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7/29/16 12:55 P

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My weather woes are the exact opposite of yours, but the new fall conditions are making it tough to get outside. I did 6 miles in a downpour last night. I definitely took for granted all the awesome, beautiful running days we've had this year.

I'm running a half marathon tomorrow and I had the most ridiculous conversation with my husband.

Me: I'm so nervous about tomorrow's race.
H: Why?
Me: I haven't run that distance in like two weeks!
H: (Silence)
Me: What!? That's legitimate.
H: (Silence)
Me: What??!?
H: I refuse to dignify that ridiculous statement with a response.

What's wrong with us weird runners?!

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7/26/16 7:46 P

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wow it sounds like we all were dealing with weather woes! Makes me feel better about how much I struggled with todays 8 mile tempo run. Technically we are no longer under a heat advisory, but it was still around 90 today. The first 5 miles of the tempo went really well, but I just hit the wall in mile 6. Once again I struggled with my breathing and had to stop and walk just to catch my breath. I ran out of energy and almost called to have my husband come pick me up. This hot weather is seriously cramping my training! But it does make me feel good to see that we are all struggling and choosing to listen to our bodies. I wanted to badly to hit my tempo pace, but it was more important to just get through the miles rather than force myself to do something that was likely unhealthy. those days running the snow look better and better...

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7/26/16 1:37 P

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It sounds like we all practiced some solid self-care this weekend! That makes me really happy! I get myself so emotionally wrapped around the axle about running schedules, and mileage goals, and this crazy idea that I'm not fit or healthy if I can't manage 30 to 40 mile weeks even in the off-season. It's good to take a day off or reduce mileage and see that the world does not collapse around me.

On the other hand, the key to adjusting to new weather is just getting out there and doing it. That's definitely true of southeast Alaska's neverending rains. So I did 7 miles in a downpour this morning. I left all my gear dripping in the furnace room in hopes that my shoes would dry in time for Thursday's run. Wet wet wet.

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7/25/16 3:34 P

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Amy & Heather, I feel your weekend woes.

Sunday I woke up and felt pretty beat up. Felt OK after church, but couldn't convince myself to go out and run in 91 F weather. Told myself I'd run in the evening and hope it was cooler. Late afternoon, my daughter showed up with here volunteer moving crew to claim some furniture I'd been storing for her; I ended up spending the evening at her new apartment eating pizza and chatting with people she works with.

I console myself with the idea that last week I added a chunk of miles, and I probably needed a rest day Sunday. Now it remains to be seen whether I can get 16 to 18 miles worth of short runs in on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I shouldn't do more than 18 before Thursday, unless I want to cut the planned 13 mile Thursday workout shorter than scheduled.


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7/25/16 2:13 P

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Oh, man, Heather, that sounds rough! What a tough mental challenge to overcome, too. Good for you for listening to your body. I can run through a lot of pain, but when it comes to breathing issues, I tend to be pretty tender with myself. Lots of years struggling with asthma has taught me to treat my lungs gingerly. I bet you did yourself a world of good in recognizing that.

It sounds like we had similar experiences this weekend, too. I intended to do somewhere between 10 and 12 miles on Saturday. When I went to bed on Friday night, it was summer; when I woke up on Saturday morning, Fall had moved in with a vengeance. It was pounding rain with 30 mph winds and a max temperature of 45 degrees. I looked outside at the soaking rain, considered my chiro's suggestion that I take more rest days if I want to get better, and I bagged it. I haven't skipped a long run Saturday in like three years. It was actually sort of liberating. I Netflixed and snacked instead.

My new mantra is "Rest today so you can run forever."

I went out this morning, mentally and physically feeling great, and killed 8 miles in the mist. It was perfect.

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7/24/16 3:29 P

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today was a huge fail - I finished 5 out of the 15 miles I was supposed to do. So much for a long run! I headed out early, but it was clearly not early enough. even at 7 am, it was already in the upper 80s with 90% humidity. The first 2 miles I went slow and felt ok, but somewhere between miles 3 and 4 I started to fall apart. The heat was so oppressive and I was struggling to breath. The air was so hazy and thick, and I started to panic in mile 4. I forced myself to a walk and walked most of the mile 5. Originally I told myself I would do one 5 mile loop, stop back at my car for some water, a cold towel, and a shirt change, and see how I felt about doing 2 more, but I did not have it in me for another loop (or two). Im bummed, but its a good lesson learned to listen to your body.

Kevin, it sounds like you had a great run and Im glad you were feeling good after the downhills.

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7/23/16 2:45 P

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Today I was supposed to pace 17 miles at 8:30. No one showed up for the 8:30 pace group, or for the 8:00 pace group. I ended up running the first 9 miles with the 8:00 pacers, then another 8 miles solo. One of the 8:00 pacers had put in 7 miles earlier, the other was sticking the half marathon training distance because he's close to a major race.

Garmin says it was 70 degrees when I started. It was pretty humid, and it warmed up quite a bit as I ran. I don't know how warm it got in the 2+ hours I was running, but it's 90 as I write this. Held acceptably close to the target 8:00 pace; Garmin reports an average of 8:08, but I didn't get it paused right away at the water stop.

That brings the week in around 48 miles. That's the most miles in a week, and the most miles in a day that I've run since Boston. But the best news is, when we got to the steep gravel path downhill in the route, it didn't hurt to run down it. I may be behind schedule training for Rochester, but I think I'll be able to go the distance.


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7/23/16 2:14 P

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another hot and steamy 5 miles this morning. I went early, but the humidity was already above 90% and it felt like I was breathing through a straw. I have 15 to do tomorrow and right now I am not sure if it will happen with the weather so bad. I hope you are all having much nice weather!

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7/22/16 6:09 P

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yesterday the heat index climbed to 102 and the air was so heavy. I decided to skip my tempo run because in reality, I would not have been able to hold my tempo pace even if I had tried. I stayed inside and did some cross training. Today was another hot day and I knew I wouldnt have time to do 6 miles before work, so I did 3 before and 3 at lunch before it got too bad. I was just outside now and I am so glad I did not try to run 6 in what is 99 degrees with 76% humidity right now. This weather is killing me!

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Today was the first time I've done speed work on a track since before Boston. The last couple of weeks I've been feeling great and running normally, but my earlier recovery puts me behind schedule on training for Rochester. I looked at the scheduled marathon workout, and the intensity seemed okay; but I don't have the base of miles to support it.

So Coach told me to go run and 800 at T and see how it felt, then run 800s or 1600s or 1200s depending on how I felt, for a total of 3 miles at T. I ended up doing 800, 2x1600, 800 with 400 easy before and 400 recovery between and after. Felt pretty good, even at 77 degrees.

I still don't like doing drills before the speed work, but it feels great that I *can* do them now.


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Speedwork today and we are under a heat advisory so it goes without saying that it was pretty miserable. 5 X 1k with 400m recovery and I really needed those recovery intervals to cool down and prepare for the next segment. I ended up walking a few but the good news is that I hit my paces for all the run segments.

Amy, hopefully your session goes well and you notice a difference. I had a sports massage last week and instantly could tell a difference when I went for a run the next day, so its amazing how quickly your body can respond to therapeutic touch.

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7/18/16 1:56 P

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Good job on your race, Kevin! You're so fast! And Heather, that run sounds really nice! Trail running is probably my favorite, but since our trails are pretty tough in Juneau, it's a sometimes run, not an every day run for me.

I did 7.5 miles this morning in the sunshine. My warmup took longer than normal, but once I got going, I felt good. I have an appointment with my chiropractor today; we're going to start breaking down some of the scar tissue in my left leg hopefully. Maybe, just maybe, I'll start feeling good again soon!

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Great job Amy and Kevin with your races this weekend! Amy, that is some awesome perseverance to keep going despite some bad luck. Kevin, congrats on your AG win!

I did 10 miles on the trails. I went out after a storm passed through and despite some humidity, there was a nice breeze and the temps were still cooler. By the time I finished it was feeling hot and tired, but Im glad I got an early start.

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Today's major run was Shoreline Half Marathon. I'd spent a lot of time considering how to deal with the expected heat and humidity, including training quite a bit in 90 degree weather. At gun time, it was 66 degrees with 75% humidity and a nice overcast sky that wasn't going to produce rain.

I didn't know what to do with my race plan. Decided to run however felt good and not worry much about time. Early on, I made a conscious effort to let a few people run away from me. The last people to pass me were a couple of younger guys in the mile 4-5 stretch, when I was slowing down a bit from the starting surge. Took a gel at 5 miles, and passed them in mile 7. Then I passed a couple guys who were flagging a bit in mile 8, and one more in mile 9. Took an S-cap at mile 8, because it was about an hour and that's where I melted down last year. Took another gel at mile 10.

At mile 11, I felt so good I thought maybe I'd pick it up to T pace at mile 12. Got to mile 12, and saw I was already running T. Passed 3 more guys during mile 13. This is unheard of; anyone who is ahead of after 12 miles of a half ought to know what they're doing and be faster than me. Turns out my last 2 miles were my fastest.

Finished in 1:31:11. Not a PR, but a good minute faster than what I hoped for on a feel-good run day in nice weather, and 5 minutes faster than what I expected for the anticipated heat and humidity. Best of all, I felt great. The goal of managing the heat an humidity didn't happen because the heat and humidity didn't show up; but the goal of finishing in good shape was achieved.

I was 23rd. of 853 overall, and (predictably) 1st of 19 in the M 60-64 age group by a considerable margin. My age group lead in the Four Seasons Challenge stands at such a ridiculous level that a buddy suggested I could walk Rochester and still win the age group for the challenge. That's probably an exaggeration, but I don't need a great showing at Rochester to win the challenge. Of course, I would like a BQ showing at Rochester because that would qualify me for Boston 2018 and take all the run fast pressure off Boston 2017.


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7/16/16 6:47 P

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I did my local law enforcement triathlon today and it went great! I brought my time down in the swim portion just a hair, so I was pleased with that. I did great on the bike until I hit a piece of debris in the roadway and blew a tire. Coincidentally, a friend of mine was across the street and kindly trucked my bike back to the finish line. I ran the remaining two miles of the bike course at a 9:00 min/mile because I so badly wanted to not be last. Then I ran the 5k at about 9:30. I was third from last but it's not too shabby considering that it was almost a scratch! Good thing I've got these runner's legs to rely on!

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7/15/16 6:37 P

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74 degrees and it feels like heaven! Granted it rained for half of my 6 miles, but the temps could not be beat.

Kevin, good luck at Shoreline!

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7/14/16 9:09 P

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Missed running yesterday due to a time crunch, and this evening there was a town meeting about a proposed drainage control project adjacent to my property. But I woke up early, so I ran 7.6 miles starting at 6AM. It was 75 and ridiculously humid, I was soaked when I got done, but it still felt reasonably cool after running in temps between 86 and 90 most of the last two weeks.

If I have lots of free time tomorrow evening, I might go out for an easy 30 minutes; otherwise my next run will be Shoreline Half on Saturday. Shoreline is the point of training in the heat and humidity, as it is traditionally wretched running weather on an otherwise easy course.


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ha, "only" 90 Kevin! Great job getting out there to do speedwork in the heat.

Speaking of speedwork, I did mine during my lunch today - 6 X 800m. It was "only" 88! Thankfully there was a headwind for some of it that probably slowed down my speed, but it felt great.

Amy, I am so bummed that the BTB is right before the Chicago marathon this year, otherwise I would totally be in! I will have to keep my fingers crossed for next year too.

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Only 90 here this evening when it was time for speed work. Coach gave the people who ran Boilermaker 15K Saturday the assignment of 45 to 60 minutes of fartleks, and I went to run that with a couple of them. It was just the thing for the heat, ad hoc intervals instead of dying trying to make it through an 800m or 1200m that is harder than you remember from more reasonable running weather.


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7/12/16 7:25 P

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94! That's so hot! You make me feel like a major baby because it was 57 this morning and I was dying. It was really muggy and I was running and just dripping sweat. I'm such a weenie! I did 8 miles though, with the middle four at MP. It felt good, although my psoas/hip problem was making me feel defeated and emotional at the start. I pulled it together though, because Goonies never say die, right?

Heather, I think this year is the first year that there's doing a Chicago BtB. I'm assuming they'll do another next year. I need an excuse to go to Chicago anyway. Not only do I have family there, but it looks like a cool city.

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Today I decided to do my tempo run instead of speed since my legs were still a little sore from the race. It is 94 out, so it was slow going and I told myself it was ok to stop and take a break if needed. I guess this defeats the point of a tempo run, but when it is this hot out, you can give yourself a break!

Amy, that is a bummer about beat the blerch! if they have it in Chicago next year, I definitely will have to go. I didnt realize that it might be where I live!

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Nice work on the race, Heather! Way to push yourself! Clearly speed work is doing its job for you!

I did 6 miles this morning and then biked to work. Which of course means I need to bike home. There isn't going to be a Beat the Blerch in Las Vegas this year after all, so I might aim for the Chicago BtB next year. I'm considering whether or not to do a half Ironman triathlon instead. I have a looong way to go with cycling though. We'll see.

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7/10/16 5:57 P

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yesterday was my 10 mile trail race and I beat my time from last year by 3 minutes! It was hot and humid, but I enjoyed the race and was really pleased with my time. The cross country start and finish on the grass is killer, so I was impressed that I was able to shave off so much time.

For me, that is why I think speedwork does make a difference. Granted I am not a very speedy person, and for years I never got much faster. Since I have incorporated speedwork I have gotten faster, and significantly so (6 min PR in a half, 3 min on a trail race). But I do agree that it is also mental. I think because I know how fast I actually can run and I know what it is to push myself, it does help in forcing myself to get uncomfortable. I think for some of us, we just dont have the fast twitch fibers the way others day, and developing them every week does help up to a certain degree. I am sure I will hit a point where I no longer reap the benefits physically from speedwork, but right now I am reveling in it!

Today was 3 easy miles with some yoga. I am definitely sore, but not to the point where I felt I couldnt run easy. ZIPITUP, Kevin and Amy, great job with your runs this weekend. And Amy...I know how you feel. I am the oldest of my age bracket right now and it still amazes me how fast the general population is that turns out for a trail run.

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7/10/16 3:21 P

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2 mile run and 2 mile walk

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Thanks for the feedback, Kevin. I could definitely see the psychological benefit of speed work. I tend to view my pace as being in a sort of inevitable entropy. Once I start slowing down, I just expect I'll slow and slow and slow and that I don't have the power to bring it back up again. Maybe I need to work on that.

Today I ran the Governor's Cup 5k. But of course it's a long run day, so I ran to the race and home from it, for a total of 12.5 miles. One nice thing about not training for a marathon is that I'm free to run all those little summer races that didn't fit into my training plan before. It was a fun race but the athleticism of this town continues to kill me. I ran a respectable 9:15, and was STILL in the bottom quarter. Who are these speed demons!?!!

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Amy, there is value to speed work; but I think it is somewhat over-rated. I got to my first marathon and BQ'd without doing any speed work other than stuff I paid entry fees for.

While there is probably some physiological benefit to speed work, I think the major benefit is psychological. Intervals train me to believe that when I slow down, it's recovery and I will speed up again. They train me that when I'm compelled to walk, as I was 23.5 miles into Boston, that I don't have to keep walking to the finish line. Strides and fast finish runs train me to have a kick for the finish line of a long race. I believe the mental component of this is larger than the physical component.

THBS, I slacked off on the speed work yesterday. The assignment for people running the Boilermaker 15K on Saturday was, 20 minutes easy, 10 minutes at target 15K pace, 10 minutes easy. It was 82 and ridiculously humid, and I didn't feel like working hard. So I tagged along with a group that has slower paces than me. The first 20 minutes easy came in at close to a 9:00 pace. The guy I paced off of ran about 7:25 for the 10 minutes at 15K pace; that's a fair approximation of what I ought to target as MP for Rochester, and perhaps what I ought to run for Shoreline Half a week from Saturday. Then I went on my merry way with 10 minutes easy at around an 8:00 pace and left that group to do whatever they were going to do for their other 10 minutes.

I also got some running in Tuesday and Wednesday, but with the increased commuting time a lot of online socializing got squeezed out. I wouldn't be here now without an email reminder that someone replied to this thread.


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I just laughed out loud at the image of a bird trying to land on you Amy!

Yesterday was my 5 mile tempo run and it went well. I really tried to focus on slowing down to my new marathon tempo pace and as it was really hot out, it ended up being a good idea.

Today I grappled with the decision to do a shakeout run or not as my 10 mile trail race is tomorrow. I decided against it, as I still am not feeling great. I still have a lingering headache and just feel tired in general. I opted for some yoga instead and while I typically would do a short shakeout run, I think I made the right choice. The last thing I need to do is push myself today and regret it tomorrow.

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Every time I see yall doing speedwork, it makes me feel like a slacker. I avoid speedwork like a plague. I need to be better about it.

I did 8.5 miles in the sun on my favorite trail yesterday. I don't know that doing a hard trail so soon after my trail race was a good idea. I definitely felt it in my hip and lower back, and on my poor knees. But I just love trails so much that I had a great time despite the effort. It was just such a perfect day. A bird tried to land on my head while I was running! I saw it pass me by, felt it try to land, and then saw it take off. What a weird feeling!

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7/5/16 6:29 P

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Today was speedwork, 8 X 600m and it was a scorcher outside. I was longing for those winter days I was doing speedwork in the snow as at least I wasnt overheated!

Kevin, I saw pacing and thought it was a race. nevertheless, glad that you felt good enough to pick up the pace a bit and that should give you confidence going into your next race.

Amy, glad to hear you enjoyed your rest day and that things are going really well for you!

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I'm so glad everyone is feeling better! Those leaden legs are a killer, Heather. I was suffering from that for weeks and only now feel like I'm getting out of it. And congratulations on your 13 miler, Kevin. I feel like I give that distance a lot of meaning, like if I can do 13, I can do anything.

I took yesterday off because my legs were so sore from Saturday's hard effort. My calves and quads were so tight that it hurt to walk. We went to the parade and kayaked instead. It was wonderful. Today I ran 7 miles and felt great. I felt better than I have since before the half marathon trip. I was actually happy to get out and run, and it's been a long time since I felt that way. Maybe things are looking up!

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No race, Heather; that was a training run Saturday, with a target pace of 8:30 per mile. Yesterday I ran 10 miles with a fast finish, going into a stride as I approached my driveway. I am feeling much better. Twinges from the recovering leg were the exception, and feeling like it was a normal run was the rule, both Saturday and yesterday.

Today is a rest day. There were three local races this morning, a 5K, a 4 mile, and a 10K. I didn't register for any of them because I was recovering. If I'd known I would be as health as I am, I could have run any of them; but I don't regret doing the 13 Saturday and 10 Sunday, followed by sleeping late this morning and taking a rest day today. Organizationally, the July 4 races just didn't work for me this year. Last year, I was burnt out after running 4 races in June. the three years before that, I was injured and unable to run on July 4. Maybe next year I'll run a July 4 race.

Now I have 8 and a half weeks of only getting to work from home one day a week. This will be quite an adjustment from the previous arrangement of working from home 3 days a week, but somehow I'll manage to get through it. Just have to figure out how to consistently get a run in even though the transition from work at the office to running is more difficult and time consuming that the transition from work at home to running.


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Happy fourth to those celebrating today! I forgot to check in yesterday and post about my 8 mile run which went better than the previous day's run, but my legs felt like lead for most of it. I stuck to a pretty flat paved path that was easier on the legs and was able to do 4 miles, take a water break, and do 4 more which broke up the run nicely. Today I needed some major recovery, so I am celebrating this day off with some yoga and relaxation.

Amy, congrats on getting outside your comfort zone and kicking butt in the race! That is definitely some inspiration for me!

Kevin, it sounds like you rocked your race as well and Im glad you were feeling good.

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I was supposed to pace 13 miles at 8:30 per mile this morning. Ended up channeling my inner 8:00 pacer, and we finished with an 8:03 average. Oops. But I felt great, and I'm pretty sure the two people I was pacing for could handle that pace in the near-perfect running weather we had.

The assigned route had a preview of a piece of the Rochester Marathon course. For the last 3 miles, when there was only me and one other guy who has yet to run Rochester, I changed it up and got another small piece of preview in for him. Oddly enough, he reported that we averaged 8:30; but he did not pause his watch for the rest room break or the stop at the lift bridge that I paused for.

This is the first time I've run 13 miles since April 24. I'm not back to 100% yet, but if I didn't know my own history I wouldn't have noticed anything wrong today.


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GUYS, today was a big day. There's a race in my town that I've always avoided because I've always felt like only "real runners" ran it. It's 10 miles, entirely uphill, to the very top of the ski hill, 2700 feet of elevation. I never thought I'd be able to run it. BUT I DID. I wasn't first (I might have been last, actually) and it wasn't pretty (I slid on my butt in the mud more than I care to admit), but I didn't quit! I am so proud of myself.

Even better, it was the first run in a very long time that made me feel totally free. I might just decide a 2016 marathon is in my future! Thanks for the support, everyone!

Heather, hard runs are what make the great runs great. You're such a strong runner, I'm sure your trail race is going to go swell. Hang in there!

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8 miles on the trails today, and I struggled a bit. the cumulative fatigue effect is definitely setting in and despite the nice weather and the scenery, I could not wait for the run to end. my pace was all over the place and I was exhausted at the end. It makes me nervous for my 10 mile trail race next weekend, but Im trying not to think about that.

Amy, I would love to be able to stop and pick blueberries in the middle of my run! I have also always wanted to do Beat the Blerch. Matthew Inman is one of my favorties, and I was so bummed when he came to my town last year I believe and I was camping and missed him. I saw that you can do a virtual race and considered it simply for the swag. The Oatmeal is one of my favorite cartoons ever. i think you should do it so I can live vicariously!

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Great Kevin for building up so wisely and mindfully. You seem to be finding a good balance between "pushing" yourself a bit and listening to when to cut back. Bravo. This is really difficult to learn. I am struggling with it a bit. I did the 5km race last week and therefore could not run this week. I am off for a1.5 mile trot this morning, the first day I fee a little better.

On the retirement... My father retired at the age of 58 and he was great after it. He ran more and with more peace of mind, helped his kids and grand kids, volunteered, sang in a choir... and much more.. he is still running today at age 76! I wish you the same! Good decision!

Amy, my sis and I also plan races just to keep us motivated, I think that is ok. Feel what you want and be careful with your hip! enjoy your Berry-races in the mean time.

Heather, congrats on the speed work! Bravo! You seem to be cracking up the intensity a bit. Enjoy the cooler weather as long as it lasts and run well!

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Amy, some people (like my sister) need the event to have motivation. Beat the Blerch sounds like a fun time; if they weren't all so far away from me, I might consider it myself.

I'm kind of distracted right now. Rest day today, but I went to running 5 days this week. It doesn't feel like training for an event when I'm just training to get back to running healthy. I'll run the Shoreline Half on July 16, and the Rochester Marathon on September 18, but I'm not really in a formal training plan. OTOH, I don't need to run either Shoreline or Rochester fast, so I'll be okay as long as I don't get delusions of grandeur.

Or at least, I *think* I'll be okay. This week will be the first time I run over 40 miles in a week since April. It remains to be seen whether I can build to go the full marathon distance in another 11 weeks, without following any formal marathon training plan.


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I did 6 miles last night to round out 100 for the month. It's not my best, but we traveled a lot and had company for a week, so it's not bad for being so distracted. Speaking of distractions, I took another midrun break to pick blueberries. Alaska, why must you be so distractingly delicious!

I'm contemplating running the Beat the Blerch Marathon in Las Vegas in November. The dates haven't been announced yet, but the more I think about it, the more I think I need a goal. All this freeform running is killing my motivation. What do you all think?

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Enjoyed a 4 mile run today on the first day of the long weekend for me! The weather outside is really nice and it looks like I will have some nice days ahead for running.

Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!

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Today was my first tempo run of hansons marathon plan (5 miles), and it went well. I am still struggling to adapt to the marathon tempo pace vs my half marathon tempo pace. it feels very slow, which is the point since you need to maintain it for 26 miles rather than 13, but I find myself going too fast. I know that will change as the miles increase, but it feels good to have some challenging runs this week.

Kevin, your goals sound great and it sounds like you know what you want from retirement and that is a good thing! I know many friends and family who have struggled with finding something to do with their time after retirement and ended up working again for lack of anything else to do.

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Recovery progresses. For speed work today, I ran 2 x 1.5 miles at T pace. The club assignment was 2 x 3 miles at T, and I clearly wasn't up to that. 2 x 1.5 was about all I could handle, but it didn't feel any worse than the 2 x 1 mile I did a week ago. My T pace isn't where it was when I was in peak condition training for Boston, but it's reasonable for where I am in recovery.

Shoreline Half Marathon is 2 weeks from Saturday. I should be good for the distance, and I want to manage myself in the traditional hot and humid weather better than I did last year. I'm thinking it will be a pretty slow half marathon for me, somewhere slower than 1;35.

Yes, Heather, the idea is to really retire. People seem to have a hard time grasping that. "Save you important files, and you can come back as a consultant." No. If I wanted more money, I'd remain an employee. The point is to not have to do the work, not have to take the time away from stuff I want to do. The important monetary concept here is "enough." I've got enough money, and I'd like to have more time.

I have no firm plans for the last part of this year, but for first quarter next year I intend to do volunteer tax prep work and train for Boston in the same season. First quarter this year I had to forego the volunteer work, because all I had time for was Boston training and my paid work. If I'm healthy enough late this year, I'll likely want to run some USATF events for the club. When healthy, I can help the team in the SuperVet age group.


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Today was the first day of speedwork and I could not have asked for better weather. It is 70 out with a light breeze, and I felt great doing my 12 X 400 m repeats. I hit my paces for all, and was surprised at how good I felt. Sure, it was challenging and Im tired now, but I remember the first time I did this speed exercise back in Feb, and I felt miserable and slow. Goes to show that speedwork really does help over time. I also enjoyed getting my run in during the early afternoon. I have to work this evening talking to Australia and New Zealand, so I was able to log off early, run, and hang out before working again tonight.

BERGBA7, congrats on your race! It is so great to know that you are getting stronger each week.

Kevin, that is so exciting! I am curious like Amy if you plan to truly retire, or move on to something else. It will definitely be a transition, but it sounds like more time for the things you love (like races!).

Amy, the solstice run sounds amazing!

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Oh my gosh, Kevin! Congratulations on retirement! It's so soon! Are you going to really-really retire, or transition into something new? We get a lot of folks in my line of work that "retire" and then go start charter fishing companies, or like my dad, who "retired" from engineering and bought a surveying company. Either way, that's so great. More midnight 5ks in your future!

I did 6 miles yesterday and 7 more today. I still feel really crappy, although right now it's a respiratory thing and my asthma inhaler has been empty, so I probably shouldn't have been running at all. Today I mostly just stopped every mile or so and picked salmonberries from the bushes.

I need something to train for. I think all this freedom is making me lazy. Maybe I should sign up for a late fall marathon after all.

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Did a 10 mile run with the 8:30 pace group yesterday morning, before it got hot. Pleasant conversation, and Iove the rolling hills in Mendon. Afterward, I realized that the four people in the group had all run Boston this year. Shoulda got a picture to post on FB, the caption about writes itself.

Today I was daunted by the heat in my driveway at 3 PM, when it was 96. Came back in for a nap. Went out to run at 5, when the thermometer said 98. It didn't feel that bad on the roads, so perhaps I have a local hot spot where the thermometer is, due to heat coming off my blacktop driveway. Garmin's weather feed said 91 when I started running, 90 and 20% humidity when I finished. It felt okay running into the SW wind, it felt very warm with the wind at my back. Under the conditions, I decided 6 miles was enough.

The recovering leg ached a bit late in the run, but was okay after stretching. Then I realized that I was not on ibuprofen while running. For no ibuprofen, that leg felt pretty darn good. I can run on it. It probably won't be all the way better for some time, and most likely I won't notice exactly when it gets all better.

For those of you who haven't read my blogs, I've decided to retire at the end of August. This is a sudden decision after considerable time of background preparation and analysis; right now I'm working through how to manage the transition from working to retired.

And right now, things like Amy's midnight run catch my attention. When I no longer have to adhere to a work schedule, I could do something like that . . .


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We ran the Only Fools Run at Midnight solstice 5k last night and it was fun! There were four of us so we all dressed up as crayons. I was purple. I ran a 9:30 because my husband stayed with me and kept me pushing myself. For a midnight race, it felt great! I don't think I'm going to meet my mileage goal for the month, which bums me out, but I've been doing a ton of racing, so it makes up for it.

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Great Heather for the good long trail run in the heat. Seems like you are doing great! Fantastic!

Kevin, you are recovering, and that is what counts - one workout at the time and one race at the time... you will get there again.

Amy - ouch... another hip displacement... that sounds horrible! I hope you will find a therapy to fix it for good!

I did a 5km race yesterday with my dad (for his name's day) 25:25 was my time. It probably was too early and not really cleaver to sign up, but it was sooooo goood to be out there, and I had so much fun! I will cross train this week - no running, because both my feet and my right leg are on fire.... but it will heal

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Yesterday was my team run and we ran the 9.5 mile loop on a trail that I will race on in 2 weeks. While others were fading due to the heat and the hills, I was surprisingly doing well given I hadnt run more than 5 miles as my longest run since my half marathon. While I was hot, it was early enough that I had run in much worse, and Im used to running the trails so the hills were not a problem. I am sore today and have some pain near my knee that is reminiscent of my last race, but overall I am feeling ok about my race in a few weeks. It will probably not be my fastest year, but it will be fun.

I ran 4 miles today and it is extremely humid out. It was difficult to breathe but I just went slow and easy, and then did some yoga afterwards. This is the first week of speed training for Hansons, so hopefully Im ready to step back into that again. As much as it sucked during the winter months, I have a feeling I would much rather be back running loops around my park in 20 degrees than doing so now in the 80s and 90s. But I know it works and I will benefit from it.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed running!

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No running today. Yesterday evening I did a 2 mile warmup with a group at the club, then I was daunted by the prospect of a workout with 20 minutes at T pace. Talked to Coach, and he confirmed my suspicion that Tuesday's 2 x 1 mile at T was about as much speed work as I can handle on my low base right now. So I went out to run easy, starting with a group then letting them drop me when they got to their T interval. Planned to do 7 miles, turned around at 3.5, missed a turn on the way back and got lost in the trails, ended up with 7.4 miles in addition to the warmup.

The recovering leg isn't all the way better. A few paces of skipping convinced me I'm still not doing the lap of drills, and I could feel a dull ache in the leg particularly on harder surfaces or when moderating my pace to stay with slower runners; but it is much better than it was.

I'm not worried about getting to and through the Shoreline Half in mid-July, but it may be touch and go whether I can build enough base to get through the Rochester Marathon comfortably in September.


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I didnt get my run in yesterday, but I figured that was ok since I am going to do a bit higher mileage tomorrow. I did 3 miles today and plan to do 10 tomorrow. It was supposed to be our chicago suburbs Chicago Marathon Team PAWS training run tomorrow, but the coordinator had to cancel but Im still going to do our run with two friends who are part of the team. I havent run more than 5 miles as my longest run since my half at the beginning of May, but Im sure Ill be fine. It will give me a good preview to my 10 mile race in a few weeks.

Kevin, glad you were able to try out some speedwork and your road rash didnt stop you!

Amy, that sounds very painful and Im glad you were able to get it corrected.

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I did 8 miles this morning and felt like I was dragging my left leg behind me. Again. I went to the chiro and - SURPRISE - my hip was out of joint again. I asked that I can do to make it stop doing that and my chiro said, "Stop falling down all the time." Like that'll ever happen! He got it back in place and it already feels better. Stupid hip displasia. He also said I probably need an MRI of the goose egg where I had my headstand fall. It's always something!

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First real speed work since PT today. The club had a workout for people running the Boilermaker 15K; 2 miles easy, 3 x 2 miles @T with 3 minutes recovery, 2 miles easy. I like that kind of workout, but it's too much for where I am right now. So I toned it down to 2 x 1 mile @T with 3 minutes recovery, and wasn't strict about how much easy there was before and after. Between that and the pre-workout warmup, I got a bit over 7 miles in, at 77 F with livable humidity.

Running at T was both harder and slower than it used to be. But the good news is, my road rash isn't slowing me down at all and my recovering leg is good enough to let me whine about how out of shape I am.


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Another 5 mile run today, and it is still hot here. I realize it is officially summer now so I should stop complaining about the weather, but it is hotter here than usual and this heat has been horrible for days now. I look back at last year and wonder how I trained for a marathon during the summer!!

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That sounds like such a rough fall, Kevin! It's lucky that you weren't more damaged! I'm still suffering with limited movement in my wrists because of my last fall, which was like three months ago. Good for you for easing up on yourself and taking it easier yesterday. Falling down is no joke!

I did 6.3 miles this morning, still pretty tight and stiff. I taped my achilles and ankle on the left side and that seemed to help some of the pain where I sprained it last week. I daydream of the time when I can run pain-free again. It seems like it's been weeks and weeks.

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The 5K didn't happen. I took a 2 hour nap yesterday afternoon, got to bed on time, and my body sucked up over 9 and a half hours of sleep before I got up after 7 this morning. In theory, I could have rushed and made it to an 8:30 start. In practice, I decided that moving more slowly this morning was called for. So I took the DNS, and my friend Bill won my age group with a time that I might have had trouble matching today.

I didn't get out to run until 10 AM, by which time it was already 75 F. The idea was to try to run 10 or 12 miles, but listen to my body. So, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that the temperature rose to 85 by the time I was done, the humidity was awful, my singlet was soaked and stuck to my skin when I got done, and I wasn't up for 10 miles. I quit at 8.27 miles, feeling the weather and the after-effects of the road rash.

The good news is that most of the run felt normal. If I paid close attention, I could feel that my right leg still isn't 100%; but when I wasn't paying attention, it wasn't noticeable. It felt normal going uphill at 5.5 miles, and I had to pay attention to feel it going down the other side of that hill.

Absent yesterday's face plant, I think I would have been in good enough shape to run the 5K. I might have been in good enough shape to run it at 10 AM; but I wasn't in good enough shape to make it to an 8:30 gun time. That's life.

This week, I'll stick to running 4 days. If recovery continues at its recent pace, I might be ready to go back to 5 running days next week. Or maybe not. I'll listen to my body.


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Another 5 today and the heat felt brutal. it felt hotter than yesterday and I was struggling. I told myself it was ok to take small walk breaks when I needed it and I made it home. it is going to be a long summer!

BERGBA7, glad to hear that you finally feel like you are recovering.

Kevin -0 ouch! I remember when I tripped over my shoelace last year and wiped out and it really threw me off for a bit. I hope you felt ok for your 5k today, but it sounds like you are smart enough to know when to back off.

Amy, great job for battling it out in the humidity. it is never easy!

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Oh, Kevin - that is very unpleasant and I hope your shoulder and bruises are ok. Did you do the 5km? Fingers crossed for a fast recovery from the fall!

Amy and Heather - wohoo for running in heat, humidity and with all those small injuries going on! Be careful, but don't give up!

I did a 4km run today. This on I can actually call it a run. I did it in 23 minutes. I am very please with that and for the first time feel like I am recovering. I will sign up for the race on Saturday, but go run it easy - just to be there and have the fun!

Have a good week all and stay strong!
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Today I was supposed to pace 5 + 3 miles at 8:30. Got near the end of the 5 miles, and had a disagreement with the uneven sidewalk. My grasp of running theory was solid, but the sidewalk had some concrete counter-arguments.

So my running for the day was done at about 4.8 miles. There was blood, it looked ugly, people were concerned about a concussion, and my glasses were banged up. By the time I got everything cleaned up, I was left with a bruise on my right shoulder that I feel with extreme arm movement, a bunch of surface nuisance from road rash, and bent frames on the glasses. The lenses were undamaged, as were the phone and the Garmin.

Got the glasses adjusted at Lenscrafters, picked up the packet for tomorrow's 5K, then came home for lunch and a long nap. Set my alarm for the race tomorrow, but if I feel like I need more sleep when it goes off I'll take a DNS.

On the bright side, most of the run felt perfectly normal and I wasn't noticing the ache in my right hip abductor while engaged in conversation. If I don't do the race tomorrow, I think I'll take another stab at running 10 to 12 miles easy.


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Thanks for the insights, Kevin! I might try PT for my left leg. It doesn't help that I keep injuring it over and over in new ways. I got a giant bruise from yoga and sprained my ankle hiking and now it's injured basically from top to bottom. So clumsy.

I did 10 this morning. It was tough, not gonna lie. My leg was really tight and it was humid! We're lucky because it never gets very warm, but it was like 90% humidity, which was making me feel like an actual slug. I caught up with my hubs and we ran the last mile home together, which made it all worth it.

Happy weekend, everyone!

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5 miles and the heat really go to me. It was hot here by 9 am and even though I stuck to the trails under the trees, I was really struggling the last mile. It is going to be just as hot tomorrow and I have another 5, but Ill continue to hydrate today and hopefully I can get out early enough tomorrow to beat some of it.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

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Today is a rest day. Yesterday evening was the 2 mile time trial that kicks off the training program I pace for. Normally, I wouldn't go there; but at the pacers meeting Tuesday they said pacers were welcome for the first one. So I went to see whether there were any faster trainees this session. Turned out I was the only pacer there. Saw a few familiar faces in the group, and a lot of runners new to the half marathon distance.

At the last minute, the coaches asked me to act as a rabbit for the time trial. Well, I'm still recovering. I won't be as fast as when I'm healthy. But what the heck, my coach (different club) had said some short speed work might help activate blood flow and speed healing. So I did one lap (probably between 800 and 900 meters) at about T pace, which is what the leg would support last night. That's not as fast as a healthy 2 mile time trial pace for me, but it was good enough to be a rabbit for this group. 2 guys passed me on the first lap, then I quit running fast and just ran the loop easy in the reverse direction so I could see everyone and offer some encouragement. That was fun.

Between 2.25 miles of rabbit and easy, a very slow warmup jog to get from the store to the office park loop, and some easy running going back to the store, I got about 4 miles in. So this feels like a cutback week, even though I hadn't really built up much mileage yet.

Tomorrow is the first paced run of the training session. I'll be pacing 8 miles at either 8:00 or 8:30. I think the guy who passed me first will be slotted into the 8:00 pace group, but I don't know whether there will be anyone else. There is another guy who is supposed to pace 8:00; he has holes in his schedule, but tomorrow isn't one of them. I think it's more likely I'll be with the 8:30 group.

With my mileage being so light this week, it's in the back of my mind to run another 4 miles after we get done pacing 8 miles. That would bring the week up to a respectable level, but I do need to see how my leg feels. Then I need to decide whether I'm going to take a DNS for the 5K on Sunday, or try to run it at T instead of running it at a true 5K pace. If I don't feel like I can really run T for 3 miles of a pretty flat route, I'll need to take a DNS. A race environment tends to lower my wisdom score.


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Got busy yesterday and didn't have time to look here.

Amy, I had 5 PT visits in 18 days. I was smart enough to figure out what was bothering me was compensation for something else, but not smart enough to figure out what the underlying problem was. The PT spotted hip instability immediately, did some other checking, and said I had a weak tensor fascia latta. I'd never heard that term; turns out it's a stabilizing muscle between the quads and the hamstrings that connects to the IT band. As I expected, the underlying issue was something that didn't hurt.

I got an assortment of stretches and exercises to work with on my own, plus some office visit work. In 18 days, I got enough better to stop having office visits. Two weeks later, I'm still working on the issues and seeing slow progress. I'll decide whether to keep the 5K on Sunday after tomorrow's run, but I'm 90% certain i can keep the half marathon in July.

My take on PT is that it's great for identifying and correcting subtle problems involving stuff that doesn't move quite like it should. It's less useful for directly treating injuries, but what I needed was right in the core competency of the Physical Therapist.

So . . . if what you have is a nagging injury that doesn't get better even though you're doing everything you know to do for it, it can be worth having a PT evaluation to see if the underlying problem is something you didn't know to work on. For an obvious injury like a sprain or a stress fracture, PT isn't so helpful; but if a sprain or stress fracture leads to weakness somewhere and secondary injuries from compensation, PT is the way to go.


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The heat is back, so my 3 miles today were a bit slower than yesterday. I did some core and upper body work as well and my hamstring is feeling much better. Only 1 more week until the speed work starts, so here's hoping Ill be ready for that.

BERGBA7, hooray for signing up for a race! It may not be your fastest, but it will still be an accomplishment.

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Hello Everybody!

Happy belated birthday Heather! Wohoo...

Congrats Amy on a tough half and running in one more state! I guess living in Alaska is good for runners in the summer.

We are having rainy weather over here and heat is not a problem at all... I did three more 1 mile jogs this week and will sign up for a 5k in two weeks - just to make me believe I am making progress. There is no way, I will be running fast in that one, but I am going to finish it and it will be the beginning of my new running career - lol

take care and good luck on recovering and training smartly everybody!
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Got in a 3 mile run on my lunch today. We are having a break from the 90's for a day, so I really enjoyed the 75 degrees. My left hip and hamstring are still bugging me a little, so I did 10 min of yoga poses before sitting down to work again.

Amy, you are having such a fun summer of races and relays! Sometimes those weird distances are actually kind of nice. I run a 10 mile race every July and while it is just long enough to treat almost like training for a half, that 5k less makes a huge difference come race day and for recovery afterwards. good luck training for 16.

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Kevin, are you doing PT? I'm contemplating trying it again, just because my hip is still not where it should be this far into my recovery from my injury. What are your thoughts, if you are?

I ran 8.2 glorious, sunny miles in lovely Alaska this morning! Being at sea level, in cooler temperatures, really made me appreciate my home sweet road. We get a lot of humidity here, since it's a rain forest, but it's rarely accompanied by warm temperatures. You guys who manage both are total champions.

I have a 16 mile race coming up next. It's a leg of a relay. It's such a weird distance to train for. I'm going to start trying to cobble together a plan.

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Another hot day here, but I risked 5 miles close to the estimated time for rain and despite having to run the last mile in some drizzle (which felt great actually), it was a perfect time as the sun was behind the clouds and the wind had picked up and was quite cooling. My left hamstring felt really tight so I plan to do some yoga tonight, but I held a pretty steady pace.

Amy, congrats on finishing a challenging race. Congrats to your husband too on placing!

Kevin, glad that you are feeling better and on track for your race.

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I did one last vacation run today in Idaho. I couldn't resist the urge to add another running state to my list. I'm up to seven now! It was a hard 4.3 miles though. Everything was so tight and heavy. It'll be great to be back at sea level, too. Heading home tonight!

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After yesterday's 10 humid miles, today's lower humidity was nice. I decided in advance to limit myself to 6 miles. In the lower humidity, I wasn't always noticing the weather. So my sore leg was more obvious; but it's manageable for easy running. Ran a stride at the end, and that showed I'm not ready to run a 5K at race pace. Maybe in a week, maybe not. It's looking good for getting to keep the half marathon in July.

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