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Re-learning a lesson...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

You have to know how to listen to your body and how NOT to push too hard.

Hopefully my HRM will help with this when I finally get it, but today I definitely went beyond my limits.

It's so tough because there's this side of me that is ultra competitive with myself and is so tenacious it REFUSES to give up.... and then there's the voice of reason when I'm pushing to far that the competitive side likes to drown out.

I was *THISCLOSE* to fainting today... a few times... after my run.

I know what I did wrong -- didn't drink enough before, waited till it was too hot, and pushed myself too hard given the circumstances.... I just wanted it SO BAD that I would not allow myself to stop and walk at any time. My muscles/joints/breathing -- all that felt fine... but I should have been able to feel the way the heat was affecting me more. I started feeling a bit nauseous toward the end, but actually kicked it into a higher gear back up the street to my house. When I got inside I walked back and forth for quite a while to cool down until I felt better. Took a sip of water. Bent over and stretched my hamstrings (also getting some blood to my head I guess). Then I was taking a shower and had to literally speed from the shower to the bed to sit down, each step my vision getting darker until I sat down and put my head between my knees and everything came back to me. *SIGH*. That was the worst of it, but after that point while I was finishing getting dressed I had to sit down several times, until I was able to really sit and sip water slowly and eat something and get to feeling better.

I HAVE DONE THIS BEFORE. My VERY first day running. I should know better. At least this time I recognized that almost fainting feeling and didn't actually faint -- but I am not working out for the purpose of passing out/hurting myself/whatever. The purpose of this is to be healthy and fit. All of the additional goals are just to add motivation in the mix, but how fast I run, how far I run, how many massive hills I run -- all of that does NOT really matter if I am pushing myself to the detriment of my well-being.

So anyway. I feel slightly drained, but I've been fine the rest of the day. Yes, I am sore. I will have to think about whether I want to go for MTC Day 9 routine tomorrow or if I think I need a recovery day after that. I guess we'll see how I feel tomorrow morning.

Work has been good today, very productive. Other than the very end and the after-effects, my run actually went pretty well. I was feeling so proud of myself for accomplishing the run I did until I really started feeling sick. *DOH* Oh well -- I'm chalking it up to experience.

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SANLONDON 9/12/2008 7:57AM

    Wow. Some great dedication there ...right to the edge! But seriously, I hope you're doing ok now. I think lessons learnt is what this whole experience is all about!


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CURVES_N_CURLS 9/11/2008 10:10PM

    Oh goodness - scary situation, woman!

I'm thinking you pushed WAY too hard. Also, did you dip low on the water or electrolytes? Or forget to re-fuel (carbs & protein) right after your run?

Be safe... Be well!


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SKYFYRE 9/11/2008 5:15PM

    Oh, Boy! I know,... in a life of an athlete we are bound to do this to ourselves. I'm sorry this happened to you. I do think that the HRM will help you stay in a safe zone, and I think you know what you need to do better- hydration, recovery, etc. There comes this fine balance I'm finding, when you get to a certain level of athleticism that you have to make sure your bases are covered, like consuming enough cals before and after your exertion, the water thing and the adequate rest thing, and if you don't you have a grand chance of plopping on your face. I'm glad you were smart enough to stop before you did a face plant in the gym! Rest up, Skinny! Then get back to it refreshed, and if that is tomorrow, then Rock on!

PS- Did MTC day 9, yowzers! My lats hate me, they want the lazy days of summer back! "No" I say! Jilliam is not done with you, hahahahahhaa!

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BOTZZZ 9/11/2008 1:12PM

    Being driven is an awesome feeling, so awesome that it can sometimes get us in trouble, as long as you recognize that ya messed up with the not drinking and waiting until it was too hot etc etc and the lesson has been learned, no worries ;) taking a day off is probably a good idea but as long as ya realized why you felt that way and correct it, your driven arse can get back out there :) and run forest run! lol

As Ever

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OFEDEOZ 9/10/2008 10:57PM

    Well I hope you've learnt your lesson well this time. Glad you're feeling better though emoticon

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BLAZEGRRL 9/10/2008 9:51PM

    Glad you are feeling better - be careful out there! ;) Take solace in the fact that you reminded me to listen to my body as well. I am super competitive and stubborn and could totally see myself being silly as well. emoticon

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APPLEHEAD326 9/10/2008 9:51PM

    I have to say I think it's great your so driven to do well. But I'm glad you realize when enough is enough even if you don't always listen to that little voice. And, I think we all know that in life there are lessons that we'll have to re-learn even if we thought we already learned them. Due to the fact that we're only human and are constantly, making mistakes! Haha, this is just something we have to laugh at later on.. Not funny, at all whatsoever that you almost fainted but you have to admit as well as I that doing something we had already done before and should have known better is kind of like, "DUh!" when we realize what we did wrong... I have been there too when I hurt my knee and kept running anyway (which made it worse and I knew in the back of my mind that it would I just didn't want to give up.) Lol, my point-- I'm proud of you but, don't kill yourself!

You're SparkFriend,

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SSPANIER 9/10/2008 8:53PM

    I am the same way with pushing myself too hard and being so competitive with myself. I have started to learn to enjoy it. As long as I am enjoying it, I am good. The progress comes naturally....when you keep going. I remember feeling like passing out running in the heat, it is no fun! I hate running in the heat! got the stroller now, so I don't have that worry!!! Listen to your body, it is smart enough to tell you when you need to slow down!

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BRUIN2 9/10/2008 8:24PM

    HAHAHHA, Amee called you a big skinny ding dong. That's hilarious.

Good thing you caught things before they got bad... I agree - see how you feel tomorrow!

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MARLIE13 9/10/2008 7:41PM

    Oh you big skinny ding dong!! Good thing you learned your lesson.

PS I don't know what happened again but I missed a bunch of your blogs as I wasn't getting the reminder emails. Now to read up on you........

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MDTWEETY 9/10/2008 7:18PM

    Oh my goodness! Be careful. emoticon

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LYNNETH7 9/10/2008 7:06PM

    I sort of had a similar experience last night... I think I am pushing myself too hard and possibly stressing my body out and it is showing in my lab results (I want to believe that I am working too hard... because the other alternative is not very fun to think about). So for a while, I'm going to start holding back on the whole speed thing...... hopefully I can learn some restrain from your experiences

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Band ROCKS! :)

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Community band rehearsal went really well. I'm not first chair... the guy I auditioned for is first chair???? WTH? But anyway. It's all good, because at first I was so mad. I was looking through our music and we're playing Porgy and Bess and there's a HUGE trombone solo in "It Ain't Necessarily So" which is full of growling, fluttertongueing, glissandos... basically all the good fun stuff. :) OH and witha plunger mute!!! And I was like BOO! I HATE YOU. But then he was like, that solo is ALL YOU. So I was like, SWEET! So I did get what I wanted anyway. They all said I did really good so I'm happy about that.

My lips were sooooo on the edge of giving out by the end of rehearsal. I'm looking forward to getting them back in shape. Also a friend at church is going to look at my slide to see if he can fix it. It's not BROKEN just a little sluggish in one spot. Also I need a new cork for my water key (AKA SPIT VALVE). So anyway, that's awesome. I jibber jabbered way too long to him after the rehearsal because I was so excited to be talking to someone who knows about music... afterward I'm feeling so embarrassed. HAHAHAHA. Oh well.

And the pizza -- I definitely picked a deluxe pizza for each of my slices. *DOH* but I did only have two, and one little tiny PB nobake cookie (from the store, nonetheless?? I didn't know they sold those in stores?). And afterward, I looked up the calorie count on Domino's website and if I went over (because I really have no clue on that cookie) it wasn't by much. So yay on that.

This morning I got up and did the next workout in the MTC book -- I think it's Day 8 -- and... I forgot my lunch AGAIN. We'll see what I can find in the vending machines today but it's bound to be not as good as last time. Oh well. :( I'm not going to waste the time and gas to go all the way home -- worst case scenario I'm eating a bag of popcorn. I'll deal with it.

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PUMPKINFACE73 9/10/2008 1:03PM

    a solo...that is so great girl!...& for the pizza and cookie...I bet they were awesome!...havent had pizze in FOREVER but I do feel that time coming really soon...lol
YOU are amazing!

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BRUIN2 9/9/2008 10:40PM

    YAY FOR THE SOLO!!! Woot woot!!!

I wonder what kind of workout JM would give you to get your lips "cut". Bwahahahaha.

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CURVES_N_CURLS 9/9/2008 9:59PM

    I'm sure your wonderful husband would be more than happy to help you get those little lippies in shape! ;-)

Congratulations... You get to do a solo, woo-hoo!!!


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BOTZZZ 9/9/2008 8:07PM

    Woohoo on the solo :) I saw your youtube vid, I think you should play the solo and put it up on youtube ;) waddya say? lol kidding of course, unless you'll do it. and the pizza and cookie? no worries, it happens right? :)

As Ever

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OWLWHO 9/9/2008 6:54PM

    I'm excited about that solo! That's the nice thing I see about community bands: a good one is just that--a community, not a place where you need alot of competition. But you'd better get your lips into shape. And you made it almost to the end of rehearsal? I'll make it about 20 minutes and the rest will be torture! But I will have so much fun. I LOVE sightreading!

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    you get those lips in shape! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 9/9/2008 6:12PM

    Congrats on the solo!

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LYNNETH7 9/9/2008 5:06PM

    That's awesome, grats on the solo!

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HOPERY 9/9/2008 4:26PM

    Whoo Hoo on getting the solo you want! You so have to make a you tube video of you playing!

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Maintenance still in force.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Happy to report that weighing in after breakfast this morning still resulted in me being within maintenance range so WOOHOO on that.

So the picture -- that's my SISTER on the right!!! :D She's in Mongolia on her mission right now and that's her and her mission companion in Mongolian clothes. COOL, HUH??? NOT what they wear every day, just a cute photo of them in traditional get ups. :) I'm so proud of her. She'll be there till next August or so so less than a year left now.

As for me -- I intended to run this morning but forgot to wash my workout clothes yesterday -- they are all totally rank and need it desperately. :P So I slept in a bit and will wash them tonight. No biggie, just shifting my planned workout schedule a bit.

Tonight is my first Community Band rehearsal so I'm psyched for that. :)

Also......... I'M GETTING A HRM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I got a little bonus from work for working on Labor Day and my DH agreed to make up the difference. :D I'm getting a Polar F4 Women's HRM in ... Wild Berry? Or some crap? It's a red color.

It's a basic one, but has the calorie burn so I definitely wanted one that at least had that feature as well. I'm sooooooooooooooooo excited. :D Then maybe at Christmas I can get that little Nike Gadget for pace and distance counting, but if not at least I got my HRM. :D WEEEE. Had to order it site to store from WalMart, so according to them it should be there in 7-10 days.

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SKYFYRE 9/11/2008 5:18PM

    So Awesome!- Your sister and your HRM! Heehee!
Somehow Your blogs got dropped from me, I think that SP does this every once and a while, the must because suddenly all my subscriptions will just go away! Grrr. Glad I didn't miss this photo!

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MARLIE13 9/10/2008 7:42PM

    Love the picture and YAYYYYYY!!!!!!! on the HRM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woohooo!!!!!!!!

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SANLONDON 9/9/2008 9:01AM

    Heh, I first thought this was going to be about a Mongolian workout video that you'd found!

Oh, that Nike thing sounds quite handy - I'll have to look into picking something like that up.


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CAROL_HOORAH 9/9/2008 6:18AM

    yayyyyy I know you've wanted that for so long that's awesome!!!! LOVE the pic by the way!!!

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APPLEHEAD326 9/8/2008 11:27PM

    yea... gotta get me one of those! : D

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CURVES_N_CURLS 9/8/2008 9:07PM

    Definitely a family resemblance!

And what fun to be getting a new gadget... Your husband is a real cutie to pitch in the extra for the love of his life! ;-)


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MAHHCHU 9/8/2008 8:27PM

    Mission, eh? May I ask for what faith?

I grew up Mormon, and served a full two year mission in Mexico before finally embracing the dark side of the force, but I have a respect for people who give up their own personal time to work for a greater good.

As long as they know that no means no.

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BRUIN2 9/8/2008 7:57PM

    YAYAYA for the HRM!!!!! WOOT WOOT!!!!

(and I totally thought that was you in the pic!! very cool!)

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LOBO1978_2000 9/8/2008 5:52PM

    Horay for maintaining!!!

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MDTWEETY 9/8/2008 5:15PM

    Oh yay! I got an HRM for Hanukkah and I love it!! I have the pink one. Polar F6, I think. It's a basic model as well. The chest strap takes some getting used to, but I hardly notice it anymore.

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LYNNETH7 9/8/2008 5:14PM

    Wow, that's awesome. Your sister looks like a totally rad person (like yourself)

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OWLWHO 9/8/2008 3:38PM

    Good job on maintenance. And have fun at band. My community band starts this week too. I played my trombone yesterday for the first time since May (whoops!) and decided I should practice a little before Thursday.

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    That's one thing I wish I could have done...traditional French clothes. What a cool experience for your sister! How's the work in Mongolia?

Woohoo on staying in maintenence!!

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My YouTube debut????

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Yes... that's right folks.

The moment you have waited for has arrived!!!!

Dana, dynaminc fitness instructure guru extroardinaire now has two excercise HowTo's on YouTube.

BWAHAHAHA. More like me poorly demonstrating some things I tried very poorly to explain via text on SparkPeople. SO!

Those who were scratching their heads over that tricep dips combination I mentioned while doing runner's yoga, or just didn't get the gist of the Standing Mountain Climbers... now you can see my crazy self doing them. :D HAHAHAHAHA

And if I wore my Seminole Headband and played trombone in them I'd have all my bases covered but I'm afraid those will probably have to wait for another day. :)

I'm zircadia on YouTube as well, and I'm attempting a link below.


Oh crap. I just realized my Standing Mountain Climbers video is sideways... hahahaha I'm gonna try to go fix that.

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NATURALLYME126 9/9/2008 8:11PM

    I LOVE the triceps combination!!! Did you make this up or was it something you saw else where? Thanks for sharing and do let me know as you add new ones. I plan on doing the tricep one tomorrow when I workout. :)

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SANLONDON 9/9/2008 8:54AM

    Excellent work, keep em coming! You've been a real handy source for newbies like me on not just how to do it but how to keep on doing it!

I'm going to be trying those two in my body strength training tonight (the tricep dip exercise looks like it's using a lot more muscles!).


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CURVES_N_CURLS 9/8/2008 9:11PM

    Loved the karaoke!

(((Oh, I was supposed to be looking at the FITNESS demos???))) ;-)


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LOBO1978_2000 9/8/2008 12:48PM

    Wow way to go. With the sucesss you have had you should have something there showing how you did it.

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SKYFYRE 9/7/2008 8:06PM

    Yowzers those are great! and so was the kareoke! heehee!
I'm with Hope, let's hear some of that great music you make!

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HOPERY 9/7/2008 7:45AM

    Those were great! Make one of you playing your instrument soon! I want to see/hear you play it.

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BRUIN2 9/6/2008 6:47PM

    Oh my - that was CRAZY AWESOME.

Look at your triceps!!! WOWSERS GIRL!!!! You're such a hot tamale!!!

But next time, please add commentary! hehehehehehhe. And trombone playing!!!!

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    Hey, you're famous now! Once you're on YouTube, that's it!

I'm going to try those exercises for sure. They look very beneficial, so thanks for sharing!

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STEFIPOP 9/6/2008 4:25PM

    Hey, Dana! You are so very FIT! Good job!

I am definitely going to try those triceps exercises. I have been working tons on my triceps lately. No more batwings for me - hopefully. LOL

Those mountain climbers, however, look painful. My knees hurt just watching.

Thanks for sharing! Talk next time, though. I always wonder if my online friends sound like I imagine them to sound. Yeah, I'm a nut, I know!

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MDTWEETY 9/6/2008 3:33PM

    I'm gonna have to try those tricep dips. Congrats on your You Tube debut! You are a star!!! LOL!

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ANGELBLEU 9/6/2008 2:53PM

    damn girl you go! That looks like it hurts! love ther karaoke too hehe!


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JAYMATTER 9/6/2008 2:18PM



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MISSHOLLYDAE 9/6/2008 1:31PM

    Hahaha, those videos are great. I can't imagine putting anything like that up myself! I hate how I look doing any kind of cardio, that's why I do it when no one else is home, lol. Love the Karaoke, btw. Great stuff, lol.

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Ready for the Weekend!

Friday, September 05, 2008

So I'm sitting here at work, wearing my FSU headband thingie -- like a Garnet Gold White and Black macrame design with feathers and beads on long tails that reach down to my booty. :D -- and waiting for work to be over.

My work decided that every Friday is "FRIDAY FOOTBALL FRENZY" or something like that... we're allowed to wear hats/shirts/jerseys supporting our favorite football team. So GO NOLES!

I did go and fartlek this morning -- just a bit. It was like a one mile warmup and second mile with a few bursts of speed. I was so sore -- still a bit sore. I've burned (according to all estimates) 1908 of my 2000 per week calorie burn goal, so I will definitely go over that, but I'm not sure what I want to do this weekend yet. I should run again to make it 3 a week, but I think I might want to wait and just run again starting Monday to get a better schedule going for next week and not be too tired/worn out to start on Monday. I will do SOMETHING tomorrow -- I'm thinking a video on the instant netflix viewer unless DH would like to go to the gym with me.

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SLCOLMAN 9/7/2008 10:52AM

    LOL I just have to say WAR EAGLE!!!! Go Auburn :)

Love ya!

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    I'm love our sophomoric sense of humor! I giggle on the inside whrn I hear fartlek too! But I love it! Especially good tunes and running on a downhill. Everyone looks at you like your crazy (or you just stole a purse). Awesome for the endorphins. I usually get a runners high after fartlekking.

Here's one, when I was in Denmark, we were driving on a highway with road construction and they had a few lanes closed. The sign posted to warn everyone said 'Fart Kontrol'. We had to swing around and go by it again to get a picture! No one thinks it's funny here in Germany other than my British friends. (The again the German translation for have a good trip is 'Gute Fahrt'

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MAHHCHU 9/6/2008 10:03AM

    Fartlek. I have no idea what this is.

Curse my naivete!

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HOPERY 9/5/2008 10:35PM

    Yep-the word makes me giggle too! Way to go. Can you keep a straight face while you do this workout? emoticon

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SKYFYRE 9/5/2008 9:58PM

    Heehee... "fartlek"... :) OK, I'm officially in 4th grade! haahahahhahahah!

You are one commited lady thanks for all the ongoing inspiration, persperation, and sillyness you bring to my life here on SP!

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CAROL_HOORAH 9/5/2008 9:32PM

    heyyyyyyyyyyy!!! I just wanted to say, you are so awesome!!!! :) :)

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RUSSELLORAMA 9/5/2008 8:46PM

    I'm glad I'm not the only person giggling at the word "fartlek." Congrats on your progress!

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    I want to see a picture of your headband thingie!

When I was in track, I thought that fartlek was the funniest word EVER. Yeah, I was super immature...but come on. It was funny! Good workout too...

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