Running Through a Fulfilled Life

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A Hodge Podge Weekend

So, last week I finally caved and bought new running shoes (Nimbus 12’s).  They finally came last week, and I literally drooled over their existence for 5 minutes.  Then I decided to take them out on their inaugural run; a christening of sorts.  3 miles in 24:00 later, I was kicking myself for not switching sooner.

Now I own every color of Nimbus 12'my life is complete

My current shoes are only slightly worn out

Where was my funky foot pain?  I had partially convinced myself that I had a stress fracture or neuroma forming on the base of my foot (that’s the hypo-chondriac physical therapist in me overanalyzing everything again).  It was like heaven breathed on my feet, swaddling them in a million blankets of wonderful Gel.  I am pretty sure my feet smiled.

On Saturday I got to run my very first training run with one of my best college buddies, Jess, in the Cleveland Metroparks.  It really put my North Coast “favorite training places” to shame.  But that’s probably because my favorite training places include the following:
1) Running 0.9 mile circles around a condo complex
2)  A jacked up treadmill at my clinic
3) A park that after August requires you to swallow at least 1,000 bugs per hour run
4) A bike path to Nowheresville, Ohio that has zero restroom facilities and at the same time infinite restroom facilities when I can choose my own cornstalk.

Nonetheless, the run was so epic that we totally forgot to take pictures or even document it.  6 miles chock full of Lake Erie wind and a gabfest of catching up will do that to you.  I can’t wait until we can do it again!

Since I don't have a picture of our epic run, this picture can sub in. Another epic time, just involving a bachelorette party and crazy dance skills.

Sunday led me to Downtown Cleveland for a Free Cavaliers Game.  *helpful hint always become fans/friends of your favorite products, sports team, and cheeses online as they will often reward you with free shiz*   The Cavs decided to win.  I had amazing company complete with Wolfpack.  I munched on the best Buffalo Mac N’ Cheese ever.  And Mike rejected a homeless man that only wanted beer.  All in all, epicness was contagious.

He loves the Cavs

Having a No Pants Party

Yeah we were pretty close to the court...thanks Cavs Promotions!

I need to work on my self-portrait in point, my camera angle is making me and hubs have huge chins. Leno style.

I plan to continue to rock being epic the rest of this week.  A little over 8 weeks until Glass City Half Marathon i’m going to kick the living crap out of this stupid race if it takes me crawling across the finish line bleeding with Gu’s dripping out my mouth like a zombie total awesomeness ensues….

Happy Running!  And “happy running” means enjoy your run.  Don’t make anyone think less of their abilities to run a few steps, a mile, a 5K, 10K, half, or full whether it be on the road, on trails, in the snow, in the mud, or through a giant vat of macaroni and cheese.  grow up and rejoice in the human gift that is the ability to put one foot in front of another and do it fast enough that you no longer can maintain one leg in stance.  because that, my friends, is the definition of RUNNING.



I have a shoe problem

So I finally caved.

My feet are drooling...or wait, is that just a blister popping?

My feet and knees had enough of my last pair of trusted Asics Gel-Nimbus 12’s.  So I caved and finally purchased a new pair.  Of the same shoe.  This will make my 3rd pair of Nimbus 12’s in a little over a year.  I may or may not be having a love affair with this shoe.  It’s like my security blanket for my feet.  My thoughts are: when something works, why fix it?

However, I do have a gift certificate to Second Sole that is burning a hole in my pocket.  I am planning on purchasing a pair of racing flats so that I can rotate shoes and use the flats specifically for races and the Nimbus for training runs (hopefully extending their life).  My question is, which of these shoes should I choose? If money were no object and I was planning on Forrest Gumping it for several years, I would have them all.  Yes, I really do have a running shoe infatuation.  Some ladies love heels, flats, etc.  I just really love me some athletic footwear.
1)  Asics Gel-Blur 33

2) Brooks Pure Flow

3) New Balance 890

thoughts? input? cheese?

Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Running! 

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Om Nom Nom

Is it bad that after you’ve just run 9 miles in the freezing cold in 1:15:51.86 (to be exact) that all you want to do is:
1) Eat the donut you’ve been eyeing all day
2) Take a nice hot shower after said donut

This probably cancels out the 1,000+ calories burned on my run...oh well!

Favorite part of today’s run: random old man eyes me up and says “If you keep running like that, you’re going to lose weight!”  wtf does that mean?

Happy Running!


Race Recap: Blizzard Breakfast

This past Saturday I decided my racing hiatus needed to end.  I hadn’t run a race since the Eastside Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, and it was really starting to nag at me.  Racing keeps me honest with my training and it keeps me motivated.  Without having a race to look forward to, I tend to not “push” myself or keep my sights set on my goals.  Thus, the Blizzard Breakfast became my target.

This was the first “Prediction Run” I have ever done.  Basically, you pick your distance, estimate your finish time, and run without a watch or ever knowing where you are on the course.

No Garmin=Sad Eli.

I selected the 7 Mile option and predicted at 58:45 which broke down to a 8:23 per mile pace (to simulate Glass City anticipated pace).  Hindsight is always 20/20 because had I known the course would be pancake flat, I probably would have changed my prediction.

The Course:  Double loop course (3.5 miles) around Perrysburg.  Mostly residential through neighborhoods.  Flat as a pancake, minus 1 incline (wouldn’t even give it the honor of calling it a hill).  Minimal crowd support.  1 water stop that we hit 4 times.  Great turnout for being a race-day sign-up race only (>200 runners).

How I Felt:  I never felt horrible.  I felt comfortable at my pace, leading me to think I probably ran only a little faster than my projection.  I felt like I had a ton left in the tank and probably could have pushed it much harder.

Fun Random Happenings:
1) Confusion–during my pre-race pit stop, I listened to a woman grunt ALOT and when I came out of my stall, she felt the need to tell me “wow, I really had to PEE!”.  Sure you did, lady.
2) A 50-something year old man wearing Vibrams who I was beating by over a quarter mile, magically started beating me around the 5 mile mark.  Can we say cheater?!  I saw him cut off about a half mile and when I finally passed him the second time he laughed, saying “Haha! I cheated!”  Why brag about that?  Just follow the rules, respect your fellow hard-working non-cheating runners.

The Result:  Ummm…remind me never to predict my pace again.  Although if predicting makes me run fast, I’ll take it.  I finished in 55:55.00 (7:59/mile pace)!! Holy balls, I’m getting faster!  Can we say I totally needed this motivation?!  Can I say holy balls again? Yes! Balls!

I have been making running look perfectly effortless like I’m only leaning sideways not even running whatsoever since 1985.

Happy Running!

P.S.  Today Mike got the last of his stitches out.  He is nearly mended now!  I am sure he will wind up with some scarring, but I am excited that he can finally return to working out, running with his totally awesome wife, and playing soccer again.  Life, as I know it, is finally  getting back to normal.  Thank goodness.

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Sunburn is Possible in February

I am pretty sure there has to be some of sort of thing as “global warming” due to how mild this winter has been.  As long as the ice caps don’t totally melt causing global flooding, I am ok with it and its influence on my outdoor running.  Believe me, I don’t argue when Blizzard Bill Spencer tells me it’s going to be nearly 50 degrees out in Northern Ohio on a Wednesday in February.  Inside I think: “Yahoo! I can show off my extremely pasty white legs to the whole world so they can vomit at the sight of them in shorts again weather!”

Case in point:  my legs and stomach during a June Race.  Usually by June most people have a brownish hue to their skin.  Not me.

Anyways, I decided to be extra motivated today with my long-ish run.  Since I am planning on running the Blizzard Breakfast 7 mile Prediction run this Saturday, I decided against just running a 9 mile run.  Instead, I decided to run with my Garmin (love of my life) but not look at it in order to simulate not knowing my pace.

I don’t know if it was the fact that:
1) I was wearing a long sleeve shirt with my shorts for God knows what reason (it was 50 degrees out)
2) My right foot was screaming “ow ow buy some new shoes you freaking idiot”
3) there was mud seeping through to my socks causing an unpleasant sensation from my brilliant idea to run through the grass
4) my mantra of: “the sooner you finish this, the less likely you are to have inevitable sunburn”

But…somehow when I got home, I was horrified/disgusted to discover my Garmin read the following:

No wonder my face was probably resembling a melting blob of chocolate.

FYI: this is what melted face looks like

My splits were even more horrifying:

I am completely offended with myself now.  Where did this disgusting pace come from?  I never train this fast, nor do I particularly enjoy making my face melt.  Oh well, guess I just needed some warm weather to jump start my speed.

Only problem is, I was going to predict my finish time to be around 58:40.  Now, I am not so sure.  Help please!! What should my goal time be for this Saturday’s race??

Happy Running!