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  1. SIbbetson

    August Angst

    August 2021 in review! Total mileage for the month: 402 August 2-8: 86.3 August 9-15: 100.5 August 16-22: 85.1 August 23-29: 90.0 August 30-Sep. 5: projected at 92 We love our #augustangst photos! Races: August 28: Rock the Parkway Half Marathon in 1:24:19 for 3rd overall female, which was about the best things could have gone when it was almost 90 degrees at the finish, but was hard to get too excited about. Race recap coming soon! I was registered to run the Riverside 5000 on August 14, but it was cancelled due to increasing COVID cases in the Tulsa area. I got a high mileage week in that week instead, which I preferred over a 5k anyway! Watching friends race post-long run Workouts: August 3: 3 x 1 mile with 0.25 recoveries in 5:42, 5:49, 5:53 (3.2 warm up, 3.5 cool down). I really should have run these splits in the reverse order, with a progression instead of a positive split, but a regression is what happened! I coordinated with Colin's tempo for the first two reps (his tempo pace being 5:40-5:45), which was really helpful, but I didn't have him to hang onto on the third rep and it was a grind (Christian ran the same workout and we started each rep together, which was also very helpful). This is a pace zone that is hard for me, and my legs sure let me know they weren't the happiest with it, but it was good for me! It was about 65 degrees for this workout, which felt amazing - and I knew I wouldn't be getting those conditions for my upcoming 5k race that this workout was targeted training for. August 6: 5 x 6:00 tempos with 1:00 recoveries at paces of 5:52, 5:51, 5:52, 5:50, 5:49 (2.8 warm up, 2 cool down). I jogged the recoveries after reps 1-2 and stood for them after 3-4 because Christian made me run a bit too fast and I needed to get my heart rate down. It was a great workout for both of us; goal pace was about 6:00 based on last week's tempo average of around 6:10 in warmer weather (it was 64 degrees for this one!). We ran a flat fast course. August 10: 3 x (4 x 1k at MP, 1 x 800 m at tempo) with 1:00 recoveries between reps and 2:00 recoveries between sets - paces of 6:21, 6:26, 6:23, 6:23, 5:52 / 6:16, 6:19, 6:15, 6:20, 5:54 / 6:14, 6:18, 6:20, 6:16, 6:12. The early morning weather was gross for this workout at 77* and 73* dew point, and my coach told me to use a heat calculator to adjust my paces. It said to add 19 seconds/mile, so I added 10 seconds/mile to start, but worked down to about my original pace goals on everything but the final 800 m (decent weather pace targets were 6:15 MP and 5:50-6:00 tempo). The first two sets felt pretty easy, then as per usual the heat hit me suddenly and on the final couple of 1k reps I really had to work, then on the last 800 m I didn't have much left. I think having the recovery jogs in there really helped keep me from overheating until the end; a continuous marathon pace run or tempo would have been a lot harder in these weather conditions. Christian ran the same workout, and although our paces didn't quite match, it was nice to have someone else grinding out 9 miles of work with me (we also warmed up with Colin and Elise before they did different awesome workouts on this morning)! August 14: 16 easy, 4 goal marathon pace (6:41, 6:32, 6:25, 6:15), 3.4 easy (23.4 total). My average for the marathon pace miles was about right on with heat/humidity adjustment and I kept up with Colin so I considered it a success despite the pace average not actually being 6:15. I felt strong but not fast on this run, which is pretty typical for me during peak mileage. Christian and Colin did similar workouts, and David joined us for many miles of the run too. I started this one at 4:52 a.m. (to run 1 mile before the others started at 5:00 a.m.). I later realized that this was actually the fastest I've ever run this workout, just slightly bettering what I did in April in good weather. It's just one of those workouts that makes it very difficult to wrap my head around ever running the pace for an actual marathon! August 17: 2 x 2 mile tempo at 6:08, 6:09 / 6:14, 6:07, 1 mile at 10k pace in 5:48, 6 x 0:25 hill sprints at average 5:39 (2.3 warm up, 2.8 cool down). We ran a rolling hill route for this one, so I was thinking about 6:10 for tempo pace and 5:50 for 10k pace (though when the time came for that mile I decided I'd be happy with 5:59!). I was happy with the outcome, especially since I'd checked my rolling 7 day mileage the evening before and saw 105. I'm really happy that in 2021 I've been able to still hit workouts when my mileage has been 100+ (in 2020 I couldn't quite). It was 69*, dew point 67*, which felt pretty good for August! August 21: 20.7 mile long run with 3.5 easy, 20:00 at tempo (6:31 average), 4:00 easy, 15:00 at tempo (6:19 average), 5 miles easy, 10:00 at tempo (6:23 average), 2:00 easy, 5:00 at tempo (6:14 average), easy to the finish. This was definitely a effort-based and not paced-based day! It was warm and humid (expected) then it monsooned during the first tempo effort (not expected). We questioned whether we were running or aquajogging for awhile there, but even had the weather been great I don't think I'd have knocked this one out of the park based on how my legs felt. I looked back at my training log and I hadn't had a day shorter than 9 miles for over 4 weeks, and only 5 runs of 9 miles (e.g., all of the other days were double digit mileage). My coach had scheduled a day off for me on August 19 and I asked to switch it to August 22 due to travel plans, but I think I needed the original schedule to nail this workout (especially considering August 19 changed from a day off to 12 miles). Christian, Colin, and Casey also ran this workout, and Casey hit her tempo paces with no weather adjustment (!!), but Colin and Christian suffered like me. Any day we can run 20+ miles is a great one though! August 24: 7 x 5:00 at tempo with 1:00 recoveries in paces of 6:00, 5:51, 5:53, 5:52, 5:54, 5:55, 5:50 (2.2 warm up, 2.8 cool down). Another sweltering workout, and recovery jogs that prevented me from overheating! I was targeting 6:00-6:05, but Casey pushed me to run faster and it felt [mostly] good. We had a great workout group on our flat fast workout room this morning - Casey, Christian, Rebecca, Elise, David, and Colin. August 31: Mixed system workout of 20:00 at tempo, 1.5 miles at 10k, 1600 m at 5k, 4 x 300 m hard (3:00 recoveries between everything except 200 m jog between the 300s). I ran this by effort, which ended up yielding paces slower than I'd have preferred, but I was able to get faster each section (vs. dying off, which would have happened had I pushed the pace to what I wanted it to be early on). I averaged 6:14 for the tempo, 6:07 for the 10k work, and 5:56 for the 5k work, then my 300's were all 1:00-1:01 - couldn't quite crack 60 seconds! It was 67 degrees, so felt cooler, but my legs were tired from my hot half with a long cool down. Casey and Colin ran the same workout at different paces, but it was nice to have them to commiserate with! Elise and David also did some tempo work on the road plus faster work on the track with us. Strength work: I was consistent with 2 full strength workouts and 3 core workouts a week, plus daily PT work/pre-run activation. Strides: 2, 5, 8, 9, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30. Doubles: August 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31. Long Runs: August 7: 20 miles easy (7:51) on legs that were fatigued from the August 6 morning workout plus evening strength workout. 20 miles passed quickly; Colin ran all of them with me, and Rebecca, Christian, and David did most. August 14: 23.4 miles (7:46) with 4 miles at marathon pace, described above. I actually think the faster miles would have been easier if I'd have run the first 14 faster; I was with a group running 8:00-8:15 pace, but I felt like I was going to have a hard time dropping so much from there so I went on my own for miles 15-16 around 7:30 pace before the MP miles. If I run this again I'll probably keep it closer to 7:45 for the first 16 so I'm not so into slog mode or on my feet as long. This run took 3:02 so was hopefully my longest time on feet for the season. August 15: 13.1 miles (8:10). I love back-to-back long runs and get to do a few this marathon cycle! I also had some Thursday 11-13 milers this month but I didn't include those here. The line on at what distance long runs begin has become blurry yet again! August 21: 20.7 miles (7:26) with a very wet workout, described above. August 28: 22 miles, including Rock the Parkway. The 6.5 miles I did after the race were slow and HOT! Running Highlights: Watching the Olympics, of course! My running group watched the women's marathon together live on Friday and the women's 10,000 m followed by replays of every other distance race, after our Saturday morning run. I hit 105 on my rolling 7 day mileage for August 10-16. I was telling Jon about my workout scheduled for August 17 and said, "plus I am going to do it with about 100 miles on my legs", and then looked at my total to clarify. My highest ever on the rolling 7 is 106.1, so clearly I should have run 1.1 miles more, but I did not. Kitten Frisco kept jumping on my lap at the second Olympics watch party Life Highlights: We spent part of a weekend in Eureka Springs with my sister's family before school began for all of the kids (including my niece starting college!). Albani started 8th grade! Farmers Market selfie OMRR picnic Beaver Lake fun Beaver Lake dam 8th grade She allowed me 1 take of this pose - oh, the pressure! My 4:45 a.m. buddies! Books: The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afremow Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner Bitter Orange by Clair Fuller Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman We were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter Theme for the month: Heat advisories! And I'm sure everyone is sick of hearing me complain about summer killing my paces.
  2. SIbbetson

    First in a while.

    I think you can get excited; after all you've been through, one awesome run IS a big deal!
  3. SIbbetson

    Jumping July

    Likewise! Albani and I went on an Andy Weir kick in July and I enjoyed all 3 of his books I read a lot (Albani liked The Martian and Hail Mary, but didn't read Artemis). I only finished The Alchemist because it was short.
  4. SIbbetson

    Jumping July

    July 2021 in review! Total mileage for the month: 320.8 June 28-July 4: 65.9 July 5-11: 86.2 July 12-18: 74.8 July 19-25: 51.3 July 26-August 1: 86.1 God Bless the USA! Races: July 3: 3.1 on the 3rd in 18:09 in an unofficial 5k race put on by my running group. I decided in advance that I wouldn't count this as a PR, though I was sure I was going to run faster than my 5k PR, but I didn't (whomp whomp) so that was a non-issue! But I did run my second best open 5k time running solo on rolling hills, so it wasn't The Worst. July 24: USATF Masters Outdoor Track and Field National Championships 10,000 m in 39:39 for 2nd place in age group 40-44 and not nearly what I was hoping for! #jumpingjuly Workouts: July 3: 5k at race effort in 18:09 (3 warm up, 5.4 cool down). July 4: 9 easy, 3 progressive (6:16, 6:11, 6:12), 2.5 easy. I was aiming for 6:20, 6:10, 6:00, but I couldn't get the final mile down. This run in combination with the July 3 "race" showed me that I need to work on my power in regards to going uphill, but lucky for me all of my upcoming goal races are flat or close to it! July 6: 5 x 1600 m with 2:00 recoveries in 5:48, 5:59, 5:57, 5:55, 6:01 (2 warm up, 2 cool down). My goal pace for these was starting at 5:48 working down to 5:42, but the temperature/humidity adjustment was +13 seconds (5:55-6:01). In my stubbornness I wanted to try the 5:48 working down thing anyway, but as you can see that was a mistake and I ended up hanging on the best I could, and just squeaked them all into the adjusted range. My first rep was the most fun for a lot of reasons, the biggest being that I paced my friend Abby to a new mile PR of 5:49! Colin ran a 4:59 mile time trial, so clearly the two of them succeeded for the day. July 10: 3 x 2 mile progressive with 5:00 jogs in 12:25 (6:12, 6:13), 12:23 (6:09, 6:14), 12:23 (6:18, 6:05), 2.2 warm up, 3 cool down. My original goal paces by rep were 6:00, 5:55, 5:50, but my coach had me use a temperature/humidity calculator to weather-grade them, and it said to add 18 seconds/mile, so I was aiming for 6:15, 6:10, 6:05 (yes, I do realize that was 15 seconds added). The first rep felt easy, the first 1.5 miles of the second rep felt good, then all of a sudden it did not feel good anymore! The humidity usually sneaks up on me like that. I was happy to get the final mile back down to goal pace, but I really had to work for that. We ran this workout on a rolling route (my Garmin said 246 ft of gain, Christian's said 571 ft, Colin's 387 ft - I'm guessing it was 300-something), so the hills also cut into the paces, but it was a better strength-builder that way...though to be honest, I wanted to run it on the fast loop but got outvoted, hah. July 14: 9 x 1000 m with 2:00ish recoveries in 3:39, 3:39, 3:36, 3:38, 3:38, 3:38, 3:38, 3:39, 3:35 - that's 5:46-5:52 pace (2.3 warm up, 2.4 cool down). My original pace goal was 5:42-5:48, but my coach said to use the temperature/humidity calculator, which said to add 13 seconds/mile. That seemed like too much, and I also didn't have time to convert mile paces to kilometer paces that morning, so I mostly just went by feel and after the first few decided that high-3:30s was a good goal. Although I felt somewhat "out of gas" going into this workout, I felt fine enough and was happy that I finished with my fastest rep, which is always more challenging for me in warm, humid conditions (73*, dew point 68* for this one). July 20: 2 mile threshold (road) + 8 x 400 m @ 10k pace (track) in 12:05 via 6:03, 6:02 and 1:26, 1:23, 1:24, 1:23, 1:23, 1:22, 1:23, 1:21 (2.3 warm up, 1.5 cool down). I seem to often run my final tune up workouts too fast, and this was no exception; my 10k pace target was 1:26 and my threshold target was 6:10-6:15 (threshold defined differently than tempo). Every workout has a purpose and running them faster than written isn't necessarily advantageous, but running the 2 mile portion with Christian, testing out my race shoes, a morning that was cool for July (64 degrees), and reduced mileage on my legs made it happen. About halfway through the 400s I just accepted that I had settled into 1:23ish and didn't try for anything different. I felt controlled, like I had a lot still in the tank, and ready to race. July 27: 3 x (0:30, 0:45, 1:00) hill sprints within a 10 mile run. "30 seconds feels like 30 minutes" was the quote of this workout, which I did with Christian and Colin. Hills are a great way to make less than 7:00 total of effort feel really hard. I also did plyometrics and lifted legs right after this workout, oof! I was sore for 2 days. July 30: Tempos of 15:00, 12:00, and 10:00 with 2:30 recovery jogs (2.7 warm up and 5.2 cool down for 14.2 miles total). My instructions were to run the tempos by feel, and my paces were 6:07, 6:09, 6:06 / 6:08, 6:10 / 6:15, 6:11, which I was pleased with. It was 72*, dew point 72*, but after my 10,000 m experience 6 days previously, the weather actually felt pretty good (though I finished extremely soaked in sweat). I felt strong and like myself on this workout, which was also good for my ego after my sub-par race performance in Ames. Colin, Christian, Claudio, and Casey also tempoed this morning, and though none of us are currently pace matches it's wonderful to start a 5:00 a.m. workout with others! Strides: July 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 13, 19, 23, 26, and at least a couple before workouts and races. Doubles: July 1, 5, 7, 8, 13, 15, 18, 19, 28 (scheduled for July 30 but I ran all of my mileage in the morning due to the afternoon heat advisory). Favorite workout: I loved the July 10 and 30 tempo workouts, but the easiest relative effort was the July 20 one. I'm pumped to move into more marathon-focused work! Long Runs: July 4: 14.5 miles (7:20) that included a 3 mile progression, referenced in workouts above. Colin and Casey ran this with me, though we separated on the progression, and the miles flew by and the 4th of July was good. God bless the USA! July 11: 12 miles, with a workout, described above. My running group's team singlets came in the afternoon before this run, which was exciting! July 12: 16.3 miles easy (8:07), which was a normal enjoyable group run with Elise, Casey, Colin, Austin, and Rebecca. July 17: 13.1 miles light progression (7:41). My coach said to start a 8:15 (MP+2:00) and gradually drop to 7:15 (MP+1:00), which is how I run about every easy long run anyway! Christian is being coached by Nichole now as well, and had 10 miles of the same. Most of our workouts are coordinating partially right now. After the run we celebrated Amy's 50th birthday with a Lululemon cake at 7:30 a.m.! July 24: 11.7 miles of warm up, 10k race, cool down (this barely counts, and I was going to do 12 but got back from my cool down a little early and was just done). July 31: 18 miles (7:53) that flew by! We had a great group and my first 7 miles were supposed to be super easy (8:15+) then the rest were 7:30-7:50, which really didn't feel any faster. Favorite long run: July 31, since it was the longest! All were very enjoyable aside from July 24. We celebrated Amy's 50th with Lululemon cake at 7:30 a.m.! Running Highlights: I got my new rabbitELITE race kit and my running group's Miles from Mentor singlet. C- photo of A+ singlets Life Highlights: We spent the 4th of July in SE Kansas at my in-laws. Albani loves fireworks and cousin time! My parents were able to join us as well, making it even better. My parents accompanied me to Iowa for the USATF Masters Outdoor Champs, and we had a great vacation along with the meh race. Albani is almost as tall as my mom now! Ibbetson crew doing rock, paper, scissors for firework lighting duties ABA parties are hard to match! Iowa State mascot + downtown Ames Capitol building in Des Moines Des Moines Art Museum Pappajohn Sculpture Garden in Des Moines Books: The Martian by Andy Weir A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Bizarre Romance by Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell Artemis by Andy Weir Hidden (Lost and Found #1) by Ferm Michaels The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg Theme for the month: Summer of speed, continued...I mean, I raced a 5k and a 10k, plus look at all of those track workouts!
  5. We have all been there, most of us more than once. 😉 I think I just die more than others in 90*. If I ever run a race like this again I'll do some afternoon workouts, maybe.
  6. I gave myself a few days to mourn it and have moved on (a solid week of training really helped!). You're exactly right about why it was so frustrating - the effort I was putting out was not equal to the pace that was produced. 😉
  7. What I've decided a week later: I die less than others in humid 70-75*, and I die more than others in 90*!
  8. SIbbetson

    I tried a Tri

  9. SIbbetson


    I love a good book list so am glad you posted! I didn't think Where the Crawdads Sing was as great as the hype either; it was good but not The Best. I've read The Guest List and liked that one, and The Balland of Songbirds and Snakes is a must-read for anyone who read all of the others in that series, even though it's not the best IMO. Not sure I'll add any of these others to my list to read. Maybe Dean Koontz?
  10. The Short: I ran in what I hope will be my first of many USATF Masters* Championship races! I also hope it is the worst race performance I produce in a competition like this; though I was able to hang on for a 2nd place finish in age group 40-44 and 5th overall female in the race, my time was a huge underperformance in relation to my fitness. I'm sure no one is surprised that it was hot and humid in Iowa on July 24. I went to compete without expecting a fast time, but I didn't expect to suffer as much as I did, finishing in 39:39. I think the heat slowed me down about 2:00, but my performance being equivalent to 37:39 in good weather doesn't really make me feel any better, especially because I couldn't dig to compete like I typically can. I really enjoyed training for this race - the day-to-day training was awesome! - so I'm still glad I did it, but it's going to take some time for my ego to recover from it. *I also learned that although masters division typically begins at age 40, USATF starts it at age 35, so I have missed 5 years of masters championship road racing. My medal was silver but my parents are gold The Long: As part of enjoying being a new masters runner, earlier this year I looked at the USATF masters championship race schedule. As part of being crazy, I love racing 10,000 m on the track and thought doing it at the end of July in Iowa seemed like a great idea! I didn't have a time goal going into this race, because I knew that weather and strategy could be big factors. However, my speed block leading up to the race went well - the best speed block I've ever had actually - and I felt fit and tapered leading into the race. The race day forecast was warmer every time I checked it, and by the time the race began at 8:45 a.m. the heat index was 90* with the sun radiating off the track. I told myself that I die less than most in the heat, shoved ice into the crop and shorts of my new rabbitELITE race kit, and went to the starting line hunting a national masters win. Shorts with the elite logo came a few days later! My heat of the 10,000 m had 4 women's age groups and 2 men's age groups in it, so there was a crowd! My plan was to run the first 2 miles conservatively to try to avoid overheating, then progress the pace downward from there. While I didn't have specific time goals, I thought I was in shape for a 35:59 in ideal weather on a good day with good pacing, so I figured high-36/low-37 in the conditions we had. I have been heat-adjusting my workout goal paces when it's been over 70* and humid, but by only 50-75% of the amount this heat calculator recommends. I came through each of the first 8 laps right around 1:30 (I ran by feel but it's very difficult not to look at the clock when it's a huge display in front of your face each lap), and it didn't feel fast but it also didn't feel good. I told myself I'd feel stronger as the race went on, and to reel in the women ahead of me. At that point I was leading my age group, with two women ahead of me in the 35-39 division. This is pretty much how the entire race felt Around 2 miles I started feeling worse, and a man who'd been running right behind me passed me. I told myself to latch onto him, which I did briefly, but I couldn't maintain contact. By the 5k I really started worrying, but I reminded myself that in most 10ks I've run I've passed the 5k thinking there was no way I could run that again, but I always did, often faster. At some point another woman passed me, and I tried to stay with her even harder than I'd tried to stay with the man, but much like earlier, I just couldn't. Our age groups were on our backs, so I knew she was in 45-49 and I was still leading age 40-44. I knew I was slowing despite my best efforts not to, and at that point my goal became hanging on to win my age division. I still kept telling myself I was going to feel better and speed up, and that everyone else was dying just as much. I was trying to take 1600 m splits on my watch to look at later, but I missed one of them and then started really struggling to remember what lap I was on. My brain felt foggy, my legs wouldn't move, and I just felt gassed. At some point a woman with AG 40-44 on her back passed me and I really tried to hang onto her but my body felt felt shut down and I couldn't respond. The possibility of a national championship slipped away and my goal mostly changed to just making it through, which is not a very inspiring race goal. About to get passed I was lapping people, some multiple times, plus two women and two men lapped me. With the number of people in the race, the officials had their work cut out for them with telling people what lap they were on, and several times they didn't tell me my lap count when I passed. My pace was so off what I'd expected to run and my brain was extremely cloudy, so the best I could do at times was "somewhere between 8 and 10 left" and "either 4 or 5 laps left!" It started to not really matter, as the race began feeling more like a survival thing than a competition. Finishing was a relief, though also a huge disappointment. New rabbit teammate! My official lap splits were: 1:29, 1:31, 1:29, 1:29, 1:30, 1:30, 1:31, 1:30, 1:32, 1:35, 1:36, 1:32, 1:36, 1:39, 1:39, 1:36, 1:35, 1:36, 1:40, 1:40, 1:38, 1:40, 1:40, 1:40, 1:33 (i.e., don't pace like this!). I thought that starting at 6:00 pace was conservative, but clearly it wasn't adequate for me that day. At the end of my 50k, I felt like it was the distance that got to me (not the pace), but in this race it felt completely like the pace! Oddly, 25 laps on the track didn't seem very far. I am really not sure what happened. Yes, 90 degrees and humid (dew point 72*) on a hot track is miserable, but surely that can't account for slowing down 37 seconds/mile from what my workouts indicated I could run; I am also generally really good at knowing what I'll realistically run in races. Most of the field ran about 2:00 slower than their seed times, but I was 3:05 off of mine (my heat calculator also gives me about +20 seconds/mile in the conditions, which is 2:00 - but remember, for hot workouts I've been using only 50-75% of the calculation). All of my track workouts and strength-based workouts this season were faster than when I ran 36:34 on the road, so even in the heat I thought I'd be in the 37s on the track; I also ran a 36:52 on the road in not ideal weather of 71*, dew point 68* when I was at similar fitness to what I am now (though now those conditions seem okay, haha!). I couldn't respond in a competitive situation, plus I felt awful and not at all strong, which I think is what makes this particularly discouraging. There was just nothing there. Maybe it's just time to retire from summer racing! I'm trying not to dwell on this too much, because I am really thankful for the opportunity to compete in this event, and to take home the silver in my age group. I'm thankful my parents came to the race with me, and for the vacationing we got to do along with it. I'm thankful that my training for this race went so well, and that I'm 100% healthy. But this was sure a hit to my confidence! I also had to laugh about it; it was like my body said, "You think an 18:09 5k wasn't good enough, I'll show you a bad race!" Related note: my HR was higher during this 10k than it was during that 5k time trial, showing that I was right about that 5k effort being more like 10k-half effort. This race was a 10k effort, it just wasn't the pace or place I thought that effort would produce! But! During my final tune up workout 4 days before the race, one of my running buddies was on a recovery when I was running a rep, and said "Go, coach!" (I coach several of my training buddies), which was the perfect reminder mid-400 that THAT was really what it's all about. I love running and competing, but that is the selfish piece and surely not the primary reason God gave me a passion for running - though I believe He wants us to be happy, and running certainly makes me that way! I love coaching, cheering for, supporting, and pacing others in this sport, and I really feel in my element when I'm doing those things. I don't think I'll ever be anywhere near content with how this race went, but it doesn't change how much I love running and everything associated with it. Now, onto a 5k, a half, a road 10k, and 26.2 between now and October 3!
  11. SIbbetson

    Would you rather...

    No one DESERVES to be injured, but strength work really does make a world of difference (IMO, more difference than time off, stretching, yoga, ice, meds, etc. - for most, but not all, injuries).
  12. SIbbetson

    Would you rather...

    Bad news/wonderful vacation! I know this is frustrating. I'm sure you're sick of people asking if you've tried certain things, but I'm going to anyway because strength training has helped me SO much. Have you tried strength training, and specifically having a strength program developed for you to address these things? I want to see you running and of course marathoning! Hugs!
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    Keep showing up, Dave!
  14. SIbbetson

    Jubilant June

    I don't know how I hadn't read that book until now!
  15. SIbbetson

    Jubilant June

    June 2021 in review! Total mileage for the month: 332.4 (for 2093 miles for 2021 so far!) May 31-June 6: 68.8 June 7-13: 73.1 June 14-20: 82.4 June 21-27: 93.9 June 28-July 4: projected at 70ish (cut back week) Fast friends! Races: June 5: Hospital Hill Half Marathon in 1:25:27 for 1st overall female and tons of fun - not to mention heat and hills! Trevor is the master of on-the-run pics Workouts: June 8: 4 x 6:00 at tempo (paces of 5:54, 5:56, 5:58, 5:54) with 1:00 jog recoveries + 4 x 3:00 at 5k pace (paces of 5:38, 5:40, 5:42, 5:42) with 2:00 jogs recoveries. My only complaint about this workout was that I'd rather it have been 4 x 1 mile at tempo because with the 6:00 my watch autolapped at 1 mile then lapped again a few seconds later at the 6:00 mark...or in other words, the workout went well! Colin paced me on it, which is probably the only reason I was able to hit my coach's ambitious paces when the dew point was 69* (humidity 100%). I'm sure it comes as a surprise to no one that I would rather run 4 miles at tempo than run 3 minutes at 5k pace, hah! My running group warmed up together then had 3 different workout groups going this morning with 2-3 people in each group, and as always it was better together! June 12: 16.2 miles that included 2 x (20:00 at MP + 5:00 at tempo) with 5:00 jog between. I went to Christian's and Colin's race in Branson and ran the lakefront path for this workout while they were racing. The weather was pretty miserable, at 76-79* with a 72* dew point. I was close on the marathon pace miles, which had a heat adjusted goal of 6:25, but I couldn't drop my pace below 6:15 for the life of me, so the 6:05 tempo heat adjusted pace did not happen (goal paces would have been 6:15 and 5:55 in good weather). This time-based workout came out to about 8 miles of work, and my paces for the hard miles were: 6:24, 6:29, 6:31, 6:16 / 6:23, 6:35, 6:32, 6:21. The course wasn't wonderful, with hills and on a curvy path, but the heat got me the most. The weather was similar to the previous week's conditions at Hospital Hill, so I don't know why it bothered me a lot more on this run than at that race, but I have found that my performance is less predictable in humidity, so I'll credit that (also the air by the lake really smelled like fish so maybe that counts for something, hah!). But the effort was there and I know I'll get the benefits! June 15: 7 x 1,000 m at 10k pace with 2:00 recoveries in 3:34, 3:34, 3:36, 3:36, 3:36, 3:35, 3:33 (5:42-5:47 pace - goal is 5:45), (3 warm up, 3 cool down). On the recoveries I walked for a few seconds until the rest of my group finished, jogged 200 m, then stood for about 30 seconds before starting the next rep. Track workouts really intimidate me, but this one felt smooth and amazing, which was a nice way to start my speed block! My coach texted me "We want this to be a good burn workout, not a balls to the wall workout", but beforehand I wasn't even sure I could hit it going balls to the wall (hahaha!). Once I got started, it actually felt like 10k pace and not death, which was really, really nice. It was 68* with 64* dew point, which certainly helped (as compared to the June 12 workout!), and I had 4 running buddies on the track with me, which definitely helped. June 22: 8 x 800 m at 5k pace with 200 m jog/2:00 recoveries in 2:47, 2:47, 2:47, 2:49, 2:50, 2:50, 2:50, 2:47 (2.3 warm up, 3 cool down). This was definitely The Best 800 m Workout Of My Life, at age 40. Enough said! The unseasonably cool temps (56 degrees) and group workout helped, but I averaged 2:48 on my own (other group members were doing 2:40ish or 3:00+). I know I "should" be able to run a workout like this based on my race times, but I sure never have, so a lot of yay here! June 26: 17.6 miles with a descending fartlek of 3 x 4' on/4' off, 4 x 3' on/3' off, 5 x 2' on/2' off, 6 x 1' on/1' off. Colin and I ran this on a hilly course with 906 ft gain, so our paces varied based on the elevation, but my Garmin 745 tells me that on the ons (which added up to 40:00 total) I covered 6.63 miles and my average pace was 6:02. The on paces ranged from 5:22-6:26 depending on if we were going up or downhill, but the 4:00 and 3:00 pushes were at half effort, the 2:00 at 10k effort, and the 1:00 at 5k effort. After my June 12 long run workout was a struggle in the heat, I wasn't the most optimistic about this one in 75*/70* dew point (at 5 a.m.!), but it was cloudy and rained on us, which really helped (except for a couple of reps when it rained intensely). June 29: 3 x 1,000 m at 5k pace with 3:00 recoveries in 3:30, 3:31, 3:35, for a lighter race week workout! My pace goal was 3:31-3:35, so I should have run these in the opposite order, but I am pretty good at positive splitting when the dew point is over 70*. I was good with this workout for what it was, and I tested my new race shoes, Adidas Audizero Pros, but they slipped on my heel so I need to re-lace them using a different set of holes (they have multiple lacing options). I don't think that necessarily slowed me down but it sure didn't help. I was solo on these because Colin was blazing his at 3:15ish and the others were doing 3:45ish. Strides: June 3, 4, 7, 11, 14, 21, 25, 28, and a few before most workouts. Doubles: June 7, 10, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, 24, 27, 29 Strength Training: weekly totals of 1:55, 2:22, 2:55, 3:00 Track crew Another track day Long Runs: June 5: 18 miles total with 2.8 warm up, the Hospital Hill Half, and 2 cool down. The warm up and cool down were also hilly... June 12: 16.2 miles with a workout, described above. June 19: 16.5 miles (7:44) that started at 5 a.m.! Summer is here and my husband wanted me to help him at the Farmer's Market as soon as I could get there after 7 a.m., so I started this run at the Farmer's Market location then immediately ran over to help when I finished. Colin and Brad were kind enough to also start at 5 a.m., even though they knew I was going to talk excessively about the Shelby Houlihan doping conviction which I followed far too closely. June 26: 17.6 miles (7:10) with a workout, described above. I did 10 miles each Sunday this month, and I don't count 10 as a long run so didn't note those (trust me, you do not want me to note every day I run 10 miles), but as I work into more marathon-specific training it should be easy to up those to 12-14 milers if my coach so chooses. I told her how much I loved back-to-back long runs during 50k training and how much I thought they helped my strength, but I trust whatever she writes for me. Sponsored by Ibbetson Farms Running Highlights: I was selected for the 2021-2022 rabbitELITE squad! Their pink crop hop is my absolute favorite race top, their community is awesome, and I am honored to represent. It's my first time being selected for anything like this and I'm so excited for all of the rabbit gear. I made it over 2000 miles YTD this month. I don't typically keep an eye on this but saw others posting that they were over 2000 and on track to exceed 4000 for the year, so I checked on mine. It is best for me not to check my yearly mileage until December 31, though I think I've been doing much better recently about not being crazy about stuff like that and could handle it now. I started working with my awesome coach Nichole again on June 7. I think I did really well self-coaching the last 6 months (miracles can happen!), but I can never be completely objective about my own training and believe I will run better with her guidance than without. I wouldn't have taken a break from coaching if I hadn't had that hip issue in 2020, but I felt uncertain about my trajectory for awhile. I accompanied my friends Christian and Colin to a steamy half marathon on June 12, and they took home overall male and female wins so that was fun! Find friends who will get in Table Rock Lake with you after long runs! Life Highlights: I attended my niece's high school graduation on June 2. Ibbetson Family Farm started back in full swing - please like and share our Facebook page if you have a moment! Jon and Albani are producing a plethora of fresh produce along with several sweet treat options this year. I met up with a group of my grad school friends in Pittsburg (my college town) on June 19, and it was wonderful to see everyone in person. My mom, niece, and sister It's pretty clear what year this graduation occurred... Beyond cuteness No one has aged since grad school, correct? Making sure to be an embarrassing mother at the fireworks stand Books: Love Story (The Baxter Family #1) by Karen Kingsbury Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V. E. Schwab Fly Away (Firefly Lane #2) by Kristin Hannah The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger It looks as if my reading was down this month, but I think it's because most of these were pretty lengthy. Theme for the month: Summer of Speed - as much as faster, shorter stuff intimidates me, it's been fun to get on the track for some work! I've hit speed workout PRs, so I am going to use the hashtag #fasterasamaster now. I have had big goals for many years, and this year it's not that I don't have ambitions, but that I'm enjoying whatever my best is versus trying to force anything specific or reach too far. I have never felt so good about my running physically or emotionally - I love being 40 and the masters running opportunities it has opened for me. I am running the 10,000 m in the USATF Masters Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Ames, Iowa next month and could not be more excited about that!
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    Ugh!! It's all a chain - maybe the Achilles affecting the hammy? It was 51-55 degrees for my Tuesday morning workout, which was surprising and amazing!
  17. The short: I kept saying “it’s not a real race” before the Hospital Hill Half Marathon, but I am also well-aware that when I get into a race I will not run easy! Now, when it’s a sunny 74-80 degrees, the course is very hilly, I'm 3 weeks off a marathon, I am just off a rest phase, and I am 3 days off of a major vacation, that doesn't mean I am going to knock it out of the park, but I'll give it all I've got on the day. That is exactly what I did at Hospital Hill, and I was very happy with my result all-considering. I was first overall female in 1:25:27 and set a new women's course record (it's a relatively new course). I also had a ton of fun in the process; running a race with no time expectations can be very freeing! I came home with a great finishing banner, a lot of joy, and a tan. Overall female results are here. My activity on Strava is here - check out that split variation based on the elevation, hah! My dad's video of the start is here. My dad's video of me breaking the tape at the finish is here. I love when races have & let you keep these finishing banners! Athlinks says it was 87*...maybe in direct sun? The long: I had no desire to run Hospital Hill this year until my friend Andrew started talking about pacing their 1:25 pace group. We both thought that it was odd to offer a 1:25 group because anyone who could run that kind of time on that course in typical Missouri June weather probably didn't need any pacing assistance, and we also agreed that it would be about max for both of us to do it, but if we could get a free entry to pace then we should do it (follow this logic at all?). I knew I could combine the race with a work trip, and my niece's high school graduation ceremony was 36 hours before the race in the same town, so it seemed like a no-brainer that I'd run it if I had a free entry. Andrew ended up getting me that free entry, but with no pacing duties (the 1:25 group was axed), and although I briefly retracted my willingness to run it when we scheduled our family vacation right before the race, I felt fine enough when the time came so I lined up on race morning. Missouri summers are very humid, and I was not yet heat adapted, so I knew race day with temperatures starting at 74 degrees and quickly rising was going to be uncomfortable. The course is very hilly, including the infamous Hospital Hill climb, so I had zero expectations for time; I just wanted to work with Andrew and compete with the other women in the field. My friend Laura was running the race, and I suspected she'd be my main competition (she'd won the race several times before). I knew I'd have to have a good day to beat her, but also figured we could work together. I wasn't in the mindset to throw down an extremely hard effort, but I knew I would if that's what it took. I started off very conservatively, running easier than marathon effort for the first 5k, which included the 160ish ft Hospital Hill Climb. I was with Andrew, his friend Josh, my friend Laura, and a man who wanted to break 1:30. There were a couple of women ahead of us, and it was hard for me not to try to chase them down, but I kept it easy through the 5k then upped the effort a little, thinking, "it's just a 10 mile race". Laura and I moved into the top two female positions around mile 4, and our group of 4 (Andrew, Josh, Laura, me) stayed pretty close, although we approached hills a bit differently. I just aimed to maintain equal effort. I don't race by my watch anymore regardless, but this race is definitely not one to run by split times because the elevation varies so much. Our group chatted and laughed quite a bit and everyone seemed to be enjoying the race. Laura and I got a lot of "go ladies" cheers, and Josh kept chiming in, "and men!" after them. Andrew was very familiar with the course and kept narrating it for us, particularly emphasizing how sucky miles 11-12 were going to be. Josh, Andrew, me The saving grace on the hot sunny day was the amount of shade from large trees on the course. If it had all been in open sun I am pretty sure I would have died! I felt really good and like I was holding back, and around miles 7-8 I felt like others were easing off a little, so around mile 9 I started pushing more, then Josh and I gapped Andrew and Laura. I knew that miles 11-12 were all uphill, then the last mile was downhill, so I gave effort accordingly. I passed several men between mile 10 and the finish, which kept my momentum going. At mile 11 I was definitely ready to get to mile 12 and the downhill, and Josh told me that I had a significant lead so I didn't plan to hammer the end, but the downhill propelled me to a 5:58 final mile. I never felt like I was running that hard during the race, but the heat snuck up on me so I also don't think I could have run really any faster, so I'm glad I didn't try to early on (though mindset probably played into this)! Overall I felt strong but not sharp, which is what I'd expect based on where I'm at right now. Smiling as the announcer stated first female I had a lead cyclist with and around me from when Laura and I took the female lead to the end, and he was great. We kept joking with him that he had to make sure I didn't cut the course. As I was coming down the final stretch I saw him waving frantically at the finish line staff to hold up the overall female finishing banner. It's always so fun to break a tape; I did so with a huge smile on my face and I even remembered not to stop my watch until I was through the line and stopped. The only disadvantage to that was that I didn't capture how fast my finishing sprint was, but we all know I'm not setting any speed records in anything, so... My parents said they announced that I set the female course record (the course has been changed since they used to give prize money), but I haven't found anything official about that anywhere yet. I also completely forgot to pick up my overall award, but I'm pretty happy with the banner. Professional finishing photo sequence Post-finish photos from race officials After I finished some of the race staff took my photo, my parents took pictures, and a race official asked me about the event and how easy the course was to follow (answer: it was great, except the runners behind us who were going out when we were coming back moved over to the shorter route lane of the road, so we ran the longer route going both out and back, which added a little distance). I met back up with Josh and Andrew, who both finished right behind me. Andrew was pleased to hit the 1:25 goal - pre-race we'd hypothesized that 1:25 on that course in the heat was like 1:20 on a good course in good weather, then post-race he determined that temperature calculators like this one give us 14-18 seconds/mile, and the course (based on Strava GAP) gives us 4 seconds/mile, so our performance probably is equivalent to a 1:19-1:20. This premium Strava user finished not far behind me, so you can look at his grade adjusted paces. I have enjoyed running races that I know I won't run super fast in this season though! I love PR-chasing, but it's also a joy to just go compete and do my best given the conditions, without worrying about seconds here and there. I also seem to also be doing well on long races with climbs towards the end (e.g., every single race I have run in 2021 aside from the Squirrel 5k), although I will not select courses like this for PR-chasing. The last mile was nice! My parents took a bunch of pics with this banner while I ran my cool down Aren't they the cutest? This summer I will be doing a little less mileage and a little more speed work before transitioning into marathon training. Speed stuff is not my forte but it will be good for me, and I am hoping to challenge my 5k PR. My next long race (another half) will be August 28, which seems really far away even though it's not, so I'm extra glad I got this one in. I continue to be amazed at the blessings God gives me through running, especially considering that a year ago I was highly skeptical that I would ever run well again. That was probably dramatic, but us runners are likely to defer to that when off running or not performing well, so if you are in that situation, don't stop believing! That time period has made me far less obsessive about times and finding "perfect" races, so I imagine that was part of the blessing in disguise. I've loved every race I've run this year, but a few years ago I don't think I'd have selected any of them! I bought this great top for a 4th of July race, but since I'm not running one I decided to wear it for Hospital Hill!
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    I have read Where the Crawdads Sing by Della Owens!
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    Again and again.

    I'm pretty sure we have all looked up marathons when not running at all, so you're good!
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    May Mayhem

    None of these sound like Sara overlap possibilities. 😉 Maybe less reading healed your Achilles?
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    May Mayhem

    May 2021 in review! Total mileage for the month: 289.8 April 26-May 2: 60.2 May 3-9: 77.7 May 10-16: 63.0 May 17-23: 41.5 May 24-30: 69.1 We made the May OMRR newsletter cover! Just a normal Thursday morning! Races: May 15: Tobacco Road Marathon (non-technical dirt trail) in 2:48:51 for 2nd overall female and exactly what I needed! Final workout before Tobacco Road First workout back after Tobacco Road Workouts: May 1: 3 x 1 mile at marathon pace/1 mile easy at the end of a 14 mile run. I'd planned to do a 2 mile fast finish on my long run if I felt good, and I felt great but to coordinate with Christian's workout I did the 3 x 1 instead. My MP miles were 6:14, 6:13, 6:14, so I was proud of the consistency and closeness to my goal pace of 6:15. May 5: 4, 3, 2, 1 mile progressive tempos with 0.5 recoveries (3.6 warm up, 1.1 cool down for a 16.2 mile day) in 6:21, 6:20, 6:17, 6:11 / 6:18, 6:15, 6:14 / 6:12, 6:21 / 6:06 (average 6:15). We ran this on our FR 209 rolling route that feels uphill both ways (463 ft of gain) for some additional strength building, and this was the best I've ever run this workout! I usually do it on our fast loop course, which is about 10 seconds/mile faster than the route I did for this one - in September 2019 I averaged 6:20 and in August 2019 I averaged 6:14, both on the fast loop - so I felt really, really good about this workout. It was also my first time running it 10 days after a 50k. 🙂 Christian ran the 4 mile and 2 miles of the 3 mile with me, and Colin ran the whole thing with me - I definitely needed pulling along towards the end, particularly on the second mile of the 2 mile bit, which was definitely uphill. This was a confidence-booster, which was needed since it was my only real workout between my two big races! May 8: 12 miles with 11 x 0:30 pickups, one during each mile after mile 1 (supposed to be 10 but I missed one on my watch and ended up doing an extra). I'm always amazed at how much faster I end up running an entire easy run just by adding some pickups. Improvements in efficiency for the win! May 11: 4 x 1 mile at MP with 1:30 jog recoveries, otherwise known as The Taper Workout Everyone Runs Too Fast, which I effectively did in 6:10, 6:10, 6:05, 6:05 on our rolling FR 209 route. The weather was perfect, I was feeling the taper, I was running with Christian, and I was bursting with pre-race excitement! May 25: Mixed system workout of 5 x 1:00 at 5k effort/1:00 off (2:00 jog after final 1:00 on), 3 miles at half effort (walk down hill after tempo), 5 x 0:30 hill sprints (walk down hill between each) - 1:00 pushes were 5:21-5:48 (average 5:38) and the half pace miles were 6:09, 6:19 (up Mentor hill), 6:11. Christian is running a June half and this was her workout, and I thought it sounded very fun so jumped it for it and it did not disappoint! Well, except for the hill sprints, those were not that fun and before each one I said I was going to stop after it but didn’t until the workout was over, bahaha! This was definitely a reminder that I like half pace for several miles much better than 5k pace for a minute or sprinting up a hill for 30 seconds. #truemarathoner We ran this on a rolling route so paces fluctuated based on elevations changes, and it was also my first workout in warmer, humid temps at 67* and 94% humidity. Oh, also I'd just run a marathon 10 days before so there was that. May 28: 16 miles with 2 easy, 2 at Christian’s goal half pace (6:22, 6:20), then 12 easy. We left on family vacation shortly after this run; the only reason I ran the May 25 workout or this one was because I planned to run only easy from May 26-June 4. There was supposed to be another 2 mile tempo towards the end, but Christian wasn’t feeling up for it and there was no other reason for me to do it. Colin also ran this with us and I appreciated them both running long a day early for me! May 31: Fartlek of 3 x 3:00, 2:00, 1:00 ons and 1:30, 1:00, 0:30 offs (3 miles warm up, 3 miles cool down). I was on family vacation, and I generally don't like running workouts when traveling, but I felt like doing something light this morning so I went with a short effort-based fartlek. The Nashville route I ran was hilly, so my paces weren't very consistent, but most were 5:31-5:58 (one was 6:19 but I am pretty sure it was uphill because all of the pushes felt much harder than marathon pace). Strides: May 4, 10, 13, 14, 24, 27. Doubles: May 2, 3, 4, 6, 10. Strength Training: weekly totals of 2:30, 2:14, 1:02, 1:36, 2:14. I did several days of overdressing/heat training I didn't get the outfit memo before this run On the run Back from NC! Long Runs: May 1: 14.2 miles (7:28) that included 3 x 1 mile at marathon pace in 6:14, 6:13, 6:14. This was one week after my 50k, which I came back really well from, but for the first couple of minutes of the first faster mile, my body was like, "whhhhaaaaat are we doing?" Then it felt smooth and fun. I overdressed a lot for heat adaptation on this run (a fleece lined long sleeve and ear warmer at a sunny 60 degrees). May 5: 16.2 miles, described above in workouts. I did this one smack dab in the middle of the time between my 50k and marathon, so that I would have one real long runs and one real workout between them, which I probably needed more mentally than physically. May 8: 12.1 miles (7:40) with 11 x 0:30 pickups, one during each mile after the first. I ran this on the Frisco trail with friends so entertaining that they prevented me from having flashbacks to miles 23-29 of my 50k! May 15: 27.7 miles (26.2 @ 6:25) with the Tobacco Road Marathon! May 22: 12 miles easy (7:59) on the Frisco Highline Trail (a.k.a, my 50k trail). Around mile 8 of this run, we found a stray kitten in the middle of nowhere, and Christian adopted her and named her Frisco! This process included her jogging 4 miles carrying the kitten wrapped in her shirt. May 23: 12.1 miles easy (7:52), for what I guess was the return of back-to-back long runs, hah! This may be why I need a schedule. This weekend was also the start of heat/humidity adaptation. May 28: 16 miles (7:52) mostly easy, aside from 2 miles at Christian’s half pace, described above. I managed to run on the Frisco trail again 2 & 4 weeks after the 50k! Introducing the kitten Frisco Wet long run Running Highlights: 4 days recovering, 8 days of training, and 9 days of tapering between my 50k and marathon! My marathon and post-race euphoria. I managed to take 4 days off after the marathon, which is a lot for me! I am in the midst of 3 weeks with no specific training schedule, but it probably surprises no one that I have been running a decent amount and jumped into a couple of Christian's workouts. Sometimes our post-run photos are a stretch Life Highlights: I am beyond thankful for my race trip to North Carolina. I was pleased with my race, but the girls' trip with Christian produced countless lifetime memories and so many laughs. We are currently on a family trip in Tennessee and Kentucky, so more details will be coming in a future post and my June update. I hadn't taken any time off work since before COVID, so I made up for some lost time with two vacations! Albani completed 7th grade on May 19! She is now 5'2" and not a little girl anymore. My niece Story ran the 400 m and 4 x 400 m at state track (placing 13th and 5th, respectively) and completed high school! In the fall she will be attending Barnard College, which is an extension of Columbia University, in New York. She will run on Columbia's track team. My 4:45 a.m. companions before every run Albani's 7th grade girls track team - the junior high team all together was huge! Nugget was not excited Traditional pick up photo! Books: Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain When I Hold You by Ashley Huffstutler The Midnight Library by Matt Haig The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty Wedding Cocktails: Cocktails for Three & The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson Here Is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan Rest and Be Thankful by Emma Glass How to Stop Time by Matt Haig Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline Theme for the month: Endorphins! This month basically consisted of post-race euphoria following the Frisco 50k, pre-race excitement for the Tobacco Road Marathon, race trip excitement, post-marathon euphoria, then family summer vacation joy. I apologize to anyone who was around me this month for my uncontainable excitement!
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    Big news!

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    Who knows?

    So much wow here!
  24. Gotta appreciate these when they come, but also gotta do it again on a fast road course!
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