Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March Totals

I'm getting a little nervous about the upcoming marathon.  I don't know how I can rock it with less than a 100 miles a month.  I still haven't done a 3 hour run and there's less than 3 weeks to go.  Yet, I've been a swimming machine.  And although I think it helps with my swimming, it cannot take the place of running.  I know I should be trusting the plan but I'm nervous.  Hopefully after my 3 hour run this week I'll be feeling better and more secure.

Swim = 13,500 meters
Run = 76.71 miles
Other = 0.5 hours

And since this post sucks, head on over to my other blog to check out some photos from the wedding we were at this past weekend.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Coach is all about recovery.  There is always a day of the week where I am not allowed to do any kind of physical activity.  She also schedules my workouts so that every three weeks there's a recovery week.  And she really stresses the importance of recovery after each and every workout.

This is where I am failing.

Even after quitting my full-time job, I am finding that I am having to squeeze in my workouts.  In doing this, I am not stretching, having a recovery drink/meal, and alleviating the stresses I am putting on my body.  But after the crappy week of training I've had this week, I am going to try to rectify the situation immediately.  

While in Chicago with Coach, she taught me how to make a recovery drink with whey protein.  It wasn't all bad, so this week I went to the grocery store and bought all the ingredients.  She has also discussed with me using compression socks, not only for the continual travel that I do, but as a post-workout circulation aid.  Today, I purchased a pair of socks (and boy are they tight!).  I am also going to work more on stretching, de-stressing the body, and better nutrition (although this may take a backseat until the marathon is over in three weeks).

I'm learning that it's not enough to put in the miles, laps, and routines.  I have to take care of myself physically to achieve my goals.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spring Break Blues

My two weeks of spring break are coming to a close and I think I'm kinda happy about it. The first week I was really motivated and got all my workouts in and got a lot of work done and really had high hopes for getting the house cleaned. But this second week has been a total wipeout. Maybe it's because we've had three photo booth events this week or because it's rest week from working out, but I feel exhausted. I feel like all I want to do is sleep all day and eat, eat, eat.

After the 20 mile that didn't happen on Tuesday, I begged coach to let me try again this week. She said no. So I asked if I could do something shorter, like 10 miles. She reluctantly agreed. This morning I headed out for that run and immediately I felt off again. I feel like my hamstrings have been shortened, that I've gained 10 pounds, that I've spent the last three days being lazy and sitting on the couch (which I have). I made it through 8 miles and then my bladder told me I was done. And I was glad.

I'm ready for spring break to be over so I can go back to gymnastics and S-T-R-E-T-C-H! I know I can stretch here at home, but when it's your job it's different. I'm ready for one more week of solid training. I'm ready for this marathon to be over.

To all my marathon friends out there, sound familiar?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fan for Life

The last two weeks we have spent three nights with the Columbus Crew, it's players, fans, and associates working the photo booth and pumping the public up for the Crew's opening night on Saturday. Personally, I have found it to be really exciting as not only are we the defending MLS Cup champions, but we got to meet the players including the big names like Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Chad Marshall.

But my favorite part might have been when they let us take the MLS Cup into the photo booth.

Yeah, we rock. :)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

Hi my name is Meredith and I'm one of those crazy girls obsessed with Twilight. Currently I'm reading the final book and I have seen the movie and will probably purchase it. It's a great mix of romance, sexual tension, and rivalry. Exactly what I like. :) I'm pretty bummed that in a mere 600 pages the saga will be over, save the movies that will continue.

Anyway, I'm also one of those people who likes to read the book before the movie comes out and then compare.

So today's question: what is your favorite book/movie combination?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Tuesday I was supposed to do a 3 hour, 18-20 mile run. After the monster training weekend, I was just beat. I set out on my run and knew within a mile it wasn't going to happen. My miles were ticking off at a good pace and heart rate, but my legs felt stiff. My quads were fried, my calves were in balls, and my shins were sore. I ran 4 miles and called it a day.

I sent an e-mail to coach asking if I could move the 20 mile run to later this week. She said no because I have another 3 hour run next week and I wouldn't have time to recover. In addition, we have a really busy week of photo boothing (yeah, it's a word) and she was afraid with all I was doing I would get sick. This IS supposed to be a recovery week. I didn't like this answer. I feel like I NEED another long run. Training with Liz is very different than my usual marathon training. It never seems like I have a peak week now. It feels like all my weeks hold the same number of miles and it's usually not all that many. She says I need to trust my training. Trust, knowing that I've run many, many marathons. Trust her.

Trust....something I'm not very good at.

I feel like the bar has been set really high for Boston. Sure, I have some big goals but my focus has been more about doing better than last year than setting a new time goal. My friends are already hyping the race and telling me how I'm going to kick their butts. I'm not comfortable with this. I WANT to trust the training. I want to believe that what I'm doing is enough.

Today, my shins still hurt. Even though I really wanted to defy coach and head out for my 20 mile run tomorrow morning, I'm going to take the week to back it down and recover. I want to reach the start line healthy and confident.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

More Things I Shouldn't Admit

I am obsessed with Harry Connick, Jr. I own 15 of his albums, seen him in concert 5 times, and have seen most of his movies. When I tell people I love him because of his talent, most people don't believe me. Why is that? :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

My Weekend of FUN!

Friday afternoon Dave and I drove up to Chicagoland to hang out with Coach. :) We settled in and rested up for our big day on Saturday.

While Elizabeth and Christian were swimming a gajillion laps at the pool, Dave and I were eating our breakfast, playing with the dog, and getting our water bottles all in order. When they got home, Dave hopped on the computrainer for 5 hours of riding the CDA course and I got started on the treadmill. My workout was 20 minutes of warm-up then I hopped off and Liz put me through 4 strength exercises. Then it was back on the treadmill for a half mile at a half marathon pace. This routine of on the treadmill off the treadmill continued for 6 times. Finally, I got to cool down with about 8 minutes. I finished with 5-1/2 miles. I spent the rest of the day watching Dave pedal away. :)

Sunday morning I woke up sore, sore, sore. Who knew that you had muscles above your hip bones?! I was sore from my neck to my thighs. Seriously. But, there was more running to do. We headed to the Morton Arboretum where I ran 15 minutes of warm-up followed by 45 minutes at high zone 3/low zone 4 and then 15 minutes cool-down. I did about 9 miles. From there we went to the pool and had my stroke analyzed by Liz. Surprisingly I did pretty well. Sure I cross-over my arms, but I must have done pretty well because Coach thinks I should be a triathlete. Maybe not a triathlete, but I might give aquathlon a try.

This morning I did some more swimming. The soreness is mostly gone. Good thing....tomorrow is an 18-20 mile run. :)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

We've Been Blogged!

Check out Elizabeth's blog for her point of view of our weekend of training. My account will be tomorrow and I think Dave is also be blogging about this weekend.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Woot! Woot!

The lottery for the Nike Women's Marathon closed on Thursday and I knew from last year that if your credit card got charged after the lottery closed that you were in. This morning I checked the credit card statement.....

I'M IN!!!!

WOOT! WOOT! This October I'll be heading to San Francisco and running the Nike Women's Marathon. I'm super-excited. I've never been to San Francisco, I'm excited for the Tiffany necklaces, and I think I can do really well in this marathon.

And what's a blog post without a good picture? So, we're at Coach's house this weekend while Dave and I get some training done (Dave is riding the computrainer and I'm getting my ass kicked in a cross training workout). Coach happens to have a super-cute dog that I hijacked this morning.

Seriously, cute!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Let's Celebrate

I set a New Year's Resolution to start blogging every day. I have, but I really started in December. And today marks my 100th day in a row!!! It's time to throw a party!

Tune in for some good posting this weekend as Dave and I are traveling to Chicagoland to train with Coach for a few days.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

Lindsay asked in my FAQ post earlier this week what my favorite work assignment was when I worked as engineer.

Seven years I worked as an engineer and my favorite work assignment was my very first.

My last quarter of college I landed a full-time job working as a management engineer at the OSU Medical Center. My first assignment was to help make the registration process more efficient in the emergency department. I had ALWAYS wanted to be a doctor and I loved that I got to spend time in the ER. I put together some time studies, created a simulation (my specialty) and presented it to a board of medical personnel including the chief of medicine. They loved it and implemented it. Knock on wood, I haven't been back to the ER to see how it's going.

So, what's been you're favorite work assignment to date?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Runner's Tan

It's been a great week of weather in Columbus! We've seen a couple days of 70 degree weather and I got to do my long run in it. Love it!

But, not thinking, I didn't put on sunscreen except on my face. And, I came home looking stupid. Check it out:

Because I don't want to be the only fool on my blog, I'm throwing in my loving husband after one of his long bike rides. Why use salt tabs when you can lick it off your face?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Details

I mentioned last week that my business, VIP Photo Booths was about to land a big deal and we did.

We will be working with the 2008 MLS Cup Champions, the Columbus Crew, to promote their opening night on March 28th. Our first engagement will be tomorrow night at the Columbus Blue Jackets game. Come see us and get your picture taken in the concourse. We'll be there with a few of the players and the MLS Cup trophy. Then next week we'll see you at the Arena Grand Theatre on Wednesday and there could possibly be a third engagement on Thursday. They're still working out the details on that one.

Monday, March 16, 2009


Since I started blogging every day, I've had a WHOLE lot of new readership. So newbies (or anyone), now is your chance to get some questions answered.

Want to know what my favorite kind of running shoe is and why?
Want to know where I like to vacation?
Want to know how many miles I run in a week?
Want to know my favorite marathon and why?
Want to know my favorite flavor of Power Gel?
Etc., etc., etc.!

Ask away!

Answers will come later this week.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Aches and Pains

This time of marathon training, with only a few weeks remaining, is when things start to hurt: shins, calves, feet, etc. So far so good for me, except I have somehow tweaked my shoulder at gymnastics which has made my swimming a bit more difficult.

Here's a picture to pinpoint where my pain is. I think you'll like this. :)

You'd think being a photographer and getting an A in Photoshop class that my skills would be a little better than that.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Love Story

Last week as I was sitting at dinner I got a text from my friend Mary. It said...Brad proposed! We're engaged!

I was ecstatic!

I ran into Mary on Monday at the high school (she's one of the track coaches and I was headed out for a run) and she told me that Brad was shipping out (he's in the Navy) and she wanted their engagement pictures soon. I didn't really know what soon was. Soon meant NOW as Brad is shipping out tomorrow and will be gone for a year.

As I met them today Mary showed me a picture of her grandparents that she wanted recreated.

I think it turned out beautifully and really hope they like all the pictures. What a wonderful tribute. Some samples will be posted on my other blog in the next week.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Excitement on a Stick!

This afternoon I had a conversation with a major league sports team that wants to use our photo booth for a series of events. I couldn't be more excited!!!

When we set our goals this year we set them for what we thought was a reasonable amount of events based on what we did last year and the fact that no one knew us and there might be a pesky recession out there. (Don't get me started on this. I don't believe in the recession, but that's a post for another day.) Anyway, by the end of the first weekend in January we had booked half way to our goal for the year. We have already exceeded our goal potentially by 10 bookings and it's not even the end of the first quarter!!! I am so excited that things are going fabulously and that at least for another year, I am not going to have to go back to being an engineer. :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

Besides my own business, I teach gymnastics part time to make ends meet. And, I am three classes away from two weeks of spring break. Most of the people I work with are college students and they've been telling me about all the wonderful trips they are taking. Myself, I'm going to Chicago to work out with Coach for a few days. I'm also trying to scheme my way to Colorado although I don't think that's going to happen.

Anyway, it got me thinking, what was the best spring break you've ever taken and why?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


It's been said I nap a lot. Okay, it's completely true. I LOVE to sleep! When I was unemployed I would sleep more hours a day than I was actually awake. Maybe that's called depression, but I call it paradise. Most weekends I take naps that last 2-3 hours, easily.

But, now I've got a million and one things to do and really shouldn't be napping. So, I have given up napping for lent. And I have gotten a lot done but here's what I discovered...

I can't sleep at night anymore either.

Giving up napping has completely thrown off my rhythm. I can't fall asleep. I can't stay asleep, and now I've been getting up before 7:00am without an alarm when I don't need to get up until 8:00am most days. And I'm grouchy! Really grouchy! I'm so tired and I can't even keep my eyes closed.

My coworkers thing this it's medically necessary for me to take a nap so I can sleep again. What do you think?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Movie Hints

You guys did a great job on the Thursday Thoughts Movie Quiz last week. But, there are still six remaining and I want to see if you can get them all. So, I am going to give you a few hints to see if you can finish the job.

4. This is a war/romance movie about a very important time in US history.

7. Stars the same lead actors as #2.

9. Another war movie about a famous airplane.

12. The oldest movie on my list. So old, it's a musical.

13. Disney sports movie based on a true story.

20. A movie about a baseball team that hasn't one a pennant in a long time.

I'll give all the answers on Thursday.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Monday's Merchandise

The Chic Runner finds great deals on the internet and puts them on her blog every week. Today I wanted to talk about the great deal I got so maybe you could go out and find one for yourself too. As all triathletes and swimmers know, your swimsuits wear out FAST! Dave has to get a new one every couple of months and I'm finding that I do too even if I'm not swimming as much.

But new swimsuits are so darn expensive!

I found swimoutlet.com. They provided me with a darn cute swimsuit for $25 including shipping and it's in Buckeye colors which I love. It arrived today and I LOVE IT! I can't wait to wear it at the gym tomorrow.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

So Happy to be Happy

Last year at this time I was at a miserable job, was not running well, and generally was pretty depressed.

Now I couldn't be happier. I'm working for myself, successfully. I'm running the best times of my life. And I wake up fresh and renewed everyday.

I'm so happy that Dave let me take the leap.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Nike Women's Marathon Update

I'm entering the lottery.

Thanks for all the encouragement!

Friday, March 06, 2009

The Dilemma

Last year I tried unsuccessfully to get into the Nike Women's Marathon in San Fransisco. I just got my e-mail yesterday that the lottery has opened again and will only be open until March 18th.

Here's my problem...

An unplanned trip to North Carolina
A three week cross country trip in June/July
A wedding in SoCal in September

How in the world can I afford another trip to California in October?

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

My friend Michelle sent me a unique note on Facebook, where she quoted 20 of her favorite movies and then her friends had to guess what the movies were based on the quotes. I think I got 2/20.

I thought it would be fun to try that here for Thursday Thoughts. I'm going to give you 20 quotes from my favorite movies and then in the comments you respond with your answers. When the correct answer comes across in the comments, I'll put it in the post.

FYI, most of the movies are chick flicks.


1. That caviar is a garnish!
You've Got Mail

2. Well, this is fate! She's divorced, we don't want to redo the cabinets, and you need a wife. What do they call it when everything intersects?
The Bermuda Triangle.
Sleepless in Seattle

3. You're born into a family. You do not join them like you do the Marines.
While You Were Sleeping

4. You're a rotten drunk...always have been.
Well, you're a lousy friend...that's a new development.
Pearl Harbor

5. You hit two cones back there. Those could have been people...they could have been guests at her wedding!
They were cones!
The Wedding Singer

6. This place is like a museum. It's very beautiful and very cold, and you're not allowed to touch anything.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

7. I, I, I, I can feel them sucking the juice out of my eyeballs. Suck, suck, suck, SUCK...
Joe Versus the Volcano

8. Had my dream again where I'm making love, and the Olympic judges are watching. I'd nailed the compulsories, so this is it, the finals. I got a 9.8 from the Canadians, a perfect 10 from the Americans, and my mother, disguised as an East German judge, gave me a 5.6. Must have been the dismount.
When Harry Met Sally

9. There's a hole as big as my dick in the left wing.
Memphis Belle

10. Rita Hayworth used to say, "They go to bed with Gilda; they wake up with me."
Notting Hill

11. Crème brûlée can never be Jell-O. YOU could never be Jell-O.
I HAVE to be Jell-O!
You're never gonna be Jell-O!
My Best Friend's Wedding

12. She can't act, she can't sing, she can't dance. A triple threat.
Singing in the Rain

13. He respects you, and I think you ought to be the one to tell him. Being that you're going, too...
The Rookie

14. And who are you two supposed to be?
Bond, James Bond.
And Pussy Galore... in person.

15. I'll tell you what I'm doing. I want to buy eight hot dogs and eight hot dog buns to go with them. But no one sells eight hot dog buns. They only sell twelve hot dog buns. So I end up paying for four buns I don't need. So I am removing the superfluous buns. Yeah. And you want to know why? Because some big-shot over at the wiener company got together with some big-shot over at the bun company and decided to rip off the American public. Because they think the American public is a bunch of trusting nit-wits who will pay for everything they don't need rather than make a stink. Well they're not ripping of this nitwit anymore because I'm not paying for one more thing I don't need.
Father of the Bride

16. And cause I was a gazillionaire, and I liked doin' it so much, I cut that grass for free.
Forrest Gump

17. This is an incredibly romantic moment, and you're ruining it for me!
Pretty in Pink

18. At home we had a pet skunk. Mama used to call it Justin Matisse. Do you think that's just a coincidence? All day long she would to scream, "You stink Justin Matisse!" Then one day she just picked up a club and killed it.
Now that's a sad story.
If you liked the skunk, which we didn't.
Hope Floats

19. Look, spaghetti arms. This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don't go into yours, you don't go into mine. You gotta hold the frame.
Dirty Dancing

20. Haywood is coming to the plate, who is leading he league in every offensive category, including nose hair.
Major League

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A Confession

I used to do a series on here called "Thursday Things I Shouldn't Admit" where I would confess something about myself that was usually pretty embarrassing. Thing is, though, I'm pretty much an open book and that series didn't last very long.

I can't remember what I've talked about in the "Thursday Things I Shouldn't Admit" but here's a pretty good one for today....

I am addicted to Minesweeper. And not just addicted, I'm good. Really good. Like, when I was unemployed a few years ago, I was ranked in the world. Seriously. My best time ever is 92 seconds for a board of 99. I still play everyday now and I consistently score around 100 seconds and can win almost every time I play.

Yeah, I probably shouldn't have admitted that. :) (And if this is a duplicate from a few years ago, sorry. I'm trying to blog every day and I was struggling to come up with a topic today.)

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

How Am I Doing This?

If you haven't noticed I have put up some huge numbers in the last couple of races I've done. Sure, I'm not winning any races (yet) but I've dropped my marathon time by 5 minutes and my half marathon time by 3 minutes. Those numbers are HUGE considering I've been running marathons and half marathons for 8 years.

So I've been asked by a few people, how am I doing this?

To me, there are basically three parts.

Firstly, I hired a coach. An expert. I don't have to think about coming up with my own training plans or worry about my paces. She does all of this for me. There are two things I love about having a coach. One, there is accountability. Every day I have to enter my workouts. There is no cheating; there is no hiding from the truth. Secondly, she is truth. When I told her what I wanted my goals to be, she believed in me without question. And when she believes in me, I believe in me more. Not that I fear her or anything, but I've always had this ingrained part of me that cannot disappoint people who believe in me, like my parents or coaches. She puts it on my schedule to run 7:00/miles, I'm going to run 7:00/miles.

Secondly, every workout has purpose. As Lindsay put it yesterday, I'm not really running all that many miles. And when I started working out with Coach, I really struggled to wrap my head around running so little. Now I'm a believer. I don't do miles to do miles. Every workout has some kind of speed work, even if it's only in zone 2. And speaking of zones, most of my workouts are done by minutes and heart rate zones. It's very rare that she assigns me a number of miles. Towards the end of my training cycle, I get to take the HRM off and run on feel. Truly I work out 6 days a week but only 4-5 include running. There are lots of other cross training including swimming, biking, weight training, and stretching.

Finally, I set my goals and they're something I want. I'm not running my races and setting goals for anyone else anymore. And the combination of having a coach and working out with purpose has finally caught my head up with my body. My body has always been capable of running these faster paces, but now I believe I can run them.

It's really not rocket science, but it's been a long 8 year journey to find the runner I have wanted to be. Now, I'm happy (and fast:)).

Monday, March 02, 2009

February Totals

This, by far, has not been my healthiest winter. In February I was sick twice--once with my umpteenth sinus infection and once with a stomach bug. Regardless I did decent on the running miles and even got in some swimming. After informing Coach I didn't want to ride my bike, I wanted to swim, she decreased my biking to one 20 minute session in February. I think she forgets sometimes that I'm not a multisport athlete. I am a runner who likes to swim.

Swim = 6300 meters
Bike = 3.44 miles
Run = 73.57 miles
Other = 1 hour

Dave does more swimming in a week than I did the whole month, but I'm not training for Ironman either. The "other" category was pretty slim this month. That's because it was race month and the weight work should have already been done or else it was incorporated as a cross training routine within a run. I'm still hoping to get over 100 miles in a month but if I stay healthy in March that shouldn't be a problem as I know I have at least a 17 miler, 18 miler, and a 20 miler. More on my low running miles in a post to come later this week.

For being sick twice, I think I had a pretty good month. I'm looking forward to seeing the schedule for March.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Here Fishy Fishy

Today Dave and I visited the North Carolina Aquarium. The following is my pictorial essay of the day. :)

Right after the following picture was taken, I totally freaked out. You just don't touch sting rays and I did!! Notice the absolute terror on my face...

My favorite artistic picture of the day:

And my favorite fun photo of the day: