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Old 07-13-2012, 01:59 PM
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Uncle you really hit the nail on the head for a lot of us I think. Your words also made me think...about recognizing that not drinking really is a great accomplishment and I should be proud of that, no matter what is going on elsewhere in my life.

Had a really great run this morning. Felt really strong, and when I was finished my normal route, I didn't want to stop, it was feeling so good. So I just kept on going! And I've felt really good and positive all day.

Hey everyone we're all doing great. The summer is tough, so many triggers. But we can all do it if we stick together
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Old 07-13-2012, 02:01 PM
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Hey Britt congratulations on 40 days! Well done!
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:47 PM
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Well, got out to the park and walked a couple miles with a friend. Then threw a softball around for a while. What was cool was when she said she wanted a drink of water and we went over to the fountain... I laid down and then she did . I said something about sometimes it's nice just to rest and look at all God created. Then I saw a really faint rainbow.... she didn't see it for a few minutes, then she saw it too. No rain was in sight anywhere. It was just really cool that we got to see it.

Anyway, I will probably walk 3 in the morning... we'll see.

Yeah, Tip.... not sure what I'm going to do come the end of September... I actually need 12 weeks to get the training done. Only have 11... still may try for it. But maybe not - not sure yet.

Goodnight everyone!!
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:55 PM
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Al. Of you runners are doing awesome. I will stick to my 5ks. And sprint tris.

Bootcamp or run tomorrow. Maybe both!
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:20 AM
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Uncle: Thank you for those words. I sat here and bawled! Everything else may be in the toilet, but if I'm sober....I can do Anything! Very Nice!

Judy: Worried about you, friend. And so sad you are dealing with this physical pain, right now. Stress can knock the crap out of you. I surely do hope you are taking care of YOU.

Thanks for your posts, everyone. I so appreciate them...and you.

I am trying not to fly off the TM of life right now. It'll slow down...but I don't like running at 7.0.

I got 7 miles walking yesterday. In the heat of the day. But, I got 'em.

Have a GREAT Weekend!
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:49 AM
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10km on the bike, some weights, and back to soccer next week!
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Nice on walking the 7 miles, Coffee. Sorry, you're in a funk. Life does have its ups and unfortunately, its downs. Here's to coming back up :ghug3.

Em... biking and soccer is cool. Someday I might just get a bike.... maybe....

I'm going to be a couch potato today. I need to just chillax for a day. Do some reading and watch some tv and just rest. My body and my mind need it.

Monday though I am going to try the half marathon schedule see how I feel. I'm only a week behind... I know I can run a couple miles without walking... I'll just take it slow. Maybe it will help shake me out of the dumps.

Have an excellent day peeps!
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Old 07-14-2012, 09:16 AM
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I've been doing a lot of research on marathon training. Till now I've been loosely following a version of the same training schedule that I did last year. Last year when I ran the marathon I hit the wall hard at 32k...so the genius in me finally spoke up and said...

"Duh, if we train the same way we did last year aren't we going to hit the wall again"?

I've come to the conclusion that I didn't build enough of an endurance foundation last year. More simply put, I didn't put in enough mileage week to week. Last year, my schedule had me running about 40k per week. I've decided that I really need to up that to something more like 60-65k per week.

My original training schedule had my long runs peaking with a single run at 32k. With my revised schedule I will run 32k 3 times in the weeks leading up to the race.

The important factor that I've missed in the past is that I need to run these long runs slowly to teach my body to better deal with energy management and endurance. Running 32k at a slower pace will have me on the road for basically the same amount of time that I hope to finish the full marathon in - my body gets used to 3.5 hours of effort.

Ultra - I expect that you're an expert on these things - let me know if you see me making any huge mistakes here.

R4R - glad to see you in a positive frame of mind and moving forward.

Uncle - great advice on not drinking...love it.
Hiya....not really an expert but I can say what sort of works for me. If I'm marathon training I like to be at a minimum of 70 miles a week prior to tapering...and that includes a couple of speed/interval sessions a week. That sort of works for me but is not to say it is for everyone...I also tried to make sure that the long run, the Sunday Special, was at about 18-20miles. But then I've been lucky in that I've always been able to fit in training around work and it's only in the last three years that childcare has been an issue :-)

Hope everyone is doing OK....R4R, I'm holding a positive thought for you and it's great that you are in an honest and committed place.

Today has been one of those irritating ones where everything seems to get on your nerves....can't wait for tomorrow's long run!
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Happy Saturday everyone.
Did a brick workout today. 10 mile bike and then a 2 mile run. I wanted to run 3 but my heart rate was so high and I couldn't catch my breath. Its starting to worry me because I have a sprint tri in 2 weeks. I am trying to mimic the race by training at the same time of day as the race. Its so humid! I can't see to break through that. I was fine on the bike, but the run about kills me.

I know its Florida and its summer...but it shouldn't feel this bad! I guess if I need to walk in the race then I will. Not sure what I can do to prepare except get out there keep training at that time of day.

Plus I have been exhausted the rest of the day. Took a nap and slept almost an hour!

But I am sober and I feel great about that!
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Ultrarunner View Post
Hiya....not really an expert but I can say what sort of works for me. If I'm marathon training I like to be at a minimum of 70 miles a week prior to tapering...and that includes a couple of speed/interval sessions a week. That sort of works for me but is not to say it is for everyone...I also tried to make sure that the long run, the Sunday Special, was at about 18-20miles. But then I've been lucky in that I've always been able to fit in training around work and it's only in the last three years that childcare has been an issue :-)

Hope everyone is doing OK....R4R, I'm holding a positive thought for you and it's great that you are in an honest and committed place.

Today has been one of those irritating ones where everything seems to get on your nerves....can't wait for tomorrow's long run!
This is good advice. I don't think I have the time to hit the kind of mileage that you do though. I'm going to be lucky if I can hit 50 miles per week.

My long run tomorrow is 20k. I'll do four 20 mile runs before the race in October. It will be a better foundation than I had last year when I ran 3:27 so I know it will get me through. If I can finish in the same ballpark for time but avoid "the wall" and have a good strong finish and a better race overall, I'm going to be delighted. I hope I'll have the enthusiasm to keep my training going for another race in the spring.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:37 PM
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Happy Saturday everyone.
Did a brick workout today. 10 mile bike and then a 2 mile run. I wanted to run 3 but my heart rate was so high and I couldn't catch my breath. Its starting to worry me because I have a sprint tri in 2 weeks. I am trying to mimic the race by training at the same time of day as the race. Its so humid! I can't see to break through that. I was fine on the bike, but the run about kills me.

I know its Florida and its summer...but it shouldn't feel this bad! I guess if I need to walk in the race then I will. Not sure what I can do to prepare except get out there keep training at that time of day.

Plus I have been exhausted the rest of the day. Took a nap and slept almost an hour!

But I am sober and I feel great about that!
The atmosphere of the race will give you a huge boost. Hopefully that will be enough to carry you through. I did a sprint Tri a couple of summers ago and was surprised at how hard it was. When I climbed off the bike I had a heck of a time on the run...and running was the only part of it that I was really confident about!

My advice would be to not go too hard on the bike. Make sure that you have a hydration plan. You're going to need regular water intake throughout the race.
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Old 07-14-2012, 06:55 PM
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Thanks Tippingpoint. I agree with the energy of the race helping me. My fear has always been the swim,but after the 1/2mile ocean swim in May I feel likethe1/4 mile swim won't be too difficult in the next race.
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I drove the dog about 45 mins out of town to a beautiful trail I know along a dyke in the country- flat, straight and long. Did walk/sprints for about an hour while the sun went down. I just needed to move and really needed to get out of the city for awhile. It was funny though because it was in this pristine rural setting but there was an outdoor concert happening somewhere so there was dance music blasting in the air and a crowd roaring. I just had to laugh. Seems like there's no escape sometimes.
Anyway. Hope you all are enjoying your weekend.
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Thanks Tippingpoint. I agree with the energy of the race helping me. My fear has always been the swim,but after the 1/2mile ocean swim in May I feel likethe1/4 mile swim won't be too difficult in the next race.
When I did mine I ended up doing almost the entire swim on my back. I think I was one of the very last ones out of the water! Which was good, because it gave me a lot of people to pass on the bike and the run!

Just have fun with it and you will be fine.

Ugh...It is 6:45 am on Sunday. Just trying to get a bit of food and coffee in me before my 20k run. My niece was going to join me today and I was looking forward to the company but she got called into work. So now I'm alone again..oh well.
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This is good advice. I don't think I have the time to hit the kind of mileage that you do though. I'm going to be lucky if I can hit 50 miles per week.

My long run tomorrow is 20k. I'll do four 20 mile runs before the race in October. It will be a better foundation than I had last year when I ran 3:27 so I know it will get me through. If I can finish in the same ballpark for time but avoid "the wall" and have a good strong finish and a better race overall, I'm going to be delighted. I hope I'll have the enthusiasm to keep my training going for another race in the spring.
One recommendation: honey! It really is a wonder food. I have it on wholemeal toast a couple of hours prior to a long morning run....swear by it :-)
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good morning everyone...it's about 6:00 a.m. here on the bayou. The heavens are getting ready to open up and blast us with a good little storm. Looks like no outside exercise today, so guess I'll hit the gym.

Ultra....thanks for the reminder about the honey. I just bought some local honey and it's been hanging out in my pantry.

InPar....nothing like a country walk with your dog, right? If it stops storming today, that's where I'm headed with my pup.

Happy Sunday everyone!
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Good Morning Kickers!

Well, I wasn't a complete couch potato yesterday, my dog looked at me with his big black eyes and I knew I had to take him for a walk. The old guy walked for about 1 1/2 miles.... impressed me.

I may try getting out there in the morning tomorrow.... see how I feel.

Have a great day y'all.
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Hey everyone!

Did some hand stand push ups. Ten with hands on floor, ten with hands on three bricks and ten with hands on four bricks.

Then did four rounds of 25 squats, push ups and sit ups. did it in about 8 minutes and 37 seconds which is by far my best...though this is kinda my off day work out so I don't normally push this particularly hard. Still, was a good improvement. Then did some stretching.
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Hope evryone's had a restful Sunday. I managed just 8miles after dropping my little boy back to his Mum but that takes me to my target for the week so all good. Soon to bed with some reading to catch up on...
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A better week then the one before.

Still daily rain with HUGE downpours at times and chilly nights (11 C). Got soaked badly a few times and wore most of my limited shoe stock, as they take forever to dry in this humid conditions.

Still no bike rides but a decent amount of walking - 54 km for the week.
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