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A P.R. in the Las Vegas Marathon – 20100

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Sunday February 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm)

It is difficult to believe that the marathon was two months ago and I am just now posting about the experience. I suppose things are delayed when two small children enter life. Open-mouthed smile

Evan, our good friend Matt, and I all participated in the Las Vegas race – Evan and Matt in the half, and my first full marathon in eight and a half years. The first half was terrific – I felt great, views of the Vegas Strip kept the mind occupied, and while I had thought the goal of qualifying for Boston was lofty at best when entering, during the first half of the race it felt very possible. The second half was run away from the main Strip, around warehouses, strip malls, and feeder highways with little to no crowd support. I hung in there until about mile 22, but then the final four miles felt like the longest I had ever endured. Coping mechanisms included removing my shoes for half of a mile to allow my feet to swell more comfortably, hobbling because I was unable to bend legs at the hips as all of my proximal flexors seemed to be in tetany at once… really difficult finish. Qualifying for Boston for a woman my age is 3 hours 40 minutes, and as I saw the 3:40 pacer pass me at mile 23, I knew I was not going to be able to make it. BUT – my previous P.R. eight years earlier was 4 hours 16 minutes 29 seconds, and when I crossed the finish line, I was well within PR range at 3 hours 52 minutes 26 seconds. I was very proud! And I was so proud of Evan and Matt for finishing their first half-marathon with smiles on their faces.

  • Splits were as follows:
    – 5k – 25:44
    – 10k – 50:41
    – 10 miles – 1:21:27
    – 13.8 miles – 1:54:49 (my split at the half-marathon mark was 1:46:50, a half-marathon PR, if that counts!)
    – 16.8 miles – 2:20:53
    – 20 miles – 2:47:06
    – 24 miles – 3:27:35
    – Overall 26.2 miles – 3:52:26 (8:52/mile pace)
  • We’ll see if I have another one in me – I swore I would never do this again, but this was after I had already entered my name in the lottery for the NYC Marathon this fall.

    In the meantime, I’ve discovered how much I really enjoy the half-marathon distance, and how it might be fun to push ahead with achieving better times in the race. Plus, the training runs are not as grueling.

  • This was a special race too, because for the first time I used the event to raise money for a great non-profit – Foundation Fighting Blindness. This organization supports research on degenerative retinal conditions, such as retinitis pigmentosa, Stargardt’s disease, and X-linked retinoschisis. Many thanks to those of you who donated. My page is still up, if anyone else wants to contribute.

Running with Little G0

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Friday August 22, 2008 at 9:15 am)

In my frustration about not having enough hours in the day to run regularly, I have revisited the idea of running in the evenings while pushing Gabriel in the Bob Revolution. And you know what? It’s much more delightful in many ways than running alone is. It adds a great deal of difficulty to a distance run having to push that thing – plus the 25 pound boy sitting in it. I mostly avoid the steep hills because I’m afraid the stroller might take off on its own if I lose control of it. However, overall, it’s working well. Last night we went for a four mile run through Judkins Park, across 23rd Avenue and MLK, JR into Smith Park, through the Mount Baker tunnel, and onto the I-90 pedestrian bridge. Gabriel sat very quietly through the first two miles, taking in his surroundings, enjoying the cars on one side and the water on the other, and every now and then will look up at me as I say hello to him to remind him that I’m still there. On the way back home, he eagerly babbles, says “mamamamama,” and starts laughing for no apprent reason. Hopefully he laughs because he’s feeling very contented.

I hope that his accompanying me on some of my runs will model an example of fitness for him, so that when he is old enough he will want to run too. 🙂

Another week of regaining fitness0

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Monday September 17, 2007 at 9:43 pm)

As mentioned in my prior post, this was the week I finally made it up to 3.1miles/5k. It was a relief, but unsettling to me to realize how difficult what used to be an easy distance is. I’m still running at what feels like a slow pace, but I honestly cannot go faster at this point – pushing it anymore leads to severe side cramps and trouble breathing. Nonetheless, each run does seem to get slightly easier. I’m staying at 5k for my distance for at least another week until it becomes more comfortable.

Anyway, here are the details of my week:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 37:08 (11:59/mile)
  • Average Heart Rate: 144; Maximum Heart Rate: 174
  • G and I ran through Judkins Park, and this time through the Mount Baker Tunnel to enjoy a view of Lake Washington on a beautiful, clear (and hot!) day before returning home.

Thursday, September 13, 2007:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 34:25 (11:06/mile) (Splits: 11:41, 11:09, 10:33, 1:02)
  • Heart Rate monitor not worn
  • Workout performed on treadmill

Friday, September 14, 2007:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 33:54 (10:56/mile) (Splits: unknown – will be explained)
  • Heart Rate: unknown (again, will be explained)
  • G and I ran through Judkins Park to Rainier Avenue, then up Massachusetts Avenue, through Sam Smith Park, and then back home.

Saturday, September 15, 2007:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 32:29 (10:29/mile) (Splits: 10:53, 10:29, 10:08, 0:59)
  • Treadmill Run

Total Mileage for the Week: 12.4 miles

I have managed to lose my Garmin Forerunner’s charging cradle, so not only am I unable to pull workout data from the device to my computer, but Evan cannot construct maps of my runs, and even worse – I cannot charge the device, so the battery could go! We’re in the process of searching for it, but if it cannot be located, we’ll purchase another one. In the meantime, I’ll stick with the Timex Ironman Triathlon watch for timing on the treadmill, and will only use the Garmin Forerunner when I need the GPS to measure mileage.

Running is still tougher than it ever has been, but it’s getting better. I can finish a three mile run without horrible side cramps now! That’s something.

Finally made it to 3.1 miles…0

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Tuesday September 11, 2007 at 8:05 pm)

Postpartum running continues – and still proves to be much more difficult than I had originally thought, not only because the body takes a beating in pregnancy and delivery, but it takes so long to get back into shape when trying to balance the demands of an infant with the need to work out! I never pictured that staying home full-time (I’m off from work until October 1st) would mean still not having dinner prepared, and yes – only being able to squeeze exercise in two days a week. I’m feeling more hopeful this week that Gabriel (whom we’ve been calling “Little G”) and I will make it out at least three times.

My Ob/Gyn warned against rapid resumption of exercise. What I’ve discovered is – I don’t think I could overdo it if I tried at this point. I have never felt so out-of-shape in my life, even when I first started running track and cross-country as a young teen. It is wonderful to be out there again, though!

I only managed a single run from two weeks ago include:

August 28, 2007:

  • Distance: 2.0 miles
  • Time: 23:35 (11:46/mile)
  • Average Heart Rate: 144; Maximum Heart Rate: 169
  • Pushing Little G in the Bob Revolution! We ran to the Mount Baker Tunnel and back.

Then, two runs from last week:

September 4, 2007:

  • Distance: 2.25 miles
  • Time: 27:00
  • Heart Rate information unavailable
  • Was run on the treadmill.

September 7, 2007:

  • Distance: 2.50 miles
  • Time: 28:00 (11:13/mile)
  • Average Heart Rate: 144; Maximum Heart Rate: 182
  • G and I ran through Judkins Park and to the entrance to the Mount Baker Tunnel before returning home.

Then, finally, today I made it 3.1 miles, albeit slowly and carefully. It was 84 degrees outside, but G and I were determined to do it – today was the day! I was exhausted afterwards, again a reminder of how far I still have to go to return to my previous level of fitness. Nonetheless, it was a relief to finally meet this milestone.

September 11, 2007:

  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Time: 37:08 (11:59/mile)
  • Average Heart Rate: 144; Maximum Heart Rate: 174
  • G and I ran through Judkins Park, and this time through the Mount Baker Tunnel to enjoy a view of Lake Washington on a beautiful, clear (and hot!) day before returning home.

Finally, another picture of my new running companion. He has his track suit all geared up for his first race in October!

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I’m back! Postpartum running begins…0

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Sunday August 26, 2007 at 9:14 pm)

Hello, my running friends!

Allow me to bring you up to speed. My son, Gabriel, was born in July – below is a message my husband, Evan, sent to friends and family announcing his arrival, which was also posted on my other blog, Residential Space:

Gabriel Evan Dodds was born Saturday the 14th at 5:47am – 31 hours after he let us know he was on his way and 3 days ahead of his due date (good thing too; we were getting impatient to meet him)! Everybody is doing just fine.

Gabriel Stats:

  • 8lb 10oz
  • 20.5”
  • Full head of red hair like his mommy!
  • He passed right over Friday the 13th and decided to be a Bastille Day baby instead. :)

Gabriel Photos (it was hard to choose just a couple from the hundreds I took!):

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The past six weeks have been wonderful – challenging and fulfilling simultaneously. We’re just crazy about our son! He grows longer, larger, and cuter on a daily basis. We can also appreciate his neurologic development (I have to throw this in, as a neurologist) – at six weeks, he can reach to bat at dangling objects (he has a toy duck that hangs from the handle on his infant seat) and is starting to smile. He has even laughed once or twice now! Here is a more recent picture of him, taken only two days ago:

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Any woman who has delivered a baby knows that six weeks is a magical time period, for that is when she finally gets to go for her postpartum checkup with the obstetrician. My visit is tomorrow, and I anticipate receiving a clean bill of health. However, since yesterday was technically my six-week mark since Gabriel’s birth, I felt it was time to lace up the Brooks Adrenalines and head downstairs to take on the treadmill (very gently!).

I had decided in advance to only run for 20 minutes, and to take it very slowly. I set the treadmill at the pace of 4.MPH over the course of the first ten minutes, and gradually felt the increasing blood flow to my quadraceps and calves. I had also resolved not to allow my heart rate to climb above 130 in an effort to keep this low-impact and was successful. Even getting my heart rate to that level (it remained around 125 the majority of the time) felt wonderful! After 10 minutes, I increased the rate to 4.MPH, and much to my surprise actually developed a side stitch, so I backed down again. After nearly a year away from running, I guess I should not be surprised by how out of shape I am, but all the more motivation to start back regularly to recapture my previous self.

In summary, I ran 1.53 miles in 20 minutes, and finished by walking for five minutes. It was enough to count as a first real postpartum workout. Pre-pregnancy weight was 133 lbs (I’m 67” tall, so a BMI of 20.8) – so I thought, why not blog about weight loss after pregnancy? The scale after my workout read 137 lbs (BMI 21.5), so I am proud that I am actually almost there six weeks out. Ahhh, among the many wonders of breastfeeding, this is definitely a maternal benefit.  Thank you, Gabriel.

So I’m back, and ready to hit the roads again. Weather permitting, I’m planning on running outside on Tuesday with Gabriel. Evan took him running over the weekend while I was treadmilling it, and they had a great time. We’ll be working towards the Salmon Days run the first weekend in October – I have not decided on whether I will be doing the 5k or 10k yet (we’ll have to see what my muscles and fitness level have to say about this), but it will be fun to introduce Gabriel to the most fulfilling sport in existence. My hope is to instill a love and familiarity of running in this little guy!

 

Portland Marathon 20061

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Wednesday October 11, 2006 at 10:21 pm)

Evan and I met Josh in Portland for the Portland Marathon. Despite not being able to run the race (after much disappointment – please see any prior posts for further information on the back story), we had a great time cheering for exhausted runners on a beautiful sunny day! Josh looked at me during the race and said, “This makes me want to run another marathon.” I hate to admit it, but I can completely relate to that feeling, despite having been out with my stress fracture for months now. Once marathon running/training is in your system, it’s like an addictive drug.

Here we are at the race:

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Other generic race photos:

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And then, of course, we had to enjoy our post-marathon meal. Twenty-six miles really works up the appetite!

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Spam has increased my visibility0

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Friday December 30, 2005 at 8:05 am)

Wow, so I just logged in to the blog, and noticed that my most recent post had 63 feedback responses, all of which were complete spam. What I couldn’t help but notice, though, was in my stats – the number of web views was WAY higher than I typically receive. Perhaps it is the number of people looking for free xanax or those unfortunate souls with genital herpes in search of valtrex – or whatever else people are trying to sell through comments on my web log. Very interesting…in any case, I took the liberty of deleting these messages in the interest of maintaining the integrity of the blog (web views aside).

Evan and I have been doing more snow skiing lately. It’s great exercise, and it is SUPPOSED to be cold while participating in the sport. I can really feel the strain in my gastrocnemius muscles the day following a trip to the slopes. Between call schedules and the weather I have not felt up to running lately, but my friend and running pal, Daniel, called yesterday, and we are to go running on Tuesday, January 3rd. I hope I am in good enough shape to keep up with him!

Finally, Evan got this great new lens for his camera and captured some gorgeous photographs of Seattle’s beautiful landscapes. In particular, I was awed by his most recent images of Mount Rainier. We are continuing to create stationery from his pictures – you may check them out (here is my own bit of advertising) at http://www.ejseattlescapes.com .We are eagerly awaiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in the spring for further stationery inspiration (and a good time). 😀

How a call night works; also titled “Getting Tired…”1

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Monday December 5, 2005 at 6:27 pm)

I have put off posting over the past month-plus, simply because life has gotten so commonplace. For the past two months, I have been on call at the hospital every fourth night. On a good night, I will get three hours of interrupted sleep (i.e., awakening to answer pages in between periods of rest). On a bad night, like the one I experienced this past Friday, I will get none. Okay, this is not quite “running” material, but I feel like writing about this.

On a call day, I arrive at the hospital at 8AM. I see the patients currently on my service and try to tend to all of their needs before: A) a new ICU admit arrives and I have to tend to him/her, B) the hospitalist team caps and the admitting pager is handed over to my team, or C) 3PM, when the hospitalist team hands us the admit pager regardless of the number of patients they have admitted. At 3PM, the tough stuff begins. This past Friday, I reached my patient limit by 7PM, but had not been able to finish my work on the old patients yet, and thus spent the entire night playing catch up in between dealing with runs of multi-focal atrial tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia, and ventricular tachycardia (this stuff I actually enjoy quite a bit – it’s typing up admit notes that kills me). In any case, after 11PM during a weekday or after 2PM on a weekend, I am also cross-covering on half of the medicine patients in the hospital, which can be stressful, although normally it’s fun to care for different patients. This also gives me more time in the ICU to tend to some of the other patients I may otherwise have never met. The following day, I need to have seen all of my new admits as well as my old patients by 7AM, when my team begins making rounds on the patients that were admitted to the general wards. At 7:30-ish, we receive the summons from the critical care team to round on ICU patients. While this is demanding, it’s usually the most rewarding part of the post-call day. The hard work put in on sick patients is either completely torn apart by the critical care team, or else you’re a super-doctor for saving someone’s life. Finally, after ICU rounds, we finish rounding on the other ward patients, and then have to have everything done by 2PM, because if we don’t, the residency program is in violation of the federal work laws. Some of us (i.e. first year residents, aka “interns”) are more grateful for this law than others. No more House of God days, although sometimes it feels quite similar to what Samuel Shem describes (minus all of the wild sex parties going on in the call rooms – I want to know how he had time for all of that anyway).

I think the most difficult aspect to what I do is how I feel both physically and mentally if I have not slept in two days. For one thing, I become emotionally labile – funny things are really funny, and sad things are really sad. One time post-call, I was rounding with the ICU team, and I heard The Naked Gun 2 1/2 coming from a television in another room. Based on what I was hearing, I could visualize in my mind Lt. Frank Drebin’s expression as he says to the cocktail waiter, “Give me the strongest thing you’ve got,” and the waiter brings over a large body builder. With that, I began cracking up laughing in the midst of presenting a very ill patient. The attending stared at me, and yet I continued to laugh…and laugh…and laugh. Totally inappropriate. On the other hand, I recently had a patient become quite sick the morning after a call night, and wondering if we could have done something different, I started to cry. And I cried…and cried…and cried. It was horrible. After a good night of sleep, everything was fine.

At this point, I am on the verge of exhaustion. I’m tired all of the time – the day after call, the next day, and the next day I might feel semi-normal again – but then it’s time to be on call again. I have been skiing a couple of times, but have not run in nearly two months. And on days off, I have difficulty getting myself outside to run because all I want to do is sleep. But I can’t sleep, because I know I should be making use of my day off to accomplish what I have put off for an entire week. And the cycle continues…

At the moment, I am sitting here in the semi-darkness, listening to OK Computer and feeling quite relaxed. I just posted my current thinking to my non-running blog. That’s all for now – time for bed, for tomorrow is another [on call] day.

Pumpkin Push 5k – Seattle, WA1

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Saturday October 22, 2005 at 6:23 pm)

Evan and I finished the Pumpkin Push 5k this morning, a very pleasant local race that celebrates Halloween and autumn while raising money for the 45th Street Clinic. The course was on a trail through the park that, at times, ran alongside Lake Washington. The weather: absolutely gorgeous, perfect fall weather. I would say it was in the low 60s, sunny, not a rain cloud in the sky. I loved running alongside Evan as the fall foliage hung over us – the leaves here are amazing this time of the year. I have never experienced autumn before this year, and it is quite spectacular.

Anyway – you can read Evan’s perspective on the event. Mine does not vary much from his – we had a fun time and enjoyed being fit together. I am so incredibly proud of him for participating, and he did a fantastic job. I’m already looking forward to the next one, whenever that may be. What was adorable about this race, in addition to all of the costumes, was the pile of pumpkins at the end – everyone could take home a pumpkin! We got a smaller one and will be making a healthy version of a pumpkin pie in the near future.

Inconvenient work schedule0

Posted by jodi in Uncategorized (Thursday October 20, 2005 at 10:25 am)

During my month-long neuroradiology rotation (with the built-in week of vacation) I had gotten into a great new running routine. I was pleased with my time at the Salmon Days 10k, and my regular runs were becoming brisker by the day. Heck, I had even engaged in intervals (TWICE!).

Then – I went back to real work. That is, I am currently the “float” resident, and for the VA Medical Center, that means I am here Monday through Friday from 11AM until 11PM. This is not great for running, for while I may have time in the mornings, I am usually too exhausted from the previous busy night to get up early and fit a run in before my next 12-hour shift (which will last until 11PM). Fortunately, Evan and I have registered to run the Pumpkin Push 5k this weekend, so that gives me incentive to run on Saturday morning. I am also planning a long run on Sunday (8 miles) at a fun pace. Then, my last two “float” shifts fall on Monday and Tuesday before I return to the usual wards schedule – working six days a week, fairly regular hours, and on call overnight every fourth night. It’s still rough, but it will leave time for running in the afternoons at least four days a week.

So for this week – I ran Monday morning, but have not run since. I will run Saturday and Sunday, so that’s three days of running during the week (my running weeks start on Mondays). It could be worse. Still, I am eager not to lose what it took a month to regain. I feel great physically and want to sustain that feeling of fitness.

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