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  1. Thanks, Z. I definitely have thoughts of another, but we are a bit early in the aftermath for more than a "maybe"
  2. I'm pretty speechless on the feeling right now. So many different things, pride, joy, pain, exhaustion, and so many more. The temp out there was great and we were in a fair amount of shade. Wind got dicey at times (strava says 2 mph, but we definitely were way higher than that). It sucks that the timing mats were off...I remember that from 2 years ago when I ran the half. I'll go in more detail later, but I went for the easy approach for the first half of the race. I started to pick it up and felt great, so I turned it up more than I originally planned (we train for the last 16 miles, right? So, why not let it go a bit). It was going great until mile 19 that @MAC_32 mentioned. Uphill over the river straight into the wind. But, also as @MAC_32 mentioned, the crowd over the last part of the race was truly amazing (not to mention the sick kids out on the course giving high fives at each mile). Things started falling apart in the last 2 miles. During 25, I thought I was going to puke. But, I held on and am very happy with the time considering everything. And, I'm glad with the approach i took. I left it out there in the 2nd half and experiencing those ups and downs is something Im glad I got to have (especially now that its over)
  3. Race details: Sunday (10/17) Gun at 7:30 EDT Bib #128 Weather - high of 65 low of 43 (looks like 46 at the start). I sh!t you not, it says "abundant sunshine". Also 10-20 mph winds
  4. Going with the all rice diet until the race
  5. Yeah, we may catch a break after what looks like a cool off rain on Saturday. Finishing it up in the 60s will suck, which is in play...but hopefully we have some cloud cover.
  6. I've thought about skipping it, but I'm honestly just burnt out from everything. I dont have the will left to train for, and try something else 3-4 weeks or 6-8 weeks out...especially with no guarantee that I'll be closer to "normal" (who knows how long this will impact me?) than I am now. I know this sucks for the first attempt, but I know why its going to suck and if I finish, I know I can do it. Finishing the dang thing was my C goal, and that is still in play.
  7. 5 days until race day. I'm still feeling run down and my breathing not 100%. V02 max is down to 50 from 56 This thing is going to be a disaster time wise versus what I was shooting for...but I already knew that. I was hoping to still get in at sub 4 hours, but I ran 15 at that pace a week ago and it wasnt as good as I had hoped (HR not at all what I wanted). We are also unseasonably warm by 10-15 degrees. Not tons working in my favor, but I'm still going to give it a go. I didnt train for 20 weeks to sit on the sideline. My thought is to start at like a 9:30 pace and just go from there. If things are clicking with HR and weather, I'll try to get that to 8:50 and hope for the sub 4 hour. If the whole thing is a disaster, I can bail where the HM ends. But, for me to bail out before 20 miles would take something really wrong happening. I'm going to be slow and I may have to walk, but I'm going to do my best to finish this thing
  8. Got in 5 miles today. Covid effects are very apparent. Claminess, many moments of sweating profusely, and hard to get a full breath. HR was also way up, as could be expected. Hammy is in better shape, but still isnt 100%. I knew this was going to be bad, but at least it's out of the way. I need the breathing to fix itself if I have any chance to run on 10/17.
  9. T&Ps. Sounds like a really tough situation to deal with.
  10. Symptoms are not horrible but I'm still out of commission. Stuffy nose, dull headache constantly (even after taking ibuprofen), chills, and waking up in a huge pool of sweat while shivering in the morning. I've definitely had colds/flus worse than this. I also have some muscle aches, which is probably a combo of COVID and this forced tapering. I actually ran on Tuesday before my PCR test and the first of my chills and it was brutal. I'll need for this to clear out before resuming anything. As @bushdocda mentioned it should help the hammy but any goals I had for the race are out the window (minus just finishing)...but. what are you going to do Youngest daughter tested positive today. She only has a stuffy nose.
  11. Well...now I've tested positive for COVID (pcr). 3 weeks until the marathon ETA - fully vaccinated with Pfizer. Wife took a rapid and was negative, youngest daughter seems ok. We are testing her tomorrow.
  12. We havent taken any yet. My oldest had a full up the brain one today at Walgreens, but they said they are super backed up and it would be like 2-4 days for the results...we wanted to know sooner than later with what we are dealing with. All the rapid tests are sold out around us, but we got one from a parent on her soccer team. The rest of us were waiting to know her results before getting ours. Now, we will either sign up for the Walgreens test or try to get some rapid from somewhere. ETA - I know there is a chance we have a false positive, but my wife is an NP in a peds office and was immediately 95% sure she had it based on her symptoms. The wife is seeing tons of this lately here in Ohio.
  13. So.....my 9 year old daughter has COVID. She most likely got it from her fully vaccinated teacher who just tested positive on Thursday evening. She seems to be OK so far. Just some discomfort and fever that set in super early on Saturday. The whole house has been feeling tired and run down the last few days (before confirmation) so not sure if we all have it or not...that's the only "symptom", though now everything feels like one. Number one priority is getting people healthy and having my daughter be comfortable. Daughter #2 is showing no symptoms but has asthma issues and it may hit her harder if she gets it. Wife and I are vaccinated so, hopefully we dont get it or just have mild symptoms if we do. Running wise, not sure what this is going to do. I've taken the last 2 days off and my 2 runs before it (thurs/fri) I had to cut short because I felt terrible and my HR was out of control---now I'm wondering if it was from overtraining or COVID? Kids are now going to be staying home from school so, that's going to be a fun wrinkle.
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