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Wow Catherine, that smoothie has a lot of powerful ingredients all in one drink!!

Beautiful photo Lynn, awesome that you and your son share a passion for photography.

Way to go with running consistency, Dee. Show us some photos of your kitchen when it is finished!! What new features are you putting in?

Hope your running is continuing well with your amazing proteges, Marsha.

Today is Super Sunday, and Superbowl Sunday. I did running with some swimming today, then it was my shift to milk the cows so I missed most of the Superbowl but kept up with the score on my phone, and my son texted me the scores as well. Some friends invited me for a bike ride tomorrow, I hope it will all work out. My run today is my usual Sunday 7 mile run with some hills, some track laps and some stairs. Today I put extra effort into the track laps and took it easy for most of the rest of the run. Last week I ran, swam and biked and it rained but I was dressed right, so not cold. I did change into dry clothes as soon as I got home, but also have to say, that outside and active, as long as I was moving, I wasn't cold.

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Lynn, that's a fantastic picture! And the house sounds like just my kind of thing - full of nooks and crannies.

I did run three times last week, and feel like I've got some consistency going at last. It really helps me to have two groups to do training runs with. The second one is a bit iffy, but it's new and we're getting more organized.

I'm still living without a kitchen - beginning of week 3. But it will be worth it in the end. It's already looking amazing.



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DEE...Doesn't seem like it takes much to get us off track. My achilles injury has set me WAY back as I also lost a lot of motivation from frustration. Retiring and not having structured time last summer also was a set back (yet a fun one!). I have the structure now, and guarantee workouts 2X a week, but then on my own for the rest. I need to get out and walk more! Inconsistent. Can't even use the weather for an excuse b/c it's been warmer.

Visiting the granddaughter (and her parents, of course) and helping with their new house. They live in a medium sized town down state and purchased a lovely home for only $109,000.00! Wouldn't be possible in pricy Chicagoland! If you even found something at that price (even in poorer areas), you wouldn't want to live in it!. This lovely ranch has beautiful built-ins around a cute fireplace and more built-ins in the hallway, and a lovely addition to the family room (like a little playroom) that is all wood, even the ceiling. Very cute! I want it! ;)

Retirement has brought loads of fun with photography, knitting, and fun volunteer opportunities with kids and adults. So keeping busy.....But hoping to build in more walking time in preparation for some run/walk/run fun!

Lynn....Image below is my son photographing the frozen waterfalls at a nearby forest preserve. He has joined me in photography as a hobby and we have fun doing local shoots together.






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No way I can catch up with this group; that's what I get for being AWOL.

Catherine, so sorry to hear about your cat but glad she went out her own way. I still think I hear my cat Hinge at night.

After the dancing weekend I didn't have the energy to run until last Saturday, when I was back out with my Galloway group. On Sunday I run with my synagogue group, but I didn't get the email so I showed up where we were supposed to be (I thought) and no one was there. So I did hills for 30 minutes, which just about killed me. I'm going to have to do a lot more of that in the next several weeks, right, Catherine?

I'm still signed up for the marathon, even if I have to do it very slowly.

The lack of a functional kitchen (renovation) is causing issues with my eating. Since I don't want to eat processed foods, that pretty much eliminates all microwave meals. It's getting pretty costly to get fresh food meals.

I continue to be impressed with everyone's energy and determination to ignore the weather. Patrick, you look so excited!



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Thanks for the recipe, Catherine. I have a Blendtec, similar to your Vitamix. Always looking for some new ideas. Never thought to use beans, but why not?

Struggling to get a routine going. Hubs and I are going to hit the YMCA today and I plan on a nice swim. I've swam maybe 5X since July! So it won't be pretty, but it'll feel great. A stretch of above normal temps for the next 10 days with mostly dry weather, so I will have no excuse to get out there and walk! Last walk I took was a brisk 55 min walk last week at the mall b/c it was so cold. Just had to carry my coat in the process.

Nice run in the snow and nice running goals to the rest of you folks!!! Hoping I can run at sometime this year! Sometimes, it seems like I'll never heal this achilles....but I know I have made progress.

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Hello, Everyone. So nice to hear from all you active team members!

I thought I'd share an interesting smoothie I just had for brunch. I saw the recipe in the Washington Post kindle fire app and it intrigued me. It is a high protein smoothie with (frozen) lentils as the main protein source. I like lentils (I usually make the small, black french kind but any work) and I know from experience that fruit flavors usually dominate a combination smoothie, so I was really interested to see how this would turn out.

I made two substitutions in the recipe. I substituted frozen peaches for frozen mango chunks (mangoes are expensive right now and I already had frozen peaches from last summer in my freezer) and hemp seeds for coconut oil for the healthy fat component. I don't use coconut oil and didn't want to buy it just to try this smoothie. So here's my (rough) recipe.

1/3 c frozen black lentils
1/2 c loosely packed baby spinach leaves
handful of hemp seeds
1 small pineapple spear (~1/4 cup or maybe less)
1 cup apple cider
several pieces of frozen peaches (probably 1/3 cup?)

It was very good. And certainly nutritious and filling. I mixed it in my VitaMIx blender.
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June, cute dogs!! Sounds like you are very active, even when distracted!!

I ran with my Galloway group on Saturday. I'm the leader for an 80 year old who runs a 40 minute 5K and wants to run her first half marathon and her friend who is 72 years old and runs a 30 minute 5K but has not been training regularly. Saturday we "ran" a mile in a little under 20 minutes with the Getting Started group and then we ran 2.5 miles more. The program director assigned us 15 second run/30 second walk at 18 minutes per mile. Very slow. Almost painfully slow for 2 of us. But training an 80 year old for her first half marathon should be done conservatively.

Monday I did the asphalt trail near my house, 6.2 miles. The third mile I cranked it up to 10:30 per mile pace and I'm afraid that is about the best I can do now. The first mile I walked at 15 minute pace; the other 4 miles were comfortable running :30/:30 for 11:30-12 minute pace.

I would like to get back to the speed I had 18 months ago, but that may not be my top priority. That groin sprain last week (seems good now) just made running injury free a higher priority. Right now the only race I'm committed to is the Senior Games 5K on March 12. I do not expect to be competitive this year.

Lakeland Runners Club is offering a finishers medal in 2016 for those who do complete all 5 races and race series they offer, a total of 11 races. There's a one mile, a two mile, 8 5Ks and a 10K. That might be a good challenge for me and not worry about speed this year. Just staying healthy for all 11 races would be an accomplishment! And helping to train others for their first half marathon is exciting, and I expect I should add one half, too. Often the Lake to Lake 10K conflicts with the Lakeland Half. Will see.

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Sorry about your cat, Catherine. It is nice it was a peaceful end.

Patrick, it is fun to run in the snow and fresh air, did you use tracks on your runners or did you run on the bare road?

Lynn, yay for a good sleep. My lifetime learning class was talking about sleep today and about the super type-A personalities that claimed to need 4 hours only with cat naps during the day, Napoleon, Edison, Michelangelo, Margarets Thatcher and Stewart, and meanwhile Einstein is said to have been a 10-hour a night person.

Sharon, yay for starting a new training program for a Half Marathon, best wishes.

Marsha, great to hear you are running again and are able to run as planned with your group. I thought I saw a follow-up post after the groin strain that your next run went well and your plans are on track.

Dee, your dancing sounds so much fun, hope you had a great time !!

Sunday I was planning to do my bike, run, swim, bike, but I got distracted at a friend's place watching the NFL football games, so I only did the bike, then I did the run today, but didn't fit the swim in yet. Tomorrow is the day I do a morning hike with the dog. DD got a new chocolate lab puppy, he is so cute. A photo of older dog Frida with puppy Denver.



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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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Hello, Everyone. Hope the week is going well!

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Just got back from a 7 mile run in the snow! That's a first for me -- running while snowing. It was...EXHILARATING!



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CATHERINE: So sorry to hear about your sweet cat.... Always difficult to lose a pet as they are such a part of the family. Sounded like your kitty lived a long, fulfilled life.

SHARON: Congrats on your running accomplishments! I enjoy being a Facebook friend of yours as well. You always have wonderful inspiration to spread on social media.

Slept a full 8 hours last night which hasn't happened in ions! I have some kind of sleep disorder that I've had since I can remember in my earliest memories. So something is wrong with my sleep/wake center of my brain. It goes in cycles and I'm coming off of a really bad cycle. Sooner or later it catches up on me and I sleep like a dog! RARELY though, do I ever get in anything that's over 7 hours let alone 8! It's so cold here though (2 degrees with negative 18 windchill), that I'm thinking all the covers were just so cozy, I went comatose. ;)

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Good Morning!! Happy Sunday!!

Katherine, so sorry to hear about your cat.. It is not easy loosing a pet.

Oh WOW! June, Congrats on your own Tri!! Was it like a virtual or totally your own.. Way to go.

Lynn, so happy to see you back.. Boo on your injury. Hoping it gets better every day. Congrats on the weight loss. Love seeing your pictures..

Marsha. I love reading your post.. Would love to connect on FB if you are there.

Dee, enjoy your dancing this weekend!! That in itself is great exercise..

1st week for Half Marathon done. So glad I pushed out the door yesterday for a 7 mile run.
I decided to follow a different training schedule. I will be following RW Intermediate training for running in combination of my halfmarathon. net beginner schedule. Of Coarse in combination with the Galloway run/ walk... My goal for January is to run at least 2 - 3 times a week.. Today is nasty and we may see snow flurries later.. Yesterday was so perfect for my run- temps were in the 40's and the sun shining.. Crazy Weather we are having.

Now I will be doing some Yoga Stretches and resting today. Wishing all a Fabulous Day!!

I am on Face Book but don't like to have my Spark connected with it. My name is Sharon Sou for anyone who may want to connect. I do have privacy settings but I think if we share friends, you can still find me.

I am doing the 2016 Runners World Challenge. I had so much fun with it during the Holiday's I decided to do it this year. I also have worked out with Gilad Bodies in Motion since the late 80's and have been doing his 60 Day U Challenge- support on Face Book for a few years now.. Since I care for my mother I am not able to get out to a Fitness Center. I do believe in doing Strength Training with Running. I love seeing strong muscles, always have..

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Hello, Everyone.

Welcome back, Lynn. It's good to hear from you again.

Marsha, I'm glad that you are feeling better. Although it is difficult to tell from afar, it doesn't sound to me as if you suffered an acute injury, i.e. one that stemmed from a specific accident or incident. It sounds more like an overuse injury that came on gradually, even though you became of aware of it only when it crossed a threshold. These latter are much more common as injuries go and should be suspected when pain/strain appears with no obvious causes. Even though you are an experienced runner with lots of miles under your belt, you were sidelined for quite some time and it is easy for us all, remembering what we know we are capable of, to push harder than we should when coming back from a long layover. We are eager to get back and it is hard to be patient.

I have some sad news. Our elder cat died peacefully last night just two weeks shy of her 21st birthday. She was fine in the morning, sitting in front of her window, climbing into my lap to be petted. But when I came home in the afternoon after a meeting, it was clear that something had changed. By evening, I suspected that the time had probably come to take her to the vet this morning, but she took matters into her own paws and left this world on her own terms. I am sad, of course, but I did not want to see her suffer, and she did not appear to.

We have a busy weekend ahead of us. Concerts tonight and tomorrow and an educational event on Sunday.

Have a great weekend.
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Good Morning All... I still exist! Been forever since on here, it seems. Got lost in the holiday stuff and was SO off track with unhealthy living that I couldn't wait for the holidays to be over! Sometimes, that's what it takes to get back on track! Went back to Weight Watcchers as they revamped their program and put more emphasis on healthy eating then just staying within your "'points". Lost 3.6 Lbs so far and hoping to stay strong forever. I can always hope!

Still dealing with the achilles injury and still unable to run. It is healing VERY slowly. My celebration is that I can now go down the stairs one foot per step. For months I had to take two steps per stair so I know I am healing....but just like the good doc said....this one is going to take a long time! UGH...It has lost my motivation for everything! But over time, I've come to accept it. Just makes me wonder if I'll ever be able to run again! I sure hope so.

I'm sorry to hear others struggling with injuries as well and hope we all recover completely in 2016 so we can post our race victories (victory in participation!)... :D

Hang 10!

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Absolutely no apology needed, Sharon.
So sorry to read about your injury. I had something similar happen to me last week just stepping out of my car - it took several days to subside. Sometimes I think that it's something I ate that may predispose me to inflammation.

A busy weekend of dancing for me, starting tonight. I may not be back until next Monday!

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Very impressive, June!

I developed a groin strain after my run Saturday. It was an easy run, 5 miles at :30/:30 11-12 minute pace. After that I "ran" 15 minutes with our Getting Started group at 15 seconds run, 30 seconds walk for .94 of a mile or 16:30 pace. I've done 12 miles recently and have run at 10:30 pace, so I just can't think that I got injured on that run, but can't think of anything else I've done. No furniture moving or anything.

Tried to run Tuesday and knew immediately that I shouldn't. Walked without pain yesterday. Will try a few running steps today to see. I sure want to be able to do my Getting Started coaching on Saturday. Once I'm healed will try to see how I can strengthen the area.

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I'll say you did, June! Wow! You are incredibly active.

Me, I just stand at a desk all day. Sit a little, but mostly stand. At least there's that!

Starting on Thursday I have 4 days of dancing ahead, so I'm not overdoing it right now, especially as I feel a cold coming on. I've been running Saturdays and Sundays, and that exhausts me. But when I have a chance to run with friends, I do.



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Wow, KAIMANA927, that is a lot of books, you are awesomely active on several fronts !!

I had a good tri (my own, not a competition) yesterday, biked leisurely for 90 minutes after brunch, then ran 7 miles including laps around the track and the stairs routine and I added an extra hill into my usual loop, then into the hot tub briefly and swam 25 lengths sooth my running muscles, then biked home which took 45 minutes. It was a cold clear beautiful sunny day with a light cold wind, my garmin said 36 degrees seems like 27. I feel great today.

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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.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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5-7 books a week? Wow! I'll sometimes make it through 3, if they are light-weight. But 5 to 7? Impressive!

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Thank you for sharing your book-reading goals! Years ago, I found an old ledger where my grandfather had written down every book he read, plus a little blurb about what he found inspiring or interesting. I started doing that, but over the years have gotten lax about it. At 81, I'm still a full-time tenured prof at one of our state community colleges, and that takes up much of my time. I still find time to read 5-7 books a week - some for school, and some for simply pleasure. I'm on Goodreads, as well, but never think to track my books there. I use it to give me ideas on books to read.

I've also started back with my run/walk routine, but trying to ease back into it. My weight is good, although I could stand to lose 5-10 more pounds. My food intake is healthy for me (LCHF) and I have no health concerns. I read your thoughts on the gel inserts and since my left leg is about 1/2" shorter than my right, I added one to my left shoe, helping me be a little less wobbly. I seem to have more stability when I do the short runs than when I walk, which seems strange to me.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in here - first time ever, I think. I need the encouragement to keep going since I live alone. My plan is to run/walk a 1-mile race next Saturday with a local group. They have a 5K coming up on Feb. 20 and I want to do that as well. I just need to keep getting out early every morning instead of finding something that just HAS to be done before I go to school! emoticon

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Hello, Everyone. I hope that 2016 has been great for you so far.

I updated my page to show my 2016 book reading goal (currently 125, but since I have already read 5, I will probably raise it again). My total for 2015 ended up at 177 books, the most I've read in a year since I started tracking it. I do like to read. I never watch television any more. I don't think I'm missing much.
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After some long and careful thought, I have removed my "qualify for Boston" goal. I find that it doesn't really matter to me any more. My goal to run until I'm 100 remains, however.

Drop by and let us know what your 2016 plans include.
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There will be an economic impact in the dairy industry. Darren Turley, the executive director of Texas Association of Dairymen, released information that about 15,000 mature dairy cows have died in Lubbock, west to Muleshoe, and north to Friona. The area was the primary hit of the storm and it is home to the state's top ten milk production. The area produces 40% of the state's milk and dairy needs.

In Clovis, New Mexico, the area has estimated to have lost 20,000 mature dairy cows.



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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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June, that is really sad news. There was a lot of destruction of all sorts in the storms, especially from the tornadoes around Dallas. Many neighborhoods almost totally leveled.

I don't normally think of Texas as a big dairy cow state -- cattle, yes, but beef more than dairy. I wonder what happened to those herds or could the numbers perhaps have been combined?

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I went for a 45-minute run along the dike today with Frida. I am walking 10 seconds and running 60, so 10-60 intervals No tri run-swim-bike today, next week I plan a run-swim, the Sunday after a run-swim-bike. I am easing into the new year.

I saw in the news that tens of thousands of dairy cows died in New Mexico and Texas in Storm Goliath from December 24-29, 2015. What devastation!! It was 5 to 10 % mortality of mature cows and double that for young stock. That makes it seem smaller, I was imagining whole herds wiped out, but the herds are very big there, so that amounts to a lot of cows. A terrible toll.

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It was in Kingwood. North of Houston.

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Where exactly was this marathon?

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I could never do the plunge - insulation or not!

I'm pleased that I got that marathon done, although it was one of the slowest I've run. But by keeping it so slow, my feet didn't hurt as much and they never got to the cramping stage. My right IT band, however, is complaining a bit. The medal for this weighs 3.3 lbs and is HUGE. I may have to buy a special stand to display it!

I certainly wouldn't recommend a 4 loop marathon, but I have to say it was a very pretty one. And everyone was so nice - because you saw runners at least 2 times on each loop, everyone was encouraging everyone. I've never seen so many people walk a marathon. The organizers vowed to stay until sundown.


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IFDEEVARUNS2, no plunge, just the run. I used to do the plunges, but that when I had a lot more "insulation" (body fat). I chill much more easily now. Less "insulation"!

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Starting my HM training today (race is on April 3). Scheduled to do 4 miles, but if I am feeling good may stretch it to 6.2. It is a chilly day here on the Delmarva, so it'll be a good day for a run (well, EVERYDAY is a good day for a run - some just better than others!).

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Hi June. Yes, we have the two "kittens" in addition to the four older cats. They will be 3 in the spring and are lively as ever.

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Happy New Year team !!

PLMITCH, sweet gift

Catherine, your trip plans sound awesome. Will there be a classical music program and visits to composers' homes and performance centres? My good friend just lost her 19yo cat. She had the cat before she had kids and she remembers his comforting presence while she was going through the process of becoming a registered massage therapist, it was a real soul mate and hard for her to come to terms her cat isn't here any more. You had some kittens a few years ago, you didn't mention them.

Dee, you, I, and a few more of us have faced a leveling off and decrease of performance. It isn't fun, but it is what it is. I still want to run until I am 100 :) I want to say something more positive, but can't find the right words. Cheers to staying in the game. That is an interesting marathon run in quarter laps, you can choose from 4 distances !!

2016 plans for me include running 2-3 times a week, hiking 1-2 times a week, ST 2-3 times a week, Tai Chi 1 a week. I have some tight muscle issues in the pririformis area which is giving me some lower back problems. In November, the trainer at the gym gave me some exercises to help with this. My main goal for 2016 is to restore my lower back to form, improve my flexibility and balance and to keep active.

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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
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Hi All!!

Happy New Year!! I joined the Runners World 2016 Challenge. Having fun with it after completing the RW Holiday Challenge. I had to take a couple of weeks off after having one more steroid shot for the hip bursitis. I am beginning to feel a little better so I went out today for a 3.1 mile run. My son is still here visiting until the 5th. My HM Training will be starting up but will ease back into training. I don't want to aggravate this bursitis.

Dee, Congratulations on running your marathon today!! Way to go. I have lots of catching up to do. I have been thinking of you all and hope everyone had a great month and ready for the New Year!!

Will stop back by in the morning!!

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Happy New Year to a great team!

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Catherine, you must be doing something right with those cats! I'm about to lose the two I live with - DD is finally moving out. I know Sophie will miss the company.

I won't miss the odor - DD doesn't do a good job of keeping the litter box clean, and Merle (the male) seems to like to express his displeasure by peeing on things. If it weren't for that trait, I might keep him (DD has been on a campaign for this, but as lovable as he is, his peeing behavior is a no-go.)

I think 2015 was a disappointing year for me, but with it has come more acceptance of where I am physically.


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Hello, Everyone. As the year winds down, I'm sure a lot of us are looking back on 2015 and ahead to 2016. Beginning in 2012, I've set an annual book reading goal which I track with the Goodreads site. I initially set a goal of 120 books for this year, but raised it twice over the course of the year and ended up with a goal of 150. I have read 174 books so far and am about to finish 175. I will probably make it to 176, but we'll see.

I am happy that both DH and I remain pretty healthy. I have had a low key year with regards to both exercise and weight maintenance. I am ending the year at the top of my weight range, but I'm ok with that, especially since I haven't had to do anything special to stay there. I know if I start running more, I will probably drop a few pounds, but both my weight and my diet are healthy and thus my time or energy can focus on other things that give me pleasure. If I start running more, it will be because I want to start running more, not because I'm using running to accomplish something else.

My cats are all doing well. The eldest will turn 21 in February. She is, of course, gradually getting more feeble, but remains remarkable perky for her age. She is still social and, while she sleeps a lot, she doesn't sleep all the time. I know that the end can come quickly at this age, so we are enjoying her while we can. The next oldest will be 17 in July and the next two will be 14 this spring. None of them behave like old cats. No one looking at them would guess their ages. Jennifer, one of the almost 14 year olds, is the one who was diagnosed with lymphoma two years ago. She gets her daily prednisone and biweekly oral "chemo" and the disease so far does not seem to have progressed. We were lucky to have caught it early.
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PLMITCH, what a great gift! Will you do the plunge as well as the run?

Catherine, your travel plans sound very exciting! I hope to do some river cruises one day.

Our temps dropped precipitously yesterday afternoon, accompanied by strong winds. Today's weather is a good 30 degrees lower overall than it's been. Good running weather!

I have a 4-loop marathon scheduled for Friday that I don't think I can finish. But I will start and go as far as I can, without inflicting injury on myself. If I can finish two loops, I'll at least earn a half-marathon medal and a squeezie frog (not sure what that is, but I'll find out.)

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Hello, everyone!

Mitch, what a wonderful gift. Will that be a chilly run? That's close to my birthday (Feb. 13) and usually good running weather in Texas. But of course this year has been unseasonably warm in the Northeast.

It is very cold here at the moment (for us, at any rate). It was close to freezing last night and since it is cloudy, it hasn't warmed up a whole lot. The sun, even the winter sun, makes a big difference here. We have been surrounded by bad weather (you have probably seen reports of bad tornadoes around Dallas and perhaps saw the blizzard during the second half of the Sun Bowl in El Paso a few days ago.) Here in Austin we have been lucky, no really bad weather, just cold. Although we did get a brief, freak hail storm a couple of days ago (it wasn't even raining at the time.) Not a damaging storm, however, and over quickly.

Tomorrow is DH's 67th birthday. We decided to do a joint Christmas/Birthday present this year of a River Boat Cruise on the Danube next fall (probably November). The local classical radio station is organizing it and they will be sharing the boat with a classical station from California. The cruise will start in Prague, which I've always wanted to visit. We haven't done much international traveling for some time now, and when we were traveling, it was almost exclusively to western Europe and the Mediterranean. We did get into Germany and Austria, but not really much in eastern Europe. We are looking forward to the trip.
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Received a very special Christmas present from my youngest daughter (she just turned 26 today): Registration for the 2016 Run for the Plunge 5K in Rehoboth Beach, DE on February 6, and she is going to run it with me! She's only done one or two other races, and this will be the first one she and I have done together! What a special present!

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Wow Catherine, a 30 degree drop in one day!!

I am not running today, my kids are starting to leave, DS caught the bus back to Seattle this morning, DD#1 is going home tomorrow. Then it will be the usual 3 of us left, DH, DD#2 and I.
Life will be almost back to normal, just New Year's Eve with friends. I want to be like Sharon starting tomorrow and do all my workouts as early in the day as possible. Today I still plan to go for a walk with the dog.

Have a great day and week, team, keep moving !!

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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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Hello, everyone. Hope the weekend is going well.

Ours continues to be quiet. It was so warm and muggy yesterday that I actually turned the air conditioning back on, mostly to help dehumidify the house, although it was also a little warm upstairs (78). The promised front came in early this morning, with rain, and it is now 30 degrees cooler than it was yesterday. Brrr. Staying in but do need to go to the store. What a wimp.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. We had a nice, quiet day yesterday. DH will be watching football today. I will mostly read and maybe go for a walk before the front comes through that is bringing cooler weather and maybe some rain. It has been very warm here.

I finally got around to one of the items on my long term to do list, which was to go to the dermatologist for a full body scan. I've never seen anything particularly worrisome but I've the skin type that one needs to be careful about -- pale, freckles, tendency to sun burn.

He removed several moles, most of them not suspicious but in spots where they were constantly rubbed by my running clothes and so were a bother. There were two small ones on my left thigh that he deemed mildly suspicious. Fortunately all lab tests came back as benign. So I'm good to go for another year.
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Good plan, Marsha !!

I am enjoying having my older kids at home, my youngest works on the farm with us so is already home, everyone is home this year, with 27, 24 and 22 year old kids, that is great. None are married yet, when that happens I expect having them all at home will be rare, I am enjoying today, all of this week.

Lynn, way to go with the December races!! I am not doing any official runs this holiday season. Sometimes DH and I do the New Year's run, the running equipment store that sponsors it usually gives out a jacket or vest, DH and I run when we like the colour, this year they are orange. It is fun to do the December and January runs just to keep running fun and holiday indulgences in check.

Sharon, that's great your son will be visiting. You have mentioned a sister living close by, could she help with your mom so you could go once in a while to Florida to visit your son, old friends, take in a race?

Barbie, you are lucky to be having that kind of weather, perfect for running !!

Catherine, hope you are 100% again


I gave merino base layer long sleeve tops and leggings to the whole family (including myself) for Christmas!! The outdoor equipment store clerk asked if my whole family is outdoorsy. I hike and snow shoe, but also use the base layer for working on the farm in cold weather it keeps me completely cosy and dry under my coveralls, jeans and cotton hoodies get wet and stay wet. As well, with the base layer under my regular shorts and fleece jacket, I can run in any winter rainy weather, and there is a lot of rain in the winter in the Pacific North West. The store gave me a free pair of socks with each base layer set, so we all have warm and moisture-wicking socks as well. The whole family are some-time runners, skiers, and farm workers, some hike and snow shoe as well.

Merry Christmas team, we are runners until we are 100 !!!







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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.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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If I get the house cleaning, grocery shopping, and Christmas presents under the tree timely I'm going to reward myself with a run!!

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I will be around after the Holidays. Just been so busy.

We will be doing another 5K Jingle Bell Walk/Run on Thursday morning.
Not so many hills...
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Good Morning!! Happy Tuesday!!

My Super Tuesday Run Day is rained out this morning.. We are expecting rain for the next few days and temps are warming up to mid 70's.. Unusual for NC..
I actually love the temps being warmer and less family member have been sick with sinus colds.. I actually still have red sweet bell peppers growing in my garden still.

I got a lot of shopping done yesterday and then I took my mother to her last day at PT for the year. We take the Winter months off because we always seem to catch colds from other people.. I will be starting my 12 week Half Marathon Training soon and don't want any set backs. I have doctor appointment today for another steroid shot. Still recovering from June Half Marathon. I ran on an injury thinking it was tight muscles. I woke up with it the morning of the race.

My son will be arriving from FL Wednesday. I really am looking forward in seeing him again. I miss living in Safety Harbor, and miss all my friends down there. I wish I could go next year for my sons birthday, 2/6/16 he will be 26 years old and that is the same day as the Best Damn Race.. I would love to do that and I know my friends are signed up for it.

Two workouts planned so got to go!! Have a Happy Joyful Day!

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Good Afternoon..

I got a 6.2 mile run done this weekend and yesterday 3.1 miles. My left side hip is still feeling dull pain tinge so I set up appointment for another steroid shot next week.. I may decide not to run anymore than 3-4 miles or maybe just take a week or two off. My 12 week HM Training starts after the 1st of the year..

Welcome Lynn!
Floydstime, Congratulations on your First Full Marathon!!
Catherine, I am glad to hear you are starting to feel better.
June, Way to go on your Run/ Workout Sunday!
Dee, WOW, lots of travel.. Lady on the go..

Wishing all a Great Week.

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Sending happy vibes your way. Have been much to busy enjoying this awesome weather with lows in the 50's and highs in the 70's. Happy miles yall.



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On Sunday, I did my usual run, actually a little shorter this Sunday because I had a time limit. I rowed on the indoor rower for 15 minutes to warm up, jogged intervals of 10:10 staying with 10 seconds of walk and increasing the jogging by 10 seconds up to 100 seconds and then walked-ran 10:100 for 3 miles, including 2 timed track laps, did my stairs training which I also time, walked to cool down, went in the hot tub to stretch, then swam length for 15 minutes. Usually I bike home after, but I didn't have time this Sunday, so I drove home.

My Sunday workout has been more or less the same since August. I love it. I change it slightly from week to week, sometimes running more and faster laps around the track for speed training, sometimes running farther through the park, sometimes swimming more lengths, sometimes biking more before and after the workout, but the core of run-track laps-stairs followed by hot tub and swim is the same.

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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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THANKS!

The CIM was my first marathon. Because of the down hill trajectory, I went out 15-30 seconds too fast. It was hard to slow down to pace (10:32 mile). Felt great for the first 19 miles with a below goal pace. Then it hit me. I still did an OK time and came in the middle of my age category. Lesson learned - stay to goal pace no matter what. Did my first recovery run yesterday of 2.25 miles. I plan to run again today, perhaps 2.5 - 3 miles.

Looking to run some 10Ks and a Half in 2016 as warm ups to next year's CIM.

Going for the marathon again in 2016...if there is a road, run it. If there is a hill, run up it. If there is a finish line, cross it. Train...run...finish.


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Good morning, everyone.

emoticon to the team, Lynn.

emoticon on the marathon, Floyd! I was originally signed up for the California Marathon this year, but I deferred it to next year. I've already run that one twice. It is a good one for time -- almost entirely downhill. The weather can be iffy, however. My second one was run in a huge storm blowing in from the ocean. High winds, flooded streets. Quite an experience.

I am feeling better and better. Still some drainage on the throat and a little bit of a cough. These last stages always seem to take forever.
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DH seems to be coming down with it now, although I don't think he has the secondary infection that I did. Just sinus congestion and drainage. Hopefully his problems will clear up without his needing antibiotics.

It continues to be warm here -- close to 80 and humid. Lots of wet sidewalks and fog in the morning because it drops to 60 at night. There is a front coming through this weekend, but it won't cool off too much, maybe 10 or 15 degrees. Maybe some rain.

I'm probably going to walk for an hour or so this morning before the sun breaks through the clouds and it gets hot. My energy levels are still not quite back to normal, but getting better every day.
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Happy Friday!
Went to the gym & did a 5K on Treadmill. Slower but did it. Feel fine, just neck & shoulder is sore today. Feet did not fall asleep this time.

And signed us up for another Jingle Bell Run on Dec 24th.
Have a Great Day

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Welcome Lynn I'm so glad you are here !!

Floyd, way to go, a nice busy Sunday including a marathon. !!

Catherine, nice you could visit your mother, hope you are feeling 100% soon, wow, temperatures in the 70s.

Dee, that is a lot of busyness. Hope things settle down for the holiday season. Regarding the ST training, it is hard to start something when everything else in your life is so busy. Keep the goal to strength train in your sights, when time frees up, you will be mentally ready to go. I had an ST lapse and it took a while to get back in the habit. Hope I'm not preaching, just want to encourage you as ST makes such a difference to general fitness.

Sharon, great run

I didn't get my usual Sunday workout, and am trying to fit into a new schedule. Now that we are empty nesters and I don't have any commitments to the kids, (which I enjoyed for the many years they were growing up) I am spending more time working on the farm. We used to have a hired milker, but now that DD has only one class to finish school, we decided to let the milker go and do all the work ourselves. DH put DD in charge of organizing the chores, milking, feeding cleaning. DD made up a schedule, then a few days ago, DD got sick, a vicious flu, and couldn't work, so DH and I both had more to do. It is winter so the chores are regular and there is no field work, so it isn't hard to keep up, just it wasn't expected. Once DD is well again, it will be a very nice routine for me, but I will have a different schedule than I have had for the last many years and I will have different workout times available than before. I am really enjoying this season of life, good health, kids doing well working at what they are interested in, more time with DH, more time working outside. I still plan to run twice a week, morning hike once a week, do strength training 2-3 times a week and go to Tai Chi once a week,




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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
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I am a Chi-Walker & a new jog/runner.
I am so excited to find this ACTIVE site here on Sparks!!
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Thanks Junepa and SeaJess!

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Increase your miles from marathon distance, Floyd? emoticon

Congrats on the marathon! emoticon

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Ran the California International Marathon 12/6; went home, slept an hour, went to the Jacuzzi for 20 minutes, watched football. Walked some yesterday. Doing stretching, some warm ups. Plan to do some miles Friday or Saturday, then start increasing my mileage.

Going for the marathon again in 2016...if there is a road, run it. If there is a hill, run up it. If there is a finish line, cross it. Train...run...finish.


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Hello, Everyone. I hope all is well.

I did feel well enough to make the trip to Oklahoma to visit my mother. I wasn't completely well, however, so took it easy. Today, finally, my head is completely clear but I still have some sticky stuff in my throat and a bit of a cough (from the throat stuff, I think).

We drove back yesterday (7+ hours on the road) and I fell asleep early and slept for a long time. My VivoFit says that it was mostly deep sleep. I went for my ST session today but don't yet feel the energy for running. Maybe tomorrow. I did walk for about 45 minutes.

Weather is good today. 50's over night and 70's during the day. I haven't had the motivation to look at the long range forecast yet.
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Catherine, I hope you feel better soon.

I've been so busy with travel - personal and business - that my running schedule is way off track. I may very well switch to the half also, as I don't know that I'll be able to train for a full between now and February. I'll see after the first of the year.

I've been on the road every weekend for the last 4 weeks and will be this weekend. Then will tag on a business trip after that. I'm so looking forward to just being home.


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I got out for my Run this morning after a 60 minute Core Workout. No rain and the temps warmed up to 40 degrees. Perfect weather and I felt real good.. I was only going to do 3.5 miles and ended up completing 5.25..

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Catherine, I hope you feel better soon.

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Big hugs Seabreeze. I too am having problems with time either I use what little time I have for the computer or to get a little run time. Since a walk or run feels better it always wins, I am just going to have to figure out how to carve in a bit more me time but right now it is not happening.

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Hello, Everyone.

I have been under the weather for the past week or so. I finally feel like I've turned the corner. I hope so because we are supposed to leave on Friday for a short visit to my mother in Oklahoma (she's 86).

This came on slowly and was low key enough that for several days I didn't realize that I was actually sick. It started with what I thought was indigestion and GI issues (didn't feel like eating on Thanksgiving) and progressed to mild achiness. The achiness was mild but enough to keep me awake most of Friday night. I also felt cold, but we had a cold snap last week and the house was colder than usual, so I didn't think much about that, either. Finally, Saturday afternoon I decided to take my temperature and sure enough, I was running a low grade fever (99.6).

I took an Advil and felt better. I figured that I must have a cold or maybe a mild flu. My head didn't feel particularly congested, but I rinsed my sinuses on Saturday and used a decongestant spray. The next morning there was thick drainage that showed signs of an infection. And by the evening I was starting to cough - a tight nonproductive cough that kept me from sleeping well that night. I decided to not mess around and went on antibiotics. That was two days ago and today I'm feeling much better. Still coughing but it is productive. Of course, at this stage, all the drainage just makes me feel yucky. No fever, though. So I'm crossing my fingers that by the time we leave for Oklahoma, the worst will be past me.

All this has really messed with my training, however. I'm not sure when I will feel up to getting back to long runs. So I'm definitely going to switch from the Austin Marathon to the Austin Half Marathon. Sorry, Dee. Are you interested in running the Half with me. I will definitely be taking it easy, I'm pretty sure.
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Thanks for the encouragement, June!

I have never run the Austin Marathon but have done the half distance 3 or 4 times. Those hills are very intimidating.

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I got out for a 3.10 mile Run this morning! It was 40 degrees and I was sweating..
Could I be getting use to cooler weather?? Maybe, or I am learning to dress better.

I only Run for Fun since I have been here in NC.. I have found that when it is not fun anymore, it means I have been overtraining.. I think for me it has helped me running only three days a week and doing other fun things during the week, Cardio and Strength. I can remember the day when I use to run 5-6 days a week. Right now I am Happy where I am..

Are any of you doing some fun races during the Holiday's? I passed on the Turkey Trot this year.. Still thinking about Jingle Bell..

Wishing all a Fabulous Week!

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Catherine, Thanks for posting about running for fun and not concentrating on races. That may be an option for me, too. Right now, running for fun and avoiding falls are my priorities.

June, Be proud about getting faster. That is really cool, too!!


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I ran on Sunday, 5 miles, plus my stairs workout. Finally after months and months of slogging to keep fit and firm (thank you Seabreeze) I am improving again. That feels good, even though it would be enough to keep in shape, getting faster again is fun.

Sharon, yay for maintenance, and good for you getting out in that cold weather.

Catherine and Dee, how many years have you both run the Austin Marathon?

Dee, I highly encourage you to strength train. Start very slowly, that makes it easy, then you will get bored and want to do more, gradually you will be strength training to the intensity and duration you want. Time is on your side, start, you will be amazed where you will be in 3 months compared to now.



I am in a very good mood, even though there has been some drama in our family. Sometimes when spirits are high, almost anything is no big deal. I feel fit, healthy, rested, ready to deal with every day as it comes.

Cheers, team, have a great day and a great week !!

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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
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Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving !!

Best wishes Jean. Be firm and be fit, I love your word choices. You will be missed.

Catherine, If you're not having fun, why run. You are having fun, Good for you. Nice to hear from you and what you are up to lately

Sharon, that's great your son is home for Thanksgiving. My Seattle son is having an American Thanksgiving with his girl friend's family.

I ran and swam on Sunday but did not bike. I did a glorious snow shoe on Tuesday, it was a sunny chilly day up on Mt Baker, the hike was to Lake Ann.

Me jumping a creek



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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
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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!

I did get out yesterday morning for my run, 3.35 miles and .78 mile walk/ cool down. I was so bundled up, I actually came home sweating. Still maintaining 3 - 4 mile runs during my off season and doing indoor Cardio, Core and Weight Training..

I am doing a fun challenge on FB with Coach Jenny- Runners World during the Holiday's..

Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving- Turkey Trot and Races..

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Hi Dee. Yes, I will run Austin but have decided to switch to the Half. For a little more money (of course), they will let you do that after 1 December.

Catherine

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Catherine, I need to somehow flip the switch and go back to some strength training. There's a mental block there, and I don't know what it is. Maybe being embarrassed because I don't know what I'm doing. My few efforts with a trainer weren't successful: wrong trainer for me in all three cases.

Are you still planning to run Austin?

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Hello Everyone,

Even though I haven't been posting much, I have been reading all of your posts -- or so I thought. I just discovered that my subscription to this forum hasn't been working for a while. So I am really behind in keeping up with everyone's news here.

Jean, I saw your email and I am sorry to lose you. I'm not on FB, but if I ever change my mind about that, I will look you up. Thanks for all the help with the team and for just being you.

This has been a busy and challenging year for me. I am in the process, I think, of evolving into a runner that runs strictly for fun. I never wear my Garmin Forerunner any more, although I do wear the VivoFit with a HR strap so that I can monitor effort (i.e. keep it low key) and track time on feet. But that is all. I'm not even using the Gymboss. Just running and walking when I feel like it. I'm not currently feeling a lot of motivation to run races. Just enjoy being active.

I have been keeping up with ST, though, mostly because of working with a trainer. He keeps me going and I am glad of that.

More later.
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Good Morning!! Yikes!! I have been missing in action and have lots of catching up to do!!
Jean, I will miss you here on Spark. I am so grateful to know you and look forward in continued friendship on FB.. I am on FB too, name Sharon Sou.

I am on off season but have been consistent on maintaining running 3 days a week 3-4 miles. I am actually getting use to cooler temps gradually, down to the 40's so far and hopefully can handle lower. This is big time adjustment for me since moving to NC from Tampa Bay Area in FL. You would never know I lived in Upstate NY for the first 17 years of my life after being a Southerner for over 40 years..

My son is here visiting this week so I am hoping I can get him out running too. My running started with him, over 26 years ago... Jogging Stroller Running around the Lake here in NC and then Bayshore Drive in Safety Harbor FL. Many Running Buds and Happy Fun Memories..
On FB, I joined a challenge with Coach Jenny during the Holiday's. She is a certified Running Coach and writer for Runners World. Having lots of fun with it and hope you all might join. It is free during the Holiday's..

Wishing all a Happy Joyful Day!!

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I will miss you here but plan to stay in touch, Jean.

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Hi everyone.....I have decided to leave Spark.....I just never log on anymore.

It is a process.... resigning from teams and leadership here.

Many of you, I am friends with on FB. If you would like to add me to your FB contact list...send me mail.

Hoping all of you do fantastic AND continue to be firm and fit!!!

Love to all of you.....
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Nothing wrong with maintenance mode, June! With all your activities, you are an inspiration.

I have been staying off my ankle; I didn't even dance at my class on Tuesday. I demonstrated slowly, omitting the turns, and then I sat down while the class danced. I'm hoping to be able to run tomorrow morning, but if it hurts, I will stop.

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Monty, body maintenance, I like that. I love being able to be active and healthy.

Dee, yay for good running weather, my longer run is on Sundays and contrary to the weather forecast, the last two both have been sunny-crisp with no rain. How is your ankle doing?

Lynn, that is great your injury is healing well. I had a consult with the trainer at the gym, I was going to change up my ST workout, but he said I should keep it and increase the reps with the same weights and he gave me some stretches for tight piriformis, hamstrings, calves, soleus, IT band. The piriformis was giving me lower back pain, the other sites don't hurt at all, but are waaaaaay too tight.

Marsha, be careful. You are an inspiration to many people, kudos !!

I miss Catherine, Jean and Trill/Cindy

I am plodding along in maintenance mode, I love running, I don't think I could stop even if I don't run too much. Stopping for a few months wouldn't be a bad idea, I could work more on my swimming and do more hiking and winter sports. For now, I think I would miss running a lot if I took a break.




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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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Marsha, I love the idea of running for fun, but my ego sometimes gets the best of me during races. I'm not racing anyone else, just myself. And then I get hurt, or so it seems.

I really hear you about the falls. My knees will never be the same, nor will my elbows and hands. I only have one bump on my nose from a fall, so it could be worse. I almost fell three times on Sunday - including the twisted ankle episode - but managed to catch myself. That moment of fear stretched out for a few miles before I calmed down.

Each of my falls seems to be for different reasons, so I don't even know how to attack that. Except maybe to just slow down. But I've been lucky that no fall has interrupted a training cycle. Injuries have, but not falls.

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Dee, what a bummer on that twisted ankle. Sounds like a good plan to rest and then consult doctor if necessary.

My consultation was OK. She didn't see anything wrong with my movement and said that 4 falls in 4 years (none the first year, 1 the 2nd, 2 the 3rd, and 1 in the 5 months I've run this year) is not out of the ordinary. However, my falls have been bad -- although I've never broken anything -- I've had to have my front teeth fixed twice, have a lumpy scar on my lip, a scar over my left eyebrow that kind of blends into my wrinkles, obvious scars on both knees, and deep soreness in the heels of both palms of my hands probably from the latest fall. I have never got to complete a training program (except the "to finish" plan the first year) with my Galloway group because I keep getting moved to an injury group to complete training. Have not met my potential in half marathons. My PR is at 11:26 pace, when I've done a training run at 10:30 pace for 11 miles. But right now I couldn't even do that. I tried a strength training program she recommended, but I'm still sore a week later. It was too hard for me for sure. My quads and pecs hurt with every step.

I've just been back to running since August and definitely do not have my speed back. And I think this latest fall has me more paranoid so I'm picking up my feet more and it is slowing me. Suspect I'll run, but not really race, my 5K on 11-28. My niece and nephew are racing it; my mom and sister will be there to observe.

So I'm kind of bummed. For a while I think I'll just run for fun and not worry about speed. May use treadmill more as I feel pretty secure on it. Don't think I'll enter any more events for a while.

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Lynn, sounds like a safe plan for that 5k. Best not to aggravate things while you are doing well.

AFM, I ran a half yesterday, and twisted my ankle on some debris. It also happens to be the ankle/shin that has been bothering me on the last two long runs. It's a spot on the front of my shin, two inches above where my shoe is. I'm starting to wonder if I have a stress fracture. It's painful and swollen, and was actually red yesterday after the race. I'm going to take it easy for a couple of days, and if it continues to hurt, I guess I'll see a doctor.

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JUNE: ST is going well. Signed up for the next five week session. I need to be more consistent with training on my own for one extra day at least.... But even with the intense one day, I notice things like just getting up from a chair or sofa is SO much easier! Going up and down the stairs which used to NOT be a problem, but developed into one with my achilles injury, SO much easier! I think I had lost a lot of strength from the drastic decrease in activity due to this crippling injury.

As for the injury....I've come a long way the past few weeks moving to what I call, 90% recovered. But that 10% is hanging on for dear life! Tried to lightly shuffle run in a couple of my walks but it is still too soon so had to back off. I'm doing a 5K Turkey Trot with my son's girlfriend, but already announced to her that I'll be walking out one mile and come back (it's an out an back course) and by that time, we should both be at the finish line. LOTS of walkers in this race anyway, so I will not be alone, that is for sure.

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Perfect running weather yesterday and I took advantage of it!

There's nothing like intervals for longer distances, Monty!

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I embraced my recovery day yesterday after a surprising & unusual (more to come on that later) Half Marathon on Saturday. It was my first Half this year. I had done one 15K-8K and two 10k-5K Challenges earlier this year but it's not the same. I think Halfs are easier!
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No doubt, Interval Running rocks! I'm all in for my longer distances now. It also showed me my Triathlon conditioning and strength training really helped me as I trained minimally for this Half.
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In the next two months, I'll focus on the later part of Half training with longer distances. I'm also going to tighten up on my fueling as well. My next scheduled Half is the Bast Damn Race HM on Feb 7, 2016. I'm sure I'll schedule a few 10Ks before then.
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It's crazy. I used to think people were obsessive about health and training. Now, I think of it as body maintenance! The critics are mostly unhealthy compared to this 65 year old!
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Sharon, wonderful plans for next year, it's fun to plan ahead and train to get there !!

Dee, hope your Sunday long distance run went well. We were supposed to get rain today, instead it was perfect running weather, cloudy and crisp.

Marsha, let us know how your meeting went. Best wishes for a satisfying outcome. We are runners, we want to run !!

Lynn, how is the weight training going? I am getting a new ST routine soon, hopefully this week. So many things I want in it, strong core, special attention to strengthening supporting muscles to knees and lower back, stronger arms and shoulders. I used to shy away from stronger arms and shoulders because I used to bulk up quickly, now I am at the phase where I need to work the muscles to keep the calcium in my bones. My running and hiking should be enough of a challenge for my lower half, I need specific ST for my upper half and centre.

Sonya, how did the rest of your running week go?

Monty, how did your race go?

I had a super Sunday, I went to brunch with my family, then biked around at a slow pace because I had just eaten, cruised some neighbourhoods in town. I love going through neighbourhoods, aren't we lucky to have our own houses and bit of land, going through the 'burbs and seeing how individual all the houses and gardens are is fun. Then I went to the gym for the starting point of my run, back to the gym for a hot tub and a few swim laps to keep my leg muscles happy after the run, then biked home. This is my usual Sunday routine. It is nice in the fall when it is cool and not too cold yet. This week was perfect, I expect in the weeks to come I will encounter more than enough rain here on the Pacific North West coast, but I know how to dress for it, so it is all good. 3:40 or 220 minutes today.



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Hi All!!

I just signed up for my 4th Half Marathon next year!!
Raleigh City of Oaks. So excited. This is a bucket list race
I have been wanting to do over 2 years now.

No more HM until next April so I have been running 3- 4 miles maintenance while still recovering from injury. Each day getting better.

I decided to run Sunday Morning since we have had heavy rain and thunder today.

I wonder how Monty did on his race this morning!! Can't wait to hear.
Dee, we get that rain in our area a day or two after you. Rained today.

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Sounds like a good plan, Marsha.

AFM, I'm hoping the weather holds so that I don't have a third consecutive Saturday run storm-out. We run in the rain, but not thunderstorms and the last two weeks have been canceled.
I don't like running longer distances alone, so I really count on my Saturday running group.

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Thanks Lynn, Sharon, Dee. Glad each of you are running and Sonya, too. I'm meeting tomorrow with a person who has a masters degree in something like movement physiology. She may have some insight. Where she works used to just have yoga, but now offers many fitness classes and services. She's helped some of the other people in my running group with various issues.

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Marsha... There are balance exercises. Yoga and Pilates involve a lot of balance. You may want to check with your doctor. A physical therapist round might help as well and they definitely can show you balance exercises. You can find many online as well. I currently am working with a trainer with a small group of women. A lot of things we do are naturally balance related. I definitely need to work on it, b/c I feel like I'm going to fall over doing some of this stuff! Best wishes....I hope you can continue to do what you love!

Achilles had a couple of bad days....and lately, some really good days. Like I say...so long as it keeps getting better, I can be encouraged.

The annual Turkey Club 5K is coming up. I will walk at least a portion of it. Won't be any where near running by then. Still hoping I can start after the holidays. Time will tell.....

Off to weight training soon....

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So sorry, Marsha; I know how you feel. Each time I fall I worry that I should just stop before I hurt myself. And yet I keep going.

I don't know what to suggest.

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Oh Marsha, I am so sorry to hear. I have fallen before and I will never run on sidewalks again. My coarse I know real well now so I avoid the bad roads that have cracks. Now I have to keep watch on fallen twigs and acorns!! That is what I am now dealing with here in NC. I hope you recover quickly.

I decided not to run this morning. We have had rain for the past two days and it is still very wet out there and misty. The leaves really fell and I don't want to take a chance on slipping. They don't clean the roads here as much as they did where I lived in Safety Harbor, FL..

I hope to get out Wed.. If not I will just be back on schedule with my Thursday run. No Half Marathon training until after the first of the year so no big deal.

Wishing all a Great Day!

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Darn, darn, darn. I had another fall. My fourth. Just not sure what I should do. I love the running, but I can't keep falling. I wasn't hurt so bad this time - just bruised hip, scraped knee, and my left hand got the worst of the asphalt burn. But it was my first fall in daylight. I was on a paved trail I consider pretty level and safe. Not even sure what I fell over this time; there were a few twigs and leaves on the path, but it may have just been my own feet. And we were running super slow - maybe 14 minutes per mile. Twice it was cracks in sidewalk and once an unlevel brick in a red brick road. Just don't know how to prevent falls. I am diagnosed with water on the brain (hydrocephalus - arrested) and that may be causing me some balance issues. I figure I've run 6000 miles and had 4 falls. My nephew said that was equivalent to about a car wreck every 2 months, and he may be right.

It is so frustrating. I've got the legs, the lungs and the heart (both literally and figuratively) to run a 2:15 half marathon, but I'm afraid I just don't have the balance. I am 66 years old.

So, now is what? Do I walk half marathons? Do I train exclusively or primarily on the treadmill? Do I change to Zumba, spinning, and step aerobics for my exercise? Or do I continue to risk it, trying to be more careful, and just keep running? Is there any training or physical therapy that might help me with balance?

This fall has thrown me. Just back into running for 3 months, and now thinking of giving it up again. I love the running group, the fitness, and the social aspect of it. I would miss it a lot. I hardly slept last night, which is counter-productive to clear thinking. Well, I don't have to make a decision today. My next 5K is November 28th. Hope it isn't my last, but more than that, I want to make a good decision.

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Good Morning!!

Oh my!! I have a lot of catching up to do!! Hi All!! emoticon

I survived Halloween. Most candy is gone and I did not have one piece. The Children were adorable. Most came within 6-7 pm and that was it. At first I was afraid of running out of treats..

I plan to run this morning. Missed it yesterday. I actually woke early which I love.. I have no problem with time change since I am a morning person. I completed my 60 Day Challenge and decided to go for it one more time. It will take me through to the first of the year..

So excited my son made plans to be with us for the Holiday's. I miss him so much. He is my only child and I do not like being so far apart..

Thinking of those Running and Running Races all of the Country. NYC Marathon and the Raleigh City of Oaks is this morning. I hope to sign up for the City of Oaks next year. It has been on my to do list for a couple of years now.

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Beautiful, Lynn. One of the joys of running is getting in touch with nature and beauty. I am so glad that I am back running after 6 months of rest and healing. Wishing the same for you!

My nephew came and ran 6 miles with me Wednesday eve. I remember when I was much, much faster than he. But he's lost a lot of weight, and now he is faster than me up hill and about the same on flat land. I'm proud of him. He still wants to lose 40 more pounds. My niece is coming next Wednesday and the 3 of us will run. She is considerably faster than I am, so it will be good for me. He's 31 and she's 30.

Saturday, that's tomorrow, I'm running 8 miles with my friend, Shyre, who I ran the HM with. It will be slow, but I'm delighted she is determined to train more. She likes to drive and to have company. Would love to get her running speedier. I doubt that she'll ever run 10 minute miles, but maybe 12. This last week end we were nearly 17 minutes per mile.

My Galloway group asked me to help coach the Couch to 5K program starting in January. Think I'll do that! Love to help people get started. I'd like to be able to run-walk-run 10 minute miles, 11 minute miles, 12 minute miles, 13 minute miles, 14 minute miles, 15 minute miles, 16 minute miles and 17 minute miles in order to run with different groups. I'd like to be able to get a sub-9 minute 5K again, but don't hold your breath!!

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Marsha - Glad you enjoyed that Half. Considering your run issues over the last year, I'd say you did excellent no matter the pace. I'm doing my Half next week and I'm going to test all kinds of things during the race including 4 different ratios over each 5K segment! It should be fun!
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Lynn- As I have slight tenderness with my AT, I'm taping it and gently rolling it on a daily basis. I ran a 5K this past weekend and i'm feeling pretty good all things considered. That KT Tape just adds a lil' extra support. I've been studying running with injury. It's a delicate tip toe through a minefield. I also found that in Strength Training, I highlight all reps affecting my run performance. Just sayin'
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Dee- Nothing better than a "joyful" run! I'm sure a lot of us can relate. Oh, any raw honey daily has helped me so much with my allergies. Since I've been down here on the Suncoast, I got hit earlier this year with the worse allergy reaction in a long time. I started doing honey and could feel the difference after two weeks. No eyes burning, no scratchy throat and no stuffy feeling head! Good stuff!
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Marsha...That's great! Sounded fun! I sure miss racing!!! I am still out of the loop due to the achilles injury. Slowly, it is getting better with an occasional jump in the notch of getting better and occasional times there are set backs. Hills and valleys, but thankfully, I can report that there are more hills than valleys. My HOPE is that I can start working it back in slowly after the first of the year. Hope Hope Hope!

In the meantime....I do some other sports like the cycling...I SHOULD be swimming, but lost my bag of equipment! How does that happen???? I need to rebuild it $$$$$! I could walk more than I do and need to build that up and remind myself, it's a precursor to returning to running! Lately, the weather stinks...Cold wind whipped rain for several days! I think (and hope) this is the last day of that!

Also been taking lots of photos (when the weather is good and before this latest yucky days, it's been quite good, so we can't complain) of the beautiful fall colors and also knitting, which I have a love/hate relationship with! LOL

Here is a fun fall photo of one of our covered bridges on the riverwalk in our downtown area. Our town, big as it is and populated at 150,000, is still a very quaint area. I feel blessed every time I go down there for a stroll. Here is what you would see (we have three covered bridges over the DuPage River that winds through our whole area with several branches). A few of the local races will cross over one or more of these beautiful bridges:





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Lynn, Hope the cycling really was fun. That is a lesson I've had to learn over and over: if the problem isn't hunger, food is not the answer!

The Lighthouse Loop Half Marathon was an awesome course. The sunrise over the beach was gloriously pink-blue-orange-purples -- just spectacular. Out past hotels and then residential areas and beach, around the lighthouse, and back by sea grape and mangrove swamp and inland water way. Mile 12 had a big bridge, like a big hill. I was given a free bib, so I felt obligated to "run" with the person whose daughter couldn't run it. We walked more than ran and I was frustrated a little. However, my longest recent run was 11 miles just 8 days before. I only knew I was running it 6 days before. I knew I wasn't trained up enough for a PR, but I could have finished an hour faster without police moving me to the sidewalk. Oh, well. We made it. Got the great finisher medal and made the last shuttle back to the motel, so it all worked out.

Now I wish I'd signed up for our local HM on Nov 7th, but I was unable to run when the speciasl were available. I asked my 8 year old granddaughter if she wanted to do the Kids Fun Run (one mile) at 8am and she does -- the HM starts at 7am. Will be her first race with number and tee shirt. No one else in the family will take her, so I better be content to do it. She is so excited. Maybe in a year or so I'll have a running partner. We'll see. The little one wants to run, too, but next year she can. She'll be in kindergarten then. Maybe if Natalie has a great time someone else can take her and her sister next year. We'll see.

Now I've got to decide if I just want to easy run the Christina 5K on Nov 30th or if I want to do the speed work and really race it. My mom and sister will be here from Tucson and my niece and nephew are going to run it, too. I'm thinking.

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Nice to read some positive things here in spite of so many of us struggling to overcome injuries. I have a Computraining class this AM (the bike on the computer thing) and I struggle to get enthused about going. Once there...and definitely once done, I'll be happy I went. It would be nice to take a nice autumn walk when I return...after a shower (that class has you sweating like a pig!), But the remnants of Hurricane Patricia is moving north to Chicago thanks to the Gulf pumping more moisture into it....along with a system from the west causing them to merge and dump a lot of rain on us. We really need it! But be careful what you wish for! Supposed to start this afternoon and into tomorrow....followed by another system to dump rain on Halloween! My 3 year old granddaughter is coming up to trick or treat in our neighborhood. Sure hope the rain holds for the little ones. It's such a fun event!

The achilles injury has improved a big notch! I am happy about that, but it is still way too early to run as it is still there. But just seeing an improvement is certainly helping with my psyche. The quality of life dip due to this injury has had me in a terrible funk! I need to snap out of it as I'm using food to pacify myself! YUCK!

OK....gotta get ready for some cycling fun!

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