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Annapolis 10 Miler (10:40s)

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Member Since:

Mar 30, 2008



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Running Accomplishments:

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.



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Race: Annapolis 10 Miler (10:40s) (10 Miles) 01:46:37
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I thought I was runing a lot faster.... I felt OK, but not great.     I am picking up on a couple of things:  1.) I get hot quickly, and hate baking in the sun.   2.) I am great with short little power hills, but need to get better on the long winding hills. 

I ran 10:40s- not great - but I will take it.  My ankle is pretty inflamed - the tibia malleolus and I am trying to ice it as much as possible.  It just gets stiff- and I could feel it a little out there. (Not making any excuses, just laying out the facts).  I think I need to concentrate on doing some intervals, to help increase my speed.  And, I need to drop like 5-6-7-8 lbs before the marathon... which feels nearly impossible, but it is true. and i think a 6 lb. reduction would help greatly.  

I checked out the times of those in my slow running group...  I think my time was the best... but I was only about 7 minutes faster than the heftiest gal in my running group.  What makes someone fast vs. slow?   Am I destined to be a slow runner?    

Anyway, I am off to the beach for a week, where I can ponder my future as a mediocre runner.  But, a runner nonetheless.    I have my ipod, 2 pairs of sneakers and lots of running clothes.   Right now, I am icing my ankle. I also bought this miracle creram called IB-Relief.. which has arnica, and ibuprophen in it.   I really like it- dulls the pain. 

Lucia, how did your friends do that ran this?  Were their times slower becuase of the hills?  

I guess the good news is that my PR is still awaiting me... I will get you eventually!    have a good week everyone!   I think I will actually really miss you while I am away!    :o)



Night Sleep Time: 7.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.50
From Lucia on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 12:19:24

Nice work Jill! Sorry about your ankle, I hope it feels better soon!

I heard the same thing from my friends. It was very hot, humid, sunny, and hilly. Three of my friends who ran it ended up with times about 10 minutes slower than the Cherry Blossom 10-miler or the Army 10-miler, so you should be very proud!

I feel that intervals were really helping me get faster. Also, run shorter races once in a while (5ks). I hear you on the weight - we are obviously not overweight, but like you, I know if I want to get faster I'd have to shave off 6-8 lbs... It's not easy while training for a marathon though. Intervals help with the weight loss too, I think...

Have lots of fun at the beach!!!

From Bonnie on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 13:25:36

Hi Jill,

That is a very tough course. Everyone I have ever known who has run it has struggled with both the hills and the heat. You are not a "mediocre" runner, you are a tough cookie. If I were you I would run at least your long runs on a hilly circuit (meaning up and down the whole way) -- not worrying about speed, but working on strength. It will help you a lot with hills (and speed) - once you get used to the long runs on hills then run a shorter hill circuit a couple more days a week. Don't worry about blasting up the hills, just think "strong strong strong" and run them at the same effort as the downhills/flat parts.

Great job!! have fun at the beach!

From walter on Mon, Aug 25, 2008 at 23:52:38

Jill I hope you read this before you veg out like a celebrated runner after a nice hard run! You better be icing that alot in the water or bags of ice or my boot!

I read an article that talks about speed work and interval workouts and how you will burn more calories and lose weight faster when you do 1 to 2 workouts a week. Look at me Im bordering anorexia and ive been faithfull to doing my speed workout. When I see a track I get excited! Literally! I have to hose myself down afterwards! lol Ok so there is my input, output, importer, exporter.

From nicole on Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 01:02:51

Good job on the race! I definitely hear you on the "destined to be a slow runner" bit, I feel exactly the same way. I just don't understand how some people naturally run so fast, when my sprint seems to be barely a 8 something mile! You did awesome though and I'm sure we will both get faster eventually.... (I hope?)! Have a good vacation!

From jtshad on Fri, Sep 05, 2008 at 10:16:55

Good job at the race in tough conditions! Sometimes you have a race that you look back and learn from as opposed to going for a PR. Bonnie's advice is right on, keep the base mileage up and then look at speedwork later to fine tune and slowly improve running efficiency and form for faster running.

Have a fun vacation and I hope the ankle heals up!

From Lucia on Mon, Sep 08, 2008 at 23:34:50

Cri-cri... cri-cri... (that's the sound of crickets cricketing cause we haven't heard a peep from you in a while)... Still on vacation? We miss you Jill, come back!!!

From walter on Tue, Sep 09, 2008 at 00:12:10

who who who, look up here look up here. You too you too, whoo whoo. (3 amigos) Sorry I think that is the classic line in the movie when Steve Martin is up on the brick wall trying to get the attention of his buddies while hes making bird noises. Maybe Jill decided to run away. lol

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