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Author Topic: July 2017 BAMRS
Lisa-
Dennis

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Post July 2017 BAMRS
on: July 1, 2017, 05:23
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Hello, starting July!

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: July 2017 BAMRS
on: July 1, 2017, 05:35
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After my half with Erica Mother's Day weekend my right shin/lower leg was bothering me, I decided to rehab it before I started training for my fall half. While it didn't feel exactly the same as the stress fracture I had on the very same leg years ago, it was similar enough (yet not worrying enough for a dr. visit), I was just trying to be smart. I mostly did low impact cardio all month ( biking, rowing machine, elliptical, walking), along with running only a few times. I had gotten into going to the gym at work- I WAS paying for it, after all! Because I was doing summer hours at work pre-Ireland I was working 7-4:30 when in the office, so leaving my house about 5:10 or so to be able to work out and shower. I am a morning person, so enjoy this (weird, I know.) Anyway, Ireland consisted of walking a bit, I always got 10,000+ steps a day but we were driving a lot. I ate and drank a lot, feel very soft and out of shape. Ah, well, back to it today, my sleep is finally back to normal.
We had an amazing wpvacation, and I am missing my time with my family, got to spend almost 10 days all together, now we are back to life. C'est la vie. More....

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: July 2017 BAMRS
on: July 1, 2017, 06:03
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Nancy- I still have a lot to learn about marathon training, even after doing 5. Almost every long run I learned something, and there were plenty that I had self-doubt and very negative thoughts. I remember one long run while training for Marine Corps I sat on a guardrail and cried. If it helps even the elites have these thoughts, and that's their full-time job! We train for marathons while working, with no trainers, personal chefs, masseuses, etc. To me we have it harder! There are a lot of running podcasts with mental coaches, I have one AMR one saved because it really spoke to me, I will look for it. I think I said it before, but try not to think of the whole distance, just 1 mile farther than last week. I don't do all the running plans call for, especially now I'm getting older. I will throw a biking or other cardio day in if I think it's needed. I don't like to run more than 2 days in a row. Most of all, remember to try and enjoy. You get to do this, you will be joining a very select group, and you are only human. 🙂
Erica- how is Chicago training going? It seems as you're moving along? We've had a MOSTLY cool-ish summer here, you, too? A lot of kid activities going on?
JC- I'm so sorry about your aunt, hugs to you. Never easy, no matter what.
I have been enjoying reading about your runs, thank you for sharing. I feel like such a slacker since I've been reading and not posting.
Good luck on your trail race today, I hope you post a race report!
Jana- I'm sorry about your husband's brother, I do know what you mean about the non-intact family. Hope you are all doing ok.
So fun you got to go camping with your daughter again, and it does seem like it just happened last year!
Such a great half marathon for you, congratulations! Is there another race on your calendar?
There is a women's race next weekend that I've done with my daughter for 6-7 years, she has 0 interest, makes me feel sad. She said she'd do it if I wanted, but you know how that is, that makes me feel a bit guilty. Honestly the way I physically feel I would be rolling through it! (Not really, just down on how I feel.)
My parents are coming to take my son to Cape Cod today, I will miss him a lot after being together so much. Daughter wants to work as much as possible in July, and then plans on taking August off to visit my in-laws and parents before school starts, don't feel comfortable leaving a 17- almost 18 year old home alone, so no weekends away for us until August.
I got into the Falmouth Road Race again (I think August 20) and my goal fall race is the Cape Cod half marathon (10/28.)
Glad to be home, but actually missing Ireland, it was such a good time, amazing trip, we will be going back!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: July 2017 BAMRS
on: July 1, 2017, 14:22
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Happy July!

Lisa I am glad you had a good, family trip to Ireland. It looks amazing! I enjoyed seeing your photos and posts on FB. It's definitely on my to do list. Bummer about your daughter not wanting to run next weekend, they are growing up/nearly adult 🙁 you miss them being little. On the other hand so exciting, she will be off to college soon, wow! Good for her she wants to work! I'm an early workout person too, that's an great perk your office has 🙂

JC I was thinking of you this morning I hope your trail run went well, looking forward to reading about it.

Survived my longest run so far - 14 miles this am! AND it was quicker (two minutes) than last weeks 13 mile death march. We went out at 6:30am, it was 67 degrees cloudy and humid. Got home at 82 degrees, cloudy and humid. We worked out a course that allowed us to stop back here at our house at the 7 mile mark to refill water bottles. At that point (I've never had to do this before on a run) I took advantage of our bathroom 😉 also changed my bottoms. I had bought a running skort - hated it - so switched back to just shorts. I'm tired and we are going to a wedding in an hour so not really getting to relax too much but that will be fun. And I feel much better about the training plan. Thanks Lisa for sharing with me, I was near tears last Saturday...

Hey Erica and Jana!

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: July 2017 BAMRS
on: July 3, 2017, 06:00
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Nancy- I hope you found your 2nd wind for the wedding! Great run! Once my runs get past 10 miles I drive to a nearby town with bathrooms and water fountains, especially in the summer.
The mental skills coach AMR podcast was from 8/29/15, I listen to it frequently, helps me anyway.

Saturday I started July with a super easy 3 mile walk/run on my treadmill, had slept in a bit and it was humid, so took the 'easy' route. I did some abs on the ball, plank and hand weights. Sunday was a gorgeous summer day, went shopping and promptly got a migraine when I got home. Spent the day on the couch, I can still feel my head. Working from home today and just feel hungover from the migraine, so probably no workout.

Happy 4th!

JCtrail

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Post Re: July 2017 BAMRS
on: July 3, 2017, 12:37
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😎

JCtrail

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Post Re: July 2017 BAMRS
on: July 4, 2017, 21:07
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25K AFTON Trail race, Hastings, MN, July 1:

Left home on Friday, met up w/ RB a couple of hours later, left my car at her place and we carpooled to Minneapolis. Light shower but also some lightening that went through the cities at night.

Saturday, got up at 4 am, left at 4:30, ate bagel w/ peanut butter on drive to race location, about 45 min drive east of St. Paul. Nice light breeze, about 60 degrees already, partly cloudy, we all know it's gonna be HUMID. Parked close to race, YAY!! Picked up our race packet.

RB got ready and we hung around at start area w/ other runners. 50ks (2 loops) take off at 6:30. I got ready back at car, wore short-sleeved/running skirt/cap/ took sunglasses/ wore waist belt w/ small pocket for my frozen water soft flask/salt tabs/sport beans. I can get water/HEED/food at Aid Station, longest distance between them is about 3.5 miles. I've trained for it so I feel confident I can make it.

First goal is to finish upright safely.

Second is to stay balanced w/ hydration between water and HEED at each A.S.; take salt tab each hour and sport beans when needed.

Third, to finish in 3 hrs.

There are 7 HILLS and I'm not sure how technical they are but half are LONG and gradual, others are LONG/Steep.

At 7:30 am, 493 25K (1 loop) runners take off, I start towards the back, slow and steady is my motto. JOGGED the first two hills. WOW!! Most of the trail is groomed/grassy but hills are gravel/dirt, YAY!! Few front 50k runners passed me. Loved the single track portions. Few portions of it had some wide serious short deep muddy areas from last night's rain. We had to detour to the side of it and walk through the thick trees. A couple of other muddy areas were runnable, glad I didn't lose a shoe! One of the short muddy crossing before a hill, one of the runners ahead of me slipped but I grabbed her or she would have fallen into the mud/water. My left knee scraped a small jutted rock but I kept my balance and knee is good. Glad those were early in the race.

Boy, the DESCENTS were pretty steep and most of it had some technical portions w/ rocks ......runnable, it was FUN!! Lots of winding through trees, then into OPEN fields w/ short, gradual rolling hills, blinding sun. Glad I had my sunglasses. Other times, I took them off when in the shaded areas. I walked through each of the 6 A.S. for water or HEED and had a few salted chips. And got the cold sponge over my head/back, that felt awesome!! After each hill summit, my heart rate was sky high so I had jog before picking up pace again. About 7.5 miles, top of the hill, it was the most spectacular scenic view!! Then tough steep downhill till we got to the path along the river.

From mile 10 to abut 11.5 was along the St. Croix River which separates MN from WI, beautiful w/ the shaded trees but didn't care for the wide, flat, gravel course here, apparently part of the 'rail trail.' OUCH! Took forever! Finally, turned back into the wooded areas w/ another hill. This was tough, jogged half way, then power walked to top. Legs getting more tired. Getting back into running mode after reaching top took every bit of my mental toughness. Mile 12, I caught up w/ a female runner in orange running skirt, and a younger one was behind me who didn't want to pass me so we all pulled each other, up/down the hills. My calves kept feeling like they were going to cramp but I stayed upright and powered through.

The last hill around 15 miles was the 'shortest' but felt the TOUGHEST. We power walked but my calves are screaming for a break, and on the verge of cramping. The younger runner still didn't want to pass, LOL!! She says,"I'll run when you do but you don't have to!" HAHA!! When we got to the top, the runner w/ orange skirt stopped for me to pass, she said she was "wiped out" but I said, "oh no you don't, you keep going, we are behind you!" Saw a huge grin and we all took off!! The last half mile was so much fun, I don't know where we got the extra energy but our pace picked up on the single track, passed a couple of runners, and then turned the corner and, finally, we saw the finish line. The younger one slows down to run beside me, WHAT?!? but I yelled at her, "GO, GO!" She took off! We all finished strong and the younger runner gave me a huge hug after I finished, "thank you for pulling me up the hills and talking to me the last 3 miles," she says. I asked her why she slowed down beside me. She felt bad on passing me. I told her that runners understand and to always go for a strong finish. The one in the orange skirt came up and we all high-fived and hugged ......we are all a sweaty mess from the sweat and water sponges!!

I'm glad I did it. It was more challenging than the 'Dances with Dirt' HM trail that I ran in last year in WI but both were alot of fun for me. I was grateful considering how long it has taken me to get to this point since my injury/recovery. I wanted to run the 50k but I know that would not be smart at this time. This is my longest distance yet. I kept a steady pace, and hydration was well-timed. As I mentioned, I have had (always will, I think, while living in MN) difficulty breathing in the thick humidity which increases my heart rate so had to slow down after each hill summit. Definitely took a few more minutes at aid stations 3, 4, and 5.

There was a cook out at the finish tents, LOVE THOSE!! My body just wanted watermelon. I changed into dry clothes and waited for RB. And then we ate. DH thought that we are nuts to go through all that for a wooden medal but he knows its what we love to do.

Official results: 3:09:55. Overall 331/493. Female 116/214. AG 14/32.

JCtrail

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Post Re: July 2017 BAMRS
on: July 4, 2017, 21:09
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This is the course profile from SATURDAY'S trail run. 😎 Will try to post some pre and post race photos. Didn't take any during race.

https://www.aftontrailrun.com/wp-content/uploads/2010_Afton_Elevation_Profile_100dpi.jpg

JCtrail

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Post Re: July 2017 BAMRS
on: July 4, 2017, 21:19
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My postings here have looked weird .......but finally it posted the way I wrote it but it took awhile to work through the site to get it on here .......hmmmm. Anyway, been stuffing my face w/ food and drinks since Sunday too Lisa, haha!! Rest days Sun, Mon, today. Tomorrow, back to training. Next is Aug 12, Badlands 16 miler trail run near Medora, ND. RB is running the trail marathon. One of us had to to justify the trip, LOL!! Did not go anywhere since coming home on Sunday. DH is off all week. NICE!! 🙂

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: July 2017 BAMRS
on: July 5, 2017, 06:43
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JC- thanks for the race report, you remember so much more than I could. I love that you all hugged at the end!

So Monday I did get on my stationary bike after I finished working and did some weights. Tuesday, 7/4, 'ran' (more walk then run 3.45 miles, it was 65F, 75% humidity when I went out, beautiful sunny skies, felt good to be on the road.
Wednesday: left the house at 5:10, to the gym, 35 minutes on the elliptical and hand weights.
Making up for June I guess. Have a great day!

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