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QC Takes On The Big Apple: NYC Marathon Race Recap

Arrival Walking through the Sutphin Boulevard Metro station, it was apparent we were not in suburban Atlanta anymore. People moved rapidly. They were dressed in suits and jeans and everything in between. All ages. All races. Speaking a bevy of languages unless they had tuned out the noise with earbuds. Adam and I waited as crowds dispersed from arriving trains. I wheeled the suitcase and carried the backpack, hauling it up stairs, and through each train transfer. When I found myself fe

Carissa Liebowitz

Carissa Liebowitz

 

Big news!

Not big like, "I got engaged!" That happened so long ago that engagement rings were made of charcoal. Don't expect another of those anyway. Not big like, " BQ!" I may get another one of those someday, although with the new qualifying times even my new AG is going to take some work. No, that's not it. Not even big like, "I put $1 in the vending machine and got TWO Snickers bars!" A few weeks ago I noticed this little pimple thing on my gums above tooth #8 (that's the front right one, if you

Dave

Dave

The Bangle Chronicles - Episode 16 - The Last Jedi

The Bangle Chronicles - Episode 16 - The Last Jedi

"...after the finish line, I stopped and smiled, and then disappeared, as my NYCM poncho fell empty to the ground..." Nah, just kidding. I'll be back for more. (just like Luke) Anyway, I felt like Luke before the race; A grumpy curmudgeon saying "what's the point?". But I decided to show up and save the universe for a happy ending, because that's what Jedi do. OK, back to reality. I flew to New York on Thursday with no big goals. I just wanted to enjoy the fabulosity of the

BANGLE

BANGLE

Jim vs. Gwen Race 3

Jim vs. Gwen Race 3

The 3rd Jim V Gwen Race took place this morning. Idyllic fall weather was in place. 60* with full sun and a slight breeze out of the south ~ 10 mph. (Seriously? Can winter just stay like this??) We were racing on the boardwalk in Ocean City (with me also running a bit on the street. The race started at 1.75 mile marker. I was running south for 1.75 miles and then turning around and running back to the boardwalk, the full length of the boardwalk (3.5 miles north) before turning ar

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

Shamrock Marathon Training!

Ahhhhh – the feeling of make a new training plan, with the hopes of sticking to it. It makes me even happier knowing that I’ll be training to run one of my most favorite races EVER!! I have so many great memories from the times that I’ve ran this race, so this post will be filled with memories of Shamrocks past! I heart this picture, so much! It feels great to start with a clean slate and new goals, and I’m super hopeful that this one will be successful. I will obviously have a g

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Lacing help, anyone?

This is probably a terrible time to post, because so many of you are running exciting and big races tomorrow. But I'm just going to put this out there, and maybe someone will spot it and help me out.  After four podiatrists, an ankle surgery, many months of PT, and four pairs of custom orthotics I've still got a toe problem, with no help in sight. BUT I decided to try a wide width rocker soled shoe, because that is something that shows up in recommendations for sesamoiditis (my current proble

gdionelli

gdionelli

 

Rehoboth Beach Marathon Training Week 12 – The Good Kind of Pain

Hey hey hey and I hope you had a Happy Halloween! I’m a bit candy fat at the moment. It’s time to recap last week’s training. I’m really just happy that there IS a recap, since that means I was able to hold up and stay healthy enough for another week.  I’m a little late to recap this week, but I can tell you that I’m feeling GREAT right now. I was going through a rough patch, where I honestly started to question what I was even doing. I mean, I LOVE running, but I also love feeling heal

RunEatRalph

RunEatRalph

 

A Week of Running Adventures.

Being injured for a long time hurts. And by "a long time" I mean anything more than a couple of months. Any time you're hurt as a runner, it's likely to flash through your mind that you're never going to run again. But when the days turn to weeks and the weeks turn to months and there's no end in sight, that flash becomes a slow, painful burning in your heart, at times smoldering quietly, and at others (like when you see a high school cross country team running down the bike path, or have an ad

Dave

Dave

 

New MF Goals

I heard the quote in the image above at an event I attended this morning, and it couldn’t be more perfect for me at the moment. I was thinking more about my decision to leave the team and how proud I am of myself for making it. I could have just sucked it up and/or brushed it off, but FUCK that. I had to suck it up and brush it off when I was in the Army, but we aren’t in the Army anymore, Alice. Always stand up for what you believe in. Always get the respect that you deserve. And don’t let

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Wankel and the Rotary Engine

There’s this movie I like. It’s based on a book by Nicholas Pileggi called Wiseguy. The plot follows this gangster named Henry Hill and his crew in NY in the ‘60s and ‘70s and how after years of living the high life he eventually gets caught. He gets flipped by the FBI, testifies against his crew, and goes into the Witness Protection Program. It came out in the early ‘90s and had some of the day’s big stars in it. There’s some cheesy nonsensical scenes in it about merengue dancing, but also one

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

 

You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, and know when to run.

Ladies, I am emailing you all today to withdraw from the team. I no longer feel that this expedition is right for me. I do want to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity and believing in me enough to be a member of this team, and to be a part of the incredible training that we have done. I’ve gained great skills and knowledge that I do not believe I ever would have received otherwise. This experience has shown me that my love of endurance athletics can be pushed even further than I imagine

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Friday Review

And here we are at the end of another week. I spent several years in retail and don't miss it very often. The time I miss it least is probably around the holiday, but every Friday I'm reminded just how that industry is a demanding one. God bless the people who do it. Not many of their customers seem to. All that to say I'm happy to be at the weekend. Sadly, it looks like rain most of the day tomorrow. I don't mind rain too much, of course, but it's fall and it's cooler than normal this year

Dave

Dave

 

Ready or not, here I come

The year has rolled into October and the next marathon is around the corner. Training is done, for better or worse, so it's time to taper and consider how this last cycle went. Well, it's gone pretty well, I'd have to say. Certainly not optimal. Not my best training. Not my most miles, and definitely a little slower. But I'm looking on the bright side: It's only the second time I've done two marathons in one year - so the risk of injury was higher. I came out of LA in March with a tw

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

NYC Ready!

I’ve been doing a lot of writing here - for myself mostly because it’s pretty mundane. But maybe someone has a lot of free time on their hands and enjoys sifting through my mess. And my return-to-running training log is here for the spreadsheet lovers. Week 1 -  2 Week 2 -  5.6 Week 3 -  12.4 Week 4 -  18.4 Week 5 -  23.7 Week 6 -  19.5 (10 miles on Monday of Week 7) Week 7 -  39.5 (10 miles from Week 6) Week 8 -  28.2 Week 9 -  26.3 (taper-ish for A

Carissa Liebowitz

Carissa Liebowitz

 

Flashback Friday: Fort Bragg Army 10 miler (2011) Race Report

Race: Fort Bragg Army 10 miler When: 6:30 am, June 3rd, 2011 Temp: 69 glorious degrees with a little wind Outfit: New bright orange/white singlet (got 10% off for a grease stain), white/blue marathon slutties, and my orange/white Ghost 3 Brooks. Since the race started at 6:30, I had to get up at 4:45am to eat, get dressed and get to the parking area before it filled up. I forgot to charge my Garmin the night before and it was the very first thing I thought of when I woke up. I jumped ou

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

OK, here's one theory.

I'm such a whiner. Seven weeks since I started running again consistently. Mostly what I've done in those seven weeks is complain that it's hard and I'm slow. Beginning the first week of September: Week 1: 12 miles, 9:53 avg, LR 2 miles (9:41) Week 2: 14 miles, 9:17 avg, LR 4 miles (9:22) Week 3: 20 miles, 9:24 avg, LR 5 miles (9:25) Week 4: 20 miles, 8:55 avg, LR 5 miles (8:55) Week 5: 24 miles, 9:15 avg, LR 6 miles (9:27) Week 6: 24 miles, 9:05 avg,

Dave

Dave

Rehoboth Beach Marathon Training Week 10 – If at First you Don’t Succeed…

Rehoboth Beach Marathon Training Week 10 – If at First you Don’t Succeed…

Since I'll be seeing at least a few of you in Rehoboth, I thought I'd update you on where I am currently...   Ever since a run the day after my 40th birthday, I’ve been battling right leg pain that seemed to move all over the place. After plenty of working out, dry needling and physical therapy I discussed the issue with my good friends and trainer/PT people Jill and Rachelle and I think we figured it out. My baby calf just hasn’t been ready for what I’ve tried to put it through.

RunEatRalph

RunEatRalph

 

The Second Annual Inaugural Irma Gerd 8 Mile Classic

I was initially planning to hold the Second Annual Inaugural Irma Gerd 8 Mile Classic on Monday, seeing as how I had 8 miles on the schedule and the first running of the event had also been a Monday. Seemed symmetrically preordained. But, as is ever the case, life intervened. I found out I had to spend all day Tuesday in Florida with a client who likes to be wined and dined and always insists on closing the bar of whatever restaurant they make us buy them dinner at. So I knew I wasn’t going to g

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

 

Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon RR

The MH marathon is a local Half and Full that is fairly popular here.  It's held during the Columbus Day weekend but my family is usually out of town that weekend so it's rare that I can manage to run this race.  I've ran the Half two times when travel plans fell through.  MH allows bib transfers so that makes it easy to get in late since the race sells out in a few hours.  The course is mostly flat but results in a net downhill elevation change so it's a good PR course.  I registered becaus

Slow_Running

Slow_Running

 

It's a Race Report!

Hello. I'm still at it. This running thing. Haven't posted in a month, mainly because I've just been feeling pretty negative every time I try to think of something to write. Why? I'm in the midst of marathon training - still getting the miles done - but it seems like most runs are disappointing. I'm sore a lot. My knee still hurts, although it's not so bad that I have to cut back. Mainly I think it's just my slow times. All my runs, whether it's an easy run, a tempo, or track work, are a l

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

Switching gears: The glass is HALF full…

Well, today I made the decision to drop down to the half marathon at Rehoboth, which will make it my 3rd consecutive 13.1 there. That isn’t a bad thing because I have the BEST time there, but it’s just sad to give up the idea of running 26.2. There are several different reasons why I know that decision was the right one. While running is a great part of training for climbing Mt. Denali (20,310′ – I gotta remind myself of that from time to time), and I will still be getting runs in, I’m tak

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Distance first, then speed.

This year's transition to fall weather has been pretty crazy. 20+ degree swings between summer and fall nearly every single day, and often on the same day. And I can really tell the difference between 60 and 80. Saturday was a perfect example. It was about 60 in the morning, humid and foggy. I don't mind so much the 60. By 2:00 in the afternoon the fog and clouds had cleared and it was 80 and humid. Yuck. But I ran in the morning, so it was all good. My week's runs were so-so. Decent w

Dave

Dave

 

Week 9

Monday: If you didn’t read what I did on Monday, you really should! Tuesday – Saturday: REST. I know, I know. I really shouldn’t be taking so many rest days but I’m just being cautious. I haven’t felt my shin a single bit in almost a week now! I had two pretty strenuous back-to-back weekend hikes and those didn’t make things worse. My calves got sore from the Aspen to CB hike, but not as bad as I was expecting! That tells me that my muscles are finally getting stronger and getting use to th

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Wake me up when September ends: September recap!

September 2018 in review Total mileage for the month:  305.4  -- in comparison:  January - 207, February - 254, March - 298, April - 307, May - 355, June - 232, July - 290, August - 357 August 27-Sep. 2:  75.8 Sep. 3-9:  73.0 Sep. 10-16:  80.1 Sep. 17-23:  81.7 Sep. 24-30: 57.7 (planned cut-back week, but ended up being lower than the 70ish planned because I missed cool down miles on Sep. 29, then took Sep. 30 off due to a calf issue) This month sur

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

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