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  1. SandiBeach

    The Shoes!

    I like that solution!
  2. Dogs always find the most comfortable positions to sleep. I should try sleeping with my head hanging off a step sometime too! She looks like she should be a great part-time running partner to change up the routine sometimes! Congrats on the retirement!
  3. SandiBeach

    The Shoes!

    I was enjoying being a 6.5. There are a lot more clearance shoes for that size than a 7. However, I just got my first black toenail too, but mine was from dumbly kicking the back of the stroller one day. No need to keep that injury going.
  4. Those tights are awesome! I love how the tops of the pineapple look like shorts.
  5. Oddly enough, I get a similar advertisement (not on this site), but with cat shorts. My dog is worried that I might be a "cat person" in disguise.
  6. SandiBeach

    The Shoes!

    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
  7. I hoping that the guilt of missing such a small goal will keep me accountable. That, and some loop accountability should help! We've got this! 2021 here we come!
  8. Not sure if a kilometer switch will help me, or intimidate me... 3.21869Ks sounds a lot farther than 2 miles. Anything to trick yourself into getting out the door. One mile is still one mile. I got 1.16 miles in last night, but I got out the door!
  9. Hopefully small bites lead to big bites, but to just keep going on the small bites is my thought process for now. Good luck!
  10. SandiBeach


    I hope everything went well and pain free this morning! Good luck with the resolutions! I hope you have a quick recovery and can get back to the running resolution soon!
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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!
  22. 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!
  23. 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).
  24. 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.
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