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Moving East: Another Great Western Adventure.

Dunno why two weeks seems like forever. That's how long it's been since I ran last. No peep out of Gwen, but then I haven't done anything to stress her for eighteen days. Hamstring needs rest mostly, so I should be proud of myself for that. Instead, I feel sort of guilty. Runners. Speaking of lost mojo, I've lost my social media mojo a bit. Just had a long trip with a few interesting activities and I may have insta'd once or twice. Only took one or two other pics the whole time. What's

Dave

Dave

 

JAX Marathon: Be Brave!

After I finished Hinson Lake in September, word got around the office that I was into running. The marketing department at our parent company, Ameris Bank, asked if I was interested in an entry to the marathon they sponsor in Jacksonville. I jumped at the offer (free marathon in driving distance - yes please!), until I realized I'd have to leave on Adam's birthday.   Fortunately, Adam is super awesome and encouraged me to go. He'd go to dinner and see Star Wars with friends and we coul

Carissa Liebowitz

Carissa Liebowitz

 

SD Holiday Half RR

Finally, it all came together! Backing up a little, I first attempted sub 2 for a HM last January and again in June. While I missed the mark both times, I did have successful training cycles where I lowered my PR from 2:11 to 2:01:5x. I also transitioned from 3 days to 5 days per week running. I spent the summer maintaining my base and then began training for my first full marathon at the end of August (race is in 4 weeks!). Initially, I was aiming to break 2 at a race in mid November but

DrWhiskers

DrWhiskers

 

Dogs and Turkeys and Grape Juice

A belated two-fer race report. I knew I was going to like this race. We had gotten a flyer about the Atlanta Lab Rescue’s 5K, on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, in a swag bag for some other race we’d run this year, and signed up to help support a good local cause. It was a 9am start, which I like because fuck mornings. There was going to be a coffee and doughnut truck parked at the start/finish line. And, of course, there would be dozens of dogs. They were already just a beer truck shy of p

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

 

The Happenings

Where's Chris? Not at ton has been going on lately. I had planned to jump right back into a training plan right after Rehoboth, but I haven't. I've just been running when I feel like it and I like that! Last Thursday, I finally made it back to my run club. It was a Toys for Tots collection night so I ran over to the toy store just across the street, and grabbed a blingy dinosaur. McGruff and some police officers were there to collect the toys. I am really loving this run club because

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Well That Was Fun! Central Florida Spartan Beast

Summer is my favorite time to run. Shorts, sports bra and some sneakers. I never have to push myself out the door dreading the cold. As you all know I missed the whole summer of running. I try very hard not to get caught up in the "poor me" syndrome. I may wallow for a bit about how much something stinks at the moment, but then I try to find ways to work around my current problem. This summer I became the queen of working around my hamstring injury. I was told by the PTs to "just rest" or w

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

How to Lose A (Non-Runner) In 10 Days

A few years have passed since I first visited a running store and bought my first running shoes. A few years have passed since I decided to hit the road and run those initial calf-burning, lung-searing miles. A few years have passed since I once again fell in love with the endorphin rush that washed over me in the wake of cooling sweat, thundering heart rate, taut, quivering muscles quieting into total body relaxation (yes, I’m talking about RUNNING here, kids…). You can experience this stu

PegLeg

PegLeg

 

RR Millinocket

Last week was the third annual Millinocket Marathon and Half and it was festive as ever. The race has gone from 50 runners, to 550, to more than 1,000 this year. The event was created to benefit a community hit hard by a mill closing. It is a free race. The timers donate their time. The community comes out in droves to support the race. The library and the economic development group have taken in thousands of dollars in donations over the last three years. Hotels are full. A would-be quiet Decem

MaineJoe

MaineJoe

 

To Sub3 Or Not To Sub3

Back in 2016 when I trained for the Fresno Marathon in November, I was in the best shape ever and ready to go for sub3...the race came, the weather was perfect and the miles passed by until mile 21 when my hammy had enough for the day....on 2:55 pace, I booked my first DNF, oh well.   Fast forward, a 50 miler and a 3:02 training marathon later, I started training for the California International Marathon in August.  The training cycle was mixed. Besides moving from Seattle to altitude

Ocean_101

Ocean_101

 

You can pause this thing...right?

So my last blog was setting up my attempt to complete the Runner’s World Holiday Streak, but with some of my own crazy rules to make it a little more rigorous and bit more fun.  The first step for me in that was to beat my previous run streak, which wasn’t even planned, but I think just worked out that way by continually rearranging runs and not bothering to take a rest day for almost 2 weeks.  It stood at 13 days, nothing to really be that impressed by, but seemed like an easy-ish, step 1 towar

RoyalDryness

RoyalDryness

 

5 weeks to go!

I’m in the midst of training for my first marathon: RNR Arizona. My last bloop was almost a month ago (!) and I had just run 16 miles for the first time. Life and training have been quite busy since then so I figured I'd share a snapshot of some of the workouts in the past few weeks: Week 15: 43 miles 5x1200s at 10K (8:50) pace on the track. I like running easy, I have grown to like tempo and longer intervals, but I still struggle with faster paced workouts. I usually run solo all the

DrWhiskers

DrWhiskers

 

almost running again

Thought I'd torn my calf muscle in August and stopped running to do rehab, prehab, stretching and strengthening, none of which had any effect by the end of October. A doctor friend at church mentioned he'd had endless calf muscle pulls and tears, all of which turned out to be caused by a back problem and the sciatic nerve malfunctioning. My sciatica has been going on since 2006 approximately, so I tend to just ignore that pain among the many others, which perhaps is not sensible. Next step

doug in co

doug in co

 

California International Marathon: "God, please make us brave and strong"

I wrote an excessive amount of detail about this race (links at the end of this post), but here is a short-ish overview! When I chose CIM, I selected it with the express purpose of trying for a 2:45:00 or faster marathon.  God placed the dream of achieving an Olympic Trials Qualifying time on my heart, and after an almost painful amount of marathon research I decided that CIM would be my best chance after the qualifying window for the 2020 Trials opened this fall.  As race day grew closer,

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Move right along...nothing to see here

Quick update. I'm still in injury limbo. I've worn a walking boot for over a month now to relieve pressure on my sesamoid bones. A week and a half ago the doc checked me out and said he's turning me over to a different podiatrist who specializes in orthotics. The idea is that I'll be fitted with a pad to offload that area in my shoe - not a complete orthotic. He said to wear the boot another 10-14 days, "or until you get your insert." That was before I found out I couldn't even get an appointmen

gdionelli

gdionelli

 

Dreaming of the Next Loopfest

Apparently it’s snowing in NJ. Ha! Don’t care! I’m in Florida waiting for the rest of my Spartan team mates to descend. Topping off my carbs like any good runner. I ran for coffee this morning. Dave my Pain in the Ass hamstring is not altogether happy. (Fair is fair, Dave. Lol) We are fun running the Spartan Beast tomorrow. 13-15 miles of obstacles so we can complete our Trifecta. The house I’m at is one we own with friends in Kissimmee, FL

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

Rehoboth RR

So I tell people I traveled all the way across the country to run a race, and when they ask why, it never seems to make a whole lot of sense. What compels me to fly for six hours across two flights, then get in a van for a three hour tour of beautiful Delaware? I can race 13 miles anywhere. Well, it really comes down to the people. I had some magical memories of this frigid beach town from 2013 and 2015. And when you catch a genie in a bottle, you tend to go back looking for it. 2017 Rehobo

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

Sometimes Beer > Running: Post race thoughts plus fugly race photos!

One thing I forgot to mention about the race: I was wearing my Team RWB shirt and every couple miles, I would hear someone yell, "Eagles!" or "RWB!" It really gave me a nice boost and was great to hear someone shout out at me. Team RWB is really huge and has good representation all over the country. I'm not as active with them as I'd like to be, but hope to do more things with the Denver Chapter in the near future. I haven't ran since the half marathon on Saturday, but I've been enjoying my

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Rehoboth Beach Marathon #5: Humbled & Happy

Sunday - Post Race   The 4:00 sun is low and dark orange. It hovers in the sky, stretching the day a little further as I travel west. Mumford & Sons hums through the speakers. I've traveled this route 4 times before, but this was the first time alone, the first time at dusk. Christmas lights clicked on over front porches, in windows, wrapped haphazardly around trees. They are humble displays, often a mixture of lights and rarely with any semblance of theme.   I am content

Carissa Liebowitz

Carissa Liebowitz

 

Life's a (Rehoboth) Beach. RB Marathon RR

I think Quadracool’s face was worth the trip. I strolled into Dogfish Head behind Mr. Bacon late Friday afternoon, obviously hoping for a reaction. I love the Loopsters. I love surprises. HotPinkSneakers led the charge on this weekend in Rehoboth Beach, so I had to let her in on it. She was awesome at keeping first my tentative plan, then my actual attendance, a deeply held secret. Bacon was at the house when I rolled in at 4:30 talking to Mrs. Dave about the latest T-Rex crisis, so all we

Dave

Dave

 

Rehoboth is Magical

I have a confession to make. I haven't run a good half marathon in over 2 years. Even my last Rehoboth wasn't great. Admittedly, it was faster than the 2015 iteration, but 2015 felt...stale. I ran walked from mile 6 on, I felt undertrained, I felt like I didn't have any stamina in me... I feel like I'm getting ahead of myself. Again. Sorry about that, it seems to be a thing I just do when blooping. There was a moment earlier this year when I was going to run the full marathon at R

slcathena

slcathena

 

Rehoboth - A Hamstring Epidemic

I almost didn’t go. My leg was a huge question mark. Why go if I’m only going to be able to run 6 miles?? But then Thanksgiving happened which went well until it didn’t. And suddenly I couldn’t get to Rehoboth fast enough. I readied the essentials: Put on my favorite new song!! (I also really love Do Re Mi if you’re wondering) I took the land route all the way around the Delaware River to get to Rehoboth. 50 miles takes 4 hours but I guess if Bangle can

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

Rehoboth RR and Loopfest, because you're never too old to sneak beer out of bars in your pants.

The Rehoboth Half Marathon was the last race on my calendar for 2017 and I had planned to race it.  Really, what else can you do with all that left over endurance from marathon training anyway?  The weekend started around 2:30 Friday afternoon when I arrived in Rehoboth and met up with Gwen, Carissa and Eric at packet pick up.  After a quick stop at the house we made our way to Dog Fish Head to catch up and enjoy some beer.  Slowly others trickled into town and we gathered at the house while Chr

Slow_Running

Slow_Running

 

Quad Dipsea 2017 Race Report

"First run in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. It is run every year on the second Sunday in June. The scenic 7.4 mile course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The stairs and steep trails make it a grueling and treacherous race. And its unique handicapping system has made winners of men and women of all ages." (http://www.dipsea.org/) The Quad Dipsea is a bit easier to get into, but still sells out prett

John Nguyen

John Nguyen

 

Rehoboth 13.1 RR: I unintentionally sandbagged my goal.

After I reported my race time, a friend quickly informed me that I had sandbagged on my goal of this race. I REALLY did but it was completely unintentional! Saturday was a magical day for me and all of the stars aligned perfectly. It was one of those races that you dream of having. Although it wasn’t the best race time of my life, it is definitely on the top. I flew into DCA on Friday, and after a really fun road trip to Rehoboth Beach, I had volunteered to make lasagnas for the 15+ running

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Who put the Rice Krispies in my feet?

My focus this “off season” is to get stronger without getting injured. Of course, every time I make it through a tough workout without dying or getting hurt, I’ve succeeded in starting the muscle rebuilding process, which puts me in a better place to ward off future injuries. Step one is to do some strength work after each run in addition to my everyday rolling/stretching/heel drops. Not too much, just a few exercises daily, rotating between leg day, hip day and arm/shoulders day. Step

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NavEng

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