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Started a new thread for 2018! See you over on the 2018 DISCUSSION BOARD.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

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Things are SLOWLY improving on the sickness front - actually got a few hours of real sleep last night - feels like I got injected with energy! Working from home, so that when the energy wears off I can stop and go lie down...

RPM - I've been fantasizing about the 'good old days' when Vick's Formula 44 had codeine in it! Harder to get now... but at least the cough is starting to diminish. I have to admit, I tried a shot of scotch, and it did seem to stop the frenzied part of the coughing by relaxing the muscles. Alas - not a strategy I can use on a regular basis! I sympathize about the job situation - did I mention I remember my boss's boss as an intern? Makes me feel really OLD. Good for you running outside in the teens. There's a winter warriors group I've run with in the past, but sub-zero windchills are too much for me.



It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

Success is a journey, not a destination


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1/4/18 10:20 P

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Debbie - the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati

Carol - ugh. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Ruth

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RUTH--what marathon are you training for?

CAROL--hope you feel better. That chest cold stuff is the pits. I had it a few months ago (constant coughing etc) and it lasted a good 3 weeks (seemed like forever!!!!) I ended up getting some cough syrup with codeine just to knock me out so I could get a few hours of sleep!

GLORIA--good job getting out! I love how you have so many running groups. I wish we had something like that here with the stores. Most of our groups are a lot more competitive and run a lot longer distances than I can do. They are either 1)younger kids like high school or college age or 2)ultra marathoners. It's hard to find a good fit!

As for me. Got out today and ran this morning before work. It's in the teens in the morning but while I'm running I rather like it. The heat is my big problem! That just zaps my energy! Trying to get out more and exercise. With the whole job thing going on, I'm pretty demoralized and depressed. I can't seem to accept having a boss who has only been in the business for 5 years. Just doesn't seem right.....and I'm not the kind of person who will "smoooze" the VP with coffee and lunch like she does to get a job. Sigh. Run, run, run!!!!!



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Still miserable and sick with deep chest cough. Working from home today, but planning to just attend my conference calls and laze on the couch as much as possible. Zombie day...

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

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1/4/18 7:42 A

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First week of marathon training has started. I've had to do all my runs in the gym on the treadmill because it's been so cold, like well below zero. Hoping I can at least get outside for the long run on Saturday.

I've also been getting headaches on the days I run, which I think is die to dehydration, so I have to get that under control. Don't want to be sick for the entire 18 weeks.

How's the weather where everyone else is?

Ruth

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I don't know about Carol but when I am off work I am soooo busy, I have so many hobbies and not enough time for the majority of them, so I think when and if I ever retire I will continue to be just as busy. But I am so paranoid about having enough $$$ that I think I won't ever retire. We'll see.

Work is awful but I went last night and ran with the Fleet Feet group, traffic was so bad I wondered if I would make it but I did. One of my best running friends moved from downtown Nashville to Hendersonville so she came out and ran with us. It was slow because we were talking a lot so we would start walking. At least it wasn't as cold as it has been, probably in the high 20s.



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Happy new year everyone!

CAROL--16 months until retirement? Really? Wow. Do you have ideas of what you will do instead of work (one of my "worries" of what will I do with myself after I retire during the day. I'm afraid I'll turn into a slug and be lazy)

GLORIA--can't believe you went out with such cold weather. You are seriously my idol. I don't know how you do it!

Trying to get back into a workout schedule. I ran a couple of times last week and also went to kickboxing for my cross training (upper body). I felt great after them all but now it is Wednesday and I haven't worked out since the weekend. I don't know why I have such a hard time during the week! I walked my dogs this morning (still too young to run with) but I need to fit in some more exercise time. My son goes back to college tomorrow so I will probably put it off until then so I can spend the evening with him.

Anything you all use as your "go to" to get motivated to work out? Looking for suggestions!

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So sorry you are sick Carol! Seems like you just got over being sick so I know that you must feel frustrated about that. And then to not sleep and have to be at work, ugh...I feel for you.

I've got a goal to get up from my desk and move every hour and also to take a lunch break - at least 20 minutes - to walk outside or something. We will see how that goes, it's so frantic and everyone is just head's down. It's still super cold but I can at least go out and walk a mile. If I can get out of here at a reasonable time I'd like to do some strength training tonight but we will see because I might be too exhausted or here too late.

I've got a doctor's note for a stand up desk, I wonder how long it will take for them to give it to me. I know a lot of people around here get them and then just sit anyway...I am committed to standing at least half the time if I get one.

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1/2/18 8:15 A

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Knee is still tweaking and now I caught my son-in-laws cold and am just plain miserable. Very little sleep the last three nights. Back at work today, but may leave early if I can - this is still our stressful part of the year. And will all my careful prep and planning, a lot of stuff went wrong on Friday (and yes, a significant amount is technically my fault) so it was a purely horrible day. And I really don't want to be at work today either!

The weekend itself was pretty good - we went to see some friends overnight on Saturday, and then babysat the grand-daughter for New Year's Eve. It went pretty well. So - no working out until I'm over this horrible cold. Which is a bit of a downer, as I'd really planned to hit my routine workouts hard this week and get back on track! But I'm going to be lucky if I make it through a full day of work!

Gloria - good job on the race, even with walking! Not sure they are going to find out the sex this time around. On the first one they did all the 'big reveal' stuff, but I think they are going to be lower key with the second one.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

Success is a journey, not a destination


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Hey All! Trying to catch up...knowing that I am going back to crazy at work tomorrow. I have gotten a lot caught up at home but still have a lot to do and will never have time to finish it...story of my life. I actually exercised a lot less this past week so as to get more stuff done in the house but STILL am way behind.

Ruth, glad to see you! Hope you can get the knee issues resolved, I've had many knee issues all my life. I think that PT will be able to get you fixed up, they are usually good at that!

Carol, congrats on the impending arrival of the second grandbaby! I guess it's too early to know yet if it is a boy or a girl?

So I ran on Wednesday night and it was okay...my knee, whatever is wrong feels like it will dislocate...I've had subluxations (partial dislocations) my whole life so this isn't new but since I've been running I haven't really had trouble with it so this comes out of no where and it is really scary because it is horrifically painful. But I managed a decent run at a decent pace on Wednesday with it only wanting to give out on me twice I think. Then on Saturday I did a 10k, local one here called the Frostbite (at the YMCA by my house). I think this is my third year doing that one? Which means I have been running for about four years....anyway, I had to walk so much it was crazy but still ended up with an 11:15 min/mile average which given the amount of walking I did, I thought was AWESOME! My Garmin actually said 11:03 min/mile. Miles 1, 2 and 5 were my fastest, mile 3 was my slowest. I feel pretty excited about it and since it isn't a speedy race (very very hilly) I also did well enough to come in 2nd in my age group. They told me I was 2/5 but I am not sure because I saw some results and it looked like there were only three finishers for the age group but I am not going to worry about that, I will take it

Got up this morning and ran (very slowly) with the one group here, just three miles. WIndchill was -8. But I wanted to do it, I believe in starting the year off with a run!

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Hi Florenceann! Good to see you back and posting. Hope the knee clears up soon - runners are prone to difficult-to-diagnose knee issues. Or at least I am!

No running or working out this week, but plenty of chocolate going on. The worst of the work stress is probably over, but the next few weeks will be terribly busy. I'm planning, like most people, to get 'back on track' after New Year's.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

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Hey friends, sorry I've been gone so long. Life.

I've been have a slight issue with my knee, nothing that really bothers me or is painful, but just stiff. Anyway, I decided to get it checked out and start talking care of it before marathon training. The doctor diagnosed runners knee and referred me to physical therapy. The therapist isn't quite sure what's causing it, so he's going to watch me run next week and observe my stride.

Christmas was nice. I worked at the call center, which was also the last day one of my closest work friends worked. I told him I was worried our friendship would fade, but he's not concerned. Also he said he might join me on my morning runs, so we'll see. I was really upset for about a week, but I'm okay now.

Had a chance to see family on Friday last week, but I really need to go visit my parents soon.

Ruth

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12/28/17 11:39 A

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Gloria - hope the knees cooperate for your run tonight! I'm debating joining the FF night group again - but just not sure... the knee is dicey, and the streets are icy...

Woke up to 1 degree weather this morning - and had to walk my son's dog - she didn't like it either. Apparently we are not going to get above 20 for at least a week, and may have some sub-zero days coming up. Usually we get a week or so like this in mid-January, not this early.

I've given myself this entire week as no-workout, totally indulgent eating, etc. I know I'll regret it next week, but we are laying off a fairly large subsidiary, so I'm checking the files that shut down benefits, terminate 400 plus employees, and it's very stressful and depressing. So - this isn't the healthiest way to cope, but it IS a coping strategy... The worst will be over by the middle of next week, and I'll just have the normal year-end/beginning stress to deal with. And my two colleagues took this week off - admittedly they've been available by phone, but I feel like I'm a bit hung out to dry and have been letting resentment creep in.

Probably 16 months to retirement....

Oh - and I'm going to be a grandmother for the second time in July, as my son and his wife are having their second child... So that's something positive to focus on!

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

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12/27/17 3:06 P

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Oh my gosh Carol, your hours are crazy even the week after Christmas? We apparently aren't allowed to be off the week after Christmas in my department - I have been off the week after every single year since I've worked there and every year it's a drama. This year was no exception. I really need this down time so it frustrates me. My manager was on vacay last week and worked pretty much every day.

And so sorry about your knee! Especially this time of the year, that is hard since it is slippery out. No need to tell you to be careful, I know you will!

It's super cold here, I know it's not as cold as other places though, and it is sunny and not snowy, so I am enjoying the sun, but I am just not into cold weather! So it could be worse and I know so many people who go out and run in MUCH worse! Tonight for the Fleet Feet run it's supposed to be 21 but the wind should have died down by then so hopefully no windchill. I'm a little nervous because I know I will end up by myself since not many will show up in this weather and my knees are so wonky right now, but I will take my WearSafe and also there will be runners nearby if not with me. They've been acting up for about two weeks now and getting worse but I've had some really awesome short runs in that time so I'm not about to give up!

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12/27/17 2:48 P

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Gloria - that's scary about your knees! we depend on those body parts working right... my husband's knee swelled up and is really sore and we are between doctors - so I've been doing more of the walking on ice, etc. And now my left knee is complaining too...

It will be good to get back into the routines next week. I'm indulging this week (and working some crazy hours) but next week I will get back on track.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

Success is a journey, not a destination


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12/26/17 7:31 P

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Merry Christmas! I am so glad your kitty is okay Carol.

My weight is up a tiny bit but I am going to get it back in check - this year has been a year of indulgences as far as the holidays. I usually stay away from the treats but not this year. It's a slippery slope for me but most of the junk food is gone from the house so I will get back on track.

I ran with one of the running clubs here near home on Christmas Eve morning, three miles. Then we did it again Christmas morning, very slow and some walking that day. Then both days we had coffee afterwards. It's the smaller running group and I don't run with them as often anymore so I was really glad to see them. I was so exhausted from Christmas Eve/Christmas that I ended up going to bed at 7:30 last night! I feel better now. Still going to the chiropractor and got another massage today. But something is very very wrong with my knees. I used to have partial dislocations (subluxation) all of the time but when I started running that pretty much quit - doctor said it was probably because I had strengthened my quads a lot from running. But very recently it has started happening again with alarming frequency. It is so painful and so frightening and I am not sure what to do. It happens if I walk or run.



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Happy Christmas!

It's been a flood of food and people, so I'm refusing to look at the scale, but I'll be back on the treadmill tomorrow. I'm very pleased with how the holiday is going, but I really wish I didn't have to work this week!

The cat is surprisingly okay, and will probably come home today. We left her at the vet a couple extra days because we are dog-sitting and didn't want to stress her while she's still recovering. Apparently the dye test they used to look for the obstruction helped move it along, and she will be okay without surgery.

Gloria - sub-11's is great! I'll be treadmilling soon if the knee settles down - it decided to act up a day or so ago. It's 10 degrees with sub-zero wind-chills this morning, so I'm certainly NOT going outside.


It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

Success is a journey, not a destination


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12/22/17 1:41 P

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Sounds like you have a full day ahead Carol, but it sounds so nice, I love these kinds of days when not not at work but it's enjoyably busy, in a nice and pleasant sort of way. And of course having Casey home must be awesome and getting to see the grandbaby! She must be at such a cute age!

I am off today too, started my day getting a sports massage and then to the chiropractor. Ahhhh! Then hubby and I went to lunch then to Fleet Feet and Barnes and Noble, then we grabbed hot chocolate/chai from Starbucks. I just love these kind of days!

Last night I went and ran with the South Side Running Club - I live north, they are south so it is far from home but I LOVE this group and I try to join them a couple of times a year. Last time was probably in August. This time it was for their Annual Crazy Christmas 5k - not a certified course or anything but we get bibs and they give awards to the top five runners, everyone dresses up in Christmas garb and they give us all a little stocking with treats. Also, the "finishers medal" this year was a blinking Christmas tree - last year it was a snowman. They are probably my favorite group, I wish I lived closer to them. My run was great, 10:54 min/mile, though my last mile was the slowest, but I was soooo exited about that. They give away door prizes too for the Christmas event and I won a beer glass (ha, I don't drink beer) with a gift card to a burger joint. Afterwards we had dinner. So much fun!

Carol, I hope that get your kitty's issues figured out soon so she can go home! Does she and your daughter's pets get along?

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12/22/17 8:01 A

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Cat still at the vet - possible partial blockage. Not quite sure if surgery is indicated yet. We sure miss her!

But daughter and son-in-law arrived last night with dog and cat in tow, so the house is cheerfully full. Off for pedicures and some mother/daughter bonding today, and then dinner tonight at my son's and then babysitting the granddaughter while they go to a hockey game.

Going to be a good day!

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

Success is a journey, not a destination


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12/21/17 8:00 A

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Gloria - I love it when I meet runners who are significantly older than I am and running well. It's inspiring!

Cat is still at the vet. We don't know what is wrong (ie nothing obvious... but she can't keep food down). They are pushing fluids, and may start antibiotics, or refer us to a specialist. It just came on out of the blue! Sunday she was fine, Monday threw up 2x, but seemed normal otherwise. Now she hasn't kept food down for more than 48 hours, has lost weight and is listless. No obvious cause, x-ray showed no blockages... I'm very upset. She's not an old cat. And she's such a sweetheart! I missed her greeting me at the bedroom door this morning.

Did get in a run on the treadmill - did intervals and it went pretty well. But my knees are now BOTH hurting today. I feel like I can't win this week!

On a positive note, my daughter comes home today for 5-6 days... It will be very good to see her.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

Success is a journey, not a destination


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Carol, what is wrong with your kitty?

I did the Fleet Feet run last night, ran with one of the newer runners who is almost 70 years old and is WAY faster than I am. It was good for me because she pushed me. It had been raining all day and was very damp so I didn't have a lot of motivation but then I had a good run so of course I was glad I did it!

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Gloria - the traffic sounds horrible! Sorry your day was so stressful.

I was home yesterday because I had to take the cat to the vet. She's still sick and going back today, but at least DH can take care of it. I'm so stressed about her! and my daughter is bringing her cat and dog home tomorrow, so it is getting complicated...



It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

Success is a journey, not a destination


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What a day yesterday turned out to be. It wasn't bad when I think about it in general but the stuff that happened, geez. Went to lunch with my friends, we do a monthly thing and one of them insisted on eating at Blue Coast Burrito, which I just despise and I am going to a 5k thing tomorrow where we will be eating at one, so I didn't want to eat a place I don't even like two days in one week. They just don't have anything that healthy but I got a bowl (no tortilla, I can't have those anyway) with some beans and rice and tried to just eat a little. Anyway, last night was supposed to be the last night of the group strength training....well, there are 10 of us and only four made it there. Traffic was HORRENDOUS. I went but never made it...over FOUR HOURS in the car....after about three I was finally able to get turned around and head toward home, which was over an hour away. What a mess. So Monday was more or less my rest day and then yesterday turned into an unintentional rest day. I do not do well just sitting and after sitting at work all day, being in the car for four hours is complete torture.

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Gloria - the trail race sounds like a lot of fun, even with the cold. I think I'd have dressed warmer than that - glad it worked out for you. And I'm really glad you had good luck with the chiro - mine actually sprained my lower back while trying to fix my neck and I ended up in a lot of pain. I'm pro-actively getting massages (have one scheduled today) to try to keep my neck on track. It's not working entirely because I'm just carrying too much work tension, but I suspect it is helping at least a little.

No workouts over the weekend - finished the Christmas shopping and wrapping (bought way too much stuff for the grandbaby!) and did the cookies last night. I didn't even nibble - I'm finally done with the holiday parties, but I feel really bloated and lethargic. No workouts the last 4 days. Today I'm home because we need to get the cat to the vet, so no workout again today. Sigh. Hopefully back on track tomorrow.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

Success is a journey, not a destination


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12/19/17 7:34 A

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Finally got myself to a chiropractor yesterday, I think this one will work out. I will never go to that other guy again, the one that All The Runners Love...except me. I didn't love him at all, I just hated the guy. Anyway, she did some adjustments and I am still feeling some issues but I felt like she actually did something that is going to help and my lower back definitely feels better. Since I've met my deductible for the year and I still had all of my chiro visits left on my insurance, I am going to see her three times this week and twice next week..then I will do monthly maintenance. She didn't feel like anything was seriously wrong, just need some adjustments and of course she doesn't want me sitting at work...

Anyway, I slept very well last night and woke up feeling great so I don't know if that is because of the chiro or just my lucky day. I am going to get some massages scheduled too, she noted the tension in my neck..of course, my job....

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Did the trail race yesterday, it was cold and raining. Four of my friends bailed on me but saw others there that I know. One of the organizers told me that 205 had registered and only 133 actually showed up, they were sure it was because of the weather. I was half tempted to DNS up until it actually did start. Got there and felt I was under-dressed and was sure I would be cold. I wore capris, a long sleeved shirt and a light weight rain jacket. Ended up putting the race shirt on (I NEVER wear the race shirt for the race) over my long sleeves and I did okay temperature wise. It was kind of weird, for the longest time, maybe a couple of miles, I was pretty much leading a line of a couple of dozen people. Eventually I slowed down and a few people passed. I continued on and there were a lot of people behind me still. On mile four I slowed down a lot and a lot of people passed me, and then on mile five I picked it back up. Mile six and a lot more people passed me and then there were some very technical areas that I had to go very slow on, so I ended up pretty much at the back of the pack. But I was very happy with the race as a whole because I have only been out on trails maybe twice in the past year and a half or so...I just pretty much quit doing that when I started marathon training because it was too time consuming with the miles I had to put in. But I love trails and when I was doing that I felt like it really helped my running a lot because it works the core and helps with balance and all. So I hope now that I am not doing marathon training maybe I can do some trail runs every now and then.

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Yeah, as a pacer for Fleet Feet's training, we have the choice whether or not we pace the group during the actual race and typically I don't do that. I figure they can go with an official pacer if they want to do that. And I would prefer to race alone to be honest. So many times someone wants to run with me for a race and it often messes me up and causes me to have a bad race. I could probably carry a sign of whatever as long as I didn't have to hold it high up in the air. I carry a flashlight at night, my phone on some occasions, my gloves. As long as the sign was very lightweight, I think it would be doable.

I met two of my best running friends this morning for a run/walk and coffee. It was kind of cold, probably not the kind of cold you guys deal with, probably around the mid to high 20s but it felt really cold - I didn't even think to check the windchill but I was glad I threw on another light layer before I left home! We only did four miles and it was quite slow!

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At work, looking out my window and wondering how much lake-effect snow is going to mess up my evening plans... So glad it's Friday and I don't have to go to our headquarters office in Rochester until Monday. Hoping for a treadmill run.

Dancing last night was really fun - not a real workout, but at least some movement in my day!

RPM - so sorry about the job thing - but not a bad move to pull back from some or all of the extras. If asked, though, I'd frame it as 'needing more work-life balance' than 'working extra didn't pay off and I'm no longer all-in at my job'... just a thought. Personally, I haven't looked for advancement for over 15 years - I just like my niche sitting in my cube doing professional techy stuff. I was a terrible supervisor when I tried to climb that ladder years ago...

Gloria - I didn't realize you didn't actually pace during the races. Being the motivator would be a lot more fun and less pressure. I've also seen some races where they just tie a helium balloon to the pacer, so they don't have to carry anything.



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Hey Debbie, so it's just a pacer for the training, not for the race. I won't have to carry anything...except to motivate a large group of runners of all levels, ages, etc., to train for a half! I've done it before for the half and the full and it's a lot of fun.

Carol, our Saturday long runs are at the slow pace, they give us a training plan for the rest of the week - it includes some sort of speed work. I don't know if my group will want to run during the week but that is a possibility since I am going to be doing it closer to home. I already am trying to run on Mondays and Wednesdays (with the local running club and with Fleet Feet) - so I will have to figure it all out - I already kind of know the training plan and it is a Saturday long run, Monday short, Tuesday speedwork, and Thursday medium distance - and I've got to fit my strength training in there too.

I am thinking about trying Barre again, either of you do that? I tried it once and hated it but there is a studio where I live and I talked to the owner. She was very encouraging and gave me a free pass and I am thinking about trying it again.

Debbie, I don't do a lot of 10k or 5ks but there are a few certain ones that I will do through the year just to do some shorter runs - I think that a 5k is much more challenging than a half - I am not a sprinter, I am more of an endurance runner. But there are a few shorter races around here that are just really good - I don't do any of the ones like color or things like that, but I will do The Hot Chocolate (15k), might do the Zoo Run (5k), and then there is a good one on Labor Day that I like and sometimes I do the 5k, sometimes the 10k and sometimes both. I also will do things like that around the holidays just because they are fun - like the one the day after Thanksgiving. This weekend I am doing a six mile trail run - I used to do a lot of the races in that series but kind of had to put trails on the back burner with the marathon stuff going on but I am going to try to get back into that a little. This weekends run should be interesting, it is supposed to be cold and pouring rain and this is a really weird course, so I am not sure how that is going to go.

I didn't run or walk or anything yesterday, I am just trying to get the Christmas stuff done. I had to bake cookies last night for our department Christmas thing - I usually don't participate in those things for a variety of reasons but as difficult as things are right now, I am trying to stay positive and be a team player, so I did that and wrapped the gifts for my in-laws and Greg. I've still got a little more wrapping to do but I feel like I can probably relax a bit after this weekend and finally ENJOY the season.

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GLORIA---yeah!! So great you are going to be a pacer.....I have to admit though, carrying that stick for 13 miles must be kind of hard! I don't think I could do it! Let me know how you schedule races (like 10 ks vs half vs 5k) into your year. I'm curious how you do that while training for half marathons. I want to try and do that this next year. I think it might keep me more motivated. I signed up for the half in May (a mountain run) and then I will probably sign up for another one in Bryce Canyon in July. I've done that twice and I go with a group so it is a fun weekend. Hot that time of year, but a nice run. I want to see where to add other races in with that schedule and what you would do!

CAROL--You are the party maven!!!! Seriously I don't know how you have the energy. I just want to go to bed when I get home from work!

So. The job thing. I'm still pretty demoralized about the whole thing. I decided to resign from all of the extra things I do at my office (I organize and run the company Christmas party, in charge of the internship program, arrange all of the actives from Halloween month--yes we have a month of activities, annual food drive, and the health wellness program.). I kind of decided that if my role at the office was just a cog in the wheel with no chance of advancement that I would be just that and not add extra hours to my day doing those other things for nothing. I am going to search out some other opportunities like sitting on some boards or doing some more running and focus on personal opportunities rather than going "all in" for my company. My boss has pretty much ignored me since I sent him the email. It was awkward yesterday. I think he is mad-he didn't say a word to me.

I was able to get off at a decent hour and tried to run on the "dread-mill" after work. The pollution here is terrible (inversion) and my daughter said she heard that the pollution this past week has been worse here than in Beijing. Well, I got 18 minutes in. My two dogs decided that it was play time and I had to get off and on the treadmill several times before I just quit. I guess 18 minutes is better than nothing but trying to get back into shape for a half is hard!!

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Off to two more parties and a dinner out today - including 2 hour-and-a-half drives in the snow... It'll be a long day, but at least the party has Scottish Dancing and not a lot of food.

Gloria - Glad it worked out so you can pace the 2:30 group. You'll need to get them ready for 11:25's on race day, but 12's for most runs sounds about right! Yayy.


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All right, I have solved my problems about the March marathon. I knew I shouldn't do it, I knew I wasn't ready for that kind of training. But I couldn't bring myself to NOT do it. So last night I was at the group run for Fleet Feet and after some conversation, I found out they do not have enough people to do marathon training. So I could still go to the other store and do it there with all of my friends, but I am trying to cut back on travel time and why do it there when the store by my house is less than five miles away - instead of driving all the way across Nashville. So then they asked me if I would be a pacer for the training, for half marathon - and I said YES, so I will pace the 2:30. I am really excited and now I have about a month to get myself in order so I can actually RUN a few miles without stopping...tried to pace myself better last night and did okay but did still have to stop a little...but even with some walking my cadence ended up being 178 and my pace was 11:39 so that wasn't too bad. I think that our training pace for the long runs will be around a 12 min/mile so if I can just slow myself down and just keep running, it will be great!

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One more holiday 'party' off the list. Didn't do great on the eating, but didn't do horrible either. Two parties tomorrow and one Saturday, and then the rush is over until Christmas itself (we host...) Planning to run today and Friday, but haven't managed to fit in any cross-training this week. Life will get more 'back-to-normal' in January - I'll just have the normal year-end stuff as the big sad reduction-in-force will be over. I feel like I'm hanging on by the skin of my teeth!

RPM - my boss's boss is someone I helped mentor when he was an intern... I feel your pain!

Gloria - those are big temperature swings! It's about 11 this morning, but the high will only be in the 20's today. Sunny and windy, so I'm planning a treadmill run.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

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Morning gals, just dropping by quickly, soooo busy and crazy and I am exhausted but what can ya do, just plod along and survive, lol. Had my cardmaking group Monday, Christmas party - I don't do holiday parties anymore but that is a standing monthly thing so I went, but usually I just take myself and this time I had to take gifts and bake for it....I ran Monday at lunch and then last night I had the group session for the personal trainer. I don't have my family's gifts all shopped for yet and they need to be wrapped and shipped...I've got one more thing to buy. Fleet Feet group run is tonight but I am going to try to get home early so that I can wrap and box it all up, then I will go to run.

Debbie, yeah, I have my race plans mostly figured out through May or June, have registered for several things, might register for a couple of other things and I've registered for one race in September but there will more next year later in the season. I always have a couple in mind to try to PR, mostly flatter courses or just gentle rolling hills, one being Viola Valley half in May and the other being The Middle Half in October. But if I feel like my training isn't going well or I am not ready I will scrap those plans and just go out and run them as a training run...Middle Half is my current PR and when I did it a couple of months ago I ran pretty well but wasn't aiming to PR because it was the week before my full.

Debbie, so sorry about your job thing. That really sucks, and I know other people who have been through stuff like that.

It was around 60 here Monday when I ran, and yesterday it was super cold - we had our team Christmas lunch and I was the only one who walked there (it's less than a mile away) - this morning it was around 16 at my house but it's going to be almost 60 today too. We've had great weather this year!

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OK. SO I am a stress eater. I admit it. Today my boss told me that we are "restructuring" and that I will be reporting to someone else.....that they are going to hire. I will probably have to train them. So you get the picture. I am going to be training my boss who I have to report to. I AM NOT HAPPY!!!! I've been through 2 bags of nuts already and I just want to go home "sick" and cry. I am so demoralized. Retirement sounds pretty good today.....

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Treadmill yesterday - pretty good session. Packed my swim stuff, but am pretty sure I'll just be heading straight home from work through the wind and snow.

Gloria - 60 degrees! Sigh... they are already promising us a white Christmas. Which is okay, as long as the daughter and son-in-law make it to/from here safely. They'll enjoy having snow because it's a novelty.

RPM - I feel you - I've been stuck at this weight for about 4 months... once I sit at a weight for a while, it seems to get stubborn!


It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

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GLORIA---60 degrees??? Really? Where are you again? lol Its in the 20's here. Waay cold. I agree with Carol, cold weather is here to stay. Sorry about your half. It's a bummer when you train for that many miles and then you have a crummy race. If I know you, you have already scheduled your next race. In fact, have you put together your 2018 race calendar? I am going to try and do something like that. How do you determine which races you are trying for time and which ones you are doing just for fun?

CAROL--I have to say I am jealous! I've been really watching what I eat, tracking and my "monday bloat" said I was 2 pounds heavier today. ug. Makes me so mad! I'm never going to get down to 140 muchness 135 which is really where I want to be. When you have to lose 25 pounds, the first 10 are supposed to come off easier than the last 10, right? If so, I'm doomed.

Ran my first 3 miles (had to walk a little still) on Saturday but at least it was better than the 60 seconds walk, 90 seconds run. I"m feeling a little progress.....just wish my weight would reflect that!

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Sounds like you are holding steady Carol, good job! It's so hard this time of year, so much temptation and you have a lot of social stuff too. We don't do much of that anymore but tonight I will go to the Christmas party for my Stampin' Up group. It's a potluck and I made cookies...seems like there won't be much food for me there but we will see.

I wouldn't go out if there was snow either, I am afraid of snow! Haha!

I did go out at lunch time today and it is about 60 degrees, beautiful. I did three miles, pretty slow and easy and I felt okay..but I am still doing too much walking. I NEVER used to do that, I need to get past that.

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As you may have seen (if you watch football) we have snow here! Actually I'm north of the city enough that we only have a few inches - not the 9+ that fell during the football game! But enough to drive me indoors to the treadmill. I can deal with the cold, but if the footing is slippery, I do NOT go outside to run.

Rested most of Saturday - did some work from home stuff, got the tree up and Sunday I managed to make myself go swim. I broke down and weight myself this morning. I've not been eating well, but the scale hasn't budged, and my belt is still at the small 3rd hole - so I guess at the moment the focus on exercise is keeping me in a holding pattern on weight. A lot of holiday stuff still to come (party tomorrow and 2 parties on Thursday! and another the week after, and my birthday...) So I'll keep pushing the workout and try to stop nibbling on the chocolate so much.

Gloria - yes, it definitely sounds like it was too much after a tough week. I'm always marveling how you do so many workouts with the hours you put in at work, so I guess it just caught up with you. Sorry to hear it! Sounds like it was a tough experience.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

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Half yesterday was not good at all. I was exhausted from all of those hours I put in last week at the office, and on top of that, I was eating pretty crummy all week, stuff I would not normally touch. I was probably dehydrated too. The race started at 10:45 but it ended up starting almost 15 minutes late. Windchill was probably around 15 at race start and didn't get much better (keeping in mind I've been running in temps closer to the 60s most of the time). It started on a very busy street just before a big Christmas parade so the first street we were on was full of people waiting for the parade. Then we turned onto a main road that WASN'T closed - and at some point it was us on the shoulder with cars within a few inches of us. I did NOT like that at all. At one point there was an ambulance driving right next to me and the exhaust from that was making me kind of sickly. The course was super hilly and kind of boring. I did okay for about six or seven miles, then I was just over it. I wasn't too cold but just kind of exhausted. I walked a bit and when I tried to run again, my knee was just so painful for no known reason, like bone on bone pain. One of my friends who always does three hour half marathons caught up to me and the whole time she wondered why I was walking...as she passed she asked if I was okay and I told her I was just tired. So I essentially ran about seven and walked the rest which is really not a big deal for me, I run that far all of the time and feel great afterwards, go grocery shopping, do laundry, etc., but yesterday I was just whipped. We got to the end and they had hot chili and cornbread for us (catered by a restaurant that a good friend's husband manages, so I got to see them too and that was so awesome). Anyway, we sat there and ate the chili and I just was ready to go to sleep! I NEVER nap after a race. I had to drive about 50 minutes home and since it was such a late race and we sat and ate afterwards, it was past mid-afternoon before I showered and I did do a load of laundry but by then I was so SORE all over, like I had run a marathon, instead of running just seven miles and walking a few. I mean, I seriously felt like I had run HARD HARD HARD for 13 miles. Today I am not sore but my hamstring and right leg are not right. Hamstring issues and lower back...talked to one of my best running friends this morning and she is a running coach...I think she agrees with me, until I can get this job situation remedied, I don't need to be thinking about any marathons anytime soon! Anyway, my time was just under three hours, not my worst half, but very very close to being my worst and very far from my best, haha! I am glad for the experience and the exposure to the cold weather because I think cold weather is here to stay!

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The tree is up! It's officially Christmas season at this house.

Managed to run at lunch on Friday - today is rest day...

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

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Woke up to SNOW this morning... and my usual 35 min commute took 70 minutes. And I'm the only one in the office right now... There was less than 2" at my house, so I didn't expect it to be so bad - there's only about 4" at work, but the plows were not out as they should have been, and it's the first significant fall of the season so drivers are either crazy or super-cautious... My boss is south of the city and has over 18"...

RPM - Don't think the standing desk would help, but thanks for the suggestion. My set-up has been pretty well ergonomically tailored for me, but with bad disks, not a lot will help. I feel you about the DH wanting to just nestle in with the TV - we do that way too much... and it's hard to go do something active because it makes you feel unsocial.

Gloria - I've scaled back Christmas a lot over the last 10 years or so - I was a huge 'Christamas Girl' until my Mom passed away on 12/26... kinda ruined the season for me! It gets better every year, but still not the season of joy it used to be. Maybe when I retire and don't have to fit the extra work in around WORK! Good luck on your half! Changing temperatures is hard, but I always do MUCH better in cold than the heat you often get!

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

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Okay! Trying to catch up with you ladies after a really rough week at the office....I worked 14.5 hours one day, 13 another day, and the other two days weren't good either...at least yesterday I did get out of here at a somewhat reasonable time, I guess it was around 4:00 when I left, so that meant it was pretty much a regular day (I usually come in at 6:00 a.m.). Yikes. Anyway, I've been exhausted and thinking about Christmas has me in a panic because the stuff to my family must be shipped...my mom likes the personal, hand-wrapped, etc., so I won't be doing the online thing for them. I did order something for my hubby's grandma online and had it wrapped and shipped so there is that. Still have to deal with the in-laws too, that is going to be different this year as well, we will be getting them something smaller - they're not wanting to do a big Christmas this year. I don't have a lot of parties...we quit doing them a few years ago, actually I think it was 2000 when we quit and we do a very few select activities now - such as my card-making group, I will go to that gathering on Monday night, and I will go to a Christmas run or two with one a couple of my running groups, but in general we try to avoid the parties. There was just too much stress and not enough time and hubby and I hardly see each other so we just decided that we wouldn't be going to stuff like that anymore than we absolutely had to. I used to bake a lot, make candles, Christmas cards, etc., now I just try to survive, haha!

So I did that short run on Monday, had to skip my strength training session on Tuesday because I was at work until 8:30 p.m. and hadn't done anything since. Some time ago my DH and I committed to doing something together on Thursday nights since that is the only night we are both home (other than Saturday and Sunday). I figured I would go for a run yesterday at lunch but then he decided to come into his office and wanted to go to lunch...so no run. So I thought I would go after work but as soon as I got home he was wanting to go to Barnes and Noble and it WAS Thursday so I didn't want to tell him no...we went there and a couple of other places (and I found an awesome gift for my mom - now gotta think of something for my dad). When I got home I decided if I could just get out and do two miles it would be better than nothing. I've been running in short sleeves and tanks so far this season because it has been in the 60s and 70s and I've only had one cold run so far and that was a couple of weeks ago. So I went out there last night and the windchill was only 23 - wow, that was different! I would have stayed out longer and gotten another mile but my stomach was rebelling against me and I decided I just needed to go on home - at least I got that short run in, better than nothing. Today I will go out and walk at lunch time - it will be really cold and that should help me acclimate to it. I have a half marathon tomorrow and I am afraid that is going to be really rough after not running that kind of distance lately but also because I am not really good in the cold and tonight/tomorrow is supposed to be our coldest so far this season.

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CAROL--do you have a desk that you can stand instead of sit? Maybe that would help your arm--changing the movement. I know a girl who does that and it helps her neck.

Missed my run last night. By the time I got everything done for the day I was too tired. Then this morning it was too cold. Excuses, excuses I know. My husband wants to come home and watch TV every night and it is hard for me to go out for a run with him being a 'Lug". Tonight I have bookclub so no run today.

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RPM - I feel you about Christmas stress - and I gave up exchanging with out-of-towners and doing cards years ago... But this year I'm on a roll - about 95% of the shopping done, and plan to decorate this weekend (planned to do it last night, but it didn't happen)

Did get my shoulder massage last night - still very night and getting shocks down my arm at the computer - don't really expect it to get better until after the first quarter, but hoping to hold it where it is... ie just tolerable.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

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CAROL--ha ha ha ha "Grump yoga" Love that! Literally chuckled out loud at my office when I read that!

Funny, I was thinking about doing some yoga just to "chill" a little. I am noticing that I feel like I am gritting my teeth all day long and just feel like I am tense all day long. Too much to do, too little time. Sounds terrible but I think part of it is just Christmas. I feel so behind getting out of state presents out, Christmas cards etc. I know it is only December 6th but I can't seem to relax about it. Work has been busy as well so I feel like I go from a stressful workplace to a stressful home! Probably going to miss running tonight to get presents wrapped so I can relax more (maybe.....)

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Only a quick yoga break yesterday (grump yoga - it's a new concept!). My massage got postponed to today, but at a more convenient time, so it's all good. Our threatened snowstorm only gave us a dusting overnight, but is supposed to really mess up the commute home (oh joy!) Hoping to treadmill today, as while the snow is holding off, the wind is really whipping!

RPM - I usually like Hal Higdon's novice plan. The Galloway ones tend to have bigger fall-backs on the 'down' weeks, but they are also geared for the run/walk method.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

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GLORIA---how annoying your friend blew you off!!! Especially when you confirmed with her. I'm glad you were able to "redeem" the evening with friends though!

CAROL--how many holiday parties do you have?! Gosh. We have one for work and then I have a very informal one for a bookclub, but that is it. I'm kind of jealous!!!

Thanks for the advice you two on the half. May seems like a long ways away but I'm sure it will be here quickly. I ran this morning before work.--made it about 20 minutes (but only like 1.5 miles so not very fast!) It has been so long since I've run consistently I am enjoying getting back to it. Maybe the break was good. Do either of you have a good 1/2 marathon training program? I've used the Hal Hidden a few times but I know there are are few that "drop back" every couple of weeks but I don't know what they are called. I thought I might try one of those.

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Second holiday party down. Massage tonight - and I need it! Every morning I'm getting shocks down my arm when I start on the computer. Work is just going to be crazy from now until about the end of January...

RPM - I do think you have time to do the 1/2 training. But if you think you are going to be walking, I'd plan the walk breaks from the very beginning and train that way. I run a lot of my longer runs/races with a walk break every mile - ie run to the mile marker, then walk for no more than 2 minutes (usually more like 45-60 seconds). You could start training that way and see how it feels by the end of January...

Gloria - that's rotten that she stiffed you on the run! You have a great attitude though - and if the faster folks are nice people and hang out after, then it's probably worth it to go. At the FF group I used to go to the fast folks had all left by the time I finished...

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

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Carol, that reminds me, I need to schedule a massage too. Debbie, I think you should do the half but just expect that if you can't get trained up by then you will have to do some walking. I know a lot of people who start from zero and do 16 week training and crush it. You've got a lot of time! If you start now you have some time to build up to a three mile base.

A woman who said she is "slower" wanted to do the Monday night group run...I told her I would be there even though I never go on Mondays because that is a speedy group and I would be alone. So I showed up and she did not. I even messaged her prior to...I really needed to work late and now today is going to be a stressful day because I've got way too much to do and it might mean that I will have to skip my strength training class because of today's deadlines - might have to stay late at work this evening. Anyway, I did just a couple of miles and then went and had pizza with the group afterwards. I really enjoyed it, might do the Monday thing every now and then because I don't mind running alone.

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12/4/17 3:22 P

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Hi ladies.

GLORIA--so sorry about your race. I once was complaining about a race one time to my doctor (he is a competitive bike racer) and he told me something that has always stuck with me. "People have bad race days. Why do you think there are so many races?" I guess it is kind of true. I mean we have bad run days, right? I read this article this morning about a trainer that said he pretty much has a bad training day once every 2 weeks. I thought that was kind of a lot but the point was to give yourself a break when things don't "click". Hope going out with some friends after "redeemed" the day!

CAROL--ha ha ha. I had to laugh about your "to do" list. I've been doing that for years. I even stick stuff on my work calendar at work so I don't forget stuff. It is so weird. Things I have done for years consistently I am forgetting this year. Is that part of being in your 50's?

Ran on Saturday and then did the elliptical today because it was a blizzard this morning. Still trying to get on track but I've been pretty consistent for the last week. What did the two of you think about my friends suggestion on the 1/2 training (just do the normal training plan but walk when you have to get the mileage)? I'm afraid I will be walking so much because I am so out of shape it will be demoralizing. I don't know....

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Gloria - work stress can definitely impact your running. Sorry the 12K didn't go the way you wanted, but that must have been a pretty speedy group of runners! I've got extra massages scheduled for the next 8 weeks in an attempt to keep my neck from killing me with the extra work stress this year... it's been so overwhelming that I've actually created a database to track my to-do list so I don't drop the ball on any of the major projects I have going... any one would be a full-time project...

Swam on Sunday and arms feel tired today. I know that in a week or two the same workout will just result in that 'pleasantly tired and aware I worked out' feeling, but for the last few weeks it's been fatiguing me a lot the day after. I'll get there eventually...

Next holiday party is tonight... I've decided to stop tracking and basically stay off the scale until after the New Year. I'll probably gain, but the extra stress of knowing it is something I just want to do without for the month.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

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Back to the grind, sigh. Yesterday I went out and did a short run and it was so much better than Saturday. I did my strength training last night and of course I am doing this plank challenge with one of my running groups, so I have been planking every day.

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Hey Carol, you ran so kudos! This time of year I try to just eat healthy foods most of the time and treat myself with some small indulgences occasionally, and try to keep up the exercise as much as I can.

My 12k was yesterday. My runs have been so good lately but that one was not. It was really pretty bad. I came in very close to the end, there were 328 runners and I came in 314. They aid my pace was 11:20 min/mile but the course was very short, was supposed to be 7.4 miles and it was only 7.1 so my pace was actually more like 11:50 something, which really isn't so bad for me, but I walked so very much...like every minute or two I would walk again - I just couldn't get myself going. The weather was nice but I just wasn't feeling it. I did enjoy going out for breakfast/coffee afterwards with two of my girlfriends. Anyway, work has been horrendous lately and I am wondering if what happened yesterday was just caused by exhaustion. I've had a major headache any day I have been in the office lately and barely sleeping on nights before work. Friday my stomach was so upset I could barely eat. My husband wants me to quit but for now I am trying to hang in there.

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Well, I got myself out for a run Friday at lunch. Followed by cake with the CEO for long-term employees, then the office holiday dinner party... at least I ran, even if it didn't really cancel out the additional calories. 'tis the beginning of the holiday get-togethers! Next one is Monday night.

Pushed the carpet cleaner around for 2 hours - living room rug looks brighter, if not really clean.... too many years of wear-patterns. But that will count for today's workout.

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

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HI ladies. Sorry it's been a few days since I logged in. Spend Tuesday and Tuesday night at the hospital getting tests on my husbands brain (long story, he was in a terrible accident when we got married) and we thought he had a brain clot. Long story short, no clot, but some problems from this car accident 20+ years ago. Kind of like those football players that complain about head problems years after they have retired...ANYWAY...then Wednesday was our company Christmas party which I had to plan and host so I was swamped with that. All went well but it isn't much of a party for me when I have to run around and make sure things run smoothly, ya know? We had a dinner and a casino night with drawing prizes. Went well but I am glad it is over until next year!
I did get our for a run last night at 9:00pm. Waaaaay late for me but I did it! Still so very slow and I only made it for 22 minutes because it got cold. I'm a little worried about this half marathon in May. do you have any suggestions on training programs this far in advance? I had a friend tell me to just do the 12 week half marathon training and just walk if I have to. That just seem dumb but maybe he is on to something. I would get the miles in but I KNOW i would have to walk even on the 3 mile ones. What do you think?

GLORIA and CAROL---super jealous that you have FF running groups! We have a few groups here but they are pretty competitive and I just want to go for the run. Good luck to the two of you with year-end stuff. We don't have that kind of thing in advertising. (yea!)

Happy December!

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No workout yesterday (worked from home) but did go dancing... which alas, leads to beer and chips afterwards. And the first of the holiday parties is tonight. I'm not doing really great on food, but am vowing to stick to the exercise plan through December. I may come into the new year heavier, but much more aerobically fit!

Gloria - hope the 10K is great! Don't you love (NOT) the timing of some things at work. Our interna Audit department just asked me for stuff - and were really surprised when I asked them why they had to do this at year-end? Seriously - it's an INTERNAL audit - couldn't it be in June? There's nothing special about year-end for auditing our processes....

It's very hard to understand in the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit. - anon

Someday you will no longer be able to do this. Today is NOT that day!

Success is a journey, not a destination


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