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  1. Congrats on a solid race. Your mindset coming into this one was just so on point, which I can tell made such a difference in how you approached the outcome. May we all learn a lesson from you on how to accept that progression isn't linear.
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    Self-diagnosis: Popliteus Injury

    No kidding, glad Mac was safe, too! Here's hoping a little more time and stretching will work out all the kinks in the knee.
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    Thelma & Louise 13.1 RR

    I think that USED to be called the Boston Marathon ....
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    Thelma & Louise 13.1 RR

    ... and I bet you local folks thought I was doing the Hospital Hill Half Marathon ... So that 13.1 that I was training for? It was the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon, a classic, run-with-your-best-girl, ladies only race set in the rugged cliffs of Moab, Utah. This race was an excuse for a girls trip with one of my closest friends. She's must faster than I am (former 400 m hurdler, that one), but she is the type that abides by the "run with", as opposed to "run at the same time" rule. In this race, it was especially fun to have a person that you run right beside every step. As Moab itself is at about 4,500 feet and surrounding terrain can get up to 7,000 feet, we decided to fly in Tuesday for Saturday's race - to get adjusted to the altitude change and to also take advantage of the national and state parks surrounding the town. We hit up Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park (where T & L famously drove their convertible into the Colorado River), part of Canyonlands National Park and also some zip lining on petrified cliffs that somehow aren't part of any park, but are owned by the touristy places in Moab. For pics of those adventures, hop on over to my Instagram and check out #girlstrip. Race day was an early early wake up call. Our alarms were set for 3:45 am in order to get to the buses by 4:45 that would take us to the starting line. It's the desert. It's summer. The race started at 6 am. Friend, M and I agreed to join the sports bra squad on race day, but found ourselves needing long sleeves in the incredibly cool and windy morning that we awoke to. We literally had been moving about our tiny home rental, barely mummering to each other until we stepped outside and the cold air caused us to scream in surprise. That woke us up. The bus ride was relatively quick and uneventful. The race starting point was right along the Colorado River and surrounded by cliffs - an insanely beautiful sight. However, that early in the morning, before sunrise, it was cold and the wind was not helping. Luckily, we found a spot that blocked most of the wind, and wound up chatting with two other women who had traveled from Seattle. When it was finally time to head to the start, we shed our layers, dropped bags, hit up the toilets one last time and lined up literally at the very end of the pack. It was chip timed, so who cares, right? The course was described as a slight decline out and a slight incline back. So, the strategy was to keep things reined in the first half so as to not crash and burn in the second half. M let me control the pace, which I'm sure was painfully slow for her at first. We ticked off the first 3 miles in 12:24, 12:37 and 12:28. Starting at mile 3, there were aid stations every 1.5 miles - key in the heat and dry air for us Midwesterners who weren't used to this climate. Our goal was to run all the miles, walk all the water stops, because we both suck and drinking and running anyway. This was a great strategy, except for the part where it really messes with my split data, LOL. Around mile 4, we ran by an arch (jug handle arch) and this amazing group of women drummers, Moab Taiko Dan that energized us and quite frankly, made me so happy I've been trying to find a similar group at home. Miles 4-6: 10:48, 12:14 (water stop), 11:34. Slightly after this, we hit the turnaround and also the relay exchange point, so there was an amazing crowd, cheering everyone on. We both felt pretty darn good at this point, and we both were wondering when things were going to feel hard. For the first half, we'd been running in the shades of the cliffs, but the sun was up and over most of the terrain now. It was bound to get hot, right? Miles 7-9 ticked by in 12:01 (water stop), 11:04 and 11:26. We both kept making comments about how things still felt easy. Should they feel easy? There was a surprising amount of shade, and the wind was still blowing, keeping us relatively cool. Every now and then, I would glance down at my watch and see us nearing 10:00 pace, but then I would get scared and back off a little bit. Seriously, I need to stop running scared. LITERALLY. The last few miles I could feel myself tiring. It was a mix of emotions, because I was getting tired, but I knew I was doing well. I also knew M was full of energy and could have jetted off easily, but she stuck by my side, staying slightly in front of me to "drag" me along. UGH. Push, push, push, dig a little more. One last water stop and onto the finish. As we neared the finish line and hauled it in, I just felt all kinds of emotion welling up inside me. Tears were already forming and we hadn't even crossed. When we finally did, I just lost it. M's watch didn't have 13.1 yet, so she went off to "finish" her mileage and that was fine with me. I just needed to be alone in the crowd, half crying, half trying to not cry. I hadn't stopped my watch right away, but was thrilled by the time: 2:32.16. My previous PR was 2:35 and change. I actually did it. I finally broke that PR - set all the way back in my first half marathon. I was looking forward to seeing the official results and getting my actual chip time. Guess what? This race doesn't do chip time. Only gun time, which had us at 2:33 and change. Slightly frustrating, as I won't know my true PR. But hey, it's at least 3 minutes, maybe 4. Not too shabby. PS - this race has the best snacks Will I do another half marathon? Eh, I don't know. I know if the opportunity presented itself, I would do another race in Moab that is done by this race company and I would probably be willing to tackle this specific course again. After the race, I told M I'd love to actually be able to race her one day. She smiled - her goal is to get faster, too, so I may never catch her. But I'll have fun trying. BTW, girls trip came on the heels of a very exciting time in my life. The BF and I celebrated one year of dating ... and he asked if he could call me by another title for the rest of our lives. I said yes.
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    It's time.

    Everyone heals in different ways. MJ was incredibly swollen compared to other joints and she turned out pretty good. Perhaps it is a similar thing with Louie's hollering. Time will tell (and I'll keep my fingers crossed just in case).
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    Under the knife.

    Sounds sort of anti-climatic.
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    Marathon Goals by Billy Joel

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    Is KFC Still Open? – I Think I’ll try Streaking

    The patience and dedication during recovery has paid off! Love this post!
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    My Favorite Race of the Year!*

    That smile at the end says it all - fantastic race!
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    Keep Showing Up. Or Not.

    Well, you beat me. I was up at 3:45 for my race this past weekend and that felt early.
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    Goodbye, Mom.

    Glad you got down to the bottom of the knee issue. Getting all that frayed tissue cleaned up makes a WORLD of difference. Been thinking of you and your family since you said bye to your Mom. She and Jim do have a great view.
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    Armed Forces Day 5K RR

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    I remember when I used the weekends for running long.

    Ah, yes, you have to make sure you are on point with the foods you are eating and making sure you are getting enough calories. Both are common mistakes!
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    I remember when I used the weekends for running long.

    Trying out intermittent fasting? I don't mind it, nor do I consider it a "starvation diet", except that I prefer to break my fast in the morning and eat three meals before 4, but skipping dinner is rarely "socially acceptable", so I just suffer through traditional meals. As far as what the doc said .... at one time medical school text books also taught that women need to be ready to take their husbands hat and coat when they came home from work and have a meal ready to eat 30 minutes later. <-- Seriously. The point is ... who knows what they will be teaching about diet in 10, 20, 30 years. PS - also so glad you are okay.
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    Further thoughts on my race and some misgivings

    If you turn around and do back kicks in that set up, you get a really nice boo-tay.