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  1. 10 points
    Last year I was a last minute substitute on the 100 on 100 team. After successfully completing my 16 miles I was so happy and excited that I volunteered to captain the 2019 team. We had ELEVEN individuals who wanted to be on the team! 11! That’s how much fun this relay is. I put out an email asking for 5 people to send me money to cover the entrance fee.... I received 6 payments. Derp. Suddenly we had more members than allowed. I tried to be brave and rationalize that it would be fine if I wasn’t on the team. “You’ll be in the middle of moving.” “You’ve got a 3 day race coming up in October so it’ll be good to save the cash.” My mind wasn’t listening to the BS. Sometime in May or June GonzoRunner said the Wife wasn’t going to be able to run due to the fact that she was growing a tiny human. I took her spot so fast . It was like a smash and grab job. I volunteered to pick up Gonzo from the Newark Airport on the Friday before the race. KRG was having a serious case of FOMO and messaged me and asked if there’d be room for her. “Absopositively!!” So our team was: Leg 1,7,13 - Mrs. Bear in the Big Brown House— ie. Paige - a last minute fill in for Amber. Paige is F-A-S-T! Leg 2,8,14 - was the new guy Mikey — as in “ask Mikey! He’ll like running up Killington!” - GonzoRunner Leg 3,9,15 - ApplePie Leg 4,10,16 - Bear in the Big Brown House - ie. Pat Leg 5,11,17 - SlowRunning Leg 6,12,18 - ME!! #1 Cheerleader/Domestique Extrodonaire - KeepRunningGirl I picked up KRG and GR from the Newark airport on Friday afternoon around 2:00. We promptly hit traffic. A 4.5 hour trip took us about 5.5. My dream of sitting on the beautiful deck of our AirBnb was dashed. SR was already at the house. Paige, Pat and AP were running late. We all met up at The Garlic for some pre-race fuel. I’m pretty sure GR was pretty tired of us saying “Remember when...” and then bursting into laughter, but he was a good sport about it. After dinner KRG cursed the AirBnb owner because they only had a Keurig machine with DECAF k-cups. Everyone went to sleep agreeing that we needed to get the start earlier than our prescribed 8:30 am start time. At packet pick up AP and I asked/pleaded to start at 8:00 rather than 8:30. We were told no due to congestion at the transition areas. AP being the rule breaker he is (drinking alcohol as a passenger in a moving vehicle ... oh wait! This isn’t breaking the law in Conneticut!! (Or DE, or 2 other states! Who knew!!) decided that we should just go out with the 8:00 am people. We got a group photo before sending Paige on her way. We didn’t make the rookie mistake that we did the 1st year and leave transition. We had GR in position before motoring off to cheer him on. Offered to ApplePie during his run: I’m hoping others will write their race reports (I’m looking at you SR, AP, GR and KRG!) so we’ll skip to my legs. I was running the same legs I had the previous year so I had a better idea what to expect. Leg 6 climb - 558 feet. You run up a smallish hill and then free fall down a WAY too steep hill just to climb back up. SR slapped the bracelet onto me and I was off. I was feeling good and knew just run the leg my way. I ran up the first hill and then had to brake down the back side because it was so f-ing steep! On the way back up the hill called the Big Dog Hill I ran when I could and walked when needed. I made up the time when the road flattened out. 9:17 pace for 5.58 miles. I’ve gotten somewhat better at running hills. I slapped the bracelet onto Paige and she was off! Waiting for Pat to come in....I swear my arms aren’t as big as they look...I think... Our usual waterfall picture The only way we are ever going to have a covered bridge picture unless SR gives up this leg. Leg 12 was as flat as Vermont can be 252’ elevation gain. I was worried about using the POP before SR came in. Last year I didn’t get a chance to use it before taking off and my colon is just dumb...really dumb. You’ve heard of stage fright, right? Well, my colon has racing fright. I managed to zip into the POP before SR came in. Only #1 successful. Sigh. SR slapped that bracelet on me and by now the band was squishy and slimy from the sweat. Ewww! I charged off, feeling good because I knew it was relatively flat - which suits me just fine! I had a few kills. I came on a runner who was obviously struggling . I got ready to pass her when a pickup truck pulling a full sized camper passed a slower car! He passed within 12” of us! The girl said if her heart was spiking before it definitely was now! It was so irresponsible of that driver. 5.12 @ 9:07 I got to transition just as the skies were changing. A few drops of rain had started to fall. The skies were rumbling. I slapped the band onto Paige and she was off on her uphill climb. Let’s just say poor, poor Paige...but she actually enjoyed it! By the time SR was on his final leg we were behind our expected finish time by 30 minutes or so. Race officials were at transition saying you wouldn’t be able to finish if our runner wasn’t in by 11:30. I threw out the suggestion that if SR was okay running his leg after we stopped and rehydrated him that we drive to transition and I would start early. The team was in agreement and SR said he was good with the plan so our van drove to the transition area 15 minutes before SR ran in. I asked KRG if she wanted to run with me. She jumped at the chance. We were so thankful that she had been there for us ALL damn day! It’s hard remembering that you need to refuel your runner midway. In the past Christine.Eliz and Jen.m.Yee have done this. KRG was most certainly MVP! KRG and I set off into the night after checking in and making sure the transition volunteer knew our plan. My colon was rearing it’s ugly head. I can’t even explain. If KRG wasn’t there I probably would have made a dash for the woods! Lol. On the uphills I made her walk and then on the downhills I’d pull ahead. I was SO happy when we hit the final turn into the Okemo parking lot!! KRG and I were chugging along when suddenly a van started to back up right into me! I slammed my hand on the rear of the van and yelled. Thankfully I didn’t get squished by them! We charged up to the entrance yelling out our team # “180 180!” because it was pitch black! AP, SR, GR, Paige and Pat all followed KRG and I into the finish. 4.89 @ 10:12 pace with 386’ of elevation. Best feeling ever! And yes, we’ve already signed up for next year!
  2. 6 points
    I was the official tagger alonger at this year’s 100 on 100 this past weekend a few weeks ago. It’s really hard to describe and I always sucked at writing about Loopmeets so I’ll just tell you a bit about it. This year the team was fivestarks, Apple Pie, the incorrectly named Slow Running and Pat representing the OG, and Gonzo Runner and Paige bringing in some fresh (and very fast) blood. Fivestarks had made arrangements to pick Gonzo Runner up from Newark Airport on her way to Vermont. She graciously offered to let me start my tagging along there. It was a nice ride up. I love hanging out with these two and usually catch about half the NJ references. I haven't seen Gwen since the NJ half and Steve since Peachtree last year so there was a lot of catching up. I was supposed to be studying a little on the drive (more on that later) but I wound up chatting with the two of them with my book open on my lap the whole way up. You would too if you had been there. I’ll briefly recap race day but for the most part if you weren’t there, it’s your own fault for missing it. Wake up early. Drive. Hop out of the van to cheer. Drive. Hop out of the van to cheer. Snacks. Drive. Cheer. POP stop. Repeat until well into the night. Of course, along the way, everyone is joking around and having fun. I found out that I am incredibly bad at recognizing our runners from far away. I also found out that Paige, who is married to Pat, is crazy fast and completely fearless. She stayed out running during an electrical storm that had us all hiding in the van and, I suspect, other teams packing it in for the day. My favorite part of the day happened at night when fivestarks suggested that I run the last leg with her. I haven’t run in weeks because my back went out again and, on a good day, I’m a lot slower than her so I was a little nervous. Plus I was in very retired running shoes and a bra bra not a sports bra. BUT how many times would I be able to run through the backroads of Vermont in the pitch black with fivestarks? (Okay, technically the answer is probably annually but hush) So after a bit of finessing of the situation and deciding that I was not a bandit – I was a pacer – ignoring the fact that that pace is slower, we were off. Two things – Gwen is really fun to run with, she kept us on a nice clip without it ever feeling too hard or making me feel like I was holding her back. And it was dark. Like pitch black. It was kind of fun on the uphills because getting to the top would be a happy surprise. The downhills were fun too until I’d shine my headlamp out to take a peek and then get intimidated by how steep the hill was. I’m going to abruptly leave off there because I have more to tell about. Edit: I am captaining the 2020 team and I have to admit that after a few years of doing this with various people on the team, it really sucks that there are only six spots. I know we say this every year, but can't we have two teams? Please? Maybe a 12 person van with two runners out at once? Or two mini vans but our runners run together so we can still all mix in together? I'm just saying... So, I am studying to take my GMAT so I can start my masters this spring. I’m excited and scared and I’ll probably have to rent out my place and live someplace cheaper while I’m doing it. That part sucks but I am looking forward to a change of pace. I pretty much have to relearn algebra and geometry and even a lot of basic math for the test. It’s taking all of my time just keeping up with my prep class so I am going to defer NYC this year. I was behind on training anyway because of my back and don’t feel like I have anything to prove by gutting it out again this year. Edit: I was really happy about this decision until I was helping my RB strategize meeting up with her people at the finish, etc. Now I'm a little sad that I won't be running it but not sad enough to want to go into it undertrained. Am I soft? Maybe but I'd rather not kill myself trying to finish and then have to come back mentally and physically in time for Atlanta. So, I'm just going to focus on Atlanta. I have some more plans as far as school goes but I don’t want to say anything about it yet. Speaking of training. I just haven't had it since 2017. I really need to just commit myself and BE CONSISTENT but between injury, life, depression, weight gain, weight loss, falling off the smoking wagon, depression, getting back on the wagon, trying to maintain actual real life relationships with other human beings, and all the other things, I just haven't had a good season. I know that those are all just excuses but it doesn't help me get past that either, ya know? Sometimes I look back and remember 2017 fondly - waking up before dawn every day, running while the sun came up, that feeling of being on top of things, of accomplishing things, seeing my paces drop, seeing speedwork and hill work and running on dead legs pay off, and I think about how much I want to be back there. But then... I think that that was all I had then. Running could be the most important thing because it was everything. Do I really want to be back there? Really? But if not that then what?
  3. 5 points
    August 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month: 375.8 - new monthly mileage PR! July 29-Aug. 4: 84.5 August 5-11: 87.3 August 12-18: 96.0 - new weekly mileage PR! August 19-25: 88.1 August 26-Sep. 1: 69.2 - scheduled cut-back week Races: August 31: Brookhaven 5K in 18:22 [splits of 5:48, 5:48, 5:59 (5:15 kick)] for 6th female (race recap coming). Although not the time I was aiming for, Sarah Kiptoo came to the race to break the Oklahoma state 5K record (which came with a very nice $$ bonus) but came up 1:04 short on the warm humid morning, and Brooks Beast professional runner Hannah Fields was 3rd in 17:48, which made me feel better. I never race well when the dew point is over 70! Although a slower pace than my 10K PR, it was the fastest I've run in a certified road 5K (I've run 18:18 twice but neither were certified), so it could have been worse! Post-race Workouts: August 1: 2 x 3 miles "moderate" (heart rate 150, no higher than 155), with 1:00 between during an 8 mile run. I hesitate to call this a workout, but it's faster than easy pace (although not hard, which I suppose is why it's called moderate, haha!). My mile splits were 7:19, 6:58, 7:01, 6:51, 6:57, 6:50 and I averaged right at 150, peaking at 156. The first mile was mostly up incline, which was why it was slower at the same HR. I used to run 6:5X all of the time and call it easy because I can hold a conversation just fine at that pace, but I'm learning more about the different HR zones and just because a pace is slower than tempo and you can talk doesn't mean it is truly easy! August 5: 12 x 30 sec hill repeats with wog (walk/jog) down the hill recoveries, within an 11 mile run. I continue to be amazed at how much my legs can burn from such a short time period of hard running! My grade-adjusted paces were 5:21, 5:02, 4:41, 5:05, 5:07, 5:18, 4:54, 4:51, 4:54, 4:49, 4:58, 5:03. A good title for this workout would be "the longest 30 seconds of your life", but I can tell hills are making me stronger. August 9: 5 x 1200 m in 4:09, 4:15, 4:19, 4:21, 4:23 with 3:00 recoveries (3 warm up with strides + drills, 2 cool down). My target time was sub-4:10, which was insane ambitious. Although my splits showed a solid regression, I was actually very excited about it because 1) I hit the insane target time for one rep, 2) I've developed enough speed to actually be able to start out too fast and fade on speed work (I used to be unable to get out too fast if I tried!), and 3) I split 2:46 and 2:47 for the 800 m splits on the first two reps, and I haven't run an 800 m in the 2:40s since high school! I used to be really reaching to run an 800 m in the mid to low 2:50s, even though I've run a 10K at 5:50. I also used to get pretty down on myself for not hitting my target times, but during this workout I embraced giving 100% of what I had that day and knowing that I was getting the benefits from it even if my times weren't as fast as they "should" be. It was 72* and 98% humidity, which isn't ideal, but we have those conditions pretty much every morning during the summer so it was nothing unexpected. Rebecca ran these with me and with no planning we ended up complimenting each other super well; she would get out faster and I'd be trailing for the first half of the rep, then I'd pull around her around the 600 mark and have a stronger second half. Always better together! August 13: 3 x (600 m, 30 sec, 600 m, 30 sec, 600 m) with 3:00 between sets (3.2 warm up, 3.6 cool down) in 2:07, 2:06, 2:08, 2:08, 2:08, 2:10, 2:11, 2:11, 2:11. This workout was in The Dew Point of Death (75*, air temp 78*) so I knew I'd need to adjust expectations and was happy enough with how it turned out. I was also out of town for work and ran on a track I'd never been to before that was about 10 minutes from my hotel, without my usual track work buddy. I've realized that I really struggle with negative splitting anything when it's humid out - as evidenced by my splits on every workout this month. Also, I would never have written a workout for myself that only had 30 seconds of recovery...ironically on August 5, those 30" hill repeats were the longest 30" ever, and during this workout the recoveries were the shortest 30" of my life. August 15: 8 mile wave tempo alternating 0.5 at tempo and 0.5 at MGP in paces of 5:56, 6:15, 5:55, 6:15, 6:04, 6:11, 6:03, 6:19, 6:05, 6:27, 5:58, 6:27, 6:08, 6:23, 6:21, 5:58 - 6:10 average for all 8 (2.3 warm up, 2.2 cool down). I have wanted to run a workout like this ever since I saw others running them on Strava, and I have given similar tempos to friends to do when I've helped them with training schedules, so I was really excited when I saw it on my schedule. It was sure a lot harder than running 8 miles at a steady 6:10 pace, that's for sure! The weather was on my side for this one, at 64*/dew point 63*, but I still faded some towards the end, and from 7.0-7.5 could not get back down to tempo pace - but after a straight mile at 6:22 I was able to kick it back to tempo for the final 0.5. This workout reminded me that one reason I love tempos and long races is because I get in a rhythm and stay there, which was not the case for this workout. August 20: 3 x (800 m, 40 sec, 400 m, 40 sec, 800 m) with 3:00 between sets in 2:51, 1:22, 2:50 / 2:50, 1:22, 2:50 / 2:52, 1:24, 2:53 (3.1 warm up with strides + drills, 3.6 cool down). It was "only" 73*, dew point 71* for this workout, and Rebecca and Scotty helped push me during it. Although I wished I could have kept the final set at 2:50/1:22, I was pleased with these results because they are much faster than I used to run 400s and 800s, with very little recovery within the sets. I've started looking forward to track workouts - they used to be my least favorite, but seeing improvements in my speed this summer has been very rewarding! August 24: 5 warm up, 4 at 6:25 (actual 6:22, 6:22, 6:19, 6:21), 4:00 recovery, 3 at 6:20 (actual 6:20, 6:14, 6:14), 3:00 recovery, 2 at 6:10 (actual 6:09, 6:05), 2:00 recovery, 1 at sub-6:00 (actual 5:55), 4ish cool down to 20.3 miles. I love workouts like this and it did not disappoint! I felt really strong, although I had to push to get that final mile under 6. Rebecca ran the warm up and 4 mile tempo with me, and it was 66 degrees, which almost felt cold. This was my best-fueled workout of the month, as I had Generation Ucan and nuun energy before, and nuun energy and an Accel gel during. August 27: 5 x 1000 m with 3:00 walking recoveries + 4 x 200 m with 200 m jogging recoveries in 3:33, 3:34, 3:39, 3:42, 3:41 / 0:39, 0:40, 0:40, 0:41 (3.5 warm up with strides + drills, 3.1 cool down). This was just not my day! I had a very stressful day at work the day before and woke up with a headache after getting minimal sleep the night before. If I hadn't been racing on Saturday I'd have bumped this workout back a day, but I just did the best I could with what I had! I ran this one solo, which is always much harder for me on track work, and it was 71*, dew point 70*. Doubles: August 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27, 29 Strides: August 7, 30, and at least a couple before all workouts and races. Strength work: Weekly totals of 2:26, 2:08, 2:00, 2:27, 0:58 Yoga: Weekly totals of 1:05, 1:00, 1:10, 0:34, 0:30 Favorite workout: The August 15 wave tempo, since I've wanted to try one for so long! August 20's track workout was a close second though...and you guessed it, I counted the August 24 workout as my favorite long run. Post-run tree pose Happy people who nailed 800s & 400s during a heat advisory Rainy run Long Runs: August 3: 17.1 miles (7:30). Another enjoyable easy long run! Kristen and Rebecca ran this with me (Kristen all 17 and Rebecca 15), and it flew by. I was supposed to keep my heart rate under 132 for the first half, and was close at about 135 (which meant around 7:40 pace); then for the second half I was allowed to go up to 145 and maintained about 142 (which meant about 7:20 pace). Heart rate is so interesting! It was 72 degrees and 100% humidity, much like every summer morning in Missouri, and I have no shame running with a Fuel Belt on easy long runs so that I can drink along the way. August 10: 18.2 miles (7:16). I felt a lot better than I expected on this run, which is always a nice surprise! I'd run a track workout the day before and it was HUMID, but it was smooth for the most part (I did get hungry at the end!). I let Kristen set the pace because she had specific pace goals and mine was just "easy", we talked the whole way, and the miles passed quickly. August 17: 20.3 miles easy (7:49). I was glad this one was easy by feel - my legs were quite tired en route to my weekly mileage PR for the week, in addition to the August 13 track workout and August 15 tempo, not to mention work travel and getting up at 4:30 a.m. 4 days this week. I mention all of those things because I sure felt them during this run, oy. I ran most of the mileage with Rebecca and Casey, which was awesome as always and I'm glad no one was pushing the pace. August 24: 20.3 mile workout, described above. Oddly enough I think this was easier than the easy 20 the week before. August 31: 12.2 miles with the Brookhaven 5K (yes, I did a 6 mile cool down, oy), and then I had 15 miles on September 1. Favorite long run: August 24! After my favorite long run! Running highlights/thoughts/randomness: Humidity is the poor man's altitude training! I really don't mind training in it, but I loathe racing in it. I look to information like this for comfort, but what really feels good is when times drop in the fall! I enjoyed this post on an Audience of One. This, which was linked in the Fast Women newsletter this month. My favorite sentence: "The race is simply each of you seeking your absolute best with the help of each other." How we feel about a dew point of 76* Life highlights/randomness: The first weekend of the month included back to school shopping. The second weekend we attended a wedding. Albani started 6th grade! I also started school - teaching again as an adjunct at Missouri State. We went to Silver Dollar City with family the third weekend. Since this is a running blog I also have to point out that I ran 20 miles before the excursions. #poortiming The last weekend of the month we went to the Oklahoma City area for a Labor Day getaway and so I could run the Brookhaven 5K (Friday and Saturday in this adventure were in August, while Sunday and Monday were in September, so more photos are coming in next month's post...). After middle school orientation Wedding-ready 1st day of 6th grade! Traditional pick-up photo - Albani unhappy about my sweatiness (her bus comes at 6:45 a.m.!) Traditional Bandit photo Ready for our day at Silver Dollar City Quick photo after they took the one they wanted to sell us Tired baby Soaking wet children My first day of school! Myriad Botanical Gardens Henry Overhoaster Mansion Myriad Botanical Gardens Books: Let Your Mind Run by Deena Kastor Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld Meb for Mortals by Meb Keflezighi The Joy Project by Tony Reinke Night by Elie Wiesel Lottery by Patricia Wood The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan Theme of the month: Summer of speed - because did you see all those track workouts I did? Plus I raced a 5K - enough said.
  4. 4 points
    It was supposed to be a trail run. Between the rocks, steepness, and my getting old, there was much more walking than running.. The snows of yesteryear await the snows of September. MapMyRun shows the average gradient as 7.8%. Maybe I can feel not so bad about it now.. Only one climb on the route, how bad could it be ? ha. One of the few runnable bits of trail, Once I could run all day up here. Now I have to take a rest, quite possibly more than one. Since I'm resting anyway and the fish are rising, usually pack in a rod and do a little fishing, while panting in the shade. Up at the end of the trail, a deep rocky lake below the Continental Divide. I heard voices, then saw four guys skiing down from the Divide on that dirty patch of snow. Saw them later and said it seemed like a lot of walking for a little skiing. They probably thought the same thing about my fishing.. Thunder rolled in and it was time to beat feet out again, past the pretty little streams. Torrential rain and hail on the way out. Usually September in CO is calm, mild and reliably sunny through the day. Now we broke the weather, anything can happen. On Saturday ran my annual race, 5k at church to fundraise for IOCC. Our friends Carl and Mary came to support the cause, Carl ran away from me (won in 20:18) and Mary walked with DW. My times at this race: 2013 22:37, 2015 23:25, 2018 24:27, 2019 25:50 A pattern emerges.. hm oh dear. Still running though, call it a win. I been warped by the rain, driven by the snow kicked by the wind, robbed by the sleet Had my head stoved in, but I'm still on my feet And I'm still, willin'
  5. 3 points
    Classes have started again. I'm taking Research Methods in Healthcare and Nutritional Epidemiology & Health. and Well, technically they don’t start until Thursday, but the courses are open and I have a discussion post due Thursday, so I’ve begun working. This week shouldn’t be too hard but once things really get going I’m sure I’ll be back to my routine of sleep, run, work, study – repeat (with meals and snacks in there of course). It may be less intense than last semester but the stakes might be higher because this sounds like it's going to really be the groundwork for my thesis. Between my last long run and the race yesterday I came down with a cold. It pretty much took over my Labor Day weekend. I had a sore throat on Friday, felt kind of ok on Saturday morning, but felt a lot worse by Saturday evening, all through Sunday and for most of Monday. I skipped running Monday morning, but by Monday afternoon I felt good enough to tackle some yard work that really needed to be done. Once I got started on that I decided I felt good enough to get the mowing done. That went ok, and by Tuesday morning I was back to running. Since this was the week before my half I was tapering I kept it short. Because I’d been sick I also kept it easy. Thursday I worked in some fun when I went to dinner and visited the Missouri Botanical Garden’s special summer event “Garden Party Nights” with a college friend who has just moved to the area. We went to a tapas (and pizza, and Italian) restaurant. We split four different plates of tapas, the most interesting (adventurous) was the charbroiled squid. The squid itself didn't actually taste like much, but the seasoning was excellent. The texture was well, chewy. Not bad, but I’m not going to seek it out in the future. Mmm (?) Squid... Friday I had to get everything packed for an overnight trip out to my parents’ house because I was staying out there since they are 12 miles from the start of the race vs. 60. That’s worth an extra hour of sleep. I also ended up doing a lot of work to help them out, since Friday nights mean getting ready for Saturday morning farmer’s market. So I ended up standing and walking around for 3 or so hours I more than I would have at home. (I don’t think this really hurt my race much.) Flat Angela is ready Saturday was race day. I got up at about the same time I do to get ready on a weekday. I had laid out my “flat Angela” the night before so I got ready quickly and was at the start an hour or so before the race started. It was clear and cool, but it warms up fast this time of year so I knew I’d be hot by the end of the race. My friend Margaret and her husband were also running (she was doing the half, he was doing the 5k). We don’t run close to the same pace, so we weren’t planning on running together but it’s always nice to have someone else you know at the race. The race started right on time with just under 200 runners. Pre race. Totally the opposite weather of last year... It’s a small race on country roads. They don’t close them, but there isn’t a lot of traffic. You still had to be more alert for cars than most races. I went into this race, even before I caught the cold, knowing a PR was out of the question. With the cold I decided was just going to run, and not push too hard. It was a beautiful day. This time of year there are lots of flowers (mostly yellow) blooming along the side of the road and much of the race was just lined with flowers. TONS of yellow sunflowers (and other yellow flowers) along the route with a few purple flowers like the second picture thrown in... At one point we ran past a pasture with a few cows, and they were some of the biggest crowd support we had – it was funny how intently they were watching everyone run by. Since I kept it relatively easy I felt really good until about mile 11 when I started to get hot. But I was also trying to increase the pace just a little at this point. This is a fairly hilly race (for around here). I think we had over 900’ elevation gain (with 900’ loss as well since it’s a looped course.) I finished in 2:21:45. A personal worst for the course by about 6 or 7 minutes. The first three years were all within a minute of each other. I really hope this slower time was because I wasn’t pushing as hard – otherwise I’m slowing way down, and way too soon. This is probably the best weather out of the 4 years – last year was crazy rain and strong winds. That is a BIG medal. I wasn’t at all sore today, so that was the good side of not pushing too hard. I have another half in 5 or 6 weeks. I would like to push harder on that one. A PR still is going to be out of reach – I’d need faster than 1:59:10 to do that. Right now I don’t think I could hold that pace for much more than a 10k.
  6. 3 points
    Eyes forward, KRG. Plenty of good times (running and otherwise) ahead.
  7. 3 points
    I've been running this series for several years now. It's a series of 5 x 5k trail races from mid July to mid August. It is completely free put on by the Vineland Park and Rec Department. People of all different ages and abilities show up to take part. The Vineland Cross Country kids use it to get into race shape. Marine candidates have used it for PT. Moms and Dads who want to get some exercise run it with their kids. This race has some seriously fast little kids -- 13 year old ran a 24:05!! A 10 year old ran a 26:59! Crazy! The race has had tough weather this year. Two of the nights got cancelled for lightning. The race organizers could only reschedule one of the nights so this year was 4 x 5k series. I wasn't really sure what to expect last night. My left achilles/calf have been bugging me ever since I ran the road 5 miler 10 days ago. I've been laying off of running since last Thursday. I've biked some, tons of stairs and lifting <== all that because I'm moving. LOL (Side note: I'm so happy I can bike again! I haven't gone long but I did a bridge loop (22 miles) the other day and all was good the next day! The bridge loop has 4 bridges in it.) Last night's race: I did a little warm up jog and stretched everything out really well. My achilles/calf/heel I felt during my warm up. Ugh. The gun went off and there I was shooting out just like every other week. I guess I'm not going slow! I passed my usual people and settled into a very uncomfortable pace... and I was already regretting this by mile .3! We race down the street onto the grass around the stake and back onto the street. There's a slight uphill until you make a left and go down the loose dirt/gravel road. This section gets pretty puddle-y and normally I would try to keep my feet dry but as I was passing someone I stepped right into a puddle. Well, through the puddles for the rest of the race! We go around a stand of trees and through a grass field and make an immediate right so we can run up the little hill sideways. (Thanks, RD) Make an immediate left to a water station - um no, please just throw the water on me! It was humid AF (first time I've ever used that but seems appropriate here). Then we are back onto the road and hit mile one as we pass over the start line. 8:02 per my Garmin. I never look at my watch during races. Seems pretty pointless. If I'm not going as fast as I would like there's pretty much nothing I can do about it and if I'm going too fast I can't slow down because my legs NEVER listen. Mile 2 goes down the road, to the grass, around the stake, back on the road again but then heads left into the woods and around the lake. It's complete dirt and roots -- single track or double track <== is that a thing??) The trail undulates a bit but only 3 or 4 bigger (still pretty small) drops and climbs. This lady who always beats my by 10 - 15 seconds caught me here and I never caught back up. I stared at the back of her head for the whole rest of the race! Ugh! She's this short powerfully built Hispanic lady. Somehow we had shaken ourselves out into pretty much the correct order by the time we hit the trees. I think I passed one person and didn't get passed right until the end. Anyways I was dying on the inside, wondering if I was going to have to walk. Mile 2 -- 8:46. (It's always slower due to hills and trail) By the time I was finally on the other side of the lake I was just trying to convince myself to keep going. (I've managed to not walk during one of these races this summer! A PR for me! lol) The trail descends out of the woods to the stand of trees (that we raced around earlier) and then we head back through the field of grass, around the fence, sideways up the hill, past the water stop (please just throw it on me!!), onto the road, to the grass, around the stake, to the road and then one little last uphill to the finish line where I got passed by not 1 but 2 people! I have no finishing kick! Pace of 8:34 Final time of 24:34 -- a course PR of 25 seconds!! Wahoo! 4th overall female of 46, 1 of 6 in 50-59 AG. The course always measures short on my Garmin at 2.9-2.96 but last night my friend used Strava to track and the course measured at 3.06. I'd love it if the 3.06 was the actual distance! I won my AG for the race series. The lady who finished 2nd in the 50-59 AG kept me on my toes as she would finish each race less than a minute behind me. With Strava it keeps track of your history on courses that you've previously run. Fun to see my history on this course: 2016; 26:56, 26:18, 26:42, 25:46, 26:16 2017: 27:24 (right after my hamstring tear -- should've never run this one) 2018: 24:59, 25:20 2019: 25:28, 25:45 (It was 100*!), 25:09, 24:34 Fun to see the improvement! Thanks, Strava! Next up: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! The Vermont 100 on 100!
  8. 2 points
    You are right, you don't want to do a race undertrained, unless it's like a 5 or a 10K. I support this deferral 100%. That's so exciting about grad school! It was my favorite time in life AND one of the most pivotal! I was also 24-25-26, so you know, it was probably more the age thing than the grad school thing. I digress. This is worthless information for you. +1 Sarah on running. It's there however you need it.
  9. 2 points
    Every time I complain about life getting in the way, I remember - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans" (John Lennon). I've managed to get in a lot more living remembering that. I already can't wait until next year.
  10. 2 points
    Sounds so fun! Running will always be there, in whatever capacity is best for you at different times. It always lets you come back!
  11. 2 points
    There's always something. Life's like that, isn't it? What's to prevent two teams (or three) of Loopsters in this race? Seems like there's enough interest. My writing has gone way downhill the last couple of years, too. I feel like I shot my whole wad from 2010-2016. Now it's just, "Ran a bunch and got stung by wasps." Who even wants to read that? And don't even get me started on Instagram.
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  13. 1 point
    You can gain a ton of fitness in 5-6 weeks - go get ‘em!
  14. 1 point
    That interval workout is great! I’m with you on being able to spend months marathon training but could never do something like Beach Body. Also I was sad to hear ELP was closed due to flooding.
  15. 1 point
    Interesting interval workout (the longer run, shorter rest one). Sounds really hard. Glad you continue to show MJ who's boss.
  16. 1 point
    I love that the cows were the biggest source of crowd support … Congratulations on another solid 13.1!
  17. 1 point
    Do we get to know what marathon? I'm always surprised with myself when I do speedwork as well. Isn't it a great feeling (when it's over)?
  18. 1 point
    Great weather for a nice, relaxed half. Time to hit the books.
  19. 1 point
    You are coming on really strong now at the end of summer. Excellent. My favorite lately was last week's 3 x 3200 with mile recoveries Nailed the paced and felt strong at the end. Second place goes to my 16 miler on Saturday (which I expect to bloop tomorrow) with 4 fast finish miles. Slightly cooler temps are coming at just the right time to make me feel good about New Hampshire. BTW, impressive new truck.
  20. 1 point
    My favorite August run was probably the long run I did starting at my house running all the way to the Missouri River and back for a total of 13.3 miles. It was slow, but the goal of getting to the river and back made it one of the more interesting runs I did.
  21. 1 point
    Gwen is great to run with! Good luck with getting ready for grad school. My program didn't require the GMAT (or any other test). I'm a year in. It's been a challenge. The nutrition program I'm doing is all online. It allows me to keep working, but it scares me sometimes that places are going to look at my degree and think it's trash. (It is a an accredited, nonprofit school with a real physical campus that has a very good reputation but still...)
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  23. 1 point
    What can I say? I'm a rebel. I've run ten on Eight Mile before.
  24. 1 point
    I opened up my Google doc and realized I still have a 3/4 written NY Marathon report I never finished. Was so much fun I won't mind reliving it a bit. Working on it.
  25. 1 point
    Isn't it sacrilege to only go 6 miles on 7 mile road? Just seems wrong. Glad everything is feeling better.
  26. 1 point
    Good seeing you too! Good luck in the marathon!
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  28. 1 point
    Two teams just never materializes. My writing has gone downhill? 😉 Meh. I'm out of practice now that I never write anymore. PS I'm not sure I can live in a world where you say, "shot my whole wad," Dave. haha
  29. 1 point
    Even when it's 66* and 100% humidity (which is what it was for my workout this morning), it's SO much better than 70*+ with a dew point of 70*! I've decided 70 is about where it becomes the dew point of death, for me at least. Your work is solid and you definitely need to register for your 26.2. In regards to the Yassos, Bart himself says they are like you described, a solid workout. He never intended them to be a marathon predictor, so it's kind of funny people debate that (the marathon time = Yasso time is just a way to get your target time for the 800s). No one can argue how hard 8-12 x 800 m fast is!
  30. 1 point
    This was SO MUCH FUN!!!! Running the last leg with you was icing on the cake!!! Also, you reminded me that I have a half written half rr waiting for me to finish it.
  31. 1 point
    Great looking group! Good thing that band didnt have to go around your biceps or it would have bounced of!! Lol!
  32. 1 point
    I look forward to reading about this every year! If I'm ever living back on the East coast....
  33. 1 point
    Best title I’ve seen lately! Also sounds like an amazing experience.
  34. 1 point
    Had my own experience with Vermont hills in May. Ick. And of course I'm going to New Hampshire now for more punishment. What a dope. Maybe I should start getting some stair work in since I'm not really doing any hills lately. This VT100 thing has turned into quite the tradition. Be proud of those guns, my friend.
  35. 1 point
    Tried to run a 7 mile tempo yesterday. The warm up mile was slow, slow, slow. Usually I have a bit more pop on Monday after Sunday off. Figured it would shake out like normal. Nope. Felt like I was carrying twenty extra pounds. WTH? After the first half mile I slowed, thinking maybe I'd just do the 9 as a slow run, but just a few steps later I slowed to a crawl, stopped, then just headed back home. Stopped at the Speedway to use their facilities and thought maybe I'd finish off with the Laurel Park Loop, to give me 5 easy ones if I couldn't do the 9. Crossed the street at the light, and a half mile later turned left to cut the whole thing to 3-1/2. So, what the what? This was after 5 hours in the car, driving home from the weekend with the granddaughters. I don't recall having any particular fatigue from driving. And I didn't even drive the whole way. Just half. Hadn't spent the drive eating junk food, either. It was cool with a light rain, so conditions were as good as they've been in weeks. GD#1 came down with some strep throat on Saturday, but I've had no symptoms myself, unless this crazy fatigue is one. Last Wednesday was a weird one. 11 miles total, with 6 x 1600 and 800 recoveries. All 6 were under 8, and 3 at 7:30. Drenched in a downpour in the middle of the 3rd one, which was fun. Thursday's easy 10 turned out to be about 8 with a 2 mile WOS (walk of shame). I was just gassed. It was warm but not humid so I figured it was going to be a nice, easy one. Left over from Wednesday? Friday I got up early and did 6 before we left for Kentucky. Nice, nice, nice. Cool and comfortable. Way better than Thursday. Right after that we drove down. DS1 got a promotion and they're moving the family to Dallas (Mckinney) next week, so this was our last chance to have a visit be a quick weekend drive. Not that we've seen them very often anyway, with his travel schedule for the last few years. Anyway. Saturday morning had 16 on the training plan, and while I couldn't justify that much time on the road in Lexington, I did get in 10 easy, relaxed, comfortable miles early in the morning before spending the day with them. There was a neighborhood association picnic, and then a couple of hours at the pool. I haven't spent any time at a pool in I couldn't tell you how many years. Some diving, although none of them pretty. I did win the family cannonball contest. They had a 20 foot climbing wall that I accepted the challenge to scale. I wasn't 100% confident there, either, but I did make it to the top both times I tried. Nothing like the 9 year old, but not bad for an old man. Sunday was quiet. No running. No sun. No serious activity. I got decent rest all three nights. So I'm at a total loss why yesterday's tempo was such a complete bust. And this morning I woke up feeling like I needed another 2-3 hours of sleep. Today is warm and humid. Don't imagine I'll be trying to add anything to the 7 on the schedule. At least it looks like the worst of the summer is over, so the weather should be giving me a break after this. Can you believe it's less than 6 weeks to race day?
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  37. 1 point
    My go-to running Halloween costume is a fork in the road (gray shirt with a white or yellow line down the middle & a plastic fork stitched on it) or a copy cat (cat ears & a shirt that says "copy").
  38. 1 point
    Some phases of life don't allow for running as much as we'd like. There's light at the end of this tunnel, though. Hang in there.
  39. 1 point
    Sounds like school and running are going well. Kudos for surviving and thriving in Year 1!
  40. 1 point
    1) Every time you use SIL i read it as sister-in-law. Anyone else? 2)What's a gar??? 3) Love the mural! The colors are amazing. 4) Solid week of running and I could totally use that road where there are POPs every 1/4 mile. Let's just say I'm a little jealous.
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    Just to let you know, the lows both mornings this weekend here in KY (at least where I am) are supposed to be 58 degrees. That might be almost fall-like, if you can find a way to get out the door on your visit. I am definitely going to take advantage of it with hopefully 20+ miles for the weekend. Probably half with my running group and half on trails.
  42. 1 point
    Congrats on the AG!!! I love that you smoked your 2016 times!!!
  43. 1 point
    When I laid out the plan for a fall marathon, I of course penciled in a Saturday for a half on the 17th of August, the end of week 10. Despite the fact that with an early October race, this would make it a half marathon in the middle of August. What kind of idiot runs a half marathon in August? This kind, of course. Then, to complicate matters, Big Mac and the new SIL planned a visit to the mitten state. Although he's a well-traveled young man, he's never been to Michigan. Why they thought the middle of August was a good time to do it, I haven't had a chance to ask yet, but whatever. They're coming. And they're coming next weekend. August 17. Since I couldn't move their date, I did the only thing a man who's been married for 37 years can. I moved my race. The week after turns out to be the only weekend we have to visit the granddaughters in Kentucky ... FOREVER, since they're moving to Texas next month! (Promotion for DS1, so yay for them, but Dallas is a long ways.) Move it another week? That would certainly be an option, but it so happens that the 40th annual Run Thru Hell was scheduled for August 10 this year. A week earlier than I'd prefer, but "only" ten miles. Seemed like a reasonable substitute to assess where training is about half way through. The Hell Creek Campground (next to Hell Creek Ranch, just outside of Hell, Michigan) is about an hour from the house, far enough from the city to make you wonder why you'd ever live around all those people. It's a nice drive, too. They announced about 500 runners between the 10 mile Run Thru Hell and the 4.8 mile "weinie run". I got up at 5:30 (my normal weekday alarm time), had a leisurely breakfast and collected my gear, forgetting nipple bandaids, and extra shirt and a towel. You'd think one day I'd make a list so I wouldn't forget things. But I always forget to do that. Arrived in Hell with 45 minutes to spare, walked over and got my bib. While I'd just looked up my number to be sure I wouldn't ask for the wrong one, I still switched the last two digits and asked for 368 instead of 386. So, small moment of panic when they couldn't find me. Took a little 2 mile warm up. My plan was to so a couple before the race and a few after, giving me a 15 mile total for the day. It's been a few years since I ran here and I'm always surprised by the hills. I determined to go slow and even walk if the effort became less than comfortable. I'd only missed three days of training with the pulled muscle, but almost three weeks of less than planned mileage and no speedwork made me wary. I was not where I'd hoped to be nine weeks in. And since this was my first week back at full training miles, my legs were feeling it already. Arrived back with just enough time to stop at the POPs. This would be my only chance, too, since they didn't have any on the course and requested the runners not to stink up the neighboring farmland. There were no clouds, but the temps were low enough to be encouraging at least. Lots of trees for most of the route as well. I didn't need to check the humidity. I could tell it was pretty high. Not as bad as most of the summer, but no joke after a few miles. I lined up in the middle of the pack, given my low expectations. 9:00 miles? I'd hope to average about that and maybe push it on the second half. That was what my brain said anyway. Turns out my legs had a different plan. The first two miles were in agreement with my head. Easy on the early first mile (9:05) and a half climb, then an smooth cruise down through mile 2 (8:18). Most of the runners around me were at or near the same pace, so I was happy to have chosen my starting spot wisely. Plenty of shade. I remember there was more sun in the second half, including a stretch with it in my face, so there was that to look forward to. Mile 3 was mostly flat, 8:38. 8:24 for mile 4, which had more drop than climb and would turn out to be my last good mile of the morning. Oops. Mile 5 starts out with a significant drop, but it's just a tease, because then it follows that up immediately with the steepest and longest climb of the race. 90 feet in about a third of a mile. I expected my legs to protest about here, but I wasn't quite ready for how loudly they'd be screaming. No worries, though. I'd just walk up the worst part of it and recover on the way down. Mile 5 - 9:24. Not bad. That sort of worked for the next mile, from 4-1/2 to 5-1/2. which happened to be a gift back from 90% of the previous climb, except then then next hill was right there and I was toast. I don't have to get all the way to the end of a run to tell things are going to be ugly, and I knew the second half of this one was going to be the kind that makes me wonder if I should just give up running altogether. I'm obviously no good at it anymore. Mile 6 was 9:14, and the last of the serious hills, but the damage was done and it was fatal. My race was over. My Garmin pace chart looks more like an EKG, with shorter and shorter high points. And the sun! Don't even get me started on the sun. In my face and it seemed there was no place to hide. What happened to the trees? I struggled through as best I could. Water at every stop. Down my throat and over my head. I'd forgotten my 5 mile gel until 6-1/2. Not that it would have done any good. Final 3 miles - 9:37, 10:42, 10:10, 10:18. Drank another gallon of water at the finish, choked down a couple of cookies, stumbled to my car for the Gatorade I'd brought with me. The race only had water, btw. Then went to check my official time. 1:33:50, just like I had on my watch. And - surprise - 5th in my AG. Normally this would not be a cause for celebration, and after this awful of a run, I didn't care a whole lot. But one thing this race does different than any others I can think of is pass out a boat load of hardware. No finishers medals, but 6 deep trophies for all age groups. So, I got a trophy. 🤣 Anyway, back home for a long nap and cutting the grass while I licked my wounds. As far as having an idea of where I am with training, I have a long, long way to go. And some serious thinking about my pacing plan for New Hampshire. Maybe I'll feel differently in a few more weeks then the summer starts to wind down, but today I'll admit I'm a little discouraged.
  44. 1 point
    Is it better to have a less than optimal race in a place called Hell than one called Nirvana or Bliss or Wonderfultown? Who knows. Trophies are nice so congrats on that! 👍
  45. 1 point
    I’ve been following very loosely a RunSmart training plan. By loosely I mean if it says run 6 at 9:11 pace I run 6 however quickly or slowly I feel. It’s been hot and I’m mostly running on trails so I figure I can be loose with the pace. I’ve been using my Vineland Trail 5ks as “speedwork.” This past weeks race was canceled due to lightning and general flooding. Boo!! I did some speedwork on Friday. The speedwork was 8 x 400s. I ran them between a 7:35-7:50 pace. I was just trying to hold a good pace and not kill myself. They felt pretty good. On Friday my husband and I went to Philadelphia overnight and stayed with friends. On the way home the shore traffic was backed up on the AC Expressway. Waze had us get off and take a side route. Sadly traffic was backed up there too. The car behind us didn’t realize everyone had stopped and plowed right into the back of us. I was in the passenger seat holding my phone. My phone and sunglasses went flying. The phone hit the dashboard and ricocheted right into my cheek. You can’t make this up. So now I’m sporting a nice shiner. On Sunday I woke up and felt pretty good until my back popped out. Not sure if it was from the accident or just age. In case you’re wondering I’m lining up all of the excuses of why my race might not go well— speedwork, hot, black eye and back pain. The race wasn’t until 6:30 pm so I had time to stretch, roll my back (which popped back into place FTW!) and hydrate. I borrowed my husband’s car to get to the race. It was so humid and hot that I thought about just going home, but since I still needed ~6 miles I decided I’d just run easy if that’s all I could manage. Very small race ~ 150 people for a 2 mile or 5 mile race. The gun went off and my legs took off. I haven’t done much running on pavement so I was interested to see how it would go. The race was in the very southernmost part of New Jersey— Cape May. We ran mostly along the water and a few neighborhoods. The turn around point was at the Cape May Ferry Terminal. I could hear the loudspeaker announcements for cars and passengers to load the ferry. It brought back good memories of Rehoboth. The 1st mile I felt pretty good and clicked off an 8:20. The 2nd mile was another 8:20. The 3rd mile it was so hot. I was taking water and sipping some and dumping some on my shirt. Mile 3 - 8:34. By mile 4 I had caught up to a young girl who was clearly over the race. We leap frogged back and forth- she walked, I walked and then she walked again. Mile 4 was my worst “I’m over this” mile at 8:44. For the final mile we turned into a neighborhood that had some blessed tree shade. I was able to pick it back up. I came up to barricade that had a cone pathway through it so I thought we went straight. The policeman who was standing there didn’t say a word. Thankfully a volunteer down the street screamed at me that I was supposed to turn. I had enough kick that I actually charged into the finish line - 8:23. 5 @ 42:31 ~ 8:30 pace Pretty happy with that! Getting there!
  46. 1 point
    PR baby, wahooooo! And seeing you this weekend for a 100 mile relay, double wahooooo! 😀
  47. 1 point
    Course PRs always feel so good!
  48. 1 point
    It's an odd feeling when you personally have a crap race but still wind up with an AG award. Hopefully September brings cooler temps and a better gauge for pacing in October.
  49. 1 point
    I wouldn't give much credence to any race time during August - especially in a place called Hell.
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