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Use Your Words

Dave has built up the Looptionary (see link at top) to help us remember and newbies learn our lingo. If you haven't noticed, bloops and comments will have underlined words which you can hover your mouse over and see the meaning. The challenge now is to see how many of those you can fit in, preferably misused. Or possibly see if you can avoid use of any of them in one bloop. So my company's name is BIB and our HRM department can Junk Miles of paperwork assigning DNS settings, encouraging LSD

mattw

mattw

Pseudo Running

Well, if you are a part of Loopville on facebook you already know – no marathon for me next weekend. After a foolish attempt at running on the treadmill 2 weeks ago (is that ONLY two weeks ago, three since I originally hurt myself? It feels like forever.) I set myself back to the beginning and I haven’t really run since. I’ve churned and churned away on the elliptical and gotten my “miles” in for Austin in February, but no actual running. Until a few days ago it still hurt some to walk, it wasn’

amarie2009

amarie2009

On the Cheap

It was cold, windy, snowing. Perfect conditions for a race, especially one where I told myself beforehand that I would not and should not PR. Two 10-mile loops on the trail in early April is just about where my fitness is right now. This was my kind of bare bones race: No awards, no medals, no shirts. $30. The fire in the fireplace at the start pavilion was enough for me. And lots of food. All you could ask for at the start/finish, and a well supported aid station at the halfway point. God

NavEng

NavEng

Piling Up the Hay in the Barn

Immediately on the heels of a fantastic Parkway Classic 10-Miler I dove head-first into another fantastic race weekend, this time involving some of my favorite Internet weirdos! Saturday, April 29th, was the North Face Endurance Challenge 50K and 50 Miler (and a marathon, but we didn’t know anyone running it, so who cares?), which Zamgirl, RunningPlaces, ASchmid, and NCAthlete were all participating in, and which Vblevins, Bblevins, Running_Eng, SLCAthena, and I were all spectating/cheering

HotPinkSneakers

HotPinkSneakers

Zebras and the Pirate!

Howdy Loopsters!!!  Wow, this is so easy!  Thanks Dave for getting this going. You da best!   So let's see.  I did my first 100k last month. Woodstock.  Everything that could go right did go right. It was so easy and I stayed positive the whole time!  Weird!  Anyways, I took a few weeks off, then ran a few, then had eyeball surgery last Friday.  I just ran my first post-op run.  It was kinda hard!  On my run I saw the two neighborhood zebras that make appearances at a little horsey pad

HoosierJill

HoosierJill

the last refuge of a scoundrel

Well, it's like this. I killed off Facebook and Twitter because of their political implications. I'm wrestling with Instagram, but I don't know how I could rationalize it. I have a blog that has been overtaken by a guy from Estonia. And yet, I need to write. Always, I need to write. So here I am. I have entered the third act of life. I'm still working, but out of a small sweatshop being run out of our spare bedroom, so I never have to wear pants, which is a bit distressing for Mr. Pant

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

Onward and Upward

This is my first post on the new Loop! Woot woot! While I'm sad the other one left, it was nice to see so many people sharing their appreciation of each other. Love you all! The last marathon I ran was 2016 Grandma's Marathon, where it was black flagged, hot AF, and I got the worst sunburn of my life and had to put medical grade burn cream on it. I had signed up for Kalamazoo Marathon in May, but I didn't go. I hadn't trained in the least and I just didn't want to. I was sick of traveling h

fenwick_razzleberry

fenwick_razzleberry

Come Back - Going Back.

Wanted to post a little something about the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon without being too lengthy since I'm using the phone to do it.   This marathon had been in my sights for some time since I last ran it in 2013 when I qualified for Boston here and it became the race i wanted to use to make what i felt was a comeback for me. I did manage two marathons last year which I felt were a success based on where my running health was at the time and the very limited training I did for them. The

skinnyLLegs

skinnyLLegs

Church of the Hungover Angry Run

Hi there friend, why the long face? Are you feeling a little down? Unhappy with your job? Having financial troubles? The news cycle making you want to gouge your eyes out and self immolate? We’ve all been there. Today’s world is full of stress and fear and depressing goings on every single day; it’s easy to feel hopeless. Luckily, you don’t have to face the challenges of living in this world alone. There’s a group of people just like you, fighting their way through life one day at a time. How do

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

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

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas.

Not the weather around here, though. Maybe a little bit of snow next Wednesday. Well, it's Thursday afternoon and I'm leaving town again this weekend. I'm also not running this week. I had hoped I'd be able to jump back on the train Monday and go six miles, but the hamstring, despite being in a compression wrap, said, "Not today, buddy!" It took it about a mile before he started really protesting, so I had to slow down some more to make it home before walking became mandatory. Sucks being i

Dave

Dave

Well, that was a let-down: Kansas City Half Marathon

The Short: The biggest lesson I learned from this one is that achieving your goal becomes a let-down if you first think you've exceeded that goal.  I ran this race as a progressive split tempo workout, and expected to finish in 1:23:40 if I executed the workout as written (yes, I did the exact math).  The weather was craptastic (68* and 25 mpw wind), the course is hilly (around 750 ft gain), and my Garmin freaked out, but I ran the workout the best I could under the conditions I had, and I

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

RR - Donate Life 5K

This blog entry is about my experience in the Donate Life 5K in Fullerton, CA, last April. It's a bit of a long story, with a slow time logged for the race. Still, I had to consider it a victory. I've been a lurker for a couple of years, and I learned 80% of what I know technically about running from The Loop. I owe you all some sharing of my experiences, but I felt I was only just beginning to become a real runner when I was diagnosed with neck cancer the summer of 2017. My petscan on Janu

Clem

Clem

Hi.

Well hello there new Loop. MK here. I was a regular around the old Loop parts oohhh 5+ years ago... but that was seriously a lifetime ago. I'm sure I'm more likely an unfamiliar face nowadays than a familiar one, but I'm hoping to get back at it. Although, as much as I'd like to contribute more often, I will probably be sticking more so to a lurker status, as running has taken a huge backseat to life.      Right now, this is my current status: He won't let me put him dow

MeganKate

MeganKate

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

The Second Half of the July Diaries

7-18-18 A few (maybe more?) years ago, I was on the interwebs and stumbled across the Georgia Death Race. At the time, it seemed unfathomable to “run” something so difficult. Who in the world would ever be able to do such a thing? And here I am signed up for this race. There is a correlation in the time I read a piece by Lisa Jhung. She carelessly tossed around “hilly 16 miler” like it was a walk down the street and I was in awe that someone could do such a thing and still go abou

Carissa Liebowitz

Carissa Liebowitz

Helloooooooo

:O   I'm blooping! (Is it even still called blooping?)   It's only been five days and I already have no idea what I did before the jogging stroller. Thanks again to ALL OF YOU and especially fivestarks for organizing such a generous gift. I was a little scared to start - is her head stable? are the parts secure? is it put together right? WHAT IF IT FALLS APART?! - so I made DH do most of the pushing the first time on Saturday. Nobody was hurt in a dramatic stroller accident a

tinkbot

tinkbot

It' the 2018 Snowbuster Results!!

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages. We are happy to present the final results of the 2018 Snowbuster Festival of Races. A quick review of the rules. The official distance is a pikermi or half marathon. Whatever distance you ran, either in a sanctioned race or some distance on your own, I take your finish time, find your average pace and calculate a 13.1 mile run for you. No fancy adjustments for shorter or longer runs/races. I'm too old to spend time doing that. I did t

Dave

Dave

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

hobo shoes

editor's note: from march 22, 2013. Writing about the homeless guys here yesterday made me think of this. Never forget that homeless guys are people too. And with a couple of wrong turns, we could all be there with them.   It’s all right, man. I’m only bleeding, man. Stay hungry, stay free, And do the best you can. -- the prophet brian fallon --- I'm sitting on the curb by the bar next to the newspaper, listening to a band while I wait for Mo to pick me up after work. It's a little

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

RnR New Orleans Runcation!

About a month ago, I journeyed to the Big Easy to run a half-marathon with a group of friends from my LRS run club and, spoiler alert, it was awesome!! This was my first time in New Orleans, and my first time traveling with this group of people (they've done some other destination races together in years past, but I'm kind of new to the group), so I was a little nervous. I was also a little anxious about the race, because switching from the full down to the half meant that this was now a Goal Ra

HotPinkSneakers

HotPinkSneakers

7 weeks to Rehoboth

Winter is coming? Last Monday, it felt like it was already here because it snowed a majority of the day, but wasn’t cold enough to stick on the roads. That’s the kind of snow I can like. “That’s Colorado for ya!”, is said a lot around here and I kinda wanna smack the person that says it. Once October hits, you can expect snow at any point (in the metro area); I think it snowed on the 5th the year that we moved here (2013). It did already warm back up and is supposed to be in the mid-70s today.

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

Super Bowl Review. Snowbuster date. Spring race plan.

The building continues. Taking it slow and easy this winter, since I'm battling extra weight as well as the elements this time. On the food front, I've been good at avoiding sugar, completely opposite of how I spent my December when nearly everything that went into my mouth had some of the processed white stuff added to it. Cake, pie, chocolate bars, pop, cereal, ice cream. Pizza was the healthiest thing I ate in December. I did splurge last night watching the Super Bowl, with one small pie

Dave

Dave

The Hunt for the "Joie De Vivre"- And New Runner Progress Report!

I took all that time off, post-Wineglass. Months. I slept in and redecorated my house and painted walls and spent time with friends and watched a lot of baseball and football. It was good and it was necessary. It was eye-opening to realize that there are other things to find joy in. But the goodness and necessity of time off ran its course. I started feeling restless lately. Like something wasn’t there that belonged there. I didn’t think it was running, because I didn’t have a sudden r

PegLeg

PegLeg

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