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emoticon Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day, however you spend it. (Actually, that should apply to every day, shouldn't it?)
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I had a really great time at this year's Turkey Trot (5 miles). It was a perfect day for running (just under 40 at start, sunny and no wind) and I felt great the entire way. No problems whatsoever with my foot. I didn't push it; just ran at a comfortably fast pace, sort of at the upper end of "easy." This is a hilly and crowded race, so I didn't use my Gymboss. Instead I adapted my walk breaks to the terrain and crowd and how I was feeling. Did I say I felt great? I really did and really enjoyed this run. My time was pretty good, too -- 45:58 (9:09 average pace). A new PR at this distance for me, but still only good enough for 5th in the 60-64 age group (lots of fast runners in Austin)!
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emoticon Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate today! And to those of you who do not.... Happy Thursday!

CINDY: Sorry to hear about your MIL.

MARY: I listen to Pandora a lot (not when I'm running), but when I am not. I too have the free version. There are not that many ads.

DEE: 4 years.... good for you. Ice on windshield - what a variety of temps.

MONTY: You are a cook and a runner. D is a lucky woman!!!!

CATHERINE: Sounds like a great day planned. Glad to hear Amelia is doing better.

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I forgot to buy ready made pie crust. I cannot remember when I made pie crust from scratch. DH said... just make something else. I'll see. I love pumpkin pie.

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Good morning, I hope everyone is having a great holiday week.

Cindy, I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL.

Things are looking up here. Amelia (19 year old cat) is doing much better. I took her in for an ultrasound yesterday so that they could check her intestines. They look just fine. She had lost weight, however. Down from 8 pounds to 7.8 pounds in just a week, which is not good for an old lady. She had stopped eating because of the diarrhea, which fortunately seems to have cleared up. On the vet's recommendation, we gave her an appetite stimulant and she is eating like a house on fire now. We will probably keep giving her this until she regains some weight. One thing unexpected did show up on the ultrasound, a nodule on/in her liver. Could be the start of a tumor; could be benign. Her liver values in last week's blood work were all normal, so whatever it is, it isn't affecting her (yet). But the vet and I are agreed that this isn't something we will try to do anything about. At her age and stage of life, there is no surgery or chemo on her dance card. It's all about managing a good quality of life for as long as we can.

My foot is finally close to 100% healed. The original injury (still not sure when it occurred or what happened), left a hard knot (probably scar tissue) on the side of the heel. This was uncomfortable to land on and also pulled on / irritated the surrounding tissue. I've been working on this scar tissue with a golf ball and my thumbs and also stretching the area around it with my fingers. It's in a tough spot to work, but I finally seem to have broken up that knot -- can't feel it any more. Hope it is truly gone and/or I don't repeat whatever I did to cause it in the first place. I have resurrected a pair of my Smartfeet half insoles to wear in my running shoes for a while. These should help keep my heel / ankle in correct neutral position when I run.

We are running the local Turkey Trot tomorrow. This is a 5 mile race that starts in the middle of the morning -- 9:30 am. Last year, we got up early to get the turkey into the oven before we left. But this year, neither of us feels like doing that and we also don't want to eat really late in the day, which we would have to do if we don't start the turkey until we get back. So we decided to buy a roasted chicken from the local grocery store -- they will be open until 2:00 tomorrow and we can preorder our chicken. So we'll pick it up at 1:00 and have all the traditional sides with it. Those are my favorite part of the meal, anyway.
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Monty, you're making Tzimmes!

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Cindy, I wish your family well through the time ahead. I'm praying for a good resolution.
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I'm wishing everyone the best of Thanksgiving into the Hannukah & Christmas Seasons. When I was 8, I lived in St Louis. My next door 'lil girl friend was Jewish & I was Catholic. We found a way to have our families celebrate both holidays. Guess who benefited the most! I'm sure she still embraces that time as much as I did.
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Today, I'm focused on insuring a have everything for our healthy Thanksgiving Dinner at home. I've already made my fave Cranberry-Pomegranate Relish, Broccoli Woccoli, & have a beautiful Turkey Breast for an oven tanning! I just thought of my honey glazed carrots and few other sides. I'm cooking just for D & me this year. It's going to be good quality nice & quiet time as I am leaving to go back up to DC on Tuesday for a week with my sis.
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My girls arrived safely in Philadelphia last night. Bob's mom fell hit her head and they did a CT and discovered a brain tumor, so I'm not sure what our plans are for the rest of the weekend.

Everyone have a good weekend and great races, if you are running.

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DEE: Happy Hanukah ! I don't ever remember it being so early. And I can't remember the last time Thanksgiving was SO late. I like your play on words! :)

Didn't make it running yesterday. Too much rushing around. This is definitely an off week and LOADED with rest. Outside of tomorrow's 5K, I will have done NOTHING in the exercise department. Oh well...does the body good to take a good rest occasionally. So I tell myself. Ha...

JEAN: I'm not sure how many more runners. But I think she'd like to NOT have to do that. I've heard from some of the participants that they like this race over the way over crowded official one in our town. I did it only once! It was soooo crowded, you couldn't even get over the finish line without pushing people. They'd stop and chat just over the line blocking the runners from coming in. Annoying. Also...it was so cold on the street that people's spit and the water passed out would freeze and volunteers would have to warn people about the ice. It was just too crazy!

Work...off an hour early, hopefully, then off to the stores for food shopping and baking some pies tonight as well as getting the stuffing ready for the morning.

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Ice on the windshield! At least today calls for sun. Maybe I'll get a run in later if I can leave work early enough. If not, first thing tomorrow.

Today marks the day when I started running four years ago. I had a house full of family, my mother had just died, and I had to run away. And so I did, and I'm still running.

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Good morning! Today is an upside down day - I work 5pm-12:30ish putting up all the last minute big signs and Black Friday specific decorations in the store. I may have to chose adequate sleep over an intense exercise session on Thanksgiving morning. We have a 1 pm meal at my in-laws in Illinois (Rockford), before which we pick up my Mother, then we have to come home sort of early as I have to be at work at 4:15am Friday.

The track running will definitely be a new challenge. I never run with music/ear buds outside - rather I like to think (or not!) and have the breeze blow the cobwebs out of my mind. But a track for 12 miles - yikes! - so I will probably listen to programs from "This American Life" on NPR. And I signed up to try the free version of Pandora. Dave will run his own race - we don't want to block the track by running side by side on a narrow three lane track. BTW, the track is around the former Olympic speedskating training center in Milwaukee, the Pettit Center. One banner inside says it is the Coolest Place to Run. :)

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DREAMS: I had a dream last night too. So strange. I was at the ocean and there was a dolphin very close. I kept calling to it. Then the dream changed a little and the dolphin was still there and had like a flipper on it's body where there were two cats and a couple birds sitting on it. So the dolphin was swimming around carrying the cats and birds. I remember the cat owners calling to the cats, but the cats didn't want to swim to shore. Weird.

LYNN: Have a fun turkey trot. How many runners before your friend has to comply with all the ordinances?

DEE: I see you have a 2014 race plan on your signature line. Good for you. I still have to decide what to do after this race.

MONTY: Have a fun race tomorrow. I just finished reading Born to Run. It does give new meaning to running because it is fun to run. I really enjoyed it also.

MARY: Glad you figured out how to easily count laps. I know I would have a difficult time on a track.

STACIE: Great job on the 15 miles. Good for you. What a great Thanksgiving with your mom and newest grandchild!!

CATHERINE: Hoping that heal is at 100% soon. Your poor cats... hope all of them get and stay healthy quickly.

ANN: Sorry to hear your knee is still a problem. It may be time to go to the doctor for an x-ray.

STRIVER: I am going to get brave and do another MM one of these days too.

CINDY: Having family at home will be nice! You could try the miniMax Gymboss. It is a little different, but it seems to be more solidly made...(not positive) just seems so.

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AFM.....

Just DH and me for Thanksgiving tomorrow. We will have a small traditional meal. We were going to cook a turkey on the grill, but the forecast is for a fairly chilly day. We will see..... which it will be... grill or oven.

Planning a shorter run today with a few 400s.

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HI everyone,

good session in the gym. Still walking on the treadmill, but run the last 2 minutes. Want to start running again next week if I feel ok. Also went on the no-where bike & did lower body ST.

Feeling tired, but then I slept late & got up early. I attended a product launch yesterday, so I got home late.

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I haven't either, Dee.

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I would imagine that vent might also generate some cold air, Cindy! I know you'll be glad to have everyone home. Nice runs! I've been a wimp, and haven't gone out in the cold and rain.


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Sorry to be so scarce. My two college girls are coming home late tonight, Knock on wood. And I had to find sheets and blankets and all. I did not unpack any boxes labeled as theirs. We also did not move all the box springs and mattresses, so there was some decisions to make. Plus we needed to do some finishing on the third floor bathroom. Having a third floor bathroom and bedroom makes the house sound so large, bu they are tryly in the attic and are somewhat challenged in terms of head space. Even if you are 5 ft 3 inches. I was less interested in getting the bathroom finished than putting the cover over the vent. I'd hate to lose a cat in the duct work.

Ran 4 miles today the yesterday with Sasha. I tried an interval app on my phone. I did not want another gymboss to die in the 22 (windchill of 9) temps. The volume was fine inside, less so at some of the areas I ran. Today I just played it by ear and counted off the intervals.

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I've been reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. Incredible book! It makes you thing about the essence of running, the big business of running shoes, the debate of high tech shoes, nutrition, and insight into the world of Ultra Runners.
One thing I got out of it was having fun while you run. I have a photo of Jenn Shelton, a legendary Ultra runner, on my Goal Board. She is always smiling and that's what I want when I'm doing a race.
I've looked at my photos from my Triathlons. I have a stupid grin on my face from the time I leave my swim wave to the Tri finish line! I'm good with that. I still believe in the training, the fueling, and the mental well being of it all. But I'm going to have fun on this amazing journey!
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Good morning!

Mary- I live in eastern Iowa and ran the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. My son and his wife live in Madison, so I'm there fairly often.

Ann- keep taking care of that knee! Ice is your friend.

Catherine- continuing healing wishes for you and the cats! Mine sat on a napkin that had drops of honey from my toast on it this morning. Sticky!!

Lynn- enjoy your Turkey Trot!! I'll be in the car for 4-5 hours Thanksgiving morning envying you!! A 5K sounds much more fun.

Striver- 8 seconds off your MM is great! Just keep chipping away at it.

Dee- get those temps up by Dec 22, would you please? emoticon I'm coming to Texas to be warmer!!

Hi Steph and SB!

Basketball game today, work tomorrow, but no students or teachers will be here, then run and cook! I'm responsible for the turkey, potatoes, and a salad. I can't wait to see my 91 year old mother's face when she meets her newest great grandchild!!

Have a super day!!

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Good Morning....

Feeling like a slug this week. I was soooo tired Sunday night I couldn't bear to get up at 4:30 AM to swim. I was a total slob of a couch potato last night watching TV and drifting in and out of sleep like some old fart! It was snowing yesterday making the roads and sidewalks slick, so didn't want to run on that and was grateful NOT to run in my sluggish mode. Now I've canceled my computraining class b/c I really need to clean for Thanksgiving since tomorrow I'll be baking pies after work. Plan on running after work today even with more flurries in the forecast.

STEPH: I'd like to hop on the next plane and run with you in shorts and a tee! :D This cold stuff is WAY too early even for us Chicagoans! The snow falling did look pretty and always is fun from now through New Years. After that, though, I'm DONE!

Thanksgiving morning, I have a 5K I do every year. It's a grassroots kind of race. Not official. A gal I know organizes it on a trail near here. Cost...One unused toy per runner for a charity through her church. What started as 30 runners is now about 150. She's getting a little nervous at the growth of this race. After a certain number, she has to comply to city rules about such races and provide ambulance services, police, etc. Then you have to start charging people to pay for it. She may have to start limiting the amount. There's a bigger Turkey Trot in our town, but it has gotten SO big, you don't have much space to run! NOT FUN!

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hi all
Catherine, definitely more patience than i could muster … hope Amelia's ok, and also your foot.
Steph — maybe we are related because i definitely comes from a less than perfectly coordinated family. glad the fever's gone.
Stacie — yay for 15 miles.
Ann — feel better & i hope you get the snow you want.
Monty, hope your bumps and bruises are better too.
SB — hope you're enjoying your taper week. you sound pretty ready, and the weather sounds cooperative. hope it's lots of fun.

AFM, i ran another MM, and i guess i shouldn't have expected much, given that i went out to run because work was putting me to sleep at 10:40 am. 8 seconds better. at least a move in the right direction. in any case, it was a really nice run if fairly cold run (39, just like Houston, Dee, though with windchill/35. 3 for enjoyment, even though it was pretty clear from the MM onward that i was tired. and now i still have to do that work … so see ya later ...

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I never made it to the TM. Another visit from DD instead.
I'm struggling to stay warm. It's not that it's so cold (39 this morning), but with relatively low blood pressure, I get cold easily.

Now I need to get in packing mode, but that will be tomorrow. Tonight is dancing.

Steph, glad the fever is gone.

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HI everyone,

Restday for me today. I weighed myself and am the same as last week, but then I am on TM. Guess should be happy that I didn't gain through water retention.

SB,
that sounds like an exciting weekend. Can't wait for your report on the pre-race dinner. Enjoy

Teniswhiz,
come over here for some warmth, The cold of yesterday morning has cgone and we have T-shirt weather

Dee,
yesterday was fever free, even in the evening, so I guess I found the right balance this time

Monty,
so many races. You are one busy runner

Mary,
Cambridge is stunning, and I have been there only in summer. I can imagine how amazing Spring is. I love spring in Europe

Wilee,
woohoo to the 15 mile run

Catherine & Mary:
I just count the laps. kind of keep repeating the number in my mind like a mantra. I can't stand a watch on my wrist during runs, since my arms swell.

Ann,
hope that swelling on your knee goes down soon

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Ann - TM went great! I'm definitely ready to ramp things up a bit on it now that my confidence has been validated. Yes, I'll do it incrementally. :)

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Stacie: Wow, great job on the 15 miles!

Catherine: Hope the heel heals all the way, so you can get back to your running soon.

Mary and Dee: How was the TM action?

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As for me, not doing too well. My knee is swollen from the fall the other day which is disheartening to say the least. I'm signed up for a 5 mile Turkey Trot this Thursday, and I know I cannot run, but even walking that far is suspect at this point. Doing ice and judicious exercise, including some yoga. Hope it clears soon. On a brighter note, it's been really cold here and we're looking at snow tomorrow--love me some snow!

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Catherine - You have so much with which to deal - sure hope the cat gets better soon. I admire your patience in dealing with your foot situation. Thank you for suggesting the lap function on the stopwatch feature - turns out I already have that in the clock area of my Android phone. :)

Stacie - By any chance were you running on the Glacial Drumlin Trail? I seem to recall you ran a Madison race, so I thought maybe you were on the GDT at the Madison end. I live near mile marker 7.



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Good morning, everyone.

Mary, I use the stopwatch function on my cheap Timex to keep track of laps when I run in the gym. I'll bet there's a stopwatch app for your smartphone. I did a quick google and found this free one. I'm sure there are others. I saw Android ones, too, if you don't have an iphone.

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Sounds like a lot of you had a busy running weekend. I did not run this weekend. Even though my heel had greatly improved, it seemed stuck at about 90% recovery. The slow treadmill run I did on Friday irritated it more than running outside, for some reason, although I recovered back to that same 90% bar I seem stuck at. I had to get tough with myself and admit that if I kept running 6 or 7 miles on it every day, it wasn't going to heal completely, at least not for a while, and I might even be risking turning into a chronic condition. I did that with my metatarsal problem several years ago, and vowed that I wouldn't make the same mistake again. And here I was, about to do just that. It is hard to be patient, isn't it?

At any rate, I didn't run on Saturday or Sunday, and I spent time with a golf ball and my thumbs working on the tight spot on the side of my heel. It is not in the place typically associated with plantar fasciitis, but it clearly is a variation on that problem, i.e. with the fascia in my heel. It has improved a lot these last two days. I'd say it's 98% now and I don't feel anything in the heel when I do the eccentric calf raises that really zinged the spot last week. I'm tempted to run this afternoon, but I probably should take one more day to get to 100% if I can. And hopefully then, that will be that.

On the cat front, my elderly cat has now come down with diarrhea like the others. Since she has absolutely no contact with them, I have absolutely no idea how it has spread. So discouraging. Maybe it is something else, but we will probably put her on the same antibiotic that all the others are taking. Sigh.
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Great job on the weekend runs everyone!! Isn't there a quote that goes something like "neither wind, nor rain, nor dark of night…"? We just need to add freezing temps to that! OK, I just had to Google it. It's the US Postal Service creed. "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." That goes for us and our runs!!

I ran my farthest ever yesterday with a 15 miler. It was 4 degrees with an added windchill when I started and 23 when I finished. The sun was out the whole time - beautiful!! I used a 1:1 min ratio the whole time, fueled at 5 and 10 miles, and when I picked up the water bottle I'd stashed at mile 7, it did indeed have ice in it! I ran on a local nature trail that is 52 miles long. It was so peaceful! BF met me at mile 8 and ran the rest with me. Otherwise I didn't see another soul until the very last mile.

Have a marvelous Monday!!

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Do y'all have any suggestions for keeping track of laps when running an indoor event? We are doing a 12K in a couple of weeks - our first indoor event. I don't have a running watch. I do have a smartphone. Was thinking of maybe switching rubber bands from one wrist to another or marking my arm with a marker.

Am choosing not to run outside today while Mother's at rehab - still having problems feeling chilled even indoors after that deep chill of a run on Saturday. Temps today are supposed to be in the teens with some wind and light snow. So, I'll have to go reacquaint (sp?) myself with the treadmill at the gym.

Vow - I've liked running on the TM in the past, so I expect I'll like it again. I'm looking forward to eventually trying some higher intensity intervals on it.

Dee - Dave (my DH) mentioned having a sore spot on his ankle as well after some runs. He has no idea what's causing it.

Steph - I have an idea of what you mean about feeling the cold - when I spent a semester in England with one trip to the continent, I was surprised by how cold I was much of the time. I was used to central heating. The cold and wet (and travel!) was worth it - and spring in Cambridge is stunning!

SB - Eager to hear about your experiences this weekend!

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Just stopping back again to share today's run.....

It felt so much better than Friday's, but then the temperature was 10 degrees lower and the humidity was over 20 percentage points lower. Makes a difference.

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RACE PACE RUN [Adjusted Goal 12:30 - 12:40 Average Pace]
I used a 40:35 interval
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AP 12:29
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Ave HR 152; 82%; 4.2z

64 degrees
68% humidity
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40:35 intervals
12:41.5 Ave HR 139
12:26.5 Ave HR 151
12:37.4 Ave HR 155
12;21.4 Ave HR 157
12:16.9 Ave HR 157
.31 miles 3;54.7 AP 12:25 Ave HR 156

I felt good after 5.31 miles.... now to just maintain this for another 8!!! emoticon


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I'm doing a light run tomorrow in prep for my Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot so I'm sure I'll be fine. I was surprised by the little aches & pains I go from the fall but I feel blessed it was just a spill.
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I have a Holiday Half coming up and believe I'll have fun with it and use it as a training run. Since this month, I have one Half a month through March then the St Anthony's Triathlon in April. Funny, I can now see my seasons by the type of races I do now!
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Steph, you do more with a fever than I ever would!

Jean, sounds like a good strategy for the day. Glad race day weather looks to be decent.

41 and pouring here. Today's a treadmill day. I haven't done much running, I think I'm still exhausted from last Sunday. But I do have to get out and do something.



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JEAN: Best wishes on this final week of training. Looking forward to hearing how your race went. That is awesome you get to hear Jeff speak. Is he running the race as well?

A little warmer today, but not huge. Low 30s. Windy too. Had dreams last night about all kinds of bad weather. Why couldn't it be about NICE weather?
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SB, Sunday sounds like it's shaping up to be a great day.
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Mornin'

I am getting excited. Weather forecast for Sunday morning is low 60s at the start of the race with 12 mph winds. Partly cloudy and 20% chance of rain.

Saturday night will attend the pre-race dinner and guess who is speaking. Yep, Jeff. I have never heard him in person and so really looking forward to it.

I want to do well, for me, and am trying to learn that running and participating is a good goal in itself. A PR and/or stretch goal do not have to be the #1 or #2 goal.

Today is my last harder run.... supposed to do a MM....may practice new race pace strategy instead.

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Hi everyone,

greetings from unusually cold Nairobi. OK unusually codl for this time of the year, this we are supposed to be heading to summer, but temperatures dropped this morning briefly to about 54'F. It was actually warmer at 5am than at 9am..... The rains came delayed and they brought this cold with them, which we usually only have in July.
I know this is not cold for any of you who are running in ice & sleet. But we don't have heating in our houses or offices......

Anyway I can see lots going on here.

Thevow,
congrats on your 5k! Well done!

Dee,
I hope your poor abs have recovered.

Ann & Monty,
I hope you guys are recovering well. I feel with you since I have had many falls in my running career. including one where I broke my hand and one this year June, where I still wear the scar and my shoulder still is nto the same as before.

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you can see you are not the only "klutz" here, maybe we are sisters..... emoticon

Did a shorter session the gym today, since I have been running fevers the last 2 days in the afternoons. So far am feeling excellent, so I think I did not overdo it. Walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes then concentrated on some ST.

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Yay, finished another 5k , I was very happy to have participated. Now I am onto a virtual 10k that I will finish this week. Oh and I discovered I enjoy running on the treadmill;) its brrrrrr cold this weekend in Jersey.

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Yay, Nat!

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Gary, you are tough! I wasn't. emoticon I wasn't willing to run for hours when it was cold AND raining. Not when I have a trip planned for next week.

So Sophie and I went out this morning, when it was just cold and windy. Poodle weather! She loved it. I discovered I have a tender spot on my inner left ankle - now that I think of it I've had this before. No doubt a result of last Sunday but very curious I'm just noticing it now.

Striver, you are doing great. You are actually training, something I'm not doing. I'm just running. Some day when I have time, I will really train. Or not. Maybe I'll just continue just running.

Jean, it sounds like a good plan. Rather than run faster, run longer at a comfortable pace you can maintain for the duration.

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Catherine, we experienced that precipitous drop in temps too. It's always unnerving when it happens. I dress in the morning for work, and when I leave at lunch it's a different season.

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STRIVER: I know EXACTLY what you are going through with the 800s. I had a very difficult time running those SLOWER. But with practice, I eventually was getting it. So hang in there. I, too, read and re-read how to do them in Jeff's book and kept recalculating. By the time I was finished....I think I finally nailed it. LOL! I will end up restarting them in mid to late January for my May half marathon. Hopefully, I will nail it even better.

Trying to keep the diet as healthy as I can and avoid the junk. So far, turned down donuts and other junk at school and hubby's indulgent coffee cake that he bought at a bakery. Had Trader Joe's Organic Oats & Flax hot cereal with just a sprinkle of dried cranberries on top. REAL FOOD...Yum. Did pretty well yesterday, though ate a bit of chocolate at my MIL's ....and one serving of tapioca pudding. Other than that....ate fairly healthy. And am tracking food on Fitness Pal, which I prefer over the Spark tracker because it seems to have the best ever data base. It's RARE I have to plug in a food item. With Thanksgiving coming up, which I host, but will have a TINY "crowd" this year (4 of us only!), I'm trying to psych myself up into having reasonable portions. At least I have a 5K that morning and can feel like I'm off to a good start to my day. :)





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As much as I wanted to be with the Cheer Squad at the Women's Half Marathon, when I got a call from my Granddaughter yesterday wanting to see us at breakfast this morning, I knew I had to be there. She's my priority. We brought some things back from my Mom's condo for her and wanted to get them to her this weekend. She was disappointed that we couldn't meet yesterday evening so this was not a contest. We've got it going on when we realize our priorities.
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well, i tried to follow Catherine's advice … but now i remember why 800s were so hard for me before. besides that the programming for the workout did not work at all, and i'll have to read the instructions and try again. i run them too fast because i'm so bad at pacing. otoh, maybe by the time i finish this training cycle, i'll have made progress on that issue. bearing in mind that the goal time was 6:12, but i was going to try to go a little slower, the 3 (i at least skipped the fourth one, Catherine) were 5:31, 5:58, and 5:51 (so paces of 10:53 to 11:53). at 60/30. so too fast … but actually of course, what i'm hoping is that this helps to improve the magic mile so that i eventually get down to around this as a goal. it appears that the last time i did 800s was on january 6 when i did 9 of them, and the pace then ranged from 10;23 on the first to 11:44 on the last one. so this is definitely not as much slower as everything else, which gives me some hope for improvement. anyway, another magic mile on tuesday, at 60/30 and we'll see how long i can keep up that speed. it was kind of cold — 43, 37 with the wind-chill factor. especially cold on the walk home from the market with my groceries. anyway, it was a good, if short, workout — about 4 miles total for the workout, and half mile of walking & around the market, and 1.11 for the walk home.
i'm glad i run. and i'm glad i'm running an actual training program again. or finally.

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STRIVER: The 800s sound like a good plan to me.

GARY: What a tough run...., but still, you did it and your blog stats look good!

LYNN: I agree you have got to appreciate the health you have and love those that are here in front of you while they are here.

MONTY: Another busy and social day for you. WooHoo!

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Thanks. I'll be fine! I guess it comes with the run!
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Got some new ink yesterday afternoon which I've been wanting ever since I started doing Triathlons. So, this morning I just joined my run group for breakfast, checked out our newly managed Downtown Market, watched Nebraska stumble to an overtime win, went to a holiday toast with our close friends (they are the leaders of our running group), and ended the evening with listening to another friend's trio play at one of our fave Floriday places! Never a boring minute in Paradise!
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CATHERINE: Just noticed the wind and rain part...That would stop me too.

I did go out today in 23 degree weather with 9 degrees windchill. I did 5.32 miles at a 2:30 run / 1 min walk. Easy....A bit slower than HM pace. I enjoy running in the 30s, but anything colder than that is HARD! It's as though the air is like a thick nectar and running through that "syrup" is tiring! My legs feel heavy... But I wasn't too cold. The right gear can really make you warm and comfy. Two Christmas' ago, hubby bought me a winter running jacket. It was pricy, but worth every penny. About the best gift he ever got me. LOVE it. Wore yoga pants under my toasty winter running pants, and a Halo head band under my knitted cap to draw the sweat away from my brown. That headband was dripping wet when I took it off, but my forehead was nice and dry. Today's fabrics are amazing!

Just got back from a nursing / rehab care center visiting a friend of ours who had a stroke recently. He escaped a lot of damage. Speech hardly affected, but right arm and right leg needs a lot of therapy. In a wheel chair but can walk in a walker and soon a cane. Seeing some of the other people there makes you appreciate your good health. One never knows when that can be taken away. Our friend was a workaholic and pretty fit, but has diabetes and heart disease in spite of this. Type A personality and partly hereditary. For someone in his 70s, he's weathered a lot of storms.

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Monty: hope your recovery from your fall is a quick one.

SB: finding the pace and run/walk ration that work best for you can be difficult. For me it seems to be a moving target.

Dee: you don't look too bad in your San Antonio picture. Guess the picture doesn't exactly reflect the way you felt.

Catherine: I agree with your trade mill comment. Running -n the tread mill always seem way harder to me than an equivalent time running outside.

Mary: running in 15 degrees is crazy. I'd hate to see that temperature here in Houston.

AFM: 15.62 miles in 40 degree temperature, with heavy rain from mile 4 to 15.5 and lots of strong wind. Was offered a ride at mile 9 but was doing okay, just cold hands. If I would have been offered a ride about mile 12 I would have accepted it. This was one of the worst runs of my life. Weather.com said 0% chance of rain during my run time so I didn't wear anything water resistant and froze because of it.

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Striver, yes, it is perfectly fine to base targets on longer race results. Mine are based on my HM PR. I see you are adding a 3% stretch goal. You are also running twice as many of these as the plan calls for. I'm not sure I'd do both. Just do one stretch -- either the pace or the number of repeats. At least that is my advice. YMMV, of course.

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I'm running 3 or 4 800s tomorrow (actually the schedule calls for 2, but last week also called for 8 miles and i did 13.1 w/o a problem, so i think i ought to aim for 3 to 4 800s. but will be careful). but the question is: my current magic mile gives a goal significantly slower (14:36) than the actual pace of my half 4 weeks ago (13:18), it seems to me i should base my target on the actual half pace, since i actually did it, so it's not an imaginary ego-bound goal.
minus 3% = 12:54; half of that is 6:27 minus 15 seconds = 6::12 — so that's the goal.and i'm going to aim to run those in either 90/30 or 60/30. obviously will have a better sense after i do them.
sounds ok?
then i stop at the market for fish and fruit on the way home!
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You might be a (crazy) runner if your water gets ice crystals in it when doing a 14 mi training run in 15* temps. (Change all the you/your references to I/my).

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DEE: I am not ready to run 13 miles at 12;20 or so. I just need to accept that and adjust my time goal and race plan a little. I would like to feel strong for all 13 miles... not just the first 5. LOL!

STRIVER: I am going to try 40:35 for the race and see what happens. I was using 35:35 on Friday, but trying to run a little faster. I think just running my "normal" pace for 40 seconds may work better. If not, I'll switch to 30:35. Very good job on the hill repeats!!!!

CINDY: For me it is stressful that we have not as yet sold our place in MI. I think I would give it away. It is rented until the end of March and then back on the market. I know we will lose plenty on it. Hope Sasha is a quick learner!!! BTW: My very first Gymboss reacted to humidity and would reset when it got humid outside. That was several years ago. I'm on my 3rd Gymboss now.

ANN: Sounds smart to be careful with that knee.

CATHERINE and LYNN: Hi!

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Lynn, it was the wind and rain, especially the wind, that kept me in. 30's isn't so bad when the sun is out. Still, a change from 80 to 35 in just a few hours is a little shocking to the system.

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DEE: I hear ya about the retirement thing! June 2015 is my targeted date, but we'll see. I say the that same thing to myself all the time....Once I'm retired, the things I can do WHEN I want to do it, etc..... In addition to running and triathloning....I do photography and just started to learn how to knit. I'd like to take classes in both and keep running, etc... But this job thing keeps getting in the way and eats up too much time. Ha, ha... So...not crazy to think that at all, right?

CATHERINE: We also are gearing up for some COLD air! Hoping to run this AM before it gets any colder. I think the high is already here for the day. 30s stay inside? I'd never get outside if that were the case up here. Goes to show how relative it all is. Here... low to mid 20s and it's only November! It's been a cold fall so far!

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