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Houston Fit

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Finished my second week of training for a winter marathon. Met some very nice people in this group. I've run with this group before and most of the people at my slow pace are young and female. It seems the bantering back and forth never stops. I have to admit I add quite a bit to the mix. That is something good. It really helps make the runs more enjoyable and the time to go by very quickly.
One challenge I have is remembering to drink and to eat. When I run on my own I am very disciplined about eating and drinking at specific times and specific amounts. When I run with a group I often forget what I am to do when and in the past have paid for it with a lack of energy on longer runs. This is one area I really need to focus on more.
I find running alone for hours is great fun, but running for hours with a group is even better because I get to make friends and I always learn so much about life through the experience of others. I normally listen much more than I talk. Since I run with mostly young women some of the conversations get very interesting.
People I ran with two years ago are still great friends. That to me is the amazing side of running. Runners really do make the best friends and people to always be cherished.
I'm really looking forward to this season of running and seeing if there truly is one more marathon left in this body.

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FROSTIERACES 8/2/2011 5:03PM

    Of course there's one more marathon in you!! I know it because running is in your heart. :) You really enjoy it...since the first time I came across your page I could tell you really love running. I come and go with it. I've been battling burn out and stress. It's motivating to come to a real runner's blog and I just have to get doing what you're doing! Thanks for sharing!!

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Half Marathon

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Finished the Missoula Montana today. The temperature at the start was about 45 degrees, about 40 degrees cooler than in Houston. This should have made this a great run for me. It didn't make any difference. I finished in my usual time. The support during the run was very good, only missing was water at the end. Maybe things will go better next time.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/25/2011 8:43PM

    Just keep at it. You are still doing better than my couch potato self.

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FROSTIERACES 7/23/2011 8:20PM

    Catching up on blogs today...
Congratulations! I bet it feels GREAT to have another race done! I'm jealous...I haven't been running like I should be. My first race since March is July 30th...a 5k just to get back in the mode of racing.

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BRIANDOYLE 7/11/2011 9:04AM

    Very cool! Interesting way to spend a vacation! I hope you had a great week!

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DRB13_1 7/11/2011 1:01AM

    emoticon on conquering another HM, another course, another test of yourself. You are emoticon Each race is different, so don't be disappointed! We're proud of your accomplishments! emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 7/10/2011 11:23PM

    The great thing about racing is there is always next time! I can't believe it was 40 degrees cooler. I know it had to feel good though.

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Patrick Henry

Sunday, July 03, 2011

"I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian Religion. If they had that and I had not given them one shilling they would have been rich; and if they had not that and I had given them all the world, they would be poor."

Patrick Henry, Virginia,
His Will

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FROSTIERACES 7/23/2011 8:22PM

    Nice quote, very true.

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COOP9002 7/3/2011 4:53PM

    Powerful truth!

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BRIANDOYLE 7/3/2011 1:23PM

    Excellent Qoute! Thanks for Sharing it with us! Happy 4th of July.

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BIGDAD1211 7/3/2011 1:04PM

    Great quote! Happy 4th my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELRIDDICK 7/3/2011 1:03PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Heart Rate

Monday, June 27, 2011

Saturday's run was my last long run before the Missoula Montana Half Marathon on July 10th. My thought prior to my run is if this could be a good run in Houston's heat, the half marathon should be much easier.
A secondary purpose was to look for water fountains along the path of my run. I had laid out my planned route but changed it as I went along. I ran through some nice neighborhoods, past a few parks and schools including Rice University. They have a gravel path for walkers and runner the whole way around their campus. A nice place with lots of trees, people and even a water fountain. All toll I found 6 different water fountains yesterday.
My past several runs were in 80+ degree temperatures, I start before the sun comes up. I kept thinking I was not drinking enough liquids on my run. Last week I decided to drink 8 oz. of liquid every mile. I did the same this week but replaced some of the Gatorade with water. The most interesting thing about my run was discovered after finishing and checking my heart rate monitor.
I ran about a mile farther this week compared to last week, the temperature was about the same, but my average heart rate was 2o points lower this week compared to my average heart rate last week or the previous 8 weeks.
If this wasn't a miss reading I would have to guess my body really needed the extra water. Surprisingly I didn't need to make a bathroom stop during my run. All together I drank 18 8 oz. glasses of water yesterday. On a normal day I drink 10 to 12 so 18 is not that outrageous for me. Guess my body just loves water and I do sweat a lot. When I weighed myself after my run I had lost only 1 pound.
Next week's run will be 6.5 miles, then a 5K on July 4th and the half marathon on July 10th.
I feel this run was quite an accomplishment because of the lower heart rate. I had asked my doctor and many others about my problems with running and no one ever mentioned try drinking more. Now that I am running on my own I am really looking at everything I am doing, thinking of possible solutions and trying new things. I love running with a group, but I guess I get too dependent on their input and I don't focus on my own ideas.
My suggestion would be to ask others about any problems you are having, if their suggestions don't work get alone and really try to listen to what you think your body is telling you and try something different, not radically different so you can hurt yourself, but something new.
Here's to better running for all of us.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/27/2011 12:45PM

    I have trouble with my heart rate going too high according to my heart rate monitor even though I can talk and feel fine. I will try more water. Thanks for the idea.

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