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Hey! Going to run a marathon on Sunday!

Started feeling a thing in the back of my through on Friday. By Sunday I was coughing pretty hard and didn't sleep much that night. Monday was a little better and I'm about 100% today. Missed running Monday and Tuesday. That's a little scary the week before a marathon. As for the rest of last week, it was just about right, considering that I was about to be sick with a little spring cold on the weekend. Three 8 milers (Wed, Thur, Fri), all about 8:45 pace. Tired on Wednesday, of course. Thu

Dave

Dave

 

It's nice to be here again.

Not quite time to get nostalgic yet, but with the taper begun, it is time to put a cap on this training plan for marathon #19. So, how'd it go? I'm not really a Type A guy, so the whole "push yourself to the limit every time" isn't my problem. But I do like to run. I do like to watch the miles pile up. I do like going faster and farther. I'm a little gun shy from that meniscus disaster from last year. I worked that into things this winter/spring. Not that my training plan was necessarily li

Dave

Dave

It has been a while

It has been a while

Embrace the Suck   It is cold.  I am wet. Why am I out here?  These are the thoughts that keep running through my mind as I have almost reached the halfway point of my twelve miles out and back on the Pinhoti Trail.  I also keep making the internal observation that this would be a good trail to run. It is a little wider than single track and although it is constantly going up or down it is not too steep.   For a moment I lament the fact that my hips can only handle a pace of about 2.5
Colorado Women’s Classic – 10 miler Race Report

Colorado Women’s Classic – 10 miler Race Report

Colorado Women’s Classic – 10 miler | Westminster, CO | May 12, 2019 Race 5/12 for 2019 When one chooses to sign up for a race, the results of that race will directly reflect the training you put into getting ready for it – barring any unforeseen, unfortunate circumstances. My result of this race directly reflected my lack of running, as of late. Nonetheless, I have completed my May race and my 5th of the year! I’m still on track to complete one race each month for the year, so I am ha

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

TBT: Raven Rock Rumble 10 miler

JFR Raven Rock Rumble 10 miler – Lillington, NC November 20, 2010 The weather was absolutely perfect for the run on Saturday. It wasn’t too chilly (upper 40’s) and the sun was blaring. My friend Erin and I drove the 1:15 to the race location and walked the 1/4 mile to the sign-in table. It was a nice warm up! I decided to run in shorts and a sleeveless shirt because I knew I’d warm up after the first mile. Everyone else was all bundled up with their gloves and beanies looking at m
 

Wednesdays are the Worst!

At least, I feel the worst on Wednesdays lately. Since Tempo Tuesday is my only real tough workout each week, I've noticed that I really feel it the next day. To make things doubly interesting, I've also inserted a long-ish weekday run on Wednesday, so, tired for a long run.  Last Wednesday was just OK. But what really kicked me in the gut was the shingles shot. Mrs. Dave and I are the age where we need to get a pair of vaccines for it. The first one (back in February) wasn't bad, but

Dave

Dave

 

RR - The 10K RACE – DAAA DAAAA DA DA DA DAAAAA DAA

RunDisney races- always early, well-organized and IMO Super-fun! This weekend was Star Wars themed.  Now, I used to be a huge Star Wars fan.  I nerded-out reading all the published books that expanded on the original three movies and loved it.  Then the new movies came out, and, of course none of them followed the books I read, so the world I envisioned was destroyed, and although I was happy to see the new movies, I never became a huge fan.  However, I couldn’t object to a trip to Disney for a
 

When Ya Know

“When ya know, ya know... ya know?" That was Crush, the sea turtle, in Finding Nemo. And that’s me, veering into a whole new career choice. Most of you know my background, growing up in what is a glorified (by some) cult. For the first 24 years of my life, few of my decisions were my own. As an Amish person, first, which took away most of the experiences and choices of what we consider normal coming-of-age, and secondly, as a woman, which limited or eliminated them further. What y

PegLeg

PegLeg

Novo Nordisk NJ marathon RR

Novo Nordisk NJ marathon RR

Turns out grad school takes up a lot of time. I haven’t written since January (when I was between class periods) and have barely been able to even visit the loop. I feel out of touch. Ultimately it will be worth it, but it’s going to be busy until late 2020 at least. half Travel to NJ went smoothly. My friend Rachel picked me up at the airport on Friday. We went back to her house to have lunch – we considered going into NYC for the afternoon/evening but decided it was better to stick to
 

First Training Cycle- Now Strollerfied!

Back in October I was up to running about 10 miles per week, and basically running two runs at “as fast I could” speed for up to 4 miles.  Every run felt hard, but I wanted to make some progress, and I had no idea how to judge speed while running with a stroller.  Garmin  I had no desire to keep running the way I was doing it. It was just too much work every day and it wasn’t fun.  Plus, my feet were hurting, and the weather was getting nasty.  So, I backed off running and maybe logged 10 miles
April in Review

April in Review

April 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month:  333.0 April 1-7:  68.3 (strength training 2:07) April 8-14:  78.6 (strength training 2:05) April 15-21:  67.0 (strength training 2:15) April 22-28:  93.4 (strength training 1:56) - new weekly mileage PR! April 29-May 5: projected at 86 Airplane April Miles of smiles
Remember Marshall?

Remember Marshall?

Not going to recap here. Except for the week I was sick that summer (FIVE YEARS AGO!), I hit every workout. Every single week, every single mile. 2019, not so much. intervals speedwork marathon BQ Wednesday. Tuesday's tempo left me feeling pretty beat up. Normally here I'd say I was careful about the pace. In truth, I was just slogging along as best I could, which wasn't very good. At least, it didn't feel very good. Only 3 of them were at 8:30. But, 11 miles as planne

Dave

Dave

New Jersey 13.1 Race Report

New Jersey 13.1 Race Report

Half Race 4/12 Jersey Shore! Fourth race of the year, COMPLETE! I have successfully ran a race each month for the year so far! It’s such a fun goal and I’m having so much fun completing it! That’s the point, right?! For this race, I would be meeting some great running pals and visiting/running in a new state! Post Race: Since I’m a pinny-pincher when it comes to travelling, I purchased an $89 round-trip redeye ticket from Denver to Philly. I landed in Philly at 5am on Fr

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

2019 (mostly complete) race calendar

2019 (mostly complete) race calendar

2019 Goal: 12 races in 12 months half January: Resolve 10K (CO) – DONE! Fun run with Kelli and Amy! February: Ralston Creek 13.1 (CO) – DONE! 1st in the 35-39 Age Group! March: Dig Deep 5K Dirt Coffee (CO) – DONE! I was supposed to run the Behind the Rocks 30K but I [smartly] backed out. Since this is the second time I’ve signed up for and not ran this race, I won’t be registering again – I believe in signs from the universe! The DD5K was a great little race!

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Dave’s Great Western Adventure of 2019

The highlight of this trip of course was the wedding, but since there ended up being some interesting adventures besides that, it seems a shame to ignore all of it. There’s a ton of stuff from the last two weeks and just a little running. Feel free to skip whatever you like. A few weeks ago I had nearly reached my limit with Mrs. Dave’s mother of the bride crises. No way could I tell her to just chill the heck out, whether I agreed with her or not. Nor could I bring myself to give Big Mac a

Dave

Dave

Boston 2019

Boston 2019

Boston So, how'd I do? I did great. I got to run with 26,000 awesome people and get yelled at by 100,000 more. I got to have the same feeling that I did in New York of being a rock star, despite just being a guy jogging down the street at 8 minute pace, and slower. I enjoyed the hell out of it, so, yeah, I met my goal. But I know you want details, so I'll break it down for you. Boston We had the 2nd floor of that corner building. It was basically a studio, with a 2nd bed i

BANGLE

BANGLE

Rock the Parkway 2019:  Post-injury improvements feel like PRs!

Rock the Parkway 2019: Post-injury improvements feel like PRs!

half 2017, 2018, and now 2019 (I wanted to run it in 2016 too, but it didn't work out that year)!  This year I planned to wait until the last minute to commit to running it, since it was 3 weeks after the Chisholm Trail Marathon  marathon taper 2018 race recap, which reminded me that I'd set a Missouri state record for females age 37 in the race last year, which quickly turned into me looking up the record for age 38.  It was 1:24:58, so my secret goal because to beat the record.  I thought i

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Boston 2019 Aim High, Crash Hard

This was not one of my better run races; not by long shot.  I’m not really upset by that though.   First the basic facts: Boston marathon My PR from last fall was 3:17:53. Goal for Boston was 3:15. The weather forecasts a week or so before the race was predicting conditions very similar to last year: cold, wet, and significant headwinds.  As the race got closer this started to change to warmer temperatures but still wet.  The prediction for winds were pretty varied but in the co

running_eng

running_eng

Well done and congratulations, Tiger Woods

Well done and congratulations, Tiger Woods

I was never into golf growing up. I always thought it was the most boring sport on earth. I've actually never liked watching sports that I wasn't good at playing myself - golf (love now), tennis (love now), and basketball (that one I still can't watch) mainly. However, the last few years, I've started paying attention to golf and tennis. I actually really like watching golf on Sundays and I can even name quite a few players! I know little history about any of the players, but I'm learning. I lea

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

And Vacation Starts in 3...2...1!

I'll admit to a little clock watching today, ahead of the next great western adventure. This time tomorrow I'll be on a plane, heading for Seattle to see Big Mac get married. Unlike myself, who's enjoyed watching this beautiful young woman grow up and fill the world with her music and joy, Mrs. Dave has worried and fretted that the day would never come. That may be the biggest difference between the two of us, and maybe why we've stayed together so long. Her believing that I need her to worry ab

Dave

Dave

 

Running Is Hard

I'm trying to increase the distance of my long runs.  I have been trying for quite awhile but I've been rather unsuccessful.  A few years ago, something changed and it has taken a long time for me to accept that this is probably the new "normal".  I used to read other runner's blogs and wonder why they talked about the pain of running so much.  Since I was already a somewhat older runner, (in my forties), and I ran pain free most of the time. I didn't understand why it would be so painful for so
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