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Old 10-07-2013, 09:08 PM
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Hey, ya'll! I'm home from my trip and as tired as I was, I dragged my butt out there and ran my regular course. And you're right, I do feel great now. Can this running act like a drug to me? It feels like it. Interesting...

Welcome, Vicki! When I was young, I rode. My horse was a beautiful quarter horse, shiny black, named Midnight. I didn't compete, we just rode out at our country house on weekends and summers. Ok, my sister and I were a bit competitive, but not officially! But we did have to help care for our horses when we were there. And heck yeah! that is a workout! Full body workout! I'd love to ride again, but its been ages and I'm getting older, so it might not turn out well! haha!
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Hi joygirl,
Thank you for the warm welcome, Midnight sounds like he was a lovely sort and your never to old to get back in the saddle

I am really looking forward to moving my boys and getting into a proper routine, and getting the three of us fit, I feel as though I have let them down so much in the past turning up to ride hungover and sick not putting my best effort in, that is no way to treat your team mates! Luckily animals don't hold grudges or judge us in anyway!

Unfortunately I haven't quit smoking yet thats the next thing to go I thought I would give it a go next month as I will be over 60 days sober by then. I will ask DG for advice as she has managed to kick out all the rubbish from her life even the coffee - which is probably just a step to far for me

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Old 10-08-2013, 02:01 AM
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Fewer days biking to work this week because of evening meetings. Oh well...I guess it's better to save some energy for the looming marathon.

I have no intent of giving up caffeine...DG - you are a machine.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:10 AM
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No, my wife and I are doing the Toronto Waterfront marathon. It's her first and my first stand-alone. We are running together...
Hey ctrl...thanks for the tip on this thread!! Love to talk to other athletes with addiction issues...so cool!!
I ran the Toronto marathon in 2011. It's a fun race but I unfortunately made the mistake of going out too hard and bonked at 30K or so. Coming back to downtown with a strong headwind and no glucose was not a fun experience. I was through the half in 1:35 and finished in 3:31 - my slowest of three full marathons.

Anyways good luck and have fun running with the misses!!
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Old 10-08-2013, 05:15 AM
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It's the Waterfront Marathon...so different course than the Toronto marathon. The only marathons I've ever done are part of iron tris....and I've never gone as fast as 3:31.

I'll be "limited" to my wife's time for this one, since we're running side by side. It's her first...she would be angry if she went over 4:00...probably a little closer to 3:45. We will see.

My swimming is finally getting back to normal. There is nothing worse than a swim workout hungover.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:47 AM
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Welcome sobermarathon!

I will not give up my morning coffee. I just can't, I'm not that kind of girl!

But my H did, and it seems to be doing something for him, because he's not gone back to it.
He was truly addicted, no moderation at all on coffee.
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To be honest, 6 months ago, I wouldn't have seen myself giving up coffee either. I used to drink tons of coffee all day. But now with almost a month off of it, I really don't miss it. At least not that much. I have had a cup or two of decaf when I go out to eat and that is good enough. Now that I'm not addicted to the caffeine, the decaf is as enjoyable as regular used to be. Plus, I actually do think I feel better- less anxious, waking up feeling more awake, sleeping better, etc.
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Hey ctrl...I meant Toronto Waterfront (aka scotiabank). I have run the full for waterfront and 1/2 for the 'toronto' (aka good life fitness) - I used to call TO my home and actually just blew my sobriety their a week or so ago. Dangerous stomping ground during this young phase of my sobriety because a lot of my former drinking buddies still live there and many a local bar I used to terrorize are still as lively (in my case deadly) as ever.
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Oh! Sorry SM - I've had to correct people so many times that I just figured you had the wrong marathon.

My wife and I honeymooned in London/Paris, so we often celebrate our anniversary in Toronto to get a little (very little) foreign feel. I used to take that to mean drink like I was a rock star. This trip will be my first sober...a bunch of my (ex) drinking buddies are running, too...I'm glad my wife is joining me to keep me focused.

Less than 2 weeks away...only the taper left now.
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ctrl, I'm getting so excited for you!!! And your wife!
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Oh! Sorry SM - I've had to correct people so many times that I just figured you had the wrong marathon. My wife and I honeymooned in London/Paris, so we often celebrate our anniversary in Toronto to get a little (very little) foreign feel. I used to take that to mean drink like I was a rock star. This trip will be my first sober...a bunch of my (ex) drinking buddies are running, too...I'm glad my wife is joining me to keep me focused. Less than 2 weeks away...only the taper left now.
No problem, I should have been more specific. Toronto is a world class city - especially when sober. I hope you and your wife have a great race and enjoy your time.
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Welcome newbies. Great to see this thread picking up again.

Joy - Runners high is for real Go with it.

I might run another 5K on Sunday. It is a really cool event and it is through Red Rocks Park which is an outdoor amphitheater. I thought I would give it a test run today. 2 miles down, and the last mile is 600 feet of climbing, average 8% grade. 3/4 of the last mile is on the road and the last quarter is the climb into the amphitheater, finishing with 23 flights of stairs to the top. Brutal. I did some reading this afternoon about run-walk-run schemes because I was totally pegged before I even got to the stairs. I am seriously thinking of working in some 30 second walk breaks in the last mile so I can finish stronger.

Anyone who has heard of Jeff Galloway, he has some interesting information regarding run/walk pacing, recovery etc. Pretty interesting.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:47 PM
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Thanks for the Jeff Galloway info, I'm going to look into that!
That Red Rocks Park run sounds fun! I need to find some more hiking trails.

Some of you guys really have some variety. Not me. Same old, same old.
3.2 miles run tonight. Plus a little yoga on the side. It works.
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Today was yoga class and a 50 minute walk.
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Hi everybody! Lively thread today. Love the coffee talk-I just quit coffee too! Well actually I switched to tea, but that's a pretty big deal for me! It's been about a week and a half-probably the longest I've gone without coffee in years and years. The main thing I've noticed is that my digestion is better. Like 100 per cent better.
I ran 8k today on a fantastic new course that I mapped--lots of hills and I powered up them all like a CHAMP (*high fives self). It was perfect weather-sunny with a chilly breeze.
Joygirl, running is TOTALLY a drug! The best kind because it's REAL, and it's not killing you. In fact it's doing the exact opposite!
I am so jealous of you horse riding ladies. I longed to ride when I was younger but never could because I have a severe allergy to them. I was pretty bitter about that for a good while, ha ha. (Still am, a little.)
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Yesterday schooled horse for an hour - worked on suppleness and collection

Then hour and half yoga class in the evening
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Hi all. Pretty good day yesterday...swam 1800 yds, ran 4.5 miles, and biked the 16 miles home from work. Walked the dog a couple of miles before I went to bed.

Today is a little lighter. Biking into work and will get 4 miles of running in at lunch. If the rain holds off the dog will get walked, too.

Have a great day out there, folks.
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Nice work ctrl. I ran 5 miles tonight including 3miles at 7:25 pace. I was hoping to run this half marry in 1:35 but now will be backing it off and looking to hit 1:40. I essentially lost 1 full week of training during which time I was barely eating or sleeping, since I had been drinking way too much. Not sure how much fitness I lost at this point but definitely lost some. Also, my confidence is a little kicked at the moment so not hoping for any incredible performance. Nonetheless, I'm a fighter and not going to just roll over! Rest now till Saturday, run 2 miles easy, and then race on Sunday.
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I've ruined many a race by boozing beforehand and ruining the work I put in.

However, part of that was do to the knowledge that I didn't lose THAT much fitness with a week or so of sub par training.

Warped.

Good luck on Sunday!
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Thanks ctrl. I've also ruined at least a couple races before due to heavy drinking leading up to the race weekend and even the day before. I think this time I'll be alright just not as sharp as I could've been which is the disappointing part. If an injury slows you down that's one thing, poor choices related to alcohol that's just stupid especially when you claim to be sober like I'm trying to be. Oh well what's done is done. See how it goes and then pick a spring full to focus on.
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