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<p>Well, maybe the Fun thread I started is a downer, but the Fitness side is going well.  I had a really nice tempo run last night:  11.5 miles at an avg 8:25 pace, where I kept increasing the speed every mile for the first 10 miles.  And I fellt really good!  I'm still not confident in how this will translate over a full marathon, but for now I'm just happy how this is going.</p>
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<p>In other news, I'm still debating about trying to jam one more marathon in before the end of the year.  If I do anything, I think it will be Charlotte on Dec 11.  I think it'll come down to whether or not I feel comfortable about abandoning my wife and daughter for another weekend...</p>
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<p>Okay, who has done their runs already today?</p>
 

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<p><strong>Bob</strong> - that is a great tempo run!  I saw your numbers on FB.  Speedy!  And so great that you felt strong.  TCM will be good for you!</p>
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<p>I got out for just 3 miles.  <strong>The Shoe Whisperer</strong> told me to ease in these insert things she recommended.  Apparently they are gonna take a couple months to adjust to (and I'll start feeling it in my toes, then calves, then quads, all the way up my body and will literally feel achy in my head as the last phase of adjusment), but then I will be a new woman and will LOVE marathons.  She had the same issue that I have and said just to be patient and break the inserts in gradually because she didn't and she paid by having a torn calf muscle.  So I think for this first week I'll just wear them for recovery runs and around the house/work (she gave me inserts for my dress shoes).  She also put me in new shoes - <strong>Addidas AdiStar Solutions</strong>.  I've never heard of them and wouldn't have picked them, but she knows her stuff.  I love that woman.</p>
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<p><strong>QOD:</strong>  <strong>Is your 2nd toe longer than your big toe?</strong>  (Mine is, which is apparently the root of my issues, according to the Shoe Whisperer.  It's called Morton's Toe.  Google it.  Interesting stuff!)</p>
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<p>Good runs and rests to all.</p>
 

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<p><strong>QOD:</strong>  <strong>Is your 2nd toe longer than your big toe?</strong></p>
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<p><br><br><strong>QOD2</strong>:  Did you have to take off your sock and shoe to answer <strong>QOD1</strong>?  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""></p>
 

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<p>hee hee!  I was thinking the same thing, <strong>Bob! </strong> I have dress boots on today with socks.  First time my feet have seen anything like that (well, other than running socks) for the past few months. </p>
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<p>I did hills and walking lunges this morning.  I usually do them on fridays but I decided I'd do them today instead because I'm doing a half marathon on sunday.  I didn't want to risk being too sore.  I figure I'll get out tomorrow for an easy run and maybe take saturday off so I'm good and fresh for sunday.  I don't think I'll get a PR.  I'd have to beat 2:02 and I don't think I have that in me.  I wish!  But I would like to do it in under 2:15.  I hear it's a flat course done on packed dirt "rail to trail" so that's good.</p>
 

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<p>Hi guys!</p>
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<p>Nice job <strong>Bob</strong>!!</p>
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<p>Hi <strong>Heather</strong>. Enjoy the swim.</p>
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<p>Good morning <strong>RFTL</strong>. Answer = no, but I'll go look up Morton's toe, sounds interesting.</p>
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<p>Mile repeats for me this morning, bright and early ... err, not so bright. Started off in the dark and actually encountered a few others out there in the park at that hour. This lack of morning light is killing me!</p>
 

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<p>Beautiful morning here...perfect mix of low temp (probably upper 50s) and humidity that I could actually see my breath a little bit when I started my run.</p>
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<p>5.4 miles.  Picked up the pace for the last 2 miles.  Actually felt pretty easy.</p>
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<p>Ran 10 last night and it felt pretty good.  The weather is soo much nicer to run in.  Put on my compression socks afterward and went to Cs house to watch a movie - so we just laid on the couch all night.  Uhm, The Departed is a looooong movie. When I got home and went to bed my legs were all jumpy and twitchy and kept me awake.  Bah.</p>
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<p>7xhills tonight.  We'll have to see how my legs feel about that. Not feeling uber confident right now.</p>
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<p><strong>Cindi</strong> - the girl I normally run with just got put in those inserts too.  She has been on recovery from a stress reaction since April and just now completed Ragnar with NO issues and is back to running 5 days a week. She likes them a lot.  I need to go back before TCM as well.  something isn't feeling right.  Did you see the puppy?</p>
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<p>7.25 at Hyland last night.  I ran with some peeps a little slower than my main crew but that was fine because I didn't want to push it anyway. </p>
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<p>like 4 or something after work.</p>
 

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<p>Hi all - yesterday was something of a wasted day fitness-wise.  Lack of good sleep + busy day at work = nap time afterward.  The sleep was better today, so I'll be headed out after work for some miles</p>
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<p><strong>QOD</strong> - yep, especially with the left foot (big callus pad behind the second toe on the ball of the foot.)  My right foot has it too, but due to more overriding issues (a leg alignment quirk and lower leg muscle problems), the callus pad is a lot smaller on that side and my right second toe is more or less aligned with the big toe because my little toes are all curled and shunted toward the left</p>
 

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<p>QOD1 and QOD2:  No and I knew for sure it wasn't.  It runs on DH's side of the family, and it was the very first thing I checked on the kids when they were born.   My BILs 2nd toe is extremely long and was the first one I ever noticed.  Since then I've been on the look out and check when I see people in sandals.   They're every where! :) </p>
 

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<p>I am planning to be up in the Cities for a 20-22 miler <strong>Crane</strong> on 9/11 so I called Gear West so I just called and scheduled an appointment with <strong>The Shoe Whisperer</strong> for that afternoon.  I don't have any issues but I'm down to my last pair of Brooks Glycerin 7s and I'd like a recommendation on what my next shoe should be.  I'm gonna have to bust that last new pair out pretty soon, probably for this weekend's 20 miler. My current shoes are at 403 miles and are feeling mighty flat.  Also got some new SuperFeet coming in, hopefully today. </p>
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<p>New stuff!! Whee!</p>
 

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<p>Morning all,</p>
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<p>I got out for a quick 4.3 miles right after my 7:00am call.  It's definately cooler, but still humid.  According to the details on my scale, I lost about 2 pounds during that 4 miles jaunt. </p>
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<p><strong>QOD1</strong>:  no</p>
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<p>It was 49 degrees here this morning!  But I did not run.  Elected to stay put and snuggle up to DH.  Then I got a bunch of laundry and stuff done.  Am hoping to get out of work around 3:30 and run around the lake.  It is gorgeous out.</p>
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<p>In good news, I am feeling like a new woman lately.  Seriously.  I have been taking the iron supplements for 8 days now and I really feel so much better.  I  have also been taking B-12 and making sure I am not only hydrating, but getting electrolytes by adding nuun.  Yay.</p>
 

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<p>Have you guys heard about this movie about the relay?</p>
<p><a href="http://www.hoodtocoastmovie.com/" target="_blank">http://www.hoodtocoastmovie.com/</a></p>
 

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<p>Anyone wanna trade legs?  Warning:  my left one is a bitch. </p>
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<p>Left achilles tightened up on me BAD on a warm-up for the 5k I was supposed to run last night.  Seized right up, then a pop, and I was barely able to walk the mile back to the start.  Didn't run (could hardly walk) so I cheered on friends instead.  M-F-er.  I contemplated going to the hospital to see if they could tell me how much damage was done.  Decided against it, since this was similar to what happened earlier this summer. </p>
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<p>The pop wasn't a rupture, just a ligament or something shifting, but now I'm back to nursing it all over again.  This is super annoying.  Went to the doc this morning - he's optomistic it'll just need some careful attention over the next week or so.  Thinks some muscle confusion is probably the culprit, as well as some overuse while trying to strengthen the muscles.  Not out of the question -- I know I've probably been running more mileage than he's like right now.  So, good that it wasn't anything more serious, but I'm pissed because Saturday morning I'm supposed to do the only triathlon I'm scheduled for this summer.  Even after he dug in there a bit and started to loosen stuff up, I still can't walk without limping right now. </p>
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<p>I told him I'll do what I need to so that I can run for the next 50 years, but this nagging shit is getting tiring.  He understands :)</p>
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<p>So, hope the rest of you are having good workout days.  I'm off to walk in the pool (yep, I'm hoping I can even do that).  Of course, it'll take me forever just to walk <em>to</em> the actual pool   <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;" title=""></p>
 

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<p>((Lora))  Heal quickly and completely!</p>
 
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