I considered starting out with a big nostalgia piece about the death of the Loop on Runner ' s World Online . But I figure I ' ve written enough nostalgia - themed blogs over the years that it would be sort of redundant . On top of that , last week sort of snuck up on us all ( thanks so much , RW ). When I got the note from Cliff about hosting us on a new site , I jumped aboard that train as fast as I could . The smart thing might have been to do a bunch of research and have discussions with various Loopsters and then come to a consensus on something . Don ' t think any additional explanation is necessary . Everyone knows my history when it comes to doing the smart thing . At any rate , here we are in the " new " Loop , with our very own domain name no less . At the very least we have a place for our blogs to go and we can keep our community alive . We also have control over our destiny . We can evolve and grow as we think best , and that ' s really what any human being ( runner or not ) wants , isn ' t it ?
So , let ' s keep what we ' ve always had - love , support , positivity - and add some creative energy around our new home , making it bigger and better than it was before . Pass the word to old and new runners friends about where we are and what we do . I ' m looking forward to seeing some fun stuff . Not from me , of course because I ' m boring , but most of you are , so get busy . Got to figure out how to do pics and video and other interesting stuff .
And one more shout out to Cliff for hosting . Whether this is your hobby or side business or your full time gig , your work is greatly appreciated . ( everyone show Cliff some Loop Love ) You should write something by way of introduction . I doubt any of us know much about you . I saw you ' re a cyclist more than a runner ( which is OK , I guess ).
Hey , so I guess at this point I ' ll get on with a report on my latest adventure . This was a short weekend at my DS2 ' s in Louisville . He ' s had a rough several months and needed some serious support . We ' d have had him come up to the house , but it seemed a better idea for me to go there . I took off work early on Friday , and Abby and I made the drive down I - 75 . Funny that whenever I drive now I think about Loopsters , mentally waving as I zip by anywhere near someone ' s home base . There ' s RunningLoopy around Dayton , RunnerGuyMark in Findlay , Lawrenceaa in Cincinnati / Florence ( I think she moved to the other side of the river ). I also like to try and hook up with Loopsters in my destination city , but there was no time for that this weekend . There was always the chance I ' d randomly run into one . Scoff if you like , but it ' s happened before , in Louisville . I literally almost ran into n2runningbad ( a . k . a . Dean ) early one morning on 3rd Street .
Anyway , this was almost the best drive I ' ve ever had on I - 75 . Through Ohio , it ' s always under construction . No idea why . This time I only lost a half hour going through Cincinnati . Until I got near Louisville , where there was a big accident a few miles to the east of town , exactly in my way . I hopped off the freeway and called DS2 and he guided me in on the back streets . That still took quite a bit of extra time , but at least it was a pretty drive through the suburbs . I don ' t get to L ' ville often enough to avoid feeling mostly lost whenever I go there . And Siri has pretty much ruined the sense of direction I used to be so proud of having . In total the drive took me an hour longer than normal . Should have driven through Indiana .
By the time I got to the apartment it was almost 7pm , so we ate and watched a movie ( Equilibrium - a 2002 dystopian treatment starring Christian Bale , sort of 1984 / Fahrenheit 451 on a budget ), then planned the rest of the weekend . That was going to consist mostly of putting his apartment in order . Did you know neatness is one of the first casualties of depression ? True story . I can ' t even tell you . The work was cathartic as well as profitable . We got a crap - ton of things straightened up , cleaned up and tossed out . We also had plenty of time to talk through a lot of things . Things you can ' t really talk about over the phone effectively . I can ' t fix everything that ' s happening in his life , but I can be there and share a few things I ' ve learned from stumbling my way through my own messed up version .
I got up early for my ten miler while DS2 slept in . The weather was heavenly . Clear , calm , 50 - ish . The sun was just about to come up behind me . It ' s about a mile on a bike path across the street to some quiet neighborhoods and two good sized parks ( Seneca and Cherokee ). L ' ville is kind of hilly . I worried about that . I haven ' t felt great since I started running again a few weeks ago . I worried about that , too , but I tried to make myself slow way down and just enjoy the run whatever the pace .
I think I figured out what ' s up with my slowness lately . Three things . First , I was overtrained for SFO and it ' s taking a long time to recover fully . My legs have just felt dead on so many runs . Secondly , I started this comeback ( from the foot ) with slightly longer runs than I normally do after a layoff . What I ' ve done in the past is run two miles / day for a week , then three , then four , with a slightly longer Saturday ( 6 days running per week ). This time I ' m doing less days ( 4 - 5 ) but longer runs . And of course it was still too hot and humid for human survival . I was frustrated with my 9 : 30 - 10 : 00 miles on these runs , but I think I ' m finally starting to chill on that . There ' s no reason to think I can run 8 : 00s right now .
So , with ten hilly miles ahead of me , I started out nice and easy . Holy moly , how nice it is to run when it ' s not 90 degrees ! Kept the pace reigned in , slow and steady . There were walkers , runners and cyclists ALL OVER THE PLACE . There were also two 5Ks going on in different parts of Cherokee Park . Not everyone waved or nodded , but overall it was a friendly runner morning . I passed some people , got passed by others . My route was opposite both races I saw , so there was no confusion there . Remember when I was mistaken for the pikermi leader that one time ?
There was a half mile past the park I had to run to get my mileage in . Beautiful old neighborhood with big homes next to the park . There was serious Code Abby event . My stomach had been rumbling off and on for a couple of miles , but Cherokee doesn ' t have much in the way of comfort stations . I knew there was a little play area - Willow Park - with facilities ahead and thought I could make it there ( of course you never really know ). Locked ! Out of desperation I poked my head in the door of a building guard at a swanky high - rise condominium building . The guy inside took pity on me and buzzed me into the lobby , and not a moment too soon . I ' ll spare you the details , but just say that five miles from your starting point is no place for gastrointestinal issues .
Relieved , I set Hal up to take me back to my starting point . With all the winding back and forth along my route I was afraid of missing a turn on my way back and adding mileage that I wasn ' t ready for . Turned out there was only one spot where I was unsure which turn to take ( or not take , actually , I think ).
About half way back was when I realized that except for the pitstop at the condo building I hadn ' t had to stop or walk once , even climbing the hills in Cherokee . Ten miles . Yeah , I ' m still a little slow - 9 : 38 pace with a few around 10 : 00 even - but it was a smooth , comfortable run that I actually enjoyed . It ' s been a while since I had one of those .
The rest of the weekend went pretty well . I think DS2 got as much as I was able to give him , and hopefully he ' ll continue to improve .
That ' s what I got for today . Except for geeking out on the Loopsters at Wineglass a little bit . But those are their stories to tell .