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Tallahassee,FL,United States

Member Since:

Jun 24, 2008



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:


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

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

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

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

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

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

Short-Term Running Goals:

Help my knees help me.

Long-Term Running Goals:


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

Favorite Blogs:

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
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Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 6.50Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 4.00New Brooks Blue Miles: 13.10Brooks Salmon Miles: 155.85Brooks Black Miles: 131.30Brooks Baby Blue Miles: 86.25Red Flats Miles: 6.20
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Last run with Brent before heading back to VA tomorrow. 6x800.

Even Newer Brooks Blue Miles: 6.50
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Dead legs

Brookes Adrenaline (Magenta) Miles: 4.00
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Woo hoo!

New Brooks Blue Miles: 13.10
From allie on Sun, Jan 09, 2011 at 22:48:33 from


From Brent Scheitlin on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:34:56 from

Good Job, Kelsey. Did you have to run through any snow?

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Hill workout! 5 loops around hospital hill.

Brooks Salmon Miles: 5.50
From marion on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 17:20:53 from

Nice miles! How's the new town?

From Kelsey on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 08:39:33 from

Thanks Marion! It's pretty good... there is absolutely no running community so I have to find the determination within me!

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moderately hilly 5k tempo- 21:02

Go Ravens!!!!

Brooks Salmon Miles: 7.00
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Blisters stopped me short of my 15 mile scheduled run.  13 years of running and that's never happened before... I don't really understand what happened.  Shoes have170 miles, socks aren't new.  The only thing different is that it was warm out today (mid 50s)... but it's not like I've never run in 50 degrees before. Bummer. Legs felt great but I wanted to scream every time I put my foot down. Hopefully they heal quick and never come back :/ 

Brooks Salmon Miles: 13.20
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Pretty sure I just ran the fastest mile repeats of my life! And around a 200 meter indoor track of all places...

 3x1 mile: 6:13, 6:14, 5:57 

Brooks Black Miles: 5.00
From Brent Scheitlin on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 10:45:25 from

I couldn't touch those times.

From Kelsey on Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 11:22:35 from

You'd be surprised Brenty, it will come with your experience.

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Brooks Black Miles: 3.00
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7:56 pace (a third was on rails to trails so it was perfectly flat)


Brooks Salmon Miles: 15.00
From allie on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 16:23:50 from

nice running, kelsey!

From nevels on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 16:42:48 from

what she said.

From Brent Scheitlin on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 16:54:11 from

That's 30 seconds faster per mile than what I did yesterday. Good work. Bring on 17 next weekend!

From Kelsey on Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 18:38:02 from

Thanks guys!

Brenty, I had perfect weather and I am sure it was flatter than yours. I wait a week and a half between long runs so I'll do it a week from Wednesday. Today was tough, I am looking forward to seeing how 17 goes!

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My baby boy is beginning to show signs of a potential running partner.  He is now 4.5 months, and I heard I should wait until close to a year before trying it out. But now when we go on walks I can say "Clarky let's race!" and we take off together for a couple of minutes.  And when I cheer him on "go Clarky go" he picks up the pace.  

At least for now he has me walk/jog a little every day, so I get a couple of unofficial miles in on my off days. 


My growing baby

From nicole on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 22:31:10 from

SOOOO PRECIOUS! I might have to steal him! :-) He is so adorable.

From Burt on Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 09:40:22 from

Oh my gosh Nicole. You dognapper!

From allie on Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 22:26:08 from

:) !!

From Mike on Sat, Feb 05, 2011 at 13:38:27 from

Not as cute as mine, but still astoundingly cute.

From Kelsey on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 10:17:02 from

Thanks guys, he's my sweet baby boy! Nicole if you want to steal him til he is done teething he is all yours!

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Beautiful Florida winter day in Virginia. 65 degrees.

Brooks Black Miles: 5.00
From nevels on Thu, Feb 03, 2011 at 00:04:18 from

cold, windy, wet, jealous vibes coming your way...

(sounds like a great run)

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1x1.5 miles at 10k pace (6:40)

3x800 (3:00ish) 

Brooks Black Miles: 6.00
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Clarky's first official run! I don't want to be like one of those "Toddler's in Tiaras" moms and force him at an early age, but I found a one mile dog jog in Richmond that I know he would love to do. It's in March so I figured I would start now to see if he could get up to a consecutive mile.

We woke up at 6:30 (an hour early than he would prefer) so that not many people would be out. He's usually really distracted on his walks but today when we started off in a run he was very focused. We only stopped twice- once because he was scared of a garbage bag, and another for a potty break. I bagged it and we continued our run to the nearest trash can.

He did a really good job... so much so that I am scared that it was a fluke. I have my long run tomorrow and look forward to a recovery mile with Clark on Thursday morning :)

Official Time: 9:05! 

Brooks Black Miles: 1.00
From Brent Scheitlin on Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 12:21:12 from

You guys would kill Leia and I. She would be awful. How many miles is your long run.

From Kelsey on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 10:15:57 from

17! Done and done!

From Burt on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 11:34:54 from

Nice job on the poop and scoop!

From Kelsey on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 13:32:36 from

Thanks! We barely even broke stride :)

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woo hoo!

8:17 avg. 

Brooks Salmon Miles: 10.50Brooks Black Miles: 6.50
From Brent Scheitlin on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 13:40:09 from

That's 11 seconds faster than my 17 miles.

From Kelsey on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 14:28:58 from

I did a little over 4 miles on the rails to trails this time (the perfectly flat trail). Those dropped down to right around 8 minutes. So we were pretty close. My pace went up to like 9-9:30 on some of the bigger hills.

From Kelsey on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 14:29:14 from

P.S. I am just glad it is over!

From nevels on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 at 20:01:00 from


From nicole on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 23:56:58 from

WHOA LADY! SO impressive! What marathon are you training for and when?

From Kelsey on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 13:34:39 from

Thanks Nicole! I am doing Charlottesville in early April.

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Clarky mile- 8:15!


One week from today I will be doing my next long run (19) and one week from today I will celebrate with the ultimate lunch. Ever since I spotted it on "ThisIsWhyYoureFat.Com" I have been dyinggggg to try a krispy kreme bacon cheeseburger.  Especially after I downed a dozen of the fried glazed babies at the krispy kreme challenge.  We had a new restaurant open up in town (meaning there are now two here), and on the menu they have the Donut Burger.  I decided to save it for a day I earn it, and I think 19 miles deserves donuts and bacon. I have never been this excited for a long run before!

Brooks Black Miles: 7.00
From Bonnie on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 16:18:56 from

ha ha ha ... I have heard about these!! I can't wait to see how you like them. You really can only afford to have one in your whole lifetime though ;-).

From TexasLindsey on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 16:21:02 from

THAT is hilarious!!! OMG! krispy kreme bacon cheeseburger?! You go, girl! After that kind of milage you have to have a treat!

From Kelsey on Sat, Feb 12, 2011 at 16:22:17 from

I am actually excited to run 19 miles, so I guess it is doing the trick! I will have to post pictures :)

From allie on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 13:02:59 from

this i have to see! you must post a picture of it.

Race: Sweetheart 8k (5 Miles) 00:33:08, Place overall: 1
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I have been dying to test my training in a road race. I found this one a couple of days ago and saw that it is fairly competitive each year, so I figured it was worth the hour drive.  I didn't expect to win, but appreciate the pair of Oakleys I got for first place! Definitely got my money back in sunglasses and donuts. 

Moderately hilly course. 

6:47- yucky hill at the start 

6:13- in my defense there was a large downhill portion


6:38- toughest mile

6:50- I am surprised this one was so bad, but I guess there were a few hills and a lot of sharp turns. 

Enjoyable race, I'll definitely look for it again next year. It looks like the Richmond Track Club does a good job... man do I miss living in a city with a running club :( 

I don't know 5 mile times but the comparable 5k (20:05) and 10k (41:45) times aren't where I want to be. But it does put me at a 1:33 half and I really want to go sub 1:35 in two weeks. We shall see.

Out to enjoy the rest of this BEAUTIFUL day (60 degrees!)


Brooks Black Miles: 6.00
From Burt on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 21:19:25 from

You keep racking up the wins Kelsey. Great job!

From Kam on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 13:26:20 from

Great race! Congrats on the styling new shades.

From Kelsey on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 22:00:55 from

Thanks Burt and Kam :)

From allie on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 19:30:32 from

win. sunglasses. donuts. i really can't think of anything better.

nice job!

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According to Sasha's "training mistakes" it is not too late for me to get some mileage in for my April marathon.

"If you are going from sporadic training (2-3 days a week) to consistent (6 days a week) you can in most cases go ahead and nearly double your mileage by running the same daily volume with greater frequency. If that is too much, then cut the daily volume as appropriate, usually 20-30% cut will do. Similar principle if going from single runs to training twice a day - keep the first run the same, and add some easy jogging for the second run."

This means I can add a day or two, ignoring the 10% rule, as long as those days aren't more than my normal runs. Excellent! I was worried about the extra mileage, but it seems as though it shouldn't affect me too much if it is just an extra 5 or 6 miler (or two).  Here's to a new goal of ~35 miles this week :)

From Missee on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 15:10:23 from

Good luck with 35 miles!!

From Brent Scheitlin on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 15:41:34 from


From Kelsey on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 19:23:47 from

Thanks, Missee!

Brenty, I added up my weekly mileage for my training and even during my longest week it was super low. It freaked me out. So I am going to add one more run to boost it a little. I didn't think I could because of the "10% rule" that says you can't add more than 10% each week, but Sashsa (the blog creator) basically says you can add a run a week that's consistent with the rest and it doesn't matter. So I'm adding a 5 miler to my training this week; nothing big but it will make me feel a lot better. You, sir, need to just rest!

From Brent Scheitlin on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 19:44:22 from

There was a lot of math involved in all of that. Remember, you were the reason i got through college algebra.

I'm only swimming and cycling this week. Hopefully it will keep my fitness up. Doesn't hurt my knee at all.

From nicole on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 23:16:39 from

That's interesting, I had thought the same thing about the 10% rule. I could definitely benefit from increasing the number of running days but I'm nervous about it! Way to DOMINATE that run - #1 is AWESOME!

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Planned on doing 5, but my running partner refused to do his mile and instead sat his furry stubborn behind in the middle of the road and refused to move.

Brooks Black Miles: 4.00
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This week of running has been dominated by work :( Of course that happens when we have perfect weather.

As long as my long run goes okay Saturday my mileage will be fine.  

Brooks Black Miles: 4.00
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8:11 avg.  

Hit a wall around 16 and struggled for the final 3. Last mile was 8:40.

Brooks Black Miles: 19.00
From Bonnie on Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 12:48:11 from

Good job getting it done Kelsey!! Is it krispy creme bacon cheeseburger time?

From Brent Scheitlin on Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 13:31:34 from

Great job. I'm nervous for my 18 tomorrow. Hoping to hold an 8:30 pace.

From Kelsey on Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 00:05:50 from

Why yes it is, Bonnie :) And it was everything I had hoped that it would be!

Good luck tomorrow Brenty. Listen to your knee!

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Brooks Salmon Miles: 5.00
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Planned on going farther but a few issues keep flaring up (knee, calves). Decided to take advantage of this mini-taper and hope that it helps my legs get through the next month and a half.

Next up: half on Saturday!  

Brooks Salmon Miles: 2.00
From Brent Scheitlin on Thu, Feb 24, 2011 at 08:28:56 from

I hope for your sake the pain isn't on the side of your knee. If so, god help us both.

Race: Dahgren Trail Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:37:51, Place overall: 3
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This was a pretty disappointing race. I was certain I would PR and pretty sure I could run under 1:35 fairly "easily." My goal was to go out around 7 minute pace and try to hold it as long as possible. It ended up not being too long. But, it was a rather small race so I did get third overall and 50 bucks... so not too shabby for a bad day!

There are several excuses for my poor racing, some of which are pretty good ones and taught me some good lessons. 

1) Nutrition- I had stomach issues that slowed me down considerably for three or four miles. I don't know what I did wrong but I will not repeat last night's dinner before another long run/race.  I also don't have any gu so had nothing to give myself during the race when I was bonking (although I don't know if my stomach could have handled it). 

2) Loose gravel = no PR. It killed me. I will never race hard on a surface described this way again. I am lucky I didn't get hurt and was extremely frustrated as I was sliding around. I would do this race again for fun, but slow up considerably on the gravel miles (mainly 4-9).

3) Flat out & back feels more like uphill both ways. I don't race well on flat surfaces (I underperformed my last marathon for the same reasons). I need to keep this in mind when planning my race schedule and making race expectations.

4) I really need to get some miles in leading up to my marathon. My fitness is not at all where it should be. As long as my knee recovers well from the race I will be ready for some higher mileage weeks to finish up my training. 

Other things that could have played a role would have been the drive to get there (2.5 hours starting at 4am), but since I don't have many choices I will probably try it again some time and hope for better results. 

All-in-all I learned a few things to help me out in the future, although I worry the stomach issues are something that may not be preventable. I am thankful for the ability to run a race like this on a bad day, and just hope to see less of these bad days in the future :) 

Brooks Salmon Miles: 13.60
From Kam on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 18:25:04 from

It's surprising how much the footing matters, isn't it? I think I lose 30 sec/mile on a dirt road or grass compared to pavement. Way to gut things out even when your gut was uncooperative.

From TexasLindsey on Tue, Mar 01, 2011 at 13:52:21 from

Good race report! If you figure out what causes stomach issues, let me know!

From Kelsey on Tue, Mar 01, 2011 at 14:02:52 from

Thanks guys, I figured if I learned a lot and got a good workout (which I did because I am still sore!) then it's not a wasted day.

Although the stomach thing seems to not have a cure :(

Kam- I second that. The footing difference was shocking to me! 30 seconds a mile slower seems to fit this race as well.

From seeaprilrun on Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 18:44:54 from

Well congrats on third and some money! clearly the terrain was a big factor. Loose gravel is a pain to run on for sure!

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Please support Clark's first race and homeless animals in Virginia by sponsoring us in the Richmond Dog Jog! Any amount will be helpful in taking care of less fortunate animals. 


Thanks :) 


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Beautiful morning for a run and a free chick fil-a chicken biscuit. Win Win!

Brooks Salmon Miles: 7.50
From SlowJoe on Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 19:59:34 from

You have some awesome speed, good luck in your marathon next month. I remember your blog now because I always want to sing "and the party never ends" when I see your blog title. Not sure if you have to be from TX to know that one...

From Kelsey on Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 21:28:29 from

Thanks, but I could take some lessons from you regarding marathoning! And that is what my title is from... I was wondering if anyone knew it. I'm not from Texas but I had a hippy friend in Mississippi who loved that song.

From allie on Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 23:17:43 from

very nice, kelsey! i love those win win days.

From nicole on Fri, Mar 04, 2011 at 00:24:07 from

I wish we had chick-fil-a!

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6 Hospital Hill loops... followed by some Taglongs and Samoas. Yum!!

Brooks Salmon Miles: 7.00
From allie on Sat, Mar 05, 2011 at 19:08:04 from

it's all about the do-si-dos for me.

nice running, kelsey.

From Mike on Mon, Mar 07, 2011 at 00:05:37 from

I had a similar workout. I just omitted the hills.

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about 7 miles around the indoor track. surprisingly enjoyable once i got going. 

Brooks Salmon Miles: 7.00
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Brooks Salmon Miles: 6.00
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Ugh.  Not such an enjoyable run. I think a lot of it was in my head because I wasn't excited about it in the first place. My legs felt dead the entire time. My average pace was 30 seconds slower than my last 19 miler. I am not sure why this is getting harder rather than easier... 

One more long run then the race... Ready to get this thing over with!  

Brooks Black Miles: 19.00
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Nice easy recovery run.  Rails to trails.

Brooks Salmon Miles: 8.50
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Little jaunt with the Clarkster :)


DTT (days 'til taper):  9!

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7 miles, with a 2 mile tempo in the middle.

Trying to get as many hills in as possible before the marathon so they don't kill me. Also trying to do all of them faster than goal MP so that it will feel easier come race day. Our goal is to run a 3:45, which will be tough on this course. 

Brooks Salmon Miles: 7.00
Race: Richmond SPCA Dog Jog (With Clarky) (1 Miles) 00:07:33
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Today was Clarky's racing debut at the Richmond SPCA dog jog! If the race allowed us, I wanted to get him close to 7 minutes, possibly a 6:59. But we started out in the back and had tons of walkers in front of us. So we spent a while passing people in the beginning, but about half way in we were in a really nice spot. Clark did so well with the other dogs, and only sat down twice mid-race. I still can't figure out why he does that...

Beautiful weather, fantastic event, and we were able to raise 300 dollars for a great cause!

Oh, and there was a "Tako Truck" there and I followed it up with two amazing fish tacos. Yummm. 

Brooks Salmon Miles: 1.00
From SlowJoe on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 13:31:29 from

Congrats to you and Clarky. He got a pretty good time with the weaving and a couple sit-downs! He's in line for a big PR next time.

I'm not sure how big he is, but it always embarrasses me that even the tiniest runt dogs seem to have no problem keeping up with me.

From Kelsey on Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 13:52:19 from

Thanks Joe! I was a proud mama. He is a growing boy, he is up to a little over 30 pounds now. He wasn't a big fan of the runt dogs either :)

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Embarrassing but true.

Brooks Salmon Miles: 2.00
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Current status: Tapering. 


Brooks Black Miles: 21.00
From TexasLindsey on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 18:21:40 from

21 miles today and you're tapering? Were you walking? I think I'm confused! :)

From Kelsey on Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 08:24:22 from

Haha, no, that was my last long run. So the second after that was finished I entered tapering mode. I should have saved the tapering comment for today, but couldn't help myself :)

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Instead of doing an easy recovery run I am stuck nursing a very swollen left knee. It has 2 weeks to get itself under control... although obviously I would like to run a few more times before my race.  

Feeling a little uneasy about it as it feels even worse today :(   It is currently impossible to run, and barely possible to walk. 

From Brent Scheitlin on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 17:15:42 from

Welcome to the injured knee club. At least you got in all the miles that you need. Now you are in a forced Taper. We can suffer together in Charlottesville.

From Kelsey on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 17:19:35 from

After the Al Lewis 10-miler in 2006 the swelling lasted for over a month and I couldn't run the half I was training for. I am just going to nurse it with all of my being.

From Kelsey on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 17:19:59 from

We are going to be a pathetic sight!

From TexasLindsey on Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 21:09:28 from

OH NO!!!! At least your in the tapering mode... I've read about people who had great marathons even after thay got hurt in the final 3 weeks bf the race. Stay positive and really take it easy so you can heal. Cross train to keep your aerobic fitness with something that doesn't aggrevate the knee. You'll be ok!

From nicole on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 00:08:54 from

What happened? It got swollen after the 21 miler or from something else? Think good thoughts!

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I figured for completions sake I might as well come on here and say that I wasn't able to run the marathon. (Hence no reports for the last month or so).  I made it through all of my training, and after my 21 miler (2.5 weeks out) my knee swelled up and never healed. I am going to have to go through physical therapy once the semester ends and I finally have time.  I finally got it to the point where I can walk without a limp, so I may try to hop on the elliptical.  What a shame to do all that training and have nothing to show for it! Not looking forward to starting all over again in the summer heat.  

It is what it is! 

From nicole on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 12:06:48 from

I actually just came back to check on you! I was afraid of that. That is so terrible, I'm so sorry. Do you have any idea what's wrong with it? Way to have a positive attitude about the whole thing!

From nevels on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 19:38:19 from

i'm sorry to hear that; i feel your pain. you'll be back up to full speed in no time...

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Today marks the beginning of a new running chapter for me. I ran a tenth of my last run about 2.5 months ago. Slow and steady!

Since my last run (and subsequent injury) a lot has happened:

- I finished my first year of teaching- I survived!

- Clarky poo has turned from an adorable baby boy to an obnoxiously-stubborn toddler puppy.

- My knee's swelling went down and I finally stopped limping about 6 weeks later.   

- I didn't get my knee looked at. I am sure I will regret this but I feel as though it is too late now.  I just got too caught up in the end of the semester. If it happens again this training session I will go right away.  

- My brother got uncomfortably close to my family 5k record.  It is only a matter of time, but I would like to be in the condition to fight for it!

So now I start from scratch again.  Here goes nothin'! 


From Brent Scheitlin on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 17:23:05 from

Good Job!! You have a good 2 months to get into some fast shape for the Duthe2 Duathlon. We're going to kill it! And you're family 5K record is mine by the way. I plan on taking it at the Jingle Bell 5K in Glen Burnie this November. I decided to be nice and let you hold onto it a little longer. You're family marathon record is going to be a goner, too, that is, unless you run a sub 6:40 pace for the back 4 miles at the Duthe2.

From TexasLindsey on Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 15:18:23 from

I started from scratch last week -after a 6 week injury break. I'm in aerobic base building mode right now and just trying to stay positive while I ramp up. It's tough seeing all the people I used to run with blow past me. But I'll get back to where I was and you will too. Good luck to you!

From nicole on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 09:31:05 from

YAY! You're back! So glad to hear that! Here's to a great running season!

From Kelsey on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 13:05:47 from

Thanks ladies! (And Brent, I guess...)

Lindsey, I feel you. But in the long run our bodies will be happy to have had the break (fingers crossed). I am sad I missed the pretty springtime running weather though. Good luck on your journey!

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(~ 1 Clarky mile)

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Clarky- 1.5 miles.  And he felt that extra half mile.  It is great to be running again, but wearing out the puppy is probably the biggest benefit.  

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With B & Jude.  

1.5 Clarky Miles 

From allie on Sun, Jun 26, 2011 at 18:13:19 from

hey, you're back! nice running this week. hope you are doing well.

From Kelsey on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:25:47 from

Thanks Allie! Hopefully the legs will keep agreeing with it :)

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1.75 Clarky miles

From Burt on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:30:13 from


From Kelsey on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 13:15:10 from



From Burt on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 13:31:01 from

Nice to see you around. You are a breath of fresh air. Don't tell allie I said that. She has bad breath and is very sensitive about it.

From Kelsey on Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 14:51:07 from

Hahaha I somehow just saw this. Awesome. Too bad Allie didn't see it. I bet her nose itched wherever she was.

From allie on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 10:17:21 from

oh i saw it. i have been stuck at my computer ever since, crying my eyes out and trying to come up with a good comeback.

From Burt on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 12:03:20 from



From allie on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 12:29:05 from

well, this is awkward.


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Clarky Miles- 1.8

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This run got cut short due to my running partner being stubborn.  I gave myself just the amount of time I needed to get it done, but he just wouldn't budge so it turned into more of a walk.

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Over the past two weeks Clarky has developed a limp. I wanted to let him rest for a week or so but I got dressed to run and he got reallllly excited. I just couldn't leave him behind. I took him for a little less than a mile and he pretty much sprinted it he was so happy to be out there.  He was limping pretty bad by the end though :(

For about a mile I was racing a horsefly. He kept landing on me and flying around me.  In Tallahassee they used to say the flies couldn't go faster than 7:30 pace so I picked it up and eventually lost him. That was pretty much the excitement of the day. 

Clarky miles- .9 

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2x6 min surges. About a month from duathlon day with my brother (I run 2 miles, he bikes, I run 4 miles). I won't have great speed or endurance by then, so I am really working on building mental toughness.  The second surge almost made me puke- I guess I pushed myself hard enough! 

When I finished my knee was immediately tender- definitely swollen and a little stiff.  I'll know more in the morning. Hopefully swelling will work its way down, not up. I'll do a little ice tonight.

No Clarky- he is only walking til his leg heals.

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Ran around the 200m indoor track rather than the 100 degree weather.  In the summer the gym closes really early so I was rushed. After 1.5 mi I did one mile hard in 6:04, then 1.5 mi cool down.  I'm happy with that, although this time next week I'd like to be able to do 2 near that speed. 

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From Kelli on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 16:58:23 from

NICE AND FAST, as always!

From Kelsey on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 18:01:49 from

Aw thanks Kelli, I have a looooong way to go :)

From Kelli on Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 22:30:45 from

Eat some ice cream, it will help!

How are things, BTW? Is the new job great?

From Kelsey on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 07:41:10 from

Is there anything that ice cream DOESN'T help? (You obviously don't have to answer that).

The job is good, thanks for asking! I love working with undergrads even more than I ever thought I would. I was shocked at how crazy my first year was though. Even worse than my PhD. Hence the lack of running (well that and the eventual knee issue). I learned a lot about the importance of a balance- find a way to do a lot of fun things in class without taking up more of my time. I am sure it will come with time though!

From Kelli on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 23:30:00 from

I always wanted to be a "professor" for real!!! First I wanted to teach HS and then move on....but somehow I got stuck in elementary school (and loved it!)

Glad to hear all is well with you. Running wise I am sure you will bounce back quickly!

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I talked to a trainer about my knee yesterday. It was somewhat unofficial, as we both just happened to be at BWW, but it is about darn time!

He thinks I have bursitis- one of my past self diagnoses. If this is the case there is really nothing I can do except try to mitigate it with stretching and strengthening (especially the muscle along the inside of my quads).  When it happens the only thing I can do is ice, rest, etc.  What I am frustrated about is it has seemed in my past that it requires complete rest (of all activities) and for months to get the swelling down. 

I think I am going to go talk to the athletic trainers officially some time before school starts. Because I can feel it just while I sit here and type. Not pain but stiffness and throbbing. I don't want it :(

From allie on Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 18:20:16 from

sorry about your knee. hopefully the swelling goes down soon and you can figure out the right combination of treatment to get it feeling right again.

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1.5 Clarky miles. He really wanted to run, but once he got going he had his usual limp. He doesn't act like it hurts him though. 

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Back from teaching an extensive field course, now time to buckle down and train for some respectable fall performances! 

Clarky miles- 2

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I broke my every-other-day rule to tire out the pup.

Clarky- 2 miles 

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Clarky- 1.75 miles

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Race: Du The Two Duathlon (6 Miles) 00:42:00, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Brent and I did a duathlon relay. I ran 2 miles, he biked about 26-27, and I ran 4 more.  My two mile splits were 6:41 and 6:55. During the 4 miler I didn't get my splits but I ran 28:27, and my last mile was 7:01. I accidentally went out really slow (7:30ish?) because of all of the duathletes being slow and tired from their bike, and I had a hard time figuring out my pace. It was hot and hilly, so I am happy with my time. I have a long way to go, but this wasn't as embarassing as I thought it was going to be. We got first place coed relay, 2nd overall. Not bad!

From allie on Sun, Aug 07, 2011 at 22:42:30 from

nice job, kelsey! you and brent make a great team. congrats on the 1st coed and 2nd overall. very solid!

From Kelsey on Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 08:08:14 from

thanks, allie :) i have a long way to go, but i'll take it! i have sore legs today for the first time in a while and it feels great.

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3 hospital hills

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Odd, pretty darn painful foot cramp. Wish I had slept in! Will have to try again tomorrow.

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This was way harder than it should have been. Just one of those days I guess.

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Clarky's morning jaunt. I love my off days so I get to stop when he does :)

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Off day, but trying to wear out the puppy. It didn't work.

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Clarky's first three miler... I'm a proud mama :)

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From nevels on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 23:04:47 from

congrats to to clarky...

and congrats to mama...

Race: Legs for Liberia (3.1 Miles) 00:21:01, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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Running through the sunrise on the first day of school!

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The pup is not content with stopping at 3 miles. I have to call the vet to see just how far I should take him. I am pretty sure the border collie in him looks at being my running partner as his job. I'm okay with that!

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From Burt on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 13:17:18 from

My dog can't go much farther than 3.

From Kelsey on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 16:03:55 from

Hmm I wonder if that would happen to Clark- if I take him a little farther he will just die anyway. He seems like he could go forever! Maybe I'll up it to 3.5 and see what happens.

From Burt on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 16:28:33 from

One of the bloggers, I can't remember who, said she ran her dog to death once. So sad :(

From Kelsey on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 16:51:38 from

Oh my gosh, that is horrible! I won't take him past 3 unless the vet says I can. That makes me nervous.

From Burt on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 16:53:02 from

Isn't it? I would just watch him. Once he starts slowing way down, then it's time to stop. Immediately.

Why am I such a Debbie Downer?

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The pup made things a little too interesting this morning. Let's just say we had to start this run over three times and I have dirt all over me.  Made it short and may do a redo this evening.  

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From nevels on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 20:28:04 from

hey doc!

it's looking like i'll be in your general vicinity in a couple months. i'm scheduled to be in alexandria, va, for three weeks right after thanksgiving. clarky should definitely take me for a run! (and, for that matter, you should come, too...)

From Kelsey on Thu, Sep 01, 2011 at 15:59:52 from

Keep us "in the know"!

Clarky poo is up to 5k status, I am hoping to get him in a race in the next month or so! I am interested to see how fast he could do it- his ADD is going to be the death of him!

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Excited... Just signed up for two 5ks in a row (this weekend and next weekend). These should help whip me into shape! Both are flat so I may be able to get a somewhat decent time (as opposed to the embarrassingly slow, hilly 5k from two weeks ago). Hoping to get near 20 in the later one. We shall see.

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From Kelli on Thu, Sep 01, 2011 at 19:03:23 from

I have complete faith that you can do it. I am sure if you down an entire 700+ calorie bag of gummie bears before the run you can run it in 18 minutes. ;o)

Race: Powhatan Village Run (3.1 Miles) 00:19:30, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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My fastest 5k since 2009! This race made me feel like a runner again.

The course was pretty flat, but with a handful of gradual uphills.  My goal was sub 21, but I got a little excited during the first mile and went out in 6:11. Whoops! I went out in first, which put a little pressure on me to keep a decent pace. I also passed a group of high school boys during the first mile and one of them said "we have to pick it up, we just got passed by A GIRL!" That was all the motivation I needed to keep the pace up!  

Since my first mile was rather quick, it put me in the mix with some fast gentlemen.  One man in particular was obviously trying to push the pace, and so I tried to stay with him. I was able to do so for the most part, and while we slowed down a little, we still had a respectable clip. I don't have my watch with me right now to check my other mile times, but they were around 6:25-6:30 I think.  The other runners were extremely supportive and it really was a fun time.

I realize that if I want to keep running fast times I need to start out quick. I haven't been doing that lately, and I think that is what made the difference today- getting out there and being with people that are running  fast clip.  The course measured a little short- 3.08, so in my head I ran around a 19:37.

I am trying to pick up a few 5ks so they can serve as my speedwork. I am hoping to keep those under or near 20 as well. 

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From Kelli on Mon, Sep 05, 2011 at 16:31:15 from

YEAH!!!! But, hey, you never stopped being a runner! Awesome that you pulled off speed like that, had to feel good!!!

From Jody on Mon, Sep 05, 2011 at 18:31:03 from

Congratulations! Great time and you are on the right track!

From Barry on Tue, Sep 06, 2011 at 16:10:15 from

That is awesome! Great Job! When is your next race?

From Kelsey on Wed, Sep 07, 2011 at 10:55:46 from

Thanks everyone!

I actually plan on running another 5k this weekend, although I am not going to get my hopes up that I will have quite as great of a race. I just hope to stay somewhere near 20.

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Still a little sore from the race (or the dancing from the wedding I went to that night). Mostly in my calves, although a little achy in the knees.

From nevels on Tue, Sep 06, 2011 at 00:55:36 from

solid race, and a pretty cool follow-up

From Kelli on Thu, Sep 08, 2011 at 19:23:34 from

Good luck this weekend! Aren't you running another 5k?

From Kelsey on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 11:43:19 from

Thanks guys.

And Kelli, you are amazing for remember my measly little races while all of these inspiring runners such as yourself are doing marathons, ultras, etc. :)

From Kelli on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 14:12:51 from

I would rather run a 50k than a 5k!!!

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Race: Wounded Warriors Run (3.1 Miles) 00:19:37, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
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This run was termed a "fun run" so it was definitely no frills. No numbers, clock, places, etc., just a bunch of people running 3.1 miles for a cause. We even were supposed to wear the race shirt while we ran, so I sucked it up and ran the thick cotton shirt despite the heat... I didn't want to be that person who thinks their little 5k is more important than the race's cause.

I took my garmin so I could get my time.  The course was a rails to trail, so it was 100% flat, but it was entirely composed of slippery gravel and was a straight out and back with abrupt one turn around. 

I went out fast like I did last week, and I think overall I did a better job holding it, even though I ended up running the exact same time. My splits were 6:09 6:26 6:24.  

I am once again happy with my time, and thrilled that I proved to myself that last week wasn't a fluke. I really pushed myself and didn't let myself get in my comfort zone. Now I just need to drop a few seconds. This is reminiscent of my 18:59 PR followed by another 18:59 the next race. Sadly, I have never seen that 18:59 again, but maybe I can try to get there this fall?

I am going to search for another 5k for next weekend... why not, it's great speedwork! 

I was really overheated and didn't cool down (tsk tsk) so I will have to jog a few miles tomorrow to loosen up a little bit.  

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From Kelli on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 14:09:48 from

I KNEW it was not a fluke! You are so fast, I love it!

From Andrea on Sat, Sep 10, 2011 at 15:34:19 from

Just wait until you get a cooler temperature race! You will definitely be capable of that sub-19 time! Great race today, despite having to race in an awful cotton t-shirt!!

From allie on Sun, Sep 11, 2011 at 12:24:01 from

nice job, kelsey! i'm sure you can get the sub-19 this fall.

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Ran with my mom for her first 9 miler! (In prep for her first half). Averaged about 9:45 pace, then I surged the last mile (around 6:40 pace).  My longest run since the knee injury in March.

I have to get more consistent with my running (don't I always) but I am happy to get a run in of this length. And very proud of my mom. Go Jude!!


HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY to my old brother Brent! He is celebrating with his first IronMan next weekend!!!! (And the JFK 50 miler in November, my family is nuts).

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From nevels on Sun, Sep 18, 2011 at 22:28:28 from

awesome! i'm jealous... and one day i'll get up there to run jfk...

(still planning on heading do d.c. right after thanksgiving)

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From nevels on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 19:54:40 from

nice mileage

(and thanks for heading over to the ARR page!)

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2x1 mile (6:11, 5:59) around the indoor track on campus.  I gave it everything I had. I probably should have slowed down and done 3x1 mile instead, but I wanted to run off some "what are my students thinking" steam. 

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From nevels on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 01:16:08 from


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Race: Capital 10 Miler (10 Miles) 01:11:14, Place overall: 14, Place in age division: 4
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Really enjoyed this race. There were a lot of fast ladies that pushed me to go faster, and I am really happy with the way I ran it. Perfect weather (~55 with a little drizzle). I went out easy and then picked up, and by mile 5 I hit the pace I wished to hold for the remaining time.  Except for the half mile hill in mile 10 (ugh) it was a really fast course, almost completely flat.  

7:29, 7:29, 7:16, 7:11, 6:59, 6:56, 7:05, 6:59, 6:46, 6:58 (or close to it)

This could possibly extrapolate to a half marathon PR in two weeks, but the race will be much more challenging. I am also a little worried about my lack of endurance, but since I was able to pick it up during the second half of the race it must not be that bad.  

Overall a great race day, and I hope to go to Richmond for this race again next year. 

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From allie on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 18:20:28 from

way to go, kelsey! that's a great time. i think your endurance is there. you only have to go 3.1 more for the half, and you closed the race strongly today so that's a great sign.

congrats on a great race today.

From Kurt on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 18:59:21 from

Very smart race! Great time. It looks like a fantastic race.

From nevels on Sat, Oct 01, 2011 at 22:38:17 from

Great race! Awesome negative splits. You'll blow the half out of the water...

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From Kelli on Fri, Oct 07, 2011 at 21:03:04 from

HI! Thanks for the nice comments about my race---and for bracing all of the nonsense you KNEW you would get by being the second one to comment! ;o)

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Training has ceased due to a pestering sinus infection with a nasty cough and fever. Hoping to get at it tomorrow.

I planned to train through the race this weekend, but it looks like I was forced into a taper. Hopefully my past workouts are enough to satisfy my legs for the half marathon! 

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Baltimore Running Festival- Half Marathon report. The dirty details of my first major bonk.

I ran this race with my best friend of many years. Our goal was to go sub 1:40- it would be her second fastest time and a good time for me having cancelled my last long run and entire taper due to illness. We planned to go out easy and set ourselves up for negative splits if we have the energy. I really thought I had a near-PR somewhere in my legs.

When the race started at 9:45 I realized I hadn't eaten anything since my english muffin at 5am.  Big mistake. I knew I would have to get as much food in on the course as possible or I wouldn't make it through the warm, windy conditions (perfect for dehydration and loss of salt).

Mile 1 was about 7:50, but we it is a huge race so we were moving around a lot of people. I had a side stitch but it only lasted a mile or so. The first half of the race seemed to be entirely uphill, although I am sure it wasn't the case.

Miles 2 and 3 we got it down to around 7:30 and I felt good at the pace.

Around Mile 4 I started to feel "feverish" is how I explained it to her. I just didn't feel well. Things crashed quickly after that.

At Mile 5 we couldn't get below 7:30 pace and I told her I had a huge bonk coming. The pace felt extremely hard.

It happened a little after Mile 6. I told her to leave me and it took a little convincing to do so. When she did I eased up a little and struggle to keep 8 minute pace.  I stopped and walked through the next waterstop, and even walked about a minute extra. I grabbed water and gatorade and took them down.

I struggled through the hills and got to Mile 7 where they had gu. I walked through the stop and a little extra again and ate my gu. I got my legs back up to a shuffle and realized this may have been the worst I have ever felt during a race. My goal was just to keep one foot in front of the other and keep moving, not worrying about time. I was probably 8 minute pace but I don't know.

I shuffled to Mile 8. At this point I think I would have dropped out if I saw an opportunity. I definitely thought about it but didn't know my way back to the finish line area. I figured I should stay on the course where there is water and medical attention.

Somewhere around Mile 9 someone had candy corn. I took a handfull and thanked them graciously. I ate them slowly while pondering how I could possibly run 4 more miles.

Somewhere around this point I started really feeling it in my hips. This lasted through the end of the race. I think when everything else broke down I was using my hips to keep my legs turning over. At his point they were telling me they couldn't do it anymore. I couldn't believe it- I may not be able to finish the race. At any pace. I got nervous. I continued to put one painful leg in front of the other, eating as much food and drinking as much water as possible, and walking through the water stops. When I felt a burst of energy I would pick up the pace to 7:45 or so pace, but it never lasted long.

The next mile signs felt like blessings. I tried to gain inspiration from the marathoners around me. They were amazing. I tried to look at their mile signs and imagined I had run that far... because that is what it felt like! I reminded myself that a half marathon is nothing to scoff at. That the volunteers were there for us "halfers" too, and that we were also completing an honorable race.

At some point the 3:30 pace group passed me. It felt defeating and I tried to stay with them because I knew that would bring me in around 1:45. Somehow, hip pain and all, I managed to stay with them (mostly- at points I had to play catch up). I finished up at a decent pace for the last half mile or so with help from the crowd.  I don't know my time but it was around 1:45. My slowest half since 2008; since I became an "experienced" distance runner.

I don't know what happened today. I know I did not pay enough attention to my nutrition, which was dumb. I think that I took my illness lightly but it paid a toll. I knew the illness took my training runs away, but I did not think it would factor into the race. Not sure if it did or if it was just not my day. I don't understand how two weeks ago I was doing sub-7s for the last 5 miles of a ten miler and feeling great about it. 

I do know that this made me mentally stronger. I can't believe I finished. It also made me appreciate the good days where everything comes together. I was overdue a horrible day like this. I will get past it and run a good day and remember to be oh-so-thankful.

Congrats to:

- my brother who used this as an "easy" training run for JFK and still ran a 3:40 marathon;

- my mom who ran her first half... go Jude!

- another best friend Natalie who finished her first full marathon on her 25th birthday... with strep throat

- my sister-in-law who covered 13.1 miles for the first time

- and the many other inspirational runners who I know or don't know. Also, those who kicked my butt. I have never been passed by so many people in my life. I WILL see you guys on the course again :)

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From nevels on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 20:15:38 from

awesome effort. sometimes gutting it out is all we can do, and that's nothing to worry about. every runner that's really pushed in distance races has bonked at some point or another; i know i've hit the wall pretty hard quite a few times.

all that said, we all know that before you know it, you'll be back to blazing times...

how did your brother do at JFK? (i'm still blown away at what my buddy riddle did)

fyi: i'm going to be in your neck of the woods for a few weeks starting monday (nov 28)... should definitely get a run in...

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