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Don't Call it a Comeback

I'm also here because the garbanzo'd one told me to. My year has been going pretty well. I finished my masters degree! I ran 8 half marathons this year. I paced 3 of them, and successfully paced 1 of them. I am now up to 68 lifetime pikermis! I haven't run a full marathon since 2016, but I am currently signed up for 2 (Illinois Marathon and Grandma's Marathon) and am in the lottery for Chicago and New York, where I will win -$500ish in entry fees if I get both. Ouch.  Is anyone else si

fenwick_razzleberry

fenwick_razzleberry

 

more injured than runner-ing

I had a few good years. Lots of age-group awards. I qualified for and ran both NYCM and BOS. Running has pretty much sucked ever since. The last five years have looked like this: Illnesses: pneumonia, bronchitis, arthritis in the big toe Injuries: ITBS, stress fracture near the arthritic big toe joint Surgeries: toe nail removed (because there was a bit of mold growing under the nail!), nasal septum surgery (which did NOT help with my snoring) But the really weird thing is th

unlikelyrunner

unlikelyrunner

 

Renew my membership

I’ve been meaning to do this for a while.  I just get distracted easily these days.     I’m still doing the thing.  I still wake at 4 and run until I don’t want to.  I still train for races, though maybe 1 or 2 a year instead of 5 or 10.  I still love the woods more than the roads and still love the dawn more than dusk.  I still consider the loop the reason I’ll always run.  It’s the same old me. Now, where’s my pie? -me 

Gumbo

Gumbo

 

I do what I'm told

Garbo said, "GO WRITE", so here I am.  There was a promise of pie.  *Looks hopefully in Dave's direction* I just noticed the thingie is called "Blog Entry".  How dare it.  This is a bloop. Anyway, I have not much to report.  A few years ago I blew out my ITB and that was not fun. Then I got kicked off my first 50K for being too slow and that was not fun.  I kept trying to run but it was just a cascade of injury, and that was not fun.   I did run a bit when we lived in Canada and that *w

Keeley

Keeley

the day i broke emily sisson

the day i broke emily sisson

Dear diary: I have a confession. Emily Sisson is a runner.  A runner who just finished 10th at the 10K world championships. A runner who ran a 2:23:08 marathon debut at London this year, finishing sixth and ahead of her training partner, Molly Huddle. A runner who was  the 2015 5k national champion. A runner that we in the Running World refer to as "Fast." And I broke her. It started out innocently enough. The day is October 25. It's a glorious morning at the track. Just a few peo

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

Wake Me up When October Ends

This is my story of pregnancy loss. For any women who have experienced this, I want to give you a heads up in case this brings up unexpected emotions.  Total miles: 16 Number of races: 1 Number of pregnancy losses: 1 September 18th We hadn't expected any of this. We figured it would take a good 6 months to get pregnant, but it happened after only two. I don't think I'll ever forget the morning I first took a pregnancy test, and then took another one because I couldn't believe my eye

eliz83

eliz83

 

Taking a Breather

After my trail marathon I did the usual rest and recovery - five days of no running and then some easy runs for a few weeks. Then just as I started my first tempo run in an attempt to get back to training, I hurt my foot. I don't remember turning my ankle, but suddenly my foot hurt just below the ankle bone. It was sore but I could run on it, so I kept going and figured it would go away. It did not. I managed four miles before deciding to cut my run short and limp home.  I iced it and took

BANGLE

BANGLE

Must. Keep. Writing.

Must. Keep. Writing.

I started keeping a journal when I was 19. I wrote almost every day for the two years of my LDS mission, and about every week or so for several years after that. Sort of like my running, there were some pretty significant gaps from then until ten years ago when I started this marathon thing and found the Loop. Since then I substituted my bloops for most of what I would have written in the journal. The vast majority of that writing is about running, and not so much about the rest of my life. But

Dave

Dave

 

Ready or Not: October in Review

October 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month:  376.4 - a monthly mileage PR, barely! Sep. 30-Oct. 6:  88 Oct. 7-13:  91.7 - but on the Sunday through Saturday week of Oct. 6-12 I ran 100 for the first time ever! Oct. 14-20:  92.1 Oct. 21-27:  80.4 Oct. 28-Nov. 3:  projected at 60 It was too cold for this! Races: Oct. 5 - Panther Run 5K as a "bonus" race that my coach added at the last minute i

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

I Never Get Tired of Seeing the American West.

I Never Get Tired of Seeing the American West.

After NH, I planned to hold my base and gear up for a 5K on the 9th next month. Then Connor got a job. It's with a small, non-profit in Tacoma, WA. This gives us two children in the PNW, so my secret plan to retire out that way is slowly coming together. Anyway, he starts on the 18th, and dear old Dad is helping to get him and his stuff out there, which involves me being in Louisville on the 9th. So, there went my plans for a fast 5K on the back of all that hard fought for summer tra

Dave

Dave

 

AC Marathon RR - It just wasn't my day

The short version – I thought I put in enough training, but “the wall” hit me good, and the marathon humbled me… as it should! Not super disappointed because it was my best effort for the day, and I have a lot more respect for the distance again.  BQs are not easy and that's why they are magical! I will be trying again! The Atlantic City marathon is my 17th marathon, but only the 3rd that I have raced, and the first that I have raced in 10 years.  I followed a Garmin-provided training plan

SandiBeach

SandiBeach

 

Atlantic City Half Marathon - In Order To Win You Have To Play

This past summer I really, really wanted to start building up a good base again. The idea of the 3 x 13 Trailfest series scared me. The problem was that I really had no idea how to train for the back to back days plus add in the fact that my body was still being a jerk on some days. I managed to be super consistent with some form of exercise. Biking became my go to if I thought I'd do more harm than good by running. And some of my results this summer were excellent -- PR on my summer 5k tra

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

Anatomy of a 100 Mile Week

Anatomy of a 100 Mile Week

I ran my first ever 100 mile week!  Ironically, it wasn't exactly planned.  My coach schedules my mileage Monday through Sunday, which is how I prefer it (Strava also tracks weekly mileage that way), so it was only by luck, or maybe fatigue, that it happened on a Sunday through Saturday week.  You'll have to read the rest for the full explanation!  You'll also notice that the little extra 0.1-0.3 I have on almost every run was an important part of accidentally hitting this milestone.

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Alone on a crowded street

In June of 2012 I began my life changing journey of running. I was drawn into it after going cheer on my daughter as she was running her first half marathon. I did not get to see her train as she lived some 45 miles away and did not get to discuss running with her as she is somewhat of a person who keeps things to herself. Somehow she and her mother talked me into signing up for a 2013 January half marathon at Walt Disney World in Florida. I just think they wanted a winter vacation. With my

eebtool

eebtool

Once in a Lifetime

Once in a Lifetime

It's been 3 months since I've posted on here. Since then I trained for a marathon. And I didn't get hurt. But it was summer (so, a little warmer than usual around here). And I wasn't really motivated. Because you see, it was a trail marathon. So when I didn't really get enough miles in, I shrugged and said, eh, no matter. It's just a fun run in the woods. Time will be ridiculously slow anyway, so, whatever. So I enjoyed running and didn't push it when it got hard, and (not coincidentally) s

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

Sweet 17: Panther Run 5K

I finally ran a 5K time starting in 17! Everyone won & PRed! This local race was a last-minute addition to my schedule.  Back in July, I noted all of the races I was interested in on my training calendar and told my coach to choose which ones she thought were the best fit for my biggest season goal, the Indy Monumental Marathon (this truly shows how much I trust her!).  I wrote the Panther Run 5K/10K/15K on there as a fun local event that's

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

September Recap

Total mileage: 76.0Not as high as I had hoped it would be. Had a few days where I just wasn't feeling great, and I'm a firm believer in quality over quantity, so some days became easy days or running for time days, which always means I lose some mileage. The silver lining is I hit a beautifully round number without even trying!I'm putting a hold on marathon training. Still planning on doing a half marathon that I signed up for in mid-October, but there's enough flux in life right now that being

eliz83

eliz83

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, which I ra

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

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