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8 Miles Tomorrow!

Friday, September 19, 2014

TGIF everyone! According to my schedule today is a rest day - so no running, but I will probably go for a walk or two. I always like to do some activity. This week, I ran 3.75 miles on Monday, 6 miles on Tuesday, cross training on Wednesday, 3 miles on Thursday and Saturday will be an 8 mile run. Every Saturday we will add a mile until we get to 12 miles and then we will taper down until the half marathon on November 9th. When I first started training, my goal was just to to run the whole race without taking walk breaks. Now that the training is progressing, I would like to finish it in 2 1/2 hours. If I continue to stick to the training schedule and stay healthy - I think this goal is attainable. These group runs are just what I need to get me through the long distances! I have also met a lot of great people.

Sunday is usually my rest day and Monday I would run 4 miles. But a friend of mine from my Running 101 group contacted me and asked if I wanted to get together for a run. I might not really feel like running on Sunday morning, but she has always supported me and got me through some tough runs. She ran most of my 10k with me last June when I was struggling. So how can I turn down an opportunity to run with this friend!

Tomorrow, no need for the Merino wool base layer. It has warmed up again! Should be mid-60's at the start. I hope everyone has a great weekend! It is also the start of the 5% challenge - go Tiger Monarchs!
Noreen

  
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SWEETNEEY 9/21/2014 10:07AM

    Now you're an athlete. I want to walk today with my camera but you gotta get up early to avoid the heat. Then I've got to change the film speed because of the lack of light. If I go in the day -it's too hot. So your weather sounds ideal. We've been having a lot of rain. It starts then it stops and the sun comes out and then it'll start again. There is thunder and lightning sometime like last evening.

BTW I thought the Tiger Monarchs were part of the BLC challenge. But I see it's he 5% challenge. All the Best.

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GAILANN48 9/20/2014 3:12PM

    You're doing GREAT with your running, Noreen. WAY TO GO!!!

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MAWMAW101 9/20/2014 9:26AM

    Wow...have a great Saturday!
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SPARKED2BFIT 9/20/2014 3:54AM

    awesome work...and goal. you inspire gf!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSP90X 9/19/2014 11:20PM

    Awesome running schedule you got going!! You got it all planed out like a Champion!! emoticon

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C-SPARK 9/19/2014 7:46PM

    emoticon I too like to do something everyday to keep active. I am used to it now and I get bored if not outside doing something. Even it is is cleaning the car or housework, in between walks or biking. Good luck on the challenge! emoticon

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PORTIAWILLIS 9/19/2014 5:03PM

    That a great week. Hope the weekend goes as well. Thanks for the support 😄 emoticon

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JUNEPA 9/19/2014 2:51PM

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TERI-RIFIC 9/19/2014 1:46PM

    Sounds like your training is going great! I hope you have a wonderful 8 miles. I'm starting my half training soon. If it goes half as well as yours I'll be happy! emoticon

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MSHEL7 9/19/2014 1:03PM

    You have a great schedule, I'm glad that you are running with your friend on Sunday, that is really neat.

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PBAILEY06 9/19/2014 12:02PM

    That sounds fantastic. It sounds like you will be good and ready for November 9th. emoticon

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AUNTRENEE 9/19/2014 11:49AM

    I'm hoping to do what you've been doing when I get more of my weight off because I can't run like that with all this weight that I have on. Plus my asthma is kind of holding me down.

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Week 9 of Half Marathon Training

Saturday, September 13, 2014

What a great training week! Weather cooled off considerably here in the Chicago area. I ran 3 miles on Monday, 5 miles on Tuesday. Strength training and Elliptical on Wednesday and my trainer rolled out my IT band which was really tight. When I ran my 3 miles on Thursday, I had the best time ever for a 3 mile run. A 10:40 average pace per mile! Was it a fluke? I don't know, I was pushing myself a little, but it felt pretty good. I figured Saturday morning's 7 mile run would be a good test.

So this morning, got out the Merino wool base layer pants and top - 39 degrees at the start of the run. Feeling pretty good and average pace at the end - 11:01 per mile - last mile was at around a 10:30 pace. Woo hoo! Felt great. I am feeling on track for this half marathon.

What is the key here? For me I think it is 2 things. First, the cooler weather does make a difference. Second is getting these shorter runs in during the week and building up the base miles. Building up my base prepares me for the longer runs. And doing the longer runs is making me a little faster on my shorter runs. Not sure if that really makes sense, but I think that is how it is working for me.

I am just working on staying healthy, following the schedule and building up gradually. Next Saturday - 8 miles here I come!

Have a great weekend everyone!
Noreen

  
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JUNEPA 9/19/2014 2:35PM

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C-SPARK 9/16/2014 1:11AM

    emoticon You're doing great!! I cannot wait for the cooler weather!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EFDUNCAN 9/14/2014 7:11PM

    You're sounding like you ready for your half marathon. emoticon .The cooler weather helps, I got in 3 runs with 5 miles the longest this morning. Keep up the hard training.

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KATIBUG49 9/14/2014 5:29PM

    Great job!

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MSHEL7 9/14/2014 3:53PM

    emoticon I love your enthusiasm as well. You're doing great!!

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RAYNBOWCHASER 9/14/2014 11:16AM

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Great job! You figured out what works for you and you are doing awesome!


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SANDISOCAROLINA 9/14/2014 10:06AM

    emoticon emoticon Woo-Hoo glad you're feeling and seeing such great results. Rock on!

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SPARKED2BFIT 9/14/2014 3:55AM

    so impressive and inspiring!! U ROCK!!! emoticon

ps...thanks for your support on my latest blog...your friendship and encouragement are always appreciated...thanks again and happy sunday!! emoticon emoticon

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PORTIAWILLIS 9/13/2014 9:57PM

    Wow you are on the move. emoticon
Keep up the good work.

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STAY39 9/13/2014 9:53PM

    Thank you for continuing to be such an inspiration! emoticon

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MRSP90X 9/13/2014 8:32PM

    That makes sense. I read about a lady who ran a marathon without ever really training for long runs. She just did lots of shorter runs as well and sometimes several during the day. I am sure that colder weather makes a big difference, esp with breathing. Awesome plan!!

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Tiger Monarchs Only - Please Vote

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Options for Team Picture Logo

Option 1:
Tiger and Butterfly in Field


Option 2:
Tiger with Butterly on Nose


Option 3:
Tiger with Butterfly Wings


This is only for Tiger Monarch Team members - Please put your preference in the comments.

Thanks!
Noreen

  
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SPARKNB 9/14/2014 12:36AM

    I like 2 best; also I think it shows up best when shrunk (reduced by 50% to check). But all are nice. emoticon

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CERIUSLY 9/10/2014 7:26PM

    I love the tiger with the Butterfly wings! Fierce like tigers fly like butterflies!

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KATIBUG49 9/10/2014 12:16PM

    I don't really care which one.

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MBUICE 9/10/2014 9:52AM

    I love 2 and 3. I guess the tie breaker for me is 2 because I think it will be easier to see, but I'm happy with any of the three, thanks Noreen!!!

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MTRACHEL 9/9/2014 11:42PM

    I like 3!

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MSHEL7 9/9/2014 6:27PM

    They are all lovely, you Tigers are so lucky to be able to change your icon every time. Very nice. 3 really is amazing, but I don't get to vote.

Comment edited on: 9/9/2014 6:27:34 PM

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CMFARRELL36 9/9/2014 5:07PM

    2 is lovely, but 3 is really amazing!

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Saturday - 6 miles!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Wow, what a difference a week makes. I ran 6 miles with my group last week. Just back from our trip to Spain and ireland so probably a little jet lagged. It was hot and humid and I had not run that distance since June. But I did it and at a pretty good pace for me. This week, I got most of my runs in - 3 miles on Monday, 4.55 on Tuesday, Strength training and Elliptical on Wednesday, Yoga and 3 mile brisk walk on the treadmill on Friday.

This morning, at 6:30 it was cool out and little humidity. 6 miles seemed so easy today. At the end, I could have gone longer if I needed to. My legs weren't tired, my breathing was good. It was a good running day. Some days are just like that, where the running seems effortless, and today I felt like the half marathon is within my reach. I'll remember today when I get to a day that's not so easy.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Noreen

  
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SPARKED2BFIT 9/11/2014 9:20PM

    you are doing soooo well with your training and i'm so proud of you. keep up the grrrreat work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAKER1009 9/8/2014 2:07PM

    Hopefully the humidity has come down for you in Chicago like it finally did in Pittsburgh! It's much nicer today! You are doing a great job, especially after such a big trip and the jet lag. Keep it up girl!!
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EFDUNCAN 9/7/2014 6:41PM

    Ran this morning and it was very humid. It makes a lot of difference. I'm with you, some days, I feel I can do 8-10 miles and others days, 3 miles has my legs heavy. Hope we start getting some cool fall air soon. Good luck on your training, sounds like you should be ready for your 13.1.

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PMRUNNER 9/7/2014 7:05AM

    Glad you had a great run!

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MRSP90X 9/6/2014 8:54PM

    That's AWESOME!! I think I would die! emoticon

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SANDISOCAROLINA 9/6/2014 8:13PM

    Noreen that's great! You've earned an effortless run with all of the tough ones you've managed- rain, biting cold, breathing issues etc. You've worked for and deserve this one and it's all due to the great condition you're in now! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 9/6/2014 7:14PM

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MSHEL7 9/6/2014 7:08PM

    Sounds glorious!! I'm happy for you.

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TERI-RIFIC 9/6/2014 5:57PM

    emoticon nothing like a great run!

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Half Way into Half Marathon Training

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Wow, half way into half marathon training! August is over, we're already into September. This Saturday is our second 6 mile run and then the next Saturday run will be 8 miles! The mid-week miles are building up too. Next week we go from 4 runs a week to 5 runs a week and that Tuesday run is still 5 miles, but the following week it starts bumping up to 6, then 7, 8 and 9 - ugh! That will be tough. I'm either getting up really early before work or going out in the evening.

I did well on my 6 mile run Saturday and had an average pace of 11:34 and kept that pace pretty consistent for the entire run. I found a runner in the group with a similar pace and we kept each other going. We said we would both be there next Saturday and would run together again.

So, for the month of July I ran a total of 39.8 miles. For August I ran a total of 63.3 miles. I'm doing the elliptical for my cross training and keeping up with my strength training. So far, so good. Just hoping I can keep up and build up to the 13.1 for November 9th. Wish me luck!
Noreen

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BAKER1009 9/8/2014 2:06PM

    That is awesome!! You are doing a wonderful job!
Sorry I've fallen so far behind in keeping up with you. Those last few weeks of school were very busy for me. But I'm here for you, supporting you all the way! You're gonna do so great!!

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STAY39 9/7/2014 12:53AM

    You are doing awesome! I am glad you found a running partner too. I could use one of those.

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PMRUNNER 9/6/2014 11:35AM

    Sounds like the training is going well, keep it up!

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IGNITEME101 9/5/2014 5:55PM

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AUBURNGIRL2 9/5/2014 9:00AM

    Wow...great training plan. I am in awe of your commitment to all this training. emoticon emoticon

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MAWMAW101 9/5/2014 5:26AM

    That is awesome, a great accomplishment!
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SANDISOCAROLINA 9/5/2014 12:14AM

    Good Luck Noreen! You're doing everything humanly possible to make it happen. Awesome progress!! emoticon

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MKBWNSUGAR 9/4/2014 10:41AM

    Wow that is so impressive!! emoticon

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GAILANN48 9/4/2014 9:21AM

    Wow, great job training, Noreen! I remember those running days well, training for one race or another, and loved the feeling after a long run. Good for you to do this!

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SWEETNEEY 9/4/2014 7:42AM

    It's nice when there's some one who you can pace with. Running makes time fly.

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MRSP90X 9/3/2014 11:20PM

    That is just the best!! Doesn't the time just fly right by?! You are really getting a move on those miles and your are killing the progression as well!! emoticon emoticon Here you come!!

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TERI-RIFIC 9/3/2014 8:41PM

    You're doing great!! That's a lot of running.

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FINDING_SANDRA 9/3/2014 7:01PM

    Keep up the great work! emoticon

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MSHEL7 9/3/2014 5:09PM

    You can do it. I'm so impressed with your training as is!! You're doing great things.

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