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  1. SandiBeach

    A Year in Review

    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
  2. I do enjoy both, but an earned cupcake tastes better than a purchased cupcake! I really appreciate races that come up with unique awards. There's a local race (faster than I can place in) that gives out cuckoo clocks and other German handcrafted items, which are awesome! It's just that most of the smaller races that I can place in tend to give out the same pre-made medal and I can't even tell one race from another in my collection now and I can't bring myself to get rid of them either.
  3. Delayed write-up and post due to crappy life in the beginning of October. (Subject of another post for another day.) I love running this 5K every year. The start is less than a quarter mile from my house, it’s a certified course, there’s a lot of runners around the same speed as I am, and it supports a scholarship for a student at the local high school. I was nervous about the race, more nervous than I should have been, but I was training well for the AC marathon, and thought a PR (and possibly a sub-20) could happen, so was putting unnecessary stress on myself. In the back of my mind
  4. Thank you for the offer, and feel free to reach out if you ever want to discuss anything too. Being "advanced maternal age," (I'm now 36 too, but the OBs liked to throw that term around often when I was pregnant with DD when I was 34-35) you start to question fertility, so I take hope in the fact that pregnancy loss at least shows that you are able to get pregnant. After you take the necessary time to heal, I look forward to the day when you bloop and announce happy news!
  5. My heart breaks for you reading this. I am so sorry for your loss. Big virtual hugs from a stranger to you. Although not nearly as traumatic, I had a early miscarriage (4.5 weeks) on October 8. Thankfully, I was able to let it pass quietly at home with my husband and have not told anyone else about it. I can't imagine how hard going to the ED so many times must have been. It was very difficult to see the positive pregnancy test and have it all taken away just a short time later. I cried for a few days then focused on the marathon I was signed-up to do a week later. The distraction
  6. AWESOME!!! and congrats on the age group win! I was quite jealous of the half runners at the turn around... you definitely missed the worst part of the weather!
  7. The short version – I thought I put in enough training, but “the wall” hit me good, and the marathon humbled me… as it should! Not super disappointed because it was my best effort for the day, and I have a lot more respect for the distance again. BQs are not easy and that's why they are magical! I will be trying again! The Atlantic City marathon is my 17th marathon, but only the 3rd that I have raced, and the first that I have raced in 10 years. I followed a Garmin-provided training plan pretty-well but missed the longest runs just because I didn’t want to give up family time for 3 hour
  8. Thank you for the advice! I needed it to reinforce that a warm up was a good idea since I never tried doing more that a couple of jumps in place before other races. I may have done a little too much though, given the warm and humid weather conditions that I didn't realize were happening until I was dripping with sweat after a mile jog. Ha! Working on the RR now.
  9. I read a piece of advice on tinamuir.com about writing a letter to yourself providing the advice you would tell a friend if they were having pre-race nerves. So, this is my letter to self. The letter is regarding an upcoming local 5K this weekend that I set as a pre-marathon goal race. The pain of a 5K is some kind of special, and I always get more nervous for them than anything over 10 miles. Plus, in the back of my mind, I want to place well, and maybe PR, and maybe break a time barrier that has always been slightly out of reach…, and so I spiral down the mental path of too much pressure
  10. Because mind games are fun?? I should know, I play enough of them with myself. Seriously though, I'm glad to see the summer running paying off for you now that fall has arrived!
  11. SandiBeach

    I bought a treadmill.

    The outside cutoff at 65 degrees sounds about right for my comfort zone too, and had me laughing. Also, the garage sale comment/joke caught me off-guard and caused me to LOL. Glad I didn't read this at the office, and happy to read that you are back to full mileage and feeling pretty good!
  12. Good job maintaining pace in the heat, especially with all of those possible "reasons" for running poorly ready😀! It was a smaller race than I expected. I wish I could have made it down, but I couldn't pass up a chance to go on a family day trip to Hershey (skipped my scheduled 2-hour long run for that too).
  13. SandiBeach

    Sorta scary.

    So happy to read that the injury isn't as bad as initially feared! Maybe the forced cut-back weeks will be a good thing in the end too.
  14. SandiBeach

    Summer rain

    Huh, never heard of it before, but looks really nice - dinner and shirt included for a fairly low entry fee! 6:30 is going to be hot, but I've always enjoyed evening races at the shore (did the Cpt. Bill Gallagher Sea Isle 10 miler several times, but can't this Saturday due to a life conflict - It's a really tough, but a simple and nice race mostly on the sand). It's a difficult time for us to make it home for bedtime, but I'm considering it now. I'll let you know if I'm going to be there. Have a great run!!
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