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9/29/16 6:43 P

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I love runches! definitely a nice break to the day.

I run with bluetooth headphones and love them because they dont get tangled or fall out. i use the plantronics backbeat fit ones and they last up to 6 hours, are comfortable, and sound great. They are also reasonable priced compared to some other brands.

Today was my last tempo run, 10 miles, and it feels good to be heading to the taper. wahoo! never thought 17 weeks ago I would make it to this spot but here I am. Ready for some easy runs the next week. tomorrow is my last day at my job, so it is bound to be a bittersweet one, but Im looking forward to gearing up for the marathon next week.

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9/29/16 5:51 P

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I took a runch today! I almost never run at lunch because it takes so long to get myself back together for work afterwords, but it was too sunny and beautiful outside. And I knew the sun would start setting before I got finished with work for the day, so I just had to. I did 6 miles and feel so hopped up on endorphines and serotonin that I probably look like a drug addict. I love the runch!

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9/28/16 3:07 P

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Are you heading into your taper yet, Heather? October is rapidly approaching, so it seems like you should be. Are you so looking forward to it?

I did 8 miles last night, with the middle three at 5k pace. It felt great to push my legs so hard, although my inner thigh muscle is feeling it today. I was also majorly annoyed with my headphones, which kept getting tangled, falling out of my ears, and generally bothering me. Do you run with headphones? Do you have recommendations?

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9/27/16 6:29 P

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the rest day sounds wonderful Amy! Some days we just need to do that.

I ran a blissful 6 X 1 mile strength workout in glorious fall weather (finally!). I hope it is like this on race day. I am still dealing with hives which really suck, but I got a sports massage last night and it really helped. The difference in my running is noticeable after I go, so I can imagine how badly you must need the chiro Amy!

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9/26/16 1:44 P

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I took an unexpected, like, super rest day yesterday and slept until noon, spent the rest of the day on the couch eating, and went to bed at 9. What?! It made me feel really, really ready for my 7 miles this morning. I felt good, although I think I need a chiro appointment. Boo on you, pain.

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9/25/16 5:17 P

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Great job this week Amy. And I know what you mean...I am pretty anti-social as well at times because I like to run by myself as that is my time to decompress but it is nice every once in a while.

Last night I developed a bad case of hives and I debated about doing my 10 mile run today. The hives are all over my legs and hips so everything was inflammed, but I decided to head out and told myself I could turn around if I wanted. About 4 miles in I stopped for some water and noticed that some of the hives were gone, so I think running might have helped! I kept running and finished the run even though it was about 89 degrees at that point. I saw two baby deer on the path and it was a really peaceful run. I still have some patches with bad hives, but some of it has cleared up. I am supposed to get a sports massage tomorrow but I guess I have to see how much of this is cleared up. I dont want to miss it as I have been looking forward to it for a few weeks!

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9/24/16 7:28 P

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One of the marathon training plans I used had a Friday easy day and I hated it too. Basically my whole body is exhausted by Friday. Now that I'm not on a plan, I swim on Friday so my legs can rest up for a Saturday run.

It sounds like you had a good run today, Heather! That's great. I'm the only Oiselle Volée in my town, so I miss out on the running group fun. I'm such an anti-social runner.

I did 8.7 miles this morning just to round it out to 30 miles for the week. Not awesome, but not too shabby.

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9/24/16 2:43 P

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today was the meetup for our IL Oiselle running team, and only 1 other person showed up! We still had fun and the trail was really pretty. It felt good to run somewhere new and run with someone else who took my mind off of running and work and stress. Finished 8 miles on pretty technical single track trails in one of the fastest times ever. Im sure I may regret it tomorrow when I have to run 10!

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9/23/16 5:53 P

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I think I dislike Friday "easy" runs more than any other runs. by Friday my legs feel like trash and it is such a battle to get through the run. I made my way through 5 miles but my legs felt like lead. Tomorrow I have a group run and while I am scheduled to do 8, I am just going to go out there and see what others are doing and if it means less, Im fine with that too.

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9/22/16 6:45 P

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that sounds so wonderful Amy! We had 86 degree weather here on the first day of autumn, go figure. the bugs were so horrible during my 10 mile tempo run that I spent the whole run wiping them off and scratching my skin and hair, and I had to stop at a water fountain to wash my face off. Nevertheless, the anger of my job loss finally hit me and I used that to fuel the last 2 miles of the difficult run. here's hoping the autumn weather finally starts to show up before the marathon!

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9/22/16 1:36 P

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THIS MORNING WAS AMAZING. First off, I ran 7 miles and they sucked. My back hurt, my legs felt heavy, it was the first really cold morning of the year, and I was completely unmotivated. BUT. The sunrise was incredible. Because it's so frequently cloudy here, we rarely have those lovely pink-orange-golden sunrises. And today's was a killer. On top of that, there was a double rainbow! It's all signs of a massive storm that's moving in (up to five inches of rain and 90 mph wind gusts, hooray), but it's worth it. The run sucked, but I could not stop smiling.

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9/20/16 6:11 P

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That run sounds amazing Amy! I really wish we could have some nice weather here. I am so tired of the heat. I know what you mean about failing. That is how I felt last year before I signed up for my first marathon. I seriously doubted if I could do it, but the first step is signing up and from there you have motivation to train hard and stick to your commitment. I am sure that once you fully dedicate yourself to the training, you will do great. At the very least it will be a a good experience and you wont be left wondering "what if".

I ran my strength workout today - 3 X 2 mile with 800m recovery intervals. The heat was brutal, but I was about 10 seconds faster than the last time I ran this workout, so Id say that was an improvement. I am still running distracted and Im still depressed, but Im trying the best I can to focus on the marathon and my goals.

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9/20/16 1:47 P

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I did 8 miles this morning, completely socked in with fog. It was my favorite kind of fog, where it makes you feel like you're the only person in the world. Then it started to break only at the tops of the mountains so the sun was lighting up the changing alders and I loved Alaska so much. What a great place to live.

Thanks for the encouragement on the 50k, Heather. I posted about it on social media, which generally means that at least my pride will make me do it. I'm very much about sticking to my commitments. I'm going to give myself a month to decide, talk to my chiropractor about whether I'm ready, and then decide. Maybe I'm just being a baby, but I would hate to try and fail.

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9/19/16 2:38 P

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The 16 mile run went surprisingly well. I wore my Team PAWS singlet so I would know how it would hold up during the marathon and it provided some extra motivation when I was running to remember what I was running for. The weather was downright hot by the time I was done and I ended up being really dehydrated. Yesterday I went to a music festival so I did not run but my phone told me I ended up walking over 6 miles and I can definitely feel it today. I ran 5 miles earlier today and while the motivation is still lacking a bit, I feel better than I did last week. Unfortunately I think I may have caught a cold with all of the emotional and physical stress Ive been under, so I am trying to take it easy.

Amy, a beer judge sounds like so much fun! what a cool thing to be doing. And speaking of cool, I think the 50k sounds like a great challenge. I have always wanted to do one but have not felt ready, but I think you should give it a shot. Im sure it is scary but Im sure with some hard work you can do it. Even if its the hardest thing you will have done, you will feel so accomplished when you are finished.

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How was your 16 miler, Heather? Better, I hope. Did you run it alone or with people? It seems like it might help to run in a group while your motivation is low.

I did 6 miles this morning in the fog, contemplating my next move. I'd love to do a 50k next spring, but I feel very nervous that I'm not capable of it. It's only 31 miles, but it's a trail run at elevation. I spent this whole year recovering from my injury and I don't know how strong I'll be. I also would need to start training in February. In Alaska. On trails. That might actually just be impossible. If not that, then what race do I do? I have so much to consider since we don't have local races, like travel and timing and work and whether we can afford for both of us to travel. I don't know what to do, but I know I need to consider it now because it'll dictate how I run through the winter. What do you all think?


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It's a major bummer that you're (understandably) feeling low right right. How did your long run go? Did you find a little enthusiasm? I hope so.

I did 8 miles this morning. I'm taking a class to become a certified beer judge that's held every Saturday morning, so my long runs might get a little shorter through the end of the year. That's probably okay, since I promised my chiro that I would take it easy after the Klondike. We'll see what I manage from here.

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9/16/16 5:46 P

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Thanks Amy. I am glad the week is finally over.

I ran my strength workout yesterday, and accidentally did last week's strength run again 2 X 3 miles with 800 recovery. Its the most difficult strength workout so clearly I like the punishment!

Today was supposed to be 6 easy miles but I only did 5. I was half way through my run and I just didnt feel like running anymore. I could have just kept running another half mile to turn around and make it 6, but with 16 miles tomorrow I figured I could be kind to myself and just go home. clearly I wasnt feeling it and with everything going on, that's ok. I really hope some of my motivation comes back soon. while running feels great, I dont really have much enthusiasm for anything at the moment.

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9/16/16 12:56 A

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Heather, that stinks! I'm so sorry that happened! I hope that you have many good, emotionally cleansing runs and land on your feet very soon. I'll be rooting for you!

I did 7 literally cleansing runs today in an actual flood.

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9/13/16 7:12 P

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I am sorry to hear that you both were having some hard runs! Amy, your race sounds really hard but you should not feel like a failure. And Kevin, I have been there with intestinal distress and it is not fun..

I ran my 10 mile tempo today since I will not have time on Thursday so I switched my Tuesday and Thursday runs. It is super hot out again and I felt really dehydrated. While I finished the run and stuck to my assigned average pace, it was challenging. I think I drank too much water around mile 6.5 as I started to cramp up a lot in the remaining miles and had to walk a few times which meant I was slightly off a few miles.

I lost my job yesterday which is also really difficult. I am thankful I have running and something positive to focus on, but I would be lying if I said I was not distracted during my run and I am in a terrible mood! Thankfully I will still be working the next few weeks which hopefully means I can find a job before I am officially laid off, but it is a really scary time.

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Kevin, I'll take that as a compliment since you seem like a much tougher runner than I am! It sounds like you're right on track for your next race. Now you're in the sweet, sweet taper. I might be the only runner who loves the taper!

Today I did 6.5 very tough miles. Maybe running so soon after such a hard race was not advisable, since my legs feel like garbage, but my confidence needed it. That race made me feel so down on myself, I needed to run to remind myself that I can. My husband keeps reminding me that the terrain on that course is brutal, and that you can't expect the same result as you would get in perfect conditions. I know he's right, but that doesn't necessarily make me feel better. Neither, of course, did this morning's run. My hamstrings and quads were so tight that I walked maybe a third of it. But when I ran, I ran hard, so I'm just going to call it an interval workout and feel good about getting out there.

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Wow, Amy, that sounds like a totally brutal relay course! I'll leave stuff like that to runners who are younger and/or tougher than I am.

Yesterday I was supposed to pace 6 miles at 8:30 for the last long run of the FF program aiming at the Rochester Marathon. No one showed up wanting an 8:30 pace, so it was just me and my co-leader Jim. I was in the unusual position of feeling that 6 miles was enough for the day, and Jim needed 12 in his program pointing at Kona. So we ran the first 6 together, coming in near an 8 pace because that felt okay to both of us. Then Jim backed off a bit for his last 6 while I wrapped things up and went home.

Today's assignment in my training plan was 1.5 hours at E. This is the last substantive run in the plan before the race, and I took the opportunity to drive to Secneca Park Zoo and run a partial course preview from their parking lot. I particularly wanted to cover the end of the course, since the FF program had sent me on previews of the loop several times already. There was more up and down than I remembered from last year. It was a good preview of the end, and I got back to my car too soon, so I ran an out and back on the most boring part of the course because that's where I was. Got back to the car and stopped at 1;26:53 because of intestinal distress, then drove to the closest publicly available rest room I knew about.

That's a reminder to watch what I eat for a couple days before the race. Less fiber than I've been eating lately would be advisable.

Looking forward, the week is all taper. It will probably add up to 36 miles or so, including today's 11 miles. Then the actual race a week from today. I have no fixed time goal. What I want is to manage the race well, and let the time be whatever it is.


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9/11/16 5:31 P

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Another Klondike International Road Relay is in the books. We were the slowest in team history, but we had a lot of factors working against us. One of our hardest legs, 5.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1800 feet, was run by our weakest team member. She walked it at 24 minutes per mile. That hurt. Then the weather was uncharacteristically bad for the longest middle three legs, including mine. That slowed us all down from our projected pace. It was blowing rain and snow on my leg. I was working so hard to run the hills that I didn't have any energy left to regulate my temperature. I got a lower back shiver that made every step feel like fireworks in my spine. I ran it a full minute per mile slower than I expected. I feel like a total loser. I'm one of the strongest runners on the team and I feel like I let them down. I realize that there wasn't anyone else willing to run 16 miles at 4 am on no sleep, but I was hoping for a slightly better outcome.

Anyway, now I've done the three longest, hardest, nighttime legs. I've officially put in my request for a daytime leg next year, because I've earned it. I'm sad another race is already come and gone! Now to consider my ultra next spring!

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9/11/16 4:11 P

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8 easy miles yesterday and 10 miles today. Definitely feeling more tired than I was doing this last week, but the weather is finally enjoyable again and the 10 miles seemed to go by much faster this week. Gearing up for my peak week of training this week. Hard to believe the Chicago marathon is only 4 weeks away!

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9/9/16 6:25 P

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Welcome back Kevin! Congrats on your retirement and winning your AG. It sounds like you are already enjoying retirement.

Today was an easy 5 miles and of course the sky opened up about 5 minutes into my run so it ended up just being a fun run in the rain. Compared to the heat the last few days, it felt wonderful.

I am a bit sore today after my tempo run yesterday and I got a massage last night, so for once it felt good to stick to easy pace.

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Happy belated birthday, Amy! Now you have 5 more minutes to qualify for Boston. ;)


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Hello all. I see I've been missing from this board since July. It's been a hectic couple of months, and this forum got squeezed out. I retired at the end of August, and had a lot of non-running stuff to deal with getting that far and immediately after retirement.

I'd started feeling really healthy in July, ran the Shoreline Half to feel good, and was just about caught up enough to follow my marathon training plan when I threw Oak Tree Half into the mix last Sunday. Ran it as an A race, winning my age group and falling 19 seconds short of the age group course record. Local runners who are familiar with the course were impressed.

That knocked me off doing the full marathon training plan, because I need to back off a bit more to recover. So all the workouts this week have been watered down, and somehow the total mileage is coming out to about right for two weeks before a marathon. Go figure.

Rest day today, and all of a sudden it's real to me that I'll be running the Rochester Marathon in 9 days. I have no goal time, just want to manage the race well and let the time be what it will be.


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9/8/16 6:55 P

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9 mile tempo today, and it was a hard one. the hot and humid weather is back and I struggled with the first and last mile, but my average pace was still good. I really hope the weather cools off soon!

To answer your question about training days Amy, the Hansons plan has 6 days of running but typically I do 5. I usually replace the Monday run with cross training to ward off any injuries and so far I can say I have been injury free so I guess its working for me.

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Happy birthday Amy!! Glad you had a nice day celebrating, and just think..now you will be the youngest in the next age group!

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I did my first 7 miles as a 35 year old this morning. It didn't feel too different except that it was very cold, very wet, and I probably drank too much wine and had too much pizza last night.

Wait, that's not different at all. Hooray, 35.

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It sounds like you're following a pretty rigorous training plan, Heather. Are you only taking one rest day per week? I'm running four days a week now and relishing those three cross training days.

I did 6 lovely foggy miles in Glacier Bay National Park this morning. We saw orcas and puffins and sea otters and bears and mountain goats and glaciers. We hiked and gathered mushrooms and saw the northern lights. It was pretty amazing. Great way to celebrate my birthday!

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10 mile run today and I was definitely feeling the effects of the cumulative fatigue. It was also quite warm by the time I got out for my run, so that did not help either. Nevertheless I finished the run and did some yoga and I am feeling pretty good. The last week or so I have really noticed a difference in my recovery and how I seem to recover much quicker after hard runs than many weeks ago. I think this is a good sign of progress!

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8 miles out on the trails today, and I felt really good. The weather was starting to get really hot, but I stuck to the shaded parts and I felt like the hills were relatively easy. I took the run really easy so that I am feeling good for my 10 miler tomorrow.

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Sounds wonderful Amy, enjoy!

I ran an easy 5 today too, and spent my day off work cleaning and getting all the boring stuff out of the way so I can relax this weekend. hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!

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I did 5 miles today because we're going to Glacier Bay National Park for the weekend and I don't know if running will happen. I know I'm going to try! I love running new places. Have a great weekend!

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Those are the best runs, Heather! I had one of those today too, but it was only six miles. The weather was clear and crisp, I felt great, and I ran the middle three miles at 5k pace (about 9:15). What a great running day!

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awesome job Amy! Enjoying running is really the most important thing after all.

I enjoyed running today as we had a taste of fall on the first day of september. My 9 mile tempo run felt like one big runners high as the weather was perfection. The run felt effortless and it was one of those times where you enjoy everything about the run. I see that we are back in the 90s next week, so I am going to savor this one.

I had my highest mileage month in August - 145 which is a new record for me that I am pretty proud of. I am finally feeling like all the training is paying off and I am starting to get so excited for the marathon.

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Good job on both your runs, Heather! I was feeling the pain after my 15 miler on Saturday too. My quads were screaming. I took a day off yesterday and set my bike up on the trainer for indoor cycling during the winter. It's so funny to hear you talk about heat when I'm gearing up for cold already.

I did 8.2 this evening to make it an even 120 miles for the month. I felt so good this month, as compared to the rest of the year. I was so glad to be able to enjoy running again.

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The afternoon was calling for bad storms, but thankfully I was able to get in my strength workout - 2 X 3 miles with 800m recovery. This is my least favorite strength workout of the plan and I was dreading it due to the humidity. I was concerned that I did not fuel enough as I wasnt sure the run would happen, but surprisingly I nailed it. My left hamstring and hip were a bit tight and sore from Sundays run, but I walked most of the first 800m recovery and by the time the second interval started, I felt much better. For the next few weeks the strength workouts go backwards, so it feels good to have reached the top of the strength workouts and now I can work my way back again.

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16 miles done! unfortunately one person from my group showed up and she ran a mile and turned around and left. I was bummed out for a while but I really enjoyed being on the trail early in the morning and the first loop of 10 miles flew by. At that point the 98% humidity was getting to me, so around mile 12 I started to struggle. I would have preferred to do this run on flatter terrain which is why I was bummed that I went to this trail based upon the group and it ended up not mattering, but it was a good lesson to just roll with it and if anything, my legs got a good workout today. feeling much better after a nap, but I definitely will need a rest day tomorrow!

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awesome job Amy! Your runs sound great and I hope now that you know your hip was out of place, you are feeling good again.

My 16 miler is tomorrow...I ran 6 yesterday and 6 today. Thankfully I am going to run a 9.5 mile loop tomorrow with some friends, so that will get me more than half way through my run and wont have to do the whole 16 by myself. heres hoping my legs make it!

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I did it! 15.5 miles this morning, from the glacier to the beach. It started off inauspiciously. I locked my inhaler in my car and had to call my husband to come free it. I ran the first 2.5 sucking wind. If I ever get confident enough to think I'm not asthmatic anymore, today will be my lesson. After that, it went smoothly! It was so hot outside, 70 degrees and clear skies, but I hydrated well and took a few good breaks to eat and splash water on my head. I maintained a 10:30 pace, which for me right now is solid. I am so pleased!

How did your run go, Heather?

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Heather, I don't miss being 24 AT ALL, except when it comes to my ability to bounce back from a late night. I used to be able to go hard and barely feel it. Now, a decade on, if I'm not in bed and sleeping by 10, I'm like a total mess the next day.

As it turns out, my hip was out of place again. But I'm healing! I had it re-set and did 8 miles of hills yesterday. I maintained a solid pace, except in the middle where I slowed down a lot because of hills. The weather was unreal. The entire channel was socked with fog, so all I could see was the road in front of me. I could hear the ships' foghorns in the distance. It was dreamy.

Have a good 16 miler this weekend, Heather! I'm aiming for 15 this weekend, which will officially be my longest run of 2016. NERVES.

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9 mile tempo done! I was a bit nervous about moving up to a 9 mile tempo, but surprisingly it went really well and I hit my goal pace in every mile except one but my average pace was right on the money. the sky was overcast with a nice breeze and though a bit humid, I was able to enjoy the run overall. now I need to start getting prepared for my second 16 miler on sunday!

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I had a hangover run myself today...Hansons strength workout of 3 X 2 miles with 800m recovery. I was at a concert last night and stayed with friends in the city and we stayed up until 3 am as if we were 24 instead of 34! It was certainly fun but the thought of running was very unappealing at first. Thankfully once I started, I enjoyed the workout and the weather was really nice. It felt good to be off work and enjoying the nice weather instead of stuck inside.

Amy, great job listening to your body and taking some time off to rest. I hope that you continue to recover and that it is amazing how everything is so connected and different body parts hurt to over compensate for other aches and pains.

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Heather, you are undoubtedly right. There probably is too much of a good thing when it comes to skunk smell. I also agree that hangover runs are so great. I usually feel so much better afterwards. And I definitely did not feel better for having slept for too long. Lessons learned: runners do everything better, even ill-advised drinking binges.

I took yesterday off because I'm having some quad soreness. I did 8.2 this morning in a downpour and was still having some quad soreness. I sort of wonder if it hurts because my lower back pain has finally resolved and so the part that was actually injured (my hip) has started healing. The journey of injury recovery is like a constant mystery.

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I dont think you would love skunk very much after having it linger in your house for days! I dont think I can handle the smell of skunk ever again after having it every where. I was actually feeling sick to my stomach last night just from breathing it in for so long. The runs feel good to clear my nose! I ran 10 today and I was really sore from yesterday but I got it done. Came back home and the smell of skunk has lessened a bit, so maybe we are finally getting somewhere.

Amy, I have been there many times and actually find that a run is a good hangover cure!

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I know I'm crazy but I love the smell of skunk. We have a plant here called skunk cabbage and it's like the smell of spring.

I also got a late start today because I drank too much at my husband's work party last night and couldn't get out of bed this morning. Lame excuse, I know. But I went out and managed 7 miles in some glorious sunshine this afternoon.

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well I got my 8 miles in, but much later than I wanted. this morning my dog was skunked so I spent most of the morning and early afternoon cleaning the house (and her) so I finally hit the trails which was much needed. Although a bit humid (and kept smelling skunk every time I wiped my face off), the weather was not bad and it felt good to just RUN again without feeling bogged down by the heat.

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5 mile easy run and I definitely felt the fatigue from the past few days of hard running. looking forward to tomorrow when the temps finally cool off and I can enjoy running in something that does not resemble a sauna!

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sounds like we keep dealing with our current conditions Amy...you - rain, me - heat and humidity. The heat is definitely hurting my pace and I pretty much feel like laying down and not getting back up again!

I had my strength workout on Tuesday, 4 X 1.5 miles with 800m recovery...in the heat. The workout went well as I actually like the Hansons strength workouts. Today was an 8 mile tempo and the conditions were steamy. I was nervous heading out, but I was proud of myself for the even pace I kept despite the heat. I keep hoping one of these days I can finally run in something tolerable!

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Ouch, that sounds like tough conditions, Heather! How is it affecting your pace? I find that hot sun slows me waaay down. Like, I may as well just lay on the sidewalk and die down.

I did 6 miles this morning in, you guessed it, rain! People don't realize it, but parts of Alaska have a monsoon season. We are in it. I felt good anyway, though. Closing in on my last major race of the season, so I'm planning on amping up some mileage in the next two weeks and calling myself ready.

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got my 16 miles in today and it was rough. the run started off good, but it was 96% humidity at 6:30 this morning so that definitely played a factor. I completely soaking wet by mile 12 and was feeling pretty miserable as the sun was up in full force. But I got it done, and after watching all the US women run the Olympic marathon when I got home, I am pretty inspired!

Glad you had a great run Amy. I WISH it had rained on me!

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I did 10.5 miles this morning in the pouring rain. It was such a great run. I felt light on my feet and the miles flew by. The rain didn't slow me down at all. I even got cheered by some
tourists and chased a whole mess of seagulls, which is my favorite thing. Such a good run!

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8 miles done...trying not to think about 16 tomorrow. It was overcast and low 80s, but oh so humid. I was soaked within the first mile and was trying to remain positive for the run. It was rough! trying to get out as early as possible tomorrow to get a jump on the 16 miles.

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yikes Amy! I hope you are ok! That does not sound good...

SHINIGAN, sounds fantastic! I love Matt Fitzgerald - all of his books are so great. I also love Devils Lake. Thanks for sharing about your training, and congrats on the great half.

I skipped my run yesterday because it was over 100 with the humidity. I could not breathe early in the morning when I walked my dog so I knew a run was not going to happen and I focused on some cross training instead. Today I got 5 miles in and it was 89% humidity which was unpleasant, but at least the air temps were in the lower 80s so it could have been worse. Gearing up for a long mileage this weekend - 8 tomorrow and 16 on Sunday.

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Hey guys, I didn't run today because I have a concussion and whiplash from a yoga injury on Tuesday. I'm taking today off because I'm feeling nauseated, exhausted, disoriented, and my neck hurts. Has anyone had a concussion that can give me an insight on how long it'll take to get back to running?

EDIT: I ended up running anyway. It wasn't awesome, but I did it. It was more because my legs felt itchy all day yesterday and I needed to move. I did 7.1 miles and I felt alright after, maybe a little more tired than usual. Hopefully no permanent brain damage!

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Hi all! The half was fun - I missed my time from last year by almost a minute, but I feel like I ran it faster than last year until 12 when I blew up. Just tapered too much, and didn't fuel and hydrate well the week before. Still a race I look forward to every year.

For the 50K I just used a slightly modified Matt Fitzgerald marathon training plan (combined two from his 80/20 book and Brain Training) -- I was training for Grandma's which was only 3 weeks before the 50 K, so I started the marathon training plan at 24 weeks out instead of 18. That way I got to my 20+ mile runs ahead of schedule for a marathon, but it allowed me to get a couple 22 and 23 mile runs in before the marathon, and then I didn't end up racing as hard at Grandma's (consider it a long training run for the 50K) so between a pretty good base and not killing myself I didn't take any time off that week after Grandma's. The next two weeks I tapered. The modified part was just getting to the longer runs sooner and adding a mile to 3 to the "long runs". I didn't really go out of my way to try to get a longish run in after my really long run - kind of reverse I often had a sprint workout the day before the long run so I was getting plenty of practice running tired. I averaged 40-45 miles per week.

The race was an absolute blast! Supported really well, very stocked, frequent aid stations - gorgeous scenery, Devil's Lake in WI, and I ran it with a group of regular running buddies which made for lots of entertainment!

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today was my first strength workout (so happy speed workouts are over!) - 6 X 1 mile with 400m recovery. It was hot (what else is new), but I picked a shady path and was able to hit my pace each mile repeat. Hansons strength workouts are done at 10 seconds faster than race pace and this was a hard one but I did it.

Amy, awesome job with your tri! watching all the Olympic swimmers makes me want to get back into swimming again. I was on the swim team in high school but dropped out. I would love to do a tri one day.

SHINIGAN, I would also be curious about your 50k training. you will have to share! hope your half went well!

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How did the race go, Shiningan? Also, I see that you did a 50k recently. I'm considering one for next year. I developed a training plan that leads up to back to back long runs (20 one day, 10 the next, for example). Did you train that way for yours? Did you find it to be necessary? I'm a workhorse, so I'll do whatever a training plan says to do, but I don't want to run myself into injury, obviously.

I did 8 miles in the fog this morning and felt great again! Two days in a row! I'm so pleased. I've been in pain for so long that I sort of forgot what it feels like to run comfortably. I even smiled a little. Getting there!

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Really light last week - only 6.5 miles total before my half marathon race Saturday. So this morning felt like getting back on track a little. Only 3.5 but Mondays are my day off, so anything is extra, and it had over 400 ft of elevation gain, so not a throw away workout. Back on Marathon training tomorrow.

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Welcome back, Heather! It sounds like you had a nice break! I love hiking and I really miss it when I'm training. I tend not to do it when I'm running often because it's an injury prone activity for me. I find it so gratifying, though.

I did my first open-water triathlon on Saturday! I was so nervous about the swim because my poor asthmatic lungs just seize up in the cold. I was genuinely afraid that I wasn't going to make it to the finish. But I changed my strategy and swam head up crawl and finished strong. The bike and the run went as expected. I finished in 1:47. I'm so proud!

I did 7 miles this morning and felt great. My legs felt springy and nothing hurt. Amazing!

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Back from camping and I got in a 5 mile run today. After a few days off, it felt great to run. My quads were killing me though as we hiked up this giant dune yesterday on our way home from camping. I would attribute the feeling in my legs as the feeling you get in mile 24/25 of the marathon! I could not believe how much I struggled, but it was a good workout nonetheless!

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Speedwork today, 4 X 1k with 400m recovery, and it is freaking hot out! I setup a water drop for myself so I could hydrate in between intervals and stuck to the shade, and it went surprisingly well. I hit my pace for all repeats despite the heat.

Heading off for camping tomorrow, so no running for me for a few days which will be a nice recovery.

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today I did my 8 mile tempo run, and similarly to my 10 miler on Sunday, I ran this route the same way I ran my failed 8 miler last week. The weather was quite similar although it was less humid, but this time I felt more prepared and brought a gel and water with me. I think that made all the difference and I made it through the run and actually picked up speed towards the end. I am glad I was able to push the negative experience out of my mind and focus on getting in a good run today.

Amy, I am so glad you are feeling great again and while your story about your dog makes me a bit sad, Im glad you have been able to run on that trail since the experience and build a positive mental story instead of focusing on the negative.

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Good job on the 10 miler, Heather! You must be staring down some long long runs soon! It's so weird how you develop these aversions to a course or a trail because of one crappy run. Or vice versa, a good one run can make you fall in love with a trail forever. There's one trail that I struggle with every time because it's the first trail I ran alone on after my dog died, and I missed her so much it was overwhelming. Thankfully, I've managed to create some more positive associations with it, but it still makes me sad.

I did 8 miles this morning. We're back to muggy humidity. Better than pouring rain! I felt great this morning. I really am starting to think maybe I'm on the mend!

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Awesome Amy! Glad to hear that you had a great race and that you are feeling good. Sometimes that is definitely a better way to judge a race, instead of a PR.

I ran 10 miles today and felt pretty good for most of it. It was getting hot in the later miles, but I finished strong. I forced myself to go back to the trail I had my horrible run on last Sunday because I did not want to associate it with misery. Thankfully I turned that into a positive experience today.

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I ran the Douglas Island Half Marathon today! As seems to be my refrain lately, it wasn't my fastest, but it was remarkable because I felt so much better than I have in so long. Maybe the PT and the chiro treatment is working!?

I'm glad to hear today was better for you, Heather!

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what a difference the weather makes...I ran 8 miles today that felt significantly easier than my disastrous 8 miles a few days ago. Despite the humidity, it is in the 70s and overcast, and I finally enjoyed a run for the first time in a few weeks!

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LOL! that is too funny Amy!

I did a 5 mile "runch" today since it will be raining for the rest of the afternoon and evening. The weather is finally more manageable, although its still a bit humid.

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My weather woes are the exact opposite of yours, but the new fall conditions are making it tough to get outside. I did 6 miles in a downpour last night. I definitely took for granted all the awesome, beautiful running days we've had this year.

I'm running a half marathon tomorrow and I had the most ridiculous conversation with my husband.

Me: I'm so nervous about tomorrow's race.
H: Why?
Me: I haven't run that distance in like two weeks!
H: (Silence)
Me: What!? That's legitimate.
H: (Silence)
Me: What??!?
H: I refuse to dignify that ridiculous statement with a response.

What's wrong with us weird runners?!

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wow it sounds like we all were dealing with weather woes! Makes me feel better about how much I struggled with todays 8 mile tempo run. Technically we are no longer under a heat advisory, but it was still around 90 today. The first 5 miles of the tempo went really well, but I just hit the wall in mile 6. Once again I struggled with my breathing and had to stop and walk just to catch my breath. I ran out of energy and almost called to have my husband come pick me up. This hot weather is seriously cramping my training! But it does make me feel good to see that we are all struggling and choosing to listen to our bodies. I wanted to badly to hit my tempo pace, but it was more important to just get through the miles rather than force myself to do something that was likely unhealthy. those days running the snow look better and better...

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It sounds like we all practiced some solid self-care this weekend! That makes me really happy! I get myself so emotionally wrapped around the axle about running schedules, and mileage goals, and this crazy idea that I'm not fit or healthy if I can't manage 30 to 40 mile weeks even in the off-season. It's good to take a day off or reduce mileage and see that the world does not collapse around me.

On the other hand, the key to adjusting to new weather is just getting out there and doing it. That's definitely true of southeast Alaska's neverending rains. So I did 7 miles in a downpour this morning. I left all my gear dripping in the furnace room in hopes that my shoes would dry in time for Thursday's run. Wet wet wet.

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Amy & Heather, I feel your weekend woes.

Sunday I woke up and felt pretty beat up. Felt OK after church, but couldn't convince myself to go out and run in 91 F weather. Told myself I'd run in the evening and hope it was cooler. Late afternoon, my daughter showed up with here volunteer moving crew to claim some furniture I'd been storing for her; I ended up spending the evening at her new apartment eating pizza and chatting with people she works with.

I console myself with the idea that last week I added a chunk of miles, and I probably needed a rest day Sunday. Now it remains to be seen whether I can get 16 to 18 miles worth of short runs in on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I shouldn't do more than 18 before Thursday, unless I want to cut the planned 13 mile Thursday workout shorter than scheduled.


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Oh, man, Heather, that sounds rough! What a tough mental challenge to overcome, too. Good for you for listening to your body. I can run through a lot of pain, but when it comes to breathing issues, I tend to be pretty tender with myself. Lots of years struggling with asthma has taught me to treat my lungs gingerly. I bet you did yourself a world of good in recognizing that.

It sounds like we had similar experiences this weekend, too. I intended to do somewhere between 10 and 12 miles on Saturday. When I went to bed on Friday night, it was summer; when I woke up on Saturday morning, Fall had moved in with a vengeance. It was pounding rain with 30 mph winds and a max temperature of 45 degrees. I looked outside at the soaking rain, considered my chiro's suggestion that I take more rest days if I want to get better, and I bagged it. I haven't skipped a long run Saturday in like three years. It was actually sort of liberating. I Netflixed and snacked instead.

My new mantra is "Rest today so you can run forever."

I went out this morning, mentally and physically feeling great, and killed 8 miles in the mist. It was perfect.

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today was a huge fail - I finished 5 out of the 15 miles I was supposed to do. So much for a long run! I headed out early, but it was clearly not early enough. even at 7 am, it was already in the upper 80s with 90% humidity. The first 2 miles I went slow and felt ok, but somewhere between miles 3 and 4 I started to fall apart. The heat was so oppressive and I was struggling to breath. The air was so hazy and thick, and I started to panic in mile 4. I forced myself to a walk and walked most of the mile 5. Originally I told myself I would do one 5 mile loop, stop back at my car for some water, a cold towel, and a shirt change, and see how I felt about doing 2 more, but I did not have it in me for another loop (or two). Im bummed, but its a good lesson learned to listen to your body.

Kevin, it sounds like you had a great run and Im glad you were feeling good after the downhills.

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Today I was supposed to pace 17 miles at 8:30. No one showed up for the 8:30 pace group, or for the 8:00 pace group. I ended up running the first 9 miles with the 8:00 pacers, then another 8 miles solo. One of the 8:00 pacers had put in 7 miles earlier, the other was sticking the half marathon training distance because he's close to a major race.

Garmin says it was 70 degrees when I started. It was pretty humid, and it warmed up quite a bit as I ran. I don't know how warm it got in the 2+ hours I was running, but it's 90 as I write this. Held acceptably close to the target 8:00 pace; Garmin reports an average of 8:08, but I didn't get it paused right away at the water stop.

That brings the week in around 48 miles. That's the most miles in a week, and the most miles in a day that I've run since Boston. But the best news is, when we got to the steep gravel path downhill in the route, it didn't hurt to run down it. I may be behind schedule training for Rochester, but I think I'll be able to go the distance.


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another hot and steamy 5 miles this morning. I went early, but the humidity was already above 90% and it felt like I was breathing through a straw. I have 15 to do tomorrow and right now I am not sure if it will happen with the weather so bad. I hope you are all having much nice weather!

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yesterday the heat index climbed to 102 and the air was so heavy. I decided to skip my tempo run because in reality, I would not have been able to hold my tempo pace even if I had tried. I stayed inside and did some cross training. Today was another hot day and I knew I wouldnt have time to do 6 miles before work, so I did 3 before and 3 at lunch before it got too bad. I was just outside now and I am so glad I did not try to run 6 in what is 99 degrees with 76% humidity right now. This weather is killing me!

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Today was the first time I've done speed work on a track since before Boston. The last couple of weeks I've been feeling great and running normally, but my earlier recovery puts me behind schedule on training for Rochester. I looked at the scheduled marathon workout, and the intensity seemed okay; but I don't have the base of miles to support it.

So Coach told me to go run and 800 at T and see how it felt, then run 800s or 1600s or 1200s depending on how I felt, for a total of 3 miles at T. I ended up doing 800, 2x1600, 800 with 400 easy before and 400 recovery between and after. Felt pretty good, even at 77 degrees.

I still don't like doing drills before the speed work, but it feels great that I *can* do them now.


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Speedwork today and we are under a heat advisory so it goes without saying that it was pretty miserable. 5 X 1k with 400m recovery and I really needed those recovery intervals to cool down and prepare for the next segment. I ended up walking a few but the good news is that I hit my paces for all the run segments.

Amy, hopefully your session goes well and you notice a difference. I had a sports massage last week and instantly could tell a difference when I went for a run the next day, so its amazing how quickly your body can respond to therapeutic touch.

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Good job on your race, Kevin! You're so fast! And Heather, that run sounds really nice! Trail running is probably my favorite, but since our trails are pretty tough in Juneau, it's a sometimes run, not an every day run for me.

I did 7.5 miles this morning in the sunshine. My warmup took longer than normal, but once I got going, I felt good. I have an appointment with my chiropractor today; we're going to start breaking down some of the scar tissue in my left leg hopefully. Maybe, just maybe, I'll start feeling good again soon!

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Great job Amy and Kevin with your races this weekend! Amy, that is some awesome perseverance to keep going despite some bad luck. Kevin, congrats on your AG win!

I did 10 miles on the trails. I went out after a storm passed through and despite some humidity, there was a nice breeze and the temps were still cooler. By the time I finished it was feeling hot and tired, but Im glad I got an early start.

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Today's major run was Shoreline Half Marathon. I'd spent a lot of time considering how to deal with the expected heat and humidity, including training quite a bit in 90 degree weather. At gun time, it was 66 degrees with 75% humidity and a nice overcast sky that wasn't going to produce rain.

I didn't know what to do with my race plan. Decided to run however felt good and not worry much about time. Early on, I made a conscious effort to let a few people run away from me. The last people to pass me were a couple of younger guys in the mile 4-5 stretch, when I was slowing down a bit from the starting surge. Took a gel at 5 miles, and passed them in mile 7. Then I passed a couple guys who were flagging a bit in mile 8, and one more in mile 9. Took an S-cap at mile 8, because it was about an hour and that's where I melted down last year. Took another gel at mile 10.

At mile 11, I felt so good I thought maybe I'd pick it up to T pace at mile 12. Got to mile 12, and saw I was already running T. Passed 3 more guys during mile 13. This is unheard of; anyone who is ahead of after 12 miles of a half ought to know what they're doing and be faster than me. Turns out my last 2 miles were my fastest.

Finished in 1:31:11. Not a PR, but a good minute faster than what I hoped for on a feel-good run day in nice weather, and 5 minutes faster than what I expected for the anticipated heat and humidity. Best of all, I felt great. The goal of managing the heat an humidity didn't happen because the heat and humidity didn't show up; but the goal of finishing in good shape was achieved.

I was 23rd. of 853 overall, and (predictably) 1st of 19 in the M 60-64 age group by a considerable margin. My age group lead in the Four Seasons Challenge stands at such a ridiculous level that a buddy suggested I could walk Rochester and still win the age group for the challenge. That's probably an exaggeration, but I don't need a great showing at Rochester to win the challenge. Of course, I would like a BQ showing at Rochester because that would qualify me for Boston 2018 and take all the run fast pressure off Boston 2017.


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I did my local law enforcement triathlon today and it went great! I brought my time down in the swim portion just a hair, so I was pleased with that. I did great on the bike until I hit a piece of debris in the roadway and blew a tire. Coincidentally, a friend of mine was across the street and kindly trucked my bike back to the finish line. I ran the remaining two miles of the bike course at a 9:00 min/mile because I so badly wanted to not be last. Then I ran the 5k at about 9:30. I was third from last but it's not too shabby considering that it was almost a scratch! Good thing I've got these runner's legs to rely on!

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74 degrees and it feels like heaven! Granted it rained for half of my 6 miles, but the temps could not be beat.

Kevin, good luck at Shoreline!

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Missed running yesterday due to a time crunch, and this evening there was a town meeting about a proposed drainage control project adjacent to my property. But I woke up early, so I ran 7.6 miles starting at 6AM. It was 75 and ridiculously humid, I was soaked when I got done, but it still felt reasonably cool after running in temps between 86 and 90 most of the last two weeks.

If I have lots of free time tomorrow evening, I might go out for an easy 30 minutes; otherwise my next run will be Shoreline Half on Saturday. Shoreline is the point of training in the heat and humidity, as it is traditionally wretched running weather on an otherwise easy course.


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ha, "only" 90 Kevin! Great job getting out there to do speedwork in the heat.

Speaking of speedwork, I did mine during my lunch today - 6 X 800m. It was "only" 88! Thankfully there was a headwind for some of it that probably slowed down my speed, but it felt great.

Amy, I am so bummed that the BTB is right before the Chicago marathon this year, otherwise I would totally be in! I will have to keep my fingers crossed for next year too.

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