Chocolate: It's Why We Run

A community of runners (or others) logging in their progress for encouragement and motivation.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


I ran 8 today...what did you do?

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

What not to do....

Don't ever think you can go for a long run in the 90 degree weather with a serious hangover, chances are you won't make it. I speak from experience!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Going Longer

I should have written this yesterday...but I was just too exhausted.

Yesterday I ran further than I have in over 2 1/2 years..since the Chicago Marathon...before I was even pregnant with Max.

It was only about 7 miles, but I'm getting there. After the 2nd lap around the lake, I was just ready to be done, but I made myself go a third time, pushing Ella of course.

I can't really say it felt felt hard. And to think I'll have 19 more miles to go in the marathon.

Oh my.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


I'm posting again to share some fantastic news!! My little guy slept last night for a 3 hour stretch! First time ever! From midnight all the way until 3:00 am!!

I felt like an entirely new woman this morning when I got up! Since the husband is off work today and home I was able to go for a morning run and I felt so springy in my step- like the first run in new shoes. I even dared to take the short version of the hilly route and pick up the pace a bit past a shuffle (to a shuffle-step?) Had to walk on two of the top bits of hills though. My next goal is to be able to run regular version of the hilly route with no walking- but that is partially dependent on little man beginning to spread out his feeding a little longer. Good goal for maybe in a month or two.

:) I ran AND showered today so even though I continue to accomplish nothing on the growing pile of writing and work to be done- I'm feeling very successful. (Besides, I'm finding actually doing work so, so, so unimportant when compared to holding and playing with and even just sitting around looking at my little guy. Good thing I stopped the tenure clock for the coming year....)

It's beautiful weather here today- hope all of you are also having a sunny running day.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I think I've finally figured out to post so here I go- but in my sleep-deprived state I could be posting this on some other random blog so in case that happens I apologize in advance!

I'm Cari's friend Lauren and proud to say the one who gave Cari the idea of doing the San Fran women's marathon in the first place. Once I heard about the Tiffany necklace I was hooked! Couldn't do it last year as both Cari and I were pregnant, but was excited about the possibility of this year's race. Unfortunately, while I was dithering about whether I could possibly run a marathon less than 6 months after giving birth (ask Cari for my intricate and insane plans to breastfeed en route) I missed the sign-up for it. So I'll be here virtually rooting all of you on instead.

I'm hoping I can still join in here and post once and awhile as I begin to run again for the first time in a year. My little guy was born on April 15th and I hit the pavement for my first run at 3 weeks 4 days. So far I've been going about every other day for about 30 minutes. This has been dependent on being able to feed the munchkin around 6 so I can get out there while my husband watches him before he leaves for work. Since the little man still hasn't figured out what nighttime is all about and wants to have a hoe-down from 12-5 am, and seems to think a regular pattern for eating is something for the birds, the every other day notion is a bit of stretch- but I have been running somewhat regularly this last week.

The running itself is very interesting as well. I stumble quite a bit (not sleeping can do this- see little man's ideas re night and day and eating above) and have been passed by groups of (fast?) walking seniors and moms with packed double-strollers. But the biggest struggles have been with the "effects" of breastfeeding. I bought myself a very imposing looking jog bra that I'm hoping will help. I know there are lots of moms on this blog so any supportive advice would be appreciated! (hee hee)

I'll be checking in to read your posts regularly. I think I may look for a local 1/2 to run the same day as SF so I can train along with you.

Happy running!

Friday, May 19, 2006

Thanks, Cari!

Well, I didn't think we actually took the name of this blog seriously...but I guess Cari does since she sent me 5 BOXES of CHOCOLATE for Mother's Day!!!!! Every time I walk past it, it just calls my name - so delicious! But at what cost......I'll get even though. Just wait till you get my payback gift (that is, when I get around to sending it).

Monday, May 15, 2006

What I Did, I Was Compelled to Do

It was such a beautiful day last Sunday, I HAD to get out. I felt so free, so empowered, and I wasn’t even running, but I was MOVING. Let me backtrack a bit:

I have been having problems with daytime sleepiness, and my doctor thinks I may have sleep apnea (that can be serious), but that won’t be diagnosed until I have a sleep study (which is scheduled to happen within the next couple of weeks – which is why I’ve also been hesitant to register for any races yet). In any case, I have had such little energy for the last few months; I didn’t think I would ever get out. Since we have PS2 at home, I decided to buy Dance Dance Revolution (or DDR), so at least I could be a little active. Most days, though, I just wanted to sleep as soon as I got home – and that’s what I usually did.

I HATED being so lethargic – especially on sunny days. On my way to and from work, I would see countless runners, and all I could hear in my head was, “I should be out there, too.” But, nearly every day when I arrived home from work, I would head for the bed (or couch), and I’d take a nap, until it was time to make dinner, then go to my second job, or to fellowship.

I did have some days where I just pressed through, and did DDR for ½ hour or so. I felt great, but then, about an hour or two later, I’d feel like I was just hit by a bus. I could literally hear my bed calling out for me – and I would struggle with the Sandman until I got home.

Last Sunday, however, was different. I was determined to get out and move. I’d already missed out on registering for the Nike Marathon that everyone else is doing, but I had to set SOME sort of goal and this was it. I would do at LEAST a 2 mile walk – the day was too nice to waste! I put on my running shoes, turned on a teaching tape, gave myself 30 minutes on my watch and set out to reacquaint myself with my neighborhood on foot. I wanted to run, but I just kept it at a brisk walk. It was invigorating! It was also very warm, but I really didn’t care – I did those two miles!

I felt so alive, so free, but most of all, I felt AWAKE.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

How many miles equals a can of chips?

I ran 4 miles on Monday, and 4.5 on Wednesday....because of the weather it was all on my treadmill...yuck. But I did it. I could have done more, but I had Ella who kept demanding my attention.

And then after running yesterday, I ate almost the entire can of Pringles.

I gotta be better or this weight will never come off.

Oh yeah... I did a search and found what last year's necklace looked like. I hope no one was expecting diamonds or anything. I do really like that it's a running pendant. Now we can finally wear our finisher's medals out in public without looking like a dork!!!

Its All In My Head...

I have managed to get out everyday this week so far (except for Monday). I'm not sure how far I went but I was out for 1 hr and 15 mins on Tuesday and for 45 mins yesterday (I'm not counting the time that I spent running from a VERY angry duck).

This week has been kind of hard motivationally speaking. It's not a matter of being out there or even not thinking that I'm not going to finish, because I KNOW that I can. It's more so been, "How come I can't get myself to run?". After I finished Tuesday, I was pretty bummed.

But something was different about yesterday. I was in the middle of Washington Crossing Park on the Continental Trail and something said you could get back to your car a lot faster if you picked up the pace. And I did. And surprisingly it didn't hurt, my chest didn't cave in and I felt good. All of a sudden those 13.1 miles don't seem so bad anymore.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Marathon Regrets

Yesterday I had my first marathon regrets when I finally realized the magnitude of what I have signed myself up for. I was suddenly hit with it, "How on earth am I gonna do this?" But I am determined not to think about the actual day and to try to enjoy the progress I will make as Gayle and I train. I actually went running on my own last night (which I never do) and it wasn't to bad. I did 3 miles and I didn't feel like I was going to die. So I guess that's progress :-)

Friday, May 05, 2006

It's on!

Well - 2 entries in one day. The marathon is officially closed with 15000 runners. and there are no refunds, rainchecks, trade-offs. We are committed!

Chocolate: It's Why We Run: April 2006

Chocolate: It's Why We Run: April 2006

Another piece of necessary running equipment

Chocolate: It's Why We Run
Yesterday when I went out for a long run (1 hour in 87 degrees!) I was worried that my route might not be long enough for the hour (little did I realize how far out of shape I was!). So I thought let me look on my NEW navigation system of my NEW MDX to see if there is some other road I could use to lengthen my run. I sat in the parking lot of where I planned to start my run and looked on the navigation map to see where else I could possibly run. As I moved the cursor, I noticed that mileage was showing up on the screen. Lo and behold, it was showing me how far up the road I had moved the cursor from where I sat in my car! I clicked up to the street that I wanted to run to and it told me how far away it was - so I knew exactly how far I was going to run!

Unfortunately, it doesn't help me run any faster - it was a bit better when I thought that I was able to run 6 miles in 60 minutes instead of only 5!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Tylenol or Percacet

I have just had a reminder as to how out of shape I really am. I have been riding the "I did a Marathon" bus for way to long and figured that justified my inactivity, well I've finally been kicked off! I could attribute some of the soreness to the fact that maybe Brandee and I over did it Tuesday afternoon, however I have to take full responsibility for the fact that I have really become just that lazy.

Someone please pass the Percacet, so I can get right back out there today....

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

sleepy run

Max had me up from 2AM to 3:30AM...singing. That crazy boy wanted to lay on the couch with me and sing. I have no clue what he was singing..but he had several tunes going on..until I finally just plopped him in his crib and let him sing the blues.

Then Ella woke up immediately after, so I had to feed her. Needless to say, I was exhausted today...almost falling asleep at the hair salon.

BUT, I had a babysitter, and wanted to get some miles in. So I ignored the fatigue and found a new lake to run around a couple times, admiring all the beautiful homes backed up to it. It took me about 35 minutes to run around it twice...not sure how far it was, but I ran.

What training are you following Lanette? When do you start your long runs?

5 miles down and 21.2 to go

Training has officially begun. Yesterday Gayle and I did 5 miles (I think, we were talking so much we lost track of how many times we went around) But I'm sure it was at least 5 miles. Since we were only walking I was surprised at all the aches and pains I felt. As a non runner, I am sure that I will have to spend a week or so in bed after this marathon. I think I'll request time off of work right now.

Monday, May 01, 2006

treadmill tantrums

After my two week hiatus due to vacation and a smashed up toe, I ran today. Because of the rain, I had to do it on my treadmill. And because Ella decided not to take her morning nap when I wanted her to, I had to literally stop after each mile in order to move her from her bouncer to the floor, to her walker, back to the floor, because she was not enjoying watching me ingore her while I ran, and she fussed throughout my entire run. But I did 4 miles...and if she wasn't crying so much, I could have done more.

Now both Gayle and Lanette said they were going to start running on May 1st.......did we do as we professed????