Running Through a Fulfilled Life


Race Recap: Glass City Half Marathon (Late for the PR Party)


I have really been avoiding writing up this recap.  If the title doesn’t give it away, Glass City didn’t quite go as planned.  I got my invitation to the PR Party and then apparently decided to spit on it, put it in a giant puddle, and stomp on it with my Asics.  Blargh.  My fate was sealed even before the race began.  Mental attitude is truly half the battle, and mine was down the shitter.  However, I choose to use every race as a learning experience.  And this race is no exception.  With every negative, there is in turn a positive lurking.

–Battling major head cold that caused coughing spells every half mile
–3 hours of sleep the night before race due to parental snoring and a bitch of a mattress
–1 bathroom to share amongst 3 adults running Glass City.  Needless to say, Eli didn’t make the magic happen prior to the race.  And if you don’t know what “the magic” means, think really hard.

–Battled stomach issues the entire race but all the port-o-john lines were too long to stop
–Due to said stomach issues, I was not able to take a single Shot Block or sip of water for fear that “the magic” would happen at an inopportune time
–Was seeing pretty black circles by the time I crossed the finish line.

–I finished my SEVENTH half marathon…woo hoo!
–For all of my cramping stomach, cramping calf, and cramping hamstring…I didn’t, repeat DIDN’T give in to the urge to stop at a port-o-john or stop running.  I never walked.  This is honestly the first half I have not walked a step during.
–I only finished 1 minute behind my PR
–I got some pretty cool race swag
–I was able to maintain goal race pace through Mile 8 until the stomach issues really started
–I got to run through my alma mater school and city…and relive my college days 🙂
–I got to hang with one of my BFF’s from college
Photo Courtesy of Michael Mason Photo, Inc. 

And with that, I am done with my disappointment.  I am happy that I was able to gut check it (literally) through some pretty gnarly stomach cramps and finish in 1:53:48 (8:41/mile)
The Splits:
Mile 1–8:46 (very congested start as I didn’t line myself in the correct spot–my bad)
Mile 2–8:32 (started trying to make up lost time)
Mile 3–8:13 (really worried that my terrible math skills and lining up behind the 3:50 pacer instead of the 3:40 pacer was gonna ruin me–IT DID)
Mile 4–8:15
Mile 5–8:26
Mile 6–8:25
Mile 7–8:28
Mile 8–8:31
Mile 9–8:47 (where spontaneous combustion began)
Mile 10–8:50

Photo Courtesy of Michael Mason Photo, Inc

Mile 11–8:48
Mile 12–8:49
Mile 13–8:35 (tried to pick it up when i realized mathematically I was sucking)
Mile 0.3–8:17



Also discovered I suck at cutting tangents!  Technically I PR’d if you subtract the extra 0.2 miles I ran!! (Garmin read:  8:34/mile)

Pictures of my Parents (PS How cute are they?!  And how much do they love me to let me convince them to do a half marathon?!)

Momma M finished in 1:58:29 (3rd Place Age Group 55-59)


Daddy M finished in 2:28:10 which is pretty fast for race walking!

Longest Post Ever…Now onto getting motivated to crush some PR’s this season and use this race as the fuel for my desire to run.



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Doing the Garmin Dance

Oh Garmin 305,

How I both love and loathe you.

You make my runs so complete.

With all your endless data, workouts, and loud beeps.

Giving me mini-crises throughout my run,

When I look down and see Mile Pace: 10:01.

My asthmatic breathing seems to argue against,

your so-called Satellite precision mess.

But for once, dear lord, could you cut me some slack

When I turn you on, you don’t do jack.

“Satellites Loading…”

For what seems like hours.

Especially if it’s overcast or showers.

So I stand around, pacing up and down my sidewalk.

Looking like a complete idiot for all to gawk.

And then like *MAGIC* **poof!** you decide to work.

But for a good 10 minutes, you really made me feel like a jerk.

So until my stupid feet can learn to keep a pace by chance,

I will be stuck doing the Garmin Dance.

Womp. Womp.



And in other news, I can’t shake this stupid cold thing, I am going to be the most pissed Eli in the entire world.  To train for something so hard and then have a taper run of 2 miles make you feel like you are dying of acute onset asthma with coinciding bronchitis can’t bode well for the confidence-o-meter.  Glass City, well played.  But I still will have my date with you.  And we will do the Paso Doble like Donald Driver dance battling the devil.  Ho.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd Paso Doble 01 2012 04 09


Fair Housing Contact Service 5K

This past Saturday, I chose to run the Fair Housing Contact Service 5K.   I figured it was time to get a Subway Challenge Series race under my belt.  I know this year it will be hard to get all my races in PLUS maximize my points.  Guess this just means I need to be ON POINT, ALL THE TIME…SON.

The race was billed to be a lovely 5K jaunt along the Towpath Trail through Akron.  Or the A-K Rowdy, Summit County as it is often and fondly referred to.  We got there plenty early, and thank goodness too because T-Rex Tom decided to get lost for a good 10 minutes.  Somehow it is so hard to find a trailhead.  Or maybe just when men are driving 🙂

Nevertheless, we got there.  My wonderful husband decided to run this one with me.  So we did a quick warm-up mile and stretched it out.  We lined up about 5 minutes prior to the race.  We agreed we would run the race together.  Which the meaning of this phrase was lost in translation as somehow I thought this meant “you stick to my pace no matter what” and he thought I meant “I just want to take this race easy”.

Gun goes off.  I assess my surroundings…there are only 75 runners-ish.  Thought to self: I totally got this.

Not so much.  This was the first inaugural race for the Brooks Pure Flow.  So I pushed it.  Driving off the toes of my feet as hard as I could.  Much of this mile was downhill.  I sat in 3rd place overall.

Mile 1—7:07

After killing myself and kicking myself for my terrible pacing strategy, I reigned it back in for my usual 5K pace.  I sat in 4th place overall.

Mile 2—7:35

That’s when the Towpath decided to be very un-Towpath like and lead us through winding hills across wooden bridges.  I cursed the bridges under my breath.  I also cursed the large women walking 3 across who couldn’t seem to fathom that a race could be happening. Out of my way, wayward walkers!

Mile 3—7:45 (wtf eli.  pace properly please.)

Ugh…there’s the finish line!  Must…run…harder…where the hell did that girl come from?  if she can run that fast at the finish she should have been running harder the entire time.  5th place overall.

Last 0.1—7:10

That’s totally me in the all black with capri’s.  They couldn’t even take a proper Race Picture of me…geez!

Final Finish: 23:09 (7:28/mile pace)   5th Female Overall,  1st in Age Group 25-29  Not my best 5K , yet definitely not my worst.  Only 12 seconds from my PR.  I’ll definitely take that this early in the season.

Pro’s:  Towpath surface, Rice Chips and Gatorade for post-race food, Inaugural Pure Flow Race, Now Infamous Race Picture of my Husband (he is not the Ridiculously Photogenic Runner)

Con’s:  NO AGE GROUP AWARDS EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ADVERTISED AS SUCH, Bus broke down in order to provide transportation back to the start so I got a nice ride in some random dudes Ford Flex

Happy Running!


The Calm Before the Storm…of Running

T-minus 2.5 weeks until the Glass City Half Marathon!

AKA my “goal” race for the spring!
I am getting so excited for it.  I keep questioning whether my training has totally prepared me for the morning of April 22.  Did I do enough speedwork?  Did I do enough long runs?  Did I do enough tempo runs?  Is my stomach going to be lame?  Will my feet feel like cement blocks?  Will it rain?  Will I get lost in Wildwood?  What color is the sky?  Who am I?

Only the true answer to those questions and my crazy questions will happen April 22.  And I am both excited and peeing my pants nervous to find out.  Until then, my racing bug will be kept at bay by participating in a 5K this weekend.  It will be nice to see where my overall speed is at…probably will not even be close to a PR but…  Fair Housing Contact Service 5K here I come!

Happy Running!