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oh no Amy! that sounds really painful. It sounds like you need the run, but maybe take a day off and see if your knee feels any better. if not, definitely see a Dr so it doesnt get worse. you dont want to pay for it later on during a training cycle.

I ran 9 miles today and it was an absolute slog. while I am so happy that we warmed up to 45 degrees, the trail was a mess. the 5 inches of snow was starting to melt which meant really slushy sections that soaked my socks, and made other sections almost impossible to run in. I felt like I was running in quicksand. I was glad to run by time since my pace was like a minute slower than usual, but I tried to not let that bother me since it's more important I put the time in. unfortunately I did not enjoy this as much as I wanted to. I am ready for spring!

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1/19/18 12:58 P

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My 7 miles were pretty killer last night. I fell AGAIN yesterday morning and bruised my knee all to heck, but despite my better judgment, I can anyway because my heart felt like garbage. It was awful and painful. I can tell that I'm changing my gait to compensate for the pain in my leg and I know I'm going to pay for it if I don't rest up. So I guess that's where I am. I feel like I can't catch a break these days.

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1/18/18 4:36 P

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I am so glad to hear he is hanging in there. he is one tough guy! I am glad that every day is a new day to give him lots of love. I hope the yoga helps you to feel relaxed and help you run with ease.

Today was a 3 mile steady state run with a warm up and cool down which ended up being just shy of 6 miles. It was challenging but not horribly so, despite the fact that I ran it on the treadmill. Some of the roads are cleared around here, but many are icy so I figured that if I had any shot at doing speedwork, it was on the treadmill. I am looking forward to the trail on Saturday.

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Sawyer is hanging in there, thanks for asking! We went to the vet last week and she was super impressed with how well he's doing, considering that he's a 16 year old dog with kidney failure. He's a real trooper! We're still taking it day by day and giving him lots of cuddles.

I did 3 miles last night and felt just okay. I want to run today because my heart needs it, but my legs are hips are telling me no. I did some strength training this morning and am aiming for a noon yoga session, so we'll see what I manage later.

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1/16/18 3:04 P

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yikes Amy! Im glad you had a great run the other day, but not so glad to hear about the harasser and the rough run today. some days are just not our days, and we have to just let them go. I hope you are feeling better though. How is Sawyer doing?

I ran 2 easy miles on the treadmill during lunch since I have 50-70 min scheduled for today and tonight is our Oiselle flight night and we usually only run about 30-40 min. I hate having to do double runs, but that's how it goes. Im hoping my legs dont feel too horrible tonight, especially after the prehab, strength, and core work I also did, not to mention we'll be running in about 5 inches of snow. tomorrow will likely be a cross training day for sure. physically I think I am mostly over the cold I had, although I still seem to have trouble breathing outdoors.

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1/16/18 1:33 P

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I should have quit while I was ahead because this morning's six-miler suuucked. The pain that was minor and niggling in my right shin was almost debilitating today. I walked a fair amount trying to warm up and loosen it up, but it didn't help. It was also raining sideways and super cold. I got myself lost on a very dark trail with no head lamp. Oy. I never learn, do I?

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1/15/18 7:18 P

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I redeemed myself with a 10 miler this morning. I stuck to the roads, since the trails can't be trusted, and it felt great. I felt free and easy, it was 46 degrees and partly sunny (WHAT), and I didn't have anywhere else to be or anything else to do, so I didn't feel rushed. What a good run.

Oh, except that I got chased by a harasser. I easily outran him, but what a jerk. I also witnessed a car accident! Crazy!

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1/14/18 7:41 P

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Hoo boy, when it rains, it pours, man. It sounds like we’re both having rough weekends. I spent yesterday in urgent care with some unexpected medical issues. After a stressful and exhausting morning, I just couldn’t bring myself to run. I still have a cough, it was pissing rain, the lovely snow had turned to piles of slush, so I begged off. Today I felt excited to hit the trail. I drove to my fave and had high hopes. It was in an awful state, icy, slushy, snowy. My cleats were no match for it. I aimed for 10, but could only manage 8.5 because of the ice. I fell once and slid down a hill. It was great to be out, but I’m glad it’s done.

I hope you feel better soon, Heather, and that everything starts turning around for both of us soon!

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1/14/18 3:06 P

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Today was a scheduled 50-70 min run and I went with 50 minutes. I was really not feeling it today. it was really cold out, my legs felt dead, and I was feeling sick again. I am still getting used to this running by time instead of mileage thing, but today I was grateful to be able to keep this within a range and just get the run completed and back home to rest. we are getting a huge round of snow tonight so this will likely be one of my last runs outdoors for a few days, so I tried to enjoy it.

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1/13/18 4:05 P

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I hope your nose heals up fast Amy! that seems to be one spot that I always suffer with during the winter too. what marathon are you signed up for?

today I ran 7 miles and it was bitter cold out. while I was thankful that I didnt have to run in snow for a change, and the sun was shining, the cold really got to me and I was struggling to breathe by the end. initially I was feeling like 7 miles was not a lot of mileage compared to what I have been running on the weekends, but I was not that upset once I realized I could be at home drinking warm tea a lot sooner. my husband has the flu and Im trying to fight that off the best I can so it doesnt take me out too.

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1/12/18 2:14 P

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I do wear a Buff for nose wiping purposes, but sadly, the damage is so done that it doesn't help. My sad little nose is just rubbed raw. I ran last night and it was even worse. I can't wait to feel better. My 7 miles last night felt good, insofar as I was happy to be outside and alone for a little bit. My yoga teacher has just been punishing our hamstrings and hip flexors, so I felt some soreness there, but otherwise felt physically good. It was 10 degrees warmer and not windy, so the conditions were perfect. I ran a road that gives a good view of the lights across the channel, and it was lovely to stop and take a minute to enjoy the view. The snow is moving in, so we'll see how much piles up before tomorrow's run.

Marathon training is supposed to start 1/26 and I still need to figure out a plan! Yikes!

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1/11/18 4:39 P

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when I was at the Huff someone recommended putting a soft Buff on my arm to wipe my nose on, and it was the best idea I never thought of! have you ever tried that Amy? my nose was getting so raw as well with scabs all over it, but it has improved since I started wearing the flyte gaiter on my wrist as the material is so soft. I hope you feel better soon.

I am also not feeling well. it started as a weird feeling in my throat and yesterday morning I woke up with a horse voice and I have this weird tickle in my throat that gags me because I cant cough anything up yet. Im afraid the worse is yet to come. Yet, it was 55 degrees outside and I HAD to run outside in shorts. It felt so wonderful to run 5 miles outside even though I was having a hard time breathing. winter is coming again tonight in full force and all this melted snow will turn to ice, but at least I got to enjoy it briefly.

50k is May 12, so that gives me a solid 18 weeks of training.

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Welcome back to training mode, Heather! May all your runs be effortless and you remain healthy. When is your race?

OK, we definitely got the cold back! It was -4 this morning and the wind was howling. Of course I ran 8 miles anyway, because I'm an idiot. It was very, very cold. I wore tons of layers, but at a certain point, no number of layers is going to help. I also have a bad cough/sore throat/stuffy nose, so I was wiping my nose a lot and it got so raw and painful. It was like fire breathing in the cold. Maybe tomorrow is a pool day, if the winds don't ease up.

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35 degrees, it's a heat wave! I was hoping the ice would have melted more since I wanted to do speedwork outside and not on the treadmill, but the trail was still very icy. Instead I ran in the park and around my neighborhood and it was still enjoyable because I was outside. It was my first official workout of 50k training - 11 x 20 seconds starting at 5k race pace progressing down to 1 mile race pace with a warmup and cool down. I felt great!

Amy, glad our cold went your way and it sounds like a beautiful run with the lights.

Gloria, glad to hear you are trying to get your favorite class in so you can find time for yourself.

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I hear the cold snap down south is supposed to break this week, so hang in there, ladies!

We got our cold back this morning and I couldn't have been happier. I did 7 miles in 20 degrees, I took some Little Hotties with me and felt great. The northern lights were out and the conditions were perfect. I'm happy to be back!

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It is an unusual winter, that's for sure. It was 16 here yesterday for my morning run but not windy so it felt awesome. This morning freezing rain but it is warm enough that it didn't cause trouble on the roads. I went to the boot camp class that I love but rarely go to anymore (makes me late for work). Left the class a little early and ended getting to work only 15 minutes late. I need this class, somehow I've got to work it into my schedule.

I'm still aiming for a fall marathon, very sure that the March marathon is out, at least until I can figure out why my knees are trying to dislocate. Half marathon training starts today - this is the first time in years that I do not feel half marathon ready (despite having done one less than a month ago). If I can get myself back on a routine schedule I think things will be okay but I worked 55 hours the four work days of last week so I don't know....

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1/7/18 5:43 P

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I think Perseverance sounds like a good name for your run too! slushy snow is really hard to run in, so I give you a lot of credit for getting out in it and doing 8 miles. Ive been lucky to have hard packed snow to run on these past few days and it makes it much easier on the legs and ankles. I hope your running break gave you some extra rest.

I ran 4 miles today and was really enjoying my solo run in the woods until I realized that the rain that was falling was freezing rain. I came to a spot where I have to cross the road and almost fell and when I hit the next crossing I saw two cars overturned off the road. I felt really sick to my stomach and had a panicked run back to my car. not only am I really afraid of driving in that type of weather due to some really bad experiences in the past, but I was also afraid to hit the pavement and fall and break something like I did 3 years ago. I sat in my car trying not to hyperventilate and then pulled myself together and basically drove home never pressing the gas and going about 5-10 mph until I hit a main road that was in better condition. I am definitely ready for winter to be over!

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1/6/18 6:29 P

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Your run sounds great, Heather! I so prefer the very cold weather, which sounds insane, I know. But it makes me well-suited for Alaska!

I'm back and did 8 miles on Perseverance Trail today. It ended up being more of a snowshoe than a run, though, because it was really deep in the back country. I considered turning around multiple times, but I so loved being the only footsteps in the snow that I just kept going deeper and deeper in. I was aiming for 10 miles but I fell down a couple of times and was getting a touch hypothermic at the end, so I cut it short. I was about 25 degrees and snowing, but the trail was slushy and slick in spots, so when I fell I got completely soaked. It made for a tough finish, but I loved it anyway,

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my running friends are enablers and somehow we thought that it would be "fun" to run 10 miles today even though it was sub zero as we started. It actually was a lot of fun despite the cold, and the snow was packed that it was fairly easy to run on it with only a few icy spots. It felt good to run outside after so many days indoors, but I was definitely feeling exhausted by the end. My legs felt super heavy and I had zero energy. The cold just zaps it all away. Is winter over yet?

Amy, hope you enjoyed your running "break" and that Sawyer is on the mend. Gloria, are you surviving your cold weather?

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Enjoy your break Amy! It sounds like it is much needed and well deserved. And I am super happy to find that Sawyer is hanging in there. I hope that his vet appt goes well.

I ran 5 miles on the dreadmill again since we had a windchill advisory for -20. I walked the dog for half a mile and agreed that it was too cold to be out for that long. Im hoping this is my last run indoors this week.

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Happy New Year, guys! I'm not running this week because I decided to take a well-deserved break. As I was pushing out so many miles in December to reach my annual mileage goal, I kept telling myself that if I worked really hard, I could take a rest week in January, so I'm doing it. It's been very nice, emotionally and physically, especially since I strained both of my achilles in a fall this weekend. I just wanted to check in and let you know that Sawyer is still fighting. We have a follow up appointment with the vet to check his blood to see whether and how he's recovering. I'm so impressed with how strong he is for being such an old little guy.

I'll be back on the roads on Saturday. Until then, have a great running week!

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Glad you are surviving the cold Gloria. I find that layering always helps, and having a warm pair of socks and gloves makes everything easier to tolerate. But it does take time to acclimate to the cold, and living in a warmer climate definitely makes that harder for you. Do you have any training plans that have started in the new year?

I turned to the treadmill today as it was -14 actual air temp and I draw the line at that. I ran 4 miles which felt like an eternity, but I was watching some netflix so that helped make the time go by slightly faster.

I start 50k training on Monday, so just racking up some easy miles this week. I also started a few new strength and prehab routines from the McMillan site, so I am excited to work those into my routine each week and hopefully see some results.

Amy, how is Sawyer doing?

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Hey gals, catching up. Wow Amy, so glad that Sawyer is doing better. Sure is hard when our critters are sick.

Heather, your relay sounds tough but it must have been beautiful with the snow!

Looking at your posts about cold running and what to wear and all of that. We don't have snow here but we have cold, at least for here, probably not by your standards. Most of us here don't have gear for cold weather running. Wednesday night only about six of us showed up for the group run - if I remember correctly, windchill that night was about eight but I had a good run. Did a 10k on Saturday and I am having knee issues so had to walk a lot but ended up with a good pace considering that I walked so much, I was actually very pleased with that. Knees are trying to dislocate, not sure what is going on with that. It wasn't too cold that morning but this morning when I ran it was -8 windchill. I was bundled up with a buff, a hat, gloves with mittens over, a base layer of tights and some fleece running pants over that, then a shirt, a jacket and a fleece hoodie. I was pretty warm except for my face - I can pull the buff up but I hate breathing into that thing. I am in awe at you both for running in that kind of cold all of the time. I guess if it got that cold here we would eventually get used to it.

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12/31/17 5:18 P

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Thank you for the solidarity Amy! It was a tough one out there in 7 inches of snow and temps in the single digits, sometimes negative with the blowing snow. But it was simply beautiful, and I ran my leg with one of my friends and we had the best time. I think I will be thawing out until May, but it was definitely one of those experiences you never forget. I had a blast.

That sounds so amazingly difficult Amy, but Im glad that he seems to be doing better. I hope that trend continues. You should check out the book Heart Dog (https://heartdogbook.com/). It will make you cry, but it's an amazing story that anyone with his/her own Heart Dog can relate to. I have followed Aki for years on social media and what you are describing to me with Sawyer reminds me a lot of Jazzy's story, especially as she neared the end. Hang in there my friend. Thank you for your support this year, and Happy New Year!

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I canceled the vet appointment for this morning because my little guy seemed to be feeling better. He got sick again last night and I gave him his anti-nausea medicine and today he seems tired, but okay.

I hit the trails and did 9 miles in solidarity with Heather and her relay. It was one degree outside and I could definitely feel it. I wore two shirts and a jacket, plus wool tights and leggings and tall socks, two pairs of gloves, a buff, and a hat, and I was still very, very cold. I managed to round out the year with 1,605 miles, two marathons, and one ultra, so not too shabby! I'm looking forward to your race report, Heather!

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Thanks for asking, Heather. This week has been a rollercoaster. Sawyer had a seizure early in the morning yesterday, and I really thought that was the end. We held him and petted his head for hours and waited for him to pass. He didn't, so I made an appointment to take him in on Saturday with the expectation that we would be saying goodbye. Then he was like a whole new dog yesterday! He's still weak and we still have to force feed, but he's walking, drinking water, his eyes are alert, and his ears are perky. Now I don't know what to do about tomorrow. I suspect that is he maintains today, that we'll see how he fares in the next week or so.

I did 4 miles this morning in an icy, windy hellscape. It's -1 outside and we're having a Taku Wind event, so the winds are 12 mph with gusts up to 70. I wore wool tights under leggings, two shirts and a jacket, and two pairs of gloves. I was still freezing. Thank god I only need to run 4 more miles before having a nice round number for the year. Tomorrow is expected to be even colder!

Good luck with your relay, Heather! Layer up!

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how are you holding up Amy? I hope you are managing ok.

today was my last tempo run of the endurance plan Ive been following and it was freaking hard. 4 x 2000m at tempo pace with 2.5 min recovery, then 3 X 200m with 200m recovery with a warmup and cool down. I had to cut the cool down sort since I was running out of time before my sports massage. The 2000m at tempo pace was hard, but I did this one on the treadmill since there is ice everywhere outside and I wouldnt have the traction for speed. therefore the treadmill was slightly cheating in that I pretty much forced myself to hold to the pace or fall off the treadmill. Im beat, but tomorrow is a rest day and I leave to head to Indiana for the Huff 50k relay. Im in for snow and a high of 10 degrees, so it will be an adventure!

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aww Amy I am so sorry. You know my dog is pretty much my life, so I can really empathize with how hard this must be for you. I know you are doing everything you can, and you gave a senior dog a wonderful life, and I know he feels loved. Hang in there.

I ran 3 really cold miles last night that felt like a struggle. I am slightly doubting my ability to run 10 in this relay on Saturday as the conditions will be similar. today I stayed indoors and worked on some stability exercises with my new bosu ball. here's hoping this mean far fewer falls on the trails during my next 50k.

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Another six miles this morning. We had a second vet appointment with my little guy and we're trying one last ditch effort before deciding whether to let him go. My heart is breaking, but I'm glad we worked together on a plan, so I can know how much time we have to say goodbye, if that's where we're headed. Our time with him was so short, but so meaningful.

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Merry Christmas, everyone. It was a pretty rough day for us. My elder pup is passing. He stopped eating or drinking two days ago. He's in liver failure. My heart is absolutely broken. I am so in love with this little mutt and I can't bear to see him go. I ran 5 miles this morning as fast as I could to get back to him.

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that sounds wonderful Amy, and Im glad you can support your friend as she trains for her first ultra. I know you have a lot of good advice to share.

We got our first major snowfall today and of course I had to run in it. I forgot how exhausting it is to run in deep snow, and it only got deeper by the time I turned around and couldnt even see my footsteps. But it was so beautiful, and when I got to the lake I saw 2 pairs of swans swimming. It was so breathtaking. To think that I almost decided not to go to the lake and I would have missed out on such a magical moment. I could care less about my pace or how hard it was to run in the snow, it was such a fun run.

Merry Christmas!

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I did 11 miles on the trail with a new friend who's training for her first 50k. It was great! I haven't been on a trail for any significant distance in weeks, because of the snow. The conditions were perfect. The snow on the trail was just enough to give good traction and make it nice and soft. The temperatures never broke 20 degrees, so I was pretty cold by the end, but it wasn't unmanageable. What a great run!

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I did just under 8 miles today on the trails, running with one of my relay teammates for the Huff 50k next saturday. we chose a more technical trail with hills to try and mimic what we have heard the Huff is like, and it was a fun time together. It was 35 and sunny which made for great running weather. I only wish that it was this warm next weekend. It's looking to be a high of 15 so pretty chilly but I hope the trail conditions are dry.

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you are almost making me wish for snow Amy.....almost. I hope you get your white christmas!

I enjoyed a 25 min tempo run in 40 degree weather that felt like fall. My knee felt great. I ran a 2 mile ugly sweater run the other night with our IL Oiselle team and our local running store. It was so much fun, and the sweaters were hysterical. We pretty much shut down the downtown as the large group of us were running through the streets and people were taking pics and videos of us. Definitely a fun night, and New Balance paid for some drinks and apps after the run which was pretty cool.

Rest is hard. I have gotten better at it over the years. In all honesty, I am addicted to running. I love the feeling I get when running and after. It makes me happy, and when I dont run, I feel sad. But I also remember the exhaustion I felt during 50k training last year, and I know that is ahead of me. I think that reminder made me realize that even though I have decreased my mileage since the marathon, I never took a break, and I needed one. I think you just have to commit to it, not feel guilty, and you might find that it's not so bad.

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Six miles this morning on a thin surface of crunchy ice, under the northern lights. I'm very excited that it's solstice, because it's all uphill from here. I'm also excited that tomorrow I'm not running, because my hamstrings need a break, and we're doing 108 sun salutations in yoga today, so I will undoubtedly be tired tomorrow. I'm also excited because I'm very close to my mileage goal of 1,600 for the year. With this weekend's planned 12 miler, I should be in a very comfortable position heading into the the last week of the year. I'm just excitement all around!

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Four miles in fresh snow this morning! I wasn't going to run, but you know I can't pass up a new dusting. It was lovely and perfect. The snow was sparkly and new, and running was like running across a freshly frosted cake. The snow caught in my eyelashes and it was delightful. I'm hoping for a white Christmas!

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Heather, teach me how to rest for three days! I don't think I've taken three consecutive days off in like years, even after big races. I suck at resting, it makes my mind go crazy.

I did another 7.5 this morning in the cold. I love it so much. It was a brisk and lovely 25 degrees. My thumbs got cold, but otherwise I felt great in just tights and a wool pullover. The northern lights were out and no one else was on the roads. I love running in the winter! Remind me that I said this in two weeks when I'm complaining about it again!

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you both are rocking it! Great job Amy with your 5k and Gloria with your trail race. Both sound like a lot of fun. Battling dark, cold, rain, etc. and you both still are working hard through it all.

I took 3 days off of running and I missed it, but I got the rest that I needed. I spent time with friends and family which have been neglected for several months, and Im glad I was able to just relax and not think about running for a few days. Well of course I thought about it, but I chose to not feel guilty and just try to enjoy my time with others instead of wondering when I could get my miles in. My knee felt rested, and today I ran a 4 mile fartlek and felt a little sluggish, but overall pretty good. I was hoping my knee would feel 100% after so many days off, but I could tell there was still a little niggle there. I dont have plans to take 3 days off again, but I do plan to keep my mileage light for the next few weeks. 50k training starts 3 weeks from today!

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Seven miles this morning in the cold. I'm so grateful that it's back! The temperature was just about 25 and it was great. My hamstring is still pretty tight and my lungs are still struggling, but I felt okay by the end.

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Yeah Amy, the darkness up there would be rough. I've never been there but I have one high school friend who lives up there and many friends (and my parents) have visited and I am told how beautiful it is. But I think winter would be difficult. Also, congrats on the 5k, that is a great pace - I am really thinking I should be able to get back to a 10 minute mile since I am going to pass on the marathon this time.

Had my six mile trail race yesterday, it was great. It was cold and raining and I thought I was going to be cold but I was fine. 205 registered and 133 showed up...that tells you that Tennesseans are fair weather runners, doesn't it? I have done so little trail running in the past year and a half and I really love it, it is just so freeing to be out there. I started out very strong, had a bad mile four and got passed by many, was able to pick up the pace in mile five but never did get caught up again so was at the back of the pack - but was so pleased to be out there and do fairly well since trail running has been scarce for me lately. Mile six was fairly technical, a few butt sliders out there but I just slowed down and didn't have any mishaps, other than being muddy.

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JINGLE JOG 5k WOOHOO! It was such a fun race! The weather was garbage (blowing sideways snain), so the field was small. I managed a 9:15 pace, which felt great! And we raised $360 for Girls on the Run! Wins all around!

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That sounds like a good plan, Gloria. Being a pacer will still be a challenge and it gives you a chance to prepare thoroughly for a fall marathon.

I did 6 miles last night in the dark. I remembered my headlamp this time but it was so dim that it was basically useless. The only thing about winter that I hate is the darkness. The sun isn't rising now until about 9 and it sets at 2, so there's no daylight to be had. My hamstrings were really tight so I didn't push any more. My yoga instructor has been killing the hams and quads lately. I also did some strength training yesterday, trying to get back into the groove. Have a great Friday, ladies.

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It's supposed to be in the 30s and pouring rain for my trail race this weekend. If it's going to be that cold I wish I would just snow instead of rain.

I committed to the local Fleet Feet to be a pacer for their upcoming half marathon training...I've paced for their training programs before, both marathon and half, it's fun but it probably means I won't be doing marathon training. I am going to sit out and rest for spring season and I have my sights on a fall full.

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A 50k in July sounds great Amy. Im sure that will give you the confidence to sign up for a 50 yourself! I debated whether I should wait to sign up after I do my next 50k, but between the discount code and really being inspired by my friend who ran one, I just went for it. I still feel a little insane for doing it, but I really do believe in doing things that scare you.

I ran 3 easy miles today and took the KT tape off beforehand. My knee felt really good. I was a little worried as it felt sore when I was sitting on the train last night after leaving the concert I was at where I was standing and dancing around for a few hours, but it felt good. I dont think Im going to push it right now, and am going to take a few days off. My 50k training starts in about 3 weeks, so I want to keep my mileage low right now so I can head into training feeling good.

Amy, I know what you mean about strangers cheering you on. Last year when I was unemployed and ran in the late morning, I would always see this older woman who walked the trail and she would always say "keep running!". It was really silly, but her genuine enthusiasm was touching. Im glad you had your own cheerleader and that you could enjoy some balmy weather. Please send it here, I am so freaking cold.

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HEATHER! A 50 miler! You're amazing! I'm so excited for you! I took your advice and think I'm going to aim for another 50k next year. I found one in California over July 4th weekend that looks fun, and I think I managed to convince my husband to run the 30k, which would officially be his longest race ever.

Take care of yourself, Gloria! I was actually having a similar problem recently. I was feeling really woozy and dizzy and had a headache that was very persistent. I saw my doctor and they suspected it was anemia or an electrolyte imbalance. I changed some dietary things and think I was starting to feel better, but with the cold knocking me flat, it's hard to judge.

I did 7 miles this morning in 45 degrees and misty. Um, hi, guys, can we have our Alaska back? I mean, warm temperatures are fine for everyone else, but we live here because we enjoy the cold and snow and ice, and this warm winter is for the birds. My run was nice, though, even though my lungs weren't 100%, especially in the first couple of miles. I especially appreciated the guy who cheered me on as I headed toward home. Strangers don't understand just how helpful that encouragement can be.

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Gloria, sometimes it just takes learning the hard way to finally get the message. I really hope you are ok with your heart rate. my boss has something similar where her blood pressure drops really quickly and she can pass out. it is really frightening. I hope for your sake that things finally calm down and you can get back to what you enjoy. I know there is sometimes a lot of pressure to run, especially when you are surrounded by people who are always running, but there is nothing wrong with needing to take a break so that you can focus on managing your life. I know running can be a good way to deal with stress, but it shouldnt cause stress.

so I did something crazy today and signed up for a 50 miler!!!! I am still freaking out a bit, but its something Ive pondered, and when a code was offered for anyone not running the Chicago marathon (its on the same weekend as the marathon), I figured, what the hell.

So there's that. Today was a 5 mile progression run and my knee felt pretty good during. My first mile was faster than my second, but it was all negative splits after that. Mile 2 was hard because it was mostly snow and some ice, so I realized how difficult a progression run is in the winter.

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Hope you are feeling better Amy, don't know about where you are but around here there are some bugs going around. Heather, so glad your knee is holding up, sounds like you will be ready for your relay!

I just trying to make it through the next couple of weeks. A couple of years ago I was passing out a lot and they did a lot of tests but couldn't figure out why...except they knew my heart rate was dropping into the 30s. It hasn't been happening too much lately but all of the sudden a couple of weeks ago there was an alarming increase in frequency, very weird and I kind of wonder now if it is from lack of sleep and/or work stress - may also be from electrolyte imbalance, though that didn't show up in the testing I had - but I was having a lot of leg cramps the past couple of weeks, so I wonder. Only managed one strength training session last week. Last night I went to the group session...next week is our last week and I won't be able to continue next year because it is just too far away from home. I'll figure something else out, maybe just work out on my own at home, that would probably be best.

I had a half on Saturday, planned it for an easy training run. But I was just too exhausted and it wasn't a good run. It wasn't my worst half but almost, not like I was running for time, but gee, I didn't expect it to be that bad. Windchill was about 15, so my coldest run thus far this season but I felt comfortable. But I am getting the message loud and clear that until I get my work situation and commute situation in order, I probably don't need to be training for a full...I just want to though, it's a flat course and a lot of people I know are going. Anyway, ran on Monday at lunch and it was back up to 60 degrees!

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oh no Amy! I wish you a speedy recovery. there are a lot of sick people in my office, so Im hoping I can make it through the season without getting sick. The sauna sounds nice though..Im sure that made you feel much better afterwards.

I ran 3 easy on my lunch and it didnt feel so "easy" since it is 19 degrees and icy everywhere. the good news is that it felt so cold I didnt notice my knee bothering me, so heres hoping the low mileage is helping, and Im really trying to avoid any strength training with lunges or squats and just focusing on my upper body for now so that it doesnt aggravate whatever is wrong.

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I’m officially sick. It always happens in December! I did 10 damp miles on Saturday and felt a little tickle in my throat. It felt good to be out though, and I wanted double digits, so I just pushed through. As the rest of the day went on, I felt worse and worse until I had a fever by Saturday night and spent all day yesterday on the couch. Today I felt well enough to do 5 miles in the pool and have a sauna after. I knew it was coming! I’m glad I can already see the end of the tunnel though. Stay well, everyone!

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4 easy miles on the trail today and while it was still cold, the sun was out and it didnt feel too bad. I felt a little stiff and sore from yesterday so I took it slow, and my knee seems fine. Just as with yesterday, the downhills hurt a little bit and I couldnt run them as fast as I wanted, but Im glad to find that two days of running hasnt made it any worse.

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heat wave Amy! I hope you send that our way. Hopefully you can enjoy a few more runs before the cold and snow returns.

I ran 10 today and while it was pretty cold, the snow on the trail was beautiful. I love how snow makes everything different. Even though the trail is the same, it seems totally new with fresh snow. Im pretty sure Ill never be warm again, but thankfully my knee held out pretty well. I had a few moments where it was bugging me, mostly on the downhills, but other times it felt pretty good. This makes me more confident going into my 50k relay in 3 weeks. I will just need to remember to keep it easy and low mileage tomorrow to not overdo it.

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Ugh, I hate those long days, Gloria! I'm so grateful to have a little respite from the busy season at work this month.

I did 7 miles in actual warm weather last night. There's some weird inversion happening so everyone in the lower 48 is sucking up all our cold. It was SIXTY DEGREES. Needless to say, I was massively overdressed in my leggings, long sleeved shirt, and layered sort sleeved shirt, plus a hat and gloves. I was a sweaty Betty by the end. My lungs were still struggling and my knees hurt, but I got it done and was happy to do so.

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I am sorry that work is so crazy for you Gloria. I used to have hours like that at my old job and I know how hard it is to get in a workout when you come home completely exhausted. I hope you can get some work life balance soon.

I ran 3 easy miles and my knee felt fairly good. I think the speed is what aggravates it more, so going slow seems to be key. as much as I was enjoying this stamina plan, I may just need to keep it easy here on out. I also realized that if I can avoid sitting before my runs, my knee feels better. Its the transition from sitting to running that makes it worse. tomorrow I was planning to do a long run, so we'll see how it feels. We are supposed to get a ton of snow tonight, so that may also determine how far I can run tomorrow.

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I've been working ridiculous hours and not doing anything...no strength training, no running really. 14.5 hours at work one day, 13.0 another, etc. etc. It's ridiculous and then I have a longish commute so I am exhausted. Last night it was getting late but I HAD to do something so I went out and did just two puny miles but my stomach was rebelling and I was afraid to try to go any further so headed home. It's generally been in the 60s and 70s for most of my runs so I've been in tank tops or short sleeves but now winter is truly here, windchill was 23 last night - and I hear you on the lungs! It will take some time to acclimate. I will get for a walk at lunch time to start getting used to it - I have a half tomorrow and tonight/tomorrow is supposed to to be the coldest we've had so far this season so it might be rough, especially since I am so tired and I have been running so little lately.

Amy, that is good that you have the pool to supplement with, sounds like you are doing a lot - yoga, strength and six in the pool, wow, and I think running in the pool is harder than actually running. Heather, so sorry about your knee. Well, here's to hoping we can all get used to this cold weather but in the meantime, I need to pick back up on my strength training as well!

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Resting is hard. I feel like I have been taking it easy, but my knee doesnt seem to care. since I felt pretty good on Tuesday and didnt run yesterday, I did my stride workout today which is basically 4 miles of 20 seconds of running starting at 5k pace down to 1 mile pace. I felt pretty good but my knee starting hurting again. This is really frustrating. I have a 50k relay in about 3 weeks that I am determined to do, so I think I am just mad at myself that I clearly have an injury despite all my yoga, strength training, and stretching.

Amy, I hope you continue to feel better with your pool running to supplement the cold weather running. Today was my first REALLY cold run and I know what you mean about your lungs hurting.

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Welcome back, Heather! Your trip looked AMAZING. I love Austin. Husband and I have often said that if we moved back down south, we'd move to Austin or Minneapolis. It's just such a cool city with so much to offer.

I did 6 miles in the pool last night, just because my lungs were still struggling. I'd done strength training and gone to yoga earlier in the day and it was excruciating, so I decided to take it easy. I did 4 miles this morning though, just to test my legs and my lungs and because my brain needed it and I needed alone time. I suck at resting. I understand your quandary about whether to run a spring marathon, Gloria, because it sort of sounds like you suck at resting too. What is it about us runners?

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Well I am back from Austin and went from 81 beautiful degrees to 31 degrees and 30 mph winds. I am not happy about it! But resting my knee over the past few days seemed to help and I went on an easy 3 mile run today to see how it felt. I am going to keep my mileage real low to make sure that it doesnt get bad again. Austin was amazing as usual, we usually go about twice a year. At one point we were planning to live there because of my husbands job, and I was upset when he had to stay in Chicago as it is my favorite place. Amy, Real Ale is one of my favorites too! We didnt get this this time around, but there is just so much in the beer scene there it is amazing.

Gloria, I am sorry you had a rough race but like Amy said, you can learn from it and know what to do/not to do next time. And your friend is right...it is mental. I realized this the most when I finished my first 50k and I realized that my body was still moving just fine. It was my mind that went to a dark place and was giving me reasons to quit. But it is also your mind that is truly powerful when you can learn to turn those dark thoughts into something positive. One of the best tricks Ive learned is to change your negative thought into something positive. So instead of saying, it's cold, focus on, wow that is a beautiful tree! I do this a lot and sometimes it is ridiculous, but it does help. forcing out the negative thoughts makes room for the positive ones and those get you to the line happy.

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Had a little run last night with one of the running clubs, I ran alone but then had pizza with them after. Nice chatting with them, especially about my marathon experiences and why I feel like I don't want to go on after 16 miles or so...I know it is mental and this particular guy says he sees a lot of that in our particular running club and thinks it is because we stop frequently on our long training runs. I usually don't train with them but I think he is right. He's on my Ragnar team too, I think we might work together on this mental thing so I can get myself a better marathon time....he is actually recommending that I rest for a while, just maybe 15 miles a week. I am kind of leaning toward that and maybe ramping up for some spring races and not doing a marathon again until fall...though I am registered for one in March.

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Sorry to hear your race didn't go so great, Gloria. But it's good that you were able to identify the cause of it and hopefully can overcome it next time.

I did 9 miles over the weekend and 5 this morning. I've got some respiratory thing that's making my asthma go crazy. This morning was particularly bad. It was also blowing sideways rain. I can't pretend it was my favorite run of all time, but it's done.

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Did a short run yesterday, which was GREAT (all I can say about Saturday is that it had to be because of exhaustion, no other reason that I can think of) and then I did my strength training.

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I had a 12k race yesterday, I was looking forward to it, my running has been going pretty well lately so I had high expectations, but it didn't go so great. My job is so bad right now, I think that the exhaustion and bad eating probably contributed. I've headaches any day I am at the office and can't sleep. Friday my main food was chocolate. I didn't eat the breakfast I took for that day, nor did I eat dinner.

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Finally the storm front broke! We had snow for two days, which cleared the roads significantly. I did 7.5 great miles on clear pavement last night. The moon was peeking from behind the clouds and it felt great to run with more confidence than I feel on ice and snow and slush. I loved it. I also did two strength training workouts and three yoga classes this week, so I'm feeling good about that.

Heather, you're in Austin!? I'm so jealous! It's my favorite city! There are a ton of great breweries there, too. If you get a chance, drive out to Real Ale. They make great beer and are genuinely good guys. Independence is also really good.

Good luck picking a plan, Gloria! I'm in the same boat. I have a bit before training begins, but I'm already thinking about it because I know training for a marathon in Alaska in late winter is going to be a beast. I'm considering using a time, rather than mileage, based plan. You're doing that now, Heather, aren't you?

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Yesterday I did some strength training instead of running as I thought that would give my knee some rest, but I think some of the squats and lunges I did made it worse and I had a lot of knee pain yesterday at work. I taped my knee for my run today which made a huge difference. I felt really good until the last interval. Today was 6 X 1000m with 200m recovery, then 3 X 200m with 200m recovery with a warmup and cool down. It was pretty hard by the end and I struggled with the 200m intervals since I was gassed out and my knee was starting to hurt.

I am leaving for Austin tomorrow and I dont plan on running at all while I am there. I am hoping the extra days of rest will help. If my knee still hurts this time next week, Im headed to the Dr.

Gloria, great job with your strength training and good luck choosing your marathon plan. There are so many to choose from, but Im sure youll find a good one.

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Another short run for me last night, by body is feeling so much better and I feel like I can start adding miles back. Marathon training is supposed to start Saturday but I haven't even looked at a plan....yikes. I need to decide what I am going to do.

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Went to the group strength training class last night, week four of six for us. I have a feeling my arms are going to be spaghetti today, it's not really soreness, it's more like tired.

How's everyone doing on strength training? One thing I am missing is yoga...it's been a few weeks since I have done that.

Gloria

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Gloria, it sounds like you had a great vacation and Im glad to see you back and running. Sounds like you have some great plans for 2018 already.

Amy, it sounds like some time off running might help get you feeling better and re-energize you. I need to take my own advice since my knee bothers me and I still run.

I did strength training this morning along with some core exercises, and tonight I have another Oiselle IL team run. Not sure how many miles we are doing but Im excited because this week we are heading to a trail instead of the usual paved path. I definitely will try not to forget my headlamp Amy!

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Yikes, my legs are really tired of this weather. Today was slush, so it was extra slippery and slow. I managed more than 6.5 miles, but my left ankle is screaming and my knees both ache. I know I need to take some time off while the weather clears, but I just don't want to. Maybe it's time to turn back to the pool for awhile and let some of these aches resolve themselves.

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I had a glorious run yesterday, short but felt awesome. I also confirmed that I will do Ragnar Tennessee again in March - my fourth time for this one - was not going to do it because it's the week before the marathon, but when I found out who is on our team this year I got so excited and committed - it is going to be fantastic! I love Ragnar until the Saturday morning of the race when I just want to call my husband and tell him to come and get me, bahahaha! Anyway, I am just so happy to be running right now, I am doing a 12k this weekend, a half the weekend after that, a six mile trail race the weekend after that and a 15k the weekend after that. In February I have a 15k, in March there is Ragnar and possible the marathon depending on how my body behaves during training. Then the weekend after that a half. There might be some other races in January, February and March. This is how I used to run, just doing a lot of races of different distances, and I was always so happy and healthy, not all beat up and defeated like I have been lately. I don't actually RACE the races, I just use them for training runs and for pleasure - I usually only do a couple of races a year for PRs.

Did some strength training yesterday as well.

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Hey, back from our trip! For the first time in years I didn't check into SparkPeople every day and the world didn't end, bahaha! We went to Michigan for the week, we were lucky because it was so warm...some very cold mornings but in the low 50s during the day, but that WIND! I am a real wimp, I cannot deal with that wind! And Amy, you are so tough for dealing with that snow, I would seriously be in hibernation. I cannot stand snow, even a little.

Heather, congrats on the 5k PR!

So I cannot remember when I last posted, I did the Fleet Feet run the Wednesday before our trip, not many people showed up, I think because it was cool and rainy and people here are pretty wimpy about the weather. Since there were so few people there I was the slowest one but interestingly, it was one of my fastest runs lately. My pace seems to slowly be coming back...one step at a time, right? Then the Saturday before Thanksgiving I did a 10k, not my fastest but middle of the pack and I was happy with it - it was great weather but a bit rainy and very windy that day too. Then the Sunday before Thanksgiving I volunteered at a water stop for a local marathon. It's a road race but it's considered a tough one, not a Boston qualifier, very hilly. I've volunteered for three years now, and that will hopefully help me to get in the race - maybe in 2018 - it's a lottery but there is some consideration for those who volunteer. It's a fun time volunteering each year, we have a great water stop with all sorts of food and I will not admit or deny that there is also some bourbon, fireball or mimosas for those who might want those drinks, haha. Water stop is at miles 3 and 23.

www.harpethhillsmarathon.com

Anyway, then on to Michigan for the week and I was able to get a very short run in and then I did a 5k on Friday night - for a very small town it is quite a race, Fantasy of Lights. Last year when I did it I had torn tendons in my hip and my I felt my leg was going to collapse out from under me and I could barely walk it. This year was SOOOOO much better, no PR but I was about 10 minutes faster than last year, again, right in the middle of the pack! Yesterday I went in the morning to run with one of my running groups....well I hardly run with them anymore because mostly they just walk. It was so cold and my hands were freezing even with gloves and we did end up walking a lot, which wasn't a huge surprise, so later yesterday I went out alone after it had gotten up in the 60s and I did a short run on my own. Felt great!

I have been doing my strength training...last week only twice but hey I am doing it! I hope I can keep it up!

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Seven more miles this morning in -- you guessed it -- FRESH SNOW. It was hard and took a lot of mental toughness, and I forgot my headlamp, but of course I did it. So slooow, though. I took a 100% rest day yesterday, no swimming, no yoga, no running, no nothing, and it was blissful. So at least I felt recharged for running in the two full feet of snow we've gotten in the last week. Happy Monday, ladies!

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I hope you both had a great thanksgiving! It sounds like you have been getting a lot of snowy runs in Amy, and I hope you had a fun time at the wedding and could still dance a lot!

Ive enjoyed a few rest days. Last Tuesday was our Oiselle team run, but we decided to do a walk instead since my friend was back from her 50 mile race and didnt feel like running. we drove to PA on Wednesday and I did a turkey trot there with my husband on Thanksgiving. It was a 5k and I havent run a 5k in 2 years. I loved it, and got a new PR. My husband was also trying to break sub 30 min for a 5k and he finished in 28 minutes. On Friday my family went on a 2 mile hike which while not a run, was still really fun. It was in the state park where my May 50k will be, so I enjoyed scoping it out although we were more on the south side and the race is on the north side. Today I ran 6 easy miles on the trails and Im feeling pretty good. My knee is still bothering me a bit so the extra rest days seemed to help at the time, but not as much as I had hoped. It might be time to see the dr unfortunately...

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Another 7.5 in fresh snow this morning. Not gonna lie, I’m tired of it. It was especially hard on the bridge into town, the sea water made it mushy and extremely difficult to run in. My ankles are screaming! But I’m glad to have it done because I’m going to dance my face off at a wedding tonight!

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Hey! We are traveling and I’ve run a little, but very little! I’ll catch up with you guys in the next couple of days after we get home.

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Happy Thanksgiving, guys! I hope you all turkey trotted and enjoyed lots and lots of delicious treats! I wanted to do our local Turkey Trot, but I had court hearings at the same time, so I ran 7.5 miles in the snow. I misjudged how much time I had and ended up having to call into the court from the side of the road, which was very cold. I was happy to snooze in front of the fire for the rest of the day! Have a great weekend, everyone.

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11/22/17 12:27 P

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7 miles in more new snow last night. It felt great. I got new cleats and they have much more traction so I felt secure and stable almost the entire time. I was underdressed, though, so of course I was cold all night. Also, I did my PT exercises for my back and hip yesterday morning and did leg day today, so I'm on track with strength training too! How's strength training going, runners?

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11/20/17 5:19 P

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I know that feeling! I just got some new gloves since I lost my pair during the 25k, so Im hoping something warmer helps me. I always find it takes a while for my body to adjust to snowy running, so I hope your knee feels better soon.

My knee was still bothering me during my tempo run. It was 20 min at tempo pace with a warmup and cool down. I definitely was feeling the "stamina" in this stamina plan today. Im sure it is the accumulated fatigue, but it was a struggle. Thankfully I got my sports massage and feel wonderful.

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7 miles this morning, so cold, so windy. It was 12 degrees real temperature, so who knows what it was with the wind chill. The road conditions were better than they were on Saturday, but my patellar tendon on my left knee is hurting, so maybe I'm feeling the ice and snow more than I realize. It felt great to run, but my hands might just never be warm again.

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Good job Amy. They say it is better to run by time instead of miles in the snow because it is much much harder. So I am sure your effort was like 10 miles even if your watch said 8. I am not looking forward to that running in snow feeling. It does take a while to get used to that. I hope you are feeling better!

Today I ran 6 easy miles with the last 15 minutes at steady state pace. My knee was hurting me a bit but I was able to finish on pace. I ran on my favorite single track trail for a bit and it was amazing as always, although super muddy from the rain and melting snow we had yesterday. I have my sports massage tomorrow, which feels like the last one was forever ago, so Im hoping she can address some of the knee pain and help work out whatever imbalance is causing that.

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The snow storm dumped about six inches of snow, so I went out this morning just as the plow trucks were clearing the roads and managed 8 miles. I wanted 10, but running in snow is so much more exhausting and I was t feeling so swell so I called it early.

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I am sorry to hear you both are having some stressful work days. That is the one thing I really like about the job I have now - it is so much less stress than my previous job and it is easier at times to balance running and work.

I was scheduled to do 60-90 minutes and the rain never let up so I accepted the fact I would be wet and cold and went to the trail to get some tree cover. The rain turned to ice and then to snow, which was actually really beautiful. It wasnt much snow thankfully (not like youre getting amy!) but I did not regret being out in it at all. I ended up going the full 90 minutes and probably could have run more, but I was wet and cold and could barely feel my legs. I am still struggling to adjust to the cold this year.

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The corrective exercises are super easy things, doesn't take a lot of time, and also includes some foam rolling and stretches - mostly to help fire the weak areas (for me, the glute medius). Mostly it is like doing physical therapy. Each of us in the challenge has a different workout - mine includes some pelvic tilts, some dead bugs, some squats - the hard stuff comes in the actual strength training workouts.

Work is dreadful, running is scarce and leaving my desk at all is pretty rare actually, add the commute time and I've had a Tylenol week. Just trying to push through and hope things get better.

Ugh, sorry about the trial Amy, that would be awful. Heather, your fartlek workout sounds great, a friend of mine told me she was doing a similar one and it made me want to get out there and run, I love those kind of workouts!

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I'm a day late on this post because I'm in trial (A-FREAKING-GAIN), but it's accounabilibuddy time! I did two rounds of strength training this week. I did my PT core and hip exercises yesterday and a leg workout today. I also ran 6 miles yesterday and am planning a run tonight. We're expecting 8 to 12 inches of snow tonight, so I'm hoping to get out before it's too deep. Also, after four days in court all day, I need to be outside or I will lose my damn mind.

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Today was a fartlek run - 5 min of 10k race pace with 2 min of recovery, with a 15 min warmup and cool down. It was much colder out today than my last run, but I warmed up quickly and felt great. I was worried my legs would be sore after the cross training I did yesterday which focused more on the lower legs, but I felt better than expected.

Gloria, your "corrective" workout sounds really interesting. what types of exercises does it include?

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I've used McMillan too for core and I like their plans. Maybe for my next marathon I will use one of their plans instead of this other one. As for now, I did the strength training class last night, work is hell and horrible and I had a bad headache and just wanted to go home and sleep instead of drive to a place that is over an hour away from home but I went and was glad I did. The workout last night didn't seem as difficult as the one last Tuesday. I am a little behind for the week - we also have a "corrective" workout to do six times a week and I haven't done that yet - it is more like physical therapy to work on our individual weaknesses, and then we have two other strength workouts to do at home or a gym as well. It's a lot but it is going to be so worth it.

Tuesday when I ran at lunch I thought of you two out in the cold....It wasn't really cold here (right now our average high is 61 degrees) - but colder than I am used to - there was probably a 40 degree windchill because it was in the high 40s - and it was gloomy and damp but I got out there and did a short run and felt great. I'm with Heather, no icy running for me but we hardly ever get snow here, so that is probably not an issue.

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Amy, I am cold just thinking about your run! I dont mind snow, but ice is another story. hopefully you can figure out the best way to trail run during the winter. I know a lot of people around here tend to snow shoe in the winter on the trails in place of running because it is so similar.

Gloria, I am so glad you had a great 5k and I can tell it means a lot to you to run for Earl Grey. Ive run for animal welfare charities for the past 4 years and I cant even describe how amazing it is sometimes to run for something bigger than yourself, especially when you have a connection to the cause.

I started a 6 week running program through McMillan running (that my marathon and 50k plans are also from) that focuses on building strength for the end of endurance races. I think I will enjoy it during the winter months because it is a lot of structured workouts which helps me focus on the run and not think about how cold I am. Today was a 15 min warmup, then 12 20 second strides building from 5k pace down to mile pace, with a 15 min cool down. of course I started out too fast as usual, but it was a great run.

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Heather, that sounds like an amazing race! I love those transcendent runs that just feel so free and easy. I am dreading a winter on the roads, so I'm trying to strategize how to get in more trail running, even with the dark and the ice.

This morning's six miler was an icy hellscape. My cleats are worn down to nubs, which of course I didn't realize til I was sliding around like Bambi on the pond. The winds are still howling, but are supposed to die down around noon today. Here's hoping, because it hasn't been above feels-like 10 for a week and my bones are feeling it.

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So sorry about your friend Amy. Heather, your 25k sounds wonderful! I just love being on the trails, haven't done enough of that in the past year. I need to get that back. You guys both inspire me, I am just not a cold weather person - I do get out and run all winter long but I am such a wimp so I am going to channel you both and be a bad ass and just get out and do it.

Strength training - okay, Friday did a session, it was not good. I was still sore from Tuesday and probably just a little too exhausted and it seemed so hard. Then I did a session yesterday, it went so much better and I enjoyed most of the exercises.

I had to work all day Saturday for a conversion and so I didn't do a long run. Kind of not happy about that but I am in a season with work and the holidays where that is just going to be difficult. Yesterday I did a 5k that benefited the animal rescue where I had gotten Earl 18 years ago. I don't do a lot of shorter races, but this time of year I will. Thing is, I think it takes me three miles just to get warmed up! Anyway, this course is where I had my 5k PR - not a PR this time but I was VERY happy with my pace - I'm slowly getting it back! It is a very small race but well organized. I did well enough to come in 19th out of 57th - not a speedy race by any means but there were a lot of walkers and people with dogs. The shirt isn't a tech tee but it is very cute and will be well loved.



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Amy, I am so sorry about your friend. That is really sad, but I like how you chose to honor him. Even if it was a difficult race with the elements, you had a good reason to run.

My 25k yesterday went amazing. I literally loved every second the race. The trail was simply amazing. The leaves were everywhere and for a while I felt like I was somewhere else instead of on a trail in IL. While I dont have any other 25k race times to compare to, I feel like it was one of my best races to date. Not just because of my time or pace, but because of how I felt. I was just so happy and felt strong. Without any expectations and being one month post marathon, I was really surprised at how well I did. It almost made me wish I was running the 50k....almost.

Today I ran 3 easy miles on the treadmill. It's raining outside and usually that wouldnt deter me, but I was so cold yesterday and never really got warm. I was having trouble breathing afterwards after having the cold air in my lungs for so long, so I figured I would give myself a break for once and stay inside. I really dont want to get sick with Thanksgiving just around the corner, so while it was a boring run, its better than the alternative....I guess.

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I ran the Veteran’s Day 8k today, which is a race I haven’t done in a number of years. The snow was piled high and my cleats had no traction, so it was a tough, slow race. Of course it felt good and I was happy to be out. A friend of mine passed away last night and he was an ardent supporter of me and my running; I ran with his memory in my heart.

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winter also came to Chicago, with 18 degrees as the high and our first snow! I of course ran as well. I did 3 easy miles as a shakeout for my run tomorrow. thankfully the high will be 30 so a bit warmer which I am glad for as the 18 with wind would be hard to take for a 25k. After a long long week at work with the traveling, I hope I can get enough rest tonight to be good for the race. thankfully it doesnt start until 930 for the 25k, so that seems like a luxury.

I think accountability partners for strength is a good idea! sounds like we could all benefit from that over the next few months.

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