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Hello Fellow J's<br><br>
Can't wait to do some surfing.....<br><br>
I am a Master's poster and a Badass looking to supersize my evil cheeks.<br><br>
Also looking to find out who you are......<br><br>
As for myself lomg time runner like to go long and slow. have been running halfs since July. Looking to get in a Marathon next October in Kansas City. It will be my first thon since 2002 in San Diego.<br><br>
Move it out!!
 

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Hi there! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
RH - good luck with your HMs and M training!!<br><br>
I usually post on the Running Moms and Dads thread.<br>
I'm in the long and slow team too <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br>
My goal race is Umstead 50 in April, but I have a couple of Ms during training. I'm in super mega badass (that's what I can commit for sure). VRAA REALLY gets me going, so hopefully I can help a bit on my end, chip in some so we'll be a happy winning ass-kicking J family <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Hi Rh and Ty!<br><br>
I'm new to the site. Like I eathills I (when I do post) usually post in the moms and dads group. I think Root signed me up as a mega badass. I have way too many goals this year. However Umstead is really really starting to look good! Too bad it's so far away. I'm hoping to do my part in making sure we KICK ASS!!
 

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I'm <b>Myron</b> I post in 30 Somethings and RMAD's. This will be my second time playing VRAA.<br><br>
I'm looking forward to contributing about 48-70 running miles per week (cross training when possible too), as I prepare for an early April marathon which will hopefully see me shave that fiinal pesky 8 minutes off my PR so I can go to Boston next year <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
I've got a couple of races I'll be doing in January which should give us some good race premium points as well <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Hey everyone, I usually post on the Master's threads. I'm a slow runner but am absolutely GREAT at XT, so I hope to be able to keep up the points that way. I'm hoping that participating in the VRAA6 will help me to increase my daily mileage. And, as a New Yorker and a Capricorn, you can be sure that I'm going to dig in and help our team rise to the top!<br><br>
Rockenmama -- is that a real pic of you????? Holy cow! I'm glad you're on our team!<br><br>
Susan (aka riley0003)
 

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Hi team;<br><br>
I'm a CR refugee and VRAA newbie. I generally post in the daily Run And Race Reports thread.<br><br>
To date, I raced up to HM. No plans to change that this year. My next race is actually a HM in early February so this round of VRAA works out well with my weekly mileage. Probably be adding points from cycling and some from weights.<br><br>
Also, J is my initial so I'm in the right group <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Howdy everyone! I usually post to the daily thread on Run and Race Reports. I set my sights on being Bad. Hopefully, I’ll be a little better than Bad. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Time will tell.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The list says I’m the “captain.” Officially, my role is that of a counter of points. There will be a daily thread. You report your points. I tally them and send them on to Roots. Other than that, I have no authority. Zip. Zero. Nada.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">So, by the authority vested in me by the VRAA, here are Da Roolz. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Rule 1 – Have Fun</b>. This rule, along maybe Rule 2, is the most important rule in the game. And it is a game. Let’s have a good time. You’ll notice that the teams that are winning are having a good time.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Rule 2 – No VRAA Injuries</b>. In the game, the more you do, the more points you get. There is thus an inherent danger of overdoing it and getting hurt. Injuries are not fun so they violate Rule 1 anyway. Respect the old saw and “listen to your body.”</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">A corollary to this is that, for VRAA purposes, there is no reason to do other than an easy workout. You get the same points for an easy warmup mile as for 1 mile repeats at your best lung searing pace. If you want to do harder workouts, be my guest. Do them because they make sense for you and your training program (and hopefully to have fun) and for no other reason.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Rule 3 – Post Every Day</b>. Let us know what you are doing every day on the daily thread. It’s OK if that is “nothing,” “rest day,” “taking the day off,” etc. It will be much easier to make sure that I get an accurate point tally if I have something from you everyday.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><b>Rule 4 – Talk to Us</b>. Sometimes life will get in the way of the game. Maybe even you will end up getting injured despite your best efforts to follow Rule 2.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">If we know about your situation, we can adjust. For instance, the team I was on during Round 3 won the VRAA. We had a teammate who was unable to get in his workouts. The team was able to do some extra work to cover. It was even fun! However, if we don’t know about what is going on, we can’t adjust because we have no opportunity.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">So, if you are going on vacation, get injured, get bummed out about life, or whatever (these have all happened to me), tell us. If you don’t want to talk about it too much, that’s OK, too. Certainly, if you cannot Post Every Day, give us an idea of when you will be able to post again. Here’s some things you might say:</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">* I’m going on vacation for 3 days and I will be nowhere near a computer. I will work out and post my totals when I get back – or – I will not work out during my vacation; it’s a flippin’ vacation, after all!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">* Something has come up. I’m not going to work out for the next 5 days while I take care of it. I’ll update you when I can but within the next 5 days for sure.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I hope the above don’t seem too obvious. But please, do talk to us. We’re your team. We want to support you. We want you to succeed! Maybe there is something we can do. You will never know unless you ask.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Rule 5 – “We will listen. We’ll understand.”</b> We respect that you are talking to us. We’ll take what you say to heart. Some people like a more smashmouth style of communication. Some do not. Let’s assume people do not unless they ask for it (Rule 4). If a harsher style helps you, we’ll try to accommodate.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Rule 6 – There is no Rule 6.</b></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>Rule 7 – Do Your Best</b>. No matter how well we are doing in the standings or how poorly, focus on doing your best. If you are Having Fun, there’s really no reason not to. Use, indeed maximize, the opportunity of the VRAA to help you improve your workouts and your fitness.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Now, on to Race Strategery</span></b></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>* Accountability</b>. If you haven’t already, take a look at my post on commitment. I’m going to post everyone’s weekly points and compare them to their commitment levels. This has 2 functions. First, if you see that I am wrong in my calculations, let me know so I can fix it. Second, we want to encourage anyone – and I do mean encourage, see Rule 1 – to come up to their commitment levels if they are not there. This definitely includes me. I’m supposed to earn 60 points/week minimum. It should already be clear (because I Talked To You) if I could not do so for some reason. But if it isn’t, let’s figure out why and figure out how to fix it. Did I need a wake-up call? A candy gram? An encouraging PM? What will help?</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>* Timing of workouts</b>. If you are going to surge in your workouts (and still stay injury free), do that during the first week and the last week. In the last 3 rounds, winning teams come out of the blocks strong and then mount a final charge at the very end. If you can slightly rearrange your workouts during the initial Friday-Saturday-Sunday period so that more workouts occur, do it.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><b>* Run For Show, Yoga For Dough</b>. A point for yoga counts as much as a point for running. Those “extra” points for quickly add up. It’s New Year’s Resolution time anyway, so go Have Fun! Is there a yoga or pilates class you always wanted to take? Give it a try. Have you been meaning to get back to lifting some weights? Go to it. Swimming in particular seems to be a rich source of points. So, if you have an indoor pool nearby and have been thinking about that anyway, please do try.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><b>* Try to Score Every Day</b>. This really goes along with “Yoga For Dough.” Don’t know what to do? Me neither! The February issue of Runner’s World (subscribers have it now or shortly will) has some core exercises listed beginning on page 60. I’m going to give them a try. If you are still stumped, Talk To Us.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Think about it. There are 12 of us. If we each earned 1 extra point a day, for 31 days, that would be 372 points! The VRAA has been won by smaller margins. See if you can find 5 extra minutes a day and score an extra point or 2.</span></span><br><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I’d love to win again. Let’s go do our best!</span></span>
 

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Hello all,<br><br>
I mostly lurk and occasionally post wherever. I do see a few familiar names on Team J--I'm down the road from Road Hawk IRL and mykemp71 and I were both on the same team for the last round. And I know IEH4M visited our team a time or two <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">. It will be nice to get to know the new folks as well, so don't be shy!<br><br>
This will be my second VRAA (same rating--badass) and coincidently 2008 is my second year of running outside and racing after slogging away on the treadmill off and on for years. It's the off part that always got me fat <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">. Things like the VRAA, trying new distances and racing have kept me motivated to stay fit and keep the weight off for good hopefully.<br><br>
I finished off 2007 with my first half marathon on Dec. 30 and hope to do a couple of more this year along with some smaller races. The next half is in March so after this week it is back to training for me. That will be good for some longer runs on the weekends and consistent mileage during the week. I also weight train 3x per week and usually I have a spinning class but it might get cancelled (not enough participants) so I'll have to fill that gap with something--I will find out tomorrow.<br><br>
Besides running, I'm 34, married, and I work as an industrial engineer for an air conditioning compressor manufacturer. I have a wonderful DH who also runs and a very ornery 4 y.o. little boy and a 10 y.o. red-headed stepdaughter so life stays pretty busy around here. I think the half is the longest I'll ever have time to train for but who knows--it's pretty early in the running "career" to make that decision.<br><br>
I think that's about it so hi to all and it's back to work for me<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">. I'm glad it's a short week--I've been on vacation since Dec. 20 through yesterday so it's tough getting back into the swing of things. Let's kick some butt Team J!<br><br><br>
Lisa
 

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WooHoo!!! Team <b><span style="color:#FF0000;">J</span></b>ust gettin' started!!<br><br>
Hi teammates, I can't wait to get started tomorrow. This is my third round of the VRAA and as they say, third times a charm. I'm ready to win for once! I've got two races coming up during this round ... bonus points <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I'm signed up as Badass.
 

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Billy, that seems really clear and very fair. That being said, I do know that I'll be out of the state for a conference from 1/11-15 so I might not be able to post on those days, although I expect to at least accrue some XT points, if not some running points too. I'll try to lug along my laptop but sometimes using hotels' online access can be wonky at best. I'll post a reminder beforehand and certainly will do a summary when I return, but those 4 days away may be silent for me.<br><br>
Glad to see my buddy RoadHawk on the team!<br><br>
I'm really looking forward to participating in my first VRAA and won't let my team down. Tomorrow I plan to take a yoga class and then run.<br><br>
Some personal info about me -- I'm a 50 year old Library Director with 3 grown kids, a couch-potato DH, and two extremely spoiled french bulldogs. I've been running off and on for years but I have to struggle to increase distance. My longest run was just shy of 7 miles and mostly I run about 3 miles at a time, but I hope to build it up to a solid 5 miles at a time within the next couple of months. Having torn my calf earlier this year, I'm being very cautious about increasing distance, but I'm very good with my XT.<br><br>
Have a great day all!<br><br>
Susan (aka riley0003)
 

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Looks like we will be starting where I live. Nothing for me tomorrow. I will be running on Saturday and it looks like we are going to get snow. It looks like it could be a good storm, but I am up for the challenge as I have not ran on the treadmill once this winter. I usually take off Sunday and Friday with the way my schedule is now. Maybe I will thrown in some cross training on Friday If I feel I don't need the rest. Also, Does running around the house with my kids or shoveling snow count as cross training?<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Hello teammates -<br><br>
I already know Jill and mykemp from the 30's group, where I spend most of my time. I am looking forward to having some motivational fun here. I will generally be in the 30-40 mpw range, as I build to a HM in April.
 

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Mark here, trying to stay warm - NY is an icebox today. I'm also a CR crossover (boy did that transition go bad). I'm in the cross training mode this time of the year. TM running/elliptical/wt lifting, etc.
 

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Nice meeting everyone <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Hey Billy, I'm with ya! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> I like the strategy and love the communication. Yup, you can kick my ass at anytime, kplzthks. It does help me to get going.
 

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Hello Team J!<br><br>
I'm a newbie to KR, but did a VRAA at CoolRunning back in the summer of 2004. It was such a great way to keep me motivated!<br><br>
I'm currently training for the Hyannis Half Marathon at the end of Feb. I think it will be my 15th half (or something close to that). I've been running since 2002, but need a little kick in the pants to get myself back in PR shape. I won't be anywhere near a PR in February, but I'd like to take baby steps to getting back into good running shape by fall.<br><br>
My training program calls for 30-35 mpw and I usually do additional cardio/weights/spinning on top of the running. I also just started cross country skiing (it was beautiful skiing tonight under the stars, even though it was below 0F out there)! I'm at the low end of a super bad ass, but I'm planning to up the cross training for the next few weeks to get some additional points.<br><br>
I'm an electrical engineer, married to another EE, and we have 2 daughters, ages 6 and 9. In my spare time, what little there is, I play piano, violin, electric bass. I do quite a bit of piano accompanying on the side and have recently gotten into arranging music.<br><br>
That's probably enough for now <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
I'm looking forward to getting to know you all a lot better by the end of January!<br><br>
-Laura
 

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I think almost everyone has checked in. That's great!<br><br>
Here's some more information. If we each do the minimum that we have said we will do, we will make it to Surf City in 31 days - 30 really, as we should all score a few extra points on <b>SherpaJ Day</b>. On average, we should score 206 points per day.<br><br>
That's the good news. The bad news is that if Roots has done his job then everyone else will be similarly situated. We need to do a better job about sticking with it than they do. I know we can do it!
 

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<a href="http://kickrunners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=18163" target="_blank">SherpaJ Day</a>:<br>
The fifth day of this round (Jan 8th) is deemed SherpaJ Day. Stay tuned for the SherpaJ Day proclamation thread. Individuals can earn 5 extra points on this day by scoring at least one VRAA point, and making a post within the SherpaJ Day proclamation thread.
 

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Billy<br><br>
Thanks for the great intro to the rules and group. I am also another refugee from CR and usually post in daily run reports.<br><br>
First time doing this and I it sounds like a blast. My next target race is a HM in April. Lately I have been running with no plan until my HM plan starts end of month.<br><br>
Personal stuff... I have been running past 3-4 years. Started as a hobby and got hooked. Live in suburbs of philly, pa and love trail running with my dog. I usually stick with the LD races but have not done a full marathon yet. Since my next HM is on the road I will be staying off the trails except for the weekend. I am 40ish... 2 teenagers, hubby (non - runner) and 90 yr old mother-in-law. Oh and I work full time.
 
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