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When Running Keeps You From Running

Allow me to reintroduce myself.  I used to post in the old Loop hosted on the Runner's World site.  I was known there as Kingcoffee.  I used to love posting blogs and reading other peoples blogs and comments.  I stopped doing that because my life became so busy that I could barely find the time to run much less write about it.  I started my own company and it took up so much of my time that I didn't have any left for much else.   I thought that, if I started my own company, I wouldn't have a "jo
 

This is NOT a Stress Fracture!

Last week was up and down some. After the good/bad Tempo Tuesday, I had a decent Wednesday (7), then a really good 6 miles on Thursday. BAM shin splints Getting ready for the six, I took a more careful look at the area and noticed some bruising. When I moved it away from the bone, the flashy part still hurt, but the bone didn't. Not sure if that's an actual medical test, but it made me think this was not a bone issue. The six went well. Fifteen on Saturday gave me 52 for the week

Dave

Dave

 

Finding my happy place + 5K recap

marathon I also chose not to run the 30K that I was signed up for and highly untrained for. Sometimes you really DON’T need to suck it up and tough it out. Since I didn’t run the 30K, I still needed a March race so I signed up for a local 5K that was held on Saturday. Dirt Coffee is a local non-profit coffee shop whose proceeds go towards employee people with autism and providing scholarships to families in need and their caregivers. So grateful that my registration fee went towards that as

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Georgia Death Race 2019: Spoiler Alert, I Survived!

PreambleI got chosen for the GDR lottery last July while still wearing a boot for my second stress fracture of 2018. I had 9 months to heal, build a base, and train for a race completely out of my wheel house. Sure, I've run longer distances and done a few gnarly trail runs/races, but nothing of this magnitude. It would likely be one of the hardest races I'd run to date and I was excited about doing something really, really tough.I ran a couple of marathons over the fall (NYC, Rehoboth) and deci
Expect Nothing but be Prepared for Everything:  March in Review

Expect Nothing but be Prepared for Everything: March in Review

March 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month:  320.4 Feb. 25-March 3: 90.3 (2:40 strength training) March 4-10:  86.2 (2:37 strength training) March 11-17: 77.7 (2:21 strength training) March 18-24:  71.3 (1:01 strength training) March 25-March 31:  50.2 (1:37 strength training) Matching March! Races: March 24:  Chisholm Trail Marathon in 2:57:18

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Flashback - I think I need new shoes

This was written in October 2018 while I was building my running base after having a baby in July 2018.  My feet ache…I think I need new running and/or walking shoes. Sometimes I qualify as a stereotypical girl, I find any excuse to buy new shoes…they just typically tend to be running shoes.  Although…I do enjoy a nice colorful pump.  Oh, and don’t get me started on knee-high boots.  They’re the only reason I’m happy for fall, to start wearing those again. But running shoes, definitel

SandiBeach

SandiBeach

 

Someday...

...there will be more epic bloops. marathon For the first time in 2019, I've been able to run every single workout on every single day that I planned. Running the stairs and the band/weight workouts were OK, but ... running! Running is so, so much better. I know - I'm preaching to the choir here. Anyway, 45 miles planned, 45 miles completed. The only small compromise was the abbreviated Tuesday Tempo - 4 miles @ pace instead of 5. Wednesday through Friday were 7 - 8 - 6, all good ru

Dave

Dave

 

Chisholm Trail Marathon: I've been faster, I've been slower, but I've never been more thankful

The short: Marathon Official results are here. Requisite clock shot! The long: marathon an injury in October-November 2018, I had some rocky training in January and February 2019, and started to wonder if I'd ever get fit or feel strong running again.  It seems like some people bounce right back from time off, but that has not been the case for me!  I got in 3 solid workouts in March (details coming in my March recap), and a 2

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

My Body is like an Elephant, it Never Forgets

My Body is like an Elephant, it Never Forgets

Hey Loopsters! It's been a while, but I wrote this one because I had an epiphany (?) of sorts. I don't want to overshare with weekly updates and whatnot, but I thought this one might be useful to somebody out there.   half here, if you like), I’ve had some thoughts about how it went and what I might have learned from it. There are lessons to be learned from so many races that we run, both the good and the bad (probably the ugly too). I’ll share these thoughts with you runners out there

RunEatRalph

RunEatRalph

 

Future star athlete and proudest aunt alive

hill repeats I have a history with that little stretch of road. When I was a kid, it was gravel. We would go to the top of the hill and FLY down on our bikes. Then, when we got to the bottom, we’d use those sweet breaks that bikes use to have using the pedals to slide along the gravel. Are there still bikes with those breaks? However, sometimes we would wreck and that is where most* of the scars on my legs/knees came from. I’d come in the house crying with blood running down my legs and

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Look! I'm Running!

Boston Yesterday the wind was pretty strong, but the sun was out and it was warm enough for a run in short sleeves. It was also the third week of Vermont City training. And it was Tempo Tuesday! half Week 2 (last week) was closer to the schedule. Missed two days instead of three (one with a family thing and the other with rain that I could have run after but I'd already decided to skip and ate dinner and ... stuff. But, even though I'd thought I should not start Tempo Tuesdays until

Dave

Dave

 

Somehow, It's All Coming Together

I feel like all my posts have been full of dread and woe for months as I complained about aches and pains and slowness. Yet here I am in the midst of Monster Month, with four weeks to race day, and somehow I'm feeling energized and optimistic! Go figure. Shouldn't I be exhausted and sore and negative about now? Well, not so much. Just finished my two biggest weeks, with 54 and 51 miles. And my gimpy ankle has healed up. My balky knee still aches sometimes, but less and less. It seems the pr

BANGLE

BANGLE

 

It isn't a straight or narrow path

When what you love doing becomes not fun anymore, you should take a step back and assess the situation, right? That is what I’ve decided to do with running, except the step back isn’t to not run at all but to just have fun with running again. Circa 2011 – North Carolina The thought of taking a step back or easing off scared the shit out of me. It wasn’t long ago that I started running consistently again. It was the end of 2017 and it feels just like yesterday. It was a dark time f

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Flashback- First Post-baby 5K

Flashback to the end of September 2018 (from memory): There’s a local 5K in the town by our house held by the high school every year.  It’s a great race, we live within walking distance the start and finish, it’s reasonably priced, and supports a scholarship for a local high school student, so no excuse not to run really.  DD  DH It’s the only organized race I have ever been able to convince him to do, plus, he joined me in the ice cream mental recovery 😊, so no time goal, but I wanted to

SandiBeach

SandiBeach

 

The quest.

Garmin Anyway, afterwards, there were a few days of really nasty cold and wind, so I just didn't run. Stairs on Monday, strength on Tuesday. It was borderline on Wednesday and I was deciding whether another session on the stairs was on tap or if I was going to brave the cold when Mrs. Dave called and told me about the dress. As you know, Big Mac's wedding is coming up in about five weeks now, and the hunt has been on for a suitable mother of the bride outfit. But she doesn't want to loo

Dave

Dave

 

URE Marathon RR: Dancing With The Devil

Two weeks ago, it rained Monday through Friday and I was over running in the rain. If you live within a 6 hour radius of Atlanta, you probably feel my pain. So. Over. The. Rain. I took my speed workouts to the treadmill and cranked it up to speeds that were close to what I had been running on the track. I noticed after my Tuesday workout I had a bit of soreness in my foot (the same one that wore a boot last year) and then again after my Thursday workout.    I had one of my biggest trai
2019 Snowbuster - The Results Are In!

2019 Snowbuster - The Results Are In!

If you still haven't sent in your results of your Snowbuster race, it is now too late. Sorry, but I warned you. The number of participants were down slightly from last year, but the competition was pretty fierce and the fun was universal, except perhaps my solo effort that ended up with an 8 minute positive splits and plenty o' walking. But let's let that go for now. While he didn't actually enter or was even likely to be aware there was a Snowbuster going on last weekend, I'm still go

Dave

Dave

 

What are you waiting for?

half But why? I think I was trying to give myself one last hoorah before I call it quits on long distance running (for a while). I also let it float into my mind that I shouldn’t be travelling so far to just  half marathon shin splints So, to kick this JFR thing into full gear I need to pull the trigger on dropping down. (Some of you may be getting tired of reading about JFR, well… I’m getting tired of your FACE. J/K!) I know as soon as I do that, I’ll mentally feel much better and a b

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

A return to the Loop!

I’m Back…running/training again that is! And hopefully as a more active member of this community. I wrote this entry back in September 2018 and never posted it, not sure why, but I think I got distracted by running/walking and taking care of my new little girl.  We have been blessed with a fun-loving, smiley little girl that is laid-back, but constantly moving, and very easy to keep happy.  I absolutely love being the mom of this wonderful girl! Sept 2018 - I am preparing myself for th

SandiBeach

SandiBeach

Snow Busted

Snow Busted

I love that Dave puts together the Snowbuster Pikermi every year.  I always enter, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually run a hard 13.1 miles for it.  I typically take the longest or best run that I have within that date range and enter it.  This year the weekend fell 3 weeks before my next marathon, so I had my longest long run of this cycle planned – a 23 miler! After a really rough patch in January marathon   Marathon  At the end of January, I was feeling terrible and getting slower b

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Snowbuster Race Report - Running in the 'hood.

Inspired by all the recent posts, I thought I'd do a quick write-up about my Snowbuster "Race". I'm at work and basically buried in looming deadlines, but what the heck?!! half I didn't this year either. My plan called for a 20 mile run easy with the last two at between 5k and 10K pace. Marathon With the crazy weather this year, I've had to adjust my long run each weekend to avoid the typical upper 30 degree steady rain we seem to get each weekend. The weekend before, I set anot

MichaelV

MichaelV

 

Coloring Outside of the Lines -- My Snowbuster Entry

Since Phoenix my muscles in my lower abdomen have been hurting every single time I run. It's so frustrating. (If I'm honest this pain started around Rehoboth -- December. I thought it would go away by now. 😕) Anyway I did a nice 6 miler last week that was fairly peppy but left me really sore. After that run I decided to pull the plug on running. We've officially broken up until 3/17. My Snowbuster entry is being submitted under the "Unconventional" Category -- a triathlon of sorts if y
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