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  1. 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
    10 points
  2. 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 f
    9 points
  3. 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
    8 points
  4. "Magic beans, baby. Magic beans." -- the prophet barack obama -- A blank running log. A road stretching out with no end in sight. Hope on the horizon. You ponder making a New Year's Resolution. Sure, you never came anywhere close to keeping the past 63. But maybe This Year Will Be Different. What is it about January 1 that makes us evaluate our lives, reassess things, pretend we can change? An exercise in futility is still exercise, I suppose. You consider the possibilities as the day goes by. Through the 3 miles on the canal, trudging along at chemo pace. While n
    8 points
  5. I swear I posted this yesterday but it never posted... I never thought I would go this long without posting. I guess it kind of snowballed. Or the opposite of snowballed, I guess. More and more of life happened but the less I had to say about it, I guess. But I made so many friends here. And I am still bitter that RW purged everything while I was on vacation and I lost years worth of posts. So, for as long as Cliff will allow it, I will do my best to post somewhat regularly.
    8 points
  6. I remember the day well. My normal route at the time took me along the bike path for a bit then out to the water before turning back past the kid’s amusement park along the Keansburg boardwalk and finally wound its way through the meth soaked part of town on the way home. On this day though, I was stretching it out. I was taking a few extra turns through the neighborhood to get an extra mile in and make it my first longest run ever. To this point my running was a consistent 3 mile loop in cotton sweats and the socks and undershirt I wore to work. My last cigarette was by necessity the on
    8 points
  7. Today marks my 3 year anniversary of running the Boston Marathon - 4/2017 I was super pumped to have qualified and been able to run that race. Having never thought of myself as an athlete I was in awe to be starting among these finely chiseled runners. After 2 years of injury hell I finally turned a corner in November. It was like someone unlocked the door and I got to emerge from injury jail. I asked my husband for 1 of 3 races for Christmas -- Shamrock 1/2 Marathon, Revel Mt Charleston or the Sugarloaf Marathon. He signed me up for ALL 3! I was super nervous to train fo
    8 points
  8. 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
    8 points
  9. 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
    7 points
  10. Who let the dogs out? Who, who, who, who, who? -- the prophets gurley and douglas -- I get a lot of Running Warehouse ads at this joint, which I rarely notice. Until today. I'm not sure what to make of these shorts. A bonfire, possibly. Not only are they dogs (which offends my cat greatly), but they're a one-inch split inseam. How could anyone fast enough to be worthy of one-inch split inseams think this was a good idea? Although to be fair, they're marked down six dollars and five centavos, just in time for Groundhog Day giving. I can't imagine anyone running in th
    7 points
  11. I wrote out some resolutions for the year. Nothing crazy. 1. Spend 20 minutes a day studying Hungarian. 2. Run at least 3 times a week (even if I am slow). 3. Eat better. 4. Start backpacking (this spring). 5. Spend less time at the office. Well, I am writing this from my desk at the office on a Sunday, while eating peppermint bark, my run tomorrow and probably for the week is postponed due to an emergency oral surgery first thing in the morning and Magyar nagyon nehéz. Aki tudta? So all in all it’s going better than 202
    7 points
  12. Hi All! I don't want to see this place go away, and I know that requires contributing more regularly. Thus, New Year's Resolution #1 - (setting an achievable goal) - post something (anything - even if it is to check in with a "no runs" update) at least twice a month. I'm hoping #1 helps with accountability for #2 - Run consistently. Now for the title of this post- I can never run well in December. It is a fact that I know exists, and I don't try to do anything about. In a typical year, I train through the fall and then Thanksgiving hits like a wall and I stop pretty much any
    7 points
  13. "Does he have a motorcycle? If you're going to throw your life away, he better have a motorcycle." -- the prophet lorelai gilmore -- I have a moral dilemma. I found the perfect shoes. They're incredibly comfortable, impossibly lightweight, and come in an array of weird designs and colors. They're dirt cheap ($55 -- are you serious?) and they automatically mail them to me every three months in a nondescript bag as to not alarm the neighbors. The "company" is just a few goofballs in an empty warehouse in Austin, making the shoes they always wanted, and they're sharing their
    7 points
  14. 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 sto
    7 points
  15. “The true runner is a very fortunate person. He has found something in him that is just perfect.” ― the prophet sheehan -- I became a runner on May 19, 1979. The Run for Life in San Angelo, Texas. A 5 miler, back when there were such things. 34 minutes and change. I was hooked. My Uncle Bob was an addict. Old Onitsuka Tigers and tattered shirts, a True Believer back in the days of Fixx and Sheehan, of flour starting lines and popsicle-stick finishing systems, of DMSO and Pearl Light. I never had a chance; I was hooked. I knew my life would never be the same. I h
    6 points
  16. "Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky. One can only assume that this has something to do with not smoking enough." -- the prophet lebowitz -- He's standing at the red light. Oh, how I hate him. I'm sitting in the car, waiting for Mo to return from her run. I'm still at the point where a slow 2 mile walk is a near-death experience, so she finishes up her masked-miles marathon while I read a book of essays by a crabby New Yorker (if that isn't redundant, and I think it might be. Sorry, KRG). I look up, an
    6 points
  17. As much as I love working from home, there was a part of me that struggled through 2020, like many. Covid-19 sucked, but I got over it, mostly. I still seem to be having some issues. Running is harder than it should be. I just got back from what was supposed to be an easy 5 miler that just didn't feel easy. And like always, I can't tell if it's that or just that I'm about to turn 62 and the pages are turning. By the end of the year, I was done with half of the country. Between the election and the pandemic, I'm convinced that 50% of Americans are either ignorant beyond reason or purp
    6 points
  18. December 2020 in review! Total mileage for the month: 327.3 Nov. 30-Dec. 6: 75.1 Dec. 7-13: 70.7 Dec. 14-20: 73.8 Dec. 21-27: 77.4 Dec. 28-Jan. 3: projected at 72 Races: None this month, but I think there will be some 2021 racing! Workouts: Dec. 2: An unstructured faster day that included 5 moderate miles and about (I lost count) 12 x telephone pole pickups within a 10.2 mile run. I didn't time anything involved in this but my average for the entire run was 7:33. De
    6 points
  19. A whole year in review. Most people would say that Covid was the most impactful thing of their 2020, but really that didn’t affect me too much. I was pregnant again! Yay! So, working from home (was already doing that with my toddler), not racing, and avoiding people really wasn’t a big deal. Pregnancy – not as easy as the first time. Birth – much, MUCH, easier than the first time. Now recovery – so far, so good, but its slow, which is difficult. I waited the recommended 6-weeks to start running…nope, not really, I went for a couple short (like a quarter mile) jogs at 4 weeks, but I was
    6 points
  20. Covid-19? Over-training? Some other virus? Mental fatigue? Disappointment at my race being cancelled? Whatever it was, my last good run was on April 1. Since then, I've run 8 times. 7 of them were awful. Slow. Tired legs. Gasping for air. Listless. Dragging. The day after doing 6 x miles (total 11.5), I was scheduled for 10. That was the morning I got the email cancelling Sugarloaf. So I did 7 instead. It wasn't great, like normal. It was slower than most runs lately. But the 6 x 1 was my hardest so far, so I gave myself all the slack for going slow. But the
    6 points
  21. 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 sa
    6 points
  22. 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 w
    6 points
  23. 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 q
    6 points
  24. 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
    5 points
  25. 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
    5 points
  26. 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
    5 points
  27. 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
    5 points
  28. I ran a virtual half marathon last week, sort of. I finally got to see (outside, mostly at a distance over 6 feet), many of my Team in Training friends who I haven’t seen since March. They were running their virtual Disney races. Since I wasn’t signed up for any of those, I didn’t really run a virtual race, but I did run the half distance. But I was a part of the larger fundraising team that had all planned on running races in the last year (that none of us got to run) and that fundraising team has raised $260,000+ so we got “Circle of Heroes” medals that I got after I finished my not Disney n
    5 points
  29. They arrived. So much anticipation. Last year’s style, but hey, updates are not always better. Might as well try the older cheaper model. Green and gold (Launch - St. Patrick’s Day 2020). Cool colors in my opinion (DH thinks they're ugly though). Excitement growing. These might be awesome! They look awesome! I can’t wait to try them! Running will be so much easier in these shoes! I take off my right shoe instantly. Inserting foot into the new show. Hmmm. Seems short. Insert left foot. Ooooo this one feels slightly better! The right foot is always worse. So are the right knee and
    5 points
  30. I’ve had a hard time motivating myself to write. Once I finished my masters degree it felt like my brain just sort of shut off. I haven’t been successful in my job search either, but I haven’t been trying as hard as I should. A masters in nutrition isn’t opening doors the way I hoped it would. Most jobs that are directly related to nutrition require the RD, which I can’t get because doing the internship, while not technically impossible, is in practice impossible. It was still very worthwhile information, and having the masters still might help me get a research job. It could also be helpful i
    5 points
  31. This was supposed to be the summer I took on my first 1/2 Iron Tri -- swim 1.2, bike 56, run 13.1, but like everything else it was canceled due to Covid. I've been riding with a great group of people for the past 3 months. Many of them are veterans of the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. They asked me to join their fundraising bike team for the Foster 100. The Foster 100 raises money for service dogs for veterans. The Covid rules for the event were to accumulate 100 miles in the week of Septemeber 7 - 13. Since my tri was cancelled I signed up. In the meanwhile a local RD sa
    5 points
  32. I first heard about the Run Thru Hell sometime in the 90's. At the time I wasn't running enough to think I should do such a crazy thing as ten hilly miles in the middle of August in Michigan. Granted, it's not Florida or Arizona, but average morning conditions include both temps and dew points in the 70s. Icky, soupy stuff for running. Anyway, I finally got up the mileage and the courage to go to Hell in 2011, the summer I was training for marathon #5 (Philly). Finished that day in what I think was a comfortable 1:26. In 2013 I ran 1:23 and then last year a 1:33 (started OK but really cra
    5 points
  33. Note: I copied and pasted this from my blog, and some of the links do not work but I am too lazy to check and change them all, so if you can't get to linked material from this post, refer to the original post here. I've seen so many benefits from slowing down my easy runs that I want to tell the world so every runner can get these benefits. Learn from my mistakes, everyone! In the future I'll post more details about my personal experience, but in short, when I slowed down my easy runs I felt much stronger, had markedly fewer injuries/niggles, had reduced incidences of illness, experienc
    5 points
  34. It was a rough week last week. Sigh. Somehow Bangle’s post asking if people were willing to state their goals for the weekend’s Loopster virtual challenge caught me by surprise. What day is it? Can’t be the end of the month?? I kind of brushed it aside. And then I saw that Dave had run his 10k on Friday. WTH? It’s not this weekend, but apparently it was? Yet Friday I did nothing except some leg strengthening— 3:00 wall sits, 30 Bulgarian split squats, 30 squats, 30 pushups, 30 chair dips and some planks. If I had it to do over I would’ve done 30 burpees to follow Barbara’s
    5 points
  35. So I had a birthday last week. Since we are all bored stuck at home and looking for meaning in our lives, I tried to think of a birthday run. 58 miles? No chance. 58KM? Still way too long. 5.8 miles? Nah, too boring. 58 laps on the track? That would be 14.5 miles and possible, but challenging. But all the tracks are closed, so forget that. So then I thought an appropriate challenge during these "Stay-at-home" times would be to do 58 lengths of my block. I would never get more than 200 yards from my front door. Garmin measured it out as .12 miles, so 58 back and forths would be about 7.2 m
    5 points
  36. 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
    5 points
  37. 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 correct
    5 points
  38. ...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'
    4 points
  39. 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
    4 points
  40. . weird. my dress shoes fit exactly the same. maybe the problem is with your dresses.
    4 points
  41. Let's leave things as they are until life returns. Keep posting. Thanks all.
    4 points
  42. This past Sunday, Oct 25th I ran the Blarney Stone & Screaming Banshee Mashup Half Marathon which was a reschedule of the Blarney Stone Half Marathon that was cancelled in the Spring and combining it with the Screaming Banshee Half Marathon scheduled for Oct 25th. 3 friends and I from our running group had originally signed up for the spring Blarney Stone Half. The race had 3 start windows; 9-9:40am, 9:40-10:20am for the Half Marathon/10K/5K and an additional start window of 10:20-11am for the 10K and 5K. We had go online and enter our name on one of the start window tabs
    4 points
  43. June 2020 in review! Total running mileage for the month: 241.5 June 1-7: 47 - this was my first real week of running back! June 8-14: 55.4 June 15-21: 60.1 June 22-28: 60 June 29-July 4: TBD, probably around 60 again Rebecca & Jack gapping the group on a beautiful farm road morning (Missy also gapped us, then stopped to take photos!) Total bike mileage for the month: 95.8 - just posting this because it's
    4 points
  44. I'm finding it hard to get out the door these days, masked like a bandit and dodging from one sidewalk to another then on to the trails and running a sort of randomized cross-country for most of the way. It's just not appealing.. Sunday was my name day. Douglas isn't a Christian name so I had to find another for chrismation into the Orthodox church, picked Thomas for a number of reasons. The apostle Thomas gets a whole week of celebration beginning on St Thomas Sunday, the week after the resurrection when the doubter felt the wounds and believed. Name days are more important than birthday
    4 points
  45. It’s been two weeks since my last entry. That’s longer than normal for me. One would think with the lockdown since mid-March, I’d have more time to be writing. Although, if I’m not doing anything, there’s not much to write about. I’m not a deep thinker. But I did run a 10K yesterday, as part of the Loop’s Covid-19 series of virtual races, so I should put that down. Last month I ran a half marathon, since I was about half way through my training for what was going to be the Sugarloaf Marathon in May. Lost my mojo for marathon training after that, so I haven’t been putting in the milea
    4 points
  46. 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
    4 points
  47. March 2020 in review! Total mileage for the month: 0...no running and no clear answers on what my hip issue is (injury update post here) - but after manual distractions at my very first PT appointment on April 1 I was able to walk without a limp for the first time since February 11, so I'm now feeling optimistic, although it's insane that a few minutes of movements helped the issue more than 8 weeks of not running did. Races: Obviously none this month. Although my reason for not racing was being injured, 3 of 3 races I had planned for this month cancelled due to COVID-19. T
    4 points
  48. 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 F
    4 points
  49. 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
    4 points
  50. 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 arrog
    4 points
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