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  1. So...I'm here and alive. Yay! Where the heck have I been, you may ask? Well...let's just say I was being lazy, and letting my body heal from all the various injuries that had plagued it since my arm surgery and the attempted comeback that was too much too fast. I basically got VERY burnt out of running very slow and never seeming to make any progress, and hurting all the time. During this time, I have rediscovered my love of theater, and I've done a few shows here and there over the last couple of years, and met some really cool people, and made a few really good friends. One of those friends is also a runner like me...slow and methodical. So, over the last year and a half, we've been helping each other get back in to it, and get moving. Over the last year, we've run close to a 5k per month with a few months off here and there when we couldn't find a race that suited us. This all culminated in me deciding to finally do my first 10k. I ran the 10k at the Air Force marathon last month...(instant PR...woo hoo!). 'twas slow. Very slow. Lots of walk breaks in the hills. But, I beat my goal time by a little over a minute, and that made me happy, and made me remember how much I love this stuff. So, my brother is signing me up to do the half at Flying Pig in May. Woo hoo! Anyway - thanks to the powers that be for giving is the new digs after being dumped rather unceremoniously by our previous hosts...I'm glad we're still around.
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  2. Let's leave things as they are until life returns. Keep posting. Thanks all.
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  3. Everyone needs to write with Australian accents...
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  4. My 35-ish year old nephew posted this a few weeks back on Facebook, and with his permission I am happy to share it with you. If we never try, we will never know. I know my best mile time started with an 8 and I am fine with that. My can't do it voice keeps pushing me down with the pain of an illness with no cure, but that is an excuse that I need to remind myself to not listen to. It can be very difficult to do as even a good day today can become a bad tomorrow if I push for that try to see level. I hope you get to see your goals and that that voice doesn't fight you to hard.
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  5. The cat enjoys jingling them on her way down.
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  6. Come show women's running some love.
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  7. i HATED HATED HATED the right side thing. It caused people to write stupid, outlandish, lewd, crazy stuff in a desperate attempt to reach the promised land. Blogging shouldn't be a popularity contest. If you make some people the cool kids, it's like being the last person picked for dodge ball. There were people who posted forever and were still on the left side, and people who would be the cute new kid in class and would instantly get promoted. Feelings were hurt. That's the problem with blogging. If you get one like and three replies, you're crushed. The right-side mentality started out as a function of showcasing good writing, but ended up being a popularity contest, which is just wrong.
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  8. So, we have a new home. This is not a corporate site, it's run by a single person, me. The site is nothing without all of the contributions made by all of you, and for this, I am grateful. It is free now, and will always be free. I've been doing this for a while, there is little to nothing to be made from running forums, that's not why I do it. I set this site up initially to mirror a lot of what RW had, but we can do whatever we want, that's the beauty of it not being driven by a company. If you have ideas of suggestions for how to make the site better, please let me know. I'll do my best. Do we want new sections for the forums / blogs? Do we want to rename some, remove some...? This is your site, please let me know how it will work best for you.
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  9. Mine are hanging in our fitness room. I still have the homemade medal hanger give to be as a secret santa loop gift...it is my favorite!!!
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  10. I have a corkboard covered in grandma cloth that I stick the bib and medal, if there is one, on. Also I have medals from my service which hangs on the same wall.
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  11. Hi people! I think I can tell the same story as a lot of you can tell right now. Maybe. You'll see that I don't talk to a lot of runners these days. Running has been a part of my identity since I was in high school, although I have always struggled with my relationship with running. Sometimes it was just running. Sometimes I was happy to go out for a routine run and felt that I needed it more than I felt obligated to it. There have been times that sticking to my running expectations created inner turmoil and feelings of insufficiency. I've ignored injuries, I've nursed depression with months of not running. I have won small local road races just as many times as I have walked off a course to a DNF (neither many times, but it's an example of being all over the place). But running has always been personal to me. My father and I have a long history of running the Peachtree Road Race together. I've been living out of state since 2014, and moved back in late 2019. COVID crushed the excitement of PRR2020, but the old man is still going, so we got another chance, at long last, this year. The race was great, as it always is. But as we are always evolving as people, I had my first "no shame run in public" where I just let my body do what it could. Yes, I am out of shape, and I knew better than to expect anything faster than 10:00 min miles. There's always that edge that racing and competition give you, and I always think that maybe I will pull out some magical time due to that hyper-drive state. But this year I didn't want to. I wanted to be right where I was, I wanted to do exactly what I could, and I didn't want to feel inferior because of it. Running is so mental, in all the ways one can interpret that. What a freeing feeling it was to just let go and enjoy a day with my dad. He whooped me, of course, but it was fun! All this said, I have realized that my struggle with my own ideal of what kind of runner I SHOULD be has drained the enjoyment out of it all. I have isolated myself from making runner friends, from running groups, and even from talking about running. I made it too hard and too high pressure. So today, I set the Garmin face to show only my heart rate. Whenever I couldn't slow my pace down enough to get down from threshold, I walked. I even walked in front of another runner; no posturing! I walked most of the way home! And I was happy for it! Anyway, I know it's kind of quiet here these days. I hope that just maybe any of you who come by this get a little boost. My name's Crystal.
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  12. I'm really happy that this will keep going for the time being. I'll try to post regularly. I know it has been dying for years but I don't think I'll ever be ready to see it disappear. The thought of that hurts my heart.
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  13. Finally found The Loop again, after not being able for a long time to locate it on the RW website. Guess it really been that long since I posted. Bookmarking this site & will do my best to contribute when I can, & to help others who might have questions. Merry Christmas to all!
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  14. This makes me sad! I just posted in support. For those who noted they keep checking and don't see anything new, you can subscribe so you'll be updated when new content is posted so you don't have to check and be disappointed.
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  15. It will take a couple of days, it's not hard just a little time consuming. I am moving everything over to Blogs.
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  16. The issue as I see is what Matt described. The way the categories work, is it only shows you the most recent post in each category. So if a few blogs are posted in one category close together you don't see the other recent ones, unless you click on the categories one at a time. It just makes navigating the blogs more complex. Just having them all show up in chronological order would be more simple for people to read them. That said, I don't want to complain about a site that is overall pretty great, so thanks for everything. In the end this is really more of a minor inconvenience and annoyance than a real problem.
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  17. I'm back down 12.2 lbs. I knew it was a lot of water weight. I guess these last 1.8 lbs are the actual weight gain.
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  18. The emoticons can be a little finicky to get at. Click the smiley face in the editor, then click the Categories drop down and select Default to see all of them. Your recent ones are supposed to load in the top.
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  19. I would slowly ramp up to 10, increasing by a small amount each week.
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  20. It was previously set to three hours, I just set it to indefinite.
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  21. My daughter worked ALL summer to improve her 1600 to a 5:43 and today during practice and according to her without even meaning to she ran a 5:44. It was the first thing she said when she walked in the door because all she could think was "What time could I have gotten if I had actually been trying to PR?" I have no idea but I was there when she ran the 5:43 and she looked like she was exhausted, today she described it as if she wasn't even tired afterwards.
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  22. Interaction and responsiveness - I'm loving this! Cliff, you are DA MAN!!! (and - trust me - I never do the dancing banana, so this is a serious thank you)
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  23. I've got a pinned post on our Loopville fb page. They will come.
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  24. Despite posting only sporadically on The Loop, I'm glad to see it reincarnated here, and even more glad to get in on the ground floor this time (hey, perhaps I'll GET some of the in-jokes now...). So, umm, hi. I chose a new username. If you know me, you'll know who I am despite my username not being my name.
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  25. Not much, but it is mine. Show it off if you got it!
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  26. I have a few, fastest old person medals.
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  27. Just hanging in the garage (with some of DH's recent triathlon medals mixed in). I keep all my bibs in a binder.
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  28. I thought there was a double entendre there. But my medals are scattered round the house. Maybe this is a signal form the universe that I should do something about it.
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  29. I'm here. Not sure how the blogging is going to work, but I will try one soon. (Like over this weekend). Hopefully it'll help get this place off to a strong start. Though my bloops (are we still calling them that?) were never the most riveting, funny or poignant...sometimes I had pretty pictures...forgot to bring my camera on my 14 miler today, and it was such a pretty morning. I also forgot my wallet so it was good I 1) didn't get pulled over for some reason, 2) wasn't planning on buying breakfast after
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  30. This may be stupid, but...are you tying them too tight? I get numbness when I'm tying my shoes too tightly. I'm also a big Asics fan (particulary the Nimbus and Cumulus), but I also like the Mizuno Wave Riders. Similar in feel to the Cumulus, and I've had good luck with them. My son just got his girlfriend a pair of Brooks Ghost, and she loves them. I've never been a big Saucony fan.
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  31. HI Cliff- is it possible to still have categories on the left, but all content shows up on main part of page in chronological order?
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  32. I think that although we still have a long way to go, women in the US are better supported than MANY other nations in the world when it comes to athletics. There are many sports where US women are still quite competitive, if not dominant, while not so much for men.
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  33. This past week I was away on a trip to see my little grand baby running buddy and take him and his Gam-gam to the house of mouse. On the day of the flight I wore my slip on deck shoes, the ones with the soft padded soles, just to help getting through airport security easier. Over the next few days I also wore them when we went out to eat and do some Christmas shopping for my little man and do some sightseeing. This meant that we spent a lot of time wandering around malls and shopping centers while carrying that 22 pound bundle of joy, you know, hugs and kisses kind of stuff. At the end of the 3rd day of our outing fun, I noticed and even mentioned to my wife that my knees and feet felt pretty good as I have a history of foot, knee and hip fatigue after a long day of activity. The next day was spent at Magic Kingdom and I decided to put on the Brooks as there was going to be much more walking and standing in lines on surfaces that are smooth but not always level. Plus I did not want to loose a shoe getting into or out of the boat on the Small World ride. After about an hour the feet started to ache, and just not feel well. So I just retired them about a loose as could be and not fall off my feet. I made it through the day without complaining with a smile on my face as it was a wonderfully awesome day! The next day was spent shopping and eating at Disney Springs, and that day I put the deck shoes back on. Even though it had been a busy week before than, I was just a bit tired, but nothing a Venti size Starbucks couldn’t fix, and a system check showed the knees and feet were not to bad. The next day was Epcot! Wine and Food Festival event! Oh Yes! 🤪 I wore the Brooks that day and despite all the tasty goodness from around the world the discomfort was back in my feet. 😩 I think that it might be time too look for a different style shoe to make my running shoe. I have been getting a similar feeling in my feet when running as I got while visiting the happiest place on earth. Oh, and the discomfort generally almost gone 30 minuets after removing the shoes. But the worst thing is that I HATE shoe shopping, I love looking, hate trying to make a decision on the right pair. Help me please! I want to enjoy running it it’s fullest!
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  34. Seems like more than enough to me, but I never do any, so even a little is huge. From what I've read, 2-3 days a week is normal.
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  35. She's back to her third place spot on the team but her times are still very consistent and improving. Even without winning she's been feeling very confident about her running lately.
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  36. When my kids and I started running everyone just said to do lots of miles. It seems like you are already improving handedly just from what you are doing. Since you weren't running before (or at least that's what I think you're saying) then you'll keep improving for a while just from the practice. I don't know what times look like there and what you're competing against to say whether or not you'd be able to qualify for EA's course but I imagine you've got 3 weeks to put in the work. This last race you ran was already faster than my 15 year old daughter who has been running since 7th grade, so congrats! She doesn't typically run a 5k but her fastest ever was 22:05. To me, your meals sound good. My kids have chocolate milk or ISO100 and bananas every day after practice. I'm not a nutritionist but this is what their coaches have told them to do and so we do it. We usually carb load starting 2 nights before a race (i.e. pasta in this house). My oldest has really had trouble with eating right before races because they leave out at 6 am a lot of the time. She's had two weeks in a row where the race wasn't until around noon and so I made her bacon and eggs and both races went smashingly. Therefore... we've just become a bacon and eggs at 5 am kind of family. lol The girls also eat a ton of Clif bars and we really stress the importance of WATER in this house. Typically my kids are drinking a case (40 waters) a week per person and we avoid sodas. I'm sure you probably knew all this stuff and more... sorry I can't be of more help!
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  37. Thanks for everyone's advice @Riggers I am a guy almost 16 I'm about 5'4" and under 100 lbs have been doing cross country for about two-three weeks. @HRoseC I have started to change my diet and been eating a serving of veggies with a serving of grains and protein, today I had veggies, mashed sweet potatoes and baked fish with water. @dave.schultz our coach is a recently retired d1 college runner and has been good on warming us up before races. I have been doing about 30-35 miles a week. New race result update: 5: Home meet vs GA 21:44 I had a good dinner the day before, good lunch the day of: it was fish and rice. I also had good timing: Early A lunch. I stayed hydrated the day before and the day of drank about 70oz both days. Over worked myself the day before ran 45 minutes at 6:30-7:30 pace. The conditions were pretty good that day: about 80 degrees. Started first mile strong 6:15 then kept going, slight cramps not bad at all. The course was fairly easy and flat with one 150m 15 degree grade hill.
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  38. I barely got sub-9 on a single mile... but, I'm going to get to 6 minutes because I bet my teenager and I never lose a bet. LOL
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  39. What's evil is foam rollers. And Planks. And Little Debbie snack cakes...
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  40. Hello Gary, Welcome to The Loop. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Gary joined on the 10/02/2017. View Member
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  41. The total is changing quickly and listed on the front page. The RW forum was very active. I visited a lot to learn from the newbie questions. I'm sad it's gone, but happy we have here.
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  42. I don't mind a circular avatar picture. I believe it suits my handsome visage better than a square one. Don't you agree?
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  43. Hello Ocean_101, Welcome to The Loop. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Ocean_101 joined on the 09/30/2017. View Member
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