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Day 5 – Group Run

Comments: I had a great run! It was nice to see familiar faces. There had to have been at least 400 people running, broken down into various pace groups, of course, but that’s a lot of people.

I hung with the 11:00 pace group, we ran 2.75 miles to the water stop, drank and turned around. The group stopped again shortly after mile 5, but I kept on going and finished out my 6 without stopping again. I have not felt this strong in a long time, AND I did intervals the day before. I am very happy about that.

School finals are approaching, I have two final papers to write and one final exam, plus another quiz. I can’t wait for this quarter to be over; just so it can all begin two weeks later again!

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 60, sunny, nice!

Shoes: Saucony Progrid Guide 2

Distance: 6 miles

Time: 1:06:26

Split: 11:05

Course: Olentangy Bike Trail

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Group Run, Long Run, Run, Running

 

Day 4 – Intervals

Comments: What great running weather! It could have been a titch cooler, but I take the below 60 degree run anyday. I need to do interval training once a week to become a faster runner. Today was the day. In the past I’d run 1/4 of a mile at a decent pace, then pick it up, then recover, pick it up, and so on. But usually by the time I get to my second to last set I am not running much faster than a snail. In order to be still able to pick up the pace at the end, I decided to walk a bit more during the recover period. For one, it makes me stronger at the end, and for two I enjoy the run just a bit more and don’t have my tongue hanging down to my feet when I finish. I don’t like those kind of runs.

Tomorrow is my first group run. 6 miles. I am looking forward to it, just not the hour long drive there and back home. 😮

Considering the amount of walking I did today during my run, I am very pleased with the time, and the fact that I didn’t kill myself out there.

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 58, sunny, nice!

Shoes: Saucony Progrid Guide 2

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 31:47

Split: 10:36

Course: Along Scioto River

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2009 in Running, Uncategorized

 

Day 3 – Rest…Mike Rowe’s “burpie” workout

I’ll have to try this one of these days, but I am afraid my knees will give me a fit!

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2009 in Blogroll

 

Day 2

Comments: The run was bit tougher today than yesterday. I think it’s because I hadn’t run in over a week and my legs were fresh yesterday. That’s ok.

Yesterday I signed up with Marathoners in Training (MiT). I wasn’t sure if I was going to train with them again, the Saturday runs are an hour away, but I am afraid that if I didn’t, I would not train right or at all. It is all silly I know and I am looking forward to this Saturday’s run.

I started listening to a new book on tape. The Scold’s Bridle by Minette Walters. I have read the book before, but it’s been a couple of years, and I don’t remember “who done it”. I really enjoy this auther, she writes the plots and twists really well. I have read Disordered Minds as well, and will listen to that next. After that I plan on starting with her oldest novel and work myself to her newest one, depending on what is available on CD’s on tape.

My legs are tired. I might make tomorrow a rest day or just push some peddles around.

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 71, sunny, humid!

Shoes: Saucony Progrid Guide 2

Distance: 3.1 miles

Time: 34 something

Split: Not sure

Course: To Goodale Park and back

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2009 in Blogroll, Running

 

Day 1

Comments: Today started DAY ONE of my half marathon training adventure (No. 10). My goal is to be able to cross the finish line in a faster time than last year.

I just read through some old posts of mine back from August ’07. Even though I am not much faster now than I was back then, I have learned so much about myself and the sport. I would not trade it for the world.

An update on my father-in-law: He endured his 8th chemo last week and took a tumble that evening when he got dizzy and fell. We learned that the toilett is much harder than his head, and now he is sporting a good sized boo-boo on his forehead. He has 3 chemos left and I will be so glad for him when this is over. He is just so miserable and each chemo treatment just hits him harder. I am so very proud of him for staying so strong (even though he feels so weak).

Last week the hubby and I went on our annual quadding (four wheeler) trip to Michigan. Just like the previous years, we had a great time and hated having to come back. If retirement is all about that kind of life, then I am ready to retire today!

Here are a few pictures from our adventure. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did when they were taken.

I found what appears to be a good application for my iPhone. I currently track my running on http://runningahead.com (and plan to continue to do so). That website is now integrated with Facebook (until the app is approved by FB you can find the app link here). However, the technical geek that I am not, I am always looking for great gadget or application to tickle my fancy. I found this: Pace. I wish it would also allow me to add non-running workouts, perhaps that will come in future updates.

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 67, sunny

Shoes: Saucony Progrid Guide 2

Distance: 3.1 miles

Time: 33:09

Split: 10:42

Course: To Goodale Park and back

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Blogroll, Running

 

Ahhh, soo much better…

My shoes, they came in yesterday…hurray!

Even though they were not laced the way I usually lace them (haven’t had time to do that), the run today was a good one. My feet didn’t hurt like they did last Saturday. It is amazing what a pair of shoes can do for you. I am actually looking forward to running again.

I signed up for the Columbus 10k on June 7th. Last year that day was incredibly hot. I am hoping that it won’t be like that this year. It should be fun none the less.

 
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Posted by on May 13, 2009 in Running

 

The shoes gotta go

The four miles I ran today started to get painful after mile two. I am not sure why I even tried, that was rather silly. The run otherwise was good. Even though the feet hurt, it felt good to be running again.  I ordered shoes last Wednesday. Hopefully they come in soon.

The colonoscopy did not show anything wrong with me and now it’s on to checking my small intestines. I have never gone without eating for a whole day and I now look at people that go on a hunger strike from a totally different perspective. I was allowed to drink water, Sprite and eat jello, and at the end of the day I was sick of that. lol The whole ordeal made me loose 5 lbs. The goal is to keep it off and loose some more along the way.

The family bought the Wii Fit. Our youngest is working her little heart out on that right now. I plan on using it as part of my cardio workout, just to make it a little fun.

We are going on vacation next Saturday. I am looking forward to that. After we get back I plan on getting onto the bandwagon for the 1/2 in October, training for the Spirit of Columbus 1/2 marathon (August) along the way.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2009 in Blogroll, Running

 

Cap City 1/2

Ok, so it seems (at least to me) that writing a race report about your 9th ½ marathon is like taking pictures of your 4th child. It is something that’s just not high on the priority list. 😉 But here it is:

The alarm didn’t go off. The husband told me that he set it the night before to go off at a certain time, but we forgot that it only goes off during the week. Luckily my internal alarm clock works just fine and we got out of the house with plenty of time to spare.

We picked up my parents-n-law on the way to Columbus. Roger was in a good mood and feeling well. They dropped me off at work and I walked to the Hyatt Regency where the Team was meeting up. The hubby and Co. went to Tim Hortons to get something to eat before standing outside for several hours.

We all (the Team) met up before the race in a conference room, had some refreshments, a team picture, and then walked together to the starting area. I stood in line for the port-a potty and then worked my way towards the starting corral part that matched my projected finish time. The weather was great! After about ten minutes of people watching the gun went off and the ‘race’ was on.

The first 2 miles flew by. I ‘ran into’ a co-worker and we silently ran next to each other for half a mile or so until we got to the first water stop. He was on a mission so away he went. He ended up finishing 9 minutes ahead of me, which was a great accomplishment on his part.

Around mile 3 my left food started to hurt; on the bottom, right below the toes. Damn shoes, I knew they wouldn’t hold up! That’s why I switched away from Asics in the first place; they don’t have the front cushion support that I need. I should have known better than to switch back to them. Around mile 5 the other foot started to hurt too. *sigh*

But, I kept on trekking. The race actually didn’t become hard until about mile 9. I saw the father-in-law just shortly before that. He had made a sign for me. (I was running in his honor). At mile 10 I saw some friends from MiT that cheered me on and then a co-worker and his wife at mile 11. That was such a nice surprise and really lifted my spirits.

Shortly after that one of the TNT coaches ran with me for about a ½ mile. While we were running a couple came up behind us and the guy said, “Give my best to Roger.” He had read the sign on the back of my shirt “Running 4 Roger”. I told him that I would do that for sure and thanked him. The coach knew I would have no problems finishing the race so he turned back to help some other TNT members.

The last mile was tough, but it helped that I saw the family again about a ½ mile before the finish. I was not able to kick it in, but I knew that I would not be completely dead afterwards.

I finished in 2:29:05 (my goal was 2:30) and received my medal. I walked to the TNT tent and received my 13.1 TNT pin from a Leukemia survivor, which was really touching. I then went to find my family and gave my father-in-law my medal for him to keep. I had been debating on giving it to him then or to wait until his chemo therapy was done. But, I thought that it would mean more to him getting it now. He was very touched and I was glad he was able to watch me run.

Overall it was an emotional experience, from raising the money to running the race. I ended up raising over $3100 and received a plaque from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society honoring my efforts. I am glad it is over, even though my worrying about Roger will continue for months. However, just like in the race, you charge forward one step at a time.

I have already decided which race is next on my agenda; the Spirit of Columbus ½ marathon August 30th. This will be my 10th ½ marathon!!! The schedule is written and training will officially start after we come back from vacation. I am looking forward to our yearly trip of a week of quadding at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes.

There will be no running for me this week. I did get on the bike today and everything felt fine. My left foot is still sore underneath and I will get me a new pair of Saucony’s before I go back out again on Saturday. My legs just have a trace of soreness, but that should be gone by the time I go out and run.