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  2. Cliff

    Welcome Run2BFit

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  4. doug in co

    2nd Annual Rick Austin Memorial 5K

    expected 8min miles, ran sub-7:30.. sounds like all kinds of winning, to me.. nice !
  5. Gonzo Runner

    2nd Annual Rick Austin Memorial 5K

    Way to teach those whipper-snappers how to pace! But mostly, glad you're running well again.
  6. Gonzo Runner

    I ran a 5K!

    Congrats on the bling, nice race! And thanks for the In-N-Out porn. I just ate lunch and now I'm starving again.
  7. Gonzo Runner

    The Cross-Training Chronicles: October Recap

    Wow, that is some serious cross-training time! 2 hours on the elliptical has to do wonders for mental strength. And FWIW, both Shalane and Des had their big wins after some time off, intentional or otherwise. Hope you have the same success when you're able to get back to it.
  8. eliz83

    2nd Annual Rick Austin Memorial 5K

    "Always better to blow up during a 5K, not before." I literally chuckled out loud when I read that. Well done (on making me LOL and on the race)
  9. Cliff

    Welcome chris_r

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  10. NCAthlete

    Jim vs. Gwen Race 3

    Love this! Keep pushing each other!
  11. Welcome Bot

    Welcome chris_r

    Hello chris_r, Welcome to The Loop. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. chris_r joined on the 11/15/2018. View Member
  12. BANGLE

    2nd Annual Rick Austin Memorial 5K

    Methinks Dave is back. Nicely paced. Way to show those young'uns what's what. Water stop for a 5K in the winter?! So silly.
  13. CompulsiveRunner

    2nd Annual Rick Austin Memorial 5K

    Sounds like a comeback to me. Nice job.
  14. CompulsiveRunner

    I ran a 5K!

    Looks like a fun trip. See you Saturday for Pumpkin Pie!
  15. Dave

    2nd Annual Rick Austin Memorial 5K

    Wouldn't you know the first really, really cold day of the fall was the same day as this race. This used to be the annual fun run for the high school where the boys competed. I've made it a regular thing for me whenever it didn't interfere too much with a big race I might be training for. This year it only interfered a little bit and while Rehoboth will be fun, it's not a race I'm keying on at all. My schedule had eight miles for Saturday, so of course I could run a fast-ish 5K in the middle of it. Dropped in the night before for my shirt and bib. On the way out there was a guy I recognized. One of Connor's old running mates, heading in for his gear. There would be a few more of their class at the race. Rick Austin was their track and field coach. The race was renamed in his honor after he unexpectedly died last fall. He was my age. Makes you think. The 9:30 start gave me plenty of time to sleep in, wake up, eat and do a few other things before driving the 5 miles to the start. I could have run a few miles but I'm not really motivated right now. I supposed I should also admit that after Wednesday's intervals my left calf was slightly unhappy, so part of it was not wanting it to blow up before the 5K. Always better to blow up during a 5K, not before. It's a small race, too, which means I didn't have to show up early for parking or anything other than time for an easy mile to warm up. Where I am in training (and my latest comeback) right now, I expected (hoped?) to run just under 8 minute pace. If I could do that for the first two miles, then I'd see if there was anything in the tank for number 3. My warm up overlapped the national anthem, so I missed that. I might have felt badly about that if it hadn't also been 30 degrees. I was wearing tights, double shirts, double gloves, and a headband. My ears didn't used to get so cold. I used to have hair that covered them most of the time. The start was an air horn. There was a false start when the starter was testing it out. "No! Wait!" "OK, now." The course isn't designed to be a burner, the first turn is 90 degree right at about five yards past the starting line. I was about 3-4 rows back, although it wasn't packed at all. Lots of walkers and they were all in the back (halleluiah!). It's 30 or so yards to the street when we made another 90 degree right ... onto the sidewalk. This race will have to be reconfigured if they start to get a big turnout. The next half mile is on the sidewalk. I checked my pace as we headed past the American Legion building. 7:10! Not what I had in mind. My tempo run on Monday had been about 8:00, which is why I'd planned that pace for the day. 7:10 was way out there. In the past, I'd have figured this was my pace and then just tried to hang on as best I could. These days I'm so much wiser and conservative in my racing (NOT!), but I did pull back a little to what seemed more appropriate. Something I thought I could maintain for a couple of more miles. I looked ahead and thought I counted a dozen or so runners ahead of me. About what I figured, based on the competition in previous years. I decided top ten was my target for the day, but with 2-1/2 miles to go, there wasn't too much to base that on. But it's good to have a goal, right? Making the next turn put us on a nearly half mile section of road that was fortunately not too busy on a Saturday morning. There's no sidewalk on this road and they had us on the right side of it, with the traffic if there had been any. No real issues with it except the dusting of snow we had, on top of the leaves that were on the ground made for some slippery footing. I took advantage of the no traffic thing and ran in the car lane. I passed one guy a little younger than me I thought, and then one of the high school kids. I'll call him Big Hair because he had a huge mess of it. He was also a pretty loud strider, too, because I could hear him close behind me most of the race. Guess that helped keep me focused. Mile 1 came in at 7:24. Faster than I'd expected, but it felt about right so I tried to hold the pace there. They had a table with water set up shortly after that but it didn't look like anyone ahead of me had taken any. I'm always a little surprised with 5K water stops. Someone later said all the cups were iced over. Brr. This is a twisty sort of race course, through the neighborhood streets. 100% flat, which is nice for me anyway. No hills and only two days of speed work in my training so far. I could hear Big Hair behind me and the students watching the course were cheering for him, but his steps seemed to be farther back, so I didn't check. I was still feeling pretty strong, too. Mile 2 was 7:25. Usually the second mile in a 5K is the longest (seems like), but this time it was #3. I've done this race 3-4 times or more. You'd think I would know the course by now. Anyway, there was some zigging and zagging. I passed another guy - 30-ish AG - and felt that old familiar dead leg feeling. The legs wanted to slow down, but I made them wait ... as much as I could. At 2.75 miles there's another 90 left onto the school grounds. My sons' XC coach was there. He gave me a low five and told me I still had the Master's title. Before getting to the track for the final 300, there was a section of construction with soft dirt and then some grass behind the locker rooms. That piece turned out to be my slowest part. I was afraid the younger guys behind me would put on a kick that I wouldn't be able to match and I'd lose my spot. Ahead of me was the first female. I wasn't going to catch her. Mile 3 was 7:31. Pretty sure I lost those 5 seconds on the dirt and grass, so splits for the day were just about even. Tough to do in a 5K. Official finish time - 22:47.1. 11th place overall and first runner over 50. So there's an AG win. Normally I stick around this one for the awards, which take forever since they wait for all the walkers and then do 20-30 AGs, but Mrs. Dave had lots of plans for the afternoon, so I booked it home. Not a great day, but very satisfying for a few reasons. First, those solid, even splits. Faster than I thought I'd be. The AG win of course. The calf, which had been bugging me since Wednesday was 100% quiet. (it's been a worry off and on since then, so I'm trying to be careful now). And Louie, the aggravated knee, was a model joint. So, on to Rehoboth.
  16. Carissa Liebowitz

    I ran a 5K!

    Lol, this makes me think about doing the Miami Marathon 2 years ago and the start was around 45°. You should have seen the amount of bundling! Congrats on the AG award and looks like a very successful trip with the bestie!
  17. Carissa Liebowitz

    Set aside

    I thought the same thing about the shoes! Phew! Hopefully you have some sunny days mixed into your winter. Only 5 more weeks until days start getting longer again.
  18. Carissa Liebowitz

    QC Takes On The Big Apple: NYC Marathon Race Recap

    I had my marathon goggles on. They are very similar to beer goggles. 😂
  19. MichaelV

    Set aside

    Yep. Broke out the shoe lights last night for my first night run of the winter. Darn things kept falling off my shoe, though. I had to wear them on my wrist Will probably bring out the sunglasses again when running after a fresh snow with the sun out.
  20. Dave

    I ran a 5K!

    Don't suppose I'll get much benefit dropping from 600ft to sea level at Rehoboth. I've seen Erin's IG clips doing those pullups with the kid on her back. Impressive. And nice race.
  21. BANGLE

    I ran a 5K!

    Way to earn that metal! I credit the in n out burger. Fun trip.
  22. NCAthlete

    I ran a 5K!

    Last week was a great week of pre-training and the only day I took off was Thursday because I was traveling to Arizona to see my BFF! I only ran at total of 6.5 miles the whole week but I got in a whole lot of cross-training, a great 5K, and some quality time with Erin! Monday (11/5), I took my usual barbell lunch class. I’ve started adding more weight and can certainly tell a difference! I didn’t want to add too much too soon, because I don’t want to screw anything up. I’m all about being a smart athlete these days, and I have nothing to prove to anyone. There’s a step under there that we lay on… Tuesday, I was going to run but just ended up doing Kelli’s spin class only. I looooooooove spinning again! We get a cool view of the city from the studio! I’ll get to see the sun rise in the Friday AM class! Wednesday, I ran hill repeats since I didn’t run the day before. I hadn’t ran any hill repeats since the shin splints started and I was curious as to how it would feel. I ran them faster than I normally would and I started feeling my shin. It wasn’t excruciating but it didn’t feel good. However, it wasn’t sore afterwards and I haven’t felt it anymore, especially when I was running fast on Saturday – more on that later. This has been the weirdest “injury” ever. Thursday, I was traveling to Yuma, AZ to see Erin! I took stairs instead of escalators (when possible) and walked as much as I could to. When I got to Arizona, I went to Erin’s gym to watch her teach her kids Crossfit class. They were so cute and eager to learn, and I also ran and skipped around with them all. I HAD to stop for In-n-Out, doi. Friday, I took a Crossfit class that Erin was teaching. The session itself was an hour long but the actual workout had a max time of 16 minutes. We had to do a 21 calorie row, 15 tricep dips (supposed to be with rings but…PFFFF yeah right! I certainly modified mine), and a 400 meter run. It was 3 rounds for time and you were supposed to be done before 16 minutes elapsed. I did it in 14:30, with my modified dips. Whew! Deceptive! I didn’t puke though! Saturday, was the City of Yuma Turkey Trot 5K/10K, which is part of a series their Parks & Rec is having throughout the year – Erin is doing the series. This was the first race of the series and runs through March, because it gets hot as FUCK there in the summer. They basically have summer and fall there – that’s about it. The weather was perfect and the wind had finally settled down for the first time since I’d been there. People were FREEZING in the lower 60 temp! It’s easy to want to make fun of that but I can’t imagine having to live in 120 degrees in the summer…. Pre-race I told Erin that I’d likely see her at the finish since she’d planned to run about 23 minutes. I hadn’t been running anything faster than mid-8s and really didn’t think I’d be able to hold anything in the 7m/m range. Well… I honestly never intend to sandbag my times but it ALWAYS happens when I get to sea level! I never know what I’m going to run or how I’m going to feel. We started and I told myself that I’d just go with how I felt. Well, I felt good – really good. I started off with what I felt was conservative. I didn’t look at my watch until the first mile chimed at 8:02. Oh wow! In CO, an 8:30 pace feels like work. The course was an out and back so I was able to see who was in front of me when we turned around a half mile later. I could see that there weren’t many ladies in front of me and Erin was reachable. Race Chris just can’t help but to chase the pony tails! So that is what I did. The local RWB chapter snapped a photo of me! Folks around me were slowing down and I just kept speeding up – Mile two chimed at 7:50 and I still felt great and not winded at all. Right after the two mile marker, I caught up to Erin. I’d planned to just stick with her but felt I had more in the tank, so I took off. I didn’t hear a peep out of my shin and everything else felt so good. I forget how fast 5K fly by, especially on a super flat course. The elevation gain was 11 feet! HAHA! Mile three chimed in at 7:47 and I crossed the finish line at 24:34. That’s a negative split race, BABY! I was 2nd in the 30-39 AG, Erin was 3rd. I was 4th female overall and Erin was 5th! It isn’t a goofy pic if it doesn’t have a million side chins, haha! This race really gave me a confidence boost for Rehoboth and makes me hopeful that I can run a course PR. Sunday, Erin and I took the kids to Telegraph Pass. Her son had never hiked very far so we hadn’t planned to go to the top (5 mile RT), but he made it four miles!! Go O! I’m happy for Erin that they actually have some mountains to climb out there in BFE! That girl can do pull-ups with Ro on her back! BEAST! Thanks for reading! Chris
  23. eebtool

    Set aside

    I know, there everywhere, everywhere!
  24. Dave

    Set aside

    Not quite so dark here, but the clouds - the clouds!
  25. CompulsiveRunner

    Set aside

    Glad to hear this is about sunglasses and not running shoes. Good luck making it through the dark days of Wisconsin winter.
  26. NCAthlete

    The Bangle Chronicles - Episode 16 - The Last Jedi

    Awesome sauce!!! What a great race and way to grind it out! I definitely have to do one of these big city runs someday...
  27. mattw

    QC Takes On The Big Apple: NYC Marathon Race Recap

    Way to enjoy a big race! Sounds like the pace group was the way to go for the middle miles. Excellent job on comeback #2!
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