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Author Topic: Master Runners January 2020!
JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 17, 2020, 16:19
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Ok........will give you all a break from my psycho photo postings, LOL!!

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 17, 2020, 21:05
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It's been snowing all evening ....... here and north to International Falls.

Checking road conditions and it's not letting up.

"Road is completely covered in snow" is the latest report on MN road website.

A race is not worth taking a chance on driving during bad winter storms in MN.

Maybe the snowplows will clear the snow by the morning.

Will check again in the morning.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 18, 2020, 04:49
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Thanks for those photos JC, fun to see. I would enjoy walking/hiking along some of those trails, especially the Grand Canyon. Someday...

WOW that snow! We might get little today, but then it's supposed to turn to rain. I'm good with that. I agree with you, no race is worth taking a chance on driving... yes it would be run to run that race but not at the risk of your life.

Cruise leaves tomorrow NYC 3pm, at sea Mon/Tues, then islands: Wed-San Juan PR, Thurs-St Thomas, Fri-Tortola, Sat-St. Maarten, Sun-St. Kitts, Mon-St. Lucia, Tues-Barbados, Wed-Antigua, Thur-Sat at sea, back into NYC Sunday 7am. We booked a few tours, NOT every day/island, intend to just relax enjoy the warmth.

Take care, all!

Erica-
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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 18, 2020, 08:11
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Happy Saturday!
JC, love all the photos! Whenever you post a race report from a trail race, I picture this super hard and steep technical trails, not the flat dirt road type pictures. You so such a great job painting the picture. Sorry you can’t make it to your race but safety first!

Nancy, have fun on your cruise! I’m surprised the ship will still be stopping in PR with the earthquake damage. So horrible! I guess they do still need the tourist dollars though. I’ve been to all those islands except PR, St. Lycia, and Barbados but for most, it was 35+ years ago when my parents were on sabbatical and sailing the islands. I think Tortola was my favorite. Try to get to the French side of St. Maarten. The Dutch side is more touristy while the French side is more quaint. Well, it was that way in the 80’s, lol!

Lisa, are you getting snow tonight or mostly rain? We are in the 5-8 inch snow range. Emma and I are leaving soon for our long run to avoid the mess tomorrow. Only 8 miles today. Yay cutback week!!

Speaking of cutback weeks, I really took it literally this week, lol! I think I only ran once! Today will be my second run. I’ll count my mall shopping/walking as a cross training day though. Haha! JC, 12 miles last weekend was Emma’s longest run so far. We have one more long, long run before taper. The plan says 11-13 and we were hoping to run 13 for mental toughness but we will see how her foot does today. I told her during our 12 that if all else failed, she’s totally be able to run and finish the race so no worries. Now it’s about getting to the starting line healthy. She’s doing so well!!

Well, I better go get my head around our run. It’s in the teens so I will be dressing like a great big marshmallow! Have a great weekend!

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 18, 2020, 12:24
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You're right! Safety first.
DH stated there will be plenty of snowdrifts on the road from the wind. Early morning driving while still dark, possible fog and snow blowing across the road just didn't sound safe .... or worth a 10k race, no matter how 'cool' it may sound. So we slept in, LOL!! Bragging rights will wait another year ..... I think. haha! This was one of their 'warmest' run ...... if/when I decide to run this, it would just be my luck to run it when they have their COLDEST year!

Another option was to have left Friday, stay the night, run and maybe stay another night as Sunday (tomorrow) is predicted sunny and cold. In addition to the race, the event is the Icebox festival, all weekend. Not all events are outdoors. But alot of eating and drinking I'm sure. Anyway, it doesn't guarantee that road conditions will be any better, they will still be slippery/icy even if the snowplows have come and gone.

Anyway, upon checking road conditions this morning, much of the road was still covered with snow and very slippery.

Stay home if you don't absolutely need to be on the road was strongly suggested.

I've only run 3X this week. But working out at home is good too. Trying to work on strength and flexibility more this year.
I would like to run a technical 10k or a HM on my way back to AZ in March.
Found this in CO, the HM sounds about right:

Run Through Time

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 18, 2020, 12:31
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Quote from thenancyrd on January 18, 2020, 04:49
Thanks for those photos JC, fun to see. I would enjoy walking/hiking along some of those trails, especially the Grand Canyon. Someday...

WOW that snow! We might get little today, but then it's supposed to turn to rain. I'm good with that. I agree with you, no race is worth taking a chance on driving... yes it would be run to run that race but not at the risk of your life.

Cruise leaves tomorrow NYC 3pm, at sea Mon/Tues, then islands: Wed-San Juan PR, Thurs-St Thomas, Fri-Tortola, Sat-St. Maarten, Sun-St. Kitts, Mon-St. Lucia, Tues-Barbados, Wed-Antigua, Thur-Sat at sea, back into NYC Sunday 7am. We booked a few tours, NOT every day/island, intend to just relax enjoy the warmth.

Take care, all!

Nancy: I would LOVE to be your personal trail buddy when you decide to hike the GC!!
We stayed home.
Enjoy your cruise! Can you get a few minutes on the elliptical, cycling, etc. I prefer the elliptical over all the others but even 5-10 mins feels good. Nothing strenuous. Anyway, lounging around sounds so much better too!! I'm gonna look up all those islands.

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 23, 2020, 22:38
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Who is this tony stark? I don't even read his posts.

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 23, 2020, 22:47
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Tuesday, it was COLD and windy ..... but I got my lazy butt out there. Ran easy short 3 miler around neighborhood. 15 degrees, -3 with the windchill, cloudy.
Later in the afternoon, sun peeked out, high of 22 degrees, less windy, felt like 13 degrees.
I should have waited...... LOL!!

What a difference a day makes!

Tues was COLD ...ER compared to the balmy temp of 32 the next day, Wed.

Wed: woke up to SUNNY...... seriously, FULL BLOWN SUNNY day.......32 degrees for the high, felt 30 with the windchill. That's about 10 degrees 'warmer' than Tues. A WINTER HEAT WAVE, I gotta go and RUN. ..... finished 7.1 miles!! YAY!! It was exhilarating!
About 2 miles around the neighborhood, a mile around the fairgrounds, another mile on the frontage road, across the main highway, another mile on a snow covered road, then back on same route. Could have gone another couple of miles..... but then, I knew I would try for 10 miles ...... but it was getting dark so I ran home.

Thurs: today, nice and warm again, in the high 20s. DH wanted to go somewhere.... out of town, to get out of the house. I was perfectly fine staying home, haha!! Anyway, we drove to Duluth to get out of the winter HEAT WAVE at home, LOL!!
About 2.5 hrs drive. It was COLDER there with the wind from Lake Superior, and it was snowing!! WINDY!! Slushy roads with patches of ice here and there but people going about their day! DH wanted to do some shopping at specific stores which we did, I'm mostly following him around and then sitting down till he's done, had a great lunch downtown. I finally used the gift card (from Duluth Running) I won from the Hikefest that RB and I attended a couple of years ago. No expiration date. So I spurgle on a handheld light https://www.nathansports.com/products/zephyr-fire-100-hand-torch-led-light?variant=20448628703320

and a new pair of wind/water-resistent running gloves and pair of running/hiking pants. Took me all of 30 minutes, I made out like a bandit!!

I was ready to go home! I didn't want to be out on the road at night.

I have a couple of really nice headlamps but I thought I might need another light source if I'm gonna pace RB in her first attempt of a 100 miler later in the summer, https://leanhorse100.com/. I've run races that start in the dark but sun rises and I'm good. This 100 miler event is mostly FLAT so I think I will be ok with running at night........and if I run it at night, I may not get too bored. HA!

RB is working her way up, the smart way to do it. She's run a few 50 milers already, finishing them way before it gets dark, WOW!! I paced her at Antelope Canyon 50 miler last March.

Her BF runs 100 milers. We will be cheering him at the Arrowhead 135 next week. He's run this 2 or 3 times. INSANE!! https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=69479

Then she and her BF are running the 120K in Feb, in Canada: https://actifepi.ca/portfolio/177/

I'm in pretty amazing company! I'm a total wuss in comparison to them.

Seriously, last weekend, they went winter camping, part of their training for the upcoming races. Sleeping a couple of nights in a quinzhee Die-hards!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinzhee

Erica-
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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 24, 2020, 07:18
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Good morning!
JC, Tony Stark is the character in a movie, Ironman. Those post concern me a bit. This forum is no longer monitored since we’re really there only ones using it. Oh well.
The Lean Horse race look awesome! If I were to ever think of doing an ultra again, that one looks great! I could run on crushed limestone. The elevation would be tough but otherwise, looks great! Are you going to meet your friend at a certain point in the race? How many miles are you going to pace her?
Sounds like your weather has moderated a bit. 32 is downright balmy, lol! Emma and I ran 4 miles yesterday after she got home from school and it was nice outside. We have a month to go before race day!!!!
Rest day today. Getting my hair cut and then meeting my sister for lunch. She went to a 32 hour work week and now has Fridays off. I saw her a couple of weeks ago but it was with the whole family so it will be nice to have some one on one time.
Emma and I have a 10 mile run this weekend. We’re going Sunday since she has play rehearsal Saturday. Hope she’ll be ok after singing and dancing all day. The following week is a 13 miler then taper!
Nancy, I am picturing you lounging on a pool deck chair, sun on your face, not a care in the world! Hope you are enjoying yourself! Can’t wait to hear all about it.
Lisa, what’s your long run this weekend? Are you going Saturday or Sunday? Saturday we are expecting rain. Sunday looks better but breezy. Oh well, we don’t have a choice.
Ok, off to go get my hair cut. Happy Friday!

Erica-
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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 27, 2020, 19:41
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Oh boy! What an emotional roller coaster of a weekend!!! After my haircut Friday, I had lunch with my sister. She’s cut back to a 32 hour work week and now has fridays off. Well, she told me her husband of 30 years has decided he’s not happy and they are separating!!! Complete shock! She’s 56 and they met freshman year of college when they were both 18. He just lost his mother in September but apparently this has been going on for a few years...for him.
So, we cried, ate lunch, went shoe shopping, and then went to look at condos for her. She’s moving in with our parents until she can find a place to live. They have no children and their finances are mostly separate (except for the house) but she is completely heart broken. And I am for her as well.
I invited her back to my house for dinner. She told Mark and Emma and Ethan called so she told hm too. We opened a bottle or 2 of Prosecco and toasted to new beginnings. We made chocolate chip cookies and watched a funny movie. We hugged, kisses, laughed, and cried together. She had lunch with our brother Saturday and told him and his family. We went to an open house for a condo she likes on Sunday and she moved some things to our parents house Sunday night. She called me on her drive home. She cried while packing up and dropping those things off...made it all very real.
So, we’ve all rallied around her. So many emotions though.
Emma and I had a strong, angry, and chatty run Sunday morning. That felt good! Needed to pound the pavement for sure!!
Ok, off to bed.

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