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  2. Dave

    Double Social Distancing RR

    I did a 10K the week after a marathon once. I don't recommend it. Thanks for supporting the Covid-19 Loop Race Series.
  3. Dave

    COVID-19 10K

    Negative splits are always the way to go.
  4. Dave

    Attempting A Return...

    9%? Talk about beating the odds. Welcome back, my friend, at any speed and distance you care to try.
  5. Double social distancing RR Last week – This was the weekend I was supposed to run the Asheville Marathon. As with every other race for the foreseeable future it was cancelled. I seriously debated over if I would run this virtually or not. Running marathon distance is hard enough in a real race, I wasn’t sure if I could even do it on my own, and I also wondered if it might be a bad idea considering how hard running that far can be on the immune system. I didn’t fully commit to doing it until I was actually running. Once I got going I felt pretty good, and I just kept going. I did stop my watch when I had to wait for lights and for a couple bathroom breaks. Unfortunately, after one of the lights I forgot to restart it until I got to the next light, so I lost a full mile on my recorded distance. I was running a route I have run probably hundreds of times, so I know I covered the full distance. I had some support from a Team in Training coach, though we maintained safe 6+ foot social distancing, I wasn’t fully solo. I ran it super easy, and I ended up barely being sore, so I feel like I didn’t risk my overall health too much. Timewise it was really slow. Initially I thought it was my second slowest marathon but later I realized that didn’t take into account losing that mile. With time for that additional mile it would be my slowest though I don’t know what my time really was. It’s all unofficial anyway so it doesn’t matter. All that matters is it didn’t cause me to get sick. Finishing my marathon. This week - Today I ran the 10k in the Loopville COVID19 race series. I ran this at a harder pace. Between being just a week after running 26.2 miles and the fact that it was 70* and 80% humidity it was a hard pace but mostly pretty slow compared to what I have been able to do in 10k races otherwise. I ran this at Forest Park in St. Louis which made the social distancing part difficult. Here, as in many other places the parks are fairly busy. I was mostly able to maintain distance by occasionally leaving the path as needed when people didn’t move over or when I was coming from behind them. It wasn’t perfect though, so I guess I (or they) lose points for that. I really need to get back into some speedwork. I just turned 37. I hope I still have PRs in me. Bonus Izzie pic - That darn ribbon was teasing her...but she did successfully catch it.
  6. What is your GMP? The 9:14 might be MGP + a certain %, or it might be to "trick" your body into thinking it's finished and then running hard again, which can produce greater training adaptation. Hope you had a fun 13.1!
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  8. Hello Jessica Schultz, 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. Jessica Schultz joined on the 03/28/2020. View Member
  9. CompulsiveRunner

    COVID-19 10K

    Those are beautiful splits, TG. It is a great feeling to give yourself a long easy warmup, then turn on the afterburners.
  10. Grennick

    Runs in the Time of Corona

    When you say "I read", what do you mean? Is this a metaphor? A simile?
  11. Grennick

    COVID-19 10K

    Congratulations on that run. It is nice that you were able to enjoy it. (although its a little bit lonely on the deserted roads these days)
  12. Training is all any of us got so hopefully misery loves company as the saying goes.
  13. I think all of us can relate to the ups and downs of life and how it impacts our running, our lives, our friendships, etc. Nothing will be the same as it once was because we're all different people from one year to the next and that's a good thing. Growth and development are good things. Get out there and run and embrace life.
  14. TreeGirl

    Runs in the Time of Corona

    It all just feels weird right now. You explained a lot of it really well.
  15. TreeGirl

    Attempting A Return...

    Holy mackeral you've been dealing with a lot. I'm glad you're here and we'll support you no matter how smoothly it goes as you run more and fix your motivator. 😁
  16. TreeGirl

    COVID-19 10K

    Woke up this morning at 5 am and fell back to sleep till nearly 8 am. Raining, cold, windy outside. No reason to bound out of bed, that's for certain. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do today for my COVID-19 entry. I had proclaimed a 10K as my intention but in standard fashion for myself, I questioned my abilities and desires. I messaged and texted with 4 different friends this morning to catch up and wait out the mist and rain that was supposed to stop around 10 am. It did and I got myself ready, still not ready to commit to a distance or pace or goal. I'll just putz along for a few miles and see what it feels like, I said in my head. I severely overdressed and had to drop my jacket and wind-pants by a tree along the path before I even hit mile 1. I had really thin compression tights under my wind-pants, luckily. Once I wasn't so blasted hot and sweaty, the run felt a lot better. It's 35F out and crossing over from winter layers to spring layers takes practice. I need a lot more practice. 😁 My local bike path was DESERTED. Not a soul the entire time I was out there. Social distancing was not a problem. I was thrilled that the path had melted down after the 2.5 mile mark where it turns east to Hartwick Pines State Park. The first 2.5 miles are kept cleared by the city all winter and that is such a great thing. At the turn around I walked a little and thought, meh, might as well work on my cadence and get the pace rolling a bit better. I was surprised at how good it felt to get moving faster. Kept an eye on my heart rate and didn't feel too bad. I had to stop and grab my jacket and pants on the way back and carrying wind pants while running with a jacket tied around my waist wasn't fantastic. Live and learn. I rounded the corner onto my street with 0.3 to go and then it got tougher. Pulled it off in the end and kept my pace where I wanted. My pace used to make me feel like I was never good enough. I'm out there, I'm trying hard, I put a lot into my running, and I'm totally good enough. I've definitely run faster in my life but that was then and this is now. The face of my watch made me laugh at the end... ELITE status. LOL! First time I've ever seen that in my life. 🤣
  17. SIbbetson

    Attempting A Return...

    Wow, you are a fighter! Whatever happens with running, you are already amazing, but I hope you can find joy in the run too.
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  19. CompulsiveRunner

    Attempting A Return...

    Wow. I'm sorry you had such a debilitating illness. But you recovered! Sounds like a bit of a miracle. Best of luck as you get back to running.
  20. We have seen a lot of the same TV. Love Schitt's Creek. It's good to laugh.
  21. I'm stoked to read about your comeback.
  22. I understand, our priorities change depending on where we are at in our lives. I did not take running and my health more seriously until the last of my children had gone off to college.
  23. Brian

    Attempting A Return...

    Hi I will keep it short since my previous attempted returns have fizzled out. In the Fall of 2018 I developed meningitis which somehow developed into encephalitis. From what I understand that is a swelling at the brain stem and limits brain function. I had a 9% chance to live and was in quarantine (before it became cool) for a few weeks. I recovered enough to become cognizant in about five months. It took over a year to feel "normal" again. My job was supervision of 30-40 employees and my employer got nervous that they could become liable if I made incorrect decisions. So they limited my duties and cut my pay hoping I would go away. They were successful because another company took me for an increased salary. But with the difficulties of recovery and employment change, running motivation was non existent. The neurologists put it in terms I could understand: My self-motivator was broken. I'm feeling good now, and with spring approaching and work being limited, and options to go or do anything also limited, running has come back to the forefront. My local favorite races have all postponed to later in the year which increases interest now having plenty of time to get in un-embarrassing race condition. Apologies if this falls apart again. Really going to try. Thanks, Brian
  24. Dave

    Runs in the Time of Corona

    I haven't had any eye-averters, but giving others a wide berth is the norm, certainly. On Wednesday I was off the sidewalk for a quarter mile at one point to avoid the walkers. It's really different, seeing so many more out than is typical. Wonder how many of them will decide to keep doing it after this is over.
  25. I ran a lot for years and years, but no marathons until I was 50. Believe me, there is a ton of miles left for you. Happy you've decided to let us join along for your ride. Best of luck.
  26. No, no one says "stoked" anymore. Just checked Sugarloaf and still no decision. Makes it hard to push through these long tough weeks - for me anyway. I'm doing a 13.1 tomorrow, too. I vote for a GMP run (also my plan), to see where you are. Stay safe!
  27. BANGLE

    Runs in the Time of Corona

    I'm missing my group runs. Sure I have run solo most of my life, but when it is forced, it does get sad after a while. I've noticed a change in how we react to each other too. A week ago runners were even more friendly than usual. More waves, smiles, nods, etc. Like, "Hey we are in this together - it's good to get out and run, isn't it?" Now I still get a few like that, but more and more people avert their eyes, turn their heads, or look at you like, "You're not going to come into my 6 foot circle are you?" It's more like they (we) are ashamed to even be out running, since we should be holed up at home. I come home feeling a little guilty. But, yeah, still glad I can get out there and work the body and make endorphins and de-stress and add numbers to my spreadsheet. The beach bike path is closing tomorrow. I'll be running mostly on the empty roads. I skip the sidewalk entirely so the dog walkers don't get freaked out. Today I saw a guy driving a convertible wearing a mask. Meanwhile we are finishing season two of Schitt's Creek (funny!). I binged all of Fleabag (funny!). Just watched JoJo Rabbit which was good. Parasite was odd but really interesting - recommended. Marriage Story was brutal but very well done. I'm watching BoJack Horseman which is amusing. I still recommend Black Mirror if you haven't seen it yet - some fantastic shows. Plus I read. This too shall pass. Eventually. In Love in the Time of Cholera, the guy did get his lover in the end. Keep at it.
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