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Not So Much Effort

July 24, 2012 1 comment

Last week turned out rather half-heartedly. I had a busy week at work. The weather was hot, yet again.

Monday I visited Honda again with co-workers again all day, not returning home until 6pm. I managed to still make dinner and then force myself into a three mile run after work.

Tuesday was a personal training session with Sarah, and Wednesday was another trip down to Honda, to introduce our new US president of the company. Still didn’t get home until much later than planned – around 7pm. Thursday was personal training with Sarah in the morning.

Friday, the first actually nice day in a long time, I went to the Ann Arbor Art Fair with Amanda in the evening and had dinner at Real Seafood Company. Saturday morning I stopped by the Farmer’s Market and decided to get some cooking done!


Banana Bread, Pasta Sauce

After lunch, I visited the art fair again with our neighbors. I’ve only been one other year and never bought anything, so this year I got two rice/noodle bowls that hold chopsticks. I’m super excited to get to use them.

Almost as soon as we got back from walking home from downtown, Megan, Shari, and Karen arrived and we headed downtown again. We were having dinner that evening at Blue Tractor and needed to kill sometime so we played some games at Pinball Pete’s, which I hadn’t done in forever. Dance Dance Revolution is STILL a workout, even just four songs.

Sunday morning I finally got a run in! 10 miles from my house down Packard, south on Platt down to Michigan Ave. and back. A very hot run. I managed to refill my fanny pack water bottles halfway through at Lillie Park and finish them by the time I got home, which means I drank about 40 ounces of water (and promptly sweat it all out). It was a lot less awkward than stopping at the church the other weekend.

It’s Tuesday now and the hot weather stopped my run on Monday after work. This morning I met with Sarah again and I’m thinking about running this evening, just three miles, if the weather gets cooled down a bit.

We’ll see how that goes…

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A Tale of Three Shoes

This week was alright for running.

Monday morning I did a quick run around the block in my new Asics (1.64 miles).

Tuesday morning I met with Sarah for a personal training session at 6am and after work I decided it was time to test out the Vibrams so I brought them and my Asics to County Farm Park and did 3 miles – first two in the Asics and finished with the Vibrams. The Vibrams definitely felt a lot better than the Asics and I think it is because the Asics feel too big. They are the same length as my New Balance though so I am not sure what to think.

Wednesday morning before work I did 2 miles around the neighborhood in the Vibrams and after work I was back at County Farm Park and did 4 miles – about 2/3 in Vibrams, 1/3 in the Asics.

After this, I decided to give the Vibrams a rest for a while and go back to other shoes for the next few runs.

Thursday morning was another personal training session with Sarah at the rec center.

This morning was my 8 miles LSD (long slow distance) run. I went up Packard to Main, north to Kingsley, through Kerrytown, then turned south on State St. I cut across the Diag to South U. and Washtenaw and went into some ‘fancy’ neighborhoods on Vinewood and Londonderry before crossing Washtenaw again and heading into my old neighborhood on Manchester. I took that all the way down to Packard.

By this time, I was completely out of water. I couldn’t find any houses still watering their lawns at 10:30am and I tried to stop into a Lutheran church but couldn’t find the main entrance. I turned northwest on Packard towards home and noticed that the service at the Baptist church was letting out so I ran across Packard, filled up my water bottles there, and headed home.

All in all, I did 8.3 miles in 1.21.52, 9:51 min/mile. I ran in my New Balance old shoes for this run and it wasn’t painful at all, plus at a good pace. Now I REALLY don’t know what to think.

Aside from running, I’ve been trying to keep on track more with meals.


Ingredients for Monday’s soup


Finished product, slightly eaten


Saturday breakfast, scrambled eggs with asparagus, bacon

We actually didn’t eat out much last week, which was good and we had breakfast at home both Saturday and Sunday (today).

Seven Down, Two to Go!

July 9, 2012 2 comments

Alright, we’ve come quite a ways! Exact opposite of the last post, actually.

The last post was about the Martian Marathon 10k, and after that came the Trails’ End 5 miler at Pinckney Rec Area, the Capital City Half Marathon, Back to the Beach 10k at Stoney Creek Metropark, and lastly the Flirt with Dirt 10k.

I’m not going to write about each, but here are a few pictures.


Just before the Cap City Half


Medals are second only to race tech t-shirts.


Megan, myself, and Karen with our posters for the Back to the Beach race.

Now that it is less than four months until the Free Press full marathon, I am in training mode. Sort of. The runs are planned out and I’m doing them (except all of today’s run…) but it just doesn’t feel real, like the other times I trained for both half marathons. I get really nervous that my body just won’t be able to run that far, and I don’t like to fail.

Today was supposed to be my LSD run for 9 miles. I only got to 6 miles and had Tim come and pick me up. My legs/calves just hurt so much. I think it’s my shoes. I have new running shoes but I’ve still been using the old crappy ones I’ve had for probably a year now.

Tomorrow morning I am going to try to get up and work on breaking in my new shoes. I also got a pair for Vibram Five Fingers that I would love to start to run in. So far I just wear them normally and creep out Tim.

On a different note, holy hell are running shorts vanity sized! These are both smalls…

I noticed this yesterday before I went running and man, either Reebok likes to size things big or Adidas likes things small… it’s about an inch and a half difference between the two.

Categories: Exercise

Two Down, Seven to Go!

March 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Of course, I’ve been busy! Since last time there has been a trip to Vermont, to Mexico, and numerous once or twice a week trips into Ohio.

All through January and February my running was sort of light. I would do 3-4 miles when I could on weeknights and maybe a little more on the weekend. My first race, Super 5k, was good – not the time I wanted- but under 30 minutes so I can’t complain.

Once March started, spring/summer sprung in Michigan and I ramped up a bit looking towards the Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5k on March 11th.

I beat my best 2011 5k time by over two minutes! Finished in 27:46, which is an average 8:57 min mile pace… which means that some of my running was below that! Pretty awesome. Two of my friends that I prodded into running drove in to join me for it as well.


Megan and Karen before the start

Since that race, I have started upping my mileage for the Capitol City Half in May. My legs were a little bit unhappy since I made them run this past Saturday (~4 miles), Sunday (long run, 6.7 miles), AND Monday (3 miles). Tuesday was a no-running day filled with meeting with my trainer at 6am, yoga with Amanda at 6pm, and then some more “strength” work when I got home. Just some rows, lunges, planks, and some ab stuff.

This week’s running schedule looks like this:
Monday: 3 miles (done!)
Wednesday: 4 miles (going to do some trail running)
Friday: 3 miles
Sunday: 7 miles

Hopefully I can make it through! Last week’s long run was closer to what this one should be (did I get lost in the neighborhoods?), so maybe this Sunday’s will run over a bit. My goal for my long slow runs is still to average around 10 minute miles. I would love to have a 10 min mile pace for the half marathon (2hr 11min).

Categories: Exercise, Life

Back on Track

January 9, 2012 Leave a comment

First week of 2012 is officially gone!

I spent a little bit of time before the holidays and then on New Year’s Day figuring out my race schedule for this year.

Big goal: Free Press FULL Marathon.

Goals along the way:

  • Super 5k: February 5th, Novi, MI
  • Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5k: March 11th, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Martian Marathon 10k: April 14th, Dearborn, MI
  • Roads’ End 5 Miler: April 29th, Pinckney Rec Area, MI
  • Capitol City Half Marathon: May 5th, Columbus, OH
  • Back to the Beach 10k: May 20th, Shelby Twp., MI
  • Flirt with Dirt 10k: June 9th, Novi, MI
  • The Legend Half Marathon: August 4th, Lansing, MI
  • Free Press Full Marathon: October 21st, Detroit, MI/Windsor, Ontario

I’ve got my 2012 calendar all kitted out with my running plan for the year and the white board below it for each week + our meals and other appointments.

Week 1 Planned

Week 1 Actual
Sunday 1/1: Drove home from skiing up north
Monday 1/2: 3 mile run (treadmill, 10:56 pace)
Tuesday 1/3: 6am-7am workout with personal trainer, 6pm-7pm beginning yoga with Amanda
Wednesday 1/4: nothing, glorious nothing.
Thursday 1/5: 6pm-7pm beginning yoga with Amanda
Friday 1/6: 3.86 mile run to Amanda’s house (10:05 pace)
Saturday 1/7: 3.25 mile walk at Gallup Park
Sunday 1/8: 2 mile run to the Rec Center (9:54 pace); 20 minutes of abs, 2.85 mile run back home (11:04 pace)

This week is a short week since we’re leaving for Vermont on Wednesday after work. I’ve only got a run for tonight, personal training session and yoga tomorrow planned, but I’ll be taking my running stuff out east with me too 🙂

A Long Time Coming, Update Part #1

June 3, 2011 2 comments

Well, it certainly has been a long time since I have done one of these “update” things.

It has been a busy spring so far, so I’m going to do a little rundown (in a few posts) of what has happened in the past three months or so.

Races and Exercise
In the beginning of April, I ran the Martian Marathon 5k in Dearborn, MI. Sad that I still had to wear my long underwear because of the cold but GREAT because I met my goal of under thirty minutes! It was 29:51 overall. Also, the shirt was awesome.

The rest of April and May were filled with not much running and a lot more mountain biking and road biking, that is, when we weren’t getting constantly rained on.


my valiant steed

The weekend of May 21st brought our first ride in the Zoo-de-Mack, a 51 mile bicycle ride from Boyne Highlands Resort near Petoskey, MI to Mackinaw City, MI. It took us 3 hours and 15 minutes of ride time, with an hour in the middle for lunch.


spandex ftw


still lots of energy

Crazy enough, the next day I ran the Back to the Beaches 5k at Stoney Creek Metropark in Shelby Twp, MI. I was also under 30 minutes this time, at 29:53 overall. I was really surprised that I was able to run that quickly after such a long ride the night before… and once I saw that I was only two seconds slower than my record, I wished I could’ve just pushed a little bit more to beat it. Oh well. Next 5k isn’t until the Warrior Dash in July and I have no time goals for that one.

A week from tomorrow is the Tour de Cure Century Ride and you should donate to me, it’d be lovely of you 🙂

After that, I’m trying to figure out which running races I want to sign up for next. I’m thinking about the Romeo to Richmond 5k and the CRIM 8k. I need to start amping up a little bit after the Century in preparation for the half marathon.

Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5k Update

March 13, 2011 4 comments

Today I ran in the Shamrocks & Shenanigans 5k in downtown Ann Arbor.

I’m really glad that it didn’t start until 11:30am, especially since last night was the Spring Forward night and we lost an hour of sleep. Got some breakfast and then headed out to the parking lot behind Conor’s to wait for the start. Temperature wasn’t that bad, either, it was about 36F out. Much warmer than my last race!

My knee felt pretty wonky this morning when I woke up. Really odd since I didn’t work out yesterday so I figure I just slept on it wrong. I figured I wouldn’t be able to beat my time from last month’s race but…..

I BEAT MY TIME!

Time: 30:16.9
Pace: 9:45 minute miles

I shaved 30 seconds off of last month’s run!

I also signed up for two more runs as well.
4/2/2011: Martian Invasion 5k in Dearborn, MI
5/22/2011: Back to the Beaches 5k in Shelby Twp, MI

That’s all for today! Hope your weekend was good too 🙂