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Yep. 3:41am, and I"m awake. Have been since 1:30ish. Yoga tonight should be interesting....<br><br>
Got a whopping 2.5 on the TM last night. The popping sound got MUCH worse, and for safety (both for the mill and myself), I aborted the rest of the run. Good news is that the repairguy is here on Wednesday, at least, and hopefully everything will be fixed and good to go by that evening's run.
 

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I have been awake since about 2 AM. Got 8 hours of total sleep over the weekend and went to bed at 6 PM last night. Since I have nothing else to do and my gym is open 24hrs during the week, I guess I'll go do that. Today should be interesting indeed.
 

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I guess 22 in VA is pretty cold, so I'll cut you some slack. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
Just got back from the gym (a short dumbbell circuit and 2 miles on the 'mill) and grocery shopping. Apparently, I hit the sweet spot in regards to both: No line, no waiting at either place.
 

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Good morning, folks. <b>Fort hose</b> who may have missed it in the Birmingham thread, I posted a link to a slideshow with some of the pictures I took this weekend. <a href="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v47/bobmann/Mercedes%20Marathon%202008/?action=view&current=8c939ddc.pbw" target="_blank">Here's</a> a link.<br><br>
At some point I'll be writing up a race report. I hope I get to that soon.<br><br>
I'll try to hit the gym this evening. Might even do a couple of <b>very easy</b> miles on the TM. We'll see how I feel...<br><br>
Have a great day, everyone...
 

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Since I don't have to be at rehearsal tonight and DH is off to Phoenix, I plan at least a short run with Penny. I <i>plan</i> to run...we'll see if it actually happens.<br><br>
It's coooooooold here. Not Midwest cold, but cold enough. 12F I think.
 

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morning <img alt="wave.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wave.gif"><br><br>
8ish miles with intervals later today.<br><br>
Here's a running <b>QOD</b> if anyone so chooses: <b>How much does your mental state affect your performance?</b><br><br>
I'm thinking, in particular, about preparation for and performance in a goal race. The mental distractions could be positive or negative, I guess, although my current issue involves a negatively-affecting issue...<br><br>
I'm training for a return to the NJ marathon. I have a LOT to get back at this race. Last week I was thrown for a loop by someone about something that (although it shouldn't) does affect my mental state in my training and my race performance. I've been working to "let that go" (as I've been told) but suffice it to say, that release is difficult. Soooo, how do you overcome those things, and how much does that play into (either positively or negatively) your performance???
 

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Hi, everyone--<br><br>
After a week of nothing due to sickness, I got 4 on the TM yesterday morning. Last 1/2 mile was a little tough, but otherwise, I felt very good. Yoga this evening.<br><br>
Congrats to all the weekend racers! Awesome running and pics.<br><br>
I, too, can't wait for warmer weather. 15* with wintry mix today. I hate wind; I hate sleet. Good thing I have to be inside all day working on my dissertation.<img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"><br><br>
Have good days, everyone!
 

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Good morning!<br><br>
No school today, so I will hop on the treadmill for 5 miles at some point.<br><br><b>QOD</b>I guess it depends on the state I am in. Angry or happy seem to effect me positively. However, I have a hard time finding energy or the desire to train when I am down .<br><br>
I forgot to do this sooner: <b>Welcome Lincoln!!!!</b>
 

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Maybe we'll all be <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/12/health/research/12musc.html?th=&adxnnl=1&emc=th&adxnnlx=1202821732-Ay1jsSRW9TWA0SkJ+wmy9g" target="_blank">ultramarathoners</a> soon.
 

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Morning all, it's cold! I had hoped to test out my leg tonight outdoors but that might not happen. We'll see.<br><br><b>QOD</b> - my mental game is what limits me most. I overthink the shit outta everything and it really creates too much clutter upstairs when my mind should be free & clear of distractions and sidetracks. Meditation helps quite a bit but I need to do it more regularly. I've also read The Mental Athlete and Mental Training for Peak Performance; the former containing some quality exercises.
 

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I bailed on my run last night which is OK because I used to take Mondays as a rest day, but somehow I got off track and started taking Fridays as a rest day... but last week due to the flu, I took Wednesday as a rest day... so somehow that made me able to take Monday as a rest day again... whoa that was a lotta explainin' for a rest day <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Anywhoo... the weather will dictate my run for tonight. If it's raining I'll run the TM. If not I'll hit the outside... looks kinda nasty like rain, and they are calling for rain. Ugh...
 

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<b>Bob</b> I LOVE the expression on your face during the hill at M23...if you can put one of htose word bubbles on your photo, I think "Mama!" might be a good one! You're pretty skilled at the BobCam - you get your finishing time in the pic, you get Tim in the shot over your shoulder...not only did you set a PR on a brutal course but you got mad photography skillz!<br><br><b>Mental State QOD</b> I'm usually mental anyway. I think it's harder to train when youre down as someone mentioned, but once I get going on a run it's a welcome distraction for me. Race Day - I'm OK at dealing with distractions beforehand and I like to get a little mad during a race to get the juices flowing. I was surprised how much Ryan Shay's death took the wind out of my sails at NYC last fall...I felt like I had more in common with him than others that have died during marathons (probably all in my head - but I have a slightly large heart and oftentimes when people die in a marathon it's a heart attack or hyponatremia, neither of which I'm concerned with). When my day started to go bad, I just didn't have the chutzpah or the desire to try and push through it.
 

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More intervals that did not go quite as planned, but I am more OK with it than last week. Like some others here, my sleep sucked - my 4 YO had a nightmare around 2 AM, and I never went back to sleep.<br><br>
Plan was for 2 miles easy, then four 1 mile intervals w\ 1 minute rest, 5 minutes easy, three 1 mile intervals w\ 1 minute rest, 2 miles easy. Actual results were 2 miles easy, then four 1 mile intervals w\ 1 minute rest, 5 minutes easy, two .75 mile intervals, one .25 mile interval, then sleazy to the end, total of 9.5 miles. All intervals were at tempo pace, which was the plan, except for the last .25, which was faster than 5 K pace. I felt like crap after the two mile warmup, and was ready to bail, which is why I am OK with the results here. It may not have been what my plan says, but it was still a heck of a workout, and I am beat up - in a good way.<br><br>
Freaky thing in the gym this morning. After I finished, I used the facilities and was washing my hands. Heard a shuffle and a thud from the showers. It was a buddy of mine from work - he had passed out in the shower. Me and another guy picked him up and moved him to the handicapped shower so he could sit, and got him water and gatorade. (He's a big dude too - hard core weightlifter, about 230 pounds and not a lot of fat). He is OK now, but sheesh. Already offerred him a ride home if he does not feel like driving - he lives not too far from me.<br><br>
Heh. On the Saturday before Philly, Theia had already picked up here shirt, and showed it to me and CoachT. I commented that it was a fine looking shirt - powder blue long sleeve tech T, simple clean graphics. She agreed, and then said "Oh, your running the 8 K - sorry." The 8 K runners got a SS grey cotton T. Harumph.
 

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Can't decide on tonight. I was tired from the weekend, not only 5k but tons of time walking and <i>standing</i> around. And soon as I complete a 3 hour drive yesterday I go play a basketball game 2 hours later. LOL. So my knees are a bit sore today. I still might go for 2 east miles after work or I might rest the legs and cross train for an hour tonight. We will see.<br><br>
Happy fitness to all today whatever you decide to do.
 

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No run today.<br><br><b>QOD-</b> the mental game affects me most when it comes to training. For races, I seem to do OK. Though I've noticed that the races when I'm really confident are the ones that suck the most. <a href="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum//showthread.php?t=10166" target="_blank">The Crim</a> last summer was a good example. The one that worried me the most was the Flying Pig, and that turned out to be my best race to date.
 

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<b>QOD</b> - It honestly doesn't effect at all. I guess I try to be more robotic about my runs and simply get them done without letting any outside distractions get in the way. I generally think about the run and what's going on at that moment and that's about it.
 
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