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SIbbetson

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  1. SIbbetson

    The project that never ends.

    This seems just as fun as The Song that Never Ends.
  2. SIbbetson

    March Madness

    She did not get it from her momma. 😉
  3. SIbbetson

    March Madness

    March 2021 in review! Total mileage for the month: 428.2, which is a pretty significant new monthly mileage PR for me (my previous was 400.2 in Dec. 2019) March 1-7: 102.2 March 8-14: 91.9 March 15-21: 100.2 March 22-28: 90.3 March 29-April 4: projected at 100 Races: March 13: Running of the Squirrels 5k in 18:36 (5:58 pace) for 1st overall female. I accomplished the goals I had for this training race and really enjoyed the day, even with the constant rain for all 17.7 miles I ran!
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    Tiny progress

    That's a wonderful feeling - yay!
  5. That was NOT something I'd ever expected to do.
  6. Thank you! It's not unexpected for smaller races to have hiccups, and smaller races are the only ones happening right now, so I'll take what I can get. Definitely work on race excitement - it makes the whole experience even better, and I'll be your run better (vs. when fearful) too. Get out there and enjoy your victory lap after all of your training!
  7. The short: I won a half marathon and set the Oklahoma female masters state record! I had an amazing race trip with my friends! Runners are the best people ever! Everything is wonderful! I didn't run quite as fast as I'd have liked at T-Town, but 60 degrees in March is much warmer than 60 degrees in September. I was proud of my even pacing and solid performance running solo on a course with some tricky elevation. As per usual, I'd have preferred a 30-40 degree day, pacing partners, and an easy course, but given the circumstances I don't really think this could have gone any better.
  8. So much awesomeness here!
  9. I have now learned a lot about white squirrels.
  10. I enjoyed your RR!
  11. Yup, I can only do that by completely disregarding my watch. And, yes, it was nice that the awards were inside!
  12. There are! We even saw one during our warm up. They are albino, and apparently Marionville, MO is one of the top 5 places in the U.S. for them: https://untamedscience.com/biodiversity/white-squirrel/
  13. 30-39 women rock!
  14. The short: I ran a 5k, you know, because those fit so well with half marathon and 50k training. I actually did it for $100 cash and a cute porcelain squirrel trophy, although driving to the race in the pouring rain I had second thoughts. Luckily it was 50 degrees so being soaked wasn't torturous, and I was able to win overall female for said cash and squirrel, with an 18:36 via splits of 5:57, 6:03, 5:57 (5:26 final 0.12). I then ran the course again at marathon effort (6:28 average) and an 8.2 mile cool down, which along with a 3.4 mile warm up gave me a 17.7 mile long run. My ra
  15. Already, March has been MUCH kinder.
  16. Good cold weather gear makes such a huge difference!
  17. We didn't agree on that book - I didn't like it. I just couldn't get into it. I guess I need to step up my game in March!
  18. 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
  19. Moving is much harder than a long run.
  20. 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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    Virtually the Same

    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!
  22. I'm going to read your post now! Masks were required indoors, which was the main precaution. It was a small race, and non-contact outdoor activities are considered safe, but rural Missouri is much different than California so I understand the comment.
  23. It is definitely the best way for me to race! My grade adjusted splits were all within 7 seconds of each other.
  24. I am sure that is accurate! I also believe you burn more calories in the cold so that may have contributed. I'm currently doing back-to-back long runs every Saturday and Sunday, which has helped me be more intentional about my fueling, but I forgot to fully take the 20k of fast running into account on this one and will definitely do better next time.
  25. You're right - the weather IS always worse somewhere else! Hope your dietary changes pay off.
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