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  1. Apple Pie

    Virtual Racing

    Sounds like a rough one. Congrats on challenging yourself and getting it done!
  2. Very impressed with your solo marathon. You are awesome! And thanks for that exercise information.
  3. Apple Pie

    COVID-19 10K

    Nice job getting it done! I can never figure out the clothes this time of year either. 🤪
  4. Its all about the temperature. In the summer, I love running in the rain. 😎 But when its cold, not so much... 😕
  5. There was nothing virtual about the rain.
  6. Apple Pie

    Attempting A Return...

    Welcome back and good luck! You can do it!
  7. Glad you got a good race done. I’ve been thinking about you lately. Happy to hear your safe. Thank you for what you do!
  8. Apple Pie

    Covid Virus Run

    Running with young ones like that is always the best! Lucky you.
  9. Apple Pie

    March Covid-19 Pikermi RR

    Nice going Dave. I’ve been saved by the construction site porto potty more than once! 🤣
  10. When I heard about the Loopville COVID-19 Virtual Race series, I thought it was a great idea. When I woke up this morning, I wasn’t so enthusiastic about it. The weather looked kinda crummy (temps in the high 30s and some rain) and my poor choice of pre-race carbo loading the night before (Chinese food) lead me to believe it wasn’t going to be a wonderful run. But when you pay your registration fee, ... um ... well, when you’ve mentally committed to doing a race, you do it. I decided to run on a nice rail trail about 10 minutes from my house. It’s about 30 miles of paved trail and I’ve run almost all of it at different times over the last 7 years we’ve been here, some areas of it I’ve run dozens of time. It’s pretty flat with some long gradual inclines & declines. Normally it’s well used. But because of COVID and/or the poor weather, it was pretty deserted this morning. Here’s me at the start of my run. Did I mention I didn’t feel like running? LOL As I started, it was just misting. No big deal. I had checked the radar and it seemed like there was a gap of about hour between two big waves of rain. So it was fine for a while. As noted, not a whole lot of foot traffic on the trail. I saw I think 3 couples out walking their dogs. And one high school or college aged guy wearing a hoodie, sweat pants and sandals, listening to music and generally seeming to have a great time by himself. I passed him on my way out and on my way back. Both times he gave me a big smile and a head nod as if we were on a sunny Southern California beach where the temp was 50 degrees warmer. I also accidentally spooked a big bird that was sitting on the fence along the side of the trail in one spot, which caused him to jump off the fence and glide away from me along the trail at about 3-4 above the ground for maybe 75 feet of distance. It was cool to watch him fly. I thought he veered off into the trees along the trail, but I suddenly came up to him again. This time I moved to the far side of the trail and we just watched each other as I passed by. I think it was a red tail hawk. Kinda neat. As I continued on, the mist turned into drizzle, then rain, and for the last 10 minutes, it was a downpour. The last person I saw near the end of my run was an older gentlemen who was just as wet as I was. He was walking the opposite direction and as I neared, he gave me a big thumbs up and said “You look terrific!” Well, that’s a pretty good way to finish up a run, right? I picked up the pace after passing my new #1 fan and ended in a mostly empty parking lot, soaked but content. Social distancing completed. I’m glad I got the 6.21 miles done. Overall time and pace are below. Not a great pace, but I’ll take it. Way better than the 0:00 pace I would’ve had sitting on my couch at home. So thanks Dave and others for putting this virtual race together. It gave me motivation. I look forward to virtually racing with you Loopsters next month. 👍
  11. It’s tough when the door closes but as you said, I’m sure God has a plan, even if it doesn’t make sense now. Your perspective on your opportunity (focus on the good) is refreshing.
  12. Apple Pie

    One Night, Two "Marathons"

    Wow, that’s intense. +1 what SIbbetson said. I love the way you write. Thanks for sharing. I’m sure it is very much like a marathon.
  13. Apple Pie

    This is not a race report.

    That puzzle is cool but looks hard. I’m not certain, but I think treadmills allow one to avoid treacherous icy sidewalks. Maybe I’ve got that wrong, who knows. 😁 Oh, and happy birthday! 🎂🎉
  14. Apple Pie

    5k Australia Relief Run

    Australian cattle dog (even if he didn’t look at the camera) is a nice touch for a run for Australia. 😉 It’s tough when family situations bubble over. Sorry to hear that happened to you. Good luck with the recovery.
  15. Apple Pie

    Hello

    Welcome! And thanks for contributing to the Loop! I agree with you on the half marathon being a distance that fits in with life a little better than the marathon. Good luck with your training.
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