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Ann, I would venture to say that most of us have been through a similar situation in training or during a race! I will never forget my first Triathlon. For a brief second and 300 meters into my swim, I was wondering what the hell I was doing there!
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But, I remembered these words from my Tri Teammate, "Have fun, keep moving, and finish!" I embrace that at every Tri now.
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I wasn't exactly comfy at the starting line of my 1st Half either. I only trained to a 10 mile distance. The emotions I had at my finish are what I will treasure forever. You will do the same!
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Ann, bad runs happen. frankly if you did 12 miles in those horrible conditions, you will certainly finish your half.
this afternoon's 4 mile run was ok … would have been good if i didn't keep feeling i'm having trouble doing 4 miles. though i actually know that the first two are generally the hardest for me, no matter what length i'm running, and also i've been running in the afternoon and it's been vacation and tourist season, so the last mile has been crowded, slow, & not so fun. but actually i'm feeling the endorphins finally kick in and getting a little less discouraged.



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Morning, all!

Ann, you will indeed surprise yourself. You can do this.

Today's a run day, and will probably be a slow one since it will be hot again. I so enjoyed our cool spring; it was really unusual.



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Good Morning.....

STACIE: I think you are smart by being cautious. Find out first and then decide what you can do.

DEBBYFROMMT: Hurray for 12 plus miles.

DEE: That sounds like a very supportive community.... extra patrols and unlocked bathrooms. Who could ask for more?

ANN: The Ft. Myers run does sound tough. You will surprise yourself on race day!!! I read an article recently that for a HM you should think "yellow - orange - red." The first 4.5 miles are in an easy run zone; orange is comfortably hard; and then the last several miles can be in the "harder" zone. It makes sense. The message - start off slow - finish strong.

Hi STRIVER!!!

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Ann, that does sound like a bad run, but it also sounds like conditions were bad and not like in your race. And you still finished 12 miles! I would not worry, you should be fine. Just remember to start slowly and enjoy your half.




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Ann, I looked at your Half Marathon. The time limit is 4 hours, so that horrible run you described was still fast enough to finish the race under the time limit. So don't doubt yourself. You have already shown that you can finish it. I know you want to be faster, but beating yourself up is not the best place to start.

You learned a lot of good lessons in the training run that you can use in the race. Certainly most of the problems you encountered won't be an issue, so develop a plan for those that might be. Like starting out too fast. If it were me, I'd plan on starting with a very conservative pace, probably my regular training pace. I'd walk more than I run to begin with until at least half way through the race. Then I'd adjust based on how I was feeling.
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Hi all!

About 10 days until my HM. Not sure I feel real confident...Longest "good" run was 9 miles. I did run on Ft Myers beach...I think 6 miles out and 6 miles back. Unfortunately due to a variety of circumstances, I did not start the fun until 11:00 - temp about 78 and high humidity. I did not really do "official" intervals...ran a mile then walked for about 1/4 mile. It felt really good to be outside and have a goal to reach the pier.Got to the Pier about 6 miles in 1 hr 15-20 minutes... BUT...it then took me until 2:30 to get back - 3 1/2 total hours! The wind on the return trip was fierce, the tide had come up and no place to run except in heavy sand then I had to wade thru water my shoes filled up with sand and water. I ran out of water to drink and honestly would have stolen someone's water bottle if I could.... I walked the entire 6 miles back... It was the most horrible experience...My phone died, I did not carry money with me...STUPID.. I WAS JUST STUPID! I think I made every stupid mistake there is...went out too fast especially given the heat and humidity, did not carry enough water,phone was not charged, did not carry identification or money...STUPID!

So now trying to find confidence for this HM....obviously it will be on the streets of Columbus OH not a beach....and shouldn't be so hot.... but not sure I have the training (or at least the "right" training) in that I should. Not much I can do about it now....However, I have been pretty consistent since January running 3 times per week...just not sure I have done a long enough run. Have to figure out what interval to use....and try out some gu before the race...

Please be smarter than me out there!

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Jo, I've always said I'd be a better (or more disciplined) runner if I lived in a more amenable climate. emoticon

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i gotta say Dee — and you other people in hot places — i don't know if i could ever have fallen in love with running if i had to get up at 3 am to run. and given my not so great coordination, it would probably be a bad idea for me to run in the dark, even if i were willing to get up (or had insomnia). i'm very lucky, i live in the center of a big city, there are just about always enough people out that they can't all be dangerous; if anything, my problem is occasionally too many tourists on the sidewalk — but i'm about a 1.5 miles away from 3 different parks, and can run along the Seine. the biggest danger to me is my own innate klutziness. and it is thanks to people in this group pointing out that i tend to fall when i'm tired that i've learned not to run on days i didn't sleep enough (and to sleep enough on days i run).



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Ruth, keep up the good work. Don't measure yourself by what others do. It's your journey!

In the summer, our training group runs in the dark, sometimes starting as early as 3 am. We have to deal with the folks driving home after drinking too much, which can be scary. If they are on foot, it's just as scary. We've found an area that's runner-friendly, where we can call the local cops and tell them we'll be running. They patrol more often and make certain we're ok. That's also a place where the fire station keeps the doors to the bathroom unlocked, so we know we have an available pit stop. emoticon

Crazy weather, Debby!

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Got 12.5 miles in this week already on beautiful spring days, and now it's cold windy and snowing. Geez

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Good morning!

Safety - although bad things can happen anywhere, I'm lucky to live in a very safe area. I can pretty much run all over town and not feel threatened. Last summer, I did a long run starting at 3:30 am to avoid the heat and ran by a house where the inhabitants were still sitting outside on the front porch partying. Not sure they even saw me, but it made me chuckle. Priorities!

Ruth - please don't be discouraged. This is your journey. Every runner had to start somewhere. You are doing great!

I had a doctor's appointment and x-rays done yesterday. Anxiously awaiting results today, although the doctor indicated that a MRI would be the next step. I hate not knowing what I can do physically. I just don't want to cause any more damage. emoticon

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Hi runners!!!

KATIEKENZIE: Sorry for the ongoing sickness in your family. Hoping everyone is very healthy soon.

RUTHIET_456: I don't belong to any local run groups because I doubt very many use run-walk intervals. I am in the midst of a paradigm shift as far as - the purpose of running for me. It is slow in changing, but I am moving in a new "thinking" direction. As CORRINECLARK says "I run for the health of it." What this means for me continues to evolve.

Hi to everyone else.....

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Congrats to all of the Boston Marathon winners! In terms of safety, I think about it all of the time. In NYC anything is possible. I've started my running by a park but know that I will have to branch out if I don't want to continue to run the same loop and want to increase my mileage. I'm also concerned about running in the dark in the Fall and Winter months.

Had a pity party for myself yesterday. The running group is already at 2 miles in 25 minutes without stopping. That just seems so unattainable for me right now. I had planned on meeting the group on the final Thursday of May to complete a 5k but now I'm not sure I want to do that. I'm afraid of being the last one to finish and make everyone wait for me, or maybe they'll just leave. Really need to shake off the depression and just get out there and do my best. It seems to me that the folks in the group are not really beginners. They're also not 82 lbs overweight, as I am.

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I had a great time at Lulu's Beach Runners, my Monday Run Group, last night! Ran with my run partner, Jen. Girl is crazy! We went 1.55 miles out turned around, then she decided, "Let's explore and take a different way back! Famous last words. We didn't realize we started going south into a small peninsula around a bayou.
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It was so funny as we stated, "It's a good thing we're in shape to do this!" When we got back we found we had done a total of 4 miles...and felt great! I'm really embracing the fun in running! I suggest everyone find the fun in their run or their training!
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Hi everyone! I got to run the first time since Friday....I have the scourge of kid sickness in our house. One of the four of us has been sick every week for a month. This week is my little one and my poor oldest has sky high blood sugar and ketones. He feels TERRIBLE! Poor thing. I could tell that I haven't run in several days and have been under stress....BUT i am consistently running a little bit faster without feeling like I'm dying. So I can tell that improvement is happening.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!


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hi team.
had an appointment at the bank. ran home, because that meant that running was only a net 10 minutes, since it's about a half hour by subway. started raining in the middle. it was ok, but i'm pretty discouraged. hopefully lausanne will be better than these recent runs have been. otherwise doing billing etc … my absolutely least favorite part of my job.
hope your day's better than mine!



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Good morning everyone! I got almost no work done yesterday with the race streaming and then I switched to the finish line to try and see people from my online, running group, a friend from high school and Scott Menzies, a fellow virginian who ran in place of his wife who was kit by a car while training for Boston a few months ago. Check out Meg's Miles Supporters. It's a great group on FB.

I didn't eat as well as I should have over the weekend, but did 3 miles on Saturday and 2 on Sunday with two of my girls since they were home. Meeting one this afternoon for our regular 5 k. I get better on every run and am thinking of doing a 5k in VA Beach next month. Something to strive for.

I am very lucky that running near my house if VERY safe even in the dark. Almost no cars and neighbors who watch out for you. It's rural and most of the roads are domed for drainage (it's an island) due to flooding. I have to run in the middle of most roads. I either listen to music really low or not at all so I can hear cars. I am not sure I would ever run in the battlefield park alone, but I always meet my daughter there. There are lots of other runners and cyclists, but I think I would be scared in the woods alone. Probably more in my head than real danger.

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SB, I hear you on safety. There are areas near my subdivision with no houses, and I avoid them. I too prefer running where there are people.

I had my first hot weather run yesterday - well, the start of hot weather. It was 80. Sophie accompanied me on the first mile, and she got tired out. I noticed the heat resulted in my slowing down, but I did manage negative splits. I can really tell I'm out of shape!

Karlie, I don't like multiple loops either. There are several marathons in my area that involve repeated loops, and I won't run them.

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LYNN: Sometimes a nap is the BEST way to spend an afternoon.

MARSHA: Good job on the 3 miles.

FEELING SAFE: I run in what I consider safe places (my large neighborhood). They are building new houses. DH told me that the streets are now paved in the new section and I should try that out. I told him I would not run or bike in that area by myself. Too secluded. I will add those roads to my routes once there are houses and people living in them. If I want I can do long runs in my existing neighborhood without too much route repeats.

Biking this morning.

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Thanks for the comments. Runner from our group finished Boston, too. Really proud of him.

I ran in my neighborhood today, just a little over 3 miles. Enjoyed it.

Yeah, I hadn't thought much about safety as far as from people until I went to a Lakeland Runners Club meeting and heard there had been a couple assaults on the trail near my house. They now have volunteers patrolling in Sheriff golf carts. But I quit going there by myself running. I go downtown to Lake Hollingsworth, a 2.84 mile circle around a lake by a college campus. When I run on Saturday mornings there are usually hundreds of people and I've always felt safe there. But a friend told me there was an assault of a runner there in broad daylight. I don't plan to quit running there, but may stick with more popular times. Just wish it wasn't an issue.

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So glad to hear the marathon went on without any incidents. Congrats to the winners and to all who ran in it. Meb is amazing.... How do you maintain a 5 min mile for that distance? Wow!!!!

I'm not a loop runner either. I like my long runs when I'm training and always do an out and back. 16 miler...would be 8 miles out and 8 back. I plan my routes where I can replenish my race belt with water. Love the adventure of it all. But to each their own. Some prefer treadmill running. I'd rather watch paint dry on the wall than run on the machine.

Right now....I'm loafing on the couch. Sooooo tired! Storm system is moving in and I don't know if it's the barometric pressure or just recovering from a crazy week or both. I wanted to cycle, but between the threatening skies (hasn't rained yet, but any minute) and feeling exhausted, gave in to being a sloth! Hate when that happens. Actually fell asleep for an hour! RARE! Looking at these two lazy dogs doesn't help either! LOL!

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Hurray for the Boston winners....

Jeff finished!!!!! Congratulations to Jeff!!!!

A neighbor finished!!!! Congratulations to my neighbor!!!!!

GYMBOSS and treadmills: I have a really difficult time using a Gymboss on a treadmill. Let us know how it goes.....

10 slow miles today at a 75% HR. Beautiful day for a run!!!

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Yay for Meb!

I just got my Gymboss in the mail today so I'm eager to try it out on my treadmill run today :D

I understand the comments about unsafe areas or people. My last long run, I took a wrong turn. Not a big deal but definitely led me into an area I didn't know as well. Beautiful homes mixed in with very sketchy ones. Nice people out and about and some sketchy ones. I let my mind play a little too much in the imagination department and I tell myself : They see me running, they know I will run away and not bother me. Hah. Sketchy areas is a time where higher traffic is a win to me.

I wish I could mentally like the idea of multiple loops but I did an 7.7 mile run with a 1.1 loop once and I was going insane. Of course, at that time..that was the longest run I had ever done in preparation for a 15k. So maybe that was a part of it...I hadn't found my running groove. I guess I should give it another try sometime.

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I was so excited to see Meb's finish. I've read his autobiography, which is very inspiring.

Dee
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Hi All!

Back from vacation...very relaxing! Paying attention to Boston Marathon - WOW so impressive!

Ran a few times on the Ft Myers Beach...once too far in too much heat but survived.

Hope all are doing well - will take me a while to catch up

Ann

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Thank you for encouraging me, I can't walk or run much today, so hitting the bike!


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Just in case anyone is interested.....

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I have it on here too!

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Monty, I have it streaming on my computer here at work. emoticon

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This morning, I woke up, got breakfast, turned on my HDTV, & settled in to watch the Boston Marathon. I couldn't think of being anywhere else but on Boylston St.!
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I am fortunate to have so many trails and ones with quite a few other runners to run on and feel safe. They are both running and cycling trails of a paved surface. Another trail that is a 5.8 mile loops is on crushed limestone and is in a prairie preserve that is open and visible. I feel relatively safe on these trails, though once in a blue moon you'll here about some guy exposing himself (why do they think we want to see what they got anyway?!??!!!), but it doesn't happen often. Thoughts of safety do run through my mind and there is occasional concern just b/c of what I read in the news. But I choose times when I know the trail will be flowing with other runners and cyclists. Nothing in life is guaranteed. Just be as safe as you can and alert. Can't stop living b/c of a few degenerates in this world who like to rain on people's parades. I often carry pepper spray as well and you can find these online or at most running stores.

My ankle is 95% recovered if not more. But I've lost a lot of fitness with that injury and it's been work trying to get back all that I've lost. I ran yesterday morning, 3.1 for 37 min....Scary, this was an improvement. I have a ways to go! It's a struggle....but I just keep on running!

Looks like everyone is deep into their training...Awesome work everyone. . .

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Sunday!
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Thanks all for the encouragement. i understand what you mean about just getting out there. That's the hardest part, and then the rest is putting one foot in front of the other and breathing. I ran 4:1 for 2.6 miles. It took 43 minutes and mapmyrun said I ran 16:39, almost a minute better than last week. Def hurting right now...

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another pretty rotten run, exhausted after 3.26 miles, i think because i ate too much more lunch, although i didn't eat all that much. but this has led me to realize that i have been eating too much, too often, and for not good reasons. fortunately, mostly still the right stuff — but it's time to stop this now. i did eat better (as in much less) the rest of the day. we'll see how it goes.
hope other people's sunday was better than mine. though i got one more hard job delivered. DD comes back from NY tomorrow.



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I really like running loops because it makes fueling and hydration so much simpler. Even on shorter runs where I could carry everything, I prefer running a one mile loop about a half mile from home. I just leave my (extra large) water bottle by the side of the road. I really dislike carrying things when I run. On longer runs I use my car as the water stop. So even on very long runs I'm usually not more than about three miles away from my car during the run.

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Marsha. I've certainly had more traffic issues on runs since I moved than before. I'm not so sure what to say about feeling threatened by strangers, since the only way to deal with that is to chose somewhere else to run. I do find that running when there are more people around makes me feel safer. So I won't run Whissahickon park in Philly on a weekday. It's amazingly secluded for being within the city, probably because there is little parking. In terms of traffic, I've discovered looping on the safer routes is better than finding a route that is longer and maybe has some bad streets. It never seems as bad to repeat a loop as I think it will be. When the ice and snow was really bad I did a 1.5 mile loop near my home multiple times because it felt reasonably safe. If I was really pressed there is a 0.3mile loop that I've seen people do repeatedly.

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Good morning, everyone.

Marsha, I can certainly understand traffic being a problem. What made the strangers threatening? I feel safe running in my neighborhood, but because of the step hills in my immediate vicinity, I have a fairly long walk to better running routes. Depending on how much time I have, I often drive and when going to the gym, I always drive. Is it a hardship for your DH to be without the car for an hour or two a couple of times a week?

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Ran yesterday from my house, through neighborhoods to a park 1.5 miles away. Ran there comfortably. Didn't feel super safe running there and back, though. Both traffic and strangers seemed a bit threatening. I would like to run more outside and less treadmill, but this is a challenge. Any suggestions? Wish I had some more running buddies around my pace.

I did sign up for Galloway group again next year, too, so I will get a Saturday group run. I'm not crazy about running on unlevel surfaces in the dark, though, after 2 falls this year. Most of the people I know that I could run with would require a lot of driving to meet (and hubby and I share a car so I hate to take it too often) and/or are quite slow.

How do you manage?

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SeaBreeze, where is your DD?

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emoticon Happy Day to all of you!!!

Thanks for the Missoula information. It is not far from DD. I was thinking combining this with next summer's visit.

STEPH: I will read your blog next.

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Yesterday, DH and I went for a ride in his convertible (it is really ours, but I don't really like to drive that car). It was a very pleasant day.

Stopped on the way home and bought a few items at WalMart. Then home for dinner.

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Hi everyone,

Happy Easter!

Not much time to exercise this week, with all the functions to attend, but will go to the gym in a bit.
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D & I got up this am to volunteer at the Clearwater Beach Hooters 5K & Beach Swim held by one of our dear friends and great Race Director! D had to withdraw due the onset of a sore throat and cold. Good thing as the winds "washed out" the swim portion. All went well and everyone had a great time.
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SB, I ran the Missoula Marathon a couple of years ago. As someone who lives at sea level, I did not find the altitude a problem -- it's around 3,000 feet. But it did get terribly hot once the sun was up.This isn't a problem if you are running the half but I won't do another marathon there.

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Oh, and at the Missoula HM, there is an expo the day before the race, and Jeff Galloway is always there. He always does the marathon, of course. But he is always at the expo and will sign books if you want him too. He is a very nice guy and willing to talk to anyone.

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By the way, here's the link

www.missoulamarathon.org/

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Ah SeaBreaze, the Missoula HM is my all time favorite! The HM starts out along the river, then winds around through town. The course is mostly flat. Fireworks at the start, There is usually a guy in a tux playing a grand piano somewhere around mile 3 or 4. Signs, stuff written on the road, cheerleaders every couple of miles, drums, the entire town gets into this. The entire police force controls every intersection, and everyone has a wonderful time. The most festive race I've ever done. As far as the elevation, I think it's about 3,500 to 4.000 feet at the most. You take a bus around 4:30 in the morning and the HM starts at 6:00. It is usually cool then but you can leave your gear bag with your extra clothes at the start and they take it to the finish line. It is fun, but they cap the HM off at 4000 people so if you want to do it, register early and get a hotel room early! Let me know if you want to do it next year!

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emoticon A late good morning.....

DEBBYFROMMT: I would sure like to run the Missoula HM in 2015. How is the elevation gain for this run?

GETMYSELFBACK1: Sounds like a great family weekend. Enjoy running!!!

DEE: Hurray for a run!!!! Thought your last blog was very insightful. It is amazing what one can do sometimes and other times - not.

CINDY: Sending you stress reducing and settling down vibes the best I am able..... Good advice on a first marathon.

STRIVER: Hope all goes well with the Lausanne 20K..... 60 minutes to cross the start line is a long time. Hurray for completing your own marathon of sorts.

CATHERINE: I always enjoy and learn from your suggestions for running and pacing. Thanks.

STACIE: Have a wonderful family weekend. Hoping that knee heals quickly.

MONTY: So you are heading out of state to run now.... good for you.

KARLIE: Great run....

MARSHA: Getting your winter race schedule in line (started) is great for training!!!

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Draddie, Impressive run!

Catherine, I'm always impressed with your knowledge and willingness to help us all.

An act of faith, I signed up today for the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon on Nov 8, 2014. Got a $15 discount because I ran the inaugural last year. Full price is $60 if anyone else is interested. It is a pretty run around lakes. I'm looking for at least one more HM to do this next running year (our Galloway group starts the year in June.) I went ahead and signed up for Galloway training again next year, although I intend to run some 5Ks, so I'll miss some of the Saturday training runs. Hoping the psoriasis on my feet will stay in enough control that I won't have to have the biopsy and a break in running. Hoping to stay otherwise injury-free as well. Time will tell.

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Catherine- that was fabulous advice about the intervals, which of course, I am reading after my 18 miler is over. I did 30:60 the whole way. My pace was 13min/mile for it pretty consistently. I was thinking a 30:30 may be good for the marathon. I had never tried shorter intervals like that and it was just fine- in fact it was pretty easy to say..you just have to run 30 seconds :D I wish I could have tried lengthening that at the end like you suggested. I have my 20 mile in two weeks, but I am doing that with my sister who is considerably slower than me (Good for keeping me to a slow pace) but I think even my slow pace will be fast for her. I suggested to her we try those intervals today and she was up for it. I'll be running 7 miles before the race and told her I could go no slower than 13, ideally slower than that. Her goal time is doing a 3-3:30 half marathon so our pace will be more dictated by hers than mine.

I may just do 30:30 for the marathon and do what you have suggested anyway, speed up over half way through if I feel I have it in me. Today I could have gone to a 1 min run but frankly was glad I didn't have to :D

I was able to get my phone to last to the 4 hour mark today- it beeped just as my run ended, so I'm glad I got the gymboss (arriving anyday) to be able to use for the marathon as my phone isn't going to last the entire race for me! (Which also bums me out because I do enjoy music or book on tape..however, that's probably not needed as much in the race environment vs just running on a road all by myself.)

I had PERFECT weather today...which I'm grateful for because yesterday was pouring!

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Did a nice paced 5K last night then spent the night with my Run Team trying to figure our which race we'll do next year in New Orleans. Looking at the Crescent City 10K since the race is a blast with a post-party to die for!
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Had my massage today, then they squeezed me in for a chiropractic adjustment. I told him about my knee issues, so he checked it out. There was looseness in the joint that indicates a LCL injury. He treated it with ultrasound, but I plan to visit my regular doctor early in the week. I'm trying not to totally panic as he said it would be about a 3 month recovery period depending on the severity. Yikes!

I'm looking forward to a full day with the kids tomorrow and Easter brunch with my BF's family on Sunday. Bring on the mimosas!

Have a terrific weekend all!

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Hello, everyone. Hope you all have great plans for the weekend.

This has been another busy week for me, but I'm hoping the time is coming soon when things will get back a little more to normal. I think I've mentioned that I am president of two organizations this year. One of those terms is about to end. There's one more meeting at the beginning of May where I hand off to the new president.
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In the other organization, the Austin Chamber Music Center, we have been interviewing candidates for the new position of Executive Director. I made an offer of employment yesterday, and hopefully that will be settled soon. He will start on 1June.

We have several concerts / parties this week and weekend. Last night was a string quartet in a private home. We will be back in that same home tonight for dinner and a piano recital by Anton Nel, who's pretty super. We bought this as an auction item about a year ago. There will only be six of us, plus Anton and his partner and the host couple. Anton is preparing a concert for Carnegie Hall and I think that is what he will play for us. Saturday is a party with the artists in the upcoming opera (Elixir of Love). In the meantime, I've got to get to the gym for an 11 mile tempo run.

Karlie, it can be tough testing out intervals for a first marathon. What works in a shorter run might be quite different under those long race conditions. From what you have described, I would consider either :30/:30 or :60/:30. To check them out in advance I recommend you try the following. For your upcoming 18 mile run, use your planned :30/:60 intervals for the first 15 miles. Then with 3 miles to go, switch to :30/:30 and see how well you can handle that when you are tired. If it feels manageable, try :60/:30 for the last mile. This will tell you a lot about what might work in the race.

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Cindy, sorry to hear things have been hard, and glad to hear that might be resolving in a while. and hope you can run and row soon.
Dee, congrats and of course you should post when you haven't run. says i who pretty much only posts when i've done something.
Lisa, that sounds good.
Jean, enjoy dinner & bridge.
Janet, have a good race, and hope your wife is better and the surgery goes well.
Karlie — depends on your overall pace, but 1/1 (or actually 45/45 and 30/30) are good intervals for me for races. but i have the same ego problem — though it's getting better.
Debbie — yes, that's exactly it.
Stacie — hope the massage was good & the weekend is good.
Katie — best wishes for as good a run with a lots better day. interesting though — because i find bad days frequently tend to include bad runs. though just being out there running on those days makes them a success (the run, not the day).
Monty & Catherine: hi!

afm, ran 6.14 miles this afternoon after finally finally finishing the zillion hour multiple paper immunology project … which i have been referring to as my immunology marathon. thing is … i only do halfs! anyway, it was a nice run and a lovely day and i'm sort of tapering for the Lausanne 20-k. their cutoff, for some reason, is at 11 k — they say everyone gets off within 15 minutes, in which case we'd have 90 minutes for the 11 k which is not a problem. but it's hard to imagine everyone gets off that fast. in Paris, it took an hour ! but i don't want to feel i have to go really fast for the first half … oh well. will be a nice trip anyway.




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About first races at a given distance particularly the marathon. I think one of Jeff's best tips is too make a plan that allows you to finish strong. At least if you are going to run another race. Your impression of the race will be influenced more by your finish than your start. It really feels empowering to finish strong and pass others at the end. So remember you want to run smart and not get swept away following those who are sprinting at the start.


SB. hope you have a great bike ride

Stacie, Enjoy the long run.

Afm, rest day. I'm hopeful that things will settle a bit after about mid May. I may run the Broad Street Run here in Philly. I'm registered, but there are some issues and I may end up deferring.



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I did it! I finally got my butt out on the streets and ran last night. Oy, it was sad, though; didn't feel too great.

Sophie enjoyed the first mile with me, and then I went on alone for another two. And then back home to play with the youngest grandbaby.

Glad to read that everyone is doing so well! Catherine, I love your proposed dialogue with pride. I'll remember it and use it.

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TGIF! Well, I did two runs with my daughter this week and Wednesday we knocked 3 more minutes off the time. We are not timing the intervals, but doing it by feel. We are doing more of them and I am able to do more 2 minute runs. Running today at home, and 3 of the 4 kids will be home this weekend and 3 of us will run for sure on Sunday. My youngest ran cross country for the first time in the fall as a senior and went to states. She wishes she had been running all four years. Soccer is her sport, but she has kept up the running for fitness.

Good luck to all of you with races and long runs this weekend. I need to find a fun 5k locally for next month and maybe a half for the fall.

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Happy Friday everyone! Time to get out!

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emoticon Good Morning....

CINDY: I agree about library book downloads. My favorite genre is fantasy and these are often LONG books..... Downloaded A Game of Thrones. I think I read it before. Sorry life has been tough lately. Hoping it gets better soon.

INTERVALS and ratios: It takes some experimenting to find the optimum interval to use for a specific pace. Weather affects pace. Tiredness affects pace. Like Cindy, I target Jeff's suggestions and then adjust or tweak a little here and there.

STACIE: Enjoy the long weekend and biking.

KARLIE: Sounds like you have a good handle on your 20 mile training run. Catherine's 30:60 is a good suggestion. Looking forward to hearing about your marathon race experience.

JANET: Good luck at your race!

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Biking today sometime and finishing house cleaning as I just stopped yesterday.
Out to dinner with friends this evening and then bridge.

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I just have to pop in this morning to say how much I enjoy this group! I learn so much and find the conversations to be so helpful and supportive!

I plan to do an easy walk today in anticipation of my race tomorrow.

The best to you all, my team mates!

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Catherine, if I just did my math correctly ideally my goal would be 12:35 /mile or less as that puts me at 5:30. I'd be ecstatic with 11:26 to get a 5 hr one. I am realistic that it could be longer than my goal too.

My four half marathons have all been 10:12-19---and the 19 one was I was really trying to slow myself down to be at a training pace but obviously didn't achieve that. (I used no interval option the first one at 2:15, then 4/1 for the 2:12, 3/1 for 2:18, then 4/1 for 2:19 - the one I tried to slow down- and only recently realized that I enjoy a lesser interval option)

I am definitely going to try your option of the 30:60 for tomorrow's long run and see how it goes.

As far as my pride- I have no problem in pride running like Jeff, I actually get lost in my own thoughts that I think I can run faster for longer than I probably can. I have no disillusion that I will be DEAD BEAT at the end of the race so anything that can me doing my intervals to the end is great, even if the intervals need to be adjusted. I have no problem in walking up that hill at the end either!! Hah. But I want to be able to run down to the finish line :D

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Karlie, what is your goal pace for the race? You need to decide that to be able to evaluate the options for intervals.

For your training run, I'd suggest :30/:60 rather than 1:00/2:00. It is the same ratio but won't feel like as much walking to your ego. Plus the more frequent breaks are good for your legs. Jeff says that you don't get much additional benefit when the walk break exceeds one minute.

I ran 20 miles on Sunday, starting with:30/:40, then switching to :30/:60 at mile 14 so that I could finish feeling good and recover quickly.

As for what to say to your ego (the source of that pride voice), how about -- Jeff Galloway uses :30/:30 intervals for almost all his marathons. Am I too proud to run like Jeff? Or -- the race is 6 miles longer than I've ever run. Are you (pride) willing to risk having to walk the last 3 or 4 miles just so you could run more at the beginning? Or -- don't forget (pride), the last mile of the Newport Marathon is all uphill. What do you (pride) want to be doing at the end of the race?
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Debby- I did that too - increased my walking time and decreased running time and I did it with the intention of slowing my pace and it didn't do that at all! I really had to focus on slowing my running down as a result. I've been playing around with the ratios and it seems I can keep adding walking time and my pace isn't differing by much.

I have an 18 mile long run and I'm debating doing 1 minute run/2 min walk because I want to go slower than I did for 16 miles when I did 1 minute run/90 second walk.

Catherine- Do you have any suggestions of how to determine what intervals to actually run your race at when it's across the board for training? I have varied from 5/1 down to 60/90 seconds. I did find that I seem to run as fast at 3/1 or 2/1 that I did at 5/1 so I don't even bother with the 5/1 pace anymore. The 2/1 and 3/1 runs I have done lately I have done as short fast runs so of course that seems a lot more winded compared to my leisurely long runs. I'm debating doing a 1:1 ratio for my actual race, but concerned about my will power to stick to it!!! The pride in me wants to run more than I walk for it as opposed to what I have done on the last couple long runs in order to slow my pace down.

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Hi all!

Today is my Friday! I'm looking forward to a three day weekend, and it sounds as though the weather is going to cooperate for most of it. I have a massage scheduled in the morning, then plan to ride bike…outside! I need to get busy with some yard work too. I count raking as exercise. I continue to ice, foam roll, and have been using a knobble for some trigger point work. Thanks for all of your well wishes!

Enjoy your day and make the most of it!

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That's exactly it, Debby. And the increase in the running pace during the run segments more than makes up for a little bit more walking. It's all about keeping fatigue at bay.

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I have to tell you all, I cut my running time back on my running to walking ratio and actually increased my speed. I don't get it, I guess I run faster if I don't run as long at one time?

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Sb, Good job on the run. What book are you reading. You've got 50 pages a day to read. I find library downloads frustrating. It seems you need to wait a long time to get them and then you have a strict time limit. No returning a day late and paying a little fine, you just cant open them.

Monty, Thats a lot of tri's

Running by feel. I've done a lot of that lately. The Gymboss does not like cold weather, Or at least it seems that way. So once the one for this year "broke" on a 20 degree day I would not run with my husbands on a cold day. So I ran by feel.

Also when I started running I memorized the paces that Jeff suggested for intervals near my running pace. If I used an interval and was not running at least as fast as Jeff suggested then I'd drop my interval down, until I could meet the pace. What I found was that if I was tired and only running at lets say 12 min miles with a 3/1 ratio when a dropped to 2/1 ratio I still was running a 12 minute mile but it was more comfortable.

COSPEC, hope your wife is doing better. Sounds like you have been getting in a lot of movement.

Ann, hope you recover from your dental work

Stacie, Hope the IT band improves. I assume someone has already suggested rolling on it.

Dee, Enjoy your family you'll get back to running.


AFM, Life has been discouraging and tough. Getting some running in. No races planned and I'm still having enough issues that I'm not sure what to do.

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emoticon Hi team!

DEE: Hi! Post anyway.......

STACIE: I sure hope your knee/IT band heals soon.

SMITTY4RL: Dentists are necessary, but it doesn't mean you have to like them!!! LOL!!!

COSPEC: Hope your wife is feeling much better. Loved the article you posted. I should run by feel more often instead of running by numbers.

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Ran this morning - about 5.5 miles - ran by 77% HR.

Groceries and housecleaning on the agenda.
Also downloaded a new library book - would like to read the 800 page book in 2 weeks.

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Every time I ran by feel, (I'd start my Garmin at the start timing pad & never look at it until I stopped it at the finish line.) I was surprised at my pace & time, and stared at my fastest times. Who knew?
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I'm focused on cross training right now as I'm looking at 5 Triathlons this year starting in June. The St Pete Mad Dogs Triathlon Club invited me to volunteer at St Anthony's Triathlon, Apr 27, the USA Triathlon Regional Championships. I'll do this great Tri next year.
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Looking forward to another Run for Boston tonight at Run Club!
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Janet, that's an excellent article. Thank you so much for sharing it. Here's a "clickable" version of the link to make it as easy as possible for everyone to read it.

www.runnersworld.com/race-training/run-you
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I'm the one who suggested that you try running the race by feel. Learning to recognize what your body feels like at different levels of effort is an important skill. That doesn't mean you shouldn't ever use a Gymboss, but that you should select intervals based on feel and run goals rather than some arbitrarily predetermined number.

Too often I see people choosing aggressive run intervals thinking that will somehow force the body to run faster than it can on the given day. Too often that results in their wearing themselves out and actually running slower.

A few years ago, I spent a few months running without knowing my pace during the run. I used only a heart rate monitor to tell me when to walk (I wanted to keep my heart rate low for the whole run). This taught me what an easy run was really supposed to feel like and that I had been running most of my easy runs way too hard. By learning how to run easy by feel, I was able to increase my running volume safely in my next training cycle and really improve performance.

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So sorry to hear about your wife's issues, COSPEC. Taking care of yourself and your family is not dropping off!

A dance camp? It's a 4-day dance workshop - Israeli dance in this case. And it was my event, so I was on duty 24/7. It was held at a campsite in the Texas Hill Country, and we had about 75 attendees this year. Here's a view from a few years ago. www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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Good morning team mates!

I dropped off the team for a few days due to a very crazy, hectic time. Instead of running the race on Saturday, I was in the ER with my wife who had severe food poisoning. Also we found out on Friday that she has to have a second back surgery, we were both feeling pretty down.

As far as my movement, on Sunday I did more than 3 hours of heavy gardening in getting more garden beds ready for planting. I also hauled lots of bags of mulch and manure and dug them into the beds. Monday, I just felt sorry for myself. But Tuesday I did go to the gym at work and did 45 very sweaty minutes doing intervals on the recumbent bike. I felt much better after doing that, and felt like I was getting back on board.

Then yesterday, I went out to the lake after work and put in a run. I had been really nervous that my days off would mean that I would quit running. In the past, a few days off often led to months of inactivity. So I decided that I would just have FUN. I can't remember who suggested that I try just run by feel rather than by using the interval timer on my phone. I am such a creature of planning and order that it sounded rather scary. But I decided to give it a try for something different. I walked for a while and then started running for 30 seconds by counting rather than by the timer. Then I walked until I felt ready to run again. Strangely, it really worked! I was much more aware of my surroundings and felt stronger. I didn't count my intervals, but I know that I did more than usual. Also my pace was really good. I ended very tired, but very proud of how I did. Another strange thing was that for some reason I felt more like a "runner." I don't know what that was about, but it was interesting.

Well, I will hit the gym again today and then take a gentle walk on Friday. On Saturday, I have another 5K and I just might just try it without "clinging" to my interval timer. This race is for Easter and they encourage people to dress up. I plan to make a yarn bunny tail to pin to the back of my tights. Gotta have fun!

Here's hoping that you are all well and having joyful runs!

Oh, I also meant to post this article. Strange how we sometimes find what we need...

http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/run-your-fastest-race-with-the-timeless-challenge


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KatieKenzie: WTG on the PR!

Seabreeze: Jean, is that a new icon? Love it! So glad Rosalind is doing well and eating. Yahoo!

Dee: Enjoy yourself! And what the heck is dance camp anyway? Sounds like fun emoticon

Wilee: Great job on the walks--those IT issues are tough to work out sometimes, hope yours heals soon.

AFM, I had a tooth extracted today, from an old root canal gone bad. Not the best time I've had in a dental chair, but not the worst, either. I guess if someone asks me if I have a hole in my head I can now reply 'yes' (until the implant is put in). No running for a couple of days since there's a bone graft in there. Will probably keep walking, though.

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Dee - enjoy your family!

SB- yay for a 2 lb weight loss and 10-11 hours of sleep! So happy the baby is doing well.

Katiekenzie - woohoo for PR's! Hope today is better at work.

Monty - you are an inspiration!

Iona - don't panic! You will do great! Just keep running.

Striver - hope you were able to spoil yourself a bit last night. You deserve it!

Marsha - send some of that heat up north. please!

Lisa - awesome!! Keep up the great runs!

Ruth - think of it as gradual progress rather than baby steps! Getting started is the hardest part and you've done that.

I got an hour long walk in yesterday and plan to walk to the gym after work for ST. I'll give the IT band/knee another week of rest, then if I don't see marked improvement, I'll go to the doctor or PT.



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I haven't been posting because I've been ashamed that I'm not running. Due to the craziness of my dance camp and then immediately going out of town for Passover, it's been two weeks. And today DS and his family arrive for a visit until Monday. Today's out of the question, but maybe tomorrow.....

I'm still checking in and being inspired by all of you. emoticon

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emoticon Good Morning....

RUTHIET_456: Good job. Just getting "out there" is such a big step (not a baby step). You'd be surprised how many people think - "I wish I was disciplined enough to get out there - just like ruthiet."

WILEE323: I will do the same thing once in awhile and they (yep) usually feel sick by the end of the day and wonder why I made the choices I did. Hurray for getting back on track!!

KATIEKENZIE: Glad you are feeling better. Good run. Hoping your days are less stressful.

GETMYSELFBACK1: Three times a week - you can do it!!!

SLENDERELLA61: I agree... training for HMs is different than training for 5Ks.

STRIVER57: It is tough to run long when you are exhausted. Running with your daughter regularly will be fun!

IONA: Don't panic - just have fun!!!!

MONTY: You are an inspiration!!!

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HOME: I am glad to be home... slept about 10 hours last night (maybe 11 as I fell asleep watching TV on the couch).

BABY: I held her yesterday morning before leaving for the airport and got all choked up. Those little ones sure worm their way into one's heart quickly. BTW: Once she started getting enough to eat, she was a very good baby.

OBSERVATION: Babies are most likely born with some "propensities." I can sure see how these inner propensities combined with the environmental and personality influences of family and friends creates a new being.

Got some "to-do" items on my list today.
Supposed to run today and Friday, but will switch to Thursday and Saturday.
Getting back into a healthy routine....

WEIGHT: I did lose a couple of pounds while in Montana. I honestly thought I had lost more and found myself disappointed with only 2. I shouldn't be though.


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Hi everyone! I did my first 4 miles AT HM pace. I am just not sure if it was due to training or running away from the absolutely terrible day I had yesterday at work. Guess it doesn't matter. It was a PR either way. I just don't want to have another day like that to duplicate the results....


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Already missing my "Iron Girl" sister on so many levels!
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Hi Team, I'm not sure what has happened to April but it seems to be running away without me, I don't seem to be getting much done!
Not been to the gym as much as I would like, but intend to make it tomorrow as I am off work.
I ran almost 5 miles tonight, I did not enjoy it, my feet were hurting and it just seemed such a struggle. With hindsight I should have changed my intervals from 3 min/30 secs to something a little easier but truly, it never crossed my mind at the time. emoticon
I think I'm starting to panic a little about my 10K in a few weeks, although I don't know why, I don't expect to PR but would like to do it under the hour.


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yay Lisa. my daughter is allegedly going to run with me occasionally, since she's signed up for a half marathon with me in october.
Katie, glad it's going better.
Marsha, sounds good.
Stacie — good luck.
hi everyone else.
have been massively busy, did not run for 4 days, and am not thrilled about today's long run. actually, if it weren't that i appear to be running a 20 k in 10 days (sort of last minute decision), it would've been fine. i wanted to do 14 miles and I didn't. i could have but i was just tired and worn out and my shoulder blade/traps hurt some and i just didn't feel like running anymore at 10.9 miles — mainly i think because i've been so busy and am tired and also because i started too fast … and ended up going way too slow. also, i thought it was nicer than it was when i went out, and short sleeves and no jacket was a bit cold for 48° — windchill 44. warm enough if i'd been better dressed, but i wasn't.
when i zonked out, i sat down for 2 minutes and walked the remaining 2.81 miles home. not terribly slowly because i was cold. i kept considering starting to run again, and kept deciding, oh well, i stopped, i'm done.
otoh, i ran through the parc florale de paris in the bois de boulogne, for the first time ever, through blooming tulip and peony and azalea gardens … and i feel fine and in a good mood, but in a spoil-myself and not-work mood. so i've pretty much decided to finish by going out to dinner, having a couple of glasses of wine and falling asleep as soon as i get home. and being productive tomorrow.




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Lisa, that is just great you run with your daughter!!


Ran over 6 miles in my neighborhood yesterday. Weather here in central FL is getting hotter and more humid. Time to acclimate to it.

Jeff Galloway will be here to kick off our local running season the first part of June. I'll need to decide if I want to rejoin or not; it's just $99, but I spent a lot this year on travel to my 2 out of town HMs and my daughter has to pay for child care when I'm gone any day but Saturday. If my hubby was interested, I could justify the expense, but he just isn't. I might join the group for the social aspect and do one long (10+) run a month.

Thinking that when I age up to the 65+ in June I'll be more competitive in local 5Ks. Collecting that bling could be fun, but I'll need to do some speed work. Seem to be running my 5Ks at HM pace. (I did a 27:33 in April 2013, but a 31:07 in Jan 2014; suspect I was not totally recovered from my HM, though). Thinking.... thinking.....

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