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10 Mile Race Quandry

Whoa, it’s been a long time since I’ve logged onto my Tumblr!  I’ve blogged some at my other blog (http://gochelseago.com), but life has really gotten in the way lately. Quick update:

  • Finished law school(!!)
  • Took and passed the bar exam(!!!!)
  • Pulled my hamstring before my planned half-marathon last October :(
  • Signed up for a 10 mile race on Oct. 29th!

Bad news though—my IT band is giving me CRAZY trouble.  I was foam rolling it, but I finally bought a Tiger Tail to help massage out the knots.  It seems to be helping, but I am WAY undertrained for this race.  My last long run was about 3 weeks ago and I completed 9 miles.  Since then, I’ve ran 1-2 times a week, stopping whenever it hurts (which is usually around the 3 mile mark).  What do you all think?  Should I try to run it and see how it goes?  Or should I just decide to walk the whole thing for fun?

Compression Gear: Thoughts?

Hey all!

So I picked up my first pair of compression pants today.  I picked them up for their cold weather benefits (Minnesota winters are not kind to runners), but I’ve heard they are awesome for muscle recovery.  What are your thoughts?  Have you used any sort of compression gear and has it helped you in your sport? 

P.S. If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been all this time—check out my new blog Strawberry Sweat!  I’m still using tumblr for running/training related conversation :)

Where did I go??

Hey all!  Hope everyone has been having a great summer.  In case some of you have been wondering if I’ve disappeared off the face of the earth, I’ve got some news for you.  I’ve started a wordpress blog!  It’s called Strawberry Sweat and you can find it here:

Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat

I’ve also got an actual twitter account, so if you’d like to follow me, add @strawberrysweat

However, this tumblr blog will always have a special place in my heart.  And for that reason, I am NOT shutting it down.  I’ll come back from time to time when I have something running/training related, or just something that I want to sound off on you all.  The community aspect of tumblr is something I love, and for I’ll always come back for that.

Sending much love in all your directions :)

Chelsea

I am having one of those days where my hunger is insatiable!  Since I got home, oh about an hour and a half ago, I’ve eaten greek yogurt with a crushed up graham cracker, almonds, hot and spicy pickles, a handful of cereal, and lots of white cheddar rice/corn puffs (aka Pirate Booty knockoff brand).

But you know what, I enjoyed it all.  I’ll just compensate for it on my after dinner run.  Or at least try to :)

I work 4 blocks from this place.  Name the movie it was in!

(excuse the bad iPhone photo)

I work 4 blocks from this place. Name the movie it was in!

(excuse the bad iPhone photo)

C’mon all you photo buffs, I need some advice here!

So I’ve been in the market for a new camera for…a long time.  I have an 5-6 year old Canon camera (I am not sure of the model offhand…yeah I am at work and should be doing work, but you know how it goes) and it just makes me NOT want to take pictures.  It’s slow and only 3.2 megapixels.  Yup, you read that right—many of today’s cell phones take better pictures than my camera.

It’s safe to say I am in the market for a new one.  While I am a novice photographer, I think I want something more than a basic point and shoot, because I want to have the option to get better at it.  DSLRs are definitely out of the price range.

What would you recommend?

Weight & Drivers Licenses

At work today, I’ve looked at dozens and dozens of traffic tickets.  And oddly enough, the one thing I always seem to glance at is that one number.  No, it’s not their age or height.  I always look at the driver’s weight.

I always find it curious when people list their weight as like 156, 123, 217, or 189, for example.  I had just thought that most people rounded up to the nearest number that ended with a 5 or 0.  Why would you state your weight as 156, when you could really say 155?  Especially when your weight fluctuates….?  Or maybe that person that weighs 156 ACTUALLY weighs in more commonly at 160.  Do we really live in a culture where lying about those 4 pounds matter?

Maybe it’s because I’ve always had a weird relationship with my driver’s license and my weight.  For awhile there, I was at least 10 pounds heavier than my driver’s license said I was (and I kinda felt bad about it).  Now, I am about 1-2 pounds lighter than it shows (which makes me feel awesome!  all that hard work paid off!).  So here’s the question, when I eventually get my driver’s license renewed, would I really care to point out that I actually weigh less this time around?  Probably not.

Anyway, random thoughts.  I’d be curious to know what you all think about drivers license weights…

  • Do we put too much emphasis on them? 
  • Is it important to you to put your EXACT weight? 
  • Did you lie when asked for your weight for your driver’s license?
Workin through lunch (again).  Bowl of spicy black bean and rice soup from Erbs and Gerbs with crackers.

Workin through lunch (again). Bowl of spicy black bean and rice soup from Erbs and Gerbs with crackers.

I clearly fail at life today!

So today, while I was at the courthouse, I made a woman cry.  I felt really bad.  Although, she was only crying over a speeding ticket that I wouldn’t keep off her driving record.  So really, not sure I feel that bad.  On the other hand, my supervising attorney today made a woman cry and also had to deal with another woman kid’s “accident” while sitting in one of the court’s chairs.  So maybe my day at court wasn’t so bad.

In other news, I left my keys on the bus ride home and had to spend over a half an hour on hold waiting to talk to someone from the bus service.  I think I’ll give myself a big fat F today.

I’m in love with Chocolove :)

Seriously, this is the best dark chocolate I’ve had in a long time.  And you can find it at Target!

I’m in love with Chocolove :)

Seriously, this is the best dark chocolate I’ve had in a long time. And you can find it at Target!

Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.
Dr. George Sheehan
Notes for Cliff 5K Race Recap!
It was an awesome day for a 5K.  I got to sleep in this morning, because the race didn’t start until 9:30 am.  So the boyfriend and I got up, ate some oatmeal, and left for the race by 8:30 am.
Once we were there, we could tell the race was going to be really laid back.  Everyone seemed to know each other, and they were all wearing these purple shirts.  I was so worried that we were the only ones running the 5K that didn’t know the individual that the 5K was in memory of!  I later found out that the purple shirts were the race shirts, and everyone just wanted to wear them during the race.
While we were warming up, the boyfriend asked me what pace I was aiming for during the race.  I told him that I thought that I’d end up running a 9:30 pace.  He seemed confident that he could keep up with me.  He even said that he would smoke me!
He was so wrong.  I ended up leaving him after half a mile.  I was just feeling good, and I was going to run this race as fast as I could.  I totally smoked him :)  And I totally exceeded my initial expectations!
However, I think the course was a little short.  As I was approaching the finish line, my garmin said I had only run about 3.01 miles.  Either way, my time on the clock when I crossed the finish line said 27:01!
Final statistics:
Total distance: 3.05 mile
Total time: 27:40 (forgot to turn my garmin off right away)
Mile 1: 8:59 min/mi
Mile 2: 9:03
Mile 3: 8:48
.05 of mile: 15:21
Now, I haven’t done a mile time test since probably high school, but I think my third mile was the fastest mile I’ve ran in my life!  It is certainly the fastest mile I’ve logged since I started keeping track of my workouts.  I never thought I’d be able to run a mile faster than 9 minutes!!  And to think, I wasn’t running at all 6 months ago!
The boyfriend and I didn’t linger long after the race, mostly because we didn’t really know anyone else there.  Also, they were serving cupcakes and cookie/frosting sandwiches, which to me, seemed REALLY counterproductive.  But to each his own.
Overall, this race was a total success!  Now that I’ve done a half-marathon and a 5K, which race distance should I train for next?

Notes for Cliff 5K Race Recap!

It was an awesome day for a 5K.  I got to sleep in this morning, because the race didn’t start until 9:30 am.  So the boyfriend and I got up, ate some oatmeal, and left for the race by 8:30 am.

Once we were there, we could tell the race was going to be really laid back.  Everyone seemed to know each other, and they were all wearing these purple shirts.  I was so worried that we were the only ones running the 5K that didn’t know the individual that the 5K was in memory of!  I later found out that the purple shirts were the race shirts, and everyone just wanted to wear them during the race.

While we were warming up, the boyfriend asked me what pace I was aiming for during the race.  I told him that I thought that I’d end up running a 9:30 pace.  He seemed confident that he could keep up with me.  He even said that he would smoke me!

He was so wrong.  I ended up leaving him after half a mile.  I was just feeling good, and I was going to run this race as fast as I could.  I totally smoked him :)  And I totally exceeded my initial expectations!

However, I think the course was a little short.  As I was approaching the finish line, my garmin said I had only run about 3.01 miles.  Either way, my time on the clock when I crossed the finish line said 27:01!

Final statistics:

  • Total distance: 3.05 mile
  • Total time: 27:40 (forgot to turn my garmin off right away)
  • Mile 1: 8:59 min/mi
  • Mile 2: 9:03
  • Mile 3: 8:48
  • .05 of mile: 15:21

Now, I haven’t done a mile time test since probably high school, but I think my third mile was the fastest mile I’ve ran in my life!  It is certainly the fastest mile I’ve logged since I started keeping track of my workouts.  I never thought I’d be able to run a mile faster than 9 minutes!!  And to think, I wasn’t running at all 6 months ago!

The boyfriend and I didn’t linger long after the race, mostly because we didn’t really know anyone else there.  Also, they were serving cupcakes and cookie/frosting sandwiches, which to me, seemed REALLY counterproductive.  But to each his own.

Overall, this race was a total success!  Now that I’ve done a half-marathon and a 5K, which race distance should I train for next?

Unofficial 5K time of 27:01!!!

Having a drink in celebration for totally smashing my expectations!

Unofficial 5K time of 27:01!!!

Having a drink in celebration for totally smashing my expectations!