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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Enjoyed a 5 mile run with my Galloway group this morning starting at sunrise. The Program Director adjusted the group assignments and I'm now in the fastest half marathon time improvement group. The middle group, where I thought I was being assigned, is now set for run 1.5 minutes/walk 1 minute. My group runs 2 min/walk 1 min, so I'm glad I'm in that group. And my new shoes, with the appropriate orthotics (refer to yesterday's blog), are absolutely awesome! Next week we are scheduled for a 6 mile run and I expect no problems.

After the run I hurried to the Watermelon Series #2 5K and got there just in time to snap a picture of my nephew finishing. He was disappointed because his time was slower than for the #1 race of the series. It was extremely hot and humid, though. I was proud of him. This was his eighth 5K in 6 months. I feel good because I doubt he would have started running if it wasn't for me. He went home and showered while I went back to Starbucks to sip a little coffee with my running group and get my new Galloway shirt. I then showered at the YMCA and met him for a Weight Watchers meeting.

After that it was shopping and before long hubby and I will be going to a party tonight. Tomorrow I have both grandkids 9:30am-8pm. Next week I work on Tuesday and have kids Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. I'll get my three runs in, too, and some cross training. It's a full and good life!! I am grateful.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 6/24/2013 5:01PM

    It sounds like a full week ahead! I hope that you had a good time at the party!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/23/2013 12:15AM

    Love your active lifestyle, positive attitude and constant reaching your goals. Great job on getting faster, staying healthy and promoting a healthy lifestyle for those you inspire! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 6/22/2013 10:44PM

    Wonderful!

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_LINDA 6/22/2013 8:26PM

    Here is to new shoes fitted properly and a running group that will give you the challenge you want!
Have fun at the party!

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JOYINKY 6/22/2013 7:32PM

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MSLZZY 6/22/2013 6:21PM

    As busy as you are, you still fit those runs in quite nicely. Great!

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BOOKAPHILE 6/22/2013 6:08PM

    Sounds like you love nearly every minute, too! Congratulations on making the group you wanted to be in. Also for finding out the shoes are great!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/22/2013 5:32PM

    I think you will like 2/1. Of course, I'm biased because that's what I used to train for my first marathon.
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FROSTY99 6/22/2013 5:26PM

    Yeah for the shoes-all is great when we use things properly-ha ha.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/22/2013 5:20PM

    emoticon emoticon Glad the shoes are working out well, and woo-hoo for the 2-1 training group.

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Think of Me as Quick and Witty - Please!

Friday, June 21, 2013

As you read this confession today, I want you to remember my blog from yesterday in which I highlighted myself being quick and witty. Ummmm. In case you didn't know it, I'm not always that way -- case in point: yesterday's training run. Since I was going to run in my neighborhood I thought it was a perfect time to try out my new running shoes. I could easily swing by home to change shoes if they weren't working out for me. You may have caught my earlier blog in which I told about my black toe nail and got the advice that I needed a bigger toe box and a professional fitting, both of which I got.

So, I got out to run before 7am, just a little blurry-eyed. The air was heavy and humid, but not too hot, and I found a shaded street. As I ran I thought to myself that these shoes feel really different from any of my other pairs. They definitely were roomier - good. My sore toe didn't rub at all. But, they didn't offer as much support especially for the arch. I was questioning whether the orthotic I switched to, no longer needing a "metatarsal lift" per the running store, was the right one for me. As my run approached three miles I swear I could feel gravel, mulch, and any asphalt bump on the road. Don't I need more padding in these shoes?? I'm just going to have to take them back, I thought.

So I got home, took off the new shoes, and started to put them back in the shoe box. And then I saw them. The orthotics I was suppose to be wearing were in the box AND the original inserts for the shoes were there, too. I had been running on the bare bottom of the shoes. Duh. Quick and witty? Who, me??

  
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AQUAGIRL08 6/24/2013 1:25PM

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DONNABRIGHT 6/22/2013 1:25PM

    Glad you didn't do any damage to your feet!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/21/2013 7:32PM

    emoticon Sounds like something *I* would do. Quick and sleepy, I would say. emoticon

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SLIMLILA 6/21/2013 4:24PM

    Marsha,
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Lila

Must have been a little too early even for you!!

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UZA77777 6/21/2013 2:59PM

    Thank you for the smile... I do things like that all too frequently, myself... :)

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MEXGAL1 6/21/2013 1:43PM

    Oh my goodness....I do hope they work out okay once you insert them.


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FROSTY99 6/21/2013 1:26PM

    Well I guess now you know that barefoot running is not for you emoticon

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PMFISH 6/21/2013 1:04PM

    When you can laugh at yourself, you have to be quick and witty. When we were younger we chalked those things up to just having to much to do and being in too much of hurry, so what has really changed? Amazed you were able to run as much as you did.

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MARGARITTM 6/21/2013 11:33AM

    HHHHMMMMM - after a rain soaked run .... I took out the liners from my running shoes to dry out ...... several days later .... ran a half marathon ...wondered why my feet were hurting.... wound up with a blister the size of baked potato...... no duh.... forgot to put the liners back in my shoes.

Sisters?

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ROCKLAND2010 6/21/2013 11:29AM

    Your feet got a bit of an extra workout...
Happy Friday!

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TRYNAGAIN194 6/21/2013 11:23AM

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COCK-ROBIN 6/21/2013 10:59AM

    You're doing good.

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JOYINKY 6/21/2013 10:40AM

    Well early morning; who expects quick and witty!? ;)
Glad you found the problem!

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BOOKAPHILE 6/21/2013 10:34AM

    I'm glad you found the problem and fixed it. Let us know how they work out!
Everyone has moments like that. Don't kick yourself for it!

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STRIVERONE 6/21/2013 10:30AM

    So you're not not going to become Marsha, the minimalist runner?

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MSLZZY 6/21/2013 10:14AM

    Oh, ouch! No wonder they didn't feel right. Bet you put them right in the shoes.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/21/2013 9:01AM

    No wonder that they were roomy! Give those feet a good massage.
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GABY1948 6/21/2013 8:49AM

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Marsha, it happens to ALL of us! SO Glad you found them! Have a GREAT weekend! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 6/21/2013 8:28AM

    Love _Linda's comment! Brain farts do happen, and as you said, it was early. Let us know how the shoes feel WITH the extra cushioning.

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_LINDA 6/21/2013 8:24AM

    So you had a brain fart :) Happens to us all for sure. Mornings are especially tough. I am assuming you were able to enjoy the rest of your run once you got the padding and support back in.. I guess there will be no 'barefoot' running shoes in your future ;)

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Eating Like a Horse

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This morning at the senior dance, where hubby and I had a good time "cutting a rug," I sat next to my good friend from the Y, Bertie. She is definitely the most flamboyant dancer on the floor and arguably the most talented. I know she is quite a few years older than I, but very fit. Well, the man sitting across the table from us said something to her about eating like a horse -- I think he was awkwardly trying to say she burns a lot of calories on the dance floor, but she appeared to be insulted. I turned to her and said that I'm the one who eats like a horse because I have oats every morning. She laughed and we all went back to having a great time!!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 6/24/2013 1:24PM

    You saved the day! What a good friend you are!

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JIBBIE49 6/21/2013 7:55AM

    One thing about "Eating like a horse" is that a horse NEVER overeats past the point of having all he needs. A horse also drinks a LOT of water.

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MARGARITTM 6/21/2013 6:56AM

    Nice way to deflect a tense situation.

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2013 11:29PM

    You are clever and quick to be kind! What a nice quality in a friend.

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_LINDA 6/20/2013 9:00PM

    Great catch and a quick wit! Way to save the day Marsha!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/20/2013 8:20PM

    Wonderful!

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MAYBER 6/20/2013 8:17PM

    Nice to see the humor in an off the cuff remark
One day at a time
peace prayers love
Bernice
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ONEKIDSMOM 6/20/2013 7:37PM

    Way to defuse the awkward! emoticon

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GABY1948 6/20/2013 7:11PM

    GREAT save on your part! I sure would like to have you around me more often!

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FROSTY99 6/20/2013 6:35PM

    Good thinking to ease an awkward situation!

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SLIMLILA 6/20/2013 5:53PM

    Good one, Marsha... Do you ever make those overnite fridge oatmeals? emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 6/20/2013 5:50PM

    Great deflection and diversion! So nice to have a peacemaker in the house!

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SNIC23 6/20/2013 5:02PM

    Your quick and witty thinking diffused what could have been a tense situation!
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/20/2013 3:02PM

    We attended a gala dinner back at the beginning of May with another couple. The husband of this couple, seated next to me, said (with some awe in his voice) that I ate more than anyone he knew. I just laughed because he was right. I burn it all, too.

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MEXGAL1 6/20/2013 2:57PM

    too funny.
I have no appetite again and wish I did and could eat like a horse.
enjoy the rest of your day.
Sallie

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MSLZZY 6/20/2013 2:38PM

    That defused the situation. I am sure he meant no harm.

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Activity and Granddaughters Update

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I've been taking granddaughter Natalie, 6 year old kindergarten completer, to gymnastics day camp each weekday morning since school was out. Some days her sister Gwen, 2.5 years, and I have played in the playground (Peterson Park or YMCA) or on the basketball court before she goes to the Y nursery while I workout. One day last week Gwen and I swam at the Y and she wants to do it again, so we will. We spend the afternoons at home; sometimes she splashes in our play pool; sometimes we run/walk down our street or ride her tricycle in the driveway. She's not taking naps these days, but we do have some quiet time, usually with stories.

Yesterday Natalie had a mishap. She had a collision with a child in gymnastics, got a cut on her eyebrow, and had to go get it glued (not stitches - they glued it!) So I thought I might have her all day today, but she was feeling good and went back to gymnastics camp today. I don't think it is even going to leave a scar.

I run my two weekday runs often at the Y on the treadmill and on Saturdays I do the Galloway run outside, at least that's the way it worked last year. This Saturday my nephew will be running a 5K and I hope to get my run in and still see him finish. Yesterday I ran and today I did an elliptical workout. I'm eating pretty good right now and not stressing about it.

Well, there's my update. Hope everyone is having a healthy, active, and happy day!!

  
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RUNNERRACHEL 6/20/2013 11:38PM

    emoticon You sound like you're enjoying your summer! emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2013 7:56AM

    Love your flexible approach to working your fitness in and around your GD duties . . . and setting such a good example for them too!!

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_LINDA 6/20/2013 1:25AM

    That is fantastic your grandchildren are keeping so active! Great influence from Granny? I have never heard of glue before -sounds wonderful and painless too! Glad she felt well enough to get back into it right away -tough stuff!
Nice to hear you are comfortable with how things are going with your training and eating! Keep up the awesome work!!

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DESERTJULZ 6/20/2013 12:20AM

    Spending time with grandkids is the best!

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BOOKAPHILE 6/19/2013 11:11PM

    You're such a great example of a healthy lifestyle for those kids! Doesn't it just twist our insides when our little ones get hurt? I'm glad she is bouncing back so quickly.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/19/2013 9:03PM

    Have a great day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/19/2013 7:54PM

    Good job... a balanced, active life, full of love and gratitude. You've got this down, Marsha!

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PMFISH 6/19/2013 6:51PM

    So happy for you! Nothing better than being able to enjoy the grands and having all that energy. Always a delight to read your blogs.

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FROSTY99 6/19/2013 6:45PM

    emoticon job getting in your workouts while taking care of the GD's. Hope all heals well and she doesn't have a scar.

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MEXGAL1 6/19/2013 4:28PM

    sorry about the little one's boo boo. That is amazing that they glue things now. technology continues to improve.

I must say though that now that I have had a set back, I am jealous of the time you get to spend with your grandkids and how you feel well and can run. I am so frustrated and so worried that I won't be well enough to travel to Disney World with the family. I just want to be healthy!

I am happy for you though. So lucky you are healthy.
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Sallie

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NATPLUMMER 6/19/2013 3:37PM

    Lots going on.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/19/2013 3:28PM

    I'm glad Natalie is okay! I hope you and Gwen enjoyed the pool. My daughter comes in tonight to stay for a week. Maybe we'll see you at the Y.

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JOYINKY 6/19/2013 1:43PM

    You juggle a LOT and you juggle it WELL! Plus, you are introducing your granddaughters to an active, healthy lifestyle at an early age. It's all good!
Glad Natalie is on the mend already and wanted to go back to camp. Kids heal so fast! I didn't realize glue had become common; I'm still mentally in the tape era. :)

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REFFIE1 6/19/2013 12:59PM

    Ah, you are so great to take such good emoticon care of your granddaughters. I have never experienced the glue thing instead of stitches. You are also taking great care of yourself which is so important. Keep up the fabulous work.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/19/2013 12:40PM

    Glue is really common now -- no stitches to leave marks! I just got two new kittens and they glued their incisions from neutering. I guess we've all had experience with just how well super glue bonds to skin.
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Running Predictions

Sunday, June 16, 2013

According to Jeff Galloway's miracle mile formula, my recent mile run time of 9:25 predicts I should run a 5K in 30:54. If I use my best ever mile time of 8:47 that predicts a 5K time of 28:56. But in mid-April I ran a 5K in 27:33, considerably faster than predicted.

My recent time predicts a 10K time of 1:07, but my April time was 1:01, decidedly faster than predicted.

My recent time predicts a half marathon time of 2:28. My one and only half marathon I ran in 2:37, slower than predicted.

What does this mean? I should be able to run a faster mile. I'll try. And I have a real shot at a personal record in my half marathons coming up in November and
February.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 6/19/2013 3:23PM

    Wow! It's interesting to know how "high tech" running is getting. I think that the one thing that any formula doesn't figure in is your drive to beat your previous time. The projections assume that you will always run at similar rates but knowing that humans can compete against their own times means that projections can only predict a range of times. You are doing a great job!

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MARGARITTM 6/19/2013 11:27AM

    Check with VDOT - bing/google will give you a better #

Also check out WAVA plug in your last 5k

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NATPLUMMER 6/17/2013 3:42PM

    I think the Magic Mile is most useful to get your long run speed.
Remember you ran your most recent MM in heat and humidity that were not there when you ran your fastest 5K and 10K races. It's natural to slow down a bit in warmer and more humid conditions.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/17/2013 11:43AM

    Thanks for sharing this. I wasn't aware of this formula. Got to do some calculations. (More serious training wouldn't hurt either)

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MEXGAL1 6/17/2013 9:46AM

    Hum, that is pretty telling... for me though I think I would just be so delighted to complete the distance...not sure I would get into the time factor. You sure sound like a true runner with all this. Good for you Marsha.
You go girl!

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GABY1948 6/17/2013 9:20AM

    I never realized what a defined science running is! GO, Marsha!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/17/2013 8:27AM

    I am looking forward to getting as involved in running as you are! Unfortunately it is not in the cards right now. I did order a couple of Jeff's books that should be waiting for me when we get home in two more weeks. There is a half marathon training group in my town that starts mid-July, but I would have to miss 6 sessions (including a stretch of 4 weeks in a row), so I decided not to do it this year. emoticon

Keep up the good work! It's great to always have a goal ahead of you!

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WATERMELLEN 6/17/2013 7:50AM

    Adrenalin! And: optimism!!

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NEW-CAZ 6/17/2013 2:52AM

    I'm sure you'll keep pushing and improving on your PB Marsha, you are amazing! emoticon

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JUNEPA 6/16/2013 10:44PM

    Jeff says to look at the last 4 magic miles and take the average of the best three.

Are you basing your expectations on your fastest magic mile, and how long ago did you run it?

You are doing awesome, not wanting to sound negative but sharing what I know.

In my case my 5k is slower than predicted from my magic mile times and my HM time is right on.

It may be that your body is more of a sprinter, plus, Jeff's predictions are averages and not always bang on but give good training pace information.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/16/2013 10:09PM

    One other observation. You can also use a 5K race to predict race times for longer distances. Your 5K PR (27:33) corresponds to a 8:20 MM in Jeff's calculator and a half marathon race pace of 10:00 /mi (2:11 race time) and a training pace of 11:50 /mi (2:35 elapsed time).

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IAMWINNING 6/16/2013 8:31PM

    Gee, Marsha. I think I'd just be happy to run - forget how fast! LOL You are doing such a super great job, and obviously enjoy it. emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 6/16/2013 8:16PM

    I can see that happening! You are amazing!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 6/16/2013 8:16PM

    How many Magic Miles have you run? There is a skill involved as well as a fitness component that you will get better at as you do them.

It takes a while to learn how to pace a really fast mile. Two problems are common. First, going out too fast at the beginning and running out of gas before the end. Second, if you (your brain, really) aren't used to running at really high heart rates, you can have just the opposite of the first problem and run too conservatively (I suspect that is your situation).

Since the longer the distance, the harder it is to actually achieve a peak pace predicted by a mile time trial, it's not surprising that you would overachieve (according to the MM) on a 5K but still under achieve on the potential half marathon time. The 5K is much closer to the mile in distance and requires similar stamina, so if your mile time is actually slower than your real potential, you'd expect to see that in a 5K. I've been training hard for several years now, and still have not achieved either my potential Half time or Marathon time. I've come closer with the half.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/16/2013 8:13PM

    Go for it!

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