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Cleveland Marathon (or 10K for me)Weekend has Arrived

I can’t believe one of my favorite weekends is here, Cleveland Marathon weekend! Now I haven’t updated the blog on this but if you follow me on Facebook, twitter or Instagram, you will see I dropped down to the 10K this year.

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The boys were also sick with Kennel Cough 😦

After being sick all of April (and parts of March), I just felt like it didn’t make much sense to run a full marathon. I was training for Glass City and got too sick to run that one so I figured I would rally and run Cleveland but the rally part didn’t really happen. I have a good base of miles but I don’t want to run a marathon, just to complete it. I want to run the times I was actually training for. I thought about running the half and felt that might be pushing it too much as well. (Especially after a warm up and cooldown, I would be over 15 miles).

So instead of pushing myself while still getting over being sick, I decided to drop to the 10K and run it more as a workout and less as a race and have fun. Normally, I would be totally bummed to drop from the full to the 10K but I was so sick that it was an easy decision and I’ve never done the 10K at Cleveland before! Plus, now I get to watch the half and full marathoners finish!

Just for fun, here are my last 2 weeks of training up to today:

5/8-5/13

Monday: Orange Theory Fitness – 2.2 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles @9:12 pace
Wednesday: 7.07 miles @8:53 pace – 2 mile WU, 4×1 min with 2 min rest between each, 3 min walk, 4×1 min with 2 min rest and 2 mile CD
Thursday: AM – Orange Theory Fitness – 1.25 miles. PM – 5 miles @46:24
Friday: REST
Saturday: 3 mile WU, 5K race and 2 mile CD – 8.2 total miles (I should probably write that race recap!)
Sunday: 4.7 miles @9:24 pace

Total Mileage: 33.42

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First 5k since October and got to hang out with friends/neighbors

5/14-5/18

Monday: 6.5 miles at 9:18pace
Tuesday: 5 miles at 9:13 pace
Wednesday: Unplanned rest day because I went to see Aladdin and was too hyped up to go to bed.
Thursday: 7.3 miles 8:51 pace – 2 mile WU, 4×5 mins with 2 min rest between each, 3 min walk, 6×20 seconds with 45 recovery and 1 mile CD
Friday: 3.71 miles at 9:28 pace

Total mileage: 22.51 (I have a plan to run easy tomorrow for 30ish minutes and then race on Sunday!)

You’ll notice I have a lot of easy and slower runs for me. I have a new plan and it’s not really mine, it’s someone else’s. But it’s awesome and I cannot wait to share more of it with you in a few weeks!

So tell me, what are you running this weekend?

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Erie Training Week 5

After my asthma attacks during weeks 3 and 4, I was forced into a full week of rest. Not ideal when marathon training and already have a hectic schedule due to wedding planning.

Breathe Damn It!
Breathe Damn It!

The good news is after going to the doctor, the urgent care and the emergency room I can breathe again.

But it took a while to get there and I’ve been given the green light to start running again but have to take it easy. I can’t just jump right back into my plan or go do speedwork yet. I also have to be super careful about the weather and running outside with the humidity. Probably taking a lot of runs to the treadmill instead.

So a week of no running, a week or more of taking it easy, leaves me wondering about if I’ll actually run this marathon….

and I’m ok with that.

This has thrown a kink in my plans but there is nothing else I can do about it. The good news is registration was fairly cheap compared to other marathons so if I have to skip this one that’s fine. I’ll be able to work on getting faster in the half marathon and other shorter distances instead. I signed up for this marathon specifically to re-qualify and run a good time. I know I can go out and easily run a sub 4 hour marathon, it’s the sub 3:35 that I’m worried about. The bad news is I was hoping to re-qualify for Boston on this course so that Ryan and I can run our second Boston as husband and wife 😦 The good news is I’m going to Boston no matter what to cheer on Ryan.

For now, the plan is to ease back into running and see what happens. Who knows maybe I’ll have some awesome training and will be able to run and maybe I won’t and I’ll have to scrap this one. Either way I’m just happy I can breathe better again and that I’m allowed to run again.

Disclosure: It’s a holiday week and 25 days before my wedding so I did not proofread this. I did keep misspelling “breathe” as “breath” though and I fixed those. While typing this disclosure I made a typo trying to spell “misspell” I spelled it as “mispell” and now they both look wrong.

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What I do when I am sick

Ok so when I thought I was getting over being sick I was really just still sick and didn’t know it. It was a pretty rough couple days but I think finally I am starting to feel like myself again. Running will resume in a couple days just trying to make sure I am 100% and don’t push it.

While being sick the Doctor (who I usually avoid at all costs) told me I just needed to rest and I would get better. I’m really not good at resting but I tried my best. I caught up on my DVR, watched multiple movies (Breaking Dawn, The Bourne Supremacy and Munich) and approximately 11 episodes of The Killing (Season 2 on Netflix). Totally hooked on that show, although it’s not better than The Americans.

I also created a new resume….It’s pretty much the real stuff that should be included in my “real life” resume but people just aren’t ready for this kind of honesty yet. Since we are being so honest, I have left out my real name and address to avoid stalkers
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Moja Mala
2.Wordpress.com
Cleveland, OH 4411?

Education:
Finished high school.  Participated in Volleyball, Soccer, Cheerleading, Gymnastics & Track. Biggest failure was switching from volleyball to soccer when the volleyball team won states that year. SMH.
Finished college. Major Business classes & “Minor” drinking. Played intramural softball and made great friends #teabaggers #RIPpartygirl

Experience:
Living life

Skills:

  • Finder of all potholes in Cleveland. Actually, my car finds them not me.
  • Trash Talking. Mostly 12 yr olds while playing call of duty.
  • Pretending to be a 12 yr old when playing call of duty.
  • Time Management. I DVR 95% of the TV I watch and then fast forward through commercials. I also plan to watch DVR’d shows when the DVR is recording 2 shows at once.
  • Pinterest Pro. I know my Pins are valued by the number of repins I get. I’m probably in the top 10 of pinterest users. If you are not on Pinterest, you are wasting your life.
  • Patience. I spend 10 minutes every morning taming my crazy cowlick. It’s mixture of excessive blow-drying, smashing down with bobby pins and copious amounts of hairspray. Maybe this one should be listed under science.
  • The ability to spot someone’s look alike no matter where I go. My newest one is Nick Swisher’s look alike is Joey Lawrence. “WOAH!”.
  • Showering Daily. Well, I’m still working on that one. But I do blow dry the sweat out of my hair. Sometimes.
  • Kolo Dancing Pro. Trust me, this is a skill and not a hobby. 90% of my readers don’t know what this is but trust me, I’m good. Been a skilled kolo dancer since at least 4 years old.
  • Saving Money. I’ve had the same pair of glasses since 2002. Also my work pants are mostly from Express 2006. (maybe 2005). I really know how to make things last.
  • Being Creative. This one is kind of serious, you guys but I’m really good at making photo albums on Shutterfly. Also good at creating worthless typography-type designs in Microsoft Publisher. (maybe that part should be a hobby?)
  • Self Diagnosing. I’m pretty decent at googling my symptoms to figure out what is wrong. Saves me a lot of time and money since I don’t have to go to the doctor. Google is my doctor.
  • CPI Certified. You perhaps don’t know what that is but let’s just say you don’t want to mess with me. I’m pretty badass.
  • Baking. Essentially, this is another serious one. I’m actually a good baker. However, apparently you don’t become a millionaire by baking.
  • Traveling. Notice I did not say vacationing. I’m bad at relaxing. But making travel reservations, planning out schedules and itineraries. I’ve got that down.
  • Knowing 90% of the words to Salt n Pepper’s “Shoop”. I sing it in the car on my way to work. Pumps me up for my “real” job. Sometimes I do the boy part too.

Hobbies:

  • Running for really no point other than I think it’s fun. Clearly, I need more hobbies.
  • Related, I’m really good at mapping out runs, making up workouts, talking about running and giving my opinion on every race. Hey! Who wants to talk about running!?!?!
  • Cuddling with puppies. Puppies love me, what more can I say.
  • Polished Painter. Yes, we are talking about nails here. Actually, I not very good at it since I paint my cuticles and sides of my finger. My 9 yr old sister says you shouldn’t do that. But I do keep polish on them most of the time. Chipping or not, my nails are painted.
  • Reading. Mostly teen fiction but it’s better than nothing.

References:

Available upon request. However, the best reference is to meet me in person. OR stalk my facebook account.
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So basically that’s what I accomplish when I am sick. What do you do when you are sick? What should be on your resume that isn’t?

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Cleveland Marathon Training Week 12: Sick :(

The week started out so well. I did speedwork, met up with some bloggers, had a triple workout day and then Friday I woke up with a sore throat. I figured it was nothing but as the day went on it got worse. Friday I ended up going to bed at 8pm but was convinced I would be fine by morning and would get my long run in and if I still had a sore throat I was going to go to the Doctor…after my long run. Runners are crazy.

However, when I woke up Saturday morning, I was convinced I had strep and went straight to the doctor. Yes, I skipped my long run. Doctor said I had a fever and cold symptoms but no strep and no flu. I was sent home to rest and take cold medicine. Which I did and thought I’d be fine by Sunday and do my long run then. Woke up Sunday, still sick. I just barely dragged myself to Easter dinner with the family. Couldn’t eat or taste anything but I made it! I had hopes that all the resting I did over the weekend I would be good to go to work Monday morning. Monday morning I woke up and immediately called off. It’s been a crazy and very sick couple of days but I am FINALLY feeling like myself again.

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: Speedwork. 1 mile warm up, 8-800s at 3:18, 3:20, 3:19, 3:21, 3:27, 3:21, 3:23, 3:21. 1 mile CD
Wednesday: Spinning in the morning. Dinner with Cleveland Marathon Bloggers after work!

Official Cleveland Marathon Bloggers, Jess, Steph and Jess!
Official Cleveland Marathon Bloggers, Jess, Steph and Jess!

Thursday: 3 mile run in the morning. 3 mile run after work (at a sub 7:30 pace oops). Spinning Class at Psycle.
Friday: Rest day/the start of deathly sickness
Saturday: Sick
Sunday: Sick

Total Mileage: 14 miles

The best part of my training this week was that I did 8-800s and I did them all at or around 3:20. That was my goal to keep them there and not go too fast. It was hard to not go too fast for the first couple but by the end, holding the 3:20s was a little easier.

I missed my long run so I am moving it to Thursday and then starting a mini taper for the Athens Half marathon.

What do you do when you are sick and can’t run? Make up runs at a later time? I usually try to run through sickness. However, this one left me barely able to get up.

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Buffalo Marathon 2011

Sunday morning I woke up the same way I do for most marathons, tired because I can’t sleep before a marathon, excited to run and nervous because I was out of town and didn’t know exactly where I was going. When I turned on the news I added scared to the list. At 5 a.m. it was 86% humidity and expected to reach a high of 82.

Woah Woah Woah, wait a minute. I checked the weather a couple times a day and ever since Friday it was predicted thunderstorms. Obviously, Mother Nature and the Meteorologists and I are not seeing eye to eye and can’t make up their minds, sheesh!

Starting Line

I headed over to the starting line which was weird for 3 reasons. 1) the DJ kept playing Michael Jackson songs over and over. And they weren’t the ones that would pump you up either. 2.) I was dressed in shorts and a long sleeve throw away with a tank top underneath and was not even cold (I’m always cold at the start). 3.) I was all by myself 😦 I didn’t know any other runners there so I just walked around to waste time before the start.

What was cool about the start line was they had corals (didn’t expect that at a small race) but on the sides they had huge huge huge flags on where you should line up for each pace group. It was even maked for the marathoners, half marathoners and by pace. Made it super easy to find where my pace group should start…even if my pace leader didn’t show up until 5 mins before the start.

As the race started I was going a little bit fast and doing 8:10 min miles. Not too bad but just a little faster than I wanted. I kept that up until just before mile 6. At mile 6 all the runners around me were hitting the wall and complaining about how hot it was. I knew it was hot but I thought I was the only one dying. I did just run the Cleveland Marathon maybe that was it. I tried to slow it down a little bit but my 10K time was 51:06, 8:15 pace. Not too shabby with that heat.

At mile 8 full and half marathoners were pulling themselves out of the race. Even the pace leaders were dropping out. I thought the race officials were going to call the race because it was so hot. I didn’t know if I was being stupid or stubborn but was still trying to ignore the hot sun beaming down on me. We did go up and over, I think 5 death bridges overpasses. Not gonna lie they were killer bridges. That pretty much wiped the last of my energy out of me and I had many miles to go. What happened to a flat and fast course I had heard about?

After this many miles started blending together. I remember the half marathoners breaking off to finish their course and all I could think about was how I wanted to finish so bad and how I wanted to not run the full anymore and just quit. So at mile 12.83 I had enough and I cried. Really hard. I was hot, really hot, sweat was burning into my eyes, my skin was burning and no amount of water could quench my thirst. There was a water stop at about every 2 miles and I grabbed a cup of water and Gatorade at each one and I was still thirsty. Usually I take a sip of each and that’s it but for this race I was chugging them I was so thirsty.

After I had my cry and wanna quite phase I started seeing the half marathoners walking around with their medals and I got my second wind. Wahooo!!!! I was halfway done, I was going to double what they were doing, I wanted that awesome shiny medal, wanted to become a marathon maniac and I wanted to finish this marathon!

Sadly, that excitement only lasted about a mile. I started to remember how thirsty I was and how little shade there was 😦

At some point along the course I saw watermelons that someone ate and discarded on the course and I was so thirsty I was tempted to pick it up and finish what was left. I also wanted to do the same thing when I saw a discarded water bottle on the ground. Luckily, I didn’t but it was very tempting.

The second half of the course you get to run through a lot of residential neighborhoods and the best part was that they all had their hoses out and would spray us to cool us off. No joke I easily ran through at least 20 hoses. I would actually speed up every time I saw a hose in the distance. Some houses even had water out for us which I would normally not take water from anyone but the volunteers but it was hot, I would have taken water from anyone at that point.

Even with the hoses I was running through I was not sure I was going to finish this race. Everytime I got sprayed with a hose I could taste the salty sweat off my face and felt like I was drowning in the ocean. Somewhere before mile 20, I cried…..again. I felt like I needed a glass of water every half mile. It was hot and I felt sick to my stomach from the heat and weird things were sounding good to me. I suddenly needed to have a glass of orange juice and a Pepsi. I don’t really even like orange juice but suddenly I wanted it NOW! I told myself that when I finished I could have anything I wanted I just had to get there. I saw a guy and his son passing out ice around this time and I grabbed a handful and stuck a couple pieces in my mouth, a couple in my bra (lots of room in there) and rubbed the rest on my arms.

By this point I was just over 6 miles from the finish, I was almost there. Even if I had to crawl the last couple miles I was going to finish this race. Perhaps my third wind?

Somewhere between mile 20 and 23 they were handing out watermelon. I have never ate actual food while running. Unless you count Gu as food (I do, don’t judge). But it was so hot and I had been dreaming of watermelon for miles. So I took a slice and it was heavenly. I am not even sure if they were race volunteers or just really nice people handing out watermelon to melting runners but it was awesome.

The last couple miles actually started to fly by and there was still crowd support cheering on runners and I smiled and waved at each and every single one. It meant so much that people were still out cheering for the runners. Some you could tell were waiting for their runners to come by but others had on their half or full medals and were still cheering on the rest.

Still smiling!

Throughout the entire race I was over all just hot but it was taking me a lot longer than I thought for me to finish and by mile 24 I was hurting. My hips especially but it was shooting up my back and just the overall pounding was hurting. With 2 miles to go though it didn’t matter and I cranked out an 8 min mile and a 7:45 mile. Baller!

As made the last loop around the obelisk, I took my headphones out so that I could hear the crowd (they were awesome) and crossed that finish line with by far and I mean FAR my slowest time EVER. 4:35:26, I don’t even know what pace that is. 472 out of 871 marathon finishers and 22 out of 75 in my age group.

Crossing the Finish Line!!!!

And then I cried…for a third time.  Not because of my time but because I was finally finished, tired, hot and overall exhausted. Medical staff kept asking me if I was ok and I choked back my girly tears and said yes. Overall, I was ok just dehydrated. I grabbed a water bottle and headed over to the milk area only to be told that they ran out and went home 😦 No chocolate milk for the slow melted marathoners I guess. Honestly, it would have been warm by that time and I probably wouldn’t have wanted it anyways.

I can say that the Buffalo Marathon is a very organized and well put together race. I had not expected that since it is a smaller marathon but they take good care of the runners.  I would highly recommend this race. You can’t predict the weather and minus the death overpasses it really is a flat course.

Although this was one of my toughest marathons I still managed to finish and in doing so I became Marathon Maniac #3963.

Cool shirt and Medal.
Excuse the glasses, I was trying to cover up my cry baby face

 And I ruined a brand new pair of socks. I would like to tell you that it was so hot and I was running so fast that I burned holes in my socks. In reality though I think my toenails were long and cut through my socks.

Holy Socks?
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Inspiration In Weird Places

Perhaps you’ve noticed there is something wrong. By now I should have posted Week 7 of training. And yet I have not posted it. Since I have not been able to run there has been no training. It feels like it has been forever since I went for a run….it’s been 10 days so yeah pretty much forever in my book.

I admit I am probably pretty cranky at this point and I encourage avoiding me. For your own safety that is…..

I was seriously considering bumping down to the half marathon instead of the full this year if it wasn’t for the inspiration I receive from my cough drops. Umm yep I said cough drops. They come with little messages like the following:

“You got it in you”
“Keep your chin up”
“Go get it”
“Elicit a few “wows” today.”
“March forward”
“Power Through!”
“Let’s hear your battle cry”
“Put a little strut in it”
“Hi-five yourself”
“Bet on yourself”
“Conquer today!”
“Be Unstoppable”
“Dust off and get up”
“Tough is your middle name.”
“Be resilient”

Picture was taken from my phone so you probably can't even read this

So I have decided this is the last day I will be sick, that when I wake up tomorrow that I will feel better and my cough will go away and I will not have a mini asthma attack every time I laugh. Take that sickness, I’m taking over! Booya!

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Being Sick Sucks!

So I’ve been battling a respiratory infection for the past 7 days and  have spent most of my time sleeping and coughing. I have to admit that coughing has given me rock hot abs which I hope stick around. (The abs, not the coughing). But it has taken away my ability to run. Which is not acceptable! I even had to back out of a race this morning that I was looking forward to and I was already registered for it 😦

Usually when I am sick I will take off a day or 2 but an entire week and I am one cranky person! Hopefully another couple of days and I will be all better. I have seriously tried everything, cough syrups, cough drops, vicks vapor rub, humidifier, apple cider vinegar (it’s real gross), tea, honey and lots of water. If you have another suggestion, I am all ears.

So here are some pictures to sum up my non running weekend. I will warn you it’s pretty lame.

Brokedown and bought a humidfier this weekend (I know, very exciting), and bought more coughdrops, mom and sister gave me mini oranges for Vitamin C and those file folders are my taxes. Yep I filed my taxes while sick this weekend. At least I was somewhat productive.

But that’s not all my weekend included.

Exit Through The Gift Shop is a documentary on “Street Art” It’s a little weird but interesting. I saw it on the oscars so I had to check it out.

Also watched

Due Date

Glad I waited for it to come on video and not see it in theaters. It’s pretty funny, slightly over the top.

And played a lot of this

Call of Duty Black Ops

It was a double XP weekend and they came out with new maps so it was a good weekend to be sick. Sadly I didn’t prestige but I am close.

And I tried out the Salon Effects for your nails. You know I am sick when I do my nails. This is rare.

They are a glittery pink color and I am loving them! I hope they last.

Hopefully, I will be back to  running soon. Otherwise I will have nothing to blog about.