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  1. A few incarnations ago, I lived in a little town in the hill country of Tejas. I would meet up every weekend in San Gabriel Park with a couple of other guys to go for the weekly long run. We called ourselves the San Gabriel River Runners, a club that ebbed and flowed, but was basically the three of us. I was an environmentalist left wing zealot journalist save the world vegetarian ultraliberal. One of my companions was an average older working guy. The other owned a rock quarry next to the highway, constantly digging an ever-growing gash in the beautiful countryside. He flew his own plane, drove a Mercedes, was crazy rich. Pretty much everything I hated. But here's the weird thing. On Sunday mornings, he was just another runner. Old shoes, goofy shorts and shirts, enthusiasm for suffering. We would run in the heat and snow and rain, and then go to the little town's only McDonald's for pancakes. He was a genuinely nice guy. We disagreed on some things, but we had that common ground -- the love of running. I never saw him outside of those Sunday morning outings, so to me he was always just a runner. I think that's why runners make the best friends. You start out with something you both believe in and passionately love. It's the perfect common ground to build a relationship on, to find out people can have different beliefs than you without hating them. In a world that has become so divisive and full of hate, running allows a sense of community and love to sneak in through the road less traveled. I think the world would be a better place if we looked a little harder to see what we have in common, and less to see what drives us apart. But then wine seems like a good option also ...
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  2. So amazing. I think that means we're famous too.
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  3. Mr Bacon - loved his writing. How to catch a bird from your fireplace. Shoes, shows, shoes. So funny
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  4. So much hurt inside all of the circles of my life in the last few years. Would be such a comfort to have a safe haven from that again. A thought: Remind people that a place like this is still here if they want to come.
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  5. Garbo, if you make me cry like this one more time I may have to put you back in Loop jail.
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  6. bike was 38min for 12.5 miles, swim 7min for 300yd. Usually I can swim about 4:10-20 for 300yd, this included the run up from transition and the run back down to finish.. some of which I may have walked, ha. when I was young I ran shirtless because I had abs and didn't care. In my 50s as the flab appeared I got self-conscious about it and invested in a number of run singlets. Now I'm old enough not to care much anymore.. in fact have also gone back to swim training in a Speedo brief, which makes people avert their eyes I think ;-)
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  7. Great RR -- although I want details of bike and swim pace! Lol! Also I've got bike envy! Your Cervelo is super pretty! Sorry about Covid. Just take your workouts super easy. I know a bunch of people who have had it and said it's super hard to get the lungs back.
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  8. The sure way to get back to running: buy a very expensive customized bike.
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  9. Really appreciate this right now, since I'm not able to run and just hoping to get back on the roads at least once more before I hang up the Hoka's for good.
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  10. That Father Time guy really chaps my hide. Congrats on getting back in the game.
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  11. I think I read this somewhere once: "Don't think about that anymore now. Think about something nicer. Think about cookies."
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  12. No one has ever said, "gee, I wish I'd started that marathon faster." Start slower and crank it down later if you feel good. For me personally, overall volume is the most influential factor on my marathon performance, so I'd be very conservative early on if I was in your shoes.
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  13. BTW, 8:48 is going to feel awfully slow. You know that, right?
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  14. This is an easy one, since it's Boston. Early miles are going to be fast no matter what, so plan for it that way. First 10k at 8:48, 9:00s from there to the hills, then see what's left after Heartbreak. Hope to see you there that weekend. We'll be working bib pickup Sunday morning.
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  15. I suggest you sprint from the start whilst carrying a log on your shoulders
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  16. My minimum walking temperature is also much, much warmer than my minimum running temperature - same goes for biking and elliptigoing, and really just for leaving the house in general. 😉 Never give up!
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  17. and ok, mostly i stopped by because i wanted to smack some light bulbs before the season is over ...
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  18. {this reply has been removed by Loop moderators due to its extreme mushiness, per rule 23.7 "no extreme mushiness allowed.}
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  19. Maybe you start with a commitment to run 1 mile and see how it goes? Sometimes we longtime runners view 3 as an absolute minimum, but for the rest of the world, 3 can be long way. In any case, please be nice to yourself. ❤️
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  20. Great job being stronger than your excuses!! That's the way I trained for my April marathon. Even if I felt awful I would make myself get on my treadmill and I just started at a really slow pace. I usually ended up cranking up the pace and having a pretty good run. Don't think. Just go.
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  21. Just fucking get out there. Today. Love, Brad PS> Nice to see you.
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  22. I randomly read some Mr. Bacon posts at: http://therealmrbacon.com/2014/06/06/literally-all-ive-got-going-on-right-now-its-science/ <-- enjoyed this one again just now! Sadly, nothing has been posted since 2016, but the old posts still make me laugh!
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  23. Saw a fb update from JW a few months ago. He looked well and happy then. Ditto the brilliance of Bacon. I also miss when I wrote a lot and some of it was interesting and even funny (at least to me).
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  24. bob is in oregon. wrote me when i was there last month in an effort to meet up, apparently still under the illusion i’m an actual person. gonzo recently reacted to a photo of me with a questionable beard when i was younger in which i wondered if it made me look psychotic. he posted photo of himself in similar psychotic beard, which only seemed to reinforce my point. so at least those two are still ok. worst part about facebook was discovering that some of the people here were actual humans and not just more aliases i hade made up in late-night drunken stupors.
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  25. i would say something snarky here, but I'm still on probation.
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  26. Those were the days, weren't they? I miss them. I miss you. I miss a lot of things.
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  27. That was fun to read. Your loop name is definitely obsolete!
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  28. Very sorry to hear this. I had to stay away from all forms of exercise after dealing with chronic itbs injury where my hip was aching all the time even while not running. After seeing all kinds of doctors, many imagings done, three different PTs over two years period, I just stopped everything including stretching and strength workouts for about 2 months resting completely. I build back gradually starting with my PT workouts then slowly increase my milage and incorporated strength exercise too. I have flare-ups here and there but never lasted more than for few days. I hope the complete rest will do you good. And be patient coming back. Good luck!
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  29. Congrats on finishing #1 in your AG, and pushing on after the disappointing swim. Good Luck at Worlds in Lahti.
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  30. Congratulations! Maybe you can market your training plan.
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  31. Calories are so minimal for us short women. Lots of fresh produce and good quality protein- chicken, tuna, fish. Minimal carbs. Weight will come off especially with your running and lifting (I think you lift?) Muscle burns more calories.
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  32. I agree, there are always many things to be thankful for if we choose to think about it.
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  33. A day at the game is always better than a day at the office.
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  34. Congrats! Did you see Tommy Rivers?
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  35. Congrats, great perseverance and deterimination.
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  37. All I can say is respect the marathon, especially since it sounds like you haven't put in a lot of miles.
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  38. I used to run in everything.. last month in MN I decided that I was no longer running in single digit temps, and did laps indoors at U of MN's beautiful facility.. ugh on the diabetes and meds. I'm pre-diabetic apparently despite forty years of running and triathlon.. last week was cross-country skiing with some friends, we were comparing our heart EKG apps on the phones. Steve (67) then said, "but wait till you need the blood glycogen ones too !" gee thanks Steve.. My old doctor retired. My new doctor said, you can control this with diet and exercise. I lost it a bit.. if I exercised any more I'd need to retire to get the workouts in, been eating clean for decades now..
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  39. I would love to get together! I'll be there Friday through Wednesday.
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  40. So very excited for the Boston pro selection. Mrs. Dave and I will be there to see DS1 running his first Boston. Maybe we'll have a chance to touch base for a few minutes. I expect you'll be pretty busy that weekend.
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  41. Goal: don't get last in the pro field, which will be a tall task! Thank you for the shout out.
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  42. that is the sweetest story.. best thing I've heard all year ;-) so sorry about Brady. My poor old dog got cancer, still missing him.. https://dkretzmann.blogspot.com/2021/01/a-good-dog.html
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  43. May 2022 be a big rebound year for you.
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  44. Thank you!!! She is amazing!!! I can’t believe how lucky I am! Thank you! ❤️
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  45. I love that half!! You had to! No question about it! Congrats on 2 years!
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  46. and some are even nicer in real life.
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  47. I am glad you got it checked out and it isn’t a stone!
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  48. Crushing it this fall. Great job! I have got to try the 10/12 fartlek workout! Of course, my pace will be slower...
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  49. How fun, John! Way to crush that other team! Those were some solid splits!
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