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Six Weeks to Boston

Boston taper So, let's see. A week ago I was supposed to do 17. I met up with the Saturday group run, which is normally 10-11 miles in the hills. I planned to add some miles at the end after taking advantage of the camaraderie for a while. I ran with a couple of friends who kept pushing the pace just a bit faster than I was comfortable with. After three miles I let them slip ahead because I was working too hard for long run day. I was sucking wind and feeling pretty demoralized so I took

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"Workin' On A Mystery..."

"Workin' On A Mystery..."

"...goin wherever it leads..."  Geez, it’s been awhile. half   I also ran a 5k with Juliet, who is a tiny little bundle of running awesomeness... She was so determined to run a sub-30 5k. And she did. She was crying for the last quarter mile, she was in so much pain, but she wanted NOTHING TO DO with slowing down and calling a 30:xx good enough. Sprinted to the finish with 10 seconds to spare and then it was my turn to cry a little. This summer, she'll be registering

PegLeg

PegLeg

Dave's Snowbuster Pikermi RR. It was worth a try.

Dave's Snowbuster Pikermi RR. It was worth a try.

If I live to run a billion miles, I'm certain I'll never make real, honest and education assumptions about what pace I should run on a given race day. Generally, I'm almost adequate with the easy run, taking off and adjusting how fast I go to get through the miles I have planned. For racing? Not so much. half 1/21-27 - 6 miles (1 run) 1/28-2/3 - 9 miles (1 run)  2/4-10 - 22 miles (4 runs, LR 6.1) 2/11-17 - 5 miles (1 run) 2/18-24 - 26 miles (4 runs, LR 10)

Dave

Dave

 

No Fear February/Frosting February

February 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month:  245.0 Jan. 28-Feb. 3: 3 (2:06 strength training, 12:52 cross-training) Feb. 4-10:  30.3 (2:00 strength training, 8:10 cross-training) Feb. 11-17:  73.4 (1:57 strength training, 2:00 cross-training) Feb. 18-24: 85.6 (2:35 strength training) Feb. 25-March 3: projected at 90 if all goes as planned - peak week! It's important to look at these totals within the bigger picture; before the off/li

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

Suwanee Half Marathon RR

2-11-19 If Jen and Angie were not coming into my hometown to pace a half marathon, I would have never found myself at the start of the Suwanee Half Marathon on Sunday morning. They both signed up to pace in 2018 when I was freshly out of the boot and unsure of my running future. Sidenote: Jen ran a 100 miler the prior weekend. Angie ran a 100 miler 3 weeks ago. Both had run races already since! My friends are badasses. The weekend snuck up on me and I realized as it got close, I n
 

THE SNOWBUSTER IS COMING!

Tuesday - Sunny and 31. Took a chance that the walks would be clear enough. They were, for the most part. Did have to stop my out section a tad short and add on at the end to get the full six miles. Stopped at the rehab center where the Amazing Amanda has fixed me up a few times. The last time I was there was August, working on the knee. I don't know if they cared, but I thought it would be nice to drop in and say hi. Sadly, it appears that Tuesday is their early day and they were gone. But the

Dave

Dave

Social running scene characters

Social running scene characters

I go to a local run club on occasion, however, I haven’t been in months. In fact, the last time I went was November 29th! Wowza! I hadn’t realized it’d been that long until I searched for the last one on Strava. I typically run alone unless I go to run club or if I get to runch with my gal pals at work on Fridays. I enjoy getting to share some run time with others and am grateful when it happens. The Denver Milk Market and bRUNch Running have teamed up to host a fun brunch run the last

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

Maiden Voyage of the Last Pair of Saucony Triumph 3’s: In the Words of Others

Maiden Voyage of the Last Pair of Saucony Triumph 3’s: In the Words of Others

I’m down to my last pair of Saucony Triumphs 3’s. Since last year was a bust I still was hoarding a couple pairs at the beginning of last year because the Triumph 4’s were TRASH. Luckily the 5’s are a better iteration, so while I’ll be disappointed I won’t have another pair, I’m comfortable with the 5’s being the new go to shoe after my last pair of 3’s cross the rainbow bridge. I could tell you how much I loved the 3’s but why take my word for it?    “Fact. These are running shoes.” ~
 

Flashback Friday: Run as fast as you can for as long as you can

This one goes back to the days of Just Fucking Running. I rarely cared about my pace and was still fast. This is what I want to get back to… Race Report: The News & Observer Old Reliable 10K Run Raleigh, NC – November 2011   Run as fast as you can for as long as you can. That was my motto about 5 minutes after I started the race. junk miles marathon As during most of my races, most of the run was a blur. I get in the zone when I race and get tunn

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Grinding it Out

Hello again. I know, I just blooped. But hey, why not. Remember when there used to be twenty new bloops a day? You'd put one up and it would be off the front page in a matter of hours? Well, I just felt like writing again, so here I am. intervals After 1.3 miles of warmup, I tried to get my ass in gear, but I found myself at 7:17 pace and dying after 1/4 mile. Ugh. I had to pull back a little just to keep going. Pace dropped and dropped. After 3/4 it was 7:35. I pushed hard the last 1/4

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Confronting the fear

Hi. My name is Eliz and I'm afraid to go fast.  I'm your typical Goldilocks character. I like to challenge myself (I go on adventures through the woods and have no problem staying with strangers that I have never met before), but I also like to be comfortable. In my ideal world, the temperature would always be 72 degrees, except when I'm running outside, then it would be about 68 degrees. The perfect shoe has a wide toe and about 1/4 inch of room from where my longest toe ends and the front

eliz83

eliz83

 

Questions and thoughts of a seasoned and confused runner

I’ve been thinking about this training plan and marathon business a lot lately, and it’s brought up some interesting thoughts and questions. I’ve been a runner since my junior year of high school (1997) – twenty two years. I’ve run at different capacities during my life: High school cross-country team where I was flying by the seat of my pants and just doing what my coach told me to do. I don’t remember running much outside of practice and meets, so I was just doing it to be on the t

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

Just gotta make it through February.

Just gotta make it through February.

More snow and cold temps. Ice all over the place. Only one actual run last week - 5 miles that was mostly OK. Did have to run on some crusty grass for a way, then duck into a neighborhood so I could use the street. Three stair sessions, including 45 minutes as my Saturday long run. Another storm coming in tomorrow morning, but it's supposed to turn to rain by afternoon and then the daily highs are going to push 50 by the weekend. Hoping that'll be enough to clear things out and I can safely get

Dave

Dave

 

The Fatigue Chronicles

marathon marathon The week of 2/4: - Monday I rested, since it was the day after my 10K. - Tuesday was 9 miles and boy was I feeling that race! I was having so much trouble breathing, I had to stop and walk up a hill in mile 3. The whole way I was just dragging, but I got it done. - Wednesday was track day. I figured to self-moderate, and with no zip in my legs it was easy. The workout was reasonable - 1200, 1600 and 2000 meters at 5K pace; but I slowed it down to 10K pace

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Gooooooood Morning VietnaauuhhhhAtlantaaaaa!

I have never been a morning person. I don’t understand morning people. I’m not sure I even trust morning people. I don’t think the day should start until 11:30 am. Before that time, my level of motor function is akin to those beetles that get flipped upside down and flop around helplessly unless someone pushes them back over. And my cognitive state is such that it feels like everyone is speaking to me in Portuguese. I don’t speak Portuguese. As a result, I am usually an insufferably irritable as

Gonzo Runner

Gonzo Runner

 

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results

marathonyou can do it this time. I'm over stressing week after week that I'm not hitting the numbers. I'm over worrying about whether or not I'm going to get so far behind that I could injure myself if I keep going. I'm over trying to hold this standard over myself week after week. I guess it's just not for me - or at least right now. So, I'm still running the NJ 26.2, but I'm going to get there by doing what I can with the time I have left. After that, I'm done with marathons and anyt

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

Sweet Mags Farts on a Hoka and I Don't Really Care Cause It's a Dumb Shoe

Sweet Mags Farts on a Hoka and I Don't Really Care Cause It's a Dumb Shoe

Sweet Mags: What in the hell are you doing? Rob: What the hell does it look like I’m doing? I’m blooping. Sweet Mags:  Good golly!  I haven’t heard you talk about those losers- er I mean Loopsters in like a hot minute. Rob:  Well, if you recollect last year was a bust.  I ran like 3 miles total last year after screwing up my back. Didn’t even get to go to Rehoboth to spectate in a sparkle skirt cause I was sicker than a dog.  Sad times. Sweet Mags:  Oh yeah, I remember you wh
Announcing the 2019 Snowbuster Festival of Virtual Races!

Announcing the 2019 Snowbuster Festival of Virtual Races!

cross training half That's pretty much it. Note those dates again. Friday, March 1 - Monday, March 4. As always, I play fast and loose with the rules. If this is a bad weekend for you, run a little earlier or later and I'll make it work. The important thing is that we're running and we're tired of waiting for the snow to go away. I also don't care if you don't have snow. You should be in better shape than those of us in the frozen tundra, so going 13.1 ought to be a piece of cake.

Dave

Dave

 

any demons ?

still not running, so have to read about it instead.. turns out I tore up the L knee cartilage while performing a stupid canoe trick last summer, and cartilage doesn't heal. Hm.  LRSSWAP (some work all play) - smart, based on the latest science and research, and compassionate. Dave used to be an environmental defense lawyer, degree from Duke where Megan was a runner. Megan has a medical degree from Stanford. They both have raced on Team USA in mountain running. Also they have the best consult

doug in co

doug in co

Back in the Race

Back in the Race

Bostoncalling. Boston marathon Week of Jan 21 I ran 34 including a 14 miler that wasn't quite as bad as the previous week's 13. I also had a speed workout where I felt surprisingly chipper! Knocked out 4x400s with the last two about 85, and then 2x1600 at 6:50 which was not too taxing. Positive vibes! I've also got the chance to run in the rain quite a bit this year as we are having a wet winter. I've been enjoying the novelty of it.  Last week was only 31 because I skipped the long

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BANGLE

 

Ralston Creek 13.1 Race Report

Ralston Creek 13.1 – Arvada, CO / Sunday, February 3, 2019 2/12 – Race per month 2019 goal In case you forgot, I have a goal this year of running a race (of any distance) each month of the year! This was my February race. I ran this race in 2014. The weather was pretty awful – cold, snowy, and the trails were pretty treacherous. At least one person had to have gotten injured during that one by slipping on ice. The weather is hit or miss this time of year so, “You never know what y

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Super Bowl LIII. Snowbuster?

half Splits One side of the bathroom toilet paper holder came loose. Had to tear it out and patch the area. Then I realized I'd measured wrong and had to redo it. When I went to paint the area I discovered that I didn't have any of the original paint left, so had no clue what color I needed. Made my best guess last night, based on the color in the master bedroom, which was the complement to it. Guessed wrong, so now I have to try again or repaint the entire bathroom. Good thing it's a sma

Dave

Dave

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