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I think you have more cold currents there because you're more exposed. I just checked the weather and it says water temp is 20 C, so 68F today.

Geo, your DH might have pushed me to change my avatar. I've been cconsidering it for a while, but goose poop could motivate me to do it.

I registered for an intro stats class today in my get ready for grad school master plan. It's by distance so I can fit it in with my work schedule. My husband just got his teaching schedule for the fall and we're going to be insanely busy.

Headed off for a hike with my husband now- kids are going to visit with grandma.

DS sees goose poop, not DH! Personally, I love garlic. What's the grad school master plan? What does your DH teach?

I will not be using any of that "I was in labor with you for Xhours and suffered X stiches for you" to shame my ungrateful kids. Nope, it will be "I suffered through your summer school 'graduations'" kinda shame here. Seriously, I sign my kids up for these things for them. Not me. Gotcha, you liked camp. Great. Tell me about it at the end of the day.

Today's even had a program and all camp sing a longs. Sorry, I ain't singing about puking in the back of the car.

I've swam every day this week, and I have weird pains, like it feels like I pulled my calf muscle in a tiny little spot. Swimming?
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Can I join you ladies? I'm not at all caught up on the thread yet--14 pages is a lot to read with an 18-month-old demanding my attention! But I've been getting back into running lately and just signed up for a 10K on October 2nd. It will be my first race ever, so I'm excited and nervous. I'm beginning to wonder if I should have started with a 5K as my first race, but I felt like I needed more of a challenge in order to really get my butt in gear.

 

Today I'm dragging a bit. I've been trying to slowly change my sleepschedule to wake up earlier every day in anticipation of a new job starting at the end of August, so I'm feeling sleepy and really hoping to get a nap in soon. But I'm planning to go for an easy jog tonight. Probably a trip to Trader Joes, which is 1.5 miles each way. Real training doesn't start til second week of August.

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Welcome kitteh! A lot of us find that we get more running done if we literally run our errands! Please, no overachieving here, ok? Don't actually try to catch up on the posts. Jump right in and try to keep up from here. Life gets busy, and sometimes you gotta give up on even that. wink1.gif


eat.gif Heaven = CSA peaches. Just sayin'
post #264 of 284

Thanks GeoFizz. I've definitely gotten the hang of literally running my errands.We don't have a car, so that helps. Plus it's easier to keep dd strapped into the jogging stroller as I do my quick shopping than it is to strap her in to the WeeRide seat and get her helmet on and then take her out at the store, and then try to convince her to get back in and put the helmet back on, lather rinse repeat for each store on that day's agenda.

 

Just waiting for her to wake up from her nap so we can get going!

 

Anyone have recommendations for an inexpensive running watch/heart monitor? I've been drooling over Garmins, but no way is that in our budget.

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Welcome, kitteh! I feel your pain on the Garmins...mine is crapping out (battery not holding a charge) and I was forced to order a new one this week. I am OCD enough that I NEED the Garmin, though, so I'm sucking it up. Much as I wanted the nice new 310XT, no way I can afford it, so it's another 305 for me...not that I can really afford that, either. rolleyes.gif

Alex~I'm so sorry. Thinking of you. hug.gif

So, apparently, I'm getting a bike trainer! My friend Sonja (she of IM AZ age group winning fame) texted me tonight to ask if I had one, and when I said no, said she was sending me some love! Huh! joy.gif I'm thinking that perhaps one of her sponsors hooked her up and she doesn't need it, and I'm probably one of her only friends that doesn't already have one. orngtongue.gif Cool! Now I just need to figure out how to make it work in my house...

My summer semester is officially over. It was officially over yesterday, but I was too tired when I got home from work last night to stop in here. redface.gif I'm relatively certain I did well enough on the final to get my A in the class (I only needed an 84, and I think I got at least a 90), but I won't know until she posts grades next week. I was actually slightly annoyed because myself and two others took the final early, and she wouldn't let us check our answers against the key afterward. I understand that she doesn't want us to be able to tell others (who were taking the exam today) about the exam, but...we already had seen the questions, right? Oh well. I really don't care except that I want to make sure I got my A! Regardless, that's one more class in the books. One semester till graduation!

rr~I had computer training for work today (they're switching to a new platform in September and it's a HUGE ordeal), but fortunately got out early enough to get a run in. During the hottest part of the day, of course. I figured I need the acclimatization for what is sure to be a ridiculously hot run portion of the half-ironman next weekend. It wasn't entirely awful, but my legs were tired. I'm hoping that's more a function of working a 12 hour shift yesterday and less of a lack of recovery from last weekend's ride/lack of running in the past few weeks.

Tomorrow, hoping to get in 8 miles for one last "long" run...
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Hi Kitteh!  Welcome to the madness!  It's nice to have you join us.

 

Tomorrow (technically today, since it's 1 in the morning) is the last day of chaos around here.  It's DH's birthday, so there's another ice-cream cake assembled and frozen (Oreo cookie crust, forbidden chocolate ice cream, fudge, Reese's pieces, peanut-butter-chocolate-chip ice cream, more Reeses pieces), another gift bought, and another round of breakfast waffles with ice cream and dinner out to plan.  Plus, since DD's crazyparty took up her actual birthday weekend, our annual trip to the amusement park was pushed back to tomorrow (today!).  Last week was also my wedding anniversary.  And my parents' wedding anniversary.

 

Is it terrible of me to kind of hate July, which is full of so many wonderful things for my family that make my life more difficult and stressful?

 

ANYway, provided it doesn't pour rain tomorrow, we'll get to the amusement park and have dinner out and then that will be it.  Surgery in a week and after that we won't be allowed to do anything even remotely fun.  Three weeks solid of television to follow.

 

Is it also terrible of me that I am much more stressed out and concerned about throwing a birthday party for a seven-year-old than I am that the same seven-year-old is having major surgery in just over a week?  bag.gif  Someone come over here and fix my priorities.

 

This morning I finally managed to hook up with my neighbor, who runs a bit.  She's had a stress fracture in the past, so she's a little leery of pushing herself, and she also moans and groans a lot about how she's so much slower than me and does so many fewer miles.  It was great, though, to have that motivation to get out of bed this morning and to get to chat with someone while running an easy three miles.  I had a really great time!  Unfortunately, her house is on the market.  Boo.  It's been a long time since I've run with anyone; I'd forgotten how you can forget how awful it feels to run when you've got someone talking and talking and talking to you.

 

Okay, if I am to survive running the family's lives tomorrow, I'd best get some sleep.

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8 mile run, done. I went to the group run from the running store that I go to sometimes, but there weren't very many people there, and none my speed, so I ran pretty much alone at the group run. I tried to hang with a pack of ladies for the first half-mile, but I was dying so I let them go and ran the rest by myself. It was a beautiful morning, and while I didn't feel spectacular, I also didn't feel awful, so that's something, right? And I picked up a new SkirtSports tank for 30% off afterwards. bag.gif

I then took the car to get washed and the interior detailed. I figured I should take advantage of the fact that there is currently no car seat in it and that I mostly cleaned out all the junk last weekend so I could transport people and stuff to our ride. Underneath the carseat was pretty disgusting. I don't think it had been removed in at least two years, so even though I don't allow anything but dry snacks and water in the car, for the most part, it was still kind of gross.

And now, I think I have earned a nap. Really, it's just so I can have enough energy to be productive later. I swear. orngtongue.gif
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This morning I finally managed to hook up with my neighbor, who runs a bit.  She's had a stress fracture in the past, so she's a little leery of pushing herself, and she also moans and groans a lot about how she's so much slower than me and does so many fewer miles.  It was great, though, to have that motivation to get out of bed this morning and to get to chat with someone while running an easy three miles.  I had a really great time!  Unfortunately, her house is on the market.  Boo.  It's been a long time since I've run with anyone; I'd forgotten how you can forget how awful it feels to run when you've got someone talking and talking and talking to you.


DH runs with me once a week and it's such a huge difference to have someone else along. Though, he's naturally much faster than I am (I tell myself it's just because he is taller) so I usually use my runs with him to really push myself, so there isn't a whole lot of conversation going on, usually. But even still, the runs somehow seem easier, or at least more satisfying.

 

I didn't get in a run last night. DD slept til almost 9:30! And then DH asked me not to go out in the dark (though I usually run in the evening, so I'm not really sure why he didn't want me to go last night. Anyhow, my lazy side took it as an excuse to take a rest day. SO the goal for today is 3 miles. I'm trying to decide if I should get it over with right away (meaning running during the peak heat of the day, which I despise) or waiting til later and hoping nothing pops up to deter me.

 

 

 

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OK ladies, maybe you can help me decide which training schedule to follow for my first 10K.

http://running.about.com/od/racetraining/a/10Kadvbeginner.htm

This one doesn't incorporate any interval training. Longest distance that it calls for is 7 miles, only once during the schedule.
http://running.about.com/od/racetraining/a/10Kintermediate.htm

Technically I'm not really an intermediate runner since this is my first race and I've only really been running since January (and just took 4 weeks off) but my competitive side thinks I should try for a good time. But I've never really done intervals before and I'm not really sure how to go about it since I run outside (not on a track) and I have no idea how to "eyeball" 400 meters. I guess a running watch would help out here?

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Don't.  With a break and less than a year into running, keep your goals modest.  The best goal is "don't hurt myself", second would be "finish without walking."  How far can you run now?  If you can run 3 miles, keep doing the three for most runs, then start increasing the length of the runs 1-2 days a week, adding 5% (10% if you're not nursing) total mileage each week.

 

Can breast stroke cause pain in the knee?

 

Bad form with breast stroke?

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Can breast stroke cause pain in the knee?

 

Bad form with breast stroke?


Absolutely. The frog kick puts more stress on the knee than the flutter kick, so it doesn't even necessarily have to be bad form.
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Don't.  With a break and less than a year into running, keep your goals modest.  The best goal is "don't hurt myself", second would be "finish without walking."  How far can you run now?  If you can run 3 miles, keep doing the three for most runs, then start increasing the length of the runs 1-2 days a week, adding 5% (10% if you're not nursing) total mileage each week.


Well I ran a bunch before having Ela, but didn't REALLY get back to it with any regularity until this January. Before this most recent 4 week laze-fest I was running 4 miles 3 or 4 times a week. Sometimes I would only run 3 miles one day and 5 or 6 miles later that week. The longest distance I have ever run was just over 8 miles, a couple of months ago. So I know I can finish a 10k without walking, but I have never done it in an actual race setting, nor have I ever trained for anything like this before, I used to just run whatever distance I was feeling at the time.

 

I am still nursing and will be in October. Thanks for the info on upping mileage!

 

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knee injury via swimming: yes totally. especially with breaststroke.

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DS sees goose poop, not DH! Personally, I love garlic. What's the grad school master plan? What does your DH teach?
 


 

DH teaches writing- his "specialty" is creative writing, but this fall it's a lot of technical writing. Occasionally he teaches lit. classes too.

 

The grad school master plan is a bit of a family joke, since I have been really keen on grad school and started researching grad programs when I was an undergrad, which I finished 10 years ago. But life kept getting in the way of me going back to school- my mum was dying of cancer when I finished my undergrad, then plans for a baby came along (and the need to keep working so that I would be able to get my one year paid mat. leave), then it made more sense for DH to go to grad school first, then baby number two, etc. etc. I'm technically supposed to have a master's degree to teach at the college, but got the job because they couldn't find anyone else and a nurse with lots of experience and enthusiasm seemed like a decent substitute. I want to do a health promotion/social determinants of health masters degree. But I need stats first, which I missed taking as an undergrad (on a loophole that has since been closed). Plan is to start fall of 2012, and my top-choice program right now is Dalhousie- so I might end up being an east-coaster for a while! My DH lived in Halifax for a year in elementary school because my MIL did her master's at Dal, so there's a bit of family tradition there.

 



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Welcome kitteh! A lot of us find that we get more running done if we literally run our errands! Please, no overachieving here, ok? Don't actually try to catch up on the posts. Jump right in and try to keep up from here. Life gets busy, and sometimes you gotta give up on even that. wink1.gif


eat.gif Heaven = CSA peaches. Just sayin'


Have you tired BBQing peaches? They are so amazing!! I cut in half, brush with a tiny bit of olive oil, grill the cut side, flip and put a dollop of chevre (and maybe some cinnamon) in the pit hole while I grill the bottoms. Mmmmmmm....

 



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Anyone have recommendations for an inexpensive running watch/heart monitor? I've been drooling over Garmins, but no way is that in our budget.


My MIL told me that Costco carries Garmins. I might have to investigate. Welcome, Kitteh!!!

 



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Is it also terrible of me that I am much more stressed out and concerned about throwing a birthday party for a seven-year-old than I am that the same seven-year-old is having major surgery in just over a week?  bag.gif  Someone come over here and fix my priorities.



Is it that you can see the benefits of the surgery, but not as many benefits to the party? If that's the case, then I think you're totally reasonable :)



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Don't.  With a break and less than a year into running, keep your goals modest.  The best goal is "don't hurt myself", second would be "finish without walking."  How far can you run now?  If you can run 3 miles, keep doing the three for most runs, then start increasing the length of the runs 1-2 days a week, adding 5% (10% if you're not nursing) total mileage each week.

 

Can breast stroke cause pain in the knee?

 

Bad form with breast stroke?


Adding my yes to the chorus of breast stroke being hard on knees.

 

Took the kids to the pool today, and the thong woman was there again. I feel bad for her- she was in the hot-tub and everyone giggled and smirked when she got out and revealed her backside. My oldest asked me if she was a princess, because of the jewelry and makeup.

 

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My MIL told me that Costco carries Garmins. I might have to investigate.

Costco used to carry the Forerunner 305, and that's where I originally got mine. I haven't seen it there or online in a while, though. I just ordered a new 305 through Amazon for $130, which is about the cheapest I've seen it. I was drooling over the 310, but just couldn't justify paying more than double for it...
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Well, blast it.  What am I going to do for exercise?  My RP is out of town, and the LOW for the next week is 72F.  Swimming was kinda working for me.  People look at me weird swimming laps of doggie paddle.  Maybe I gotta suck it up with the heat and run - the only activity that doesn't hurt. 

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I've got a garmin that I'm looking to sell. I haven't settled on a $ amount yet. I've used it maybe 6 times? This one. I'm thinking craigslist soon, I just have a couple of items and I'm going to list them all at once (the others aren't ship-able - dresser, table, etc.). You can make me an offer, or I'll post when I do list it on craigslist.

 

Geofizz: does your pool have pull buoys that you might be able to borrow? Some adults who feel like they can't properly do front crawl do better with a pull buoy. Basically the idea is that you hold it between your thighs and not kick. You know, like kick boards are for focusing on your legs. Anyhow, most adult swimmers when they use a pull buoy kick a bit. And a side effect of using this tool is that it makes your rear end float a smidge higher in the water making it easier to swim.

 

After today it is clear that I'm going lap swimming tomorrow. Wow hot. I'm hoping for a mid-night storm to cool it off.

 

 

 

 

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Well, blast it.  What am I going to do for exercise?  My RP is out of town, and the LOW for the next week is 72F.  Swimming was kinda working for me.  People look at me weird swimming laps of doggie paddle.  Maybe I gotta suck it up with the heat and run - the only activity that doesn't hurt. 



Kickboard with flutter kick? Flotation belt and water running? Air conditioned gym and dreadmill?

 

 

Just checked online- Costco carries the Forerunner 305 in Canada, but not the US. And amazon is cheaper.

post #279 of 284
Thanks. I think I'm going to have to put up with the heat and run. The treadmill started giving me hallucinations about a year ago, which I figure are maybe migraine in nature? The kickboard will come with me to the pool as backup. Sigh. Better would be for the temperature to drop ten degrees and the humidity to drop by a third.

DH and I are going to Potter tonight and then a movie.
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I had a pretty crappy trail run this morning. I had the side stitch that Would Not Quit, forcing me to walk waaaaay too much of a trail that really did not require walking. And then my Garmin crapped out again in the middle so that I really had no idea how far I had left to go. New Garmin needs to get here FAST! On the bright side, even a crappy trail run is a spectacular trail run when you have scenery like this:

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The entire open space park was just coated in wildflowers. The morning breeze was cool and the birds were singing. So, you know...really, not too bad. Just under 6.5 miles of run/hike this morning.

I finished cleaning my kitchen after I got home, which was thoroughly DISGUSTING. Yuck. So the worst two parts of the house (kitchen and bathrooms) are done. If DS and the nanny can dust and vacuum tomorrow, that just leaves some picking up and putting away to do before my sister and her family arrive on Tuesday. I can't tell you how excited I am that my kitchen and bathrooms are clean again. orngtongue.gif

And DS is on a plane back to me right now! joy.gif
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