For as long as I can remember, I told people "I can't run." But in March of 2009, I decided that this was no longer an option. From my first 5K to my second half marathon, I've endured my highest highs and lowest lows as an official Runner. This year I want to embrace running for something beyond times and distances.

Running is so much more than merely getting out there. I want to get out there and love it.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Now that the weather is cooler and the humidity is gone, running is wonderful again!! Ok I've only run twice this month. TWICE. And I have a half marathon in less than a month?? Ooook. No but get this:

1. I've come to terms with this Half not being the Half for me. Some people can train just fine in the humidity. Maybe they don't like it, but they do it anyway. I'm looking at you Claire ;) The winter was brutal, but I kept at it. When the wind was just too icy I bought a balaclava. When the sidewalks were covered with a foot of snow, I barreled through them. But in my own mind nothing can help humidity...except running indoors. Now, next year I think I might invest in a gym membership during the summer months, but that doesn't battle dreadmill boredom. Which leads me to...

2. With a month left, I was so fed up with not being able to run, I attempted to find some sort of indoor access. I had to rule out a day pass (do these still exist?) at the Y because I wasn't sure how I'd be able to handle running 144 times around the track (to do 12 miles). I also ruled out the Pettit Nat'l Ice Center's track because of the Wisconsin State Fair burgling the parking, causing its close to the public. I finally decided on using my parents' Nordic Track which is NOT a treadmill and five billion times harder than running!!! I could only do an hour. Which in Nordo time is apparently THREE MILES??? You've gotta be kidding me. I wasn't aware at how much different the muscle usage's like riding a bike basically only standing up. The bottoms of my feet killed (like peddling would do), and my quads were worked like you wouldn't believe. Overall a GOOD workout for some cross training but not such a good substitute for a 12mi run. And staring at my parents' basement wall covered in Lord of the Rings posters and Presidential Exercise Awards "signed" by Bush himself, failed in the scenery department. All I had were the soothing sounds of Ira Glass to whisk me away.

3. The humidity broke this past Sunday and I didn't have time to squeeze two hours in, so I saved it for bright and early Monday morning before work. 5am, two hours and eight minutes, a SPECK shy of 12 miles. The weather was PERFECT. The two episodes of TAL eased the time. And I felt pretty good. Except for my feet...which brings me to:

4. Shoes. I've barely put 250miles on my current shoes. Maybe 300? But seriously not enough to require a new pair. But my feet KILL. I know your feet aren't going to feel the greatest after 12 miles, but honestly?? There's no way I'd be able to take much more and there are people out there who run like 50miles at a time! They just, I don't know, HURT. The bottoms. It's not's just the whole foot. Like in the bones. Now as much as I never wanted to admit it, I don't think this current pair of shoes was ever for me. I've had problems from the getgo. Like the outside of my arch hurting. What causes that?! So yeah, I'm going to bite the bullet and buy a new pair. And REALLY get checked this time. The girl who sold me my first shoes (my former HS classmate) did a great job. Those ASIC Cumulus ruled. But these Kayanos I picked out myself because they were $40 off. Stupid. In addition to my feet killing me, I did something to that tendon that's right on the top of my ankle. Some kind of tibial something or other. It got all super puffed out and bulgy about 3 hours after my run. Ice and wrapping it did wonders though as now it's fine. I've never hurt that part of my foot in my year and a half though, so now I'm wondering if THAT'S a shoe issue as well!

5. EXCITED ABOUT RUNNING! Buying new shoes for over $100 MAKES you into running again! I also downloaded the iPhone iMapMyRun app because I don't own a Garmin and I heard that this app is actually surprisingly accurate. I bought a little pouch thing that snaps around my waste to carry my gels and my iPhone fits there just I'll test it out one of these days...use the app as well as map out/time my run manually. Cool weather is right around the corner. Just gotta get through August and the Indian Summer of September. Then I'm golden! Ready to take running by storm once again!

6. With that said, because this Chicago Half Marathon is a wash for getting anywhere close to a PR (just have NOT trained hard enough), I've got my eyes set on possibly running another Half on November 6...8 weeks from Chicago. It's like long enough to retool my training but short enough where I won't just slack off and lose interest (see: the past few months). I've also got three other races on the docket in October: an 8K, a 10K, and a 15K respectively, in that order. So that'll be good for training too.

7. The end!


  1. 1. You have a couple weeks..get yer ass out there. What the heck are you going to do if it's humid on race day?? Not run? Better get used to it never know what Sept. can bring.

    2. New shoes are a MUST! At least a 1/2 size bigger then you usually wear.

    3. I do not train fine in humidity..I am a BEAR and hate every second of it..I'm just too psycho NOT to do it.

    4. You will rock your half regardless...just get some more miles in beforehand so you bounce back faster..and don't pass out during the race.

    5. The end


  2. Okay, I'm thinking it's time to redecorate our basement walls which haven't been updated in like five years. Not that that helps with your problems any, Katesi. :-)

  3. Haha!! Race day is different. Obviously on race day I pull out all the stops no matter what the conditions (see: flu). If it's humid, hey what am I going to do? Waste the $55 I paid? Heck no!! And I love a good battle story! Meanwhile I used to be psycho about training runs. Remember the days of running in 15 degrees?? I didn't care because I *had to get my run in. I think the humidity just zaps the motivation in me or something. Cold is invigorating and I want to battle through it! Hot makes me want to go to sleep. You're amazing! Haha! But thanks for the "shut up and run" kick in the pants. I'll get my runs in and make a last ditch effort :)

  4. Your lack of running this past month is equivalant to my lack of progress I'm making! You mentioned maybe by October I could run the 10K, but I'm still sooo far away from my little 5K goal. Yuck! It's like I've plateaud(sp?)but I always thought I'd get better before I got to that point. Running's tough! It's like if you're not getting better, or having to run in the heat is just a chore. Yuck! I totally understand how you've been "over it" here and there. I'm already there!
    I'm still not with you on those cold day runs. You're a crazy lady! I think I'm hanging up my shoes in October.
    I'm happy you have a lot of runs this fall to keep you truckin' on. I keep forgetting that I'm actually in a race in a few weeks - I have a feeling I'll do awful! Especially since Tim is like 235315314 minutes faster than me. But I can't wait to cheer you, Josh and Mark on at the end!!!! Have you guys talked about running together ever?

  5. We allll know how I like to be obsessed with things and then I'm like meh. And perhaps you're like that too! I see it like a boyfriend. There's the honeymoon stage where you absolutely daydream about it all the time. Buy it presents. Talk about it TOOOO much. Etc. But then you're like an old married couple and it takes genuine work to keep it good. And any time you can find a spark to make it better, take full advantage. Like the season change. Spring and Fall aren't just for blooming cozy relationships anymore! They're good for renewing your love for running. So hey, if you want to hang up your shoes after October, by all means! You can rekindle in Spring :)

    But yeah no, I doubt any running together will happen. It's funny because MOST races you run with friends you kind of train together or at least you're in it together. But this has been quite the opposite. We were barely able to collectively get a friggin hotel room together! Haha! And now that I think about it...I don't remember any response (other than from you) after I sent out the hotel email. "Oh Katie I'll pay you as soon as I can!" If I get random dropouts day-of and no pay, I will turn a table over.

  6. Dude. Don't even get me started thinking about cancellations!!!! I will RAAAAAAAAGE!!!!!!! Not that it wouldn't be super fun and cozy with just you, Tim & I buuuuut yea - we're only running the teeny 5K and it'll be way more fun for you to have cohorts in the Half with you!
    Oh - you mentioned a little sack for your stuff - did you get that shirt too? Were you able to stop at that store when you were here last?
    GUH! I gotta go see if that waiver for our packets is on the website yet. YIKES. Such a science fair!

  7. You can do it!! You still have a few weeks and can log those miles! But definitely get some new shoes :) Good luck and kick butt!