I Come Back Even Stronger: August 2020

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August was relatively busy in a good way. 2 trips to mom, one with a side trip. More day trips.  Slight increase in running. Slight increase in walking, too. Made an effort to get in more steps. I collected my mug from June’s virtual xc runs (with a side trip on that trip too).

August’s song is throwin’ it way back, but man I remember belting this song out when I was young. It’s a classic — Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman”.

You can bend but never break me
‘Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer

These lyrics really speak to me! Do you still have goals? Has 2020 broken you or made you stronger? Do you feel that you’ve grown because of every thing you’ve gone through in 2020?

I did it. I didn’t always like it.

Getting in scheduled runs
I’ve slowly begun to try for 4 runs a week — some weeks, anyway. When I feel like it. So upping the ante just a bit. A virtual race (in September) isn’t the same as a real race, but I can still challenge myself a bit.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I record them here. Someday I’ll get back to journaling!

Grade Earned: F

Dynamic Warmup
Dynamic warmups were often really short — 5 minutes — but every little bit helps. As we merge into Fall and the mornings are cooler, it should be easier to do longer warmups. And necessary with cooler temps!

I’ve even done a little Yin Yoga some mornings before a run. In fact, I’ve also filmed three short Yin Yoga Pre Run Warmup videos! I was inspired. Not quite sure yet when I’ll be sharing those.

Grade Earned: A

Foam Rolling
Mostly just foam rolling before runs — once or twice after a run too.

Grade Earned: B+

Nutrition
Nutrition has been meh. Not terrible, not great, and the scale reflects that. I already feel the pull of wanting to eat more as the weather heads towards Winter. It’s natural . . . but some clothes are feeling a wee bit snug, sometimes (because I go back & forth around a few pounds).

Grade Earned: B-

Support

  • Massage? Nope. We all know why.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? See massage.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? I need to schedule that appointment. We are in a very good situation with COVID right now, but I could see that changing with more time spent indoors and school restarting.

Grade Earned: F

Getting stronger with a little hiking & extra walking

Cross Training
Stationary cycling fell off the grid this month, but the rest is still going pretty strong. There’s only so many hours in a day & I find I need to be careful not to overdo things.

Grade Earned: A

August 2020  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. A couple of Fs again, but mostly August was a busy month and I did the best I could with the time I had and by listening to my body.

August Goals:

  • Run 4 x week. Y/N. Sometimes. Some weeks I just wasn’t feeling it, so I didn’t. Other weeks, I did.
  • Set an intention for each run. Y.  Sometimes it’s after the fact, though. Not as effective that way. I need to work on that!
  • Finish the irest course I started. Y. I did, then discovered that there was an audio book version on Audible. So I bought that (I’ve got a lot of credits), because I enjoy the practices (which are included with the audio book).
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. I’m trying, but it’s crept up just a bit beyond where I’m comfortable. It seems the Winter creep has started early. So Y to eating intuitively; unfortunately Y to creep, too. I mostly know what I need to do — but I need to do it. #youfeelme?
  • Add in more Pilates when I can.Y.I feel that Pilates does helps to shape my body. Yoga can be really tough, but most Pilates (done correctly) is tough in a different way. They are similar, but not the same, and I enjoy both. The problem is always time!

Which leads me to September Goals:

  • Run 4 x week. It all depends on how I feel. I’m enjoying the Peloton Bootcamps and runs — still have to try one of the walk/runs — so it adds a little variety to my life. Plus the weather should make outdoor running more fun again.
  • Set an intention for each run — before the run! It’s not really an intention if you set it afterwards, now is it?
  • Meditate when I get up. Meditating first thing in the morning is centering and sets me up for a calmer morning.
  • Explore new places when I visit my mom. There are quite a few places that are pretty much on the way. Easier to explore on my own, and then size up if it’s somewhere we want to go back to.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. In the last few months my choices haven’t always been the best. I can feel that in some of my clothes — and I don’t like that feeling!
  • Look around for the next virtual to motivate me. I don’t need to do #allthevirtuals, but it’s not bad to have something to work towards sometimes. Makes life feel a bit more normal. The cool Fall weather is my fun season to run (if it’s not raining).

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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Missing you: September 2019

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September was the month it all fell apart. In case you hadn’t heard, we went to visit my parents on Labor Day, and my Dad ended up in the hospital that night. He spent almost a week in the hospital and is still in a rehabilitation center — except then he ended up back in the hospital, and is presently back in rehab.

My mom doesn’t drive. The transportation where she lives rarely goes out there. So I have spent the better part of September driving my mom to the hospital, to rehab, sleeping over there sometimes, spending literally hours in the car going back and forth.

So I’m taking a little deviation of my Love theme for 2019. I remember when this John Waite song was at its height in the mid 80s; I totally loved this song, and at the time, Mr. Judy lived in VT, and I lived in MD (we were not yet married). This song really spoke to me. It’s still does. Take from it what you will (missing running? my home? my parents when they were still vital? all of the above?).

I hear your name in certain circles
And it always makes me smile
I spend my time
Thinking about you
And it’s almost driving me wild

And there’s a heart that’s breaking
Down this long distance line tonight

Getting in scheduled runs
I have a feeling it will indeed be a one half a year year. Which hasn’t happened since I started running halfs eight years ago. I’m not sure if I’m upset or relieved about it, considering how rough this year has been. So still just running when I can.

Grade Earned:  B

Recording my runs
September is mostly a complete blank when it comes to recorded runs. I hate that! It was just too darn busy and tiring.

Grade Earned: B

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Thanks for taking so long to get a signal

Dynamic Warmup
As I wrote about in this month’s runfessions, which you can read about here, the only reason I even attempted to warm up most days was because I was waiting for my Garmin to get a signal. 

Grade Earned: B

Foam Rolling
I definitely miss it when I don’t do it, and let’s just say there was a whole lot of missing it in September. Like barely any foam rolling at all. I am still busy going back and forth to my parents for a few weeks, but things are a little calmer (we’ll see what happens when my Dad is released from rehab). Well, they were calmer until he ended up in the hospital again. It does look like maybe I’ll actually have a whole week at home.

Grade Earned: D

Nutrition
It wasn’t perfect, but in general I’m not a stress eater. I was often so busy I simply didn’t have time to eat. Every time we go through one of these periods with my family that’s the case and I usually lose a little weight. Mostly, though, I continued eating fairly well.

I had planned to do a little eating reset while Mr. Judy was out of town, but alas, I was only home a few days that week so there was no time and it didn’t happen.

Grade Earned: A-

Support

  • Massage? Yes! Just squeaked in with this almost the last day of September and it was glorious.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Does teaching yoga to the chiropractor count? Seriously, though, I’m not due for a bit.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? I’ve made the appointment, but unfortunately I have to wait a couple of weeks..

Grade Earned: A

Cross Training
Yoga continued strong. There was at least an attempt at some light strength training or some bodyweight exercising. There was also a lot of walking to fill in the gaps in running and other movement. Most days I’d go for Soul Strolls either in the morning or the evening at my parents — sometimes both.

Grade Earned: B+

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September was definitely a best of times/worst of times month

September 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . a B. Doing what I could, when I could. Lots and lots of walking. Some running. Maintaining my weight. No injuries. One 5k with a 3rd place AG award. Passing my YTT and beginning to teach Yoga a little.

September Goals:

    • Look at Fall halfs!. N. Really don’t think it’s gonna happen.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Y. I’m gonna say yes. I think I did enough light weights or bodyweight to qualify for 2 x week.
    • Work up to 8 miles. Maybe 9?. Y. I have a feeling I won’t be doing the 15k this year. So I did get up to 8 miles but not sure I want to go further right now. Most of my running friends are either doing long races right before, not running longer distances, or injured. Don’t really think I want to do it alone with no longer race I’m training for.
    • Working on practice teaching — and finding a studio to teach/sub at. Y/N. Studio teaching is on hold right now. My schedule is just too topsy-turvy. I am doing a private class to one student right now, and perhaps will do another class at a location that is top secret for the moment.
    • Foam roll almost daily. N. I’m definitely not beating myself up about this, it is what it is, but my body is crying out for it!
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Still pretty much maintaining my weight. So for now it’s working.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! N. I tried, again, but I never got around to actually writing where the recipes I wanted to try were from. Need to get back to that!
    • A race? At some point?. Y. The Running Gods gave us some more awesome weather and you can read about it here.

Which leads me to October Goals:

  • Strength train 2 – 3x week. This will always be a goal. As we age, we naturally lose muscle. Bodyweight exercises count.
  • Do my best to remain in running maintenance goal. I have a pretty good feeling October will be super challenging in the running department, but I also don’t want to have to rebuild from scratch if I don’t have to. Will continue to listen closely to my body and try to make wise decisions.
  • Develop at least one vinyasa class. I may not be able to commit to a class right now, but if I can have a couple of classes all set to go, maybe I can get on some substitute lists.
  • Foam roll when I’m able. That might mean bringing my foam roller with me to my parents. Or just making sure I do it when I run at home.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Winter is coming. It’s a time I — and most people — tend to put on weight if not mindful.
  • Meal plan on the weekends! I’ll keep putting this in until I get back to it. I actually wrote down a few recipes I wanted to make in my journal. Because I often know what I want to make but not where it is (Pinterest, which cookbook, etc).
  • A race? At some point? Big maybe. I wanted to do a 10k, but it depends on what’s going on in my life. There are plenty of October races to choose from, though, even if I don’t do a longer distance.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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We can learn to love again: August 2019

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So sue me: I basically picked Pink’s song because I like it and it’s my blog. So there. I haven’t fallen out of love with running, although maybe I’ve fallen out of love with training hard? I don’t know. The nice fall-like weather at the end of the month did make it easier to fall back in love with running. It can be nice to race here and there where you want to, and concentrate on other things.

Just give me a reason,
Just a little bit’s enough,
Just a second we’re not broken, just bent,
And we can learn to love again

August was intense with developing my 20 minute yoga routine to film (I know, just 20 minutes — how hard could it be? Hard, turns out!), keeping up with the course work and beginning to try to review for the final test for my YTT.

The harder you work for something the sweeter the reward, right?

A mix of trails and road this summer, with friends & solo

Getting in scheduled runs
I keep thinking I really need to research Fall halfs, but there just hasn’t been time. It may be a one half only year. So no need to follow a schedule.

Grade Earned:  B

Recording my runs
I was doing great with this right up until the very end of August. Then I completely fell off the recording runs (and anything else, like my normal gratitude list). That’s life!

Grade Earned: B

Dynamic Warmup
A mixed bag. Sometimes. Sometimes not. Before I know it it’ll be so cold I’ll have to do those warm ups inside.

Grade Earned: B

Foam Rolling
I didn’t foam roll as often as I did in July, but we’re still good here. I always miss it if I don’t do it!

Grade Earned: A

Nutrition
My ultimate goal is to get to a point where I maintain my weight without having to monitor it so much, or track what I eat so much. I haven’t been tracking a few months now and the weight is holding steady. Nutrition has been mostly good, but it does seem as though we ate out this Summer more than normal. On the other hand, we haven’t traveled in a long time, which might also explain why maintaining my weight has been easier.

Grade Earned: B+

Support

  • Massage? Still in a holding pattern.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Yes and apparently good thing I did.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? Even though I know those layers really need a trim, at the same time I’m totally digging my longer braid.

Grade Earned: B+

Lots of yoga practice trying to figure out how to film my practicum

Cross Training
Just like last month, I’ve done well with yoga — don’t laugh, it’s easy to skip it while you’re trying to learn about it! — and strength training has been pretty good, too. Not as much Pilates, which I actually really enjoy, too. What will I do when I start actually teaching yoga classes???? Stay tuned!

Grade Earned: A

August 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . a B+. 1 trail race. A little hiking. Maintaining my weight. No injuries.

August Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. A little less often, but the foot still feels pretty good.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Y. Nailed this in July. Slipping a little lately, but I’ll get back to it when I’ve finished my test/video.
    • Keep long runs about 6-7 miles. Y. I considered doing 8 miles yesterday, but since the last few weeks have only been three times a week and this week I did four times, I quickly ditched that idea.
    • Lots of Yoga & Studying. Y. Totally nailed that one. Will it be enough?
    • Foam roll almost daily. Y. Slipping a little here, too, but still foam rolling a lot — but it only takes 10-15 mintues!
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Still mostly working. Will be interesting to see if it still works as the days get shorter, which is usually a time I struggle more with my weight.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! N. I tried, but I didn’t succeed.
    • Trail race at the end of the month. Y. The Running Gods gave us some awesome weather and you can read about it here.

Which leads me to September Goals:

    • Look at Fall halfs! I took out prehab. I’m still doing it, sometimes, but so far, knock on wood, things feel pretty good most days so time to move onto another goal. This may be a year of only one half . . . or maybe I will decide on a race to run. Maybe that’s what I’ll turn my focus to when I graduate as a break.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. This will always be a goal. As we age, we naturally lose muscle. Not a good thing.
    • Work up to 8 miles. Maybe 9? There’s a 15k I usually do in November. Sure, I could do it even with just 7 mile long runs, but that wouldn’t be prepping my body. My body likes to be prepped.
    • Working on practice teaching — and finding a studio to teach/sub at. I have a lot of things I want to work on yoga-related. I definitely need a lot more practice teaching — although I need a little downtime, too, after I take my test and graduate.
    • Foam roll almost daily. Continue using my Lauren Roxburgh foam rolling and regular pre-run foam rolling.
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Winter is coming. It’s a time I — and most people — tend to put on weight if not mindful.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! I’ll keep putting this in until I get back to it. I sorta started to do it, looking at what recipes I wanted to try, but then not write them down and not be able to find what I wanted to make.
    • A race? At some point? Races are still abundant at this time of year. Just need to look around and see what appeals to me.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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September 2017: Did I pass?

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September was a good month for running with beautiful Fall weather — right up until Summer decided to return just a few weeks before my Fall half marathon.

One thing that wasn’t good this training cycle? The speed work. For whatever reason, I was never able to hit my paces for speedwork. I can’t lie; after a while, it got me down. Most of the summer I couldn’t even blame the weather!

I decided it was okay if I didn’t meet my goal for this race, since I’d already had a pretty awesome year of running.

On the other hand, there was still hope because I found that with just a few exceptions, my easy runs got faster. And my 11 mile LSD was the fastest I’ve ever run 11 miles (outside of a race).

I still don’t know what race day will hand me, but I know my goal is still within reach. And I also know that a lot of things can happen over 13.1 miles. So here’s how I got after it in September:

Getting in scheduled runs
September saw a lot of runs being shuffled around. For the most part they got done, except for that senior moment when I brought two left shoes to my parents.

It’s all good, though, because that week I ended up tacking on a 5k to the end of the week I wasn’t already planning on. Things have a way of working out.

Grade Earned:  A-

Recording my runs
Still struggling with this one as I hit my peak training, had all sorts of appointments coming out of my ears, an overnight visit to the folks, and brunches out with the running crew.

I know I will kick myself for not doing a better job next year.

Grade Earned: B

Dynamic Warmup
It’s still oh-so-tempting to skimp on this. Sometimes I may decrease the reps I do to shorten it a bit, but I’m still getting it in and I even added one of the ankle mobility exercises from this blog post here.

Grade Earned: A+

Foam Rolling
I didn’t bring anything to foam roll with me when I went to visit my parents (I blame the humid 12 miles the day before!) but hey, it’s all still good since I ended up not running that day anyway.

Grade Earned: A

Respecting my body
I think I listened closely to my body and definitely respected it. And I was rewarded by not getting sick (knocks on wood).

Grade Earned: A

Nutrition
I’ve continued to eat pretty clean since I did Danette May’s 30 Day Challenge in August (read about it here), still using many of those recipes — but still going out to eat and enjoying a highly caloric treat (often shared — I never did tell you about the hot fudge brownie sundae that 4 of us couldn’t finish, did I?).

My weight has continued to fluctuate, which is fine as I’m at a healthy weight, but my clothes continue to feel good and so do I.

Grade Earned: A+

Support
Part of why September got so crazy busy was that I started to make all the appointments I’d been putting off for a while: massage, chiropractor, eye doctor, a consultation for Lola’s dental. I could have done some of these earlier (although the chiro really needed to be before my race!).

I still have some appointments I really need to get after — Bandit needs a dental, too (but I’m waiting to see how I feel about Lola’s). Gizmo is overdue for an annual. And then there’s the hair . . . I’ve been so busy all summer long on the weekends and my hairdresser only works on the weekends, so I’ve taken to just pushing the bangs back and shoving a bobby pin in there to keep it out of my eyes.

Grade Earned: A

Cross Training
We got a hike in on Labor Day. I did get to the pool once. I wanted to go more, but I ended up with a lot of appointments on the day I usually swim. Still no stationary biking.

I also got back to my almost-daily short Yoga practice (and sometimes longer). Even though I was doing a lot of stretching and Pilates, I noticed that my hamstrings just kept getting tighter and tighter. No bueno. With Jasyoga (and some of my other yoga DVDs) I can stretch them out in just 5 minutes (and other areas of my body, too).

Grade Earned: A

August 2017 gets  . . . 
. . . an A. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty damn good.

Which leads me to:

Goals for September:

  • Keep my journal up to date. Mostly, but not completely
  • Return to swimming when the pool re-opens. Doesn’t have to be every week. Y
  • Epsom salt soak once a week. I did it once . . . 
  • Continue my clean eating plan — maybe about 90%. Deprivation never works! Y
  • Continue with Pahla B’s Guide to Faster Running for strength training. Y, although I got off track a few times when I felt run down and didn’t quite finish it in time for my half
  • Foam roll immediately following roll unless I’m not home, and then do it when I get home. I’m just too liable to let it go if I wait until the evening. Y

Goals for October:

  • Enjoy my half — finishing = winning
  • Get right back to clean eating when I get back home
  • Epsom salt soak — shoot for every week; every week even better
  • Swim every other week; every week even better
  • Continue to research ID halfs
  • Trail race (if the weather’s decent — yes, I’m a fair weather trail runner, except for my only trail half!)

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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August 2017: Did I pass?

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August was a month of good running, but I’ve let a lot of stuff slide that I really shouldn’t. Let’s not even talk about the length of my hair (and bangs!). It’s kind of scary.

So let’s get right down to it.

Getting in scheduled runs
I skipped one run this month due to feeling super run down. And I felt a lot better the next week!

Grade Earned:  A-

Recording my runs
I’m slipping a bit on this one. Sometimes days go by before I get around to it — who remembers what they did yesterday, let alone a few days ago? I need to get back into it, because I know find the information very useful and am always sorry when there are gaps in my journal.

Grade Earned: B

Dynamic Warmup
I made a real effort to do my dynamic warmups, even when I was short on time, and not just go through the motions, either. And the full routine, too. 

Grade Earned: A+

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Not enough of this

Foam Rolling
I continued to be pretty good with my foam rolling, but there was a time or two (or three) that I left it to the end of the day — mainly when I ran at the end of the day — and I just threw in the towel on it.

Grade Earned: B

Respecting my body
I think I listened closely to my body and definitely respected it. And I was rewarded by not getting sick (knocks on wood).

Grade Earned: A

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Yummy, healthy food

Nutrition
I joined an eating challenge this month. I didn’t lose much weight at all, but I feel better and my clothes are fitting better, too.

Grade Earned: A+

Support
Kind of fell off of the deep end there . . . it’s been months since my last chiropractor appointment and ditto with massage. I feel pretty good, but I also know that these things are important for me.

Grade Earned: B-

Cross Training
No stationary biking. I swam until the pool closed down for maintenance. I stopped hiking because either the weekends were too busy, it was too hot and humid, or I was just run down.

I actually think that hiking might be part of why I was feeling run down; I don’t regret it at all, but I also know I wasn’t really getting in enough rest. And I have a list of places I want to get to . . .

Grade Earned: B

August 2017 gets  . . . 
. . . an B+. I know everyone will say it looks like a great month, but I know that I’ve been skipping some important stuff. You can only get by with that for so long until it comes back to bite you. I always find it harder as the days get shorter, even if I appreciate the cooler mornings and more shade for running.

Which leads me to:

Goals for August:

  • Keep my journal up to date. Sort of
  • Swim once a week (until they close the pool mid-month for maintenance). Y
  • I’d like to continue some trail running, but that will depend on the weather during the dog days of summer. Ditto hiking. Y for trail, N for hikes
  • Maybe sign up for a trail race at the end of the month. Maybe. – read about it next week!
  • Continue with Pahla B’s Guide to Faster Running for strength training. Y (slight hiatus one week when needed more rest)

Goals for September:

  • Keep my journal up to date.
  • Return to swimming when the pool re-opens. Doesn’t have to be every week.
  • Epsom salt soak once a week.
  • Continue my clean eating plan — maybe about 90%. Deprivation never works!
  • Continue with Pahla B’s Guide to Faster Running for strength training.
  • Foam roll immediately following roll unless I’m not home, and then do it when I get home. I’m just too liable to let it go if I wait until the evening.

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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