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I often have the "What would I do if I won the lottery" conversation.  I've talked about how spiritual running is to me, how I feel closest to whatever divine being there might be while out on a run in a beautiful place.  I'll talk about the kids a LOT.  Men and how dumb they seem to be is a recurring theme.  Followed by things my dog(s) have done.  Landscaping projects, job prospects, How I met my husband. 

 

Spent 5.5 hours today tearing apart and reorganizing the stock room at work.  It was a TOTAL disaster, and now is really beautiful and a joy to be in!  I'm really proud of my work.  I was mostly just thrown at it and told to organize it and was allowed to just run with it. 

 

Sleeping in tomorrow, then off to Naperville to packet pickup, expo, and the next day the tri! 

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Geo - craft projects you would like to do someday? House renovations or house design? (I could spend 12 miles talking about what I think I might do to my kids' bathroom someday...)

 

RR: I ran 3 yesterday and had planned to run 5 but instead walked because my knee hurt. Man...

 

Taking the kids to a summer art festival today, I think... they have to come with to my PT appointment which feels a little stressful and then dh is doing a church thing 8-3 so we're on our own. Should be a gorgeous day, sunny and 70, so hopefully I can slip in a bike ride in the evening.

 

I'm leaving town for a month one week from tomorrow, and am not ready, but am looking forward to the break and change of pace. Anyone going to be in/around Boston between the 19th of June and the 3rd of July?

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Geo ~ how you met your husband?  about your wedding?  dumb things you did in high school/college/etc?  birth stories?  food things (I just spent two hours with my neighbor discussing recipes!)  Have a good 12 miler!

 

bec ~ there is something so satisfying about a huge organizing project like that.  Great job!

 

Gaye ~ ride on, sister! 

 

Penelope ~ I'm going to be arriving in Portsmouth, NH on July 3, but probably way to late for us to meet up greensad.gif.  Have fun in Boston!  It's my favorite city.

 

Mel ~ hope you and DH had a nice date

 

Mamas, I need help with a sleep issue.  DD2 (who is 5) suddenly wants me to sleep with her every night, all night.  She's too big to co-sleep with me and DH in the bed we have.  Instead she sleeps on a mattress next to my side of the bed.  This has worked great for the last year of so, with her falling asleep on her own and sleeping through the night there.  In the last month, she's been sobbing that she needs to be touching me to fall asleep (ie. legs thrown over my legs, arms wrapped around me...) and wakes up 2-3 more times a night after I manage to move myself to my bed.  The problems here are: a) I never get to spend any alone time with DH since I always seem to fall asleep with her, b) her mattress is killing my back and I wake up every morning in pain, and c) I'd rather sleep with my husband than with a sweaty 5 year old wrapped around me.  Honestly, I think 5 is old enough to not NEED me touching her to fall asleep or stay asleep.  She's not a baby or even a toddler anymore.  Does anyone have any words of wisdom here? 

 

If I can work the ouch out of my back in the next 10 minutes, I'm going for a run this morning.  If not, then, well, no.

 

 

post #144 of 381

Kerc -- At the top of my list if I had $100 would be either a new running watch or some duds from Title 9 sports (or Athleta).

 

JayGee -- hugs to you. I am going through this with my 5 year old as well. But I have been a bit less than patient as I myself am having stress and anxiety at the moment; I've been cuddling with him in his bed til he falls asleep then getting out and holding the line on 'we sleep in our own beds' despite the tantrums. I hate doing this as I have always been very present for my kids even at night, but truth be told I'm ready to blow a gasket myself and can't deal with one more thing like sleep deprivation. We are moving soon, you just moved -- maybe it's a combination of developmental stuff and transitional anxiety? Dd1, my classic high needs kid, is also much more clingy lately -- and she's 10!

 

Geo -- love the 'what if I won the lottery' idea. Where I grew up, travel experiences, stuff like that.

 

Had a good, fast 6 miles this morning. I had been planning to go out for my long run with my group for the last time but dh had to schedule an OR case so I went early by myself instead and that was fine. Tomorrow I'll do my long run with my tunes along the beach road, last one before I leave, and that will be fine. This way I get more mileage anyway. My stomach is only now starting to recover from my own stupidity this past week (Wed. I was so stressed that I ate a lot of bread/pasta and I can't do gluten).

 

Oh yes...dh ordered me my MACBOOK PRO!!!! orngbiggrin.gif biggrinbounce.gif  I got a refurb in the end as it was really a big discount for a lot more power/memory and not very old. The IT guy at work helped me pick it out and dh said, 'fine!' So it's going to my folks' where I'll be for the summer. PSYCHED.

 

Now I just have to wait til Feb. to get the iPhone (when I'm eligible for the upgrade...otherwise it's a whomping full price).

post #145 of 381
Did ya'll hear that THUMP on wednesday or thursday? That was me falling off the wagon. Nothing since the run tuesday, and no motivation in sight. It is pms time of the month for me, when motivation always sinks to the bottom of the psychic well, so Im optimistic that all will be back to normal when AF starts. Leaving for the sweaty midwest this afternoon for a week. Bringing work-out garb, but the in-laws is really a motivation suck for me. At least I'll walk every day if I dont make it to the gym

Geo - seriously; Men. 'Nuf said irked.gif

Lofty - check THIS I have been thinking of you and your ds, and then you posted! orngbiggrin.gif How far away are you exactly? Races for 10 and under are free, and this is a junior Olympic event, so lots of races to watch wink1.gif

Jaygee - no advice greensad.gif I hope your back felt better enough to run
post #146 of 381

Ugh on the sleep thing.  I have no advice for you, JG, but I settled my co-sleeping issues a few years ago by sticking Abby with Emily in bed!  The 5 year old and the 7 year old are free to intertwine themselves as much as they want!  I don't know what I would do if I wasn't able to do that!

 

Yay on the macbook, Nic!!

 

Tri tomorrow!  I'm excited!!!!

post #147 of 381
Hey Sparkletruck, I'm in deeeeeep east Texas ( guitar.gif <= banjo smile.gif ) But i think I'm ready to run again. I got pretty burned out but I started lifting weights in January and there must be some connection between weights and running b/c it's like all the muscles yearn for a run. When I do run, it feels great. Only my heart seems to be out of shape. greensad.gif So I'll keep lifting and doing yoga but now I want to think about a race again, that is as long as it's FUN and doesn't feel like WORK, at least not until racetime is near.

Penelope, I plan to be in Boston, but not till the end of July. Bumma. I'd love to meet you.

Plady, oops - I thought at first it was you who mentioned dh looking for work. It took me a minute to remember that you and Penelope are not the same. How are you? How are those Vibrams?

Geo, lots of good ideas. I'll never forget the time a good running friend asked me a few personal questions about my childhood and before I knew it we had completed the half-marathon. She seemed genuinely interested but now I wonder if it was a strategy. So, personal childhood questions. For me, anything about books, libraries, bookstores, nature, camping, travel and education would work. There must be a pedestal/soapbox in there somewhere.

JG, sounds like my now 10yo. He just needs a ridiculous amount of touch. Ridiculous, to me, but it's truly his need. My kids both slept with us and eventually it got too crowded, so dh went to their bedroom which also has a big king-size bed. We've switched and moved around a lot but bottom-line is my 10yo needs to be in contact with someone when he sleeps. My 7yo prefers the space and no touching. He often enjoys the single bed, near our king, by himself. We take turns now in our house. One boy has an even-numbered birthday and the other has an odd-numbered birthday so we make all our decisions based on that. (I really just needed an easy, diplomatic way to make quick decisions about who gets to decide, go first, etc.) Anyhow, when it's my 7yo's turn to sleep with me, he will often choose the single and I get the whole bed to myself - ecstasy, I tell you. But my 10yo can't yet sleep alone. He sleeps with his dad or me. Last night, we had a date and I came home to find him in bed with his brother. He happily slept with him, too. The younger will often get annoyed b/c the 10yo has to be ON TOP of whoever is in bed with him. I really don't care what it implies b/c he is a very happy, well-adjusted, centered and thriving kid. So at some point, pretty soon perhaps, I think he will wake up and be a bit embarrassed to be in bed with us. HTH.
post #148 of 381
Lofty - Its a mountain bike race for kids! ... although it sounds like you are too far away. My ds and dd1 are doing it, I thought about your mtn. bike racing ds too wink1.gif
post #149 of 381

Good luck with the tri tomorrow, bec!!!

 

Nic, congrats on the MacBook Pro. I love mine!

 

RM, hope your husband makes it home happy and safely.

 

Gaye, I bet the first few shifts will feel overwhelming and insanely busy, but then you'll settle in and it will get easier. Especially once you don't have to spend extra time searching for where things are kept, asking questions, etc. etc. that newbies always need to do. And you will find little tricks to make everything go faster. Good luck!!

 

Penelope, have a great vacation!

 

JayGee, I'm not usually a big fan of bribery, but have used it for sleep before. My oldest originally night weaned by buying "magic help you sleep through the night without nursing pajamas", and at one point I also bribed her to not get up until 6 am in the mornings. I would imagine that if he's truly not ready he'll decline the bribe, and then you'll need to look at other ideas or sleep arrangements. I have bad mattress empathy, though, since I spend part of the night with my youngest on the bottom bunk. I think I could cure my hip issue if I could just sleep in my own bed.

 

RR- Speaking of the hip issue- I RAN TODAY!!! Without pain. Just did a run/walk for 30 minutes, but it's the first time in over 2 1/2 months that I've run pain-free. I also fit a swim in yesterday, and some strength training. It's a start....

 

NRR- I finally got my application for the permanent BSN teaching position submitted Friday morning (application period closes at midnight on Sunday), and on Friday afternoon I got a departmental email announcing the successful candidate. I knew that I wasn't likely to get it since there was someone with more seniority and credentials "in line" for the job, but I'm pretty sure that they aren't supposed to hire someone before the application period is over irked.gif

 

 

post #150 of 381

Bec ~ have a great race tomorrow!

 

MelW ~ bummer about the job.... and that seems very unprofessional.

 

lofty ~ your older DS sounds just like my DD2.  She needs a TON of touch.  She's always holding a hand, or running fingers through my hair, or climbing onto my lap.  Loves her touches!  If only her bed was a little more comfortable for my back.  I'll keep trying.

 

sparkle ~ darn, I was so hoping those herbs would help some with your progesterone related difficulties.

 

RR ~ I dropped DS at a birthday party at the Y and ran 5.2 miles from there.  Hot, sweaty and a good run overall.

 

Thanks for all the advice and ideas for DD2 and her sleep issues.  I'd love for her to sleep with DD1, but DD1 wants nothing to do with that.  She's the only one of my three who has abandoned the family bedroom and sleeps happily in her own bed, in her own room.  She likes that she can read in there before going to sleep for the night!

post #151 of 381
Go, bec, go!!! surf.gifbikenew.gifjog.gif


I had a great bike and run this morning. One of my friends bailed yesterday, so it was a good thing I had asked another to go with us. orngtongue.gif I pre-rode the bike course for my race in two weeks, and only missed three turns, all of which I quickly realized so we didn't get TOO lost. orngbiggrin.gif It's a tough course, but actually not as bad as I had been led to believe. A lot of climbing in the first half, but some really fun and fast descents, too. After the ride, my friend hung out at the car while I went for a quick brick. My legs were heavy, but warmed up about a mile and a half in. I ended up with a 30 mile ride and 3 mile run. The weather was GORGEOUS, literally could not have been any better. It was fun exploring a place I've never been, too. The town where the race will be is a really cute little town, and it's only an hour away.

One more day of good workouts before DS comes home and it all comes to a screeching halt! orngbiggrin.gif
post #152 of 381
JayGee--a sweaty 5yo sleeping touching you sounds miserable. I'd try the bribery route, or just explain that mommy doesn't get good sleep when she has to sleep with her all night, and no one wants a crabby mommy all day. R usually accepted that since the fear of crabby yelling mama apparently trumps most other issues.

Nic--yay for a MacBook!

MelW--glad to hear you finally had a pain-free run.

tjsmama--sounds like a nice ride. Loveland is really cute. Fort Collins used to be, but it's a lot bigger than it was 15 years ago. Guess that's happened to Loveland too, considering that the outlet shops used to be miles from the rest of the town, and I think that whole area has filled in and then some.

The plan was to do a long (for me) ride and a swim today. The long ride got done: 17 miles pulling J in the trailer. I'm actually seeing some (extremely miniscule) improvements in my speed and my cadence is definitely improving, so that's something. Then we went to dinner at my sister's house. I thought I'd swim after dinner, but forgot the gym closed at 7. Doh!

I'm thinking if I get moving in the morning I can fit my swim in before church. That would be ideal, because then I could take care of a few gardening things after church and before my long run in the afternoon.

ETA: drjen, can you put me down for the Habitat Hobble 5K on June 18?
post #153 of 381

Happy Sunday Dingoes!

 

Did a somewhat choppy 9.6 miles this morning. Was so incredibly humid and dank out and I swallowed (then threw up!) a bug. Eeuw. Plus my garmin spontaneously died. That thing is amazing...when it works. Which is not more than 30% of the time, it seems.

 

Anyway off to take the kids to breakfast, come back, do some packing, then GET A MASSAGE! I am using the gift card my bro and sil gave me after the marathon finally. woot!

post #154 of 381
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Originally Posted by JayGee View Post
Mamas, I need help with a sleep issue.  DD2 (who is 5) suddenly wants me to sleep with her every night, all night.  She's too big to co-sleep with me and DH in the bed we have.  Instead she sleeps on a mattress next to my side of the bed.  This has worked great for the last year of so, with her falling asleep on her own and sleeping through the night there.  In the last month, she's been sobbing that she needs to be touching me to fall asleep (ie. legs thrown over my legs, arms wrapped around me...) and wakes up 2-3 more times a night after I manage to move myself to my bed.  The problems here are: a) I never get to spend any alone time with DH since I always seem to fall asleep with her, b) her mattress is killing my back and I wake up every morning in pain, and c) I'd rather sleep with my husband than with a sweaty 5 year old wrapped around me.  Honestly, I think 5 is old enough to not NEED me touching her to fall asleep or stay asleep.  She's not a baby or even a toddler anymore.  Does anyone have any words of wisdom here?
 

My 5 yr old needs lots of touch too. About 6 x as much as my dd1 does. I find that touching a lot during the day -- cuddling in the am, being sure to give hugs and not just high fives when I drop off at preschool, and then massaging her arms, back and legs.

 

Second suggestion: have daddy use his special powers to put her to bed. So you don't fall asleep in the crummy bed.
 

 



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Now I just have to wait til Feb. to get the iPhone (when I'm eligible for the upgrade...otherwise it's a whomping full price).

I'm holding out to pay off one of our school debts before I take on the additional $$/month I have to switch my data plan too. But Feb. is when I think it might happen here too. Unless my current phone dies.
 

 

 

Fun weekend away. But geez I'm tired. There were three people at the wedding that could be counted as "grad school friends" of the groom. Myself, my dh and the guy I work with, Andy. Andy also used to work with the groom in Pa at his college so he knew a bunch of people and abandoned us. Turned out to be a good thing because we had a great time with groom's local friends. Reminder to self #1: when at a wedding it usually works out well to walk up to the next person you don't know and say, "Hi, I'm kristin, the groom and I went to school together, how do you know the couple?"  because although it is fun to hang out with my hubby, it's more fun to not be the couple who keeps to themselves. Plus chances are good you'll never see them again so if you make a fool of yourself because they don't respond ... well then you'll never see them again. :)

 

 

 

 

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Bec: privateeyes.gif How was your race?
 

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Originally Posted by kerc View PostPlus chances are good you'll never see them again so if you make a fool of yourself because they don't respond ... well then you'll never see them again. :)

 


lol.gif I like the way you think!

 

Nothing to add to the suggestions on sleep, really. We have been through this with our last 2 kids, and the youngest still comes to our bed about 50% of the time. It has helped a little bit to just talk to him about it before bedtime, in the middle of the day or afternoon. Just to get him prepared. At least that way, he will fall asleep in his bed and come to ours later. Today, for example, he didn't come until 5 a.m., and then I don't really care at all because my soundest sleep is over anyway. And I am also one of the moms trying to talk him into sleeping with his big sister, but they just don't care to cuddle each other... just me. eyesroll.gif

 

Nick, what is wrong with that Garmin? How irritating that it is not more dependable. Is it a battery thing, do you think?

Gaye, what a gorgeous area you live in! I love seeing the pictures. Wow, 30 miles riding plus 3 mile run? I call that an excellent workout.

Lisa, did you get your swim in? And pulling a trailer is so much work on a bike - I bet you will see a big improvement once you aren't pulling that extra weight.

 

Speaking of excellent workouts, I am so happy that my DH and I got our workout in early this morning. We met at a pond/lake in a local neighborhood to practice open water swimming (only about 800yds), then rode about 27 miles with the local biking group. The group was big, about 20 people! I was totally at the tail end of that group. I might go with them again, but I kind of preferred the small ladies ride that I did mid-week.

post #156 of 381

I'm back!!!! 

 

It was a great race!  I did get a little sunburned, but, that is all right.  It was a bit overcast and cool this morning, but the water was around 74 degrees, so actually pretty nice.  running through the parking lot barefoot was not great, but I dealt with it.  The bike was really nice, but it was pretty windy, especially on the one uphill that was on the course!  The run was different from last year.  Last year it was an out and back.  This year, it was a big loop, which I liked better.  More interesting.  It also had very little uphill running on it (which is probably why they changed it).  The only problem was that I started to pick it up too fast in the last mile and really had to struggle to not puke after I passed the finish line!  I did manage to hold everything down, though, and called it a great race!  After, I walked on the reverse of the course to pick up a couple of friends that were running it and run in with them!  All in all, I actually ran 6 miles today!  Anyway, here is the breakdown of times:

 

Results:
Swim: 16:28
Transition 1: 4:01
Bike: 52:35
Transition 2: 5:18
Run: 33:04
Total: 1:51:24

post #157 of 381
Yay, bec! joy.gif
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Reminder to self #1: when at a wedding it usually works out well to walk up to the next person you don't know and say, "Hi, I'm kristin, the groom and I went to school together, how do you know the couple?" 

That's EXACTLY what I did at the wedding last weekend...and she turned out to be a triathlete and we were facebook, dailymile, and twitter friends within the hour. orngbiggrin.gif Well, to be precise, I said "Hi, I don't know anyone here besides the bride and one bridesmaid, so I'm going to hang out with you, if you don't mind." orngtongue.gif

I had a gorgeous trail run this morning. I was a teensy bit overambitious in planning 8 miles of trail running after the crazy training week I've had, but I survived it. The second half was a bit rough, but the gorgeous wildflowers, early morning breeze, and birds chirping kept me going. Then it was off to a going-away brunch for a friend, then home for a 3 hour nap. Which I'm really hoping is enough. Send me some stay-awake vibes...no sleeping for me until 7:30 tomorrow morning.

Night shift or bust!
post #158 of 381

Go Bec!

post #159 of 381
Thread Starter 

Go Bec! 74 degree water, urgh.

post #160 of 381

Woohoo! Great job Bec!!  thumb.gif Wow, you know you put it all out there if you feel like you are going to throw up. lol.gif You are tough!

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