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4 days to go! I am ready!

4 more days until the marathon, 3 more nights of rest, 2 more short runs, 1 stop at the expo…I am ready! On Sunday, we will see if I am able. 
Thanks to some willing friends and family members, I will have someone cheering for me just about every two miles starting around mile 9!!! I could not ask for any better support than that.
The weather is suppose to be great temperature wise. I just hope that the 30% chance of rain, is just that; a chance. I have no control over that one, so I’ll just leave it at that.
It has been a long journey, that included some really great runs and some really bad ones. I have made new running friends and reconnected with some others. Overall this has been my best season training wise. If you are in the Columbus area and are looking for a group to train with, I’d recommend looking into the Columbus Eastside Running Club. They are a great bunch of people to run and train with.
Thank you’s:
I want to take this opportunity to thank my husband Brian for being there during most of my long runs. I know at one point he wanted to throw in the towel, because it was really cold (and when you are moving on a bike you are colder than when you are running), but he stuck it out. I love the fact that he’s so supportive of my running and I am truly appreciative of everything he does for me. Without his help I would never have quit smoking and become the runner that I am today. I love you!
I am also thankful for my parents in law, who would occasionally watch our youngest daughter so I could run or would make us breakfast when my long run took us to their house. It is a great feeling when you are surrounded by people that are glad to help out without asking or expecting anything in return.
Another ‘thank you’ goes out to my son Brandon, who would ‘watch’ our youngest whenever I needed him to, so I could get my short, medium, or long runs in. It is great to have him in our lives, even though we sometime butt head (ever so gently).
Get read, get set, go!
Once I cross the starting line, I’ll just have to hope that all the training over the last 18 weeks is going to pay off. I am certain my body is ready, I have never been fitter (I have been thinner, but never fitter) and mentally stronger. All I can say is: “BRING IT ON!”
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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Pre-race jabber, Reflection


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


2.8 @ work (11:06)

Comments: The blisters are better. I can still feel them, but the urge to go outside today won and I promised myself to stop running should it become irritated.

The run was nice. I was trying to pretend that is was the first few miles of the 1/2 marathon. Going through a preflight check list so to speak. Making sure all engines are fireing and there is no major malfunctioning going on. The first mile is always a bitch when you are not warmed up. The second mile is not much better, but by the time the third rolls around things are good to go.

Even though I only ran (a bit under) 3 miles today I did go through the whole race in my mind:

  • Mile 4, 5, and 6 would be easiest part of the race. Those are my favorite miles to run.
  • During 7 and 8 I will try to relax my body as much as possible.
  • Sometime during mile 9 and 10 (I think) there will be cobble stone and I’ll have to watch my step (unless they changed the route), my feet will be sore and hitting them wrong will be like running on broken glass with no shoes on.
  • Mile 11 will be hard for me, uphill at times, if I remember correctly, but I’ll push through, because I just did 11 last week and was fine.
  • The 12th mile is dedicted to my boss who broke his leg skiing last month and was suppose to run the race. Last year he and his wife stood at mile 12 cheering me on. This year he won’t even be able to do that.
  • More than likely the last mile will be pure survival and not much of a thought process will be going on then! lol

Cranky, I almost signed up for the NY marathon (lottery) after reading your post that you might have no one to run with….but when I saw the entry fee of $155, I decided I need to make sure that’s what I really want to do this year! lol

Tomorrow I am taking the day off work…I shall put my feet up and not move much until the evening when we are meeting some friends for dinner at the Olive Garden for my pre-race dinner. Yummy!

1158 is my bib # should I have not mentioned it before.

I am ready to run…

Time: 10 am

Weather: 50ish

ClothesMiT shirt, Adidas shorts, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony Grid 5 Guide (278.6 miles)

Distance: 2.8

Time: 31:04

Split: 11:06

Course: Goodale Park and back via Nationwide Blvd.


Posted by on April 10, 2008 in 3, Pre-race jabber, Running