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Yucky 4

Comments: A tempo run was on the schedule today, but I could tell before my body left the warm bed this morning that it would be a wasted effort. I should have just rolled over and stayed in bed. ūüėČ

The 4 miles I ran instead were just as much a struggle as the 3 mile tempo run would have been. I simply am not in synch today and it was very apparent during my run.

I was breathing hard a mile one already and had to concentrate on my breathing pattern (that usually doesn’t happen until about mile 6 or 7). Mile 2 was just as tough, and as I was starting into mile 3 I got side pains.¬† They accompanied me all the way back to work.

Tomorrow will be a better day. I’ll be lifting weights! :o)

Time: 10:00 am

Weather: 51, sunny

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 127.53 miles)

Distance: 4

Run Time: 40:20

Split: 10:05

Course: To Goodale Park, x 2 and back

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Posted by on November 5, 2008 in Running, Side Pains


Frustrating 10

Comments: For some reason I can’t seem to have decent ten mile runs. ūüė¶ The side stiches started at mile 1, even though I was running normal pace. Frustrating!

I wanted to see if I could run 4 miles, drink, Gu, run another 4 miles and drink and Gu again, but my body (or perhaps my mind) wanted nothing to do with that. I ran the first 4 miles with almost no problem, but felt the need to drink (and walk) at mile 6. That helped and I made it to mile 8. By then my legs felt really heavy and had to walk at mile 9.5 for just a short distance to get myself back into order.

Even though this was one of my fastest 10 milers, I feel like I failed. Live and learn, I guess. Next time I plan on running 2.5 miles, drink, run 2.5 miles, gue/drink, rinse and repeat. I am not sure if I’ll go another 13 miles or try to bump it up to 15. We’ll see how I feel by then.

Time: 7 am

Weather: 65 very humid, then windy

Clothes: Old MiT shirt, NB shorts, Fuel Belt

Shoes: Saucony Pro Grid ( 350.9 miles)

Distance: 10

Time: 1:52:13

Split: 11:14

Course: Past Lake Rd. and back.

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Posted by on September 14, 2008 in 10, Long Run, Running, Side Pains


12 @ home (11:17)

Comments: One second per mile faster and I’ll be on 1/2 marathon PR time. I was hoping to be a bit faster today, but I think the fast 3 miler yesterday put a slight damper on that.That’s OK, overall it was a good run.

Mile 9 and 10 were a struggle though. At mile 10 I took my headphones off (I was listening to “P1llars of the 3arth“…great book!) and just listened to my breathing. Mental pep talk: You are two miles from home, your body is adapting to the mileage, work it!” So I did. I was paid back with some tremendous left side pains, but at that time was only 1/2 mile away from 12, so I ran through it.

I GUed at mile 4 and 8, and drank every 2 miles.

My next long run will be either further than that, but I haven’t decided if I want to go just 13, or maybe 14, or perhaps jump all the way to 15. It is my intentions to run at least one 15 miler before the 1/2 marathon. We’ll see.

Time: 6:00 am

Weather: Mid 60’s, dusk, sunny @ the end

Clothes: Orange MiT Shirt, NB Shorts, Fuel Belt

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (306.2)

Distance: 12 miles

Time: 2:15:22

Split: 11:17

Course: Past Park Rd & back.

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Posted by on August 30, 2008 in 12, Long Run, Running, Side Pains


4 @ work (10:44)

Comments: Side pains again, starting around mile one. They did not get better until after mile 3. I wonder what’s up with that? Overall good run though. A bit hot (sunny) for my taste, and I didn’t have anything to drink with me.

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 75, sunny

Clothes: MiT Shirt, NB shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (281.2 miles)

Distance: 4

Time: 42:54

Split: 10:44

Course: To Goodale Park x2 and back.

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Posted by on August 20, 2008 in 4, Running, Side Pains


4 @ home (10:48) & Push Ups

Comments: Good run, negtative split. Met a new dog on the run. “Buddy”, who is really friendly, but doesn’t listen to his owner very well. I stopped my watch around mile 2.5 to greet him properly.

I did have side pains I had to work through starting at mile 1 through mile 3. ūüė¶

Time: 7:30PM

Weather: 70’s, dusk nice

Clothes: MiT Shirt, Adidas shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (277.2 miles)

Distance: 4

Time: 43:13

Split: 10:48

Course: Over 256 and back



Week 4 РDay 1: 16 x 13 x 13 x 11 x 19 (72 total) (My body was tired from the 4 mile run and the strength training from the day before, but I did all the required push ups)

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Posted by on August 19, 2008 in 100 Push-Ups, 4, Running, Side Pains


10 @ home (11:50)

Comments:This was not a good run. I guess you have to have those to appreciate the good ones. I felt like I was running fast (effort wise) the first 3 miles. But the Garmin informed me that even though I felt like a Cheetah, I was only moving at a snails pace. Mile 4 is downhill and in turn I picked up the pace. GUed at mile 4 (being that I was only running 10 I wanted to make sure I GUed twice; mile 4 and 8)

At mile¬†3 though 6 my feel hurt. Both of them! It felt like I was running without shoes. Usually it’s just the left one, but not this time. Around mile 6 the pain started to go away (strange), and mile 7 and 8 were really good ones. I felt strong, no pain. I GUed at mile 8.

Shortly after GUing I got terrible side pains. I had some earlier in the run, but these caused me to walk. Very dissapointing. Around mile 9.5 they went away and I was able to run the last 1/2 mile without problems.

During my run I learned,¬†from a nice orange road sign, that a 1 mile stretch (mile 6) of my loop is being closed for 7 weeks! Yikes. I’ll have to figure out where to run while they are working on it. I should use this as an incentive to run with the group on Saturdays.

Well, I am hoping that I have more luck with this Saturday’s 15 miler. I remember from last year, that that one kicked my butt!

Time: 6:00am

Weather: 70’s, overcast then sunny

Clothes: MiT Shirt, NB shorts, fuel belt

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (242.2 miles)

Distance: 10

Time: 1:58:23

Split: 11:50

Course: Loop at home

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Posted by on August 2, 2008 in 10, Long Run, Pain, Running, Side Pains


6 Group Run (11:30)

Comments: I was thinking that running with the 11 min/mile group should be safe. But not today. After mile 3 I had to walk. Side stitches had kicked in after about 1.5 miles and they ever so kindly stayed with me for the remainder of the run.

After running last year mostly by myself I came to realize today that I am not a pack rat, meaning I can’t run with a group. The last 3 miles I ran behind the group and did much better than the first half. I do enjoy the people in my pace group, but the next time I’ll go I’ll be running behind them and not in the middle of them. I felt like I was running in someone else’s shoes, being that we were running 2 by 2 and I had to match the person’s steps in front of me in order not to step onto their feet.

Mile 1: 11:24
Mile 2: 11:27
Mile 3: 12:00 (water stop)
Mile 4: 11:14
Mile 5: 11:18
Mile 6: 11:35 (water stop at mile 5.5)

I am not thrilled about my time, but I am ok with it.

Time: 7:30 am

Weather: Not sure, but it was friggin’ humid!

Clothes: MiT Shirt and NB shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (81.3 miles)

Distance: 6

Time: 1:08:55

Split: 11:30

Course: Group run, up and down the Olentangy Bikepath.

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Posted by on May 31, 2008 in 6, Group Run, Long Run, Running, Side Pains


3 @ work (11:06)

Comments: There are days when you have every intention to do well, but your body has other plans. Today was one of those those days. Mile 1 went fine 10:02, but then about the 1.5 mile mark I got some really nice side stiches and ran mile 2 in 11:23. I tried to concentrate on my breathing, but that didn’t help at all, so mile 3 was 11:53. So sad.

I noticed that depending on the time of the month my body performs differently. Just after having my period my runs are strong and I have lots of engery, but the week before my period starts it’s like trying to pull an old mare off the pastures and entering her into the K3ntucky Derby. It’s not a pretty sight.

So, I am content with my run today and I am looking forward to tomorrows group run.

Time: 10 am

Weather: 70, sunny

Clothes: Cotton shirt and NB shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (78.3 miles)

Distance: 3

Time: 33:18

Split: 11:06

Course: Under 33 and back.

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Posted by on May 30, 2008 in 3, Pain, Running, Side Pains


3 miles @ home (11:21)

Comments: My training required 3 miles today. First time actually running in the rain (not counting my¬†short lived¬†13 miler in September). As I am running I am trying to keep my tempo slow. My body just wants to get the run done as fast as possible, but my mind is telling it “slow down, you need to pace yourself.”

People keep asking me what time I plan on running the marathon. That is really tough for me because I still haven’t learned to pace myself. I know if I go out any faster then 11 min/mile the first few miles I’ll be crawling the last few miles. So I’ll try to keep John Bingham’s words in regards to the first few miles in front of my eyes (something like): If you feel you¬†are running to fast, you are, slow down! If you feel you are running just right, you are going to¬†fast, slow down! ¬†

I had some pretty intense side pains during this run, which of course sent my mind wondering what caused them. I am trying to convince myself that the bagel I had just before I headed out the door is why I hurt. I haven’t had side pains like that in a long while and it’s not like I was running really hard.

This is 3 mile run was one of the few times I ran without a ‘bug in my ear’. I wanted to concentrate on my breathing. I am now toying with the idea of running the marathon without the mp3 player. (I might just put it on my belt, and the headphones in my pouch, just in case)

My boss came back from vacation today and his first words out his mouth where “Are you ready?” I said “Oh, am I ever!” and we both laughed. It is great to work for someone who has the same hobby you have. He’s actually toying with the idea of running a marathon…I am so excited for him, because he’s always tried making excuses “I am too old (58), I don’t have the time, blah blah, blah”, but I think he’s been bitten by the marathon bug!

My game plan today and tomorrow is to make a list of all the things I need to have ready for the big day.

Signed up for the Flying Feather Four Miler in November.

Some people, when they get nervous, they talk a lot…I write a lot! ūüėČ

>>>4 days to go to the Columbus Marathon<<<

Time: 5:30 pm

Weather: 70, rain

Clothes: MiT Technical Shirt, Adidas Shorts

Shoes: Saucony

Distance: 3

Time: 34:02

Split: 11:21

Course: To Wollard and back.


Posted by on October 17, 2007 in Countdown, Running, Side Pains


3 miles @ home

Comments: We worked on the addition (of the house) all day; my knees where complaining and my hamstrings were sick of being used. lol But I only had to run three, so out I went for an easy run.

I wore my Ascis, they have a bigger toe box. I did not get the inserts as I wanted to and around mile 2 it was starting to hurt under my foot in the ball area, under the bone that leads to my middle toe. If I don’t have inserts by the next time I run I’ll be wearing the Izumi on my left and the Asics on my right foot to ease the pain.

Negative split! I was excited about that. And I saw a deer jumping across the street in front of me. So it was a good run. If I only could be half as graceful running as the deer was at jumping! lol

Time: 7 pm

Weather: mid 65’s

Clothes: Adidas Shirt, Adidas Shorts

Shoes: Asics Gel-1120

Distance: 3.07

Time: 34:27

Split: 11:14

Course: Towards 256


Posted by on September 3, 2007 in Pain, Running, Side Pains