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Well I started WK8 with a 6mile LSD yesterday. It was great! I ran a pretty consistent pace the first three miles. It was a little humid and the forecast called for off/on rain all day (which didn't happen) so it was a bit 'misty' out. I took a mini ozarka with me which was a first. I usually don't take water on a run. I didn't really want to get used to taking it just yet. I want to train my body not to need it until I get a few more miles on my runs. Since I know I didn't hydrate properly the few days before this run, and with the humidity, I went ahead and took some with me. I'm glad I did since I was a bit parched during the run. I forced myself not to drink anything until after mile three though. Legs felt strong and cardio seemed almost effortless during the first three miles. My feet and ankles started feeling a bit overtired somewhere between miles 4 and 5 and I slowed considerably. I did finish 6 miles and was very happy to be finished. After my shower, I stretched my calves a bit and my feet felt a little better. After further thought, I think the issue with my ankles bothering me, may be a result of the weight I'm carrying that I really need to do more to lose. <img alt="rolleyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif"> All in all, it was a pretty good run. I was able to prepare a huge breakfast for DD's sleepover pals and clean up afterwards. I did take a short nap later in the afternoon, but I think that was a result of running on less than 5hrs of sleep. <img alt="rolleyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif">
 

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Oh, good job, chosha!<br><br>
I don't know about training your body to not need water. It needs what it needs when it needs it. However, bringing it during a humid run when you hadn't felt like you hydrated well prior to the run was a good decision. It's not necessarily weight that's bothering your ankles if you don't often run 6 miles, it can also just be the fact that you're doing more and it's different. I don't know if you feel like you have a lot to lose, but take it easy, OK? You're making great progress <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I'll let you know if I get a run in today. If I try, I'll be attempting 5 miles. We'll see how my lungs like that.
 

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Thanks for the kudos in the last thread guys. Way to go on your 6 mile run Chosha! You are going to rock that 10k in April. I have been meaning to ask, what are you going to do once you finish this program until your 10k? You are going to have several weeks left to train. I am just curious because I am already thinking about what to do once I finish the program in April. That stinks Gingerbread about the lung congestion. We have all had it in our house too. I was the only one it didn't get down though...I started to get a runny nose but kept running and never got the full blown cold/flu thing. Don't push it though and make yourself worse.<br><br>
I just finished wk4d1 and ran further than 5k for the first time ever. It was an easy 4 mile run...the weather was perfect which helps alot. I finished it on the same pace as I had been doing the 3 mile training runs. The last mile was almost my easiest mile. At least I know I can physically finish the 4 mile race on Saturday....I just need to work out a pace for the race...I am very unsure about that still.
 

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Great job on your runs everyone! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
My long run was supposed to be yesterday, but I barely got out of bed I felt so crappy. Today its gorgeous, 50 something degrees outside and sunny! I'm going to try and do 5 miles after work and take advantage of the nice weather, its supposed to get cold again tomorrow, but I'm a little worried about coughing up a lung while running. I figure I'll take it easy and cut it short if I'm having trouble breathing or coughing too much. This will be my longest run to date, so I'm hoping that everything goes smoothly...
 

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Managed to successfully complete my 5 miles today, the longest distance I've ever ran and it felt great! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"> I was worried that the last mile would feel tough, but it from start to finish it felt just as easy as if it was only a 3 or 4 mile run. The best part was I didn't feel the need to cough up a lung the entire time! The weather was great, it felt so nice to run in just a t-shirt (though I did have a jacket on over it for most of the run since I do have a cold...). Mentally it was a win on two levels, first it abated some of my nervousness about the upcoming race that I've been having trouble shaking. Second, the thought occurred to me midway through the run that since starting running I have such a different mindset. Before I would've gladly taken the opportunity to play the part of being sick and curl up in bed with a book and be waited on, today though I just wanted to run. Granted I felt a lot better than I did yesterday, but as I left work this afternoon my coworkers did tell me to go home and climb into bed. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> If only they knew...
 

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Well done, birdie and beet <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Birdie, I have trouble with pace, but all the more experienced people say to not start too fast. You can always pick up the pace as the race moves on, but if you start too fast, you might fade before the finish. I think it just takes practice.<br><br>
beet, <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> good job getting out to run. My attempt at a run yesterday didn't work out. The weather was good, but my lungs did not cooperate. I'm home with a fever again. I guess I wasn't better yet. I don't know how I can tell until I try though. I'll give it several more days, I guess.
 

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intesnsebeet and gingerbread...I sure hope you guys get to feeling better soon. Way to go on the 5 mile run intensebeet. I can't wait to get to that distance.<br><br>
Today was wk4d2 for me. I had a two mile run scheduled. It was just an all around bad run. I had to keep myself from quiting the entire run starting at 1/3 mile...lol. My calves were just tired my ankles were a little sore from yesterday too. I made it through, though not as fast as I had been going but at least I stuck it out. I would much rather have my bad run of the week a 2 miler than a longer run. I am really looking forward to my day off tomorrow from running to rest up my legs. I don't want to be tired and sore for saturday's race.<br><br>
Thanks for the pace advice gingerbread. I found a website that give you estimated paces times for different distances based on your 5k best so I am going to "try" to go by that.
 

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Sure, here is the link to the site I bookmarked. <a href="http://www.mcmillanrunning.com/mcmillanrunningcalculator.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mcmillanrunning.com/mcmil...calculator.htm</a><br><br>
I know I have seen a few out there but this seemed to be the most comprehensive. It not only gives recommended paces for various races but for different types of runs you train with like your long runs, steady runs and so on.
 

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Birdie - I'll probably just repeat the last couple of weeks of the 10K plan depending on how many weeks I have left. This will make me feel more comfortable going in to the 10K. Nice job on your 4 miler Monday! Feels good to get past that 5K mark doesn't it? <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"> Don't sweat the bad runs! You stuck it out and that's what matters. It's a mental thing KWIM?<br><br>
Intensebeet - Great job on that 5 miler Moday! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"> Hope you're feeling better.<br><br>
GB - Are you feeling any better? Please take good care of yourself. (((((GB))))))
 

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Oooops. Forgot to post my run report for today. I finished a pleasant 4 miles in 50*. It was a little breezy, but not knock me over windy! <img alt="rolleyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/rolleyes.gif"> I have to get up 30 mins earlier because my hours at work have changed, but it was nice. A 'winter storm' is supposed to roll through tomorrow. Hopefully it won't come through until AFTER my morning run.
 

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I'm glad you had a good run, chosha!<br><br>
I stayed home yesterday, and am home today. No running until maybe Friday if I feel well enough. I might not, I'll see how I feel. If I don't feel like running, I might just walk instead.<br><br>
Next week, if my healing progresses as I hope it does, I'll get back on the bandwagon. In the meantime, maybe I'll bust out that Yoga dvd over the weekend. I'll work on core strength. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Finished WK8 w/an easy 3miler. Drizzled off/on. There's a 90% chance of rain and it's going to get colder throught the day. I'm really glad that I was able to run before that came through although it was a bit windy. Going up hill was a bit difficult, but the downhills were heaven! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
GB - Hope you start feeling better soon! (((((GB)))))
 

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I'm getting there.<br><br>
I'm glad you got out there before the wind really picked up. I love downhills <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Just finished up wk4d3 which was a 3 mile run for me. I met up with another stroller pushing mom around my 1 mile marker. I was so excited to meet someone else but to my disappointment she was not friendly AT ALL. When I said good morning she seemed annoyed. That is the first non-friendly runner I have come across so far in my neighborhood. (I am the overly friendly runner who says good morning to everyone...even the landscapers and garbage men.) Other than that it was a good sweaty run. I had a great quick pace. Now usually I would take tomorrow off since I have a race Saturday but since it is the first day of VRAA I am going to do some swimming cross training. I am hoping it will keep my butt in gear as far as my cross training goes since I tend to slack.<br><br>
Great run Chosha....you must get up uber early. I felt like such a slacker reading your post this morning as we were still in pj's eating breakfast then. I felt even more lazy when I realized you are even up earlier since you aren't in eastern time zone. Hope you get to feeling better to run on Friday GB. Oh, and as I was reading through the VRAA threads I read where you are a Heather...me too!
 

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I was feeling better for a couple days but now I'm feeling all stuffed up again, I wish this cold would just go away and let me get on with life. My crosstraining has fallen by the wayside this week in preparation for going out of town this weekend, though I did get in 3 miles yesterday. I still need to figure out how to fit in my runs while I'm away, especially with the VRAA starting! Glad to see you're on my team for the competition Chosha!
 

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Don't you hate unfriendly runners? Although don't expect me to be nice about 3/4 of the way through a longer run. I get all cranky when I have about 2 miles left of a 7+ mile run...I'm better as soon as I stop <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
We Heathers have to stick together, like the movie, or...maybe not...<br><br>
So, what team are you on? <img alt="huh.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/huh.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Hmmmm not sure if I want to be like the Heathers in the movie...that movie always creeped me out a bit...lol.<br><br>
I am on Team D. I don't recognize too many names in there. This is my first go at the VRAA though. I have wanted to do it forever now but I have missed the last few registrations by a day. I am here more now that the running log is up so I don't miss out on stuff anymore. I just wish they would get the alt workout log up too so I don't have to keep logging stuff in different places.
 

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I know. The original ones were evil. We're forces for good, right?<br><br>
Team D...lemme see who's on it...<br><br>
OK<br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><b>Alex</b><br>
alpara<br>
Birdie<br>
crb81</span><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">GatorBob</span><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><b>Hairy Trotter</b></span><br><b><span style="font-size:xx-small;">HighHeat</span><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Ileneforward</span></b><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Mailbox Head</span><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">mariposai</span><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><b>Notey</b> (captain)</span><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Rainierun (captain)</span><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">rugby</span><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">Yo Mikey</span><br><br>
I "know" the folks in bold font from association here and when we were at Coolrunning (except Alex) they're good peeps! I'm sure the rest are good, too, but I don't know them <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
You'll do well!
 

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Well, I finished my 4 mile race this morning. Horrible race and weather. I drove through a monsoon to get there...I almost had to pull over it was raining so hard. I get to the race and it is like 30 mph winds with gust higher than that. It is lightning and thundering and the storm sirens are going off. We are all huddled partially under the packet and chip pickup tent. They announce that they are delaying the race 15 minutes so I go to use the restroom around 5 minutes to 7. Then all the sudden when I am coming out the crowd is at the starting line and they are starting the race at 7 anyways....there were probably more than 20 people in the restrooms still unaware of this. Because of the weather there were no split clocks. I guess they didn't plan on them not being there because there were no alternate mile markers. No one knew how far we were in the course. At the second water stop I asked a guy where we were and he said we had one mile left...well just around the bend there was a guy from the timing company reading out splits at the 3 mile point. I did ok in the race considering. I got exactly what the McMillian predictor predicted. I know I could have ran a better race though if 1. I hadn't pushed myself so hard yesterday for VRAA and 2. The weather would have been better and finally if the race was a little more organized. But oh well I did ok and I am still on track for the 10k at the end of April. The real test will be the 5 mile at the end of this month. Hope everyone else had a great weekend so far. I am taking the day off tomorrow...I really need the rest. I might do some situps or something just to get the VRAA bonus though...lol.
 
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