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Erica-
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Post Re: Mater Runners November 2019
on: November 14, 2019, 09:49
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Hello!
JC, sounds like you are recovering well from your back to back ultras! I wish the Grand Canyon was in my backyard! I’ve only been once and would love to go with my kids. Someday.

Nancy, sounds like you are settling back into work well. Happy you are able to increase your mileage too. Yay! We got “free” water bottles at Kate Spade when we were buying our shoes. Glad Ana found her dress! So fun!! I haven’t started PT yet for Stanley and Kevin. My new custom orthotics are in but I can’t get in to see the dr until 11/25 so I’ll ask him if PT would help then.

Lisa, congratulations on your bib for Boston! Woot woot! Let the training and fundraising begin! Exciting!!

Big news! Emma and I will be running the Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 23rd! I signed up, asked her if she’d be interested, and she actually said yes! So, she’s all signed up. Bought her some running shoes. We did our first training run Monday morning. She’s running today after school and then we will do her first long run on Sunday. She’s also decided she’d like to fundraiser for the Nephcure Foundation and she’s changed the topic of her senior project to “how to train for a half marathon”. She wants us to dress like Anna and Elsa from Frozen, lol! Working on costumes.

We must all have a pack rat. (My husband) We are also trying to de clutter. So hard. It’s a daunting task!

Mark and I have our trail race Saturday and I’m looking forward to it. Weather looks good but cold which I’m fine with. I just hope I’m ok running 5 miles Saturday and then 6 with Emma on Sunday. Old lady, lol!

Ok, need to get something done today! Have a great day!

Erica-
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Post Re: Mater Runners November 2019
on: November 17, 2019, 16:23
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Hi!
Happy Sunday! Watching the Patriots game and it’s not going too well but still a lot of game left to play.

Wolf Hollow 5 mile trail race report:
Got up, had breakfast, put on ALL the clothes, and drove to the race. It’s less than 20 minutes away so we didn’t leave until 8am. Got there, parked, picked up our bibs and long sleeve tech shirts, and went back to the car to stay warm and put on our bibs. The feels like temp was 15. Stopped at the porta potties on the way to the start. The sun felt warm but once we got into the corral in the woods, it was nippy! After the national anthem, we were off. The start was downhill on loose gravel and I heard someone trip and go down behind me. Felt badly since it was literally right out of the start. Hope he/she was ok and able to get up and finish. The course leveled out and we were running along a canal on a hard packed dirt path with occasional rocks and roots, some marked with green paint. My face was freezing from the wind but we warmed up after the first mile. Ran over a bridge where we used to take the kids for soccer. Mile 2 turned into a paved path. At the 2 mile mark, we crossed over another bridge, stopped for some ice water...actual ice in the water, lol! The path was again gravel and along a canal. About half way, we popped back into the woods and onto some single track path which was covered mostly with leaves and pine needles. Just after mile 3, with Mark ahead of me, I caught the tip of right shoe on something and landed one my palms and knees. It was a somewhat soft landing which was good. I got up, people behind me asked if I was ok. Mark said he didn’t even hear me go down but said he felt a disturbance in the force, lol. I brushed myself off and away we went. I was more nervous not only for me but also for Mark. He’s on Coumadin so any fall could spell disaster for him. He had me go ahead and set our pace. Around mile 4, we went up a short but very steep hill and then the trail widened but had more rocks and roots and leaves. It was also mostly uphill. We crossed the finish line, got water, a wood carved wolf medal, and walked out of the woods. There was a cupcake vendor there and they had gluten free and vegan chocolate peanut butter cupcakes. It was delicious! Mark had some sort of caramel apple cupcake. Not gluten free. We got a bottle of some all natural tea based electrolyte drink and decided to head out. Cold!! We averaged around an 11:04 pace. Finished in 55 and change. I was 9th in age group, 35th female, and 58th place. No clue how many ran the 5 miler. They also had a 10 miler (2 loops) and a relay. So, bucket list trail race checked off. I just am not coordinated enough to run in the woods! I can barely run on roads without falling, lol! Glad we went. It was a very well run race. Lots of volunteers at all the turns and lots of course markers so you wouldn’t get lost. Glad I was wearing mittens so my hands didn’t get cut when I fell. I didn’t tear my tights...they’re on the thick side. I do have bruises on my knees. It’s fine. Just glad I didn’t do too much damage. When I got home, Emma said “are you going to be able to do our long run tomorrow ?” I’m sure she meant to ask if I was ok.
I’m going to post this before I forget and will then do another one about my run today.

Erica-
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Post Re: Mater Runners November 2019
on: November 17, 2019, 16:35
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Ok, quick post. Got up, had breakfast, and went upstairs to find Emma hiding under her covers, saying “I’m going to die!” I laughed, said, no, you’re not going to die, and get up! I reminded her she just played 100 minutes of soccer in her playoff game so she could certainly run 6 miles. I told her we would go slowly and we could walk whenever she wanted to. We ran one of my favorite out and back routes. We chatted and got caught up on things. When we got to mile 3, we stopped, took a selfie, and she said she was sore. We stretched and then started off again. That mile was our fastest! 10:15. We walked a little. Ran up a big hill. Down a hill and up another one before she asked if we could walk again. Our walk breaks were brief but enough for her to catch her breathe. With less than a mile to go, I could tell she was getting excited. I told her how proud I was of her. We walked in the door and she yelled “we did it!” to Mark. We stretched, foam rolled, and while she was eating her lunch, she watched a video of a guy running the Disney princess half and showed me all the places we will stop to take pictures. She’s so excited! Finished 6 miles in 1:04. Average pace of 10:43. And I’m now ready for bed, lol!!!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Mater Runners November 2019
on: November 18, 2019, 15:02
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That's so cool Erica that you and Emma will run the Disney Princess HM together. I told Katie, especially your costumes as Elsa is her favorite and told her we should do that... she laughed 😉 well I couldn't run a HM in February, anyway... great run pace, you two will do awesome 🙂 can't wait to see pics from that.

And your trial race, fun! Glad you did not get hurt from your fall. Those cupcakes sound so yummy, both the GF/vegan and the 'regular' one.

My PT told me I could increase distance by 20% so Saturday I walked 1.46miles. Pace was 17:44, coming along. Fred is thinking about running the NJ marathon the end of April. It's down the shore in Long Branch, pretty flat from what I remember when we did the half. I briefly thought if he signs up for the full I will sign up for the half but in thinking about it more I don't think I could do it. I will concentrate on getting back to running again and hopefully running a 5k and a 10k next spring, maybe a half in the fall. We'll see.

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Post Re: Mater Runners November 2019
on: November 19, 2019, 08:46
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My gosh, Nancy! Fred has really caught the running bug! Did you both start running together? Before Mark’s valve replacement surgery, he got up to 8 miles but I don’t think he’ll even do a half marathon. Emma and I keep asking him if he wants to join us but it’s been a no so far. He’d make a good Olof to our Anna and Elsa, lol!

1.46, yay!!!! You’re making progress but I think you’re right. Don’t push it. I know it’s hard to see others running when you can’t but it’s better to focus on recovery. I never in a million years expected to be running with Emma. She’s always told me she hates to run even though she does quite a bit of it for soccer, lol! I think turning 18 has changed her a bit, in a good way. She knows our time together is fleeting since she’ll be going off to college next year. She was so cute after the long run. Endorphins definitely kicked in!

So, I have a fairly large bruise on my left knee for my fall but it only bothers me when I lean on it. Didn’t seem to effect me for our run Sunday. We’re running an easy 5 when Emma gets home from school so I’ll see how it feels. I definitely have some other post fall aches and pains. My arms are sore from landing on my palms. Again, nothing serious but just happy I was able to get up and finish the trail race.

Ok, need to go do something, I’ve been listening to the impeachment hearings. It’s getting redundant.
Happy Taco Tuesday!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Mater Runners November 2019
on: November 20, 2019, 05:04
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Yes, Fred really has gotten into running! I'm glad for him. After walking on the treadmill yesterday I definitely shut down any thoughts of running a HM this coming Spring. I walked at 3.5 and that tired me so... and that was the pace I used to walk for 5mins as a warm up before starting my run on the TM. I advanced it to 4 (which is a 15 minute/mile pace) for that last .6 miles and thought my heart was going to pop out of my chest. Guess I have some work to do...

Glad you have no serious injuries. Hopefully yo and Emma had a good run. Again that is so cool you are doing that together! And then staying there I am guessing for a mini vacation?

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Post Re: Mater Runners November 2019
on: November 21, 2019, 16:16
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Friday, I drove to Phoenix. Got my car the needed oil change and found that it needed extra work on the steering wheel due to recall, WHAT?!? They mentioned matter of factly that it could be done anytime and in the town that I live. duh!! NO, I wanted it done as I’m driving it to MN later this month and don’t want to be stranded in the middle of a polar vortex in nowhere Nebraska, LOL!! So the part was replaced and it was reprogrammed. Since it took about 3 hrs, I got a courtesy car and drove to nearby shopping area with a Nordstrom Rack. Within 5 minutes, I found and bought the last 2 pairs of Brooks Ghost 11 road shoes!! They are so hard to find at this price and in my size!! Different colors ...... I didn’t care tho. That was all I ’needed.’ And I walked out and just walked around the shopping area outside.

After I got my car, It took me 1 hour and 20 minutes to get from this side of town to the west side of Phoenix to meet up with DD and her fiance’ for dinner, holy moly!! Glad I left when I did.
We stayed up LATE!!
So, Saturday, I was surprised I got up early!!
I left DD's place about 2 hrs later than I wanted to. We had some coffee and just talking and watching a movie. Gosh, I don't remember when I last watched a movie in the morning, LOL!! Anyway, there's a regional park about 3 miles from her place. There's like 3 big hills, some rocky, steep areas with more runnable areas. I ran to the top of all the 'hills'..... felt great, legs rested and not as 'hot' as I thought due to some hazy clouds. Finished 8.2 miles.
The GDs arrived around noon and we spent the whole day at the apt. I did not want to go shopping .........and the younger GD was under the weather abit so that worked out fine in my favor, ha! Movies, and played scrabble, another movie and letter writing to Santa, LOL!!
Their father and other grandparents had ’plans’ for them so they left in the evening.
It was a good visit ...... they’ve grown up so much!!

Haven't run since. Should have on Monday but got lazy.

It's gotten cold with rain and some sleet with snow in the mountains.

It snowed last night here especially on the peaks. And it’s been snowing on and off here in town. Pretty! I have a couple of free admission tickets to the local fitness center but I’m really dreading the dreadmill ....that’s my excuse.
Will try again tomorrow.
DH is leaving MN for AZ tomorrow. He’ll be dodging artic blasts, wind, rain, snow and sleet. Yikes!

Nancy = wonderful to hear about your progress. You’ll get there!! Having a goal is a motivator but you take it easy and you’’ll be piling on the miles soon enough.

Erica = CONGRATS to you and Mark for finishing the trail race!! YAY!! and to Emma, high five!! Glad the fall wasn’t serious. It’s smart to wear gloves in such weather..... to keep warm and just in case you fall. At least that’s my reason. And you’re done with running trails?? It does get better ...... you learn to fall with grace, LOL!! The Disney race has alot of positive reviews. Sounds like you and Emma are gonna make it fun and memorable, yippee!! You both are gonna rock that with that pace training, wow!

Hi Lisa!!

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Post Re: Mater Runners November 2019
on: November 23, 2019, 12:50
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Hi Ladies,

Just finished what I’m calling a FUBAR long run. Went out .75 miles, heard shotguns from hunters, dog was freaking out and pulling me home. Got home, fed her, she seemed like she wanted to go again, I take her to a local park. She was acting weird again, we went on a fire road in the woods a bit, she growled at a couple and then I took her home. I ran 4.51 mile on the treadmill to cobble together 9 miles. So annoyed, glad I got it done because it’s supposed to pour tomorrow.
Had a rest day yesterday, Thursday I ran hill repeats on the treadmill, Wednesday was 40 minutes on the elliptical and leg weights at the gym, Tuesday 45 minutes easy run in the treadmill, Monday 35 minutes on recumbent bike and arm weights, last Sunday ran 8 miles in 11 degrees. I need to get acclimated to cold for the Millinocket, Maine half on 12/7.
I have officially lost 20 pounds! The clothes which I bought for MN in September were slightly loose then, I wore some yesterday and they were hanging off and actually made me feel bigger than I am, so I guess I should donate them. I am shooting for 10 more pounds and I’ll see how I feel.
I am running a 5k turkey trot Thanksgiving, then the Millinocket half 12/7, then I will take an easy week and figure out a plan I’d like to use for Boston (gulp), and fundraising is very intimidating.

Erica- Yay for the trail run, I’m sorry you fell, I hope you’re feeling ok now. Great race report! Good for Emma for the half, that’s very admirable.

Nancy- good job with the 1.46 miles! Every movement forward is a positive, especially when you’re being smart, like it seems you are. I think that’s a great idea to not plan a big spring race, maybe you’ll be up for it, but planning something shorter still gives you a goal.

JC- great find with the Brooks! Sounds like you had a nice visit with GDs, very nice. I love the Grand Canton, would love to go back. We have ‘thoughts’ about retiring in AZ, we will see.

Happy weekend!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Mater Runners November 2019
on: November 23, 2019, 15:21
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That was an interesting run, Lisa. But hey, whatever works and you did it to get your 9miles done so yay you! Congratulations on the weight loss I'm sure the baggy clothes made you happy. I like the variety of things you do, that's smart and that way you don't get bored. Good look with your upcoming runs. And then Boston - how exciting!

JC that was smart to grab those shoes! Sorry about the car and geez 1 hour and 20 mins to get across the town? Is it really large and a lot of traffic?? Nice you had a fun visit with your daughter and grand's, so sweet. Hopefully your husband had safe travels. When are you going to MN, after Thanksgiving?

Walked 1.78miles outside this am, cool but beautiful blue skies and sunshine. Enjoying it while it lasts. My PT was approved for 4 more sessions, I may have already mentioned, so I've had two and two more to go. I don't know if any more will be approved after, we'll see. Or I can go and pay privately $50 a session he told me.

Katie is running a 5k turkey trot on T-day and Fred may go also. I may go watch/cheer them on, just depends. Right now the weather forecast is looking good for that day.

Oh and we just booked a cruise for Jan. 19-Feb. 2 Southern Caribbean Going to San Juan PR, St. Thomas VI, Philipsburg St. Maarten, Basseterre St Kitts, Castries St Lucia, Bridgetown Barbados, and St John's Antigua. We were to St. Thomas 30 years ago, and on our last Caribbean cruise we went to St Kitts and Lucia, but the other 5 are new to us. If you've been to any of these and have any suggestions let me know!

Off to dinner - enjoy the weekend!

Erica-
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Post Re: Mater Runners November 2019
on: November 25, 2019, 12:55
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Hello all and happy Monday!
Woke up with my left arm asleep and had pulled a muscle in my neck. Ugh! Feeling old! Who pulls a muscle sleeping? Me. Went for a 3 mile run and took 2 ibuprofen. I needed to make it through the morning without getting too locked up. Went to the podiatrist to get my custom orthotics. Met with the doctor and peppered him with a million questions with what might be next and the timeline. He said I should notice a difference once I break in the orthotics and that can take 3 weeks. After that, I should be able to run with them. If not, next would be a cortisone shot. If that doesn’t work, surgery. Taking it one at a time.

Lisa, nice job of the 9 miler even though it was a bit piecemeal. You still did 9 miles! Yay! Congratulations on 20 pounds! That’s so awesome!!! I’m envious. I’ve basically been eating whatever I want at the moment and waiting until after the holidays before I refocus. I just don’t feel like missing out right now.

Nancy, so exciting about your cruise! I’ve been to most of the islands in the Caribbean but it’s been a long time. I’m sure they’ve changed a lot.

JC, nice job finding your running shoes on sale! I love a good bargain! I just ordered a pair of new balance 1080’s from Road Runner Sports. I get 10% off and I had some reward dollars. I really need a wide shoe and my Nikes aren’t wide. My toes felt a bit pinched during my 7 miler.

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday so we went out to dinner. Met another couple there as a little surprise so that was fun. Emma felt sick when we got there so she ended up going home before we ordered. She’s fine now though. Ethan’s coming home from RPI tomorrow night. So excited! We’re going to my sister’s house for Thanksgiving and the day after as well. Hope it will be ok...it’s our first holiday without her mother in law. What are you all doing for the holiday? It’s my favorite one!!

Well, off to do more chores. Enjoy your week and Happy Thanksgiving!

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