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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!

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W13D7: easy 5 

Chicago is a depressed city. All the Packer fans are out. I went a little too fast, but I ran at the pace that felt comfortable.

4 more weeks. Starting to get really jealous of the TC and Chicago runners!

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W13D6: long 10

After a treadmill attempt that caused a ton of ankle pain yesterday, I came home, and decided to move on and try to do my long 10 Saturday. I think one of the reasons so many people are successful on Hanson’s is that you can’t skip days or delay things. You just have to do it. It also causes issues with even small injuries. I just have to keep telling myself it’ll be fine.

The source of the ankle pain was an infected blister that I had apparently been ignoring. The swelling went down significantly after cleaning it out and spending time without shoes on.

I did make it to yoga. It was so crowded. I’m amazed how many people are there at 8:15. We worked on lotus today. My knees hate it. Anybody have tips & tricks?

I didn’t get out the door until the afternoon, but it was nice out. People in Bucktown are the nicest, in Lincoln Park, not so much. Sharing the sidewalk is just a really challenging concept. I had a watch pausing incident, and got mad at myself. I really wish my splits weren’t so inconsistent. Only a couple more “long” runs before the race.

Thanks for the compliments on my apartment! I can’t take credit as my cousin picked out practically everything.

And I’ll be running the Flying Pig in Cincinnati next May! I don’t know what possessed me in week 13 of training to sign up, but I am excited for the challenge in one of my favorite cities.

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W13D4: easy 3

Sometimes being on Hanson’s makes you think crazy things like… 3 isn’t a “real workout.” I am just grumpy and couldn’t comfortably survive 5. I was also attacked by a vicious dachshund (not the goofy dog pictured).

At the moment, the thought of food that doesn’t have chocolate in it is making me nauseous. A re-try of the tempo will occur tomorrow.

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W13D3: easy 6

I’m very, very happy for runningwithpump's Boston entry! I'm so excited for him.

I had 6 to do, and I went farther down the southern part of the path than I’ve ever gone. I’m getting very bored of the 4.5 mile loop. I’ve never loved out and backs, but I’ll take it after approximately 1,000 loops.

Refueling is key for the heart of this plan and this was my 4th meal off this pizza, and it’s still not gone. So many veggies.

Shana Tova!

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W13D1: 3 x 2 (800 recovery)

With way too much effort, I got the next few weeks of training to load into my Garmin. It was nice to not have to watch it too much, and I was able to stay in range without too much beeping.

The warm-up felt horrible, but the miles at the target pace felt great. I can’t explain it. Also, despite starting 30 minutes ahead of last week, I still finished as the sun set. I also froze in my tank. In no way did it feel 72. 

I love fall, but this year, I actually enjoyed the warmth of summer. Something is wrong with me.

W13D1: 3 x 2 (800 recovery)

With way too much effort, I got the next few weeks of training to load into my Garmin. It was nice to not have to watch it too much, and I was able to stay in range without too much beeping.

The warm-up felt horrible, but the miles at the target pace felt great. I can’t explain it. Also, despite starting 30 minutes ahead of last week, I still finished as the sun set. I also froze in my tank. In no way did it feel 72.

I love fall, but this year, I actually enjoyed the warmth of summer. Something is wrong with me.

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W13D7: long 12

Sometimes Chicago is windy. I bet you can guess which miles I was running against Mother Nature?

I did see a charming little family getting some 1st birthday pictures taken in Lincoln Park (http://www.gofundme.com/em34ls). The garden there is one of my favorite places in the city. Seeing them gave me a huge morale boost at mile 4.

This was a huge mile week, especially with adding in a delayed long run on Monday. Taking some Sunday NFL watching naps with my puppy to recuperate.

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W13D6: easy 4 

I gave myself a slight break and did 4 instead of 6. It’s been an intense workout week and between extra walking/biking/yoga my legs are extra fatigued. I have my 12 tomorrow, so that’ll be a challenge.

My Launches always feel great the day after a SOS workout in my Kinvaras. Due to incidents I had to clean out the bottom of both pairs. Grumble.

Notre Dame has a bye, so I’ll be trying to clean-up and take care of myself. It’s an uphill battle.

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W13D5: tempo 5 (8:37)

Success! And less heartburn. It was beautiful out, even if the wind off the lake was a little strong at times. I find tempo runs the most mentally challenging, but after mile 3 I knew I could make it. My legs are very tired after this week, but I still felt strong.

The north branch of the Chicago River was incredibly beautiful tonight. There was even a real rower out there.

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W12D4: easy 5 

This was my best run with a headlamp on ever (if that’s a thing). I seriously don’t know where I gain or lose 10 ft in elevation. City of Chicago problems. Bryon actually thinks where I do intervals is “too hilly” for it, but my neighborhood is so flat. Edit: clarification, where I do intervals actually does have some elevation change as it is in the suburbs.

I also walked an extra 2 miles today doing errands. Getting my eyebrows done is the greatest small luxury ever. I feel so much better. I then proceeded to leave my coat there, had to walk back after nearly being home, and had to stop to get $20 in quarters. I also picked up my asthma meds. I’m going to make myself get a flu shot this weekend (somebody hold me to that). Due to my delays, I got out for the run later than I wanted to. All’s well that ends well.

I may have identified the acid reflux culprit. It might be the Gatorade. I haven’t changed my diet at all, except for adding that. I am pretty strictly a water, coffee, and tea person. Even on my easy run, I was having a ton of discomfort. I’m torn as to whether to eliminate it, since I think it’s helping too?

3 more runs until Birchbox!