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When Will I See You Again?

Dave

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My notice came in an email yesterday afternoon. Sugarloaf is cancelled. If you remember, for a week or so I'd been congratulating myself for picking a marathon in May instead of April. Turns out Mother Nature doesn't like to be upstaged.

On Wednesday I'd run one of my hardest workouts - 6 x mile repeats at 5K pace. If that workout was any indication, well ... let's just say my 5K pace isn't what it used to be. And it was harder than I wanted to get what I got. The last one was the slowest, and not for lack of trying.

So then I spent Thursday morning contemplating how excruciating the 10 mile recovery run that day was going to be. When the email from Sugarloaf came, even though it was hafl-expected, it was still a shock. Sent a FB message to ocrunnergirl, since I figured she'd have the same notice. Is it bad to think I was looking forward to meeting up with another Loopster as much as I was for the race? Her email had gone to her hub's account, so she hadn't seen it yet, making me the bearer of the bad news. I hate bearing bad news.

The rest of the afternoon I couldn't decide if I should finish out the week at my full training schedule, or immediately cut back, take a few days to process things and come up with a new strategy for the rest of spring and summer. Thought about how tired I was and that the only thing that's kept me going the last few weeks was the carrot of that marathon at the end of the stick. About this time in training that's normal. In the end, I decided that 7 was enough miles. By the end of those 7, I decided that I was right.

Today I'll do 5 and decide about tomorrow's long run later. Maybe I'll do the full 16, because being out for that long with no doubt be therapeutic and I could use some therapy now.

On a brighter note, the first weekend of the Loop's Covid-19 Races Series was successful. We had 34 entrants. 12 in the 5K, 10 in the 10K and 8 ran pikermis. There were a couple who did 8K and one was a 10-miler. There were a bunch of selfies, empty roads and neighborhoods, a couple of pets, and some adorable kids.

Here are the results, which I also posted in Loopville.

Place Loopster Time Distance Bonus Points
1 Peg Erb 0:22:30 3.1 Selfie & Tucker
2 Brian Vaughan 0:25:41 3.1  
3 Ken Stawowy 0:27:03 3.1  
4 George Grennick 0:27:20 3.1 Selfie, cardboard box & an empty road
5 Becky Young 0:28:49 3.1 Selfie
6 Mark Hermacinski 0:33:49 3.1  
7 Maxwell Melvin 0:41:32 3.1 PSycho shoes
8 Edward Burgoyne 0:46:59 3.1 Spooky tree
9 Reed 0:59:31 3.1 Kite and a tree
10 Erin Mahr 1:00:17 3.1  
11 Dave DeCoursey idk 3.1  
12 Jessica Schultz oops 3.1 Selfie w/ cute daughter
1 Heidi Murray kids 4 2 strollers, 2 bikes, 3 beautiful little girls
1 Emma Jane Allen 0:50:31 5  
2 Debby Klinect 0:58:32 5  
1 Susan Cornelius 0:59:02 6.2  
2 Deirdre Hinkle Reyna 0:59:29 6.2  
3 Scott Bader 0:59:33 6.2 Seahorse shaped route, Georgia flowers
4 Angela Brinker 1:05:17 6.2 Bloop and a cat.
5 Barbara Cumming 1:05:21 6.2  
6 Greg Holness 1:05:29 6.2 Selfie and rain
7 John Paniccia 1:05:54 6.2  
8 Brenda Haskill 1:11:22 6.2 Empty bike path, Elite runner, and a bloop!
1 Gwen Stark 1:00:22 7  
1 Jennifer Ralston 1:44:45 10  
1 Shanda Warren 1:44:56 13.1 Hot Selfie
2 Dave 1:52:27 13.1 Empty street, flooded river
3 Tim Emmett 1:55:02 13.1 Socially distant running buddy
4 Brad Angle 1:56:03 13.1  
5 John Nguyen 2:00:15 13.1  
6 Tim Pierce 2:08:19 13.1 Empty road to Navarino
7 Laura Hein McElduff 2:09:21 13.1 2 Ferraris
8 Holly Reichard 2:18:35 13.1 empty SoCal countryside
9 Emily Reed 2:13::44 13.1  

The next race weekend is April 24-27, so gear up and make your plans. There's talk of a multiple distance challenge.

For now, all our Loopmeets, Loopfests, races and even training runs are destined to be solo or virtual affairs. It's an interesting time. Better than more people dying, though.

Hang in there, kids. It won't last forever, and we'll be here when it's done. Still running. Still racing. Still supporting each other.

 

 

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Multiple distance challenge?  I'm guessing a 5k on Friday and a 10k on Sunday could count? 

You might stay busy making all those medals...

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Sure feels like it's going to last forever. Hope my half marathon in September goes on. At least I only paid $35 for that one. 

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6 x 1 mile at 5K is a ridiculously difficult workout - 6 x 1 mile at 10K is much more realistic IMO!

Sorry about Sugarloaf.  Grandma's in last June has already cancelled too, which you probably knew, but oy.

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19 hours ago, SIbbetson said:

6 x 1 mile at 5K is a ridiculously difficult workout - 6 x 1 mile at 10K is much more realistic IMO!

Sorry about Sugarloaf.  Grandma's in last June has already cancelled too, which you probably knew, but oy.

I bet I could have done 10K pace much better and not felt dead afterward. Ridiculous is my middle name.

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Love your song choice of "When will I see you again?", can't go wrong with Motown.

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It gets a lot tougher to maintain a marathon training plan when there is no definite race.  Don’t rest too much, because it’s hard to get started again.

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Is it bad to think I was looking forward to meeting up with another Loopster as much as I was for the race?”  Nope, not in my opinion.  Running (or even hanging out with) with Loopsters is the best!

Bummer about Sugarloaf.  Did they reschedule it or just cancel it?  Does this mean you’ll be in Maine in 2021?

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On 4/11/2020 at 2:25 PM, Apple Pie said:

Is it bad to think I was looking forward to meeting up with another Loopster as much as I was for the race?”  Nope, not in my opinion.  Running (or even hanging out with) with Loopsters is the best!

Bummer about Sugarloaf.  Did they reschedule it or just cancel it?  Does this mean you’ll be in Maine in 2021?

Cancelled. 2021 is up in the air, but still on the table of course. Too far out to think about planning anything.

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