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#46 Postby Karmacharger » Sun May 25, 2008 1:09 pm

Congratulations on training for, running and finishing the half marathon Pamela! That is such a huge accomplishment in and of itself! I'm sorry you didn't get the time you wanted but you'll do it next year! :)

I hope you have a great rest and enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)

I guess since you ran 21k today, the least I can do is go to the gym. :p PMS is making it hard but I have to ignore it and just go. :)

Thanks for the inspiration!
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#47 Postby Tasha » Sun May 25, 2008 4:55 pm

Isn't that the best? When you have people encouraging you ?
My friend did that to me. In fact he was running and yelling at me with excitement. I pushed to the end. He wasn't even in the race. Just out of the crowd. It was funny !
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#48 Postby hsorlando » Sun May 25, 2008 7:23 pm

I think it's great that you didn't give up. You kept going, and things kept motivating you! Nothings gonna stop you from running!
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#49 Postby pamela » Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:10 pm

Thanks guys. I think it's just always disappointing to not live up to your potential. Right now my #1 goal is to learn how to love running again. I think that's going to be easier now that I don't have so many negative connotations and bad memories associated with it.

Since my race, I ran 9k on Thursday night, 8k Saturday afternoon, and 5.5k on Sunday evening. I'm easing back in to it. They were all good runs, and I felt great.

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#50 Postby pamela » Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:36 am

Well the sports medicine doctor says to stop running for a week to see if I can't get my knee thing to heal. And then I need to ramp back up again. Ugh, I am so freaking tired of doing that. It's spring/summer, the weather is beautiful, I just want to run!! :cry: Anyway, I'm dealing with it a lot better than I did in January, when I thought the world was going to end when I stopped. I'm trying to see it as an opportunity to be a bit lazy and maybe be less hungry therefore eat less and save money! :D

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#51 Postby pamela » Sun Jun 22, 2008 7:01 am

I took a week and a half off from running and have been building back up gradually again. The knee issue seems to be gone. I started back with 4k runs and have done several 6k runs. I'm not going too fast, I just want to make sure I don't end up with the same problem again. I think I am going to stay at shorter distances for a bit (add some frequency) and work on speeding up and then start adding on to the distance of my runs. This is what I did last year and it worked well. I hate running less kms but I found it very difficult to go faster this time around when I had only focused on building my distance. Last year I did my first 5k, 10k and half marathon at the exact same pace, so if I can get my speed improved over the lower distances I'm confident I can easily maintain it over longer distances with some practice.

In other news, I bought a bike last weekend. I rode it yesterday for the first time. It was my first time riding a bike in about 15 years! It's purple and has pink flowers on it. I love it. :)

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#52 Postby Karmacharger » Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:07 am

Hey! I was thinking about you yesterday when I was writing in Hayley's blog about her running progress. I'm glad to see you're taking the slow and steady approach. I find it hard to give my body time to rest when I just want to pick up where I left off. I think you've got the right attitude. :)

From where did you get your bike? I've been looking for one all summer! I'm trying to buy a used one but I might cave and get a new one....
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#53 Postby pamela » Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:10 am

Thanks. :) I am so frustrated with doing such piddly mileage, but if it means I can stay consistent and uninjured. I guess it's worth it.

I got my bike at Canadian Tire. We looked at the Bike Dump downtown but they were actually quite pricey. I got my new bike for cheaper than 95% of the bikes at the used place. Todd got a bike too, he got his at Bushtukah. I don't know where you can even find used bikes!

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#54 Postby Karmacharger » Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:19 am

I thought about going to the bike dump but got mixed reviews. Most of the used bikes I found on Craig's list were really pricey. The reason I wanted to get a used bike was because I didn't want to buy something new, when I perfectly good used model would do... My friend was telling me to go to CT and check out their selection. I might just do so I don't spend the whole summer without a bike.

Last October when I was visiting Berlin, I did a 4.5 hour bike tour of the city. It was the first time I had been on a bike in over 14 years. It made me want to start riding again....

I'm not sure what I can say that will make you feel better about running shorter distances other than it's good for you. :) I know it sucks but it will be worth it in the end! :) I had to stop running, my knees were suffering in a big way... maybe I'll try again when I've lost more weight. We'll see.

In the meantime, happy trails regardless of whether you're on bike or foot!

Also, have you thought of swimming as a way to boost training? It's really low impact but will help with endurance and stamina.... I used to love "running" in the water.
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#55 Postby markc7 » Sun Jun 22, 2008 4:27 pm

I was thinking of checking out this for a used bike this summer.
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#56 Postby pamela » Sun Jun 22, 2008 5:36 pm

There are probably some good finds there. Good luck! But I'm impatient. :)

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#57 Postby pamela » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:44 pm

So I've been doing my usual stretching and stuff daily. I watch an episode of Friends (I have all 10 seasons) while I do it so it helps me find the motivation. :) I did upper body weights yesterday morning, and was going to go for a bike ride last night but ran out of time before it got dark. I am going for one tonight though, probably 45 minutes to an hour while someone views my house, and then I plan to run afterwards.

I'm really boring these days as far as this stuff goes. :D

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#58 Postby pamela » Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:33 am

I'm so terrible these days I probably don't deserve to have one of these, or even post here on the forum. :)

We have been in the process of trying to sell our house for the past few weeks, and it finally seems to have happened. So since we listed it, we've been kicked out of our house many evenings so it can be shown, have had to keep it in perfect condition, and since we've fielded five offers, have spent a number of long nights in the real estate office. This means I've been pretty inconsistent and have found it difficult to maintain any sort of training schedule. Also, the stress of selling a house is pretty big, and while it hasn't affected me outwardly, I can feel it sapping my energy.

Anyway, I'm hoping now that it's sold, and now that I've spent a few weeks slowly building building my runs back up, that I can be a little more consistent and start working towards some tangible goals!

Tonight I am planning to go for a run later in the evening. I will either do 6k at a decent pace, or 8k at a slower pace. It will depend on how I'm feeling. I also need to stretch this evening, I missed the past two days. Tomorrow morning I'd like to do my little upper body work out. I'd like to run Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, but haven't planned it beyond that. We're being kicked out of our house on Saturday afternoon so the buyers can do a home inspection.

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#59 Postby pamela » Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:54 am

I skipped my planned run for last night because I was really sleepy, but I went to bed a bit early and got up early and did it this morning. I did 5k at a faster pace than I've been doing lately (5:15/km) and then a cool down kilometre after.

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#60 Postby pamela » Fri Jun 27, 2008 6:54 pm

I was planning to do a bike ride or something tonight, but I am just too sleepy. Maybe we'll go for a walk. Maybe not. We're definitely going to stretch. Either way I hope to go to bed early tonight and get a bit of extra sleep.

I plan to run tomorrow morning, and then sunday evening, taking Monday off. I haven't decided on the distances yet, but I'd like to work on speed a bit. We'll see. I feel like there are so many different kinds of runs I want to do right now, but I am not able to put in enough mileage to do everything i want to do.


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