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18.12 Challenge - Training week #9 and 15k Race

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Woohoo! Life is good!

Run 1 - 7.29 miles (Hot and Humid, pretty slow going)
Run 2 - 4.07 miles (Felt pretty darn good)
Run 3 - 10.6 miles (LSR? Great hike with my pals!)
Run 4 - 9.3 miles (15k Race)

All in all, this week was pretty good. I'm sure the 4 day Holiday weekend had something to do with that. My new inhaler seems to be helping a whole lot, yes!

I ran my first 15k this week and it was also mostly a trail race which I have not done either. The other runners were maniacs! And I say that in a loving and admirable way. Oh how I wish I could run like that! They are inspiring. A bunch of very fit and fast runners of various ages.

I basically took my time being careful so I would not trip on any tree roots or rocks. I really do not want to get injured and have to bail on my training or worse yet, bail on the races that I am training for. I seen several bloody knees in the bunch and I didn't want to be in that group. I also found, the bifocals and trail running do not go together very well.

I made to the end without getting hurt and I am fairly happy with my time, I would always love to be faster but hey I finished it.

Who is this girl? Never would I have guessed that I would be doing the things I am doing today. Loving life!

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MAVERICKDR 7/11/2014 3:17PM

    You are doing very well, and I am very proud of you. The efforts you are putting forth with so much awareness of your objectives, and motivation out the...whatever.

On the first morning of my cruise at the end of May, I'm in the fitness center at 6:15 am. I see this guy on the treadmill running for at least 60 minutes at a pace that would finish a marathon in the top percentile. He didn't have an ounce of fat on him. At every opportunity I had I looked for him. He inspired me to give it my all even when it is no where near what he has. You do the same.

Be ever mindful of your drive to ascend the heights. Be blessed!

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BOILHAM 7/11/2014 8:25AM

    Wonderful. Yes, trail racing and road racing are entirely different. Good job!

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    Hope you are training well and out of the heat of the day!

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PASTAFARIAN 7/10/2014 9:49PM

    Great job! Trail races are always an extra challenge. And you were very smart to be cautious.

PS: I know what you mean about bifocals. But I wouldn't wear them on road races either! Too easy to miss a pothole :-P

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BIGPAWSUP 7/10/2014 11:59AM

    Awesome! Terrific! Fabulous!

That's who that girl is and it's you, even better!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/10/2014 8:05AM

    GOOD FOR YOU!!! You must be proud!

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BA5454 7/10/2014 8:04AM

    emoticon Congrats!

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SNOWYOGA 7/10/2014 2:09AM

    emoticon And look at you go! emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 7/10/2014 12:27AM

    15K trail run? Sounds like you must be pretty buff. There will always be maniacs to chase!


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18.12 Training Week #8 and the LSR

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Very warm and humid this week, but I am making it. New inhaler seems to be a plus.

Run 1 - 6.25 miles (Hot and Humid but feeling pretty darn good)
Run 2 - 4.10 miles (again, feeling pretty good)
Run 3 - 4.12 miles (Warmish and slowing down)
Run 4 - 13.06 miles LSR (Ugh, see below)

My 13 mile LSR this week was on a very cloudy, warm and humid Sunday morning. The scenery that I had the pleasure running through was enough to at times to make me forget the pain. My legs and lungs were not buying any bit of the pleasure, oh the mind games runners play to push ourselves through.

As I was coming into my last 3 miles or so, I thought to myself "this is so hard, how do they (the real runners) do it?". Having doubts about my abilities and my sanity, I bounced around. "I can't go anymore today , I 'm walking" then I would start running again and give myself a pep talk to keep moving forward. "Just keep moving forward, you got this".

Finally, finished with the run and actively recovering, I didn't feel all that bad. I still had the nagging thought of how difficult that run was. I kept replaying the the run, the hours and day before I started out that morning. What could I have done to make it easier? This is too hard, it should be easier.

Later while researching the LSR I came across several interesting facts and thoughts. There is plenty that I can do to help myself move along more comfortably in this process and I actually do quite a bit of those things already. (Yay Me!) But the big thing that I read that now makes the most sense is that it is suppose to be hard. Yes, it is suppose to be hard.

The main purpose of the long run is to push yourself beyond what you currently know as your outer limits. It prepares your mind and body for the long haul and breaks through your existing limits. It breaks those limits down as it builds you up to a power within you that you never knew existed.

Wow. I am building up to someone here that I never knew I had in me. I can't wait to meet her!

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MAVERICKDR 7/8/2014 9:38AM

    There is no doubt that you are doing something special by pushing yourself to a place that you've never been. You are in training, and that's going to cost you a lot with your challenge. Count the cost. Your mind is the most powerful ally you've got.

For the record, I think what you are doing is awesome! emoticon

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    Be gentle with yourself! Nothing to prove. Nothing gained in an injury. think of the looooong term goals!

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MBTEPP 7/5/2014 1:02PM

    Slow your pace down. Sometimes I feel like I could walk faster emoticon.

I get a couple of interesting podcasts or good music and just rock my LSR. Mix it up, but stay relaxed.

You are doing emoticon .

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    Wow, this is all very interesting and I think I'm going to take the advice of you that have gone before and do more research.

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PASTAFARIAN 7/3/2014 11:41PM

    The purpose of a long run is not to push your boundaries. Although you will go farther than before, it really sounds like you are suffering in your long runs. Done properly, a long run should feel easy even when you are going farther than ever before. Google "purpose of long run" and you'll read lots of descriptions of the point of a long run which is to train your body physiology. (I'm not a physio so I'll leave it to others.)

Are you sure you're doing your long runs at an appropriate pace? During a long run, the sensation should feel like you can run at that pace forever. You shouldn't need mind games (well, except if you're getting bored). If it's more hot and humid than you're used to, you'll need to slow down even more.

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KAYOTIC 7/3/2014 9:34AM

    Yep, it's hard to run that far! I usually break those runs down mentally, like "I've run a 5K, now I only have 10 more miles, then ""I'm half done, all downhill from here" then, "I've run 10 miles, only about a 5K to go". Not sure why this works for me, or if it would work for you, but that's what I usually do.

Good going on the consistency of sticking with it!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/3/2014 9:29AM

    I got out and ran while we were down in Missouri. I thought the lower altitude would be a breeze to run in. I wasn't counting on the heat and humidity. About killed me! So glad to get back up here to the dry and cool weather!

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TIMOTHY53 7/2/2014 10:20PM

    Always take care in weather like this. You LSD (I like that better D = Distance) should not be a death march. Pull the plug if it gets to be too much.

It's always great when your workout helps you discover things inside you never knew you had.

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18.12 Challenge Training week #7

Monday, June 23, 2014

Generally speaking, I feel pretty good about this week. Reasonably happy with my training during the heat and humidity. I have seen another specialist for my asthma and now I have three inhalers to use along with a few pills for good measure. I guess as with my training, I believe it will worth it in the end.

The runs this week felt pretty sluggish and I keep telling myself that it will get better. I have a little over two months yet until the race, it will be cooler that morning in the North Country and I will have built up enough training runs under my fuel belt that I will accomplish this race and feel proud.

I do believe the training really shows us what we are made of. It takes a lot of determination to get to that finish line.

Week 7
Run 1 - 4 miles (hot and humid with bugs attacking)
Run 2 - 5.67 miles (yikes, hot and humid and glad when it was over)
Run 3 - 6 miles HIKE (I traded the run for a sunrise hike with my hiking pals on a challenging trail. They missed me.)
Run 4 - 12 miles LSR (all I can say about this is I'm glad it's over)
Various walks in between runs to help keep me moving and add to the Family QT.

All in all, I am happy with what I am doing. Sometimes it is a struggle to say "no" to other opportunities that come up when running is in the schedule. I feel like I am neglecting some friends and family once in a while because I have to run. This is important to me and you don't just go out and run a marathon. (If the 18.12 goes well, I will keep training up to a marathon in November.) Training is key, I know other runners understand. The 60-65 lbs that I lost must be gone for good and the confident person that I am today must be here forever!

Sunrise on the mountain. Beautiful first sunrise of summer.

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MBTEPP 6/25/2014 10:29AM

    Great picture! I can see the inspiration.

Wow, a 12 mi run! Great job! Not all training runs are going to be easy. My first 14 miler was in the toilet, but I finished, in poor conditions, and that is what I hold on to. I went the distance. I dialed it back the next week, and felt real strong!

Do not forget that it takes time to adjust to training in heat. But it will happen. Once your body acclimates to the new climate, your runs will feel easier. It is like training in high altitude. It makes you stronger in the short run (so fall races are a good time to take advantage of the new fitness level. One month after the heat of summer training, and the benefits of oxygenation to the muscles are gone.)

Hiking in the mountains is a good alternative to hill training. Nice job.

You are keeping focused! emoticon

I am glad to hear you are not settling on one doctor's opinion. emoticon


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MAVERICKDR 6/24/2014 6:15AM

    What an amazing level of commitment and bravery. You will do very well, I'm sure.

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LIVINGFREE19 6/24/2014 12:38AM

    I am so glad that you are working your way through your asthma issues!

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SNOWYOGA 6/24/2014 12:26AM

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BIGPAWSUP 6/23/2014 10:42PM

    Congrats on your commitment! That is fantastic.

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Training weeks 5 and 6

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Life is just an endless cycle of busy some times. The past two weeks has been a mix of fun and work and more work. Some vacation time, which was enjoyable and much needed, nothing too exciting but a chance to "not work".
Work is such a dirty word. I am super grateful that I can work and do have a job to go to. On top of that, I really do like my job too. Between work at work, work at home and training for the race, I am cramming! But I am getting it done. (Barely)
My asthma has not let up and the doctor say's to me, "I am not sure what to do with you, I have never treated anyone with asthma that wants to do extraordinary things like you do. This Schuylkill County, nobody does that here." LOL! He is right, but let me be the first to expand your knowledge! Some think Asthma is the perfect excuse not to exercise. Not this girl!

So while not having the best of times, I am doing it!

Week 5 (supposed to be a "step back" week)
Run 1 - 3 miles (flat and easy)
Run 2 - 7.25 miles (on the warm side but manageable)
Bike instead - 21.5 miles (some tough hills)

Week 6 (step back up!)
Run 1 - 3.4 miles (hilly, hazy and humid)
Run 2 - 6 miles (drizzle and very humid, breathing bad)
Run 3 - 4.25 miles (very hilly, this run was the most excellent!)
Run 4 - 10.75 miles (a lesson in management)

The training can be a wonderful thing, you learn a lot about your self. My runs range from barely running, do to breathing, to actually feeling like an Olympic Champion! My run 3 and 4 last week were back to back days, which the lesson is don't do. I ran the 4.25 miles out and back with an elevation gain of 723 ft. I did it in 52 minutes! That was my fastest time ever on the mountain, I felt like a champion! I felt good and I went with it! However, the next day was my long slow run. I went 10.75 miles in 148 minutes, yes it was slow. Towards the end I was feeling the drag and achiness of the tough run the day before. Yes, I know better and should not have done this. Other then a little muscle soreness, I managed it and had a rest day yesterday. Today I run!

On another note: it boggles my mind and spirit how I can run such a tough run and feel so good about it only to have the tracker say that I "walked". Obviously it has no idea what I accomplished in elevation! I still feel awesome about it!

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SNOWYOGA 6/18/2014 12:25AM

    emoticon and thanks for sharing!

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LIVINGFREE19 6/17/2014 10:02PM

    You are so inspiring!

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MBTEPP 6/17/2014 8:59PM

    Awesome job! Long runs should be SLOW, so as to train injury free. Higher altitude with help increase your VO2 max, but what does it do for your asthma.

I'd say get another doctor, but its likely slime pickings for you. When I do not agree with my physician, I bring him/her an article to support my position. You will be amazed how receptive a physician can be, especially when you take the time to educate. Find a good, scientific article on how asthmatics are trained runners. I know I have crossed an article or two.

I am glad you had some vacation days all to yourself. Very healing.

Thanks for visiting my blogs. I appreciate your support.

Keep training hard and smart. You are doing great.

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BA5454 6/17/2014 4:04PM

    Wow, you are awesome! A few years ago (maybe more) the asthmatic was told not to put undo stress by doing too much physical activity. I think you're redefining what being a person who has asthma is all about. You totally rock. Hope your Doc keeps on working with you ;-). Meantime, keep on going!

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COOP9002 6/17/2014 11:06AM

    Nice job on getting all of that accomplished. You are doing a fantastic job of getting to where you want to be.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/17/2014 9:26AM

    Congrats on getting it done.

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ELRIDDICK 6/17/2014 7:01AM

  Thanks for sharing

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MAVERICKDR 6/17/2014 6:47AM

    YOU are the tracker, not some infernal device that doesn't know jack from shinola. I am very proud of you. You are doing things I can't do and I don't have asthma. You want to do extraordinary things, and your exercise is part of your healing. Your brain is the largest organ in your body. Listen to it, and live for your dreams. Be blessed!
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18.12 Challenge - Training week #4

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Wow, has four weeks passed already? The race will be here before I know it! It is true what they told me as a youngster, the older you get the faster times goes. Yikes!

The week went pretty good all in all:
Run #1 - 3 miles
Run #2 - 5 miles (Rainy run again)
Run #3 - 3 miles
Run #4 - 10 miles LSR (Beautiful morning run)

I feel pretty decent during the run but really wish I had a better handle on my breathing. Some days it takes a lot of effort to get my lungs and my legs to get along and not fight.

After seeing the 91 year old female finish the San Diego Marathon, I'm thinking maybe I can do that! A marathon would be quite a stretch for this gal, but it may be possible, eh? I need to think about it some more.

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MAVERICKDR 6/4/2014 9:29PM

    Very proud of you and your progress. Keep going. Those feel good endorphins are worth the effort. Be sure...tempus fugit!

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LIVINGFREE19 6/4/2014 9:03PM


You are doing really well!

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SNOWYOGA 6/4/2014 8:16PM

    Sounds like you going good and now you have an extra inspiration I hope when i'm her age i'm still just getting around! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MBTEPP 6/4/2014 8:16PM

    You can do a marathon, if that is what you choose!

10 Miles this week. That is emoticon. How did it feel? Did you take it really slow? I would think that the asthma would be less of a problem if your pace were slow, is this so?

You are doing emoticon . Keep up the good training.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/4/2014 10:24AM

    Awesome. Keep going and having fun.

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MARGARITTM 6/4/2014 6:38AM

    I just ran my first - and YES you can do this! Go for it you have soooo got this!

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