Sunday, August 28, 2016

Trials and Errors

This was a week of trials and errors, both on and off the road. Some weeks are like that. I've been struggling with some career decisions and a couple of days off early this week gave me time to clear my head. Wouldn't it be great to have someone to tell us what to do? Fortunately, there's running and cycling to give me time alone with my thoughts.

It was also an interesting week on the blog. My post about taking photos for Instagram was really popular and that made me happy! But I think my Runfessions post may have offended some people when I talked about race bumper stickers. By no means do I judge any of you who put running bumper stickers--no matter what distance--on your car. You know I am supportive of anyone who runs, no matter what the distance. I know how hard it is to up your distance and to line up to run a race. But I've shared in the past about how I didn't feel like a real runner until I ran 26.2, which is why that will be the only distance I put on my car. Even my first marathon didn't meet my standards. This is my issue, my problem and I'm sorry if anything I said was misinterpreted. We are all on our own journey. This blog chronicles mine.

Along with that, my workouts were a test of patience. The high humidity was back again. I had some time constraints and weather related issues, and this week flexibility was the key to getting it all done.

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I was happy to get in 2 yoga studio classes this week. Megan's class on Monday was a tribute to the full moon. Her theme for the class was opposites. Yin/Yang. We did Sun Salutations and Moon Salutations along with other complimentary poses. As always, I felt very uplifted and positive after her class. On Wednesday, we had a sub. The owner's husband taught a tough class, as he always does! The apex pose was standing big toe pose. I'm struggling with balance right now and we worked on a lot of balance poses. Naturally, I struggled with all of them. Both classes were full of hip openers and I felt really good all week.

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Cocoa assists with heron pose
I got in 3 runs this week. Tuesday morning, I had an early morning meeting and after a sleepless night, I skipped my predawn alarm and slept in. But no worries, I got that 5 miler in, albeit during some very warm midday conditions! I stopped at the park to do my upper body work as well: body rows, hollow hangs, scapular pull ups, and chin ups. Making progress! 4.87m/39:53

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Getting closer to the bar!
I also played with headstand and forearm stand. Like I said, I'm balance challenged these days. I tried to push up from headstand into handstand but it wasn't happening.

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The camera caught my graceful tumble to the ground.
On Thursday, I ran another hot, sticky 6 miler. Becky had me work on the rope climb. She also had me do an exercise with slam balls and jumping forward. I am so uncoordinated! It's not that it was difficult, but I couldn't get my moves synchronized. She also had me do handstand push downs against the wall and atomic sit ups. 6.08/53:57

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Handstand push downs. She wouldn't let me push back up but I did it once.
Saturday morning, I got up to run but it was pouring rain. I just didn't want to run in the rain, so I made the plan to run after work. Turns out it was 82F and 60% humidity. So I did what any runner would do, I went for a bike ride! Ha. I knew that the forest preserve paths closest to my house would be crowded, so I sucked it up and went on my 30 mile round trip route. I struggled a little bit with the conditions but I brought plenty of water and sipped frequently. On the way home, I decided to take a different route and realized that I was going the wrong way! So yes, I ended up taking the long way home and rode about 35 miles. I can't be sure because my Garmin died. But the physical exhaustion I felt after my ride was sweet. I think you know what I'm talking about.

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Sunday morning was steamy but cloudy. I was grateful for that the clouds because it was 75 degrees with 90% humidity. Just like Florida, right? I tried to stay mindful of my effort because I really wanted to run the whole 6 miles I had planned. The humidity made it hard to breathe. At 4 miles, I stopped at the playground to do my upper body work. I promised myself one set: hollow hangs, scapular pull-ups, chin-ups, body rows, and push-ups. I was happy with my effort and results. It was hard to start running again, but I did and I got the last 2 miles done. I was soaked! 6m/53:38

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I'm happy with how the week ended. I pushed through some tough runs, a tough bike ride, and some tough workouts. I'm seeing progress with my upper body work. I really want to add a 4th day of running back in but I don't want to aggravate my foot. Yes, the PF has been mostly quiet, but I do get an occasional reminder that it's not completely gone. I'm hoping that when the weather cools off and the running feels easier, I'll be able to go back to 4 days/week. I'm still hoping for an October half marathon. Becky just shakes her head.

She's not a runner.

How was your week? Are you still dealing with heat and humidity? Have you had to modify your runs?

As I do every Sunday, I'm linking up with my friends Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap. I'm also linking up with Angela and Ilka for their Sunday Fitness and Food linkup!


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  1. I had gone less than half a mile yesterday when it started raining. I was so tempted to cut it short, but I was determined to get in the first long run of this training cycle. So I reminded myself that it rained the entire time I ran the Honolulu Marathon 2 years ago and this was just excellent training for those conditions. The rain stopped about 5 minutes later.

    If you have flexibility in your schedule you might consider alternating 3 days of running one week and 4 days the next. Week 1 run M/W/F, week 2 run Sun/T/T/Sat. That gives you a day to recover between every run.

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    1. I've considered that every other day running schedule. Until my PF is completely gone, I'm reluctant to do back to back runs.

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  2. I wasn't offended by your previous post about the bumper stickers. If people want to display the for any distance, thats's fine, but no need to have THAT many stickers on one car LOL

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    1. Some people took offense to my comment that I wouldn't put anything less than 26.2 on my car. But I certainly wasn't trying to offend anyone who does!

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  3. We had a few days of cooler weather this week and then it got hot and humid again on Friday. I think an October half is a fair goal for you. I'm signed up for a half at the end of November and not sure if I'll make it there, but Im hopeful that if I am really conservative about my training that I may be able to pull it off. We'll see.

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    1. If I keep running as I am, I'm pretty sure I can pull off a half in October. The PF is the outlier...hopefully it will continue to cooperate.

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  4. You have reminded me that I wanted to do more bike riding. I didn't do any this summer. I feel like if I have time to ride bike then I have time to be doing a run...lol. I just need to find a balance!

    I hope you've gained more clarity on the whole job/ career thing. I hope good things are coming your way. Is it something you can share?

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    1. I'm not going to change jobs but I'm hoping for some changes in the one I have. I will share when it happens!

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  5. You're the bomb; sensitive enough to catch the misunderstandings (re: bumper stickers). I am happy that you clarified. Some, many, of us are not able for a variety of reasons to achieve a full marathon but work really hard to reach other goals, be they 5K, 10K, 10 miles. 13.1. Even though we've not met in person, you know me well enough to know how hard it was to reach that half last fall. I proudly and with great joy display that sticker on my car. It was hard won.

    I know that you support all runners at whatever level we are. You've shown that in spades, in words and more. <3

    The high heat and humidity continues apace here in Rhode Island, too. It's been discouraging. 2016 has tested my mettle on many levels. The other day I was so blue about my constant setbacks and lack of progression that I was in tears. I can't get out of my own way, struggling to complete 5K again. I've opted not to run a planned race on September 10; I'm not ready and am taking no chances.

    I hope with the coming cooler weather that I can get a grip. Constantly reassessing. If all I can manage is a couple of miles three times a week, I feel it's better than nothing. From 2012-2015, ages 59-62 there was a steady progression. 62-63, on the cusp of 64 is a huge difference. I'm still trying to figure it all out.

    It is such a thrill to see you strength progressing. A gift of the miracle of the internet that you have the ability to share with so many followers. Your photos and narrative never fail to inspire. I salute you on a daily basis.

    Have a great week. Keep cool.
    (Looking forward to hearing your decision on the work situation. Wishing you the best as your sort it all out).

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    1. I'm kind of shocked at the progress I am making with strength training. I'm no spring chicken! Gotta do what I can, right?

      This heat is affecting everyone. I'm grateful that I'm not training for a marathon this summer!

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  6. I want your body when I grow up. That is all I have to say about that.
    My run on Friday was glorious--decent temp, but not too humid and it just felt fluid and easy (though still not fast, but I don't count on that happening any time soon). Yesterday I snuck in my long run, which I wasn't expecting, and boy am I glad I did as it was HUMID AS F today. And I got to be lazy :D
    As for making comments--runfessions is one of those posts that can be inflammatory if you don't know how to read it. I know you, I know your voice, I understand it. Some times people read too much, or else they read too little. You're good, boo. Good luck with work, and also I finally listened to your Diz Runs episode and it made me sooooooo happy, :D

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    1. The fact that you get me makes me soooooo happy! AF.

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  7. I'm gonna have to re-read your Runfessions post...cuz I have no idea what was so offensive LOL Thankfully, the rain ended yesterday morning and I was able to get in my LSD...it was hotter and much more humid today. Even the bike ride (with the "breeze" of the head wind) felt sticky.

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    1. I try hard not to offend but sometimes the written word can be misread. I know the people who read me regularly "get me". But I needed to clarify...

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  8. it took me about 8 half marathons until I felt like I deserved to put a 13.1 sticker on my car, but only one marathon and you bet I put a 26.2 on there lol. You had a great week I bet you and Becky have as many interesting conversations about running as me and my trainer about carbs.
    Thanks for linking up with us. I hope you have a good week, I too am struggling with some decisions and why can't someone just tell us what to do? Oh cause we probably wouldn't do it is why.

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    1. Haha, I love that you get me and I cannot wait until December when we can get each other for real! <3

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  9. OMG, you are so strong with those headstands! When I have a dilemma, I usually debate in my head and then go with my gut. I hope you figure it out soon!

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    1. I did exactly that. I went with my gut and I feel good about my decision. Hoping all the pieces fall into place now.

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  10. I have one tiny un-numbered running sticker on my car--but you should see my refrigerator! I can't take many more steamy runs. I just can't My pace is awful and my goal has shifted to just finishing the marathon now. I'm so glad to hear your PF has calmed down and you have returned to a regular running schedule! You look so strong in all of your pictures. Love the blooper. Thanks for linking, Wendy.

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    1. I have lots of bloopers...you should have seen me doing that slam ball hop thing Becky was trying to get me to do. Embarrassing, really!

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  11. We had a few nice days but now the heat and humidity is back. I wil not complain. Winter is so LONG!!!!!

    Glad to hear that you are running again.

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    1. I don't think I ever completely stopped but it feels good to be getting some miles again!

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  12. I'm so sick of hot and sticky! Of course we'll be freezing our behinds before we know it but chances are really good I won't be trying to train for a marathon then. Ugh. Yay for happy feet!

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    1. This weather is pretty challenging! We get such extremes here. Why can't it be more temperate? What would we complain about then? LOL...

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  13. I've only run half marathons and have only displayed half stickers and only for a certain period of time afterwards. I have too many 'foot issues' to ever be able to run a full marathon...however, IF I ever did, you can bet your bottom dollar that I would not display any distance sticker less than 26.2 on my vehicle. I will admit that it bugs me to see people with a 26.2 sticker on their vehicle when they obviously haven't run even 3.1 miles in a very very long time! Just my opinion though...we're all entitled to them and as you said, we're all on different journeys. We're here to motivate and encourage one another in whatever distance we are tackling. By the way, the headstand pushups are impressive and I'm thinking I need to do more Yoga!!

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    1. Pretty sure I didn't do my feet any favors by going the full 26.2! But glad I did. No stickers for now...

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  14. Way to get workouts in despite that humidity! Fortunately we don't deal with it much here in British Columbia - just a lot of rain come fall and winter! Haha. I had to modify my week because of a bad cold and being in bed Tuesday and Wednesday but managed to do my 20 miler today so was pretty happy about that!

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    1. Glad you got the 20 miler in! I hope this means you are on the mend.

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  15. Sounds like a great active week! Great job with all your strength work! Also, way to keep it real with the tumble pic lol! That's me trying to do headstands all the time lol.

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    1. I'm usually pretty good with inversions but my balance is off. Pretty sure it's because of the stress I have been experiencing. Hopefully things will calm down and I'll find my center again!

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  16. We had 5 days of 100 degree weather but it is a cool mid 60s this morning. We don't get the humidity though, so I can run when it is 80, I just don't like it too much. I try to go out early.
    Glad to read that your PF is not acting up. Have a great week.

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    1. 100 degrees is hot, humidity or no humidity! Glad it's cooler by you today.

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  17. PF seems to be something that likes to linger!

    I thought I had fully recovered from it but recently, as I have upped the miles, I'm starting to get little twinges now and then. I just wish it would go away!

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    1. That's my story too. Low miles=no pain. As soon as I move on up the mileage chart, my foot sends me warning signals...ugh.

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  18. First off, I want to tell you I could never be offended with what you write here and yes, this is YOUR journey. Second, the humidity went away for a while here but it's roaring back this week. Make.it.stop!!!! I'm looking forward to ramping up my strength work after my last triathlon of the season (9/18) and I love that you actually took the long way home on your bike :-)

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    1. I didn't intentionally go the long way home but I enjoyed the new scenery on my ride!

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  19. Annnnd just read all the comments too and and saw you say that you said you went with your GUT.
    Alway what I do as well <3 <3

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    1. I normally do trust my gut. This time it sent me such a loud message that I had no choice but to heed it!

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  20. We had a pretty nice reprieve from the hot weather this week, but it came back and this week is supposed to be super hot.
    I think some people just like to be offended. I have two stickers on my car and like to see them on other peoples cars, but sometimes too many is just overload.
    and Yay for your PF staying mostly quiet, I hope it stays that way!

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    1. Right now we are living in a culture of being offended, I think! I have the news on and people are expressing outrage about all kinds of things. But I do try to stay sensitive!

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  21. YES! to heat and humidity. Hopefully we're getting a break in the weather later this week in time for a long holiday weekend. I've been biking all summer due to knee injury but I'm hoping to ease back into some running this week. Scared and excited at the same time!

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    1. Fingers and toes crossed for a good week of running for you!

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  22. You know that I loved your photography post! I've been having a lot of fun implementing some of your tips. I'm a work in progress. �� I also love that you ended up taking the long way home on your ride. How appropriate!

    The only sticker I've ever put on my car was the Ragnar symbol. My husband has run 37 marathons, but his only sticker is 140.6 for his Ironmam. Seriously, it's up to the individual. I do get a kick seeing cars with a runnng stickers. I know then that they are "my people." ��

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    1. You really stepped up your photography game this week! I loved your pictures.

      I was wondering if anyone would get that reference...I'm so corny...

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  23. The humidity toward the end of last week definitely made things a struggle here too. It sounds like you had a strong week in spite of the weather! Flexibility seems like its often the key in all aspects of life!

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    1. Flexibility is a lesson I keep having to learn!

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  24. I feel you on the career decisions. i really just wish someone would tell me what to do. Or had a crystal ball and could tell me which path turns out better.

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    1. Wouldn't that be nice? I don't want to do the wrong thing...

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  25. I feel great after yoga class as well. Just wish I could fit it into my schedule more.

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    1. Heading off to class as soon as I log off...

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  26. I love all of your photos on Instagram! It looks like you had an active week I'm shooting for at least 4 times this week. Since the kids are back in school fitting in my workouts have become a challenge.

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    1. I really want to up my runs to 4x/week! I'm just not there yet...

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  27. oof, I'm over the heat and humidity - just over it! Another strong week of workouts. And I've said it before but I just love your pics!!

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    1. Thank you Mar! I'm having fun with my workouts but I sure miss those long runs.

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  28. We're still having humidity, and I'm over it. It was hazy on Saturday, so I ran inside, and then we got a cloud burst last night and it's so muggy. Even this morning was muggy when I was driving in.

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  29. Mother Nature has been teasing us. It was beautiful during the week and then this weekend - wham! Heat again. Today will be 91! But I'm sure Fall will arrive before we know it.

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    1. That's what I keep telling myself--so I try not to complain too much about the heat. I know it's all going away soon...

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  30. I too do a lot of my best thinking while out running. Hopefully you were able to get some of the clarity about work that you were looking for.

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    1. It wasn't during running when I had my moment of clarity! I woke up in the middle of the night and suddenly, I knew what I had to do. Isn't that crazy?

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  31. Our weather is bouncing back and forth between extreme humidity and then cool...it's like the weather doesn't want to make up it's mind!

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  32. I miss Yoga!! I need to find time in my life for yoga. I found myself craving some hip openers! must find a class to make this week!

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    1. Oh, I'm such a better person with some yoga. And running. I need both! Yin and Yang!

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  33. Here in Palm Beach it feels like I'm running in rainforest conditions right now. Not easy. You will soon be running in much better temps than me! You had a great pace on your Sunday 6 Miler for such steamy conditions! The tumble your camera caught - glad you're okay! You're such a brave girl!

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    1. That is true--it will cool down quickly now! But come winter, you will be so grateful to be in Florida and not here...

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  34. I'm just starting the couch to 5K again. Last week was far less humid than the week before - and this week looks even better. It won't be long that we'll be bundling up (most of us) for our runs!

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    1. Not sure how I feel about bundling up again! I do like running in shorts.

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  35. I personally just hate pumper stickers period. Running or otherwise, they won't be going on my car ;)
    We're already feeling like fall which makes me want to run! I love fall running!

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  36. I have one 13.1 and 26.2 on my car, but that's all. They were gifts after my races. I agree we are all on our own journey and should do what feels right for us!
    Glad you are running pretty good. It's been pretty warm here too!

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  37. As a yoga noob, I just had to google Moon Salutations

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    1. Actually, I'm surprised no one else asked about them! They aren't commonly done.

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  38. I appreciate your honesty, Wendy! There's definitely a difference between judging someone else's choice versus stating your preferences. It's too bad people were offended! I hope they recognize that you meant no harm! (Also, I loved your photography post, and pinned it because it was so great!)

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    1. Thank you for the pin! I had no idea that post would be so popular. It was so fun to put together.

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  39. I did 4 miles on the treadmill yesterday. I love summer but I just don't do well at all exercising in the heat! So if I'm going to do it outdoors I make sure to get a super early start (as in still dark!).

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    1. I should get out early but I just haven't done it this summer. Probably because I'm not training for anything. No pressure feels ok!

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  40. I have a 13.1 sticker in my car...it never made it onto my car because I split coffee all over it! I just finished listening to your podcast interview on DizRuns and loved it! You're so honest and friendly!

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    1. Awww! Thank you! It was so fun to do. I was a little nervous but he's so easy to talk to.

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  41. Thankfully I haven't had to modify too many of my workouts (I work in a community college campus gym) but I feel your pain. Gorgeous photos!

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    1. I try not to workout indoors if I can help it! I even like to do yoga outside.

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  42. I know what you about not feeling like a runner until I'd hit some meaningful distance or pace or whatever. I've never done the bumper stickers either, probably never will.

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    1. I had the one bumper sticker, but I don't know if I should replace it.

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  43. LOL at Becky not being a runner.

    You know that I have been dealing with the heat and humidity hardcore. Today, we had a bit of a storm, and it actually felt slightly cool and breezy. Hoping that carries over to the morning. I could use a break.

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    1. I'm sure you could use a break! Heck, our weather isn't much different right now but yours lasts so much longer.

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  44. Your strength is amazing...really! I am glad to hear mostly calm on the PF. It has a way of holding on, I still get twinges when I push it.
    The heat and humidity is full force here. I can't even get a decent ride on my bike - my eye sting from sweat and I am having hard time breathing in it. This week it was almost 100 when I tried to ride and last week it over 100 - I need Fall lol
    I am so impressed with you all that can pick up the pace in the heat! You are killing it! I can do nothing except sloth and barely go in the heat.

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    1. I don't think I'm killing as much as the heat is killing me! I cannot wait until my runs feel "easy" again!

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  45. I had an ok week. Yours still looks amazing. I know it wasn't perfect conditions, but if it were perfect we wouldn't really learn from it, would we? at least that's how I see it. I am constantly adjusting my schedule based on how my body feels. Last week I skipped my bootcamp classes all together to make sure I was ready for my long run. Then the long run didn't go that well so I stopped at 20KM and then went home and jumped on the bike for 15. It is what it is. We are flexible enough to handle it.

    oh and as far as bumper stickers go... the thing is, NO ONE has them on their car here in the Netherlands. Well, every once in awhile you see something... but I don't judge either. everyone has their thing, right? I actually have a running sticker I'm going to put on our back window soon. that'll get my neighbours talking ;)

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    1. And that's what it's all about, right? Being flexible and getting those neighbors to talk! Ha!

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  46. Maybe 3 days is the key? It works for me! I can't believe I missed the pictures for instagram post- I am checking it out next! Have a great week, I hope all is well!

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    1. For now, I just don't want to do those back to back runs--I don't want my foot to rebel!

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  47. I can't leave my dad alone . . . having both of them in the hospital at the same time is one of our worst nightmares (there are others). My brother had to go home yesterday, so while I'd really like to get in 2 runs, I'll be happy if I can get in one.

    Good luck with the job decisions. I have no stickers on my car; I used to have an "I love my mutt" sticker on it.

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    1. So sorry to hear about your parents. I feel you with aging parents as well. I haven't written about it, but my dad has had a multitude of health issues this year. Just one more thing on the plate...

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  48. Hope you find clarity in the career choices. I am battling the same issue these days. When I am training, I've found running 3 days/week keeps me relatively injury free!

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    1. I don't know if running 3 days/week will give me the training I need...it's all about balance, tho.

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  49. What's the secret to doing a handstand? Is it better to start on the elbows (which I find awkward) or do it on your hands? I'm impressed with YOURS and I want to be able to do one by the end of the year - is that possible?!
    I thought that pic of the bumper stickers on the car was humorous as it was too excessive. I'm not a bumper sticker type of person so no matter how many races/distances I run, won't stick one on my car. I find the ones that says 0.0 pretty funny though.

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    1. I've been kicking up to the wall via yoga for a while! The goal now is to do handstand in the middle of the room. Even against the wall, you need lots of shoulder strength. So I'd work on that. Push ups and stuff...there's a pose we do in yoga called "L-pose" where we walk our legs up the wall 90 degrees--perpendicular. Maybe I should do a post on it?

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    2. Yes a post would be helpful!! Thanks :)

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  50. If Becky isn't a runner, I think it's really tough for her to understand the motivations!!! In any event - great job this week and way to push through all the brutal humidity. Fall weather is going to feel even more heavenly once it rolls around - I can't wait!!!

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    1. Becky's funny, in a good way, about my running! She keeps me grounded, which is not a bad thing.

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  51. It's a few degrees cooler here in the mornings (low 70s) and although the humidity is high, the weather is a delightful change! That PF is something that never fully goes away, does it?? I get twinges with mine every now and again, and I'm cautiously training for a marathon. ugh

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  52. This humidity sucks. I was hoping to start some cyclocross this weekend but if the humidity doesn't break I will probably bail...too hot for running much less jumping over things while carrying a bike. Hope you get a reprieve soon!

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  53. Still crazy heat and humidity here, but about to be a hurricane instead.
    So sorry, you are dealing with job stress.

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      Stay safe!

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  54. Your posts always motivate me. 35 mile bike ride? damn. and yes I know that exhaustion feeling! The best! I always love those nights when you finally get into bed and know you will get such good sleep haha.
    I actually do want to get a bike too for some road riding. Do you have any suggestions for a more inexpensive bike to start out with?

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    1. I love my Trek Lexa! It's an "entry level" road bike, but it is all I need. They have 3 different models. Mine is the basic one. I got it on sale because it was from the previous year.

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  55. Sounds like quite a week! I LOVE your Instagram pictures, so I am heading over to check out that post tonight!! You also have my curiosity piqued about the bumper stickers, so I am looking forward to checking that one out too ;-) Thank you so much for your support and linking up with Sunday Fitness & Food. You really do inspire me each week. Cheers & Happy Labor Day :-)

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