Marathons: Pre-Marine Corp Training Marathon, Marine Corp (5:24), DC Inagural (5:02), Pittsburgh.
National Half Marathon (end of March 2007) 2:18:01 (10:21)
St Pats.Shamrock 8k (Mar. 18, 2007) 45:47 (9:13)
Jingle Bell 10K 2006 60:43 (9:47)
Run for Victory 5k (2001) 27.52.1
Short-Term Running Goals:
In the next 6 months I would like to feel fitter, look fitter, run faster, and not feel like an elephant plodding along. I would like to improve my 5K times, and run a marathon in October. Goal for the marathon is 4:30. Not sure if this is possible....
Long-Term Running Goals:
Let's just get through the summer, then we can talk about long term running goals!
Trying to get in shape through running. Not sure I enjoy it -- I feel it too much, I am too loud running.. it is not graceful. Not pretty. I have had some euphoric moments running, like when listening to Bon Jovi (I know...I know) or Tina Turner (you're simply the best!!) but these moments are not that often. I love how I feel after accomplishing a run.
I love the treadmill.... Love my ipod... blink 182 (are you feelin' this..) and a whole mish mash of other tunes that get me moving. I want to be better, faster, more graceful... and more accountable- therefore I am here.
Be extremely carefull. Now that your body has had a good rest stretch lots after and call me in the morning! lol Ok have you thought about R&R Arizona yet? Ive found a pal to pace the marathon with for a 3:40 goal. I think you should start training. lol Slowly but surely and you can do it! Just picture your fellow neighbors in Boston cheering you on "Jill, Jill, Jill Jill" I can here it now.
Jillzo you are so funny! No Starbucks breaks during the marathon, OK? I promise I'll take you to Starbucks the week after! Be well, get sleep and eat well these next few days, they're the most important ones!
My little things I do before a marathon is I stretch. Get a massage and drink lots of fluids. You know I saw an article on Dean Karneaz on how he runs while he is working. He will run and get a coffee, put it in a container thats strapped to him while he's running. I dont think drinking coffee is any different then taking those nasty gu's along the way. Just be careful when you drink it! sip sip, Dont want an accident like on the show Seinfeld, when Cramer accidentally has the elite runner grab his coffee. I laugh at that every time!
Thanks walter! I think I am ready.. I did 10 miles on Sunday and tonight will do 4 miles just to make sure the leggies are moving. I feel like I am ready as I am gonna get. I am a little nervous about my stomach. The last time I saw Lucia was about 2 weeks ago, and that is when I told her I had stomach ache... It has not left me... So, it may be an ulcer from the advil, but I am not sure.. I am gonnna go to the docs after. Its a very dull pain.. no sharp pains. So, I am a little freaked out.. but its not going to stop me. I will be so happy to get this over with. My husband and monther in law keep telling me that I can stop at any time if I need to... and I hate that. I don't want an "out"
I have been reading the newpapers, and they keep talking about how grueling a marathon is.. and that is making me nervous. I like my 20 mile runs. They are not easy- and I am glad when they are over.. so what is another 6? I can do this, right?
I just added an entry today - check it out... 7 lbs since Sunday - hooray! No pain, just discomfort, and a really really really strong wish to brush my teeth!!!
I'm worried about your stomach ache... Hopefully it's just a bit of strain in your abdominal muscles? I had that a few months ago, and it just went away on its own. I know you don't want to get out, but you can if you have to. Part of being a good runner is knowing when it's smart to stop. There will be other marathons to run but there is only one Jillzo!
holy good god! 7 lbs! That is crazy.. Is that safe!!? Make sure you drink ok!!! I will be ok. If the tummy is not better after the marathon, I will see someone. I don't think that I will need to stop. Yes, I may walk a bit, but I think I will be ok.
Yes Jill, most definitely you can do this. The last 6 miles are always mind over matter, remember that. I had a few tips from friends that told me on the last few miles to talk to yourself. Sing a song, tell yourself how proud you are! Then just take one mile at a time and break it down and push through.
My stomach gets that way after to much caffeine. I try to quit drinking Coke and anything with it and drink water, juices, etc. Be careful it could be something more, just know your body and pain threshold and you can tell if its severe or not. Dont be a statistic! Have fun, you'll do well, Im coming to Boston tomorrow night! Ill be there Sat. Morning. Im excited!
That is great advice, Wall-e, to talk to yourself on the last few miles - that works for me too, just tell yourself over and over that you can do it and you're so close to the finish, etc. As you know those last 5 miles after Crystal City and before the finish line are TORTURE! I'm going to try to to be there on the bridge to cheer for you and others that are coming. Any idea what you'll be wearing so I can spot you?
I was finishing a marathon 2 years ago and was in some major pain. I started talking out loud to myself saying come on! and a spectator heard me and starting yelling, yeah, come on you can do it! It actually pumped me up. I can do it! yeah! Im doing it! lol Be crazy!
Thanks guys...Wall-e - have no fear, I can be pretty crazy.. crazy but cute is my motto. :o) I will do what it takes to get me to the finish.
As for the stomach... I feel ok today, and I think if it was stage 4 cancer or renal failure, I would feel worse. I am a total hypochondriac, so I am just going to chalk this up to nerves before the race, and if it persists, I will definitely go to the docs. My husband thinks its the coffee too. I dont drink soda and I don't drink juice. empty calories.
Talk soon kids.. thanks for the love.
Lucia, I will pick out my outfit tomorrow. I think black knickers, and a purple nike top. It will match the purple sneakers... its all about the look. I don;t know yet if I will go with the black or white visor. I kind of like keeping the sweat off my forehead with the visor. I think I will go with the white one. :o)
Ok in spirit I must. You know us westerners are used to traveling far distances to get anywhere! lol I have an aunt that lives in Lowell! She gave me the awesome Red Sox tickets when I was there in April. It is a small world. She lives in an old restored home painted all goofy to keep it original. It is a nice town!
I promise I will be the one wispering in your ear. Do it Jill, It will be a miracle!