2018 Akron Half – I finished!

They say to have an A, B, C goal for the race. My A goal was to finish under time, which I missed by 1:47…

But I nailed my B and C goal, which probably should have been my A Goal:

I finished without doing any damage to my Achilles! And wow, is that a win. I really can’t get over it. No pain. None. What’s the deal with that?!! All that rehab and prehab, that’s what!

  • side monster walks
  • one leg balance, other leg slider
  • lay on side and do little circles with foot
  • heel raises

meanwhile – continue with what has been working:

  • Rolling
  • Golf ball toes and joint in foot
  • Walk the hills
  • Thera gun on my calf knot (homedics)
  • Amazing KT tape job by a professional skater from Orlando.

REALLY!!! It’s amazing to me that these tiny PT exercises are strengthening something in my hips and feet.

I thought it was toast after seeing a snake on my 8.5 of my 10 mile training run two weeks before Akron. Honestly, I could hardly walk.

Akron again? Hell yes. But I’ve got to find the right shoes that don’t give me blisters and don’t aggrevate my achilles. The height is right, but the heel support around the achilles is not cutting it.

Also, have to work on my mental running game. Get the right music, the right attitude. And figure out how to keep my resiliance when I’m on the struggle bus.


CLE Half Marathon – Done and FUN!

I had a blast doing the 2018 Cleveland Half Marathon on Sunday. Yes it was rainy. Yes it was cold. Yes I was more than a half hour slower than the half I did last fall.

But I actually had so much fun, I couldn’t stop smiling. Took pictures. Posed for pictures. Enjoyed myself fully for over 3 hours… actual time: 3:25:22.05 or a 15:41 average pace.

I would definitely do it again or recommend it to a friend.

Now 4 days later, I’ve already done several long walks and this morning an exercise class too. I feel strong. And I feel really proud of myself for doing something hard.

Awesome experience. Well organized race with many many volunteers. Because of the rain, the spectators were light, but they came out after 10 am when the sun started to peek thru. (The race started at 7 am)


My plan going forward is to continue training – both bike and running and break my PR in Akron after a summer of working out.

Fun at the Raccoon Run

I had a ball yesterday at the Raccoon Run. First off, I ran before the race – a 5K before the 5K, getting 3.1 miles in as a warm up. Then ran the race. Then hung around for the awards, where I won first in my age group. Then ran another 4 miles as training for the CLE half marathon that is coming up in about 3 weeks!

It was very cold – 33 degrees, maybe 36 when I was done. And I got sweaty and cold twice while having the breaks in between the first 3.1K and the race and the second break, waiting until they got all the age groups done (it takes a while to get to 60-65 when they do both male and female at each 5 years.)

Got photos taken with the Raccoon character. And with a good friend of mine who has raced with me for the past 3 years. She is 9 years younger so her speed doesn’t mess up my age group award! We both won for our age groups!

I finished with a 13:51 per mile time or 43 minutes 30 seconds, but still felt good about it – I was able to “sprint” at the end, I stopped and got some photos until my phone’s battery died and I thanked the volunteers/encouraged others.

Later in the afternoon, when to the dog park and walked 5 laps around the lake. I’m amazed that I’m NOT SORE today.

Maybe all the taping, pacing, rolling, golf ball, tennis ball, stretching is working!! Yeah!!!

Slow Start

I’ve been doing more cross work outs than running. The weather has had pockets of no ice/snow. Sunday was one of those and I got 4 miles in.

By now I thought I’d be doing 4 miles 3x a week for an average of 12 miles a week, but last week I think I only got in a total of 7.

Been grabbing steps/runs/jogs when I can, and not all at once which is much less satisfying. I’m definitely getting a slow start to my training for the Cleveland half.

From a food/weight standpoint, I’m down from a year ago, but I still haven’t lost the weight I regained in the fall.  I’m not sure why exactly, but I gained some of the weight back that I lost last year.  Must have kept eating the same, but working out less. I did a lot of yoga and weight lifting, but not a lot of cardio.

I still have a lot of the muscles I gained in the fall, but also the weight. This spring (still winter but it’s raining so it feels like spring) I’m back into cardio and less weight lifting.

What I am Reading and Listening to today:

Today is Jan 28, 2018.

First official day of CLE Marathon Half training. 16 weeks from today I’ll be on the starting line. Nervous and excited. Hopefully ready.

Since I’ve really laid off my regular running, done a lot of strength training and lots of PT on my right ankle/achilles heel, I’m going to start back into my training with a 10 minute dynamic warm up, 3 miles of 2 minute jog/1 minute walk followed by stretching/rolling and ice..

Reading/Listening to today:

FatGirlRunning – the Minervantor. Very inspiring. Love her. She writes in a way that  I can visualize it.

Fast Talk, ep. 32: a cyclist’s guide to the weight room. in Velo News Jess Elliot explains fundamentals of strength training workings. First time I’ve listened to this podcast and I just downloaded it so I can listen during today’s run (jog/walk)

Keep it up David: 7 years of keeping 160 pounds off. Great inspiration!

HoHoRuns – Recap of her 50th half marathon – First Light marathon:

Sharing inspiration at a new location

I have teamed up with my running buddy to help me stay motivated as well as share inspiration. We’ve started a website/podcast community.

Fit. Strong. Women over 50. Becoming Elli.

Becoming Elli – Strong. Fit. Women over 50.

It’s called Becoming Elli. We want to connect like minded women over 50 who are working to become healthier, fit and strong into the second half of their life.

Staying on track with my maintenance  as well as actually increase my fitness level are long term goals that a way more than a well-intentioned-but-forgotten new years resolution.

I’m loving the new things I’m learning: podcasting, new recipes and ideas that I’ve never considered.

You can find it online at www.becomingElli.com or on facebook or Twitter at @becomingelli.

Focus on the Right Things

Sometimes it is the simplest things.

Yesterday was a busy surprising day where I ended up doing things that needed immediate attention but nothing that was planned.  By 8:15 pm I realized, I had not had any water. (One coffee at 7 and one at noon.) On the way home I bought a 33 oz bottle and drank almost most of it on the hour drive. Had more water at home.

Good idea.  Water is so basic. And easy to forget!

Steps included only what pacing and immediate carrying me around ended with. Luckily I had cleared the driveway in the morning and I was only less than 200 from my goal when my head finally hit the pillow.

Today: drink water. Get your steps. Lift some heavy weight. Practice balance.  Breathe, deeply.