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Run for the Roses


Friday (6/17):

12.9 Bike Interval (P2, L5, 45:00, 17.2 mph), Upper Body Weights

Saturday (6/18):

1.77 Easy (Warm up, 18:12, 10:17 Pace)

15K Race (Steamboat Classic, 1:10:21, 7:33 Pace, 18th Female Overall)

Sunday (6/19):

13.1 Med-Long (‘Hood, 1:51:13, 8:30 Pace)

Monday (6/20):

5 Easy (Recovery, Very Windy, 47:20, 9:28 Pace)

Tuesday (6/21):


Wednesday (6/22):

7.2 LT (Treadmill, 2 Warm Up, 3.25 LT, 2 Cool Down, 1:01:33, 8:30 Pace)

Thursday (6/23):


Friday (6/24):

4 Easy (Treadmill, 34:19, 8:35 Pace)

Saturday (6/25):

2.75 Fartlek (Const Trail, 18:14, 6:38 Pace)

1.94 Easy (Warm up, ISU, 18:14, 9:24 Pace)

3.13 Interval (Track, ISU, 6 x 200s w/200 Jog, 4 x 400s w/400 Jog, 27:30, 8:48 Pace)

2 Easy (Cool Down, ISU, 19:10, 9:35 Pace)

Ah where to begin….it was a long, but productive week. During the week Rob and I both happened to be dressed up at the same time and I got to grab a pic of the occasion.

Drew came to visit twice and we had a nice dinner out and another at home. I had tummy pains mid-week, I suspect I ate something with gluten and paid the price.

Friday after a long day we drove over to my girl Abby’s bday bash. I got in a bit of girl time, but knew I had to get home to run a few miles since I had inadvertently had two rest days with my roller coaster week. Plus the next morning (today) we had to be up early to volunteer at a 5K race. The race was for the McLean County AIDS Task Force to raise funds for their program. Rob and I had planned to do a track workout after volunteering for the race. When we arrived our ORRT store owner and team manager says “Christine you should race this one. Get in a workout and win while you are at it.” Umm…okay, except it’s starting to warm up and I’m in adidas warm up pants (that are a size too big) and my adidas Boston shoes, which are my heavier, easy run shoe. I didn’t have clothes for track since we were planning to run back home later. No matter, they all say “just do it” and I laugh at how silly this will be to race in this attire. I make Rob take my picture for evidence.

I tie my pants as tight as I can and warn Rob that in a race I may lose them mid way. Luckily one of the other fast guys there to volunteer had an extra pair of shorts he could loan me, at least that meant I would fry in the sun.

This race was small, like 15 people small. Plus it’s in a park area that is not closed to the public. I wish more people would have come out, these smaller races are a great place for beginners to get in some racing experience without a ton of pressure. The big downside the course wasn’t marked at all. We all looked at the map before hand and tried to memorize the turns we would take. If you know this area you know there are many turn options so it wasn’t like there were street names to remember. It was more like, around the little pond on the outer loop, around the bigger pond, left at the porta potty type directions. And the course wasn’t even chalked or anyone standing at each turn, it would all be from memory. We found out quickly that when you are racing at a 5K pace, it all starts to look the same. This area is known for 5K course flubs because even when there are volunteers, they can get confused as to which way to direct traffic.

Okay so we take off and I assume lead for mile 1 and my watch beeps a 6:15, not too shabby in heavy arse shoes and random course turning. The guy behind me assumes the lead and I try to stay with him. Before mile 2 he juts to the right and makes a turn I’m 100% is wrong and I press forward. Where he turned he was out of sight and I’m just about to say “wrong way” when a friend behind me says, “we should have turned”. He’s trying to help me and I try to convince him it’s straight, not a right turn yet. And he insists to follow the leader, regardless. Bless his heart for trying to help, but I’m ticked at this point cause I’m certain which way to go and I want to do the course correctly. I’m not mad at our friend, I’m mad at myself for giving in when I knew better. I don’t know how to explain my brain’s logic when I’m in 5K race-mode. It’s just different so in that fraction of time I couldn’t debate the directions. 5K race brain for me feels a bit like being tipsy, my mind can’t process as fast as my body chooses the decision. Mile 2, 6:50, ugh logistics and talking mess it up. So the lead guy is further ahead because I’ve doubled back, there is no catching him and I’m chatting with my friend how I’m certain it will be short and then I try to get back to racing, but all I can think about is speculating how short we will all be. I lay off my pace and a young guy goes by me before we finish. 2.75 on my watch leaving me with a 6:38 avg pace. Since we are only 15 people most follow the group and run the course short. The race director suspected this may happen and places awards as we came in and tells us not to even worry about it. I take first female (3rd overall) and receive a nice trophy. I just wish it would have been the right distance. I’ve been in this situation before and I’m sure it won’t be the last time, so I just have to stop my pout-pants dance and get over it.

All of us runners.

This race has very nice food, lots of cold water and fruit, plus really great raffel prizes. I won a $50 gift certificate from a local florist!

I envision a large bouquet of roses and consider who to send them to or if they will look nice in our house. And then it hit me like a ton of bricks when we were at our track workout. I’m going to donate the gift certificate back to the organization to surprise one or two people that are either in the hospital, going through treatment or something serious and need flowers to brighten their day. That idea washed away the frustration I had with myself for not trusting my gut mid-race mode and put the focus back on to what was important. Running for the roses was all worth it.

Rob and I had a great track workout. We had the company of Mitch and some running friends out there too. Even with my mini-race I hit all of my track times spot on!

We had planned to fly out to Indiana for lunch and shopping, but the weather had other plans. Instead of letting it spoil our day we headed up to Chicago area for shopping up there instead. We got Rob some amazing new shave products and I got a special new purse, Louis Vuitton Artsy MM!! Ahhhhh swoon!!!! 🙂 Then we went to dinner at our favorite place in the area, Braxton’s. The food was outstanding as usual and the service was perfect, they always take such good care of us there.

Fuzzy picture at dinner.

Trying them out in the store is essential. Online the size can be deceiving. MM was the perfect size and I love the soft lining, 6 pockets, 1 zipper pocket, the key ring and D-ring detail, and braided handle. I love everything about this purse!

Outside the restaurant.

And one of it with its huge box and bag! Eeeeee! 😀

A very full and truly amazing day!


Go Redbirds!


Thursday (6/16):

1.1 Warm Up (ISU, 10:53, 9:54 Pace)

3.5 Track (ISU, 4 x 200s @ R w/200 jogs, 2 x 1000s @ I w/2 min jogs, 2 x 400s @ R w/400 jogs,  32:13, 9:13 Pace)

0.63 Cool Down (ISU, 7:09, 11:21)

Last night Rob and I did a track workout at our alma mater. I haven’t done a track workout in forever. I struggled with the 1000s @ I pace and did 2 instead of 4. Next time I will do 800s before stepping into 1000s. The weather was absolutely perfect. It was nice to have that slimy sweat from a track workout. On our cool down I was able to get a picture on the football field. Go Redbirds!!


IWU Titan Open – 3000M – 12:32


Saturday (1/29):

3000M Race (IWU Indoor Track, 12:32, 6:44 Pace)

13.1 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% Incline, 1:55:43, 8:50 Pace)

Today was a new experience for me, I ran my first track race. A local university was having an open meet and I ran the 3000M. The scheduling was a bit confusing, it originally showed 3000M as one of the first events and on another roster towards the end of the day. So we came early and watched as things got underway at 10:00 am.

Turns out my race wouldn’t happen until 4:30 pm so we chatted with some friends who were also running and then headed out for lunch before coming back to watch our friends compete.

Rob and me.

Melisa and me.

We were back from lunch around 1:00 pm. It was entertaining just spectating for the afternoon. We had friends competing in the 200M (womens), 1 Mile (mens) and 3000M (mens).

First thing I noticed was this is the longest I’ve ever waited to race. I went through moments of pure excitement to get going to being over it and ready to leave. Rob was an amazing husband and the best coach. He kept me positive all day.

My event was after the 200M and something I didn’t anticipate was that with the 200M being so popular all lanes would be used with many heats occurring one after the other. This didn’t leave any space to warm up like I saw others doing during the other distances. I tried to warm up on the inside of the track where the field events were taking place because I saw other trying to do the same thing, but it really wasn’t a great warm up trotting around G2 bottles and people everywhere. I didn’t want to risk heading outside for fear that the waves would finish quickly and I could be late to my race.

After my measly warm up it was my turn. There were two waves, unfortunate for me my seed time put in the first wave. I would have preferred to be at the front of the second wave, but it wasn’t meant to be. 27 women were racing, 14 in my wave. I line up as #12. I line up with the other college girls on either side of me. It was a cramped lineup, the guy who lines us up and says our cut in rule is just that we must have a stride and half before taking over. Okay, good to know, but I’m sure it won’t be me doing the passing. A girl next to me asks “will they call out laps to us?” and I say “I have no idea”, I’m too new for questions. 🙂 Another girl says yes, then gun and we are off.

This is where it quickly becomes a blur. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s sensory overload doing something completely foreign or if this happens to everyone in a track race. It was a split second decisions on filing in line and before I know it I’m around the first two bends and we are going. Luckily I hear Rob calling my splits. Shouting to slow down, I didn’t mean to come out fast and I try to slow down. 15 laps to do and they fly by quickly at first. Then by lap 5 I wish it were our last lap. Rob shouting splits and I hear our friends cheering to ‘get up on that girl’, ‘don’t let her get away’. I shake my head no, I’m not racing them, I’m surviving this experience. I feel zero calculation in my methods, I’m holding on for this painful brain melt to be over with. 8 laps done, geez this takes too long. Rob states the laps and I can’t pick up the pace. I saw another girl running with her shoe untied, laces flying around. A girl dropped out by me. I am ready for this to be over. Finally the final lap and just put in what I had. I was second to last in my wave. I walked by Rob and our friends as they tried to congratulate me and make the “Shhhh” sign. 🙂 I had no brain cells to have a conversation just yet. A little pacing back and forth, water and coughing up a lung and then I was finally able to accept their kind words and tell them that was a miserable experience. 🙂 We stuck around and watched our friends compete in the mens 3000M and then we called it a day.




12/23 (4 dropped out)

So my final assessment of this race is that it was worthwhile. I feel like a better, stronger runner for doing something new. I got to experience how long 12 minutes and 30 seconds can feel like and that I can tolerate the pain that my brain shouts at me. The best part is having Rob being proud of me! 😀

We got some dinner and then I did a half marathon on the treadmill at home slowly. My legs feel really tired now. I think I will sleep good tonight!!


Ring of Fire


Monday (1/24): 4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 2% Incline, 34:18, 8:35 Pace)

Tuesday (1/25): 6 Miles Hill (Treadmill, 6% Incline, 51:25, 8:35 Pace)

Running adds so much to my life and one of those aspects is the experience of something new. It can be a new running location or distance, but there is always something to make each run a totally different experience. This Saturday I will be getting a flood of something new when I compete in an indoor track event at a local university in the 3000M. The track is 200M making this 15 laps with a field of women who will mostly be much younger than me. Because I’m training for Boston, I have spent zero time on preparing for this event. I will be going into this with no other race or speedwork to gauge what the outcome will be. I assume that racing on an indoor track will also feel different. I’ve done past workouts on the track, but not competing against others. I expect that the blog post will be long for Saturday as every part of this race experience will be new to me. I can’t wait to try something new!


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, LindsayLaura 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! 😀