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Old 09-21-2011, 07:01 PM
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It just occurred to me why I feel so positive posting in kicking asphalt and AVRT versus the substance abuse forums.

Here and AVRT it is positive posting and feedback about what I AM doing and how Im doing it versus when im on substance it's all about discussing and receiving kudos for what I'm NOT doing and how long I haven't been doing it.

Don't get me wrong I absolutely love the entire SR site. Wish i had found it much sooner. Would have spared myself much pain. It has been a major part of my recovery this time.

I finally ran today. 3 miles with my furry friend. He is so happy we are back running instead of just walking (he is a Siberian husky.....the distance runner of dogs)
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^^^^ I call it PMA. Positive mental attitude.^^^^


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It just occurred to me why I feel so positive posting in kicking asphalt and AVRT versus the substance abuse forums.

Here and AVRT it is positive posting and feedback about what I AM doing and how Im doing it versus when im on substance it's all about discussing and receiving kudos for what I'm NOT doing and how long I haven't been doing it.

Don't get me wrong I absolutely love the entire SR site. Wish i had found it much sooner. Would have spared myself much pain. It has been a major part of my recovery this time.

I finally ran today. 3 miles with my furry friend. He is so happy we are back running instead of just walking (he is a Siberian husky.....the distance runner of dogs)
Wow I really need a Siberian husky to run with. That'd be so awesome!
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Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii Newbies and Geezers!

Love to see all the activity here!

I got 10. Nice and Easy.

Have a Great Evening, All!
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Omg Tom

That is the cutest pic ever!

I'm cracking up over here
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Knocked in 5.4 miles this morning. Hopefully my shoes arrive today and I'll go for another 5 tonight!
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Zuri.. Are you the one I got the term "mud magnet" from this week? Lol. I had never heard that and now I refer to my furry running partner as that.
I am..lol. I have 4 Springer spaniels and a working Cocker Spaniel, their favourite game...who can get the best muddy tide mark around their bellies....This is them clean though



Not taken them out yet this morning, they'll have to wait. I need to be at the gym in 20 mins.

Dead right about the positive attitude in this thread. I know I can drop in, catch up on a few threads and be inspired to get off my bum.....thanks guys.
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What beautiful dogs!

I went for the first ride on my bike. My legs were so wobbly when I got off I could hardly stand!

I know the second best thing I can do for myself is daily exercise. My mood is so lifted after my ride. I need to get up at 6 and start back on the C25K programme instead of sleeping in until 7 and slapping the snooze button into submission.
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Weds. night:

4.5 miles @ 8:45/mile

Stationary rowing: 15 min.

Ab work

Cheers!

Also got to take the kids to a local park to watch a cyclocross race in the rain. Muddy fun!
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RRRRRRRRRROFL at Tom! I didn't see the pic last night!

Yes, a positive mental attitude is key. In my drinking days, I was so busy being angry. What a waste!

Wandered over to the secular forum. Good stuff. I have "where ever you go, there you are". Enjoying it in pieces. Common sense stuff I just didn't 'get'.

Have a Great Thursday, all!
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NIICCCCCCCCCCE Pic, Tom! Funny!

Zuri... what a crew going on there! Cute.

Happy.... siberian huskies are good running dogs??? We are getting a bigger dog next time - one that can run with me on trails especially. Trying to figure out one... but I tend to be allergic to some that shed a lot.

Elvis... listen to your body sometimes... maybe it just needed a bit of a rest. I learned that one the hard way. You do fine - a day or so here and sloughing off never hurt anyone... right, Coffee

Welcome TigerL! Good job on the bike - even though your legs wobbled probably more than the bike...

Good job to you also, WW!

Took my dog for an almost 2 mile walk (he was excited - different way down one of my running streets). Didn't know if he would make it that far, he surprised me. Well, come on, he is almost 11. Probably another walk tomorrow morning... just to stay active and calm my rising anxiety/excitement/whatintheheckamIdoing feeling/iamrunnergirl feeling, etc. Only 1 day 21 hours 58 minutes left! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
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Welcome TigerLili....... Get that bike to your LBS and get it tuned up and fit. Nice start.

10 miles Coffee. Congrats..... You must feel elated to get back..... Nice and easy is good.

Nice to see someone else rowing. When I go to the gym to workout, I do 10 to 15 minutes on the rowing machine to warm up and get my arms going. I never see anyone else using them.

Top. Are you cycling these days or just creating mulch?

Anticipation..... Elvis waiting for new shoes and R4R to do a marathon..... Great going.

I also anticipated doing this morning route for a few days and it was a big FAIL. 21.5 miles, on the bike time was just about 8 minutes more than my 20 milers, but total time was nearly double my "lake" ride. If there are 40 traffic lights, I must have hit 35 red ones. I'm not kidding and I do stop at all of them. It was red light, after red light, after red light. All with dump trucks going 45 MPH 3 feet away from me. Oh well. I got a workout in.

Back to the drawings board for another 20 mile route. I don't like the idea of having to drive 10 miles to get a bike ride in, but it may have to come to that.

Great day everyone..... TdC..... just living la vida sober.
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If I can get off my sore ass, out with the mud magnets later
TigerL - awesome job on the bike, I hate the wobbles, they do make you smile though...
Love Huskies, but my are they noisy.

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Twice I typed a reply and twice it was deleted before I posted. Grrrrrr

Huskies were bred for pulling sleds up to 50 miles a day. All dogs love to run but the husky seems born to run. I saw an episode of "Dogs 101" that said they are the only dog that can actually adjust their own metabolism based on activity level. (if only I could do that) Mine definitely eats for what he needs. No more no less. It is pretty amazing to watch the bowl stay full of food for days until we go on a major run. Dog food is cheaper than with my old Rottweiler approx same weight dog. However, that is not the case for all of them I saw an overweight one at the dog park recently but I think it was the owner and table scraps.

The husky hair is a serious issue though. I'm not kidding it's BAD. They shed like crazy! You either must have the $$ for grooming or like to sit outside once a week with a shedding blade (the furminator is the one I use....it was expensive..$65....but magical)

Their "talking" may also be an issue. But mine doesnt talk to himself or for no reason so he is a little less vocal than some others I have seen. It kind of sounds like a wolf howling but once was mistaken for "strange sex" or someone getting beaten by a neighbor. Lol

When I was deciding on a dog I also discovered the Doberman can handle distance and sheds less and doesn't talk. But they have their own set of issues. I once trained for a marathon with a guy who brought his little yorkie terrier. It did fine on 12 or 14 milers but I thought that was too much for a small dog and my vet agreed.

I guess dogs are alot like people though: some are happy at 10k, some half marathon, and some marathon. Is all individual!
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NOt posted for a few months in here. Still running and become pretty obssessed with it. Done 3 halfs and got my PB down to 1hr 41 mins with more in the tank. Doing my first marathon in little over 2 weeks. Should do 4 hours easy but you never know with the distance. After this who knows maybe some Ultras!!!!!
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Huskies were bred for pulling sleds up to 50 miles a day. All dogs love to run but the husky seems born to run. I saw an episode of "Dogs 101" that said they are the only dog that can actually adjust their own metabolism based on activity level. (if only I could do that) Mine definitely eats for what he needs. No more no less. It is pretty amazing to watch the bowl stay full of food for days until we go on a major run. Dog food is cheaper than with my old Rottweiler approx same weight dog. However, that is not the case for all of them I saw an overweight one at the dog park recently but I think it was the owner and table scraps.

The husky hair is a serious issue though. I'm not kidding it's BAD. They shed like crazy! You either must have the $$ for grooming or like to sit outside once a week with a shedding blade (the furminator is the one I use....it was expensive..$65....but magical)

Their "talking" may also be an issue. But mine doesnt talk to himself or for no reason so he is a little less vocal than some others I have seen. It kind of sounds like a wolf howling but once was mistaken for "strange sex" or someone getting beaten by a neighbor. Lol

When I was deciding on a dog I also discovered the Doberman can handle distance and sheds less and doesn't talk. But they have their own set of issues. I once trained for a marathon with a guy who brought his little yorkie terrier. It did fine on 12 or 14 milers but I thought that was too much for a small dog and my vet agreed.

I guess dogs are alot like people though: some are happy at 10k, some half marathon, and some marathon. Is all individual!
LOL @ strange sex.
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Runhappy, welcome aboard! I started with addictive voice recognition and Rational Recovery with this period of sobriety in my life. I go to a secular AA group as well, but I am biased toward SMART recovery. I just like the approach of cognitive behavioral therapy and other psychoanalytical tools.

Elvis, I think that it’s hard to always maintain motivation and not get burned out. I think joining running clubs helps to keep up the motivation. Also, allowing yourself a few days off helps to prevent injury. I know a lot of people who have messed themselves up because they push themselves too hard. It’s just not worth it….

Wommp, good to meet you!

Uncle Holmes, I used to lift for fitness, but when I started running seriously, I stopped lifting. I’m 43. Maybe I’m too old? My son lifts. I never made it to the kind of weight you discuss here; you must be huge!

Topspin, I think that digging stumps constitutes a fantastic workout. That can be hard work!

Spen, good luck with the marathon.

Tom, sorry to hear about your lake ride. I actually drive 5 miles minimum just to go out and run. I don’t like traffic, so I make it a point to go to a local bicycle and running trail. I think the air is much cleaner and the scenery is better.

I ran 5 miles Monday night with a group. This was my first time using a head light. It worked well.

I walked the dogs for at least 2 miles last night.
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My 5K on 9/11 measured my minute/mile pace at 8:52. Tonight I ran one mile in 8:13. I just wanted to log that. It's going to be interesting to see how this goes...
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Weds: 17.5 miles on bike in the morning and an easy 4 mile run in the evening @7min 50 pace.

Yesterday I did 13 miles on the bike in the morning and last night's running club involved a hill session around my town (5 miles in total). Boy did I sleep well last night!

My two year old has started nursery so I spent part of the evening post-run putting his new "paintings" up around the flat lol. I expect he'll pull them down over the weekend when he stays with me...

Here's a quick question to those with some good length of time sobriety behind them: how ruthless were you with previous friendships? I've found that I have very little contact with previous friends as most of the socialising revolved around bars.

I'd be interested to hear.
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Free: imo, You're Never too old. You may do things differently, but you Can do it!

Lots of new people on here! Happy to see all of you! Welcome!

Tom: Just stay safe as you find a new path. Glad to hear you do wait for the lights...I have a tendency not too....but then I'm not in a town like you are.

Having a 'resurgance' of issues that were going on earlier. I'm going to lose my mind. When I do, please leave it by the side of the road. I think I function better w/o it. I think I need to start pulling trees out by their roots....gotta be good for the psyche!

Have a Great Sober Day, my friends!
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