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<p>Good morning!  It's cool and cloudy here in NY's backyard this morning.  Perfect for a run, so off I went for a 2.5 mile slow slog on a dirt road (mostly) between the reservoirs.  I have to say that's my absolute favorite place to run.  It's quiet and I saw 2 fishermen, 1 large dog and his human companion, and 2 slow cars.  Also a squashed small turtle, 1 chittery squirrel and 1 super-fast chipmunk.  Then I drove down to the gym and took 30 minutes of a yoga class before I had to leave for work.  Yes, I have to work today....uber-bummer!  Oh well; hopefully the day will go quickly.</p>
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<p>I didn't have a chance to post yesterday.  I had taken a spin class and then DH and I walked on our own little secret trail (not really a secret) which is a moderate uphill to a delightful little waterfall.  Yesterday it was just a trickle and we were able to cross the stream and sit on a huge rock for a while and contemplate all that is good in our lives.  What a lovely interlude in our day!  It's only 1 mile in from the parking area, so it's close and quick.  When my running is going well, it's a great trail run, especially the downhill return!   Lots of variety in plant life and the trail itself is a single track that's in turn switchbacks, rocky, roots all over, and a few short wider flatter areas.  DH and I like to take our horrible little dogs with us as 2 miles is a perfect distance for little stocky flat-faced french bulldogs.  Truffle & Remy always get all excited when we take the harnesses out of the closet and they know they're going for a ride in the car.</p>
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<p>Enjoy your day everyone and please keep your fingers crossed for a fast work day for me.  GL to all the weekend racers!</p>
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<p>Susan</p>
 

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<p>Good afternoon, TEAM LIT!</p>
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<p>Susan: I can't even tell you how many squashed turtles I see on a daily basis on my morning runs. Lots of lakes and ponds where I live. Those suckers are everywhere!</p>
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<p>Cake: Lucky girl you with the beer sampling yesterday, and you know, my all time favorite beer is an ESB variety. In fact, it is Fullers ESB, a British beer, and yes, I drank tons of it on tap when on my honeymoon in London!</p>
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<p>10.5 mile very easy, very slow, very long time-wise run early this morning with my lovely wife and the Diesel. Took a running time of 1:47 including a few stops. Both wanted a final long run before each of their half marathons.</p>
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<p>Great day, peeps!</p>
 

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<p>Easy 3 mile trot through the neighborhood turned into a 4 mile hill run when my legs woke up this morning.  Done for the day.  Now off to work for a bit, then to the Hobey House for some grub.  WooT!</p>
 

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<p>One of our bike group members is a turtle afficianado/researcher, so when we see turtles, we rescue them.</p>
<p>If they're already squished, tho....  <img alt=":(" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//sad.gif" title=":("></p>
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<p>Today....</p>
<p>30 mile ride with the bike & breakfast group.</p>
<p>ESPN Game Day is in town, so the very end of the ride was UBER congested, as we had to go through town to get to breakfast w/ the Kiwanis club pancake b-fast.</p>
<p>I thought it was going to be a shorter ride than it ended up being, so I set myself the goal to hang with the front of the pack. </p>
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<p>My.</p>
<p>I worked harder today on the bike than I have in a LONG time.  PLUS, the route we took was HILLY.....several times we made turns INTO pretty steep hills.  Those are hard, because if the oncoming traffic direction is blind, you have to slow enough to make sure that you aren't going to become squished.  No momentum = hard work at the bottom of a hill.</p>
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<p>OK......</p>
<p>physics question.....</p>
<p>It seems that when riding in a group, it's easier for me to hang with the faster ones (I understand this).</p>
<p>But, when the group crests a hill, and EVERYONE stops pedaling and coasts..... I find that I frequently will overtake them, or have to brake so that I don't overtake them, on the downhill portions.</p>
<p>Why? </p>
<p>I sometimes NEED to use the momentum that I build on downhills to slingshot me up the next hill, so it's a little frustrating when I have slow going down so that I don't upset the group dynamic.</p>
<p>Am I doing something wrong?</p>
<p>Is there some fundamental that I'm missing?</p>
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<p>3 miles this morning - 2 of them were pushing the kid in the bumbleride...oof.  Ran the whole thing such 11 pace, which with a stroller and my lack of consistency is a WIN for the day.</p>
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<p>Went 5 days without candy or a mocha this week and had decided that I would treat myself to a small mocha this morning...couldn't even drink it all.  Tried a donut at the best donut shop in ATL and could only eat half (too sweet).  WTH is wrong with this picture?  Back to plain ol' regular coffee tomorrow.  Saved over $10 on coffee alone this week. <img alt=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//smile.gif" title=":)"></p>
 

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<p>Good job Alicia! </p>
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<p>First Sat. group swim workout of the season.  I laned down because I am stinking slow right now.  Felt pretty good, 3200yd done.  Then 1hr riding this Giant Anthem something rather ($2600 bike!) full suspension demo bike.  The singletrack was wet so it wouldn't be a fair comparison time-wise, but this bikes rolls well and can take the downhill momentum to the next uphill.  This is the same level bike as DH's.  Very nice.  It is above my budget and I am not really sold on FS for my budget.  Rode harder than I planned.  Oh well.  It is hard not to on the singletrack, with a nice bike <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
 

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<p>Awesome stroller run Alicia but I have to ask, how did you manage to ditch the kid for one mile? </p>
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<p>I did Insanity Pure Cardio and Pure Abs this morning.  DH watched me.  Weirdo.</p>
 

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Up really early to get my brick workout in before coaching my oldest daughters soccer game. Left the house at 5:25am with headlamp on and dressed for the 50F air. I did about 75 miles in about 4:06:00. A slow but tough ride, a lot of steep uphills. FIB 45 min run which went really well despite the fact that I was on the cusp of dual full leg cramps. Ran 5.65 miles for a 7:57/mile pace.<br><br>
I'm done with dinner and chillin' on the couch now. I hope everyone had a good day today.<br><br>
Jamie
 

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<p>Ha KitKat!  DH was running the neighborhood so I met him at the end of his run and then left him at our driveway and gave him the kiddo.  My last mile (sans kid) was my fastest. <img alt=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//smile.gif" title=":)"></p>
 

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<p>Good evening LIT!</p>
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<p>Today was probably one of my best running experiences ever - 17 mile trail run. It was awesome!!!! I've never done a long distance on dirt, and although I'm definitely tired and feeling it in different places, I'm nowhere near as beat up as 17 miles on road.</p>
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<p>I ran with my cousin's running group in the Verdugo Mountains near Los Angeles...about 5 miles up, then 3.5 down into a canyon where my cousin's mom and stepdad set up a trail race style aid station for us - water, gatorade, pretzels, PB/honey sandwiches, bananas, oranges, cookies...it went on and on. Serious buffet! Back up the 3.5, then the long stretch down to our cars.</p>
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<p>Took around 3:45 total time...I hung with someone who was having a tough time and didn't want to ditch her, which made for a slower pace, but I was totally fine with that.</p>
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<p>I feel like I left all my stress, worries, fears, issues, whatever out on the mountain, and am totally refreshed....in a "my calves and quads are burning and I'm pretty tired" sort of way.</p>
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<p>Looking forward to some dinner and a beer. <img alt=":)" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//smile.gif" title=":)"></p>
 

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<p>DOR for me from S/B/R at least. Work FIB Little BrewDad's soccer game FIB girl time (pedis & shopping) with RBannon & Little RBannon FIB an evening with MBannon & family over pizza, wine, & good conversation.</p>
 

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Dor not really<br><br>
Camping with scouts. So maybe 10miles walking, hauling gear and setting up camp
 

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<p>I'm late posting this because yesterday was a FULL day!  Wow!  2 soccer games, first one at 8:00-9:00, so we had to be up at 6 am to get him there by 7:30; second one was at 9:30, but 40 minutes away from first one!  Insane!!  From now on, both games will be in the same place 1/3 mile from my house!  Whew!  It was the first game of the season, though, so we didn't want to miss either.  My son is 4 and just started soccer.  Interesting!!!  LOL!  My girls lost, but they did play a good game.  It's tough to lose when the last team you were on never lost a game. DS fell a few times and cried.  We'll have to work on that.  He did score the first goal of the season (only it was for the other team).  It doesn't matter because they don't keep score at that age. <img alt=";)" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//wink.gif" title=";)"></p>
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<p>Anyway, after the soccer extravaganza, I headed home and had some waffles, then headed out for my dreaded ride.  I had a 5 hour ride on the plan -- my last long ride before my HIM on Oct. 17.  Normally, it wouldn't be a big deal, but since I couldn't start until noon because of soccer, no one could ride with me.  So, I rode 5 hours in the heat and WIND by myself.  I survived, but it was HARD!  I had my ipod playing on speaker, which helped, but it really can only last about 2 hours that way.  I swear I had a headwind both ways.  I didn't really, but I had a cross wind going out which turned into a headwind at one point, then the wind shifted so that I was riding directly into it the whole way back.  I ride out and back -- out 30 miles and back 30 miles.  I had the wind KIND of at my back for a few miles at the end, but geez!  The clouds did roll in for about the last 12-15 miles, so that was nice.  My HIM will likely be windy, though, as it always is, so I'll be ready.  The course is flatter than what I rode yesterday, though.</p>
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<p>When I got home, DH had a nice margarita for me to enjoy with friends who were coming over to watch the UT/TxTech game.  Thank goodness we won.  I was worried, and my brother went to Tech and was at the game.</p>
 
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