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Member Since:

Jul 23, 2007



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

5K: 22:15 (January 2005);
10K-48:40 (November 2005)
Half-marathon: 1:50:25 (, March 2006);
Marathon: 3:54:16 (January 2006)

Short-Term Running Goals:


Finish half marathon in January 2010

Run consistently

Lose pregnancy weight + 10 pounds 



Long-Term Running Goals:

Complete an Ironman triathlon; run the Comrades Marathon in South Africa (55 miles)
Marathon: sub 3:30
Half marathon: sub 1:40
10K: sub 42 minutes
5K: sub 21 minutes

Find out what my potential is and reach it.


I've been running since high school (mid-1990s) and do pretty well when I'm focused on a goal. My main problem  is running consistently when I'm NOT training for something specific. I'm an attorney, and I've been married to my husband, also a runner, for 5 1/2 years. We live in Phoenix, Arizona.  We had a beautiful baby girl, Caroline, in August 2009.

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

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So far I have not run today.  I have pretty bad neck pain and some back pain.  I'm just wondering if anyone has some advice on whether I should run today.   I really don't want to skip my workout today, but I also don't want to cause more problems in my neck.  I'm going to see if I can get into the chiro or massage therapist today.  Hopefully I'll get to edit this entry with a 5-mile run!

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I'm back in the saddle!  I feel 80% better after my chiro treatment yesterday-no more sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself!!  I did 5 miles tonight in just under 50 minutes.  It felt good, but my heart rate was a little high.

My sister gave me a headlamp for my birthday that I tried out for the first time tonight.  It wasn't superbright, but it helped.  My husband was driving home from his workout on the track and saw me from over a block away.  So, I guess it worked, and I didn't twist an ankle!  In 2000, I was training in Flagstaff for my first marathon and twisted my ankle badly 6 weeks before the race.  I was running in the dark and stepped off a curb!  So, I missed the race.  Ever since then, I have been super-paranoid about running in the dark.  Hence, the headlamp in urban Phoenix!

Because I'm doing the same run every day now, MOTIVATION is the name of the game! 

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I ran tonight after work, with the headlamp again.  I ran faster tonight, maybe because I didn't want to run in the dark longer than I had to.  Or maybe because I wanted to make sure I would get home in time for Grey's Anatomy (I did).  Anyway, my average pace was 9:44, and it varied from 9:24 to 9:55.  Heart rate was up, but I felt good.

It was a good run overall, but I need to be consistent!!!

We have a new addition to the blog, my friend lorenzpsu.  She is a triathlete.  Tell her hello!

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Today is a beautiful day!  And I'm stuck in the office...Oh well, I had a great run this morning!  I finished 10 miles in 1:39:53, just under a 10-minute mile.  It's funny-ever since I started running long distances, I would run the first half MUCH slower than my goal pace but would always make up for it in the second half.  I thought I would be able to keep up a constant pace now, because I'm running at an easier pace, but I still run the same way!  Here are my splits:

10:06; 10:15; 10:20; 10:20; 10:18; 10:05; 9:47; 9:50; 9:28; 9:24.

It's a confidence booster for me to pick it up at the end.  My heart rate averaged around 160, which was a little high, but OK.  My goal for next week is to be more consistent.  Either next weekend or the weekend after, we are going up to Flagstaff (7600 feet), one of my favorite places.  OK, I grew up there, so I am partial.  but it's also a great place for altitude training!  I'll be interested to see how my long run goes up there!

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