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I'm surprised to be first today!<br>
I had a good workout. Total of 1.25 miles walking for w/u & c/d.<br>
Ran 3.25 miles straight, with slight negative split (using the right terminology here!).<br>
Good stretch for 15 minutes.<br><br>
Now I'm gonna hit the shower while my ipod is recharging. It's cold and windy here in NY....a good day to sit at home and read a book and snuggle with DH and the dynamic duo.<br><br>
I posted this question on VRAA but if anyone here knows the answer, I'd be grateful for the info. There's a 5 point bonus for alt workouts this weekend & I was wondering if that's for each weekend day or a one time bonus for the 2 days. Thanks.<br><br>
Susan
 

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..very nice running riley//........don't worry about speed at this point, just get in the distance (the speed will follow)<br>
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.......but I digress.....<br><br>
........'teens on The Plateau.........all the wet stuff re-froze,,,,,,,,,,yikes,,,,,,<br><br>
........40-min HeavyHands run....<br>
...with an emphasis on Balance,,,<br>
,,don't want to tear out something I'll need later.....<br>
........Track was deserted,<br>
Mens' Room was Unlocked,,,,<br>
,,,,Life is Good,,,,,,<br><br>
........good running guys..............watch your footing.......<br><br>
......................off to my 2nd Church......
 

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Hey <b>Susan</b> and <b>Tom</b>, following Kicksters<br>
It didn't get that cold up here <b>Tom</b>, but we have a dusting of snow.<br><b>Susan</b>, I think its just once.<br>
I'm waiting on some warm before I set my toes outside. Maybe an hour.<br>
I'll try the bike out first and then run if my ribs are amicable.<br>
jjj
 

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...jjj//......well, we got ''dusted'' with about 4-inches....<br>
...which is a lot for here....<br><br>
..........Cannabalism<br>
has broken out<br>
when we hit 5-inches,,,,,,,
 

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<b>Tom</b>, Thanks for the head-hunters up on the cuisine during winter storms.<br>
I'll be sure to check the weather map before crossing the plateau again.<br>
I guess Shis-ka-Bob is probably a local favorite.<br>
jjj
 

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Good morning Riley, Tom, JJJ and all who follow.<br><br>
Windy here too Riley! Wow, it was tough at times today!<br><br>
11.5 miles, 9:02 pace. I have the old Garmin 201. A friend let me borrow his 205 today. I loved it! It's so much nicer and the ongoing pace actually works and is accurate! He says he rarely uses it. I'm hoping he'll sell it to me.<br><br>
Time to catch up on laundry. Have a wonderful Sunday!
 

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Worst long run. EVAH!<br><br>
The incessant wind chewed me up and spat me out on the other side of Heartbreak Hill. 20.24 miles on the Boston Marathon course in a miserable 3:17:21 (9:46 pace). The wind exhausted me before I even hit the 10 mile turnaround point, and I was still fending off the remnants of a GI bug that hit our household this week. Overall, I'm glad I finished it. Now for a cutback week.<br><br>
--Robin
 

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<b>Robin</b>, I am proud of you for persevering to the end. That sounds like a very hard condition to run such a long distance. Just remember,your perseverance will pay off at the end.<br><br><b>JJJ</b>, what did you do to your ribs? Hey I am drooling over your Red Woods plan. I am hiking the entire Wonderland Trail at Mt. Rainer this year, with the family, so I could not fit in another outing like that this year...very tempting, very tempting none the less.<br><br>
Nothing to report yet, just drinking my yerba mate drink, reading the news and then going to church. Since I did my LR yesterday today will just be an easy 5-8 as the leg s and mind dictates.
 

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Triple-J, great post yesterday for an epic workout. You can afford to chew a lot of fat when you're working like that.<br><br>
CJ, always good to see you post.<br><br>
Robin, tough run, but it's money in the bank for Boston.<br><br>
Nice winter day here, sunny, mid-20s, not much wind, decent road conditions.<br>
14 miles at 7:50 pace, with a 4-minute negative split.<br>
Pleased as punch.
 

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23 miles 3:27:21 (9:02 pace, AHR 150). 7 mile uphill finish (300ft climb) negative splits. I'm hungy. My cold was worse trhis morning with lots of coughing etc.. But during the run no coughing. Then as soon as I stopped, hacking with a vengence for a while and now MUCH better. Hopefully I purged the cold away like San Souci did hers at the top of the mountian in the snow bank<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> Cold was worse before the run, better after? hmm
 

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Wow! What a run! Negative splits with an uphill finish, and you ran your cold off - you animal!<br><br>
I did 16 miles with 5 others from my running club. Someone even had one of those new Garmin-thingys so I know it was 16. <img alt="mad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/mad.gif"> Sunny, temp in the low 30's with a very strong headwind over the last half. I'm bushed.
 

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Perch - excellent run<br>
AA - u2<br>
hi mariposai - just back from church - nap time<br>
Robin - evah? Way to go<br>
Hello pirate<br>
Riley - that 5 pts bonus for alternative workout is one time only this weekend. Next weekend it will be either a bonus for bicycling or swimming. I have to check to see which one it is.<br><br>
Ran 35 miles last 2 days so today is recovery day. Will do a little alternative workout for my bonus points.<br><br>
cya tomorrow.
 

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Another day of good runs out there and some tough ones too! Well done to you toughies, it doesn't feel great at the time but you'll be stronger for it!<br><br>
As for me just an easy 3 mile plodder after yesterday's big one and a bit of cycling thrown in too for the fun of it.<br><br><span style="font-size:xx-large;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">Just follow the A-Team</span></span>
 

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Robin, be proud of your run! We had perfect weather for running this morning, so oblivious to the time change, I headed out for my quality run without a care in the world, like whether I would make it to church on time. Long story short, I was late. I had a good max VO2 workout but not what I planned. My goal was an 11-minute time trial, maybe 1.5 miles. I did a 2-mile warmup, then hit the gas, but didn't hit the pace I thought I would. At a mile I was at 7:30, even with a burst of speed that brought me down to 6:19 very briefly, then back up to 8:00. The dreaded dry heaves swept over me at 1.11 mi., so I stopped at 8:23, a 7:31 pace. After a break, I finished the workout with a quarter mile at that same pace. This gives me a recent VDOT of about 38, instead of the 40 I've been using since September based on my best mile then, so I'll use this for my training paces now. That gives me some good tough, but realistic goals for races, like breaking 2 hours in the half (1:56:13). Thanks for listening.
 

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Nice runs going on today, especially Robin and Perch. Congrats!<br><br>
I was in that wind today too, maybe not as exposed as Robin though. After last week's death march of a 20 miler I approached this one with some trepidation. But the difference this time was preparation: no late night partying the night before, good carbo load, lots of sleep. And it paid off, not so much in a faster time, but a world of difference in terms of fatigue level and enjoyment. This was as comfortable as a 20 miler can get. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
20 miles, 2:55:45, 8:47 pace overall<br><br>
Enjoy the rest of your weekend everybody!<br><br>
Mike
 

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Hi Kicksters! Not getting off to a good start with VRAA, they aren't going to be happy about that. Been super busy, have been able to log on but as soon as I do I am off to something else. Interestingly I am getting some long overdue chores done. Shampooing carpets today. Was able to get out to see some friends that I havn't seen for awhile, done a little journeling etc. Worked on the PODT thing for Wednesday a little, pretty tough group in group in there and I am trying to decide if I really want to do this.<br><br>
Have spoiled myself a little. Bob Wards was having a big sell 1/2 or more off on some good stuff. Got a nice running vest with deep pockets so things don't fall out made with micro fleece along with another full jacket made with the same materials.<br><br>
I also got tired of the cheep mp3 players and went with a good one. Probably going to get in trouble over this, as the Garmin seems to be the official kicksters watch, the IPOD is the official kicksters mp3 player. I checked out all the info on the better mp3 players. Didn't want one with the internal hard drive because of weight and it didn't seem appropriate for the rougher outdoor environment. I went with the ZUNE 8 Gig. More than enough for my needs. It charges when attached to the computer and I bought a multiuse charger that works with both IPOD NANO and the zune that you just use to charge from house power. The ZUNE had an additional feature that allows you to sync wireless and with your running partner if they have a ZUNE. The display works well in full sunlight as well as dark and the menu's are easy to read while running to get thru. The sound is excellant though it does not have an equalizer, which is something I never use on any of my audio equiptment. Sharp base. The minus, you need to download the software for the ZUNE from the internet before you can use it, it needs to be charged anyway, so that is kind of a wash. The screen is made of glass which isn't easily scratched. The controls are easy to use and can be set to either click or touch. The price, 176 bucks a bit less expensive than the IPOD NANO 8 gig. There is no card slot for additional memory, this is also true for the NANO, but 8 gig is alot of memory and unless one is going to put a bunch of video's on it, it seems more than enough. There is a key lock switch to prevent accidental key presses. Although the ZUNE doesn't have the same status as the NANO, I think it is a better buy and even looks nicer. The ZUNE has an FM tuner and a place for podcasts, pictures and videos.<br><br>
Well I guess I am going to have to get out earn some points for the VRAA.<br><br>
Good Runs All, Larry
 

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Hey! I did more running today! I brought DS (3 years old, almost 4) to swimming class this afternoon. They hold the youth classes in one of the teaching pools at MIT. For the younger kids, they have these teaching platforms so that they can stand on them and keep their head above water. The parents watch the class from bleachers on the sidelines.<br><br>
Toward the end of class, the teacher was leading the 3 students one-by-one over to the ladder to get out of the pool. The kids are generally really good about staying on the teaching platform.<br><br>
Except this time...I glanced over and saw that Will had stepped off the edge and was frantically trying to tread water, silently, his little head bobbing up and down in the water, eyes wide. I jumped down off the bleachers and sprinted over, and was just about to jump in when I realized that the teacher was still closer than me (I would have had to negotiate the bars of the teaching platform that was in the way...). So I shouted, "Can you GET HIM!?", and she immediately heard the panic in my voice and spun around and vaulted over the water to get him.<br><br>
I didn't want to make a big deal out of it, because I didn't want Will to be too scared. The teacher gave him a good talk about why it is important to stay on the platform. And as soon as I turned around so he couldn't see me, I cried and cried. I think I was just uber-tired.<br><br>
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Oooooh, Robin... of course we cry. You just brought back spasms of young-motherhood to me. Glad DS is ok.<br><br>
Fantastic runs y'all. I got out for a 6 1/2 today, feeling sub-par at the start. We lost power last night. Fortunately, the church is on a different hookup and had power, so I ended up stringing extension cords over to the house to keep the sump pump running. The run - while very difficult in the wind - was sunny, and just got better and better. Now - Riley is right - it IS time to curl up with a mystery story.
 

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Scary thing, Robin! Glad Will was OK. Now you can work on getting your heart-rate back down again.<br><br>
So many good long runs posted here. I am wondering whether I'll ever get up to that sort of endurance. I struggle to hit 3 miles most of the time, although once in a blessed while, it seems easy and I just sail past that threshold. I just can't seem to breathe right......I get so exhausted. The furthest I've <b>ever</b> run was a year ago just before last Christmas (about 15 months ago), and it was just shy of 7 miles. About 2 weeks later, I ripped my calf for the first time. Since then, I haven't been able to run further than 5 miles, tops. Right now my longest run has been 3.5 since late last September, when I ripped my calf the second time, but most of the time I struggle to complete 3 miles. It's more than a bit discouraging. I've spoken to several people about this - my friend, my mom, my cardiologist - and they all say "maybe running's not your sport". But I do enjoy it so much (especially when it's over! hahaha) and I don't want to give it up.<br><br>
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Happy Sunday everyone. Rest and Recreation day for me today.<br>
I spent an hour playing basketball with my youngest son. Then I did the pushups I was supposed to do yesterday.<br><br>
Anyone forget to set their clocks forward today?
 
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