STOP WORRYING + I miss finish lines.

5.37 miles @ 9:05 average for the day!  The first miles were with my sister (in our neighborhood… the below picture was from when Andrew and I went up to the mountains a bit later on in the morning to walk around with Skye) and then Brooke got her run in for her ‘marathon in a month’ challenge.

Running with her brought my average pace DOWN for the entire run because she is getting hard to keep up with… I was chasing her!

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Andrew and Skye met us at the school with Brooke’s backpack because now that she has a laptop to take back and forth, we can’t run with it but she loves running to school so we make it work.  PS before school started this year I was worried about how the kids would do with their masks and that they would really bother them… Nope, sometimes we have to remind Brooke and Knox when they get in the car or when they get home that they can take their masks off!  They forget they are even on.  Another reason why I need to learn to stop worrying about things that haven’t even happened ha.

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Oh and before Brooke left to school, she left a very detailed agenda of things for me to do with Skye while she was gone;)

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The three of us got out for a lunch date…  Andrew has a few days off in a row now because we were planning on heading down to St. George today for him to run the marathon on Saturday!  Instead of the marathon now he has planned a really awesome mountain biking route to replace it.

Of course we went to Zac’s for their rice bowls.

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Once Brooke and Knox were done with school we went to a place called Gardner Village to see all of their decorations.  They have a bunch of witches all over the place with a scavenger hunt for the kids to find them all.

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And every year I get a caramel apple there.  It’s tradition.

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We came home and had grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner..

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My random running thought of the day—>  I miss finish lines.  And starting lines.  Even on the races where things didn’t go like you planned (like below), I really miss them!  I came across all of my race medals during my closet deep clean the other day and it made me miss that feeling of someone putting a medal around my neck at the end of a really hard effort in the finishing chute.  My races in 2019= 11 races, in 2020= 0 (non-virtual)… I really wonder what the number in 2021 will be.

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I’m beyond excited to watch the London Marathon elites this weekend and I’m thinking that will give me that race excitement I’m missing:)   PS does anybody know if they are allowing a few spectators on this course because it sure would be fun for people to see them all run by 19 times!   And if there aren’t any spectators, I wonder how the different elites will feel without hearing people cheer for them over the 26.2 miles!

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Tell me… What was the last race finish line that you crossed?  What were the emotions you felt as you were crossing it?  

Will you be watching the London Marathon this weekend?

Happy October—>  Who has an October birthday or race?

Have you ever done a race that involved multiple laps?  What about a long run that involved a lot of laps or at the track or something?

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I want to watch it sooo badly but it will be on in the middle of the night for me (we’re EST). I might be willing to get up in the middle of the night but maybe not if it also involves paying for a whole new sports channel as well. Does anyone know how it is being televised for those of us in the US? Ha ha… you can tell I’m starved for races if I’m actually contemplating getting up in the middle of the night and paying to watch a race on TV!

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AHHHH I guess I didn’t do my research and didn’t think about these factors?! Who can help us?? WE NEED TO WATCH!

I hope you have a great day Jenny!

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There’s a live broadcast on NBC SN and then the Olympic Channel is replaying it at 11:30 AM (pacific, maybe different for other time zones?) Sunday and again Monday (I think at 5:30 pacific) and a couple times over the next week. I’m using youtube tv to record so I can watch it whenever I get up Sunday :)

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Thanks Teresa this is great information!

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I cannot wait for Sunday. The London marathon is my favourite day of the year. Will be so different this year. I ran it in 2015 and was the best day ever even though my training didn’t go to plan. Cant wait to watch, gutted Mo Farah won’t be running

I cannot remember the last race I ran, spent most of last year pregnant so that ruled them out for me, thanks sciatica!!

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I actually did a four mile race here in VA. They had us all socially distanced at the start, masks in the starting chute, and the race was over 3 days. It was great and I felt very safe! I do miss big races, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a vaccine soon, although I know they won’t have one for everyone until 2021 likely.
I will definitely be watching the replay of the London Marathon. I’m excited to see Molly Seidel, Sara Hall, and Eluid Kipchoge. I did a marathon in Afghanistan (last one I’ll do) and it was 26.2 laps of the base. It was awful.
You should hang up your race medals somewhere! Maybe by your treadmill?

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That is SO SO great that you were able to do that race and that they were able to make it safe. LOOP MARATHON IN AFGHANISTAN… wow. You are mentally so so strong. That is a fabulous idea… just told Andrew we need to do it. Hope you have a really great day Mercedes.

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I *need* your caramel apple!

I *think* my last real race was a New Year’s Race in January. There was a Hot Chocolate race in February that I forgot my bib to participate (didn’t remember till I arrived with no time to go back home and get it), so I just ran around the neighborhood). I’ll have to check my journal to be sure :)

I had no idea about London! Football and running all in one weekend!?!?! YES! I’ll watch! Thanks for telling me!

Our first race back around here is in November (and the Rock N Roll marathon that was postponed from April is in November too, projected to proceed). Not sure if I will run a race at that point or not. The marathon I had signed up for in the spring moved to fall and then went virtual, so I am not sure what my plans are yet.

I ran 3 laps of a 4 lap marathon (Delaware). I had planned for spectators but that didn’t work out, and seeing the same finish line over and over was rough. I wasn’t worn out, just not motivated to continue. I did notify the race officials at the finish line that I was dropping so they would not look for me out in the course thinking I was lost or something!

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I hope you get a caramel apple soon… it hit the spot. What a bummer about your February race, I hope that you get to do it this February (and I really want to do a hot chocolate race). Enjoy your weekend of fun sports to watch. Keep me updated with what you decide on the Rock N Roll marathon. I can’t imagine doing a lap course like that for a marathon so that is awesome that you did as much as you did! Have a beautiful day, Tonya and I think it is your fall break now with your son… I hope you guys are having a blast.

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The last finish line I crossed was my first half marathon, and my thoughts were somewhere along the lines of, “I AM SO GLAD IM DONE!!!” It was very cold and rainy and windy. I was also sick so I was so tired and sore and my heart rate was so high. I remember walking up the stairs that morning was tiring, so even though I was 18 minutes off my goal time, I was just so proud of myself for finishing.

I’ve never done a race that involved multiple laps, but up until the time I was about 15, i did ALL my runs on a half mile loop around my family’s neighborhood so I could be close enough to home. Looking back, I have no idea how I did that.

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Cold, rainy, windy AND sick… you are strong to be able to do that! Congrats to you Esther and after that experience, your next half will feel like a breeze. I did more loops when I was younger too.. why did we do that? I hope your day is off to a great start!

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I think the last finish l crossed was almost a year ago–it felt SO good because that was a tough 10k (way hillier than advertised . . . the fifth mile was almost all uphill!), but I had been training for hills and beat the time I was going for. And there was apple cider at the finish line. :-) I feel like your having a baby is its own race . . . having the baby is crossing the finish line!!

Ooh, I just saw someone point out the time difference for London! I will watch the recap. I can’t wait!!

I’m so glad Brooke and Knox are so good at wearing masks–we go back to school semi-soon, and I’ve been concerned about that! Phew!

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The last finished line I crossed was Seotembrr 2020. It was a 55km trail race in Whistler and I was so happy to be done because it was pouring from start to finish. And because I basically had to.climb from the bottom of Whistler mountain to the top lol. I was so happy to be done haha. I miss my running community. This past weekend I would have been racing in Whistler again but it would have been 110km gulp.

In BC there are 0 races! lol. I am just trying to stay motivated ha.

My sister and niece both have October birthdays.. 3 days apart!

Have a wonderful day Janae!

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55km trail race in Whistler… now that is a race I think I could get Andrew to do with me (as long as we mountain biked afterwards;). I bet that was gorgeous but pouring rain the whole time and going from the bottom of the mountain to the top… you are so so so strong. I hope you get to celebrate with them. Thanks Kristine, you too!

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Isn’t it funny (afterwards;) when we realize how races get us with their advertising and forget to mention all of the HILLS. I love that you beat the time that you were going for and had a great race for your last race. SO SO TRUE about having the baby being my finish line, it will be my favorite finish line. Let me know how the return to school goes for you guys. Have a beautiful day, Kristin.

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The last finish line I crossed for a race was the St. Jude Half Marathon in Memphis last December. I’m missing running with crowds for sure.
If I can find a way to watch the London Marathon I definitely will! One of my family friends was going to sign up for a 100 mile race in October until he found out that the entire race was a 1 mile loop they would just run repeatedly. I can’t even imagine. He’s hosting his own 100 mile race now haha!
Have y’all started on the nursery for the baby yet?!

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December was my last finish line too… it feels so long ago! Hopefully we are back to those crowds again soon. ONE HUNDRED LOOPS… wow. Great question, the new baby will sleep in Skye’s room which is already pretty much set up for a nursery (boy or girl… lots of gray/white) so that makes it very easy! I hope you have a beautiful day friend.

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I don’t think I would like a lap course, I need a change of scenery! My last finish line was a week before everything shut down in March. I had an easy 5k on Saturday with my running group friends (some of them running their first race, ever!) and then Sunday I set a half marathon PR for myself. It was magical and perfect and there was a fantastic after party. It made having no other races this year a lot easier for me.

I bought a coat rack that mounts on the wall ( a cute metal one with birds on it ) and I hang my race medals on it, right near the treadmill……best $6 ever, and I love seeing them each day!

Brooke is doing awesome with her runs!!

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I’m with you… laps would be rough with me! I am SO happy for you and your half PR… that is a huge accomplishment and I love that you did that 5k with your running friends. I need to copy your coat rack idea. Thanks Loribeth and enjoy your day.

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What time is the race? I don’t even know the Time difference.
My bday and my husbands is this month! And it’s My favorite month!
I haven’t done a lot of laps for race. Just 2 loops for a marathon where the half was one loop and marathon was two. But I remember running the 2 mile in track in high school and getting lost in the number of laps. I hope someone counts their laps for them in London. I wouldn’t be able to keep track!

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Hey Mary! I think it is on at 2 am our time. Happy birthday month to both of you! I hope you celebrate all month long. I think that a two loop marathon would be way hard… going out for the second loop takes mental strength, way to go. That is a good point, I hope someone lets them know how many more laps they have left to do. Have a great day Mary.

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Oh races, how we miss you!! I miss the excitement of race morning: getting up early, getting to the start line, all of it!
My last finish line was on Super Bowl Sunday, the Surf City half marathon in Huntington Beach. We do this half every year. But this last time I felt “off” from the 1st mile marker to the end. Not sure why, but I just didn’t feel right. So my thought crossing the finish line was, “thank goodness!”. But then I was disappointed, because nothing was actually wrong with me…
I would love to watch the London marathon!! Not sure when it will be on because of the time difference though. Hopefully one of the sports channels will replay it.
My hubby has a birthday on the 6th of October! Originally I was planning a big surprise party, he turns 50, but we’re still not feeling comfortable with big gatherings. So, we’ll do something with just family, then have his big party next year.
2020 sure has put a damper on things! But that means everything will feel bigger and better when everything returns!
Have a good Thursday 😊

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YES… the whole routine of race day is just the best. Bummer that you felt off from the beginning of your last race (I wish our last ones felt amazing:). I’m hoping that they replay it too but odds are I’ll be awake in the middle of the night anyways ha. Happy birthday in 5 days to your husband and enjoy the time together with family and his party next year will be incredible. Thanks Wendy, you too.

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I read yesterday that they are asking people to stay home so crowds should be at a minimum in London. I want to get up at 2 am and watch bygollymolly – she is a New Englander now and comes to RI sometimes to run with Molly Huddle. I did virtual Boston as a fun run with my friend for her birthday, and while we crossed the finish line on Boylston, no medal. I still teared up turning right on Exeter left on Hereford then Boylston, it gets me every time. I am sorry about St. Georges, it looks so beautiful and I would love to visit there.

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Hey Allison! I sure wish we could all watch together! Good to know about the crowds, thanks for telling me. I am so glad you were able to run the virtual Boston with your friend. I can totally see why you teared up and next time I really hope there are medals! Come out and do St. George with us one year, you’ll love it. Have a beautiful day.

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I did a 12 hour race on a 1 mile horse track. It was in June in Kentucky, which meant it was very humid. It started at 8pm, so that helped with the heat. I was able to get 55 laps/55 miles. I loved it because I never got lost, fuel was easily available and I was always around people!

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Okay. THIS IS HARDCORE! Leah, that is AMAZING! I can’t imagine doing that AND with all of the humidity. Your mental game is strong and those benefits are a huge plus too. I hope you have the best day!

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My husband, granson, my Mim and I all have October birthdays! I just love this month so much. We are having a small gathering for my grandson’s first birthday next weekend. Where oh where does the time go??

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You have a busy month of birthdays to celebrate! SO happy that you are able to get together for his first birthday. ENJOY! Have a great Thursday Kimberly.

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Hi Janae! I was organizing last week and I finally decided to toss out all my old race bibs. I decided that keeping the medals were good enough, and I really want to turn them into Christmas tree ornaments (not my idea I saw a picture somewhere). My longest run over the shortest loop was when I was training for my first half. I did 10 miles in the two block loop around my house because I was unsure I could run 10 miles and I told myself that this way I could stop whenever I wanted. Also back then I didn’t have any GU so I left some syrup in front of my house so I could eat it when I would normally take GU. This was in the middle of the day in August and my house is on a hill so I did about 600 ft elevation gain. I don’t know why I made it so hard on myself but it sure gave me confidence for race day!
I hope you have a great day doing all of Brooke’s activities with Skye, she sure has a fun day planned!

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HEY AMY! Christmas tree ornaments… that is SO FUN! If you can find that picture again, send it to me please! You are so so strong to be able to run that hilly loop for ten miles. Great idea with the syrup too. Thank you so much Amy and enjoy your Thursday.

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I miss real races so much! I’ve done a grand total of one in 2020, back in March :(

I’m running the virtual London Marathon on Sunday. They give you 24 hours to do it so I’m doing it as a ‘mile and a bit every hour for 24 hours’ challenge. It means I’ll be in and out of the house watching the elite race at various points (it starts so early this year that even though I’m in the UK, I’d have to make a special effort to get up to watch it if I weren’t doing this 24 hour thing myself!).

Hope you and commenters all find a way to watch it in the US and elsewhere! It should be really good.

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GO DEE GO! I am thrilled for you to be running the virtual London Marathon on Sunday. I love the way you are doing it… watching the elites will be such a fun way to split it up. Thank you so much, I can’t wait. Have a great day and please let me know how it goes on Sunday.

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Thanks Teresa this is great information!

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My last finish line was December 7, 2019 – a 10k that I finished with a 3 minute PR! I also PRed in the 5k last year – and I was so excited to build on that this year. :( I won’t be doing any races in 2020 – there is nothing scheduled near me and I don’t know that I would feel safe enough to do it even if there was. So here’s looking forward to 2021!

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Yes – I worried way more about my kids being in masks at school than they have. They don’t even comment about it and just go with it. As much as they can whine about things at home I thought for sure it’d be an issue but it hasn’t been – thankfully!

I ran a 5k on July 4th and will do another one in two weeks. Crossing that finish line does feel pretty good!

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The only race I have ever done that was lapped was my Ironmans. I thought I would hate it but I ended up LOVING it. I liked knowing what was coming up, breaking the race down into shorter parts and seeing my family more easily.

I can’t wait to race (safely) again!

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When our school was getting ready to open a lot of parents were super concerned about the children wearing masks-so many thought there was no way the kids would tolerate the masks. The kids are doing AMAZING!!! I am so proud of them (they have to wear them at recess, too). Seriously, they are probably better at the masks than a lot of adults. Kids, so resilient and willing to do what it takes to keep their school healthier.

The last finish line I crossed was a New Years Eve run (it wasn’t at midnight though). I was really glad at the finish line because the last 800m are uphill with the final 200 meters being extra steep (crazy steep). It was a local race so rather fun and low key. I was salty about it though because for men, the age groups were every 5 years but for women it was 19under, 20-29, then 30+. As a 50 year old, that got me in a dither. Oddly enough, 1st and 2nd were in the 40’s, 3rd was 30’s, and 4th (me) was 50. Maybe the 30 year old should be in the dither. I had run NYC marathon in November so was still super amped from that experience, as it was AMAZING and an incredible event from start to finish.

So Brooke is the next teacher, eh?! Her lesson plan is fantastic!!!

When I was training for NYC, I did a 5km route 6 times. It was really early in the morning and I didn’t want to carry all my fuel and hydration so I decided to run my town loop 3 times in one direction and 3 times the opposite direction. It wasn’t that bad and I did add a little wonky out and back at the end so I didn’t have to do a 7th lap. Then I changed, made coffee and oatmeal and headed to my sons tennis match.

Yes for London viewing if I can figure out how. I think stateside it’s on Comcast? It will be in my time zone which is nice!

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We actually have races going on here in NW Iowa so I have a 10k this Saturday!!! I also won a 5k in August !!!

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We went to St. George last week and rode our side by side in Sand Hollow! Luckily the hotel wasn’t crowded yet and we got the pool to ourselves both days so the boys wore themselves out! Have fun in St. George and stay cool!

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The last race I ran was in April last year, before I got pregnant with littlest guy. It was a 6 hour ultra and I won first overall female, so I felt pretty darn happy afterwards :)
No October birthdays for us, but we do have a bunch of Novembers, including my son (3!!) and me (40!!!).
Where do you get your kids’ masks, Janae? My *nearly* 3 year old will start having to wear one eventually. We honestly haven’t brought him anywhere since February that would require a mask (just daycare and playgrounds — kids don’t need them there in NY), but eventually he will need to go somewhere. Thanks!

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Last finish line, that’s a tough one. If I don’t count the parkrun in Berlin I was able to do just before parkrun went into “hibernation” that was a local 5K then on the 1st of March.
Did an ok time there, far from a PB but still won some age category price – and the course was really nice. Enjoyed that one!

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