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Good morning, everyone. Well, it is really foggy here this morning. When I checked the weather report, I can see a slight wind from the south, so we are getting some warmer, moist air from the Gulf. Not that the temps are being affected that much, but it's about 5 degrees warmer than this time yesterday and supposedly will get into the mid 60's this afternoon and upper 60's tomorrow before the next arctic front hits Wednesday night with freezing rain and maybe even some snow. They are talking about the front making it to San Antonio this time. Really unusual for them as I'm sure they are past their normal "last freeze" date. Sheesh. But if the forecast is correct, we will get an extended warming trend starting this weekend. Maybe this will be the last front.

Because my trainer had some required work meetings today, my regular session got switched to yesterday morning, earlier than usual. I actually had to use an alarm to wake up for the first time in a long time. I've always been aware that I spent most of my working life slightly (or so I thought at the time) sleep deprived. I usually got between 5 and 6 hours of sleep a night and thought I did fine with 6 hours. It just shows that what feels normal and OK may just be what the brain is used to, especially if it has nothing else to compare it to.

Since I've retired, my schedule allows me to fall asleep when I feel tired and wake up naturally (most of the time). When allowed to "pick," my body picks 8 hours most of the time, a little less, maybe, if I'm totally sedentary and more (usually 9 hours) when I'm exercising more intensely. Yesterday wasn't a normal schedule and I only got 7 hours of sleep. Once I would have believed that was enough and probably wouldn't have noticed that I was dragging a bit. But now that my brain knows what well rested feels like, I was super aware that I wasn't full strength. So I took a nap and sure enough, woke up again after getting my lost hour back. I really wish now I could go back and sleep more during my youth. I think I would have been a lot more productive and certainly healthier. Since I was always productive and rarely sick, I wonder what I could have accomplished if I had taken better care of myself. I certainly took my health for granted back then.

Ah, the stories we tell ourselves to rationalize our own behavior. I read a really good article this morning, entitled "Why We Act Irrationally: Harvard Psychologist Ellen Langer Reveals the One Word That Drives Our Senseless Habits":

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CINDY: That is SO exciting that your heels behaved themselves!!!! I hope that trend continues and you are over this awful hump! You must be ecstatic! I know what it's like to be down and out from a long recovery from PF and other issues! I'm very hopeful my tight and sore achilles issue is over. It had been bothering me since December...late November maybe. Not as serious as what you just went through, but I was cautious not to overdo which was easy since I had no races on the horizon. Now I'm back to HM training and fortunately, had this fluid running class that came up that helped GREATLY with the situation. Best wishes for a pain free season!

Slushy day will be followed by two very cold days of 20 on Wed and 18 on Thu for highs. After that....it's all 30s and 40s and even toying with 50! I'm so excited! Our Feb was the 3rd coldest on record and the 19 inch blizzard we had left these hard rock glaciers all over the place. Sick of looking at this snow which is now black from pollution!

CATHERINE.... As much as I dread the dreaded, a.k.a. treadmill, I would like to have one just to do what you are doing....read while walking. Or at least listening to books while walking. Too easy to become a coach potato while reading books. I've read where some people are allowed to have a treadmill-like thing at their desk, which is tall and fits the walking machine....You work at this station while very slowly walking the whole time. Looks goofy, but I would love it!

On that note...three more months to the big last day of work before retirement on this very date. June 3rd begins my new life. Looking forward to it...yet will miss a lot of things about work. I'm sure I'll get over it. LOL

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Cindy, yay for heel!!

Sharon, yay for back!!

Marsha, yay for feet!!

Catherine, I'm glad you are having no identity issues currently and hope you are done with them forever!

I did my 14 mile long run yesterday. I'm ready for Zion on 3/14.

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Good afternoon, everyone. Hope you are all staying warm!

It is still cold here, although not quite as bad as on Saturday -- mid 40's rather than mid 30's, but still grey and dreary. Tomorrow will supposedly be mid 60's -- but promises, promises. There is another front on its way, too, so if it does warm up it won't be for long. Freezing temps are back Wednesday night with a 90% chance of rain.
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Sharon, you can edit a duplicate forum post and change the content, but there's no way to remove it. Not sure why SP doesn't allow this, but since we are equally glad that your back it better, I'd say it probably deserves repeating.
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Cindy, I'm glad to hear the good report on your feet and same to you, Marsha, on your heel!

Lynn, I do read while I walk on the treadmill, although I should probably more accurately say that I "listen" to books while I am on the treadmill. I have discovered how easy it is to borrow downloadable audiobooks from the library straight to my phone (or Kindle Fire, but the phone is what I use on the treadmill).

Some of you may remember my bout with identify theft at the end of last year when someone opened a credit card under my social security number (they had the correct birthday, too.) That has been settled for some time now with no additional problems on the credit side. But we have been anxious about the possibility that someone might use my SS number to file a bogus tax return. So it is with some relief that DH filed our tax return this weekend and got back an email saying that it had been accepted. No identity theft on that front, at least not this year.
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Sharon, so glad your back pain is gone!! My feet are much, much better and I got to run yesterday. Don't expect my race on the 14th to be very fast, but I do plan to finish!! -Marsha

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I am so excited about not having back pain, that I accidentally posted twice..
I couldn't figure out how to delete my 2nd post?

Felt great after doing my workouts this morning. I feel like me again and no more back pain!

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Good Morning! Happy Monday!

Back to my routine after a week off. My back feels totally recovered now. 1st night without muscle relaxants and I slept very good.

Day 50 of my QFS Challenge and week 6 of my Galloway 12 week HM Training. Now I hope the weather cooperates. During my week off we have had Sleet, Snow and Rain and single digits temps. Very unusual for NC..

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Breathing a sigh of relief. No heal pain the day after my 10 mile run. I held my distances constant for the entire month of Feb and this was my first increase in distance. Ice and snow on the ground.

We have ice on the ground this morning, but it should melt. Unfortunately we have two questionable weather days this week.

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Good Morning! Happy Monday!

Back to my routine after a week off. My back feels totally recovered now. 1st night without muscle relaxants and I slept very good.

Day 50 of my QFS Challenge and week 6 of my Galloway 12 week HM Training. Now I hope the weather cooperates. During my week off we have had Sleet, Snow and Rain and single digits temps. Very unusual for NC..

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JEAN: I'm with you on the 50 Shades of Gray... Didn't read it, didn't see it, totally not interested! American Sniper does sound interesting and I've heard a lot of positive things about it. Will probably end up seeing it On Demand.

Had my 1st Interval training for the spring HM. 4X800s... It was COLD! 20 degrees even with a 9 degree windchill. I was layered up! Fall running tights with the winter ones over that, two layers of socks, a long sleeve tech shell with a spongy like 40 degree tech pullover on top of that topped with my running jacket, a neck warmer, a head band covered with a running specific cap (all capture sweat pulling away from body and keeping me warm!) and running specific gloves that have a mitten cover over the gloved fingers! I was fairly comfortable, but had to put the neck warmer over my mouth and chin on and off. Would get to warm at times....too cold w/o other times. Otherwise, run went well...

Fluid running this afternoon. So looking forward to warmer temps! Through March 10, nothing over 40, mostly 30s, couple of 17s for highs. In like a lion for sure! March 28th we leave for Anna Maria Island, FL!

CATHERINE....do you walk on TM while reading? Might have to buy myself that device you have for a personal retirement gift to keep me moving.

CINDY: So how did you heels end up feeling? I hope better than expected. My tight and sore achilles seems to be getting better and again, I attribute that to backing off some of my mid week running and relying on the fluid running for that.... Now I am rebuilding the weekday land running...weather permitting!

Have a nice Sunday, all!

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Bread sounds good. I hear Fort Worth has nasty weather for the cowtown races canceling all but the half. You guys in Texas certainly don't have the resources to hit those streets with salt.

We did 10 miles today. It was in the 20s and just started to snow as we finished. The schuylkill looks really frozen. Hard to believe it's March 1. Hoping I manage to get out of bed tomorrow without heel pain. I don't know if the 10 is an accomplishment till then.

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Good morning, everyone. Hope all is well.

Yesterday was a cold, dreary day with temps barely above freezing. Ice on bridges and overpasses caused a lot of accidents, with a few deaths. Not a good day to be out. We did run a couple of errands later in the afternoon when the roads were a little clearer, but it was definitely a day to stay home. I finished another book and met my minimum step goal, but not much more.

Today is supposed to be warmer, although still wet. However, it is currently still in the 30's. So we will see. I have a date with my treadmill and my books. But I will also be baking some bread.

Come by for a visit when you have the chance.
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Good morning, everyone. Hope all is well. After one nice day in the 60's (Wednesday), the cold is back with a little bit of freezing rain this time. At least it is not during the work week, so fewer people are out on the roads. Sounds like it's pretty bad just north of us -- pictures in the paper of snow in Dallas and Fort Worth.
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It is supposed to warm up a little this afternoon (into the 40's) and then, suddenly, be warm again on Sunday (but still rainy). Can't quite figure out these sudden temps changes but hope they are right.

I've been exercising every day (thanks to the motivation provided by by Vivofit), mostly walking on the treadmill with an incline. But yesterday I did running intervals. Not sure about today, but I will do something.

I've also been reading a lot. I'm not quite sure how, but I've already read 40 books this year towards my goal of 120 for the year.

Drop by when you get the chance and let us know how you are doing. I miss hearing from you.
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Hi all, Have not done anything but the same distance that my foot could handle for a month now. I did not get in the Broad Street 10 mile race. So now I need to decide if I'm going to do a spring half. I've got one I'm considering, it will mean that I'll have to start moving my long run from 8.5 miles towards 13 starting this weekend. We've had lots of cold weather and seem to have ice to deal with on the roads. The trail near me where I can run off the roads is covered with ice as are a lot of the sidewalks out here. The Kelly drive trail in Philly clears the path, so on the weekends you have 11 miles out and back. I think they my also clear on the other side of the river, but I have not checked. It is a tad bit longer

Finding races is harder here than St. Louis. The local running stores don't have race calendars on their websites and neither do the running clubs--as far as I can tell.

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No one around me questions the amount of races we do. Our Team is always racing weekly or bi-weekly. It keeps me maintaining and race ready! If I'm training, I'm watching what I fuel with and good training.

I had that bad time over Nov-Jan when I was sick then nursed an old injury! You fuel like you are training then you realize you have to apply the brake! I'm coming back good, thanks to my maintenance plan. As for my IT Band, I'm doing everything to get it right and prevent future pain. Rx: Strength Training & short distances!
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It was big news that he was found guilty. They didn't buy the insanity plea. He'll appeal of course.



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Happy Day Everyone!

CATHERINE: The movie ended with him helping lots of Veterans readjust to life.... it ended with him going to meet and help this guy who killed him. As I rarely watch the news... my husband filled me in on the trial etc.

Friday we are headed out of town for the weekend... visiting friends staying at Ft. Myers Beach. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate. You know.... become sunny FL!!! LOL



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Hello, everyone. Well, we are having the promised cold temps but fortunately the freezing rain stopped just north of us. It was only slightly above freezing all day yesterday, continuing into today. BRRR. I'm staying inside. Yes, I'm wimp. I did go to the gym for my ST session, however. High today is supposed to be 42 and then, surprise, surprise, 61 tomorrow. Still dropping down to around freezing overnight for several days and getting colder again after tomorrow's brief respite.

SB, happy birthday to your DH and I'm glad that you enjoyed the movie. You probably know that the "American Sniper" was from Texas (Odessa). I've heard that the movie ends with his last return to the states. Did it tell you that he was killed (murdered) a few year ago at a shooting range? The trial is going on right now in a small town about 150 miles north of Austin and is a big news item here. There is no question as to who did it -- the defense is insanity. The current bad weather has disrupted the trial.

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WEATHER: Someone on FB posted this...."Just heard on the news that the state of Florida could be sunned-in for the next several days. Residents have been urged to hunker down at your nearest beach and/or tiki bar for further instructions. Use extreme caution when braving this blizzard of sunshine, preferable SPF30. We are asking our friends and relatives to the north to please keep us in their thoughts as we deal with two feet buried int he sand!!!


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Went to the movie yesterday and saw - An American Sniper. I didn't even know it was based on a true story until the end. That made it worth it. It was well done, directed by Clint Eastwood, but I am not a war movie fan. I don't want to see 50 Shades of Grey. Just not interested.

It was my husband's 70th birthday.... and he picked the movie. Then we went to his favorite bar and grill.

Ran 2 days in a row, cause my schedule is mixed up a little. Might go out of town this weekend... not positive as yet.

Other than all of this... life is good....I am still not on track though....

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Way to go, Lynn!

Jean, I'm going to have to step it up in order to race with Catherine. And hills, no less.

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I saw that the high in Miami was 42 a couple of days ago. Good Grief! That was one strong, deep cold front. At it's worst, it was -12 here just before dawn with -27 windchill. The school district I work in decided to just have school. Enough days off. Most people had no problem with it. Still, you worry about little ones who are prematurely on their own going to bus stops or walking to school.

Ran a 7.5 long distance run yesterday in 1.33. Next weekend starts the interval training with just 4 800 yard laps. It'll be in the 20s next Sat., which should be fine when doing speed work. Sweat city! Thank heave for wicking material. I am a big sweater and after yesterdays run, even in 31 degree temps, I was pretty wet with sweat. After "cooling" down, then I began to chill. Took a long, hot shower to recover. Felt GREAT! It was the only run I had all week. It was way too cold to run outside (too dangerous with negative temps) and I was extremely exhausted with very mild sniffles. I took it easy most of the week. I am around sick people all day long (kids and staff). That and the extreme cold totally exhausted me to do anything! Ha! Weather is cold again this week...only SLIGHTLY better than last week.

Stay warm all... Spring is just around the corner. I heard a bird mating call this AM in spite of it only being 16 degrees. Loved hearing it!

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How fun to run another race together!!!

AFM.... I need to rev it up a notch or two and get back into the groove.

All is well in my world though!!!

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Hello everyone. I hope you are staying warm!

Looks like the cold weather is headed our way, but nothing as bad as the rest of the country is forecast for us. It is currently overcast and mid 70's. This time tomorrow it will be mid 50's and mid 30's by Monday with it staying pretty chilly for the rest of the week, although mostly above freezing. There is a chance of freezing rain and ice pellets, but the ground is fairly warm so hopefully it won't cause too much trouble.

The day after the Austin Marathon, they put next year's race "on sale" for 24 hours, so I went ahead and signed up for it. It will be on Valentine's Day next year, the day after my 66th birthday. Dee signed up for it too and I am looking forward to running it with her.
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Jean, I know what you mean. I go shopping and nothing appeals to me style-wise. And what does is cheap-looking. Does that mean I have to start sewing my own clothes again?



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Weather wimp here It is not supposed to be this cold deep in Alabama. Got up this morning to temps and windchill 10 degrees. Love and admiration to all of you that have been working out in this all winter. Went to the gym for a slow jog and yoga. emoticon
((Seabreeze)) I am really cold natured and couldn't find anything in women's apparell and had the idea to borrow some of my sons things. It worked except they were not quite long enough for the pants so I went to Walmart and got some one size up and they were on half price sale. Got some lined basketball pants and some heavy jogging pants.

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SHOPPING: This is what I found when I was shopping for several hours yesterday: 2 things....
1) I need to lose weight before buying any pants.
2) I don't understand today's styles. I look at everything and feel the "cheap" material (to me) even at good stores... and think... people actually wear this? I need to go to style.com and see what people wear. I think I am too traditional to wear some of this stuff.

Ran today....
Walked 3 minutes
Warm up run 10 minutes
Ran 1 minute very fast with a 1 minute recovery 15 times
Cool down run 20 minutes
Walked 3 minutes

It was cold (well I thought it was)....LOL

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Lynn, after five weeks of water jogging last summer, I ran a 17 mile LSD. But the key to that was doing it very, very slowly. I agree that racing would have been brutal.

Your outdoor run sounds lovely, although I would have been so bundled in layers I don't know that I would have been able to run. Wobble, perhaps.

Jean, so happy that your feet are doing better.

Struggling with an out of control body again; I eat clean and appropriate amounts, but I've piled on the pounds the last three weeks. I'm trying to focus on appreciating what my body does for me, and not think about so-called negatives, but I'm struggling.

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Happy Birthday, CATHERINE and CONGRATULATIONS, Dee! Awesome accomplishments!

JEAN....Glad to hear your feet are doing better. I hope you can increase your mileage (SLOWLY, of course) soon and discover they are healed completely.

I've been starting my spring HM training these past couple of weeks, though a bit of a slow start, thanks to the weather. I'm only into week three this week. Last weekend, I ran the 6 miles on Friday since we were going out of town for the holiday weekend and the weather would be super cold. As it was, I ran in 20 degrees with a slight windchill. I dressed in layers from head to toe and it worked out BEAUTIFULLY. I actually LOVED it and was accompanied by several other runners now and again. It was sunny with glistening snow on the ground .... very beautiful. Very quiet and relaxing, for a run. I will probably need to succumb to the dreadmill on Wednesday with single digits and negative windchill for the middle of the week. I will just do one run on land (treadmill) and leave my two fluid running classes make up for the other.

JUNE....Didn't run outside that one day due to the blizzard, but ran on the treadmill in the afternoon and then the next morning, did fluid running. The fluid running is supplemental. It can't completely replace land running, but it certainly can help when dealing with injuries and/or bad weather. Some claim you can still race when spending most or all of your training in the water, but I find that hard to believe, or at least, you are going to be mighty sore after the race from the impact of a hard surface. Aerobically, you might be there, but physically, your legs aren't going to handle that pounding very well.

CATHERINE.....Looking forward to hearing about your training again soon. Do you have a race in mind yet?

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MONTY: Not ridiculous to me at all. I have spent a long time fighting and then learning to accept what is.... work with what I have and where I am... and stop striving to find peace or happiness.... but instead to just be.... It has been a journey. On the journey ... learning to just let the ego be rather than be guided or controlled by it.

DEE: Congratulations on a very good HM! Amazing what one can accomplish!!!

CATHERINE: Happy belated birthday. And a new age group....Hurray!!!! LOL

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Yesterday was my slow run day. It is my easiest day of the week as far as running goes.
Today.... going to the gym to see if I can remember what my trainer tried to teach me last Thursday... and then I am going to the mall. I have not really been shopping for a long, long time. I keep going through my closet... giving clothes to Goodwill.... and never replacing them. It is fairly empty in there....

Oh, BTW.... my feet are not currently hurting since I have cut back on mileage.

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Happy birthday, Catherine! Belatedly.....

Much to my surprise, I placed 2nd in my age group at the Rhythm & Blues. I'd already gone home before the awards, but two of my running friends texted me to let me know. Sure enough, when the results were posted today, I found out they were right. Go figure!

I'm paying the price today - I'm sore. Not my legs, my ribs. Of course that may be residual from Saturday, when I once again attempted yoga.

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Hi Everyone, I hope you all had a great week and weekend.

Dee, congratulations on your race!

Marsha, I miss hearing from you here. I know from your blogs that you are focused on your weight right now, but I hope that your feet are improving and you are able to run consistently. How is your niece doing -- has she recovered from her injury. Will you nephew being doing any more races soon?

Jean, Good luck with your trainer. I hope that she works out for you (oops -- unintentional pun :-)

Yesterday was the Austin Marathon, but I didn't participate. I've been taking a racing break for the past few months and I think that was a good decision. I think I'm about ready to go back to training again. Yesterday's weather wasn't great for a marathon -- in the 60's and very, very humid, much like last year's conditions that I found pretty miserable. So I'm glad I stayed on the sidelines for this one.

On the other hand, looking at the results, I see that there were only 4 women entered this year in my age group and the best time was 5:02, second best was 5:23 and third was 5:55, so I probably would have gotten an age group award had I run. Maybe. All the times were slower.

Last Friday was my birthday (65) and what I have done for the past three days instead of race is read, read, read. I finished the last two Harry Potter books. That's about 1400 pages in a little over three days! I must say that I think the series went down hill in these last two books. I was disappointed. But I did finish them and I'm glad that I finally read the series, even though I don't think I will be one of those who rereads it.

So what has everyone else been up to?
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Mirage, I will have to reread your post when I'm not so exhausted. I know there is a lot here that will speak to me.

Completed the Rhythm and Blues Half, the longest run I've done since November. I wasn't ready for it, but apparently there is enough residual training and basic fitness to get me through with a reasonable time.

Funny thing, after I finished, I felt as if I had serious chaffing on my inner thighs right above my knees. Turned out to be salt stinging me, not chaffing.

And now a nap.

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I've found that sometimes I put forth too much effort to find answers.

I've had issues with the past on "learning" how to meditate. One day in November the source of my disability, nerve damage in my spine, roared back after years of being dormant. I had to pull out of my last Triathlon of 2014 due to it. That Tri morning, I was in such pain, started to become negative, and focused on the pain, I gathered inner strength to calm down and focus on that calm. I sat with closed eyes, visualized myself floating, and found relief!
I've applied variations to the times when I start to alter my mindset in PTSD. Focusing on my family during any bump in the road is my remedy. I've become more at peace with myself because of it.
The point is I was too technical in finding my answers. I let it consume me in frustration and stress me physically. I redirected my focus and found myself meditation on the good.

In becoming a Runner, a Triathlete, and a healthy happy person, I saw signs leading me to finding a new me. I found causes to champion and serve others. Unknowing to me, I became an inspiration and motivator to others. I saw reasons why I changed to help others!
Spiritually, I found that I didn't need to be consume with my church home. Because I found my church was everyone and everything around me. I embraced Karma and found my purpose for right now. I believe it might change in the future but those signs will come and I will see them.

If we stop looking for them and focus on what we do and how we live, the signs will come. I just freed my mind. I've said in the past, "If we embrace anticipation, we master patience." I realize now that I stay on my journey and be aware of callings, I fill find more purpose.

This might sound ridiculous to some. As we are all unique, we all find answers in different ways. If we focus on living the best we can, and embrace opportunities, I believe we are guided to purpose.

I hope this helps in some way as I'm only sharing what I found in my life's journey at this time. We all share the path. Embrace and njoy Today!
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emoticon HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!

DEE: I have been on this journey for such a long time.... to be at peace with who I am and where I am in life. I think I am much, much closer than I have ever been.

JUNEPA: I have participated in a couple virtual races. I actually was sent a medal one time. For me, they are good when I need to work up to something, but there is not real race out there for me to sign up for.


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Did my 3rd run of the week today.

Walk... Warm up run slow 10 min....Ran 20 minutes straight near my lactate threshold which for me is about 160 bpm... walked 5 minutes... then another 20 minute straight run... cool down walk. I am always amazed I can run these two straight 20 minute runs.

Today, I am making DH a special spaghetti dinner (his favorite) and some no bake cookies (also his favorite).

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Dee best wishes for a busy and fun and positive weekend on all fronts.

Seabreeze, keep us informed how the personal trainer works out. Mine last year got me going again, although it took a bit longer than I thought it would. Don't give up, keep trying different things and communicating if things don't improve right away. Also let us know about your new plan. I have done different plans that were not Galloway before, but I have not abandoned the walk-run interval system. Just curious what will be different about yours.

Sharon, it is tough when the weather is not cooperative. Best wishes with your training. And you are amazingly on track and perserverant with keeping fit with your indoor training.

Barbie, I agree, the most important thing is to keep moving, its not about the pace.

Monty, yay to great races last weekend !!

I am having a busy February, some important paperwork deadlines, along with hiking, winter camping and training for the run leg (5k) of the March 7 triathlon. And now, after mulling for a while, have signed up for a Feb 22 Half Marathon. It has a 4 hour limit, so I can walk as much as I want, and the reason I signed up is that I really want to enter those Jeff Galloway inaugural races that ran in December (HM and 5K) and have a virtual race deadline of March 1st. I am going to do the 5k this Sunday as a virtual race with a Garmin track for proof and the HM next Sunday with a real race finishing time proof. I have never done a virtual race before, I believe I just have to run it and report what I did for distance, and time. Busy is good, right? I think I am being careful not to overdo anything, I am not pushing for PRs for sure, just figuring out how to do everything I want to do and get my work done too.


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Sounds good, SB! I'm looking forward to hearing about your successes.

I'm still struggling with everything. I'm trying to find acceptance of who I am and where I am in life at the moment. Easier said than done.

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Mornin'

Had my first training with personal trainer (12 weeks to a new you). She is young and cute and fit. I felt old....LOL. But it went well. We did only upper body weights and, yes, I can tell I worked out more than I am used to..., but not too sore.

Also... with my new training plan....not following a Galloway plan this time. I will see what happens....

All is well in my world.....

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Good Morning!

I have been trying to follow my Galloway HM Training and be flexible due to the weather. We are expecting some cold artic air moving in and temps dropping to the teens. It may rain here today but the sky is Carolina Blue and the Sun Shining. I may go out for a short run. I ran yesterday thinking we were going to have the front move in today.

I hope everyone is doing great!! This week my long run is 6 miles which I actually did last week. If I can get out this weekend, I will go for 6-7 miles.

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Had a great night at the theater - I do love musicals! I've always felt cheated that I couldn't sing.

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Morning, all!
It looks like we all have the winter blues at the same time, it's so quiet here.

Today's a rest day, and I'm off to see Kinky Boots this evening.

Hi Barbie, couldn't agree with you more: I'm finally starting to embrace just getting it done, forget the pace.

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Thank you so much mirage for your inspiration. It does not mattter if your the tortoise or the hare, it only matters that we fininsh the race. Carpe diem!



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Good Morning!

I had a Wonderful Run Saturday. I ran early afternoon when temps warmed up to the 50's. It was a little chilly starting out but the sweat was pouring when I got back. I was pushing for 6 miles. Now I am kicking myself that I did not go for the 10 K length. I did 6.1 miles.

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Had a good run Saturday, but the temps warmed up too quickly. 40 at the start but close to 60 an hour later!

Love the idea of a reading 'sleepover', June.

Just worked my way through 4 books of the Jeffrey Archer Clifton series last week. I think that's what it's called. Can you tell I was sick and not doing much else?

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Hi Everyone!

It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day here in NC. It started out very cold but is warming up. Should be in the 50's soon. I plan to run today and Sunday and take advantage of this gorgeous weather. before more cold weather moves in next week

Thanks Monty for all you have done. Happy you had some great races this morning!

Wishing all a Wonderful Weekend!

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FYI: I LOVE FANTASY... my favorite genre.

CINDY: Sounds like a good running plan for now....I have cut back on my long distance also... to keep the foot problems away...

Hi to everyone!

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Ran the 3rd key run for my first week of new training session. Next race, a 10K, is April 11th.

Also... met with a personal trainer today at the Y for an interview prior to starting a 12 weeks to a new you.... She will meet with me on Thursday and then every 2 weeks till the 12 weeks are over.


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I'm speaking to the Race Director on Monday. It looks like all I can do is get your packet and send it to you, Sharon! Wish I could do more.
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I took down the 10K/5K Challenge with ease. I ran it with my run partner, Jen, and had a great time! two weeks of TLC & R.I.C.E. and I'll be ready for my Gasparilla Challenge!
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Thanks Catherine. I will let my friend know. I don't know if she interval runs or not, I will put a plug in for Galloway

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Hi June, your friend's description sounds like my legs after a marathon or really long hard run. She's (he's?) probably just over doing it a bit. That's not caused by the treadmill per se, except in the sense that you preselect a speed rather than let your body select it for you and then you tend to stay at that same speed. When you are running outside, your body naturally slows you down as you get tired. You do not stick to exactly the same speed the entire time. Is your friend using run / walk, by the way? If so, I'd suggest more walk breaks and in either case I'd suggest a little slower run speed and also to vary the pace on the treadmill, especially towards the end.

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Sharon I hope you and Monty can get your race refunds and returns set right.

Trill, great you are having some progress with the PF treatments, and also good for you for keeping trying different things until you find something that works.

Catherine, thanks for the link, that is an interesting way to track and check out books. I read some of the Harry Potter books when my kids were reading them. My oldest DD used to stand in line at the book store the night the newest book came on sale at midnight with her friends and then have a sleepover and read the book all night.

Dee, hope you are feeling better soon

I am running later today, the 3rd run of the week. I am up to 45 minutes and running 60:30 right now. Next week I plan to do 2 runs 60:30 for 45 minutes and include some speedwork, then do a long run of 90 minutes.


I have a question from a sparker on a different team. I don't use a tread mill, so can't be of any help

I have a question that I am hoping some of you can shed some light on....about a month and a half ago I really committed to my running program.....and while at first it was work I now look forward to my time spent on the treadmill....it's too cold to be outside right now....lol But lately....like in the last week or so I find that my legs feel fatigued and heavy and at night I get very sore knees and shins......has anyone experienced this before?? Is this normal as my body adjusts?? Any opinions/comments are welcome!!




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Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Good morning, everyone. It was a cold, dreary day yesterday and it is still cold this morning, but the sun is out and I think it will warm up today. It better get started because it is supposed to be 68 tomorrow and 74 on Sunday. I'm looking forward to it!

Cindy, I'm glad to hear that you have found something that works for you! Not only does it show that there is no one solution that works for everyone, but also that it's important not to give up the search. I've had two bouts of PF and the orthaheel sandals were the solution the first time but not the second (although they didn't cause additional problems for me; they just didn't provide relief for me the second time around.) It brings to my mind the story of Edison and the light bulb. Not only how many different things he tried until he found the right filament but more importantly how this "invention" was the result of a long, careful process of trial and error. Not a single "light bulb moment," LOL!

Thinking about my last PF episode, I realized that was almost exactly one year ago -- I was dealing with it last February during the Austin Marathon.

I finished The Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) yesterday during my two hour walk at the gym. Having an electronic version that I can read with an app on my phone was useful. I had originally planned a one hour walk, but couldn't stop until I finished. I can see now why these books caused such a stir. They are very hard to put down once started. I finished that 870 page book in 3 days! I'm taking a break to read something else before starting #6.
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Thanks Monty. I just got an e-mail from him and he told me he removed my name from registration? Do you think you can get my race packet and I will be more than happy to send you the cost of mailing it to me. The race that never was...

I will send you a personal message.

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Sharon, I'm going to packet pickup today! I need to talk to Nick Zivolich, BDR CEO/Race Director (He's the one you need to talk to about a BDR registration.) about my sister's entry as she could come down due to business. I will talk to him about your entry and see what he can do about it.
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Cindy, I was happy to see your future goal out there. Be safe.
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I decided to do a fast walking two miles with my Run Club last night as I am doing the Best Damn Race Challenge (10K-5K) tomorrow morning! The bonus was walking with my friend who broke his tibia at Run Club on Aug 1, 2013 and hasn't run since. I was just behind him when it happened that evening.
We had a great time and carried it over with other friends to Dunedin Brewery, the oldest craft brewery in Florida!
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I've been struggling with a bad head cold or something. Not the flu, because no muscular aches and pains, but every other symptom. Sophie has been keeping me company. We're both on the mend.

Catherine, my eldest requires her kids to read the book before seeing the movie, so all three read every Harry Potter book at a young age. I've loved every one of them too. I too prefer mysteries but read a bit of everything. I haven't been counting, but I guess I could check my Amazon Kindle bill, LOL.

The PF is a bit better, probably because I haven't been able to run much due to other issues - life and health.

I'm hoping to rejoin those of you who are running regularly.

Cindy, hope you get in that lottery.

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We've been lucky in terms of snow, but not so much in terms of ice on the roads. I think I've found a safe level of running where I'm not having any plantar fasciitis issues. I'm doing 15/45 and 30/30 run/ walk intervals. My long run is 8 miles and I'm generally doing two 4.5 mile weekday runs. I also seem to have found some heel things that seem to help with the pain I'm using Heel that Pain heel seats. I first tried the Orthoheel/vionic products, but they caused a new seering pain at the base of my heel. Just goes to show the mechanics that lead to a particular type of pain is not the same for everyone, so the solution is different for everyone Also doing regular heel lifts on a step and using that great night splint.

I've entered the lottery for the 10 mile Broad Street Race here in Philly first weekend in May.

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Good Morning All!

I woke early, around 4:30 am with a very bad sinus pressure headache. I hope I am not coming down with something. I have really tried avoiding being around people and Fitness Center to avoid getting sick. Took a sinus over the counter pill and am starting to feel better.

Today is day 32 of my challenge and am ready to start. I may do a Jessica Smith indoor Running You-tube workout.

I have been having problems trying to figure out about my deferred Best Damn Race in Safety Harbor, FL this weekend. I have confirmation that I deferred it last year and thought I had signed up for it this year. Of coarse, I won't be able to make it again this year but saw I am not even registered for it. I have been sending e-mails to Racer Sign up and know one has responded?? Not sure what to do. Would love to sign up using my credit for a Raleigh local race instead. Has anyone ever registered for a
Race that used racersignup.com? I kept all e-mails and confirmation but this is so frustrating. Oh well, live and learn..

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Good morning, everyone. I hope that the week is going well for all!

It was cold and rainy here yesterday (low 40's). It is still cold, but not rainy today. It is supposed to warm up later in the week and be really nice this weekend (like in the 60's and 70's). I'm looking forward to getting back outside, but for now, I am exercising indoors and reading.

June, I track the books I've read and the books I want to read on a website called Goodreads. My preferred genre for reading is mysteries, although I've read and enjoyed a lot of classic fiction too. My "to read" shelf currently contains 926 titles.
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As I mentioned, last year I read 166 books, but I added around 320 books to my to read list. I probably will never catch up with it.
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Even though I normally read mysteries, at the moment I am reading the Harry Potter novels. I just finished Goblet of Fire and am currently about 200 pages into The Order of the Phoenix. Anyone who is familiar with these novels knows that they get progressively longer and longer. The first one was a normal 300 pages. The second was about 350, the third about 450, Goblet of First, the fourth was 750 pages and #5 is 850 pages!! So it is took me a little longer than 2 days to finish the last one (but only 3 days) and it will probably take 4 days to finish the current one. There are two more in the series, both long, but not as long as The Order of the Phoenix. I don't normally read fantasy, but I'm enjoying these and they are relatively fast reads. I've been able to get ebook versions of several of them from the library. I do own paperback copies, but 850 pages is a pretty hefty book to hold.
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LYNN: I did not have any "company" coverage for several years. These are the plans I went with during that time... before turning 65. I had an Aetna plan with a $10,000 deductible - which is a lot. But the plans with a lower deductible were SO MUCH MONEY. Then I bought a second plan (not Aflac but similar) that covered would cover the $10,000 deductible. Both plans together were significantly less than a regular plan with a lower deductible. I worked with an independent medical insurance agent.

JUNEPA: What a great tri plan for you and so many of your friends. You....the organizer!!!!

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Ran again today....it was a Aerobic Capacity workout (or VO2max). I was very similar to how I have been running. Used 30:30 intervals... run 30 seconds at AC workout pace, walk 30 seconds. Sound familiar? LOL Warm up and cool down were at my long slow distance pace.

I can tell I am working harder though... partly because I have had so much trouble with training...sick...company...sore arches.... now to start having a goal for every run feels very good!



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Lynn, yay for a great double workout and a traffic-free pool! So why did you go on the tread mill instead of fluid running followed by a swim? Just wondering what your strategy is.

Dee I hope Sophie is better soon. And it is totally understandable to be feeling a let-down after a grand race like New York plus you used to live there as well and that brings back memories. Regarding dog cooperativeness, my Frida is not very well trained, but she is lucky to not be dealing with the city, we go in the fields, by the river, up the mountains, mostly open spaces with not a lot of boundaries.

Seabreeze, glad you are running again, sometimes we just need to give it a rest. I played whist last Friday night, the next time I am hosting, we have a dinner and then a game taking turns at each others' homes. I play cards with DH after lunch most days, that's the perks of being a farmer, you eat and work at home, you have time between lunch and afternoon work for a little rest and relexation.

Catherine, I'm glad your cats are doing well and I think they are very lucky to have such great care from you. What genre of books are you reading these days? How do you decide what to read?

Sharon Happy Anniversary. I have seen you on the friend feed working out a lot every day early, good for you. You don't talk about your DH. Is he a runner? Is he retired? What does he like to do for exercise?

Stacie, welcome home sweet home. An HM in Hawaii sounds awesome. Hope your son and his wife like his new home and job.

Monty, recovery and reconditioning is a skill, I am slowly making a part of the journey. In the first years I was running, I was getting fitter and faster, now I am probably not going to get too much faster, but my PRs are in the variety of distances and conditions. Also injury or setback recovery is getting better for me too, almost a routine, and fun to be rebuilding whereas before it felt frustrating to be behind where I used to be.

I am having fun training for this relay triathlon. I like that the event is March 7, that pretty much dovetails with after Christmas holiday exercising and gives a training goal to push for. Last year I told my friends and did the 3 event short format. This year a whole bunch of them have decided to compete and I recruited a few more to fill a relay team. We have 14 competitors in total, 3 relay teams, 3 in the short format and 2 in the sprint format. The team that makes me smile is the 3rd relay team, I have a sometime hiking buddy who is really a racing cyclist these days. She said she would do the bike part of the relay if I could find her a swimmer and a runner. I finally filled her team last week, the swimmer is 62 and in great shape, he has the fastest swim time of all the swim relayers, (12 min for 700m as compared to 14min and 15min on the other teams) and the runner is my neighbour, a grade 12 18yo who runs a sub 22min 5k (as compared to 28min for me and 24 min for DH). They take the total age of the team, the fast team is 130 and our other two teams are all 48-58 with a total age in the 160s. It is kind of fun to see this fast team come together with the oldest and the youngest team members of our relay teams. That is the relay teams from my home town, the event is in Vancouver and there are going to be about 50 relay teams total. It is fun to train with lots of people for the same event, the first experience of this kind for me.

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DEE: Hope your poodle gets over whatever is going on with her. And good for you getting in a quick run.

CATHERINE/JEAN: Insurance issues are so fun, right? And what a nightmare of a process with the social security stuff. I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to that or not. Our benefits have declined significantly the past few years and now we may not even get coverage next year, but rather a credit to go on the open market! Ugh!

Fluid running classes have really gone well and has helped with old nagging injuries and getting some "running" in during bad weather times. I still get outside when I can b/c it certainly doesn't completely replace land running, but supplements it nicely.

Yesterday we had a snow day (Blizzard 2015...dumped 19.5 inches of snow at the official recording site, though I think we got about 17...still a lot!), so I forced myself onto the Rat Machine for a 5K at varying speeds and followed it up with a 2500 yard swim. Because the preschool classes at the Y were canceled as well, there were times I had that pool all to myself. At most, there was three of us in the 8 lane pool. So peaceful and quiet. It was nice getting in that double workout and getting it done. Another double workout today. The fluid running class this AM and the computraining tonight. I haven't been this active in quite a while and it feels great to be back on track with the Tri training. I just need to sign up for one now. Ha, ha...

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My normally bouncy poodle is very listless, but she's looking better. She's resting, I guess.

I did a quick run around the park yesterday before my jump start fitness class. It certainly got cold quickly once the sun went down. I'm not feeling very challenged - no sore muscles. But at least I'm doing something.

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DEE: Scary is the right word. Hoping Sophie is good now!!!


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I did my first real run on my new plan yesterday. It went okay... and, even at the ultra slow pace, felt okay.

Played bridge yesterday... playing pinochle today.... All is good!!!

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Dee, how scary! I am thinking of you both with as much positive energy as possible.
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Catherine, so glad your cats are OK. I had a scare with Sophie yesterday, but she's now back home resting and will hopefully be OK. Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Needless to say I didn't run the half marathon I'd planned to run.



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Happy Superbowl Day!

Life is very good in my world... although I would like it to be warmer I cannot complain... has been getting to 70 most days and it is sunny.

I, too, have had my anxiety over insurance changes and timing. Glad yours worked out okay Catherine. Also, very happy to hear all of your cats are doing very well.

I am not planning any half marathons in the future. Will stick with 10Ks for now and see how my feet do with less distance at one time. I am looking forward to my new training plan for next 10K.

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Hello, everyone! Gee, where has the month of January gone?

All of my Medicare stuff is finally settled. Good thing, since coverage starts on Sunday! I applied for the supplemental plans back on 5 January and heard right away from the Prescription drug plan, but didn't hear from the Medigap plan. After a couple of weeks, I called the agent/service that my former employer requires us to use. I was told that I should allow 21 days. OK. After 21 days, I called again and was told that a number of providers were "behind." OK. But they did give a the phone number of the insurance company. So today I called the insurance company directly and found out that my application has been "pending" because the agent quoted me the wrong price. The insurance company has been waiting on the agent to notify me and verify whether or not I was OK with the correct price. Sheesh. But at least it is sorted out now. Good thing I called the insurance company myself. I guess I'll have to find something else to worry about now.
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A number of the cats have been in for check ups recently and everyone seems to be doing well. My eldest cat turns 20 on Monday (2 Feb.) Even though blood tests and an ultrasound show that her organs are gradually wearing out, she continues to eat well and shows no signs of any discomfort. She remains remarkably alert for her age and still purrs when you pet her and likes attention. Of course, she also sleeps a lot, but then all cats do that, although perhaps not quite as much as she.

My next oldest cat (16 in July) who was hyperthyroid now has normal thyroid readings, so the radioactive iodine treatment last November cured him of that problem. My 12 year old cat that has small cell intestinal lymphoma (diagnosed a year ago) is doing well on treatment and has no disease symptoms. Her recent blood work was "perfect," according to the vet, plus he said that her intestines feel normal (a year ago they had started to thicken), so the treatment seems to have done more than just slow down the progression of the disease. Hopefully that will continue to be the case.

As for me, I've had an active month, even though I am not training for any races in the foreseeable future. I may sign up for a 10K later in the spring, but we'll see. I've enjoyed not tracking anything this month (i.e. miles or pace) and just focusing on time spent being active. I'm feeling good and have even lost of few pounds (not on purpose).

The weather has been cycling all month between cold, damp 45/50 degree days and sunny/dry 60/70 degree days. We're moving into some cooler weather right now and rain is predicted for tomorrow. Earlier this week it was shorts weather.

I have set another book reading goal for the year. Last year I read 166 books. Since I want to be a bit more active this year, I thought I'd be careful with the book reading goal so as not to interfere with the activity goal. I decided 1 book every 3 days sounded reasonable and set a goal of 120 books for the year. With all the cold, raining weather, I've been inside more than usual and have already read 19 books and will probably finish book 20 today. That works out to 2 books every 3 days. Since I have been doing some of that reading while I walk on the treadmill, it hasn't interfered with my activity goals. Win win!
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Lynn, it's a combination of coming off a high after NY and having a mess in my personal life. It will take time. I haven't been able to come up with a goal race that motivates yet, and yes, it will be out of town. I briefly thought about Dublin, but I'm unsure what my DD's plans are for the rest of the year, and that may involve some international travel so don't want to commit the $$$$ on Ireland quite yet.

A friend did suggest Twin Cities Marathon, so that's a possibility.

I'm using a friend's bib to run a HM this Sunday. Or at least to cover the miles on foot. If last night is any indication, running a HM would be a stretch at the moment, but I'm sure I can walk what I don't run/walk.

SB, good job on the running tests. I'll be interested to hear how you use the results.

Monty, sounds like you are doing fine!

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STACIE: Good job on the half.... what a fun location for this midwesterer turned florida girl. Congratulations to your son.

MONTY: Keep chuggin' along!!! You sound like you are a wise runner!!

SHARON: Happy anniversary yesterday!!!

LYNN: Last winter was a horror.... this year in Chicago hopefully much better...

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A more strenuous run this morning as I did the two tests that Joe Friel recommends to decide pace, etc for training. Test 1 - run as fast as you can for 5 minutes. Test 2 - run as fast as you can for 20 minutes. He says they can be done on the same day as long as a decent recovery is in between. So I felt good enough to do those.....

I have not yet calculated how to use the results for my plan.... on my list for today or tomorrow.....

Other than that.... nothin' much.....happening

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I can't think of anyone who hasn't had a bit of a downer. I was at my lowest when my disability (spinal nerve damage) raised it's ugly head hours before I was to do TriRock in Nov. I had to scratch the Tri!
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Sharon, you keep workin' it up there in NC. I'm gonna work hard on my run to give you a challenge when you do get down here to race! I'll also be thinking of you when I do the Best Damn Race Challenge (10K/5K) and the Gasparilla Cactus Lime Challenge (15K/8K)!
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Everyone have the best weekend! Enjoy life!
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DEE: I have been where you are. You'll snap out of it. Might just be the winter blues as well. I had that last year with all that polar vortex stuff! Didn't want to go out at all and HATED winter, life in Chicago, my life, etc.... Eventually snapped out of it as the weather pulled itself into a more livable state and buds on the trees! Ugh! January is almost over.... Also, you had the high of doing a marathon. Sometimes the after effect of a big achievement is...what to look forward to next. Do you have any races on your schedule? Check out races that sound like something you'd really want to do....Maybe one in a different city, if possible. Then plan your strategy, get new running gear, and have a fun goal! I hope you you get your groovy on again soon. I know that is not fun!

Ran yesterday in cold temps. It was in the mid 30s but the wind chill was only about 25. Brr... I started out pretty slow and wondered if I'd underdressed. But after a mile or so, I started heating up and eventually was comfortable.

Did the fluid running this AM. So loose as a goose now and ready to roll. Had a good eating day yesterday, so hoping to repeat that today. Consistency! With a staff party tomorrow night and a super bowl party Sunday night....it's going to be a challenge.

JEAN: Yeah on the easy run! It's a good start!

Happy Thursday!
Lynn


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