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LYNN: You are doing great - keep getting stronger....!!

I am "trying" to have a better daily exercise routine. I CAN DO IT....LOL!


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Greetings....

JEAN: Best wishes on the eating and exercise. Always a battle, but one worth the struggles if consistent. That's my issue....being consistent and not giving up just because I blew it one day or even one meal. At WWs once, the leader said that research in the organization found that members who lost weight were actually only on the program 80% of the time each week. That means...they cheated or fell of the wagon 20% of the time and still lost weight. That is the thing...the BIG overall picture and that's what I need to get into my head! I ate birthday cake last night and you'd think it was the end of the world (future DIL's birthday yesterday). I feel like my whole diet is BLOWN! NOT! Just get right back into it today!

Ran a 5 miler Sun and legs still tired two days later. Last Sept., I was up to 13 miles training for a half marathon I ended up not doing. The back to back viruses had me a total couch potato and my legs are paying the price! Looking up some leg strengthening exercise but in the interim, doing counter squats (lightly holding onto counter with a squat...will eventually dump the counter...but I am THAT out of shape with 11 weeks on the couch!). I worked up to the five miles, but still....it seemed more work than usual to get my legs to MOVE. Planning on a walk today ....nice and easy. Maybe bring my camera along and take a few shots just to keep me from being tempted to run. The weather has been incredible for us Great Lakes residents. From mid to upper 60s for DAYS...and low to mid 70s tomorrow and then the decline to back to reality!







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Good Morning - been up for a few hours - it is now 4:50 am.
LOL - Long night.

READING: I just finished "The Fixer Upper." It was a decent book to listen to... predictable story line....on a scale of 1-10, I would give it a 6. Just started listening to a Jeffrey Archer book called "As the Crow Flies." This promises to be much better already.

More Focused: I am really trying to get a handle on my eating and am committed to counting calories for a couple weeks. I figured out how to use my phone to scan bar codes on food packages, so I do not have to look every item up. That is very helpful.

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Hi everyone.....

CATHERINE: Good to hear. Keep up the strong work!

LYNN: You seem to also be doing very good! Hurray...

AFM:
The same. Continuing with my same fairly consistent weekly routine. Adding some needed (additional) exercises for my foot issue today.

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Glad to hear, Catherine! Keep up the great work!

I'm trying to be consistent on my shoulder exercises and hope to get that back to where I can return to swimming. Ain't aging grand?

Running going well....Slowly getting my strength back and endurance is coming along.... Slow...but see previous post. LOL

Lynn.... Image of some swans on a big river not far from us. Most swans are taken by "owners" and housed during the winter. Wild ones fly south. But here, a big group of them stayed! Never saw that before. We live in the Chicago area!







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Hello Everyone,

Well, looks like the answer is -- one month. My trainer had me back at my "old" weights this morning and I could handle them. It was a little challenging, but OK. So, two months off, one month to get back. Could I have pushed it? Probably. Should I have? Hard to say.

Now to get my GI issues kicked to the curb. I have been gradually doing better there, too. I think, at least, that I finally have a handle on the source of the problem. Now to find the best way to deal with them.
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Thanks for the tips, June...Interesting read. Need to re-read that book.

Marsha....Try not to be too disappointed and instead, be grateful you can run at all. I am guilty of that same disappointment but I do try and turn it around by asking myself why I am really in this. Do I really think anyone else will be impressed with my speed? Maybe. But even so, is it really worth it for that goal alone? Of course, who doesn't want to place in a race? I've tasted that a number of times and the older we get, the greater chance we have of getting there as our age group #s diminish. Just showing up can sometimes make you place. But the real goal for most of us is finding something fun to keep us active and fit. I love signing up for a race to give me a goal to keep me going. I LOVE training for that race. Sometimes, more so than the race itself. When I've been injured and out of it, I long to just be able to do it. So I try and remind myself that in the grand scheme of things, my time doesn't really matter. But like I say....I am guilty of the same disappointment.

That said....I feel your pain, CATHERINE. I had a horrible fall into winter experience from Nov 2016 through most of January 2017 with recurring viruses. I got caught in a vicious cycle of my immune system not being able to fully recover before getting another illness. Recurring viruses, as I discovered, is a problem with some people from time to time. Can happen to anyone in a given year and occasionally, some folks have this problem ever winter. Eleven weeks I was down and out with sinus infections that affected my head and chest with coughing, headaches, and terrible lethargy. In between, I had a horrible stomach virus that really knocked me out for a good ten days (weakness after one day of vomiting). Needless to say, I was a couch potato for the entire 11 weeks! I am now healthy, thank goodness! My energy is well restored!!! So I am back trying to regain my fitness as well and it is going so-so. I feel like I lost a lot of speed and endurance (last Sept., I was at 13 miles running! Now I"m pooped after 3!).

While running restoration has been my focus, swimming is another. After retiring a year and a half ago now (where did the time go?), I've fallen out of that 5 AM routine. Just cannot get up that early for Masters Swimming anymore. The group pretty much disbanded since I've left as they've been unable to find a coach for that terrible hour (the pay stinks too). So for a long time, I've not been in the water. My left deltoid muscle (shoulder/upper arm) has been barking at me for months from something I did. Trying to return to swimming on my own during later hours has been fruitless as it aggravates my shoulder. Working on building strength there. Our deductibles on our insurance is so sky high, I would have to pay full price on my own for a full round of physical therapy and just can't afford it. So trying to treat it on my own using exercises he gave me from a while back when I had a similar issue.

Well...sorry for the manifesto! LOL Wishing you all good health and running! Stay strong!

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Hi Everyone. Hope you are all having a great day.

I've been back in Austin for about a month now. My mother is doing great. For all practical purposes, she has made a full recovery. Pretty amazing.

I have been busy getting caught up on all that I missed while I was gone. One of those things is working out with my trainer. I basically missed 2 months of strength training.

As some of you know, I have been working out consistently with my trainer twice a week for over 7 years now. During that time, I only missed the occasional week when I was out of town on vacation or a day here or there when I was sick. I knew that I would lose some fitness because of the hiatus, but when I started back up, I was surprised at just how much that was. I had to go down on all my weights and my endurance for things like planks and squat/hold was noticeably diminished. After one month of a return to working out, I have not yet regained what I lost.

I think we all have a tendency to underestimate how quickly we lose fitness, and, perhaps even more so, how long it takes to get it back. I think it is easy to believe that fitness returns more quickly it you have been fit before. It seems logical, as if being fit once gives you a leg up on getting fit again. Well, it definitely helps in that you have already learned what you need to do to get fit, so you don't necessarily have to go through that learning curve again. But becoming fit is, primarily, a physiological process. Tissues in the body are broken down and rebuilt stronger. It takes your body the same amount of time to go through that process, whether you were once fit or were never fit. Psychologically, however, I think it is harder to be patient that second time around.

I am curious now to see how long it takes me to get back to where I was. Will it be the same amount of time I was off (i.e. two months)? Longer?
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2/8/17 7:40 A

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MARSHA - I, too, think you can do a sub 30. You are fit!

JUNEPA: Good advice!

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Marsha, I believe you will sub-30-minute a 5k this year. You are doing well with your running and improving your core strength and flexibility. You are using interval training, quarter mile repeats.

I used Jeff's recommendations in "Galloway's Book on Running, 2nd Edition" to reach sub-30 after a few years above. In the book, there is a schedule for time-goal training and recommendations on how to get to your time goal including things like getting enough rest, how to avoid injury, specific repeat schedules, starting the first week with 3 x 400m (one track lap = 1/4 mile) and increasing the number of repeats by one every week, doing speed work once a week until a max of 8 repeats in week 6 and week 7 is 4x 400m mid-week and the 5k race on the weekend . Jeff says (page 71) "athletes found they could improve more by breaking the race distance into many short segments and running each faster than the race pace, with rest in between". Jeff also stresses getting enough rest and running to avoid injury. The schedule in this book says to run the 400m repeats at 2:15 or faster to reach a 30 minute time goal. It worked for me, I think it will work for you too.

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My magic mile was 9:29 yesterday. I was disappointed. In 2013 I ran 8:47. Not sure why I can't seem to get my speed back. I've been back running for 19 months after taking 6 months off due to psoriasis on my feet. Guess all I can do is follow the training plan my Program Director gave me. For the next 6 weeks I'm running 4 days a week instead of 3 and doing intervals. Hope to get faster, but yesterday she told me a reasonable 5K goal for me is 31 minutes. Darn. I ran a 30:54 in August 2016 in high heat and humidity and I feel fitter now. Will I ever get back to under 30 minutes?


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LYNN; That race sounds like great fun!!!

DH will be home tomorrow. He has spent some time with his 4 brothers - a yearly get together.
AFM: Not much happening....:)

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Balmy and nice for us up here in the north. 47 and sunny. Cold to you...but bliss to us this time of year. High 51 today and tomorrow, but with rain tonight and tomorrow. So I'm out for my run while the sun is still up.

Signing up for the Shamrock Shuffle, an 8K in April (5 miler) that even earns a training plan status in one of Jeff's books! It's an OLD race that has about 40,000 runners. Running with a friend. Last time we did this, which is in downtown Chicago, we had the laugh of our lives! This race has folks sporting all kinds of crazy outfits...Mostly, green, Irish type garb. We saw a bunch of dressed up folks running by Trump tower where across the street was a Dunkin' Donuts. They were very noticeable due to their unusual, bright gear.....they ran into the donut shop & we assumed they were using the bathroom in there. By the time we reached the shop, they ran out carrying coffees and donuts and resuming their run!!! WAY too funny! That is how this race is. It's so much fun. Even the homeless come out to cheer on the runners! It is thick with spectators and goofy looking runners. Can't wait. It is Apr. 6th I think.....

Off to running..... Happy Trails to all...

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Hurray for Saturday!!!

Just made a 2nd cup of coffee....
It is about 60 degrees outside! Might go out and play!! LOL

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LYNN: Glad you are feeling energetic again and able to run!!! Hurray!
I like the photo!

AFM: Pickleball for a couple hours this morning.... then nothing major going on today.



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Marsha....How did the half go? I would LOVE to have your pace. It's been a long time since running that fast for me. To think at one time I was at a 10 pace. Aging and injuries have sure slowed me down!

With that .... I've been working my way back in after 11 weeks of a variety of virus have finally left! Two weeks of good health and my energy is BACK! So excited! NEVER EVER had such an experience before. I had wondered what was going on with my immune system. So now I've been regularly out and about doing chores and working running back into my life. Ran a .30/.30 interval yesterday and got LOST! IN MY OWN NEIGHBORHOOD! We've had unbelievable gloominess lately, breaking records for long strings of days of no sun. Yesterday afternoon, it finally came out while I was running which was glorious...cold as it was. I think I got lost b/c everything looked different! So I ended up with a 4.4 run walk, though the last mile, I purposefully slowed it down and walked more than I ran. Still....the bottoms of my feet are a bit achy and sore! Not used to that distance. Ran 13 miles back in Sept. Not much since. It'll come back.

Needless to say.....I had spent a lot of time on the couch during those nearly three months and I have paid the price! I had put on 75% of what I lost on that Dr. Phil diet. Tried to go back on it, but it was too hard. I'm back on WW which has more variety and easier to feed my family with. Between my own doing before WW and being on WW, I've lost a few of what I gained so now I'm up 11 lbs from what I was.

Other than that...life is good. In spite of the weather, I've been able to get out and do some photography....

Seen a few movies including, "La La Land"....LOVED it! "Manchester By The Sea"...great acting, but didn't enjoy the language or the depressing story! "Patriot Day"....Very interesting! And my absolute FAVORITE.... "Hidden Figures". I would actually enjoy watching the Oscars this year as I've seen more nominated movies than most years. But forget it.....Don't want to watch actors spew politics. Leave your views at home and focus on what you did in the movie.

Happy Ground Hog Day!!!! (Perhaps this gloominess means only six more weeks of winter?)

Lynn ~ Photo of some young girls who were on a run last month. Kudos to young people getting into running!







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2/1/17 6:40 A

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Helloooooooooooooo

Been lazy about exercising....hopefully will get outside today for at least a walk!!!

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Pickleball yesterday morning for 2 hours....very fun
Supposed to walk today.....but it is COLD (lol - 50)....playing pinochle later today.

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Good luck Marsha! Enjoy the run! Hope the weather treats you kindly.

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Good Morning....

MARSHA: LaLa Land was good. Many positive reviews. If you see it, you can tell me what you think. As I do not want to give anything away. :) Good luck with the weather tomorrow and with maintaining your desired pace. To me, you are very fast!!!!

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Today is a rest day from exercise, although I will probably work around the house.





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Jean, How was LaLaLand? I haven't seen it yet and want to.

Went 5 miles yesterday with :45/:30 run-walk. Mile 3 was under 11 min per mile, and I was running absolutely easy and comfortably.

Going to use :65 run/:25 walk for my half on Sunday, as I did an 8 mile race rehearsal back in September using that interval for my target pace. Probably should have done more race rehearsals recently, but my Galloway group didn't schedule them. Would love to PR and I need 11:05 pace to do so. I have a history of slowing the last miles. Hope to hold on to pace this time. We'll see.

There is a concern that morning rain with temps in the 40's predicted. I've never run in cold rain. Also there are 2 long sections of boardwalk that can get slippery in rain. I suspect if it is raining, I will run to finish not to PR. We'll see.

Wish me luck! -Marsha


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Nothing new here....been trying to walk more (although my poor arches can tell). Playing pickleball today. Playing bridge and pinochle. Playing on-line games. Life in good in Rivercity and also here in Bradenton!!!

@Marsha - thanks for posting the link......

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Should you be interested, the link is for my Galloway coach explaining how our running group works on a Final Surge podcast. She is cool and currently is training to qualify for Boston! Even though she's a great runner, she has a real heart for the back-of-the-pack runners, too.


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Good Afternoon.....

Heading to see LaLa Land today.....
then talk my husband into eating out somewhere....!!!!! This is the important part!

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A running group 41 strong, lots of good energy there. Awesome.

Thanks so much for the stretching exercises Marsha. Bonus that each exercise has a demo video..


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I got one request for my exercises and forwarded it without a problem.

Great group run today. There are 41 people in my running group who are running the Celebration Half or Full Marathon a week from tomorrow. Almost all of us running the half ran 5.5 miles today. Then we had a very good slow session with our new afterward. I do enjoy seeing new people committing to run. I remember starting and feel inspired!


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I have an e-mail with descriptions and video clips of the exercises I am doing. If you want me to forward it to you, just send me a SparkMail with your regular e-mail address.

Or e-mail me at marsharunwalkrun@mail.com (not gmail) and I'll reply with the file.

That would be a whole lot easier than trying to describe them!! Regards, Marsha


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All is well!!!!

Played Pickleball for 2 hours today.

Watched part of the inauguration speech, but my sister called in the middle.
I hope "he" does a good job. Why would I hope otherwise?

Afternoon's plan.... get something refreshing to drink, sit in a chair and play games.
Not very difficult....lol

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Hi everyone....

Me: Day off today - after 3 days with people.....lol....
Walked today - felt very good! I have been listening to audio books while walking lately and I look forward to walks just to see what is going on next.....I have been choosing walking instead of biking just to listen to the story...:)


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Well done, Marsha. That is a very reasonable cost. Now that our deductibles are $2500 each every year, my P.T. days may be over as it would most likely be all out of pocket. Not sure if our P.T. does something like that or not.

GLOOMY day....But hubby and I are going to a river island where bald eagles tend to nest. There is also a museum on the island as it used to be a big fur trading place back in early American days. Balmier temps and a bit foggy here and there...but something to do outside. We had bad thunderstorms last night so hopefully, it's not flooded!





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Marsha, can you please share the stretching and strength training exercises with us?


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I had a physical therapy evaluation yesterday by a fellow runner who is a therapist. She gave me 5 stretches to do twice a day and 5 strength exercises to do every other day. So hoping I can strengthen my back and quit having to take time off running for healing! I'm to go back in 2 months. Very reasonable cost, too. ($35)


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Thanks for sharing in my joy to be able to run again!

I did a little over 3 miles at Lake Hollingsworth this morning. Saw many people I know out running on this gorgeous day. Don't know if I'll ever get the speed back that I had in 2013. Might be because I'm not doing the training. Might be because I'm more cautious due to falls. Might be because I am older. Still love to run for fitness and fun. And around here there aren't that many people in the 65-69 female age group so I wrack up bling even for slow races.


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Good Afternoon....

JEAN: I'm sorry to hear you have to wait such a thing out. Sure hope your tooth will be OK. I thought of you yesterday as I too a walk with some short little runs here and there. At one point...I fell on BLACK ICE, fortunately, when walking. We had ice a few days ago and although it got to 34 degrees, it did not melt all the ice on the sidewalks. I then moved to the street's curbing where it was safer to walk thanks to the road chemicals. Thankfully, I hurt for a very short time with no residual effects except for my pride! Oh how we hate ice! Got more of it last night, but the weather is REALLY going to get warm...possible to 60 degrees on a day or two (will believe it when I see it). So that will get rid of it.

Marsha...SOOOO glad to hear things are so much better for you!!!!! I remember from being on here before hearing about your struggles. LOVE hearing this great news!!!

Monty...It's good to hear you are still in the game as well! WTG!

Catherine....Sorry to hear about your mom's accident and hip surgery. Sounds like she is a strong woman to still be able to live independently. My MIL is 93 now. She lives independently too, but I'd say she's about borderline. One accident and she's in a home. She uses a walker to get around but we see her in her unit (she lives in senior living, but in a condo on her own) sometimes walking without it, waddling her way around. We scold her, but to no avail. I sure hope she doesn't fall (she has her emergency button thing hanging on her walker! What good does that do if she falls too far away from it? She won't be able to crawl!) and break her hip!

I have had terrible issues with these colds. Did some research on being sick with a virus for three months. Turns out it's not the same virus, and my symptoms have been a little different with each one. It's a condition called, "Re-occuring viruses" where your picking up other viruses after recovering from another because your immune system hasn't had time to recover from the previous virus. You get into a vicious cycle. We've been sanitizing our place like it was a medical center. Now I'm trying to air out the house for ten min a day even with cold air outside along with the ceiling fans going to push out germ infested air and bring in new clean air.

Rejoined WWs too. I tried to get back on the Dr. Phil plan (I had lost 23 lbs...then a vacay and the holidays had me gain half of it back) but it is difficult to do when there are others in your household. It's not family friendly I don't care what he says. My hubby and son (who soon will move out when he gets married in May) were good about making their own dinners....The problem was, they don't make wise choices and eat cereal and other fast making junk meals. I don't want to see this....so back to my old standby. We shall see hot that goes.

As for running....I'm walking way more than running due to being so out of shape with these set backs. Possibly I'll sign up for some 5K race or similar (Shamrock Shuffle here is an 8K or 5 mile race) in the spring to give me time to train. I usually need a race on the horizon to keep me going. :)

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Hello everyone.

We are on the road, headed back to Austin after 6 weeks in Oklahoma with my mother. Her surgeon released her to drive last week, but I stayed on a few more days to make sure she could handle everything on her own. Then the freezing rain came over the weekend.
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She is still on the hip protection protocol for three more weeks, which means primarily no bending at the hip more than 45 degrees and no crossing of legs. But she has her grabber and sock tool and can reach everything she needs. She has done everything for herself for several days. I did do a lot of batch cooking while I was here, so her freezer is full. She has good neighbors she can call if she needs anything heavy.

So it seemed safe to leave her on her own, or as safe as it ever is for an 87 year old living alone. We did research medic alert systems, but she wants to talk to friends who have them before making any decisions. According to her surgeon, she is not at high risk of falling again and he did not order any additional PT for her. Of course, this fall was the result of a freak accident, which can always happen again.

I'm not looking forward to the drive to Austin, but it will be good to be home.
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Aloha! Good to hear back from y'all!
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Marsha, I'm not surprised your ratios are "unique!" But like I always say, whatever works for you, and normal is boring! AND I'm loving that you are healthy. I remember when you were down at Gasparilla because of the temporary setbacks. It feels so good to run pain free!
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Jean, Sorry about your tooth. Hope you can relax and hope it heals. I've had that watchful waiting diagnosis and sometimes that is undoubtedly best, but it doesn't make it easy.

Yes, I've been back running for 16 months, but just running half marathons for 4 months now. Good to be back running! I'm even running with the group in dark, but you should see me. I have a light on each shoe, a headlamp, a hand-held flashlight and a red blinker on my back! I ran over 600 miles in 2016 with no falls! No psoriasis visible for over a year now. Feeling blessed!


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Hi everyone!

MONTY: Isn't that called volleyball? LOL...
My recommendation is to follow Jeff's guidelines based on your Magic Mile - keeping that LSR 2-2.5 min slower than your race pace. Or use his online calculator to determine your LSR pace....
8 min/miórun 4 min/walk 35 seconds
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15 min/mió30 sec/45 sec
16 min/mió30 sec/60 sec

Then tweak the interval by cutting each # in half - or adjusting the interval by seconds here or there. AFM... I am faster using the slower intervals than is suggested and slower using the faster interval times. You are a fast short distance runner..... but don't worry about running a lot slower for your LSRs for a HM.

MARSHA: Glad to hear you are running long distances again (maybe you have been, but I remember you had to cut back for awhile).

LYNN: You are brave riding your bike in that cold weather. I need gloves on a bike when it drops below 60 (lol).

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Tooth from my fall: My dentist didn't know for sure. She took an x-ray, said there was inflammation and did not know if the root would die.... it could die soon or could die very slowly if it is damaged or it could heal. For the next many months - no biting down on anything.


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Good Evening...

JEAN: I'm sorry to hear your FLEX 2 Fitbit is not working well for you. I do not have that problem with mine. The screens move easy for me via tapping and scrolling. Wondering if you got a defected one? But you sure should be happy with your purchase. I also own a Garmin, but use that for individual workouts only. It is not one that counts steps (I don't think....maybe I should re-read the directions!). That one is about 4 or 5 years old so WAY outdated. LOL But it still works very well and I have no real reason to get the latest on that one. Very happy with the Garmin product.

I do not have much experience with trail running. Did ONE 10K on a trail. I had a few sore muscle issues as well from running on uneven ground, but eventually overcame it.

ICY conditions here, so have been unable to walk (rained all day the previous day as well). Hoping to continue to work my way back into the running game after the three month hiatus. Hoping for better weather tomorrow. Before the rain and ice, I actually took a bike ride when it was only 26 degrees (started at 28 but thens tarted dropping with a bad windchill). I was dressed fairly warm, so I was fine, though glad when it was over. My motto that morning was, "No more excuses". I could have picked a better day to quote that one! LOL





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Dee and Sea: Thanks for your thoughts. When I did my first, and so far only, HM on Oct 1, I recovered quickly. The trail run felt much harder even though my pace was really slow. The snow stressed muscles and tendons that don't normally get such a tough workout when I run.

I guess still having aches during training runs a few weeks after a particularly hard run isn't that strange. I think the upper quad pain will resolve itself. It was in both legs. Now it's just one. I read an article yesterday that oddly enough recommended running a tempo pace downhill to help resolve quad pain. The downside is that I've got one knee bugging me in what may be some mild IT band issues and downhill is not good for that. I'll take it kind of easy for a while longer and see how things go.

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Monty, I'm planning on running the Celebration Half Marathon using intervals of 65:25. In my run group that is considered a weird interval, but 60:30 doesn't get me quite the pace I need to PR. Even so, I may have trouble holding my pace. Usually I slow at mile 9 and often slow again around mile 11. Hoping to hold it this time! We'll see. -Marsha


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First of all, pickleball is meant to be played on the beach. Diving for a ball is safer when I hit the sand! Just sayin' ..
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Hi all...

DEE: Good job dancing!! Pickleball is a little like tennis, but with different racquets, court size, and balls. Since I have stopped running consistently - my weight is about the same, but redistributing (LOL).

PATRICK: I am not helpful as I have never done trail races/runs. And from normal HM races I am usually recovered within a week or two at the most. Hurray for a new Garmin!!!

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STEPS: I am not doing very well. I did get the Charge 2 in the mail. I do not like this one either. FitBit is going to think I am nuts. It looks good, but the tap screen doesn't work very well. I must tap to scroll 8 or 9 times to get it to move to the next screen. I may have to settle for a Garmin of some kind.

Nothing much going on here.... walked several times plus
*Bridge and Pickleball was monday
*Pinochle yesterday
*Bridge today.
*Dentist tomorrow
*Pickleball on Friday
*Bridge again on Sunday....

Playing pickleball for 2 hours sure seems like a lot more steps that I actually get.

I am going to start incorporating running again into my walks - not a lot - just to see how my feet do with a "generous" interval.



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I've never done a trail run, but I found it hard to walk for a month after my first marathon! IT band issues at the time.

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Hi all and a belated Happy New Year to you!

I've certainly been lazy. I have the cold weather as an excuse as I always run outside. For awhile lately we've had a lot of temperatures in the teens and occasionally colder. I've learned that I can handle running in 20 something degree weather fairly well, but 15? Pass! I just can't get the motivation when it feels like my face is freezing and my alternative would be to wear a balaklava or ski mask to go running.

It's over three weeks since I did the trail run in the snow. I've only been running maybe five times since then. I went yesterday for the first time in 9 days and found that I'm still getting some pain (fairly mild at least) in places that never bothered me before the trail run. I don't know if that's normal after a difficult race. Anyone else still not feel 100% several weeks after a hard race? Partway through a training run the front of my thighs almost at hip level will start hurting some and still does the next day. That never happened before the trail race, but definitely bothered me in the latter half of that race.


I've been enjoying the new toy I got for Christmas, a Garmin Forerunner 620. It's a nice upgrade from the cell phone app I was using on all my runs. :) I think it's working well. I hope so, though there are a couple quirks with it, like it records some "no movement" sections on my run/walks when I never stopped moving or even went any slower than a brisk walk. I plan to do some more distance comparisons with my phone app too. The first time I did it had a larger discrepancy on distance than I expected. My app said the distance was 5.43 miles. My Garmin said it was 5.27 miles. I should probably check it against a known distance.





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Hard to believe, but our run today was cancelled due to the weather. It's in the low 20s and windy, and with most of the group running the Houston Marathon (well, the half) next week, we didn't want to chance it. I don't really mind, because I get cold so easily and it takes a long time for me to warm up on a good day.

I did join a friend for dancing last night (country western) and while it wasn't much of a workout, I give myself points for getting out of my rut.

Today I'm shopping for some dance clothes that fit (I've gained weight and it's settling in the wrong places - it's hell to get old) since I have a workshop next week. Just trying to stay active, it helps the disposition.

SB, what is Pickleball?

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Afternoon all.....

DEE: I need to get a text......so I can say - you can do it!! Look who is talking, me, who has a very low-key exercise plan currently.

LYNN: Darn...hope you get back to 100% soon!!

FITBITS: I have a fitbit one. I keep forgetting to put it on. Waiting patiently for the Charge 2 to arrive.

Played Pickleball for a couple hours this morning. First time I played since I fell. Felt very good.



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Wow, Lynn, that's cold. We're heading for the 20s tonight, and I'm dreading tomorrow morning's group run.

Yes, my documentation strategy worked. When I got home I didn't think twice, put on the running gear and headed for the gym to stay out of the rain. at the end of the workout I took the obligatory photo, and sent it off. DD on the other hand was facing weather warnings so postponed to today.

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Good Morning....

JEAN: I have the Charge 2. Had my hubby buy it for me for Christmas. Wear it constantly, except to charge, of course. I have sleep issues, so it's been nice to see what's going on at night (I know they all have that now). Had been wearing my son's original Charge...it finally broke. So I had been without for a few months. It really motivates you.... But because I've been sick, I've only reached the 10,000 steps twice. Each time I've gone for a nice walk, the next day I'm too out of it. From being sick, the energy has been zapped out of me. Shorter walks are better for now, but even that won't happen today. It's 1 degree and feels like -13! Crazy cold. Warms up this weekend, thankfully.

DEE: Hope your photo workout .....worked out. ;)

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Good morning! Today's plan to make myself 'do it': DD and I will text each other pictures when running (in my case) or swimming (hers).
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Hi everyone....

DEE and LYNN and JUNEPA: emoticon So good to hear from all of you.

LYNN: Sorry to hear you have been sick. Hope you feel better very soon.

DEE: Go run!!!!! or Go walk and run a little only if you want to!!!

CATHERINE: How is your mom doing?

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Nothing new here.....
Walked today....
Returned my FitBit surge and ordered the Charge 2.
It does not have GPS within the watch (uses phone) and is smaller than the Surge.

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Hope everyone had a lovely New Year's Eve celebration. I was in bed by 9pm! emoticon Wishing everyone health and vigor in the new year.

And now I'm struggling to come back from my sense of lethargy. I don't think I can wait; I think I will need to run it off. And I can't wait until I feel like it.

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Happy New Year...... I may have Dee beat in length of absence. Can't remember when my last post was. I haven't ran much at all since Sept. I was going to do the Naperville Half Marathon in November. But when we went to AZ in Sept., I literally had no place to run (too long of story why). Thought...no big deal, a week off. But suddenly, many things came in the way, including some pain on the top of my foot. Since I hadn't signed up yet, threw in the towel. Sick 3X with a virus and one bacterial infection....all sinus and chest related. Currently fighting what I hope will be the last! NEVER have had so many colds in a row! Not sure why my resistance is down, so now trying to beef it up with probiotics, clean eating, etc....Limited to walking for now and got a new Flex 2 Fitbit....but only reached 10,000 steps once since I opened the Christmas gift. Again...due to illness.

JEAN: I'm so sorry to hear about your accident! I hope you heal quickly!

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Happy New Year, Everyone!
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Good Morning!!!

Still healing, but looking much better.....lip is still swollen....and my two front teeth sore, especially the one with the cap. So unable to use any front part of my mouth for eating. But, I can eat solid food if I cut it into small bites. Finger food is easiest.

Losing Weight: This is a priority for me also. I used to think I could eat whatever I wanted, but just manage the proportions. This is probably true for most, but for me I have little control in some areas. Again, for the probably 50th year (or more) in a row - my goal is to achieve a healthy weight and STAY THERE. I say 50 plus years because I think I started thinking about weight when I was a teenager.

Walked: Walked a long time yesterday, but felt conscious whenever I passed someone thinking they are looking at my bruises.

NEW YEAR'S EVE: I agreed (even though I do not look so good) to go out for dinner with friends and then play cards. Oh well..... it will be good for my humility.

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Happy holidays to all!
I know I've fallen off the face of the earth since October when I ran the Chicago marathon.
For some reason, I didn't want to run after that. And so I've done very little since then.
I suppose part of that is that I ran 5 marathons this year. I suspect that's just too much for this old body. But my issues are mostly mental, not physical.
I'm not back to running yet, but decided I needed to out myself in order to be able to start again.
Here's hoping it works!
In the meantime, I will catch up on what is going on with all of you!

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