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the day fiona apple got busted at the border checkpoint in texas. a photo essay.

I got my feet On the ground And I don’t go To sleep to dream — the prophet fiona — Mo always says dreams are supposed to mean something. I’m still trying to figure out last night’s. I’m running on a treadmill. There’s a guy on the TM next to me also running. He stops, and there is much hoopla (note to self: must say "hoopla" more in casual conversation. In the unlikely event you ever have a casual conversation). A TV crew swoops in; confetti drops. He says he has broken the World Recor

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

"WE WERE ON A BREAK!"

That was running and me, for the last 7 weeks or so. It has been years of on again, off again training for marathons. Between and within the ebb and flow of training cycles were all the half marathons, 5ks and 10ks, triathlons, duathlons, bike races, and fun runs with kiddos. Exhaustion, throbbing muscles, poring over data, endless entries in training logs, planning for the next race, speedwork, long runs, weekends of trying to balance life, sleep, and training.  I need a break from yo

PegLeg

PegLeg

 

PPTC TT RR

I'm standing with Sarah, hunched into each other against the cold.  We're as close to the start as we can get.  It's packed full of runners, walkers and run/walkers of all types.  Some in groups.  Some in costume.  Some bundled up and some, like me, barely covered.     It's 35* but I'm going for a PR so I'm just in my team jersey and shorts.  I wore some heavy duty arm warmers with cuffins but my hands are still freezing.  I shiver and Sarah gives me a semi-worried, semi-reproachful lo

Keep Running Girl

Keep Running Girl

 

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.

That's right. Four (count 'em - 1, 2, 3, 4!) ouches in one bloop. BTW, did you know that Chrome's spellcheck doesn't recognize the plural of "ouch?" Ouch #1 Because Wednesday is interval day, I threw a few 800 repeats into the six miles I had planned for last week. I'm not especially fast right now, which is OK, but some hard effort a couple of times a week is good. What wasn't good was the tug I felt in my left hamstring about halfway through the second 800. I slowed to a dangerous jo

Dave

Dave

 

thanks, new balance!

The biggest problem with being slow in a race is kids. Or more specifically, The Kid. In my extensive clinical research, I have found there is something in the kid mentality that results in an endless series of fartleks in races, with me being the telephone pole the kid is sprinting past, only to apply the brakes as soon as he is in front of me. Saturday's race went something like this. I am trotting along. Kid is behind me. Kid kicks it into overdrive. Kid sprints past me. Kid comes t

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

Mojo Rising?

I really wish I had pictures for this one, there were some good ones, but my phone has been on the fritz and, well, let's just say the battery dies if I try to do anything cool. So the only pictures I took for this race were a selfie before and a selfie after. But really, I feel like I maybe turned a corner (although it wasn't soon enough to make a difference for the upcoming Rehoboth festivities). Dear Loopsters, we last met after I vanquished the marathon demon. I sacrificed many toenail

slcathena

slcathena

 

A Few Speed Bumps

I guess things were going too smoothly this year, so November decided to be a nasty bugger. The plan was to keep ramping up the miles while throwing in three races. And to race them hard. Well, the first race turned out warm and windy and I got shingles two days before. So I didn't really race it. Still it turned out alright, and the shingles seemed to fade pretty fast. The pain never got too bad and was gone after a week. The week after the race I missed a run due to unforeseen schedu

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

running with turkeys

Back in the old days, I hated turkey trots because they were just a bunch of people who dressed up in costume to have fun and didn't particularly care about the race. These days, I love turkey trots because they're just a bunch of people who dress up in costume to have fun and don't particularly care about the race. Life is all about perspective ...  

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

Pseudo Running

Well, if you are a part of Loopville on facebook you already know – no marathon for me next weekend. After a foolish attempt at running on the treadmill 2 weeks ago (is that ONLY two weeks ago, three since I originally hurt myself? It feels like forever.) I set myself back to the beginning and I haven’t really run since. I’ve churned and churned away on the elliptical and gotten my “miles” in for Austin in February, but no actual running. Until a few days ago it still hurt some to walk, it wasn’

amarie2009

amarie2009

 

LSD

A long time ago… The four of us huddle in the dorm room, lights low, a single candle burns on the coffee table. The candle sits in a mountain of wax covering what was simply a Budweiser bottle just a few hours ago. Each of us digs at the candle, at the wax-mound with glowing hot paperclips. Heat the paperclip in the flickering flame, sculpt the wax; heat, sculpt, repeat. We’re stoned silly. And profoundly drunk—yet hyper-aware, attuned to our surroundings. Deafening music rattles the r

Jeff C.

Jeff C.

 

Richmond Marathon – You Can’t Always Get What you Want (The Blog I Don’t Want to Write)

Hello everyone! I wrote this post a little over a week ago and posted it in my non-Loop blog runeatralph.wordpress.com. If you’ve been reading there, you might know that I ran the Richmond Marathon, which I trained hard for 16 weeks to prepare for with the hopes of a Boston Marathon Qualifier. Unfortunately, things just didn’t work out the way that I’d hoped or planned for. That’s the tough thing about marathons, really. You can do it all right up until race day and just not have it. I didn’t ha

RunEatRalph

RunEatRalph

 

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

 

Denver Pumpkin Pie 5K & 10K Race Report

Signing up for a race where I could run both the 5K & 10K, AND get pie at the finish was a no-brainer for me. I’ve never run two races in the same day before. I’ve only ever run races two days in a row like, the VA Beach Shamrock Whale challenge – 8K & 26.2. By the way, the VA Beach Shamrock races may just be my favorite races EVER. It’s always so well organized, you’re almost guaranteed a PR, the swag is amazing, I always end up running with good friends, and there’s beer at the finish.

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

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

 

Yes

The categories sorting is just another step to take. I still miss the old RW two column style. What about my happiness?

Speet63

Speet63

 

My Annual Post About my Annual Race

My first race ever, the one that got me hooked, was my local Turkey Trot in Prospect Park.  I've run it every year since even when I couldn't run it and, I know I say this about every race, it's my favorite race of the year. 2011 - My first race.  I had been running for about four months.  I did a one week "taper" leading up to the race because that's a thing that runners do before a race, right?  I wore cotton yoga pants and a new thermal Craft shirt I had bought for the occasion because i

Keep Running Girl

Keep Running Girl

 

The Cross Country Fix

We all know what fall means: football, a crazy-quilt of leaves, winking jack o’ lanterns, and pumpkin-spiced everything.  But to those of us lucky enough to have discovered it in school, fall also means cross country.  Cross country is what happened when someone said, “Hey, I’m tired of racing in circles!  Let’s run over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house and back.”  Cross country is what turns an individual sport into a team effort, with its attendant bonding experiences.  I

atombuddy

atombuddy

 

Well...that didn't go according to plan

“Bro, this $h!t hurts.”  The quote above, from a random runner next to me as we ran passed the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday kind of summed it up.  I’ve run the Philadelphia Marathon or Half Marathon(which used to just be the first half of the marathon), 3 or 4 times.  They’ve recently changed the courses but they still follow the same basic pattern.  Start by the Art Museum, through Center City, down along the Delaware River, back thorough Center City, across the Schuylkill River to Univer

RoyalDryness

RoyalDryness

 

Bass Pro Half Marathon: Call it heat training!

I was waiting on my professional photos from this race to post this, but 2 weeks later I've decided I might be waiting until my next race so here it is!  This race was November 5, and I am now 2 weeks out from my big goal race marathon at CIM. The Short: Based on the crap weather (72*, dew point of 70*, 15-25 mph south wind), my goal for this race shifted from aiming for a solid time to running it at goal marathon pace (6:17).  I also cut out the small taper for it, running 70 miles fo

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Vacation Racing - Ft. Lauderdale 13.1 - NOW WITH PICS!

(It wouldn't let me edit, so I'm just re-posting this to add photos.) Sometimes I sign up for a race, and then make a vacation out of it. Examples are Boston, New York, Loopfests. Other times I schedule a vacation, and then look for a race to add to it. The point here is to have fun, explore new places and add a little running spice to an already good trip. If it fits into the training plan to race it hard, well, that's a bonus. So this was the latter. Sure, I had hoped t

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

Fill in the blank: "I was so tired at one point during marathon training that I ________."

I think my best answers are: ...worked late, completed my second run of the day, then helped my daughter with homework, prepared and ate dinner, and did other random things at home, then quickly it was 9:00 p.m.  I went to bed wearing the clothes I'd run in, and then the next morning I woke up and ran in them again! ...almost ran 3 times in a day.  I had a double, and ran my second run at lunch, but all of my days were running together and I forgot I'd run it.  I got dressed to run aft

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Vacation Racing - Ft. Lauderdale 13.1

Sometimes I sign up for a race, and then make a vacation out of it. Examples are Boston, New York, Loopfests. Other times I schedule a vacation, and then look for a race to add to it. The point here is to have fun, explore new places and add a little running spice to an already good trip. If it fits into the training plan to race it hard, well, that's a bonus. So this was the latter. Sure, I had hoped to race hard, and made some goals, yadda, yadda. But once I got there, the running go

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

It was everything I hoped it would be...and more

If you didn’t read my last bitchy post, good for you. I can tell you that I was whining about the fact that I hadn’t ran in almost a week, and blah blah blah. I wasn’t expecting much out of my run last night. I hadn’t felt good all day, had been stressed about a job interview that I had that day, and was thinking it was going to be a very uncomfortable run. I wasn’t sure how far I was going to run and was just going to see how I felt and go from there. I got home from work, changed, an

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Mt. Washington

I have a fascination with Mt. Washington.  I've done the Mt. Washington century 5 or 6 times, and the hill run twice.  Rode my bike up it once. Here is something I posted elsewhere June 24, 2016. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Last Saturday I ran up the Mt Washington auto road.  In July I will do a cycling century riding around it, then in August I will ride my bike up the auto road. Here are a few deta

Cliff

Cliff

 

10K goal race

It's about time that I updated everyone on how my goal 10K race went on 11/4/17.  Since returning from the mini vacation running trip, life has thrown a few curve-balls at me, but nothing bad.  THANK YOU to everyone who provided comments on pacing strategy, I appreciated reading them all!!!! It was the 10K with the Wine and Dine Half in Disney World. Nothing like a nice trip to Florida just when temperatures start to drop up here in the mid-Atlantic!  The weather was beautiful for hanging o

SandiBeach

SandiBeach

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