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post #41 of 923
creb - that is a fabulous time! congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!
post #42 of 923
Hi Mamas,

Hope you are having a beautiful day like we are. I am loving all the race reports!


Instead of exercising, I went apple picking and ate a passion fruit truffle


Shanti, hope the back feels better soon. Definately use the massage Mama, that sounds wonderful owie back or not.


Patti, I am thinking of you, not much longer now Mama.......


ND
post #43 of 923
Thanks, ND. It is definitely jammed now - I can barely move without pain. How I wish we had a hottub...........
post #44 of 923
cReb ~ What a great race report! 10 minutes miles - woot woot!! You rock!!

Patti ~ I am thinking about you.

I just got in from my walk. I realized how much I get accomplished while I take that time out of my day to take care of myself. I am not as stressed about work and school because I've used that quiet time to sort everything in my head.

Have wonderful Sunday afternoons!
post #45 of 923
GO PLADY!!!!! WOOO-HOOO!!!

cRebRun - LOVE the race advice! :

Is it already time for Patti's induction. Oh my. I only just bought a card and bead. I feel so slow and everyone else seems so fast. Phew.

ND, the apple picking sounds lovely, not to mention eating truffles!

2bbs, love the mai tai - and your hair is getting long! i like it! i'm such a ponytail girl.

missbliss, good job on your long run!

okay, no run to report. off to build a fort.
post #46 of 923
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Is it already time for Patti's induction. Oh my. I only just bought a card and bead. I feel so slow and everyone else seems so fast. Phew.
:

Go PLADY!! I was thinking of you watching the half-marathon in my neighborhood this morning. I cheered on a couple runners "for you" and I hope someone cheered you on where you were!
post #47 of 923


whirlwind weekend here.
fri: leah's birthday and planned hiking trip cancelled due to rain. replaced with housekeeping.

sat: painting the house. It looks better than it did (it was white al. siding that had YEARS of not being washed, powerwashing didn't help). Paint paint paint. BIL/SIL came to help paint/watch the kiddos while we painted.

sun: finish painting the house some more. ok not quite finished, but BIL had an ultimate game this afternoon. Right after they left I had to make the cake for Leah's birthday party at 3. : Fun little bday party. Quick check in to make sure Patti Ann didn't have that baby early and now on to my first "all-nighter" in years. I told my advisor I'd get her a semi-finsal draft of paper #2 (which is almost done) + grading + lecture writing + :

Back later for personals if I get it all done. Err, in between all the steps.
post #48 of 923
Thinking of you Patti Ann!!!

I just finished my 6 mile long run, all by myself! Without dh riding his bike with me.
post #49 of 923
best of luck and happy birthing vibes to you patti ann
i'll be thinking of you often tomorrow

post #50 of 923
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Thinking of you Patti Ann!!!

I just finished my 6 mile long run, all by myself! Without dh riding his bike with me.
Great job! Now we are part of the 6 mile run club today!
post #51 of 923
Kerc ~ This is a special treat to get you through your all-nighter.
Good luck!
post #52 of 923
Thinking of you, Patti. May your labor be sweet, and gentle, and safe.
post #53 of 923
It's been a whirlwind of a weekend. My mom was an incredible woman. Loved by so many. Still doesn't seem real. Cause of death was a pulmonary embolus.

I have my necklace together and packed. Thank you everyone. Plady yours was the last to come and incredible. I think the baby realized I needed today to just rest. We are headed for the hospital for 10 am tomorrow. I hope it is not too long of a process. There are alot of people waiting for this baby. My mom's sisters, sister in law and niece are still here from Ireland so at least they will get to see and hold the baby. My sister will be with me instead of my mother and she will take pictures and post on her blog I'm sure. Kelsy will be in the room along with my niece.

Thanks again for everyone. All your thoughts and prayers will help me through this bittersweet day tomorrow.

my sister's blog- http://www.emmasage.blogspot.com

I plan on having Jim post here, but not sure when he will get a chance. Have to go and finish packing my bag and get to bed.

Peace and love,

Patti
post #54 of 923
wishing you a wonderful labor and delivery Patti
post #55 of 923
Patti, I'm wishing you light, peace, and love on your birthing journey. You and your family will be in my prayers and thoughts tomorrow.
post #56 of 923
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Patti, you have been on my mind all day. It is good to see you here. Wishing you all the best tomorrow... a peaceful, gentle labor. I will be so happy for you to be holding this little one in your arms.

Kerc, good luck w/ the all-nighter. You have been a busy woman!

Shanti, ouch! I hope the massage fixes you right up.

cReb, I loved the race report. WTG mama!

Plady, can't wait to hear about yours!!!

So I am sitting out here on the deck again. I can hear the waves crashing and it is really nice. Not even 9 and I am already in my PJs. Tomorrow I am going for a ~50 mile bike ride. We are staying in South Nags Head and it's right about 50 miles south to Hatteras and the ferry. My parents wanted to go down to the lighthouse, so I am leaving at 11, they are leaving at 2 and we will meet up down there at 3. Chris is bringing the car w/ the bike rack so I don't have to ride back. I am beyond excited about this ride. And if it goes well, I might do more later in the week. Of course, I am a little nervous about something going wrong. I took a practice ride of about 30 minutes today and the traffic here is fast and big (i.e. RVs and trucks pulling boats). But, I think for most of the way I will have a decent shoulder to ride on. Went to the grocery store tonight for Powerade and fig newtons... I am just so stoked...
post #57 of 923


Patti, we'll be thinking of you tomorrow. Best wishes for a peaceful birth.

I had a great 31 minute run with Janessa tonight. It's definitely the highlight of my week.

Ug kerc, Coffee in the middle of the night doesn't sit well with me. I tend to snack on sweets. Keep warm (I start shivering at 4 am) and best of luck getting all that work done.
post #58 of 923
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Ug kerc, Coffee in the middle of the night doesn't sit well with me. I tend to snack on sweets. Keep warm (I start shivering at 4 am) and best of luck getting all that work done.
I tend to go with carrots, cold and crunchy often keeps me awake....and yes, I often need to bundle up to stay warm due to all the cold crunching.
But right now I am toasty, we are burning our first woodfire of the season, and it is cozy in our house.
post #59 of 923
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Ug kerc, Coffee in the middle of the night doesn't sit well with me. I tend to snack on sweets.
Me neither. Diet coke is my drug of choice tonight because my coffeepot here in my grad office has been taken over by some punk who likes vanilla bean something or other. ICK!!!!


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But right now I am toasty, we are burning our first woodfire of the season, and it is cozy in our house.

Color me jealous. I so want a woodstove to get that nice dry heat.





OK nutritional folks chime in on this one:
My friend's 16YO is a high school swimmer. They have a new coach from Finland? Sweden? someplace in Scandahovian land. Anyhow Elizabeth (daughter of friend) has been getting leg cramps. The kind that make your whole lower leg tight and the arch of the foot too. Coach gave her a magnesium pill (without mom's permission -- mom is , that's another story). Anyhow -- any suggestions on diet? I was thinking maybe she needs more calcium, potassium?
post #60 of 923
Patti - I'm thinking about you mama, and you'll be in my thoughts and prayers all day tomorrow. I hope you are holding that baby by supper time! I feel so terrible for you about your mom, I could hardly sleep Friday night after I popped on here to catch up. I hope the baby coming tomorrow is at least a little bit of sunshine in the midst of these storms. Lots of love, mama.

I ran my Griffin Patrick 5K on Saturday morning. Friday night, I used the conference's set up of free computers to check in quickly. They limit you to 15 minutes at a time, so I had to skim through, and mostly I was looking to see if Griffin was a big brother yet, so Patti's post about her mom really caught me by surprise and shook me up. I couldn't get the stupid computer to let me respond, so couldn't even post condolences. The race was planned for 6:30 am, and the plan was for me to go alone (the kids didn't want to get up that early, so dh would stay in the hotel with them) I needed to get up about 5:15 to make sure I caught a bus to the race, and I slept terribly. I kept thinking about Patti and her family, and how painful this week must have been, and I was worried I'd oversleep my alarm and miss my run, too. Finally, the alarm went off, and I got up and threw on my clothes. My older dd had designed an iron-on for me that said "In loving memory of Griffin Patrick/Came and went on 9/24/05" with a line drawing of dove taking off under it, and we ironed that on the front of my shirt. On the back we ironed "In Loving Memory of Anne Regina/ 1/30/67-9/9/06" with a picture of a woman runner in shadow, crossing the finish line with her arms in the arm under neath it. We just finished it the night before we flew out, so this was the first time I'd put it on, and I felt better just having their names with me.

I walked out of the hotel to wait for the bus. I met a nice couple who are both family docs from CO on the bus stop, and we had a nice chat. After a while, we were worried that the bus wasn't going to come (that happened to me 2 conferences ago, actually) so we decided to just walk. Turned out the race start was about 7-8 blocks away, and with company it wasn't a problem to walk it in the dark. They were very friendly and I told them about my shirt and that I was running in honor of Patti's baby and my friend, and they were very kind and sympathetic, and it made me feel good to know at least 2 people knew about my Griffin Patrick 5K since I was so far from home and didn't have anyone there I knew.

At the start, the race sponsor (a drug company) had hired a guy to do an aerobic warm up, which was lots of fun as we marched, stretched, and did some brief aerobics. I was nice and warmed up, even though it was still dark and pretty chilly. There were about 500 runners and walkers, mostly family docs and some family members, and it's a very friendly race. We set off right at 6:30 am, still in the dark, but just starting to get light. Now, I hardly ran at all in Sept, and really planned just to run like a moderate training run, but I was feeling good, and feeling inspired to put forth my best effort, so I took off at a good pace for me. As we turned toward the Capitol building early on, the sun was just starting to come up, and I felt like I could hear my dear friend Anne cheering me on (she always talked continuously when we ran races together, and would be cheering me on every step of the way.) The sunrise always makes me sort of emotional anyway, and seeing it get light over a National landmark, and thinking about Anne and her family, and Patti's family grieving her mother and holding their breaths waiting for the baby put me over the edge and I started to cry. I ran the next mile sniffling, feeling sad, but also feeling terribly glad that I had the chance to know my friend Anne, and have such great memories of her, and also feeling so grateful for this place, and for all of us who've been able to share Griffin with Patti. I'm glad that people all over the country know him, and how important he is. I'm glad we're all here.

The last mile, I was feeling a big sense of release, and I was able to smile again, and as I passed the second mile marker, I realized I wasn't doing too badly time-wise. There were a couple turn arounds, and I passed the lady I had walked to the race with (I was quite a bit ahead of her, but could see her as I turned back towards the finish) and yelled her name, and she grinned from ear to ear and raised her hands in the air, and I felt like I could run forever. It was almost completely light by now, and a beautiful morning. I sprinted up the last little hill to the finish line, and crossed it feeling so alive, and thankful that I can run - that I am blessed with a healthy body, and a great life, and I can run just because it's FUN!

Turns out I ran 25:36, the fastest 5K I've run this year (though not a lifetime PR) I was 127th overall, out of 378 runners, the 24th woman, and 3rd out of 55 in my age group. Dh took pictures of me in my shirt later, but our desk top computer is on the fritz, so I'll have to wait until I can download the pictures so I can post them.

I had a great time at the conference - went to several courses on fitness promotion for patients which were really useful on a personal level, too. We liked DC quite a bit (except that it cost us a fortune to eat there) and I enjoyed running along the National Mall and the monuments a couple of mornings. I missed 2 babies being born (one a mama who had her first 2 babies with me, so I was sad to miss her, and one first time mama, but the one mama who was so frightened I would miss her birth is still pregnant - she's the one whose identical twin birthed a 10 lb baby with me in Aug.) Off for some needed one on one time with dh now (3 kids in the same room with us all week did not make for much marital intimacy, if you get my drift!) Can't wait to hear about Patti's new precious babe!
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