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5/29/16 6:03 P

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Amy, it's great that you can see such improvement in a 5K just from working on running longer and managing your weight!

I was late to church this morning because I got sucked into watching splits for another friend named Amy running Buffalo. It's her first marathon, and I had predicted that the only way she wouldn't BQ would be if she didn't finish. Sure enough, she beat her BQ target by 25 minutes and change.

Got out to run at 1:30, with temperature near 90 and noticeable humidity. I still need to run to the feel of my recovering right leg, but the leg let me run 6 miles today. It was kind of an interesting run, where I was noticing both the status of the recovering leg and the effect of the heat and humidity on how I felt. By pace, I was running toward the slow end of easy. By heart rate, I was running MP most of the way and shading toward T late in the run.

Long range forecast for the northeast US has above average temperature for June, and much above average for July and August. I think I'm going to need to run in conditions like this quite a bit before Shoreline Half in mid-July.


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Good work acclimating, Heather! We're going to Montana to run next week and I'm so nervous about the heat and the elevation. You'll be my inspiration for running in hot climes.

I ran the Slammin' Salmon 5k in Haines, AK yesterday. It has the distinction of being the first 5k I ever ran in 2013. Since then, I've shaved 14 minutes off my 5k time, 80 pounds off my body, and run two marathons and thousands of miles. It was so great to be able to celebrate that progress!

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5/29/16 4:18 P

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I am enjoying the long weekend so much I almost forgot to check in. I got in 7 miles on Friday which were pretty steamy. It was cloudy and "only" 82, but the humidity was killer. I was going somewhere with my husband yesterday so I did some strength training at home, and today I went out for 4 miles. They were the best 4 miles Ive had in a while. Maybe it was the nice temps with little humidity, but I finally felt back to my old running self again. I think catching up on sleep and relaxing really has helped, and this week marks the start of marathon training for chicago, so it came just in time.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

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5/26/16 6:11 P

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86 outside but no rain, so I went out for a few miles. I was almost 2 miles in when my stomach was cramping a bit so I slowed to a walk and felt ok to pick up up again. That turned into some of the worst stomach cramps I have ever had and I have never been so thankful to be close to home. I am thankful I made it home and that I didnt attempt a lot of miles or I would have been way out on the trail with no bathroom around! This is only the 2nd time I have ever had any sort of GI issues on a run so days like this make me appreciate how lucky I am most of the time. Not sure if it was the heat and all the water I drank, but I finished up with some yoga and I feel better. I am off work tomorrow for the holiday weekend, so I plan on getting out there before the heat and humidity sets in.

Amy, I am so jealous! I love having those types of runs where you feel like you can go forever. I havent had one in a while and I miss that feeling. You are doing great!

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Ahhhh! NINETY!??! Nope, nope, nope. I would die, Heather. Good for you for getting out there!

BERGBA, it's so good to hear that you're easing back in! Injuries are the worst.

I did 8.5 miles last night. It was another one of those runs where I went out hoping for 2, felt okay at 5, finally started feeling good at 6.5, so decided to keep pushing until 8.5. There were lots of tourists out and they were all very supportive and cheering me on. I love summer!

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5/24/16 6:07 P

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Well it hit 90 here and my 4 mile run was pretty miserable. All I could think about was coming back home and drinking some cold water. I know they say it takes 2 weeks to acclimate to heat, and it could not come sooner for me. The thought of marathon training in this is not appealing, but at least I can continue to base build again while acclimating.

Amy, happy anniversary! sounds like a great way to celebrate.

BERGBA7, glad to hear that you are slowly getting back into it and celebrating your recovery. You will get there slowly but surely!

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Happy anniversary, Amy! How great to celebrate with a run!

Heather, thanks for thinking of me... I ran 2km today! The longest since December! Wohoo... recovery is very, very slow and the pain is still there - but today, I am allowed to celebrate a little progress!

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It's our first wedding anniversary! Of course we celebrated with a first annual anniversary 5k together before work this morning. It's only fitting for the couple that got engaged during a race and hosted a family 5k before our wedding ceremony. Today it was just us, reflecting on our great first year. What a great way to start the week!

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Another hot one today, but thankfully I only had 4 miles to do. I chose another trail that had some shade and I did not feel as miserable as I did yesterday. I made sure to drink more water beforehand since I could tell I was dehydrated from yesterday.

Amy, that sounds miserable and I only ran half of what you did in it yesterday! But it builds mental strength, and it sounds like you are ready for your race. Cant wait to hear all about it.

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5/22/16 3:01 P

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I did 13.1 yesterday and, like Heather, I was wilting under the heat! I did it on the road, so there was almost no shade. I had to stop at several water fountains and drench myself to cool off. OK, OK, it was only like 60 and sunny, but for an Alaskan, that's plenty! I feel pretty good because I did back to back 12 and 13 milers. Our half-marathon series in the National Parks is the week after next, and I didn't train for them so much as I just kept running and maintaining mileage. I feel good about the races having done the distance two weeks in a row. I don't expect to PR because of altitude and heat, so I'm just in it for the finish and the scenery anyway. We leave June 1! Can't wait!

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6 miles today and it was HOT out! Chicago is always extremes - we are cold then we are hot. It would be nice to ease into the hot temps but thats not how it works here. My last mile was pretty slow, but it was nice to be out on the trails and I was thankful for the cold water I had waiting for me when I was done.

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

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You guys and gals are awesome! I can't keep up with the posts though, I can't seem to get here everyday but you always inspire me when I do stop by for a quick visit.
I have been spending more miles hiking than running lately but Oh! What gorgeous hikes! Love these kind of workouts and the views.
Maybe I can get my running sneakers on today. Happy running all!

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5/20/16 6:05 P

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4 mile run that felt a little rough, but I am just not feeling motivated this week if I am being honest. Too much stress at home and at work!

BERGBA7, good to hear from you! I hope you are healing well.

Kevin, I am sorry to hear that you have an injury. As Amy also mentioned, it seems to be very common that we continue to run with injury and it makes things worse. I thought I could run on a hamstring strain for months, which I did, but it led to horrible overcompensation by my hips and knees and I was a mess after months of doing this. I notice a huge difference now having taken care of the injury, and doing the exercises from PT. It sucks now, but you will learn from this and come out of it much better.

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That sucks, Kevin! And that's the most insidious kind of injury, because if you're compensating for something that doesn't actually hurt, you treat it in all the wrong ways. When I dislocated my hip, it made my quad and my back hurt more than anything. I know how that it was because my psoas muscle was compensating for my hip being out of place. At the time, I just thought it was a muscle strain. And I'm still paying for it, not six months later. Happy healing! I struggle with rest, as lots of runners do, so keep your spirits up!

This week has been a bear because I've been so insanely busy. It made me especially grateful for the 8 miles in the sunrise I did this morning. No speedwork, no hills, just running to help me prepare for this monster day ahead. I hope you all have a great run today!

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After the 11 mile run I reported some time ago, I was not able to run the next day. Called the PT on Monday, had the 1st appointment on Friday. As I suspected, I was compensating for something that didn't hurt. Got stuff to work on. After nine (9) days of no running, I ran 2 miles yesterday.

It was less than a triumphal return. The plan had been to do the 2 mile warm up, and if that went well do some easy intervals on the track. It was clear by the end of the warm up that I was done for the day. The good news is, this morning the aches have faded to normal training type aches, though perhaps more like when I was first working on becoming a runner than like an established runner's aches. I'll probably take today off out of caution, though it feels like I *could* run. If I do run today, it will be on a nice, soft, level, boring track. Uneven ground that I didn't notice 11 months ago was bothering me yesterday.


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Heather and Amy - you are doing great and inspiring me to keep going even against all odds... keep going! Enjoy running and listen to your body about rest and activity level!
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5/17/16 6:02 P

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3 mile run this afternoon with some yoga afterwards. This weekend my husband and I undertook a lot of home improvements which led to 15 hour long days of painting and putting in a backsplash for 2 days and I didnt get a run in. I am completely exhausted from so much work and I was not eating enough those 2 days, so I feel like a zombie this week. 3 miles was about all I could handle. At least I dont feel the pressure of training right now and I can rest up!

Amy, the dip in the glacier sounds wonderful!!

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I took yesterday off because I was exhausted from some tough open water kayaking on Sunday and I had a work emergency that kept me up all night. I was back at it and feeling refreshed this morning. Nine beautiful miles before work, at MP, for no good reason. Have a great week, everyone!

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I did 12 hot miles this morning. The sun was amazing but I probably should have considered sunscreen. I wore out by the end but I cooled off by taking a dip in the lake in front of the glacier, which was so refreshing. Alaska is the best!

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5 mile run on the trail today. I chose the trail on higher ground to avoid the flooding, but that meant more hills. I was feeling tired at the end of the run.

Hope everyone is out enjoying some runs this weekend!

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5/13/16 6:20 P

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I can't believe I went so many days without running, but it felt good to get in 4 miles today. I was starting to get really grumpy and running is definitely my stress relief! I have been doing a lot of cross training this week and the weather has been really stormy, so while I was glad I could get out and run, the trail I usually run on was completely flooded. I had to run laps around a park and it felt good to get out some of the stress Ive had at work this week.

Amy, that is a crazy picture! I have horrible balance so I would be so afraid I would fall!

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I did an 8.2 mile run on a pretty technical trail last night. It took forever, but it was so beautiful outside that I hardly cared. And I only fell once! The best part was when I got to the waterfall that I had to cross to get to the home stretch. I've crawled across it before; I was relieved to see that someone added a rope to help you along! Alaska: who needs bridges when you have railroad ties and rope?



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Thanks for the kind words, everybody! Considering that three years ago, I didn't know how to ride a bike and the only swimming I'd ever done was in the ditches on my childhood farm, I'm pretty pleased. I'm aiming to do another one with a longer, open-water swim later in the summer.

I did 7.1 miles this morning. It was nice out, so I threw in some hill repeats at the end, just to enjoy the morning. I realized that it's time to start thinking about this year's Klondike Road Relay, which takes some hill training to get through. Let's see how diligent I am about it!

Have a great week, everyone!

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4 miles today and felt really great. We had nice weather, but I was feeling thankful that the half was last weekend and not this weekend since it is at least 20 degrees warmer. Yesterday I did some yoga and strength training and I plan to continue my reverse taper this week.

CHANGINGHORSES, my marathon is October 9th as well - Chicago. I agree, training always gives me a plan to stick to and something to focus on and I feel a bit lost when I dont have something to follow.

Amy, way to go! Im with Kevin, I think anyone who can complete a tri is a rock star. I love each sport individually but cannot even imagine doing all three.

Kevin, glad to hear that your recovery is going well. I hope you feel well enough for your race.

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WTG, Amy! I may never do a tri, but I admire people who do.

Today I paced 11 miles for a target pace of 8:30. Didn't know when I started whether I'd be good for 11 miles, but I was. That was a real confidence builder. Made sure to do good stretching afterwards, then came home and mowed the lawn. Then a hot bath, more stretching, and lunch. I think I feel better than I did after Thursday evening's 6 miles; but how I feel tomorrow will tell me whether I've turned the corner on recovery.

Once I cooled down, the sore spot on my right leg is a bit sore again, so I'm not 100%. For now, I'll be happy if if just gets a little better with running easy. A week from tomorrow, I have a 10K; it would be nice to be in shape to race it.


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Who needs training!? The triathlon went great! Obviously I'm never going to win, but I shaved a little bit of time off of all my events over last year. I actually felt strongest on the swim, which was a major surprise, but I still managed 10 min/mi on the run, with exhausted legs. I don't love tris in the same way that I love running, but the accomplishment is nice!

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You guys and gals are on it! I ran 3 miles this morning before we got rain again. Another marathon training session has begun. I really enjoy the training part of the marathon, it keeps me on track and motivated.
When is your next marathon Heather? Mine is on Oct 9.

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3 miles this afternoon - my first since the race. I felt a bit stiff, but it was good to get out there and run. 3 miles felt ridiculously fast after having run no less than 5 miles at a time for the last several months, so clearly I am enjoying recovery. I planned out the next marathon training cycle and it could not work out more perfectly. once my 3 weeks reverse taper are done, it falls right into week 1 of marathon training. Looking ahead at all of those weeks makes me appreciate this recovery period.

PETRATX, the marathon sounds awesome! good luck with your training.

Amy, I hope you feel better and rock your tri tomorrow!

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I did 7.6 damp miles last night. We were forecasted to get between two and four inches of rain last night and today, so I was pretty lucky to get away with some mist and drizzle. It's pouring sideways right now. I took a total rest day today, for two reasons. First and foremost is that my entire left side, from the nape of my neck to my ankle, is having radiating pain. I don't know if it's just muscle soreness or something more. Second is that tomorrow is the triathlon, so I need to get through some of this pain before "competing." Let's see how it goes!

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Did a 2 mile run/walk this morning. I'm going to continue building up this month and then start my marathon training in June. I've signed up for the South Padre Island marathon in Oct. Should be a good race. Close to home but near the beach.

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I did 26 min of a Jasyoga race recovery yoga video that really helped stretch me out. I am feeling similar to Kevin in that it is SO nice outside, and yet running is probably not a good idea. I typically follow Coach Jenny Hadfield's 3 week half marathon recovery plan which starts off with stretching and cross training for the first week after, then starts to incorporate running the 2nd and 3rd week. It's driving me crazy to have so much free time on my hands, but I am trying to enjoy it and rest. After these 3 weeks it's time to start the Hansons Marathon plan for Chicago. Typically I do a November race each year so it seems early to start for October, but in reality it is actually not that far away!

Kevin, I hope that your hip heals and it sounds like you are being smart to rest.

Amy, sounds like you are logging some good mileage and I hope you do well with your tri!

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Beautiful running weather today, and I felt good enough to run; but I'm in full hypochondriac mode right now. I ran 3 miles Sunday, and yesterday the hip abductor was sore enough that running was clearly a bad idea. I'm concerned that if I run today, it will be just like Sunday and I won't get any better at all.

So, a rest day today. The hip abductor doesn't hurt, but does mention its presence now and then when walking before I warm up. Give it another day, and hope it's more robust tomorrow.


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I earned this morning's gorgeous weather by running on two terribly cold, soggy days! It was a lovely 8.2 miles this morning, with fog and sun peeking through. I did a few miles in the middle at race pace, only about three. Very pleasant run! We have a triathlon this weekend and I'm starting to wonder if I should have trained....

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Heather, that is just great! I love those transcendent, beautiful runs that just make it all so worth it. Even better than it was a race, and even extra better that you got a 6 minute PR! I've been following your training, obviously, so I was so interested to see how the plan worked out. I will definitely have to check it out now. Great job!

I did 7 extremely wet miles this morning. We're having a touch of flooding in our rainforest right now. Of course, since I'm a glutton for punishment, I decided to add some hill repeats at the end of my run. On the uphill side. Where the flooding is actually just pouring down the mountain. I actually thought, "I'm already so miserable, I might as well do hill repeats!" That's some serious masochism right there.

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My race went awesome yesterday! I PR-ed by 6 min - on a trail no less. I was not enjoying the cold weather at the start. It was 43, misting, and very windy. The point to point course that seemed great no longer seemed so great when you realized you would be going into the wind the whole time! However, I pushed all that aside and had the best race of my running life. I LOVED the course. The trail was so beautiful and it was so calm and peaceful running in the mist. I instantly knew I had made the right decision signing up for this race. I was tempted to sign up for a road race last weekend that one of my running friends was running, but I know where my heart lies and while there was basically no crowd support on the trail, I didnt need it. The volunteers at the few aid stations had the heart of thousands and it was just an amazing experience. I thought of all the speedwork and hard miles I put in during the winter months and I was rewarded in so many ways. I kept waiting to feel the signs of the wall, or waiting to feel tired, and I never did. My last 3 miles were the fastest 3 miles of the entire race. I watched as people started walking and shuffling at the end, and I just kept running. I have been one of those people in every race, but not yesterday! I never hit the wall, and I felt stronger as the miles went out. I could not be happier for feel more rewarded for following Hansons the last 16 weeks.

Today I feel very sore, and a little sad that this training cycle ended. But I feel so good after having a fantastic race. After my marathon last fall where I struggled so much and was disapointed in myself, I am really proud that I put in the time to get physical therapy, find a plan that challenged me, and actually DID something about how I was feeling towards my running progress. I know not every race will be like this once, but it was about time I really achieved what I deserved!

I hope everyone is on the mend with their injuries and recovery, and had a great weekend!

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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.

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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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4/17/16 5:10 P

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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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4/16/16 4:46 P

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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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4/16/16 4:45 P

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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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4/16/16 3:27 P

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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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4/14/16 8:12 P

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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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4/14/16 6:26 P

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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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4/14/16 11:00 A

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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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4/13/16 10:16 P

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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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4/13/16 6:13 P

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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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4/13/16 8:23 A

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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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4/12/16 6:49 P

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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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4/12/16 1:35 A

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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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