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<p>Wow!  There were some great races this weekend.  Excellent marathon BQRibs and other TCMers!  irun gets a new shiney pr, bty met his goal, impressive splits mc, bap's crowded 1/2, another speedy 5k for rip, heme's trail run with a finishing kick, Paul's 10 miler. . . sorry for any I may have missed, this is the master's forum and some memories are just not what they used to be <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies//smile.gif"></p>
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<p>ks - sounds like the foot is mending well.</p>
<p>om - fwiw - I like to take the day off too before a LR...</p>
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<p>4 miles to no where with a few 1/4 mile pickups.</p>
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<p>Have a great day!</p>
 

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<p>Good morning Pink!  Nice run to nowhere ...</p>
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<p>3.5 recovery paced miles this morning.  9:51 pace.  The legs feel fine, if still a little tired.  I'm still fairly basking in the afterglow of a great weekend.  The TCM is a first-class event in a beautiful place.  The Twin Cities really supports this event.  The people really come out and (most) make noise.  TCM bills itself as "The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America" and I believe it.  I cannot imagine a prettier course anywhere.</p>
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<p>The highlight of the weekend (as always!) was meeting and re-meeting so many RA and KR peeps.  Classy, fun people all!  There are a couple of memories that stand out about the race itself.  There is a big cathedral/church right near the beginning - maybe between miles 1 and 2 or so - and they had their double bells ringing to beat the band as the runners went by.  I'm sure they never stopped ringing them till well after all the runners had made their way well past.  That was VERY kewl.</p>
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<p>At about midway, we were approaching a bridge over one of the lakes.  A guy next to me, who had on a "Male 75 to 79" tag said "In June I ran over this bridge 37 times".  It turns out he ran a 24-hour event there.  Wow! I told him they should rename the Bridge after him.</p>
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<p>And then later, at about mile 23 or 24, I noticed a lady cheering by the sidelines, wearing a big inflatable body suit that made her look like she weighed 300 pounds or something - with a sign that read "Personal Trainer"!  <img alt="Big grin" src="http://www.runningahead.com/images/forum/emo_smile_big.gif" style="">  I laughed for about the next 1/2 mile (which I needed at that point).</p>
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<p>Afterward, DW, Rosie and The Rocket Scientist and I went to Minneapolis to catch Lunch and some Brewskis.  Our initial choice was not open then so we walked a few blocks down the street and stumbled on a corner sports bar.  I had on my Medal and as we walked in everyone inside clapped and cheered.  It turned out the place had a good number of runners who had completed and were celebrating.  Every time someone walked in with a Medal they cheered.  It happened 4 or 5 different times.  Very cool.  (And they had some AMAZING brews!)  We lucked into the perfect after race lunch spot.</p>
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<p>I guess what I'm most proud of about this race is how I handled my Achilles problem that developed a few months ago.  I backed off, kept training just with less speedy stuff, and got to the line in fine shape.  The Achilles actually never balked once during the race!  I lost 2 minutes at mile 5 to a Portapotty Break (that's never happened to me before), then I took a few walk breaks near the end and lost another couple, three minutes.  It wasn't my fastest Marathon, but I truly believe I had the most Fun.  Consider this my race report.  This weekend was truly all about celebrating Spareribs and I'm going to keep it that way.  Can't wait to read his report ...</p>
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<p>Today is my Dad's 84th birthday.  I'm sure he's out walking to the store for a newspaper or something.  Love You Dad!</p>
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<p>Bill</p>
 

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<p>Morning Pink.  Running to nowhere sure makes it easy to get home!!</p>
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<p>Again, nice race Bill.   I may have to put the Twin Cities on my spring list for 2012.  I used to travel MN a great deal for work and spent a lot of time in Minneapolis and ran lots of miles around the city lakes.</p>
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<p>30 min test run last night.  Knees hurt more than anything because they took the brunt force of the fall.   Foot felt ok during the run but kind of odd during the night.</p>
<p>Ran 43 mins this morning again with no foot pain.  So I don't think I can hurt it or slow the healing now by running.  The race is on and here comes heartache......</p>
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<p>Hiya Mike, McSolar, and Jeb</p>
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<p>McSolar - I've read about you and your female nemesis.  Did you actually ever tell us who she is?   I don't recall that.</p>
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<p>Wonder what a pirate does on Tues mornings?   Cleaning his sword?</p>
 

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<p>Good morning, Pink and Bill!</p>
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<p>ETA:  Hi KS!!  {{{{{{KS's knees}}}}}}}</p>
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<p>Nice report, Bill!  Sounds like you had a fabulous time at TCM!  HB to your Dad.</p>
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<p>OM, to add to the conversation around long runs, I've not paid too close attention to the effect for longer training runs, but certainly I've felt way better racing if I do a short easy run the day before.  I'd been taking the day before off, to save the legs, but found that often the legs felt dead on race day, but terrific the day after.  Go figure.  I sure envy your ability to do your LRs mid-week.... my job pretty much limits any weekday outings to a max of about 6 miles.  I hate running in the dark!</p>
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<p>Spin class early this morning for me, followed by some core.</p>
 

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<p>Hi Pink!</p>
<p>Byll, you're priceless.  Congrats for being such a classy runnah.</p>
<p>KS, maybe this forced cutback is just what you needed.  Now that the rust of off, I expect you'll get double duty out of those legs.</p>
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<p>5 miles in light rain, super easy, just under 9 min/mile.  My legs still feel trashed from Sunday.  I think I'll take a day off tomorrow and just workout at the gym.  My core could use a beat down anyway.</p>
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<p>In case you're keeping score OM, I tend to rest the day before a race or LR.</p>
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<p>wonderful report Bill. Now I want to run TCM!  And I'm so glad the weather cooperated for you all. It can be hit or miss during October.</p>
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<p>Speaking of MN, I plan on going back next summer so we can visit my grandma. My parents are going back also and suggested that the 4 of us drive back. It would sure save a ton of money. Just for David and I to fly would cost close to $1000. So, unless there is some swinging deal on airfare, that might be how we get back to MN next year and oddly enough, I'm a wee bit excited about that prospect because David would see parts of the country that he otherwise wouldn't get to see. Now, I would just need to plan it so I can run a marathon in MN also - I'm thinking Grandma's might be a good one.</p>
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<p>I ran 6 miles last night. Our evenings are cooling off and autumn is definitely in the air, even though the days still warm up comfortably. It was a nice quiet run along the bike path. very enjoyable.</p>
 

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<p>A very Happy Birthday to your Dad, Byll.  He's something special.</p>
<p>What a great RR!  I love the Personal Trainer.  I love more that your Achilles was fine and you had great fun on a beautiful course and that you had lunch with Rosie and the RS.</p>
<p>Continue with the recovery, TCMers and irun, Heme, mc, BAP, Paul.  Take it easy on yourselves.</p>
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<p>Stunning day here.  Calm, sunny, briny air.  Like a resort.</p>
<p>Ran 40' easy in the pink sunrise.  Rode my bike a bit.</p>
 

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<p>8mi with 5x1k (60s rest) 3:53 avg; still tired and sore from sunday's race.  windy and 75f, ugg.</p>
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<p>evan, tired racers do two things: they look behind them to see who is about to pass them, and they look at their watches constantly.  when i see someone ahead of me doing these two things i get a little boost and tell myself to work hard to pass them, since they won't offer up any resistance.  when i'm dead tired in a race i work really hard to not look at my watch and i try to never look behind me.  a tired racer thinks about the things and the people behind him, a strong racer thinks about the people and the course ahead of him.  there's an analogy about life in there somewhere too.</p>
 

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<p>Nice report BillR, congrats on another 26.2.</p>
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<p>I'm back stateside, ready to run in some 50°  vs.90° weather</p>
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<p>Pink, I've run to nowhere few times over the years, but I hit a new section last week..</p>
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<p>My last run in Rhodes was my longest. I had ran several out and backs the first week -nothing over ten miles. Adapting to the heat wasn't so much of a problem, but the first few runs my lungs seemed to rebel against the aridity. On one of our outings early last week I was walking down a steep dirt road, hit a slick rock, and busted my left elbow, shin, and put a hand and a half -sized bruise on my haunch. It's still sore.</p>
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<p>Anyways, I struck out about 9am Wednesday and told them not to worry unless I wasn't back by 1pm. It looked like about 26-28km on the map and I thought I factored in enough for hills, but none for getting lost. The first village was about 12km. I figured I could do this just with one handheld and buy what I needed in the towns. I stuffed some peanuts and olives in my pocket for extra fuel. There are only minimal roads markings even on the main roads. All the first section was on pavement that went through a pine forest that had burned a year or two ago. I passed a couple of sheep farmers who yelled "BRAVO" as I trotted past. I was already 5k from town. Outside of towns sheep and goats pretty much are the only company. Cars were few and far between. I made it to Laermer about 10:30, bought some water and chocolate milk from a vending machine and headed for Profila -another 12k. The first 4k was backtracking on pavement then I hit a wide dirt road. Fortunately it was the only real overcast day we had in 2 weeks and I even hit a few sprinkles. But the the grade finally got me as I neared the town and I walked most of the last km up a 10% grade. I met some retired Brits at the taverna had who quizzed me on my adventure as they had passed me in a car several kms  back in the mountains close to the middle of nowhere. They were impressed that someone of my "body-type" (i.e. tonnage) could run that far.<img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif" title=""> The next town was Vati, only 7km and as I figured, mostly down hill. The time on my clock was getting close to "worry now" but so long as I didn't get lost I wouldn't be too far past due.</p>
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<p>I got lost.</p>
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<p>From Vati back to home base in Askelpio was only 3-4 km along a scenic route across a small mountain. Usually the main route could be distingished from the farm roads into the olive grooves by the amount of wear. Not so with my first fork in the road. I guessed poorly and  wander around into a few cul-de-sacs killing a half hour. I went back to the "main road" and soon hit another fork. I started down my "best guess" ,but just a few meters down the way I heard a vehicle coming down the other road. I turned around to try and catch them to ask for directions. But with luck, it was my traveling compatriots who had gotten a little bored and decided to track me down early. I appreciated the ride as the route turned out a bit longer than was planned anyways. I covered 30km+ and was quite famished.</p>
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<p>Ha mc, I'm the same way!  If I see someone just in front of me during a race turn around and look behind, it's like an <em>invitation</em> to crush their will.  A shark to blood.  Or Sans Souci to kale...</p>
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<p>Very cool adventure j³.  We're all happy you made it back before becoming goat fodder.  Welcome home.</p>
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<p>Bill, what a wonderful TCM report!  It sounds like you had a very special weekend.  What's next for you?</p>
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<p>OM, I received an email from one of the local race organizers about their 2011 races, and one of them was this: <a href="http://www.runwithpaula.com/hippie-chick-half" target="_blank">Hippie Chick Half Marathon</a>  Last year this event sold out in 21 minutes.  I thought, wouldn't it be cool if OM came out to Oregon and ran this!  And other PNW KR masters chicks joined her!  I would set-up a private aid station/party for you all.  Just a wishful thought...</p>
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<p>I'll run later today.  Not sure what or where.  I'm digging life right now without a current running schedule.  But sooner or later, my hyperactive planning gene will take over again.</p>
 

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<p>This is the coolest thread on the interweb.   Love your race report Bli.</p>
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<p>I ran 6 and a quarter miles today.  It was going to be 3 to 4 miles at recovery pace, but since I had the flexibility to be a little late back to work and work later in the afternoon, I decided to just keep going, like the rabbit. Never ran faster than about 9:45 per mile though - which is right about where I like to run post-race recovery jogs.  i considered running a couple of 100m strides, to loosen things up, but decided to keep it niceandeasydoesitalltheway.</p>
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<p>Tomorrow is going to be a rest day, and I'm going to get out on the trail with a measuring wheel and mark 100m marks all the way out as far as I can get on a long lunch break.</p>
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<p>Evening all, pretty quiet my side  with just base training going on, busy at work so just about taking part in VRAA.</p>
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<p>The training always gets more priority than the logging.</p>
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<p>JJJ that sounds pretty cool to me, getting lost is a laugh</p>
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<p>I'm now commuting on a pink folding bicycle which is bringing some smiles out on the road and in the office.</p>
 

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<p>..WAY cool jjj///.........we were worried about you</p>
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<p>........Weight Training Day..........20min with xbike in between</p>
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<p>poolrunning tomorrow....</p>
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<p>..................good running guys............Plod On</p>
 

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<p>I can see where peanuts & olives might not be enough for that trek, JJJ!  We need more vending machines with chocolate milk when we're out and about, too.  I can picture you there.</p>
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<p>Brooke says "You got to get on the good foot" (sorry no youtube link) and ride your bike instead of run today, so that's what I'll do.</p>
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<p>Since I'm one of the contrarians, I'm just wondering if Ribs is ever going to post any pics or videos here.  Just sayin', it's probably on Facebook.  I'm so contrarian, I have no interest in seeing "The Social Network."</p>
 

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<p>here ya go Opie</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM5gLyKBGSU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM5gLyKBGSU</a></p>
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<p>I don't think Ribs has posted anything on FB either. If I remember correctly, he had a few short business trips this week, so I'm thinking he hasn't had much time for RR or pics yet.</p>
 

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<p>Hippie Chick, eh? Lemme think on it....</p>
 

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<p>Nice.  We're looking forward to it, Ribs.</p>
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<p>Only 7.22 miles on the bike so hardly worth posting, except for the story about the kid.  I wasn't the only "kid" out riding (the only adult) but most had helmets on like me and were being safe.  A boy about 13 was riding toward a car, which honked and it was dusk so he could have been hurt or worse.  He didn't have a helmet on, so I told him after the incident that he should be very careful because "the cars can't see us."  He said, "I can't see very well either after my football game. (He was coming from the football field).  I get dizzy sometimes."  He turned off to his house about a block later.  Crazy.</p>
 

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<p>Nice evening here in Stumptown.  Clear and 68°F.  But windy!  I'm not a fan of wind.  5 very easy miles at 7:55/mi.  Broke in a new pair of socks.  All's good.</p>
 
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