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Old 01-14-2009, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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(Granted, I am crazy...)

I started running again this year on New Year's Day. I put in 8 runs so far in 2009.

Today it is 9F degrees (-12C) here in Northern PA, I ran 5 miles in the ice & snow. I dressed warmly (maybe even too warmly) and it was a great run. Fascinating, invigorating, stimulating, and motivating.

It really makes me proud of myself, it builds up my self esteem stamina.

And right now, after that run, the FURTHEST THING FROM MY MIND IS DRINKING OR USING DRUGS!

Recovery rocks!!!
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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9 degrees!! yup, nuts all the way
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey, Tommy, that's great!

I really believe that exercise plays an important role in recovery and it's more than just the physical benefits.

I started doing long walks when I began recovery and have continued doing that, almost every day, no matter what the weather. I love walking and observing.
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i'm running a 5k w/ my boyfriend on valentine's day... raising money for the cardiac unit. helping others, being healthy... sounds like a good v-day to me.

i exercise a lot... running, yoga, tennis, softball, etc. etc. i'd like to do another triathlon, but i need a gym membership to be able to train and yoga is more important right now. i know what you mean about that feeling, the first time i nailed crow posture i felt amazing... and absolutely, divinely whole.

way to go, tommy!
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Awesome TommyK!

I've been doping 30 minutes on the eliptical machine, and the strength exercises on the Wii fit.. My goal is to do a sprint triathlon next summer. I usually Bicycle to work in the summer too!

Rock On Recovery!

On a side note, it does get better, I look forward to getting on the eliptical after work now rather than mixing a drink right when I get home like I did just 7 and a half months ago. What a change, I love it...
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just started recovery but I am back to the gym again full time, (5 days a week). Even when I was drinking I tried to go to the gym every weekday but I missed a lot when I was hungover. Hope to keep thisa up from now on and not get bored and tired of it. I have changed my walking route so it doesn't go past my favorite bars, which is any of the 10 bars in a 1 mile stretch.
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I look forward to getting on the eliptical after work now rather than mixing a drink right when I get home like I did just 7 and a half months ago. What a change, I love it...

Now THAT is a good definition of recovery!
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I swim for an hour a day and going to start training in tae kwon do. I love being active
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Went to the gym

Hey Tommy K,
You really inspired me about running in 9 degrees so I went to the gym in your honor today! No kidding!! I figured if you can run in the freezing cold, I can get off my fat ass and do the eliptical machine for 30 mins. Thanks for the post.
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That's awesome Tommy that you can run in this weather! Not for me, here in Ohio it's only 4 degrees....although I did see some high school kids sprinting down the road--they have much younger lungs than mine. However, I agree replacing drinking with working out of any kind is a waaay better alternative.
Keep up the good work!
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I wish I had the shoes for it. I'd be dashing through the snow like a one-horse open sleigh.

I am a believer that there are people who run for exercise and there are runners. The latter do not acknowledge seasons or weather.
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I've been thinking about starting running again. Thanks for your post - it's a push in the right direction
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Friday afternoon:

5 mile run today, 4F degrees outside, beautiful sunny day!

I was looking forward to today's run as soon as I got up this morning.

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High five Tommy

It was all I could do to make it to the gym--I'm right next door in Ohio and this morning temps were negative. Does it sound lame to say at least I got to the gym? Cuz I did and I worked my butt off...or some of it.
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I keep fit and run a lot, in Oct I ran in the Melbourne Marathon and am currently training for another Marathon and will do many other shorter races along the way.

As Anna says its part of my recovery and helps me in many ways as well as its just so good toe be able to go out and run 20km without any effort.

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Way to go Tommy! I like an elliptical workout while I watch the news in the morning. I also enjoy walking, hiking, and riding a road bike. I'm too busy enjoying the scenery to even think about drinking!
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I"m starting to go on bike rides with the Family. I enjoy the time outside plus being with Hubby and kids =)

Good for you on your runs!!! I want to work my way up to running this year~
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