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Sorry … next race is Turkey trot, you know when. I DID however do a four-mile round trip to the grocery store, did two loads of laundry, and took the hedge clippers to the backyard ficus hedge (bagging 3 large bags of leaves). Off to bagel joint this AM for breakfast/7 mile round trip. … fellow athletes, be safe, run strong and Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov 20, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Always LOVE reading this newsletter and all the comments, even when I say nothing. It's so inspiring.

I wanted to comment on all the people who mention running with spouses, children, family. You are so lucky. I only have one daughter who runs, and she's not very consistent about it. The rest of my family thinks I'm a nut!!! Actually, they're all very supportive, but no one wants to join me. How wonderful for those of you who have that extra bond.

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Nov 20, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Thank you!!! 😊

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Nov 20, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Terrell —-signed up for the Louisiana Half Marathon in Baton Rouge in mid Jan. My youngest daughter and I have completed that run 4x—-I guess we like it!

Still running, slower now, as I move into the early 70’s—not sure how quickly that happened😎😎😎.

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Nov 20, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Terrell, I swear sometimes you can read my mind- you always seem to nail exactly what I’m going through, week after week.

I’m running my first 26.2 this weekend. I’m equally excited and terrified. I want to thank you and everyone here for always providing support and advice, and for being the amazing running community that we all are.

Good luck and congratulations to everyone- every step counts and every step represents all of the literal blood, sweat, tears and countless hours of training we have behind each race that we do. For me, it’s always all about the journey. As I run my marathon I am going to reflect on the months and months of training, the 4 am wake ups, the solo runs when it was me and my headlamp in the dark, listening to the crickets, all of the things I said “no” to in order to say YES to running, the support of my friends and family, and the running community that understands better than anyone else out there. We’ve all got this. Run your run.

Thank you for being here every week/ you’ve kept me going more than you’ll ever know.

🏃🏻‍♀️💙

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Nothing this weekend followed by three weekends in a row as the holiday season runs kick off. Saturday after thanksgiving the “After Ate” 8k at the Billsburg Brewery at historic Jamestown. The following Sunday the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Christmastown Dash 8k, followed the next weekend by the Sentara Hospital “Sleighbell 5k.” Ho Ho Ho!

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Running my first race on Sunday. My daughter is doing the Girls on the Run 5K for the fourth time and I am join as her run buddy. I started running in April and I saved my very first race for her.

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Only running for cookies on December 4th. The Electric Cookie Run. . .a small 5K in waves every hour around Green Lake in Seattle. No medals, just cookies. Monies go to a wonderful charity that helps women and children get their lives together. Other than that, an inaugural 10K on the Embarcadero in San Francisco (my dream city) on July 24th. Did a Virtual Golden Gate Half somewhere the beginning of the month. . .I've done so many Halfs, I don't remember the date! This one was memorable in that I was finally (Finally!) able to relax and run. You know, you go faster if you can relax?! Conquering my FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and signing up for what is realistic and affordable for me as a person. It makes it easier and a lot more fun!

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

My wife and I just completed our "one marathon a year" race two weeks ago--the Bass Pro Marathon in Springfield, MO. We will run for the first time tomorrow, 6 miles in the town we live it... this is the longest I have rested by my choice and not because of an injury. We both ran well (I set a PR at that distance) and could have ran this week, but we just decided not to do so. We have a half scheduled in a couple of weeks. I have found that if I don't have a race on the schedule, I tend to not want to run, especially since it is now getting cold. We have only been running consistently for 3 years and to be consistent for us meant scheduling races and putting in the training (and committing the $$$ to the race and travel). Good luck to all the runners out there that have put in the training time and to those that are currently training, keep grinding!

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

HELP! How do I get my "mojo" back? I have lost it after TKR in January. I have been randomly running, consistent for a while; built up to 4 miles (back in summer). But, I just don't have the drive that I had a year ago. I have completed a 5K event in September, a Turkey Trot coming up on Thursday. I haven't run at all in 3 weeks, so it will just be to finish (5 yrs for this event), it's a tradition! I know I need to, I will feel better; have more energy and less stress, but when I get home in the afternoons (I teach middle school), I grab the sweats and slippers instead of the leggings and running shoes. I know, it's that first step out the door; but now it's getting dark at 4:30 here in KY. Yes, I hear all the "buts", too. Excuses......HOW do I get my desire back. I'm 63, 64 is just around the corner and I know it's going to keep getting harder. I'm inspired by runners (run/walkers) in their 60s, 70s, 80s with words of wisdom.

I want to get back to serious training and the events that I've loved-- spring 2022 - Triple Crown(5K, 10K, 15K) in Louisville, Feb/Mar/Apr, and Derby 1/2 to top it off.

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

So...I ran 16 miles for the first time ever last Sunday! And I did it fairly well...very proud. I am also running a Turkey Trot and then Rehoboth on Dec. 4th! Hoping to PR that Half...what I have found is the more I run these longer distances the stronger I am getting ...not necessarily faster. Having a training plan with speed/hills definitely is helping. What I say to ALL of our members is YOU CAN DO IT! I remember figuring out if I could run a 5k only 4 years ago - that felt unachievable...and now I ran 16 - crazzzzzyyy.

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I am running the Nashville half marathon tomorrow - first half in 2 years! Nervous but excited!

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

GM Terrell. Great idea! I'm not looking to be noted but am running two events this week - a local 5k Turkey Trot [Fort Myers Florida] on Thanksgiving morning and the Space Coast Half in Cocoa, Fl - 1st half, of three, planned for this race winter for me! Also, recently [real recent too], I reached out to a friend who now is a college cross county coach after being a HS track coach for 25+ years. I'm not stale, nor bored, but am looking for training tips to help me improve both my running and my mental processes for racing. We're just beginning but, to give him, and his son Kyle, their props, Kyle just ran the NYC Marathon in, if memory serves, around 2:34 and change - to me, quite impressive. Ray helped him along and Kyle is still only 23-24 years old but Kyle's efforts, and his successes, have energized me into wanting to work on improvements and continue to see if I can just do a little better, to challenge annually "father time", so to speak, and get faster still each year! I'm also a teacher and off this week so looking forward to having a little more time to prepare as well.

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

After my November 1 injury, which kept me from my 15K in Chicago on November 7 on the most perfect Chicago Fall Day, I am resting and getting anxious to move forward with training.........not sure how to proceed..........I thought my my knee would be stronger by now.......if it does not improve by week 4, I feel I might seek a professional opinion and some PT with a Sports Medicine Therapist.....at 72 I want my future to include running , so slow and easy!!!! LOL.....hard for a lady with 0 patience!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all.........Enjoy your races!!!!

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I ran the AF half the last weekend of Sep. (virtual) I am just now getting back into a regular running routine. (I had 2 wisdom teeth out after that and it through for a loop) I am in Denver for long weekend. My best friend’s birthday party is Sat. I ran 3 this morning. I love running here and looking at the mountains.

I am looking forward to getting back to racing next year. Maybe 2-3 half’s and possibly a full. I probably always need encouragement. Even though I love to run, life sometimes gets in the way. I started at 51 and am now 57. I know I have 40 more years of running ahead of me and just want to keep motivated. I love how healthy it makes me feel in conjunction with good eating. Thanks T!

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

A little off topic, but why do they want to hang the finishers medal on you as soon as you cross the finish line? After 13 miles I need a little more room to slow to a stop. I did a half marathon last weekend with the temps near freezing and wind gusts. As I crossed the chip timer this eldelry gentleman stepped in front of me and raised the finisher medal to hang over my neck. I had to stop short and when I did I felt a rush of nausea that I had to choke back because I was not going to be the guy that lost it on Col. Sanders's white suit. Should I start slowing down before crossing the finish?

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Heading out for a 16 mi run tomorrow and then running a half marathon on 12/5. Hoping to maybe get to a full marathon in the spring. Any thoughts on how to keep running thru the winter?

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Running my first half marathon tomorrow with my dad (it will be his first too)!

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Missing out on Houston’s best running season. You know it’s going to be an interesting week when the neurologist hands you a sticky note with her initial diagnosis and says, “Google it, but don’t freak out.”

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Donated blood this week, so short and east jog this weekend.

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Running my first half tomorrow-the Philly Half! I just started running in June and have been on track with my training to hit under 2hrs. But this week I've had a big plantar's fasciitis flare up and felt sluggish all week. Still excited to do this but worried about how I'll perform.

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I'll be going out for some easy 4 / 5 mile runs this weekend. Next Saturday is a 5K Turkey Trot for me, so making sure I'm showing up with fresh legs.

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

No big plans for me. We are having family in for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. I hope to get out and do 3 miles or so.

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

Nothing big here, just practicing to run a 5K on Thanksgiving day with my son. This is my second week going back running after a surgery 7 weeks ago. Baby steps here for a half marathoner :-)

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Nov 19, 2021Liked by Terrell Johnson

I am planning hopefully to do 4.5 mile run tomorrow. Have a 5 mile race on Thursday

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