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10/22/17 3:23 P

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Ahhh! Gloria is running a marathon today! It’s so exciting! Go Gloria!

I squeezed 7.5 Miles into a very busy day yesterday. After being in trial for three weeks, we had NINE loads of laundry to do. We also hadn’t grocery shopped or been to Costco since September. Those had to be done. Plus last night was the company cookoff at my husband’s work, and I’ve won it nine years in a row, so obviously I was going to have to bring it for year 10. I ran a very cold, very windy, very fast run between shopping and finishing my green chile chicken tamales. Of course I was victorious; they were so delicious. I hope everyone has a great, relaxing Sunday!

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10/22/17 3:22 P

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I was able to get in 4 easy miles before the rain started today. I was worried about my hip since it was bothering me after yesterday's run and I ended up hiking about 3-4 miles yesterday looking for the pelicans (and I didnt see any!!). thankfully today it felt much better.

very exciting zipitup! you always remember your first!

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10/21/17 2:29 P

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hi Heather-

Ocean State. First one! Started training this year after completing a 1/2 in July

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10/21/17 2:07 P

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5 easy miles on the trails. It is such a beautiful fall day and I enjoyed running through the crunchy leaves. I am headed to another preserve to see the pelicans that have stopped by on their way down south for the winter.

Zipitup, running is most certainly the best way to deal with anything that is stressful. Is your marathon on the 29th? what race you are running?

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10/19/17 2:28 P

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Good luck Gloria!!! That is awesome about your DH.
Good flight!

I did my 12 miler I was supposed to do on Sunday but can follow my plan until mine on October 29. It has been hard with some family stuff going on- hospital+ nursing home trips- crisis.
The running helps.

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10/19/17 1:44 P

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Good luck Gloria!! I cant wait to hear how it goes. I know youll give it your best.

Amy, it sounds like your rest day was much needed and Im glad you were able to take one. Running is pretty much how I relieve stress as well and it's hard sometimes to rest when you feel like you really need to run.

I ran 4 miles which ended up being faster than I planned because I had a creeper following me. he came up behind me on roller blades and skated much too close for comfort for a while and kept trying to talk to me. then he skated ahead and laid down in the middle of the trail and asked me to "carry him" over the standing water that was on the trail. I ran pretty fast to the visitor's center that is at the half way point of my run just so I could be around people and finally he passed by me and I was able to run back past him, but I kept looking over my shoulder. seriously, I will never understand why anyone would think this behavior wouldnt be perceived as making a person alone on a trail uncomfortable and threatening at times. but it ruined my run and I hate that it did. thankful for a rest day tomorrow.

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10/19/17 1:27 P

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Good luck this weekend, Gloria! You're going to be amazing! Remember, every marathon finish is a finish, and you should always be proud of that. Run fast and free!

My trial finally wrapped yesterday, so I took an unplanned rest day and had a celebratory drink with my trial team. I was up and at 'em early this morning, though, because there was a ton of tension and stress and emotion from the trial that I need to run off. Vicarious trauma is a real problem in my line of work, and running is the key to managing that. I did 6 miles in the lovely Alaska sunrise today.

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10/19/17 11:01 A

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Still got that congestion and cough, ugh! But stomach is better today! I leave for the airport in about 30 minutes. I am probably over-packed.

Went to run with Fleet Feet last night, and hubby decided to come. He has never come before so I was excited. He is diabetic, high blood pressure, pretty much just sits or lays 24 hours a day...no exercise whatsoever, so I was thrilled that he came and I walked with him instead of ran. It is worth to me to skip my run if I can get him to be just a little bit more active.

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10/18/17 1:40 P

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Last night I ran 3.5 miles with the Oiselle IL team which made me miss our summer runs since this was the first one in the dark. I love fall, but not running in the dark at 630. Today I ran 3 easy miles on my runch. I am feeling pretty good although I havent pushed myself beyond the 3.5 miles. Ive been doing a lot of yoga and strength training which has been a nice change.

I hope you feel better soon Gloria! I am sure you are getting excited, so just take it easy and hopefully you can recover quickly. make sure you are getting a lot of extra electrolytes.

Amy, I love deer and am jealous you have been seeing them. I feel like I havent seen as many as I usually do (white tailed deer that is), but it is probably due to all the flooding. Ive seen a lot of dead fish washed up on the trail which is really sad to me for some reason. Im sure the deer will be out in full force in a few weeks.

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10/18/17 8:45 A

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Another short run last night, much better than the night before. I took some cough drops with me, that helped. This morning...stomach sickness. I feel lightheaded and have been to the bathroom a lot. Okay, lets get this out of the system before I fly to DC tomorrow!

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10/17/17 8:26 A

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What about beer while actually running? I cannot have anything carbonated due to surgery for acid reflux, but I have been offered beer more than once while racing and I will always take at least a few sips!

Black tail deer...I have never seen those! We have tons of white tails around our neighborhood (and we live in a small city), I LOVE them. They come in our yard and hang out, sleep, eat, whatever. Amy, you're a badass runner! I would freeze if it was 40 and raining. I can deal with cold and I can deal with rain but both at the same time, not so much.

Okay, I do eat berries, blackberries and blueberries especially. I always heard that pineapple is anti-inflammatory but I haven't noticed a difference. I have tried tart cherry juice, maybe need to revisit that. BEETS - argh! I am trying to make myself like those but I just can't! I know they are so healthy but just like bananas, not my thing!

I am packed and ready to go, mostly. I leave Thursday morning. I need a roller, not sure which one to take. Stick or actually roller, and I am leaning toward the vibrating roller which is a bit smaller than the regular roller but bigger than the stick. I didn't roll last night after my run, my hamstring is letting me know.

Sunday I usually do a five or six mile recovery run after a long run but I was just way too busy...went to a seminar put on by the guy who I would like for my personal trainer. That took up three hours and I just couldn't fit even a short run in. I did do a short core workout though. I worked through lunch yesterday - plan had been to run at lunch and strength train in the evening but it didn't work out so I did a short run in the evening - I don't usually run at home at night because it is a poorly lit neighborhood but I threw on my blinky lights and reflective vest and went for it. First mile I spent coughing and hacking, didn't have water or cough drops so that was awful but after I got past that I had a good run. I am taking Mucinex and someone said maybe I need some Sudafed.

Gloria

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10/16/17 7:18 P

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BEETS! Beets are a great anti-inflammatory food. And mighty delicious!

My beer run and Oktoberfest resulted in a massive rest day yesterday. I could barely do much more than drink water and groan. I managed to get myself up at 5:00 this morning for a pre-work run, though, and it was good! It was the first truly cold day; it was about 40 degrees and raining sideways. I was definitely underdressed for it and got very cold when I was running into the wind on the way home. But I saw a little family of black tail deer on the road and it made my day. I love deer, they're so sweet and the babies are so cute. I watched them until they disappeared into the woods and it was a lovely way to start the day.

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10/15/17 3:26 P

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Gloria, great job with your half marathon. I agree with Amy, even if you do have to walk or slow down, I know you'll still finish. Just try to enjoy the race and have fun, and you might just end up having a great race. I find that I always do really well when I don't have any expectations for myself and just run what feels good on that day.

Today I ran 3 miles on the trail and felt really good. I missed the trail. As much as I had a great experience last week, all of the dodging of people left and right and pavement really made me long for the trail. Everything here is severely flooded from the storms we had yesterday so I had to head to higher elevation but it was very worth it.

Amy, I think there is a fine line between drinking and running. I have had some very great runs when I was technically "hung over", but other times when I have had just a bit too much, it makes for a painful run. Make sure to drink some water before your next run.

Gloria, I eat a lot of berries and tart cherries, blueberries especially. I was eating about a half cup of berries every day this week while drinking tart cherry juice. I cant say it was just all the anti-inflammatory food, but I think this is one of the best recoveries Ive had after a marathon, so I cant complain either way.

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10/14/17 11:22 P

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Gloria, I walked a significant amount of my last marathon because of my migraine, and I still finished in the time limit. Just run your race, I'm sure you'll be fine. Good work on the race today!

I underestimated how hard it would be to run after drinking 29 beers. I judged a homebrewing competition today. I did two flights, plus best in show, I didn't drink a lot in terms of quantity, maybe a beer and a half total, but tasted approximately 29 samples. Add to that the pizza lunch and the pilot bread between samples, and my stomach was pretty maxed. But I needed some air! And to move! So I went out for five miles after the judging and it was rough. My stomach was so queasy. I made it, but just barely. Lessons learned: run BEFORE the tasting next time! We have to go to the award ceremony this evening and the thought of drinking more beer is defo not exciting.

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10/14/17 7:06 P

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What foods are you eating Heather? I've tried things like ginger and pineapple, supposed to be highly anti-inflammatory, but I am not sure that they were working well for me other than making me gain weight, haha.

My race was good, it wasn't my best time, it wasn't my worst (although probably not far from my worst, haha). I actually did this race last year and it was also one week before my full. I was a lot better trained last year and I actually PR'd the half marathon last year. This year I was about 19 minutes off my PR time. It started out very cool, about 58 degrees but it quickly warmed up and was in the 70s, maybe 80s, I don't know. Everyone was complaining and a lot of people said they struggled. I did very well for the first 11 miles and at mile 12 my hip/knee had a lot of pain. That isn't unusual for me and I usually can walk a bit and focus on my form and get past it but by the time that happened my feet started cramping up...I've NEVER had that happen, not sure what was up with that. So I ended up walking the entire 12th mile. Ugh. By mile 13 I was able to get going again and my pace was good. This race is at a university and at the end we run onto a track and run the last 200 meters or so - they call out our names over the loud speaker and I just love that and I just push and go as fast as I can, I am a pretty middle of the pack runner for a half but I can sprint when I want to and I can get to about an eight minute mile pace for that (which I know isn't fast but for me it really fast, haha). Had I run mile 12, I would have shaved about five minutes or so off my time.

Anyway, still a little worried about next weekend, this pace will get me finished in plenty of time but I am really uncertain if I can run the whole 26.2 at that pace. I think not but if I can run the first half the way that I did today (without the walk break), I will have some cushion in case I need to walk a lot in the back half. One of my friends did Chicago last year and she had terrible back pain and had to walk the entire second half...and she finished in 6:05 so I would think I should be able to get done in the time limit.

Edited by: GLORIAMAJDI at: 10/14/2017 (19:09)
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10/13/17 1:31 P

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Two easy miles again on my runch. My hamstrings are still really tight, but overall I am feeling pretty good. I did a long yoga flow last night that made me feel wonderful afterwards. between that and eating a lot of anti-inflammatory foods, I think this has been one of the best recovery cycles after a marathon. not that Im ready to run more more than few miles...

Gloria, I hope your race goes well. maybe it will give you the confidence you need going into the marathon. either way, keep it easy and have fun.

Amy, Im glad you are pushing yourself to get out there and reaping the benefits. I feel much the same about running this time of year. I feel like I need to soak in all the trails and fall splendor before everything is dark and dreary.

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10/13/17 8:37 A

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I went out last night with Fleet Feet for a trail run at night, it was amazing except my headlamp battery must have been dying because my light was so weak and I couldn't see well so I ended up walking a lot..didn't feel like doing another face plant...as it was, a couple of people did tumble, one person twice.

Amy, my motivation in the winter is just like that...I don't want to. It looks dark and gloomy and I think it will be cold but once I do it, I'm thrilled!

Randomly signed up for a half marathon...tomorrow morning. Probably not a bright idea during tapering but I need this. Actually, I did this very same race last year, which was one week before my full last year too, and it turned out okay. I'll make it a slow training run and it will only be about three miles more than what I had planned originally, it will be awesome!

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Another good run tonight that I didn’t want to do! That’s been my MO all week. I whine and grouse about running and then I love it once I’m out. I did 6 miles on Salmon Creek Trail, trying to get as many in as I can before winter. It was very dark and I took a wrong turn in the woods, which definitely got my heart rate going to when I realized I didn’t know which way to go! I worked my way out and felt very good by the end.

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Heather, love that you are already planning another ultra! I had thought of doing one in the spring but I am so beat up after this training cycle, maybe I need a break. And I've got a marathon in March so there is that already.

Amy, sounds like you got another awesome run in! Glad that the running helps with the stress of the trial.

I have never gotten back on track with my training since I fell, my distances have been short and I should be doing longer weekday runs, but right now I am feeling okay about it. I went and did the group run with Fleet Feet last night and it is only three miles...if I had time I should have gone early and got three extra miles in but with work and everything it just didn't happen. During the run I literally had snot running down my face and when I got home I hacked up some nasty gunk so hopefully the cold is getting better and this congestion is getting out of here. The pace last night was okay, it was a push and slower than I think it should be but I felt really good about it, not sore, hamstring feels okay (it is not perfect but at least I can walk relatively pain free). I am getting excited about the race, checked out places to eat while I am there. There is a Whole Foods near the hotel and lots of healthy options as far as restaurants. I am starting to think about what I will take with me. So today I think I will look at the course and the check points...want to make sure I don't get swept off the course!

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You’re back already, Heather! You’re amazing!

Gloria, that class sounds awesome! I’ve neglected my strength training since my 50k and know I need to get back there ASAP. It makes such a difference.

I did another six miles after work. I prefer running in the morning but between still being sick and the fact that my dogs have been especially troublesome at night this week, I just have not been able to get out of bed on time. I didn’t want to run today at all, but of course after day seven of trial, it made me feel 1000% better. It was also my fastest lace in weeks, so I must be getting better!

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Today was my first run post race, and I felt pretty good. It was a very slow 2 miles, but I didnt have any major pain and mostly just some stiffness. I am following a McMillan 4 week recovery plan to help ease me back into running again for a 25k race I have in about a month. For now I am just looking forward to enjoying running whatever I feel like!

Gloria, I am glad you had a great class without any pain afterwards. I am sure you are getting excited for your race. I think you may surprise yourself when you are out there!

Amy, your run sounds amazing, and even more amazing that you felt strong.

So my 50k is not until May - Glacier Ridge Trail in PA. This is really close to my parent's house so I will be able to stay there before and after the race. There is also a 50 mile distance, so at least if I am one of the last out there for the 50k, it wont feel like it, lol!

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I used to go to this bootcamp/circuit class in the mornings and I absolutely loved it and my running was so much better then. I miss it but I have to get up at 3:30 a.m. for that and then I would be late for work. So it just doesn't work for me. But they added a couple of weeknight sessions so last night I checked it out. I really thought it would be easier than the morning session (I know am familiar with the instructor) but NO, it was so tough, I could barely get through it! Some running, burpees, 100 squats, just tons of stuff and honestly I like it better than the personal trainer. I was elated when I got done. After my race I will try to work that in to my regular routine if I can. And best thing, my hamstring isn't killing me this morning.

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Awesome work Heather, I am so impressed, I heard that a lot of races had trouble due to the heat, so you pushed through, good job! When conditions are like that the best thing to do is just slow down and enjoy it. I remember my spring full, I don't know how hot it was but my heart rate was way up from the first two or three miles so I ended up just taking it super slow and walking a lot because no I am not 60, but not too many years from it, and I don't want to have a heart attack - haha! Anyway, that is the race they cut short because they had pulled so many people off the course and took them to the hospital and they didn't have enough ambulances. So sorry for your friend though, that is really sad.

So yes, given my training and circumstances as of late, I am totally okay with very slow running and walking if need be, no worries at all about that, I don't care if it takes me seven hours. HOWEVER, this race has a six hour cut off and they do have check points - if we are not at the check points by a certain time, we get swept. I know if my training was on par, I would be perfectly okay and be able to finish but the stress is knowing that I am not where I need to be, not even close to it.

Amy, sounds like you had a great run despite the cold you have and the cold air! Glad to hear everything is setting back. Half Ironman, yeah, you will be busy, I keep thinking I will do some sprint tri's but my swimming is so weak so I need to practice.

My race is less than two weeks away and of course I am in panic mode because I am not running much, hardly at all. If there isn't lightning I will try to get a few miles in tonight. It's super hot and humid here, just miserable but should be cooler as the week goes on - but hot again this weekend. Of course I am checking the forecast for race day even though it is too early. Last night did a sculpt class since I don't have the personal trainer anymore, then yoga. I rolled a lot when I got home, the hamstring feels okay today. I went for a short walk at lunchtime yesterday and it was not a happy hamstring at that time.

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WOOHOO! You did it! Great job! It sounds like your training was right on point, too, which is outstanding. I am so pleased for you! What 50k did you sign up for? When is it? I know I’m going to be so jealous of you training for another ultra. I think I want to try my hand at a half-Ironman next year, which means probably no ultra for me!

I had another good run tonight! I can feel the imbalances in my body slowly correcting and I’m feeling stronger every day. I did 6 miles after work, and the only physical challenge I had was that my cold has settled in my nose and throat and so it hurt to breathe cold air. But it’s cold! Winter here we come!

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Thank you both for your support! I had a great race. It was soooo hot but I really tried to not let it get to me. I was very thankful for all the misting stations, and the wet sponges they handed out along the course. I definitely slowed down in the later miles where there are fewer tall buildings to provide some shade, but I finished 4 minutes after my time goal. I really do not feel sad about this at all. I watched so many people fight for their finish, including my friend who finished her first marathon in 7 hours, and found out her uncle died. she ran to me crying hysterically and it was so heartbreaking that this took away from her first finish. there were just so many amazing moments on the course that I really was so inspired and enjoyed 90% of it. I did not feel defeated once. When I slowed down a bit, I told myself that it was just this moment that was hard, but it didnt mean the race was over for me. seeing as I was so close to my goal time, this was completely true.

So I have that for your Gloria. Maybe you wont have the race that you hoped for, but you CAN have a great race. Enjoy it, talk to people, be inspired. I know this is why I run. I will never BQ unless I am like 60, so unless this is you, I get a lot more out of marathons like I did yesterday than if I spent the entire time focusing on a time and then was disappointed (and this is exactly how I spent the marathon last year).

With all the people and dodging around walkers all day, it re-affirmed my desire to stick with the trails. now that I know I did not get injured, I promptly signed up for my next trail 50k.

Amy, I am so glad that you share a love of the trails and that you are running right now because it makes you feel good and you enjoy it. that will keep you running for a lifetime.

Gloria, rest up, feel better, and think about what you really want to get out of your marathon.

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Ah, your run sounds beautiful Amy!

I got up yesterday and was in a lot of pain, so stiff and the hamstring was screaming at me. Weird since I only did 12.75 miles Saturday and a lot of that was walking. On Sunday mornings I usually do a five or six mile recovery run but I waited until later in the day and went out and did just under three miles, and it felt good. I guess I just needed to loosen up a bit. I rolled a lot afterwards and feel fine this morning!

I am still so stuffed up, I couldn't breathe out of my nose last night and so I slept crummy but I am back at the office and using my essential oils in the hopes of clearing this gunk up! I was kind of hoping to go the circuit training class this morning but as badly as I slept I didn't think getting up at 3:30 a.m. was that smart so I will try for something later today.

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Heather, you've had such a good training and have been so consistent that I'm 100% certain that tomorrow is going to be great. I am a pathological optimist, but even if I wasn't, I'd be sure that this race is yours.

I'm sorry you're not feeling well, Gloria! Good for you for getting out there anyway. Running has really made me feel better during this cold, so I hope it wasn't too tough for you!

I had an outstanding run today. Like, perfect, beautiful, wonderful run. I woke up feeling like garbage because I drank too much red wine last night and cried a lot so I as super dehydrated. But the sun was shining just perfectly and I did 10 miles on Treadwell Ditch trail. Trail running makes me completely in love with Alaska. I never felt pain or overly tired, my legs felt strong and my heart was full. I loved it, I never wanted it end.

Good luck tomorrow, Heather! I'll be cheering you on from afar!

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Can't wait to hear about the race Heather, so it is still going to be warm tomorrow too? It's around 85 here today and it's humid here as well, feels like 90 and the only reason it isn't as miserable as it sounds is because of the cloud cover and wind.

Ah Amy, your trail run sounds great!

So I ended up with a stuffy nose, cough and fever so I worked from home yesterday, got plenty of rest. I don't need this to get into my chest because then it will take a long time to get better. I had bronchitis last winter and it was a two month struggle. So I decided to run this morning by myself (instead of with the group because I didn't want to spread my germs) and I did 12.75 miles alone, tried to channel you ladies running with fevers and all, and I did have to walk more than I liked and my pace was slower than I wish but I did it and it is what it is. Given how warm it is and everything, I will take it. My husband is still encouraging me to go do the race (and he will stay home with Earl) but I am just worried since I am severely under-trained and of course still worried about Earl. I am totally ready for a half marathon, but a full...just so unsure. My friend who is a running coach suggested coffee tomorrow and if we do that, I will be asking her for her opinion.

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Im pretty sure that Fleet foxes makes it impossible to feel anything but happy during a trail run, and provides the best soundtrack. I am glad you were able to escape and blow off some of your trial stress on the trails Amy.

Tomorrow is the big day. I ran 2 easy miles and it is really humid out. tomorrow is going to be hot. while I know I can do this, I also wish that the weather were cooler as Fall is supposed to be.

yesterday I had an "oh crap" moment where it all felt real, but otherwise I am feeling ready. Time goal aside, I just want to finish this marathon and feel good about my performance. I dont want any "I wish I had done this..." or "I wish I hadnt walked at this spot...". Thats why I keep trying with this distance...I just want to have a solid performance I can look back on and know that I ran the race that I trained for.

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Heather, you inspired me to add some Fleet Foxes to my trail running this evening and you're right, it's great. I love those comprehensive harmonies when I'm on the trail.

I second what Heather said, Gloria! You have to meet yourself where you are. My pace took a nosedive after I hurt my left hip last year and I don't know if it'll ever come back, but this is my pace now and I can't beat myself up over it (even if I do sometimes).

I woke up this morning and NEEDED a mountain. It took four days to select a jury in this trial and my brain and heart were feeling it. I left work and immediately went up Perseverance Trail. I probably needed a headlamp because it was dark and dangerous by the end but I loved it. I need some air.

Good luck this weekend, Heather! Run fast and free! You're going to be amazing!

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Did 3 easy miles on my runch. I got my sports massage last night so I feel nice and relaxed. This is my last day of work before I am off and headed to the expo tomorrow. soooo exciting!

The concert was great and I ended up sitting a lot of it, which is weird for a concert, but my feet were happy.

Glad you enjoyed your Fleet Feet run Gloria, even if it felt like a struggle. you have to remember you are coming off of injury, so be kind to yourself. I often compare myself to myself too, but you have to remember that every year is a different story and you have to focus on where you are at now.

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Did the Fleet Feet group run last night, so exciting to see how that group has grown big so fast. It is only a three mile run but I felt like I worked so hard for that pace and it was only three miles. Was looking at my stats and just a year ago I did an easy half at a much faster pace than this, it's so frustrating!

Sore throat yesterday, stuffy nose today.

I've been rolling diligently, hamstring continues to be slightly better, I hope I can keep ahead of it. Got my bib number yesterday.

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Heather, how was the concert? Hope your legs/feet feel good. Sounds like your speed work session was great. I would like to do a speed work session Thursday if I can find a track - and if I can get out of the office in a timely manner. That is always the question during the first five business days.

Amy, I've got a lot of reflective gear since I do Ragnar but I am so paranoid about running the streets around here at night. People are maniacs! But I've got a reflective vest with blinkies in the front and back and I add blinkies to that. I've also got a hat that blinks, and of course a headlamp if it is really dark.

Yesterday I did yoga and then a core workout for runners that I really like. It was too late when I got home from work to do much. I've got a sore throat but I am channeling the two of you running while sick - I've done it before, I can do it again and you two motivate me! If I can get out of the office tonight I will do the Fleet Feet group run at 7:00 p.m. - I've got my stuff packed so I don't have to go home to change. I just need to leave here by 5:30 p.m. or so, otherwise I won't get there on time with traffic the way that it is.

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Earl Grey is beautiful! I cant blame you one bit for not wanting to leave him Gloria. I hope you are feeling better to get your runs in.

Amy, I am so happy you had a great run even if you arent feeling great. Running with a slight fever definitely sucks (Ive been doing this for a week now) but I also find I feel better after a run. heres hoping you feel better soon.

I did my last speedwork session during my lunch - 4 X 1000m with 200m recovery and then 3 X 200m with 200 recovery. I felt great, despite running in the rain, and was really visualizing putting this speed to work during the end of the marathon. my left hamstring is still super tight, but I have my sports massage tomorrow so I am hoping that will help. I am going to a concert tonight and not feeling great about so much time standing on my feet, but Im going to wear really comfy shoes. thankfully Im tall so I can see even when I wear flats.

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From about October to April, I don't run in daylight, so dark running gear is a big part of my collection. I have a couple of reflecting vests, one full and one that's more like a sash. I have a hat that blinks and a couple of those blinky snap bracelets, which I really love. I also run with a head lamp most days during the winter, just because my eyesight is so terrible that I need the extra illumination. I stick to the roads in the winter because dark running on the technical trails we have here is just too scary for me.

I did another 5 this morning. It wasn't as fast as yesterday and I didn't feel as good, but after a grueling workday yesterday, I knew I needed it to power through another one. I realized that part of the reason that I'm running so hot is that I'm not feeling great. A-ha!

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Ahhhh, so glad you had a good run Amy! I know a few people here who run with shorts and t-shirts when it is that cold, the majority of us bundle up. I like running with a jacket in the winter because...pockets! Haha! How do you manage running the dark? Because I assume where you are, you are always running in the dark in the winter, yes? I need to get myself back on a morning schedule because if I am going to run in the dark, I prefer mornings to evenings. When it is colder I will probably run at lunch sometimes but I can only do shorter runs at lunch because of time constraints.

I had a busy day at work yesterday but it was manageable. I got out for a mile walk at lunch time and then I worked late but when I got home I wanted to do SOMETHING, so I hopped on the treadmill for a puny one mile. Then I rolled and stretched a lot and that really helped, though this hamstring thing is still nagging.

Not sure how today will go with work but I am going to try to get to yoga if I can. The rest I will just see.

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Aw, Earl! He's so handsome!

First frosty morning of the season! I am so excited. It was about 35 when I ran this morning and I was burning up again. Weird! My body must just be going through some stuff. I'm knocking my running back to four days a week with three days of lap swim for the winter. Today was the first day back on that schedule, so I did five miles bright and early. It was great! I felt good, my hip and right leg is slowly feeling better, and the head and the heart were in it.

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Ah, sounds like we all had good runs this weekend! Sorry to hear you have colds, I am worried this year is going to be a bad one with viruses since it is starting so early - we had people sick when it was in the 90s here. I try to be be careful because now that I am older I don't bounce back from that so easily. I hope you both feel better soon!

I did six miles yesterday, I should have tried for eight but the route I was on got me close to home at six so I called it and I felt really good so I think it was probably not a bad idea to stop while I was still going strong.

I am not sure what my workouts will be this week - I want it to be a strong week but I will probably be working about 70 hours so I will do what I can.

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3 easy miles on the trails for me. The weather was nice and cool out and I enjoyed running in the crunchy leaves. Still some stiffness and issues in my hamstrings, but hopefully my sports massage on Wednesday will address some of that. otherwise it will be a lot of yoga this week.

Sorry to hear you are sick Amy. running with a cold really sucks, but sometimes its great for clearing up your sinuses. I am currently living this right now, and it's hard to get out the door, but it's always worth it. i hope your trial goes well!

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Earl Grey, that's a great name! I hope that everything works out with the marathon. I know how anxious it can make a person to leave a senior pet. Basically every time we travel I fear that it'll be the last time we see our elder pug.

I'm also pleased that everyone had good runs today! I did not want to run AT ALL. I have a cold and my back hurts and I just bitched and moaned about. But then I did it and it was GREAT. I didn't feel perfect and it wasn't my fastest, but I did 6.5 miles and my head and my heart just loved it. I have a big trial coming up and so I'm trying to get into the right headspace and this run definitely helped with that!

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I agree, hooray for the weekend! It felt like it would never get here. I did 12 easy miles with 6 at goal pace. I felt a little stiff and my knees still hurt, but otherwise the run went well. not a bad way to close out training. its just easy runs for the next week with one speedwork day. now I just need to kick this cold and Ill be all set.

I am so glad you had a great run Gloria, and that you enjoyed yourself with your friends. nothing like a solid run and brunch to re-invigorate your running. I hope things with your cat remain stable so you can enjoy your race. Im sure that will give you extra motivation to finish so you can get home to Earl Grey (I love that name!).

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Weekend, yay! Had a great run this morning, should have done 15 miles I think but I did 10 with my friend - one who was one of my very first running mentors - she got me through my first 5k. She has had a lot of health issues and hasn't been able to run a lot this year but she is going to do a half in a couple of weeks. She hadn't run since August so we did 10 miles and I felt really really really good, wasn't easy but wasn't awful and I felt like I could go some more miles. Very happy with that. Afterwards 9 of us went out for breakfast, a few from 5k/10k training, the rest from half marathon training and me (marathon) and I just loved it, we visited and laughed and it was just like the old days before I started doing marathons.

Right now my husband and I think that I will go to DC alone and do the race (he will stay home with the cat, but I am not committing until closer to that time so that I can see how Earl Grey (the cat) is doing.

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3 easy miles today that felt exhausting. as much as I love tapering, I dont like how it makes me feel like a sloth. partly this is due to a cold that I (no surprise) got after my weekend of little sleep . but tapers make me question everything as I suddenly struggle to run a 3 mile run. I know I will be fine on race day, but right now I just want sleeeeep.

Gloria, I am sorry about your cat. that is so sad and I can completely understand why you would want to stay home. I would do the same thing for my dog in a heartbeat. I cried just leaving my dog for the weekend last week, so I clearly understand. I know youll do whats best for you. marathons are hard and require a lot of mental strength in addition to physical, which it sounds like you are well aware of, and only you know what you can handle right now.

Amy, hope you are taking it easy and just enjoying some walks with your pup. I am really looking forward to that after my marathon!

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I am good with tapering, just prefer it to be AFTER a good training cycle, ha!

After all of that I forgot to mention my runs...ran on Wednesday night with the Fleet Feet crew, that was fun but it was super hot. Then yesterday I took the day off. I was going to the park to run but it is about an hour away from home and my hubby said he would be working from home...so I felt bad about going so far away. I ended up running closer to home, did eight miles and it felt pretty good. I probably could have done more.

And I think I forgot to mention that the personal trainer issue has resolved itself. He is the director of our fitness center but he is quitting so I got it taken care of without having to fire him. He is a nice guy, I like him but he was unreliable. Now I've got to get an alternative solution going. I've got options.

Today I will try to get out of the office for a walk - it is going to be tough though because I am super behind on my work and there are a lot of deadlines today. I've really got to push. I intentionally didn't bring lunch to force myself to at least walk somewhere to grab something.

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Heather, your race is so soon! Am I the only one who loves the taper? I love having time and space to reenergize and miss running for a while. I never did a real taper for any of my races this year and I definitely felt the difference.

My run today was another walk. My crap run yesterday showed me that maybe a little more space for recovery might be good. I tried out the new backpack for my old pup again and we love it!

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Amy, so sad about the lost puppy. I hope he turns up healthy. I laughed about your running in 45 degree weather with just a bra. From the hot south I just freeze in the winter and for a run in that weather I would probably wear a long sleeved shirt or maybe a short sleeved shirt with a light jacket. I think northerners would laugh at how the southerners bundle up in the winter. It wouldn't even seem cold to you probably. Hope your hip and back are okay.

Heather, goodness, hope your knee is okay! Glad the KT tape is helping.

Okay so it is too late to defer. Bummer, right? I am definitely anxious about this. I am a strong middle of the pack runner when it comes to half marathons but I have done two fulls and they weren't great. I am more of a back of the packer when it comes to marathons. I get tired, bored and just for some reason lose my mental fortitude in a full. I've read books on mental strength and I just don't seem to have it for a full. So the first full I did last October I ran with a five hour pacer for the first 17 miles. Then we came to a hill and I said I would walk the hill and start running again. Except guess what, the hill never ended and I walked nine miles. And honestly, I am not sure if I would have done that if my friend who trained with me hadn't come along and dragged me to the finish. My time was something like 6:05. No reason for me to be that slow but later I realized I was severely dehydrated - didn't pee from around 6:45 a.m. before the race started until about 13 hours later. Second marathon was gruesome, weather was so hot and humid that they had to transport I don't know how many people to the hospital, and they ran out of ambulances. I was doing okay because I kept my pace very very slow and was very well hydrated. Since I was slow, I was able to run/walk most of it (didn't try to run it straight through because of the conditions) and felt great despite the severe heat and humidity. I was on target to finish in six hours and I was okay with that because of the conditions being so bad, but when I got to the finish I only had 25 miles on my Garmin. I was sure I had completed the whole course but come to find out, they had cut off a loop when they ran out of ambulances, just wanted to get everyone off the course in case. I was one of the lucky ones, a lot of my friends got cut off much earlier, some only completed 22 miles. I just happened to get by some of the cutoffs before they cut them off I guess. But my time still would have been like 6:05 had I gotten that extra mile in. So this time I chose my training plan carefully given my demanding work schedule and my bad commute but the best laid plans don't always work out either, and my speedwork didn't happen as planned due to the track being used, and then I fell and had a concussion so my longest run was Labor Day weekend - I thought it was 17 miles but it was only 16. I just feel so undertrained and it makes me nervous because this race does have cutoffs at certain checkpoints.

Anyway, here is the main issue...I just can't leave my kitty home alone. He has lymphoma and renal failure and I don't know how long he will be here. We thought he wouldn't make it through August but here he is a month later! My husband says he will stay home with him so I can go race but I feel so bad because he was looking forward to going to Mt. Vernon and visiting our friend. But I think that is what is going to have to happen.

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5 easy miles for me. yesterday I was having knee pain from my fall that concerned me, so I decided to do some upper body strength training instead. this worked and my knee felt good. I put some KT tape on it for extra support and that seemed to help. generally I am still feeling really tired and crabby, which means it definitely is taper time.

I definitely have a new appreciation for night time running, especially those that do 24 hour races where you are running through the night on no sleep. I saw a lot of people who were fighting a battle out there and were in a dark dark place. I tried really hard not to go there. I was scared at times, lonely, and in my own head, but I tried to focus on the positives and look for strength in others where I could. i cant say I would willingly do this myself, but Im glad for the experience.

Gloria, I was wondering the same thing about deferral. I know how disappointed you would be, but its not worth injury or pushing yourself if you are not ready. Im sorry that you are concerned about how little you are running. I guess stop and think of what you would tell a friend to do. sometimes we need to talk to ourselves the way we would for a friend.

Amy, Im sorry that you are still having some pain. I really hope they find their dog! that is so very sad.

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Is it possible to defer your entry in the MCM, Gloria? Lots of races will let you defer a year if you've had an injury. It's not enough races that do that, in my opinion, but maybe this one will? It sounds like you're feeling really anxious about it! I'm sorry that you're feeling that way!

My run this morning suuucked. My right hip and lower back is so tight that I could feel it impacting my gait and it was hard to turn my right leg over. It was a very slow six miles. But I'm definitely an Alaska girl; even though it was 45 degrees and pouring rain, I was too hot for all my running clothes and ended up stripping everything off on the side of the road and running in just my bra. At least I know the transition to winter temperatures won't be too tough!

The little dog that went missing is still missing. No sign of him on my run today either. Poor guy!

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Yes, I run year round but running in the dark, I have to be careful, mainly not to get hit by cars, because we don't have a lot of sidewalks here and I wear a lot of reflective gear and a headlamp but people are idiots and don't watch. It's been getting light here at around 6:30 a.m. I think? I have a route I can go in the early mornings at 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. and I know some ladies who are running early so I might have to transition to that. Once it gets cold enough I can run at lunch time too, though the way Nashville is growing and the way traffic is getting around here, that is getting kind of scary too. I'll do trails in the dark as long as I am not alone and not with people who are too fast for me because I want to be extra careful in the dark.

Anyway, I am running so little lately and I am starting to be a little panicky. This has been a rough week, I have a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders but I canceled my massage on Monday due to a conflict and now I regret that. I need a chiro and a massage I think. I was supposed to be off on Monday but I had too much work so I had to cancel the vacation day. I am going to try to take tomorrow off and do a longish run if I can get my work caught up. If I do that I might try to go to the park in Nashville - it's far but they have good routes in there - both road and trail. I would rather do trails but probably should do road since my race in just over three weeks. Today is the personal trainer and then I will do a short run at Fleet Feet.

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Nighttime trail running, fun! Also scary! I'm so glad you had a great time and didn't injure yourself, Heather. I'm not brave enough to run trails in the dark, which is why I confine myself to the roads on the winter. I went out this morning at 5:30 and it was already dark! The sun didn't rise until I was almost done with my 4.5 miles. I felt okay. My right side felt very tight and my big toe is still bruised from the marathon, but I didn't hate my life, so we're getting there! I need to think about what my goals are for the rest of the year so I'm not completely at loose ends.

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Seriously, you met Scott Jurek Heather? OMG, that is soooo freaking awesome! I don't even know what to say! Yeah, those really trails at night would be scary. I would probably have to walk a lot. I don't mind the night runs but even with a headlamp I would be afraid of falling. It sounds like a great time! That is so tough about the temps though...we are supposed to have record highs here today but I think by Thursday it is supposed to cool off.

I finally got back to the personal trainer yesterday - he had me do very light weights which suited me as it is getting closer to my race and having not done much strength in the past few weeks. I was worried that what we did might bother my hamstring but it might be a tiny bit better this morning.

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I survived! It was an extremely hot and stinky few days, but I had a blast. I really wish the weather would have been more fall like as 90 degree weather without running water was pretty intense. I actually ran two of my relay legs in the dark which was actually a good thing since it wasnt as hot, although the trails were extremely technical. I fell really bad on the easiest one and split my knee open. I had to have the medic pull rocks out of it which was gross and now it is slightly infected. I was afraid to run after that because I kept thinking of you Gloria, and didnt want to get hurt and not run Chicago, so I walked quite a bit on the hardest of trails which I ran at 330 am until 530 am. Apparently this was the hardest of all ragnar trail relay trails, and it was no joke. It was definitely an experience to run at night on that kind of terrain on no sleep, but we tried to make it one big party. I saw a lot of complaints on facebook about this trail, which I agree was dangerous, but is nothing compared to other mountainous trails out there. Us midwesterners seem to forget what a technical trail is really like.

I did a lot of soul searching and had quite a few learning moments, and after talking with Scott Jurek (!!!!!) yesterday about things I can do to improve my footing on rocky trails, I am even more inspired to run more 50ks in my future. For now, I am sleeping, eating, and enjoying the air conditioning! I ran a 5 mile tempo today that actually felt so easy on pavement instead of a trail!

I am glad to see you are both recovering and getting some runs in. The heat is no joke Gloria, so take it easy. Hopefully the fall temps will come back soon.

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Awwww, I hope that they find the poor little dog Amy and that he is okay. Was your run good? I don't mind running in the rain if it isn't too cold - though even cold is okay if I am dressed for it.

I don't know the plan for today, I hope to do something at lunch - personal trainer maybe but I haven't gotten an affirmative from him on our session today. I have a lot going on with other activities this evening so whatever workout I do, it really has to be at lunch time.

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Whether I wanted to run today or not, I was going to hit the roads because a little dog I know (not mine, thank goodness) went missing and I had to help look. He's been gone for three nights and my heart is breaking for his mom. I didn't find him in my five mile run, so I hope someone else can track him down. It was pouring rain, so I checked all the good hiding spots, but no luck. Poor old guy. :(

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Uh, yeah, asthmatic or not, I don't know how anyone could run in winds like that! Hope you have a great outdoor run Amy!

I did five this morning and it was miserable. Heat, humidity and wind were almost identical to yesterday but I was sopping wet today, unlike yesterday, not sure what the difference was. I was very well rested, slept long and deep last night. But I just couldn't get going this morning...walked a lot. I felt fine when I got up but just could go. I did have negative splits and my last mile as my fastest so at least there is that.

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Gloria, I adore running in the snow. I run outside all year here and snow running is probably my favorite. The only condition I won't run in is when we're having Taku wind events. That's when high winds, usually between 90 and 120 mph gusts, come off the Taku Glacier to the south. They're ice cold and, as an ashmatic, it's incredibly difficult to run in them because the extreme cold makes it impossible to draw a breath. I'll usually sit those days out. Otherwise, our town is totally pro at snow. We have great street clearing and most people are very conscientious drivers. I can't wait for winter!

I did 4 more miles in the pool and am feeling good. I'm running outside tomorrow no matter what. I'm listening to it pour rain right now and I can't wait to get out there. I'm glad to hear you're back out and feeling good too!

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Oh, a puppy pack, how fun will that be! I have thought that next time I get a kitten I might get a little pet stroller or something to push it in while I run. I would have to train it from the time it is little to do that. Not sure if I actually will but it has occurred to me.

Amy, how much outdoor running can you do in the winter? I know you probably get a ton of snow and I know this sounds cheesy...but I am terrified of snow! I grew up in Michigan and HATED it. Down here in Tennessee we get very little of it but the problem is that we don't know how to drive in it here and are ill prepared for it - they don't clean the roads and it tends to get icy and it's curvy and hilly here so it's treacherous. One time it snowed and it took us four hours to get home from work, only five miles away. Another time it took us three hours to get 25 miles. One year we were driving and went off our street into the neighbors yard and had to be pushed out and that same year we were in Indiana and someone from up there caused a five car accident in which we were one of the last cars (he hit us, fortunately we didn't hit anyone else). So needless to say, I am thinking hibernation at the first inkling of snow and I won't run in it! Most of my friends LOVE to run in it. Usually if it snows it melts within a couple of days so that's a plus.

So for today's long run, I ran with the half marathon crew. I was supposed to do 18 and did 6 with them. It went well, my head didn't hurt and my pace was okay - not great but not bad. It was very hot and humid and for only running one other time in the past two weeks I thought it was pretty good. Nothing really hurts right now other than the usual stuff so that's a good sign I think!

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Gloria, my pupper is 15, so his walks are pretty short. I did buy a pack that I can stick him into when we go on walks, actually, so I'm pretty excited for that to arrive! He likes being out, he just wears out fast.

Heather, I am so jealous! I love relays! And a trail relay! And you're running the night leg! I was so sad to run a daytime leg of the Klondike this year, as crazy as that sounds.

I did 4 miles in the pool this morning just to move my legs and evaluate what hurts. Like you, Gloria, I've got some hamstring soreness deep up near my glute on the right side. And my right hip hurts to the touch. It felt great to move my legs, though! I can't wait to be back on the trails! Winter is moving in fast so I have to make the most of it.

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This freaking hamstring, I hate it! I left for work yesterday at 5:30 a.m. and didn't get home until after 7:00 p.m. so basically was sitting all day, and this thing HURTS. It's way high up near my glute and deep in so it's hard to get to but I've been rolling and stretching.

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Amy, I've been out walking too! Doctor said no running until Saturday but walking is okay. He didn't really want me doing anything that might get my heart rate going so I haven't been strength training either...of course walking in the kind of heat we've got going on will get anyone's heart rate up, ha. That's so sweet that you take your puppy with you! How old is he? My kitten is elderly too, geriatric actually, he's 18.

Heather, wow, running like that in that heat! Good job! I'm so jealous that you are doing a Ragnar Trail. I've done Ragnar Tennessee three times but never a trail and I want to so bad! I've been invited but it always conflicts with other races that I have. Hope you have a blast!

Doctor said not to run until Saturday but I went last night with the Fleet Feet group and it was okay. It was 90 degrees and so humid and given the heat and the fact that I haven't run in a week and a half and I am recovering from a head injury, I should have taken it slower but it was only three miles, right? First two miles were too fast and when I realized that I really slowed down the third mile and walked a bit. I felt good but a little tired for only three miles. Rolled the hamstring and glute a lot afterwards but this morning the whole right side is achy from the foot up to the hip. This has been nagging for a while now and I thought all of this rest would help but obviously there is a bigger issue than I thought.

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Gloria, Im happy the Dr said you could run. Dont push it too hard. Like Amy said, give it a few and see how you feel. Try a loop or something similar so that you can stop if you are not feeling good and not have to run all the way back.

Amy, Im glad to hear that you were out walking and without pain. That is the most important thing!

Today was a 70 min tempo run and of course its 90 degrees out. It is so ridiculously hot, but I suffered through it, and despite wanting to vomit, I held the pace that I needed to. I babied my left food yesterday and today it felt pretty good. With a compression sock and cushioned shoes, it felt just fine during the run. I hope it doesnt hurt tonight.

Tomorrow I leave for my Ragnar trail relay. not much sleep and lots of running, but it should be a fun time. You can think of me Friday night at like 1:30 am as I run one of my legs under the stars in the northwoods of wisconsin.

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Good for both of you for listening to your bodies! Heather, I am always impressed with how flexible you are with your plan if your body needs extra recovery. I am just the worst about that. But it really does make you a better runner! When will I learn? And Gloria, I totally get that antsy pantsy feeling. If you run a short, easy distance, you might be able to gauge what's really hurting and where? I know when I'm not 100%, I sometimes have trouble evaluating what's just general and appropriate soreness and what's injury. Running a little sometimes helps figure it out?

I didn't run, but I did take a one mile walk! Now, I know this doesn't sound like a big deal, but it really is. I'm not limping! My right hip is fine! That's huge! I'm still not running anytime soon, but it's great to know that I'm not going to spend the rest of the year rehabbing my bum hip. I took my tiny, elderly dogfriend with me, which meant I carried him for about a half of the time. Walking my dog is a great upper body workout!

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I still think I might do three miles today and six on Saturday. I am kind of worried because even after all of this rest my hamstring/glute is still in serious pain. Sitting seems to make it worse.

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I am soooo antsy to run! Or something! I did a short walk yesterday at lunch time. Heather, good job on the five miler, I would probably be down for a couple of days after the weekend, you're right, maybe rest up a bit for your relay.

Doctor said to run three on Saturday...I am thinking three tomorrow or Thursday and then build up from there. If I do that I won't use my Garmin because I will be reprimanded by my running friends and training partners if they see that on my Garmin feed or Strava. Haha

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wow that sounds intense Amy! But great job finishing. You have been a running machine the last month, so hopefully now you can enjoy some rest and savor your accomplishments.

Gloria, I think I have the same one and agree about the color of the bottles! not the best placement on women! And your friend sounds pretty darn smart with her advice about not missing the 20 miler. I think youll be fine.

today I ran 5 miles instead of the fartlek run that was scheduled. The plan notes said to just do an easy run if I felt sore or tired from the weekend, which I did, so I didnt think speedwork was a good idea. I struggled through the 5 and I still have some aches and pains from yesterday that I didnt want to push hard through. My leg pain is a little concerning, but I think I just need to give it rest. I want to feel good for my trail relay this weekend, so Im probably not going to follow my plan much this week.

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Ooooh, so much respect for pushing through with the migraine Amy - and the sore feet - I am going to channel you every time I want to quit for no good reason! Congrats on your finish, so awesome!

Heather, I have an Ultimate Direction vest, I love it. I think it is the Ultra Vest 2.0, which I am not sure they make anymore. Anyway, since I had acid reflux surgery I can't do anything that requires suction so a bladder is out of the question for me. So it has two bottles with bite flow caps and that works well for me but the caps have red tips which looks like nipples sticking out of the water bottle pockets, and I find that kind of annoying. lol, I know that is probably weird but I just wish they had used clear tips. I am always looking for something better and this one chafes where the water bottles rub my ribs but overall I like it pretty well.

One of my BRFs is a running coach, she is telling me to build back up to 13 miles over the next three weeks and then taper...she is saying not to worry about doing 20. My eyes are getting better, not as black as they were, there is still a small lump on my head but mostly the headache is gone, and my vision seems better, so hopefully my run this weekend will go well and I can ramp up the mileage.

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Oofa doofa, that race was HARD. I'm not the healthiest right now, as you know, but also the course was super rocky and of course it was very hot compared to what I'm used to. I didn't wear the right shoes for the trail, so my feet were killing me by mile 18 because of the rocky terrain. Oh also, I have complex migraines and got aura starting at mile 7 that lasted until mile 16, so I couldn't see out of my left eye and had some numbness in my right arm. I had to take it slow because it made me dizzy to run. But that passed at like mile 18 altogether and then I felt exhausted but okay. It was my slowest marathon finish ever, but it is a finish. What a fun race! I am so pleased. And so ready to rest awhile and cheer you guys on through your fall races!

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Im sorry Gloria, that is sounds really disappointing and I know how hard it is to miss a race that you wanted to run. But know that this will be better for you in the long haul. It sounds like you are still planning to run the marathon, so at least you will be fully recovered by then hopefully. I know I used to get really depressed when I would see people out running when I was sidelined with a broken elbow. its really easy to get into a funk, so try to use this time to do things you wouldnt normally do when you were busy training, and then when you can really ramp things up, you will not mind as much.

I ran 3 easy miles on the trails today. I really really needed that after all the pavement pounding of yesterday. I feel relatively good this time around. I definitely didnt eat enough yesterday and so I woke up today starving, but my body feels ok.

Right now Im using the Nathan VaporHowe which I do like (it has the bottles in the front), but I have found it chafes more when it gets wet vs my Ultimate Direction Jenny Jurek pack. I prefer the Nathan because it fits more like a shirt, but unfortunately the tighter fit means more chafing. I guess I need to stick with the UD pack for really hot days.

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