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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!


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!

I’m Ready (I Think)


(this image has nothing to do with this post. I’m not on my computer so this is from my library. Chocolate makes me happy)

I’m ready for the Half (at least I’m pretty sure I’m ready). It’s been a year of running and conditioning and I feel really positive about the whole thing! I don’t really have much to post. Just felt like I wanted to say that out loud (or at least out loud in type).

I have 11 miles scheduled for tomorrow. I had looked at the schedule wrong, and when I’m in Waco I only have a four mile run to do. I will probably start at the beginning of the course, as I’ve kinda run some of the end portion with Beth already. I’m hoping for some nice weather (and Beth, since it’s a short run, are you in??) (nothing like pressure, right?).

I’m excited. I’m ready to go. I just hope my body gets the memo my brain is sending out! I’m trying to figure out if I need a fuel belt of some kind. I want to carry some GU’s with me, and I can’t decide the best way to do that. Anyone out there have any recommendations? I know that some races have gels available, but I don’t like the idea of not having what I’m used to during the Half. I figure if I’m going to get one, I need to do it soon so I can get used to it. Ah… decisions, decisions!

Okie doke. Well this post was a little all over the place. Kinda like the laundry in my house right now! I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday, and 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,

Rear in Gear

It’s time to get back to cross training and lifting weights again. I let it slip while getting my son started on his program, but now that he’s…. cough… OFF AND RUNNING (you knew it was coming, didn’t you??)… I think it’s time for me to get my schedule back to normal. Jude’s doing great with his running, but he likes to go at 1:30 pm; I like to run at 7:30 am, so we got a membership at the local college and it has an indoor track. He can do his intervals without me running beside him now. I go watch, keep his time and read a book….it works for everyone. I think the element of “college girls” are in the room diminished the “it’s cool to run with mom” factor. I do get a little wave every now and then.

I love feeling strong, and I love lifting weights. I find that doing upper body stuff really balances out my running. I also need to do the bike or elliptical on my off days, but don’t like either as much as I like running, so that’s been a challenge too.

And forget swimming water and I don’t mix. Let’s put it this way: I shower only because I live in proximity to other humans (okay, that may blowing it out of proportion a TAD, but not much). Before you start thinking I’m the grossest person on Earth, I do have my reasons. When I was a kid I’d itch like crazy after every shower or encounter with water (scratch till I bleed crazy). I guess I learned to associate water with very unpleasant outcomes. I don’t have that problem any more. I DO shower, and I DO shower regularly. Just so we’re clear.  It’s just water is to get into and out of quickly. Did I mention I’m married to a therapist?

Now back to our regularly scheduled post:

This next week I’m getting my rear in gear. Not that I’ve been lazy, just off schedule. The past month I’ve felt that I haven’t really had a focus on what I’m doing during the week, and I’ve felt a little willy-nilly (what a fun word!). If a person can be totally flexible and thrive on schedules all at the same time, I’m that person!

Here’s what I’m hoping to get back to:

M/F: cross train and weights

T/H/Sat: run

W/Sun: off

Well, I hope you enjoy your Saturday. Tomorrow we’re going to a corn maze here in town once Phil gets back into town. The weather should be perfect, and I’m really looking forward to it.

Oh, I’ve added a list of giveaways on the right (over there under “running giveaways” —->), with the dates they end. Go check them out, you just might win!

Happy trails!

Biding My Time

I’m biding my time until:

I can run again.

my compression sleeves come in (no, yesterday apparently wasn’t the magic day).

I see my best friend.

my dryer works again.

the repair man comes to make my dryer work again (my scheduled time is sometime between 8am and 5pm today. Glad they could narrow that down).

my kids figure out that “doing the dishes” includes the ones that don’t fit in the dishwasher.

my new shoes come in the mail!

the race in January.

the cooler temps hang around permanently.

they make a self-cleaning house (who “they” are, I’m unsure, but “they” need to hurry “themselves” up).

Lots of things to look forward to, and to be patient about. For most of these things (in fact all of them) I want to scream “Come on, HURRY UP!” but I’m almost 40, and realize doing so would be childish…. so I refrain (although I might do that to the repair man).

Jim is on the mend! It no longer hurts to walk, and going up and down the stairs is MUCH better. Only the slightest bit of pain, and only if I use my toes too much (I’m not sure that even makes sense, but sometimes I go upstairs on my tip toes… never said I was normal). SO… Saturday is looking good. If / when I run on Saturday I will take it very easy and wear my compression sleeves proudly. I’ll even get to try out my new shoes! Whoop!!

I’ve missed my runs more than I thought I would have, and that’s kinda freaky. I’ve gone from a person who always said she’d only “run if some big person intent on my bodily harm” was chasing her, to a weirdo who misses running. When, exactly, did that happen?!

FYI: A few of giveaways here (Brooks shorts or jacket), here (yurbuds earbuds), here (OutsidePR goodies), here (Running Chics shirt), here (another OutidePR goody bag) and here (GU products). Go check them out, the worst thing that could happen is that you win!

Have a great Wednesday!


I’m now wearing my compression sleeves! Patience does pay off….

Not This Time

I had every intention of running a good 6 miles toady. In fact, I was feeling so good last night that I thought, “Heck, I might even go for 7 or 8”. I was fired up to try my new GU Chocolate Outrage. I was ready….. Sadly my right calf (hence forth called “jim” because I get tired of writing the word “calf” and I think it will add some flair to this entry) didn’t share my enthusiasm.

If you’ll remember last Saturday I ran 12.42 miles, which is very close to a half marathon. Towards the end of that jim (HA! caught you didn’t I) started to cramp up, so I stopped and called it a day. I also reported that I KNEW, deep down inside, that I should have taken the week off and let jim recover…but I didn’t. Now I really wish I had.

Fast forward to this morning. Right out of bed jim felt funky, but I just thought, “No worries, once I get moving it will be fine”. I got a banana, and had a GU, went to go get dressed, packed a couple extra packs of GU in my nifty water bottle zip pocket (remember those extra miles I might add on) and headed out the door.

The first step into my run and I felt it. I probably should have stopped right there and gone back to bed, but I pushed on. I was stupid. By mile one it still didn’t feel better, and I told myself if by mile 2 it wasn’t gone I’d stop. Well I stopped, and I’m hoping I did so soon enough. As I limped up the drive way my husband was coming out the door to “wait” for me. Boy did I surprise him… not much of a wait. Right now jim is very sore, my left jim (maybe I should call that one nancy) feels fine. I’ve decided that I am FIRMLY taking this next week off.. PERIOD. No ifs, ands or buts.

I have two pair of Asics, one I’ve been running in since January and the other I got for Mother’s Day. I’ve been rotating them to help the new pair last longer, so I’ve been running in the old pair (since my 12 miles) and I’m wondering if that could have contributed to poor jim’s demise. Just in case that is one of the culprits, I’ve decide to “retire” them just to make sure. I ordered a new pair and will rotate them with my new old pair (did you keep up with that?). Hopefully this combined with the compression sleeves will help me avoid this issue in the future.

I chalk this one up to life. It’s not a fail, so I’m not going to call it one. I guess jim and nancy just decided they needed some time off, and if I can be honest, I think they’ve earned one. December will mark a year of running for me! WOO!

Hope you’ve had a great weekend, and please take care of your jim and nancys!