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Rehoboth Beach Marathon #5: Humbled & Happy

Sunday - Post Race   The 4:00 sun is low and dark orange. It hovers in the sky, stretching the day a little further as I travel west. Mumford & Sons hums through the speakers. I've traveled this route 4 times before, but this was the first time alone, the first time at dusk. Christmas lights clicked on over front porches, in windows, wrapped haphazardly around trees. They are humble displays, often a mixture of lights and rarely with any semblance of theme.   I am content

Carissa Liebowitz

Carissa Liebowitz

 

Life's a (Rehoboth) Beach. RB Marathon RR

I think Quadracool’s face was worth the trip. I strolled into Dogfish Head behind Mr. Bacon late Friday afternoon, obviously hoping for a reaction. I love the Loopsters. I love surprises. HotPinkSneakers led the charge on this weekend in Rehoboth Beach, so I had to let her in on it. She was awesome at keeping first my tentative plan, then my actual attendance, a deeply held secret. Bacon was at the house when I rolled in at 4:30 talking to Mrs. Dave about the latest T-Rex crisis, so all we

Dave

Dave

 

Rehoboth is Magical

I have a confession to make. I haven't run a good half marathon in over 2 years. Even my last Rehoboth wasn't great. Admittedly, it was faster than the 2015 iteration, but 2015 felt...stale. I ran walked from mile 6 on, I felt undertrained, I felt like I didn't have any stamina in me... I feel like I'm getting ahead of myself. Again. Sorry about that, it seems to be a thing I just do when blooping. There was a moment earlier this year when I was going to run the full marathon at R

slcathena

slcathena

 

Rehoboth - A Hamstring Epidemic

I almost didn’t go. My leg was a huge question mark. Why go if I’m only going to be able to run 6 miles?? But then Thanksgiving happened which went well until it didn’t. And suddenly I couldn’t get to Rehoboth fast enough. I readied the essentials: Put on my favorite new song!! (I also really love Do Re Mi if you’re wondering) I took the land route all the way around the Delaware River to get to Rehoboth. 50 miles takes 4 hours but I guess if Bangle can

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

Rehoboth RR and Loopfest, because you're never too old to sneak beer out of bars in your pants.

The Rehoboth Half Marathon was the last race on my calendar for 2017 and I had planned to race it.  Really, what else can you do with all that left over endurance from marathon training anyway?  The weekend started around 2:30 Friday afternoon when I arrived in Rehoboth and met up with Gwen, Carissa and Eric at packet pick up.  After a quick stop at the house we made our way to Dog Fish Head to catch up and enjoy some beer.  Slowly others trickled into town and we gathered at the house while Chr

Slow_Running

Slow_Running

 

Quad Dipsea 2017 Race Report

"First run in 1905, the Dipsea is the oldest trail race in America. It is run every year on the second Sunday in June. The scenic 7.4 mile course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful courses in the world. The stairs and steep trails make it a grueling and treacherous race. And its unique handicapping system has made winners of men and women of all ages." (http://www.dipsea.org/) The Quad Dipsea is a bit easier to get into, but still sells out prett

John Nguyen

John Nguyen

 

Rehoboth 13.1 RR: I unintentionally sandbagged my goal.

After I reported my race time, a friend quickly informed me that I had sandbagged on my goal of this race. I REALLY did but it was completely unintentional! Saturday was a magical day for me and all of the stars aligned perfectly. It was one of those races that you dream of having. Although it wasn’t the best race time of my life, it is definitely on the top. I flew into DCA on Friday, and after a really fun road trip to Rehoboth Beach, I had volunteered to make lasagnas for the 15+ running

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

Who put the Rice Krispies in my feet?

My focus this “off season” is to get stronger without getting injured. Of course, every time I make it through a tough workout without dying or getting hurt, I’ve succeeded in starting the muscle rebuilding process, which puts me in a better place to ward off future injuries. Step one is to do some strength work after each run in addition to my everyday rolling/stretching/heel drops. Not too much, just a few exercises daily, rotating between leg day, hip day and arm/shoulders day. Step

NavEng

NavEng

 

waiting...

Need something to pass the time while you wait for weekend RR from DE to be posted?  Not only are the Christmas lights @Cliff hung on the sight pretty- you can also break them with your mouse!  I KNOW, RIGHT???? Procrastinating in PA...

Running Nutz

Running Nutz

 

After much debating, I put this in the Bloop category

@Cliff - nice Christmas lights for the site! I figured I'd sneak this in before the more exciting Rehoboth and CIM race reports come in. Last week's miles went pretty well. I planned on about 7 easy miles for Saturday morning, but a friend posted that he needed 10 miles. We started at 5:30, chatted the whole way, and I hardly even looked at my watch. We ran them faster than I would have on my own with a 8:09 average. My Sunday plan was for 15 miles, but I agreed to run my RB's 18 miles

mattw

mattw

 

Turkey Trot and other thoughts

The last 24 hours have given me a few of minutes to revisit The Loop. It has been fun to read the stories to see what people have been up to. The lurking made me a bit guilty for not submitting anything so here are some thoughts on things since I last posted. Baconator- Being in Maine, I'm glad we'll still be able to share our weather-related challenges, a measurement of the most dedicated or foolish among us. Running in Maine, it is close to my heart. The weather has been kind thus far, bu

MaineJoe

MaineJoe

 

Thankfulness: November in Review

November 2017 in review! Total mileage for the month:  267.7 - the marathon taper really ate some mileage!  (in comparison:  January - 261, February - 212, March - 203, April - 219, May - 249, June - 205, July - 275, August - 301, September - 271, October - 323) Oct. 30-Nov. 5:  70.2 Nov. 6-12:  80.7 (peak mileage week & my first time to hit 80!) Nov. 13-19:  64.0 Nov. 20-26:  53.3 Nov. 27-Dec. 3:  projected at 52ish (26.2 of this being The Big Race!)

SIbbetson

SIbbetson

 

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas.

Not the weather around here, though. Maybe a little bit of snow next Wednesday. Well, it's Thursday afternoon and I'm leaving town again this weekend. I'm also not running this week. I had hoped I'd be able to jump back on the train Monday and go six miles, but the hamstring, despite being in a compression wrap, said, "Not today, buddy!" It took it about a mile before he started really protesting, so I had to slow down some more to make it home before walking became mandatory. Sucks being i

Dave

Dave

 

Two Races, One Loop Meetup & One Piece of Pie

WARNING: the pictures in here are so freaking big they may cause trauma. Couldn't figure out how to make them smaller. I think I need a tutor. *** I ran a double race with NCAthlete (Chris) just before Thanksgiving—the Pumpkin Pie 5K and 10K in Denver. She wrote about it here. Fun fact: the only other time I did a double was with another Loopster – AlliKate. It was on the same course, but the experience was quite different. This time it was cold (not hot). The 5K was first (not s

CompulsiveRunner

CompulsiveRunner

 

It's Rehoboth time!

If you aren't going to be at Rehoboth this weekend, I feel for you. You're gonna miss some good stuff! As far as my goal goes for this race, I didn't have one other than running it sub-2 hours. After some checking, I haven't done that since 2014. I ran a 2:04 at Rehoboth last year, so I definitely hope to beat that. However, after having an exciting 100 mile month for October, I only have 56 mile (10 runs) this whole month. Not only have I still been having that weird phantom leg pain

NCAthlete

NCAthlete

 

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 con

eliz83

eliz83

 

That time I chicked a Crossfit dude up a hill at 7mo pregnant

Things are coming down to the wire. We had our last completely free weekend and now are faced with a baby shower, birth & CPR classes, picking a pediatrician, going to the police department to make sure the car seat is installed properly, a late Friendsgiving/Festivus celebration and other general holiday things to take up the last remaining weeks. I'm slowing down, too. Walks are still happening but definitely no running. The pressure of gravity is uncomfortable even when stationary so I do

tinkbot

tinkbot

 

Oh Boy. You Say I Have a Half This Weekend??

A few weeks ago I managed to run an 8.1 and a 5 in a span of 48 hours. My friend pointed out that if I added the times together I’d have run a 2:03/2:04 1/2  marathon. What? No. I’d pretty much convinced myself if I came in sub 2:30 I’d be lucky. I checked her math and she was right. After returning from Texas I set out to run 9 miles. I chose one of the routes I trained for Boston on. I don’t know exactly what happened but my feet just went crazy. 7 of the 9 miles were sub 9:00. A pace I h

ocrunnergirl

ocrunnergirl

 

Running only on days ending in "Y"

I’ve been looking for motivation as we head into the worst part of the running year for me.  Holiday parties with too much food, tins of cookies, seemingly every gift consisting of beer or whiskey, or something used to drink beer or whiskey.  What does it say about me?  Does every person who gets me a gift think, “Eureka!  I know what that lush needs…more booze!”  And you know when someone gives you a bottle of whiskey, you have to go through the ritual of opening it, pouring a few glasses and s

RoyalDryness

RoyalDryness

 

The City So Nice They Named it Twice

Oh goodness, where to start? The New York City Marathon was so much more awesome than I ever imagined, and I’m sure I won’t do justice to the experience here. But that doesn’t mean I won’t try! I left DC on Thursday via Amtrak (my favorite way to travel anywhere on the I-95 corridor), with coffee in my hands and manic excitement in my eyes… I arrived at NY Penn Station around noon, and walked the handful of blocks north to the Port Authority bus terminal, where my mom was due in

HotPinkSneakers

HotPinkSneakers

 

Medium Miles

How many miles is too many? I'm kind of itching for more at the moment, but not so much when my alarm chimes at 4a.m. Last week, number 2 of 18 of marathon training, called for 55 miles total. Yes, this is just ramping up. The long run was to be 16 with 8 at marathon pace. But running buddy had 22 on his plan and wanted to incorporate an organized half marathon course preview. With a couple of extra days off for Thanksgiving, I figured I could move my schedule around a bit to accommodate. M

mattw

mattw

 

the day fiona apple got busted at the border checkpoint in texas. a photo essay.

I got my feet On the ground And I don’t go To sleep to dream — the prophet fiona — Mo always says dreams are supposed to mean something. I’m still trying to figure out last night’s. I’m running on a treadmill. There’s a guy on the TM next to me also running. He stops, and there is much hoopla (note to self: must say "hoopla" more in casual conversation. In the unlikely event you ever have a casual conversation). A TV crew swoops in; confetti drops. He says he has broken the World Recor

garbanzo a gogo

garbanzo a gogo

 

"WE WERE ON A BREAK!"

That was running and me, for the last 7 weeks or so. It has been years of on again, off again training for marathons. Between and within the ebb and flow of training cycles were all the half marathons, 5ks and 10ks, triathlons, duathlons, bike races, and fun runs with kiddos. Exhaustion, throbbing muscles, poring over data, endless entries in training logs, planning for the next race, speedwork, long runs, weekends of trying to balance life, sleep, and training.  I need a break from yo

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PegLeg

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