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Sunday (9/25):

17 Miles Long (‘Hood, 2:19:52, 8:14 Pace)

Monday (9/26):

7.2 Miles Bike (Trainer, 30:00, 14.4 mph)

Tuesday (9/27):

7.9 Miles Bike (Trainer, 35:00, 13.54 mph)

8 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:06:34, 8:20 Pace)

Wednesday (9/28):

6.8 Miles Bike (Trainer, 30:04, 13.57 mph)

Yoga 50 Mins

Thursday (9/29):


Friday (9/30):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 31:06, 7:47 Pace)

Yoga 50 Mins

Saturday (10/1):
15.25 Miles Bike (Spin Class, 49:00, 18.67 mph)

8 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:05:51, 8:14 Pace)

Sunday (10/2):
13.1 Miles Long (‘Hood, 1:39:09, 7:35 Pace)
15.2 Miles Bike (Spin class, 52:47, 17.28 mph)

Monday (10/3):

Tuesday (10/4):

7 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 57:22, 8:14 Pace)

Last Thursday after work Rob and I went to a Mat Kearney concert at a small venue near University of Illinois. Mat sounded amazing, even more so in person. It was a great concert, but Rob and I quickly noticed that we were the minority in the age category. A couple blurry pictures from my phone.

Over the weekend I made fish tacos with tilapia. I cooked the fish with a little olive oil, lime juice, paprika, chili power, onion powder, cumin and garlic salt for 15 minutes @ 425 degrees. After cooking I served it with corn tortillas, fresh salsa and guacamole.

I also made up my version of Spanish Rice in my new rice cooker. I used Trader Joe’s brown rice medley and cooked it to the rice cooker instructions. Then in a separate pot I warmed a can of diced tomatoes and black beans, both drained and added the same spices that I put on the fish. I’m going to take the left over rice mix and add mexican cheese, stuff red peppers and bake in the oven for another meal. 🙂

Monday was a rest day so Rob and I took the Cub out for a flight. It was a gorgeous day!




Monday (7/18):

P90 – Yoga X – 1:15

Bike 12.6 Miles (Easy, P2 L5, 45:00, 16.8 mph)

Tuesday (7/19):

8 Miles General Aerobic + Speed (Treadmill, 1:04:06, 8:06 Pace, 4 x 100M Strides)

Rob and I spent most of the weekend laying low. After two work trips that were only a day apart I needed a weekend with less obligation. I ignored chores, layed out in the baking hot sun, and caught up on magazines. Rob did make plans to visit a local winery that we’ve talked about for years, but never made the time to visit. Our friends were going so it was the perfect time to catch up, but still relax.

Monday it was time to get back to work and catch up on items in progress while I have been traveling. It is also the beginning of the training for the Chicago Marathon! 😀 Last week I got in 41 miles to get phased into training miles. I can say that there are little moments in my running where I get little glimpses of my old running self. I hope it all comes back, and then some.




Tuesday (2/1):

9 Miles General Aerobic (Treadmill, 1% Incline w/4% Incline for last mile, 1:08:23, 7:36 Pace)

Bike 8.2 Miles Easy (P1, L5, 30:00, 16.4 mph)

Today didn’t start out so good. I accidentally dropped one of our cameras and thought I broke it. I had to have Rob look at it and I made sure to give him my pouty face.

Turns out that only the filter broke, which is a very cheap item to replace!

Then the day got better because work closed early and we also got registered for the Chicago Marathon!

We are pretty much snowed in now so I hope to get a lot of reading done on my new running books. Perhaps I should also look into making time to comb my hair and paint my nails. 😉


2010 Chicago Marathon – 3:24:14

Saturday we drove up to our hotel and just relaxed as much as possible, which meant reading magazines and books for us and bone chewing for Coco.

We went to bed super early, 8pm and were up at 3am. We took our time getting ready and made our way to the starting area by 5am. We parked in one of the garages and chilled for about 30 minutes before heading out. We saw a Caribou Coffee shop along the way and stopped in for a coffee and relaxed in the leather chairs. The coffee was way too strong for me, but at least we could relax and utilize the restrooms. As we sat there discussing the race in walks our friends Ryan and Melisa! Completely unplanned and totally awesome, they too just happened to by the coffee shop, walk in and see us! I considered this good luck. 🙂 Melisa was running the race and Ryan was on pit crew duty. We chatted it up and then it was off to our corrals. This was me and Rob’s first time in the seeded corrals and it was very nice!

Walking to the Corral entrance.

They had porta potties right there and the lines weren’t crazy long, much better than open corral that we had last year. Standing aroud means we can get our money’s worth on pictures being taken.

The last hour passed by quickly and then we were off!

How quickly I forget how the amount of people running and their paces picking up and quickly slowing down all around makes it difficult to settle in. Rob was off and quickly swallowed up into the crowd so that I couldn’t see him. I was psyched that the crowd being so thick that it forced me to hold back on pace. The miles started ticking off right according to plan.

Mile 1 – 7:52

Mile 2 – 7:41

Mile 3 – 7:35

Mile 4 – 7:34

Mile 5 – 7:32 (shot of EFS)

Note: A funny sign that just said “This is a sign” hehehe 🙂

Mile 6 – 7:32

Mile 7 – 7:33

Mile 8 – 7:26

Mile 9 – 7:40

Mile 10 – 7:33 (shot of EFS)

Mile 11 – 7:43 (stomach cramping)

Mile 12 – 7:37

Mile 13 – 7:47 (not able to deny that I will need to stop, ugh!)

Mile 14 – 8:56 (Pit stop, so ticked that I have to waste time to take a potty break)

Mile 15 – 7:30 (feel better though)

Mile 16 – 17 – 15:31 (missed a mile marker)

Mile 18 – 7:44 (cant’s seem to get my pace going any faster)

Note: I hear a voice shout “Go Baby!” and it definitely sounds like Rob. I don’t see him, but I wonder if it’s him and I hope it isn’t just because I want him to meet his goal. I notice at some point that the course color system changes from green to yellow status due to increased heat.

Mile 19 – 7:47 (hmm..can’t get my pace up, guess my training isn’t where it needs to be yet)

Mile 20 – 7:45 (shot of EFS and a few Sports Beans, most fell to the ground)

Mile 21 – 22 – 15:57 (missed another mile marker)

Mile 23 – 24 16:03 (missed another mile marker)

Note: A friend of ours, Leanna, who we haven’t seen in ages, crosses right in front of me carrying her son and I can’t believe I’m able to process that it’s her and actually call out her name and wave midst mile 23. 🙂 Also, we pass a bank that says it’s 89 out and man it felt hot.

Mile 25 – 8:17 (Are we done yet? This is miserable hot.)

Mile 26 and the .2 – 9:30 (7:41 Pace)

Somewhere along the course.

Almost there!

About to finish!

All done!! 😀

Rob and me! 😀



7:48 Pace

F 30-34: 86/3,071 (2.8%)

F: 343/16,013 (2.1%)

Overall: 2310/35,809 (6.5%)

So this wasn’t even much of a PR and not what I was hoping to do. But alas, I know what training I need to work on and it still is a new PR. I

think my fueling worked out better and at least my stomach wasn’t in a huge knot the whole race like last year. I’m not happy to have to had lost time taking a potty break, but I guess these things happen. I hope that I can keep getting my stomach used to this. Also I never felt light-headed or out of sorts, so I think the amount of fuel that I took for the race worked out well. I also felt strong. I couldn’t get moving in the pace I wanted, but at the same time, I never felt really beaten down. Hopefully that’s a good sign that I can keep training myself into a faster pace.

Upon finishing I slowly walked through the finishing area and I really notice how hot it is. I ask a lady if it was really 89 degrees out like the bank said and she replied, “yes, we were just told it’s 85”. Not ideal at all.

I shuffled around and ran into Chris and we talked about each of our experiences for a moment. Then I looked around for Rob and eventually found him. Turns out it was him that I heard at mile 18ish. He fell off pace after Mile 15. The good news is that his IT Band injury didn’t flare up on him, instead it was just that he missed some critical training from recovering and just couldn’t put it together today. His fuel did work for him this time, so that’s a huge accomplishment. Rob’s final time was 3:43:11. Even though it’s not the time he wanted, he is definitely one step closer with a fuel strategy that appears to work for him.

We made our way back to the hotel, got some food and a quick nap and then met up with Ryan and Melisa for some post race celebrating. We ended up walking around downtown and stopped at a couple pubs for drinks and food.

The second pub happened to have a statue of a bull and after a couple drinks well….

By the way, Rob is not an innocent bystander in this picture. I was too sore to get up there myself so he gave me a boost. 😉 Security came and we bolted before getting into trouble. 🙂


2010 Chicago Marathon Expo

Expo day!! We drove up Friday to get our packets so we wouldn’t be up and on our feet a ton Saturday before the race.

First stop at the Expo was to get some Chicago Marathon gear! Rob got a sweet vintage style track warm up type shirt and I got a running jacket.

Me in my new Chicago Marathon jacket.

While shopping we saw Dean Karnazes doing a small signing. The line was already cut off, but not matter. He is speaking at our university Monday night so we hope to catch him then.

After a bit more looking around we got to meet up with two fellow runners I’ve been excited to finally meet in person, Stevi and Chris! Stevi was super sweet and we both talked a mile a minute trying to catch up on how each other were feeling about the impending race. This will be her first marathon and I know she is going to do great! I only wish we lived closer so we could go for a run sometime. 🙂

After our gab session Rob and I continued checking out the Expo. We found our names on the Nike mural and they were next to each other this year, very cool!

The video that runs the course.

Before we left for our run we got to meet up with Nic!! I haven’t seen her since we both met up before the Chicago Marathon last year!

Nic is such a sweetheart and will be cheering on some friends this year and has a marathon coming up very soon!

After a quick change of clothes it was time to get to 5 Miles Easy around the lake followed by 6x100M Strides.

Rob running along Lakeshore.

When we returned we were able to meet up with two gals from our hometown, Amy and Abby. This will be their first marathon and we are so excited for them! I hope we get to see them at more races in the future!

And that was the end of our Expo experience! It was such a fun day! I’m glad we got to meet up with so many great people and I hope we get to hang out post-race. Good luck to all Chicago Marathoners!!!!