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On March 9, 1862, during the Civil War, the ironclads Monitor and Virginia (formerly Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va.<br><br>
After carbo-loading on red wine and rich foods and then losing an hour of sleep, it was tough getting out the door this morning. But I managed it and met Ironboy and the Andyman about 3/4 of a mile out. Nice sunny morning, 30F, but we battled the wind much of the way. Slogged it out. 10 miles. Done.<br><br>
Give 'er your best tri-peeps!
 

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Blustery day here in New England with high winds yet abundant sunshine, making for a tough morning for a long run.<br><br>
LRR: Dude, I'm impressed not to mention grateful you made it out this morning. It was a tough one. Thanks, man.<br><br>
Me...<br><br>
13.5 (about) mile run early this morning with LRR and the Andyman. Tough run all around. LRR was hungover. Andyman was running longer than normal. And my legs were half shot from yesterday. I was toast after doing my favorite hill two times. A bit chilly out there with the wind chill.<br><br>
Choose your battles, Tri-Ironclads!
 

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At least you guys made it out the door - that loss of the hour and one extra glass of wine last night and there was no way I was getting up to do my early trainer ride. Gonna have to wait until evening now as dd is keeping me busy today.
 

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Supposed to be a 15 mile knee-test ride today, but the phone rang early this morning. Early phone calls are never a good sign. Dad's in intensive care, so it looks like we're spending the day driving, sitting around at the hospital, and (hopefully) driving home lighter of heart.<br><br>
Fight the good fight today, Peeps. I will update you when I can.
 

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must be a full-moon or something; hangover here too. <img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif"><br><br>
got out there but played it simple and did my regular 6.25 mile local loop (rather than the planned 12 miler). Was pleased to knock this out in slightly over HM goal pace at 52 mins when my only thought all the way round was heartburn and keeping down breakfast. Still; we're not pros are we? got to live a little once in a while.
 

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Matt: Healing vibes & positive thoughts to your Dad. Let us know if there is anything we can do....seriously.<br><br>
I hate DST. I like my sleep but house is quiet right now since DS is still sleeping and BrewDad is out on another crazy Boston simulation run with his group. I'll get about 7-8 hilly miles in when he gets back.
 

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I love DST, but I guess that is because I don't workout in the early morning.<br><br>
MB, hope all goes well with your Dad.<br><br>
No hangover for me, although I should have one based on the amount of wine I consumed. Pool for me today about 2200 yds.
 

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Rest day for me. I really need it. This is the last high mileage week of the HM training then comes a 3 week taper. I am so looking forward to it. The outside of my knees are sore.
 

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Bannon: Hope all is well.<br><br>
My stomach is still out of wack, almost drank a bottle of pepto yesterday. Felt somewhat ok this morning, slow start. Great day for running here around, 30 and hardly any wind so I decided to go out and wing it. I ran great actually running sub 7min miles for the entire 45 minutes. I probably need to recalibrate my foot pod, that seems a bit fast for me, but my legs felt real strong, turnover was quick. My stomach started up about 25 minutes out so took a shortcut back home to make it 45.<br><br>
I might do some trainer later today and maybe some swim cords.
 

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MB Best wishes to your dad.<br><br>
30 minute trainer ride this am to keep my mom company while she walked on the treadmill.<br>
Treadmill run and strength training later on today.<br>
DST - now will be lighter later into the evening! Good for after work runs/rides - once the ice age ends and the glaciers melt.
 

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I ran 20 miles this morning. It was cold but sunny! That makes 28 miles this weekend if I add the 8 miles from yesterday. I knew it wouldn't be easy with the loss of one hour and tired legs and sore butt muscle but I got it done. I ran 13 of the miles today with Yoshiko. She looked very strong! She kept me going faster than I thought I would go. I did slow down a bit after she left! Legs felt good and butt is no worse. I plan on taking it easy this week and might have to just run easy in a 5K race next weekend if my butt muscle issue doesn't improve.
 

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Matt - hope your dad gets better soon... it is tough.<br><br>
Ran 16 miles, majority of it with Jane. Starting temp at 14F (with w/c 0F) but it was actually a nice sunny morning. With a loss of focus on running, plus DST and an expected cold temp, I could have easily taken an easier way out of today's long run. But I am glad that I stuck with my plan of running with Jane. Felt strong and my foot held up well. I will resume some speed workout this week and go from there deciding about another marathon.<br><br>
One sad news. Japan's Naoko Takahashi - Sydney Olympic gold medalist and one time world record holder (year later) - had a dissapointing race in Nagoya yesterday. She was 27th or 28th. That was the last qualifying race for Beijing to make the team of 3 (other two are Tosa - 3rd? finisher in Boston last year also did well in World Championship in Osaka, and Mizuki Noguchi, Athen's gold medalist). It is likely she is done with her career.<br><br>
Life goes on. Enjoy your day!
 

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Frig a fragin' grumble grumble grumble... I HATE SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Second bagged run for the weekend. Can't even get out of my driveway. No one on the street has even attempted. So getting to the gym was out of the question. Attempted a road run. That wasn't happening. 1.88m, 17:16, 9:10pace. I am soooooooooooooo ready for spring!!!!!!! 'Thon is in three weeks. I don't think this one is gonna happen.
 

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Matt: I hope everything goes well with your dad. Really, let us know if we can do anything.<br><br>
18 mile Boston "Sim" today with my running group. We averaged 6:47 per mile and I finished feeling strong. The course drops 1500 ft over the first 11 miles then climbs a 250 ft hill for about a mile followed by rolling terrain to the finish. It was a gorgeous day with a beautiful sunrise over Mt Hood as I drove out to the start point. Days like this are the reason I love living here.<br><br>
This was our second time running this course and I can definitely feel an improvement over 3 weeks ago. My time wasn't much faster, but we ran 3 miles longer and I finished feeling much stronger than our first run.
 

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MB - good luck man<br>
Eric - 2 words - FOAM ROLLER. You need to work out your ITB perhaps.<br><br>
Me - led the sunday 2 hour spin class, then 2 hour swim clinic, then 1 hour swim with the boys. Needless to say, I'm HUNGRY!<br><br>
Swim clinic told me that<br>
a) my form is pretty good<br>
b) I wobble my head (knew that)<br>
c) I have no endurance. I HAVE NO FREAKING ENDURANCE. I MUST GET MY BUTT IN POOL.<br><br>
A race next weekend, so I'll cut myself some slack FOR NOW, but this slacker must stop slacking in the water I have to start to rebuild.
 

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Matt: Best wishes for you Dad and your family.<br><br>
All: Great workouts, especially on this chilly, blustery winter day for New England folks.<br><br>
Me: 50min body sculpting, 3mi TM run and 10min stretching.<br><br>
I am looking forward to running with it still light after work this week. It's been since November! I know that won't make it any warmer but it will feel warmer with sunshine remaining in the sky.<br><br>
I don't think those boats can call themselves Ironclads unless they fought in Kona <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Matt, I'll keep your dad in my prayers.<br><br>
Today was my 5 mile race... 2 miles over what the plan said for the weekend, so I dropped one of the mid-week 2 miles and kept my fingers crossed. My goals for the race were 1) don't walk (subject as always to giant hills) and 2) try to go somewhere around 1:03 - 1:05. I may have possibly indicated to my husband yesterday that I had a super-secret goal to go sub 1 hour.<br><br>
Well, my husband ran with me, which was rather fun, and I finished in 59:28, so I'm super happy with my effort (especially considering the headwinds on the last half of the race). Feel relatively great, just tired, so I think I might be getting the hang of this running thing.<br><br>
Also managed to pick off a few people in the last mile, including a couple people that I'd been leapfrogging with the whole race.<br><br>
There also may or may not be a race photo of me singing Jump Around and possible doing some weird dancing thing with my hands. Note to self: next time, pay attention to where the photographer is.
 
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