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<p>Greetings, all.</p>
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<p>I took today off of work as a "me" day, and will be heading out momentarily for my LR.  I should already be 45 minutes into it (to avoid the warmer temps), but ahh well.</p>
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<p>Hope everyone has a great day!</p>
 

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<p>C25K W2D3 in the neighborhood this morning.    I did all of my scheduled workouts this week, despite being on call.   Man, I hope this is the first of many!</p>
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<p>I forgot - ((KP's ankle)) and ((anyone else's hurty parts))  Rest up and heal!</p>
 

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<p>Way to keep on schedule, <strong>Amichel</strong> and get out there, <strong>Ailarie</strong>!   Nice tri work, too, people...good to see you around again, <strong>Cactus</strong>!</p>
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<p>Great job on the race, yesterday, <span style="color:rgb(238,130,238);">Clare</span>--I give skirt people credit.  No can do and they don't look that wonderful on me running.  However, I am always the first one out of dress clothes and into sweats at home, too, so I suppose running in a skirt confuses my body. :) </p>
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<p>I've <em>also</em> stuck to my schedule this week but have lots of running coming up this weekend. Due to having to move stuff around (work and planning) I will be doing 10 today, easy 3-4 tomorrow, 20 on Sunday.  I also figured out everything from here until race day--the next few weeks will be the highest mileages I've ever done in life.</p>
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<p>I'm OK, but have to admit, getting tired (although starting to drop a few lbs again..yay!)  so I may need to check iron, too--I'm susceptible to that..</p>
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<p><strong>Runnin'</strong>--I've had problems with low iron on and off. When you go to get it checked, ask for <em>hemoglobin</em> and <em>ferritin</em> counts or the full panel--it's better indicator of how your body is storing it, which can be the problem.  Also, you can get iron supplements that are less upsetting to the tummy--I had problems with that.</p>
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<p>PS--got a cast iron skillet?  Cook in that!  :)</p>
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<p>The heat and humidity are back.. Really??? REALLY???  I know hard training makes racing better, but <em>really</em>??</p>
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<p>This weekend get to run 20 at 5:30 on Sunday and then <em>go to work</em>.  I wanted to do it Saturday, but it's a no go for my running friend, so that's that.  It's supposed to be 92 on Sunday, btw. </p>
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<p>I'm whining already.  Sorry...kinda crabby today.  I think I'm fussy and need a nap.</p>
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<p>:D</p>
 

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<p>Hi guys! What's the word?</p>
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<p>Don't worry, I'm not going to make you catch me up on the goings on around here. I've been laying low b/c my running has been the suck lately. I am, however, on the comeback trail. Some surprising results from my speed session yesterday (<strong>RFTL</strong>, I just saw your callout from yesterday. Thanks.) I have a very nice baseline to work with over the next couple of months. And yes, my iron has been low and my doctor says that coupled with marathon recovery is the culprit for my feeling less than par. I have follow up bloodwork in 3 months which will examine my iron more in depth. I'm thinking of asking my doc for another blood workup a few weeks after my marthon to test the differences of before and after. Would be interesting to see what shows up or doesn't. I'm finally getting back to my normal running self. This past week is probably my first good week of running since my May marathon (good lord! 3 months ago.)</p>
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<p><strong>Amichel</strong>, hurray for you for the C25K program. Good to see you getting back there.</p>
 

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<p>Mornin' gang!</p>
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<p>I ate hills for breakfast then did 200 walking lunges.  Then hit the pool for some laps.  Oh, the water felt heavenly!  I just love that we've had such a great summer for outdoor swimming!</p>
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<p>Still haven't found a yoga class to take around here.  They had an evening one at th Y but the lady who was teaching it has left for a while.  Now the only class they offer is at 10:30 in the morning.  Really?  And just how is someone who works during the day supposed to get to that class?  I can't even say I'm going to lunch early at 10:30.  Oh well.  I could just do it at home, but I like the idea of doing it in a class setting.</p>
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<p>I've had low iron, too.  While I was pregnant last year with Evelyn it was low.  Then after she was born.  I was on iron supplements for quite a while (and stool softeners).  But eventually things evened out and I could go off them.  I had blood work a while back and it all came back good. </p>
 

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<p>The doc I ran with a couple weeks ago recommended Vitron C - I guess it's a prescription though.  I had an iron supplement prescribed once a while ago but I never went and got it.  The whole constipation thing is more than a bit of a turn off.  However, so are the excellent sources of iron rich foods. </p>
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<p>And did you know that you're not supposed to use a cast iron skillet on a glass top stove?  Boo!</p>
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<p><strong>Crane -</strong> I cannot imagine that you wouldn't look good in a running skirt.  They all fit a little different so maybe you haven't found the right one!  I found the right one - now they're not making them any more. wah.</p>
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<p><strong>((((KPs ankle!!!))))</strong></p>
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<p>Looks like I'll be working some overtime this weekend on this project.  Everyone is scrambling to get things done for this designation.  It's crazy.  The biggest problem is that there are far too many cooks in the kitchen. </p>
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<p>I had a super crap night of sleep - the night sweats returned with a vengeance last night and I was up three times in the night to change my shirt.  gah. So no run for me this a.m.  - I'm planning intervals tonight, 6 esay tomorrow and then 12 on Sunday. </p>
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<p>I saw some people at Caribou this morning dressed in their Ragnar Relay shirts!!  FUN!   Go <strong>Brandy and Baggs</strong>!  Have a super fun weekend!</p>
 

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<p>Morning Gang -</p>
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<p>Go <strong>Brandy</strong> and <strong>Baggs</strong>!  Have fun at Ragnar!</p>
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<p>Good luck with the 20 miler crane - you will be fine!</p>
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<p>Glad you are back at it, <strong>Jill!</strong></p>
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<p>I got 6.25 done w/ 6 x 100m sprints towards the end.  Felt good.  15 w/ 12 at MP tomorrow (I'll run it during the Mora HM).  Yipee!</p>
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<p>Good runs to all!</p>
 

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<p>I ate hills for breakfast</p>
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<p>Niiiiiice!!</p>
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<p>I had waffles.</p>
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<p>the next few weeks will be the highest mileages I've ever done in life.</p>
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<p>I'm OK,</p>
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<p>Good luck - and you are better then OK.</p>
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<p>8 miles in the books.  OK run. </p>
 

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<p>Iron:  Yikes, I haven't had mine checked in many years.  I had a ferritin level of 6 when it was last checked and didn't do much about it!  I take an iron suppliment when I'm running a lot, taking care not to take it with coffee or calcium rich foods and downing it with regular OJ.  I think I should get my blood checked when I'm back in FL, I'm not a fan of doctors but I guess it would be smart to see where that number is at.</p>
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<p>I cook with my cast iron on my glass top stove.  I'm super careful not to move it around, but it has scratched it a bit.  I don't care, though, since I LOVE the taste of food out of it.  Black bean burgers or chickpea cakes in that are awesome!</p>
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<p>Well, hammy has been a serious bitch these days.  Set-back city.  There is a bump on the tendon/muscle area that is painful enough I can't run through it.  I'm getting frustrated, but I know this is a bad injury and it's going to take a long time to come back from...three months already, ugh.</p>
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<p>I've been biking, which is fun.  I can't get my HR to average over 70%, it cracks me up.  The engine is there, I am not ever close to being out of breath no matter what I do on the bike, because the legs fatigue too quickly.  I've been having fun on the rides, though, it's so much easier to drop into areo up here since there isn't the traffic to deal with.</p>
 

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<p>8 miles in the books.  OK run.</p>
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<p>I first read that as having something to do with your boobs...</p>
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<p>I took yesterday off, after 15 straight days with a run.  Today I'll go out for 5ish after work, then a long run of some sort tomorrow.  Probably in the 15-18 range. </p>
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<p>Then off to the Honda dealer to get our new Accord... I hope...<br>
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<p>G'morning all - nice tempo run of 6 miles with a little bit of a cooldown.  It was nice to see that I could crank out some mid-6's at the end of the run. </p>
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<p>Also, kinda' like <strong>Brandy</strong>, the cooldown made me realize that a pacing opportunity (for the 4:45 group for the inaugural Morgan Hill Marathon) that was offered to me might be a little out of my reach on the slow side.  During the cooldown, I thought I was running very easy but was still at a 10:30 pace; 4:45 is more like 10:50 pace. I probably will end up turning it down.</p>
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<p>Healing vibes to <strong>((((Jen's hammy, duck & kp's ankles, and any other hurty 30s parts))))</strong></p>
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<p>Good luck to our <strong>Ragnar Peeps</strong> and any other racing types this weekend!<br>
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<p><strong>Iron</strong> - the raisin bran for Post (others either don't have as much or don't taste as good, IMHO) is a great source of iron, if you're into the packaged cereal bit</p>
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<p>And did you know that you're not supposed to use a cast iron skillet on a glass top stove?  Boo!</p>
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Hey <strong>BigG</strong> - I read that you can, but you're supposed to be super-careful if you do it.  I found these posts on a cooking forum that kinda' details the ins and outs </p>
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<table width="90%"><tbody><tr><td><span style="font-size:11px;"><em>"I use cast iron on my ceramic glass top. My current range is about 4 years old and there are no scratches. The salesman who sold me the range, who is a cook himself, said I could do this. I knew him for years, so I trust his judgment. My former cooktop was a Corning glass top and I used cast iron on it for 20 years with no adverse effects on the cooking top. </em></span> <span style="font-size:11px;"><em>To say all that, I must give a few warnings.</em></span>
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<p><span style="font-size:11px;"><em>1. Bottom of pan or pot must be flat with no ridges as would be any pan you use over glass.<br>
2. Run your hand over the bottom. If it feels smooth there should be no problem. If there is a little piece on the bottom that might be suspicious, you might try filing it until it is smooth.<br>
3. Use medium to medium high heat as cast iron is so good at retaining heat. I always heat my pans well before I put oil or meat or anything else in.</em></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:11px;"><em>If you use a cast iron griddle, make sure it is not reversible as those have a large ridge.</em></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:11px;"><em>Also, think about Le Crueset and the other porcelain clad cast iron pots. They cook beautifully on glass.</em></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:11px;"><em>Don't worry, just use common sense mixed with a little caution as to the smoothness of the pan's bottom.</em></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:11px;"><em><em>"Ditto to Mary's message. Enameled cast iron is the secret, I believe. It is smooth on the outside, gets hot and stays hot; and goes from fridge, to cooktop to oven to tabletop. I have about 10 pieces of Le Creuset enameled cast iron and use them on my glass cooktop every single day and have for the past 6+ years. We have rice nearly every night, and I have found that LC is the BEST for cooking rice (gave away the rice cooker after trying LC), bc once you are done you just take the pot off heat (I put mine on the matching LC trivet), keep the lid on, and it will stay hot for up to 30 minutes.</em></em></span></p>
<p><br><span style="font-size:11px;"><em><em>You need to use common sense though, remembering that iron is very heavy (don't drop it on the glass or it will crack it) and just on principle, I do not drag them, or any other pots, across the glass. I always lift them to move them.</em></em></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:11px;"><em><em>I think the manufactures state not to use cast iron because they don't want a ton of reqeusts for warranty replacments due to broken glass from cast iron being dropped or dragged across the top and angry consumers blaming them for their own carelessness."</em></em></span></p>
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<p>Oofth... I now have a reminder as to why it's important to get up early for LR's.  Didn't even get started until 8:15ish.  That first 5 miles wasn't horrible, but the wheels came apart and flew in all directions on the last 5.  Even had to run into the YMCA to refill my water bottles as I had drained them completely.</p>
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<p>Ahh well.  That'll teach me, eh?</p>
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<p>I wonder if our Missybabe is having her own special workout right now!!!</p>
 

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<p>x-post from fun thread...</p>
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<p>Update from <strong>Missy</strong> - water has broke!  She's chilling at home for a bit longer before heading it.   She's coming people, she's coming!!!!  <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.kickrunners.com/content/type/61/id/54266/width//height//flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="14.gif" src="../../../image/id/54266/width/1000/height/500/flags/LL" style="; width: 1000px; height: 500px"></a></p>
 

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<p>Yay Missy!!!</p>
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<p>Update for me:  I decided to go to the doctor and not mess around with this stuff even though I too hate going to doctors.  I called my PCP and they couldn't get me in until Thursday and recommended I go to Urgent Care.  I got in right away and much to my delight, they took it all very seriously.  The did an EKG and my heart sounded great and I had 100% blood oxygen, which is great.  I then had a chest x-ray and blood drawn.  The doc seemed to think possibilities were (1) heart issues; (2) anemia; or (3) thyroid.  She was also an athlete, so totally got that whole part of the spectrum.  Unfortunately I ended up waiting FOREVER only to find out everything came back clear.  I asked her is she actually tested my iron and she said no - but through the CBC they could tell my red blood cell count was fine so my iron must be doing what it is supposed to be.  This didn't seem quite right to me from everything I have read, but basically, she told me that if I wanted that checked, I needed to ask my PCP to do it when I go there on Thursday.</p>
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<p>So, the great news is that I don't have any serious health problems.  The down side is I don't know what is wrong, but something is clearly off.  The doc definitely recognized that too and say it could very well be potassium/electrolytes/anything really.  So, I really need to watch my diet, etc. and she said she didn't think it would hurt to keep taking the iron supplement I bought (which surprised me if she thought my iron was fine).</p>
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<p>Here is my dilemma: I am registered for a half marathon tomorrow and she told me NOT to do it - especially since it is going to be warm/humid.  But if nothing is WRONG, why not?  What would you do?</p>
 

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<p><strong>Mindi</strong> - that's a tough call.  Obviously you can manage that distance no problem and can cut the pace down to accommodate adverse conditions but if doc is correct in thinking there's a electrolyte issue, I guess it's possible to aggravate the situation  ???   If it were me I'd just drink more electrolytes and water during the race, maybe pop a few chewy / shot block deals and take it easy but I'd still run. </p>
 

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<p>Mindi - I think it all depends on if you'd be willing to step off the course if you need to.   If you don't think you can do that, then I wouldn't even start.   </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Amichel</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69596/friday-fitness-8-20#post_1936465"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Mindi - I think it all depends on if you'd be willing to step off the course if you need to.   If you don't think you can do that, then I wouldn't even start.   </p>
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Yeah, I don't know that I could.  I have only DNF-ed once and it was actually an accident (I finished, but took took the wrong turn in the line of people - I didn't realize you had to go all the way through for them to rip off the bottom of the bib so I did not get an official time).  </p>
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<p>Anyway, I just went down to the expo and picked up my bib.  It's hard NOT to get excited doing that.  I ran into a friend and she recommended I try Nuun for electrolytes.  So I just had some and will probably have more later.  I also called a friend of mine who is doing it as her first half tomorrow (she is also my fellow GOTR coach).  I think I may try to just run it with her as a workout.  She is hoping around an 8:30 pace and that sounds really reasonable.  (My pace on this course last year was 7:33).</p>
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<p>So I THINK I am in. </p>
 
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