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Well I got my copy of the Jeff Galloway Marathon Training book. It's hopefully going to be a good read for over Christmas. I've got a training plan sort of worked out with an online site but I do need the help in regards to nutrition and such

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Hello, everyone. I hope you are all having a good weekend.

I'm having fun with my new "toy." I will probably write a blog about it in a few days. I'm still learning :-)

But one very useful advantage I've discovered from getting the VivoFit rather than the Fitbit is that it syncs with Garmin Connect. That means that data from my Forerunner is merged with the data from the VivoFit, which gives an a better overall picture when workouts are a part of the picture. Today when I took my walk I wore both the Forerunner and the Vivofit.
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As I mentioned, my principle objective in using this tracker is for the motivation I think it will provide. I respond very well to this sort of feedback. Not everyone does. I recently read about a study (reported in the New York Times) that was testing whether or not the trackers did motivate people. According to this study, there were three distinct groups of people among study participants.

About 10 percent were “quantified selfers” with an affinity for this kind of feedback; just by looking at the numbers, they are motivated to be more active. That is definitely me.

An additional 20 percent to 30 percent need some encouragement in addition to tracker data to effectively change their behavior. I think the "sedentary alert" in my tracker is an attempt to provide this sort of encouragement. Garmin Connect also gives out "badges" recording achievements and other things like this. Sort of like Sparkpeople.

But most of the subjects observed in the study didn’t understand the data and needed help making sense of it. For them, social motivation from a friend or joining a team or workplace challenge may be more effective. Garmin Connect offers the ability to connect and interact with other users on the site, to join challenges, etc. to add social motivation (again sort of like Sparkpeople).

But I doubt that I will do anything more than monitor my own activities. The badges are cute, but I don't need them. The feedback is enough for me.

I'll be monitoring for a while to figure out what sort of goals I should set myself. I'm pretty sure that one of them will be to keep my sedentary percentage below some threshold.

My 24 hours yesterday broke down to 39% Sleeping, 40% Sedentary, 17% Active and 4% Highly Active. The tracker gave me credit for 17,583 steps. So far today, the breakdown is 45% Sleeping (will go down with the additional hours in the day), 35% Sedentary, 13% Active, 6% Highly Active. I've logged 13,095 steps so far.

By the way, total calories is also estimated (base metabolism + activity). The totals look reasonable to me. Very interesting.

On a related tangent, here are two more very interesting articles from the NYTimes.

First "How Exercise Changes our DNA"

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and second, "Belly Fat Tied to Sudden Cardiac Death"

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Visceral (internal) fat is dangerous and otherwise thin people can still have it. That's why strength training is so important.

Oops, got to get moving. My tracker is telling me I've been sitting too long.
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I am sore and really know I did that strength training yesterday. My sense is that other people do not get as sore as I do, but how could I really know? I intend to keep it up nevertheless.

I tried running a few steps today and decided not to. Still have a little more bleeding than a bandaid will hold. I did 60 minutes of Leslie Sansone-type Walk Away the Pounds moves. I do have some pain, but think it is worth it. (Doctor told me to exercise as tolerated and it won't do permanent damage.) I could do those moves and watch girls' basketball. But the weather is gorgeous and think I'll at least walk to the end of the road and back before my grandkids come to spend the night.

June, Good going on meeting your training goals! Many in my running group are turning in the results of the 2 half marathons I ran this season as the virtual Galloway race. I decided I don't need another medal. For some it is definitely worth it. Depends on your perspective and goals. Destination HM sound wonderful. If my hubby was at all interested in running or even supporting me run I'd do some. But he's not, so vacations will go to places we both want to go. I did have a friend who ran a Colorado HM after training in Florida. She said next time she would go at least 2 weeks early to get used to the altitude. I'm sure there would be extra challenges of running in climates and conditions you aren't used to. My niece has signed up for 2 trail runs in Tucson AZ where her mom lives. Hope she can avoid the cactus. We have sand and heat (although not as dry) here for her to train in.

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Happy Saturday, before Super Sunday. I have met my workout fitness goals for this week and today is a rest day. 3 ST workouts, 2 runs, 1 long hike.
Super Sunday usually includes the golf driving range, ST, a run, a swim and a cycle home from the gym. Monday is swim day, Tuesday is morning hike and ST, Wednesday is either all-day hike or 2nd run, Thursday is rest day, Friday is 3rd ST and 3rd run (or second run if Wednesday was an all-day hike day) and Saturday is rest day.

Last weekend and the next few weeks, there are no posted races on the upcoming races. Last weekend was Jeff's inaugural half-marathon on Sunday and his wife Barb's accompanying 5k race on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia. He offers an interesting option, one can enter and run the Dec 12-13 event in Georgia or run a virtual HM or 5k distance between Oct 20, 2014 and March 1, 2015 and receive, an official finisher’s medal and T-shirt with receipt of proof of completion, guaranteed entry into future year Jeff Galloway 13.1 events,“Heritage status” runners are eligible for a five-year special award for those who do each of the first five races, and “Legacy” status for future awards. No sparker Gallowegians that I know of entered this, although we could still enter the virtual event. I haven't done any destination races yet, I would like to someday. I am thinking about whether to enter this virtual race.



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Sharon, yay for running when you can, you will get in a winter running groove soon for sure. Way to keep up your weight training and indoor cardio workouts.

Marsha, I made ST my 2014 goal, and am so very very happy to be back in that groove again and have it as part of my fitness infrastructure. You will find a way that suits you to keep fit and eventually be running again.

Catherine, I bought a cadence counter for my bike a few years ago. I think your DH will really love it. I love my gadgets and paying attention, being aware of different training parameters is fun and leads to improvements as well. Your DH is probably a more evolved cyclist than I am, but in my case, the cadence counter led to a change in when I changed gears, I started changing gears more often and having a more efficient and smoother ride. I agree with you regarding the support of a activity device, they used to be just pedometers, now they can also track your activity levels in several categories, allowing you to know your active and sedentary hours in a day, also calories burned, some track sleep and have a vibrator alarm, stairs climbed. I am on my second fitbit, my first one Fitbit One, was great except it was clip-on and I clipped it on to my bra(usually) or top of my pants. The disadvantage of that, was that it would get soaked in my sweat and it sometimes fell off, in fact I lost it, which is why I bought my second one, a Fitbit Flex, and the wristband location is much more convenient, except the Flex doesn't count stairs, and I liked that feature. The fibit also synchs to Spark so I don't have to enter my fitness minutes manually any more. If I get another one, I will get one with the stairs feature again and also a sedentary interval alarm, like yours has. I do have to charge it once a week, yours that goes for a year is more convenient.

Stacie, yay you are back, running and on the thread !!

Seabreeze, so sorry that your feet are still giving you grief. From the orthotics intervention news, I thought the problem had been solved. Be patient, keep trying different solutions, including maybe some rest, but also some lower intensity training.



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Catherine, I would also like to know how you like your new Vivofit .by Garmin. Sounds nice.

My running has been sporadic this month but that's OK.. After the 1st of the year I will start Half Marathon training again. I am still keeping up with my weight training and indoor cardio workouts. I had treated myself to warmer running clothes but still am waiting on a heavier jacket I ordered. Can't wait to get it next week and I know I will get lots of use wearing it during the winter and training.

I have not looked at the Running Schedule today, but for all those running races this weekend I want to wish you all a great race!! emoticon emoticon

Have a Great Weekend!

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Catherine, The vivofit sounds interesting. Let us know how you like it. What you said reminds me of an article I read a while back. It said that woman runners over 50 in one study only burned 80 calories per day more than non-runners because they were more sedentary during their non-exercising hours. Definitely something I want to counteract. Hope you are feeling better and better.

I danced 4 dances yesterday at Senior Dance, fairly slow ones, but I'm still having some bleeding at the site. May put off trying to run tomorrow. Did a good strength training workout today. At this point I'm planning on my top fitness priority for 2015 to be consistency in strength training!

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Good afternoon, everyone.

Feeling good enough today to do a little shopping, but had a senior moment at the grocery store since I forgot to get the item that was my main reason for going in the first place! I was almost home before I realized it and didn't feel like driving all the way back, so we'll have something different with dinner tonight.
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I did get DH's Christmas gift, a bike computer, so that he can track his cadence, speed and distance as he rides. I got him a pretty basic model since he's not as into bells and whistles as I am, but I did buy it at a bike shop which will allow him to return it if he decides he wants something fancier. (This one doesn't have GPS, for example, which makes it pretty economical, relatively speaking, which I think he will like. But we'll see.) He's been trying a free app on his phone. It sort of works for distance and speed but not at all for cadence and he can't really see the data until the ride is over or he stops to take the phone out of his case.

While I was at it, I went to REI to buy myself an early birthday present. I've decided that my focus next year is going to be on HEALTHY living. A big part of that is to be less sedentary during the many hours each day when I'm not exercising, since an hour or two of running does not trump 22 or 23 hours of being sedentary when it comes to overall health. Before I was a runner (and while I was still working), I often wore a simple step counter to give me feedback on how active -- or inactive -- I was from day to day. I found that simply knowing approximately how many steps I was taking was very motivating. Especially since when I first started using it I discovered I was not taking very many steps at all. But that it wasn't that hard to get 10,000, 15,000 or even 20,000 steps, even when I was working at a desk job, if I just paid attention.

Instead of a getting a new battery for my old step counter, I have been thinking about getting a Fitbit for the extra feedback it would give me. After the visit to REI, I ended up with a Vivofit instead (made by Garmin). The two principal reasons for the choice were that it was on sale (!) and it has a battery that lasts for a year and then is user replaceable, rather than having to be recharged every week or so. It just seemed simpler. So we'll see. I know all the data is approximate, but it will still be interesting to see what sort of numbers it gives me for daily activity and total calories burned. Another interesting feature of this watch is that it warns you when you have been sedentary for 60 minutes.

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Danced 3 slow dances with hubby and one line dance, not too vigorously. Foot is definitely on the mend! Not sure if I'll be able to run Saturday or not, but am going to try.

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Stacie, Glad you are here now and running again!

Catherine, Glad that sinus issue is clearing up. Interesting discussion on feet and low heart rate running. I may have to check that out myself.

Jean, Glad you enjoyed 5 miles today. Good job!

I had my biopsy yesterday. She took about a 3/4 inch square off my right foot and I have 2 stitches. She told me that activity will not cause any permanent damage and that I can run as soon as I can tolerate it. She said if the stitches pull out, not to worry. It will still heal, only will take longer. I hope to dance with hubby tomorrow and try a gentle run on Saturday to see if I can handle it. I've run with sore feet so long, I don't think it will be much worse than usual. She expects the results will be psoriasis, but it could be dermatitis of some type. The results will determine the treatment. Unless it is fungus, which is not expected, I will have laser treatments. I understand there is no pain to them. The number of treatments will be determined by the biopsy. Have to get Medicare to pre-approve the laser treatments. Hope I finally get rid of this very annoying problem. Can't wait to run pain-free again!!

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CATHERINE: I remember your Maffetone training runs. My feet are not so bad up to 6 miles or so, but longer there is definitely an issue. Actually, I am looking forward to a different training mindset in the future.

STACIE: So glad you are back. I wondered where in the world you went.

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Me......shopping is on the agenda for today!!! It is a MUST!
Brother in law and sister in law in town - so will spend tomorrow with them
Friends from Michigan in town - so will spend Friday with them

Easy 5 miles this morning at my marathon pace (even though I don't run marathons - I still have a marathon pace).

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Hello everyone! I've enjoyed catching up with this forum after my rather long hiatus! I took a break from running and training, but am back for a healthy dose of both. Lots has happened while I've been away! My precious granddaughter turned 1 in October. A week later, my sweet BF proposed with the most beautiful pink sapphire ring I have ever seen! Then, a couple of weeks later, my youngest son called to say that his company was offering him a position in the Netherlands for two years starting February 1st. Whew! So happy and blessed!

SB - I can certainly empathize with where you are at right now. Take care of yourself!

Catherine - happy that you are feeling better!

Monty - you're an inspiration always!

June - I like those 5% challenges. Need to do another.

Lynn - Mmmm…cookies! Since there's just two of us most of the time, no baking for me.

Didn't realize how much I missed hearing about all of your lives, running and otherwise! Have a fabulous day!

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Good afternoon, everyone. I hope the week is going well for you all. I have been under the weather since last Tuesday, fighting sinusitis that I let develop into a mild sinus infection before I started paying attention to it. Fortunately, I have been able to keep it from getting worse -- no chest congestion, cough or bronchitis -- which is what usually happens to me if I'm not careful with sinus issues. However, even though it didn't get worse, it has taken most of the week to get better. Today is the first day that I can tell that I am moving in the right direction. But I still don't have my normal energy back.

I haven't been running since just before Thanksgiving, but I have kept up with ST. I really have been wasting a lot of great running weather. I hoping to get back to it soon, maybe tomorrow if I continue to improve. But I definitely don't want to overdo and end up sicker. So I'm trying to be patient. It looks like having to miss the SA Half Marathon was a blessing in disguise.

Jean, I'm sorry to hear about your feet. Having dealt with that myself, I do think that cutting back is the right move. Unless your feet hurt all the time or start bothering you very early in a run, I don't think you need to take your DH's more drastic advice. Just keep that distances below the mileage threshold that triggers the pain. That's what I did, and it worked. I can't really prove this, of course, but I think continuing to run at distances that my feet could handle without pain actually helped them get stronger.

I had to cut back early in 2012. I was worried that I may have waited too long because my feet were hurting on every long run and at shorter and shorter distances. But by cutting back to mileage my feet could handle, they stopped getting worse. However, it took most of the year to get back to being able to do marathon style long runs again. And, in fact, I wasn't sure at the time if that would even be possible. I thought I might have to switch to shorter distances permanently. But they did heal over the course of that year.

To give myself something "to do" while my feet were healing, since I was afraid to do any hard training, I decided to try out low heart rate running using the Maffetone 180 formula as recommended by Mark Allen. This turned out to be probably the best thing I could have done. First, the easy running at a very low heart rate was easy on my feet. I kind of expected that. What I didn't expect was that my aerobic conditioning actually improved during this time and when I started training again a year later, I was actually stronger (and faster) than I had been when I started my cut back year. A pleasant surprise.

So, good luck. Give yourself the gift of enjoyable runs.

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Good Mornin', Y'all!
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Cindy, stay strong, stay the Warrior, be the positive, and embrace your progress! You're doing it!
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June, thanks and dropping by is good! I hope you will share some of your learning experiences. The team is starting to stir! I also love that you've found a good plateau breaker! Challenges are so good for that! Stay strong!
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Marsha, isn't it great to see family on the race course! A great by-product of living a Healthy Lifestyle!
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Lynn. I've read about your Tri experiences and challenges! When you see the opportunity, please share on the Tri Team as well! I know new team members will get confidence & inspiration from the more experienced Triathletes! That great 4 miles you just ran proves your Athlete heart!
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Sharon, As always, every time I read you're back to running distance and I'm happy for you! I'm still holding out to run a Best Damn Race with you in Safety Harbor! One of my run club mates, Katie, ran Raleigh R & R last year. She brought me back a run cap. It's haunting me to come to the Starting Line in 2015. I'm already scheduled to do a warm up Escape from Ft DeSoto Tri before St Anthony Tri two weeks later. Stay strong and train well!
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Jean, I feel where you're coming from on injuries and adjusting goals. It challenged me to assess my priorities and goals. I'm competing in a much healthier mindset because of it and have embraced the fact that I can still get out there. I have a lot more respect for the Finish Line now! Stay strong.
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Whenever I need a lift or advice, I can always come to this team for inspiration & motivation! A lot of experience and wisdom is shared here. It's the essence of being on SP! Y'all set the bar high! Thank you.
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Hi y'all...

JUNEPA: I used to do and enjoy those 5% challenges..... good for you and losing 4 pounds!

Hi to everyone else....too!!!


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I'm convinced that after my next HM.... I am cutting way back on mileage. My feet just cannot handle it anymore. My husband keeps telling me that if I would just stop running for 3 months or so.... they would heal and I would be able to take up running again. I am not sure that is true.

Yesterday was an 11 mile slow run. Two more long runs before race in January. So 3 long runs and then cutting back.

I changed my training plan completely because I have been having so much difficulty. Lowered my goal finish time by 7 or 8 minutes. That makes a huge difference in average pace...

Very sad about this......, but it is what it is....

Sorry I sound down..... guess I am a little..., but this too shall pass!!!!

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Good Morning! Happy Super Tuesday!!

My running this month has been pretty bad but at least I have been trying to push myself out the door. The past few days we actually had some nice temps and sunshine. I ran 1-2 miles pushing my mother in wheel chair. What a sight we were especially going up and down the hills. I may need to get a security strap like a jogging stroller..

Actually I would love to get a wheel chair for my mother that is made for runners. I remember reading the story of a Boston Marathon Runner who always took his disabled son to all his races.

January 1st I will be refocusing and starting my Half Marathon training once again. I am signed up for Rock N Roll in early April but would like to find one in March too.

Wishing all a Happy Sparking Day!

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JEAN: I know about that overwhelming feeling. Too much going on and still Christmas shopping. Every year I try to do less and it just doesn't seem to be happening.

Finished making Christmas Cookies for a cookie exchange....It is through work and even though my heart wasn't really into it, I know my one co worker really wanted me to go since it is my last year of being here. I know I'll be glad to have the cookie variety later when we have guests.

Ran 4 miles yesterday at half marathon pace. A nice 50 degrees, but dreary. The endorphins made me not care about the dreariness and it was nice dumping the usual winter outerwear for a day. Swam this AM and tomorrow is computraining. Gotta burn off these holiday treats! :D

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My niece took first place in her age group and I got there in time to see her finish and receive her award.

The dog and I finished the one mile dog jog. We were far from first, but we had fun, even though she had to answer the call of nature during the race! I had a bag and used it.

Thanks, June and all of you concerned. I am looking forward to feet that don't hurt!!

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Seabreeze, I have a bit of doldrums happening now too. I am trying to get a few things done that have been hanging over me for a while, trying to push through. Hope you are feeling more upbeat soon.

Marsha, hope the biopsy gives you a good idea of what to do next on your health and fitness journey. Have a good dog jog today. Our dog would love to do something like that!! And that your niece does well today too.

Trill, yay for a run!! Best wishes with social busyness, that is great your husband connects with his students, very encouraging for them I'm sure. Do you still have kids at home, or are they all away at college?

Monty, good for you for being the Spark Triathlon team leader. I am a member of that team, but don't participate much. I drop in sometimes to read the threads.

Catherine, hope the sinusitis is better.

Dee, yay for a first place finish !!

Thank you, Lynn, Dee and Catherine for the water-jogging information

I did a Fall 5% Challenge and really liked it, I lost 4 pounds instead of 8, but it got me off that 2-year plateau. The Winter Challenge sign-up just opened, and I thought it might be something you might be interested in. It is not only for losing weight, but also for who wants to maintain at goal weight, team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits help support that. I am thinking to continue in that vein once I reach goal weight. Team (smaller teams within the the main one) sign-up is now, and I am thinking that even though the challenge itself doesn't start until January, from now on I hope to be more mindful over the holidays and ready for the start. It is 8 weeks long, I like that because it is not too long, I can set some goals do-able in 8 weeks and accomplish them. I joined the Walkers, Runners, Joggers and Gadgeters team.

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Hi all....

Saturday morning..... and just doin' my list today. No commitments.
Went to see Hunger Games yesterday. Very good.
Still struggling with running, but did run yesterday also.
Need to get going on Christmas shopping. I can't put it off much longer.

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Catherine, I see dermatologist on Tuesday. She may do the biopsy then or schedule it for later -- I'm not sure. Will find out the rest of the protocol then. I understand there will be laser treatments. Thanks for asking.

Very good advice, Monty, about embracing a tough race. Yes. That's exactly what to do. Very good of you to step up to help the triathlon spark team. Bet you'll gain by helping others.

Plan to enjoy my little one mile dog jog tomorrow. Plan to get there in time to see my niece finish the 10K. It probably will still be in the 30's then. I expect 52 degrees by the time dog and I run. Will try to dress appropriately.

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Hi all,

Not much time. The kids that work in my husbands lab will be coming over tomorrow and I've got a long list of stuff to do.

Just stopping by because I had a not bad run/walk today. Knock on wood. 4.5 miles, 1 min run/ 30 sec walk average pace 11:30. I've got hopes that I'll be able to return to 1 min run/ 20 sec walk and longer runs, but not confident enough to publicly mention any details

It's not raining or snowing today and no wind. It's in the 30's and feels that way. We even saw the sun for a while, but its cloudy now.

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Catherine, I feel your pain. I've had provisional funds replace the fraudulent activity on my card. Ordered a new one, the credit union "expedited" my card..10 days ago. Still haven't received it!
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Good afternoon, everyone.

Marsha, good luck with your treatment. How long does the protocol take?

I've been dealing with some mild sinusitis and the beginnings of a sore throat. I had gotten a little lax with my antihistamines and nasal rinsing. So I got out my neti pot and nasal wash and started taking my stronger antihistamines. It seems to be working, but those antihistamines certainly make me drowsy. I keep falling asleep over my book.

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Congrats, Dee. First place no less!!

Jean, hope things calm down and lighten up for you. Good coping strategy. Take care.

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Hi SB! I used 45/30. Seemed to work well for me. The race on Sunday was also a chilly 50 degrees, but by the second half, I was in a singlet. At the end, all the layers went back on while we waited for results. Oh, and when I checked the official results online, my 2nd had become a 1st place.

I agree, when life gets difficult, just pull back for a bit. Pick your battles.



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Hi team!

A chilly 50 degree run this morning.....

CATHERINE: I would read more if I didn't play so many addictive games. LOL!

DEE: So what interval did you use for your race?

LYNN: Holidays,,,, yep....busy!

JUNEPA: The tri sounds fun.... so awesome that you have so many active friends!

MARSHA: Lots of stuff going on.... good luck with your foot.

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MARSHA: Best wishes on a diagnosis and healing. Hoping all goes well and you can resume your running schedule as before soon.

Aqua Jogging: When I broke my pelvic bone, I was given permission to get in the water after just 3 weeks and still very much on crutches. I waited until 4 weeks and hobbled on deck with the crutches entering the water via the ladder vs my usual dive or jump from the ledge. I cannot even BEGIN to tell you the magic that happened in that pool! You know me and water therapy. The resistance of the water is like nothing else around. I pretty much stayed in the deep water with a water belt. Being able to move my legs like they were supposed to, and simulate running like I wanted to and couldn't on land, was the best therapy physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually! My healing process took a huge leap once I could do this. I swam some as well with a buoy between my legs b/c I could not kick yet.

As for deep vs shallow running.... I would have some forward movement as well, but do agree the positive action happens in the deep end. Once I got to the shallow end, I took an active interval-like break and walked on the floor turning around until I was back in the deeper end and back to jogging away.

Photographing a co-worker's baby's first Christmas after work today...so yet another day without running. It gets so dark so early and I'm just not into night running...although....I have to admit it might be fun this time of year. What better way to see everyone's Christmas decorations, right? :D People around here really do it up. Whole blocks (including ours) with lights on the parkway trees as well as the houses....It's like driving through Disney World.

Ready to bop son... Was ready to hit the shower for work....He is NOT working today and just jumped in the shower. Wouldn't be that big of a deal, but he takes LONG showers. I may just go ahead and do it anyway and battle for the hot water. Maybe it'll force him out of his. Ha, ha...

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Thanks for the good wishes. I'll see if after the biopsy on my foot if I can get it wet. Don't know if my foot will be too sore to use the elliptical or not. Will have to wait and see what the instructions are and how it feels. Right now it hurts just a little when I'm sitting still, but every step bothers me. Will be glad to get it healed.

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Thanks for your experienced input Catherine and Dee and thanks for the link Catherine. I will try water jogging again next time I am at the pool. I sent the link to my two swimming buddies.

Way to keep your antenna up Catherine. Hope that is the end of that credit breach story.

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Yes, deep water jogging is what Jeff recommends and it served me very well this summer. The aim isn't to move forward, as Catherine says, but you'll find that there may well be some forward motion. I did lengths this way, just to keep things interesting. But of course it took forever to get one length done as that wasn't the real objective.

It would serve me well to resume that but the indoor pool isn't as enticing as the outside pool was this summer.

I got out for a short run yesterday, and discovered I had sore legs. So I slowed down even more and cut it short, in large part because it got dark so quickly. I didn't want a repeat of The Great Fall.

Catherine, it's alarming that they didn't shut off that account immediately. Wise of you to keep an eye on it.


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Good afternoon, everyone.

June, you're not trying to move forward when you aqua jog. You are performing your stride motion (including arm swing) against the resistance of the water. You don't need to move forward to get the workout. You do this workout in deep water; your feet don't touch the bottom.

It's true that some people do walk or jog in shallow water. But that is strictly cardio, not running training; you can't maintain proper running form when you do it that way and proper running form is key to maintaining running adaptations.

Here's a good article on Strength Running:

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You can google "How to aqua jog" and get a variety of responses. But I do know that deep water running is what Jeff recommends.

In my current life, the problem with the fraudulent credit card is still hanging around. I got two notices in the mail today of "suspicious activity" on that account -- an account that was supposedly closed last week. At first I was going to ignore them because my initial thought was that they were sent before I closed the account. But I checked dates and in fact the activity was the day AFTER I called. So I called the fraud department again. Sure enough, the account was still open, although it had a flag on it. The person at Citi could not explain why it had not been closed. There was a notation that I called on 1 December and reported it as fraudulent. So she closed it, again.

I asked her how I could be sure that it was closed since everything that happened on this call was exactly what happened one week ago, including the assurance that the account had been closed. What could she say except to insist that it had really been closed (of course, it's not her fault, but still ...)

Sigh.

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Marsha, recover well. The water jogging that Jeff Galloway recommends on cross training days might be a good cardio workout now, although I confess I tried it this morning and I can't figure out how it works. You can't really move in the water without paddling a bit with your arms if you are upright. Our pool has announced a lane for water joggers and has the floatation belt, which I put on, but I haven't seen anyone else using them. Has anyone else water jogged with success and know how it is done? Is it done in deep water or do you run along in the pool where your feet can touch the bottom?

Lynn, winter running is a challenge, plus the busyness of the Christmas season makes it even more challenging. It might be a good time to take a break if your body is acting up a bit.

Dee, yay for your Texas 10 success !!

Catherine, cheers for a great, relaxing, winning ( when the teams I am a fan of win, I feel like I am winning as well) , enjoyable, social weekend!!

Seabreeze, awesome for you and your DH to race together. My DH and I race two smaller races in spring and fall that are local and between 100-200 racers and often the usual suspects from the years before. It is fun. Our other race early summer used to be small as well, but the race organizers have put a lot of publicity into promoting it and fundraising for it's charity (clean water for Africa) it is now a 4000 runner race with 5k, 10k, HM and marathon (BQ status), so while it is still local, it is not small any more.

Scary gas leak scenario Trill, glad to hear it is all okay again.

I had a good week exercise wise, two runs, a great hike with good weather, 3 ST workouts. On the triathlon training front, my two relay mates and I are trying to convince our real-life mates to do a twin relay with us, so far my DH for running and Ramona's for cycling are agreeable. We have to work on the swimming leg participant. Three of my hiking buddies so far (hopefully more) are interested in doing the short together. Running is the weak link, they plan to swim and bike all out and stick together and maybe walk the run part of the triathlon.


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Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Jean, great job on the 10k. That's a distance that I haven't mastered. I guess because I spend so much time with longer distances, I don't do the necessary training for the shorter distances.

I did notice that I did considerably better during the second half of my race yesterday, which means it takes me 5 miles just to warm up!


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I'm still recovering with significant psoriasis foot pain. Plan to go for treatment after short one mile dog race on Saturday. I expect it will require a break from running, but intend to step up strength training and find some cardio I can do. We'll see.

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Good Morning...

Freezing rain here making for some slick driving and walking around. Although I was already pretty sure I wouldn't be running this AM, a tiny part of me thought about it.

I CANNOT FIND THE TIME TO RUN! It's been over a week. Tis the season to be too busy! Thank goodness I'm not in training for anything right now. I know you all are holiday busy as well. Again....sooooooo looking forward to retirement (7 more months!)! I look forward to running at 9 AM in the morning whenever I want! :D

We are to have some pretty nice weather after today. Mid to upper 30s (that should be normal for this time of year, but the past couple of years it's been colder than that). 50 by next weekend! YEAH! I may take a bike ride as well if it's that warm!

Pirfirmoris on right side was acting up the last week I was running, so thinking maybe the forced break is a good thing. Rest it before it becomes an issue!

JEAN: Congrats on your 10K! I LOVE 10Ks and don't do enough of them! Nice gift certificate for your hubby too!

Have a nice Monday!

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Cindy, old bodies work the same way as old houses. You fix one thing and something else becomes a problem! At least that's what my experience has been.

Marsha, I'm finding that shorter intervals suit me better. Catherine has been telling me this for a while, but I'm stubborn and had to learn it for myself. emoticon

Catherine, I'm not partial to Rock n Roll marathons, but sometimes they pop up in the right place at the right time.

I missed my group run yesterday because I was sick all night, so decided to run the Texas 10 today since I had won a free entry. The first 5 were rough, but the second 5 went much better. I even managed a 2nd place in my (new) age group, which was funny because 3rd place finished just ahead of me, but apparently had started at the front of the pack whereas I started at the very tail end.

Because I ran faster than I had last week, my right foot did cramp up. I suppose I'm destined to run slowly if I want to continue to enjoy it.

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Good morning, everyone.

We had a good time at the concert yesterday with friends. And I got a nice, long sleep in this morning, so I can't say I'm feeling that bad about missing the race. Plus on top of that, Okla. State beat OU (and we saw the very, very end of the game when we got home from the concert. Field goal in overtime.) We are both OSU alums, plus I grew up in Stillwater since my Dad was on the faculty.

I need to get back to running. The holidays disrupted my routine, but the weather is great for running at the moment. Got to take advantage of that!

To update you on my other (nonrunning) goal for this year. I originally set a goal of reading 100 books (I track them on the Goodreads web site). I reached that goal in June, so I raised it to 120, then 135, then 150. I am about to finish book number 154 for the year and at this rate will probably finish at around 160. It is amazing how much time you have if you don't watch TV!

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CINDY: So very glad you found that gas leak. I don't know how to run easy either and I am not much good at running hard. I am really in a quandary.

CATHERINE: Sorry about the mess up with your race entry.

MARSHA: Better be safe and not fall or trip than try to go fast. Good that you ran with your niece.

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I, too, ran a race this morning. Scrooge 10K. It was a nice flat route. Both my husband and I placed second in our age groups. LOL. That is out of 2 people in each. It was a small race (about 185 runners). We were not last, but definitely in the back of the pack. Best part.... DH won a $25.00 gift card to a New Balance running store in the area.



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How frustrating, Catherine. Sorry you missed your race.

Some of you (thanks, Catherine) already saw in my blog that I finished the Orlando Utilities Commission Half Marathon with my niece. I had hoped to run 20 minute faster, but it wasn't to be. My biggest problem was that it was at least 6 miles of red brick streets with many tripping hazards. I really had to pick my feet up and carefully put them down. This was my 6th half marathon and the only one in which I really got tired. Maybe it was that extra effort. I did have to get up at 3:45am to get there on time, so it wasn't a full night's sleep. That might have been part of it. I just didn't feel good today. I had a catch in my side from mile 1-2, but I breathed on alternate legs and tried to breath all the way to the bottom of my lungs and it went away. I had leg cramps, mostly calves, but some quads,from mile 11-12 even though I thought I took in plenty of hydration and electrolytes. It got up to 74 degrees and was humid, but I've run in worse. Also, my split feet from psoriasis bothered me for the first time in a race. Think I'm going to have to go back to dermatologist for the biopsy and laser treatment. After my little race next Saturday, I'll go.

Niece could have run it much faster, but said it was good she ran with me because she would have stressed her foot injury too much without me. She wasn't a bit tired when we finished, although her foot was twinging. Also, we ran in tutus. There were cute as can be. She made them. We got lots of compliments which added to the fun of it. But they were far from aerodynamic. Might have slowed us a bit.

Anyway, I'm glad I've run a race with my niece. I wish I'd done a little better for her, but I'm grateful she stayed with me. So 2014 is not my year for PRs, but I still enjoyed running and will try to overcome the issues (falling and psoriasis) that have plagued me this year.

Edit: one other factor occurs to me. My niece wanted to run 3:1 run:walk. Although my PR was from a 3:1 HM, I had been running 1:30/:30, 2:15/:45, and other shorter intervals. I had only practiced 3:1 this year twice in short runs. I might have done better with shorter intervals. We finished in 2:44 today. I ran the Lakeland Half Marathon easily, slowing for my nephew, in 2:47 just 4 weeks ago. We ran 1:1.

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Cindy, glad to hear you didn't explode!

I did finally hear from the race person. Turns out my first name was misspelled. She replied last week but send it to the wrong email address. I was exchanging emails with the person who signed me up. I told her I hadn't heard anything, and she told me she would let this person know and ask her to send me another email. But either she never did that or the person thinking she had replied to me just blew off subsequent emails. I don't know but I hate to inundate people with email so I thought the exchange I had with the person that signed me up should be enough. Oh well, too late now.

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Catherine, I was rather surprised that they required all that infor to track down an entry. I'm use to races where there is lots of info you can enter, but you can get by with just your last name. Having an uncommon last name I always just use my last name and then select the one that's me. I once entered Bob into a race and listed his birthday with my year of birth.

And I'm with everyone that the RnR are not my favorites. I think the ease of finding multiple locations and their heavy medal series attracts some people.


Trying to figure the best plan for doing some easy running. I keep thinking of using my HRM, but in the past I have found that this causes me the run slowly. I know your thinking to go easy you need to run slower. I guess the question is what the best type of easy is. Is it running continuously and slowly. Which is what I do with the HRM, I just don't want to
hear it beep. Or walking more and doing some vigorous running. Perhaps if I thought of using the HRM in a more fartlek sort of way. Then I'd do a more vigorous run and walk to cool down. My knee seems to be just fine. So its plantar fasciitis that I'm hoping stays at bay.

We are currently getting a gas leak fixed. We had gas logs installed about a month ago and they managed to mess up a connection down from where they were trying to connect the logs. Its been about a month when you'd wonder, do I smell gas? But it was in the basement and I'd did the soapy water thing and did not find anything. Then my husband who is taller than me and did it and found the leak this morning. Good thing the house did not explode. One of the joys of an older house, Things break when you fuss with something else. BTW it's fixed now.



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Cindy, unfortunately, the confirmation email did not list any specific info about my entry. It just said that I had been entered. I'm not in Facebook, but I was in contact with the woman who brought the forms to our group kickoff. She told me what email to use to report my problem and supposedly was in contact with this person too. I still got no reply. Yes, the solution desk probably would have worked it out, but the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth. No big deal. I'll save some money and go to a great concert on Saturday instead.

Monty, I'm with you about the R&R races. I normally avoid them. I've had several bad experiences with them and that's probably part of the reason I pulled the plug on this one.

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Catherine,
Sorry to hear about your registration. I have to tell you, a lot of us down here are not surprised. Competitor has shown treir primary interest is $$$. They cancelled the Women's Half in St Pete, dropped the St Pete Rock n Roll, and have had increased legal issues in 2014. Many of us are staying local and won't even bother with any races associated with them any more.
But then this is Florida and we are in a race rich environment year round.
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I'll have to get a hold of the Thinner this Year book. It is available in my library system, but even after a year this library does not seem very user friendly. And it is not available at he local branch so there is a 25 cent fee for getting it. The librarian said they had to institute it when funding was cut from the state a few years ago. She did say it had the side benefit of fewer requested books that did not get picked up.

One of the things I realized was that when Jeff Galloway talks about strength training he believes that it is not very beneficial for endurance running. There are those that disagree with that. However the Younger next Year book redirects the question. Not should I do ST for my endurance running, but should I do ST for my health and well being.

Catherine. How aggravating that your entry is lost. I noticed at their site that you needed to put in you first and last name and date of birth to confirm your entry. If someone misentered any of these from the paper registration then it won't be found. Did your email confirmation have those things listed. I sure do understand not want to make a trip and then not being able to run. It did sound like if you had credit card proof of payment they'd somehow make it work at the solutions desk. On other thing. I know you are not on facebook, but sometime that is a better way to get in touch with someone. I've seen people ask questions on facebook about races and been given a number of someone to call, or been told that they have taken care of something. My one race where there was ice they updated the status on facebook and there was no info that I know of anywhere else.

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Dylan Thomas's poem always comes to mind:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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Thanks for that link, Catherine. I have the Younger next Year book, must read the Thinner sequel! Aging well is hard work, isn't it?

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Thanks so much for the link Catherine !!

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Good Afternoon, Everyone.

I checked out a copy of Thinner This Year from the library to see what exercises it recommended. In addition to the "25 Sacred Exercises," it recommends that you start every day with 16 warm up execise -- not multiple sets of these but just 10-15 reps each. They warm up the joints and mobilize the hips, back, and core to prepare you for the more intense work of the 25 Sacred exercise or just your normal daily activity.

I've been googling the internet and discovered that the authors have actually put "cheat sheets" online that show both the warm up exercises and the 25 Sacred Exercises (actual copies of those pages of the book). Those links can be found here:

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By the way, the asterisks next to some of the 25 exercises indicate the easier ones that you should start with.

Thanks to all who have been wishing me well for the race on Sunday, Unfortunately, I've canceled my trip. They messed up my entry and the system can't find my bib number. Chances are I could get that fixed once there, but no one has responded to my emails and I decided I didn't want to spend the time and money to travel without some assurance that I could run the race. This is the race I signed up for on a paper form rather than through the internet. Whoever entered my data must have made a typo somewhere. I did get an email saying that I was registered. But the system can't find me now. Oh well.

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Thanks, June, for talking to your trainer. All the trainers I have had to date work for the Y because that is my gym. In my community I hear the best trainers are at Golds Gym, but they don't offer child care so it doesn't work for me now. My youngest granddaughter starts pre-school next school year 3 hours per weekday, so maybe then. I think I'll try to find those books Trill recommended and just try to be consistent with some fairly easy ST until then.

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Seabreeze, your new profile image photo looks very glamorous and joyful !!

Catherine and Trill, the sacred 25 sound intriguing. I am going to try and find out what they are. Catherine, that is amazing how much more difficult it is to balance on one leg with eyes closed !!

Marsha, I asked my personal trainer ( he is in his early 30s) about what he thinks about working with older, 55+ clients. I told him about you, I was going by memory so got the stats a little wrong but the picture right, I told him you lost 60 pounds about 4 years ago and you run and race regularly and are usually top 3 in your age group with a 26 minute 5k personal best. He said he loves to work with motivated athletes regardless of age. He said he has a hard time with people who are just hiring a trainer but not doing anything different than they did before, not trying, and he can't help them. Funny that you mentioned one of your trainers was an ex-football player. My trainer said to ask questions about the trainers' own focus and goals and as an example he said you don't want an ex-football player who only wants to talk about his sport. Kind of looks like football players are getting an ego-centric stereotype lol, so funny that was his example after what you shared about your personal trainer experiences. He said, send you his way, I said sorry you are a cyber friend and live in Florida. How did you go about hiring a personal trainer? Does the Y where you go have any trainers or recommendations on how to find a good trainer? I was lucky our community centre has some excellent ones, although I had one bad one there too, when I think about it. I was improving my knees at the time, and this trainer claimed to specialize in joints, damage, recovery, maintenance. When I went to her, she told me it was an aging issue and I would not improve from where I was at that point. Well haha on her, I found a different approach and my knees, which used to be my biggest issue and kept me from running for years, and are actually fine now, between rowing, sensible careful interval running entailing a year of patient running of not more than 30 minutes and not more or less ( important not to do more, also important to be consistent, so 3 times) than 3 times a week, and my weekly morning hike, my knees are now a-okay, and that gave me hope to improve my next weak link (my feet) and after they got stronger, the next weak link, and so on.

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Ran 3.5 miles last light with a Triathlon Teammate (who also just happens to be a Harlequin Romance Author!) last night at Safety Harbor Run Club! We talked the entire run at 10 minute pace and partied with the rest of the club later!
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