First I get rejected by NYCM (again), then I get rejected by Blue Cross.
I suppose both of these were to be expected. Thanks to ubiquitous marketing for this year's 2018 New York City Marathon lottery, the chances of getting into the race by that avenue were longer than ever. RW says the number of applications were up 7% (to 105K+), and less than 15% were drawn. That's down 1.5% from the year before. Can someone tell me, if the lottery is no longer a money maker for NYCM, why spend all that
The 'Lounge' option disappeared - is this going to be considered the NRR spot?? Only one way to find out, eh?
So if the end of The Loop on RW felt like the last day of summer camp, it seems fitting that this fresh start in the 'new' Loop should feel like the first few days of a new school year. Everyone is all excited to see each other, catching up on what we all did over the summer break, checking out who is wearing the latest new fashions...
I was never one to be in just one
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
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
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
I had that conference call yesterday with all of the VetEx gang. I had many questions but they were all answered by the co-founder in the initial part of the phone call. However, there was one detail mentioned that I think may take me out of the running.
They have plans for us to either climb Mt. Logan or Mt. Rainier next summer (2018), and for that I would also have to take off of work for an entire month. Ouch. I have recently applied for a job that I hope to get, and would start in Decem
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
When you get to the part about The Loop, that is an explanation for my non-Loop readers on my other blog
"Chris is the girl that runs a lot..."
More and more things are becoming nostalgic triggers for me – certain 90’s songs, those Welch’s jelly jars that had cartoon characters on them, and the smell of running through the woods, to name a few. Those woodsy smells have always held a place in my heart and the other day it got me thinking back, way back, to when it all began and how I b
I'm sitting in my garage hoping someone will stop and buy the stuff I have in my driveway. It's one of those neighborhood wide garage sales or else we wouldn't have bothered.
It was supposed to start at 7am, but the creepers were out at 6:15. I was too, running my 3.1 mile loop while trying to stay in heart rate zone 3. I downloaded some workouts from Garmin Connect that are based on heart rate to see how that feels. Today was 45 minutes of hills in zone 3. The tough part of this is having
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
Tuesday - 7 easy miles, interrupted (of course) by a stop at Rotary Park for the bathroom.
Wednesday - 12 x 400, total 9 miles. 400s are so easy. The first 4 were solid. Sub-7, all within 1 second of each other. Turned the corner at Seven and Middlebelt, started on rep #5, and just as I was passing the Discount Tire store my right adductor muscle said, "Nope!" I did not swear because I don't, but this would have been a appropriate occasion for it. I hobbled on it a little, tried a tentative
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
For the running-minded:
I've been building my base back up and pleased to find that a month of Daily Burn workouts kept my fitness pretty in check. I notice that MJ feels better when I do some of the mobility associated with those videos, so trying to plug one of them in each week to keep her happy and agile. Most of my runs have been boring, easy runs, just to get the miles in, but on Valentine's Day, I decided to gift myself with a nice fartlek down by the river.
The workout was an eas
I've got 3 PTs who are all pretty great. Kayley evaluated me when I first started. Loved her from the beginning because she knew how important it was to me to keep moving. "Do all you want as long as there is no pain."
I've only seen Toby once but he is a runner. He was amazed that I ran Boston and said if he was me he'd never remove the Boston shirt. It's kind of funny but I'm really weird about how my clothing fits and feels. I like looking at that shirt but not wearing it.
I've been injured before, but this time I'm really feeling like I'm not running anymore. That can't be true. My heart won't accept that. But I can't shake the idea. I think it means that I just haven't had an injury that's taken me out this long in 12 years. So I'm paranoid now.
After 3 weeks of PT, there was not much progress. Of course. Always takes 4 to see improvement from PT. Missed last week with the latest Great Western Adventure and dropped all my homework, with travel and taking ca
5:30am. 57 degrees.
It is dark, but the wet streets reflect the house and street lights. With my hat, headphones, t-shirt, phone in armband, watch, shorts, socks and shoes, I run.
Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can't tell where the journey will end
But I know where to start
- from "Wake Me Up" by Avicii
Great lyrics to start a pre-dawn run. So sad when somebody passes at such a young age.
After a mile and a half loop, I stop at the ho
The chocolate cake in the glass case caught my eye as soon as I approached the counter of the small town coffee shop. My wife saw it too and smiled knowingly at me. I said, "But I gotta have some kind of lunch first." I asked the guy for a bagel and he said, "Sorry we're out of bagels." It was approaching 1 o'clock; you can't expect bagels to be available all day. "Okay," I replied without much hesitation, "I'll have a piece of chocolate cake. And a glass of plain milk if you have it."
It’s tough doing anything on a weeknight, and I usually avoid plans outside the Friday-Sunday window. So naturally, last week I had a retirement party on Monday and my long awaited mile race at the Track Club’s All-Comers meet on Tuesday. And something every other night last week, but those aren’t relevant to the story, so we’ll just stick to Monday and Tuesday for brevity’s sake if that’s alright with you. The Director who had been retired was, by everyone’s account, a really great guy. He was
I cannot say that I’m always the most eloquent of writers. I cannot say that I’m much of anything a lot of the time, but when it’s just me and the path that lay ahead, I become a runner.
In Minnesota, we usually receive good running weather for about 3 weeks of the year. When those weeks come, you take advantage and lace up the running shoes and enjoy the adventure.
We’re having one of those weeks currently. It’s no surprise as the leaves are starting to change from the deep
I can hear the rain outside as I get ready. There’s a sound the wet highway makes outside my building and I’ve learned to judge how bad it is by the sound. I’m not looking out the dark windows. I don’t need to.
It’s an important workout today. 40T The first one of the cycle. Sure I have more than enough time to make up any fitness if I skip but missed runs are a bad habit that I don’t want to start. It chips away.
I check my phone out of habit. No text. No email. I feel a
Firstly apologies for delay in posting. DS has currently absconded with my home laptop whilst his is getting repaired and I’ve had to ban myself from uploading from my work one. You see my last post was my virtual Pikermi entry and somehow my picture of me in 80’s blonde mullet wig, pink flouro shirt and smiling loopsters race bib ended up embedding itself as my lock screen. As it turned out even the administrators in Chennai couldn’t reset it so for the next 6 weeks I was having to explain “vir
Yesterday was better. I listened to a podcast that talked about sitting all day and biomechanics. It got me thinking even more that I want to blame my desk job for my injury issues. And also for my lackluster runs lately.
In any case, I am slowly building up to standing more frequently at work. Much like running, I risk doing more damage of doing too much, too soon. But I’m also anxious to get back to where standing 8 hours a day isn’t a big deal. It would be far easier if I were able to wa
Happy Friday! My watch told me it’s Friday, but I had no idea. First, name the band/song that inspired my post title and you get a prize. The prize isn’t an actual thing of course, it’s in the form of a tip of my cap and some kudos (not the delicious treat from my past, but “props” as the kids used to say).
It’s been 2 whole weeks since I had surgery on my busted Achilles tendon. 2 long, slow, restless, weeks. We can talk about the good news first. I was looked at on Tuesday and things
I may as well check in. No progress to report on the knee. Louie's a jerk.
Last week I was due to re-take my blood work from January. There's a newer urgent care associated with my doc's hospital system just up the road, so that was nice. It's also sort of hidden by where they put it, making it not too busy most of the time. Like Wednesday afternoon when I went. The phlebotomist was ready for me before I finished filling out the paperwork. How often does that happen? She was really good, to