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Grand Circle Trailfest 2019

Grand Circle Trailfest 2019

My friend Cathy and I have been talking about doing the Grand Circle Trailfest for almost 2.5 years. The Grand Circle Trailfest is 3 days of racing roughly a half marathon each day. Each day you run just outside of a National Park -- Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon (Horseshoe Bend).  Three years ago I sent Cathy the promo video for this race and she was excited as I was! We were all set to sign up and then I had the whole hamstring tear. Fast forward 2 years and I told

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

I ran intervals on a treadmill. And I ran a marathon in New Hampshire..

I ran intervals on a treadmill. And I ran a marathon in New Hampshire..

Still deciding which was harder. Didn't do the Baconator Awards last winter. I suppose they'd run their course and it was time to move on. As for myself, I wasn't anxious to repeat the previous winter's torn meniscus so I skipped doing any runs that might have been bacon-worthy. I'll probably do the same this year. Since I bought that dreadmill for Mrs. Dave, she hasn't used it, despite getting all the way through a Couch-to-5-K program over the summer. Not that there was any "anti-D" pres

Dave

Dave

Indy Women's Half:  All the feels plus a PR!

Indy Women's Half: All the feels plus a PR!

The Short: I decided that running the Indy Women's Half for the third year in a row would be a beneficial fitness check and practice trip to Indianapolis six weeks prior to my goal race there, the Indy Monumental Marathon.  Since the race morning weather left a lot to be desired (a humid 74 degrees), my goals for the race were to complete the best I could in the field and hopefully hit marathon goal pace.  I am not sure anyone was more shocked than I was when I finished 3rd overall in a new

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

A September to Remember

A September to Remember

September 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month:  360.5 Sep. 2-8:  75.2 Sep. 9-15:  92.5 Sep. 16-22: 92.6 Sep. 23-30:  75.5 Runship - like friendship, but even better! Races: Sep. 8 - Plaza 10K in 36:52, which I was happy with in 71 degrees and humidity!  I was proud that I split 18:24 and 18:27 5Ks without ever looking at my watch.  I placed 6th overall female, and was 18 seconds off my PR, w

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

Sometimes you don't know. Sometimes you do.

Sometimes you don't know. Sometimes you do.

Sitting here, wondering how this past summer managed to seem so, so long. Common wisdom and my own experience says that time goes by faster the older you get. But, I have to say that it sure seems like it has literally crawled since the end of May. Looking back, I can see that it was as full as ever with trips, challenges, running (of course), work and all the other things that make life what it is. Vermont was only four months ago? Feels like four years. Over 750 miles run on the plan, mos

Dave

Dave

 

A letter to calm race nerves

I read a piece of advice on tinamuir.com about writing a letter to yourself providing the advice you would tell a friend if they were having pre-race nerves.  So, this is my letter to self.  The letter is regarding an upcoming local 5K this weekend that I set as a pre-marathon goal race.  The pain of a 5K is some kind of special, and I always get more nervous for them than anything over 10 miles.  Plus, in the back of my mind, I want to place well, and maybe PR, and maybe break a time barrier th

SandiBeach

SandiBeach

This is why you just keep going.

This is why you just keep going.

Don't ask me why I go through the same cycle of mind games every summer, where I figure I've suddenly reached the end of my running career because I can't finish a run or my pace is just so slow it's not even worth the trouble to get out the door. I have no answer. Then, fall comes along, the temps drop, the humidity plummets, the wind freshens, and all is right in my running world. When I go back and look at the numbers, they really don't look that terrible anyway, so what was I even worri

Dave

Dave

 

Running ahead

I think I might be falling in love with running again.  Actually, with exercise in general.  So, I guess with me.  I'm falling in love with me again. Running has really sucked for a long, long time.  And you know how that goes - it sucks, so you listen to excuses to not do it.  Then it sucks more, so you avoid it more, and so on.  Sprinkle that with back problems every time I started making progress and just life in general.  Whatever, I talked about all of that on my last bloop. I kin

Keep Running Girl

Keep Running Girl

 

Well, that was interesting.

T-Rex and I left at 3:00 in the afternoon on Tuesday last, hoping to get as far as Peru, and maybe Moline before we stopped for the night. This was a cutback week for me, but I still had a bunch of miles to run. My plan was to try to make it to Cheyenne early enough to find a place where I could do Interval Wednesday that night, then a recovery run Thursday before driving out for the third leg of the trip. I might miss Friday with everything we needed to do moving into the apartment, but an earl

Dave

Dave

There's Something About the Plaza 10K!

There's Something About the Plaza 10K!

The short: Mother Nature didn't want the Plaza 10K runners to have it easy this year, so she gave us 71 degrees with thunderstorms in the area and a dew point of 68.  Historically I haven't raced well in these conditions, so I lined up ready to give it my all and to be thankful for whatever that was, without any specific time or pace expectations.  I ran by effort and ignored my watch, and although I had an idea where I was at since the race had a course clock at the 5K mark, I was thrilled

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

A week of good training. A stolen tooth. Another western adventure.

A week of good training. A stolen tooth. Another western adventure.

Tuesday - Myrna Trail. 6 miles. 77o. 17 mph. Cloudy.  Out of the six miles there's about a half mile that follows a little trail through a couple of small nature areas. It ends (or starts, depending on which way I'm running) where Myrna Street ends, so I call it the Myrna Trail. Not really a trail, but it's more of a trail than anything else I get to see. Even picked up a spider web, so that's pretty nature-ish, right? Wednesday - Phoenix Lake. 3 x 3200 intervals. Total 11 miles. 70o. 3 mph

Dave

Dave

 

trail walking

It was supposed to be a trail run. Between the rocks, steepness, and my getting old, there was much more walking than running..  The snows of yesteryear await the snows of September. MapMyRun shows the average gradient as 7.8%.  Maybe I can feel not so bad about it now..  Only one climb on the route, how bad could it be ? ha.  One of the few runnable bits of trail,  Once I could run all day up here. Now I have to take a rest, quite possibly more than one.

doug in co

doug in co

August Recap

August Recap

Total Mileage: 70.92In July, I tackled a Peloton Digital challenge, where you did a workout using the Peloton App every day. This could be any of their available on-demand classes: spin, running, strength, yoga, stretching or meditation. I managed to eek out a 'W' on this challenge, even though some of the workouts were done at 11:30pm that day. It was fun, but reminded me that being attached to any type of digital workout every single day is just too much for me; I need to be able to do my own

eliz83

eliz83

Vine to Wine Half RR and more

Vine to Wine Half RR and more

Classes have started again. I'm taking Research Methods in Healthcare and Nutritional Epidemiology & Health. and Well, technically they don’t start until Thursday, but the courses are open and I have a discussion post due Thursday, so I’ve begun working. This week shouldn’t be too hard but once things really get going I’m sure I’ll be back to my routine of sleep, run, work, study – repeat (with meals and snacks in there of course). It may be less intense than last semester but the stakes mig

amarie2009

amarie2009

 

Finally.

Got over whatever that was at the beginning of last week. Maybe it was nothing, but it sure felt like something wasn't right. Took it easy on Tuesday and tried to come back on Wednesday. Wednesday, of course, is Interval Day. Last week (week 13 of 18) was time for the classic Yassos. 10 x 800. I'm not going to get into the debate about whether this is a marathon predictor workout, or even if it's a good workout for a marathon training schedule. I like 800s, and doing a bucketload of them is

Dave

Dave

 

The 100 on 100 relay (that I didn't run) and other KRGish stuff

I was the official tagger alonger at this year’s 100 on 100 this past weekend a few weeks ago.  It’s really hard to describe and I always sucked at writing about Loopmeets so I’ll just tell you a bit about it.  This year the team was fivestarks, Apple Pie, the incorrectly named Slow Running and Pat representing the OG, and Gonzo Runner and Paige bringing in some fresh (and very fast) blood. Fivestarks had made arrangements to pick Gonzo Runner up from Newark Airport on her way to Vermo
Reviewing August

Reviewing August

August 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month:  375.8 - new monthly mileage PR! July 29-Aug. 4:  84.5 August 5-11:  87.3 August 12-18:  96.0 - new weekly mileage PR! August 19-25:  88.1 August 26-Sep. 1:  69.2 - scheduled cut-back week Races: August 31:  Brookhaven 5K in 18:22 [splits of 5:48, 5:48, 5:59 (5:15 kick)] for 6th female (race recap coming).  Although not the time I was aiming for, Sarah Kiptoo came to the race to break the Okla

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

(L)Oops! We Did It Again - Vermont 100 on 100

(L)Oops! We Did It Again - Vermont 100 on 100

Last year I was a last minute substitute on the 100 on 100 team. After successfully completing my 16 miles I was so happy and excited that I volunteered to captain the 2019 team. We had ELEVEN individuals who wanted to be on the team! 11! That’s how much fun this relay is. I put out an email asking for 5 people to send me money to cover the entrance fee.... I received 6 payments. Derp. Suddenly we had more members than allowed. I tried to be brave and rationalize that it would be fine

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

Don't know what this is.

Tried to run a 7 mile tempo yesterday. The warm up mile was slow, slow, slow. Usually I have a bit more pop on Monday after Sunday off. Figured it would shake out like normal. Nope. Felt like I was carrying twenty extra pounds. WTH? After the first half mile I slowed, thinking maybe I'd just do the 9 as a slow run, but just a few steps later I slowed to a crawl, stopped, then just headed back home. Stopped at the Speedway to use their facilities and thought maybe I'd finish off with the Laurel P

Dave

Dave

Grad school and a race or two

Grad school and a race or two

It’s been awhile! My last post was my NJ marathon RR at the beginning of May. Shortly after that semester 3 of grad school started and then seemingly every moment of free time disappeared. It didn’t stop my running, but it’s been a busy cycle of sleep, run, work, study without time for much else. This was the most challenging semester so far, with Clinical Nutrition 2 and Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics. Lots of technical reading and then writing about it. Even when I could have found time to write

amarie2009

amarie2009

 

more like a marathon than a vacation.. NRR

Five days in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, paddling and portaging into the woods. It was wonderful but a very great deal of work. This boat is about 65lbs, 75 as carried with paddles and lifejackets strapped in. There's also a 30-40lb pack on my back, for extra credit.  I thought about renting a Kevlar boat which weighs in about 42lbs. Next time it's Kevlar, just not tough enough anymore for carrying these loads around. The longest portage was half a mile, and quite long enough too.  Ther

doug in co

doug in co

Where is Fall? Pics of the weekend.

Where is Fall? Pics of the weekend.

Big Mac and the new SIL came in for a visit last weekend. Got all my runs in around the related activities, though. Only a few grumbles from Mrs. Dave about doing 15 miles on Saturday, but I went out early enough it wasn't so bad. More on that run later. Last time I was grumbling about my performance running through Hell. Apparently I'm not ready for hills. I felt like I wasn't ready for running, but the next Monday restored my faith a bit. Monday is tempo day, you know. This run was almost

Dave

Dave

 

Vineland Grand Prix Trail Series

I've been running this series for several years now. It's a series of 5 x 5k trail races from mid July to mid August. It is completely free put on by the Vineland Park and Rec Department. People of all different ages and abilities show up to take part. The Vineland Cross Country kids use it to get into race shape. Marine candidates have used it for PT. Moms and Dads who want to get some exercise run it with their kids. This race has some seriously fast little kids -- 13 year old ran a 24:05

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

It was Hell. Literally.

When I laid out the plan for a fall marathon, I of course penciled in a Saturday for a half on the 17th of August, the end of week 10. Despite the fact that with an early October race, this would make it a half marathon in the middle of August. What kind of idiot runs a half marathon in August? This kind, of course. Then, to complicate matters, Big Mac and the new SIL planned a visit to the mitten state. Although he's a well-traveled young man, he's never been to Michigan. Why they tho

Dave

Dave

 

I bought a treadmill.

That's right. But it's not for me. Mrs. Dave has been doing C25K the last several weeks. She hates running. She hates exercise of any kind, truth be told. But she knows it's important, especially since she's been diagnosed with some early osteoporosis. And there's her weight that she struggles with. Having hit a long term plateau with her diet, she's out on the streets three days a week, because she's the queen of determination. No matter how she hates it, she's decided to do it. And s

Dave

Dave

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