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post #101 of 793
Thanks for the support, all. DH was in a meeting when I tried to call to vent with him, so all of you got the brunt of my irritation.

Just after I got the letter, my brother's wife was here to pick up their little girl, whom I babysit on Fridays. SIL and my brother are both trial lawyers, so SIL couldn't wait to get home and tell my brother the situation. He just called me absolutely IRATE about it. He used bad language and everything.

He has a whole list of things we need to do next, and is super excited about the thought of bringing a lawsuit against the insurance company. Especially since it's the same company that kept denying SIL her anti-nausea drugs when she had a miserable case of hyperemesis. The company was practically daring them to sue, then backpedaled like crazy when they actually filed. Just about threw the drugs at them, with many apologies.

First thing Monday I'll leave a message with the plastic surgeon, who must have to deal with this sort of nonsense all the time, and we'll get the ball rolling and decide if I need to bring in the lawyers.

I know people say lots of bad things about lawyers, but let me tell you: they are GREAT to have in the family.

Maybe my next post will actually be about, y'know, running.
post #102 of 793
Nic ~ I agree with everyone else. In spite of cookie consumption, you're handling the stress incredibly well. I'm so glad you got your DS into the Chabad school and are figuring out ways to make it work for your family. We're here for you whenever you need to :.

Lalalala ~ holy smokes, that sucks! Appeal, appeal, appeal. Then, appeal again until you get your insurance to cover it. Sure, it's not a functional issue, but how about quality of life.... sheesh.

My swim got all screwed up this morning. I had completed 1700m of my planned 2500 and saw that one of the preschool kids had grabbed my towel instead of her own, so I quickly got out of the pool and went to the locker room to get it back. Upon returning to the pool, an extremely elderly gentleman had gotten into my 1/2 lane (already splitting) and was doing his crazy two-arm backstroke. I couldn't get his attention to tell him he was in my lane so I just left. I'd even left my kickboard, flippers and waterbottle at the head of the lane, but he didn't get the hint. Oh well. I still managed 1700m.
post #103 of 793
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academama~I can't remember if we covered this before or not, but how are your shoes? Icing is great, but you really shouldn't be developing shin splints on C25k, that's one of the main points is that it goes slowly to prevent injury. You may need new shoes or maybe you're in the wrong shoes for your foot. Just a thought. Keep up the ice, though. It really does help!
You know, I wonder about this too, even though my shoes are new and I was professionally fitted at a reputable running shop. They didn't do the gait analysis thing; she just looked at my shoes and my feet. How would I know if I have the wrong sort of shoes? I've looked it up online and it SEEMS like stability shoes are what I need.

Or maybe it's just because I weigh 230 pounds. You know. Because that can't be too helpful. I'm so proud of myself for doing this and I love it, which has never been true of any other kind of exercise. I just cannot conclude that I am too fat to run. I'm okay with working my way up slowly, but I don't want to quit. I'm working on weight loss but running is a big part of that too.

Nic--I'm so sorry to hear about the job. When will you have solid information about it?

lalalala--definitely keep at the insurance company. One of the magic phrases is "please resubmit"--you can include a letter and whatever and I definitely think your ped could help you.
post #104 of 793
academama, have you tried running on a surface other than asphalt? I have heard that trail or even treadmill is better if you're prone to shin splints. If you do run on the treadmill, make sure it's set to 1% incline to prevent shin splints too.
post #105 of 793
lalala~: on your behalf. Sometimes I think insurance companies are set up just to deny all claims and see who gets mad enough to actually fight it, then they pay. And as for the lawyers in the family, I totally agree! I don't have one in my family, but a dear friend is one, and she rocks. She went with me when I consulted a divorce lawyer, she typed up a form I needed for the divorce for free when a paid lawyer would have charged me $300+ for it, etc. They get a bad rap, but they're handy to know!

academama~Your weight could have something to do with it, but probably not all. Some people are just prone to them. Like jaygee said, you may want to try a softer surface for awhile. You might also try a pair of arch supports like Spenco or Superfeet. If you were properly fitted, your shoe is probably ok, it just might not be quite enough. If an over-the-counter arch support helps, you may want to consider a professionally fitted orthotic. The downside is that they're expensive and usually require a doctor's prescription. The upside is that they really help a lot, and they last a long time (mine are going on 6 years...ok I've only been seriously running for 3 of those, but still!). And some insurance companies cover them, so that may be worth looking into. Keep up with the icing!

Today has been an up and down kind of day. DS and I slept in a bit, his diaper was dry this morning (he's been wet the past several nights), we had a nice snuggle on the couch for awhile. I offered to fix him a special breakfast, whatever he wanted, and he picked banana chocolate chip pancakes. I make them, and he eats all of about 3 bites. And I had to nag him for that. : Every time I make the kid his requested breakfast, he doesn't eat any of it! He then drove me nuts the rest of the morning. I dropped him off at X's and they are on their way to the airport now. I'm sad, and I'm going to miss him, but with the way he was acting, I was SO ready to get rid of him, too! :

I stopped at the running store to pick up some more Gu2O since I was out, and totally forgot to see if they have wetsuit repair glue to fix the nick that I have in my wetsuit. : The store is kind of out of my way and just annoying to get to (really congested area), so that irritated me that I forgot.

And then I check in on my A&P class. The instructor has posted a discussion question about when we need to use citations for assignments, discussion postings, etc. Apparently she wants us to cite EVERYTHING. Really? I mean, I understand the importance of citing sources, I really do. But for homework assignments that 98% of the time are going to be answered straight out of the textbook? Seems a bit over the top to me. And then, she also wants us to use in-text citations in our discussion postings? Are you kidding me? I guess it's good I didn't submit my non-cited (and 100% from the textbook) homework assignment last night like I was going to.

Ok, I'm done ranting and complaining. I think. DS is gone, all is quiet, and I have three and a half days of freedom ahead of me. I'm working a gymnastics meet tonight (yay, money! ), then tomorrow morning, I'm heading up to the mountains where a friend's family has a condo. We're going to do a 40ish mile bike ride with a major climb tomorrow morning. Then go out to dinner to an AMAZING restaurant tomorrow night. Which I really can't afford, but she knows the chef well and last time we ate there we got the $45 tasting menu for $25 and they gave us about 3 times as many courses as normal. And free drinks. So at least it will be way cheaper than it *should* be. I'm planning a 10 mile run up in the mountains Sunday morning, then I'll head back down that afternoon and I'm volunteering at a 10 mile race Monday morning. My track coach is the race director, and she was generous enough to assign me to race day packet pick-up so I get to be there at 5 am. It should all be good and fun, even if not quite as relaxing as I originally thought it would be!

Time to get to work on another A&P assignment...I'd really like to get it done before I leave since it's due Sunday night!
post #106 of 793
Penelope-that was a great article

Nic-oh my goodness. So sorry about the stress-don't sweat the cookies-they tasted good, right

Lalalala-wow. just wow. i have had to fight with my insurance co. for soooooo many things-one absolutely ridiculous one I will share-my dh had to be taken by ambulance last winter to the H-(he thought he was having a heart attack)-they wouldn't cover it because the (county 911) ambulance was not part of our plan:they covered it after numerous phone calls-I actually laughed at the guy when he told me the reason-and asked him if he was listening to himself. Keep sticking it to them-they will cave-its ridiculous that your dd's further surgeries will not be covered. I am sure your plastic surgeon can help.

No run yet this week-argh. But lots of walking and biking. I will get out for a run in the morning.
post #107 of 793
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Or maybe it's just because I weigh 230 pounds. You know. Because that can't be too helpful. I'm so proud of myself for doing this and I love it, which has never been true of any other kind of exercise. I just cannot conclude that I am too fat to run. I'm okay with working my way up slowly, but I don't want to quit. I'm working on weight loss but running is a big part of that too.
Maybe? Perhaps work up the c25k twice as slowly at first, see if that helps? Add in more walking? Water running? I see plenty of people out there who are getting into shape in my neighborhood (you know, you see the same lady running over and over)....many of them are heavy people and they keep at it. I don't follow them so I have no idea what they do, but again I say "shoes" then more walking, more stretching, a few days a week of cross training (and not the kind of cross training that requires your partner).

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And then I check in on my A&P class. The instructor has posted a discussion question about when we need to use citations for assignments, discussion postings, etc. Apparently she wants us to cite EVERYTHING. Really?....
I suspect it will get easier and easier. After the first time it's really easy to say "Blah blah blah (Marshak, p 24)." The point she's making is CYA when it comes to citations. Agreed it is a bit much to cite the text continually, but you know already that MOST of college is jumping through hoops. Just another one.


This week I hired an acquaintance (not a close friend) with 4 kids to come over and watch my kids on Thursday afternoons. Her kids are wild, her hubby's been unemployed for 9 months and she'll just bring the baby, leaving 3 kids with hubby for the 5 hours I need care. Sweet. Until the day before her hubby got a job. : they got a job but : now I again need care. Mind you I need care for about 5 weeks, once a week from 1-530. So...scramble. My neighbor takes the kids. :Kids are getting tired by the end and I'm late getting home. at the time I was supposed to be getting home neighbor goes out to the yard, sees my kid on top of the monkey bars (on my swingset) and is worried that Erin's not supposed to be there. Neighbor says sweetly to Erin that she'd like her to come home. Erin WAY WAY WAY overreacts. WAY. Basically any time any adult calls Erin on something she acts like a cornered dog. Best strategy for dealing with it is laying down the law, offerring alternate choices of things to do and moving away to let her digest. Neighbors kids are super sweet and pretty much if you look at them wrong they back off. So neighbor wanted to comfort Erin and was quite upset, a. that it happened and b. that she couldn't comfort Erin. This is Erin's best friend's mom. Plan was going forward that Erin would spend 4 thursday there after school. I'm not sure it is going to work out, just because my neighbor doesn't have it to lay down the law (and doesn't need to with her kids). Soooooo back to looking for childcare. That greeted me yesterday. No run yesterday.

Wednesday dh found something to do during the time I was supposed to be running. No run wednesday.

Urgh.


Today I went in for some body work because I've been having serious hip flexor-ish pain and the craniosacral therapist suggested my intestinal flora might be off. : Come to think of it my diet has been like crap. Maybe I'll give the probiotics a try.

But I swear I need to see this lady for therapy, not just craniosacral work. She has twin kids who are seniors in high school and, um, well my kids condensed into her boy/girl twins. Her son is very similar to my oldest and her daughter is soooooo similar to my Leah. Maybe her daughter can watch my kids? But it is so nice to meet someone who is 15 years my senior to hear their struggles and know that I'm not alone in the world, kWIM? Especially in regards to finding work and finding decent childcare.

Speaking of work...some of you all have heard me say that in high school I thought I was going to be a midwife -- like the kind that practices in a medical setting (before I even knew about any other options). Anyhow I was chatting it up this morning and there's a midwifery study group that meets in my town, every friday morning 9-12m, would I like to come along and play? So I jumped in with both feet and said yes. Next meeting the midwife behind the Spinning Babies website is coming from the Twin Cities....
post #108 of 793
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Hey, pilotchick! Where are you from?

I'm pretty excited to start C25K on Monday!
No where exciting - Arizona and now I'm in IL. But my sister lives in South Dakota (between Brookings and Watertown) and it's heaven on earth there.
post #109 of 793
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academama~Your weight could have something to do with it, but probably not all. Some people are just prone to them. Like jaygee said, you may want to try a softer surface for awhile. You might also try a pair of arch supports like Spenco or Superfeet. If you were properly fitted, your shoe is probably ok, it just might not be quite enough. If an over-the-counter arch support helps, you may want to consider a professionally fitted orthotic. The downside is that they're expensive and usually require a doctor's prescription. The upside is that they really help a lot, and they last a long time (mine are going on 6 years...ok I've only been seriously running for 3 of those, but still!). And some insurance companies cover them, so that may be worth looking into. Keep up with the icing!
I do have blue Superfeet in my shoes--they're Saucony stability shoes, plus the superfeet inserts. I am going to test out running on the college track, which is softer and sort of bouncier than asphalt. I have good insurance right now [once we actually get our cards] so I might look into the orthotics.

I totally know what you mean about the kid requesting a specific thing and then not eating it. It makes me :.

As for the citing sources annoyance--I hear you. I'm a college teacher though and I am at the point of being as hard-core as your teacher because my students just don't get it. So many of them don't cite things that are BLATANTLY not their own work or from a textbook.

It does seem a lot to make you cite the course's own textbook, but I guess maybe it's good practice? or something like that.
post #110 of 793
I had a big post get eaten because I got disconnected. : I don't have it in me to rewrite it. Big Sigh.

academama, were you walking 3 miles or 30 minutes at a time before starting the c25k? It could just be a lot for you body to adjust too. Perhaps repeating a week or two and being very careful to alternate days so as to allow plenty of recovery time between runs would help. I hope you can get it figured out and move on to enjoying the run soon.

kerc, way to jump in and take it on. Good luck with the child care.

gaye, enjoy tomorrow.

JayGee, 1700 is more than I swam today.

I am nervous about this weekend's group run. It is 15 miles and I am feeling tweaked and twingy but I want so much to be a part of the group. I did 14 fine two weeks ago.

post #111 of 793
academama~dirt>track>asphalt>concrete, at least if the dirt is relatively soft. It's worth a try, at least. Agreed that you may just not be easing into it quite as much as you might need to, which is frustrating, I know. On the citation thing, I know, I know. It's just frustrating for me, as a nontraditional student who already has a flipping masters degree for pete's sake, to do this really silly stuff. I just can't fathom needing to cite a homework assignment that consists of answering critical thinking questions from the textbook, using the textbook, kwim? Sigh.

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JayGee, 1700 is more than I swam today.
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World's slowest gymnastics meet tonight. Ugh. Almost four hours of watching girls in leotard hurl themselves around, most of them not very well. On the bright side, that's also almost four hours of getting paid! Woohoo!

I found out today that there is, in fact, a discussion component to my stats class, it just wasn't very clear in the syllabus. : And I really should do my initial posting tonight, since it's one of those first come/first served to the topics things. But I really don't want to since I just ate dinner and still have to get my stuff organized to head up to Vail in the morning.
post #112 of 793
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On the citation thing, I know, I know. It's just frustrating for me, as a nontraditional student who already has a flipping masters degree for pete's sake, to do this really silly stuff. I just can't fathom needing to cite a homework assignment that consists of answering critical thinking questions from the textbook, using the textbook, kwim? Sigh.
Yeah, that is definitely over the top. I wonder if your teacher has just gotten totally burned out on giving the citation speech or something? Anyway, it sounds annoying to me.

Something that I noticed today: it is a lot easier for me to breeze my way across campus to/from office, classes, meetings, etc. now that I'm running. I always used to feel like I arrived a sweaty disaster and now it's nothing to me!
post #113 of 793
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Hi Abbey,

I'm new here, too. I'm still struggling to identify myself as a runner. I feel like a big faker, and it's all going to come to an end soon. I don't feel like a runner, I feel like someone who's pretending to be a runner.

You should enter a 5k. I've only done two but I'm hooked, they are alot of fun and there is so much energy there.

Major plastic surgery? WOW! What a brave girl!

Nice to meet you.

Sarah
Hi Sarah!

Sorry not to respond earlier; I was just feeling so . I'm better now, though. Ready to face the weekend and do some running again. When I was in high school (fifteen years ago!) I was an actual runner--on the cross-country and winter track teams. Now that I don't have that structure, I struggle to stick with it, to be a runner who is not among other runners. At the moment I still feel too slow to join a group, though, or enter a race. I need to take more chances in my life. And be more aggressive. DH will love this list of self-improvement goals.
post #114 of 793
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Speaking of work...some of you all have heard me say that in high school I thought I was going to be a midwife -- like the kind that practices in a medical setting (before I even knew about any other options). Anyhow I was chatting it up this morning and there's a midwifery study group that meets in my town, every friday morning 9-12m, would I like to come along and play? So I jumped in with both feet and said yes. Next meeting the midwife behind the Spinning Babies website is coming from the Twin Cities....
How cool is that to meet her?! Have fun!! Hope you get your childcare situation figured out-Erin sounds soooo much like K.

Academama-woohoo on the cross campus walking getting easier-see its paying off-stick to it and take it slow Definitely look into the orthotics. I have had mine now for oh-8 years-I know I need a new pair-I thought they weren't "doing" anything for me and tried to not use them w. my last new pair of running shoes-then tried to use those outrageously expensive ones from the running store(not superfeet) where they evaluate your foot on the computer and assign you one-they are red and are $60 a pair...they hurt my knees soooo much-put my old orthotics back in-no more pain. So I guess they are still doing something.

Ended up getting a run in last night-we ran to the pool, swam (well, not really with a 4.5 yr old and 15 month old) and ran back home. Still may try to get out this morning. Should be doing it now probably-G woke up early-which is why I am on here-trying to keep quiet in the basement while the rest of the house sleeps
post #115 of 793
RR: looked at the clock at 5:57am this morning and the running group meets at 6am. did my darndest to get there quickly in case they didn't leave on time (they were doing 6 miles and I had further to go but still wanted someone to run with) but missed them. That's okay though as they ALL wear headphones so they don't talk. Anyway, I ran 11 miles at an average of 8:04 pace. The second half was faster (under 8 minute miles) than the first half. Used a gel about halfway and felt that it helped me run faster/easier.


Off for a in-law family function today and my side family tomorrow.
post #116 of 793
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That's okay though as they ALL wear headphones so they don't talk.
What's the point of running as a group then? Okay, I guess I'm all about the social aspect and I suppose there is still something to be gained from pacing with a group : but still. It always strikes me as aggressively antisocial to make a point of both running with another person and being plugged into something they can't hear.
In any case, nice fast run RM!

Kerc - I hope you can find a good solution to the childcare. It's too bad your friend isn't up to the challenge, but then maybe in the long run it's better that way.

Do any of you have chickens? I know Jo does but I doubt she's lurking. BBM? You around? I'm thinking of shutting the girls into their coop for about 48 hours with plenty of food and water. It seems kind of restrictive but it is supposed to be stormy all weekend so they probably wouldn't want to be outside anyway?

Hmm, I think I need more and then I'll check in with more focus.
post #117 of 793
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Hi Sarah!

Sorry not to respond earlier; I was just feeling so . I'm better now, though. Ready to face the weekend and do some running again. When I was in high school (fifteen years ago!) I was an actual runner--on the cross-country and winter track teams. Now that I don't have that structure, I struggle to stick with it, to be a runner who is not among other runners. At the moment I still feel too slow to join a group, though, or enter a race. I need to take more chances in my life. And be more aggressive. DH will love this list of self-improvement goals.
My dh would love that list too. Look around for a group, I too thought I was too slow and I 'm not. Even in my small town there are several different groups out at all different paces and times of day. I am trying to psych myself up for my second ever group run tomorrow - 15 miles at 6:30 am.

tjsmama, I would not have put the bit about the master's degree in a smaller font, I would have chosen bold. Sometimes I look around and see all the busy work being foisted on certain people and I am so glad it isn't me.

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Something that I noticed today: it is a lot easier for me to breeze my way across campus to/from office, classes, meetings, etc. now that I'm running. I always used to feel like I arrived a sweaty disaster and now it's nothing to me!
: That is a real-life benefit, not some nebulous, down the road kind of thing.

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RR: looked at the clock at 5:57am this morning and the running group meets at 6am. did my darndest to get there quickly in case they didn't leave on time (they were doing 6 miles and I had further to go but still wanted someone to run with) but missed them. That's okay though as they ALL wear headphones so they don't talk. Anyway, I ran 11 miles at an average of 8:04 pace. The second half was faster (under 8 minute miles) than the first half. Used a gel about halfway and felt that it helped me run faster/easier.
I have been trying to run w/o the gu in order to teach my body to perform under tougher conditions after reading a few articles on that. I did my most recent long run w/water but the recovery was much tougher. I think this time I'll fuel more regularly, probably not every 5 miles but the idea has been in my head. Has anybody else seen those articles?

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What's the point of running as a group then? Okay, I guess I'm all about the social aspect and I suppose there is still something to be gained from pacing with a group : but still. It always strikes me as aggressively antisocial to make a point of both running with another person and being plugged into something they can't hear.
In any case, nice fast run RM!
I agree, good conversation really helps me pass the time.
post #118 of 793
7 miles biked with C and the kids. C's youngest needs a better bike, but otherwise it was a lot of fun. The best part was that it was in the opposite direction from the football game chaos.

We got a ranger to help us raise a bike seat (required a socket set), and he complimented us on our helmets. He'd spent the morning with a guy that fell, hit his head, and refused the ambulance. The guy couldn't remember his name . I wished the ranger a day with more seat raising and a lot less ambulance calling.
post #119 of 793
Kerc - Enjoy your midwife class!

Plady - Good luck with your chickens! I have this chicken owning, egg laying fantasy. One day, I'll live on a farm and be able to have all the chickens I want. And DH won't complain about it.

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I know people say lots of bad things about lawyers, but let me tell you: they are GREAT to have in the family.
My MIL is a lawyer (mostly copyright stuff and entertainment law, but still), and it has come in so handy so many times! Even if she is in another state!

Gaye - Enjoy your weekend! That's a pain on the citation stuff, but it sounds like she is just fed up with no one giving credit. Sadly, you have to suffer the brunt of that frustration.

RR: I got a nice, fast (for me) 7 miles in! Nothing like Runningmommy, but I averaged 10:33 pace for the race. 12 miles tomorrow, then onto my last week before starting to taper. I can't believe the marathon is getting so close! Seriously, am I insane for doing this? I'm feeling crazy. And, I'm still feeling like I have no business being out there. Dumb, I know, but when those self doubts pop up, it can be hard to beat them down!

Penelope - That article was great. I was talking to my mom about it, and it generated a really great discussion about the progression of feminism in the last 50-60 years, including the difficulties presented in female teachers, particularly female math teachers. We both had older women math teachers in Jr. High and High school when we were kids, so it was interesting comparing hers to mine, to what women educators face today. Not that there isn't progress to be made, but that it has changed quite a bit.

All right, I'm off to the running store to buy fuel for tomorrow and next week's running, and new socks! My socks are all completely shot!
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I agree, good conversation really helps me pass the time.
Totally! This is the whole rationale behind me pestering and badgering Sarah for 2.5 years until she finally started running!

Geo - Yikes! He couldn't even remember his name?! I'm glad you had a good ride, though.
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