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JCtrail

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Post APRIL masters
on: April 1, 2019, 13:05
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Happy April ladies!! Anyone got fooled today? I'm still waiting, LOL!!

I'm dealing with darn blisters. The one on my mid-foot is the painful one. Been putting on a couple of moleskin adhesives on it, not just for running but for just walking around. It's always my right foot too. I think my right foot is a just a TAD wider than my left. I wear shoes that have wide toe space. It's a hit or miss on the blisters but I'm going to try the ointment (RunGoo) that the EMT used after this last race.

Thurs: PIYO class.

Fri: rest

Sat: 8 mile run on trails. Wanted to get in another 8 miles but blisters were too uncomfortable, and legs felt WAAAY too fatigued and didn't want to trash them. I hope the Sunday rest and today's rest will give the legs some energy for another attempt at a long run this week.

I will be out of town for most of the week. Hope to get back Thurs, if not Fri. Stay safe and embrace the spring!!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: APRIL masters
on: April 2, 2019, 18:14
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Happy April 🙂 our bushes have some tiny buds on them, a sure sign Spring is here yay! Still quite cool in the morning, 23, 29 degrees yesterday and today but then warming up to 50. Tomorrow we should hit 60. I'll take it!

Busy weekend with my friends at the scrapbooking crop. It was so nice to be with them all, didn't think about work once. But I was very tired, and slept poorly Sunday into Monday. Dragged myself to work, came home yesterday put together a quick dinner, cleaned up and went to bed! Feeling better today, even went to the gym this morning and did some walk/run on the TM.

Erica, how is Emma? And how did your celebration of Henry's life go?

JC I hope by being out of town your blisters will get a chance to heal.

Hi Lisa!

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: APRIL masters
on: April 4, 2019, 08:13
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****hahaha**** thought I was doing so well but posted this to the old March forum.

Hello again!
Oh boy, what a week!! All the festivities for Henry are over and everyone has gone home. The party was a big success and I think he would have loved it! Now I just need to work on settling his estate which I can hopefully get done in the next couple of months. Emma’s better...she’s still coughing a bit but no protein in her urine. We went to theUniversity of Rhode Island yesterday for her first college tour. It was strange being back there after 33 years but the campus has changed so much. Looked great!

My running...instead of my missed 8 mile interval run on Sunday, I just did an easy 3 mile recovery run. Then Tuesday I had a tempo run scheduled. A mile warmup, 3x2 miles @ tempo pace, 1 mile cool down. I was nervous and waited too long to go and got hungry for lunch, lol! So, I ended up only doing 3x1 @ tempo pace plus warm up, cold down, and recovery between. Total of 5.5 miles. I’m still nervous about having blood in my urine. I have a 9 miler today with mid 4 @ race pace. Waiting for the wind to calm down. On the bright side, I was not sore at all after my 17 miler last week and Stanley has calmed down. I’ve been wearing my orthotics more and bought a pair of Nike Pegasus 35’s for my shorter runs and the orthotics fit in those.

Ok, just wanted to check in since it felt like everything went off the rails last week, lol! I made it to April and things are looking up. Have a wonderful day!

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: APRIL masters
on: April 4, 2019, 08:16
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JC, I have had occasionally problems with blisters mostly in the summer from sweat and salt. I’ve recently found that I get them when my socks and shoes are too loose so most rubbing. Could you need new socks or shoes? Also, 2Toms works well for me to prevent blisters. Not always but better than anything I’ve used.

Nancy, glad you had fun scrap booking! Hope you are rested now. I’ve been trying to catch up on my sleep too. Tough with the night sweats!

JCtrail

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Post Re: APRIL masters
on: April 5, 2019, 16:52
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Nancy: sounds like a fun group. I like scrapbooking, was in a group YEARS ago (when living in TX) for about a couple of months, but busy schedule took over. Some days are a drag, right? I was in bed a couple of nights ago at 7:30 pm, slept till 7 am!! Our bodies will let us know whether we want it to or not. Gosh, those temps must be such a welcome considering the artic temps of winter. We've been having similar temps here too ...... with some breezy days. But as long as the sun is shining, I'll take it!! I'm doing ALOT of walk/run lately due to some knee issues. Blisters are healing. If it's not one thing, it's another, ugh!!

Erica: So glad Emma is feeling better. That is scary. You've been an amazing supporter in the family lately ....... and wonderful that the celebration for Henry went well. I'm sure it was a success due to all your hard work. Hope the estate sale goes well too. That's scary too..... with seeing blood after long runs. I would be anxious too. Any second opinion on that? Just so odd. Sounds like the orthotics are helping. Feeling great after long runs are priceless!!
I developed the huge blister on mid-foot about a year ago during the Bataan Death March trail marathon. It got calloused and that helped till a couple of weeks ago. I think it's from the sweat and yes, probably from my shoes' beaten down insole. I was ok on my Wed run after putting in new insoles in my favorite trail shoes. I wear good socks (wright socks, injini, or stance) and most likely, will need to start carrying extra pair on long runs and ultra races. Maybe that will help. But they are healing, yay!! My knee though is another issue. A chronic issue. I feel bad for you on the night sweats. I didn't go through that but I hear it's not very pleasant. My younger sisters are experiencing those too.

So, I ran 6.5 miles on Wed. Knee started to complain. This is depressing ....... and frustrating. If this keeps up, I will probably switch to the HM distance (April 27). I can run the trail marathon but it will take me longer to finish but I know I can run the HM distance. With that in mind, how am I going to run the 50k in May?? The trail marathon was going to be my 'training' run for the 50k. If I decide to switch, it would be to a 15 miler (no marathon distance offered). The travel there doesn't justify the race distance in my mind but I guess it's better than not showing up, right? But then, I may surprise myself. Who knows? I just have to play it by ear as the date gets closer. I'm not too worried about the blisters, it's the knee issue. Maybe just load up on Advil, LOL!!
Thurs: REST. Drove back to northern AZ home.
Fri (today): 8 miles on trail. Lots of walk-breaks to give knee it's 'breaks.' Felt fine. Breezy, around 50 degrees with partly sunny sky. Love it!!

Erica-
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Post Re: APRIL masters
on: April 8, 2019, 08:06
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Good morning from rainy NH...which I better than snowy NH, lol! It’s snowing up north.

JC, sorry your knee is complaining. Tell it to knock it off!! I think you should just go and see what you can do. Be careful with medication and running. Advil can cause kidney damage.

My 9 miler last Thursday with last 4 at race pace turned into an 8 miler with 2 at race pace. Just wasn’t feeling it. Felt sluggish, tired, cement shoes, etc. This marathon training cycle has been less than stellar with lots of missed or shortened runs but I’m actually feeling a bit faster....well, I’ve also cut back on my pacing goals, lol! Lowered the bar so I can possibly reach it!! My 15 miler on Saturday was good. I went out and ran into 2 neighbors who were looking for a 3 mile route so I took them with me. Then one of them said she’d do a bit more with me so we did a smaller loop and I dropped her off at about mile 5. So, only had to do 10 miles solo. I only stopped once at mile 11 to GU and text my husband so he knew I was still alive. Did some run/walk intervals and still managed to average under 11 minute pace. Yesterday I ran a local 5k which benefits a soup kitchen and shelter. Gorgeous day! Started running with some friends but lost them pretty quickly. Ran next to another woman I haven’t seen in a long time (we’ve done some races together before and have mutual friends) so we ran and chatted the whole race. Nice catching up. It was supposed to be a recovery run for me but I ran it slightly faster. Not too fast though. Ended up coming in 7th in my age group. If I had raced it, I could have been first, lol! After the race, Stanley wasn’t happy though. Boo. Rest day today. Time to clean the house and go grocery shopping.

Have a great week!

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: APRIL masters
on: April 8, 2019, 08:19
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Oh, and haven’t had any noticeable blood in my urine. I have a dr appointment tomorrow to check for any microscopic or trace amounts. It’s actually a somewhat common issue for runners. Hopefully it won’t happen again!

JCtrail

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Post Re: APRIL masters
on: April 8, 2019, 14:55
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Hi ladies!

Fri: rest
Saturday: decided to meet with NATRA (N Az trail runners assc) for a 8 mile run west of here, Sycamore Canyon. Carpooled with 3 other ladies who I knew from the trail divas group. The trail was pretty rocky but runnable, stopped to take in the view for some waterfalls, and group pic. About 15 of us. I stayed with one of the ladies I carpooled with as we caught up with the year. They will be running the trail race in Zion this weekend. After returning to my car, I drove to another trail and ran another 10 miles. So I finished 18 miles. YAY!! It went well. Had to take some walk breaks but I made it, knee was ok but I had to change moleskin adhesives on my blister on forefoot a couple of times. I think it's from the well-worn insoles. That pair of trail shoes are done. Put on some icy-hot on knee and wrapped it with Ace bandage and elevated it while I watched the NCAA men's semi final games. Exciting!!

Sunday: 6 recovery miles on trail near home. We hit over 60 degrees!! Too warm for this area!! Whew!! Knee was great, took it easy, legs felt good, had to change moleskin adhesive on blister though around 2 miles. Another afternoon of icy-hot on knee, Ace bandage and elevation while I watched the NCAA women's championship game!! IT WAS ANOTHER NAIL-BITER!! holy moly!!

Today: rest. Will watch the NCAA men's championship game.

Erica: HAHA!! The knee and I will have to have a deep 'down and out' discussion for sure, LOL!! I was just kidding about the Advil. I know it has terrible side effects. I sprained my ankle years ago (last century) and Doc put me on ibuprofen and I had metallic taste in my mouth after a couple of days of taking them every 6 hours. Yuck!! Since then, I don't take any pain meds for the knee issue. But the icy-hot or bio-freeze seems to help so I'll stick with those. I'll stay away from Ben-Gay though, it smells, ha!
Wow!! your training pace is really awesome!! Sometimes those shorter benefit races are times to catch up with friends you haven't seen in awhile. They are much more fun and memorable. You're lucky to have some running friends nearby. I have the runners in the running groups but each of us tend to stick to our own running schedule on various trails.
So glad the blood in urine hasn't been a bother. Hope it stays away.

JCtrail

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Post Re: APRIL masters
on: April 13, 2019, 15:57
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Hello!

Tues: 5 mile interval on TM at fitness center. Then a "super circuit" class (similar to HIIT).

Wed: WINDY!! So rest day.

Thurs: 2 mile on TM at fitness center. Got there a little later than I wanted so only had time for 2 mile before doing another "super circuit" workout and then, PiYo class. Whew!!

Fri: Got cold here. In the 30s, some snow flurries and light hail and breezy. Rest day.

Today (Sat): Was planning on running with group again but they changed the location (to the most popular trail, always a busy place on weekends especially as weather gets nicer (alot of other walkers and runners). I didn't feel like running that trail. Kinda boring and too flat for me. Just feels like it's never ending so I rarely run that trail.
Anyway, I still got up early and drove to a different trail that is popular with mtn bikers, some runners and hikers. But not that early I found out. Only about 4 vehicles, around 35 degrees, partly sunny, feels like 29 with wind chill. So a bit chilly still with some snow on the ground but runnable. Parking lot getting full when I got done. About 42 degrees by now, and sunny. Finished 14 miles!! YAY!!
Was hoping for 18 again but legs wouldn't let me. They were tired after 10 miles but I pushed myself to finish the shorter loop. The big blister on forefoot got inflamed around mile 8. I had moleskin adhesives on it but since legs were dragging like cement, I just ran through the discomfort of the blister till mile 14. Knee was happy though, LOL!!

Have a safe and fun weekend ladies!!

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Richards

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Post Re: APRIL masters
on: April 14, 2019, 11:24
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Ugh JC, those pesky blisters! Last summer I used some 3M tape on mine and it seemed to work. It made it so they didn’t fill up with fluid and could dry out and callus over. It’s was a process though. Nice job on the 14 and your busy week! I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I really need to do some strength training or something other than running. I’ll try and follow your lead!

I had my 3rd and final 20 miler yesterday. I could have done 21 but just didn’t feel like it. I took it easy and just sort of made up my route as I went along. Calculating various routes and turns kept my brain busy. Pretty much ended my run a few steps past my driveway so no too bad. End up averaging 11:00 minute pace which was 20 seconds per mile slower than my last 20 miler and 20 seconds faster than my first one. Straight down thr middle. I did negative splits (10, 10) so that felt good. I have a deep tissue massage tomorrow so I’ll see what she finds. Feel good though. I still have 4 more weeks until race day so not quite at taper and have a bit more work to do. It’s funny. I was looking at my monthly mileage from last summer leading up to Richmond and I’d run so many more miles but I feel better this cycle. Sometimes I think less is more. Well, we will see, lol!

I should be outside gardening but I’m watching the Masters on tv and then need to go to the grocery store. The gardens will be there later this week!

Lisa, hope you are well and your 10k training is going well!

Nancy, hope you are doing well and getting some runs in now that the weather has improved. It’s in the 70’s here today!

Have a great week!

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