Celebrate Week #15: Cap City Half Marathon Training Report and a WINNER!

This week, Celebrate A Winner! 
Thank you to everyone who entered my Running the Edge Giveaway! I wish I could make you all winners!! 🙂
Congratulations to…Jen Correa!
Congrats, Jen! Please email me at sara@wordstorunby.com by the end of the day on Friday, March 30, 2012 with your mailing address or I will pick another winner.
This week was a horrible training week for me. My knees are painful everytime I even try to walk. I am calling the Doc this week to get an appointment to find out what is going on. Needless to say, I am not. at. all. happy. I missed out on a 9 mile training run with the 13’s this weekend, which always makes me sad. I couldn’t even sleep in because I am so used to getting up early on Saturday mornings. 
About all I did this week was drink water and even so, I need to work on that over the weekends:
How was your week? Tell me about it, since I didn’t have a training week myself! I am hoping for some good news (or any news) from the doctor. How do you deal with a nagging injury? 
Until the next mile marker,
In Case You Missed It:

From Chris at the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.
My friend and Pace Per Mile Bossman, Chris Nicholas, is running across the United States. His journey began yesterday and so far he is on Mile 8, Day 2. He is raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals and is doing a hell of a lot of work to help out kids and families he doesn’t even know! Check out his story and please donate $1, $5, $10 or more if you can! Keep up with Chris on the Pace Per Mile Facebook Page. 

One Man’s Reason to Run (A Journey of 3,000 Miles)

For those of you that know me, you know that I am constantly amazed by people who run – people who chase their dreams and achieve the impossible. I am amazed by the running community and how supportive, encouraging, helpful and accepting it is. For the first time in nearly all of my adult life, I feel like I belong somewhere. I feel like I am part of something that matters 

I am amazed also, by the blogging community – particularly when it comes to running and endurance sports – and how honest, open, intriguing and positive it can be. I know the vast majority of you feel the same. I don’t think I have ever encountered a negative word on my blog – constructive criticism or advice, maybe – but negativity? Never.

I am also amazed at the opportunities I have received through running. After all, being a part of MIT and Fleet Feet Sports here in Columbus has led to some pretty amazing things. I have met Bart Yasso, KathrineSwitzer, Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano. I have access to coaches, athletes, and knowledgeable medical staff through a training program that is unlike any other in the country. And, I have made friends that have stood by me no matter what.

The opportunities I have been granted thorough blogging and social media are no less amazing. I have met some wonderful people who are encouraging, helpful and kind. Some are here, some are not; but they all play a role. In November of last year, I became a State Reporter for Pace Per Mile Radio and more recently, a FitFluential Ambassador. Not to mention, the contacts I have made with various race directors, companies, film directors and influential runners.

Still, nothing quite amazes me like the runner. Plain and simple. A runner who takes on the impossible challenge? I can’t fathom it. I couldn’t fathom how Terry Hitchcock ran across the country. Or how Bart Yasso ran Badwater. Or how Kathrine Switzer ran Boston when females weren’t even allowed to run.

In fact, less than 300 individuals have ever completed a cross country run. I can’t even imagine attempting it.

Yet, in less than two days, one man will cross the United States from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles with nothing but his gear in a running jogger and the stories of those he will meet along the 73 day, 3,000 mile journey. This man is not trying to go particularly fast, but he is going. He set a goal and he is sticking to it. Not only that, he has a goal to raise $5,000 for sick or injured children through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. One hundred percent of funds that are donated will go to help thousands of children across the country that he is running. The funds he raises will go to help children and their families who have lost all hope, feel forgotten or don’t know where else to turn to seek they help they so desperately need. 


The man is Chris Nicholas. And I probably wouldn’t know a thing about him or the journey he is about to embark on if I never responded to a Twitter message from Pace Per Mile Radio about reporting for Ohio. Actually, I almost deleted it. Who ever heard of endurance radio? Certainly not me. And did people listen to it? Who knew? Certainly not me. With over 400, 000 listeners, now I know better.  

True, I have not known Chris very long, but what I do know is that he is taking on something extraordinary and I am nothing short of amazed. I know that Chris is kind, caring, humble and passionate about running and motivating others to feel that same passion. He is passionate about Pace Per Mile and spreading the word about endurance events no matter where you live or what you do for a living. We can all do what we once thought was impossible. All it takes is the will to do it, a pair of shoes a bike or track.

And yet, no matter how individually driven and motivated we are, we all rely on the running community and comrade we all feel from time to time. This is exactly why Chris still needs our support. We thrive off each other’s energy, positivity and power to believe. We search for familiar faces on the sidelines of the race course; listen for an excited cheer from the crowd; read an encouraging text at mile 18 of a training run; or get a call from a friend to ask how the trip went.

Chris is running physically alone out there. Just him. For thirty-five to forty miles a day. I struggle to run four miles by myself all the time. He’s carrying his gear with him in a jogging stroller, Gatorade on his back and switching out shoes at pre-arranged drop-off points. The people he meets and the places he sees will no doubt help to carry him through when it gets challenging. He’s seeing the country first-hand. He’s speaking to sixty or more school groups about his journey and handing out cards along the way so people can donate to Children’s Miracle Network. A warm bed and a hot meal will make all the difference in the world after a day of pure physical exertion; and all of his accommodations (hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and host families) have been provided at no cost to him.

If you can help, please consider donating as little as $1, $5, $10 or more dollars to help Chris meet his $5,000 fundraising goal to help children across the nation. And, of course, if you aren’t able to help monetarily, please tune in to Pace Per Mile on a regular basis starting March 25. Chris will be reporting from the road. Also, check out his Facebook Page where you can offer words of encouragement and well wishes.

From one runner to the next, thank you. 

Until the next mile marker, 

Ohio’s Pace Per Mile Report for Week of March 19, 2012

You can also listen to my report on Pace Per Mile, the 1st Place for Endurance Radio HERE. 

This is Sara from wordstorunby.com reporting on the Ohio race scene for Pace Per Mile Radio. This week, we’re welcoming in spring, which is always exciting for me because it means the running and racing season will be picking up all across the country. Although, here in Columbus we have been experiencing record breaking highs in the low 80’s, which is a little warm for running, but the sunshine just can’t be passed up!

The Cleveland area is charging into spring on Saturday, March 24 with the Charge into Spring 5K and 1 Mile Walk, benefiting the St. Mary’s Work Camp Group. The Work Camp Group is a national organization that works to repair homes of the poor and elderly throughout the country, while providing youth and adults with stewardship and fellowship opportunities. The race starts at 8:15 a.m. at St. Mary’s of Berea in Berea, Ohio. Online registration is $20 and closes at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 23. Race day registration is $25. Active Runner in Strongsville will donate a brand new pair of running shoes to Overall Winners and $25 gift cards to the Overall Age Group Winners. Visit www.hermescleveland.com to register.

Back in Columbus, the Greenswell Wellness in the Woods Series is presenting the Sharon Woods Metro Park run on Sunday, March 25. Particpants can chose from a 2 mile, 5K or 8K course ranging from $20 to $30 in pre-registration fees. Race day registration is also available. The goal of this series is to provide a culture of healthy living by organizing a series of walks and runs at various metro parks. Sharon Woods Metro Park, located in Westerville, has an earthen, crushed limestone and paved trail for runners and walkers. Children under 12 years of age and retired seniors 60 years of age and older can participate for free. Leashed pets and strollers are permitted for this series. Please visit www.greenswell.com for additional details and to register in advance.

Finally, the 2012 Athens Marathon and Half Marathon is taking place on Sunday, April 1 at 9:00 a.m. The course runs along the banks of the Hocking Canal, which connects the river by the same name with the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio and unfolds along a gorgeously scenic route that takes runners from the green, tree-lined campus of Ohio University on an out-and-back trail along the canal. Southern Ohio is absolutely beautiful (I know from camping there frequently) and a bit hilly too, but this course promises to be flat and fast! Given the warm temperatures we have been experiencing, this might be a perfect time to get out and enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of the state.

Gatorade, water and medical stations will be approximately every three miles. The miles are well marked and all races are held on the Hocking Adena Bikeway. This is a USTAF certified course, which closes six hours after the race start. Post-race massages will be available and cash prizes will be given to the men’s, women’s and Master divisions; wreaths from Greece will be given to the marathon winners. There is NO race day registration so register online at www.athensmarathon.comby Saturday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m.

That’s it for this week’s Ohio Pace Per Mile State Report. Until next time, you can find me at www.wordstorunby.com for more information or to share your race-day stories. Thanks for listening to Pace Per Mile Radio and see you at the next mile marker. 


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Run the Edge Meet, Greet & GIVEAWAY!

<< Please note: I originally planned for this giveaway to run for a week, but miscalculated the dates, it is open until March 25!! >>

I am frequently amazed at the opportunities I have been granted since I became involved with the Central Ohio running community. After all, being a part of MIT and Fleet Feet Sports has led to some pretty amazing things. I have met running legends such as Bart Yasso and Kathrine Switzer. I have access to coaches, athletes, and knowledgeable medical staff through a training program that is unlike any other in the country. And, I have made friends that have stood by me no matter what.
Run the Edge
Most recently, I was more than fortunate to hear a presentation by Olympian Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano about their new book Run the Edge. Not only that, I got to meet Adam and Tim, interview them on the spot for Pace Per Mile Radio and have their book signed! So exciting.
If you don’t know already, Adam and Tim’s relationship is a testament to the power of running to bring people together over a common bond that is not easily broken. They were teammates for only one year in college at the University of Colorado, but they formed a friendship and shared passion for running that has never faded. Run the Edge unites this passion with over forty years combined running experience, including Adam’s thirteen years of professional running and Tim’s fifteen years as a Psychology teacher and coach. Talk about impressive; enough to make someone slow like me anyone nervous to meet them.
What I didn’t know was these guys are about the nicest, kindest, funniest, most down-to-earth people you will ever meet in your life. I felt like I knew them from the moment we sat down during the interview and the nerves faded away as we began to talk. Amazing. Their distinct passion for running and motivating others to run prevails above all else. It doesn’t matter to them if you are fast, slow, big, small, competitive or not – we are all runners and they make it known that we are all part of the same running family. Positivity and encouragement just radiated from these guys.
In their presentation, Adam and Tim talked about the mirrors of distance running and how utilizing them can help you reach your maximum potential both in running and in life. The mirrors they talked about were Initiative (make someday today); Adaptability (know when to bend and know the line between tough and stupid); Responsibility (there is no one else who can do it for you); and Accountability (say it out loud, make written goals and put them where you can see them.
Lisa, Heather & Me before the show. Lisa got to dinner with Adam & Tim too!
The most valuable part of their presentation for me was when they discussed the “Courage to Start.” It is a point that resonates with me still. If the only thing that is stopping you from getting started is getting started then what are you waiting for? Make today the day you decide to change your life. I did almost three years ago when I joined a local boot camp to shed excess pounds and then decided to run a half marathon on a whim (I found MIT once I realized I had no idea how one actually trained for that kind of thing). Once I took the first step, the rest just seemed to fall into place – running, racing, strength training, eating smart and getting healthy. Still, I have rough days (or weeks or months) and asking myself what is stopping you, Sara? is still important. As Tim and Adam said, “Your journey begins today and again tomorrow and again the day after that!” I thoroughly enjoyed every second of their presentation. They told stories, read from their book and used funny and informative slides to emphasize their points.
The next day, Adam and Tim came out to meet us for our morning run and they couldn’t stop talking about how exciting and amazing it was to see so many people up and ready to run on a Saturday morning. They even took video of us because they said people back home might not believe them! I was lucky enough to meet up with Adam out on the trail (he was walking due to recovering from knee surgery) and we talked about knees and training while injured.
A pep talk before we run! 
Then, I raced over to Fleet Feet (in my car of course) to meet up with Adam and Tim for an interview for Pace Per Mile Radio. If you missed that, you can find it HERE.

Adam, Me & Tim
Now for the part you’re really interested in – the GIVEAWAY! You know I wouldn’t forget my lovely readers. How would you like your very own signed copy of Run the Edge? I thought so. Here it is:

All you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know you would like to win by Sunday, March 25. I will randomly choose the winner and make the announcement here on Monday, March 26. That’s it! Good luck to each and every one of you.
Until the next mile marker,
 Please note, this book was purchased with my own funds and graciously signed by Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano on Saturday March 10, 2012. I was not compensated in any way for this posting.
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Ohio’s Pace Per Mile Report for Week of March 12, 2012: On the Spot Interview with Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano

Listen to my interview with Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano, co-authors of Run the Edge on Pace Per Mile, the 1st Place for Endurance Radio HERE.

This weekend, I was beyond excited and grateful to have the opportunity to interview Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano as part of Fleet Feet Sports Columbus’ Grand Opening Celebration. Thank you to Jeff Henderson and all of Fleet Feet for hosting such a fantastic weekend. I am truly fortunate to be a part of such an amazing running and walking community.
Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano at Fleet Feet Columbus
I have to admit, I was a little nervous about the interview. Usually, I record my reports from the within the safety of my own little make-shift recording studio crammed in a corner at home where I can re-record (and re-record and re-record) until it sounds the way I want it to I sound the way I think I should.
This weekend, it was one shot and one shot only! Not to mention, I was a little star-struck meeting Adam and Tim. Together, they have over forty years of combined running experiences, Adam with thirteen years of a professional running career and Tim with fifteen years as a Psychology teacher and Coach. Wow.

These guys are about the nicest, kindest, funniest, most down-to-earth people you will ever meet in your life. I felt like I knew them from the moment we sat down and the nerves faded away as we began to talk. Amazing. Their distinct passion for running and motivating others to run prevails above all else. It doesn’t matter to them if you are fast, slow, big, small, competitive or not – we are all runners and they make it known that we are all part of the same running family.

If you haven’t already, visit Run the Edge on Facebook and check out their website. This book will change your life by motivating, educating, entertaining and inspiring you; and it will bring you a renewed passion for running that you may have forgot even existed. Want to get to know Adam and Tim yourself? Then read their book!
Stay tuned to my blog for a complete review of my weekend with Adam and Tim and a giveaway you won’t want to miss!  

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Never miss a state report again! FOLLOW Pace Per Mile and Words to Run By on Twitter. Plus, stay up to date on endurance news, giveaways, contests, tips and training advice. Also, LIKE Pace Per Mile and Words to Run By on Facebook.