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Des Moines Marathon in October to try like crazy (again) for a Boston QT before my "milestone" birthday in Dec! Oh...and lose some poundage along the way.

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  • 8 miles
  • 01:19 time
  • 1012 calories
  • 2 workouts
  • This Week time period


  1. RUN
    good Hills of Hwy 45 5.38 mi 00:50 09:20 pace

    Decided to hit the hills today. Tried to push a little, & imagine being on the hills of Des Moines in Oct. I was fairly satisfied with my overall pace, knowing that the last half of the maratho... read more

  2. RUN
    good Little bitty run by the river 3.1 mi 00:29 09:11 pace

    Ahhhh! Finally....a run! Feeling better today, so I was able to hit the flat, easy trail to ease back in. It was a warm one, even this morning (80+F w/ high humidity), and I was pretty sluggish, bu... read more

  3. Spent most of yesterday in bed w/ a heating pad on my back. I'm about 30-40 miles behind on my training, and am starting to get a little stressed over it. Hoping to try an easy run this evenin... read more

  4. Shared Photo

    View on my run in Chicago last Friday morning. Notice the open water swimmers :D

  5. Weekend in Chicago for fun & to watch the Cubs game & Jags vs Bears game. Got miles & miles of walking around downtown & between games, but was only able to squeeze in one run. Th... read more

  6. RUN
    good Along Lake Michigan in Chicago 3.62 mi 00:32 08:57 pace

    Loved having new scenery and being able to look out over the water during my run. Beautiful morning! I really miss my old route in FL, next to the inter-coastal waterway...watching dolphins and be... read more

  7. FIT
    Weights & core 00:40

    Trying to show a little love to the core. The legs are getting their share of time, with running, so I'm trying to include more weights & other core/arm stuff too.

  8. FIT
    good The gym 3.1 mi 00:28 09:01 pace

    This machine does elliptical and kind of a stair-stepping motion, so I tried a mix of both. Figured it can't hurt, in my training for running hills.

  9. RUN
    Monsoonal 15 15 mi

    Goal today was 18 miles, but about 10 miles in, it started pouring. I don't mind running in the rain, in fact I rather enjoy it. But another 8 miles of it seemed like a little too much (espec... read more

    • Barbara W.
      Barbara W.

      This run sounds like a wicked good time and smart training all in one. Nicely done and I'm glad the people at the coffee shop recognized you too. :)

      13 days ago Like

    • Kurt K.
      Kurt K.

      Sounds like fun!! I like the looks you get from people when you're out in the pouring rain. Plus once your wet, your wet, might as well have fun with it. Nice that the coffee shop was willing to help you out.

      13 days ago Like

    • Cyndi C.

      Yeah, the cooling effect is great, but after a while, the wet shoes start to bother! Super 15!

      12 days ago Like

  10. FIT
    good Pi Phi stair-steppin 01:30

    Didn't realize my daughter's sorority doesn't have an elevator, and of course she's on the 3rd floor. "workout" yesterday consisted of climbing up & down... read more

    • Barbara W.
      Barbara W.

      I don't believe that #2 can ever be true, but I truly believe #1. Amazing workout.

      13 days ago Like

    • Kurt K.
      Kurt K.

      Note to self that when the time comes remind my daughter to make sure anywhere she lives in college has an elevator or she lives on the first floor. That's one heck of a work out!!

      13 days ago Like

  11. Rest day today. Moving my daughter back to college tomorrow, which means I'll be in a funk all weekend :'( Planning for 16-18 on Sunday. We'll see how that goes. Happy Friday every... read more

  12. RUN
    alright To English Landing trails fro... 8 mi 01:12 09:01 pace

    Wow...only 70F this morning, but 93% humidity. Yes...93%! Grateful for the rain overnight, but it felt like someone sucked all of the oxygen out of the air. My watch died, about 3 miles in, again,... read more

  13. FIT
    good Slacker Day 00:25

    200 crunches on the ball, squats, arms, etc. Just a quick workout, because I was short on time today.

  14. RUN
    alright English Landing trail recovery 3.1 mi 00:29 09:20 pace

    Just a slow easy run today, after yesterdays LSD. Didn't feel too bad, but it was really sticky out there; 74F & 87% humidity. I'm glad today wasn't my scheduled long run! Feet w... read more

  15. RUN
    alright Monster Monday= Home to Line ... 15.07 mi 02:21 09:23 pace

    It became obvious to me today that I need to plan for better hydration during my Monster Monday runs (I seem to be starting a pattern of long runs on Mondays). Took a new route today, and I was hop... read more

    • Missy B.
      Missy B.

      Yeah, no water fountains on the trail! I quite often use Hen House, or if you go all the way down the trail into Riverside there's a water fountain at Renner Brenner Park (behind QT). You weren't wearing a neon yellow shirt today were you?

      19 days ago Like1 person

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    • Kurt K.
      Kurt K.

      That's an awesome run, especially being low on fluids!!

      19 days ago Like1 person

    • Ann B.
      Ann B.

      @Missy B., yes I was!! haha! I was the one who looked like she wanted to dive in the creek for a drink :) I passed a couple of young females, & was wondering if one was you (it's hard to tell from DM profile pics). And thanks all! I did stop at Hen House, but they took their water fountain out (yes, I drank from the faucet in the bathroom. I was THAT thirsty!) Probably just need to use one of those belts that holds a little bottle or two.

      18 days ago Like

  16. RUN
    blah Plan B: Home treadmill 6 mi

    Yes, it's the middle of summer & I ran on the treadmill. I'm scheduled to do 16 today, but just as I was walking outside, it started raining with lightning. Ugh! I reeeeeally hate run... read more

  17. RUN
    good Hills, hills, & more hills ar... 7.02 mi 01:05 09:16 pace

    I'm determined to be ready for the hills in the first 9-10 miles of the IMT Des Moines Marathon in Oct., to the point where I'm almost obsessed with the challenge. My neighborhood is VER... read more

  18. FIT
    Weights & core stuff 01:00

    Lunges & other leg stuff, plus arm weights, reverse crunches, & other core work.

  19. RUN
    good To the National gym & home-af... 4.2 mi 00:38 09:06 pace

    It was about 83F, humid, and there are some giant hills on this route, so I was only slightly disappointed in my time. I also did quite a leg workout at the gym, so I guess that has an effect as we... read more

  20. VELO
    Recumbent at the gym 1 mi

    Cool down?? before my run home.