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Five Days a Week

It's June 1st. Time to check in and let any curious folk know what I'm up to.  With no races in the foreseeable future, running is different. I'm used to racing about every month or so and it has now been 3 months since the last one. But I keep training as if there will be a marathon in the Fall. Without the small races I don't have cutback weeks or rest weeks so the training has been consistent and the miles are piling up. My totals for April and May were not HUGE (146 and 173), but were e

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

Progress is not linear, but hard work is cumulative: May recap

May 2020 in review Total running mileage for the month:  47.5 April 27-May 3:  0.75 May 4-10:  3.2 May 11-17:  0.75 May 18-24: 17.7 May 25-31: 25.3 I have been updating this post on progress/lack of progress with my hip. Total biking mileage for the month:  1068.6 - monthly bike mileage PR, despite a low final week April 27-May 3:  258  May 4-10:  320.4  May 11-17:  286.6  May 18-24: 250.5 May 25-31: 90

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Hip Gluteal Tendinopathy and some hope.

Week of May 3 Total Miles: 3.4   This week I have decided to rest my hip and concentrate more on strength, stretching, and cross training.   Mon: 13 minutes of yoga; hip flexor stretches.  Although the stretches are challenging I am able to complete them with out any hip pain.   Tue: 32.5 min of strength training   Wed:  90 min of walking, some up and down stairs.  My DW tripped and fell outside resulting in gash to her head.  I will spare you the gory details

Run2BFit

Run2BFit

Final semester of my master's in nutrition is about to begin...

Final semester of my master's in nutrition is about to begin...

I'm about to start my final semester of my master's degree in nutrition. My classes this semester are Nutrition and Physical Performance and my Capstone class (which is a review of what I've studied and a final major project, but somewhat short of an actual thesis). In my Research Methods class I submitted a proposal about looking into the attitude of runners vs. non runners on nutrition. It sounds like we may not actually be allowed to use a topic we previously worked on. Here is where you all
Spring is Here !!!!

Spring is Here !!!!

Week of April 28 Total Miles: 26   This weeks weather was generally really nice, a lot warmer and sunnier, pretty much t-shirt and shorts weather for my runs.   Decided to cut out any speed work for this week and just do easy pace runs, except for Wednesday.   Mon: 63F and sunny; 60 min easy run; 6.56 miles, 9:09 min/mi, 124 avg HR.    Tue: 66F and cloudy: 61 min easy run; 6.57 miles, 9:21 min/mi, 125 avg HR.     Wed:  52F and cloudy;  60 min easy run; 6.56 mi
 

A Late Single Dog Dare Virtual Race Report

I am a dedicated lurker and post approximately once a year.  I plan on trying to post a bit more as a way to connect during this weird time in our shared history.   A bit of background before my virtual race report.  I had decided to run a mid March half marathon as a goal race.  My running has been stagnant for the last 5 years or so, so I challenged myself to actually really train,  As a mature athlete, i was gradually building up each week.  I had just set out on my weekend long run in e
 

A Change of Plans

Hey Loopsters! In my last Bloop, I wrote about my time in Bermuda and how I was looking forward to so many future adventures, such as pacing in Vermont (cancelled) and Alaska (cancelled), running my first marathon in 3 years (Illinois Marathon - postponed to October, but with no date released at this time) and then Grandma's Marathon (cancelled). Enjoying teaching (teaching online for the rest of the school year, which is particularly challenging with band), looking forward to a nice weeken
 

Abnormal is the new normal: April 2020 recap

April 2020 in review: Total running mileage for the month:  0.35, haha!  I did 0.1 on my last day of PT as a trial, and 0.25 before I got my cortisone shot to ensure I was doing the right thing. Total biking mileage for the month:  1,036.6 - pretty pumped to be over 1,000 here! March 30-April 5: 225.8 April 6-12:  246.7 April 13-19:  174 (my PT had me take a few days off biking this week) April 20-26:  314.6 April 27-May 3:  TBD (48 hours off activit

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Don't Drink and Blog

I remember the day well. My normal route at the time took me along the bike path for a bit then out to the water before turning back past the kid’s amusement park along the Keansburg boardwalk and finally wound its way through the meth soaked part of town on the way home. On this day though, I was stretching it out. I was taking a few extra turns through the neighborhood to get an extra mile in and make it my first longest run ever.  To this point my running was a consistent 3 mile loop in

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

Tree Girl's 5K Squattapalooza

Tree Girl's 5K Squattapalooza

While Dave and his ilk were busy with the Double Dog thing last weekend, I opted for Tree Girl's challenge: 5K + 10 squats at each mile marker and 10 more at the end.  I haven't run a lot since my DNF at CIM. I got sick several times during the winter - we had a lot of snow - and one of my knees was bugging me (my first knee issue in 35+ years of running). So I spent most of my time riding a spin bike and lifting a few weights. But I started running a little more when the gym closed, so the 5K s
The DDDDCC19.3 & CrossFit-WOD-a-Thon

The DDDDCC19.3 & CrossFit-WOD-a-Thon

It was a rough week last week. Sigh. Somehow Bangle’s post asking if people were willing to state their goals for the weekend’s Loopster virtual challenge caught me by surprise. What day is it? Can’t be the end of the month?? I kind of brushed it aside. And then I saw that Dave had run his 10k on Friday. WTH? It’s not this weekend, but apparently it was? Yet Friday I did nothing except some leg strengthening— 3:00 wall sits, 30 Bulgarian split squats, 30 squats, 30 pushups, 30 cha
virtual 5k and some more

virtual 5k and some more

I'm finding it hard to get out the door these days, masked like a bandit and dodging from one sidewalk to another then on to the trails and running a sort of randomized cross-country for most of the way. It's just not appealing.. Sunday was my name day. Douglas isn't a Christian name so I had to find another for chrismation into the Orthodox church, picked Thomas for a number of reasons. The apostle Thomas gets a whole week of celebration beginning on St Thomas Sunday, the week after the re

doug in co

doug in co

Dave's Double Dog Dare Distance Covid-19.3 Challenge

Dave's Double Dog Dare Distance Covid-19.3 Challenge

It’s been two weeks since my last entry. That’s longer than normal for me. One would think with the lockdown since mid-March, I’d have more time to be writing. Although, if I’m not doing anything, there’s not much to write about. I’m not a deep thinker. But I did run a 10K yesterday, as part of the Loop’s Covid-19 series of virtual races, so I should put that down. Last month I ran a half marathon, since I was about half way through my training for what was going to be the Sugarloaf Ma

Dave

Dave

Weekly Training and Star Trek Discovery

Weekly Training and Star Trek Discovery

Week of April 21 Total Miles: 33.6   Sun: Rest and bloop writing Mon: 55F and sunny; 60 min easy run; 6.5 miles, 9:23 min/mi, 120 avg HR.  Tue: 41F and cloudy: 60 min easy run; 6.3 miles, 9:32 min/mi, 118 avg HR.   Wed:  36F and cloudy; 45 min tempo run with 1mi warm up and cool down; 7.6 miles, tempo miles; 8:27, 8:10, 8:11, 8:06, fairly consistent without look at my watch. Thu: Rest Fri: 32.5 min of strength training Sat: 48F and sunny: 13.1 mi run 10 min/wa

Run2BFit

Run2BFit

 

Racing in a Costume

This should have been the DDDDC, but not for me. I asked my 2 grandsons if they wanted to run with me, and after quickly agreeing, the youngest one (Oliver) said we should be wearing costumes.  The rest of us quickly agreed, and my daughter agreed to take the picture. Now if I'd known that Oliver was going to wear Spiderman, I'd have worn something else.  Embarrassing or what. We headed to their school and ran intervals, and then ran back to their house to drop them off.  (Hopeful

Grennick

Grennick

 

Double dog

Saturday .99 miles in 15minutes, 55 seconds. Sunday 1.19 miles in 17minutes, 17 seconds. Not bad for me considering I had no plan to run anytime soon.  There I was mindlessly scrolling the FB feed when comment to a Loopville post grabbed my eye.  Dave's Covid-19 double dog dare something something....  my mind was way too preoccupied with the crazy in our world today to go read the actual rules, so I made up my own.  Run a mile on Saturday.  Run a mile on Sunday. Stop if I feel any PF

deucedeuce

deucedeuce

not running much..

not running much..

Thought I'd be able to get a bit of running in the time of virus, didn’t expect working out to be such a challenge. The pools are closed and I miss swimming badly – at my age a workout that escapes gravity is a great help. The trails are insanely busy and it’s not possible to keep physical distancing on bike rides, I’m not willing to ride on the roads due to injury risks at a time when going to the hospital is so fraught. It’s a beautiful spring day and I’m sitting on a bike trainer in the back

doug in co

doug in co

 

Last couple of weeks so so.

The last couple of weeks of training have been so so with my Saturday long runs not going very well, even after cutting back on my running during the second week.   We'll see how the next week goes.  5 weeks to go to my target half marathon virtual./time trial.   Week of April 5 Total Miles: 41 Mon: 59F and sunny: 30 min Aerobic run, 30 min of Pickups, 1 mi cool down; 7.9 miles   Tue:  55F and cloudy: 60 min easy run; 6.6 miles, 9:16 min/mi, 123 avg HR.   Wed:  70

Run2BFit

Run2BFit

 

The All By Myself Quarantini Marathon

Today marks my 3 year anniversary of running the Boston Marathon - 4/2017  I was super pumped to have qualified and been able to run that race. Having never thought of myself as an athlete I was in awe to be starting among these finely chiseled runners. After 2 years of injury hell I finally turned a corner in November. It was like someone unlocked the door and I got to emerge from injury jail. I asked my husband for 1 of 3 races for Christmas -- Shamrock 1/2 Marathon, Revel
 

Birthday Silliness

So I had a birthday last week. Since we are all bored stuck at home and looking for meaning in our lives, I tried to think of a birthday run. 58 miles? No chance. 58KM? Still way too long. 5.8 miles? Nah, too boring. 58 laps on the track? That would be 14.5 miles and possible, but challenging. But all the tracks are closed, so forget that. So then I thought an appropriate challenge during these "Stay-at-home" times would be to do 58 lengths of my block. I would never get more than 200 yards

BANGLE

BANGLE

I didn't know what was wrong.

I didn't know what was wrong.

Covid-19? Over-training? Some other virus? Mental fatigue? Disappointment at my race being cancelled? Whatever it was, my last good run was on April 1. Since then, I've run 8 times. 7 of them were awful. Slow. Tired legs. Gasping for air. Listless. Dragging. The day after doing 6 x miles (total 11.5), I was scheduled for 10. That was the morning I got the email cancelling Sugarloaf. So I did 7 instead. It wasn't great, like normal. It was slower than most runs latel

Dave

Dave

 

March and beyond

To say this March has been a time of change is the biggest understatement ever, but we continue to run on, and for me that is a tremendous blessing in these uncertain times. Running this March has been fairly productive for me with 154.3 miles. With the Bayshore half marathon cancelled, I have cut back on speed work, focusing more on endurance and running by feel without looking at my watch for splits. Weekly mileage: 141.5 miles Monday: 45F and Cloudy, 30 min Aerobic followe

Run2BFit

Run2BFit

 

March 2020: There is nothing certain but the uncertain

March 2020 in review! Total mileage for the month: 0...no running and no clear answers on what my hip issue is (injury update post here) - but after manual distractions at my very first PT appointment on April 1 I was able to walk without a limp for the first time since February 11, so I'm now feeling optimistic, although it's insane that a few minutes of movements helped the issue more than 8 weeks of not running did. Races: Obviously none this month.  Although my reason for n

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

When Will I See You Again?

When Will I See You Again?

My notice came in an email yesterday afternoon. Sugarloaf is cancelled. If you remember, for a week or so I'd been congratulating myself for picking a marathon in May instead of April. Turns out Mother Nature doesn't like to be upstaged. On Wednesday I'd run one of my hardest workouts - 6 x mile repeats at 5K pace. If that workout was any indication, well ... let's just say my 5K pace isn't what it used to be. And it was harder than I wanted to get what I got. The last one was the slowest,

Dave

Dave

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