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#Sub60 10k: 19 of 61 – Old shoes.

Sub 60 10k
Tomorrow I run 7 miles. It will be my third time ever going that distance and I'm sort of excited and sort of nervous about it. Since I've accomplished it before, I know I can finish. But foot fatigue worries me. Several recent runs have been uncomfortable past the 35 minute mark, and although I haven't figured out why, it's not a completely new problem. That said, I wore a pair of old running shoes during today's run to see how they felt. It was a short run, and just shy of the 35-40 minute fatigue mark. I can say they are much more comfortable than my current shoe, and unlike my current shoe, I didn't even have a hint that pain was imminent. All signs are pointing to a need…
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#Sub60 10k: 18 of 61 – Stepmoms Run

Personal Narrative, Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k
[caption id="attachment_3641" align="alignleft" width="225"] Blue & Lil Blue post 5k[/caption] Thursday morning, I ran with the youngest. He's 11 and likes a good adventure as much as the next kid. After a strong finish during a recent 5k race, he agreed with his father and I that running would be good summertime pursuit. He's athletic, with a determined heart, and was undaunted by my description of Thursday's running plan. Eleven (almost 12) is that interesting age where some are still open to public kisses from parents, but are pretty sure they've got this thing (life) all figured out. Or at least they want you to think so. As a veteran classroom  teacher turned new stepmom, it's an interesting tug-of-war watching this play out, even as you know what's going on. I know how kids…
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Another beautiful day

Spirituality
[caption id="attachment_3636" align="alignleft" width="210"] North Georgia cotton candy sunrise.[/caption] The skies of north Georgia are beautiful. I admit this freely now. I often stop to photograph daybreak and dawn, sunset, dusk and twilight. As a Georgia native, there were many things I enjoyed outdoors growing up, but I can't recall appreciating the sky on the fringes of day. Florida was a different story. I lived there off and on for many years, and 2009 is the first time I recall pausing at the sight of the setting sun. Driving across a bridge, I witnessed the huge orb sinking below the horizon. Once bright blue sky, now dotted with clouds and awash in orange and purple and pink, I wanted to pull over in awe. Instead I offered prayers of appreciation. I couldn't believe my good fortune to…
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Stream of Consciousness: Planting

Feminist Thought, Spirituality
A bitter heart is fertile ground for the dream of revenge. It can extend beyond heart and mind, into body, into world. Enact the vengeance, and the recipient may agree, yes, this is justice. Or she may not. Her family may agree, or they may not. Her friends may agree, or not. What if? The wronged heart, too, grows bitter then. Poison cultivates a new dream of revenge. Imagination and courage dance, a perverse action. Then. Pain inflicted on another. What if... Newly wounded burn with anger, rot with pain, and poison the ground for a dream. And so it is, the potential in actions born of bitterness. With life comes pain. But in pain, do you seek restoration or destruction? But what of a family, community, or nation? What is in the heart…
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#Sub60: 16 of 61

Sub 60 10k, Temple Building
[caption id="attachment_3630" align="alignleft" width="225"] First day in my new Brooks Launch.[/caption] Sunday's long run tested my shoes, my stride and my insoles. I have an ongoing challenge with shock/fatigue effecting the ball of my right foot. Over the years, I've dealt with the symptoms successfully for the most part. In the past two years, it hasn't flared up at all, so I'd forgotten about it until earlier this month. That was about the time I ran out out my old shoes (500+ miles) and purchased news ones. Somewhere in that transition, my foot reminded me of the way things were. The new shoes haven't helped, so I tried new insoles this week. I did a short run with them, but Sunday's long run was the official new insoles trial. Would…
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#Sub60: 15 of 61

Sub 60 10k
Last night, I decided today's run would begin at the park. The park trailhead begins/ends right beside a track, which is perfect for strides at the run's end. This area is full of runners and bikers. It seems every other week there's a 5k/10k and the like. There was one last Saturday, and just to be on the safe side, I checked for this Saturday. Nothing on tap! All clear! Yet I arrived at the park shortly after 6:15 a.m., greeted by a tell-tale Start banner. I drove around to investigate. Yes, a race would be underway in little over an hour. And worse, the track served as a staging area. I could be done with the main course before the race began, but the track was off limits, and the track was the…
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#Sub60: 14 of 61

Sub 60 10k
Most of my recent runs have been at conversation pace. My plan sets this as 11:15-11:30 minutes per mile. That's a comfortable pace, especially once I've warmed up. Blue gifted me a Garmin for my birthday, and I program it as a training partner. It alerts me elapsed distance and/or time, and it signals when I'm not running within a specified target. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="370"] Brianna Rollins[/caption] Today's run felt good early. I locked into what seemed to be an 11:00-11:15 pace (a little faster than target). But my Garmin didn't agree.  In fact, it alerted me several times that I was much too slow. I refused to speed up because I've gotten to know just what this range feels like. I waited for my Garmin to smarten up. As I approached the first…
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#Sub60: 13. On location and circumstance

Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k
[caption id="attachment_3618" align="alignright" width="223"] Right place. Wrong day. Too wet for strides.[/caption] I ran at the wrong place today. Don't misunderstand me, it was my usual place, the closest trailhead of two nearby. The overwhelming majority of my runs start from here, but it wasn't ideal for today. Unless it's the middle of a storm, I've decided to run rain or shine. Last night, it rained. For a slow or steady run, old faithful doesn't pose a problem when wet. But today's run was three slow miles with strides. The strides (sprints) are best done on dry land, or at the very least, on ground with strong traction. Most of the trail is wood, and slick when wet. The other trailhead? Right beside a track. I realized my mistake within moments of arrival, but it was too late to…
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#Sub60: 11 and 12 of 61

Sub 60 10k, Temple Building, Zaimu Challenge
[caption id="attachment_3614" align="aligncenter" width="486"] Saturday's post-run sunrise[/caption] Yesterday Blue and I ran two miles and strides. We arrived early to the park, ahead of the 5k racers. We got our two on the greenway and closed out the strides on the track. I wore new running shoes for the occasion, but I didn't run long enough to see how my feet liked them. Today's long run was a 5-miler. An extra rest day Friday and carb loading yesterday proved great choices. I experimented with my pre-run fuel this morning as well, eating a little banana with almond butter before the left. The combination left me feeling energized and strong the entire run. My shoes also worked pretty well, and I'm looking forward to some good miles with them. Next week I move into more…
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