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December 2008

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Tallahassee,FL,United States

Member Since:

Jun 24, 2008



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:


Mile- 5:27 Breakfast on the Track, August '09
5k- 18:59 (6:07)  Tails and Trails, May '09 (And two more times! GRR!)

8k- 33:08 (6:39) Sweetheart 8k, Feb '11

10k- 41:38 (6:42) TRBC, March '09

15k- 1:02:46 (6:44) Lake Caroline 15k, Nov '08

Half Marathon- 1:36:58 (7:24) Hoover Dam Half, Oct '09

Marathon- 3:37:16 (8:17) Mississippi Coast Marathon, Nov '08

Short-Term Running Goals:

Help my knees help me.

Long-Term Running Goals:


Moving to Knoxville this summer. Hooray for being in a place with a running community! 

Favorite Blogs:

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New Balance 903 (Orange) Lifetime Miles: 63.00
Red Flats Lifetime Miles: 44.88
Brooks Salmon Lifetime Miles: 304.65
Brooks Black Lifetime Miles: 131.30
Brooks Baby Blue Lifetime Miles: 116.25
Newtons Lifetime Miles: 0.00
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walked 2 miles with my parents. legs feel good, ill probably jog a few miles tomorrow.

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I'm totally overloaded with school work since I slacked off while my parents were here, but of course instead of doing work I am trying to plan my future race schedule.  Here is what I am thinking as of right now. I think it will be best to do Boston in 2010, since I have my preliminary doctoral exams in mid-April this spring.

This Saturday: 3k jingle bell fun run with some friends

January 17: 15k/30k in Tallahassee (not sure which I will do)

February 1: Tallahassee Half Marathon

February 21: Flash 12k in Tallahassee 

March 28: Antelope Island 50k


There is a marathon I want to do in Albany, GA on March 7th, which is very tempting, but I don't know if I want to run one before the 50k or not. I could run it easy as a training run, but it may be hard to hold myself back. I'll have to talk to the experts about that one :)

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Went out to do 3 miles but ended up running two and walking the last one in with a slight limp. Looks like my left leg wants to hold Saturday against me for a little bit :)

30 degrees this morning, felt great! 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 2.00
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Ran a Jingle Bell Run 3k with my friend Jill and a bunch of other people. Her goal was to do the entire thing without walking and she did, and at a pretty decent clip, I was really proud! For 12 dollars and a toy donation we got a long sleeve t-shirt, santa hat, light up necklace (the race was at night) and a jingle bell for our shoes. There were 3,000 runners and lots of little kids and dogs, so you can imagine how crazy it was. Then I ate dinner there at the winter festival and enjoyed a chili cheese dog, bloomin' onion, and funnel cake... all calorie free and delicious!!! Then we watched the parade and headed home, which included for me a 2 mile walk to my car. I figure my legs could use the walking to get out any lingering tweeks. It was a great night and really put me in the Christmas spirit!

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 1.80
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I thought I had my spring races planned out and I just realized, I am used to running at sea level... would I be able to fly into Utah and run 31 miles?? I looked online for any info but couldn't really find anything. Does anyone know about racing in high elevations when you have never run there before?

I appreciate any input, I've got to make my decision soon because if I don't do this race I may run Boston in the spring. Thanks!

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Definitely not feeling great yet. When out to do four, but I ran 3, walked .5 then ran the remaining .5. Knees are hurting and my quads felt like bricks.

It makes me wonder how often I really want to run marathons, because they really take a lot out of you. And I think my favorite part of the entire process this time were the shorter races I ran while training for it. And they didn't leave my body feeling so beat up.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 3.50
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5 miles without stopping! Furthest since the marathon.

Still a little pain in the left knee.

Running will be tough for the next week or so, I'm going to Alabama for a wedding this weekend, then another wedding in Maryland next weekend. Crazy. 

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three miles at a pretty decent pace... all i had time for

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I called today my coming out run. I was hoping I would go to intervals and feel great... and I did!!! While I felt like crap the last few weeks I kept remembering Kellies post a while back after SG when she said "this was the first time I felt good since the marathon" and I couldn't wait until I got to say it too!

So... this is the first time I felt good since the marathon.  What a relief to be able to say that.

And my friend is in town visiting, so she got to go to track practice with me which was awesome.

6x800, faster with each, starting at 3:19, ending at 2:57 

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Three days in a row!! First time since... I really have no idea, probably 2003.


Ran with Natalie at San Luis. It felt so good to get to run with someone again! Knees feel great, quads are a little sore from last night but nothing crazy. Going to attempt a long run friday as a test. Maybe 10 or so.

Also, I just finished for the semester and I am done transcribing forever!! Yay! Long drive home to Maryland tomorrow morning (14 hours). It will be rough going from 80 degrees to 30!


Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 3.70
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Ran 1 mile in 2 degrees (brrr) with my parents black lab. I think I got more of an arm workout than legs. My pinky went numb, and I think my feet were going to be close behind. I don't know how y'all in Utah do it!

I don't have time to update my spring racing plans, but I don't think I'll be doing anything terribly exciting. I don't have enough time to get into marathon shape, and I was told by many people that running a 50k at high altitude is a bad idea if I have never experienced it before. So probably just a bunch of half marathons and shorter stuff. Probably better off with my school schedule anyway.

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Belated Merry Christmas everyone!! I've been sick and busy eating cookies so I haven't been on. 

Cold weather, a busy trip home and a case of the flu has put a pause on my running. When I get back to Tallahassee I will be starting from scratch... which kind of stinks because I was in such great shape, but I think my legs deserve the rest. This way at least I won't be worried that I was overdoing it. It puts a damper on any major spring running plans, but I am okay with it. But I am excited to get back to it again when I am feeling better and in warmer weather!

My aunt gave me a cool ornament with a running shoe and my marathon date and time. It's really neat!  

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A Review of 2009:

In January I ran my first half marathon*, the inaugural Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jackson. This is a bigger deal than it seems. I had try to train for a half before but my knee kept swelling up, and finally after a ten miler it swelled so much that I could barely walk. So I thought I could never do distance.  Well, I kept training and it worked! I was so nervous before the race. Jason came to support me and I remember being in awe of all of the marathoners and what they were about to do. My goal was to run 2 hours, and Jason and I were excited when I finished at 1:51:52. I was officially hooked on distance running! I finished knowing I could have run harder, and was excited to see how fast I could go. Jason even got me flowers :) 

I had told myself if my body let me finish the half I would keep adding miles until it didn't let me go any further, hoping I'd be able to eventually run a marathon. I decided if I did one it would be the National Marathon in March. My best friend had already run a few marathons, and I never thought I'd actually be able to do it too. I couldn't believe I was in the process of making it happen!

The following weekend I ran the Gulf Winds 15k in 1:15. I remember freaking out when some of my miles were under 8 minutes... I thought that was way too fast!

The following weekend I ran the Frostbite Half Marathon in Starkville, MS. I told you I was hooked! I ran a 1:48 on another tough course, and actually ran negative splits. I remember getting to the half way point thinking "wow that was nothing."

The first weekend of February I ran the Tallahassee half. I had been experiencing a really weird foot/leg injury that didn't make me stop, but caused me to slow down for a couple miles. I still finished in about 1:41. I finally felt what it was to "race" this distance and for once felt like I gave it my all. 

I continued to train, and my injury continued to nag. I would be reduced to a walk during my long runs and I would just cry. But I kept going anyway, and kind of realized that if I walked a couple minutes every mile or two I could finish the distance.

I finally made it to my 20-miler! I was so exited and nervous because I knew whether or not I could run the marathon depended on if I could finish this run. I ran in Jackson while visiting, and the night before ate my "pre-race" meal. I went out with my fuel belt and ran out and backs on a bike trail. I had a lot of hip pain (looking back I think it was the shoes), but I did it! After the run I signed up for the marathon.

So March 29th I ran the Suntrust National Marathon. My goal was 4 hours, and I finished just over. Everyone told me to be careful not to start off too fast and I actually started off in 9:45... whoops! I walked 30 seconds through every water stop, regardless of if I felt I needed it.  I ended up doing my half right around 2 hours, and finishing about 30 seconds over my goal time. I really enjoyed the race and the pace,  I met a ton of cool people. I remember someone telling me to never forget this moment, and to write about it when I get home. I waited almost a year to write about it, but I don't think I'll ever forget the feeling. When I finished my mom, brother and sister-in-law were there, and laughed at me because I didn't seem tired. I couldn't WAIT to beat that time!

Since my body struggled a good bit during the training and school was busy, I took some good time off. A couple months. When I started back is when I started the blog. In July I ran an easy 5k on the track, and easily accomplished my goal. The next week I ran the 800 and was so excited to see I ran a 2:34. It's about ten seconds off of my college PR and I wasn't even training that hard. I also felt like I could go faster, and it really excited me. 

Meanwhile, I was training for the Mississippi Coast Marathon in November, slowly adding on mileage, but still sticking with three runs a week. 

In August I ran the Breakfast on the Track Mile and aimed for under 6. I ran a 5:44 (I don't know if that's a PR) and feel like this is another time that I can definitely beat.

There was a race in September that caught my eye- The Red Cross Hurricane Run. As a meteorologist, and hurricane researcher, I felt obligated! I wanted to run under 21. I ran with a friend (Michael) and when we reached the first mile marker I looked at my watch and laughed and said "6:28." It felt way to easy to run that mile, and I realized I could really turn this race into something because I was feeling so good. About half way in I passed the girl in front of me to move into first. At the three mile marker I realized that I was going to be realllllly close to achieving my goal of my running career- a 5k under 20 minutes. I ran as hard as I could and crossed at 20 FLAT!!!!! I was disappointed but happy with my PR at the same time. Maybe next time :(

In October I ran the Baltimore Half Marathon with my dad and best friend, while my brother completed his first full marathon. Our goal was to go under 1:40, and we stayed at 7:45 pace for much of the race. At mile 9 I pulled away and picked it up, dropping my pace to under 7, and finishing in 1:37. (See entry for more details). I look forward to challenging this PR! Everyone thought the course was really hard, but I didn't even feel the hills. I don't know if that means I wasn't going fast enough, or all of the Tallahassee hills have paid off!

The last race before my marathon was the Lake Caroline 15k in Jackson. Jason came to watch and my goal was to go under 1:10. I ended up going out with the first place girls, passing them at 3 miles and taking it from there! I finished in 1:02. (Detailed entry in training log). This is my fastest race according to age grade I think. It is definitely the hardest I feel like I have ever pushed myself. It's going to be tough to beat that one! I think the trick to it was that I was in such great distance shape, having just done an 18 miler for my marathon. I now know the importance of training way further than your race.

Somewhere in the mix Sasha told me I'm not running enough. So I picked up an extra easy day a week, and realized it's too late to change what I'm doing for this race. Michelle reminded me that what I do now will go towards my next marathon too, so it's not all wasted.

My marathon finally came November 29. My goal was of course to PR, but I really knew that there is no reason I shouldn't be able to do that. My REAL goal was a BQ. It was the worst I have EVER felt during a race, but I did it! Most miserable experience though, seriously. I don't know if it was the weather or all the driving before hand. (Once again, details are in the race report). Time: 3:37 and definitely beatable in the near future!

Because of my school calendar I decided to wait until Boston for 2010, and even decided not to do a spring marathon. Although now I am beginning to wish I planned on doing one. But for 2009 I really want some PRs and want to prove that I have some good times in me. I really think I have some talent in there that I haven't touched, and I want to see if that's true. I want to train more, but smart, and see what I can do. And I REALLY want that 19:59 5k!!! I also plan to run as many of the Gulf Winds Grand Prix events, and try to place in the final standards at the end of the year.

So hopefully 2009 will be a great running year like 2008. Happy new year and happy running to all! 








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