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5/22/18 4:26 P

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yikes! I hope the yoga helps, and the pool sounds like a good solution until things are feeling better. I know it's hard, but try to take it easy so you avoid re-injury.

Today I did some upper body strengthwork and tonight is the Oiselle flight night that we have basically canceled for a month. It should only be an easy 3-4 miles, and thankfully those who are showing up have recently run races or are coming off injury, so it should be pretty casual. I definitely am feeling like I need to get back into a schedule again, so I started doing the reverse taper marathon plan I did last fall after Chicago. it is almost TOO easy, but similar to you Amy, I am trying to not rush back into anything. Clearly I dont need to go out and run 10 miles to prove anything after running 33 miles, but I do miss running on a regular schedule.

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Maybe back to back road runs was a bad idea, because my hamstring is killing me now. I did 6 more miles on the roads this morning, just because I'm feeling low and I needed a run and I didn't have time to find a trail. My shin bone still felt okay, but the muscles around it were very sore and tight. It was slightly slower than yesterday's seven miler, but I taped it and will go to yoga at noon and hopefully that'll work some of it out.

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I ran the road for the first time in more than a week just to test out my leg. It's feeling much better! I didn't have lightning bolts of pain up my shin like I have had. Of course the muscles around the bone that have been compensating for the break were very sore. My quad and my calf are both super tight. I felt good and took it slow. I'm probably head back to the pool tomorrow so as not to overdo it, but I was very happy to get out there in the wind and rain. We had a nice stretch of sunny weather but we're back to the rainforest for the next week.

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5/20/18 2:27 P

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That sounds great Ruth. I personally also like smaller races. As much as I am always honored to have run the Chicago Marathon twice, I always find myself wishing there were fewer people. Having crowd support is always nice, but I also find the smaller, local races always seem to care about the runners and make sure they have a great experience.

Amy, I am so happy that you were able to take a day off and enjoy yourself. I am sure it was much needed after your trial. I am super impressed you still have been able to maintain around 40 mpw even while injured! that is more than I have run in several weeks.

Today I woke up and knew I needed to return to the trail. The weather was cold and rainy, but I wanted to be back in my element, and it was exactly what I needed. There was literally no one out on the trail due to the rain, but I loved it. I ran 4 easy miles and felt great. I didn't try to push it even when I wanted to run further.

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5/18/18 5:38 P

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That's a solid race schedule, Ruth! I love small races because it always feels so congenial and it's not nearly as chaotic. Of course, I live in small-town Alaska so all of our races are small.

I'm glad you got out there, Heather! I always want to run a little after big races. My legs miss it when I don't do it!

It's gloriously sunny and warm today so I took the day off of work and headed to the woods. I ran a little more than 10 miles on the trail. I love watching the summer slowly creep its way up the mountain. I could smell the skunk cabbage starters and knew the bears won't be far behind. It was a beautiful day and a great run. I've been lucky enough to run almost 40 miles mostly on trails this week. I wish every week could be this way!

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5/18/18 5:13 P

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I signed up for a half marathon on June 16. And my next marathon will be October 20. Both in Nebraska where I live.
So, I'm going from a big, popular, well supported race, to significantly smaller, local races. A little nervous about that.

I do almost all my running on roads. A couple trail runs as part of races here and there.

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Ruth, what is next for you once you recover from your marathon? Have you signed up for any races? Do you typically run on the road or trails?

Today I walked the dog on my lunch and got the urge to run. The weather was perfect, so I laced up after work and ran 2 easy miles. They were pretty slow going, but other than my heavy quads, I felt decent. I came home and did some upper body strength work and it feels good to be moving and sweating again. I am still remaining true to what I wrote yesterday - nice and easy recovery, and I don't plan to run again for a few days, but it felt wonderful to run again today.

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Hey, thanks for letting me join your thread. You both have such beatific descriptions of your runs. It was lovely to read those. It reminds me of what I love about running.

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I definitely have a new appreciation for the elevation gain that you run daily! I told many runners on Saturday how much I was impressed by their ability to run on such steep hills. Us flatlanders are at such a disadvantage because there are few places to be able to run on that could ever prepare us well for anything outside our little bubble. I am so glad you have been getting outdoors and loving every minute of it!

Last night I had a sports massage and it was amazing. it was exactly what I needed to speed up recovery because either I have a selective memory, or I dont recall being this sore so many days out last time. It wouldnt surprise me as clearly the course was much more challenging, but it's been a struggle. Today I was able to get out of bed relatively painfree, and while going down the stairs is still unpleasant, I feel better. My legs and feet are still swollen, but she was able to bring down the inflammation drastically. She also did an ab massage which was so strange, but felt so good to get my core firing again. my core has basically been nonexistent since Saturday, and I look like a hunchback. Today I was able to do some light yoga and that felt amazing too. I still dont have any plans to run (even though my heart wants to), so Im going to try and really take it easy and give myself plenty of rest. I am going to have a summer of 50 mile training, so I think I deserve it.

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WHAT A MORNING! It's so lovely outside and more than anything I wanted to run Mt. Roberts. Now, Mt. Roberts is 1,800 feet of elevation gain in four miles, so I use the term "running" very loosely. But I got out there and did it and it was PERFECT. I loved it so much, I want to turn around and do it again. Based on your remarks about your ultra, I remembers to pack my trekking pole and was so surprised (as always) about how much it helps my lower back to not have to scale all the rocks and roots. I love this place!

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WOW! That elevation gain is a massive difference from your training! I wonder how you midwesterners train for hills and now I know that it must be tough! My ultra last year was almost 6,000 feet of elevation gain with one level stretch (about 6 miles) in the middle. That level stretch was actually the worst part because my legs were so acclimated to the up and down that my calves were screaming on flat land. I am so glad you had a great race! I just knew that you could do it without finding yourself in The Dark Place. You're so well-trained and such a strong runner, you just needed to believe it in your heart, which it sounds like you did. That picture of your sweet pup greeting you at an aid station was just delightful. It must have been great to have so much family support along the way! I am so happy for you!

I had a good weekend of running too! I went out on Saturday with my husband and ran Salmon Creek Dam. There's a fair amount of climbing at the end, but it's totally worth it to crest it and see the reservoir. (By way of comparison, it's a 6.5 mile run with 1,600 feet of elevation gain. Juneau elevation is no joke! Yesterday I "ran" Peterson Lake Trail. It was as much hiking as running, though, because the middle portion is so muddy and rooty, it's impossible to run. I fell twice and banged up my knee and my poor already-broken shin. But it was lovely and worth the pain. My head and my heart feel a million times better.

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Congrats Ruth on your first marathon! It sounds like it was a great positive experience if you are already thinking about doing another one! I hope you have a quick recovery from the stress of the race.

Amy, I am so glad you were able to get out and blow off some stress and have one of those amazing runs. Now that the trial is over I hope you much so many more of those types of runs!

So I ended up taking your advice and ran a few miles on Friday, and it felt great. It was exactly what I needed after sitting in the car and to release some pre-race jitters. Friday was also packet pickup which happened to be at what would be the aid station around mile 15, and I was really impressed with the race staff and volunteers. Once they knew I was from out of state, people were swarming me to help me look at maps and figure out where we were going and telling me about things to do in the area. My husband and I walked around a little to check out the trail and it was so beautiful.

The race itself was amazing. It was the hardest race to date, but also the best. The course itself was just breathtaking at times. It was so challenging, with uphills that lasted for over a mile, and seriously no flats. I could tell right from the start that I would have to change my race strategy and run some of the downhills faster earlier on to make up some time since the uphills would take so long and it was only a few miles back down before we would climb again. I saw a lot of people with poles so I really wish I had brought some, and I definitely would have benefited from it. Once I accepted the trail for what it was, I was able to let go of the pace and time that I had hoped for, and just ran the best that I could. The temperature climbed up into the 80s pretty quickly and it was hot as hell, but I was able to stay positive for almost all of the race. I was able to see my husband at 3 aid stations and that was really nice, and I met so many fun people out on the course. I talked with one woman as we ran for about 5 miles and they just flew by. There was also a small section where I could pass some of the people who had already turned around, and it was so much fun to have everyone cheering each other on. The aid stations were fantastic. I literally could just stand there and have everyone take care of my water and hydration, with volunteers making jokes and cowbelling you out. It was the best managed race I have ever run. I knew the final 11 miles would be the worst with the largest climbs, and I felt like my legs were going to give out climbing to the top of this huge hill around mile 31 (oh did I forget to mention that it was actually 33 miles!?!?!), but it is just truly amazing how your body will just keep moving. I was enjoying every moment of it, and coming into the finish and seeing my parents and husband (and dog) was the best feeling ever.

I feel completely beat up, especially my quads from the hills, but my heart is truly happy. The race didnt go as I had expected, but I cant be disappointed one bit. The race was so much harder than what I could have ever trained for. I reviewed my garmin data and my usual training runs have 920 ft of elevation gain. This race was 4,600 ft of elevation gain. So I was out of my element, yet I did it. I finished in good spirits, without injury, and I feel super proud of what I accomplished.

Thanks again for your support Amy!

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Congratulations on your first marathon, Ruth! That's a huge accomplishment! It's such an addictive feeling.

And GOOD LUCK HEATHER! I just know you're going to do great. I'm so proud of you!

I couldn't run last night because my jury was deliberating and my stomach was in knots. I did 30 minutes of pool jogging this morning and came into work to a guilty verdict. I cannot wait to hit the trail in celebration tomorrow. As a former boss used to say, we don't win or lose, but justice is done. I definitely feel like that's true in this case.

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I just ran my first marathon on Sunday.

It was the Flying Pig in Cincinnati. Finish time 7:14:45.

So now I'm hooked and I want to start planning my next one.

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Thank god for yoga, seriously. I went on Tuesday night and immediately felt better.

My opinion means nothing, but I think you should run after the drive. I know that when I'm inactive for too long, my legs get really itchy to run and as a person who always travels for races, I need to get a feel for the new place to feel confident. That's my two cents.

I ended up running a trail last night anyway. Yesterday was an incredibly intense day at work, and my heart and my head needed it. I did a little more than five very slow miles on the trail and it was exactly what I needed. You know that "now my heart is full" feeling that running can give you? IN SPADES. Today we close this murder case and then it's to the jury. I'm proud of the work I've done so far and ready to celebrate it with pancakes and another great run.

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salonpas patches are amazing. a few years ago I strained my neck and those saved my life. I really hope you start to feel better, and that you enjoy your trail run on Thursday.

I did a long yoga session today and have my sports massage tonight. I am still debating whether I am going to run tomorrow as scheduled in my plan, or on Friday. tomorrow we are driving to PA, so my options to run are limited and part of me thinks that a quick run on Friday would feel good after sitting in the car tomorrow. I typically do not run the day before a race, but it's not as if this run really matters.

I did read that article from LF! I actually thought of you when I did. She never fails to capture things so perfectly. the piece she wrote on the Oiselle Blog about the "darkness" last week was simply amazing. I think the darkness is what I am most afraid of during my race on Saturday. I like how she framed it as something that makes you a better person to those around you, and I am going to be pulling from that a lot I have no doubt.

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Of course you chose the fartlek, you overachiever!

I did 5.2 road miles today. My leg hurt, but it felt a little better after a warm up. I can feel the spot on the shin that's damaged, so I've been massaging it and applying salonpas patches, which helps with the pain. I just want to feel good again! Tomorrow I'll probably hit the pool again just so I don't overdo it. I heard another of my fave trails is clear so I'd love to get out there on Thursday. Trial is grinding on and I need the outdoors more then ever.

Did you read the Lauren Fleshman essay on Strava about being inactive? It was amazing and really inspired me to come back even stronger from this. In case you missed it, here's the link. I love her.

https://blog.strava.com/what-the-sedenta
ry-life-taught-me-16363/

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Im so glad you had a great run and it must be so nice to not have an icy trail. While I dont wish for ice, I certainly wish it was cooler here. it was another hot run for me, and right now race day is showing 83...ick!

today was an optional fartlek or an easy run. I chose the fartlek of course! it felt good to get my legs moving, even if I felt exhausted at the end, I needed a run with structure vs just easy miles. the sun was just so brutal. I am assuming it will be fairly shaded on saturday, but I can already tell I will probably be sucking down the water and nuun. one more run to go!

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I had a lovely run on Herbert Glacier trail today. The last time I was on the trail, it was completely iced in, so it was nice to see it clear and ready for the summer. There are a bunch of felled trees from the winter, but they're not difficult to get around. I did 10 miles, walking some hills where they were rocky (I find that rocky stretches of trail really aggravates my shin), and felt great on all the downhills.

I think it's great that you're working to identify the areas where you need to shore yourself up mentally for the race. If we could predict how we're going to emotionally respond to a particular run, I bet pre-race jitters would be a thing of the past. Your legs know just what to do, it's just keeping your head in the right space to finish strong. I have total confidence in you!

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I hope your day of pool running paid off and you had a great trail run today. Im glad you are able to find the positive, like with the podcasts, so that you dont feel as if having to cross training is a complete drag. At least something productive can come from it!

Today was an easy 40-50 min run and it was really hot again. I was actually thankful for such a short run, and came home and did some yoga which made me feel a lot better. I definitely have taper legs. every run feels like a chore, and this heat. now race day is showing 78, which could be worse, but definitely not what I want. Im not going to get freaked out yet since it can still change (and probably will every day), but I wish i had more time to acclimate.

only 2 more runs separate me from race day! I woke up today with a strange feeling of knowing that this time next week, the race will be over. I was really sad about it, so I plan to remind myself of this when I hit a dark spot on saturday. I always get the post race blues, but never beforehand! my mind is clearly in a weird spot right now. work looks to be stressful this week too, so I am going to have to really work on trying to separate work and life so that I can be in the best mental spot as possible.

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Thank you for the words of encouragement! I think that you're right that these last few weeks have been a really healthy change in my mindset, even if it feels like a setback right now. After Thursday's great trail run, I took it to the pool again today so that I can try another trail tomorrow on fresh legs. I did two hours of pool jogging and listened to a really interesting podcast about North Korea. I guess the one benefit of pool jogging is that I learn a lot! Tomorrow, come hell or high water, I'm running Herbert Glacier.

ONE WEEK! I need all the celebration emojis right now. I am very excited for you!

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Even though it may not seem like it, I think you are doing great. You may not be where you thought you would be at this time, but I think you have grown as a runner tremendously. You are making smart decisions about your training and self care that will ensure you have a long long future as a runner. Im glad you have been able to get out on the trail a few times, but have also been able to pull back to the pool when it's too much.

Today was an easy 90 min run and I took it real easy. Finally,finally, finally the trees are blooming and I ran a section of the trail that is always amazing. I was worried I would miss my chance as the blossoms only last about a week, and with me traveling next weekend for my race and then likely not running much afterwards. Thankfully today was the day and it was amazing. I didnt care what my pace was, I know this run means nothing in the scheme of my training, and I just enjoyed it. I woke up today thinking about how Ill be running at that time next week and it sent a jolt of nervousness through me. I cant believe it is almost here!

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I've been running this week, but trial has kept me underwater. I did 5 miles on Tuesday and really paid for my weekend on the trails. It was so sluggish and painful. I took it to the pool and did and hour and a half pool jogging on Wednesday to rest my legs. But yesterday was a really heavy day in court and I needed to go outside. I ran Perseverance Trail (mostly hiking on the way up, tbh), in the rain, and it made my heart soar. This has been a very challenging period of my life but I'm doing what I can.

I'm sorry about your tough run yesterday! I cannot fathom running in such heat. You're a beast.

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Today's run was junk. Maybe it was the heat (86 degrees) or taper legs, but I just felt like I had zero energy. Id like to blame the heat because a jump to the upper 80s is quite a shock considering it was in the 40's last weekend, but I just felt like I had no energy to continue with the run. I walked way more than I should have. I know I usually feel like this during the taper, but it's barely been a taper yet, so who knows. in any case, glad this one is over.

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I am so glad you seem to be on the mend! trails are so much more forgiving on the body and of course, more enjoyable.

today was my last hill workout. I chose the steepest incline available and it kicked my ass. I didnt meet any of my targets for the intervals, but I didnt care because I just kept climbing as hard as I could until the time was up. I definitely can tell I have made progress with hills over the course of this plan. that doesnt mean I am not going to be walking all the uphills during my race to save my legs, but at least I know I can push on when they are dead.

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I went out this morning and did 10 miles on my favorite trail. It was perfect. There were some icy spots, but nothing that was unmanageable with some careful walking. Most of it was perfectly clear. I was correct that running a trail would be easier on my leg. I felt great and I still feel great, even more than an hour later. The trail is just so much softer on my bones. It made my heart so happy to be in the woods again.

Congratulations on your last Sunday long run! You know that I love to hate them. I'm so excited for you to put all this hard work to good use.

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good! I hope you dont rush into running and set yourself back, but I can understand the need to get out there and see how you feel. I hope this means you are on the mend.

today was a 70-90 min longer-ish run, and my legs felt dead. still, my legs surprised me and I finished the run at only a slightly slower pace than I would have expected. It was also quite warm and while I was drinking a lot of water and Nuun, I think I was still a bit dehydrated from yesterday and my energy level was low. I am so glad for a rest day tomorrow. I know I have lots of rest ahead of me, but this weekend wore me out!

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I had to run today and I did. My leg hurts, but I ran a good 8.5 miles at a solid pace. I felt good, honestly. I am not better, but I'm happy I got out there and I hope I didn't derail my progress.

Happy tapering!

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last long run done, now Im tapering!!!!!!! oh so glad. I never used to like the taper before I ran marathons or longer, but I cant even tell you how badly I am ready for this taper. I am definitely beat after this run as I forgot to pickup the gel I had in my car when I refilled my water and nuun, and I started to bonk with a few miles to go, but I didn't even care because I was so glad to just be done with this stage of training. switching to a rest and recovery mode is exactly what I need.

I can relate, because I am always so hard on myself. Ive gotten better over the years, but I still feel so much guilt sometimes, so I know how hard it must be for you right now as you try to recover and deal with your life stress. I know running always helps me deal with this, so I am sure it is hard to not have that outlet, but hopefully you can still find ways to relieve some stress and grief.

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Thank you for the nice words, Heather. I appreciate it so much. It's been a really hard week that's been made harder by the fact that I've given myself some slack on the running front. I did an hour in the pool last night and another half hour this morning. One lesson I really need to learn is to be gentle with myself, and to give myself some grace when I don't meet all the goals I've set for myself. This week has really tested that, with everything going on in my life and being injured.

Are you tapering now?!?! I hope you are. I love the taper.

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today was the one and only tempo run of my training plan. it was a nice break from all the fartleks and strides Ive done, but I forgot how difficult my tempo pace is! It's almost 2 min faster than my race pace (if you can truly have an ultra race pace), so this one was hard. It was 4 x 1 min tempos with 3 min recovery, then 3 x 40 second tempos with 1 min recovery. I was definitely beat at the end of this one, but it felt good to run real fast and the run seemed to fly by literally.

I hope you are hanging in there dealing with everything and your murder trial.

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I am so very sorry. I saw your post the other day and was so incredibly sad for you. I know you made the most of his last days, but that doesnt change the fact that it is hard. I really admire you for taking care of older dogs knowing the goodbyes come much quicker. You gave him a great life and you'll see him one day again.

That is a bummer about your marathon, but this way the pressure is off and you can just heal, both physically and emotionally! it sounds like you have a lot of stress right now, so while running may have been an outlet, at least you dont have the additional pressure on you to run the race. taking the time now to recover will set you up for success later in the year, I dont doubt it.

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My friend and I decided to scrap the May marathon. We haven't made any travel plans yet, so we don't stand to lose any money, but because flights and rooms go fast in rural Alaska, we needed to make a decision by this week. She decided that we should eye another race later in the year so I can heal up. I appreciate her patience with me, since she's also been working hard for this.

I swam for a half hour and pool jogged for a half hour this morning. I took Monday off because we had to put my little best friend to sleep. I took yesterday off because I just needed some time outside, so I took a walk in the woods with Lexie. It was good to discover two things: my leg still hurts and she's not much of a walker. I carried her about two-thirds of a mile, which I'm going to go ahead and call strength training for the day.

My heart is broken from losing Sawyer and I'm heading into a three week murder trial today and I can't run. I feel a little adrift.

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Thank you! As it is less than 3 weeks away now, the nerves are starting to set in. I am just trying to push them aside to focus on the rest of training. Last night we had our Oiselle flight night, so all in all yesterday ended up being about 6 miles which was a bit more than I had scheduled, but the weather was perfect and we ended up walking about the last mile or so since one of our group has a calf injury....sounds familiar!

I know pool running is boring, but your dedication to staying active while injured means youlll have an easier time getting back to running once you are ready. I hope you figure out your travel plans soon. would you still take the trip and not run the race? or would you only go to run the race?

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You've had such a good training season, I feel confident that this race will go better for you. The 50k last year was hard but you're a strong runner and have worked really hard for this. You got it!

I did two more hours in the pool today, yawn. I need to make a decision about the May marathon soon because we need to make travel arrangements. It's not cheap to travel to Prince of Wales Island and it'll be even more expensive if I wait too long. Ugh, I hate uncertainty.

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I hope your fun run was just what you needed Amy. I was hoping to get out today and cowbell for a local women's half that was going on, but my day of day-drinking made it almost impossible to get up so early.

I ran an hour easy run and it is amazing how just one week of recovery makes a difference in my legs. I was starting to really worry as I have watched my pace get slower and slower the last few weeks, but now I realize it is due to fatigue and that once I start to taper, I will be good on race day.

Today is the one year anniversary of my 50k. I am actually really emotional about it today for some reason. I went back and reread a blog post that I wrote and found myself crying about the experience. I am probably putting more pressure on myself this year because of it, but I really really want to have a good race this year. While I know it is going to be hard and have moments that suck, I want to finish and not feel like I spent the entire race crying and feeling defeated. I know it's not enough to want these things, I need to work on being mentally tough and I hope this past year of doing just that will help.

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The fun run sounds awesome, and I bet you will have a great time after giving back to the community and to other runners. I know pool running is not ideal, but at least you have that, and you can still feel like you are making progress while staying off your leg. I think your goal to wait until you can walk without pain is great and I hope that time comes soon!

I ran my long run today since I will be at a special barrel tapping event at a local brewery tomorrow. thankfully my long run for this recovery week is ONLY 10 miles! you know you are ultra training when 10 miles feels like nothing. my hamstrings were still a bit stiff after being worked on at my massage the other day, but the weather was beautiful and it feels good to get this run over and done with and I can enjoy my Saturday.

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HAIL! We don't get hail here but I couldn't imagine running in it. Good thing you have the dreadmill!

I did another hour and fifteen minutes in the pool last night. Yawn. My leg is feeling a lot better already. My goal is to try running again when the pain is completely gone when I walk, and I'm making really good progress there. Tomorrow I'm volunteering for a fun run to benefit the humane society, which will help get my spirits up, I'm sure. At least its raining and I don't want to go outside anyway, but I miss the trails so much.

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oh man, I was really hoping that it was not a stress fracture. well, Im glad you are still able to do some pool running even if it is boring and not the same, but this will really help keep your fitness up. assuming all goes well, I dont think this has the be the end of your training at all. you still have time. obviously you dont want to rush things, but Im usually an optimist and have hope that this is just a bump in the road for you.

today was my last long hill run and I had to do it on the treadmill since it is hailing outside. I banged that one out though and made it count. Im glad to be done with the long hills. I have one more hill run left for the plan, but it's a short one. This was a 35 min warmup with 8 x 75 seconds uphill with equal recovery, then a 35 min cool down. the worst is having to run after the hill repeats, but at this point in the plan Ive experienced worse. thankfully tonight is my monthly massage, so I am hoping it doesnt get cancelled due to the weather.

send you healing vibes!

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OK, my appointment went badly. The new doctor is fine. I'm not sure I'm going to continue seeing her long term because she and I didn't have a lot of chemistry, which sounds dumb but I need to feel comfortable with my chiro so I can tell them everything that's going on. She did confirm my worst fear, that the symptoms point to a stress fracture. She said that without an MRI (and small town living means I can't get one any time soon), she can't confirm it, but that it doesn't really matter because her recommendation would be the same either way. She said rest until it doesn't hurt when I walk anymore, which was my plan anyway. She supported my continuing to train in the pool, so I did more of that today. It's dreadfully boring, though, and I miss being outside in the elements. I'm already feeling emotional and depressed. I am feeling less pain, though, so maybe our worst fears won't come true and I'll be up and at 'em again this weekend. Wishful thinking?

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oh no, I am so sorry to hear this. I really hope you do not have a stress fracture. perhaps it is just an overuse injury and some rest will help. I was going to suggest taping so Im glad to hear that works...what about compression socks? do you have a physical therapist nearby that you can get a free screening at? The place I went to in the past for PT has free screenings where you can get some medical advice. while it is not an MRI or something to that level, they may be able to offer some help. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you that it is not serious and that the chiro can help.

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Well, the MRI is out because the bone and joint clinic doesn't have openings for four weeks. I made an appointment for a chiropractor (MY chiropractor passed away, and I'm really nervous about seeing a new one). I go in this morning. In the meantime, I logged some more miles pool jogging and have taped my calf, which seems to help. I suckered a friend into running the May marathon with me and I can tell she's nervous that I'm going to back out, so I just need to dial into why I'm feeling this pain.

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Good for you for getting two brutal runs in this weekend! Five hours of running is killer. I'm so pleased for you.

I'm really bummed about my calf. I did 10 miles on Wednesday night that were slow and stiff, but I got them done. Then on Friday, I did five miles that felt almost impossible. My shin bone is so tender that every footfall is like a shock up all the way to my glute. My calf muscle is extremely sore as a result. I'm very worried that I have a stress fracture, because that's what this feels like. I'm debating whether to go to the bone and joint clinic but I know they'll just expect me to get an MRI, which I'm so not down for. I'm taking the week to wait and see. It's felt better with some rest. I did two hours of pool jogging yesterday and I'll get back out there today and see if that helps.

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Today was an hour recovery run and of course it was pouring rain again. I procrastinated and finally was able to get a window of time with only misting rain and got the run done. it still amazes me sometimes how I can function the day after a long run. the first few miles were not pretty, but once I got going I felt ok for the most part. My left foot hurt the most as yesterday I was having major issues with the top of my shoe. the tongue of the shoe left a bruise on my foot and today it was just unbearable at times. I cant figure out why my trail shoes are doing this, but I need to figure it out soon.

I saw your post about your calf Amy. I am sorry to hear that it is still bothering you, but glad to see you are taking some time off to heal. speedy recovery!

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5 hour run done! man, what a run. misting rain, 30 mph winds. I chose a route where I'd have to run 3 loops to complete what I thought I could in 5 hours. I was super conservative the first loop, the second loop I felt a little sluggish, but the third loop I cranked up the music and just started singing. there was obviously no one else out there other than my stupid self, so I had a dance party in the woods and mentally, I was where I needed to be. physically I still struggle with how I am going to finish this freaking thing, but at least I was in high spirits and felt like a rock star when I was done. no pity moments, no moments where I felt like I couldnt keep going, so if anything, I guess this can carry me through the remaining miles on race day. overall I am happy with how this run went. my pace is nothing to get excited about, but that is almost secondary.

Amy, I hope your runs are going well and if you had a long run this weekend, that you rocked it!

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Easy hour run today. The weather was 70 degrees!!!! So I definitely felt motivated to run. My body feels tired and I am having some hamstring tightness, but I got it done. I am also feeling more motivated to run after the Scott Jurek event last night. I really appreciated it because it gave a look into the "dark place" that we all go to during a tough race. I think it is easy to think that everything comes easy to Scott Jurek, but the movie they showed really depicted the pain and struggle he endured just getting up every day and continuing on the Appalachian trail. I also really enjoyed his wife's perspective on it all. He signed my book and I told him I was running my first 50 and he was so nice about giving me some words of encouragement. Definitely a night that I needed to get me back in the right mental spot, just in time for my 5 hour run on Saturday...which will be in the rain.

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Glad the pool helped and you were able to move your long run. It is better to deal with your calf now than later on when it is really bothering you. I wish we would get some of your heat! we are supposed to warm up later in the week, but it is still so cold and snowy right now. I cant wait to feel hot on a run.

today was a fartlek - 6 x 2 min at 10k race pace with 2 min recovery. I really was not motivated to run today. I am at that point in training where I am viewing everything as work, and today I just wanted to phone it in. thankfully I warmed up longer than usual hoping it would get me more in the "mood" and it did. I knocked out the fartleks and had a good run. I really hate this point in training where I dont enjoy running as much. I know it is a normal feeling to have at the very peak of training, but it still sucks. tomorrow I am going to see Scott Jurek and have his new book signed, so I am really hoping hearing him talk and meeting him again will spark some motivation in me.

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I’m so glad you had two tolerable runs this weekend! I’m also extremely jealous of your trail runs. Ours are still so iced over, there’s no passing them. I miss them so much.

I bumped my 19 to today and did 9 in the pool yesterday to rest my calf. It helped! I managed my 19 today. They were slower than my long runs have been, but my leg didn’t bother me as bad as I feared it would. Mostly it was so hot! It was 53 degrees and sunny! I was not prepared for that. Lots of layers removed, lots of sports bra flashed. No shame.

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oh no, I am super sorry to hear that your leg is bothering you. Ive had some bad knots in my calf before, so I cant imagine trying to run with any sort of issues there. I hope you were able to get some rest and that your 19 miles went ok and mostly painless.

Well I had long run #2 yesterday, 3.5 hours, and was so glad this run didnt suck like the week before. I actually started off the run dreading it and thinking that it was going to suck, so I was pleasantly surprised that I felt good both physically and mentally. Today was the last long run for the week, 10 miles, and it also was our Oiselle team trail run so that worked out good. I wasnt in as bad shape as I was a month ago doing back to back runs, but I definitely was slogging it at the end. while I think my recovery from all these runs has been mostly decent, I am feeling the cumulative fatigue big time.

that is too bad that you have so few Volee near you. I have really enjoyed running with others in the area. We have a huge range of paces from those who run 13 min miles to BQ so there is always someone to run with, even when you are barely moving like I am today. I am also lucky that we have quite a few trail runners in our group so our mentality about running is similar and we don't view every run as an attempt at a new PR. I dont think I would have made it through 2 of these long runs in such positive spirits if I had run them alone, so I am really thankful to have this group of people in my life to get me through some challenging weeks.

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MY LEG HURTS WHIIIINE. I don't know what's going on with my left leg, but it almost feels like the calf muscle isn't properly attached to my shin. Does that make sense? Like I can feel the weight of my calf pulling against the bone. It hurts like a mother! Yesterday's 4 miler sucked as a result and I didn't even get close to trying the intervals I had scheduled. I need to rest it for tomorrow's 19. From this perspective, it sounds basically impossible. Oy vey.

Hey, your midweek run sounds fun though! I wish there was more Volee here. There are only like three of us and we're at such different levels of running that it never works out for us to run together, even though we cheer each other on.

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oh yes, the runger is real! midweek long runs are so challenging, but I know you'll do great. it requires a large time commitment for sure, but just think of how badass you'll feel when you finish!

yesterday was my first long run of the week, which was to be 90 minutes. it was our Oiselle IL team run night, but a few others said they would start earlier so I could get in more miles, so we did 40 minutes before meeting the rest of the ladies, and then I finished up at 92 minutes so Id say it was a good longerish run for the fact that I had company the whole time. Given the fact that it had been snowing and it felt like december rather than april, I was glad to have some extra motivation to keep running. I am pretty exhausted today, so thankful for a rest day before I gear up for long run #2 tomorrow.

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OK, today is a little better! I slept terribly again last night (you hit the nail on the head, these dogs are terrible in the nighttimes), and my 4:30 a.m. wake up felt soooo early. I did 9 easy miles as the sun rose though. It sucks to increase mileage because the warm up time takes so long comparatively. It was a good four miles before I settled into the run and started feeling good. Next week begins mid-week 10 milers, which you know are my nemesis. ALSO THE RUNGER. It's finally hit me.

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oh I feel you! I am sure it is much much worse because you are sick but I think that exhaustion has hit all the spring/summer race runners in training with a vengeance. I see this across so many friends right now. I think it is amazing you are still running, but hopefully you get a rest day or could do some cross training soon just to rest your body a bit. even some extra sleep at night makes a difference, so hopefully your doggies give you some peace and quiet.

today I had a 2 for 1 hill and fartlek run - warmup, 6 x 75 sec hill repeats at 5k race pace with 75 sec recovery, a 4 min recovery run, 6 x 75 sec fartleks at 5k race pace with 75 sec recovery, then a cool down. It was challenging, especially after the hills, and I had to do this on the treadmill which was boring, but it was hailing outside so I just got it done. thankfully I have cross training tomorrow, as I have long run 1 of 3 on Thursday.

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God, I'm exhausted. I know it's the lingering effects of my cold, but I feel like I'm underwater. I did 5 miles this morning, with 4x200m at 5k. It actually went really well. I managed a pace just a hair under 5k, actually. I could feel the burn but it was good. But it sapped all the energy I had for the day and now I just want to crawl under my desk and nap forever.

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Happy Easter! I'm so sorry you had some tough runs this weekend. This is the hardest part of training, and it's supposed to be hard because it'll make you more physically and emotionally prepared for the race. Just keep that in mind. You're doing great. All you can do is trust the training and keep pushing.

I had a pair of lackluster runs myself. I have a chest cold, which just sucks, but at least it was a recovery weekend. I dreaded by 13 miler yesterday. I was supposed to run at at HM pace, but I just couldn't get there. I managed 13 at MP pace, though, which felt good and fine. There was a big fat bald eagle that kept pace with me the whole way and he gave me a lot of inspiration. This morning was an easy 5 that felt wonderful. They weren't fast by any means, but it felt great to stretch my legs, and the weather was just ideal. I listened to my favorite Sufjan Stevens album in the bright sun with the ocean sparkling beside me and it buoyed me. I'm not a religious person, but if I were, today would be the reason why.

I'm sending you all my good vibes for a strong week. Hang in there!

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happy easter! I hope you are feeling better and able to enjoy some stress-free runs.

This was a tough weekend for me. I had a 4 hour run saturday followed by a 2 hour run today. Obviously I remember this from my ultra training last year, but somehow I dont remember it being this difficult. I think this was worse because I had such a horrible run on Saturday. I was about 15 miles in and I just felt like everything hurt. It wasn't so much of a mental thing as physical. My feet hurt, then my calves, my hamstrings, my back. All I could think about was the pain and I wanted nothing more than to lay down on the trial. I dont think I have ever felt like that before. Even walking was exhausting. I think I walked a total of 4 miles. I would try to run, and it was like I was running the day after the marathon. I was trying to "work the problem" but it seemed like I was hydrated and fueled just fine. I was feeling pretty good going into the run mentally, so I dont think it was a mental or confidence issue. I really dont know. But having such a horrible run really made me dread today's run. I chose a paved trail which I guess is "cheating" in a sense, but I just couldnt bring myself to head to an actual trail. I still got in plenty of hills, but at least it was a bit easier on the legs. I made it through, even though I felt like I was shuffling at times, but it's done. I do feel proud of the fact that I accomplished this, despite the difficulties. I am trying to focus on that. I have 3 long runs coming up this week and right now I cant even think about that without feeling exhausted!

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Imposter syndrome, yes! I always only think of imposter syndrome as being a work thing (which it definitely is for me, although less than it used to be). But you're absolutely right that's what I'm feeling. I just need to remember that when it comes to running, I can, I have, and I will again. Let's be real, you and I are both really competent runners. There's no reason we should doubt ourselves.

That being said, today's four mile fartlek run was rough. I have a sore throat and a headache, which makes me think a cold is moving in. I also had an incredibly challenging day at work. My workout was 4 miles total with 8 x :30 sec at 5k, which I managed, but not without leaning heavily on my rescue inhaler. On the plus side, it was 45 degrees and sunny!

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That is so very true. I have been thinking about that a lot lately. One of my friends ran the same race as I did on Saturday, and she had a horrible time. It was really difficult to see because here I had a fantastic race, and she was in hell. She actually DNS the Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday and told me that after the race she basically wanted to give up running. She felt like she was working so hard and then had a horrible race. I know how easy it is to let doubt seep in and make you think that you will never be good enough, never be fast enough, etc.

I think we all reach that point during training. I know Ive had it, I will likely have it again. I will definitely have those voices during my race. Hopefully not the whole time like I did my last 50k, but I know they will be there. That is what is so scary. But I think the more we do in training and can practice this mental side of things, the stronger we will be. Ive had a lot of issues with my confidence this training cycle. Some days I feel unstoppable, but other days I definitely have imposter syndrome. So I realize all of this doesnt necessary help, but I definitely can relate to what you feel and just know that it is normal and you will work through it.

Today was a fartlek run, 10 x 1 min at 5k race pace, and the workout went well. I woke up feeling really sore after running last night and wondered how I would do a speed workout, but with some good foam rolling beforehand I managed it. The face that it was 58 degrees and I was wearing shorts definitely helped.

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I did 5 miles in the pool yesterday to give my poor aching quads a rest and because we got six more inches of snow over the day yesterday. Never! Ending! Winter! Fortunately, it turned to rain and the roads were clear by the time I went out for easy 9 this morning. My quads were still aching, but the bigger problem was that I couldn't get my head in the game. I know this happens and it's normal and it'll pass, but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. I was hearing the little voice that told me I suck at this and why do I do it anyway and who cares and I could be sleeping and who works so hard for nothing to show for it. I tried my hardest to silence them, but it was a lot of emotional effort. I finished.

This sport is especially hard if you're a person who's prone to self-doubt, because it's entirely self-motivated. You know how they say there's no I in team? Well, there's only an I in running. And it's not made easier by the fact that, even though it's hard for everyone every time, no one talks about that. We only see the amazing runs and the incredible views and the big mileage and the fast races. We don't see the 4:30 a.m. wake up call, grinding it out alone in the dawn before work, yelling at yourself the entire time about how you're wasting your life for nothing. It's all worth it, but man, it takes a lot of heart sometimes. Of course you know all this, but sometimes it's nice to vocalize it.

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that is great that you took a rest day and spent some time with your husband. I know I always feel bad sometimes that I spend most of the weekend running, but thankfully mine understands and it sounds like yours does too. Great job getting your 17 miles done, followed by a windy 8. When is spring going to get here?!?

I ran 2 easy miles during my lunch since tonight is Oiselle IL Flight night and I needed to get a few extra miles in. I wasnt very motivated to run, even though it was so short, but thankfully I feel pretty good so soon after the race. my hips are a little tight still, but I plan to go slow tonight if needed.

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8 miles this morning in gale force winds. Stupid iPhone weather app told me the temperature was "feels like 35" so, of course, I wore like nothing. Then I got outside and discovered that it was windy and freezing and horrible. I was glad when it was over!

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I am so pleased to hear your race went well! Especially after such a hard couple of tiring weeks, it's great that you had a run that's restored your confidence. You're such a strong runner and so committed, I know it's easy to get bogged down in the grind of daily training and miss the bigger picture, which is that you're doing great.

I also took an unplanned rest day yesterday, but only because my husband needed some attention. I promised him that I would try to be more balanced in my activities, between work and running and volunteering. He was feeling pretty neglected and wanted to hang out and do errands and watch movies together. So I pushed my long run off to today, my recovery run to tomorrow. I did 17 miles this morning and it sucked. It was very windy and very cold and very dusty. It made it really hard for me to get my lungs and my rescue inhaler wasn't helping at all. I got it done, but it was slower than I hoped for. I have tomorrow off so my 8 miler shouldn't be too tough.

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well the weather for the race was great! A bit cold and very windy, but so much better than the snow that was predicted. The snow ended up moving southeast, just missing the chicago area. I had an awesome race. I felt really positive the entire time, and loved the course. This was a different route than the Fall series of the race I did in November, and it seemed easier. of course after reviewing my garmin, I saw that it actually had higher elevation and more hills, so i guess my perception of hills has changed. It was definitely more technical, with a lot of rocky sections, and few that were mountain bike trails that were not really meant for runners. But it gave me a lot of confidence continuing with my training that I seem to be on the right path. I know anything can happen on race day, but I know I doubt myself after a hard training run and sometimes worry if I am ready. I wouldn't say Im there yet, but Im on the right path.

I took an extra rest day today since this was a mileage cut back week, and I was only supposed to run 10 miles yesterday and 5 today. Since I did them all in one day, I figured the rest was well deserved.

I hope your weather warms up and you can get some trail time soon. While some days I miss the roads for the simple fact that they made long runs easier, days like yesterday remind me of how much I love the trails. Even if our midwest trails are nothing special, I still really love what we have.

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Oh man, I hope that storm doesn't move in for you! A 25k in five inches of snow would be challenging for anyone. I've been really lucky that our storms have moved in on shorter run days, because I dread those very long runs in bad conditions.

Speaking of bad conditions, I thought I would try our most sea levelest trail to see how it was last night. SURPRISE! It was still icy! I was so bummed. I am very very very tired of running the roads, but there's just no trail to be had. I did four miles with strides and it was fine. Nothin special. I took a total rest day today, no running, no swimming, no yoga or strength, and hopefully it rejuvenates me for tomorrow's 17.

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another super windy and cold day, another run. Today was a long hill workout and it was really challenging. at least this time I needed to run for 35 minutes before starting the hill repeats, so I was able to run to a hill and do the 8 x 65 second repeats and then run home. I was definitely worn out by the last repeat, and then had to run home which was exhausting. definitely a challenging run to get under my belt, and now I have two days to rest before my 25k on saturday. calling for 3-5 inches of snow, so that should be interesting. you would probably do great with all the snow running you do! here's hoping spring is headed our way soon.

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Like you, I woke to renewed winter this morning! After several days of sun and warming temperatures and spring on the horizon, we got three inches of snow last night. I got myself out the door on time for my easy 8, but with the conditions it was slower than I've been doing. I was a very beautiful sunrise and I was grateful to be out there, and I do love winter, but man am I tired of it. We still have another month though, so I better just come to terms.

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I have done the wrong workout myself, and while it's always disappointing, at least you got out there after oversleeping. At least you did an easier workout and not a harder one!

for the first day of spring, it feels like the first day of winter. I had an easy 60 min run, but it felt hard based upon the wind and cold. The wind was just brutal. I spent the first 2 miles heading into the wind and it was a struggle. my mind wasnt in it today and I didnt feel like running. while I did, I didnt enjoy it. it was one of those, get it over with type of runs. This is a recovery week so thankfully I dont have as much mileage, which I think is good since I need a little mental and physical break.

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I did five miles this morning, and they were tougher than they have been. My alarm clock didn't go off at 4:30 like it's supposed to, so I was up an hour later than planned. Of course that meant rushing the old dogs out the door and relying on the husband to feed and medicate them. In my rush, I misunderstood my training plan for the day, which was supposed to be 4x2:00 at 5k with 30 second RI. I read it as 4x200m at 5k. So I ended up doing an easier workout than I was supposed to, but I still did it. Meh, you win some you lose some. At least I was out there in the boggy rain.

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I’m so glad you had two great runs this weekend! I did too! I did 16 miles yesterday, so I ran from the glacier to the beach, which is basically all of town. It was 43 and sunny, so I got really hot, which made it feel harder than it was. I ended up maintaining a little over MP for most of the run, so it was a little too fast, but it felt great. I immediately turned around and went to an Irish whiskey tasting, which left me feeling pretty rough for this morning’s 8 miles. I could feel myself sweating out whiskey fumes, and I messed up my shoulder somehow so my lung capacity was only like a third of what it should be. But my run was great anyway! It was too fast for an easy recovery run, but it felt really good. Here’s hoping for another great week of running ahead!

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Thank you for the good vibes! I think I received them because I had two really great runs this weekend. My 4 hour run yesterday went really well, but specifically on the mental side. I was in a great mood the whole run and just enjoyed being on the trail. Physically I had a few bad miles, but overall I held to a steady pace. I was a little bummed that I struggled with the "fast finish" which was supposed to be the last 15 minutes, but ended up being a few minutes. The last mile or so of the 4 hours were hills, so while my effort was there, my pace was not faster. Today was a 4 mile recovery run and my legs felt so strong! I couldnt believe how great I felt, especially since I feel exhausted. maybe it was the sun and 55 degree weather, but I really enjoyed my run. Thank god for that, because I dont think I could take this hunger and exhaustion if I wasnt enjoy this.

Great job with your tempo run! I never know what to do with 10k either since I have never run one! I use the mcmillan pace calculator and go by that, but it sounds like you have it figured out and are pushing through.

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