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  1. 6 points
    So, this COVID19 thing has really gotten out of hand. I'm a simple man, so the subtleties that make this particular new strain of virus such a panic-inducing event. As usual, the extremes of both sides make it hard for someone like me to figure out what to do and what to say to everyone. Fortunately, I don't talk to that many people, so I view myself as relatively safe. Except for my mouth that's a little sore from having the implant attached yesterday morning, I'm in pretty fair shape. I also wash my hands. I'm hoping that since my own targeted race is in the middle of May, things will have blown over and I won't have to change my plans. I feel pretty awful for everyone who's having their plans - training, trips, competitions, celebrations, in many cases the dreams of months, years or even lifetimes - trashed in one fell swoop by the "over abundance of caution." And let's not forget the people who would be at risk if the world decided that the measures we're taking were a joke. My 87 year old dad, my 80 year old mother-in-law come to mind quickly. Mrs. Dave, who will be on the front lines every day caring for the infected as well as the regular load of patients she has at the hospital. She doesn't get the luxury (and make no mistake, it's a luxury) of working virtually like I have starting Monday (not to mention that most of my building is empty today). It doesn't seem like this thing is on a par with ebola or the bubonic plague as far as its mortality rate, but it's able to spread very quickly and make a ton of people sick. Suppose the next one is a real killer. Wouldn't it be nice if we learned some things about isolating contagion and protecting ourselves by trying what we can to halt this one? We might learn some other things as well that could make our lives better, healthier and more productive. Who knows? Taking advantage of this early spring, I've been hitting the bricks pretty hard, at full training mileage and incorporating both my speed work sessions every week now. And starting to see some progress already. With some good weather in the mountains of western Maine in May, this could be my best spring marathon yet. Of course, that's still nine weeks away, so I'll knock on wood. Saturday's long run was 14 miles. Just a touch too cold for comfort, but still a shorts and LS shirt day. The wind was chilly and at one point I thought about calling Mrs. Dave for my gloves and headband, but I decided to suck it up and eventually the route took me out of the worst of it and I finished OK. Tempos and intervals are what really tell me how things are going, training wise. The first two weeks of tempo runs went OK, at about 8:12 pace for 5 and 6 miles. Last week's 5 were under 8:00 and more consistent than the previous two. This week it was warmer. 62o. I remember last year having serious acclimating issues in the spring, so this first run in the 60s was a question mark. 8:02, 8:02, 8:01, 8:07, 8:17, 7:58. Blaming the wind for #5. On Tuesday I happened on the girls' distance group, doing some sprint work. I stopped to say hi to the coach. One of them asked if I was going to run with them. I'd have thought about it if they weren't doing 200s. Sammy doesn't like 200s. So I ran 7 by myself. 4 x miles on Wednesday with 600m recovery. It was cold again, with a chilly wind, so I was in tights. Tights normally slow me down a little. I figured to be happy with anything under 7:45, since my tempo run was at 8:00. Most important of course is to be able to finish the last one without dying. 7:21, 7:22, 7:30, 7:31. I'm going to call those all even, with a slight elevation factor on the second pair. Also, kudos to the guy at the gas station where I had to stop half way. There was a sign on the door that said the facilities were out of order, but he told me it was OK. And it was EXCEPT that he was almost out of TP. And I needed almost all of it to clean up. Whew. Yesterday was an extra rest day with the surgery. 8 today and 10 tomorrow. Following the worldwide cancellations of everything. I mentioned in one comment that we should think virtually, so the training everyone's been putting in might not go to waste. I wasn't planning on a Snowbuster this year because last year had such low participation, but Treegirl wondered if this would be a good thing. I think I agree and am willing to organize a virtual race festival if there's enough interest. I'm shooting for a half marathon on the 28th myself, but am willing to do the math if folks want to run more or less than that. Sort of late to call it a Snowbuster, so maybe a Virus-buster?
  2. 6 points
    I did the Winter Warrior challenge as usual in January. Every day outside for at least 3 miles. I was “smart” - if it was supposed to be an off day from running then I walked the 3 miles. The weather wasn’t too terrible- a few days of feels like 17* but for the most part 30* and above. 200 running miles - OMG - where’d that come from? February — The local running group decided to have it’s first streak month to keep everyone moving through the winter. This streak was slightly different than WW— you just had to move - run/walk/skip - at least one mile per day - inside or outside. I quickly transitioned over to the treadmill on the days where the weather stunk. Ie. Every.dayum.friday!! Otherwise known as long run day. Seriously one day I had 18 miles on tap and it was so windy that it blew a 30’ tree onto my apartment building. My favorite— WTH —- run was one where I ran 6 x uphill bridge repeats. It was super windy and my legs were super tired. I wasn’t sure what to expect except I expected myself to at least try the workout. As I was running to the bridge as a warmup my legs felt light and peppy. Weird, I thought, as I battled the headwind. The uphills were hard as they usually are. I would take a breath and then flow back down. On the run back to my car the wind felt like it was pushing me back to my car. The whole run I averaged an 8:20 which NEVER happens! I also ran my longest training run ever on the treadmill. I ran 21 miles as a progression run and felt like I could have run another 5.2 that day. I stopped in the locker room to stretch and a girl/young lady approached me. Told me she had pointed me out to her boyfriend and said that I was a beast. So focused. Totally made my day. After the 21 miler I ran a 5 on Saturday and then a 5k “race” on Sunday. I had no intentions of racing. I was just there to support a friend in the Run 4 Autism. My calves let it be known that they needed a few days off. I was annoyed, but really how could I be? In August/September I was lucky to run 25 miles a week and since November this was the first time I had had to take a break. I sat my butt down for 3 whole days....practically killed me. Saw Scott aka Mr. Andante at the Run 4 Autism so that was nice. Also had a great turn out from our local running group. In the last week of February I got to run in the Poconos in Pennsylvania and in Florida: On my very last long run of the month I was back in NJ. I decided to run a route that one of the ladies from the local run group showed me. I did add on wherever possible — behind the school, around the shopping center, around the local college, through the hospital parking lot. I needed ~18. I thought I would get 5 miles and then circle back to my house for water and another gel (I had brought 1.) By the time I got to the gym which is across the street from the hospital I was at 9. Yippee! I just had to turn around and retrace my steps. And that’s when it happened...as I was crossing the busy intersection on a green light I caught my foot on....IDK. I went down hard. A lady hopped out of her car so fast to ask if I was okay. I had tried to jump up and brush it off but she was lightning fast!! I assured her I was fine. As I trotted up the hill away from the “tripcident” I kept saying, “I’m fine.”, “ Ow!”, “I’m fine.”,”Ow!” I stopped in the hospital parking lot and started pulling up my capris and then decided not to look. I mean really why bother? I was the farthest from home I could possibly be. If I had stopped it wasn’t like I wasn’t going to finish my run. Yes, I am that stubborn. I woke up the next day and felt like I’d been in a prize fight. My left shoulder hurt, my left hip was bruised and my left knee hurt to go down stairs...but I could still run!! Lol February: 184 miles with another 14-16 walking and some stationary biking. We are in the process of moving. I’m not entirely sure we will completely move but I finally got my stationary bike out to where I am living! Yay!! Lots of 30 minute recovery rides!! Say a prayer for an uneventful March.
  3. 5 points
    No, it's not on par with ebola, but we do expect that it is at least twice as deadly as a really bad flu season - and the potential overload to the health care system is the scary part. Also add that we know exactly how to deal with ebola, when to test for it, when to not test for it, and with this one, well, there's a lot we don't know. That's why public health officials are getting out of hand. Hopefully though, in time people will look back and say "What was all the fuss about?" <--- That. For you to ask that question. That is what all the fuss is about. That means we did our job correctly. Also the 20% funding cut to CDC didn't help matters, but that's a discussion for another time. Hope Mrs. Dave stays safe! Those tempo miles are looking good, sir!
  4. 4 points
    Better late than never, right? First a quick update. My four days a week plan worked for nine weeks, but then I got sick (during Atlanta weekend) and my lungs were just not functioning well enough to run, so I took 6 days off, only ran once last week (poorly) and I'm doing three runs this week as I am just getting healthy again. But back on schedule next week! I had a 5K tomorrow which got cancelled, but I was glad, because I was in no condition to run well anyway due to the illness. Next up is a Half on 5/3 which hasn't been cancelled yet, although I'm not optimistic. At least no one can stop me from training! And our group runs haven't been shut down yet. Although my gym closed. Boo hoo. Anyway, so two weeks ago I was excited to travel to Atlanta and see some running buddies and watch the trials. I flew in Thursday and met up at Carissa's Running Lodge with Caitlin, Roger and T.O. Carissa and Adam were wonderful hosts, along with their three furry friends. We had some long drives to Atlanta three days in a row. Friday was the expo, which was surprisingly lame. Almost no vendors. Lousy merchandise. For some reason they had an indoor high jump and shotput competition going on in the middle of the expo. But we did see some famous faces: Paula Radcliffe, Kara Goucher, Gail Devers. Also ran into Loopsters Dan Tian and Rebecca Trachsel. Earlier we had a little shakeout run in the chilly weather. Who knew you needed layers to run in Atlanta? And there was a Flying Tomato sighting! Saturday was the trials. We got down there early and got to see everybody warming up behind the start line. We were arms length from all the best runners in the country. It was fun to see them all up close just acting like normal runners - nervously going through their routines. Galen Rupp was all business, but most of the others had smiles. I got to say Hi to two guys I knew from my local running group, just as they lined up (in the back of the pack). As the race got underway, we walked a few blocks over to Peachtree, where the men and women did out and backs three times. So there was almost constant action going by. The crowds were loud and the excitement was palpable! Roger started chatting with a guy who was rooting for his son. It turned out his son was Jacob Riley who ended up getting 2nd! When the women came by at mile 21 and two women I never heard of were breaking away it was quite shocking! Where was Molly Huddle? And Jordan Hasay? And the other favorites? It was quite exciting. It was really windy and cold. I felt bad for the runners battling that wind. And the hills. But it wasn't too bad for spectating. Then we relaxed and got ready for our own race on Sunday. Tom and I were running the half and Carissa did the full while the others cheered. I worried about the cold, but the next day the wind had died to nothing, so the 33 degree temperature was much more bearable. I ditched all my extra clothes in the start corral. I was starting to feel sick and coughing up some junk, but it wasn't bad (yet). It didn't seem to bother me while running. I just coughed a lot after I finished and by the next day it really kicked in. But I'm getting ahead. So we all started together, which allowed us to get this cool photo right at the start. My race "plan" was very soft. I wanted to see if I could run sub-8 pace and break 1:45. But I was not real confident and I didn't care too much. The constant hills had me a little worried. As did my sickness. I figured to just run with the group for a while and see what happened. Have fun out there. I ran with Carissa the first mile and we lost Tom right away in the crowd. Pace felt easy as it was mostly downhill. 7:54. Good, OK. But then we found the rolling hills and my pace dragged. And Carissa slipped ahead in mile 2 and it was too much work to try and keep up so I let her go. I kept her in sight for 2-3 miles but then she was gone - on her way to another ho hum BQ. Never saw Tom, although he was within a minute or two of me the whole way. So I was on my own. I clicked along in a comfort zone that was just over 8 minute pace. 8:02, 8:10, 8:15, 8:05. Hard enough to be working without thinking I was going to die. Each little hill was its own challenge, but of course the downhills were lovely! Passed this strange restaurant which we ended up going to for lunch after the race. Excellent burgers at the Vortex! 7:58, 8:25, 7:52, 7:42, 8:16 through ten. Miles 8-9 were nice with long downhills and going through a park. I was starting to feel pretty decent. Started searching for Carissa's ponytail in case maybe I might catch her (nope). But then the last three miles were mostly up hill, and my adrenaline flagged. And then left entirely. 8:08 and 8:27 for mile 12 where I considered walking up a particularly long hill. 8:06 for mile 13 as I tried to give what I had left to get to the finish. I knew 1:45 was gone. I thought I had a shot at sub 1:46 until mile 12, and then I was just shooting for sub 1:47. I gave a little kick down to the finish - the same finish the trials people had just run down to punch their Olympic tickets. My watch showed 1:47:02, but officially I got 1:46:59. So 1:46 it is! I'll take that. Not close to where I want to be, but just fine for where I am now. And I loved the whole weekend with my buddies. Back to work. Life is good.
  5. 4 points
    Grad school goes on. Couldn’t absorb much information this afternoon after I ran my 20 miler this morning, though I tried. I should have taken a nap, but I didn’t feel sleepy early this afternoon. 20 miles went well, but I stopped my watch at one point while we waited for a light and forgot to start it again and lost almost half a mile. Then my watch gave me the low battery warning at 18.5 miles. It held out for that last mile (remember I came up .5 short), but I don’t think it will make it the hour plus longer I will need it to hold on for the marathon. So a new Garmin will be on it’s way soon. The good news is this is the perfect time for me to buy, since I’m getting a much larger than normal tax refund thanks to an education credit and I have a friend who works for Garmin so I can get the employee discount by buying through her. (I assume this is fine with Garmin because she offered a while back, without me asking) Today's run I ran my longest weekday run ever in the snow on Wednesday. 11 miles. I added the last mile to make it a weekday PR. It was beautiful, but the snow was completely gone by midafternoon. I decided to stay home from work so I could get homework done, and so I could do my taxes. I always feel a little weird/guilty taking a day off like that, but this really worked out well so if I’m ever running double digit miles on a weekday again and I have the time to spare I’ll probably do it. Maybe even if I don’t have homework to do (and these things will probably never happen on the same day again so…) I have 178 miles for this month, and I’ll end up with just under 50 miles for the week. If February was just one day longer it would be my highest monthly mileage. Weekly mileage is probably the highest also, but I’m not sure what my exact PR for that is. Lots of miles. I hope they pay off. Even though I’ve run more, and I’ve got a lot of other stuff going on, I don’t feel quite as drained or sluggish as I often do at this point. That said, I don’t think I have a PR in me either. Asheville is not going to be an easy course. I’ll be pretty happy to come in under 5 hours based on what I know going in. A couple new things I love. I recent found an artist through a Brave Like Gabe post. Her name is Jacqueline Alnes (find her on Etsy at PhDistance). I love her art and bought a few of her prints recently. I also am I big tea drinker and I found a local tea company that has some really great teas. I love the Chai and the Cup of Sunshine as well as the Sunshine Dust. You can make a drink with the Sunshine Dust, warm milk and honey that is really good. A little like a Chai latte, but pepperier and doesn't remind me of drinking a Christmas candle. I like Chai tea in general better without milk I've found. Big Heart Tea Co if you are interested. I’m also making a final push on fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (I run with Team in Training). I have $62 to go to meet my commitment (the amount I must meet or make up the difference) but I’d really love to get another $400 on top of that, mainly because that would put me over $30,000 lifetime. Given how many races I’ve run with TNT and the minimum amounts I had to meet, it isn’t quite as good as it sounds, but still. Also, I have to say, this wasn’t really me, it took everyone who ever donated through me. If you feel so inclined to help me with a part of that $462 I’m hoping to raise here is the link - https://pages.lls.org/tnt/gat/ashvle20/ABrinker
  6. 3 points
    I like (auto) biographies. I remember as a kid checking out the biography on Helen Keller and Betsy Ross. Lately I've read biographies about Steve Jobs (one weird dude -- fruititarian -- never even knew that was a thing!), John DuPont in Foxcatcher (my brother was a wrestler so I found that somewhat interesting with all of the big wrestling names). So with the Covid-19 quarantine we've been catching some biographies on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime. We watched the Elton John movie, one on ZZ Top and one on Allen Iverson. A.I. when he played for the Philadelphia 76ers came off as super arrogant and unapproachable. His famous quote: "We talkin' 'bout practice...." made him look like he thought he was such a great player that he didn't need practice. In reality what had happened was that his best friend had just died and even though the 76ers had won the game the press was harping on A.I. about missing a practice or 2. The scene in the movie really made you understand that you can't possibly know what someone is going through and why we need to be slower to judge one another. Anyway I'm here to talk about practice! because apparently that's all I've got for the present moment. 3/22 Shamrock Half Marathon 4/4 Revel Mt Charleston Marathon 5/17 Sugarloaf Marathon ..... R.D.s have not yet made decision I switched my training mid cycle due to some calf issues. I thought maybe if I didn't try to back to back a long run and semi long run together it might help. At this point it is debatable, but I've got to say I really really like the speed work/ intervals in the RunCoach plan. The one I did this past week was a 2 mile warm up with 6 x 200 @ 7:02 with 200 m jogs; 2 miles @ 9:14; 1:30 jog; 6 x 200 @ 7:02; cool down of 1.5 miles. So flipping fun! The interval diversity keeps my brain engaged the whole time. It also helps that I'm crushing the paces: 200s - 6:20, 6:45, 6:44, 6:26, 6:28, 6:37; 2 miles - 8:57, 9:04; 200s - 6:32, 6:35, 6:38, 6:22, 6:32, 6:42. I didn't even realize that I was running into the wind until like the 7th 200. LOL Another one of the interval workouts included 800s. WU 2, 3 x 800 at 7:44 with 2:00 jogs; 30:00 minutes @ 9:14; 3 x 800 at 7:44; 1.5 CD. I did this workout at a school complex that has a lot of recreation fields and portapotties (very important! LOL). It was super windy but I managed the paces 800s @ 7:32, 7:27, 7:32; 3.3 miles @ 8:57, 9:03, 9:07; 800s @ 7:43, 7:26, 7:30. I'm curious about the purpose of the middle miles. (The 9:14 pace is approximately my everyday pace.) I'm going to guess that it is to teach you to keep running even when you feel fatigued. This past weekend my motivation for getting out and completing a long run was almost zilch. It was cold and windy. Mt Charleston had just been canceled a few days prior. I headed to a park that I could make a 2.5 mile loop with 1/2 being road and the other 1/2 being a trail. I had exactly 1 gel and 1 Honey Stinger waffle and 1 bottle of water. I set out with low expectations. Running out of the park and west on the road was nice, but the turn to head back to the park was brutal. Full on into the wind! Back into the park and a quick left onto the trail that goes around the lake. The trail is the same trail that my summer XC series runs on. Lots of little ups and downs. I ran relaxed and easy. Quick stop at the portapotty. After the 2nd loop I stopped at my car to eat 1/2 of the H.S. waffle and sip some water. After the 4th time around (10 miles) fatigue was setting in. Ate the other 1/2 of the waffle and a little bit of the gel. I told myself to get to 15 and I could stop -- after all all of those trail miles are harder than road miles.... At 15 I finished the rest of the gel and of course kicked my self back out and completed 2 more laps. The final lap on the trail went by so fast! I couldn't believe I had completed 20. Stoked (<== do people say that anymore??) beyond belief. When I checked my average time I was super happy! Thought for sure I had averaged 10:00s with all of the trail miles. Average = 9:39, 400' elevation gain (a lot for me! LOL) Yesterday I went for an "easy" 6 miles which of course somehow I managed to turn into a progression. It started out nice enough. I ran from our local park out onto the main road to a dirt road. I had trouble getting warmed up and feeling comfortable until all of a sudden a switch flipped. The first 3 miles were 9:13, 8:55, 8:56. When I turned around everything just started flowing -- 8:48, 8:39. I had 1 mile left back to my car which was blacktop (not dirt) so I decided to fartlek it. Run 2 poles or to a sign and then cruise, repeat for the final mile. The final mile came in at 8:05 and I felt phenomenal! A few of us are going to get together this Saturday (while social distancing) for a make up 13.1. ( We will have no problem social distancing -- one girl runs 13:00s, I run 8:45s- 9:15s, and the other guy I definitely know that is running is hoping to run 7:00s.) Shamrock is mailing everyone their swag so if I'm going to wear the shirt I'm at least going to run a virtual 13.1. Maybe I'll go for GMP? I'm not sure yet and there is no portapotty on the designed 13.1! Ugh! So that's all I've got -- a whole lot of practice! Sincerely, House of Stark
  7. 3 points
    Despite being so long ago, I vividly remember my first year running anniversary. I had completed a marathon, was looking to improve times, and strengthen newly found friendships. At that point, I was certain of two things. 1) I would keep these new friends forever. 2) I would never stop running. So many things have changed over the years. Surprisingly an online friendship formed, and despite the 1600 miles between our homes it has not only lasted, but flourished. The running on the other hand, has been rocky as of late. From a growing family and a time consuming job, there is not much time left for the run. I have also been watching others deal with the same life changes, and sadly, fall away from running altogether. A group that was once upwards of 20 guys, has dwindled down to only four. An occasional text or call will come, a planned meet up with an old friend, 3 to 4 slow miles that are filled with reminiscing of times and fitness that has long left our bodies, then back to our families and the new lives we now live. Nagging injuries always seem to pop up and derail any attempts of a comeback. A couple of marathons were run over the past few years, but the performances were sub par and the effort that once defined me has been lost. The runs were (and still are) sporadic. I was once a runner. A lot of soul searching has happened as of late, and while I know my body wont be able to produce the times I want forever, I know a small window still exists. A UPS tracking number came the other day, it said a new pair of shoes would be arriving tomorrow. It will be the first pair of new running shoes I have received in 14 months. While I like to hope, I have no idea if I will run forever, but I do know I will race a few more times. A have a couple of PRs left in these old legs. Let this final adventure begin.....
  8. 3 points
    No more group runs....for now. I miss meeting up with my fellow running buddies on Saturday mornings and going for coffee afterwards, but it is the best for the public health, we will get through this. Anyways, Week 11 of training for Bayshore Half Marathon: Total Miles: 40.8 Monday: 36F and sunny: 30min Aerobic run, 30min Lactate Threshold run, 1mi cool down; 8 miles in 1:11; Pace/Heart Rate per mile; 9:14/119, 9:20/115, 9:20/119, 8:44/128, 8:14/135, 8:15/135, 8:10/136, 9:21/127. For the Aerobic portion of the run I try to keep my heart rate at 118 +/- 5bpm, and for the lactate threshold part 118 +10/+115bpm. Tuesday: 46F cloudy and windy: 60min Aerobic run: 6.7mi in 1:00, 8:59/120bpm average. Wednesday: 45F and sunny: 45min Motor Skill Development run (pickups to max speed with walking recovery to 110bpm) with 1mi warm up and cool down. 6.26mi in 1:05, Max HR 140bpm. Thursday: 43F and cloudy: 30min Aerobic, 30min Motor Skill Development run, 1mi cool down; 7mi in 1:09 Friday: Rest - yeah, I after those 4 days I felt I really needed to rest my legs. Saturday: 27F (burr), cloudy and windy: 60min Aerobic run, 45min Lactate Threshold run, 1mi cool down; 12.87 miles in 1:55: Pace/Heart Rate per mile: 9:00/124, 9:01/121, 9:10/121, 9:14/121, 9:23/120, 9:29/121, 8:58/126, 8:24/131, 8:22/133, 8:26/134, 8:29/136, 8:35/136, 9:44/124. The Lactate threshold portion of this run for 45 minutes was really taxing as my time/per mile was 15-25s less than earlier in the week. I also felt tired with sore legs for the rest of the day. Sunday morning after a good nights sleep I felt much better. Keep moving.
  9. 3 points
    Deciding to run Sugarloaf instead of trying to get ready for that Maryland race sure turned out to be brilliant, didn't it? Not that Sugarloaf is a safe bet either, but at least there's still a chance that mid-May might still have a small race in a small town in a less-populated state. Granted, the drive will be longer since I can't go through Canada right now. But maybe by May. If I'm being perfectly honest, I'm starting to feel ambivalent about running a marathon this spring at all now. Does this affect my daily running? Not yet. I've just added another reason that getting out for an hour or two, shuffling along in the sun (or clouds) on the (quieter than normal) streets is therapeutic. And we all need therapeutic now as ever. The thing about marathon training, though, is that I have a goal that keeps me going on those in between days that are supposed to be slow - I know they're supposed to be slow - but they feel like they're slow because I just can't go any faster, not because I'm trying to go slow. That's when the voice in my head says I really don't have what it takes to run marathons anymore. Forget that I just did one a few months ago. I must have crossed an invisible age line between then and now and I'm done. Then I read about a dozen or so guys in their late 50s and early 60s who are still running sub-3 marathons. What? I guess I can keep shuffling along for now. Working from home this week. Other than no talking to anyone, which I didn't do much of before anyway, the biggest change is that I'm saving tons of gas and an hour or so on the roads commuting. Selfishly, I've taken all of that extra time and put it into my sleep schedule. I used to get up at 5:30, ate, did some reading and left the house at 6:20. Now I sleep until 6:20, snooze the alarm once, eat and read a little, then go to the dining room and turn on my laptop. I thought I'd have an extra half hour in the afternoon as well with no drive home, but that's been eaten up by a couple of late Webex meetings and my dad, who called on Monday, 5 minutes before I was going to wrap things up and go for my first work from home run. He was trying to get some pictures my cousin sent him off of Google Photos onto his hard drive. An hour and a half later (he's 87), I'm pretty sure I got him settled and the pics removed from GP, although he then asked me how he could show me the pictures. "If they were still on GP, you could just share the folder with me. Let's wait until I come out there next month." Of course, now it looks as though I'm not coming out next month. Have to wait to see those pictures. Runs in the last week: Thursday - 0 miles. Dental implant that morning. Friday - 8 miles. 48o and WINDY (24, with gusts to 40?). 9:09 average pace, because the last 3 were into the wind. Momma! Out near the far corner, a woman came onto Eight Mile from a side street in front of me. Then she turned south on the street where I was going to turn south. I caught up to her a quarter mile later and ran for about that far with her before she turned again. That was long enough to talk about the craziness and cancelled races. Hope she didn't think I was creepy or infected. Definitely sped up; that was the faster mile of the day. Saturday - 10 miles. 36o but no wind, which is always nice. 8:48 average pace. Over the Power Road footbridge and around Shiawassee Park. Couple of short but very steep hills around the midpoint of this route, then a nice gentle slope home. Doing just 10 miles on a Saturday almost feels like cheating, doesn't it? Monday - 0 miles. It was one of my Sunday School kid's birthday. so I had set up to drop off some ice cream for him (a birthday tradition I started last year). Since I'd made arrangements with his folks and my co-teacher, I didn't feel like I could bail, so when Dad took all my canceled commuting time with his Google photos issue, I didn't have enough time for the workout I had planned. By the time I was ready to run, it was starting to rain and I just wasn't into it. Slacker. Tuesday - 8 miles. 52o and sunny. Don't know why but I felt like total crap this run. I'd pushed out Monday's tempo to Tuesday and I'd imagined that the extra rest day would make it better. Instead, there were stomach issues and I felt like I weighed an extra 10 pounds and life just sucked. Had to stop at Ollie's Discount store for a pit stop. The old cashier was all worried that I was sweaty and it was cold and I was going to die. I promised her I was plenty warm. Despite how lousy I felt, 3 of the tempo miles were under 8:00, and the worst (8:22) was into the teeth of a 15 mph wind, so that's a miracle win, really. Wednesday - 6+ miles. 46o, overcast. Meh. I'm seeing so many more people outside on my afternoon runs than I'm used to. Walking their dogs. Walking with their kids. Walking with someone else. Walking along. Sometimes just standing on the sidewalk talking to their neighbors. One good thing coming out of this whole mess. Thursday - 10 miles. 9:05 average. Same as Wednesday, except threatening rain. Decided to skip intervals this week and just get back on the schedule. Going north I get some hills, so that's a reasonable trade for intervals. Started sprinkling in the last mile so I sped up (8:24) before I got drenched. Decent response to my query about some virtual races in Loopville. Thinking maybe one every month for a few months. Different distances. Something to rally folks since there are no races anywhere. Details coming. Let me know if you have any ideas.
  10. 3 points
    Miles ran: 38.72 Miles on the spin bike: 27.51 Minutes cross training: 252 I can't decide if I am pleased with February or not. I relied heavily on my Orangetheory workouts to get my weekday running mileage in, which has not been very effective. While I do believe I am building strength and speed, it's not a great substitute for getting the miles in and good ol' MJ is feeling it after the long runs. Thankfully the weather is changing and the days are getting longer so running outside doesn't feel miserable and unsafe. I'm targeting an April half marathon, but didn't realize it was Easter weekend, and with COVID-19 lurking at every state's doorstep, I wonder, do I want to travel right now? Then I remembered the husband and I booked a return to our honeymoon destination so I guess that means I do want to travel right now. I feel more like myself again with each passing day. I hop on the bike, lace up the shoes, roll out a mat and/or pull out the weights most days each week, and that makes me happy. I realized the other day that my easy run pace is floating back to where it was last fall, "before everything", as I often say. I'm also discovering that I really never focused on re-activating my hip flexor after surgery. When I wasn't racing, and just running because it was lovely, it wasn't a big deal - seemed easier to avoid anything that would aggravate it. Now that is no longer acceptable, so thankfully I have Emily Infield's Instagram to follow where she shows continued recovery from her own hip scope and I'm pulling nuggets from the strength and rehab posts she shares. All of this makes me think I may want to refocus on the 5K again. I want to be able to push myself, and really focus in on speed. This naturally makes the 5K distance seem like the obvious choice. Also, it seems like far less commitment than a half marathon or longer, even though I'm well aware it's equal effort or more. But, we will see. For now, I'm happily logging miles and enjoying the return of sunshine for extended periods of time. Favorite workout: Orangetheory Tornado, where you rotate between tread, rower, and weights, staying at each station no more than 4 minutes at a time. It was a sweatfest and very satisfying. Favorite Long Run: A 7 miler that was the longest run since everything last fall. Somehow, reaching the full mile past a 10K mark always feels significant to me. Perhaps it's because I'm on the slower side and this is nearly 90 minutes of running for me at long run pace and 90 minutes just feels good. And it did. Photo dump: We tried Every Plate meal prep service for a few weeks and found some tasty recipes. Jeff went to the doggie dentist and was pretty zoned out for about 12 hours. Sorta funny, but also never putting him under anesthesia again unless it's absolutely necessary. BFF Pizza for Valentine's Day with the hubs How was your February? Anyone else do the heart-shaped pizza for Valentine's Day?
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    Woke up this morning at 5 am and fell back to sleep till nearly 8 am. Raining, cold, windy outside. No reason to bound out of bed, that's for certain. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do today for my COVID-19 entry. I had proclaimed a 10K as my intention but in standard fashion for myself, I questioned my abilities and desires. I messaged and texted with 4 different friends this morning to catch up and wait out the mist and rain that was supposed to stop around 10 am. It did and I got myself ready, still not ready to commit to a distance or pace or goal. I'll just putz along for a few miles and see what it feels like, I said in my head. I severely overdressed and had to drop my jacket and wind-pants by a tree along the path before I even hit mile 1. I had really thin compression tights under my wind-pants, luckily. Once I wasn't so blasted hot and sweaty, the run felt a lot better. It's 35F out and crossing over from winter layers to spring layers takes practice. I need a lot more practice. 😁 My local bike path was DESERTED. Not a soul the entire time I was out there. Social distancing was not a problem. I was thrilled that the path had melted down after the 2.5 mile mark where it turns east to Hartwick Pines State Park. The first 2.5 miles are kept cleared by the city all winter and that is such a great thing. At the turn around I walked a little and thought, meh, might as well work on my cadence and get the pace rolling a bit better. I was surprised at how good it felt to get moving faster. Kept an eye on my heart rate and didn't feel too bad. I had to stop and grab my jacket and pants on the way back and carrying wind pants while running with a jacket tied around my waist wasn't fantastic. Live and learn. I rounded the corner onto my street with 0.3 to go and then it got tougher. Pulled it off in the end and kept my pace where I wanted. My pace used to make me feel like I was never good enough. I'm out there, I'm trying hard, I put a lot into my running, and I'm totally good enough. I've definitely run faster in my life but that was then and this is now. The face of my watch made me laugh at the end... ELITE status. LOL! First time I've ever seen that in my life. 🤣
  12. 2 points
    Hi I will keep it short since my previous attempted returns have fizzled out. In the Fall of 2018 I developed meningitis which somehow developed into encephalitis. From what I understand that is a swelling at the brain stem and limits brain function. I had a 9% chance to live and was in quarantine (before it became cool) for a few weeks. I recovered enough to become cognizant in about five months. It took over a year to feel "normal" again. My job was supervision of 30-40 employees and my employer got nervous that they could become liable if I made incorrect decisions. So they limited my duties and cut my pay hoping I would go away. They were successful because another company took me for an increased salary. But with the difficulties of recovery and employment change, running motivation was non existent. The neurologists put it in terms I could understand: My self-motivator was broken. I'm feeling good now, and with spring approaching and work being limited, and options to go or do anything also limited, running has come back to the forefront. My local favorite races have all postponed to later in the year which increases interest now having plenty of time to get in un-embarrassing race condition. Apologies if this falls apart again. Really going to try. Thanks, Brian
  13. 2 points
    I'm missing my group runs. Sure I have run solo most of my life, but when it is forced, it does get sad after a while. I've noticed a change in how we react to each other too. A week ago runners were even more friendly than usual. More waves, smiles, nods, etc. Like, "Hey we are in this together - it's good to get out and run, isn't it?" Now I still get a few like that, but more and more people avert their eyes, turn their heads, or look at you like, "You're not going to come into my 6 foot circle are you?" It's more like they (we) are ashamed to even be out running, since we should be holed up at home. I come home feeling a little guilty. But, yeah, still glad I can get out there and work the body and make endorphins and de-stress and add numbers to my spreadsheet. The beach bike path is closing tomorrow. I'll be running mostly on the empty roads. I skip the sidewalk entirely so the dog walkers don't get freaked out. Today I saw a guy driving a convertible wearing a mask. Meanwhile we are finishing season two of Schitt's Creek (funny!). I binged all of Fleabag (funny!). Just watched JoJo Rabbit which was good. Parasite was odd but really interesting - recommended. Marriage Story was brutal but very well done. I'm watching BoJack Horseman which is amusing. I still recommend Black Mirror if you haven't seen it yet - some fantastic shows. Plus I read. This too shall pass. Eventually. In Love in the Time of Cholera, the guy did get his lover in the end. Keep at it.
  14. 2 points
    Our metro is under a stay-at-home order, but I still come into the office. The silver lining is traffic has been non-existent for the past week. Thanks for your due diligence in flattening the curve. Your resident public health official is very grateful.
  15. 2 points
    I’m already panicking and I’m not really yet that affected. I worry for my kids and their jobs - so far WFH. I worry for my parents who insist on coming back to NJ from Florida. My dad will be 84 and has had pneumonia several times. I’m worried for my tenants whose jobs depend on the service industry. I’ve got one marathon left on my calendar that hasn’t canceled. I’m almost wishing they’d just cancel. Breathe, breathe, breathe....
  16. 2 points
    Well-stated: "Wouldn't it be nice if we learned some things about isolating contagion and protecting ourselves by trying what we can to halt this one? We might learn some other things as well that could make our lives better, healthier and more productive." Can I bike in the virtual race? 😢
  17. 2 points
    I was thinking along the same lines, except I would run a 5k, and not a half. My 2020 goal to run a race every month has been shut down unless I somehow make myself run a 5k for time in March. This would help motivate me. I'm in.
  18. 2 points
    February 2020 in review! Total mileage for the month: 99.3 Jan. 27-Feb. 2: 45.5 Feb. 3-9: 49.6 Feb. 10-16: 29 Feb. 17-23: 8.1 (all AlterG treadmill) Feb. 24-March 1: 0 (insert crying emoji here) Races: None this month. I'd hoped to run a local race, the Cabin Fever Reliever 20K, but my left hip had other plans. Workouts: Feb. 7 - 4 x 0.5 moderate (6:30-7:00) with 0.5 easy between, within an 8 mile run. We will call this one humbling! Although the pace was moderate and not hard, it also made me really wonder how I ever ran 5 marathons with paces under 6:30! It was my first run beyond very easy after Houston and after bronchitis, so those things factored in, but oy. Feb. 11 - 6 mile progression run in 7:19, 7:14, 7:02, 6:58, 6:43, 6:35. I was hoping to do about 7:30 down to 6:00-6:15, but that wasn't in the cards. I felt pretty good for 3 miles and then just felt drained; the uphills in particular got me on this one and showed me I was not yet full strength following my illness. Doubles: Feb. 10 - I thought I was back to doubles for one day! Strides: Feb. 5, 9. Strength work: Weekly totals of 1:00, 1:25, 1:30, 2:30, 2:08 Yoga: Weekly totals of 1:00, 1:55, 1:20, 0:47, 0:36. Cross-training: I did some swimming, aquajogging, and biking, but I am not keeping specific totals, which I am calling great progress considering my obsessive cross-training history during injuries. This workout was done with Abby from the Abbey Long Runs: Feb. 1 - 10 miles (8:49). I stumbled through double-digits in a bronchitis-induced haze only because I got lost when running in an unfamiliar area before attending a CE event in Kansas City (I was trying to run 6 miles). I felt very weak, despite sleeping for 12+ hours the previous few nights, and I went on to sleep for 15 hours the night after this run! Needless to say, I probably didn't need to be running, but I did take it very easy. Feb. 8 - 13 miles (7:47). I was still somewhat weak on this run, but it was FAR better than the previous Saturday's (although, admittedly, that bar was set quite low!). I ran with Abby and Missy, which is always a highlight! Pre-dawn fun Cold long run day Running Highlights: 2:45:01 and Beyond quickly became an amazing project! I made it in the Fast Women Newsletter because of it. It is discussed at just over 11:00 into this Ali on the Run Show podcast. I was interviewed for the Road to the Olympic Trials podcast and on the Strong Runner Chick Radio podcast about it (episodes coming soon). This podcast with the Houston 2:45 pacer is a good listen (I may be biased). This piece, which actually came out in January, discussed this amazing time in U.S. Women's Marathoning. It made me realize that I have never thought twice about women in their 30s and 40s running amazingly fast, because I see it around me every day! I have felt better and run stronger in my 30s than in my 20s, which I attribute to taking better care of myself now and training properly, but I love seeing so many "normal" women running extraordinary times well into masters age categories. There has really been an explosion in recent years. This article was particularly interesting to me under the heading "Responders, non-responders and the problem with equality". I have found I do not run any faster in Vaporflys or Next %s than in others race/workout shoes, and it was nice to read that there are other non-responders to these shoes. I do recover faster from efforts in them, so it's still nice to come off of a half marathon with no recovery time needed and off a marathon barely sore. I wish they made me faster though! My running low-light was a hip injury - details here. My last outdoor run was Feb. 12. The Olympic Trials Marathon was of course a highlight, deserving of a separate post. My mention in Fast Women! Life Notes: The Kansas City (Missouri) Chiefs won the Superbowl, which my husband tells me is a huge deal. 🙂 My daughter tells me the snacks were the best part. I went to bed really sick at 7:30 p.m. that night. February 4 was my first wheeze-free day since January 17! I had a chest x-ray to ensure I didn't have pneumonia, and fortunately I didn't. The conclusion pretty much was: don't run a marathon with bronchitis. We keep Valentines very low key - thankfully! Albani made the soccer team. We started our garden (mostly Jon started our garden). Chiefs! Chiefs + frosting Chiefs + pneumonia testing Between illness & injury, I spent a lot of time on this couch w/ this cat during February Valentines from Grandpa & Grandma Gardening A poor photo of good soccer try-outs Books: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux House Rules by Jodi Piccolut Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline Again to Carthage by John L. Parker, Jr. The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention by Jay Dicharry Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan Run the Mile You're In: Finding God in Every Step by Ryan Hall This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Theme of the month: 2:45:01 and Beyond! I had a lot of fun with this project.
  19. 1 point
    Double social distancing RR Last week – This was the weekend I was supposed to run the Asheville Marathon. As with every other race for the foreseeable future it was cancelled. I seriously debated over if I would run this virtually or not. Running marathon distance is hard enough in a real race, I wasn’t sure if I could even do it on my own, and I also wondered if it might be a bad idea considering how hard running that far can be on the immune system. I didn’t fully commit to doing it until I was actually running. Once I got going I felt pretty good, and I just kept going. I did stop my watch when I had to wait for lights and for a couple bathroom breaks. Unfortunately, after one of the lights I forgot to restart it until I got to the next light, so I lost a full mile on my recorded distance. I was running a route I have run probably hundreds of times, so I know I covered the full distance. I had some support from a Team in Training coach, though we maintained safe 6+ foot social distancing, I wasn’t fully solo. I ran it super easy, and I ended up barely being sore, so I feel like I didn’t risk my overall health too much. Timewise it was really slow. Initially I thought it was my second slowest marathon but later I realized that didn’t take into account losing that mile. With time for that additional mile it would be my slowest though I don’t know what my time really was. It’s all unofficial anyway so it doesn’t matter. All that matters is it didn’t cause me to get sick. Finishing my marathon. This week - Today I ran the 10k in the Loopville COVID19 race series. I ran this at a harder pace. Between being just a week after running 26.2 miles and the fact that it was 70* and 80% humidity it was a hard pace but mostly pretty slow compared to what I have been able to do in 10k races otherwise. I ran this at Forest Park in St. Louis which made the social distancing part difficult. Here, as in many other places the parks are fairly busy. I was mostly able to maintain distance by occasionally leaving the path as needed when people didn’t move over or when I was coming from behind them. It wasn’t perfect though, so I guess I (or they) lose points for that. I really need to get back into some speedwork. I just turned 37. I hope I still have PRs in me. Bonus Izzie pic - That darn ribbon was teasing her...but she did successfully catch it.
  20. 1 point
    It all just feels weird right now. You explained a lot of it really well.
  21. 1 point
    We have seen a lot of the same TV. Love Schitt's Creek. It's good to laugh.
  22. 1 point
    I haven't had any eye-averters, but giving others a wide berth is the norm, certainly. On Wednesday I was off the sidewalk for a quarter mile at one point to avoid the walkers. It's really different, seeing so many more out than is typical. Wonder how many of them will decide to keep doing it after this is over.
  23. 1 point
    This is crazy, Michigan's governor has just issued a stay at home order effective for 12:01 am tomorrow for all nonessential workers. Was at the supermarket this morning and some items of the shelves were pretty bare. I drove to Costco and the line was very long to get in. Last week I was able to get in 15 or 20 minutes. I know we need to remain calm ,doing are part to be following the guidelines, and to be sure the most vulnerable are protected and taken care of.
  24. 1 point
    This week was like a year!
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  26. 1 point
    Why not a loop mini Olympics, and that lets everyone do a variety of distances and you don't have to calculate equivalent race times. On the track: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1 mile On the road: 5K 10K 13.1
  27. 1 point
    Since I've slowed down so much, racing doesn't have the appeal it once did. But under the circumstances, I could probably go for a Virusbuster.
  28. 1 point
    No heart-shaped pizza for us, but we did go out to Old Town for a Valentine's Day "Paint 'n' Sip." I did a lot more sipping than Mrs. AB, but we ended up with reasonably compatible paintings. I hope you're having a good March as well; are you on the Covid-19 front lines in KC?
  29. 1 point
    Fun weekend except for the getting sick thing. Glad a few Loopsters got to race before the shutdown. Stay healthy.
  30. 1 point
    The heart pizza is amazing! Nice month in training! Do whatever makes you happy. Some of my favorite workouts have been just like your Tornado workout. varying the different exercises keeps my mind occupied.
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  32. 1 point
    Welp, my spring marathon plans are officially settled. Sugarloaf. It's in Maine. Close to nowhere, unless you live in Maine and like to ski. In October, when we were in New Hampshire, there were a couple of folks running that Saturday who were traveling to Maine the next day to run in Portland, Maine. I've never been one for back to back marathons, but I will admit I was tempted at the time. If our schedules/life/finances had allowed, I might have done it. Maybe I will someday. Also, that would have saved me a crazy trip to the middle of nowhere this spring. Not that I'm opposed to crazy trips anywhere. So, Mrs. Dave and I will drive out late Friday after work, stop somewhere in Canada for the night and then get to the scenic Carrabassett Valley Saturday afternoon. That's the plan. I picked Sugarloaf for it's schedule mainly, the weekend fitting in after I take T-Rex out to school in April and the week after we have a visit to Dallas for granddaughter #s' baptism. The first week of April was really the only option, but it was going to be a struggle for me to be ready by then. Someday I'll run another marathon with less than a full training cycle, but not this year. Actually I've been tracking two different plans over the past 4 weeks, one with a race the first week of April and another in mid-May. Plan A was pretty ugly, although I was getting reasonably close on the weekly mileage. And I was on track to have at least one 16 miler and a couple of 14s. That would have been so-so. The new plan, pushing out the May 17, puts me right on schedule for a full training schedule, including 3 16s as well as 3 60 mile weeks. And even with the slow start (thanks to Sammy the Hammy) in January, I've been at full mileage for the last 5 weeks, so it's all good. Sugarloaf has a very different elevation profile compared to New Hampshire, or any of my previous marathons, as it happens. Mostly flat for 5 miles, then 5 miles of climbing followed by 16 miles of downhill. Should be interesting, and hopefully fast. I like fast. So, over the last week, I've felt good enough to try mixing in the full set of speed work. Thursday - That was a dreadmill run. 7 miles watching the news. Friday - 28o and very windy. 20 mph sustained winds with 40 mph gusts. Fortunately, it was a west wind and I ran a north-south out and back, so I just leaned to the right on the way out and to the left on the way back. Saturday - 33o and sunny. Not much sun in SEM during the winter so this was a treat. T-Rex dissected the fetal pig for her anatomy class, went to Costco and then I watched the Olympic Trials. I assume everyone was as annoyed as I was when NBC interrupted coverage for the announcement of the Afghanistan treaty and coronavirus task force. That definitely could have waited another hour, especially considering the priorities of anyone watching the trials. Tell me I'm wrong. Then I went out for 10 miles at almost GMP because the Olympic Trials. Monday - 52o, cloudy. Wait - 52o? You read that correctly. Shorts weather on March 2. Wahoo. Tried to do better pacing than last week, where I crapped out at four miles. This was better in all respects. Felt better. More even pacing. The last two of the 5 tempo miles were tough, but I pushed through well enough. 7:59, 7:53, 7:56, 8:05, 8:00. Good. Tuesday - 48o and overcast. 6 miles of recovery. Wednesday - 46o and overcast. 9 miles with 8 x 800 repeats, averaging 7:40 pace, 7:29-7:50. The last one wasn't so great but I didn't want to push any harder. Hardest workout in a while. Thursday - 48o and sunny. 8 miles of recovery. BTW, this whole week has been run in shorts and one LS shirt. Glorious spring! This morning in the community facebook group, someone mentioned a guy running on a certain street and a large raccoon. I was on that street running in the direction she said, but I didn't see any raccoon. Based on some of the comments, it must have been another runner, because the animal in question was a couple of miles farther east than where I was. I never saw one anyway. Apparently it's mating season. "Only" 6 miles today and 14 tomorrow.
  33. 1 point
    Last year we started a new Valentine's tradition. We drove to the closest convenience store and bought each other full-sized candy bars. At least, I thought it was a new tradition. This time, when I got home and asked if she was ready to go, she sheepishly admitted that she'd already gotten me a Baby Ruth, because that's what she wanted. So I made a solo Speedyway run for a Snickers and we split them. That jagged cut makes your pizza look like a broken heart, which I'm sure isn't what you were going for. Good luck with the 5K plans. I sort of miss 5Ks.
  34. 1 point
    Nice that Mrs Dave is always up for the adventure.
  35. 1 point
    I'm in Maine every summer, but in the "populated" part. Hope training continues to go well!
  36. 1 point
    Having a race to target sure helps! :-)
  37. 1 point
    Ouch! Your fall looks like it was way worse than mine. But if I had to choose between that and 21 miles on a treadmill, I might choose the fall.
  38. 1 point
    That looks about as "in the middle of nowhere" as one can possibly be. Good luck.
  39. 1 point
    I bet it feels good to have a race on the schedule! I was furious when the trials got interrupted.
  40. 1 point
    Your doing great on your streaks lately....running streak...falling streak...and didn't you just move last year? I think your falling is especially improving though, its practically like you didn't even get injured 😁🤞
  41. 1 point
    178 miles with your FT job and grad school is amazing! I'm not sure how you do it all! BTW I love your cat pictures! So adorable.
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    That knee doesn't look so bad. Holy cow, that's a bunch of miles for January. But you're starting to look pretty fast again. BTW, we're 99% going to Sugarloaf, provided I can get Mrs. Dave to approve a place to stay before everything within 50 miles is booked.
  43. 1 point
    Those bigger mileages will make for a strong marathon, no doubt.
  44. 1 point
    Hey gang! I say yes quite a bit when I should probably say no to commitments. Buuuut, when the opportunity came up to pace Zooma Bermuda, I said yes. Zooma is an all-women's race series and they hired OnPace out of the Green Bay area to pace their races. I paced Zooma Great Lakes in Wisconsin in 2018 and 2019 with them and can't say enough wonderful things about them. They're also helping me with some more adventures later this year. I flew in Saturday afternoon and left early Monday morning. I could talk about flights, how uncomfortable I was at LGA, and all that, but that's not what you came for! Zooma had a 3 medal challenge for their races. If you ran both the Lighthouse Run and the Half Marathon or 10k, you got a 3rd medal: So, naturally, I ran both races. It was windy and rainy on Saturday, but my only thought was, "Hey, it's warmer than the midwest right now!" The original course was 2 miles, but it was shortened to 1.5 due to road work. It ended on the beach and we got medals and all-you-can-handle rum drinks from Goslings. The entire race I was beaming. Everything was so beautiful. I loved being by the ocean. The next day, I paced the 3:30 Half Group. My strategy was a 45 second walk, followed by a 30 second run. I misheard that we were supposed to go by our watches and not the mile markers, so I ended up at 3:31:29, which is disappointing, but the mile markers were really off at some points and non existent at others. If I were to do it again, I'd switch to a 45 second run and 30 second walk. Also might've been faster if I hadn't taken pictures, but when in Bermuda... There were chickens EVERYWHERE! I really wanted to see one cross the road... Temperatures were in the low-mid 60s. Perfect running weather. These ladies were my roommates! Thank goodness I could split a room with them because holy cow things are expensive in Bermuda. Like, think of how much something *should* cost, and then add $7-9 to it. The OnPace Pace Team! They're great folks. If you're at a race they're at, run with them because they will keep you inspired and entertained. We have a Sweeper pacer to help the last finisher, and 4-5 other pacers went out at the end so there was a giant pacer posse to run her in! Super awesome! I was not in Bermuda very long, but long enough to go to the beach and take a picture of the Bermuda triangle: (Side note: I was worried about getting the triangle through TSA, but they did. not. care. at. all! I even made sure we had a 2nd triangle for our band in case this one got confiscated) It was nice to get away, even for a little bit. Yesterday, the meteorologists were like, "LOCK YOUR DOORS! 6-10 INCHES OF SNOW!" and this morning they're like. "JK! LOL, it shifted. No snow." I mentioned other running adventures above. In 2020, I'm signed up to pace for OnPace in Vermont and Alaska, and pacing for the Marathon Maniacs/Half Fanatics in Oregon and Washington. I'll also be pacing our local marathon's half as the first run/walk 3:00 half marathon for the event. I'm pumped. I'm running my first marathon in 3 years exactly 2 months from now at the Illinois Marathon. This weekend is my first 16 miler and I need to wrap my brain around it. But, if I have good runs at 18 and 20, I'll have the confidence for the marathon. In between now and then I'm signed up for the Milwaukee Marathon half. My name is in the lottery for NYC and I am hoping for the best. Stay warm and stay safe out there!
  45. 1 point
    I did opt out when I signed up! They ask your preferred form of communication and they still texted me with pure marketing messaging, nothing relevant to class. I corrected them once (which is all it should take in my opinion), and they kept doing it. And quite frankly, I can get the same results with a $10 a month community center membership and Peloton's online bootcamp classes and no one is telling me I am on a journey to more life.
  46. 1 point
    If they need a 2:00 - 2:30 pacer next year I'm in! LOL Looks like a great time!
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    Just completed week 6 (8 total) of my heart/time based half train plan, repeating weeks 1 and 2 to time the 18 week plan for the Bayshore half on Memorial Day weekend. Weekly Total 36.8 miles, 6:05 run training time, 32 min strength training. Monday: 60 minute AB (Aerobic Base) run at my aerobic heart rate of 118 bpm, +/-5 bpm, run on a treadmill. 6.3 miles (by Garmin, usually a little more by the treadmill), average heart rate of 118 bpm. When I do these runs on the treadmill after I get warmed up I check my heart rate every couple of minutes and then determine if I need to adjust the treadmill speed up or down. I have to admit these are my favorite training runs, probably since they are the most relaxing from a breathing and heart rate stand point. I can tell my fitness is getting better as I am able to run at fast speeds at my target aerobic heart rate. Tuesday: 45 min AB, followed by 30 min MSD (Motor Skill Development) with a 6 min down, run on a treadmill. 8 mi, 1:22 of training time. The MSD training is were I run up almost my maximum speed and maintain for 10-15 seconds, at total of a little over 1 minute of running time and then slow to walk until my heart is below 110 bpm and repeat for time of the workout. I do these on a treadmill by starting at 7.0 mph for 12s, then 15s@8.0 mph, 15s@8.5mph, 15s@9.0 mph, 5s@9.1, 9.2, 9.3, & 9.4, and finally 15s@9.5 and the ramping the treadmill down to 3.8 until my heart rate recovers to < 110 bpm. Ending up being 13 intervals for 30 minutes. I find these easier than the mile repeats that I normally do for speed, since the intervals are shorter and I able to recover more. Wednesday: Rest Day, but I did 32 minutes of strength train. I am older and need it. Thursday: 30 min AB, followed by 30 min of LT (Lactate Threshold), with 1 mile cool down, run on a treadmill. 7.24 mi, 1:10 of training time. The lactate threshold run should be 10-15 bpm about your AB target heart rate. Based on recent LT workouts on a treadmill I ran the LT part of the run at 7.5 mph. I found this to be hardest workout of the year, and probably should have decreased speed of the treadmill as heart was rising during the LT portion of the run. Friday: 45 min MSD run with 1 mile warm up and cool down, run on a treadmill. 5.4 mi, 1:05 of training time. 22 intervals for 45 minutes. Saturday: 45 min AB followed by 29 min LT and 1 mile cool down run outside with my running group's 5 mi group runs at 8 and 9 am. About 5 mi and 43 min for the AB portion, and 5 mi and 43 min for the LT portion. Was able to run with a couple of the faster group runners for the LT run at 9 am. AB run portion: LT run portion: Sunday: Rest and writing bloop. This half training plan has been going pretty well this far as I don't have any major aches or pains, but is a lot more challenging than what I have been running lately. I am not sure if I will be able to keep this up, but will take one day at a time, and try to incorporate more sleep.
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    That smile of yours. Wow. We all need a joyful person like you in our lives.
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    We could have used you for a group photo on the beach! It's not easy fitting 7 people into a selfie when the person with the longest arms is blind as a bat, and the best selfie taker is the shortest person. And did you hear that Gov. Murphy ran the race? Not definite on my next race, but it will probably be a St. Patty's run of some type. I'm also eyeing the Cherry Blossom 10K in Newark on April 5, but it's Palm Sunday, so I'll have to see.
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