started running, E on the other hand has done a mini triathalon before.

We walked a little bit and then started running. It was slow, granted, but it was nice chatting with them. We ran out a mile and turned around. I was expecting A stop after that but she kept right on trucking. I tried giving her some encouraging words, but I am not really good that that. At about mile 1.75 she notacibly slowed down, but did not walk. I was clearly impressed with the running progress she has made over the last month.

They headed back towards work and I put another mile in just because I felt good.

It was nice running with people and I am hoping with can make that a weekly thing.

Time: 12 pm

Weather: 30s, over cast

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 187.7 miles)

Distance: (about) 3.2

Run Time: Garmin battery died

Split: N/A

Course: To Mile Marker 1 and back, plus loop around COSI.

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Posted by on December 10, 2008 in Running, Running w/friends


Snow Covered 4

Comments: The first mile to the park was cleared of snow. Only in a few places was there some snow/ice left on the sidewalks. But, the loop around the park was another story. Oh, the exercise my ankles got this morning had to be the most they have gotten in a long time. But, to make a long story short, I did not trip nor fall the 2 miles I covered on snow. I win! 😉

I got side stitches again, this time about ½ mile in on the left side, then another ½ mile later it switched to the right side. I tried to concentrate on my breathing pattern, but my brain was much more turned into the music from John Mayer then paying attention to my body. Another 1/2 mile or so the side stiches became much better.

At the end of the run I was feeling really good and I am glad I went outside even though it was pretty cold out.

Time: 11 am

Weather: 26, over cast

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 183.7 miles)

Distance: 4

Run Time: 40:50

Split: 10:13

Course: To Goodale Park, x 2 and back.

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Posted by on December 8, 2008 in Running


Jingle Bell Run 5k

Comments: The drive to Columbus and back home was more exhausting then the race itself. I saw, over the course of my travel up and back, one car turn upside down, one in the concrete median and many cars in the ditch or stopped by the highway devider (metal strings) from crossing over to the other lane. At one point I was asking myself why I was even attempting this. Because I had people give me money to run, that’s why. After all this was for a good cause.

I only collected $80, unlike the $400+ last year, but I hate pushing myself on people too much, and with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fund raising going on I don’t want to wear out my welcome.

The race itself wasn’t nearly as exciting as the car ride, but it was just as slippery in spots. Unlike the Turkey run, I lined up a bit closer to the front. It also helped that they had the runners line up on High Street and the walkers on Nationwide Blvd.

I battled side stiches again, but not nearly as bad as during the Turkey run. My goal was to run under 10 minutes per mile and I did that. I came in at 29:53, a 9:38 min/mile pace. Yesssss!!!

Time: 10 am

Weather: 20’s, little snow

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 180.6 miles)

Distance: 3.1

Run Time: 29:53

Split: 9:38

Course: Jingle Bell Run 5k for the Arthritis Foundation

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Posted by on December 6, 2008 in Race, Race Report, Running


Flying Feather Pics

They didn’t take any pictures during the race, just at the beginning and end. I found these. The last part of the race is up hill and then to finish you have to bank right. In this picture I (in red jacket) sprinted up the hill and we are ready to turn right towards the finish line.


Even though I didn’t run the race as fast as I hoped, I found some solace in the fact that I chased this woman (I have no clue who she is) down at the end.



Posted by on December 4, 2008 in Blogroll, Pictures


4 mo’

Comments: Yesterday health wise was not a good day. I woke up with an upset stomach and decided, after dropping the youngest at the sitter that it was a good day to stay home. In the “Lost and Found” department in our household it was however a good day. I found my iPod (between the passenger seat and the door in the car), my TNT running shirt (amidst the daughter’s clothes), and my older Gamin, which I was going to lend to someone (just were it suppose to be, in the cupboard, just a tad to the right though). During the afternoon my stomach settled down.

Today I woke up feeling much better. I went to Front Runner to pick up my running packet for Saturday’s Jingle Bell run and picked up a new running jack while there. Wo-hoo! I love my ( 4+ year) old Brooks jacket, but the tap that you pull the zipper up and down with disappeared a year or so ago and with this jucky weather it was time to get a newer one.

During the run today I had side stiches again 😦 , first on the left, then on the right, after about 2 miles they went away.

My pace is slowing down. I won’t become concerned until I run 10:30 or slower though. I do need to start watching what I am eating, I think that had ALOT to do with it. *sigh*

Time: 11 am

Weather: 36

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 176.6 miles)

Distance: 4

Run Time: 40:56

Split: 10:14

Course: To Goodale Park x 2 and back.

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Posted by on December 4, 2008 in Running


Another cold 4

Comments: Forgetting the iPod, be it the Shuffle or the Nano, is becoming a habit. To forget about the cold I brought my cell phone with me in the meantime to listen to my book . That worked out pretty well.

The side stitches started around mile 1.5. I am not sure what’s up with that. They lastest about a mile. I wasn’t pushing myself, so I have no idea why they appeared.

I am looking forward to 40 to 50 degree weather. This 20 to 30 is just a bit too cold for me.

Time: 10:30 am

Weather: 25 (feels like 15 according to

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 172.6 miles)

Distance: 4

Run Time: 40:38

Split: 10:10

Course: To Goodale Park x 2 and back.

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Posted by on December 2, 2008 in Running