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  1. eliz83

    A few bits

    Ever since RW shut down The Loop, I've been a bit salty about blogging. I was already annoyed that I had lost some of my early work that I really loved (including the "Inside Eliz83's Head" series and the post where I wrote from my GPS watch's perspective), not to mention I never saved any of Bacon's blogs so I really can't publish my dream book that is basically just all of his blogs printed and neatly bound in a colorful cover. If you never got to read a Bacon blog, I offer my most sincere condolences. I thought about doing an RR from last week's Turkey Trot, but I never remember races in the great detail that many of you do, so I just did a quick RR on Instagram: I ran it with my siblings so we took a few run selfies. The race was at the Sac County Fairgrounds in Sac City, Iowa, which is also home of the World's Largest Popcorn Ball. We were really excited to see it. Like Peg, I've been taking a bit of a break from running. I've felt all over the place, in that spot where I sort of want to go hard but not really, it's getting dark outside, actually maybe I'll just watch another episode of Drop Dead Diva, cuz I really want to know what happens next. You know that spot. I have been there, hard core. So, I've just been doing bodyweight workouts at home (thanks, Daily Burn), trying new recipes out of Run Fast, Eat Slow and thinking about goals for next year. Evidently, those goals include a half marathon in Utah, cuz I just signed up for that yesterday. I hate half marathons, but this one includes a belt buckle, beautiful scenery and a young Brad Pitt lookalike (although, honestly, the only Brad Pitt I ever "got" was Legends of the Fall Brad Pitt, otherwise I don't understand the obsession with him), and a girlfriend's weekend all tied up into it, so fine, I'll train for another 13.1. It will be my first in 5 years. The last one was a trail half that kicked my ass. I'm sure it will suck be awesome. I'd like to get at least 2 other states ticked off the 50 state + DC list (and Canada and Mexico), so we will see if that happens. It depends on the timing of a few work trips. I can't decide if it's time for another marathon or if I want to see how much I can knock off the 5K PR. There are good reasons for both. I'll probably wait to see how I feel during 13.1 training. If you are looking for a fun human interest/still running related Instagram or Strava account to follow, I recommend Colin McCourt. He's a former British pro runner, who retired, gained weight and then took on a bet with his buddies that he could run a sub-16 5K by the end of this year or get the names of 17 of his friends tattooed on him. He accomplished that goal a month early, and now "season 2" is a sub-2:30 marathon, based on votes from his followers. I voted for a sub-30 10K but I'll still follow this journey. I'm not salty like that.
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