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I'm not one to write race reports, but I ran the Lake Hodges 50K Trailfest in San Diego last Sunday and just wanted to say it was a great race! It was my first 50K and I had such a great experience :) The weather was perfect, aid stations fully stocked and volunteers amazing! I will be returning next year!
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Due to my funky work schedule, I slipped in a 10 mile long run today after school. I did a loop around the gym . . . a very hilly loop with four massive hills. I managed to crush all but one (the second to last one, but I rallied on the last one).
What is more challenging for hills? A few steep ones or a long, gradual incline that stretches on? Thoughts on hills?
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Greetings, runners! Please tell us about your past training week and upcoming goals
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Hi all, so I have a question.

I've been a pretty serious runner for about 4 years now (November 3rd will mark 5 years, to the day, when I actually started by turning a 3 mile walk into a 2.75 mile walk and "let's try and run the last quarter mile") and I've gradually moved up from running nothing to averaging between 15-20 miles a week.  Last year, I managed to post 800 miles running.

That's kind of where the problem starts.  I ran over 100 miles in the month of December, and that led to an injury by late January (posterior tibial tendonitis).  The PTT has cleared up, and I eased back into running.  However, I've noticed three things:

a) I'm nowhere near my old speed.  I was never fast, but by Nov/Dec last year I was averaging about a 8:36 minute mile on my 3 mile runs (during races, a bit faster, as fast as 8:10).  Nowadays?  I've never gotten anything even faster than 8:55.  I'm probably averaging about 9:10.  And I can't seem to push myself.

b) I can't get back to my distances.  I'm not tired, or in pain, or feeling any injury, but I just can't....mentally get to where I was.  I mean, in October/November I would do about 5 miles on the treadmill in one sitting.  Now the concept of running 41 mins is just something I can't wrap my head around, and it's hit or miss as to whether I can sustain a run for 28 minutes.  Again, I'm not tired, or in pain, or breathing badly - I just feel like "I don't really want to do this anymore".

c) I've felt no motivation for races.  In 2012 I ran 11 5ks and other various races (a 6k, an 8k, a 4 miler).  In 2013 I ran probably 6 (but I started work on my PhD, so time became a factor).  This year? None. Zero.  Not one.  There are four coming up, but I don't even know if I will be motivated enough to go.

So, yeah, this 'running depression', is it me?  Is it my music playlists (I know that sounds pretty trite, but...)? I love running still, and when I see people running in my neighborhood when I'm on my way to work, I feel the tug like "I wish that was me".  I'm just wondering if this feeling, this 'blah' is something common that will pass.

Thanks.
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Cross posted from my journal.

On Sunday, I ran the Army 10 Miler here in Arlington, Virginia. Well, I guess I should say it starts in Arlington, goes into DC, and then comes back to Arlington. This was my 19th race run, unless I have miss one somewhere, which I think is a definite possibility. I'm used to smaller races - races ranging from a few hundred people to a few thousand people. Boy, this sure was a different experience.

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Originally posted by lizzibelle30 at Newport Half Marathon
Onto part 2 of my half marathon weekend adventure!
Dan and I left even earlier for Newport on Sunday morning (he was trying to get me to promise to sign up for no more back to back races, haha). Traffic wasn't too bad until we got close to the parking area. There were no port-o-johns to be seen and I was starting to panic. We did find them, but that was after they made us drive around an industrial complex for parking. The manicured bushes were starting to look really good at this point.
We hopped the shuttle to the start point and I was able to pick up my race packet fairly quickly. I was happy to see a green tech shirt, but the goody bag? It resembled the disposable bags for the dog park a little too much for my taste. All it had was a small stick of deodorant (men's), a tiny Clif bar, and corn crisps. They really cut back on goodies from last year and there wasn't any food available for the after party. Good thing I tend to do races for the scenery and the course, not the swag :)
The marathon started 15 minutes late again due to the police having difficulty clearing out traffic, but the half started right on time. I shivered at the start for about 15 minutes, grumbling a bit, but once we started, I felt better. It was a little disconcerting watching people zip by me at the start, but I was determined to run my own race and not start out too fast. My legs were in good shape, considering I had run Hartford the day before, so I wasn't going to worry about my time. We cruised up the hill, dodging a dog that escaped its owner. We rounded the corner and we were off!
I glanced at my watch after the first mile and was a little slower than I liked. I picked up the pace, wove around quite a few people, which proved to be a bit challenging. I think I got a bit spoiled in the last couple races I ran because there were pace groups, so people were seeded where they were supposed to be. I did end up catching up to where I wanted to be by mile 2, so I was in good shape.
My "good shape" ended when the moleskin fell off the blister in my toe. I had to stop after the first aid station, get rid of the moleskin, and started running. At this point, my time goal went out the window and I focused on keeping at an easy pace and just enjoyed the scenery. Cruising around Newport brought back a lot of fond memories of my first marathon last year.
About halfway through, we came on the first aid station that was supposed to have fuel . . . and they were out. No surprise there, seeing as the marathon already went through and they needed it more than I did. I also had my back up fuel in my arm band. Since the energy beans did a number on my stomach during Surftown, I only had half of them to get me through to the next station with fuel. My stomach already was starting to complain a bit, so I washed it down with Gatorade. Stomach settled. Check.
Came across a shirt that made me grin: "Ask your doctor if getting your ass off the couch is good for you." I told the woman and found out it was from Tri-Mom productions. I have had the pleasure of running a couple of their races and volunteering for them is on my bucket list.
The coast and the mansions were absolutely breathtaking, but I was happy to round the corner onto Bellevue because it meant I was closing in on the final 5K. I was seriously having a moment with the 11 mile marker because I felt like I was on mile 11 forever. Once I passed mile 11, the crowd support was much more prominent and my tired legs found their second wind. I turned the corner and had a lovely downhill into mile marker 13, then it was the final stretch.
My kick wasn't nearly as great as Hartford, but I zipped past at least 6 people as I gunned for the finish line. I stopped my GPS and was happy to discover that I was under my goal time by a full two minutes and was faster than my Hartford time by over ten minutes. The medal was absolutely lovely . . . maybe the money went into the medal this year instead of the goodies?
So . . . can I train/run a marathon without injury? After this weekend, I believe there is a distinct possibility. The first two marathons I trained for - hip problems. After running two halfs in two consecutive days: none. Part of it was I changed shoes (went from stability to neutral) and trained smarter (actual easy runs, not easy runs I turned into tempo runs).
Half Fanatics - not only did a qualify, but I qualified at level 4 (4 moon status), even higher than I originally thought. Running, you are looking good. Now if only I can get my speed underway :)
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Originally posted by lizzibelle30 at Hartford Half Marathon . . . a race of firsts
Saturday morning found my other half and me sitting in Hartford traffic. Ick. The reason? I was running the Hartford Half marathon! I hopped out of the car and made my pre-race warm-up sprint to the bathroom. As promised by Runners World, there were plenty of bathrooms at the start and no wait time (woohoo!). While Dan parked the car (heh), I hunkered down in my running jacket, hoping that the rain would stop. The temp was a toasty (hah) 42 degrees and the rain was coming down steadily (at least it wasn't a deluge). Normally, those kind of conditions would send me to the treadmill.
It was a bit of a cluster (20,000 people, so the largest race I've run so far) and I had trouble finding the start. Fortunately, I had arrived early enough to figure things out and I had by packet mailed in ahead of time. I found Dan, established a meeting time and place for after the race, then headed over to the start.
Like a salmon swimming upstream, I wove through the crowd to find my pace group. My pace group was an absolutely lovely group of people and I felt pumped up waiting for the race to start. I geeked out a bit when they announced Chuck Engle was running the race as a fundraiser. For every person he passed, he would donate money to charity. I wanted to track him down after the race and get an autograph, but I'll get to that later.
We were off! Even though we had pace groups, there was still jockeying for position. I felt a little bit like a sardine, but everyone was so friendly and polite, it didn't bother me. The crowd support was fantastic, even though it was cold and rainy. I had a big grin on my face as we wove through the streets of Hartford.
At around mile 3, I started to feel really warm in my jacket. The rain was still coming down, but I wiggled out of my jacket and tied it around my waist. I managed not to accidentally smack anyone, as the crowd had opened up a bit at this point during the race. My music was still off because I was listening to the conversations going on around me and soaking up the fun. There was one gentleman talking about other races he had run and he kept our spirits up. One of the pace leaders dropped her ibuprofen and lip balm while removing her jacket, but I managed to scoop it up and give it back without losing pace. While I'm on the topic, our pace leaders were excellent. They managed to get us to our goal pace from gun time and they kept up the chatter and banter. If this was my first half (and it was for a lot of people in my pace group) I would have felt right at home.
The smells in the Hartford neighborhoods . . . it was like food porn to my nostrils. I started fantasizing what I was going to have to eat after I was finished running. The hills were there, but they didn't really bother me. One advantage of being short in a crowded race is you can't really see what's coming. We ran through a park with a rose garden and an absolutely lovely restaurant. As we started back into downtown Hartford, the crowds were still going strong.
I got ahead of my pace group at around mile 10, but I just enjoyed the ride, cheered on other runners, and high fived the crowd. When I rounded the final corner, I flew past other runners and heard several comments of "Nice kick!" as I ran by. I was going for an easy pace, since I had another half tomorrow. The medal was awesome, but I was already starting to feel the cold and focused on finding Dan as soon as possible. I walked around the long way to avoid the crowds and found Dan. Much as I would have loved to find Chuck Engle, Dan and I were both freezing and wanted to get out of the rain as soon as possible.
I was very pleased with myself for watching my pace, running a half marathon in the cold rain, and not turning on my MP3 player the whole time. It was the furthest I had ever run without an MP3 player and in the cold rain. I was geared up for Newport the next day and my confidence was soaring. More in my next report.
alexanderr
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I swear I have *no* desire to run a marathon, but knowing a few marathon runners now (my brother, my brother-in-law, a girl from work, my old roommate, and a variety of friends-of-friends type people) and looking at the minimum finish time for the Chicago marathon being 6.5hrs I found myself thinking last night "I could run a marathon."

The longest race I've done so far is one half marathon (finishing time of 2:16:16) and I have plans to run a 15miler in January. This morning I looked up a year long marathon training plan, just out of mild curiousity. I currently run 2-3 times a week and would have to up that to 5 times a week (with my longest runs going from 7-9miles to 19/20miles). Weekly mileage would go from 21miles to 50miles! I have trouble making 40miles a month some times. I don't know how I could realistically fit in the miles and still have any sort of social life or down time. I asked the boy if he'd train to run a marathon with me, but with a toddler, we'd have to switch out our training runs so someone could be home with her and that's no fun. And I don't want to run a marathon anyway :P

I will stick to half marathons for 2015, thank you very much :P There are 3 that I want to do:
Polar Dash (technically 15miles)- January 10th
Chicago Spring Half Marathon- May 17th
Chicago Half Marathon- September 6th.

Maybe in 2016... :P
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So, I'm not 100% sure how it happened: Perhaps I was pushing myself too hard in yoga. Perhaps the knee brace I was wearing a bit too much was cheap -- perhaps it was because I was relying too much on knee braces. Maybe it's a combination of everything, but I strained a hamstring tendon last March. I had to pull out of a half marathon in April and then spent a lot of time nursing my left leg.

I had been eyeing the Chicago Marathon for the *longest* time, but, thanks to the timing of everything, I was still nursing my knee when the lottery deadline came and went. In another lifetime, I would be doing the Chicago Marathon, and then the Boston Marathon in 2015 (being a runner from Boston, I've had a driving force to finally be part of that race ever since the bombings).

I decided to see how lucky I was feeling and I signed up for the BAA Half Marathon. Half marathons in October are kind of my bread and butter (last year was the Ashland Half Marathon with a 2:07 time). It was somewhat the consolation prize for not being on the marathon path.

Training has been, up until a month ago, very gentle. I found myself essentially following a couch to 5K at first, just to make sure my left leg was feeling all right. It's been a frustrating process, because, usually, my left leg feels fine ... until I run. So I spent all of summer jogging around the neighborhood, doing my best to not compare where I was this time last year.

My entire training process has been a song and dance with my left knee. From having my tendon become vocal (which I consider a step below angry, which is a step below injured) to angering my right knee by overcompensating. It took a lot of ego swallowing to go from someone who was hoping to train herself into a sub-2-hour half marathon to someone who just wanted to run 5 miles without awakening old injuries.

So here I am, three days out from my race. I ran a 10.5 miler on Monday with good results. But every once in a while, that tendon reminds me that it's there and it's still not 100%. So I'm going into this race knowing that there is a high chance that I could potentially awaken this injury.

It's a frustrating feeling, because I've hit the age where even small injuries last for-ev-er. But my heart says that I need to run this race, even if I spent the rest of the season doing slow strolls around the neighborhood and nothing else. My competitive spirit might be doing me wrong, but my fingers are crossed everything goes well on Sunday.
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Happy Thursday, runners! For those of us in temperate zones, hopefully the nice Autumn running weather is in or near full swing. 40 minute tempo run for me today and rest tomorrow.

What's everyone up to today, running or otherwise? Best of luck to anyone running in the Chicago marathon or any other race/event this weekend!!!! There are at least three people I know of in my local community that are participating in Chicago, and they are stoked- anyone else going? Keep us posted, wherever you may be racing!

**Edit in the interest of full disclosure- I may have gotten a little carried away with the Great Lakes pride stuff so I tried to make this daily more inclusive. Sorry.
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I'm sure it's luck and being accustomed to the hot summer we had here in the PacNW , but I had a profoundly positive experience at the Portland Marathon on Sunday. I got my sub-4, which was a 52 minute improvement from my first marathon in 2011 (Chicago)! I chalk it up to a summer of hilly trail half marathons, pace training, running hills, hills and more hills, and finally admitting to myself that it was ok to take this seriously.

Here's how it went for me.
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X-posted in my own journal!

Last Sunday I ran the Portland Marathon. It was my fourteenth completed marathon and my first successful Portland Marathon attempt.

Completing this marathon was a big deal for me, because last year I DNF'd the Portland Marathon when I strained my calf just after mile five. Last year's Portland Marathon was my first attempt to run a marathon outside of California. (I acheived that goal last February when I ran the Austin Marathon.) Shortly after that DNF, I signed up for the Portland Marathon again, right after I got home.

So you could say this time it was personal, only it wasn't going to be easy. In a case of history repeating itself, three weeks before this marathon I strained my calf during my 20 mile long training run, right before I was going to start my taper. You can imagine how I felt about that. (Portland Marathon simply cursed for me?)

So in the three weeks leading up to the Portland Marathon I was stretching, foam rolling, visiting my PT once a week, and eating Naproxen like they were M&Ms. I also got some advice from my original PT, who had sinced moved out of my area. She cautioned not to take this Portland Marathon personally, to not look at it as a grudge match between my strained body parts and this race. Instead, I should just try and see it as a another race, and to not assault my strained calf with all of that negative energy that was just going to bring about bad hoodoo and make this event less than what it was supposed to be: A challenging and fun race, and another opportunity to challenge myself, rather than fight my past.

I tried as much as possible to take her advice to heart. Her suggestion was to envision how I wanted the race to go. I decided on an easy race in which I would simply try to have fun.

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Hello runners! I had topic/question to post, so I thought I'd open up the daily thread too. It was nice to see the race reports from this weekend. It's finally stopped raining and I had a smooth 5 miler with some yoga afterwards this morning. What is everyone else up to as far as training today?

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On a different note, I'm ready to reg for my spring marathon and I'm anticipating picking a plan with more mileage and long Long Runs this time around. I always run in the morning, and once at work in the afternoon, I spend about 80% of my time standing, on average. Normally it's fine, but becomes quite uncomfortable when my runs get over 14 miles. Even with trading around and trying to do most of my bigger runs on my days off, it's inevitable that I do some long runs on days I have to work. Is there anything I can do for alleviating soreness from standing all day post long run? Would compression gear be helpful? Investing in massages? Ice? Just keep building endurance and suck it up till then?
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The weather ended up being perfect - crisp cool fall morning. The race was great, one of the best-organized halfs I've done in recent years. There was really great crowd support all along the course, tons of people including drum troups, a bagpipe player, and just random people with cowbells. It was awesome. They had aid stations every 2 miles, which was perfect. I usually hate out and back courses but this one was great because the views were so scenic. It was different from each direction. The course is advertised as "moderately hilly" and I'd tend to agree, but even the big hills weren't that challenging for me. I finished in 2:01:54, which wasn't my best time, but definitely one of the top 3 times ever for me. I felt strong most of the way, except for soreness in my right hamstring and right ankle in the last few miles. I think I need to work on better strength training in my legs again. I had stopped using the leg machines at the gym in favor of dumbbell-based combo moves like squats. But I think the machines are better for building strength. I'll work on that. I would like to be faster. I'd like to beat my PR of under 2 hours (from 2012). I think I can do it if I take off a few more pounds and include more speed work in my runs. I won't be doing another one of these until the spring, so I have time to improve. Overall, I'm really happy with the whole experience and would definitely run this particular race again. Super easy parking, registration and logistics combined with a gorgeous scenic course and great crowd support made it great.
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Well, that was fun. My club's coach said, since I wasn't feeling all that great, that I shouldn't push too hard, and save PR-worthy efforts for the HM I have at the end of the month. He said I should keep it at 30 sec slower than goal HM pace, so 9 flat. I decided, okay, since I've been having trouble believing I can go fast (everything's relative, of course -- to me, sub-9 is still fast, even though I have a 7:27 pace 5K PR), I'll just run easy, and if it's not too fast, just see where it takes me.

Results: 1:53:33 PR (8:37)
Splits: 8:32, 8:51, 8:37, 8:46, 8:42 | 8:38, 8:39, 8:40, 8:37, 8:42 | 8:40, 8:26, 8:26, 0.17 @ 6:52. Generally speaking, whenever I saw I was doing 8:35, I'd slow down and try to land right on 8:40. Old PR was 1:55:31 (8:48), so that's a solid two minutes lopped off.

The race itself is an old one, but poorly run -- not nearly enough portapotties, dude on the portable megaphone was full of himself, parking helpers were clueless. Registration pickup was effortless, though, and the race did start on the dot of noon, so there were some upsides. Still, for as old a race and as veteran a race director, the cut corners left me with a sour taste. It was nice to do this race, because it was my very first HM, but I doubt I'll be back.
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So I've been running longer distances this year but no actual 5k races until today so I thought I'd give you a little update.

Last night I slept terribly (jetlag and stress combined with dehydration). I got a super painful cramp in my left calf in the middle of the night and could feel the pain all the way up to my glutes. I woke up so stiff I felt sure I'd be hobbling along the course and didn't have high hopes for any amazing time.

All summer I've been hovering around the 10-11minute mile pace, even though I'm running longer runs (3-6miles) these days, I still haven't cracked the sub 30 minute 5k. The closest I got was last year's Fall Colors 5k (or maybe it was the Santa Hustle? I forget) where I came in at 30m07s.
Today I found an older guy who seemed to keeping a good steady pace and just followed him for the entire course. Morton Arboretum is a beautiful setting but very hilly compared to the rest of  Chicagoland but I felt surprisingly okay with all the hills (especially with my stiff crampy leg).
I got to mile 3 and still had energy to push it and sprint for that last leg.
Final time: 29m04s!!! What?! Crazy! I honestly don't know how I skimmed over a minute off my best time? I guess my hilly 4 miles in the UK last week was good training. Plus it was a chilly 40F this morning here. If I can keep this up I have high hopes for my half in January :)
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I didn't run as much as I had hoped to during my vacation :( the first Saturday that I had hoped to do a park run in my home town was skipped only in part to lingering jet lag (we'd landed in the UK on Friday), my daughter had kept me up for a couple of hours in the middle of the night with a nasty cough so I was doubly exhausted. The 2nd Saturday was booked for a big day trip the timing of which clashed with park run so I'm a little upset but I know I can do it on another visit.

I did manage 2 local training runs though, so I wasn't a complete slacker :)
My hometown has a nice trail along an old railway (I think it's about 8-9miles in total) so I explored along there for a total of 4 miles one morning and then I did a more circular (and much hillier) 4 mile route around some familiar haunts of my youth the following week. I knew my home town was hilly, and technically I could have avoided the few step hills I did, but I I wanted to challenge myself :) I have a hilly 5k run at the Morton arboretum this weekend so it was fun to get the practice in :P

All in all I was walking about 5+ miles a day doing touristy stuff anyway, so I cut myself some slack..

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Greetings everyone! I'll admit I've been slacking on the dailies. Kind of hard getting a regular running schedule with my new job, but I do love my runs (and my sanity).
Today was an easy 6 miles in preparation for my half marathon double-header on Columbus Day weekend. Hoping to qualify for half fanatics.
Happy running, everyone!
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Saturday morning at 8am I started the Hinson Lake 24 hour race. Just a quick background bc I know not everyone is aware 24 hour races are even such a thing. At a certain time, everyone starts running. 24 hours later, you stop. However far you get, that determines the winner. There is literally no finish line.

I've done Hinson Lake for the past 3 years now, but until this year, never had any serious designs on being competitive. 2012 I was kind of burned out after a long summer, a failed 24 hour race, and work in the morning. Last year I was straight up injured and knew going into it that I wouldn't be a factor. This year, I finally got a decent stretch of training in and I showed up to the start in reasonably good health. I'm pretty familiar with the 1.503 mile loop around the lake and was feeling confident that I could put up a decent number. In the back of my mind, I really wanted to run at least 141 miles. That would be the bare minimum to put me in the 6th (and final) slot for the US 24 team for next year's World Championships.

I had a greasy burger and some fries the night before. I figured if it was going to be the last real good meal I eat for a while, I ought to enjoy it. Also, I'm gonna need the calories. Woke up about an hour before the race, feeling pretty rested. My calf was concerning me as it had been cramping a bit the night before. Once we got to the race site though, the nerves were pretty much gone and it was down to business. Find a spot to set up, get the bib on, get the food/nutrition set up in some semblance of order, go over last minute details with my friend John who was there crewing me, pee, pee, pee again, line up.

Race got started at 8am and I took it out at what felt conservative. Running for 24 hours is easy to screw up if you go out too fast. The goal was to run as close to 15 minutes/lap as possible, figuring that early on I'd be closer to 14-14:30 and then trying not to slow down too much. That was pretty successful for a good chunk of the race. John was great about having fluids, food, ice towels/bandanas, a cold wet hat to change into whenever I needed. The nature of short loop races like this makes it so you're never far from whatever you need. When I felt like I really wanted something I'd tell him and ~15 minutes later, bam. It felt a lot like a NASCAR race -- finish a lap, quick pit, boom out and on my way. I definitely noticed it was getting hotter as the day went on, but most of the loop was shaded and we were doing such a great job hydrated and keeping me cool that it never became an issue. I hit ~51-52 miles for the first 8 hours and around that time I had pulled into a slight lead over a handful of other guys who ran the gamut from looking shot to looking great. The next 8 hours are a total blur. The sun started to set and the temps started to cool. John mixed something up with what tasted like a combo of Red Bull, coconut water, pineapple juice, and Coke. It tasted pretty terrible but acted like rocket fuel. I rolled some quicker loops, and I think around 80ish miles had at least a lap on everyone else in the race. I hit 100 miles in 15:50 and split about 101+ for 16, giving me pretty even 8 hour splits.

This is where the wheels came off. I had to stop for some aid and when I did my feet were alternating numb and on fire. I don't have much else to say from this point except the last 8 hours sucked. I tried to gut out some more laps but it was becoming quickly evident that the feet were a bigger and bigger issue and with each time I had to slow even slightly, they would go numb or hurt (or somehow both) and then the rest of me would start to seize up. Demoralized with the slowing times, and at some point losing my lead, I hit my mental low point. I walked a very very slow lap and then sat in a chair where I stupidly sorta dozed for about an hour and a half. When I woke up, my crew was gone and I figured whatever and walked another slow lap. Funny thing happened around 4am. I felt better. After that lap I said, well let's try to jog and I did. And that jog turned into a slow run. Alas, after a few more laps, I had to stop for the bathroom. Sitting down caused all sorts of seizing issues again and it took me almost an hour to get out of there. Again this was really demoralizing and I walked another super slow lap. With about an hour to go in the race, I got my third or fourth wind. I wanted to get to 120 miles at least and I would need to do 2 laps to get there. 3 miles, 1 hour. Never did that sound like such a daunting task. But once I got moving again, and knowing it was almost over, I felt better than I had since the start. I ticked off three of my fastest loops of the whole day at the end and had a little extra before the horn sounded, bringing my total to 123.5 miles and locking in 2nd place. Not at all what I wanted but considering the lows, I was pretty pleased that I didn't just bag it altogether in the middle of the night and actually ran through to the end.

Sorry this got long, the race was pretty long too I guess.
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Greetings, runners.

How is everyone so far this week? I have some variation on the viral Head/Nose/Throat crap going around at work (who cares as long as I was able to race-pace on Sat) and I wanted to rest anyway, so I didn't run Sunday or Monday and did an easy walk-run combo with friends for 3 miles today. I'm considering what, if anything, I should do between now and marathon training this winter, or just wing it.

Anyway, what is everyone up to today? How was the weekend?
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Hey all,

Now that I'm getting to the end of the Couch25K programme, I'm finding that the day after I run, I'm really lacking in energy and motivation (to do anything much at all). I am running for fitness as well as trying to reduce weight, so I'm trying not to overeat but I think I do need to eat more on recovery days or I get super cranky.

What are your favourite recovery foods? What do you avoid?
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Aaand, daily thread, go!

No running today, just 30 min of yoga; I'm still resting for my self-proclaimed Hobo Half run tomorrow while many of my IRL group go run the Park2Park Half in Holland. I used the money I would have spent on race registration and gas to stock up on food and alcoholic beverages for the weekend (like a good hobo). What's everyone else got going on today and this weekend?

Best of luck to anyone racing, training, or otherwise this weekend!
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YAY Thursday.

I'v been bootcamping and disc golfing instead of running but my goal is to do  a double day run to flush the legs out and exercise the pooch tonight. Going to start tracking distances too and see where I'm at. Predicition: Not good. BUT I nee a baseline.

What about you? What are the running plans for today?

Happy Running!

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Hi runners. I was missing the daily thread, so I guess it's my turn!

I did an easy three miles today. This week I'm tapering in anticipation of trying to PR 13.1 on Saturday. My last two increase runs have been great, so hopefully things will go smoothly.

What is everyone else up to as far as training or otherwise? Happy running!


supermanz, don't work too hard.
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X-posted in my own jounral.

Last weekend I ran in the Napa Valley Ragnar Relay on the team 33 hours in Paradise. It was my 12th Ragnar overall and my 4th Napa Valley Ragnar.

For those of you not familiar with a Ragnar Relay: The Ragnar Relay is a long-distance relay race a la' Hood to Coast. The average team has 12 runners, and the course is around 200 miles long. Each runner runs 3 legs of 3 to 9 miles, and the race takes an average of 30 hours to complete. The runners get from exchange to exchange via two passeneger vans. While one van's runners are running, the other van is resting and trying to get some sleep. For more info, check out this link.

My Teammates:

Our fearless leader was Cathy, whose team I ran on last year. In my van was a few other compatriots from last year's team: Ragnar veteran Stephanie, Damon the tall guy, (More than half a foot taller than my 6'1" self,) and our fearless van leader Erica, who was my van leader last year. We also had two Ragnar newbies: Scott and Beth.

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