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- - By IB Date 2018-04-05 10:16 AM
If you're racing this weekend or during the coming week, let everyone know about it!

Race name / distance

Location

Date

Goals
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-04-05 10:50 AM
Irving Half Marathon in Irving, Texas on Saturday.  I am running as training run, not for time, and will likely add-on a few miles at the end. 

My sister, who ran who first marathon five weeks ago, is coming to Texas to run the full at this event, in the hopes improving her time.  And while I wish her the best, her training has not been such that an improved time is likely.  We have had great weather this week and of course, Saturday is supposed to be crappy, which will not assist her in her goal. :meh:
Parent - - By jennyO Date 2018-04-05 12:29 PM
Are there lots of DFW folks here now?  I grew up there (Garland) and went to SMU before escaping to California. :grin:

Oh, and good luck!  Have fun with your sis.
Parent - By Schantzie [us] Date 2018-04-07 7:06 AM
I lived there for 12 years before moving to the Rio Grande Valley.  My daughter graduated from SMU with a degree in music
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-04-05 1:18 PM
Have fun! One of my running buddies is running that half and hoping to PR. :grin:
The weather should be great!

OH. I just saw your weather comment. I thought cooler would be better?
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-04-05 1:30 PM Edited 2018-04-05 1:33 PM
Not awful weather, but it could be upper 30's.  I prefer in the 40s so I can wear shorts.  And, it looks to be about 20 mph winds.:roll:  And who knows when all that crap will come through....last year they had to cancel the race because of storms.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-04-05 1:35 PM
Oh yeah, I'm praying for y'all's sake and mine of course : pbbt: that the wind starts later. UGH!
I'm going to run super early and then we have soccer in a wide open field. YUCK.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-04-05 1:40 PM
Good luck on Saturday! :happy:

I don't think you sister understands marathoning very well. :wtf:
Parent - By old turtle Date 2018-04-05 2:23 PM
Hope all goes well.
Parent - By rob26.2 [us] Date 2018-04-06 7:06 AM
Sounds like your sister caught the running bug. :cool:

Have a happy half!
Parent - By IB Date 2018-04-06 8:09 AM
Wishing the best in regards to the weather.
Parent - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2018-04-06 11:29 AM
Good luck to both of you!
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-04-05 11:58 AM
B&A Trail Marathon / 26.2 miles on a paved rail trail
Severna Park, MD (near Annapolis)
Sunday 4/8
My main goal is to break 4:00. My back-up goal is to PR (current PR: 4:15:08 from last year's Sugarloaf Marathon, where I was also trying to break 4:00).
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-04-05 12:24 PM
My last BQ (by almost 5:00!) course.  It is about as flat as flat can be.  And there was Nutella at the end.  If there is wind, you will be protected.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-04-05 1:41 PM
That's great to hear about the wind! That actually really puts my mind at ease since I was thinking it would suck. Thanks!

I will try to channel you on Sunday!
Parent - - By jennyO Date 2018-04-05 12:30 PM
Good luck!  Just pace nice and even, and you'll nail it. :grin:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-04-05 1:41 PM
Thanks! :grin:
Parent - By old turtle Date 2018-04-05 2:24 PM
Good luck!
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-04-05 5:36 PM
Good luck!!
Parent - By rob26.2 [us] Date 2018-04-06 7:05 AM
Good luck, hope the weather cooperates at least a little bit.
Parent - By IB Date 2018-04-06 8:10 AM
I hope you get that sub four!
Parent - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2018-04-06 11:29 AM
Go Beastie Girl!!!!
Parent - By nooner [us] Date 2018-04-06 11:53 AM
Good luck!!
Parent - - By jennyO Date 2018-04-05 12:32 PM
SNF and I will be up at 2:30 am to go mark part of the course for the American River 50.  After marking, we'll run some on our own to make up miles in the pouring rain. :meh:

Then NEXT weekend (in case i forget to post), SNF and I ... and possibly YOU ... will be sweeping the Lake Sonoma 50.  I've run the race twice and volunteered at the finish a couple times, but don't think I've ever swept here.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-04-05 1:42 PM
Thank you for volunteering! :hug:
Parent - - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-04-05 5:36 PM
:happy:
Parent - By jennyO Date 2018-04-05 5:43 PM
You've got a race coming up too, right .....? :hug:
Parent - By IB Date 2018-04-06 8:10 AM
That's some serious dedication to helping.  :hug:
Parent - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2018-04-06 11:30 AM
Enjoy!!!
Parent - - By rob26.2 [us] Date 2018-04-05 12:34 PM
Eisenhower Marathon - Abilene, KS on Saturday.  Double out and back; starting in town then south-southwest for 6.5 miles and back, then do it again.  Supposed to be a north wind so hopefully I will be nice and warmed up before the turn-around. Just checked the forecast and it should be 18* at the start and about 25* when I finish. No time goal so I just will run comfortable.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-04-05 1:43 PM
Good luck and have fun!

My course is an out-and back as well. The start/finish is in the middle and you run one direction for 6.5 miles, then back, pass the start/finish and keep running that direction for another 6.5 miles then come back.
Parent - By old turtle Date 2018-04-05 2:24 PM
Good luck. Sounds like a chilly run.
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-04-05 5:37 PM
Well. at least you're acclimated :laugh: Have fun!
Parent - By IB Date 2018-04-06 8:12 AM
Man that's cold. Hope it goes well for you.
Parent - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2018-04-09 10:24 AM
missed this one but hope it went well.  and the wind was such that you didn't find yourself racing witches and flying monkeys.
Parent - - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2018-04-06 6:31 AM
Sat: Circular Logic - 8 hour
       W. Lafayette, IN
       40+ miles

Sun: Xenia Marathon
        Xenia, OH
        I'll be happy if I don't end up walking half the thing

Main priority is miles on my feet, and practicing my run/walk strategy in a race setting.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-04-06 7:05 AM
Circular Logic, great name! :laugh:

Good luck!
Parent - By rob26.2 [us] Date 2018-04-06 7:07 AM
Well, plenty of opportunity for miles on your feet. :laugh:  Good luck!
Parent - By IB Date 2018-04-06 8:13 AM
Nice double this weekend!
Parent - By old turtle Date 2018-04-06 8:32 AM
As always you amaze me.
Parent - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2018-04-06 11:32 AM
Good luck with the twofer!
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-04-06 4:17 PM
:cool:
Parent - - By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2018-04-06 2:41 PM
Paris marathon on Sunday!

Sadly, I'll end up only making a monetary donation to the race as I haven't been able to get in enough training to justify flying over to France for the weekend. :sad:
Parent - By Schantzie [us] Date 2018-04-07 8:45 AM
:sad:
Parent - By old turtle Date 2018-04-07 11:04 AM
:cry:
Parent - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2018-04-09 10:26 AM
merde!
- - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-04-05 5:42 PM
Umstead Endurance Run- one of those 100 mile 5k's :happy:

The course is 12.5 mile loops. I'm gonna shoot for 3 hour loops. Looks to be rainy Saturday and chilly at night. I ran this in 25hr20min I think in 2016. At the time it was my second fast 100. I have never run one in one day--24hrs or less. I would like to do that but it is probably not realisitc. We shall see. There is stalking available on the Umstead.com page for those that have no lives :laugh:: pbbt::hug: I'm 121.
Parent - By jennyO Date 2018-04-05 5:44 PM
BOOM!  There it is.  Have a great race, cj!! :grin::cool:
Parent - By sideshowbob Date 2018-04-06 5:55 AM
Have a great one my friend .:hug:
Parent - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2018-04-06 6:38 AM
Have a great race, and a great trip.  :hug:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-04-06 7:05 AM
Good luck!!! :grin:
Parent - By rob26.2 [us] Date 2018-04-06 7:08 AM
Run strong and have fun!
Parent - By IB Date 2018-04-06 8:13 AM
:cool:
Parent - By old turtle Date 2018-04-06 8:33 AM
Ridiculously excited for you and your run in miserable weather.:grin:
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2018-04-06 9:40 AM
Yay, ultra runner stalking!!! :hug:

Have a great time, and I mean that in several ways! :happy:
Parent - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2018-04-06 11:32 AM
Good luck and don't get dizzy doing all those loops!!!!
Parent - By old turtle Date 2018-04-07 6:34 AM
Got my first stalking text from the Umstead 100 at 7:39 this morning. Stalking works! :grin:
- - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2018-04-06 11:35 AM
Race name / distance Artichoke Half-Marathon

Location Pescadero - Home to the world's best baker of artichoke bread, Duarte's tavern which makes a wicked omelette and considerably more artichokes than people.

Date: Sunday

Goals Collect my finishers artichoke and ugly t-shirt and run a little faster than last year.  My last half in Feb was 4 minutes faster than I ran this last year so that is quite doable.
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-04-06 12:08 PM
Finishers artichoke? :laugh::cool:

Good luck!
Parent - - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2018-04-06 12:13 PM
Yep- they are delicious with melted butter.  Surprisingly the shirt also features an artichoke, which is not particularly an attractive subject for a shirt.  But its a small low key rural run, fields, woods, cows and then a great restaurant and beach to hang out afterwards.  I've run this race around 10 times.  It used to be run by the infamous "Big Al" and now is run by a local couple.  Its a very nice run.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-04-06 12:56 PM
It sounds awesome actually :cool:
Parent - By old turtle Date 2018-04-07 1:46 PM
Sounds like one of the best finisher's awards ever!:laugh:
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2018-04-06 4:17 PM
Ha! Love the finishers gift! Have fun!
Parent - By IB Date 2018-04-07 12:10 PM
Have a great race!
Parent - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2018-04-09 10:40 AM
Race report:  Absolutely beautiful day for running cool but not cold w/ a light headwind on the return.  This race is apparently getting more popular so many more people showed up and we got a late start but the shirt was performance fabric and significantly less ugly and I also got an artichoke shaped finishers medal.  The race is run by non running locals and I hope it doesn't get much bigger because they were having some logistical issues.  I was totally fine with it because the point of this race is just running a gorgeous rural race and was expecting minimal support and course marking.  I think the 10K runners that ran about 8 miles because the turnaround sign got misplaced might be less happy but I had a great time.

This is a tune up for Big Sur and I've run it at least 10 times.  I ran 8 minutes faster than last year and most of that 8 minutes was in miles 10-13 which I hope means I'm fitter than last year.  I actually came pretty close to even splits (just a little off for over exuberance during the first two miles) but I also hammered 7-9 so it was about the same.

The finishers artichoke will be consumed tomorrow night with a caper curry dipping sauce (slightly healthier than melted butter)

artichoke portrait can be found (along with other running stuff) on instagram tag "#shufflingthroughparadise" , my personal tag as no one else seems to like long tags.
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