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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: Nov. 9:

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

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

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

 

November

Total miles: 27.39Races: 1Minutes meditated: 25Coming of a shitty October, I honestly felt a little lost in November. I was (and still am) struggling with the loss of our pregnancy. Running just didn't feel like a priority, and so I didn't run much. I wish I could say I did a lot better with yoga and meditation, but I honestly wasn't great about that either. In retrospect, I was slowly creeping into depression, just going through the motions. There were bright spots, like watching my sister perf

eliz83

eliz83

 

The one where the really bad news isn’t that bad

I had my first physical therapy appointment this morning and while there my doc visited me to give me good news.  My posterior tibial tendon is not dislocated!  It is still torn and I do still have to wear a boot for at least six weeks, but surgery is no longer in my future.     I’m so relieved and so much more hopeful 🙂

Gumbo

Gumbo

Today's Lunch Break

Today's Lunch Break

Still raining. Started at 4:30 am, and I wasn't able to go back to sleep. It is in the low 30s, but not below freezing, so just the cold rain. I wimped out on biking to work. I can still claim I'm getting over the stomach flu that hit me Monday night and knocked me out for two days. Drove to work yesterday too as I really didn't have enough strength to ride. Just as well as I had to pick up my race packet for tomorrow's half marathon. I am one of the two-hour pace group leaders. Running bud

mattw

mattw

Guess I needed a week off anyway.

Guess I needed a week off anyway.

Not that I was ramping up for anything. That hamstring was a little worse than I thought. Went out for a test run on Monday (last) and got less than a half mile before I realized it wasn't ready. Gave it another try on Friday. Not 100% but good enough for an easy 4. Those 4 felt pretty terrible though. Either because I was going slow and running slow is hard, or it's related to this bug or whatever thing that showed up after Thanksgiving. Pain in the upper abdomen and some other issues

Dave

Dave

I said I'd be back.

I said I'd be back.

Winter came early to northern Michigan and I'm already tired of running on snowy surfaces but I'll endure.  This morning was 10 minute warm up, 10-20 minutes at medium effort, 10 minute cool down.  The whole run was me struggling to find footing and not getting run over by big plow trucks clearing city streets.  I wave at them regularly to show my appreciation and hopefully build some compassion to not flatten me.  I need one of those Noxgear vests that I see in FB ads constantly.  I better budg

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

Barf

Finally my desire of a boot that fits my calves has come to fruition.  I have been waiting two weeks for my mri results and they are just gross.   Posterior tibial tendon is interstitially torn AND medially dislocated.  I also have a stress reaction on my ankle bone.  All of this because I’m a good mom and play with my kids.     Surgery is a possibility, but doc didn’t want to talk about it yet.     Follow up in 3 weeks 🤡

Gumbo

Gumbo

 

swartkoppies slowly

sheesh, I take five weeks off to travel around the world, and the Loop suddenly wakes up ? Loved reading the updates, thanks garbanzo for the prompt and everyone.. Around the world in five weeks went like this, Denver > Boston > Doha (in Quatar) > Johannesburg South Africa. Two weeks there with DW's family.  DW came back the same way (an out-and-back), son Christopher and I went on to Perth Australia. 3 weeks there with my brother and his family, then I came home Karratha >

doug in co

doug in co

 

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

 

Marathons and Turkey Trots - must be November

My last bloop was a collection of what I saw while spectating the marathon spectators. I had a pretty good view as I ran the 26.2 miles through and around downtown Charlotte. Training was half-hearted. I didn't put in sufficient weekly miles nor was I consistent at speed work. With everything else going on in life, I was somewhat apathetic about it too. I combined that with a cold 3 days before and a fairly consistent 15 - 20mph wind on race day. To ensure a painful day, I started with the

mattw

mattw

nothing is for shirtin’

nothing is for shirtin’

This shirt is old and fadedAll the color's washed awayI've had it now for more damn yearsThan I can count anyway -- the prophet m.c. carpenter i have a confession: i did not run the 2015 marshall marathon. choosing a shirt to run in is easy. i reach in the pile, pull something out at random, and take a nap while i drive to the mad dog start line. it’s not until a ways down the trail that i become curious about what i’m wearing. shirts are an odd thing. i don’t want to be presumptuous w

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

I was running! Then I stopped.

After that dreadmill run I had three fun ones, since the weather got decent for a few days. An easy 5.5 out and back on the Target path, a slow uphill (150 feet) out and quick downhill (150 feet) back on Seven Mile. They've extended the walkway along the road for another half mile past Haggerty Road. Someday they're supposed to complete a walking/biking park all the way to Northville Road (2 miles), but this is at least better than it used to be. Fun to see a 7 in the pace - first one of those i

Dave

Dave

White River Half:  Winning at recovery (part 3)

White River Half: Winning at recovery (part 3)

Part 1 of my White River race recap is here, and part 2 here. A PR is a PR, and as Steph Bruce quoted, "You're not allowed to be disappointed with a PR because it's the best you've ever done".  I'm embarrassed to admit that I have been disappointed with PRs, many times - but I have recently come a long way with not letting the disappointment of not meeting a higher expectation overshadow doing something I've never done before!  It's rare (unheard of?) to have everything align perfectly for

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

White River Half Marathon: Beating all of the boys is fun (part 2)

White River Half Marathon: Beating all of the boys is fun (part 2)

Part 1 of my White River race recap is here. The first mile of this race contains a significant downhill, and then the course follows a curvy road along the river out and back 6.05ish miles.  My plan was to start at my goal pace, 6:05, which would be like 6:25 effort (per Strava's grade adjusted pace) on mile one, making it kind of a "free" mile.  Last time I ran the race, many runners went out ridiculously fast on the downhill, so I expected that again.  I eased out and while I felt like I

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

White River Half Marathon: Sometimes being nuts pays off, the sequel (part 1)

White River Half Marathon: Sometimes being nuts pays off, the sequel (part 1)

The short: When a race really excites me, I just know it's a good idea!  Once I brought up the possibility of racing the White River Half 2 weeks after the Indy Monumental Marathon and 2 weeks before the California International Marathon, I became almost giddy with excitement about the option.  My coach and I talked it over, and since I recover well and would be doing my biggest workout of this very abbreviated training cycle on November 24 anyway, we decided to go for it!  I ended up winn

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Apple Pie Anyone??

Hi folks.  I think most of you know me, but maybe you've forgotten all about me.  Nah, no one forgets Apple Pie! 😁 A quick recap:  I ran on and off for most of my life.  I was on the cross country team, but to be truthful that was more kicking my own rear end to get in shape for wrestling season each year.  I was never at the front of the pack, but never really bothered about not being there either.  In 2010, after not running for a few years, I was sitting on my couch feeling kinda sedenta

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

 

Time to Put November Behind Me

First, thanks to all the old-timers for popping up with a bloop. Nice to know the Loop is still breathing. November has been a big bust for me. Six weeks ago I was on track for another record mileage year, over 1500 miles. But my long string of mostly injury-free running came to an end as I tweaked a ligament just below my ankle. Ah well. Luckily it was AFTER my trail marathon, so it didn't ruin any big plans. So I vowed to take some time off and let it heal. Sadly, it is like most of

BANGLE

BANGLE

Another OG Loopster Bloop

Another OG Loopster Bloop

Some of the most amazing humans I call my friends I met through the Loop.  Some I've still never met in person (KRG!) and some I've even vacationed to go see (Moose and Countess FiFi!).  Life has been "interesting" the past 2 years but I have nothing epic to post pics of and most of you are friends with me on FB and/or follow me on IG so you see the high points.  My big win for 2019 was a trip with hubby Chris to northern Arizona where we did all the tourist hot spots.  He loved the Grand C

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

Things I've Learned -- A Good Old Training Blog

1) When given a gift don't look it in the mouth.... Ummm I don't think that's quite right... Friday's weather was supposed to be beautiful. Saturday's was to be super blustery. I did the old switcheroo on the training plan and ran 9 on Friday and 5 on Saturday. I ran Friday's  9 @ 9:39 on all of the surfaces. I found a dirt road that says private road/ Do Not Enter .... ( I'm sure doesn't apply to me, right?) that connects to a pine needle/ sand trail that connects to the huge shopping

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

You're Going to Get Wet

I’ve always loved camping. Particularly backpacking. Putting everything you need to survive on your back and walking into the wilderness for days or weeks at a time is tremendously freeing. You’re no longer bound by calendars and emails and due dates; when your next food and shelter are not guaranteed the volume on those alarms and LED notifications is turned down considerably. And few things bring me the same joy as the horrified look on the faces of people I encounter after walking out of the

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

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