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  1. Year of the Monkey and Mere Christianity on the same list is making my head spin (in a good way). I had checked out a 1000-page, stream-of-consciousness book called Ducks, Newburyport before COVID, thinking that I would have to renew it a few times before I could finish. And then our local PL shut down. I finished it today. Best wishes to you and Nugget for a good recovery.
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    Fauxnwood 5k

    Thanks! I haven't considered it, but if it were a Tim Horton's, I would do it every week.
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    Fauxnwood 5k

    Thanks! We appear to be healthy going into week 4 of staying at home., so I'm optimistic. I hope all's well down there with you.
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    Fauxnwood 5k

    Who would have guessed that a simple 2020 goal of running a race a month could be so easily disrupted by anything other than injury or lack of interest? I'm not on Loopville, anymore (nothing personal, Loopville), but I had been thinking about running my own races, and with March coming to a close, I had to decide. Saturday was rainy, so no go. Sunday I had a 7 mile progression run that I wanted to do just to get out the house for awhile. Monday's are usually 3 miles and hill sprints, so I planned, weather permitting, to substitute a timed 5k for that. There's a local October race, the Fanwood 5k, where the finish line is about a quarter-mile from my house. I decided to use that route, and move the start forward to the other side of the busiest intersection I would encounter. This had the added bonus of putting the finish closer to home. So at 5:40 a.m. yesterday morning, with a headlamp on, I did an easy 0.6 warm-up run down empty streets and past the eerily quiet train station. At the driveway into a Dunkin Donuts, I stopped, set my watch to 5k, and hit the button. I was running in the dark, made darker by the low clouds that hid any approaching daylight, on roads and sidewalks slick with condensation. It was a Monday morning, the beginning of week 3 of isolation. In the October race, this course is a combination of roads open and closed to traffic, but now, oddly, in what would normally be the start of the morning rush, I might as well have been running on a closed course. So while my initial concern had been about traffic, I found that the hardest thing was ignoring that voice in my head telling me I could bail on this at any time and no one would ever know. I didn't feel like I was going particularly fast, and when the first mile buzzed at 8:22, I really thought about calling it off, because I was hoping to be closer to 8 m/m. But as I reached the portion of the course that is in my neighborhood, I relaxed, and mile 2 felt better, confirmed by the 8:11 at the mark. Knowing exactly what I faced for the rest of the run, and being 2/3 of the way through, I started to look forward to finishing, walking into the house, and having some coffee. Mile 3 clocked in at 7:59, with the last 0.1 (or 0.13 on my watch) at 1:01. Full time 25:33 (AG 55-59, if you're counting). Comparing this to my January and February race times, it's in the middle. Slower than January; faster than February. But it was a good exercise in self-discipline, and as I settled in at the kitchen table for another day of emails, zoom meetings, and homework monitoring that would burn roughly 7 calories in total, I could at least remind myself that I had run a race. On a Monday morning. Before the sun came up.
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    Here's an Idea.

    I was thinking along the same lines, except I would run a 5k, and not a half. My 2020 goal to run a race every month has been shut down unless I somehow make myself run a 5k for time in March. This would help motivate me. I'm in.
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    Graceful....As Ever...

    Ouch! Your fall looks like it was way worse than mine. But if I had to choose between that and 21 miles on a treadmill, I might choose the fall.
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    Decision Made, Plans Laid

    My family spends time in Rangeley, ME, just south of Eustis, every summer. Lots of memories have been made in that part of the state, so I'm envious of you. Good places to eat in Rangeley and Oquossoc, if you have time to sightsee. Good luck with the training.
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    Going backwards or upside down

    We could have used you for a group photo on the beach! It's not easy fitting 7 people into a selfie when the person with the longest arms is blind as a bat, and the best selfie taker is the shortest person. And did you hear that Gov. Murphy ran the race? Not definite on my next race, but it will probably be a St. Patty's run of some type. I'm also eyeing the Cherry Blossom 10K in Newark on April 5, but it's Palm Sunday, so I'll have to see.
  9. Since the 2018 NYC marathon, besides enjoying not having to train for a marathon, I've been evaluating what I want to get from running as I head for the back half of my 50s. I came to running late, but I've been at it now for 12 years or so, and I would like to keep at it for as long as possible, even as PRs feel more distant and I can practically sense my speed slipping away with every run. These thoughts, as well as worries about aging parents and my oldest child's college preparations, made 2019 an off-and-on year for running. I ran one race, and other than that, the highlight of the running year was a post-race meal in Asbury Park with some loopsters after they ran the NJ half marathon/marathon in April. In November, after a year of JFR, I decided that in 2020, I was going to run a race every month. Here's how it's gone so far. January 1 The Central Jersey Road Runners' Hangover 5K in Westfield, NJ. 25:27 (gun-time only). I've run this race a few times, with temperatures at noon ranging from 17 degrees to near 60 degrees. This year, it was high 40s and windy. My 5k PR was set in this race in 2012 (22:40-ish). I was hoping to go sub-25, as a way to start the year strong, and I had about 6 weeks of uninterrupted training coming in, but like a fool, I lined up where the directors wanted the 8 minute milers to line up, which meant I was behind a lot of 10-12 m/m resolution runners that I had to get around at the start. My Garmin showed my time as 25:02, with the first mile split 8:20, followed by 8:08 and 7:44. I crossed the finish line and just kept going to my car. As I drove away down the street which shared part of the route, I passed a number of people who were still running. I got home, cleaned up, and promptly came down with a cough and a fever. February 16 Mike's Seafood Polar Bear Run/Walk for Autism in Sea Isle City, NJ. 25:47. It's hard to find races in NJ in February. Other than a weekly timed 5k in a park about 30 minutes from my home, the only race near me was a Valentine's themed race that requires runners to ask for sponsors. On Super Bowl Sunday, my sister-in-law, who is also a runner, told me about a 5K race on the Sea Isle promenade that she and my nephew have run. Her husband's family have a shore house that's a 10-minute walk from the starting line, and there was a room available for us, so down the shore we headed for President's Day weekend. That January illness and some iffy weather had made a mess of my running schedule, and 10 days had passed since I had last been able to get out the door, so I had no idea what to expect from this race. My honest guess was I would be lucky to run at 8:30 pace. But for a race in the middle of February, the weather was kind. Temps were pushing into the 50s, with some high cloud cover, when the day before, at the annual Sea Isle polar bear plunge into the Atlantic, the temperature had been below freezing. I ran 8:19 pace, which I'll take, but I hope this isn't a trend for the rest of the year. I would like to improve my times, and not get slower with each month. Maybe get to sub-24 before the year ends. My brother-in-law joked that I was running on a strange course. No home field advantage. But races by the ocean, even in February, are hard to beat. Plus, after the race, when I was walking to meet my family, I unexpectedly crossed paths with ocrunnergirl. As with the Hangover Run, I negative split like crazy (8:38, 8:20, 8:06). I'm not happy with these 40-second swings between my first and last miles. My first miles need to be faster, and the following miles need to be more consistent. My nephew finished the race 3rd overall in 17:44, and he didn't run negative splits, but his splits fell within a 5-second range of one another. Tales too short for bloops In the winter, I run in the dark, and one of my regular routes passes a house where a resident has set up a stationary bike in a 2nd-floor room between a lamp and a window shade. This person is often on the bike when I run past the house, and it creates a silhouette that, when I first saw it and didn't know what it was, made me feel a little dirty. I provided some pre-dawn slapstick entertainment for a driver at a traffic light a few weeks ago, when I was crossing the street and was so busy looking around for cars that I didn't see an orange mesh barrier stretched across the sidewalk in front of me. It caught me waist-high and I went ass-over-tea kettle, head down, feet up, over the barrier, and knocked the whole thing down. Only my pride was hurt. And honestly, if I were that driver, I would have laughed at me. Loud. I went to the Millrose Games a few Saturdays ago. I started going to this meet in 2018 with my brother-in-law and fast nephew, and it's a great event for watching world-class runners up close, as well as some up-and-coming high school and college runners. We weren't sure what this year would be like with athletes gearing up for Tokyo, but we saw Ajee Wilson and Donovan Brazier set indoor 800m American records, and if you haven't seen Elle Purrier's record-setting Women's Wanamaker Mile, I can recommend it. If you watch the video and know where to pause it, you can see me. I'm the blurry looking thing with gray hair. Be healthy. Be safe.
  10. Scott

    Working hard

    I'm impressed that you can train, work and go to school. No wonder you're tired. I hope it all goes well.
  11. Scott

    2019-2020

    T-Rex passing her exams makes me happy. That, along with your mileage PR, is a good way to end a decade. Happy New Year!
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    doubt

    I was the victim of accidental cheating in a local 5k when course marshals posted to keep runners from making a right turn were directing them to turn right. I told them as I ran past that they were sending people the wrong way, and they said they weren't. Then I told the lonely marshall standing at the correct right turn that the runners were being sent down the wrong street. From that point on it was basically me and another runner about 50 yards ahead of me for the half mile stretch before we rejoined the pack to the finish. The shortcut runners probably shaved 3-5 minutes off their times. I finished 4th in my AG with a time of 25 something, which shows how thin the field was. Looking at the times ahead of me, I should certainly have finished 3rd, and possibly 2nd. Those times were close enough to mine that I would have seen the runners if they had been on the correct course. I didn't make a stink because it was a small charity fundraiser and the marshals were kind enough to volunteer to be out there, but still, they could have at least been instructed on where to direct the runners.
  13. Scott

    Must. Keep. Writing.

    I'm still here. Still reading. Still enjoying the stories. But I have deactivated my Facebook account for the time being, which takes me out of the Loop. I have hopes of adding more here, but after I ran the NYC marathon last year, I found that I had very little to say about both it and running in general, although I was pleased to share a post-race meal with some Loopsters. I'm kind of back to where I was pre-Loop a decade ago: going out for 3-6 mile runs, tracing routes that I've run countless times in all seasons, and trying to figure out what I want from this activity as I get older. I guess I'll always be a left-sider. 😉
  14. Maybe avoid Madonna for the time being. Or forever. Go T-Rex!
  15. Love that voice. And enjoy the "time off".
  16. When I think about marathon training, I often hear in my head this Maria Bamford bit on what she calls "violent optimism": "My husband and I were talking about Diana Nyad. She swam from Cuba to Florida; a 1,000 miles; open water; without a shark cage. He said, 'Oh, man, I could never do that!'” "I said, 'Yes, you could!' "'Maria, she was an Olympic swimmer! She attempted five times! She almost died twice! I’m not a good swimmer! ... I also really don’t want to do it.' " Many times, I really don't want to do it.
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    any demons ?

    No love for Sebastian Cabot's It ain't me babe? I like the quote. I've been zooming out a lot this year on a lot of things. For the most part, I'm happy about it.
  18. I'm training for NJ, but haven't decided yet. I hit a funk (caught well and truly between worries about my children and the increasing mortality of the older people in my life), and skipped 3 of my runs last week. I'm back at it, though, and yeah, sometimes it's just a matter of getting both feet out the door.
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    RR: Rehoboth Seashore Pikermi

    Looks like a good race to me, especially so soon after your injury. Looking forward to what next year brings.
  20. I"m happy I had a chance to meet up with (and meet) you. Another great race and RR. You make it look so easy, but we know how much work you put into it. Congrats, again.
  21. Good race! I really liked B'klyn, too. Especially Greenpoint, which kind of surprised me with its enthusiasm.
  22. Sorry that you're not where you would have liked to have been at the starting line, but I think you'll find that slice of heaven somewhere in the experience. And many times when I'm in the frozen foods section of a grocery store, I think, "You could melt all this stuff."
  23. You had the self-awareness to recognize that something wasn't right, and made a difficult choice. It sounds like a good decision. And your letter to the group is gracious, positive, and to-the-point. On to 2019!
  24. I like MichaelV's ideas. I was going to suggest limit yourself to 3 runs/week so that you can think about things other than your next run, and you will always have a 2-day break somewhere in the week.
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    Ready or not, here I come

    Here's hoping you don't see me during the race. Safe travels.
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