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  1. amarie2009

    Seems so slow.

    I've heard of at least one real in person race that is running waves of 10 people some minutes apart (5? less?). I assume that people are supposed to wait in or near their cars until their turn, but it is a very small race as far as I know and only around a 6k (not a 5k because the route goes around a lake...) I can't see something like that working so well for a marathon or for a race of any size.
  2. Just read through this post as well as the posts about your hip on your personal blog. One of my classes last semester was nutrition in pain and inflammation, so naturally I wondered what you are eating, but I get the general impression you already eat a very healthy diet, so that is unlikely to be contributing much to your hip issue. (But because I just studied this that is where my mind went.) Hope things get better again after yesterday's set back.
  3. Sounds like you are making great use of found time. Honestly, I think there need to be more coaches who aren't super speedsters. If somebody is coming in who isn't a natural athlete, having someone who's been running and running fast since Jr. High can be disheartening. I hope there are at least the smaller, local races can safely get going again by fall.
  4. I'm about to start my final semester of my master's degree in nutrition. My classes this semester are Nutrition and Physical Performance and my Capstone class (which is a review of what I've studied and a final major project, but somewhat short of an actual thesis). In my Research Methods class I submitted a proposal about looking into the attitude of runners vs. non runners on nutrition. It sounds like we may not actually be allowed to use a topic we previously worked on. Here is where you all can help me - what about nutrition and running do you want to know more about or feel like isn't well addressed in available information? Most of this project will be a literature search and review (looking at previously published research) but I would still like to include some new information via a small survey if that is allowed to be a part of this project. I'm excited about this semester but also nervous, I had intended on beginning to at least look around at what sort of jobs I might be able to get, but with the current pandemic situation the job market isn't exactly anywhere close to normal, or probably anything like it will be in four months. So that will have to wait. I'm also not feeling ready to go back to the grind of work and classes. My brain is still fried from the previous year and a half plus with only 3ish week breaks between classes and now the pandemic concerns on top of all of that. I've tried to take a nice break but I haven't been super successful. About the only thing that has held steady is running. It really has been helpful for me to maintain the schedule of running first thing in the morning before I start my workday. I have also started a running streak. I am 14 days in, and so far so good. Though to be fair, my easiest days are run/walks, not steady runs, but it's my streak and I'm counting it. My only goal for sure with this streak is to continue until at least the day I go back to working AT work, which could be as soon as a week from tomorrow based on St. Louis County and St. Louis City's current plans for beginning reopening. However as long as I feel good doing this I may keep going indefinitely. Especially since there don't look to be any big races to train or taper for anytime soon. I am doing a series of virtual runs outside of the Loopville Covid-19 series. The is a local series (Resilience Run and Ride) being put on to support local businesses and charities that are losing so much money due to the current situation, and it includes a 5k, 10k and 15k. The series of bike rides is 10m, 25m, and 50m. They can be done anytime between now and the beginning of June. I've already done the 10k and 15k, but I haven't mustered the will to do a "fast" 5k. I did get the medals and the shirt today, dropped off by someone from Big River Running the LRS (a non contact drop off at my front door) I missed seeing them, and I'm sad because I would have liked to wave. I haven't seen too many people in person since the stay at home order began (as it should be, but hard).
  5. Awesome job! You were still pretty speedy. Love the custom medal. As you saw on facebook, Asheville sent out the medals with the race packets for people who wanted the packets. I'm glad I did a similar thing and ran on my own so I felt like I earned that medal. Let's hope the world can safely open again soon. I only have one race paid for, in September, but as things are now, nothing seems to secure.
  6. amarie2009

    When Will I See You Again?

    Sure feels like it's going to last forever. Hope my half marathon in September goes on. At least I only paid $35 for that one.
  7. My thought in general is that the best might be working just hard enough to maintain fitness, it's not a time to push for new speed or distance. But cutting back is also probably not helpful, unless you have been training super hard.
  8. Double social distancing RR Last week – This was the weekend I was supposed to run the Asheville Marathon. As with every other race for the foreseeable future it was cancelled. I seriously debated over if I would run this virtually or not. Running marathon distance is hard enough in a real race, I wasn’t sure if I could even do it on my own, and I also wondered if it might be a bad idea considering how hard running that far can be on the immune system. I didn’t fully commit to doing it until I was actually running. Once I got going I felt pretty good, and I just kept going. I did stop my watch when I had to wait for lights and for a couple bathroom breaks. Unfortunately, after one of the lights I forgot to restart it until I got to the next light, so I lost a full mile on my recorded distance. I was running a route I have run probably hundreds of times, so I know I covered the full distance. I had some support from a Team in Training coach, though we maintained safe 6+ foot social distancing, I wasn’t fully solo. I ran it super easy, and I ended up barely being sore, so I feel like I didn’t risk my overall health too much. Timewise it was really slow. Initially I thought it was my second slowest marathon but later I realized that didn’t take into account losing that mile. With time for that additional mile it would be my slowest though I don’t know what my time really was. It’s all unofficial anyway so it doesn’t matter. All that matters is it didn’t cause me to get sick. Finishing my marathon. This week - Today I ran the 10k in the Loopville COVID19 race series. I ran this at a harder pace. Between being just a week after running 26.2 miles and the fact that it was 70* and 80% humidity it was a hard pace but mostly pretty slow compared to what I have been able to do in 10k races otherwise. I ran this at Forest Park in St. Louis which made the social distancing part difficult. Here, as in many other places the parks are fairly busy. I was mostly able to maintain distance by occasionally leaving the path as needed when people didn’t move over or when I was coming from behind them. It wasn’t perfect though, so I guess I (or they) lose points for that. I really need to get back into some speedwork. I just turned 37. I hope I still have PRs in me. Bonus Izzie pic - That darn ribbon was teasing her...but she did successfully catch it.
  9. amarie2009


    Hope the hip feels better soon! Inflammation from the illness probably made you more vulnerable to injury. Even though I'm studying nutrition, I've learned that inflammation can end up leading to more inflammation (but if we didn't have any inflammation we would die, because it is also the immune response and how we heal!)
  10. amarie2009

    Closing in

    Honestly I was shocked at the end of February, I couldn't believe I'd run that many miles. I did forget to make one additional discussion post in one of my classes last week (cost me 5 points of 25 on that discussion board too, so kind of a pricey mistake.) I blame the 20 miler on that one.
  11. amarie2009

    Closing in

    Grad school goes on. Couldn’t absorb much information this afternoon after I ran my 20 miler this morning, though I tried. I should have taken a nap, but I didn’t feel sleepy early this afternoon. 20 miles went well, but I stopped my watch at one point while we waited for a light and forgot to start it again and lost almost half a mile. Then my watch gave me the low battery warning at 18.5 miles. It held out for that last mile (remember I came up .5 short), but I don’t think it will make it the hour plus longer I will need it to hold on for the marathon. So a new Garmin will be on it’s way soon. The good news is this is the perfect time for me to buy, since I’m getting a much larger than normal tax refund thanks to an education credit and I have a friend who works for Garmin so I can get the employee discount by buying through her. (I assume this is fine with Garmin because she offered a while back, without me asking) Today's run I ran my longest weekday run ever in the snow on Wednesday. 11 miles. I added the last mile to make it a weekday PR. It was beautiful, but the snow was completely gone by midafternoon. I decided to stay home from work so I could get homework done, and so I could do my taxes. I always feel a little weird/guilty taking a day off like that, but this really worked out well so if I’m ever running double digit miles on a weekday again and I have the time to spare I’ll probably do it. Maybe even if I don’t have homework to do (and these things will probably never happen on the same day again so…) I have 178 miles for this month, and I’ll end up with just under 50 miles for the week. If February was just one day longer it would be my highest monthly mileage. Weekly mileage is probably the highest also, but I’m not sure what my exact PR for that is. Lots of miles. I hope they pay off. Even though I’ve run more, and I’ve got a lot of other stuff going on, I don’t feel quite as drained or sluggish as I often do at this point. That said, I don’t think I have a PR in me either. Asheville is not going to be an easy course. I’ll be pretty happy to come in under 5 hours based on what I know going in. A couple new things I love. I recent found an artist through a Brave Like Gabe post. Her name is Jacqueline Alnes (find her on Etsy at PhDistance). I love her art and bought a few of her prints recently. I also am I big tea drinker and I found a local tea company that has some really great teas. I love the Chai and the Cup of Sunshine as well as the Sunshine Dust. You can make a drink with the Sunshine Dust, warm milk and honey that is really good. A little like a Chai latte, but pepperier and doesn't remind me of drinking a Christmas candle. I like Chai tea in general better without milk I've found. Big Heart Tea Co if you are interested. I’m also making a final push on fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (I run with Team in Training). I have $62 to go to meet my commitment (the amount I must meet or make up the difference) but I’d really love to get another $400 on top of that, mainly because that would put me over $30,000 lifetime. Given how many races I’ve run with TNT and the minimum amounts I had to meet, it isn’t quite as good as it sounds, but still. Also, I have to say, this wasn’t really me, it took everyone who ever donated through me. If you feel so inclined to help me with a part of that $462 I’m hoping to raise here is the link - https://pages.lls.org/tnt/gat/ashvle20/ABrinker
  12. Love the Bermuda triangle! Sounds like a lot of cool adventures this year.
  13. amarie2009

    To flu or not to flu.

    I have main routes, but when I have to do longer miles on weekdays I often do on the fly "add-ons" to my normal routes, first to keep it interesting and because my longest "normal" route is 5.2 miles and I don't like doing multiple loops of a route on the same day. When I'm running less, I generally stick to the routes where I have the exact mile points memorized. Also for the longer runs which I drive to meet my Team in Training running group to do, I stick a lot closer to pre planned routes.
  14. amarie2009

    Working hard

    I’m tired. This past week was a cut back week for running but there’s no cut backs on master’s degree work for another 9 or 10 weeks* (well I think I get a “spring break” but since it is an on-line class the professors don’t always honor that – last year one did and one didn’t) This isn’t really harder than I expected, but it is just as hard as I expected. Training is going pretty well for Asheville, especially considering how little spare time I have. One 18 miler is done, and I have one more of those and a 20. And a couple cut back weeks. Then the taper. It’s getting really close. I don’t plan on shooting for a PR at Asheville. The course profile I found on MapMyRun looks just as hilly as I expected. It should be a very scenic race. All on the Biltmore Estate. House tour not included. At $79 I won’t be doing that. I’ll hopefully get a chance to get some good food while I’m there though…Fitting in my class work will be the hardest part, but with a day off of work before and after I think I can manage. I’ll still have to do some work over the weekend. There’s just no way around that. Asheville is March 22nd. Don’t count on any updates between now and then. I’m doing better that the last few semesters to check in at all during the time between breaks…If all goes according to plan I’ll be done with my degree at the end of August, though I’ll still have at least one certification test to take. And a job search to start…after 12 years at my current job the idea is terrifying, but the need to do something else, new degree or not is also real. I’ve been so busy I haven’t even taken any cool pictures…I’ll have to work on that. (The feature photo was included in my last post in late Dec.)
  15. amarie2009

    Jumping January

    Wow that is a lot of books! (But as you said, I guess travel and being sick provides time.) I don't know that anyone would be interested in knowing the titles of all the journal/research articles I read...outside of that I didn't have much time to read other stuff. I think I finished just 1 or 2 books in January. I'm at 1 for this month. I used to read so much more for fun, but even when I have the time now I'm all read out. That's something I never thought could happen.
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