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Easy 4 mile run today in the super humid, un-Wisconsin-like fall weather. Had a huge storm last night and at 6:30 this morning a thunder clap shook about the whole town. I could actually feel it in my body, it was pretty sweet.<br><br>
Have a great weekend and good luck to any racers we may have. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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Uh, Alex. It's Saturday?<br><br>
Ran 3 and cycled 3 this morning. Cooled down with 4x strides -- the best part of the run. Oppressively muggy.<br><br>
I'm going to have to back off the goal race pace tomorrow by 5-10 seconds. I'll see where I stand after 10 miles.<br><br>
Have a great day!
 

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Ran 5.5 miles on a new route--all flat on asphalt trails alongside a canal. Ran a little too fast for a usual training run. Also walked about 0.5 miles to/from where I started running.<br><br><b>roots</b>, good luck on your race tomorrow.
 

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At least he got the month right (unlike what I did a while back!). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
9.3 miles 1:20:57 (8:43). Pfitz would have had me do 12 today, but no way I was gonna.<br><br>
What is up with the 87% humidity? It's Fall, isn't it?
 

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I ran my first 6 miles today... quite by accident but I am stoked none the less. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> I'm headed to the RunTex store in 30mins to pick up some new running shoes.
 

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It was hot. Actually, it was very hot. I ran four miles at recovery pace as my last tune-up before tomorrow's half-marathon race. The thermometer read 85°F at the end of the run. I thought this stuff was behind us?!?!? The rest of my day will be spent relaxing as I gear up for a big college football game tonight: Missouri vs. Nebraska. Go Tigers!
 

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20 miles this morning. I am not exaggerating when I say this was <b>the hardest run I have ever done in my life</b> because of very high humidity and temperatures of 85. I made two out and back trips from my friend Bill's house. The course was totally open, with little shade, and did I mention it was 90% humidity? I had water out every 2-3 miles ... but it turned out to not be enough.<br><br>
The first out and back trip I felt great. I cracked up Bill by stuffing my bra with ice for the second trip. I easily kept in my "long run pace" through 14 and then began to fall apart. Then, I got crazy in the heat:<br><br>
Mile 13: I do something I've never done before and take off my shirt to run in a sports bra and shorts. The melted bra ice had soaked my shirt and it was too heavy.<br><br>
Mile 15: I stop to drink and have a "pep talk" while standing in the shade of a bean tree. I wonder what the beans taste like.<br><br>
Mile 16: My brand-new mp3 player dies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"><br><br>
Mile 17: I stop and sit under the shade of a tree. I have never done this on a run before either. While I sitting there a woman who had been out running earlier and waved to me then drove by, stopped 20 ft from me, and picked up a water bottle. She did not even say hello or ask if I was OK and I was right there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sad2"><br><br>
Miles 17-20: Continue the 10 min/mile battle of wills. Each time I stop in the shade, I am gasping for breath at a pace that normally I could do all day long without fatiguing.<br><br>
Mile 19: Clouds cover the sun and a breeze comes up. Where the hell was that 10 miles ago? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Mile 20: Almost cry at relief of making it back safely.<br><br>
I was really not feeling well the last 6 miles and know I was dehydrating. I felt dizzy, chilled, and stomach cramping. I just slowed down and was as careful as I could to finish. I do not do well in heat. After the run and partially rehydrating I am still down 3 lbs and my skin feels dry. I will be drinking and drinking the rest of the day.<br><br>
Even though this run wasn't good at all pace-wise, I am proud that I never wanted to quit and dug deeper than I have ever dug to keep moving forward.<br><br><b>To everyone racing in warm weather this weekend, I wish you your best possible race in the conditions -- most of all please be safe!</b>
 

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{{{sgh}}} you just rock.<br><br>
10 miles trails, a beautiful day. I saw 2 deer, and that the beaver had just put fresh mud on his dam earlier today.
 

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SGH, sounds like a painful run - I've had a few long runs like that this summer! On one 20 miler a bunch of us kept having to stop because it was too damn hot & humid.<br><br>
Were you taking Gu &/or electrolyte tabs? Those do help a lot in the heat.
 

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Jen -- it was painful but it'll make me stronger!<br><br>
I was taking Gu (mile 7 and 13) and at 15 a whole bottle of Gatorade.<br><br>
Must.order.electrolyte.tabs.<br><br>
Oh, and now it's POURING out -- go figure! Weird day.
 

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SGH - The only bad training run is a training run that causes you an injury. The kind of run you had today is very good. It teaches you to be mentally tough. As you are well aware, that can pay <b>HUGE</b> dividends in a race.<br><br>
But I never pass up a chance to give a pretty lady a hug {{{SGH}}} <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Anyway folks, I'm bowing down hoping for forgiveness from St. Pfitzinger today. His plan called for 5 miles with 8x100 strides. It's not going to happen.<br><br>
As most of you know, I ran a 1/2 last Sunday. Then on Tuesday I did 8 miles with 5x800m VO2max. On Wednesday I did 5 on the trail, and I noticed some tightness/soreness in both quads. Thursday I attempted a 20 miler and got cut short to 13.5 miles with very sore quads. I debated bagging yesterday's 4 miler, but I did it anyway. By the end my quads were sore again. The discomfort is mainly on the inside of my legs.<br><br>
I've given it a lot of thought, and I know that if I had to, I could do the 5 miles. But, I have a marathon next Sunday. I need my quads to feel better. So the Pfitz/Douglas plan be damned, I'm taking an unscheduled rest day to let the quads relax. I might soak in a hot Epsom Salt bath to see if that will help.<br><br>
So, no run for me today. Someone please run a mile for me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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My bad...shows how smart I am in the morning. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> 4 miles of prgoressive running and probably should've gone easier but I felt strong. I can't wait to do nothing for the rest of the weekend though. 4 miles with 7:22, 7:13, 7:01, 6:29 - 28:07 total and I want this summer weather to leave already...I enjoyed summer this summer and now I want to enjoy fall!
 
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