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Close the Gap

2018
I love a good beginning. As far as I'm concerned, any reason is a great reason to start. Any time is a wonderful time. Today is the first day of the year, the first day of the week and the first day of the month, but none of that really matters. The important part is, today is the day I'm ready to begin. It seems I spent most of 2017 dormant. I basically stopped blogging and limited my tweets to greetings and #templebuilding updates. But the truth is, I helped my cousin/big sister land our first federal contract. We also delivered two excellent projects for a corporate client (we'll finish one last one this month). The thing I'm most proud of is a creative victory. I took a short story…
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Begin Again

Personal Narrative
Time certainly does march on. Who knew nearly a year had passed since I last updated this blog? Even then it was more of an announcement than one of my regular posts. I suppose we all do that though – go through quiet spells. In recent weeks I've come to understand that I've been quiet in a lot of areas of my life, not just social media. I've also experienced bouts of anxiety, which is loud in my head and in my body, but quiet on the outside. I've said no. A lot. I've ignored people. Often. I needed this time to myself. But like everything else, quiet was a season. And now I'm saying yes more often. And responding more often. And maybe even blogging more often, too. Today…
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On Clearing Space and Creating Victory

Spirituality, Temple Building, Text Talk, Women's Health
Over on PhYINomenal, Sojo's self care focus for November is Elimination – time to release, remove, denounce, deny and let go. It's a great time to release that which no longer serves you and invite in affirming energy, new processes, and transformative experiences. If you've never checked out her site, today's a great day to do it. Get the self care calendar for November and see what simple things you can do to release the deadweight and bring new life. Over the years I've found myself in that place many times. One time in particular, I was stuck, stagnant and depleted. I needed something, anything, that could help me recharge my life and get inspired again. I finally realized that I didn't need to look outside myself for the answers. With…
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A baseline and a stretch

Sub 60 10k
[caption id="attachment_3676" align="alignright" width="225"] A PR! Or...[/caption] It was supposed to be an easy run. That's runnerspeak for conversation pace, or kind of slow.  As in taking it easy. We began that way, running a 12-minute mile to start. We sped up as we ran, and actually I started to tire out. We walked in a couple of places near the end. With all of that, I still ended up running a PR! Well, sort of. I've only completed a handful of runs at 10k (6.2 miles) or longer. The first time was November 2013. I didn't run that distance again until this year. RunKeeper has my data since 2011. It  knows the truth – my 2013 run was faster. Garmin only has data since February 2016, so today's run is the fastest it…
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New blues in the Big Peach

Sub 60 10k
I journaled in Aspen, but chose not blog. In fact, I only touched my computer once during the trip. I do want to recap my adventures here, especially my new appreciation for theoretical physics and cosmology. But today, I'll stick to running. Typically, I run four days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Because I traveled last Sunday, I ran my seven miles on Saturday instead. Due to altitude and conference proceedings, I didn't expect to run much in Aspen. I did attempt one run, and as luck would have it, the trail from my hotel was uphill. It took a lot of work to eek out 1.5 miles, but I was proud by the end! I returned home late Thursday, and Friday I visited a local running store, The Big Peach.…
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#Sub60 10k: Seven and long

Sub 60 10k
Today's 7-miler had a twist. Last week's goal was simply to run 7 miles at a steady pace. Ha. Simply. That was just my third time at that distance... Today's work was quite a bit more challenging. The first three miles were steady (11:00-11:45 pace), the next three were fast (10:15-10:35), and one more mile at steady/cool down pace. It kicked my ass, but I made it. Better than made it. Blue and I ran negative splits for the six miles, even though I had to walk a few seconds just before mile six. We stopped during the last mile to chit chat with some friends at a water station (shout out to North GA Running!) and then brought it in for the finish. Last week I said I wouldn't try for…
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At the track

Sub 60 10k
Speedwork at the track this morning! I ran: 1 mile warmup 5 min @ 9:34-9:45 pace then 2 min slow ^^repeat 4 times 1 mile cool down [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Alysia Montaño[/caption] That's 4.65 in the books. It took effort, yet I felt strong throughout. My legs, a little fatigued from strides on Tuesday and strength training yesterday, held up with no problem. I haven't gone shoe shopping yet, so I've made due rotating my old pairs. I have another long run coming up soon. In fact, it's supposed to be Sunday, but I'm flying to Colorado for the week. I'll skip the official Saturday workout and do Sunday's 7-miler instead. Based on my travel schedule I may basically skip one whole week of my plan, or at least delay it. Having been to Aspen…
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Steps and Strides

Personal Narrative, Sub 60 10k
[caption id="attachment_3655" align="alignleft" width="225"] The view during my first three miles.[/caption] Today was workout 21 of 61, and I ran 3 miles, 5 strides. The three miles is old hat this point, but we've upped the strides this week. That last stride just about did me in! I wanted to give it my all, and I did, but rather than running through the tape, I pulled up at the final split second. I felt disappointed as I heard the last chime, but I gave all I felt capable of at that moment. All day I assumed the last stride was slower than some of the others, but now I've checked – it was fastest! By far! Goes to show, perception is not always reality. Still, I plan to work at  running through the tape. It's easy for…
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7 more miles in faithful pinks

Sub 60 10k
I ran 7 miles today. It's not my first time, but it's still a milestone. It's the longest duration (1:22:45) and tied for my longest distance at 7.27. I mistakenly thought 7.22 was my longest, or I would've held out for another hundredth of a mile. Either way, I felt accomplished by the end. It was a challenging run, to be sure, and hills of mile 5 showed in the mile 6 split. We came in strong on mile 7, and claimed the win. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nike Zoom Pegasus 29 - my "old pinks"[/caption] The biggest news: my feet held up. I ran in my old Pegasus 29s, which have over 500 miles! Not surprising, I had overall leg fatigue and my foot started to peter out at the end, but nothing like the…
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