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And So It Begins…

Monday (12/12):


Tuesday (12/13):

9 Miles LT w/4 @ LT (Treadmill, 1:12:27, 8:03 Pace)

This week starts 18 weeks of training for 2012 Boston Marathon!! I’m using the Pfitz 18/70+ training plan for this cycle because I’ve really enjoyed it in the past. It is funny that the kick off day of the training (Monday) isn’t running at all. It’s a cross training night. I chose to do weightlifting at the gym. It’s amazing how quickly strength goes away for me if I’m not consistent. It basically feels like starting at square one again.

At least it’s the beginning of a new training cycle, I can’t wait for this to really kick off and get my butt kicked in some workouts!




Sunday (4/24):

10 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 1:21:58, 8:12 Pace)

P90X – Ab Ripper

12.7 Bike Easy (45:00, P2, L4, 16.93 mph)

Monday (4/25):


Tuesday (4/26):


Wednesday (4/27):

7.71 Miles General Aerobic (Lake Bloomington, 59:12, 7:41 Pace)

Thursday (4/28):


Friday (4/29):

45 Mins Yoga

Saturday (4/30):

4.71 Miles Easy (Treadmill, -3% – +3% Incline, 43:38, 9:16 Pace)

Sunday (5/1):

11 Miles Med-Long (‘Hood, 1:32:19, 8:24 Pace)

P90X – X Stretch

This week was nothing but hectic. Good thing it’s recovery time . Coming back from a week off from work meant I had a ton of email and assignments to follow up on. Not to mention an expo and a big presentation to come into work on Friday. I was constantly running around frantic. I did not get in enough workouts this week. Normally this would drive me nuts, but this week I just had to go with the time I did have.

Monday I helped out a Tri Expo for the Often Running store. Me and Mitch at the Expo.

The hardest day was Wednesday. It was the Ride the Wave group run night and I was 10 minutes late to the workout. I hate being late and trying to get to RTW right after work has been a bit of a challenge. We were supposed to run the outer loop of the lake so I headed out in the opposite direction, knowing I would catch up to them somewhere half way into their workout. I couldn’t wait to see them and hear about their races and tell them about Boston. But that never happened. I saw other running groups and got to wave to them, but I never ran into my crew. It was windy and cold and I ended up running the loop alone. It was frustrating since I was so excited to see them and I was having such a stressful week that I was left to think about all the other things I still needed to finish up. Turns out my group did the inner loop and since it is shorter they were long gone by the time I was back. I hope they had a good run and I’m bummed I couldn’t be there to hang out with them.

Thursday was an all day expo at work. It was a very productive and tiring at the same time. Me and Abby before the day got started.

That night we went out with our friends and Drew came in town for the weekend. This would be a big weekend for Rob and Drew, they would both be running IL Marathon on Saturday!

Friday I had to go into work for a big presentation and then it was off to the IL Marathon Expo and the 5K. Drew would be running the 5K the night before the marathon to earn the I-Challenge medal. Drew picking up his first marathon bib.

Rob and Drew with their marathon bibs.

Us chilling out before the 5K.

Drew getting into the running zone. 🙂

Drew all done with the 5K. He used it as some easy miles prior to the marathon.

After some coffee and Subway we headed home to get some sleep for the marathon the next morning!

We were up around 3:30am and the boys got ready, we hit the road just before 5am. We easily found parking like years past and got the guys to the bathroom a couple times and ready to race.

I was able to see them both off. A change they made to the race this year was letting the marathoners go 30 minutes before the half marathoners.

After they took off I walked about a mile to a Starbucks to wait for them where it would be about mile 13 on the course for them. I enjoyed a non-fat Misto and read Kara Goucher’s book while I waited for the lead guys to come by. Then I packed up my items to stand out and cheer. Being a Starbucks was perfect spectating location. I had yummy coffee, warm place to sit, free wifi, and a clean bathroom. When Rob came up I screamed “that’s my husband” and everyone cheered for him. He was on perfect pace and looked totally relaxed.

Later I got to see Drew and he too was doing great! This is his first marathon and he was purposely taking it easy, his goal was to get it completed and feel strong. He will be running his second marathon, Chicago Marathon, in October! Just to think that this time last year he was seriously training to run 5Ks, then by the fall was running 10Ks and by end of year he did his first half marathon and since has now completed two! We are so proud of him!

After seeing them both, I moved to the corner that was before mile 26 to see Rob in. The weather started out great, 45-50 degrees, overcast and a light breeze. However, three hours later the winds picked up significantly and the sun had come out. The runners that were coming in were muttering about the high winds they encountered. Our friend Abby had seen Rob had mile 19 and while he looked strong, his time had slowed. The winds were taking a toll.

I was excited that even with the winds, Rob’s pace would definitely get him a new PR! It was so great to see him and see that he was definitely more together and in his head than last year’s IL Marathon. He PRed with a 3:31:07!! I’m so proud and happy for him! This time last year he had terrible stomach issues and was a wreck afterwards. This year he was moving around well and completely fine stomach-wise! It was such a great race for him!

We got Rob food and changed and then waited for Drew’s finish.

Drew is now officially a marathoner! He finished in 5:09:03!

What a great weekend! That night we celebrated with dinner out and some dirty martinis. Sunday the guys went for a long walk and I did a run around the ‘hood.


January 2011 Stats


Sunday (1/30):

20 Miles Long (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 2:51:43, 8:36 Pace)

Monday (1/31):

6 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 2% Incline w/6% Incline for last mile, 50:47, 8:28 Pace)

Weight Lifting

Sunday’s run closed out the week at 75.1 Miles and today’s run closes out the month with a new monthly mileage high for me!!

Run: 325.2 Miles

Bike: 14.7 Miles

Strength Training: 12 Times

I’ve never ran over 300 Miles in a month until now! I love the higher mileage, the more I run the more I seem to enjoy it! I’m also happy to finally making strengthening occur over twice a week.


Girl Power

Thursday night I had my first 1600s. We went to the other university track and Rob timed my 400s. 3 x 1600s @ 5KGP w/800 recoveries 4.45 Miles (IWU Track, 33:00, 7:25 Pace w/intervals: 6:10, 6:11, 6:05).

Friday was an easy run in the neighborhood, 6.12 Easy (‘Hood, 52:30, Pace), followed by weights at the gym for legs and abs. Then I met up with some fellow bloggers for a get together run. Paige, Lindsay, Laura and I ran easy and chatted about what everyone is up to lately. 3.82 Easy (Trail, 39:23, 10:19 Pace).

Thanks Paige for the picture!

It was so nice to meet these girls in person. Lindsay even surprised us with some very yummy chocolate chip cookies. 😀 Since Paige and Laura are both personal trainers we may get together and take one of their classes sometime. Laura teaches Strong and Zumba at our gym. I’ve never Zumba-ed, but I’m willing to give it a shot. 🙂

Meanwhile Rob continued work on the paint job on our plane….more progress!

Today was another day of more girl power. First I ran my 7 Miles General Aerobic into the INSANE winds 7 Miles GA (‘Hood, 52:15, 7:28 Pace). Running into the strong winds was very difficult and I just tried to keep my level of effort up. Out of the wind I could hit my paces fine, but I couldn’t make up the time lost when fighting the headwind. 

Afterward I volunteered for an event hosted by my company that is for 5th-8th grade girls to stay interested in technology. The girls do different labs throughout the day and I was lab assistant for the solar power toy car build. It was a high energy afternoon. The girls were wonderful to work with. 🙂

Then I made some delicious shrimp fajitas and fresh salsa from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution cookbook (I went for shrimp instead of chicken because it’s what I had on hand). It has been my favorite cookbook lately, every recipe I’ve done from it has turned out great.

After a quick change it was off to an ISU Women’s Volleyball game to watch them kick butt! Go Redbirds!!!

It seems like this weekend has been a lot about women of all ages working together and improving themselves, it makes me very proud! 😀



This week has been the typical amount of busy. Monday night Rob and I headed out to a park. He did intervals on the bike and I did 6 Miles Easy. My legs were dead tired and having only 4 hours of sleep was not helping, this was not a great run.

6 Miles Easy (Tipton, 49:17, 8:13 Pace)

Tuesday was a great workout, Ryan had me doing ladders at the track. I did 3 sets of (200, 400, 600, 400, 200) and they felt really good! I loved how the distance varied, it make the workout interesting.

2 Miles Warm Up (ISU Campus, 19:11, 9:36 Pace)

6.21 Miles 3 X (200,400,600,400,200) @ 46 (ISU Track, 55:37.82, 8:58 Pace)

2 Miles Cool Down (ISU Campus, 10:34 21:08, Pace)

This morning I went to the track to do drills, turns out the fields were being treated so I ended up going home and doing part of the drills at home.

2 Miles Warm Up (IWU Track, 18:21, 9:11 Pace)

3 X 50s

3 Sets of High Knees, Butt Kicks, Quick Feet

Then tonight I did 6 Miles Easy in the neighborhood. And then attempted P90X Ab Ripper. Yowza! It was very challenging! ! I did get through a bit of each exercise. This DVD was definitely worth it!

6 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 54:21, 9:04 Pace)

Ab Ripper