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Looks like everyone had a good day yesterday and congrats to the racers in the group on your times!!!!<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
The valentines ball went well far better than I had expected.<br><br>
Well it's time to head to work again... will get a walk in later today. than I can get back to running on Monday. I will take the rest day from a run however... it is something around 20-30 below zero now with the windchill<br><br>
Enjoy your day everyone.
 

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Lucky....15 below here with 55 below WC.<br><br>
Glad no run for me today. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Stay warm folks.
 

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Alex and Richard-- Ouch that is cold. I remember growing up in Wyoming and it would get that cold, but not here in Utah. Keep Warm!! No running for me as I need the rest from my 8 mile run yesterday. As I run that far more often I think my body will adjust to the longer distance. Have a great day everyone.
 

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Looks like we're starting with weather conditions, so I'll add mine! 19* with windchill 0*. Winds sustainded 31mph, gusting to 43mph. But, at least it's sunny!<br><br>
Out the door by 7:30 to beat the clipper blowing in later. 25* when I left, so not bad. Same route as last week, but winds were certainly a factor today. This is a loop route. Only one road in to this 'country club' neighborhood, although I cut through on a bike path. Every time I bike or run through, there are cops on patrol. Weird... Outbound wasn't bad, but inbound at one point I had to walk about a quarter mile because running I wasn't getting anywhere! 4mins slower than last week, but I'll take it. Wind and yesterday's ride were certainly a factor. 8.76m, 1:19, 9:05pace<br><br>
Then for a ride. I was hoping that it would still be warm enough for a road ride. Certainly warm enough, but the winds were too much. So, I sat on the trainer and went nowhere... 45mins.<br><br>
Shopping later today. Hope I don't get blown away!
 

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Wow - Richard, Alex, stay warm! As in, don't go outside! Lol.<br><br>
kfuller - Have a nice rest day. Glad to see you getting a longer run in there yesterday.<br><br>
mom - As usual, nice getting it done.<br><br>
me - Good news!!! I am feeling 100% today. But--going to wait until at least tomorrow, maybe even the next day, to get back to it. The last time I ran was on Wednesday, so if I'm away from running until this Wednesday that will only be a week. And at this point I'd rather err on the side of caution.<br><br>
Meeting with my coach this afternoon, whenever that is. I am heading off to the gym here in a bit to do the elliptical machine. Again. So be back later with that information.<br><br>
Have a good day everyone, and try not to get frostbite! (8 here with -5 WC)
 

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It is way too frigid where some of you are. Good call to stay in.<br><br>
The wind seems to be everywhere. 40 mph steady gusting here. No thanks!<br><br>
Tonya -- glad you're feeling better.<br><br>
I'm meeting a friend at 1:30 at the Y. First up, she is going to help me get some pictures for the Team Boomer (charity I am supporting) web site. The organization sent me a couple singlets to wear, size M and size S. I actually think an XS would be best in this cut. I have found that no singlet on earth seems to fit my body, but I'll make it work.<br><br>
I will do 6 miles after that on the 'mill while my friend does her C to 5K run/walk. My quads are pretty sore from weights on Friday still, so I will make myself keep it very easy. I expect the recovery jog will help with the achiness.
 

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I had planned on a recovery run today but I feel like I've been hit by a truck. We shall see.
 

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Well unfortunately I don't have any good news to report today. I ended up making an unplanned emergency trip to the doctor yesterday morning, and he confirmed that I in fact have a severely pinched Sciatic nerve, which is affecting both my lower right back and my right leg. I should be able to start running again in a couple weeks but for now I am on the shelf. Apparently this usually only takes a couple days to heal, but I did some extra damage by trying to run on Friday, so it could take 2-6 weeks to be fully healed. Doc offered 600 mg painkillers but I said I'd rather go with taking 1 or 2 Advils whenever I'm feeling bad instead (I HATE painkillers).<br><br>
So this is rather depressing. I suppose it could be much worse, but it certainly is very painful. I cannot walk more than 20 yards without ending up in a lot of pain, so I am not going to be stupid and push this at all. I am canceling the race I have set up in the first week of March, and the Shamrock Shuffle is up in the air too. I love running and everything, but this is something I've never experienced before, and I NEVER want to go through this again. It sucks! I was walking to this coffee shop right now and a guy with a CANE was walking faster than I was. Great.......
 

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Nirvana-- Get better soon.<br><br>
Sorry for all the cold weather in the Midwest. It is suppose to be mid 40's today. I hope it is warm like this tomorrow when I am running. Everyone have a great run, rest or whatever you decide to do today.
 

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I pinched my sciatic nerve when i was about 21-22ish...and it has just(7 years later) now got to where it does not hurt constantly(still hurts when it gets really cold, like today)...take it easy...I walked with a cane off and on for 3 years...never more than a week at a time, but if you don't let it heal completely (which i did not) it can cause long term pain. Be careful friend, I hope you feel better. Do what the doctor says and you will recover fine.
 

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Wow the few times I had to carry out groceries....oh my goodness that wind is bonechilling. Glad I get to sit inside now at the computer.
 

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Richard, Alex and Kfuller- Enjoy the break from running.<br><br>
Tonya- I definately think you're playing it smart here. Too many times over the years as an athlete I have let my passion for the sport (either gymnastics or track) over take sensibility and have trained through injuries/over tiredness and made things worse for myself. The week of cross training will only make you stronger once you return to training. Boston is still more than 2 months away and your base thus far is extremely strong!<br><br>
Nirvana- Very sorry to hear about your back. Although I've never suffered from sciatica, I have back pain on and off from the years of gymnastics so I know how annoying it can be. You, like Tonya, have built a solid foundation that shouldn't be too hampered by taking time off. Best of luck to you in a speedy recovery!<br><br>
SGH- In response to your post yesterday about the school work... I think it's one of those things that you hate when you're doing it but miss it incredibly once its over (kinda like running <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">) My research paper for my Neuromuscular Aspects class is on current research in strength training for Children and Adolescents. It's very interesting! Enjoy your 6.<br><br>
4boys- 7:30 on a Sunday... you're my idol!<br><br>
As for me, I'm heading out for either 9 or 10 depending on how my foot feels. Weather.com said it was supposed to be overcast and cold here in NY but it's in the 40s and sunny. WOo hoo!<br><br>
Run strong, all!
 

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Nirvana--heal up!!! I had a baby sit on my sciatic nerve. One day I went for a walk at lunchtime, thinking that would help. Nope. Got out there and then almost couldn't get back to my office! My leg was almost totally paralyzed.
 

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Nirvana - Take the Painkillers! I hate them too, but I found out they help reduce the inflammation! As long as it is rubbing against the bone, it doesn't heal. I have had the same problem with a sciatic nerve and it didn't get better until I bit the bullet and took the meds. It was gone in 3 days after I was suffering for weeks!<br><br>
Well, wind seems to be everywhere today. At least the wind here didn't kick up until I was nearing the end of my run. I started out at 7 for a quick 30 minute run to get some extra miles in before the 16 mile group run started at 7:30. I don't know if it was the fast 3 miles before I started or just the dynamics of running in a group, but I completed 19.3 miles today in 2:51:37, 8:54 pace. If I can do that after a 10 miler yesterday, I hope I can maintain 9 mm for a marathon in 2 weeks!<br><br>
For those of you in the north country - turn up the heaters! I have to spend the next week in Minneapolis. My brother has the dome running program and I may have to spend Tuesday and Thursday running around the metrodome!<br><br>
Tonya - good job on staying off the legs. I know it is frustrating, but it's better to start up again after a week than to end up with a persistent problem that ends up lasting months.<br><br>
Run Well!
 

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Hi all,<br><br>
Taking it easy today. Normally I have indoor soccer on Sunday evenings, but there is no game for our team this week. We have a bye. So I think I will take today as my weekly off-day instead of tomorrow.<br><br>
Stay warm out there, those suffering with the cold. Not too cold here but quite windy.<br><br>
Nirv - sorry to hear the news<br><br>
Tonya - hope the meeting w/ the coach goes well.<br><br>
RA - enjoy the recovery day, you've earned it.<br><br>
Liz - good luck with the long run.<br><br>
Enjoy the rest of Sunday, everyone.
 

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trecker- great job with that mileage and at 8:54 pace?! That's awesome.<br><br>
CMJhawk- enjoy your easy day.<br><br>
So warm and sunny turned into cloudy and windy (40mph winds it said when I got in). Felt like I was running in place at one point. Finished with 9.02 in 1:10:54, for a 7:52min/mile avg. Legs are definately feeling it now.<br><br>
Have a great evening everyone!
 

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Sounds like this has turned into the bad weather and injury thread. Sorry to hear that everyone.<br><br>
Feeling a little guilty about the weather here in California, mid 60's, sunny, no wind - I think I actually got a little sunburned today - to put it in persepctive, it's 120 degrees warmer than Alex reported......<img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"><br><br>
Sunday is my long run day, which was a 21 miler at 8:00 pace up & down thru the hills, with the last 3 at low 7's.<br><br>
Pizza for lunch with the kids and now it's a lazy Sunday afternoon.
 
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