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Week 9 half marathon training: 11 miler with a rooster and a couple of ducks

Monday, December 19, 2011

Last week was an interesting week. I had to change up the schedule a bit to fit in the kids holiday parties. My son's party was on Wednesday and my daughter's was on Thursday. Thank goodness I did not have them both on the same day. I ran my usual Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

My runs on Tuesday, and Wednesday were 3 milers and went great. I had to shorten my 5 miler to 2 miles, on Thursday, so that I would have enough time to come home and get all glammed up for my daughter's holiday party; they even had Santa there. I got dressed, got in the car, and the car would not start. Oh no, this cannot be happening to me right now. I missed her party. Another mom was really sweet; she took photos at the party and she emailed them to me. I really wish I could have been there but having some photos and seeing she had a great time helped me feel better...a little.

I was a little nervous about my run. Last week I pushed my daughter in the jogging stroller for my 10 miler and I was hoping I would not have to do it again this weekend. She slept in so I was able to slip out the door alone. I did feel guilty because I know she would cry a bit after she wakes up and discover I am not there. So on to my 11 miler. I headed out the door and started forming a mental map as to which way I wanted to run. I do not like to run loops if I do not have to. The first 4 miles went with no problem. I am running on Doral Blvd (one of the main streets in Doral) when I go to cross the street and see a rooster in the middle of the road. It brought back memories of Key West where you see a rooster roaming the streets like a stray cat or dog. Okay so I see one rooster. I keep running and at the next light I cross the street to run next to the cow pasture. Yep, a cow pasture in Miami.

So I continue on Doral Blvd towards the turnpike entrance and just before the entrance starts a path that runs next to the turnpike. This is where I see two ducks. The male duck was protecting his girl; I thought he was going to peck my ankles to protect her. One rooster, and then two ducks....what is next. About mile six I run past 3 ducks. Starting to sound like the song "12 days of Christmas", so now I am wondering what I will see in four's. Nothing; that was it, but it was fun while it lasted. Mile 7, ends my run next to the turnpike and I am back in a neighborhood. I love running here. I can go at least a mile without crossing any streets. I still have to be cautious because of the cars pulling out of the gated communities. Most of the drivers are really cool and will even wait for me to cross their path instead of blocking my running path. I do my part and give a big friendly smile and a wave.

I finish my 11 miler and boy was I glad to see my Garmin read 11.00. My shoulders were screaming and my knees were starting to ache. I did not feel this tension until my 9 miler. By Tuesday's run, I am back to my usual self. I need to use the foam roller to work out the kinks, I know. I am also thinking it is time for a new pair of shoes. I just picked up a pair for $20 a few weeks back at one of the running stores, but the support is too much and the new shoes weighs more than the ones I am wearing now and I feel the difference. I will use them for walking and doing my strength training. Well that is it for now.

I am making it my pace!!!!!!

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SHERR513 12/22/2011 5:55PM

    Great inspiration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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SUZWARNR 12/20/2011 1:38PM

    Great job on the 11 miles! I'm glad there were enough things to keep it interesting for you. I know you are going to do great when you do this half. :)

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KIMMIF 12/19/2011 11:37PM

    11 miles and farm animals. Sounds great!

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ELIZACG9 12/19/2011 3:31PM

    Your doing better than me, keep it up girl, your really an inspiration to me. emoticon

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MASRITE 12/19/2011 2:31PM

    Rooster, ducks, oh my!!! How fun is that. A nice distraction. Glad your 11 miles went well. You're going to rock your half. Remind me again, when is it?

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MBSHAZZER 12/19/2011 12:50PM

    What an exciting run, Daphne! I would not have expected that much wildlife in Doral!

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Week 8 half marathon training: 10 miler with my 3 year old in tow

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I had an okay week for running. I ran Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This blog is a week late because I have been so tired from running and doing my best to take care of the kids and house. I will blog about my 11 miler tomorrow.

Oh mother nature was all over the place a week ago. My Tuesday run was perfect. It was not too hot or cold so I got in a quick 3 miler and it was a fast one. I am thinking that my 5 miler on Wednesday is going to be just as great...wrong. Wednesday was way too hot for my 5 miler. December is usually comfortable weather in Florida....I was surprised by the humid weather. No need to worry, on Thursday a cold front came through overnight so my Thursday run was a cool one; just what I need. I was hoping it would stick around for my 10 miler on Saturday.

Saturday morning I woke up a little earlier to have a small snack before heading out the door. I did not think it would be a good idea to run 10 miles on an empty stomach and I want to see if I can find the right thing to eat before my race. I had half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and some water to wash it down. I used the down time to charge my Garmin and Nano. I was about to head out the door when my daughter woke up. She wakes up calling for me and I knew it would be hard on her to see me leave out the door. So to avoid seeing her cry, I pulled out the jogging stroller and strapped her her pajamas. My 3 year old has been back sliding with her potty training since my turkey trot run. She still uses the toilet at home and I carry here little pot that I keep in my trunk when we travel but we are back to pull ups at night. I went months without having to buy them. Sigh. She will get over this phase again in her own time. I am not rushing her.

The cold weather did not last and it was a humid run. Miles 1, 2, and 3 go well. Mile 4 my daughter says, "Yea, yea, yea"....translation she has to go potty. We are in a neighborhood, but I do not anyone in this part of Doral, and after that we are on a sidewalk to nowhere. There are no businesses around and even if there were she would not use a public bathroom. I was coming up to a light so I stopped to talk to her. I told her it was okay to pee pee in her pull up. She did not want to at first, but eventually she did. The run was tough with the stroller. I felt the added weight in my knees the entire run. I did not regret bringing my baby. She was happy being with me. Although near the end she said, "Go home now". I had to laugh because it was a long ride for her. She was a trooper though.

I am faithfully getting in my long runs. I feel confident about completing the half and I have a pretty good idea about my finishing time; between 2:15 - 2:30. This is what I am trending and I will be more than happy with that for my 1st half. Well that is it for now and I will blog about my 11 miler tomorrow. I did it....yay!!!!!

Bye for now.

Daphne in Doral (Miami)

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KKINNEA 12/20/2011 2:59PM

    Awesome job! I was in awe of people pushing strollers for short distances but 10 miles takes the cake - you'll really rock your race with no extra weight to push!

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SUZWARNR 12/20/2011 1:35PM

    10 miles with a stroller? You rock!

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LISALGB 12/18/2011 9:12PM

    Wow!! I can't run 10 miles without a stroller!! You rock!! And, what precious time with your baby!! The best of both!!

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MBSHAZZER 12/18/2011 11:11AM

    Daphne, impressive! A 10 mile run with a 3 year old in a stroller had to add a lot of extra weight to your run! You must have burned a million calories!

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KIMMIF 12/17/2011 9:20PM

    I'm impressed too! Congrats on getting the run in with baby in tow!

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MASRITE 12/17/2011 7:44PM

    10 miles on our is own is hard enough, add a baby stroller? Props to you!! You're going to do great on your first half. You're going for the same pace I did for my first. Can't wait to see how you do!!

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EMMANYC 12/17/2011 6:17PM

    Wow - running 10 miles with a toddler in a stroller is probably the equivalent of an HM already. I'm impressed with your determination.

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Week 7 half marathon training: 9 miler with a new water bottle

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I had a busy week as usual. I am helping one of my neighbors who is returning to work part time. This is week two of me picking up her son and bringing him home to do homework and have a quick snack. I pick up my 3 year old at her school first and then double back to pick up my son and his friend. I learned in week one that they need to be separated otherwise they spend the entire time looking at each others answers. Wow, since when did first grade math become so complicated? I did fairly well in school so I do not understand the need for schools to try to reinvent math.

Mother nature was kind to me this week. I ran on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and my 9 miler on Saturday. I had good runs and I ate well also. I am venturing into new territory here. I am used to running over 9 miles a week, but I have never done it in one run...until Saturday.

I know the neighborhood well and which route I would need to take to get in 9 miles. I wanted to do hills. Since we do not have many hills in Florida, bridges are the next best thing. So am I about to head out the door and then I remember a blog from Coach Nancy where she mentioned you should leave a map where you are running or tell someone where you are going to run. I ran back in the house to tell my husband and he was not comfortable with my intended route so I nixed it and mapped out "plan b". Miles 1, 2, and 3 went by without notice. I had my Nano for background music and my new water bottle. It came in handy. Although by mile 4, it was warm and no longer refreshing to sip on. Also at mile 4, my route changed directions and this is the first that I noticed the "flat hills"......wind, wind, wind. I am halfway into my run so I kept running. Mile 5 was refreshing; no wind, but I was starting to fade. In my head, I am saying Gatorade, Gatorade, Gatorade....should have bought my Prime 01 Gatorade. I love the sweet salty taste of it. And boy was I missing it. Mile 6 was a tough one. I go to cross the street to finish off my remaining 5k and almost get hit by a car. The driver blew through a yellow/red light. I actually had to back jog to let the car pass. Once I got across the street, I stopped to collect my thoughts and to go back and retrieve my heart that was left in the middle of the street. I ran miles 6 and 7 in the wind. It brought back memories of me running cross country meets in Chicago, in October.....wind, wind, wind. Miles 8 and 9 dragged by. I thought my Garmin would never say 9.00.

Whew, lesson learned. Fuel the body. I went to the store and stocked up on Gatorade Prime 01 after that run. 10 miler, I will be ready for you on Saturday. Lol!!!

I am glad I did not wear my new Saucony shoes. I think my running style has changed and I no longer need that much stability. I ran my short runs last week in the Sauconys and I made a "slapping" sound when I ran so I ran in my Nike for the 9 miler. Well I asked Santa for a gift card to my local running store. Hopefully I will get refitted then and use my Saucony for walking. I will blog about my 10 miler on the weekend.

Happy Tuesday.


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APIRLRAIN888 12/14/2011 10:46PM

    Congratz, yes fuel lots to learn and tweak we are all diff

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IMSMILEY88 12/14/2011 10:39PM

    Great job on your 9 miler! And, yes, fuel is important! emoticon I finished a Half Marathon last month HUNGRY & my coach said that meant I needed more fuel. So, on Sunday I ran another HM and ate more...& it worked! No hunger! And, I was faster & felt stronger. Fuel the body! emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 12/13/2011 8:25AM


This is fantastic.

Be careful to never ever get hit-too scary.

Please, keep blogging about training-I LOVE IT and hope to document my own HM training blog in 2012.

And 9 miles is amazing.

Great job.

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LISALGB 12/8/2011 10:11PM

    I'm glad you didn't get hit by that car. What a great run!! Way to go!!

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MASRITE 12/8/2011 8:12PM

    Glad you did your 9 in one piece. Some drivers are so oblivious to their surroundings, it's scary!! Stay safe on your 10 miler. Can't wait to see how you do!!!

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SUZWARNR 12/8/2011 1:11PM

    Careful. Glad you didn't get hurt. I've bonked once. It sucked. I took my fuelbelt for long runs after that. One small bottle was not enough for you. But now you know what you need to carry you through your long runs. Congrats on your 9 miler. :)

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/7/2011 7:41PM

    Hey there, I noticed your comment on MBSHAZZER's page and just had to stop by! I teach fourth and fifth grade and am getting so sick of the horribly worded and redundant questions asked in the math curriculum we use! Sometimes I just make up my own worksheets/tests because the published stuff gets me so frustrated. I know it irks the parents, too. Some parents can't even figure out how to do the math their 10-year-olds are bringing home for homework!

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MBSHAZZER 12/7/2011 5:28PM

    LOL at your math comment! :D

Sounds like you did great on your 9 miler. It was indeed extremely windy on Saturday. It beat me up - I was dying! Sorry to hear you had a near miss - it happens to me a lot too and is never fun.

Honestly, I think you are ready for a half marathon by the time the ING rolls around in 2 months... just something to think about!


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KIMMIF 12/6/2011 11:23PM

    What a run! I'll be a newbie runner as soon a my back allows. Thanks for the updates. emoticon

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MOTIVATED@LAST 12/6/2011 8:54PM

    Nice run!

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Week 6 half marathon training: the Turkey Trot....thank you George

Saturday, November 26, 2011

This week was very busy for me. I had to shorten my runs this week because I ran the turkey trot on Thursday....will get to that later. I meant to run on Sunday, but I spent time with the family. My husband was going out of town the next day and was not going to be home for Thanksgiving. So I ran on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and will run later today.

Monday was pure chaos. Another Turkey day meal...this time at my daughter's school. She goes to school in the afternoon, but on Monday everyone was coming in the morning. I could not be in two places at once so my husband dropped of our son on his way to the airport and I took my "princess" to school. I picked up my Turkey Trot shirt on Saturday and wore it Monday morning. It is school bus yellow so you could not miss me; got a couple of good luck wishes. I wanted to run 4 miles but cut it to 3....I ran out of time before I had to go back to my daughter's school. I also volunteered to help a neighbor by picking up her son. Things did not go so well; the day before his parents had to work the NASCAR event to raise money for his hockey team. They were gone all day; the little boy thought he was going to be at my house ALL day. His mom was still at the school so she took him home.

Just a regular Tuesday; dropped my kids off at school, ran for 2 miles and right after did my strength training, showered and then it is time to head back to school for pickups. All went well, even my neighbor's child had a good Tuesday. The in laws were coming down from St. Augustine and heading to West Palm Beach to get settled in and then come to my place for Turkey day....plans changed. My husband's grandmother fell last week in West Palm Beach while trying to make it up the stairs to the condo. So instead of trying to figure out how to get grandma up and down the stairs, we decided it would be best if they stayed here in Miami; we do not have stairs at the entrance.

I had all day Wednesday to prepare the room for grandma. I have to transform the kid's toy room into a bedroom. After school, I took the kids to the park and let them play for one hour and an half. I was prepping everything for my mother in law to watch the kids Thursday morning. My son is fine with me not being there in the morning, but my 3 year old still calls my name 1st thing in the morning. She must have been worried sick; I was not there and neither was my husband. I knew she was in good hands so I just focused on the race.

My alarm goes off at 5:30. I wake up and have a banana and a slice of wheat toast with peanut butter. I wash it down with water. Said good bye to my mother in law and headed out the door for my race. In my driveway I remembered my bib number was on top of the fridge. Good thing I remembered this before I left the community. Whew. I was supposed to meet my friends there. I did not see them until about mile 4 into the race.

So now getting to the race. It was a nice turnout. They did a great job directing everyone into the parking lot; well planned out. The race closed out at 4,500. I was able to get in a little jog, go to the porto o potty and head over the starting line on time....the race was still delayed. It did not start at 7:30 last year either. I find the 10 minute/mile pacer and squeeze in there. Everyone starts at the same time. The music is pumping and the gun goes off. It takes me 6 minutes to cross the start line. My bib has the strip behind it so my time does not start until I cross the line.

They changed the course up a bit. Miles 1,2 and 3 went by with a blur (30 minutes). Yay....I am on track to finish in 60 minutes. I am not focusing on anyone's pace except mine. People were still passing me up and then a few minutes later I would see them walking so I would pass them up. From reading other sparker's blogs I know a lot of people are running/walking their race. I have my running Garmin. Mile 3.5 I notice I have another running buddy; George.

George is hard to miss (about 6'6") and easy on the eyes. I mentioned to George my goal was to finish in 60 minutes and he said he would be sticking by my side for the rest of the race...and he did. After mile 4 George was struggling with his breathing. I suggested he take deep breaths and that seemed to helped. Everything was going okay until mile 5. My pace was slowing and i gave George "the thanks for running with me but keep going". No way....we were in this together. I kept going and was really glad to have someone to keep me from slowing down too much. We did it; between George's achy hips and my achy abs we finished. I finished the race in 62 minutes. A new PR for me!!!! I shaved 5 minutes off my time since my last 10k in May. Yay!!!!!! Thank you George for staying by me and helping me make it to the finish line. I had a great time. I met up with my friends after the race and hit the tents for goodies. And then it was time to go home shower and cook Thanksgiving Dinner.

The next day I woke up at 5:30, again, to head over to one of the local running store to buy a new pair of running shoes. From 6 to 7 am a selection of shoes were available for $20....I got me a pair (Saucony ProGrid Hurricane 11)!!!!!! They were originally $130 so I saved $110!!!!!! Or rather my sister in law saved the money since she bought them. I plan on heading out in a bit to give them a try....just a short run of 2 miles.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Daphne in Doral (Miami)

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SUZWARNR 12/2/2011 7:47PM

    Congrats on the race and the fantastic PR! You rocked it!! Glad you had someone by your side. Sounds like it worked out for the both of you. I am so jealous of your great deal on those Saucony shoes. I need to have you keep an eye out for me next time. :) I love Saucony. It's the only brand I buy.

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BEEJ728 11/29/2011 9:26AM

    5 minutes! Fantastic! It was nice to read about your family too. Have another great week.

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CURLYGURL68 11/29/2011 8:25AM

    Daphne, Congrats on your Turkey Trot Run. It was a blast and love doing it.

I wish I would have known about the sale, 20.00 for running shoes, that is awesome.

We will definitely meet soon. XOXO

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MBSHAZZER 11/28/2011 5:20PM

    Daphne, great job on your PR! Excellent! I saw some folks on running on the boardwalk with those shirts! They sure were bright. I'm glad you had a good time at the race... and SCORE on the $20 shoes! That is totally awesome!

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MASRITE 11/27/2011 2:19PM

    Great job on your new PR!!! Isn't that a wonderful feeling? Busy week you had, but, you made it. Hope your Thanksgiving was good.

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SHALLID 11/27/2011 7:48AM

    Your energy level is AMAZING!!!!!

I struggle to ride my stationary bike for 1hr every day and u seem to never stop moving! I am humbled and ashamed. You just inspired be to get my butt up and moving. Thank you! 31 days to get my 200 lbs .... again :(

Wonderful support system you have. Great family and running friends!

Continued success to your HM!

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KIMMIF 11/26/2011 7:17PM

    Busy week, re-adjusted schedules, family, friends, holidays and you still ran a personal best! And new shoes at an amazing discount is a plus! Congratulations!!!

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Week 5 half marathon training: sunshine and rain

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I had to shift my running schedule a little this week due to my husband traveling and my son's Thanksgiving Day lunch. I have a small window of opportunity to exercise in the afternoon after I drop my daughter off to school at 11:20. So when I drive home change, throw on my Garmin and Nano (I love it, I strap it into a case that fits on my wrist like a watch and I run the ear plug wire up my arm through my shirt), it is around 11:45 - 12 before I head out the door.

I had some good runs this week and a couple where I just wanted them to be over with ASAP. I ran Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

My 3 miler on Monday was one of the best runs of the week. I was a little hot, but not humid so I was able to get in 2 9+minute/miles and I slowed down and ran the last mile in 10+. I finished in 30 minutes. WooHoo....I must be getting used to running in the heat; or so I thought.

My 4 miler on Tuesday was pure torture. It was hot and humid at noon. I took it nice and easy averaging 10+ minutes/mile. I finished in 44 minutes. People are always zipping down my side main street, but it is quiet enough for me to run on the street facing the traffic.

My 3 miler on Wednesday was the worst. I had very little sleep and the heat and humidity zapped any energy I had left. I was up late on Tuesday because as I was doing a quick mop up around 7 that night when my mother-in-law called to say she was on her way....from St. Augustine. Granted I had 5 hours to get everything ready for her and her mom, I have a schedule I need to keep for the kids because my husband's work schedule is not a regular 9-5 it is up to me to provide stability for the kids and for myself as well. So after I mopped and transformed the kid's playroom into a bedroom, I finally went to bed at midnight; way too late for me.

Thursday was a marathon. I had to dress my daughter in her school clothes before I took my son to school because she has speech therapy across town right after I drop him off. My son's Thanksgiving lunch started at 11 which meant I had to drop my daughter off early at her school and back track to his school. All of this would have been doable if I had left the house in my dress shoes instead of my flip flops. Lol!!!! It was a good lunch for 6 dollars each. We had turkey, gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, corn and a roll. And then we all pitched in and bought items like juice boxes, soda, bottled water, and the various desserts. I made smart choices and actually stayed within my calorie intake. Yay me!!!! My son was a little sad because after the lunch was an award ceremony for honor roll. He would cry each time the kids went up to receive their awards. He did get an award for perfect attendance. He wanted one for honor roll as well. This quarter he received all B's. He could of had an A or more if he did not give up when he did not know how to do something. He gives up when he does know how to do something. I am working with him to keep trying; I am always telling him his teacher will give him credit for trying. Hopefully all my talking is not falling on deaf ears.

So Friday rolls around. I wake up to hear water falling outside; it is raining and today I need to do my 8 miler. I have not watched the news so I do not know if it is a passing cloud or if it is going to rain all day; yep it was the rained the whole day. I drop my daughter off at school and it had slowed down to a drizzle so I am thinking maybe it is going to stop soon. When I headed out the door, it had stopped raining. At about .75 mile into my run, It started to drizzle and slowly increase to a soft rain. So by mile 1 I had wet feet and 7 miles to go. It was a good run despite the rain. I tried a new route, and it was refreshing to go a different way. I was lucky that there were considerate drivers that did not splash me. In several spots along my route, a part of one lane would flood and thank goodness the drivers had the courtesy to change lanes. I started out listening to a local radio station's 12 o'clock lunch jam, but when the songs changed from upbeats songs to rather mellow ones, I stopped to switch to my playlist. I finished my 8 miler in 87 minutes; 11 minute/mile run. Ha, since I ran in the rain, I did not have to worry about hydration this time around either.

Well that is if for this week. Next week is the Turkey Trot; I signed up for the 10k this year. I am going to do 2 short runs (Sunday and Tuesday) and then the race on Thursday. I am off to Sports Authority in a bit to pick up my race packet and look at water bottles and make a wish list for Christmas. It helps when I give my husband specifics.

Enjoy your weekend.

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SHARI-ANN 11/25/2011 10:33AM

    What training program are you following? I am aiming for my first half marathon in May and would like to start officially training next week!

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XANDREW 11/24/2011 3:12PM

    Wow! Now that's a week!! looks like the training paid off to give you a great PR at the turkey trot! :) xoxo!

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SUZWARNR 11/24/2011 10:54AM

    Happy training! It doesn't always happen by the book. Life and stuff can throw our plans for a loop. But you are doing a great job. I'm sure you will continue to do well with your training. Good luck with your 10K!

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MBSHAZZER 11/20/2011 7:33PM

    Daphne, nice job getting all of your runs in despite the obstacles! you're doing GREAT!

Enjoy the turkey trot!

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KKKAREN 11/20/2011 7:38AM

    I'm glad your training is going well despite everyday life getting in the way. Good luck on your race.

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