Sunday, November 29, 2009

I'm Back!!

Back to write!!! More to come soon. Just got back from running some hill repeats. Feeling good. :)

Monday, May 18, 2009


I completed a full Marathon! SOOOOO Excited! Here are my results:
Clock Time04:58:17
Chip Time04:52:56
Overall Place1680 / 9504
Gender Place542 / 4964
Division Place73 / 556

Looks like I started off on the pace I wanted but ended up a little short. That is ok because I am so glad to have finished. My Legs feel like the were hit by a truck but I know that will pass. Here are some 1st posted pictures: Once more come in I will post them and tell you more about my run.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Long awaited post!

So I have been a terrible blogger during this whole training period. Mainly like I stated last post is my internet was down for about a month. But now I have figured out how to post from my phone through email and text messages, I have no excuse to not post all the time. I am on my phone 40 percent of my day. LOL why not add a little more time!?
I got my bib number (2084) in my email today so that is probably what prompted this post. I am so excited and scared at the same time! 26.2 miles still seems crazy to me even though I have run 20 and trained for the last 4 months. We had our last group run on Saturday and I told the fellow runner that I was not trying to hurry those 6 miles because it was our last as the Cleveland Marathon 2009 TNT training group. But the run seem to go by in minutes and six miles felt more like 500 feet.
I can not believe in 5 day I will be a marathon runner. Today I got a bunch of emails telling their stories of why they are training with TNT; stories of sons,fathers and self having cancer and battling it out. That is why when I face the marathon (like I did all long runs) on Sunday I will go into with the "I get to run 26 miles today." So many people do not get the opportunity to do something as rewarding as many of us will on Sunday. Not only do I get to run it but I get to run it knowing I helped people like the stories I read today. Those who battle cancer are the true champions and deserve rewards much bigger then what we will receive on Marathon Sunday.
I will post a few more time before sunday but wanted to get that much out today. I will leave you with a picture of what I did to my race shirt: I love you and miss you dad
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

No internet

My internet has been down for awhile and I have been crazy busy and moneyless. Finally got some funds together to get it fixed. 20 miler in the AM! AAAAAAAHHHHH After this it is all easy till Marathon day. Wish me luck. Just ate a whole lot of pasta and bread and I bought my Marathon shorts which i will be testing out tomorrow. Now bed early. Will tell you all about it when I am done tomorrow!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Should I feel like crap?

So it has been awhile. I have been lazy during the week and getting in the bar min of running. Then some long runs on the weekend. This past Saturday I ran the longest distance I have ever run; 16 miles. Our group run was on Sunday but because I was doing some celebrating of a friends bday Sat night I wanted to get it in Sat morning. I found one other person (Kim) who was doing some celebrating of her own too and we ran it together. Kim came early and set up some water stops which were perfectly placed and well needed. I had stayed out a little late the night before and stayed at a friends place so did not bring all my proper gear; GU, Glide, compression shorts and at first I thought I did not bring enough layers. But it turned out be a beautiful morning to run other then a little too much sun. We started at Station Road at the towpath and ran north pretty much all the way to my house or Rockside road at least (6 miles) then back (6 miles). At our 12ish mile water stop I could feel my legs did nit really want to run any more but could not stop there, only had a little under 2 miles out and back to the cars. What is 4 mor mile when you just ran 12 right? We finished and called our TNT coach over joyed we got it done a day earlier and what turned out to be a much better weather day.

I really do not think I would have been able to get through it without Kim there. We chatted a lot which was great and made the time go by quicker. But our biggest question was toward the end; Should I feel like crap after every long run? After running 16 miles I felt very accomplished but also like I could never run it again! My legs hurt, my fee hurt, my arms are sore and my lower back aches. Mind you most of this hurt goes away within a day if not two and I did throw a pair a heels on that night that didn't help with recovery. But does this ever go a way? I am asking you more experienced runner I guess who run 16 miles on a semi regular basis. Do you still feel like crap after a long run?

Tomorrow going on a third date with a guy which is rare for me. He is nice and we are going to a Cavs game!! So excited but don't want to jinx it so I will leave it at that. Night all. Happy running! Oh and the countdown is 47 days til the Cleveland Marathon! Wowzer that is a small number.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Longest Long Run

I ran 14 miles today and I feel pretty good.  I did the end a little slower then the start because I like running with some one when we are with the group.  We ran out 7 miles and back at Bonnie park in Strongsville.  The weather was almost perfect and can not wait for this week cause it is only getting better. I have some pictures from my Half Last week in Youngstown.  I realize I do not take the best pictures when tired, wet and apparently cold. LOL But here is proof I ran my first and fastest half.    Add Image

Here is me running into the finish line.  The only decent pic of me. LOL

I was trying to "hamm" it up for the cam but he caught me mid thumbs up and eyes closed
These two are who I drove out with part of the TNT team.  You see me in the background.  We went directly to the car to get our dry clothes!

And Finally a group photo of everyone from our TNT team that came out for this crazy run.

That is all for now, sorry that I suck at formatting hopefully this post looks ok. Everyone in Cleveland enjoy the weather this week!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mille Creek Half Marathon

My first ever half marathon race was this past Sunday. This was also the longest distance I have ever ran at once. Which means I PRed!! hehehe We set out very early in the morning after a time change which means I only got 4 hours of sleep. It was very foggy when we all met at Penera which was sadly not open yet. The weather did not seem like it was going to break for us and the ongoing the joke of the day was to look out the window and say "it's still raining." We got there sooner then we thought and hung out at McDonald's where I decided to indulge in a breakfast wrap which I thought I would end up paying for later but it was actually OK. The race started at 8:45 and like the sky promised it was pouring still. It continued raining for the first 3 miles and once it stopped it did not matter because it felt like I had jumped into a pool. Thank goodness it wasn't cold. The course was pretty much a big clover where you saw the same hills 3 times. And when I say hills I mean it. The entire race was nothing but hill constant up and down. Here is the course map and elevation

In the end I was impressed with how well I did. I finished in 2:15:08 which put me at 273rd place out of 337 which only 108 where female. We were indecisive on whether or not the rain helped or hindered us. We just wanted to be dry by the end but I was complimented on how well I kicked it in at the end of the race and that was mostly cause it was just a little hill. I was sooo happy to be done running because those hills were killer. I am hooked now though and want to run another one next weekend. Only 67 days til Cleveland Marathon!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Running. The last week and half or so. . .

So I have been kinda lazy about life and getting thing done the last week or so. I have been sleeping in every morning til about 10 and not doing much. But I have gotten some runs in. So, in advice from a reader, I am gonna get a post in that just records my runs a little. :) Last week I had two 40 min and 1 30 min run. This past Sunday we had a group run downtown. It was an other 10 miler. The weather was decent; it was sunny and about 30. And I ran well. This week I have only gotten two 30 min runs in which I am disappointed about because I should of been out enjoying this nicer weather while it lasts but cest le vie. I plan on running and lifting some upper body tomorrow night. This weekend we have a 12 miler at Rockey River. I just wanted to post a quick one because I have been lazy and needed to get out of that funk. Oh! And exciting news: I signed up for what will be my first long distance race. The Mill Creek Half Marathon which will take place on March 8th. It falls right where needed for training wise. I am a little scared of the massive hills they say are in it but still excited!

Monday, February 16, 2009

10 Miler or a 7 miler with a HILL?

So I ran my first ten miler of the training season yesterday morning. I met up with other TNT teammates at Chagrin Reservation. There was only about 8 of us for a not so bad morning. It was about 24 degrees but really sunny which always makes it seem warmer. One of our coaches described a 7 mile loop with a large hill for us and told us not to worry about the mileage cause we are still early in our training. So I set out to run a little harder since it was going to be shorter. the paths were pretty clear other then a few icy patches. I ran about a quarter mile behind and in front of people for about the first 4 miles. Then caught up to a girl named Jackie when we both didn't know which way to turn. She has a similar stride as me because she was also tall but was a wee bit faster and after getting directed got ahead of me again. At the beginning there was mile markers but then we ran some on the street and I wasn't sure how far we had run. So I decided it was a good time to try some powerbar gel, strawberry flavored. I liked it but I am still leaning more toward the GU because I like the texture better and I love the chocolate flavored one. So it probably took me about 10 min to get the Gel down. I finished the last of it just as we approached the HILL the coach spoke of. Now mind you the whole trail was a little more hilly then we are used to. Us Cleveland Marathoners do not have to do too much hill work because the corse is mostly flat. So I wasnt expecting there was still a large hill after we hit a bunch of small ones throughout. This HILL was not a hill it was THE HILL of all hills. I did not know we had mountains in northeast Ohio but this was like climing up the side of one. I ran to what I thought was half way up and my legs were screaming. I walked the rest of the way up and knew my legs were going to love it eventually but they were not telling me that at the time. There was probably about another mile til our loop ended where we parked and I ran into the lot and went to my car to get some more water and start stretching. The girl who was running behind me came in and mentioned something about the crazy hill and then said how dissapointed she was that we didn't run 10 miles. She looked to me and asked if I wanted to go the three more. At this point the Power gel was kicking in and I said yea! In all reality I too was dissapointed that we didn't do ten. I was siked because 10 miles is a big deal to the non runners out there. So we got another three in and I still felt ok to go more afterwards. Other then the little bit of pain I have in the pad of my right foot, which I believe came from wearing a not so comfortable pair of heals, I felt good today too! We are almost to the half point in training and there is less then 90 days til the Cleveland Marathon! I am very excited. More entries more often is my goal for the rest of the month and training for that matter.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Terrible Blogger

Okay I am officially a terrible blogger. I am going to get back to it though. Running has been awesome. I fall more and more in love with doing it every time I get out there. My training runs have consisted of mostly 3-4 30-40 min runs and 1 long run which on Sunday is supposed to be 10 miles that may be shortened to 7 with a big hill. I promise more updates. I have been busy with just reorganizing life. I quit my weekend job so I will now be able to run with the TNT group for my long runs. I also had a birthday; my 24th. Now just resettling into semi normality because things are still kinda weird at home and I know that is not going to change for awhile. I have been reading a lot about runners and sometimes that can get a newbie down because it is daunting to see how much one person has done. But I have to remember I just started and can get there one day! Tomorrow mom and I are going gambling. Wish me luck! 10 (or 7 mile) report to come on Sunday.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The best 6 Miler!

So I avoided my 6 mile run yesterday by going to Melt for dinner with my friend instead. My first time eating at Melt and I was impressed! If you like grilled cheese, you must make your way there. I had a sandwich with a pirogi, kraut and cheddar (which I am paying for with this migraine today) that was to die for. If you live in Cleveland and haven't been. yet, I say high tail it over there! Don't be turned off by the long wait it is usually quicker then the avg 40 min they say. If you do not live in Cleveland I insist on you coming to visit and we will go! :)

So now onto my best 6 mile ever! I decided to get my long run in this morning at the gym. Got there a little later then usual but there were still tons of people. I got the very last treadmill open (but that is Monday for you) and hopped on hoping to get at least 5 mile in with the time I had. This was my first test run with the new shoes and with my new ipod that I just bought yesterday. I would just like to say I love them both very very much My new shoes are great. What was I thinking training for a marathon last year and not investing in a good pair of shoes? I had no pain anywhere on me while running. I thought the pain was just normal but it really was the crappy shoes I had. I am a little sore now but it is all good because I felt great after the run. I was having a rough morning so that could of motivated me running a little too fast. A 52 min 6 mile is quick for my long run of the week. But like I said it felt good.

Now I am downloading a little more music to the pod and heading to bed because I have this terrible headache.

Friday, January 23, 2009


I am trying to make my page look pretty, whatever that means. LOL It was kind of boring just as it was so I am changing it around a little and adding more eventually. For now I am really tired but felt I haven't blogged in a long time and I needed to get a quick one in. I thought I have been lazy because I have not gotten many runs in the last two weeks but then I looked at my work schedule and realized why I have been soooo tired. I walk dogs during the day. My work load has been almost doubled because we lost a walker at the the beginning of the year. On average I have been going on 12 walks a day. Even though I know the running has been slim I do get my legs moving a lot and get a few miles of walking in a day. New walker hired so I should be getting some good posts starting Sunday after my six mile run. That is all I can hammer out for right now. I am super tired and have work at 7am. But check out my official maraton training shoes:

I am super excited! I have never really had a good running shoe. I love how light these are and the color is perfect for me too! Hopefully they treat my feet well; no stress fractures and less blisters is the main goal!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Lazieness? or Bad Weather?

I finally went for a run tonight. After not doing anything for the last 4 days. Then this morning I was going to wake up and run outside and I did wake up. I move my car for my mom and took the dog out. I came back in and curled back up in bed for what was going to be just a few minutes and it turned into a couple hours. By this time I had to get ready for work so I backed a bag to go to the gym on the way home. I went to the a gym I usually don't go to around 730 and did not have a great experience. The person at the front desk was not very happy (maybe she was getting off). Walking into the locker room smelled worse then my high school locker room and there was balls of hair in place it shouldn't have been(it was toward the end of the night, maybe they hadn't cleaned yet). Then I go upstairs to run and it is like 1200 degrees! I was warming up and it was so hot that I started sweating before even breaking 3MPH and I was having trouble breathing! It was that hot! I get about 30 min into my run and I start to get a tingling in my right knee. Weird feeling that I do not think I have had before. I run the rest of my run with the tingle and finally get to leave the nasty gym. My knee feel fine now and it did almost immediately after I left the gym. I am going to blame it on the gym and the heat. I got a 60 min run in that includes a 5 min warm up and cool down. It was about 5 mile (4.98 if we are being technical) and 800 calories (good thing I waited to eat dinner). My rib hurt only when I was running slower. I think this had something to do with my posture. The bruise and weird purple line our completely gone but still pain when I lie on my back or when I sneeze. It has only been two weeks since I fell so hopefully another week will heal it up. That is all for today. I will stop annoying you with my parenthesis filled entry.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Still a little sore

I am still hurting! I Googled bruised ribs and got all hypochondriacish (yes I made this word up). There was a part that described if your rib was fractures you can puncture a lung or get pneumonia. I freaked out a little because I am still in pain but calmed down after thinking about how I chipped/bruised my rib last time and it just took a long time to heal. In all reality it feels like a sore/pulled muscle which is how they describe syptoms of a bruised rib.

So on an other note, weather has been beyond sucky here! I really do not like snow anymore! So long run has not happened and I really wanted to get it outside this weekend but with the weather I do not want to run outside or drive to the gym. So I may do my long run on Monday which seems weird to me but why should it? I think I have this idea that my long run has to be on the weekend because that is the way everyone else does it. And in normal circumstances I will probably stick to weekend long runs. In this case I do not have time til Monday and I do not start work til 11 everyday so I can run in the am. I work 8-5 on Saturdays and 9-3 on Sundays so until it is light out again after 4 I may have to settle for long runs on Monday. We will see how it works out.

For now I am getting some sleep because tomorrow is Rent with my bestest (yes another word I made up get used to it)! I want to leave everyone with my web site where you can donate to LLS for my Cleveland Marathon with TNT!
If you can help that would be awesome. I figure I only have to get 160 people to donate 10 dollars to reach my goal! Not to hard right? LOL

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Maybe too much today!

I think I may have over done it today! Workout, run and volleyball. My rib is very very sore! Ouch! I wish I new what was actually wrong with it but seeing as how I dont have insurance to go to the docs I have to suck it up. But I am definitely the type of person who has to do someting active everyday or I will go crazy!! So today I worked out with the trainer which was a great workout. Still can't do anything that I have to lie on my back for and most chest and oblique execises kill me but we got a good one in anways. Afterwards I did a 30 min run with 5 min cool down. Got in 3.07 miles and burned 500 cals. I felt good enough to go play some volleyball tonight but I think I took a couple bad twists and turns that made me sore! To top it all off I have sneezed 3 times today and this is the most painful experience while having a bruised rib! It litterally feels like my whole left side of my body explodes! OUCH!!

So goal for tomorrow is to get these letters done for TNT but it may take til Saturday cause I work til 10pm tomorrow. If i haven't already said I am raising money for the Lukemia society while training for my first marathon. I figured I run for myslef all the time and it would be nice to help someone(s) else while doing it! Will post website very very soon for everyone to help out too! :) for now I am getting sleepy! Night all

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A new Year, A new Start

So I started this blog awhile ago and last reported that my dad was sick and that is why I wasn't keeping up with posts. Well the Greatest man to ever grace this Earth died on November 19th. Hew would of been 65 on Jan 1. My marathon like the entire year 2009 will be dedicated to him!

I ran my first long run of 2009 and my first run for about a week today! I bruised my rib pretty bad on New Years eve but managed to get through a 60 min run with 10 min of warm up/cool down. I ran 4.38 miles and burned 720 calories. I ran on the treadmill at the gym because it was raining pretty bad. This of course brought bad fate on me because I got pulled over on the way to the gym! Ran a red light which I hope doesn't cost too much because I am broke!

As a part of the new year I am cutting back on alcohol. Since my dad's death I have been out every single weekend and it hasn't been just a couple drinks. Binge drinking sometimes twice in one weekend. I am going to not drink for the month leading up to my bday, Feb 8th. It is very fun to go out and get crazy but it is also very destructive both physically and mentally!

So here is to a new year! Hopefully it will start to get better!!