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09-01-2008 04:49 PM
Nickarolaberry New September Thread!
09-01-2008 04:36 PM
Nickarolaberry Hey I drove the distance later on and it was 4.1 miles!!! :

WUH WUH WUH (she yells as she throws a fist into the air while children look very confused )

I like that mapmyrun site, going to have to try that.

I also FINALLY got some shopping success. I have the worst time finding classy, modest, but not frumpy and not super expensive tops to teach in. I teach high school girls who pay *close* attention to my wardrobe . I also like to move around a lot when I teach and I use the board/smartboard all the time. I need to be comfortable (no binding under the arms) and I detest fitted shirts that make my saggy girls look like Jo Jo the Clown is having a bad costume day.

So finally I went to Macy's today (hate the mall!) and scored on the clearance rack...two fly-away style sweaters (with the one button on top, kind of a-line boxy shape). Then at Sears I hit pay dirt on the Lands End clearance table and got 3 sweater sets (!) at half price, plus a pretty 3/4 sleeve t-shirt at 75% off! I had enough left over to get two pairs of shoes (one black, one brown, same loafer style) which look nice but will be comfortable when I'm teaching 5 hours straight (I teach 5 straight morning periods so I can get out and home by 2 pm). At Target I also scored...a new running top and capris, two white t's (for undershirts, under my sweaters) on the clearance table, and a new (but cheap!) skirt from the Mizrahi line that is not weird (sort of a light brown plaid straight skirt below the knee but with a cute pleaty thing on the back hem...I don't do slits, so this allows good movement without looking dweeby).

I haven't had such good luck in...years! And I went BY MYSELF and was home in 2.5 hours.

Almost as good as my run this morning!
09-01-2008 04:25 PM
calicocj Thanks yall for all your thoughts and good vibes! I have been out of it still but had a nice run that was cathartic as one of yall said. I am so grateful to have yall's listening ears and supportiveness! Thank you!

Hope everyone is having a good Labor Day!
09-01-2008 03:31 PM
Originally Posted by HomeBirthMommy View Post

Towsonmama-Isn't that the coolest feeling that what once seemed so "out there" is now your long run? I am really excited for your marathon.
Thanks! I'm really going to need dingo support as it gets closer!! I'm excited but terrified.
09-01-2008 02:57 PM
Originally Posted by Geofizz View Post
K is thinking about "running a group" for girls, not a "running group" for girls. Ok, misread that.
Originally Posted by mamabeth View Post
but I also think a running group for that age girls would be great.
Originally Posted by HomeBirthMommy View Post

BBM-I also read you were doing a running group!
Originally Posted by JenLove View Post
BBM - I also read that as a running group. :
Originally Posted by poppywise View Post

bbm - i also read 'running group' also a good idea, if you're so inclined
Originally Posted by bec View Post
BBM - I also read it as a running group. Then, was thinking, WOW! She's really getting all metaphysical and really making such a great connection between running and self esteem, strength, etc.
Hmmmm-BBM. Is there a little voice inside your head saying you should start a running group for these girls now?

Plady-Happy Birthday to Ali G!!!! Wow, I can't believe it's been a year already.

Towsonmama-Isn't that the coolest feeling that what once seemed so "out there" is now your long run? I am really excited for your marathon.

Zumba was awesome today. I even got to help lead the class a little. I'm feeling very conflicted. I want to get certified to teach, but the next certification falls on the day I have a commitment in the morning and dh's company picnic in the afternoon. I really don't want to bail on either of those, but I'm anxious to get certified and don't want to wait for the next time (not even scheduled yet). Bummer.
09-01-2008 01:43 PM
Originally Posted by bec View Post
Sorry about Grandma missing the boat on the present. Maybe she was just grabbing the first cute thing she saw, and didn't check the size? Or, maybe it was on a hanger that said 12 month?
Yeah, that's definitely a possibility. I'm a tiny bit concerned that maybe it's symptomatic though. She gets kind of high strung about gifts, she thinks they are really important and that's what it is but recently her gifts have been getting stranger and stranger. When she was here she brought me a couple of presents, one was a case and cleaning cloth for some super expensive pair of sunglasses (sunglasses not included) and she also brought me a pair of reading glasses, the kind that you get at Walgreens. Except that I don't need reading glasses. So I don't know if she's just stressed or if this could be signs of the beginnings of some sort of dementia. You know? Anyway, it's not a big deal if it's just brain farts, I'm : that that's what's up.

BBM - I agree with everyone else, it's an awesome idea. Maybe if Obama is elected it would be the kind of thing you could get some grant funding to support too? If you do manage to contract your schedule enough to fit in extra childcare will you have any time for yourself?
09-01-2008 01:08 PM
bec BBM - I also read it as a running group. Then, was thinking, WOW! She's really getting all metaphysical and really making such a great connection between running and self esteem, strength, etc. I know, I'm a little crazed. I think it is a FABULOUS idea! Maybe start at a YMCA or something. This is one of the reasons I was very interested in being a Girl Scout leader. Even though my troop is filled with 7 year olds right now, I really feel like I'm making a difference in their lives. We're really talking about and guiding them into some heavy discussions. My goal and dream is that we are leading them into a place where they feel good about being feminine and don't see any inconsistencies between being a "girly" girl and being tough and strong, brave and fierce. I would love to continue this group as these girls grow and help them navigate the murky waters of adolescence. Maybe, if you can't get this idea off the ground to make money, you could volunteer as a scout leader?

Plady - I meant to wish your sweet baby a fabulous 1st birthday! It hardly seems like a year. Sorry about Grandma missing the boat on the present. Maybe she was just grabbing the first cute thing she saw, and didn't check the size? Or, maybe it was on a hanger that said 12 month?

I haven't run yet, but I will! I will! After this weekend of indulgence, I really, really need to!
09-01-2008 12:57 PM
Originally Posted by towsonmama View Post
Dh ran 8 miles with me this morning. He did really well! He's running a half the day I run the marathon. My run seemed so short today! I can not believe 8 miles is a short run now. Stop the insanity!!
That's how I used to feel about my bike. The first tri I did was 8 miles on bike and it felt long. Now my routine rides are 10-12 miles and feel too short. I love those mornings where I have no appointments (like tomorrow) and can take off for as long as I want. 20-25 feels about right. I used to think my brother was crazy for riding those distances.
09-01-2008 12:09 PM
towsonmama bbm~That sounds like a wonderful idea!!

mamabeth~I wish I was in Atlanta!!! Can I pretend to come? I could really use some real-life dingo time.

Dh ran 8 miles with me this morning. He did really well! He's running a half the day I run the marathon. My run seemed so short today! I can not believe 8 miles is a short run now. Stop the insanity!!
09-01-2008 12:00 PM
poppywise callie - so sorry to hear about your friend

jo - have a great ramadan! :

bbm - awesome, awesome idea. i say go for it. i could have used something like that at that age. i also read 'running group' also a good idea, if you're so inclined

i looked up the san fran race for the cure date and it is sept 21. i would like to try for it, as i usually do race for cure every year, wherever i am, but i may have to miss it this year. i need to work my way back up to 5k, but it's mostly a traffic/commute/crowd nightmare [the trains don't leave early enough from east bay on sunday to make it in time], so i think i'll look for a smaller, more local 5k race this fall. i hate to miss it but will hope for next year instead.

i hope to dust off the running shoes today :
09-01-2008 10:40 AM
JenLove Enjoy the Dingo cookout! I wish I could be there!

BBM - I also read that as a running group. : But I haven't had real coffee in 4 months and I have preggo brain, so I am excused from being fully conscious at all times. :P I think that group would be great! My cheerleaders that I work with are that age and I can tell you first hand how they all need that boost, but most of all they need to know they're not the only one going through it and how they can deal with their feelings. I really try to get down to that level at the end of every practice when we have "circle time." And at the end of last season, some girls commented on how they think they are more confident because they were on my team. : I'd love to hear more of your ideas.

Jo - Happy Ramadan! May it be all that you need.

The heating element on my dryer went out this weekend. I guess I was manifesting a little too strong that I wanted to hang up a line in my basement to air dry. Now is not a good time and we really don't have the extra money now with property taxes being due, just remodeling a 500 square foot room, and our St. Louis trip coming up. Line drying will work for a little while. But I've been trying not to stress about it. 60 minutes of yoga today should help me let go of it.
09-01-2008 10:16 AM
HomeBirthMommy Way to go, Nic. You can also use MapMyRun to see how far you ran. There is a satellite map so you can map anywhere, not just roads. I'm jealous of your "sweet spot" run.

BBM-I also read you were doing a running group! I also would have totally benefited from a group at that age. Like Jaygee, I didn't find much confidence until late 20's/early 30's.

Callie and Bec

We had a fantastic time in Chattanooga over the weekend. The girls just loved it and we all got along really well. I wish we could stay on vacation forever. Honestly though, I am really, really ready for an adults only vacation. I don't think Jojo could handle it yet, but need it. Our women's group is doing a weekend mission trip to the gulf coast in October and it would be a great opportunity, but I would feel so guilty leaving her. I'm pretty sure none of the women would understand if I told them my breastfeeding 2 year old would have a hard time. *sigh*

I'm so excited about the Dingo cookout today! Gotta go to the store and get stuff for taco dip. Mmmmm. I'm also going to a special holiday zumba today. Should be fun.
09-01-2008 10:12 AM
grnmtnmama hi all - happy labor day. to start this holiday, i spent the first hour typing up edits to web copy for my real job. but the copywriter is canadian and now the task is finally done and i can hang out with my family and work around the house.

yesterday dh and i rode mountain bikes for about 1.5 hours. it was nice, but i hate being so slow. the heart rate thing is still funky which really affects me while climbing - though i'm okay on the down. one crash which left me with a big old bruise on my leg.

i think i'm going to take it easy today and work on stretching my back and destressing.

BBM - your group is a good idea. girls that age have so many insecurities and questions. i remember being a camp counselor to 13 year olds. what an experience!
09-01-2008 10:04 AM
mamabeth bbm, that would be GREAT. I worked with that age group at camp (it is probably my favorite age) and it was so completely rewarding for me and, I think, the girls. and I am going to try to find something like that for dd when she's that age. I have a friend (also a pastor) who just hooked her daughter up with a therapist when she turned 13, just so she would have that place to talk to someone without having to make a big deal about it when she really needed it.

but I also think a running group for that age girls would be great. maybe both? not so orthodox, but there's that guy in RW...ran with his clients.

1jooj, SO glad you got to run! and that's awesome that you're feeling that way about Ramadan. I hope it's a great time for you and your I remember you'll be scarce online but I'm wishing you well. Plady, I look forward to Lent in the same way now. I never used to, but I started trying to really use the time in my own way. I go strictly veg, I exercise every day, and I read some kind of devotional book (in addition to my normal Bible stuff). last year I gave up "stupid" spending, like extra magazines, cokes, and clothes I didn't need. feel free to join me....

I am back from 4.5 this poor neighbor ate a gel to try it out and it was NOT agreeing with her. but as she said, that's why we try these things out in training. we were also buffeted by hurricane winds.

so, I'm having a dingo cookout at my house today! everyone's invited. but I'm assuming only the atl mamas will show up. have a good day mamas.
09-01-2008 09:57 AM
Nickarolaberry I ran yesterday with a friend on the boardwalk and then had an AWESOME run this morning. You know, when you find that rare "sweet spot" on your run and just keep ... going. Gorgeous weather, nice breeze, streets to yourself, sweaty and in the rhythm...

Should I turn back here? nah. Next block? Nah. Go all the way, longest loop.

No clue how far the distance was; I'll have to drive it later. I can't figure out how to do it on mapquest.

Does anyone else have a hard time doing other exercises/crosstraining? I.e. strength training, etc. Because when I go to work out, I want to run, and if I do something else, I feel like I haven't really worked out. Also I don't know what I'm doing w/ strength training even though I know I should do it.
09-01-2008 09:41 AM
tjsmama Popping in to report a slightly-faster-than-yesterday (but still kinda slow ) 3 miles.

Gotta get showered so we can get out of the house and go meet up with my sister, BIL, and niece (and very possibly bbm)!
09-01-2008 09:08 AM
JayGee BBM, I think it's a fantastic idea! I know I would have benefitted from such a group HUGELY at that age. I don't think I developed self-esteem until I hit 30 ! And it sounds like it will be very good for your family life too. Wonderful idea! Any ideas on how you will market it? Any specific "at risk" girls you are targeting?

DD1 woke me before 7:00am by pinching my cheeks . And she didn't go to bed until 10:00 last night. We're in for a doozy of a day, I'm sure. The Y is reopening today after a weeklong shutdown for maintenance, and I can't wait to get in the pool.

Happy September, everyone!!!!
09-01-2008 08:54 AM
Geofizz : Never post before :

K is thinking about "running a group" for girls, not a "running group" for girls. Ok, misread that. Nix the whole "winter might be harder to fill" comment.

Back to the coffee for me.
09-01-2008 08:38 AM
Geofizz K, I think it's a fantastic idea. The only downside of the plan might be that it could be hard to find people who want to do that in the winter months because of the weather. Could you bump up other hours if you don't fill the program?

A friend talked me into doing the old lady water jogging thing yesterday. We spent an hour and a half walking around the pool (me mostly screwing around), and dealing with the kids wanting to jump in and swim to us. Then I went bowling. We bowled two games (second game I bowled a 139 ) then dinner with friends. I can't move this morning. :
09-01-2008 06:36 AM
babybugmama Um whoops on your grandma Plady.

Okay I wanted some thoughts from my dingo sisters. I'm thinking about running a group, one for 11-12 y.o. and another for 13-14 y.o. Both focused on issues of self worth, self esteem (what I believe underlies depression and anxiety in most teens). I want to do 8 sessions over an 8 week period. I can get into more detail about what I want to do if anyone is interested. I'm curious though whether this is something that you would pursue with your own girls when they were old enough (if not already). What would you be looking for and what would you want your child to get out of the group? I guess I just want some feedback on the idea.

What sparked this was yet again I am faced with having to find childcare. Dh and I were talking about how to minimize my hours as much as possible and even possibly eliminate the need for childcare, just have me taking care of the kids. Well, I don't know if I can eliminate the need, but I think I could get it down to about 4 hours a day for two days a week with dh and my overlap schedules. With doing the groups I could potentially earn the same amount despite a reduction in hours. Of course I've been up since 4am thinking about this and soon as ds nursed at 5 and went back to sleep I got up and made a complete mock up of the groups I would like to do. The awesome thing is that I am really excited by the idea. I LOVE working with adolescent girls. They are amazing and I am truly frustrated and irate at what is happening to our girls throug media, ignorance, and technology. I think so many of our girls are so ill-equipt to handle their world and sadly many parents don't know what to do, or don't realize the depth of impact. It's hard to explain the whys, but I do love working with this age group and working with them in a group could be really interesting and fun and very fulfilling. Although my stomach is in knots on whether I could get enough participants, whether they would be willing to pay a fee schedule that makes it worth the time and preparation, and whether I could do it long-term, meaning having new groups every 8 weeks or so.

So, can I get some feedback about what you think of my idea? Where are the loopholes or the things that could cause a snafu? etc.?
09-01-2008 03:01 AM
Plady I'm working on getting pictures uploaded now but there should be a couple pictures of our Dingo meetup from last week on my blog pretty soon.

Jo - Happy Ramadan! I envy your time for fasting and reflection. Culturally I guess I have Lent for that but it isn't revered by me or my immediate family in a real way. Maybe I need to work on that huh? Anyway, I say enjoy it and I hope you'll still be checking in!

MB - Does that yoga site you use have any choices about what level yoga you get? I'm thinking that whether it floats my boat or not I need to start doing yoga. I tried Downward dog this morning and I couldn't get my heels down. Sad. I also realized that what I'd been thinking was a piece of glass lodged in the ball of my foot is more likely to do with muscle stiffness, kind of like plantar fasciaitis (sp?). Double sad.

We had a nice little b'day for Alison. It was pretty low key but we had good cake. We did a white cake with a brownie layer and cream cheese frosting. : My mom sent clothes - for 6-9 months The thought is what counts but one might ask, what was she thinking?

Okay, pix are up on the blog. Bedtime!
08-31-2008 11:40 PM
1jooj I ran today! Yay! And then spent the nicest day with terrific friends, taking care of lots of business on the farm and enjoying an indulgent day before the start of Ramadan. We start fasting tomorrow, and for the first time in a long time, I'm really happy and excited about Ramadan. It's all about self-improvement, in all the most important ways. I am ready, willing, and I fully intend to make the most of this month. :
08-31-2008 09:22 PM
babybugmama I found a lot of tech shirts at target a few weeks ago - sleeveless ones for $10! I bought three. I also found some good wicking shorts there too, also $10. They don't have a liner, but for 10 bucks, so what. If it's hot enough I just run in my bra and shorts. I just run out a certain way that there aren't a lot of people to gawk. During cool weather it depends. I have some running pants, some wicking under armour, a wicking mid layer that's thick and can zip up my neck, and then a fleece top that is big enough to go over. If it's really cold I'll wear running tights under the pants. And smartwool socks are my favorites now.
08-31-2008 07:56 PM
mamabeth yes, I'm also having a gear problem now.....can't stop shopping for it, although I definitely don't NEED anything. : sierra tp is having some spectacular sales....
08-31-2008 07:02 PM
Penelope So update on my 5K - it was a 2.5 mile run. No wonder my time seemed so speedy! It was advertised as a 5K, and the inital results (posted at the event) calculated times based on that. So I went from not-quite-9-minute miles to 11 minute miles. I didn't expect to go fast, so I'm still really happy with the run, just amused that they figured out too late that the course was shorter than they'd thought.

And re: gear - I just found an awesome tech shirt this afternoon - a great color of blue, fits me well, 3/4 sleeves which I love, and it has a teeny zipper pocket on the back that would hold my cell phone (if I needed it, could I really wrest it out from behind me in time? but still). And on sale.
08-31-2008 05:35 PM
mamabeth jaygee, gotta get all personal with ya...are you using the ointment, or just the pads? if you aren't already, GET THE OINTMENT. Use it every day after your shower. Don't ask me how I know this. :

I feel like I missed a lot, but we were gone doing stuff the past few days, in a good way! I did a long run with my neighbor on Friday morning, 7.5 miles, and then shopped for a while by myself. then Saturday we went to a book festival (every bit as awesome as it sounds for us book/writing geeks) and stayed pretty much all day. no running, but much walking/on my feet time (we took the train).

I am firmly a dem but I like that Sarah Palin is a runner! I heard some stuff on NPR today about how she ran through high school and such. Did y'all see the part about how she used to run 7-10 miles a DAY? jeez. hardcore.

someone asked about clothing WAY up....I only wear tech stuff, and I'm getting picky about that. I like really light shirts, esp in the summer obviously, but I like my shoulders covered bc I get sunburned there the easiest. My favorite shirts are my dingo shirt from this year and a tech race shirt from the atl women's 5K. both really thin and fairly tight, but not like a form fitting one (I don't have the belly for that!). for shorts, I wear pretty good stuff, Moving Comfort, Hind, etc. And they have to have a zip pocket. and not be too long or too short, and have a liner in them (that's like underwear, I HATE wearing undies with running shorts.)

not that I'm really picky or anything.
08-31-2008 04:41 PM
JayGee What a fun race, Penelope! I'm sorry your DD didn't get to run, but I'm glad she's feeling better today.

BBM, I'll take some of that icing!!!!! My PMS keeps calling me back to the freezer for tiny nips of chocolate ice cream !

We're having a really nice weekend here. Yesterday's waterfall hike was fabulous and this afternoon I took all the kids to the craft fair downtown. DD1 and DS are busy making crafts of their own now, while DD2 naps (finally....) and DH is off at soccer. No run for me today.

Okay, TMI question. Any ideas on how to treat a hemmorhoid????? I got it when pregnant with DD2 and every once in a while it springs back to life, causing no end of pain and itching. It's HUGE! I've been Preparation-Hing it to no avail. Ideas??????
08-31-2008 04:11 PM
babybugmama Yay Penelope! That sounds like a fun hard run! I have a trail run in october that I'm really looking forward to. I haven't run a trail race since high school cross country!

The icing is YUMMY! Sour cream chocolate....yum yum yum.
08-31-2008 02:44 PM
Penelope RR: I did my mud run this morning! It was really fun - very casually organized, a ton of costumes, we got started a bit late... holy freaking hills, though! It was through a vinyard so the whole thing was up and down hills in between rows of grapes. Very cool. The mud pit was awesome - I got mud in my mouth, even. The last stretch was a hill, and even though it was chip-timed I'm sure the course was shorter than 5K. My time was 27:51, which is a full 90 seconds faster than the 5K I did on July 4, and the beginning was really slow because everyone had to narrow to three across to fit in between the rows of grapes. So I can't figure how I dropped 90 seconds with the slow, and the hills, and the mud. I would guess that they just mis-measured the course really badly - I think my time for a full 5K would have been closer to 32-33 minutes under the circumstances. Oh, well.

Dd did not run - she was well enough to go but has hardly eaten for two days, and could barely do a brisk walk across the parking lot without needing to slow down, so she was clearly not well enough to run. She wanted to run, but once she saw that she was still pretty tired she was happy enough to skip it. Her appetite is better, though, and she's much perkier than she was yesterday, so I'm thankful tomorrow is a day off from school. I'm sure by Tuesday she'll be fine. I was just glad that dh and the kids came with - it would have been much less fun without them.
08-31-2008 01:18 PM
babybugmama Wow! Already Plady...gah it just seems like yesterday that we were stalking her birth. Time races.

All cutting up and prepping for grilled pizzas done! Now making the cake. I called her and asked to speak to her dd who gave me the inside info on the kind of cake she likes. White with chocolate frosting (I'm making a sour cream chocolate frosting )
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