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Camping, gratuitous bush pics...a little bit of running and getting the band back together!

OK so I've been a little absent lately with work (I actually work for an overly large US company but our real overlords are via the UK), my running has been decidedly slow in returning plus a few other side projects have kept my down time away from here. So to make up for it I'm actually going to post a blog (yep it doesn't happen often). Last weekend here was Melbourne Cup (well the Tuesday so most take the Monday for a long weekend). It's our horse race that "stops the nation" and everyon

ChocTop

ChocTop

 

Taper, taper, taper...

This training cycle was, let's say, interesting. It didn't go as planned but at least I have the volume.  The miles are in and my big toenail finally bit the dust, just in time for the last +20 miler today. I tried to hang on to it, but it decided to part ways in bloody fashion Friday night. The divorce was not amicable. Oh well,  if one doesn't need a toe to run, one certainly doesn't need a toenail.  The 21 miler went off without a hitch; now I wait and eat for the next 3 weeks before I give i

Ocean_101

Ocean_101

 

Nothing to See Here

I wasn’t kidding when I shared about the bra that threatens to dislocate my shoulder post workout. Last Saturday, I wore it because it was my last clean sports bra… When I went to take my shower…OMGoodness, I can't get this off. call it a draw-back to being a single mom perhaps… There I am with the darn thing halfway off, or me halfway out, but I can't get it above my shoulders. I thought I might have to call my 11 year old daughter: “Honey, help Mommy out of her bra.”  But she's just

StinaQ

StinaQ

 

Foot update (and then a disappointing update to the update)

My appointment on Monday with the chiropractor got me nowhere because he had gone home sick just before I got there. Tuesday, he was still sick. I iced whenever I could manage at work. Monday and Tuesday I rowed and stationary biked at the gym. Yesterday and today I tried out the Zero Runner and used the elliptical. The Zero Runner required coordination and was pretty tricky for me to keep the proper form. But if I practice it might get better. But I don’t want to practice on that thing. The ell

amarie2009

amarie2009

 

A RAOK Texas Style: Thelma and Louise go to Houston

If you’ve been on the Loop for any amount of time you have either read about Garbo’s famous Muskrat challenges or taken part. His challenges usually consist of monthly acts of silliness while running such as Remember the Ala Mode Pi Pie Run. The rules were simple: run 3.1 miles and eat an entire 8-9” pie while carrying a piñata and wearing a Dave Schultz mask wearing a mustache. Many of us Muskrateers still cannot look at a pie more than 6 months later. 🤢 A lesser known fact of Garbo’s

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

A small hometown race

I’m not really sure how to explain New York.  Let me go back. 2015 I had to defer.  It hurt.  A lot.  I devoted to day to being there for someone I was sort of in a complicated situation with.  His race blew up and I supported him through a five and a half hour finish.  It hurt not racing.  There were a lot of emotions with him too.  I was honestly afraid the race would always be associated with this going forward. 2016 I ran the first 16 before a planned drop.  I tried to

Keep Running Girl

Keep Running Girl

 

Church of the Hungover Angry Run

Hi there friend, why the long face? Are you feeling a little down? Unhappy with your job? Having financial troubles? The news cycle making you want to gouge your eyes out and self immolate? We’ve all been there. Today’s world is full of stress and fear and depressing goings on every single day; it’s easy to feel hopeless. Luckily, you don’t have to face the challenges of living in this world alone. There’s a group of people just like you, fighting their way through life one day at a time. How do

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

 

Pinhoti 100: Adventures in pacing RR

It wasn't my race. I was simply pacing. When the idea came about a few weeks ago, I was still deep in recovery mode from my own 100+ miles. But I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get in some miles on a race that has been on my radar for a couple of years. The timing doesn't allow me to do Hinson and Pinhoti, but I do hope that I can race it.   We had a crew meeting at Taco Mac 2 weeks ago where Dan & I promised to get him through the last 45 miles and Sam promised to drive us al

Carissa Liebowitz

Carissa Liebowitz

 

A pinch of arthritis, a dash of sesamoiditis, a soupçon of turf toe and a hint of a bone spur

I envy those whose diagnosis has a name. Mine has several - and none. I had a CT scan done yesterday, and saw the doc today for the verdict. (note: I'm VERY pleased that this doc is so speedy and wasn't interested in wasting my time waiting weeks to find out.) It seems the bony overgrowth he'd seen on my xrays was not a stress fracture. I might prefer it had been. It's a bit of bone spur, and there seems to be indication of an old injury to the fibular sesamoid bone. It's inflamed (hence t

gdionelli

gdionelli

 

Let's talk about periods and training

Men, be warned. Lots of lady business up in here. Let's talk about periods and running. Specifically, the lack of running while on my period. I generally feel like death the first two days and it marginally gets better after that, but I want to run during my period instead of taking a one-week break every five weeks or so. I'm also extremely, extremely tired that week and I try to keep my iron levels up because of the bleeding. Today was my first shot at that and it didn't go so well.

Avivocaruns

Avivocaruns

 

Taking it back

There's not much to this blog, but this letter.  Whenever I have a fight with running, I find this picture of a letter written by a local boy in Minnesota to a RD of one of my favorite Spring Races called Zumbro.  I'm hoping that you, too, can find some joy in the youngsters joy of trail running, and perhaps find a little motivation when times are down that when you are running, you have an opportunity to be young at heart.

Stewmanji

Stewmanji

 

Hello Loopland... I've missed you!

Hello Loopland! Its been a hot minute since I've written a bloop and with the recent location change I figured it was good time to come back and say hello! A lot has happened in my world since the last time I visited Loopville (although I've been lurking about reading and have certainly kept up with some of you via Facebook land). I stopped blooping because life got busy and of course there were the Loop issues... ahem... but mostly I just didn't have time to write. I'm not sure my life is re

GiniaQ

GiniaQ

 

I'm Seeing Gold

My daughter left for the TX State Championship XC Meet on Thursday. I made the 7 hour drive on Friday after watching my 8 year old in her 3rd grade play. This year I was really prepared for the trip before it crept up on me. I ordered books for the kids and I found these Saucony XC cleats on sale on Amazon for $21.99 before the race. All of which arrived on Wednesday! I'm really glad my daughter liked the Saucony cleats. When they came in I wasn't even sure if there were going to be shoes in tha

Riggers

Riggers

 

What's with this foot?

I had another post started but things have changed. My 20 miler a week ago Saturday went great. Probably the most enjoyable 20 I’ve ever run. I got to run the whole thing with friends who each ran 6-8 miles with me so I had someone with me the whole time. The weather was cold and windy but felt good and I finished strong. This past week my runs all went great…until Friday. Maybe this is where it actually went bad though I thought I was ok at the time. Just about a mile from being done on Friday

amarie2009

amarie2009

 

Galloway for the Win

In case anyone was wondering, I did cut back last week.  I ran 20 miles last week, 4, 3, 3, 6, 4.  I think it was the right choice because I definitely felt ready for more miles this week.   This week was my highest mileage week to-date in years. 28 miles run in 4, 6, 4, 10, 4. Granted, I still have 4 more to run tomorrow, but I don't think it will be an issue.  For my 4 miles yesterday I decided to go ahead and run them straight instead of the 5:1s.  I figured that for my 5:1 runs I was av

BiscuitPusher

BiscuitPusher

 

hobo shoes

editor's note: from march 22, 2013. Writing about the homeless guys here yesterday made me think of this. Never forget that homeless guys are people too. And with a couple of wrong turns, we could all be there with them.   It’s all right, man. I’m only bleeding, man. Stay hungry, stay free, And do the best you can. -- the prophet brian fallon --- I'm sitting on the curb by the bar next to the newspaper, listening to a band while I wait for Mo to pick me up after work. It's a little

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

I Bought These Shoes in 2004

“I bought these shoes in 2004” says the man working out behind me yesterday. What the what??   I started seeing a personal trainer over 2 years ago at the local gym. DS had just turned 2 and I was finally getting over some very painful back pain caused by picking him up. He was 9.5 lbs at birth so not your average child. The severe pain was a reminder that my core closely resembled a pile of spaghetti; apparently, having a baby—especially a hulk-sized baby—does quite a number on the bo

DrWhiskers

DrWhiskers

 

Its Like Getting Kicked Right Where IT Chaffes

The past two weeks my right knee has started hurting, on the inside portion right at the top of the tibia . Hurt while walking and sensitive to the touch. Did some icing and Ibuprofen while hoping it was just an inflamed tendon or something while knowing all along the familiar symptoms were that of an unhappy meniscus . The same knee as my 2015 miniscus surgery.  Today I go in for the MRI.    The first surgery went really well with no lasting effects from it whatsoever so it isn’t real inva

skinnyLLegs

skinnyLLegs

 

UP

I went to bed Sunday night with visions of a great week of running and getting to the gym in my head.  This would be the week I transitioned  to taking Monday as a rest day and slipping a short run in Sunday after church instead of my traditional nap.     But Monday night this happened:   And because I can’t just carve a plain ol’ jackolantern, I was up till 11:00 pm meticulously carving the first line of Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue in D minor into my pumpkin. Tuesday morning, I ju

StinaQ

StinaQ

 

Last Check-in!

Just to warn you, there is a lot of pre-race rambling for the second half of this post, mostly myself talking to me trying to figure out a pacing strategy. This is my last training check-in before my goal race.  Over the past two weeks my training has been: Sunday (10/22/17)- another beautiful day! Couldn’t skip out on another beautiful beach day with my Mom.  We’re weird, “beach day with my Mom” = walk/jogging 15-20 miles all around a shore town. Monday – rest day, legs were

SandiBeach

SandiBeach

 

my shirt

Editor's note: Classic? Nah. Old? Yes. This is from Nov. 1, 2009. The big race coming up this weekend made me think about it. Still feels like yesterday. And I still haven't been back. --- Everyone has a few shirts in their drawer they just can’t get rid of. They’re old and worn but you can’t let them go. I'm holding mine today. I first ran the New York City Marathon in 1990. It was my first trip to the Big City, and i was overwhelmed. You go there thinking you know what it w

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

Rocktober: October in Review

October 2017 in review! Total mileage for the month:  323.6 - my biggest month ever!  In comparison, I did:  January - 261, February - 212, March - 203, April - 219, May - 249, June - 205, July - 275, August - 301, September - 271. Oct. 2-8:  70.1 Oct. 9-15:  77.1 - a volume-focused week (only a tiny workout) Oct. 16-22:  71.6 Oct. 23-29:  76.6 - my sixth week in the 70s! Oct. 30-Nov. 5: projected at 65 - a cut-back week with a half marathon race at the en

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

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