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A page from "The Winning Spirit - Life Lessons Learned in Last Place"

Monday, October 12, 2009

I've never heard of Zoe Kiplowitz until today. Somehow I came upon a quote she made "Have a dream, make a plan, go for it. You'll get there, I promise." I thought Zoe Kiplowitz would be another famous marathoner... I google her name & up pops the most awesome testimony of the strength of the human spirit. Here is a copy of a page from her book "The Winning Spirit - Life Lesson Learned in Last Place" (taken from her website) - I just had to share it with you:

I have always believed that each of us has a personal theme song. It speaks of who we are and where we've been , and perhaps more important, of who we may yet become and where the road may lead us.

For many years my personal theme song was "Tomorrow," from the Broadway play Annie. I have always believed that if we can hold on for just one more day, there is always the possibility of change- the promise of reversal and the joy of renewal. Such is the potential magic inherent in the promise of "Tomorrow."

And then, when my marathon adventures began, I found a second theme song. It was "One Moment In Time," the mega-hit originally recorded by Whitney Houston. From the first time I heard it, it seemed as though the chorus had been written just for me.

Give me one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me.
Give me one moment in time
When I'm racing with destiny
And in that one moment of time
I will be - I will be free.

In every race that I run and every line that I cross there is for me that one Moment In Time - that winning moment of power and pleasure and grace. It's not a snapshot moment to be filed in the recesses of memory. It's a Technicolor moment of self-excedence and self-acceptance. It's a living moment of resource and possibility. A veritable encyclopedia of self-knowledge, a reference point from which to create and re-create that winning moment in all areas of my life.

And so, each year, I continue to cross the finish line. With head thrown back and right arm raised in victory, I shout "Yes" to the morning sky. It is one of the smallest words in the English language but also one of the largest. It is a word of infinite power and possibility.

There is a poster scotch-taped to my bedroom wall. It is the last thing I see before falling asleep and the first thing I see on rising. It is a picture of a nameless, faceless runner on what appears to be an endless road.

The sentiment inscribed on the poster is as follows:

The race belongs not only to
the swift and strong-
but to those who keep on running.

Words To Live By.....

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CAROLCRC 10/14/2009 8:11AM

    I love the quote at the end from your poster. I have one supposedly from Confucius (although I've seen it attributed elsewhere) that says - "It does not matter how slow you run, as long as you do not stop."

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PATTYJEAN44 10/13/2009 10:47PM

    Hey, I loved reading that because it encompasses really well what I've been feeling since Sunday! I'm so looking forward to following your journey toward your own marathon achievement (and I'm sure you will find a lot more golden nuggets of wisdom along the way!).

We've just got to keep on running!!

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TRIATHLONBABE 10/13/2009 2:26PM

    What a great motivational blog! Thanks for the great words!

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1972ROSES 10/13/2009 10:35AM

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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SATELLITE19 10/12/2009 10:43PM

    Love it. Thanks for sharing

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COOPSM 10/12/2009 3:30PM

    Loved this---thanks for sharing Tammy!!

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KJNE8O 10/12/2009 12:54PM

    Thank you for sharing her with us! She is truly and inspiration and as I told my friends when I emailed the link to her website... if a woman with MS can finish a marathon then there is no reason that anyone of us can't accomplish our goals!


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THEQUEENBEE333 10/12/2009 12:29PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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NOEILAND 10/12/2009 12:17PM

    Thank you for sharing - all true and inspiring!
Keep on running ....

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LAURIE5658 10/12/2009 12:12PM

    WOW! This is very powerful and THANK YOU for posting this wonderful blog entry.


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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/12/2009 12:04PM

    Great blog!
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Training Week 12: St. Jude Half Marathon/Mardi Gras Marathon

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wow... it's week 12 - time flies when you are out running! :)

This week will also be a WET week but it is also a "fall back" week. I do love my fall back weeks. The "fall back" weeks really do help get me ready for the mileage increase that comes in the following week. I feel my runs are going well. I am happy that the majority of my runs end with a strong finish and negative splits. After this week, I will be increasing my Long Runs into new territory starting with 14 miles. 13.24 miles is the longest I have ever ran. My goal is to stay injury free, so I will be taking it nice & slow...

This past weekend was a very exciting weekend for me. So many of my spark buddies ran their first marathons, first half marathons, and some were just running another marathon/half marathon. I admit I enjoyed every minute trying to keep up with how they were doing. It's very inspiring to me to see them cross the finish line after following their training for months. Way to go running buddies - You all ROCKED those races!

A big "Thank you" to all who donated to my St. Jude fund. I greatly appreciate it! Last week I got an email from St. Jude stating the Half Marathon was sold out - only 8,000 runners running the half. The course is now going to run through the hospital grounds - I only pray that I will not break down crying as I see those children cheering us on... I go to my first Team Jake meeting this Thursday. I already know some people on the team but there are many that I do not know. There are now 77 team members!! Wow - 77 runners! :)

Here is my training schedule for the week:

Sunday, October 11 - REST DAY

Monday, October 12 - run 6 miles easy.
**Ran 6 miles - avg pace 10:39 - got very wet as it poured down rain during mile 6. Completed 50 each: push ups, crutches, bicycle crutches, reverse crutches, and single leg squats.**

Tuesday, October 13 - run 6 miles with fartleks (aiming for 1/2 mile fartlek x 6)
**ran 6 miles but ditched the fartleks due to the heat & humidity - avg pace 10:39 but the effort felt much harder than yesterday's run. Completed 50 each: pushups, crutches, bicycle crutches, reverse crutches, and squats with medicine ball.**

Wednesday, October 14 - ride bike 30 - 40 minutes.
**due to conflict in schedule, did not ride bike**

Thursday, October 15 - run 6 miles easy.
**Raining, Raining, Raining...**

Friday, October 16 - REST DAY or ride bike 30 - 40 minutes.
**Ran 6.25 miles - avg pace 10:34 - a nice, rain free day to run!**

Saturday, October 17 - Run 8 miles easy.
**Ran 8 miles - avg pace 10:51 - a beautiful running day**

Here to another great week even if it does rain everyday!


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TRIATHLONBABE 10/13/2009 2:34PM

    Tammy, you have inspired me to run in the rain, since it's been raining forever it seems like around here.!

Thanks for posting your week!

Ps. I can't wait till 2010 when I can join the Jeff Galloway Dallas/Ft. Worth Running Group!!!

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1972ROSES 10/13/2009 10:38AM

    It is so much fun to follow our friends while they race, isn't it? I feel like we are all running together even if it is vicariously.
Good Luck on the long runs.

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COOPSM 10/12/2009 3:32PM

    Tammy---love your week...looks great...I think I will do what you said...cut one day, go to 4 and split the mileage up...so same miles just 4 days..thanks!!

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APPLEPIEDREAMS 10/12/2009 12:24PM

    Have a great week with your training! Good job with the fundraising.

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AUNTIE65 10/12/2009 12:05PM

    Looks like a great week! Hope it is dryer than expected and can't wait to hear all about your run through the hospital grounds!!

You are an inspriation as a runner and top notch cheerleader!!

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LORI-LU 10/12/2009 12:04PM

    You are doing so well on your training. It's smart of you to go slowly as you increase to longer runs. When I got up to 24 miles on my training, I could hardly believe that I was running that far, but it's doable. Your training schedule this week looks great, especially the cross training to give those running muscles a full 24-hour break.

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JEM0622 10/12/2009 11:38AM

    I would definitely get teary eyed! WTG on your training, Tammy! ~Julie

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 10/12/2009 11:23AM

    Way to go! Looks like a great week. What did we do before we ran?
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Training Week 11 - St. Jude half marathon/Mardi Gras Marathon

Monday, October 05, 2009

Last week was a good week for running due to the nice cool temperatures. This week is going to be WET!

I'm so excited about all my spark running buddies signing on to run in New Orleans - talk about motivating me to get out & train. :)

I had a great strong run this past Saturday. Normally I really try hard to run my long runs at a SLOW pace because I do not want any injuries of any kind to hinder me this year. Going 4 months without running this year is enough for me. The weather was just perfect & the day was beautiful. I watch the full bright moon go down & the nice sun come up that morning. Danny (husband) and I decided to push it and just take it easy on the next long run. I had an average 10:32 pace for the 12 miler but what made me really excited was the negative splits I had at the last 5 miles: Mile 8 - 10:35; Mile 9 - 10:28; Mile 10 - 10:18; Mile 11 - 10:14; and Mile 12 - 10:05. I felt I could have kept on running that day... We all know these runs do not happen every day but when it does it just keeps us going with our training. I know you running buddies know what I am talking about. :) That day for the first time, I thought perhaps training for the marathon will not kill me - lol.

Danny & I joined up with a local team "Team Jake" to raise money for the St. Jude Hospital. Might as well as raise money if you are running the race, right? One of the reasons we picked this team is because we knew Jake. He is the grandson of a lady that used to work with Danny. Jake was a sweet little boy that died on Oct. 5th, 2006 - today marks the anniversary of his death. Jake was diagnosed June 1, 2004 with Hepatoblastoma(Liver Cancer) - Stage IV. He underwent 20 rounds of chemotherapy, 15 rounds of radiation, and had 11 major surgeries/procedures that included 3 lung surgeries, 2 brain surgeries, and 1 liver surgery. In February 2006, Jake received a Bone Marrow Transplant as a form of therapy to fight his disease. Jake was the 2nd person in the world to receive this type of transplant for his type of disease. He was a brave little boy and seemed to always have a smile on his face. If you would like to donate here is how to get to my webpage:

1. Go to www.stjudeheroes.org
2. Click on Sponsor a Participant
3. Click on Find a participant
4. Type in my name: Tammy Pennington & click on my name when it comes up. This will take you to my webpage.

Now for my training schedule:

Sunday - Oct. 4th - REST DAY

Monday - Oct. 5th - run 5 miles easy; target goal for calories: 1800
**ran 5.37 miles easy - avg pace 10:41 pace**

Tuesday - Oct. 6th - run 6 miles of fartleks - love these runs! :)
**ran 6 miles of fartleks - avg pace 10:20 min/mile**

Wednesday - Oct 7th - ride bike for 30 - 40 minutes
**was a 'lazy head' and slept in to 6am so no bike ride today.**

Thursday - Oct 8th - run 5 miles easy pace
**ran 5 miles - avg pace 10:57 min/mile. Was a nice relaxing slow run - even stopped to talk to some other runners**

Friday - ride bike for 30 - 40 minutes
**No bike ride today either...**

Saturday - run 13 miles easy pace
**Ran 13.1 miles - finished in 2:19:12 - very happy as this is a PB for me & it was a fairly easy run. Avg pace 10:38 min/mile.

I will continue doing my core exercises & push ups daily - got to keep the streak going!

Happy running!


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TAMTAM64 10/5/2009 5:03PM

    Thanks to Sharon, I corrected my little mistake in my blog... I have to say that it made me laugh! :)


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COOPSM 10/5/2009 4:44PM

    Tammy---have a great week......love that you had a great run Saturday!! I am running tomorrow and I am so excited I can't stand it!!!

I am heading over to team Jake--what a sad story---be proud you and Danny are on this team!!!

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MBSHAZZER 10/5/2009 4:43PM

    Great run!!! Sounds like you are ready to tackle any distance that comes your way. I am so excited to meet you in N.O.!

BTW, while I think what happened to Jake is very sad, I did have to chuckle a bit b/c you wrote that October 5 is the anniversary of his diet. I guess that pretty much sums up how most people feel about dieting! :)

I love that you're raising $$ for the hospital!

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PRINCESSNURSE 10/5/2009 4:42PM

    Congrats on your great run! I love St. Judes-it is such a great hospital and such a worthy cause. I will check out your link.

I have a question about the Galloway training plan.
Do you do the run-walk on all your runs or just the long run? I usually run my whole run but I read about Galloway and did a 10-1 ratio today (I know-too much running, but I am trying to adjust to the idea of it!) anyway even with the walking I finished 2 minutes faster then I ever have for that distance just running! I am intrigued to say the least...

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RHYNIC 10/5/2009 4:36PM

    that really was a great run Tammy, I wish you many more of those. :-)

My marathon training will start on the last Monday of October. I can't believe I am already starting this up again.


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LANC92 10/5/2009 1:48PM

    I love when that happens! Those sort of runs are the memories you cling to when you're having a run that falls apart. My suspicion is that you are going to have some PR's in your upcoming races. You certainly deserve it!

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CAROLCRC 10/5/2009 1:14PM

    What a great run! Savor the memory - great ones like that are rare and to be treasured.

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JEM0622 10/5/2009 11:52AM

    What a great cause! I will take a look. It is so heartbreaking when our young ones are stricken with cancer. Just heartbreaking. I would love to find an event that supports research for the cancer that took my sister's life. Doing a run for a good cause is plenty good reason to keep going! Way to go on your pacing! And you always have a good plan in place. You will do very well at your future events! ~Julie

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SANDYCHEAT 10/5/2009 11:41AM

  I know Team Jake..its huge and filled with wonderful people. I'm sure you'll fit right in! Congrats on your long run. I can assure you that the marathon will not kill you. You are going to have a great time and the training will be totally worth it!

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Training Week 10: St. Jude half marathon/Mardi Gras Marathon

Monday, September 28, 2009

Time is just flying by... I can't believe it is almost October! Last week, I thought I would have to build an Ark cause it rained so much. This week the weatherman is telling us we are going to get some Fall Weather temperatures... Tomorrow it is suppose to be around 54 in the morning - I'm not believing it until I open the door tomorrow morning. :)

Saturday I pretty much ran my long run in some heavy rain. My husband & I were not the only runners crazy enough to run in the rain. There was another group of runners out there too. :) It's so nice to know you are not the only crazy one in the neighborhood.

I keep tinkering with my running schedule - it is driving my husband batty - lol.
This week I made some of my shorter runs a little longer & cut down my running days to only 4 per week. Who knows... I probably will change it again in a few weeks.

Yesterday I weigh in... I'm happy to report that I am down to 138 lbs - very happy about that!! May it keep going downward.

Here is my schedule for the week:

Sept. 27, Sunday - REST DAY

Sept. 28th, Monday - Run 5 miles easy.
**Ran 5 miles - avg pace 10:45 min/mile. Completed 50 each: push ups, crutches, reverse crutches, bicycle crutches, and squats. Total calories: 1960**

Sept 29th, Tuesday - Run 6 miles with 6 x 2 minute fartleks (or I might do 3 x 1600 meters at 9:50 pace but I'm not sure if I am ready for that).
**Ran 6 miles with 6 - 0.25 miles fartleks. Ran the last 2 miles between 9;40 - 9:50 min/mile pace. Avg pace overall for the 6 miles was 10:10 min/mile. Total Calorie intake: 2016**

Sept 30th , Wednesday - Ride bike 30 - 40 minutes.
**Rode bike 35 minutes - 12.50 miles. Uh oh... as I type this I am eating like a pig... :) Total Calories: 2180**

Oct 1st, Thursday - Run 5 miles easy.
**Ran 5 miles - avg pace 10:45 min/mile. Total Calories: 2072**

Oct 2nd, Friday - Ride bike 30 - 40 minutes.
**Was at my Mom's this morning - so I skipped the bike ride. Didn't track calories today... but I'm assuming it was 2000 calories or more**

Oct 3rd, Saturday - Run 12 miles easy.
**Had the BEST running weather today! Ran 12 miles at a 10:32 min/mile pace. Felt strong to the end.

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    Awesome plan...you need to adjust as you go...I made the mistake of following my first 1/2 Marathon plan to the letter and ended up injured 3 weeks before race day!!! Listen to you body and adjust accordingly!!! Jackie!!!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/28/2009 7:45PM

    This is a nicely balanced plan -- Great job!

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COOPSM 9/28/2009 4:22PM

    Tammy---you are doing great...with the weight loss, the core streak, your running!!!
The plan looks great for the week.....keep up the great work!!!

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HEALTHYCHIC 9/28/2009 2:49PM

    YIPPEEE For the weight loss...now, put down that cookie (just kidding :) ).

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KJNE8O 9/28/2009 2:23PM

    Yeah - seriously! You are doing awesome! Great on the weight loss, the running, everything! Way to go!

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    I can't believe how much you are doing...you exhausted me. Take it easy.

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RHYNIC 9/28/2009 12:42PM

    I need a nap, and now that I read what you will be running this week...I need a bigger nap!

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JOPAPGH 9/28/2009 12:30PM

    Nice when you can use "long run" and easy in the same sentence.

Congratulations on the weight loss too. I am doing better in maintenance mode.

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JEM0622 9/28/2009 12:23PM

    I'm liking your bike rides in the plan when you are not running. You'll be ready for triathalons after the R&R in NOLA! ~Julie

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TRILLIUM22 9/28/2009 12:18PM

    You are doing really well. I struggle with that distance versus number of days running. I know Jeff Galloway is a few days longer distance guy. Still I am happier on running days.

Take care.

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Training Week 9 - St. Jude half marathon /Mardi Gras Marathon

Monday, September 21, 2009

Stormy Weather came to the area last week. I didn't get all my mileage in last week - at least it was a "fall back" week. I ran my first 5K race last week and was very pleased with my time of 31:41 - not a PR but it shows I am getting back to where I was before my ankle injury. I wish I was able to take pictures at the race, but my DD took my camera to college... :)

Today is really the FIRST DAY of MARATHON TRAINING... It's exciting & nerve wacking at the same time. I have had a lot of "thoughts" to go through my head about this marathon training. I can see why it takes "courage" to even think about training for a full marathon. My goals include making it through the training with no injuries and just finishing the marathon. I would love to finish the marathon in 5 hours but since this is my first one I am aiming to just finish.

No weight loss this week - I am at 139.1. My mistake was in eating 2000 or so calories with a cutback in running mileage. I am still tracking my food intake and still aiming to increase my intake of fruits & vegetables.

Here is my training schedule for the week:

Sunday - Sept. 20th - REST DAY
**completed 50 each: crutches, bicycle crutches, reverse crutches, push ups, and squats. Total Calories eaten: 2140**

Monday - Sept 21st - Run 4 miles easy.
**Ran 4 miles - avg pace 10:34 min/mile. Completed 50 each: crutches, bicycle crutches, reverse crutches, push ups, squats, and completed 3 x 1 minute planks.
Total calories eaten: 1780**

Tuesday - Sept 22nd - Tempo Run - Warm up 1 mile; Run 3 miles @ 10:24 pace; Cool down 1 mile - 5 miles total.
** ran 5.40 miles - avg pace 10:30 min/mile. Avg pace of 3 mile tempo run was 10:19 min/mile. A great run! Total Calories Eaten: 1880**

Wednesday - Sept 23rd - Ride bike 30 - 40 minutes
**Rode bike for 30 minutes. Total Calories eaten: stopped counting at 2300 :)**

Thursday - Sept 24th - Run 4-5 miles easy.
**Ran 4.5 miles - avg pace 10:43 min/mile. total calories eaten: about 2500 - all that birthday cake, etc**

Friday - Sept 25th - Run 3 - 4 miles easy.
**Missed the run due to rain...**

Saturday - Sept 26th - Run 10 miles easy with hills.
**Ran 11.25 miles - avg pace 11:30 min/mile. Total Calorie Intake: 2082

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AKFISHWIDOW 9/21/2009 6:14PM

    Hooray for marathon training! I am so excited for you Tammy! You will do great in New Orleans!

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JERIBERI1 9/21/2009 5:59PM

    Tammy, your plan looks great! And what a great race!! It's so hard to come back after an injury (or surgery). You're doing so well!!

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NOEILAND 9/21/2009 12:05PM

    Great time on the 5k!!! Congrats! You'll do great in your marathon training as well...take your time and enjoy! Good luck!

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AUNTIE65 9/21/2009 11:14AM

    This looks like a great plan Tammy... you are going to do well. Just remember not to focus on the weeks to come - just THIS week and you know you can do this.... by the time those other weeks come around you'll be ready for them too!

Looking forward to following your path to the marathon!!

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LISAMA1981 9/21/2009 11:13AM

    Good luck on your marathon...and the 5K time is really good. Keep it up.

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COOPSM 9/21/2009 10:58AM

    Tammy----once again, looks like a great week ahead....

Looking forward to following you on your training...

What pace do you shoot for on your LSD?? I think I am trying them too fast yet @ 11:00..think I need to back down to maybe 11:15'ish....

One more fueling question.....just water for liquid on your long run??

Have a great week!!!

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SANDYCHEAT 9/21/2009 10:50AM

  Remember one day at a time. My long runs still give me panic attacks but once I get under way its okay. I think my training has been more difficult mentally than physically!

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    Looks like a great plan for training for the week. Remember this week to eat the calories with all that running.

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JEM0622 9/21/2009 10:38AM

    You can do it! I would love to join you guys...but the price of everything is really holding me back. I hope you all have a great time! ~julie

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