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Houston, we had a problem: Chevron Houston Marathon Race Report

The short: My finishing time of 2:54:XX (I have a few different finishing times at this point, but they all begin with 2:54) was nearly 10 minutes slower than the big dream goal time I went to Houston to chase, but I finished the race at peace with that.  My attempt at double-peaking failed, which I knew was a risk, but I don't regret taking the chance; I had to try.  I executed my race plan well, but simply didn't have enough in reserves.  At mile 16 I knew that I could run 10 more miles,

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Muskrat 2020

When I entered Muskrat 2020 I fully knew what I was getting into. I’ve seen Jenster running up a mountain with a piñata boom box. I also remember RunningNoleFan pulling a wagon around a track while  wearing a fruit hat. It was a little out of my comfort zone but it’s good to color outside of the lines every once in a while, right? We had to have a racing pineapple. I totally misunderstood and got a racing pinned apple! I tested my stomach’s limits with the Pie 5k Run. Let’s just s

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

i was always more of a letterman guy

See how they fly like Lucy in the sky See how they run — the prophet lennon — I know now what it must have felt like to be Ed McMahon. We’re on the track. Mo has veered off to do the dirt road loop, leaving me alone on the Gumbo 5K track course. Nobody is here, I guess because it’s Tuesday and school just started, or maybe everyone is sticking close to a fallout shelter. Just in case. I’m toodling along at 13:20 pace. Trot the straight, walk the turn. Trot the straight, walk the t

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

It's actually going well!

My training, that is.  Yup!  I'm loving running again!  I'm not really in pain (other than sore, which I kinda like), and I was very worried about that given some recent issues I've had.  But, those seem to have gone away, and that makes me happy!  Yay! So - barring anything horrible in the next few months, I'm thinking I'll be able to enjoy the Pig!  Woo hoo!

Running Loopy

Running Loopy

 

the best runner

I love the track. As we’re walking toward the track, we see them coming down the little dirt road that leads out to the glorious stretch of running. The gazelles. Two men and a woman, maybe mid-20s. Super fast. They’re slowing to a trot after what must have been a long run. They move in that easygoing stride that fast people move in. As we walk in to the track area, they trot once around the track and sit down on the back stretch bench. The woman is in a sports bra and shorts. One

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

Always tired, sore and hungry - Must be marathon training season.

It's January. For most of you that means dealing with ice and cold and snow. Running when you can, but subject to the whims of weather or stuck on a treadmill. Well, for me January means marathon training, since I always have a Spring marathon to train for. Luckily weather is never a factor here in LaLa Land, so I'm free to schedule 50-mile weeks, and I have no excuses to not hit them. I just finished a 46-mile week - by far my longest since last March. And while I am a bit sore, and tired,

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

Saving more. Running less.

I try not to get too worked up over things. Someone cuts me off in traffic, I try to imagine there's some emergency happening - late for an important business meeting, his wife's in labor - that makes him less than careful on the roads. Sometimes it works. See, when I get upset, my stomach goes all weird and I can't concentrate and my heart beats a billion times a minute. It's not good. I hate it. So, I've spent most of my life trying to stay calm. I may look like zen on the outside, b

Dave

Dave

 

A surprising result (5k RR and other stuff)

The weather has been colder than normal this winter. Still not much snow, but wind chill advisories have kept me inside more often than usual. Tomorrow will be another really cold morning – I haven’t decided if I will face the cold or head to the gym. Training for the Austin marathon is going well, but I am behind where I would like to be. There isn’t much I can do about it – with the foot injury at the end of last year I just don’t have the time to get the long runs I’d like to get done. The go

amarie2009

amarie2009

 

PRs

Does anyone know of an app that can keep a multitude of personal records? It's getting really hard for me to keep up with all the numbers when 5 people are running races from 200m to 10k (so far) and I made a spreadsheet but I'd prefer an app...

Riggers

Riggers

 

PF PTSD

If you’ve had plantar fasciitis you know what I mean when at any point that your foot or feet hurt you get flashbacks of the misery.  PTSD of the feet. Both feet hurt today - the right more than the left.  It gives me chills to think about the potential issue if I don’t care for them.  My own fault - too much time in my slippers in the house and not shoes that have support. Be about enough of this nonsense! Nipping it in the bud.

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

Post Achilles Surgery Week 4 – It’s a Long, Hard Walk. And I’m Gonna Walk. Hard.

As I was hobbling around for 3/4 of a mile yesterday, I thought about this movie line. It IS a long, hard walk right now. The movie is a goofy mess, but for some reason all goofy messes tend to embed themselves into my brain forever. I wish there was a way to delete items from my mind like a hard drive. I have a TON of waste in there. I’ll keep this one short and sweet. It would be much sweeter if I could just say I’m recovered, but that’s wishful thinking of course. Any of you know wher

RunEatRalph

RunEatRalph

 

muskrat 2020

once upon a time, there was this contest. run either 2,020 kilometers or miles (they’re different distances? who knew?) Do something silly once a month in 2017, and something kind.  we started out with 3,421.5 contestants (gumbo got pregnant), and when it was over, only one person was left standing, even if it did leave her with a limp.  gwen is the winner of Muskrat 2020, with some of the silliest Random Acts of Silliness in Muskrat history, as well as the kindest by far.  I brok

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

Plans derailed.

A little, anyway. Started feeling better on Wednesday, so I went out for 3 miles. In shorts. Didn't expect that to happen until March, but it's not like it's never happened before, either. Really, we've only had one really bad stretch of a couple of weeks this winter, but everyone's freaking out about both that cold and the current thaw. It's weather, people, it changes all the time, everywhere. Then my sinuses filled up again and I couldn't sleep half the night. Finally swigged some N

Dave

Dave

 

My plan, the weather, and donuts.

After much contemplation and some investigation, I have a plan for my running in 2018.  I listened to a podcast from "Another Mother Runner" and they talked about racing and weight loss and can the two co-exist.  Basically, no.  Your body and mind are ideally suited for just one major task at a time.   This year, my sole focus is weight loss.  I'm not interested in what my per mile paces are. I'm simply going to put in 5 days a week of running and I'll get in at least 30 minutes minimum per run

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

In the name of the Loop, of the Dave and of the holy Bacon...My last bloop was.....holy sh!t...I don't know...weeks? months ago?

So yeah, it's been a while. It's also been a while since I ran. Neither was intended. I love writing about all my super fun exciting and sometimes hazardous runs and I LOVE running. Unfortunately I've been dealing with an injury since July. It started out as hamstring/but which I then called Hambutt....then it went to my low back....then to my hip flexor. Then all three. I've been chasing around this injury for months. I thought I was better and stupidly ran a 15k, primarily to win money. I know

corcorama

corcorama

 

WILFTB: You never know what could happen with a sandwich

It's week two, the ladies are gushing and already are showing cracks in their ability to watch the object of their affection date other women, and all I feel I really learned is that every star in the night sky is like a twinkling tax reduction, but I figured that would make a boring blog, so here's a few more "lessons" for you:  Try to talk to him while you are riding on the back of his motorcycle. It will surely be deep and meaningful, because he can totally hear you, right?  LET

eliz83

eliz83

 

Post Achilles Surgery Week 3 – I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends

This week’s title inspiration is too easy. I think there’s more than one right answer as to where it comes from. After last week’s post, I wasn’t sure I was going to write about my progress every week. I didn’t think I’d have enough to write about. I wasn’t sure how motivated I’d be either. This Achilles recovery is a lot like a marathon itself. If I start thinking about how many weeks I have to go, it’s going to take forever. I have to take it one week at a time. I have to set little goals

RunEatRalph

RunEatRalph

 

It's officially started...yay!

So - at Christmas, my brother officially gave me the gift of entry to the half marathon at the Flying Pig this May.  Yay!  Incentive to get off my ever expanding hind end and get moving for real again.  Woo hoo!   I've enlisted the help of my Nike + Run Club app to handle my training plan for me.  I haven't been doing MUCH lately, so I needed something that would be slow and steady to get me ready, especially coming off the flu and the holidays.  Today was day 1.  Actually, yesterday was, b

Running Loopy

Running Loopy

 

Stay Tuned

It’s almost here—my first marathon is on Sunday! (RnR Arizona) We decided to drive the almost 6 hours to Phoenix and make a long weekend out of it. The course is point-to-point so our hotel is at the start line/expo area which is right in downtown. DS (who is almost 5) is super excited because I told him we’d get to ride a train while we’re there. In the 4 days since we told him about the trip, he has already asked me 10,000 questions including : does our hotel room have a porch? Is the tra

DrWhiskers

DrWhiskers

 

Nice Day for a Cold.

Last week being my first week back running, I feel like I'm at roughly point zero in fitness. That's not entirely fair, I guess. Someone at point zero probably can't run to the corner from their house, unless their house is on the corner. I ran six days, two miles Monday through Friday, and three on Saturday (the long run). None of them were great and it didn't feel wonderful at any point. Most of that was because it was snowy and icy on the sidewalks, and the temps were all between 6 and 2

Dave

Dave

 

I ran OUTSIDE! (And non-running activity suggestions needed.)

Sunday morning I got up and ran OUTSIDE!  Remember that place?  The one with fresh air and no treadmills in sight?  That was me!  I did it!  3 layers top and bottom and could have really used a 4th layer on top because the wind was very cold for one full mile.  If I had an "outie" belly button, it would have been frost bit.   The run was inconsequential for stats but did wonders for my mental state.  Running outside again tonight thanks to the "heat wave" we're getting.  Supposed to be close

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

Winter Running Gear & Tips

Winter running can be hard.  It's frigid outside, the days are short (plus we all know any given temperature feels colder in the dark!), and races are far and few between.  Then there are also the ice and snow factors!  I run outdoors as long as the roads are safe, no matter how cold it is.  In Missouri we rarely get below -10* for our lows, so it's nowhere as extreme as Northerners have it, but it's still quite cold!  I start nearly all of my weekday runs at 5:30 a.m., so I am usually running i

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

2017 roundup

It feels weird to get to the end of a year and NOT do a yearly recap. So, while I'm really not feeling the urge to bloop lately, I'll try to whip something up. For continuity. Even though all the old ones are gone... 2017 was good. Not as momentous as 2013 or 2014 or 2012...or really any year since 2009. Heck, since I started blooping in 2009, EVERY YEAR has been pretty freaking amazing, from a running point of view. Lots of firsts and Loopfests and discovering new things. First BQ, first B

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

Well, that's one way to fight the polar vortex.

There was one time we were living in Grand Junction, CO. Logan was still bottle feeding. This was pre-microwave days in our house and the way to warm up formula was to put in on the stove in a pan of water, and the formula heats up as the water nears the boiling point. Anyway, one summer day Mrs. Dave got distracted during the heating process and the next thing we knew, there was a melted bottle and plastic-bottle-fueled flames filling the kitchen of our apartment with acrid black smoke. This wa

Dave

Dave

 

A Look Back, and Ahead

2017 was a fun one for me. Miles: 1699 (a PR). Previous most was 1439. Runs: 228  (a PR). Previous most was 202 Strength Workouts: 218 Highlights: Syracuse Half (1:44:21). I used this as a post-winter fitness gauge. I wasn’t expecting a PR and didn’t get one. But I learned that a good summer of training would get me there.   Finger Lakes 50k (7:48:46). Another opportunity to learn how long I can handle uncomfortableness. There were low points along the w

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NavEng

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