Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 - 12 Race Schedule

September 11, 2011

October 15, 2011

November 13, 2011

December 2011
  • TBD
  • I'll find a holiday 10K

January 14, 2012

TBD 2012
  • 26.2
  • In 2012, I will finally train for and run a full marathon.

What does your race calendar look like?


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chicago 13.1

On Sunday, September 11, 2011 I will celebrate my 31st birthday (which is on actually on 9/13) by running the 15th Annual Chicago Half Marathon.

I am determined to break the 2 hour barrier.
I will run a consistent 9:00 min/mile pace to meet my goal finish time of 1:57:59.

Pace5K5 Mi10K10 Mi1/2 MarMar

Hold me accountable.


Join me.

Let's do this together.


Monday, May 16, 2011

Runner's Dilemma

I ran my second half marathon last Saturday at the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon. My time was 2:10:56, eight minutes faster than my first marathon two years prior. I am proud of the PR, but not exactly proud of my time. I know I could have run faster. I know I could have done better. My goal for this race was to run sub 2 hours. I trained hard, wtih exception of a near two-week hiatus during March Madness. I planned everything down to final detail. I made sure to get enough sleep two nights before. I went went to dinner and a movie with my girls the night before to calm my nerves and keep me from pacing in my apartment sick with nervousness. It was all perfect. For the first ten miles we kept a consistent 9:30 - 9:45 pace. At mile 10, she started to fade. Who, you ask? My running buddy. I ran this race with a co-worker who isn't really a runner, but wanted to run this race. I created a training plan (courtesy of our esteemed running coach Hal Higdon). We both kept to it for the most part, except she didn't do the speed workouts and her longest run was 10 miles - even though the training plan included a twelve-miler.

Back to the race... at mile 10 she started to fade and I stuck with her. I kept the promise I made before we started, to run together all 13.1 miles. I helped push her through mile 10 as our pace dipped to just over 10 minute mile pace, but at mile 11 the pace got much slower. Determined to be a woman of my word, I made sure to stay with her and help push her through. At this point it starts to rain, but I am feeling great - fully prepared after having practiced my race day strategies the week before with a 15 miler in the rain. I was ready to catch my second wind and dig deep for the last two miles. There was something about seeing mile 11 that made me so excited. Only two miles to go... but my running buddy couldn't hang. So we ran together through the finish line at 2hrs 10 minutes and 2hrs 11 minutes, respectively.

In one sense, I am glad that I kept my word; but as a runner, I feel like I did myself a disservice. I feel like I should have followed my insticts and kicked up my pace at mile 10 and especially at mile 11 when my body was ready to sprint towards the finish line.  I know I did the right thing, but I can't help but feel like this time, maybe I shouldn't have...

My favorite quote I heard after the race. [Man on the street talking to a runner on his way to his car]: "Did you win?" [Runner/Finisher]: "We all won."
Indeed, Sir. Indeed.


Sunday, May 8, 2011


I promise to communicate directly.
I promise not to use emoticons.
I promise to no longer use acronyms that do not require one to first identify its meaning (for example, I will no longer use LOL, OMG, SMH and the like). I am not a sixteen year-old girl.
I also promise not to use inadequate descriptors such as wow, really and fine.
I promise to leave hashtags on Twitter and not participate in Facebook foolishness.
I refuse to have conversations via text message.
I promise to use complete sentences.
I promise to proof read and use spell check.
I promise not to turn words like spell check into verbs.

I promise to do my best to honor the Queen's English.
I promise to be adequately succinct.

I promise to use my words.

A Renegade Story

And I on the opposite shore will be ready to ride and spread the alarm.