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After Friday's 4 miles, the hip abductor let me know it would be a Good Idea to take a rest day on Saturday. So I did, on a day with near perfect running weather. All was not lost; I did get the lawn mowed.

Today it was overcast with drizzle when I went out to run. Planned to run a familiar 4.6 mile loop. Within a mile, all the minor twinges in my right calf and hamstring faded to nothing, but the hip abductor kept reminding me that it was there. Bearing Friday's result in mind, I turned it into an out and back, ended up with 3.11 miles. Near the end, I had brief periods when the hamstring was a dull ache like late in Friday's run; but I was rewarded for cutting it short by being able to do my standard abductor stretches with full range of motion and no pain. Yes, the right abductor let me know it was there when stretching; but it was better than after the run Friday.

My current thinking is to take a rest day tomorrow even if I feel great. Last thing Coach said was to listen to my body. Listening to my body is easy enough; figuring out what it's trying to tell me and what to do about it is the hard part. But I know I can mentally handle running every other day, and I suspect an extra rest day right now is more valuable than an extra running day.

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A quick update this morning. Hot and humid here today. Lows in the upper 70s and highs in the upper 90s. I'm not used to it yet so I finished my "run" by walking the last couple of miles. 6 miles total. Now I am off to take a short recovery nap!

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It's true, our tolerance of pain increases proportionally to the number of miles we run every week. My doctor says that he I have hip dysplasia as a result of the injury I ran on in the Portland Marathon last year. It means my muscles aren't supporting my hip in the correct position right now, and it's prone to popping out. My doctor is really supportive of my running; he wants my muscles to heal the way I'm going to use them. That means running. I appreciate that.

I did 10.1 very cold, wet, windy miles today. I felt good for all of it until the last mile, when the cold, wet wind got to me.

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wow Amy! Running after having a displaced hip 'replaced' really is freakily awesome - just be careful!

Heather - Have a great race and tell us how it goes!

Kevin - I hope your abductor is doing better and that the icing and ibuprofen helped! Be careful and give your body the time to heal well.

for my part I ran 500 meters in one fell swoop today in 4 minutes - lol... I will call myself the flying turtle! I am running, I am running!!!

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Wow, it seems like we're a bunch of cripples who happen to run 26.2 miles!

BERGBA7, it's great that you're coming back! I remember it was a huge thrill in 2014 when I could finally do some walk/run intervals after several weeks of not running at all.

Amy, you do realize that your casual attitude toward having a hip popped back in the socket and then running 5 miles will totally fry a non-runner's mind, right?

Heather, "only" needing some foam rolling and maybe a massage seems to make you the healthiest of us.

As for me . . . I took M-Tu-W-Th totally off running. That's the first time I've gone more than two days in a row without running since coming back from the stress fracture in 2014. Monday and Tuesday were the easy days, I clearly couldn't run any real distance. Wednesday I thought I was going to run until my hip abductor complained about walking on uneven surfaces. Yesterday I could have talked myself into an easy 2 or 3 miles, but decided to be cautious. Today I decided that the tests of 100-200m running on my lunch walk went well enough that I could run this evening.

Well, yes; but it wasn't a triumphal return. The first couple of miles were good, but by mile 3 I was noticing the hip abductor as a constant dull ache. Chopped the planned 4.3 mile run down to 4 even, and the hip abductor complained rather more loudly when I went to stretch it. So I dug out my ice bag and strapped it to the abductor for 25 minutes or so, made sure to take my ibuprofen on time, and reported off unable to pace 9 miles tomorrow morning. [After I ran Boston, then ran Flower City at MP 6 days later, I'm sure the folks in the training program understand.]

Tomorrow I hope to run 4 to 6 miles, but it really depends on how my hip abductor reacts to today's run plus overnight rest. Reporting off from pace leading at least lets me sleep late tomorrow morning.


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Easy 5 miles this afternoon. It may be my last run before the race. I have a 3 mile shakeout scheduled for tomorrow, but the weather looks crappy so I may just take a rest day and do some foam rolling and stretching. I did yoga yesterday and got a massage, so I am feeling great. Weather for Sunday looks better. No rain and cooler temps. Not sure what to wear yet as it will be cold at the start but I warm up pretty fast. I dont want to make a mistake like I did for my marathon and wear shorts and have my legs frozen the entire race. The temps are similar out right now and I wore tights and was a little warm at the end. If this is the worst my taper crazies have gotten, that is not too bad!

BERGBA7, congrats to you for getting back out there and taking small steps. Only you know what you are capable of, so dont let others tell you what you can and cant do. You sound like you have the right positive mindset and that goes a long way. Good luck on continuing to recover.

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Wow, BERGBA, that's been some intense recovery! Good for you for getting back out there, though. And what a great attitude -- every mile counts, right? You'll get back to it, I'm sure!

I didn't run yesterday because my hip was out of its socket again. I went this morning and had it popped back into place. I felt a million times better and managed 5 miles over the lunch hour. I've never run at lunch before, but I feel so completely energized by it. Maybe it'll become part of the routine!

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Hello Everybody!
I am happy to see that you are all well and running strong! Amy - great you went out and did not let yourself be scared. Something similar happened to my sister last year and she could not get back on the same road for quite a while after the event!
Mobycarb! Fabulous you could do such a nice performance at Boston! This is something that you will be very proud of in a few years. The disappointment will have disappeared for sure and you will have all the perspective necessary! Have a good and speedy recovery from the half!
Heather - good luck on your half marathon on Sunday! Enjoy every step!

I have been away for a long time because of my foot injury from December - I am still recovering but yesterday! YAY! I did my first run/walk interval - only 5 minutes of each, but I am so happy about it that I had to share. This is as far as someone can be from running a marathon, but since people kept telling me that I would never run again, I take it as a fabulous moment and will build on it. I need to do baby steps to come back to running safely - no timeline - no goals - at the moment. Just trying to feel what my foot tells me and how much it let me do!

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Today's run is . . . a rest day. Ran the half on Sunday, and Monday I couldn't run 50 meters for how bad my right calf felt. Tuesday the calf was better, but my right hip abductor hurt enough to throw my gait off. Today the calf and hip abductor felt normal on flat smooth surfaces indoors, but were wonky enough on uneven pavement with inclines and declines that running any distance seems inadvisable.

The good news is, I seem to be getting better each day. It's not as fast as I'd like, and clearly it was a Bad Idea to run a half six days after Boston; but it feels like I won't be sidelined forever.

. . . and I'll take recovery more seriously after my next marathon. I hope I "only" set myself back a week or so instead of creating a serious problem; but time will tell.


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6 mile easy run today that felt great. it was hard to take it easy but Ill save my speed for race day! My half is on sunday. right now the weather outlook is not good - rain and wind, but Ive run in worse so Im sure Ill manage!

Amy, I am glad to hear that you are out there running again. I dont blame you for being cautious! I passed someone today that stopped and stared at me and I couldnt help by think of your story and be a bit paranoid! Thankfully it was a very public place and lots of people coming up on the trail, but it still is unnerving.

Kevin, you rock! Great job with your race. I would take your time any day!

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7.7 miles this morning, with a few in the middle at race pace, or at least trying to get to race pace. My race pace is so wildly divergent from my easy pace that I struggle to get up there without the adrenaline of the race. Or without someone chasing me. I easily ran race pace when some creeper was following me! I stink at speed work.

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Thanks for the support, everyone. I've taken self defense courses and occasionally run with a little knife on a cord around my wrist, mainly when I'm in a more dangerous city or it's early and dark. I never expected the first truly frightening running experience I've had to be in a busy part of my town on a bright Saturday morning. I took my knife with me this morning, and will until I feel better about this. It's sad, though, because running is my favorite thing. It stinks to feel insecure about your favorite thing. I did 7.5 miles today anyway, because I refuse to be deterred.

Way to get out there, Kevin! It wasn't your best performance, but it's still a time lots of us would kill for.

Is your race on Saturday, Heather?

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Eisenhower remarked that plans are useless, but planning is essential. He was talking about warfare, but the concept also applies to distance running.

So I had my plan for Flower City. Had a nice chat with Jim about Boston before the gun. Jim took off, and I had trouble keeping up. Oh, he surged with start. Got there, ran with him a while, warmed up and felt good; left him behind about 2.5 miles in and settled into marathon pace. The 6 miles of hills in the middle weren't as big a deal as the hills of Newton, probably because I only had 6 miles of running before they started instead of 16. That, and these are *familiar* hills. 6 days after Boston, some of the steep downhills were a challenge; but I remembered training for the drop at Lower Newton Falls, and the technique I practiced helped a lot.

Ended up finishing in 1:36:50, my second slowest half ever and right around half the time I wanted to run Boston in. But no fast 60 year olds from out of town showed up, so I won the M 60-64 age group by 49 seconds.

If it makes you all feel better, I saw at least 4 other people running this same half who had run Boston 6 days earlier. One of them ran much easier than his normal half, same as me; one paced for a 2:00 time, to keep herself from running faster than a 9 minute mile; and I don't know about the other two. And I found a woman who ran the 5K today, 6 days after she ran Boston.

Some of my twinges got better today, one got worse. I'll take tomorrow as a rest day, then see what I'm up to on Tuesday. Assuming I sign up for Boston 2017, I don't think I'll run a half 6 days later again. That wasn't the brightest planning in the world.


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I am so glad you are are ok Amy! It is unfortunate that we live in a world where we have to worry about this, and while I have never had a person follow me, I was stalked by an animal one time and tried to out run it. When you are towards the end of a run and tired, adrenaline will only get you so far. I hope that this does not stop you from getting out there again. Do you carry pepper spray or some other self defense product? That might give you peace of mind. I do not always carry, but when I am out in places that are less populated or it is darker out, I carry pepper spray and have had my finger on the trigger more than once! You might also look into some of the apps available out there that let your husband track you, or will call him if there is no movement for a certain amount of time. My phone also has an emergency mode where it will take pictures, with the point being that if you started taking a picture of someone, perhaps he (or she) would back off knowing that it could be sent to everyone in my contacts list. If you still feel uncomfortable after this, you may want to look into a runners self defense course. I took one a while back and while anything can happen, I feel more comfortable knowing how I would handle situations if someone came at me from behind, in front, etc. Just knowing you have a plan in place may make you feel more confident. I am glad you are ok!

I did 8 miles on the trail today and held to around race pace as a way of gauging how I would feel at this pace next week for my race. my race is a trail race, and more technical than Ive done before, so I know it may be harder on some miles vs the other, but I am feeling good about it.

Wow, Kevin you are amazing! I know I was barely ready to run a half 3 weeks after my marathon last year, so I give you a lot of credit for getting back out there. Hopefully you feel good and enjoy the race.

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I'm sorry that happened Amy. I hate that this has become an issue that you/we have to deal with. I like running alone and although it isn't as much of a concern for guys I think about it more than I used to. You hang in there!

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Oh, Amy, that is scary! Normally I'd think a distance runner could out-run a problem like that; it's understandable that you'd freak out seeing him hang around that long. Glad you were able to get your husband to run you home.

I had planned to run maybe 6 miles today, but after seeing how my legs felt this morning I decided today was a good time for a rest day. Went back to bed and soaked up another hour and a half of sleep on top of the 8 and a half hours I got initially, so I guess my body was telling me I needed the rest.

Heather asked what's next for me; I've got stuff on the race calendar.

Tomorrow I run the Flower City Challenge half marathon. Yeah, signing up for a half 6 days after Boston was dumb. But I'm a cheapskate. I couldn't pass up the Four Seasons Challenge early entry fee of $250 for 3 halfs and a full marathon, all local with no travel or hotel expense. My current plan is to run the first 6 miles at least with my friend Jim who will be pacing for a 1:40 finish. If I feel great, maybe I leave him behind later. If I feel lousy, maybe I let him run ahead of me. I will definitely not set a PR for a half, or even a PR for this course, and that's OK. I love the Flower City course, but this may be the last year I run it. If I keep going back to Boston, I might need to be content with doing previews of the part of Flower City that goes through hills.

I've got a couple shorter races on my calendar in May and June, and more will be added. I've got a half on the calendar in July, part of the 4-race package. Counting backwards 16 weeks from the Rochester Marathon, I get a start date of May 29 for the next marathon training cycle. Between now and then, I need to recover from Boston and see what kind of base I end up with going into training for Rochester.




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So I was running this morning. I passed a guy on the bridge from my island to the next. He was wearing blue track pants, a gray hoodie and was a young native guy. I stopped at the local pool to use the bathroom. I took off again and after about a half mile, I passed the same guy. I didn't really think about it because when you run you pass people all the time.

About another half mile later, I stopped to unhook my baseball cap from my running belt and looked up and he was right at my side. He said, "I was wondering if you wanted to walk and talk with me for a while?" I told him that I had to run 10 miles but thanked him for the offer. He said, "Is that a goal of yours?" I said it was and he said, "Ok, I just wanted to tell you that you're so beautiful. Not just your body, but everything. You're so beautiful." I was like, "Thanks, that's nice. See you." And took off.

So I keep running another mile or so. I keep checking my blind spot so I know he's still behind me. But that didn't seem suspicious because I knew he'd been going my direction before so I figured he still was. I turned around at 5 miles, passed him, waved, and kept going, figuring he would continue on. About a mile later, I looked back and saw that he had turned around and was running at me. I panicked. I picked up speed so was running between 9:15 and 9:30 to make some distance. I called my husband, who was running another road, and told him I was being followed and gave him the best description I could. He said he would come find me, and I told him he didn't have to. He did anyway. I kept running another mile and a half or so with the guy behind me. Finally I saw my husband in the distance and looked back and there was a curve so I couldn't see if the guy was there. I lost it. I cried and hyperventilated a little. My husband ran me home.

That was the first time that's ever happened to me. It's the first time I've felt genuinely unsafe on a run. I hate it.


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Quick 5 miles today before it got too hot out. Tomorrow is only 8 as my "taper" starts, if you can call the taper on Hansons plan a taper! They dont really believe in the concept of a taper and I am a little nervous to not taper as much as I normally would, but the plan has got me this far and I am going to trust in it. I will also listen to my body and if I need a rest day this week, then I will take it.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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6 mile easy run, and of course I hit the trails seeing as it is Earth day and the best way for me to celebrate is to run through the trees.

Glad to hear you are recovering Kevin, and not feeling too poorly. What is next for you?

Amy, I hope you are less sore after your fall. When I tripped a few months ago on my own shoelace and wiped out I was sore for a while, so I know how you must feel. Take it easy!

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Yesterday I did my first run after Boston, 4 miles to the dealer to pick up my car after it was in for service and I took their shuttle home. I had about a 2 minute rest for a stop light after 2 miles, so it was kind of like 2 x 2 miles easy.

Today was Thursday speed work with the club. I'm not up to speed work, but I talked with Coach about recovery. He recommended walk - run intervals as I tolerate them, and when I'm ready for speed work again doing 400 m intervals alternating T pace and easy. So I ran about 5 miles today, in intervals of 2, 2, and 1. Calves are still a little sore, quads are still a little sore. What they told me about the downhill in Boston being hard on the quads is true, I just didn't feel it much until yesterday and today. Classic DOMS, or else the calves out-shouted the quads for my attention.

The good news is that my weak ankles haven't barked loud enough to be heard over my calves and quads. I think they feel better than they did Sunday or Monday morning before the marathon.


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I'm still sore from my fall. My wrist is swollen and my hip is aching. I went out for 2.2 miles this morning and might try for another few at lunch, but we'll see how I feel. Stupid fall.

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Another good run this morning. Only 2 miles but I improved my pace.

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I fell on my run yesterday for the first time in ages! And right on pavement! I just caught my toe on the curb and went down hard. I get points for picking myself up, brushing myself off, and continuing on for 8 miles total, but I feel like garbage today, so sore. But we persevere, right?

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Congrats Kevin! I cant wait to hear all the details, but you should be very proud! What an amazing accomplishment. I was so excited yesterday following those that I know running and was virtually cheering you on!

I had my last tempo run today - 5 miles. The first 2 miles were into the wind and it was brutal. My first mile was about 10 sec behind my tempo pace, but I made up for it going home with the wind to my back.

PETRATX, great job getting out there in the humidity. I know how miserable it can be.

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Way to go Kevin. A great marathon runner once said, "If you feel bad at 10 miles you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles you're normal. If you don't feel bad after 26 you're abnormal." Enjoy your accomplishment!



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GREAT JOB, KEVIN! That's such a huge accomplishment! We were all cheering for you!

I'll never qualify for the Boston Marathon, but today on my meager 7 miler, I felt so strong that for a tiny second I was running it too. That's the best part about marathons. A regular girl like me can dream of running with the best. Great run today!

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Today's run was the 2016 Boston Marathon. Good first 23 miles, sucky last 3 miles, finish time 3:23:01. It will probably be two days before I get a race report blog written.


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Yesterday I got a kinda-sorta run of 1.3 miles on the end of the course, and another kinda-sorta run back to the hotel. It was almost like running, except for slowing down for automotive and pedestrian traffic.

Today's run is pending in 7 hours or so, and it will be long. But first I have to catch a bus and deal with the wait.


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Ran 6.2 this morning. Humidity almost killed me but I finished strong.

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I had my last long run before my race - 12 miles. I did not go well...it was 82 degrees and soooo hot. I started earlier, but by the last 4 miles I was so hot and tired and I just accepted that it was not going to be my best run. I didnt give up, so at least I worked on improving my mental strength, if not my endurance today.

I had to laugh at your comment Kevin about the mileage on your car for this trip being less than your shoes. I have no doubt!

Glad you had a great run Amy. Those are the ones to remember!

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No running today. I drove from Rochester, NY to Framingham, MA where I have a reservation at the Motel 6. Tomorrow and Monday nights I have reserved at much higher cost in the Back Bay area, but when I realized how stupid it was to try to get in late Sunday I couldn't alter that. So the next best thing was to get fairly close today and get into Boston tomorrow morning. Next year I'll manage that better. (He says, assuming that there will be a next year in Boston.)

I didn't even look at how far it was, as I knew I'd driven from Rochester to Worcester, MA in one long day in 1991, but that day didn't start till noon. Turns out that if I could drive direct without stopping for food or gas, it would be right around 400 miles from my driveway to wherever it is the map program calls Boston. Even with some wiggles for overnight lodging, meals, gas, and sanity stops, I'll put fewer miles on my car this trip than I put on my running shoes training for the race.


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Inspired by all my friends who are racing this month (and especially my best friend, who ran her first half this morning) I did 13.1 this morning. I felt good! I didn't plan on it, so I didn't fuel enough (at all) or drink enough (like none), but fortunately I only wore down around mile 11 and I rallied to the end.

You're going to kill it, Kevin! I can't wait for your race report.

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5 easy miles today. It was quite warm out (for a runner anyways!) but it is so nice out and it finally feels like spring. I cant believe tomorrow is my last long run before my race.

Kevin, Ive seen you work hard the past few months and I know you will do great. GOOD LUCK! (not that you need luck!)

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Today's assignment was 20 minutes @E, 10 minutes @MP, 10 minutes @E. This is the traditional light speed work assignment for the Thursday before a marathon. Ran my 2 mile warmup, chatted briefly with Coach about a few details, went and did the assignment. Found a running buddy about 11 minutes in and ran with him a while. Got chatting and the first interval as a half minute long, but that's okay. The 10 minutes @MP and last 10 minutes @E were as as prescribed.

My buddy strained his abs lifting weights,and shouldn't be running MP with me; he will be running Boston as an event rather than a race. We got to figuring his time on a run we did together, and he might even re-qualify for Boston 2017 while running to favor the abs. That's only a point of pride, as he already qualified for Boston 2017 at Wineglass 2016.

Total warmup + workout came out to 7.3 miles today. Tomorrow I get to run an easy 30 minutes. Saturday I get in my car and start driving east.

It's a lot of miles to Boston. I'm almost there now.


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5 recovery miles today which were slow, but I was out enjoying the nice weather. I did 25 minutes of core/strength work afterwards. I am very much looking forward to a rest day tomorrow.

Kevin, I bet it feels great to run low mileage! That was my favorite part of marathon training - realizing that anything less than 5 felt like nothing! Enjoy the rest of your taper.

Amy, I am so with you on the treadmill. People ask me all the time why I run outside in the rain/snow/etc, and it is because I HATE the treadmill. I need to be outside and running with my own pace.

PETRATX, great job with your buildup so far. Have you decided on a marathon yet for the year?


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2 miles. Still trying to build up but I am determined to run another marathon before the year is over!

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Oh my gosh, you're in my favorite part of marathon training: the part where you know you're ready and all that's left is to race. I'm so excited for you.

Yesterday I tried to run in the treadmill in my hotel because we're in a terrible, murdery part
of town. I did 2.3 miles and was so unhappy that I stopped and went outside right in the middle of my run. I did another 2.2 in the fresh air for 4.5 total. I resolved to never run on a treadmill again. I'd rather be murdered.

Today I went out with some folks from my training. It was awesome. They didn't have the speed or endurance I have, but it was a great team building run. Not everyone hung with me until the end, but I did 6.5 miles. I crossed over
an airstrip at one point and a plane passed right over my head! It was amazing! I managed 9:30s, which for a relatively easy run is good for me right now. I felt like I had wings.

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30 easy minutes today, 3.92 miles. By pace, that's a bit faster than easy should be; but the heart rate data looked like easy. I'll take it. Typical taper, I'm running faster than it feels like.


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6 mile tempo run that ended up being my strength pace (10 sec faster than race pace) instead of my tempo pace. I was feeling good and the weather was nice so I just went with it. I was feeling sore this morning so I did a 20 min yoga session before my run and it helped stretch and loosen me up a bit. I can fully see why there is a recovery day before the tempo run but having to shuffle my long run around means this is where I am at so I am just going with it.

Kevin, negative splits are great and mentally you sound ready! We will be virtually cheering for you!

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Last speed work before Boston yesterday evening, 4 x 1000m. I took 200m recovery, because the loop the club runs is 1200m; but I ran early, and when Coach got there he said 2 minutes recovery. Oh, well. The 1000s came in at 4:14, 4:10, 4:08, and 4:06. Negative splits are good, and the time indicates I'm on track to hit my goal at Boston, at least from a cardio perspective.

Everything will be short between now and Monday, with Saturday completely off and Sunday maybe some preview of the end of the course if I'm lucky. I'm feeling pretty good right now, and in 5 days I'll see how well the training plan worked.


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I felt tired and a little sore from yesterday's run, so I swapped my strength workout for an easy 5 miles. I was really glad I did that as the run was tough and I felt tired.

Great job with your 5k Amy! I agree, sometimes you find the most amazing scenery or animal when you get lost.

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I can't believe Boston is already next week! I second Heather; you sound totally ready. I can't wait for the race report. I love Boston coverage.

I did my first 5k in years on Saturday (28:33) followed by a run home for a total of 9 miles. This morning I did 6.5 miles. I'm in Anchorage for work and managed to get a little lost, but it meant I saw a lovely sunrise and some moose! Sometimes getting lost is the best part.

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30 minutes @E today. I knew that wouldn't feel like much, so I took the route around the block to take 100 feet of drop in 0.4 miles. I used that to practice flowing downhill without braking. I'm estimating it's about as steep as the drop at Newton Falls before Heartbreak Hill.

I'm dealing with the taper crazies OK so far. It's only a week, and there are logistics to distract me from how much I'm not running.

The forecast for Boston on April 18 is fluctuating a bit. I'll pack a variety of clothing and deal with whatever happens with the weather. There is no bad weather, there is only inappropriate clothing.


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Back from my long weekend away and got in my 10 mile run that I missed yesterday. It was actually a good thing that I did the run today as it was rainy and cold yesterday and today was 50 and sunny. I was a little stiff and slow after sitting in the car for 6 hours, but it felt good to get moving again.

Sounds like you are ready for Boston Kevin! I am so excited for you, and I know you will do great. I have heard a lot of people worried about the weather, but it sounds like you have things planned out in advance and you are ready for anything.

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Today's assignment was 2 miles @E, 20 minutes @T with 2 minutes recovery, 2 miles @E. I had estimated this to be about 7 miles; it came in at 7.30 miles. That closes the week out with 50.49 miles compared to the training plan target of 50 miles. While I'd rather be a half mile under than over the weekly target at this point, this is acceptable.

Woke up at 4:30, hit the road a bit past 7, and was running under an hour. Got done before the snow showers started. Not that the snow showers all the weather people are whining about are any big deal; they don't accumulate, and it's pretty nice running weather. It just isn't as warm as we expect for April.

The 10 day forecast for Boston calls for near-perfect running weather on the 18th, high of 64 and sunny. I figure it should be in the mid to upper 50s most of the time I'm running, good for shorts and a singlet. Just have to determine what disposable clothing I'll wear in the interminable wait to start running, as it should be close to the overnight low when I get on the bus. And what I'll put in the drop bag for when I'm colder after I stop running.


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Long time no post. I've been running 6 days most weeks, and this is one of the things that mostly got squeezed out of my schedule.

No run today. It's a rest day, in the middle of my taper. Hence, I have time to post. If anyone cares, my last few blogs were mostly training updates.

Tomorrow is the last longish tempo run, 2 miles @E, 20 minutes @T, 2 miles @E should be about 7 miles for me. Not really a long run, but I don't have any more long runs before race day. Sunday I get to run for 90 minutes, then everything is short. Like, 3 days next week I only get to run for 30 minutes. The nominal mileage target for next week is 45 miles, but the specified daily limits mean I'll probably run between 36 and 40 miles in practice. Checked with Coach, and the daily limits are more important. At this point, less is more. I supposed it's a measure of how hard I've trained that 40 miles sounds like a really light week and 30 easy minutes hardly seems worth putting on running clothes.

A week from today, I pack. A week from tomorrow, I get in my car and drive. A week from Monday, I get to run 26.2 miles. I'm more worried about logistics than the actual running.

So far, I've only been touched lightly by the taper crazies. I expect them to become more intense next week, but I'll stick to the plan because a good taper will turn me into a coiled spring at the start line. Just like the other 29,999 coiled springs at Hopkinton.

Boston is turning out to be a bigger deal than I expected it to be.


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I did 8 miles last night, once again overshooting my distance goal by a couple of miles. I went out for five, felt ok, pushed to six, felt ok, and just kept going. I was having some arch pain over the course of the day, and of course I convinced myself that I'm permanently disabled and my running career is over and that I might as well die. So wasn't I surprised when I banged out 8 miles? What a babycry I can be.

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6 mile tempo workout today. Today was a day where I did not feel like running, wasnt sure if it was going to rain, and I was dreading the run. As usual, once I was running, I felt great and was busy noticing things like the flock of baby ducks on the lake, or the flowers blooming along the path, that the miles went by quickly. It is true that you never regret a run! My last 2 miles were slow, but I was still on pace. The last 2 miles were into the wind and I was tired - I did not fuel enough as I was not sure if I was going to run if it was raining. Lesson learned!

Headed out of town for the weekend - I hope everyone has a good one!

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Strength workout today - 2 X 3 miles at 10 sec faster than race pace, with 800 meter jog in between. I felt really good, better than last week's 3 X 2 miles, but I think it was also because the weather was cooler and there was a lot less wind.

The weather here sure is crazy, and construction is definitely a season here in Chicago. Thankfully I dont have to run in construction zones, only drive in them which is no fun :(

Great job getting out there in the rain Amy. Those are the days where I remind myself that it could rain on race day, it makes you stronger, etc. and the nice weather days will feel so wonderful in comparison!

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8 cold, wet miles this morning. Probably should have adjusted my mileage downward when I heard the rain pounding against the side of the house, but....

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Man, Heather, you are having some unpredictable weather! From hail to 70 degrees to winds, that's crazy! Stick it out. It's gotta get better soon, right?

I did 7 miles this morning. I ran further than I intended to because I accidentally got myself stuck in a construction zone and had to disentangle myself without falling into an open trench. We joke that Alaska has all four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction. I guess it's that time of year!

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12 miles today on the trails. It was really windy again, but the wind actually helped as it was quite warm in the sun - 70 degrees! My time was about the same as my last 12 mile run which is actually a good thing considering how much faster it would have been without the wind. It was brutal at times and took all my strength to power through it.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed some outdoor runs!

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5 miles yesterday, and I had intended to do 6 today. As soon as I started on my run, the snow moved in and quickly turned to hail within 5 minutes. The wind was 40 mph and I could barely move. I turned around and went home. I have run through a lot this winter, but today it was just not worth it. I stayed inside and did some cross training. I have 12 miles tomorrow, so I figure at least I didnt exhaust myself today fighting the wind and hail and I know the cross training is necessary to help limit injury.

Glad you have been enjoying some great runs Amy. I love trails, and my half in a few weeks is a trail half and I am so excited. It is always a great feeling when you notice your endurance increasing.

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10.1 miles this morning, before the rain moved in. I planned to do 6, then thought maybe, then felt good enough for 10. That's good because it means my baseline comfortable distance is increasing. I really, really need to start thinking about training for that half-marathon series. I'm race-crastinating.

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I did my first trail run of the year yesterday! It was so gorgeous and sunny. I got into the snow line at my furthest point, but the trail was still clear. I forgot how hard the first trail run of the year is. So many hills! So much pain! But doesn't the downhill just make it all worth it? 8.7 miles, rounding out 127.5 for the month!

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6 mile tempo run, and I know what you mean about windy Amy! It was so windy that my last 2 miles into the wind were horrible. I felt like I was running in quicksand. Mile 5 was 15 sec slower than I should have been, but I cant beat myself up too much given the wind.

Time for my sports massage..cannot wait!

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Only 1 mile this morning but it is a recovery day.

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I went out with the intention of doing some speed work today - fartleks, hills, race pace, something! But it was SO windy. I know I'm making excuses but maybe running face first into an Alaska rain storm IS speed work? Anyway, 6.5 super miserable miles.

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Hansons strength workout today - 3 X 2 miles at 10 sec faster than race pace with 800 m recovery jog inbetween. I felt great mentally going into the run and I rocked it. I felt tired the last 800 jog home, but I made it!

PETRATX, I wish you the best getting back into marathon training. Nothing like a marathon to get you back into your best shape ever.

And for all your dog lovers and trail runners out there, if you didnt see this video yet today, it is a must watch. Makes me tear up! https://www.facebook.com/salomonrunning/vi
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3.3 miles this morning. Trying to get back in shape before starting my marathon training. It has been 6 years since I have run a full marathon and I think it is time to do it again.

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8.2 miles this morning! We have a holiday today so it's a great day to get a longer run in. Sadly, because the weather has been so nice, I forgot I still live in Alaska. Definitely did not dress for the hail and icy headwind on the last two miles.

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Got 5.56 miles in. It was raining and awesome!

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4 easy miles is about all the time I had this morning for a run. Still a little sore from yesterday and it is very humid out, but I got it done. Happy Easter to those that celebrate!

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10 miles on the trails. I am pretty exhausted having done both long runs in the same week, but it was a beautiful day out and I love being out in nature.

Great race Amy! I had to laugh at the part about being on the phone, but it sounds like you still had a great race!

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The first race of the year went great! I finished the 10k in 59:05, which is not a PR but it's the fastest I've finished that distance in months. And I did the first mile on the phone because I had telephonic hearings this morning. The fabulous lawyer life! Happy Easter, everyone!

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6 mile easy run. We have had some crazy weather here the last few days, so I had to do some indoor workouts and havent gone running since Tuesday. Half of the path I run on was flooded, but I still got it done. I have to do my 10 mile run tomorrow since I wont have time on Sunday due to Easter plans.

Amy, great job getting out there. Good luck with your first race!

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I did 9.5 miles last night and it was lovely! Not everything felt great, but most things felt okay. Mostly I was just proud of myself because I resisted getting out there with like every single part of me, but I did it and, of course, it was worth it. Tomorrow is the first race of the year!

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Did the hilly run around my home yesterday. I haven't done the old route for ages and it was good to do it again. Bit foggy so had to watch the odd car as the lanes do not have pavements.

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I did a 5 mile tempo run on my lunch break today. It ended up being longer than 5 miles as they were doing a planned burn in the preserve along the path by my house, so I had to take a longer way home. I had to run right by the huge flames and I was ready to get away from it all!

Amy, I hope you figure out what is causing your foot pain!

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I love breaking runs into segments, Heather. Last year, I did a 22 miler that I broke down into two 5.5 mile out and backs. It felt so much more manageable, let me explore two different routes, and my car was right at the terminus of both runs so I could drink water, eat a snack, and stretch a little. It was a great method.

I did 8 miles this morning before work, which felt awesome! I was having pain on the outer ridge of both of my feet, which is something I used to get when I weighed a lot more, so I'm going to look into what might be causing it. I took yesterday off because I had a special yoga class, 108 sun salutations to welcome spring. My arms are killing me today! Happy spring, everyone!

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I hit the trail again for my 12 mile run, and by breaking it into 3 segments of 4 miles, it seemed to go by quickly. I had 2 miles where I slowed down, but overall I maintained a steady pace.

Amy, glad to hear you had a great long run of your own! I agree, form is everything. I have been working hard to maintain mine on longer runs, and am trying to incorporate even more core work into my routine. I can tell my form is much better than it was last year during marathon training with my hamstring strain, but I have to constantly remind myself to straighten up.

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Heather, I'm bummed to hear you're having knee pain! I do too and it's the worst. It helped me tremendously to look at my form. I discovered that I was ever so slightly jutting my back end out when I ran and it was making my knee hurt. Once I tucked my tailbone in and started running with a straighter spine, it felt a million times better. I've got petellar tendonitis, which is the source of my pain.

I did 11.2 AMAZING miles this morning. I felt so good, I was so happy, the weather was so perfect. I know that people passing me think I'm insane because I'm the only smiling runner on the roads, but I can't help it. It was just a perfect day for a run. I hope everyone else's long runs are as successful as mine!

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6 miles on the trails today. It was cool and cloudy, with no wind, so it was a perfect day for a run. The trail was finally dry so I felt like I had better footing. Gearing up for my 12 miler tomorrow!

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5 mile easy run. My legs felt sore this morning, but after foam rolling and doing a few dynamic stretches, I felt ok while running.

I saw my ortho dr today on a follow up to my hamstring. He was happy to hear that I was running mostly pain free and the injury was not hindering my running performance. Unfortunately without drastic measures like surgery, this will be something I will always have to deal with, but as long as it stays at a management level, I should be fine. I asked him about some knee pain I was having and it looks like I am having some inflammation in the knee plicca which is when the knee cap moves around. I am going to have to add some more quad strengthening exercises into the mix to help with this.

Amy, that SOUNDS exhausting!

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I did 7.6 hilly, hilly, hilly miles last night. I was exhausted by the end.

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Strength run today - 4 X 1.5 miles with 800 meter recovery in between. I felt pretty good until the last segment which was going into the wind, but once again I surprised myself at how well I could complete this.

Hope everyone is having a great week and having some St Patrick's Day fun!

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I did my 5 mile tempo workout instead of my speedwork since I needed more time to vote. Totally worth it! On pace again but I was hot so a few seconds slower than last week's 5 mile tempo run. I skipped sunday's 10 mile run as the weather was bad, I felt really tired after losing the hour of sleep, and could tell I needed a rest day. I havent taken one unscheduled and while I felt a little guilty, it was worth it.

Amy, sorry about the daylight! my drives to work are now in the dark which is no fun, but I am glad I run after work since now I have more daylight. As for speedwork, I was clueless as well which is why I just followed the Hanson's plan which basically increases in distance each week. You start at 12X400 meters, then progress to 8X600, 6X800, 5X1k, 4X1200, and then a ladder workout where you basically do 400-800-1200-1600 and then reverse. You receover 50-100% of the interval time inbetween. I would usually walk if I could not jog in between. The speed you run at is based on either your 5k or 10k goal time. But there are many plans out there. I listened to a Coach Jenny hadfield podcast recently where she talks about speedwork and how to approach it more casually, so that might be a good listen. Her podcasts are usually up on her website.

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I did 7.3 miles in the misty morning today. My legs felt great. The miles were painless and took almost no warm up. I don't know why, but I'm glad for it. I'm seriously contemplating speedwork but I have no idea where to start. Any suggestions?

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Guys, daylight savings time stole my daylight. It was back to running in the dark this morning and it was a major bummer. I did 7.1 miles in the dark. Again.

I skipped Saturday's run in favor of a rest day. My Achilles was still pretty tender and even I, the one who ran a marathon on a dislocated hip, takes a day off for Achilles pain. I took a bike ride on Sunday instead, the first of the year!

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Headed to the trails today for my 5 mile run. The birds were singing so loudly in the trees that I didnt need my headphones, and I really enjoyed my run. I love trail running so much. I always run much faster than I should on days leading up to the long run, but it is so hard to reign myself in on the trails.

I am not looking forward to my long run tomorrow. It is going to rain all day, so its going to be 10 miles in the rain I guess.

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there is no better feeling than finishing work on a friday and going for a run in 58 degree weather. I got 6 miles in and while I was a little tired after the tempo run yesterday, I was in good spirits.

Amy, yes Hansons has a book. I originally bought the one for the full (http://www.amazon.com/Hansons-Marathon-Me
thod-Your-Fastest/dp/1937715485/ref=sr
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Good luck with the unsupported headstand...that is awesome!

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Heather, where did this plan come from? Is there a book or something? Now that I'm feeling stronger, I'm ready to start thinking about rebuilding my pace. I'm also intimidated by running six days a week, and also speed work, but if it's working so well for you, maybe it's worth a shot!

I did 8.2 miles last night and it was gorgeous and delightful. I'm having achilles tendon soreness (old shoes, maybe), but I went home and KT taped them and felt immediate relief. Also, I managed to get into an unsupported headstand for the first time this week! The progress is small, but it's mine.

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5 mile tempo run today that went really well. I did not get my tempo run in last week and it was a mile more in distance than I was doing so I was a bit nervous going into it, but I felt good and I was on target, if not a bit faster, for each mile.

AILULI, Im sure you will greatly benefit from all of the cross training and it will help make you a stronger runner! So far I really like Hansons. I was not sure after reading the book if it was the plan for me. I was scared about running 6 days a week and scared of the speed and tempo runs. If anything, this plan has made me a better runner. I will admit that in the past, I did not really care much about speed work or running at different paces. I would just go out and run, and figured increasing my miles would make me a better distance runner. And while I certainly could tackle the distance, I found after my marathon that I wanted to be a faster runner. Im never going to be BQ fast and I am fine with that. But I was tired of never really getting better at the half distance, and I certainly want to improve my marathon distance. Hansons has been challenging, but it has forced me to expand out of the running rut I was in and out of my comfort zone. It feels good to amaze myself each week as I take on what I think I might fail at, only to see that I can do it. I have gotten faster over the past few weeks, and my endurance is so much better. The true test will be seeing how much time I can take off my half, but even if it is not much, I still believe I am a better runner. The full marathon plan seems even more challenging, but I think this is the right plan for me. Some people worry that only running 16 miles as the longest run is not enough and that may be the case for some, but I did the 18 and 20 on Higdon's plan, and sure I finished the marathon, but I dont think that simply running those distances prepared me for the marathon. Now that I know I can mentally do it, I believe the cumulative fatigue principle will help me a lot more than simply putting in the longer miles.

That was a bit long winded, but I am really loving this plan!

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Amy, how sad - I agree with you and Heather that running definitely is the best therapy, I have ran through so much trouble and it's always kept me afloat and even.

This month I'm trying to get a variety of exercises in my program and I have just two running only days in a week. I am running those outside and make them as long as I can. This morning was 5 miles in a light drizzle, it was happy. Otherwise I have two spinning classes, one body conditioning class and then indoors workout with weights etc. I try to get few yoga moments in there as well and stretch my hips.

Heather, I'd love to hear more about the Hanson's method, I have heard about it, but don't know much.


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Today was my first Hansons strength workout (glad to be done with the speed sessions!), which was 3 X 1 mile at speed pace, which is 10 seconds faster than my race pace. I went out too fast, but I still felt great during the run. It is 68 degrees outside and it feels wonderful! It is hard to believe that this time last week I was doing my speedwork in the middle of the street after a snow storm, and now the weather is amazing.

Amy, that is so horrible! I am glad that you have running as a source of calm and peace during tough times. I know running has always helped me, and we are lucky to be able to run.

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I did 7.3 miles this morning. I had a lot on my mind today -- someone killed themselves outside of my office yesterday and I'm having a major shakeup at work that might mean we have to move. I spent my running mostly working through those things, and was glad to see a beautiful sunrise at the end to help me move forward into a new day. Running is mental health. I hope everyone has a really outstanding Tuesday.

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I'm sorry to hear about your dad, AILULI! I hope that you're able to take the time to care for him. But congratulations on the new job! Traveling for work can be very tedious and exhausting.

I did 6.1 miles this morning on very heavy legs. This seems to be par for Monday mornings these days. I did a hard swim workout yesterday, 1600 yards with stubby flippers that make my thighs scream, so I'm probably feeling the effects of that. Tomorrow will undoubtedly be better.

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AM, thanks for the race tips. If I head up there this summer I will surely check what's available. Glad to hear the weather is so warm right now.

My LSR was a strong 7 miler. Sunny, 50 and windy! The best part was a pre-run breakfast of pancakes complements by the Lions Clubs. I enjoyed every bite knowing I had a long run!

Ciao.

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51 degrees and it was a lovely day for a 12 mile run! All in all, I think it went pretty well. I misjudged the opening of the water fountains and I did not bring any water, so I was forced to drink hot water from a sink in the bathroom around mile 6, so I am a bit dehydrated as a result. I havent run 12 miles since November, so I was pretty pleased at how even my pace was despite the improper fueling and hydrating.

Amy, glad to see you got to hit your double digits today!

AILULI , I am really sorry to hear about your dad. It is very nice that you can travel to be with him. Otherwise, it is good to hear from you and I am glad that you found a job that will allow you to stay in NA.

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Happy Sunday everyone! I have been completely MIA for a while... I quit my job with all that travel to Asia and started a new job where I travel just in the US and Canada. It has been a great start of the year!
I also ran 100 miles again in February and today beautiful 5 miles in a bright sunshine! I don't have any races yet scheduled, but I think I'm going to sign up for a small half marathon in the end of April.
My dad in Finland got a stroke and is at the hospital, trying to recover, he was paralyzed on his left side. I'm going to be with him on April, so that's why I'm not sure yet if I can sign-up for the half.
I'm glad to see that you are all running happy!

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It's no secret that I live in a small town. (One road. Goes nowhere. I've run it.) So my first marathon was on that long, lonely road, but my dear, sweet friends all drove out to be my cheer squad. One even bandited the last four miles with me because she knew it was my hardest stretch. I love my small town.

MB, the Midnight Sun Half-Marathon and Marathon (I think it's now called something like the Governor's Midnight Sun Marathon or something) is in Anchorage in June or July. It's supposed to be a really fun race. You can always run the Douglas Island Half-Marathon in Douglas, AK! That's where I live and it literally starts on my doorstep. The Sitka Marathon and Half are also in June, if you want to get really small. Running in a rainforest is pure delight, I promise.

Ten miles today, folks! I really, really wanted to get some double digits in. It's my first since January. It felt great! I got a little tired around mile 7, but I stretched a little and got it together. The weather was perfect, 40 degrees and sunny. Glorious, beautiful Alaska!

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5 miles again today. Gearing up for a 12 miler tomorrow. I did 20 min of yoga to stretch out my legs and hopefully speed up my recovery for tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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