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SandiBeach

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Hello All!

I have to confess, I’ve been a lurker for YEARS (probably somewhere around 2012), and enjoyed every minute of reading about the ups and downs of your running adventures.  I lack confidence in my writing ability and meeting new people, but I thought with the new format, I would try to come out of the creepy lurking shadows and at least let you all know that I exist.  I was quite crushed when I read that RW was removing the loop, and I’m not much of a “Facebooker,” so that wasn’t going to be an option for me even if I introduced myself before the end.  I tried to read a few other blogs about running, but nothing was nearly as interesting as the Loop, and, of course, I felt like I knew all of you…even if none of you had any clue I was reading.  I just want to THANK YOU all for the great reading and the motivation over the years, and for driving my desire to get back on the training train treadmill these past couple of months.

I found this page by lurking my way over to Dave Shultz’s blog, in an attempt to find any information about PEGLEG’s BQ quest, and it worked!  I was hoping and praying for her with every attempt.  When I finally found my way over to this forum, and read her race report, tears of joy were streaming down my face! CONGRATULATIONS PEG!!!!! This complete stranger is so happy for you!

Now, since I feel like I know so much about all of you, here’s a little information about me:

I ran a couple of 5 and 10Ks back in my teenage years while playing a lot of soccer, and I decided that without any additional training, I would run a half marathon.  Not the smartest thing I’ve done (not the dumbest either).  I managed to finish with minimal walking (ahh to be young), and an EXTREMELY painful week of muscle soreness. However, I was hooked and decided that I would run that race every year.  I tortured myself similarly by not training for the next few years.  Then, towards the end of college, I decided recreational running was fun, and that year, my time dropped dramatically and the week of pain never occurred.  At the time, I was utterly amazed at what a little training could do.  The following year, I trained a little more seriously and ran several other races.  It was a very emotional run when I first clocked a mile under 8 minutes in the middle of an 8K! With two miles left in the race, let’s just say I learned that crying and breathing at the same time is difficult.  I completed my first marathon in 2006, and have since completed 13 more, qualifying for Boston at the 2009 Flying Pig.  Unfortunately, at the time, I wasn’t interested in running Boston.  I now regret that decision. 

I fell off the structured training wagon for several years until two months ago because other life is sometimes more important. It feels amazing to be following a training plan again and I hope to set some PRs in the future (and maybe work on getting that BQ again - maybe)! Right now, my A goal is for a 10K under 45 minutes at a race on 11/4/17 <--- I figured putting a goal out there will give me something to blog about in the future.  

I know it’s blasphemy to some, but now that it is dark at all the times  I’m at home, I am an almost 100% gym treadmill runner.  I am completely ok with the brain zone-out for an hour or two.  It just makes it hard to guess at where you really stand in terms of outdoor speed during training.  Since I have had difficulty finding information on this, I'm going to try to include my training treadmill paces, and resulting outdoor race pace, in an attempt to help others that may be looking for this info.

I’m sure that’s more than you all care to read and thank you to anyone that read this far! I hope to add to this wonderful community, and like some others in the past have said, I am sure it will be nice to have a place I can geek-out about training and running since it’s just not my DH’s thing. He's a good sport about it, but i can tell he isn't really interested in the amount of detail I want to discuss.

P.S. – To all the other lurkers that have made it over here... HI!

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Yay! Welcome!

Nothing wrong with the treadmill. I find that my easy pace is quite a bit slower on the TM vs outside. Like 10:20-10:40 outside ends up over 11:00 on the TM. 

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Hi Sandi!! Welcome out from the dark shadows of lurkerdom. I can totally understand being a treadmill runner...in some places it's just a fact of life. Thank God I live in Florida. xD I'm sure you can get back to that place where you'll have the opportunity to run Beantown again. Look forward to seeing more from you.

P.S.- I like your writing. And don't worry about meeting people you might run across from here. I've met some of the most amazeballs people in the world because of this place...well, the old this place...but I digress.

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Way to come out of the shadows!!!!!!   I can commiserate with you- I've read every Loop blog since 2009 but am not on facebook (my friends show me their facebook and OMG the absolute CRAP that is on there!  No wonder our country is in the state its in)- and was pretty much at a loss when they announced the loop was done.  SO glad this place exists and so glad you blooped!  More please! 

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Awesome that you found the new Loop home. It's so nice to meet one of my many fans. :P

And even better that you decided to post too. Good luck with the ongoing 10k training!

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I was all excited because i thought you were SpongeBob's squirrel friend till I realized you spell it differently and now I'm all bummed. Welcome anyhow, I guess, even though it's just a matter of time before Dave kicks you out because of the treadmill thing.

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I love hearing about long time lurkers. It helps me imagine that there are thousands...ok, hundreds...maybe a few extra people out there reading my crap and getting motivated. Welcome to the party. Soon you'll be going to Loopfests and wondering why you waited so long. Where do you live?

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Welcome!
More power to you if you are able to run on the treadmill for training. 

I'll be watching for your posts.  

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Welcome to the party.  You may have beaten Gonzo for the longest running time lurking without an actual post!  I'd say that we're a lot different than any other place I've found as well.  

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Welcome!!!  I'm glad you found us here!  I hope more lurkers follow your lead! 

(Oh no!  I just realized my favorite waving emoji didn't make the jump to the new space.)

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Yo!!!  Welcome!!  Long time Loopster, long-time since I've blooped.  Glad you're joining in on all the shenanigans!

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2 hours ago, DrWhiskers said:

Yay! Welcome!

Nothing wrong with the treadmill. I find that my easy pace is quite a bit slower on the TM vs outside. Like 10:20-10:40 outside ends up over 11:00 on the TM. 

Huh, interesting, I think I'm the opposite with paces, but that might just be because I want to get off the treadmill as soon as possible so keep bumping the pace up, which means it ends up not being easy anymore.

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THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING POST EVER!! (I promise not to expose your true identity, btw)  I'm so happy you found me and were able to migrate to the new Loop. Tell your friends.

My few times on the DM have finally convinced me that, rather than scorn people who run on them, I admire the mental toughness that lets you do it - I just can't.

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2 hours ago, NavEng said:

Welcome to the Loop. And please tell me that's your real name!

Unfortunately, only the Sandi part is my real name, which really is a nickname itself, but I would think all the Sandi(y)s out there have been called Sandybeach at least once in their lives. Oh, plus, I love the beach/shore!

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4 minutes ago, Dave said:

THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING POST EVER!! (I promise not to expose your true identity, btw)  I'm so happy you found me and were able to migrate to the new Loop. Tell your friends.

My few times on the DM have finally convinced me that, rather than scorn people who run on them, I admire the mental toughness that lets you do it - I just can't.

HAHA! Thanks for the support! 

and thanks for not kicking me off the forum for the treadmill thing... mental toughness, or complete brain emptiness... same thing for me.  I pretty much do math calculations, or lip sync to music the entire time.

I'll try to spread the word.  Most of my friends are non-runners, but who knows maybe this forum will get them started! 

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2 hours ago, garbanzo a gogo said:

I was all excited because i thought you were SpongeBob's squirrel friend till I realized you spell it differently and now I'm all bummed. Welcome anyhow, I guess, even though it's just a matter of time before Dave kicks you out because of the treadmill thing.

Darn, sorry to bum you out.  I didn't know about SpongeBob's friend's name, but the one time I watched the show, I did enjoy the squirrel!

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2 hours ago, BANGLE said:

I love hearing about long time lurkers. It helps me imagine that there are thousands...ok, hundreds...maybe a few extra people out there reading my crap and getting motivated. Welcome to the party. Soon you'll be going to Loopfests and wondering why you waited so long. Where do you live?

Hmm, I don't know why, but I believe there's a lot more people lurking... I'm sure thousands is about right!  And Yes, I have been motivated and educated by your posts! Thank you. 

I'm another Philly-area runner.

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53 minutes ago, Keep Running Girl said:

Welcome!!!  I'm glad you found us here!  I hope more lurkers follow your lead! 

(Oh no!  I just realized my favorite waving emoji didn't make the jump to the new space.)

The waving guy - I know! For the final "HI" in my post i wanted to use the waving guy, but couldn't find him.  He was quite awesome!

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Hi from a fellow lurker!  Although one without the impressive running background. B|   I may have to come out from the lurker shadows as well now. 

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Welcome!!  Glad you came out of the shadows and said "hi"!  Good luck with your 10k! 

So impressed with anyone who can run on the TM - I don't have the mental toughness for it.

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13 hours ago, littlefiretop said:

Hi from a fellow lurker!  Although one without the impressive running background. B|   I may have to come out from the lurker shadows as well now. 

Yay for a fellow lurker! Hello to you too! :)

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Welcome to the new Loop. One of the chief reasons for my very sporadic posting is a lack of confidence in my writing abilities.  I don't think you have anything to worry about; this is an awesome post!!!

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