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I have to put in some kind of response because Lindsay is a beast!

This week’s Take It and Run Thursday is sponsored by Lindsay (aka:  Imdecken) from the blog, Chasing the Kenyans.

Her question of the week is:  Whether training for a specific race or just running for the fun of it, we all experience the ups and downs of running. What do you do to get yourself motivated to run when it feels like it’s the last thing you want to do?

Haha funny question… If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I have no problem finding motivation to run. I am probably one of those people that needs to find motivation to rest, but that is a different topic. Hopefully they will have that as a topic one week!

It is fairly easy for me to motivate myself to get out the door, but sometimes I have problems motivating myself to do specific workouts. I like to run based on how I am feeling that day, so training plans don’t really work with me, even though I am using one as a guide right now. A training plan does not know if my legs are going to be up for a tempo or track workout on a specific day. That is why I do not like them. Some people love to have a training plan, but I like to be flexible. I generally do my long runs on the weekend, but I often move around my other runs. As long as I am getting significant recovery runs and spacing things out well, I don’t see a problem.

However, sometimes I will wake up and the last thing I want to do is go to the track and run in circles like a chicken with it’s head cut off, but most of the time I do it anyways. The thing that gets me through those though workouts are the benefits and the post run high. Usually, once I get through a tough workout like that, I feel great and I know that it is making my body stronger. Sometimes I also feel like crap, but not as often. No pain, no gain.


Today was my “mid week long run”…

Thursday Mid Week Long Run

Time: 1:48:06

Distance: 13.8 miles

Average Pace: 7:50 per mile

The weather was perfect yet again. 65 degrees, cloudy, and slightly breezy. Fall = love.

My legs felt like complete led for about the first 8 miles. Sore sore sore. I blame yesterdays tempo run. My first couple miles were so slow that I don’t even want to look at my splits, but once I got warmed up I felt fine and sped up a little bit. I still find it funny that I am more sore before a run than after! Haha.

Funny story about this morning. I was about a mile in, and some kid stopped me and asked me to buy some chocolate for some kind of fundraiser or something. Take in mind that it is before 6 AM as this is happening and the kid couldn’t have been older than 12 years old. What kind of parents lets there kid out by himself at that hour to sell candy? Sometimes I just encounter the weirdest things while running. I probably would have bought some but I don’t take any money with me on my runs and I am not running around with candy for 14 miles. I actually wish I could have bought some because I started to get hungry around 11 or 12 miles. I probably should have eaten something before.




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I can’t believe it is already Thursday!

This week’s Take It and Run Thursday is sponsored by JillWillRun from the blog Jill Will Run.  Her question this week is:

It’s the morning of your weekly long run… what do you eat and why?

Hmm… Interesting question actually. I am probably not the best role model on this one, but I will give it a shot!

I actually very rarely eat before I run. Anything 16 miles and under, I roll out on an empty stomach and will usually just take a Clif shot at mile 10 or 12 and I am good to go. If I am running a race or more than 16 miles, I will eat a banana with peanut butter and I am out the door. I will usually have some coffee as well!I am always eating something literally 5 minutes before I go to sleep. I like to eat a big bowl of cereal/granola. It helps me sleep like a baby and gives me energy to run in the morning.

Dinner is almost always some sort of pasta and lean protein such as chicken or fish. I like to stick to things that I am familiar with to keep my GI tract in working order. I once ate fried rice before a long run and I almost had to cut it short. Of course I didn’t (LOL) but it wasn’t pleasant. I sometimes get the runners trots if I eat something really fatty the night before (sorry if TMI).

This is just what I am used to and it works for me. If you are eating a balance diet and enough food, you shouldn’t need anything to get you through a normal run. A long run is a little different, but it is still the same concept. As long as I am eating well, I can pretty much do a long run whenever. I don’t really require any special fuel. Eat well to run well.


I am sorry about my lack of posting this week but I have been swamped. Running, class, and work are taking over my life. I will NOT give up the blog though. You guys will just have to bear with me during these busy periods. I am currently eating my dinner and watching some TV but I thought I would sneak a post in.

I have had some good runs this week, but my hip has been killing me from that damn fuel belt on Sunday. I tied it too tight and I have a large bruise on the back of my hip and on the top of my ass. It does not feel good.

It is good that I am immune to pain. At least it hurts less to run than it does to walk around! It is just a pain because the bruise is right where my shorts come to my waist so it is always pressing on it. At least God invented ice!

Tuesday: 11 miles with 7 @ GMP (goal marathon pace).

Wednesday: 10 miles tempo (6:18 average) AM; 6 miles PM.

Thursday: 11 miles easy.

I think Wednesday will be my only double for the week along with a shorter long run this weekend. I am going to cut some miles to give my legs a break to recoup for one last push before my taper. It will be easier though because my dad is coming into town to hang out and I don’t want to waste our time together by running the whole weekend. My mom is going to be at a funeral (sad) and he doesn’t have much to do this weekend so I invited him out. He is coming in tomorrow night and leaving early Sunday afternoon.

Hopefully I can sneak in a post tomorrow or this weekend. I have some recipes I want to share!

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I have some free time right now while I wait for Best Buy to deliver my washer and dryer. They claim they are coming between 9:30 and 12:30 but who knows. I hope they come before 2:00 when I have class. If not I guess it is not a big deal because I was dropped from two classes because student services lost my transcript that was sent from the community college where I took class this summer. I need those classes to actually take the classes I am signed up for. I am going over there today to straighten it out. I will update further once I let off some steam this afternoon. I plan on raising some hell over there.


When did you know you had become a runner? Was there a defining moment, or was it a gradual progression over time?

I think I have gone over this a little before on my old blog about how I started running, but this is a little different. There is a difference between running a little bit and actually “being a runner”. Do you know what I mean?

I started running when I was a freshman to lose some weight. I quit tennis when I was a senior and started to beef up a little bit. DO NOT eat a double whopper meal for a snack when you sit on the couch all day. I went from playing tennis 3-5 hours a day to pretty much nothing. That will put on some serious pounds.

I started running on the treadmill for maybe 1-3 miles at a time at a pretty slow pace. Some of it was walking as well. Over time, I dropped some serious pounds (along with dietary changes) and running became a habit. I started running on the treadmill maybe 3-5 times per week. I wasn’t fast or anything and I was dead after about 3 miles, but it was something. Slowly over time I could run those 3 miles a little bit faster each week.

Once I lost some weight (initially I lost too much but I am not going to go into that… Let me know if you guys want a post on that) I started to actually LIKE running. It was something about the endorphin and adrenaline rush that you get out of a sweaty run. I trained a little bit Freshman year and ended up running a half marathon in the spring. It wasn’t fast, but I had a great time. I also ran a few 5k’s and 10k’s.

I think the defining moment for me become a runner was the winter on sophomore year. I pretty much started running every single day no matter what. It was like I had to get that adrenaline fix for my day to be complete. That is when it turned into a complete addiction. It is probably even more out of control right now! Haha. I know you guys think I am insane but there is reason behind my insanity. Hopefully this post helped you guys learn a little bit more about me!


I have been doing a little bit of running this week as well.

Tuesday: 12 miles AM; 6 miles PM

Wednesday: 10.5 miles AM; 5 miles PM

Thursday: 10.2 very slow miles. My legs were a bit tired, but the run helped me clear my head. If you read my post at the top, you will understand why I am frustrated.

I also started working this week as well. I pulled my first actual shift yesterday and it was pretty fun actually. I spent most of the time talking to my coworkers and playing FreeCell. I work at the desk in the weight room at the Aquatics center and I just swipe people in when they come to work out. It is pretty slow, so I have a lot of free time. It is a good job for when you have homework and stuff to get done. I didn’t really have anything yesterday since it was my first day of classes, but I am sure the assignments will pick up next week.

I also have been running my PM miles with some people I work with. They run triathlons, so they are more interested in the shorter distance running. I promised to whip them into shape this semester. They may beat me in the pool, but I will own them on the run!

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I haven’t done Take It and Run Thursday in forever, so I thought I would join in this week!

This weeks theme…

To the Lounge, From Erin:

How do you decide how far/long to run when you aren’t following a predetermined training plan?  I have a few short races (5Ks and 8Ks) coming up but I’m not planning to follow a training plan for them.  I just finished my most recent half-marathon on July 19th and now I’m at a loss as what to do now in terms of distances, etc.  I almost always run with a training plan but I’m not sure if I should now or not.  Or, if I should be, what I should be looking for in one.

I’m lucky enough to live in area that has lots of options for running. I can run laps around my neighborhood for 5K distances. I can do out and backs through my town for runs between 3 and 6 miles. I can drive to the 7 mile-long bike path that starts a few miles from my house if I want to get in a long run with minimal stops. I can run along the lakefront path in downtown Chicago after work or at lunch for any distance I want. I can do speedwork on the track near my house. Or I can stick to the treadmill in my basement.

So, not only do I have the difficulty of choosing what distance to run, I have the challenge of deciding where to run. And, really, they’re all such great places, how would I ever decide?

Which leads me to what I want to know from you: How do you decide how far to run? Do you base it on a training plan? On the route? Or on something else entirely?

Interesting question… I actually had some time at the beginning of the summer to run without training for anything. I was sort of in transition before I started to ramp up for the Chicago Marathon (58 days!). I didn’t really back off on the mileage, but I did back off on the intensity. I pretty much dropped all speed work and cut my long run back by just going a few miles farther on the weekend. I am pretty much a mileage junkie so that just works for me. My body tolerates high mileage well as long as most of the miles are slow and easy. If you are running every run as fast as you can, you are going to get burned out and injured pretty quickly.

I actually don’t really follow a training plan at all. I have one for my marathon, but I am using it more as a guide for how to plan my runs. I am not going to be a slave to a plan because I am a flexible runner. As long as I am getting in my key workouts, I feel like I am pretty good at winging it. A training plan is not going to know how I am feeling that day. My legs could be shot, or they could be feeling great. I am all about listening to my body and planning runs that way.

As far as distances, I am pretty much the same way. If I am a little tired, I will cut back the distance and speed a bit. If I am feeling good, I will ramp things up.

Basically, I run pretty close to the same mileage will training and not training, but my training has speed work and long runs built in. Those are the workouts that are going to make you stronger, fitter, and faster. During my off periods, I am all about keeping a solid base to be ready to ramp things up at any time.


You guys are probably wondering what I have been up to this week! Basically just running and chilling. I am here at home until tomorrow when I head back to school to train for my job this weekend and I actually start class again next week. When does it end? I took class all summer!

Here is a little peak at my running this week…

Monday: 9.5 miles of crawling. I was pretty tired after my race!

Tuesday: 15 miles. Legs are starting to come around.

Wednesday: 16 miles @ 7:10 pace. I ran with a friend who runs XC at West Point. He is a beast. He gave me a hardcore whooping, but I am proud to say that I kept up and held my own.

Thursday: I decided to skip my tempo run this week and take a day off. My legs are pretty tired and I had a great run yesterday and plenty of speed on Sunday. I also had a massage last night so I am pretty sore.

I will run 20 miles one day this weekend because I skipped it last weekend for my race! I am pumped!

I would also like to share my new shoes! Nike Lunarglides!



I usually hate Nike shoes, but these are awesome. I need a lot of stability, and these deliver plenty of it in a light and comfortable shoe. I am not sure if I like them as much as my Adrenalines, but they are VERY comfortable. I doubt I will buy them again because I get 40% off Brooks shoes, but they are a nice treat. I will have to talk mom into buying me another pair…

How is everyone else doing?

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