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  1. Hey there. It's been over six months since I've felt like I had anything good to write about. But I'm back. Still running. More than ever actually. Last year I ran 1,647 miles which is a 40-year high. That was made possible by the lack of any significant injuries, as well as the lack of tapering or downtime for racing! I spent the summer thinking (foolishly) I was training for a Fall marathon, but when that went away I just kept putting in miles at a slightly lower rate. So it turned out to be a good year despite the lack of races and race road trips (after Atlanta anyway). I did manage t
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  2. Success! I ran every day in January (at least 1 mile) and ran a total of 62 miles, so an average of 2 miles/day. I was quite proud of that. Most days I'd get myself outside with saying, "just one mile" and I would end up with more, and even did a day of 4 miles! Other days, the "just one mile" would be "just one mile" typically "sprinted" on the treadmill in 8 minutes to "get er done." Goal met! More miles in January than the past two years! Since January, not so much. Goals are good. I set a goal and accomplished it. Yay!! Now what?? 3.5 miles so far in February. I'd like to rac
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  3. There's this book. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. More about food than you could even imagine. Do you know what koalas eat? Eucalyptus leaves. That's it. Their entire diet is made up of nothing but eucalyptus leaves. On the other extreme, there's us. We eat everything. Seeds, fruits, grass, the flesh of other mammals, fungus, mold. Some of it the way it grows in nature, some we've altered recently, some we've altered over hundreds - even thousands - of years. Sometimes we add stuff to what we eat. Sometimes we combine different foods together. S
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  4. Not a running post, but running adjacent. I should be at the Millrose Games today, but I'm not, and I'm thinking about last year's Millrose, which was probably our last big day out before everything shut down. Allyson Felix was there. Donavan Brazier set an 800m men's US indoor record. Ajee Wilson set an 800m women's US indoor record. Elle Purrier set a women's USA indoor mile record. People were getting excited about Tokyo. After the meet ended, we hightailed it over to Coogan's to get a table before the runners started to trickle in. My brother-in-law, Jim, who has followed track a
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  5. I got my lab tests done and got a nasty surprise. Despite running 6+ hours a week, and a mostly decent diet, they came back with high cholesterol. (Everything else was pretty much normal). The doctor said we could start with lifestyle changes, but I’m already super active, and I’m not sure I can run much more. So that leaves diet. I have gained ~10lbs in the last year or so. Mainly related to working from the kitchen table at home. Not good. I’m hoping getting back to where I was weight-wise will help. Although my diet is “mostly decent” I’ve been snacking more, and some of those snacks have b
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  6. The short: "Happiness is reality minus expectation." I always realize how true this quote is when I run a race that exceeds my expectations, even if it's not a top performance. I chose the local Cabin Fever Reliever 20k as a rust buster, and after running the difficult course in training I figured if I could run in the 6:30s it would be a great day - as in, anything under 6:40 pace would be a success. I ran by feel because I always seem to race best that way, and as I neared the finish line I saw the clock still in the 1:19s so I kicked hard to get in excitedly at 1:19:47, which is 6:2
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  7. ...you'll be very disappointed today. I skipped my long run last weekend because I fell asleep in the afternoon and felt all groggy when I woke up until it was later than I wanted to go. And by "go" I mean get on the treadmill and run for an hour and a half. Mrs. Dave and I spent the early part of the day looking at Home Depot and Menard's for vinyl plank to re-do the entry, main hall and kitchen floors. Not really in love with any of what we found. Next stage is to visit some flooring stores in town. We're the worst at deciding things like colors and styles and whatever, but we don'
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  8. February 2021 in review! Total mileage for the month: 358.5 Feb. 1-7: 87.2 Feb. 8-14: 84.4 Feb. 15-21: 86.5 - I did a Saturday through Friday cut back week Feb. 13-19, so it affected my mileage during two Monday through Sunday weeks, but worked perfectly with the weather (which was why I did it like that). Feb. 22-28: 100.4 Happy Valentines + #frosting february Races: Feb. 6 - Cabin Fever Reliever 20k in 1:19:41 (6:24 pace/grad
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  9. I started a training plan yesterday. Two days in and all is going well. The first workout (4 x 5 minutes at threshold pace with 2 minutes rest) was difficult, but my paces were better than I expected! It was a good boost to get me excited for some hard work! Anyway, that's for a different rambling bloop, here is my workout-related question for you wise people (hmmm - maybe I should have made a poll😞 How would you handle the following situation? A training workout calls for a 10 minute warm-up (approx. 1 mile). There is a large hill about 0.4 mile into the warm-up. Running up th
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  10. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer here - it's what is best for you. Personally I'd run it as part of the warm up, keeping the effort easy which may mean super slow on the hill - and no problem with walking it if that is what it takes to keep it easy. Everything in my area is hilly so there are always some in warm ups and cool downs, and they get easier with practice. Another way to look at it - if the hill gets your heart rate up a bit temporarily it may mimic doing strides as part of a warm up, which primes your body to run fast.
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  11. Anyone else do this? I started watching this show a few weeks ago. I figured I could watch one here or there as time permitted, but mostly for a distraction while running on the treadmill. Mrs. dave and I have a few shows we like and reserve them for when we're together. But Vikings is mine. My plan was to use it just for running. But now I'm 100% sucked into the story and the characters and can't wait to see what's next. Can't someone just kill Ivar? I may have watched a full season on Saturday. It's like one of those great, easy runs when you feel better and better the farther
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  12. Good news on the anti-bodies sticking around! Hopefully, they stay up as your running returns to 100% My husband and I are planning on staying in our current home forever because moving was so difficult. As said above, moving is much harder than any long run - very nice of you to help someone else do it!
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  13. Moving is much harder than a long run.
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  14. I think you should’ve jumped on the TM anyway and given it a mile or two and then called it if you still weren’t feeling it. Also changing up speed and elevation goes a long way to fighting boredom. Kudos for helping someone move!
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  15. Here is an article at Runners World about running vs. walking hills: https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a35192011/best-strategy-for-running-hills-study/
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  16. I would let your heart rate be your guide as this is suppose to be a warmup to warmup your muscles and raise your heart rate. If your able run the hill without your heart rate going above your lactate threshold then run it, otherwise I would run/walk it to keep your heart rate from going too high and straining your muscles before your workout.
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  17. I agree with Dave and Sara. Run the hill as a part of your warm up slowing down and/or walking as needed to keep the effort in the right range.
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  18. I'd just run it as part of the warm up, but I'm stubborn that way about running the routes I decide to run. Someone more scientific might know if there are physiological benefits to one or the other.
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  19. I've been running outside this winter when I have normally ran on a treadmill and when it is slippery I go more slowly and shorten my stride. I really enjoy being able to get sometime outside and enjoy the fresh air and the rare days we actually have some sunshine.
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  20. Congrats on a great race effort and almost catching the wippersnapper, I mean C. I agree there is nothing better than being able to put in a great race effort, especially this past year.
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  21. I hope to avoid treadmills and eucalyptus leaves as much as possible. It may be a treadmill, but at least you're getting it done.
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  22. Nice to read a RR again. Well done.
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  23. Way to hang on for second place overall! Shameful doing the bandit thing though. You were using precious satellite signals reserved for real virtual racers! Nice report, but no pics? You're slacking (but not as much as me as I haven't posted in forever).
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  24. Ditto on the extra pounds here too. I had slightly above good levels cholesterol years ago. And low Vitamin D levels. With some Googling I found that Vitamin D from the sun can help break down cholesterol. Not sure if that's medically correct or not, but is on the internet. My higher level was after a cloudy, short days winter, so I just made sure to get in the sun more. No idea if it worked (or is working) as I haven't been tested again. Happy running!
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  25. Having the TV series to watch on demand is the way to do it. I'd probably put in a movie sometimes too. Well, start it and finish it over the course of a few runs. 2 hours on the mill? No thanks. Funny how Mrs. Dave hasn't used it. By "I want one, I mean 'you' want one." Here in NC it is rare to not be able to run outside. My wife and I have debated it and we had one about 15 years ago, but gave it to a cousin when we moved to NC as we wouldn't have room for it anyway. I am working on a garage gym, but mainly for some weight lifting and such. Most importantly I was able to score an older,
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  26. I ran on snow covered sidewalks and streets again this morning (it was also 17*, cold, but doable), and it was a slip-y, slow run. (Should have been a speedwork day). If I had a treadmill I'd have used it. The weather isn't supposed to get much better, and I'm asking myself everyday if it's time to brave the potentially germy gym.
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  27. It's so uplifting to read a good race report! Thank you!
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  28. Just when I'd resigned myself to not get excited about racing, you pulled me in with an actual virtual bandit RR. I've seen some 5Ks in little towns in the state, but haven't felt like driving over an hour for a 5K. This has me thinking maybe that's not really so far after all.
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  29. I'm smiling just reading a good race report again. Nice job! Both the racing and the writing.
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  30. Nicely done, Bangle.
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  31. Haha, I love the virtual bandit concept, especially because I also would not pay to run a virtual race. That is a crazy high average HR for your age - I'm impressed!
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  32. Nice work! I had my own rust buster yesterday and know what you mean about feeling good to get out there again. No mention of masks or distancing protocol. Was there any? It's a bit shocking to see that picture now with so many so close together.
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  33. Congrats on your 20K record, especially having to run most of the race alone. Looks like you are really tune into your race efforts and not needing to look at your watch.
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  35. I am with you on the need to lose 10 lbs, and it's hard. Good job on the 3lb start!! One pound a week was working well, but now with snow and ice keeping me inside more often than I would like, my weight keeps fluctuating up and down. Just when I think I'm making progress, a hard freeze (like today) comes and I can't get the stroller out in the hard frozen terrain. I just tell myself that once the weather breaks, the weight will again start going down steadily (but slowly) again. BTW - I'd be really interested in reading more about your research for your final paper. That sounds lik
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  36. Flirting with o degrees here this morning. Something broke in my head this winter and I'm planning on the treadmill until we get back near 30.
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  37. Congrats on the win and the great time! Based on (reading) research I did when working on my nutrition degree and the final paper in particular, most people could benefit from taking in more calories while running (at least as long as it doesn't cause digestive upset).
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  38. You're right - the weather IS always worse somewhere else! Hope your dietary changes pay off.
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  39. But then it got away from me. Chances are I'll remember what it was sometime in the next day or so, but it won't likely make it here. After last week's 30 days running on the treadmill, I ran outside yesterday. I'd been psyching myself up to be inside for the next several weeks. That's the way to get through an extended injury or stretch of unwanted anything, really. The mental game. But I just couldn't get my head around it. Instead, I wrapped my head into running as slowly and carefully as necessary to be outside on the slipperiness. Where the dragon of running on a sheet of
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  40. Glad to hear that you are back outside! I think that about 45 min on the ‘mill is about my limit. Best of luck to Mrs Dave with dress shopping. Nice pic pic of the Vatican Gardens, BTW. Pope Benedict XVI’s crest looks lovely in horticultural form🙂
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  41. New try with Brooks – Ravenna - half a size up. I like a little support. Helps to prevent rolling ankles, which I tend to do more often than I should. It hurts. These were a little less loud fun in color - blue and an orangey-pink. Insert right foot – feels pretty good! Insert left foot – feels pretty good too! Now for a test run. Out with DH, so a nice short jaunt for a test drive. Everything is comfortable, this is good, not AMAZING, but good! Uh oh. Is my heel slipping? I think my heel is slipping. Hmmm. 1 mile down. 0.5 to go, everything feels good again. Yay! I think, I will
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  42. Thank you!! 😂
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