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<p>Hola all.  Today is  a rest day for me, though I should get core/arms in (as I totally forgot about them yesterday. Oops.)</p>
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<p>Wishing our holiday racers fleet feet.  Be safe out there, guys!</p>
 

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<p>Morning.</p>
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<p>Need to spend a good chunk of the day in the studio today, so I'm skipping my run so I don't over do and make my back too mad.</p>
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<p>Luck to the racers! Be careful in the heat everyone.</p>
 

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<p>Hey peeps!  Gah - it is hot here again.  Already 80 degrees at 8:00 am.  I SHOULD have gotten up early for my run, but I really needed the sleep.  Unfortunately, my 11 miler is going to hurt in the heat today.  Stay cool everyone and have a great weekend.  Do we have any racers?</p>
 

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<p>5 tough miles this morning.  Ma Nature flipped the switch last night and summer arrived.  81F with 76% humidity this morning on my run.  Started too late but got the miles done.</p>
 

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<p>I'm right there with you KP.  Just finished 11 really tough miles.  It was 80 when we started (with heat index around 86) and 86 (heat index in 90s) at finish.  I ran slow and took water breaks, but it was still really tough. </p>
 

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<p>afternoon</p>
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<p>got my 6 in last night.  I timed it just right.  The clouds had moved in but the storm hadn't hit yet.  I took it easy pace as it was still 108 out heat index. with 1 mile left, the straight line winds started and I was lucky to make it home without losing an eye!  dang that hurt! </p>
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<p>4.5 easy peasy miles this morning.  I am sure glad that i opted NOT to run Afton this year.  they had to change the course due to the MN state shut down (it was to be held in the state park).  It consisted of 4 ascents of technical single track.  the 25K was 2 loops, 50K 4.  I know 3 people that dropped due to conditions or injury and every one that finished said it was the absolute worst thing they have done (WAY harder than the normal course).</p>
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<p>3 miles tomorrow</p>
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<p>HM on monday!</p>
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<p>In a word, <em>brutal.</em></p>
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<p>I started fantasizing about walking about 1.5 miles in, but knew if I started walking I wouldn't running any further. So I kept going, just 3 miles out and back. The 2nd half there was NO shade, and either I stopped sweating or the furnace-blast wind was drying it from my skin as soon as it appeared. Around 3.5 miles in there were 2 sprinklers going in a yard, so I stopped for a minute and let them spray me a couple times. The relief that offered lasted less than half a mile before the stupid wind dried me off again.</p>
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<p>Trudged home. 6 miles total. I'd decided early on I was going to run however slow I needed to just to cover the distance, and thought I would end up approaching 11s. When I got home was surprised to find I was running 10s or just under 10s. </p>
 

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<p>Have I mentioned that I hate insomnia?  Just checking.  Usually it doesn't bother me much these days, but for some reason, it paid a visit last night.  Right before race day.  Grr.  Enough so that I actually considered not going to the race this morning. (a first for me)  However, something reminded me of our troops who at times are much more sleep deprived, and they don't get a choice about sleeping in.  So, today, it seemed more fitting than ever to VTFU and get out there. It won't be pretty (heat and humidity are awful), but I'll get the job done one way or the other.</p>
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<p><strong>Ailarie</strong> - sorry you aren't sleeping.  You have a great attitude though.  Good stuff.</p>
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<p>I was scheduled for 15 yesterday and made it 2.5.  My hammies felt like violin strings and it was HOT.  I really wanted 50 miles this week, but doing back to back longish runs (11/15) plus track work Tuesday and a ton of yard work = not a good idea.  So I packed it in and just did a few hours of additional yard work.  It was brutal in the heat - I may have died if I actually tried to do my 15.  :)</p>
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<p>Good stuff (and another primary reason I bagged yesterday's long run): I am running a 10K this am with my son.  It is his first and he is super excited.  Fortunately it is not too hot yet.  Here's hoping it stays cool the next couple hours.  Wish us strength and smiles!</p>
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<p>Happy Independence Day!</p>
 

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<p><span style="display:none;"> </span><img alt="" class="spotlight" src="http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/270302_2123434244013_1190554559_2437287_5062032_n.jpg" style="width:540px;height:720px;"></p>
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<p>Woot!  My kid rocks!  It was hot and very hilly, but he finished in 1:01!</p>
 

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<p>Congrats, RILKid!</p>
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<p>I did 7 miles at the park.  It wasn't as fast as I would've liked, but it was just too darn soupy.  I also did this without a Garmin, which made me feel naked.  My 205 is completely dead, and the 610 that i ordered hasn't arrived yet.  So I just ran laps at a park where I know the distance and I used my iPhone to time it.  I think that'll do...</p>
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<p>So where is everybody!  Let's hear about your runs!</p>
 

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<p>very nice 10k time RILkid!  Actually jealous of that time right now!</p>
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<p>5.1 miles for me this morning.  Much better conditions today than the last two days.  5 hill sprints thrown in at the end.</p>
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<p>Then came home and watched the end of stage 3 of the Tour.</p>
 

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<p>Add me to the jealous-of-RILkid! (in a good way, of course!)</p>
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<p>Oofth, I'm beat.  Definitely no course PR today, but mentally I decided to consider it just a training run.  How interesting in that until today, I had NEVER completed the course without walking.  Heh.  I was slow, but it was still neat to be passing people on the two sections of what's termed as Cardiac Hill.  All things considered, I'm immensely pleased that I didn't walk.  Frack, it was hot and humid.  My breathing only was challenged a few times when I had a small (10 seconds or less) burst of speed to get through a gap before I got trapped behind walkers, but I bet when the pics come out,my face will probably look as bright red as my sunglasses are!</p>
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<p>Now I'm absolutely freezing (Brrr!) and sipping powerade, as I think the chills are a good sign that I'm not hydrated well.  As long as I don't get that dehydration headache, it's all good.</p>
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<p>WOOHOO for RFTLkid!</p>
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<p>And Nice work Ailarie.</p>
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<p>KP, how are you doing hill sprints in this heat? Freak. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"></p>
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<p>Big walk with the Beastie this morning. I was pleasantly surprised (it was warm and sneaky humid) that he didn't throw himself down in a yard. He does that when he gets hot and wants to cool down bit. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>katholeenie</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/74428/july-4th-holiday-weekend-fitness-july-2nd-4th#post_2005694"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><p> </p>
<p>Big walk with the Beastie this morning. I was pleasantly surprised (it was warm and sneaky humid) that he didn't throw himself down in a yard. He does that when he gets hot and wants to cool down bit. </p>
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I'm sure it's not so funny when it happens and you want to keep moving but I couldn't help but snicker at this one.  Especially considering that many times, Gypsi isn't cooperative about going somewhere.  (usually off the bed when it's mealtime, or time to let them out).  Being only 14 lbs, I can easily scoop her up, but no joke - I've done that before and said to her "Yeah, I guess I should be glad that you're not a German Shepherd, huh?"</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ailarie</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/74428/july-4th-holiday-weekend-fitness-july-2nd-4th#post_2005695"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>... I couldn't help but snicker at this one.</p>
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<p>When he does it he picks the most luscious, carpet like grass he can find, which is usually in front of the giant old homes along the river. He lays down & props his front end up on his elbows with his chest sort of sticking out - it's completely regal posture - and he looks down his nose around the yard as if he is Lord Of All He Surveys.</p>
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<p>Usually I sit down next to him and wait. It's not as if I can carry him. And anyway, when he has cooled off enough he bounces back up and looks at me like "Come on! Lets go already!" </p>
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<p>Dork.</p>
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