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JCtrail

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Post July 2019 - Masters BAMRs
on: July 1, 2019, 15:30
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😀
Yes, it's JULY!! And where is everyone?
So what are your plans?

It's HOT here in the northern AZ mountains! high 70s into the 80s, unusual.

Just getting in some training runs when I can. I keep telling myself to try running EVERYDAY, between 4-8 miles but I end up NEEDING the rest day after a run. But I will .......

Met up with the trail divas on Thurs evening, good 8 mile run for me. Most ran the 5.5 'loop' trail while others took an out and back with less distance. Such a laid back group, love it.
I had planned on meeting with the other group on Saturday for a longer run but I just couldn't get going early in the morning. I didn't sleep well. So I decided to try again on Sunday.
I didn't sleep well again Saturday night but I dragged myself out of bed early Sunday. Maybe my body will wake up, but legs were like cement. Those 6.6 miles were hard earned miles .......... just couldn't get in the extra 8 miles. I don't think I'm overtraining. Like I said, I'm giving myself a rest day in between running days.

I have the 20k mountain run coming up on the 13th. Will leave on the 12th, camp out at race location. Another friend who is running the 10K (I mentioned her) is planning the same thing. She'll probably bring her DH and DS. This will be FUN!! I haven't been to the campground in about 20 years. But I drive by now and then on my travels and always curious to see how the road improvements are. It's a popular camping site especially for groups and retreats.

I need to get in some hiking up the mountains for the Pikes Peak marathon in August, YIKEs!!

DH is working on getting the master bath remodel before he leaves for MN after retirement in August. I'll probably drive up there AFTER Pikes Peak marathon just to get the house in order .......my way, LOL!!
Then I have to head back for my next race.
The Mt. Taylor 50k in NM.
I'm really excited about this.

Then the HM Solstice trail run in AZ in Oct.

After that, no races planned. I'm looking though.

Hope you all are staying cool. And waiting to hear about your trip to Alaska, Nancy! 😎

Take care! 🙂

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: July 2019 - Masters BAMRs
on: July 2, 2019, 07:36
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JC I am completely jealous reading about all your adventures!

I went to ortho Monday, June 24,no surgery (yay!) I stay in the boot and go back in 4 weeks, July 22. I can put weight on my boot based on pain, and the past couple of days I noticed I can put a little more. Ortho office is like a factory when I went back, dr. barely spent 5 minutes with me and that much only because I had a list of questions ready on my phone. If he is the same next time I will ask for a different dr., though if I get into a brace next time I'm not sure how often I'll be back.
July 13 I was going to do a women's 5k with my daughter, so that's out. Luckily I could transfer my bib to Erica for Beach 2 Beacon! I'm glad I thought of that, and happy someone I know can use it. I am registered for the Falmouth Road Race (7 miles) on August 18, I am 50/50 whether I will be able to walk it or walk/run, I'll play it by ear I guess. My fall Cape Cod marathon is likely out, I am debating if I want to drop to the half or defer until next year. Millinocket half in December is a go in my mind. I sign up early for races because they are cheaper, I may re-think that after this!
I can lift weights so have been doing that every other day, skipped yesterday because of a migraine. Annoyed sitting for long periods of time, annoyed I can't do much and have to have my family wait on me. 2 weeks and 6 days left in boot, but who's counting?I am also tracking my calories and food like a crazy person, I do not need to be adding extra weight to my body to haul around.
Pretty boring summer for me! We did go to the Cape over the weekend because my husband was doing a 2 day bike ride for MS, 75 miles Saturday and 75 miles Sunday, for the national MS Society. Boston to Provincetown, mostly nice weather. It's been an oddly cool summer so far, but it may heat up this week.
Not much else here, Happy 4th of July!

JCtrail

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Post Re: July 2019 - Masters BAMRs
on: July 2, 2019, 16:56
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Hi Lisa!! Good to hear that NO surgery is required!! YIPPEE!! Totally get frustrated when docs do that .........unfortunately, that seems to happen just about everywhere. Smart to have questions written down prior. I do the same thing when I have appts with drs, insurance co., etc. Good to hear that Erica is close by for bib transfer, lucky you.......and her!! With any injury, it's all about 'playing it by ear'........been there, done that. But I do the same, registering early to save $$ and keeping fingers crossed that all goes well.
Being waited on ....sounds kinda nice tho, LOL!!
But I know what you mean, not being able to move and do things ....... you'll get back to it.
Did you cheer DH on .....for the bike ride? Oh my, those are LONG miles!! Good for him! Send some cool breezes our way, ha!!
Hope you have an enjoyable holiday despite the boot. Does it itch?

Been HOT here, and no rain but nearby areas to the east have had some major rain. Our monsoons usually start late July into August. Spectacular lightening shows but still scary and hope no wild fires. We are staying close to home. DH needs to get the master bath done.

Mon: rest day.

Today: got up at 5 am!! Yes, I did!! Drove to Mt Eldon TH. Hiked/jogged up/down, nice and cool with the breeze as I got closer to the top. Only met 2 hikers going up. Coming down is when I met more hikers.
It's 3 miles from TH to the top, 2,300 gain and loss, about 9300 ft elevation at the top.
After coming back down about 3/4 of the way, it gives an option of going left for a loop trail, or right, which takes you back to the TH. I usually take the left and run the 1.6 mile back to the TH. Other times, I take the left and another left for an out and back, an extra 4.5 miles. Great hike/run today. Hope to do this twice/week to get my training for pikes peak.

Drove home. Had couple of meetings today.

Take care ladies! stay cool!

JCtrail

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on: July 5, 2019, 15:10
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Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday .......or just the day off. DH and I just lounged around, getting a few things done when we felt like it. There's a cat that has been hanging around our house, sleeping in the shade. Obviously, it's afraid of us but we have been feeding it some milk and kept coming back for more. But we haven't had a visit from him/her for a couple of days. That was our excitement. No fireworks around here, too risky with the dryness.
There are a couple of events going on here. And the 'city people' are causing quite a traffic jam, and parking issues especially downtown where an ART show is going on. And another one on other side of town.

WED: rest day.

THURS: drove to Mt Eldon TH again, and was running by 5:30 AM. Only 2 hikers on their way down but I don't think they made it to the summit. Most tend to hike the smaller loop. But I did catch a couple of hikers on my way up. I jogged/hiked, stopping only for 30 seconds to drink water. I wanted to compare my time from Tues. And I made it to the top in 1 hr, 16 minutes. Almost 15 minutes faster, YAY!! Very breezy at the top, 9300 ft. Love the scenic view!

Then, on my way down, there were more hikers. I jogged down most of the way, hiking in the more rocky areas. Then took the left turn at the sign, ran to another connecting trail, out and back. Finished 4.5 miles. WHEW!! It got warm by the time I got back to parking lot.

This hiking trail to the top is very popular, especially to visitors so the parking lot gets FULL quickly. Many aren't ready for the altitude so they usually turn around while others stop and rest in the shade, slowing making their way up.

I hope to get in a long run 14-16 miles on Saturday. Then taper next week for my 20k trail run on the 13th.

FRI(today): rest day.

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: July 2019 - Masters BAMRs
on: July 6, 2019, 13:43
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July 4 we hung around the house, had some grilled shrimp with mango salsa and panzanella salad for dinner (Barefoot Contessa recipes, feels like we’ve had a lot of hamburgers & hotdogs lately. Neighbors had some un -sanctioned fireworks which scared the crap out of my cat and dog.
I lifted weights and did some core work for 47 minutes, I was seeing a lot of social media posts about 4th of July races, made me feel like I was doing something.
Friday got my tires rotated, woo hoo!
Today, Saturday, back to tire place to have the lug nuts tightened (supposed to be back after 25 and then 500 miles), and went to CVS all by myself, ha. Luckily the broken ankle is my left one so driving is not an issue in an automatic. Lifted weights and did core for 90 minutes after I came home and saw a woman running and cried. Sigh. I am moving around better, and can hobble on one crutch sometimes, so that’s something.
I spoke too soon about the weather, 95 and humid today, turned the AC on downstairs which we rarely do, thunderstorms later may take away the humidity.

Looking forward to watching the USA women in the FIFA final tomorrow.

Happy Saturday!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: July 2019 - Masters BAMRs
on: July 6, 2019, 18:21
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Hi ladies!

Alaska was absolutely gorgeous! We left sailed from Seattle on the NCL Bliss, Sunday the 23rd at 5pm. It was a cloudy & cool day, jackets were needed and thankfully it didn't rain.

The ship is huge; we have sailed on the NCL Breakaway 3x and found the Bliss to be similar in layout in terms of the restaurants, clubs, etc. However the Bliss has more decks, including an observation deck which is all windows, nice and cozy chairs to sit in and watch the world go by, and the top deck has mini go carts! Which we did not do. But anyway...

Monday we were at sea. Again, very cloudy, cool and breezy. Did nothing but slug - slept in, read a book, went to some shows. Enjoyed dinner in a steak place; we had a 3 meal specialty dining package where we could go to the specialty restaurants, otherwise ate in the free dining rooms. Stayed away from the buffet, that place makes me nervous even with using the alcohol hand sanitizers and the staff spraying your hands with cleaner while singing washy-washy' when you enter. It cleared later in the evening, and we saw the sun set at 10:30 pm. Beautiful! On the overnight the clocks turned back an hour, so we were now 4 hours behind east coast time.

Tuesday we docked in Juneau. Our excursion was "Whalewatching and Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari". It was a small group, only 14 allowed and we had 13; the tour guide was a semi-professional photographer and he worked with everyone with their cameras to get the best photos. I knew Fred would enjoy that. It started with a gentle hike (we were in the Tongass National Forest) to the Mendenhall Glacier, and then the whale watch. We saw numerous bald eagles and quite a few whales, as well as sea lions. There were bear on the trail but we didn't see any, we did see them on the bus from the hike to the whale watch.

Wednesday we were in Skagway. Kinda like an old Western town; Fred said he felt like we were in Disney World with the way it felt. We did the White Pass Scenic Railway, which traces the path the prospectors took during the Yukon gold rush.

Thursday at sea, in Glacier Bay National Park. Two park rangers got on the ship and gave talks about the park, though honestly we were too busy oohing and ahhing to listen to their broadcast.

Friday in Ketchikan, did a "Lighthouse, Totems, and Eagles" excursion so another boat ride. Saw whales on that one also.

Saturday at sea majority of day. We were watching the whales in the distance from the ship decks. At night we docked in Victoria, British Columbia. We had not booked anything so we just got off the ship and walked around.

After Sunday-Monday the weather was perfect. Sunny, blue skies and in the 70's. Not sure if it did hit 80's, when we were in town the locals were complaining how hot it was, they are not used to such weather.

All in all a great trip. Would love to go back another time, this was along the lower thin part of Alaska. It would be nice to further up into the state, see Denali National Park, etc. We'll see.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: July 2019 - Masters BAMRs
on: July 6, 2019, 18:32
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OK, so besides Alaska... the cruise was Sunday to Sunday. We flew out to San Francisco the Wednesday before (the 19th) and stayed there until Friday. Had a lot of fun exploring the town, did tons of walking. Did an excursion to Muir Woods. Friday night we flew up to Seattle and met up with Fred's family who was going on the cruise also.

Saturday morning I woke up not feeling right. To make a long story short, I wound up in the ER and was diagnosed with kidney stones. Back to hotel about 6pm, ate a little bit of dinner and went to bed.

I have been having lower left sided abdominal discomfort since beginning of June, right after Dad's funeral. To me it felt, and still does, like if I were ovulating. I figured it was something with my ovary, maybe a cyst, and anyway I have my annual gyno appointment coming up next week.

After all the testing and following up yesterday with Fred's urologist, I definitely have kidney stones: 4 in my left and 2 in my right. I have no pain on the right. I continue to have left sided tenderness; sometimes I get a sharp twisty jab in that area, and I have to hold that area when I cough or sneeze. I had another xray today and am in the middle of doing a 24 hour urine collection for two days (so 48 hours of saving my pee - yay!). But it's certainly manageable, nothing at all like that Saturday. I am very thankful to God that it happened on that Saturday, and not Sunday morning or while I was on the ship.

I was a bit nervous to go on the cruise after that, but figured well, if it happens again there is a ship MD and they can give me pain meds. I drank tons of water, hardly any alcohol - not that I drink a lot, but still, the cruise line made money on my drink package since I had virtually nothing.

So I missed any touring we planned to do that Saturday. Since we had Sunday (cruise got in at 8am, we were in our hotel by 9:30 and not flying home until Monday), we got to explore a little. Went up the Space Needle and walked down to Pikes Market.

Uneventful flight home Monday then back to work Tuesday.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: July 2019 - Masters BAMRs
on: July 6, 2019, 18:40
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I am glad you didn't have to have surgery, Lisa. Hang in there with the boot, it will be over before you know it. All that weight lifting/cross training will be helpful I am sure when you are able to run again.That is some bike ride your husband did, wow! 75 miles each day?? We'll be watching the women play tomorrow, also 🙂

All your hiking and planned races are very exciting, JC!

July 4th we had our annual BBQ. Started out as my son's birthday party (he's born on the 4th) but now is just a big BBQ. We have family and friends over, he invites his friends and so does our daughter. Tons of food and stuff. Based on comments he had made previously, I thought he would be proposing to his GF but he did not so we're still waiting for that to happen.

Friday I went to work, had the urology appointment which Fred drove me to (he was off from work) so that helped and I didn't have to stay too late at work to make up the time I was out. Fred did a lot of the cleanup, and we continued when I got home and into today.

Ran today for the first time in about 3 weeks. Did a very slow run/walk for 3miles. Boy it's hot and humid here. We've just had some thunderstorms come through - yep, it's July in NJ.

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: July 2019 - Masters BAMRs
on: July 6, 2019, 19:22
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Hello! Yup, took me 6 days to realize it’s a new month. Is that a record for me?! Lol!!

JC, love reading about all your runs, hikes, and adventures! My feet always feel like cement when I don’t get a good nights sleep. 9300 feet is high! Are you used to the elevation? How high is Pikes Peak?

Lisa, I’m so glad you didn’t need surgery and thank you so much for the bib! I guess I need to start running again. I took this last week off as my calf has been bothering me. I did walk 2+ miles on the beach 3 nights in a row and have been swimming a little bit just to keep up with some sort of fitness. I’m going to try and run 3 miles tomorrow morning. Mark said he’d come with me. Then we’re watching the World Cup finals! Woot woot! My friend Amy and her family are in France now. They went to both semi final games and are going to the finals! She even got to chat with Mia Hamm amd her husband, Nomar Garciaparra (retired Red Sox player).

I’ve been at the cottage in Maine for the past week or so. I drive Ethan to work and pick him up when he’s done. I’ve been redecorating the porch, buying new furniture as the stuff we had was getting old and shabby and was more like outside furniture. (Aka cheap crappy stuff). This is our 14th summer here and we needed a bit of a markeover. Plus, I’m getting paid soon for the work I did over the past year for my friend Henry’s estate so it’s been a nice treat. Haven’t bought furniture in a long time!

On the July 4th, we picked Emma up from school after a parent thing and came back to Maine with her and her boyfriend. We’ve been having fun showing him all the places we like to go and restaurants we like to eat at. She has to go back to school tomorrow but she’s having fun and doing well. She was picked by her writing teacher to read an essay she wrote. It was in front of a fairly big crowd of students and parents. She did great! She also presented in her Mass Media class...but all the students did. They took turns telling all the parents about what they have learned so far, books they’ve read, and what’s coming up after the break. Interesting stuff!

Nancy, hope you are well!

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll let you know how my run goes tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: July 2019 - Masters BAMRs
on: July 6, 2019, 20:11
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Nancy, looks like we were posting at the same time so I just read about your big adventure! Wow, sounds like a wonderful trip!! Thank goodness you didn’t have any kidney stone issues on the cruise. So, are they going to blast your stones or see if they’ll pass? Either way, ouch!!! I’ve never had them but did have a gall bladder attack before it was removed and it was super painful. I’ve heard kidney stones are in the same category.
How exciting that your son is going to propose soon! Fun!! Have they been dating long?

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