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  1. lol-I didn't notice that. Well, you can tell how boring I am. Google found it for me
  2. I can't remember where I saw a recipe. Someone had made bars (oatmeal) with dates. There was a discussion of whether or not dates are a dried fruit. Someone added craisins. Does that ring a bell with anyone?
  3. I've talked to several exercise physiologists, sports therapists (for The Dallas Cowboys) who came to talk to our running club and Drs. at The Cooper Institute for Aerobics who say that actually there is no research that shows stretching is beneficial and can create injuries. Definitely don't stretch when muscles are cold. Their advice is warm up and cool down and take joints through a full range of motion. Runners World magazine has run articles on this also. (Although they'll put completely contradictory information in a single issue). I don't stretch anymore, but I do have exercises that take my joints through a full range of motion.
  4. Sunny-Are you running to finish or do you have a time goal? Are you on track with your training schedule? Way to go, Elizabeth! That is neat when you are in that phase of "this is the farthest I've ever run."
  5. Wooo Hooo! Great time. I know that nervous feeling about not being able to keep up. It always turns out fine. My race is tomorrow.
  6. TexasMom-I'll be looking for you tomorrow. I bet you won't be needing that jacket. I'll be wearing a sleeveless, medium-blue "Trained by Run On" shirt with black shorts. Probably a neon yellow hat.
  7. Texasmom-That sounds like an easy outfit to spot. I'll look for you. I haven't decided on my clothes yet, but I'm bib #2006. For your friend, I can't recommend Run-On highly enough. Mockingbird Lane Sunday mornings at 6 AM we are training (about 100 runners) for half or full marathons. http://www.runontexas.com Lit Chick-I would be very careful about running with your Mom's history of arthritis in her knees. Maybe an orthopedist WHO IS A RUNNER could advise you.
  8. Elizabeth-I'm so sorry. I feel your pain. Last year I was training for a marathon and developed a problem 3 1/2 months into my 5 month training. The PT suggested deep water pool running for the same amount of time I would be running. I just couldn't do it. Running in place for 3 hours in a pool just wasn't happening. I had to drop out of training altogether. I really think I went into depression. I had planned, trained, told everyone and built some of my self-image around being a marathoner. I thought I would never run again. I was sitting in an ice bath with a sweater and hat on just completely sobbing with my DH (not a runner) trying to figure out how to comfort me. Months later I started running a little bit again. I promised myself I would never attempt a full marathon again because I didn't feel like I could risk disappointment like that in case of injury. I talked to a trainer at The Cooper Institute who advised me to lay off myself and do a few more half's (halves?) and not consider that somehow less than a marathon-just different. That is what I'm in training for right now (this weekend and another in December). Yesterday, I was with the chiropractor who does ART and told him that I felt like he had "healed" me, and if I am right I would try a full marathon next year. He said, "Why next year? Don't lose your base. Do a marathon this Spring." For some reason, that had not occurred to me. I came home got on the internet and found OKC on 4/30/06. God willing, I'll be there. Just make sure you are really doing the medically smart thing and not letting the disappointment of DELAYING your marathon, make you do something that you'll regret. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
  9. Texas-The Runners will have to get themselves to the relay points. I'm not sure what the problem was. I think they just didn't have their timing right in terms of what time they would need to be in place. If people would wear something bright colored or unusual, it would make it easier to spot one another. The points get really crowded with people looking for their team mates. Christena-I've been coaching for about 2 1/2 years now. I was a certified couch potato until I started running about 4 years ago. Mostly, I coach brand new runners who have never run any race before. It is really fun to watch people become runners.
  10. texasmom-I'll be running a 1/2 at The Rock also. 2 years ago I did the relay there. It was a lot of fun. Have you done a relay? I know a few teams that had problems with the next runner being at the expected point so some runners ended up doing 2 legs.
  11. There is a walk/run training group at my running club. They seem to do pretty well on time. The head coach told me that his third best marathon was walk/run. Could you train with a group? I think that would be key with any marathon training.
  12. You should be able to lay off for one week without seeing a decline in your cardio capacity. Good luck with your upcoming long run.
  13. You can check out "Find a Provider"http://www.activerelease.com/index.asp
  14. Texasmom-I'm running the Half. Where will you be volunteering?
  15. I'll just share a recent positive experience of mine. Last year I had to drop out of marathon training due to IT band problems. This year the same pain started up again when I got to my 2 1/2 hour run. I immediately went to a chiropractor who does Active Release Therapy. I've never been to a chiropractor before and am really skeptical. This is a guy who has spoken on several occasions at my running store. He is a triathlete-started life as a personal trainer, became a massage therapist, then chiropractor with specialization in ART. After 4 visits, it is healed. Basically, an irritated IT band can get adhesions to the muscle. Using extremely deep pressure while stretching my muscles in various positions, the adhesions are loosened. I did a 2 hour 40 minute this weekend with no problems. For the person who asked about running with IT problems, mine was so painful that I couldn't tolerate the pain. Also, if it bothers you enough that you change your gait, that create new problems. I've got 2 Dr.'s in my running group and I use an orthopedist and physical therapist who travel with the olympic track team. All of them say that joint problems are largely hereditary. Also, for runners who aren't on the elite level, it is misuse as opposed to overuse. Shoes are critically important-get fitted at a running store. Pay attention to your body. Pain is giving you a signal.
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