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Old 10-29-2011, 03:51 PM
 
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wave.gif Hi to the Dingoes! How's everyone?

 

Nick - Good luck tomorrow!!! jog.gif

 

This is just a quick post, so forgive my lack of personals.

 

Boston has been great! I have really had so many good conversations with people, made onnections both professionally and personally - it has been wonderful and exhausting. And this is a gorgeous city, too. I have walked/run for hours all over town, even Thursday when the weather was very wet and cold all day. Today I shopped in a street near the Berklee College of Music, and found a CD and comic store that was just so fun to browse through. I found little gifts for each of the kids, and I could have spent another hour looking through CDs for myself!

 

I have been in my room for a couple of hours now because I suddenly got a pretty severe headache this afternoon and had to come put my feet up and take something for it. That was actually ok, though, because I ended up calling my dad who I haven't spoken to in months, and am getting a small job finished, too, just in case the weather messes up my plans for traveling home tomorrow. It is not snowing here yet, but should start tonight. Actually, I'm not so worried about some snow, since I should be able to get to the airport on the T just fine, but it is also supposed to be very windy, and then there is a risk of power outages. 

 

RR: 2 fantastic runs of around 4 and 4.5 miles. The first run was at 6 am, and I kept expecting it to get light at any minute... forgetting how far north we are here! Still, it was great. Then today before the storm blew in I ran across the Harvard bridge and down to Longfellow Bridge and back across. Gorgeous! The rowers were out and lots of runners, kids on bikes, dogs, all kinds of things to see. I loved it.

 

Abbey, so sorry I never even tried to contact you - but you just got back home yourself anyway. Disney sounds great!! 


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I've once again been reading and not quite getting my fingers in gear to reply- it's my final two weeks in the classroom before exams and medical/surgical clinical with my students, and I've been swamped with grading, final prep for clinical, etc. etc. Not to mention kids, life and even occasionally running, getting ready for Hallowe'en and my oldest turns six on November 1st! Today has been a very, very long day with my youngest waking up at 4 am, having a big meltdown because her sister had gone for a sleepover at their uncle's house, insisting that I call her to talk to her *right now*, then that she could call her dad and so on. She did eventually get into bed for about half an hour, and let me doze on the couch while she watched tv, but she didn't sleep from 4 until naptime (and naptime for me, too!). I'm counting the minutes until bedtime tonight so I can get some stuff done without an over-tired toddler destroying the house.

 

RR- Rest today, and my 11k trail race tomorrow. Forecast is for rain, so it could be a muddy one!

 

 

DrJen, I find teaching really tiring, too, and clinical teaching even more so. I'm trying to keep my eyes in a few dozen places, anticipate challenges, and always trying to find the right balance of supporting students to find answers and understanding when sometimes I just want to hip check them out of the way and do what needs to be done wild.gif

 

Mel, sounds like a great trip!

 

sparkle, I'm impressed with your meditation results.

 

Nic, have fun tomorrow!!


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Poppy - My father has Bel's Palsy.  He has only been going to his regular doc for it, and I want him to go to a specialist.  He has gotten it like 4 times!  He currently still has problems with his eye and his cheek is still droopy, after the round of steroids (which, really not good for his personality).  He also had a lot of pain this time around.  I hope things get better quickly for your DH.  From the little I know, there really isn't a lot known about this condition.  If you happen to come on anything in your research (treatments, etc.) please pass it on to me! 

Bec - sorry to hear that your father has it. I can tell you there has been little/no improvement in the 1+ week he has had it. I had a lot of hope for early intervention with acupuncture, but there is nothing evident to suggest it has worked. However, I also believe that there is probably more happening that we cannot see and we just need to be patient. He seems to be in quite a bit of pain, though, which is just hard to deal with. He is handling the facial/eye issues pretty well, it's more the ear/head pain that is the worst. We go to the neuro on Monday. I will surely let you know if anything seems to improve. He is done with steroid and anti-viral and is now just taking B-12, Tumeric and tylenol. He's also drinking a tea that is supposed to lower blood pressure.

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JayGee--yay for your run.

Mel38--glad to hear you're having a nice time in Boston, and hope your flight makes it out ok.

MelW--hope you're able to catch up on some of that lost sleep. Also, good luck on your race!

Nic--good luck!

1jooj--so sorry about all your DH's travel. Is there an end in sight (or one sooner rather than later)?

RR: a gorgeous, perfect 11 today. I've been wanting to go long for weeks (at least 10) but have only had time to do 7-8 for various reasons. Today DH took the kids to a Halloween carnival and I headed out. First, I pre-treated (!!) the recommended 10-15 minutes before I ran, and wow, the difference! Seriously. I'd been using my inhaler just before I left on long runs, but it's not nearly as effective. And I started using a spacer with my inhaler and that seems to be helping too. I was still coughing some while waiting at stoplights, but I could breathe. Anyhow, it was just awesome: hawks circling overhead on a couple of occasions, fall colors, leaves crunching underfoot, and birds circling over Standley Lake near sunset, not to mention the sun sinking behind the mountains toward the end and the mid-50s temperature. It was super-windy, but that was ok. On the way home I'd finished the 10 I'd planned but felt good enough that I circled around the neighborhood to finish 11. Ahhhh. orngbiggrin.gif

NRR: Trying to catch up on grading and organizing, but hoping to spend an hour or two just knitting and listening to podcasts before bed. I could use the mental break, especially because DH is heading up to our trailer tomorrow to close it for winter (shut off the water, blow out the pipes, shut off the gas, etc). We're hoping he'll be back around dinnertime to help carve pumpkins, but mostly, it will be all me with kids who are seriously wired about Halloween. Hmmm...maybe I'll take them to the bouncy house place for an hour or two one they drive me completely insane. (I don't mean for that to sound terrible, but lately they've been bouncing off the walls, pretty much literally.)

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Lisa - Isn't it amazing when everything comes together with a run?  I'm glad the inhaler worked for you!

 

Poppy - Let me know what the neuro says.  I have been pestering my father to go to a neuro, but he has been really stubborn about it! 

 

No running today, but 8+ hours of work.  It was a busy day.  Oh, and I am charmer of the week!  That means I am being recognized for good selling from last week.  It's a small thing, but definitely makes me feel appreciated!


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Run like the wind, Nic! Go Go Go!!! Woo-HOO! <cowbell>

 

I am cleaning the house today, and about to sneak out for a short, late run/walk. Just got all caught up in the loads of laundry that were waiting and the dirty floors and the litter boxes and all that, and *poof* it's 9AM. But the weather seems to be holding well below 90 (I think it's low 80s now) so I'll get out for at least a walk and then come home for yoga. AF is here and day 1 is always a power day for me. I guess that's my RR.

 

I also got an idea for a book proposal over the weekend, precipitated by our reading of Oz over the past few weeks. It's nothing flashy, but could be relatively simple to write, so I want to send a proposal by end of November and see what comes of that.

 

Real, no end in sight for dh's travel. He will likely have at least one more trip to Egypt in November. I don't know what's around the bend, but I am guessing Saudi would have him there 24/7 if they could, and there are a few other countries that will need a visit soon. I'm struggling with the decision to move, the level of selfishness on my own part, and the realization that there will be no ideal, here, there or anywhere. Here, we are a little bubble family with no connections. There, we're connected but without dh. But here, we're about 80% without dh anyway. Is it worth being miserable and lonely just to have an occasional 3-day weekend together? Like, what's really better, and what's fair? Right now, I don't feel like this is fair for a family to exist in such a disconnected state [and in such a $h!thole of a place /opinion] just so that the father has physical proximity to the kids when he happens to be fortunate enough to not be out of the country for a weekend. To be honest, he spends at least half of those weekends home sleeping on the sofa while the kids play on the computer because he's too tired to do any more than that. It feels stupid.

 

Now, to run it off. jog.gif

 

ETA: 5km around the track + 3km to/from the track. I also now have empirical proof I can run a mile again without stopping. Imagine what I might be capable of in 55-degree weather. ROTFLMAO.gif

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Go Nic, Go!!!!!!


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Go Nic Go!

 

Jo - It seems to me that you're not being selfish simply acknowledging that what you thought you were signed up for is not what you got.  The whole point was to see more of dh and to experience a new culture.  So you ended up with no more of dh and no cohesive culture.  Is there any other place in the region that might be a better fit though?  Is there somewhere that dh could travel back to more quickly than coming all the way back here where you and the kids would find the experience and culture you were hoping for?  What about India? 

 

MelW - Good luck on your trail race today.  I hope you're just getting the overcast we have and not too much rain.

 

Another long day on the schedule.  I don't know what's going on with the community this year, maybe everyone is just burned out from last year's principal drama or something but I'm not getting enough people helping with this production.  It's almost weird, like, do I smell?  My scenic artist had a painting call yesterday, ideally she'd have 8-10 people at any given time to do her bidding.  Other than me and my family she got one parent and a family she knows who aren't otherwise involved with the play.  There are 50 families involved and so far only about 5 of them have done more than drop off their kids for rehearsal.  It's not the end of the world of course, it's just community theatre, but last year's show seemed to give everyone such a rush from working together on it that I'm really confused as to why this year it's been so hard to get any participation.

ANyway, I need to do a little dye job on my hair and then try to work out my Bellatrix Lestrange costume.  I thought it would at least amuse me to go direct as her today.


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Poppy, I hope that all of the treatments come together and help soon with the Bell's Palsy.

 

Real, sounds like a glorious run. And I can totally relate to the need to get out of the house and let the kids run off energy. Especially on miserable days when I can't kick them outside as easily. I've been known to take them to the grocery store that has little carts and let them race up and down the aisles bag.gif

 

Plady, I want to see pictures! The costume sounds terrific. Sorry you're not getting the community support for your community theater.

 

jo, you are so balanced about the considerations to what makes a good life for the whole family. It's a seriously frustrating situation! And way to run in the heat!!

 

Race Report:

Last night I had an email saying that the race had sold out for the first time ever (250 people), and asking people to come and sign waivers/get numbers early since there would be no race-day registration. It was an 11:00 start time, and my MIL was coming to the house at 10:15, so I changed my plan and biked with the kids over at 9 to pick up my number, then took them to the coffee shop for juice and a chance to play before biking home, getting changed, and heading back to the race at around 10:30. There were lots of people I know there, including five other parents from my oldest's class at school. Lots of costumed runners, too- they award a prize for best costume.

 

The race announcements included speculation about what the actual distance was: it's advertised as a 10k, the website says 10.5 and 11. The scouting race last weekend had it at 10.7, but there's notoriously bad gps reception under the trees on these trails. Other announcements included bear safety and lots of warnings about slippery sections, bouncy bridges, and mud. It was a group start (no chips), and the 3k route split away from the 10k near the beginning. I positioned myself about 2/3 of the way back, though passed several groups in the first couple of minutes up a dirt logging road. The next part of the trail was a single-track mountain bike trail, and I regretted having started so far back. There were three of us in a row chatting, but also a bit impatient with the speed- we were stuck behind lots of slower runners, including two men dressed as babies with fake foam bums sticking out the pack of their trapdoor pajamas. I finally decided to make a move as we hit an uphill segment, then back to the logging road for an even longer hill climb. My general pattern is to pass on the uphills and get passed on the downhills.

 

The next trail is the challenge of the race- over a kilometer of steep, rocky uphill. Nobody near me was running- this was the hiking portion :) Burning calves and finally reached the summit, which was beside a beautiful misty lake. There majority of the second half was downhill, alongside a river, lots of crazy wooden bridges build by mountain-bikers and fun! I kept passing up all of the hills, and getting passed again on the longer downhill stretches. There was a woman who I had chatted with at the start line and again through the slow single stretch who twisted her ankle about 1k from the finish line :(

 

Official time was 1:29:?? (can't remember and race results aren't up yet), I was about a minute faster by my watch from when I actually hit the start line. My goal had been under 1:30, so I was pleased! (as a comparison, one of the top runners there ran it in 55:30, and his 10k PR is 34:45 min).

 

 


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Mel38--Sorry I missed you when you were here!  I'm glad you enjoyed Boston; it's a neat city to explore.  I hope you got out of here ahead of the storm.

 

MelW--Sounds like a pretty awesome race!  Really challenging, but fun at the same time.  I'm glad you met your goal.

 

Real--What an awesome run.  I'm glad you kept your breathing under control and felt good and strong.  I need to get myself back in gear and get out there again.

 

Plady--Sorry you didn't have the involvement you'd wanted with this production.  I hope that it will be great despite the lack of commitment from the families involved.

 

So, we got the crazy snowstorm that was predicted.  I can't remember the last time it's snowed before Halloween here!  We had a fire going in our woodstove last night and were all snuggled in when power went out sometime after 8.  I figured we'd go to bed, wake up, and it would be back.  No luck.  The house stayed warm and might have been tolerable if we weren't on well water that doesn't work when the power is out.  We need to consider investing in a generator.  I would have been fine with no power but get really testy with no water for showers, drinking, or flushing the toilet. 

 

I called my parents in Rhode Island, just to check in with them, and when they said they had power and heard we didn't, they insisted we come down for the day.  It didn't take much insisting.  winky.gif  There are crazy branches down all over our town, and power out down over an hour south of us (we kept pulling off the highway looking for a Dunkin' Donuts and weren't able to find one until we were an hour away from home).  The automated message from the electric company said the power outage was expected to be a "prolonged event."  My brother and his wife and daughter also ended up down here, so we're having a happy Disney World trip reunion.  We feel lucky to be able to pack up and get out of town when something like this happens, although school is cancelled for the kids tomorrow and Halloween has been reshuffled in all sorts of inconvenient ways.  We need to decide what we're doing about trick-or-treating.

 

So, if the snow melts, maybe this will be the week I start running again.  I need to get on it, or I might have to drop out of the group!  orngtongue.gif

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I haven't checked in here for a few days, mostly because I haven't been doing much of anything except being a slug. bag.gif I need a swift kick in the pants, both workout-wise and homework-wise!

lala~I hope your power comes back soon! Blech.

melw~clap.gif Nice race!

I guess I haven't been a *complete* slug, although I don't really know that the three blue runs I skied very slowly with DS on Friday count for much exercise. The walk to/from the car, carrying two sets of skis, on the other hand...phew. I will be muy glad when DS is big enough to carry his own darn skis! We had a fun trip, though. We got a late start and had to park MUCH farther away than anticipated since the mountain was much busier than anticipated. While trying to put DS's boots on, I discovered that somehow, even though we had tried both boots on at the ski store when we bought them last month, we somehow ended up with two right boots. duh.gif We ended up renting boots (and getting reimbursed for it by the ski store yesterday when I took the two right boots back in), but it was definitely not in the plans. The lift lines were kind of crazy long, so we only did three runs, but I don't know that DS could have handled much more. The first time we headed toward the lift, he looked up the mountain and said "Mommy, I don't want to go on the big hill!". Sorry, kid, that's all they had open! orngbiggrin.gif He did great, they didn't have any beginner terrain open, so he skied all blue runs. I was pretty proud of him.

Yesterday, we did a whole lot of nothing. Except go to the Halloween carnival at the town center across the street. Which was fun, but not very productive. Today, slightly better. I at least went for a trail "run" this morning. Then brunch with friends, a birthday party for one of DS's classmates, and then a get-together with some friends from the ski message board. Now, I am desperately trying to get motivated enough to work on my resume and cover letter. Sigh. It. Must. Get. Done.

rr~5ish miles of trail "running" that were really barely running at all. Thanks to a straight-up-the-side-of-the-mountain trail. And the neverending cold. And snowpack/icy spots that even slowed down the downhills. It was fun, though, really. orngtongue.gif

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Mel38, I hope the headache let up and you got to enjoy the time. 

 

MelW, holy race! That sounds tough! Way to go! I read "bouncy bridges" and just imagined how that might feel. Yikes.

 

Plady, I wonder...did that principal thing divide people? Are they wary of seeing one another? My mom does (did?) community theater (costumes) and I know she gets really burnt out once in a while and takes a season (or 2) off. Small-town politics is what kills her. Anyway, at least you have it in perspective. But it's not "just" community theater. The introduction of more local theater has been huge for my hometown area. It took some time and a few productions to get rolling, but people LOVE it now. Show weekends are major events.

 

LaLaLaLa, I am glad you could get out. And I hope the power's back on soon.

 

Nic, looking forward to the race report. Way to go, mama! We're PROUD of you!

 

Gaye, had to laugh about the boots. When we were school shoe shopping here, we nearly left the store with a "pair" in two sizes. I blame the fact that dh was along. He lends an element of chaos to everything we do. And I can imagine season day one was pretty packed.

 

I am about to head out for something, don't know what. Will just start walking and see what happens. I haven't heard from dh in more than a day now, but don't want to waste his time with a call because I know he is against a wall there, with a huge amount of work, and not enough time before a holiday weekend. And next week is a meeting week for him here, and the week after, he has a class scheduled (he's teaching it) in Abu Dhabi, and I don't know if that's a one-week or a two-week class, but it will basically take us to December (OMG), and by mid-December we MUST go on vacay (or I threatened to order one-way tickets home). I tried Skyping a friend last night and she wasn't home but her dh was. He made me feel better about going back, and not just because they miss us. Doing the math, I do think we will be all right, and I also think a little desperation might be what dh needs to make a few demands of his employer. He has been such a pushover employee, in every department he has worked in, because he has incredibly low self-esteem in that arena. Maybe he'll finally demand to be treated according to his value. We'll see. But I'm ready to be on the other side of the mountain. Soon.

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This is not me, but a taste of some of the trail today:

The beautiful

The puddles!

 

Official time 1:29:20

 

And yes, Jo, "bouncy" bridges. They're built by mountain bikers and do better with wheeling over them than the bounce of running. A couple I walked over and one was totally terrifying when a runner right behind me had it bouncing at a different pace!

 

Good luck with all of your major move decisions. Thinking of you and your family. hug2.gif

 

Gaye, way to go with the blue runs for your DS. Glad you got the two right boots fixed in the end!

 

La, glad you've escaped the insane storm. I saw photos on the news and it looked wild!

 

ETA- Neither photo is of me, just photos of the course. Obviously I'm not the guy, but I'm not that woman, either :)

 

 


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Jo - If you come state side, where would you land? :)

 

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Ack, Jennie, I don't know. I think I'd want to be back in our old school district, or possibly (??) Appleton. But not sure. And I just called my Mom because it's her bday and she not-so-subtly made me feel incredibly guilty for even thinking about living apart from dh for a while, because apparently the time the kids spend unpacking dh's dirty laundry, nagging him to take them to a mall/movie, and then packing his bags again is really, really important. More important than the other 5 days every week that the kids and I spend in a complete relationship vacuum, dealing with hostile driving conditions, status above all and overconsumption gone wild.

 

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Mel - That race looks amazing!   I wish we had something so cool here! 

 

Nic - I look forward to your report!

 

Jo - I don't think you are, in any way selfish.  I think you are truly looking out for your entire family.  And, if they are also echoing what you are feeling, well, that sounds like agreement.  You are getting minimal extra time with your husband, and not having the cultural experience you ALL signed on for. 

 

 

Edited to finish my sentence! 


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Jo - dont listen to your mom. you are handling this with immense thought, as much as you can without actually being able to divine the future. hug.gif on getting through

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Poppy - greensad.gif so sorry to hear about dh. I dont have any insight but you are in my thoughts

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Holy Crap! Steam-burned my fore-arm 2 hours ago, big as a hand-print. Nothing so excruciating in my life except childbirth. Thankfully I have pain meds left over from my stint w/ pneumonia. A little hydro-codone, a little red wine at the halloween potluck, and this year's trick-or-treating could turn out to be more fun than expected orngtongue.gifcrap.gif

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sparkle, I steam-burned a forearm once, much smaller area (egg?). SO painful. Take care of it and keep an eye out for infection.

 

It's November in Dubai, and I've resolved to make huge progress on the novel writing this month. Spent some hours yesterday and kids have a half day of school today, so once they're on the bus, mama's writing.

 

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1jooj--glad you're getting some writing done. And as others have said, you're not being selfish. What you're getting isn't what you signed on for, not by a long shot.

sparkle--ouch! And the GRE...yuck. I have to say, that's one of the things I'm glad I'll never have to take again.

tjsmama--good luck with the cover letter and resume.

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Real hug2.gif I've been feeling that way, too, with no relief in sight. My poor kids. I hope you get some good sleep tonight, and maybe a chance for a do-over tomorrow.

 

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So, hi mamas.

 

It's been a totally crazy ride. I can't even begin to tell you...well, I'll begin to tell you. lol.gif

 

I drove my kids down to my parents in NJ from Mass. early Friday morning. Met my mom at a rest stop, packed them into her car, and continued down to DC. I found the DC Armory where I got my packet, but got COMPLETELY lost trying to get back out of DC and to Silver Spring. I thought I knew where I was going, having lived there for 5 years (8 years ago) but apparently...not. So I finally found, thank God, the Beltway and just went the long way back around up to Silver Spring Yeegads. I should have taken it as an omen.

 

Shabbat was wonderful at my friend's house though. They had invited over for lunch a lot of the people I was close with when we lived there and it was like no time had passed (except everyone's kids ...grew up! What the heck?). I really had such a nice Shabbat. Right after sundown on Saturday night though my phone started pinging and I heard that we had lost power in Mass. (where dh was still) and at my folks' in NJ. I offered to come home but everyone said, don't be silly.

 

So then I got LOST again driving into downtown DC to find the hotel my brother and I were staying at Saturday night. I have to tell you I have never been so discombobulated. I managed to get myself all the way over the 14th street bridge into northern virginia, which was NOT where I wanted to be. Over an hour later I finally found the hotel, after 9 pm. I was beside myself.

 

Checked in, very nice place. Then started majorly stressing about my kids, the power (lack thereof), the marathon, etc. I did not sleep well, which was a shame because it was a really nice hotel. We got out of the hotel and onto the metro around 6:30 a.m. which was probably too late. It was packed. We did get to the Pentagon stop and inched our way up and out of the metro, checked our bags, and managed to portapotty. I made it to the start after the gun but since it took over 15 minutes for my corral to go out, it didn't really matter except with my stress level. It was also bloody FREEZING. Windy, and so cold.

 

First few miles were ok...but I just did not feel great ever. No rhythm, trying to buck and dodge, trying to watch my feet for ice patches, stomach still in knots. I was off pace by the 3rd mile and told myself at that point, just cross under 5 hours. I slipped a little on an ice patch on the Sprout Run Pkwy and got freaked, and then a guy bashed into me trying to get past (it was packed!) and threw me for a loop. I don't know, it just wasn't happening and I got frustrated. Georgetown was awfully smelly by the canal. But once we came down out of Georgetown and into DC the crowd support was just awesome and that perked me up quite a bit.

 

Nothing much to report miles 8-10. Reaching the Jefferson Memorial, I stepped in a pothole and twisted my left foot. The top of my big toe all along the top of my foot was hurt and I was totally in agony. At that point I was trying to figure out if I should continue or bag it but I had marathon brain and I could not figure out the logistics of how I would get back if I dropped out. Seriously. So I just kept going. The next 10 miles or so are kind of a blur. I stopped to use a bathroom at one point and it was like a 5 minute wait which was so frustrating. I took a Gu and immediately became completely nauseated. Stopped to try and throw up (it seemed like it would be a relief) but I couldn't so I just kept going. Started getting water at every stop because my mouth was fuzzy. Right before the 14th street bridge, there was a guy handing out tissues which seemed like the Best. Thing. Ever. since the left side of my nose was running the whole race. And a guy with fruit roll ups which at the time seemed like nirvana, and I took one and actually it helped with the nausea a bit. 

 

The 14th st. bridge (miles 20-23) was Hell. It went on FOREVER. I just put my head down and kept shuffling along. Till that point I had managed to maintain 10:30-10:45 minute miles but at that point I was fading to 11, then 11:30. I stopped to walk a few times. But it was more painful to walk than to shuffle/run so I kept going. Crystal City...kept going. Miles 24-25 I did a lot more walking. At one point I stopped to walk and was crying in pain and a lady came up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder, and said, "Come with me. I've been following you the whole race, you're my rabbit, and now we're going to do this together." It was just about the nicest thing ever and I didn't even have the presence of mine to ask her name. 

 

I crossed the line (and man that hill going up to the Iwo Jima Memorial is a killer. I was not the only one muttering "motherf*&^^ hill") at 5:00:22 on my Garmin (which I had stopped during my potty stop) and having run 26.57 miles. My official chip time was 5:04 and change, which reflects the potty stop I guess (and the fact I ran several tenths of a mile more than a marathon!). 

 

I'm glad I finished, and right now I can't imagine doing another one. I'm signed up for Disney and am considering going down to the half instead. This one took a lot out of me emotionally and mentally, not to mention physically.

 

So my brother and I then had to wait 40 minutes for a cab back to the hotel (I was in no condition to deal with the metro). I was nauseated and in agony on the cab line, and also freezing. Awful. Took an amazing hot hot shower, and then we got in the car and drove back to his house. They don't have power either. I could not get to my parents by then because it was dark and their neighborhood was icy, full of downed trees and power lines. Stayed at my brother's (no power) then went to my mom's in the a.m. to get the kids (no power). I called my friends on Long Island where we used to live and asked, can we please come stay with you? And they said of course, so here we are. My kids and I both need to have a warm bed, hot water, and warm food, and my parents didn't want to leave. No clue when power will be back either in NJ at my family or in Mass. at my home...could be a week. There is a downed power line on my front lawn according to my husband and a tree blocking our driveway. His hospital has a generator so he's camping out there and coming back to the house to check up every day. This is crazy. 

 

So that's what's up with me. I only have sporadic computer access but will try to check back. MCM is over and this marathoner is. exhausted. 


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