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Working mom, wife, food-lover, ultra-runner(?). This is my life.

Two days, time to start packing. . . May 16, 2008

Filed under: marathon — Erin @ 8:42 am

Two days from right now (9:36 AM CST) I will be around mile 14 in the marathon.  Woo hoo!

I slowly got over my mood yesterday.  It helped that I went out to dinner with two girlfriends and had a great time.  I had a margarita to unwind and it did the job.  We had a nice meal and good coversation, exactly what I needed.  I got home just short of 10:00 PM (late for me!), took Riley out for a walk, and read just before bed. 

I also started laying out all my goods that I need to take with me when I leave tomorrow. 
So far, I’ve laid out:
  Short sleeved technical top
  Long sleeved technical top (just incase)
  Running shorts
  Running Shoes
  Fig Newtons
  Gummy Life Savers
  Baggies for the food mentioned above
  Immodium AD
  Peanut Butter
  Grape Jelly

The things still to pack are:
  Jog bra(s)
  Post-run clothing (comfy pants, t-shirt, North Face hoodie)
  Blanket (for the drive home, I get massive chills after a long run)
  Wheat Bread (for PB&J sandwich for breakfast)

I think that’s at. Fellow runners, or anyone else for that matter, am I forgetting anything?



Taper madness May 15, 2008

Filed under: Alan,Cook's Widow,marathon — Erin @ 7:55 am

I am a total mess today, in my head at least.  Oh sure, outwardly I look completely normal.  I managed to put on a matching outfit today, shoes match my belt, good stuff like that.  But in my mind?  I am a freak. 

I am all nerves for the run Sunday and also since I can’t go for a long run and work through some stuff that’s bugging my mind.  Runs are therapy to me.  I don’t need to go see a therapist to get through my problems, I just need to be able to go run.  I work it all out, I calm myself down, and I feel great afterwards. 

Alas, that is not something I can do until Sunday, so the next three days are going to push me to the edge.  This is what they call taper madness.  Welcome to my world. 

I don’t remember it being this bad last time, but maybe I’m not remembering properly.  Marathoners are like women who have given birth.  We have selective memory and tend to block out the unpleasant parts of marathon training; quite like how I’ve heard women who’ve gone through labor and delivery some how block out the memory of the pain and have another child.

Last time I was training for a marathon I didn’t have quite so much going on in my life.  I saw Alan every day, I was working only one job, and I wasn’t trying to start the ball rolling with getting a new job and relocating. 

I don’t see Alan and often as I’d like.  I don’t have him around to talk some sense into me and calm me as he is very good at doing.  So, I’ve turned to my runs more than ever this year, and I can’t even do that for three more days!   

 Calgon, take me away!


Week 18 – Training Run #56 – 4 miles May 14, 2008

Filed under: marathon — Erin @ 8:07 am

It took me a while, but eventually I got into a good groove and had a good run.  Riley was with me the first 2.2 miles and VERY slow.  She’s not good at running two days in a row, so I wasn’t surprised.  I was able to encourage her along and when we were within a half-mile of home, she picked up her pace.

I took her inside, fed her, and went out for the last 1.8 miles.  It was some time in this leg of my run that I finally warmed up and felt smooth running.  Nothing exciting happenend, which at this point I say is a good thing.  I’ve been very cautious on my runs lately, keeping an eye out for anything that could make me fall, twist an ankle, or blow out a knee. 

Four days from right now (9:05 AM CST) I’ll be in mile 11 or 12 of the marathon, almost halfway done. 

Still feeling good, feeling pumped, feeling antsy.  Cheryl (my friend who is running it with me) and I are coordinating for Saturday and Sunday and Alan has planned a celebratory menu for Sunday evening. 

Soon young grasshopper. . .


Week 18 – Training Run #55 – 3 miles May 13, 2008

Filed under: marathon,Riley — Erin @ 7:06 am

Three miles today. It seems so little, but it helped so much. I wish I could have gone for a longer run. I am a ball of nervous energy. I need to get out there and run to clear my head and myself back, but I can’t. I’m in the taper and it’s kind of getting to me. I am really looking forward to the big run on Sunday.

I’m getting a little nervous as well. Chicago is flat. Very flat. There is one “hill” on the course for the Chicago marathon, and it’s not even a hill, it’s a bridge over railroad tracks. You don’t get hill training in when you run in Chicago. Well, apparently Rockford is not as flat as Chicago, and this has been starting to worry me. I didn’t train on hills, so a hilly course could be the end of me.

I went to the website again (I seem to go there daily now, not quite sure why) and re-read the course description. They say that only 10% of the course is hilly and the rest is flat, so it should be a fairly fast course. That made me happy. Then Alan pointed out that means only 2.6 miles of the course are hilly. That made me even happier. Then I figured if you go up hill, you have to go down on the other side, so only 1.3 miles of the course should be uphill. I can handle that. That is doable.

So as you can see, I am a spaz. Three miles helped, but ten would have been better. Riley did well although she really wanted to go by North Pond. We were at an intersection and she really wanted to cross the street and go north, where as I wanted to go west and head home. It took some convincing, but ultimately, I am the human and I am in control. I know we were a funny sight though. I’d take a step west, she’d look at me all sad then turn and take a step north. Silly girl.

Okay, five days from right now (8:04 AM CST) I will be about 30 minutes/ 3 miles into the marathon. Ahhhhh. . . .


One Week From Today May 11, 2008

Filed under: marathon — Erin @ 5:27 pm



Week 17 – Training Run #54 – 8 miles May 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Erin @ 9:58 am

Today was my last Saturday run before the marathon. It was an 8-miler. Since it was such a short run (training for a marathon changes your definition of what a “short” run is) I decided to not set the alarm. Thank god, I slept past 5:45. I woke up at 7:00, geared up, grabbed Riley, and we were on our way.

Riley was funny today. She sometimes likes to choose which way we go when we come to an intersection and she lets you know if you’ve gone the wrong way by stopping and looking up at you with the saddest eyes. Well today she did it, but we couldn’t go the way she wanted because the street was closed for construction. She didn’t care and kept trying to make me go her way. I finally told her, “Squirrel” and she perked right up and went my way. Funny girl.

We went five miles together and then I went out for another three miles. The weather is beautiful today! Sunny and a little cool, perfect for running. I can only hope for such good weather next Sunday. So far the forecast looks good, but that’s a week away, so anything can happen. Lord knows I’ve trained through it all, so bring it on!


Week 17 – Training Run #53 – 4 miles May 6, 2008

Filed under: Alan,marathon — Erin @ 6:24 am

That’s right. I ran my four miles this morning. That means I earned a bunch of free beers! Woo hoo! Yet again, I woke up before the alarm, got up and went to the gym. It seemed warmer in there today, but I still got through my miles and finished.

I am sitting in the breakfast room of our hotel, enjoying a Belgium waffle while Alan’s in the room asleep. I’ll take him something for breakfast. He really can still use the sleep.

Uneventful run. Next run is three miles on Thursday. This is definitely a taper.