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Top 3 Past & Future

Let me be honest. I SUCK AT BLOGGING! I have at least one blog post in my brain each day and I just don’t prioritize blogging. I also don’t prioritize putting away clean laundry.

I did 3 things I never thought I’d do in 2011 and barely touched on them on the blog. Maybe a recap of each will be in my future. But don’t hold your breath. In chronological order:

– Ran across the Mackinaw Bridge! My fear of heights was kicked to the curb to accomplish this feat and it was awesome! Even more spectacular was the rainbow we saw.

– Went to watch the Detroit Tiger’s play the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series! The Tiger’s won the game we attended but lost the series ūüė¶


– Went on a 5 day Western Caribbean cruise! It was an awesome vacation!!

In 2012 there are a few things I hope to accomplish, but I’m not really ready to go public with 2 of them (and no, babies are not on the list!).

#1 is related to my professional (haha)/career

#2 is related to my relationship with Brent

and the third I am making public in hopes that I’ll stick with it…

#3 Run a 2 hour (or less!) half-marathon!!!!!¬†This seems crazy far-fetched¬†right now and I’ll have to shave about 12 minutes off my time. I’ll need to actually complete¬†speed work¬†¬†(gag!) and push myself to keep my pace up. But I’m looking forward to completing a half-marathon with a goal beyond simply finishing.


Race Recap – 5/3 Riverbank Run

I’ll do another post about the expo, hotel, course, aid stations, etc. This is MY story of finishing the race.

This was a struggle. Literally from the time I registered I hit every road block possible.¬†Horrible weather hampered a number of long runs. Shin splints/stress fracture caused me to miss runs of varying lengths and cut other runs short. Mental demons plagued me and made me question my self every time I thought about putting my running shoes on. It seemed like this race wasn’t meant to be.

But somehow through the encouragement of friends (especially Brent), things coming together that were out of my control (free race entry, a room in the sold out race hotel, miraculous 12 miles without pain), I got to the start.

Sure I finished, but once I crossed the starting line, that was never the question. Getting there was the battle, I know I could go the distance, even if it took  me all day.

The morning was rainy. I watched live pre-race coverage as I ate my PB & J and drank a 1/2 cup of coffee. Both 5k heats and the 10k started out in the rain. Brent and I chilled in the Devos Place lobby before I went out to line up.


The first few miles went by without a hitch. I missed the mile 1 marker, so was thrilled when I passed mile 2. I was incredibly hungry and thirsty throughout the race. I drank 2 – 3 cups of fluid at each aid station and ate an orange segment at the ones later in the race. The 1st half of the course is slightly downhill, so that was really nice. I knew I was going slower than I had wanted to (pre-injury goals), but was with a group going the same pace and just stuck with them.

I walked a bit and took 1/2 a GU at mile 4.5 and almost instantly felt a surge of strength. I walked again around mile 7.25 and made the decision to walk most of the up hills. This slowed my time considerably (especially because that meant walking most of mile 11) but I knew that my lack of training and the pain the hills would inflict on my shin it was the best decision. And it allowed me to run more towards the finish.

The crowds between miles 6 Р7 were great! I think my FAVORITE thing to see while running are dogs and there were  a number of dogs in the crowd. I even saw a corgie (favorite dog)!

Around mile 12, I started getting really depressed. I just wanted to finish and was doing a lot of walking, making my time until finish that much longer. The 11:00 pace group passed me and my spirits really dropped. I was so tired (like wanting to sleep), thirty and hungry. I ate all my jelly beans and was carrying a cup of water with me for as long as I could, but nothing took the edge off my thirst or hunger.


I finally saw the finish line and gave it all I had. Hearing Brent cheering for me was amazing, it was like pure energy injected into my veins and I was able to check a dude!


Brent found me right away and I was able to hobble back to the room, shower and check-out on time.

Am I thrilled with my time? HECK NO! Was I thrilled that I finished? YES! Just like what we emphasize at Girls on Track, it isn’t about time, it is about doing the best you can on that day. And I did.

Snotty, sweaty, happy mess

After the worst doctor’s appointment I’ve had, I took a week off from running and fell in love with ExerciseTV.

Sunday I did an easy walk/run of 2 miles with no shin pain. Monday I amped it up to an easy 3 mile run with no pain. And today I pulled out the big guns. I figured if I have a follow-up appointment on Monday, I might as well give the shin a big ole test so I can give the best report to Dr. Rudeness as possible.

This morning I didn’t want to run but with the loving encouragement of Brent and the thought of cheddar bay biscuits for dinner, I got dressed and headed out. I had 1 goal, to move forward for 2 hours. I was hoping to get in 12ish miles if all went well, but either way, I wanted to see what I had for 2 hours of movement.

A HUGE plus was the weather, 32 degrees, light clouds, no wind. PERFECT!!!!! My favorite running outfit is my Nike Tights and New Balance pullover, so I was pumped.

I ran slow but strong, taking my first walk break and 1/2 a vanilla GU at 47 mins and the second at 1 hr 18 mins. (side note: vanilla GU is AWESOME tasting!) I stopped to stretch just twice and made it home in 1:58:40. I eagerly went to mapmyrun.com to check  my distance and was BUMMED to see I ran 11.6 miles, not the 12 I was hoping for. So I sat for a second and then headed out the door for a quick couple blocks to bring my total distance up to 12.36 miles in 2:05:25!!!

No shin pain! No bloody nose (just a lot of snot rockets)! Sure my feet are tired and my calves were on the verge of cramping for the last couple miles, but I did it. I ran 12.36 (pain free) miles!

And now I’m getting ready to stretch + shower + ice and am enjoying a delicious smoothie made with skim milk + vanilla carnation instant breakfast + instant coffee + 1 banana + 1 huge handful of spinach + sprinkle of ground flax + 1/4 cup instant oatmeal! YUM!

To-do List

I have today off thanks to President’s Day! My original plans were to hop a train bound for Carbondale, IL and visit my sissy, but due to her work schedule, it didn’t pan out.

So I’m home and working on a rather long to-do list I’ve created for myself. Somethings are fun (denoted by the “!”) and others are chores I’ve been avoiding for too long. Here is my list, I’ll update it throughout the day, so stay tuned! Last updated at 7:45 pm

  • Make peanut butter! CHECK
  • Make honey roasted peanut butter! CHECK
  • Make granola bars! CHECK
  • Snack of pretzels and M&Ms used in granola bars! CHECK
  • Vacuum up 34lbs of cat hair, use attachment to do the furniture and along the walls CHECK (sort of)
  • Sweep kitchen floor CHECK
  • Sweep bathroom floor CHECK
  • Mop kitchen floor CHECK
  • Mop bathroom floor CHECK
  • Wash load of pinks/oranges/reds CHECK
  • Hang load of pinks/oranges/reds to dry CHECK
  • Wash bras CHECK
  • Consult Butterball website for turkey tips CHECK
  • Clean giblets out of turkey CHECK
  • Roast turkey CHECK
  • Fold laundry CHECK
  • Put away laundry
  • Clean bathroom well (not the quick wipe down) CHECK
  • Clean kitchen sink and counters well (again, not the quick wipe down) CHECK
  • Consolidate bottles/packages in cupboards to create more space CHECK
  • Clean out fridge (did this last night) CHECK
  • Do a face mask!
  • Run 5 – 6 miles! CHECK (5.23 miles in 52:20)
  • Make dinner (turkey, potatoes, rolls, veggie) CHECK