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Thoughts for the holiday season and a little NRR

Advice wanted! I really miss not having a running event on the calendar. And I was mourning the fact that I probably won't have one there for a long while yet... until I remembered that autumn is the start of the holidays and therefore the wonky little local races that are perfectly acceptable to run/walk in. So how feasible do you think a Turkey Trot is for a 32wk pregnant lady? Good idea for motivation to keep me active or just asking to be disappointed again if I don't feel up to it by t

tinkbot

tinkbot

Motivation Shmotivation

I need accountability. There are random sticky notes around my house with motivational fitness quotes. Some of them have come down. The rest have become white noise that should come down.   I read an article a few months ago about training with your cycle and adopted the strategy which basically gave me permission to take it easy on the days I feel most like taking things easy.  According to the article however, the first week of my cycle is supposed to be the week to amp up the high i

StinaQ

StinaQ

Further thoughts on my race and some misgivings

So, one more post about Saturday's race because I had time to chew on it and analyze some data. Last year when I set my old PR on this same course, I had spent the entire spring training for it.  I was a beast and singularly focused.  (Remember PITW?)  And I ran the race that way.  By the end, I was just trying my absolute best to hang on and cling to my pace.  This year, my training was spotty, at best.  And I ran the race easy and relaxed. Last year, my lower abs were so sore after t

Keep Running Girl

Keep Running Girl

I don't even know what I'm doing anymore

Guys, I signed up to run three marathons in five weeks.  I'm not sure if it sounds better if I say three in three months but it doesn't change the timeline either way.  That actually sounds exactly like me.  Biting off more than I can chew. Then I started having anxiety about training for them.  What do I do?  How do I get enough mileage on my legs?  Should I drop them and just run a 50?  I mean, that's kind of what I want to be doing but I'm too afraid I'll break my running again.  B

Keep Running Girl

Keep Running Girl

A pinch of arthritis, a dash of sesamoiditis, a soupçon of turf toe and a hint of a bone spur

I envy those whose diagnosis has a name. Mine has several - and none. I had a CT scan done yesterday, and saw the doc today for the verdict. (note: I'm VERY pleased that this doc is so speedy and wasn't interested in wasting my time waiting weeks to find out.) It seems the bony overgrowth he'd seen on my xrays was not a stress fracture. I might prefer it had been. It's a bit of bone spur, and there seems to be indication of an old injury to the fibular sesamoid bone. It's inflamed (hence t

gdionelli

gdionelli

Wineglass RR / Loopfest

"Biggest sandbag job of all time?"     -NavEng, posted to my Strava feed, 10/2/17.        I suppose I deserved that.  Two days prior to the race I posted a rant in Loopville about injuring my back and complained that I didn't think I could run the race. A quick recap in case you missed that:  After the best training cycle to date I was down to the last 5 days before the marathon. Everything was pointing to a huge PR.  (Even bigger than the expected PR in Philly... Before the weather go

Slow_Running

Slow_Running

Dear Running,

I love you but I need a break.  We’ve been spending an awful lot of time together over the last few months and I find myself drained and in need of some Elizabeth time.  I don’t want you to think that this has anything to do with you or with our relationship.  I still love you and I’m still going to take you to that big event this weekend just like I promised.  It’s just that after that, I need some time on my own. If I’m being honest, it feels like back in 2015.  We had gone throug

Keep Running Girl

Keep Running Girl

LA Marathon Race Report

For the sixth time in nine years I left Dodger stadium at dawn to the sound of Randy Newman's "I Love LA". Goals were the same as the last four times; Run 8-minute pace or better as long as possible, try to break 3:30 and BQ. Luckily I'm older now, so I really only needed 3:37 or so, but I just kept those 7 minutes in my pocket for bonking insurance. Because I have a pattern. I was up at 3:20AM, out the door at 3:30 for a ride with my club running buddy, S. We got to the finish area in Sant

BANGLE

BANGLE

Camping, gratuitous bush pics...a little bit of running and getting the band back together!

OK so I've been a little absent lately with work (I actually work for an overly large US company but our real overlords are via the UK), my running has been decidedly slow in returning plus a few other side projects have kept my down time away from here. So to make up for it I'm actually going to post a blog (yep it doesn't happen often). Last weekend here was Melbourne Cup (well the Tuesday so most take the Monday for a long weekend). It's our horse race that "stops the nation" and everyon

ChocTop

ChocTop

Run, Burpee, Repeat

I’m kind of an obsessive compulsive person...in case you haven’t noticed. 😂 I love, love, love watching the Olympics, the Tour De France and the CrossFit Games. These CrossFit Games athletes are amazing! The evil “genius “ behind the games workouts is Dave Castro. The idea is to throw all sorts of different events at the competitors to find “The Fittest on Earth.” These athletes lift weights, climb ropes, swim, bike and can run at 6:00 minute miles! It boggles my mind how these muscle

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

The Smells of Running

Or rather, the smells while running. Not of running. During my long run on Saturday—14 miles with the last 4 at MPish—my mind wandered to a gazillion different topics. One of those was thinking about the weird  and awful odors that I’ve come across while running. This thread was sparked, almost literally, from running next to someone smoking a cigarette while waiting at a bus station. Am I the only runner who holds my breath when running next to a smoker? Save me from the cloud of lung can

DrWhiskers

DrWhiskers

Thelma & Louise 13.1 RR

... and I bet you local folks thought I was doing the Hospital Hill Half Marathon ...  So that 13.1 that I was training for? It was the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon, a classic, run-with-your-best-girl, ladies only race set in the rugged cliffs of Moab, Utah. This race was an excuse for a girls trip with one of my closest friends. She's must faster than I am (former 400 m hurdler, that one), but she is the type that abides by the "run with", as opposed to "run at the same time" rule. In

eliz83

eliz83

Trippin' South. Best run in a long time. Looking ahead.

I considered starting out with a big nostalgia piece about the death of the Loop on Runner's World Online. But I figure I've written enough nostalgia-themed blogs over the years that it would be sort of redundant. On top of that, last week sort of snuck up on us all (thanks so much, RW). When I got the note from Cliff about hosting us on a new site, I jumped aboard that train as fast as I could. The smart thing might have been to do a bunch of research and have discussions with various Loopsters

Dave

Dave

Can we have a "General" category?

Yesterday, my husband Bruce challenged me to a 1-mile race this coming weekend. Bruce has a completely crushed meniscus in one knee that prevents him from running, but he might be able to last for a mile. Me? I've been slacking big time. Since nasal surgery back at the end of March, I have had a chronic cough that makes it hard to breathe when I run, and if I try to run more than 3 miles, some nagging injury crops up. So I've been doing threesies for the past few months, maybe 2 or 3 times a wee

unlikelyrunner

unlikelyrunner

State of Fivestarks Union

I've been really quiet on Loopsters. A couple of things have kept me from coming around-- the fact that my injury continues to linger and the fact that someone questioned my injury if I could run several miles.  KRG popped into Muskrat2020 today to see how everyone was and I posted a ‘pictures’ reply. Hmmmm, seems I've been up to more than I thought. In January my friend C and I participated in Winter Warrior for the 3rd straight year. It was -7* on January 1st! It wouldn't

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

Marine Corps Marathon 2017 - Going Big

Marine Corps Marathon 2017   But there are times in our lives when we need to tilt at windmills, times when the scale of the quest frightens us, focuses us, and motivates us to stretch higher than before. The fact that we’ll more than likely fail is largely the point.  (Jonathan Beverly, Runners World)           This was my 3rd time running the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and my 8th marathon.   Getting a BQ back in January put me in an interesting

running_eng

running_eng

The City So Nice They Named it Twice

Oh goodness, where to start? The New York City Marathon was so much more awesome than I ever imagined, and I’m sure I won’t do justice to the experience here. But that doesn’t mean I won’t try! I left DC on Thursday via Amtrak (my favorite way to travel anywhere on the I-95 corridor), with coffee in my hands and manic excitement in my eyes… I arrived at NY Penn Station around noon, and walked the handful of blocks north to the Port Authority bus terminal, where my mom was due in

HotPinkSneakers

HotPinkSneakers

Marathon Goals by Billy Joel

After the Chicago Marathon last year, The Wife and I were discussing races and goals for the year ahead. We were heading down wildly divergent paths; while she was deciding to take a break from the marathon, I had spreadsheets devoted to selecting my next one and was wondering how big a chunk to try to bite off. I kept throwing out times I thought I might be able to improve by, 5, 7, or maybe even 10 minutes. But then I started to think how close that 3:15 or 3:11 was to a BQ and kept dismissing

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

SeniorRunner's Friendly Running Advice for Newbies!

NOTE:  This is an updated revision of a bloop written eight years ago.  Because of all the specialized running jargon, I felt it would be a fitting celebration of the Looptionary painstakingly constructed by Dave et al for our new Loop.   1. To train properly, you must do intervals, tempo runs, hill repeats, maintenance runs, ladders, fartleks, yassos, and recovery runs.  LSD will definitely help, but just say "no" to junk miles.  On rest days, do some XT, isometrics, and plyometrics.

SeniorRunner

SeniorRunner

Air Force Marathon 10k

So - let's see if I remember how to do these things...it's...well, it's been awhile... So - last December, I decided to push myself and sign up for the 10k at Air Force.  I'd never done a 10k at that point, and REALLY wanted to get that instant PR.  I had been doing a LOT of 5ks (slowly) with a couple of friends of mine, and wanted to start making myself get serious about it again.  So, training was...well...sporadic...but...adequate...I guess?  Kinda?  Well, I knew it wouldn't be great, I

Running Loopy

Running Loopy

Bronx 10 miler - with loopmeet - *PICS*

Let's give the new Loop a go, shall we?   Dear fellow Loopsters - at least those of you who know or remember me. You may have noticed from my Facebook feed that last week I was in NYC with my wife, Countess FiFi the Fearless. Well, that only lasted five days. Not even the time to recover from the timezone-induced discombobulation and I already had to fly back to old Italia and get an even worse jet lag. What to do in notoriously extremely boring NYC? Watch the bagels rise? Or

Moose

Moose

a philosophical question

Is there a need for all the categories? When I look at the joint, I want to see the latest posts. I never go on to look at specific categories. "hmmmmm. Wonder if anyone has posted about blah blah today?" I just look to see what's up. I'm sure anyone who posts here regularly knows the pain of posting a glorious post, only to be knocked off by someone posting in the same category two minutes later. Yes, you can still see the headlines in the list, but it becomes much harder to find. Is

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

The Brooklyn Half - an unexpected PR

The alarm went off at 3:00am.  I woke up anxious about the weather.  It was going to be in the 50's with a feels like in the 40's, over an inch of rain expected, and moderate wind.  A friend had posted about it the night before but his post was drowned out by negativity.  I mean, why bothering encouraging someone with concerns differing from your own when you can just shame them instead, right?  🙄 The snide, pettiness of was irritating me so I decided to reach out:  That prom

Keep Running Girl

Keep Running Girl

A RAOK Texas Style: Thelma and Louise go to Houston

If you’ve been on the Loop for any amount of time you have either read about Garbo’s famous Muskrat challenges or taken part. His challenges usually consist of monthly acts of silliness while running such as Remember the Ala Mode Pi Pie Run. The rules were simple: run 3.1 miles and eat an entire 8-9” pie while carrying a piñata and wearing a Dave Schultz mask wearing a mustache. Many of us Muskrateers still cannot look at a pie more than 6 months later. 🤢 A lesser known fact of Garbo’s

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

2018: Let's Do This

My 2018 running year is off to a great start, and I think it’s time to share my Big Goal with you. Putting it in writing for consumption by an audience other than my mom and a few select friends who have gotten previews is absolutely terrifying for me, but I think it’s the good kind of terrifying. Which is largely how I feel about my goal for 2018 in the first place.   In 2018, I want to BQ minus 5 minutes. That will be a 3:30:00 marathon. A PR by 15 minutes and 21 seconds from last October

HotPinkSneakers

HotPinkSneakers

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