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Hiatus June 5, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Injury, Marathon, Marathon training, Race, Running.
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I’ve taken a plunge away from wordpress and into Konamoxt.   I’ve imported all of my old posts from this blog and onto my new one which is located HERE.  I’ll copy all of my posts to this blog for a while, but the other is great because it keeps a training log as well as being connected to tons of fitness/running blogs.

I’m taking a brief hiatus from running and pretty much all other physical activity due to a back injury.  Hopefully I’ll recover soon and be back out on the trails!  I must say, I’m going STIR CRAZY!  What do you do when you can’t run?  Any suggestions?  I do some weight lifting but (incredible as it is to comprehend) I don’t have a gym membership.

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Iran Iran Iran May 2, 2007

Posted by Damon in Race.

Been a long time since i’ve posted here.  I’m running the 10k on Saturday with Regina and I’m pretty excited about it.  Last night I headed over to UCSD and ran a 5k on the track there.  I made it through decently well and even had enough energy to sprint towards the finish line and raise my hands over my head in victory as I crossed.  I’m pretty sure if anybody was watching they must have thought I was delusional.  🙂

3.25 miles last night.  Cool beans!

Day of Remembrance April 19, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Marathon, Motivation, Race, Running.

April 19, 1995

If not for the events that happened between 9:01 AM and 9:03 AM, there would be no such thing as the Oklahoma City National Memorial Marathon.  I’d have probably run the Redbud Classic (which took place last week), or some other marathon.

An insignificant change in my life compared to the events of that day which changed and destroyed other lives forever.

I sit here today, one mile from the site and remember with sadness, the loss of 168 lives.  Today, there are not many people in Oklahoma City who won’t think back and remember exactly where they were when they heard what happened.  For some of us, exactly where we were when we heard the blast.  We remember what it felt like to look up at that building, gaping open with a wide wound.  There are no words to explain it.


On April 29th we will run with joy.

 “This is what the Memorial Marathon is about: realizing the preciousness of time, valuing one another, taking life as it comes and making something magic from it. Celebrating Life.”

Beacon on the Bay, 25K March 12, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Marathon training, Race, Running.

copy-of-dsc00901.JPGLast Saturday was the race out at Lake Hefner, a 25 K (that’s 15.5 miles for you non-runners)!

Before the run, I figured that I’d come in at about the 2.5 hour mark.  Sure enough, actual time was 2:33:44, coming in 50th of 96 females with a 9:55/mile.   I was able to finish strong with a decent sprint, but I’m afraid I need to start breaking in a new pair of shoes!  My knees and hips are hurting a lot more than normal, so it’ll be off to The Runner some time this week for me!

Most of the run I was along side of Prabhu, whom I ran with out at Lake Overholser a couple of weeks ago.  We’re fairly evenly matched and ran side by side for almost the entire race.  He most likely helped me decrease my time, as we didn’t walk at all until after we passed the 20K mark.  In all actuality, the help was likely mutual, as I provided him with my extra Gu pack as well as incentive to outlast a girl!  -)

We started off at 9 AM, a beautiful day for running.  Not very windy (can you believe it!?!) and a bright clear sky.  A little chilly to begin the race, but that’s fine with me as it warmed up to a very comfortable 70 degrees or so.  Since the sun was shining, I got a 2.5 hour tan so my legs aren’t quite as pasty white as they show in this first picture (it’s amazing what 2.5 hours in the sun can do for your complextion)! 


Since it’s been so very very dry here in Oklahoma, you’ll see red dirt instead of water as the background in the picture of Prabhu and me.  Under normal circumstances it’s a pretty place to run, but this photo doesn’t quite capture that!

And here I am at the finish, gulping water after inhaling a banana… (more…)

Edmond Frigid Five February 12, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Race, Running.


While a huge mass of dark clouds hovered on the western horizon, the sun shined down and turned our Saturday’s forecast for rain and wind and lots of cold to naught.  Not that we didn’t have the cold and the wind, but at least we didn’t have the rain! 

Arriving to Mitch Park at 8:45, I was pleased and excited to see so many people mingling around.  There was great music on the loudspeaker and the volunteers were super friendly.   The flags were flying and everything was very well organized.  The 1 mile fun run started at 9:30 and Moni and I cheered the little tykes at the finish line.  (Man!  Some of those kids were fast little buggers!)  As it got closer to race time, 10:00, we moved over to the finish line making the last minute adjustments to the shoes, the gloves and the hats! 

I had two goals for this race, the first was to beat 47 minutes, the second was to not come in later than double the time of the first person in.  My official time was 47:21 so I didn’t really make my first goal.  I was a little ticked off as I rounded the curve and saw 46:58 on the finish line timer.  With about a hundred feet to go, I realized that I couldn’t make it in 2 seconds!   Oh well.  I came in 50th of 156 female runners, and 7th in my age group with a pace of 9:29. 

The second goal I made easily.  The winner of the race came in at 26:42 and I came in well below the 53 minute mark.

I’m fairly pleased with my pace, especially in light of the fact that the course was fairly hilly and I don’t train on hills at all.  Making the comment to Moni that “Lake Hefner doesn’t have hills!” someone walking close by responded with “I just had that conversation!”  I guess there were quite a few of us who aren’t used to the hills.  Of course, in Oklahoma you’re doing good to find a place to run (Oklahoma ranks 44th in US states for health).

My family braved the cold weather to cheer us on at the start and the finish and even took a picture or two!  This race created a monster, I’m afraid.  Moni now wants to race in the Creek Classic on March 3rd and the Redbud Classic on April 15th!  I’ll probably join her for a 10K on both of those races! 

Better run February 7, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Race, Running.

Monday, a beautiful day for a run (58 for the high) was indeed just that.  Working on speed, I only did 3 miles, an out and back, racing myself back.  I beat my out by 30 seconds, with my best mile at 8:37 and an average for the 3 of 9:13.  Most importantly, I felt great. 

Thanks to all who commented on my “Worthless” blog.  There are a couple of issues I need to address, most importantly, properly fueling up for and during my run.  On my last 10 miler, I did have water at 3 and 6, but that was it.  Next time I’ll drop a water/Gatorademix or use nuun (which sounds pretty perfect…thanks zappoman!) instead of plain water.   Zippered pockets are a great way to hold onto gel packets, so I’ll remember that next time.  I guess I just need to spend a little more time practicing eating!  Bananas are now on my grocery list, a perfect compliment to chocolate milk!

I’ll also skip the hot shower/hot bath one-two punch combo that I went with on Saturday.  As my blood pressure is normally quite low (60/40 the last time I saw the doc) the hot bath was a really bad idea (but it felt so good!).

This week will be sort of an “off” week with the 3 mile “speed” run I did Monday, a root canal on Tuesday (instead of a scheduled 7 miler), a possible 4 miler tomorrow and the “Frigid Five” on Saturday.  Hopefully next week will be better!

At the finish line January 30, 2007

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Marathon, Motivation, Race, Running.

John’s blog today really struck a chord with me.  On some of my longer runs, I try to imagine the thrill of crossing the finish line of my first marathon.   The thrill isn’t from the victory of completion, it’s from envisioning my friends and family gathered there to cheer and scream wildly as they see me finish.  Alas, besides my running partner NordicTwin, there will be nobody there at the end or even toward the end of the marathon. 

I wish there was a way to convey how important running is to me.  When people ask why I run, my response is generally “because it keeps me sane”.   And it does.  It makes me feel good.  It’s a sense of accomplishment.  It’s the feel of the pavement under my feet.  I am a runner and it’s the rhythm of my life.  It’s the struggle against the wind and the struggle against my own laziness.  It’s the chance to grin (or grimmace!) and lift a finger in acknowledgment of other runners on the trail.  There’s a sense of freedom, a release of my cares and stresses.  It’s selfish.  It’s so I can wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and say “I am a runner!”  It’s “me time”. 

So why do I imagine my friends and family at the finish line?

Like John said:

Why does it matter ? Because in the end it’s not all about me (us runners), it’s why we blog/share tips/ask for advice… because we want it to at least matter to others.

Marathons are hard December 12, 2006

Posted by RegiVizz in Fitness, Marathon, Other Runners, Race, Running.

It’s race reports like this one that make me both nervous and hopeful about running a marathon.  I’ve been doing a pretty fine job with sticking to my training, so I hope I’ll be ready.  My goal: to finish.  That’s all I want to do is finish. 

Fortunately I’ll have NordicTwin (he’s the silent blogger on this site!) dragging me along behind him for the duration of the run.  I can just see us at mile 22…

NordicTwin: Only 4 more miles!  Let’s sprint to the finish line!

Me: uugnnghhhhh.

NordicTwin: You’re doing great!  Lift your knees a little higher so they aren’t scraping the ground as you crawl!

Me: uunngggghhhh.

NordicTwin:  Here, I’ll just jog circles around you to keep you encouraged!

Me: uunngh