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2 1/2 Days Until The Baltimore Half Marathon...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's starting to get exciting! I am getting daily emails about the Half Marathon. I printed out my e-ticket for registration. My husband and I are going to drive down to Baltimore tomorrow afternoon to get my bib and shop at the Health Expo. We have to work Friday and I don't want to be stressed about not getting there in time to pick it up. I booked a nice hotel for us on the Harbor and made reservations at an italian restaurant in Little Italy.

Today I "jogged" my 3.1 hilly running route. I ended up changing back to my "old" sneakers. I have been wearing the new ones for six weeks and have never felt real comfortable in them. When I wore them Sunday for my 13 mile run, I ended up getting a blister under my foot in the arch! I am hoping it is pretty much healed by Saturday.

Tonight I packed my running gear. I also remembered to get gummy bears. They worked great last time. I am going to check out new earbuds at the expo.

More tomorrow...

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JENGRAMMER 10/11/2012 8:15PM

    Sounds exhilerating. Wish I could run like that.

I'm originally from Baltimore county but now live in Charlotte, NC. Been to inner Harbor many times.

Have a great race. emoticon emoticon

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KAREN_NY 10/11/2012 7:54PM

    ditto on the vaseline.

do what works!! you're gonna be great!!

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STRIVER57 10/11/2012 4:33PM

    have a wonderful race!

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KIMPY225 10/11/2012 2:16PM

    Yikes, sorry about the new shoes!
Best of luck to you on the race!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 10/11/2012 1:25PM


I'm so excited for you!

Regarding the blister, I've had good results by covering with a blister bandage, then covering the bandage with a "heavy duty" (larger size) bandaid to keep it dry.

I can't wait to hear all about it! Have fun!

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52WEEKSLAURA 10/11/2012 11:35AM

    Baltimore is beautiful this time of year!! Enjoy EVERYTHING!! I hope you and your husband have a wonderful time emoticon

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INFLATED 10/11/2012 11:03AM

    You will do fine.

My sister called me last night to see if we had any plans while staying with them. She is going to have her son or daughter drive us around.

My husband said he wanted to take the Ford Ranger so in case of snow, he could use 4-wheel drive. We laughed at this. You would think we were going to the Rocky Mountains. The weather is not to be that cold. We did have a snow here last October that had several inches of accumulation.

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MARATHONDAD 10/11/2012 8:36AM

    wear Vaseline on your feet or body glide. for your blister get a product called nuskin works miracles

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FITFOODIE806 10/11/2012 7:44AM

    So exciting!! If the blister isn't all the way healed, try a blister band aid. I got the Target brand and was amazed by how well they worked. Covered it perfectly and I didn't feel a thing.
Have fun!!!!

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SABLENESS 10/10/2012 10:02PM

    Shoes can be a challenge. Ones that should be just right sometimes aren't. Sounds like you're ready to go! Cheers!

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Four and a Half More Days Until the Baltimore Half Marathon, My iFit Module, & Running Trail...

Monday, October 08, 2012

Yes, Saturday is the BIG day! It looks like it is going to be in the low 60's, no rain... Yayyy!

Last Saturday, we went to Baltimore to the Fells Point Festival. My husband was going to drive me along the running route so I could see where I would be running since I am hearing lots of talk about hills. We didn't finish at the festival until dark, so I planned on driving back down to Baltimore (about 45 mins from my house Sunday). Then I remembered my iFit module!

I pulled iFit up on my computer and put the entire running map in. Bingo! I ran it on my treadmill while I watched the computer screen which showed the streets I will be running on. Here is what it looked like:

I have never run 13 miles on my treadmill. I had my iPod blaring, two fans running, lots of water and Baltimore streets on the screen! It was pouring rain and cold, so I was in the right place for my last long run. Here is the final graph of my run -- there was 3, 5, and 7.5 incline points. It is going to be a hilly race!

I ran the whole thing without stopping. The only problem I had - which got on my nerves fairly quickly - was that I forgot to change the max speed on my map, so every time I hit an incline it dropped my speed down between 2.4 to 4.2 . I had to keep changing the speed back up. I guess I will be ready if a runner stops in front of me :)

I also wanted to show you where I have been doing most of my training. It is in the development right by my house. I think these hills have helped me the most with all of my races, and I think they have prepared me for this HM.

Here is the first hill - it is the steepest and is the first thing I run up as I get out of my house...

This is the rest of it...

As soon as I get to the top, I turn right onto a much smaller hill. After I run up it, there is an equal distance down hill, then I turn around in the cul de sac, run up and then down and return to the main street.

Then I hit this hill, it goes to the top then I turn around in a cul de sac and come right back down...

This is the the longest, highest hill. I always imagine everyone watching out their windows so I don't stop!

I ran these hills for the first seven miles of training last week. I ran each one four times with the main road in between.

So, now I am taking it easy. I am not sore at all today but know to take a break. Tomorrow afternoon I will go to my chiropractor for my final adjustment. All of this running on asphalt throws my hips out of line. I will run three miles on Wednesday and two miles on Thursday at a nice easy pace.

I will end with a "quote of the day"...

"Many people shy away from hills. They make it easy on themselves, but that limits their improvement. The more you repeat something, the stronger you get."
- Joe Catalano


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INFLATED 10/9/2012 11:57AM

    I believe you will do fine. I always ran on a gravel road, on grass or on the berm of any paved roads.

You haven't slacked for hills and so your body is prepared when you call on it for extra "umph." That is what I think is the secret. In many countries such as New Guinea and Kenya, runners run up and down mountains that we wouldn't attempt. Their bodies are called on for proper breathing and endurance.

You will do fine and even though I will be up at Deep Creek Lake, I will be thinking of you. I hope to see one hill that I used to walk up and how everything has changed with development. I used to sled ride down many hills and let my German Shepherd pull the sled up the hill for me. She loved it.

Hubby bought a Sony camera, so maybe we can at least get some pictures. Uploading them to the computer may be another thing for us, we don't know how to or what we will need to do so. I just pray we have good weather while we are there on Saturday.

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JAXMOMMY 10/9/2012 11:41AM

    OK, I'm blind so have no idea what all technology can do these days! That ap is so very impressive! What a wonderful way to train on a rainy day! You are also impressive! Can't wait to read about your experience! I live vicariously thru you Spark runners! OH, I do other stuff, but don't run and never thought I would want to, but..... Go get 'em! We'll all be here cheering for you!

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SCAREWALDORF 10/9/2012 11:39AM

    You're so good doing your hill training! I am lazy and tend to shy away from it, I must take a leaf from your book.

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KIMPY225 10/9/2012 10:30AM

    Great job! Keep up the awesome work!

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NEWNAC304 10/9/2012 5:54AM

    You are doing great!

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KRISZTA11 10/9/2012 3:21AM

    That iFit application is awesome!
You simulated the race very creatively with the treadmill and the computer screen!
The streets around your home are very nice, a great place to run.
Good luck to the race!

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    You are awesome! I love that you thought to put the race map into your iFit module. What a great training run! Though, yeah, the 2.4 - 4.2 thing would've been incredibly annoying! I could never figure out how to get the fancy treadmills at the gym to do anything other than a 30-minute countdown, at which point it would stop and I'd have to start over again. Mine at home counts up, which makes a lot more sense to me.


I hope you have a FANTASTIC race!!

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FITFOODIE806 10/8/2012 8:17PM

    What a cool thing to use with a treadmill. And what an impressive time for a training run indoors! you are gonna rock this race!!! And that hill out of your neighborhood is ginormous!! You are more than ready. Have fun!!

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JEM0622 10/8/2012 7:45PM

    My husband is doing this one too! Have a great race! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 10/8/2012 7:28PM

    Gosh, I hope they get those cars out of your way by race day. emoticon

Good luck!! You'll show Baltimore who's boss.

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Main Street Mile-A Family Event...

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Yesterday morning my husband, and two sons (24 and 21 years) and I ran together in the Main Street Mile (held in Newark, Delaware).

This race was monumental not only because the whole family ran, but, that it marks one year that my husband has been cancer free! Last year, my husband walked this mile which wasn't long after his surgery.

It also was the first time my 24 year old has been in a race - he started running two weeks ago. He is the shortest one of my three guys in the picture below. He loves his new running shoes and ran it in 8 mins.

My other son has run several races. He ran this mile race in 7 mins, 15 secs. Two hours later we found out he had strep!

We also had several friends who came out to race too. Most impressive was a friend who is starting to exercise and working on her weight. She has to lose about 100 pounds. She always comes out to cheer us on, but, yesterday walked the Main Street Mile. She came out and did it!

I was so excited by all of the above, I didn't realize until today that I completed another goal! Last year I ran this race in 9 mins 15 secs. Yesterday I ran it in 8 mins, 38 secs.

We all had a lot of fun!

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TEMPERANCE88 10/8/2012 9:33AM

    Awesome! It's so cool that the whole family got that in together!

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MARATHONDAD 10/8/2012 9:11AM

    thats a so wonderful the whole family running!@!!!!

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SOON2BSMALL1313 10/8/2012 9:09AM

    Thats GReat! You guys look like you're having a great time :)

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    How fun that you were all able to do that together! Maybe my family can be like yours someday!
I hope your son feels better soon! I can't imagine running that fast ever, but especially not with strep!

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INFLATED 10/7/2012 4:20PM

    It's wonderful when the whole family joins in. Congratulations to your friend.

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KAREN_NY 10/7/2012 1:02PM

    Excellence runs in the family, I see!!! Woohoo!!

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ONMYMEDS 10/7/2012 12:16PM

    Outstanding. Congrats to the entire family!! emoticon

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LADYPIXEL 10/7/2012 12:12PM

    I look forward to the day when I can do a mile in that kind of speed. Good for you! :)

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9 Days Until The Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon...

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

So, as I reported earlier, I found out that my upcoming HM has some hills. Yesterday, when I mentioned my upcoming HM to my gym's owner, he looked at me like I was nuts. I thought "oh, crap!".

So I ran a bunch of long hills yesterday. I came up to one long, very steep hill in a development. I got half way up and had to walk fast the rest of the way up. My goal this weekend is to make it all the way up.

Today it rained. I ran 3.5 miles at a 3. Incline for about half of it - on the gym treadmill. I then did some quad work - squats, leg extensions and leg ups.

Tonight I talked to one of my marathon ruining friends. She said she hasn't run this marathon but said she heard it is the hilliest EVER!

So, I am going from the flattest HM to the hilliest! I am going to take my time, get a nice pace going and go for it!!

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NEWNAC304 10/3/2012 5:06AM

    You go girl! I think it's awesome that your doing this!

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MARATHONDAD 10/2/2012 9:41PM

    take shorter strides up the hill and make sure to pick up speed before u start to go up the hill

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LYNNIERN 10/2/2012 9:27PM

    emoticon We'll be rooting you on!!

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12 Days Until The Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon...

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Got stuck at work every day last week - worked long hours do I didn't get out on my usual 3 - 4 mile runs. I did find out that this Half Marathon is very hilly. I am glad I train on a lot of hills! This morning I ran 5 miles of hills of various variety. I kept a nice 9.38/per mile pace. I plan on running this pace for the first 10 miles of the HM, then kicking it the last 3. I want to beat my last HM time of 2 hours, 10 minutes.

So, my plan is to keep running the hills. Monday or Tuesday of this week I am going to take a long lunch and run 10 miles around the City of Newark. I am going to clean up at the gym (conveniently located where I do my long runs) and then head back to work. My gym bag is packed and ready to go:)

With 12 days left I gotta get and stay focused!

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KAREN_NY 10/2/2012 2:04PM

    Hills - a necessary evil. But you've got your superpowers -- you'll be fine!

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STRIVER57 10/2/2012 2:06AM

    omg are you fast!! if i finish in 3 hours, i'll be reasonably satisfied. actually i'll consider i met my goal if i finish, period.

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SPEEDYDOG 10/1/2012 10:18AM

    Hills are good. Since I live in the mountains, all I do is hill work. For me, I have to go to teh local high school trak to do some flat work!

Your HM times are great. Hills build power. Good luck.



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KRISZTA11 10/1/2012 2:46AM

    Wow, you are in good shape!
Good luck to the race!

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JESSICAMAE83 9/30/2012 9:17PM

    Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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SCAREWALDORF 9/30/2012 4:00PM

    I commend you, I hate hill work!

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