Glass City Marathon Report – Part 2

Glass City Marathon Report – Part 2

  This post is a continuation from Glass City Marathon Report – Part 1. Thank you for your patience with this very long post!! Leg 5 – Jamie When I ended the previous post, I was passing through Relay Exchange #5, where my friend Jessica was handing off the relay bib to my son, Jamie.  Here’s Jamie, patiently waiting for me to round the turn. Once he got the hand-off from Jessica, he fell into step beside me. I really didn’t know what to expect from him when I caught up with him, but I was so tired (this was mile 20.9, as you may recall), I didn’t say anything.  He, however, was eager to talk. As he attached the belt around his waist, he said, “So, Dad told me I should say something to make you laugh, but I got nothin’, so you’re out of luck.” ...

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Glass City Marathon Report – Part 1

Glass City Marathon Report – Part 1

If you wonder why it took me five days to get to this, well, it was a pretty eventful race!  So eventful, I wanted to capture it all, and that meant that I wrote a novel. I tried to trim it down, but it’s just so hard.  I’ve finally given up, and I’m just going to let you have the entire story and decide for yourself what you want to read.  But…I’m going to give it to you in parts, because I’m feeling guilty about not having anything posted yet, but I still haven’t finished the last part. :/  So…here is part 1! April 26, 2015: Pre-race As it turns out, 4am comes early. I had an English muffin with butter and jam, and I took time to enjoy a half cup of coffee and even fold some laundry.  I had made a list of about 2...

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By The Numbers

By The Numbers

So here we go again…another marathon is on tap for me this weekend.  Tomorrow morning at 7:02am to be exact.  Who knew that three years ago this month when I started running that I’d be doing not one but TWO marathons?! Last year about this time, I was sitting around with nothing to do, since I was suddenly not running at all after weeks of doing nothing but running, thanks to the magical “taper” period.  Sounds great, but unfortunately, it gave me too much time to sit and stress over the upcoming 26-mile run.  :p I’ve spent a lot of time looking over numbers. I should probably be asleep, but I’m too keyed up, so here are some of the numbers just to pass the time: Number of weeks of training: 18 Number of runs during training: 85 (holy crap?!) Total miles run:...

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Tapering and Cinnamon Rolls

Tapering and Cinnamon Rolls

  I’m happy to say I am almost 100% over my cold—hooray!  I stopped taking the antibiotic on Tuesday, after my sister (who works for a doctor) informed me that it may cause “tendon ruptures.”  Seriously?!  How does anyone develop a medicine that’s supposed to cure a virus but also just happens to cause tendon ruptures?  And how did a girl who is training for a marathon get lucky enough to have it prescribed to her?? At any rate, that’s all gone and out of my system—and good riddance!  My coffee finally tastes good again, and I’m not waking up feeling hung over without the benefit of actually enjoying some alcohol. :p  I skipped one run last Tuesday, but since I’m officially in taper mode now, I figured it couldn’t hurt.  I ran the prescribed 3 on Friday and then,...

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I’m here. I’m weak, but I’m here.

I’m here. I’m weak, but I’m here.

How weak am I? I just had to look at the word “here” above three times to determine if it was supposed to be “here” or “hear.” The journalism minor’s ultimate fail. I feel like such a life-slacker. I honestly can’t remember the last time a cold took me down so hard. Okay, technically, it wasn’t just “a cold,” or so the doctor said.  It was an “upper respiratory and sinus infection.”  But really, isn’t that just fancy doctor-talk for a cold? I don’t know, but all I know is that last Thursday, I actually agreed to a) go to a doctor and b) take medicine (two things I really hate).  I’ve been on this awful antibiotic since Thursday, and I hate it. It makes me sleepy and weak and it makes my tummy very unhappy. And all that just makes me cranky. You know what else...

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Uggggghhhh

Uggggghhhh

I ran 20 miles last Saturday, the last long run of my training before my “taper” period. Should be the happiest day of my life, right? Eat, drink, and be merry, right? Well, maybe… if I hadn’t then contracted THE WORST COLD IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE! I’m pretty sure I’m dyyyyingggg. I’m also pretty sure I’m melodramaaaaaatic. But seriously, you know it’s bad when I earn 34 points for a single run…and then I don’t even use them! Oh, the humanity! I will come back and update you on my training and such, if I survive. As of now, I’ve skipped three runs this week, and I may skip the next 30 if my head doesn’t stop trying to explode. Waaaah. Okay, enough of my whining. Thanks for...

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Pondering Weight Loss

Pondering Weight Loss

  I had two great runs this week, not because I ran fast or long, but because I did them with my two favorite running partners. A week ago today, I ran 19 miles.  I ran that all by myself, and I feel like I did a great job.  There are no pictures from that run, for two reasons: 1) Because I made a conscious effort to not take breaks except at specified times (every 5 miles until 15, and then one more at 17 before finishing), and 2) because Michigan in late March is pretty drab and brown and yucky, and who wants to see pictures of that?   But I ended up with a moving pace of 11:58 pace, but more importantly, my overall pace (including stops) was a 12:27–that’s the first time I’ve had an overall pace for a really long run below 13 minutes per...

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