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Runner's Diary: Leslie Rude

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Leslie Rude
Leslie Rude

Wow, it’s only a little more than 30 days until the marathon.

The days keep flying by, and the miles keep creeping upwards.

I have loved the cooler, cloudy weather, which was great for outside training. Friend Glyn Price and I were able to go on a hilly 6-mile run midweek around the Harrison Lake area, and the weather and our scenery was gorgeous.

Son Nolan asked if he and I could go for a run, and since it was cooler, we were able to go for a quick half-miler. In toddler world, that’s quite the workout.

I’m hoping that this cool weather means that after school this week I’ll be able to enjoy some outside workouts and maybe even get on the bike a few times.

The highlight of training last week was definitely the 16-mile run Glyn and I did with the Columbus Running Club.

Our pastor and fellow run enthusiast, Jerry, was able to join us for the first eight miles, so the combination of a new running mate and a route I have never done before meant that those first eight miles flew by.

Training schedule

MONDAY: One-hour cardio circuit

TUESDAY: Interval runs for 3 miles

WEDNESDAY: One-hour cardio circuit

THURSDAY: Interval runs for 3 miles

FRIDAY: One-hour cardio circuit

SATURDAY: 16-mile run with Columbus Running Club and Glyn Price


After the first half, I didn’t want to get too optimistic — but my legs, lungs and mind were all in great shape. According to the heart rate monitor, which I have started paying a good deal of attention to, I was well below my zone.

As the miles kept going by and I kept feeling good, I started doing a mental checklist of everything I did to prepare for this run so I could repeat it for the next long run. I had gotten plenty of sleep the night before, I had carb-loaded at each meal for 48 hours before the run, and I was taking in good fuel during the run.

I normally use the Gu energy gel. But Carol Price found some Stinger energy chews and, after trying those during last weekend’s run, I am 100 percent converted.

This was one of the best training runs I have had so far because it built my confidence up.

After a few grueling runs, I was nervous that running more than a half marathon was painful and that was just the way it was going to be no matter what I did. I’m so glad I discovered that’s not the case.

Now that I have gotten the rhythm of training and teaching, I really want to concentrate on my philanthropic hopes for this marathon.

I have thought a lot about how to honor my late husband Jared’s memory and also bring someone the kind of optimism and joy that he lived every day.

The last service activity that Jared and I were able to take part in together was A Columbus Christmas, a celebratory event that our church, The Ridge, hosts each year to help local families in need during Christmas time.

Knowing that Jared loved being a part of that event, I’ve decided to use the marathon as a way to raise money for A Columbus Christmas and help make a local family’s Christmas season special.

I’ll be asking family and friends to sponsor me by making a contribution to this wonderful cause.

I am ready to try and honor Jared’s memory by combining his love of fitness with a cause that embodies his selfless, optimistic spirit.

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