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  1. amarie2009

    The quest.

    I just read an article about this. Naturally I have no idea where now. But it basically said wrist based measurement is extremely unreliable.
  2. I haven't signed up for this one yet, but I do it most years. Biggest con is it's usually hot. It's more competitive than most 10ks around here because it's the RRCA championship race (so no AG for me!) but they do have some cool prizes. Date is June 8th. It's a great race. http://route6610k.com/ I've done this half all three years and I'm doing it again this year (as long as I'm healthy) It's a smaller race, I don't know about cash prizes (couldn't find info) but you would have a good shot at not just 1st overall women's (last years winner was 1:40 in pouring rain) but possibly beating all the guys as well (last years winner finished in 1:25, but again, nasty weather.) It's only $40 until the end of this month. It's on hilly, rural roads, but probably not hillier than you are used to. I usually stay at my parents because they live close. It's possible you might be able to stay there as well if I ask. (We have the bed space) Race date is Sept 7, so it could be warm. https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Greenville/VinetoWineHalfMarathon Even though I live in Missouri these are both IL races. Edwardsville is about 1/2 hour east of me, Greenville is an hour. I'll have to look for some more on this side of the river but these are both races I really like.
  3. amarie2009

    "Workin' On A Mystery..."

    Glad to see you back. I'm currently taking master's degree classes to get a job I'll enjoy more. So that fills every free moment just about. My current one doesn't steal weekends but the pay is not so good, and it's boring. My first trail race (a half marathon) this past fall was good/bad. I had fun, but the pouring rain made sloppy, slick trails and I ended up with a back injury that cost me my fall marathon. I thought I'd made it through ok, but days after the race what had originally felt a little sore became much worse. This has nothing to do with you really though.
  4. What kind of dates are you looking at? Any distance less than a marathon? My budget is tight so I don't run a ton of races, but there are lots to choose from here.
  5. Mmm, so basically I only beat the cheater. That's discouraging. Next year maybe I should gut bust a mile so I can come in somewhere in the middle. (I won't actually do that). I do hate being slow(ish) sometimes. In my defense, I was doing a long run, not "racing".
  6. Glad I popped in this evening so I could read this. Sounds like you are on a strong upswing. Keep it that way. (Let me know if you are ever running a race in STL. I can't keep up with you but I'd love to cheer you on.)
  7. I'll do it. I know I'm running that weekend. Remembering to turn in my time might be a problem. I haven't even checked in here lately. So much reading for classes! Lots of writing too...
  8. amarie2009

    Getting Personal

    As a single 35, almost 36 woman who always wanted to get married and have kids but hasn't, I hate when people ask. It's a raw subject. I don't know why I've never met a guy I even remotely wanted to marry. Guys in general don't seem that interested except for a few that seemed to think they could take advantage of some assumed desperation. Nope. People assure me I'll met someone when the time is right (or they say why not on-line dating, because it gives me massive anxiety that's why), but I am to the point where I'm pretty sure my time has passed. My dream is to strike up a conversation with a great single guy during a race or something but that hasn't happened either. Now that I'm in grad school, working full time and running, I have almost no free time. So there's that too. He'd have to be a runner if he wanted to see me...
  9. Super weird they found a similar but older tablet, sent it to you (eventually) and it turned out to be from a business nearby while yours never turned up in any way...
  10. I kept up with the running over the holidays, but I also ate every bit of sugary stuff that I came across. Zero self control. Now I'm paying the price in a few extra pounds...
  11. These are the turkey trot meatballs so at least ground turkey is pretty cheap.
  12. Happy New Year all! A solid week in running. I haven’t really ventured into speedwork yet, but I will soon. I signed up for the GO St. Louis Half Marathon on New Year’s Eve just before the price went up $10. There is a new course that they just released at a special event on Saturday (available online soon). Since I was running at Forest Park where the event was I got to see it without a special trip. The race is staying on the Missouri side this time and is now a point to point from Forest Park to the riverfront downtown, in a roundabout way. It should be interesting. It’s been warm this week. No winter weather here. Miles – Monday – 5 to hit 100 for the month of Dec. Tuesday – 3.5 with a group of runners from right around where I live Wednesday – 0, first day back at work and I had to take my car in for an oil change before work. I could have run while they were working on my car, but I didn’t want to deal with the logistics. Thursday – 4.4 back to running in the dark after almost 2 weeks of being able to wait until daylight Friday – 3.1, my flat easy route. Saturday – 8.1 with Team in Training. Same distance as last week because my weekday total was higher and I’m being careful. Sunday (today) – Rest. I should have walked more, but I have work to do for classes again, and we celebrated my dad’s birthday. I did do my core routine. I really need to make sure I do this at least 4x a week, to help prevent the injury situation that kept me out of my fall marathon. Other news – Izzie seems better. I finished with giving her the daily antibiotic injections on Friday, much to the relief of both of us. Her follow up visit with the vet is tomorrow. I hope he can tell me the infection looks like it is really gone this time (I doubt he can give me complete reassurance but hopefully his professional opinion is that she looks good). Cooking with Shalane I got both of her cookbooks for Christmas and I’ve been trying out some of the recipes. So far I’ve made 5, but I’ll really slow down once work, school and marathon training get going. I’ve tried the Apple Cheddar Scones (good, but I made a couple of mistakes on this one that mean it could have been better), Flu Fighter Chicken and Rice Stew (awesome, will make again), Honey Cardamom Granola* (excellent, but since I didn’t have cardamom, I just used pumpkin pie spice so also different), Turkey Trot Meatballs (so good and I had these for dinner tonight), and Purple Cabbage Slaw (also good, also dinner tonight). I’ve liked everything I’ve tried so far. But some of the ingredients called for are a little hard to find. I plan on making the black bean burgers, but they call for tahini which I wasn’t able to find at the grocery store. She also points out that sometimes they call for more expensive ingredients, which is worth it for quality and health sake, except that when you make less than a certain amount it just isn’t going to work. So far I’ve stuck with the recipes that call for mostly basic ingredients. I am probably not going to spring for bison meat. Beef will have to substitute. Aldi has some organic beef that isn’t too pricey.
  13. amarie2009

    2018 Running Highlights

    Happy New Year! Hope 2019 brings lots of healthy, happy, thankful miles, for you, for me and everyone.
  14. I stayed about that stressed about the classes, but it got worse dealing with the injury and Izzie's issue. Hopefully all of that is behind me now. (Well Izzie's not better yet, and my classes start again in a little over a week, but at least I'm not injured at the moment!)
  15. I last posted September 6th. That Sunday I ran a half marathon, and then started Master’s Degree classes in Nutrition on the following Monday. Once that started I was writing a ton for my classes, working full time and still running. Loop time dwindled to nothing more than an occasional quick visit to read and comment. It’s been a busy and challenging almost 4 months since then. More downs than ups but given what could be it’s hard to justify complaining. (But oh!) Lots of rain though. The half marathon was wet, wet, wet – run in the pouring rain and wind of the remnants of a gulf coast hurricane. I didn’t run it for speed on the hilly course – instead I aimed for full marathon goal pace, which I did successfully finishing in 2:14. I did not feel super optimistic however about this being possible for full distance, but I still had until late November to train, so there was time. Parked and hiding from the rain while I wait for the race to start. Classes started and I got very busy. 6 hours of graduate work while working full time (with 40 minute commute each way on average) and training for a marathon didn’t leave me much time for anything else. Those graduate classes also meant a lot of time writing on the computer so when I didn’t need to be writing for classes I couldn’t get myself to do it for any other reason. So I didn’t bloop. My classes (Life Cycle Nutrition and Nutrition Science) were challenging but went well. Usually the big due dates each week were the same for both classes but I got A’s in both so I met the challenge. I don’t know yet what the work will look like for the next set of classes. 1 trimester of classes down, 5 to go…if all goes as planned I’ll be done September 2020. Next up was my first trail half. It was in Kirksville, MO where I went to college. I got to spend the weekend with a friend who also ran the race. Overall it was a really fun weekend. I had been running all summer at least once a week on trails to prepare. Something I didn’t do was run on trails in the rain. I also didn’t buy trail shoes to wear for just one race since they’d been ok on the trails so far. I don’t know if either of these things would have prevented what happened next, but they might have helped. Yet again my race day was pouring rain (no wind this time). The trails were beautiful, but super slick. I fell twice, but didn’t feel any direct injuries from that. However nearly every step on the 11.5 miles of the half that were on the single track trail I slipped and slid. There was so much sideways stress and general instability that I’m not used to. After the relatively easy paced road half that I ran in 2:14, this race took 3:03. It was a hilly race, but almost every bit of that time was because much of the time I couldn’t run because of how slick it was. I expected to be sore in the days after. Initially it wasn’t bad, and I actually felt better than I expected. The 3 hour drive home the next day was uncomfortable, but not terrible. My neck was actually more sore than anything else at this point. (Probably from driving since I hate driving and I tend to hold on to the steering wheel super tightly) I didn’t really take a break from marathon training, just making this a cut back week so I continued to run as planned throughout the following week. My back ached a little but not too badly. Until Friday’s run. A mile in I knew something was different. In denial I kept going for another half mile (away from home!) until I knew this felt a lot like something I was familiar with. But I still had to get home. I made it home, and I knew I was probably going to miss some time running. My SI joint was angry again. Hopefully not as bad as last time but it wasn’t something I’d be able to run through. Despite the final result I’d really like to do this race again. If it’s not raining! This race was super well run, the course was beautiful and super well groomed. It has lots of up and downs and its share of roots and rocks, but is still seems like a good race for all levels of trail runner. Many chiropractor visits and much downtime later, my full marathon came and went and I didn’t run it. (Actually, it rained for that race too, plus there was a fire in the hotel I would have stayed in, so my friend had to find somewhere else to stay that turned out to be a dump, plus it was cold…it would have been quite the adventure) I was only up to running 6 miles the weekend of the race. This was another DNS for me. Not quite as crushing as the first one but that may partly be because of everything else going on. Since then I am finally back to running relatively normally although I’m still trying to be good about my core exercises that I was given *which I still need to do today. I’m slower again. Frustrating. But small problems. During all of this there was another challenge in my life. Just before my trail half I noticed my cat Izzie had a wound/injury to her inner left rear leg. A visit to the vet resulted in an antibiotic shot. The wound healed, but then came back. We went around this cycle several times until earlier this month, when it was determined the infection might be coming from the metal implant she got 8 years ago when she broke that leg. We were referred to the same specialist she saw back then. It took 2 more weeks to actually get in to see that vet. They did x-rays, and it wasn’t the implant. But that meant it was still a resistant bacterial infection. Normally they would prescribe pills but giving Izzie pills is nearly impossible. (Even for vets!) So after some discussion they reluctantly prescribed an injectable antibiotic that can cause kidney damage. I have to do the injections, we’re halfway through now. I hate doing it, and I don't think I'm doing a great job, but I don't know if I could get her to actually swallow 2 weeks of pills. It looks better I think, but because of the nature of the wound (it’s small, but a puncture) it takes a while to heal and doesn’t really look a lot different until right before it closes completely. Her follow up is a week from Monday. I will say that through all of this she’s otherwise been fine and acted normally. Cats hide pain well, but she’s never seemed sick at all. I’m trying not to be anxious after practically tearing myself apart over this (and classes and etc) but it’s hard. Even when it heals I will have a hard time relaxing since the skin has healed over before even though the infection was apparently still lingering. I feel fine. And I really like this ornament. It's mine now. Next up…the new trimester for school, fundraising, marathon training, trying to be better about keeping the house clean, I could go on. My books are on the way, I still need to make the tuition payment. I need to get started on my new round of fundraising for Team in Training/Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Lord willing, I’m planning on running the New Jersey Marathon in late April. (I hear there might be a few loopsters planning on being there…) I will try to write at least a really short bloop sooner than a post New Jersey RR, but I make no promises…
  16. " It's okay to think, "Who am I to be so distraught over this when so many people have so many bigger problems?" while simultaneously having a breakdown." SO MUCH YES. Besides the (98% better now) back injury, it's been a little bit rough last 3-4 months for me. I run for Team in Training fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society so I'm always super aware of people who are dealing with so much more than than me, but I still struggle. Wednesday my first semester of master's degree classes end and I might finally be able to write and post an update.
  17. amarie2009

    CIM 2018 RR

    Congrats! What a great race!
  18. I'm missing my fall marathon due to injury as well. All because of slipping and sliding all over in the mud during my first trail half marathon. I loved the race, but as for the injury, it's a bummer. My SI joint in my back got all angry. I have not been so enthusiastic with my crosstraining. Hope you are back to running soon!
  19. Why don't we listen to the voice of wisdom? Glad you are feeling better as of this post (hope you are really feeling better by now). You have the best attitude.
  20. As I just started grad school, I can be pretty sure I won't have the time or the money for Hood to Coast. At least not for the next 2 years.
  21. The very first sentence of my grad school reading and it's all about why I finally decided to get started... Workouts have been going well until the last couple days where I guess the miles in the heat are catching up with me a bit. I ran a slow 17 on Saturday, which was actually an extra mile but because of the nature of group runs I walked close to a mile anyway. Monday was on the trail and went ok. For the first time in 3 weeks I avoided some nasty plant (stinging nettle I think) that attacked me the previous 2 weeks. Tuesday’s speedwork was right on what it should have been, but Wednesday’s long midweek run of 8 miles was rough. I never felt good and what would normally be my super easy pace felt hard. I tried to go a little faster and just couldn’t. My left calf and foot were complaining, and later after the run my right ankle joined the grumpy chorus. Today I was supposed to do a tempo run with 2 miles at half marathon pace. I couldn’t get there. I was a minute too slow on each of my tempo miles. Tomorrow is a cross train or rest day. Usually I cross train, but this time I’m taking the day off. I have a half marathon on Saturday – and the remnants of hurricane Gordon are going to make it a wet one. Not exactly looking forward to that, but at least I won’t overheat! No real time goal – I’m not in shape to PR, and I’ve been extra tired and sore this week. I hit almost 40 miles last week, which is a big week for me. (And not even the peak for this training plan). Last month was big, but not huge. Both pairs of shoes I’m wearing are at about 200 miles. They still have miles left in them, but I know that I’ll feel better if I get a newer pair to rotate in. The budget really won’t like that, but injuries cost more. I saw the chiropractor today and because of the high miles, soreness and race he wants to see me again next week. Usually I go once a month. The budget doesn’t like that either. I’ve been using some HSA account money so it’s not quite as bad as it could be, but I don’t have a ton of money there either. You know what else hit my budget? After I ran this morning and got ready for work I sat down in my car, started it and was promptly informed I had low tire pressure. A quick look showed my right rear tire was completely flat with a nail in it. My attempt to change the tire was quickly thwarted by extremely tight lug nuts. Fortunately, my car insurance includes roadside assistance. They actually came really quickly and had the donut tire on in about 5 minutes. I asked the guy how many of those he does a day, and he said 15! No wonder he could do it so fast. I took the car to the repair place and waited and waited and waited. I didn’t have an appointment and there were a lot of people in front of me. Finally they informed me they were working on it, but they couldn’t patch the tire so I had to buy a new one. Budget says ouch again. I made it to work by lunchtime. Good thing I have vacation time… My Master’s Degree classes start this coming week. I’m still nervous about whether I can still do this school thing or not. I finally got my last textbook yesterday. I bought school supplies for the first time in about 13 years last weekend, but I forgot to get some sort of planner. I’ll need it, lots of deadlines to keep track of. I’ve already done a bit of reading today while waiting for my car, but it’s dense stuff. Not sure how much of this I’ll need to know from memory. Once my race is over Saturday I’ll be dedicating time to planning out my studies for the first week. Various trail pics...
  22. I'd say some sort of tendon/other soft tissue issue. I'm dealing with the same sort of thing in my foot. I'm a little worried because even if it's only that for me, it's what kept me from running St. Jude Memphis last year and it took a long time to get over. (It was MUCH worse last year though).
  23. amarie2009

    Bullet Points

    Yay for pain free running however out of shape you are. Fall may be supposed to show up in 3 weeks, but I hope it makes an early appearance in 1.5 for my first half of the season.
  24. amarie2009

    RR - Cypress Run 5K

    6 months off without any illness would take you pretty close to back to zero. Plus you're still healing. Good job, good progress. Keep it up!
  25. So sorry. (And boo on Blue Cross)
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