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Erica-
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Post August 2019 Masters
on: August 1, 2019, 08:44
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Hi all,
Happy August! Heading to Maine today and then to the Beach 2 Beacon expo to get my bib for the 10k Saturday. Just trying to get things sorted at the house before I go. Started packing for our trip to the UK. We leave Sunday night.
Ran 3 miles yesterday with my daughter. She did great! Kept it slow but she made it the whole way without complaining (she hates running, lol) and we took a couple of walk breaks. The beginning of the summer she couldn’t make it that far. She’s been training all summer for her final soccer season. Yay!
Ok, just a quick check in since I need to get moving. Have a great weekend!

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2019 Masters
on: August 2, 2019, 16:54
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Erica: Thanks for starting the Aug tread. Gosh, great to hear you got a run in. GOOD LUCK on Saturday!! I know you'll tough it out to the finish!! My DD or DS do not run either. At least your DD knows her training will help her soccer playing, good for her!! Safe travels to the UK. Hope it's a fun but relaxing trip.

Thursday: it's the trail divas run so I got ready to go early to get in a couple of miles before the runners get there at 5:30 pm. But it started to rain so I waited, and then it stopped after 20 minutes but it was raining with lightening and thunder near town. I texted another runner and she said it is sprinkling but no messages on FB. When I got to the trailhead, there were about 10 other runners, and the storm looks like its moving quickly toward the trail and hill we were going to run. Then LOUD thunder and lightening, YIKES!! Monsoon season is upon us for sure.

Then the rain started. Most of the runners decided to just meet up for dinner. I heard one of the runners say she was camping and hiking/jogging O'Leary trail the next morning (today). I asked to join and we made plans to meet up at 5:30 am. It's only about 4 miles from my place. She declined my invitation to stay at my house as she LOVES camping and the solitude. I totally get it.

Friday (today): got up just before the 5 am alarm. I had my vest packed from the night before with my water and snacks. I hiked it years ago and so I know it's about a 10 miles RT with about 2800 ascent, summit is almost 9000 ft. But before I left my house, I was so comfortable in my slippers that I didn't notice I wasn't wearing my trail shoes until a couple of miles on the highway!! Turned around and threw my running shoes .....and sunglasses ..... in the car and took off again. duh!!

It was cool but hardly a breeze. RB is more of a hiker than a runner but I was fine with that. We hiked about 2 miles, then RB hid her pack in the trees, took her water bottle, we ate a bit, then hiked all the way up to the summit. We met up with a male runner on his way down and a mtn biker on his way up. We decided to jog down most of the way. Stopped a couple of times for her to take a breath and hydrate. I was good although my knee is not happy but I took it easy. We got back to where she left her pack, refilled her water bottle and started back up AGAIN. Then jogged back down to the parking area. We ran across a couple of hikers, two female runners who we recognized from previous trail divas run!!

One of them is training for this https://transrockies-run.com/

The other is training for this https://runsignup.com/Race/CO/Telluride/45thAnnualImogenePassRun

We all chatted for a few minutes. It was great hike/jog this morning, my Garmin said 12.7 miles. I can feel it in my quads. I will be training on this in August since Mt Eldon is still closed due to the fire and predicted flash flood.

HELLO Nancy and Lisa!! 🙂

thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2019 Masters
on: August 4, 2019, 08:44
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Great run yesterday, Erica I enjoyed seeing your FB pics. Have a safe and happy vacation in the UK.

Those races your trail diva friends are training for are incredible, particularly the Telluride one! Wow!

I’m hanging at home, had a cortisone shot last Monday will follow up tomorrow with MD about what’s next.

Waving hi to Lisa.

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2019 Masters
on: August 5, 2019, 17:09
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Happy Monday!!

Friday: hike/run with another RB.

Saturday: I took a rest day. It was full sun from sunup and most of the day but clouds rolled in later in the evening with cooler temps. Got a few sprinkles of rain and or a nice shower in parts of town north of us. Usually I get in a short recovery run the day after a good training run but I felt so sore from my toes to my fingers!! Felt like I'm under-trained for Pikes Peak, Yikes!! ...... or I'm thinking I used muscles that I don't normally use since I was fast-hiking uphill and running downhill than if I was just running.
The grade varies from 7% to 28% with 6 switchbacks, the last 3 are the steepest. Anyway, I recovered with lots of foam rolling and yoga and stretching.

Sunday: got up at 5:30 and drove to the O'Leary trailhead again ........ feeling better. It's cloudy, YAY!! This time I ran/jogged most of the way. Proud of myself that I ran up the hills to 3.5 miles. This is where the steeper hills begin. A male runner with his dog came into view and I let them go first. He was totally rocking the hills, WOW!!
I started running up, and another runner was coming down. I'm going slower but I'm still pushing myself. Then another runner, coming down. This was tough going so decided on a walk/run instead of totally hiking. After every 1/2 mile, I walked one minute, then ran 1/2 mile, walked a minute, etc. Made it to the top, WHEW!! Another female runner was just starting down. Chatted a bit and she took off while I took in the view. Then I started down, jogging.
My right knee does not like this but I continued on. Met up with a hiker going up.
And, can you believe it?!? the first runner with the dog is running up AGAIN!! Just WOW!! I need to do that!!
Finally reaching a flatter level with about 2 miles to go, I started seeing more hikers. I picked up the pace to the trailend, YIPPEE!! Good run! 10.1 miles.

Today: I didn't feel the soreness like I did on Saturday, strange......so I think it's just using different set of muscles when I was hiking fast uphill and running downhill on Friday.
Big dark clouds have rolled in this morning, thunder in the distance, we had some sprinkles at our place. I might go for a run after this since it's cooler although humid .........but nothing like MN. I tell myself that all the time so I have no excuse to bail on a run, LOL!!

Nancy: hanging at home is always a welcome! Do you watch movies, read? Are the shots helping? Hope it's good news with MD. Yes, the trail diva runners are die-hard tough runners, no matter the age. The one running Telluride is 61 yrs old........she doesn't 'LOOK' it. I loved her attitude!! Take care!!

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2019 Masters
on: August 7, 2019, 14:13
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Hello ladies!!

Monday: took it as a REST day. Downpour anyway.

Tuesday: finished 17 miles!! YES!! Started around 6 am, cloudy and cool breeze was nice. Ran the different trails near home, lots of decent short hills, technical areas. Stopped around 15 miles to let 2 ladies on horses pass, we chatted for about 5 minutes. After I got home, it started to sprinkled then thunder and another huge downpour. A lightening struck a dead tree across the main highway from our neighborhood and it sparked a small fire but everything around it was soaked. Fire dept got many calls and they were right on top of it in no time.

Today: got up early again and finished a 6 mile recovery run on a different trail that connects to the one I ran yesterday. This was mostly a flatter trail but a couple of gradual hills, quiet and cloudy with soft rain-soaked dirt trail. HOLY MOLY, it was HUMID!! Around 75%!! Have a couple of meetings this afternoon.

REST day tomorrow.

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: August 2019 Masters
on: August 9, 2019, 10:53
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Just realized it’s August! We came up to Maine last Friday (along with half of New England, apparently), staying at an Air BnB in Old Orchard Beach which was supposed to be halfway between Beach to Beacon and my husband’s 2 day MS Ride.

Erica- it was so good to see you, even if for a very short time. I am glad I was able to transfer my bib to you! I hope you’re enjoying your trip.

Nancy- are you still in bed rest? When I read that I felt so bad, I’ve been on bed rest and it’s no fun. Are the shots helping? My husband has 2 herniated discs, ended up having surgery about 10 years ago. I hope you are moving around a bit. Hugs, it stinks!

JC- that is so funny about wearing your slippers! I am hiking/trail running vicariously through you right now, I can’t wait to get back out there. Sounds like a lot of very strong storms, lucky it was wet and the lightening didn’t really start a fire so close to you.

We got a small house for the week that is dog friendly, I didn’t want to board Arya so soon after we got her, and traumatize her again. We also found a beach nearby that’s dog friendly, so most days this week we’ve been going to the beach with her. She’s sweet with us, but very territorial after being in a house with 20 other dogs, it does get annoying when we’re on the beach though and she starts barking. Yesterday we slept in, went out to breakfast and then went to Portland, Maine for some shopping, a Duck Boat tour (which we’ve done in a few cities), we always learn something and it help cut down on walking for me. We went to an excellent dinner at a place called Scales on the water, kids went to the boardwalk for a bit in town after. I’ve been fighting something for a few says and stayed home today. Tomorrow is the first day of the MS ride, my husband is planning on 100 miles Saturday, then 75 Sunday.
I am out of the boot and into a brace, using one crutch on the beach and sometimes for balance. I have PT exercises which I have been lax about on vacation. I go back to the ortho on 8/19. He had told me I could walk the Falmouth Road Race 8/18 slowly if I wanted, but it’s 7 miles and I’m just not there yet, trying to be smart and will skip it. I may go to the Cape next weekend to go to the expo though, very big and it may help motivate me, unless it does the opposite!
Have a great weekend!

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2019 Masters
on: August 20, 2019, 14:00
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Lisa: Did you make to the expo? It's always fun to check out the newest gear but some expos are better than others. Glad you are taking it easy at a beach house. The ending of summer brings out the crowd at most places it seems, same here with the Grand Canyon and hiking in the mountains. Plus the college kids are returning this week, it's gonna be chaos in town for sure!! Hope you are feeling better to enjoy DH's ride. Oh my goodness!! That is alot of miles for two days!! WOW!! You may have told us before but Has he done it before? How does he train for it? just WOW!! Have you every tried a bike race?
Hang in there!

Nancy: how is the 'hanging out at home?' Getting anything done? I can get so lazy when I can't run due to injury, illness, etc. It's fun for happy hours though, LOL!!

Erica: Hope you are having an amazing time in the UK!! Pics?

So last posted run on this forum was Aug 7th.
Friday (9th): drove to ski resort to HIKE/RUN up to Mt Humphrey, just over 12,000 ft. 10 miles round trip. Did surprisingly great!! After returning to parking lot, got something quick to eat, refilled water bottle and ran another 4 miles on AZ trail which connects to this. Light rain and HAIL!! only for about 15 minutes, it got cool which was sooo nice!!

So, Friday night, I turned off all the lights before going to bed. Didn't bother with the night lights. I had to get my cell phone to charge it. On way back to bedroom, I ran INTO the corner of a wall, OUCH!!! 😮 DH jumped out of bed to see what happened. Within 2 seconds, my eyebrow bone developed a huge bump the size of half an egg!! OMG!! REALLY?!? 😮 I was so mad but glad that I wasn't brushing my teeth.
At the same time, how STUPID!! Didn't know if to laugh because it was just to stupid or cry 🙁 because it hurt so much!! DH went back to bed, HAHA!! I couldn't sleep, tossing and turning so I went to the other bedroom. I got a cube of ice and wrapped it in thin cloth and had it over my eye most of the night till I dozed off.
I've been making sure I have the night lights on now, 😛
The emoji with the black eye? That has been me for the last week and a half!! LOL!! I'm glad I didn't have any important meetings till this morning. I've been taking pictures of it everyday to compare.
And, getting use to wearing Jackie O sunglasses, haha!! It's tender where it actually hit the wall but the bruising has turned from greenish to bluish to nice dark shade of purple. I've been icing it about 2-3x/day.
I put on some foundation to conceal it this morning for my meeting. I don't wear prescription eyeglasses but I have a pair of glasses that have bifocals and the plastic frame concealed the dark elongated bruise very well. 😎

I didn't run for 2 days. Sent DH on a wine run on Saturday, LOL!!

Monday(12th): Finished 14 miles on trails near home. Nice and glad it was a cool breezy morning.
Tuesday (13th): 6 miles recovery run on flatter trail.

Wed and Thurs: rest days. Right knee was achy all night, don't know why.

Fri: drove to O'leary peak TH, 5:30 am. Finished 15 miles. Proud of myself to run all the way up to the summit, 5 miles. Then jog down 1.5 miles. Then back up to summit. Jog back down 3 miles, up again for a mile. Then 2 miles back to parking lot. WHEW!! good run.

Sat (17th): body felt tired. rest day.
Sun: Drove to ski resort area. 5:30 am. finished 10 miles, easy, slow, steady. Beautiful and ran into another female runner from the trail divas!! She was running 14 miles.

Mon (yesterday): rest day.
Today: had early morning meeting and another one later this afternoon so will get in a short easy 3-4 miles this evening.

I will be leaving on Friday. Stay in NM with DH/DIL. Then Saturday, will drive up to CO Springs. Will be staying with a friend's DD. I preferred to camp but she was very persuasive. Pikes Peak marathon is on Sunday. Just "show up and finish" is my motto.

DH is in MN. The mover company packed and loaded our stuff from the work place house on Tuesday. We didn't have too much for them to do so instead of 2 days, they finished in 7 hours!! They were shocked, haha!
After my Pikes Peak race, I will be driving up to MN. Stay for about a week to organize the house. Then return to AZ.
I'll be hiking the Grand Canyon Sept 6-8 with SIL. She has a photography business in addition to her regular job and has always wanted to take photos of GC. This will be her first hike down/up the canyon. I think I mentioned this before. We will be camping. A memorable experience!
THIS WILL BE FUN!! 😀

thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2019 Masters
on: August 21, 2019, 06:54
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Good morning all.

Ugh JC sorry about your eye. That is definitely something I’m surprised (but happy) I haven’t done, I tend to be clutzy. You’ve had some great runs, good luck with the marathon on Sunday! As well as all your drives, moving, and then the Grand Canyon. That sounds awesome, it’s on my bucket list to hike down into and stay overnight. How do you camp down there, have to cart everything in on your back? Or are you renting a campsite? We had in the past looked at staying at that Phantom Ranch, it was a lottery and you were applying to stay in a years time.

Enjoyed seeing your FB pics of England, Erica. Glad you had a good time. Guessing the summer is winding down and back to school time for the kids, as well as Lisa’s too.

How did your husband do with his bike ride, Lisa? That was intense!
My Katie started her full time job with The Dodo in NYC and she loves it! I am proud of and happy for her. Freddy proposed to his girlfriend last Friday night; they are planning on a Fall 2020 wedding.

I’m on week 5 of disability. Mainly on bed rest; still have left knee numbness with occasional quick jolts of pain. I can put a little bit of weight on the leg but walk with crutches to the bathroom, and I am sitting up a little bit better for some time before I have to go lay down again, semi-reclined. Seeing my MD this coming Monday to determine what happens next: a 3rd injection, and/or PT, and/or surgery. It is comforting to read your husband had surgery Lisa and he is ok.

I’ll keep you posted. Have a good week, all!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2019 Masters
on: August 21, 2019, 06:56
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Lisa, how was your ortho visit? And do your PT, young lady!

Erica-
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Post Re: August 2019 Masters
on: August 21, 2019, 11:39
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Hello ladies!
We’ve been home from the UK since August 13th but I’ve been so busy catching up with everything that I haven’t had a chance to post.

JC, ouch!! Did you get a concussion? That’s how my best friend’s daughter got a really bad concussion. She walked into a door frame. Sounds like you’re ok, aside from the bruising. I bet you really rock the Jackie O look, lol!

Nancy, I hope your next appointment goes well and they can come up with a good plan to get you back on your feet and pain free. Exciting things happening for your kids! Congratulations on Katie’s job and your sons engagement!!! Woohoo!

Lisa, update on your ankle? Are your kids back at school yet?

So, we got home August 13th, I did a million loads of laundry, and finished getting ready for my mom’s 80th birthday party which was on Saturday. Her actual birthday is today. Ethan left for his week long trip to Disney with is college friends on Sunday. Emma started soccer Monday morning. Last season. She’s also doing her summer AP work (Spanish and Statistics), studying for SATs (August 24th!), and going to senior leadership meetings. No rest for the wicked! Ethan goes back August 27th and Emma starts after Labor Day.

I’ve been sporadically running but nothing grand, exciting, or goal oriented. Mark and I only ran once while we were in England. I’ve been mostly running every other day, 3 miles. I ran 6 miles yesterday just to mix things up...and I’ve been eating lots of cupcakes from my mom’s party, lol! Once the kids go back to school, I’ll go see a PT about my various issues. I have no races on my calendar and I’m totally fine with that.

Well, I think that’s it for now. Happy Hump Day!

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