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W14D6: another easy 5 

I did an easy 5 last night on the treadmill too. I went to yoga this morning and my left knee isn’t feeling great. I’m walking and running fine, but certain motions and pressure on it are awful. The weather has also been dreary this week, so I’ll attempt my last 12 tomorrow.

I was incredibly productive this morning. I dropped off donations at the Salvation Army, went to Trader Joe’s (I love that store), got a flu shot, and cleaned half the apartment. I felt like I was in one of those Lowe’s commercials with my Sunday self.

Walgreens has special band-aids, apparently. That is my upper arm. I admittedly will need to put on some weight after this whole half thing is over. I don’t eat particularly healthy (as demonstrated by the pigs in a blanket), but I’m probably not replacing calories.

I’m now nervously watching the Irish. I’m the most negative fan ever, so big games are just the worst. Tentatively, hoping for good things though.

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W16D4: tempo 6 

Ate an early lunch, and my stomach felt the best it has in months. Even on the treadmill, I was able to work myself through negative splits.

I do miss running outside. There’s just no way to make it happen with my schedule. I’m pretty sure the folks at my gym think I’m workout addicted. Over an hour on the treadmill just feels more excessive.

On a related note, I joined my gym a year ago. It hasn’t been too terribly crowded this fall, and I’m wondering if it’s cause daylight savings isn’t quite over or that membership has dropped off a bit? I am looking forward to taking advantage of the pool after this half.

Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!

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This should not count as a rest day

I will soldier on and run my tempo 6 tomorrow, but in no way does waking up at 3:45, flying to NYC (more accurately, Long Island) and flying home in the same day count as “rest.”

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Coffee date…

W16D2: this will be an easy 6

Long time no chat tumblr. I did get my 4x1.5 in yesterday. It was the first strength workout I fully completed in 3 weeks. Doing them on the treadmill is tough, but I got it done. I don’t know what I would do without the distraction of Monday Night Football. 

I also ran an easy 5 Sunday. Then I took Bryon to a Chicago Patriots bar. It may have been his favorite thing ever in the city.

This was the first weekend I missed my long run. I was having terrible neck pain Friday from congestion, and it’s hard to get out the door when Bryon is here and injured. I’m taking an onward and upward attitude. 

And this would be my rest day, but I have a 1-day work trip to NYC tomorrow. I’m not taking the gamble that I’ll have any energy after that. 

Have a good day!

Coffee date…

W16D2: this will be an easy 6

Long time no chat tumblr. I did get my 4x1.5 in yesterday. It was the first strength workout I fully completed in 3 weeks. Doing them on the treadmill is tough, but I got it done. I don’t know what I would do without the distraction of Monday Night Football.

I also ran an easy 5 Sunday. Then I took Bryon to a Chicago Patriots bar. It may have been his favorite thing ever in the city.

This was the first weekend I missed my long run. I was having terrible neck pain Friday from congestion, and it’s hard to get out the door when Bryon is here and injured. I’m taking an onward and upward attitude.

And this would be my rest day, but I have a 1-day work trip to NYC tomorrow. I’m not taking the gamble that I’ll have any energy after that.

Have a good day!

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W15D4: tempo 6 

Silly target light messing up my skyline pic. I hit the treadmill because sunset is back to 6:15.

My new shoes felt 500% better because I figured out how to tie the laces more comfortably. Somehow I am back to putting huge mysterious holes in my socks? I have all kinds of residual chafing at this point. That was probably my biggest complaint of this run. Oh, and the treadmill turning off with .37 tempo to go.

Anyway, got it done and I get to see Bryon tomorrow!

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W15D3: easy 6

New shoes! I went with Kinvara 5’s (and got some new socks too). The people at Fleet Feet Logan Square were really nice, but it was an errand that made me super rushed to yoga last night. I look forward to stretching more and more every week.

Mondays strength workout was only 1/3 completed because of heartburn and shoe problems. It did not come together in any way. I am very ready for tempo tomorrow now.

Tonight I did my easy 6 outside. I like the new shoes even though the toe box needs to be broken in badly. It probably did not help that I was in heels all day and walked the half mile back to my apartment from the el. City girl problems.

Best part of today is the reception invite to one of my College friends weddings arrived! I’m ready to dance always!

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chicagococoasmell:

October 8, 2014
Strong westerly winds will bring the cocoa smell to the Mag Mile today. The scent will be strongest along the river, and those at the Merchandise Mart are in a prime cocoa smelling location.

Help make the Chicago Chocolate Smell Area map more accurate! If you can smell the Blommer Chocolate Factory, submit a Smell Report here or tweet @ChiCocoaSmell.

All I can say is my office is located in this zone. Warning to Chicago Marathon runners, there will be chocolate smell!

chicagococoasmell:

October 8, 2014

Strong westerly winds will bring the cocoa smell to the Mag Mile today. The scent will be strongest along the river, and those at the Merchandise Mart are in a prime cocoa smelling location.

Help make the Chicago Chocolate Smell Area map more accurate! If you can smell the Blommer Chocolate Factory, submit a Smell Report here or tweet @ChiCocoaSmell.

All I can say is my office is located in this zone. Warning to Chicago Marathon runners, there will be chocolate smell!

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W14D6&7: long 12 & easy 7 

Put in the miles this weekend with the exception of Friday. It was a major adjustment back to cold weather running.

I am finally learning pacing. I didn’t even use the guides and managed to run in my range both days for all the miles.

Lastly, I am so incredibly proud of two-o-nine! You rock and are an inspiration to finish the last few weeks of training strong!

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W13D3: easy 5 

Nice, easy treadmill miles. I really enjoy the easy runs for the most part. 9:53 pace per mile or so. 

People were doing all kinds of strange and interesting things at the gym. There were even ladies trying to sell some kind of belly shrinking band. 

It hasn’t been that crowded yet. There’s still lots of spots in the garage. Yet, somehow, the dude next to me couldn’t figure out how to allow me room to get in the car?

W13D3: easy 5 

Nice, easy treadmill miles. I really enjoy the easy runs for the most part. 9:53 pace per mile or so.

People were doing all kinds of strange and interesting things at the gym. There were even ladies trying to sell some kind of belly shrinking band.

It hasn’t been that crowded yet. There’s still lots of spots in the garage. Yet, somehow, the dude next to me couldn’t figure out how to allow me room to get in the car?

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W15D1: 2 x 3 

Since the weather was being weird and windy and stormy looking, and I don’t mind the treadmill when football is on, I headed to the gym. 

My first interval of 3 miles (is that really an interval?), felt great. Dialed it up to 7.1 and nailed it. I hit the 800 recovery, which was ok. 

I started running hard again and my stomach revolted .74 in. I  actually did get back of the treadmill for .73, but there was no physical way to run it out. 

I’m looking on the bright side and calling this a 1/2 success? Time to watch the Patriots for runningwithpump!

W15D1: 2 x 3 

Since the weather was being weird and windy and stormy looking, and I don’t mind the treadmill when football is on, I headed to the gym.

My first interval of 3 miles (is that really an interval?), felt great. Dialed it up to 7.1 and nailed it. I hit the 800 recovery, which was ok.

I started running hard again and my stomach revolted .74 in. I actually did get back of the treadmill for .73, but there was no physical way to run it out.

I’m looking on the bright side and calling this a 1/2 success? Time to watch the Patriots for runningwithpump!