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9/30/16 9:46 A

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Good Morning!!

JUNEPA: My husband no longer likes to ride outside on a bike. He will ride one at the gym, but fears falling and traffic. Nice 10K.....

DEE: Marathon dream - that is a lot of running!

RUNNING: Twice this week I have set my Garmin's HR at 120 (which is not very high for me) and ran enough to keep it 120 or higher for 2 miles. Was not much running going on. But when I just walk - I am much lower than that.

MOVIES: DH and I went to see SULLY this week. Powerful movie. I really, really liked it. You walk away feeling really good about life!

BIKING: Yesterday, I felt like I was flying.....lol.....average speed 10.8 mph.

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Dee, a marathon in your dreams :)

Friday I ran with DH the Vancouver 10K Night Race around the Stanley Park Seawall. I love this race, at night, with headlamps, along the water, with all the city lights and skyline as background. DH wasn't so enchanted, because to get there, we had to cross all of Vancouver at rush hour and besides the buzz of rush hour, it took an hour longer than usual. When we were in the city he said, Never sign me up for this race again! I would do it again, I guess without DH next year. It was interesting, also, because he usually only runs 5k, so he trained for the longer distance, and now he wants to keep one training run a week a longer distance one. My time was 66 minutes, his was 58 minutes, the time was off our fitbits. The race posted results on posterboards at the race start/end but didn't post them online. This is not a race to attempt personal bests, as there are a lot of people on not a very wide path. Monday I ran for 30 minutes and went to the pool after. My next training run will be Thursday.



Edited by: JUNEPA at: 9/28/2016 (00:33)
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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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That doesn't sound slow to me, SB!

I ran a marathon in my dreams last night. Not surprisingly I awoke very tired.

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Thanks for the info Catherine

Love your name Teri-ific

Seabreeze, maybe you can make your own group of bikers among your aquaintances or neighbours, or even in the local bike group by asking if there are others that prefer not to go quite so fast. There may be others who are not going for the same reason as you. Does your DH bike? Your card playing friends?

June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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9/22/16 7:08 A

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Since I am taking a break from running....for now or forever (still not sure) I have discovered...

I am such a slow bike rider. I was looking at my bike rides in the last month and they are about 10.5 mph. I did find a local bike group that goes on a 20 mile ride every Wednesday at a 10-12 mph pace (this is the group's slowest riders). And, I am not sure I could keep up.
YIKES. I feel like I am working hard when I ride. LOL

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Thanks for the advice on my watch!

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June, the Garmin website was having problems yesterday, if that's where you were trying to upload to. Syncs were happening but it took most of the day before the data was displayed. The reason for the problem, it appears, is that they changed their password rules and required everyone with a (now) nonconforming password to change it to get on. The volume seems to have overwhelmed their server. They didn't loose any data, however. I synced my Vivofit around 8:00 but couldn't view the data until late afternoon. I'm not sure when the problem started.
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9/21/16 5:38 A

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JUNEPA: Good job!!

Hi TERI-RIFIC (I like how you used your name here!!)

Hi CATHERINE!

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Rest day from cardio today..., but will probably wash all of the tile floors in this house - it is a process...LOL



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Thanks Catherine and Seabreeze. My 400m repeats were on Sunday and on Monday my Garmin showed life, turning on again, I charged it, but it didn't upload the Sunday workout, so I thought it was gone. Today I went on a run and it had the Sunday data when I turned on the screen. It is a capricious little gadget, I guess it is getting old. I am very happy with the Sunday 16 repeats average, 2:11.78

2:09.7 - 2:06.2 - 2:06.4 - 2:09.9 - 2:07.1 - 2:11.2 - 2:09.2 - 2:14.4 - 2:16.9 - 2:17.0 - 2:15.9 -
2:14.4 - 2:13.4 - 2:14.3 - 2:10.7 - 2:11.8

The Sunday before, on a warmer day, the 14 repeats average was 2:16.77

2:06.2 - 2:11.9 - 2:19.4 - 2:14.5 - 2:15.6 - 2:15.9 - 2:15.7 - 2:20.0 - 2:19.0 - 2:20.9 - 2:18.6 - 2:18.5 - 2:18.1 - 2:20.5



Edited by: JUNEPA at: 9/21/2016 (01:14)
June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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Here are the instructions for resetting the Garmin (p.6 of the 205/305 manual). Obviously, this applies the the 305. If you have a different model it may be different.

"If the unit stops responding to button presses, press mode and lap/reset simultaneously to reset the unit."

I have had to do this several times over the years and it has always worked for me.

Catherine

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I had a weird watch malfunction. It stopped calculating distance, but calculated time. When I looked at Garmin online-the map showed the correct route (starting and end points)but not the correct distance. Funky.

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9/20/16 7:07 A

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How to make soup: Look in the refrigerator - take out leftovers and different kinds of veggies - put all in a pot - add broth. LOL

Walked yesterday....
Bike ride today.....

Pinochle this afternoon...
Actually accomplishing something (not on the list)

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JUNEPA: You are an inspiration! Good job!! That happened to my Garmin awhile ago and I remember finding on line the directions to reboot it. Something about pressing 2 buttons at the same time. Unfortunately, I do not remember which 2 buttons.


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Hi June, you are correct. Electrolyte drinks don't require digestion (i.e. nothing to break down). The electrolytes are absorbed relatively quickly into the blood stream. Some sports drinks, however, are more than electrolytes but also contain simple sugars to replenish blood sugar (Nuun, however, is strictly electrolytes). Simple sugars are already broken down into the smallest unit and also require minimal digestion, just absorption. In fact, during a run (especially a long run), blood flow is diverted from the stomach/GI tract to the skeletal muscles (etc.). Very little digestion happens during a run. If you eat something with complex carbs, for example, it will mostly just sit in the stomach for digestion later. Eating food that requires much in the way of digestion can lead to GI issues during a run.
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Hi Team !!

Seabreeze, I love soups, I can add all kinds of things and balance the nutrients, today I had a carrot, onion, kale soup with added left-over mashed potatoes and roast bits. Yesterday I did a hard workout, the soup is a good recovery food for nutrients, electrolytes and hydration. I had a recovery chocolate milk drink after the workout, today is continued recovery.

Catherine, thanks for the electrolyte info. I was wondering if it worked to dilute the electrolytes or if that rendered them less available. To use an agricultural example, we can't dilute the milk for the baby calves, we have to feed them water and milk separately, otherwise the milk doesn't begin to digest in the stomach and passes through too quickly and they get diarrhea. I am thinking that is probably because protein and fat digestion are involved. Electrolytes most likely get absorbed already in the stomach and there is nothing to digest, and if they pass quickly to the intestine, they can be absorbed there as well. That's my hypothesis.
I am lucky to not have to run in hot weather like Texas very often.

I did my last set of 400s yesterday, 16 repeats, and they were much easier to do than the 14 repeats I did last week, mostly because of the weather. Last week was warm, this week was mostly cloudy, every once in a while the sun would appear and it got warmer right away, and those were my slowest laps. When I got home to see what my laps average was, my Garmin completely blanked and wouldn't start when I pressed the button or charge on it's cradle. So I don't know the average time for the laps, but I am pretty sure it was lower than last week, I think about 2:15, so I am happy with that. Our community pool just opened again after a 3 weeks maintenance closure, it was soooooo good to relax, stretch and soothe my muscles after the workout in the hot tub followed by a slow swim.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 9/19/2016 (18:39)
June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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9/19/16 7:08 A

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HI everyone!

CATHERINE: You are such a good cat mom!!!

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Nice bike ride yesterday. Today is a walk day....
My husband keeps asking me if I want to go to the gym with him and I keep saying no. I have not done any ST in weeks and weeks.

I made some black-eyed pea, ham, cabbage soup the other day just to use up a package of black-eyed peas I had had in the pantry for a LONG time. It ended up very, very tasty. Leftovers tonight.

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Hello, everyone. We are back in Texas. It was in the low 50's when we left SIL's house yesterday morning and 95 when we got off the plane in Austin.
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Everything seems fine at this end. Thank goodness I have a great house/pet sitter. My elderly cat (17+ years) had a bad episode while we were gone, but she got him through it. He is acting like he feels pretty good today and eating well.

Still unwinding from the trip.

As to the electrolyte question, I don't think there is a single correct answer. It's one of those "try both ways and see which one works best for you." I can tell you my personal preference (keep in mind I live in a very hot climate). I liked using Nuun at half strength for all of my hydration on training runs. Since I couldn't do that in a long race, I alternated their full strength electrolyte drink with water. Toward the end of a marathon when it was usually pretty hot and I was tired, I sometimes took a cup of each. Full strength electrolyte drinks for all of my hydration was too much for me. It tended to upset my stomach after a while. Not a problem on short runs, however; more so on long runs.

On very long runs on very hot days early in my running life, I sometimes used electrolyte tablets. This was primarily to increase my thirst early in the run when it was still cool. I had a tendency to not drink enough early and then would get really thirsty at the end. Once I discovered Nuun, I stopped talking the tablets. The Nuun had the same effect of increasing my hydration early and keeping it more balanced throughout the long run. Since it is so hot and humid here, there seems no way to keep from being pretty thirsty at the end, but I sometimes found myself able to offer my bottle to running companions who were struggling at the end because I wasn't overwhelmed by thirst. Eating gels at regular intervals helped with this too.
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Good Day!

JUNEPA: You live in such an interesting world - such great running areas. I do not know the electrolyte answer.

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Biking in a little while. Maybe I will extend it today.
Oh, I started tracking calories again....as I have gained a few pounds.
Today is Day #3 for tracking.


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Beautiful photos, Seabreeze !!

Thanks Lynn for a look at your tri workout week. Have a great AZ and Grand Canyon vacation. Route 66 is legendary, as a Canadian I know about it, but didn't know it was no longer in use. I loved the photo.

Cool lobstering trip Catherine. It is interesting to go with the people who know the ins and and outs. A belated very happy birthday to your mom !!

I did a 90 minute long slow run today, through the fields and along the dike with the dogs.

I have a question, not really relevant to me right now because I am not doing distances over 2 hours, but here it is. On really long runs, where electrolyte replacement is a good idea, should one drink regular strength electrolyte and also at different intervals pure water to stay hydrated as well, or does a drink of diluted electrolytes work?

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 9/17/2016 (00:06)
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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Hi everyone...


I am always so surprised that is has been more than one day since I logged on. I guess I am losing track of time..... LOL

JUNEPA: I think you are doing fantastic with your workouts....

CATHERINE: How fun - lobster "fishing" and eating! Happy Birthday to your mom!

LYNN: Have a great trip!!!

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I wanted to share this photo. It takes Rick forever to go through his photographs after a vacation. He sent me this one...from May's vacation in Washington. This is me checking out my own camera.



And another....


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CATHERINE: Thanks for the explanation on Henry VIII.....What a fascinating story! Hence the movies...but then they always tend to over dramatize things. You are very well versed on the matter with your readings.

Also...loved to hear about the lobsters. That would be very interesting and I love learning new things, especially now that I"m retired and can take the time to do so! I just took a mini day trip with another photographer friend and we went to the sites of U.S. 66 in our nearby area (as far as 65 miles to our south). There were many fascinating sites from a new national forest that just introduced buffalo, to a national cemetery named after Abe Lincoln, to some quaint, vintage gas stations from that era now preserved with national historical societies, to seeing the old road itself with weeds growing in it (at the bottom, I will post that photo if I can....I've transferred many photos to a hard drive, but might be able to pull it up from Facebook), toured an abandoned state penitentiary just off the old highway, and ate at an old home redecorated from a rehab complex that was one of the first alcohol rehab centers started by a woman. History, from years ago to more recent is just fascinating!

We will be off to AZ to visit family and go see the Grand Canyon for 2 days as well as a few other day trips here and there. So I had a 13 mile run coming up a week from this weekend IN AZ. They are still near or just over 100 degrees for a high. I sure don't want to get caught up in THAT heat, even though it's dry heat, it's still HOT! So I rearranged and modified my training schedule. Ran a 5 miler with alternating paces (Mile 1: easy to pace build 2. Fartklets w/speed 3. HM Pace running 4. Fartklets w/endurance distances before a walk internal. 5. easy pace....then walked a mile home. Monday, I will do the slow 13 miler before leaving the next day. We plan to hike at the canyon, then I will run/walk up a small mountain in the Phoenix area that we've one before. It's a challenging workout, but doable and fun. When I get home, I'll figure out when to do the 14-15 miler.... Race is Oct. 25th.

DEE....You'll be in my neck of the woods. Best wishes to you. Chicago is a great place to run Lots of people come out, even homeless many times...to cheer everyone on. Beautiful city too with great views to keep you occupied!

JUNE: I've done both training plans I found on the Internet or in a triathlon book and after getting used to what they call for, made up my own. I usually would do each sport 3X a week....building distance in all three once a week (on the run, once every OTHER week, but at least half the distance of the long one in between as Jeff instructs), and mix it up with some speed workouts in between the weekends of long distance. This means that in the heat of the training, you will have days where you are doing two workouts. ALWAYS have at least one day where you have total rest with no workouts. Sometimes I would only cycle or swim 2X a week...but I always needed the 3X a week run. Your week might look like this:

Sun: OFF
Mon: Swim 1800 laps (mixed strokes, drills, etc.), Bike 45 min
Tue: Run 45 min
Wed: Swim 2000 laps with one 800 yard swim at pace or build to, various on other yardage)
Thu: Run 45
Fri: Swim 2500 yards (mixed strokes, speed intervals, etc.)
Sat: BRICK workout.... 1 hr 30 min bike, with 3 mile workout OR....a long run of six miles, no bike

You can google some free training plans as well....Life can get in the way, so be flexible which your training plan. Even weather can throw a monkey wrench in to it so you would have to switch things up. Won't kill you to swim or bike on consecutive days. Running 2 days in a row is not a good idea for most people. Sometimes, if no other choice, then I would walk instead of running that second day in a row. It doesn't affect your fitness if you are faithful with most of your plan. Hope this helps!

JEAN...Happy cycling! Glad you are enjoying it!

Here is the historic U.S. 66 photo taken near Dwight, IL. The newer road is to the left. Still...most travelers are traveling on Interstate 55 which is to the right of the road about a half mile maybe...or less. The lady at the quaint old gas station that monitored the visitors said back in her day (she was in her 70s), the old US 66 was so busy in that town, almost daily the cars were all backed up. Now next to no one is on it. They had to build a tunnel under the road so the school kids could get to school on time. Folks would speed at 60 mph through the small town when not backed up so there were bad accidents. Now the speed limit is 30 on that rehabbed portion!












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The lobster boat cruise Tuesday was interesting and a lot of fun. The fellow doing it used to be a lobster fisherman, but he gave up his license when he moved to Florida to raise his kids. When he came back to Maine after he retired, the waiting list for commercial licenses in this area was about 30 years. But he was able to get license to do these sorts of tours. He can catch lobster but not harvest them, meaning he throws them back into the ocean, which was fine with me.

He pulled up four different traps and showed us all about them. Some were empty but he did catch 4 lobsters all together. One was of legal size, the other three would have had to go back even is he was fishing commercially since they were under the size requirement. He showed us how they measured them and since we were up close and personal with the lobsters, all the various features of their anatomy, their claws and how they worked (quickly!) before returning them. He did catch a female and a male in one trap so we could see their differences side by side. Very interesting. And of course a lot of information about the industry and history of lobster fishing.
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So glad things have resolved themselves, Catherine. Congrats to your mother! emoticon

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Hello everyone from Maine. Since arriving last Friday, my GI issues have almost disappeared. What better evidence could there be that most of my recent problems were allergy related. And to think that I almost cancelled the trip because of concerns over how I was feeling.

We are going on a working lobster boat this afternoon. Then we go to see DH's aunt and uncle and eat lobster. Should be a good afternoon.

Today is my mother's 87th birthday.
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I can't deny that having someone counting on me made a huge difference. I couldn't quit when the going got tough.

June, I admire your tenacity with speed work. emoticon

That's not something I've ever been able to stick to. I'd rather just plod along at my own pace. So I've gotten slower over the last couple of years. But the up-side is that my feet don't hurt so I am able to finish races. That's my trade-off.

Jean, I hope you find a recreational bike club. That seems the ticket.

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Seabreeze, it is good to have routines and keep moving. An outdoors mixed sports group with fit seniors might have good cycling day trip opportunities. My group is all older than me and I am 58. They are in their 60s and 70s and active and fit but not competitive. They have so many outings to choose from because they are a big club, I am so glad I discovered them about 5 years ago.

Dee, what a wonderful feeling to conquer 26 miles and help someone else to a new long distance !! The first time around training for a marathon distance, I remember the thrill of running a new longest run every few weeks !! And you did the 26 and are ready for a October marathon. Enjoy the new car :)

My 400 meter repeats, 14 this time, were gruelling. The first 7 were okay, my goal is to run them between 2:15 and 2:18 and I was settling into a 2:15 pattern. Then the second half of the workout, I needed water, it was warm but not hot out, I drank a few sips every lap, but I slowed down and had to push hard to make the last laps in 2:18 and had a couple of 2:20 laps. Overall, my average was 2:16.75, so goal met. Next Sunday I plan 16 repeats of 400m and then I am finished that training plan, taper for a week, and run a 10k the following week.

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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Good Morning!

JUNEPA: I have been seriously thinking about joining a hiking group. I find it difficult to change my existing routine and commit to something new. I also have checked out the bike groups in the area - probably not for me - they are too fast. How were the repeats?

DEE: Hurray for a new car and completing your 26 mile run. It was probably much easier to finish yourself - when you are trying to encourage someone else.....

AFM...
Biked yesterday.... will walk soon....
Hosting a bridge party this afternoon. Need to get snacks and drinks ready.



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How I wish Sophie were up to a long run - and that we had a river for a swim, June. She's almost 10, and with temps in the 90s, she is out of breath after a mile walk.

26 miler successfully completed. And what's more, I got my friend through it as well. We're running Chicago together in October, but she's never run further than 20 miles before.

So a successful day, plus I picked up my new car. A Prius may not be everyone's dream car, but I've wanted one since they first came out.

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Yes Catherine, a picture please

Dee, let us know how your run goes

Seabreeze, maybe instead of a competition, you could find a group that goes cycling. My hiking group is an outdoors group and does cycling, paddling, snow shoeing etc, and while I haven't particitpated, I see they go on some nice, laid-back pace, bike outings. I find the outdoors people so awesome and friendly, they are a pleasure to be around.

Lynn, what kind of a plan do you have for when you are training for the triathlon sports? Do you make up your own plan or do you follow a program from a book or do you train with a club or something else? Can you share what you do in a week?

Yesterday I went on a 45 minute long slow run with the dogs through the fields and we went by the river so they could go in for a dip. Sweet run. Tomorrow I am doing 400m repeats, usually I do them at home, tomorrow I am going to do them on the high school track.





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June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Mornin'

DEE: Good luck with the 26 miles....
Biking events: I did spend some time looking, but did not pick anything in particular yet. I do not really want to try and race... just participate in something.

I do not know if it is possible, but, relatively speaking, I think I am a slower biker (for my age group) than I was a runner. And I was a SLOW runner. LOL

AFM:

Nothing much.... walked yesterday.... I might buy some Vionic walking shoes and try them out. I basically wear all Vionic sandals now - they make my feet happy! LOL

Things I am on the lookout for.....
Small bike pack to store a few things while riding....
Some Tervis tumbler glasses
Some kind of wall plaque for my room

Today is a rest day from walking and biking - although truthfully - walking is not very difficult. LOL.

Out to dinner and cards with friends tonight....

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Catherine, we want a picture!
Jean, what kind of events are available in your area?

26 miles tomorrow. I just don't know if I have it in me right now. My body is just weak. Not sure what's up.

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Howdy....

JUNEPA: Your plan looks so good. It makes me want to do more than I have been doing. I love the word refinement rather than revision! Nice job. Well thought out!!

CATHERINE: Congratulations on the Wolf Hall "production." Lots of time and effort went into landing that I would imagine. Have a great trip.

DEE; Sorry to hear you are still struggling.

LYNN: Be careful....with that foot of yours. I am enjoying cycling quite a bit now.


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Watched Age of Adeline yesterday. We had seen it before but thought it worth watching again. Definitely worth it to me.

Biked today.... need an event to train for.... my biking is always the same....




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Good morning, everyone.

My "Antimicrobial Mask" arrived Tuesday evening. It is a fabric mask that looks like a surgical mask when you are wearing it. When DH saw the picture of it, he said it looked like a terrorist mask :-) But in person he agrees it looks more like a surgical mask.

It is not physically uncomfortable. We'll see what it's like breathing underneath it for an extended period. They describe the fabric as made of "hydrophilic materials" that "wick moisture away while filtering the air you breathe." When it is hot outside, they say you can wear it wet for a cooling effect.

I was a little amused by some of the instructions. The first sentence is "For first time mask users, there will be an adjustment period as wearing any mask will never be as comfortable as not wearing a mask." The last sentence (part of the Disclaimer) is that "Breathe Healthy masks should not be worn in banks or other buildings/businesses or occasions where security is an issue."
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I wore it a little today just to try it out, but I didn't spend any time outside so no obvious benefits to it in the house. At least it wasn't too uncomfortable, which is what I was checking out. I think I will wear it on the plane tomorrow. Plane trips usually mess with my sinuses.
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Hi Lynn, well, sort of. After the birth of Elizabeth, Anne B. had two more pregnancies, both of which ended in miscarriages. Sex of the first miscarried child unknown, but the second one was reported to have been a boy. Henry became convinced that the lack of a male heir was a punishment by God. Granted, his attentions had moved on to Jane Seymour (wife #3), so that was a little self serving. But there is evidence that he really did believe this. That was part of the rationale behind the annulment of his first marriage to Katherine of Aragon.

Katherine and Henry were married for over 20 years and apparently happily for a long time. But she, too, bore a daughter and then kept losing all subsequent pregnancies. Before she married Henry (she was older and I think he was about 18), she had been married to Henry's older brother, Arthur. Arthur was 15 at the time and died 6 month later. Katherine claimed the marriage had never been consummated.

This was an important point since at that time, marrying the spouse of ones' brother was considered the same as marrying one's sister, i.e. incest. (They clearly didn't understand the genetics behind the biblical ban on incest.) To be on the safe side, they got a dispensation from the Pope in addition to an annulment of the first marriage, but when after 20 years there were no heirs (and Katherine was beyond childbearing age), Henry became convinced that they were being punished for their sins. Of course, he was also in love with Anne Boleyn. In the case of Anne, herself, Henry had had an affair with her sister. (He got around.)

This fervid desire for a male heir was legitimate, however. Britain had just been through a bloody century of civil war over who would be king (War of the Roses). Henry Tudor (Henry VII) had finally ended this by killing Richard III in battle and marrying a women from one of the other claimant families. He ruled for 24 stable years and then the crown passed to his son without warfare. But there were still a lot of claimants around who could trace a (tortuous) descent back to Edward III, so the lack of a direct heir could start all that bloodshed again

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JUNE: You are really plugging along! WTG!

JEAN: You are as well. Glad you enjoy cycling. I am doing it more lately myself....of the NON TRAINING kind and absolutely love it. We bought a rack for our Acadia, a hitch type, for the bikes so we can try the many trails we are so blessed to have.

CATHERINE: You are totally into your book series and that is great! Henry the VIII was one strange character. Didn't he have Anne B killed because she could not bear him a son? Little did they know back then, it's from the man a gender is determined! He should have beheaded himself! PUN INTENDED....LOL Here you are so refined, and I'm being crude! Still, it is fascinating history for sure!

DEE: Did you say you have a race coming up? Wondering if taking some time off, maybe during the holidays, wouldn't help. Sometimes we burn ourselves out doing what we do. I've been there a few times and it isn't fun. Usually, by then, I have some injury and find it easy to "stay off my feet" or to heed the warnings all too easily to "back off the running for a few weeks". But then, after a while, I really start missing it and am so glad to be able to return to it.

I'm back in the game of swimming, cycling, and running, but cautiously. The top part of my left foot has a pain that comes and goes. I re-laced my shoes to the bar lace method to take the pressure off. It seemed to help at first, but now is back. It's on and off, more off than on at this point. So proceeding with caution! I don't think it's a stress fracture. I can raise and lower my toes and front part of my foot with NO problem. It happened while running the 800s but I never went super fast, though faster. Just as I was wearing through it. We shall see. May cancel my Thursday short run...Have an 11 miler coming up and if I feel this, will delay that as well. It actually feels better since swimming and doing a few rounds of kick board kicking. So hoping that help get out the kinks. :D

Keep up the good work all!!!!!

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Well, I'm glad you did, because now I can look for Wolf Hall! Someone had mentioned it to me but didn't remember the name of it. Thanks, Catherine, for the dissertation.

Still struggling to get out to run, and I'm very slow when I do. Next Saturday is our 26 miler, and I didn't complete the 23 miler, so I know I'm going to have to slow down even more. That's the only way to get through.

We've been having on and off torrential rains over the weekend. It didn't rain for long, but it was a gully washer. Or toad choker as they also say here. (I've been here 25 years but don't feel like a local yet.) It's not raining at the moment, but the sky is threatening.

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Hello, everyone. Happy Labor Day to those who celebrate it and happy Monday to everyone else. And welcome, ZENMUM!

Sounds like most of you really have it together! I continue to struggle a bit with my IBS, still trying to find the right balance. It is gradually getting better. In fact it is really my allergies that have been at the root of my biggest issues recently, especially mold. My post nasal drip is upsetting my stomach and contributing to the IBS. I couldn't figure out why it seems to have escalated over the past week or so since mold has been high all summer and even more in August with all the rain. And then I had a brain storm. With the cooler weather, I've gone back to walking outside after staying indoors most of the summer. Hmmmmm.

I bought some masks at the hardware store, but I know they are really just for dust and probably don't do much for pollen and mold spores. So I searched on Amazon and found a fabric mask (made from a wicking sports fabric) that has an antimicrobial treatment that is supposed to filter out pollen, mold spores and bacterial. The comments claim that it is breathable and not hot. Looks strange, but it is worth a try. I'd hate to have to stay in all fall.

We are going to Maine next week for our annual visit with DH's family (his mother turned 95 in June.) That should give me a break from the mold.

Austin Shakespeare is doing a staged reading of Wolf Hall in late September after we get back. Getting the rights was a coup because the New York production is about to begin a national tour of the fully staged version. I think we are the only other ones (maybe no one else asked for staged reading rights.) Those rights were pretty expensive, but it is generating a lot of buzz and I expect it to sell out. There will be five performances, maybe six if demand is there. Just one weekend. We had to do special fundraising to afford it and had no problem raising more than we needed.

To prepare I am reading the book (600+ pages!) on my Kindle and watching the British miniseries that was on Masterpiece Theater last year. She (Hilary Mantel) has an unusual writing style and I had problems with it at first. But about 10% of the way into the book, it grabbed me I have been devouring since. I'm about 80% finished and have watched 4 of the 6 episodes (available on Amazon Prime). I think the TV show includes some of the second book as well (I also have that one downloaded. I think it is only 400 pages.)

If you aren't familiar with it, the book covers (fictionally) the period during which Henry VIII was fighting for his divorce and broke with Rome and the Pope. It includes the birth of Elizabeth and the execuion of Sir Thomas Moore. I'm not sure where it ends since I'm not there yet. But the fall and death of Anne Boleyn is the secod book.

Thomas Cromwell is the "hero" / leading character in tbis book. In most accounts of the times, Cromwell is depicted as an unscrupulous "villain" and Moore is the noble hero of conscience (think "A Man for all Seasons"). But in this book the roles are reversed and much is made of how many people Moore had tortured and killed in the name of (his view of) religious truth (and how much pleasure he seemed to derive from inflicting suffering to "save" heretic souls.) This depiction has caused some consternation among scholars as be imagined.

Both books won the Man Booker prize, probably the most prestigious literary award in Britain. She is the first (and I think only) woman to win this award twice. I think there are maybe three men who have also done this. There a third installment in progress. It will cover the last four years of Cromwell's life, from the execution of Ann Boleyn to his own execution (for trumped up charges connected with Henry's fourth marriage which Cromwell arranged. Needless to say that Henry was not happy with this bride, the German Anne of Cleeves.)

Ooos, didn't mean to write a dissertation!
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Good morning Team !!

My exercise program just went through another refinement. DH says call changes to a program refinement not revision lol. I have 3 cardio activities with competitions I train for and I never want to give up doing any of them, especially running, because of the time it takes to be in competitive form again. Competitions are fun, I do some with DH and friends, plus they add a focus to my workouts. With running, I don't want to lose bone and joint strength with a layoff. But really, I want to be in shape as the primary goal, I don't want to have injuries or over-train and I want to be time-efficient and not spend way too much time working out, like I sometimes do, just because I am a cardio junkie, and I enjoy it. My 3 cardio training focuses, I have set up a year where each one has 5-6 medium activity training months, 3 intense training and 3-4 months off. That was huge to me to decide to take 3 months off any one of them, especially running. But I think it will be an improvement over what I am doing now, especially because now that I hike regularly, I think the hiking descents will challenge my bones and joints to stay strong for running. I plan to strength train all year

My rowing competition is at the end of January
My swimming competition (swim leg of a triathlon relay) is in mid-June
My running competitions are mostly in September and October

Rotating seasonal cardio training
0 = rest ... + = medium background training .. ** = ramping up to competition form

January ..... Row ** -- Run 0 -- Swim + -- ST 2x weekly
February ..... Row + -- Run + -- Swim + -- ST 3x
March .......... Row 0 -- Run + -- Swim + -- ST 3x
April ............ Row 0 -- Run + -- Swim ** -- ST 2x
May ............ Row 0 -- Run + -- Swim ** -- ST 2x
June ........... Row 0 -- Run + -- Swim ** -- ST 2x
July . ............ Row + -- Run + -- Swim + -- ST 2x
August ....... Row + -- Run ** -- Swim + -- ST 2x
September .. Row + -- Run ** -- Swim 0 -- ST 2x
October ....... Row + -- Run ** -- Swim 0 -- ST 2x
November ... Row ** -- Run 0 -- Swim 0 -- ST 3x
December ... Row ** -- Run 0 -- Swim 0 -- ST 3x



I have a 10k night race with DH on September 23 and a 5k race on October 15

June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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HELLOOOOOOOOOO.....

Heading out for a walk... rain in the forecast....

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Good Morning!

Welcome ZENMUM!

DEE: Just get out of the door..... that helps.

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Just plugging along... biked this morning.... beautiful day.... it was NOT raining!!! LOL


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I just want to say it is nice to see an active team like this one. I am really new to running (haven't run long distance since elementary school) so no races in my immediate future. But I really look forward to getting back into it. Since I live in southern Ontario the weather doesn't allow for racing all year. I am aiming for next spring.

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What a photo, Lynn. Just gorgeous.

SB, you've seen more hurricanes in the last few years than I have! Even when they are not devastating, they take a toll. Sorry your celebration was affected by the weather.

I have weird feet. They wobble. Maybe I should look at those foot exercises.

I'm still finding it difficult to force myself to go run. I read Jeff Galloway's email yesterday with hints for overcoming such reluctance. It actually worked fairly well.

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Good Morning from a very wet Florida...

LYNN: Love the photo.... I agree - we have a lot in common.

JUNEPA: Thanks for that link. I have a few foot exercises, but can always add to the routine!!

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AFM...Residual hurricane rains - it has been pouring for 3-4 days nearly constantly. Winds are not too bad in my neighborhood. Lots of flooding 20 miles away though.

Went to see Pete's Dragon yesterday (it was good!). It was Rick's and my 44th anniversary. We had wanted to go to the ocean and eat with a view, but the weather was not cooperating.

We also have a new internet service provider, but ended up with no internet for 3 days. Big withdrawal time!!! LOL

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Lynn, beautiful photo !! I am looking forward to fall running weather too.

Dee, hope you are feeling better again.

Seabreeze, there is always something that needs to be done, ain't that the truth.

5 exercises for stronger and more flexible feet
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My feet are sore and tender lately, I fear I may have plantar fasciitis. I haven't had that ever, I have heard over the years a lot about it in the running community. I blame trying these really nice and well-supported Columbia running and trail shoes. I wore them for several months, they seemed so comfortable, how could I forget that while advanced support can feel great, it doesn't allow our joints and soft tissue to articulate normally, and the result is stiff and weak feet (that can translate through the entire kinetic chain (ankle, knee, hip, lower back)). I haven't gone to a doctor yet, but most likely will soon to get an opinion. I hope he doesn't recommend orthotics. I totally believe the Spark article regarding strong and flexible feet and you don't get them wearing orthotics. I am back in my minimalist shoes.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 9/2/2016 (14:40)
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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Good morning, Runners....

JEAN: Nice biking! Did you end up getting a new bike? That would make a great photo for us. :D Hope you got some good photo opps on your walk. We sure have a lot in common between cycling, running, walking, photo taking. :D Life is good!

JUNE: Sounds like a great challenge you were in! WTG!

DEE: Gosh, I hope you are feeling better! It wasn't that long ago I was nauseous in a run. SO not pleasant. I came close to heaving on the side of the road but was able to contain myself. Could have been fighting something off or it was the humidity getting to me.

Speaking of humidity... We had up to two inches of rain Sat. morning ruining local runner's plans for their long runs. Lots of run clubs out these days preparing for our local marathon/half marathon event in October. But the rains stopped by 8:30 so I went out for my 9 miler as I really didn't have time on Sunday to do it. HUMIDITY city!!! There were flash flood warnings out until Tue morning when the local rivers would crest. I saw creeks along the way where they hadn't previously existed before...right along side of the running paths. Violently churning their way through. Was kind of a nice sound, actually. None were threatening me....the humidity was more threatening than the waters. I was drenched in DEET as the mosquitoes from all this rain have been HORRIBLE! I have been chewed alive! Some skeets have been found with West Nile in our area and after my battle with the Lyme's, I don't want to mess with that either! LOL But I completed the uncomfortable run exhausting as it was (and just not pleasant. I love the long run...but not when it's so dang humid!!!!). They keep predicting 70s and rarely does it happen. It's just been a HOT and HUMID summer across our great land. No wonder people feel sick!

Hang in their runners! Fall is right around the corner (although I did here that above normal temps for most of the country is forecasted through November!).







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Good Morning....

Today's plan....
walking for sure...
I have not looked at my list as yet - there is most likely something that needs to be done
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Junepa: Very impressive rowing challenge. Good for you!!

Dee: Don't be discouraged. You are an inspiration to me. You are a strong marathoner!

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Letting work get in the way of running, and I'm paying the price. Nausea stopped me at mile 11 of a 23 mile run. I have my doubts about my abilities at the moment.
The nausea continued all weekend so maybe it's something else, and not lack of training.
Feeling discouraged, so came by here to be inspired.
And as usual, you folks do inspire!
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Seabreeze, nice to see you here active almost every day. Do you have photos to share?

Lynn, I do my 400m repeats on my home-measured distance. They are actually, as you mentioned, quarter mile distances that I set out using my Garmin. That is close enough for me. I measured them on our farm property so I don't have to drive to a track.

This week I didn't run because I was finishing off a "Dog Days of Summer" indoor rowing machine challenge, Week 1 was 10,000, and week 2 - 20,00m, week 3 - 30,000m and week 4 (this week)- 40,000m.
I did a HM row in one session and another HM split into 2 sessions, so 42,194m total. That was fun, and took 4 hours.

Next week I am back running my 10k plan for the September 23 race and my indoor rowing will revert to 15 minutes three times a week to warm up before a ST workout.

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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Walking day today....maybe carrying my camera in search of a great photo opportunity!

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Mornin SeaBreeze....lol

Heading out soon for a nice bike ride.

Have a good day everyone.



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Good Morning....

JUNEPA: Great job on the Fitbit step challenge. You outdistanced your family by a long ways.

PLMITCH: GREAT RACE. Congratulations!!

LYNN: Smart to take it a little easier n those 800s. Fun taking care of your granddaughter.

Hi CATHERINE!

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Played bridge Sunday, Rick and I came in 2nd - amazingly as we did not play very well.
Played Pinochle yesterday....

Biked on Sunday about 14 miles (stopped at McDonald's for coffee and an EggMcMuffin).
Walked on Monday
Biked on Tuesday - 10 miles or so
Day off today

My pinochle friend that build my office bookcases and workstation died this week. He was such a great guy. I will miss him a lot.

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CATHERINE: There's a number of symptoms. Mine was sudden chest pain, like a tight squeeze. I swore I was having a heart attack....except....it went away as fast as it came. So then I thought I was having angina! One day at work, during the most stressful time of year, just a couple of weeks before school started, I had a terrible sudden pain and tightness that took my breath away...Again....went away as fast as it came. I called my paramedic son and ask him about it. He asked, "Didn't you run this AM?" I said yes. He asked how I felt after the run. I said as fantastic as usual. Then he said, "It's not angina. If you had angina you'd feel horrible afterwards....But I"m not a doctor. See a doctor!" So I did. I have ZERO history of heart attacks in the family on both sides (it's all cancer....two relatives had strokes). After listening to my heart and going over heart history, my internist was fairly certain it was NOT heart related, but GI related and sent me to a specialist. She had me do a stress test as women's symptoms are more subtle than mens. I was training for a half marathon at the time and I broke their records for passing that test with flying colors for a woman who was 58 at the time. So that's when she ordered the endoscopy (I added the colonoscopy since I was almost due and only wanted to be put out once). The acid reflux was official diagnosed with the endoscopy. She also put me on Prilosec. It takes a a couple of weeks to kick in. Note, too, that the manufacturer only recommends up to 8 weeks on the drug, but doctors will write endless refills. MOST acid reflux problems can be fixed with diet. A low acid diet AND/OR weight loss if needed. My son's finance' is a skinny mini (tall and lanky) and eats extremely healthy (she's a chiropractor), and at age 35, she has acid reflux, so who knows. She stays away from trigger foods and does not take meds as she can control it with the right foods. I lost close to 20 lbs and eat healthy enough that now most of my trigger foods no longer bother me. For a while, I switched from Prilosec to DiLimonene, a chemical in orange peels. That actually worked better for me than the drug and is consider much safer (a very old antidote for many GI issues). I found that online at drugs.com. Did extensive research after a health nut friend with the same issues told me about it and he claimed it cured him. Most are not so much cured by it, but you only take one capsule every other day for 20 days/10 doses and it's good for 4-6 months or more....or for good....I took 3 rounds before I lost the weight and changed my eating habits. Even my IBS is better.

I thought you were training for a race, no? Perhaps life got in the way with the cat situation and all. I understand that. I'm currently training for an Oct. 25 half marathon. It's not going to be pretty....but I'm just excited to be ABLE to run after 9 months of being sidelined. Hope you can get back to it soon. Best wishes to you and your hubby....Stay healthy. :D

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Hi Lynn, GI issues were mentioned as a possible explanation and he was given a month's prescription of generic Prilosec. He has never had any symptoms of acid reflux, did you? He says that the tightness mostly disappeared after the procedure, before he started the prescription, so he is sceptical. He still has the occasional twinge. As it happens, he already had an appointment for a physical this month, so he will talk to his doctor then.

The use of Imodium was years ago. After that experience, I am reluctant to use it except in extreme cases. This time around I did take some Pepto Bismal, thinking it would be less harsh. I never took the maximum amount and stayed within frequency guidelines, so I don't know. I need to get back to running again. I didn't have problems while I was running.
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CATHERINE: Sorry to hear about your GI issues. I seem to be plague with them as well...some the same, some different. I do have IBS that seems to go in phases. Had a small polyp removed in last colonoscopy as well and the start of diverticulitis. But otherwise, a "healthy" colon for an American! Still....I viewed it as more of a wake-up call for me to eat more fiber. I had that colonoscopy right after an endoscopy to check how my esophagus and gut were doing as I had chest pains (thinking about your DH here too....Could his chest tightness been related to a GI issue?). Turned out I had acid reflux which often is mistaken for heart issues. Long story short....my drastic diet change to healthy foods has helped with these issues. You, though, strike me as someone who eats very healthy already, but also, you mentioned the use of Imodium as being a probably cause for one of those issues, anyway.... I hope you can get to the bottom of this (no pun intended!) and feel better soon.

JEAN: Saw the Bourn movie as well and pretty much felt the same. It was enjoyable enough....though some of those chase scenes went on and on, more than usual, and of course, way highly unlikely. LOL But then, it is a movie! My major accomplishment was NOT eating popcorn at the movie. I had nothing and still enjoyed myself!

PATRICK: Congratulations on your 5K! I hope you have many more to come and perhaps, some other distance challenges. One can easily get addicted to racing and there sure isn't anything wrong with that!

JUNE: Congrats on your Fit Bit Challenge! Great way to keep up with motivation on moving! Nice 400 times as well. Do you have a track you run on? I wish we did...We do have plenty of tracks at our local high schools, but because of vandalism, they are surrounded by fence with lock and key! Frustrating since we pay taxes for these things....BUT....if people are going to vandalize, then AS a taxpayer, I"m glad they do lock them up. One track had so much damage it cost over $100,000 to repair! I'm doing the 800s, but really, due to the inability to properly measure that out, I"m doing half mile intervals instead as that is close enough to the 800s (it's a bit more, actually).

CINDY: It's so nice to see you training for a HM again!

MOON: Glad you are feeling better and back on your feet!

I was babysitting the granddaughter this past week and got side tracked on both diet and running! Before this, I was very consistent, so I think I will be OK. Tomorrow, I'll be doing these half mile version of the 800s, but will try to hold back some coming off a non running week. My half marathon isn't until Oct 25.

Cool week ahead...mid 70s at best for next ten days. Tomorrow's morning temp....upper 50s! So I'm glad that's when I'll be out and about doing my intervals. Nice respite from the triple digit heat indexes!





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Official results from last evening's first ever 5K evening race:

"Congratulations on finishing 2016 Running of the Goat 5k on 8/19/2016

Patrick Mitchell
Bib #:133
Chip Time: 31:07
Gun Time: 31:20
Overall Place: 129 out of 277
Age Group Place: 11 M 50-59 out of 17 total participants in the Male 50 to 59 age group
Chip Time: 31:07
Pace: 10:02/M/mile"

It was 86F at race time and the dew point was 77F, giving us a heat index of 91F. Very interesting course -- a mixture of urban street, park, trail, parking lots...you name it! With the temps being so warm, my goal was 10 minute mile average and just about nailed it! And good success with my 2:00 run / :30 walk ratio.

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I won the Fitbit Daily Showdown Challenge. DS is funny, he was very braggy about how he was going to wup us all, and then he had an extra busy and over-time work day and couldn't go to the treadmill in the morning like he usually does or for most of the day. So in the end I won
Me - 32,197 steps including speed training and a morning hike
DH - 17,190 steps
DS'sGF - 13,868
DS - 10,672

June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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Good Morning....

MOON: Well done!

CATHERINE: My husband has had 5 stents and DOES NOT LIKE having a heart cath. Sorry to hear about your GI issues. Hopefully, your new specialist will help solve this issue for you. And [[HUGS]], I know it has been a very tough year for you.

JUNEPA: Great job on the 400s. Who won the Fitbit challenge?

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Not much going on in my world....
I think we are going to get a couple days forecasted (in a row) without torrential downpours in the forecast. Hurray!!


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Hi June,

It wasn't a diet issue. I inadvertently slowed my system down too much in trying to manage the diarrhea that I am prone to when my colon gets overstimulated. So I had a lot of trapped gas that made me really uncomfortable. Since I wasn't totally blocked up, I didn't recognize (for too long) that I basically was constipating myself. This was what I did to myself when I overused the Immodium all those years ago. I had come to that conclusion before I went to the doctor but was trying to fix it the wrong way.
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Seabreeze, Port Townsend, such a beautiful town. Last year my bicycle trip was centered on Whidbey Island and included a day trip to Port Townsend. We had lunch at an excellent seafood restaurant and spent the afternoon going through the many charming small shops!!

Moon, way to keep going with your training :)

Catherine, hope things are improving with you from now on. Was there any diet changes recommendations? I know you eat very healthy and are careful, just wondering if any specific diet or other recommendations were made. That's great all is well with your DH

I did my 10x400 repeats this morning and the Current Lap Time window on my Garmin was very helpful in helping me pace the laps, the goal is 2:15 to 2:18 and most of the laps were between 2:14 and 2:16 with an average of 2:15 on all ten laps. DH, DS and DS's GF and I are doing a Fitbit Daily Showdown Challenge to see who gets the most steps in one day. I was winning at lunch time, but in all fairness, the young people were at work. It will be interesting to see how much we all do by the end of the day

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June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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Hello everyone, sorry to have been so absent. This has been a rough year for me. We lost two of our cats early in the year. True, one was 21 and the other was 14 (with lymphoma for the past two years), so it was not unexpected. But after living together for all those years, it leaves a hole. Our now eldest cat (17) has had issues for the past few months, but I think we have finally gotten that under control. He seems to be doing well at the moment. Back in June, I was starting to think that he would be lucky to see 18.

My brother died of a heart attach in March, and then a few weeks ago, my DH told me that he had been having chest tightness. Since Mr. "What, me worry" thought it was time to see a doctor, I knew it could be a problem. He had a "suspicious" stress test; the cardiologist thought he detected weakness in the lower heart, so DH was sent to the Heart Catheterizaton lab to have a camera inserted into the large artery feeding the heart (plus dye) so that they could see where the blockages were. There seemed no question that there were blockages, just a question of where and how many, which would determine whether it it could be repaired with stents or he had to have surgery.

Well, to everyone's amazement, the tests revealed that his heart was in great shape (for an almost 68 year old) with no serious blockages anywhere. (I don't think the cardiologist sees this result very much.) He did say that it was possible to have a false positive on the stress test (obviously). No explanation for the chest tightness, but whatever caused it, it's not a problem. DH now suspects an over aggressive workout. The tightness is gone now.

As for me, I have been battling GI issues since the beginning of the year. I'm not sure whether I really have IBS or just an easily over stimulated colon. I first had this problem between 10 and 15 years ago, and learned the hard way back then about risks of taking too much Immodium (even small amounts over a period of time). I have been very careful since then not to repeat that mistake. I mostly managed things with fiber and probiotics (running helped too). Well to make a long story short (and not to burden you with TMI), there are other ways besides overuse of Immodium to cause problems. Which is what I seem to have done to myself.

I have spent most of the year alternating between really good days and not so good days. I began to suspect that it was something I was doing wrong (especially since I did not feel bad all the time and when I felt good, I felt great.) Over the last few few weeks, the not so good days were winning. About the only thing that worked was not eating very much. When I stepped on the scale last week and saw 122, I knew it was time to stop messing around.

My GP wasn't much help all those years ago, so I went to a Gastroenterlogist this time and he set me straight pretty quickly (or at least so it seems so far). While I was at it, I scheduled a colonoscopy, which I had yesterday (Ugh!). There is no colon cancer in my family but I knew that my Dad was prone to polyps. Sure enough, I had one (small) one, but everything else looked good. There will be a biopsy, of course, but the doctor doesn't expect there to be any issues.
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no run today, still feel Monday run

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Good morning!

DEE: 38 hours straight? Dang, girl.

Hi MOON: Sorry about the cold. Hopefully you will do awesome at Disney.



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Walked yesterday, biked on Sun and Mon.


On our trip to Port Townsend, WA a couple months ago.

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MoonYogaGirl - Good for you being careful and using wise intervals to ease back into running after being sick. You should be fine for the HM next month, you have enough time left to work up to the distance.

Yikes, Dee, why were you up for 36 hours? Did you do a dancing marathon? You are doing a good job of listening to your body. Hope you feel back to normal soon !!

Seabreeze, yay for the doctor wellness check. The Jason Bourne movie looks like the only one that is interesting right now, and I heard the same feedback from my kids, too long this time.

Lynn, stunning photo. Looks more like a seascape than a lake view !! Hope your LSD went well, I love the solitude of long runs too.

Trill, yay for a good week, and all the good weeks you have been having lately !!

I did my 9 x 400m repeats last Thursday trying to moderate my runs by using a lap pace window on my Garmin. The good news is that I am able to meet the goal and my average is slightly improving, the goal is 2:15 to 2:18 and my average is 2:12 with a range of 2:09 to 2:18. Last week my average (for 8x400) was 2:13.5 with a range of 2:07 to 2:18. From here on, there is a lot of technical musing, probably only interesting to me, as I try to figure out how to measure my pace to meet the targets for the training plan. I like to read and figure out when others solve technical problems, but I can understand that probably most people would find it tedious. Anyway... I would like to have an average of 2:16 with a range of 2:12 to 2:18. I put in a lap time window now, I think that will be more helpful than a lap pace window, because I can't figure out yet how to average out the walk and the run intervals and what paces I should be running. With a lap time window, and using the same intervals, I should be able to figure out what time I should have at the end of the first interval to finish the lap and hit my target pace. 400m for me is one run interval + one walk interval + part of one run interval and my intervals are 60:25

June -- Pacific Time Zone
Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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