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fenwick_razzleberry last won the day on May 2 2020

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  1. Holy smokes! That's a lot of books! I'll have to save these for my next read, although I have a ton on my shelf I haven't read yet.
  2. Hey Loopsters! In my last Bloop, I wrote about my time in Bermuda and how I was looking forward to so many future adventures, such as pacing in Vermont (cancelled) and Alaska (cancelled), running my first marathon in 3 years (Illinois Marathon - postponed to October, but with no date released at this time) and then Grandma's Marathon (cancelled). Enjoying teaching (teaching online for the rest of the school year, which is particularly challenging with band), looking forward to a nice weekend with DH in Kalamazoo (cancelled) at the end of May. Many Lemons, right? Here's the bright side. Lemonade, if you will. I covered 100.7 miles in April! That's my biggest mileage month in YEARS! My goal for May is to beat April's total. I used my Vermont and Alaska airfare fund to buy 2 new pairs of cushy shoes (NB1080 and Hoka Clifton 6) and while I knew before that I enjoy running alone, I found that I REALLY love running alone. I'm using my more flexible schedule to discover new routes in my neighborhood and to run by the river (the MIssissippi River). I found a new gel that I like (Muir gels) because it's not as sugary sweet as GU I signed up for an online course to become a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) because I want to start a coaching business with my RRCA Running Coach certification that I've been sheepishly hiding since 2014 because I'm a back-of-the-pack-er. I'm attending an online Jeff Galloway running school tomorrow to help the beginning women's running program (cancelled) that I'm in charge of and to help my half marathon pacing skills with the run/walk method. I joined a local trail and ultra running community and their book club, so I'm starting to meet more people, which may have encouraged me to sign up for the Hennepin Hundred 50k in October (waitlisted). I'm also really enjoying the time I've gotten to spend with my husband during quarantine. I'm a busy person, so it's a strange feeling to wake up without a sense of urgency or to be heading from destination to destination. Yesterday was our 9 year wedding anniversary, and we got take out and played a board game. And I know I'm very privileged to have this time with him, while still getting paid for our jobs and not having to put ourselves in danger on a daily basis, but I want to give myself permission to feel grateful for the time we can enjoy each other during this unprecedented weird time. Stay safe out there, and I'm hoping that you are making the most of your lemonade. If you are working in public, thank you.
  3. Hey gang! I say yes quite a bit when I should probably say no to commitments. Buuuut, when the opportunity came up to pace Zooma Bermuda, I said yes. Zooma is an all-women's race series and they hired OnPace out of the Green Bay area to pace their races. I paced Zooma Great Lakes in Wisconsin in 2018 and 2019 with them and can't say enough wonderful things about them. They're also helping me with some more adventures later this year. I flew in Saturday afternoon and left early Monday morning. I could talk about flights, how uncomfortable I was at LGA, and all that, but that's not what you came for! Zooma had a 3 medal challenge for their races. If you ran both the Lighthouse Run and the Half Marathon or 10k, you got a 3rd medal: So, naturally, I ran both races. It was windy and rainy on Saturday, but my only thought was, "Hey, it's warmer than the midwest right now!" The original course was 2 miles, but it was shortened to 1.5 due to road work. It ended on the beach and we got medals and all-you-can-handle rum drinks from Goslings. The entire race I was beaming. Everything was so beautiful. I loved being by the ocean. The next day, I paced the 3:30 Half Group. My strategy was a 45 second walk, followed by a 30 second run. I misheard that we were supposed to go by our watches and not the mile markers, so I ended up at 3:31:29, which is disappointing, but the mile markers were really off at some points and non existent at others. If I were to do it again, I'd switch to a 45 second run and 30 second walk. Also might've been faster if I hadn't taken pictures, but when in Bermuda... There were chickens EVERYWHERE! I really wanted to see one cross the road... Temperatures were in the low-mid 60s. Perfect running weather. These ladies were my roommates! Thank goodness I could split a room with them because holy cow things are expensive in Bermuda. Like, think of how much something *should* cost, and then add $7-9 to it. The OnPace Pace Team! They're great folks. If you're at a race they're at, run with them because they will keep you inspired and entertained. We have a Sweeper pacer to help the last finisher, and 4-5 other pacers went out at the end so there was a giant pacer posse to run her in! Super awesome! I was not in Bermuda very long, but long enough to go to the beach and take a picture of the Bermuda triangle: (Side note: I was worried about getting the triangle through TSA, but they did. not. care. at. all! I even made sure we had a 2nd triangle for our band in case this one got confiscated) It was nice to get away, even for a little bit. Yesterday, the meteorologists were like, "LOCK YOUR DOORS! 6-10 INCHES OF SNOW!" and this morning they're like. "JK! LOL, it shifted. No snow." I mentioned other running adventures above. In 2020, I'm signed up to pace for OnPace in Vermont and Alaska, and pacing for the Marathon Maniacs/Half Fanatics in Oregon and Washington. I'll also be pacing our local marathon's half as the first run/walk 3:00 half marathon for the event. I'm pumped. I'm running my first marathon in 3 years exactly 2 months from now at the Illinois Marathon. This weekend is my first 16 miler and I need to wrap my brain around it. But, if I have good runs at 18 and 20, I'll have the confidence for the marathon. In between now and then I'm signed up for the Milwaukee Marathon half. My name is in the lottery for NYC and I am hoping for the best. Stay warm and stay safe out there!
  4. Ehhh - not a free trip to Bermuda, but it's a free race while in Bermuda!
  5. I'm also here because the garbanzo'd one told me to. My year has been going pretty well. I finished my masters degree! I ran 8 half marathons this year. I paced 3 of them, and successfully paced 1 of them. I am now up to 68 lifetime pikermis! I haven't run a full marathon since 2016, but I am currently signed up for 2 (Illinois Marathon and Grandma's Marathon) and am in the lottery for Chicago and New York, where I will win -$500ish in entry fees if I get both. Ouch. Is anyone else signed up for a late April marathon who would want to be an accountability buddy? Back to the pacing - I've started pacing with OnPace, based out of the Green Bay area. They have been pacing the Zooma women's races and are quickly expanding. Through them, I'm excited to be pacing the Zooma Bermuda Half Marathon in February! Getting to Bermuda will involve me spending the night in JFK Airport... but then I'll be in Bermuda! I ran across Iowa in June with my relay team, Runderbolts and Lightning. We've run other Ragnar races together, and we get along really well even though we're from all over the place. I'm finding it hard to know what to write about...which means I should bloop more often. Catch you on the flippy floppy!
  6. Unless Snap, Crackle, and Pop make a triumphant return...
  7. Thanks for all the love on my last bloop! I just dropped to the half for Flying Pig. No way around it, I didn't train. Bright side is that I will have more time to eat Holtman's Donuts after the race and I can add another state to my completed half marathons. I've been grappling with this decision for the last couple weeks, and even though I won't get a finisher's jacket, I just want to enjoy my Flying Pig race. I'm in charge of a Women's Couch-to-5k running group here and we have 105 ladies signed up. Last week and today the weather sucks, but otherwise it's great! Half marathon #53 in Washington, IA this weekend. I'm excited to have some time to myself to just relax and enjoy running. Hopefully, I'll have my act together enough to give a RR next week, but it surely won't be as exciting as all the Boston bloops. Have a great day tracking our runners!
  8. Hey Loop! It's been a while. Last year I got burned out on running. 2017 was the first year since 2010 where I hadn't completed a marathon. I started a 6-day-a-week kickboxing and resistance training program after winning a 10-week session at a silent auction from a 5k, and about week 6, I found out I actually liked it. The miles because fewer and fewer, with the occasional 5k. But I'm also broke as a joke, so I volunteered a bunch as well to keep my FOMO at bay. I signed up for the Flying Pig Marathon (#14) and wrote a training plan in my calendar. Then January and February happened, and as a band director, it came with late nights with pep band, jazz band, honor bands, musical rehearsal, judging gigs, and not running. Now, I'm 2 months out from a marathon and feel like I'm going to have to "Cram" for this again just like I have done in the past. I'm disappointed that I keep doing this to myself. I am ok with dropping down to the half, but I will wait another month to do so, mostly because you get a Finisher's Jacket this year at Flying Pig for the marathon because it's the 10th year. They also have a pretty forgiving time limit (7 hours), so I feel like if I can get a solid 18 miler in before then, I can "survive." If not, I will run my first Ohio half marathon. In a couple weeks, I'm running Ragnar Tennessee (#4) with the team I ran Chicago with - Runderbolts and Lightning. Any of you folks going? In April, I have a half marathon in Washington, IA (#53) and then Flying Pig 2 weeks after. In personal news, I'm in a funk. I'm hoping the season change will help, but it's a struggle right now. As a people-pleaser, I need to remember to take care of me first before those around me. I'm looking forward to my 2nd summer of grad school at Kansas State and hope to keep my 4.0. Hope you're all doing well! Let me know if I'll see you at Ragnar TN or at Flying Pig! -FR
  9. I'm doing the marathon there! Let's hang out!
  10. This is my first post on the new Loop! Woot woot! While I'm sad the other one left, it was nice to see so many people sharing their appreciation of each other. Love you all! The last marathon I ran was 2016 Grandma's Marathon, where it was black flagged, hot AF, and I got the worst sunburn of my life and had to put medical grade burn cream on it. I had signed up for Kalamazoo Marathon in May, but I didn't go. I hadn't trained in the least and I just didn't want to. I was sick of traveling here, there, and everywhere. I can't wrap my mind around running more than 13 miles. So, I took the summer to try to find my love of running again. Turns out, I just needed a shake-up. In April, I won a 10 week bootcamp at a kickboxing place that started in July. I didn't really like it for the first 6 weeks, but since then, I've really liked the way it's challenged me to use muscles I don't use (hello, upper body!). Now that I feel like I'm "in shape" and will have something to keep me going in the winter, I signed up for the Flying Pig Marathon. Yes, it's hilly, but my only real goal is to get under 6 hours. They have a generous 7 hour cutoff, and looking at the results, some people even finished in 8+ hours. I will just need to work to take down some of my long run mental roadblocks. Cool thing is there's a finisher's jacket this year because it's their 20 year anniversary. Thanks to the Loopsters who gave their input on the race. Best thing about Cincinnati? Holtman's Donuts. It feels good to have a goal again, even if it is nearly 7 months away. Speaking of donuts, I'm doing a donut 5k on Saturday! RR and pictures to come.
  11. You're one of my favorites, Speet. Please keep bloopin'!
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