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W5D2: tempo 3, target 8:37 

I’ve been meaning to take my camera, so tumblr can experience the.  bizarre nature preserve where I’ve been running. Alas, my first tempo run is no time for that.

It is time for a little 18 inch green snake to threaten to bite me. I only mildly freaked out. I also saw a huge hawk and a heron. Nature in full force. 

This was difficult after 4 weeks of easy miles. My garmin spent too much time yelling at me, but training is about learning to become a better runner. I have room for improvement.

I am actually already packed for my work trip tomorrow. That’s a major accomplishment for me!

W5D2: tempo 3, target 8:37 

I’ve been meaning to take my camera, so tumblr can experience the. bizarre nature preserve where I’ve been running. Alas, my first tempo run is no time for that.

It is time for a little 18 inch green snake to threaten to bite me. I only mildly freaked out. I also saw a huge hawk and a heron. Nature in full force.

This was difficult after 4 weeks of easy miles. My garmin spent too much time yelling at me, but training is about learning to become a better runner. I have room for improvement.

I am actually already packed for my work trip tomorrow. That’s a major accomplishment for me!

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W5D1: 5 easy

This is the most common run from here on out. Good thing it shows up first in my watch. I’m still getting a hang of the pacing thing. All the beeping. I was tired because of the 4:15 am wake up but my legs were ready to go. Also, this is the best summer with the best temperatures!

I had so much fun at the Reds/Nationals game with runningwithpump. Aren’t the Mr. Redlegs hats great? The special visitors were the Presidents - and they let Teddy win! I couldn’t believe it. Such a great day!

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W4D6: easy 6 

Road trip! We are going to my first hometown - Cincinnati, Ohio for the Reds game against the Nationals. There’s a great giveaway going on. I’ll leave it at that for now. 

The clouds looked ominous, so I sort of made Bryon take us to Planet Fitness. By the end of our run, it was sunny outside, oops. Felt strong, the miles felt easy. The real test will be next week when I lose a rest day and add tempo runs. 

Have a good Saturday tumblr!

W4D6: easy 6 

Road trip! We are going to my first hometown - Cincinnati, Ohio for the Reds game against the Nationals. There’s a great giveaway going on. I’ll leave it at that for now.

The clouds looked ominous, so I sort of made Bryon take us to Planet Fitness. By the end of our run, it was sunny outside, oops. Felt strong, the miles felt easy. The real test will be next week when I lose a rest day and add tempo runs.

Have a good Saturday tumblr!

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W4D5: easy 3

Woke up to strange dreams, but had the motivation I needed to get up at 5:15 and run today’s mileage. Indianapolis this afternoon for a great weekend with runningwithpump! 

My allergies kicked my butt, and I much rather would’ve been in the perfect lap pool in Bucktown that I ran by. I miss swim team.

Glad to have this one done, and probably overly proud of myself. Only 6 more miles tomorrow!

W4D5: easy 3

Woke up to strange dreams, but had the motivation I needed to get up at 5:15 and run today’s mileage. Indianapolis this afternoon for a great weekend with runningwithpump!

My allergies kicked my butt, and I much rather would’ve been in the perfect lap pool in Bucktown that I ran by. I miss swim team.

Glad to have this one done, and probably overly proud of myself. Only 6 more miles tomorrow!

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W4D4: easy 5 

Bryon programmed my watch to beep at me when I’m out of my easy pace range. There was lots of beeping.

Lots of wildlife on my run too! A tiny little north shore field mouse ran right in from me, and reminded me of fromthebackofthepack. Not quite the NYC rat.

These are totally representative of my typical splits. Completely inconsistent. This is actually an improvement. I’m working on it, 14 weeks to sort that out.

This really was a good run and once again the weather was absolutely perfect!

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W4D3: easy 3

Knowing I wouldn’t make it around the park loop at this distance, I headed down the south path. It was so beautiful! Wooded with water close by.

The weather is running perfect, 70 and just breezy enough. Needed to run off the work stress too. Feeling much better now!

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coasttocoastseatosea said: are you doing hansons full or half plan? i just started the full. how you feeling about it?

I am just doing the half plan. Based on whether I can meet goal time, I’m open to trying out the full plan in the spring.

My half PR sits at 1:58:18 and I want to hit a 1:53. So far I’m loving it, and the pacing is really helping my motivation. Although, my opinion might change once I start the serious strength and speed work!

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W4D2: Rest/yoga

You can tell I’m really buying into this Hansons’s thing because I’m considering yoga active recovery. Nadine taught the class (my usual Saturday instructor). I really like her level 1-2. I also have to say that there is a great benefit to having an amazing instructor, so many wonderful corrections (including a knee to my back in cobra).

Anyway, oddest coincidence, one of my all time happy moments was in Ireland driving the Ring of Kerry and stopping at a seaside cafe with my Dad. Yesterday, NBC news published a story about some tiny Irish tea shop banning loud American. Yep, same cafe.

And yes, this was Ireland in August and hot tea was perfectly appropriate. Praying for the return of 70 degree temps for my return to running tomorrow.

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W4D1: easy 5

So, so warm. It was “take Lacey to work day.” Exterminators came to our apartment for an inspection. I hope they didn’t find anything? I think she behaved pretty well. Only a few barking fits!

I was going to try to run and go to yoga again, but I just couldn’t rush myself that much. This whole exercise thing is actually for fun, and when it stops being relaxing, I have to take a step back.

On another note, running with the old iPod means remembering music history, whatever happened to LMFAO?

Also, the whole city was out training in their Shamrock Shuffle shirts, I counted 12. It was almost comical. Had to count myself too, was there a memo somewhere?

Bryon left me with the chocolate chip cookies I made for him. Delicious refueling time!

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W3D7: my rest day 

Summer shandy beermosas and the British Open!

W3D7: my rest day

Summer shandy beermosas and the British Open!