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The Last-Minute OTQ Chasers

The Last-Minute OTQ Chasers

Throughout my Olympic Trials Qualifying time-chase, I've connected with many amazing women who shared the same goal.  Over the past couple of years, I've celebrated with several who have reached the goal.  I've commiserated with several who have missed.  I've connected with many who kept dreaming. Before the Houston Marathon, I was included in a message group with the 2:45 pacer and other women planning to run with the group.  While I struggled with feeling like an outsider because I was

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

One Night, Two "Marathons"

It occurred to me as I was driving an ambulance, my hands trembling from the rapid descent after a spike in adrenaline: I enjoy my job because it’s a lot like running and racing. Just a bit prior, I was on my knees in a crowded, semi-lit living room, surrounded by 3 firefighters, 2 paramedics, and 1 other EMT with the same title as myself… hovering over the exposed chest of a male in his 60s who was sprawled supine on the floor. My palms were face down over his sternum just above the xiphoi

PegLeg

PegLeg

 

This is not a race report.

I'd have to race first. Unless anyone's interested in that one I did in 2004. Did my longest run in over a month, since the hamstring thing. That was Friday, out to the Chili's on Eight Mile and back. Nothing to be especially proud of, but just running is good. Since it was my 61st birthday, I ran ... wait for it! ... 6.1 miles. You heard about the guy who ran 70 miles for his 70th birthday? Yeah, I'm not doing that. Call me lazy if you want. Missed Saturday, also because I'm lazy

Dave

Dave

 

Magic Cures

You know how you have a pain that's real and feels likely to put you on IR for a long time and really mess up your training plans? I never worried about this before I started running marathons. Running for fun means you can just stop whenever you want or whenever you don't feel like it or whenever something hurts. Then you can start again a week or two or ten later after you're all healed up. Of course, planning the months long investment into marathon training sort of makes me antsy n

Dave

Dave

 

Freedom To Fail

I'm almost afraid to put this into writing... I'm running.... a lot (for me)... like 45 mpw.... this hasn't happened since March, 2017. I'm afraid if I start dreaming and hoping it will go away as suddenly as it seemed to come back. I wrote a training plan. I've been able to follow my training plan and even add on extra miles. Unheard of. I've had a mental mind shift too. I used to be afraid of big work outs.  Long runs used to be my mental kryptonite

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

2019 Review: I am MORE

Races: 7 (1 half marathon, 1 10K, 5 5Ks) Total miles: 458.7 Number of PRs: 3 (1 half marathon, 2 5k) Time seems to pass slowly and quickly at the same time! I think about all the writing I want to do, and in the blink of an eye, a month has passed and I've written no words - not on here, not in my journals, no where. But, as the husband and I have an unusually quiet evening, I figure it's a good opportunity to truly reflect on 2019. I'm not going to lie, sometimes it's easy to forg

eliz83

eliz83

 

Hello

Hello,   I am have been a long time reader of the bloop, here and when it was part of the Runner's World web site.   I am not much of a writer and sharing information about myself is a little uncomfortable, but in the spirit of new year resolutions/changes I am going to give it a try as I really enjoy reading about the other runners on the bloop . Also I have heard that if you are not uncomfortable then you aren't growing/improving.    I've been a runner for about 12 years, I had

Run2BFit

Run2BFit

 

5k Australia Relief Run

In late 2019, the dog and I were out for a run, quietly. My plan (if you want to make God laugh, just tell Her about your plans) was a run focus over the winter, running 3-4 times a week with no goals other than getting the runs in, and no timing. Of course.. came back from that run with a sore hip flexor, the next day could not walk. Not sure if it was torn or just badly strained, anyway that was a good month off.  I toughed it out for the last  Roost Run Club run of the decade, touring the C

doug in co

doug in co

 

Marathon Intervals

Apple Pie asked me about intervals. I've run plenty of them, obviously. Like everything else in this world, intervals have become increasingly complicated. I've never had the patience or memory or even ability to focus long enough on the numbers or the science to know what they all mean. I know that stressing your system just enough will help you get stronger and faster. Do I really need to know all the rest? Maybe I'd be the next Yoshihisa Hosaka if I did. But I'm just Dave, so... I do rem

Dave

Dave

 

New Year, New Me

I'm pleased to report that my strategy of "To hell with it, I'm running through it" has been successful. Since 12/1 I've been running every other day, just about anyway. I've piled up 97 miles over 5 weeks, just being careful with easy runs of 4 to 6 miles. Got up to 7 twice now. The foot/ankle pain has slowly faded since I hurt it 11 weeks ago. Six weeks of not running didn't do much, but 5 weeks of running seemed to let it heal a little faster. Or at least didn't setback the healing proce

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

Goals & DW Starts Running!

Hey all.  Its early January of a new year so I thought I'd write out a few goals I'm going to work towards in 2020. 1.  Get Faster.  I spent last year building up distance and more generally, just enjoying running.  Did my first half marathons in a number of years.  My times (2:31, then 2:27) weren't great in comparison to where I was about 5 years back (1:57).  I'm not hung up on the slower pace, but do want to eventually get back to where I was.  With absolutely no scientific reasoning (o

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

 

A Decidedly Inauspicious Beginning

My philosophy towards marital bliss is simple. I'm a simple guy, so I figure there's no need to make being married anymore complicated than anything else. The first rule is: make sure Mrs. Dave is happy. Of course I'm not 100% on that, but there are enough hits vs. misses that she's kept me around for going on 39 years now. Things get more difficult when Rule #1 contradicts some other aspect of life. Like training for a marathon. The older I get, the more I feel like I need a full recovery

Dave

Dave

 

Kiss off 2019, Hello 2020 You Sexy, Sexy Beast!!!

As a Goal Person, I have to tell you that I LOVE resolutions.  I love them so much, I usually have one round in January and another at my birthday in July.  I don't sweat it if they don't happen in the time frame I want (yes, rock climbing has been on the list since 2016) but I always do more than I would have otherwise.  And many, many resolutions have inexplicably stuck, like waking up early to run. So 2019 was a pretty bad year in a number of ways and a pretty good year in others.  My ba
2019-2020

2019-2020

It might not be fair to say I've been putting this off for the last week. I've been off work since the 17th, just coming back today. This holiday time off may be my favorite part of working where I work. After careers in retail and transportation, it's pretty chill to have two weeks of retirement practice every Christmas. But not working has the effect of letting time sort of slip away. Before I knew it, I had so much that should have been written down that it's now at an intimidating level. I'm

Dave

Dave

2019 Running Recap

2019 Running Recap

Somehow, another year passed!  I learned a great deal on this journey around the sun. I ran 3853.6 miles this year (3854 per Strava), which was a significant yearly mileage PR, surpassing the 3047 I ran in 2018 and the 3043 I ran in 2017.  I didn't check my yearly mileage until December 31, because I am already too obsessed with all numbers running related, but I knew I was in for a yearly mileage best since I've been running my highest mileage ever and haven't taken any time off.  Before 2

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

Jesus is the reason for the season:  December recap

Jesus is the reason for the season: December recap

December 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month: 400.2 - my first time ever running a 400 mile month! Dec. 2-8:  88.5 (hit 100 on the rolling 7 from Dec. 5-11) Dec. 9-15:  92.6 (hit 100.8 on the rolling 7 from Dec. 7-13) Dec. 16-22:  88.6 (with one scheduled day off) Dec. 23-29:  91.7 Dec. 30-Jan. 5: projected at 80   Family love None  Races: Bela

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Happy New Year!

Hey there Loopsters!  Hope you all had a good holiday and are excited for what 2020 has in store for us. 2019 was a good year for me in a lot of regards.  I changed jobs and as a result, am in a much better work environment.  I like what I do now, feel appreciated, and have much less stress.  Can't ask for much more than that, right? Because I have more time - and more importantly, because I've been healthy - I had my strongest running year in a while.  On Saturday, I went over 700 tot

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

You Are Enough

You Are Enough

We always think of the coming year with what we need to do more of, get better at, etc.  Aren't we just telling ourselves we didn't do life well enough this year?  We weren't successful enough this year?  Think about what you did this past year.  You ran, maybe you did some strength work, maybe you went to yoga, maybe you learned to meditate. You juggled the needs of your job, kids, school, parents, loved ones, neighbors, etc.  You did enough.  You are enough.  Think about the coming year differ

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

From Learning to Walk to Best Year Ever

A year ago about this time I was having a new pain in the side of my knee. I was in the middle of the last race of the year - a 6 hour loop run - when it started. At first I thought, great, I broke my knee and all those “running is bad for your knees” people were right. Of course, I reported right to Dr Google and the online experts who told me that no, my knee wasn’t broken. Just IT band issues, which were a result of weak hips and glutes. So I had to focus a little more on all those things I s

NavEng

NavEng

I disappeared again...

I disappeared again...

Another trimester of grad school done. 4 of 6 complete. It’s going well. I’ve been running just as much but with all the writing and reading I do for classes (besides the fact that I am also working full time!), I haven’t been to the loop much at all. I always thought I’d find a way to keep up, but I haven’t. This last semester wasn’t quite as interesting, I had Research Methods (which was basically prep for thesis work – and I still don’t feel ready to start that), and Nutritional Epidemiology,

amarie2009

amarie2009

What just happened? (Report from CIM)

What just happened? (Report from CIM)

I’m unpacking my suitcase, one soggy item at a time. My favorite sports bra, twisted and damp. Clammy shorts, turned inside out, a nearly-empty Gu wrapper stuck inside the right pocket. A sweaty shirt. A crumpled bib. Wet socks. Snot-encrusted mittens. As I drop each piece into the hamper, it hits me again. I did not run that damn marathon. I dropped out at mile 13, a decision I never dreamed I’d have to make. I’d arrived at the start line with a joyful heart. 2019

CompulsiveRunner

CompulsiveRunner

 

My Left Foot

still hurts. But I think it's getting better. My strategy of "To hell with it, I'm running through it" seems to be working. Since six weeks off didn't help at all, I have been running every other day since Dec 1 and I'm seeing the fitness start to come back. The foot pain, (below the ankle, above the arch) is pretty minor at the beginning. It gets a little worse after about 3 miles, but it's bearable. On a 1-10 pain scale, it was about a five two weeks ago, and now it's a 4, maybe a 3 durin

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

November: Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart

Note:  I realized that I forgot to post this, but I still have time before December's recap goes up, so...  I didn't edit this from what I originally wrote in November, but my December wasn't what I was planning. November 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month: 271.7 Oct. 28-Nov. 3:   60.3 Nov. 4- 10:  58.7 Nov. 11-17:  47.8 Nov. 18-24:  82.6 Nov. 25-Dec. 1:  68.1 Thanksgiving Races:

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

Another (dare I?) Great Western Adventure!

Another (dare I?) Great Western Adventure!

Headed out to Idaho again. Although I hope it won't be much of an adventure. Driving across Wyoming and Nebraska in December can be so nasty. Good news is that so far the forecast is for clear skies. After three years, T-Rex will be changing apartment complexes, so we have to move all her stuff into an alternate storage site until April. Fortunately, I have two brothers who live in the neighborhood. Free truck and free storage. We spent most of last week getting her ready for finals. R

Dave

Dave

 

Jolly Holly 5K

I was really excited to run the Jolly Holly 5k this year. I signed up as soon as registration opened up. The last time I ran this race was November 27, 2015. I ran it one month after running my BQ (PR) marathon at Steamtown and 1 week before my PR half marathon at Rehoboth. It was a great race where I PR'd my 5k with a 24:02. 2015 was such a good, great year!! The Jolly Holly is held the day after Thanksgiving at 6:00 at night right before the Christmas parade. For Thanksgivi

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

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