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I definitely noticed the loss of speed on the 4th. That 5-miler was miserable, and I got dizzy half way through. I slowed down even further.
But somehow pulled off a second in my age group, in spite of being a good 6 minutes slower than last year! It helps to be in a new age group, I guess.

I'm going to focus on just getting the miles in. Three times a week is all I can do, Monty, I'm still working full time.

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I have slowed down a lot too. This year I initially did have a 10k time goal, but I dropped it and am running 3x a week just to keep the bones, joints and associated infra-structure challenged and strong. I am happy running still is fun and I enjoy a variety of ways and places to train, sometimes scenic routes close to home with Frida, sometimes hills or track sprints or stairs, and I haven't run out of ideas yet. I never thought before I became a runner (about 10 years ago) that there would be so many facets to running, I thought it would be pretty much the same all the time and might get boring after a while

Have a great week team, keep moving !!

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Happy 4th, Y'all!
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I believe speed and pace is obviously in direct corelation to the frequency of training. And then training speed doesn't mean running at race speed! That's what speed drills are for! My Weds Pre Dawn Track Training, with World Class Run Coaches, proves that at every session.

However, no mater what, when I'm dealing with health issues, I run at a comfy pace, embrace the fact that I can run, and don't concern myself with speed.
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DEE: I am feeling this loss of speed myself! Yesterday, I ran/walked/ran 4 miles and could BARELY keep a 12 pace going on! It was in the low 70s, cloudy....perfect running weather, so I had no excuse there. I feel like I'm getting slower and slower.

Been having on and off lower right abdominal burning pain on and off. I had been diagnosed with diverticula at my colonoscopy last September. Hoping it didn't turn into diverticulitis, though there are worse things to get. Typically, that would be the left side, but that's the majority of the time. Can happen anywhere in the colon but usually, it's on the lower left side. I have more digestive issues than the man on the moon! So long as they aren't serious which so far, I've been blessed with them not being that bad. If it doesn't go away, I'll have to check in with the doc!

So far...enjoying retirement! It's not super noticeable yet as I would normally be taking a lot of time off in June-early July anyway, but it is very evident that I don't have any "clouds" hanging over me. No deadlines and no stress of what is "out there" to get done. Once August hits, I think I'll really notice it as I will be able to enjoy that month as the true summer month it was intended to be. That is always the worst month of the year for a school secretary (and all school personnel)! It's like March and April for a tax accountant!

We have had a ton of rain in Illinois as well. Rivers flood with a simple little rain storm as they are swollen to near flood stage and have been flooded numerous times. Now we are finally in a dry stretch and hoping the rivers and streams return to normal. The problem with all this rain is mosquitoes! They are really bad this year and IL has had its' problems with West Nile, often being the #1 state for cases. Going to a forest preserve today to do some photography and taking along my bug spray! Thinking I need to wear jeans and a light, long sleeve top as well!

Happy running....whether fast or slow....keep on keeping on!

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Welcome back, Mary! So glad to see you here.

Catherine, it's been strange weather, hasn't it? We had thunder storms again yesterday, with parts of Houston flooding again.

Monday's scheduled run was canceled due to lightning in my neighborhood. I'm hoping today or tomorrow will be OK.

I'm totally baffled by the loss of speed, but I'm just going to carry on.

Lynn, I can't imagine 69 as a high. But I'd like to!

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I love cycling and it's a great cross training for running. I'm glad the seat adjustment helped. Find a good bike shop with knowledgeable people and spend the money on a quality bike that can be fitted to your specific needs for sure. Well worth the money spent!

I'm having issues with my right achilles tendon. Quite tight and often sore. Definitely kicking it up a notch on my ankle band stretches and ball exercises. My hope was to move right into half marathon training after the late July triathlon. Hoping this won't put a kibosh on it. :(

Cool and cloudy with only 69 as a high. Not minding it for running...but it's not helping me train for open water swimming! What a strange summer we are having. We broke all records for cloudiest and rainiest June ever! The mosquitoes are terrible here due to all the rain we've had. No rain in the forecast for several days...hooray! But the temps are well below normal. This, we are told, is thanks to El Nino and its' effect on the jet stream.

Happy Trails!

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Catherine and Lynn - Thank you for your replies! Yes, I worked with a PT and still have PT exercises to do balance and strengthen the leg, hip and glute muscles. Thanks for the reminder to be more consistent about those! I will be doing my ST *and* PT exercises in a little while :)

For some reason, riding my bike bothers my knee more than running. We've raised the seat, which helped some. After an initial warm up period, the knee does feel better. I've been hemming and hawing about buying a new street or hybrid bike. I want comfort and still be able to tackle paved hills when I need to use the bike to shuttle myself when I resume longer distance hiking.

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MONTY: How do you feel today? I hope you are feeling better. Almost sounds like a flu bug that you might have. People think of the flu as a fall/winter, sometimes into spring kind of thing, but I have had a terrible case of flu in the hot month of August during a heat wave of triple digits that ended up turning into pneumonia. So hats off to you for giving your body rest and lots of fluids! You are doing the right thing. I hope you nipped it. If not, don't hesitate to go to the doc. If you need antibiotics, the sooner the better. :D

DEE: I am definitely slower. I may be stronger...but it's not done much for my speed, in running anyway. After that bike crash, I've lost a lot of time that I never have regained. But I'm a tad older and a tad heavier...That doesn't help either! LOL Like I always say, when I get discouraged about such things, I step out of my box and remind myself why I am really in this. Although time makes for good competition and fun, we can get carried away with it as well. And believe me...I am ALWAYS reminding myself of that. LOL!

SHARON: Did I miss something....I will have to go and look back. I was not aware of this injury. You wouldn't happen to have performoris syndrome, do you? Google it if you are not sure what that is. I had never heard of that muscle until I had issues with sciatica. My ortho thought I had a bulging disc causing that pain and although he was always very conservative about surgery, was giving me a 50-50 shot that I would need it to stop the pain. Fortunately, like always, he prescribed physical therapy first. That P.T., after interviewing me (and this was the doctor practices' own P.T. department!), totally disagreed with the doc. When he found out I was a runner and a cyclist (as well as a tennis player and someone who sat at a desk all day), he said he strongly believed I had performoris syndrome. He had me google it and after researching it, I agreed as well! A very UNDER DIAGNOSED problem. You may have something totally different...I am just curious. Whatever it is....I sure hope you overcome it soon.

MARY.... I agree with CATHERINE, who always does have sound advice on here! :D Check and see about the therapy or....get a good recommendation of a trainer with knowledge and expertise on knee issues.

Going back to that bike crash, CATHERINE.... (and MARY).... I could not run for 5 months..and when I finally got the green light, I started out slowly and at first...no problem. Suddenly though, I began to have pain in the groin area from the pounding of running. If you read about that accident, you'll recall I finally had a specialist PT in pelvic problems (my pelvic ring broke in the accident). I overcame it with quality P.T. and now am running again, pain free....BUT....as Catherine mention, you may have imbalances that come along after recovery. My running shoe tech looked at the bottom of my old running shoes a few months ago when buying new shoes. He said, "Whoa! There's some interesting gait issues going on here!" I asked what he meant and he showed me the uneven wear and tear between the two shoes. My right shoe had unusual wear and more wear than the left. He said he suspected a hip unbalance. I told him about my pelvic ring break from a bike accident. He said that would explain it. But that was my left side...why was my right side so weird? He said my right side was obviously compensating for my left.... I cannot tell other than when I look down while I run, I sometimes see that my right foot is turned way out as compared to my left. I try and correct it when I see it, but ultimately I will go out again. It doesn't hurt pain wise... But it's reminding me I need to continue my hip exercises the P.T. gave me (fire hydrants, clams, leg lifts, bridges, etc.).

Best wishes to you Mary!

Revving up my training with one month away to the olympic tri and it is going well! Thankfully! Swam 1500 straight today in a 2500 yard swim workout (the swim is 1500) and later, cycled for 24.4 miles (bike is 24.8 on the course...which will be followed by a 10K). I think the weight class is helping with the strength to endure the distance.

Not doing much more than the triathlon. When that is over, and I recover for a week, I move right into half marathon training for the early Nov local race.

Speaking of such....CATHERINE....How is your training going after being on hiatus for a while? Hope all is going well.

Take care all...stay safe, stay healthy and have fun!

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Hello, Everyone. Hope all is well.

We are continuing to get a lot of rain here in Austin. We have already had more rain than we normally get in a full year and the forecast is for more. When it isn't raining, it is hot and incredibly humid. I was out this morning to water plants and do a little pruning (not in the sun) and when I came in, not only was I drenched but I also felt worn out and in need of a nap.
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I had only been up a couple of hours at that time. It certainly makes it difficult to get motivated to do anything that requires leaving the house. We are going to have to replace our air conditioner in the fall or winter (when we can afford to be without it for a while). Not because it is not working per se, but because it isn't working very well. It is old and inefficient and the coolant it uses has been banned so is not longer being made. On top of that, the ductwork in the house is poorly designed with an air intake bottleneck, so even though we have a 5 ton unit, it is functioning at best as a 3 ton unit. It cools, but it isn't dehumidifying as it should so the house is less comfortable at the higher temps we can afford (78 :-) plus there are signs of mold on some of the vents.

We had someone out to do an assessment, and he recommended that we purchase a dehumidifier for the interim, which we have done. The ironic problem is that a dehumidifier produces a lot of heat in the process of removing the water from the air. So we have to be careful where / when we run it. But it has definitely helped with the comfort level of the house, even at warmer temperatures. We probably empty about 20 gallons of water a day from the unit (and this has been going on for over a week). I've been using it to water plants outside.

Mary, good to have you back. Yes, it can take a while to fully heal from injuries. Part of the problem is that during an injury the body makes compensations to "help" that often do not go away just because the injury has healed. And these compensations (like changes to the gait or movement patterns) can themselves cause problems. That why physical therapy and / or a good ST routine can really help by retraining the brain to use the newly healed area properly. Chances are some of your muscles have reset themselves (tight in some areas, loose in others) to accommodate the injury. So part of returning to running will also be to work on muscle imbalances, etc. Did you have physical therapy following your knee surgery? Is there someone who could help you identify some good exercises to strengthen the problem areas?
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Hello to my old and new Galloway Spark Friends!

Today I will mail my first race registration in a very long time! I am ready to rejoin the running community after a time when it was too hard to be around any talk of running. My knee problems turned out to actually be two - knee cap tracking and two meniscus tears. I had meniscus repair surgery three months ago. Doc recommended I resume running, but limit myself to shorter distances on relatively flat trails. If I had my wish, I'd get back to running half-marathons. I am just happy to be able to run again. Dave and I have worked our way up to 4 miles at 60sec:60sec intervals.

My question to y'all is this - In your experience, has it taken many months, if ever, for all the aches to go away from an injured area? I don't limp anymore or have pain. I want hope. And I want to be able to run until I am 100! My goal is to get an age group award at a race just for showing up. :)

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Good Morning Team!

I started my 12 week Half Marathon Training this week but after Tuesday's Run and a visit to Chiropractor I decided to take off one more week off. I still have tenderness on my left hip area and sciatica tightness. I have been doing light cardio and weight training. It is not easy doing absolutely nothing and so far it does not seem to aggravate anything.

June, poor Frida. I bet she smells sweet now all shampooed.
Lynn, happy to hear you joined a weight training class. You sure are a well rounded athlete.
Monty, I hope you are feeling better. Rest is best. There must be something going around because my husband had a fever last night??
Dee, I admire that you keep pushing. Heat and Humidity effects me too. Summertime is slow and easy for me. But, it is better than nothing at all. You are my inspiration!!

Wishing you all a great weekend! And for any of those doing Races or Running, Wishing you all Happy Trails!!

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Wow, Lynn, impressive!

AFM, I'm struggling. I get out to run and I'm about two minutes slower than I was last year and the effort feels greater. I'm not sure what's going on. I'll just keep going on and see if things improve.

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Strangest thing happen last night. I came home from Run Club and, out of nowhere, my body was aching and I was running a slight fever. This morning I was feeling just as nasty. Right now, I'm still dealing with a little body aches but not as bad as last night! Very weird. I just stayed in bed, drank lots of liquids, and watched cooking shows and The Talk!
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Thanks, Monty! I hear you about seeing your speed and being intimidated! Cycling is my strongest of the three sports and I can really fly sometimes. When I notice I'm over 20 mph, terrible thoughts begin to race in my head... What if I hit a stone? A chipmunk...or worse...a deer! Some of the places I ride, I can see wildlife crossing the path/road. Once, in the farm areas, I had a dog begin to run alongside of me barking! Scared me to death fearing it would cut across in front of me. But I become aware of my surroundings, slow down if needed and move on. I don't want fear to stop me from doing what I love, but rather, just make it safe as hospital (and shoot up a few arrow prayers! LOL).

Started taking a weight lifting class about a month ago and already seeing some progress. I LOVE it! I like the idea of doing it in a class for the social aspect of it. I go with a friend, but even if she can't make it, it's nice seeing the regulars and chit chatting before and after class...and during class, just being there together sweating it out. I started barely being able to do one push up (while on my knees...the easier way) to doing multiple push ups and lunges.

Running in this humidity has not been fun. We've been getting a lot of storms and heavy rains. Swollen rivers that flood at the drop of a hat these days. But fortunately, getting my runs in as well as cycling. Need to do some open water swimming at our local swimming hole soon. Lake swims in triathlons do not have 81 degree temps and a nice black line to follow at the bottom!
One month from today....it's triathlon time!

Best wishes to everyone on their races!

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Whoa, Lynn! The way you told your story, I could see it in my mind's eye! I ran my new bike in it's first Tri on May 31. Race ready, I trained and still hadn't got comfy with the speed and the lightness. I don't mind telling you I was a bit intimidated when I saw how fast I was going on the straightaway! I was totally focused on the road ahead for anything which might be hazardous. I've heard what gravel can do. Damn! You are Iron Girl coming back from that incident! Stay strong, Sister!
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Pat, Congrats on that 26.2! I can only imagine what recovery from that is like.
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June, Love your Sunday regiment.
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My team has them on Saturday and Sunday so we can choose the best time for us. Casual block training is so good...and fun too! (Yeah, I'm sick!)
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Sharon, I picked up a foam roller from Walmart and it's held up well! I can't believe how religious I've been with it. Funny what we learn in self healing and recovery. I also like your process in a redux of your training. Building back up helps in recovery, endurance, conditioning, and strength! Good on ya!
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Dee, I've been looking online for blister avoidance and was not surprised to see all the things you could do. Here's oneof the better articles I found...
www.runnersworld.com/tag/blisters

I did a Half Mile swim and 5K race at Clearwater Beach on Saturday. I was surprised at how my calves were holding up. Sunday was a good recovery day. Yesterday, I walked around the Mall a lot just to move around. Today, I feel great. Tomorrow I'm doing an easy run just to stay loose. It's more for endurance than anything else! Hydration & fueling right is essential in my focus.
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Everyone have a wonderful day. Take care of yourselves to run another day!
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Way to go, Pat!

Yes, I was wearing Injinji socks. The blisters are forming on the side of my foot, so the socks are still working their magic and preventing blisters on my toes.

I'm thinking it's the heat, and constant high humidity.

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Pat way to go with finishing your marathon. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Dee did you wear injinji toe socks? You and Catherine told me about them years ago, I have had very few blisters since. Good for you, 11 miles, I haven't run that long in quite a while.

Sharon good idea to start at week 1 for your next HM running plan, that will be a training cut-back, not so much running for a while, but still on a HM goal.

My usual Sunday run-swim-bike got shortened to just the run yesterday so I could spend more time with the family on Father's Day. I ran by and along the river close to home with Frida. She found a rotting fish and promptly rolled in it, I gave her a bath when we got home, now she smells shampoo-scent sweet, for a few days anyway

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thanks to the team members who posted good luck wishes on my page for Grandma's marathon Saturday. I am sore today, but I finished it, although I was really slow. I think I will stick with 5Ks and 10ks the rest of the year.

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A miserable 11 miler yesterday. I'm not sure why, but everyone in my running group was affected. But it got done. Regrettably I developed a blister. It's been years, so I'm not happy that I'm suddenly developing blisters again. But then I also developed chaffing, so maybe it was the weather conditions.

Happy Father's Day, all!

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Good afternoon! Oh WOW! I have missed a lot and need to catch up here..

Tuesday and Thursday were some short recovery runs for me. I did about 4 miles Tuesday and 3 on Thursday. Still feeling some tightness but getting better every day. I have not had a chance to get that foam roller but I am getting it. I was going to go today, and just felt too darn lazy to get out in this heat. We have had triple digit numbers for our temps and so humid.

I hope to get out either Tomorrow or Sunday for another 4 mile run and plan to start my 12 week HM Training next week. I am going to start at week one so I don't have to push so much for the 1st month..

Have a Great Weekend! Happy Trails!!

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Horrifying crash, Lynn, awesome that you recovered and also that you were persistent to seek another opinion and found the solution to be running again !!

You are a knowledgeable team, kudos. I didn't know the purpose of the extra sneaker hole, makes sense and works well, also makes sense it does have a purpose as it was put there on purpose. I wish my running store had told me.

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Wow, Lynn, what a story. SHUDDER.

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Good Morning....

Nice to see a lot of activity on here again. Haven't been on here in a week. It's been a busy week for my first week of retirement. My hubby said he has seen less of me this past week than when I was working. LOL It's not a normal week though and next week it should settle down some...But I am having fun! Today I'm meeting a friend (in an hour) to do some photo shooting of some area forest preserves, one that raises horses. Looking forward t this!

MONTY / DEE: I hear you about the bike crashes. It was three years ago June 30th that I had my severe bike crash that also was truly an "accident" and not out of anyone's carelessness. I was riding with a group in our local "tour de farms" where this is extremely very little traffic and nothing but open road. It had rained heavily the night before and a few of the farm roads had recently been repaved with oil and gravel so we were trying to be careful on those roads. What we didn't realize was...the one road we were turning on that has a slight hill going up right after the turn had gravel that had washed down that hill in the heavy rains. It was a very wide turn onto this road, which we've traveled numerous times and are very comfortable with. I was behind three guys who shouted out, "GRAVEL!" and got out just in time. It was too late for me and I hit the gravel at 18 mph! As you know, tri bikes with skinny tires that weigh so little you can pick them up with your pinky finger alone, do NOT do well on gravel at all. I skied off that gravel and smacked down HARD on my left side. I had a brand new Cervelo' tri bike I spent good money on. All I could think of was...what damage did I do to that bike. But I couldn't get up no matter how hard I tried. My co-cyclists were smart in not helping me get up and eventually, an electric company truck came by and called 911 (I had begged my friends not to call thinking I was just stunned and would eventually get up). The ambulance came and the paramedics treated me like a piece of glass. Neck brace and body placed on one of those board thingys. Long story short...turned out I fractured my left pelvic ring. I also had mild whiplash from my head bouncing on the gravel! You should have seen my helmet! Stones were embedded in it. The helmet could have save my life or at the very least, my cognitive abilities! My bike suffered next to ZERO damage. A minor scrape on a brake level. That was IT! My body cushioned the blow. I was on crutches for six weeks, canceled all races for the rest of the year. Couldn't resume running for 5 months.

Once I resumed running, pain started up from the hip area on down. My orthopedic doc told me I probably couldn't run anymore as I literally broke my core and often, it is very difficult to come back from that fully. I didn't like that answer and asked for physical therapy. An OT friend of mine gave me a name of a lady who specialized in pelvic disorders (mostly, incontinence type things, but did all kinds of therapy for pelvic dysfunctions). This woman worked MAGIC! I owe her my running career post pelvic break! I no longer have pain, but there is a slight fanning out of my right food that seems to be a result of compensating for a left weak hip. Doesn't hurt at all...but gives me a different gait.

So that's my bike accident story. I'm thankful it wasn't any worse than it was.

Just bought a new pair of running shoes that so far...is working great. It's my first pair of stabilities. Because of that gait I just mentioned, along with some stiff ankles from my last neutral pair of running shoes, we decided to try a light stability shoe....just one notch over the natural plus pair that I had. We shall see... And Monty...I did also buy the lock laces as well for that OLY tri coming up.

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Yup, they showed me that trick at the running store.

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This is one of the reasons you go to a running store for your shoes. I started training to run in March 2011 after walking 3 5Ks in 4 months. I went to the store and got my first pair of ASICS Kayano 17s. The lady who fitted me, (Still my shoe fitter after over 100 races!) laced my shoes the "bunny ear way" and it has been my norm to lace. I have adjusted occasionally depending on race distance and use Lock Laces on all my Triathlons for transition convenience!
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Actually, I used this method for years since I have narrow heels and had problems with my feet sliding down in my shoes, especially before I started wearing zero drop shoes. I didn't invent the technique, but read abut it when I researched how to lace shoes to solve foot problems. The info has been out there much longer than this year.

If your shoes don't have the extra hole, you can create the loop in the upper hole by coming up and then back down in the same hole, slipping the other lace through the loop before tightening.

It's a useful technique, especially if you wear extra large running shoes, as I do (2 sizes larger than my street shoes.)

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I found this information from another sparker, so I googled "What is the small hole on running shoes for?" and got a flood of answers, mostly using the same video, and mostly dated April, May or June of 2015

Isn't it crazy this information was mostly not known until this year?
It is new to me, did anyone know it before?

Those Mysterious Extra Shoelace Holes On Your Sneakers Actually Serve A Brilliant Purpose


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And here is an angry and rude-language link of the same info
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You Know That Extra Lace Hole You Never Use On Your Running Shoes? Apparently It Has A Very Practical Use

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Very impressive, Monty! it sounds very intimidating to me.

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After changing from my entry level Tri Road bike to my new lighter Time Trial bike, I need to get comfy with speeds of 20+ MPH (32kph). I've hit 35mph coming off bridges and it can be a bit intimidating. This bike roars and I'm trining a lot to build my control as well as the speed. You have to be focused when you race.
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After changing from my entry level Tri Road bike to my new lighter Time Trial bike, I need to get comfy with speeds of 20+ MPH (32kph). I've hit 35mph coming off bridges and it can be a bit intimidating. This bike roars and I'm trining a lot to build my control as well as the speed. You have to be focused when you race.
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June, you are amazing!

I did manage to find a dry 30 minutes yesterday afternoon and got in a short but tiring run. Maybe it was the humidity, but I wasn't feeling it.

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Tragic bike accident story Dee. Hope you stay high and dry, and safe.

Bike crashes, scary. I recently got a road bike, it goes a lot faster than my old hybrid bike on very skinny tires, when I am cruising down a hill at considerable speed, I think, what would happen if those skinny tires hit a small rock or other object on the road, it is hard to avoid everything, with my old hybrid with fatter tires and not going as fast, I could just drive over with little effect.

Sharon, hope your foam roller arrives soon. Then you will not be happy while using it, haha, sheer agony and pain, excruciating for the IT band, less for the leg muscles, and right after that, awesome relief and relaxation, I find.

Congratulations on your retirement Lynn, Woo Hoo !!!

I am doing regular indoor rowing, it helps my shoulders and my core, but I have been having sore hamstrings lately, so I am going to dial back the rowing minutes per session and have a day rest between rowings, not row 2 days in a row. I enter my rowing meters in the Concept2 online log book and was setting some total meters for the year goals, but now am just going to try and find an easy place where 1st I am comfortable and gradually 2nd, where I can improve my fitness. I am running 3 days a week as well, on the same days as rowing, running and rowing at an easy pace and concentrating on form. ST is twice a week now. One ST is on a rest day for cardio, the other is same day.
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- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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Stopping by to say Hi!!

I really had to push myself out the door this morning!! I did a nice and easy warm up cardio and pushed out the door before 8:30 am to beat the heat. I was hoping to get out at 7 am but I have been sleeping later and later during my recovery of last Half June 6th.. Feel like temps were 104 today.. Yikes! I need to move back to FL..

I ran about 3.5 miles slow and easy and run/ walked the remainder. Still feeling some tightness. This last race, I started out with tightness and it did effect my time.. Hopefully I will be getting that foam roller tomorrow. Sitting on a heat massager now and have been soaking in Epsom Salt Hot Tub. I have been staying away from pain meds..

Monty, Woo Hoo on your Triathlon..
Dee, sending you positive thoughts your way. I hope you don't have flooding like the last time.

Wishing all Happy Trails! Stay Safe and Stay Hydrated..

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I'm so sorry to hear that, Dee. I just did the Madeira Beach Triathlon with my brand new Tri Bike. The bike leg was the most aggressive I've ever been in since I started Tris two years ago! In fact, just past the halfway point, an EMT vehicle flew past me to a 3 bike crash just ahead of me. A lady had to be taken to the hospital where she recovered. Some people just don't have proper focus. Yes, I've also heard of road conditions which cause the type of incident you described. It will happen. That's why I'm always focused on the road but sometimes it still isn't enough.
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Monty, the latest biking death in my world turned out to be a purely biking accident. While doing sprints with a group training before dawn, my friend hit a tree branch in the road which got caught in the spokes, propelling him into the air. He landed on his head, and no helmet could prevent the damage to his head.
He was kept on life support until his organs could be harvested two days later.
So sad, but I'm glad his partner doesn't have to deal with anger directed at a driver, just her own sadness and loss.

This biking group had been having issues with hyper competitive riders. I'm hoping this will settle them down a bit.

I'm at work today, but heading home shortly. I have no intention of losing a car to flooding.

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On a sore subject, we lose more bike riders than most states. The #1 cause is auto failure to yield. As a Triathlete, always bike training, I'm constantly watching this. I try to stay on trails and not the streets. I'm also being appointed to a new Bike Safety Committee here in Pinellas County so I'm learning more every day.Too many of my friends have had near misses and major accidents.
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Dee, sorry to hear about all the bad weather in the SW. Crazy weather! Oh, and I'm running and doing Tris for longevity. If I score Podium, I'm happy but I race to finish now.
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Lynn! Congratulations on retirement. I've been doing extensive research since I embraced retirement at 58. After 7 years, I've found it works! I get more time to be with my Granddaughter! I became a runner & a Triathlete. I don't have to tell you to be safe in training as I'm a Tri neophyte compared to you. I see you're getting ready to do an Oly! Be safe.
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Sharon, I'm so happy you are running again! I can see the enthusiasm and joy in your reporting!
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Waiting for the storm to come ashore. I'm one of only three people in the office this morning. But the minute it really starts to pour, I'm heading home.
No running today for sure! Possibly no dancing either, as it floods near the JCC - one of the worst hit areas over Memorial Day.

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What a great photo, Lynn! I'm so envious.
Some day that will be me.

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Thanks, Sharon!

I had to remind myself that I wasn't working anymore this weekend! When I woke up, I started to think about what to wear for work and quickly had to remind myself NOT to go in! LOL! It was a GREAT feeling!

I was hoping to squeeze in a bike ride this AM (ran yesterday), but it is not meant to be. It's pouring cats and dogs! Really coming down in sheets! Later won't work as I have the heating and AC guy coming for a routine check at noon, then off to Toys R Us to buy a birthday gift for my granddaughter (she turned 3 yesterday and is having a princess and pirates birthday party tomorrow...they live about 3 hours away). After that, I'm treating myself to a much needed pedicure! A bit embarrassing though.... I have 2 or 3 black toenails from all that running training for the spring half, coming off that fall half. I buy my shoes 1 1/2 - 2 sizes bigger...and still will get issues. They don't seem to care, so neither do I then.... Still....

OK...Off to clean this house for the dog sitter and AC man....it's pathetic in here as I had to work some long hours wrapping things up at work!

Happy Trails....Photo below is of me shaking our school district's superintendent's hand at a celebration luncheon for retirees.



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Good Morning!!

Dee, So sorry to hear about your friends partner. Very scary all over..
I know exactly what you mean too about finding hills. In FL, we had that same problem. Now here in NC, I live in the North Hills Area.. That says it all and no special hill training needed..

June, How exciting. I hope you had a great time watching the Women's World Cup..

Lynn, Congrats on your retirement. Now the beginning of a New Chapter...

It has been very hot here in NC.. Temps will be getting close to 97 degrees. I remember when I was living in Tampa Bay, I was always so surprised how up North would get so much hotter than us in FL.. I guess we were fortunate to have the Breezes off the water.
I have been enjoying my recovery week. Seems like each day I wake up later and later...
I have just been doing light cardio workouts and strength training. I have been dealing with some tight muscles on my left hip and down my leg. Went to Chiropractor yesterday.. Feeling pretty good and each day much better. I forgot to take my gift card with me. I was going to buy a foam roller. Oh well, next time out I will get one..

It will be real hot this weekend.. I guess the Mid Atlantic States are experience a heat wave and Thunder storms. Thinking of a couple of friends running Full Marathon's.

I may just wait to start back to running next week with hopes it cools down some. My next HM is in September and thinking of shorter runs this month..

Wishing all a Wonderful Day!!

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DEE: I' so sorry to hear about that bike accident. Seems every year I hear of a tragic one where either the person was severely injured, or worse, had died. I know two people who were in a very bad accident staying in the hospital for weeks due to the seriousness of the accident. The one gal I swim with was hit by a school bus who ran a red light! This was last EARLY Nov and she still has a cast and on crutches! How is your friend handling it?

Well, it finally happened and today, was my last day of work! Officially retired.... But I can kind of see that I may be coming in to further train this new gal....Only had one day to train her because she had a vacation planned for this week. What were the odds?

Ran this AM before that last day of work...just an easy run. Was too stressed for anything serious. I need to pick it up a notch and get ready for the 10K that is in my triathlon next month on the 25th. Been a slacker to exercise lately due to all the distractions of this big life change and all the extra work to pass the baton! Looking forward to living the laid back life!

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Not exactly sure, Catherine, but I suspect this one was also in the Meyerland/Bellaire area.
I'm rethinking my decision to get my bike back in riding shape.

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Dee, How terrible! What part of town?

When I lived in Houston back in the mid-70's, I rode my back into Rice U. every day. Not that much traffic on city streets in the Montrose area back in those days, but Greenbriar and Shephard could be exciting. (My apartment was on a short street connecting those two streets.)

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Sounds like a good game, June. While I agree that cheering for good moves is to be applauded, it could be uncomfortable.

I just read that the partner of my friend with the flood damage was killed in a cycling accident yesterday. Second one I know of in the past two weeks. Is it open season on bicycles in Houston? emoticon emoticon

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Dee, moving is the main aim. Finding the hill to run, one hill, that's cute. It works just as well as many hills, I'm sure.

Sharon, way to go joining the half fanatics club. Nice photos too.

Today I did a ST class at the gym this morning, this teacher really pushes us, and I feel good now.

Later today I am going with my sister, nephew and nieces to see a Women's World Cup soccer game in Vancouver, Switzerland (haven't qualified for the cup before) vs Japan (the reigning champion). We have discount tickets in the Swiss section because we have Swiss citizenship through my mother. My sister likes the Japanese team, and mused I wonder what happens if I cheer for the Japanese. I said, maybe cheer for a few nice plays, but I wouldn't advise cheering for the Japanese while you are sitting in the Swiss section lol

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Congrats, Sharon!

Well, my magic mile was probably my slowest ever. But I'm not going to beat myself up. I'm just running to finish.

Yesterday I accompanied a friend who was doing hills - we rant he same hill over and over for an hour. You have to understand it's not easy finding a hill in Houston. I was happy to have a massage scheduled for later in the morning!

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Thank you Catherine. Following a Race HM Training Program and Jeff Galloway Run/ Walk has really helped me in meeting my goals.

Thanks you all again for all your advise and encouragement..

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Congratulations, Sharon. That's quite an accomplishment!

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Good Morning!!

3rd Half Marathon for 2015 in the Books! That was my qualifier for the Half Fanatics Running Group. They confirmed I did the 3 races in 63 days!!

This was a tougher race than I expected. We did not have overcast skies as predicted and the coarse was a little different than the Fall Race I did. My time was off by 5 minutes but that's OK.

I have some very tight muscles and started that way the day of the race. I had done my normal warm up cardio but evidently too much time between that and the race. I missed the Races warm up.. My left hip, butt was feeling tight and the upper backside of the leg..

They had massage envy at the race giving out free massages so I took advantage of it. I also soaked in hot tub with Epsom salt and put on some Epsom salt lotion. I did my express cardio workout this morning just to move a bit and stretch, not pushing it. I did come in 3rd in my age group...

My next Half Marathon is in September... I want to take some recovery time to make sure everything is ok and look forward in getting back to some easy running before training again.

I hope everyone has had a great weekend running, trail running, racing and tri's!!
Thanks all so much for your positive comments and encouragement..

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Off for my first magic mile of the season. Groan.

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Monty, best wishes in your upcoming Triathlon. The last one you did you were saying it was a big group of +55, that is awesome. And the 80 something couple, amazing !! The fun thing in racing, I find, is that there is a lot of things to work on besides a straight time result, like working and fine-tuning transitions.

Ann, I go back and forth between doing runs and ST on the same day and having complete rest days in between, and doing runs and ST on alternating day and having one complete rest day. Right now Saturday is my only complete rest day. I still haven't made up my mind which is better for me. Best wishes with working in the ST.

Dee it is hard to schedule running when you are traveling, especially if you don't know the place and have to figure out where to run. My DD likes Bikram yoga, I tried it once, I completely wet my hair in an effort to stay cool but still got way too hot.

Seabreeze, thanks for the congrats for DH and my race. Did your laptop die, or are you looking for one with specific features? Mine died last year, and now I use a iPad as well as our home counter-top tower computer. I already had the iPad from a course I took that used paperless electronic textbooks, but it is not quite the same as a lap top, it doesn't have a USB port for example, and downloads as a mobile device, not as a lap top or home computer. I am not very app savvy, so it is not as handy for me.
You had your old schedule for a long time, the new one will take some getting used to.
I keep changing my schedule, I wish I could find and stick to a weekly routine.

I am planning to run tomorrow close to the flat lands of home, and do some running with hills and stairs on Sunday.







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Happy Thursday everyone!

CATHERINE: Happy Anniversary!!

DEE: Sorry about your roof.....

The weather has been so wild, hopefully it will be calmer for awhile...

JUNEPA: Congratulations to you and your husband on such great races. Good for both of you!!!

MONTY: Yes, the 10K I did was in Safety Harbor. What a great place. You look great in your tri photos on FB

ANN, you sound very busy to me. Lots of activities.

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I am in such a spending mood lately. Furniture on the back burner, I am looking at new laptops. LOL.....

My schedule has changed a bit. I have run MWF for 6 years or so. A couple weeks ago I changed to S,T,Th with ST on W,Sat. It is so difficult to change this even though it works so much better with my schedule.

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I'm so motivated by all of you who are so diligent. My consistency was impacted by travel this week (and will be next week) but I'm pushing myself out the door.

I did replace a run this week with hot yoga while out of town. I've never done that, and it kicked my fanny. After 30 minutes of that I just lay down and rested the remaining 30. I've never sweated so much in my life, and I run in 100 degrees here in the summer.

I may have some storm damage after all: part of the kitchen ceiling is caving in (seems to be water), so there is a leak in the roof somewhere. That said, it's nothing compared to what I've seen, but it may take a while to get fixed because everyone's so busy.


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Yesterday, D came from work in Tampa, stopped in Safety Harbor, and knocked off 3 miles of cardio. I had run group there so I met her and went with her. Very cool, working it by Old Tampa Bay! We also talked about all the great races we've done here and the ones to come in the Fall/Winter. Got her back to where she parked and ran back to Copperhead Ale House, where I met the rest of the club!
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I didn't want to aggravate my calf but needed to get loose out there as I will do Dunedin Triathlon on Sunday. I'll be using it to train, improve my times especially Transition, and have support all the new Triathletes. This Tri has always been the one to do first! I love paying it forward!
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Started a new program today (Monday June 1st)... Am going to do strength training M-W-F and then mid week runs T&R and a long slow run on Sat...currently I am at 6.5 mile for the long run. Rest on Sundays. I am training for a HM end of August. It will be hot and humid and want to get my overall fitness a little better and concentrate on better eating. Hopefully this will have enough rest.... I'm a little concerned that the strength workout (following Gym junkies at home plan) may interfere with the running...will have to tweak. This morning I did 12 squats, 30 seconds of hopscotch move like a 5 dice two feet out then jump up one in the center then jump up with 2 feet out then back. then 12 knee pushups and then 30 sec hopscotch..did those 4 exercises 4 times and finished with a mile run. Tomorrow will probably run for 30 to 45 minutes.

Life has slowed some but still busy... We got our DD moved in over Memorial Day weekend...never painted as much! Have a graduation to go to on Tuesday (8th grade!?!) and then a baby shower on Sunday and a bridal shower the following Sunday...and are now counting a few more weeks until my first grandbaby!

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I sincerely hope for a better change in weather out there in Texas. I thought about you D and Catherine. So glad you weathered the storm.

Jean, what was that 10K you and DH did. Was that in Safety Harbor? I have a feeling that conflicted with one of my other races. I do Safety Harbor Athletic Club training runs every Wednesday there and love running by Old Tampa Bay.

I did my 2nd Triathlon of the year yesterday. My swim wave was Men 55+, a fairly large field. Spoke to a now good friend who is 85. His wife is 87. They do as many Triathlons a year as I do! I've also done two major runningevents, the St Pete Beach Classic and Gasparilla Distance Classic, with them. I always listen to them when they share knowledge on competition longevity. Since I turned 65 on May 25, (Thanks for all the well wishes.) I've focused on making better choices towards my goals and am very excited about it. I have to tell you that surrounding myself with my teammates and positive people makes life easier and wonderful.

I hope everyone is being safe and playing accordingly. This really is the first day of the rest of our lives. Enjoy!
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I second Lynn, Dee and Catherine, I hope everything returns to normal soon. Glad you are dry Dee and also able to help others who need it. Your city water source lake rising by 29 feet, Catherine, that's a lot, and it is still under the average of last year.

Have a good taper week Sharon.

Seabreeze, your retirement sounds varied and fun. Hope you find the furniture you like soon,

Ann, way to keep up the training. I am like you, down from last year's weight, but a little way to go yet.

Thank you everyone for race support. DH and I ran a 5k, my official time was 29:59 and 3rd out of 43 in my age group. DH ran a personal best 24:36 (previous was 24:54) and was 2nd out of 24 in his age group.



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Thunderstorms again overnight, but in my neighborhood no accumulation.
I spent another three hours yesterday helping my friend pack up her house. She's great at organizing so everything has to be just so. I'm getting inspired to toss out things in my own house! Not that she throws out much, but at least she has a place for everything.

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CATHERINE and DEE....I hope your weather returns to normal soon! Looks like the 10 day is almost all sun, a few clouds here and there, but zero rain! That would be a nice recovery! I have several friends and relatives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and have been getting pictures and reports from over there. Incredible images and some sad stories. Stay safe!

We are getting the remnants of these storms, and although not flooding, torrential downpours for brief periods. We are waterlogged (again, not nearly as bad as TX) so flash flood watches come up during these heavy rains. The rivers are high! This afternoon, severe storms with heavy downpours are expected, so we shall see what that brings. You can see on the radar how TX storms are being pushed upwards to the upper Midwest from the Gulf Stream. Strange weather indeed!

Doesn't look like running anything today or biking. Tomorrow only in the high 50s! IT'S THE END OF JUNE, FOR PETE'S SAKE!!!!

Stay safe and dry!

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Catherine, the Colorado and the Brazos will affect Sugar Land, as well as the communities along I10.

There are a lot of people in Houston who will also be shopping for new furniture, as three water treatment plants overflowed into the rain water. Yuck. emoticon

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Hello, Everyone. Hope all are well.

It is still very wet here. Almost another inch of rain in our gauge last night with more rain forecast for the weekend. Not the big storms of the past two weeks, but the ground is so saturated that any rain that falls runs off into creeks and rivers already full.

Lake Travis (Austin's major source of water) has risen more than 29 feet in the last 30 days after continued rainfall across Central Texas replenished the drought-stricken lake. The body of water is now 67 percent full, just 12 feet below its average. Perhaps more staggering is lake levels have gone up 25 feet in the last seven days. Overall this year, the lake is up 35 feet.

That's the good news. The bad news is that there has been an incredible amount of devastation in flood prone areas, including loss of life.

Dee, I hope that Houston is drying out. I read that a lot of water is headed downstream in the Colorado, but I don't think that really affects Houston, does it? -- just all those towns along 71 and I10. Sounds like you were one of the lucky ones. So far, we have been too.

Lynn, congratulations on retiring! One of the best things I've ever done.
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Jean, I hate to shop for furniture. My taste and current trends never seem aligned.

Last Sunday was our 41st wedding anniversary. Fortunately, Sunday was a nice day in between the big storms on Saturday and Monday. We went out to dinner and were able to eat outside on a lovely patio.
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Hi everyone!!!

SHARON: I know.. I run early then just enjoy the rest of the day. I like training plans too. It gives me a specific purpose for each run.

LYNN: Love the prairie grass photo. I would love to run in that location!!

CATHERINE and DEE: I have read about all that flooding. So powerful is right.

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I am doing good!!! Went to the beach on Wednesday. It was so awesomely beautiful. We "played" in the gulf.... throwing a football around and using Rick's snorkeling gear. Then we went to a restaurant on a pier for dinner. I am just a kid, you know...

Ran on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday....
Forgot about ST and didn't go on Wed....LOL

Heading to an outlet mall this afternoon just to look around.
I have a list of things to buy from Amazon.....

Worked with a designer yesterday for new furniture, but I do not like the recommended sofa and love seat color enough to spend actual money on it. Will keep searching.

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No rain this afternoon, so a hot and soggy 3 miles around the neighborhood. Lots of baby squirrels knocked out of nests who didn't make it, some dead grass snakes, some toads, and loads of branches. We had quite a lot of wind!

When I look at pictures from the area just outside my subdivision, I'm so grateful that I'm dry.

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The water came halfway up the yard to the house, but didn't get in. Folks on the other side of the street were without power, but I was OK. The worst of it was the noise during the night - unending thunder and wind.

We were told not to go into work yesterday due to flooding so worked from home.
DD got caught in the flooding and spent the night in her car in a parking lot. She didn't get home until 2 pm yesterday, when the flooding had receded enough for her to find a way home through the flooding.

A number of my friends have water in their houses and have lost one or more vehicles. I can't imagine what Wimberley is like, I heard that loss of houses is in the hundreds. Loss as in the house floated away or came down completely.

And today the storms have started again.

Crazy weather.

Jean, your life does sound very very good. Glad you are enjoying it!

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Hello, Everyone.

We have had a crazy weather month here in central Texas. Almost constant rain, much of it big storms. Tornadoes sighted last Saturday and yesterday in the area, although fortunately my neighborhood was spared most of the serious wind. Still lots of bad flooding, trees down, etc., from San Antonio to Dallas and points east. I see on the news this morning that Houston is currently under water, with rescues going on. There is a sad story on the local news about a family on vacation, staying in a house on the Blanco river near Wimberley. It was swept off its foundations and carried down the river. So far, only the father/husband has been found. The mother/wife and children are presumed drowned. At times the rain fall rate was 5 to 6 inches per hour. It is easy to under appreciate the power of water.

The weather has disrupted my return to running every day. I did get out yesterday before the storms moved in. Needless to say, it was very, very humid.

The only positive out of all this is that the rain is finally falling in the water shed for the hill country lakes and Lake Travis is up over ten feet and at 60 something percent capacity. Not long ago, it was at 34 percent or there abouts. But the swiftness of this rise caught many by surprise and there are a lot of boats/dock etc that were on dry land last week, far from the water, that are now floating free on the lake. Lots of debris.

My trainer was in Florida on vacation. He came home to find that his house had been without power for two days. He has salt water tanks and without power to keep the water circulating, it drains out. He said that all of his coral is dead.
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Good Morning...

This weekend gave me a taste of what retirement is like. I had to keep reminding myself I have to go back to work today! It's a bit of a struggle to face this last six days of school (the kids get out June 2nd)! I can work as late as June 12th and it'll depend who they get to take my place and how much training is needed. I think they are interviewing this week. I have all my paperwork for the retirement fund done and ready to mail off. It's getting real now!

Was hoping to run on a prairie path I used to always run on yesterday, but the skies opened up and dumped on us. Never made it out....hoping this afternoon but the forecast calls for more! After that...some sunny skies. I'd really like to get out this afternoon or early evening as it's swim and bike tomorrow.



This is the prairie running path. Envious of this woman... I took it while doing a photo shoot at the praise during "the golden hour" and got some great shots of prairie grasses and a most beautiful blue sky. I bopped myself on the head b/c I knew I had to run that day (and did later on) and wondered...duh....why didn't I wear my running clothes and then just run on this path afterwards? I miss this place! And it's only a mile away! The smell of the prairie grasses is intoxicating. I am blessed to live in an area that has built many, many, bike and running paths.

Happy Trails and have a great week!
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Good Morning!! Happy Tuesday. I hope everyone had a Wonderful Holiday..

The weather was so nice.. I did spend time outside doing yard work and work in my Garden.

Enjoying my coffee and will do a warm up Cardio before pushing out the door for a 5-6 mile run. It is taper week so I will be enjoying shorter runs. I never followed a training schedule before and really like it. My friends and I use to run 6 miles every day and then a long run on the weekend. June 6th is my last Spring Race and won't have another one until September. Hopefully June, I will do just 3 mile maintenance runs and pick training back up July 1..

SB, I sure miss FL living and my pool. My friends and I still ran in the summer around 5-6 am but after that was living in the pool..

Wishing all a great day!

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Hi everyone.....

No excuses....just not sparking as much as I used to.
Still on the lookout for new furniture but so far what I wanted will not fit. So must adjust....

I have been trying to stay on track with eating. I love this time of year in Florida. The pool is perfect. Going to the ocean is glorious and then eating outside near the water with a cold beer is a near perfect life for me.

This week....

Ran 3xs
Walked 2xs
ST 2xs
Steam Cleaned Carpet 1x
Card parties 2xs
Furniture shopping 3xs

Life continues to be very, very good!

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emoticon Good Morning!

Yesterday I did get out for a 4.55 mile run. Two driveways down at the end of my run, I heard thunder. As soon as I got in and sat down the sky opened up. Very heavy rain which cooled down the temps. I must admit, this cooler weather is feeling pretty good. We were at 90 degrees prior to this storm.

Temps will be in the low 50's every morning during the holiday weekend so I do plan to get out early for my long 12 mile run either Sat or Sunday.

Wishing all a Wonderful Holiday Weekend..

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Ran a 3.9 loop last night... so nice in Central OH...it was 59 degrees! Perfect run weather. Since a shorter distance didn't really use official intervals except to hydrate every mile. Usually when I stop to hydrate, I walk about .2 miles. Works well for the short distances..(for me about anything less than 5 miles).

DD bought her first house today. Memorial weekend will probably be helping her paint, cut grass, etc. She has next week to paint, clean, etc and then moves the following weekend. I will try to get a few runs in before going over to the new house. She is about 2 miles away - both a blessing to be so close and maybe not :-)

I am down about 5 pounds from last year but really would like to lose 10 more...think it would be ideal running weight..

Have a great day! Ann

Ps...more attorney stuff with my dad's estate today...ugh.

Upcoming Races:

Nov 8,2014 - 5K Westerville OH Rotary
Dec 6,2014 - 5K Jingle Bell Run - Columbus OH

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I replied to Jean yesterday but I can't find it here...... emoticon

I don't work for two employers. But I had two consecutive employers while working at the same location for 25 years. Does that make sense? emoticon

Feeling stressed out because DD hasn't found a job yet. emoticon

Welcome back, Steevie and Ann.



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Steevie... Welcome back and best wishes on your FM training. I have no advise to offer as I've yet to accomplish that distance. Perhaps one day. . .

Ann...Welcome back as well. So sorry to hear about your dad! I've lost both my parents to cancer and understand that journey. Congrats to daughters, however. One with a baby on the way and the other a wedding? WOW...You HAVE had a busy year...and it's not even half over yet! You'll need that marathon training just as an outlet for all your involved in! You are going to love being a grandparent! You'll be over the moon with that baby!

Sharon....WTG on the recovery. I am slowly recovering as well. Swam 2,000 yards this AM and spent some time in the hot tub and feeling pretty good right now. It was rough Mon and Tue. Last November's HM I recovered VERY fast....For some odd reason, this is a slow one. Go figure! I may cycle after work and I will hopefully resume running tomorrow and then a 6 miler on the weekend.

Hi to Jean and Dee!

Have a great Wednesday!
Lynn

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Hi everyone!!

Hi STEVIEBEE569!!!!

Hi ANNWOGGER!! Congratulations on turning 60!!!! LOL!!!

CATHERINE: Good for you!!!!

JUNEPA: Sounds like you are doing well. Planning any good hikes soon?

DEE: What do you do for these two employers in a new office? I don't think I could work anymore.....

MONTY: Happy 65th birthday......

LYNN: Your granddaughter is SO CUTE!!!! Congratulation on another half marathon and especially on not "bonking."

SHARON: Congratulations to you too!!! Another one soon? Good for you!!

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Good Morning!! Happy Super Tuesday!!

Welcome back Ann and StevieBee..

Ann, I hope you are now fully recovered and wishing you the best on your Half Marathon Training.

StevieBee, is that the Air force Marathon in Virginia? Wishing you the best on your first Full Marathon! It was so nice meeting you last month at the Rock N Roll!!

Thanks Lynn. I am really looking forward in this 3rd Half Marathon in June. Race 13.1 Raleigh. The coarse is on the Greenways and wraps around Shelley Lake. My first house back up to this lake and I am so familiar with the coarse. Just love it.. This 3rd Half will be my qualifying race for the Half Fanatics Running Group.. 3 in less than 90 days.

We get crazy weather here too usually a day or two after you Lynn. Today's high will reach 90 degrees and muggy. Tomorrow cool down.

Dee, when I lived in Tampa Bay area, our summer running was at 5 am to beat the heat. It would be 70 degrees and muggy. So humid I could never put a comb through my hair..

Today I did a recovery run of 6.5 miles and walked remainder. Total 7.03 miles. I felt real good but I always to a warm up cardio before I push out the door. I could really feel some tight muscles. Thursday I plan to do a 3-4 mile and this weekend 10 - 12 miles. Then back to taper.

Wishing all a great day!! Happy Trails!!

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Upcoming 2015 Races:

*04/12/2015 Rock N Roll Raleigh Half Marathon
*05/17/15 NCRC Classic Half Marathon
*06/06/2015 Raleigh Race 13.1 Half Marathon Spring
*09/19/2015 Raleigh Race 13.1 Half Marathon Fall



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Hi All!

It has been months since I last posted and I really enjoy this team.

In January, my Achilles tendon was really giving me problems so rested it until mid February. Doctors said it was ok - scars from surgery 2 years ago but not doing any worse damage. Started running with my orthotics...much better but hard to get a shoe that it will fit. Then on Valentine's Day my dad went to the hospital and discovered he had advanced stage prostate cancer - actually 11.5 pound tumor... Long story short, he passed away May 7th at 93 years old. We had a baby shower for my middle daughter who is now 35 weeks pregnant (after 2 miscarriages) - she is due June 23rd and lives in CO while I live in OH. My oldest daughter getting married in September so have had engagement pictures, cake testings, a bridal shower scheduled, etc. It has been a very busy year.

I did run a half marathon in May but it was pretty rough - did not have enough training under my belt and went out too fast the first 3 miles. My watch didn't work at first and my pace group was not in the correct corral... I finished but that's about all you can say. But I learned a lot from that HM...have always said you learn more from your mistakes than your successes...

Started training for another HM in end of August and may try for a full marathon in Oct - depends on how training goes with all the family activities.

And oh I got my Golden Buckeye Card (a discount card from state of OH when you turn 60) since I turn 60 on Saturday. I would like to do one FM in my 60's.

Hope all is well with all....

Ann

Upcoming Races:

Nov 8,2014 - 5K Westerville OH Rotary
Dec 6,2014 - 5K Jingle Bell Run - Columbus OH

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I haven't been on this group for a few months now & I've really missed it. Last week, I started training for my first Full Marathon. In September, I will be doing the Air Force Marathon. I'm a little anxious and excited at the same time, just like I was when I did my first Half Marathon. If any of you have any tips you want to share, please do so, because I'm a great student. emoticon

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CONGRATULATIONS, Sharon! Wow..another one in three weeks. You rock! JG and his wife did back to back weekend half marathons a few months ago. Doable with his plans even at their age if one keeps up with training and does the walk run walk method. But a break is needed now and then, so good for you!

DEE....It was warm here but now we are having a cool wether break. It was really muggy during the race. Later that day, the winds picked up and the humidity dropped killing our chances of thunderstorms (OK by me). Now tomorrow is forecasted to be 55 degrees for a high! Crazy! That is when I plan to do my first post HM run...a slow jog to get back into the groove.

My legs are still trashed, which surprises me. Last November's post half, I felt pretty good and figured now that I have a few HMs under my belt, these recoveries are going to be much better. Not this time! My quads are pretty sore and tight. Doing some shorter walks and stretches and it is a little better each day, but slow recovering. Strange.... I feel great after just walking 25 yards and for a period after the walk. So....keep moving is the trick. Tomorrow I swim and that should really be the icing on the cake. Plan to bike, if it doesn't rain, this afternoon....cycling will help as well.

Enjoy Tuesday!
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The hot weather is upon is in Houston! 85 feels like 96 - ugh.
It is taking all the will power I have to get out there.

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Jeff Galloway 13.5 12/12/15
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Congratulations on your Half Marathon yesterday, Lynn. You did great!!

Thank you all for Your Encouraging Comments and Support! It really does help, especially with Race Anxiety.

Yesterday I completed my 2nd HM for 2015 and now trying to plan out my training for 3rd on 6/6. Only three weeks away. Not sure yet how to approach this and not over train.. After this I will have a bit of a break and will probably just do 3 mile runs 3 days a week for the month of June and then start training again for Septembers Half..

Wishing all a Wonderful Week!

Sharon emoticon

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Upcoming 2015 Races:

*04/12/2015 Rock N Roll Raleigh Half Marathon
*05/17/15 NCRC Classic Half Marathon
*06/06/2015 Raleigh Race 13.1 Half Marathon Spring
*09/19/2015 Raleigh Race 13.1 Half Marathon Fall



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