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Signed up for the 1/2

I signed up for the Columbus 1/2 Marathon & 5k (August 26th). But the plan it to get up there early and run 4 miles before the race. So I actually won’t be running the race, but rather using the course to get my 17 miles in. If I can’t get the run in before hand then the plan is to do that after I get back home.

I am glad today is a rest day. My legs are pretty sore. I brought my gym bag with me, just in case, but my body needs to rest.

One of my fellow runners suggested Epsom salt in hot tub of water (for an hour!), so I’ll buy some tonight and try it. It can’t hurt! 🙂

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Posted by on August 13, 2007 in Misc, Rest


The Stick


I stopped at the Columbus Running Co. store this evening and picked me up “The Stick”. My sister in-law has one and has been raving about it for months. After going to the massage therapist yesterday I thought that I should get one to continue massaging my muscles.

The sales guy asked me if I have ever used one. When I told him no, he said “Just wait, you’ll get addicted. I usually have one behind the counter.”

So I tried it. It didn’t hurt, so that’s good. It did feel good going over the quads and hamstrings. I did notice that I have to watch how I use it otherwise the rollers end up pinching my skin. I’ll have to see how it goes over the next few weeks with it.

Do you have one? If so, how often do you use it and when do you find it most beneficial to use it?

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Posted by on August 8, 2007 in Accessory Review, Misc


Another, another 1/2 marathon?

I asked my boss  yesterday, who’s 58, if he was going to run the 1/2 marathon part in the Columbus Marathon in October. And finally, after months of asking him he said yes. I think that’s so cool! He’s been running for years, but has always said that he just doesn’t have the time to train for it. So over the last few month I have been giving him little presents, such as books on training, etc. lol I doubt that I’ll see him during the race (he’s even slower than I am), but we’ll have memories to share the following Monday. 🙂

After he said yes he mentioned that he saw that there is a half marathon in the end of August in Columbus, so I went out and “googled” it. He said he might be running that one with his daughter. So I think I am going to run it as well. It’s a 17 mile day that day, so after I get home I’ll just head out and do a 2 mile out and 2 mile back (gosh, that at one point was a long run for me lol).

So, the end of August (26th) it looks like I’ll be running the Columbus 1/2 Marathon if I make it past the 15 miler this weekend. None the less I am very excited! 🙂

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Posted by on August 8, 2007 in Misc



I currently have a terrible hick-up, coming every 10 seconds or so, which is very loud if I have my mouth open when it hits me. My youngest son (15) made the smart a$$ comment: “If you get lost we should be able to find you!” lol

No running or lifting weights today. My leg and hip hurt pretty bad last night so I am not running until Monday. I did put some easy laps in at the pool, more working on my tan than trying to loosen my muscles. The leg is so much better this evening, I am not in pain anymore.

I shall go now and try rid myself of this terrible hick-up…someone come and scare me!

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Posted by on July 6, 2007 in Misc, Rest



The knot in the back of my leg is gone, but it has been replaced with a nagging pain on the side of the right leg where the leg bone goes into the hip. This makes me wonder if it is my IT band.

The game plan is to see what I can do today in the gym without pushing it past my limits.

Stay tuned…

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Posted by on July 5, 2007 in Misc, Pain


Road ID

If you are a runner, cycler, sports fanatic, or just think that you might get hit by a bus and no one will know who you are, you should get one:

A Road ID!

I have been sporting the wrist band for a good few years now, but finally got the one for the shoe. This way I can attach it and never have to worry about forgetting it or getting a tan line!

Attach and go! You don’t even know it’s there!

I ordered a shoe ID for myself after I found out that my boss didn’t have any kind of identification on him when he runs. When I ordered his (his b-day is coming up) I ordered one for myself *snicker*. The wrist ID is going on the “Wall of Fame”.

The boss had a friend who was running, had a heart attack, and passed on. According to him it took the police 2 days to locate his family, who had been looking for him. The road ID would have sped up the process.

(I have my blood type and alergies listed on the band.) I know thought that having the RoadID might not save my life, but it won’t leave my loved ones in the dark should something happen.

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Posted by on June 27, 2007 in Accessory Review, Misc


Workout Plan

I have come up with a workout plan that should fit my needs:

Monday: Hills Run

Tuesday: Eliptical

Wednesday: Regular Run

Thursday: Weight lifting

Friday: Eliptical

Saturday: Long Run

Sunday: Rest!

If I run every day I will get burned out, but throwing the eliptical rider in there like that and the weight lifting on Thursdays it should balance it out.

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Posted by on June 22, 2007 in Misc


H2O anyone?

Teri , her running coatch and I are in competition…not your ordinary competition, and it’s not really a competition, but we are trying to drink 100 oz of water per day.

 Her coach does that on a daily basis, so the ‘competition’ is just between Teri and I, and we are just trying to live up to his example (almost impossible). I haven’t been doing too good over the last few days, but today I have taken in already *doing some math here* 89.8 oz of water and it’s only lunch time.

I feel like a really big water jug right now! lol

Edit: It is now 3pm and I am up to 126 oz! I am switching to Gatorade and munched on some pretzels, after all I don’t want to drown myself. It was not as hard as I thought to get past 100. The daily recommended dose is 3 qt. (96 oz). I wonder if I can log the trips to the bathroom as milage on my daily log! 😉

Edit  – edit: Total amount of water consumed ended up being 179 ounces. After the pm rush hour run I ended up drinking the 1 liter bottle that I had slated for the next day! At home I ended up slurping down another 16.9 oz. (My Diet Pepsi feels neglected!)

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Posted by on June 7, 2007 in Misc


New toy

Last Monday I bought a new toy, a Sansa e250R ($99). The R stands for Rhapsody, which is a membership-based music service (provided by Best Buy) that gives you unlimited access to a catalog of millions of full length, CD-quality tracks. Listen whenever you want, get personalized music suggestions tailored to your musical tastes, and take your music with you wherever you go. You can either download specific music, and/or you can select a ‘channel’, which is genres/taste based and just update that channel on your Sansa.   

I like the channel option, because this way I don’t have to sit there and change the music on my mp3 player when I get sick of what’s on there, the software does that for me. Granted I might end up with a few songs I don’t care for, but I enjoy running not knowing what kind of music/song is coming next. I do still have my “playlists” and occasionally listen to them.  

My stepdaughter has a Sansa 240 without the Rhapsody service, but we are still able to download songs, she just doesn’t have the channel option.  

If you want to buy music that is from another country (say Herbert Groenemeyer) on iTunes you have to belong to that countries iTunes service, with Rhapsody I was able to download Herbert’s newest CD without any problems.   

The full service per month cost $14.99, but with the purchase of the mp3 player I got 2 months for free. $14.99 is the cost of a CD per month, and well worth the money. The only downfall is that once you cancel the service you loose access to all those songs, unless you purchased them.  

I bought a cover for it for protection (I am good with dropping things! 😉 ), which has a belt loop in the back. My fuel belt fits through that loop just right. I haven’t bought the arm band for it yet, when I don’t run with the fuel belt I hold it (carefully) in my hand.  

The only thing I don’t like about it so far is that you can’t just plug it into your computer to charge it, it requires a cord. And when you plug it in to charge it up you can’t listen to the music, which sucks when you are on a computer at work that doesn’t have the software on it. Also it is not compatible with the iPod. So now I have two music programs on my PC lol  

Overall I am very happy with it and the hubby is happy because he gets my iPod!:)

Edit: After about a month of use I still like it. However while running it is a bit hard to change the song to something else. Say a song comes on that I don’t want to listen to at that moment the small buttons are hard to hit while running, specially when the mp3 is attached to a running belt. But I do have a leatherslip cover over it, that might contribute to the difficulty.

Turning the volume up or down is very easy with the wheel, but I have had the wheel get stuck before. Overall I still like it, but I wish the button where a bit easier to push.

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Posted by on June 7, 2007 in Accessory Review, Misc


On Vacation

Didn’t go running today, we didn’t crawl out of bed until 10:30am and headed towards the dunes instead. Going back at it tomorrow!!! I saw someone jogging by and I felt guilty for just a minute. lol I do plan on getting a few miles in tomorrow.


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Posted by on May 22, 2007 in Misc