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my shirt

Editor's note: Classic? Nah. Old? Yes. This is from Nov. 1, 2009. The big race coming up this weekend made me think about it. Still feels like yesterday. And I still haven't been back. --- Everyone has a few shirts in their drawer they just can’t get rid of. They’re old and worn but you can’t let them go. I'm holding mine today. Marathon But i came to run. I was in pretty good shape and wanted a decent time, so i had to pick and choose the sightseeing outings before t

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

Rocktober: October in Review

October 2017 in review! Total mileage for the month:  323.6 - my biggest month ever!  In comparison, I did:  January - 261, February - 212, March - 203, April - 219, May - 249, June - 205, July - 275, August - 301, September - 271. Oct. 2-8:  70.1 Oct. 9-15:  77.1 - a volume-focused week (only a tiny workout) Oct. 16-22:  71.6 Oct. 23-29:  76.6 - my sixth week in the 70s! Oct. 30-Nov. 5: projected at 65 half

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Weekly Training

So, I didn't do nearly enough miles this week. Wednesday- sore knees. Walked 1 mile. Thursday- walked 1 mile in a.m. Then did 2 - 1 mile repeats in p.m. (8:47, 8:59) Friday- rest Saturday- 4 mile race (40:34) Sunday - celebrated daughter's bday Monday-jogged/walked 5k (37:53) Tuesday- second ever completion of a 10k!! Was pretty consistent with last week's jog. 3 seconds faster on 5k, and 9 seconds on the 10k.          This week:    

Riggers

Riggers

 

Ain't No Blues in This Chicago RR

“Keep your sunglasses on, I want to take a selfie.”   The Wife looked at me with a skeptically raised eyebrow. “A selfie? Since when do you take selfies?”   “Well-” I said “-this is a big trip, and I know you like to take the occasional selfie, so I thought you might want one.”   “Why the sunglasses? This isn’t for some stupid Blues Brothers joke you’re going to make that no one is going to get is it?”   “...”   “Yeah, I thought so, no selfie.”

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

 

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

 

First Snow/New House

Here it is folks!  Not only did I get the keys to my new house yesterday at 3 pm but then it snowed like mad all day today so I snapped a picture of the first snow and my house combined.  I'm more in love with it every minute I'm there.    I could "wax poetic" about my home. I will be sleeping there starting Wednesday night (tomorrow) with minimal "stuff" because everything is in 2 storage trailers.  I met with the boiler guy this morning so I understood how the heating system operates and

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

It's easy to think the worst when things are going so right

I wasn't as sore as I expected to be from running the Cheyenne Mountain Run two Saturdays ago. I took the following Sunday off to rest and had a tempo scheduled for  Monday, but decided to take another day off just to make sure. Tuesday morning, I ran the 4 mile @ 8:50 tempo run but ran faster than that, and the run totaled 6 miles. I had no issues and felt pretty good. Since I had taken two rest days in a row, I decided to run 6 easy trail miles on Wednesday. For starters, my stomach

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Ass Chafing by GUMPTIONGUY

The original blog and all its comments are attached to this in PDF!!! You are welcome. Originally posted on GUMPTIONGUY 10/13/1 2:10 PM As of 9/27/2017: 48,500 views; 22 likes; 577 comments            That's right I said "ass chafing" a.k.a. the rusty rim, but rub, pink eye, crack-wack, or crusty crack. What is it? It's exactly what it sounds like. It's the chafing of the area along the crease of your ass before and/or after your anus. It may not be the most painful type of chafing but

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Swamp Rabbit Marathon RR: That time I ran 26.2 miles dressed as beer stein

The first day after I ran 115 miles at Hinson Lake, I slothed like I had never before. My body ached from head to toe and though the brain fog seemed less intense than the prior year, it was still there. I lazed around the house, soaked my feet in an Epsom salt bath, snacked, and rested. I didn't actually feel any hungrier than normal - it is strange how sometimes I feel ravenous after a race and other times, it seems to have no effect.   Needless to say, running was out of the questio

Carissa Liebowitz

Carissa Liebowitz

 

Chasing Dreams

If you dare to dream big, you need to put in the work.  I have big dreams, and I am working hard. As Britney says, "you gotta work bitch."  It's become my theme song.  I get up in the morning, and I run.  I finish work, and I run.  I go out to a party, I run there and stumble back.  Anything to get in the miles. I've been enjoying the grind.  It gives me a sense of purpose, a mission.  And if my body holds up, I will finish 2017 with a fitness level I never thought possible. 

JoannaRuns

JoannaRuns

 

Wineglass Marathon RR - Everything is Awesome!

Marathon The parents and I arrived in Corning, NY, late Friday afternoon. We checked into our hotel and met up with Liz and Peg for a drink and bite to eat nearby. It’s always great to catch up with Loopsters, and it was fun for my parents to meet some of the people that I talk about so much. It had been a long day of driving from Massachusetts, so we called it a night pretty early. Saturday morning started out with a short and fun shakeout run with the Loop ladies: half O

HotPinkSneakers

HotPinkSneakers

 

2014 Marshall University Marathon RR

November 2, 2014 Huntington, WV   Mile 1. Plan - 8:45, Actual - 8:42.2 - Right turn on 27th St, short downhill on bricks. May have bragged to Abby about my pacing skills. Mile 2. Plan - 8:30, Actual - 8:29.6 - Right turn on 20th St, passing start and seeing Brian. On inside of left turn to 3rd Ave., so missed the low five offered. Abby got it but then almost fell into a huge pothole. Mile 3. Plan - 8:30, Actual - 8:23.9 - Following the 3:45 pace group into Riverside Park

Dave

Dave

 

First RR in forever and a day...

Boston           Maybe it was not tough enough?  I don't have any races logged for 2015 OR 2016.  I think I actually did a couple in 2015 but didn't even log them in.  I was getting bored with running.  Of course there were tons of outside distractions.  Changing jobs (not completely by choice), teenage daughters (don't even go there...), and other excuses we can all make.  Sure there were some injuries too, but basically I was losing the motivation to get out there the way I had since 2008

ChicagoPhil

ChicagoPhil

 

Hills

There are no hills where I live. None. I am going to have to break out the treadmill and practice on incline because hills apparently take some experience. I ran the Howl-O-Ween Dog Run/Walk in Lubbock. There aren't a whole lot of hills in Lubbock either; however, they manage to find them for the few runs they have there each year. It was also freezing. Any recommendations on how to keep my toes from turning into ice and breaking off inside my socks?  I really thought racing would help me t

Riggers

Riggers

 

Weekly Wrap-up

Came home to enter the weeks runs and found that while I was at work last night Bobby and Bean had been on my computer.  Credit where it's due: they didn't lie to me.  Even told me they were on our to look for Halloween costume ideas.  Thing is, now my computer isn't turning on.   Aren't phones amazing?   This week's running wrap-up:   Tuesday: 3 miles (dead battery no stats) Friday: 3 miles 34:39 Saturday: 4 miles 50:42 1- 11:39 2- 12:02. half

StinaQ

StinaQ

 

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

 

Intimidating 18

half                 marathon                 Tomorrow night I’m going to a Halloween party, I’ve got my costume together, it’s a retro Hawaiian tourist complete with authentic 70s era dress, camera from anytime from the 50s to the 70s and free leis all from running expos I think. The biggest problem is that it is going to be cold. I’m not going to want to spend a lot of time outside by the fire. And since I’m running 20 miles the next day starting by 7am I won’t be having more than 1 d

amarie2009

amarie2009

 

I Was Wearing Headphones

bloop Sigh. Last week I tried to play nice with it. A 2 mile run, 3 miles ellipticaling and weights. Finally it has started to feel better this week. I ellipticaled 3 on Tuesday and ran 3 yesterday followed by 2 more on the elliptical. I promised myself just weights today. By the time I got home from work I really didn’t feel like hitting the gym but had no excuse not to. Changed and headed out. Did a 10 minute warm up on the bike and then hit the machines. Hamstring curl, leg

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

Well, that was a let-down: Kansas City Half Marathon

The Short: mpwhad I not thought I ran a 1:21 and won for hours (and posted it on social media).  Oy! The smile of someone who *thought* she was about to win, hah The Long: Half2015, 2016, and 2017 (I ran the full marathon with the event in 2005, 2007, and 2011).  In what was perhaps the luckiest win of my life, I won a free entry for life into the race in a 2011 photo contest, so I will obviously keep running it every year!  I hig

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

GREAT NEWS!

Today at 5 pm I walked through my loan documents for my house.  That's right, I'M CLOSING ON MY HOUSE!  The official deal goes down on Monday at 2 pm eastern time.  Things look very good.  My taxes will be much lower than anticipated because I will claim homestead tax base and the current owners are both in long term care homes so they have the home as "non homestead" on the tax roll.  I'm not sure if other states do this but we do in Michigan.  It's a 30-40% reduction in taxes if it's homestead

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

When the Donut Girl Notices

I’ve been really good about skipping the donut house after dropping the kids off at school. Today though, I really wanted a donut and a latte. The $20 of coffee money in my ashtray still had $15 dollars left and I’ll admit stress contributed to the sweet breakfast, but all in all, I have cut back a lot.   When the donut girl handed my punch card back, “You have a free coffee next time!”   “Awesome!  Whenever next time will be.”   “Yeah, I’ve noticed and it’s a little sad but at the

StinaQ

StinaQ

 

To Cut Back or Not?

intervals half tempo runs  I actually went to the gym to run on the treadmill for my run this afternoon. It was warmer out than I like to run in (I hate running in the heat) and I figured the bouncy treadmill would give my shins and knees a little bit of a break.  Plus I pulled my hamstring stacking firewood over the weekend.  On the treadmill I listened to my audio book and decided to run without stopping for a bit. I managed the first mile at a 5.2 pace with no break.  a 1 minute bre

BiscuitPusher

BiscuitPusher

 

Cheyenne Mountain 9.8 Race Report

9.8 miles is a weird distance, right? Well in the race description, it says the course will be as long as the trail is completed on race day. Volunteers have been working on the Dixon Trail for years now. Each year, this run increases by about .2 miles. It takes a lot of volunteer hours to construct a trail and I hope to go out and help sometime. The registration fee went to the funding of this trail and I love that! I signed up for this race hoping to suffer a bit, it has been a while

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

You remind me of the babe...

The babe with the power... Marathon As I mentioned in my race preview, I wasn't feeling super confident in my training going into this race. It had even come to the point where I was telling myself, "if you don't finish, it's okay, you can rationalize it with the training..." Regardless, I got up on race morning and felt pretty good - a little tightness in my lower back that I had been dealing with for about a week, but everything else felt fresh at the start line. This race has the

croninamber

croninamber

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