Monthly Archives: June 2011

Jeff’s Daily Post – Back in sync but out of time!

The calibration on my Garmin seemed to work yesterday so now I’m back in sync with the treadmill – Yeah!  I ran 9.25 miles this morning – very happy with that.  My goal this morning was 6.5 but once I got there I felt good so I just kept running setting my goal just a ¼ mile ahead and before I knew it I was at 9.  My foot feels much better.  It still isn’t 100% but I feel like it is heading in the right direction.  I managed to fit in 15 minutes on the weights this morning.  I need to hit the weights longer tomorrow, with all of these longer runs I’m just running out of time.  I keep looking over at my shrinking arms while I’m running thinking to myself I need to work harder on those!  Soundtrack today – Def Leppard.

Have a great day!!


MIA – Tamara’s Update

Yeah, it’s like I’m missing in action from the blog – couple of reasons – not running and not enough time! After riding my bike on the trainer Monday and Tuesday, I decided to try running this morning – not such a great idea…my leg hurt instantly. I slowed it way down and managed 1 mile – seems like I shouldn’t even mention it and it is very frustrating as my mind needs the running. I think I’m going to continue to back off and try a mile every other day for the next week. Depressing, irritating, maddening…hate being down from an injury – but I desparately want to run the RnR 1/2 in September so know it’s better to rest it now and work back into it gradually. I’ll get back on my bike tomorrow – that doesn’t hurt at all and at least I’m getting somewhat of a workout…but darn it – I need a new bike computer! Adding it to my list!

Jeff’s Daily Post – Time to Calibrate!

6.5 miles this morning – I’m happy with that and happy that I’ve almost exceeded my mileage from last week and it is only Wednesday.  I think I’m going to try to stick with 40 miles a week for a while and see how that goes.  I really would like to break 200 miles for a month (I have been close -190).  Hmmm – Will I do that in July? August? – Stay tuned!

I took the little extra time I had this morning to calibrate my foot pod.  When I run on the treadmill I like to use my Garmin with the heart rate monitor and foot pod to track my workouts.  I just find it easier to upload everything to Garmin Connect.  The last few weeks I have been dealing with the foot pod losing miles.  On some of my longer runs it has been off by as much as a ½ mile.  So I believe I’m now calibrated and ready to run!  – Soundtrack today – Journey.

Have a great day!!

Jeff’s Daily Post – 8.5 on a Tuesday

I had another good run this morning – not as easy as yesterday(I don’t expect the runs to be that easy).  I’m hoping to pick up my mileage a bit this week (I was under 30 miles each of the past two weeks) but I’m still dealing with my foot.  It feels much better but is still a bit sore and stiff when I wake up.  So I’m happy with my 8.5 miles this morning.  Soundtrack today – Queen.  Have a great day!

Thought I would share a few more pics from my birthday below.

Jeff’s Daily Post – 40 and Strong!

I’m two days into 40 and so far so good J.  I was happy with my 5k run on Saturday and this morning I ran 11 strong miles on the treadmill.  It was one of those mornings where the only thing that stopped me was time.  I had about 4 pieces of birthday cake yesterday.  I swear I run much better after eating a bunch of cake.  So I see you 40 and I’m taking you head on – I’m 40 and feeling strong!!  Have a great day!

Tamara’s Jungle Jim 5K Race Report

We are back from the beach – ugh – back to reality… As you saw, we did very well at the Jungle Jim 5K as posted by Jeff. I would definitely do this race again! I was, as usual, a nervous wreck (.com) as we arrived at the race site. I tried my typical procrastinating to try to stay in the car longer – but we had to pick up our numbers and Jeff was anxious and ready to go. The race packet pickup was inside the water park and very well organized. We quickly got our numbers and headed back to the car. Jeff proceeds with his pre-race ritual of taking a picture of a t-shirt (which we thought was very nice!) and our race numbers to post on FaceBook. I climb back in the van and do some more moaning and groaning and complaining about being up so early – I’m overly nervous at this point. I haven’t run since the B10, been trying to heal my leg – so that adds to my pre-race jitters. It wasn’t long before Jeff drags me kicking and screaming to do a warm-up run – kidding, I went willingly! After we run less than 1/4 of a mile my leg begins to ache – I am beyond frustrated at this point and say a few unpleasant words about how mad I am that I’m not completely healed yet. We head back to the car and I pop 2 Advil – I know, I know – not a smart thing to do. But really it wasn’t as painful as it was 2 weeks ago, but enough so I feel it – and besides, Adivl helps inflammation, so I’m doing the right thing – or so I tell myself. The next 1/2 hour flies by…probably because I was walking back and forth to the bathroom a few more times! When we line up at the start I’m really nervous now – worried about my leg..worried about not finishing…and worried all those women would kick my butt! More people then I realized were there line up – Jeff gets closer to the front of the pack and I stand about 4 rows deep behind him. When we start I feel pretty good – my leg isn’t bothering me..until I get about 1/4 mile out – eek…it’s just a dull ache…nothing major… I settle into a comfortable pace after passing a few women. A little girl catches me about Mile 1, but she quickly has trouble breathing and has to walk – took my mind off things – she was so little, reminded me of Samantha. I follow a pack of 3 women for 1 1/2 miles and I get passed by a woman that looks to be my age around the same time. We run together briefly then I pull ahead – eyeing the women ahead. I catch 2 of them around Mile 2 and 2 1/2. I’m enjoying the course that winds through a quiet residential area. The course is well marked and there are plenty of volunteers at the turns. My leg ache goes away – because it’s magically healed? Yeah, I think that is it. I’m wishing I could see Jeff as I try to keep a decent pace and wonder what my time will be – I can’t look at my GPS – it will jinx me. As I make the final turn before the turn into the water park I try to pick up the pace – that doesn’t last long because I was off on my thinking and we were still running 2 roads out. The time goes by very quickly and I am soon (for real) spotting the entrance to the water park. I sprint as fast as I can into the park. I see Jeff waiting for me at the finish – look up, look over here, I need some motivational cheering – and he does! I crossed the finish line in 22:43, good enough for 3rd place in the 40-44 women’s age group which got me a very cool trophy! I’m happy! My leg feels ok. The awards presentation was quick and again very well-organized – the results were also ready in a timely manner. We hung out at the water park until they kicked us out – hahahahaha! Not quite, but we did get a slide in and a few rides around the lazy river! My rating for the Jungle Jim 5K is an A- (can’t give an A because I was hungry at the finish and the fruit and huge garbage bag of bagels didn’t do it for me!), I would recommend this race for anyone looking to run something different and fun! Glad I ran it – glad it was all my idea and glad I persuaded Jeff to get up out of bed to run it!! 🙂 Kidding – thank you Jeff!

And We Take Home Two Trophies!!

Yeah!! –  A more in depth report to follow in the next few days but Tamara and I were thrilled to take home two 3rd Place Trophies in the same age group at the 7th Annual Jungle Jim’s 5K!.   Now off to continue my birthday celebration!


Tamara’s Pre-Race Post

Here we are…0630 on Jeff’s 40th birthday and we are in the car on the way to a 5K. Ugh! He is singing and smiling! Me, not so much…it takes me longer to get motivated. We are having a great time here in Rehoboth Beach – nice beach town. We went to an outdoor concert last night, walked the streets to browse the shops, and sat on the beach looking at the stars. Blah…we are almost there…only 2 mile drive…not looking forward to this yet. Race report to follow! Happy 40th Birthday Jeff! I love you!!! Really? He’s singing again!!! 🙂

Jeff’s Daily Post – My last run in my 30’s!

This morning I had my last run in my 30’s.  Tomorrow I enter a new age group.  I’ve only recently (in the last year and a half) discovered the joy of running.  A few times during my run this morning I couldn’t help but think what would things be like if I discovered running in my 20’s – then I think if I started running that long ago I might not be running today.  Tomorrow I turn 40 – I’m in the best shape of my life.  I’m in a very happy place and I’m looking forward to a decade full of family, fitness and fun.  Thank you 30, bring on 40 because I’m ready!

Oh, my run today – much much better.  I still didn’t feel 100% but I ran 6.2 muggy miles with an average pace of 7:33.  I’m very happy with that and happy to finally get a decent run in!  Have a great day!

Tamara’s Injury Update

I miss running…haven’t run since B10. I tried yesterday on my treadmill, but only took a few steps then decided to ride my bike on the trainer. My leg just doesn’t feel right yet and I am worried about making it worse by running on it. We are headed on a weekend trip for Jeff’s birthday (40!!!). We both signed up for a 5k for tomorrow. Not sure I will run it, if not I will cheer on the birthday boy!!!

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