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any of you atl ladies need a yakima bike trailer with stroller attachment?
for sale
[i'm not sure how we'd ship it, which is why i say atl ladies]..

back to getting house ready for open house tomorrow :

BBM -
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bbm~That's great race report! You're one speedy lady, even if not as speedy as you'd like. Congrats on a great race!

mb~ for the cough thing. I don't really have any advice but I'm sure someone here will.

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i think towson is running a half today but it's not on the list...
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yes, towsonmama is running a half (at least on facebook she said she was!).
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towsonmama - did you do a half??? rr?
You ladies crack me up! I did run a half today but it wasn't an official race. The organizers of the Baltimore Marathon set up a training run that covered the first half of the course. I have a long-winded report on my blog but overall it was pretty awesome. My running partner and I tried to keep it really slow since it was just a training run and I think we finished in 2:10 or so.
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My running partner and I tried to keep it really slow since it was just a training run and I think we finished in 2:10 or so.
: Sure...keep it really slow...just 2:10 or so. You know I did my last half in 2:06 and it was downhill and I thought I was gonna die, right?? You are getting SO fast!!

bbm~Great race report! Way to go! I know it's a little disappointing when you don't quite hit your goals, but that just gives you something to shoot for next time. That's still a VERY respectable time!


rr~I'm back from my "epic" ride. I say "epic" (with the quotes) because it's not like I went out and rode 200 miles or anything, but it was still kind of epic for me! I SO wanted to chicken out on doing this. I'm such a wuss about going out and doing something that I've never done before unless there's somebody else with me, but none of my friends were available to ride today. I got up this morning, got dressed, sat on the couch, ate some breakfast, checked my email, tried to come up with a good reason not to go...nope, couldn't come up with anything. So, I packed the car up and headed out. The ride I did is a very popular training ride around here, so I knew at least there would be plenty of other cyclists out there on a Saturday morning, so if I rode off the side of the mountain, there would probably be someone around to see it and call for help. I actually met up with a super nice couple in the parking lot down at the bottom. They were planning a longer, loop ride, but were nice enough to ride with me for the first few miles and give some advice about the ride. After that it was up, up, up. It's a 10 mile ride to the top, at an average of a 6-8% grade. It wasn't nearly as steep as the hill I rode in my race last weekend, but it was a whole lot longer. At one point, I latched onto a couple of guys that were going about my speed and rode with them for awhile, but they pulled off to rest and I kept going. It was SO beautiful. I took some pictures on the way down, I'll have to get them up on the website and post here when I do. At the top, there's an old school house where the locals have set up a Cyclist Rest Stop. It's awesome, they have picnic tables and benches, a port-o-potty, and coolers that they keep stocked with gatorade and water (they just ask for a donation). I hung out there for about 10 minutes to let my legs recover, then headed back down. The top part of the descent was a little scary. I had some serious speed and there were a ton of hairpin turns. My brakes got a good workout! About halfway down, it straightened out and I just let it fly. What a great ride! A total of about 21 miles, the first 10 took me an hour and a half, the second 10 took me half an hour!
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You know I did my last half in 2:06 and it was downhill and I thought I was gonna die, right??
Yeah but I don't swim or ride a bike. Both of those would make me feel like I was gonna die, especially the bike part. No way, no how. But I do have to admit your ride today sounds awesome! I can't believe the time difference between riding up the mountain and going back down the mountain.
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towsonmama~ Speedy McSpeedster ! That's way fast for "not racing".

tjsmama ~ what a wonderful ride! I'd love to ride out there in the Rockies.

bbm ~ great race! Sorry you didn't hit your time goals, but you still did great!

Does this ever happen to anyone else? Every once in a while I'll have a good long run in the morning and the rest of the day I'm just toast. My body aches, my head hurts, I have zero energy and just want to sleep. No amount of hydration, food or coffee can drag me back to feeling "normal". Well, that is today in a nutshell. Ran 7.5 this morning in high humidity and heat and never recovered. I feel just blech.
post #526 of 667
love the race and ride reports everyone! great job and so inspiring.

i'm trying to relax a bit now that my big summer events are done - maybe stress is playing a role in my latest problems. so i just hung out at home today. ds and I hiked up to Taylor Lodge which is one of the easiest hikes around. Just over 3 miles roundtrip and great for littles because there's a big waterfall to work toward, then a cool beaver pond and finally a little lodge house. i wish i could say he did great, but really he whined almost all the way up and down. but in the end i think he enjoyed it. the highest my heartrate got was about 110 which was no problem.

just trying to do a little soap work. i've been trying to either avoid or cancel orders all summer because i've been so busy but now with uncertainty about my job and it being time to plan for holiday soap - i guess i'd better get busy. three orders shipped today!

i'm missing having a creative outlet, it's all been bike shop or work focused. my craft table is now at the shop as dh's office desk my supplies are piled on the floor. the energy is not good. i have to get it organized and figure out a work around. at the very least i have to start knitting again!

thanks for listening to me vent. off to figure out dinner and laundry.
post #527 of 667
jaygee, I think that's "normal" for running in humidity. or at least IME. the past few Lr's I have done I've found myself napping after lunch and just feeling really drained.

the cough is not better. getting worse, actually. we bought some OTC stuff (dh has it too) and I think I'm heading to the doc next week if not better....that's a full week of serious hacking, YK? I needed steroids the last time to stop. so I'll try to get through tomorrow and Monday (interview, of all things) and then re-evaluate. I HATE to not run for this long, but am trying to keep up with yoga and such. bleh.
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mamabeth~UGH! I hope you and dh find some relief soon.

jaygee~ Oh yeah, totally have been there with the toast all day thing. I've been wondering if it has something to do with fuel/hydration the day before the run. Did you eat enough yesterday? The humidity sure doesn't help.
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Talk about toast! I ran 14 this am and I'm feeling pretty toast-like right now. I drove to run with the Team in Training group today and brought my friend who is training for Chicago with me. The group was only planning to run 10, but I checked with the coach ahead of time and he said it would be okay for us to do 14. It was hot and humid today (of course, since it's been only on the warm side and not humid all week!) The last time I did a long time with this friend was also 14 and we had a great run, with me almost struggling to keep up with her. This time, the first 7 went well and then she started really struggling. I hung with her until mile 12, when she kept insisting I go ahead if I wanted to go faster. I didn't want to leave her, but she was sure she was okay to walk in, and I started to feel like I was bothering her more by sticking with her, so I ran the last 2 miles. The marathon coach passed me going the other way with less than a mile to go, and he went back for my friend at that point. I ran in, hit the restroom, and then walked back to them. My poor friend was feeling miserable after the run. She sat for a while and then had to go to the bathroom and throw up. I waited with her in the bathroom until she was able to change her clothes. Then, we stopped at our running store which is just a couple blocks from where Team in Training runs and I went to look for new shoes. She stayed in the car with the air on, and had to get out to throw up again. After that, I stopped at Panera for a sandwich and she got a lemonade and she was able to drink that while we drove home and then felt a little better. I called her a little bit ago and she was feeling almost back to normal, just tired. She'd never had that happen before while running and wasn't sure what was up. The marathon coach suggested hyponatremia (over hydration basically) but I'm not sure about that - we did drink a bit at all the water stops, but I don't think she drank that much. She had drank powerade at most stops which she wasn't used to and thought maybe that was it. I felt so bad for her, and then felt guilty for running ahead on top of it. It was a pretty slow 14 because of the whole situation - the first 7 where good, and then we were really slow the next 5, and I ran the last 2 alone in just under 10 minute mile pace still feeling really good. On the one had, I was happy that the run felt good and I felt good even the last 2 miles - but on the other I felt so bad for my friend and she was so discouraged.

This afternoon I went to get my hair down and then took the youngest 2 kids to see Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3-D. Now, I'm beat!

I had a long week - the older I get the harder it is for me to recover from an all nighter I find. My dear friend and client had her baby late Tues night - another little boy and all was well. It was a fun birth. Her dh, her sister and her 3 older kids were all there, as well as the medical student who spent a month with me ending yesterday. We were chatting and having a good time, playing with the kids, the dh and my med student really hit it off, and it was a nice part atmosphere. My friend walked and stood most of the time, and then wanted to kneel for a bit. She was still smiling and talking between contractions and we were all just sort of enjoying ourselves. Every so often, we'd get a good giggle out of the 6 yr old dd trying to get on the floor and look up her mom's nightgown to see if the baby was coming out yet. She kept telling her mama "you need to push to get the baby out! why aren't you pushing?" It was pretty funny. Anyway, the sister was actually planning to catch, but I thought we had a way to go. All of sudden I heard my friend grunt a bit with a contraction and I asked her if she was pushing. She said she wasn't sure, but was just starting to feel pressure. So, I start rummaging around for gloves for me and the sister, and while I'm still trying to get organized, I suddenly hear a big splat and turn to see water running everywhere. I stepped up my efforts to get into gloves, and my friend, who is kneeling on the bed starts gasping at me that the head is out! I still only had one glove on, and the sister not any yet and I lifted up my friend's nightgown to find the baby indeed blinking at me! I held his head with my one hand while she pushed out the body and the little guy splashed landed on the bed. The dh and my med student hadn't really even realized what was going on and were flabbergasted to see the baby already. It was a great birth and as my med student finally managed to say a few minutes later "That was AWESOME!"
post #530 of 667
Aw Jen this is so hard. This exact situation happened to me and jgmommo once. I think we've already talked about this here so it's okay to share. Basically she hadn't eaten enough the days before and hit the wall really bad. It was on the day that we were to do 15. I did go ahead but struggled. She said something that helped a lot and I bet this is true for your friend too...she told me how guilty *she* would have felt if I hadn't finished my run to walk with her. I dunno. I think it's just part of running with a buddy and negotiating relationship. KWIM? And congratulations on an awesome run!

I have a 13 miler planned for tomorrow. Solo I've really missed jgmommo, but she's coming home tomorrow.
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My chest is still hurt, but I'm okay as long as I don't use it one particular way, so I think it is a small strain or tear. I'm okay with teh Dr, but I'm all about avoiding an ER co pay, teh wasted time, adn teh added germs that come with weekend hospital visits. If needed, I'm sure I could go to the reg Dr this week, but if it's feeling better tomorrow, I think i will skip it and just rest it.

Poppy, are you in Atlanta? I already have a bike trailer (though yours is nicer!)

JayGee, sounds like you bonked to me, b/c that's how I feel often after running or other intense exercise when my HR stays above 165 for more than a few minutes. AND..... I'm pretty sure that runnign in humid conditions will raise your heart rate. I could be wrong on this (someone correct me), but I recently sat in teh gym steam room and I still had my HR monitor on. My normal resting HR, like when I am driving is high 70's low 80's. I was completely relaxed in teh steam room, and I thought, "Oh I feel so relaxed, I'll bet my HR is in the 60's"... Nope, it was above 100, close to 110 which is a nice walk rate for me. So I researched, and yes, a steam room will increase it that much. I am from New Orleans (90-99% humidity on more days than not), and I was thinking, "I'll bet that that is why it is so hard for me to run when we are there on vacation", b/c teh humidity is so high and my HR must be higher than I am used to.

Anyway, check out my theory and see what you think, LOL
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Dr jen, that birth report was great. I love reading them!
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Gigi, sorry, I meant to reply to your post earlier and forgot. Definitely keep icing. As long as it's getting better and not worse, and you aren't having a lot of difficulty with breathing or everyday activities, you probably don't need to go to the doctor. Just try to take it easy on the things you notice bother it, and ice. Chest muscles can take a while to heal...longer than other muscles, because you use them for SO many things and they're constantly working. So, don't be surprised if it lingers with you for awhile!

drjen~ and totally, what BBM said about your running partner. Love the birth story, too!

Ok, I got a blog post up about my ride today, complete with pictures, if you wanna check it out!
post #534 of 667
Go sugarandsun!! :

I'm off to look at some baby things a friend is selling - unused baby swing, unused infant carseat, bassinet, clothes...

I have a little bump! : Baby Sprout is growing! 8 days until I hear his/her heartbeat.

I'm hoping this afternoon to get out for a run/walk. I also need to get some chores done around here. :

Happy Sunday!!
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I have a little bump! : Baby Sprout is growing! 8 days until I hear his/her heartbeat.
Awwww....... how sweet and wonderful .

tjsmama ~ great pics from your ride. I am just so envious of where you live.

I think my "toasted feeling" all day yesterday was from not drinking enough water before my run and from inadequate calories the day before. I must fuel the workouts better.

I am SO READY for DH to come home. My house is a shambles, I'm getting kind of short-tempered with my children, and I am craving some time just for myself. Next Sunday my race is 1 1/2 hours away and I will drive there alone, race alone, hang out for the awards (which I never do) and then I'll slowly make my way home. I can't wait for the silence. My kids seriously never.stop.talking.... ever. Argh!
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So here's my run report...7am head out the door for my solo 13 miler. At first I was really dreading doing so far by myself. But as I got into it, it was nice to have the solitude (not that I'm not looking forward to jgmommo coming home!). I did something a little different. Usually by 1/2 a mile I'm in the woods and I have a route that pretty much keeps me in the woods for the whole time, with the exception of a small amount of roads through John Bryan Camp grounds. But I'm getting bored with that route and wanted some thing different. So I headed through the glen, it's three miles from my starting point to the other side. Then instead of off into John Bryan I went down devils backbone and back up this other hill and back to the entrance of the park (about 5 miles total) then back out for the rest of the mileage. I got passed by the speedy local team. Sigh. I envy their speed. But I did pick the speed up when they were around . It took me 2:18. Pretty slow for me historically, but not so much now. Sigh.
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Does this ever happen to anyone else? Every once in a while I'll have a good long run in the morning and the rest of the day I'm just toast. My body aches, my head hurts, I have zero energy and just want to sleep. No amount of hydration, food or coffee can drag me back to feeling "normal". Well, that is today in a nutshell. Ran 7.5 this morning in high humidity and heat and never recovered. I feel just blech.
I'm pretty sure that this is just a normal part of training. Listening to NPR this week and they were talking with athletes at the Olympic Training Center. The usual schedule is breakfast, training, lunch, Nap, snack, more training, supper, relaxation and bed. The nap is built into the training schedule to allow recovery time, which makes additional training more effective.

Personally, I did a long ride today and although I have been very careful about hydrating and all, I could still use a nap right about now.

mothercat
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I reread my last post and realized by the many, many typos that I must have been even more tired than I thought! I went to bed before my dh and kids last night - I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. This morning, I had to get up early to play the piano in church, and I was glad I'd had the extra sleep.

I just did 3.4 easy recovery miles. My left quad and my right hamstring feel a little tight from yesterday's 14. I'm about to hop in the cold bath and see if that will help some of it. I've been running on Monday nights while Justin does the kids running group, but I'll wait and see how the legs feel tomorrow and decide then if I need an extra off day.
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WTG BBM! You are so speedy!!

and WTG towson even thought it wasn't official and DrJen on your LR too!

Jaygee - I just wanted to ask if you used any electrolytes (e.g., gatorade) during or after your run? I get very wiped after running in the heat if I dont' make sure to take in some electrolytes afterwards...

this probably sounds gross, but sometimes I actually come home and eat a little table salt if I feel really bad after a run, and it makes me feel better
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Jaygee - I just wanted to ask if you used any electrolytes (e.g., gatorade) during or after your run? I get very wiped after running in the heat if I dont' make sure to take in some electrolytes afterwards...

this probably sounds gross, but sometimes I actually come home and eat a little table salt if I feel really bad after a run, and it makes me feel better
I had a G2 (the low cal Gatorade). Maybe I'll try salt! I still feel kind of crappy today. Oh well.... it's my "day off" from training anyway.
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