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  1. ps I'd looked for your name at CIM and not found it, now I know why.. may Mark's memory be eternal God bless..
  2. ugh bronchitis. My son tried to swim at a college conference meet with bronchitis, to help his team score, but looked grim doing it.. and that was just in sprints, can't imagine trying in a marathon.. Bravo ! anyway. We are proud of you and your journey. in a previous life, I needed 2:39 to qualify for national championships in South Africa, ran 2:41:26 on an uphill course (it was changed from all previous years, so the last mile climbed 250ft) and an 80 degree day (low 60s all previous years).. that's still my PR, what with one thing and another. A friend did qualify with a 2:38, said the championships were terrible 😉 running all alone at the back of the field, getting the sympathy cheers. So them's the sour grapes ;_)
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    5k Australia Relief Run

    In late 2019, the dog and I were out for a run, quietly. My plan (if you want to make God laugh, just tell Her about your plans) was a run focus over the winter, running 3-4 times a week with no goals other than getting the runs in, and no timing. Of course.. came back from that run with a sore hip flexor, the next day could not walk. Not sure if it was torn or just badly strained, anyway that was a good month off. I toughed it out for the last Roost Run Club run of the decade, touring the Christmas lights in the rich folks' neighborhood, very pretty, then gave up and did a lot of swimming, gym work, and hip flexor rehab. Pfui. All that upper-body work no doubt helped make me heavier and slower. After a month tried it again on the treadmill, 30min of 10min miles, and it mostly held up. Another Rooster was setting up an Australia Relief Run in City Park Denver. The idea here is to donate $50 to Australia Red Cross relief in those hideous fire zones, then go run some distance or another 😉 I picked 5k and hoped to survive. At the start it was 22 degrees F. I'd planned to take off the heavy fleece jacket for running but did not. Ha. I usually run really hot so if I wear gloves my hands get sweaty. That wouldn't have been a problem today. I tried running with hands in pockets, a bit clumsy. Tried pulling the sleeves down and the fingers up, that mostly worked until the hands finally warmed up, about mile 2.7. Since we didn't have any permits for this, the start was staggered into several groups. There are enough runners around City Park even in this weather, than no-one could tell there was anything organized going on.. I started in the first group, which let me run away for some reason. Soon Anne from Nuun in the second group caught me, then ran away. 28:40 for a new personal record of sorts, probably could have run close to 26 in less frigid weather, says he hopefully. Here's a pic of the lot of us who finished around the half hour. Me at the back in the middle, organizer Troy bearded in front - thanks Troy.. Australian cattle dog focused on a group of geese, off-picture.. I got some electrolytes from Anne's setup, to replace the single drop of sweat I managed to shed.. I had promised to write up my Australian runs but that whole adventure went bad. The idea was my younger son would spend a couple of months with my brother and family, find a job and work for a bit, in his gap year. Unfortunately my brother has become quite conservative over the years, while my boy is nearly a communist, as well as being a high-functioning autistic. Between all of this they ended up arguing for 3 weeks after I'd left, all of it blowing up on Christmas day (of course), so I spent the next day 4am to 11pm negotiating. Son was beginning to shut down as he does when over stressed. So we flew him home a few days later.. and I really haven't had the stomach to think about the whole thing, at all.
  4. so sorry about the CIM finish, but so glad to hear you are running.. congratulations to your daughter ! I heard the humidity was well over 90% at CIM, one of our Thursday evening runners said she was warm at the start line and then overheated, being used to cold dry CO.. my wife and her mom both get that unexplained vertigo sometimes, there is a medication for theirs that has helped, though I can't recall its name..
  5. I hope T-Rex's finals went well.. our younger son has anxiety issues, I don't like having him on meds but they seem to work.. poor boy. Older son got an iPhone 11 and that was Christmas right there.. he's OK with it, his old 6 was really on its last legs.. a very merry Christmas to you and family too !
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    argh.. that's a lot of damage for playtime.. funny thing, I have a stylish boot just like that 😉
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    swartkoppies slowly

    sheesh, I take five weeks off to travel around the world, and the Loop suddenly wakes up ? Loved reading the updates, thanks garbanzo for the prompt and everyone.. Around the world in five weeks went like this, Denver > Boston > Doha (in Quatar) > Johannesburg South Africa. Two weeks there with DW's family. DW came back the same way (an out-and-back), son Christopher and I went on to Perth Australia. 3 weeks there with my brother and his family, then I came home Karratha > Perth > Sydney > LA > Denver. That took about 2 days. I left Sydney at 11am Tuesday morning, and arrived in LA at 6am Tuesday morning - two Tuesdays but wasted them both on planes and trains. There's a 15 hour time difference between Karratha/Perth and Denver, which is taking a little time to work through. Anyhoo here's the running-related content 😉 a short jaunt up in the hills of eastern Gauteng province, on a private farm reserve, along the Swartkoppiespruit (translates to black little hill creek). Otherwise there wasn't much running in South Africa, as Johannesburg isn't safe for running. I did see a couple runners along the main roads during the day. This is the only outdoors run possibility in Jhb, as there are enough people around that you probably won't get mugged for the running shoes and watch. Otherwise the run clubs do have long weekend runs and a rich tradition of weekday evening time trials, which are safe since the groups are large. It surely gives me gratitude for running in the USA. This is the route on a topo. MapMyRun didn't know about the dirt road, nor did the topo, so I had to use satellite view to get visibility. If I was a 21st century runner I'd have Strava on my phone and GPS to map it all, but I'm a dinosaur plodding along with old school online tools.. The house we stayed in is just above the red dot start. The trail down to the road is steep and rocky, more than my ankles are worth to try and run it. In the pic below the road shows up just to the left, on the far hill. That's the goal.. looks a bit intimidating from the bottom. Those odd-looking plants are a kind of aloe. Later in the spring they all turn pink, just in case they didn't look weird enough already. Here's a view of the house from a hike we took another day. Very Out of Africa.. This also shows the beginning of the switchbacks on the middle hill, L on the picture. Back in the 18th century there were pedestrian races over six days. These were known as go-as-you-please events, combining walking, jogging and running. That's the way I do all my runs these days, I go as I please - run until I can't, walk when I have to, stop for a little breather now and again. Sections of the switchbacks had concrete laid down in the ruts to prevent erosion and improve traction. I took these as a walk signal. The spectators were not impressed. Up in 48 minutes after a stern push to break 50, down again in 43. Just below the house is nature's jacuzzi, a plunge pool below the weir. Excellent for a little soak, until the baboons started babarking at me. They sound like an angry dog, rahg ! ragh ! A good morning's run. Notes on Australian runs to follow..
  8. well done ! I love the pic of you all alone on the podium 😉 - very ocrunnergirl..
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    A Tale of Two (Races)

    wonderful race/trip reports, thank you.. well done on the new career ! Bangle and his brother are scarily alike..
  10. seems like quite a lot you could write about, here 😉 well done on the masters' ! That is quite an achievement. Also, finishing that should leave more time for running (and blooping)
  11. +1, haven't logged the miles but still running in a pair of Hokas from 2012.. have not yet managed to wear out any of my Hokas, though several pairs of Altras, Brooks etc have come and gone.. best of luck to Connor, PNW is a good place..
  12. terrific report, thank you. Your wife is a good sport 😉 we started our USA life in N. Carolina. After many backpacking trips in Africa, I thought we'd seen most kinds of weather, but the Smoky Mountain rainforests were a completely new and astonishingly wet experience.. "No one tells you the mice are way worse than the bears , but they are . " We call them the mini-bears.. scuffling around the food bags at night, sound just like a bear.. On the rim-to-rim, there will be spotted skunks in the canyon campsites. If they do a handstand, back down and let them have the food.. ha. A crow stole half a pound of cheddar cheese out of our campsite, too. A ground squirrel ate through my wife's backpack to get to a stray peanut. The creatures of the canyon are very determined raiders.. We had snow on the rim, then 100 degrees in the canyon. It's quite a trip. I look forward to your report..
  13. +1 the first sprint and I'd be down on the ground clutching some body part that went sproing !
  14. wow you packed a lot into that week.. I'm exhausted just reading about it.. also the pics of you on the edges, give me all the anxiety feels 😉 long long ago DW and I camped at a free BLM campground, just above Horseshoe Bend, in complete solitude.. it's a bit different now.
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    Once in a Lifetime

    great report, thank you.. it's nice to have a Mild Sauce sighting, too ;-)
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