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Onward Bound

Sometimes life is tough. Sometimes life is awesome. Sometimes it a little bit of both. Either way, you have to keep going. I'll be running, laughing, crying and sharing it all here.

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    Wednesday, September 27, 2006

    1 year and other randomness

    Sunday my one year marathon anniversary came and went with one passing thought...Oh! I ran a marathon a year ago today. That thought as I ran a piddly two miles on a treadmill in a hotel workout center because I had to miss running with Running Jayhawk due to the stupid storms in Chicago that cancelled my flight Friday night. (To my credit, that short run was followed by 15 minutes on the elliptical.)

    Yes, I'm still running these days, although, for now, the shorter distances are suiting me fine. I'm finding that my speed is improving and I'm looking forward to a few fall 5Ks to test that theory out under a more crunch time setting. But don't be discouraged, long runs are still out there in the future, possibly somewhat near future (as in before 2007) I know there is a 4 mile turkey run on Thanksgiving in DENVER coming up. (Yes, I realize that is not a long distance.) And there MAY be a longer turkey run prior, if I can get myself in gear for training.

    This summer has brought many unexpected changes in my life and taken me to new places. I'm very happy with my decision to hold off on long-distance training for now. It will be there later. I'm also happy with my improved fitness and health, and let's face it, the pants size I dropped.

    I'm also looking forward to hearing about my friend Laura in the Chicago MARATHON! I will be reporting on her behalf if she lets me.

    So fall is here and there is a lot to look forward to. Keep on running everyone!

    Wednesday, September 20, 2006

    Dog Tails

    Thank you to all of you who responded about my new dog, Gertie. I have been waiting to tell the story of how she came to us because I wanted my blog friend, Kim at one of my favorite dog blogs: Vizslocity to tell you the story . Vizslocity is a funny name if you aren't familiar with the dog breed: Vizsla. I encourage you to go visit Kim's site and read about Gertie and Vizslas. There are tons of great dog pictures over there. By the way, Gertie is a Vizsla/Lab mix, but one of the great things about Vizsla people is they aren't too snobby about that sort of thing.

    Sunday, September 17, 2006

    I'd like to introduce you to my future running partner...

    Friday, September 15, 2006

    Facing it

    I can run 10 minute miles.
    I just can.
    I have to realize this.
    The last three treadmill runs have been at 6.0 for 3 miles each. And I feel great.
    This is life changing. I'm not sure I'm ready for it, but it's here.
    Please do not expect these speeds to continue for long distance runs. Geesh, I'm not super woman.

    Thursday, September 07, 2006

    Still Running

    For all you readers out there who have been wondering, is she running or traveling...make up YOUR MIND... I want to let you know I did run tonight. 3.1 miles to be exact. I didn't exactly mean to run a 5K, it just sort of happened. Here are my splits:
    Mile 1: 10:48
    Mile 2: 10:45
    Mile 3: 11:00 (I could feel myself getting tired.)

    It was a pretty hilly course, and by course I mean mile loop which I repeated three times. But I'm so spoiled by a flat local running trail that I sometimes have to force myself to run on hillier terrain. (you know, like Denver...)

    We then traveled to a nearby BBQ joint to fill up on some calories. Nothing like burning 'em and then eating them right back. Although, I have lost 8 pounds. Yup. Somewhere between July and now, 8 pounds have disappeared. And the funny thing is that since I decided not to run a marathon this season, the pounds have shed even faster. I still have a little ways to go, but it sure is nice to fit into some "skinny" jeans in time for fall. (No matter what my relative says!) And actually all this speed I've been encountering lately (speed....bwahahaha) I have been attributing to my weight loss. Well, it's easier to run faster when there is less of you. Duh.

    Tuesday, September 05, 2006

    Cleveland Rocks!

    Matt and I went to Cleveland. And let me tell you, Cleveland Rocks! It was so much fun. We got a last minute deal on www.site59.com. We stayed here. (Great hotel with a cool ambiance. )
    We ate here. And here. (Obviously different days.) We saw him here . And he was funny.
    And we experienced rock ‘n roll here. The only downside was we had to ride on this.

    Because this is really a running blog and not really a travel blog. (Althought lately, it seems like it...) I have to say that I did not run in Cleveland. Walked a ton. Ran nada.

    But I want to add that Thursday night I ran 3 miles in 30:34. There. was.a.9:40 mile. in. the. mix. But I also want to say to my credit that it was flat. I'm really not that fast. I don't want to go setting any false expectations people!

    Monday, September 04, 2006