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2/27/15 7:34 A

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That happens so much. I was sort of headed in that direction before I had leg issues. Now, my thoughts are much different. I run because I enjoy it. I'm not out to win a race. If I place in my AG, it's a bonus. Too many times we jump into this running full force and push ourselves too hard. It really takes the enjoyment out of running. I do want to do the best that I can, but not if it means limping around in pain because of a knee injury or something.


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2/25/15 8:57 A

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Too many people join this program and decide to do this plan every day! They get out there and focus on speed during that run interval. They don't hydrate enough. They still eat badly! They expect the run will burn the junk they continue to eat They do everything wrong which just brings them to injury! THEN I win my bet!

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2/24/15 8:13 A

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I'm finding recovery walks are a beautiful thing! Steady scheduled running builds bodies and encourages healthy lifestyles! Be the Run!
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2/24/15 7:18 A

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Today is a bike trainer day. The temps are warmer outside so I may just get out for a walk also.

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Let's see...yesterday I did a 15K, today I did an 8K..I got a bunch of Bling...and I owned the Gasparilla Distance Classic Michelob Ultra Cactus Lime Challenge! Just saying it tired me out more than the runs!
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2/21/15 8:00 P

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It was a well deserved rest day today. Yes, I did feel a bit guilty, but my legs have been sore and they really needed a break. Plus I had too many things I wanted to do. Tomorrow will be back on the treadmill because we're under a wind chill advisory again.

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2/20/15 6:27 A

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It's finally Friday!

Bike trainer workout today. Temps are suppose to warm up a bit this weekend. I may get outside!

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2/18/15 6:20 A

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It's tough to not get burnt out, but I will do whatever it takes to keep going. It looks like the deep freeze should be out of here for the weekend.

My calves are pretty sore from being on the elliptical. I don't get on that too often anymore and I probably should. I just want my warm weather runs again!

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2/17/15 11:33 A

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I think it's highly commendable that you're committed to your training and work the cycle trainer and treadmill, Beckyanne! I'm blessed to be able to be outdoors but still, I will remember you on the bad days and get myself busy indoors!
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2/17/15 1:59 A

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The cold is not letting go here. Today will be another treadmill run. Hoping Spring gets here soon! emoticon

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2/15/15 8:54 A

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I road 10 miles on the bike trainer yesterday followed by a 2 mile run/walk on the treadmill. I'm finding that getting on the trainer has done alot of good for me. I needed to change it up a bit. Just wish I was able to get outside and ride it instead of riding in one place. Thank goodness for the TV!

Today I have many things I need to get done plus get a workout in to burn off these extra calories I've been taking in this weekend.

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2/14/15 5:06 A

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Have a great weekend!

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2/12/15 6:41 A

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Unfortunately, we can't take all of the cold days off from working out. We have to find ways to keep going. Although I don't enjoy the treadmill, I don't know what I'd do without it. Now, using the bike trainer changes it up a bit.

Wind chills are in the -20 range this morning!

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2/11/15 10:26 A

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Beckyanne, I had to wrap myself in a blanket after reading your post!
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Despite the weather, you're still working out. You and I both know that's what it's all about! Keep rocking it, and stay warm!
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2/11/15 7:26 A

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The cold and wind has arrived! Inside workout day.

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2/10/15 6:18 A

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The weather was good for a 5 miler yesterday. The rest of the week will be a little unsure.
We're looking at snow, freezing drizzle, wind and very cold temps. I will take it one day at a time.

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Yes, recovery is vital in long term running for me. I will say that I have a fun run coming up on Valentine's Day, The Drunken Cupid 5K! Really!

A local Race Director, and very close friend, known for having fun races, is doing this one. The race site is being held at a local Grille close to our well known Pinellas Trail.

I find home town races can be the very best in capturing the essence of the local running community. I'm not surprised at the Elite runners who do these races. They get it as well.

Enjoy the day!
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2/9/15 7:19 A

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I took down the 10K/5K Challenge with ease. I ran it with my run partner, Jen, and had a great time! two weeks of TLC & R.I.C.E. and I'll be ready for my Gasparilla Challenge!
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Our Multisport Team presence was noted at the Best Damn Race yesterday. Before and after our races, we spoke of our Tris starting with Escape from Ft DeSoto and St Anthony's! It was like a campfire, sharing experiences and learning from others! I am very fortunate to have been chosen to train and represent with this team! This is what support is all about!
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2/8/15 6:59 A

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Freezing rain this morning. emoticon I'm hoping it doesn't last long. I would like to get outside for a run.

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Have fun MIRAGE!

Low 40's today=outside time! Maybe a walk with my DH!

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I decided to do a fast walking two miles with my Run Club last night as I am doing the Best Damn Race Challenge (10K-5K) tomorrow morning! The bonus was walking with my friend who broke his tibia at Run Club on Aug 1, 2013 and hasn't run since. I was just behind him when it happened that evening.
We had a great time and carried it over with other friends to Dunedin Brewery, the oldest craft brewery in Florida!
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My knee feels a lot better and the tightness in my hamstring has responded well. I just don't want to take chances on Race Day. What I do tomorrow will be based on how I'm feeling in the first half mile. My end goal is to race another day!
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Busy day yesterday turned into a rest day. My legs feel pretty good now.

Warm up this weekend equals outdoor time!

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Today is a cross training day. I haven't exactly decided what I'm going to do yet, but it won't involve running. Tomorrow should be nice enough for an outdoor run.

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2/3/15 7:24 A

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The beach sounds nice right now. We've got more snow on the way today and possibly more later on in the week. Oh, and it's very cold!

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2/2/15 9:56 P

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Looks like we had a great weekend! I did the Chilly Willy Duathlon at Ft Desoto in Pinellas County, Fl.
The last mile of the 2 5Ks I ran were on a stretch of Ft DeSoto Beach. It was beautiful as I could see where I did the swim legs for several Triathlons I've done there. But running on the beach can cause problems and it irritated my left meniscus. So, wearing a knee sleeve, doing ice, and no running for the week should have me ready for the Best Damn Race Challenge (10K/5K) in Safety Harbor, FL this coming Sunday. Positive waves!
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Yesterday was not a very good eating day. I did a 7 mile run walk on the treadmill in the morning, but I ate junk during the Superbowl so now I'm feeling miserable. It's the pizza that does it to me. Plus I only ate one slice. Definitely working out this morning.

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Beautiful day today, high 68. Going to try and get a run in later. emoticon

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Its snowing this morning! The wind is quite strong also. Glad I don't have to go anywhere today!

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Good call, Beckyanne. Since I rid myself of all my extra insulation, my hands are always ice cold!
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I put my cold weather running clothes on and headed outside yesterday and yes, it felt like 12 out there. No wind though. We have to do what we have to do in these temps. I almost headed for the treadmill, but that's going to be my friend next week I'm afraid. We've got some Arctic air headed our way so the high temps will only be in the low teens at most.

There is a 5k coming up next weekend that I did last yr. in the extreme cold. I was feeling guilty for not doing it this yr., but now with that cold returning, I'm not feeling guilty anymore. Last yr. it was a terrible run. The roads were icey and the wind chill was well below zero. (plus you run around the lakes which is even colder!) I ended up with a migraine type headache the rest of the day. I'm assuming it was from the cold, then going into the lodge and sweating, before heading back out into the cold to walk to my car. Plus, since I've last all of my weight, I don't handle the cold as well and my fingers go numb. It takes forever for them to warm up when I'm out.

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I see the temps north of us and I can't complain about the cold 50 degree temps that keep me shivering! I used to wear shorts in this weather when I had 100 pounds of extra insulation! Now, I start shaking at 65 degrees!
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BECKYANNE, you and everyone running in those cold temps keep me motivated to get out there!
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It's 12 balmy degrees outside this morning! I'm not sure if I'll head outdoors or downstairs. To be determined when it gets light out.

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I would love a little 50 or 60 weather. Freezing drizzle and very windy today. A quick workout this morning.


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So last night I did another short run, with a goal of negative splits! I wanted to see how much I could push it two miles into a run! I pulled a negative differential of 2 full minutes. That pleased me and determined my game plan for the two 5K runs I'm responsible for in my Chilly Willy Duathlon Relay on Sunday! Tonight, it's a light run at Run Club just to stay loose!
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Stay strong, Beckyanne! You are doing fine!
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Yeah, I'm so glad I don't have to deal with the cold weather up north. Now, I have iussues when its under 60!
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Last night I just did 2 miles to stay loose as I will run Wednesday and Thursday evenings as well. I won't run hard, just a slow steady pace. I'm doing a Duathlon Relay on Sunday and want to be ready for the run portions. And yes, the weather will be in the 50s during the evening. It's all good.
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All I can say is I'm glad I don't live in New England!

I'm headed outside this morning. I'm hoping it's not too icey. Tomorrow is going to be a rest day for me as I have to work 9 hrs.

I'm hitting my goals of exercising daily except for those long work days.

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After injuries, recovery, & returning to routine, I'm determined to stay true to my run training! I can't stand to lose my conditioning and endurance to inactivity. I realize these bumps in the road will come. These are the times we must persevere and overcome.
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I'm happy that I've done just that over the last two weeks! February is going to be a very busy month for me with a Duathlon Relay, two major race challenges, (Best Damn Race 10K-5K & Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K-8K) and a "Drunken Cupid 5K" on Valentine's Day! If I add in my run training, I will have done some serious mileage for Feb! I'll be focused on the journey not the speed. I know I'll just get stronger. Positive waves!
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Treadmill yesterday. emoticon I do admit I had a good workout.
We've got snow this morning. I'll have to wait and see how it looks when it gets light out. Temps. are in the upper 20's and I think we have light winds so I'm hoping the snow is light.

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Great job, Beckyanne! At yesterday's race, I was doing some pace watching myself! I watch kids run as they are more natural than adults. One thing that killed me was the bursts of energy they have. I'll hit this in my race report. I know I overpronate, not as bad as I used to when I started out a heel striking horror! But during a race, I love the distraction!
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The run turned into just a long walk with my DH on Sat. The weather turned out beautiful and I wanted to do something with him. I will run today. Lots of runners passed us and it was tempting. It's fun though to watch all of the different styles of running. To watch how some have perfect strides and make it look so easy and others who seem to over work their arms and who's strides are a little awkward. I hope mine are in between.

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I feel the same way, Beckyanne! Gotta keep moving! I did a few miles Wednesday night then did a 5K Thursday night and I feel great this morning. I'm running a race this afternoon and looking forward to it as my legs are ready! Oh yes, you'll be ready to roar this Summer!
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I find that if I run more frequently, I run much better. If I don't run for 2 or more days, I tend to feel sluggish when I do get out. I don't need to do long distance ea. time, but just doing some form of running helps. I'm hoping it's going to pay off this summer.

Sat. is usually a rest day for me, but I have to watch the weather so I will be running today and then shoveling and walking tomorrow.

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Went to my Dunedin Run Club last night and did a 5K at a decent pace. Cooled down and stretched total legs. This morning I feel great. That's the sign that I;m doing things right. So, I'm ready to do a fun Belleair Sunset 5K by the Gulf on Saturday evening! The need to run frequently is motivated by the fact that I don't want to lose my conditioning and endurance.
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Have a great Friday!

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emoticon MIRAGE!

I did a boring treadmill workout yesterday. Today is a non running day and the temps are mild so as long as its not icey outside. I'm going to get out for a walk this morning. Then I will do some strength training.

Have a great day!

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So, after being reminded what can happen when you stop run training for illness & injury, I ran two miles at a decent training pace, cooled down properly, then stretched afterward!
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Last night, I went to North Pinellas Tribe in Tarpon Springs to run with friends I hadn't trained with in a while. I was surprised to find my run partner, Jen, there! We were so happy, we went out together and had the best reunion run!
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She had been busy as her son is a state ranked high school wrestler and supports him at tournaments. Her husband is a Triathlon Teammate and training partner of mine. They are also our besties!
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We went through out regular routine insuring we cooled down properly, and stretched after! We're also running together tonight as she leads Dunedin Run Club!
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The good of all this is appreciating my weekly run routine! It only took me a week to get my body run conditioned again after a three week layoff!
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Teammates, we all have days when we just don't want to put it out there. THAT's when the greatness kicks in! You know that euphoria after your done your run! No matter the pace, you finish! "Ain't it cool!"
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Thanks MIRAGE!

I try to stay positive. Some days are challenging, and I have to tell myself that I can do it many times throughout my run. It has made a big difference to get out there and change it up a bit with different routes. Not having to run on the treadmill has been heaven!

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Beckyanne, You're workin' it like the Rock Star you are! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!
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Another great day yesterday and even a better run! Today is my rest day plus I work all day today. Stayed on track with my calories too!

Have a wonderful day!

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Yesterday was a great day! It really felt like Spring. I went out for a run, not exactly sure how far or what route I'd take. I ended up taking a route that I haven't ran in a long time. It really made it much more enjoyable. Plus it wasn't flat so I was challenged.

Today will be an easier day and tomorrow is my rest day.

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Yesterday was a non running day so I got out for a 5 mile walk instead. It was hard to not do a little jogging in there, but my leg has been bothering me and I know I need to take it easy. It's only Jan. and I won't have anything coming up till March or April which is plenty of time to get back to where I was.

Speed is not an iss ue for me. I know with time and patience it will come back. I realize that I pushed myself too hard to fast when I started out and now I'm paying the price. Competing challenges me to keep going, but I don't have to come out on top. If it happens, it's just a bonus. I want to be able to enjoy exercising for a long time so I need to take care of myself now.

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I did the Program in one shot yesterday. Tonight, I ran with my run club. I started my Garmin and refused to look at pace. I ran comfortably. Because I knew the mileage, when I got to 1.5M, I checked how I felt then decided to complete 2 miles out, knowing I would return 2 miles. Keeping comfy, I completed 4 miles at a comfortable pace.
I stretched afterwards and felt more confident about Saturday's Challenge ( 10K followed by a 5K)
You see I'm not consumed by speed. I'm doing the run legs of a Duathlon on Feb 1 then another 10K/5K challenge a week after. The speed will come. After this weekend, I will do a few careful speed drills to see how my body responds.
I am embracing patience! I know what it's like if I'm not careful and start pushing the speed. I aggravate my meniscus or tear a calf, I'm down AGAIN!
I hope some of this makes sense. All I'm saying is it's better to be safe in training! Have fun with your run!
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MIRAGE-you've got a good plan there. That's something I need to do. I'm so off lately and it definitely affects the work out. Plus it's hard on the legs. The plan for the weekend is to do some rearranging and put the trainer up. I've been using the stationary bike, but it's old and you can't adjust the tension right. I brought it upstairs last night and biked 9 miles while I had the TV on. Worked out well.

I had an early morning meeting this morning which went longer than expected so it threw my morning off. Ended up on the TM again! I wanted to get outside this morning, but because the roads are a bit slippery in spots and it's colder, I need to do a longer distance to really make it worth while especially when I'm trying to drop 10 lbs. If my son is available after work, I'll have him come out with me then. I don't like to go out in the dark by myself.

Have a great day!

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