OK memiles, except you are 3 timezones away. I mean, at least you have that.
"I resolve to run with the Dingos in 2011" January thread - Page 13
I managed to get in my 100's late last night before bed, and Val and I did the parent/kid dance class but we were the only ones there. It was great, but I don't think they'll continue it. :(
Today I am trying to get ahead on my house. I did dishes, vacuumed, swept floors, and listed 2 bags of stuff on Craigslist. Anyone in need of small misses clothes? Some name brand - Abercrombie and Express? :P
DH and Val are in bed now napping, so I'm getting quiet time with some music. My sis and nephew are coming to visit after naptime here, and I am really looking forward to it. Gonna run and maybe get out of my pjs.
Jo ~ Keep me posted! When would you all go (hypothetically)?
comeing from the midwife
Right. I was up working at 3:30 this week and didn't think a thing of it. If my phone rings and a baby is coming, getting up is non-negotiable. An alarm clock is a different story.
I also want to do Ragnar, which will at some point involve running at insane hours. I need to get over this.
Phew. Disaster was narrowly averted. I showed up to the Y and spin class was FULL. Yikes. Seriously, I've never been to this class with more than 5 people in it, but I guess the combination of the NY resolutioners and the crappy weather filled it up. Lucky for me, the instructor was nice enough to pull a bike out of the basement (!) for me. No computer on it, and I was squeezed into the very front corner of the room, but it worked. He actually offered to give up his bike for me, and I was like ...it's on a platform in front of the class. I was so relieved, though, because I only had my snow boots and my spin shoes, so I would have just gone home otherwise, and I know I wouldn't have made it back for a run. It was a pretty good class...I used to not like this particular instructor at all, but I think he's growing on me. We did ascending intervals, at 90% of HR (except I didn't have either my HR monitor or a bike computer, oh well), starting at 2 minutes and going up to 8 minutes. I feel like it was a pretty good workout, and hopefully I worked my legs enough to strengthen them up a bit for next weekend's back-to-back ski days!
And now, I must tackle the Christmas decorations. I have everything down and packed away except for the tree. I just don't wanna! Unfortunately, I don't think it's going to put itself away.
And then, soup! When it's snowy and cold outside, soup is a necessity, I'm pretty sure...
Yes. That is what I'll be thinking about (obsessing over?) for this next while.
Disney 'thoners!! You ladies are an inspiration.
Hi you guys!
First off, I have to say how much I love you all and love the Dingoes and am so grateful for this group. When I met BBM and HBM it was like we had all known each other forever, right away. Which we sort of have, but not in person!
So...beware a long race (weekend) report!
We got to Disney yesterday (Mom and I). Went to the hotel and spent some time wrestling with the receptionist to get in the same building as HBM and family, which we finally did (but on the second floor which proved to be not the best thing today after the race, oh well). Then took the bus to the Expo (which took a long time). The Expo was HUGE. The ESPN Center at Disney is a huge complex of stadiums and fields and buildings. The bib pickup was in one building (with lines) then you went to another building for packet pickup and the merchandise Expo. Lots of the merchandise was already really picked over (since the expo had been going since Thurs.) but I did get the kids and myself cute t-shirts. I am pretty p-o'd about my race shirt because they assigned me an XL and printed it on my bib, so there was no switching even though I had ordered a L. (Which still would have been too big but this is ginormous). They were really inflexible about it too. Grr. Went back to the hotel, rested a while, then headed over to Downtown Disney to drop some more cash on presents for the family. Headed back to the hotel and met HBM for dinner at the pasta buffet in the food court. It was so fun to meet her and shmooze.
We set a time to meet at 3:10 a.m. to catch the bus to the start. Which we did, but I was freaking out because the coffee machine in my room wasn't working; and because I wasn't able to ummm...complete my business in the bathroom (which would prove to be disastrous later). The buses were already lined up outside so we got on the first one (took a pic too!) and went to the staging area at the start. We managed to meet Kathleen (luckily because she had been there the day before, she knew where things were), I got coffee (for $3!), and then we ran into one of my running partner buddies from my track club! (She was getting coffee too!) Since there were over 20,000 runners milling around that was nothing less than divine intervention.
Then we all huddled together in the cold and dark (it was cold...in the 40's but there was a breeze so it just felt cold). Took turns using the portapotties and then started the (very, very long) walk to the corrals. It was neat, the four of us totally bonded and we were able to start together. There were fireworks at the start which went off each time a corral started. We were in corral D which started about 18 minutes after the official start.
BBM took off fairly early, and HBM, my friend Mary, and I ran together for a little while, but HBM dropped back by mile 1 or so. I actually had aggravations right from the start which was worrying me. My feet didn't feel good (even though I was wearing my favorite long run socks, had lubed up with body glide as normal, etc.) and my stomach felt unstable. Mary and I managed to hit 11 minute miles within a few miles (not easy given the crowds) and we stopped to use the real bathrooms in Mexico at Epcot which I think was about mile 5 or so. I couldn't finish my business and didn't want to spend too long trying, so off we went (but not before she dropped her glove in the toilet. LOL).
Miles 5-9 or so were pretty uneventful. We slowly picked up the pace a bit, but she is coming back from an injury (my friend Mary that is....who has run EVERY Disney marathon, has a 'retired' bib number that never changes, and is sponsored by Champion and used to run this marathon in just over 3 hours) so she dropped off as we were tackling one of the exit ramps. These were the main hills and they weren't very steep but they were brutal on the legs because of the cant.
I saw Kathleen in front of me right before mile 8 or so I think (she was wearing these absolutely adorable minnie mouse pigtail holders in her hair and a bright pink shirt!) and we ran together all the way until mile 18 or so. It was wonderful, we really did well together and we saw my mom and her dh a couple times in the Magic Kingdom. We were going at a good clip (all the miles were under 11, some were under 10:30). My feet were starting to really bother me as was my stomach. I did eat a couple Gu's at 5 mile intervals, as well as a banana (provided by Disney -- totally invaluable and energizing) at mile 13-ish and I was making sure to take water and/or powerade at every stop because it was so dry and cold that I was worried about getting dehydrated. Ran past the waste water plant (ICKY ICKY ICKY -- HORRIBLE STENCH) and into Animal Kingdom (where I took a photo with a llama!). Ran out of AK and a couple more miles, then BBM and I got separated and I didn't think I'd catch up to her (it turned out she stopped later and we probably finished close together but we didn't see each other again). I got to mile 20.6 (I know that because there was an announcer and a Jumbotron) and felt okay...but not long after that, my feet felt like they were on fire (popped bleeding blister) and my stomach totally cramped up. Miles 22-25 were hell. on. earth. I walked/shuffled along and at one point started crying because I was in so much pain (then my calf muscle also cramped up!) but the crying made my chest feel tight so I forced myself to pull it together, kept repeating YES I CAN to the rhythm of my feet. And I finished. Crossed the line in 4:59:13 which was a full 14 minutes slower than my goal time, but beats my previous marathon (admittedly 14 years ago but still) by over 9:30, and I beat 5 hours.
After I finished I could barely moved. I started crying in the chute and shaking uncontrollably. They wrapped the mylar blanket around me, shoved some powerade and water in my hands, put the metal on my neck, and helped me through the chute. My mom was waiting for me and that was great. I pulled myself together again (didn't want to scare her) but I was still shaking terribly with cold and so we went over to the (very overpriced) race merchandise tent and she bought me a very cute running jacket which helped a lot. (And it will be useful so it's worth it, but it was a lot of money for that!).
Went back to the hotel, and I stood in a hot shower a Long Time. Then managed to get myself down to the food court and ate a personal pizza. My stomach still wasn't feeling good but I couldn't really complete my business still, I felt a bit better after I ate and we went back to the room and I slept for 2 hours which was great. Then we headed home. Getting the luggage down the stairs was...interesting to say the least and sitting down on toilets is also rather a challenge right now. My feet look terrible and I still have these gigantic blisters but my surgeon dh says to leave them alone for a while and see if they reabsorb/heal a bit on their own. I am not quite sure how I am going to get shoes on for work tomorrow but we'll see.
So....right this minute I am not ready to sign up for another although I'm sure it will come along at some point (kind of like childbirth?). I think the half might be a great distance for me on a regular basis at least because I can keep in that shape all the time, and run one without too much trouble before or after. It's a challenge but still fun and I can walk afterwards.
Disney does a good job. But I expected more I think. In general I think they are not as -- I don't know, organized? spiffy? -- as they used to be. Our hotel room was kind of yuck, the coffee machine was broken, the employees were not very friendly or forthcoming with fairly simple requests (wake up call?) and things didn't run seamlessly. However they do do a really nice job considering the gargantuan size of the thing and it's fun to run through the parks on the course and there were characters everywhere to take photos with if you wanted to (and runners really did wait on line to do this! During the race!). Some even got on a ride or too, which is crazy but whatever. Running through the castle in the Magic Kingdom was neat.
Bottom line, the best part of the race weekend was running with my Dingo Sisters. That was just AWESOME. I'll let them tell their own stories but they were fantastic, amazing women, and heroic runners.
Yes, you did it! It sounds so hard, but I got goosebumps reading about it, too. I admire your strength!!!
Amazing job, Nic and Kathleen... very, very impressed! And wonderful race report. I dont know that I could ever run a marathon!
I did, though, run almost 7 hilly miles with just DH as my folks are still here. it's nice to have babysitters!
Mommajb, my PhD work was on nationalism and skinheads in the UK. It was very interesting, and also incredibly difficult to integrate how likeable some of my research subjects are alongside some of the things they believe and practice. Nowadays I look at elite deviance - usually state sponsored violence (in the West) and it makes me even sadder. On a personal note I went to a friend's sentencing on Friday and spoke up for her. She was incarcerated for 16 years and I don't think justice has been served... prison doesn't help society, in my view (though it is true that some people are dangerous and need to be kept away from people). Sociology is quite a depressing area of study!
Hi lovely Dingos!!
Intro: My name is Chloe, a student midwife and doula, mama-at-heart, former dingo who used to post under some other name that I forgot over a long hiatus from MDC. So here I am with a new name
Goals: I'm not very good at keeping goals so I rarely make them. Oddly, if I don't set goals I accomplish more. What can I say, I'm a weirdo. Some general things I'd like to accomplish - some sort of forward/joyful movement of my body everyday...whether that's running or yoga or dance or walking, not important as long as it's there. I'd also like to break some bad habits that have started to get a foothold towards the end of 2009 - sugar and junk/convenience food. I will stay on top of my midwifery studies (I'm in a distance program at the moment so it's easy to get behind). I will complete Anatomy & Physiology I&II over the summer. And, I will get my application in to a clinical program this fall.
Why I Run: I can't really call myself a runner or an athlete in anyway since I'm woefully out of shape, but I'd like to make a lifestyle change of being more active. Hence why I'm here. The thought of completing a marathon or hiking some great distance or just generally being comfortable in exercising in the presence of others (something that I currently have MASSIVE anxiety over) has always appealed to me. I think at this point, I run to prove that I can.
Yay to the Disney runners! Love that you all ran together. WOOT!
I'm back from a weekend away for skiing -- good overall and I'm a little invigorated and ready to workout more.
I'm so intrigued by the 8 yo girl conversation. We have that too and we don't have tv to blame. I'm late to the conversation so I'll just multiquote and nod at appropriate times:
jaygee~Do you and DH still watch TV? We're not huge watchers here, but sometimes I need the brain rest, yk? Give me a glass of wine and "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and I become the most pleasant person you'd even want to be around. Gawd, did I really just admit that?!? Maybe I'll start with channel limits. Of course, that means I need to pay more attention to what they're watching so I know what to cut out.
If you are considering cutting tv, perhaps a fair way to do it is to make it a family deal -- as in she looses her show, you loose your show. It doesn't have to be all about her all the time to get the message across. We've had success with the TV-free week (now screen free week) here. And by that I mean in the adult realm since our kids watch very very little tv.
I think DD is experimenting a bit emotional control much in the way that toddlers struggle with control of their environment. We've tried giving DD some control over things by giving her space and allowing her to shut her brother out of her room, but only if done politely.
I have come to the same conclusion.
The children need positive self esteem, solid interests, more responsibilty and self-control. This does not mean they should be allowed to be manipulaitve or take control over or given responsibilty for that which is outside certain ranges. In our house this means H is not 'in charge' of her siblings and cannot use toddler type fits to run the household though try she does.
Agreed. But it does mean that there are times when you do want her to take things over -- for instance apparently this morning dd1 organized making breakfast for dh in bed. It wasn't perfect, but she did managed to organize herself and her sister into collecting the items necessary. AND it meant she could think outside of her body enough to realize that perhaps someone else might like something done for them. Unfortunately the line between loving guidance and dictator is a fine one that 8 yr olds can't always understand when they cross.
And finally: I'm finding that when Erin crosses the line and is sassy or otherwise disrespectful I have the most success with telling her, "Right now I don't feel like you are treating me with respect." Then I walk away and confront her later, not in the heat of the moment. I have to remind myself to express that I'm so not happy, but at the same time NOT engage. We're both super stubborn and it don't help the conversation.