Category Archives: Running Rantings

Diet Bet 2013

Have you heard of this site? You put your money into the pot, and then you have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your weight. Everyone in the pool who makes it evenly splits the pot. This is right up my alley.

I started a small one (probably too late to join, I suck at blogging) here and joined another that started today.

I’ve never made a new year’s resolution and I certainly do not intend to start now, but this sounds like a fun way to keep myself honest! Next time I’ll double the stakes.

At any rate, here’s how day 1 went down…

Ran 3 miles @ 10:40 pace.
Harder than it sounds as I still have a wicked cold and can’t really breathe. Breathing is handy.

Breakfast - 2 egg omelete with spinach and feta cheese and half an avocado with a gala apple

Lunch - Avocado Egg Salad on a whole wheat wrap with romaine, almonds and a sliced pear

Dinner – Salisbury Steaks with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts

Not bad. It was ALL delicious, although a lot more work than telling Chipotle what to put in my bowl.

Tomorrow’s another day! I’m not saying I’m going to be able to keep up this blogging/eating perfectly thing forever, but it was at least fun today. LOL

Embracing Slow, Fat Me

Don’t get me wrong, I was never “fast”.  But I was faster than I am currently.

Running has been a struggle lately, both physically and mentally.  I know why, and I know how to fix it, but I didn’t get to be 260lbs by being dedicated and sane.

Last fall, I broke 2 hours in the half marathon (1:58:28 I think?).  It was one of my big running dreams.  The other was to run a 25:XX 5k, which I did this spring.  Then it all started to fall apart.

The more I ran, the more hungry I was, and the more I ate.  I was having a hard time eating as much as I felt like I needed, so I had my lapband unfilled.  I figured I’d eat more meat (protein) and feel better/more full.  Maybe even lose weight.  But one minor problem:

Bread.  I clearly can not be trusted with it.  With my lapband more filled, I could barely eat it.  Small amounts only, and it took so long that most of the time I decided it wasn’t even worth the effort.  That went on for 4 years.  Suddenly being able to eat bread made me want ALL OF IT.  Even though I am trying to make reasonable choices, I am eating too much bread.  And I have an extra 15lbs to show for it.

Gaining 15 pounds has had a horrible impact on my running.  I feel heavy, and it’s hard, and I’m slow.  I go run and it feels hard even though the pace SHOULD be easy, and then I feel like crap about myself, which makes me not want to run, so I don’t do it as much, and instead I eat more bread.  I’m basically in a death spiral over here.

Recognizing this, and doing something about it, however, are 2 very different things.  I tried to just say “no big deal, just lose the weight and the speed will come back”, but it’s hard to lose weight when I’m not running as much, and especially when I’m depressed about things and just want to eat.  I know that I need to just embrace the speed I’m at currently and everything else will fall into place, but man is that ever easier said than done.

My “tempo” pace is currently the pace at which I was doing my long runs at this time last year.  The last 5k I ran was a full 2 minutes slower than the one I ran in the spring (same course).  And my last real “long” run was the Columbus Marathon in October.

This week, I ran one day without my Garmin.  Just my Timex. I just ran for 45 minutes.  I have no idea how far I went. Might have been 5 miles, or 3 miles, I didn’t really care.  I ran for  comfort, and for fun. I gave myself permission to stop and walk if the mood struck (it didn’t).   It helped.  Today I ran 8 miles, with my watch.  My average pace was 11:05.  I used to do it in 1:21, every single time. Today, 1:28.  It stings a little, but I’m trying to be ok with it.  The important thing is that I got out there and ran and tried not to hate it, which I didn’t.  I didn’t look at my watch much, mostly because I didn’t want to know.  It vibrates every mile, so I knew how far I’d gone, which was really all I needed to know.

So, I’m working on it.  It’s a struggle.  I still need to lose 10lbs to get back to where I was running comfortably (and to be able to fit back into my pants!), or 15lbs to get back to my lowest running weight.  I still feel slow and fat, but I’m doing my best out there. The Goofy challenge is in a month, and to say I’m not ready for that would be a gross understatement.  We’ll see what happens.  I’m not going to put too much pressure on myself. All I can do is run the best I can, cross train the best I can, and eat the best I can, and hope it all falls into place.  If it doesn’t, then we move on to the next race.

I am going to start working on my training plans and goals for 2013.  Maybe try the 100 miles a month goal again, since I fell off the wagon this year?  In the meantime, if you see me out there, tell me I look fast and thin.  I’ll know you’re lying, but maybe it will help.  I miss my pants.

Why I can’t be left alone…

So the plan was simple. Until I got involved.

Buckeye Woods

2-3 loops of the Buckeye Woods 50k course (5 miles each) with the MCRR folks. They said we’d all stay together for one loop, so that everyone would know the course*, and then we could all do our own thing for the 2nd loop.

I don’t especially like everyone “waiting” for me. For one, it makes me run faster than I want to so I don’t look like even more giant fat slow fat loser than I feel. Secondly, I hate thinking that they’re all “SIGH, come on fat loser”. So, insert brilliant idea #1: Flags. I suggested we use the flags I have in my car to mark the turns, which were “all right turns except one”. Which one? Who knows. So the lead group put a flag down at each turn, and then it would be my job to pick them up the 2nd time around, since I’m the sweeper vehicle (aka slowest one there).

The first problem was… we ran out of flags. Not a problem on the first loop, since I did stay with most of the group. Or at least within sight of them. So I managed to make it back the first round for my Gatorade and Honey Stinger Waffle lunch that I brought in a Spiderman Lunch bag. No lie.

Manly Lunch

At this point, I strongly strongly told everyone they could go on without me. I just wanted to run slower. I’m not that anti-social. Of we all went, and for the first 1.5 miles or so, I could still see the tail end of the group, so I was quite pleased with myself. I was happily picking up the flags and all was well. At some point, it started to get a little harder, so I slowed down a bit, but not too much. Part of the course kinda goes off into the woods, and then back out, so I started to wonder if maybe by picking up the flags, I’d set myself up to not find my way back. But, I figured eventually I’d find my way to the soccer fields, and since I used to play there, I knew they were next to where we parked, so whatever. Carry on. I debated between just turning around at mile 2.5 and heading back the way I came, and pressing on into the woods were I’d possibly pretty much definitely get lost.

As I came upon the next turn, I saw a group of runners coming back out and turning right (so opposite of the way I was coming from). Great! We must come back out here, so I can set these flags down at this corner, and grab them on my way back, rather than carrying them. So I dropped them there, only to realize later… those people weren’t part of my group. Hmm. Now I’m not sure if I’m going to be going that way again or not. Turn around and get them? Or just see what happens?

I pressed on. I made it to the parking lot where we turn around… and then it all went to hell. I was running around in the woods for I don’t know how long before I was like … wait a minute, I’ve already gone this way. And seen that lady walking her dog 3 times. Somewhere I’m screwing this up… I asked the nice dog walker where the soccer fields were. She pointed. Off I went. Then of course another 28 decisions as to whether to turn or go straight presented themselves. Luckily, in this case, my Spidey Sense (HA!) worked, and I came out at the soccer field intersection, just in time to see the group run by, and just as my watch hit 10 miles, which was exactly how far I was planning on running. (Keep in mind, there was still a good mile or so left on the official course.)

So, to make a long story short, which I probably should have done at the beginning of the story as it’s obviously too late now – Not only did I get lost on a loop course, but I also managed to lose a pile of 10 flags while I was out there. I went back today to retrieve them but they were gone. So there’s another mystery. At least the dog and I had a nice 4 mile walk (the flags were a couple miles in).

How was YOUR Saturday run?

*It would take me at least 10,000 trips to know any course. We’ve run the same course on our Friday runs about 30 times, and I still don’t know it. When you’re always in the back, paying attention is optional. When you’re ADHD, it’s impossible. So, I just follow in the back and run along obliviously. Art imitates life, or something.

Hitting the Track


I always avoid it, and I’m not sure why. I don’t usually hate it while I’m there, and of course I feel great about it AFTER, but the whole idea just makes me not want any part of it.

At any rate, I know I must do it, so Tuesday, I set off.

My plan: 6×800 @ 4:12 with 90 seconds rest in between

The pace seemed doable – it’s a bit below my 5k pace, although admittedly that 5k was in spring when I was 12lbs lighter – but 90 seconds is not a long time to rest!

But, only one way to find out.

The thing about the track is, if there’s ANY wind, you get it. So usually one side of the track is all WEEEEE and the other side is all KILLMENOW, which was pretty much the case.

I decided I’d walk the 90 seconds, just to give me every opportunity for recovery. Normally I jog them, but with such a short rest, I wasn’t sure. Usually for an 800 meter repeat, I’d take about a 4 minute jog between them.

Surprise surprise, it went great! The 5th one seemed a little hard, but when I looked at my watch with about 150 meters left of it, I saw I was way ahead of pace. Even backing off that last 150 meters, I still came in a few seconds early. The 90 second walk equated to about 100ish meters – not far at all!

Splits were as follows: 4:12, 4:11, 4:12, 4:11, 4:06, 4:12

Killed it!

In other news, I’ve started this (I must tell you that I originally typed “sharted” and was almost tempted to leave it.):

*Not an affiliate link. I don’t care if you buy it. ;)

The first day, I was all PFFFFT I need heavier weights than this (the heaviest hand weights I have are 10lbs each). All day that day I was muttering under my breath “10lbs pfft. Need 25s. 10 is for sissies.” and so on.

Then the next day… O.o

And the following… O.o

I did it 2 days in a row, with the speedwork preceeding day 2 (don’t recommend that nonsense at all).

I had to take yesterday off because I couldn’t sit on the toilet. Which is a problem. Nor could I get up off the toilet, which is also a problem.

Today I was supposed to do a tempo run, but.. Yeah no. Skipping that. But I will do day 3 of the video.

If you need me, I’ll be in the bathroom. Trying to sit down or stand up.

Half Marathon Training Clinic

Is coming soon! We start in December to train for Cleveland 2013!

More info on my coaching site, or at

I’m hoping for a super big group this time. The more, the better. There is absolutely no better way to train, especially over the cold Ohio winters, than with a group. They’ll push you, motivate you, and inspire you… all the way to the finish line!

I can’t wait! You all inspire ME. I love my job!

Nov 1 – back on the road

After my 3 lousy post-marathon runs last week, I thought I should take a couple days off.  Hurricane Sandy made that few days a few MORE days.  Finally, it was Thursday again, and I hadn’t run since the Thursday before.  Zoinks.

At any rate, off I went.

If there’s one way to assess the storm damage in your neighborhood, going for a run is it.  Saw this down the street from my house:

You can’t tell from the picture, really, but that was QUITE a tree.  Hard to imagine what things are like in actual hurricane territory.  Yikes.

At any rate.. the run was mediocre.  Bit of hip flexor pain, but I felt decent overall.  Was moving quite slowly, though.  Far better than last week.  Hopefully it keeps getting better – I haven’t had a marathon knock me out this much before!

November mileage: 3


October Ends

And I did in fact miss my 100 miles.  By a mile.  Or 26.

74 miles for the month of October.  Between recovery from Akron, and tapering and then recovering from Columbus, and then the 4 days of cold windy rain brought on by Hurricane Sandy (wth I live in OHIO, people!) it just didn’t happen.  I’d even planned to run a few at the rec center yesterday since the kids were off school (cancelled), but then we lost power.  And since we live across the street from the rec center, they also lost power.  Leave it to me to lose power after the storm has passed.

It has actually been 6 days since I’ve run.  WTF.  I haven’t gone 6 days without running in quite a long time.  Definitely feeling v fat and out of shape.

Planning on a run tomorrow to get November off to a better start.  Hopefully I feel rested and healthy and have a great run, I need it!



My 100 Mile Month…

is fading away.

My 2012 goal was to run 100 miles each month. It’s easy while marathon training, not so easy when I’m not. But, so far, I’d done ok:


But October, not so much. I didn’t run much the first week, since I’d just done Akron. Then the taper for Columbus, and now this week.

Today’s run felt like my first. Ever. Legs not moving, and heart rate far higher than it should be for the pace.

At this point, I’d need to average 4 per day to make it. Which seems easy enough, but this is not enjoyable running, folks. Plus, my IT band is slowly becoming inflamed and I definitely don’t have time for THAT, so I might have to call it for this month.

If only I’d granted myself rollover miles.

Maybe I’ll have a miraculous recovery and be able to do a 16 miler on the 31st? Nahh.

Oh well, it’s been a fantastic year. I can’t complain!

Because why not?

I usually walk with my friend Jen on Monday mornings. We take the dogs, and we either walk 4 miles by the lake while they run around off leash, or we do 5 miles at Chippewa with them off leash only when no one is coming when I accidentally lose my grip on the leash.

Of course, today when she texted, I said SURE. Because what’s smarter than walking 5 miles with a crazy ass dog pulling you the day after a marathon and a new PR. Well, nothing, I say!

For the most part, there was no one out today, and Bella got to run pretty freely I was really clumsy with the leash. But, just to make it more exciting, we picked THIS day to go explore the hiking trails back there.

I think Bella approved.


Normally she can run off the trail, but it’s thick with shrubs and whatnot. Back here, she could run off the trail through the trees at top speed and be really really bad and ignore me when I call her.

At least my bad choices led to some good fun for the dog. I, however, still feel like hell.