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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!

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W12D3: 4 x 1.5 miles, 800 recovery

Signs it’s really fall:

- Lacey not wanting me to make my bed in the morning
- Busting out the brown boots (and they need to be replaced cause the zipper is broken)
- The triumphant return of my collection of long-sleeved Turkey Trot and St. Nick 6 tech shirts
- Sunset arriving around 7:05 before I could complete my cool down mile
- Shivering on my drive home from chill + sweat
- Drying my hair before bed cause I’m so cold

runningwithpump had to give me a phone pep talk when my workout was missing from my watch. I did the best I could with auto lap on. I was a tad too fast from my goal of maintaining an 8:27 pace. You can tell I’d realize it at the mile mark of each interval, oops. Pretty happy this workout has been tackled for the week.

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W12D2: easy 5 and yoga

This is a mantra I know my darling boyfriend will agree with: 

"You must learn how to do nothing, beautifully" 

I’m not known for my relaxing abilities, which is probably why I enjoy yoga so much.

I did run outside, so there was a little overcoming fear there today. 

I adulted a lot today. Paying bills, dropping off dry cleaning, filling prescriptions. I will definitely be checking out runningfortheriesling's apple cider vinegar remedy before going back to the gastroenterologist. 

I’m not above bribing myself with my birchbox. September’s box can be opened when my runs for the week are DONE!

W12D2: easy 5 and yoga

This is a mantra I know my darling boyfriend will agree with:

"You must learn how to do nothing, beautifully"

I’m not known for my relaxing abilities, which is probably why I enjoy yoga so much.

I did run outside, so there was a little overcoming fear there today.

I adulted a lot today. Paying bills, dropping off dry cleaning, filling prescriptions. I will definitely be checking out runningfortheriesling's apple cider vinegar remedy before going back to the gastroenterologist.

I’m not above bribing myself with my birchbox. September’s box can be opened when my runs for the week are DONE!

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W12D1: Too tired for pictures…

I did my long 10 tonight in 1:33:16. Then I took my sweaty self to Target to pick up corn tortillas for dinner at Susan’s request.

I also bought a bunch of Gatorade because chews were free with 5. The very nice check-out lady’s comment:

"Well you look like you actually do sweat"

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W11D6: easy 5 

Got through my 5 in 50:22. Bryon has to drag my behind to the gym. I was not wanting to get out the door. My legs felt absolutely destroyed.

Then he bought me lunch. I really can’t complain. He’s the best.

I’m ready to enjoy the Irish in Indy!

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W11D5: tempo 5

All the struggles. The heartburn is getting to be very painful. I worked out of the Indy office today, and they took me to Petite Chou for lunch, and I probably ate too much. I know my trigger foods, and I’ve been avoiding them, but sometimes I can’t help it.

I ran downtown and this tempo run involved 2 pain breaks. That 5th mile was UGLY, but I got it done.

Tomorrow we are going to the Notre Dame game!!!

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W11D3: 6 x 1 at 8:27 with 400 recovery 

Realities of Hanson’s Training: 

- sometimes the weather will not cooperate
- workouts will have to be moved around
- after 11 weeks the $40 in quarters for laundry will be gone
- your long hair will hate you and be a tangled messy mess
- somehow 8 miles on a weeknight seems reasonable 

I made it through this without much problem cause I was on a treadmill, and you can set it at 7.1 and forget it! I did have a bit of a hiccup since I switched treadmills after 4 intervals (due to the hour automatic shutoff), and then my shoelace came untied half a mile later. My cool down was abbreviated because running slowly with chafing is not worth it. 8.5 miles done. 

I am a little frightened to risk running outside with weather threats now, which may mean the last 8 weeks I exercise an abundance of caution. A person was struck and killed by a tree where I do my speed work last week, and I am still working through the emotions of it. My heart breaks for her family. I happened to be out shortly after it happened, and was warned by a cop to stay away and go home. I’m finding it hard to run there now.

Tomorrow’s run will be early so I can head to Indy to see Bryon (and football)!

W11D3: 6 x 1 at 8:27 with 400 recovery

Realities of Hanson’s Training:

- sometimes the weather will not cooperate
- workouts will have to be moved around
- after 11 weeks the $40 in quarters for laundry will be gone
- your long hair will hate you and be a tangled messy mess
- somehow 8 miles on a weeknight seems reasonable

I made it through this without much problem cause I was on a treadmill, and you can set it at 7.1 and forget it! I did have a bit of a hiccup since I switched treadmills after 4 intervals (due to the hour automatic shutoff), and then my shoelace came untied half a mile later. My cool down was abbreviated because running slowly with chafing is not worth it. 8.5 miles done.

I am a little frightened to risk running outside with weather threats now, which may mean the last 8 weeks I exercise an abundance of caution. A person was struck and killed by a tree where I do my speed work last week, and I am still working through the emotions of it. My heart breaks for her family. I happened to be out shortly after it happened, and was warned by a cop to stay away and go home. I’m finding it hard to run there now.

Tomorrow’s run will be early so I can head to Indy to see Bryon (and football)!