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mel~Yay! What an awesome first tri!

nd~So I probably shouldn't mention the whipped chocolate ganache frosting that's currently sitting in my refrigerator, waiting to be applied to cupcakes in the morning? winky.gif You are SO going to rock that marathon!!!


I had the crappiest run this morning. We went out for the normal 4 mile loop around the neighborhood, and I just had NO energy and my legs were super tired. So I bailed out and headed for home, cutting a mile off the run. bag.gif I am not confident about the Bolder Boulder on Monday. Sigh.

Then it was off to DS's swim lesson at the Y, where his normal teacher was back. YAY! She is SO much better than the ones that filled in while she was gone. He actually went underwater and stayed there for like 4 or 5 seconds! Without inhaling half the pool! Progress is good. orngbiggrin.gif Off to Costco and the grocery store for last-minute baking and party supplies, and then home to get on it. We have 24 cupcakes (well, ok...23. I *had* to make sure they were edible, right?!), a batch of chocolate frosting that's waiting to be applied to said cupcakes, a strawberry-flavored tractor-shaped cake, and that's where I called it good for the day. Tomorrow morning: frosting the cupcakes. Tomorrow afternoon: making buttercream for the cake. Tomorrow night: cake decorating. Yeehaw.
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Gaye ~ not all runs can be great ones, and often I'll have a really crappy run just before a great race.  And your cakes sound delish!

 

ND ~ you are SO going to rock that marathon!  Your hamster story made me really sad.  People can be so selfish, but that is the epitome.

 

Today is the awards ceremony at the elementary school.  DS is playing the recorder with a small group and getting a music achievement award.  DD is getting the all around character education award for her class.  Wish she'd demonstrate some of those character traits at home.... eyesroll.gif  I feel so flat and blah these days.  Just motivating myself to get dressed and make food for the family is difficult.  Not sure what my problem is.  I don't feel like training.  I don't feel like doing anything actually.  Just daily living seems too much.  But I'm going to force myself to spin class this morning and try and sweat myself out of this funk.

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Kristina~hugs!!! Hope a work ou helps you!!

ND~ ewwww on the hamster deal!!! Wow, that's a cold heart (snip with scissors?!?). I hate to be judgementl but this lady makes it tough. Rock your marathon woman!!! smile.gif

RR: um, deciding on run or bodyweigts. In meantime, laundry and cleaning bathrooms.

NRR: trying differen hearing aides and can't stand them. I'm amazed there is such a difference. Also found out hat while most insurances don't cover hearing aides, mine covers some!!! Yay!! Also applying for financial support online. Wish me luck!!
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Jaygee - hug.gif I hate it when that happens. Could it be related to your cycle? Progesterone is a real funk-master around here. Really great that you are going anyway!!!

RM - So do they let you try different ones and then choose? Phew on the money

ND - broc1.gif rock it girrrl

Gaye - You will rock the BB. Just your body being so finely tuned that it knows just how much it needs to taper winky.gif

MelW - can you describe the pain/discomfort you feel in your legs?

RR: Back from weights. I was *this* close to bagging it b/c I didnt sleep well, and worked out hard yesterday, so my bod was/is tired, but I pushed through; 75 minutes of hard intervals. I have trouble taking it easy when maybe I should (and now picturing Geo nono.gif - you are my conscience with work-outs btw orngtongue.gif) becasue I love the feeling AFTER the workout. Anyway, we're going up to taos for the weekend so I knew I woulnnt be doing anything formal for the next two days.

NRR: Finished my cover letter, and dang I sound good lol.gif I plan to drop it off this afternoon, before picking up ds from school (dd1 finished yesterday, ds finishes next week - snow days), *problem* is, I'm anxious about the prospect of going back to work. Teaching really absorbed my life back in the day, and I loved it so it didnt matter, but now; I dont know how I could read that many papers a week with 3 kids that you know I will still be 98% responsible for mischievous.gif . Anyway, stop creating problems where there arent any jess, "just do it"
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question: I have a pair of running shoes that probably need to be replaced. I'm not dying to replace them as I'm not running a whole lot. BUT every time i wear them I get blisters, except when I wear super thin cycling socks. I know I've worn them before with others -- why do you think the super thin ones do ok but others not so much?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Baby is sleeping and the girls I am watching are snacking and playing quietly, so I thought I'd hop on to catch up.

 

Jo ~ Good for you on the run!  It sounds fantastic there!

 

ND ~ When's the big race?  Kill it! :)

 

Homestead update: We accepted the offer (without the tractor but maybe he'll want us to buy it still - it's a Allils Chalmer's).  J is off doing mortgage paperwork now, but I am unsure of when we'll be moving.  There is a renter in there now and I am not sure about tenant's rights.  I'll keep you posted. :)

 

FM: Does anyone have any good prenatal yoga or workout videos they could recommend?

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I would guess that the thicker socks both take up more space/crunch your toes ever so slightly, and are hotter, so you sweat more and your toes rub, etc. I too wear only super thin socks. I gave up thicker ones years ago for these reasons. Much more comfy with thin socks
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I'm a super thin sock wearer as well, unless it is really cold!

 

ND - The hamster woman just makes me sick.  Isn't that animal cruelty or something?  It just isn't right. 


 

And you are going to ROCK your marathon!  Absolutely everything of mine hurt the few days leading up to the marathon.  My last run was 4 miles and I ended up having to walk most of it.  The race itself was awesome, though!

 

JG - I hope your workout helped!

 

Mel - Sounds like an awesome acupuncturist, with a not so great chiro.  Maybe ditch the chiro for someone else and keep going to the acupuncture?

 

I'm declaring it a rest day here, and have been doing very little other than brutalizing internet strangers in "Words With Friends".  I grew up in a fiercely competitive Scrabble household, and am just not able to hold back.  I know it's wrong, but what are you going to do?

 

The weather seems to be turning around, and I have some hopes for some running, biking and maybe even swimming this weekend!

 

 

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JayGee, enjoy the awards ceremony. And hoping that the exercise sends your funk away hug2.gif

 

JenLove: jumpers.gif for the house!!! Hopefully everything moves smoothly with tenants, mortgage, etc. When do you take possession?

 

sparkle, good luck with the job application. I know the feeling of working outside of the home being both totally rewarding and totally exhausting. Usually both at the same time!!

 

Gaye, now I want some cake... eat.gif


 

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MelW - can you describe the pain/discomfort you feel in your legs?
 


I can try... it started as a hip/pelvis pain- starting in my right hip (mostly like the kind you feel from sleeping too long on one side- where the hip aches, and then kind generally my whole pelvis felt a bit achy). Sometimes a bit of a tight muscle feeling in my right hip flexor and left glute. When I run I have a general ache in my right hip/pelvis, then get a soreness in my right knee, and if I persist  a sharp sciatica down the left leg. There's also an intermittent patch of numbness on the top of my right foot, though this hasn't happened since my first chiro adjustment. Now this week, since my acupuncture all of the pain has been in the left side- an aching/burning feeling over my lower back and SI joint. So something new and different... None of the pain has been bad enough that it interferes with daily activities EXCEPT running. How is that for a vague set of symptoms?

 

Given the two sided-ness that I have been experiencing (right knee and left sciatica), I'm going to see my doctor next week about the possibility of disc issues (Thanks, JayGee!!!). My thought is that she might get me on an MRI waitlist, and if it resolves in the 6 months it will take me to get a non-urgent MRI then I could just cancel.

 

RR- Headed to the pool before class this afternoon. The timing is a bit tricky, but I should be able to get 30 or 40 minutes in, and hopefully won't teach with too bad of goggle marks.

 

 

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Mel - I am guessing 45-60 days.  I hope your leg feels better soon!  Do you go to the chiro?

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JayGee - Hope your malaise is short lived, I feel something of that inertia too right now.  I put on workout clothes every morning and take them off unused every day.  I just don't know where my mojo has gone. 

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Plady - Good job on the decluttering. How did our parents manage to raise a family without a single plastic bin? How?

Yeah really!  And great race report!  I love picturing it all in my mind.  Congrats on such a successful first tri!

 

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Plady, sorry I haven't been on in so long.  For your kitty I would do 1) a needle aspirate (which can be done unsedated) if pus comes out, great it's an abscess and it can be treated.  If nothing comes out, or abnormal looking cells come out, then proceed with 2) the biopsy under anesthesia. For a small surgical biopsy, a lot of local anesthetic can be used around the biopsy site with a very light plane of anesthesia.  Also it is a quick procedure.  Depending on what the pathologist says the mass is, and its prognosis, you can decide if you wish to pursue 3) a bigger scale mass removal surgery with more anesthesia.  With all that said, I anesthetize animals with heart disease frequently, I just take care with the drugs I choose, and as always monitor very carefully.  This might all be moot if you've already gone in!  I wish I could be the vet of the dingo commune stillheart.gif.


Thank you for this. We left it that we'd wait a week or two to see if it either goes away or gets bigger.  It isn't going away, I think it's getting bigger.  I think though that we'll go for pain management and not do any surgery.  From what she said and what I've been reading it's likely to require a really aggressive surgery and I just feel like this guy has been through enough in his life.  He nearly died from some weird infectious thing in Mexico when he was young, then last year he fell off the second floor and shattered his elbow and ever since then although he seems to have healed well he's been restricting himself to staying indoors all winter and now upstairs all the time.  I don't know, it just seems like his quality of life was totally altered by the elbow thing and although he is still happy to cuddle he's just not living a totally great life now - I can't see how a huge surgery, possibly more than one and possibly chemo and/or radiation is going to make it any better.  Is it terrible to just try and keep him comfortable but let nature take its course?  I don't want to be the hamster woman for sure, but I also just can't see pursuing every extraordinary measure to sustain him as he is now or really, in a more diminished state.  A cat's got his pride right?  Or am I nuts?

You sound perfectly prepped for your marathon, that stress tape running through your head sounds like perfect taper madness to me!  I can't wait to read all about it!

 

 

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Tuesday I saw the chiro again, and left feeling disappointed in the whole thing. She felt that my pelvis/hips/spine were in pretty good alignment, and that running would just come with time (and many more adjustments). I tried to explore the possibility of muscle imbalances/weakness, and her only suggestion was to agree with a plan for "strength training"- no ideas about where the weakness may be, how to fix it, nothing. Went home and called my extended health plan, discovered my physio coverage is crappy for the first 12 visits (which are really not in the budget right now), but chiro and acupuncture are well covered. Called the acupuncturist who saw me same day. He's also an akido instructor and had some helpful concrete suggestions about posture and balance and muscle weakness (left glute is much weaker than the right, etc.). And then had a really overwhelming acupuncture session that I cried through. Whatever he did to my "chi" was a bit overwhelming- which he did warn me about in advance. It was a combination of acupuncture and therapy, I think, since his suggestion was that family issues often manifest themselves in the pelvis. I'm still trying to sort through everything...

Hmm, your pain sounds so familiar, maybe accupuncture should be my next stop too.  I don't think there was anything on the US yesterday that will be of any interest.  there was one cyst but the radiologist said it looked like the usual ovulation-time cyst and after reading up on that I agree, it was the right size and on the side I was expecting to feel the pop this month.  So, that's good.  Next!

 

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I'm a super thin sock wearer as well, unless it is really cold!

Me too. 

 

RM - I hope you can find covered hearing aides that are comfortable.  Does the Dr think this is a permanent thing? 

 

Gaye - I'm picturing those cupcakes and for the first time since I went low-carbing I'm feeling a craving!  redface.gif 

 

Oh related to low-carbing - I'd been doing great, no cheating, feeling good, clothes beginning to feel more comfortable etc.  Well I'd step on the scale now and then and on Tuesday I checked in and was surprised to see I was down 9 pounds!  I didn't see that much of a difference but the scale doesn't lie right?  Yeah, well, the next morning I realized it had a pencil under it and so it was way off!  So now I'm back to being down 4 lbs.  Which I'll take, but darn it, 9 looked amazing (on the scale anyway)!

 

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question: I have a pair of running shoes that probably need to be replaced. I'm not dying to replace them as I'm not running a whole lot. BUT every time i wear them I get blisters, except when I wear super thin cycling socks. I know I've worn them before with others -- why do you think the super thin ones do ok but others not so much?

 

 

 

 

 

 


I can only wear super thin socks when I run.  The same shoes, walking, I can handle thicker socks.  I'm actually a huge fan of the thin ones they sell at Costco.  Super cheap and never a blister.

 


Jen Love:  Congrats on the house!  Now on to making it a home!

 

 

ND:  The whole hamster thing has been bugging me all day, especially when I was cleaning the guinea pig cages.  I couldn't imagine the thought process.  

 

Formatting is weird, but some reasons I logged in today, in no particular order:

 

PT yesterday with the substitute guy.  He thought I was progressing well, so he put me on the treadmill.  He then proceeded to get a look of horror on his face when he watched/listened to me.  The words "running 100 lbs heavier than you really are" were spoken.  Then he made me do a few minutes of intervals with a completely different stride.  Seems I'm not bending my knees at all, taking all the shock in my ankles and hips..........so they hurt.  Who knew?  Well, my friend does.  She once told me I ran awfully heavy for such a little person.  I should have listened.

 

Which leads me to:  I decided to get some VFF's, just for giggles.  If I'm striking too heavy, this seems like a logical thing to try, right?  And then FB smacked me in the face with a great big old VFF Sale here.  I ended up getting a pair of Bikilas, resisted the pink and got the blue/grey.  If anyone needs some toe shoes (as my kids call them), this is the best sale I've ever seen.

 

And also:  I just got an email asking me to come train a group of birth workers on the techniques I've been using to help women reposition wonky babies.  A friend put it up on a website, and now I feel like a bit of a rock star....and a fraud, for some reason.  I'm just a doula and midwifery student who figured out a way to shift babies, it's not rocket science.  But hey, if they want me to come talk, I'm game!
 

 

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kerc--I've had that happen too in some shoes. Maybe because the socks are thin, your feet have more room and aren't bumping against the shoe to cause a blister?

RM--hope you're able to find a better deal between the insurance and financial support.

JayGee--hope the funk lifts soon.

JenLove--yay for accepting the offer!

MelW--hope you got the swim in, minus the goggle marks. lol.gif

ND--good luck on your marathon!

tjsmama--you'll be fine. Just feed off the crowd's energy on Monday. And mine. You're only starting like what, 6 minutes after me, right? Also, do you want to catch the bus together again?

RR: none yet, but I'm going to try 3 this evening. It's supposed to be intervals. I think I'll do them (there's only 1 or 2) but not put any weight on how fast they actually end up being.

NRR: the PA agreed with me and also said I sounded wheezy when she listened. That was when I realized I haven't been taking deep breaths because deep breaths make me cough. (That would probably also explain why my last two exercise sessions stunk!) So, I have a prescription for a few days of steroids to open things up and an inhaler. I'm amazed by the inhaler. I took my first dose and ... wait for it ... stopped coughing! I'm coughing a little bit now, but it's not the extended coughing fits I've been having. This all made me realize that I've actually been dealing with this for years. I remember a Bolder Boulder when I didn't hit the time I wanted because I kept having coughing fits on the course and one really embarrassing moment when I leaked a little during a coughing fit and was convinced everyone could see the dark spot (sidenote: this is another reason I love running skirts and will be running in one on Monday). That was 2003 and I've definitely had the seasonal allergy-coughing fit stuff going on ever since. Yay for answers.

Meanwhile, the BB nightmares have started. I have them every year. Last night's included some evening meeting where it turned out that I was going to run the course with J in the Ergo, and then somehow I was looking at my watch and it turned out I was missing my wave start except that it really turned out to be 12 hours earlier (see: it was evening) and really, I just needed to come in the morning when all would be well--except for the whole J in the Ergo thing. lol.gif
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Hey, mamas. smile.gif

 

Jen, congrats on the house stuff! Exciting!

 

Gaye, your baking sounds awesome! I haven't done cupcakes in a long time. Yum.

 

ND, have a great marathon!

 

Jo, glad your adventure is going well.

 

I went to ds's class picnic today and it was fun. I'm grateful he's so eager to have me come for end-of-the-year stuff. smile.gif

 

RR: I ran 3 this morning and am now icing my foot, sigh. It's a random pulled muscle and I'm not totally clear on the stretches I'm supposed to be doing, but I see the PT tomorrow. My knees are not all they should be, either. I'm still holding out hope for a half in July, but this is going to be my second cancelled marathon. greensad.gif I am getting some cycling time in, so that's something. 

 

Cleaned out my home office today - it has been a disaster for almost four months, since no one but me ever cleans but everyone plays/dumps stuff/whatever in there. I sent dh to Home Depot for shelving material because I'm just so tired of books on the floor. I realized that I let him shoot down so many of my ideas (often because they'd cause him some work) and then don't require him to propose effective alternatives. So I've wanted shelving since we moved into this house three years ago (damn, has it been that long?) and because he doesn't want it... insufficent storage. So first step: shelves.

 

We booked tickets for me and the kids this week - I'll be gone from home for a month with only a brief stopover midway through, and the kids will be in MT for a solid month. I feel sorry for dh as he will be by himself, but I'm unwilling to give him that month off from jobhunting and working, and he chose to put himself in the position of urgently needing to work and jobhunt. So.

 

I'm trying to adjust to summer. It's really, really hard to have no schedule. I'm not skilled at making a weekly plan emerge from a bunch of days and a bunch of tasks, but I'll have to work on it. I guess I only have about 3.5 weeks to manage before we all leave town. Mama needs to chill. orngtongue.gif

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Memiles, I love the circuit!! When I worked in Oregon my coworkers taught me a trick with the birth ball to help turn OP babies in women with epidurals, and I wish that more people knew that trick, too. (Mostly I wished that we weren't doing so many elective inductions and early epidurals leading to malpositioned babies, but at least I had a new trick to help). Have fun with the workshops! And let us know how the barefoot shoes go. I hope that this is the answer for your pain.

Real, glad you have an answer and hope that it makes the BtoB much easier for you. And that you have normal dreams, too. Good luck!

Plady, if we both get "fixed" by acupuncture, we should meet in Vicoria for a celebratory run!

RM, I hope you can find hearing aids that work well for you. I've known a couple of people (including one of DDs classmates) who hated their hearing aids initially, but were quite happy after some time to get used to them. Fingers crossed that it's the same for you.

RR- Swam for 35 minutes, but completely lost track of distance!! My kids had borrowed my goggles for dress ups earlier this week, and I could only find an old pair. That leaked. I did some kick board work to compensate, but have no idea how much. It was kind of fun to just swim without the math smile.gif
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Too tired right now for personals. redface.gif Tomorrow, I promise. bag.gif

Beach day at preschool was fun, but exhausting. I'm glad I got to be there for DS's last day of preschool (although they still have the class picnic next week, but I'll be at orientation greensad.gif). There were two extra moms that stayed at school to help, and they pretty much did all the clean-up, so I didn't have to do anything. I felt kind of bad, but heck, I'm not gonna complain too loudly!

My house is a complete disaster, but we have cake.

500

Did I mention that I'm tired? And that the party is in less than 9 hours? dizzy.gif
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That is an amazing cake!

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Gorgeous cake, Gaye!  Almost too pretty to cut into, but I know you'll manage winky.gif!  Hope your DS has a great party tomorrow.

 

Happy Memorial Day weekend, Dingoes!  Nothing major planned here.  We're going to have a family adventure or two (if it ever stops raining) and work a little more on getting this house decorated.  Anyone here good with home decor stuff?  I have a wall of windows in my livingroom that is 164" wide and I have no idea on what to do about curtains.  If anyone has any idea, I'd appreciate.  I'll even post a picture if you want! 

 

Still feeling draggy and slightly anxious.  I took a spin class yesterday for 70 minutes which helped.  I want to run today and I have kettlebells.  I know a lot of my feeling crummy is related to how I'm eating (too much, refined, sugary food), but when I feel this way, that's all I want to eat.  It's a vicious cycle.

 

 

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, Dingoes!  Nothing major planned here.  We're going to have a family adventure or two (if it ever stops raining) and work a little more on getting this house decorated.  Anyone here good with home decor stuff?  I have a wall of windows in my livingroom that is 164" wide and I have no idea on what to do about curtains.  If anyone has any idea, I'd appreciate.  I'll even post a picture if you want! 

 


Does it face the street?  Can people see in?

 

We have "Cellular Shades" for our big windows.  I like them because they're totally neutral, the help add a tad bit of insulation in summer and winter, and when you open them they'll completely out of the way.

 

10 miles this morning, adding another big hill to the route.  We were both feeling pretty cruddy as we started this morning, yet we still managed the whole 10 at a 10 minute mile pace.  Time to up the ante. 

 

Summer is so close I can feel it.  Tomorrow:  Pool.

 

kerc:  Oddly, I now can only wear wool socks now.  Everything else gets sweaty and then I start slipping around in the shoe, leading to problems.

 

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Memiles, I love the circuit!! When I worked in Oregon my coworkers taught me a trick with the birth ball to help turn OP babies in women with epidurals, and I wish that more people knew that trick, too. (Mostly I wished that we weren't doing so many elective inductions and early epidurals leading to malpositioned babies, but at least I had a new trick to help). Have fun with the workshops! And let us know how the barefoot shoes go. I hope that this is the answer for your pain.

 


Ooh, share!  I'm always looking for tricks!

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