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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. I've been having the same thoughts, Cliff. I'd keep checking in to see if anyone had posted, but haven't been able to push myself to write anything myself. I'm no prophet, but this really does seem like the end. This is much more than a seasonal dip. Covid? No races, no group runs. No doubt the pandemic isn't helping. Looks like the days of our community blogging site are over. It was inevitable, really, without someone (myself included) to generate interesting content and - even more important - find a regular infusion of new blood. There's nothing like new runners to keep things going. I could drop in on Loopville and take a poll there. But even that FB group hasn't had much going on lately. Anyway, Merry Christmas to you.
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  31. I love the Gel Nimbus but I found these white Cumulus on sale for $21 on amazon last week and bought a pair. I've decided I'm going to keep a second set of shoes that I don't worry about "look" and just wear because I can't afford my own shoe habit anymore. I mean... we've been spending $100-$150 a pair of shoes x 5 women x 3-4 times a year. I found a pair of Asics for my 8 year old for $26 as well but the other 3 ended up with a Saucony for about $47. Hopefully they like them because I didn't really find anything else in the right sizes and pronation/whatnot.
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  32. Interesting. I think Australian women are comparatively more competitive than the men on the international running stage too. I suspect maybe it's that the men's scene is so hugely dominated by the Africans (and by such a large margin) our men would need to be once in a generation to compete. Maybe as someone above has said the international women aren't as well supported in some countries as say here or in the US? It's been interesting here that in 2 major men's sports (cricket & Australian rules football) we now have (in the last 2 years) National women's competitions (and TV coverage) with the teams aligning with the major men's franchises. There's also the women's rugby league world cup currently running here in conjunction with the men's (the women also had rugby sevens at the RIO olympics). Last summer the women's cricket easily drew higher TV viewers than both men's soccer & basketball.
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  33. I think we'd have to do an actual survey of international results over the past few years and look at some real data. (perhaps you have, Gonzo) It may just be that we have a few winners that are grabbing headlines. Or that there are more female reporters who are covering them more?
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  34. Hhhhhmmm...OK, inspired by recent events in my 5 favorite boroughs, how about this: I think US women's distance running is in a WAY more competitive position on the global stage than US men's. Thoughts? Why?
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  35. I went to a local running store. I had been wearing Brooks Revenna, left with a new pair of Brooks Adrenaline. Sadly, they are grey, I am in to the funky colors, grey was all they had. I am not very observant on how they feel during a run, I am aware though of how they initially feel when I lace them up. I tried a bunch of different shoes and the guy helping me offered lots of great advice.
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  36. Yeah, they seem to work well. Thanks, Cliff!
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  37. downside: constantly being referred to as a commie. Upside: hat with little red star on it is pretty cool.
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  38. Thank you for offering, at this time it's running on a server I had space on. I spent a modest amount on the software, but I'm OK with that. I have two other sites that I allow people who want to contribute to become "premium" members. It doesn't really come with any other benefits, it just helps offset the software / server costs a little. I might do that here at some point. Either way, there will always be free memberships and free access to everything. I have no desire to kill the site. And there will never be pop up ads. Those drive me crazy.
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  39. So, I sure hope we get some more people in these forums! I've been running/dieting since approximately mid-March of this year and today marks 50 lbs lost! I was 205 and I'm now 155. I ran my first 2 mile race on March 13 and I've been trying to stay consistently running since then. As far as diet goes I eat almost the exact same thing every day. Bacon or sausage and 3 eggs. Ketolent meal replacement shake for lunch. And one of either low-carb tortilla with taco meat, cheese, and guacamole, chicken, pork chops, roast, deconstructed burgers, sandwiches, and lots of green veggies (ie broccoli, lettuce, kale, spinach, green beans) for dinner. Also lots of pickles and cheese for snacks if I just really need something. I take sodium and magnesium supplements as well. First race- 2 mile 28:52 PRs 1 mile- 8:47 2 mile- 20:52 5k - 30:57 Wouldn't call myself fast by any means but I'm always a work in progress. Goals - 30 more lbs to lose and I'm hoping to reach it by Jan 1st. a 6 minute mile at least once in my life! To run the Bolder Boulder in May and be sub 1 hr. I realize these are all sort of lofty goals; however.. what's the point of dreaming if I'm not going to dream big? lol In January once I've gotten closer (or reached) my goal weight I'm going to rejoin a crossfit class I really enjoyed. Unrelated-- I am hoping to finish paying off my Jeep by March of next year.
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  40. No yet, I'm hoping we don't need any.
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  41. The reemergence of long-lapsed Loopsters tells me that RW killed the Loop long ago - with Pluck and Hoopla. It's nice to have a user-friendly platform.
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  42. Thanks! I'm expecting the new forums will convince me to be less of a lurker, but we'll see.
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  43. @Cliff yes, thank you!!
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  44. TO! Now the party can begin!
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  45. Hello Tosuperstar, 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. Tosuperstar joined on the 10/02/2017. View Member
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  46. Let me have a think, Cliff. In the meanwhile, thanks for creating this!
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