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RR ~ 2800 yds swimming with tri club.  Now, back to the pool with kids and DH for some more fun!

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Hi ladies!

 

RR: ran 4 miles on TM today as my garmin battery was low and I just didn't feel like fighting traffic, wind, pot holes, etc. for 4 miles.  So I zoned out to Grey's Anatomy (well part of it) in the garage.  It was good to finally get a Sunday run in.  NOrmally I'm so tired after working I just don't do it (and would need to get up wayyyy too early to do it before work).  Took two kids to the library after church and must have gotten at least 30 books.  Then came home to run,.

 

NRR: school issue, just not sure about public vs. homeschool.  so I"m covering my bases and having ds1 tested for special ed/IED.  Therapist feels (promted by my asking) that ds1's anxiety is at such a high level that meds would be a good choice to support therapy.  He has bald spots from the trichotillomania that might be permanently bald.  :(  large ones.  I would say about half his head is bald in various patches. 

 

Okay, off to do the paperwork for the testing, send paperwork for rental agreement, and tend to laundry and dinner.

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As predicted, I'm having an exceptionally grouchy day.  DH asked me how long I anticipate the post-Florida hangover to last, and I growled at him.  To my credit, though, I've spent the day continuously reminding him that I'm grumpy and I knew I would be grumpy, and it has nothing to do with him and there is nothing he can do to fix it.  So at least I'm working on my communication.  I also am actively trying to get over it, although so far nothing has worked.

 

Real--holy cow, you're fast!  If I ever thought I could run a sub-nine anything, I'd be dancing around with joy.  Congratulations on a fantastic run!

 

Nic--congrats to you, too!  It sounds like a good race, although the heat and lack of water are sort of a bummer.

 

mommajb--the book to which you linked looked interesting, and by the same author.  If you do buy it, I'd love to know what you think.  DD is only six, so we've got awhile to plan for puberty, but I'm always looking ahead.  The negative reviews for the book are interesting--one says that it's too skewed toward making girls think having sex early is a BIG mistake, and the other says that it's too permissive, seeming to say that girls don't have to wait.  I'll be interested to hear what your take is on it.

 

This week is my kids' real vacation week, so I'm not sure if I'm going to have the motivation to wake up early enough to run before DH has to leave for work in the mornings.  Probably the gym child care will be a disaster, too, with all of the vacation moms needing a place to stash their kids.  See how my grouchy attitude colors everything right now?  Deep breath.

 

Last night as I was winding down from our long day of travel, I heard a chittering and squeaking noise in our ceiling.  Ugh.  I'm thinking it must be bats, in between our ceiling and our roof.  I love having the bats in our yard to eat some of our summer mosquitoes, but I'm not such a fan of them being in our actual house.  We don't have an attic; our living room has a vaulted ceiling that goes into a peak at the top, and there's no way to access that from inside.  Good news that the critters probably can't get into our living space, but bad news that we're going to have to find someone to take care of them for us. 

 

See why I hate coming home?  irked.gif eyesroll.gif redface.gif  Getting over it, getting over it, getting over it.....

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La4~sorry about the downer of coming home.  I was thinking the other day that it would be difficult to even start a vacation because I already know I don't want to come home.  :(

 

RR: registered for 10K to try to qualify for 3rd corral in the Indy Mini.  Means I have to run faster than 7:37 for 48 minutes!!  But hey, at least I'm trying.  :)

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Last night as I was winding down from our long day of travel, I heard a chittering and squeaking noise in our ceiling.  Ugh.  I'm thinking it must be bats, in between our ceiling and our roof.  I love having the bats in our yard to eat some of our summer mosquitoes, but I'm not such a fan of them being in our actual house.  We don't have an attic; our living room has a vaulted ceiling that goes into a peak at the top, and there's no way to access that from inside.  Good news that the critters probably can't get into our living space, but bad news that we're going to have to find someone to take care of them for us. 

 



My running partner has a problem with flying squirrels.  For your sake, I hope you don't have a laundry shute.

post #286 of 414

Real, what a great RR! You are so speedy! smile.gif

 

Jezebel: http://jezebel.com/    

 

I am deathly afraid of bats, La, and am hoping for your sake that you have flying squirrels. I had a freakout during my trip to Central America and spent most of a tour of a former prison that now has some *fruit bats* (ie, utterly harmless ones!) living in it crouched in the fetal position being soothed by my students. OMG bats make me just cringe and shudder. Um, not to freak you out, La. I'm sure it's something nicer like rats! Or racoons!

 

Had a great run today - 6m in 40* weather and a chilly wind. It was seriously so good. I have a general dingo question, though - I happened to fall in with a guy who was running - he actually turned around a few seconds after I'd waved to him rather than keep running into a stiff headwind. So we ran together for a couple of miles, and he runs my pace and is pleasant to talk with (his daughter recently graduated with her MA from my alma mater; we're both faculty at different institutions, etc.) Super nice guy, training for triathalons. He introduced himself to me as I finished up my run and said he hoped to see me around again. My question - would it be wierd to email him and invite him to give me a call if he wants to set up a run some time? People who are pleasant and as slow as I am are not easy to find, IME, and I was just kvetching to a friend yesterday that I have no running group. If he had been a woman, I would not hesitate, but I don't want to give a man the wrong impression. He's probably 15-20 years older than I am (I'm 36 next week.) He works where my dh works, although dh doesn't know him. I think dh would not care if I occasionally ran with someone from our neighborhood. He did not give me any sense whatsoever that he was hitting on me - we just had a nice talk about running and about teaching and our respective kids.

 

Dingo wisdom?

 

I also have a brag: I took 8 bags of stuff (all clothes, most mine but dh's and the kids' too) to Goodwill and then browsed. My haul: two blouses, one pair of lined dress slacks, two jackets, and two suits (one skirt+jacket, one pants+skirt+jacket) for $41. Of course, I don't need clothes eyesroll.gif but I now have some gorgeous Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and Talbots' work clothes for super cheap. And a polka dot blouse, which I've been looking for for years. bag.gif

post #287 of 414

Yes Mel it is the princess half.

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I just finished up a group meeting and I may, just perhaps, be a little tipsy. bag.gif Seriously? All group meetings should include wine and appetizers. And it doesn't hurt that my group members are some pretty cool girls, either. orngbiggrin.gif

Got my 8 miler in this morning. Even though my friend I was supposed to run with ditched me because she drank too much wine last night. rolleyes.gif I was slightly irked.gif when I got her text at 10pm that she had too much vino and was cancelling on me. I mean, really? If I had plans to run with a friend, I would either cut myself off early or just suffer the consequences the next day. Oh well. I got an extra 1/2 hour of sleep as a result, and the dog got to go with me. It was way too windy, but I still managed to negative split, even with the headwind on the way back.

And now, I must fix dinner, even though I'm full from snacking through our meeting. The whole purpose of the dinner is to provide leftovers for the rest of the week, though, so the show must go on!
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Penelope, a RP is worth their weight in gold.  I don't see the problem. 

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Hello Dingos! wave.gif

 

RR: After many a week of no running or exercise at all (that gnarly chest cold got me off the wagon argh!), I finally found my missing motivation! With my next paycheck, I'm registering up for my first 5k - race day = April 30th. That gives me roughly 10 weeks to get my little butt in gear. Doable? I hope so. Running a 5k has been on my "bucket list" for as long as I can remember, but I have this weird phobia about exercising around other people (probably residual effects from old eating/body image issues). I'm actually SO SO excited about it though!! The sense of accomplishment when it's all said and done...ahhh I can't wait. It helps that the route for the race is almost exactly what I run everyday (or rather everyday that I actually run, which hasn't been lately). Wish me luck! I've never signed up for any sort of athletic activity before so this tiny step is kinda a big deal for me. Any wisdom always welcome!

 

NR: True confession: (and I suppose since this is Mothering forums, this would be the appropriate place) Full blown I-want-a-baby mode right now! Very frustrating because I know that on so many levels that is not something that can happen at this present moment. In a couple of years maybe, but definitely not right now. BF and I have a great and wonderful relationship but situation-wise it's complicated as he's still learning to co-parent with his ex. I'm not as financially and professionally established as I'd want to be (still a few years away from getting my CPM, which I want to have before I start a family). *sigh*.... Just ranting.  ..... "Silly uterus! You don't want a baby. You're just bored." .... End rant.

 

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Penelope & La4 - Bats, OMG. A few summers ago, I slept on the porch because there were more bats in the house than there were outside! They're pretty harmless but sooo unsettling!

 

Nic - Woot woot!  Congrats on your 10k! 

 

Real - Great race! Congratulations!! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Penelope, a RP is worth their weight in gold.  I don't see the problem. 


That!  I agree.  There was a golden, sweet time two summers ago where I got to be good friends with my girl scout co-leader.  I was training for a marathon, she was training for her first half marathon.  We were running together 2-3 times a week, including about half the mileage of my long runs.  It was awesome, amazing, and I took a woman that I was a fond acquaintance with and she turned into one of my best friends.

 

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Thanks for the sympathy about our possible bat issue.  Could be flying squirrels, maybe, although I don't know if they are as nocturnal as our creatures seem to be.  I'm banking on bats.  I think this is okay, because I think bats are pretty easy to eradicate from your house.  When I was in high school, my mom and I were in our den, which was an addition to our house and had a two-story vaulted ceiling.  We had the lights out and were watching Jurassic Park, which my mom insists incorporated "bat noises" in some of the dinosaur scenes.  All of a sudden, there was something in the room with us, swooping around.  It was a bat.  We exited the room, quickly, and turned on all of the lights.  Little bat perched itself right on the beam at the top of the ceiling peak and went to sleep.

 

We hung a sheet over the doorway, left on all of the lights, and went to bed.  My mom called a guy to come and get the bat the next day.  He set up a ladder, put on a pair of gloves, and climbed up to pluck the little bat right off of the beam.  He put it in a box and told us he'd drop it at his next job, miles and miles away.  He told us that bats are territorial and live in colonies, and if we went out in the street in the night and looked at all of the bats swooping through the air, we could be certain they were ALL living in our walls.  jaw2.gif  He sealed all of the cracks in our outside wall except for one and set up a lampshade-looking thing, with the big end toward the house and the little end toward the outside, so the bats could get out at night but then couldn't get back in, because their echolocation made them think they couldn't get through the hole.

 

So, I remember it wasn't all that hard, and when I talked to my parents on the phone tonight they said it was a few hundred dollars, so not horrifyingly expensive, but just one more thing on my to-do list that I'd prefer wasn't there.

 

Anyway, enough whining.  Before dinner tonight DD and DS disappeared into DD's room and were there without fighting for about an hour.  I listened at the door, because I was actually getting concerned about the calm, and I could hear DD reading a book out loud.  love.gif  I feel my rotten mood dissipating a bit.

post #293 of 414
Urgh. I. HATE. BATS.

This comes from growing up in houses populated with bats that would, on occasion, work their way out into the living spaces to torment me. Tennis rackets were not for playing tennis...they were for swatting at bats. And of course, after I left for college, the little boogers would always seem to go on sabbatical. Until I came home for a break. It's like they sensed that I was terrified of them and just showed up to torment me. There was one night where I was woken up out of a dream by the wind on my face from the bat's wings as it flew in circles around my room. And then the time where three, yes THREE, of them came out of nowhere as I was watching the Lion King in the tv room after my parents were in bed. Tennis rackets, as mentioned, were the weapon of choice, but the preference (so as not to have to deal with a dead and/or injured bat) was to turn off all indoor lights, turn the porch light on, and open the door. And pray that the bat flew outside.

Did I mention that I hate bats? bag.gif


Oh, and penelope? Totally would email the guy!
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horrors.gifOk, so not listening to this talk about bats.  Bats are one of the few wildlife issues I haven't had!!! 

 

Did I tell you all about the dead possum that my dogs found in the yard the other day?  I told DH that it was his turn to clean up the dead wildlife.  Turned out that darn thing was faking, as it was gone the following morning, with no trace (ie, not eaten by something else!).  I'm convinced that if it had been me that was supposed to clean it up, it would have been totally, and gruesomely dead.  I have wildlife issues, as it turns out. 

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Finally registered! I'm doing the CVRR half-marathon on March 20th.

 

Now off to do the school drop-off and a search for a place without snow to run (I have a good lead...)

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I would like to join (rejoin?  I think I posted here a couple of times several years ago).

 

I'm totally overweight, and I'm signed up for a half marathon in mid April.    I can run 3 miles without stopping, I do BodyPump 2x a week, and I run anywhere between 1-3 miles 2-3 times a week.  I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere, though.  I've been doing this for several weeks (seriously since the beginning of January).  I haven't lost any weight.  It still sucks to run, EVERY TIME.  I suck wind, I have to constantly push myself not to stop, it really, really stinks.  I can't run faster than 5.5 miles an hour if I want to run over a mile.  I've definitely increased my weights on Bodypump, and I'm getting stronger there, but otherwise I'm not seeing any results.

 

I think my problem is that my BMI is so high at 31.1, I haven't been trying to improve my eating habits, and I have been very inconsistent on my running.  Some weeks I get several longer runs in, and some weeks I only get two or three 1-2 mile runs.  I know if I lose some pounds, it'll be easier to run, cardiovascular wise.  I just have had in the back of my mind that if I run and work out several times a week, I should be able to eat what I want.  I know in reality this is true no longer...it only worked for me when I was in my teens and 20s.

 

So, today I'm starting to try to eat healthily, and track my caloric and nutritional intake.  I'm also going to try much harder to be consistent in my training schedule for running.  It's hard, because I work nights and have a completely inconsistent schedule, but I need to make it a priority, I know.

 

Anyone use any iPhone apps to help with this.  I have Nike plus on my phone, and it even syncs with the treadmill at the gym, but I don't know how to use it.  :(  I'm such a technophobe.  I'm trying, though!  What apps do you like the best to monitor your eating, and to keep an eye on your fitness goals?

 

Thanks for letting me join!

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Welcome back, lorjds!

 

On speed:  ignore the speed.  If you're looking at it and worrying about it on the treadmill, throw a shirt over it.  It's the gait that matters.  Not speed.  Really. 

 

Slow down to 5 mph or even slower, and work on the distance.  Walking breaks are OK.  Really.  They are.  If you struggle with a mile, run for 0.75 miles, walk a few minutes, then run 0.75 miles.  At 5 mph, that's 18 minutes of running, so I'd make sure you book end that workout with an additional 5 minutes of walking to make sure I got up to 30 total minutes.  After 3 times successfully doing that in a week, I'd add on a third 0.75 mile interval.  Then increase the distance between walk breaks and whittle away the duration of the breaks.

 

Once you've been running 5 miles at least once a week for several weeks (with or without breaks!), then and only then should you start worrying about speed.  Teach your body to keep the running gait up for extended periods of time first.

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I'm totally overweight, and I'm signed up for a half marathon in mid April.    I can run 3 miles without stopping, I do BodyPump 2x a week, and I run anywhere between 1-3 miles 2-3 times a week.  I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere, though.  I've been doing this for several weeks (seriously since the beginning of January).  I haven't lost any weight.  It still sucks to run, EVERY TIME.  I suck wind, I have to constantly push myself not to stop, it really, really stinks.  I can't run faster than 5.5 miles an hour if I want to run over a mile.  I've definitely increased my weights on Bodypump, and I'm getting stronger there, but otherwise I'm not seeing any results.

 

Welcome back. I'm low tech. I'm about 1 step above using a walkman (and by that I mean a music playing device with headphones that plays cassette tapes).
 I don't have much to contribute to the tech end of things.

 

I'm not overweight, but when I'm out of shape running hurts.  I need to do 5-8 miles a week to feel good running. Lots of us have had success with the run/walk combination called couch to five k. There's another one for running father (10km?).

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Lori, welcome! It took me a long time to see results w. weight loss and to see progress with my fitness. I got stuck for many months doing 2-3m runs, afraid to go farther. (Why? I dunno.) Running a 5k helped immensely, being careful with my diet helped, and IMO the tipping point for me was upping my long run to 5m. I'm not fast, but I'm fitter and leaner now. So hang in there!

 

Ok, I'll email the guy, being carefully neutral. Thanks for the dingo advice. smile.gif 

 

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Another slow runner here, who, also struggles with weight.  I need to lose about 25-30 pounds.  Running for me, doesn't do a lot for the weight.  It helps me maintain, but I have to be over 15-20 miles per week.  What I do see is that I am a lot more toned, and I have a lot more strength.  This helps me in other areas.  It helps me to want to eat better, because I have to eat in a certain way to maintain the mileage that I do.  Nutrition and exercise for me go hand in hand.  When I have the two in sync, I do lose weight in a healthy way. 

 

I agree with Geo on how to increase your mileage, though!  Don't worry about speed.  Don't worry about taking a walk break.  Walk breaks really help your body to be able to increase your running times. 

 

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