Sunday, November 30, 2008


Scheduled: 9 miles
Actual: 9 miles
Time: 1:54:33
Pace: 12:45 minutes/mile

This run was a painful one. The arch on my right foot felt as though someone was stabbing a knife into it. It started only during the walk breaks so at mile 3 and a halfish miles I turned around and decided that I was going to try and run the rest of the way in and see how I felt since running wasn’t bothering my foot as much. Well after about half a mile my foot started to hurt during running too. So I started to walk a little. One of the wonderful CES coaches saw me walking and came over and walked about three quarters of a mile while we discussed my pain and frustrations. I left him and ran it back to the start. I still had 2 miles to get the total mileage so I just ran around the park twice and then around the block and then limped back to my coat.

Hopefully I just need to get some new shoes and this was just a fluckish pain in my foot. I’m running 50 minutes in the morning so we’ll see. If not then I will be heading over to the running store for some new kicks.

Gobble Gobble

Scheduled: Run a Turkey Trot
Actual: Turkey Trot 8K (5.05 miles according to my Garmin)
Time: 56:35 minutes
Pace: 11:12 minutes/mile

Last year I ran the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot with my dad. This year I ran it with the brother. Last year it was FREEZING. This year it was BEAUTIFUL. The problem with it being an absolutely beautiful day was that it was so insanely crowded at the race. Brian pushed me to run faster than I would have run on my own, but there were areas of the course where you could not pass people. There were areas of the course when we were standing still or walking because the turns were so tight. Brian ran with me until the last water stop when we got separated and he pulled ahead. Even though he beat me by 20ish seconds, I am glad that he pushed me to go faster at the beginning.

That being said… my time last year was: 1:02:38. This means that I beat my time from last year by over 6 minutes, and I PR’ed for an 8K by 5 minutes!!! Woot Woot!! My miles splits were as follows:

Mile 1: 11:31 minutes
Mile 2: 11:29 minutes
Mile 3: 11:17 minutes
Mile 4: 11:11 minutes
Mile 5: 11:06 minutes (1.05 miles)

For my final race of 2008 I am glad I finished the season with a good race. I am happy with the number of races I participated in. I completed three half marathons, one 10-miles, three 10K’s, two 8K’s and five 5K’s.

The rest of Turkey day was pretty low key. We went to our cousin’s house for the main meal and it was so fantastically disgustingly cold I thought I was going to barf… BUT it was nice being with my family and we went to some of my favorite people’s house for dessert and that was fun. Overall a nice and relaxing day.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Scheduled: 8 miles
Actual: 8 miles
Time: 1:36:00
Pace: 12 min/mile

All I can say is FINALLLLLLY!!! This run felt amazing. Two weeks ago my running group ran 7 miles and I thought I was going to die. I stayed with the group for the first 5 miles and the last two they kept pulling further and further ahead. And this is the run/walk group. I was devastated. 7 miles used to be a not so bad run and it really made me want to curl up under the covers and cry. Since I am running with the 12 minute run/walk group (total time including the run and walk equals 12 minute miles) I tried to pick up the pace of my shorter runs this week. Maybe if i got used to the 11:15 miles pace for a full 45-50 minutes without stopping then the long runs will feel easier.

Friday night I was already looking for like a million excuses not to get up to go run with the group on Saturday. Neighbor Tom (yes he is still around :) ), me and a few other friends went to Heaven on Seven (I have no idea what I was thinking eating spicy Cajun food the night before a long run) and it took all I had to not order a second beer. I kept telling Neighbor Tom that I could just sleep in and then I would run the 8 miles on my own (yea right).

Needless to say I got up on Saturday morning. I ran with the group, stayed in the front of the pack the entire time and felt amazing. AMAZING. I have not had a long run that I felt so strong running in god knows how long. Before the run started I was talking to this one girl about mental toughness and how that is something I need to work on and the whole time I kept telling myself that I need to stay strong. I need to keep up the pace. There is no room for slowing down because the second I give in, then there will be no way I will be able to pick it back up. So I didn't. And then it was over. And I am still feeling great about it over 24 hours later. WHOOOOO HOOOOO!!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

5k predictor run

Scheduled: 5k
Actual: 5k plus warm-up = 3.85 miles
Time: 36:00
Pace: about 12 minutes/mile

My goal for this run was to finish and not walk. I finished and I didn't walk. Enough said.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sore as HELL

Scheduled: 40 minutes
Actual: 40 minutes plus a 5 minute cool down
Distance: 3.74 miles
Pace: 12 minutes/mile

This morning i dragged my ass out of bed and jumped on the treadmill and ran my 40 minutes. I had to walk for a little over a minute about half way through but I got it in. And now I am so unbearably sore it is INSANE. Seriously I should have expected this. Not running for a month and then running a little over 9 miles in less then 48 hours hurts. A LOT. But I am not complaining. I am RUNNING!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Run to Rosehill

Scheduled: 6 miles
Actual: 4 mile Historical Run and then another 1.5 miles afterwards. (total 5.5 miles)
Time: Forgot my watch
Pace: Please see above

Today was my first day back to running since I had my leg carved and stitched. I signed up for a free run through Fleet Feet. Each month they have a historic run through Chicago. These runs are between 4-6 miles and there a multiple stops along the way where the leader talks about historical things that happened there. This months run told the history of Lincoln Square and Edgewater as well as Rosehill Cemetery. The run itself is very low key, and we stopped 12 times in 4 miles. All I can say is THANK GOD I chose this run to ease back into running because after being sick all week my lungs were BURNING. The good part was my legs felt super fresh which was nice.

After the run Nikki, one of my running buddies, and I decided to run a little more to get as close to 6 miles as we could. She was super nice to go slow for my sick ass, and we finished with around 5.5 miles under our belts. Definitely glad to be out there running again ESPECIALLY with the unbelievably beautiful day we had today.

So I don't have asthma normally, but I was wheezing HARDCORE for the rest of the afternoon. I better start feeling better soon. I don't understand why I if i had the flu shot it was necessary that I still get the flu. Please explain.
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