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<p>Just got back from a nice run.  It was 80 and sticky but I had U2 rocking in the ole ipod and everything went fine.  I ran for 2 miles and walked another 2 then hit the road.</p>
 

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<p>Slow start to the weekend fitness, eh?</p>
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<p>Glad you had a nice run, <strong>Maples</strong>.  I don't run with music, but <em>Pride (In the Name of Love)</em> was the last song I heard in my car before I started my run...</p>
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<p>I had thought about going for 18-20 today, but I decided I didn't want to push myself too hard since I'm still feeling just a little sore from last weekend.  (And wow, I've got a really nasty black and blue mark on my left arm that appeared on Wednesday or Thursday).  So I kept today's run to 12 miles.  But I felt really good, so I'll take it...</p>
 

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<p>Hi all - went out and ran with <strong>Kris</strong> with the running store group this morning.  10 miles for me, with the out at 9:30 pace and the back in something more like 8:40 pace.  Relatively nice morning for running, tho' it did start heating up by the end of the run.</p>
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<p>Good runs and workouts to the rest of you this weekend, and mucho mojo to any racing-types!</p>
 

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<p>Morning all,</p>
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<p>As I mentioned, one of my training partners, Natalie is getting married today.  She wanted to do a 5K on her wedding day so about a dozen of us turned out to run as part of the wedding party.  Natalie won the women's race and finished 3rd or 4th overall.  My legs were shot and I couldn't hang with her.  I finished in 23:14.  Probably about 14th overall or so, maybe higher.  I was delirious.  The heat was meh!  About 88 degrees at the start, humid and a heat index or feels like temp of 100.  Yuck! </p>
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<p>Gotta mow the yard, and tackle the garage before heading to the wedding. </p>
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<p>Good runs to all.  Stay hydrated it's another scorcher out there.  At least in the Southeast. </p>
 

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<p>Day one of the C25K group for me today.   Um, wow.  Not for wimps.  2 miles in 26 minutes(with a full 5 minute walking warm up and cool down) but everyone in the group did great.   Good ego check for me:) </p>
 

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<p>I wanted to go 4 miles on my run this morning, but didn't quite make it that far.  Planned a 5 mile route (with the intention of walking the last mile).  Made it to about 3.25 when my legs said "enough".  I was running with someone new to our group who is slightly faster pace than me and we went out too fast for us both.  Scaled it back but the 1st half was a gradual incline anyway, so my legs were tightening up a lot.  I made myself do some more running after walking about .75, so all in all, I think I got about 3.6 running out of the 5 miles total.  I'm satisfied with that.</p>
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<p>Now off to the state fair for more walking. :)<br>
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<p>Morning Gang -</p>
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<p>Nice start for you guys so far.  Glad the 12 miles felt good <strong>boB</strong>.  <strong>Tim</strong> - Fun idea to do a 5k on wedding morning.  The <strong>30s kick couples</strong> will have to keep that in mind for future weddings!</p>
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<p><strong>Urban HM</strong> was this morning - ran 4.5 before it, then met up with <strong>Lora</strong> and <strong>Baggs</strong> pre-race and ran/chatted with <strong>Lora</strong> for the whole 13.1, while <strong>Baggs</strong> zipped ahead of us.   Saw <strong>Brandy</strong> and pup at the finish line. Very fun!</p>
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<p>Good runs to all today!</p>
 

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<p>Dammit dammit dammit.</p>
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<p>I hurt my lower back yesterday.  Tried to run with DH and it was not happenin.  :(  I have a complete kids-free weekend and can't run.  Seems like the running gods have been conspiring against me this season.  Seriously - dammit.</p>
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<p>Yay for the MN folks - sounds fun.</p>
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<p>Congrats Amy!</p>
 

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<p>Good Morning!</p>
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<p>Ah, man, I guess I could have run the Urban 1/2 with you gals this morning...I didn't know what the leg would be up to, though.  Let me know all about it.  There better not be any Happy Gnoming!!!!! </p>
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<p><strong>Mindi,</strong> sorry about the back.</p>
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<p>15 miles done this morning!!!  Not too quick, 8:10ish pace but my leg felt fairly okay the whole time.  I'll see what it feels like later.  If I make it through this okay, maybe, just maybe I can start thinking about mixing in some faster work in a week.</p>
 

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<p>Nice job getting back to it <strong>Amichel!!!</strong></p>
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<p>Be kind to your back Mindi!</p>
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<p>I had a great brick workout this morning.  90min on the bike and 30 min run.  The run was faster than I would normally do it, but with the bricks, I can't feel thee pace in my legs like I do running. </p>
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<p>So nice to have some good fitness news to report.  :)</p>
 

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<p>6 miles this morning...well I'm calling it 6.  Might be just a bit over/under.  My garmin died as it was locating a signal so I just threw it back in the house and ran without it.  So I know it was about (did my normal 6 mile route) but I'm not going to stress about it or the amount of time it was.</p>
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<p>nice runs so far this morning gang!</p>
 

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<p><strong>(((Mindi's Back)))</strong></p>
<p><strong>((boB's Bruise))</strong></p>
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<p>Donating blood, staying out late and drinking beer the day/night before the long run, running a route (not planned by me, I ran with the marathon training group) with a big fricking hill in the middle of it, and then at mile 13 getting hit with one of those 'scattered thunderstorms' turned my 19 miler into a 15 miler. Seriously, there were some thunderboomers that made me JUMP.  eeks. I thought I might get on my treadmill when I got home and quick run the other four but I was so totally soaked and chilled but the time I got here I just wanted a hot shower and bacon.</p>
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<p><strong>((boB's Bruise))</strong></p>
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<p>Donating blood, staying out late and drinking beer the day/night before the long run, running a route (not planned by me, I ran with the marathon training group) with a big fricking hill in the middle of it, and then at mile 13 getting hit with one of those 'scattered thunderstorms' turned my 19 miler into a 15 miler. Seriously, there were some thunderboomers that made me JUMP.  eeks. I thought I might get on my treadmill when I got home and quick run the other four but I was so totally soaked and chilled but the time I got here I just wanted a hot shower and bacon.</p>
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<p>How do you give blood and marathon train at the same time?  I did it once during training and it kicked my butt during long runs for WEEKS.  I didn't really put 2 and 2 together until the next time they called and I was really close to a goal marathon and told them that.  They told me I should not be giving blood if I am a marathoner.  Anyone else here able to pull both off?</p>
 

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<p>donating blood - haven't been able to donate since 2007.  Too much tattooing.</p>
 

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<p>The last time I donated blood in June I still ran that afternoon and felt fine. It was only a 5 mile run, but I couldn't tell that I had donated blood that morning, so I didn't think anything of it this time.  I won't be due for another donation for two months, which I think will put me after the marathon.  The guy I was running with today - I met up with him on the BigAssHill that we both had to walk, he's getting back to running after a 3 year period of time where he had 2 pulmonary embolisms, a stroke, 2 recurrences of bladder cancer and both knees replaced.  I think that's what he said, he's a doc and was using some medical jargon I wasn't sure of. ANYway, he said that women in partic need to be careful about blood donation and iron deficiency.  He said they test for hemoglobin before they take your donation but not iron and it's easy to get iron deficient if you donate regularly and that will really affect your running.  He recommended Vitron C.  He was very chatty and full of information and he also had a totally T-Rex running style. :D</p>
 

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<p>Nice mid-distance runs and races this morning, peeps!  It looks like a good meet-up weekend for the 30s!</p>
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<p>Jen, glad the leg is progressing well for you.</p>
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<p><strong>Baggs</strong>, how did the half go for you?</p>
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<p><strong>Blood</strong>:  My rules are not to give within 6 weeks before or 3 weeks after a marathon or a goal race.   I should sign up for a donation next week.  </p>
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<p>Can't give blood because I was in the UK for 6 months at the height of Mad Cow.</p>
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<p>Volunteered at a race this morning, which was fun.  I was recording times, but the racers had to run past us once, do a loop and then finish.  They were supposed to run in one chute before the loop and another chute to finish, but one guy didn't do the right thing and we recorded his time which made all the rest of the times wrong.  Thankfully, we were able to figure it out so all should be well.  Oh, the joy of the finish line without chip timing!</p>
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<p>I walked on the TM for 3 miles and did an hour of stretching to rack up VRAA points before my trip to PA tomorrow starting a o'dark-thirty.  I really hope I can pull myself out of bed at 3:00 in the morning (after hopefully getting to bed at 8:00 p.m.)</p>
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<p>Have a great weekend, friends.</p>
 

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<p>Oh, wait, just one little thing about the race.  It was a Sandbagger 10k, so everyone recorded their predicted time and then we staggered started them with the slowest first and then everyone else until the fastest started (about 28 minutes later).  If everyone was absolutely right about their times, then everyone should have crossed the finish line at the same time.  The first to cross the finish line was declared the biggest Sandbagger and got to take home the ugliest trophy ever created.  It makes the rounds every year (for the past 38 years) and every winner has to add something to the trophy.  Last year's winner added wings.  At any rate, the winner was a woman from Colorado who was ~5 minutes ahead of prediction because she didn't realize how much of an advantage the lower elevation would give her.  Her dad lives in town and apparently, he gets the honor of housing the trophy for the next year.  There's another sandbagger race in Dec. called the Cheese and Sauerkraut 10 miler.  The closest to his/her predicted time gets a nice cheese basket; the furthest gets sauerkraut.  Don't know if I'll run it or volunteer again.  The slowest time today was ~6 minutes faster than my current PR!</p>
 
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