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FAIL blog but it has a happy ending

Monday, August 02, 2010

So I set out to run 18 miles this weekend, needless to say I did not accomplish this partially due to travel and not following nutrition and hydration that have kept me successful. The good news is I get another crack at it this weekend, I am a week ahead in my training schedule since I had already successfully completed some of the distances in earlier weeks due to my training for a half marathon. It doesn't throw my schedule for any loops and I did not fall behind. A lot of factors do go into the fact that my legs tanked out at around 12 miles, I nursed it to 13.5 before walking another 3 miles roughly I was disappointed but then had to remind myself of all the factors internal and external that I could have better controlled to make myself successful and I had to remind myself that 13 miles would have been thrilling to me in February when I first started running. While a little disappointed I know not everyday can be a success but we have to learn lessons from those failures and move on! So here's to me kicking 18 miles in the butt this coming weekend.

  
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THEQUEENBEE333 8/2/2010 8:46PM

    Live and learn - you are still running! That is what counts! Keep it up!

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JACKSMIMI2 8/2/2010 8:39PM

    Hey Kara:

I'm sorry you didn't quite make it...but I know you will master it this w/e! You're still my hero...


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Super motivated and ready to get movin!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Chicago here comes the turtles! Rock n roll half for one turtle and 18 mile scenic tour for this turtle! My lack of motivation the past couple weeks has disappeared, I am rejuvenated. It doesn't hurt that I am getting a mini vacation 2 weekends in a row! Chicago this weekend and just a couple extra days off next weekend. A friend of mine is coming in from Florida too so that makes me extra excited...oh boy though Miami is gonna get a taste of blue collar middle America! Anyway got a lot of coffee to drink later so I can drive to Chicago right after work!

  
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THEQUEENBEE333 8/1/2010 10:17AM

    Sounds like fun! Enjoy Kara! Way to get out there and do stuff. I envy you! U keep inspiring me! Have a great week!

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JACKSMIMI2 7/30/2010 6:51AM

    Kara - Have a fantabulous run! Can't wait to hear the deets (as I live vicariously through you :)!
Be safe....before, during....and after :)
Susan

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PRINCESSNURSE 7/30/2010 6:03AM

    Have a great weekend and a wonderful long run!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 7/29/2010 11:53PM

    Go kick butt and take names, and above all, have fun! :)

- Josie

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Junk miles

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I have a big week running-wise this week and I am going to be rather busy all week doing stuff to prepare for a trip to Chicago (doing some recon for October). So today was a junk mile day, where I just logged a 2 miler just to get something done. I guess it's nice that I consider that junk miles when not that long ago that was a struggle for me to even do. There is hope sparkfriends believe me, keep plugging away at your goals and you will go far. This week will be ending with an 18 mile run along Lake Michigan, and then I get to enjoy a little bit of Chicago that night, (normally do my long runs on Sunday but I am switching to Saturday so I can enjoy an adult beverage or 2 without sacrificing my run). Sunday I will be cheering on LEFTCIRCLES as he runs the Rock n roll half! I am also going to be scoping out the Marathon course, hitting the dog beach and enjoying the city! But before all that occurs I have to do a lot to get ready this week, dogs gotta go to the vet, oil has to get changed, super cleaning has to get done, mowing, get some of the packing done, well you get the picture, I wanna come home and be able to relax! Here's to a busy week!

  
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THEQUEENBEE333 7/26/2010 11:02PM

    You continue to inspire me! You rock! Enjoy your week! Brenda

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JACKSMIMI2 7/26/2010 6:20AM

    18 miles???? Seriously!!! :) Even though I am now up to 1 1/2 miles... So here's my new goal...I'm going to get to the point where I can run to keep up with you, then we can enter a race together... oh, and your ticker is looking good girlfriend...

have a great week!

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PSYCHBAMA 7/25/2010 10:31PM

    I just read this blog and then went back and read your one from Fri. I am so inspired from your entries, especially because of your honesty about finding the groove or not having a run be what you want. I am in the process of trying to become a runner and hope to one day soon be able to run two miles. Then maybe at some point in the future I'll get in 18 miles (which I cannot FATHOM at this point!) So I just wanted to say thanks for your honesty- it is truly inspirational- and I look forward to continuing to read your blogs and follow your running progress. Thank you from a VERY beginner!
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Not every run is a good run

Friday, July 23, 2010

Some days I set out on a run and I can not find the groove, that magic that normally seems to click is not working. My legs don't want to work, my arms seem to flop about as if they aren't part of my body, and not a single other muscle wants to do anything to stop me from looking and feeling like a total spazz. These are the days though to just relax and enjoy the scenery, these are not the days where the magic exists to make me seemlessly float through a run. So today I just got through it not record time, but I enjoyed the scenery, got to enjoy being baked by the sun for the first half and soaked the second half (thanks to Bonnie hanging out on the coast Iowa weather blows right now). I enjoy the struggle days, the lack of motivation days, the un-magical days, these are the days that I can look at and laugh about when I am having a magic day!

  
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THEQUEENBEE333 7/25/2010 11:35AM

    Hang in there. Heres to more magical days than non magical days! Have a great week!

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LINDATHOME 7/24/2010 12:18AM

    Ahhhh, the 'un' magical days ... wow, yep, lots of those for me. Your entry is very very very true .. I had a very unmagical day last Saturday evening when I did a 5K with about 1499 of my closest running friends .. in the 101 degree heat, in downtown Kansas City, looking straight into the sun. I hated life, and just wanted to be done that night (with the run, not life). I also had a 5K the following morning, less than 12 hours after crossing the finish line the night before in pure misery ... and had a very magical day. I was amazed, happy, thrilled, and loving life and running all over again. You are correct, we have to have those unmagical days to really appreciate the magical ones (and all of the others in between). I'm hoping for magical moments for tomorrow's 5K :)

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PEDAL-PUSHER 7/23/2010 9:37PM

    Very interesting.. I wpi;d ;pve to be a runner, a serious runner, but advanced arthritis in both knees and COPD from 40 years of smoking.....I am not that much of a miracle worker. I run when I can, enough to give me an average 4.7 MPH when I set my mind to it. I have days when my legs feel like lead, and I never really gave them much thougt, just settled into a speed walk. Non-magic days are good also, they give us a chance to regroup and find our focusm see the world around us. We need the rough days, the days when thighs are just not right.....they help us appreciate the perfect ones.
Namaste

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MONARCHCT 7/23/2010 9:11PM

    And running in the high heat & humidity seems to make un-magical days happen more often.

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16 miles!! Yes I can!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Today I did it I completed 16 miles I went Galloway all the way on it and my legs are thanking me! It also helped me improve my average mile/min! Followed 5:1 and at every walk break I drank either water or Gatorade, went through 40 oz water and 20 oz Gatorade on the trek and of course downed a lot of each after the run. I took time to enjoy the scenery, one of the nice things about running on a bike path/trail. I also got a break from all the concrete since a good majority of the run was on unpaved trail! It was a struggle toward the end with my jog being a speed walk more than a jog but I still made those extra miles that I had never gone. Upon reaching 16 miles via the Garmin, I spiked my water bottle and celebrated with a sweaty hug from my cousin, who is being a huge support of my running by either rollerskating or biking along with me (and I do mean rollerskating not blading ala 1985 hot pink skates!!) My next long run is 18 miles but I don't have that for another week, hooray for recovery weeks!

  
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THEQUEENBEE333 7/21/2010 9:04AM

    WOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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LEFTCIRCLES 7/20/2010 11:19AM

    YOU make me feel like I'm being lazy!!!!! Way to go Kara.

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SONGETX 7/20/2010 9:44AM

    That's awesome and inspiring. Thanks for your advice on my turtles post too, I've checked Galloway out before, but I'm going to take a closer look, I too would like to have a mega accomplishment like you!

Way to go!

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SONGETX 7/20/2010 9:42AM

    That's awesome and inspiring. Thanks for your advice on my turtles post too, I've checked Galloway out before, but I'm going to take a closer look, I too would like to have a mega accomplishment like you!

Way to go!

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LINDATHOME 7/20/2010 12:16AM

    so freakin awesome are YOU! emoticon

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LADY_JOSIELOT 7/19/2010 11:31PM

    You are seriously my hero. You are awesome and inspiring! Keep it up. :)

- Josie

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SPaRk On!
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