Sunday, September 30, 2007

A Few Miles Together!!

Maddy and I had a marvelous run this morning on the beautiful Seminole-Wekiva Trail. I was very happy to be a part of Maddy's last big run as she now begins her taper going into the San Francisco Women's Marathon.

She was scheduled to do 20 miles today. She was happy to just run 18 or 19 if I did the 7 or 8 I was planning. Instead, I did 10 with her after her first 11....she ran 21 miles! She even let me take my scheduled walking breaks :-). Our overall pace was 11:24 min/mi. I hope I look that good after my 22 miler next week :-)

I took the iRiver along to record our training reports but since I have been device challenged lately, my battery ran out halfway through. Fortunately, I got the better half of the report - so make sure you listen to The Extra Mile Podcast - probably episode 11 - for Maddy's report. I can re-record mine later.

Maddy is going to rock this marathon, she is so ready!!! Oh, and just so you know, she has almost reached her goal for donations, so if you were thinking of supporting her, make sure you get that in soon (and she didn't even pay me to say that). She is representing a good cause and a good friend in her training.

In another week and a half, Maddy and I will be doing a fun run with Shirley and Adam. Only 3-5 miles around Disney's Dolphin hotel and Boardwalk area. Stay tuned!!!

I only wish more of you could join us. Maddy had a great idea for Jan 2009. We think that we should all run the Disney World Marathon together. Just think of what a magical day that could be :-).

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Miracle Mile 15K

Today I ran the Miracle Mile 15K with my husband. The full story is on my blog, but the Reader's Digest version:

Last year: 1:52:27 / 12:03 min/mi (15K PR)

This Year:
Goal: 1:42 / 11 min/mi
Actual Chip time: 1:39:57 (new PR!)
Pace: 10:43 min/mile

I am very pleased with the results!!! :-)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Check Out the New Info on Races and Training

Shirley, who is much more savvy in web ways than I am, has updated the blog to include our upcoming races along with our training status on the left side of the page. Check it out!!!

If you have races to include post them here and we will try to get them included.

Thanks, Shirley!

Nova to Air Show on Marathoning on Oct 30th

I received an email from NOVA who wondered if I would post some information regarding a show they will be airing in October. I think it is going to be a great show on marathoning - and I wish it was airing BEFORE MCM. Still, it will be something to watch while in recovery.

Here is the info:

In cooperation with the Boston Athletic Association and Tufts University, NOVA was granted unprecedented access to the Boston Marathon course. In the summer of 2006, we began following 13 hopeful novices as they took the first step toward completing the 26.2-mile race in April 2007. The participants come from diverse backgrounds - a young woman running in memory of her mother, who died in a tragic car accident; a working single mom; even a former NFL linebacker. The one unifying element is that none of them is currently a runner. Over the nine-month training period, exercise and nutrition scientists and doctors at Tufts University use sophisticated technology to monitor the physical transformations that the participants have undergone. The experience demands a transformation of mind and body, and NOVA cameras are there, following every step of the way. Who was able to finish the race and what type of changes did the runners experience? You will have to tune in to find out.

"Marathon Challenge" will premiere Tuesday, October 30 at 8:00 pm on most PBS stations. For more information you can go to You can also view a short promo of the show on Youtube at

Friday, September 21, 2007


Hey everyone! On Monday, September 24th participating Chili's restaurants will donate 100% of their profits to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. So go eat at Chili's and support St. Jude's!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Worldwide Half Marathon

Friends, we are a mere three weeks away from the Worldwide Half Marathon! Have you all joined TEAM ELIJAH yet? Do you all have your reminder bands? I have more to send out if you do not. Go team go!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

What's on your rider?

After my Oprah moment of profundity I have returned, you will be delighted to hear, to my usual level of comfortable inanity. So guys and gals - when the hurly burly's done, when the battle's lost and won, when the marathon is run - what's on your rider? What's the treat you're dreaming of at the end of race day?

Now Melissa has been giving us some insights into her secret treats (chips and dips anyone?) but I'll kick off here. After I run this marathon I will probably hang out in a bar with my parents (it's Amsterdam after all) and smoke a joint (just kidding!). NO! Seriously - I will be buying some beer I imagine. Then the great Dutch tradition of raw pickled herring - it's got to be in your genes I fear. Then maybe chips and mayonnaise - another wonderful Dutch tradition. The kicker is that I'll probably be flying back to the UK in the evening so can't be too inebriated so I'll probably eat a whole enormous bag of black licorice on the flight home (is anyone feeling queasy yet?) and then when I get back to my own house I'll probably pass out (with a big round disgusting belly). If I'm still operating a calorie deficit the next day it looks like I'll be home alone for a few days so that means - control of the remote and back to back Grey's Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters and Weeds and a big bag of tortilla chips with my most recent dip discovery - spoonfuls of Philly mixed with Thai sweet dipping sauce. Oh - and a bottle of Sancerre..

None of you will ever want to party with me will you? At least applaud my honesty. And then give me yours.