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12/3/16 4:15 P

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6 miles today and I was tired. I toyed with the idea of only running 4 or 5, but I actually was so absorbed in a podcast I was listening to about hallucinations during a 200 mile race that I kept on running to finish the podcast. Gotta love that.

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12/2/16 4:44 P

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you are so close Amy! I know you'll get there before the end of the year.

I ran 6 miles today and it was cold. We are supposed to get the first major snowfall on Sunday so that should be interesting with the 10 mile run I have scheduled then, but it could be fun!

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12/1/16 11:45 P

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No matter how down we feel, we turn around and get it done. I did 6 miles in a rainy headwind tonight. 65 miles to my goal for the year.

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11/30/16 4:16 P

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Today was a 4 mile progression run with a mile warmup and cool down. I found it more difficult than a few weeks ago but I think my legs were more fatigued today than last time around. I was able to increase my pace each mile and finished the run with negative splits, but I was pretty much beat when it was over. The wind had picked up and I was running into the wind for the last 2 miles and I arrived home freezing cold and exhausted. I am really glad for a rest day tomorrow!

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11/29/16 4:47 P

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You have been running in the rain, on ice, in cold temps so I would say you are far from a slow weakling Amy! I am sorry you are struggling, but I am wishing you have an amazing run again soon so that you remember how great running is and why you love it. I have been in that place many times and it sucks, but all it takes is one good run to get out of the funk.

I ran 5 miles today and most of the trail was flooded so I had to walk a good portion to stay dry. Today was a day I didnt feel much like running even though it was really nice out, but I am feeling depressed about being unemployed. At least I made the decision to get out and run instead of staying home on my butt!

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11/29/16 12:23 P

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Today's 6 miler run just sucked. It was pouring freezing rain, I was so cold, it was incredibly, amazingly, unbelievably slow, my legs and hips felt so heavy and tight, I spent the entire run berating myself for being a slow weakling. Then I got home and body-shamed myself over it.

Sigh. I miss the days when running made be feel *better*.

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11/28/16 1:10 P

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I took Saturday's run off and relied on my standby bike trainer because I desperately needed to study for my upcoming beer judge exam. I got back out there this morning for 7 slow miles. There was a very fine, very invisible sheet of ice all over everything and my leg was heavy, both of which slowed me down tremendously. It was nice and cold though, and the rain was kind enough to hold off until I got home. Thanks for that tiny solid, Alaska!

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11/27/16 4:30 P

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8 mile trail run today. It is very foggy outside so the run was pretty cool. At certain points where the elevation is higher you could not see too far ahead on the trail so it was a very eery and beautiful run. I am glad to have a rest day tomorrow and after a late night last night, I need a nap!

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11/26/16 1:26 P

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quick 4 mile run before we host Friendsgiving today. Felt good to get out and burn off some stress after cleaning and cooking. Hopefully I wont be too stuffed for my 8 mile run tomorrow.

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11/25/16 2:29 P

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No black Friday shopping for me..I opted outdoors to get my tempo run in. I had a 4 mile tempo run with a mile warmup and cool down scheduled and I pretty much rocked it. My 4 miles at half marathon pace were spot on and I felt really great.

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11/23/16 5:38 P

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6 rainy miles today, but thankfully no lightning so the rain was more of a pain than anything else. I didnt see a single person out so it was a very peaceful and quiet run.

No turkey trot for me tomorrow as it is rest day, but happy thanksgiving to all in the US and good luck to anyone running a turkey trot!

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11/22/16 4:19 P

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oh no, that is horrible Amy! I fell down the stairs a few years ago and twisted my ankle, so I feel your pain. I hope you feel better soon.

Today was another fartlek run, this time running 4 min on, 1 min off, 1 min on, 1 min off for 3 miles with a 1 mile warm up and cool down. The first two miles in were rough since I was facing the wind and it took time to get up to max speed, but I finished on a high note. It was the fasted 5 miles I think I have ever run! I know my hamstrings will be killing me tomorrow as they always do after speedwork so I am going to do some yoga tonight and hope that helps.

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11/21/16 1:08 P

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Another freezing cold clear morning in Southeast Alaska. It was 15 degrees when I went out this morning for a very easy, very slow 6 miles. I wore a fleece for the first time this winter. I wish I could wear fleece more often, but down and fleece are rarely appropriate here because it's so wet. I need to research water resistant vests.

Because I cannot catch a break, I fell down the stairs with both of my dogs in my arms yesterday. The dogs are fine, but I tweaked my knee and my ankle on the side that's already suffering, so that set me back a little this morning. Slow ans steady. Ugh. I'll just keep pounding ibuprofen doing my PT and hope for the best.

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11/20/16 4:11 P

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Glad you are home safe and sound! I myself did 10 miles in the freezing sun. I was thankful for the sun as it made a difference from yesterday's cold run without the sun, but it was still cold. I would rather have eased into winter.

Lately I have been layering with a base layer and a vest. Today I probably could have used a light jacket instead of the vest (it was 29 out) but I do sweat a lot when I run and I like wearing vests so that I get the ventilation but my core is warm. I havent pulled out my fleece lined tights yet, but I know that is not far away...

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11/19/16 9:44 P

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I'm safe and sound in beautiful Juneau again! Alaska is consistently ranked one of the most dangerous states in the union, but Juneau is the exception. We have lots of violent crime but as long as you don't get into drugs, you can mostly ignore it. Well, I can't because it'/ my job, but normals can.

It was great to be on my home sweet road! I did 8 miles in the freezing sun this afternoon. I'm thinking of upping my layering game. What do you wear when the temperature drops?

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11/19/16 3:51 P

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That really sucks that you have to worry about serial killers and people harassing you Amy. I am thankful that I live in a really great running community and while there are always creeps hanging around, most of the time I feel pretty safe. But I always carry either mace of a knife too.

I only got in a half mile run yesterday as the storms were rolling in just as I left my house. I dont mind running the rain, but I dont mess around with lightning and as soon as I saw that about a mile away, I turned around and went home and did some cross training inside. Today I ran 6 miles and despite the weather dropping 30 degrees overnight, I really enjoyed my run. There was no one on the trail and with my back to the wind, it did not feel too terrible outside.

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11/16/16 2:58 P

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That sounds like a fun workout! I love pushing my pace that way. It's basically the only speedwork I enjoy.

They identified the serial killer, so I felt totally confident when I left to do my morning 5 miles in Anchorage today. I still had to threaten a street harasser who go up in my face and screamed vulgarities at me at a stoplight. Good thing I had my mace on me. Oh, Anchorage.

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11/16/16 2:04 P

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Today I had a 6 mile progression run. 4 miles starting at 30 seconds slower than race pace, getting 5-10 seconds faster each mile with a mile warmup and cool down. I found the run challenging in that I really had to force myself to slow down in the beginning but this is a good thing. I always go out too fast so this made me really aware of how fast I was running and to make sure I had some gas left in the tank at the end.

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11/15/16 5:21 P

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Glad you are staying safe Amy. Safe travels!

I ran 5 easy today myself. I was still a bit tired from Sunday's 8, but tomorrow is my tempo run so Im glad for the easy miles.

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11/14/16 6:07 P

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I'm traveling for work, so I went out and did 5 miles in Anchorage this morning. As people correctly pointed out, I ran in the area where the presumed serial killer is active, but it was really beautiful and lovely, and I was extra vigilant. And I had my running knife.

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11/13/16 4:40 P

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Great job getting out there Amy. I know it can be hard when the weather isnt great and you are not feeling great, but you are building toughness!

I ran 8 miles today with some strides built in at the end. I was definitely tired when the run was over and did some yoga afterwards to recover. Week 1 of base building was tiring!

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11/13/16 4:13 P

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I did a little more than 7 miles this morning for my "long" run this week. Sore, stiff, slow, wind, rain, cold. In sum, it was the same as every other run this week, just a bit longer.

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11/12/16 3:55 P

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I was scheduled to do 6 miles today but I stopped around 5 and did some core work afterwards. My legs were fatigued after the tempo run yesterday so I think the hills made it less of an enjoyable run and not so "easy". Tomorrow is an 8 miler and I have a wedding to attend tonight, so that should be motivation to not go too crazy tonight!

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11/11/16 1:56 P

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I think a bath and wine sounds about right! And good for you to be safe during your run. I don't know if you listen to the Runners World Podcast at all, but the latest episode talked about running while female, and it was pretty disturbing.

I had a 3 mile tempo run at my half marathon pace with a mile warmup and cool down. I was definitely feeling it, and my splits got faster each mile. It was super windy so it was a struggle to keep pace at times, but it was a good run.

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11/10/16 12:15 P

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I also took it easier than planned yesterday. I was supposed to swim laps, which I do every Wednesday night with my husband/killer swim coach. But he had 15x100y on the 1:45 on the schedule and my heart was too heavy to stay buoyant through that. So I took a bath and drank wine instead. This morning I ran 6 miles, feeling lighter. I meant to do 5 but there was a creepy guy loitering on the bridge in sideways rain. It's weird enough to loiter on the bridge at all. So I ran a little farther in hopes he'd be gone when I circled back. Safety first.

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11/9/16 5:18 P

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5 miles today. I was supposed to do 6 but I was feeling tired (late night last night obviously!) and my heart was not in it. At least the run helped burn off some steam!

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11/8/16 4:34 P

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I know the feeling about needing to run on election day! Thankfully I already early voted so I can avoid the madness, but I need to blow off steam as well.

I am sorry to hear that things are not going well for you Amy. Do you get sports massages? If so, maybe scheduling one of those soon will help relax your sore muscles. I always feel so much better after I go.

Today was my first workout of the 8 week Hansons base maintaining plan, and it was a 3 mile fartlek run with 2 min on and 2 min off. With a 1 mile warmup and cool down, it was 5 miles total and it was HARD. However, I felt really proud of myself when I finished and looking at my average speed for the 2 min on repeats, it was pretty fast, except one repeat where I was going uphill into the wind.

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11/8/16 12:38 P

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After yesterday's run, I could barely walk, so I went to the chiro yesterday and he ultrasounded my hip. I felt sore immediately afterward, and I went to an ill-advised and very painful yoga class at noon. Despite all this, I ran 5 miles this morning and feel surprisingly good. I feel sore, but not unmanageably so. I'm limping but just a tiny bit. I'm going to aggressively ibuprofen for awhile and see if that helps the swelling in my bursa.

I can't help. I had to run today. It's election day and, like basically everyone with a pulse, my anxiety is high. I need a run, a shot of bourbon, and a good cry.

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11/7/16 12:39 P

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Five miles this morning, which were pretty miserable all around. My hip and leg felt stiff and heavy, although it got manageable around mile 3. The wind was howling and there was blowing rain. It actually knocked me off the sidewalk at one point. Now I'm paying for it. I feel like all that progress toward feeling better is gone. I'm just going to keep running. Hopefully playing through the pain will work.

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11/6/16 3:24 P

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7 miles, mostly on the trails. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the forest preserve marked some of the off trail roads that I have been exploring lately, so I was able to run a few new ones today without worrying I would get lost.

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11/5/16 4:33 P

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Just over 5 miles on the trails today. It was pretty warm out so it was slow going at first, but it was so beautiful out with leaves covering the trail and I really enjoyed the run.

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11/4/16 3:47 P

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Well I am glad that your chiro set you straight! I know sometimes it is hard to hear that you need to take a break, but it's the best thing for you. I have been trying to do a lot of core and strength work lately because I know the second I stop, I get injured. I know how you feel in that it seems like running is second nature for some people and it comes effortlessly, but others always end up injured or in pain. I really hope your strength training helps Amy!

I did 3 miles today followed by some core work. I really dislike core work since it makes my back hurt, but thats probably a sign I need it.

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11/3/16 7:23 P

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I'm still resting but I wanted to check in and offer encouragement. Hooray! You're back from your marathon in record time!

I'm still resting. I had a meltdown on Tuesday wherein I decided that running had broken my heart and that we were breaking up. I love it so much. My brain and my heart love it. But my body hates it, like what? 40% of the time? So I cried and exclaimed that I was quitting and got into a fight with my husband over it. Then I saw my chiro yesterday and he set me straight (literally and figuratively), and gave me another free therapy session, and I quit quitting. He also told me to stop running until I'm not symptomatic anymore and that I need to emphasize strength training for my core, glutes, and hips, to keep those joints in place. Which is nothing I didn't know but I needed to hear.

Anyway, that's my sob story. I hope you're doing great!

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11/3/16 1:22 P

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4 miles today and it is still really warm out! I cannot believe it is November and I am running in a tank and shorts. I have eaten waaay too much leftover candy from halloween, so it feels good to get out and move.

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11/1/16 1:34 P

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sorry to hear that you still are not feeling great during your runs Amy. I know its hard to tell your brain to shut up when it wants to run, but your body will thank you in the end. hopefully your visit to the chiro will help.

I ran 3 easy miles and it is 75 out and does not feel like November 1st at all. Just when I started to pack away my tanks and shorts, I have to pull them out again. My left hamstring is still a bit tight but I think the yoga is helping.

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10/31/16 1:42 P

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I did 8 miles this morning, and admittedly I probably shouldn't have. They were definitely slow, my entire lower body feels tight and heavy, and I'm limping slightly now. I really am trying to balance my physical need to rest with my emotional need to run, and I thought a full week would be sufficient, but apparently not. I'm going to try to get in with my chiro today. Ugh.

On the plus side, it was cold and gorgeous this morning! There was low fog across the water, which is why I ran too long. It wasn't foggy on my side of the bridge and I just had to chase it, since I love it so much.

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10/30/16 3:12 P

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6 mile run today. this time I went a different route on the single track trail I tried last week. due to the rain we had it was quite slippery and there were a lot of obstacles on the path so I had to take it slow, but it was a lot of fun. I am working my way back up to an 8 mile long run so I can start my Hansons base building plan to keep my marathon base up for the half in January. I am looking forward to another week of some rest but then a structured plan.

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10/29/16 3:40 P

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a serial killer?! Yikes, that is a good time to take a break.

I took a break yesterday myself and stayed indoors to do some strength training. Today I headed out for 5 miles on the trails. It is in the 70s and warm again, but it is typical Chicago weather to wear shorts, pants, and crops all in the same week.

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10/28/16 12:33 P

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I've taken the last three days off because my hip dysplasia is acting up and I need the rest. Also, I'm on a work trip to anchorage, where there's apparently a serial killer possibly on the loose so... good time to take a break. Home tonight and run tomorrow to test this leg of mine.

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10/27/16 5:41 P

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4 miles today and it is cold out! not that Im complaining after the summer weather, but it is the first time I actually felt cold on a run in a long time. ironically I signed up for a half in JANUARY so I guess I better get used to it!

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10/25/16 5:43 P

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Amy, I can completely relate. I loved my runs over the weekend so much that I likely overdid it myself and my hamstrings have been tight. I took a rest day yesterday and did some yoga, and today I ran 3 easy miles. my legs still feel a bit tight, so I guess this is a sign I need to back off a bit for now.

I hope the rest you take Amy helps and that you will be back out there before you know it.

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10/24/16 3:02 P

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I paid for yesterday's extra long run with major quad pain yesterday and this morning. I went out and (very slowly) managed a 5k this morning, but I've got a limp now in exchange. Sadly, it might be time for the dreaded rest. I hate that my body isn't cooperating.

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10/23/16 6:25 P

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Trail running never fails to make me fall in love with running all over again. It can be harder and is definitely slower, but it makes my heart feel happy.

I accidentally ran 10 miles this morning. I've been trying to take it easy because I have quad pain right now, and I went out with the intention of doing 6 miles. But the weather was so perfect and I felt alright, so I just kept going and going. I love those days!

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10/23/16 3:59 P

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today the extension of one of the main trails I run on opened. I was really excited to check it out. Along the way to the extension I passed by a few single track trails that I have always wanted to run, but never have. I knew where they ended up, which was close to the extension, but had no idea what to expect. They were awesome!! Talk about Autumn bliss. The terrain was pretty technical at times and I had to walk a bit, but I was enjoying myself so much. The extension was pretty great too. There were not too many people out so it felt like I had it all to myself and really enjoyed watching the falling leaves as I made my way to the bridge which was the end of the extension.

Runs like this remind me of why I love to run. I had no idea how many miles I was going to run today, and never looked at my watch to see my pace. I probably ran further than I wanted and definitely ran faster than I should have, but I really enjoyed every about today!

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10/22/16 3:38 P

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4 miles on the trails and it was amazing. I may have missed the "peak" of fall being out of town the last week, it was still pretty spectacular. I ran way too fast than I probably should have, but I was enjoying myself and running without any specific time or pace in mind. Im sure I will miss training at some point, but for now I am really enjoying running for the sake of running.

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10/21/16 4:54 P

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wow snow! that is hard to believe as I was living in the high 80s the last few days. We have cooled off a bit now and it is feeling like fall, but I cant fathom snow at this point.

Back from my vacation and got in 3 miles today. This was the first time I have run since last week and I felt a bit rusty, but it felt good to move. I signed up for a half in January which will likely be cold and snowy, but it will be good motivation to keep training.

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First snow run of the year! It was really slushy snow so it I as tough to run in, but I couldn't pass it up. 8 miles, catching snowflakes!

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10/13/16 3:04 P

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Thank you! I plan on enjoying it for now. My husband and I are leaving for vacation in a few days and it will be nice to get away for a bit. I am feeling almost back to normal which is much sooner than I expected, but I think the massage and daily yoga have really helped. We are having cool fall weather today and I am itching to get outside and run....

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Ahhh! YOU RAN A MARATHON! There is no better feeling, regardless of your time or whether you meet your goal pace. It's such a huge accomplishment. I'm so happy for you!

I did 7 miles this morning after a hard hike yesterday and was feeling pretty rough. I actually thought of you and your blissful recovery time. Enjoy it!

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Thank you! Overall it was an amazing race. I did not achieve the time I wanted or trained for, but I still beat my previous marathon time by 6 minutes which is a win for me. I loved the course and the crowd and now understand why everyone loves the chicago marathon so much. I am still dissecting my race to try and understand some of the things that went wrong, but for now I am going to be happy with the fact that I RAN A MARATHON and am going to go get my massage soon!

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9 awesome miles on a lovely trail in the sunshine! FALL!

Good luck tomorrow, Heather! You're an inspiration!

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the expo was great! I have typically run smaller, local races, so this was the largest expo I have ever attended. It was pretty awesome. Today I did a 2 mile shakeout and I am feeling good. The nerves are settling in, but I am ready for this. The weather looks good and I am feeling confident.

Three days off sounds wonderful and I hope it helped you recover and get back out there Amy. I am looking to some days off myself. Thanks for cheering me on!

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Oh my god, I couldn't even deal with that if I were in your position. You spent all that time processing the lay off and figuring out to how to come to terms with it for them just to ask you back!? I'm not an angry person, but that would piss me off.

But hooray for expos! That's my favorite part of the race. Well, besides the running part, obviously.

I took THREE DAYS OFF. Three. That's like the longest I've taken off since last December! But this sinus infection (for that is what it is) knocked me off my feet and into the couch for a lot of the week. I got back out there tonight and ran 8 good, albeit snotty, miles.

Good luck this weekend! I'll be cheering you on from Alaska!

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I ran 4 easy miles today. I was scheduled for 6, but between the rain and humidity, I figured my time would be better spent with a quick run and then some yoga. My work called yesterday to ask if I would come back for 2 months, and this was seriously stressing me out. They really like to mess with my mind. after telling them no (yikes to no pay check!), I feel much better. I dont need this kind of stress before the marathon!! tomorrow is the expo and I am really excited to get my bib and my charity stuff for Team PAWS.

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glad you had a good race even if you originally did not feel like doing it. You are lucky to have your husband to spark your competitive edge!

I ran 5 easy miles today and in between job hunting, have been taking it easy. 5 more days!

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One week! That's so exciting! As hard as I know it is to run a marathon, I am genuinely envious of you. Nothing beats the feeling of finishing. You're going to do great!

I ran my last half marathon of the season today. I have some respiratory thing so when my alarm went off, I told me husband and the dogs that I wasn't running today and rolled over and shut it off. But then my husband jumped out of bed and said, "I'm running, I'll see you after!" And of course I can't let him win. I'm way too competitive for that. But it turned out to be a great race. I felt good all over, even my lower back and hip, the weather was perfect, and I even managed to pass some people in the back half. I feel great!

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one week! getting very excited. Today was 8 easy miles and the weather was nice, with the exception of the humidity. I think conditions next sunday are supposed to be similar minus the humidity, so I am glad that the weather is looking good.

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A rainy day here, but I was able to get out to the preserve for a bit and enjoy the fall colors that have started to pop up. I didnt mind that I was rained on, and it felt good to run 6 miles at an easy pace with no pressure and could just enjoy myself. These easy runs up until the marathon wont make the difference as to my time at this point, so I might as well enjoy myself while I can.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


- Kevin

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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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9/6/16 5:23 P

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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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9/6/16 1:03 P

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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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