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post #41 of 667
kerc - I, too, was going to suggest a Hal Higdon beginner program. I think it's totally do-able, and not a lot of long runs during the week, so you only have to have a bigger block of time for your long runs. I used it for my first half and felt it was a great beginner program.

The helmet thing I don't think would be made better by cooler helmets. They are literally the only kids they ever see wearing them, and they feel out of place and do get teased about them, which stinks even more. They want to be able to ride to friends' houses and things, though, and I don't feel comfortable with them on the road with no helmet - just seen too many injuries in my day, most not the kid's fault. I have bad dreams about cars coming out of nowhere and big potholes pitching a kid over the handlebars - and basically, I feel like I have to win this helmet battle. The only thing that has helped since they've gotten bigger was seeing eksmom all decked out to ride her way cool road bike last summer! For a brief time after that, they thought helmets were cool. Maybe I need to buy them bike jerseys?

RR - ran and walked about 4 total today. Justin came along for the first mile and a half or so, and then ran sporadically for brief periods with me. We ran at a local park by the river on the trail, several loops around, so he could catch back up with me every so often. He's getting better at running a consistent pace instead of sprinting and walking!

bbm - that sounds perfect for a long run pace for me! I'll have my garmin with me, too for knowing our distance and hopefully we can find somewhere fun to run! Are you thinking Sat am?

kate~mom - swim meets are such fun! Sounds like your dd is doing great. I can't wait to have the opportunity to say I ran with kate~mom!
post #42 of 667
Hi ChinaKat!

kate~mom! WTG on the win! I hope your running rut disappears soon!

BBM - I may have you beat for the laziest! I am always trying to engineer ways to make my run more efficient/shorter

: MB!
post #43 of 667
kate~mom~Congrats on the win!!

chinacat!

:yawning: I'm at before 6 a.m. for the 3rd day in a row for my run. My bday is next week and I told dh the only thing I want is to be able to sleep in and run later in the day. Sounds easy but with three kids ya never know!
post #44 of 667
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:yawning: I'm at before 6 a.m. for the 3rd day in a row for my run. My bday is next week and I told dh the only thing I want is to be able to sleep in and run later in the day. Sounds easy but with three kids ya never know!
I am so there with you! Our anniversary is on Saturday and we're thinking of staying in a hotel that night. All I can think about is the fact that I'll get to sleep. Well, that and pee by myself...

Chinacat. You'll love it here!

I'm heading out on a short run, not very enthusiastically.
post #45 of 667
MB and HBM.. the Peachtree is tomorrow!!!!! Are you glas excited? I'll look for you on TV (LOL), and next year, I'll be running it.

I've been fighting a virus for teh last few days. So my workouts have been few and far between. And I leave for a 10 day vacation on Sunday.....

Kate mom, my 2 dds swim too. I just signed my 8yo up for year round swimming. My 6yo just wants to do summer league for right now. I love love love watching them swim. We've been watching teh Olympic Trials this week on TV.
post #46 of 667
CATHTORIA!!!!!!

I see you at your half way mark!!!! Congratulations Excellent work. Rock that peachtree.

Wow, July is a busy birthday month. Happy birthday to all!

On the helmets, I've seen my dad and a friend both use their helmets and walk away. We pulled my friend's helmet in half afterwards. She got two stitches on her upper lip but no other injuries. Neither my dad non my friend were going very fast, neither were riding with traffic (both on multiuse trails), and both being very reasonable about what they were doing. (My dad slipped on sand that was on the trail as he was trying to turn, hit his head on the wall next to the trail; my friend carefully navigated one set of barricades and ran into another set just behind, and went over her handlebars landing forehead first.) Accidents happen. After witnessing those two things, though, helmets are non-negotiable in my house.
post #47 of 667
Helmets are also non negotiable in our house. We make our decisions are what is right and not on what "everyone" else is doing.

I also had a little imput on that mom spanking her child. I don't know if I would have had the courage to do it, but...my SIL told me a story of a mom in the check out line dealing with her child and the mom was just wearing down, the child being very disrespectful and trying to push buttons. My SIL sympathized with the mom telling her that "us moms got to stick together" and told the daughter how lucky she was to have a mom love her enough to care about her behaviour. She then asked if she could give the mom a hug and the mom said yes and seemed to feel much better.

Shortly after that (within a week) I had a mom accuse me of kidnapping my ds3 because he was crying in the check out line for his "monster truck" (a sand toy we were buying). IT made me so sad I didn't get a woman as sympathetic, brave, and loving as my SIL. Anyway...

My sunburn has stopped prickling (hopefully for good!) and my sprained ankle feels good (slipped on some steps) so I think I'll try some running today. It's raining out so all the more reason to get on the TM without wanting to be outside (can't run outside with my three kids).

Looking forward to seeing everyone. I'd love to run with BBM, Kate~mom, and DrJen, but I'm not up to 12 miles at this point.

Jaygee~I see you chose to run the half at Indy...I'm torn as I also want to run with BBM. I also know others running that one and it gives me longer to get back into Half shape, as well as more chance for cooler weather (as the heat has bothered me this year). and unfortunatly I need to consider gas prices :

Gotta jet, love you mamas!!:

Lisa
post #48 of 667
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Jaygee~I see you chose to run the half at Indy...I'm torn as I also want to run with BBM. I also know others running that one and it gives me longer to get back into Half shape, as well as more chance for cooler weather (as the heat has bothered me this year). and unfortunatly I need to consider gas prices :
Yup, I think the weather will be just delicious for running on Nov. 1st. Let me know if you decide on the race. I'd love to meet a fellow Dingo there .

I'm dropping DS off at a friend's house and then heading to the YMCA for speedwork on the ol' treadmill (sporting my Mama Needs a Run shirt!) Have a great morning, Mamas!
post #49 of 667
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CATHTORIA!!!!!!

I see you at your half way mark!!!! Congratulations Excellent work. .
TY. I'm not sure if 2 of those lbs are "sticking" or just water/or whatever, but yes, I am getting close to half way. I've cut back a lot on exercise, mostly based on having teh kids out of school, activities, schedules.. but I also think I have been eating a lot less. And I think that my newly built muscles are finally kicking up my metabolism.

I still have those 30 lbs left to lose, and that's just to get me to a level where I'm "healthy", I'd love to lose 20-30 more after that to look hot, LOL. But about 15 more lbs to go, and my weight will be out of the obese category :

anyway, thank you for noticing. I'm really glad that I made the mental decisions and changes that I needed to get myslef to a healthier weight. I'm really enjoying weraing my clothes that now fit or have a little wiggle room. It's a nice feeling.
post #50 of 667
No running today, I'm "tapering" (read: sore from my massage) for the 10K.

poppy, I had some thoughts about the store too...in the South it is terribly common to witness that scene, sadly enough, so I don't think any "authority" figures would do anything about it, honestly. but I was also thinking that if anything were to be done, it would be sympathizing with the mom, bc she is obviously having a bad day and does not have the resources to do anything else but spank, yk? I'm not sure I could always do it either but that's sort of what I try to do when I see stuff like that...the mom almost always wants to chat about her kid and how hard it is. so FWIW....

I have found a new sewing craft that is addictive and I will try to put some pictures on my blog. It's from the alabama chanin site, her stuff is gorgeous!

Gigi, congrats on 27 lbs!!!!!!!!!! thanks for pointing that out, geo. hope you all feel much better soon.

welcome chinakat!

I am a helmet freak even for my little guy bc I went over the handlebars pre-helmets and had big time scars on my face for a long time. Thankfully they went away without surgery, but I was pretty traumatized by it.

if you have a sec, send up some prayers/smoke signals/positive thoughts for my best friend....I have talked about her before, she is a runner and has a 3 YO and a crazy ex. He is threatening all kinds of terrible stuff and I just am sick for her and my godson.

take care mamas.
post #51 of 667
drjen - the tour de france is coming up, right? i think it starts this weekend. maybe they can check out some of the race footage and see all the cool tough guys wearing helmets

mamabeth - when i was writing my post about the mom originally i mentioned that i thought that spanking was not considered bad parenting in the south but then i thought i might offend with that comment so i took it out. being from the south and now living here again, i feel qualified to make that statement though, so i agree. it makes me sad.

dhs birthday is the 5th and i have nothing planned. better get on that.

happy 4th everyone! :
post #52 of 667
And DrJen, I realize that the ease of making helmet use "non negotiable" is different when considering a 5-6 year old than a 10-13 year old. For me, I witnessed my friend's accident when I was about 10. Watching her land on her head, accompanying her to the ER (though not witnessing the stitches) and playing with the helmet made a HUGE impression on me. It made me somewhat peer-pressure-proof. My dad's accident was when I was 14 or 15. Just in time to reinforce the lesson.
post #53 of 667
I told my neighbor he needed a bike helmet. He's 33. Good news about that? He got one the next day. I just subtlely said, a). the city bus has almost run me off the road multiple times and b). our children won't wear helmets as easily as they do right now if we don't. Yeah, I'm the helmet lady in this neighborhood.



Running related: I ran with Leah yesterday fr the first time in ages. Actually she got 2 jogger rides (10 miler, eeek with dad and a short one with me). Does anyone else think running with the jogger is harder when you're semi-out of shape? Or can I consistently say that running with the jogger adds 5% to your workout?
post #54 of 667
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drjen - the tour de france is coming up, right? i think it starts this weekend. maybe they can check out some of the race footage and see all the cool tough guys wearing helmets
unless it is hot out and then some of the top guys don't wear them. Frankly I think they are nuts because they ride so freaking fast on those skinny tires.....
post #55 of 667
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unless it is hot out and then some of the top guys don't wear them. Frankly I think they are nuts because they ride so freaking fast on those skinny tires.....
not anymore they can't, unless they want to be fined
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Perhaps the greatest legacy of Casartelli's death is the UCI helmet rule, which has gradually been strengthened to the point that this year, riders can be fined for riding without helmets at any time during the race (last year, 2006,they could remove them on finishing climbs).
took them long enough...

UCI rule
post #56 of 667
I am a helmet nazi too

There is nothing like looking at your mom in a coma in intensive care and being told the only reason she was alive was because of her helmet! (riding accident, and she is fine now, but now I don't get near my bike w/o a helmet)

Goodluck MB and HBM tomorrow I'll drink a bloody mary in your honor! Sometimes I miss Atlanta....

Congrats too, GiGi!!!
post #57 of 667
Add me to the list of helmet nazis. Totally non-negotiable. And I have a 13yo who is just getting on a bike for the first time in several years. I don't care if it isn't cool. Would you rather be cool or alive? If I ever catch her riding without it, I'll take her bike away and add on significant other consequences. One of our closest friends, and Ironman triathlete with many years of experience riding on busy hwys was in a horrible accident 5 weeks ago. His helmet was destroyed and his head was completely undamaged. He did however, suffer an exploded L5, broken L4, and the most damaged muscles in his butt that I think are possible. There is some nerve damage because he can't lift the toes of his right foot. I tell my kids the horror stories and they hear them first hand. Another friend cracked a bone in his neck in a bike accident. He brought his helmet to school to show all the kids and keeps it hanging in his office as a testament to the power of a helmet. It's completely smashed up. Fletcher used to balk and wearing a helmet, but I got all witchy on his behind. It took a long time, but he now understands about the importance of being an example to our kids. Besides, they won't let him ride without it.

We've been riding our bikes all week, trying to keep our car parked. It's great! But so hard, too, because the kids haven't had to ride on the road before. They are learning all the laws and how to function in traffic at busy 4 way stops. We live in a resort town and the traffic here is way overbusy for the size of our town during the summer. It's scary, but I want them to know this stuff. The girls are terrified. Oliver needs to be a bit more scared. But, with a little practice each day, I bet they'll be comfortable, cautious cyclists by the end of summer. I hope!!!

Eksmom, would you please remove the multi-sport weekend from the race list for me?

I made the decision last night after talking to my sister to follow the advice of my health care providers and stop running for a while. I'm feeling surly and frustrated about it. Like a total loser. But, I'm still doing my core training, riding my bike a lot, and doing a lot of piriformis specific PT exercises. I'm hoping to ride my bike along side her while she runs, if the race organizers will let me.

Sorry for no personals. I had a bunch of multi-quotes saved for the June thread and I'm just so far behind that I gave up.

Much
post #58 of 667
drjen - the earlier the better. jgmommo and I have been doing our runs at 7:30am. do you think that's feasible or is that too early? If I have a general time I can at least forewarn dh (who's not such a "d" these days, unless it's another four letter word : ).

No run today. It's a scheduled day off, but man I'm whooped.
post #59 of 667
I think 7 or 7:30 is fine. You mean Sat though, right? My older dd can be in charge until they all wake up and then eksmom has volunteered to keep them from killing each other!
post #60 of 667
Welcome, Chinakat!

kate~mom~ WTG on winning your age group! I do understand the running rut feeling...that's precisely why I do triathlons! I hope you get past it soon!


:yawning: DS was up early again this morning. The good part is that it gave me extra incentive to get out the door for a run before it started getting hot! I did 5k w/dog and toddler. Then went to the Y a couple of hours later to swim for a pseudo-brick. Starting to have slightly bigger freak-outs about the oly tri in TWO WEEKS! I decided that I REALLY need to work on my swim distance and not do the more fun speed workouts, so I swam 2500 yds without stopping (except at the wall to turn). It was boring and my arms are sore, but I feel slightly better. Except for the part where there's no wall every 25 yds in open water...

I think we are going to make attempt #2 at a Fourth of July family bike ride tomorrow. Last year's attempt resulted in a trip to the ER as DS decided to jump face-first out of the back of the Jeep as I was getting the bike/trailer set up. : I also want to try to take DS somewhere to watch fireworks tomorrow night...I really think he will love them this year...
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