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7/26/17 2:43 P

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It's Wednesday, you know what that means! It's my dreaded mid-week 10 miler! No surprise, it sucked! I tried to eat a little this time, since the last couple of weeks I hadn't and regretted it. But my stomach revolts at food before 5:00 a.m. I had half a piece of PBJ toast and was starving by mile 7. I'm limping some and trying to rub out the pain in my quad. I'm emotionally preparing myself to run a marathon this weekend. It's always daunting, no matter whether you know you can do it or not. This time, I don't actually know that I can do it. Yikes.

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7/25/17 12:31 P

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THREE HOURS IN THE CAR!? That sounds like actual hell on earth. I hope it's not too bad! My legs get itchy after sitting for too long. But just think! Your next run is going to feel heavenly!

I ran my four miles so fast this morning that the half cup of coffee I left on the counter was still hot when I got home. I credit that to two things: there was a dude I know behind me who always toots his horn about how fast he is and I couldn't let him beat me. Also, the bugs were so bad that in order to not being eaten alive, I had to literally race them home. They still got me. On the plus side, I set a new record for fastest mile, so thanks mosquitoes!

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7/24/17 8:42 A

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yeah, summer running sucks. but then you get amazing mornings like today, that are so cool with a light breeze and it feels like heaven. so I guess you appreciate it more!

I am sorry that your hip is still not feeling great. I tend to have a lot of hip problems myself, mostly from sitting at a desk all day. hopefully the core work you do will help. Ive been doing more TRX lately and I have found that to be helping my hip instability and core a lot more than some of the other exercises Ive done.

well Im off for my longass training day #1. 3 hours in the car, 8 hours in training.

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7/23/17 6:41 P

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I really admire all you summer runners. I think it's so much harder to run in heat than cold. It just produces so many more uncontrolled factors, like dehydration, sunburn, heatstroke, that winter runners don't have to deal with. Good for you for getting out there after yesterday's rough one!

I went to the valley and did a 10 mile out and back from the glacier. I got slowed up at the end because a mama bear and her cub were lumbering around. I didn't see them but they closed the road long enough for her to pass. I felt okay. I can feel that my hip is not it's best right now. I'm going to try to incorporate more core work in the next few days to help it out.

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7/23/17 5:07 P

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Im glad you chose to cross train instead of run. I agree - now is not the time to push yourself and make your injury worse or do any other damage. you are staying active and that still counts. and that is a LOT of rain. we are having a lot of flooding here and it means most of the trails near me are underwater right now which sucks!

today I ran 5 miles and they were pretty miserable. it is even more hot and humid than yesterday, but I went super slow and tried to keep my heart rate down. I got really sunburned yesterday so my face felt like it was on fire the second the sun hit, and I woke up extremely dehydrated so I tried to drink every mile. tomorrow starts day 1 of a 3 day training I have to go to which means long 14 hour days. tomorrow we have a late start so I am going to try and get in an easy run tomorrow and then use the other 2 days as my rest days.

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7/22/17 8:37 P

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Oh man, that sounds rough! I hate it when my feet swell when I run in heat. It makes every step feel like torture! But you did it! Good job!

I still have a little swelling in my lower back so I did today's 10 miles in the pool. I'm riding that fine line where, as an injury-prone runner with the race just around the corner, I feel like I should be conservative right now. I just need this sprain to heal so I can feel confident going into next weekend's marathon. I'm glad I did too, because we're supposed to get TWO INCHES of rain today. TWO. Talk about water sloshing around!

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7/22/17 4:46 P

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Im going to whine now.....my 14 miler was soooooooooooooooo hot and humid. by the last 2 miles, I wanted nothing more than to be done. my feet were swelling, I had no appetite, and water was sloshing in my stomach. I felt horrible. I seriously hate summer marathon training.

ok enough of that. I know what you mean about resting. I struggle with taking a true "rest" day. I almost always have to do some activity. but if you take a day off and you feel better, it was worth it so Id suggest giving it a shot :)

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7/21/17 1:04 P

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I'm so bad at resting! I went to see my chiro yesterday and he said that a rest day would be a good idea. When I walked in, his immediate reaction was, "You look so tired! What's going on!" So I whined for a little bit about work, and dogs, and running. He adjusted me and identified a little sprain in my lower back, which explains why my leg was like deadweight on Wednesday. He told me that I could run if I really had to, but that resting was also a good idea. So I called my hubs and was like, "Put dinner on, I am totes resting today." And then I got home, immediately slapped on my Brooks, and did my four miles. I can't rest! I'm so bad at it! What's wrong with me!?

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7/20/17 8:24 A

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oh no!!! what a mess. you can whine all you want. I remember the days of ultra training and many were not pretty. you are juggling a lot, so some days you just do the best you can. I really hated the long midweek runs too (and will again when I get to them in my marathon cycle).

but I am glad you are pushing yourself and having some great runs, so just keep moving forward (literally and figuratively!).

Tuesday we had our Oiselle IL team run which I used as my easy run, and in the heat we really did go pretty slow. Today I ran 4 miles on the dreadmill since we are having severe storms. my poor dog tried to go on the treadmill because she was so scared,and then wedged herself between the belt and the wall. its been quite a morning so far, and I havent even made it into the office yet.

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7/19/17 12:41 P

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I know I've been super whiny lately and I'm sorry, but here's one more. I hate midweek 10 milers! I wanted to do it before work again because my husband is on graveyard so doing it after work makes it harder for him to get enough sleep and for us to see each other. I thought I could sneak out and leave the dogs on the bed snoozing and that they would be fine until I got back. I mean, we routinely sleep in on the weekends and they're fine! OF COURSE NOT. I got home and the pug had peed everywhere and we had to strip the bed and scrub the mattress. All of this after running a very slow 10 miles, so I was even more late for work. There's just no managing this distance midweek right now!

OK, whine-fest over. I swear I'll stop complaining so much eventually.

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7/18/17 12:26 P

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(Sort of) track Tuesday! It was haaard. My legs did not want it, especially the first mile from my house, which is a long, consistent uphill. I got to the top of that hill, squared my shoulders, put on LCD Soundsystem, and just did the thing. My paces were not anywhere near where they can or should be, but I got through it. I felt so great by the end that I didn't even care that I hadn't hit my paces. I had a dance party in the street, I ran in the fog (which you know is my all-time favorite), and I did it even though I didn't think I could. Tuesday, I see you!

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7/16/17 7:23 P

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My run today was so good. I felt so strong and my stride was so open. It was so good that it really pissed me off. Now hear me out! Yesterday was legit the hardest run I've ever done. If I can go out less than 12 hours later and have a spectacular 10 miler, then all those days when I'm like "waaah, I can't run, it's too haaaard!" I am obviously just being a big baby. Because there is no reason today should have been this good, but it was.

Also 800s, eek! I never do 800s because I'm a scaredy cat. You're amazing!

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that is awesome, and what a confidence boost for you. sounds like you were doing everything right! you are almost making me want to train for an ultra again :)

back from camping and back to training. I did get a fair amount of hiking done in the park, and some of the hills and stairs were pretty crazy. my poor dog took one look at a set of stairs near the end and didnt even want to climb them. today I decided to do my speedwork since it is the longest workout of the week (besides my long run on saturday), and didnt want to have to do it before work. probably not the best thing to do after a beerfest, but I rocked it. It was 4 X 800m with recovery, and 3 X 200m with recovery. I really hate 800's because a half mile is a long time to run pretty freaking fast, but I was able to take the recovery sections at a slow jog and I was pleased to find I stayed within the range I needed to.

so the treadmill was my birthday present this year. I usually avoid them at all costs, but I figured with my new job and running in the winter and dark, I would likely need to bite the bullet and get one. this was the first time I used it since I got it a month ago, and it wasnt so horrible. With a built-in fan blowing in my face and my music rocking through the bluetooth speakers, I cant say it was the worst thing Ive ever done! Its still a last resort, but it is nice to have for when I need it.

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I did it! It was hard and it took FOREVER. That's 3/4 of the race so can I do the whole thing? I feel like I did a pretty good job. I ate enough that I didn't feel hungry, I had plenty of water (I bought a spare 1 liter bladder to put in my pack and that made all the difference), and I changed socks in the middle, which is just blissful. I can't pretend it wasn't hard, because it definitely was. 4100 feet of elevation gain, woah! But I felt good! We'll see how tomorrow's ten miler goes, hahaha.

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7/14/17 1:48 P

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You got a treadmill!??! I have always resisted the temptation because every time I've run on a treadmill at hotels and stuff, the furthest I can ever manage before getting bored out of my mind is like, maybe 2.5 miles? Tell me how it goes! Maybe I'll finally bite the bullet and get one.

Five miles yesterday, feeling super tight in my hip flexors. I'm planning my most ambitious training run yet. From my house to Mt. Roberts, up and down Roberts, up and down Perseverance, up and down Granite, up and down Red Mill, and back home, for (hopefully) 24 miles total. I spent my entire workout chewing on that. Can I do it?!

Have a great time camping!

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7/12/17 1:49 P

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Great job, and Im sure those 10 miles makes you feel like a badass heading into work. I hope you have a great day!

I ran my speed workout today on the treadmill since we are having storms with lightning and flash flooding. First time on my new treadmill and I still wore my watch so I could use the workout feature that would tell me what I had to do. My average pace was way off (need to calibrate with the treadmill I guess), but I was happy with my paces for the run intervals.

speaking of noseeums, we are heading off to camp and I always get covered in those bites. they are the worst. these next few days should be interesting....we have heat, storm, and flash flood advisories. I really hope the site we picked out is not flooded, and it would be great to put up our tent without rain. I have a feeling we will be stuck in the tent tonight.

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7/12/17 12:45 P

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10 miles this morning at (basically?) tempo. I wish I could have pushed it a little faster. I was distracted though because I have a big day at work today and I was worried about being late. My husband is on graveyard at the worst possible time for me to be in the peak of my training. Not only does he not have the energy to help me around the house as much, but it's the busy season at work and I'm constantly pulled in 100 different directions. We power through, though, right?

The bugs are eating me alive too. I have noseeum bites all along the area where my racerback bra doesn't cover, which of course means I can't reach them to scratch. Confound it!

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hey, that doesnt sound so bad for the day after a 22 mile run! that is so great that you were able to get the run in anyways, and still get out and do intervals. and that is very true about control. There may be things that happen during the race that will be out of your control, so the more you learn how to adapt and change your race plan, the better you will do.

3 easy miles for me today, that still felt harder than they should. It was soooo humid out that I could barely breathe, and the bugs were insane. But I woke up early to get it done, so thats an accomplishment right there I guess.

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I did 4.5 miles this morning. They were supposed to be intervals, and I guess that they were, except that I didn't make any of my time goals. OK, I tried, and that counts for something, but I just could not get my legs to move any faster than like a 9:15. Which is fine. 9:15 is good. But it wasn't the workout I had planned. A big part of this training season has been my trying to come to emotional grips with everything not being 100% in my control, so in that way, this was a great workout!

So hot and humid for the first half, so cold and rainy for the second. Thanks, Alaska! You make planning impossible!

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7/9/17 8:36 P

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I took one more day yesterday and did 8 miles in the pool. My journal this morning said "22 MILES NO EXCUSES." Even though it was raining and even though I felt very skeptical, the journal said no excuses and so I didn't make any. I did 22 and it went well! I did Windfall Lake Trail and Herbert Glacier Trail plus 4 miles on the road. I ate enough this time, which I definitely did not do last time. I also changed my shirt and socks 12 miles in, which made the last 10 miles so much more bearable. I learned a lot today! And I only fell down twice!

I'm so pleased that your race went well. Of course you had it in you! There was never a doubt!

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7/9/17 4:18 P

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10 miles yesterday and 4 very sloooow recovery miles. My race yesterday went great. I really cant think of anything I would change or do differently, and Im glad I pushed myself. My average pace is much faster than I ever anticipated holding for 10 miles, much less on a trail. Im feeling it for sure today, but Im glad I made myself get out there and run for a bit. I had major GI issues after my race yesterday so I was worried I would still feel out of it today, but thankfully the run went pretty smooth, if not slow.

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hang in there. you are at that point in training where everything sucks and youre tired and ready for the race, so just try to remain positive, get extra rest if you can, and try to focus on positives where you can.

yoga and rest for me today. I slept in about a half hour more and it was lovely. I am feeling better about the race, but looking at the pace I need to maintain to beat my time last year, I start to feel twinges of doubt. I really just run this race because I love it. It is my favorite local race, on a trail I run on primarily, but naturally I need to beat myself each year instead of just enjoying it!

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7/7/17 1:33 P

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I'm so frustrated. I did five miles in the pool last night, which was good, because the swelling in my left foot has gone down and the pain is less acute today. I have a chiro appointment today, although I don't really know what he's going to do for me. I figure at the very least, if I can't do 22 miles tomorrow, I can take one more day off and see if I feel well enough to do it on Sunday. Dumb foot.

I'm sure you're going to do great in your race! I find that crappy runs almost always precede really transcendent, amazing runs.

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oh no! I am so sorry to hear that this problem is rearing it's ugly head again for you. I cant tell you not to panic because I probably would too, but if the swelling is not down, take some extra time off. at this point, missing a few runs will not suddenly cause you to perform at a lower level than you trained for. I know from experience that running through an injury is not worth it. I really hope that it gets better. I dont know if you have an orthopedic dr you could see and get an injection that would quickly bring the swelling down, but thats common in situations where you have a race coming up.

I ran 4 miles yesterday and 3 today. its freaking hot here, and not a dry desert heat, but a gross, soak your clothes humid heat. I struggled on my 3 miles and Im trying to not let it mess with my head for my 10 mile race on saturday. I mean, I just hiked in the desert, so Im pretty sure I can do a 10 mile trail race, but this run was so crappy that I feel like I may not do as great as I want. I am taking tomorrow as a rest day, so hopefully my mood will get better!

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I AM CURSED. I did 10 miles yesterday afternoon, and the first five were okay. I had just turned around when I felt a distinct sudden, sharp pain in my left big toe. Now, that foot has been giving me problems this whole training cycle, but mostly related to my bunion. This felt completely different. The bunion pain is like a hot consistent aching. This was a sharp pain that only happened when I extended my toe. I've had this before, so I immediately knew that it was turf toe. I woke up this morning and my big toe and toe ball are completely swollen and I can't put pressure on my foot. I'm icing now, I'm going to take ibuprofen and see if I can get the swelling down, and then see how I feel for this afternoon's run. I'm worried because last time this happened, it took weeks of rest before I recovered. What does this mean for my race? Am I panicking too soon! I'm worried!

P.S. your trip looked amazing! Growing up in the desert, I so love that rugged, intense environment.

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7/4/17 4:53 P

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wow you have been busy running! hope you got your new garmin! and as much as you dont want your depression to take over your life, sometimes you just have to accept that this is how you feel right now and let that be that. I tried so hard to not be depressed when I lost my job and told myself I wouldnt let that ruin my marathon experience, but I was trying so hard to fight it and I would have just done better if I had accepted that I was in a bad spot, felt sad, and understood that it certainly was affecting me.

5 miles today and I felt great. all of the hiking we did kept my legs pretty fresh and while I have no idea how many miles we hiked, I know I felt just as exhausted as any 10 mile run. I do miss the dry desert heat. it is so humid here and I enjoyed being out in the mountains and not soaking through my clothes. I definitely dont feel like heading back to work after have a great time in vegas, but it is back to reality, and back to marathon training too.

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July Fourth five miler today! I ran intervals and felt fairly good. It was misty and not too cold, but then we went to the first parade and I froze my tail off. Off to the second parade with more socks and gloves. Happy Independence Day!

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Holy moly, another wet, wet day in the rainforest! I did 10 miles up and down perseverance, Granite Creek, and red mill trail to the glory hole. It was 2300 total elevation, it's about a third of the 50k course and I did it in a third of the time limit, which is not fast enough. I was fairly hypothermic by the end but felt good anyway. Yeah, trails!

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10 miles this morning, which felt really good! It was pouring rain and I got three work calls and drowned my phone, but I felt strong and fast anyway.

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My calf cramp didn't ease up after Wednesday's 10-miler so I spent the entire day Thursday dreading my 4 mile run. I decided to give myself a break and do it in the pool. My best friend says that I'm being a baby and letting my depression over my job get to me, and maybe she's right. I know I need to get over it and back into my routine. I'm hoping that will happen soon. But for yesterday, I did four blissful miles without any impact, and I don't regret it.

Have a great vacation in Vegas!

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Ten mile tempo run was not so tempo today. My replacement Garmin isn't here yet (oh, that I lived in a place where I could just buy things!) so I ran by feel. Unlike you, my "feel" was like 20 seconds slower than tempo. I got a calf cramp too, which I think was because my road was hilly today and I was super dehydrated. But all the salmon are running! They were jumping so high out of the water! It was amazing!

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4 mile run today, with my new garmin! I really like all the features I didnt have before, like heart rate and v02 max, etc. very interesting to look over after my first run. I had to laugh when it told me that the 4 miles was my longest run, because it was my only run!

last run for me before vegas. after the humidity I just ran in, Ill be glad for some dry heat instead of humid heat.

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I think its good that you listened to your body and took that full rest day. and I think its normal to get to that point where you just want to break. It would be great if training was always so fun and wonderful, but its not. sometimes its hard and sucks and you question everything. but on race day it will all come together and you will do great. I know it - you have been training so hard.

well today was a 5 mile progression run and my garmin decided to die. I stood there for a few minutes trying to decide how I could run a watchless progression run without knowing my pace, but figured I would run by feel. surprisingly, it went great. I have a stock samsung fit app that tracks all my steps and according to it, I did run each mile faster, so that is great reassurance that I was pacing myself naturally. doest mean I want to do it again without a watch, but it also made me realize how dependent I am on a watch. now I get to decide what new watch I want....

well I dont know if Ill have time for Britney, but Ill take some pics if I do! my husband is already in Vegas and so by the time I get there, we will be doing a lot of stuff off the strip so that he can get away because hell be sick of it by Friday. So there are lots of breweries and hiking in our future. and yes, it will be so hot, but I am ok with heat. humidity is what kills me, and desert heat is the best if any heat can be good. hopefully I can win some big money too to pay off my new Garmin...

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Vegas! It's going to be a million degrees there! (That's literally the first thing Alaskans say about any proposed travel. Even in the middle of winter.) Please oh please tell me you're going to see Britney Spears. I am not a huge fan but I can't resist her total-collapse-and-rise-like-a-phoenix narrative.

Yesterday was a rest day and I actually took one. Normally I swim and do yoga on my rest days, just to keep the bones moving, but I was too exhausted to live yesterday and I had a nagging pain in the back of my knee that I did not want to encourage. Today was 4 miles of intervals, which went well. I was able to maintain the goal pace or even a little lower for most of the them. I have been having a lot of self-doubt lately about whether I can do this ultra or whether I should just save what I have for the two marathons on the schedule. I don't know if it's just that time in the training when you lose confidence because of the pressure of the plan, or if it's a genuine concern. It doesn't help that I go from zero to meltdown in like a instant lately. I don't know what to do.

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oh no! falling is so brutal, and takes a lot of out you. I am glad you didnt too too much damage to yourself (only your pants!). as much as I was fine doing the 20 milers before, I am not looking forward to them this time around.

3 mile Runch for me, followed by some strength training. Normally today would be a rest day, but since Im trying to get some extra runs in this week before I am headed off to Vegas.

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Oh man, I feel you on that last mile, dude. I did 20 yesterday on Treadwell Ditch trail, which basically runs the length of our island. It was washed out from a land slide and, being the stubborn runner that I am, I tried to run through it but it just got too hairy after the wash so I had to turn around early. I decided to make up the miles by climbing to the Dan Moller cabin, which is about a 2,000 foot elevation gain in two miles or so. It was ROUGH. My legs were so tired by the end that I fell down five stinking times and tore my pants. The last two miles home were an utter slog because I was so exhausted.

Today I managed my easy 10, and they felt good until about mile 8, when I started to be able to feel all the parts of my legs that were battered and bruised from yesterday. I treated myself to Friends in the bathtub as a reward for my diligence.

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5 easy miles today. after cleaning the house and doing other stuff all morning I didnt feel like running, but I did it anyways and it was a great run. funny how that always works out! I am definitely sore after yesterdays 12, which means I probably didnt foam roll or do yoga enough. I can usually tell when I fail to stretch afterwards.

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unfortunately I stayed there, and was rewarded with the layoff! in hindsight I should have left right after that point in time, but my friendships with people and the fact that the job market wasnt great in this area didnt help. Despite having a masters degree, it is so hard to find jobs, as evident by the fact it took me 6 months to find a job. I cant imagine it is any better in Alaska. I think you just need to decide if you are ok with where you are at, knowing you were not given the promotion, and if you think you will still be bitter or unhappy, then it might be worth looking for a new job. if you can be ok with it and move on with no hard feelings, then stay true to that and hopefully you are rewarded in the future.

Today I ran 12 miles and despite the weather being so much better than the past few weeks, i felt so tired at the end and my last mile was basically half walking. I dont think it was nutrition or hydration related, just a general exhaustion that I felt when I woke up today. I enjoyed most of the run so I am trying not to focus too much on that last mile. I have a 10 mile race on this trail in two weeks, and this will basically be my last long run before it since I will be in Vegas next weekend. I dont think I will be running double digit mileage in 114 degrees...

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Wow, Heather, that's an intense experience. Did you continue working there after that? How? Right now I'm feeling extremely demoralized and disgruntled, but at the same time, I'm the primary breadwinner in my family and this job pays better than any other that I'm going to get, so my options are limited. I need to figure out how to move past this emotionally so I can keep working here until we decide what to do. What did you do?

I'm feeling extremely proud of myself because I ran Mt. Roberts this morning before work. It's a 2 mile ascent (4 miles roundtrip) with 1,700 feet of elevation gain, so it's a big, big hill. Accomplishing that before breakfast made me feel very badass. Not to mention the fact that it was another gorgeous day in Alaska. I love this place.

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welcome back! it sounds like your trip was amazing, however I am sorry to hear about your job. I was in the same boat several years where I was basically forced to interview for a promotion against 2 of my best friends at work (who were both my bridesmaids) and I had tenure on both. it was given to one of my friends, and it made work very awkward. It does make you reassess everything when something like that happens, but I know youll do whats best for you. I am really sorry that this happened, but glad you have running! running was the best therapy for me last fall when I lost my job, so do what you need to do.

last night was our suburban Oiselle flight night, so we met for a 3ish mile run and then some dinner. it was so much fun and I stayed out way too late for a work night. I am so glad they started doing this in the suburbs since I can never get to the city during the week and always felt like I missed out. Today was a 4 mile progression run that I started too fast (despite trying my hardest to slow down), and therefore had to run each mile faster than the last which meant running faster than usual. but its good practice, and so was the run last night. I was running with a girl who won our local marathon, so her easy pace was my speed pace, yet I somehow kept up and am all the better for it.

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Today's run was hard and good and emotional. I didn't get a promotion at work that I rightfully deserve and it was given to someone I don't respect, who I now have to work for. I'm struggling with this and trying to decide whether we should stay in Alaska, try to find work elsewhere, move. It's no secret that I love my work and I love my town, so the thought of leaving it is extremely painful. I ran so hard because my brain and my heart needed it. At one point I looked down and realized I was running two minutes per mile faster than I normally would for an easy 8. Of course this was at the tail end of my run and I finished and immediately burst into tears. Which was good and which I needed. And then I went to work, dreadful as it feels.

Thank goodness for running. I don't know how I felt anything before I ran.

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I'm back to work today and it's a challenge, for lots of reasons, so I'm glad I got 5 miles in beforehand. My brand new Garmin broke, arg, so I wore my husband's, which is apparently faster than mine because it showed my intervals down to 7:30 for 200m, which is way faster than I expected. It can't be me, because I'm stuffed with weinerschnitzel and beer, so it must be a technological glitch.

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And we're back! I am so exhausted! Traveling is hard! We ran 6 miles in Munich, which was a wonderful run. We ran through the English Garden, which is bigger than Central Park and is so lovely. We stumbled upon the tomb of the unknown soldier, honoring the soldiers lost in the world wars and it was very moving. I love running in new cities because we always find something amazing when we do. We ran 5 miles in Zurich, which was an incredibly hard town to run in. So busy! It was almost as bad as Florence!

After 17 hours of flying, we made it home this morning. I cuddled my babies, did some laundry, and got out for my Sunday 10 miler. It went as well as could be expected for someone who spent the last two weeks doing nothing right. My dang foot hurts again! Yarg!

A training plan needs to be balanced enough that you feel strong and fast on race day but you don't burn out in training. I totally get why you're agonizing over it! How many weeks out is the race now?

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thankfully the storms last night cooled things off a bit, and my 5 mile run today felt so much better than yesterday's run. I am supposed to start marathon training this week, but I am still undecided on a plan! Im still averaging around 25 miles per week right now so it shouldnt be hard to pick up a plan as they usually start out with low mileage, but I dont know why I am so undecided.

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12 miles, and today the humidity really got to me. at times when the clouds were out and the wind was blowing it felt actually pretty pleasant out, but then the sun would be out in full force and combined with 87% humidity, I felt like I couldn't breathe. the last mile was one of my slowest and it took all my energy to finish. I hate summer running!

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that sounds amazing! and I am super jealous about Germany. My family is from Germany and I have always wanted to go there. My brother might get the opportunity through his work, so Ill just have to live vicariously through you and him. I dont know if you are going through Heidelberg, but that is where my family is from.

Today was a 4 mile progression run, and the last time I did one of these was in January in the snow and ice. Id gladly take that over the 90 degree temps with humidity that I ran in today. nevertheless, I ran each mile faster than the previous, and finished strong.

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We ran Slovenia! I did 8 miles over two runs in Ljubljana, which is truly the most beautiful city. It's like the perfect combination of Austria, Northern Italy, Germany, and the Mediterranean, which are my favorite places. We had a great day in Bled yesterday and went swimming in the lake. It was so hard I should get to count it as miles! We're on to Germany today. All this rich food is making me feel very nervous about getting back to my training next week!

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5 miles in the same heat....today it got to me. I felt like I was running through quicksand by the end. the heat pretty much zapped my energy. but today is my birthday, so I needed to do my usual birthday run and I tried to enjoy it!

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10 miles in 93 degree heat. it was hot, but thankfully there was a nice wind blowing through the preserve and in the shaded spots it didnt feel so bad. I paced myself well and actually had a fast finish which was unexpected. now to cool off!

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oh but I bet you wont even notice the bike because you will be so awestruck by Tuscany! My cousin was in Italy for 4 months and her pictures from Tuscany were just amazing. Enjoy!

Today was speedwork, and I woke up early for my 3rd day this week to get it done..only to be told I could work from home. oh well! Today was my last speed workout of the Daniels plan: 2 X 200m on, 200 min off, 3 X 1k at race pace, 1 min off, 2 X 200m on, 200m off. It was challenging, just as Monday's run was, but my last 1k was super fast because I saw a creepy guy out on the trail on his bike and I wanted to get the heck out of there ASAP. he may have been harmless, but I am super paranoid this early in the morning.

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Happy Global Running Day! I made myself get out and run even though my feet are killing me from all the touristing. We only
managed 2.6 miles though because my google map led us astray. Tomorrow we're taking a bike ride through Tuscany and I'm feeling really nervous. I haven't biked in ages!

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I am so jealous! it sounds like an amazing time.

Happy global running day! I ran 3 easy miles with the Oiselle IL team followed by some strength work. today was technically an easy run day or a cross training day, so it was nice to just run for fun and enjoy being with others.

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We ran Florence! We ran across the Ponte Vecchio to the Via Machiavelli and into the hills above the city center. It was, of course, hot and rough. It was even harder because there was so much traffic and so many people! I'm so often the only person on the road at home and it was fun to dodge traffic a little! Of course I loved it. Running new places with my husband is possibly my favorite thing. We ran 6.7 lovely, hot miles.

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