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post #281 of 499
jaygee~good luck sweetie, you can do a half hour, hands down! Hugs mama! Here's to finding some answers!!!! You rock on perserverance!!

tjmama~okay, here is the mean side of me to your xh: and , he he he.

RR: ran outside again yesterday, yay for poor dh being home so I can run outside. have been running the same 4ish loop to see what I can do, what it feels like, and time wise, etc. When I left yesterday I said soemthing like, "see you in 32 minutes, oh I mean 34" and dh said jokingly" see you in 32" and lo and behold, I made it home in 32 minutes!! I increased my pace 9 seconds per mile this run. The humidity has been brutal. AND NO PAIN!! whoo hooo!

Okay, off to get more .

jo~ how is the finger?

sugar and sun~ so sorry about being in the accident! Are you all okay from that????
post #282 of 499
jaygee - wow, this is all happening fast! But that's awesome that you won't have to live in the house while selling it. Good luck on your test!

Gaye - that is great news about the laptop! I'm going to have to keep that rice trick in mind because that just seems like something that would happen here. And, ooooh, I'm so surprised about XH. Do you think he will come crawling back with his tail between his legs?

Need to finish caffeinating and go run. There's actually a cool breeze coming in the door so hopefully it's not too hot.
post #283 of 499
RR: decided to write a list of things for the kids to clean while I went for a run! Ran the same route I've been running but backwards, and was trying to run slower/easy today. 4.1 miles in 35 minutes I think. Now eating a large salad with shrimp, blueberries, strawberries, gorgonzola cheese, YUM!
post #284 of 499
Well, I had my test this morning. The nerve conduction test showed no abnormalities, but the EMG showed abnormal results in my calf. Next step is an MRI of my fibula to see where the nerve is getting hung up on it and then a surgical release . At least I feel like I'm getting somewhere...

No hotels available in the town we're moving to tonight, so we've rescheduled house hunting for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. At least I won't miss my group rides on Thursday or Saturday .

RM ~ you're smokin' those runs these days! How's your Dad doing?
post #285 of 499
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And just because I know you guys understand, here's me doing a little happy dance:
And here's the entire dingo cafe doing the I told you so dance:
ro ll roll
post #286 of 499
Ok, I have just caught up on reading, but am hopelessly lost on making personals! Too much to comment on!

JayGee - I am so glad you are making some progress towards a diagnosis! And, I have serious bike envy about that bike. I really like my hybrid, but I yearn for a road bike as well! I hope you have good luck with the house hunting and find something amazing, and cheap quickly!

Gaye - You can definitely be smug about your xh breaking up. And so glad the laptop is working!

SandS - Welcome back!

la - I have to agree with how brave your dd is!

Jo - Take care of that finger! I am glad to hear it is getting better, if slowly.

I had a bunch of house guests over the weekend. Hence, falling behind. It was a fun time, though. We took my BIL (who turned 21 a couple weeks ago) to a blues club downtown, and had a wonderful time (even though I drank too much!). I also did a 30+ mile bike ride, and we had a tough bike/run(or walk for me) brick speed workout yesterday at tri class! Swam 1200 yards today, and am feeling pretty good. I have a plan to start the couch to 5k in order to force myself to take things easy as I start running again in a couple of weeks. I am hopeful that if I start slow enough, I'll be in good shape for next year! I found out that the teacher for my tri class is planning on having people decide if they want to train for a sprint tri or olympic distance for the new series of tri classes starting this fall! I'm excited about it! I am hoping that she is working her way up to a 1/2 ironman, as my training partner and I are wanting to do that in a couple of years!
post #287 of 499
I guess it's been awhile, huh?

I'm still working on C25K. Starting on week 4 tonight. I ran my last run with the stroller on a bike path next to Lake Superior in Marquette. Oh yum! I.want.to.move.there!

No offers on the house, V's booboo is healing up real nice, and we are enjoying summer. I miss you all but without an app for this forum - it seems I never sit long enough at the computer to read to catch up. I pop on every now and then and read a few pages, but that's about all.

Gaye ~ How's school?

Jo ~ How's the farm, work, finger and everything else? Will your summer slow up for a zoo trip?

for all of you!
post #288 of 499
Gaye: I second Kerc's I told you so dance. Hope it doesn't affect DS... but with his awesome mama looking out for him I know he'll be fine.

JayGee, glad you're getting some answers with the testing. And wow on the fast move... good luck with the house-hunting. And yay for the bike, it sounds sweet!

Penelope, mama. Too bad there's not a butt-kicking smiley for your DH.

RM, glad you are getting some good outdoor runs! You had asked about the weight loss. I have accomplished it by portion control and mostly cutting out junk in addition to exercise. It's best when I can take a walk on the days I don't run, but I don't always do that. I also am a lot less prone to emotional eating than I used to be (except this week apparently), so that makes it easier. The awesome thing is I have been able to lose without writing down or measuring what I eat. The last time I did it that way I felt very restrictive and it was messing with my head, so I knew I didn't want to do that again, but didn't know if I could lose weight without it. I'm glad to find out I can. I'm down to the weight I was in the summer of 2006 which is basically my lowest adult weight... now just gotta keep going for 7-12 pounds more, and then I think I would be done (maybe a max of 17, which would put me at 140... I don't know, but can't imagine myself less than that).

I've been out running in this crazy heat and my runs are miserable. I decided today that my next one will be at the gym just to make finishing without walking a possibility. Also on Sunday I took my bike out for the first time in 3 years. I'm planning to rent a Burley for DS and go for a ride on the greenway on Friday or the weekend. Experienced bike mamas: do I want my road bike or my mountain bike for this? The greenway is paved and pretty flat, but I'm worried about being clipped in and falling while he's hooked up (I'm clipless on the road bike, regular pedals on the mtn bike). What happens if that happens? Also, do you think he will think this is fun, or will he consider it torture? I don't *have* to take him, but kind of thought he might like it and I would like having him with me. Plus, we could end with some playground time.

Off to a meeting...
post #289 of 499
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Also on Sunday I took my bike out for the first time in 3 years. I'm planning to rent a Burley for DS and go for a ride on the greenway on Friday or the weekend. Experienced bike mamas: do I want my road bike or my mountain bike for this? The greenway is paved and pretty flat, but I'm worried about being clipped in and falling while he's hooked up (I'm clipless on the road bike, regular pedals on the mtn bike). What happens if that happens? Also, do you think he will think this is fun, or will he consider it torture? I don't *have* to take him, but kind of thought he might like it and I would like having him with me. Plus, we could end with some playground time.

Off to a meeting...
FWIW, I use my mountain bike when I take DD2 in the trailer. I like being able to get on and off quickly (not clipped in on my MTB). She is 4 and still loves bike rides in the trailer. I usually pack some snacks, a drink and something small for her to play with. Hope you and your DS enjoy it!

Speaking of which, how old were your children when they started riding on 2 wheels? DS was almost 5, DD1 was 5 1/2. DD2 is BEGGING us to take off her training wheels and teach her to ride on two wheels, but she just turned 4 in May. She can ride a scooter well, so maybe she's ready. But 4 seems SO young. After all, I didn't "get it" until I was 7 .
post #290 of 499
Hey ladies...I've been keeping up with everyone but running not nearly enough. I thought I'd get back to daily working out, but the farm work is peaking (a year ago this week I decided to quit my job ) now. Vegetables are coming in, milk is flowing, and dh is in AL.

There are some $ headaches right now too...nothing to really lose sleep over, just headaches. Stuff dh should take care of but can't be bothered to wait on hold for half an hour. Even though he's got all night in a hotel room and nothing else to do. Cause G!d knows my time's worthless. So anyway.

On the bright side, he came up with the bright idea that I should go in to the Y after we break fast each evening through Ramadan. Which is a great idea and I hope I can manage it. If I can break my fast with some milk and coffee and a light soup or smoothie and water, I should be able to go into town and exercise while dh and the kids go to prayers. Not the most spiritual practice maybe, but I need some sanity.

Also trying to plan backups for the farm for the trip in September. I think I can make it happen if we can scrape together the money. Yay.

OK, sounds like another storm is rolling in. Better collect my laundry and get some chores done. I'll try checking in later. smooch
post #291 of 499
gaye - and :nana to your ex!

so...i went for an open water training swim today. yeah. if you could have seen my eyes behind my goggles underneath that murky water they would have looked just like this



i am not a fan of water you can't see through

i need to just woman up and deal with it, i know. so i made it through the obligatory 400 yds and then called it quits. i have a lot more pool work to go, though, before i head back out there. if nothing else, i know part of what i will be dealing with on race day(minus the crowds)

my poor ds is not adjusting well to camp life. he's such a worrier, and i know he gets it from me so i just feel so helpless and awful. total mama guilt right now about going back to WOHM life.

good vibes appreciated and thanks in advance.
post #292 of 499
Poppy, he's such a great kid. He'll be OK once he eases in. So will you, mama.

And you make that swimming sound like something I never want to do.

Gaye right along with the rest here. Enjoy the show, fwiw, and I hope it's barely a blip on ds's radar.
post #293 of 499
thanks jo i know you're right, thank you.

by the way, here is a gift from me to all my dingoes!

you are beautiful

this was filmed where i run regularly --that's why there are so many runner types in the video
post #294 of 499
Poppy, keeping my fingers crossed for your sweet DS.

I have another question - this time for the professor mamas (or spouses)... you may remember I have a little adjunct job teaching 1 section of a statistics course. Well, today I got an email from the program director asking if I wanted a second section. I emailed back to ask a question, and then when he emailed back he said he thought maybe he would just increase the enrollment limit for the one section instead of having 2 sections. It is an online class. Am I wrong to think 2 sections would have meant more pay, but 1 larger section will not? I always have these kind of money questions and I usually just ask them but don't want to appear that that's all I care about...
post #295 of 499
rm~You are coming right along with the running, and as speedy as ever! So glad that you're getting back into it!

jaygee~SO glad you're finally getting some answers!

eks~I have hitches on both bikes, but I almost always ride my road bike pulling the trailer. It's just SO much easier. Honestly, clipping in/out is not a problem. If anything, having the trailer attached makes the bike more stable. DS LOVES riding in the trailer. And the joy of the trailer is that you can load them up with snacks, toys, books, etc. to keep them happy, and because it's covered, they can't chuck anything out along the way.

kerc~LOVING the I Told You So Dance! :

jenlove~School's not bad. Now. There were a couple of weeks where I thought I was going to lose it, but it's much calmer now. Almost done with the first semester...next week! And then things get intense!

poppy~You are WAY ahead of me. I never practiced OWS before my first tri. You've been out there, you know what to expect, and you survived. That's huge. You're going to be awesome.

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Oh my!!!! Any idea what happened there?
Really? No clue. If I had to speculate, I would say that now that his financial obligation to me has been reduced greatly, he's feeling more financially independent and able to afford his own place and still do all the (expensive) things he likes to do. But, that's just me being cynical. I will say, this is going to be the end of my free internet (he's been expensing it to his company b/c she was also expensing her internet and he didn't need to).


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Do you think he will come crawling back with his tail between his legs?
I doubt it, but you never know. I won't lie that the thought did cross my mind last night, but I really don't think I'm interested. He would have to do some serious kissing up to even get me to remotely consider going down that route, and I don't see that happening. At this point, I think we've grown into completely different people who really don't have that much in common anymore. Never say never, though, right?


I had an awesome lunch run today. We didn't have a test in our afternoon class, so myself, my "usual" lunch RP, and another girl (who is also training for Denver RnR!) went out for a run. We had no clue where we were going, but it was great. So fun to have people (who are the same pace as me!!!) to chat and just enjoy a short break with. And I felt SO much better afterwards. I actually stayed awake through our afternoon class while my poor friend next to me was passing out. We got a little over 3 miles in, which was perfect! And I think we're going to go for a bit longer run on Thursday since I don't have lab because we're doing our competency practicals this week.
post #296 of 499
650 yds in the pool. poppy, it's not just open water swim you can't always see through. Our public pool is awfully murky these days. : More on where you're looking - I get that you're not supposed to be tilting your head forward/backwards when breathing - so where are you looking when you breathe? Am I supposed to be seeing a bit behind, ahead, or straight to the side? I focused on reaching to the bottom of the pool with each stroke and cut the number of strokes necessary to get from one side of the pool to the other by 3.

Yeah, eks, I think you read that switch right. You are not wrong to be upfront about the money issue. Do you ever read deandad? From what I read, deans actually dislike the fact that they pay pittances for adjuncts. You deserve two peanuts instead of one if you're doubling the student numbers.

poppy, adjustments are rough, but result in a more flexible child in the end. We double down on kid snuggles, spontaneous ice cream trips, and earlier bedtimes during transitions. You'll all make it through, and be where you need to be in the end.

Knee question: More than a month ago, my left knee objected to my playing soccer. I was gentle with it for several days, and added the vit I and ice routine, and it's mostly fine. It doesn't hurt to run on it, but I'm still aware of it - it aches some here and there either with or without activity. It's on the outside, a bit towards the front, a bit on the inside, and feels muscular, but I can't find any muscles there (either with fingertips or google). It's definitely associated with side-to-side motion. The first few days I had to be most careful about lying on my right side because it would be hanging a bit and pulling on it. So what did I hurt? And how do I stretch/strengthen/prevent another incident?
post #297 of 499
Geo~On sighting...I lift my head straight up to sight/breathe. It's a little awkward, but gets more natural with practice. I probably only do it every 10-12 strokes or so? And on the knee...sounds patellofemoral, probably too much movement of your kneecap in the groove it sits in. Which IS muscular in the sense that the muscles are too weak to keep the kneecap in the groove, but the actual pain is related to the irritation of the ligaments and stuff that hold it in. Quad strengthening is the key. Mini-squats and lunges are great, if they're not irritating, and you do them with proper form. I can look up some pictures/video instructions for you if you need. LMK.
post #298 of 499
eks: I would hold your ground against increasing enrollment in an online class. Not good for the students. Too many students= they don't "talk" to each other as much. You can't keep track of them as easily. hard to check who has/has not checked in. There are lots of academic reasons why online courses should be smaller than larger live courses. AND then there's the $$ issue too. If they are paying you for 2 classes then you'll spend 2 x as much time on it.

Geo: I think generally you end up looking at what's behind you, under your armpit. And not for very long....FWIW: it can be super hard to get the chemistry right in a public pool when it is hot out (=lots of evaporation = new water coming in) + lots of sunscreen. Cloudy is common.
post #299 of 499
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I doubt it, but you never know. I won't lie that the thought did cross my mind last night, but I really don't think I'm interested. He would have to do some serious kissing up to even get me to remotely consider going down that route, and I don't see that happening. At this point, I think we've grown into completely different people who really don't have that much in common anymore. Never say never, though, right?
I hadn't had enough coffee when I posted to make myself clear. Whether you want him back or not, I just thought it might, possibly, perhaps maybe be kinda satisfying.

poppy - that swim sounds nastay. You are a brave woman! And here's some for your transition.

rr: made it out for my run today and went 13.1 in perfect summer weather. Hot, but not too hot with just enough cool breeze. That's by far my longest run since my marathon and I'm already feeling it. I'm disappointed that I've lost so much endurance but I know it'll come back eventually.
post #300 of 499
TJs: Yeah... I'm bummed we never met up. I so nostalgic for CO. I do love Long Island... the beaches are awesome, etc., but it was great to be somewhere new for a while. I definitely want a reason to go back for a bit and a race is great excuse, but I hate to spend the money and then be really bothered by the altitude.

Poppy... I love the act of swimming, but hate swimming almost everywhere except open salt water. I used to pool swim a lot though. Water you can't see through is definitely over the top!

I have been with my kiddos pretty much throughout their lives other than some adjunct work. They will be going to camp in Aug. too. I think it will be a bit of a transition, especially for ds2. I hope your ds finds it easier soon.

eks: I was an adjunct for a while too and I find that in the age of cutbacks the budget for adjuncts is definitely low. I guess it would depend upon how much you want the job.

Geo: I sight every three strokes or so in a race and less often when just swimming open water. It's awkward at first, but then becomes natural. I just sorta have my head look forward for a second before I put it in the water... if that makes sense.

Jay: It sounds like you have so much going on! Enjoy those rides... you need to release!


On a side note... I am so frustrated with the job front. DH and I considered moving and looked for work in CO. No luck. We are back on Long Island and DH is back to work and doing fine, but I am still jobless. I have a BA and MA and close to a 4.0 GPA throughout both fields of study. WTH? I'll be teaching for Aug., but other than that no plans. DH thinks it would be best to start my own business doing landscaping or something, but I tend to migrate toward working for others. Maybe I just need ot change my thinking. LI is a big small business area.

I guess I'm just bummed since we're back to the same 'ol, same 'ol.
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