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8/28/19 4:50 P

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Well I've been back from my Colorado trip, and it was amazing. It was refreshing to run in a new place, and while challenging with the altitude, I really enjoyed myself. This past week has been really hard with balancing catching up with work and being at basically the peak of my training. I am really struggling with bad anxiety when trying to fit in everything I can during the week, and I am at that point of extreme fatigue and I am just so ready for the taper, but I have like 3 more weeks or so to go. I know I chose to do this and I keep telling myself that, but it doesnt change the fact that it's hard.

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8/16/19 3:58 P

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easy 4 miles and while it wasnt a sufferfest like yesterday, my legs were still tired and it was more work than it should have been. The good news is that I am only an hour away from officially being off work for a week, so somehow I survived and let the de-stressing begin!

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8/15/19 5:04 P

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90 min run today and I just wasnt feeling it. My legs felt dead and Ive been super stressed with work trying to get ready to be off all next week and my anxiety is running high. I suffered through it, but it was just slow and I wasn't enjoying it. Glad to get that over and ready to move on.

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8/13/19 1:32 P

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4 miles felt like such a break today after the long weekend. Our humidity here is ridiculous and it feels like running in a swamp. I cannot wait until I get the dry mountain climate next week. So thankful for a recovery week this week as well. I hope you are getting some nice trail time!

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8/11/19 3:41 P

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This was a back to back long run weekend - 18.5 on Saturday and 12.5 today. The half miles came into play as I got a little lost yesterday and then wanted an even number for my total mileage :)

All in all, they went really good. Even today, when my legs felt like heavy bricks from the very start, I was able to mentally push through and stay present in the run. While I feel like this weekend is over in the blink of an eye, I am pleased with what I was able to get through and I know it's runs like these that really help for an ultra.

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8/6/19 3:14 P

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Im glad to see you back swimming! I remember years ago when we started on this little message forum that you used to do quite a bit of swimming if I am recalling correctly. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, and I will be thinking of you as you deal with this all. I am sure it is really hard. My husband and I have had our share of struggles, to which neither of us could really be honest with either one of our families, so I understand how hard it is to not only pretend it's all good when things are bad, but then to be honest and share things that you might not want to. Don't feel that you owe anyone anything.

This week my coach has added in that extra day of running that comes with training for 50 miles, but thankfully it is low mileage and only 3 miles. It was another treadmill day as Autumn still hasn't eaten and was scared of the rain, but Im glad she is acting more and more like herself every day. This is Day 2 of the food standoff and Im hoping she finally caves and eats her dry food. I really dont want to have to buy more wet food - it is so expensive!

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8/6/19 2:31 P

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Hey there! I hope Autumn is on the mend, or as much as she can be. I so know the worry that comes with nursing a sick pup. It's so hard to focus on anything else. It's good that you have a treadmill and could be there with her while still getting your training in.

My stress is through the roof too, and I'm not even training for anything. Work is so overwhelming right now, and my ex and I are making big decisions about our future and our house that are really emotional. I'm preparing to see my family this week and we've always had a fraught relationship. They don't know the specifics of my separation, so there's bound to be lots of uncomfortable conversations about how we. a perfect couple, could fall apart so suddenly and so dramatically. Also I'm depressed as heck right now. But I'm running? Not much and not fast, but enough. I did six miles last Thursday, a lovely 10 miler on Saturday through the woods, and another 7 on Sunday. It was so hot and my little mole person body couldn't take it, so I was happy that the clouds rolled in for this morning's five miler. I've been swimming in between runs too, because that solitude just heals my heart and being in the ocean is teaching me so much courage.

This is a big dump but thanks for listening. Give Autumn so many head pets from me and the panda.

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8/5/19 4:47 P

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Fartlek ladder workout today, which was another late run when it was at the hottest temps of the day in the 90s, but I managed pretty well. I really like ladder workouts, especially ones like this that start with the most length of time and decrease as the workout continues. Work is just crazy right now, and between this really heavy running volume and caring for Autumn, my stress level is at about 100.

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8/4/19 3:59 P

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No run scheduled for today as we were supposed to be camping, but I felt like I needed to get out on the trail an despite the heat, it felt so good. It was exactly what I needed. I was glad to let my mind wander and think about how beautiful it is outside, and I feel like a heavy cloud is lifted. Autumn is still improving each day which is good news, so I hope each day she gets stronger, I feel a little more invested in the runs.

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8/1/19 5:37 P

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Tempo intervals today and I had no idea how these would go since I ended up running at the hottest part of the day as that is the only time I could have my husband watch Autumn. The workout was 4 x half mile at tempo pace with 2 min rest, and I felt not great at the start, but surprised myself and was under my target tempo pace for each half mile interval. I pretty much faded during the cool down, but it felt good to knock this out when I am so mentally and physically exhausted.

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7/31/19 3:51 P

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I was able to get out of the house for my 7 miler today which is good since I did not want to do that on the treadmill. It was nice to have a break from the house, although I worried about Autumn the whole time. She is a little better today, in that her eyes are able to focus, but she is still falling down when she tries to walk and isn't eating. another 1-2 days before we know if this was idiopathic or could be a tumor.

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7/30/19 5:21 P

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I love all this! Your town sounds so wonderful. I truly am glad that it has been a good move for you. And it must be a thing with bikers - I have a lot of people, both men and women, give me high fives and thumbs up when I run on the paved trail near the canal.

Today has been a rough one. I spent all morning at the vet, as my dog couldnt walk and her eyes were moving rapidly around. She was diagnosed with Vestibular disease, and the cause of this is unknown. Most get better in a few days but will have some permanent damage, but in other cases it could be a tumor. I heard that word and almost lost it. I am really hoping that she improves and we dont have to get a MRI to confirm my worst fear. I know that you have been in this position many times with your pups, so I know if anyone can understand what I am going through, it;'s you. To see her unable to walk and throwing up in the office just breaks my heart. I never want to be without her. I ended up doing my run on the treadmill so I could watch her constantly. I wasnt sure I even wanted to do a run, but it felt good to burn off some of the anxiety I had been holding in for hours.

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I had a few great runs in a row this weekend. I needed to stick in cell phone range because of work, so I did the cross-town trail on Saturday. I did 10 miles and it was so pleasant to be out in the woods. There was almost no one on the trail because it was pretty drizzly and I loved having it to myself. I listened to country music and watched the leaves fall (because it's actually fall already here, thanks Alaska).

On Sunday I tried to catch a break in the rain but missed it completely and ran seven miles in a total downpour. There was actual flooding in the streets. I decided to lean into it and jumped in every puddle and was smiling like a damn maniac. An old man was coming up from the harbor and waved his fist at me and said, "YOU CRAZY KIDS!" It made my day.

Yesterday I went out for a quick five and my legs felt so happy and strong. A dude on a bike slowed down next to me and, of course, my high alert came on. But he just reached out a hand to me and said, "HIGH FIVE!" We high fived and he zoomed away and it was so great. Honestly, I say it all the town but I love this town. I don't know if you watched Gilmore Girls but it's a real life Stars Hollow. Every day here makes me so happy.

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7/28/19 2:09 P

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That is so great that your pup is able to hike with you and keep you company. I am sure he loves the exercise and you get to be with him.

I had back to back long runs this weekend, and it was hot, but they both went well. I felt really horrible after my run yesterday from the heat and was sure today would be rough, but I stayed really focused during the run and it went surprisingly well. Just when I think that my endurance sucks right now, I am surprised by something like that. Now to hope that the heat subsides for my next back to back in 2 weeks.

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7/25/19 8:27 P

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Yesterday was a run day but I wanted to take it a little slower, so I loaded up the pup and we hiked for three miles. He loved it. It's amazing having a dog that can see and walk! This morning I was up and at em for a five miler. This town is so small that once I got to work, three people told me, "I saw you running this morning! I don't even like driving that far!" (I mean, I get it. My commute to work is 1.8 miles so I don't like driving that far either.)

I'm so glad you're feeling better! I hope you have some great runs this weekend!

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7/25/19 4:52 P

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Today was a rolling hill workout and my energy level increase was noticeable. Apparently 5 days on a double dose of B12 is already kicking in and making a significant difference in how I feel. I was excited to run, I felt good while doing it, and I am so glad that I things appear to be improving already. I never realized it before, but when I was so fatigued, I was never really excited about anything. Everything just seemed flat, and it's nice to feel excited and happy in general again.

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7/23/19 4:09 P

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that sounds so wonderful! where are you backpacking at? Ive always wanted to do a trip like that. I have my eye on doing a R2R possibly for my 40th bday in a few years.

I ran a few easy miles as we have our group run tonight and I needed the extra time on my feet. My husband is leaving for Austin tomorrow so I wanted more time to have dinner with him before leaving for the run. I am super sad that he is going to our favorite city without me, but it was not good time for me to take off work and he is going for work, so Ill be here, sad, running!

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7/22/19 1:35 P

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Wow, y'all have some whiplash weather out there! Alaska tends to have weather patterns that stick, so if it's raining today, chances are pretty good it's going to be raining all week. BUT! It's not raining today. We had a lovely sunny weekend. I did 9 miles on Saturday. I'm training for a backpacking trip with my dad so I loaded up my pack with more weight than I normally do, which made it ride really low and it just rubbed my ribcage completely raw. Like actual open wounds. OUCH. Yesterday was too beautiful to run, so I kayaked and sat on the beach instead. Today I did an hour in the sunrise and it was, in fact, the most beautiful morning. This town is like a fairy tale town.

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7/21/19 3:00 P

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A brown bear advisory?! Now that is something we dont have! I hope you made it home.

We went out in the crazy heat yesterday very early, and while it was miserable, we went slow and walked the last mile. My friend was starting to get dizzy and nauseous, so at that point we cared less about running and more about getting to the parking lot. Today the heat finally broke, and my husband I were planning to hit up another trail so he could ride his mountain bike and I could run, but then a huge storm hit that derailed that plan. So treadmill it is. I dont mind rain, but the flooding was excessive, so I guess I'll have to save the nice weather running for another day.

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7/18/19 5:49 P

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I can't believe you had hail and an excessive heat advisory on the same day! Treadmills suck, but you have to stay safe. I'm sorry to hear about your fatigue and your B12 but at least you know what the issue is and can hopefully make a plan to address it!

I ran five miles on Tuesday before hopping on a plane and heading to Angoon for work. Angoon has 450 residents, so there's nothing here. I did 3.3 miles today in Angoon, which was lovely. It was pouring rain but I was happy to see the town anyway. I cut it short because there's a brown bear advisory and I didn't want to die. Now I'm stuck in Angoon because our float plane got weathered out so hopefully I make it home tonight.

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7/18/19 4:40 P

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50 min on the treadmill since we are under an excessive heat advisory and it's over 100 degrees out. I was going to try to run this morning but we had hail, so that didn't happen. Typical Chicago - hail and 100 degrees in the same day. It ended up being fine as I got my labs back from my Drs visit and was upset to find out my b12 dropped down so significantly, it was back to where it was before I supplemented. While I am totally relieved to know that the fatigue I am feeling is real, that it isn't my lack of ability, I am also so freaking frustrated and really tired of taking a million pills every day just to feel human.

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7/16/19 2:58 P

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That sounds like quite an adventure! Sometimes those are the most fun, although I am sorry to hear you are paying for it the next day. Hopefully you can recover from that quickly.

I did a quick 2 miles on my lunch as I'll get in the other 3 tonight at our flight night. It is like 100% humidity out there, so it should be a steamy evening.

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7/15/19 1:07 P

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Woof, this weekend. I did not plan for 16 miles and didn't expect it but it's done now. I went out on Saturday and just had a little bit of time, so I did seven quick miles on the road with the expectation of doing some trails on Sunday. AND SOME TRAILS I DID. I apparently inadvertently got myself into the kind of climb that some people do overnights for. I didn't have any food or enough water and it was 70 with 85% humidity. The first steep climb was more of a hike than a run, but once I got to the alpine, I picked up the pace. Climbing back down killed my quads and the last few miles, dehydrated, sunburned, hungry, were pretty slow. But hey, 16 miles with like zero training for it is not too shabby. I feel like I got hit by a train today, though!

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7/14/19 3:15 P

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That sounds so horrible. I know how difficult it is to run on days when we have air quality alerts, so I cannot even imagine what it would be like in those conditions. Be careful!

This weekend was the first of the back to back long runs, and I didn't miss them! That was the one thing I enjoyed about training for Big Sur this past spring. I knew I had to run long, but that I had an easier day afterwards. Add in the insane heat and it's been a hot and sweaty two days, coupled with stress of seeing my poor dog in so much pain from her shoulder strain. I hate leaving her to go run, but she seems to be doing ok with her painkillers. I think am starting to tolerate the heat better, although I am still dreading when I am getting up to the 4 and 5 hour runs and how I handle that.

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7/11/19 3:42 P

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THIS SMOKE. It's so bad that they've closed down the state government in some parts of the state. Some places are issuing advisories not to exercise outdoors, but not where I live, so I ran for five miles yesterday and felt it. My throat is so scratchy and sore right now. I would really prefer to swim but they closed out pool because the government is having a budget standoff. It's wild times in Alaska.

Take it easy in the heat, bud!

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7/11/19 1:41 P

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5 easy miles today and by some luck it is actually below 80 degrees and running felt good. I had a sports massage on Tuesday and she really worked my hamstrings and my legs feel so much better while running. I could tell they were really shortened during the speedwork on Tuesday, and it really made a difference during my run today. This week is a large jump in mileage but I seem to be hanging in there!

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7/9/19 4:19 P

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oh good! I am so happy to hear that you had a great weekend. It looked like you had so much fun!

Today was a fartlek workout and I was nervous as I spent all morning with major GI issues. I started taking Magnesium to address my fatigue issues and I am afraid it may have caused this laxative like effect. Thankfully I made it through the workout without any issues, although I felt a little weak considering I had no food or hydration in me whatsoever. The work out was 30 min of 30 sec 5k race pace fartleks with 90 sec of recovery, with a warmup and cool down. I had a few repeats that didnt quite hit the right pace, but considering I had to run this in the hottest part of the day since my morning was spent on the toilet, I'll take it. Overall it went pretty good. I definitely wont be running 5k race pace during 50 miles, so I get that this workout was less about the actual pace I met and more about the endurance.

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7/8/19 1:10 P

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This weekend was just what I needed! We took a couple of short but strenuous hikes that ended in nice swimming holes. My hips definitely needed the rest. I ran 5 miles this morning in a nice mist and felt so much better. I have loved the sun, of course, but I needed the rain and was so glad to see it.

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7/6/19 4:23 P

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Well we had a break from the heat, in that it finally dipped below 90, so while my run was still a humid slog, it went somewhat better than last week's long run. It rained for a bit which felt wonderful, and I made it to my car before the worst of the storm hit. I think we are finally getting a break from the heat for a few days, but I am also hoping I am starting to acclimate somewhat to the weather. It was a better week for running, so at least I am heading into a new week with more confidence that I did last week. I hope you are enjoying your time with friends!

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7/5/19 4:52 P

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I think the heat is giving us both confidence issues and making us feel weak when we have no reason to think that. You are so correct when you say that 1 hour in this heat is worse than many in the cold. Right now it is absolutely disgusting out and while I am taking an extra rest day after the 4 mile road race I ran yesterday, I couldn't be happier since I would not want to be out in this anyways. Thankfully the road race actually helped my confidence a bit as I was finally able to run the pace I trained for Big Sur at, and it felt really really good. I surpassed what I thought I could run and was picking people off the entire last mile which is exactly how I like to race. I couldnt be happier that we are finally cooling off tomorrow. Perhaps my long run will not feel so horrible.

Enjoy your running break and time with friends. It sounds like just what you need!

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7/5/19 12:54 P

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I am just not into running right now. I know it's just the weather, but I hate summer running so much. I just want to hike instead. I went out for three miles on Tuesday night and another 4 yesterday, but they were so hot and miserable and my hips were so tight, it was just a slog for miles and not enjoyable. I was going to run this morning because I decided to give into my desire to hike and took the dog out for a couple of miles on the trail. I have some friends coming into town today so this won't be a running weekend, which is probably good since I'm feeling burned out. I don't even have an excuse since I'm hardly racking up any miles and I'm not training for anything! I'm just a pansy.

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7/3/19 12:51 P

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Ugh, this is the worst time of year to run. I miss the winter so much! Yes, running for five hours on December 10 was cold, but running one hour yesterday was worse. The haze, the heat, the humidity, ugh. Fortunately, it cooled off today and rained so the haze and dust is clearing up, but it's still 95% humidity. Stay safe! Don't feel weak for running on the treadmill, it is truly garbage out there and dangerous garbage at that!

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7/2/19 4:10 P

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today I just couldn't deal with the heat so I used the treadmill. Sometimes when I say this I feel like such a failure, but it was 90 by 8 am with 90% humidity, and I just couldnt breathe. It was either suffer through a miserable run that would make me hate myself, or feel like a wuss and do it on the treadmill, and I chose the treadmill. It was actually a good run, I realized I can still run and feel ok, and as my coach told me yesterday, sometimes you just need a good run for your sanity. That I did after a week straight of 90 plus degrees in a row. I am actually really happy I'll be training for a Feb. race now as that means I'll have cold to train in which sounds like heaven.

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7/1/19 1:40 P

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oh wow! that is really scary and horrible. Please stay safe! I know you always are, but fires and smoke always really scare me as things can get so out of control. I hope the air quality improves greatly for you.

I ran earlier today to try and beat the heat, and while that was technically true, it was humid AF. Still, it felt somewhat better and I felt like I had some pep to my step for once. It was not a complete slog so I guess there is something to this running early thing, even if it is "only" 86 that early instead of 96.

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I AM CURSED. My lungs were finally starting to feel better when about a million wildfires started and now the entire state of Alaska is filled with smoke and haze. I'm not even kidding, they're planning to evacuate the entire city of Fairbanks. Friday was still relatively clear, but very hot, and I went out for a good 7 miler that was slow but fine. I had to take my shirt off because it was sticky and chafing the heck out of me, which of course meant men felt like it was okay to objectify me, eyeroll. On Saturday, I did 10 miles that started out hazy but a good breeze and the forest cover helped. Yesterday was a truly miserable 7 miler. The haze was thick and it was hard to breathe, my legs were extremely tired and my pelvis and hips bones felt like they were packed with cement. I was just happy to make it through. I saw a little bear eating salmonberries on the side of the road, though, and even though I pulled my spray just in case, he didn't pay me any attention.

I'm pissed to hear about the litterers. You're so good to clean up after them but I hate that people are so inconsiderate of our planet and each other.

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6/30/19 2:08 P

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Another ridiculously hot day, I struggled again, but at least I got through it. There was no breeze whatsoever, so the hot air was stifling and even the shaded parts were rough as it was a challenge to breathe. I was also irritated as I finished running and wanted nothing more than to sit in the shade and drink my ice water, yet I spent the time picking up garbage from a car that had been there earlier have a picnic but apparently couldnt throw the garbage in the bin 200 ft away so threw it on the ground. Oh the irony of having a picnic to enjoy the outdoors but then destroying the thing that you were there to enjoy in the first place.

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6/29/19 3:52 P

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That is still quite hot, so I imagine you are feeling much as I am as we are both acclimating to our summer weather. I really hope you are feeling better.

I think I managed the heat better today. I had 8 miles to do and I felt decent for about 6 before the heat really started to get to me. I slowed way down and focused on my breathing, and was fairly pleased with how I felt. Hopefully as I continue to acclimate, I will be able to go longer without feeling like I am going to combust. It was 95 when I finished and so humid. I am pretty wiped after that and already dreading this weather as my runs get longer, but that is the "joy" of training for fall races.

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6/27/19 7:50 P

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Hell month continued yesterday with a quick one-day trip to a village to do a trial that went very badly. Good thing I huffed and puffed my way through a HOT painful four mile run on Tuesday afternoon. There's no way it's as hot here as it is there, but 65 for an Alaskan might as well be 100. It was 80 yesterday and no one could function much past drinking margaritas and groaning.

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6/27/19 4:51 P

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I hope you are feeling better! It sounds horrible.

Today I got my butt handed to me by the heat. I had an unstructured fartlek run and I felt good for about 3 miles but then started to feel dizzy and like I couldnt breathe. It was 90 out and obviously I havent acclimated so speedwork in it was just ridiculous. I pretty much walked my entire 10 min cool down and almost passed out when I walked into the house. As much as I complain about winter, I also dislike this kind of heat so very much. I am trying to remind myself that it's not me or my ability, just the heat that is causing the difficulty.

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Round 2 of the cold from hell hit me like a pile of bricks on Thursday. I ran five miles in 70 degree heat that afternoon and my lungs were on fire. I had to go to Juneau for work on Friday and it was an 18 hour day, so no running. Yesterday I slept until noon and coughed up my innards. I spent the afternoon on the couch eating soup and whining. Today I tried to run and only managed a 5k before I called it. Wow. This is hell. Begging for some healing next week.

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6/23/19 2:57 P

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6 miles today and I was feeling great despite the humidity. I intended to only run about 5 but I was feeling so good I just kept going. Some days are still tough, but I am thankful for the days like today where running feels so good. I hope you are feeling better and able to get some runs in this weekend.

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6/21/19 3:32 P

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a quick easy 3 miles on my lunch today. tomorrow we have a beer event, so I figured I would get in my run today. Happy summer solstice!

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6/20/19 4:40 P

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Id say you are due for a sickness too after all you've been through. I hope you start to feel better soon. I know all about fatigue and exhaustion, so just try and get as much sleep and general rest that you can.

4 miles today, which is the longest Ive run yet and it went fairly well. I struggled a bit with the 3.5 mile run on Tuesday as a group. I let some speedy people go past but I was lucky to have a friend that took it easy with me. It's still a work in progress, but Im feeling more and more motivated, especially since I did something scary and signed up for my first 100k in Feb! I am still in that, holy !@#$ what did I do? but I figure why the !@#$ not?

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5 miles this morning, still not feeling great. Yesterday's run made me exhausted all morning so here's hoping today's is better. I guess after the year I've had it makes sense that my immune system would take a crash so I can't feel too bad about it.

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oh no! I am so sorry that happened to you. I am sure it must be disappointing, but Im glad you are feeling better. You are definitely not weak or dumb - it happens to all of us. Im sorry this happened to you right when you were hoping to run on the trails.

I finally managed 3 miles on Sunday, lol, but felt good. Tonight is our group run so hopefully I can keep up, but Ill do my own thing if need be just so I can keep my fatigue in check. Technically today is the first run of my Hennepin training, so I guess it's go time now.

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I am so f'ing pissed. I got to Juneau and immediately got so sick that I could barely stand. I slept for two days. I didn't run at all. I did 5 miles this morning back in Sitka and felt okay, although my heart rate was too high and I had to stop to bring it down a couple of towns. I missed my shot at the trails but this illness was so bad even I couldn't power through. Stupid dumb weak body.

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I hope you are getting in some amazing trail time!

And of course, that is good advice. I am definitely trying to be patient with my recovery. I plan to tell my coach during our checkin tomorrow that I need another week before training again. While today's 3 mile run went amazingly well and I felt like myself again, I also don't want to push it. I just need a little more time to get myself to where I need to be to focus on another race.

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I did 5 miles in my lovely Sitka last night before boarding a godawfully early flight to J-town. I already feel worried and anxious and I've only been here an hour! Come hell or high water, I'm hitting my trails this weekend because it's the only way I'll white knuckle it through this weekend.

Take the time you need, friend! Remember that rest and recovery make you stronger. This is a hard, hard lesson -- you know that I am THE WORST about following this advice. But you've killed it for the last two years and it's totally normal and understandable that you'd need more than your average recovery time.

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I am jealous! I saw that Rickey Gates is in Juneau right now and all of his running photos looks amazing, just as yours always are. I hope you enjoy your time on the trails and that your hip doesn't bother you too much.

Today was another 2.5 miles and I wasn't feeling it. I felt really fatigued and despite the fact that it is 60 degrees and everyone is complaining it is cold but this is like the most perfect weather ever, I just didnt get into this run. I was hoping to start feeling back to normal again after the race, but it appears my body believes otherwise.

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Happy birthday! Nothing makes a birthday better than a good run. I'm so pleased that yours was perfect and that your birds could join you!

I did a little more than 5 miles today. I took a couple days off because of my dang hip because I wanted to see if it was my hip or something else, and I concluded that it's my hip because it did get slightly better with a couple days of rest. Which of course means that I need more than a couple days of rest but I also have had a hard week and I needed to run. No rest coming either because I'm going to Juneau this weekend and literally the only part I'm excited about is running my trails, rain or shine.

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2.5 miles for my birthday today. It was a perfect run. The sun was shining and both of my birds were out. It was exactly the run I needed for today.

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oh no! I hope things are ok. My sister just had a scary episode with a kidney stone. She had a giant one that stopped her one kidney from working, however she is pregnant and they had to perform a very risky surgery to laser the stone out without hurting the baby. I hope that your situation is less serious.

Im glad you were able to get in some miles this weekend. I ran 20 min. today which felt better than yesterday, so each day is an improvement. I still have a lot of fatigue so Im happy to just take it easy for another week or so, although it feels so weird to have so much time on my hands. I have no idea what to do with myself!

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My hip still really hurts but running feels good so what's the deal!? I'm worried it's my kidney. This sounds crazy but it feels a lot like a kidney infection I had a few years ago. I did 8 miles today with a stop for weekend hearings in the middle and it felt really good!

I'm glad you're easing into running again! I hope you recover well and find yourself good and strong very soon.

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I hope your hip feels better and that you are able to get some nice runs in this weekend.

I finally ventured out for my first run since Kettle. I was able to get in 2 miles and it seemed just about right. Not too far that I felt like I did too much, but long enough that I was glad to be done. It is weird to think that a week ago I was pushing my body to the limit and now a mere 2 miles feels tough. I am thankful that nothing seems injured. My right IT band is still really tight and my legs feel heavy, but I didn't experience any pain. Im glad I waited to run until after my sports massage on Thursday as I think she really helped to work out some major inflammation. My legs were so sore I didnt even want to use a foam roller on them, but my therapist knows just the right amount of pressure to get things feeling good again.

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