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Ann, I am really excited for you on your first emoticon ! emoticon on your journey! Trust in your training! Your taper period is the most important part of the training, if you have completed your runs week after week. It is the most difficult part for any runner to doubt oneself in the time to cut back.

A wise ole' runner says to keep the intensity, but decrease the miles. Your body will thank you for the recovery period. Now it is time to mentally prepare for the race, as your excitement is growing. Visualize, plan and plot your every mile, and be ready to celebrate the moment. Feed your body well.

You will make it happen!!

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I cannot keep up with this forum, but I think everyone of here is emoticon . emoticon I do not contribute enough.

Marsha, I saw your blog, then wondered what happened. I am sorry about the fall. That one was a dozy. Please take good care now, and I hope you are back to running soon. After my spill in May, I was apprehensive for awhile, then I gathered my confidence back.

I do have a balance issue that will be with me the rest of my life (My grandmother considered it a curse:)). BPPV (vertigo) and I spin on most days, and have full blown episodes about 1X every other year that take considerable effort to overcome. Running has not hindered or enhanced this condition in any way. I have more problems with side to side motions as opposed to forward or back (so I do not do any kind of dance exercise). I was told not to run by an OT, that it would aggravate my condition, but when I started out, I did so ever so gradually. Now my neurologist endorses my activities.

I know this is different from your balance issues, but know that all is not lost. It sounds like you were unaware of a balance problem to begin with. It is unbelievable what occupational therapy can do to strengthen balance. Ask about OT. My insurance provided 3 months of therapy on two occasions. Now I have exercises I do at home when my condition worsens, but the equipment they have to assist in balance recovery is incredibly advanced.

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Chicago HM 09/07/14 PR 2:35:53.
Friendship 5k, 07/16/14 PR 31:24.
Chinatown 5k, 07/12/14
Rotary Run 10K, 06/07/14.
Chicago Spring HM May 18, 2014.
PUC Spring Fling 5K, 04/19/14.
Asheville, NC 1st HM, March 16th, 2014.
Warm your Heart 5K, feb 23, 2014.
10K Hero Half, Oct 2013 1:07:34, 1st in AG. PR.

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Good Morning....

I am scheduling another appt. with a podiatrist. Decided to not run until I get another opinion. I am so frustrated with these feet of mine.

With that..... I will try using an elliptical on running days and at least try to simulate the day's "effort" goal. Won't be the same, but will help.

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Dee, good job on a run in the heat.

June, Great job on the 10k. A whole extra 1 k seems a bit generous for a 10 K. I find my mileage way off in center city Philadelphia. The tall buildings really mess with the accuracy of the Garmin. It has placed my a block off my real route. I've also run through buildings emoticon World river day sounds like fun.

Floydstime, Enjoy your taper.

Catherine, Yes I do remember that last mile in San Francisco. GU just seemed so unappealing at 24 miles. Sounds like you are making the group runs work for you.

Ann don't ignore the taper. Its kind of amazing how much zippier you feel after the taper. I think thats one of the reasons people tend to run the first half too fast.

Sharon, races certainly can be a motivator, but you also don't want to over commit and make your running seem like a chore. Everyone have a different level of racing that is right for them.

Jean I hope your 20/30 run was fun.

Marsha, Hope you get answers from the neurologist.

Lynn, sounds like a great LSD run. Your paces look nice.




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June, you have such energy! Well done on that 10/11k. I've been a tad irritated at the end of a marathon to find out I'd seemingly covered .6 miles more. Could be my Garmin is slightly off, plus I definitely do weave.

Another hot run yesterday, but I took it slowly.

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floydstime, your prep is humming, you will be superbly ready. What kind of intervals are you planning to run?

Ann your prep is humming as well. Be careful with the taper. A first marathon is exciting

Seabreeze, have a good run today

Marsha, hope you are recovering well from your bruises and there will be some solutions from the doctor, Catherine's info sounds encouraging.

Sharon, you are so sunshiney, positive, awesome. Great training runs and way to go on your age group win in the HM

Lynn, nice long run with negative splits trends. Hope the colon test goes well

Dee, you weren't lost, you were exploring !! Hope it didn't make you late for anything else, an enjoyable run always makes my day.

Jeff's latest news letter was timely for me, info on posture, shoulders, on-run nutrition (he mentioned sugar cubes(my favourite) and life savers)

Friday I did the 10k night race, so much better weather than last year (rainy, cold and windy), it was a dry not-too-cool night. It had rained and stormed in the afternoon, I was thinking not to run if it was the same as last year. It is a magical run, along the seawall in Stanley Park, with the stream of headlamps in front, mine, and behind, lighting the way. It is mostly a harbour view, one section has the Vancouver skyline. My time was 1:11:31, I was a bit indignant that my (and others) Garmin showed the race to be slightly over 11k. I know that usually a runner will weave a bit and the length will not be exactly 10k, but a whole k more is too much. My garmin recorded my race pace as 10:20 and I was happy with that.
Saturday I went to a clinic on shoulders, how to test for injuries, exercises for recovery and for maintaining shoulder strength.
Sunday, World River Day, I went on a 35km paddle in a 8-person voyageur canoe in a flotilla of canoes, kayaks, and powered rafts. It was a beautifully sunny day. The route was along the Fraser River from Kilby to Mission, and passed right by our farm.
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Tapering for the Sacramento Urban Cow Half-marathon. Did 10K this morning at an easy pace, my last moderate length distance before Sunday's race. Pacing at 9:30 for a 2:05 Half with the pacer. Hoping to break the 2 hour in the March 2015 Shamrock (a 9:09 pace). Gotta kick it up a notch. Then comes the CIM in December 2015.

All of you are inspiring in your training.

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Ann, yes, it is a newbie mistake not to trust your training and, instead, to use training runs to "prove" things. The taper is an important, very important, part of your training. Going into the race completely recovered and well rested is a large part of those "six more miles." It is more important at this point than proving to yourself that you can run 22 miles. Of course you can run 22 miles. But running those 22 miles this close to your race might just also "prove" that you need the 3 week taper that you have now deprived yourself of. And there would be nothing you could do to "undo" the damage.

Trust your training. Don't let your husband's comments/questions undermine your confidence (can he run 20 miles? :-)

I am always tired at the end of a long training run. That has never meant I could not finish a race. Finishing a marathon is a combination of a lot of things, including training, a good taper and a smart pacing strategy. The other big newbie mistake is to run the first half of the race too fast (often another instance of "proving" something). Instead of that 22 miles, I'd do 12 or 13 at the pace I plan to use in the marathon as a "race rehearsal" to make sure that I had that pace in my legs (and brain) and knew what the right run/walk interval was to produce it.
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Good Morning All!

Happy Healing to all!

I am on the countdown to my first marathon. now 3 weeks away. I did 20 miles on Saturday in 4 hrs 20 mins and felt pretty good at the end. Tired, sore and hungry but good. We were at Lake Erie so I was able to stand and swim in the Lake water afterwards which is probably 65 degrees now so cold was nice. I am supposed to taper now and I know this is a rookie mistake perhaps but I want to try one more LSR this weekend to perhaps 22 miles and then taper for the final 2 weeks. My husband met me at the end of the run and asked me if I have another 6 miles in me...honestly had to say maybe.. I don't think I looked too good...LOL.

I thought maybe if I really slowed my pace down this weekend and took more walk breaks that maybe I could get one last long run in. More for the confidence than physical improvements. What do you all think?

My training schedule this week calls for 5m today, 8 Wed, 4 Thurs and 12 on Sat.

Thanks, Ann

PS.. When I signed up for the Marathon back in May never would have imagined that I would be this nervous. Am starting to dream about this...yikes!

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Marsha, so glad to hear you are OK. What a frightening thing to have happen.

Catherine, sounds like a successful run with your group. It is frustrating not to be able to find a group with just the right pace. But you are making it work for you.

Sharon, even in Houston we get temps below 53 degrees! And I complain about the heat. We're all different!

SB, some of my most enjoyable runs are just listening to my body. Have fun with it.

Lynn, I feel for you. When I had mine a month ago, all I could eat was chicken broth because I was avoiding all extra sugar. Enjoy your jello and grape juice!



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Go. St. Louis Half 10/12/14
New York City Marathon 11/2/14
Race for a Better Life 5K - 11/8/14
Space Coast Marathon - 11/30/14
Texas 10 Conroe 12/7/14
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Good Morning All! Happy Monday!

It is an off day for my Running and Thankful it is. It is so dark outside and raining. So Happy I pushed yesterday and Ran 9.5 miles and I was able to meet SIS later for a 4 mile walk. The top of my left foot feels bruised? So I have my older shoes on today that are wider and will keep it iced and elevated throughout the day.
Planning on a Cardio DVD and Chest Back, Hips Thighs Buns and Abs. Missed some last week and trying to catch up.

I am thinking of signing up for another Half Marathon, Nov. 2nd, the City of Oaks in DT Raleigh. I have been searching for a few races to take me through the end of the year. I am still thinking of Raleigh Rock N Roll in April, but last year I was sick with sinus/ cold all during the winter months and lost all motivation. Maybe committing this year will pull me through and push me to run in NC Winter/ Freezing Temps. I still am a Floridian and still not use to temps below 53 degrees. Trying to think ahead.

Wishing all a Wonderful Day!

How exciting for your friend doing her first Ironman! WOW!

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I tracked a Spark friend of mine all day yesterday, LISAINMS. She was participating in her first IRONMAN (which included her first marathon). She finished in 13 hours 25 minutes. The marathon portion was about 5 hrs 20 minutes. So very exciting!!!

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MARSHA: So sorry that you fell. Scary. Hope all the bumps and bruises heal quickly. And as for the brain...., take care and let us know what the doctor says.

LYNN: I feel good!!! Great job on the LSD!!!

LIVE2RUN4LIFE: Another solid run. Good for you.

SHARON: Hurray for another great workout.

DEE: Getting lost with a group is better than getting lost alone.

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AFM....

A run is planned. Supposed to be a 2 hour run. Just kind of playing it by ear lately - listening to this body. May try 30:45s today. I have been using 20:30's for this 2 hour run.



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Thanks, Catherine. That does help. The only people I've known with hydrocephalus were children who were very disabled.

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Marsha, I'm so sorry to hear about your fall and related consequences. It must have been scary and difficult. I don't know if this helps, but I know someone whose frequent falls were diagnosed as caused by hydrocephalus. They treated him by installing a permanent shunt to drain the fluid continuously. He no longer has balance problems and the hydrocephalus is not currently a health issues for him.

Today was a 12 mile group run. We started at 6:00 am and the first part of the run was very dark. Not just because the sun wasn't up yet but because there weren't many street lights. It made me nervous to run by myself in the total dark, so I ran with the 2/1 group until we got downtown where there was good lighting. Since they were running a bit faster than I wanted to do, at that point I switched to a mix of 40/20 & 20/20 and slowed the pace slightly. So I ran about 9 of the 12 miles by myself. My average pace was pretty close to what I did in my 10 mile run last Wednesday. The weather was decent -- around 70 to start, mid 70s at the end. Very humid.
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Good Morning! 9.51 Mile Run Done after 3, 9 minute Express Cardio Warm Ups. WOW! Temps starting in the 50's and finishing at 60 degrees. The Sun is Shining and low humidity. I made a wrong turn and ended up still doing around what I had planned. Lost a few pounds of water weight on this run...Time to hydrate and watch our favorite Sunday Morning Shows! I plan to meet my SIS later this afternoon for a 4 mile walk around the Lake.

Wishing all a Great Day!

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Oh my goodness, Marsha! I'm so sorry to hear about this. Good to get it checked out. Do you think this is at all related to your other symptoms? Prayers for you for a quick diagnosis and treatment plan.

JEAN: How are you feeling?

All these health issues we all are dealing with lately. Ain't aging fun? As they say...it is not for the weak (but it's gonna happen anyway!).

I am eating some Lime Jello with a glass of white grape juice. The breakfast of champions for sure! My colonoscopy/endoscopy prep has begun.

Nice LSD run yesterday. As trashed as my legs were, the recovery time was quicker than usual. I ran the 2nd half faster than the first by maybe 30 - 60 seconds give or take. Last two min. were a chore to do so, but trying to MAN UP and get through it. 30 sec run/35 sec walk.

Summary 2:59:43.0 13.00 13:49 average pace
1 14:18.2 1.00 14:18
2 14:12.0 1.00 14:12
3 13:55.3 1.00 13:55
4 13:36.7 1.00 13:37
5 14:09.4 1.00 14:09
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10 13:39.8 1.00 13:40
11 13:05.2 1.00 13:05
12 13:41.9 1.00 13:42
13 13:36.4 1.00 13:37

Gotta say....This White Grape Juice is pretty darn good! :)

Stay well, all..... Thoughts and prayers to all of us!

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Thanks for your concern. I had to wake up every 2 hours last night, but I did it. Concussion. Head injury didn't require stitches, just glue on forehead. Both knees, one elbow, both hands really scrapped up. Seem to have a pulled pec muscle on the left and very sore right forearm. I'm typing with left hand.

I was running in the dark. We started our scheduled 13 mile group run at 5:30am. We had just passed the half way point around 6:45am and were running for the restroom (which I had been needing for some time). The sidewalk was uphill. Not sure what I tripped on. I did have a flashlight with me. I was quite concerned that I could not see out of my left eye, but turned out the only problem was blood in my eye.

The CT scan shows water on the brain, hydrocephalus. I was told it is not the result of my fall but may be causing me some balance issues. I'll be seeing a neurologist soon.

Hate to think my running days are over. Considering walking my two upcoming half marathons. Suspect I can still do fitness running on the treadmill. Maybe more. We'll see.

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Oh Marsha, I hope you are OK?

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My goodness, Marsha -- what happened?

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I did great for the first 6.5 miles of our scheduled 13 this morning. The group was so good to me when I fell. I had to have a CT scan and multiple bandages. Now I have to see a neurologist. Bummer!

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A pleasant 7 mile run this morning. Except for the poor directions which were missing a few turns, we enjoyed our run.

I usually double-check the directions and ask for corrections, but I was too busy and didn't. I fell down on the job!

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Thanks Jean.. I did find the video, thank goodness. It was really a great workout indoor walk/ run. The Rain finally stopped after 3 days. I wish I had a Treadmill, this house has nowhere to put one. I see it is classified as walking exercise but can also be running. Jessica Smith, WOW! And I did the low impact.

WOW! Marsha! 13 miles. Woo Hoo!

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SHARON: I searched on youtube and several videos came up. Do you have access to a treadmill? Or can you just run in the rain? AND - WTG on your HM!!!

LYNN: Concert security guard for church. Good for you!!!

MARSHA: 13 miles!!! Glad you are on the mend.

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I really enjoyed this week. I enjoyed NOT exercising so much. I enjoyed playing computer games or reading or going shopping whenever and however long. I actually always do this - it just seemed more relaxing this week. I enjoyed not putting items away right away. We both try to keep the house clean and neat and so both of us always put our stuff away after using it.... it was just nice to let things lay there. Funny.

Picked up DH at the airport last night. Nice to have him home again.

I always learn something about myself when I am actually alone for a time.

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Sharon: congrats on your half! WooHoo on the age group award!! My PR is 2:26, too. We could run together!!

Lynn, sounds like you've gotten in some good runs recently. I'm running 13 miles tomorrow, too, with my Galloway group.

I'm on my 4th day of antibiotic. Not feeling bad, but looking forward to total recovery.

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SHARON: Congratulations on you half. Excellent time and how fun to place first in your age group!

JEAN: Sorry to hear about your foot! I hope you heal fast.

Have a couple of good 3 mile runs this week. Tue was the fastest I had in a while. Ran it at a 5K pace the whole way. Thu., did a HM pace for first and third mile with fartleks in the middle mile. Tomorrow...13 miles....

GREAT long stretch of weather ahead. Sunny and 70s for at least the next ten days. Aweome, Dawson!!!!

Headin't to work....Then helping our security team at church cover the REND COLLECTIVE concert (A popular Christian Band), so it will be a loooong day, but an exciting one.

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Good Morning! Happy Thursday!

Thank you all for your support last weekend for my 1st Half Marathon in 4 years. It really helped me get past the Race Anxiety I was beginning to feel. I had Lower Back, Knee and Ankle pain 3 weeks out and had to rest for recovery for two weeks. I also needed new running shoes and only had 1 week left before my race. My goal was to just cross the finish line. I ended up coming in at 2:26:44 and placed first in my age group. October I will be moving on up to the 60 year old age group.
It has been Raining here in NC almost 48 hours. I had planned on Running 5- 6 miles but need to go to Plan B. Someone told me about a You- Tube Video for indoor running and I can't seem to find it. Do any of you have suggestions? I have not used You-Tube before and googled and can't find this particular workout.

Wishing all a Wonderful Day and Wishing all Running Races this Weekend and Awesome Run!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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Good morning...

Heading out for a bike ride. It is very overcast though.

I am going to skip running until Saturday. My foot still is causing me some difficulty. Not only is my arch bothering me, but I have quite a lot of pain in the ball of my foot. My guess is it is a neuroma (an enlarged nerve). At first it felt like a huge bump, now there is no bump - just really sore.

I will listen to my bike on today's ride to see if she tells me her name.

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Hello again. Looks like fall is finally here in central Texas, at least for a while. It was 62 when I woke up this morning and still only 64 when I went out to run. Humidity was good, too. A little over two hours later it was still only 70. Nice. The forecast for the entire week is for lows in the 60s and highs in the 80s. Good running weather. I'm not sure how long the humidity will stay low.

Today was my long run. 10 miles. It has been 10 days since my last long run (which was just under 7 miles) since I didn't run longer than 5 miles on the island and I delayed this run a couple of days to get this good weather. So I knew I needed to be careful jumping up to 10. My plan was to keep it relatively slow -- no faster than two hours and slower would be fine. I used :20/:20 intervals for the most part, but occasionally skipped a run or walk break to do :40/:20 or :20/:40 depending on the terrain (i.e. up or down hill) or how I was feeling. I finished the run in 2:07, so I was happy about that and for the most part had no problems. The weather certainly helped.

Instead of carrying my gels, I did four mile loops past my car. I didn't have time for much breakfast, so I ate one gel before I started and then had another at miles four and eight. My energy only flagged slightly twice. The first time I noticed it, I glanced at my watch and saw 3.5 miles. Just a half mile short of my gel stop. It happened again at mile 7.5, a half mile from my next gel stop. I had to laugh, but I wasn't watching my watch, so I don't think I pysched myself into this. The terrain also probably had something to do with it since I was in roughly the same spot both times, on a gradual but long incline.

Cindy, do you remember the end of the San Francisco Marathon when you decided to skip the gel at mile 24 since you had only two more miles to go?
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Dee, Sounds like a tough scheduling dilemma.

Marsha, Hope the antibiotics clear up the sore throat and that the coughing goes away.

Jean, I hate those bad runs, I've had some and had no clue why. Hope you recover okay and that today's bike ride and tomorrows run are okay.





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Jean, it's not unusual for me to have to nap after a long run. But I'm sorry it felt so hard. I agree with Catherine, look at nutrition.

Marsha, glad the lungs are OK to run. emoticon

AFM, travel has interfered with running. And now the High Holidays. I'll make it work somehow. I just realized I'm going to have to forego fasting for Yom Kippur because that's the day of my 26 miler. And there's no other time to fit it in since I need support of others to get it done.

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Jean, hoping you have a good recovery. Sounds like you gave it your all. I agree that it is hard to know whether you've got negative chatter or a real message from your body.

I finally went to the doctor after 12 days of sore throat and 9 days of coughing. Doctor diagnosed throat infection and I'm on antibiotics. She thought my lungs were fine, despite all the hacking I've been doing, and cleared me to run. OK.

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Good morning, everyone.

SB, I'm sorry to hear about the run. It sounds like possibly a blood sugar problem to me. When you run for two hours, how much do you eat and how soon do you start? I find that nutrition on long runs is like walk breaks. If you wait until you need them, you've waited too long. I can run for an hour without supplemental nutrition, but if I wait an hour on a long run to start eating, I'm usually tired the second half of the run. So on long runs, I eat something every four miles. That works well for me.

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Hi team.....

I've been really taking it easy this week. I had such a tough run on Sunday, that I knew my body needed some recovery time. I've only had a few runs in these 5-6 years that left me so exhausted that I could hardly function. Sunday's run was one of those. I got home, took 2 Ibuprofen and slept for 2 1/2 hours.

Mentally.... I told myself (after about 1 hour) that I should just go home - this was too much work. But then I thought - that is just negative chatter and toughed it through 1 more hour. Oddly my stats were in the right range (except for the last mile - which slowed considerably).

I'm thinking I should have listened to myself. Sometimes knowing the difference between authentic messages and negative chatter is difficult. Usually you can tell - because you just cannot maintain your pace.

Will bike some this morning and run again tomorrow.

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Trill, sure hope those raises with a towel help. Dealing with an issue for a year is frustrating!

I finally decided I must go to the doctor. My cough that seemed gone for a day or two has resurfaced. 4pm today we'll see. Sure hope to get my 13 mile training run in this Saturday and not with compromised lungs.

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Ann, Great job at getting by that mental stuff. And yes that negative chatter is a challenge Jeff has a mental training book, but its not in the library and I haven't seen it. jeff-galloway-e-shop.mybigcommerce.c
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Lynn Glad your 800s felt better. Swimming after a hard run seems like it works for you.

June, I've never had PF symtoms that I'd link directly to a hard row. OTOH, they first appeared last summer when I was rowing more and just maintaining on the running front. So I've wondered if rowing caused some imbalance that allowed the damage to occur when running. I have not joined a rowing club yet in Philly

Marsha, Enjoyable runs are the best
Dee, I guess those naming the run had not run a variety of races.

Catherine, I've done the regular toe raises and started the ones with the towel under your toes last Wednesday in response to that PF article. They do feel a bit different. Good to have a pleasant vacation, personally I always like trips where there is a change in weather. It clears my head.

AFM, I'm cautiously optimistic that the night splint is helpful. I had only mild discomfort following Saturdays run. However I've been fooling around with this for a year, so I will need a longer stretch of improvement. This has pretty much taken the fun out of running.



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Good Monday Morning!

Our ALS Walk went well yesterday. Our group raised $3,100 and team goal was $2,500 so my SIL Julie and two girls did the ice bucket challenge. They said they would do it if we reached our team goal! After the walk, we all went to a German restaurant in downtown Columbus, OH in German Village. It was terrific!

Lynn sorry about your friend Marty... disease just doesn't seem to discriminate. My running buddy at work (we don't run together but both training for Columbus Maration Oct 19th) had emergency gall bladder surgery in Chicago while she was there for a work conference this past Thursday. We are 4 weeks out and she really wants to still do the marathon. She is back to work today but not allowed to walk for a week, run in 2 weeks. Her highest mileage is 14. I think she hopes to walk the marathon at this point.

AFM...14 miles on Saturday, and 5 this morning. Saturday's run couldn't start until 12:30 and temps were back up to 78-80 with high humidity. The route I chose had some major hills... went out too fast for the conditions and ended up walking the last mile. I have always felt like you learn more from your mistakes... it was definitely a good "training" exercise. In the 4 weeks left before the marathon, the physical stuff is pretty much at my peak but I need to concentrate on mental focus. Mid runs I am catching myself being negative and beating myself up. I have sort of developed a pacing and fueling strategy for the race and race logistics but I have neglected the mental side... Need to read up on that. Any good books or thought on mental aspects of the marathon?

Have a great day! We are meeting friends tonight and going to Tom & Chees (it was spotlighted on Shark Tank) which is a grilled cheese and soup franchise that started in Cincinnati and we (Columbus) now have one! Can't wait - I love grilled cheese and tomato soup!

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Thank you all for your well wishes for my swimming friend. We met at swimming this AM for the first time since hearing the news. We still are all in shock. Apparently there was some confusion about the surgery and it wasn't on Friday, but will happen today or tomorrow. I'm praying that when they go in there, it won't be as grim of news as they thought. Marty is a strong guy.....I hope he can beat this thing. Stage IV is serious, but I've know people who have pulled through. Some respond amazingly well to chemo, so there is always hope.

CATHERINE: Your articles are always very interesting. I have a large portion of my day sitting thanks to my sitting kind of job. I need to find ways to take a walk around the building from time to time. The problem is door security. There are two of us in the school office which is usually very busy. We have to screen people coming into the building and it is difficult to do so when the other has to step out for something. At least during my lunch break I should split between eating and taking a walk. As for the colonoscopy, glad you came back negative and I know what you mean about being nervous about the results. I'm having mine with the endoscopy as well next Monday. Hoping all is good!

Ran my 800s yesterday the new way, with taking more regular walk breaks. It was MUCH better....and maybe overly MUCH better! I really went too fast yesterday, though I faired will in spite of it. To do it the JG way, speed wise, I should not have done anything faster than 11:15. I had six 800s to do. I started with 11:29 and ended with a little over 10!

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Finishing: 2.0 HM pace (11:55 pace....23 min).
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Not counting in the cool down, the total mileage including the walk breaks, was 8.07 for a pace of 11:57. For me....at that distance, is a rare thing! My legs were tired and my "kink" in the hamstring as well as the right pirfirmoris, were barking just a bit. I rolled them out on the foam roller and was impressed with how much that helped. Swam this AM and went in the hot tub for ten min. Feeling FANTASTIC right now! You know how I love to swim after a hard run! It's my secret weapon! :D

Busy week coming up and somehow....I have to figure out when to do my long run of 13. 77 for a high next Sat so far. I may have to man up and just do it. At least it's slow going. I know for some of you, 77 is a DREAM temp for running! LOL So I will think of you. It's just in the middle of the day with the sun high up since I can't run early. But Sunday will be an all clear liquid diet day for the test prep Monday. I can't do any recovery foods so that wouldn't be good.

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Way to go Dee. Steady training pays off.

Great you had an enjoyable run Marsha.

Catherine, lovely and charming holiday!! (except for the tire early on)
That is a fact I dread, they say sitting is the new smoking in terms of how it is bad for your health. Good to hear standing is better, not the same for health damage. Sometimes at the computer standing can be a strategy. Kind of hard to stand when reading, although I know some people who read on the treadmill. My fitbit gives me my daily sedentary hours, I won't confess the numbers they are so way too high.

Seabreeze, have a good rest day, and a good home holiday with your DH gone for a week.

Lynn, sorry about your friend. It is always such a shock when too young and fit people have life-threatening health concerns.

Trill, hope your PF is mending. Did you find a rowing club after your moved? I wonder if PF would interfere with rowing.

Ann, hope the ALS walk went well. Were there any on-site ice bucket challenges?

AFM, today is my day to take my time and do a little bit of everything at a leisurely pace. Sunday starts with family brunch, DH and I are down to just us two this Sunday, our only child at home now has a boyfriend and other plans. After brunch DH and I go to the golf driving range and hit a few practice balls. Then DH goes home to watch his plethora of Sunday games from Serie A Italian soccer to NFL football and including Formula I if there is a race that Sunday. DH drops me and my bike off at the gym and I do a full ST workout, followed by a 30min run, followed by a shower and dip in the pool, followed by a bike ride home. I usually leave home at 9 in the morning and get home at 3. This is a perfect Sunday for me.

This week I did 3 runs and 3 ST workouts. I ran a magic mile on Friday, I am more or less on a plateau for running fitness. I am still on the low end of healthy for hemoglobin and iron, I hope to be improving soon. If not, I am happy to be feeling good and running regularly.

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Good going, Dee. Stamina is a wonderful attribute!

Enjoyed -- truly enjoyed -- a 5.7 mile group run today. Because it rained yesterday, there was a make up today. Just 6 of us ran and we broke into 2 groups. We just did about a 12:45 pace. First run after 7 days of taking it easy due to cough. Made me value and appreciate my running even more.

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Marsha, I tend to do that 'clawing' with my right foot, the one that cramps and that has occasional metatarsal pain. Something for me to investigate further!

My bridge run was actually not that hard - no way would I call it toughest. I took it very slowly and didn't 'race'. Nonetheless, I was very happy with my pace. I was amused, though, by all the runners who walked most of the uphills. Thanks to Galloway, I consistently powered my way up the inclines, leaving people behind. I may have lost any speed I had as a result of my 5 week hiatus, but I've regained the endurance. That's not something to sneeze at.

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Trill, hope your run and recovery go well.

Catherine, I read the article. Guess I don't have PF -- no heel pain. I used to do calf raises on a step, though. Wouldn't hurt to do them again.

I have occasional twinges in my arch on the left foot. That is also the foot that has the toe with black nail. I read that with an arch weakness one might tend to claw, or turn the toe down to compensate. So I'm trying hard when to pay attention that I'm keeping my toes straight out. Wonder if that exercise might not help strengthen that arch I think is weak. My new Saucony Hurricanes definitely have a bigger toe box than the Brooks Adrenaline and seem to be working fine for me. I walked 11 miles today. Lungs are much better, but didn't want to push it.

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Just saw an article in the New York Times about plantar fasciitis.

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This is the exercise I did the most when I had an episode at the end of last year, although I didn't use the towel or the back pack. It did seem to help.

There was also a very interesting article about the negative effects of sitting, even if you execise, and the benefits of non sedentary movement, even if it isn't exercise.

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Good morning, everyone.

We are in the Portland Airport. Our flight doesn't leave for another two hours, but there is free WiFi and plenty of outlets, so we are all set with our Kindles. There was absolutely no line at either the baggage check in or the TSA screening. Don't think that's ever happened to me before. It certainly was quick and easy. DH commented that he's never seen such friendly TSA agents. When we came up last year we flew to Boston since DH's sisters are close to the border. Bailey Island is another hour's drive beyond them, so we opted for the closer, smaller airport. The flight choices are more limited, but is certainly less of a hassle than Boston.

We had good time on the Island and I think we will come back next year.

Lynn, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. They screened me for colon cancer after the food poisoning episode. I was certainly nervous about that test.
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RUNNING IN HUMIDITY: I run in this all summer. What amazes me is how I can walk out of the door and tell the difference between 89% and 92% right away. Temperature matters also and I am getting to the point where I can almost tell how my run will go - just standing in the driveway while my Garmin "hooks" up. Running at 89% and 73 degrees is SO MUCH easier than running at 92% and 75 degrees. Doesn't sound like much, but it sure makes a noticeable difference to me.

CINDY: Hoping your after run activities are with less pain.

LYNN: So sorry to hear about your friend. Good luck with those 800s.

DEE and SHARON: Looking forward to race reports.

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I have to rearrange my morning exercise schedule and am resting today. Will run tomorrow and take DH to the airport on Monday morning. He is flying to Colorado for a get-together with his 4 brothers. My schedule changes when he is gone. I just don't cook the same way and it feels good to have a break from that. I'll pick him up on Friday.

Not much going on in my world today.

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JEAN: I definitely slow down in humid conditions as well. In fact, I sometimes wonder if I cant even finish the run. It's hard to breathe! I always finish, but it's not pretty! It's still a good workout though...makes you tough! ;)

SHARON: Best wishes to you for a fun and awesome race. Let us know how it goes. You'll leave your nerves on the start line once that gun goes off. :D

CINDY: Hope all goes well with your run today. Sports tape to support the foot during the run really helped me BIG TIME! YouTube video available on how to do that. :)

Very sad after learning of a swim team buddy who discovered Tuesday he has stage 4 colon cancer! He had surgery yesterday and the prognosis is not looking good. I'm not thinking he's even 50. Has a son about Jr. High age (possibly early H.S.). His son, at a young age, got into running and won some local grass roots races beating even adults! This man was so proud of his boy. Breaks my heart to know this is happening to him. He had stopped coming routinely to our early morning swims some time ago, but had recently dropped in from time to time. Tall, lean, and has participated in some triathlons and running races. I'm thinking he must have some rare aggressive kind of cancer to come up so suddenly like this. Prayers for my friend, Marty!

I need to do six of those 800s this weekend. Looking forward to trying it with the intervals as previously discussed. Thanks again for all your input, JG friends! Not sure if I will do it today or tomorrow. Around 80 for a high and I can't do it early Sat mornings anymore. Got a volunteer job in church tomorrow morning, but tomorrow's high is only supposed to be 69, so that is a good possibility.

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Cindy, I do love the rain. But I don't like driving during flooding conditions.

It seems to have stopped - just as long as it doesn't thunder today so I can run over that bridge. LOL

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Dee, Do you enjoy the rain when you get it. I love rainy days when they are not too frequent.

SB, Humidity sure slows you down.

Sharon, that race anxiety can be tough. Just relax as much as you can. Set your stuff out well before the race and remember the important thing is to enjoy the experience.

Lynn, Hope you enjoyed that 3 mile run.

Catherine, Thank goodness you got the tire fixed closer to you. That sure was a well spent $20. And I suspect this was one of those times where actually saying I told you so out loud was not necessary. Glad to hear your weather has been good.

AFM I've been using the night splint for Plantar Fasciitis since Sunday. I'm going to run on Saturday. I know the run itself won't be bad, won't know if it was a terrible idea until Sunday morning.


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SB, when it's hot and humid, I'm slower too, whether I want to or not.
My run yesterday was of that type: slower than I intended or expected. But it was very humid, as I ran during one of the breaks between storms.

It then stormed all night, and it's still going. But it should be clearing in time for my bridge run tomorrow.

Sharon, I consider race anxiety to be a good thing. It means I'm engaged! And I plan better because I'm thinking every little thing through. Good luck!


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emoticon Seemed very warm this morning....and humid.

LYNN: Hope you enjoyed that 3 mile run.

SHARON: Excited for you!!

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AFM...

A slower than planned run this morning. I "upped" my interval a bit just to see and ended up slower. I don't think it was the interval, but the very humid morning.

Ran 60 minutes and this included 5 1:1 pickups at 10% faster pace.

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I just got home from picking up my Race Package for this weekends HM. All day today I have been feeling the Race Anxiety. I also got to see the Coarse today and it will be going around familiar areas I have run in. I think I will have fun with it once I get going.

Wishing all a Great Evening and Weekend coming Up!

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ANN: I, too, have one of those pouches that close magnetically and also cannot put it on my pants for the same reason. However, I am able to clip it on my water bottle belt. I have two hydration belts. One that just holds one 16 oz bottle at my back and snaps shut in the front with a small zipper section. The magnetic closing pouch fits nicely and holds up well on it. Also on the 4 bottle system belt I have. Otherwise, I have this belt with a zippered pouch that I got from a triathlon as a goody bag item. LOVE it. They gave us two, but I can't find either one right now (but it's here somewhere). I believe you can buy these as well. They fit the iPhone 5 nicely, but there's no way the new iPhone is going to fit there. I hate these new BIG phones everyone is making. They are like a mini iPad! Not conducive for us athletes to take along! I'm hanging onto my iPhone 5 as long as I can and hope this big screen phone fades soon!

Off for a HM pace 3 miler. Not in the mood...but gotta do it. Once I get going, I'll probably be fine. It's be an easy pace so I should just relax and enjoy! Back later to tell you I did it. I need the accountability! LOL!

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LYNN: Your son's rental car story sound scary. I can see that happening though. I've never purchased anything at Boston Market. I will have to remember the soup is very good.

SHARON: That would mean A LOT to me too. I am glad your husband and mother will see you cross the finish line. Unless my husband is also participating in the race, he does not come.

DEE: Sounds like a very good training run. Good to hear your knees recovered quickly.

ANN: I have a SPI belt and I think it would work. My husband actually has the belt with two pockets - that one would definitely work for carrying everything. It fits fine. My problem is I don't like anything around my waist when I run, but have worn it in races. Be sure to wear it prior to the race so that you understand how it feels.

CATHERINE: I am glad you are having a good vacation in Maine.

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I have a lot to do on that darn to-do list.
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Ann, My iPhone is in a Lifeproof case and fits in my Spibelt. They do have a large size spibelt. We got it for my son and it fits two epi pens. They would not quite fit in the regular case.

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Good morning everyone. We continue to have a great time here in Maine.

Tuesday has been the only day so far with less than perfect weather. It was grey and drizzly but not terribly cold. We had already planned a visit to Freeport (about 45 minutes away), to see L. L. Bean, so the weather wasn't really a problem. Yesterday we had breakfast with DH's aunt and uncle and then went to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (about an hour away in the other direction). This is a relatively new facility (grand opening was in 2007). They have done a very nice job with it and we spent several hours there. I did a short run when we got back before we left for dinner.

I'm about to go out for another, hopefully longer, run this morning. The island isn't very big so it is a challenge to go more than about five miles.
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Ann, I had the same problem with the magnetic pouch.
I use a fanny pack. Ugly but functional. And I can stash away my on-the-run snacks.



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Hi All!

I too have been AWOL for awhile. Our community is having our annual ALS Walk this Sunday. I am the team captain (my brother in law passed away from ALS 2 years ago and it is a terrible disease) and have been busy designing and distributing t-shirts, signing people up...etc. Weather is supposed to be warm but potentially thunderstorms...

I believe I am still on track for the October Full Marathon. Training has been going well. However, I will say that the mid week runs are tougher now because my legs are tired from the long weekend runs. Think I will have to adjust my pace. Last Sunday, I ran 20 miles and it was the first time weather was perfect....58 to 65 with a very light breeze...with a nice flat shady trail. I went faster than I should and took less breaks - I think just to see if I could do it...I was not huffing or puffing at the end but I have felt it on my Tuesday and Wed runs this week. This weekend 22 and next 24 and then taper. I will probably not get to 26 in training but think I will still be ok.

I bought new shoes this week. I love buying shoes (other than the price!). I went to road runner - first time to go there. I probably was a "sucker" but I loved all the gait analysis and personal attention. I ended up buying a VIP membership (19.99) as you get 10% off everything so almost got that back in the price of shoes. Turns out I have been buying a size 8 and needed a 8.5!

Have been having trouble with carrying my I-phone on runs. I use it for map my run and safety. I have one of these magnetic pouches that are supposed to clip on your pants. Unfortunately, my phone weighs it down and pulls my shorts down - not a pretty sight! and it bobs up and down. I don't really like the arm bands so I have been putting it in my bra only to get chafing cuts and burns... Anyone have a better suggestion.. Do those SPIBelts work and big enough for an I-phone with a outerbox case?

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Wow, so much to catch up with! I've been AWOL, out of town on business.

Marsha, get thee to a doctor. Don't mess with chest problems!

My knees were sore after Saturday's run, but I was OK the next day. More or less, that is, as they haven't been 100% in months.

I signed myself up for a bridge run on Saturday, to simulate what I will face in New York. This is 4 times over a bridge. Called The Toughest 10k. It will be a training run for me, not a race. Mike, I think you are signed up for this as well and have done it before.

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SHARON: That is really nice of your hubby. See...he is proud of you if he's bringing his disabled mother to see you cross the finish line. My DH comes to most of my races, but I release him from coming to some of them. He sue doesn't have to go to each one. He enjoys watching them though and is in awe of all the athletes. He wishes he could run, but just attempting it threw out his knees (he inherited bad joints from his father who blew out his knees playing minor league baseball years ago) and eventually, had arthroscopic surgery on both. His ortho told him running was NOT his sport! He has a large frame and top that with the bad knees...it just doesn't work.

MARSHA: I agree with Catherine...Three weeks, what the heck! Nowadays, the docs around here (at least the "corporate medical offices") guarantee that you will see one of the docs in the practice the same day if that is what you want. Let us know what they tell you at urgent care. Used to be they treated bronchitis with antibiotics, but I heard that changed now. But you can still get prescription cough medication to loosen everything up and make it more productive. I'm sure walking is fine and probably even helps move stuff around. You'll be back before you know it, so take your time and heal well so you won't have a set back. Hope you feel better soon. OH....and grab a family sized chicken soup from Boston Market. Put pepper on it and slurp away! That stuff really helps! Tastes good too and is not that many calories!

Swam this AM 2500 yards. As usual, felt great! Ran yesterday beginning at hm pace and ending with a 10K pace...mostly steady. It was invigorating with the nice cool temps.

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Thanks, Catherine. Think I'll head to urgent care if I'm not well by Saturday.

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Good Morning All!

Marsha, I hope you recover soon and happy you are listening to your body.

Thanks again Everyone for so much encouragement leading up to my first Half Marathon in 4 years. I am so excited. My husband never came out to see me in races when we were in FL and up here since the Race is close to home he decided to bring my mother out in her wheel chair in time to see me cross the finish line... I am so thrilled because my husband is not a runner but this means a lot to me.

Hope you all have a Great Day!

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Marsha, I'm not big on going to the doctor, but chest infections take me there. I don't mess around with bronchitis. It can easily turn into walking pneumonia. It's hard to believe that your doctor can't see a sick person for three weeks. If a productive cough (a sign of infection) doesn't clear up quickly, I would call them and I would consider the emergency room if they couldn't see me in a reasonable time frame. I've had experience with assuming that bronchitis would clear up on its own. So if it doesn't get better in a few days, go to the doctor right away, not in three weeks.
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Thanks, Lynn and Jean for encouragement and advice. I googled and read a bunch of articles on running and coughs, but still think it will take some judgment to figure out when it is okay. It would probably take 3 weeks to get into see my doctor, so that's not much help.

I may walk the miles Saturday if I think I shouldn't run.

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JEAN: I usually stop my watch as well when not moving (stop lights, water bottle refills, people chatting, etc.), but I guess this guy caught me so off guard, I forgot! Sometimes I forget to turn the watch back on and that's super aggravating! CONGRATS on signing up for your January Half Marathon! Looking forward to reading your stats! Keep posting PLEASE!

CATHERINE: Enjoyed your story!!!! But of course...sorry you had to go through that. MEN! LOL! My son had a rental issue.... He lost his keys at the Outer Banks, NC a few days ago while vacationing there. He had driven to the rental house and swore he had the keys on this end table. Everyone he was with was doing a massive clean up job before all going home and he thinks someone accidentally threw it out. They did go through the trash but there was so much of it, and so yucky, they didn't go through all of it. Long story short....he too was too far from the rental place and they called a local lock smith to come out and make a new key for the car. Cha Cha Ching mega bucks later, they finally were able to drive it back and come home!

MARSHA: Take good care of yourself... I've read where you can run with upper respiratory illnesses if you are up to it, but stuff in your chest is a BIG no-no (your lungs need to recover). So rest up, drink plenty of fluids, use a humidifier and sleep as much as you can! You won't lose much fitness if any. As far as lingering coughs...when to get back....Might want to ask your doc about that one. I would think once the infection leaves and you stop coughing up a lot of stuff, maybe you could start working it back in and slowing down/cutting mileage if you must Hang in there!

SHARON: Enjoy your new running shoes! And best wishes on your half training.

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CATHERINE: The weather does sound wonderful. Hurray for getting the tire fixed!!

SHARON: Good luck on your upcoming race. Weather sounds good.

MARSHA: I am not a medical person at all, but would think caution and patience is very important.

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Sharon, Good wishes for a great run on Saturday! That's exciting that you are coming back after a long break. Run Happy!!

Does anyone know how to tell if your lungs are bad enough you shouldn't run? Jeff says don't run with a lung infection and cough is sign of infection, if I remember right. But coughs can hang on for a long time. When is it okay to run??

Any help related to this issue would be very appreciated. Didn't I read this is serious -- like lung infection can go to the heart and kill you? Scary. But I want to run!!

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Hi Everyone!

We are finally getting some nice weather here in NC. I went out for my last 7- 8 mile run this morning temps in the low 60's. I received my new running shoes Friday and they feel great. My lower back is better now and hopefully this Saturday Race Day, will be perfect. I did have set back in training and was forced to take 2 weeks off for recovery. I will be following Jeff Galloway with the Run/ Walk. My goal is to cross the finish line. This is my first Half since running in 2010 Clearwater Gulf Beaches Half-a-thon.

Thanks so much all for all the tips you shared with me. I really focused on my posture while out today..

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Catherine, That was very prudent of you to bite your lip and not say, "I told you so." I might not have been so tactful! Glad you are having great weather!

Jean, I suspect we will have some good running days in October, although I have run some pretty hot races in November. But you are right. Should start getting better and better.

I don't feel too bad, but concerned about the heavy feeling in my chest. Not coughing much, but when I do, I'm coughing up yuck. I'm hoping it passes quickly, but my daughter has had it for weeks. Definitely not running today or tomorrow. Will run Saturday with group unless really bad. I so don't want to get behind my group. Last year after I fell I got moved to an injury group and never got my longest runs. I'm really looking forward to my longest run, 17 miles scheduled for October 25th.

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Hello everyone, we are having glorious weather so far here in Maine. Yesterday was spent with family, but I did get a chance for a short run this morning. Bright, sunny morning in the mid 50s, not terribly windy. I ran on the neighborhood dirt / gravel roads adding the bay (shore drive) and then crossed the highway to run on the Atlantic Ocean side -- Bailey Island is obviously not very wide. It's one of those "fingers" along the Maine coast. 3.5 miles today. I hope to have time for a longer run tomorrow.

We've had another of those "type A, type B" adventures (some of you may remember the fun we had in the San Diego airport). When we started the car yesterday morning, we got a warning message that one of the tires was low. DH looked at them and said they looked fine to him so off we went to breakfast with his aunt and uncle. I told him that I thought we should find some place to get them checked, but he obviously didn't think it mattered. However, as a card carrying type A, I am both more persistant and more stubborn than he is and I said that I wasn't going anywhere far in that car until we got it checked out. We are sort of out in the middle of nowhere here in the island.

We were lucky in that we are staying in cabins rather than a hotel and the owners live on site. They not only had a tire gauge but also an air compressor which was very fortunate since one of our tires was out of air! (This is one of those good news, bad news stories). However, since DH had opted not to pay for roadside assistance in the rental car agreement, we were responsible for getting the car back to Budget for any necessary repairs. We called to find out the closet Budget car rental site and it turned out to be the Portland airport where we rented it, over 100 miles away!

There went a good chunk of our day today, at the least and I was concerned about the car making it that far (DH wasn't, of course, but since the tire lost all of its air again over night, I think my concern was reasonable). Fortunately, the owner suggested that we take the car to a local tire place to see if it could be repaired cheaply. So that's what we did, and $20 and one hour later we were safely back on the road. And I never once said "I told you so!"
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Marsha, how are you feeling today?

Seabreeze, thanks for the cards signalling tips, I will find out more about how that works at our first game. Great stats on your 2 hour run! I bet you are glad you have that done.

Catherine, how is the weather in Maine?

Today and tomorrow will be sunny, then it may rain for a while. Yesterday I ran in the afternoon, a course with a few hills for boosting my fitness. It is so nice to run in this awesome weather, although when it rains, I try to finish in the pool so being wet doesn't make a difference. Rest day for me today, tomorrow I have a 7 mile run planned and a magic mile run on Friday.

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Hi TEAM!

LYNN: LOL - I do love running stats!!! What a great run. Good for you. BTW: I stop my Garmin when I am chatting with people. Happy that the stress test turned out okay.

MARSHA: I hope it isn't several more months... I was hoping starting in October would be good running months - at least until March. Hope you feel a lot better soon.

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Did my easy 2 hour run this morning.
75 degrees
88% humidity
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AP 13:53 [used 20:30 intervals]
Ave HR 144 (79% of max)

Yesterday... signed up for my next HM - not until January.
DH signed up too.

Also signed up for a 10K in December.

Hurray - I get to follow a "real" training plan beginning in October. Finally......

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Thanks, Lynn. Not doing too bad, but clearly still battling a head and chest cold. Going to take another rest day today.

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Marsha...You got it right...I am Lynn, aka, "Teniswhiz" :)

Sorry to hear you are sick! Hope you heal fast!

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