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5/26/16 2:01 P

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Hello out there in Sparkland!

Hi LYNN: Hope you have a great run!

ELVENAR: I love some online games and spend lots of enjoyable time following quests and building a city. Helping the fellowship etc. If you know what Farmville is then... Elvenar is the same type of quest following game. No fields to plant, though. Only can be played on a PC (no Kindle or Ipad app).

TRAVEL: Believe it or not... we are heading to a touristy, vacationy town for a week starting Saturday. My husband has bought, I think, 7 or 8 Groupons for the area. He loves getting a deal. So, probably, more poorer eating choices - although I will try to choose wisely.

On the last vacation to Washington... I tried to invent a new breakfast for me that would cover all the bases. LOL! So I mixed 1/2 cup oatmeal with 1/2 cup egg beaters and 1/2 cup water and cooked the concoction in the microwave. It is not terrible. I had this several days. I had tried to make eggs in a pan but didn't have any spray or margarine and the pan and egg did not work well together. Thus, the invention. Anyway, after I got home, I tried it again, but after it was cooked in the microwave I added 1/2 cup frozen berries. This seemed to help the invention a lot.

CORE: Needs lots of work.

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5/25/16 4:30 P

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Happy Wednesday....

JEAN: What is, Elvenar? I have not heard of it. Enjoy! Hope your eye exam is a good one!

FINALLY did some cycling this AM. Have my work cut out for me as it felt like a bit of a struggle. There was a good head wind working against me most of the time...but still.... Felt great to be back on it, though.

Hoping to hit the trails for a run tomorrow. That is, if the storms take a rest. HOT and getting humid, but who is complaining? After a cold, damp spring, feels kinda good! But I have to get my run in early as I do not do well in hot, humid conditions.

Enjoy the week!
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5/25/16 7:41 A

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Hey!

Today..... walk.... eye exam.... to do list..... read..... play Elvenar (a new favorite game).

SHOES: I love the flat flip flops, but have discovered that if I put on Vionics (flip flop looking) after I run - that my arches recover much better. I am slowly getting rid of my non-supporting flip flops and sandals and replacing with shoes with very good arch support. Unfortunately, some of the Vionic sandals are not very attractive to me.

GARMINS: Such a mystery sometimes.

LYNN: I like the photo.... spring is so beautiful.

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5/24/16 8:52 A

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Good Morning,

Glad to hear the successes with Superfeet... As I look at my custom inserts, they don't have a high arch support either as Catherine described and this is doctor designed. It's curvy here and there and as I said, soft, not hard, yet not cushiony. I don't even know they are there. The inserts have really helped. I also bought some orthodic flip flops from Clarks online. I can't wear such flat flips. Of course, flip flops, at least the regular flat kind have been severely criticized by foot doctors all along, I just absolutely LOVE wearing them! The more support kinds don't seem to bother my feet at all and actually feel good wearing them. I don't walk far in them either. Just for errands and around the house if I'm busy working VS bare feet.

Had a nice run yesterday (still more walking than running, actually). My achilles gets tight each time, but all I have to do is some calf stretches and the heel drop stretch off the stair and it totally goes away. Will be adding 5 seconds to the run interval next run for a 1:00 walk / 30 min run.

What's really exciting is my old Garmin finally works again. I have the 2010 version and find it adequate enough for my needs and really didn't want to buy a new one. It wouldn't charge. I scraped the contacts and still....no charge. After about a week, I scrapped again and then exercised the springy contacts on the charger and poof! It finally worked! Since I used it last, I had to have my laptop fixed and it was restored to the original state of purchase, meaning all my apps were off. So tried to pair the device with my ANT stick and for some reason, they won't pair. Going to have to play around with that....But....at least I know how far I'm going, my pace, time, etc.... I don't have to know these things, but I just find it motivating for some odd reason! LOL

Photo of an oak with its' spring leaves at a near by forest preserve.

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Good Morning....

So surprised I have not posted since Saturday.

[On my computer, in the above line, since is underlined in green. When the mouse hovers over it, it says "confused preposition." For some reason, I thought this a funny comment.]

The party on Saturday night was successful. Yeah!! No one spilled red wine on my new furniture.... that is always a plus.

Ran Sunday; walked yesterday; and will run this morning, so life is good!!

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Inserts: I have been using Superfeet for many many years. I tried the "hard" custom orthodics, but my arches could not adjust to them. In the fall, I will start increasing my mileage again and training for a winter HM. Right now my feet - arches are okay. In the past my trigger point was about 8 or 9 miles. Even with my generous run-walk intervals.

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Thanks Lynn and Catherine. I will check that out the link for super feet...

This one I tested today and it seemed fine but around mile 11, the balls of my feet were feeling it. Arches were OK. I can't wait to check this out... Jean, have you tried Super feet?

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5/22/16 2:51 P

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I used Superfeet for quite some time. They provide arch support, not by placing something underneath the arch (which prevents normal flexing of the foot through the walking and running motion) but by means of a deep heel cup. The heel cup supports the ankle, encouraging corrrect alignment of that joint. This, in turn, lifts the arch. My feet HATED (and hate) having something hard underneath the arch. Over time, my ankles became stronger and my foot muscles correctly control the motion of the arch. That's really what you are after.

Another reason for arch problems is that many (most?) of us walk or run with our feet turned out. Try it. Turn your (bare) feet out into first position (if you know ballet). Has your foot rolled over onto the arch, flattening it? Now turn the feet straight forward and look at the arch again. Isn't is higher now?
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JEAN: I think as we get older, we don't fret about stuff like we used to. In the grand scheme of things over life, we realize many things are not a big deal. Hurray! :)

SHARON: I have high arches as well. After breaking my pelvic ring, three years later it led to an injured achilles on the opposite side b/c I was favoring the stronger side of my core leading to overuse of that tendon. In physical therapy for it, the PT noticed my gate was off due to the favoring. He did this "Footmaxx" test on my feet WHILE walking and the computer feedback showed my high arches and stronger pressure on the favored side. Out of that, soft shoe custom inserts were created and I've been wearing them ever since including running. They were about half the cost of the custom harder inserts and probably more comfortable, I would think. It cost about $240 which my insurance did NOT pay for. But for me, I found it well worth the cost and can't imagine walking or running without them anymore. They last up to two years. I liked that the process evaluated WHILE walking and didn't use a foot mold as this is what you need support for...walking/running, not standing. My P.T. wears them as he has slight high arches and is on his feet all day. He didn't have a problem, but thought it was a good preventive. You can even buy flip flops with the custom support you need as your base! But...I have also used Superfeet (found in many stores, especially running stores) and have had good success with those as well. See:

superfeet.com

Yesterday, walk/ran 3.1 miles at the arboretum (yes...the one where I got the deer tick bite...but this time, DEETed up). Was wonderfully running on a new path loaded with nature! Possibly a bike ride today, but need to stay out of direct sunlight with the tetracycline type medication. :(





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Jean, I got it at Omega Sports .. Athlete Women's Performance Softsole Max cushioning.. I got medium arch support even though I have high arches.. They feel great.. I will be wearing for my long run in the morning.. I wore them for 4 miler and they were great.. So I will let you know for long distance..

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

Sharon

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5/21/16 8:40 A

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Hi everyone!

SHARON: What kind of inserts did you get for your shoes? Distance and my arches are not good friends anymore.

BARB: Your life sounds so interesting to me. I have always envied people who ride and understand horses.

LYNN: Hurray for a healthy MIL!!

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Hosting a big party tonight. 5 years ago I would have been a wreck having so many people over, but I am okay with this. That in itself amazes me. I have a lot to do today, but it probably will not include getting in 10,000 plus steps.

Our grandson is getting married in June. We will try to go - in Mobile.


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Wow...They sure did change the spark pages! I sure do need to update mine. Nifty Fifty? Those days are gone! LOL

Been busy painting walls, shelves, and even whitewashed my '70s style brick fireplace. Looks WAY better and so much brighter. Everything was so dark before. After a break this weekend, we move on to the living room and dining room. The latter, I have to remove the wall paper. All of our paints are different hues of grays. Gray is the new beige. Trim is mostly white, so a little nautical like. Painted the newly white washed fireplace's mantel a dark pewter contrast color and it makes it really stand out.....or as they say on HGTV, "It makes it really 'POP'". LOL We are also going to paint the stained stair rail this color on top and bottom with white rails.

My walk runs went on the wayside with all this work, so planning on hitting the road today with running/walking and tomorrow, cycling.

JEAN: Power room...Ha, ha... Missed that!
BARB: We've talked about that RVing thing, bur more out of dreaming than anything else. We can't leave my MIL at this time as we are all she has here. She is 92 years YOUNG! Mind is sharp as a tack and although she uses a walker (due to her back), she's pretty well off physically as well. So...staying put for now. Do you lease the RV or buy one?





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Had the best time working in the barn this morning. It's spring and the horses stay outside = very little stall cleaning ;-). It also allows for other things to get done and that's always a good thing. I realized last night that I screwed up my half-training schedule--nothing that can't be fixed. Gah, need to look closer at those things.

Jean: The walk sounds wonderful!

Sharon: So glad you found some good arch supports, they do make a difference! Great job on the ST!

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Good Morning!! Happy Friday!

I am done with my coffee and ready to start a Cardio Classic. Then some Runner Lunges, Shoulders & Arms and 15 minute Abs..

I got a new insert for my shoes and they feel so good. I took the one with arch support out. It really hurt my arches around mile 11.. Live and learn. It would be great if they had a very soft gel arch support instead. I will keep looking.

Jean, enjoy your walk. I love seeing your pictures and miss my FL Living so much..

Sharon

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*06/04/16 13.1 Spring Raleigh Half Marathon
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5/20/16 6:14 A

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Mornin.....

Walking today......
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BARB: I have friends that RV about 4-5 months every winter. I have heard of RVing full time. No property taxes....LOL!!! I have heard lots many have had some great experiences. Good luck with your decision.

CATHERINE: My guess is that Spark does not have a very large IT department.

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Ran this morning.....
It was warm....
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I reported the problem and they fixed it.

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ARGHH!! I just went to edit my personal page to update my book reading goal. Big mistake. They have changed this page and merged in the info that used to be on the side. When they did that they inserted HTML tags for line breaks. But when you edit the page and try to save it, you get the message that you aren't allowed to use HTML tags. So I edited them out and replaced them by hitting the Enter key. It looks OK in edit mode. But you can see what it did to my Signature. All the line breaks are gone.

SP does the worst job of code testing I've ever seen. I used to work in high tech. They are sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

Edited by: LIVE2RUN4LIFE at: 5/18/2016 (15:48)
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Holy moly, those are some big changes to the Spark pages, LOL. In other news, DH and I are kicking around selling the house and going full time RV'ing. We did it once before after he retired from the Army, for 6 months and it was great. Things are a little different now--we aren't so young, and we have 2 dogs instead of one, yada, yada. So some big time decisions to make! Had an excellent short run this morning w/some more beautiful weather!

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Hi y'all

CINDY: Have a great trip!! Another graduate in the family.... woohoo!!

LYNN: Kind of scary about the tick bite. Oh, and we recently purchased living room furniture. My husband keeps asking.... this is the end of spending for awhile, right? I loved the possible misspelling of powder room.... unless you really do have a POWER ROOM, which would be interesting.

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Slept nearly 10 hours last night.... I guess I was tired.

Only one more party to plan. I had hosted maybe 5 card parties with different groups in the weeks right before I left. Now I have 1 more on Saturday night. Only 12 out of the 16 group members can come. I will be glad when it is over.

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CINDY: I wouldn't be able to try it for free b/c of the distance to travel to downtown Chicago is 35 miles. I'm thinking your are confusing me with another member who was asking questions about the Galloway run clubs. I was talking about it as well, but that there weren't any in my neck of the woods. We are 35 miles west of downtown Chicago. That isn't as big of a deal in a smaller city, but in Chicago traffic, which is horrendous for about 20 out of 24 hours (and I am literally being generous saying for four hours it's not bad! That's right....2 AM and there is still traffic!), it literally is a 2 hour drive! RIDICULOUS! Jim Cantore, the weather Geek from the Weather Channel, came out here once to cover this big blizzard we were supposed to get, but never came. He stood outside all night waiting for it in front of the Aquarium (on the lakefront right downtown). At the 7 AM broadcast about the blizzard that never was, he said, "Wow! I can tell you, whoever name NYC the City That Never Sleeps, has never been to Chicago!" He went on to say he and the crew could not believe how all night long there was tons of activity going on! This is our hometown, but we've lived in Cleveland, St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Atlanta. We found these beautiful cities MUCH MORE LIVABLE! Atlanta traffic can get bad...still....not AS bad (except during spring month breaks).

JEAN: Thanks about the fireplace redo. It was super cheap! Down the road, MIGHT do a stack stone rehab, but for now, it's so nice not having orange brick from the '70s! Still painting the interior and just ordered a sofa with chaise and soon...new blinds. Eventually will get new floors in kitchen, power room, family room and foyer. Then...upstairs bathroom rehab, new front door, and new outdoor space of some sort in back. The deck is 33 years old and was never cared for the first 11 years before we bought it (already severely weathered....now, even new stain doesn't help it). Much updating, long overdue!

Have enjoyed your WA posts here and photos! Glad you are enjoying your time with your son.

Last day mentoring a boy I work with in school and it'll be a little sad as he is moving out of the country, so won't see him again. After that....A doctor visit for post check up on my deer tick incident! The welt is still there, though eventually getting smaller. The huge rash is pretty much gone. Took the prescribed antibiotics so if it was infected with the bacteria that caused Lyme, I have a 95+% chance of NOT getting it. I am almost scared to go back to my happy place, the arboretum, I so dearly love. But using precautions, some I've known but ignored, other new precautions I've learned since then, I should be fine from now on. Heed the warnings, that is for sure! I'm so glad my son had me go to the doc as a rash at the tick bite CAN be (but not always) a sign of infection.





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Wanted to make sure I said a quick Hi

This weekend we traveled to Baltimore for a wedding and visited my parents

Today, soon, we leave for St. Louis and my middle childs college graduation

Take care Everyone.



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Good Morning......home again!!!!

Very busy weekend .... we stayed in Everett, WA and spent quite a bit of time with our son. He is moving back to Denver this weekend and will start a new job on Monday.

I did not run at all while on vacation.... just hiked. And today, I hear the rain outside my window.

Sometimes after being gone, I often get re-energized.... and want to reorder or realign my daily life.

Have an awesome day everyone.... will check in again tomorrow.

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Sharon, sympathies for your rough day. When something like that happens to me, I think, trying is better than just sitting on the couch and sometimes I learn something and the next time is almost sure to be better than this time.

Barb, yay for a good run.

Today I ran a 5k with DH. It is a community race we do every year. This year they changed the date from late March-early April to mid May and the runners were down from the usual 200 to 60. I think that is because there were two races just before and just after in neighbouring communities. I am going to try and get involved in the organization of this race next year and try to improve the participation, and I think going back to the old date would help, and I would like to help with the promotion too. I enjoy starting the racing season with DH with this 5k plus talking to people I know in the community but seldom see. DH just turned 60 and is in a new age category, his usual rival also turned 60 this year and ran a Mother's Day race last weekend so didn't come to this race. But DH came second to a 64yo. The guy who beat him is the younger brother of a childhood friend of my brother. I have seen his name in the results before, today I went over to talk to him, he knows my family but didn't know who I was. My brother used to be very athletic when he was young, now he is not in very good shape, he doesn't drink or smoke but he is inactive and overweight. I think he is basically healthy. Today, with this combination of events and thoughts, I got the brainwave to encourage my brother to try running again, I think the Jeff Galloway program that has just started close to us is a great opportunity. He might not want to, but ....... he just might, and if he does, that would be awesome.

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Hi Everyone. Hope you are having a great weekend.

The Austin Galloway program will allow people to "try it" without paying for a run or two. So it is worth asking the question. If it's not allowed, however, don't just assume that it is money grubbing. Their insurance will only cover them for runners that have accepted the terms of service, including a general waiver of liability. Just as you can't run a race without signing a waiver (and paying, too, of course).
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Sharon: Wowza, what a day, huh? I kind of don't like runs like that, altho the next one has to be better, right?

I got out late today, too. BUT the weather here was a glorious 45 degrees when I ran my 5 miles. Used different intervals this time around, just to mix it up a bit. I hope to do some cadence drills during my training runs this week. Have a great start to the week all!

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Hi All!!

Beautiful Picture Jean.. I have been so busy in addition to training.. I hope to catch up with all of you..

I had a rough run this morning. I woke at 1 am and never really got back to a deep sleep. Today was to be a 13- 14 mile run.. Last long and then two weeks taper for my next half June 4th.. I got out after 8:30 which was another bad thing. By mile 7 my pace was slowing down and I ended up doing more walking then running. My ears plugged up like I was flying in airplane and they never would pop... This added to my misery. I stopped a lot for water and even added a little lemon to it at home. I had to call it quits after 11+. I just did not have it in me today. I lost a few pounds of water being out there and it got so hot so quick. Lesson learned. During these warmer days, I should not get out any later than 8 am. When I did not get enough sleep, I probably should of rested today and just run on Sunday.. Oh well.. Week 12 and 13 are taper weeks and race June 4th.. No more Half Marathons races until October. My fall race is usually in September and disappointed they moved it to October. I also have a Half in November and really wanted more weeks in between.

I hope you all are doing great!! Take care and Happy Trails!!

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Hi everyone....

CINDY: When I lived in Michigan I thought winters wound "never" end. Not enough sun for this girl. Too much gray. I would imagine Pennsylvania is about the same. Good job on the 10 miles!!

LYNN: Your fireplace photo on FB looked great. What a difference.

CATHERINE: You can read and walk.... that is amazing.... I would end up bruised. LOL

JUNEPA: Not far from Puget Sound. There is water in practically every direction from where we are. I like your stitch strategy.... just get distrated.

RUNNING GROUPS: I think even if I joined one..... I would run alone anyway as very few run at my pace or would use the intervals that I use.

ARCHES: Well, they have had there workout this week. Have not run at all making sure they do not get too irritated or injured again.

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I have really enjoyed this area of Washington and the Olympic National Park. So very beautiful. Photo of last hike in area....
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Just a quick drive-by emoticon , need to get out and mow before the rains come (again). Foot is feeling much better! Hope you all have great Friday!

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Catherine, You are a talented woman. No way I could read and walk. I love audiobooks though. And I'd certainly pay for a coffee with friends, but now that I'm in Philly I have no one to go out to coffee with. It kind of sucks. And gosh I never realized how nice the water fountains were in the St. Louis area. Really miss my running trails. Bob is not running right now. We have not managed to sync our injuries.

June, It really is hard to match up goals to when running with people There are some decent size running groups here in Philly where I here you can sometimes do that, But you need to switch to straight running. Glad the stitch did not last long

Lynn, I wonder if they'd let you try one run. Because I might have tried one run to see if it worked if it did not involve $162.00 Did not even think to ask. I think one of the hardest things about plantar fasciitis in my experience is that you have what you think was a good run. And then the next morning heel pain to suggest you overdid it ..







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June, both, actually. I prefer an audio book if available. But I can read my Kindle while walking on the sidewalk. (Obviously I'm not power walking.) Inside on the gym track, I can read from the Kindle app on my phone (can't do this outside because the bright light makes the phone too dim.) My Kindle isn't back lit so is readable outside and easily held in one hand.
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Catherine, re reading while you walk, do you actually read or do you listen to an audio book?

Lynn, nice run, hope your heel is okay again :)

Seabreeze, are you close enough to Puget Sound to enjoy Pacific sea breezes? That's great you are having a fun and relaxing vacation.

I like running with someone when I am running for fitness and fun, but when I am running to meet a time goal, it is still fun to run, but I find it is hard to find someone that is on the same page as me, so I prefer to run alone. I like both, running with a buddy or two is great, I also enjoy the solitude of running by myself, or with the dogs.

In my last run I had a stitch in my side half way through the run, that hasn't happened in a long long time. I was trying to think of what strategies I have used in the past to deal with stitches. I got distracted looking at something on the trail and when I thought about it again, I realized the stitch was gone.

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So we agree, Cindy. It's a matter of whether or not what is being offered fits what you need. Sounds like it's not for you, even were it to be free. I remember envying you your water fountains and running companion in St. Louis. Does DH still run with you?

I didn't mind running alone when I was focused on training to qualify for Boston. But once I decided I didn't care about that any more, I found that running alone all the time became a bigger inhibitor. I sometimes wonder if I would have kept running last year if I had had someone to run with. No way to know, really. I do know that I got tired of racing alone, especially in poor conditions, which seemed to be the norm that last year I raced a lot. The Texas climate is challenging for runners, at least it is for me, especially since I am not a morning person.

I don't mind walking alone because I read while I walk.

When it's about needing a cup of coffee, then I too make my own. When it is about connecting with friends, I often meet them at the coffee shop.
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Just came back from a walk/run .... Whittling it down bit by bit. Three miles in 42 min., 3 min less than what I was doing. I forgot my Gymboss device so I just did a fartklet kind of workout. Run to that fire hydrant or tree, walk to that driveway, etc. So I definitely ran more than usual. Now the real test is....how will my heel do as the day wears on. It felt GREAT all day yesterday....the best it's felt in a long time. So I'm hopeful.

CINDY.... I totally can see how you'd feel about joining the group in your situation. I really don't mind so much running by myself. Anytime I try and run with someone else, even if they did what I did with the walk/run, they'd want to talk and I definitely cannot talk and run at the same time. OR....I'd feel guilty knowing they could run much faster than me and I was slowing them down. I just want to do my own thing....and feel comfy about it. But if there was a Galloway group in my town, I think I'd try it just to see....

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By the time I was close enough to a galloway group to consider I'd already run 7 marathons. I'd also never trained with anyone supplying me fuel and water, so I guess I was less likely to consider that a big plus. When I talked to the organizer it did not seem that they had many returning runner, so everyone was starting at low mileage. So I pictured myself mostly running alone, because I wanted further distance a different ratios and having to endure Philly driving to do it. So it was looking at the price of a program that really doesn't fit right But I'll admit I rarely buy a coffee I just make it myself.

Did 10 miles today with a 30/30 ration

Jean, You big gambler you. 25,000 steps Woo Hoo

Lynn, After living in the midwest people in Pennsylvania are such weather whiners. But the long periods of overcast weather in the winter and spring do get to me. People here think their weather changes a lot too. It doesn't

Dee, I desperately wanted a group when I started by there were not anywhere near me

Barb, Driven I 70 from St. Louis to the DC Baltimore area many time. Enjoy the swim

Catherine, Those 0.1 mile loops would be hard to do recreationally.


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Mornin.....

All the Galloway group information is very good.

Interesting morning.... we put a Dura-flame log (which is recommended) into the fireplace and opened the flue. But the fire alarm went off... so all doors and windows are open (still open) and it is about 50 degrees. We called the office... a lady came over and knocked the fire alarm off the wall. LOL We woke up our neighbors.

Great day hiking yesterday.... over 25,000 steps.

On the way home we stopped at a casino and ate dinner. And gambled for about 20 minutes. I won about $80.00. Hurray!!

Easier day planned for today.... hoping this log burns out soon so we can shut all the doors and windows. LOL!!



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Good Morning...

We had a stormy night. Thunder and downpours on and off all night long. Getting really water logged here. Cool to temperate with high humidity is making us look like Ireland around here. GREEN and the birds are singing their songs non-stop. That is all pleasant, but I fear the June mosquito invasion!

We've been painting our house after 20 years of what was on the walls previously. Great to get rid of all this beige and refresh it with gray tones and white accents. Today, I'm going to whitewash the fireplace which is that '70s red brick. Hubby is a bit nervous. I said if it looks dopey, we'll switch to solid paint....If that looks bad, then we'll resurface it with stackstone. Should be fine...Design on a dime first. :D

Hoping to have enough reserves for a walk/run today. Ankle feeling great, but now upper right arm feeling weird from painting motions. Seems I can't do anything repetitive without consequences!

AGREED about the bargain those Galloway running group charge. EXTREMELY reasonable! As I've said...wish I had one here in the burbs.

JEAN: I have a Nikon D5100 and several lenses. Strange that you had that dust issue. Usually, if you keep a lens on the camera, or at least keep the lid cap on if no lens is attached, and don't change lenses facing wind, you shouldn't have that issue. What kind of camera did you have? You take amazing pictures with your point and shoot. I would have guessed it was from a DSLR!

CINDY: Chicago is know for going from temps like 78 to 48 in a matter of a day! I think we coined the phrase, "If you don't like the weather around here, stick around. It'll change!" My SIL in AZ is from here as well and we laugh about what a difference weathermen/women have between the states. BORING in AZ...with constant, 90 and sunny....98 and sunny....etc. as compared to here: Tornado outbreak, sunny and 80, cloudy and 47, Rain!, sleet....storms....snow in June...80 in November, etc. One is challenged....the other EASY!

JUNE: Thanks! As for the community Galloway deal....someone there must have gone to the Galloway training and hopped on board w/the community center. When I looked into how to start a group on Galloway's website, you need a person willing to go to a Galloway training camp and be certified through his organization. So it would cost you money to travel there and be trained. I actually thing that would be FUN to do....I'm just lacking the commitment ability due to all the other things I do as a volunteer and participant in other things. I need more hours in my day....like most of us wish! LOL

BARB....Good idea on the swimming. I was doing "Fluid Running" while injured for a while. Fluid Running is an official program that is a fast growing one throughout the country. I think you can get more info on fluidrunning.com. You wear a float belt and attach it to a lane line in a lap pool. An instructor takes you through various speeds and motions of running in place in the pool in the deep end. The running motion mimics that of land running without the force of the ground. Many injured runners would participate as well as many heavy folks unable to move well on land but could move well in the water and get a good workout. So one didn't have to be a runner, but there were many runners in these classes. They claim people were training for Boston, got injured, went to fluid running classes while recovering and went on to run the Boston! These classes were moderately priced....about $10 a session on average for an hour. Because of the coach, that is what you would pay.

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What Catherine said about value is right on! I would not have become a runner without the support of the group that first year.

I left the official Galloway for a number of reasons, but none were money.



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I second all the info about Galloway programs: thank-you! I looked into them a few years ago, but didn't have one near me. I need to check again. A rest day for me otherwise and it feels good. I think instead of run/walk tomorrow I may hit the Y pool for a few laps--good cardio for me and no weight-bearing ;-).

Cindy: I actually live a lot closer to Dayton than Cincinnati. I'm about 22 miles northwest from Dayton proper right off I-70.

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What does "pricey" really mean? Is it an absolute number or a determination of whether the value and price are in sync? It is the latter to me. My DH tends to react to the absolute number first.

The marathon program here in Austin is 30 weeks long. So that is approximately $5.30 a week (the price of a fancy cup of coffee. In fact the group often met together afterwards in a coffee shop and spent more than that on refreshments.)
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Was it worth $5.30 to have someone set up multiple water stops for me along a 13, 14, 20 (etc.) mile route and handle all the run logistics for me when I was training for my first marathons? Not to mention providing the companionship of a group run. It was for me. Each person has to decide for him/herself, of course.

I did drop out of the group eventually, but not because of money. But rather that the schedule no longer fit the training programs I developed for myself as I tried to qualify for Boston. Plus no one used my intervals, so I couldn't take advantage of group support. I still miss those water stops, however. I ended up doing a lot of my long runs on the gym track to make water and nutrition more manageable (1/10 of a mile loop, lots of loops). That was ok when I was so focused on training for Boston. Not so appealing now that I am running only recreationally.
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Seabreeze - Beautiful photos, and familiar scenery ;) With several long hikes already, a day off will be welcome. How many stairs went with the 15,000+ steps on your fitbit? I love the stairs count when hiking, it goes up quite easily. To be actually doing that many staircases would be quite challenging,

Lynn, I love your photos, and am looking forward to seeing your AZ ones in September.

Barb, I second Lynn's advice, there are lots of ways to exercise with almost any injury that avoids aggravating that part of your body, but it does take switching your specific exercises, like swimming or more ST, Thai Chi or yoga or other non-impact cardio. For me, it was an epiphany to not get frustrated with injuries and just switch it up, because I used to think I was losing ground every day I couldn't run. I love Galloway too, how adaptable it is, I second Seabreeze, I would not be a runner without the Galloway techniques.

Catherine, congratulations and kudos on your anniversaries and goals met and maintained. I remember when your goal was to get off high blood pressure medication, you have logically and steadily increased your fitness and made it a lifestyle and thank you for sharing the knowledge you have researched and implemented over the years. I have learned a ton from you.

Thanks Dee and Catherine for the Galloway groups info. The intro day for the programs is May 15, the same day and time as my next 5k race. I would so love to go, but I guess I will check it out another time. Lynn, if it helps, this new Galloway group is operating from a community fitness centre, perhaps you could mention it to yours and they might consider it.

Trill, biking with botanical garden stops, awesome !!


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I've looked into the local Galloway group. But its a minimum of a 30 minute drive. But the traffic back home is bad even Saturday afternoon. And they started later then I usually run. And it seemed awfully pricy.


Jean, Great job on all the hiking and the pictures.

Lynn, We are just 15 miles from the Galloway group. They run at Valley Forge National Park. But the drive is not good at all. 78 how nice a warm. It seems to take a long time for it to warm up in Philly. Warm here has been 70.

Barb, Take care of that foot. Horse stepping on it does not sound good. Are you near Cincinnati, that's what I think of when I hear South west ohio. My parents grew up in Dayton

Catherine, Our cost for the marathon training is $162.00 which seemed steep to me. Austin list $159.00.














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Good Morning....

Barb: For me, I probably would not be a runner at all, if not for Galloway method.

Lynn: I would like a DSLR camera. What kind do you have? I had one many years ago, but I kept getting dust inside it and then had to send it in to be cleaned. It was very frustrating, so I sold the camera and all my paraphernalia that went with it. Now, I just have a point and shoot.

Galloway Groups: Sometimes, I think this would be so fun... to make some running friends etc., but I do like the solitude of running also.

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Planning another long hike today. I have been averaging 15,000 steps (maybe more) a day on my Fitbit. Definitely more than I usually get.



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JEAN: LOVE the photos. Isn't it nice to go somewhere new to take beautiful photos? I'm looking forward to September when we visit my SIL in AZ. Last time I was there, I was not into photography as much as I am now and didn't have the DSLR type camera. So this will be fun!

Another dreary, cloudy day, though a balmy 78. Most of the day should be rain free...so either a bike ride or a walk run should be in order. The Hubs is painting the family room, so may feel I need to jump in and help (may want to just to get my family room back ASAP....Next is the kitchen....and that is always a pain!). Tuesdays have become my big knit day and with all the rain, I did get a lot done, but my fitbit said I only walked 1800 steps! Unacceptable!!!! Hope to make up for it today!

Heel feeling even better lately....I am so pleased!!!! Maybe it likes the walk runs I've been doing. I can only hope.

BARB: Take good care of your foot. You do not want to invite a new problem while it heals. It's SO hard to give it proper rest when you are training for something. I have discovered that skipping workouts due to injury did not inhibit my progress nearly as much as I feared. Sometimes, it even had me run faster from the extra rest! Hope it heals well and completely.

CATHERINE: You are so lucky to have such an active group of Galloway runners. Closest one to me is in the big city of Chicago. I am 35 miles out....and even if I was motivated to drive that distance, the traffic alone would stop me. What should only be a 45 min drive is nearly two hours due to insane traffic in and out of the city! I looked into starting one here once, but it is complex between training with Galloway organization and getting it started. It is for someone with more enthusiasm and less injuries than me. Wish that person would step up. I don't know anyone around here that does Galloway, though I've occasionally seen a run-walk-run done in a race or two.

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Jean: Awesome photos! The mountains make me feel calm, I think that's why I like them.

Did a very short 30 minute run/walk of 30:30's that became just a walk towards the end. Foot is very bruised, but will be fine. Just need to get over this 'acute' period, and rest up for a longer run this weekend. Once again, I find the Galloway method refreshingly stress-free and very changeable to my needs.

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Hello, Everyone.

Gorgeous pictures, SB! Sounds like a great vacation.

June, you asked whether our Galloway programs charged a fee. Yes, they do here in Austin. There is a choice of several programs, each providing a training plan geared to a race (or set of races). The fee covers expenses such as water, refreshments, a training shirt and book and the salary of the program director who organizes everything and sets up all the water stops. It's not very expensive here, less than a race fee, and it's a little lower for "alums" because you don't get another copy of the training book. Austin also has a "year round plan" (by popular request), but I've never checked out the fee for that. You can choose half marathon or marathon programs, usually geared to either spring or fall races. The program in Austin only offers a group long run on the weekend. The weekly runs are up to the individual, although some people who live close to each other get together to do those. I never did.
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Mornin everyone!

CATHERINE: Congratulations, you are FANTASTIC!

BARB: So sorry about your foot. Horses do weigh A LOT. I do live in Florida.... just vacationing right now. My husband and I visited Glacier Natl Park a few years ago. So beautiful. This vacation we are in Port Townsend, WA... so spending time at Olympic National Park (also very beautiful).

Hi LYNN, DEE, and CINDY!

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Spent yesterday hiking - several shorter trails. Feels so good!! Weather was gorgeous.

If you look closely you can see the trail along the side of the hill....


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CATHERINE....Congratulations! Those are impressive accomplishments. So important, especially in retirement years. I had started the strength training last fall and was going pretty good with a trainer. I worked up to a certain weight and my old tennis elbow injury that was dormant for a few years flared up again! SO AGGRAVATING! It was a very gradual work up, nothing sudden. My elbow is once again in a lot of pain! Having to roll it on a spike ball ("hurts good" kind of pain) and that provides some relief. Like with all tendonitis....it just takes time. I'm thinking I'm going to have to stick to Pilates and dump the weights.

As for eating....I have a lot of work to do on that one!

BARB....I hope your foot heals fast. Hurts just reading what happened. Horses are a heavy weight to have on your foot!

Rain all day today (have had plenty of the wet stuff as many portions of the country have had) and on and off for most of the week. Not good for the run schedule.





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Catherine, congrats on your many successes. You've always been an inspiration to me.

Although I haven't been successful on the weight control side, I'm amazed that I'm still running. It's difficult to get out there some days, but I've never regretted a run.

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Catherine--What an inspiring post! Congratulations, not only on the weight maintenance, but the fitness, too. That's a lot of marathons!

Lynn--Good run and I hope it doesn't rain too much. emoticon

Cindy--I live in southwestern Ohio. BUT my favorite place to hike is in Glacier Nat'l Park. We've been there multiple times and if I could get DH to move out there, I'd be all set, lol.

Jean--Beautiful trail pics--where is this at? For some reason I thought you were in Florida? Nice weather!

Excitement for the day: The horse I was saddling this morning stepped on my foot. My fault as I knew she 'dances' whenever she gets saddled, but I wasn't paying attention. Man, it hurt, she's a big mare, part draft horse. The top of my foot is purplish now, but I can walk okay so we'll see how the run goes tomorrow.

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Hello Everyone. Great to hear from you all.

I am approaching some anniversaries. I just renewed my annual gym membership. I first signed up for this gym on 31 May, 2009. So I am beginning my 8th year of working out there. I have a great deal. When I first joined, they had an offer whereby if you signed up for a 3 year membership (paid in advance), you were guaranteed an annual fee of $100 a year after that. I'm sure they counted on most people dropping out before the three years were up. But I didn't and this fee is at least half of the current lowest rate available.

Of course, I spent far more than that on my strength training sessions with my trainer, so you can't say that my gym participation has been cheap. But so worth it. I know myself well enough to know that I would have quit ST long ago if I weren't paying for this training. As it is, I have trained consistently, twice a week, for 7 years now. Starting year 8.

My anniversary for hitting goal weight is the middle of June. I've been at goal weight also since 2009.

When I set my goals back in 2009, like most of us, my goal was to never have to diet again, i.e. to figure out how to maintain my weight loss (I was already pretty good at losing weight, when I decided to do it, that is.) I had two goals for maintenance, a health/fitness goal and a weight goal. My weight goal has been to stay within a 10 pound range (125-135) and my health/fitness goal has been to have a resting heart rate at or below 60 bpm. I also had an informal goal, which was to meet these goals without obsessing over either, i.e. to have them be a natural outcome of the way I live.

For the first 6 years, it was a little hard to tell whether or not I've met this informal goal. As far as weight went, I rarely weighed myself and I didn't track calories. I went by how my clothes felt and when, occasionally, my weight went out of range, I just cut back on portion sizes and that seemed to work pretty well. I'm currently at 133.

But for the health/fitness goal, well, for the first 6 years I was training continuously for marathons and running 20 of them. Most people would suggest that smacked a bit of an obsession.
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So this past year has been an interesting test of my life style, since I have not been training for anything for over a year now. Just working out twice a week and walking an hour or more 6 days a week.

It seems to be working. My resting heart rate isn't quite as low as it was when I was training (it was 54 then), but it is still 58.
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Biked 22 miles including a stop and stroll in a nearby botanical garden yesterday. And the sum came out. First time in awhile. It's gone now

Lynn, Good job getting out that door

Jean, thanks for the trillium trail picture :) Looks beautiful

Dee, Sounds like a good day. Traveling to races makes sense if you have the time and money.

June, That sounds like a tasty breakfast and a good slow run

Barb I feel like I should know where you are. You have EST in your signature, mention the Midwest classic and have Glacier National Park pictures in your photos. I'm lost












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JEAN: YES! I did get out the door! Proud of myself as I really didn't want to go out in the dreariness. But good thing I did. Big rain bands are on their way for the rest of the day. Felt great getting fresh air. Did some ankle, calve stretches upon my return as well as some hip exercises too.

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Good Morning everyone....

BARB: Hurray for signing up for a fun series of races. I love all the medals too. I have mine hanging in my office. I do get a lot of comments from my "older" friends. LOL

JUNEPA: You sound like you are doing so great. I like the idea of covering the marathon distance even if not signed up for any event. Great goal.

DEE: I looked up your race..... looks like a beautiful (and yes hilly) course.

LYNN: Did you get out of the door?
My son's doctor wanted him to go on blood pressure medicine. He said he didn't want to and just started eating differently and walking most days, some yoga, and hiking on weekends. I am guessing he has lost 100 pounds, but did not ask.

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Yesterday we hiked in a state park nearby. Mid 50s, so good weather for hiking.
I've missed the huge pine trees and beautiful forest floor cover that I do not see in Florida.

Have a great day today ....



And a photo of a trail we hiked just for Cindy....





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Good Morning....

JEAN: Curious as well about the smart watches. Nephew has the Apple one and really likes it. Witnessed him paying his Panera Bread bill with it. Amazing! I have to admit, I like the gadgets! LOL ENJOY your trip and visit with your son. Yeah for him on losing weight! Did he follow a formal program or just do it on his own?

CINDY: I go to the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL (another western Chicago suburb). We have the Chicago Botanical Gardens (in a northern suburb) that is also amazing! As well as Cantigny Park and Gardens and some of our forest preserves are amazing with flowers and scenic landscapes. LOVE 'em all!!! And now that I am retired, I've been discovering more and more. Great opportunities for you with the field trips and all. Enjoy!

JUNE... Glad you had a great trip in Italy. Would love to go there some day! Best wishes with the running group, should you join.

BARB... Where do you live (seeing the Midwest Classic....wondering if it is anywhere near me in the Midwest....I am in the suburbs of Chicago). Best wishes on those races. Looks fun!

DEE...Hoping your knees get better and stronger soon. :)

Dreary and cool day here with 70% chance of rain on and off. Map shows current rain bands have passes. Going to dress for the weather minus one layer and head out and GO for it. I am struggling to get motivated! Once you've been off for months, it is hard to get back into a routine!!!! This is an upward battle for sure!

Will come back on here and post something today or tomorrow on how it went, just to be accountable! Ha, ha... Thanks for listening.

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SB, I am anticipating that it will be hilly. I think we'll take the early start, because neither one of us has trained well this past month.

I heard about this one from one of my running buddies who grew up here and still has a condo in the area. She runs the half every year. This year a couple of us are joining her, and two of us are doing the full. As for other races, I read about them here and there, or someone suggests them. Because I've traveled all over to go to dance camps and workshops, it seems totally reasonable to travel to go to a race in an interesting place.

I celebrated Mother's Day with the dog - we went for an early run and then just chilled the rest of the day. Of course I spoke with my kids, but I'd had Mother's Day lunch with the youngest on Saturday.

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Barb, yay for a medal calling you, series races sound like fun, I haven't done any yet. Do you visit Pullallup regularly?

Jean, tell us how your hike went, with photos too :). I do get a lot of stairs where I live on my fitbit, Florida is different topography, but there is year-round warm sunshine and beaches involved. I left my fitbit at a hotel on my vacation, I am waiting for it to be sent back to me. I have gotten used to the automatic synching to Spark with active minutes, now I have to post manually again.
The Running Room plans always have 10:1 minute intervals, it was like a new world opened up when I learned about Galloway and I play with a lot of different intervals. Right now I am slow running 30:30 and push training running 90:30 (seconds, that is, although I think all Gallowegians automatically figure out when seeing the interval numbers whether they are seconds or minutes).

Dee Sequim, what a beautiful place for a marathon run!! How do you figure out all these great run locations? You have been to a lot of interesting places in the years I have been reading this post. I looked up the Sequim race, and I see it has all the distances, and also that it has a Marathon walk with up to 7.5 hours to complete it. That has stirred the idea for me to do a marathon walk this year, but I think I will just try to do the distance on my own, not in a formal event.

Today I did a 50 minute slow run through the fields, along the dike, and to the river with the dogs. Usually we go to brunch on Sunday and then I run in the park with hills and do some stairs, do a stretch-my-muscles swim and bike home, but today DD cooked me Mother's Day breakfast of whole-grain high-protein waffles, fresh strawberries, whipped cream and breakfast sausage at home to avoid the Mother's day busyness in the restaurants so I stayed home all day and didn't go swimming or biking. Tuesday I am planning a 45 minute run with 15 minute warm up slow, 20 minutes at a push training pace and 10 minutes slow cool down.

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emoticon Hi all and Happy Mom's Day!

Jean--Hope you enjoy the hike! emoticon And hope the weather holds--have never vacationed in Florida--how is the weather there?

Dee--so glad you're back to running!

June: Wowza, what an awesome place to run. My step-son and his wife have lived in Pullallup for many years now. That area north and into Canada is just beautiful.

As for me, just finished a 4 mile run in beautiful 62 degree weather. It only bums me out because I know hot and humid are just around the corner, lol. Signed up for what is called the Midwest Classic 10K. It's a series of races, each one in a different town for a different festival (Strawberry, Space, and Oktoberfest). I wasn't going to, but they changed the medal and dang, it just called to me. Now why does that happen? emoticon


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Hi team.... Happy Mother's Day to the mothers that are here!!

JUNEPA: I knew you lived not far from where I am vacationing. It is so beautiful here!! I love the photo. Question: Do the running room groups always use 10:1 intervals?

DEE: Sequim is not far from where I am right now. We may drive through that area tomorrow on our way to the huge national forest nearby. My guess is, your race will be very hilly.

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We were both still tired yesterday from all our travelling. So just meandered around the timeshare property and then went into Port Townsend and walked around.

In FL, my Fitbit rarely shows any flights of stairs. Yesterday was about 70. LOL
and Fitbit said about 15,000 steps. Not bad for a rest day!!!

Planning on hiking in a state park today. The weather is cooperating.



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June, you'll have to ask around. My Saturday group used to be part of the Galloway training program in Houston, with the usual fee - don't remember what it is. But it covered the entire training season, however that is defined in your groups. Because the goal race in Houston is the Houston marathon in January, there was usually a hiatus from January to May when the training season started again.
My group felt constrained and broke away. We do have a small fee every year, used to cover the cost of the SAGs set up during our long runs. Initially it was $20 for the year, now it's $40.

What a lovely picture, by the way. Guess I'll see something similar in June when I do the North Olympic Discovery marathon in Sequim.

Jean, it wasn't long - just 5 miles - and went fine. I'm still icing because the bruising on my right knee was really bad. But mostly everything else is healed. I'm just nervous about falling, which I know will eventually pass.

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Jean, you are close to where I live. My son lives and works in Seattle and I live in British Columbia, Canada, just north of Washington State, my hiking group likes to hike in Washington sometimes, the Chuckanut and Mt Baker areas. Just for you, I have a photo of Mt Baker taken from the park in Mission BC where I run on Sundays.




Yay for your son losing weight!!

I was on holiday for most of April in Italy with DH, DS and DS's girlfriend. We had a great time, I am so thankful for family times now that my nest is empty and also for continued good health and so many good things in my life right now. I did a lot of walking and swimming, not too much running. I have a 5k race on May 15, so am running every other day for about 45 minutes until the race day.

There is a Jeff Galloway training program starting up not too far from where I live. I have a question for you who run with Galloway groups. Are there free groups that get together, or is there always a fee? Perhaps it is like our Running Room system (I hope) where you pay for specific programs, like training for a race, but there are also groups that meet regularly that don't cost anything. With Running Room, you can run for free with them every Wednesday afternoon and Sunday morning, and you can also, for a fee, attend clinics that last several months to train for 5k, 10k, HM, Marathons and Triathlons.


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Good Morning.....

CINDY: What a great volunteering activity! Kids "can" be fun sometimes. LOL. And you so love flowers and gardening.

DEE: How did your run go? You need to get all those body parts to heal, girl!

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What a very long day of travel yesterday. We were so tired by the time we went to bed. I fell asleep about 19 1/2 hours after I had gotten up. Too long for this girl.

Once we landed in Seattle, we drove north to Edmonds (ferry is located) and met our son who lives nearby - the real reason for our visit. HE HAS LOST WEIGHT!!! He still has a ways to go, but wow. He did not say how much, but last time we saw him he was a very big boy. We got in the ferry line (took us about 15 minutes to find the end of it - driving and driving around) at 6:23 pm and got on the ferry at 7:40. This area, except for the horrendous traffic, is so beautiful.

Arrived at our timeshare (which is decent) a little after 9 pm Seattle time. Then went to the grocery store so we would have some breakfast foods. Looking forward to checking out the area today.

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My legs and knees felt like lead yesterday, so I opted to rest and ice. Going back out with my regular Saturday group tomorrow and hope all will be well.

So glad to see everyone back here. emoticon

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Oh my goodness its been so rainy. I guess it goes with it being so green Lead two educational tours for first grade classes today. There was one little boy in the first group that asked questions pretty much non stop. I'm tired of thinking I'm at 16,000 steps so I covered a lot of the arboreteum

We are suppose to have heavy rain tomorrow. So the question is run and then attend a garden work day. Or do spin class and then take care of neglected stuff at home

There is a rain free day on Sunday. And there may even be sun.

Jean Have a great time at your time share. So nice that we can now add photos to our posts. Glad you got your fitbit to work

Lynn, It really is tough coming here when you aren't running. What arboretum are you going to. There are an awful lot of arboretum and gardens in the Philly area. I do field trips at Tyler arboretum, volunteer at Awbury and go to Longwood Gardens, Mt Cuba Center, Chanticleer garden and Morris Arboretum I miss the Missouri Botanical Garden with their more rural Shaw Nature Reserve. They were larger and so simple



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Hi ALL!

Dee: Yes, running in different locations is very exciting! Hurray for a more interesting work environment.

Catherine: Sorry to hear about the food poisoning. Seems like one thing after another sometimes.

Cindy: How "neat" to have a neighbor that is a very good older runner. I love it!! Even though it is about 92 every afternoon during the summer, the mornings are almost always about 72 with low 90s for humidity. The standard summer morning running weather.

Lynn: I wish I could go with you to take photos. So fun!

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FITBIT: I called the help line and the nice techy person walked me through some steps and was able to get my Fitbit to sync again. I was very happy about that. It was logging steps even though it wasn't able to upload. Now all is well again. I feel fairly tech savvy, but would never have thought of the steps that she went through to get it to work again.

NEW FITBIT WATCH: I have looked at these and other smart watches. I would really like to know every day my morning resting pulse upon waking. I am sure there are other good reasons to spend a few hundred dollars.

Does anyone have a smart watch....? What do you think of them?

Ran this morning; used 30:40s. Felt good... only 66 this morning!!
Packing today.

Probably will not be online tomorrow for sure. Hopefully, the timeshare we have will have decent internet connections. Sometimes they do and sometimes they do not.

I cannot wait to hike in the mountains. I wish JUNEPA was still checking in... I always loved her photos of her mountainous hikes.

Will check in when I can.....


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