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  1. A few incarnations ago, I lived in a little town in the hill country of Tejas. I would meet up every weekend in San Gabriel Park with a couple of other guys to go for the weekly long run. We called ourselves the San Gabriel River Runners, a club that ebbed and flowed, but was basically the three of us. I was an environmentalist left wing zealot journalist save the world vegetarian ultraliberal. One of my companions was an average older working guy. The other owned a rock quarry next to the highway, constantly digging an ever-growing gash in the beautiful countryside. He flew his own plane, drove a Mercedes, was crazy rich. Pretty much everything I hated. But here's the weird thing. On Sunday mornings, he was just another runner. Old shoes, goofy shorts and shirts, enthusiasm for suffering. We would run in the heat and snow and rain, and then go to the little town's only McDonald's for pancakes. He was a genuinely nice guy. We disagreed on some things, but we had that common ground -- the love of running. I never saw him outside of those Sunday morning outings, so to me he was always just a runner. I think that's why runners make the best friends. You start out with something you both believe in and passionately love. It's the perfect common ground to build a relationship on, to find out people can have different beliefs than you without hating them. In a world that has become so divisive and full of hate, running allows a sense of community and love to sneak in through the road less traveled. I think the world would be a better place if we looked a little harder to see what we have in common, and less to see what drives us apart. But then wine seems like a good option also ...
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  2. So amazing. I think that means we're famous too.
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  3. Mr Bacon - loved his writing. How to catch a bird from your fireplace. Shoes, shows, shoes. So funny
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  4. So much hurt inside all of the circles of my life in the last few years. Would be such a comfort to have a safe haven from that again. A thought: Remind people that a place like this is still here if they want to come.
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  5. Garbo, if you make me cry like this one more time I may have to put you back in Loop jail.
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  6. I think I read this somewhere once: "Don't think about that anymore now. Think about something nicer. Think about cookies."
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  7. No one has ever said, "gee, I wish I'd started that marathon faster." Start slower and crank it down later if you feel good. For me personally, overall volume is the most influential factor on my marathon performance, so I'd be very conservative early on if I was in your shoes.
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  8. BTW, 8:48 is going to feel awfully slow. You know that, right?
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  9. This is an easy one, since it's Boston. Early miles are going to be fast no matter what, so plan for it that way. First 10k at 8:48, 9:00s from there to the hills, then see what's left after Heartbreak. Hope to see you there that weekend. We'll be working bib pickup Sunday morning.
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  10. I suggest you sprint from the start whilst carrying a log on your shoulders
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  11. My minimum walking temperature is also much, much warmer than my minimum running temperature - same goes for biking and elliptigoing, and really just for leaving the house in general. 😉 Never give up!
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  12. and ok, mostly i stopped by because i wanted to smack some light bulbs before the season is over ...
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  13. {this reply has been removed by Loop moderators due to its extreme mushiness, per rule 23.7 "no extreme mushiness allowed.}
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  14. Maybe you start with a commitment to run 1 mile and see how it goes? Sometimes we longtime runners view 3 as an absolute minimum, but for the rest of the world, 3 can be long way. In any case, please be nice to yourself. ❤️
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  15. Great job being stronger than your excuses!! That's the way I trained for my April marathon. Even if I felt awful I would make myself get on my treadmill and I just started at a really slow pace. I usually ended up cranking up the pace and having a pretty good run. Don't think. Just go.
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  16. Just fucking get out there. Today. Love, Brad PS> Nice to see you.
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  17. I randomly read some Mr. Bacon posts at: http://therealmrbacon.com/2014/06/06/literally-all-ive-got-going-on-right-now-its-science/ <-- enjoyed this one again just now! Sadly, nothing has been posted since 2016, but the old posts still make me laugh!
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  18. Saw a fb update from JW a few months ago. He looked well and happy then. Ditto the brilliance of Bacon. I also miss when I wrote a lot and some of it was interesting and even funny (at least to me).
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  19. bob is in oregon. wrote me when i was there last month in an effort to meet up, apparently still under the illusion i’m an actual person. gonzo recently reacted to a photo of me with a questionable beard when i was younger in which i wondered if it made me look psychotic. he posted photo of himself in similar psychotic beard, which only seemed to reinforce my point. so at least those two are still ok. worst part about facebook was discovering that some of the people here were actual humans and not just more aliases i hade made up in late-night drunken stupors.
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  20. i would say something snarky here, but I'm still on probation.
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  21. Those were the days, weren't they? I miss them. I miss you. I miss a lot of things.
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  22. That was fun to read. Your loop name is definitely obsolete!
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  23. Very sorry to hear this. I had to stay away from all forms of exercise after dealing with chronic itbs injury where my hip was aching all the time even while not running. After seeing all kinds of doctors, many imagings done, three different PTs over two years period, I just stopped everything including stretching and strength workouts for about 2 months resting completely. I build back gradually starting with my PT workouts then slowly increase my milage and incorporated strength exercise too. I have flare-ups here and there but never lasted more than for few days. I hope the complete rest will do you good. And be patient coming back. Good luck!
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  24. the bike is very annoying because you can buy speed, which means to be competitive you have to spend money.. every single expensive bit of my tri-bike is from ebay ;-) including the frame, bought it for $500 and then built it up.. A new bike won't do much for speed. Cheaper and faster is to buy a few bits for the existing bike. A disc rear wheel is worth 2min or so over the 70.3 bike ride. That is relatively easy, $100 for a wheel cover from wheelbuilder.com. Real discs are thousands but the wheel cover is about 98% as effective aerodynamically as a real disc.. front wheel isn't so easy, but can be found used for a couple hundred. Another minute or two. Tires and tubes are startlingly important - mostly through rolling resistance. Check bicyclerollingresistance.com for more detail than you could possibly want ;-) I tend to get the mid-range tires that are a bit cheaper and more durable, something like Continental 4000. Then latex tubes in them for race day. Ordinary inner tubes are butyl and slower and less comfortable than latex. Other cheap improvements that give good bang for the buck, - aero helmet - tight fitting bike top with sleeves, and keep it zipped up ;-) A generally good aero helmet is the Garneau P09, though I have trouble paying $200 for a bike helmet. My aero helmet was $100 used from a friend who was upgrading. Position on the bike is the single biggest factor in speed, because of aerodynamics. Aerodynamics is weird and wildly specific to the individual. The only way to tell if a bike fit or position change will actually be faster is to go to a wind tunnel, or do some homebrew aero testing. I used to ride a small circuit on the road out at a state park at max effort, early in the morning to avoid wind and traffic, and do 5 repetitions with each setup. Averaging the times gives a rough idea of whether it is any better. Things like angling the aerobars up, moving them up and down, saddle etc.
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  25. Way to go, Gwen! Such a great race. You're really an exceptional athlete - you know that, right???
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  26. the complaints are fine by me, I can join in on the chorus ;-) find I can do about 3-4 miles at a reasonable pace, after that I'm baked and it's walk it in.. best of luck to you both for 8th grade.. I don't know about girls, but it was a journey with both my sons..
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  27. That Father Time guy really chaps my hide. Congrats on getting back in the game.
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  28. Great racing! Way to gut out those final 2 miles.
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  29. Ugh. Sorry about you being sick for Boston.
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  30. Congrats! Did you see Tommy Rivers?
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  31. What a wild ride! You look great in all those pics, though. THRE CODE ABBYS? That's nuts. Sorry I missed you with everything else going on. DS really smoked the course and we were scrambling all morning, trying to keep up with him. Maybe this ITB will heal and I can join you next year.
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  32. Guess we can always sit on the bus together...
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  33. Gwen!! I am so excited to see what’s in store for you in 2022! I’m glad that your calf is behaving and you’re back to running! Miss you!!
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  34. Thank you!!! She is amazing!!! I can’t believe how lucky I am! Thank you! ❤️
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  35. You forgot to mention your car troubles. Those have always made even good times seem bad, so they especially kill when the rest of your life is on a rough road (see what I did there?). One step at a time, Loopy. We're here for you.
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  36. Thank you!! It is still one of my favorites! (Shirts/races/weekends!)
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  37. and some are even nicer in real life.
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  38. I am glad you got it checked out and it isn’t a stone!
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  39. I'm sure you learned who I really am on Facebook: a guy whose jokes really are that lame, not just in the Loop!
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  40. Thank you! And it's all relative - push hard and you are successful in a fartlek!
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  41. Way to go to come from behind for the win!
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  42. I don't keep much track of reading, but now I read a lot on Kindle and it links to Goodreads, so can see what I read last month ;-) Those giant Wheel of Time novels take a bit of getting through.. wanted to get a start before the Amazon series begins. The casting looks excellent, I particularly like the actor who plays Perrin - just what I'd expect a smarter-than-he-looks careful thoughtful ex-blacksmith, to look like.. 'Why Fish don't Exist' looks interesting.. Faithful Hoffman, Alice The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2) Jordan, Robert The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1) Jordan, Robert Binti: The Complete Trilogy Okorafor, Nnedi The White Mirror (Li Du #2) Hart, Elsa DUKE: Inspector Mislan and the Expressway Murders Noor, Rozlan Mohd Magic Lessons: The Prequel to Practical Magic Hoffman, Alice Practical Magic (Practical Magic, #1) Hoffman, Alice The Fallen Man (Leaphorn & Chee, #12) Hillerman, Tony Under Heaven (Under Heaven, #1) Kay, Guy Gavriel This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) Schwab, Victoria All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) Wells, Martha
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  43. What I've decided a week later: I die less than others in humid 70-75*, and I die more than others in 90*!
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  44. Some days "it" just isn't there. Frustrating, but life. Even so, congrats on the silver!
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  45. Holy smokes. You can be on my relay team any time.
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  46. New plan. The Runner's World was awful. I love my treadmill for the iFit. Monday I did a run, first in a series, for becoming competitive in a 5k. Lots of warnings for the first 10 minutes that this is not for beginners. While I'm not fast, I think I qualify as above a beginner. It's a 7 week series. Run 1 was in a Costa Rican jungle. This is much more what I had in mind, still hard, but beautiful scenery.
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  47. Jealous of this upcoming Italy trip. Best wishes for your continued progress on all fronts.
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  48. So happy for you, TreeGirl! Tell Moose I said hi!
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  49. If I was a sensitive guy I'd be getting a little misty over here. Good thing I'm not. Seriously, this is some outstanding stuff, bangle. 2020 was a high mileage record for me, too. Funny what no races can do for you.
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