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Running with the Pack 135: Summer Sun, Komen 5K, and Call-In Guidelines

Stevie and I give some fueling advice to someone planning her first half marathon.  I talk about my switch to running before going to work.  Stevie talks about learning to accept walking as part of her running.  We also talk about McDonalds and their healthier Happy Meals.
Stevie and I give some fueling advice to someone planning her first half marathon.  I talk about my switch to running before going to work.  Stevie talks about learning to accept walking as part of her running.  We also talk about McDonalds and their healthier Happy Meals.
Stevie and I talk about protecting yourself from the summer sun, sanitary Stevie’s recent run of the Komen 5K, grip and then we focus on some guidelines for race reports before playing a bunch of calls. Here are the guidelines:

  • Keep the call under 3 minutes since that’s the limit with Google Voice
  • Focus on the highs and lows
  • Mention anything that makes this race unique
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Running with the Pack 125: NYC Gear, New Runners, and Lots of Voicemails

Stevie and I talk about different kinds of endurance events for those who may be looking for a change from just running. Examples include Zombie races, human enhancement
urbanathalons, cardiology
triathlons, tadalafil
costumed runs, naked runs, ultra races, relays, and being a pacer for someone else. We also talk about the THON 5K, shoe blindness (from my new Newtons), and a bunch of listener calls.
Stevie and I talk about different kinds of endurance events for those who may be looking for a change from just running. Examples include Zombie races, human enhancement
urbanathalons, cardiology
triathlons, tadalafil
costumed runs, naked runs, ultra races, relays, and being a pacer for someone else. We also talk about the THON 5K, shoe blindness (from my new Newtons), and a bunch of listener calls.
Stevie and I talk about different kinds of endurance events for those who may be looking for a change from just running. Examples include Zombie races, human enhancement
urbanathalons, cardiology
triathlons, tadalafil
costumed runs, naked runs, ultra races, relays, and being a pacer for someone else. We also talk about the THON 5K, shoe blindness (from my new Newtons), and a bunch of listener calls.
This week, pharm
Stevie and I talk a bit about combining a little strength training with cardio workouts. We also do an interview with my friend Chris, who just completed a Tough Mudder event last week. Then we have a few listener race reports.
Stevie and I talk about different kinds of endurance events for those who may be looking for a change from just running. Examples include Zombie races, human enhancement
urbanathalons, cardiology
triathlons, tadalafil
costumed runs, naked runs, ultra races, relays, and being a pacer for someone else. We also talk about the THON 5K, shoe blindness (from my new Newtons), and a bunch of listener calls.
Stevie and I talk about different kinds of endurance events for those who may be looking for a change from just running. Examples include Zombie races, human enhancement
urbanathalons, cardiology
triathlons, tadalafil
costumed runs, naked runs, ultra races, relays, and being a pacer for someone else. We also talk about the THON 5K, shoe blindness (from my new Newtons), and a bunch of listener calls.
This week, pharm
Stevie and I talk a bit about combining a little strength training with cardio workouts. We also do an interview with my friend Chris, who just completed a Tough Mudder event last week. Then we have a few listener race reports.
This week, tooth we primarily focus on the New York Marathon that I ran last weekend. It’s a truly great racing experience through an amazing city. It’s actually an experience that is difficult to describe. We also talk about Stevie’s return to running after a while off and a zombie running app that Stevie found.
Stevie and I talk about different kinds of endurance events for those who may be looking for a change from just running. Examples include Zombie races, human enhancement
urbanathalons, cardiology
triathlons, tadalafil
costumed runs, naked runs, ultra races, relays, and being a pacer for someone else. We also talk about the THON 5K, shoe blindness (from my new Newtons), and a bunch of listener calls.
Stevie and I talk about different kinds of endurance events for those who may be looking for a change from just running. Examples include Zombie races, human enhancement
urbanathalons, cardiology
triathlons, tadalafil
costumed runs, naked runs, ultra races, relays, and being a pacer for someone else. We also talk about the THON 5K, shoe blindness (from my new Newtons), and a bunch of listener calls.
This week, pharm
Stevie and I talk a bit about combining a little strength training with cardio workouts. We also do an interview with my friend Chris, who just completed a Tough Mudder event last week. Then we have a few listener race reports.
This week, tooth we primarily focus on the New York Marathon that I ran last weekend. It’s a truly great racing experience through an amazing city. It’s actually an experience that is difficult to describe. We also talk about Stevie’s return to running after a while off and a zombie running app that Stevie found.
This week, there Stevie and I talk about changing things up to maintain interest in working out over the winter months, Stevie’s new business dealing crack (e.g. Body Combat classes), running in wet weather, and several listener calls.
Stevie and I talk about different kinds of endurance events for those who may be looking for a change from just running. Examples include Zombie races, human enhancement
urbanathalons, cardiology
triathlons, tadalafil
costumed runs, naked runs, ultra races, relays, and being a pacer for someone else. We also talk about the THON 5K, shoe blindness (from my new Newtons), and a bunch of listener calls.
Stevie and I talk about different kinds of endurance events for those who may be looking for a change from just running. Examples include Zombie races, human enhancement
urbanathalons, cardiology
triathlons, tadalafil
costumed runs, naked runs, ultra races, relays, and being a pacer for someone else. We also talk about the THON 5K, shoe blindness (from my new Newtons), and a bunch of listener calls.
This week, pharm
Stevie and I talk a bit about combining a little strength training with cardio workouts. We also do an interview with my friend Chris, who just completed a Tough Mudder event last week. Then we have a few listener race reports.
This week, tooth we primarily focus on the New York Marathon that I ran last weekend. It’s a truly great racing experience through an amazing city. It’s actually an experience that is difficult to describe. We also talk about Stevie’s return to running after a while off and a zombie running app that Stevie found.
This week, there Stevie and I talk about changing things up to maintain interest in working out over the winter months, Stevie’s new business dealing crack (e.g. Body Combat classes), running in wet weather, and several listener calls.
This week, there Stevie and I talk about changing things up to maintain interest in working out over the winter months, Stevie’s new business dealing crack (e.g. Body Combat classes), running in wet weather, and several listener calls.
This week, about it
Stevie and I talk about the New York Marathon gear, recipe
a couple of new runners working to get in shape, and a ton of voicemails from listeners that include a lot of tips, questions, and race reports.

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Running with the Pack 119: Training Shakeup, Upcoming Race Plans, and Lots of VoiceMail

Stevie talks about how she is doing with the Insanity Workout. I talk about tomorrow’s sprint triathlon and my recent trip to Chicago. We also have a ton of great e-mail and voicemail messages from listeners including a perspective on running in Vietnam.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
After Stevie and I went for a run, viagra we recorded this episode. We talk about Stevie’s fall, hemophilia the upcoming “Zombies, Run!” game, pre-race eating, blisters, plans for the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and running therapy. We also go through listener e-mails and voicemails.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
After Stevie and I went for a run, viagra we recorded this episode. We talk about Stevie’s fall, hemophilia the upcoming “Zombies, Run!” game, pre-race eating, blisters, plans for the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and running therapy. We also go through listener e-mails and voicemails.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
After Stevie and I went for a run, viagra we recorded this episode. We talk about Stevie’s fall, hemophilia the upcoming “Zombies, Run!” game, pre-race eating, blisters, plans for the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and running therapy. We also go through listener e-mails and voicemails.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, information pills
Stevie talks about her new Body Combat training classes, Hepatitis
I talk about my recent training run with my friend Evan who is planning on doing the Disney Half-Marathon in January, we go through 10 tips for getting the most out of the New York Marathon, and then we have some e-mail and voice mail from listeners.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
After Stevie and I went for a run, viagra we recorded this episode. We talk about Stevie’s fall, hemophilia the upcoming “Zombies, Run!” game, pre-race eating, blisters, plans for the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and running therapy. We also go through listener e-mails and voicemails.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, information pills
Stevie talks about her new Body Combat training classes, Hepatitis
I talk about my recent training run with my friend Evan who is planning on doing the Disney Half-Marathon in January, we go through 10 tips for getting the most out of the New York Marathon, and then we have some e-mail and voice mail from listeners.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, information pills
Stevie talks about her new Body Combat training classes, Hepatitis
I talk about my recent training run with my friend Evan who is planning on doing the Disney Half-Marathon in January, we go through 10 tips for getting the most out of the New York Marathon, and then we have some e-mail and voice mail from listeners.
Stevie and I spend the whole episode discussing our participation in the Disney World Wine and Dine Half-Marathon this past weekend. We talk about topics such as what we ate, decease the race expo, the course, the weather, entertainmen, the race medals, and the fabulous post-race party in Epcot!
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
After Stevie and I went for a run, viagra we recorded this episode. We talk about Stevie’s fall, hemophilia the upcoming “Zombies, Run!” game, pre-race eating, blisters, plans for the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and running therapy. We also go through listener e-mails and voicemails.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, information pills
Stevie talks about her new Body Combat training classes, Hepatitis
I talk about my recent training run with my friend Evan who is planning on doing the Disney Half-Marathon in January, we go through 10 tips for getting the most out of the New York Marathon, and then we have some e-mail and voice mail from listeners.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, information pills
Stevie talks about her new Body Combat training classes, Hepatitis
I talk about my recent training run with my friend Evan who is planning on doing the Disney Half-Marathon in January, we go through 10 tips for getting the most out of the New York Marathon, and then we have some e-mail and voice mail from listeners.
Stevie and I spend the whole episode discussing our participation in the Disney World Wine and Dine Half-Marathon this past weekend. We talk about topics such as what we ate, decease the race expo, the course, the weather, entertainmen, the race medals, and the fabulous post-race party in Epcot!
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, information pills
Stevie talks about her new Body Combat training classes, Hepatitis
I talk about my recent training run with my friend Evan who is planning on doing the Disney Half-Marathon in January, we go through 10 tips for getting the most out of the New York Marathon, and then we have some e-mail and voice mail from listeners.
Stevie and I spend the whole episode discussing our participation in the Disney World Wine and Dine Half-Marathon this past weekend. We talk about topics such as what we ate, decease the race expo, the course, the weather, entertainmen, the race medals, and the fabulous post-race party in Epcot!
Stevie and I talk briefly about our post-race recovery, order
ice baths, troche my plans for the Tough Mudder and Disney Half-Marathon, Stevie shaking up her training plans, Volumetrics, and many voicemails from listeners.

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Running with the Pack 118: Disney’s Wine and Dine Half-Marathon

Stevie talks about how she is doing with the Insanity Workout. I talk about tomorrow’s sprint triathlon and my recent trip to Chicago. We also have a ton of great e-mail and voicemail messages from listeners including a perspective on running in Vietnam.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
After Stevie and I went for a run, viagra we recorded this episode. We talk about Stevie’s fall, hemophilia the upcoming “Zombies, Run!” game, pre-race eating, blisters, plans for the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and running therapy. We also go through listener e-mails and voicemails.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
After Stevie and I went for a run, viagra we recorded this episode. We talk about Stevie’s fall, hemophilia the upcoming “Zombies, Run!” game, pre-race eating, blisters, plans for the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and running therapy. We also go through listener e-mails and voicemails.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
After Stevie and I went for a run, viagra we recorded this episode. We talk about Stevie’s fall, hemophilia the upcoming “Zombies, Run!” game, pre-race eating, blisters, plans for the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and running therapy. We also go through listener e-mails and voicemails.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, information pills
Stevie talks about her new Body Combat training classes, Hepatitis
I talk about my recent training run with my friend Evan who is planning on doing the Disney Half-Marathon in January, we go through 10 tips for getting the most out of the New York Marathon, and then we have some e-mail and voice mail from listeners.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
After Stevie and I went for a run, viagra we recorded this episode. We talk about Stevie’s fall, hemophilia the upcoming “Zombies, Run!” game, pre-race eating, blisters, plans for the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and running therapy. We also go through listener e-mails and voicemails.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, information pills
Stevie talks about her new Body Combat training classes, Hepatitis
I talk about my recent training run with my friend Evan who is planning on doing the Disney Half-Marathon in January, we go through 10 tips for getting the most out of the New York Marathon, and then we have some e-mail and voice mail from listeners.
Lots of topics this week: blisters, pulmonologist new shoes, pills GI issues, marathon recovery, hydration during a 10K race, and a few race reports and fall running plans from listeners, plus Stevie has a rant about a running friend who won’t listen to sound advice.
This week, information pills
Stevie talks about her new Body Combat training classes, Hepatitis
I talk about my recent training run with my friend Evan who is planning on doing the Disney Half-Marathon in January, we go through 10 tips for getting the most out of the New York Marathon, and then we have some e-mail and voice mail from listeners.
Stevie and I spend the whole episode discussing our participation in the Disney World Wine and Dine Half-Marathon this past weekend. We talk about topics such as what we ate, decease the race expo, the course, the weather, entertainmen, the race medals, and the fabulous post-race party in Epcot!

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Running with the Pack 113: Insanity Workout, Sprint Triathlon, Running in Vietnam, and More

Stevie talks about how she is doing with the Insanity Workout. I talk about tomorrow’s sprint triathlon and my recent trip to Chicago. We also have a ton of great e-mail and voicemail messages from listeners including a perspective on running in Vietnam.

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Running with the Pack 110: Hot Weather, Medals, Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon, and More

Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!
Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!
I had an interesting afternoon. From time to time, disease I feel a little flutter in my chest. It’s not painful. I don’t feel weak or faint. It’s just a funny feeling that happens every now and then when I’m at rest. So is that anything to worry about? It could be nothing, more about it could be an irregular heartbeat, cheap some kind of blockage, or a defect. I talk a lot on Running with the Pack about diet, exercise, fitness, etc…, but I always say that I’m no doctor.

I’m not the kind of guy who ignores medical issues and hopes that they go away, so I met with my doctor last week and explained the issue. He had me wear a heart monitor for 24 hours to catch the flutters when they happen, so I did that last week. He also scheduled me for a “stress test plus echo”, which I had this afternoon.

What they had me do was change into running shoes and shorts and then they hooked up a collection of electrodes to my chest. The technician had me lay on my left side on an examination table and then he did an ultrasound of various parts of my heart and from various angles. While he was doing that, we talked about all sorts of things – what both of us do to keep in shape, the typical people he usually has in his lab, whether I was having a boy or girl (his response, “twins!”). He wouldn’t tell me any of the results though – that’s reserved for the doctor.

After the ultrasound, the technician left the room and returned in a few minutes with the doctor. They put me on the treadmill and started it off at a low incline and a comfortable walking pace. The doctor took my blood pressure and watched the electrical signals of my heart on the heart monitor. Every two minutes, they increased the speed and slope and took another blood pressure reading. I was on the treadmill for 12 minutes, by which time, I had hit my maximum heart rate (180) and was running on a 16% incline (I’m not sure of the speed). I felt fine and could have kept going, but he said that they wouldn’t learn anything from going longer.

They shut down the treadmill and moved me right back to the examination table so they could take more ultrasound pictures of my heart while it was pumping hard. Same as before – various parts of my heart from various angles. My heart rate came down to a normal level.

The rest of the session was the doctor showing me various segments of the ultrasound videos: This is your heart at rest, this is what it looks like at full blast, this is your valve function, this is a Doppler image showing the direction of the blood flow, this is the thickness of your heart walls, etc…

It was amazing and beautiful to see my heart in action. As someone who exercises a lot, I look at my heart rate to gauge how well I’m doing and my level of effort, but that is a gross indicator of what my heart is doing compared to seeing clear images of the way that it does what it does. The whole thing was a little piece of science fiction. When I commented about how clear the images were, the technician and doctor laughed and then the doctor said that there is a general rule in cardiology: the clearer the image, the better the prognosis. A lot of that has to do with it being easier to get a good ultrasound from people who have lower body weights since the sound waves have to pass through less tissue.

The short version of the doctor’s summary is that I’m as healthy as a horse. Great blood supply, no irregularities, normal adaptation from rest to active state and back again, good valve movement, etc… I asked specifically about any thickening of my heart walls since that’s a concern that Andrew has read about in some endurance athletes, but my heart walls were the normal thickness that they would expect in an active person. Ultimately, the flutter is completely within the normal range of a healthy heart, especially since he didn’t see any sign of it when I was stressed to maximum heart rate. It’s nothing that I need to worry about.

Overall, it was a fascinating experience and a huge relief to know that I’m okay. I’m glad I went and got the green light to keep doing the things that I love to do.

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We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
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Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
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We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
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Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
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On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
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we do a quick follow-up on the EKG+stress test that I had done, this
we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

If you would like to donate to help Stevie reach her goal of raising $500 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure charity, please visit http://bit.ly/komenpgh. The money goes to fight breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 women. Any amount would help – maybe $3.10 or $6.20 or $13.10 or $26.20 to represent some race distances.

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we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

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Stevie and I talk about the Honey Stingers brand of protein bars and energy chews, workouts that should help you improve your speed, Team in Training and their work to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, running through adverse situations, some training updates, a race report from Heath, and a bit more information on American Ninja Warrior. I DARE you not to like that show (see below).


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On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
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we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

If you would like to donate to help Stevie reach her goal of raising $500 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure charity, please visit http://bit.ly/komenpgh. The money goes to fight breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 women. Any amount would help – maybe $3.10 or $6.20 or $13.10 or $26.20 to represent some race distances.

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we do a quick follow-up on the EKG+stress test that I had done, this
we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

If you would like to donate to help Stevie reach her goal of raising $500 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure charity, please visit http://bit.ly/komenpgh. The money goes to fight breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 women. Any amount would help – maybe $3.10 or $6.20 or $13.10 or $26.20 to represent some race distances.

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Stevie and I talk about the Honey Stingers brand of protein bars and energy chews, workouts that should help you improve your speed, Team in Training and their work to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, running through adverse situations, some training updates, a race report from Heath, and a bit more information on American Ninja Warrior. I DARE you not to like that show (see below).


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On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
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we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

If you would like to donate to help Stevie reach her goal of raising $500 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure charity, please visit http://bit.ly/komenpgh. The money goes to fight breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 women. Any amount would help – maybe $3.10 or $6.20 or $13.10 or $26.20 to represent some race distances.

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we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

If you would like to donate to help Stevie reach her goal of raising $500 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure charity, please visit http://bit.ly/komenpgh. The money goes to fight breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 women. Any amount would help – maybe $3.10 or $6.20 or $13.10 or $26.20 to represent some race distances.

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This week, store
Stevie and I talk about the Honey Stingers brand of protein bars and energy chews, workouts that should help you improve your speed, Team in Training and their work to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, running through adverse situations, some training updates, a race report from Heath, and a bit more information on American Ninja Warrior. I DARE you not to like that show (see below).


Stevie talks about kicking her training into gear to get ready for Pittsburgh, implant a bit more about Honey Stingers, visit the fit of women’s running gear, asthma many notes and calls from listeners – mostly some fantastic race reports. Congrats on the personal records! More scientific evidence that RWTP makes you faster, stronger, smarter, and better looking!
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On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
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we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

If you would like to donate to help Stevie reach her goal of raising $500 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure charity, please visit http://bit.ly/komenpgh. The money goes to fight breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 women. Any amount would help – maybe $3.10 or $6.20 or $13.10 or $26.20 to represent some race distances.

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we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

If you would like to donate to help Stevie reach her goal of raising $500 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure charity, please visit http://bit.ly/komenpgh. The money goes to fight breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 women. Any amount would help – maybe $3.10 or $6.20 or $13.10 or $26.20 to represent some race distances.

Check your boobs! Check your balls!
This week, store
Stevie and I talk about the Honey Stingers brand of protein bars and energy chews, workouts that should help you improve your speed, Team in Training and their work to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, running through adverse situations, some training updates, a race report from Heath, and a bit more information on American Ninja Warrior. I DARE you not to like that show (see below).


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This week, food Stevie and I talk about feeling fat, view Stevie’s run with Jim while she was in Florida, our race plans and those of our listeners, a few race reports, a set of twins training for their first triathlon, and much more. Enjoy!
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Stevie and I are six days away from running the Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon. We talk about tapering for the race, anaemia our plans to meet fans and fellow runners (please RSVP via Facebook), and Stupid Running Mistakes. Update on Dale: He’s alive and well!
Stevie and I are six days away from running the Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon. We talk about tapering for the race, anaemia our plans to meet fans and fellow runners (please RSVP via Facebook), and Stupid Running Mistakes. Update on Dale: He’s alive and well!
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Stevie and I are six days away from running the Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon. We talk about tapering for the race, anaemia our plans to meet fans and fellow runners (please RSVP via Facebook), and Stupid Running Mistakes. Update on Dale: He’s alive and well!
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Stevie and I talk about plans for a possible meet-up before the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon in October, more about
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Running with the Pack 102: Honey Stingers, Speed Workouts, Team in Training, and More

Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!
Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!
I had an interesting afternoon. From time to time, disease I feel a little flutter in my chest. It’s not painful. I don’t feel weak or faint. It’s just a funny feeling that happens every now and then when I’m at rest. So is that anything to worry about? It could be nothing, more about it could be an irregular heartbeat, cheap some kind of blockage, or a defect. I talk a lot on Running with the Pack about diet, exercise, fitness, etc…, but I always say that I’m no doctor.

I’m not the kind of guy who ignores medical issues and hopes that they go away, so I met with my doctor last week and explained the issue. He had me wear a heart monitor for 24 hours to catch the flutters when they happen, so I did that last week. He also scheduled me for a “stress test plus echo”, which I had this afternoon.

What they had me do was change into running shoes and shorts and then they hooked up a collection of electrodes to my chest. The technician had me lay on my left side on an examination table and then he did an ultrasound of various parts of my heart and from various angles. While he was doing that, we talked about all sorts of things – what both of us do to keep in shape, the typical people he usually has in his lab, whether I was having a boy or girl (his response, “twins!”). He wouldn’t tell me any of the results though – that’s reserved for the doctor.

After the ultrasound, the technician left the room and returned in a few minutes with the doctor. They put me on the treadmill and started it off at a low incline and a comfortable walking pace. The doctor took my blood pressure and watched the electrical signals of my heart on the heart monitor. Every two minutes, they increased the speed and slope and took another blood pressure reading. I was on the treadmill for 12 minutes, by which time, I had hit my maximum heart rate (180) and was running on a 16% incline (I’m not sure of the speed). I felt fine and could have kept going, but he said that they wouldn’t learn anything from going longer.

They shut down the treadmill and moved me right back to the examination table so they could take more ultrasound pictures of my heart while it was pumping hard. Same as before – various parts of my heart from various angles. My heart rate came down to a normal level.

The rest of the session was the doctor showing me various segments of the ultrasound videos: This is your heart at rest, this is what it looks like at full blast, this is your valve function, this is a Doppler image showing the direction of the blood flow, this is the thickness of your heart walls, etc…

It was amazing and beautiful to see my heart in action. As someone who exercises a lot, I look at my heart rate to gauge how well I’m doing and my level of effort, but that is a gross indicator of what my heart is doing compared to seeing clear images of the way that it does what it does. The whole thing was a little piece of science fiction. When I commented about how clear the images were, the technician and doctor laughed and then the doctor said that there is a general rule in cardiology: the clearer the image, the better the prognosis. A lot of that has to do with it being easier to get a good ultrasound from people who have lower body weights since the sound waves have to pass through less tissue.

The short version of the doctor’s summary is that I’m as healthy as a horse. Great blood supply, no irregularities, normal adaptation from rest to active state and back again, good valve movement, etc… I asked specifically about any thickening of my heart walls since that’s a concern that Andrew has read about in some endurance athletes, but my heart walls were the normal thickness that they would expect in an active person. Ultimately, the flutter is completely within the normal range of a healthy heart, especially since he didn’t see any sign of it when I was stressed to maximum heart rate. It’s nothing that I need to worry about.

Overall, it was a fascinating experience and a huge relief to know that I’m okay. I’m glad I went and got the green light to keep doing the things that I love to do.

Anyway, I hope this is helpful for anyone who needs to have one of these tests done, so you know what they are looking for, what to expect, and what questions to ask.
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
This week, search Stevie and I revisit the Honey Stinger line of products, which we both used before yesterday’s 8-mile run together. We also talk about me working on my “outdoor legs”, continuing running during a stressful time, getting my bike ready for the season, and the question, “will we ever stop podcasting?”
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
This week, search Stevie and I revisit the Honey Stinger line of products, which we both used before yesterday’s 8-mile run together. We also talk about me working on my “outdoor legs”, continuing running during a stressful time, getting my bike ready for the season, and the question, “will we ever stop podcasting?”
This week, search Stevie and I revisit the Honey Stinger line of products, which we both used before yesterday’s 8-mile run together. We also talk about me working on my “outdoor legs”, continuing running during a stressful time, getting my bike ready for the season, and the question, “will we ever stop podcasting?”
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we do a quick follow-up on the EKG+stress test that I had done, this
we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

If you would like to donate to help Stevie reach her goal of raising $500 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure charity, please visit http://bit.ly/komenpgh. The money goes to fight breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 women. Any amount would help – maybe $3.10 or $6.20 or $13.10 or $26.20 to represent some race distances.

Check your boobs! Check your balls!
This week, vitamin arthritis we talk about myRunning with the Pack 98: Ice Baths in Winter, buy viagra Elliptical 101, web Shortened Half-Marathon Training, and More split times for the Disney Marathon, doing an ice bath during winter, the right settings for an elliptical machine to simulate running, a bit about the stair stepper machines, what to do when you have an upcoming half-marathon and limited training time, our plans for Pittsburgh, and John’s voicemail about his recent marathon experience.
On a very special episode of RWTP, diagnosis we have Jeff back on the show. We talk to Jeff about what he’s been doing, oncologist why we love running (if we do), cialis 40mg what makes us lace up our shoes on a crappy day, Kim’s 71-mile training run, Adidas running ads, and a race report from Jim.

Here is the Adidas ad that we talked about: http://chayden.net/Runs/Adidas/
In honor of Valentine’s Day, unhealthy we start off talking about our hearts. Specifically, patient heart rate zones and the echocardiogram that I had to check my heart health. We also talk about the MyFitnessPal app that Stevie has been using, no rx getting back into the pool and on the bike, an idea for a coordinated weekend triathlon associated with the show, Lori’s run for Brett, and what kind of bike a newbie should buy.

We’re also thinking about doing something special for episode #100 – so if you have suggestions, let us know.
This week, search Stevie and I revisit the Honey Stinger line of products, which we both used before yesterday’s 8-mile run together. We also talk about me working on my “outdoor legs”, continuing running during a stressful time, getting my bike ready for the season, and the question, “will we ever stop podcasting?”
This week, search Stevie and I revisit the Honey Stinger line of products, which we both used before yesterday’s 8-mile run together. We also talk about me working on my “outdoor legs”, continuing running during a stressful time, getting my bike ready for the season, and the question, “will we ever stop podcasting?”
This week, cheapest
we do a quick follow-up on the EKG+stress test that I had done, this
we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

If you would like to donate to help Stevie reach her goal of raising $500 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure charity, please visit http://bit.ly/komenpgh. The money goes to fight breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 women. Any amount would help – maybe $3.10 or $6.20 or $13.10 or $26.20 to represent some race distances.

Check your boobs! Check your balls!
This week, search Stevie and I revisit the Honey Stinger line of products, which we both used before yesterday’s 8-mile run together. We also talk about me working on my “outdoor legs”, continuing running during a stressful time, getting my bike ready for the season, and the question, “will we ever stop podcasting?”
This week, cheapest
we do a quick follow-up on the EKG+stress test that I had done, this
we talk about our recent training, Stevie is signed up for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon and is doing it for the Komen Fund, and some news about a friend.

If you would like to donate to help Stevie reach her goal of raising $500 for the Susan G Komen for the Cure charity, please visit http://bit.ly/komenpgh. The money goes to fight breast cancer, which affects about 1 in 8 women. Any amount would help – maybe $3.10 or $6.20 or $13.10 or $26.20 to represent some race distances.

Check your boobs! Check your balls!
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Stevie and I talk about the Honey Stingers brand of protein bars and energy chews, workouts that should help you improve your speed, Team in Training and their work to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, running through adverse situations, some training updates, a race report from Heath, and a bit more information on American Ninja Warrior. I DARE you not to like that show (see below).

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Running with the Pack 96: The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!

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Running with the Pack 91: Cold, Tempo Run, Running while Traveling, Holding Pattern, and Race Reports

This podcast is totally dedicated to my run of the 2010 Chicago Marathon. If you’d prefer to read a race report, store I have written the highlights below along with some pictures. Enjoy!/

Andrew and I went to Chicago on Thursday, more about October 7th, so we could enjoy the city before the marathon. We came in through Midway Airport and took the Orange Line to a stop that was about four blocks from our hotel – VERY convenient! We checked into the Congress Plaza Hotel around 11:30 am. It’s an old hotel with some maintenance issues, but it was clean, centrally located, and about as close as possible to the start and finish line.

Thursday was an exploration day. We hit some of the shops that we like, but don’t have in our little college town: Nordstrom’s and H&M. We also explored some of the clubs on Halsted on the North side of town. It was a lot of walking and a bit of dancing, but still within the “tapering” zone. I also unpacked on Thursday evening so I could lay out all of my running gear to make sure that I had everything that I needed. The logic of doing it so early is that if I had forgotten anything, I could pick it up at the race expo on Friday. As it turned out, I decided to buy some Tylenol, just in case I had pain during the race.

On Friday, the main event was going to the race expo, which was about two miles from our hotel. Andrew and I spent a few hours there. We got my race bib, verified the D-tag (the chip they use to track runners), and then picked up the rest of my packet, which contained the official race program, race shirt, info about some other races, and some samples. We walked around the booths and eventually found the Newton booth, where the mighty IronBrandon (drink) was busy singing the praises of the shoes that he loves so much. We ran into the Running Laminator while we were waiting for him to finish talking to some folks. This was the first time I’ve actually had an opportunity to try a pair of Newtons on, so I listened to the pitch and tried on a pair. Brandon had us run around the expo a bit to see how they felt and I have to admit, they feel different than I thought they would – very light and very springy. So based on the recent discussion of the corporate responsibility concerns with Nike, I decided to buy a pair of Newtons and give them a try. I’d still run the marathon in the Nike Free shoes that I had been using. The Newtons would be for post-marathon training heading into the Goofy Challenge in January.

After the expo, we jumped on a Metra train from the conference center and went to our friend’s apartment in Hyde Park. She (Terrie) is doing a post-doc with the University of Chicago. Her fiancee (Jonathan) came into town that night and we went to an Asian fusion place for dinner. After dinner, we got back on the train, which dropped us off about a block from our hotel. We were planning to go out again, but the lock to our hotel room wasn’t working correctly – so after an hour and a half of waiting for security and then maintenance to fix the issue, we decided to call it a night.

On Saturday, I ended up having a burrito for lunch, shopping, and then doing Indian food for dinner. It wasn’t your traditional pasta-based carb loading, but it worked. Andrew, Terrie, and Jonathan stayed out while I went back to the hotel room to get ready for the next day. I double checked my running gear, pinned on my race bib, powered up my phone, set several alarms, and called it a night. I went to bed around 9:00 on Saturday and fell asleep closer to 10:00.

On Sunday morning, I woke up around 5:15, which was 15 minutes before my first alarm was set. I checked the weather, hoping that the predictions would be wrong – but they were right on target. The temperature in the morning was in the low 60’s and it was going to be sunny and into the mid-80’s by the time I’d be finishing the race. That’s about 20 degrees warmer than I would have liked, but there wasn’t anything I could do except dress appropriately and adjust my race plan.

I drank a vitamin water (which tasted like something they’d scrape off the floor of a Kool-Aid factory), ate part of a Cliff Bar, and then jumped in the shower. Normally, showering is the first thing on my wake-up list, but I did things in this order so I’d have a little time to digest and so I wouldn’t have to pee while waiting for the race to start. Shower done, I put on my running gear and headed downstairs around 6:45 am. It’s a good thing I was only on the 5th floor. I tried to get in the elevator, but it was absolutely packed with runners who were leaving at the same time. I took the stairs down and ran into some of the charity teams who were organizing in the conference section of the hotel. It was very cool to be surrounded by so many runners.

I went across the street and tried to get into corral C, which is one of the time-qualified corrals (elite, A, B, C, D) that are in front of the open corral. The line to get into the corrals was very long and hardly moving. Some guys got nervous and climbed over the fence. I heard about one guy who did that and fell right on his back – not a good way to start a long run!

The gun went off and I expected a slow shuffle to the starting line, but within three minutes, I was over the starting line and off running. The first mile felt very good, but I knew it was going to get hot and that hydration would be an issue. I was already sweating a lot by the first mile marker, but I was good and used all of the hydration stations, even when I didn’t feel like it. They had Gatoraid (G2) along the course followed by water. The stations were on both sides of the road, which was nice, because it meant fewer collisions.

Every mile marker, I checked the pace band around my wrist, which is a printed list of miles and times that would keep me on track to finish in 3:45. I was only a little ahead of pace and feeling good, so I kept a steady pace close to 8:30/mile. Everything was going as planned … until the sun rose higher and the temperature climbed into the 80’s. I was around mile 15 by then and started having problems keeping cool and hydrated. I kept drinking, but started feeling thirsty all of the time. I also had a little dizziness and some strange chills, despite the heat.

At that point, I realized that I would have to slow down to finish the race without making myself sick or getting injured. I had anticipated this and even said to people ahead of time that if it got into the 80’s I’d have to take some walk breaks. So that’s what I did – run when I could, try to stick to the shade where it existed, drank a lot, and walked through the aid stations. The aid stations also broke out the high-heat aid – kiddy pools filled with sponges that you could grab and wipe down as well as hoses with sprinklers attached so runners could run through a mist and get a little relief.

I’m glad I changed my plan for the rest of the race. There were a lot of people who were cramping, stopping to stretch, or even sitting down or laying down at the side of the road. I heard a lot of ambulances running around. Marathons are rough enough, but the heat can make them dangerous.

I ran and walked through mile 23 and then when I had about 5K left to go, I decided to run the rest of the way and finish strong. The final turn toward the finish line was a little uphill, which seemed cruel after a tough run, but it was a big relief to finally see the finish line.

So I crossed the finish line at 4:07:48 (chip time), got my race medal, and grabbed some drinks and a banana. Mentally, I was a bit fuzzy and I staggered a little, but not to the point where I needed assistance. I felt a lot better after getting a little extra food and Gatoraid in me. I found someone with a phone (I had mine with me, but the battery ran out thanks to the Nike+ GPS Facebook Update feature!). I called Andrew and walked back to the hotel.

At the hotel, I rinsed off and got into a cold water bath. Andrew got me some hot tea, a fruit cup, and a bucket of ice. He added the ice to my bath to drop the temperature further. It was shocking at first, but I’m getting used to ice baths, so it wasn’t too bad.

After the ice bath, I got dressed and we headed to Bella Bacinos for the meet-up. There, I met Josh, who brought his wife and two sons.

Josh:

A couple of hours later, I heard that Angela and Christine were going to be able to join us as well, so we waited and ordered desert when they arrived.

Angela and Christine:

On Sunday night, we went out to the clubs. On Monday, I was a little sore, but was able to spend most of the day walking around Chicago. Tuesday, I was a little less sore. We flew home that day. By Wednesday, I was back to work and was able to do a 3.3 mile run/walk interval with Andrew. Today (Thursday), I felt back to normal and did a 5 mile run over lunch.

So that’s basically how things went. I did the absolute best I could given the race conditions. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t have changed anything. Chicago is a great marathon. I highly recommend it! I may head back there for another attempt when I’m trying to qualify for Boston in 2013.
This podcast is totally dedicated to my run of the 2010 Chicago Marathon. If you’d prefer to read a race report, store I have written the highlights below along with some pictures. Enjoy!/

Andrew and I went to Chicago on Thursday, more about October 7th, so we could enjoy the city before the marathon. We came in through Midway Airport and took the Orange Line to a stop that was about four blocks from our hotel – VERY convenient! We checked into the Congress Plaza Hotel around 11:30 am. It’s an old hotel with some maintenance issues, but it was clean, centrally located, and about as close as possible to the start and finish line.

Thursday was an exploration day. We hit some of the shops that we like, but don’t have in our little college town: Nordstrom’s and H&M. We also explored some of the clubs on Halsted on the North side of town. It was a lot of walking and a bit of dancing, but still within the “tapering” zone. I also unpacked on Thursday evening so I could lay out all of my running gear to make sure that I had everything that I needed. The logic of doing it so early is that if I had forgotten anything, I could pick it up at the race expo on Friday. As it turned out, I decided to buy some Tylenol, just in case I had pain during the race.

On Friday, the main event was going to the race expo, which was about two miles from our hotel. Andrew and I spent a few hours there. We got my race bib, verified the D-tag (the chip they use to track runners), and then picked up the rest of my packet, which contained the official race program, race shirt, info about some other races, and some samples. We walked around the booths and eventually found the Newton booth, where the mighty IronBrandon (drink) was busy singing the praises of the shoes that he loves so much. We ran into the Running Laminator while we were waiting for him to finish talking to some folks. This was the first time I’ve actually had an opportunity to try a pair of Newtons on, so I listened to the pitch and tried on a pair. Brandon had us run around the expo a bit to see how they felt and I have to admit, they feel different than I thought they would – very light and very springy. So based on the recent discussion of the corporate responsibility concerns with Nike, I decided to buy a pair of Newtons and give them a try. I’d still run the marathon in the Nike Free shoes that I had been using. The Newtons would be for post-marathon training heading into the Goofy Challenge in January.

After the expo, we jumped on a Metra train from the conference center and went to our friend’s apartment in Hyde Park. She (Terrie) is doing a post-doc with the University of Chicago. Her fiancee (Jonathan) came into town that night and we went to an Asian fusion place for dinner. After dinner, we got back on the train, which dropped us off about a block from our hotel. We were planning to go out again, but the lock to our hotel room wasn’t working correctly – so after an hour and a half of waiting for security and then maintenance to fix the issue, we decided to call it a night.

On Saturday, I ended up having a burrito for lunch, shopping, and then doing Indian food for dinner. It wasn’t your traditional pasta-based carb loading, but it worked. Andrew, Terrie, and Jonathan stayed out while I went back to the hotel room to get ready for the next day. I double checked my running gear, pinned on my race bib, powered up my phone, set several alarms, and called it a night. I went to bed around 9:00 on Saturday and fell asleep closer to 10:00.

On Sunday morning, I woke up around 5:15, which was 15 minutes before my first alarm was set. I checked the weather, hoping that the predictions would be wrong – but they were right on target. The temperature in the morning was in the low 60’s and it was going to be sunny and into the mid-80’s by the time I’d be finishing the race. That’s about 20 degrees warmer than I would have liked, but there wasn’t anything I could do except dress appropriately and adjust my race plan.

I drank a vitamin water (which tasted like something they’d scrape off the floor of a Kool-Aid factory), ate part of a Cliff Bar, and then jumped in the shower. Normally, showering is the first thing on my wake-up list, but I did things in this order so I’d have a little time to digest and so I wouldn’t have to pee while waiting for the race to start. Shower done, I put on my running gear and headed downstairs around 6:45 am. It’s a good thing I was only on the 5th floor. I tried to get in the elevator, but it was absolutely packed with runners who were leaving at the same time. I took the stairs down and ran into some of the charity teams who were organizing in the conference section of the hotel. It was very cool to be surrounded by so many runners.

I went across the street and tried to get into corral C, which is one of the time-qualified corrals (elite, A, B, C, D) that are in front of the open corral. The line to get into the corrals was very long and hardly moving. Some guys got nervous and climbed over the fence. I heard about one guy who did that and fell right on his back – not a good way to start a long run!

The gun went off and I expected a slow shuffle to the starting line, but within three minutes, I was over the starting line and off running. The first mile felt very good, but I knew it was going to get hot and that hydration would be an issue. I was already sweating a lot by the first mile marker, but I was good and used all of the hydration stations, even when I didn’t feel like it. They had Gatoraid (G2) along the course followed by water. The stations were on both sides of the road, which was nice, because it meant fewer collisions.

Every mile marker, I checked the pace band around my wrist, which is a printed list of miles and times that would keep me on track to finish in 3:45. I was only a little ahead of pace and feeling good, so I kept a steady pace close to 8:30/mile. Everything was going as planned … until the sun rose higher and the temperature climbed into the 80’s. I was around mile 15 by then and started having problems keeping cool and hydrated. I kept drinking, but started feeling thirsty all of the time. I also had a little dizziness and some strange chills, despite the heat.

At that point, I realized that I would have to slow down to finish the race without making myself sick or getting injured. I had anticipated this and even said to people ahead of time that if it got into the 80’s I’d have to take some walk breaks. So that’s what I did – run when I could, try to stick to the shade where it existed, drank a lot, and walked through the aid stations. The aid stations also broke out the high-heat aid – kiddy pools filled with sponges that you could grab and wipe down as well as hoses with sprinklers attached so runners could run through a mist and get a little relief.

I’m glad I changed my plan for the rest of the race. There were a lot of people who were cramping, stopping to stretch, or even sitting down or laying down at the side of the road. I heard a lot of ambulances running around. Marathons are rough enough, but the heat can make them dangerous.

I ran and walked through mile 23 and then when I had about 5K left to go, I decided to run the rest of the way and finish strong. The final turn toward the finish line was a little uphill, which seemed cruel after a tough run, but it was a big relief to finally see the finish line.

So I crossed the finish line at 4:07:48 (chip time), got my race medal, and grabbed some drinks and a banana. Mentally, I was a bit fuzzy and I staggered a little, but not to the point where I needed assistance. I felt a lot better after getting a little extra food and Gatoraid in me. I found someone with a phone (I had mine with me, but the battery ran out thanks to the Nike+ GPS Facebook Update feature!). I called Andrew and walked back to the hotel.

At the hotel, I rinsed off and got into a cold water bath. Andrew got me some hot tea, a fruit cup, and a bucket of ice. He added the ice to my bath to drop the temperature further. It was shocking at first, but I’m getting used to ice baths, so it wasn’t too bad.

After the ice bath, I got dressed and we headed to Bella Bacinos for the meet-up. There, I met Josh, who brought his wife and two sons.

Josh:

A couple of hours later, I heard that Angela and Christine were going to be able to join us as well, so we waited and ordered desert when they arrived.

Angela and Christine:

On Sunday night, we went out to the clubs. On Monday, I was a little sore, but was able to spend most of the day walking around Chicago. Tuesday, I was a little less sore. We flew home that day. By Wednesday, I was back to work and was able to do a 3.3 mile run/walk interval with Andrew. Today (Thursday), I felt back to normal and did a 5 mile run over lunch.

So that’s basically how things went. I did the absolute best I could given the race conditions. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t have changed anything. Chicago is a great marathon. I highly recommend it! I may head back there for another attempt when I’m trying to qualify for Boston in 2013.
I finally put together the Running Contract that lists things that I need to remember to do for every race. We also talk about tapering, treatment Stevie’s Elliptical from Hell, sildenafil some Ice Bath science, pharmacy triggers to keep people running, and several voicemails: Nike’s Corporate Responsibility, Scott’s race, Helen’s preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon, and Christine’s last long run before Chicago.

Good luck on your upcoming races everyone!
This podcast is totally dedicated to my run of the 2010 Chicago Marathon. If you’d prefer to read a race report, store I have written the highlights below along with some pictures. Enjoy!/

Andrew and I went to Chicago on Thursday, more about October 7th, so we could enjoy the city before the marathon. We came in through Midway Airport and took the Orange Line to a stop that was about four blocks from our hotel – VERY convenient! We checked into the Congress Plaza Hotel around 11:30 am. It’s an old hotel with some maintenance issues, but it was clean, centrally located, and about as close as possible to the start and finish line.

Thursday was an exploration day. We hit some of the shops that we like, but don’t have in our little college town: Nordstrom’s and H&M. We also explored some of the clubs on Halsted on the North side of town. It was a lot of walking and a bit of dancing, but still within the “tapering” zone. I also unpacked on Thursday evening so I could lay out all of my running gear to make sure that I had everything that I needed. The logic of doing it so early is that if I had forgotten anything, I could pick it up at the race expo on Friday. As it turned out, I decided to buy some Tylenol, just in case I had pain during the race.

On Friday, the main event was going to the race expo, which was about two miles from our hotel. Andrew and I spent a few hours there. We got my race bib, verified the D-tag (the chip they use to track runners), and then picked up the rest of my packet, which contained the official race program, race shirt, info about some other races, and some samples. We walked around the booths and eventually found the Newton booth, where the mighty IronBrandon (drink) was busy singing the praises of the shoes that he loves so much. We ran into the Running Laminator while we were waiting for him to finish talking to some folks. This was the first time I’ve actually had an opportunity to try a pair of Newtons on, so I listened to the pitch and tried on a pair. Brandon had us run around the expo a bit to see how they felt and I have to admit, they feel different than I thought they would – very light and very springy. So based on the recent discussion of the corporate responsibility concerns with Nike, I decided to buy a pair of Newtons and give them a try. I’d still run the marathon in the Nike Free shoes that I had been using. The Newtons would be for post-marathon training heading into the Goofy Challenge in January.

After the expo, we jumped on a Metra train from the conference center and went to our friend’s apartment in Hyde Park. She (Terrie) is doing a post-doc with the University of Chicago. Her fiancee (Jonathan) came into town that night and we went to an Asian fusion place for dinner. After dinner, we got back on the train, which dropped us off about a block from our hotel. We were planning to go out again, but the lock to our hotel room wasn’t working correctly – so after an hour and a half of waiting for security and then maintenance to fix the issue, we decided to call it a night.

On Saturday, I ended up having a burrito for lunch, shopping, and then doing Indian food for dinner. It wasn’t your traditional pasta-based carb loading, but it worked. Andrew, Terrie, and Jonathan stayed out while I went back to the hotel room to get ready for the next day. I double checked my running gear, pinned on my race bib, powered up my phone, set several alarms, and called it a night. I went to bed around 9:00 on Saturday and fell asleep closer to 10:00.

On Sunday morning, I woke up around 5:15, which was 15 minutes before my first alarm was set. I checked the weather, hoping that the predictions would be wrong – but they were right on target. The temperature in the morning was in the low 60’s and it was going to be sunny and into the mid-80’s by the time I’d be finishing the race. That’s about 20 degrees warmer than I would have liked, but there wasn’t anything I could do except dress appropriately and adjust my race plan.

I drank a vitamin water (which tasted like something they’d scrape off the floor of a Kool-Aid factory), ate part of a Cliff Bar, and then jumped in the shower. Normally, showering is the first thing on my wake-up list, but I did things in this order so I’d have a little time to digest and so I wouldn’t have to pee while waiting for the race to start. Shower done, I put on my running gear and headed downstairs around 6:45 am. It’s a good thing I was only on the 5th floor. I tried to get in the elevator, but it was absolutely packed with runners who were leaving at the same time. I took the stairs down and ran into some of the charity teams who were organizing in the conference section of the hotel. It was very cool to be surrounded by so many runners.

I went across the street and tried to get into corral C, which is one of the time-qualified corrals (elite, A, B, C, D) that are in front of the open corral. The line to get into the corrals was very long and hardly moving. Some guys got nervous and climbed over the fence. I heard about one guy who did that and fell right on his back – not a good way to start a long run!

The gun went off and I expected a slow shuffle to the starting line, but within three minutes, I was over the starting line and off running. The first mile felt very good, but I knew it was going to get hot and that hydration would be an issue. I was already sweating a lot by the first mile marker, but I was good and used all of the hydration stations, even when I didn’t feel like it. They had Gatoraid (G2) along the course followed by water. The stations were on both sides of the road, which was nice, because it meant fewer collisions.

Every mile marker, I checked the pace band around my wrist, which is a printed list of miles and times that would keep me on track to finish in 3:45. I was only a little ahead of pace and feeling good, so I kept a steady pace close to 8:30/mile. Everything was going as planned … until the sun rose higher and the temperature climbed into the 80’s. I was around mile 15 by then and started having problems keeping cool and hydrated. I kept drinking, but started feeling thirsty all of the time. I also had a little dizziness and some strange chills, despite the heat.

At that point, I realized that I would have to slow down to finish the race without making myself sick or getting injured. I had anticipated this and even said to people ahead of time that if it got into the 80’s I’d have to take some walk breaks. So that’s what I did – run when I could, try to stick to the shade where it existed, drank a lot, and walked through the aid stations. The aid stations also broke out the high-heat aid – kiddy pools filled with sponges that you could grab and wipe down as well as hoses with sprinklers attached so runners could run through a mist and get a little relief.

I’m glad I changed my plan for the rest of the race. There were a lot of people who were cramping, stopping to stretch, or even sitting down or laying down at the side of the road. I heard a lot of ambulances running around. Marathons are rough enough, but the heat can make them dangerous.

I ran and walked through mile 23 and then when I had about 5K left to go, I decided to run the rest of the way and finish strong. The final turn toward the finish line was a little uphill, which seemed cruel after a tough run, but it was a big relief to finally see the finish line.

So I crossed the finish line at 4:07:48 (chip time), got my race medal, and grabbed some drinks and a banana. Mentally, I was a bit fuzzy and I staggered a little, but not to the point where I needed assistance. I felt a lot better after getting a little extra food and Gatoraid in me. I found someone with a phone (I had mine with me, but the battery ran out thanks to the Nike+ GPS Facebook Update feature!). I called Andrew and walked back to the hotel.

At the hotel, I rinsed off and got into a cold water bath. Andrew got me some hot tea, a fruit cup, and a bucket of ice. He added the ice to my bath to drop the temperature further. It was shocking at first, but I’m getting used to ice baths, so it wasn’t too bad.

After the ice bath, I got dressed and we headed to Bella Bacinos for the meet-up. There, I met Josh, who brought his wife and two sons.

Josh:

A couple of hours later, I heard that Angela and Christine were going to be able to join us as well, so we waited and ordered desert when they arrived.

Angela and Christine:

On Sunday night, we went out to the clubs. On Monday, I was a little sore, but was able to spend most of the day walking around Chicago. Tuesday, I was a little less sore. We flew home that day. By Wednesday, I was back to work and was able to do a 3.3 mile run/walk interval with Andrew. Today (Thursday), I felt back to normal and did a 5 mile run over lunch.

So that’s basically how things went. I did the absolute best I could given the race conditions. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t have changed anything. Chicago is a great marathon. I highly recommend it! I may head back there for another attempt when I’m trying to qualify for Boston in 2013.
I finally put together the Running Contract that lists things that I need to remember to do for every race. We also talk about tapering, treatment Stevie’s Elliptical from Hell, sildenafil some Ice Bath science, pharmacy triggers to keep people running, and several voicemails: Nike’s Corporate Responsibility, Scott’s race, Helen’s preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon, and Christine’s last long run before Chicago.

Good luck on your upcoming races everyone!
For a while now, information pills I’ve been talking about the mistakes that I tend to make when I do a big race and what promises I have made in the past. I’ve tried to put all of those together into an informal contract that will remind me of what I need to do to have the best race experience. If you are getting ready for your first marathon, tablets you may want to print this out for yourself.

If you use it, website like this let us know. If it helps, we really want to know. I’m also looking for other “universal race truths” to include in future versions.

Download through this link:
RaceContract

Edit: The contract has been edited today (October 1) to reflect two new changes: a) getting to the race on time and b) familiarizing yourself with the course map.
This podcast is totally dedicated to my run of the 2010 Chicago Marathon. If you’d prefer to read a race report, store I have written the highlights below along with some pictures. Enjoy!/

Andrew and I went to Chicago on Thursday, more about October 7th, so we could enjoy the city before the marathon. We came in through Midway Airport and took the Orange Line to a stop that was about four blocks from our hotel – VERY convenient! We checked into the Congress Plaza Hotel around 11:30 am. It’s an old hotel with some maintenance issues, but it was clean, centrally located, and about as close as possible to the start and finish line.

Thursday was an exploration day. We hit some of the shops that we like, but don’t have in our little college town: Nordstrom’s and H&M. We also explored some of the clubs on Halsted on the North side of town. It was a lot of walking and a bit of dancing, but still within the “tapering” zone. I also unpacked on Thursday evening so I could lay out all of my running gear to make sure that I had everything that I needed. The logic of doing it so early is that if I had forgotten anything, I could pick it up at the race expo on Friday. As it turned out, I decided to buy some Tylenol, just in case I had pain during the race.

On Friday, the main event was going to the race expo, which was about two miles from our hotel. Andrew and I spent a few hours there. We got my race bib, verified the D-tag (the chip they use to track runners), and then picked up the rest of my packet, which contained the official race program, race shirt, info about some other races, and some samples. We walked around the booths and eventually found the Newton booth, where the mighty IronBrandon (drink) was busy singing the praises of the shoes that he loves so much. We ran into the Running Laminator while we were waiting for him to finish talking to some folks. This was the first time I’ve actually had an opportunity to try a pair of Newtons on, so I listened to the pitch and tried on a pair. Brandon had us run around the expo a bit to see how they felt and I have to admit, they feel different than I thought they would – very light and very springy. So based on the recent discussion of the corporate responsibility concerns with Nike, I decided to buy a pair of Newtons and give them a try. I’d still run the marathon in the Nike Free shoes that I had been using. The Newtons would be for post-marathon training heading into the Goofy Challenge in January.

After the expo, we jumped on a Metra train from the conference center and went to our friend’s apartment in Hyde Park. She (Terrie) is doing a post-doc with the University of Chicago. Her fiancee (Jonathan) came into town that night and we went to an Asian fusion place for dinner. After dinner, we got back on the train, which dropped us off about a block from our hotel. We were planning to go out again, but the lock to our hotel room wasn’t working correctly – so after an hour and a half of waiting for security and then maintenance to fix the issue, we decided to call it a night.

On Saturday, I ended up having a burrito for lunch, shopping, and then doing Indian food for dinner. It wasn’t your traditional pasta-based carb loading, but it worked. Andrew, Terrie, and Jonathan stayed out while I went back to the hotel room to get ready for the next day. I double checked my running gear, pinned on my race bib, powered up my phone, set several alarms, and called it a night. I went to bed around 9:00 on Saturday and fell asleep closer to 10:00.

On Sunday morning, I woke up around 5:15, which was 15 minutes before my first alarm was set. I checked the weather, hoping that the predictions would be wrong – but they were right on target. The temperature in the morning was in the low 60’s and it was going to be sunny and into the mid-80’s by the time I’d be finishing the race. That’s about 20 degrees warmer than I would have liked, but there wasn’t anything I could do except dress appropriately and adjust my race plan.

I drank a vitamin water (which tasted like something they’d scrape off the floor of a Kool-Aid factory), ate part of a Cliff Bar, and then jumped in the shower. Normally, showering is the first thing on my wake-up list, but I did things in this order so I’d have a little time to digest and so I wouldn’t have to pee while waiting for the race to start. Shower done, I put on my running gear and headed downstairs around 6:45 am. It’s a good thing I was only on the 5th floor. I tried to get in the elevator, but it was absolutely packed with runners who were leaving at the same time. I took the stairs down and ran into some of the charity teams who were organizing in the conference section of the hotel. It was very cool to be surrounded by so many runners.

I went across the street and tried to get into corral C, which is one of the time-qualified corrals (elite, A, B, C, D) that are in front of the open corral. The line to get into the corrals was very long and hardly moving. Some guys got nervous and climbed over the fence. I heard about one guy who did that and fell right on his back – not a good way to start a long run!

The gun went off and I expected a slow shuffle to the starting line, but within three minutes, I was over the starting line and off running. The first mile felt very good, but I knew it was going to get hot and that hydration would be an issue. I was already sweating a lot by the first mile marker, but I was good and used all of the hydration stations, even when I didn’t feel like it. They had Gatoraid (G2) along the course followed by water. The stations were on both sides of the road, which was nice, because it meant fewer collisions.

Every mile marker, I checked the pace band around my wrist, which is a printed list of miles and times that would keep me on track to finish in 3:45. I was only a little ahead of pace and feeling good, so I kept a steady pace close to 8:30/mile. Everything was going as planned … until the sun rose higher and the temperature climbed into the 80’s. I was around mile 15 by then and started having problems keeping cool and hydrated. I kept drinking, but started feeling thirsty all of the time. I also had a little dizziness and some strange chills, despite the heat.

At that point, I realized that I would have to slow down to finish the race without making myself sick or getting injured. I had anticipated this and even said to people ahead of time that if it got into the 80’s I’d have to take some walk breaks. So that’s what I did – run when I could, try to stick to the shade where it existed, drank a lot, and walked through the aid stations. The aid stations also broke out the high-heat aid – kiddy pools filled with sponges that you could grab and wipe down as well as hoses with sprinklers attached so runners could run through a mist and get a little relief.

I’m glad I changed my plan for the rest of the race. There were a lot of people who were cramping, stopping to stretch, or even sitting down or laying down at the side of the road. I heard a lot of ambulances running around. Marathons are rough enough, but the heat can make them dangerous.

I ran and walked through mile 23 and then when I had about 5K left to go, I decided to run the rest of the way and finish strong. The final turn toward the finish line was a little uphill, which seemed cruel after a tough run, but it was a big relief to finally see the finish line.

So I crossed the finish line at 4:07:48 (chip time), got my race medal, and grabbed some drinks and a banana. Mentally, I was a bit fuzzy and I staggered a little, but not to the point where I needed assistance. I felt a lot better after getting a little extra food and Gatoraid in me. I found someone with a phone (I had mine with me, but the battery ran out thanks to the Nike+ GPS Facebook Update feature!). I called Andrew and walked back to the hotel.

At the hotel, I rinsed off and got into a cold water bath. Andrew got me some hot tea, a fruit cup, and a bucket of ice. He added the ice to my bath to drop the temperature further. It was shocking at first, but I’m getting used to ice baths, so it wasn’t too bad.

After the ice bath, I got dressed and we headed to Bella Bacinos for the meet-up. There, I met Josh, who brought his wife and two sons.

Josh:

A couple of hours later, I heard that Angela and Christine were going to be able to join us as well, so we waited and ordered desert when they arrived.

Angela and Christine:

On Sunday night, we went out to the clubs. On Monday, I was a little sore, but was able to spend most of the day walking around Chicago. Tuesday, I was a little less sore. We flew home that day. By Wednesday, I was back to work and was able to do a 3.3 mile run/walk interval with Andrew. Today (Thursday), I felt back to normal and did a 5 mile run over lunch.

So that’s basically how things went. I did the absolute best I could given the race conditions. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t have changed anything. Chicago is a great marathon. I highly recommend it! I may head back there for another attempt when I’m trying to qualify for Boston in 2013.
I finally put together the Running Contract that lists things that I need to remember to do for every race. We also talk about tapering, treatment Stevie’s Elliptical from Hell, sildenafil some Ice Bath science, pharmacy triggers to keep people running, and several voicemails: Nike’s Corporate Responsibility, Scott’s race, Helen’s preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon, and Christine’s last long run before Chicago.

Good luck on your upcoming races everyone!
For a while now, information pills I’ve been talking about the mistakes that I tend to make when I do a big race and what promises I have made in the past. I’ve tried to put all of those together into an informal contract that will remind me of what I need to do to have the best race experience. If you are getting ready for your first marathon, tablets you may want to print this out for yourself.

If you use it, website like this let us know. If it helps, we really want to know. I’m also looking for other “universal race truths” to include in future versions.

Download through this link:
RaceContract

Edit: The contract has been edited today (October 1) to reflect two new changes: a) getting to the race on time and b) familiarizing yourself with the course map.
Stevie’s back from vacation. We talk about the cold that I had during my marathon, drug Stevie’s runs while traveling, sickness Stevie’s tempo run and possible injury, my holding pattern between marathons, and several race reports from listeners.

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Running with the Pack 89: Running Contract, Tapering, Elliptical from Hell, Running Triggers, Ice Baths, and More

This podcast is totally dedicated to my run of the 2010 Chicago Marathon. If you’d prefer to read a race report, store I have written the highlights below along with some pictures. Enjoy!/

Andrew and I went to Chicago on Thursday, more about October 7th, so we could enjoy the city before the marathon. We came in through Midway Airport and took the Orange Line to a stop that was about four blocks from our hotel – VERY convenient! We checked into the Congress Plaza Hotel around 11:30 am. It’s an old hotel with some maintenance issues, but it was clean, centrally located, and about as close as possible to the start and finish line.

Thursday was an exploration day. We hit some of the shops that we like, but don’t have in our little college town: Nordstrom’s and H&M. We also explored some of the clubs on Halsted on the North side of town. It was a lot of walking and a bit of dancing, but still within the “tapering” zone. I also unpacked on Thursday evening so I could lay out all of my running gear to make sure that I had everything that I needed. The logic of doing it so early is that if I had forgotten anything, I could pick it up at the race expo on Friday. As it turned out, I decided to buy some Tylenol, just in case I had pain during the race.

On Friday, the main event was going to the race expo, which was about two miles from our hotel. Andrew and I spent a few hours there. We got my race bib, verified the D-tag (the chip they use to track runners), and then picked up the rest of my packet, which contained the official race program, race shirt, info about some other races, and some samples. We walked around the booths and eventually found the Newton booth, where the mighty IronBrandon (drink) was busy singing the praises of the shoes that he loves so much. We ran into the Running Laminator while we were waiting for him to finish talking to some folks. This was the first time I’ve actually had an opportunity to try a pair of Newtons on, so I listened to the pitch and tried on a pair. Brandon had us run around the expo a bit to see how they felt and I have to admit, they feel different than I thought they would – very light and very springy. So based on the recent discussion of the corporate responsibility concerns with Nike, I decided to buy a pair of Newtons and give them a try. I’d still run the marathon in the Nike Free shoes that I had been using. The Newtons would be for post-marathon training heading into the Goofy Challenge in January.

After the expo, we jumped on a Metra train from the conference center and went to our friend’s apartment in Hyde Park. She (Terrie) is doing a post-doc with the University of Chicago. Her fiancee (Jonathan) came into town that night and we went to an Asian fusion place for dinner. After dinner, we got back on the train, which dropped us off about a block from our hotel. We were planning to go out again, but the lock to our hotel room wasn’t working correctly – so after an hour and a half of waiting for security and then maintenance to fix the issue, we decided to call it a night.

On Saturday, I ended up having a burrito for lunch, shopping, and then doing Indian food for dinner. It wasn’t your traditional pasta-based carb loading, but it worked. Andrew, Terrie, and Jonathan stayed out while I went back to the hotel room to get ready for the next day. I double checked my running gear, pinned on my race bib, powered up my phone, set several alarms, and called it a night. I went to bed around 9:00 on Saturday and fell asleep closer to 10:00.

On Sunday morning, I woke up around 5:15, which was 15 minutes before my first alarm was set. I checked the weather, hoping that the predictions would be wrong – but they were right on target. The temperature in the morning was in the low 60’s and it was going to be sunny and into the mid-80’s by the time I’d be finishing the race. That’s about 20 degrees warmer than I would have liked, but there wasn’t anything I could do except dress appropriately and adjust my race plan.

I drank a vitamin water (which tasted like something they’d scrape off the floor of a Kool-Aid factory), ate part of a Cliff Bar, and then jumped in the shower. Normally, showering is the first thing on my wake-up list, but I did things in this order so I’d have a little time to digest and so I wouldn’t have to pee while waiting for the race to start. Shower done, I put on my running gear and headed downstairs around 6:45 am. It’s a good thing I was only on the 5th floor. I tried to get in the elevator, but it was absolutely packed with runners who were leaving at the same time. I took the stairs down and ran into some of the charity teams who were organizing in the conference section of the hotel. It was very cool to be surrounded by so many runners.

I went across the street and tried to get into corral C, which is one of the time-qualified corrals (elite, A, B, C, D) that are in front of the open corral. The line to get into the corrals was very long and hardly moving. Some guys got nervous and climbed over the fence. I heard about one guy who did that and fell right on his back – not a good way to start a long run!

The gun went off and I expected a slow shuffle to the starting line, but within three minutes, I was over the starting line and off running. The first mile felt very good, but I knew it was going to get hot and that hydration would be an issue. I was already sweating a lot by the first mile marker, but I was good and used all of the hydration stations, even when I didn’t feel like it. They had Gatoraid (G2) along the course followed by water. The stations were on both sides of the road, which was nice, because it meant fewer collisions.

Every mile marker, I checked the pace band around my wrist, which is a printed list of miles and times that would keep me on track to finish in 3:45. I was only a little ahead of pace and feeling good, so I kept a steady pace close to 8:30/mile. Everything was going as planned … until the sun rose higher and the temperature climbed into the 80’s. I was around mile 15 by then and started having problems keeping cool and hydrated. I kept drinking, but started feeling thirsty all of the time. I also had a little dizziness and some strange chills, despite the heat.

At that point, I realized that I would have to slow down to finish the race without making myself sick or getting injured. I had anticipated this and even said to people ahead of time that if it got into the 80’s I’d have to take some walk breaks. So that’s what I did – run when I could, try to stick to the shade where it existed, drank a lot, and walked through the aid stations. The aid stations also broke out the high-heat aid – kiddy pools filled with sponges that you could grab and wipe down as well as hoses with sprinklers attached so runners could run through a mist and get a little relief.

I’m glad I changed my plan for the rest of the race. There were a lot of people who were cramping, stopping to stretch, or even sitting down or laying down at the side of the road. I heard a lot of ambulances running around. Marathons are rough enough, but the heat can make them dangerous.

I ran and walked through mile 23 and then when I had about 5K left to go, I decided to run the rest of the way and finish strong. The final turn toward the finish line was a little uphill, which seemed cruel after a tough run, but it was a big relief to finally see the finish line.

So I crossed the finish line at 4:07:48 (chip time), got my race medal, and grabbed some drinks and a banana. Mentally, I was a bit fuzzy and I staggered a little, but not to the point where I needed assistance. I felt a lot better after getting a little extra food and Gatoraid in me. I found someone with a phone (I had mine with me, but the battery ran out thanks to the Nike+ GPS Facebook Update feature!). I called Andrew and walked back to the hotel.

At the hotel, I rinsed off and got into a cold water bath. Andrew got me some hot tea, a fruit cup, and a bucket of ice. He added the ice to my bath to drop the temperature further. It was shocking at first, but I’m getting used to ice baths, so it wasn’t too bad.

After the ice bath, I got dressed and we headed to Bella Bacinos for the meet-up. There, I met Josh, who brought his wife and two sons.

Josh:

A couple of hours later, I heard that Angela and Christine were going to be able to join us as well, so we waited and ordered desert when they arrived.

Angela and Christine:

On Sunday night, we went out to the clubs. On Monday, I was a little sore, but was able to spend most of the day walking around Chicago. Tuesday, I was a little less sore. We flew home that day. By Wednesday, I was back to work and was able to do a 3.3 mile run/walk interval with Andrew. Today (Thursday), I felt back to normal and did a 5 mile run over lunch.

So that’s basically how things went. I did the absolute best I could given the race conditions. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t have changed anything. Chicago is a great marathon. I highly recommend it! I may head back there for another attempt when I’m trying to qualify for Boston in 2013.
This podcast is totally dedicated to my run of the 2010 Chicago Marathon. If you’d prefer to read a race report, store I have written the highlights below along with some pictures. Enjoy!/

Andrew and I went to Chicago on Thursday, more about October 7th, so we could enjoy the city before the marathon. We came in through Midway Airport and took the Orange Line to a stop that was about four blocks from our hotel – VERY convenient! We checked into the Congress Plaza Hotel around 11:30 am. It’s an old hotel with some maintenance issues, but it was clean, centrally located, and about as close as possible to the start and finish line.

Thursday was an exploration day. We hit some of the shops that we like, but don’t have in our little college town: Nordstrom’s and H&M. We also explored some of the clubs on Halsted on the North side of town. It was a lot of walking and a bit of dancing, but still within the “tapering” zone. I also unpacked on Thursday evening so I could lay out all of my running gear to make sure that I had everything that I needed. The logic of doing it so early is that if I had forgotten anything, I could pick it up at the race expo on Friday. As it turned out, I decided to buy some Tylenol, just in case I had pain during the race.

On Friday, the main event was going to the race expo, which was about two miles from our hotel. Andrew and I spent a few hours there. We got my race bib, verified the D-tag (the chip they use to track runners), and then picked up the rest of my packet, which contained the official race program, race shirt, info about some other races, and some samples. We walked around the booths and eventually found the Newton booth, where the mighty IronBrandon (drink) was busy singing the praises of the shoes that he loves so much. We ran into the Running Laminator while we were waiting for him to finish talking to some folks. This was the first time I’ve actually had an opportunity to try a pair of Newtons on, so I listened to the pitch and tried on a pair. Brandon had us run around the expo a bit to see how they felt and I have to admit, they feel different than I thought they would – very light and very springy. So based on the recent discussion of the corporate responsibility concerns with Nike, I decided to buy a pair of Newtons and give them a try. I’d still run the marathon in the Nike Free shoes that I had been using. The Newtons would be for post-marathon training heading into the Goofy Challenge in January.

After the expo, we jumped on a Metra train from the conference center and went to our friend’s apartment in Hyde Park. She (Terrie) is doing a post-doc with the University of Chicago. Her fiancee (Jonathan) came into town that night and we went to an Asian fusion place for dinner. After dinner, we got back on the train, which dropped us off about a block from our hotel. We were planning to go out again, but the lock to our hotel room wasn’t working correctly – so after an hour and a half of waiting for security and then maintenance to fix the issue, we decided to call it a night.

On Saturday, I ended up having a burrito for lunch, shopping, and then doing Indian food for dinner. It wasn’t your traditional pasta-based carb loading, but it worked. Andrew, Terrie, and Jonathan stayed out while I went back to the hotel room to get ready for the next day. I double checked my running gear, pinned on my race bib, powered up my phone, set several alarms, and called it a night. I went to bed around 9:00 on Saturday and fell asleep closer to 10:00.

On Sunday morning, I woke up around 5:15, which was 15 minutes before my first alarm was set. I checked the weather, hoping that the predictions would be wrong – but they were right on target. The temperature in the morning was in the low 60’s and it was going to be sunny and into the mid-80’s by the time I’d be finishing the race. That’s about 20 degrees warmer than I would have liked, but there wasn’t anything I could do except dress appropriately and adjust my race plan.

I drank a vitamin water (which tasted like something they’d scrape off the floor of a Kool-Aid factory), ate part of a Cliff Bar, and then jumped in the shower. Normally, showering is the first thing on my wake-up list, but I did things in this order so I’d have a little time to digest and so I wouldn’t have to pee while waiting for the race to start. Shower done, I put on my running gear and headed downstairs around 6:45 am. It’s a good thing I was only on the 5th floor. I tried to get in the elevator, but it was absolutely packed with runners who were leaving at the same time. I took the stairs down and ran into some of the charity teams who were organizing in the conference section of the hotel. It was very cool to be surrounded by so many runners.

I went across the street and tried to get into corral C, which is one of the time-qualified corrals (elite, A, B, C, D) that are in front of the open corral. The line to get into the corrals was very long and hardly moving. Some guys got nervous and climbed over the fence. I heard about one guy who did that and fell right on his back – not a good way to start a long run!

The gun went off and I expected a slow shuffle to the starting line, but within three minutes, I was over the starting line and off running. The first mile felt very good, but I knew it was going to get hot and that hydration would be an issue. I was already sweating a lot by the first mile marker, but I was good and used all of the hydration stations, even when I didn’t feel like it. They had Gatoraid (G2) along the course followed by water. The stations were on both sides of the road, which was nice, because it meant fewer collisions.

Every mile marker, I checked the pace band around my wrist, which is a printed list of miles and times that would keep me on track to finish in 3:45. I was only a little ahead of pace and feeling good, so I kept a steady pace close to 8:30/mile. Everything was going as planned … until the sun rose higher and the temperature climbed into the 80’s. I was around mile 15 by then and started having problems keeping cool and hydrated. I kept drinking, but started feeling thirsty all of the time. I also had a little dizziness and some strange chills, despite the heat.

At that point, I realized that I would have to slow down to finish the race without making myself sick or getting injured. I had anticipated this and even said to people ahead of time that if it got into the 80’s I’d have to take some walk breaks. So that’s what I did – run when I could, try to stick to the shade where it existed, drank a lot, and walked through the aid stations. The aid stations also broke out the high-heat aid – kiddy pools filled with sponges that you could grab and wipe down as well as hoses with sprinklers attached so runners could run through a mist and get a little relief.

I’m glad I changed my plan for the rest of the race. There were a lot of people who were cramping, stopping to stretch, or even sitting down or laying down at the side of the road. I heard a lot of ambulances running around. Marathons are rough enough, but the heat can make them dangerous.

I ran and walked through mile 23 and then when I had about 5K left to go, I decided to run the rest of the way and finish strong. The final turn toward the finish line was a little uphill, which seemed cruel after a tough run, but it was a big relief to finally see the finish line.

So I crossed the finish line at 4:07:48 (chip time), got my race medal, and grabbed some drinks and a banana. Mentally, I was a bit fuzzy and I staggered a little, but not to the point where I needed assistance. I felt a lot better after getting a little extra food and Gatoraid in me. I found someone with a phone (I had mine with me, but the battery ran out thanks to the Nike+ GPS Facebook Update feature!). I called Andrew and walked back to the hotel.

At the hotel, I rinsed off and got into a cold water bath. Andrew got me some hot tea, a fruit cup, and a bucket of ice. He added the ice to my bath to drop the temperature further. It was shocking at first, but I’m getting used to ice baths, so it wasn’t too bad.

After the ice bath, I got dressed and we headed to Bella Bacinos for the meet-up. There, I met Josh, who brought his wife and two sons.

Josh:

A couple of hours later, I heard that Angela and Christine were going to be able to join us as well, so we waited and ordered desert when they arrived.

Angela and Christine:

On Sunday night, we went out to the clubs. On Monday, I was a little sore, but was able to spend most of the day walking around Chicago. Tuesday, I was a little less sore. We flew home that day. By Wednesday, I was back to work and was able to do a 3.3 mile run/walk interval with Andrew. Today (Thursday), I felt back to normal and did a 5 mile run over lunch.

So that’s basically how things went. I did the absolute best I could given the race conditions. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t have changed anything. Chicago is a great marathon. I highly recommend it! I may head back there for another attempt when I’m trying to qualify for Boston in 2013.
I finally put together the Running Contract that lists things that I need to remember to do for every race. We also talk about tapering, treatment Stevie’s Elliptical from Hell, sildenafil some Ice Bath science, pharmacy triggers to keep people running, and several voicemails: Nike’s Corporate Responsibility, Scott’s race, Helen’s preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon, and Christine’s last long run before Chicago.

Good luck on your upcoming races everyone!

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