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post #41 of 1016
Wanted to give a great big thank you to loftmama, my SS! Despite all the respite stuff she's had to deal with, she really made my late winter/early spring! Thank you so much lofty! (And I did receive your other packages - thought I post, but maybe only in my head?) My older daughter swiped my bracelet, though, and Justin swiped my bookmark. Sigh. At least they are still in my house?

kerc - meant to say before too bad about the jobs. I wish sometimes the universe would be more clear if it's trying to tell me something, you know? But maybe a great other opportunity is going to open up for you both!

Balancin1 - I'm glad your mom's doing okay so far. Hopefully chemo will go very gently for her. In case you (or anybody else with chemo going on in the family) need it, my hospital dietician gave me a great set of recipes and ideas for when food doesn't taste right or it's hard to eat due to chemo.

I also wanted to give a shout out to my friend Ann in case she's lurking. She's a fellow runner whose kids swim on swim team with mine. She won that awful windy race I did - in just under 35:00 for 8K! And she has 5 kids from 2-11! I've tried to get her to chime in, but with no luck so far. Her dh won the men's race in some ridiculous time also - 27 min or so?

I don't feel great, and I'm so hoping this is nothing but PMS. My left lower abdomen feels achy, worse when I step hard on it, but running was not bad last night. Sigh. Maybe it's all race anxiety?
post #42 of 1016

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Linda-what geneology are you doing?
The usual projects of tracking hubby's family- it goes back several centuries in England for one branch. Mine is all from Poland, so harder to track. However, the stuff I was doing this morning was more related to a history project that, if I live long enough, may become a doctoral thesis.
post #43 of 1016
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My left lower abdomen feels achy, worse when I step hard on it
May I suggest not stepping on your abdomen anymore?

Sorry, i couldn't help myself!

I hope you feel better soon.
post #44 of 1016
Holy crow, you guys move fast! Well, on the new thread that is, but I'm sure you do IRL too. Thanks for the welcome, that makes it easier to jump right in.
Quite honestly, this is not something I ever thought I would get into. Even when I was a kid, playing lots of sports and definitely in-shape, running was really hard for me. I *LOVED* playing soccer, but eventually quit because I couldn't stand running anymore-- which is primarily what we did during practise. No matter how much I did it, it hurt and I had trouble breathing. So I'm just taking this slowly and trying to push myself without hurting myself. Then again, I think today I went a total of 5 or 6 miles, but I felt like I could actually take it. I did nearly 4 miles in the early afternoon, and then the rest at night while it was getting dark.

Where do you guys go to run? Just on your local streets, or on a trail, or? Most of the time that I have to jog, I have to do with dd in a jogging stroller, so I really need some reliable pavement that goes on for awhile without much interruption. I'm not entirely comfortable going on a lot of the trails around here (we've had people attacked on them in this area in the past, so it's not exactly an irrational fear). I also have a little bit of trouble getting over people seeing me jog. I'm getting better, though. I figured out that if I start where there's nobody around, then I'll keep going when I do come across people, because I'm so motivated to keep going at that point, that it just doesn't matter as much to me anymore. but it's still a little difficult for me. I'm in awe that so many of you run in races. Maybe I can get there at some point?! I still end up walking a fair amount. I jog until I get winded, then walk quickly for just long enough to catch my breath, and then start jogging again. I've made so much improvement in the last few weeks though, so I'm really hopeful about getting better at this.

I also have pretty bad back problems (including neck and shoulder), which is a big part of what kept me from regular exercise in the past. I would start a routine, but was unable to keep it up because my back would start hurting too badly. So far, I'm doing okay this time. [[knock on wood]] I'm kind of surprised. I've been using the heating pad on it anytime I sit down for more than a few minutes, which seems to help.

Alrighty, sorry for all the babble! I'm just so excited about this. It's strangely addicting.
post #45 of 1016
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I'm just so excited about this. It's strangely addicting.
It really is. We're glad you jumped in.

Mothercat-that sounds so interesting. My aunt did our family a few years ago and I found it fascinating.

Megan-Dude, you made me laugh out loud first thing in the morning. That's really saying something.

Doctorjen-sorry you're feeling crappy.

Mandy-I am really impressed that you exercised. Is your back any better? How about the leg?

Balancin1-thinking of your mom

Where the heck is Moonshine???

It's a "rest/cross-training (not that kind )" day for me, so I'm trying to get my nerve up to go to the Zumba dance fitness class this morning. It is so completely out of my comfort zone, but I really want to try it.
post #46 of 1016
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bjorker - I run in a variety of places. Some around town on sidewalks, some on the bikepath, and some on trails. Have you considered doing some core exercises to work on strengthening your core to perhaps help strengthen your back? As far as races...it's a lot of fun and there are lots of people who run/walk them!
post #47 of 1016
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zumba - what a great word! zzzzuuuummmmba!
post #48 of 1016
poppy: I that pic. So awesome.

kerc: I'm feeling your pain with the jobs. I am thinking I will be going back to work, but I am not getting any interviews. I always got tons of interviews and now none. I think it may be the gap for child rearing in my case.

Does anyone use a Garmin. I had a 405 on preorder form Amazon, but apparently they are going to be the last to get it. Then I saw the 305 on sale at REI for only $165. I cancelled the 405 and bought the 305. It is slightly bigger, but almost $200 cheaper. Does anyone use the 305?

I am taking all advice and taking the day of. If anything I will do slow 1 mile just to loosen up. I am feeling a bit stiff. I may just do a little unserious yoga with the kiddos instead though.

Tomorrow is the half. I hope I can find it. I am a Long Island girl who maybe hits Manhattan every once in a while. Hopefully I can find the Coney Island board walk. I think that will be the biggest challenge. They don't give an exact street address so I can't Mapquest it.
post #49 of 1016
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May I suggest not stepping on your abdomen anymore?

Sorry, i couldn't help myself!

I hope you feel better soon.
snort. you're welcome at my breakfast table any day megs!
post #50 of 1016
Hi everyone!
I have been hibernating trying to get ready for this babe. I all of a sudden am feeling like-wow-this baby can come anytime now and I have so much mental preparation to do! So I have been focusing inward these days-doing a lot of reading, meditating, knitting, etc...

Hope you are all doing well-did eksmom post her birth story? I need to go back to April's thread and look.

Megs-too funny

Grapefruit request-must run.

Happy Trails everyone and keep up the great running! And oh yea-BodyGlide is my best friend!!! We go through that stuff like crazy-apply liberally!!
post #51 of 1016
Megan - I laughed out loud about that, too. Thanks for giving me a morning chuckle.

SugarandSun - I have a Garmin 305 and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! It is a bit big and clunky, but I get so much good information from it, that it is totally worth it. Sounds like you got a great deal for it!

Bjorker - You sound like me when I first started. Not wanting people to see me is the reason I did the first 5 weeks of the Couch to 5k on my treadmill, indoors. The run/walk technique is one that a lot of people use, and is a great way to get started! You might find that you can run for longer stretches (I don't know how long you are running for at a time) if you slow your pace down a little bit.

Poppy - That was a great finish line photo!!

DrJen - I hope you are feeling better soon!

Balancin - I'm thinking of you and your mom!

RR: I have 3 miles today to finish my week off. I have felt so strong and fast this week! It's such an incredible rush after last week's lethargy and struggling. I did 24 miles this week, ran 5 days in a row, and feel like I could do a big long run tomorrow (if I was running, which I'm not, but nice to know my body is willing)!
post #52 of 1016
well, last night i seemed to be feeling a lot better. then there was an attempt at crosstraining which, while it did not hurt last night, seems to have set me back today. i have such a hard time taking it easy when i'm hurt. i have so much energy right now and just want to run and bike - not rest. and i feel like i'm gaining weight again with all this inactivity. can i just be better now please?

hi to everyone. sorry for being so inward focused.

bjorker - welcome, this thread moves fast but just jump right in. i live in the country and run mostly on dirt trails. when i had to run with the jogger i kept to roads/dirt roads near my house with very light traffic.
post #53 of 1016
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Where the heck is Moonshine???
I've been wondering the same thing. It's like she went up in a poof.

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Does anyone use a Garmin. I had a 405 on preorder form Amazon, but apparently they are going to be the last to get it. Then I saw the 305 on sale at REI for only $165. I cancelled the 405 and bought the 305. It is slightly bigger, but almost $200 cheaper. Does anyone use the 305?
I have a 205 and I LOVE it. Seriously, I have feelings for it that no human being should have for a material possession. You know the saying "If a tree falls in the woods and there's no one there to hear it...." I've gotten so smitten with my Garmin that I've found myself thinking "If a towsonmama runs without her Garmin, did she really run?" I'm totally addicted.

poppy~AWESOME pic!!!

balancin1~ for you and your mom.
post #54 of 1016
i can't wait to cheer all of our racers on this weekend! we have so many! check out the race list

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ETA: welcome bjorker! i moved from portland, oregon a few years ago, we probably know some of the same mdc crew
post #55 of 1016
morning y'all. we're back in lortab land here w/ dh. no idea what is going on b/c he thought he passed the remaining stone the night he came home from the ED. we did have a fairly decent day yesterday, as the pain came and went but didn't get bad until the middle of the night. the dog barfed several times while i was trying to color w/ ek, griffin-free, but we still had a good time which is nice because she totally froze me out the first few days.

i confess to being some degree of : that i'm not exactly having the babymoon i envisioned. : i'm worried about dh of course, but every time he has to take a pain pill it throws us out of whack. no hope of a sense of feeling on top of things until this is over.

g is doing ok though, i'm getting more sleep and things could be worse i'm sure (universe: that is NOT an invitation!).

b1 thinking about you.

p-seed you are getting so close, i am excited for you! i know what you mean about turning inward. i would have loved to retreat to a cave the last 4-5 weeks. no birth story yet as i can't find the time.

mandy i actually think a DL list might be useful; easy to keep track of what's going on w/ folks and to offer btdt advice...

ok, arm's asleep, must restore blood flow...
post #56 of 1016
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Originally Posted by Megs_BK View Post
May I suggest not stepping on your abdomen anymore?

Sorry, i couldn't help myself!

I hope you feel better soon.
Snort. I meant when I step with the leg on that side. I feel better today, though, just kind of a nagging ache, but I ran last night with no pain. Now I'm wondering if it's just a muscle ache from biking with the 25 lb back pack into the wind the other day.

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Originally Posted by SugarAndSun View Post
Does anyone use a Garmin. I had a 405 on preorder form Amazon, but apparently they are going to be the last to get it. Then I saw the 305 on sale at REI for only $165. I cancelled the 405 and bought the 305. It is slightly bigger, but almost $200 cheaper. Does anyone use the 305?
I have a 305 and absolutely love it! I love being able to see my mile splits, and I like being able to enter a workout and have it beep at me if I'm not keeping the pace I need.

So I ran 2+ easy miles last night, with a couple quick pick up in the middle, and now the half training is officially done! Now, just have to do my race packing, and wait until Sunday!
post #57 of 1016
So I got up the nerve and went to Zumba. It was a lot of fun, hard and thoroughly embarassing. It has everything from hip-hop to belly dancing to swing to Latin (samba, cha-cha). Let's just say when I shake my booty, more of my body shakes than intended. The cool down was really neat-tai chi set to slow music.

eksmom- Are you parents there with you? I wish I could come help out and bring you a meal. Please tell EK the GA girls say "Hi" .
post #58 of 1016
Woo hoo! Today is my birthday! The "big 3-0" (which is kind of anticlimactic since DH celebrated the big 4-0 a couple years ago.... ) DH is taking me to lunch, then I'm going out for drinks w/ some girlfriends, and despite it being hopelessly busy at work today, I'm hopefully going to get a run in there sometime

Poppy - LOVE that picture - yall both look so cute

megs - you are too funny!

Eks -

B1 -

post #59 of 1016
bjorker~I plan my runs out depending on whether I'll have DS with me or not. If I have to push the stroller, I stick to paved or very smooth dirt/gravel trails. I will do one route I have mapped out around my neighborhood because I know that there's sidewalk the whole way and handicapped ramps at every street crossing. I absolutely refuse to go off-road at all with the stroller...it's hard enough as it is without making it harder! If I'm not running with DS (usually only my long runs on the weekend when he's with his dad), I'll do whatever...I have a nice 10 mile route through town that has portions without sidewalk/ramps that I could never do with the stroller. I also usually do at least one run a week with friends, we pick a park with a good long trail around it or an out and back. I'm lucky that I live in a city that has lots of fairly flat/paved/smooth trails that are good to push the jogger on!

sugarandsun~I have the 305 and love love love it! I saw that REI deal...it's REALLY good! I got mine before xmas through costco for $185 and thought that was a steal! It is a little clunky but I seriously am obsessed with it. I have no concept of pacing, so it really helps me with that, as well as being able to know exactly the distance. I forgot it the other morning for track and I felt so naked. I hated not knowing how fast I was running! The 405 is SO pretty, but I'm not sure it's worth the ton of extra money you'd have to pay over the REI sale price!


Off to get DS up so we can go to music class, followed by a playdate at the indoor jumpy place. Hoping to run to a couple of sporting goods stores after to see if I can find *the* most fabulous outfit for my race this weekend.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CALLIE!

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