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Give me a “J”!

It’s been a while since my last post. Things have been a bit crazy mayhem lately and my training took a dip in mileage because of it.

First the good news: I got a leadership development opportunity at work to be an IT Architect.  I quickly realized the new level of responsiblity that I will have. The time commitment will impact my running schedule and I’m going to have to learn how to manage that. Rob is in this role and so it’s going to be awesome to be able to have him as an informal mentor.

The not great news is Coco got sick. She is doing better now, but it was most of the week of taking her to vet appointments and being with her to make sure she was comfortable. It’s been so nice to see her medicine working and that she is feeling like herself again. When Coco gets sick, my world stops. I really don’t care what miles I need to run, instead I hold her and comfort her any chance I can.

Then it was also my birthday last weekend. Rob had planned an amazing day for us in Chicago to celebrate, including tickets to a Cubs game. However, Coco was still not well so we stayed home with her instead and had a quiet weekend at home. Rob got me some beautiful presents!

Tiffany & Co. Black Onyx Studs

Tiffany & Co. Elsa Peretti Letter Pendant w/18K gold “J” – turned around, whoops!


In the midst of the craziness Rob and I still managed to keep our long runs and a few shorter workouts. I will have more running related posts and some home project items coming up.


2012 Danvers Days – 5K – 21:21

Race take away: I’m getting comfortable again with a faster pace, hopefully it continues!

This morning it was really hard to get up. No sleeping in this weekend, we had another 5K to run. We were out the door at 6am to drive to Danvers, IL. The weather was perfect: about 68 degrees, light breeze, and super mild. Rob and I ran the whole course as a warm up to remember it. We didn’t run it last year so we wanted to get familiar with the course. Sounds like they didn’t have the race in 2011 for some reason, so its good that they were able to bring it back.

After chatting up some friends we were off. My plan was to run this race with a bit more effort than yesterday to keep improving my time. This race had some inclines in it unlike yesterday’s race, so I had to put more effort into keeping up with my time. This race had a funny notation on the road before mile 2, it said “Heartbreak Hill”. Who knew I didn’t need to go to Boston Marathon, lol. It was a cute touch and Rob and I made sure to go back after the race to get a picture of it.

I got to mile 2 at 14:00, so just a couple seconds behind yesterday with the inclines. I knew I could improve my time by pressing hard and I felt like it was doable. I came in at 21:21 and was third female overall, 1st in my Age Group. Rob also improved his time with a 19:35 and was 2nd in his Age Group.

They didn’t have the pancakes post-race like previous years. They gave everyone a participant ribbon. It’s nice for the kiddos, but I’m not sure that this will make it to the trophy wall. Well maybe I’ll think of a place….haven’t turned down race recognition yet, why start now?!

We went out for a quick cool down and got a picture of Heartbreak Hill. Love it!

The medals were nice.





6:56 Pace

F: 3/?

F 35-39: 1/?

2010 Danvers Days – 19:50

2009 Danvers Days – 23:29

2008 Danvers Days – 27:20




2012 Flanagan Fest – 5K – 21:41

Race take away: Progressing in the right direction!

Saturday morning it was hard to get up, but we were on the road by 6am to get to Flanagan, IL to run the local 5K. The temperatures were very mild, low 60s and perfect for racing. Rob and I did a warm up to remember the course since running it a few years ago. The course was well-marked, flat and had enough turns to keep it interesting.

My goal was to push my pace, but keep it as even as possible. Another lady passed me in the first mile looking completely relaxed and she just zoomed along like it was nothing. I knew it wasn’t likely to catch her, but I would just try to keep her in my sights so that I could see her at least at each turn. First mile was 6:56, second time was 13:54 and I came across the line at 21:41, which improved my time from last week’s 5K. 5K’s are a hard race cause it’s about pushing the whole time, while managing a pace without blowing up. I’m very happy that I finished this race feeling like I can get faster. I just need to keep chipping away at it again.

I finished in 21:41, 2nd Female Overall, 1st in 35-44 Age Group. Rob was 3rd overall with a 19:50, 1st in 25-34 Age Group.

After the race I hung out for a bit on the park swing while we waited for awards.

I got a couple strange looks from the little kids on the swings nearby. They probably didn’t know what to think of an old lady playing on the playground. 🙂

Our awards were coozies. I think we can put these to good use. 🙂





7:00 Pace

F: 2/?

F 35-44: 1/?

2009 Flanagan Fest 5K – 23:25


The Gift of Time


Wednesday (8/1):


Thursday (8/2):


Friday (8/3):


Saturday (8/4):

Yoga Class 1 Hour

AM – 12 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:33:26, 7:48 Pace)

PM – 4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 34:17, 8:35 Pace)

Weekly Totals:

Run: 52 Miles, 7:23:46

Bike: 7.1 Miles, 30:00

Strengthening: 1 Time, 1:00:00

Sunday (8/5):

17 Miles Long w/11 Miles @ MGP (Treadmill, 2:16:59, 8:04 Pace)

Monday (8/6):


Tuesday (8/7):

13.1 Miles Long (‘Hood, 2:03:11, 9:25 Pace)

Wednesday (8/8):

10 Miles LT w/5 @ HMGP (Treadmill, 1:16:59, 7:42 Pace)

Thursday (8/9):


Friday (8/10):

15 Miles Long (Treadmill, 2:01:06, 8:05 Pace)

Saturday (8/11):

2.12 Mile Warm Up for Race (Lake Evergreen, 20:07, 9:30 Pace)

3.1 Mile Race (Lake Evergreen 5K, 22:13, 3rd Female Overall, 1st Age Group)

Weekly Totals:

Run: 60.32 Miles, 8:20:35

Sunday (8/12):

18 Miles Long (Constitution Trail, 2:42:32, 9:02 Pace)

Monday (8/13):

5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 39:19, 7:52 Pace)

It feels like forever since I just posted on the blog about things going on, other than the race we ran Saturday. Really I just fell off the grid as soon as the Olympics started. I couldn’t risk reading any news or blogs for fear I would hear the outcome of an event I had on my DVR to watch. I love to watch the drama unfold, even if it’s recorded and everyone else in the world knows how it turns out. And so much drama there was! I wish that Paula Radcliffe had been able to compete, she is just an amazing running phenom and see her take a medal in her homeland would have been insane. She’s been battling injuries so I hope that she is able to recover and enjoy any adventures she sets her sights on. Shalane and Kara looked ridiculously fit! It’s a shame that the marathon course had so many turns and it wasn’t their day. Their 10th and 11th finish is still outstanding and we were so proud to see them tough it out. Meb’s race was awesome! He really kicked it in and 4th for the men’s is really amazing for a last Olympic finish.

I got into track and some other random sports along the way. My favorite non-running sports were women’s beach volleyball and swimming! In general it’s just so much fun to watch the athletes all pushing themselves and hearing their personal stories and journey in their particular sport.

With the Olympics over I now feel like I’ve been given back the gift of time. I don’t have hours of tv watching after work and it’s been nice to make dinner at home again and work on house projects. I’ve had a few rest days in my training related to workload and just being utterly tired after work, but the running I have completed has been really great! My legs aren’t hurting at all and my mileage is getting back to the 60s per week! I’m really enjoying my training and feeling a bit of progress. It’s hard to believe that Chicago Marathon is only 8 weeks away!!


2012 Evergreen Lake – 5K – 22:13

Race take away: Racing is fun again!

Saturday morning Rob and I headed out to run a 5K at nearby Lake Evergreen. The weather was cool and in the 60s. I was so chilly that I even opted for long sleeves for the race, but short sleeves would have been fine. Rob and I went out and did a warm up for about 2 miles and then caught up with other runners before the start.

As I’m still not in race shape, my plan was to improve upon my Dog Days time, while trying to keep a stead pace. We were off and after the first mile I was feeling great. Splits on my watch were 7:09, 7:06, 7:16. I was third female and was passed at mile 2. After that I was able to pass another girl, keeping me at 3rd female overall and 1st age group with a 22:13. The race felt easy, well as easy as a 5K can feel. I’m excited to be enjoying racing again!

Rob came in at 20:24 and was 2nd in his age group. We both got pilsner glasses for our efforts.

The glass, the back says “Award Winner”.



7:10 Pace

F: 3/?

F 35-39: 1/?

2010 Evergreen Lake – 20:03