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Location:

Tallahassee,FL,United States

Member Since:

Jun 24, 2008

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

PRs:

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:


Personal:

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

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
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
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
829.00248.431077.43
Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 240.55New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 61.00Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 100.10New Brooks Blue Miles: 363.25Red Flats Miles: 35.58Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 182.30Brooks Salmon Miles: 22.50
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.003.005.00

I'm back!! After a three week hiatus due to weddings, travel, weather and illness, I am getting back into the swing of things. I am excited to get back into race shape and see what everyone else is up to. 

6 x 800 with the track club. Not as bad as I thought. Started around 3:27, last one was 3:07. It's nice to be back to my Tuesday night routine of intervals, a protein shake and a new episode of 90210 :)  And the bunny and turtle seem happy to be settled back in too.

I am not certain on my exact goals yet. I plan to run a 5k either January 31st or February 7th, depending on how quickly I feel like I'm coming back. 

Hope everyone is doing great! 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 5.00
Comments
From Kelli on Tue, Jan 06, 2009 at 22:03:52

Yeah, you are back! Glad all is well and that you had a fun break!

How is the weather?

From kelsey on Wed, Jan 07, 2009 at 11:15:20

Beautiful! Partly cloudy and 70 degrees! Although it's not good for friends of mine doing long runs for marathons right now.

From Becky W. on Thu, Jan 08, 2009 at 05:01:17

More running = More Cupcakes!

From kelsey on Thu, Jan 08, 2009 at 14:29:24

Yay Becky! Camicakes after the gate river run are going to be excellent!! Can't wait to come visit you!!!

From montelepsy on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 00:14:33

What is a Camicake? I think I want one.

From kelsey on Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 12:01:54

There's this place in Jacksonville called Camicakes that only sells cupcakes. Yeah, pretty amazing. And these aren't just any cupcakes, they're like couture cupcakes.

if you're bored:

http://www.camicakes.com/cupcakes.html

From kelsey on Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 12:02:13

so you are correct, you do want one :)

From montelepsy on Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 01:34:21

I do like being correct.

I love baked goods. Rachel and her mom have made me a snob when it comes to them. I can no longer eat brownies from a mix and the taste of margarine offends me.

If I'm ever in FL I'll definitely try those schmancy cupcakes.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.000.004.00

hill loops around San Luis

definitely getting spoiled by this beautiful weather; 65 and sunny when i finished!

New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 4.00
Comments
From Marion on Thu, Jan 08, 2009 at 11:58:32

WELCOME BACK!! I am very jealous of your nice temps! :)

From Kelli on Thu, Jan 08, 2009 at 13:28:24

I have weather envy!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

6 hilly miles at San Luis. Longest run since the marathon. Felt pretty good, hopefully that means I'll whip back into shape pretty fast.

I can't help but laugh at my big 15 miles this week. 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Kelli on Sat, Jan 10, 2009 at 17:59:14

15 is 15!!! And you will whip back into shape FAST, I am sure of that! Have a good weekend. I am going to go get some ice cream just for you!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.000.002.00

2 moderate miles followed by the core workout in the new RW.  Not sure if I like it.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 2.00
Comments
From Marion on Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:38:26

Hey you! Are you all back into the grind yet after the lazy holidays? I am ready for a cruise!!! :)

From kelsey on Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:43:38

I think we just commented each other at the same time :) I am trying to get back into the grind, but I realize my procrastination skills have improved over the holidays. I'm all about a cruise... or I'd even settle for a flight to some remote island or something, I'm not picky!

From Marion on Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 17:45:25

I'm in for the island, so long as there is a cook and a housekeeper. We can just lie on the beach and drink margarita and just lie on the beach some more! :D

From Kelli on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 17:05:45

What core workout? The one that gives you killer abs?

From kelsey on Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 21:00:50

actually i just looked up the name of the workout and it's FAST abs instead of killer abs. haha. it's more of a pilates type core workout, and i just didn't feel it. i'll give it another chance though. they had one in there last year that i liked better, i may go find it.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.003.005.00

see wednesday

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 5.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

just realized i put this workout on the wrong day! whoops, it was actually tuesday. 

 

12x400 with the track club, most around 93, fastest 83, slowest 96

 i think i pulled a tricep! 

Comments
From Nevels on Wed, Jan 14, 2009 at 11:38:57

You must have been running pretty hard to pull a tricep!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.000.004.00

 

4 moderately hard at San Luis 

What was supposed to be an easy run turned into a tempo run of sorts, because there was a fast girl on the trails that my pride couldn't let get too far away.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 4.00
Comments
From The Howling Commando on Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 19:17:17

Nice run, Kelsey! Way to show your FRB spirit! I agree that when I see someone else running, I just naturally feel like I must beat them! I too looked at the RW core workout in the Feb issue while "working" hard at the bookstore haha. I feel as though I should probably do more core work only because I'm not sure how much crunches/situps actually do for me you know?

From kelsey on Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 22:32:45

Yeah, I know what you mean. I would like to get into a good core routine to make myself stronger to avoid injury, and possibly faster. I just can't find one I really like. I just don't enjoy doing those planks and things. I think it's because I prefer to baby my knees, and those challenge them a little bit. That is probably a good thing though. I think I need to combine all the core workouts I have in different magazines and create my own.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.000.007.00

In the morning I volunteered at the local 30k race and froze for a good 4 hours (24 degrees at the start- brrrr). It was definitely some good motivation to get back into shape though, and I enjoyed ringing my cowbell and cheering people in. Not to mention the free shirt and chili :)

After a good nap and cup of coffee I went out on my run. (I waited til it was a beautiful 55 degrees).  I needed to do 7 and decided it would be really good if I added a 3 mile tempo in the middle. I think I was overestimating my abilities and only did 1.5 tempo, but it was still a decent run and on a mega-hilly course. 

3 miles easy, 1.5 @ 15k pace (10:40), 2.5 @ marathon pace = 58:46 (avg. 8:23)

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 7.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

My heart just broke watching the Ravens lose. I actually had a Super Bowl ticket (I bought it from a place that gives me most of my money back if they lose). It really stinks when I think about the opportunity that I almost got to experience. Well at least I have money to eat now. 

Comments
From barry on Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 22:44:51

In my humble opinion, i would have to say that eating is a very good thing to do. :)

From kelsey on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:26:53

Haha, yeah it's bitter sweet. I also did a little shopping to make myself feel better since I am now not completely broke :)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.750.002.75

I realized today that my GPS watch can do harm. I tried running way too fast on a day that is supposed to be really easy. And it doesn't help that I am out of shape, so I can't run at the pace I could two months ago but I try to anyway. So this is the second run in a row that I let my watch get me to run too fast. Neither of these work outs were what they were supposed to be. So for now on I will be smarter about what days I wear the watch, and need to listen to my body more than the pace written on the watch.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 2.75
Comments
From Kelli on Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:36:29

I agree about those darn things. I do not wear mine much, I just ask someone else what my pace was!

Glad you are doing well, just throw the GPS in the trash!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.003.005.00

It was so cold (hey, 35 is cold to Floridians) that the guy in charge of intervals had us do a 3 mile acceleration tempo instead of stopping in between intervals and getting cold. I am pretty happy with my times and it felt really good.

 

Mile 1: 8:12

Mile 2: 7:35

Mile 3: 6:42

(I think, need to check in my watch later) 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 5.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.500.004.50

 

what a beautiful day! 

4.5 moderately hard at San Luis. Ran the last uphill section around 7 min. pace. 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 4.50
Comments
From Kelli on Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 12:15:07

Great job on that speedy pace! And lucky you to have a beautiful day!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.001.008.00

Ran 7 easy miles around town with a friend who is running the marathon next weekend and finished up with a nice 6:40 mile on my own... I put that one in fast miles :)  Felt really good. My new race season starts in 2 weeks with a 5k, I am getting excited!

 

Cracked 20 miles this week. I'm getting there. 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 8.00
Comments
From Marion on Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 11:24:21

Nice miles!! It's so fun to run with friends!! How's the ice cream? I ate a WHOLE pint of B&J Cherry Garcia light last night. At least it was light :D

From kelsey on Sat, Jan 24, 2009 at 16:43:46

Since you asked... :) I finally finished the kind I had so it was time to go ice cream shopping. I settled on Red Velvet flavor- Vanilla ice cream with red velvet cake chunks, pecans, and cream cheese swirls. It's good, but I was slightly disappointed because I got way too excited about it. It's also full fat so I'm limiting it to only the days that I run. Light is the way to go so you can eat more and not feel guilty!

I think I want to do Edy's Double Churned Birthday Cake next. But we'll just have to see!

From Kelli on Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 11:56:59

I love red velvet cake, I have only had it ONCE!!!! That sounds so good.

Way to go on the FAST mile! WOW!!!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.250.004.25

Happy birthday Jason!! The big 2-6. I can't wait to dive into the cake I made this morning :) 


San Luis, 8:35/mile

Felt great, wanted to go further but don't want to do add too much too fast.

It felt really hot and muggy so I came back and checked the weather. 66 with 90% humidity. Exact same conditions as my marathon but 2 degrees cooler. Makes me think about how miserable that day was. Super gross. 

 

 

Saturday I want to do 15k, with a 5k warm up, 5k tempo and 5k cool down. I put that here to make myself feel more obligated. 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 4.25
Comments
From Kelli on Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 20:40:44

We will hold you to it!!! Enjoy the cake.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.003.005.00

Since I can't go to intervals tonight, I did the same workout as last week on my own. Except for the fact that it was 50 seconds faster!! 

1 mile warm up (with Jason. he finished his first complete mile! baby steps.)

3 mile accelerated tempo- 8:08, 7:12, 6:28 (that last one was pretty tough)

1 mile cool down 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 5.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.400.005.40

4 @ 8:30 at San Luis (pushed last uphill to under 7), followed by 1.4 easy with Jason

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 5.40
Comments
From Kelli on Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 16:55:22

Uphill under 7??? WOW!

From kelsey on Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 15:48:56

well that was only for like 1/2 a mile :) i'm hunting a 5k PR this spring, so i'm just trying to work up my lactic acid tolerance. so on my easy days i just push it beyond comfort for a short distance, although i doubt it really makes a difference.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.203.109.30

Perfect running day- dry and 55 degrees. Since I committed myself to doing a 15k with a 5k tempo today, I was forced to do it. I didn't want to have to deal with the wrath of Kelli! :)

5k warm up- 27:48 (8:58/mile)

5k tempo- 21:02 (6:47/mile)!!! I am really excited about this. Stuck around 6:20 during the flat areas but slowed to 7:20s during the uphill. Don't get me wrong, it was really hard, but I think I am getting close to a 20 flat. Next week I will start around 6:30 pace and go from there, hoping for under 20:30. I didn't expect to be running this fast so soon, so I am really happy.

5k cool down- 26:48 (8:39/mile)

15k total- 1:15:38, avg 8:08/mile

 

There are a few more things I want to take from this work out. One is that I should not skimp on the warm up for 5ks, and now I see that an easy three mile warm up or so does not hurt me, and probably helps me. Also, I want to get more comfortable with the idea of running miles under 7 rather than thinking it's fast. I think I have some good times in me, and hope I stay healthy to see some of them this year.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 9.30
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.006.00

Mile repeats tonight:

6:31, 6:18, 6:02

 

Mile repeats the week before my 5k PR (20 flat):

6:52, 6:52, 6:45 

 

Let's hope that means there are big things in store for this weekend!!! 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

8:27/mile

 

i'm doing the push up challenge some people are doing on here! i think it was kathie that brought it up. i'm on week 1 day 2. here is the link to my progress.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Marion on Thu, Feb 05, 2009 at 12:07:43

Speedy girl! :) How are the temps?

From kelsey on Thu, Feb 05, 2009 at 12:27:12

it was actually pretty cold today! it got down to 14 last night, a record low. so i waited til 11:00 to run, but with the wind chill it was probably close to 30. although 30 is warm for y'all so i shouldn't complain!

From Kelli on Thu, Feb 05, 2009 at 21:25:06

We were actually warmer than that today, well at noon anyway! I thin it was 35 when we ran at 5:15 this mooring. It was downright warm for us!

Good luck on the push-up challenge. This will be my third attempt, but I have done two days so far!

From kelsey on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:08:03

Kelli- Did you do day 3? It was actually pretty hard for me, especially compared to the last two. Not sure why. Maybe I shouldn't move on to week 2.

From Kelli on Sun, Feb 08, 2009 at 17:27:45

I had a hard time with day 3 as well! I thought that was a pretty big jump from day 2 to day 3. I eeked them all out, but the last few were VERY slow and probably not the best form. I am going to move on to week 2 and see what happens. I am WORRIED!

Race: Run For the Cookies 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:19:46, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 2
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.503.106.60

I FINALLY got my biggest running goal I have set for myself- under 20 in the 5k. It only took 12 years!  I thought I would get it this year but didn't think it would be my first race of the year, only training for about 5 weeks. I really hope this means I'll see some great times in 2009, especially once I get my mileage up.

 

Mile 1: 6:11- Felt really good, I could have gone faster but knew I shouldn't.

Mile 2: 6:30- 1/2 mile of slight uphill. I knew it was going to slow me down. Worried me a bit because I knew I didn't have much time to spare. Felt pretty hard.

Mile 3: 6:14- Felt OK, not great. Slight downhill for a little while so I was able to push it. 

Overall I am happy with how I raced. I knew the second mile would be the breaking point, and I am glad I was able to keep it together. It was a tough race and I definitely pushed myself.

For placing second in my age group I got 2 boxes of girl scout cookies! I went for samoas and thin mints. I also got a box of the lemon chalet creams when I registered. I already ate some of the cookies and a pizza buffet to celebrate!


I plan on running next weekend hard if the course is somewhat flat and the weather is nice. Would like to go for 19:45. I want to run under 19:30 at Palace Saloon in April.

 

Here I am finishing up! 

 

FINALLLYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.60
Comments
From allie on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 12:35:11

awesome race!!! sub-20...very impressive! you rock kelsey!

From montelepsy on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 12:43:04

Nice job on the run! I do question your choice of cookies, though. Tagalongs are far superior.

From josse on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 15:24:18

Great job, I think the 5k distance is tough. Way to get that goal.

From rockness18 on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 15:41:32

Awesome run...under 20 minutes is quite an accomplishment.

From Marion on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 17:42:21

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You did SO awesome! I am so proud of you! Enjoy those cookies. You deserve them. I wish you were closer, I am making tamales as soon as I can get my bum off of the sofa!

From Burt on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 18:05:34

I disagree Mike. Thin Mints are the right choice.

So great job on the sub 20 and great job on the cookie selection...!

From Marion on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 18:17:47

Which ones have the peanut butter?

From kelsey on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 18:31:49

Thanks everyone! I really feel like there's a weight off my shoulders getting under the 20 minute mark.

As for the cookies, growing up I over did it on the Thin Mints and Tagalongs (the peanut butter ones, Marion), which is why I got the lemon creams when I registered. They're pretty good. Then for my prize everyone was telling me to try Samoas. I probably should have gone with Tagalongs instead. Moral of the story- stick with the old faithfuls- Thin Mints and Tagalongs.

Too bad I didn't win, she got 5 boxes!!

From Marion on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 18:35:06

OK- thin mints used to be #1- now I have converted to the tag-a-longs. I am a peanut butter fiend, as my 5 year old is deathly allergic. You always crave what you can't have :)

From kelsey on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 18:55:11

It looks like we're all in agreement then- Thin Mints and Tagalongs rock!!

From Burt on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 22:01:29

It may be a weight off your shoulders, but keep eating those cookies and you know where that weight will go...

From kelsey on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:05:49

haha, so true. and you can imagine how hard it is to sit around knowing those cookies are in my kitchen!

From twinkies on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:14:08

Congratulations. A new PR is always great. You will be the one to beat in 2009

From barry on Sat, Feb 07, 2009 at 23:33:35

Congratulations, that is awesome! I see some more PR for you this year.

From ChrisM on Sun, Feb 08, 2009 at 11:53:36

Well done on getting the sub 20 minutes - I can remember myself trying to (and eventually running) a sub 20! Enjoy the prize you got for getting second. ONce you get more miles in and race a couple more 5ks I'm sure you'll see your times come down

From MichelleL on Sun, Feb 08, 2009 at 16:35:35

Hey great job! That's a hard barrier to break. Any cookie with chocolate sounds good to me.

From Snoqualmie on Sun, Feb 08, 2009 at 16:45:08

Congratulations! A wonderful race report. We all share your joy.

From nicole on Sun, Feb 08, 2009 at 22:19:06

That is AWESOME! Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment.

From Dad on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 07:06:37

I've been busy. This lets me keep up with your running. Congrats, I'm very proud of you. Looks like you are in the zone.

From RivertonPaul on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 18:43:34

Belated congrats!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.000.008.00

gotta love a gorgeous 74 degree february day!

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 8.00
Comments
From Marion on Mon, Feb 09, 2009 at 18:05:17

I am weeping in jealousy :) You live in the most beautiful place on earth. Nice miles!

From Kelli on Mon, Feb 09, 2009 at 18:44:58

Can you say---nevermind. I will not say it. You are lucky!

Did you start week two of the push up challenge??? Day 3 scares me.

From kelsey on Mon, Feb 09, 2009 at 19:33:55

Don't worry ladies, I definitely made the most of the beautiful weather :)

Kelli- I do my pushups Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday so I will start week 2 tomorrow... and I am scared as well! I hope I can keep up with what the workouts want me to do.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.503.006.50

4x1200 with the track club

4:50, 4:44, 4:37, 4:27

I stayed with some people tonight that I have never been able to stay with before, but they are not in top shape. I am not yet either though, so I am hoping I improve with them and can stay up there. 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.50
Comments
From Kelli on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 20:03:44

AWESOME!!! You must be super scary when you are in top shape!

From Nevels on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 20:26:09

Good workout. A good 400m workout can be one of the most universally beneficial workouts; they can help everyone from 100m runners to ultra runners. Given the 5k time you just posted, I suspect you'll be doing a lot of running with people you've never kept up with before, and if you keep doing workouts like this, you'll be in awesome shape in a few months!

Solid running.

From kelsey on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 20:53:27

Kelli- Thanks... I have no idea what to expect when I get into shape this time but I sure hope you are right :) I did week 2 day 1 today... I am really hoping I don't have to switch to girl push ups to keep up!

Nevels- Thanks for the kind words. I just realized that I wrote 12x400 but we actually did 4x1200 today. I'll have to fix that. We alternate workouts every week though and I agree, I think the 400 intervals and mile intervals are probably the most beneficial. They definitely make you tougher and push you past your comfort zone. I hope you are right about the next few months, I am really hoping for a good year. Thanks for your inspiration- in both your words and your running!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

That did not go very well. Hopefully I'll get the weights off my feet before Saturday.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Nevels on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 11:53:59

That kind of run happens to me a couple of days before most of my PR attempts (and usually again during the warmup the morning of the event), so don't worry too much about it. Once that gun goes off, the weight will be lifted from your legs, and you'll fly...

From montelepsy on Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 12:58:38

Probably due to the somoas...

Race: Rush to Brush 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:19:23, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.106.10

New PR!!!!! Before last week I hadn't even gone under 20, so this was a really big race for me! I think my new goal is to go under 19 by the end of the year, which will be really tough. I can't believe it's even a possibility.

It was a pretty nice day; overcast, light wind and 56 degrees. I thought there was a chance the wind could be a problem. For a warm up I did part of the course and realized it was rolling hills. I didn't think I'd even go under 20 because of the hills and light wind. The hills ended up being pretty awesome, the uphill was a little tough (especially the last one) but they were always followed by a downhill. I kept glancing at my watch, and during the uphill I was abloe to keep 6:30 pace for the most part. I really loved the course and for the most part felt really strong. I think I prefer rolling hills to a flat course.

So when we started I planned to run around 6:10-6:15 for the first mile, and then hold it as long as I could. I also wanted to keep first place in sight. Two girls started off faster than me, but I was able to pass them within about the first mile. They were young, and will be very talented in a few years (not that they aren't already).

Mile splits: 6:13, 6:07, 6:14

My "bests" were 5:17 during the first and second miles, 5:24 during the third mile, and 4:52 during my downhill sprint to the finish. That's kind of neat to see because it shows I used the downhill. I liked the downhill finish, it made me feel strong, and it was great seeing Jason's smiling face at the finish line because he knew I ran way faster than I expected. I gave him a high five as I crossed the line.

When they announced my time during the awards ceremony the director said "Kelsey from Tallahassee, Florida... you know she's not from around here if she's running a time like that." That made me feel fast :)  

My friends Matt, Jeff, and Scott ran as well, and all did awesome! It was fun running with different people, and we got to see each other a couple times on the course due to the little loops and turn arounds.

 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 3.00
Comments
From rockness18 on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 15:04:02

Great run! You're going to get a ton of pr's this year.

From Nevels on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 15:49:27

Congrats on another solid PR

From allie on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 17:09:57

nice job!!! you just keep getting faster. amazing!

From Burt on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 17:30:01

So I was looking through the race reports, and I thought for sure this was your report from last week. Then I clicked on the person under you, and it was from this week. So I decided I better come back to see if this was a new race.

Wow! Back to back PR's. Congratulations on the victory. Glad you didn't run in my race today. :)

From twinkies on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 17:54:16

Two PR's two weekends in a row. Your amazing. Do you get cookies with your victory at this race?

From Kelli on Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 18:14:53

WOW!!!!! Awesome run Kelsey, you are one speedy chick-a-roo! Enjoy some ice cream on me!!!

From Nathan Bundy on Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 00:35:17

Thanks for the encouragement! You did awesome in your race as well! Keep it up!

You have quite the race schedule there... You rock!

From Nevels on Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 14:08:06

I just noticed the race that you ran; was it the Rush to Brush 5k in Jackson, MS? If it was, this is the first year since they started the race that I haven't run it, and I agree, it is a somewhat difficult course, which makes the PR all the more impressive. If you can PR on that course, you'll blaze some awesome times on flatter courses...

From MichelleL on Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 16:27:30

Impressive performance! You're on a nice improvement curve. It should mean sub 19's in your near future.

From kelsey on Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 16:32:54

Thanks everyone :)

And Kelli, don't worry, I got a milkshake right after the race!

Twinkies, sadly there were no cookies. It was actually the complete opposite of cookies- a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss!

Nevels, yep that's the race. I'm in Jackson for the weekend. That's funny that you've done it too. I really enoyed the energy coming down the hills, they helped pull you up the next one. Except the last uphill, that one got me. But I hope you are right about faster times to come!

From Ruthie on Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 17:17:54

Yay, another fast girl! Congrats on a great race! Keep working, you'll be breaking 19 in no time.

From Marion on Mon, Feb 16, 2009 at 00:06:53

YEAH Kelsey! That is SO awesome! Your outfit duped the other runners. I think the obnoxious colors are an advantage. You have got to post a picture! You are the first winner of a race in the RED HOT PINK CHICKS CLUB!!! Way to go!!!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.700.006.70

Ran 6 miles on the Natchez Trace, then .7 easy with Jason. 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 6.70
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.002.007.00

I had a bad headache last night so opted out of intervals with the Track Club, and instead did solo speedwork today. I forgot how much harder it is to do it on your own. It turned out to be a good workout though.

2 miles easy, 800 on/800 off for 4 miles, 1 mile easy

800 "on" splits: 2:57, 2:55, 2:51, 2:43   

I really want to start getting more miles in, but I am being patient and following the "10% rule."

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 7.00
Comments
From kristel on Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 21:25:19

That marathon was a little tough for me...the rain, the humidity and the long boring stretches. I did great the first 20 miles then I guess I just lost it! Oh well. I'm trying to get into a 20k trail run in MS for March (registration is closed, we will see) and I am thinking I may do the Nashville Marathon. It takes so much time training with the long runs....right now I'm kind of liking the 13 milers!

From Kelli on Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 15:39:45

Patience is good, really! Great job on the run, your times always amaze me!!!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.000.0010.00

8:30 avg

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 10.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.000.007.00

7 on the trails to give the joints a break.

 

School is a mess right now. Ughhhhhhh. 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 7.00
Comments
From montelepsy on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 08:53:12

When school is a fond memory, will you insist people call you Dr. Kelsey? I make people call me Dr. now, but it's due to my basketball skills.

From Snoqualmie on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 11:38:16

Hang in there! I'm sure the running helps - good miles. :)

From Nevels on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 22:00:58 from 75.143.67.69

I feel your pain.

trail running helps

From Kelli on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 23:18:01 from 71.219.80.124

I am so glad that part of my life is over!!!! But now I have to be a grown up which also has its draw backs!

You are awesome, keep plugging along!

From kelsey on Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 20:21:48 from 98.230.3.218

Hahaha, I love the thought of a "Dr of Basketball." I don't think I'll be called Dr often, just because making them call me Dr. sounds like I think they are inferior. But you with your basketball skills is a different story, because you truly are superior!

Thanks for the support everyone, I'm just trying to get a lot done these next few weeks... while attempting to keep my sanity!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.006.00

6x800 with GWTC. I was able to stay with the fast girl (Micah) again, which made me feel good. I hope to hang onto her for a sub-19 5k later in the year. I needed a good run after the day I had.

3:03, 3:03, 2:57, 2:57, 2:52, 2:43 

 

It has been a surreal day. I found out this afternoon that a professor of mine at Mississippi State committed suicide last night. He left behind a wife, teenage girl, a 6-year old autistic girl, and a 3-year old boy. Not to mention plenty of students. He was a goofy man who had a fun, sarcastic personality until the last couple years. It seems like the wiring in his head went wrong or something. I am struggling with this more than I would have thought I would. For any different reasons. For myself I am going through the grief of the memories, and the sadness for his loss of life. I also feel bad for my friends at Mississippi State, who are with his wife and children right now, and have been since midnight last night, trying to hold up the pieces of what he left behind.  For his family, I feel so bad that they are left to fend without their father/husband, and to deal with grief no one should have to deal with. For him, I feel so bad that he was hurting so bad that this was his only option left. Although, I think it was more "craziness" than "sadness." I also struggle with the idea of heaven and hell and where his actions (committing suicide) sent him. I pray that God recognizes him for the good he did before things began to really spiral downhill the past few years. I hope he finally found peace, and that his family and friends can eventually find theirs as well.

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 6.00
Comments
From barry on Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 12:14:44 from 67.61.234.251

I am so sorry to hear about the death of your teacher. Death is never an easy thing to go through, but with Gods help we can go through anything! If you need someone to talk to I am here. I can give you my personal e-mail if you would like to talk in private. You and your teacher and his family will be in my prayers.

Barry

From josse on Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 15:14:30 from 75.216.197.68

I use to struggle with the idea of suicide, but I don't anymore. After knowing some people that took their own lives I have put more thought into it. The more my life goes by the more trials I go through and pain I experience. I can only imagine the pain they are going through to take their own life. It must be pretty numbing.

I believe we have a very forgiving Heavenly Father, only he knows what we are going through and how to help. I think that the punishment that the person will receive form taking their life is watching their loved ones move on and live life without them.

Hang in there Kelsey, time like these are when we learn the most:)

From kelsey on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 19:05:01 from 98.230.3.218

Barry and Josse- Thanks for your kind words. You are both so right, and Josse I love how you explained your beliefs. I know you are going through a tough time right now, but your faith and strength are amazing.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.253.7511.00

Laps around San Luis, 1.25 miles each...

3 laps warm up (about 11:30 each)

3 tempo- 9:56, 9:23, 8:40 (the last was under 7 min. pace! not bad for hilly trails) 

switched it up for the cool down because people were looking at me funny because i kept running in circles 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 11.00
Comments
From britta on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 14:29:22 from 72.130.125.122

Nice work out today!!! What is your next race?

From kelsey on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 15:05:33 from 128.186.154.137

Thanks! I'm already feeling sore, so it must have been better than I thought!

My next race is a 10k next weekend. It is my first since I really understood distance running, so as long as I don't get hurt, puke or pass out it should be an automatic PR :) That's always nice!

From allie on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:51:50 from 208.110.141.10

nice running. i liked your comment that you were "running in circles"

i thought people were giving me funny looks today too. i will take running in circles over running nowhere (treadmill) any day. :)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

New recipe that is so good I have to share. Even better than the muffins, if you can believe it.

 

Baked Chocolate-Stuffed Strawberries (haha yeah that good)

All you need: Strawberries, chocolate chips, optional whipped cream 

 

Take your strawberries and pull off the top. Use a small spoon (I actually use a knife carefully) and scoop out some innards . On the bottom the the strawberry, take a knife and cut a small amount of the tip off; enough so that the end is flat and can stand up on its own, but not enough to cause a hole to see through.

Stuff the strawberries with chocolate chips. I think minis work even better because they melt thoroughly. You can also use chocolate shavings. (Optional: Sprinkle with sugar before baking. I don't think it's necessary.)

Stand them on a baking pan and bake in a 400 degree oven about 10-12 minutes or until strawberries look softer and chocolate is melted.  

Serve warm with whipped cream or cool whip. Yummmm.

 

Credit: Rachael Ray 

 

 

 

Also in non-running news, this is what I have been working on for the past year. Just a rough draft. 99% of hurricane research is done using a data set 1850 til now. My goal is to reconstruct past hurricane tracks that have been cited in newspapers, ship logs, etc., by basing them off of modern tracks that hit similar areas. This is a map of the 1766 hurricane season according to the tracks I digitized. I'll stop talking because I am sure no one is reading this, plus it probably only makes sense to me. But this is what I do. These tracks (although only estimates) have never been seen before! 

 

 

Comments
From Marion on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 21:54:34 from 71.213.114.30

Holy CRUD Kelsey! They sound great! I am going to have to try them as soon as the strawberries are back in full force.

How are you doing these days?

From kelsey on Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 22:03:06 from 98.230.3.218

Haha well I will send you a reminder later in Spring. We had some pretty decent ones here so I went for them. I made these for dessert tonight.

I am doing well, but of course school is driving me nuts... 50% because of the cray workload, 50% because I just want to be DONE! But I don't want to be in the job market right now anyway, so I guess I am better off!!! I am just working on being thankful for the many many many blessings in my life... I definitely don't have the right to complain!

From Nevels on Sun, Mar 01, 2009 at 19:50:48 from 75.143.74.136

That's a cool research area. Where are you getting your hurricane data from that era? Ships' logs?

From kelsey on Sun, Mar 01, 2009 at 19:59:37 from 98.230.3.218

Thanks! Yup, I am using a data set that someone else put together based on ship logs and newspapers. It has 373 storms from 1700-1850. Each storm has a few points it hit, like "Puerto Rico and Florida," so I am making tracks based on what recent storms did that hit both of those points. It's pretty exciting in a nerdy way!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

6 easy with my friend Michael. Could feel Thursday's run a little bit. It's getting warm- 75 degrees today. A cold front will be coming through tonight though. I'm going to enjoy the cool weather while it lasts.

30 miles this week. Finally! Slowly but surely... 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Marion on Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 14:15:29 from 71.213.107.31

30... Woo Hoo! You are woman hear you roar!! Dang it sister :) So how much ice cream do you get for 30 miles???

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.000.008.00

I took some inspiration from Marion for my after-run smoothie. In addition to my usual fruit (today- fresh strawberries and half of a frozen banana), milk, and vanilla protein mix, I added some carrots and a piece of kale. (Both of which belonged to my bunny- Sorry, Lewis, I'll get you more!) The consistency was a little weird, but the taste wasn't bad. Couldn't really taste the rabbit food, which is good.

Time for new shoes, after I run in either pair my joints are hurting. I have a new pair that was waiting for this moment. Will start running in them Thursday. 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 8.00
Comments
From Kelli on Thu, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:45:46 from 71.219.75.10

Maybe if you cooked the rabbit food the consistency would not be off?

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.006.00

3 x 1 mile

6:21, 6:13, 6:03 (give or take a second)

better than my last mile repeats, so i have high hopes for this weekend! i wish it was a 5k instead of a 10k. 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From kristel on Wed, Mar 04, 2009 at 15:25:32 from 68.227.147.42

Pretty fast!!! great job. Love those morning smoothies. I have a great recipe that we drink every morning...

spinach, kale, banana, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and oj. It is SO good!

From kelsey on Thu, Mar 05, 2009 at 13:27:09 from 68.35.237.127

thanks :)

that smothie sounds great! i need to work on routinely putting veggies in mine.

From allie on Fri, Mar 06, 2009 at 12:57:04 from 208.110.141.10

good luck with your race this weekend. it has been fun seeing your progress through your races this year. you will do great. run your legs off!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 6.00
Race: TRBC 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:41:38, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.806.208.00

Wooo my first Gulf Winds Grand Prix win!!! Or Winston Cup Series as Jason likes to call it :)

I was aiming for under 42 minutes, Per mile I was just aiming to stay around 6:45 or under. I also wanted some grand prix points.

From the start I felt horrendous. My calves were on fire, my legs felt heavy so my feet were hitting really hard and I just felt really uncoordinated. I could not get into the pace, it felt really hard.  But I just kept looking at my Garmin and knew I had the ability to run at that pace, so I trusted my training and went with it. The 5k and 10k started together so when we parted after a mile or two I had no idea where I was in the race. I had two other girls around me, and we ran together for a mile or so, then around mile 3 it was me and another girl and someone yelled out "First two girls right here!" That's when I realized it was going to be a race. FINALLY around mile 4 I felt myself get into a rhythm and begin to feel comfortable with the pace. The other girl suddenly dropped back, so I was just left to stay strong and run my own race. Pretty difficult course, the hills felt great until the last 2 miles or so, those hills were a little painful. So my time is not all that great but compared to the other people know I was just where I needed to be, maybe even a little faster.

My splits:

6:49 (tough start, I was stuck behind some people)

6:39

6:43

6:34

6:42

6:37

Pretty steady, so i am happy with that. All in all, I guess I set out to do exactly what I wanted, plus got a win out of it! I would be more excited with a faster time, but with this course I am okay with it, and I am proud of myself for persisting through the difficulties of the first few miles. 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.20New Brooks Blue Miles: 1.80
Comments
From Bec on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 11:07:07 from 67.172.225.134

Girl you rock! Look at those splits, HELLO! Way to go on the 10k, keep it up!

From allie on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 11:15:04 from 208.110.141.10

C-O-N-G-R-A-T-S! wow! you just keep winning! and you are running so well! way to tough out the first few miles.

WAY TO GO

From Marion on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 11:43:37 from 71.219.48.57

You are AWESOME!!! I am so proud of you! That is an amazing win :D Whoo hoo!!! You are the woMAN!!!!

From rockness18 on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 12:05:11 from 75.16.162.226

Great running! Your training is definitely paying off.

From JD on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 12:24:17 from 64.65.159.206

Holy smokes you're fast! Congrats on the win!

From twinkies on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 12:26:26 from 207.155.176.10

Great job on another win. You had some very consistent miles for a hilly course. Way to go.

From barry on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 15:23:09 from 75.174.7.143

Wow, you rock! That is awesome. What is your secret to your success?

From Burt on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 23:06:36 from 98.167.151.26

Geez! Very consistent and very speedy!

From Kelli on Sat, Mar 07, 2009 at 23:16:15 from 71.219.97.142

Super great job! That is so stinkin' fast! You deserve much ice cream for that run!

From montelepsy on Sun, Mar 08, 2009 at 09:24:38 from 155.85.58.253

Did you take two pairs of shoes to this on purpose? Did you ditch the other pair in a bush or wear them around your neck while you took first? Winners are strange.

From MichelleL on Sun, Mar 08, 2009 at 11:38:03 from 67.41.191.61

Great splits, and I think you've got a faster 10k in you, have you a flatter 10k in your future?

From josse on Sun, Mar 08, 2009 at 17:27:34 from 70.193.135.141

Congrats on the win. 5 and 10 k's are stinkers in my book. It is good to see that you are tackling them with a win. Keep up the good work and more PR's will come.

From jtshad on Mon, Mar 09, 2009 at 08:00:26 from 69.20.133.136

Congrats on the win and running a strong race even when you didn't start out feeling into it.

From kelsey on Mon, Mar 09, 2009 at 12:49:48 from 68.35.237.127

Thanks everyone :)

Barry- I think it's the ice cream!

Montelespy- I was in a predicament with the shoe choice for this race. So I warmed up in new shoes, but raced in my older ones. Sorry, I put them in my car, not around my neck. You are too observant for your own good.

Michelle- Thanks, I really hope to run a faster 10k especially since I am still a month or two away from being in really good shape. I have another in a few weeks but the course described as "challenging." So maybe I can just hope to beat this week's time. I have a 15k this weekend and I am definitely not in shape to race 9 miles... should be interesting!

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Mar 09, 2009 at 13:40:55 from 64.81.245.109

Congratulations on the win.

Suggestions for improvement.

Looking at your 5 K speed - you should be able to run a low 3:00 in the marathon with proper training at the very least. However in order for that to happen you need to train 6 days a week and run long in each run. In your current situation speed work would not be very productive because your performance even in the 5 K is not being limited by speed. What you would benefit the most is base mileage.

From what I remember you said earlier you run low mileage because you are injury-prone. In that case, you can try cross-training for the remainder of the target mileage. So you run 3-4 days a week 6 miles a day, for example, and then additionally you bike hard for an hour and a half on the days you do not run, and for 45 minutes on the days you do. Something like that. Ideally, first max out the running mileage by backing off the pace. Run 9:30 pace if you have to, but get through as many miles as your body can handle injury-free first. Then cross-train for the rest of the mileage.

Additionally - a strict sleeping schedule and a strict observance of a healthy diet can go a long way in injury prevention. We all know what we should do, the reason so few succeed is that most people do not have the discipline to do what they should day after day, no skipping, no excuses, no exceptions.

When talking to girls about diet it is important to make a clarification, so I'll make it just in case. A healthy diet does not mean you do not eat, or eat like a small rodent, it means you eat a lot of good stuff to satiation - fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, a little bit of light meat. No garbage, though, you can sure burn it if you exercise but it weakens the bones, and if nothing else just takes room that should have been used for something more nutritious - after all you can only eat that much.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.000.008.00

I'm just going to pretend like that one didn't happen.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 8.00
Comments
From britta on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 15:48:03 from 72.130.122.244

How Come?

From kelsey on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 20:03:21 from 68.35.237.127

My legs have been in a slump lately, and felt especially bad for this run. I hope it goes away soon!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.006.00

6x800 with the track club. I am still feeling pretty bad on my runs and I have no idea why. I was able to stay with Micah again but it was much harder and the 800s were a little bit slower. I don't know how to explain it. Definite burning in my calves, and just all over fatigue. After 4 miles in my race it finally went away, and after 5 800s today.  The first few miles I run are miserable. Maybe the stress of my comps coming up is getting to me. Regardless, I can push through it all (although not fun) enough to run times that are fairly close to where I should be, but it requires a lot more effort. 

I decided to take it really easy this weekend for Gate Rive Run. My goals this year are focused on the Grand Prix for my track club (since it's my last full year in Tallahassee), and a marathon, so this race is just for fun. I am also in no shape to PR and there is absolutely no way  could place in my age group since the race is so competitive. So I think I'll just pick a pace (maybe 7-7:15) and just try to hold it.  

Hopefully that will make me feel better sooner, and I can run a decent 10k in a few weeks. 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Nevels on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 20:43:55 from 131.204.15.93

Whenever I get in good distance shape, I tend to experience something similar. I just feel slow, sluggish, and sloppy for the first 6-8 miles, and then I'm fine. I don't know if it's a good thing or not, but it does usually indicate relatively high fitness levels (in my "experiment of one," at least). Keep up the solid training; you're in great shape, running consistently fast times lately, so if you can manage to push through it, I think you'll have some truly awesome times in the relatively near future.

From Burt on Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 21:57:38 from 68.76.197.194

There's a topic about this in the Discussion Board. Check it out.

From kelsey on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 10:47:14 from 68.35.237.127

Thanks for letting me know, Burt.

Nevels, I hope you are right. Since I know I am not overtraining (my mileage is still really low) I don't think there is any harm in pushing though it, so hopefully it will pass. I felt a lot better today (Thursday).

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

Took it reallllly easy (started out around 9:20 pace). Felt decent for the first 4 miles, no pain, feet weren't landing hard. Last 2 actually felt good. Looked down at my watch and I had sped up to 8:45 without knowing it. Wasn't a challenge like the last few runs.

I'm still going to count the race this weekend as a good workout, not push too hard, and try to enjoy it. I am excited to go to Jacksonville to visit Becky (yay!!!!!), eat cup cakes, and celebrate my last couple days of freedom before comps next week. I think this is the biggest race I have ever run in, should be a good time.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Bonnie on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 22:03:33 from 71.210.101.173

Have fun this weekend! Comps are the worst part - as soon as they are over the rest is smooth sailing (though it sometimes won't feel like it I have to admit).

I threated (to all my friends) to wear a Denny's waitress uniform to my oral exams - and start off with something like, "just in case the statistics thing doesn't work out".

From kelsey on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 17:40:11 from 98.230.3.218

Hahaha. Thanks, I hope they go well! And regardless of how it goes, they will be OVER so that is exciting! The only bad part is I have to wait 3 weeks until I defend my answers at oral comps, but at least I'll have more time to prepare.

Race: Gate River Run 15k (9.3 Miles) 01:03:43, Place overall: 65, Place in age division: 22
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.409.309.70

I planned on taking this race way easier, but it was just too easy to get swept into the excitement. The top 300 runners (of 12,000?) got VIP treatment at the starting line, and I was one of them! It made me feel so important, and I just couldn't go out there and run 7 minute miles or more like my original plan.

So I went out and actually ran a pretty tough race. Mile 1 felt okay, then miles 2-4.5 or so my calves started burning really bad. I even thought a couple times "what if I can't finish." I really wish I could figure out what was wrong with them. Maybe I need to get a massage and get them worked on? I actually think I had this problem once in college, I'll explain at a later date.

Once my calves started feeling better I was able to pick it up a little bit and get comfortable with the pace. The only major hill was when we ran across the bridge around mile 8-8.5. It slowed me up a little but I passed people, and then I flew down the other side of the bridge and in to the finish. I passed four or five girls at this point. I was shocked at my endurance; my major concern going into the race was the distance. But if my calves felt better I may have been able to PR, even though it was a tougher course. For my next race (a 10k) I think I am going to warm up a lot and hope I get all of the pain out during my warm up.

It was really fun running through Jacksonville. When we ran through some of the neighborhoods everyone was in their front yard tailgating with mimosas and tons of food, cheering all of us on (our names were on our numbers). There were a lot of bands and entertainment along the course. The course would have been cooler if we could see anything... it was realllly foggy the whole time.  I highly recommend this event. It was very organized, and if you can get into the top 300 seeds it is really exciting at the start! I received a hat that says "top 10% finisher."

5k splits:

21:15

21:32

20:56 

 

An extra special thanks to Becky (and Dallas of course) for letting me stay in their beauuuutiful beach front condo :)  

New Brooks Blue Miles: 9.70
Comments
From allie on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 17:47:19 from 208.110.141.10

great race today kelsey! sounds like a fun event.

From Marion on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 17:51:47 from 71.213.107.184

Way to go baby! You are just a little speedster aren't you! Darn it! I am so proud of you and can't wait to see all the details :) WAY TO GO!!!

From Bonnie on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 18:30:28 from 71.210.101.173

Great job Kelsey! Especially since you didn't think you were going to run hard. The calf pain is tough, I get regular cross-friction work (or tough massages) done on my legs, I really believe it has helped me a lot. Do you always warm-up for such a short time before you race?

From Kelli on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 18:41:32 from 71.219.76.202

Chalk up another amazing run! You are a fabulous runner and just always amaze me! There is NO WAY you eat as much ice cream as I do, it would slow you down too much! I think it would be so cool to get the VIP treatment like that. At marathons the elite have their own porta potties and they NEVER have to wait in line, that is worth it right there!

I hope you get the calf pain figured out soon!

From Burt on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 19:58:40 from 98.167.151.26

Way to not disappoint! You're a great runner.

From Becky on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 22:09:05 from 70.91.148.141

I knew it! Camicakes are the secret! Next year I will actually let you rest pre-race! :)

From twinkies on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 22:26:13 from 207.155.176.10

Running with 12000 other people must have been quite a rush. You probably had runners close by you the entire race. Great job.

From cp8010 on Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 22:52:50 from 66.177.53.225

Congrats on a great race. It was perfect weather - after all the worries that it was going to be hot.

I have run this race a few times (since 1992) and it just gets better (and busier) each year. If you stay around Tallahassee until next Feb., think about running the Donna Marathon or 1/2 - another well run race!

You did amazing - what a great time!!!

Best of luck to you.

From kelsey on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 19:31:15 from 68.35.237.127

Allie, Marion and Burt- Thanks for the continued support!

Kelli- If I lived closer I would challenge you to a contest.

Bonnie- I usually warm up further, but I was worried about the distance aspect of this event, so I saved it for the race. I am going to warm up 3-4 miles for my next race and hope I can get the muscles really warmed up beforehand. I think I may have to try those massages!

twinkies- I definitely loved having all the people around me. I looove talking to other runners and the volunteers and entertainers while running, so this was a great race for me.

cp8010- (Sorry, don't know your name!) Glad you enjoyed the race as well. The weather was pretty nice; the fog was very eerie when crossing the bridge!

From Kelli on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 20:40:57 from 71.219.76.202

You could beat me running, but I am sure I could get you with the ice cream! I could live on it!!! You are awesome!

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A long-winded update on my calves (Any input is greatly appreciated):

I can feel tightness in my right calf even when just sitting today. It is actually lower and towards the outside of my leg, slightly different than the spot that burns while running.

I have looked up anything I can find about calf problems while running. Most websites attribute it to shoes, over-use injuries, or relatively weak calf muscles or shins.  Since I have had the same type of shoes through 5 pairs of shoes now, and my training has definitely not increased too quickly and I am still only running 30 miles a week, I am thinking that it is due to weakness in my muscles.  I am running faster more often these days, so it could have something to do with that as well. Suggestions include calf strengthening exercises including lots of wall push-ups and calf raises.

If it is due to other reasons most websites say not to run through the pain because it will only make it worse. Luckily since my comps start tomorrow, I will probably only be able to run three days this week. I plan to go long and slow, and hope to not feel much pain. (Although I did feel pain during an easy run last week). I will try to get on a bike on my off days, but since I get 24 hours to answer each set of questions, I most likely won't be able to spend any of those hours at the gym. But we will see how it goes.

I think I had this problem when I was running in college (about 6 years ago...I'm getting old!).  I think I blocked it out because I don't really remember the specific pain (although I think it may have been this same burning sensation), all I really remember is having to go to the trainer to get my calves worked on, having one trainer on each leg, and leaving in tears. (Don't worry, I didn't let them see me cry). 

I'll update on Tuesday when I will be done 1/3 of my written exams! Yay! 

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From Marion on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 20:09:35 from 71.213.125.164

I am the queen of calf trouble. It is caused in me by running on my toes. Up hill causes toe running. Racing really kills my calves too. Biking will use the calves and irritate them. Down dog is a good stretch. Give them a week to heal, running is ok, just take it easy and stop to stretch. Up hill hurts them more than down hill. IF they don't improve over the week, GO SEE A DOC. Mine get really tight and painful (down low is the worst) and then if I am not cautious, they will easily rupture. There are tons of good calf stretches on line. This info will only help if it is your calf muscle. I also like using a rolling pin on them too.

From barry on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 20:42:13 from 75.174.5.124

I am sorry for not telling you sooner that you did awesome on your race yesterday!! I think i need some of that ice cream you eat, then maybe i could keep up with you in a race :). For your calf problem, what i use is called a form roller. But i don't use foam i use a 3 1/2 PVC pipe, and it really works good. I would suggest before you use one to have some training on it. You can go to Fitness clubs to buy one and i think you can get some training on it through them. The one i bought was around $25.00 to 30.00 dollars and it works also works for shin splints. I hope this helps, let me know if you have any questions.

Barry

From rattletrap on Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 21:40:09 from 70.217.146.183

Sorry your calves are hurting. I don't have any great advice, but I hope you're feeling better soon.

From kelsey on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:04:38 from 98.230.3.218

Thanks everyone. I've been doing a good amount of stretching lately, rested for two days, and took it really slow today and avoided hills (per Marion's advice). I felt pretty good. I think I need to pick up one of those foam rollers. But so far so good :) Thanks for the advice.

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Don't know when I'll be able to run again, so went as long as my body let me. Not bad on four hours sleep. Calf muscles felt fine... maybe it's all the stretching and the rest.

My comps started yesterday. I got to campus at 6:45 am, and did not leave until 5 am this morning.  I officially stayed up 24 hours, 22 of which were in my office. Gross! I got a little delirious around 2am, but Jason helped pull me through.

Round 2 starts tomorrow at 8am. 

 

New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 8.25
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From Kelli on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:06:46 from 71.219.76.202

TRY TO GET SOME REST!!! Good luck...

From allie on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 20:26:13 from 208.110.141.10

holy cow! i hope you can find time to sleep. i am impressed you got in a run at all, let alone 8+ miles. that's dedication! good luck with your comps!!!

From Nevels on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 23:24:46 from 75.143.70.65

Best of luck!

From montelepsy on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 14:32:07 from 155.85.58.253

Is comp short for comprehensive? Do you just shorten it to make it a four letter word?

From kelsey on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 19:11:55 from 68.35.237.127

Thanks for the luck, only one more day to go!

And yes, it definitely deserves to be a 4 letter word!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.752.006.75

Wanted to quit half way through but I had to get home somehow!

2 easy, 1 hard (6:42), 1 easy, 1 hard (6:14), 1.75 easy 

Day 2 of comps went well, I was done in 17 hours and got home around 1am, way more reasonable than 5am. I treated myself to a burger and fries on my way home. (Don't tell Sasha!). It was only like my second time getting fast food this year. Although to my disappointment my fries didn't have the bacon and cheese on them like I ordered.

Only one more day to go! I am getting ice cream tomorrow night (or Saturday morning) when I am done. Steak and Shake has a butterfinger milkshake that looks really good and they're open 24 hours, so that may be the winner!

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.75
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.000.004.00

written comps are done!!! yesterday only took 16.5 hours, a new record. oral defense is in about three weeks.

 coming off a busy week it was really hard to find time to run. so i started as it was getting dark, and decided to run 10 miles around a track so that it was safer, figuring the track would be lit. it wasn't, it got dark, and i was the only one out there. i got scared and realized that it's not worth the risk. i went home after 4 but i REALLY wanted to get in a good run because this week will be just as tough to get runs in. i'll have to try my hardest. 

i fly out for a conference in Vegas at 5am!!! i'll be in your neck of the woods. 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 4.00
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From barry on Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 23:01:54 from 75.174.5.124

Well let me be the first to congratulate you for getting you comps done :). Also, ten miles on a track is a lot of going around in circles very fast :). So do not feel guilty about your run because you had a very busy week and weekend.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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8 on the Vegas strip

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 8.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.000.003.00

wasn't able to complete the 6 i wanted to do due to waking up with a cold. 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 3.00
Race: Springtime Tallahassee (6.2 Miles) 00:41:42, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.506.207.70

Let's start off by saying I wasn't expecting much out of this race due to: lack of training in the past two weeks (because of comps and the Vegas conference), lack of sleep (I got in at midnight and was asleep a little before 2), jet lag, and the cold I got while in Vegas.  I also got some ear problems from the flight. The only positive was my legs MUST be rested after the last two weeks!

So I just kind of went out and went for it, having no real plans. I started off around 10th girl, and was in 4th by 2 miles and 3rd by 3 miles. I was running with girls I had never run with before and it was really exciting. Around mile 4 I started to worry about running out of gas, but I was able to keep my pace fairly well considering how hilly the course was. I got passed at around 4.5 by a super fast girl Sheryl (who runs 3-flat marathons) and tried to stay with her but she had a great finish. She ended up beating me by 20 seconds, and getting the last of the prize money (50 bucks... bummer!!).  But I am more than happy with my time, and completely relieved and thankful the race went so well when the odds were against me.  My legs felt pretty much perfect, so I think the unavoidable rest the past 2 weeks did them well!

Splits: 6:27, 6:53, 6:44, 6:50, 6:52, 6:29. Not as consistent as the last race but pretty good! Everyone's times were slow due to the tough course and humidity, heat, and wind, and I think I had a good showing. 

It's great to be back in Tallahassee! 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 7.70
Comments
From rattletrap on Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 12:36:05 from 75.216.155.13

Great race! Glad to hear your legs are better.

From rockness18 on Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 16:37:51 from 75.16.162.226

Nice job! I grew up in Florida and for the life of me would never have gotten into running down there. Keep up the good work!

From Kelli on Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 17:35:30 from 71.219.100.181

GREAT RACE Kelsey! Look at you go, you amaze me with every race you run, little miss speedy legs! I just noticed all of your planned races for this year, WOW!! It will be fun to watch you just get faster and faster!

Go EAT ICE CREAM, you have earned it!

From snoqualmie on Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 21:30:28 from 67.171.56.164

You ran so well! Congratulations!!!!

From Barry on Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 22:58:07 from 75.174.18.194

Sorry, i did not know you had a race today. Congratulations you did awesome for lack of sleep and having such a crazy last two weeks.

From kelsey on Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 22:59:44 from 68.35.237.127

Thanks guys! Don't worry Kelli, I went and got myself a cookies and cream milkshake to celebrate :)

From Marion on Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 23:09:38 from 71.219.50.2

Could you be any faster ... or cooler? CONGRATULATIONS! You are just plain the most amazing thing EVER!!! I will eat some ice cream in your honor this evening :)

From Burt on Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 01:47:48 from 98.167.151.26

I thought about eating some ice cream, but had an horchata instead. You're so fast Kelsey!

From montelepsy on Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 10:16:25 from 155.85.58.253

Next time I hope you crush Sheryl!

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Hooray for not being too busy to cook dinner! I made myself a scrumptious dinner tonight and decided to share. As usual everything I make is fairly healthy, easy, and few ingredients. 

 

Italian Tilapia and Spaghetti:

Ingredients: Spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, tilapia, mozzarella cheese, spices.

Preheat oven to 350. Place tilapia in foil-lined baking dish and spice to liking. I used garlic salt, onion powder and topped with some bread crumbs to add a little crunch. Bake tilapia until almost done (about 8 minutes if they are thin like the pieces I have).

Meanwhile, heat up spaghetti sauce and cook the noodles.  

Remove tilapia from oven and cover each piece with a little spaghetti sauce (about 2 tbl) and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Put back in oven and cook for a few more minutes, until cheese is melted and fish is finished. Plate with spaghetti and enjoy! Yum. I add some cheese on my spaghetti too :) 

 

Strawberry Angel Food Cake:

Ingredients: Angel food cake mix, strawberry pie filling

In bowl mix the cake mix and pie filling with a spoon. Put in ungreased 13x9 pan and cook according to box directions (don't add any other liquid though).  Mine says 350 for 35 or so minutes, but I think it cooks a little faster. When cooled you can top with cool whip or fresh fruit. I think it's great plain though, and FAT FREE!! Everyone loves it. You can also use a can of crushed pineapple instead, or even pumpkin with some pumpkin pie spice. I think I want to try that next, I love me some pumpkin! 

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From Marion on Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 20:38:30 from 71.219.50.2

Yum! What time is dinner? I'll be right over :D

From kelsey on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 17:49:15 from 128.186.154.139

Sadly I only make enough to serve my lonely self :( Well except for the cake, I had to bring that to school to help get rid of it.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.000.005.00

Easy recovery run. Wasn't too motivated to go out there, which is a shame because I didn't fully appreciate the absolutely perfect running weather. 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 5.00
Comments
From Marion on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 17:19:33 from 71.213.107.235

Recovery runs are the best! Nice weather would be pretty cool too :) Be sure to enjoy it for me. Our winter will not end!!!! YIKES!

From kelsey on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 17:48:41 from 128.186.154.139

They really are great, especially when you don't cool down after a race... whoops :)

That stinks about the weather there, it was a beautiful, cool 62 when I ran this morning!

From Snoqualmie on Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 17:56:25 from 67.171.56.164

Is that a new blog title? I love it! Wish I'd thought of that. :D

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.503.005.50

I decided to take a shot at joggling. Just for the fun of it. But first I need to learn how to juggle. This morning I got really close to being able to juggle three balls. I think I'll be able to get this down in a few weeks. Right now I can juggle them all twice before dropping them. Then I guess I have to add the running part, which I am sure will be tough. It gets really frustrating at times. Anyway, be back later after intervals tonight.

 

It's later, and I officially have my first joggling injury. I think from bending over too much to pick up dropped balls I'm really sore in my... bending over muscles (I don't fully understand what that means either, but it's true). 

 

4x1200 with the track club. Didn't feel well at all. Back to lower leg pain. Booooo.

(Avg. 4:45) 

Comments
From Nevels on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 16:10:50 from 131.204.15.93

Sounds like a cool way to get into a bunch of race pictures. Hhhmmmmm.....

From kelsey on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 17:27:14 from 68.35.237.127

Haha that's probably true. I think it's going to be way harder than I originally thought, which is a bummer. But I bet juggling will be a great stress relief at school!

From rattletrap on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 17:58:39 from 70.193.125.197

I can juggle pretty well, but I've never thought about running at the same time. Sounds kind of dangerous...I'd be worried about running into stuff :)

From nicole on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 20:14:13 from 24.17.114.112

This is the funniest thing I've ever read! Please keep us posted on your joggling progress!

From allie on Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 20:31:48 from 208.110.141.10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZm1XM2ekTU

maybe you can get this guy to be your joggling coach.

From rattletrap on Wed, Apr 01, 2009 at 14:15:46 from 70.193.135.245

"Back to lower leg pain. Booooo."

I got a stick massager for my calves and I think it has really helped eliminate some aches and pains. I'm not sure where your "bending over muscles" are but it might help those too.

http://thestick.com/

Try joggling beanbags, they are easier to chase down :)

From kelsey on Fri, Apr 03, 2009 at 13:38:22 from 98.230.3.218

Thanks for the joggling encouragement :) Allie, that guy is crazy!!! I got hooked on watching joggling videos on youtube after I watched that, haha.

Rattletrap, thanks for the link to the stick, I think I am going to go ahead and get it.

From rattletrap on Fri, Apr 03, 2009 at 13:52:38 from 75.216.66.197

I paid $32 for my stick, but you can find them on Amazon for $20-$30. I've been using mine a couple times a day for a week now and my calves are feeling great. My 2 year old grandson likes it too. He's so cute, I also caught him with my camera trying to take a picture of his toe like grandpa :)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.002.507.50

Warm up and cool down with a 2.5 mile tempo at 6:45.  Wanted to do a 5k tempo but wasn't able to hold on.

It's rained over 8 inches since intervals, which is why I haven't run. It's been crazy here, but today is gorgeous and sunny, with a high of 80.

Bending-over muscles are doing better, I took it easy on 'em the past few days. I can juggle 3 balls up to 4 rotations now, but that's it. It will be a while before I combine the juggling with the running. I'll let you know when I reach my next juggling milestone! 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 7.50
Comments
From montelepsy on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 13:21:08 from 155.85.58.253

Joggling seems risky. I would definitely run off a ledge or into oncoming traffic. I can't talk and drive simultaneously, much less run and juggle.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
9.000.009.00

A bunch of people from the track club did their last Boston long run today, so I joined them for part of it. It was a much-needed change of pace to run with other people.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 9.00
Comments
From Marion on Sun, Apr 05, 2009 at 15:38:55 from 71.213.113.191

Nice miles! I sure hope the weather was nice for your fun run with friends :) Running with friends makes all the difference on some days :)

From kelsey on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:19:09 from 98.230.3.218

Thanks! It was gorgeous and a fun time, but a cold front passed through and we may dip below freezing tonight! Crazy for Florida in April. Must be global warming :)

From kristel on Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 22:29:34 from 68.11.62.99

Oh man was it cold this morning! We just froze at our girl's soccer games tonight and it's supposed to be colder tomorrow...not normal for New Orleans. Thanks for checking my blog! It's so nice to run with people. For some reason I haven't found many runners here!

From Ryan on Tue, Apr 07, 2009 at 10:36:37 from 70.197.0.63

Thank you for the welcome! You are a speedy girl! I am not sure if my old legs will ever get that fast, but I am working on it! Great job! And I will cross my fingers for your graduation, although I am sure you will be fine with out it! Thanks again! Ryan

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

2 easy, fartleked around for 3 miles, 1 easy. I enjoyed this no-expectations fartlek... I just ran hard for as long as I felt and then took however long I needed to recover. Sure it wasn't as good of a workout as intervals would have been, but sometimes a run you really enjoy is better for the body than one that is really hard. 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Nevels on Tue, Apr 07, 2009 at 16:27:08 from 131.204.15.93

Amen!

From Kelli on Tue, Apr 07, 2009 at 16:52:29 from 71.219.95.20

I love the "fartleked" around! I think that is how I always run. I must know what I am doing.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.500.506.00

6 easy miles, with a half mile at 5k pace (it was supposed to be a mile but it was uphill and killed me!)

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Kelli on Thu, Apr 09, 2009 at 17:51:49 from 71.219.84.191

I wonder what your EASY miles are, really! You are so stinkin' fast!

Have a good day, and, ONCE AGAIN, have some ice cream on me!

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I had my oral defense today (of my written comps) and I passed, so I am officially a PhD candidate, and ABD (all but dissertation)! Yay! At least now I don't feel bad for letting my running suffer so much because of school; it makes it a little more worth it.

I have a 5k tomorrow, which at the beginning of the year I thought would be a chance at under 19 minutes, but because of school and other circumstances resulting in lack of training, I will now will be happy with under 20. But once again, my comps put this all into perspective and I hope just to enjoy the race no matter what. It's the second biggest race in Tallahassee and should be a ton of fun. I even have an after-race party to go to, and then an Easter celebration with my young adults church group. Should be a fun, busy day. Hope everyone enjoys their Easter weekend!

Comments
From Bonnie on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 20:23:11 from 128.196.228.134

Congratulations, that is an accomplishment worth the sacrifice of running. I wouldn't be a good professor if I didn't remind you that you still have some work to do after you get back from some well-deserved R&R (and racing)!

Happy Easter!

From montelepsy on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 08:51:59 from 155.85.58.253

I bet you'll be the only sub-20 PhD candidate.

From kelsey on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 20:37:10 from 98.230.3.218

Haha thanks Bonnie. I see you work at Arizona. I almost went to Arizona State but I just felt that it was overwhelming to move soooo far away. I love it there though, I visited twice. I would love to spend some more time there some time.

Mike- I just may have been! Well for girls, I know one guy that beat me that is as well.

Race: Palace Saloon 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:19:37, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 2
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.753.104.85

I accomplished all of my goals for this race: go under 20, don't be too hard on myself, and have fun. With my lack of training I was still able to run my second fastest 5k ever, which makes me really excited to see what will happen in the future when I have the time to train hard.

I attempted to recruit a bunch of girls to join in intervals and the track club, which will obviously mean more competition, but in most circumstances I'd rather run a good time than get a good place. I ran the entire race with Micah from the track club and it was a lot of fun, it almost felt like I was back on my college team. I also tried to recruit her and another girl on the track club to run the Disney marathon with me in January. It would be great to have people to train with!

As for race details, we ran negative splits, mostly because we went out a little too slow (6:26). I was okay with it though because I feel like I definitely used everything I had. The after party was at the Palace Saloon, and there was an after after party at a guys house, both of which were pretty fun, and I used to kind of celebrate my comps.  

Now I get to celebrate Easter with my bunny :)

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 1.75Red Flats Miles: 3.10
Comments
From Marion on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 20:38:34 from 71.219.49.63

Way to go! You have a bunny? We LOVE our bunny. It's the best pet EVER!! ...and we've had them ALL!

Your race was FANTASTIC!! You are one speedy chicka!

I am ordering Red Hot Pink Chicks t-shirts in the next week or so. PM me and let me know if you want one :) They are SO cute!

From kelsey on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 20:45:01 from 98.230.3.218

Yup I have a crazy bunny named Lewis :) He is thumping at me right now... not sure why, I think he just wants to throw a temper tantrum because there are weird noises outside he doesn't like. He is definitely a high maintenance little guy but I love him to death! I have a funny TMI story about bunny poop I could tell, but people may think my family is really weird. Maybe I'll tell it tomorrow as an Easter story.

From Marion on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 21:56:44 from 71.219.51.238

Our bunny is named Thumps. I love it when he gets mad and thumps at us ;) We joke with our kids and ask them, "you know what we eat for Easter? ...EASTER BUNNY!!!" they scream! :D He likes to eat holes in certain kids clothes. He's the best pet! Wish Lewis Happy Easter :)

From Burt on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 23:30:37 from 98.167.151.26

Great job! Sub 20! You rule.

I want to hear the bunny poop story. And the snot rocket story.

From barry on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 14:31:48 from 75.174.41.226

Great job on your race! I can not wait to hear the story about bunny.

From rattletrap on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 14:44:03 from 24.19.93.139

Congrats on a great race! I wish I could do a sub-20 5k. I want to hear the bunny poop story too. Don't worry, nobody's family is weirder than mine :)

From walter on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 09:50:12 from 76.27.15.208

Wow, thats a great time! congrats.

From Snoqualmie on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 10:57:30 from 67.171.56.164

Congratulations on your race! Sounds like you did well and had fun too!

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Easter Bunny Story (Warning: My family is weird):

When we were little apparently my parents put raisins in the front yard to make it look like Easter Bunny poo, and we loved it. My older brother (27 years old) is very young at heart and to this day loves telling poop jokes. It's become a big joke in my family. So for Easter I mailed my family a care package with candy and other goodies... and sent my brother a baggie containing some goodies from my bunny. The baggie had a place where you write the contents, so I of course wrote "Easter Bunny Poo." Weird, I know, but he loved it and called me all excited about getting poop as a present in the mail. 

My parents hire a bunch of family members to work as secretaries in our tax office during tax season. My cousin Tasha was working the day the poo arrived (Thursday), and she is a complete germaphobe. So my brother decided to put it on her desk (still in the baggie of course) and say I sent it to her. She actually got really excited about it, and decided to use it for her kids who are at that stage where they love gross things like poop and puke. They usually leave a carrot out for the EB and eat half of it. This time, they also left a trail...

So my Lewis actually got to play Easter Bunny today! 

 

 

On an unrelated note, I had an interesting experience today. On Easter morning my church has a sunrise service at 7am at the downtown park, where homeless people often go after getting kicked out of the shelter in the morning. My church group (about 8 people) decided to get together to give them lots of fruit and bagels and juice. So we made bags and handed them out (we made 30 bags, were able to get rid of about 20, and then left 10 behind in the gazebo in the park).

I went back to check the status of the bags, and 5 gentlemen were sitting in the gazebo. I said good morning to them, and they were very interested in talking to me. So I stayed for a little, they told me about themselves, how they feel about Chelsea Clinton (I think they thought I said Chelsea instead of Kelsey) and some of their hobbies. One of them likes to read, and showed me some of the books he is reading. Another said his glasses broke so he can't read anymore and joked "his arms are too short" (because he can't hold the book far enough away). After I went back to church for a while, I was on my way home, and couldn't get over the fact that he couldn't even read if he wanted to. I stopped by Dollar General, picked him up some reading glasses (only 6 dollars) and a case so they would last longer. I also got some crackers and gum for the others (I figured if they don't brush their teeth it could help keep them a little healthier).  I went back to deliver my new purchases and they said "Chelsea is back!" The man who I gave the glasses to smiled and said "I can read again." The one who loves to read (who I just gave crackers too) hugged me.

I had odd conflicting feelings during the whole thing. During the actual church service in the park only one homeless man was present. He sat there right next to the pastor the whole time. During part of the service the pastor talked about Jesus' suffering, and different types of suffering now in the world (e.g. cancer, homelessness, addiction). When I visited the gentlemen to check the status of the bags, the one present through the service told me that he was there, and that we were talking about him- with the cancer, homelessness and addiction, although he is "no longer an addict, but an alcoholic". It's tough to see things like this and know that I can't really do anything to help them turn their lives around, I can only help them fill their stomach.  All five men at the gazebo were already drinking (it was 10am), and one was obviously very very drunk. He was the only one that was at all rude. He was very beat up, black eyes and scrapes, and apparently got in a fight with a woman the night before. The other men said they weren't letting him drink anymore for a little while, and that they had cut him off. He dropped an "F bomb" while I was there, and the other men yelled at him for cursing. Except when one yelled at him he said "don't use that g-d word" and he felt realllly bad and looked at me with wide eyes and apologized. I said it was okay, but the others said it was not. So I said, well I forgive you, and he seemed to accept that. 

The conflicting feelings come from the fact that if they weren't drinking they could have afforded all of the things I bought, although I do not think they should go without glasses and food because they are alcoholics.  If alcoholism and mental illness were not part of the picture I would feel more able to make a change in their lives.  I wish there was more I could do, but I feel pretty helpless with it all. There was that article in Runner's World about the girl who ran with the homeless people, but that is obviously impossible to do until they are sober (at least in the morning).  For those of you who didn't read the article, her program was very successful, made the men feel like equals with the doctors and lawyers and other people that they were racing, and many of them sobered up and ended up getting jobs, finishing a half marathon, and improving their lives.  I spoke to some people in my track club about it and they are very, very interested in starting a group like that, but I just don't think I'd have the time and resources to accomplish this during my time in Tallahassee. 

The man who loves reading said he reads in the gazebo every morning, so I hope to take him a new book some time soon, and maybe some breakfast every once in a while so I can use that time to hopefully provide a positive influence in his life.  Don't worry, I won't go alone (I promised Jason) and I will be careful.

If anyone has any ideas on how to do more I would love to hear it.  I think my church group could really make a difference if we new the right way to do it. 

Comments
From rattletrap on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 16:48:45 from 24.19.93.139

I would suggest Bible for the reader. I will be praying for your future interactions with these folks. Thanks for sharing both of these stories :)

From Kelli on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 17:49:58 from 71.219.84.191

Okay, your first story was hilarious!!! What a funny family, and what a funny gift to send!

The second story makes me sad, too. Homelessness is a very sad thing. You never know the circumstances of their lives and I think it is just up to us to help when and where we can and not to judge. I think you did that! It was very thoughtful of you to go out of your way to help (and the rest of your church group). Just keep smiling and bringing joy when you can. And I think bringing a book to this guy would be very nice (the bible is a great idea, Rattletrap).

Thanks for lifting my spirits with that story!!!! Have a good week.

From Barry on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 20:32:38 from 75.174.41.226

I loved the first story that was really funny. The second reminded me of a scripture about giving someone a glass of water it is like you are giving it to Me (Jesus). So even though you feel like you are not doing much, you are doing a lot. I wish i would go and feed the homeless. If you are wanting to do more, all you have to do is pray and ask God and he will show you what He wants you to do. I was watching a sermon on TV this morning from Joel Osteen and he said a prayer that really spoke to me. I will tell you what it is and suggest that you pray it every morning. I really think you will see God move even more in your life and help you with wanting to do more for the homeless. This is the Prayer

Father thank you for favor in my life.

Father thank you for causing me to be in the right place at the right time.

The Wisdom to make good decisions.

Your Grace to handle any challenges.

Your strength to over come any adversity and your faith to believe for big things.

May God bless you in the work with the homeless. Also, may i ask what church you are involved with?

From montelepsy on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 00:37:40 from 155.85.58.253

You're a saint!

A saint with a 10-year-old boy's sense of humor.

From kelsey on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 21:35:48 from 98.230.3.218

Thanks rattletrap and kelli :)

Thanks for your sharing the prayer Barry. I have recently become a part of Trinity United Methodist. I used to go to a Baptist church but when I switched churches I wanted to try the Methodist denomination and I really like it.

Mike, thanks for the compliment. The 10 year old boy's sense of humor, of course :)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
9.000.009.00

Great run!  Best training run I've had in a while. Now I get to go pick up my Easter basket my mom sent me at the post office :)

New Brooks Blue Miles: 9.00
Comments
From Kelli on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 19:54:10 from 71.219.84.191

I hope she sent some nummy treats! Glad to hear you had a great run!!!

From kelsey on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 13:02:20 from 128.186.154.139

She did not disappoint... I am glad I had to come to school and leave the candy home!

From Kelli on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 13:15:05 from 71.219.84.191

Savor a little each day after a run! Moms are great.

From kelsey on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 07:42:43 from 128.186.154.139

That's definitely what I'm going to have to do. Last night after intervals I chose white chocolate covered pretzels. Yum!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.253.006.25

intervals with the track club

2x1200- 4:36, 4:36

2x800- 2:57, 2:54 

2x400- 75, 75

another good workout, with good results and no pain. i am on a roll these past few days!

i am running a tempo thursday night with some people i have never run with before. i am excited to try to do more running in groups, and i know that although tempos can be miserable, they are a great workout. then i am running a 5k this weekend for the fun of it... should be interesting after a fairly intense workout week!

hope everyone is having a great week! 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 6.25
Comments
From montelepsy on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 08:36:50 from 155.85.58.253

I've always stuck with even intervals, but this looks like fun. How do you figure out pacing on a 1200?

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.203.106.30

Met up with a Thursday night tempo group and it was a lot of fun. Running with other people is awesome!! We did a mile warm up, then a 5k tempo (3.2 miles actually) @ 6:55, then a cool down. Not a bad time for a few hills and the really bad trail footing (sand and roots and stuff).

They just updated the Grand Prix standings and I managed to stay on top after the big races! Pretty exciting! I don't need to win but I would love to still plaec over all by the end of the year.

http://www.gulfwinds.org/grandprix/2009/grand%20prix%20standings%2009.htm

 

 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.30
Comments
From montelepsy on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 14:15:35 from 64.235.121.163

You go girl!

From rattletrap on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 15:02:46 from 24.19.93.139

Congrats on your standing in the series. It feels good to be at the top of the list once in a while. I had that feeling for about 5 minutes on the mileage board last week :)

How are your joggling skills going? I tried it myself today and it's a lot harder than I expected. It was fun though :)

From Kelsey on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 16:36:59 from 128.186.154.139

Thanks :)

The juggling practice has slipped lately, but I will have to get back into it. Did you actually run and juggle at the same time? How many steps were you able to go? I haven't even tried that yet, I have to learn to juggle standing still first!

From rattletrap on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 17:25:17 from 70.193.148.179

I actually juggled and ran simultaneously :) I would catch them and start over pretty often rather than let them fall, although I did drop them a lot too. The longest stretch where I kept them in the air was almost a quarter of a lap.

From kelsey on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:42:42 from 98.230.1.132

Wow, I am thoroughly impressed with your joggling skills! You've re-motivated me to keep trying.

Race: Habitat for Humanity 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:19:25, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.156.15

On Boston weekend I feel dumb talking about a teensy 5k but I will anyway! Went really well, it was perfect weather but the course was hilly and perhaps a little long so I am very proud of my time. There was no male competition there so I was only about 15 seconds away from winning it all! I really wanted it but couldn't catch the two guys in front of me. 

My splits were something crazy, like 6:16, 6:15, 5:56, and then my watch said I ran 3.17. Another woman's said about 3.2 as well. So I don't really know what happened, but I would be shocked if that last split was right. I did feel like I ran hard but that looks pretty impossible.  

This is the first race in a while where I was completely out of breath the whole time... which I am taking as a positive because it means I pushed myself hard. I knew I'd be close to a PR and raced the clock at the finish to no avail.

I am especially happy also because I worked out hard this week and it looks like it didn't hurt my race much.

Oh, and I won a plant. Sweet!

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 2.00Red Flats Miles: 4.10
Comments
From Kelli on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 17:42:44 from 71.219.84.84

HOLY SMOKING FAST KELSEY!!!! Great race, congrats on the plant! I can not believe that there could be hills and you can still book it like that. AND I am sure that split is right, you are speedy!

Now, in all seriousness here, you have earned at least a 1/2 gallon of your favorite ice cream!

From Burt on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 18:15:36 from 98.167.151.26

Kelsey, you are a 5k machine! As always, you are awesome!

From Marion on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 20:49:15 from 71.213.110.178

WOW! You are a racing machine! Way to take out all of the women and virtually ALL of the men! You PINKED the pack!

From rattletrap on Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 21:08:34 from 24.19.93.139

Way to go! I agree with Kelli, that's worth at least a bucket of ice cream.

From kelsey on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:41:20 from 98.230.1.132

Thanks everyone :)

As much as I would like to eat a bucket of ice cream, I am not allowing myself to buy any until my Easter candy is gone. Because otherwise I'd eat both in large quantities. But I already have my next flavor picked out :)

Marion, Just so you know I do not race in any shorts but my pink ones. I had to through in some laundry just to get them clean for the race. And I wore red shoes too, so I was totally red hot pink!

From Marion on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:45:18 from 71.213.108.199

You are true RHPC! RHPS's forever!!! :)

From Kelli on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:46:09 from 71.219.84.84

The pink is what makes you fast!

Okay, enjoy the candy! See, i have to have the biggest ice cream the day before a race (it was my LUNCH on Friday). And, since I got a PR, I treated myself to another one! Mounds flavored frozen yogurt covered in coconut and a ton of brownie pieces. The place I go lets you make it yourself and then you pay for it by the ounce. I love to see how much I ca make it cost!

From Marion on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:55:18 from 71.213.108.199

Where do you go Kelli- that sounds like fun :)

From Kelli on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 11:59:49 from 71.219.84.84

It is called Frogurt in Draper, Utah. WHEN you decide to come this way and run a race, I will treat you!!!!!

From Burt on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 12:20:57 from 98.167.151.26

See Kelli. I wasn' lying. Ice cream the day before the race is the secret.

From Snoqualmie on Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 23:52:50 from 67.171.56.164

You're an absolute rock star! Congratulations, Kelsey.

From montelepsy on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 15:52:33 from 155.85.58.253

Nice job.

Did second and third place receive lesser plants?

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.000.007.00

Very enjoyable 7-mile jaunt... started out 8:30 for my first mile as a warm up, then sped up with each mile ending at 7:22. 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 7.00
Comments
From kristel on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 15:53:03 from 68.11.62.99

You are so fast...I bet you weren't even tired!

From kelsey on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 22:11:33 from 98.230.3.218

I think it helped that I was watching the Boston marathon before I left, and knew it was going on while I was running. If anything makes you put your pace into perspective watching men run under 5 minute miles during a marathon will do it!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.006.00

6 x 800

All were between 2:52 and 2:58, except the last which was 2:43... I got "yelled at" for sandbagging but I think I just need to start out faster.  There is a faster girl that I am going to try to run with next week which will make it more of a challenge.

Still feeling great, no lower leg pain. Knock on wood. 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From montelepsy on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 05:16:17 from 155.85.58.253

2:43 is scary fast.

From kelsey on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 22:13:06 from 98.230.3.218

I obviously had way too much left! But I personally think it's better than going out too fast and hating the whole thing.

From montelepsy on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 13:23:39 from 217.68.199.130

Hating it would be a bad thing. I wonder if your other repeats are too slow for you to get the benefits you're supposed to get from speed training. I hope you find a balance, sandbagger.

From MichelleL on Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 10:29:08 from 67.41.191.143

It means you are ready for 8x800 :) Nice job.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.106.10

Ran with the same tempo group as last week, dropping over 30 seconds off my time (21:30 for a little over a 5k). This is about the time I would like to run week to week.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.10
Comments
From Nevels on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 23:34:51 from 131.204.15.93

Solid tempo. If you can get to where you can hold this pace or better for your weekly tempos, you'll be blazing some new PR's in 5k's.

From kelsey on Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:32:49 from 98.230.3.218

Thanks, I sure hope so!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

Just registered for the Disney marathon (January 2010)!! I am really excited about it, and glad I finally committed.

This probably means I won't be doing a fall marathon (I have a ton going on with weddings and stuff), but I look forward to taking the time to train and really doing this one right! 

It's a disgusting 82 degrees in my apartment right now. I like to test my willpower with the air conditioner.  It hit 90 degrees yesterday (outside not inside), meaning the hot, uncomfortable running weather is coming quickly. Booo. 

Comments
From jtshad on Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 10:16:25 from 69.20.133.109

WDW is a good marathon, I had a good time running it this past January. Mostly flat and fast! Good luck with heat (we are having almost the opposite, 25 degrees this morning!).

From marion on Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 22:05:42 from 71.213.117.28

Yeah for the marathon. Good idea to skip a fall marathon :) Save the speed for Micky! I actually like Donald better. Mickey is too sweet for my taste :)

Are you getting married? I must have missed it :)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.000.0010.00

Comments
From montelepsy on Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 12:40:32 from 217.68.199.130

You ran 10 miles with nothing to say? Phooey!

From kelsey on Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 21:51:36 from 98.230.3.218

Yeah, I'm a slacker! I'll come back with something good after my run tomorrow. Or I'll just make something up.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

A few months ago I read on someone's blog that they like to try to get a little walking in after each run (if it is you let me know!). Ever since then I have successfully walked about half a mile after every single run. I'm proud that I've kept up with it and it's actually become somewhat enjoyable.  On an out and back I always make sure to go out further to get my walk in.  Today on my post-run walk some guy yelled out the window and told me he loved me. What a nice thing to say... I think. 

New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Nevels on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 11:44:25 from 131.204.15.93

Whereas I don't think it was me that mentioned walking, I have been trying to heed the advice of a much more accomplished ultrarunner than myself by incorporating a little uphill walking after long runs. According to Greg Gearhart (a great guy, venerable ultrarunner, and former sub-2:30 marathoner out of Clinton, MS), a good way to put the finishing touches on looooooong-distance training is to finish up a long run and then hop on a treadmill at full incline for 15 minutes or so of walking to simulate walking up hills late in a race.

maybe a little off-topic, but i thought i'd share anyway...

From Eric Day on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 11:47:10 from 189.192.171.112

the Guru has spoken.

careful, your hubby would not like that comment. =)

From Burt on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 11:50:36 from 68.76.197.194

Probably one of those guys offering you a dollar to do pull-ups in your skirt.

From montelepsy on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 11:52:24 from 217.68.199.130

Did you break your promise to Jason and start doing pullups with a skirt on earlier today? That would probably explain Mr Driveby Lovestricken.

From kelsey on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 17:32:01 from 128.186.154.139

Haha, like I said, I'm not allowed to do that. And that is one rule I don't need to break.

That's interesting about the uphill walking. I wonder if my no-hill walking has any positive effects. Since I don't stretch I figure it couldn't hurt.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.006.00

4 x 1200

This workout felt horrible. I haven't hit a wall like that in a while, and was very close to not finishing. But I finished, although embarassingly far behind the rest of my group. I guess some times you just have to suck up your pride. I think I was extra tired because I ran about 5 seconds faster than normal on the first two, so was put in group one. Since I was in the back of that group, I got 2 minutes less rest than usual. Anyway, it ended up with me going about 20 seconds slower on the last one... but I finished.

Grand Prix race this weekend, so I am going to take it easy the rest of the week. Judging by today's intervals my legs reallllly need it.

9 days til storm chasing. 

 

 

 

It's Wednesday but I decided to do a little research on my 1200s to make myself feel better. About 2 months ago I ran 4:50, 4:44, 4:37, 4:27.  Yesterday I ran 4:25, 4:25, 4:31, 4:4x. So not as bad as I thought, especially with the shorter break, it just felt bad. 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Nevels on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 10:40:04 from 131.204.15.93

I feel your pain. Yesterday I did a fartlek workout and felt awful afterward, but I also realize that a couple of months ago I would never have been able to survive the last couple of sets. Oh well, such is the mind of a runner...

By the way, you should do the SweetH20 50k just west of Atlanta on May 30. You had mentioned wanting to try a 50k at some point, and with good trails and a couple of solid creek crossings, that one looks like fun. I registered for it last night and am curious to see what the course has to offer...

From Barry on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 12:20:16 from 67.61.234.251

I would like to make a suggestion to you if you do not mind. My suggestion would be to take an ice bath Friday for about 10 to 20 minutes. I think that will help your legs to feel fresh for the race. I usually take a 20 minute ice bath every week and i usually feel really fresh for a race or even a long run. I hope this helps.

From Kelli on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 00:50:24 from 71.219.102.162

I was thinking the same thing! You are getting faster and it is a tad harder. And some days we are just not quite up to feeling it. but, now you know, you were faster and you will keep getting faster!!!

Storm chasing?

Good luck this weekend!

From montelepsy on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 16:08:08 from 64.235.121.163

What does storm chasing entail?

From kelsey on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 21:27:05 from 98.230.3.218

Nevels- I actually saw you had a tough workout but didn't have time to comment. I guess some times we have to put thing in perspective and realize we're just pushing ourselves harder. I also learned a lot about my limits, which needed to be done. I wish I could do the 50k (really bad actually) but I'll be out of town. Eventually I will meet up with you at one of these in our region!

Kelli and Mike- Yup, storm chasing! This will be my 4th year and I love it. We go for two weeks in the Great Plains but end up all over the US because we travel on our off days. We actually spent two nights in Moab last year... so there is a chance I could be near all of the Utah people! I plan on letting y'all know a few days in advance (if possible) and we could possibly meet up. Of course we may not even get that far wast, it's all up to the weather. So to answer your question Mike, we basically do what we have to do to see some cool storms. We camp some nights, most nights in hotels, and live out of our van. It is a ton of fun. I plan on blogging the trip on here and hopefully posting some great storm pictures!

From Kelli on Fri, May 01, 2009 at 00:18:08 from 71.219.69.60

Just like the movie! I do not want any storms, but if a storm blows you in that would be cool! I know they had some massive ones at Lake Powell just barely, a bunch of boats sunk.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.500.005.50

easy run, resting the legs up for the weekend.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 5.50
Comments
From Twinkies on Fri, May 01, 2009 at 02:01:36 from 207.155.176.10

Hey Kelsey,

I am going to be in your neck of the woods next week. Do you know any good places to run in Orlando?

My wife, My brother, and I will be running the I-drive 5K on the 9th.

From Barry on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 00:02:07 from 75.174.9.223

Good luck at your race tomorrow!

From kelsey on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 12:06:15 from 98.230.3.218

Thanks Barry! I did get that before the race but didn't have time to respond until now.

Twinkies, I've actually never run in Orlando before. That's exciting that you're coming to Florida, hopefully the weather treats you well. It's been great lately- sunny highs in the upper 80s. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful, but I hope you have a great trip!!

Race: Tails and Trails 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:58, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.603.036.63

My best friend is graduating today so I don't have much time to write up a report. But don't get too excited, the course was short (3.03) so this doesn't count as my first sub-19 5k. I need to see 3.1 on my Garmin to make it official! I will come back later with a way too long race report, because this morning was pretty eventful. To add some suspense, let's just say I was crying before the race (but not in a really bad way, if that makes sense). 

 

 

Okay, so here is my morning. Last year the race was a little long (like a minute) so I knew the race wouldn't be one to go for time, more so just to run hard and try to get grand prix points.  It is for the Humane Society and I knew they would be "advertising" the shelter dogs but I guess I didn't realize what that would entail. To go to the bathroom you had to go through all of the animals... the cats, the bunnies, the dogs, all of them. So needless to say I sobbed the entire way to the bathroom. 

So the race starts, and it is about 70% on trails, which are of course.... trails... sand, roots, you know. My first mile was in 6:03, which I am really happy about, it's about time I get a good start. And I never really died per say, but I definitely got really tired at some points. It was a pretty flat course, a few teensie hills, and then the finish was on top of a monster hill. It was huge, and I had no idea the finish was right at the top or I would have pushed it a little bit harder. So I finished with a little bit left. I raced the clock for sub-19, just in case, but looked down at my watch and it said 3.03 miles. I guess there is a chance it is right, Garmin's do go crazy in the woods some times, but I find it easier to just deny my time and try again next time. Kinda stinks though because it's the second week in a row I would have PRed if the course was measure correctly (last time long, this time short).   But I did win, and got 30 grand prix points out of it, which I didn't expect at all!

After the race there was a ton of food, and they had a stage that they were taking some of the dogs on and introducing them to the crowd.  I hope some of them got adopted. Some of them were super cool dogs. If I had a yard I would have taken home a truck full. I took one for a walk and I loved her. There were at least a dozen I wanted. The shelter said they get 60-70 animals a day... and they only had 60-70 animals. Which makes it super sad to think about the others that don't get adopted, and don't get to live a full life :( So sad. I love that I love animals so much, but they also break my heart.  There were only 2 bunnies, and one was a female lop, white with brown spots, the I knew Lewis would just loooove to snuggle with. I was one storm chase away from adopting her, but I can't get a new bunny just to take to Jason's apartment and make him watch her, especially not knowing if she is well-behaved or potty trained like Lewis. But if she is still there when I get back in June she will probably be mine. It breaks my heart thinking of her being in that cage, but at least she has food and a cool, dry place to live. 

Anyway, enough about the animals, I could go on forever. As for the running is concerned I think today proved I can go under 19 (since I got this time on the trails). I finished right behind a guy I know that goes consistently under 19, so it is looking good. Also, most people went slower on this race than the others, and I actually ran faster.  Next 5k is May 23 in Mississippi (between storm chasing and Greece), so if the days is right (and the course accurate) maybe that will be my day.

I'll have to see if anyone from the track club actually measured the course. If so, then I will be willing to accept my time. 

 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 3.60Red Flats Miles: 3.03
Comments
From Barry on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 13:03:00 from 75.174.9.223

Great job, i can not wait to read the rest of the story!

From montelepsy on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 13:36:25 from 155.85.58.253

Hopefully it wasn't due to anything more than chopping onions...

From Burt on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 14:01:06 from 98.167.151.26

How dare you tell us not to get too excited! :)

From marion on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 16:13:54 from 71.213.126.85

Garmins are CRAZY so you very well could have been right on 3.1 ;) Great time even if you are missing a tad bit :D CONGRATULATIONS!!!

From allie on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 17:12:49 from 208.110.151.113

great job kelsey! super-fast! that is an impressive time. congrats on the win today.

From Lucia on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 19:02:42 from 98.204.55.168

Yaaaay you won!!! Congrats fastgirl!

From rockness18 on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 19:18:02 from 75.9.135.162

Nice race...garmins can be off a bit, especially in the woods. You keep getting faster!

From Twinkies on Sat, May 02, 2009 at 22:42:30 from 71.98.230.152

Great race. On road or off road you are on top of your game.

From Kelli on Sun, May 03, 2009 at 01:07:23 from 71.219.95.5

OH MY HECK!!!! How on earth do you run so fast, and on trails (and off). Trail running scares the begeebees out of me, it seems dangerous.

Congrats on the time, and it sure does too count! I am betting the Garmin was off, not the race!

So, in Utah you have to jump through some major hoops to adopt a pet. We really have wanted to get a little dog since ours died 2 years ago, but it is all so complicated! They need to have a race like that here and i would go home with a few---I DO have a fence and a yard and a bunch of kids who want some dogs!

From Nevels on Sun, May 03, 2009 at 19:32:09 from 131.204.15.93

Solid time, especially on trails. Congrats on a good run; you'll get easily under 19 on a good road course. You're times are on a nice progression...

From kelsey on Sun, May 03, 2009 at 21:02:24 from 98.230.3.218

Haha, thanks everyone, y'all are hysterical.

I do HATE chopping onions though, Mike, I swear they make my hands smell for weeks.

Kelli, you would have come home with a truck full of running partners if you were there! And I agree, trails are super scary. I don't know what Nevels et al. are thinking. My eyes get blurry from staring at the ground so hard, and then I can't see all of the roots. And the sand is really scary too.

From montelepsy on Mon, May 04, 2009 at 09:24:12 from 155.85.58.253

What's with it with you animal lovers? Pretty soon I'm going to have to build Rachel an ark.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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Easy 6 (54:47). Actually, I am thinking more like 6.17. I will Garmin it tomorrow and see how close I am :)

 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

6 easy. This was supposed to be a fartlek but after two accelerations my calves were screaming at me. So I started to head home, but encouraged myself to run past my house and finish my planned distance at an easy pace. It went pretty well once I slowed down (a lot).

Packing for an entire MONTH now! Not an easy task. (And the rabbit and turtle make it harder because they have more stuff than me!) 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From kristel on Tue, May 05, 2009 at 11:03:38 from 68.11.62.99

Great run. Where are you headed for so long?

From kelsey on Wed, May 06, 2009 at 17:14:11 from 75.65.235.114

Tomorrow I leave for storm chasing for two weeks, then to Jackson for a week, then to Greece. Busy, but exciting!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.004.0012.00

3 miles easy, 4 mile tempo (about 6:55 pace), 5 miles easy. I only planned to do 11 but I just wanted to get the longest run in possible before I leave for storm chasing. I could have done a few more if I had the time.

Off to chase tornadoes, hopefully I'll see some great storms and have some time to run in between. I definitely don't want to lose what I have worked so hard for.

I'll be back with chasing updates! Looks like we may be off to Oklahoma but I'm not sure yet.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 12.00
Comments
From Barry on Thu, May 07, 2009 at 12:14:13 from 67.61.234.251

Sounds like you will have lots of fun. Also, will you take some pictures and post them on the blog? That would be awesome to see! Good run today.

From montelepsy on Thu, May 07, 2009 at 14:51:55 from 64.235.121.163

What happens when you catch one?

From kelsey on Fri, May 08, 2009 at 11:19:39 from 12.25.96.98

If I catch one I take pictures to share with you fine people!

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We drove to Dallas last night and stayed in a pretty nice hotel (won't happen often) which actually had treadmills. I didn't run though because I don't want to over do it after running so far yesterday (relative to my other runs lately).

We plan on heading up north a little to chase this afternoon, although it isn't looking very good. It also isn't looking good for the next few days, and the long range models show bad news for the rest of the trip. But I guess it only takes one good storm to make it a successful trip. 


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Yesterday we got on a storm that supposedly dropped a tornado, but it we were in no position to get to that part of the storm.  We did go near the core though and experience a little hail and what not.  Drove to Brownwood, TX where we spent the night. No pics yet. Looks like today we will do some tourist stuff nearby and home something pops up later in the afternoon.

Ran through town around the hotel, maybe a little more than 6. Lots of people cleaning up their yards, picking up what is left of their trees.  Some flooded roads.  Ran at 7:15 and it was crazy humid.  Moderate run with some surges and a fast start and finish. Ran okay but didn't feel great. Probably a little tired from Thursday.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Eric Day on Sat, May 09, 2009 at 11:25:36 from 189.192.142.158

Chasing tornados or chasing ice cream? or maybe just chasing the ice cream truck that the tornado picked up?

Anyways, nice run, nice pace.

Good luck in your chasing.

From montelepsy on Sun, May 10, 2009 at 16:06:36 from 64.235.121.163

What are the tourist traps of Brownwood, TX?

From kelsey on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 12:30:32 from 12.69.127.251

I actually realized this morning we haven't gotten any ice cream yet since we've been out here. May need to get that done today.

The tourist traps of Brownwood are pretty much the same as here in the great city of Alpine. It pretty much comes down to sitting in parks playing frisbee and watching the radar for 6 hours.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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We chased a storm around Marathon, TX yesterday. There was no hope of tornadoes due to lack of rotation, but it was still a severe thunderstorm in terms of hail and heavy wind. We punched the core of the storm, parked the van under a picnic table roof on the side of the road (harder than it sounds) and watched the hail come down.  We probably saw a few gulf ball sized stones, and when the storm passed we drove down the street and it looked like it had snowed. The road was covered with about 2 inches of hail for about a mile. I'll try to put up a picture later.

Spent the night in Alpine, TX. Woke up and ran 8 miles around town and through the Sul Ross State University campus.  Probably headed to Colorado (and maybe Utah) in the next day or so.

Marginal risk again today, probably some more of what we had yesterday. We did get to see some cool storm structure and some hail and wind, so it's better than nothing.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 8.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 12:47:48 from 67.171.56.164

I had a friend long ago who got caught in that kind of hail while running. In the time it took her to get under a freeway overpass, she got hit enough to come home with big welts on her quads. Keep safe and enjoy your travels!

From kristel on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 23:38:18 from 68.11.62.99

Sounds like lots of fun and hard work of course! Way to get in a good run today. I'm jealous of your exciting life right now!

From kelsey on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 00:11:06 from 24.117.75.134

Wow, I can't imagine running through that! We actually saw some people getting hit pretty hard on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, but we couldn't help them just in case they illegally crossed the border. We did tell the border patrol so they could get out there and help them.

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We very illegally hiked and waded through the Rio Grande yesterday so that I could step foot in Mexico for the first time. It was actually somewhat tretcherous, and I just kept thinking about how mad I would be if I broke my ankle while doing it. But we made it, and I have officially been to Mexico.  No storms.

Ran around the parking lot of our hotel in Midland, Texas this morning. Tuesday is interval day so I found a stretch of industrial road next to the hotel that was about 450 meters long or so. Did 3 x up and back and 3 x one way. The times don't matter at all, but they were 3:49. 3:37, 3:30, 1:39, 1:32, 1:28.  Not bad (I guess?), but I was dead after the last one. Which is a good thing.

Should get an okay chase day in today. Keep your fingers crossed.

 

 

 

Miss you, pig. 

 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 5.50
Comments
From Eric Day on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 12:07:23 from 189.192.119.229

Hey illegal trespasser to my country! What is the meaning? Just kidding.

I've always considered that the mexican borders are depressing and just plain awful.

From kelsey on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 00:09:18 from 24.117.75.134

Haha, I'd agree, the border was kind of gross. But it was just because we crossed onto some land where people were keeping horses. But I got to see my first Mexican horse poop.

From Eric Day on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 11:05:27 from 189.192.166.202

Well, that just took away my appetite !

=)

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If interested, you can follow our storm chase on my fellow-chaser's blog:

thetae.blogspot.com 

We got good sunset pictures of a shelf cloud today, so when he updates there should be some pretty pics. 

Comments
From rattletrap on Wed, May 13, 2009 at 22:42:18 from 24.19.93.139

Excellent pictures!! Thanks for sharing :)

From Bonnie on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 11:26:28 from 71.210.108.104

Hi Kelsy -- I read this article this morning in CNN ... is your group a part of this?

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/05/14/vortex2.tornado.chasers/

From Bonnie on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 11:26:44 from 71.210.108.104

Very cool - and be careful!

From montelepsy on Sun, May 17, 2009 at 01:18:02 from 155.85.58.253

Cool pictures, but no swirling vortex of death pictures that I'm looking forward to.

From kelsey on Wed, May 20, 2009 at 11:24:29 from 66.255.240.238

No swirling vortex of death this trip :( But I have cool pictures with tornadoes last year. Maybe I should share those instead.

Bonnie, we actually aren't part of the Vortex stuff. We saw them out a lot (of course, there are so many of them) and know some people involved, but we were just out there for fun. Takes the pressure off!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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interstate tempo run in OKC... ugh

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
9.501.0010.50

Wichita, Kansas

New Brooks Blue Miles: 10.50
Comments
From Kelli on Sun, May 17, 2009 at 11:49:48 from 71.219.69.233

I wonder of we have the same BLUE Brooks????

Great week speedy runner!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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6 in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

Our chase is over, forget I ever said anything about it :(  We're slowly heading home today.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Barry on Tue, May 19, 2009 at 12:20:54 from 67.61.234.251

Sorry you did not have a good time doing it! There is always next year :).

From kelsey on Wed, May 20, 2009 at 11:22:23 from 66.255.240.238

We had a great time, but the weather was not on our side. Oh well, not much you can do about that!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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6 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Was going to do some kind of speed work but my calf pain is back :( Not at full force yet though. It went away after 3.5 miles, but I just kept it easy and did a couple of strides within the last two miles.  Soooo sick of running by myself. The track club has definitely spoiled me.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From rattletrap on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 13:44:32 from 70.192.165.122

Bummer about your calf pain :( Did you ever get a "stick"?

From kelsey on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 15:58:42 from 75.65.234.176

Not yet, which I regret! I started feeling better and forgot about it. But I am looking into that again today.

From montelepsy on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 17:10:04 from 64.235.121.163

3.5 miles of running in partial force calf pain is too much for me.

From rattletrap on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 18:25:23 from 70.193.94.110

You won't regret it. I'm kind of bummed out because I forgot to bring mine camping with me :(

From kelsey on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 23:08:58 from 75.65.235.114

Just ordered it! Thanks again for the recommendation.

From kelsey on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 13:35:13 from 75.65.235.114

And in due time, tweeked my calf today :( Probably has something to do with all the tightness in them.

Race: Magnolia Meltdown 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:19:37, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.253.106.35

I am officially in between storm chasing and my Greece trip, and I figured running a race between would be a great work out and motivator to keep at it til I get back to Tallahassee. I am in Mississippi, and I am "undefeated" in my races here in Jackson so that adds a little excitement as well.

Long story short, the course ran a little long on my Garmin (3.22) and everyone I asked had at least 3.16. So that is a good 15-20 seconds. I normally wouldn't care, but I really want a new PR and I am having trouble getting it because all the courses are a little off, making it tough. But it will happen one day. I still don't know if I count the sub-19 from a little while back. I think I will if I never do it again :)

There was a hill named "heartbreak hill" on the course and it made me never want to run Boston, because it hurt like heck and I can only imagine how it would feel during a marathon. Guess I'll find out in less than a year.

One boy finished the one mile fun run on crutches because he has a debilitating disease. Jason and I both cried, it was really inspirational. I need to watch him run before every race.

All in all, this was a good workout and I got a cool piece of local pottery.

I did, however, pull my calf a little walking around after the race. I was still able to get my cool down in and my other calf actually caused the most pain. When I stopped my cool down I felt my legs tighten up instantly (and I was only doing like 9:20 pace). The one I tweeked is hurting when I walk right now. It's higher up, towards the inside almost to my knee. This is different than where they normally hurt. So I need to keep stretching today, and I can't wait for my "stick" to get here. This puts a lot of pressure on you ratteltrap, I am looking for a little miracle!

Red Flats Miles: 3.10New Brooks Blue Miles: 2.25
Comments
From MichelleL on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 14:18:06 from 71.219.40.17

Congrats on another great race!

From Burt on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 14:43:05 from 98.167.151.26

Wow Kelsey. You rule the southeast! What's this pressure you're talking about on Rattletrap? Do you guys have a bet going on like Lucia and Eric Day?

From Adam RW on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 15:34:44 from 155.101.241.248

Great race. Very consistent. Same time as on April 11, but I'm assuming very different courses.

From kelsey on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 16:02:39 from 199.193.13.250

Thanks Michelle!

Burt, what bet do they have? Interesting. We don't have a bet going though... Rattletrap advised me getting "the stick" to see if it helps with my calf pain.

Oh wow, Adam, I didn't even realize it was the same time. And both races were after having lesser mileage due to life getting in the way. Weird!

From Kelli on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 16:14:28 from 71.219.85.34

Shoot, I hope the pain goes away quick.

You did GREAT and you will beat that darn sub 19 very soon. YOU WILL!!!!!

From Adam RW on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 16:21:07 from 155.101.241.248

Kelsey, It is so funny that you put it that way. How true and how too often does that happen... Nice race though and that barrier will fall!

From Snoqualmie on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 17:51:40 from 67.171.56.164

Beautiful! Congratulations on 1st. Sorry to hear about the calf muscle. You will LOVE the Stick. :)

From Burt on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 18:50:16 from 98.167.151.26

Ah, I see. So if the stick doesn't work, blame it on Rattletrap. He's a big boy, he can take it.

Eric as you know, is from Mexico and Rocket from Argentina. They're both going to do 10k's and whoever has the slowest time has to wear the flag of the other country in their next race. Something like that. It keeps evolving. There's been talk about head bands and skirts, too.

From JD on Sat, May 23, 2009 at 20:46:42 from 32.178.1.62

Nice race. Congratulations!

From marion on Sun, May 24, 2009 at 00:15:52 from 71.213.120.253

WOW! You are just plain AMAZING!!! I am so impressed by your racing :) Now I want to be you. You are just ruling the Southeast with those speedy legs of yours!!!!!

From rattletrap on Sun, May 24, 2009 at 00:28:10 from 75.216.252.163

Congratulations on your race! Don't worry, you will love your stick :)

From montelepsy on Sun, May 24, 2009 at 16:45:14 from 155.85.58.253

I think your problem was chasing storms in a car. You'd definitely catch some on foot, Miss Crazyfast.

From Eric Day on Mon, May 25, 2009 at 12:16:23 from 200.52.200.64

Yes, you are probably faster on foot!

Super time Kelsey, I'm sure that PR WILL fall, maybe you just need some more ice cream ... =)

From Nevels on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 13:14:23 from 131.204.15.93

Congrats on another win, and fret not; you'll destroy those PR's soon (especially if you run enough races in Jackson - they've got some pretty flat courses around)

From Jed on Thu, Jun 04, 2009 at 17:45:59 from 207.173.78.2

Nice job on the race, Kelsey! You're putting together a very solid season and working over the competition out there. As a fellow stick user, I don't know if you'll actually love the device (unless you enjoy good old-fashioned pain more than I do, which is highly probable), but you will love the results.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

Recovery Run. My calf (the left one, not the one I "tweeked") hurt to the touch and I thought there was no way it would make it. Much to my surprise, it didn't hurt at all, just a little tightness towards the end.  Glad I was able to get the miles in. 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.503.006.50

I planned on doing 1 x 1600 and 8 x 400 on the track, but 800 meters into my workout a man came and told me I had to leave because they were locking the gates of the track.  I got reallllly frustrated but found a neighborhood nearby and did another 800 (estimated) and then did 8 x 85 second intervals. All in all it turned out pretty well.

I saw a goose with a broken leg at the park where I warmed up, so I plan on calling animal control tomorrow to help the poor guy out :( 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.50
Comments
From kristel on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 08:51:39 from 68.11.62.99

The park where we run is filled with chicken, roosters, geese, deformed ducks, you name it! There's always something to entertain us. Today Ryan kicked a big frog by accident when it jumped on her foot. The other day we saw a turtle laying it's eggs in a hole then bury them and walk away, then saw a racoon family living in the gutter. Very entertaining!

From kelsey on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 21:49:51 from 75.65.235.114

Haha the deformed ducks made me laugh. That's awesome that you get to see all of that on the run! As an animal lover I am so jealous. Especially the turtle eggs, I bet that was awesome.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.004.0012.00

4 mile warm up, 4 mile tempo (first mile 6:58 down to last mile 6:38), 4 mile cool down

Got attacked... or at least highly threatened... by a bird during my half mile walk after my run.  I thought I was going to have to hit the bird, which would have made me feel bad, but luckily a car went by and distracted it. Crazy! 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 12.00
Comments
From rattletrap on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 14:35:53 from 70.193.83.218

We have geese where I work that are very aggressive like that. I'm glad you weren't actually attacked. There's another good use for that stick :)

From RAD on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 02:53:40 from 67.166.99.8

Kelsey, is your pic at the national marathon? My sister ran the 1/2 a couple times and LOVED it! Nice job on the miles and glad you avoided the bird confrontation :)

From kelsey on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 21:47:22 from 75.65.235.114

ratletrap, I bet geese are even scarier than a little bird. Although the bird has crazy speed. He went after me again today (or a friend of his that lives in the same tree). I got my stick, I think I'll take it out there tomorrow morning and show them who's boss!

RAD, yep that is from the national marathon last year. It was my first marathon, and really enjoyable. The cherry blossoms and other scenery was awesome. I definitely recommend it!

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Pretty well-paced run.  Calf pain pretty bad at mile 2, I think it's because I started off at a fairly quick pace, and my calves need a 9 minute mile (or 3) before they can get into it.  Pain was much more dull by mile 4.  

Got my stick in the mail! Hope it helps.  

Off to Greece tomorrow!! Hopefully I'll be able to find somewhere and somewhen to run.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 5.50
Comments
From Kelli on Sat, May 30, 2009 at 19:28:38 from 71.219.98.183

I am late here, but have fun in Greece! Take pictures for us and detail your running adventures there!

Hope the stick helps out.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.000.004.00

I am writing this a few days later because I haven't had much internet access, but I have been sick and severely jet lagged. I actually did this run after 4 nights of less than 4 hours sleep each, at sun rise because I had been up since 4:30 and couldn't sleep. This was as far as I could go. There are a lot of roosters here. You learn that when you are running when they are waking up!

Comments
From montelepsy on Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 16:57:44 from 206.248.193.234

I was so close to making rooster jokes, but I will abide with family safeness. I will be attempting a jet lagged run myself and I'll work at feeling sorry for both of us. Get well soon.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

6 with a bunch of fellow hurricane researchers in Corfu.  Very sleep deprived, but I just finished my presentation this morning (it went amazing!!!) which gave me the energy to run.  Moderate pace, lots of hills. I was really tired, but I think it was more due to sleep and sickness. There is no way I could lose that much in a few days. I can't wait to get back into my normal running routine. 

Won't be able to run for a few days.  Flying to Athens tonight, seeing the Parthenon and probably sleeping in the airport. Will be back in Mississippi Saturday night, which in my time would be Sunday morning. Hopefully I adapt back faster than I adapted here. I got 6 hours of sleep last night, which was the most I have had in a week. 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

At my layover in the Athens airport. We are spending the night here because it's too expensive to stay at a hotel.  It's 4:30 though, and I've only slept an hour and it looks like I am done. Uncomfortable air port benches and a constant cough don't make for good sleep.  Hopefully I will get some good sleep on the plane. I wish there was a shower in here somewhere, then I would use up some time by going for a run.

I got news yesterday that my grandmother passed away, so I got my flight changed and I am heading to Maryland.  Another good reason why I am longing for a soothing run.  As of right now I am allowing myself to be in denial so that I can deal with the traveling.  Then when I am home with my family I can take care of everything.   

Comments
From Twinkies on Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 23:04:39 from 67.166.71.60

Sorry to here about your grandmother. Your family will be in our prayers.

From Barry on Sun, Jun 07, 2009 at 20:21:42 from 208.98.172.41

I am so sorry for you loss. Loosing someone is really had, but God will help you through it. When i lost my dad a few years ago, Gods peace is what really helped me through it. You and your family will be in my prayers.

From Jed on Mon, Jun 08, 2009 at 15:50:23 from 207.173.78.2

I was so sorry to read about your grandmother. I hope the memorial service is a healing experience for you and your entire family.

Best of luck as you adjust back to your normal routine after traveling so far away and dealing with illness, jetlag, and personal loss. I went through the jetlag and sickness parts of the process a couple of months ago and found it to be a little frustrating. Don't let it get you down.

From Kelli on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:46:52 from 71.219.74.247

I am sorry to hear that you lost your grandmother. Take care and take some time to spend with family!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.002.006.00

Thanks everyone for your comments and messages about my grandmother. It has been tough but my family is doing well. I have decided to stick around Baltimore until Monday since I do not often have no major school obligations and some one who does not mind watching the pets. So I will miss my grand prix race this weekend, which will probably eventually cost me the overall win, but I never expected to get it anyway and will be more than happy to settle for second or third.

Got my first workout in in 2 weeks. I was a little over zealous and planned on doing a 9 mile run with a 3 mile tempo in the middle (I figure I need speed and distance really bad at this point). Bad idea. I did my easy 3, did about 2.25 hard, and then just jogged home, for a total of 6. Still much better than nothing. I only have track meets coming up, until a 5k in 2.5 weeks, so I have a little time to get it back together. I may run a 5k here in Baltimore in Saturday as a workout.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Kelli on Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:43:51 from 71.219.74.247

Take it slow and easy, you can not really lose too much fitness in 2 weeks! You will be fine, just need to get back inot it.

Take care!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Race: Baltimore Road Runners 4 Miler (4 Miles) 00:26:05, Place overall: 1
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1.254.005.25

Small grand prix event for a track club in Baltimore. I decided to do this as a workout, and at $6 it was well worth it. I got a  $15 gift card to panera bread, and ate an awesome cinnamon sugar bagel.  Words can't describe.... it was almost like a donut. I plan on buying some of those with my gift card. Yummmm.

Semi-hilly, two-lap course. Miles 1 and 3 were uphill, 2 and 4 were downhill.

6:31

6:25

6:45 (second uphill portion... ouch!)

6:25

I am pretty happy with this, considering I basically did a two-week taper. The McMillan race calculator puts me at a 19:56 5k, which isn't too bad but not nearly where I wanted to be. I tried my best to stay in shape while gone, and the first three weeks I did a great job, including speed workouts and distance runs. The last two weeks consited of major jet lag, sickness, and other events which caused me to miss a lot of runs. But I get back to Tallahassee next week and I'll get right back into the swing of things. Hopefully it doesn't take me too long to get back to where I was. Nothing a few interval sessions and tempo runs can't cure!

 


New Brooks Blue Miles: 5.25
Comments
From Barry on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 11:16:02 from 75.174.5.118

I think you did awesome! Are your legs feeling pretty tired after the race?

From Burt on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 14:05:41 from 98.167.151.26

That's a 250% return on your investment! I think. Better ask Nevels. He's the smart one. Anyway, great job!

From Kelli on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 18:35:35 from 71.219.76.64

You are going to ave so many first places you will not know what to do with them!!! Want to share some with me?

Awesome job, AGAIN!

I want your prize, bread that is almost like a donut...nummy!

From Kelsey on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 19:22:50 from 24.35.47.77

Thanks guys. I know you probably get bored of reading about all of my boring 5ks! But at least I can talk about the awesome food! I just looked on their webpage... I guess you don't have Panera Bread in Utah. But if you are ever near one it is called the Cinnamon Crunch bagel. (I also just saw the nutrition facts by accident... I won't share those!)

From Bonnie on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 19:24:03 from 75.164.110.212

Great Job Kelsey!

From Kelsey on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 19:24:09 from 24.35.47.77

I didn't see any in Arizona or Idaho either. Bummer!

From Kelli on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 19:25:02 from 71.219.76.64

I am not afraid of calories, you know me!!!

I have heard of this place many times, I must visit a state that has one!

Never bored, I love to read your race reports!

From Bonnie on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 19:31:59 from 75.164.110.212

I think there is one here ... I could have sworn I have seen one. Maybe it was a Panera knock-off ;-). I loved going there when I lived in Nashville. I will be going to DC in August and I know they have them there ... so I will make sure I write this down somewhere and try to remember to try one! I bet they would be good with vanilla ice cream ;-).

From Kelli on Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 19:33:45 from 71.219.76.64

Bonnie---did you have to say ice cream??? Now I have to go get some pie or something with ice cream on it!

From The Howling Commando on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 08:30:29 from 72.224.24.41

Really great race!!!

From jtshad on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 08:49:45 from 12.187.226.152

Congrats on the win!

From kristel on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 09:51:03 from 68.11.62.99

Great job Kelsey! You are so fast. I LOVE Panera! We had them in Cleveland and unfortunately there are none in New Orleans. The turkey on tomato basil bread and a cup of brocolli soup is SO good!

From montelepsy on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 09:50:13 from 64.203.113.50

I once had a lox and cream cheese donut that was almost like a bagel.

Insane pace for not being where you want to be.

From Twinkies on Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 20:28:19 from 67.166.71.60

Great race. It's good to see you are back on your feet again. Keep it up.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

Sitting in the Atlanta airport on my way to Mississippi. Slowly making my way back to Tallahassee, I should be there Wednesday night. I volunteered to bump myself to the next flight for 400 delta bucks... not bad! I wish I had my running shoes so I could run around the terminal, but Jason said that would get me arrested. Although I bet someone on here has done that before... Sasha :)

Can't wait to get back to my normal running routine, and really looking forward to a nice run tomorrow morning. 

I have a track meet Thursday where I will be running an embarrassingly slow 400. It should still be fun though.  

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
9.000.009.00

It felt great to get an actual run in. Although I started at 7:20 and it was already really hot. I am now remembering what it's like to train in the south in the summer.  I drive to Tallahassee tomorrow, and it will be my first time in my apartment in about 6 weeks. Crazy.

High of 100 in Tallahassee on Thursday for my track meet.... ewww.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 9.00
Comments
From kristel on Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 14:53:39 from 68.11.62.99

Ok I can complain to you...It is SO HOT!!! It is hard hearing about all the great races going on right now in the west and nothing going on here. Oh well, I guess we do have a great winter of races! Good luck in the heat for your meet.

From Kelli on Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 15:56:01 from 71.219.76.64

It will almost be like a new home! DRIVE SAFELY!

From montelepsy on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 13:55:43 from 64.203.113.50

I hope you didn't leave anything in your fridge.

From Kelsey on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:41:15 from 98.230.3.218

Kristel- I feel your pain!!! It's going to be a long summer. Feel free to complain to me whenever... I am sure I will return the favor!

Mike- The fridge was good, but I forgot to run the dishwasher before I left. Boooooo.

Kelli- You are so right, I don't think the bunny even remembered his room. I am not looking forward to having to cook for myself again. I've been pretty spoiled!

From Kelli on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 20:43:05 from 71.219.76.64

Was the dishwasher growing mold???

From Kelsey on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 21:52:05 from 98.230.3.218

Luckily no mold! Although my apartment smells very musty and I have to run some of the dishes through one more time.

Now I have to unpack. It is my least favorite thing to do in the whole world. I am the worst unpacker ever!

From Kelli on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 00:23:08 from 71.219.76.64

And that means laundry, the worst part of coming home!

Race: Summer Track Series (0.25 Miles) 00:01:06, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.750.753.50

Talk about getting back into the swing of things! I had a super busy day today with a meeting with my advisor, school work, and then the track meet. It was 97 during my race, with a heat index of about 105. Hence the short warm up and cool down. Anything longer than a 400 would have been miserable. 

It was tons of fun sprinting again, I actually got pretty competitive with the other girls once our race started :) That's the way the 400 is supposed to be though. I am super happy with my time, I just wanted under 70. Next week is the 800, and I feel lots of pressure because that was my race.  

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 3.00
Comments
From marion on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 22:47:06 from 71.213.119.198

COOL! You are so awesome :) I love how you are just kicking bum and taking no names ;) way to go.

From Barry on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 17:07:14 from 67.60.189.215

You are a racing machine! Congratulations that is an awesome time and place! I hope your meetings went good. You sure have a lot on your plate, but i know you can do it.

From Burt on Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 15:54:35 from 98.167.151.26

Now just do that 4 more times and you'll have a 4:24 mile!

From Snoqualmie on Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 16:51:49 from 67.171.56.164

You have SO MUCH TALENT!! It's great to have such an inspiring person on the blog! Congratulations!

From Kelsey on Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 20:09:58 from 98.230.3.218

Awww y'all are awesome. And so supportive even if I am only running a quarter of a mile :)

Burt, I wish!!

From Kelli on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 00:22:07 from 71.219.76.64

WOO-HOO!!! You are definitely back into the swing of things! great job, and in that heat you deserve double ice cream.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
5.000.005.00

I was just proud of myself for getting out of bed to do this run, since I didn't get home from the track meet til 9 last night. I got up at 6:30 and the heat index was already 85... although it felt warmer because it is soooooo humid right now. My shirt was completely soaked through.  It's supposed to be 100 today (about 110 heat index) and that's the COOLEST it is going to be in the next three days!! I'm not running again until Sunday, but at least I am running with a big group of people, and they put water and gatorade out on the course. 

This really is as hot as our summer gets, so if I can run through this heat wave the rest of the summer shouldn't feel that bad. 

 

A little shirt-soaking tennis in the afternoon.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 5.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
10.000.0010.00

I wish when I typed in my mileage in addition to "slow miles" and "fast miles" there were "running scared miles" because between races and runs like today I seem to have a lot of those. I think today I clocked about 3 or 4 scared miles. 

Today's run started off warm, but great. I went with a group of people doing a long run on some trails I have never run on. They were doing 15, and although I know I can do 15, I also know I shouldn't, since my mileage the past two weeks were only ~18 miles. So I decided to come out and do their first 5 with them, and then turn around for a 10 miler.

The first five were enjoyable, ignoring the flies that kept biting me and trying to fly up my nose even with the layers and layers of bug spray I put on, as recommended by Nancy.  I played close attention to all turns so I could find my way back but I was still worried, as I have a horrible sense of direction.  

 So I turn around and naturally pick up pace, since it is more boring on your own I just kind of wanted to get done. At this time (around 9am) the heat index was already in the mid-90s. Then comes a decision... one trail where I really didn't know which way to turn. I turn left and go about 1/2 mile and it started to not look at all familiar. So I decide to head back and check out the other way. I go the other way and it seems a little more right. But then another decision... another right or left... this time I choose right, since left didn't work for me last time. The trails are all beginning to look the same and I really start freaking out. I kept thinking, what would happen if I get lost. Even if I have to add a 1/2 hour to my run, I could be in serious trouble due to lack of fitness and the extreme heat.  I figured I needed to just go with it, or go back to where I know the trail was right and just wait for everyone else.  I kept going and I was about 1/2 a mile away from a panic attack and tears when a biker was coming from the other direction. He was probably overwhelmed with my excitement to see him, and I asked him if I am headed towards the Crump Road entrance. He said he had no idea, but if I cross a street I will be on gravel. I said, "Great, that's where I need to be!!" And thanked him and kept heading straight, When I got to where I really knew where I was going I had gotten to my ten mile mark so I decided to walk my way in.  There were a few other turns but I was pretty sure I was going the right way. Around 9 minutes I started to get really nervous because I knew within the next few minutes I would either be at the car, or have to turn around and try something else. When I saw the hill that leads to the parking I through my arms up in victory. By the time I finished the heat index was 100. I can't believe everyone else is still running... gross!!!

Moral of the story: I will never run on trails I don't know when I know I will end up being on my own. If for some reason I do this to myself again, I will take a fuel belt with water, gatorade, and my eell phone. I haven't gotten that confused when running for about 7 years when my friends and I got really lost in the woods and actually had to knock on doors and get someone to drive us to the car. Scary and no fun! 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 10.00
Comments
From Barry on Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 17:46:39 from 67.60.189.215

What a run for you this morning. I am willing to bet that you were really thirsty by the time you were done. How was your pace?

From rockness18 on Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 20:32:51 from 69.183.233.238

Glad you're ok...I grew up in FL and have no idea how you can stay committed in such a brutal climate. Baseball was my thing...90 feet at a time. Keep up the good work and watch out for those "buggy, muggy" trails. btw- sorry to say, "Go Gators!"

From Nevels on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:44:57 from 131.204.15.93

Quite and adventure...

It reminds me of a training run I did for the Mt. Mist a couple of years ago. It was only my second year of running the race, and I hadn't been on the trails in quite a while. We were running the second half of the course, and I started with a group of guys who knew their way around pretty well, but after an hour or so of running, I fell behind on a relatively technical section of trail and lost track of them. I lost about 15 or 20 more minutes after taking a wrong turn and not realizing it for a mile or so, and at that point I knew there was no catching up to the other guys. I managed to stay on course from vague memory until the last 10k. I made a huge descent, but then somehow got lost down in a valley. I took at least one more wrong turn and was thoroughly lost. At that point I just ran on the trail I was on until I heard a traffic, and the trail dumped me out on a road at the base of the mountain. Unfortunately for me, we were all parked at the top, so I decided to stay on the road and head back up the mountain.

The group I was with said that they kept going back into the park and seeing my truck in the parking lot for an hour or two after everyone else was done, all the while wondering where I was.

After talking with several folks (who know the trails very well) about where I turned, to this day, none of us has a clue where I went...

From Kelsey on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 15:47:18 from 128.186.154.139

Barry, I honestly have no idea. I know I picked it up while I was scared just because I wanted to get out of there. I wish I was wearing my GPS just to see it, I bet a graph of my speed would show my emotions!

Rockness, that last comment doesn't even deserve a response. :)

Nevels, yours sounds way worse than mine, just because I know your run was more intense. It's pretty scary when you start thinking, "what if I never make it out of here." A little dramatic maybe, but still scary. I just really wanted to get out before people had to come back and look for me, I am sure you understand the feeling. This is why I stick to the streets, they have names!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

(If you're bored)

For some reason I am super proud of this...

http://gulfwinds.org/Columnists/Droze,%20Gary/2009-06-20%20Hot%20400.htm

Actually, I know why. It's because he referred to me as a sub-19 minute 5ker. Although I would never call myself that, it definitely has a ring to it!!

 

 

Comments
From Nevels on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 15:51:42 from 131.204.15.93

Great shout out.

Be proud of the win on the track and the sub-19 title. You've earned it...

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.753.004.75

6x800s on the track. Ranged from 3:02 to 3:08. Considerably slower than my usual 800s, but I haven't done a speed workout in a month or so and when we started the heat index was about 100, so I'll take it. I convinced my brain that it wasn't that hot, but my legs weren't hearing it.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 4.75
Comments
From seeaprilrun on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 20:19:39 from 205.172.12.230

Speedwork in the heat? That's just brutal. Good job!

From Nevels on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 10:53:28 from 75.143.88.18

I'm with April; just getting out to do the speedwork in this heat is laudable. Not to mention that the heat will naturally slow you down (i.e. slower running for a given effort with respect to the same run in cooler temps) due to your body's effort to keep you cool, which takes a surprising amount of energy...

Solid speedwork; good job.

From Kelsey on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 16:11:41 from 128.186.154.139

Thanks guys! It's going to be 5 or more degrees cooler for at least the next week, so I am looking forward to that!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

Tennis with Benton

Comments
From Kelli on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 17:53:54 from 71.219.76.64

FUN!!!!

From Kelsey on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 16:42:39 from 98.230.3.218

i agree :)

Race: Summer Track Series (0.5 Miles) 00:02:29, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.000.503.50

This race was a ton of fun! I knew I would be disappointed over 2:40, and would love to go under 2:30. (My PR in college was 2:23). I decided to go out slow, and my first lap was in 77 seconds. I actually heard someone yelling at me for sandbagging during my first lap :) I still don't know who that was. Then right at the line leading to the second lap I "took off," passed about 8 people (which I admit was kind of fun), and ran a 72. I realize that I probably could have run faster if I went out, and this is kind of a sissy way to race, but I really enjoy it! I love finishing strong and not being miserable during the race, and especially love not hitting a wall. I think I'll sacrifice a few seconds every once in a while for the sake of enjoying myself :) 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 3.00Red Flats Miles: 0.50
Comments
From Barry on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 21:46:31 from 67.60.189.215

Great job! Is next week your mile race?

From allie on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 22:24:54 from 208.110.136.60

nicely done kelsey! way to cruise through your second lap and finish strong. awesome!

From seeaprilrun on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 22:47:28 from 205.172.12.230

Awesome job! You are cruising right on through! Next you win the mile right?

From Kelsey on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 16:42:06 from 98.230.3.218

Thanks!

Yeah it's the mile next week, I am getting spoiled by these short distances :)

From montelepsy on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 03:56:20 from 64.203.113.50

Am I a big or a little sissy if I can't do a 400 in 77?

From Kelli on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 13:37:44 from 71.219.76.64

Kelsey, I think you need to save something in the tank! I die after the first 400, so it is totally amazing to me that you can ran that first lap so fast and STILL pull out some more for the next lap!!!

AWESOME! No go get some ice cream girlie! YOU HAVE EARNED IT AGAIN!

From marion on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 15:49:33 from 71.213.113.143

You are an ANIMAL with attitude ;) That is SO cool about passing everyone :) You are my hero!!! congratulation !!!

From Burt on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 18:10:51 from 98.167.151.26

Okay, just do that once more and you'll have a 4:58 mile ;)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

Tennis with Benton

Race: St George Island Sizzler (3.1 Miles) 00:19:45, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.003.105.10

Just what you were waiting for... yet another race report by me.

This was a grand prix event, located on St George Island, almost 2 hours from Tallahassee. It started at 7pm under the hot, hot sun. Yuck.

Not many details... it was super hot, and my time was bad but with the heat and head wind I didn't expect anything better than that really. My main "competition" (she's actually a friend I love racing with) missed the start, so there were no other girls around me, but ran mainly with a guy who I run some tempos with.  I didn't place as well in the men as I normally do though, so that shows I'm not quite in the shape I was a month or two ago.  I'll get there though. And I am perfectly happy in the mean time running 19:45s on "bad" days... after all, I would have killed for this time last year.

Pretty much just glad this one is over! Is it Autumn yet???

 

Splits were something like 6:15 (felt ehhh), 6:33 (headwind, hurting), 6:22 (hot, hurting, wind at back) 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 2.00Red Flats Miles: 3.10
Comments
From Barry on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 00:05:38 from 67.60.189.215

Congratulations, you did awesome again!

From Nevels on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 00:13:36 from 75.143.88.18

Congrats. I remember the Sizzler being a particularly hot (and slow) race for me last year.

Solid run, and congrats again on the win.

From Kelli on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 11:44:42 from 71.219.76.64

Woo-hoo!!! Another win for Kelsey! You are awesome. I can not even imagine running a 5k anywhere near that fast, it is so impressive!

Yeah, is it fall yet? What is up with this stupid heat of summer???

From Bonnie on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 13:47:29 from 75.164.32.215

Races like this it is all about the win Kelsey - and you came through like a champ again!! Good job. You are very fit right now!

From seeaprilrun on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 18:03:16 from 68.102.144.140

Awesome and a great time!--really! You are on a winning streak!

From marion on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 21:30:19 from 71.213.113.143

Is there a 12 step for racing addicts ;) You are a machine! I would race as much as you do too, if I could win like you do :) Ya hoo! Kudos Kelsey :)

From The Howling Commando on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 21:53:46 from 72.224.24.41

GREAT JOB as always, Kelsey!

From Kelsey on Wed, Jul 01, 2009 at 09:46:31 from 98.230.3.218

Thanks everyone for reading yet ANOTHER race report, and thanks for your encouraging words as usual! Don't worry, I'll have another one up for you tomorrow :)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

I'm engaged!! Jason proposed to me yesterday through an elaborate plan involving me flying to Memphis, and now we are staying at a bed and breakfast in New Orleans to celebrate! 

Comments
From seeaprilrun on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 11:49:51 from 68.102.144.140

Congratulations and WOW what a proposal!!! Enjoy your time!!!

From Nevels on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 18:06:54 from 75.143.88.18

Congratulations!

Florida to Memphis to New Orleans...he made you work for it, didn't he...

From Eric Day on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 18:26:17 from 189.192.216.251

Hey !!!!

Super, congrats. Was a 'flying' proposal?

Best to both of you!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.000.007.00

Back in Tallahassee!

7ish. Hot. 

I have my mile tomorrow... not expecting much but it should still be "fun" :) 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 7.00
Comments
From Barry on Wed, Jul 01, 2009 at 22:54:23 from 67.60.189.215

Good luck on your mile race tomorrow!

Race: Summer Track Series (1 Miles) 00:05:39, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.001.003.00

I am very pleased with my mile time! I think it is my best mile ever, but definitely since college. I would have been disappointed over 6 minutes, and extremely happy under 5:45.

I ran this similar to my 800, went out super slow (2:57 first half) and then raced the second half of the race. It really made it more enjoyable. Plus Jason got to watch and I got to show off my new bling :) 

We have a grand prix mile race in the beginning of August and I really want to get as close to 5:30 as possible.  

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 2.00Red Flats Miles: 1.00
Comments
From Snoqualmie on Fri, Jul 03, 2009 at 11:39:23 from 67.171.56.164

Great job! Congratulations! You are Pegasus!

From Kelsey on Fri, Jul 03, 2009 at 20:05:30 from 98.230.3.218

Haha, thanks :)

From allie on Fri, Jul 03, 2009 at 21:33:42 from 67.161.243.247

great job kelsey!

From marion on Sat, Jul 04, 2009 at 13:38:56 from 71.219.58.182

Geeze louise!!! You are the speed QUEEN!! All Hail Queen Kelsey!!! Hooo Raw!!!!

I should have your RHPC shirt in the mail to you next week. Please PM me your address. I forgot to write it down when you mailed me your check. :(

From Burt on Sat, Jul 04, 2009 at 14:38:53 from 98.167.151.26

Kelsey - what happened to 1:06 X 4 = 4:24? LOL! You did great!

Marion - I have a good friend at work who is a Marine. He made sure to let me know that there is no H in Hooo Raw!!!

From marion on Sat, Jul 04, 2009 at 15:14:19 from 71.219.58.182

OK Burt- how do we spell it??? I can't spell "real" words, let alone the made up ones by a bunch of jar heads! ;D (One of my best friends is a Marine... gotta love 'em, come to think of it, I don't think that Mark can spell either)

From Kelli on Sat, Jul 04, 2009 at 15:54:34 from 71.219.89.21

WOO-HOO again!

From Burt on Sat, Jul 04, 2009 at 16:13:42 from 98.167.151.26

For fear of being killed in the night, I will not attempt to spell it.

From marion on Sat, Jul 04, 2009 at 16:28:52 from 71.219.58.182

Chicken! Most of the Marines that I know are just big teddy bears with BIG guns! They hardly ever kill anyone in their sleep ;)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.000.006.00

I don't know if it is the heat or what, but I am totally unmotivated right now. 

 

P.S. #1 on the mileage board right now ;) 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Aaron on Sun, Jul 05, 2009 at 12:20:33 from 202.156.10.232

I can relate... have had that this week in particular... fast 10km in your stats by the way... did you do speed work to achieve that? My fastest to date is: 43min.

From Kelsey on Wed, Jul 08, 2009 at 09:43:32 from 98.230.3.218

I just hope it goes away soon!

Thanks! I've actually been doing speed work once a week for a while, I think the difference with my 10k was I was doing a tempo run once a week too. I think that really started making a difference. And I upped my mileage a little bit, but my mileage is always lower than everyone else's, even when I think it is fairly high.

From Aaron on Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 02:16:57 from 63.82.98.51

Okay,

I'm kinda the other way around... lots of milage but not much speedwork... maybe I'll give that a go.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.003.005.00

2 x 1200- 4:53, 4:44

2 x 800- 3:01, 3:01

2 x 400- 81, 78

Went much better than I expected. I'll take it. 

New Brooks Blue Miles: 5.00
Comments
From Barry on Wed, Jul 08, 2009 at 19:30:27 from 67.60.189.215

Nice run! Do you have a race on Thursday this week?

From Kelsey on Thu, Jul 09, 2009 at 16:33:52 from 128.186.154.139

Yup, I have the two mile tonight! The record for this track series is a 12:35, so that is my goal! Although the gusty winds and pouring rain my hurt my chances, but hopefully it holds off!

From Barry on Thu, Jul 09, 2009 at 17:27:04 from 67.61.234.251

Good luck tonight, you will be in my prayers. :).

From Burt on Thu, Jul 09, 2009 at 18:44:44 from 68.76.197.194

P.S. You're one below me on the mileage board right now. LOL!

Race: Summer Track Series (2 Miles) 00:12:07, Place overall: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.502.004.50

I went out easy, as I have been doing and loving. First mile- 6:12, Second mile- 5:55. New Gulf Winds record, nice! 

(Note to self: This was actually a full 2 miles instead of 3200)

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 2.50Red Flats Miles: 2.00
Comments
From Barry on Thu, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:24:50 from 67.60.189.215

That is awesome, congratulations!!!! I would say that is at least two scoop ice cream, or even a three scoop. Do you have another race next week?

From Kelsey on Thu, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:33:16 from 98.230.3.218

Thanks! I actually got myself a ChickFila cookies and cream milkshake which, although cliche, is one of the best frozen desserts ever.

5k next week!

From seeaprilrun on Thu, Jul 09, 2009 at 22:36:33 from 205.172.12.229

You are a running machine!

From Burt on Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 12:26:31 from 68.76.197.194

How did you get so fast?

From Jed on Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 19:00:11 from 207.173.78.2

You are a racing fool! Now you're not only winning, but setting records in the process! You should have bought yourself at least two milkshakes.

From Kelli on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 14:19:51 from 71.219.89.21

All I can say is OH MY HECK! YOU ROCK!

From JD on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 14:22:26 from 64.65.159.206

Nice job! Another win!

From allie on Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 14:58:10 from 208.110.151.113

congrats on yet another win. great race and AWESOME 5:55 for the second mile!

From marion on Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 13:45:17 from 71.213.106.139

BAum Baum, Chicka chicka Baum Baum!!! You are SO fast!!! :D

From Snoqualmie on Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 15:20:45 from 67.171.56.164

Another great race! How satisfying that must be for you. Congratulations!! You are a great inspiration.

From Kelsey on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 14:13:16 from 128.186.154.139

Thanks everyone :) Only 2 track meets left!

And snoqualmie, don't give me too much credit!

From marion on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 14:14:22 from 71.213.106.139

Your shirt is in the mail :) There is an extra something special in there for you too ;)

From Kelsey on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 14:36:37 from 128.186.154.139

I'm soo excited! I have been super unmotivated and dreading every run lately, so this will help boost me back into the running spirit! Can't wait!

From Burt on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 14:37:29 from 68.76.197.194

I bet the extra something is melted ice cream.

From marion on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 14:40:54 from 71.213.106.139

Great idea Burt! I wish I had thought of that!!!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.000.007.00

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 7.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.003.005.00

Had a tough time tonight. It was warm (heat index around 96) but nothing out of the ordinary. My legs just struggled.

12x400, all @ 90 or less, fastest 84.  

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 5.00
Comments
From Barry on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 12:20:18 from 67.61.234.251

Great run! What is the course record for the 5K you will be running on Thursday?

From Kelsey on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 14:15:56 from 128.186.154.139

Wow you have a good memory! You keep track of my schedule well. The track club record is 19:25, which I really don't think I can do right now with this lack of endurance. But my age group record is like 23 minutes, so I should have that easily, barring any injury of course. I think I will shoot for under 20 and see what happens.

Thanks for remembering!

From Nevels on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 13:05:40 from 131.204.15.93

Solid workout.

12x400 was a staple in high school for me, and, if I remember correctly, it put some pretty good pep in my step for 5k's, 3200's and 1600's, so you should blow that 5k away...

Race: Summer Track Series (3.1 Miles) 00:19:20, Place overall: 3
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
1.503.104.60

I am super happy with this race! I thought I would struggle to run 19:45. My friend Micah came, and we hadn't run with each other since May since I have been traveling so much, but she is getting to be in really good shape. There was also a girl from the FSU track team there. I knew Micah really wanted to beat the other girl, and I decided to just stay with them until I couldn't. That point ended up being around 9 laps in I think. The FSU girl ended up beating Micah by 5 seconds which stinks. 

I have 400 splits, but we went out in 6:08 then did something like a 6:11, then I died a little. But this is the hardest I have actually run in a while, and I am really happy with it! 

I also won the summer track series, I think I get my award next week!  

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 1.50Red Flats Miles: 3.10
Comments
From allie on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 22:39:14 from 208.110.151.113

great job kelsey. congrats on the series win!

From Barry on Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 22:59:44 from 67.61.238.49

You did awesome again, congratulations!

From montelepsy on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 02:31:54 from 64.203.113.50

I hope the award is proportional to your studliness.

From Snoqualmie on Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 22:54:52 from 67.171.56.164

I'm so glad you won the series!!! All that hard work + great talent + a very nice person who deserves good things happening to her!

From Burt on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 15:38:32 from 98.167.151.26

You're the greatest Kelsey! Way to go!

From Sasha Pachev on Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 21:45:52 from 192.168.1.1

Congratulations on a trustworthy PR. I think you have the speed to run an OTQ in the marathon if you put in the miles.

Right now, the 5 K is a little off, but it is because your mileage is low. Which is why you die in the third mile. Your true 5 K pace is probably around 5:50 per mile. But with mileage 5 K will get where it should, and so will other distances, including the marathon.

From marion on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 18:29:40 from 71.213.106.139

Kelsey- You are too COOL! That is amazing, to win the series :) YIPPEE!! The RHPC rule the world ;D

From Kelsey on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 16:26:23 from 128.186.154.139

Thanks everyone! I can't wait to see what my prize is, hopefully it is something cool. Or edible. Yum.

And thanks for your input Sasha. I look forward to gradually increasing my mileage going into my next marathon to see what I can do! Hopefully I will get some shorter race PRs along the way.

From Nevels on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 16:34:53 from 131.204.15.93

I don't know if you're interested, or even if I can help at all, but I have a friend on faculty here in Auburn who is trying to get her third OTQ marathon and wants me to train with her to help with pacing/motivation/etc. She keeps her mileage typically pretty high (usually slightly higher than mine), but I think we're going to start the real hard-core marathon training in December, with the target race being the Grandma's Marathon in June 2010, with a goal time of sub-2:45. I admittedly am not an expert at fast marathoning, but I could let you know what it is that she's doing. Just a thought...

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.200.007.20

GORGEOUS morning!! 76 degrees when I finished at 9am! Too bad I didn't get to enjoy my run that much because for the last 3 miles I just kept thinking about how bad I had to use the bathroom. At least it made me run fast towards the end! 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 7.20
Comments
From The Howling Commando on Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 09:36:42 from 72.224.24.41

Nice way to start the week! It was nice here too. Don't you just hate when nature calls mid-run?! At least it turned into a tempo run for you. :-P

From Kelsey on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 16:23:34 from 128.186.154.139

Oh man, it wasn't even funny! But yes, I did end up running faster :)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.253.006.25

Mile repeats. 6:16, 6:14, 6:15.  Felt really hard. At least they were consistent... consistently slow...

  

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.25
Comments
From seeaprilrun on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 20:37:55 from 205.172.12.229

Wow your and my definition of slow must be different. Good job!

From Kelsey on Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 15:41:56 from 128.186.154.139

Haha well I felt like I was going slow because it hurt so bad. My legs just didn't want to run! Then I realized that it is my second-fastest set of repeats ever. Maybe that's why my legs felt so bad!!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

Tennis! Fun stuff.

I think I may get my summer track award at the meet tomorrow, so I am nerdely excited. I don't care what it is, I'll still love it :) Although I hope it's not a trophy or plaque. And I hope I can eat it.

The track meet is just for fun (no grand prix event), so I'm thinking of doing the 800 immediately followed by the 2 mile. Then back to Thursday night tempo runs next week.


Comments
From montelepsy on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 15:25:41 from 64.203.113.50

Are you excited at what a nerd would be excited about (like the new GI Joe movie) or are you being excited in a nerdy way (snorting laughter and screwed-up face)?

From Kelli on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 18:11:38 from 71.219.89.21

Can not wait to hear what the PRIZE is!!!!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.752.256.00

They changed the race schedule around, meaning I ended up running a 400 and then the 2 mile. I ran the 400 in about 64 or 65 and won by 1/1000 of a second! It was super close. I ran so hard that I honestly thought my quads were going to rip off or I was going to fall down. It was crazy. When I finished I had tunnel vision. It was only a second or two faster than my 400 a couple weeks ago, but apparently that made a big difference. Probably because I went out faster so I was dead. 

Then I had a 3 minute break before the two mile. I knew I was in trouble because my legs were all messed up. It was horrible! I ran 13:07, a minute slower than two weeks ago. I didn't think one 400 could mess me up that bad but it did. 

Today was the ice cream social since it was the last track meet, but you never get any if you do the distance event. So instead we went out for ice cream after and I got a brownie sundae with cheesecake ice cream. It was unbelievable. It made me realize how much I really love real whipped cream. And hot fudge. And a brownie and ice cream.

My prize for the summer track series was a 10 dollar gift card to the local running shoe store. Although I can't eat it, it will definitely be put into use! 

Red Flats Miles: 2.25New Brooks Blue Miles: 3.75
Comments
From marion on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 09:22:20 from 71.213.106.139

Tunnel vision??? Scary! I hate that when that happens, but I have brain issues, so I am used to it ;) Quads ripping off??? WOW!!! Sounds like you needed an ice cream social :)

The gift certificate sounds cool, that and your Piggie Medal make a perfect Queen Prize for a RHPC!!!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.003.607.60

Hill workout with Micah and Sheryl at San Luis. Tons of fun! I have never run there with other people before. 

2 mile warm up, 6 hill loops pushing the uphill, 2 mile cool down.  

New Brooks Blue Miles: 7.60
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
7.000.007.00

Legs weren't feeling it. And neither was my nose. Trash day, yuck.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 7.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.006.00

Heck yeah! Best intervals I have had in a while!

6x800

3:03 (oops), 2:57, 2:57, 2:57, 2:54, 2:47 

Not bad for super humid. Ran with Micah, Sheryl, new girl Laura, and almost Lauren. Really fun, it felt like we were on a team! 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 6.00
Comments
From allie on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 19:44:02 from 208.110.151.113

nice job! i especially love that last one. way to finish strong!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

No running today, just tennis!

I did, however, bake "Jesus cookies", well that's what I was calling them because they were for church. I took an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe and made it a little healthier and changed the chips to butterscotch because that's what I had. They were a hit, although somewhat crumbly off the pan. Once they sat around an hour or two they held together fine. No one missed the butter!

This made 27 cookies for me, but was supposed to make 30:

 [Relatively Healthy] Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

  • 1/3 cup applesauce (the recipe called for butter here)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (i only had whole wheat and white, so I did half and half)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips (i did butterscotch)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and sugars with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture until well combined. Stir in oats, then chocolate chips. Spoon dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes.

(Altered from here: http://healthycooking.suite101.com/article.cfm/oatmeal_chocolate_chip_cookies)

Comments
From marion on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 11:21:22 from 71.219.52.63

I love it! I have never made "Jesus Cookies" ;) You are funny. I bet they were SO so good! Tennis sounds fun. It's good to take a break some times :) I wish I had one of your cookies :)

From Kelsey on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 12:20:46 from 128.186.154.139

Tennis was fun, and I am actually pretty sore today so it was a good workout!

Come to Florida to claim your cookie!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.003.107.10

Back to the thursday night tempo group now that the summer track series is over. Ran 3 mile warm up, 21:48 for the 5k tempo,1 mile cool down.  I think this was slower than back in the spring but I have to check. It was super dooper humid, as usual, and muddy, which was kind of fun actually.  Not quite able to stay with Lauren, Micah and Sheryl, but close. 

 

About 18 seconds slower than the week before my 5k PR.  I think I can knock that off while my mileage increases.  

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 7.10
Comments
From Burt on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 19:30:22 from 68.76.197.194

I ate some ice cream last night. I've been trying to avoid it, but I succombed.

From Kelsey on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 22:34:29 from 128.186.154.139

I would think of that as a good thing. You know it was worth it!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

So I am beginning to plan my wedding (crazy!) and I think instead of using real flowers at the reception I am going to make paper flowers. If I can make them look nice. So if anyone has any experience/advice in this area let me know. 

If I end up doing the paper flower theme, I'm thinking of these centerpieces in colors to match my theme, and I would add a tiny light in each flower to light up the room.

And this cake

Of course I could alter the flower if someone knows a better way. I would also like to make cloth flowers for the bridesmaids hair if anyone knows how, if not I will purchase them. I like these

Just thought I'd throw it out there and see if anyone hear specializes in this type of thing :)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
8.500.008.50

trail run with jay, nancy, micah, et al.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 8.50
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.503.007.50

I just realized FSU plays BYI in football in September. I would totally go if I didn't have a grand prix race that weekend. Darn!

Headed for a little double vacay really early tomorrow morning (getting up at 2:30am) with Jason's family in Myrtle Beach and then my family in Port Charlotte.  I will be missing out on intervals with the track club, and with my mile grand prix race coming up I knew I needed the speed work. I had a crazy day, followed by going to the local shelter with my church group to cook dinner for the approximately 300 guests they have for dinner each night. We were finished around 8:30 and I went straight to the track, trying to get home as early as possible to get some sleep and trying to avoid a big storm that was coming. I warm up about a mile and begin my workout, which I decided would be as many 400s as I can stay motivated for, preferably 12 but thinking it will end up being like 5. 

All of that rushing had me rush my first interval as well, running a 79. A little too fast, but that's okay. I jogged an easy lap around and was about to start my second 400 and long story short a guy on the track decided to race me to amuse himself and his friends. He took off when I did, way too fast, and I just let him go because I didn't realize we were racing. After the first 200 I realized what was going on and caught up to him, finishing a second or two behind him. I am sure that wasn't quite the victory margin he wanted. During my easy lap the sky opened and it started pouring, so they guys left. That left me and two other speedy girls on the track. I loved it! I felt so hard core running in the rain and loved that two other girls who seemed to be doing some type of interval workouts of their own were the only people to work through it. At times the rain was an inch or two deep on the track. I continued to do 400 on, one lap off (a little more than 400 because I had to run in lane 4). 

Times:

79, 76, 89, 89, 91, 89, 87, 86, 89, 85, 87, 85

I can't believe I finished an entire speed workout by myself. I am super proud, and my times weren't bad considering the weather. They were actually better than my last 400s with the track club. I think my body was thankful that it wasn't 1000 degrees.  

Comments
From Kelli on Wed, Aug 05, 2009 at 20:37:33 from 71.219.100.174

NICELY DONE!!! Have a fun little vacation!!

Did you mean BYU?

From Kelsey on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 14:00:06 from 128.186.154.139

oops yep. stupid typos!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.000.004.00

I got frustrated and stopped. This vacation is not really a running one. 

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.000.502.50

another quality workout on vacation ;)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.003.005.00

I don't have internet at home anymore so my posts will probably be a little behind :(

Vacation was nice but I am glad I am back home and on schedule again with my training.

1 mile (6:11) followed by 8x400, all around 82-89.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 5.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

tennis!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.003.105.10

5k tempo run with the Thursday Night group. Felt pretty rough, probably because I slacked for a week on vacation. Hopefully I feel better for the race on Saturday.

 

Didn't stop my watch, but it was a little over 22 minutes... worst tempo time yet :(

New Brooks Blue Miles: 5.10
Comments
From kristel on Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 10:16:59 from 70.171.68.222

Vacation is nice but hard how it throws off your groove. I can't quite seem to get back into it! Good luck!

Race: Breakfast on The Track (1 Miles) 00:05:27, Place overall: 5
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.001.005.00

I am so pleased with this race, especially after I felt so bad Thursday! It's a mile PR for me.  I was never a good mile runner, but now I am starting to enjoy the distance.

Quarter splits (slightly more than a 400 each):

1:22, 1:22, 1:23, 1:20

I felt great and probably should had a little bit too much left, but I didn't expect to be able to go that fast. Too bad it will be another year before I get to try again!

I also ate one blueberry pancake for each mile I ran :)

Red Flats Miles: 1.00New Brooks Blue Miles: 4.00
Comments
From Burt on Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 13:16:16 from 98.167.151.26

Great job on the PR. Time to update. And great pancake to mile ratio.

From marion on Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 15:43:23 from 71.213.121.129

Yee Haw Sister!!! You are so SMOKIN' fast! I love it :) Those pancakes sound SO yummy!! :)

From seeaprilrun on Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 17:29:13 from 68.102.148.130

You are getting blazing fast! Wow! I bet you could get under a five minute mile with the right training! Amazing!

From Barry on Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 20:02:37 from 67.61.238.49

Great race! What was the first place time?

From Kelsey on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 12:42:35 from 128.186.154.139

Thanks guys :)

Barry- First place female was 5:04 (17 years old) and second was 5:09 (14 years old). They are so talented! Fastest guy was around 4:40.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.009.759.75

My easy weekend long run group ended up starting at the same place and time as the weekend long distance tempoers. They do an out and back, fast out, and super fast back. So we ended up hanging onto their pace for most of our run, and got out in like 35 minutes, and back in 37 (it is like .1 longer on the way back, and uphill, so we did great!). I'm pretty sore from the combination of this run and the mile yesterday. 

And all of my shoes smell from all of the rain we have been getting lately. Gross.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 9.75
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.003.006.00

I did intervals with the morning group today since I'm leaving town for the evening. They were a fast group, there was only one person behind me!

6x800- 3:04, 3:02,2:59, 2:58, 2;55,2:53

in the near future I hope to do all 800s under 3 minutes

New Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.003.155.15

Thursday 5k tempo run. I felt pretty tired, but I think it was my second fastest time so maybe that is why. I am pretty sore today. I have been having too many negative thoughts go through my head while I run. And every time I run I think about how I am never running again. Then when I am finished I forget how miserable I was and put myself through it again. I don't know why I am feeling so "miserable" when I run but I need to get over it. I have on and off days with feeling good, but even if my body feels good I sometimes don't enjoy it. I think it's because I run all my workouts kind of hard, since they are all group workouts. But isn't that the point? 

 

 

 21:30

(new shoes)

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 5.15
Comments
From Kelli on Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 17:16:18 from 71.219.64.200

Nice job as always!

My advice: take some easy days, run by yourself or with a friend, run slow and chat and have fun!

From Kelsey on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 08:12:10 from 128.186.154.139

I knew you of all people would understand Kelli! I am struggling to find motivation right now. And my legs are tired too. So I am doing a less speedwork and taking things easier. I think once my legs feel better it will get me excited to run again. It's supposed to be fun, not miserable!

From Kelli on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 13:32:33 from 71.219.64.200

I am the queen of lack of motivation, for sure! However, i have had a bit too much ice cream this summer, so my weight gain and lack of fitting clothes should be motivating me!!!

How are you feelin' now?

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
12.200.0012.20

Long run at Bradleys to the Georgia border. 51:30 out (with an upset stomach), 46:56 back (I had to stop my watch to take care of business in the woods. Super super gross). Quick pace with negative splits; nice run besides the bathroom mishap.

I have had a plague of upset stomachs lately during my runs. The last two runs I had what I would consider emergencies. If anyone has any pointers I'd love to hear them.

New Brooks Blue Miles: 12.20
Comments
From allie on Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 12:59:19 from 67.177.43.41

this happens to me when i put sugar into an empty stomach --- gels, sports drinks, etc. i have had some horrible race experiences because of of this, so i no longer take gels and i will only drink very small amounts of sports drinks, but only if i can dilute it with water.

if that isn't the issue, it may be because you are running too soon after you eat. if your stomach is still trying to digest and you start running, the blood flows to the legs and away from the intestines, causing cramping and other fun stuff. gravity and the pounding movements of running don't help with this.

From allie on Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 13:00:35 from 67.177.43.41

sorry, one more thought - could be dehydration???

also, great run! nice negative split for the second half.

From Barry on Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 12:15:53 from 67.61.234.251

My pointer would be stay close to a bathroom :-).

From Kelsey on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 08:10:28 from 128.186.154.139

Thanks for your input, Allie. I was running in the morning and didn't eat anything before. I am thinking I need to try drinking more water throughout the day to see if that helps. I sure hope so, because this is getting old!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.501.504.00

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 4.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.253.006.25

slowest tempo yet. boo.

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.25
Comments
From Kelli on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 13:35:42 from 71.219.64.200

BOO, indeed! But you are just taking a little break from all of your speedy running! You are still flippin' amazing!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
15.500.0015.50

My longest run since my marathon in November! It went pretty well, although my legs were definitely feeling the distance. This is the best I have felt on a run in while, physically and mentally. I think I am ready to lessen the speed work and bump up the mileage. Which is good, since marathon training begins soon!

Miles 2-11 were all around 8:04, Mile 12- 7:47, Mile 13 to finish were around 8:10-15 

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 15.50
Comments
From Kelli on Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 15:26:13 from 71.219.64.200

Super job!!! Very impressive paces for a long run. you are such a great runner!

From Kelsey on Tue, Sep 08, 2009 at 20:55:41 from 98.230.44.19

Thanks Kelli... hopefully I can keep my long runs at this pace so I can run marathons as fast as you :)

From Kelli on Tue, Sep 08, 2009 at 22:39:32 from 71.219.97.42

Oh, you can!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.503.105.60

5k tempo... not so good

 

22.15 

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 5.60
Comments
From Kelli on Tue, Sep 08, 2009 at 16:55:02 from 71.219.97.42

Not so bad....actually, it is good! It is just a tempo, not a race!!!! Hope you had a great weekend.

From Kelsey on Tue, Sep 08, 2009 at 20:56:26 from 98.230.44.19

aww thanks. i guess i'm frustrated because they're slower than usual, but it's still a good workout.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
6.500.006.50

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 6.50
Comments
From Barry on Mon, Sep 07, 2009 at 13:52:12 from 67.60.189.166

How was your race?

From Kelsey on Tue, Sep 08, 2009 at 20:56:53 from 98.230.44.19

it went pretty well :) 19:22. thanks for checking!!

Race: Red Cross Hurricane Run (3.1 Miles) 00:19:22, Place overall: 2
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
2.503.105.60

This race went much better than expected, seeing as how I've been feeling at workouts. It still took more effort than usual, but I'm happy with my time. Hopefully the cool fall weather (eventually!) will help me run some better times. 

Red Flats Miles: 3.10Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 2.50
Comments
From MMetcalf on Tue, Sep 08, 2009 at 20:59:31 from 68.164.105.223

thats a very nice time

From The Howling Commando on Wed, Sep 09, 2009 at 06:36:56 from 72.224.31.218

Great job! Way to snag second and some cool swag!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.003.107.10

Thursday tempo group. About the same as last week. At least it's not getting worse! I'll take it.

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 7.10
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
15.000.0015.00

ran to georgia!

about 15 miles at Bradleys, 2:10 (53 to Georgia line, then turned around at 1:05)

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 15.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.003.107.10

Thursday Tempo- 21:35.

 My fastest time in a long time. For once my legs didn't feel like they were tired before I even started. I don't know what I did to make them feel better but I hope it stays. Maybe it was all the rest I've had lately, or maybe because the weather was a little cooler, but it was the first time I wasn't feeling miserable on this run in months. I'll take it!

New Brooks Blue Miles: 7.10
Race: Women's Distance Festival 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:59, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
3.903.107.00

Wow, let's just say this run was super unexpected and I am very, very happy. It is my first official 5k (certified course!) under 19, and it wasn't the easiest course either. It was also a competitive race in our grand prix series and I was able to come away with a win. I have felt crappy for a long time now, and finally something clicked Thursday and my legs didn't feel tired as soon as I started. I was hoping that would carry on to this week and it really did.

The ladies got to start 5 minutes before the men, and my friend Micah took the lead right away. She has been having great workouts and should run 18:30 or so on a good day. I decided to just stay as close as possible for as long as I could so that I could end up with a decent time (I was thinking 19:30ish). After Micah was me and a woman named Sarah (a 46 year old ex-olympic speed skater).  We didn't see anyone else the entire race.

Sarah was awesome, she is such a good competitor.  We took turns pulling each other up the hills and slowly caught up to Micah who had a 10 second lead during most of the race. Around 2 miles I yelled at Micah to keep it up but it was obvious she was getting tired.  We caught her and passed her around 2.5. Sarah said something along the lines of "you go for it" as we continued to push the pace and she fell back just the slightest. So I pushed with everything I had (mostly fear), turned a corner and saw the clock at 18:40. I didn't see anything else from then on, it was just me, the finish line, and the clock. I crossed right as the clock was turning to 19, so I wasn't sure if I got it or not. I went back to the people taking the splits, and they said it was 18:59.89. While on the results page it will be rounded up to 19, I am definitely taking it as a sub-19, because the official time said it was!  Sarah finished only a second or two behind me (which is a little scary, I had no idea she was there!) and Micah another 5-10 seconds behind her.  A lot of people came up to me after the race saying things like "not to sound rude, but I didn't see that one coming." I'll take it as a compliment :)

This was one of my best races ever, and should pretty much clinch the grand prix series for me as long as I show up for the last two races. I really needed a race like this to get me back into the spirit of running again.

Splits: 6:06, 6:11 (the hilly mile), 6:04 

Red Flats Miles: 3.10Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 3.90
Comments
From Burt on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 12:13:17 from 98.167.151.26

By 0.11 seconds! Woot woot! How awesome. I thought for sure you would take third place. I didn't see that coming. (Just kidding.) So none of the guys caught you either? Great job once again Kelsey. Terrific report, too.

From Barry on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 14:05:42 from 67.60.189.166

Wow, you did awesome! What is the secret of your success?

From marion on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 14:07:05 from 71.213.124.121

HOLY COW!!! Kelsey that was A #1 FANTASTIC! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You are SO amazing and this was YOUR race baby! Yee Ha!!!!

From Twinkies on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 14:12:12 from 98.202.132.86

Congratulations on going sub-19. I'm glad you've got the spirit back. You can finish the year off strong.

From Britta on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 15:44:19 from 72.130.108.181

Wow wow wow!!!! Congratulations that is soooo exciting.

From Snoqualmie on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 16:00:18 from 24.18.192.33

Of course it is sub 19!! Congratulations!

Kind of cool to go out before the men, but I feel sorry for the faster guys trying to get through the slower women.

Awesome running!!

From Kelli on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 16:13:26 from 71.219.96.151

Yeah for things clicking and for that awesome time. you are such an amazing athlete.

From kristel on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 18:55:49 from 24.252.108.104

Way to go! You are awesome.

From Nevels on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:20:48 from 131.204.15.93

Congrats on a solid run.

We used to have a Women's Distance Festival 5k in Huntsville, but I think it transformed into something else recently. In any case, the women's race was completely separate (and before) the men's race, and it was on a pretty difficult course, too.

Again, congrats on the new PR, and way to bust through another minute mark (sub-18...here she comes....)

From allie on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 21:30:57 from 67.177.43.41

sorry, i am late on this...sub-19 is just awesome! congrats on the win and an excellent race. and on the entire series as well...you have made quite a showing this year! well done.

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 19:36:48 from 192.168.1.1

Congratulations on a PR!

From Kelsey on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 06:25:56 from 128.186.154.139

Thanks for your comments and support everyone :)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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New Brooks Blue Miles: 5.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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I had this great idea that I would turn the Thursday night tempo into a long run. The plan was to run 9 miles, then do the tempo with everyone else (at a slower pace of course) for a total of 14 miles. It ended up being over 95 degrees and my body just couldn't handle it. I did 7 instead of 9 before, then couldn't finish the tempo. I am okay with it though, I did my best and the heat just killed me. My legs were aching so bad after that I had to lay down on a bench to put them up. I probably ended up doing just short of 10. Not quite what I wanted due to the 20k next weekend, but I figure that race is more like a workout for me anyway.

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 9.75
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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at least i got out there...?

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 3.00
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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it was BELOW EIGHTY DEGREES while I was running tonight!! amazinggggg. my body is so thankful for the arrival of fall.

4x1200-  4:37, 4:27, 4:33, 4:18... not the most consistent, but my first intervals in a while where I didn't feel miserable. Very happy :) 

 

 

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 6.00
Comments
From marion on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 14:12:45 from 71.213.105.213

Oh man, I bet you love Fall down there :) It really must feel good to have some lower temperatures. I is POURING here right now. They say it will drop into the low 30's today :(::::::::: I have to figure out how to not waste my good weather being injured. GREAT run :)

From Nevels on Fri, Oct 02, 2009 at 14:35:41 from 131.204.15.93

sub-6 pace. nice

if you keep doing intervals at that pace or better, you'll be able to hit a 5k at that pace (18:36)...

From Kelsey on Sat, Oct 03, 2009 at 16:37:36 from 98.230.44.19

Low 30s Marion? Gross!! We only see that for about a week here.

I sure hope you are right Nevels!

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really easy tempo, i'll count it as slow mileage

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 6.70
Race: Pine Run at Tall Timbers (12.4 Miles) 01:31:30, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 3
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This race was crazy! Definitely cross country at its best. I wasn't sure how I would do due to lack of endurance, and I definitely felt it around mile 6. The rough terrain really started to get to my feet and ankles.  They got tired of being flopped around so much.  I got muddy, ran up hills that would have been faster to walk up, ran in sand, tripped on roots, and kind of took a wrong turn. Luckily I noticed we did it and called everyone back. At that point I was in third, and my friend Olivia was in second. Since she had a 15-20 second lead on me, she ended up almost a minute behind me because of the wrong turn. So I slowed down in mile 12 to let her get me. I figured all I wanted was a workout, and I wanted the results to be fair. She deserved it. I can probably subtract about a minute from my time associated with all of the confusion and waiting. 

I'll have to get my splits later although they don't mean much on this course. We did run a couple of sub-7s in the middle, even with some hills in there.

The funny thing is my time on this crazy course was faster than my half marathon PR pace. I really need to run a good half to get that down. I decided to do the Hoover Dam Half on Halloween when I am in Vegas for my brothers wedding. I don't know how I'll run out there though.  

 

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 12.40
Comments
From Burt on Sat, Oct 03, 2009 at 18:43:49 from 98.167.151.26

You are so nice. Great job! Have fun at the Hoover Dam. Not too far from St. George where all the marathoners were at today.

From Kelli on Sat, Oct 03, 2009 at 22:51:50 from 75.162.136.134

Well, I am looking forward to that half! I do not think I could run over that dam (do you run over it?) I can barely drive over it.

Awesome job, and way to be FAIR. I have never heard of a runner being so kind, but it figures you would be the one to break that mold! You are awesome.

From Snoqualmie on Sun, Oct 04, 2009 at 10:07:04 from 24.18.192.33

I don't know how you cross country runners keep from twisting an ankle! Great job on your race. Beautiful!

From Twinkies on Sun, Oct 04, 2009 at 11:30:46 from 98.202.132.86

Great Job. That sounds like a really fun race.

From Kelsey on Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 12:37:32 from 128.186.154.139

Thanks guys, the race really was a ton of fun. We are all lucky that no one got injured!

Kelli- I just checked out the race. Looks like we don't go over the damn, just all around it I guess. I've never been there so I don't really know how to explain it. Apparently there are a bunch of switchbacks that we go down, get to the dam, then go up? Here's the link for more info :)

http://calicoracing.squarespace.com/course-hooverdam/

From Burt on Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 12:45:59 from 68.76.197.194

Allie recently ran a half marathon in Boulder City which is very very close to the dam.

From Burt on Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 12:56:51 from 68.76.197.194

I just looked up Allie's race. It's the same company that's doing your race - Calico. The races are very close in location to each other. Probably within a mile or two.

From Kelli on Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 13:20:44 from 71.219.96.151

Oh my, though, that is a tough course with major switchbacks. When I went to AZ to visit Burt we drove that thing and WOW!!! Anyone who can run it is AMAZING! I can not wait to hear all about it.

From Burt on Mon, Oct 05, 2009 at 13:27:07 from 68.76.197.194

To visit Burt. LOL!

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I don't know why the sight of me jogging down the sidewalk angers people so bad they have to yell at me out their car window.  I guess they're jealous of my RHPC shirt :)

Easy run in a nice cool drizzle.

New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 4.00
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From montelepsy on Fri, Oct 09, 2009 at 05:54:30 from 155.85.58.253

RHPC? I don't know what it stands for, but it does make me angry.

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Normal Thursday tempo.  It is summer again, with a heat index in the upper 90s.  I ran okay... 22:20ish.  Not too good, not too horrible. 

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 6.60
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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Went pretty well, even though it was waaaay too hot and humid outside. Yuck. We had such a tease last week with the cool weather. 

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 15.00
Comments
From Barry on Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 11:41:10 from 72.24.220.35

Great run! Are you ready for your next race?

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New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 5.50
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thursday tempo. worst in a while. i really think i just need the heat to go away, i felt so tired. a cold front is coming through tonight and should leave nice weather for the weekend.

didn't get my time, but it was over 23 minutes. not worth stopping the watch for! 

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 6.60
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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What a gorgeous day!! A cold front went through yesterday, so it was only 42 degrees when I started :) Probably around 50 at the finish.  Felt really good for all of it until the wall at mile 14.  As long as it's after 13.1 I am okay for now!

 

Bradley's with Olivia (and IA). To the GA state line, back, then back out for 2.5 more. 

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 15.00
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From allie on Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 15:19:25 from 67.177.43.41

i saw a national weather forecast that said FL may be seeing some record low temperatures this weekend. then they said something like 40 degrees and it just made me laugh. i need to move there! i hate the cold. anyway, glad you were able to enjoy some cooler temperatures and get a good long run in.

From Kelsey on Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 16:43:55 from 98.230.44.19

Haha I was proud of myself for running in shorts :) Another girl had on pants, two shirts, gloves and a headband. You should move here for the winters and back home for the summers. Your temperatures wouldn't really change that much!

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12x400 with the track club (relay style)

89, 90, 88, 85, 84, 86, 71 (raced a friend), 93 (jelly legs!), 91, 86, 78, 78 

Felt really good! Beautiful 75 degrees outside. 

New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 5.25
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From Alicia on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 15:20:23 from 64.238.176.81

Disney was a good marathon. I went to FSU for my undergrad and my first marathon was the Tallahassee Marathon and I've done a few other smaller ones, Disney was by far the biggest. I'm actually doing it again this year. The weather is always unpredictable in Florida even in the winter, last year was nice, but my dad did the race a few years ago and he said that it was in the 80's. There isn't really an after party though, only soda, cookies, fruit, and bagels.

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5 easy

Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 5.00
Comments
From Barry on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 21:24:21 from 72.24.220.35

Nice run. Good luck on your race this weekend! :-)

From Oreo on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 at 12:29:53 from 206.81.136.37

I like it! More miles = more ice cream. You can't forget about the good stuff. Looks like you are a crusier! The pic is awesome with the cap in the background. Rock the 5k this weekend.

Race: Alan Sunberg Memorial 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:59, Place overall: 3
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My sub-19 is officially not a fluke! Although I would like to go at least a full second under at some point. At WDF I ran 18:59.89 and today I ran 18:59.45.  A PR is a PR, right?

Some FSU girls came out today who I knew were fast, so I knew it was going to be a tough race. My first two miles were 6:02 and 6:04, so I thought I was going to run a really good time. I fell back the last mile, and the couple of hills didn't help, so I ran something around 6:15 or something like that.  I was in second for a little (for most of mile 2) but it didn't last. Maybe I am getting selfish, but I would really like to run a 18:58. 18:59 isn't as exciting as it used to be.

They gave out free skin cancer screenings and I have one they think I need to get removed. Boooo. I knew that was going to happen though. 

Red Flats Miles: 3.10
Comments
From seeaprilrun on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 14:03:01 from 68.103.250.39

Heck yeah a PR is a PR! Awesome job and awesome race!

From Kelli on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 15:26:52 from 71.219.97.106

Congrats on the PR!!! I KNEW it was not a fluke, I think NONE of us doubted you!!! AWESOME RACE!

From Burt on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 15:53:13 from 98.167.151.26

Come on already. 18:59 is so 2008.

From Barry on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 18:13:32 from 72.24.220.35

Great race! I am glad to hear that you did awesome. Plus, you got a PR, and that is even more awesome. I would say have an extra scoop of ice cream, but you have a race next weekend. Anyway, Great job.

From rattletrap on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 01:03:25 from 24.19.93.139

Go for the extra scoop, you deserve it!

From MichelleL on Sun, Oct 25, 2009 at 11:39:53 from 71.213.97.46

Hey nice job. You put in the time and you'll go sub 18:59 :)

From Smooth on Mon, Oct 26, 2009 at 12:57:16 from 174.23.240.142

AWESOME! CONGRATS on the PR! Have fun at Hoover Dam!

From Jacob Flaws on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 09:39:50 from 174.22.80.142

Nice race!!!

From Kelsey on Sat, Nov 07, 2009 at 18:17:36 from 98.230.44.19

sorry for the late response, but thanks so much for the encouragement :)

Race: Hoover Dam Half (13.1 Miles) 01:36:58, Place overall: 1
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I finally have time to write about the race. I went to Vegas for my brother's wedding and decided to do this half while I was there.   

I will have to look up my splits later but the race went something like this:

The bus from the Strip got there late, we only had 5 minutes to check in, use the bathroom, put on chip and number, and get to the line.  Having been in Vegas the last few days, breathing in smoke, eating bad food, and not getting much sleep, I wasn't sure how this was going to go.  I also hadn't run all week because I was so busy with the festivities.

When we started off only one girl started a bit faster than me, so I decided to pass her right away and get into position with some men to encourage me to run faster.  That didn't end up working out, as it was a tiny race, and I ended up running on my own through the entire thing.  I had devil ears on as my costume but I realized quickly that they were going to be too annoying to run in, so I threw down at the mile marker.  

The first half was up and down for me.  The first mile I just couldn't catch my breath.  I don't know what that was all about.  Miles two and three I had pretty bad pain in my shins. I honestly thought I may not be able to finish if the pain kept getting worse.  When we switched to the trails I think it helped my shins out a little.  Miles four to six felt exceptionally great.  It was a gradual uphill but I didn't feel it at all in my legs.  My splits weren't super fast, but my legs felt great.  They were also my favorite miles of the course, as we ran through some tunnels that were blasted through the mountains.  It was pretty sweet, and one of the tunnels was so long that it was pitch black in the center.  During the final tunnel I saw a pretty little marathoner in a lady bug costume and it was Smooth. My first FRB meeting!!! I was super excited and screamed her name, and she yelled mine back and we both yelled to each other as we ran in opposite directions.  

Then there was a mile of small rolling hills that went okay, followed by the downhill switchbacks to the dam. I don't know what happened here, if I forgot to hit my watch or what, but my split was like 13 minutes. I got confused a little bit on the course, but it shouldn't have added more than a minute, so I really don't get it.  

Then I ran by the dam, and honestly didn't see it. I was kind of confused about the course so I didn't even notice I was in front of it. Bummer! The photog got a picture of me all confused in front of the dam, so at least I'll see what I look like in front of it even though I didn't see it.  Then it was time to go back up the switchbacks- it was horrible. And the next mile was the rolling hills, which were much, much harder in this direction.  My split for this mile was like 10 minutes.  I think this actually pretty true, I had a lot of trouble recovering from the switchbacks and following hills.  

I was nervous because I saw the second place girl and figured she was only a minute or two behind me.  The rest of the race was gradual downhill for the most part, which proved tough on the loose gravel on the trails. But I pushed really hard, and I was surprised how hard it was for me to keep the pace.  I was able to get my splits to about 7:05 for the last few miles but it took a lot of work. I won, and once again it was fun to slap Jason's hand as I ran to the finish line, although he knew I wouldn't be too thrilled about the time.

I ended up getting a PR (I haven't run many halfs) so I am happy about that, but I really wanted to be much faster. I was expecting to be at the very least under 1:35.  But with my confusion about the course and a few other setbacks, I guess I should be happy with the time. The trails proved really tough for a half marathon- they weren't that great for trying to keep a fast pace.  I really slid around a lot on my way down.  

It was cool running out west; the scenery was beautiful.  My nose bled from the dry air after the race.   TMI?

I'll get my splits on here later.  

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 13.10
Comments
From jtshad on Mon, Nov 02, 2009 at 15:20:38 from 204.134.132.225

Great job on the PR and first place finish. Sounds like an interesting race!

From Kelli on Mon, Nov 02, 2009 at 18:13:52 from 71.219.97.106

WOW!!! great job on the race. I bet that was a tricky course. I think I would be HAPPY to have not noticed that dam, that thing freaks me out!

YOU DID AWESOME! Glad you enjoyed the west, sorry about the NOSE.

From Smooth on Mon, Nov 02, 2009 at 18:26:28 from 174.23.240.142

Kelsey!!! CONGRATS on winning this HALF! I knew you would! That's a very tough course to keep a fast pace. You DID AWESOME with all that going on. THANKS for the call out! I loved those tunnels, the dark one had me worry a bit. The NO PASSING switchbacks were NOT fun! I think in the future when the bridge is finished, we may be able to run on the dam instead of down the ADA switchbacks to the top level of the garage for turn around.

Wish I could have "visited" with you! Hope you come out west to run again sometime!

From seeaprilrun on Thu, Nov 05, 2009 at 10:50:14 from 68.103.250.39

Great job on a PR and a win! Your upcoming marathon is looking like a PR in the bag!

From Kelsey on Sat, Nov 07, 2009 at 18:20:23 from 98.230.44.19

sorry for the late response (school is taking over right now), but thanks for the comments!

smooth, i wish i got to talk with you too, but it was exciting to meet my first FRBer! your costume was super cute by the way, i think you should have won the contest :)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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go away already stupid sinus infection, i need to train for my marathon!!!!!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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Not sure if I was going to be able to fit this run in, so man am I glad it's done. A little pain in the inner shins again.

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 16.00
Comments
From Barry on Sun, Nov 08, 2009 at 11:48:33 from 72.24.220.35

Great run today! If you are having shin problems i can give you a workout that will help that. Just let me know it you would like it. Also, great race on Halloween. Sorry i did not comment, but i have been busy lately.

From seeaprilrun on Mon, Nov 09, 2009 at 11:06:08 from 68.103.250.39

good job! 16 miles is awesome to just "fit in" somewhere!

From Kelsey on Mon, Nov 09, 2009 at 11:15:40 from 128.186.154.139

Thanks barry and april :)

Barry, I would love to hear what you've got!

From The Howling Commando on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 19:30:25 from 72.224.31.85

Nice long run!

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sore knees! it really is funny the difference between a 15 and 16 miler. i declare 16 miles a "long run" while 15 is only a "medium run." maybe it's mostly in my head, but it's definitely in my knees too. my arms are a little sore too.

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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easy recovery run

New Brooks Blue Miles: 5.00
Comments
From Britta on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 17:34:37 from 98.148.73.26

Are you preparing for a race?

I am glad to see your blog title is still the same:)

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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easy tempo in the dark

New Brooks Blue Miles: 5.60
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New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 5.00
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Comments
From Kelli on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 03:15:28 from 71.219.71.229

Where are you going for Turkey Day??? Are you running a race?

From Kelsey on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 07:58:46 from 128.186.154.139

Hi Kelli :)

I am so busy with school that I told Jason (the fiance) I wouldn't be able to sacrifice a day of driving to him and a day of driving back. And he has to work Friday. So we decided to meet in the middle in Mobile Alabama for Wednesday and Thursday. I don't know what kind of meal we will be able to find, but at least we'll be able to be together!

So I will be missing the turkey trot here, but I am doing an 18 mile race this Saturday, so I will need to rest anyway! I am pretty nervous about it, but it will tell me if I will be able to salvage my January marathon.

Are you turkey trotting?

From Kelli on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 09:51:28 from 71.219.71.229

I wish we were turkey trotting, but we are swine fluing!! I was going to sign up to run with two of my kids, but I am sure someone will be sick with it by then (if not me) and i did not want to waste the money. I wish there were day of sign ups!

Okay, I missed the engagement apparently! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! Meeting in the middle sound great, and, if nothing else, I am sure you can find pumpkin pie!

Good luck with the 18 miler! Which marathon you aiming for in January?

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Woo hoo one more long run down! Only two 20s to go. I was going to run an 18 mile race today but the girl I was carpooling with got sick. So I stayed home and ran (at Bradley's) on my own, figuring it would save time and money.

I usually say a good long run is an uneventful one. While this one was not so uneventful, it still went pretty well running-wise.

Long story short, at mile 6 I took a bottle of water out of my fuel belt and realized "surprise... soap!" I had soaked them in soapy water over night (I hadn't used them since last year so they were musty) and I must not have rinsed them out well enough. The bouncing associated with my running turned my water into soap suds. I had no idea what to do. Do I run back to my car and only run 12 miles? The thought of attempting the long run again in a few days did not sound fun, so I just kept going.  At least I had soapy water to wash my hands with after I used the woods as a restroom.  In a sense it motivated me to run harder, just to get back to my car and get home for some water.  

My legs felt pretty good the whole time, I was able to pick up the pace along the way and dropped a couple sub 8s in the second half. The problems came from the toes on my left foot (awkward toenail cut perhaps?) and my stomach.  Both made me stop a few seconds several times during the run.  My stomach really started cramping at the end... maybe dehydration? But my legs felt as good, if not better, than I had hoped.  I was waiting to reserve my hotel room until I got this run over with and was sure I was up to a marathon. But I think I will go ahead and book it! What a relief.  

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 18.00
Comments
From Britta on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 13:54:23 from 98.148.73.26

Great run today! Funny.. er not so funny about the soap.

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just ordered my shoes for race day!

Comments
From Nevels on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 13:06:31 from 131.204.15.93

I've thought about doing MS Blues again (I'm torn between it and a somewhat low-key 50k on New Year's Eve - I guess I could do both...).

Have you run it before?

From Kelsey on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 13:24:56 from 128.186.154.139

I did the inaugural half. It was also my first half so I struggled to run like 1:55. What did you think of the hills in the full course? Were they rolling, as in you can carry a momentum, or were they really monotonous?

From Nevels on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 13:33:17 from 131.204.15.93

As far as a road course is concerned, it was definitely not an easy course. There is something like a 4-mile stretch down Lakeland Dr. that is pancake flat, and you can make up some time there, but it can also get somewhat boring in the middle, and right after you get off of Lakeland onto Ridgewood Rd, the hills come back with a vengeance. All in all, though, I thought it was an incredibly well-organized race. It has enough challenging aspects to keep it interesting, while at the same time not being so difficult that you can't run fast (I think the winner last year was something like 2:14, so fast times are possible...)

In any case, let me know if you do it; it is always good to meet people from the blog (although I probably ought to get my rear end back in shape if I'm going to enter a marathon...)

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A little tenderness in the hamstring left over from the long run.

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!!! 

New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 7.00
Comments
From Barry on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 21:00:57 from 216.83.73.55

Good luck on your race tomorrow!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
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Brooks Salmon Miles: 6.00
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Hooray for beating your own lack of motivation. What a great feeling.

New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 6.00
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From JD on Thu, Dec 03, 2009 at 19:07:53 from 70.96.78.157

That's a big part of it for me.

Good luck with your marathon training!

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One 20 miler down!!

4 mile warm up, 10 mile race (avg. 7:55 I think), 6 mile cool down.

Legs felt pretty good... stomach, not so much.   It was drizzling and in the lower 40s, but turned out to be not quite as miserable as I expected.

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 14.00Brooks Salmon Miles: 6.00
Comments
From Nevels on Sat, Dec 05, 2009 at 12:20:58 from 75.143.70.34

Solid run. Good job on getting out there in the rain.

From Barry on Mon, Dec 07, 2009 at 23:24:02 from 24.117.86.40

WOW, Great run Saturday! Are you pretty sore?

From Kelsey on Wed, Dec 09, 2009 at 21:26:56 from 98.230.44.19

Thanks guys!

I'm actually not too bad Barry!

Nevels, I decided to stick with the Disney marathon since I already paid for it. (Well, I am almost positive). But good luck with all of your upcoming races!

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Comments
From Kelli on Wed, Dec 09, 2009 at 19:44:31 from 71.219.71.229

Nice and simple. Good job!

From Kelli on Wed, Dec 09, 2009 at 19:45:01 from 71.219.71.229

OH----I just read the treat of the month. They have that milkshake at Chick Fil A and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

From Kelsey on Wed, Dec 09, 2009 at 21:24:15 from 98.230.44.19

I am ADDICTED!!! Soooo good :)

And as an ice cream aficionado, nothing cures my ice cream craving except peppermint ice cream. No other flavors. Maybe it's because I know it's temporary? I have even started making the peppermint chocolate chip milkshakes at home!

From Kelli on Wed, Dec 09, 2009 at 21:50:29 from 71.219.71.229

Have you ever tried pumpkin or coconut??

From Barry on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 08:27:33 from 24.117.86.40

Nice run! How goes the studding for finals?

From Kelli on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 18:41:55 from 71.219.71.229

Barry, that typo made me laugh! Now, I am queen of the typos so I am not mocking, just enjoying the laugh!

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
4.000.004.00

weak, i know, but i am really strapped for time trying to get out of here

Brooks Salmon Miles: 4.00
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From Nevels on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 15:12:17 from 131.204.15.93

i feel your pain

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
0.000.000.00

heavy rain and 40 degrees expected for the half tomorrow.

hmmm.

any pointers?

i don't even own any running rain gear. maybe i'll go buy a jacket today. 

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From Nevels on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 10:03:05 from 131.204.15.93

I'd say do your best to stay dry during the warmup (maybe warmup inside if it's an option, if not, just do your best to keep your core and head warm/dry during the warmup), then run outside just a minute or so before the start, dressed as if it were dry. Half marathon race pace should keep you warm enough.

Just my $0.02

From allie on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 10:12:49 from 98.202.119.100

yes, just try to stay as dry as possible so you don't start the race soaking wet. as for the 40 degrees...nevels is right. you will stay plenty warm running at race pace. those white gloves in your picture also might be a good idea. good luck tomorrow.

From Kelsey on Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 08:04:27 from 98.239.57.113

Thanks guys, you made it seem a little more bearable. About to leave and it's 37 and raining pretty good. I think I am wearing shorts, short sleeves and this fancy schmancy running rain jacket i got yesterday. (Early Christmas present from my parents, woo hoo!) Plus the gloves.

I bet I am one of the only people that is going to sign up for this thing on race day!

From Barry on Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 14:19:00 from 216.83.73.55

How did your race go?

From Bonnie on Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 20:23:49 from 64.119.33.134

Hi Kelsey, how did the race go? Are you going to be in Tallahassee over Christmas? We will be in Gulf Shores ... we might be able to take a drive and meet you 1/2 way if you want to run on Saturday?

From Barry on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 15:05:16 from 24.116.158.70

Are you okay? You have not blogged for a while....

From Kelli on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 17:27:44 from 71.219.95.151

HI!!!! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and are doing well!

From Barry on Wed, Dec 30, 2009 at 22:44:31 from 216.83.73.55

Thank you! How did you do at your half marathon. I hope you had an awesome Christmas!

From montelepsy on Tue, Jan 05, 2010 at 15:22:07 from 64.235.121.163

Did you ever buy a jacket? I've been in suspense since last year!

From Nevels on Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 15:35:06 from 131.204.15.93

that must be one heck of a downpour...

Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
829.00248.431077.43
Brooks Adrenaline (Blue) Miles: 240.55New Balance 903 (Orange) Miles: 61.00Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 100.10New Brooks Blue Miles: 363.25Red Flats Miles: 35.58Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 182.30Brooks Salmon Miles: 22.50
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