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3/22/17 12:34 P

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So! Much! Black! Ice! Today's run was really, really slow. It was dark, so I couldn't tell which ice was safe to run on and which wasn't. I have to be really careful on ice because that kind of instability is exactly what aggravates my hip dysplasia, so I walked through the especially icy patches. But! I did 7 miles and it was so nice to watch the sunrise. C'mon, spring!

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3/21/17 12:36 P

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I love accidentally running into races! I ran into the tail end of a 50k once and it was so fun to cheer them all on to the finish line. Good for you for listening to your body and taking a rest. I suck at that. I beat myself up and make myself feel guilty for being a human who gets tired. How dare I?

I did 7 miles after work last night and they were great. It was like 35 degrees! That's practically summer! And there was sort of sun! My legs felt good! I need to work on my shoe situation though, AGAIN. I'm running in a pair of Altras that gives me blisters and a pair of Newtons that are too small. I tried to return them for a bigger size but no one ever got back to me. It's too bad, because they're great, but now I'm so wary of their customer service.

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3/19/17 6:16 P

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Sorry to hear about the blisters Amy. I actually have not had a blister since I started wearing them which is a first for shoes and me. I do get black toenails after races, but I think that is a given. Maybe you need different socks? I do better with tighter socks and with the injinji brand, but I found that when I ran in thinner socks I used to get more blisters. In any case, glad you had some nice weather for a change!

I missed my Friday and Saturday runs. I felt so worn down and fatigued. I started getting a headache on Thursday after my massage and Friday I woke up to rain and figured my body would apreciate the extra sleep instead of a run, thinking I would more than make up for it with the 22 miles. I woke up on Saturday to the chills and body aches, and knew that run would not happen. I still feel semi-icky today, but was able to manage 5 miles which actually felt good. I forgot what it is like to run on fresh legs! what a great feeling. I accidentally ran into a half marathon going on right by my house and was really inspired by what I was seeing and I ran a pretty fast 5 miles. It did not do me good though as I got home and was seeing spots in my vision and the nausea was back. Guess I rushed into running again. I really hope this fatigue goes away. I feel guilty for missing so many runs, but I need to listen to my body and take it easy. Thankfully this coming week is a recovery week, so I can switch my long run for this weekend's run as clearly I needed recovery a week earlier than scheduled!

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3/18/17 9:37 P

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Yay, 9 miles today! It was sunny and warm and mostly not icy! I cannot even tell you how much fun it was! My shoes are giving me blisters though. Heather, you run in Altras, do they give you blisters? What do I do? I really like them otherwise and don't want to get rid of them, but they're chewing my feet up!

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3/15/17 8:48 P

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I can empathize up to a point Amy! We got dumped on the past two days but thankfully it stopped. I was able to run after work on Monday and I find a clear stretch to do speedwork. This was the hard one...7 X 5 min and I was pooped at the end. I took yesterday off due to the snow and ran 5 miles this morning. I was nervous about running in the dark after the snow, and while there were a few bad spots I was able to stick to the main roads that were clear.

PETRATX, I am jealous of your weather! Here's hoping spring is around the corner.

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3/15/17 12:50 P

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Guess what, guys!? IT'S SNOWING. Still! We've gotten two solid feet and are expected to get up to five more today. I was running this morning and mentally complaining about it, until I remembered that if it wasn't snow, it would be rain, which is waaay more unpleasant this time of year. So bring on the snow! I did 6 miles today. I hoped for 7 but it got really windy out the road and I had to turn back because I knew it would be harder and slower on the return. Just happy to be out there. I'm looking forward to yoga at lunch because I know my hips and my hamstrings need it after all this snow running. Happy trails, folks!

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3/14/17 12:40 P

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They finally got the plows out and I couldn't stand being inside anymore, so I did 6 lovely miles in the snow this morning. This storm dumped, like, maybe 20 inches at my house? Obviously, it was a very slow run because it was slippery and I had to contend with traffic, but it was so nice to be outside.

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3/14/17 9:40 A

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Alot of you are getting those winter storms while I finally got a cool morning in the 50s for a nice run. 2 miles this morning.

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3/13/17 1:24 P

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The weather finally broke! The clouds rolled in and it warmed up by 20 degrees (now it's 28!) and the wind stopped! Tragically, the snow started immediately. We've gotten 12 inches with another 8 projected over the course of today. I am also sick again. I'm starting to feel like maybe I'll never run again. My heart is breaking.

I did 7 miles yesterday though, so that's a small something.

I love cookies as fuel, Heather! I eat Fig Newtons on runs above 15 miles. They are perfect because the figs have a lot of sugar and the cookie bits are filling. When I ran my first marathon, my friends met me at mile 21 with boxes and boxes of Fig Newtons.

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Amy, you are sending the snow here!! We are showing 8 inches tonight, which means my workouts outdoors may be on hold for a few days. I am REALLY hoping I can work at home tomorrow!

Speedwork in the dark went ok actually. a skunk ran across my path which made me run even faster, and when I was just about done I saw another runner and felt pretty badass since I was just finishing and he was just starting.

I ran 2 easy miles on Friday, and then had my big 20 miler yesterday. I took it very slow and tried out some new fueling techniques and had a pretty decent run. I was struggling towards the end, but I think for the most part the addition of real food helped me to not bonk and it felt good to actually eat something of substance rather than just gels. And yes, I fueled with girl scout cookies!!!

Today I ran 5 easy miles that felt like torture on my legs, but I reminded myself that I might not be out running for a few days with the snow, so I tried to enjoy it.

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3/12/17 10:15 A

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4 miles run/walk combination.

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3/10/17 6:34 P

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First run outside of the week, woot! It was...not warm. Not the worst though! I managed 6.5 miles. Spring, please!

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3/9/17 6:47 A

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Warm and humid here this morning but I got another good run in. Slowly but surely it's coming back!

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Oh my god, this weather just will not break. I've seen one runner all week, and he was wearing a full body down suit and a balaclava! I did another 6 in the pool last night. Hopefully we see a turn by the end of the week!

Heather, speed work in the dark and in the morning is the worst. That might be why I'm so inconsistent with it. It's really hard to motivate yourself to push harder early in the morning, and it does take a little more dexterity to run in the dark. I do love running hills in the dark though, because you can't see the top and it makes it feel so much less daunting.

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that sounds horrible Amy. We were hit with a bad storm last night that shook our entire house, and when I went running there was debris everywhere. I cant imagine dealing with that for so many days in a row. I hope the weather clears up soon.

I ran 4 miles this morning and almost wiped out in some mud from the flooding of the storm, which is one of the reasons I hate running in the dark. Im not used to having to look at my feet so much! Tomorrow is speedwork which will be interesting. I really hate speedwork in the dark!

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So help me god, this weather is going to kill me. I can handle like three bad weather conditions at a time, like ice + dark + cold, or rain + dark + wind, but I cannot handle ice + hurricane winds + dark + bitter freezing cold. There are no clear road surfaces, the wind buffets you around like a rag doll and the cold literally makes your ears hurt the minute you walk outside. So needless to say, I don't expect much running this week. I did 6 miles in the pool last night, which would have been dreadfully boring except that I have an incredibly entertaining podcast to keep me company. I hope everyone else is having more success this week!

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3/7/17 7:16 A

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A little warm and humid this morning but I got a 2 mile run in. It was a good workout.

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Great job PETRATX! Every day you'll notice progress.

Glad you stayed safe Amy. Those conditions sound miserable.

Today was a 5 mile easy run but it didn't feel so easy after yesterday. I know the point of a recovery run is to push your legs to what it would be like in the later miles of a race, but man this was not fun. I did some yoga afterwards and chugged some tart cherry juice, so here's hoping I feel better soon. Thankful for a rest day tomorrow!

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3/5/17 11:00 A

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Thanks for all the support. Today I went for 3.25 miles. A little farther and a little faster.

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3/4/17 8:55 P

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I'm glad your long run went well, Heather! I long for the days when 18 miles is manageable. Soon! Sadly, definitely not today. We're having a high wind event that turned all of our snow into ice. It's "feels like" 5 degrees outside. I managed six miles with cleats on but had a little patience and didn't push for more. Just eight more weeks of winter!

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Thanks for vote of confidence! Today I went to the trails for my 18 mile run and I was so happy to be on the trail. Sure, 18 miles felt tiring towards the end, but it felt so good to be out in the sun and enjoying nature. This time I worked more on my hydration and fueling and found a good mix and I was able to finish the run without any nausea.

A coworker showed me a shortcut to get home, and while checking this out I found the trail that is near my new office. I think once we set the clocks forward an hour, I may try to run on this right after work. That way I can still enjoy some sunshine during the week and do my shorter runs in the dark. I give you so much credit Amy. Not only do you run so many miles in the dark, but now you have to deal with the snow too! thankfully we have not had any more large snowfalls (just the tornado the other day!) and while it was cold out today, that is nothing like what you have.

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3/3/17 6:30 P

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I'm sorry you're struggling to find your routine, Heather! I'm confident that you will. I confess, as a person who runs the same road over and over (because we live in a town with very few of them) and with no consistent trail maintenance in the winter, I know the tedium you're worrying over. That's why I make it a point to run after work at least one day per week, even if I hate running in the afternoon. It gives me a broader range, so I can drive out to a trail or run a new route from the office.

I managed six miles outside today. It is very, very cold, so the snow (fortunately) is mostly still snow and not slush. But, on the other hand, it is very, very cold. I don't know how I'm going to deal with two more months of winter.

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Great job PETRATX! That is such a great feeling to have after a good run,

Wow, 18 inches ...that is crazy! Glad that you are staying safe and doing some cross training.

Yesterday I did speedwork which was basically 3 repetitions of 2 min on, 1 min off, 4 min on, 2 min off. I did not mind this workout in the dark as it gave me something else to focus on. Today though,,,even though I only had 2 miles (with core work that I did tonight), it was snowing out and everything was slippery. I just ran circles around my neighborhood but it was cold and boring. I really miss being able to run on the paths and trails and I realize just how much I enjoy running for that aspect. without it, I feel that it is much less enjoyable.

I am thankful that the mileage was lower this week in preparation of my 18 miler on saturday, but I am nervous going into next week. some of my midweek runs go up to 7 miles and I really have no idea where Im going to be able to do this without a trail, and if I have enough time. My commute is much more than I hoped, I am neglecting any housework, neglecting my dog,friends, husband, and I am just really stressing about balancing everything. I do like the job so far, but I am really feeling pressured to do everything and I just cant.

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3/2/17 12:44 P

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Nice work, PETRATX! Sometimes when I'm being mean to myself, I'll beat myself up over my "short" runs or try to make myself feel bad for not going "far enough" (whatever that means). Then I remember the days when I couldn't run a step and feel super proud of whatever I manage.

How did day two go, Heather? I really hope you can adjust to being a morning runner. Personally, it's my favorite time to run. I feel like it sets me up nicely for the day, it helps me to focus and stay on task, and it makes me make better choices overall. I hope you can find some of those benefits too!

I did 5 miles in the pool last night for two reasons. First, I got mega-sick on Tuesday and my lungs feel like they have shards of glass in them, so running outside in the cold just sounded like actual hell. Second, we're having an INSANE blizzard! We've gotten almost 18 inches of snow already and there's no sign of stopping. I run in all kinds of weather, but this is just dangerous because there's nowhere to run but the street and it's super slick. I'm being responsible!

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3/2/17 7:08 A

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2 miles today! I know it isn't much but it is a start and it was my best run yet!

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you are awesome Amy! Now that I had my first run this morning in the dark, I have more appreciation for so many miles early in the morning.

Yesterday was my first day and it was long and overwhelming, but I feel really good about the company and the people. the commute is more than I had thought and I am struggling these past few days to balance everything, but Im sure Ill get the hang of it.

I ran 3 miles at 5 am this morning and while it was not horrible, I am not looking forward to increasing this. I did 30 min of core tonight since I did not have time this morning. tomorrow is supposed to be speedwork and that should also be interesting in the dark and it will be raining too. somehow I feel like this is a cruel joke. Last week it was 70 and nice out, and of course the week I go back to work it is rainy and I have less time. I drove home with a tornado somewhere out there and that was pretty intense!

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2/27/17 12:39 P

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I'm gunning for my mileage goal this month, which felt insurmountable because of work and the short calendar, so I went out and crushed 8 miles before work this morning. It was so lovely! Very cold and very clear. And I felt great! I think I'm finally getting used to my Altras.

Am I right that today is your first day on the new job, Heather? Good luck! I hope your running and your pup can transition smoothly!

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I did 2.3 miles in the pool today just because I couldn't finish my lap swim and was already wet. Get your miles where you can!

Welcome, PETRATX!

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I am sure you did well with the exam Amy! You will have to let us know once you get the results.

PETRATX , glad to hear you are getting back into a running routine again. Is there a race in the future for you?

I ran 6 miles today and felt pretty good. The wind that picked up yesterday while I froze at the beer fest was still present and the miles into the wind were brutal. This week will be interesting as tomorrow is my first day of work and I will automatically be a morning runner for the first time ever. I bought some extra lights and have my knife and pepper spray ready to go, so hopefully I am motivated to get out of bed! Wish me luck and send some positive vibes!

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3 1/2 miles this morning. Trying to get back into the running routine.

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I wanted more but I only managed 7 miles this morning. First, it snowed. AGAIN. And was slushy. AGAIN. I am ready for spring. Second, I had my BJCP tasting exam today and I definitely did not want to be late. I don't get my scores for three more months but I feel pretty good about it! We both had a great beer day!

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3 easy miles today and they felt much better than yesterday's run. The weather has cooled off and it actually felt refreshing for once! not that I want it to get cold again...

tomorrow is my rest day and Ill be spending it at an outdoor beer fest, so I'd say that is the best way to recover!

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so glad you are getting those runs in and enjoying an earlier sunrise! I am looking forward to the time change in a few weeks so that when I start running in the morning, I will not have to run in the dark for long. mmm cake....enjoy!

I ran 3 miles today and then did some yoga. I meant to run more but was just not feeling it today. I feel tired, sore, and grumpy, so that is clearly my body telling me I need more rest. Funny how running much less this week has me feeling that way, but obviously I need the recovery.

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I had a very pleasant 7 miles this morning! It snowed a little bit overnight and it was so lovely out. The sun even started to rise as I was running! Spring it coming! It was slippery on the way home, so it ended up being quite a slow run, but worth it.

Today is my husband's birthday so I need all the miles I can get to make up for the birthday cake later!

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I managed a six mile runch today and it was great! It was a little chilly, but the sun was shining for part of it and it was really nice to get out of the office for a bit. I meant to run this morning, but the siren song of the snooze button and two cuddly dogs was just too much to refuse.

70 DEGREES!? Jealous! That's as warm as it gets here in the middle of summer!

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today was the last of our warm weather...it reached almost 70 and it feels so nice out. Unfortunately it is going to drop about 30 degrees tonight and the snow is coming. I guess it was nice while it lasted, and I really soaked it all in during my 5 miles. yesterday I stayed indoors and did some strength training. I tried a new routine and was definitely sore today, but I suppose that is a very good thing!

Glad you enjoyed your day off Amy and that you had some nice weather for once!

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We're having schizophrenic weather! It was 40 and sunny today! I managed 8 miles after a core-focused yoga class. It was so warm that I considered taking off my shirt but I didn't know how long it would last. I added a half mile at the end running the lake, which was like Bambi legs, but really fun. Good day off!

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that is a really good suggestion Amy. I may have to break the runs up. It does look like there is a gym in the same building as my office and that we get some sort of discount if we use it and there are showers. I hate the treadmill, but Im willing to do whatever is necessary.

Sorry to hear you had a not so great run. My 15 miler on Saturday did not go well at all. I ate something different than I usually do before a run and that backfired. I dont think I ate enough and once I was negative in calories, I bonked hard. I started feeling dizzy and sick to my stomach and almost passed out when I stopped at a stoplight to cross the road. I walked almost 2 miles back to my car like that and have never hated running more in my life. But...lesson learned.

Yesterday I ran 6 recovery miles that felt great so Im glad I had a good run after such a horrible one. Today I ran 3 easy miles with some core work afterwards. This week is a cutback week after 2 weeks of long runs, so I am very much looking forward to some easy and low mileage.

And yes...I bit the bullet and signed up for the 50k. I felt like I needed to just do it so that it will get me out of bed next week when I start my job and dont feel like doing it. Then Ill think about the race and get my butt out of bed!

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Can you run on your lunch hour at your new job? Do you have shower facilities? You might be able to approximate a 12 mile midweek run by doing two 6 milers, like one and lunch and one after work? I'm thinking about that for mine.

Today was laaame. I had a practice test for my BJCP tasting exam that was scheduled when I expected to be running. So I did that, then we had to do Costco (like stat) and then I had a date to FaceTime with my BFF. That meant I didn't hit the road for my run until 3. It started out great, but once the sun dipped behind the mountains, the temperature dropped like 10 degrees and a chill set into my spine that made every footstep shoot pain across my lower back. Those last two miles were killer. I managed 9 but woof.

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I feel so much better after my massage yesterday. I will never skip another month again! Today was 3 easy miles and some core work since I have 15 miles tomorrow.

Thanks for the tips Amy. I listened to a podcast that was on the topic of balancing running and working/family life and it seems like most people just wake up early to get it done. I am not a morning runner, but I guess that will have to change! I dont know exactly what my commute will be, but it will likely be around 30-40 min in the morning and 40-50 going home. It is going to be a huge change adjusting to working 5 days a week in the office, training, and family. My dog is super sensitive and has separation anxiety, so I am already nervous about leaving her. My first day is the 27th, so I still have a week to enjoy.

The plan I was originally looking at was Krissy Moehl's 50k plan that was recommended to me. I read the book, but now looking at the midweek runs, I am concerned like you that the runs are just too long. Mine max out at 12, and I dont see myself having that kind of time before work. I am not the fasted runner, so it's not like I can go bang out 12 miles in an hour before work. Therefore I am looking now at 2 other plans - 1 is from Competitor magazine and I like this one because it has 2 rest days and the midweek runs are no longer than an hour which I think is doable. What I dont like about it is that it does not have any speed or hill type of runs. I was also looking at the Jenny Hadfield 50k plan and while that plan is a bit lengthy and I dont have time to run long, then back off again every other week, I do like the hill and tempo runs. I also like that while there are fewer rest days, there is a lot of focus on cross training which is something I can do later at night in my own house. So I am thinking of creating my own "custom" plan that incorporates both the Coach Jenny and Competitor plans so that I get the speed and hill runs with manageable midweek distances.

I guess there is no one size fits all plan anyways, so I guess I am just going to roll with it and see how it goes. I have until the beginning of April to switch my distance so if nothing else, I can drop down to the 15 mile option.

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I feel you on the hamstring pain! I went to an intense backbend focused yoga class last night and between that and transitioning to the new Altras, my legs were KILLING ME tonight. I managed 7 very painful miles but at what cost!?

It's also funny you should mention balancing work and training because I spent a lot of time on my running thinking about that very issue. I worked on my ultra training plan today and found that it calls for midweek 12 milers. I've managed up to 10 during the week but 12 feels daunting. My secret is that I just get up earlier to get it done, or run after work if I have to. I'm lucky because my job has almost no commute, so I don't have to bother scheduling that too. I also try to schedule my training around the times when my husband is on swing shift, since I won't see him or have to make sure he's watered and fed during those months. My race is August 12, so my 20 week training plan starts the last week of March. EEK. When do you start your new job?! That's really exciting!

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Today was my first official "hill" workout, and it was difficult to find a hill to run up for the duration I needed to. We have plenty of hills, but none that are around 2 minutes straight uphill. I had to get creative, but I did it. I know my hamstrings will be killing me tomorrow, but thankfully I have a sports massage scheduled and it's my rest day, so it could not have come at a better time.

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First, I love Altras. I used to run in Hokas, but after my first marathon my foot size increased (unfortunately) and I found them to be so constricting and narrow in the toe bed. I was recommended the Altra brand and bought the Torins and pretty much never looked back. I use the Torins for speedwork and shorter runs, the Paradigms for long runs/races, and the Lone Peaks for trails. I agree...why wouldnt anyone want to run in shoes that let their toes splay naturally? I thankfully did not have a hard time adapting to the zero drop because I have high arches, but I know that it does take time.

So the 50k. The one I am looking at is on earth day - April 22. I really do want to do the 50k distance and looking in the weeks ahead, the long runs are pretty much key and assuming there isnt any massive snow storms that limit my ability to get out on the weekends and run, I can do those. It is the midweek runs that have me worried. I accepted a job offer last week and while I am still waiting on the background check and other formalities, it looks like Ill be headed back to office life 5 days a week. This is a huge change from the open calendar I have had the past 4 months or so without a job, but also from the past 10 years when I did have a job. Because I worked at home 3 days a week, I pretty much could train on those days whenever I wanted. I used the 2 days in the office as my rest days and all was perfect. Yes, I know people train for races while working an office job, but I have never and I am worried about how I would handle training for my first 50k while starting a new job. Hence, my hesitation. So there you go.

Today I ran 5 easy miles and did some core work as well. Like I said before, I am loosely following a 50k training plan and I am going to take it as far as I can I guess. What plan are you looking at Amy? do you have any "friendly" ones that take into account limited hours during the week? Since you are often super busy with your job, how do you balance everything?

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7 misty miles this morning! This winter has been windier than normal, so there was some wind over the bridge and into downtown, but nothing unmanageable. Because work has been so busy and exhausting, I've been unable to fit my strength training into my schedule and I can really feel the difference. I just don't feel nearly as strong in my lower back and hips as I was. Someday this trial will end!

I tried out a pair of Altras this morning and I'm surprised at how much I like them! I read a ton of websites about the transition time, so I was expecting some calf/achilles pain. I wasn't surprised when it cropped up, and it resolved itself maybe halfway through. The bigger problem was that the insole rubbed my arch the wrong way, but since those are removable, I'm not too worried about it. The best part, hands down, was all the room for my poor sad toes! I loved being able to spread them and use the toebox! What relief! It makes me wonder why every other running shoe insists on squishing your piggies into a tiny space?

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Now you know how I've felt for the last year! I definitely run harder when I'm following a plan, and having spent all of 2016 without one, I'm really hankering for a race to tell me what to do. I've decided that I'm going to attempt the local 50k in early August. That should give me plenty of time between that race and the marathon I have scheduled in September. There's no reason I can't make this my ultra year even if I can't make my goal race. Join me! Let's 50k together! When is yours scheduled?

I took two days off last week because I was feeling sick and I'm in the middle of a huge trial at work and needed to prioritize my immune system over my mileage. Unfortunately, those two days were the last two before the weather turned. It snowed 8 inches on Friday night and started rain, oh, just as I headed out the door for yesterday's run. I had to dig really, really deep to finish my 10 miles, but I did! It was so unbelievably slow, wet, and cold on the way home that I actually considered flagging down some folks I know that were driving home from hockey practice and bumming a ride. Of course I didn't because I am stubborn to the point of stupidity.

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Boy, I was feeling those 14 miles today. I had 5 scheduled so I went out on the trail where I could run with less impact. The wind was crazy and I was worried about how I was going to finish, but I took it a mile at a time and it passed by surprisingly quick. Until I decide if I want to do the 50k, I am going to loosely follow the plan until the deadline to sign up. Worse case, I do the 15 mile option and I should be plenty prepared. It feels weird to run without an end goal in mind, but I guess I have realized I am someone who enjoys being told what to run vs just running based upon how I feel.

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I did it...14 miles! I was surprised at how easy it came. I did struggle the last 2 miles or so as the temperature dropped signficantly and I started to get really cold. When I started out, it was 55 with no wind and when I finished it was in the 40's and quite windy. My fingers were numb and it took a long hot shower to thaw out a bit. Nevertheless, it was satisfying! I thought of nothing but pancakes for some reason, so when I got home I made a bunch of pancakes and they were sooooo good! the crazy things we think of when we run.

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well, this morning I locked myself out of the house while walking my dog, which turned into an almost 2 hour ordeal before I got back inside. So I only managed 3 miles, but I think I am going to attempt 14 tomorrow so an easy day never hurts.

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6 easy miles today. I tried to beat the snow, but by the end of my run the path was covered and it was quite slippery. I am still feeling slow and my hamstring is still really tight, so I can tell I am still in recovery mode. Unfortunately my massage therapist didnt have any opening right after my race and being gone on vacation meantI dont see her until next week. hopefully that will help my post race soreness quite a bit.

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you are lucky, skunks are the worst! This is the second time in 6 months, and you would think she would learn, but her herding instincts tell her to chase anything that moves in our yard.

I ran an easy 5 today and it was so nice out. It felt great to wear shorts and the weather was perfect.

Glad you were able to get a run in before your hard day. Running usually makes everything better!

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Oh, poor little stinker dog! I'm so glad we don't have skunks here, because we had a little cocker spaniel who could not avoid chasing anything that looked interesting. She got into come close calls with porcupines, had an unfortunate altercation with a raven, and just generally caused a lot of mischief. A skunk would have been irresistible to her.

I did 7 miles this morning on tired legs. I knew that today was going to be a hard day at work so I needed the fresh air and solitude before I faced it. My legs were heavy, but my head and my heart needed it, so I went. Thank goodness for running.

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I am so happy that you are getting some great runs in Amy. It must feel good to be back in the groove.

I ran 5 miles which is the first run in about a week. I took it slow but the sun was shining and it felt really good to move. While I did quite a bit of walking in Austin, there was no running and I did start to miss it. After several days of lots of food and beer, I am glad to be back home and running again. I will also have a boring superbowl as we are spending most of today deskunking our house from the night before our trip that was an unfortunate experience for our dog. We have no food in the house and we are probably the lamest people ever!

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What a great long run today! I managed 10 miles and they felt great, except for the minor bleeding toe issue that popped up around 7.5. I only meant to do 8, but when the sun is shining and the legs are strong, it's impossible to stop. Now I'm ready for what might actually be the most boring Super Bowl of all time. At least there's snacks!

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You definitely have earned a break! You took like no time off after your marathon and trained like a beast for your half. You're an inspiration to the lazy toads like me who haven't raced in months and months.

I did another quick 7 this morning and it was going SO WELL. My neighbor left her house to run at the same time I did, so my competitive (read: jerk) nature kicked in and I just had to outpace her. I passed her and then decided to do some tempo work, since I wanted to maintain a faster pace than her anyway. I was aiming for three miles at my 10k pace, which is about 9:15. It was going really well until I got a call from work and had to do a hearing in the middle of my run. I got so cold I started to form icicles, so it was a little slower on the way home, but I was still happy to get some faster miles in. The clear roads and good weather really helped!

Eat all the barbecue for me! And drink all the margaritas! I am very, very jealous of your vacation!

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I went for a quick run today to see how I felt. I managed 3 slow miles and headed home because I wasnt feeling it. I get the message loud and clear that I need some time off from running! I have no doubt by the time I am back home from our trip I will be ready to run again. meanwhile I am looking forward to 75 and sunny when I land tomorrow! This will be my 3rd time visiting Austin so clearly we enjoy it too!

We dont have too many winter runners here either, so I know what you mean about feeling happy to see someone else out there enduring the elements. Im glad to see that you are balancing all of your interests and making time for non-running things. Sometimes I forget what those are!

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Nice work on the race! Even being within 1 minute of your PR in the middle of winter is a major accomplishment. My PR is nowhere to be seen between like November and May. Thanks, Alaska!

I didn't run this weekend because my husband and I swam on Sunday so he could teach me butterfly stroke (my white whale), and we brewed on Sunday so the day was packed. I am trying to balance my interests so that I don't burn out on anything, which necessarily includes fewer running days because I have so many interests! I did 7.4 miles this morning in a dusting of snow, which was lovely and very cold. There's a new, consistent runner in my neighborhood, which is nice because I always have someone to wave to now! It's the small things.

Have a great vacation! I love Austin so much!

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Sounds like a challenging, but useful workout Amy! When I was doing squats and lunges in PT, I never felt better. Sadly most of the time I skimp on that because I really dislike all of that!

The race was so much fun and I really enjoyed the majority of miles. I missed my half marathon PR by a minute, but I think it's pretty hard to PR in Chicago in January. Unfortunately the course went south with the wind to my back, so the last half of the race was headed north into the wind and with wet sweaty clothes, it was challenging. However, I enjoyed running along the lakefront which is so beautiful, and it was mostly flat with a few hills that are nothing compared to what Im used to on the trails. I think that this is the best I have ever paced myself as my mile times were consistent the entire race and I am really proud of myself for that. I was hoping for more left in the tank for the final push, but the cold had zapped all the energy from my legs so while I felt like I was pushing hard, I wasnt going as fast as I wanted to. I really wanted the hot cocoa at the end, so I managed! It is always a great feeling to be running strong at the end of a race when everyone else is fading. I dont enjoy seeing others suffer, but Im glad that I have learned the art of pacing so I dont have to do the death march at the end.

I plan to take it easy the next few days before my husband and I head to Austin for a short vacation. Im hoping to get a run in but we will see how I feel.

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Long commute, oh no! I am so lucky to live a very quick 3.5 miles from my office. It's close enough that I could walk, run, or bike there, and I frequently do. I always wonder how my running life would change if I had a longer commute, because as it is, I can easily run before work and make it more or less on time. I hope they make you an offer! And good luck on the race tomorrow!

I did 7 miles this morning, with 2 miles of hill repeats in the middle. The hill repeats were great, except that it was also so bloody windy, and I couldn't keep my breath in my lungs. It felt good to really work my backside, though. All those people who say that runners need to do a million squats and lunges? Apparently they are right.

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The interview went really well, thanks for asking! The 4 people I met with all seemed to be impressed with me so I am hoping I get an offer. I am still iffy about it as the commute is longer than I would prefer, but we will see what they offer me.

Today was a quick shakeout run of 3 miles. It is much colder here today and snowing, so I can relate to how your feet must feel Amy! I stepped in some muddy slush and soaked my socks and was glad it was only a few miles I had to endure.

I will see how I feel tomorrow regarding a final quick run, but I have had a headache all week so I may just take the day to really rest and stay under a warm blanket to conserve all the heat I can get before the race!

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How did your last interview go!? I haven't interviewed in a long time but I remember it being nerve wracking. Good luck!

I did 5 more miles in slush today. My feet got so cold it felt like I had nails in the bottom of my feet.

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I ran 5 easy miles today. I like tapering, but I always find that I feel slow and sluggish when I do run during the taper and that is how I felt today. I have a job interview tomorrow so I am trying to not feel nervous today, but I was really distracted during my run thinking about it. Im glad the interview is a few days before the race so I am not stressing all week.

I think a lot of people have train for Boston on the treadmill, and I cant think of anything worse. I have to agree with you Amy. Sometimes its probably best to stick with a early summer/fall race. Running in winter sucks!

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