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Today's Running Song:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

"Baby Got Back" by Sir-Mix-Alot

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TANNERS 11/21/2009 8:48AM

    A classic that never dies!!

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KJNE8O 11/19/2009 9:28PM


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JENONTHEROX 11/19/2009 3:00PM

    I See You Baby - Groove Armada

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Today's Running Song:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"If You're Wondering If I Want You To (I Want You To)" by Weezer

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JENONTHEROX 11/18/2009 3:48PM

    oh yaaaaaaaa. Solid running song for me too.

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Today's Running Song:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"U + Ur Hand" by P!ink


Race Report: Buckeye 10K, November 15, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Good morning! It has been nearly a week of picturesque weather in central Ohio. More than perfect for running, with temps in the low-mid 50s most of the day, and I think it was in the mid-60s yesterday afternoon.

(I wouldn't know for sure, I was asleep!)

Sunday was the Buckeye 10K. My sister and I ran this race last year, and Highbanks is one of my favorite non-urban places to run. Last year the temperature at race time was 29* (and we both nearly quit in the first mile); this year it was 42*. They moved the start/finish lines a little bit, but the general course was the same I think.

M3S Sports, who has taken over several Run Wild Racing events, along with Nationwide Insurance were the race sponsors. The race shirt was a long-sleeved tech with the buckeye guy and on the back "Go Bucks". We got an Ohio State hat and a towel. Everything ran smoothly from the administrative side; we had water at mile 2/5, Panera bagels and bananas at the finish, lots of race volunteers along the course and free towels.

On my side things weren't quite so smooth - I forgot my chip & bib at home and had to hang a ewee and get them (which was a blessing because I found a packet of Hammer Gel when I was flying through the house). I had about 20 minutes to warm up & stretch. I started off WAY WAY WAY too fast - the first and last mile of the course is flat - and hit mile 1 at 8:20. (Hello, is this not the first rule of racing?! Arrgh.)

I hit the first hills on a low ebb and ended up posting in the high 11s through the middle 4 miles. :-( Not that that's horrible, but I LIKE powering up and down hills and I'm skeeved that I burned myself out on the most boring part of the course.

ANYWAY. This is a challenging course, both with pacing those flats and keeping up stamina for the longer ascents and controlling the descents. Also challenging is the narrower parts of the course seem to be the ones non-racers are stopped on! There was a lot of jumping over tree roots and skidding off the path to avoid hikers/walkers who refused to move from the center of the trail. I also saw a former employee of mine, but obviously we didn't have a chance to chat.

The last mile was agony, with the finish line in clear view most of the way around a long arc. It was a warm and humid finish, and I made it in 1:03:20 (10:15 min/mi).

I typically grab lunch and a nap when I'm done with a hard race (and make no mistake, my heart rate averaged 161 or 86% of my max, I was wiped). I did my wake-up stretches, then got out of bed.

Or, I tried to get out of bed. There was something wrong with my left leg. My entire IT band decided to pull taut from hip to ankle, pulling my foot left and then up. I couldn't figure out how to stretch/turn it to get it to release and I couldn't put any weight on that leg. Finally, I threw myself onto the bed and pulled my knee to my chest and it eased off. OWWWWWWW. It took me a good ten minutes to work the darned thing out enough to be able to walk (and with a bum right hamstring I wasn't going to start hopping around on my right leg) and another ten to stop it from tightening when I did put weight on it.

My foam roller and I got super-close last night. There was a lot of moaning and groaning and panting and I think we might be going steady. My yoga mat isn't speaking to me, I think there's some jealousy there (but we'll have quality time at lunch today). :D

As one of those "last race of the year" things, this one is a favorite of mine. It's quite a challenge and if you're lucky, you can pretend to be an ultra-marathoner in the mountains, LOL! The rest of us will be trying to catch our breath.

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JOPAPGH 11/17/2009 2:19PM

    I'm still hearing the Barry White music in the background...

You did great! Hope the leg(s?) is(are?) back to normal.

Let me know your spring schedule. I would love to do a run with you, AMCG and BillAlex.

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KJNE8O 11/17/2009 12:45PM

    Ouch, Ouch, Ouch! I hope that IT Band is feeling tons better! But you are soooo funny with the description of the foam roller and the yoga mat - that made me giggle. What's your hubby think of all that??

I'll see you Turkey Day - I run in the 9:30 - 10:00 min range on a flat race so I may be looking at your back as you run ahead away from me most of the race!

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JEM0622 11/17/2009 8:22AM

    Congrats! You did great! ~Julie

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AMCG2002 11/16/2009 10:34PM

    Congratulations on your run! It has been perfect weather for running outside and I'm glad it held up for you Sunday. You had great times!

I really enjoyed reading about your run. I'm itching to run a 10K now, but didn't feel like I had time to adequately train. It was really interesting to hear about your experience. I will need to acquaint myself with Highbanks and plan on joining you for it next year. I look forward to meeting you at Thanksgiving.


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BILLALEX70 11/16/2009 8:07PM

    If you averaged 11's in the hills at Highbanks maybe I should just stay behind on Thanksgiving and serve coffee and cocoa to the rest of my Sparkfriends who'll be running that day.

I really enjoyed the day of hiking Highbanks, so I'll have to add this event to next years list of things 'to do.'

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LAURIE5658 11/16/2009 1:53PM

    Congratulations!!! Even though you had some oopsies, it was a great day all around!

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BUCKEYESKIER 11/16/2009 12:56PM

    Congratulations on a great run! Make sure to give that yoga mat some attention - your foam roller and the mat might be battling it out for your affections emoticon

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METAMORPHOSISAB 11/16/2009 12:46PM

    Congratulations on another awesome run! You really inspire and motivate me!

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Today's Running Song:

Monday, November 16, 2009

"The Boys of Summer" by The Ataris

Super-cool remake!

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JOPAPGH 11/17/2009 2:21PM

    Is this the Don Henley "Boys of Summer"?

...deadhead sticker on a Cadillac?...

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