Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I know, I'm a bad blogger

I've never been a good blogger. Well maybe freshman year of college when my free time seemed endless and my LiveJournal was hoppin. Alas, working on a doctorate has taken most of my time from me. I am still running, albeit not that fast. In any case here's a short update:

In October I finished up classwork FOR-EV-ER! I headed out into the pseudo-(or sudo for you real nerds)real world. I started my first full time clinical at a Balance and Mobility clinic seeing mainly geriatric folks with balance and endurance problems. I've had a few neurological patients (this is a neuro rotation, afterall) but mostly balance and mobility patients - huh, imagine that! In my spare time, I've been getting back together with my ex, running (see DirtDawg's 35th episode). Started with runs after work until the time changed and it got hella dark by the time I made it home. So I broke down and got a membership to the Y. Spent a couple weeks battling the treadmills until my shins couldn't handle it anymore. Took a long weekend w/o running so they could heal up and am now running on the track above the gym while I (maybe - haven't decided yet) ease back onto the treadmill. The Santa Shuffle is in two weeks and I'll be running the 2 mile race. I don't think I'd have any problem running the 5 mile, but I'm worried about running 5 miles in cold weather without much cold weather training. Then maybe R'N'R Arizona in January - the half. I start work at a sweet sports clinic in Scottsdale, AZ on Jan 4th.

Anyhoo that's all I've got. See ya on the flip side!

Run on!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Since I've been gone...

So I haven't been updating...or checking blogger...or recording any runs or anything. This is what happens when I go off of a training program and just run for fun. Those days have flown by with school, work and other things taking up a ton of time, I haven't had much time for structured runs. Mostly just heading out and running for a bit to clear my mind and then coming back to the real world. However, that time is coming to an end. In 5 and a half short weeks, we have the Kansas City Marathon Relay. Five of my classmates and I got a team together, named it after one of our favorite teachers, and are headed down to run in our first marathon relay.

Ladies & Gentlemen, the man in question, Bob Fuchs:

Our team name is "The Fuchsinators." Bob is an avid cyclist, and I'm hoping I can convince the guys to run in helmets, as Alison, Katja and I have already decided to do so.

All five of us are runners, 3 marathoners (myself included!!) and 2 half marathoners. The five legs are as follows:

#1 – 3.3 miles – Kessler & Memorial Drive West (entrance to Liberty Memorial)
#2 – 5.8 miles – Ward Parkway & JC Nichols Parkway
#3 – 4.0 miles – half marathon point Westover Rd. & Summit St.
#4– 6.9 miles – Mile 20 Volker Blvd. just east of Oak St.
#5– 6.2 miles - Finish

Today we did a few games of chance to determine the legs. I decided that the boys, if willing, should run the longer legs to give us a faster time. There's no way to know how well we could potentially do, but why not do the best we can? So Matt and Curt took 6.9 and 6.2 respectively and the rest of us girls flipped a coin to determine who would run which leg. I ended up with the 3rd leg, 4.0 miles. So now, I'm training for a 4 mile race! I'm going to look up some sweet speed workouts and see just how fast I can get.

Today I went out and ran/walked 30 minutes. It was pretty hot out, so I didn't push too hard. Also, I made the idiotic mistake to wear black. Alas. I will now watch the aforementioned via photo Scrubs and try to learn everything I can about spinal radiology (read: x-rays, CT, MRI) for tomorrow's quiz. Been back in school 2.5 weeks and I've had something like 10 or so tests & quizzes, not to mention all the busy work. Bollocks!

Run Happy! Run on!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

whew! it was a hot one! 3.4 mi. now, I am starting p90x. Core today. wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sorry Friends!!

Sorry for the lost time, friends. I have been uber busy and haven't been writing down hardly a thing, which has led to me thinking I'm probably done with these shoes, but not knowing for sure. I'm not that smart.

Anyhoo! In great news, I was accepted into the Brooks ID program over the weekend! I am officially a Brooks ID runner and I'm damn proud of it!

So, this is short, and I'm going to c/p my blog entry from my sweat365 blog (part of the Brooks stuff) to save time. Gotta head over to buckeyeoutdoors to post my shiz to that too. I may not be able to keep all these up. I will try to continue this blog for sure, but my apologies if the entries become more spaced out. School starts again Monday. Damn!

from meganruns.sweat365.com:

Loaded up my backpack (the one I won at work yesterday!) before work with what I thought was all my running gear. After work I realized I forgot my hat. Not good since it was 6p and the sun was beating down. I headed out on the trail that runs behind the mall and did 4 mi. It was tough with very little shade and the sweat pouring in my eyes, not to mention the chest cold I've been fighting for a week. Needless to say, it wasn't the most enjoyable.

When I came home, I found the lawn still hadn't been mowed. My roommates suck ;). I had a customer tell me there were going to be storms tonight so I got out the mower. I still had on my Garmin, so I ran it while I mowed. Turns out it takes me 1:05 and I walked 1.08 miles. Pushing a bazillion year old push mower that weighs a lot and doesn't have self propel. Our lawn is hilly so I got a core workout, which was nice!

Okay, enough rambling.

Run on!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lazy Lazy Lazy Haleconey

So I was going to BS my way through this post. Not lying necessarily, just withholding some information. Truth is, I have been slacking WAAAAY off. I got busy, and then lazy. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT take 3 weeks off. Ever. Biggest mistake I’ve made in quite some time. Today I went out to do 8 miles after not running since two days after my marathon (3 miles on June 29th for anyone counting), finished just under 6 miles and felt like shit the whole time. My lungs refused to cooperate. I of all people know how quick you can lose all the “in-shape”ness (by the way? It’s two weeks) and yet, I let myself just get lazy. Lazy in mind and body. Well, that’s over. After today, I will never let myself do that again. In other news, my foot still bugs me, but I think it’s the uneven terrain aka slanted sidewalk because it tends to feel better when I switch to the flatter grass. It was raining this morning when I got up at 7 to do my run, and Jaclyn’s dad has my raincoat so I decided to wait until after work. When I went in it was cool and cloudy with sporadic rain. When I got off at 4:30, it was sunny and 86. Lovely. Anyway, tomorrow I have speedwork, which I will be getting up at 7 to do before it get’s too hot. I’ll still probably throw up.

Oh yeah, this is the start of my training program for the Omaha half marathon. Woo!

Run on and run happy!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

My Seattle Race Report keeps getting screwed up, so I took it down for a little while. I'll get it back up when I can spend the time fixing it.

Monday, June 29, 2009

We did it!!!

Editor's Note: I'm really sorry, but I just don't have time to figure out why the pictures didn't upload the way they were supposed to, so to see them, click on them! Enjoy!

Holy frick!

Yesterday was my very first marathon! The Seattle Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon. However, this race reports requires a little background information, so here goes:
Monday on my way home from my rotation in Minnesota, I was checking my email to find out that Smelta/Northworst had changed my flight and I was now going to arrive around 10:00 at night on Friday. This is after the Expo is over and therefore I would not be able to pick up my packet. All over my information and the website it says that you must pick your packet up in person with a photo ID, no exceptions. I freaked. I ended up calling the race headquarters Tuesday and they told me I’d be able to pick it up at the starting line. Phew! Crisis averted. The rest of the week consisted of running a million errands (I was just coming home from being away for 6 weeks on rotation out of state). Thursday night, I went out to eat spaghetti and drink some beers with a couple friends. Friday is when the trouble began.

With my new flight schedule, I was supposed to fly out of Omaha at 5:20, land in Salt Lake, wait 2 hours and fly to Seattle arriving around 10:00 local time. When I got to Omaha, everything was fine until everyone started getting confused about where we were supposed to board the plane. The flight that was supposed to leave ahead of us to Detroit out of our gate was grounded due to bad weather out east. No one knew where we were supposed to go since their plane was still at our gate. I mean NO ONE. Not a single Delta or Northwest person could tell us what the heck was up. Needless to say we boarded a puddle jumper an hour later through a different gate. We arrived in Salt Lake just ahead of a massive storm. The landing sucked and they wouldn’t let us off the plane when we got there because it was storming so bad. They did, however, unload all of our bags onto the tarmac in the rain, which was special because everything I brought got wet. Did I mention that my carry on was too big for this plane so it had to be checked and so all my running stuff, my paperwork, and everything got wet also? I had a drying party by myself in the SLC airport later. Anyhoo, the storm grounded all flights forEVER!! and my flight to Seattle was delayed two more hours. I landed in Seattle at 1:00AM local time (3AM my time) after 10 hours of travel (4 hours in the air). Oh yeah, and I had to get a taxi to my hotel since the shuttles stop running after 11 and then get up in 2 hours! Blech.

So Jaclyn woke me up at about 3:45 and we got ready quick and walked over to the hotel where she had Team breakfast. We hung around there for about an hour and then walked over to another hotel where we hopped on the school bus for the ride to Tukwila to the starting line. We got there and I hurried up to get my number and chip. We got that settled and headed over to get coffee.

We were meeting some friends, Mike and Todd, at 6 but actually ran into them over at the Starbucks. The four of us dinked around for the rest of the time doing the normal stand in the potty line forever, go, and get back in the potty line b/c you’ll have to go again by the time you get back to the front. At a 6:45 we headed to our corrals. Todd was in 2 (demon fast!), I was in 21, Mike was in 24 and Jaclyn was in 29. Jaclyn joined me in my corral since we were planning on running together.

25,000 runners participated in the race and it was awesome! 45 minutes after the starting gun, our corral was released and we were off! It was amazing!

There were bands all along the way and it was so exciting. About 3 miles in, my garmin decided it wasn’t going to find a signal, even though there wasn’t a single tree overhead, so I lost all my distance data. I just used it for time. Jaclyn is a first time runner so we ran/walked 4/1 min ratios per her plan. I was there for moral support and to get the experience of my first marathon with no chance of overdoing it.

About mile 4 we hit the shore of Lake Washington and I got a major calf cramp in my left leg. I wasn’t going to let it get me so I ignored it and didn’t say anything to Jaclyn. We finished our run segment and walked our minute and when we started running again, it wasn’t there. When she had to stop to use the potty, I stretched it out good and it didn’t bother me the rest of the race. Ha! Take that mind! I win!

Miles 9, 10 and part of 11 were on the Lake Washington Bridge and were rough. There weren’t many fans, only music at the turnaround and it was HOT. There was a good breeze off Lake Washington to keep it from getting too bad, but there wasn’t any shade, so it was rough. It was beautiful though!

There’s a mountain (Mt. Ranier) you can barely see just to the left of my head. You can see it if you squint really hard.
We then wound back through Seattle to pass the finish line for the first time and head north, leaving the half marathoners behind (lucky bastards). We were feeling pretty good at our half marathon point, so we danced a little. We continued along the Alaskan Way Viaduct running by Puget Sound for a half a mile or so. The breeze off the Sound was amazing. Then we went straight north where Jaclyn hit THE WALL. We had our Mars bar from Mike to look forward to at mile 17, which was just one mile away, but it was hard. I did my best to keep the 4/1 up, jogging really slow next to her when she needed to walk and trying to give her as much encouragement as I could muster. We made it to 17 and slammed that Mars bar. It was the most amazing thing I have ever eaten. I really wish they made them here.

My feet were getting pretty sore, but overall I still felt pretty good. When we made the turn back at 18.5ish, I got a little emotional. The cheerleaders were saying this is it! Home stretch! And I was thinking, really?! Awesome! We’re almost there! We weren’t, but it was still pretty cool. We ran along Lake Union back towards downtown.

Here she is in all her glory at mile 21. Just past here we got on the Alaskan Way Viaduct again where we saw Jaclyn’s Dad and friends again (we saw them a few times along the course) and continued to plow through it. We stayed on the Viaduct for most of the rest of the race. About mile 22 I hit the wall. It was 99.9% mental, as they say, but I forced myself to keep moving. I would run ahead and then walk a bit to let Jaclyn catch up. She had gotten to the point where she was not going to run anymore. She told me her ankles hurt so bad when she was running. I told her to try to walk fast and see how it felt so that is what she ultimately did. She power walked and I jogged along side her for the last 3 miles of the race. At mile 23 we ran by the finish line for the second time. We made the turn and headed for the finish.

This is where the tears really started to flow. Just before mile 26 marker, we turned and headed down an off ramp. Jaclyn started running again and we turned and ran past the finish line for the third time through scads of volunteers and people cheering us on. Couldn’t stop crying.

We went through them, took a sharp left and another into the extremely long shoot. I kept thinking where the heck is the finish!? It was a long straightaway and then a turn to the right and we crossed the line together hands in the air. We both had to dig deep there at the end, but we freaking did it. Once we crossed the line, we hugged and cried and couldn’t believe it was over. Our official chip time was 6:14:29. We started together and finished together. Although we weren't together every second, we crossed every timing chip point together miraculously. It was the most amazing experience one could have ever had.

The weather was beautiful, the people were awesome, and I will definitely do this one again!

Friday, June 26, 2009


Well, the marathon is tomorrow. TOMORROW!!!! I got home from my rotation late Monday night and have been running around like a crazy person since then. My flight leaves tonight at 5:20 for Seattle. I had a minor snafu with the race packet, but it's all set in stone now. I am missing the expo, but Jaclyn is there right now and she just texted me to tell me she's with Mike from Just Finish, who I think must be Mike B. I haven't gotten too nervous yet, just mainly worried about having to go to the bathroom during the race. Otherwise, I'm pretty set. I got a hip pack to carry my camera, phone, Luna Moons, etc and a hand held water bottle as well as a green tech shirt with a Just Finish sticker on the back of it. I put everything for the race in my carry on because all of a sudden I'm really nervous about losing my luggage. Anyhoo, I'm off to finalize a few things and off to the airport in an hour and a half. Wish us luck!!

My iPod playlist for the marathon (just in case - artist/album):

Aesop Rock - Daylight [EP]
Aesop Rock - Fast Cars, Danger, Fire And Knives
Atmosphere - God Loves Ugly
Atmosphere - Seven's Travels
Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies
Flogging Molly - Swagger
Flogging Molly - Within A Mile Of Home
Incubus - Monuments And Melodies
The Music - The Music
Ozzy Osbourne - The Ozzman Cometh
Paria - The Barnacle Cordius
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
Red Hot Chili Peppers - What Hits!?
Rilo Kiley - Take-Offs and Landings
The Rocket Summer - Do You Feel
The Rocket Summer - Hello, Good Friend
The Streets - Original Pirate Material
Sublime - Gold
System Of A Down - Toxicity
Timbaland - Shock Value
Weezer - Green Album
Weezer - Blue Album

And DDRDP Ep 18-20.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Litchfield, MN

Well, I made it to Litchfield last Saturday mid afternoon. There is NO internet and NO television to speak of in my 1970s
sorority house-eske dorm. So, that is why I haven't been around much.

Monday, I spent the first 2 hours seeing inpatients and a couple outpatients. The next 3 hours I spent on my feet in surgery. The rest of the day was a flurry of patients. I had five 9 hour days on my feet this week. I couldn't run the first 3 or so days because my feet hurt so bad. I did workout videos but it wasn't enough. Finally, Wednesday, I decided to brave the ridiculous winds and ran 3.5 miles. Thursday I did 3+, I ran 30 minutes. I had to do some walking because my iPod decided to have a mind of its own, but it was gorgeous out and I buzzed through the rest of the time. I ran down the main road in town to Lake Ripley and ran alongside it. Worst part? Giant swarms of gnats. Otherwise, a great place to run.

Friday, I worked 8-6 and then drove up to Fargo. Went out last night with the boys:

L to R: Chris (my cousin), Ando, Me, Random Guy from the hotel, Wilkie, and Fetzer. This picture is actually from when we went to see Metallica in Omaha back last fall. However, all of these guys except the random guy were out last night. Fetzer is my cousin's roommate and he drove us home. How nice!

Got wastey, drunk tweeted my running friend Mark, slow dance to Lonestar like it was 2002 with a very nice guy who wanted to arm wrestle me, outdrank my cousin, and ate three bites of my Perkins. All in all, a fun night. Today, I had quite the hangover, so I didn't do much. Slept most of the day off and on, watched the Twins blow it against the Yankees again (shut up Mark & Cody) and am planning on taking Sage out for a walk/run later. Tomorrow, I'm going to do 14-15 in the morning and head out to the lake to get the cabin ready for summer.

Due to my lack of internets, I will probably only post about once a week. However, I will try to post to daily mile when I can - though it usually only lets me do 3 entries at a time (I have internet through my cell phone, which means DIAL UP!) ick.

Good luck everyone!
Run on!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

my half

Today I set out to run my half, since I missed Lincoln this past weekend. My left foot has been acting up a little so I got the new shoes and headed out. I made it 12.5 mi and then walked .6 back to my apartment. I'm TIRED and my feet and knees are sore but overall, I feel pretty good. I just stuffed my face with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, huge (baseball game pop cup size) cup of water, and now I'm eating a Nature Valley (Cinnamon my fav) granola bar - yeah, I'm eating both of them and chugging a pint of juice. Bra's feeling loose so I hope a good wash & dry will help shrink them back up a bit.

Hate for this to be a short entry, but I have been writing a lot lately and also I have to get ready to go out. Feliz Cinco de Mayo! I'm going out for my friend's birthday/cinco celebration. Bring on the Dos Equis!

Run on!

another race...

And a trail race to boot? Yes, please! I think that since I couldn't afford the dinero (in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo) to run in Lincoln, I should replace it with a cheaper race. And I found one! The Uff Da Run in Woodville, WI on May 16th in celebration of Syttende Mai. Syttende Mai is Norwegian Constitution Day, which is actually May 17th. I happen to be 100% Norwegian, so this is pretty cool for me! Also, it's only about an hour and a half away from Litchfield it'll be easy peasy to get to. Maybe even someone from the cities will drive over with me! Anyway I have until May 9th to decide, so I think I'll sign up this afternoon after my long run. I want to wait and see how the foot fares in the new shoes first before signing onto an actual race.

And with that, I'm going to sit and watch some TV and then hit the trail for 12-13 miles. Later tonight is my friend's birthday celebration and Cinco de Mayo! Drink some margaritas and Dos Equis yum!

Run on!

Monday, May 4, 2009

rest day

I decided to take a rest week. I haven't had one in awhile, and haven't had a good one at all during my training, so I took today off. I did 4.5 mi yesterday and 7.07 mi the day before and my foot has been really bugging me. Since my foot hasn't been hurting much during my run, just after, I took a look at my shoes. They are worn out! I bought them in October, and they probably only have about 250-300 mi on them, but that was enough. I bought the new model:

The Mizuno Wave Inspire 5

I am going to start to wean into them, using my old shoes on my shorter to mid length runs and the new ones on my long runs. These are GREAT shoes and work wonderfully right out of the box. Anyway, I'm going to hit the elliptical later tonight and do some strength training.

I went golfing today! I was going to bring my 305 and record how much we walked since we weren't going to use carts but I definitely forgot it. So anyway, we walked 9 holes and it was really fun. I suck at golf, but it was a beautiful day for it. I'll just count that as cross training!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

sister love

My sister, Maren, and I went out for a quick jog this afternoon. It is cloudy and 70˚F and the humidity is at 27% (according to weather.com but it feels pretty muggy out). The cloud cover helped a lot.

I tried wearing my HRM below my bra to see if that helped reduce my bounce any, but then it wasn't picking up my HR so I gave up on it. The bounce wasn't too bad. I'm on the second clasp again and I'm thinking I'll need to machine wash (not hand wash) these puppies on gentle to get them to shrink a little. They didn't come with wash instructions, but since they have underwire, I have been taking it pretty easy with them.

We ran west down Pacific from our apartment (basically 78th St), which is the sucky way. I listened to an indie music podcast, which was a series of songs at different BPMs. I'm still not sold on the BPM-song thing. My 305's BPM numbers are so small I can't really watch to see if I stay with the song (or whatever) anyway, so I don't really worry about that so much. My foot felt pretty good the way out and got a little tired on the way back, but painless. I think it was worst on the way back because my left foot (the bad one) slants down & out based on the slant of the sidewalk. Either way, I have iced twice today and am about to ice again after I stretch. I better get to stretching, or it won't get done. Then, I think I'll have a lean cuisine pizza for dinner. yum!

Run on!

Lincoln Half/Full Marathon

Today was the Lincoln Marathon. Congrats to ALL runners! I had a blast watching everyone run and it made me want to run SO BAD! My foot is still bothering me a little, but I am going to try to do a couple miles this afternoon. I'm going to try to do 13 tomorrow so I might just ride the bike today. Anyhoo! We stood about half a mile from the finish line so we saw it all. Happy people, runners who were grateful it was about over, and people who were really struggling. Here are a couple shots from the day!

These two ran 13.1 miles in Star Wars outfits. Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper. It was incredible. Darth was pretty tired. Granted, he was wearing black.

This is my friend Josh. He decided out of the blue one day to run a half marathon and he did it in under 2 hours!

I wonder how many miles this guy has put in over the course of his lifetime?

This is my friend Cody. He's about to graduate from PA school. About 10 minutes before him, we saw his double. I think it was his brother.

I love the airborne shot!

My friend Kristin! It's always good to see people with high spirits late in the race.

Again, this dude is so happy!

I didn't see everyone that I knew were running, but I saw a bunch of people. Congrats to Kristin, Josh, Kim, Micki, Alicia, Andrea, Ellen, Kenzie, and all the others who made it! GREAT JOB!!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Blog of the Week!

Wow! Mike (aka DirtDawg) mentioned my blog in his podcast this week and named it his blog of the week! You can listen to his podcast here (on podbean) or on iTunes (dirt dawg's rambling diatribe podcast).

How cool!

Anyhoo, good luck to everyone with races tomorrow, especially those of you running the Lincoln Half! See you there!

Run on!

summertime...in the city!

Hello everyone! I am on summer break! Well, for 1 week I am. I had my last final on Thursday and we have had craptastic weather the last couple of days so I spent my workouts on the bike. Did some riding Thursday around Omaha with really no purpose and then rode to UNO to meet my buddy Mike yesterday. He lent me his smaller camera bag to take with me tomorrow to Lincoln. Since I am unable to afford the race myself this year yet have multiple friends running in it, the plan is to go on bike with a couple of my friends and try to get some good race shots. It will all depend on if my friend Katja got her neck brace off yesterday and I'm still waiting to find that out. Otherwise it will be a walking/running venture for us to try and get to places to see our friends.
EDIT (kinda. I haven't published yet, but I don't want to delete and retype those last couple of sentences): Katja just texted me and the brace is off! She isn't supposed to run or ride for 4 weeks, but if we're careful and we do all the looking around for her, she should be fine so we're a go on bikes! Woo! I do, however, need to figure out how to put my bike rack on my car. I got a bike rack last summer that fit on my Saturn Ion and I was lucky enough that it fits on my new car, which is an SUV. How it fits on there, I have no idea. But I will try to figure it out today. At least, until I lose my patience, and then I'll probably just run to the Trek store down the street and have them help me.

Anyway! I come to you not from my regular blogging location:

I normally like to blog from my desk because a) it's where I plug in the Garmin and I'm already sitting there and b) I'm lazy. Anyhoo, since today is such a gorgeous day, I thought I would blog from my porch!

I have this awesome porch off of my bedroom that gets shade and sun about this time of day so I am sitting here with my legs in the sun and computer in the shade, chugging water and enjoying the breeze. God, I love summer!

Today I got up at 9:30 and headed out for 7 miles. I left close to 10 and about half a mile in, ran into my brother. He was trying to sell his accounting book back after his final this morning. The bookstore was closed - FAIL. He'll just have to try again later. The run was great. I ran down Pacific, through Elmwood Park, around Memorial Park twice and back. It ended up being about 7.07 when I stopped to walk the last three blocks or so to get my heart rate down. My foot has been feeling a little sore lately, but not painful (knock on wood). I'm going to keep trying to stretch it out a bunch and ice it and hopefully it will feel better. I wore the Maidenform again, which was fine. I fastened it on the second tightest eye hook and I think the bounce was minimized. It is kind of hard to tell because I think my heart rate monitor kind of screws things up; the underwire doesn't site right on my ribcage. I only thought about bounce once during the whole run though, so something is working. The pre-shower "chafe check" came up with much of the same as before: slight reddening in a U shape and that's pretty much it. I'm VERY impressed with this bra.

I listened to DirtDawg's 9th and 10th podcast and his wife (DirrtyGirl) was wondering about a forum of sorts for bra reviews. So I want to put a call out to every chick out there that reads this (and tell your running girlfriends) - tell us about the bras that you/they run in. If you have any stories, reviews, whatever, PLEASE email me (topheavyrunner@gmail.com) and tell me about it! I will feature any entries in blog posts (let me know if you want to be anonymous or credited) as soon as I get the email. This blog is small and kind of just starting, but why not make it something that could end up being great! So bring on the bra stories! And you don't have to be a "top heavy" (or front heavy ha!) runner, either. All posts will be labeled as bra reviews/stories so they can be easily searched on google.


So I had a minor run in with a vampire this morning:

Just kidding, I cut myself shaving, which I haven't done in forever, then when I bent my knee to put on my undies, it looked like two vampire bites!
EDIT2: I just realized that looks like I mean I haven't shaved in forever. I mean I haven't cut myself shaving in forever! haha

So I fixed it with 2 SpongeBob bandaids. Success!

I leave in a week for Minnesota where I will not have immediate internet access. I will hopefully be able to access the web from the hospital and will try to update as much as possible from there, probably at lunch. I will be there during the inaugural Stillwater Marathon, which I might drive over to watch and photograph, and will be in a small town. Lots of miles will get put on the sneaks and bike and hopefully I will learn a lot! I'm looking forward to just chilling out and having a little time away. Oh, and running in a new place!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Long Run @ Zorinsky

I snapped this puppy from the top of the dam about 9 miles in (hence the finger covering part of the bottom - I was tired!)

temperature beginning of run: 50F
distance: 11 mi
deer seen: 2
times nose blown in last 4 miles: 10
potty breaks: 1
water breaks: 1
chafing: amazingly little. tiny actual chafe marks where clasps of bra are in the back, reddening (but not actual chafing) in U shape on front (representing top edge of sports bra)
bounce: moderate. I probably should have put it on the next tightest clasp
pains: slight knee pain 3 mi in (disappeared within a mile), horrible stomach ache (secondary to draining sinuses) 7 mi in
times of near vomiting: 5 (all within last 4 miles)
tune-age: first 45 minutes = I listened to a podcast recommended to me by Kevin Green from Just Finish called "Dirt Dawg's Rambling Diatribe Podcast" by an ultrarunner in Michigan. He tapes himself running, interviews other racers, tapes his wife (interview-style or when they run together) who I understand may or may not herself be a top heavy runner!! etc. It was an enjoyable podcast (I listened to episode 11) and I hear episode 10 is hilarious. I think his wife talks about boobs on it a lot, so a MUST for us girls to check out. Anyway he blogs here at blogspot also, with his podcasts linked to his blog. After that was over, I listened to a BPM playlist I created with the help of JogTunes.com. It was a mix of the songs off their 160-190 Alternative list that I had on my iTunes already. I had 44 of the songs and made it through about half. It was pretty enjoyable.
temperature after run: 47F

Overall, an okay run. It was cooler and breezy leading to me having a really bad runny nose and highly draining sinuses. This sucked. At 7 mi in, when I came back around by my car, I stopped for kleenexes and a drink of water. This pit stop was just enough of a stop to get my stomach turning. The last 4 miles SUCKED. My stomach threatened to keel over the entire time. I had to blow my nose (full on blow w/ new kleenex) every half mile, with partial blows/snot wipe ups (this is an attractive entry) about every quarter. Oh well. I almost turned back and made it an 8 mile run, but I forced myself to stick it out. I thought of Jaclyn and our race and how I can't quit now, I had to just finish the damn thing! And I did it. I had to walk a bunch because I thought I was going to throw up, but I never walked for more than a quarter at a time. Go me!

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week. I am on my LAST week of spring semester! Woo! I have a bunch of misc stuff to go to tomorrow (meetings, honors convocation for the graduating seniors) and a final Wednesday morning at 9 and Thursday morning at 8 and then I'm done! I will be heading to Lincoln Saturday morning to cheer on my friends who are running it (Kristin, Micki, and Kim). I'm going to make a silly sign. Speaking of, Kim when you find out your bib number let me know, and I'll keep an eye open for you!

Run on!

p.s. Jude stepped on the keyboard about halfway through this post and is currently sleeping on the right edge of it, so I apologize here for any typos. I am too lazy to reread it before posting! :D

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Quick Update...

Amidst studying JRA, I remembered I haven't posted much lately. I did 5 miles on Wednesday (bra was okay - Garmin died and I tried taking off my heart monitor and noticed the clasps on the bra were kind of itchy without it there blocking) and have been racking up the XT lately. I was scheduled to do my long run today but we have been having thunderstorms up the wazoo here in the Midwest and I didn't want to get pummeled by hail or hit by lightning so I put it off until tomorrow. The weather tomorrow is supposed to be a soft rain, which will be really nice.

And to finally relate my remembering to JRA, Friday was Reese's Run (well, bike for me) and I hope everyone had a chance to donate and/or participate. I completely forgot to email the girls, but I'll do that quick after I post this.

Have a great week! I know I will as it is my last week of class for the semester! I have a week off and then I head to Minnesota for summer semester of clinic. I'll be working at a community hospital in a small town and spending most of my time running and reading (no internet or cable television!).

Run on!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

it. was. awesome.

Well I just got back from my ride. 9 miles in about 35 min. And the bra was great! I jogged out to the car to get my iPod and it held the girls down very well. AND they were not squashed together or anything! It was wonderful. That's all!

they're here!

The bras arrived in the mail today and the "standing and bouncing in my room" fit is great! It's an XT day for me today so I will be heading out on the bike in a little bit to test it out. I'm a little nervous about the underwire, but I will let you all know!

Run (or Bike but definitely not bounce) on!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Got a pretty new car yesterday! Lease was up on the old one and I wanted something 4WD and V6. No name yet...

I also got some new shoes! Not running shoes (don't need any yet) but these pretties:

I love shoes. [EDIT]: I love runner's legs in heels almost as much as I love shoes.

Still waiting impatiently for those bras to come. Last I checked, they were in Kansas City, so they should be delivered tomorrow or the next day. Woo!

Haven't run this weekend, been super busy with the car and studying for tomorrow's Ortho final. Hoping to get a good run in tomorrow. 

That's all. Spring is here and I couldn't be more excited. Yay! Good luck to all Boston Marathoners tomorrow! Run hard and fast!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

new brrrrra!

So I ordered TWO of the Maidenform bras (highest level of support, black). I will let you know how they work when I get them. I really hope they are as great as they sound considering I ordered two.

Running has been on the back burner a little as school has me completely swamped. Tomorrow I'm done at 10:00 (one class!) so I am hoping to get out and do about 4 miles. I'm also planning on riding my bike to school, which should be awesome.

Also, due to financials, I will not be running the Lincoln Half Marathon. I could be ready, but I can't afford the registration cost, especially since I needed to get a couple new sports bras. Oh, and I have to buy a new car here in the next few weeks. I will be running in Seattle for sure though, so the training will continue.

Run on, y'all!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

quick update on the iPod...

It's alive! I had to reset it, but it is back to live action and ready for 4 miles tomorrow.

ps. I got chafing on my boobs! The outside, bilaterally. WTF?! I'm ordering one of those new bras pronto.

Run on!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Runner's High

Well, I can give you empirical proof of said runner's high: 8.6 mi into my 9 mi run, feeling GREAT but need a fast song on the pod to get me through the remaining distance. Reach down, unlock the pod, press the > button and the thing freezes. FREEZES!!! I have a first generation iPod nano that is ancient and I can't believe that it still hangs around. It has done this once before, but seriously! Could the timing BE any worse (mad props if you can tell me what that statement reminds them of)???

As you can see, the high that I was running on immediately following the run pushed this from my mind and I didn't even mention it! I didn't even remember until just now, 2+ hours after I got home from the run. Amazing. Or, not. Giving it a couple days (I've got elliptical Wed and a short 4 mi run on Thurs) and then if it still isn't working, I guess I'll have to go invest in a shuffle. They're only about $50 and they clip on! I've kinda wanted one anyway...


Greetings! From the (c)ouch!

Today, finally, we had great weather. After my neuro practical (in Lincoln), I took a short nap and headed out for 9 miles. I ran down 72nd street, through Elmwood Park, through Memorial Park, back through Elmwood and then hit the Keystone Trail for the last 4 miles. Finished the 9 at 72nd and Pacific so I walked the rest of the way home. Did 9.6 mi total. It was great! My feet are a little sore (as are my knees) and I got 3 blisters, but only one is painful and hopefully it'll be better by tomorrow.

I am probably going to order one of those bras (see below) this weekend. Will let you all know how it goes!

Le sigh,

Saturday, April 4, 2009


Every time school gets crazy, my running gets sporadic. This week was one of those weeks. I put in 3 today on the treadmill since nature decided to hail on us this morning. I didn't want to take any chances, so I pushed my 9 miler to tomorrow and ran a quick 3 on the treadmill. My stomach hurt so I didn't make it any further than those 3.

My sister was telling me about a new site she saw in Shape for bras for "huge boobs" (her words not mine) called the Lilyette in Motion Active Motion bra. It's apparently only $38 and you can find it at maidenform.com. Third link on the top right is for the Lilyette in Motion Sports Bras. It looks like they have three levels - 1: GentleMotion, 2: ActiveMotion (the one my sister was talking about I assume), and 3: PowerMotion. The website also features regular bras, panties, shapewear, swimsuits and accessories. They also have a bra finder. I did some exploring and this is what I found:

Level 1: GentleMotion - softcup ($16.99) or underwire ($16.99), white or beige, 36B - 40DD, fabric content: Body: 75% Nylon, 25% Elastane. I'm not going to go into too much detail, as this bra won't work for me. But it does sound like a pretty good bra with comfort, seamless and moisture wicking fabric.

Level 2: ActiveMotion - softcup ($30.00) 34B-40DD or underwire ($30.00) 34B-42DDD, white w/ gray. According to the site, this bra is recommended for "mid-level sports including biking, golfing and weight training." It has wicking fabric, breathability, wide shoulder straps and there's something about "fold over binding" for comfort and clean aesthetics but I don't know how beneficial that is.

Level 3: PowerMotion - again available in a softcup (34B-40DD) or underwire (34C-40DDD - sizes are slightly more limited) version. Both are $32.00 and are available in black or white w/ gray. This one has much of the same fabric elements as before for wicking and comfort while also using compression and encapsulation for support. I think the shoulder straps are adjustable but I'm not sure. This bra is recommended for "more intense activities including running, soccer, spinning and other aerobics."

Now, I've never run in a bra with underwire before (if you don't count the occasional sprint to the car during a downpour) but it seems like the only option for me, size wise. Also, I would have to go with a 36DDD because they don't have any 34DDDD sizes. God, that's a lotta Ds. Anyway, because I am a runner I would be inclined to try the Level 3. However, I would also consider a Level 2 to wear when biking. If I am not running and don't need to control the bounce as much, it is very uncomfortable to wear a compression bra for long periods of time. And to think, in junior high I wore a sports bra to school EVERY DAY! Ahh, to have those smaller breasts now...but I digress. I am seriously considering trying out this bra. I will keep you updated.

Oh, and the bra finder is actually a pretty good way to find things on the site. You can choose your category (bras, panties, accessories, camisoles, body briefers, swimwear), styles, panty types, bra sizes, and 6 more options (color, brands, materials, price, etc). It's very useful.

Anyway, the weather out here is whacked out. We are currently have a winter storm warning and a wind advisory. York, NE (about 100 miles west of here) has a tornado warning. wtf? The midwest is a crazy place. You should see the insano radar. Well, here's hoping that this blows through tonight so I can run outside tomorrow!

Run on!

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Hey y'all!

Got my shins in order (FINALLY!!) and headed out for a long run today (LSD being long slow distance :) ). Did 8 miles in the hilliest city I have ever lived. Yay Omaha! I felt sooo good though. I listened to RHCP the whole time and it went super well. Knees are achy and calves are sore now but not painful so I'm pleased. 

Hey Kim- Sorry your race was cancelled. Did you get a ton of snow?

My kitten is chasing the letters as they are typed and I can barely see my entry so I think that's about it for the evening. Oh, there he almost fell off my desk. Saved him. He's back staring at the words as they appear on the screen. He chases the mouse also.

Have a great week everyone! Run on!

Monday, March 23, 2009

bloody calves!

I had planned on running 8 miles today (well, yesterday). Unfortunately, Omaha got out butts handed to us on a silver platter by the first thunderstorm of the season. The winds were gusting up to 60 mph so I headed inside for treadmill time. I fully intended on doing the full 8 miles (there's a TV in the gym thankfully!) but my calves had other ideas. They usually hurt at first when I switch back and forth from the treadmill to outside running, but it generally goes away after a half a mile or so. Not the case today. I decided at 1 mi in with my calves on fire that I would try for another mile and if it hadn't let up by then I was headed home for RICE. 

Needless to say, I ran 2 miles, spent at least 20 min stretching my calves alone, another 15 min on the ice and popped a couple NSAIDs. They feel better already. I think I'll try again tomorrow. ;)

Run on!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Another beauty of a day!

I really wanted to post pictures in this blog, but I've got pretty much nothing, so I put up this pretty picture of downtown Omaha which I found on Google. I'm going to put up a couple from Patty's Day, but I'll put that in the other blog. Today I went running in the glorious weather! We had high 50s and sun, with moderate wind. I had a speed workout, which was terrible! It wasn't too bad I guess, it was just hard to run into the wind like that. 

I tried on a new sports bra today at a shop in town that is closing (Intima). I even got sized! Are you ready for this? 34DDDD/36DDD. EEEK!! I know, enormous. Anyway, the sports bra did not fit, it was too big around and she didn't have any 34s in my size. Also, it didn't reduce the bounce enough. I never buy anything that doesn't reduce the bounce as much as my CW-X. If I was a short distance runner, maybe. However, I am not and so I must be picky.

Better be off, it's a busy day tomorrow! Gotta catch up on my homework. I'm hopeless.

Run on!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Reese's Run

I read on KimPossible's blog that Run Like A Girl and Ramblings of a Running Addict are raising money to run a marathon in Barbados to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. They are hosting a Virtual Run on April 24th to help their efforts. Please take a look at their blogs (and Run Like A Girl's adorable little girl) for more information and help them out if you can.

As a physical therapy student, arthritis is one of the biggest causes that brings people to PT. However, many people forget that kids can get arthritis too. Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis affects nearly 50,000 kids in the US. Help out and put in a donation and a 4 miler on April 24th in honor of Reese. You'll be glad you did!

le sigh, procrastination

I am the queen of it. Had a big test Friday and a wedding Thursday night so I got about 2 hours of sleep. Needless to say I did not get my 6 miler in on Saturday. Then yesterday, I was just plain lazy. However, I did just go out and run it today. It was my first run with my 305 and it was so awesome! I got to watch my HR and (eek!) it got up to 193 at one point. My age predicted is 196, but in reality, it is probably higher than that due to the fact that I've been running as long as I have.

Regret: do not wear black socks when it is 65+ degrees out. Thank goodness they were DryFit socks, but my feet got hot. I do really like these socks though, they are thick on the bottom and "meshy" on the top with the fitted arch band. The ankle is thicker too so when I am dragging ass at the end of my long runs I don't cut the crap out of my medial malleoli (the "ankle bone" bumps on the inside). 

So today was hot and long but that's how I like it ;)

Run on everyone!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Great Day!!

Today has been an excellent day for me, running wise. First off, I came home and not only did my Just Finish shirt come, but my Garmin 305 came (granted no one was here to sign for it so I won't actually get it till tomorrow)!! Then, I ran 5 excellent miles on the treadmill, which I had been dreading all day...it's supposed to be warm by this weekend and I hate running on the treadmill. However, I was the only person in there so I got to turn on Scrubs and watch TV, which made the run go by really fast. I came home from that and decided that since it's day one of my marathon training for Seattle I am going to sign up today. Start right at the beginning. Hopefully, this will help me maintain my motivation!!

Yay for a good day!

x-posted to Just Finish blog!

So in training terms, my training for the half is going to change a little, but it won't be too bad. I am running something like twice a week instead of 3 times with a bunch more cross training.

Today: 5 miles on the treadmill. Hips were sore (rode 7 miles on my bike last week) and my back felt a little strained toward the end but I just haven't done a lot since I was so sick. I was sick again last weekend and had so much crap to do this week that today was the first day I had time to work out. Luckily today was the actual scheduled day for my run so that was good.

Okay...the server had too many people registering so I'm off to try again. Woo! Marathon time!

Saturday, March 7, 2009


I'm buying a Garmin Forerunner 305!! I found one on Ebay for $168. Cheaps. I'm pretty darn excited, especially because once I move to Litchfield I don't know if I will have interwebs to look up distances.

I'm so darn excited!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

le sigh

The weather has given us beauty! I rode my bike the 3 miles to and from school today as XT. It was gorgeous! And all the dirty snow is melting, which makes getting out to run/walk/bike a lot easier. 

Anyway, got a big run for the weekend and I'm hoping to do it outside at Zorinski. 

Also, I really want a brownie.

That's all. Run on!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

quick post while Maren gets ready for our trip to the grocery store...

Ran 3 miles outside today! It was only 30 degrees and quite windy (for half of the O&B) but sunny so that really helped. I think it went pretty well for my first run back after a LONG bout with respiratory disease after respiratory disease.

Anyhoo, lots of tests and things to do this week and next and then we have spring break. Hope to do another 3 on Thursday (that's the other test day I have) before heading down to KC to see UNO play in the conference tourney.

How's everyone else's running going?


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Back to Live Action

Well, my cold is rounding its final bend. I am still coughing, but last weekend when I thought I was getting better, I got pink eye and everything got worse. ALAS!

Anyhoo, in the meantime my best friend Jaclyn told me that she was going to be running in Rock-n-Roll Seattle for Team In Training. The marathon is 17 weeks away and since I've been running for my half in May (minus the last two sicky weeks) I think I'm going to do it with her!! How exciting! I may nix the Stillwater half though, because of $$ reasons. I have never been to Seattle so I'm super stoked. So, follow her progress on her TIT page and cheer for the both of us! Eee!

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Still sick today. Also, had to work 6 hours so no run was possible. Tomorrow, I'm loading up on Afrin and heading out, regardless.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

kleenexes, affrin, tylenol, etc.

Here I am!

Ok, so this isn't actually me, but this represents me. Today I was scheduled for my first speed workout and I cannot breathe through my nose. I can barely speak and I'm coughing a lot. This is my third sinus infection this winter! Second year is the craziest year in school and so I got a flu shot thinking my immune system would likely compromised severely most of the cold & flu season. Well, I haven't gotten the flu, but my sinuses have taken the brunt of my broken immune system.

I will try tomorrow. I have SIM man lab (remember the simulation patients on Grey's Anatomy? "How did you pass your intern exam!?" yeah that thing) tomorrow but nothing else, so I'm going to attempt running the 5 miles, even if I don't get the actual speed work in there.

Weather should be up in the 40s for Sunday's long run! Woo!

Run on!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

GLORIOUS weather

Today I woke up for the second day in a row with an insane head cold. But after 8-4 at school sitting on my butt in lecture, I forced myself outside. We had 45 degrees here in Omaha, so I headed out to run my scheduled 2 miler. I wore my capri length tights and a light weight fleece and I got a little warm! Not enough to take the fleece off, but I did remove my thumbs from the thumb holes in the sleeves. Anyhoo, it was a great run. Hilly (that's Omaha running for you) and there was a 3 block stretch there where the lovely residents didn't shovel their sidewalk (even tho the blizzard was Friday!) so I had to slush through it and come home with wet socks but overall, it was enjoyable.

If this head cold / sinus infection doesn't knock it off, I'm gonna get pissed. Arrgh! I've got a 5 mile speed workout Thursday and 6 miles Sunday - I think I'm going to go to Lake Zorinsky for that one.

How's everyone else's running going?

Run on!


Sunday, February 15, 2009


I'm back from Vegas! And guess what? Omaha had 60 degree weather for most of the first part of the week and then just in time for my crew to fly back (Friday) we had a blizzard. Something along the lines of 5-6 inches of snow. Woohoo.

I've been stuck on west coast time and have been exhausted. Yesterday I slept in and then napped most of the afternoon. Today was a decent day for a run but I couldn't garner up the energy. So I will attempt to restart the engine tomorrow. I have class from 8-3 and a vet appt at 4 but I am hoping to get in at least 3 at lunch. Lunch seems to be about the only motivation I have as of late.

Hope the runs have been going well so far. Good luck to Michael B who is running in like a million marathons this year (ok, 12) and who competed in the Austin Marathon today. Can't wait to hear about the race and my advice is to always pick Motel 6 when looking to go cheap. They won't let you down (ok they might, but I have had good luck with them in the past).

I'll put up Vegas pics to my other blog tomorrow or some time (check my other Megan follower. I'm so not smart enough to have 2 blogs with one gmail).

Run on friends!

Sunday, February 8, 2009


So, I am off to Vegas in the morning. Conference time. I am going to do my best to put in some shorter runs while I'm there, depending on time and venue. I hope they have a workout facility at the Excalibur. Anyone know for sure?

On the bra front...Sticking with the CW-X for a bit longer. It has just been holding its shape SO WELL and I really want to try the Title9 one next. Maybe I'll win big in Vegas and I can buy 2!! Or, maybe I'll just order it anyway :) Regardless, I probably won't order until next weekend.

Well, I'm off. 10:30 flight tomorrow morning. I wanted to get up and get a run in tomorrow morning but I have to leave for the airport at 8:30 and I've been having a really bad bout with insomnia so I've been tired all. the. time. It's unlikely I'll get a run in tomorrow morning, but hopefully I can do one before I go to THUNDER DOWN UNDER!! Woooo men in speedos! Wow, I'm sweating just looking at that picture on their homepage. Le sigh. 

I'm not taking my laptop. I have too much crap in my carryon as it is and I want to take my nice camera and don't want either to get broken by smashing into the other. See you all when I get back!

Run on!

Thursday, February 5, 2009


So I haven't updated all week. I blame the busyness factor. Neuro exam on Tuesday, class and student senate and dinner and laundry all day yesterday and class, baby shower and a nap today.

Regardless, I have been doing decent on the running. Don't remember when I last posted and too lazy to check, I'll just go ahead and start with Monday.

Monday: 3 mi on the treadmill at lunch. It was freezing here. Calves were a little sore, but warmed up about a mile in. This run was a make-up from last week.
Tuesday: quick 2 mi on the treadmill after my neuro exam. felt okay, kicked my own butt. I ran a fast first mile and picked it up for the second mile. Oh, how I paid for that one... I also put in reps on the hip abduction machine. I got in trouble in taping lab on Monday.
Wednesday: yesterday I had 4 mi to do on the treadmill (still wasn't warm enough). It was so hard. Nearing the second mile I wanted nothing more than to give up and get off the machine. But I forced myself to continue, slowing down to a jog for the last couple miles. My shins were hurting pretty bad and I was unable to get in the groove. I felt sluggish the whole way.

I checked into the online sports bras. The Title9 one is SO EXPENSIVE ($60 so it is for me anyway) and the SportJock one doesn't ship to America. Sadface. Regardless, it runs about the same (about $54) so I'm going to head to Scheels tomorrow and see what they have. I know I keep saying I'm going to go check them out and then I don't go, but this time I have to go shopping for my trip to Vegas next week so I am definitely going. I will probably go with a C-WX again, but I'm going to see what else they have.

Reports to come!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

It's supposed to be 53 degrees today so the hope is to run outside! However, I have to call in to work in an hour or so to see if I have to go in, which could squash my dreams of 3 miles outside.

If I don't work, I'm also going to head to Scheels to check out sports bras. If they don't have anything other than the CW-X, I'm going to order something online. Tho, that makes me nervous because what if it doesn't fit? What if it doesn't hold the girls down?


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

real quick...

So I just got the mail and a flier for the first annual Stillwater Marathon came! It is 3 weeks after I run the half in Lincoln, so I am considering running a half then too! Another race to add to the schedule! I think it would really help me from getting deterred when I move up to MN for my rotation.

Anyhoo, yay!

cool = coughing

Had 2 miles to run today. Went to the gym after class, at 3:00. Place was packed. It's a popular time in the gym, apparently. All the treadmills were taken and I wanted to run then so I could get home and chill for awhile before studying. So I headed to the gym. Twenty-four laps later and just over 18 minutes later I was done. Walked and stretched. Shins were a little sore before, and oddly enough, my ankles were hurting a little. Made stretching slightly difficult. Eitherway, got it done and out.

Haven't been able to go look at sports bras. I am hoping to on Friday. Also I learned about SI belts today. Well I already knew about them, but we talked about them in class too.

Future blog post? Probably.

Run on!

UPDATE: I realize the title doesn't make sense because I didn't explain it. The air in the gym was cool and whenever I run in cooler air I cough for about three hours.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Run in circles...

Quick update, because it's 1) LATE!! 2) I have to be up EARLY!! and 3) I'm having a boring day.

Ran 3 miles on the TM today. Simulated slight hill at mile 2 (just like Lincoln) again. Made it 3/4 mile before I got bored as shit and went back to 0% and upped the speed. I can't wait for it to warm up. Running on the treadmill is so boring. I went through my notes for tomorrow's test in under 20 min, which screwed up my vision/proprioception/awareness/ability to run looking up and out the window. Focusing on the papers in front of me whilst running is hard to transition into looking ahead when running. I liken it to looking at the ground when running as compared to looking ahead. I cannot switch between the two without feeling like crap for awhile.

Anyhoo, back to the run today. I had a little acid shoulder (left this time) and my SI keeps getting knocked outta whack. I think I will have to dig out my SI belt to wear when I'm running from now on. Also, my sports bra (yeah the one and only) is getting stretched out. Not in the chestage region, but the straps are a little. Aka, the girls are bouncing more than normal. May be contributing to my finicky SI. So I am headed to Scheels tomorrow (or Dick's - haven't decided) to see what I can find. If I go to Scheel's I'll just get another CW-X bra (it's the only one in the whole store that fit last time...well fit is a relative term. I digress.). If I go to Dick's I'll have to explore options. Either way, I'll let you know how it goes.

I have 2 miles tomorrow, on the treadmill as snow is in the forecast and I don't feel like subjecting my lungs to that just yet. I'm an L7 weenie when it comes to running in the cold. Which doesn't make sense, but oh well. I plan on running it tomorrow morning around 10AM, before my exam at 1. Wish me luck!

Oh wait, no one probably reads this :)

Run on!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Forgot to Post Yesterday..

Yesterday (Thursday) it was 50 degrees outside! I was scheduled to run 3 miles and when I got out of lab at 3:00 I headed outside. I ran from school 1.6 miles (guesstimated wrongly), turned around and headed back. It was gorgeous out and the run was awesome. I completed the run (including 2 stoplights I waited at forgetting to turn my watch off) in 29:33. It was quick and my calves were killing me. I jogged the warmup but walked the cool down. I stretched the crap out of my legs, iced my calves and felt better. Then I went to write down my time on my poster of scheduled runs and realized I was supposed to run 2 miles. Instead I ran 3.2! I was excited, because I didn't get bored at all. And today, it's snowing. Blast Nebraska and its rollercoaster weather!

Back has been just fine, just the occasional zinger. I threw my SI a little off whack but it hasn't bothered me too bad. Le sigh.

Calves were still SOOOO SORE today, stretched as much as I could and I am so glad I have a couple days before my next scheduled run.

See y'all on Sunday! Run on!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shins! Incline! %#@!

Well, on to week 2 of half marathon training. I figured out the hills for Lincoln:

Mile 2 - LONG hill (1.5 mi)
Mile 4.5 - harder hill (1 mi)
Mile 8 - small short hill
Mile 9 - HARD short hill

I've heard horror stories about the hill at mile 9. Sounds super. Anyway, I added incline to my treadmill runs early. If I can't run outside up and down the glorious hills of Omaha, I will just have to do it that way. The longest I've run on an incline is 1 mile (thus far) and today I upped the incline to 3%. Whew! It was tough. My shins were screaming and I am now experiencing my first pain secondary to the girls. SI pain. It didn't last though, I stretched out my back a little extra and it really helped. The problem is, when I have short runs I usually do them at lunch. Then I go back to class. Today I ran my tail off and then went and sat in a chair for 3 hours during my neuro lecture. So I needed a little extra stretching afterward. Anyway, if anyone has some SI pain here's a handy stretch that might just help! Lie on your back (supine) and pull your knees to your chest one at a time. Hold the knee to your chest while your other leg is extended flat (as you can) on the floor. Hold 30-45 seconds, or whatever's comfy. After doing both legs see how you feel.
(disclaimer: this is not a substitute for medical advice from a medical professional seen in person. PLEASE! If you feel you are seriously hurt, consult your doctor or PT.)

Anyway, off from running tomorrow, so I will probably hop on the bike at the gym. During lunch as always. I have 3 exams next week so I will definitely be pressed for time. Eek!

Oh, everyone check out Daily Mile. I signed up last week and it's a great online way to keep track of your training and connect with others running in  your area. I also was contacted by Just Finish! (the starter followed me on twitter), which is a really nice website for meeting other runners and getting support from other runners who just want to finish their races! I know that I mainly compete against myself (and the occasional runner I reallllly want to pass) and so this is a great site.

Ok, I'm done rambling on. I better get back to my homework.

Please find me and run on!

Monday, January 19, 2009

So here's what I have plans to run in 2009 and 2010:

Lincoln, NE
May 3, 2009
They don't have a picture of it, so it's linked to the website. The race is the first Sunday in May. I started training last week, starting quite slow. So far so good. There is a huge hill (or so I hear) at mile 9 so I've been adding increases in elevation already. This will be my second half marathon. I am running it with some girls from my class and my friend Kim, who is going to drive in from Denver to run too. It should be a great time! We get done with finals on April 30th and the race is May 3rd. I will then leave for my rotation in Minnesota the next weekend.

Grand Island, NE
August 29, 2009
This was where I ran my first (and only, so far) half marathon. I volunteered at this race as a high school cross country runner and it was so cool to finally compete in it. That was back in 2006. I plan on running again this fall. I will have all summer to compete in miscellaneous smaller races and build on my Lincoln half to prepare for this. It will be my third half.

Then comes the biggie: my first full blood marathon.

Phoenix, AZ
January 17, 2010
I will only get to attempt this marathon if I get a rotation in Phoenix or Tucson. I am really hoping I get it, this marathon sounds so awesome. Music all along the course! This will be my first full marathon, and my friend Keri said she'd come cheer me on. Of course, I know one other person in the area but he won't be getting a personal invite. If he's there, he's there.
Regardless, it sounds like a really good time.

West Sedona, AZ
February 6, 2010
This Marathon is actually happening about a month after RNR, so I figure I might as well maintain and try to run this one too. I will still be there, so what the hell. We'll see if my knees survive Phoenix first, however.

And finally, my first marathon (the one I couldn't actually run in - stupid knee!)

Duluth, MN
June 19, 2010

Sorry the picture is so ghettofied but they didn't have it as a single file. Oh well.
So I wanted to run this marathon in 2007, but I hurt my knee when my long run was at 14 miles. I was so pissed. I actually ran 14 miles and then I couldn't run 100 feet without collapsing. Next year is my year. There is a huge chunk of missing time between Sedona and Grandma's (4 months) so maybe I'll find something to do in the mean time.

Anyway, keep checking back for updates on training and results. I will do my best to post when I can, but as always, PT students are quite busy.

Run on people!