Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The Weekly Rundown!

Hey everyone and welcome to my very first attempt at the Rundown. First of all, thanks to Derek for giving me the opportunity to host the Rundown. I love reading your blogs, where else can you get such great product advice, running tips and advice for overcoming your injuries? Recently David posted about how his life has changed as a result of running, and how in some instances that's made him an outsider in some of his usual circles. He's proposed a Runner's Anonymous club that I think we all should sign up to be charter members of!

Summer is coming to an end and a common theme is emerging among the bloggers - intense marathon training and the beginning of the taper for many. October is a huge month for upcoming marathons - Chicago, Hartford, Minneapolis, San Fran, and the list goes on an on. Dianna and April Anne rocked their 20-miler on Saturday, with the cooperation of the weather. They had a great run and managed to neither break an ankle or be run over by traffic. DGC ran over 50 miles last week as she prepares for the Chicago Marathon, and she feels great! Jon mastered the 18 miler and was able to avoid the jerk deer that plagued him earlier in the week. However, he was not able to avoid some jerk pains in his legs and shins and is need of your always fabulous advice. Personally, I was spooked by some freak animals and creepy darkness myself this week. We're all trying to figure out how to deal with the impending lack of daylight, and Susan was lucky enough to find some new friends to run with in the wee hours this fall. She also completed her first 9-miler and has a graphic to prove it! In this post Susan also expresses the appreciation I think we all feel about the support we receive from our fellow RBF-ers. Also joining the '9-mile club' is Kiran, who escaped her running funk (but unfortunately wasn't able to escape the remnants of Hurricane O) this past weekend.

Cassie returned to racing (following her first marathon earlier this year) and had a great time participating in a relay. She's been battling some injuries since her marathon so that makes the comeback even sweeter! Hutch rocked an 8K (despite intense Southern heat), and was even able to win a prize in his division!! He's headed to DC in a few weeks for the Army 10-miler and is looking for any fellow RBF-ers to meet up with. Jennifer has had several notable runs lately as she trains for a 50K but my personal favorite is this one which has to be right up there as possibly one of the toughest and most dramatic runs ever!

While a lot of runners are gearing up and maxing out their mileage, several of our fellow runners are beginning the dreaded taper. After months and months of posting big long-run digits, it's pretty tough to roll those numbers backwards as excitement is building about your big day. Brent posted his last double digit run until M-day, and following her recent 20-miler A Maria confessed she hasn't been as motivated recently to put in all her training runs.

Across the giant pond, our international RBF-er's have been tearing up the pavement as well. CJ recently completed the Sydney Marathon, with a personal best (as they call it!!), despite the less than perfect weather. Plods completed a race around the Eiffel Tower! How amazing would that be? Jack completed the Baden Marathon, in Germany, and set a PR despite the chilly weather. So how many RBF-er's want to go overseas with me and run these amazing races next year???

As always, Shore Turtle is offering up new links to make all our blogging and running endeavors as technologically advanced as possible. (I swear he is THE master of the google pedometer maps.) This week he filled us in on the new Google translator which translates treadmill as "wheel of squirrel" in Spanish, "traveling carpet" in German and "mobile footrest" in French. Think about that the next time you're stuck on what you thought was just a boring treadmill. He's also the only person I know who runs multiple states on his lunch break, that's multi-tasking!

My favorite blogger, my husband Brent, shared lots of great links with us this week, as well as McDonalds sad attempt at promoting exercise. Krista shared with us the same frustration we all feel about trying to get some exercise without being mauled by cars and/or loose dogs. (One of the most valuable things I've taken away from the RBF is the great recommendation of the Dazer. I don't leave home without it!)

Hopefully I've been able to find a few new blogs for each of you, and if not maybe I've saved you a few minutes of reading time you can add onto your next run! Drop by and visit these great bloggers and make sure they know how much you appreciate their posts. With all the marathons, races, and long runs coming up you never know how much a word of encouragement and support may mean to someone.

Happy Running!
Rachel

19 Comments:

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Kiran said...

Great rundown! so thorough! Thanks :)

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Cassie (TIGGS) said...

wow! nice work!!!! :)

 
At 2:36 PM, Blogger lainb said...

You rock!! What a great summary! I give you an A++. :)

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger D said...

I am thoroughly impressed!

 
At 5:44 PM, Blogger brent said...

thats awesome!! thanks!

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Great rundown Rachel. Any time you want to run in Germany let me know!

 
At 12:00 AM, Blogger Danny said...

Wow! That's some rundown. Good job!!

 
At 4:00 AM, Blogger CJ said...

That was great. Its really interesting to read what runners on the other side of the world are doing. I might have to come over there for a running holiday! My next race is something called the Bulls Head Challenge, a 27.2km mainly downhill trail run, on October 23, in the Australian Capital Territory - if my ankle doesn't let me down in the meantime.

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Derek said...

excellent rundown!

 
At 10:51 AM, Blogger plods said...

Thanks for featuring me! :-) Great job on listing all these great sites... I'm going to have a lot to read! :-D

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger Mark I. said...

Wow! Terrific job on this!!!

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

Nice job on the rundown!

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger susie said...

so many good links to go back to...thanks:)

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger brent d. said...

YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US! great job!

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger David said...

That was the longest and most diverse Rundown since Rose was a bud. Good job!

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger Run for Chocolate said...

Great rundown! I enjoyed it and can't wait to read the blogs I missed!

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Awesome job and I love how you put it all together. I got a chuckle out of your blog title. And heh, I've even added you to my Bloglines so I can return.

 
At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

Hey, thanks for the mention! Great rundown.

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger april anne said...

Thanks for the shout out. Great rundown!

 

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