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  1. amarie2009

    Shutdown

    So sorry. Sometimes a complete shut down is what it takes. Doesn't make it easier.
  2. amarie2009

    No miles this week.

    Sounds like my SI joint issues. A chiropractor helped dramatically in relieving the acute pain, and keeping up with the set of core exercises he gave me has mostly kept it away, with occasional aggravations, usually during peak training periods (at just the right time to keep me out of races). At least one flare up was caused by falling repeatedly at a trail race in the mud.
  3. Congrats, so amazing! (I'm so behind on reading bloops and commenting - I actually did read this right after you posted but it was on my work computer and I wasn't signed in so I couldn't comment) I did comment on facebook...
  4. amarie2009

    A lot going on

    I didn’t mean to go almost 3 months without writing. I’ve been busy but not that busy. There’s been stress, but who doesn’t have that? Somehow, at the end of the day, I just have lacked to motivation to sit down and write. I’m too mentally tired tonight to spend the extra half hour dealing with photographs, even though that is always the best part of my posts. I will add just one as the "feature" photo. Marathon training for Chicago has gone well, though that perpetual goal of 4:30 will remain out of reach. I might have a PR (under 4:43) in me. We’ll see if the weather is good and how much the flat course helps. I’m still a little short on my Team in Training fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – as of this moment I need $135 to hit my minimum and $385 to hit my posted goal. I’ve gotten a lot more than usual on facebook by posting video messages. Shocking, considering I don’t have one of those pretty faces that people can’t resist. (Seriously, my sister as a child could walk down the street at the farmer’s market where we had a booth as a family and people would constantly just give her stuff while I was standing right there – granted she was still a little kid at the time, and I wasn’t, but it was weird…) It stayed hot for a long time, got cool for a couple weeks, before it got really warm again last week. I feel like I should write more about running since that is the what the point of this blog is supposed to be, but it’s mostly been uneventfully smooth. (Which is great) The job search continues, but finally seems to be making progress…I have two jobs where I am in the interview process and would be happy to accept either one. The in person interview I did on Monday went really well, but I don’t know how long I’ll have to wait to hear back. The second job I did a Zoom interview for last week, and now have an in person interview scheduled but not for another two weeks. By then I might have heard from the first job. They are somewhat different, but both health research related, and would both at least somewhat relate to my master’s degree. Speaking of which, last month I got a real in person graduation ceremony exactly a year after it should have happened. (Although I took all of the classes online, even pre-pandemic, the university was local, and I liked the idea of getting a real ceremony. Getting “hooded” for a master’s degree is kind of cool) My household situation has changed, since my sister has gotten engaged, bought a house and moved out of the house we have been sharing. She’d been spending less and less time here anyway, but it’s still lonely and now I have to do all my own cooking again! (She did most of the cooking when she was here). I thought my diet would improve when I started planning the meals again but it hasn’t that much. Maybe once the job thing has settled I’ll have more mental energy to devote to planning meals and eating better… If anyone wants to help make a dent in that $135/$385 (or push me beyond - it all goes to fighting cancer) here's the link to my fundraising page - https://pages.lls.org/tnt/gat/chicago21/ABrinker (But I know everybody's got more places for their money than money to go around...)
  5. Some days "it" just isn't there. Frustrating, but life. Even so, congrats on the silver!
  6. amarie2009

    Would you rather...

    Looks like and nice trip. Love the lighthouses. Sorry about the new issue. Hopefully the hamstring settles down and nothing else decides to join the "party"...
  7. So many races! Making up for lost time. And doing all the races where I've always gone "well maybe sometime..." Sometime is now.
  8. amarie2009

    Jubilant June

    What an awesome month! Congrats on the race win and Rabbit Elite!
  9. Well a 25 minute 5k is a dream of mine. Very much within the realm of possibility, but still more than a minute faster than I've ever done. Go for it!
  10. I meant to write more often – I really did…Since I wrote in April I have run a couple in person races and some virtual races. I did an in person 10k that I also counted as a virtual 10k (because to me, virtual races barely count, and it isn’t as though I don’t cover that distance regularly anyway…) The in person 10k was the “Jim Schoemehl Run” to fundraise for ALS research. I also counted this for my virtual Flying Pig 10k, mainly because it was that weekend. I did the 3-way challenge, so as soon as I finished that race I did my 5k. The Sunday of that weekend I ran my half, and got it done before church which is an accomplishment. That was the first weekend in May. The medals came in the mail mid-June, picture included. I’m running with no actual plan right now. 3-5 miles (usually 4 or 5) on weekdays. 8-12 on Saturday. 3-8 on Sundays. One or two days off from running but I cross train or walk on my off days. Overall mileage cycles up and down. It’s mostly hot and very humid so the motivation to do more isn’t there. So in general, my running has been consistent, but not exciting. I also ran another 10k in May. This was the Ferguson Twilight 10k. An evening race, but close to home. I always think about doing it, but I’m not a fan of evening races so I usually don’t. This time I decided I would. I knew a PR was probably out of the question. I ran hard, had fun, and did better than expected by visually latching on to runners a head of me. One lady in a white shirt was a particularly helpful pacer, and I let her know at the end of the race. I had helped her some too, and we exchanged the first post-pandemic (or not so much, thanks Missouri…) high fives we each had. My time was well off my PR, but I feel like the race was solid overall. There was one moment of big running excitement and that came last week. I had always in the past considered signing up for the big local summer mile race – The Macklind Mile. It’s advertised as the fastest (road) mile in St. Louis. So it always seemed like a good place to shoot for a mile PR. But I never felt like I was really in shape to try. Including this year. But after last year when everything was cancelled, I decided to try and do more of these things I’ve been saying “well, maybe next time”. Because, who knows? So I signed up. It was a warm, sticky June morning. Typical. They do this race in waves every year, so there were no changes for COVID (and local restrictions have now been lifted, and despite MO now surging again in cases it’s unlikely they will be reinstated.) The waves were Men’s Competitive, Women’s Competitive, Recreational, Dog Mile, Elite, and Kids ¼ mile dash. Competitive in this case just means eligible for age group and overall awards. You have to apply to be in the Elite wave and it’s limited to 5 or 10 each men and women. No women ran the elite wave this year. The dog mile is really fun to watch and the top 3 this year all broke the course record for dog/person pairs - they were all in the 4:30s. After the men’s wave took off it was 15 minutes until my wave (women’s competitive). I had warmed up, sort of haphazardly. About 2 miles of running with a few surges thrown in but nothing that serious. I lined up at the start and we were off. The race isn’t quite all downhill. The first quarter mile is, but then there is a slight uphill from ¼ to the halfway point. My goal was to PR if possible – time to beat for that was 8:04. Better yet, sub 8. I hadn’t run that fast for more than a ¼ mile in over a year. I wasn’t sure at all if I could, but I was going to try. I was ahead of pace that first ¼ but then as we temporarily went uphill (just a little, when I’m not trying to run gut bustingly fast it would have been no big deal…) I slowed way down and I was off PR pace at the ½ mile mark. But then we had the downhill again and I was able to pick up the pace. I knew I was doing better, but I didn’t know if I could hold on. Besides being downhill, the race is almost without turns, so you can see the finish for a long way before you get there. It seemed like it was never going to come, but as I got closer and stole quick glances at my watch, I could see I just might make it. If didn’t fall down or pass out first…closer, closer, and BEEP…I stopped my watch. I had done it! Not only did I beat my PR, but by about 9 seconds. 7:55! It’s worth noting a similar effort level (though less willingly undertaken) in high school meant around a 10:30 mile…I was and still am pretty excited. Even so, I was 17th in my AG. (Which is too bad, because this race has really cool street signs for the AG awards…) Tomorrow, I’m running a 3k (yes, 3). Usually it’s on the 4th, but since the 4th is a Sunday, the race and parade that follows is on the 5th. I have a shot at an AG award here, but it’s not quite as cool. But it’s still motivating. I’m trying to pick a fall marathon (or even two) and I had wanted to make it a real vacation, but with my current circumstances as they are, I don’t feel like I can plan that. Eventually I will find that job I’m looking for and I’ll be less than 3 months into it by the time that race likely rolls around, so taking multiple days off is unlikely to be a good idea, or even possible. So I have to stay closer to home… On the on-going job search…yes, I am still looking. It’s been frustrating even finding the type of job I want, although as a look, I’m getting a clearer idea of what that is. I had one interview about 6 weeks ago, but it didn’t go well. I learned from it. But I’m disappointed in myself because I could have done better. Oh well, I’ll just take it that it wasn’t the job for me anyway. Flying Pig medals. Post Twilight 10k Men's start for the Macklind Mile. Just before the Women's start So happy with my PR. 7:54 is a lie. Even the watch says 7:54.9 when you actually look at it.
  11. amarie2009

    Last Covid Era Entry

    Awesome!
  12. amarie2009

    Tidewater 26.2

    Congrats! What a great race.
  13. amarie2009

    Just like running.

    The bathroom re-do looks great. Matching paint colors is tricky. I've always heard you should buy all the paint at the same time (if possible) and mix some as you transition between cans so any color difference fades together.
  14. The state of Missouri has basically zero restrictions now, although where I am in the St. Louis area still does, but they have eased enough to allow races (with a much reduced capacity and with very spread out waves). So far it seems to be ok as far as infection levels go, but a lot of the state is very vaccine hesitant at best so it could get ugly again.
  15. So if Des hadn't been on a mission to break the women's 50k world record, you would be the fastest woman in North America (*for the 50k distance this year...) Wow. And you ran that course faster than anyone ever...(don't tell Des!) I managed to snag a Strava segment in my neighborhood. It was a slow segment. Only because not that many people use Strava around here I guess. I actually do regularly see other runners now, which is nice. Including one who greets me by name and I feel so guilty because I don't remember his... Congratulations on a great race!
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