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ocrunnergirl

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I did the Winter Warrior challenge as usual in January. Every day outside for at least 3 miles. I was “smart” - if it was supposed to be an off day from running then I walked the 3 miles. The weather wasn’t too terrible- a few days of feels like 17* but for the most part 30* and above.

200 running miles - OMG - where’d that come from?

February — The local running group decided to have it’s first streak month to keep everyone moving through the winter. This streak was slightly different than WW—  you just had to move - run/walk/skip - at least one mile per day - inside or outside. I quickly transitioned over to the treadmill on the days where the weather stunk. Ie. Every.dayum.friday!! Otherwise known as long run day. Seriously one day I had 18 miles on tap and it was so windy that it blew a 30’ tree onto my apartment building.

My favorite— WTH —- run was one where I ran 6 x uphill bridge repeats. It was super windy and my legs were super tired. I wasn’t sure what to expect except I expected myself to at least try the workout. As I was running to the bridge as a warmup my legs felt light and peppy. Weird, I thought, as I battled the headwind. The uphills were hard as they usually are. I would take a breath and then flow back down. On the run back to my car the wind felt like it was pushing me back to my car. The whole run I averaged an 8:20 which NEVER happens!

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I also ran my longest training run ever on the treadmill. I ran 21 miles as a progression run and felt like I could have run another 5.2 that day. I stopped in the locker room to stretch and a girl/young lady approached me. Told me she had pointed me out to her boyfriend and said that I was a beast. So focused. Totally made my day.

After the 21 miler I ran a 5 on Saturday and then a 5k “race” on Sunday. I had no intentions of racing. I was just there to support a friend in the Run 4 Autism. My calves let it be known that they needed a few days off. I was annoyed, but really how could I be? In August/September I was lucky to run 25 miles a week and since November this was the first time I had had to take a break. I sat my butt down for 3 whole days....practically killed me.

Saw Scott aka Mr. Andante at the Run 4 Autism so that was nice. Also had a great turn out from our local running group.

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In the last week of February I got to run in the Poconos in Pennsylvania 

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and in Florida:

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On my very last long run of the month I was back in NJ. I decided to run a route that one of the ladies from the local run group showed me. I did add on wherever possible — behind the school, around the shopping center, around the local college, through the hospital parking lot. I needed ~18. I thought I would get 5 miles and then circle back to my house for water and another gel (I had brought 1.) By the time I got to the gym which is across the street from the hospital I was at 9. Yippee! I just had to turn around and retrace my steps. 

And that’s when it happened...as I was crossing the busy intersection on a green light I caught my foot on....IDK.

I went down hard. A lady hopped out of her car so fast to ask if I was okay. I had tried to jump up and brush it off but she was lightning fast!! I assured her I was fine. As I trotted up the hill away from the “tripcident” I kept saying, “I’m fine.”, “ Ow!”, “I’m fine.”,”Ow!” I stopped in the hospital parking lot and started pulling up my capris and then decided not to look. I mean really why bother? I was the farthest from home I could possibly be. If I had stopped it wasn’t like I wasn’t going to finish my run. Yes, I am that stubborn.

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I woke up the next day and felt like I’d been in a prize fight. My left shoulder hurt, my left hip was bruised and my left knee hurt to go down stairs...but I could still run!! Lol

February: 184 miles with another 14-16 walking and some stationary biking.

We are in the process of moving. I’m not entirely sure we will completely move but I finally got my stationary bike out to where I am living! Yay!! Lots of 30 minute recovery rides!!

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Say a prayer for an uneventful March.

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That knee doesn't look so bad.

Holy cow, that's a bunch of miles for January. But you're starting to look pretty fast again.

BTW, we're 99% going to Sugarloaf, provided I can get Mrs. Dave to approve a place to stay before everything within 50 miles is booked.

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Your doing great on your streaks lately....running streak...falling streak...and didn't you just move last year?  I think your falling is especially improving though, its practically like you didn't even get injured  😁🤞

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On 3/4/2020 at 8:14 AM, Dave said:

That knee doesn't look so bad.

Holy cow, that's a bunch of miles for January. But you're starting to look pretty fast again.

BTW, we're 99% going to Sugarloaf, provided I can get Mrs. Dave to approve a place to stay before everything within 50 miles is booked.

Great about Sugarloaf. Don't plan on running with me. The uphill from miles 5 - 8 scares me. Working on my hill game but not sure about a climb that goes on for 3 miles.

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11 hours ago, skinnyLLegs said:

Your doing great on your streaks lately....running streak...falling streak...and didn't you just move last year?  I think your falling is especially improving though, its practically like you didn't even get injured  😁🤞

It's so ridiculous, right?? That woman -- Jeannie Rice -- who's going after the 70+ marathon PR says she stays off of the trails because it's too much of a risk for tripping and getting hurt. I'm over here thinking I can trip on ANY surface! Football pads may be in my future! 😅

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11 hours ago, SIbbetson said:

21 miles on the treadmill - oooof!

Wasn't bad compared to trying to run in the 30 mph winds.

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3 hours ago, ocrunnergirl said:

Don't plan on running with me. The uphill from miles 5 - 8 scares me. Working on my hill game but not sure about a climb that goes on for 3 miles.

We'll see. I learned in New Hampshire that going easy up the hills is the best strategy and has a positive overall impact on time. Those 3 miles will be plenty slow for me.

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I think Dave fainted when he read about your 21 mile TM run.

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1 hour ago, Slow_Running said:

The 21 miles on the TM still kills me.  Ouch!

I was about to comment on this too!  That is pure grit!

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Ouch! Your fall looks like it was way worse than mine. But if I had to choose between that and 21 miles on a treadmill, I might choose the fall.

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