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This is my run from yesterday. I decided to throw some fartlek training into my schedule, so I warmed up a bit for 3 minutes and then did 6 1 minute intervals, then ran at the slower pace for 5 minutes, then a cool down. This run was…. AWESOME! I felt great through out the whole run, and finished 3 miles in UNDER 30 minutes! It doesn’t take me much to make me happy.

Here’s a shot of my splits. Technically Nike+ said I only ran 2.99 miles (when I transferred it to Daily Mile it said 2.99887 or some number like that… REALLY Nike+??), so my last split would be around 9:44. Today my legs feel fantastic and am not sore at all. This really makes me think I can do this speed increase thing! I looking forward to try my shoes on a longer run. Hopefully I can fit that in Wednesday or Friday.

Hope you all have a great Easter!


What’s Next.

So, I ran and finished this thing called a Half Marathon, and some of you may be wondering “What’s Next”?

I want to keep fresh goals and races in my future, to help keep me motivated. After the Half, I took about  week off, and really think it helped me refocus, and get ready to run. I felt great coming back and my legs haven’t been giving me any problems! WooHoo! Now that’s what I’m sayin’.

So, what is next up for me?

In March I have the Azalea 10k run. If you’ve not been to Tyler, TX during the Azalea Trails, you are really missing out. This course meanders through the Historic Azalea District, with all it’s flowering beauty. I’ve heard there are some hills in this course, but I think it’s going to be fun. I’m looking forward to the 10k distance as well. Right now my daily runs are right around 5 miles, so I think I’ll really enjoy this distance. The run is scheduled for March 26th at 10am, so it’s actually a Saturday run.

Then in June I’m hoping to run the Cherry Festival 5k in Illinois. A lot depends on our summer schedule, but I’m penciling it in right now.

Then comes the next big race in October… another Half Marathon! I’m very excited and think I can train even smarter for this one. Again, I’m not going to get super hung up on time and speed, but know I’d really like to finish stronger than I did with the first one. I dropped the cross training toward the end of training for the Miracle Match, and think that really effected by performance. SO….. this time, I’m diligently sticking with weights and elliptical work on my cross days. I’m not running 4 days a week, but think I can make up the miles of the day with 2 days of cross, so hopefully I can still meet the 1000+ challenge.

Right now, for the past week or so, I’ve averaged about 19 miles total- 3 days of running (2 weekly and 1 long) and 2 days of elliptical. It will be tight, but I’ll come very close to meeting the challenge.

It’s good to be on the other side of the Half, and I feel like I have really accomplished something important. I have a friend who has been running for 15+ years, and I hope to follow in his footsteps! I’d love to be 70 and still running (he’s not 70… I’d just love to be 70…).

Thanks for sticking with me! Here’s to another 13.1 miles to go!!

Miracle Match Recap

My family! I couldn’t have done it without them!

Here it is… finally! My race report. Life has been crazy lately, and I’m just now getting a chance to sit down and get it done. Let me say first I am SO glad I did this. It was a wonderful experience and I’m glad that I stuck with it and finished what I set out to do. My “A” goal was to complete the race and I did that. I didn’t accomplish my “B” and “C” goals, and I can finally say that’s okay. I’ll be honest, there was a bit of disappointment with time, but I’m giving myself grace on that issue. My whole family was there to support me, which made it an incredible experience! The only thing better would to have been to actually run it WITH Beth, but we will do it together SOMETIME! Now on to the recap!


Fueling up before the race. Notice it’s still dark…. don’t ask about the face, because I don’t know. Notice the nice straight hair….


My number. I was glad that “13” was it there, since it’s one of my lucky numbers! Again, don’t ask about the face… it was early.


I placed myself at the very END of the starting line.


Beth, Jude (my kiddo) and I. I think I’m talking to Rachel, but I’m not sure.


Me and my biggest Cheerleader!


My Mom. I’m telling her not to cry… but she cried anyway.

The cutest Cheerleader EVER!!


My support crew. You can’t read Judah’s sign, but it says “Run.” yes, with the period.


I think this is around mile 5ish, maybe 5.5


Giving the 2 thumbs up! I was feeling so good at this point.

The first part of the run was fantastic! The weather was perfect and I was feeling strong. My left calf hurt through the entire race, but it was a “bearable” hurt. You know, the kind that is there, but you can put it aside and just run through it. There were so many watches beeping, that it took me a while to get used to it, and not look at mine every time one went off. The course took us through the zoo, and that was fun. There were so many people out cheering us on during that part of the race. I was in a groove and feeling very good up until the massive hill around mile 9.

Letting the crew know that Chris and Hunter were on their way to join them. Either that or I was doing the hand jive…


Between mile 12 and 13. I was working through the WORST leg/ calf cramps of my LIFE.

That hill took it’s toll on me! I think I made the mistake of trying trying to run up it, instead of just letting myself walk it. Rookie mistake, probably. I think that decision brought on the massive leg cramps at mile 10 that stuck with me the rest of the race. I have NEVER had cramping like this before. My right quad felt like a huge golf ball, and my calves were making my toes curl under! At every station I would fuel and grab a banana, but none of that helped. Needless to say, this caused me to walk much of Mile 10-12. I was bummed, but what are you going to do. At least I didn’t quit!

The final stretch. I “sprinted” to the finish line…. kinda… but I was running!


My medal! Notice the not-so-nice not straight hair….


My family! (Beth, Chris and Hunter are behind the camera)

My finishing time was 2:54:12; about 10 minutes slower that what I would have liked it to be. I know that I did the best I could under the circumstances, but it made the moment a little bitter-sweet. BUT, I had my whole family there cheering me on. Every time I saw them I’d get this huge boost and renewed determination. Coming into the end, I saw my Dad up on the bridge and I knew I could finish and finish strong. It was GREAT and  I’ve already signed up for my next half, on Oct. 9th and am really looking forward to it!

The trophy Phil got for me. This is what it said:




JANUARY 30, 2011″

Phil got me a trophy! Poor guy stayed up late one night to order it, and you can see what the inscription said. He has a replacement with everything spelled right, but there is NO WAY I’m replacing it! Who else has completed a “Half Marathong”? We were all trying to figure out which half it was…..

Thanks for sticking with me through all of this adventure! Your encouragement and support has been one of the things that has kept me going. THANK YOU! I plan to keep on running with a 10k scheduled for March and then the half in October (perhaps another half next January?). This has been an incredible life changing journey, thanks for sharing it with me!

Until then, happy running!



Let the Countdown Begin

It’s hard to believe that over a year ago, this whole thing started. It sure doesn’t seem that long, but it is. In a little over a week, I’ll be participating in my first Half Marathon! WOW!

If you had asked me 2 years ago if I thought I’d even run a half marathon, I would have looked at you like you had a screw loose. Me, RUN?? I mean RUN AT ALL?? Yeah, right! Running was for people being chased by deadly weapons. Running was for weirdos who had nothing better to do (like sleep in) on a Saturday morning. Running was NOT in my game plan. No way, no how.

I’m not sure what changed, but something did. At the end of December 2009 I started to jog on the treadmill at the gym for a few minutes. It felt good, so I kept adding time. Then in January the subject of another Half for Beth came up. At first, I wasn’t convinced… but eventually the idea took root and this blog was a result. NOW… a year later…. IT IS TIME (said very dramatically, of course)!

I’m excited! I’m ready! This Monday I had my 14 mile run. While it was slow, I felt GREAT. I could walk when it was over, and I even was able to do things the rest of the day. I have no doubts that I can finish this Half, and finish strong and in the end that is what it’s all about. Also, my parents are driving down from IL to cheer me on! How awesome is that?? Okay, the idea of getting to meet SIL’s little boy might have been a motivating factor as well… but, I’ll share.

The rest of my mileage is low, and I hope to get a run or two in this week, but I want to make sure that I give my legs plenty of time to rest after the 14 miles. I’m not really good at recaps, but I will try to have a good one to post after the race is over.

Hope you have a GREAT Wednesday!


Crystal over at Am I a Runner…or Just Crazy (click on the blog name to go check out her wonderful blog) tagged me! Thanks, Crystal! So now I have some questions to answer.

1. What are you most fond of accomplishing in 2010?
I am most proud that I have run this entire year! I’ve taken off a week here and there (mainly to rest potential injuries and what not), but I have stuck to this running thing. And I admit, my attitude about running has completely changed. I’m glad I started (thanks, Beth for the push… or just the encouragement), and really think I’m going to stick with it. I’m committing to another year, and we’ll go from there!

2. What was your favorite race in 2010?
Well, I’ve only participated in one, Jingle Bells for Jimmi, so I’m going with that. It was a fun 5k fund raiser for a local family, so it was a relatively small race. It was fun though, and gave me an idea about what it would be like to run with other people.

3. What are your running goals in 2011?
The first and foremost goal is January 30th… the Miracle Match Half Marathon! This is the race that started all this crazy running in the first place. Beyond that, I’m not sure. I know I’d like to run at least one 6k and another Half (because I still have to run with Beth!). I think having a couple of “races” (I call them races, although I’m not really racing) to aim for will help keep me focused.

4. What is your favorite holiday guilty pleasure?

My favorite holiday guilty pleasure… hmmmm. Let me think about that one. I’d have to say it’s probably being pretty lazy around the holidays.

5. What is your most embarrassing running moment?

I’m not sure I’ve had any truly embarrassing running moments. I usually run alone, so if I do something stupid, there is no one around to see it. I might have a story after my Half, but I hope not! Okay, there is one, but I’m not sharing it on THIS blog!!

I’m not sure there is anyone left who hasn’t been tagged! So here are my three, and if you’ve already been tagged don’t worry about it:

Lindsay over at Chasing the Kenyans

Steve over at Run, Forest, Run

and Courtney over at I Can Do This!

If I don’t get back on until after Christmas, I hope all of you have a Very Merry Christmas!!

It’s Official!!

I did it! I registered and paid for the Miracle Match Half Marathon. This is what started this whole blog in the first place. No, that is not me in the picture above, and no I’m not planning on wearing a Tabasco costume…although my husband would probably love for me to, but I digress.

My registration is a little bitter-sweet as Beth won’t be running this one with me. Things just didn’t work out in life this go around for her to get enough training in (I don’t know…. what does having a new born, being a new mom, and working have to do with anything… slacker). But, she’ll be there to cheer me on, as I was there when she ran this same race a few years ago, and that is AWESOME!

I gotta tell you, I’m a little freaked. Not by the distance, I am completely confident that I can finish the 13.1 miles….no, it’s the PEOPLE. Not the people watching, I think I won’t even notice that. It’s the people RUNNING. I’m a loner by nature. I like being alone. I run alone. I think I’ve done a total of 2 runs with Beth. That’s it. The rest of my training/running is done by myself. The thought of running with 1000 other people freaks me out. But, I’ll just plug in my ipod and try to not focus on all of that. We’ll see how it goes.

I’m really hoping that I can run this race with an 11:00/mile pace. That would be rockin’ it for me! I think I can do it, from what I’ve heard you run a bit faster on race day due to adrenaline and the other runners. I don’t want to start out too fast though, and totally throw myself off what I’ve been doing all year. But, if I could do that pace I would finish right around 2.5 hrs. or so, and that’s okay with me.

Well, that’s it for today. There’s no backing out now. I can do this…even with other runners all around me!

Till next time,

Just Doing My Thing.

Hey, all! Don’t have much to report. I’ve just been doing my thing. I have tried something new…and I think I might eat some crow for it, but I’ve added water aerobics to my weekly schedule.

Yes, I know, I know. Wasn’t I the one who said swimming just wasn’t my thing? Well, I still feel that way about swimming (for the moment), but I actually have FUN in the water aerobics (hence forth called WA, because water aerobics takes a long time to type…never said I wasn’t lazy).  Another benefit of WA is that I am the youngest participant by about 20 years! If that doesn’t make you feel young, I’m not sure what would.

I attend class on Monday and Wednesday from 9-10am. It’s not much on the cardio side, but that’s fine with me (I think I get enough cardio via running). But my upper body sure does get a workout with those floaty weight things. I have also felt in in my quads, as we do some “running” back and forth in the pool. Best of all, is that nancy and jim LOVE WA. After the very first day, I really felt a difference. It may be everything combined (compression socks, watching my pace, WA, strectching, etc. etc.) but I’ve not had any calf pain these last two weeks. I honestly believe it’s because I can strengthen and stretch my good ole jim while in the water, and therefore making it non-weight bearing.

So, I recant my rant towards poor water. I don’t think I’ll take up plain old swimming any time soon, but I have found something I can do in the water that I enjoy (see, once again the “Never say never” theory is proven true).

The coolest thing about WA is that there is a lady in the class, Hazel, who is turning 96 tomorrow! I love watching her during class up front doing her thing. THAT is what I want to be at that age.

You GO Hazel!

Until next time!