Great Black Swamp Festival of Races 15K

Saturday was a first for me. A 15K. NW Ohio is not a hotbed of 15K races so it was fun to try out a new distance. I have tried all kinds of obscure race distances but a 9.3 miler was much different than anything I’ve tried. I was originally going to run the 25K, but with the mega-cold streak of weather we had in January, I dropped down to the half marathon at Glass City instead of the full and then dropped from the 25K to the 15K.

This was the first year for this race. There was actually a fall race series that was revamped and turned into this race. And I think this series in the spring is a great idea to prep the area runners for the Medical Mutual Glass City Marathon. I got to wear my Glass City Ambassador shirt again, I’m loving that I am able to represent the race for NW Ohio!


I’m really hoping that the speedier runners are seeing me and noticing that even though I’m not elite, I can still be inspirational. I never toot my own horn, but with asthma, five knee operations and a heart issue, I am inspirational to myself. I am amazed that I can run, no matter what the distance.

The race started and finished at a local high school and the nine miles were on country roads. There isn’t much scenery on the country roads around here, but it could be worse. I don’t know how many people were running but when the 25K/15K races began it was pretty busy. In the top left picture below was the final mile of the race. The racers were able to fill out a sign to dedicate your last mile to a loved one who is no longer around. There were so many touching signs of so many family members and friends who are absent from our lives. It was nice to be running for something so sweet.


I wanted to see how each half of the race panned out for me so I took a picture at the half and then the finish. I was definitely slower the second half of the race and I think I know why. It wasn’t because I was tired or not feeling the end of the race. It was because I kept getting pain on the top of the top of my foot over the arch. When I ran it hurt…so I walked a bit in the last mile, that slowed me down. With walking I was still on pace to tie my fastest half marathon, which was in 2011. Not too shabby to me.


This isn’t the kind of race with spectators at all. The races on country roads don’t usually pull a lot of race-watchers. There were three water stops for the 15K and the volunteers were all so upbeat and helpful! The 25K/15K split at one section and then joined up again for the final mile. By the time I hit that last mile where we meet up again, the finishers for the 25K had already passed me.

I really did like this race. It was well planned, the course was clear and easy to run and there was great support from volunteers. Plus, there was some nice 25K/15K race bling!
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I was recognized as the Medical Mutual Glass City Ambassador five times during this race. I love that I am helping the NW Ohio area notice more about this race.

Greta‘s time was 1:55:14 and the official race time was the exact same. Seriously, my garmin time and the official race time NEVER match up. But with a 12:22 pace, I’m one happy runner!

Did you get to run over the weekend?

An experience I will never forget

I was only able to spend a portion of a day in Washington D.C. last week and it was for work with 80 alumni but I had a fantastic experience.

I woke up on Wednesday morning after a hideous nights’ sleep and went for a 2 mile run over to the White House and around the front lawn.
Seeing as it was 5:45 in the morning you probably cannot tell that the White House is behind me here…
And here I am with the Washington Monument…
We spent over two hours wandering around Arlington National Cemetery.  It was humbling and amazing.

We also saw the tomb of the unknown soldier and the changing of the guard.

I could probably go on and on about my 4 hours of monument touring but I learned SO much from our tour guide and realized I know absolutely nothing about history.

Ever been to DC?

mile by mile: 2011 in review

Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a relaxing day off (if you got one)!

When I started running in January 2011 I decided to keep a mileage log so I could keep track of my progress and because I am incredibly forgetful unless it is written down to go back to and reference.

Thankfully, I stuck with the mileage log and here are the monthly numbers I accumulated:

January:  6.92
Hey, I started slow…

February:  21.19
I still had zero goals in mind for the year but I know I envisioned losing 10 pounds by running.  Yeah, that didn’t quite happen at all.

March:  61.03
I ran my first race EVER and I found my running goal. I gave myself 8 weeks to train for my first half marathon!

April: 52.28
My first half marathon!

May: 21.14
Lost a slight amount of interest in running, plus work got crazy busy at times.

June: 45.52
Summer race season kicked off and I took advantage

July: 54.48
My second half marathon and my longest run to date; 13.35.

August: 46.01
Hot running.  Super, stupid, hot running

September: 16.2
Half marathon number 3 and the month I gave up on running so I didn’t get burned out.

October: 27.66
Perfect running weather mixed with a very busy work schedule mixed with a very busy football schedule…

November: 15.73
More perfect running weather ruined with a very busy work and football work schedule…

December:  18.44
My last few races of the year and the slow start of my marathon training.

Total Mileage: 386.50

So, this is really low to most runners but this is exactly 386.5o more miles than I have ever run on purpose.  I am damned proud to say the least.

I don’t have a mileage goal for 2012 but I am aiming for 600-750 as a minimum.

Do you make a mileage goal?
How many miles did you run in 2011?

2011 in Review

I’m not dead.  Or ignoring There Are Two Sides.
I was on a mandatory 3 day bus trip to attend the Military Bowl for work. Honestly, it was a fun trip.  I got to see some of the most amazing historical sights I have ever seen and experienced more history in 4 hours than I have in over 5 years.  Maybe even 30 years. History has never been my thing.

I’ll show you the beauty I witnessed in Washington D.C. later on but for now I wanted to recap my year. I am sure you are dying to hear about it.

Instead of a resolution I chose 1 word to describe what I wanted to accomplish for 2011: MOVE.

I ran in 3 half marathons.

I told you about the 1 Easter candy I can never pass up.  NEVER.

This was the last time I had my hair cut.  Seriously.  I have not had it cut since.

I learned my new Royal name in order to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

I became a FitFluential Ambassador for Toledo, Ohio!

Jeff and I moved .17 miles around the corner into our new house.

I was a part of National Swimsuit Confidence Week with Lands End.

We had 3 MASSIVE trees torn down in our yard.

Like an idiot, I fell down the stairs and bruised my ass for the next two months.

We found a family of dead mice trapped in our ductwork. Yum.

I treated myself to a new tattoo for my 30th birthday.

I created a list of 30 things to do while 30 years old.

My recent semi-diagnosis of being bi-polar.

We added a new family member. Bo, the Boston Terrier.

AAAAAANNNNNNNDDDD I bought myself a new car.

Sure.  This is in no way a comprehensive list and I am sure that many more life altering things happened to me this year but these are the ones I chose to remind you of.

Up next: Washington D.C. in review.

I hope you had a great 2011!


does this mean Santa thinks I smell?

Christmas with the kids has come and gone in a matter of moments, as it always does.  We spend weeks and sometimes months planning the perfect gifts and seeing their faces light up for 3.56 seconds is all worth it in the end.  Tiring, but worth it.

My Jeffykins was great at picking out my Christmas gifts this year, guess I was nice!

I received a great new pair of running shoes:

This Boston Terrier with a mustache necklace I have been drooling over for the past few months:

And now I will finally smell nice and less like I haven’t done laundry in over a week or showered in days:

Skipping back to yesterday, we did go and see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and it was amazingly awesome and stuck very closely to the book, which rarely happens and it what made me love it so much.  The icky scenes were very icky though, I had to reach over and grab my Jeffykins’ hand so I didn’t pee myself in the middle of the theatre on Christmas.
But I noticed this about the movie poster after we saw her naked over 2248 times during the movie…

 Yes.  There is a lot of nipple action in this movie.  And some unwanted ass action on a few accounts…..

But it was a fabulous Christmas…that will be followed by a 3 day bus trip with Toledo alumni to our bowl game in Washington, D.C.  I have to keep myself busy on the 10 hour bus ride there and back.  There will be movies on while we ride, I have books, my netbook and the cell phone.  Plus candy and a blankey for sleeping on the bus.  I think I am ready.

How was your holiday?


Merry and Happy Christmas Sunday

Or Happy Chanukah Sunday.  Or happy regular Sunday off of work.  Just be happy damnit.

Since Jeff won’t let me dress Bo up in a cute Santa or reindeer outfit, this is the best I can offer on a beautiful and oddly warm Christmas day in NW Ohio.

Seriously, it is 40* out today.  Totally warm considering it is normally in the low 20*’s. Christmas miracle or weather anomaly?

Whatever.  Jeff and I have no kids today and no family plans so we were treated to homemade (and 100% sub par to McDonald’s bacon/egg/cheese biscuit) bacon/egg/cheese biscuits.  Nothing you make at home can ever hold a candle to McDonald’s.  Ah…i thought that Christmas would be the best day to treat ourselves to fattening deliciousness.  McDonald’s had other ideas, so I had to make a healthier version at home.  Christmas ruined.  RUINED.

Since we have no plans to speak of we are going to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I have heard fabulous things about it, and how Daniel Craig is gloveless in every scene but one, from Cely.  I read the book this year, in fact I was sucked into the entire trilogy, so I am pretty excited to see it come to live.
I have never seen the Swedish version of these films but I don’t know how they’ll stand up to the overspending of American cinema.

Merry Christmas!

it’s the wind chill that’ll get ya

Jeff and I still have a few more items to buy this morning to ‘even out’ the gifts between the kids because ZOMG we wouldn’t want them to be uneven!!!  Plus the little monsters wanted (need) new slippers so we have to venture out anyways.

But Bo has been very antsy lately so I think he needs to get out of the house…for a long doggy walk.  But it is only 29* (23* wind chill) outside so I think he will only get a super short walk and then I’ll take a brief run.

Then tonight Jeff and I will try and stay awake as long as we can to see if Santa comes to visit us!  Maybe he’ll take pity on us and pay our mortgage!!

Merry Christmas Eve from Bo!