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Chasing Dreams

If you dare to dream big, you need to put in the work.  I have big dreams, and I am working hard. As Britney says, "you gotta work bitch."  It's become my theme song.  I get up in the morning, and I run.  I finish work, and I run.  I go out to a party, I run there and stumble back.  Anything to get in the miles. I've been enjoying the grind.  It gives me a sense of purpose, a mission.  And if my body holds up, I will finish 2017 with a fitness level I never thought possible. 

JoannaRuns

JoannaRuns

 

Wineglass Marathon RR - Everything is Awesome!

TL;DR: Wineglass Marathon was amazing! I ran my most consistent race and got a PR by nearly 6 minutes. Parents and Loopsters made it extra-special. 10/10, would run again. The parents and I arrived in Corning, NY, late Friday afternoon. We checked into our hotel and met up with Liz and Peg for a drink and bite to eat nearby. It’s always great to catch up with Loopsters, and it was fun for my parents to meet some of the people that I talk about so much. It had been a long day of driving fro

HotPinkSneakers

HotPinkSneakers

 

2014 Marshall University Marathon RR

November 2, 2014 Huntington, WV   Mile 1. Plan - 8:45, Actual - 8:42.2 - Right turn on 27th St, short downhill on bricks. May have bragged to Abby about my pacing skills. Mile 2. Plan - 8:30, Actual - 8:29.6 - Right turn on 20th St, passing start and seeing Brian. On inside of left turn to 3rd Ave., so missed the low five offered. Abby got it but then almost fell into a huge pothole. Mile 3. Plan - 8:30, Actual - 8:23.9 - Following the 3:45 pace group into Riverside Park

Dave

Dave

 

First RR in forever and a day...

I think the last race report I did on the old loop was either Chicago 2014 or maybe even Boston 2013... Anyway, that's about the time I kinda started losing the old running mojo.  It was a slow decent into lethargy.  I ran 6 races in 2014, including two 1/2's, and the Chicago Marathon in a steady 3:31 which was actually my 'easiest' marathon ever.  I felt great the whole way through, and ran basically 7:50-8:10 splits for every mile.  I was in excellent shape, but not running for any particu

ChicagoPhil

ChicagoPhil

 

Hills

There are no hills where I live. None. I am going to have to break out the treadmill and practice on incline because hills apparently take some experience. I ran the Howl-O-Ween Dog Run/Walk in Lubbock. There aren't a whole lot of hills in Lubbock either; however, they manage to find them for the few runs they have there each year. It was also freezing. Any recommendations on how to keep my toes from turning into ice and breaking off inside my socks?  I really thought racing would help me t

Riggers

Riggers

 

Weekly Wrap-up

Came home to enter the weeks runs and found that while I was at work last night Bobby and Bean had been on my computer.  Credit where it's due: they didn't lie to me.  Even told me they were on our to look for Halloween costume ideas.  Thing is, now my computer isn't turning on.   Aren't phones amazing?   This week's running wrap-up:   Tuesday: 3 miles (dead battery no stats) Friday: 3 miles 34:39 Saturday: 4 miles 50:42 1- 11:39 2- 12:02. The se

StinaQ

StinaQ

 

SeniorRunner's Friendly Running Advice for Newbies!

NOTE:  This is an updated revision of a bloop written eight years ago.  Because of all the specialized running jargon, I felt it would be a fitting celebration of the Looptionary painstakingly constructed by Dave et al for our new Loop.   1. To train properly, you must do intervals, tempo runs, hill repeats, maintenance runs, ladders, fartleks, yassos, and recovery runs.  LSD will definitely help, but just say "no" to junk miles.  On rest days, do some XT, isometrics, and plyometrics.

SeniorRunner

SeniorRunner

 

Intimidating 18

At what point does a distance start to get intimidating? For me right now I think it seems to be about 18 miles. Up to 13 I do all the time, even when I’m not training for anything I will run around 10-12 miles every weekend. It’s always nice to be ready to run a half at any time. 14, 15, 16 seem like only a tiny bit more – no big deal. But 18? 18 miles took me 3.5 hours this past weekend. 18 requires serious planning. I need make sure I have enough gus, water, sports drink etc. I know I need t

amarie2009

amarie2009

 

I Was Wearing Headphones

In my last bloop I was feeling like I was finally getting off the DL. I ran 19.5 miles one week and then boom 💥! Where’s that exploding hot dog when you need it? My whole hamstring was inflamed—top to bottom. Sigh. Last week I tried to play nice with it. A 2 mile run, 3 miles ellipticaling and weights. Finally it has started to feel better this week. I ellipticaled 3 on Tuesday and ran 3 yesterday followed by 2 more on the elliptical. I promised myself just weights today. By the

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

Well, that was a let-down: Kansas City Half Marathon

The Short: The biggest lesson I learned from this one is that achieving your goal becomes a let-down if you first think you've exceeded that goal.  I ran this race as a progressive split tempo workout, and expected to finish in 1:23:40 if I executed the workout as written (yes, I did the exact math).  The weather was craptastic (68* and 25 mpw wind), the course is hilly (around 750 ft gain), and my Garmin freaked out, but I ran the workout the best I could under the conditions I had, and

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

GREAT NEWS!

Today at 5 pm I walked through my loan documents for my house.  That's right, I'M CLOSING ON MY HOUSE!  The official deal goes down on Monday at 2 pm eastern time.  Things look very good.  My taxes will be much lower than anticipated because I will claim homestead tax base and the current owners are both in long term care homes so they have the home as "non homestead" on the tax roll.  I'm not sure if other states do this but we do in Michigan.  It's a 30-40% reduction in taxes if it's homestead

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

I Must Be Tapering...

First it was the left knee.  Then the left quad.  Followed by the right hamstring and you get the picture...  I'm not actually injured and I'm not usually bothered by the taper.  It has been three years since I was truly in good enough shape to set real goals for a race, let alone, a marathon.  I want to believe I am ready to achieve the time I have set for myself but the doubt keeps popping up. And now the 10-Day forecast is available and I will be stalking it daily. I used the Bourbon C

temmett

temmett

 

When the Donut Girl Notices

I’ve been really good about skipping the donut house after dropping the kids off at school. Today though, I really wanted a donut and a latte. The $20 of coffee money in my ashtray still had $15 dollars left and I’ll admit stress contributed to the sweet breakfast, but all in all, I have cut back a lot.   When the donut girl handed my punch card back, “You have a free coffee next time!”   “Awesome!  Whenever next time will be.”   “Yeah, I’ve noticed and it’s a little sad but at the

StinaQ

StinaQ

 

To Cut Back or Not?

Two weekends ago I had 7 miles on the training plan.  I ran it, but the last two miles were rough. I had to take extra walk breaks on top of my 5:1 intervals and I was very glad to finish the run.  After that run I was a little nervous about the 8 miles on the schedule last weekend. My shins were bothering me a little and my knee was starting to get a little achey -- I figured I would just run what I could and walk when I needed to.  But the 8 miles went really well.  The 5:1 intervals worked

BiscuitPusher

BiscuitPusher

 

Cheyenne Mountain 9.8 Race Report

9.8 miles is a weird distance, right? Well in the race description, it says the course will be as long as the trail is completed on race day. Volunteers have been working on the Dixon Trail for years now. Each year, this run increases by about .2 miles. It takes a lot of volunteer hours to construct a trail and I hope to go out and help sometime. The registration fee went to the funding of this trail and I love that! I signed up for this race hoping to suffer a bit, it has been a while

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

You remind me of the babe...

The babe with the power... For some reason my whole life, my sister and I have had a strange obsession with the movie The Labyrinth our whole lives - Bowie is dreamy. Random, I know, but it fits in with my 2017 MDI Marathon experience because I added "Magic Dance" to my playlist for the race. As I mentioned in my race preview, I wasn't feeling super confident in my training going into this race. It had even come to the point where I was telling myself, "if you don't finish, it's okay,

croninamber

croninamber

 

The Smells of Running

Or rather, the smells while running. Not of running. During my long run on Saturday—14 miles with the last 4 at MPish—my mind wandered to a gazillion different topics. One of those was thinking about the weird  and awful odors that I’ve come across while running. This thread was sparked, almost literally, from running next to someone smoking a cigarette while waiting at a bus station. Am I the only runner who holds my breath when running next to a smoker? Save me from the cloud of lung can

DrWhiskers

DrWhiskers

 

Chafing the Dream (race report)

PRE-RACE Saturday morning 5:00 - wake up; get running stuff and warmer stuff to wear on drive to start 5:30 - check course map and reference Google maps to find a parking lot with easy in/out about midway between start and finish 6:00 - get in car and drive toward downtown (aka uptown) Charlotte 6:35 - park in previously scoped empty, free parking lot; walk to start 6:40 - make small talk with another runner about start; he's not running though and had to defer

mattw

mattw

 

In and out

It was unseasonably warm yesterday. It was also breezy. Running in and out of the sun was nice. I was very warm until I was cool. Don't worry I didn't stay cool. I'm still a dork.

Speet63

Speet63

 

Autumnal Images!

I prefer the word autumn over fall.  I'm odd that way.  I'm odd in lots of ways.  Go figure.  Autumn running conditions in northern Michigan can be dicey and moody.  One day it may be a nice day and the next is horizontal rain and wind and in the 40's.  Well, not this year!  It's been one glorious day after another with incredible colors and blue sunny skies.  I guess it's our "dessert before dinner" because they are predicting a LOT of snow for us this winter.  We'll go from glorious color

TreeGirl

TreeGirl

 

not to be an alarmist ...

... But around the time a vote is called for, we have these new members. Coincidence? Or Russian infiltrators sent to disrupt life as we know it. I suspect the DUDE.  

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

notable milestones in running that aren't time related

Hi guys! I feel like a lot has changed since I used to post a lot more a couple of years back.  The difference between my first marathon (2010) and my tenth marathon: one of them I just wanted to finish, and one I was desperately trying to hit a certain time goal so maybe, possibly, I could come close to a BQ. Just wanting to finish was my goal last week, for the running of my tenth marathon. Isn't life freaking funny? Spoiler alert: I did finish, and it was an hour and two minutes slow

the ohio lass

the ohio lass

 

New Loop, New AG, looking for the old Me...

So this year has been filled with starts and stops... Run 3 or 4 days in a week and then nada for two or three weeks.  I just could never get back into that groove.  Sure there were some injuries I guess, but a few years ago I would have run through most of that.  Some of it was new aches and pains that come with a 50 year old body I suppose, but also I found myself 20 pounds heavier than I was after my last marathon (Chicago '14) and I needed to get back in running shape to really start enjoyi

ChicagoPhil

ChicagoPhil

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