Friday, December 28, 2007

100 x 100

My 2 weeks off has been wonderful so far. I got some of the best gifts ever! I am so set for winter running, got a set of speakers for my ipod, some great work clothes, and the cutest new cycling jersey from my biker buddies Lanny and Kathy:

Training has been great. I've been able to structure my vacation around my workouts and I feel like it has done wonders for my fitness. Now the Christmas cookies.... not so much.

My birthday is coming up on Monday and to celebrate I'm doing something that I've wanted to do for a long time. The dreaded 100 x 100 swim set! (yes, I am one sick individual). I'm thinking of breaking it down like this:

Warm up- 2000 yards
10 x 100 free
5 x 100 pull
5 x 100 kick with fins

5 x 100 25 free 50 stroke 25 free
5 x 100 25 right arm/25 left arm/ 25 catch up/ 25 free
5 x 100 Fast/EZ by 25 (free)
5 x 100 kick (25 butterfly/ 25 upside down butterfly)*2 with fins
5 x 100 Free- Fast with flippers
5 x 100 IM (with or without flippers, with or without fly)

5-10 minute break for refueling

5 x 100 25 underwater-no breaths, 25 swim- breathe freely, 25 3 breaths, 25 breathe freely
5 x 100 stroke
5 x 100 build (start very slowly, build to 80-90%)
5 x 100 pull easy- focus on form
5 x 100 kick with fins
5 x 100 swim fast with fins
5 x 100 25 free/25 stroke x 2

Last 15 x 100 will be made up by all those that attend (might be a good sized group!). I'm thinking maybe some corkscrew races, follow the leader, team swimming. Anything to keep it fun and doable.

Wish me luck!

And here is a pic of New Year's in Wisconsin. A sight that would have terrified me before I got my brand new GoodYear Triple Tred Tires yesterday!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

I hope Santa was nice to all of you!


Saturday, December 22, 2007

You know you're in Wisconsin when...

-You press scan on your receiver and the first station that comes in is playing polka

-You think everyone is dressed for the holiday season, but they are really just wearing Packer and Badger gear

-There is a new food group on the pyramid and its name is "fried"

-The biggest outrage of the year is the NFL network stealing football games that people without Dish can't access

-People are so nice you wonder if they have mistaken you for someone important

Yes, I'm at home, sweet home. The drive here was smooth and well aided by the wonder of Red Bull. In my caffeine Naive body, one can of red bull lasts me about 10 hours of complete and total wakefulness. I'm crashing pretty hard now, though.

I should probably do some shopping tomorrow, but since the Packers play, that will probably not happen... Thanks to I have most of my presents here already.

My training load is really high right now. For some reason, I found it necessary to sign up for 4 different training challenges. So between logging all of my miles every day and actually doing the training, my day is pretty booked up. Tomorrow I have the trainer workout from hell again with a 30+ minute run. Should be fun in the blizzard that should be hitting any time now. I am already getting a tad bit tired of the dreadmill.

Ok, I'm spent and getting a bit curious about what on earth my mom is watching on her computer across the room. I keep hearing really loud fart noises and my mom giggling away. I'll leave you with some pics of the dogs. Christmas came early for them this year..

Maddie got a sweater from Matt. It has a big pic of Sponge Bob on the back. She is horrified by it, and that just makes that much more funny...

I didn't want Murphy to feel left out so here he is in his hew antlers...

And another present for Maddie. As you can see, she is delighted...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Teamwork... and the mystery race

This morning I got on the bike trainer with the intention of doing a 1:15 ride. I put in tape #2 of the 2002 TdF and started my ride. The third stage of the tape was the first mountain stage. I was absolutely mesmerized by what I saw. And ended up riding an extra 10 minutes...

I have listened to a lot of TdF commentary on the internet and read a lot of news stories, but since I don't have the cable network that televises the TdF, I have never really SEEN it. What I saw this morning was the most pure example of teamwork and selflessness I have ever seen in competition. The USPS team was just absolutely amazing. With all the other teams spread out across the peleton, all 9 members of USPS are up front pulling Lance through the stage. The weaker cyclists took the early pulls and just gave that race all they had and then fell, exhausted to the back. One by one, each team member took their turns pulling their leader through the course until there was just one left. The last man standing was a really strong mountain climber. He pulled Lance right up to the end, where there was <400 meters left. Then Lance, with unmatchable power, just left everyone in his dust and won the stage, taking the yellow jersey. It was really something to see!

What on earth does this have to do with the mystery race? Well I am not doing this race solo, that's what. I have entered the DeSoto American Triple T with one of the guys that gave up 6 weekends last spring to get me through century rides. Who swam with me for 10 months leading up to the race. Who hopped off his bike and ran me through some brutal bricks in May. It's time for Tony and I to race together as we work towards his goal of a PB at IMLP in 2008. I'm not sure if I can can be quite what the USPS team was to Lance, but I'll give it all I've got. Here we are together before I left for CdA last year (he's the tall one)

The DeSoto Triple T is one of the most Unique weekends in our sport. You can do it solo, or in 2 person teams. It is a 4 event, 3 day race:

The super sprint on Friday night is an individual race.

The First Olympic distance race on Saturday is an individual time trial.

The Second OD race on Saturday is a team time trial. You start the race on the bike and it is draft legal within the team. Then you hop off for the swim, then out of the water running. The time of the slowest member is the time for your team.

Sunday is a Half Iron distance race. Teammates MUST finish TOGETHER! (again, draft legal with your teammate)

Here is some more info. Did I mention that the courses are friggin insanely difficult?

Race 1: Prologue

Friday, May 23, 5:00 PM
250m Swim - 5 mi Bike - 1 mi Run

RACE RULES: All individual times count towards the team time. Any individual (solo and team) finishing in the top five overall will receive team bonus time. Drafting is not allowed.

SWIM: The 250 meter swim is a counter clockwise loop course in Turkey Creek with participants starting in a time trial start every 5-seconds. Swim start is a dry land running start. Wetsuits allowed.

BIKE: The 5 mile bike course is a challenging loop course to the top of the resort and back. Bring your climbing gears.

RUN: The 1 mile run course is an out and back course on park roads within the park.

Race 2: Individual Time Trial

Saturday, May 24, 7:30 AM
1500m Swim - 24.8 mi Bike - 6.55 mi Run

RACE RULES: All individual times count towards the team time. Any individual (solo and team) finishing in the top five overall will receive team bonus time. Drafting is not allowed.

SWIM: The 1500 meter swim is a counter clockwise loop course in Turkey Creek with participants starting in a time trial start every 5-seconds. Swim start is a dry land running start. Wetsuits allowed.

BIKE: The 24.8 mile bike course is a challenging loop course on park fire roads within the park and state routes outside the park. Bring your climbing gears.

RUN: The 6.55 mile run course is an out and back course on park fire roads within the park. This is a tough course.

Race 3: Team Triathlon

Saturday, May 24, 3:00pm Start
24.8 mi Bike - 1500mi Swim - 6.55 mi Run

RACE RULES: Your last teammate across the finish line counts towards the team time. This unique triathlon format starts on the bike in a time trial start with teams starting every 30 seconds followed by solos. Up next is a 1500 meter swim, followed by a 6.55 mile run. Drafting is allowed only within teams. No drafting is allowed otherwise.

BIKE: The 24.8 mile bike course is a challenging loop course on state routes surrounding the park. Bring your climbing gears.

SWIM: The 1500 meter swim is a counter clockwise loop course in Turkey Creek with participants starting after the completion of the bike. Swim start is a dry land running start. Wetsuits allowed.

RUN: The 6.55 mile run course is an and back course on park fire roads within the park. This is a tough course. Same as morning run course.

Bike Course Profile

Race 4: Team Time Trial

Sunday, May 25, 7:00am Start
1.2 mi Swim - 55.5 mi Bike - 13.1 mi Run

RACE RULES: All teams must start and finish together. The top five teams will start in order of current place in the overall standing with the wave interval being the time differential between the teams. All other teams will start every 15 seconds there after.

SWIM: The 1.2 mile swim is a counter clockwise loop course in Turkey Creek with participants coming out of the water briefly after lap one. Swim start is a dry land running start. Wetsuits allowed.

BIKE: The 55.5 mile bike course is a VERY challenging loop course on state routes outside the park. Bring your climbing gears.

RUN: The 13.1 mile run course is a double out and back course on park fire roads within the park. This is a tough course.
1 Lap of the Bike Course Profile

General Race Rules

These rules apply for the duration of the event.

1) All participants will be issued a customized logoed and numbered Desoto American Triple-T racing singlet. Participants MUST wear their DeSoto American Triple-T singlet on the outer most layer at all times.

2) Altering of the racing singlet in anyway is not allowed.

3) All participants are required to where black tri/bike shorts or black speedo. Sponsor logos and team names are allowed on shorts or speedo. If you don't have anything black go to and order the Tri Short. This is a great fitting padded tri short, which is perfect for swimming, biking, and running.

4) Sportsmanship will be imperative during this long hard weekend. You'll be racing side-by-side folks in formats that many participants may have not raced in. Be careful and be a good sport. Unsportsmanlike conduct towards other participants, volunteers, race officials, or local authorities will not be tolerated and will result in a DQ, loss of all race entry funds, and prize eligibilty.


Game on

Oh, and in case you're wondering... We are racing under team name: Undermedicated

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hardest Trainer Workout EVER

I've been trying to do at least one long (>1:30) trainer ride every weekend, but coming up with workouts to keep my interest has been tough. So lately I've been begging Paulo to give me workouts. I think he's officially tired of my asking, so he gave me the most evil workout I've ever done. But since I'm such a glutton for punishment, I loved it.

2 hours, with 5 x 10 minute big ring on front / 12 on the back (biggest gear).

Sounds easy, until you try to survive the first 10 minutes. You are quickly engulfed in sweat. To get through the pain, I put on volume 1 of the 2002 Tour. It covered stages 1-9 and it was pretty awesome. I'm looking forward to some mountain stages for next week's ride!

So.... I know that I said that I was going to get serious about cutting down to race weight. It hasn't gone too well. I've lost about 3 pounds, getting down to 124, but there is still work to do. But I've been given a bit of a kick start by Stacy at Ohio Sports and Fitness magazine. She has asked me to be one of the athletes on the cover of her winter sports issue. The shoot is this Wednesday! Now I'm really wishing I would have gotten serious about my weight back in October. But better late than never! I went to the store today before the blizzard hit and got lots of veggies for my week. It's go time.

Friday, December 14, 2007

What have I done???

-OK, not quite sure what kind of drugs I was taking tonight, but I just registered for 2 races for 2008 that make my hands shake. One is Steelhead and it scares the crap out of me because it is my "A" race for the year. The other one will remain unnamed for now, but I think it officially qualifies me for admission to the psych ward where I will be working next week. Lets just say, when I'm done with it I think that I'll look back on CdA as the easy days. More later when I move on in my stages of coping. I'm enjoying denial at the moment. But anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance are soon to come...

-My life has been very busy lately. I've been trying to fit in training at every possible juncture. Because of that, my 2 weeks off will have to be packed full of the studying I have been avoiding. Well, that and more training! I'll be home with my training buddy, Dad, so it should be fun!

-The Holidays... Working on a Psychiatry service during the holiday season really gives an entirely different perspective to the season. Christmas was always such a happy and long anticipated holiday with my family. Dad has played Santa on Christmas Eve for little kids all over since before I was born. He puts up a Christmas light display that puts Clark Griswald to shame. He actually upgraded his electrical service in the house so that he could get more power! And mom, Mrs. Claus as I like to call her, decorates the inside of the house like the north pole. Santas and snowmans everywhere. 2 Christmas trees, red bows all throughout the house, and the constant smell of cinnamon and pine. We eat my favorite junk food all night, which always includes Ruffles and French Onion Dip (the only day in the whole year that I eat chips). I drive Santa to the kids houses, and we open presents by the tree. With the addition of the nephews and niece, it's just so much more special now!

But this week alone I cared for 2 people who attempted suicide. The holidays are a brutal reminder for many people of a life lost. The death of loved ones, the loss of family and spouses because of drug and alcohol abuse, financial hardship. It really makes me appreciate my wonderful and loving family so much more. Can't wait to go home!

-OK, on a silly note, here are some pictures from last weekend when Paulo was in town visiting. We were playing around with my Mac's built-in camera. Fun!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

I went to the Orchestra and saw...

The conductor was amazing!

And the pieces were fabulous!

Seriously, watching Looney Tunes and listening to the world famous Cleveland Orchestra play the score was just so amazingly fun. I felt like a kid again. And it helped that Severance hall was full of them! Makes me look forward to spending some quality time with my nephew. Then we headed over to Lolita, one of Iron Chef Symon's Cleveland restaurants. It was superb!

In training news...

-For some great swimming articles head over to Paulo's blog this week

- I've been trying to be more consistent with my running lately. Joined a running challenge on ST, so I have to do at least 100 runs in 130 days. I'm not looking forward to going out in the weather today, though. Yuck!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

My Hero!

My first exposure to triathlon was when I was a little girl. My dad did a sprint triathlon and I was just so proud and amazed by his achievement. To this day I wonder if I would have ever gotten into the sport if it wasn't for him.

Then when I began training and competing he was my number one fan (and mom, of course). When I would go home he would ride and run with me. I bought him a trainer last Christmas and we would spin and watch movies. He never lets me go to a race without a support crew.

He went to California for my first 70.3

And of course, he and mom made the trip out to CdA. He even warmed up my wetsuit in the morning!

Last year we were going to do the Vegas Half marathon together... until he broke his ankle into many pieces and needed surgery. He still went out there and we did the Santa Claus 5k the day before the race.

Well, not to be beaten by an injury, my dad trained through the summer to do his first half marathon down in Vegas this year. At 61 years old, he did a half marathon in 2:05:25 taking 27/105 in his age group. Just a tad over 9:30 miles. What an amazing race!

Dad, I'm so proud of you!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Now I kinda feel like a runner...

Reindeer Run 5k Race Report

I caught the running bug as soon as my knee started feeling better last month. I had to force myself to take rest days this week. I've just been enjoying it so much. So after the PR (23:31) at the Pigskin Classic, I signed up for another race. This is the last of about 60 local races run by Hermes. I was told that it was completely flat and a great course for a PR. I got excited to break through the 23 minutes barrier and was thinking about it all week. I was able to talk Colleen and my friend Vikas into coming down with me. It was Vikas' first 5k since high school, so it was tons of fun heading down. He also called in a prescription for an albuterol inhaler for me. Mine was expired and I felt like I really needed it at the last race. My lungs had never hurt that bad in my life.

We showed up a little late, so by the time we had our race numbers, chips, and had our stuff tucked away in the car it was 5 minutes to race time. Oops! I guess no warm up today! I took a puff of the inhaler, ran in place a bit and jogged to the starting line. I decided to start farther back today. I started right up front last time and it was so defeating to be passed the whole time!

Soon after we hit the starting area the race began. I realized the bad part of starting to the back right away! It was really tough to get going. Very congested. But then we turned a corner onto the road and I was able to run on the outside. It was actually pretty fun to pass people for a change.

The first mile seemed like it was taking forever. I was worried that with the congested start it would be a really slow mile 1. When I saw the marker and looked down I was very pleasantly surprised.

Mile 1 7:05

I was feeling much better than at this point in the last race so I tried to just hold steady. I kept passing people and soon saw the leading man coming back. He was smoking fast! As I came across the turnaround I saw my friends Liz and Janet cruising the other way. They looked amazing. I can't wait until the day I can even keep up to those chicas in training!

After the turnaround I felt like I was fading a little but kept telling myself to suck it up- it's a short race- I can withstand pain for 3 miles. When I got to mile 2, I was also really surprised

Mile 2 7:07

I was too tired to calculate how fast I had to go to break 23 minutes so I just tried my best to hold steady. One thing that was really obvious about my running was that I could actually breathe! So I guess I have to just pony up to the fact that I have asthma. Denial is painful!

The last mile was really tough, but about 1/2 mile from the end I could see the 3 mile marker. I didn't look at the my watch when I hit mile 3, I just tried to run my fastest that last 0.1. As I looked down at my watch as I crossed the finish line I couldn't believe my eyes


I didn't just break 23, I broke 22! Woooohoooooo!

I never thought that I would place in my age group in a 5k. I never felt like I was a runner. But for some reason, this race changed that. I got third in my age group and now all I can think about is my next run. Bring it on!

A HUGE kudos to a couple of my favorite tri-chicks Elizabeth and Janet. Both had incredible PRs and won their age groups. Some day I'll feel fast enough to run with you guys on your easy days


Thursday, November 29, 2007

Winter running...

I have a lot of fun memories of winter running. Heading down to the towpath and trudging through the snow. Running down the road last February, passing a woman on skis. But I always seem to block out the one thing that I really hate about winter running. The fact that by the time I'm dressed for the conditions, I feel like this...

It ends up being more of a waddle than anything else.

But then, when I'm frustrated with running, if I'm having a bad day, I always think back a few months. Back then I really didn't know if I would ever run again. It didn't seem like the knee was getting any better. I was starting to resign myself to the life of an aquabiker. But now I have run 22.5 miles this week! I know it pales in comparison to Ironman training weeks. but it is such a huge victory to me.

And.... I'm racing again this weekend.


Monday, November 26, 2007


I was tagged by Jenni to write 5 random things about me....

Since this is a sports related blog, I'll go with the theme...

1. When I was 8 years old I joined the swim club. After a year or so I was asked why I joined. I said it was because I wanted to go to the Olympics for diving. The coach shook his head and told me I was in the wrong sport. Huh?? What sport could possibly be closer to diving than swimming?

Years later I joined the diving team. I wasn't any good at it, but there was absolutely nothing in the world that made me more happy. When I was a Senior in High School I transitioned to just swimming because I just wasn't meant for the acrobatics of higher level diving (Gymnastics! Doh!)

2. In college I missed the water. So I joined the Wisconsin Water Polo team. Man, if I thought I wasn't any good at diving, this was a new class of suck. I made it a year. I wasn't cut out for the aggressive sports. Those girls are animals!

3. Until I was in college I thought that running was the absolute most stupid sport EVER. I mean, who on earth would put their bodies through a marathon! How Stupid! (I choked on those words all 26.2 miles in June...)

4. Growing up, baseball was always my passion. Starting when I was 7 I played softball, then fastpitch. I watched or listened to every damn Brewers game for years and years. Then I got a job at the stadium. And for 3 years, they PAID me to sit in the third base side box seats and watch games. Best job ever.

5. I got scuba certified when I was 16 because we were taking a family trip to Australia. I've now been down under a total of 7 months of my life and have yet to dive there. Although I have had some absolutely phenomenal dives elsewhere, so it was totally worth it!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Quality Time

It's been awhile since the Mad dog and I had quality time together. So today I decided to get up early and take her to her favorite park. My school owns a 500 acre property east of town, and it's my dog's favorite place in the world. We used to go out there 3-5 times per week back when I had more spare time in my life. There are rarely people there that aren't walking their dogs (it is quite far from school), so I usually can let her run off leash.

Here are some pics of our day

Friday, November 23, 2007


Just some thoughts on the things in the world I am thankful for at this very minute...

- My family (of course!). My mom who goes to my blog no less than 12 times per day, my dad who I am so proud of for heading down to Vegas next weekend to run his very first half marathon, and my brothers and their wonderful wives (and the kiddos!) who I always look forward to talking with and seeing. I am so thankful that they all understand why I had to stay in Cleveland this year for Thanksgiving. I'll be home for Christmas!

- My Cleveland family. Until this year I didn't have anyone in Cleveland that I was close enough to consider my family. You know, the kind of people that make you feel that you can crash their Thanksgiving without thinking twice. Having Lanny and Kathy in my life has really made me feel like Cleveland is a home for the very first time in my 7 years here.

And here is one reason that I feel at home at their place:

They even let me bring the mutt!

Speaking of the mutt...

- I am thankful for the day in September 2002 when I drove out to pick up baby Maddie. She has become my buddy. My training partner. Even though I give her stupid names, like Madame Poopsalot, she's still the best running buddy a girl could have. We can go out for an hour where I can use 4 simple words and we can run in perfect harmony: Wait (stop), Cross (the road), Hup! (Jump onto the sidewalk), and Faster! She loves to race me up hills and sprint the last 0.5 miles home.

- I am thankful that Jonathan gave me a long distance kick in the ass to get my big -overstuffed by cake- butt out the door tonight and go on a wonderful 4.7 mile run with Madame Poopsalot. I feel like a million bucks right now!

-I am thankful that Paulo has a conference in Ohio in a couple weeks and is coming to visit. I'm hoping to get him out in the snow for couple chilly runs. I will NOT forget my camera this time! If you get a chance, head over to see a great interview with one of the best triathlon coaches around. Check out the hat!


- And of course I'm thankful to all my friends who read my blog. A lot of you I've met in person, a lot I haven't, yet. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family and/or friends!

And for those of you who wanted to see what my hair looks like from the front- here's a pic!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

My first day as a redhead

OK, so maybe it's not exactly RED, but it definitely has some red/purple/bronze highlights. I'm liking it so far. We'll see how it looks when I have 15 minutes to get from the pool to my car tomorrow. That's the real test!

Today I sat around like a lump. I haven't been this sore in ages! Who knew <24 minutes of exercise could inflict so much pain? I managed to do 30 minutes on the trainer to "loosen up", but I think I was more stiff when I got off the bike than before.

I start 2 weeks of Neurology tomorrow. I'm terrified of it. Neuro was in a league of its own in difficulty in the first 2 years of med school. It's been 5 years since I learned that stuff, so I'm looking forward to being the class moron. It's ok, I've become a pro at that!

And your moment of zen...

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Pigskin Classic 5k race report!

I haven't run a 5k since early April, 2006. Yeah, it's been awhile. I ran something like 26:50, which was a bit off my PR from the year before when I ran 25:40 on the same flat course. I know that I haven't been running very much (like hardly at all) for the past 7 months because of my injury, but I still thought that with my current fitness I should be able to run faster than that. So in a way, signing up for this race was kind of intimidating because I knew that I would be really bummed if I couldn't PR with the amount of training I have done since the last race.

Coming into today I had a couple of really, really tough weeks emotionally. I found out that someone that I really cared about and trusted had been very deceptive. And I had to find that out from someone else. It was particularly troublesome because I've been through this all before and it was probably the lowest point in my life. I've had a lot of crazy feelings and old memories come flooding in and it has really been draining. Sorry- I don't really want to get into it, but let's just say that I have a lot of manger (man anger) built up in me right now. So Colleen and I spent last night picking out a bunch of wonderfully mangry songs for me to put on my ipod for the race- Before he Cheats by Carrie Underwood and Fighter by Christina Aguilara were 2 of the gems. There was also some Alanis thrown in for good measure. Nothing like a little extra motivation to get you to dig deep!

Race Day!

This morning I had a big cup of coffee for the first time in about a month. I started shaking about half way in and just about shit myself (thought you would like that gem). But It made me super hyper and I was really stoked for the race, which is probably the most fun race in the area. It is a huge tailgate party for the Ohio State/Michigan game and all runners have to choose either a blue or red shirt. Every entrant gets a free beer after the race and it's just a huge party. The race itself isn't really a PR course. There is a very long and reasonably steep hill that you go down at the beginning and then have to climb back up at about mile 2.4. It is BRUTAL! But the course is fun because you get to go around Browns stadium twice and a lot of it is right along the lakefront.

When we got to the race we immediately ran into Janet:

And I had to associate with a Michigan fan for the rest of the day (roommie Colleen):

Also at the race were a bunch of CTCers and my roommate Matt and his gf Shanna.

Colleen, Janet and I took off to go for a warm up run around the flats downtown. We were out for about a mile at a super easy pace and then did some stretching. I remember back when I thought it was crazy that people warmed up for these things. Why run even farther?? But after you've run a marathon or half marathon, you realize that you actually CAN warm up for the short races! It was great!

Then we lined up for the race.

Mistake #1: Lining up at the front

The race started a little late, which was kind of a bummer. I had to restart my ipod 4 times because I really wanted to start the race with "Lose Yourself" by Eminem (I know, I know, the song is practically a racing cliche but I like it!). But when the race started the adrenaline started to pump.

Mile 1:

I can't remember the last time I actually ran fast. I think my legs gave out on me about 3 times in the first block just trying to get into the rhythm. Then we turned downhill for about 0.4 miles. I was being passed like I was standing still! It was really a defeating feeling. I was feeling sluggish and slow and my lungs were starting to burn from the cold air (I have a tad bit of asthma). The 1 mile marker came up on me without warning

Mistake #2: Running mile 1 in 6:55

Oh, F&ck! I'm pretty sure that my fastest mile ever was somewhere around 7:45. I was in for a world of hurt.

Mile 2:

Pain. Lots and lots of pain. I think I did it in around 7:45

Mile 3: Uphill. What kind of sick freaking joke is that??? My lungs were screaming for albuterol. I was fading, but so was everyone else. The hill was scary.

The finish:

When I turned the corner towards the finish I looked at my watch and say that it was still in the 22's. That gave me such an amazing boost. I didn't have as much kick as a lot of people I saw, but I was thrilled!


Pace: 7:37 per mile
Place: 24th overall female (out of 266)

I think if I could actually breathe I would have thrown up. It hurt like hell to take deep breaths. I looked longingly at the people that could run through the finish line straight to the post-race bagels. The thought of food was repulsive to me. But... I did manage to choke down a beer


I am now officially addicted to road racing. The adrenaline, the pain, the brevity, the free t-shirt. Who wouldn't love it?

Then I went to do what all girls do when a relationship ends in a fabulously horrible way. I spent an exorbitant amount of money at a hair salon- cut, color, the works!. And I'm heading out on the town tonight. Pics to come!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

HTFU, Jodi

So... I had a pretty crappy week. Felt emotionally drained, zapped, spent. Couldn't quite live up to the strong persona I would like.

I started thinking back to Ironman. The week of CdA I came across a link on Slowtwitch to a video. I immediately knew it was going to be a hit with Coach Paulo because it is aligned with his method of coaching. But it also was just what I needed because I knew the race was going to open up a world of hurt that I'd never visited before. When I felt a low point I remembered the words of Chopper Reid:

(warning- use of the F-bomb)

So today I grabbed my special hat on the way out the door to go for a trail run with Colleen. And the run was wonderful. Absolutely the best run I have had in 6 months. We hit 5.5 miles and I wanted to do more. But I didn't, because I'm saving it up for my big race next weekend. A huge 5k!

I'm gunning for a PR next weekend. Considering I haven't done a 5k in almost 2 years, I think I just might be able to knock back a sub- 25:40. Especially if I HTFU.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

It's Potts for the win!

I don't know if anyone else out there was totally glued to their computers all morning, but I just saw the most amazing finish I've ever seen. Potts and Galindez were neck in neck for the last mile of the 70.3 World Championships this morning and then Potts threw it into a completely new gear to come across for the finish. It was AMAZING!

Congrats Andy Potts!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Things overheard...

Things overheard during Gynecologic surgery that just might be found inappropriate on the street:

1. Make sure you get plenty lubed up before you go in there

2. I lost the cervix-- where's the cervix??

3. If you don't tack down the vagina it could just flap inside out

4. Holler at me if you see the cervix

5. OK, now I think we can just take the rest of this out through the vagina.

6. Now we should fill the bladder- can you go out and grab someone from the hall to fill the bladder??

7. Wow, that really looks like a Uterus!

8. If I can get this into the cervix, we can get anything in there

9. Jodi, go between her legs and wiggle that thing for us

And last but not least...

10. Just jam the *Kocher in her vagina and I'll take it from there

*surgical instrument

Monday, November 05, 2007


I was thinking today about how people react to bad situations. And I think it is the true measure of the strength of a person's character.

Some people get diagnosed with cancer and fight it from day 1 kicking and screaming (My friend Steve is a good example. Also Lance Armstrong). Other get depressed and shut down

Some people lose a loved one and turn around and start a crusade to prevent it from happening to others (Katie Couric and Colon Cancer, the founders of MADD, SADD, etc). Some people turn into recluses.

I see a whole spectrum of people at the hospital who are dealing with horrible, life altering diagnoses, and I have a lot of sympathy for them no matter how they react. But I am always so inspired by people who stay strong. No sulking, second guessing, no looking back. Just looking forward. Even people who know they will die. Because they know that they will be forever remembered by how they are at the end. That not giving up is going to forever influence the lives of sons/daughters/grandkids. They will have a role model for how to fight adversity.

When smaller things happen to me I always fall into this- feel sorry for myself- funk. It sometimes lasts as little as a few minutes, sometimes weeks. But I just can't look at myself in the mirror when I'm acting like that. And then I make myself realize that any negative thing that happens in your life, no matter how big or small, can be made into a positive if you really want it to.

So I'll add a couple inspirational quotes here. So that everyone out there who is in a funk can use this to try to snap out of it. Life is too short to be funky

We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.
Charles R. Swindoll

The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
Tom Bodett

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

Helen Keller

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
Francesca Reigler

Happy Monday!


Saturday, November 03, 2007

Trail-Running through the leaves

I have the whole weekend off (which just never happens) and I was tired of running around my neighborhood. Thankfully, I was able to twist Colleen's arm to go on a trail run with me. Running alone is therapeutic, but running with friends is so fun.

We headed down to North Chagrin Reservation to hit the Bridle trail for some great, low impact, but hilly running. The trees were absolutely stunning!

Here was our starting point behind Squire Castle:

Then we popped out of the woods and crossed a bridge:

How awesome is this!:

Coming back into the parking area after 58 minutes (yes- I ran for 58 whole minutes without knee pain!) of great conversation and tough terrain:

Another view of the Castle on the way back

Now for a little story about the monster. I made 2 apple pies last week. Just one of those things I love to do in the fall. The pie was wonderful. We had gotten through one pie in a matter of a couple days. The other one was still up on the counter waiting to be cut open. Well, then I came home to see this:

and this: