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Neo-Trail Runners Extreme Team - March 2009 (Read 373 times)

    Did a 5-mile run this a.m. with 5 steep hill repeats. The almost full moon was sitting right smack in the middle of the road at the top of the hill like a big ole flashlight. It actually made seeing the road kind of hard, it was so bright! Av Pace/Best/HR 1. 10:00/8:21/145 2. 10:10/8:48/157 3. 9:50/8:19/154 (started 5 hill repeats at Mile 3.52) 4. 11:40/8:51/148 (ended hill repeats around Mile 4) 5. 11:08/8:31/154 6. 10:09/9:00/156 (.25 miles) With my new training program, I'll be doing a whole lot more mileage with my LR on Saturdays, and decided that my other "LR" of 10 miles needed to be on the trails as well, so that will be on Sunday as opposed to Friday on the pavement. I have yet to tell The Hub that our only day together (Sunday) will be started with me running for a couple of hours in the a.m. That should endear him even more to this adventure of mine. Roll eyes Oh well, during football season he won't care so long as nothing interferes with that. Smile

    Leslie
    Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
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    2014: May - MDW 70-Miles; July - Mt. Hood 50


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    Kitrin


    Me, the Barbie version

      Kitrin? Hello?
      Sorry for the long absence. I am off the treadmill at the moment. I did not run once in the last two weeks. I was seriously drained and suffering from Spring Fever (clean up the yard, make new beds, plan gardens) so I took a break. I think I am ready to get going again. I am sore from shoveling dirt (two truck loads so far), bagging leaves, moving rocks (I am building a patio), and projects like those. Our backyard is mostly unhealthy grass and gravel so there is ALOT of work to do. Not a single shrub or flower bed. The previous owners wanted to keep it riding lawn mower friendly, I guess. In the midst of all this, DH and I had a couple of unusually busy weekends where time seemed to evaporate. I still need to do our taxes too. That is on the schedule for today. This weekend is the beginning of Spring Break and we are heading to Vicksburg, MS with our exchange student to give her a dose of Civil War history and the mighty Mississippi. Greg, I SO feel your pain about being ahead of trends. It spoils the joy a little bit when others take something up on a whim. I went through that in the mid-1990s with Pooh mania. I have always loved Winnie the Pooh and all his friends and they started showing up EVERYWHERE. It made me feel like they were not my special friends anymore. That is not the only instance, but I like the example because the trend faded (as they all eventually do) and I can enjoy them once again as I did before. The same will happen for trail running, maybe even running in general. Oh, and CONGRATS on the new job. My sister plans to work with hospice in the future. She is going to school to get some nursing education and is doing elder care right now. Leslie, good to hear you are running again! This is just in time for your trip to OZ, where you will find fine weather and new vistas to explore on your legs. You will have plenty of time to work yourself up and come back stronger than ever. Chris, great picture as always! How is life in CO? I wonder if you are cold from the front that is moving across the country. Our high temperature was near 80 yesterday and is supposed to be 43 today and rainy. That is BRRR weather for us. Any snow in Boulder? Again, sorry to abandon you guys. You deserve more than that. Kitrin
        After a sleepless night due to The Hub coughing, sneezing, and farting up a storm (WTH did he eat?!?), plus our old cat going into the bathroom what seemed like every hour or so and howling at the water mug, I stayed buried under the covers, even though I was pretty much awake off and on from 4:30 to 6:30. I finally gave up at 6:30, got up and fed the pack and got ready for work. Thermo on the kitchen window read 26 degrees at 6:30. Clear as could be outside, with the big ole full moon shining like a spotlight over the backyard fence. Very pretty, indeed.

        Leslie
        Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
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        2014: May - MDW 70-Miles; July - Mt. Hood 50


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          Hi Guys! Popping in for a quick hello! Glad to see everyone is doing well. Fabulous picture Chris! I'm so envious. I can't complain though-it was a beautiful sunny day here, almost 50 here at home and in the 30's at the mountain. Skiing was nice this morning. I didn't get any lessons so I came home early and got my long run done late this afternoon so I can ski tomorrow with wild abandon and celebrate my birthday! The boys are with their Dad and Jack went to MA to a half marathon. I thought I was going to go but the more I thought about it and I didn't get on the stick and register I realized I really didn't want to go-I wanted to ski on birthday instead of get my arse whipped at a USAT&F, fast paced crowd road half mary. Jack assumed I was going to go and suggested I even go to just watch-nope! Since he was already signed up I told him to go anyway. There's a whole bunch of people from our club who went who were looking forward to celebrating my birthday with me like last year-sorry! I'm going skiing! This is the new Kelly who is on some crazy life journey looking for more and not settling for less-of what? I have no idea-anyone else been through this before? Must be something about being almost 41. New job is going well. I've got some personal training clients already-more than I've ever had but not quite enough to make an almost decent living-another part of the journey. Kids are being kids-13 and 11-tough ages to deal with but they are well too. Anatomy is going well too and I'm contemplating a 50k in May. Sorry to be so self-centered here. Buddo glad to see you're running again and that you have a new job too! Leslie you're on the road of recovery and moving as best you can-take it easy. Chris, I practically live for your pictures and Kitrin glad to see you're back from your break. Take care everyone! Kelly
          If you never go fast, you'll never go fast.
            First - Happy Birthday, girlfriend!! Second -
            This is the new Kelly who is on some crazy life journey looking for more and not settling for less-of what? I have no idea-anyone else been through this before? Must be something about being almost 41.
            This is why I started running at 40 1/2! Honestly! Smile For the first time in my life, I don't think first about how what I'm doing is affecting anybody else. I've been married since I was 21, been with my DH since I was 19. For over 20 years I never made a move without worrying over and wondering how it was going to affect him and specifically made choices so as to inconvenience him as little as possible. I made these decisions based on how I was raised, not by any demands he made on me. My folks literally did everything together. When my mom died, my dad was completely lost and, unfortunately, still is. When I hit 40, it was like a light bulb was suddenly switched on and I thought, "WTH am I doing?" I got into running and have never looked back. It has been the most freeing experience of my life.

            Leslie
            Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
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            2014: May - MDW 70-Miles; July - Mt. Hood 50


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            Kitrin


            Me, the Barbie version

              Kelly, All of us go searching at one time or another in our lifetimes (sometimes more). In fact, I have begun to reflect recently about that mystical 40 year birthday and the effects it produces. I am beginning to think that it is the end of idealism and the beginning of pragmatism. We live long enough to learn that sometimes people die young, hard times will come to everyone eventually, and life is better lived in the present than planned for the future. This changes the way we make decisions and weather storms and can make us appear more self-centered and less self-consumed at the same time. We are learning what is important to us and refusing to compromise those things. Of course, you could be much less philosophical than I am and think I am full of it, LOL! Greg, when do you start the new job again? I will pray for an easy transition, emotionally, financially, etc. Leslie, HAVE FUN IN AUSTRALIA! You leave very soon if I remember correctly, right? Chris, I am assuming that no news is good news. I am glad to know that someone is stable around here. Back to running. Spring is always a time of crazy busy-ness for me because I am a dirt addict. I start digging holes and planning gardens and starting HUGE projects that fill the "planting time" days. In addition to this, I took a mini-vacation (long weekend) to Vicksburg, MS and returned home yesterday. I am a serious Civil War enthusiast and DH loves militaria, so it was a great time. I ran on Monday evening around the battlefield road - well some of it - because it is a 16 mile series of loops. Vicksburg has HILLS, steep long ones, and I rather liked them. My quads were sore the next day, but I still ran a decent (for me) 12 min/mile average on a 3.6 mile loop. Going downhill is FUN! I actually reached 7:45 pace at one point and that was COOL. This was my second battlefield run (I ran at Gettysburg a few years back) and I think I should make it a quest to run as many Civil War battlefields as possible. Maybe that will be my "near 40" revelation. It can't hurt to combine two of my joys together that way. Look at me, back to writing books. Happy running everyone. Kitrin
                Kitrin - Your Civil War runs sound great. My hub's a huge history buff. A few years ago, he made a solo trip back East and visited a lot of the old Civil War sites. Loved it. Yes, I leave Satday for Down Under. Woo hoo! Am trying to get in touch with a running club in Sydney to hopefully participate in their regular Sunday run on April 5. We'll see . . . I went to the doc yesterday, and he gave me the green light to get back into all my exercise activities, so I did my regular weekday 5 and my first full 10 hill repeats in more than 5 weeks: 1. 10:04/8:39/143 2. 10:23/9:01/158 3. 9:48/8:23/156 4. 10:54/8:28/152 5. 14:14/8:15/152 (10 hill repeats beginning at Mile 3.78 and ending at approx. 4.84. Last two repeats on "The Hill.") By the time I got to the top of The Hill, I was sucking wind, but it all felt really good.

                Leslie
                Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
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                2014: May - MDW 70-Miles; July - Mt. Hood 50


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                  Hi everybody. Y'all sound real good. I have been going through orientation this whole week in the new office. In my old job I had a lot of time to myself and could check in here a lot. That will not be the case anymore. I will be in the field, visiting dying people in their homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals, helping them get resources and prepare for death. I will not have a lot of time to check in. In the evenings I have my family to attend to. So, I will be less active here, unfortunately, but I will definitely be checking in with you guys. I was struck with wicked tendonitis in my left ankle and had to take a week off. I'm trying to ease back into running but it's not healed yet. I'm beginning to think I may have some tears in it. I don't know. I'll keep an eye on it and try to take it easy. Keep on keepin on everyone. Take care. Thanks for the prayers Kitrin. Everything's going real well so far.
                  "Run slowly, run daily, drink in moderation, and don't eat like a pig" Dr. Ernst Van Aaken. Sorry ultrasteve.
                    Greg - Hope the ankle is better soon! I'm trying like crazy to get my part of the office in order before I leave. Never ceases to amaze me all the last minute carp people come up with, even though they've known for weeks I was leaving. Evil grin After a late night playing Bonkos (or Bunko) and very little sleep, bagged my a.m. w/o. Have, however, solidified my plans to run with the Sydney Stryders on Sunday, April 5, for their 10 Bridges Classic 20k. The guy I've been corresponding with is going to try and find one of their club members to run with me. The only down side (so far) is it's a 6:00 a.m. start. Dead Plan to purchase a better single bottle hydration pack at REI on our way down to SF tomorrow so that I can carry my little camera with me. The Hub is asking me if I'm taking my "boyfriend" (aka the laptop) with us. He says, "You can, you know." Meaning, he wants me to, for some reason. This voiced along with "pack light!" Shoot, I'm almost taking more running stuff than anything else! Big grin

                    Leslie
                    Living and Running Behind the Redwood Curtain
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                    2014: May - MDW 70-Miles; July - Mt. Hood 50


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                      Hey all, Still alive. Was just in the midwest for a week and a half, visiting family and running a 50 miler in Kentucky. It rains a lot in the midwest. Rain + Dirt = Mud. Mud isn't fun to run in. :-) Glad to see everyone is doing well. Congrats on starting the new job Greg. Sounds like tough, but rewarding work. A friend of mine did a hospice rotation recently. She loved it, but said it was tough. - Chris
                      Kitrin


                      Me, the Barbie version

                        Rain + Dirt = Mud. Mud isn't fun to run in. :-)
                        Was that the kind of mud that sticks to the bottom of your shoes in layers, eventually building them up into "Frankenstein" shoes? I hate that stuff. I am finding my discipline a little more now that a friend asked me to run a half marathon with her in late April. I REALLY need to stay on track if I want to complete that with any dignity remaining. Otherwise, much of the same old stuff here. Homework, yard work, cooking, dishes, etc. I ran a short 1.66 miles around the neighborhood tonight and averaged 10:50. Considering I started very slowly, I think that is great. My fastest pace (during my finishing sprint) was under 6:00 and I thought that was COOL! I finally figured out how to use some of the other features of my Garmin, lol. Kitrin
                          Slowing down around here. I hope Leslie's having fun in Australia. New job is good so far. Still feeling it out as far as responsibilities go. The woman who hired me has great faith in me, which feels real nice. My achilles has really been bothering me. Took 6 days off running, then hit 12 yesterday, which was fun. It was 70 degrees and humid, and it felt like the middle of summer! Resting today then maybe starting my mid week running again tomorrow with a short easy 3 on the local trails around my house. We'll see. Keep on keeping on everyone. It's time to start upping the miles for upcoming races, focusing in.
                          "Run slowly, run daily, drink in moderation, and don't eat like a pig" Dr. Ernst Van Aaken. Sorry ultrasteve.
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