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PR! – Athens Half Marathon April 1, 2012

I entered the race just for fun, to be with friends who love to run like I do (most of them a bit faster than I am). Turns out the stars were alligned just right and a PR was bound to happen.

The hubby drove to Athens (Ohio) with me to cheer me on. That doesn’ t happen to often and I was glad to have him a long. Race packet pick up was prior to the race about a 1/2 mile from the starting line. The place where we picked up the packet was also the finish line. With the packet picked up and bib attached we were off to the starting line, walking through the beautiful Ohio University campus.

Starting Line

Starting Line

The course, which is overall very flat, starts with a very steep downhill part. I was a bit worried about my knee and calf/achilles, after the experience in Mississippi and the following injuries I had. But my body held up! I ran into an old running buddy, Kelly, shortly after the start. She is much faster than I am, but just getting back into running after spitting out her second child. We ran together for a while. She was a tad bit too fast for me, and I dropped back…eventually I got into my stride and I caught back up to her. We, including a runner from West Virginia that Kelly had befriended, ran most of the second half of the race together.

Mile 5 - Kelly is a little behind me (in pink)

At the turn-around point it occurred to me that I could PR if I kept that pace up the second half. However, the first half of the race was on a slight decline, meaning the returning part would be at an incline. But with Kelly at my side, happily cheering me on and keeping my mind occupied with life stories, we were still going strong at mile 10.

The miles just went by so fast, but I did notice that we had slowed down just a little bit. Mile 13 however, made up for it, running my second fastest mile in that race.  We entered the stadium with about 600 yards to go. After the first 200 were behind us, we could see the clock, and Kelly said “You got this!”. She then shouted to our friends, who were waiting for us, “She is going to PR!” and they started cheering like crazy. So loud as a matter of fact that I could hear them all the way on the other side of the track!

Kelly: "Where did she go?"

Kelly high 5-ing while I am dying! 🙂

Kicking it in!

With about 100 yards to go, I kicked it in some more…don’t know where that came from, and I PRed by 32 seconds! What a great feeling!

Running Friends

Running Friends!

This was my easiest PR ever and so unexpected, it makes it twice as nice. Am I glad that I had signed up to spend the day with friends.

Me, Kelly, and the lady from West Virginia


Fast 4

Comments: Another great run…fastest 4 miler YET. Gosh I LOVE this weather!

>>>26 days to go until the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon<<<

Time: 10 am

Weather: 72, sunny…N I C E

Clothes: Adidas shirt and shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide (17miles)

Distance: 4

Run Time: 39:39

Split: 9:55

Course: Goodale Park, x 2 and back.

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Posted by on September 23, 2008 in 4, Running, Strong Run


Strong 14 miler

Comments: What a difference a week makes. OMG. Last week I was almost ready to give up running and this week I had a GREAT run. This was the best run, time wise and feeling wise, I have ever had. 🙂
I drank every 2.5 miles and GUed every 5. This is a switch from my previous long runs where I drank every 2, GUed every 4. It worked out REALLY well.

My 1/2 marathon time was…2:23:49!!! I already broke my October 1/2 marathon goal of running under 2:25:00! The hubby said “change it to 2:20:00 then. Uhm, no. I will do what I will do come October! 🙂 I am psyched though!

If you every are looking for a great book to listen to, get “World Without End“. It had my attention throughout the whole run.

29 days to go until the Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

Time: 7 am

Weather: 60’s, nice!

Clothes: Old MiT shirt, NB Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide (4 miles)

Distance: 14 miles

Time: 2:33:31

Split: 10:58

Course: Over Old Millersport Rd and back.

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Posted by on September 20, 2008 in 14, Long Run, Running, Strong Run


3 @ work (9:54)

Comments: Wow! what a great run. I have not run this fast in years! The great thing about it was that I wasn’t dead afterward. I am so psyched! lol

Mile 1: 10:01
Mile 2: 10:05
Mile 3: 9:38 Oy!

No iPod, no walking, no side pains. I tried to tell myself during the second mile to just relax that I would try to pick it up during mile three.

Signed up today for the Columbus Marathon (1/2 marathon), which is October 19th. I was a little sad that I wasn’t running the full one this year. But my husband pointed out that I am a much happier running with not that many miles to run every day. And he’s right.

I am running 12 tomorrow and I am really looking forward to the mileage and on Sunday we are going Kayaking as our 8th wedding anniversary get away. I am looking forward to that as well. I hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend!

Time: 10:00 am

Weather: 75 Sunny, humid, with a little wind

Clothes: Old MiT Shirt, NB Shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (303.2)

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 29:42

Split: 9:54

Course: Under 670 (1.5 m out & back)


Posted by on August 29, 2008 in 3, Running, Strong Run


4 @ work (10:24)

Comments: This run was better than yesterday’s, but only because I had no side sitches. I felt strong. Instead of playing the “run to there game” and then walk, I played the “let’s run to there faster” game. It worked, because this is my fastes 4 miler since I have been writing down my times religiously (since 1/9/2007). I know I used to run faster than this (9:30 min/miles); in 2005. But for now I am excited.

Certainly the cooler temperatures have something to do with this, but I would also like to think that all this strength training has helped too.

While in the gym after my run, I first stretched and then did some tricep bench dips. Instead of using one bench though I placed my feet on another bench. I did 2 sets of 20. It kicked my butt, or triceps rather. After I got up one of the regular guys made a comment.

JJ: I only see a few women who do the bench dip that way. It’s not easy.

Me: Yeah, I have big triceps.

In hindsight I should have just said “thank you” lol. I think that all those pushups that I have been doing really helped re-develop my tries. I am going to stop the Push-Up Challange though. I feel I need to concentrate on my upper body weight workout (all around) instead of trying to get to 100 push ups. The program is great though and I recommend it to anyone.

Time: 10:00 am

Weather: 65, light rain

Clothes: MiT Shirt, NB shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (299.2 miles)

Distance: 4

Time: 41:35

Split: 10:22

Course: To Goodale Park, 2 loops and back.

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Posted by on August 27, 2008 in 4, Running, Strong Run


4 @ work

Comments: As soon as I turned my Garmin on it told me that it’s batteries were low. Well, I be dang! I had just recharged that silly apparatus. But, I must have had a blond moment and put it on the charger while still on, so when I removed it off the charger it died a slow, but certain death. Urgh! I see another charge in it’s immediate future.

The run was a very good one. One of my strongest so far, I think. I ran the whole 4 miles without stopping. 🙂

Time: 10:00 am

Weather: mid 60’s, sunny

Clothes: MiT Shirt, NB shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (295.2 miles)

Distance: 4

Time: ??:??

Split: ??:??

Course: To Goodale Park, 2 loops and back.


Posted by on August 26, 2008 in 4, Running, Strong Run


3.09 @ work (10:04)

Comments: After yesterday’s blunder with the eating and working out late I am back on track today. The run was great! Faster than yesterday! I did bring my music with me and I actually think that the slower songs slowed me down! lol My Garmin didn’t kick in until .30 miles into the run.

Since I stopped running with my baseball hat I seem to have a straighter posture. I am also working on keeping my elbows closer to my side and try not to look like a “bird attempting to take off” (my husband’s words, not mine lol). Once I get the run straighter and looking less birdlike under control I want to work on my how hard my feet hit the ground when running. But I have many years yet to perfect all that.

Tomorrow is a rest day. I will be doing my long run on Friday after work. On Saturday we are heading north on vacation and I won’t have time to run that day. I am hoping that I’ll be able to get one or two runs in while we are there.

Kspin, I am still trying to think of what to do/make…maybe I’ll come across something while on vacation!

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 59, overcast, drizzle @ times, windy

Clothes: NewBalance shirt and shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (63.3 miles)

Distance: 3.09

Time: 31:04

Split: 10:04

Course: To Goodale Park and back.

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Posted by on May 14, 2008 in 3, Blogroll, Running, Strong Run


3 @ work (10:16)

Comments: My big debate whether I should listen to my book on tape or music turned out to be a mute one; I had left my headset at home! Doh! Instead I just listened to my body and breathing.

My intentions to run the whole 3 miles without walking worked! I kept telling myself that I managed to run 2 miles without walking, so what’s one more mile. Turns out this was one of my best runs in a very, very long time.

Mile 1: 10:17 Mile 2: 10:21 Mile 3: 10:08

I am soooo excited about the splits! I am running a 10k on June 8th and I am really hoping that I’ll be faster than I was on Saturday.

Tomorrow is weightlifting day, but my wrist is still sore and with vacation comin’ up next week I don’t want to push my luck. The elliptical rider will have to do, or I might go out for an easy run.

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 52, overcast and windy

Clothes: MiT Shirt, and NewBalance shorts

Shoes: Saucony ProGrid (57.3 miles)

Distance: 3

Time: 30:47

Split: 10:16

Course: Under 33 and back.


Posted by on May 12, 2008 in Running, Strong Run


4 miles @ work (10:59)

Comments: My youngest daughter has been sick the last few days with strep throat so I have not been able to run. Amazing how getting up all night long to cater to a sick kid can wear you out. But today, back at work, I was about to get out and had a very strong run. I felt strong even during mile 3. Wish they could all be like that.

My boss, who is suppose to be on a skiing trip in Colorado, called. He broke his leg out there, had to undergo surgery and all. Now he is now back at home. I told him that’s one hell of a way to get out of running a 1/2 marathon. lol

Time: 10 am

Weather: 35ish

ClothesLong sleeve shirt, Pants, Gloves, BB Hat

Shoes: Saucony

Distance: 4

Time: 43:56

Split: 10:59

Course: Gooddale park x2 and back.

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Posted by on March 20, 2008 in Boss, Running, Strong Run


4 miles @ work (10:28)

Comments: Went out at 9am to beat the heat, but it still went up to 82 by the time I got done. The whole time I was thinking about the poor Chicago marathon runners that had to endure terrible temperatures yesterday. My hat goes off to you!

Watching the Towpath 1/2 and full marathon yesterday was very inspiring and I am mentally ready to run. Now I just hope I can keep my stomach in check (nerves!) 😉

>>>12 days to go to the Columbus Marathon<<<

Time: 9:15 am

Weather: 76 to 82, Humid

Clothes: MiT Technical Shirt, Adidas Shorts

Shoes: Saucony

Distance: 4

Time: 41:51 (PR)

Split: 10:28

Course: Cosi loop 4 times


Posted by on October 8, 2007 in Personal Record, Running, Strong Run