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8 Mile

Sunday, July 24, 2011

...cue Eninem ;-)
Today we did our 8 mile long run. Actually we ended up going 8.89 miles total with the warm up and cool down and running past the homeless encampment. I started to feel it in my right shin toward the end but otherwise it felt great! Now, I'm a little sore but that is to be expected. Some may be from the yoga yesterday.
We did have a nice time at lunch today. I admit I did not keep it to one plate at the buffet, but only got a tiny bit more on the second plate. The chili chicken was just too yummy and I only took a tiny bit the first time around.
I got the makings for some chicken chili in the slow cooker insert. I'll just have to take it out of the fridge in the morning and get it going. I love when dinner can be prepped well in advance.
Not really looking forward to work tomorrow but the HPLC does need to get fixed and nobody else can do it.
Have a great night and a fabulous week!!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/25/2011 10:00PM

    8.89 miles awwhh YEAH! That is so awesome! Delicious buffets are not one plate affairs. I had some vegetarian (nope, not vegan) curry delivered to me from my favorite Indian buffet. I can't go to that buffet an only have one plate. It just would not happen.

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/25/2011 2:49PM

    emoticon so cool you did well on your 8 miler!!! I lost a whole week of running due to that heat wave or thunderstorms. I decided that I'll run 3 times this week, then run my 8 miler on Monday and just go with it instead of redoing the week I missed.

all the pic's in your prior blogs were great! Glad you are back! emoticon

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REDEMILY 7/25/2011 2:31PM

    8 miles... I need to get there myself. here's to trying soon!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/25/2011 2:25PM

    Congrats on the 8 mile run! You are a running inspiration!

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HEALTHYCOCONUT 7/25/2011 10:10AM

    Wow great job on the run!! emoticon emoticon I think you earned a little extra chili chicken. I love slow cooker chili - especially in the winter.

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YAMINOKODOMO 7/25/2011 10:06AM

    His palms are sweaty
knees weak, arms are heavey
theres vomit on his sweater already
moms spaghetti hes nervous!
But on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs but he keeps on forgetting
what he wrote the whole crow oh so loud
he opens his mouth but the words wont come out
Hes choking now
everyone is jokin now.... *ahem* Oh um sorry...

8 mile run thats awesome! You go girl! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/25/2011 5:21AM

    May the awesome training continue well and easily till your HM.

When I read about your (tiny) seconds, I sang to myself - Nat went back for seconds, lalalalalalah... emoticon

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JLITT62 7/25/2011 4:59AM

    Great job! Yup, it can be real comforting knowing that dinner is taken care of.

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VYVIENN 7/25/2011 1:47AM

    That is just amazing!! As Tony the Tiger would say: grrrrrrrrreat!!!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/25/2011 12:56AM

    Congrats on the run, AMAZING!!! Work it girl!

I so love it when you can get dinner done early and all you have to do is to the slow cooker on.

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CHERWHOAH 7/24/2011 11:26PM

    you're doing great with the running! i've been slacking. I totally thought of the eminem song when i saw the title of your blog entry! hahah

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KAMAPERRY 7/24/2011 10:55PM

    8 MILES????!!!?? OMG!! How incredible!!! I would say you earned that extra bit of food!! You rock!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/24/2011 10:45PM

    sounds like a great run! and great meal too.
i actually ran tonight. raced a bunch of 6 year olds at church. i won. haha. i was wearing my crocs sandles. i'll probably pay for it tomorrow, but it was fun.

well, as much fun as it will be to go to work tomorrow, dont let the boss know! it is nice to be needed though, huh.

Have a GREAT week! emoticon

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ROBYN168 7/24/2011 10:07PM

    Way to rock those miles!!!!! 8.89 is AMAZING! Way to go. emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/24/2011 8:56PM

    That movie was messed up! But what a nice way to end your vacay.
I've been thinking about checking out some crock pot action, but I have to get my own because the one we have is my sister's man's, and he doesn't want anything healthy going into it;)
Well I hope work isn't too dreadful. Maybe dancing will help you and the HPLC.

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LARIESHA 7/24/2011 8:51PM

    8.89 miles that is awesome. You go girl!. The soreness can be from either one, the running and the yoga. You have a right to be sore after all that. Ooh Chicken Chili sounds so good right now.

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LINDAGRAVEL 7/24/2011 8:44PM

    emoticonHave a wonderful week my friend.

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I'll try this again....Awww Snap!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Yesterday I got in a 3.25 mile run followed by CLX Push 2.
Push Circuit 2 (went lighter...back a little sore)
Standard Overhead Press - W 12.5 R 6
Single-Leg Lunge - W 20 R 8
Standing Reverse Fly - W 7.5 R 8
Standing Arnold Press - W 10 R 8
Single-Leg Dead Lifts - W 15 R 8
Bent-Over Lat Raise - W 12.5 R 6
Frontal Shoulder Press - W 10 R 6 (could feel it in my back so I stopped)
Single-Leg Tap Lunges - W 20 R 8
Lateral Delt Raise - W 7.5 R 8
The rest of the day was filled with laundry and groceries.
Today was a yoga day. I needed that for my hamstrings and glutes!!
Afterward, I baked some cayenne brownies for a friend of mine. We're celebrating her birthday tomorrow at the Indian buffet emoticon. I will try to be good and just get one plate. It's a good thing I have an 8 mile long run scheduled for tomorrow morning emoticon
Here's a pic of the brownies...I'll put them in a nice box tomorrow but I'm keeping them moist in a bag right now.

Then my husband decided he would like to plant something in the backyard so we headed over to the nursery. We ended up with a Fuji apple tree:

We're heading out soon to check out some used cars...just to look, no buying and then maybe some Peruvian food.
Have a great night.

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THEHONESTME 7/25/2011 9:11PM

    Great workout and yummy looking brownies! Was this the blog you lost the first time you did it? Frustrating, right?! And why does it always happen when there are pictures involved... sigh! Glad you got the post up finally. I re-wrote mine but I know I didn't say the same thing I'd said the first time - by the second time I didn't have as much enthusiasm :)

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REEKU731 7/24/2011 7:10PM

    Fantastic workout!!! You're doing an amazing job!! What a fun tree - do you know how long it will take you to get fruit from it??? I hope you had a fabulous weekend my friend!!!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/24/2011 12:04PM

    I hope the 8 miles feel good!
We love cayenne brownies, so I can't make them very often emoticon

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MISSMITSY 7/24/2011 7:09AM

    Yum brownies, your cooking always looks so pretty! I forgot to tell you about my mentor teacher almost crying when I gave her the homemade cookies. She loved them...

I think you can afford to be a little out there when you eat what with 8 miles runs you probably need a little more then the rest of us do!

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/24/2011 5:58AM

    Another fun filled weekend for the Natster! good workout, good food, good company!!!
How did your back get sore again? Did I miss something?

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JLITT62 7/24/2011 5:32AM

    You have a wide variety of restaurants around you!

It would be really cool to actually grow apples . . . love apples!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/24/2011 2:02AM

    MMMMMM, BROWNIES! Those look so good. I love doing yoga and always feel so relaxed after I finish. Enjoy the Indian buffet and your friends birthday.

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LEN_VERSION32 7/23/2011 10:34PM

    Brownies look yummy!! Even though you went lighter, those weights are pretty heavy...woohoo!

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LARIESHA 7/23/2011 9:27PM

    Sounds like an awesome weekend. I love the picture of the brownies that is the closet I will get to any for the next few weeks, giving up chips and sweets. DH has a family day at work, at a water park of course and I need to look ok in my swimsuit. So I will stay away from the sweets for a while. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/23/2011 9:07PM

    sounds like a fun weekend, especially the food part! cant complain about an apple tree either. my goats ate all of my fruit trees the summer before last, so i had to start over. i tried to transplant the old ones to a goat free area, we will see if anything becomes of them!

you will have to post your brownie recipe. they look de-lish!

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KAMAPERRY 7/23/2011 8:54PM

    Woo hoo on the workout!!! Of course the brownies look awesome. I could just grab one thru the screen! I am so jealous, I think having an apple tree would be great and I love Fuji's!

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ROBYN168 7/23/2011 8:52PM

    You are such an daring foodie....Peruvian....I don't think we have a Peruvian restaurant here.....

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/23/2011 8:21PM

    I want to plant a pomegranate tree, but will wait until Fall as it's too hot and dry right now. Have a good evening.

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Back From San Francisco!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

We had a great time. We ran yesterday morning and then walked many miles around the city. I got over 30,000 steps!!
Here are some pictures from the trip:
Turkey burger with feta and spinach

A cool looking firetruck

Some ships


Ghirardelli (my husband being silly)


Thai food from last night: chicken with drunken noodles, string bean pork, asapargus tofu

Breakfast this morning: eggbeaters with veggies and plain bagel

TCHO Chocolate Factory...we missed the tour but bought some tasty treats

Happy Thursday!!

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LEN_VERSION32 7/23/2011 10:35PM

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing!

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ROBYN168 7/23/2011 8:51PM

    Looks like a great time - the food as usual is making my mouth water!

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KNITTABLES 7/22/2011 10:10PM

    Welcome back, glad you had a great time.

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LARIESHA 7/22/2011 2:13PM

    Looks like lots of fun. We may do a trip there soon on the ferry boat from Vallejo. DH just talked about it last night. The food looks great!

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JULESRULES78 7/22/2011 7:48AM

    Great views and good looking food! I'm glad you had fun, and I'm glad that you are back. We're headed to VA Beach this weekend. Hope I can get some good photos and post them. Food photos too.

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VYVIENN 7/22/2011 2:20AM

    You definitely got me hooked with that burger!! What a fun trip! I can't believe we only spent one day in SanFran when we lived in Monterey... emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/22/2011 1:02AM

    I love that city! And thanks for more yummy pics. Have a good Friday.

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/22/2011 12:50AM

    emoticon She's back!!! Glad you had a nice time. How did your run go, were you able to find a non hilly route? All the food looks fun!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/22/2011 12:20AM

    looks like tons of fun and yummy too! did you tour the chocolate factories? any free samples??

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/21/2011 10:32PM

    Ok, chocolate factories and water watching is my kind of vacation! And that food all looks divine! Yay!!

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KAMAPERRY 7/21/2011 10:02PM

    How fun!! Love the pics, and the food looks awesome! MIssed you!

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    Looks like you had a great time and that food looks amazing!

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TEDDYBABE 7/21/2011 9:10PM

    Ha ha ha ha..of course, its Nat's blog! You are really something. You make me laugh! How do you look so good and be around all that food. You are amazing. Great pics!!

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CHEEKY1000 7/21/2011 9:03PM

    Wow! That turkey burger looked fantastic! I guess I've just had bad experiences with them...but I'd eat that one.

Welcome back!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/21/2011 8:45PM

    I'm glad you all had fun and what yummy food you had. Chocolate yum!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/21/2011 8:32PM

    OMG, I want to eat all of your food! That turkey burger looks so good! Looks like a fun trip!

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JLITT62 7/21/2011 7:49PM

    Never heard of TCHO . . . looks like you had tovread weather - DH was there last week & the weather wasn't so nice.

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MAGGIE805 7/21/2011 7:39PM

    I *heart* TCHO!!!! Glad you had a good time!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I will be busy for the next few days and probably won't be able to keep up with any blogs.
Have a good week everybody.

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PAMNANGEL 7/21/2011 11:27PM

    See you when you get back! emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 7/21/2011 11:21PM

    See you when you get back! emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 7/21/2011 7:10PM

    You have a good week too!!! I will be thinking of you!!


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    We miss you! Hurry back!

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THEHONESTME 7/20/2011 8:10PM

    Have fun doing whatever you're doing :)

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MISSMITSY 7/20/2011 8:17AM

    Hope all is well with you, have a wonderful week!

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SOKKERNUT 7/20/2011 8:17AM

    Enjoy your time off. I loved the title of this blog.

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KNITTABLES 7/20/2011 2:06AM

    Have a great week and see you soon. Hugs

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/20/2011 1:05AM

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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CHERWHOAH 7/20/2011 1:02AM

    yay!! have fun on your vacay! try not to think about us too much haha

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WONDERWOMAN 7/20/2011 12:09AM

    Take food pictures while you are gone and post them when you get back.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/19/2011 9:17PM

    Hope you're having fun and spoiling yourself!

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/19/2011 8:15PM

    Take care and good luck with work! emoticon

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    I just realized I've somehow been unsubscribed from your blogs :( I'll have to read up on what I've missed. Catch you when you get back! Take care & hope your week isn't too stressful!!

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VYVIENN 7/19/2011 2:07PM

    Wah!! Ok, hope you get to do lots of fun, enjoyable stuff. Tell us when you come back!

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YAMINOKODOMO 7/19/2011 1:27PM

    Hope you get some "me" time during your busy days!

Have a good week!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/19/2011 1:24PM

    Hope You Have A GREAT time away from us Sparkies! You will be missed! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 7/19/2011 1:21PM

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MRKTGCHICK 7/19/2011 1:15PM

    See you in a few days then!!

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LARIESHA 7/19/2011 12:50PM

    Have agreat vacation. Catch you later! Be sure to have fun!


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JLITT62 7/19/2011 12:37PM

    Hopefully it's a good busy!

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LADYGWEN25 7/19/2011 12:04PM

    you too!

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/19/2011 11:07AM

    bummer emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/19/2011 11:01AM

    I hope you have a great week! "See" ya when you get back!

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/19/2011 10:49AM

    Have a fun vacation week!

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Magic Mile #1

Monday, July 18, 2011

This morning we hit the track so we could do our Magic Miles. For those of you who are not doing a Jeff Galloway training, the Magic Mile is a one mile time trial. You run about as hard as you can go for one mile (with or without walk breaks as you see fit) and there is not puking allowed.
The track was really crowded today, so I'm glad I had my GPS's going (HRM and Runkeeper). I had to keep going around people while doing mine so I ended up doing 1.1 miles instead of just 1. It took me 10:56 for 1.1 miles but my one mile time was a pretty respectable 9:56. Not too bad. I even took walk breaks. I may have been able to go a little faster if it hadn't been so crowded but at least I've got something to start with.
We had warmed up with a lap around the track and then took another lap after the mile. We did the remaining 3 miles that were on the schedule for today and finished with another lap around the track. We did change directions halfway through so we would always be going counter clockwise. The change meant we had to run along the outer edge so we did go farther than we should have. All told, we did 5.1 miles today.
Based on the 9:56 magic mile, I could then determine what the long run time and run/walk ratios should be. I had been using an 11:30 mile as a guess before. To get the pace for the long runs you take the magic mile time and multiply it by 1.2 (which is the slow down for a half marathon length run from the magic mile) and then add 2 minutes. We'll be doing some 14 minute miles for our next long run using a 30 second run/30 second walk ratio (from his website).
We tried to go for sushi for lunch but none of the places were open for lunch today. We had Chinese instead. Sorry, I forgot to get pictures.
For dinner, we met up with my in-laws for Mediterranean. I had falafel again. Yes, a creature of habit.
It was a very nice weekend. Even better knowing I'm off next week.
Have a great night.

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ROBYN168 7/23/2011 8:50PM

    Wow - you are a speedy one!!!! Way to go!!!!!

I love the line no puking.....that's awesome.

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WENDYSPARKS 7/21/2011 7:12PM

    Woo Hoo to you!!!!! Enjoy the week!!!!


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YOUNGNSMYLIE 7/19/2011 8:14PM

    Yeah!! Whoo hoo 9:56 mile! emoticon

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JULESRULES78 7/19/2011 10:05AM

    9:56 is awesome! I'm going to have to find a track and try out this magic mile business. I do need to invest in some reading material instead of flying by the seat of my emoticon all of the time.

I emoticonfalafel! Yum! Haven't had it in forever!

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MISSMITSY 7/19/2011 9:32AM

    sub 10 minute mile is a great time! It's so awesome to see you running like this...

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SOKKERNUT 7/19/2011 9:06AM

    emoticon that is great time!

LUCKY! You being off. I can't wait for my vacation, it will be soon soon soon BUT NOT SOON ENOUGH! LOL....


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YAMINOKODOMO 7/18/2011 8:35PM

    lol "no puking allowed"

Great job on the mile! Thats awesome!

Glad you had a nice weekend!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 7/18/2011 2:49PM

    Great Time on the Magic Mile! Congrats!

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LARIESHA 7/18/2011 2:16PM

    You rock! That is awesome. Keep it up!


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KAMAPERRY 7/18/2011 1:13PM

    Wow, awesome job!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/18/2011 11:54AM

    Way to go. Great MM! Chinese and Mediterranean - heaven!

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CBAILEYC 7/18/2011 11:14AM

    Great MM time and effort! Good for you!

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BAILEYS7OF9 7/18/2011 11:01AM

    emoticon emoticon
FYI, if you use Runkeeper to do the 30/30 splits for you, you will never get your five minute status reports as the interval beeps override it. That's why I do 40/30, it only overrides it a few times.

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REEKU731 7/18/2011 9:37AM

    Fabulous run!!! You are doing a great job!!! 9:56 is a killer time!!! Sushi sounds fabulous and I'm sorry you missed it - but Chinese is a great substitute!! Hope you enjoy your week off!!!


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SLIMMERJESSE 7/18/2011 9:04AM

    Woohoo, off for the week? Enjoy!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 7/18/2011 8:16AM

    I'm impressed. You're a total bad ass. There's no way I'd do that without puking.
I haven't had falafel in a while even tho there's a mediterranean cafe half a block from my office. I think I see falafel in my immediate future!

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MYTURN11 7/18/2011 7:50AM

    Congrats on the MM ~ I have not done that ~ yet. Great time @ 9:56 too! You rock Nat! emoticon

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INIT2LIVEIT 7/18/2011 5:27AM

    It all sounds so complicated but as long as you and hubby are in to it - way to go!
You have a vacation week? Any special reason or is it forced work vacation where the lab shuts down?

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JLITT62 7/18/2011 5:09AM

    That's a great time! I find that as long as I take walking breaks, even tho I don't do it on a set schedule, I feel as tho I can run forever.

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VYVIENN 7/18/2011 1:55AM

    Well, I'm intrigued by this program more and more. Since I finished the C25K last night, Jeff's up on the list next to improve my 5K time. I'll be using the app, so I'm really curious to find out how it works!! Great job on your magic mile!!!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 7/18/2011 1:24AM

    High five for the magic mile!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 7/18/2011 12:35AM

    Awesome time for your magic mile!!

Did you ever end up getting circus peanuts? ;)

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