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  2. ocrunnergirl

    That Went Well

    Several comments: 1) Tempos - I feel like I haven’t run one of those in forever! Nice work. 2) I did 4 x 400s last week (with jet lag) and ran 1:52s consistently. No idea if that’s good or bad. Was happy with the effort. You must’ve found your groove on the last few at low 1:40s 3) I don’t think you ever mentioned what race you were training for??
  3. Yesterday
  4. SIbbetson

    That Went Well

    9.5 hours of sleep seems like the best Father's Day gift anyone could ask for - happy Father's Day!
  5. eliz83

    That Went Well

    It's so nice to read about a training week for you that has absolutely nothing hay-wire in it. Congrats! and Happy Father's Day.
  6. Dave

    That Went Well

    Two things I can think of why Monday's tempo went better than awful. The last few years I've needed a couple of days after donating blood to feel back to normal. So I had plans for an easy run instead of Monday's normal tempo. I hydrated more than normal, and it was only 65 degrees again. June has been pretty good that way around here so far. The week before I struggled to average 8:15's for 4 miles. This time it was a smooth 8:04. Tuesday was not bad, either, although there were stomach issues. Fortunately, I ran Kate's Loop again, which passes in front of a friend's house (Kate is their daughter, who's one of the kids in my Sunday School class) and the mom is a stay-at-home, so I knew someone was likely to be there and let me in. Worst case I could have made it to the park, but that would have added mileage to my day and I wasn't really feeling the extra distance. Interval Wednesday I went against my just vow to stay off of the track and went to the track. Since it hadn't rained for a couple of days I thought I'd try the shortcut through the woods. Bad idea. It was really messy and before I could get to the school grounds I had to balance across some fallen trees to stay out of several yards of standing water. There was a deer at the edge of the woods, watching me the whole time. She even stayed around for the workout. School is out for the summer and a crew was out installing new astroturf on the football field. But lanes 4-6 were open, so I used them for the 10 x 400s I was doing. These went OK. Not as fast as 2014, but I'm older now, right? The first 6 were all between 1:48-1:50, #7 was 1:53 and my left hammy started to tickle a tiny bit. So I switched directions, hoping that would take care of it, and it did. The last three were 1:43-1:43-1:42. Getting home was sufficiently difficult that I knew I'd done it about right. When I run this much it's harder to avoid repeating routes, so I've taken to running on different sides of the road and calling it different. Thursday and Friday were out and backs on Seven Mile Road to Hillcrest Street. 8:51/mile on Thursday and 8:40 on Friday. It was dark and blustery on Thursday in addition to being the day after intervals. Saturday I did 8, with 4 at GMP in the middle. I want to spend some quality miles at GMP this summer. I think I've missed that the past few marathons. It was a good day for it, nice and cool (65o) in the morning. I'd like to be about 8:20-30 for these. 8:17, 8:11, 8:23, 8:16. Too fast, and the legs let me know. I don't want to feel quite so beat at the end of the long run. More control. Anyhow, 39 miles for the week, exactly to plan. Quality runs were just about where I hoped they'd be. A very good Week 2. After the run Saturday I helped T-Rex with some homework, watched the final episode of "Good Omens", then did some work on her car. She'd been to the dealer earlier in the week for her (second) airbag recall notice and they did their "courtesy" 99 point (or whatever) inspection, recommending $1,000 worth of work be done on this 2001 Civic with 140K miles on it. I re-checked the things on their list, through out a couple that were obviously no needed, and spent $50 at O'Reilly's to get some new spark plugs and drive belts. Then we switched the plugs and looked for an small oil leak. The belts will have to wait until next weekend. Then dinner at Red Robin. I love the Banzai Burger. For Fathers Day I slept in until 7:00. Since I'd gone to bed early as well, I scored almost 9-1/2 hours of sleep. Nine and a half! Home made pizza, with a new, winner of a crust recipe, and apple pie (of course) for dessert. For gifts, they gave me a new grass trimmer (the old one died in smoke and flames two weeks ago) and a pair of Balega sox. What else does a Dad need? I got ties. Another 40 mile week coming up.
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  8. eliz83

    Updates that couldn't wait!

    I'm so glad you didn't wait to share this update! Can't wait to see how Grandma's goes for you!
  9. SIbbetson

    May Recap

    The last time I raced a half with bronchitis I ran 1:28 - this is truly the only 5 minute PR I'll ever get, hahaha!
  10. eliz83

    Who doesn't love a week off?

    I sort of like rolling hills. That course looks like it would suit me really well. But I am weird and like hills.
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  12. The Loop would like to wish all members celebrating their birthday today a happy birthday. RunningPlaces9919 (55)
  13. DrWhiskers

    Who doesn't love a week off?

    Fancy font for a fancy guy? Congrats to Mrs Dave for choosing your next marathon! NH will be gorgeous in early Oct.
  14. Steal away! It could translate to any pace - 6 at MGP, 1 tempo, 5 at MGP, 1 tempo. I did 2 warm up and 3 cool down for an 18 mile day.
  15. SIbbetson

    Who doesn't love a week off?

    I don't like a week off running! ;-) That definitely looks like a good course to negative split. You will have so much fun!!
  16. 5:45 is a better goal.
  17. Dave

    Who doesn't love a week off?

    Plenty of people, I'm sure. It takes all kinds to make a world. Relationships are funny things. Sometimes you do things that you wouldn't normally do. Call it compromise. Flexibility. Love. Weakness. With a late spring marathon for 2019, it made so much sense to me that plans for my other marathon this year would involve something in November or even early December. I keep a spreadsheet with several options for different times of the year. I look at it when it's time to pick one. Mrs. Dave's plans are all in her head, so we usually have several discussions about what won't mess up something more important while I settle on a target. I know, "What could be more important than my next marathon?" I don't get it myself, but there are a lot of things in this world I don't understand. Anyway, there are races from September (way too early) to November I was looking at. I was thinking late October or November. That was going to give me a week or two off, then a few weeks to get my running legs back under me, then I'd start my 18 week training plan. Mrs. Dave had a better idea, which turned out to be early or mid October. The first weekend, in fact. There went my time off. Marathon training started last week on Monday. I had one week off. I'm OK with it. After so much time off last year, and a modest training cycle leading up to Vermont, I was sort of itching to see if the knee (and everything else) would hold up. Week 1 was a success. The more ambitious schedule has me back to Tempo Mondays and Interval Wednesdays, with easy (tired) miles on the other days. It worked before, so we'll see if I can recapture the magic for another serious attempt at Boston. Oh yeah, the race. I'm still concentrating on the New England states, just in case I move west again before I finish. This time's it's going to be the 27th Annual NH Marathon in the bustling metropolis of Bristol (pop. 3,054) on Saturday, October 5. There were 158 entries last year. The winner ran 2:49. The winner of my new 60-69 AG ran 4:06. Not super excited about the elevation in the first half, but if I can survive that I should be set for a good strong negative split. It's worth a try. Entry is only $70. So, first week of training went fairly well. Finished all the miles anyway. Monday's tempo was in the 8:15 range. 4 miles, 6 total. Wednesday's intervals (Global Running Day!) were 3 x 1200 @ 7:15. It was 82o so not very comfortable. But the pace was certainly good, so I'll take that as a win. The other days were all 8:45-9:00, feeling tired from the speedwork, just like it's supposed to. 37 miles total, exactly to plan. Yesterday Mrs. Dave and I donated blood. That will likely have an effect on today's tempo. This may turn out to just be an easy (slow) run. At least temps are only in the 60's, so I don't have to battle the elements as well. So it begins.
  18. Yeah, she's been pretty quiet as long as I switch up my terrain.
  19. Dave

    Updates that couldn't wait!

    Not to mention two weeks out is the perfect time for a perfect workout. I love this one, btw. I want to steal this (not at that pace, of course) for my fall race.
  20. I have plenty of pictures in my head now. What an OSOM day. And not a word about MJ, either. That has to feel pretty great all by itself.
  21. It certainly helped my confidence, but we all know that one workout does not a marathon PR make! Regardless of how Grandma's goes I'll be running a fall 26.2 too.
  22. That's why I led with the kitty news. 😉 He is about average on his mewing at this point, but I will keep that in mind.
  23. BANGLE

    Updates that couldn't wait!

    So ready... A workout like that should have your confidence sky high on race day. Best of luck with the weather. Hoping to see you in Atlanta next year!
  24. I'm just here for the kitty! 😀 I mean, great job on the fast workout and good luck at Grandmas! Is he super chatty? Every orange cat I've met "talks" nonstop.
  25. We got a kitten and he is the cutest! We took almost a week to settle on his name: Nugget Theo Ibbetson. "Nugget" from gold nugget (my husband and daughter love the show Gold Rush), and also because it sounds good with our other cat's name, Bandit. Theo because he was named Theodore at the shelter we adopted him from. Scroll down through excessive kitten photos for the running update I'm excited about. I had a monster workout this morning, and it was a success! When I saw it on paper, I wasn't sure I'd be able to hit it, but I knew that if I did it would be a huge confidence boost before Grandma's Marathon. It was also essentially my last chance for a huge confidence boost, and my last chance to make big fitness gains, being 2 weeks out from my race. No pressure! The goal was 6 miles at 6:15 pace, 1 mile at sub-6:00, 5 miles at 6:15, 1 mile at sub-6:00 (with 2 warm up and 3 cool down miles). I have never run a workout like this before, and mainly I was worried about the sub-6:00 mile in the middle. I knew I'd be able to run it because I've regularly been running 6 miles of tempo work at sub-6:00, but I did not know if I'd be able to come back from it and continue at 6:15 for so many more miles. But you never know until you try, so I tried! My splits are below. I ran to 13.11 to see what my half time would be, since I knew it would be faster than my bronchitis half 2 weeks ago. I was right where I wanted or a shade under for most of the workout, but I couldn't quite get down to sub-6:00 on the final mile...darn those 5 seconds! I was still quite happy with this, because I ran my second fastest half marathon ever in a workout, by myself, in 95% humidity, with no aid stations, and certainly with different pacing than I'd have used in an actual race. It was a good reminder not to drop too fast of a mile too early in a race! It was 65 degrees, so about as good as you're going to get in Missouri in June, but the humidity was pretty brutal at 95% and I could squeeze sweat out of my hair and clothing afterward. My friend Rebecca ran a shorter faster workout on the same course I was on, so at some points I got to chase after her, which was helpful. I wore the outfit I plan to wear for Grandma's, although I think will wear my Nike Vaporfly shoes for the race and did this workout in New Balance Zantes. This is the one and only run this year that made me think perhaps my Big Dream Goal is possible at Grandma's, but one is better than none, right?! 2 weeks to go! Our favorite post-long run pose Better together Fast braid for Rebecca, sweat soaked bun for me No stops, because race clocks don't stop!
  26. Ha! I was excited at the time, but three weeks later, that has waned. Pleased as punch, for sure!
  27. Nice job. You've come so far since your days in Denver!
  28. I've been focusing on shorter races myself these days. Of course, yours are faster....
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