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02-01-2010 05:13 PM
kerc It's my birthday and I'll start the new thread if I want to....
02-01-2010 05:07 PM
lemurmommies
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I am in the Toronto area and have to admit to being a wimp about running in the cold weather. I walk to the bus in it almost every week day, but I tend to run on the treadmill where it is nice and warm and dry.
Me too, just north of the city. If I *had* a treadmill I would certainly have run on it on Friday, but alas we don't have one. I'm just glad we haven't had a ton of snow so far this year. Not having to worry about snow all over the sidewalks makes it somewhat better.
02-01-2010 05:05 PM
Hollysmom
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I see you're in Ontario. Me too! A lot of people think I'm insane for trying to learn to run when the weather has been close to -20C with the windchill. I'm figuring that if I can motivate myself to do it now, surely when the weather is above freezing I'll be golden! It'll be nice not to have to figure out how many layers to go out in.

I am in the Toronto area and have to admit to being a wimp about running in the cold weather. I walk to the bus in it almost every week day, but I tend to run on the treadmill where it is nice and warm and dry.
02-01-2010 05:02 PM
lemurmommies
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Woefully behind on reading, posting and running. No excuses, just behind. Looking for a 5K to sign up for to keep me motivated.
I see you're in Ontario. Me too! A lot of people think I'm insane for trying to learn to run when the weather has been close to -20C with the windchill. I'm figuring that if I can motivate myself to do it now, surely when the weather is above freezing I'll be golden! It'll be nice not to have to figure out how many layers to go out in.
02-01-2010 04:58 PM
mommajb She's home! And smiling! The day began rough, she cried and got so upset. Alice saw her and couldn't console her so then they were both upset. From 9:45 on was smooth sailing. The big news is that she found a Magic Tree House book she hadn't read yet. Well, that and she feels so much older now. Too funny. I am glad it went well. I hope the rest of the week gets better and better and that mroning don't get harder and harder.
02-01-2010 04:25 PM
pumpkinseed Welcome, Lemurmommies-jump right in as the newest Dingo You will get a lot of support!
02-01-2010 03:35 PM
lemurmommies Hi ladies! Is there room for another dingo?

I just started running this January. I am doing the Learn to Run clinic through Running Room, which is similar to the c25k program, I believe. Started out literally as a couch potato, and now am able to run 3k doing repetitions of 4:1s, so I am pretty pleased with myself! This Wednesday we move to 5:1s, I hope that I can keep up.

I have found that the cardio aspect of running has been good so far. It's my knees and calves that aren't so into it! Especially my left knee. There's pain there after a run, below the knee and on the inside of my leg. Need to figure out what it's related to. I think it might be my running shoes, as it feels better barefoot than with shoes on. Going to see about getting a new pair once payday rolls around.

As far as goals go, I have signed up for the 5k at Race Around the Bay in Hamilton. If I can keep my knee in check, I'm shooting at completing it in less that 45mins. I am not a fast runner by any means, but for someone who hadn't really run at all before this month, I hope I can do it!

Looking forward to chatting with you all.
02-01-2010 03:20 PM
memiles

Done and done. 3.76 miles in 38.00.02 Faster than I've been recently with less (but not zero) of the leg issue. I stopped once to stretch it out at 2 miles and it was actually more crampy after that point. I could have gone farther but DD asked if I would run with her today so I think I'll take her out and start a modified c25k'ish thing. Soccer is over for 2-3 months but she definitely needs something to keep her fitness level up for tryouts and her general mood-the more sedentary she is, the moodier she is. The joy of hormones!
02-01-2010 02:11 PM
grnmtnmama
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So, mandy, when you need to back off, your heart kind of...backs off on its own to send the message? This is something I don't know about, and while I know I have not been exactly doing major @$$-kicking workouts, I wonder, with daily workouts, when I might hit a wall and need to take a day off. (Of course I don't want to just now, as I feel like I am hitting a stride with the weight loss.)
I'm not an expert in this stuff, but I do know that when training rest days are absolutely crucial in making advances. And I did learn that your heart rate can signal when you're not rested enough. I did one training race this year that went fantastic, my heart rate was nice and high and I performed very well. A few weeks later, same race and I performed poorly and had a lower heart rate and someone pointed out that I wasn't well rested as not only was I in the thick of the heaviest part of my training but had been traveling as well. You can google 'rest days and fitness' for more scientific information.

I did bring my hiking boots today in hope of getting out for a short, easy hike in the sunshine. However, meetings are stacking up so I'm not sure that it will happen.
02-01-2010 02:02 PM
pumpkinseed Go, Go, Go, Memiles-get your run on!

Kerc-Happy Birthday!!!!!!
02-01-2010 01:47 PM
JayGee Just wanted to report a GREAT workout ! I ran for 20 minutes, straight (granted, it was only 5.5 mph on the TM, but still...) and then jumped in the pool and swam for 45 minutes. I warmed up and then did all these 25 and 50 meter sprints and it was just so fun! I also found out that a friend of mine is starting a brand new 5K race in April. Her husband works for an organization that houses families who come to Bloomington for cancer therapy in the cyclotron at IU and all the proceeds from the race are going towards purchasing another condo to house cancer patients and their families .

So, if anyone wants to run a 5K in Bloomington, IN on April 10 !
02-01-2010 01:34 PM
memiles Terribly, horribly behind.

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I just dumped coffee on my laptop.

I dumped a cup in my mouse last week, with just a splash on my laptop. The poor mouse didn't make it and now my enter key sticks. Hopefully you don't have any damage.


Nic, 110 miles? I was excited about my 55! And I'm so glad that the conversation with the school went well. Our school does a huge auction every year (think $500+ for class projects, plus tons of other items). I missed it 2 years ago due to a birth after dumping $70 on tickets. Since then I've been using being on call as an excuse to not buy tickets since the money goes to the venue instead of the school, but it's really the fact that we couldn't afford to bid on anything once we are there.

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For the last month, I experimented with adding wheat/gluten back into my diet. Bad idea. It doesn't really affect me physically, but I get really depressed, short tempered, obsessive and anxious. Not fun. Back to gluten-free. Darn, I was enjoying bagels again.
I've been really lazy with the dairy issue and it's come back to bite me. After a weekend away involving lattes, yogurt and ice cream for dinner (no gf options at Sonic) I am now the proud owner of two itchy patches of eczema...on my eyelids. Not fun.

La4, hope you get better soon!

I'm trying to gather up some enthusiasm for my run this morning. The last few weeks have been such a struggle with my funky leg stuff that I'm hitting a mental block. In theory I think it's rested enough to be resolved but I can't get out of my head. Don't think, just run, right? I'm off to drop off the kids and get my butt on the road- some good vibes for a good run would be appreciated.
02-01-2010 01:20 PM
zubeldia
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p'seed ~ How are you healing up? I know all too well about the raw nip and nursing thing. It's not fun. I hope you are healing and nursing is back to being relaxing and bonding. I am sorry you don't get much sleep either. V was doing better, but last night was horrible. She was up 5 times before 1am. I stopped counting after that. Yikes!

Happy February! I'm off to vacuum the house and get started on cleaning the RV for our trip.
to the nursing mamas with not much sleep.. that includes me! DS had a terrible night and won't be in bed without me, right now. This is very difficult when I have to get work done in the evenings.

Jenlove, so happy that you have this race! I think your DH should push the stroller for the entire race
02-01-2010 01:04 PM
JenLove Nemesis ~ The plan is to start with V in the jogger at the 5K and DH will run and come back to get her from me. I will be turtle-like slow with the stroller, but at least I'll have a 5K under my belt again. Hopefully I can keep the momentum rolling as it warms up and we head back north.

p'seed ~ How are you healing up? I know all too well about the raw nip and nursing thing. It's not fun. I hope you are healing and nursing is back to being relaxing and bonding. I am sorry you don't get much sleep either. V was doing better, but last night was horrible. She was up 5 times before 1am. I stopped counting after that. Yikes!

Happy February! I'm off to vacuum the house and get started on cleaning the RV for our trip.
02-01-2010 12:25 PM
zubeldia
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I am sore sore in big and little ways from yesterdays run. I should have done an ice bath but I forgot. I did lift but I don't think I gained any muscle from my effort. Once Helen is off at school I should have time for yoga before I my day of driving people to lessons and the like begins.
Me too!! I ache in so many new ways. I swear it was the Hope you get your yoga in.. And wouldn't it be nice for you and Linus to just hang out together for a bit?
02-01-2010 12:10 PM
Hollysmom Woefully behind on reading, posting and running. No excuses, just behind. Looking for a 5K to sign up for to keep me motivated.
02-01-2010 11:50 AM
mamabeth Nic, I love Goodwill so much it thrills me to hear about others' scores there. I always check there first....glad your girls like the pants! I am woefully unfamiliar with orthodox dress (you are orthodox, yes?) but I can relate to wanting to feel "normal," as in, I take my clergy collar off before running errands! so enjoy.

I am trying to give myself permission to have an "easy" day at work, bc this is the day that people usually stop in and want to talk about stuff. I don't have tons to do this week unlike last week (when both kids were sick! of course!) and so I am going to try to take the ease while I can.

I don't know if I've talked about this on here, but dh sort of got downsized (those of you familiar with ELCA stuff, it's bc of all the churchwide budget issues) and he's not on full salary anymore, something like 3/4 time. The good thing is that we don't have to get child care for this summer, bc he decided he would be full-on child care! will save us a ton of $$ and if he's okay with it, that's fine with me. I will admit I'm a teeny bit resentful bc when I was home, I had a nurseling and unruly four year old....but I'm taking breaths and knowing it's best for our family this year to keep my relatively secure job.

Running plans are for tonight during dd's dance class, drop her off and run the park where she dances until it's time to pick her up (50 min or so).

nice, jen. touche on the yoga. I will see what I can do.
02-01-2010 11:44 AM
1jooj $1495 for a new water softener. Heater's gonna go this year, too. I hope it waits until summer.
02-01-2010 11:39 AM
Nickarolaberry You guys were right. . The director wanted to offer to comp me a ticket and help me with the babysitter because I "am a valued parent and we want everyone to have a place." And that they would put aside my kids' things so I can pay it out. Which is very nice.

Actually I did contribute a lot of time and effort to the project -- I made 12 of those 'recipe cookie jars' (the ones that look like sand art where you put in the ingredients, etc.?), decorated the tops, and made custom recipe cards for each one. (As I am not artistic, this was actually very challenging for me. ). They pre-sold half of them already at $8 a pop (there are tables out in the halls with some of the stuff) so that is a good thing.

Thanks Bec for the kind words about the jeans! And the funniest part is how thrilled they were (actually always are) to get 'new' stuff even when it's from thrift. They think going to Goodwill or Salvation Army is a treat, and when it's the consignment store, even better (better books). I got lucky this time because the consignment store is having a major clearance so I got most of the jeans for $1 each there (cheaper than Goodwill!). Plus I found ds a pair of new New Balance sneakers in his next size for ... sit down ... $4. New, with tags. I guess someone bought ahead and then their kid outgrew them or something, lucky for me!

And we can relate about the TV thing too, because in NY we never had any outside TV at all, just videos. Here the cable comes with the rent because it's a community-wide thing, so we have basic cable for free. My kids think this is just awesome -- PBS Kids whenever I say okay! I'm not sure it's a great thing, being anti-TV and all, but better they should get some boob tube time here and not need to OD at someone else's house with stuff I would consider not okay for them to see.
02-01-2010 11:35 AM
LaLaLaLa I'm sort of back. Still dreadfully sick; I can't seem to shake this horrible coughing thing. I feel like I'll never run or get a full night's sleep again, which is a devastating feeling. I don't get sick very often, but when I do I maybe get a bit overdramatic.

I am actually better today than I was yesterday, although still not hungry at all. I need to find something to eat that appeals to me. Finding something I want to eat is not a problem I ever have. I can't even work up enthusiasm for ice cream or french fries.

Okay, sorry so whiny. I hate being sick, especially when I have so much to do. DS's birthday is next Sunday, so I have to finish shopping and wrap his presents, plus bake cupcakes for our various gatherings--his birthday itself, celebrating with my family, celebrating with our playgroup. I also just agreed to provide fruit salad for DD's class Valentine party next week. And it's the hundredth day of school next week, too, so DD needs to figure out a hundred something she can bring, wear, or bring a picture of.

I need to call a repairman to fix the slow leak out of the back of our washing machine, which has caused a minor flood on our basement floor. Need to clean up the flood, too, and move the pile of laundry we can't do so a repairman could actually get to the washer.

I'm so not in the mood to tackle any of this stuff. Maybe later. I'm not a big fan of DH right now, either. Seems when he is sick, I do things that help him to rest. I'm not getting much of that.
02-01-2010 11:24 AM
towsonmama
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I actually ran my 14 miles on the treadmill this morning ...
Now THAT'S hardcore!
02-01-2010 11:15 AM
Nemesis Morning, Dingoes!


JenLove- Good luck on your 5K! Are you taking V in the jogging stroller?

Kayalana- Thanks for thinking of me! We are still not-quite-carless. We are waiting on our tax return for the remaining amount we need to get something decent, but it is really nerve wracking for me. I am so stressed out because I'm worried I'll pick the wrong type of car!
Good job on the 4 miles! I winter running!

Jo- When I got back into swimming a few years ago, I considered getting a tri suit for swimming. They are made for swimming and are pretty coverative. I ended up going with a Nike Dry-Fit (?) racerback tanktop and shorts, and that worked great for me. The top was long enough and the shorts fit me great, so it wasn't something I had to keep adjusting. Eventually, I got a TYR swimsuit which I also love. (I don't think any of them will fit me now, though... )

Something like this was what I was looking at: http://www.amazon.com/TYR-Womens-Spl.../dp/B0018Z7KZE

Today is my day off from running. I am starting the 100 pushup thing, and also a 200 situp challenge. I need to get back to strength training to see results, and I know it. I just slack off.
Thanks for the encouragement wrt weight loss. I have made great progress running and I know that counts!

The kids are still in bed, DH just left for work, and as soon as I finish this coffee I am going to make some lovely Lime soap. I have about two million things to do today and I just don't know how I'll get it all done. I'm sure I'll make a dent, though.
Happy Monday, Dingoes!
02-01-2010 11:03 AM
bec Happy Birthday, Kerc!!!! I hope you have a great day!
02-01-2010 11:00 AM
Plady Happy February mamas,
Oh right, new month

Jo - THat's an amazing month's accomplishment!

RM - Before I forget, again to go PM you, it's just my full name, no spaces @ gmail.com.

It's still raining. Lightning and thunder all night long and pouring! CFG if this is what's headed your way I'm really sorry. It's yucky. I'd take 0* and dry any day. Even I'm going bail on the track today too but I'll do yoga and a cleavage lady because I need to move, the little yoga I did yesterday just wasn't enough.

Last night dd twisted her ankle pretty badly and it's still a little swollen and sore this morning. Should I tape it? Or is it better left alone? We iced it and I gave her a little ibuprofen before bed. Now she claims she can't walk on it but she's such a drama queen I really can't tell if that's reasonable or not.

Nic - that he wants to commiserate not bully.

Mommajb - to you for a successful day all around!

Mandy - It's good you know what your body's telling you.

Kerc -
02-01-2010 11:00 AM
bec Nick - I hope that the "meeting" with your ps is only a caring community check-in to make sure your family is ok, and not some guilt trip. I am so done with school fundraisers. So, I feel your pain there! As far as the jeans, I think your girls are probably just excited, not traumatized. For bout 3-4 years, we went totally TV free. The kids didn't have anything. After the initial adjustment by Katie (she was 3 at the time), they never even noticed it. They were happy and content without tv (read: jeans). When we finally got television service reinstated, they were ecstatic! Did that mean they were miserable before? No, just happy to have this new thing. They appreciated it in a way that I don't think their peers do. So, I wouldn't worry that your kids have been miserable without jeans. I think they are just appreciative of what you are giving them!

Jo - I really hope your laptop recovers from the coffee (and isn't annoying and hyper! )!

Welcome back, dewlady! Congrats on your 25 minute run. I hope you stay injury free!

Not my RR, but DH has been making his way through the C25k! I'm so proud of him! He just finished his 8minute run/5walk/8 run last night! Next time is 20 minutes straight!
02-01-2010 10:47 AM
JayGee mommajb ~ I'm looking forward to hearing about Helen's first day .

And another for poppy and that %$#@%# ITBand . I feel your pain. Injury sucks.

Nick ~ I agree with Jo. Don't assume that he's going to be critical about your inability to afford the auction. Maybe he's looking for a way to help you out and feels more comfortable discussing in person. And on the jeans for yourself and the girls! Oddly, both my DDs will ONLY wear dresses, even though they have jeans in their drawers.

Mandy ~ glad you're listening to your body and taking it easy. Two summers ago when I was training very hard I had the same experience with my heartrate and perceived effort. Weird, how our bodies tell us when to lay off a little.

Jo ~ I hope your kids are well enough to go to school. I at your full month of working out!

I forced myself out into the garage and onto the trainer for 45 minutes last night, and was glad I did. I'm finally feeling healthy and ready to get back to some more intense training. Today I'm running 20 minutes and then swimming intervals. I almost never do speedwork in the pool, but I'm going to give it a try today. Swimming hard hurts even more than running hard!

For the last month, I experimented with adding wheat/gluten back into my diet. Bad idea. It doesn't really affect me physically, but I get really depressed, short tempered, obsessive and anxious. Not fun. Back to gluten-free. Darn, I was enjoying bagels again.
02-01-2010 10:42 AM
Mel38
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I just dumped coffee on my laptop.
to your laptop that it survives.

Mandy: rest up and get healthy!

Zub: that run sounds terrible!! I got cold just reading your RR!

Nick: sounds *exactly* like the fundraisers that our old Montessori school used to have. I actually went to help so that I didn't have to buy a ticket, left DH home to wrangle the kids into bed and just bought the one picture that my dd made If I had to shell out for a babysitter, I'd probably call in sick.

3 mile tempo run, but not so much tempo since the bike path was pretty slushy and icy. I kind of felt like I was running in place at times! Cold, but tolerable - no wind.
02-01-2010 09:56 AM
1jooj I just dumped coffee on my laptop.

Looks like today is still a day off work , so here's hoping the kids can make it to school today. Ds has an annoying cough, but it's a postnasal thing (it ALWAYS is with him)...and it remains to be seen what dd is up to, as she is still in bed. Gar.

So, mandy, when you need to back off, your heart kind of...backs off on its own to send the message? This is something I don't know about, and while I know I have not been exactly doing major @$$-kicking workouts, I wonder, with daily workouts, when I might hit a wall and need to take a day off. (Of course I don't want to just now, as I feel like I am hitting a stride with the weight loss.)

Nick, maybe he wants to say helpful things to you. Go in and speak to him. With your head held high.
02-01-2010 09:42 AM
grnmtnmama morning, posting quick before i head off to work. I tried really hard to take it easy this weekend, and the good news is that I don't feel like the walking dead anymore. But I'm still not in good form. I did my workout yesterday and could hardly get my heart rate to respond to hard efforts. I was probably 10 bpm lower than I would be normally which says that i need to rest, rest, rest.

CFG - a lot of cyclists also wear 'kits' from their cycling clubs or groups. Often these have lots of logos on them and words and so forth. They're quite stretchy, so getting them on and off isn't really a problem. I'm in the middle of designing and producing our new team kits as this year we're really sponsoring a team and have a couple of good racers that will be wearing our colors.
02-01-2010 09:41 AM
Nickarolaberry Mommajb and Poppy!

I forget all the other personals I wanted to do.

Gentle 3 this morning with RP in the mist, followed by a quick round of "runner's yoga" from the Women's Running mag.

I ran 110 miles in January!

In other news...I got my girls jeans and pants from the thrift store last week, and they are so happy (they have only worn skirts for years). They just want to look 'normal.' So, although I won't buy short shorts or anything tight, I think it's fine. And they are so ... happy. Makes me wonder if I have been making them miserable for years.

As for myself, I finally got (thank you mom) a pair of jeans from the Gap. I don't know when I will get up the nerve to wear them out of the house, but they look good. Heh.

Tell me if I am wrong on this issue, Dingo wise ladies: ds' preschool (through our synagogue) is having an art auction tomorrow night, auctioning off items the kids have made (and some parents, etc.). It's supposedly obligatory to go. However, I emailed the director because there is no way, with our trying to catch up on past bills, that I can afford ticket to the auction ($18) plus babysitting (easily $40 for 3 kids for 4 hours) plus whatever the items cost (t-shirts with my kids' names on them, magnet, various doodads that were made with the intention the parents would buy the things made by their own kids -- likely at least $30-$50).

I understand this is the main fundraiser for the school and they don't operate with a large margin at all, but I can't swing this. I asked if they would just put aside the things with my kids' names and I would buy them paying out over time. Now the director wants to 'speak with me.' I hate these kinds of conversations. We're not paying tuition there; the state is (universal pre-K). I really would love to avoid having this 'conversation' (because I am a chickensh*t in direct confrontation with another human -- I do much better in writing ). Am I out of line here? I kind of resent the obligatory nature of this (i.e. the kids make stuff that no one else but their parents would want and the parents have to shell out $$ to get it).

I wish I had money to donate, I really do. It's a great little preschool. But I don't.

[my parents are leaving today...my mom just 'suggested' that I find out prices on cleaning services and maybe she would kick in. I guess my cleaning isn't as good as I thought it was. ]
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