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'Cause Jo said it so well...




* For mamas who run, walk, jog, wog, traipse, hop, skip, jump, or aspire to do any of those things, we are the Dingoes. Join us here for inspiration, commiseration, support, entertainment and community. Share your training challenges, your race reports, and discuss anything and everything--just like having a super-supportive IRL running group!


We also like to discuss biking, swimming, climbing, team sports and the million other things that come up, some of which we do to run better, some of which we do when we can't run, and some of which we just do.


All are welcome!





And a belated welcome to December to every Dingo out there!

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Here's the race list for the December thread. Please PM me if you'd
like me to add something for you!

: dingo race list


tjsmama - Resolution Run 5K - December 31, 2011

kitteh - 13.1 Los Angeles Half Marathon - January 15, 2012

Realrellim - Yeti Chase 10K - January 28, 2012

bec - Desert Classic Half Marathon - January 28, 2012

Realrellim - Ralston Creek Half Marathon - February 12, 2012

bec - Indy Mini Half Marathon - May 5, 2012

Nickarolaberry - Iron Horse Half Marathon - June 3, 2012

tjsmama - New York City Marathon - November 4, 2012

 Other places to find the Dingos:

: cooking blog :

knitting blog

We have a private Yahoo group. Submit a request to join and mention your MDC
username in the request so we know who you are.

We also have a private location map. Send a PM to eksmom to get info
and join up.

Why are we called the Dingos?
See this post

Edited by doctorjen - 1/1/12 at 3:55pm
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run.gif2011 Dingo Race Results partytime.gif



babybugmama - Walt Disney World Half Marathon - January 8 (First half of Goofy challenge) - 2:21:14
babybugmama - Walt Disney World Marathon - January 9 (Completion of Goofy Challenge) - 5:08:02
Nickaroloberry - Disney Marathon - January 9, 2010 - 4:59:14 (PR!)

HomeBirthMommy - Walt Disney World Marathon - January 9, 2010 - 6:12:57

Realrellim - Frosty's Frozen 5 and 10, 10 miles - Jaunary 15 - 1:33:51

Tjsmama - Yeti Chase 10K - January 22 - 1:05:18

Realrellim - Snowman Stampede 10 miles - February 19 - 1:29:05

Nickarolaberry - Scrub J 10K - February 19 - 1:01:42

JayGee - Ofallon YMCA Indoor Triathlon - February 26 - 47:14

modmom - Disney Princess Half Marathon - February 27 - 2:16

Runningmommy - 10K - March 5 - 47:16

Nickarolaberry - Sarasota Half Marathon - March 13 - 2:03:50 (PR!)

Nickarolaberry - Springfest 5K - March 19 - 26:43 (PR!)

MelW - CVRR Half Marathon - March 20 - 2:10:51 (PR!)

poppywise - Oakland Half Marathon - March 27 - 2:34:57 (PR!)

Mel38, poppywise - Cooper River Bridge Run 10K - April 2 - 1:09:18

bec, and bec's dh - Reach Out and Run 5K - April 9 - 37:40

Nickarolaberry - 10K - April 9 - 58:45 (PR!)

Realrellim - Platte River Half Marathon - April 10 - 1:57:38 (PR!)

Geofizz - runcbus 10 miler - April 10 - 1:34:42

Penelope - Lincoln Half Marathon - May 1 - 2:17:42

Bec - Indy Mini Half Marathon - May 7 - 2:43:20

Naughty Dingo - Lake Monona 20K - May 7 - 1:50

Naughty Dingo - Syttende Mai 20 Mile - May 14 - 3:15

tjsmama - Summer Open Sprint Triathlon (converted to duathlon due to weather) - May 22 - 1:34:23

Mel38 - Charleston Sprin Triathlon Series - May 22 - 1:31:07

Naughty Dingo - Madison Marathon - May 29 - 4:29:43

Realrellim - Bolder Boulder 10K - May 30 - 55:33

tjsmama - Bolder Boulder 10 K - May 30 - 57:13

doctorjen - Streator YMCA Memorial Day 5K - May 30 - 27:39

bec - Naperville Triathlon - June 12 - 1:51:24

tjsmama - Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon - June 25 - 3:40:16

Realrellim - Grand Park Run for Independence (5 miler, but a little short) - July 2 - 44:54

doctorjen - Streator Run for Glory 5K - July 2 - 26:27

Realrellim - Middle Park Half Marathon - July 9 - 2:00:25

memiles - Warrior Dash - July 16

Realrellim - Lookout Mountain Triathlon - July 23 - 1:42:39

tjsmama - Courage Classic 3 day bike ride, including a century - July 23-25

MotivatedMama - Beach to Beacon 10K - August 6

tjsmama - Ironman 70.3 Boulder - August 7 - 7:03:05

bec - Bangs Lake Multisport Festival (Olympic distance triathlon) - August 14 - 3:44:27 ( PR!)

doctorjen - Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K - August 14 - 26:37

Realrellim - Splash Mash Dash Triathlon - August 20 - 1:28:35

tjsmama - Splash Mash Dash Triathlon - August 20 - 1:23:51

tjsmama - Venus de Miles Road Ride - August 28 - 4:32

Dmitrizmom - Pufferbilly 5K - September 10 - 45:03 (7 min PR!)

Realrellim - Devil's Thumb Ranch Trail Race (7.5 miles) - September 17 - 1:15:29

bec and bec's dh - Warrior Dash Upper Midwest - September 17 - 41:13

JayGee - YMCA Lakeside 5K - September 24 - 24:05

Realrellim - Granby Oktoberfest 10K - September 24 - 1:05:50 (pushing the double jogger!)

tjsmama - Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon - September 25 - 1:36:42

poppywise - Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders 5K - September 25 - 32:47 (gun time)

eksmom - Star City Women's 5K - October 1 - 27:58.7

kitteh - Santa Monica 500 10K - October 2 - 56:19 (first race ever!)

bec - Prairie State Half Marathon - October 8 - 2:58:55.5

tjsmama - Denver Rock-N-Roll Half Marathon - October 9 - 2:09:18

doctorjen - Kansas City Marathon - October 15 - 4:25:44 (PR!)

Geo - Columbus Half Marathon - October 16 - 2:05:51 (PR!)

LaLaLaLa - BayState Half Marathon - October 16 - 2:08:47

bec - Corn Maze 5K - October 16 - 37:44

bec - Des Plaines River Trail Half Marathon - October 22 - 2:48:29

Nickarolaberry - Marine Corps Marathon - October 30 - 5:04:19

MelW - Perserverance Trail Run 11K - October 30 - 1:29:

bec - Hot Chocolate 15K - November 5 - 2:07

Realrellim and real's dd - Home for the Holidays 5K - November 5 - 47:58

RunningMommy - Indianapolis Monumental Half Marathon - November 5 - 1:39:48

tjsmama - Backcountry Wilderness Half Marathon - November 12 - 2:50:18

eksmom - Outer Banks Half Marathon - November 13 - 2:11:11 (PR!!)

Nickarolaberry - Hot Chocolate 5K - December 4 - 26:23 (PR!)

tjsmama - Resolution Run 5K - December 31 - 29:54







2010 Results


Edited by doctorjen - 1/1/12 at 4:06pm
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Hi mamas!

Happy December!


I had a great race this morning, PR'd in the Hot Choclate 5K. Watch time was 26:25, waiting for chip time results. I needed a race success so this felt good even though it was a) cold; and b) felt like I should do more miles after! 


5K is not my favorite distance because I usually don't even start to feel good until mile 4 or 5 but this day everything went pretty well. 


Northampton is a great little college town and I can't wait to take myself up there (by myself) to do some shopping and walking around. 


Happy Sunday!

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Yay!  A pretty new thread! 


Nic ~ awesome race!  Congrats on the PR thumb.gif.


Busy, busy, busy here, but no running.  Yesterday, we put the tree up, decorated the house for Christmas, baked gingerbread, and made stained glass stars for the windows.  I taught Sunday School this morning and have more baking on tap for this afternoon.  The coming week is crazy ~ DD has choir practice 4 out of the next 5 nights in preparation for their musical next weekend.  School is hosting Santa's Cottage and as a PTO board member, I get to work it.... every day.  Throw in my annual gyn exam (oh, joy) and the party I'm co-hosting next Saturday with my neighbor and I'm booked solid!  Gotta love December.

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Originally Posted by Nickarolaberry View Post

5K is not my favorite distance because I usually don't even start to feel good until mile 4 or 5 but this day everything went pretty well. 

So, is mile 4 or 5 of a 5k where you are sitting in the pub drinking a beer? That's when I start to feel good in a race too lol.gif
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Sparkle -- good one! Today, more like a mug of hot chocolate! Then I took new mug (that was the race shwag instead of a t shirt) to Starbucks and got a gingerbread latte. caffix.gif


Finally got myself some new treads today. I got paid for my piddly little online teaching gig and it was just enough for my new running shoes. I got the new Asics GT2170 which is the update of my 2160 which I love, love, love. Hoping the update is just as good. 


It was a pretty good day (so far). Race, check. (official chip time 26:23!!). Came home, took shower, ate, fed kids lunch. Took kids for haircuts, to grocery store, to running store, home. Pizza dough into bread machine, kids into backyard with bird feeder craft (pinecones, birdseed, and peanut butter), laundry loads switched, groceries put away. 


Dh needs his shirts ironed but I'm thinking he'll have to do that himself. I don't do ironing all that well, and well, you know...some things a man ought to man up and do. mischievous.gif


I should probably make the kids chewy granola bars for the school week and I may do that later...

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Subbing in with great running related news: Dh is doing c25k! He plays sports and such but I have a running partner that isn't in a jogger. orngbiggrin.gif He is in the middle of week 3 and he bought shoes so he is serious. I am so excited about the bit of time out together as we can have real trouble finding time to talk alone in this crazy house filled with people super curious about everything we have to say unless it involves unloading the dishwasher.

Ds1 is playing on the piano nonstop and my head is full. It is lovely but not quiet so I will not miss him when he goes to cross country end of season hoopla tonight. Dd1 has so far spent the day on a 30 minute homework assignment while holding her head in confusion but she isn't (confused) when I step in to help. Dd2 moves to her third 3rd grade classroom of the school year tomorrow so morning should be a doozy. Dd3 lost her first tooth last night and the tooth fairy forgot to stop here last night. Ds2 urinated standing up yesterday. I think that is all the news here. orngtongue.gif
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tjsmama--the Parade of Lights is so much fun. Paul and I did it before we had kids, and now we're just waiting for it to be warm enough to try it again. Meanwhile, we enjoy watching it on TV at home where it's nice and warm.

Nic--Awesome time! clap.gif And I totally agree about race distances. I don't like 5Ks for the same reasons. And I never iron DH's shirts. I have been known to stomp on them when I'm really annoyed though. whistling.gif (He also refuses to iron them, and apparently sprays them down with water if the wrinkles are bad. While wearing it. Which is pretty darn cold in winter. Ahh, revenge.)

JayGee--we have that kind of week too, except that I had the gyn appointment last week. Good luck!

mommajb--hang in there. I'm dizzy.gif thinking about it.

RR: 3 on the treadmill last night (w/1-minute hill repeats at 6% incline) and 7 something out in the snow and cold today. Today wasn't too bad until the last mile. By then the clouds for the newest snowstorm had moved in and even though it was only 5 degrees cooler, it felt much worse. cold.gif

NRR: one of the families from R's class hosted a party for everyone in the class last night. There are 22 kids in the class, so DH and I figured they must have a much bigger house than we do. Um, yep. It's easily three or four times the size of our house. There are only three people living in it, and all I could wonder was what her husband does and how much money he pulls in to afford the mortgage, SUV, perfectly matched furniture and holiday decorations, all the outdoor lights and decorations, and the house cleaning service they must have because I can't imagine that she has enough time to keep that all clean. (Also, because I'm convinced that people who have decorations covering every surface must not actually clean their own house, or they would put way less out. It's a serious PITA to dust when there's stuff on every surface.)

She's a SAHM who does a ton of stuff for the PTA, so either there's some sort of awesome trust fund or else that all comes from his income. Or they're in debt up to their eyeballs. It's hard to say these days. I was feeling a bit out of place overall though, having worn a basic pair of black pants with a holiday-themed turtleneck. I threw a scarf on with it, but the turtleneck is at least 10 years old and kind of looks like it, fashion-wise. Some of the other moms had the very fashionable short skirt, tall boots, black tights, black top, nice piece of jewelry thing going on, and while I don't feel like I could pull that off (namely because boots are either too expensive or they hurt my feet just to try them on at Target), it just made me feel more out of place.

Mostly I really love my house, even if our furniture remains mismatched, the loveseat has a broken arm and plywood under the cushions to make it comfortable, and the house is small cozy, but wow. It's freaky weird to think that people who live like that (they also take their daughter to Disneyland every year for her birthday, for example) still consider themselves middle class, yk?
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Dh's Switzerland trip last year (Osprey gave gear, for photos using gear)... oh yeah, um, that is him on the bike...

Meanwhile, a friend of Dh's suggested rechargable-battery-operated heated bike grips rolleyes.gif for a Christmas gift. I figure between that and the thr**way it'll be the best Christmas of his life ROTFLMAO.gif (kidding of course ... I cant afford bike grips like that!)

Now, wtheck am I getting for my 9 year old DD!? The other two are getting one main present and then a few littles. We have no main for Dd1...

Nic - what an awesome day, kinda like you are kicking A as a single parent... hmm.... winky.gif

Real - we xposted - I feel the EXACT same way as you describe about the other people's house vs. yours. I marvel, and not enviously, just curiously. We make decent money and our house is very cozy winky.gif
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Ha, Sparkle, yeah.


Real, I can SO identify with you. I never look particularly put together (this is what my mother tells me also, when she is not trying to make me buy ballet flats for the 8 millionth time in the last 4 years...have i mentioned I like my shoes to be comfortable?!) and frequently feel completely like an odd duck at things like that. You know, when I find my clothes at Goodwill they seem awesome...and I still think they're pretty cool...but then I go somewhere and see people and I think, hmmm....I could use a session with those two from What Not To Wear, and oh yeah, the $5k that goes with it. Then again, I'd probably abandon those clothes as soon as I got home for lack of an ability to figure out how to wear them, and this weird thing I have about 'saving' good clothes for 'later.' Sigh.  


And my house? Let's see...vintage early marriage/yard sale chic, 16 years later. We've got a dining room table that's actually 2 staples folding tables pushed together with a tablecloth, a battered loveseat with pen marks all over it, no bookcases, no couch (the movers 'lost' it)...and our bed sags in the middle. I go to peoples' homes and they have pretty things around that look like they are in the right place and go together and I feel very pathetic. I don't need big. I would love to have some grown up stuff someday. Yeah.


Pardon me while I read yet another book about sharks to ds. We have a very colorful and quite disgusting chart of sharks' teeth to study. Bleh.

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My iPad just ate my reply. TTyping just to subscribe.

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Originally Posted by Realrellim View Post
 It's freaky weird to think that people who live like that (they also take their daughter to Disneyland every year for her birthday, for example) still consider themselves middle class, yk?

Yeah.  I was in the home of a 1%er the other day too.  A very wealthy woman has offered to help us make a cast recording in her home sound studio.  Suffice it to say that world class musicians probably don't always get such up to the minute high tech equipment to record albums on.  The mic alone was worth $10k.  And the rest of the house matched that, big fancy kitchen and amazing view across to Victoria, big expensive furniture and artwork, a home theatre modeled on old school movie houses done in red velvet with a full size popcorn machine and a remote control recliner for ever audience member.  Holy $$$.  But very generous of her to open the door to me and my kids and random assorted adults. 


Sparkle - 3 way?


Nic - Great day!  I'm very impressed! ANd you totally earned that yummy latte!


We're up in Whistler and will ski tomorrow.  It's so beautiful up here and so relatively close to home!  of course it's kind of spendy!  Yikes!  But I think if I could save all my trip money for coming skiing it would be well worth it!


Well, I'm getting hit up for oreo knockoffs, have a good one ladies!





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On the house thing...when we were moved, we got a (small) allowance to buy furniture. Given the time constraints and expectations, we did not even manage to handle that. Why? Dh came along. I really do believe that, given the budget, the assignment and the time ALONE to do it, I could have outfitted this house well on the budget. But, what do we have? The lowest of the low-end in terms of furniture, all totally mismatched (seriously mismatched!) and a sh!tload of clutter because we couldn't afford to add any kind of storage/shelving. But, of course we DO have a 42" flat screen, and a new desktop and a printer/scanner/copier, and a juicer and a $500 grill. He has a "workspace" that is a third of our living area, and I don't even have a dedicated space for writing. And I can't claim one because he keeps moving my stuff. I currently use 1/3 of the dining table. The kids have two work tables. Dh has his own desk.


Anyway, I've been in the fancy houses and it doesn't appeal to me. I know we'd stain and ruin the interior. We're not qualified to live in spaces like that. I'd need to hire cleaning help, and I am not qualified to boss around cleaning help. Even with all the new (ugly mismatched and cheap) furniture, I miss our old, worn, stained, half-broken house.


RR: Walked an hour and a half on the beach yesterday, with some jogging when I was on the more stable sand. Will hit the beach again this AM, but not as long. I have to wait out the coffee Sheepish.gif and I am planning to meet an MDC mama who's on a layover here this week.


In other developments, I am working on the writing. And of course, I start hitting my stride again and dh decides to take the car in for a repair and now he's home disrupting everything. Some days I want to scream. I'm really unhappy with his level of engagement on things like school, homework, doing anything with the kids besides watching TV/playing Angry Birds. I truly feel right now like I am biding my time in this house. Can't wait to get out.

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Jo - yuck. That is a horrible feeling. Been there. I so wish something could come out of your time there but its looking like it'll be a lot [more] appreciation for what you had. Hang in there

Plady - yeah, 3-way. It was a joke (kidding about ... the bike grips... when in fact I was kidding about the other!) That house sounds insane. Its very hard to imagine having a life like that. One of my favorite fantasies is that I win a big lottery jackpot and spend it all on others (I seriously make mental lists of the friends, family and organizations I would give to and what I would give to them. So fun)

NRR: Yes, Im cranky, or short tempered before AF, so when Dh said tonight that he doesnt want to drive up to Taos tomorrow (for the day, long story) b/c he doesnt want to spend 6 hours (there and back) in the car with "progesterone Jess" I said "just b/c you get stupider two weeks of every month, dont try to blame that on MY hormones!" whistling.gif
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Congrats on the PR, nic!

We had a very full, very fun day. I did get out for a run, finally. Kind of had to, since I paid the nanny to come over! It was fricking freezing out there! It made me feel hardcore to be out there, especially when I did not see another single living soul outside of a car, and I ran through what is typically a very busy park full of dog walkers. orngtongue.gif Only 3 miles, but better than the big fat nothing the previous several days...

After that, it was off to my friend and classmate's house for a last go-round on editing our last assignment for our ethics class. Which only took about 5 minutes, and was really just an excuse to have brunch and drink mimosas. orngbiggrin.gif The paper is submitted, and that is one more class I don't have to worry about!

From there, DS and I headed off to see the Lion King. I kept it a surprise, and I think he loved that. I told him yesterday that there would be music and we had to take the light rail, but he didn't figure it out until we were actually in the theater. I asked him at intermission if he liked the show, and he said (in his ohsotypical lately response) "not very much." I was totally crushed, but upon further questioning, he actually DID like the show, he just didn't like the hyenas because he said they were scary. Overall, he liked it. He really loved the animal puppets (as did I). A little dinner out to wrap up our mommy-son date, and I had one tired little boy!
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Sparkle - snort at the joke. I actually did snort and laughing-eyeroll. So thanks for that. winky.gif I admit to the same fantasy lottery lists.


I did the same stretch of beach today that I did yesterday, and this time it took an 25min less, so a lot more running than yesterday. Also, today I ran barefoot. I can tell my feet are going to be angry tomorrow, but it was a much-needed run. Dh got his car back so tomorrow should be business as usual. And I met above-mentioned MDC mom at the park today. And also went to my first-ever ladies' day at the beach park. And I am not sure I will ever go back. All those ladies, all that privacy. At first it was nice, but clearly, the man-free day is the absolute highlight of some women's week. My dh is now calling it "ladies' nudist day." lol.gif

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Jo, seriously, nudist? I didn't think that would fly over there. Interesting!


Real, wow, I know what you mean about feeling a little bit out of that circle of ladies. I look at those nice clothes and think of the time and $$ it takes to find them and maintain them, and my lust is gone. I probably go to the dry cleaners less frequently than once per year, and I know moms who go twice a week!!! Yikes!


Which reminds me that DH bought me a beautiful sweater for my birthday.... dry clean only. Um, yeah, lovely sweater, news flash: you're gonna be hand-washed and you're gonna love it. winky.gif


I am emerging from one of the worst episodes of one illness leads to another. After a full week of sinus trouble and feeling icky after Thanksgiving, I finally broke down and went to the doctor when I woke up on Friday with a full-blown earache. Seriously, such pain! So, I'm on antibiotics and feeling somewhat healthier, although my head still feels funny and congested, and I am totally deaf on one side. Really, the only thing I can on my left side is a ringing sound and myself chewing. eyesroll.gif


No RR of any sort. I might take an easy jog today at lunchtime.

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Geo, you gonna see poppy?


Re: nudist, not really...but it was like everyone saves their least appropriate, most shredded, see-through, thong-bottomed "costume" for Ladies' Day.


On the bright side, all this beach living has given me a new sense of appropriate body image. I'm not saying all these sizes and conditions look bad, on the contrary, but I don't look as bad in context as I do when I'm in a mirror fixating, kwim?


Heading for the beach again this AM, dh is back to work, and I have some nasty cleaning to do (sick kitty last night)...but today, I'm writing.

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