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Thursday (2/24):


Friday (2/25):

11 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:27:20, 7:57 Pace)

14 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:49:00, 7:48 Pace)

Saturday (2/26):

8 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 1:08:10, 8:32 Pace)

12 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:34:13, 7:52 Pace)

Sunday (2/27):

24 Miles Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 3:10:36, 7:57 Pace)

I must call your attention to a recipe in the latest issue of Women’s Health (the one with Emily Blunt and Matt Damon on the cover), Roasted Garlic Beer Bread. I’m not much of a cook or baker, but this recipe was simple enough for me to make.

It is amazing, especially cut up into hunks and dipped into rosemary and garlic infused olive oil.

Speaking of cooking, I have new cookbooks to add to my library! I have a lot to learn in this department, but it will be a very fun and yummy adventure. 🙂

Thursday we went out to dinner with our pilot (and running) friends. It was nice to get some time to talk about two of our favorite topics and catch up. Afterward I was feeling really wiped from the work week and decided to take a rest day and save the miles for the weekend.

Friday, I got to spend time at the salon getting a hair trim and pedicure. I apologize every time they have to touch my gnarly running feet. My big toes and pinkie toes seem to take most of the beating so a salon level scrub is required now and then. And of course, I had to get some coffee. 😀

Coffee really should be a food group.

Saturday I got in some easy miles in the ‘hood with Rob in the light dusting of snow we got.

Later I busted out 12 miles on the treadmill before dinner. Drew came over and we headed out for sushi. Let’s just say after some good miles, there is no such thing as too much sushi in my book. 🙂 We chilled with Starbucks and watched Prefontaine.

Sunday it was time for a long run, but the weather outside had other plans. We had rain all day and even some hail so I clocked the miles on the treadmill. This was my longest training run yet and also a new weekly mileage high of 87.12 miles. At least the rain can wash out what will hopefully be the last of the snow. I’m so ready for spring!


Bag Lady


Monday (2/21):

3 Miles Easy (Gym Treadmill, 1% Incline, 26:20, 8:47 Pace)


3 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 25:42, 8:34 Pace)

Tuesday (2/22):

8 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:03:22, 7:56 Pace)


Wednesday (2/23):

4.12 Miles Fartlek (Const Trail, RTW Group Run, 42:23, 10:18 Pace)

Sunday night I attended a Women’s Fitness night at a running store, Body ‘N Sole, near Champaign, IL with my girlfriends Abby and Amy. We got some goodies and listened to a speech on cross training. I got this nice little Brooks make up bag, which got me thinking about packing some items to spruce up after a race or a group run.

What products do you keep with you to get ready or to clean up after a good sweat session?

Here’s what’s currently in my new bag:

Not pictured trial sized sunscreen and lotion. Thank goodness for expos, I use all the free samples in my running bag.

Last night was the Ride the Wave group run. I got to be the leader for the front and we did 4 Miles with Fartleks (speed play – picking up the pace for a set distance or land mark). I had a lot of fun hanging with our group, talking about up coming races and helping them sustain the pick ups. I’ve really enjoyed the RTW program and while it’s for the participants I find that I feel re-engergized by helping them. I’m looking forward to our upcoming workouts with hills and track work.




Thursday (2/18):


Friday (2/19):

7 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 59:42, 8:32 Pace)

Yoga 45 Minutes

9 Miles w/6 x 800M @ 5KRP (Treadmill, 1.5% Incline, 1:10:21, 7:49 Pace)

Saturday (2/19):

10 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 1:22:52, 8:18 Pace)

8.2 Miles Hills (Bike, 30:00, P4, L5, 16.4mph)

5 Miles Hills (Treadmill, 6% Incline, 44:16, 8:52 Pace)

Sunday (2/20):

16 Miles Long (Treadmill, 1-3% Incline, 2:08:05, 8:01 Pace)

Last week was super busy! Good thing it was step back week in my training plan already so I did get some time back so I could celebrate Valentine’s Day, work overtime and spend time with friends. I ended up with 57 Miles for the week.

Part of my Valentine’s Day presents from Rob were running related. I had never even seen this book before! It’s a collection of images from this race through the years that chronicles it’s history. I love it!

Rob also got me the documentary “Running America“. I love running movies. However I do have to say that this movie was a bit lacking. We’ve seen “Running Sahara” and this movie includes one of the men from it. The first half of the movie focuses on America’s economic and political turmoil of 2008. While a very historic time in our country, I was expecting more just on the American spirit without a political message. It was not a very feel good movie starting out. The movie did get more uplifting around the half way point and our town was featured in the movie. 🙂 My favorite quote in the movie is “In hard times optimism takes courage”.

Friday, after a morning run outside and yoga I went with my girlfriends Abby and Amanda to see No Strings Attached. It was a cute movie, but the best part was goofing off in an empty movie theater (once the one creepy guy left after the majority of the love scenes were done, ick). We were cracking up about every little thing. Abby made up a new nickname for me too. She was talking about my training and said “Christine, you are like a machine…you are a Chrischine”. Hahaha! Love the nickname Abby! 😀

Saturday morning I got in miles around the hood and the afternoon some easy miles on the bike and a hill workout on the treadmill. That evening we had a date night and went out of town to watch Drew play bass guitar in a performance called “I love you because”.

Sunday I got my miles on the treadmill and since it was an easy run I did simulated small rolling hills.


Qualifying Times


Wednesday (2/16):

3 Miles Easy with RTW (Trail, 33:27, 11:10 Pace)

Last night was our first group meeting for Ride The Wave. I got assigned to my group, they will be in a goal pace range of 10:00-10:30. Tonight was introductions, logistics and then a casual 3 Mile run. We have three leaders per group. We had seven participants in our group, but that number may change as people figure out what pace will work best for them. The run went well and I shared some of my experiences when they had questions. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait for the program to kick off.

Also, the Boston Marathon posted their updated qualifying times as well as the 2012/2013 registration dates and restrictions for entry. I’m sure this will cause a stir of controversy on forums and blogs. Is it enough restriction, too much, etc. Personally I don’t have an opinion either way because I don’t get caught up in the drama of it. All I need to know what the standard is for a particular race and then see if I can meet it. I don’t feel a race owes me anything for a qualifying time, etc. I’m not concerned if it seems fair enough to runners. I figure it’s their race to run as they wish, state the qualifying requirements and then I’ll try to meet them. If I can’t, I can’t. If it fills up super quick, then that’s just how it is. The same goes for getting tickets to a game or concert, so I don’t baulk at the method of selection chosen by the race. I’m just happy to see it’s announced in a timely fashion so people can plan their goals if they want to try to get in the next two years. I will always happy to get into a race that has a qualifying standard or quick registration period in part because I understand there is always a risk I may not make it in. I just wanted to share the info in case you are interested in the Boston Marathon and haven’t seen the new system they are trying.




Monday (2/14):


Tuesday (2/15):

7 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 59:54, 8:34 Pace)

Monday I took a rest day. I felt good after my miles on Sunday, but a little rest never hurts and with Valentine’s Day it was the perfect reason to enjoy a nice dinner at home with my man. Tuesday I was able to get in some easy miles first thing in the morning before heading into work. I had to travel for work to University of Illinois to help with a brainstorming session for an upcoming technical competition that some students will be competing in. It was great getting to help the students, but made for a long day. I got home around 9pm and had this little surprise waiting. Rob and I both had a new medal.

The Rock and Roll series gives out additional medals for completing more than one of their races in a year. As you rack up multiple race events, you can rack up some extra bling. This medal commemorates our running of Rock and Roll Chicago Half Marathon and Rock and Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon in 2010, making 26.2 Encore miles. 🙂