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My running has been sucky. Everything in the lower legs has been hurting, so I took an off season after my October race. 

But I never wrote about Wineglass. No excuses. My company banned Loopsters at work, and that was usually my lunchtime activity. But I still could have made the effort. 

Anyways, Peg and I met in Corning to pace Aubree to a shiny new PR in the half. Unbeknownst to Peg, she was really pacing me. My pacing plan is usually to follow a person or group of people who look like they know what they are doing, then run as hard as I can at the end. So I was the biggest loser of a pacer when Peg asked what I had for a pace in the first mile. I had no idea. 

I had never paced anyone before, so it was fun running alongside Aubree as she crushed it despite her repeating that she couldn't do it. The 1:45 group was about a minute in front of us, and we were way ahead of pace. I decided that Peg was a much better pacer than that dude. 

A big kick by Aubree and Peg's primal scream finished a sprint down Market Street and more Wineglass Loop magic.  7:00 PR for Aubree. 

6 days later was my season ending race. A 6 hour event at the local park. I had never done a fixed time race and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable races I've run. You get a real sense of how the speedy runners suffer just as much as the mid packers. You get to run with people of all abilities as you pass people and get passed. I got 25+ miles on a fun little loop with a few little hills and some rocky paths. 

Not much since then. Just trying to get things feeling normal. Starting to ramp things heading toward the 50k in April. For those heading to Jersey on 4/28, you're welcome to stop by for a shakeout the day before. 

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I've never done a fixed time race, sounds like I might need to look into one.  Hope your running gets un-sucky soon!

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Sucky sucks so bad. But, since it seems to universally drop in and out of life, I suppose it's meant to be. Hoping 2019 turns out better for you (and me).

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