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  1. 9 points
    Boy, I wasn’t sure about this whole racing thing. I’ve been enjoying my leisurely solo jaunts around the block, the almost daily meanderings around the little suburban maze of my immediate ‘hood with the kids and Tucker, and proclaiming myself not a slave to any dangling carrots. Tucker is our 4 month old Shih-Tzu/Bichon Frise puppy, btw. Part of the family. Beloved by all of us. Not excluding yours truly who was very slow and grudging to commit to getting a dog (if I wanted more creatures to depend on me I would have had more children!) but now sees this white furball of barely 7 pounds as something to incessantly dote on. This is Tucker... he is spunky and wiggly. His favorite things to do are eat, run, and bark at the neighbor dogs being walked past our house as he watches from the window. He loves naps, cuddles, and bacon, in no particular order. He is also not shy at all with new people and will beg to be held and give puppy kisses. Especially if you have dog smells on you from your own furbaby! The farthest he has run is 3 miles. He is VERY happy to have the little humans home from school these days. But as for the dangling carrots, dang it, Dave. DANG IT! I’m out of shape for racing and not in the mood for it, either! But since you arranged the first of the series on my weekend off work, and I really have been feeling good on a couple of recent runs and- okay, fine, I’ll do it. The weather was perfect. Cloudy, just under 50 degrees. I started my 5-ish mile loop. Regardless which direction I go from my house, the first mile is mostly uphill, and no, there is nothing I can do to prevent that. Does it give me a slightly unfair advantage in a race? Maybe. But to be fair, the cooldown mile is usually solid downhill as well, soooo… it’s not like I get all the downhill back in the middle miles. I knew this “race” would be a little more challenging than a regular race. For starters, there are no rabbits. I tend to run much better with some competition. Second, I live in an area where there are lots of people out and about on weekends, adults walking their pets willy-nilly on either side of the street or kids riding bikes. This has increased a lot with the stay-at-home orders in place. Normally I just hope that I can hold that snot rocket back until I’m well past them, try to establish in my own mind that I did indeed apply deodorant before the run, and go about my merry way. Now though, nope. I’m getting off the roadway, and in the ditch if necessary, to get an acceptable distance between us. If I get any suspicious looks, whatever. Feel free to ask me what I do for a job and when I tell you, you will probably become a runner on the spot. One that’s fleeing me. Anyway. The warmup was slow and rusty. A couple people out and about. I stopped to chat/holler from a distance with a neighbor who was on the front porch. It’s nice how people go the extra effort to shout hello and ask each other how it’s going, now that the privilege of being social has its limits. I hope that goodwill continues. I ease into the first mile. By ease, I mean huff and puff. Holy crap, this is hard. Ugh. I am honestly relieved that I have to stop for a minute at the intersection because vehicles are turning in from a busy cross street and I am one to always yield to cars because well, I am a bug and they are the windshield. Getting back into a smooth pace was hard after that. Especially since I was hitting a slight ascent. Telling myself I just need to hang on until I hit the flat part, yes please. 7:15. Meh. Mile 2 was definitely the butter run, if there was any butter present, of this race. Because I haven’t gotten around to setting my new Garmin 235 to lap pace (because I haven’t raced and I haven’t cared about pace), I don’t have a good idea of what mile pace I’m running during each mile. So I was surprised when it came in at 7:08. Though I did stop to let cars pass me on both street crossings on the slight out and back portion to get to a full 5 miles on this not-quite-5 loop. And that mile had a lot of downhill so there’s that. And then because I haven’t raced in awhile and I might as well be a newb all over again, the third mile was painful. Obviously I started out too fast, surprise, surprise. I managed to hold on somewhat reasonably, even though another out and back at the end of the block meant that I was running the final .1 uphill. Came in at a hard-fought 7:23 and then a rather excruciating .1 in 45 seconds. There ya have it. Female, 35-37 AG, 22:30 if I calculated correctly (7:14, 7:08, 7:23 + the 45 seconds for .1 mile) Definitely unofficial with the stops and a net downhill BUT that’s the hardest I’ve pushed in a long time and was pleasantly surprised to not collapse in agony at that pace. Muscle memory is kind of nice, I guess, and all these junk maintenance miles have maybe been more maintenance and less junk. A post-race pic! I have also lost about 5-6 pounds lately, off of my “normal” weight that I’ve been at for years…thanks to work and a bit of personal stress/distress that’s a whole other bloop that will probably never materialize. But yay for the couple of seconds per mile for each pound less? I was so pumped about having had a decent workout that I ran extra (AFTER stopping my watch for awhile and wheezing out half a lung, lord have mercy) cooldown distance. Up a hill. Just because. And then back down. For 6 total! And because Tucker cannot bear it when I come into the house with running shoes on when HE didn’t get a walk or run yet today, I took him out for another 2 miles. Which I regretted because I wanted to trot along at a nice 10-11 minute pace, but NOOOO, the fluffball had other ideas. He stops abruptly. often, and without warning, but just for a couple seconds at a time. Otherwise, it's 8:30-9:30 pace, straining at the leash, C'MON MOM! I was tired. But a good tired. Thanks, Dave, for putting this together and maybe I’ll participate again in the future. On a weekend I’m not working, because 3 x 12 hour shifts back-to-back don’t mesh well with racing at all... Speaking of work, just going to mention a little. Erie has had 8 cases of covid-19 so far, 2 of which were transported by our ambulance service (neither of them my unit). So far, thanks to the utmost care whenever covid-19 patients are handled, those crews have not yet appeared with symptoms. Whenever specific symptoms are present, we suit up accordingly. We wipe everything down in the ambulance before and after every patient, every shift. Still, testing is scarce and we are not naïve about the fact that probably numerous covid patients have been in and out of our ambulances and will continue to do so, perhaps in much larger numbers in the coming days. Everyone at work is upbeat and strong, but we are wary. Things are made more difficult by the scarcity of masks and protective gear, both with 911 agencies and in the hospitals we frequent and transfer patients to every day. We work closely with the doctors and nurses and try to communicate as much as we can about which patients may be or could be infected. We protect ourselves as best we can. An unpleasant side effect is that we are seeing more alcohol and drug abuse, more volatile situations and scenes such as domestic altercations and attempts of harm to to others and/or suicides, which is as scary to first responders as potential illness (and far more likely to end badly). What can we say—this is our job, our calling. We would volunteer our services even if not hired to do so. I chose to do this work. I couldn’t stay home and pretend my kids matter more than other people’s kids when I have the training to do this and maybe make a difference. I worry more about giving it than getting it. I pray a lot. Thank you to all you folks who have been social distancing, supporting, thinking of, praying for people on the front lines. We are all in this together and we need you guys to do your part with staying home. Each person is "essential" in the prevention of this spread! I am grateful to have a job. Had I stayed where I was before, I would be laid off and not able to get unemployment benefits since I was part-time. I truly love what I do, and no less so because of this. This work gives me such purpose. My husband is in electrical service and repair, so considered essential as well. My scheduled shifts are nights from 5:30pm/5:30am so I am able to be here with the kids during the day. It's a little challenging to get them helped with schoolwork on top of working 45+ hours a week, but their teachers have been amazing with Zoom meetings and classes and the kids amaze me with their technological abilities (Zoom WHAT?). My heart goes out to all the folks who have lost jobs or are scared for their family-owned businesses- on top of fear of illness. These are hard times. I can’t even put into words how I feel about it, from every angle, and how it affects everything and everyone. But the human spirit is brave and hopeful. We'll get through this, and I pray we get to the other side of it as soon as possible. At least running is not taken from us. Like always, running helps and heals. I encourage it, or any outdoor physical activity, to other people regularly. Families of patients or people who ask what they should or should not do to prevent this. By all means, go outside. Your mental health is so important. The virus is far less likely to be outdoors than in any structure or building or vehicle. Shoring up your immune system with exercise and a good diet might mean the difference in fighting off the virus if you do get it. Keep running if you can! But far enough from others that a snot rocket doesn’t stand a chance of hitting them.
  2. 8 points
    Early last month when I was laying out my training plan for Sugarloaf (at the time it was either that or Salisbury, MD the first week of April), I put a half marathon down for the last weekend of March anyway. As it happened, there weren't any races nearby and I wasn't in a position to travel then. So, I was going to do a solo run. Then all this really weird stuff happened and now over half the country is on lockdown. Everyone's races everywhere are cancelled. Well, thought I, why not invite Loopsters all over the world to join me in my virtual race? So I posted the idea in Loopville and asked if anyone was interested. And here we are. Typically human, we've found a way around this disaster. Typically runner, we've found a way to run in the middle of it. In my AG, I'm solidly in one of the "at risk" populations. Not like the immuno-suppressed or otherwise physically compromised (thank goodness for that), but as an old guy I'm supposed to be more careful. I also thank goodness that my job can be done remotely and I'm not financially affected, either (so far, anyway - no one knows the future). But back to the virtual racing, treegirl, Northern Lass, NavEng, and cummingsb all volunteered to help with ideas and acting as RDs for what's turned into a monthly series (seems to me Eliz was the first to suggest that - she's so cool) of virtual races. We plan to go on as long as the normal races are verboten. Before I get to my race yesterday, I want to quickly recap the week leading up. Since this was part of my as-of-today-still-scheduled marathon in Maine training plan, I did not put any time for tapering, meaning I was not going to be fresh on Saturday for this 13.1. I think if I'd have had a "real" race that I paid money for I would have taken at least Friday off, but I didn't, so... Friday 3/20 - 6 slow miles, 9:06 pace. Felt sort of so-so, but better than on Thursday. Saturday 3/21 - 15 miles, 9:10 pace. Had a serious Code Abby just about half way. I was in a wooded area that was way too small and way too open for the sort of stop that can be done in the woods. Made one stop to will things to stop, then gingerly started again through a neighborhood I'd never run through before. Then I saw a Road Construction sign and hoped against hope that the construction was significant enough that there'd be a port-o-place set up for the workers. THERE WAS!!! Made my business and made it home clean. Monday 3/23 - 8 miles with 6 tempo @ 8:01 pace. Still feeling more tired than I think I ought to, but I keep telling myself that it's the right kind of tired and not being too old or getting sick. We'll see. Tuesday 3/24 - 7 miles, 9:09 pace. Nothing to write home about. Wednesday 3/25 - 11 miles with 4 x 2400. I finished this one averaging about 7:50 pace compared to my hope of 7:30-40s, and never really feeling very good. (see the note about Monday) About a mile into the second 2400, I approached an intersection as the light was changing. The traffic is pretty light almost everywhere because of Covid, and there was a one woman in a car waiting. After the light changed, she continued to sit there, no doubt texting (maybe just day dreaming, I don't know). Anyway, I decided at the last minute to go ahead and slip in front of her. That turned out to be the same time she noticed that her light was green and decided to go. She saw me in time to not run me over, but she wasn't happy and let me know. The words were lost in my running and her car's engine noise, but I'm pretty sure I got the gist. No doubt I was in the wrong and had a couple of other choices I could have made that would have been safer. My bad. Thursday 3/26 - 8 miles, 9:29 pace. Pretty hilly but this was more slow from Wednesday. Friday 3/27 - 5 miles, 8:57. Much better. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Although this was virtual, so more of a time trial, this was my first race since last October in New Hampshire. Like I've mentioned before (and a coupe of times here already - sorry) I've been feeling kind of tired. I didn't really know what to expect out of myself. I've had some decent tempos and some good long runs, but running GMP for 13.1? Mostly I didn't want to die and have to Galloway my way back home like last spring, when I totally crapped out at Mile 10. At least the weather was going to be better. Cool and breezy, maybe some rain although it looked like there was a several hour window between storms that I could my miles squeeze into. Also, I noticed that my supply of Hammer Gel was gone. Ordered more but it won't get here for a week or so. Did you know you can't get it on Amazon? Anyway, I dropped three Starbursts into my shorts pocket and hoped the sugar would be enough. And Starbursts are practically the same as Sport Beans, right? Besides, it was only a half. I started with about 400 yards of easy jogging to get the legs loose and stretch the old diaphragm, the set off at what I thought/hoped was a pace I could do for a couple of hours. I was also hoping that it would be around 8:15 per mile, and hoping that if it wasn't I wouldn't panic. Mile 1 - 8:27 - Not bad. First mile doesn't really count and I felt less than terrible, so that was encouraging. Mile 2 - 8:36 - This gained slightly more elevation than Mile 1, so call it even. Mile 3 - 8:44 - More climbing but also some down, so I was a little bummed to have dropped off. Passed four guys out running on the bike path and greeted them. They were appropriately distanced, so I didn't curse them silently, which is what I do now (despite my best efforts not to) when I see runners being Covid-irresponsible. Miles 4 - 8:29 - Felt like I was getting into a flow, so I guessed that 8:30-ish was going to be the pace for the day if I didn't die. My dream had been 8:00s but there was no way for that. Ate a Starburst. Mile 5 - 8:37 - Kind of disappointing since this one was all down, if only a little. But I was getting almost half way, which was encouraging about being able to finish. Mile 6 - 8:31 - The route I run through this area picks up on a bike path through the metropark that parallels a small tributary of the Rouge River. It gets pretty full when there's a good rain and we'd had a good rain the night and morning before. At about 5-1/2 miles when I'm supposed to pick up the trail, there is a small bridge over the stream. And yesterday it looked like this: Most of the year there's lots of space between the water and the bridge bottom. And on the other side... So I had to back track and take to the side of the road for the three miles I was on the park, as there were a few more places where the river had overflowed its banks and covered the bike path. Fortunately, it has a very wide shoulder and of course next to no traffic these days. Passed a few more runners, walkers and riders, all keeping good personal spaces. Mile 7 - 8:35 - I don't know if anyone remembers from a few years ago, but during that one bad winter I ran on this road regularly for my Saturday long runs because of the wide shoulder and the fact that they keep it well plowed, no matter how much snow there is. There's that one hill that I hate so much and it was about half way through this mile. Maybe because I was on the road instead of the path, it didn't seem to terrible. Of course the ride down the other side was lovely. I glanced at the watch to see where I was half way through and was just over 56 minutes. 1:52-ish if I can hold this. Mile 8 - 8:40 - Only mile of the day that was totally flat and it didn't do me any favors. Physically, anyway. I was happy to be only 5 miles from the finish. I wouldn't say I was confident just yet, but I had hopes of holding my pace another 5. Then I forgot that I'd missed my second Starburst. Sugar! Sugar! Mile 9 - 9:10 - This one hurt. There's a little climb to get out of the park and back to the neighborhoods. Not big, but enough to remind me that I hadn't rested at all this week. I think the sugar rush hit me after I got out of the park, so the second half of this mile, which had a slow descent was decent (see what I did there?). Mile 10 - 8:23 - There's that point in a longer race when you feel tired like your feel when you're doing a lot of weekly miles and you still have to run 8-10 on a weekday, so you just go out and run and the pace is sort of automatic. I lost myself in this mile and my legs were surprised to find a gentle downslope. And they liked it. Mile 11 - 8:45 - Or maybe not. But surely I could do 2 more miles. Last Starburst. Mile 12 - 8:36 - A little better. And I was on the home stretch, over the freeway and around the mall. Mile 13 - 8:09 - Like a horse getting close to water. This was the only time I really pushed it. After the miles piling up lately, it was nice to have something to give at the end. .1 - 0:45 Not a dream race, but solid pacing and just about what I was ready for I guess. Things are awfully quiet out on the street now. So, there's my entry to the March Covid-19 Races Series. How was your weekend?
  3. 8 points
    Woke up this morning at 5 am and fell back to sleep till nearly 8 am. Raining, cold, windy outside. No reason to bound out of bed, that's for certain. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do today for my COVID-19 entry. I had proclaimed a 10K as my intention but in standard fashion for myself, I questioned my abilities and desires. I messaged and texted with 4 different friends this morning to catch up and wait out the mist and rain that was supposed to stop around 10 am. It did and I got myself ready, still not ready to commit to a distance or pace or goal. I'll just putz along for a few miles and see what it feels like, I said in my head. I severely overdressed and had to drop my jacket and wind-pants by a tree along the path before I even hit mile 1. I had really thin compression tights under my wind-pants, luckily. Once I wasn't so blasted hot and sweaty, the run felt a lot better. It's 35F out and crossing over from winter layers to spring layers takes practice. I need a lot more practice. 😁 My local bike path was DESERTED. Not a soul the entire time I was out there. Social distancing was not a problem. I was thrilled that the path had melted down after the 2.5 mile mark where it turns east to Hartwick Pines State Park. The first 2.5 miles are kept cleared by the city all winter and that is such a great thing. At the turn around I walked a little and thought, meh, might as well work on my cadence and get the pace rolling a bit better. I was surprised at how good it felt to get moving faster. Kept an eye on my heart rate and didn't feel too bad. I had to stop and grab my jacket and pants on the way back and carrying wind pants while running with a jacket tied around my waist wasn't fantastic. Live and learn. I rounded the corner onto my street with 0.3 to go and then it got tougher. Pulled it off in the end and kept my pace where I wanted. My pace used to make me feel like I was never good enough. I'm out there, I'm trying hard, I put a lot into my running, and I'm totally good enough. I've definitely run faster in my life but that was then and this is now. The face of my watch made me laugh at the end... ELITE status. LOL! First time I've ever seen that in my life. 🤣
  4. 6 points
    Double social distancing RR Last week – This was the weekend I was supposed to run the Asheville Marathon. As with every other race for the foreseeable future it was cancelled. I seriously debated over if I would run this virtually or not. Running marathon distance is hard enough in a real race, I wasn’t sure if I could even do it on my own, and I also wondered if it might be a bad idea considering how hard running that far can be on the immune system. I didn’t fully commit to doing it until I was actually running. Once I got going I felt pretty good, and I just kept going. I did stop my watch when I had to wait for lights and for a couple bathroom breaks. Unfortunately, after one of the lights I forgot to restart it until I got to the next light, so I lost a full mile on my recorded distance. I was running a route I have run probably hundreds of times, so I know I covered the full distance. I had some support from a Team in Training coach, though we maintained safe 6+ foot social distancing, I wasn’t fully solo. I ran it super easy, and I ended up barely being sore, so I feel like I didn’t risk my overall health too much. Timewise it was really slow. Initially I thought it was my second slowest marathon but later I realized that didn’t take into account losing that mile. With time for that additional mile it would be my slowest though I don’t know what my time really was. It’s all unofficial anyway so it doesn’t matter. All that matters is it didn’t cause me to get sick. Finishing my marathon. This week - Today I ran the 10k in the Loopville COVID19 race series. I ran this at a harder pace. Between being just a week after running 26.2 miles and the fact that it was 70* and 80% humidity it was a hard pace but mostly pretty slow compared to what I have been able to do in 10k races otherwise. I ran this at Forest Park in St. Louis which made the social distancing part difficult. Here, as in many other places the parks are fairly busy. I was mostly able to maintain distance by occasionally leaving the path as needed when people didn’t move over or when I was coming from behind them. It wasn’t perfect though, so I guess I (or they) lose points for that. I really need to get back into some speedwork. I just turned 37. I hope I still have PRs in me. Bonus Izzie pic - That darn ribbon was teasing her...but she did successfully catch it.
  5. 6 points
    So, this COVID19 thing has really gotten out of hand. I'm a simple man, so the subtleties that make this particular new strain of virus such a panic-inducing event. As usual, the extremes of both sides make it hard for someone like me to figure out what to do and what to say to everyone. Fortunately, I don't talk to that many people, so I view myself as relatively safe. Except for my mouth that's a little sore from having the implant attached yesterday morning, I'm in pretty fair shape. I also wash my hands. I'm hoping that since my own targeted race is in the middle of May, things will have blown over and I won't have to change my plans. I feel pretty awful for everyone who's having their plans - training, trips, competitions, celebrations, in many cases the dreams of months, years or even lifetimes - trashed in one fell swoop by the "over abundance of caution." And let's not forget the people who would be at risk if the world decided that the measures we're taking were a joke. My 87 year old dad, my 80 year old mother-in-law come to mind quickly. Mrs. Dave, who will be on the front lines every day caring for the infected as well as the regular load of patients she has at the hospital. She doesn't get the luxury (and make no mistake, it's a luxury) of working virtually like I have starting Monday (not to mention that most of my building is empty today). It doesn't seem like this thing is on a par with ebola or the bubonic plague as far as its mortality rate, but it's able to spread very quickly and make a ton of people sick. Suppose the next one is a real killer. Wouldn't it be nice if we learned some things about isolating contagion and protecting ourselves by trying what we can to halt this one? We might learn some other things as well that could make our lives better, healthier and more productive. Who knows? Taking advantage of this early spring, I've been hitting the bricks pretty hard, at full training mileage and incorporating both my speed work sessions every week now. And starting to see some progress already. With some good weather in the mountains of western Maine in May, this could be my best spring marathon yet. Of course, that's still nine weeks away, so I'll knock on wood. Saturday's long run was 14 miles. Just a touch too cold for comfort, but still a shorts and LS shirt day. The wind was chilly and at one point I thought about calling Mrs. Dave for my gloves and headband, but I decided to suck it up and eventually the route took me out of the worst of it and I finished OK. Tempos and intervals are what really tell me how things are going, training wise. The first two weeks of tempo runs went OK, at about 8:12 pace for 5 and 6 miles. Last week's 5 were under 8:00 and more consistent than the previous two. This week it was warmer. 62o. I remember last year having serious acclimating issues in the spring, so this first run in the 60s was a question mark. 8:02, 8:02, 8:01, 8:07, 8:17, 7:58. Blaming the wind for #5. On Tuesday I happened on the girls' distance group, doing some sprint work. I stopped to say hi to the coach. One of them asked if I was going to run with them. I'd have thought about it if they weren't doing 200s. Sammy doesn't like 200s. So I ran 7 by myself. 4 x miles on Wednesday with 600m recovery. It was cold again, with a chilly wind, so I was in tights. Tights normally slow me down a little. I figured to be happy with anything under 7:45, since my tempo run was at 8:00. Most important of course is to be able to finish the last one without dying. 7:21, 7:22, 7:30, 7:31. I'm going to call those all even, with a slight elevation factor on the second pair. Also, kudos to the guy at the gas station where I had to stop half way. There was a sign on the door that said the facilities were out of order, but he told me it was OK. And it was EXCEPT that he was almost out of TP. And I needed almost all of it to clean up. Whew. Yesterday was an extra rest day with the surgery. 8 today and 10 tomorrow. Following the worldwide cancellations of everything. I mentioned in one comment that we should think virtually, so the training everyone's been putting in might not go to waste. I wasn't planning on a Snowbuster this year because last year had such low participation, but Treegirl wondered if this would be a good thing. I think I agree and am willing to organize a virtual race festival if there's enough interest. I'm shooting for a half marathon on the 28th myself, but am willing to do the math if folks want to run more or less than that. Sort of late to call it a Snowbuster, so maybe a Virus-buster?
  6. 6 points
    I did the Winter Warrior challenge as usual in January. Every day outside for at least 3 miles. I was “smart” - if it was supposed to be an off day from running then I walked the 3 miles. The weather wasn’t too terrible- a few days of feels like 17* but for the most part 30* and above. 200 running miles - OMG - where’d that come from? February — The local running group decided to have it’s first streak month to keep everyone moving through the winter. This streak was slightly different than WW— you just had to move - run/walk/skip - at least one mile per day - inside or outside. I quickly transitioned over to the treadmill on the days where the weather stunk. Ie. Every.dayum.friday!! Otherwise known as long run day. Seriously one day I had 18 miles on tap and it was so windy that it blew a 30’ tree onto my apartment building. My favorite— WTH —- run was one where I ran 6 x uphill bridge repeats. It was super windy and my legs were super tired. I wasn’t sure what to expect except I expected myself to at least try the workout. As I was running to the bridge as a warmup my legs felt light and peppy. Weird, I thought, as I battled the headwind. The uphills were hard as they usually are. I would take a breath and then flow back down. On the run back to my car the wind felt like it was pushing me back to my car. The whole run I averaged an 8:20 which NEVER happens! I also ran my longest training run ever on the treadmill. I ran 21 miles as a progression run and felt like I could have run another 5.2 that day. I stopped in the locker room to stretch and a girl/young lady approached me. Told me she had pointed me out to her boyfriend and said that I was a beast. So focused. Totally made my day. After the 21 miler I ran a 5 on Saturday and then a 5k “race” on Sunday. I had no intentions of racing. I was just there to support a friend in the Run 4 Autism. My calves let it be known that they needed a few days off. I was annoyed, but really how could I be? In August/September I was lucky to run 25 miles a week and since November this was the first time I had had to take a break. I sat my butt down for 3 whole days....practically killed me. Saw Scott aka Mr. Andante at the Run 4 Autism so that was nice. Also had a great turn out from our local running group. In the last week of February I got to run in the Poconos in Pennsylvania and in Florida: On my very last long run of the month I was back in NJ. I decided to run a route that one of the ladies from the local run group showed me. I did add on wherever possible — behind the school, around the shopping center, around the local college, through the hospital parking lot. I needed ~18. I thought I would get 5 miles and then circle back to my house for water and another gel (I had brought 1.) By the time I got to the gym which is across the street from the hospital I was at 9. Yippee! I just had to turn around and retrace my steps. And that’s when it happened...as I was crossing the busy intersection on a green light I caught my foot on....IDK. I went down hard. A lady hopped out of her car so fast to ask if I was okay. I had tried to jump up and brush it off but she was lightning fast!! I assured her I was fine. As I trotted up the hill away from the “tripcident” I kept saying, “I’m fine.”, “ Ow!”, “I’m fine.”,”Ow!” I stopped in the hospital parking lot and started pulling up my capris and then decided not to look. I mean really why bother? I was the farthest from home I could possibly be. If I had stopped it wasn’t like I wasn’t going to finish my run. Yes, I am that stubborn. I woke up the next day and felt like I’d been in a prize fight. My left shoulder hurt, my left hip was bruised and my left knee hurt to go down stairs...but I could still run!! Lol February: 184 miles with another 14-16 walking and some stationary biking. We are in the process of moving. I’m not entirely sure we will completely move but I finally got my stationary bike out to where I am living! Yay!! Lots of 30 minute recovery rides!! Say a prayer for an uneventful March.
  7. 5 points
    When I heard about the Loopville COVID-19 Virtual Race series, I thought it was a great idea. When I woke up this morning, I wasn’t so enthusiastic about it. The weather looked kinda crummy (temps in the high 30s and some rain) and my poor choice of pre-race carbo loading the night before (Chinese food) lead me to believe it wasn’t going to be a wonderful run. But when you pay your registration fee, ... um ... well, when you’ve mentally committed to doing a race, you do it. I decided to run on a nice rail trail about 10 minutes from my house. It’s about 30 miles of paved trail and I’ve run almost all of it at different times over the last 7 years we’ve been here, some areas of it I’ve run dozens of time. It’s pretty flat with some long gradual inclines & declines. Normally it’s well used. But because of COVID and/or the poor weather, it was pretty deserted this morning. Here’s me at the start of my run. Did I mention I didn’t feel like running? LOL As I started, it was just misting. No big deal. I had checked the radar and it seemed like there was a gap of about hour between two big waves of rain. So it was fine for a while. As noted, not a whole lot of foot traffic on the trail. I saw I think 3 couples out walking their dogs. And one high school or college aged guy wearing a hoodie, sweat pants and sandals, listening to music and generally seeming to have a great time by himself. I passed him on my way out and on my way back. Both times he gave me a big smile and a head nod as if we were on a sunny Southern California beach where the temp was 50 degrees warmer. I also accidentally spooked a big bird that was sitting on the fence along the side of the trail in one spot, which caused him to jump off the fence and glide away from me along the trail at about 3-4 above the ground for maybe 75 feet of distance. It was cool to watch him fly. I thought he veered off into the trees along the trail, but I suddenly came up to him again. This time I moved to the far side of the trail and we just watched each other as I passed by. I think it was a red tail hawk. Kinda neat. As I continued on, the mist turned into drizzle, then rain, and for the last 10 minutes, it was a downpour. The last person I saw near the end of my run was an older gentlemen who was just as wet as I was. He was walking the opposite direction and as I neared, he gave me a big thumbs up and said “You look terrific!” Well, that’s a pretty good way to finish up a run, right? I picked up the pace after passing my new #1 fan and ended in a mostly empty parking lot, soaked but content. Social distancing completed. I’m glad I got the 6.21 miles done. Overall time and pace are below. Not a great pace, but I’ll take it. Way better than the 0:00 pace I would’ve had sitting on my couch at home. So thanks Dave and others for putting this virtual race together. It gave me motivation. I look forward to virtually racing with you Loopsters next month. 👍
  8. 5 points
    Its not going to surprise any of you, that the most important part of any race is getting in your training. (putting hay in the barn, etc.) In preparation for this race, I was doing interval training on Tues and Thurs with my 2 grandsons Benjamin (7 y.o.) and Oliver (5 y.o.) Our daughter's (and grandson's) house is about 150 yards away, and the school we went to is another 150 yards. The 3 of us ran to the school, took a short breather, and did our first lap of the track (it used to be the teachers parking lot) which is about 100 yards. At the end of the lap, the both said they needed a little rest, but after about 20 seconds Oliver started walking back towards the track, and then he was running. So Benjamin and I had to start running again. The 2 of them were laughing and loving it, and at the end of that lap, they needed another rest, but again after about 20 seconds, Oliver started walking back towards the track, and then running, so again Benjamin and I started running. We did 5 laps like that, and then started running back towards their home. Benjamin said next week we have to do more laps, and Oliver said we should be doing at least 10, so I have that to look forward to. After stopping at their house, I continued on my little 3 mile circuit down by the river. On race day (Sat) I got out at 8:00 because it was only raining a little then. (the weather man said heavier rain) was coming. Anyways it was a great run, on very quiet and deserted streets. Thank you Dave, this was a great idea.
  9. 5 points
    No, it's not on par with ebola, but we do expect that it is at least twice as deadly as a really bad flu season - and the potential overload to the health care system is the scary part. Also add that we know exactly how to deal with ebola, when to test for it, when to not test for it, and with this one, well, there's a lot we don't know. That's why public health officials are getting out of hand. Hopefully though, in time people will look back and say "What was all the fuss about?" <--- That. For you to ask that question. That is what all the fuss is about. That means we did our job correctly. Also the 20% funding cut to CDC didn't help matters, but that's a discussion for another time. Hope Mrs. Dave stays safe! Those tempo miles are looking good, sir!
  10. 4 points
    Who would have guessed that a simple 2020 goal of running a race a month could be so easily disrupted by anything other than injury or lack of interest? I'm not on Loopville, anymore (nothing personal, Loopville), but I had been thinking about running my own races, and with March coming to a close, I had to decide. Saturday was rainy, so no go. Sunday I had a 7 mile progression run that I wanted to do just to get out the house for awhile. Monday's are usually 3 miles and hill sprints, so I planned, weather permitting, to substitute a timed 5k for that. There's a local October race, the Fanwood 5k, where the finish line is about a quarter-mile from my house. I decided to use that route, and move the start forward to the other side of the busiest intersection I would encounter. This had the added bonus of putting the finish closer to home. So at 5:40 a.m. yesterday morning, with a headlamp on, I did an easy 0.6 warm-up run down empty streets and past the eerily quiet train station. At the driveway into a Dunkin Donuts, I stopped, set my watch to 5k, and hit the button. I was running in the dark, made darker by the low clouds that hid any approaching daylight, on roads and sidewalks slick with condensation. It was a Monday morning, the beginning of week 3 of isolation. In the October race, this course is a combination of roads open and closed to traffic, but now, oddly, in what would normally be the start of the morning rush, I might as well have been running on a closed course. So while my initial concern had been about traffic, I found that the hardest thing was ignoring that voice in my head telling me I could bail on this at any time and no one would ever know. I didn't feel like I was going particularly fast, and when the first mile buzzed at 8:22, I really thought about calling it off, because I was hoping to be closer to 8 m/m. But as I reached the portion of the course that is in my neighborhood, I relaxed, and mile 2 felt better, confirmed by the 8:11 at the mark. Knowing exactly what I faced for the rest of the run, and being 2/3 of the way through, I started to look forward to finishing, walking into the house, and having some coffee. Mile 3 clocked in at 7:59, with the last 0.1 (or 0.13 on my watch) at 1:01. Full time 25:33 (AG 55-59, if you're counting). Comparing this to my January and February race times, it's in the middle. Slower than January; faster than February. But it was a good exercise in self-discipline, and as I settled in at the kitchen table for another day of emails, zoom meetings, and homework monitoring that would burn roughly 7 calories in total, I could at least remind myself that I had run a race. On a Monday morning. Before the sun came up.
  11. 4 points
    Well, I told Dave I would do the Half, so I had to do it. My plan was to choose my flattest course - out and back at the beach - and see how close I could get to Atlanta's hilly 1:46:59 from 4 weeks ago. But then they shut the beaches down, including the walk and bike paths, so that was out. I didn't really want to do a virtual race in roads with all the stoplights and stuff. So the best option was to go up to Palos Verdes, where there are no stoplights and not many cars. Nice beautiful roads with sweeping ocean views. And lots of hills. I thought about switching to a 5K or 10K. But I wasn't feeling the speed lately, and I really needed the miles. So I stuck with it and committed to the hilly course. Dave posted a 1:52 time, or 8:35 pace, so I thought that looked like a pretty good goal to shoot for. I would try to average 8:30s with the downhills balancing the uphills. The day was sunny and cool, but warming up. Stupidly I dawdled and did not get started until almost 10:00AM. Temps were low 60s by the time I finished, which was pretty hot given all the sunshine. I carried no water or fuel. There was only one water fountain at the turnaround. I parked at the base of the hill, which is normally jammed with runners and bikers on weekend mornings. It was about 1/3 full with a few people hanging around and practicing social distancing. So, without any warmup, off I went. Mile 1 starts with 1/2 mile flat and down to get warmed up, and then a 200 foot hill for 3/4 mile. I ran comfortably and started up feeling OK. Treating it like a regular weekend long run for now. 9:06 In mile 2 I crested the first hill without dying too much and started a nice long downhill section. Lots of people were out walking and jogging, but in a good way. Parking lots near the coast were closed but people just parked in the streets. They were well spread out though. 8:31 and 8:06 for 2-3 had me near an 8:30 average and feeling like my plan was good. Miles 4-5 were 8:29 and 8:26 despite including a big hill. But I was feeling pretty tired. But it was a race, right, so about normal. Mile 6 was supposed to be a nice flattish trail along the coast, but I was surprised to see it closed as well. So that meant I had to add ANOTHER big hill, both ways. Did not improve my mood! My energy was flagging. 8:38 up and over that bastard. Now I looked forward to a drink at the turnaround. After another hill. Then I added a little bit extra to be sure I had enough mileage before stopping at a restroom for water and a pee. Yes, I stopped my watch for 2 and a half minutes, but I figured if it was a real race I would have drank on the run and skipped the bathroom. It was my only chance for water so I drank a lot. Caught my breath and headed back. Mile 7 was 8:27. That put me at 8:32 pace through 7. Right on track. But then it all went to hell. Another big hill had me hating life and gasping for air and feeling the legs get heavy. The nice downhill did not help as it should have and 8 was 8:45. Mile 9 started flat and I still couldn't get the pace down and I started wanting to quit. So, just like a real race! Then the steepest hill of the day approached - one that I often resort to walking up. I had no energy left so I accepted my fate and walked up it. I may not have been able to go any faster running anyway. Mile 9 was 10:16 and I knew I was not going to catch Dave. Mile ten was all downhill, but I was on survival legs and could only manage 8:21, and even then I really wanted to quit. I started re-evaluating goals. Certainly I could still do sub-two. Keep my average under 9:00. Let's see, that would be about 1:58. Did some math...Yeah, no problem. But you have to run. Mostly. At ten, I took another walk break even though it wasn't a hill. I just needed to catch my breath. Galloway became my new coach. 11-12 promised almost all uphill, but then 13 would be down, so I focused on just getting through 12. I did what my lungs allowed. I took two more short walk breaks, and got through 11-12 in 9:51 and 9:59. I was going to break 1:58 at least. The last downhill was nice. Pace dropped in to the 7's as gravity was my friend. A little uphill for the last 0.4 was not fun but I tried to keep up the best I could and finished gasping for air. 13 was 8:17 and I got to 13.1 in 1:56:03. 8:51 pace. The total elevation gain was 1,001 feet. A bit more than "hilly" Atlanta's 736. I was pretty wiped out and dehydrated and hungry, but happy with my effort. "Race-like" I'll call it. Good to have a challenge. But I think I'll be doing the 5K next month.
  12. 4 points
    Better late than never, right? First a quick update. My four days a week plan worked for nine weeks, but then I got sick (during Atlanta weekend) and my lungs were just not functioning well enough to run, so I took 6 days off, only ran once last week (poorly) and I'm doing three runs this week as I am just getting healthy again. But back on schedule next week! I had a 5K tomorrow which got cancelled, but I was glad, because I was in no condition to run well anyway due to the illness. Next up is a Half on 5/3 which hasn't been cancelled yet, although I'm not optimistic. At least no one can stop me from training! And our group runs haven't been shut down yet. Although my gym closed. Boo hoo. Anyway, so two weeks ago I was excited to travel to Atlanta and see some running buddies and watch the trials. I flew in Thursday and met up at Carissa's Running Lodge with Caitlin, Roger and T.O. Carissa and Adam were wonderful hosts, along with their three furry friends. We had some long drives to Atlanta three days in a row. Friday was the expo, which was surprisingly lame. Almost no vendors. Lousy merchandise. For some reason they had an indoor high jump and shotput competition going on in the middle of the expo. But we did see some famous faces: Paula Radcliffe, Kara Goucher, Gail Devers. Also ran into Loopsters Dan Tian and Rebecca Trachsel. Earlier we had a little shakeout run in the chilly weather. Who knew you needed layers to run in Atlanta? And there was a Flying Tomato sighting! Saturday was the trials. We got down there early and got to see everybody warming up behind the start line. We were arms length from all the best runners in the country. It was fun to see them all up close just acting like normal runners - nervously going through their routines. Galen Rupp was all business, but most of the others had smiles. I got to say Hi to two guys I knew from my local running group, just as they lined up (in the back of the pack). As the race got underway, we walked a few blocks over to Peachtree, where the men and women did out and backs three times. So there was almost constant action going by. The crowds were loud and the excitement was palpable! Roger started chatting with a guy who was rooting for his son. It turned out his son was Jacob Riley who ended up getting 2nd! When the women came by at mile 21 and two women I never heard of were breaking away it was quite shocking! Where was Molly Huddle? And Jordan Hasay? And the other favorites? It was quite exciting. It was really windy and cold. I felt bad for the runners battling that wind. And the hills. But it wasn't too bad for spectating. Then we relaxed and got ready for our own race on Sunday. Tom and I were running the half and Carissa did the full while the others cheered. I worried about the cold, but the next day the wind had died to nothing, so the 33 degree temperature was much more bearable. I ditched all my extra clothes in the start corral. I was starting to feel sick and coughing up some junk, but it wasn't bad (yet). It didn't seem to bother me while running. I just coughed a lot after I finished and by the next day it really kicked in. But I'm getting ahead. So we all started together, which allowed us to get this cool photo right at the start. My race "plan" was very soft. I wanted to see if I could run sub-8 pace and break 1:45. But I was not real confident and I didn't care too much. The constant hills had me a little worried. As did my sickness. I figured to just run with the group for a while and see what happened. Have fun out there. I ran with Carissa the first mile and we lost Tom right away in the crowd. Pace felt easy as it was mostly downhill. 7:54. Good, OK. But then we found the rolling hills and my pace dragged. And Carissa slipped ahead in mile 2 and it was too much work to try and keep up so I let her go. I kept her in sight for 2-3 miles but then she was gone - on her way to another ho hum BQ. Never saw Tom, although he was within a minute or two of me the whole way. So I was on my own. I clicked along in a comfort zone that was just over 8 minute pace. 8:02, 8:10, 8:15, 8:05. Hard enough to be working without thinking I was going to die. Each little hill was its own challenge, but of course the downhills were lovely! Passed this strange restaurant which we ended up going to for lunch after the race. Excellent burgers at the Vortex! 7:58, 8:25, 7:52, 7:42, 8:16 through ten. Miles 8-9 were nice with long downhills and going through a park. I was starting to feel pretty decent. Started searching for Carissa's ponytail in case maybe I might catch her (nope). But then the last three miles were mostly up hill, and my adrenaline flagged. And then left entirely. 8:08 and 8:27 for mile 12 where I considered walking up a particularly long hill. 8:06 for mile 13 as I tried to give what I had left to get to the finish. I knew 1:45 was gone. I thought I had a shot at sub 1:46 until mile 12, and then I was just shooting for sub 1:47. I gave a little kick down to the finish - the same finish the trials people had just run down to punch their Olympic tickets. My watch showed 1:47:02, but officially I got 1:46:59. So 1:46 it is! I'll take that. Not close to where I want to be, but just fine for where I am now. And I loved the whole weekend with my buddies. Back to work. Life is good.
  13. 3 points
    I received an email last Saturday that the Bayshore races in Traverse City scheduled for Saturday May 23rd were cancelled. I was a little surprised and disappointed with 2 months to go. Now I hold out little hope that the Michigan Ragnar Trail Relay for June 27-28 that we signed up back in December won't be also cancelled. The Bayshore race director has offered 3 options; 1) defer your registration until next year, 2) receive a refund of half your registration fee, and 3) donate your registration fee to the Traverse City Track Club that sponsors the races (with a guaranteed registration for next year if you sign up by Nov 27th, which normally the half sells out in the first hour). I was going to defer until next year, but after thinking about it, I decided to donate my registration fee to the TCTC so I could do some good during these trying times with my donation. Anyways, the Bayshore half was the race I have been targeting my training for and I have decided to continue my training targeting May 23rd and doing a my own half time trial on the 23rd., but I am going to dial back my intensity a little to keep up a good immunity level (see attach info graphic on immunity and exercise). Week 12 Half training: Total Miles: 33.1 Monday: 41F and cloudy: 10K Aerobic Time Trial run, 6.2mi in 58:44, 9:28/119bpm average. The goal is run this while keeping the hear rate at your aerobic heart rate. I am beginning to think that I shouldn't and don't need to watch my heart beat that closely during my slow runs, that I have enough experience running to know that running at an easy conversational run pace that is equivalent to my Aerobic run pace, and that I should just run easy and enjoy these runs without checking my heart rate too often. Tuesday: 43F and Cloudy; 45min Lactate Threshold run, 1mi warm up and cool down; 7.9 miles in 1:06, Pace/Heart Rate per mile: 9:38/116, 8:23/130, 7:57/135, 7:56/139, 8:08/138, 8:00/140, 8:09/140, 9:09/131. I decided to push myself a little more in this run to see how I was doing, running at my perceived tempo pace and not paying that closely to my heart rate. I was pleasantly pleased with the results. Wednesday: This was suppose to be a rest day, but I decide to do 32.5 minutes of strength training. It's been a while since I have done any strength training, but was pleased that I was able to complete it. I find that with strength training there are parts I don't enjoy very much (detest may be too strong of a word); push-ups and planks in particular but after working out for 30+ minutes I am amazed at how good I feel for the rest of the day. Thursday: 55F and cloudy: 45 min Motor Skill Development run, 1mi warm up and cool down; 6.6mi in 1:11. Friday: This was also suppose to be a rest day, but with the weather man predicting mostly rain for Saturday (and forgetting about the Saturday COVID19 virtual race) I decided to do my Saturday 120 min aerobic threshold run on Friday afternoon when it was suppose to be dry and near 50F. 48F and partly sunny; 12.4 miles in 2:00, 9:39 min/mi, 123 average bpm. I miscalculated what I need to wear going with a long sleeve shirt and shorts with a running hydration vest. My pace ended up not being fast enough to keep me warm during the run and my body didn't feel good/warm even after a hot shower. Not taking my rest day also probably contributed to this kind of feeling sickly afterwards. I rested and took it easy Saturday and I am feeling much better now, but having my immune system weakened is something I want to aviod with COVID19 going around. Saturday: Rest, thankfully. Stay Strong. should-you-exercise-when-sick-infographic.pdf
  14. 3 points
    I like (auto) biographies. I remember as a kid checking out the biography on Helen Keller and Betsy Ross. Lately I've read biographies about Steve Jobs (one weird dude -- fruititarian -- never even knew that was a thing!), John DuPont in Foxcatcher (my brother was a wrestler so I found that somewhat interesting with all of the big wrestling names). So with the Covid-19 quarantine we've been catching some biographies on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime. We watched the Elton John movie, one on ZZ Top and one on Allen Iverson. A.I. when he played for the Philadelphia 76ers came off as super arrogant and unapproachable. His famous quote: "We talkin' 'bout practice...." made him look like he thought he was such a great player that he didn't need practice. In reality what had happened was that his best friend had just died and even though the 76ers had won the game the press was harping on A.I. about missing a practice or 2. The scene in the movie really made you understand that you can't possibly know what someone is going through and why we need to be slower to judge one another. Anyway I'm here to talk about practice! because apparently that's all I've got for the present moment. 3/22 Shamrock Half Marathon 4/4 Revel Mt Charleston Marathon 5/17 Sugarloaf Marathon ..... R.D.s have not yet made decision I switched my training mid cycle due to some calf issues. I thought maybe if I didn't try to back to back a long run and semi long run together it might help. At this point it is debatable, but I've got to say I really really like the speed work/ intervals in the RunCoach plan. The one I did this past week was a 2 mile warm up with 6 x 200 @ 7:02 with 200 m jogs; 2 miles @ 9:14; 1:30 jog; 6 x 200 @ 7:02; cool down of 1.5 miles. So flipping fun! The interval diversity keeps my brain engaged the whole time. It also helps that I'm crushing the paces: 200s - 6:20, 6:45, 6:44, 6:26, 6:28, 6:37; 2 miles - 8:57, 9:04; 200s - 6:32, 6:35, 6:38, 6:22, 6:32, 6:42. I didn't even realize that I was running into the wind until like the 7th 200. LOL Another one of the interval workouts included 800s. WU 2, 3 x 800 at 7:44 with 2:00 jogs; 30:00 minutes @ 9:14; 3 x 800 at 7:44; 1.5 CD. I did this workout at a school complex that has a lot of recreation fields and portapotties (very important! LOL). It was super windy but I managed the paces 800s @ 7:32, 7:27, 7:32; 3.3 miles @ 8:57, 9:03, 9:07; 800s @ 7:43, 7:26, 7:30. I'm curious about the purpose of the middle miles. (The 9:14 pace is approximately my everyday pace.) I'm going to guess that it is to teach you to keep running even when you feel fatigued. This past weekend my motivation for getting out and completing a long run was almost zilch. It was cold and windy. Mt Charleston had just been canceled a few days prior. I headed to a park that I could make a 2.5 mile loop with 1/2 being road and the other 1/2 being a trail. I had exactly 1 gel and 1 Honey Stinger waffle and 1 bottle of water. I set out with low expectations. Running out of the park and west on the road was nice, but the turn to head back to the park was brutal. Full on into the wind! Back into the park and a quick left onto the trail that goes around the lake. The trail is the same trail that my summer XC series runs on. Lots of little ups and downs. I ran relaxed and easy. Quick stop at the portapotty. After the 2nd loop I stopped at my car to eat 1/2 of the H.S. waffle and sip some water. After the 4th time around (10 miles) fatigue was setting in. Ate the other 1/2 of the waffle and a little bit of the gel. I told myself to get to 15 and I could stop -- after all all of those trail miles are harder than road miles.... At 15 I finished the rest of the gel and of course kicked my self back out and completed 2 more laps. The final lap on the trail went by so fast! I couldn't believe I had completed 20. Stoked (<== do people say that anymore??) beyond belief. When I checked my average time I was super happy! Thought for sure I had averaged 10:00s with all of the trail miles. Average = 9:39, 400' elevation gain (a lot for me! LOL) Yesterday I went for an "easy" 6 miles which of course somehow I managed to turn into a progression. It started out nice enough. I ran from our local park out onto the main road to a dirt road. I had trouble getting warmed up and feeling comfortable until all of a sudden a switch flipped. The first 3 miles were 9:13, 8:55, 8:56. When I turned around everything just started flowing -- 8:48, 8:39. I had 1 mile left back to my car which was blacktop (not dirt) so I decided to fartlek it. Run 2 poles or to a sign and then cruise, repeat for the final mile. The final mile came in at 8:05 and I felt phenomenal! A few of us are going to get together this Saturday (while social distancing) for a make up 13.1. ( We will have no problem social distancing -- one girl runs 13:00s, I run 8:45s- 9:15s, and the other guy I definitely know that is running is hoping to run 7:00s.) Shamrock is mailing everyone their swag so if I'm going to wear the shirt I'm at least going to run a virtual 13.1. Maybe I'll go for GMP? I'm not sure yet and there is no portapotty on the designed 13.1! Ugh! So that's all I've got -- a whole lot of practice! Sincerely, House of Stark
  15. 3 points
    Despite being so long ago, I vividly remember my first year running anniversary. I had completed a marathon, was looking to improve times, and strengthen newly found friendships. At that point, I was certain of two things. 1) I would keep these new friends forever. 2) I would never stop running. So many things have changed over the years. Surprisingly an online friendship formed, and despite the 1600 miles between our homes it has not only lasted, but flourished. The running on the other hand, has been rocky as of late. From a growing family and a time consuming job, there is not much time left for the run. I have also been watching others deal with the same life changes, and sadly, fall away from running altogether. A group that was once upwards of 20 guys, has dwindled down to only four. An occasional text or call will come, a planned meet up with an old friend, 3 to 4 slow miles that are filled with reminiscing of times and fitness that has long left our bodies, then back to our families and the new lives we now live. Nagging injuries always seem to pop up and derail any attempts of a comeback. A couple of marathons were run over the past few years, but the performances were sub par and the effort that once defined me has been lost. The runs were (and still are) sporadic. I was once a runner. A lot of soul searching has happened as of late, and while I know my body wont be able to produce the times I want forever, I know a small window still exists. A UPS tracking number came the other day, it said a new pair of shoes would be arriving tomorrow. It will be the first pair of new running shoes I have received in 14 months. While I like to hope, I have no idea if I will run forever, but I do know I will race a few more times. A have a couple of PRs left in these old legs. Let this final adventure begin.....
  16. 3 points
    No more group runs....for now. I miss meeting up with my fellow running buddies on Saturday mornings and going for coffee afterwards, but it is the best for the public health, we will get through this. Anyways, Week 11 of training for Bayshore Half Marathon: Total Miles: 40.8 Monday: 36F and sunny: 30min Aerobic run, 30min Lactate Threshold run, 1mi cool down; 8 miles in 1:11; Pace/Heart Rate per mile; 9:14/119, 9:20/115, 9:20/119, 8:44/128, 8:14/135, 8:15/135, 8:10/136, 9:21/127. For the Aerobic portion of the run I try to keep my heart rate at 118 +/- 5bpm, and for the lactate threshold part 118 +10/+115bpm. Tuesday: 46F cloudy and windy: 60min Aerobic run: 6.7mi in 1:00, 8:59/120bpm average. Wednesday: 45F and sunny: 45min Motor Skill Development run (pickups to max speed with walking recovery to 110bpm) with 1mi warm up and cool down. 6.26mi in 1:05, Max HR 140bpm. Thursday: 43F and cloudy: 30min Aerobic, 30min Motor Skill Development run, 1mi cool down; 7mi in 1:09 Friday: Rest - yeah, I after those 4 days I felt I really needed to rest my legs. Saturday: 27F (burr), cloudy and windy: 60min Aerobic run, 45min Lactate Threshold run, 1mi cool down; 12.87 miles in 1:55: Pace/Heart Rate per mile: 9:00/124, 9:01/121, 9:10/121, 9:14/121, 9:23/120, 9:29/121, 8:58/126, 8:24/131, 8:22/133, 8:26/134, 8:29/136, 8:35/136, 9:44/124. The Lactate threshold portion of this run for 45 minutes was really taxing as my time/per mile was 15-25s less than earlier in the week. I also felt tired with sore legs for the rest of the day. Sunday morning after a good nights sleep I felt much better. Keep moving.
  17. 3 points
    Deciding to run Sugarloaf instead of trying to get ready for that Maryland race sure turned out to be brilliant, didn't it? Not that Sugarloaf is a safe bet either, but at least there's still a chance that mid-May might still have a small race in a small town in a less-populated state. Granted, the drive will be longer since I can't go through Canada right now. But maybe by May. If I'm being perfectly honest, I'm starting to feel ambivalent about running a marathon this spring at all now. Does this affect my daily running? Not yet. I've just added another reason that getting out for an hour or two, shuffling along in the sun (or clouds) on the (quieter than normal) streets is therapeutic. And we all need therapeutic now as ever. The thing about marathon training, though, is that I have a goal that keeps me going on those in between days that are supposed to be slow - I know they're supposed to be slow - but they feel like they're slow because I just can't go any faster, not because I'm trying to go slow. That's when the voice in my head says I really don't have what it takes to run marathons anymore. Forget that I just did one a few months ago. I must have crossed an invisible age line between then and now and I'm done. Then I read about a dozen or so guys in their late 50s and early 60s who are still running sub-3 marathons. What? I guess I can keep shuffling along for now. Working from home this week. Other than no talking to anyone, which I didn't do much of before anyway, the biggest change is that I'm saving tons of gas and an hour or so on the roads commuting. Selfishly, I've taken all of that extra time and put it into my sleep schedule. I used to get up at 5:30, ate, did some reading and left the house at 6:20. Now I sleep until 6:20, snooze the alarm once, eat and read a little, then go to the dining room and turn on my laptop. I thought I'd have an extra half hour in the afternoon as well with no drive home, but that's been eaten up by a couple of late Webex meetings and my dad, who called on Monday, 5 minutes before I was going to wrap things up and go for my first work from home run. He was trying to get some pictures my cousin sent him off of Google Photos onto his hard drive. An hour and a half later (he's 87), I'm pretty sure I got him settled and the pics removed from GP, although he then asked me how he could show me the pictures. "If they were still on GP, you could just share the folder with me. Let's wait until I come out there next month." Of course, now it looks as though I'm not coming out next month. Have to wait to see those pictures. Runs in the last week: Thursday - 0 miles. Dental implant that morning. Friday - 8 miles. 48o and WINDY (24, with gusts to 40?). 9:09 average pace, because the last 3 were into the wind. Momma! Out near the far corner, a woman came onto Eight Mile from a side street in front of me. Then she turned south on the street where I was going to turn south. I caught up to her a quarter mile later and ran for about that far with her before she turned again. That was long enough to talk about the craziness and cancelled races. Hope she didn't think I was creepy or infected. Definitely sped up; that was the faster mile of the day. Saturday - 10 miles. 36o but no wind, which is always nice. 8:48 average pace. Over the Power Road footbridge and around Shiawassee Park. Couple of short but very steep hills around the midpoint of this route, then a nice gentle slope home. Doing just 10 miles on a Saturday almost feels like cheating, doesn't it? Monday - 0 miles. It was one of my Sunday School kid's birthday. so I had set up to drop off some ice cream for him (a birthday tradition I started last year). Since I'd made arrangements with his folks and my co-teacher, I didn't feel like I could bail, so when Dad took all my canceled commuting time with his Google photos issue, I didn't have enough time for the workout I had planned. By the time I was ready to run, it was starting to rain and I just wasn't into it. Slacker. Tuesday - 8 miles. 52o and sunny. Don't know why but I felt like total crap this run. I'd pushed out Monday's tempo to Tuesday and I'd imagined that the extra rest day would make it better. Instead, there were stomach issues and I felt like I weighed an extra 10 pounds and life just sucked. Had to stop at Ollie's Discount store for a pit stop. The old cashier was all worried that I was sweaty and it was cold and I was going to die. I promised her I was plenty warm. Despite how lousy I felt, 3 of the tempo miles were under 8:00, and the worst (8:22) was into the teeth of a 15 mph wind, so that's a miracle win, really. Wednesday - 6+ miles. 46o, overcast. Meh. I'm seeing so many more people outside on my afternoon runs than I'm used to. Walking their dogs. Walking with their kids. Walking with someone else. Walking along. Sometimes just standing on the sidewalk talking to their neighbors. One good thing coming out of this whole mess. Thursday - 10 miles. 9:05 average. Same as Wednesday, except threatening rain. Decided to skip intervals this week and just get back on the schedule. Going north I get some hills, so that's a reasonable trade for intervals. Started sprinkling in the last mile so I sped up (8:24) before I got drenched. Decent response to my query about some virtual races in Loopville. Thinking maybe one every month for a few months. Different distances. Something to rally folks since there are no races anywhere. Details coming. Let me know if you have any ideas.
  18. 3 points
    Miles ran: 38.72 Miles on the spin bike: 27.51 Minutes cross training: 252 I can't decide if I am pleased with February or not. I relied heavily on my Orangetheory workouts to get my weekday running mileage in, which has not been very effective. While I do believe I am building strength and speed, it's not a great substitute for getting the miles in and good ol' MJ is feeling it after the long runs. Thankfully the weather is changing and the days are getting longer so running outside doesn't feel miserable and unsafe. I'm targeting an April half marathon, but didn't realize it was Easter weekend, and with COVID-19 lurking at every state's doorstep, I wonder, do I want to travel right now? Then I remembered the husband and I booked a return to our honeymoon destination so I guess that means I do want to travel right now. I feel more like myself again with each passing day. I hop on the bike, lace up the shoes, roll out a mat and/or pull out the weights most days each week, and that makes me happy. I realized the other day that my easy run pace is floating back to where it was last fall, "before everything", as I often say. I'm also discovering that I really never focused on re-activating my hip flexor after surgery. When I wasn't racing, and just running because it was lovely, it wasn't a big deal - seemed easier to avoid anything that would aggravate it. Now that is no longer acceptable, so thankfully I have Emily Infield's Instagram to follow where she shows continued recovery from her own hip scope and I'm pulling nuggets from the strength and rehab posts she shares. All of this makes me think I may want to refocus on the 5K again. I want to be able to push myself, and really focus in on speed. This naturally makes the 5K distance seem like the obvious choice. Also, it seems like far less commitment than a half marathon or longer, even though I'm well aware it's equal effort or more. But, we will see. For now, I'm happily logging miles and enjoying the return of sunshine for extended periods of time. Favorite workout: Orangetheory Tornado, where you rotate between tread, rower, and weights, staying at each station no more than 4 minutes at a time. It was a sweatfest and very satisfying. Favorite Long Run: A 7 miler that was the longest run since everything last fall. Somehow, reaching the full mile past a 10K mark always feels significant to me. Perhaps it's because I'm on the slower side and this is nearly 90 minutes of running for me at long run pace and 90 minutes just feels good. And it did. Photo dump: We tried Every Plate meal prep service for a few weeks and found some tasty recipes. Jeff went to the doggie dentist and was pretty zoned out for about 12 hours. Sorta funny, but also never putting him under anesthesia again unless it's absolutely necessary. BFF Pizza for Valentine's Day with the hubs How was your February? Anyone else do the heart-shaped pizza for Valentine's Day?
  19. 2 points
    Hi I will keep it short since my previous attempted returns have fizzled out. In the Fall of 2018 I developed meningitis which somehow developed into encephalitis. From what I understand that is a swelling at the brain stem and limits brain function. I had a 9% chance to live and was in quarantine (before it became cool) for a few weeks. I recovered enough to become cognizant in about five months. It took over a year to feel "normal" again. My job was supervision of 30-40 employees and my employer got nervous that they could become liable if I made incorrect decisions. So they limited my duties and cut my pay hoping I would go away. They were successful because another company took me for an increased salary. But with the difficulties of recovery and employment change, running motivation was non existent. The neurologists put it in terms I could understand: My self-motivator was broken. I'm feeling good now, and with spring approaching and work being limited, and options to go or do anything also limited, running has come back to the forefront. My local favorite races have all postponed to later in the year which increases interest now having plenty of time to get in un-embarrassing race condition. Apologies if this falls apart again. Really going to try. Thanks, Brian
  20. 2 points
    I'm missing my group runs. Sure I have run solo most of my life, but when it is forced, it does get sad after a while. I've noticed a change in how we react to each other too. A week ago runners were even more friendly than usual. More waves, smiles, nods, etc. Like, "Hey we are in this together - it's good to get out and run, isn't it?" Now I still get a few like that, but more and more people avert their eyes, turn their heads, or look at you like, "You're not going to come into my 6 foot circle are you?" It's more like they (we) are ashamed to even be out running, since we should be holed up at home. I come home feeling a little guilty. But, yeah, still glad I can get out there and work the body and make endorphins and de-stress and add numbers to my spreadsheet. The beach bike path is closing tomorrow. I'll be running mostly on the empty roads. I skip the sidewalk entirely so the dog walkers don't get freaked out. Today I saw a guy driving a convertible wearing a mask. Meanwhile we are finishing season two of Schitt's Creek (funny!). I binged all of Fleabag (funny!). Just watched JoJo Rabbit which was good. Parasite was odd but really interesting - recommended. Marriage Story was brutal but very well done. I'm watching BoJack Horseman which is amusing. I still recommend Black Mirror if you haven't seen it yet - some fantastic shows. Plus I read. This too shall pass. Eventually. In Love in the Time of Cholera, the guy did get his lover in the end. Keep at it.
  21. 2 points
    I should have added that my race was a 5k, and my time was 27:20.
  22. 2 points
    Our metro is under a stay-at-home order, but I still come into the office. The silver lining is traffic has been non-existent for the past week. Thanks for your due diligence in flattening the curve. Your resident public health official is very grateful.
  23. 2 points
    I’m already panicking and I’m not really yet that affected. I worry for my kids and their jobs - so far WFH. I worry for my parents who insist on coming back to NJ from Florida. My dad will be 84 and has had pneumonia several times. I’m worried for my tenants whose jobs depend on the service industry. I’ve got one marathon left on my calendar that hasn’t canceled. I’m almost wishing they’d just cancel. Breathe, breathe, breathe....
  24. 2 points
    Well-stated: "Wouldn't it be nice if we learned some things about isolating contagion and protecting ourselves by trying what we can to halt this one? We might learn some other things as well that could make our lives better, healthier and more productive." Can I bike in the virtual race? 😢
  25. 2 points
    I was thinking along the same lines, except I would run a 5k, and not a half. My 2020 goal to run a race every month has been shut down unless I somehow make myself run a 5k for time in March. This would help motivate me. I'm in.
  26. 2 points
    February 2020 in review! Total mileage for the month: 99.3 Jan. 27-Feb. 2: 45.5 Feb. 3-9: 49.6 Feb. 10-16: 29 Feb. 17-23: 8.1 (all AlterG treadmill) Feb. 24-March 1: 0 (insert crying emoji here) Races: None this month. I'd hoped to run a local race, the Cabin Fever Reliever 20K, but my left hip had other plans. Workouts: Feb. 7 - 4 x 0.5 moderate (6:30-7:00) with 0.5 easy between, within an 8 mile run. We will call this one humbling! Although the pace was moderate and not hard, it also made me really wonder how I ever ran 5 marathons with paces under 6:30! It was my first run beyond very easy after Houston and after bronchitis, so those things factored in, but oy. Feb. 11 - 6 mile progression run in 7:19, 7:14, 7:02, 6:58, 6:43, 6:35. I was hoping to do about 7:30 down to 6:00-6:15, but that wasn't in the cards. I felt pretty good for 3 miles and then just felt drained; the uphills in particular got me on this one and showed me I was not yet full strength following my illness. Doubles: Feb. 10 - I thought I was back to doubles for one day! Strides: Feb. 5, 9. Strength work: Weekly totals of 1:00, 1:25, 1:30, 2:30, 2:08 Yoga: Weekly totals of 1:00, 1:55, 1:20, 0:47, 0:36. Cross-training: I did some swimming, aquajogging, and biking, but I am not keeping specific totals, which I am calling great progress considering my obsessive cross-training history during injuries. This workout was done with Abby from the Abbey Long Runs: Feb. 1 - 10 miles (8:49). I stumbled through double-digits in a bronchitis-induced haze only because I got lost when running in an unfamiliar area before attending a CE event in Kansas City (I was trying to run 6 miles). I felt very weak, despite sleeping for 12+ hours the previous few nights, and I went on to sleep for 15 hours the night after this run! Needless to say, I probably didn't need to be running, but I did take it very easy. Feb. 8 - 13 miles (7:47). I was still somewhat weak on this run, but it was FAR better than the previous Saturday's (although, admittedly, that bar was set quite low!). I ran with Abby and Missy, which is always a highlight! Pre-dawn fun Cold long run day Running Highlights: 2:45:01 and Beyond quickly became an amazing project! I made it in the Fast Women Newsletter because of it. It is discussed at just over 11:00 into this Ali on the Run Show podcast. I was interviewed for the Road to the Olympic Trials podcast and on the Strong Runner Chick Radio podcast about it (episodes coming soon). This podcast with the Houston 2:45 pacer is a good listen (I may be biased). This piece, which actually came out in January, discussed this amazing time in U.S. Women's Marathoning. It made me realize that I have never thought twice about women in their 30s and 40s running amazingly fast, because I see it around me every day! I have felt better and run stronger in my 30s than in my 20s, which I attribute to taking better care of myself now and training properly, but I love seeing so many "normal" women running extraordinary times well into masters age categories. There has really been an explosion in recent years. This article was particularly interesting to me under the heading "Responders, non-responders and the problem with equality". I have found I do not run any faster in Vaporflys or Next %s than in others race/workout shoes, and it was nice to read that there are other non-responders to these shoes. I do recover faster from efforts in them, so it's still nice to come off of a half marathon with no recovery time needed and off a marathon barely sore. I wish they made me faster though! My running low-light was a hip injury - details here. My last outdoor run was Feb. 12. The Olympic Trials Marathon was of course a highlight, deserving of a separate post. My mention in Fast Women! Life Notes: The Kansas City (Missouri) Chiefs won the Superbowl, which my husband tells me is a huge deal. 🙂 My daughter tells me the snacks were the best part. I went to bed really sick at 7:30 p.m. that night. February 4 was my first wheeze-free day since January 17! I had a chest x-ray to ensure I didn't have pneumonia, and fortunately I didn't. The conclusion pretty much was: don't run a marathon with bronchitis. We keep Valentines very low key - thankfully! Albani made the soccer team. We started our garden (mostly Jon started our garden). Chiefs! Chiefs + frosting Chiefs + pneumonia testing Between illness & injury, I spent a lot of time on this couch w/ this cat during February Valentines from Grandpa & Grandma Gardening A poor photo of good soccer try-outs Books: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux House Rules by Jodi Piccolut Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline Again to Carthage by John L. Parker, Jr. The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention by Jay Dicharry Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan Run the Mile You're In: Finding God in Every Step by Ryan Hall This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Theme of the month: 2:45:01 and Beyond! I had a lot of fun with this project.
  27. 2 points
    Grad school goes on. Couldn’t absorb much information this afternoon after I ran my 20 miler this morning, though I tried. I should have taken a nap, but I didn’t feel sleepy early this afternoon. 20 miles went well, but I stopped my watch at one point while we waited for a light and forgot to start it again and lost almost half a mile. Then my watch gave me the low battery warning at 18.5 miles. It held out for that last mile (remember I came up .5 short), but I don’t think it will make it the hour plus longer I will need it to hold on for the marathon. So a new Garmin will be on it’s way soon. The good news is this is the perfect time for me to buy, since I’m getting a much larger than normal tax refund thanks to an education credit and I have a friend who works for Garmin so I can get the employee discount by buying through her. (I assume this is fine with Garmin because she offered a while back, without me asking) Today's run I ran my longest weekday run ever in the snow on Wednesday. 11 miles. I added the last mile to make it a weekday PR. It was beautiful, but the snow was completely gone by midafternoon. I decided to stay home from work so I could get homework done, and so I could do my taxes. I always feel a little weird/guilty taking a day off like that, but this really worked out well so if I’m ever running double digit miles on a weekday again and I have the time to spare I’ll probably do it. Maybe even if I don’t have homework to do (and these things will probably never happen on the same day again so…) I have 178 miles for this month, and I’ll end up with just under 50 miles for the week. If February was just one day longer it would be my highest monthly mileage. Weekly mileage is probably the highest also, but I’m not sure what my exact PR for that is. Lots of miles. I hope they pay off. Even though I’ve run more, and I’ve got a lot of other stuff going on, I don’t feel quite as drained or sluggish as I often do at this point. That said, I don’t think I have a PR in me either. Asheville is not going to be an easy course. I’ll be pretty happy to come in under 5 hours based on what I know going in. A couple new things I love. I recent found an artist through a Brave Like Gabe post. Her name is Jacqueline Alnes (find her on Etsy at PhDistance). I love her art and bought a few of her prints recently. I also am I big tea drinker and I found a local tea company that has some really great teas. I love the Chai and the Cup of Sunshine as well as the Sunshine Dust. You can make a drink with the Sunshine Dust, warm milk and honey that is really good. A little like a Chai latte, but pepperier and doesn't remind me of drinking a Christmas candle. I like Chai tea in general better without milk I've found. Big Heart Tea Co if you are interested. I’m also making a final push on fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (I run with Team in Training). I have $62 to go to meet my commitment (the amount I must meet or make up the difference) but I’d really love to get another $400 on top of that, mainly because that would put me over $30,000 lifetime. Given how many races I’ve run with TNT and the minimum amounts I had to meet, it isn’t quite as good as it sounds, but still. Also, I have to say, this wasn’t really me, it took everyone who ever donated through me. If you feel so inclined to help me with a part of that $462 I’m hoping to raise here is the link - https://pages.lls.org/tnt/gat/ashvle20/ABrinker
  28. 1 point
    My notice came in an email yesterday afternoon. Sugarloaf is cancelled. If you remember, for a week or so I'd been congratulating myself for picking a marathon in May instead of April. Turns out Mother Nature doesn't like to be upstaged. On Wednesday I'd run one of my hardest workouts - 6 x mile repeats at 5K pace. If that workout was any indication, well ... let's just say my 5K pace isn't what it used to be. And it was harder than I wanted to get what I got. The last one was the slowest, and not for lack of trying. So then I spent Thursday morning contemplating how excruciating the 10 mile recovery run that day was going to be. When the email from Sugarloaf came, even though it was hafl-expected, it was still a shock. Sent a FB message to ocrunnergirl, since I figured she'd have the same notice. Is it bad to think I was looking forward to meeting up with another Loopster as much as I was for the race? Her email had gone to her hub's account, so she hadn't seen it yet, making me the bearer of the bad news. I hate bearing bad news. The rest of the afternoon I couldn't decide if I should finish out the week at my full training schedule, or immediately cut back, take a few days to process things and come up with a new strategy for the rest of spring and summer. Thought about how tired I was and that the only thing that's kept me going the last few weeks was the carrot of that marathon at the end of the stick. About this time in training that's normal. In the end, I decided that 7 was enough miles. By the end of those 7, I decided that I was right. Today I'll do 5 and decide about tomorrow's long run later. Maybe I'll do the full 16, because being out for that long with no doubt be therapeutic and I could use some therapy now. On a brighter note, the first weekend of the Loop's Covid-19 Races Series was successful. We had 34 entrants. 12 in the 5K, 10 in the 10K and 8 ran pikermis. There were a couple who did 8K and one was a 10-miler. There were a bunch of selfies, empty roads and neighborhoods, a couple of pets, and some adorable kids. Here are the results, which I also posted in Loopville. Place Loopster Time Distance Bonus Points 1 Peg Erb 0:22:30 3.1 Selfie & Tucker 2 Brian Vaughan 0:25:41 3.1 3 Ken Stawowy 0:27:03 3.1 4 George Grennick 0:27:20 3.1 Selfie, cardboard box & an empty road 5 Becky Young 0:28:49 3.1 Selfie 6 Mark Hermacinski 0:33:49 3.1 7 Maxwell Melvin 0:41:32 3.1 PSycho shoes 8 Edward Burgoyne 0:46:59 3.1 Spooky tree 9 Reed 0:59:31 3.1 Kite and a tree 10 Erin Mahr 1:00:17 3.1 11 Dave DeCoursey idk 3.1 12 Jessica Schultz oops 3.1 Selfie w/ cute daughter 1 Heidi Murray kids 4 2 strollers, 2 bikes, 3 beautiful little girls 1 Emma Jane Allen 0:50:31 5 2 Debby Klinect 0:58:32 5 1 Susan Cornelius 0:59:02 6.2 2 Deirdre Hinkle Reyna 0:59:29 6.2 3 Scott Bader 0:59:33 6.2 Seahorse shaped route, Georgia flowers 4 Angela Brinker 1:05:17 6.2 Bloop and a cat. 5 Barbara Cumming 1:05:21 6.2 6 Greg Holness 1:05:29 6.2 Selfie and rain 7 John Paniccia 1:05:54 6.2 8 Brenda Haskill 1:11:22 6.2 Empty bike path, Elite runner, and a bloop! 1 Gwen Stark 1:00:22 7 1 Jennifer Ralston 1:44:45 10 1 Shanda Warren 1:44:56 13.1 Hot Selfie 2 Dave 1:52:27 13.1 Empty street, flooded river 3 Tim Emmett 1:55:02 13.1 Socially distant running buddy 4 Brad Angle 1:56:03 13.1 5 John Nguyen 2:00:15 13.1 6 Tim Pierce 2:08:19 13.1 Empty road to Navarino 7 Laura Hein McElduff 2:09:21 13.1 2 Ferraris 8 Holly Reichard 2:18:35 13.1 empty SoCal countryside 9 Emily Reed 2:13::44 13.1 The next race weekend is April 24-27, so gear up and make your plans. There's talk of a multiple distance challenge. For now, all our Loopmeets, Loopfests, races and even training runs are destined to be solo or virtual affairs. It's an interesting time. Better than more people dying, though. Hang in there, kids. It won't last forever, and we'll be here when it's done. Still running. Still racing. Still supporting each other.
  29. 1 point
    Wow! I'm sorry you had to go through all of that! Hoping your return to running sticks!
  30. 1 point
    Way to tough it out. Those hills at the end must of been rough.
  31. 1 point
    If nothing else, this virtual race series has really shown how much influence that Dave has over The Loop. :-) That's some elevation!
  32. 1 point
    Very impressed with your solo marathon. You are awesome! And thanks for that exercise information.
  33. 1 point
    Really nice week of workouts! You're in much better shape than me right now. I hope your marathon stays on, but I seriously doubt it. Would you do a virtual 26.2? Not me.
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  35. 1 point
    Impressive!! You do have more PRs in you! I am 39 and ran my full and half PRs at 39, and my 5K PR 3 weeks before I turned 39.
  36. 1 point
    Holy mackeral you've been dealing with a lot. I'm glad you're here and we'll support you no matter how smoothly it goes as you run more and fix your motivator. 😁
  37. 1 point
    Wow, you are a fighter! Whatever happens with running, you are already amazing, but I hope you can find joy in the run too.
  38. 1 point
    Wow. I'm sorry you had such a debilitating illness. But you recovered! Sounds like a bit of a miracle. Best of luck as you get back to running.
  39. 1 point
    such a great video 😃
  40. 1 point
    This week was like a year!
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  42. 1 point
    You'd never heard of Molly Seidel? Where've you been? But that's so cool about Roger chatting up Jacob Riley's father. And I'm glad you got to go down there and partake of a great weekend!
  43. 1 point
    No heart-shaped pizza for us, but we did go out to Old Town for a Valentine's Day "Paint 'n' Sip." I did a lot more sipping than Mrs. AB, but we ended up with reasonably compatible paintings. I hope you're having a good March as well; are you on the Covid-19 front lines in KC?
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  45. 1 point
    I'm in Maine every summer, but in the "populated" part. Hope training continues to go well!
  46. 1 point
    My family spends time in Rangeley, ME, just south of Eustis, every summer. Lots of memories have been made in that part of the state, so I'm envious of you. Good places to eat in Rangeley and Oquossoc, if you have time to sightsee. Good luck with the training.
  47. 1 point
    I think Dave fainted when he read about your 21 mile TM run.
  48. 1 point
    Ugh! Then that is aggravating!
  49. 1 point
    Love the Bermuda triangle! Sounds like a lot of cool adventures this year.
  50. 1 point
    If they need a 2:00 - 2:30 pacer next year I'm in! LOL Looks like a great time!
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