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I started keeping a journal when I was 19 . I wrote almost every day for the two years of my LDS mission , and about every week or so for several years after that . Sort of like my running , there were some pretty significant gaps from then until ten years ago when I started this marathon thing and found the Loop . Since then I substituted my bloops for most of what I would have written in the journal . The vast majority of that writing is about running , and not so much about the rest of my life . But the point of journal writing is to leave a record of yourself , and that ' s a big part of me , even in this , my advanced stage of life .

One of the things that drove me to be so prolific ( I went months of writing every single day of marathon training ) was the positive response from the Loop for it . Sharing my new experience of running and racing marathons with a supportive community was exciting and validating . I ' d spend a good portion of my runs thinking about what I was going to post . It made for a heightened awareness of my efforts in training as well as the sights and sounds of the world around me . I have a fair level of ( although not professionally diagnosed , Dr . Google seems pretty clear ) ADHD , and knowing I was about to " report " on those miles helped me stay much more focused .

No lament here about the death of the Loop as it was , or nostalgia about the way it used to be . But there ' s no doubt that seeing just a few posts here and there besides my own has reduced the incentive to put it all out there , as it were . If no one but me is interested , why go to the effort ? A big part of the fun was the post - posting interaction . Did I write something funny ? Who laughed ? Was I going through a tough stretch and got some much needed encouragement from runners who were going through the same or had gone through it ? Did a workout or a race go especially well and dozens of comrades gave me kudos ? And that ' s just about the running . The good will , condolences , virtual hugs , tension - relieving jokes , cheers and advice extend to whatever part of my life I cared to share .

Those are all still there and appreciated just as much , just from a much , much smaller group of friends on this forum nowadays .

But , it ' s been ten years since I started here . Since I ' m old already , things don ' t change for me as quickly any more . And I no longer have things like searching for romance , expecting and raising children , buying that first home , new jobs , finishing my education , and all those other things that shift our circle of acquaintance and the activities that fill the days of a lot of my old friends from the Loop . It ' s been joyful to watch your lives unfold . Great memories for me . My rotating desktop picture right now is a shot of ten people , most of whom had never met before the day it was taken . But you ' d never know it looking at the smiles , shoulders leaning into one another with familiarity , arms congenially on shoulders , a few glasses raised in a spontaneous toast to friendship . A couple of them I ' ve never physically seen again , but count each one as a warm and good friend . I ' ve seen them gain friends , spouses , children , grandchildren . I ' ve shared joy and heartache , triumph and defeat . We created something very special on the Loop .

Anyway , where was I ?

Oh yeah . Since most of them ( unlike myself ) have moved on to Crossfit and / or babies and / or world traveling , or just receded away from online blogging , our little corner of the internet has gone kind of quiet . I ' m not complaining ( OK , maybe a little ). Nor am I announcing my own departure from the Loop .  Just reminiscing .

The point is , if there is one , I ' m still here . I plan to keep writing here and leaving this bit of myself as a record that , " Hey , world , I existed ." Thanks for reading .

 

I ' m enjoying a well - deserved break from marathon training at the moment . Still need to decide on a spring race . Still thinking about Atlanta since there will be Loopsters there . And the Olympic Trials . But it ' s March 1 , which makes for a tough training environment here in the frozen tundra . Not that Michigan is the worst place in the country to run in the winter , but it can be messy . Of course , I have a treadmill in the house now , so ...  Anyway , then next fall will be another BQ attempt . I ' ll try to pick an easier course next time .

Think I mentioned the local 5K that I often run in November . I have a string of AG wins there and it supports the school where the boys ran . Then Connor got this new job and he starts in a week and a half and I ' m helping him move 1600 miles to Tacoma , WA . Leaving on Friday to load the truck and drive it west . That ' s the day before the 5K , so I ' m a scratch for 2019 . Now I ' m thinking about finding a race in the PNW while I ' m there , because running .

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I ' m still here . Still reading . Still   enjoying the   stories . But I have deactivated my Facebook account   for the time being , which takes me out of the Loop . I   have hopes of adding more here , but after I ran the NYC marathon last year , I found that I had very little to say about both it and running in general , although I was pleased to share a post - race meal with   some Loopsters . I ' m kind of back to where I was pre - Loop a decade ago : going out for 3 - 6 mile runs , tracing routes that I ' ve run countless times in all seasons ,  and trying to figure out what I want from this activity as I get older .

I guess I ' ll always be a left - sider . 😉

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Nicely put into words . Right there with you . Finding no motivation to write lately . But happy for ten (!!!) years of Loopiness . 

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21 minutes ago, Keep Running Girl said:

I seriously thought this was a farewell post and my heart damn near broke .  

Keep writing .

Sort of like many of my marathons - I just keep fumblin ', rumblin ', stumblin ' along . Most of the writing isn ' t any good , but I ' ll keep putting it here . I ' m still bummed the company cancelled my last NYC trip and you didn ' t get to pose as Mrs . Dave for the Hilton Vacation presentation . Promise you ' ll come see me when I do NJ or CT ?

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People don ' t have the attention - span for blogs anymore ; Instagram and Strava scrolling have taken over !

I vote Atlanta for you .

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8 hours ago, DrWhiskers said:

Have you done a CA marathon yet ? 

San Francisco 2017 . Concentrating on the east coast right now , in case my plan to move west comes sooner rather than later .

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I ' m tossing around Mickelson Trail Marathon ( Deadwood , SD ), and Anchorage Mayor ' s Marathon , but probs not the geographies you are looking for . 

 

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2 hours ago, ocrunnergirl said:

As long as you keep writing I ' ll keep reading .

You need a new hobby . 😁

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I was just getting up to speed on " The New Girl " when they canceled it . Don ' t make me go through that ordeal again . Thanks .

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I ' m glad you ' re still at it -- you ' ve probably kept The Loop alive more than anyone .  And I apologize for being so absent the last couple of years or so .  I don ' t really have a good excuse , but since I slowed down significantly around 2016 - 2017 , I just haven ' t felt that my runs ( and especially my races ) have been bloopworthy .  The good news is that , even though I don ' t feel motivated to write , I still feel motivated to run , and have been able to make some adjustments to my routine .  Anyway , I applaud your level of commitment , and I should really make more of an effort at least to read and comment here .  I still see other Loopsters from time to time , and still treasure all the friendships I ' ve made here .

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It ' s kind of hard to want to write when one is perpetually injured . I keep thinking the comeback has started , and a bloop will be forthcoming , only to have my hopes dashed again .  But I do lurk . And admire you for your relentless forward motion and your dedication to writing about it and the quality of your writing !

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On 11/6/2019 at 2:34 PM, Dave said:

Sort of like many of my marathons - I just keep fumblin ', rumblin ', stumblin ' along . Most of the writing isn ' t any good , but I ' ll keep putting it here . I ' m still bummed the company cancelled my last NYC trip and you didn ' t get to pose as Mrs . Dave for the Hilton Vacation presentation . Promise you ' ll come see me when I do NJ or CT ?

Come meet you for sure !  Let me know far enough in advance and I ' ll probably run too !

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