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Chops, while I see you on the board, can you tell me whether running along the canal again is an option ? Have you tried ? Is it still snow bound ? Dirty, wet, isn't a problem if its accessible . Thanks tall one 'fly
 

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Ottawa's new course is harder than the one I ran in 2003, and interesting enough. But it's not as hard as Quebec's or San Diego's or Honolulu's. It's certainly not punishing though ... Barbados Marathon is punishing. I started crying at the 17k marker.<br><br>
KZ: Go out and have fun!<br><br>
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p.s. MLC: You're just jealous! <img alt="wave.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wave.gif">
 

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Canal report: 24h ago, definitely not ready for abuse. Large crusty & thick snowbound areas (mostly in the shades).<br>
Last night, I dreamed about running.. very lightly, almost on tiptoes.. barely touching the ground.. pleasant rush<br><br>
SS: To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift YOU HAVE.
 

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Hey Sally, thanks for the encouraging words. I don't have the natural exuberance or positve outlook that you seem to have. I know I am more ready than I have ever been to run a marathon, but it looks painful as hell and my recent pneumonia has made me fragile, mentally and physically. meh.<br><br>
Mister Lambchops, I hear you about giving it your best. That's what freaks me out.<br><br>
Canal may be chunky with ice, but the bike path along the Verdun/Lasalle/Lachine waterfront is clear. This makes me happy.
 

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Alright, what according to you is "my gift", besides utter refusal to believe I can't do something. Hang on, wait, Grommit's the same way ...<br><br>
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I totally believe I can't do anything right. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
I start a new position at work in a few weeks. I had two offers but ended up taking the one at work. Great oppurtunity to increase my knowledge base and open up a whole new area of future possabilities.<br>
Roly
 

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That's the feedback I got from this movie too... too cliché. I did not dish out the bucks to see it. Sounds like 2h long commercial to me...<br><br>
PS: COngrats Roly!
 

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Yeah, but it's got to be something that interests me ... not something that MLC chooses <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">. To get speed would mean forsaking all my 14 other activities as well as killing my bunions. Anyway, I did 24:16 on the 5k part of my first sprint tri after having accidentally cycled an extra 4 km. So this means, I ran this after a 750m swim and a 24k cycle. Not bad for a girl who trained only a month for this race (cause of my car accident).<br><br>
MLC: TB bugs me about this too <img alt="icon_salut.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif">. He can't stand that I won't go for that BQ one day. I'd rather do Kona (through the lottery of course ... I'm too slow to qualify!)<br><br>
Speaking of speed, we WILL do that trackwork family picnic thing this summer ...<br><br>
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grommit always leaves everything on the track...... Ottawa isn't a hard marathon[merc & gag will agree, nice temps, no real hills, great support].... 3:19-2002, 3:24-2005 ........but I really don't rate these as my best races.... best races = NS half 2002 (lousy conditions) 1:31, VT50 2006, 9:27....[that's faster than IG's M best pace..... twice the distance, 8000' of accumulated elevation on trail single track.... I still don't believe it was my result<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">]<br>
I've been known to train a bit....sometimes<img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"> maybe even push it to the edge....and over... but lately life is just trampling all over my flower bed<img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
anyways sally, as i understand it you don't have to actually have a qualifying time (a la boston) for kona...... so you're in with a chance<img alt="razz.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/razz.gif"><br>
FWIW.... they've changed the WS100 lottery rules..... so if I'd have put my name in the hat for the last two years(which I didn't).... I'm not sure if I'll ever get to run that one now.... to old, too tired<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> .... wtf!<br><br>
try harder......
 

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Sounds like Gro is about to punish himself again this weekend....some sort penance no doubt. Have fun kid! You too Truxxy / Roly. Make the man work out there!<br><br>
I was just reminded that I have pre-registered for the "Run for the Toad" in Cambridge, Ontario (where-ever that is!) on Oct. 4th. I am in the Half-Marathon Trail. Is that not near the VT50? I believe that was the weekend or two before? Oh oh. I really wanted to try it, but.........<img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
 

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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Beats me why you’re so hard on yourself Roly, you’ve got Grommit for that… (I'm going to pay for this I know) <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> congratulations on the job...nice to know you’ve got what it takes to get two good offers and it’s a matter of making a choice.</span><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Went out with little df last evening for a run/walk/waddle and saw plenty of runners, like the night before. Finally getting some decent weather to train outdoors, I got a big grin from a chap when he caught sight of mon poussin chuggin’ along on my heels. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"></span><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Have an excellent weekend everyone, good luck to the racers this weekend – St Laurent on Sunday ..I think. fly</span><br>
 

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Thanks DF, I am giddy with anticipation at the new challenges that await me. <img alt="razz.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/razz.gif">uke:<br><br><br>
Nice to se you are starting off litle DF nice and early. I got start traing with britney for her 2 km run at Val Morin.<br><br>
I got in an hour on the rower this morning.<br><br>
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Sally: Why not try to qualify? Speaking of running after biking... Some people might actually run better after biking (ie: me). Ok not all out pure speed as for a track race but I take a LONG time to warm up and my runs after biking have been faster (more leg speed) than just getting up and running, even after a run warm up.<br><br>
Which brings us back to the original question. Lottery schlottery. Go for a qualifying time. It`s the only way to do Kona, IMO. (and Boston for that matter). Training to finish is a great first goal.
 

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To qualify, I'd have to do top of my age group for qualifying events. I don't think I'm ready yet to do that 11-hour Ironman. After IMC, I had an Ironman friend tell me that I'd be able to get to Kona if I seriously trained <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"> ... he was amazed at what I did with so little training. Maybe one day when my life has less potholes.<br><br>
Roly: Congrats on the new job ... will you be working the same crazy hours?<br><br>
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..... I ran/chatted with in Vermont with a couple of Kona (qualified) tri-heads (both female) and there was no doubt in their minds which was a bigger challenge..... IM or 100 ..... you guessed it<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
who turned down the heating again? <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
this weekend ......<br><br>
saturday 9-9:30 am cem gates .... gomez run 1:10 mins trails/path<br>
sunday.... start my back door 8, pass the cem gates at 8:30 ...ish, monument @ 8:40ish, up to the top..... three loops and then home down the other side +/- 3hrs<br><br>
see you at the cem gates on either day..... your choice <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
TFJCIF....
 

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Potentially worse! This new group is growing and getting in early will mean wearing a lot of different hats. All good. At least I can work mobile now so i get a lot done at home at night before my 8;30 pm bedtime.<br><br>
Gro I will be at the gates for 8:30 on Sunday. let the fun begin. <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">:b anana:<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">:ban ana:<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">:banan a:<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">:b anana:<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">:ban ana:<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif">:banan a:<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br><br>
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Hey Roly, congrats on the job!<br><br>
Weekend's finally here!<br><br>
I'm starting to <a href="http://www.grapheine.com/bombaytv/play_uk.php?id=1888360" target="_blank">lose it</a>.
 
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