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Runner's Diary: Leslie Rude

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Leslie Rude
Leslie Rude

The Republic will be following Leslie Rude in her preparation for the Sept. 27 Mill Race Marathon. Look for her diary each week. Contact Rude for tips, advice or encouragement at

I’ve been a little scared about my knee, but training is still going really well.

Around the third mile of my 9-mile run last Sunday, my knee started aching. That’s what I get for my week in New Orleans of taking it easy and eating like there was no tomorrow.

I did a lot of ice, lots of ibuprofen and some workouts that gave me a break in that area — a kempo video and a Jillian Michaels 30-day shred video.

I wanted to do a jog around the lake one day, but after about 2.5 miles my knee started hurting so I immediately started walking because I knew I had to be ready for the next day’s long run.

That run, with the Columbus Running Club, went much better than I anticipated. I wore a compression knee brace, and I think that really helped.

We actually did a little more than planned on Saturday because we got a little lost. It’s funny, because you’re not supposed to be getting lost during the Saturday group runs.

It felt awesome. It felt so good, and it was cool.

The highlight of my week was on Wednesday when Nolan ran a mile with me. I thought that was pretty impressive for a 3-year-old.

Training schedule

Monday: Time triathlon course run and Ab Ripper X (part of P90x video series)

Tuesday: Interval training to drop time on triathlon course

Wednesday: Kickboxing and kayaking

Thursday: Timed triathlon course run

Friday: 13-mile run with Glyn Price

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Interval training to drop time on triathlon course

He wants to do whatever mommy does, so that’s awesome. I had on a running tank top, so he wanted to wear his little basketball jersey. He said, “I’ll wear my fast shoes, Mommy.” They’re little Spiderman light-up shoes.

I was kind of worried about his little heart, but I kept asking if he wanted to slow down or stop. He’s got his head down and his arms pumping, and drivers are kind of slowing down to wave and laugh.

He was just really proud of himself, and he loves it.

I’ve got to start seeing some major decline in my time for the triathlon course.

I ran an 8:30 pace this week, and I think that was just a lot of factors: The knee, I have a cold, it was midday.

Anytime I work out after I’ve done a few things, you don’t realize it, but you’ve spent some of your energy, and you’re not as fresh as when you do it first thing in the morning.

I’m going to do be doing some interval training on the treadmill and outside. I’m thinking one minute of absolutely, all-out sprint followed by 30 seconds of a really slow jog or walk to recover. I think that will get my endurance and my speed up. I just want to run it (triatholon) in under 26 minutes.

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