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thenancyrd

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Post Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 1, 2020, 06:26
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Happy New Year, everyone!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 1, 2020, 06:40
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I just realized I can open a second window, so that I can go back and forth, reading a previous post and respond to it on this second window. Wow... I'm getting smarter in my old age 😉

I hope to retire someday the way your husband is, JC. I can't imagine not doing anything... but being able to work part time or per diem, to keep my mind a bit active, I think that would be good. I will be 60 this October so retirement is not happening any time soon. But someday...

What a nice gift from your DD, I am sure it was all yummy! And Happy Anniversary <3 again to you two.

Snow is so pretty when fresh. Around here it gets ugly quickly due to the salt/whatever they use to clean off the roads. I am not a fan of cold weather, and darkness. I keep saying Yay! winter is here, because that means the days are getting longer, not shorter 🙂

I did not take a nap yesterday after work/before the party, as my niece came over unexpectedly so we hung out and talked until we left for the party. I like her and it was nice to see her so I didn't mind the lack of nap. Actually I probably would not have napped all that well anyway. The party was fine, nice to catch up with friends I haven't seen. Probably ate too much but I managed to NOT eat any potato chips! (those are my kryptonite) so yay me! I am trying hard not to drink alcohol - I like the taste of it, but it doesn't like me. So I had one small cocktail to celebrate my friends birthday, a sip of champagne at midnight, and otherwise drank water. We sat around talking the entire evening, watched the last 60 seconds of 2019 in NYC on the tv, then went back to the kitchen to talk. Katie was at a friends house and thrilled that BTS played there at Times Square, she loves them. She really wanted to go there just to see them live but thankfully decided she did not want to go there with all the crazy people.

Today's annual tradition is going shopping at the mall with Katie, and having prime rib for dinner. Guess we will start taking down the Christmas decorations. Though my Mom used to leave the tree up until the Feast of the Epiphany. We'll see, depends how much time I have. Working tomorrow and Friday then it's the weekend.

NY's resolutions? I have a bunch of plans written down. At the present time I am reading Meredith Atwood's new book, The Year of No Nonsense. That will be playing into my plans.

Have a great day, and year, everyone!

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 1, 2020, 11:27
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Oh you beat me to it Nancy!!
Thought I would be the first to post, LOL!! It's almost NOON here, haha!!

Happy New Year to you and to Erica and Lisa!!
DH worked 31 years with the federal gov't (public health) ....... it was time for him to leave. He did planned for it. Retired at 57 yrs old. He still wanted to work part-time but with less hours, less stress. He loves it. I'm semi-retired, still do some consulting. I enjoy it. We are very blessed that we have the means to travel back and forth between AZ and MN. I would love to travel abroad to two places, New Zealand and the Andes......for ultra races.It's not getting any easier as the years go by. There are many spectacular places in this country to run though so it's all good.

DH has his dad he worries about. His other 4 siblings will take care of him only if they get paid for it. Sad. So thus, his work will keep him in MN, close to ND where is dad lives. He doesn't want to move to MN.
I'm here in MN to keep DH company, haha!
I have my mom and dad to think about as well. They live in NM. But unlike DH, my siblings are helpful and supportive. We make sure they are taken care of. We have our home in AZ that needs to be lived in. We don't rent it out as we can show up anytime. I prefer to live there though.

There are worst things in life to complain about. It's all about gratitude. This lifestyle is not at all difficult. We knew this was one of the options. I don't mind travelling back and forth. It allows me to explore places to camp, hike and run. And, we have friends/family who live in many areas of the country that I tend to travel through.

Hey, I'm 7 months 'older' than you Nancy! Had to laugh about finding out you could open a new window ....... how does that work? haha!
I'm excited to be in the 60+AG in March (my birthday).

We went to an early dinner. I didn't drink at all.
Came home. Then opened up a bottle of wine and had a couple ...... over a 6 hr time-frame..... into the New Year! Gosh, I'm such a lightweight now, that sucks! Yeah, it's not liking me either.
Sounds like you did enjoy the party after all. It's nice to have a family member to hang out with, one that you get along with. Sometimes, unexpected visits are the most delightful.
I love Ruffles potato chips ........ especially at aid stations. But we don't buy them.
DH went to bed around 10 pm ....... I stayed up, alternating between a movie and the NYE celebrations, and marveling at how all those people being crushed in Times Square can stay up, standing for all those hours!! And, the ball drops, then within 20 minutes, it's done! Just crazy.

I stayed up till almost 2 AM!! Friends and Family from the SW/west coast texted me in their time zone.

Needless to say, did not make it to the snowshoe hike this morning.

There are a few scheduled this month and in Feb. Couple of them are 'lantern lit' snowshoe hikes. I did that our first winter here in MN a few years ago. We do have them in northern AZ. It seemed new to them, here in MN, snowshoeing at night. I was the only one with a flashlight and a headlamp. I think they thought the 'lanterns' will be brightly lit on the snow-packed trails. NOT.

I had to lead a family through the woods to the bonfire. It was so dark. Kids thought it was 'cool' but they were being pulled on a sled, LOL!! It's fun when it's a full moon night.

Suppose to have a high of 28 degrees! WOW! But no sun today, blah!
Planning on getting a run in later, around the state park.

I gotta 'toughen' up if I'm thinking of running the Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard run, haha!

Of course, 28 degrees will be balmy in comparison.

DH did offer to drive me to race location, about 2.5 hrs from here. OMG! What am I thinking?!?

This year, turning 60 has me thinking more about my health ........ and hoping that I'll be just as good as I am in my 50s ...... I just need to run more, LOL!! 😀

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 1, 2020, 11:40
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HAPPY NEW YEAR of RUNNING!!

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JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 1, 2020, 17:55
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I finished my 5.9 miles in today. Woohoo!! Started with temp around 24, 12 degrees with windchill. It was 20 degrees when I finished. It was snowing lightly but after couple of miles in, it turned to freezing rain. Sounds awful but the run was not bad. Snow packed roads around the neighborhood, enough traction. Neighbors waving at me, haha!

Erica-
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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 2, 2020, 08:10
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Hello and Happy New Year!
It’s been a busy end to the year for us! First, Happy Anniversary JC! Also, happy birthday Lisa!

I am not a NYE fan but this year one of our newer neighbors planned a neighborhood crawl. 30-45 minutes at each house with a drink and appetizer. Since I hate being out on the road, we decided to participate. It was so much fun!! We went to 7 houses and we were house #6. I did well not to drink too much until we got to our house,lol! I carried a water bottle, filled it 3 times, and joked that my goal was to pee at as many houses as possible. I peed at 5 of 7! I tried a few drinks but just small amounts. The woman who organized it kept us moving by setting a timer. She also gave the next host a warning in case they needed a head start to finish setting up at their house. Everyone had savory appetizers so I decided to make brownies. I also served Prosecco, water, and flavored seltzer. Just before people arrived, Emma told me she wasn’t going to come down to say hello because she was crying. While she had just come home from a trip to Maine with her boyfriend and his family, she was upset they couldn’t spend New Years together. I calmed her down and she agreed to come say hello just before we went to the last house. I poured her a glass of Prosecco and then she agreed to go to the last house with us. She has babysat for them. Nice young couple. Ethan also came down to say hello but decided to stay home. At the last house, I had a bit too much to drink. Oh well. It was fun. We danced, laughed, took pictures, and were home by 12:30. Then I had a headache and couldn’t sleep. That’s why I don’t drink.

Woke up at 8:45, got dressed, had breakfast, and drove to my race. Literally ran into my friend Lisa McGuire as I was jogging to get my bib. Got my bib, visited the porta potty, went inside to stay warm, met Lisa, and we went outside to line up. She did the 5K and I did the 10K. We ran together for the first loop and then I did the second loop solo. It was in the low 30’s but there was a strong headwind the last mile. I ran the first loop in 33 minutes, chatting and catching up with Lisa. Second loop was a bit more of a head down, let’s finish sort of thing. Crossed in 1:04 so happy to have run the second loop slightly faster. Ran into my old summer camp friend Brenda after I finished. Drove home, showered, had lunch, and pretty much spent the rest of the day on the couch. Took a nap too!

Emma went back to school this morning and Mark went into the office. He worked from home during the holidays. Ethan is sleeping. Surprise. I’m in the process of making my list of things to do. Top of the list: begin tracking my food and watching what I’m eating! I’ve gained almost 6 pounds in the last 3 months!!! Trying not to beat myself up about it. It was a conscious choice not to worry about it until the new year and enjoy the holidays. Boy, did I, lol!

Ok, off to get some stuff done today.

Erica-
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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 5, 2020, 09:40
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Hello again!
So I had a little training panic this past week. I was running around doing tons of errands on Thursday and by later afternoon, the outside of my right foot was hurting. I was wearing an old pair of running shoes with my orthotics. I took them off and could barely put weight on my foot! I massaged it, rolled on a trigger point ball, stretched, foam rolled, and nothing helped! It didn’t hurt to manipulate it but did when I tried to walk. Didn’t sleep well that night and when I woke up, I couldn’t even sit up in bed with my legs bent and not have pain! I got up, hobbled around the house, canceled my 3 mile run with my son and then decided to take 3 ibuprofen. I foam rolled, showered, put on my compression socks, and went out to run more errands. Felt ok once the meds kicked in. Made plans to try and have both Ethan and Mark do the long run with Emma Saturday morning, splitting the 10 miler between them. After dinner Friday night, I was sitting on the couch, legs elevated, and I stretched and my ankle cracked. Ahh!!! Better! I foam rolled before bed, took 3 more ibuprofen and slept well, no pain, and decided to attempt my long run with Emma. Foam rolled before we went out and my foot was completely fine! So weird. Emma struggles through the entire run so I was glad I was able to go with her. I think her issue was pre run fueling so we chatted about some changes. My issue, I think, was a speedier than normal 10K on New Year’s Day and November stretching or foam rolling after the race. I just walked to my car, came home, and went about my day. My foot/ankle felt jammed and now it’s completely fine. Not even sore from our long run. We only managed 9 miles rather than 10 but it was a cutback week so that’s fine. It was tough just to get Emma through that many miles. They can’t all be good runs. Lesson learned for her.
Ok, so that’s my long story about something terrible that eventually sorted itself out, lol!
Have a great day!

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 5, 2020, 19:28
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Good lord Erica!! What a huge scare!! OMgoodness!! And such relief when it got back to 'normal.' The ankle 'bones' cracking must have sounded scary too but it was probably the culprit. From what you experienced with the feeling of foot/ankle jammed after the 10k run may have sent off the somewhat 'relocating' of the bones. Do you remember feeling tight in that area prior to the race or on race day or post-race ...... maybe from the weather? I can imagine the panic, and you do everything you think of to relaxed the knotted feeling. That's what I did when I couldn't bend my knee.

Remember when I posted about my knee after a workout Nov 2015, the day after thanksgiving? I was living in MN but leaving for AZ. I couldn't bend my knee the next day and I panicked too!! I had 2 races coming up, with the first one in a week in AZ. I had to wait an extra day to make the drive back to AZ. The swelling in the back of the knee calmed down enough to make the drive back to AZ. Then I decided to get a short 3 miler in mid-week and same thing happened, couldn't bend my knee again. So I didn't run till the day of the race. but I had to change from FM to HM. During race, knee got swollen again but one of the runners gave me Aleve. That worked for about 4 miles. So my knee issue stems from that to this day. I've strengthen the muscles around them since then and continue to do so with quads and hamstrings and hips. Knee gets swollen still but I can bend it. It prefers uphills, hates downhills.

I hope your ankle behaves itself from now on. Do you do ankle/toe exercises? I have to, part of trail running due to the uneven terrain we run on. It's amazing how our body parts can healed itself sometimes, right? Gosh, I'm not surprised you're not sore. You have maintained the level of fitness despite some set backs.

9 miles is awesome, WTG!! Proud of Emma. And she has you to discuss ways to improve and/or work through obstacles. Not so good runs will happen for sure.

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 5, 2020, 20:03
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I've noticed that my knee feels tight and swollen lately. Felt it more after my New Year's Day run....... thinking it's due to the cold.

Thurs: drove to gym. This workout was all about strength training and some inclines. Started with 15 min ellip. 10 min cycle. 20 min TRX. 20 min kettleball. 15 min weights. 1 mile run on track with lunges, back kicks, etc on straight-a-way. Then, 1 mile of intervals on TM, between 4-7% incline. Then 1 mile power walk on TM, between 7-10% incline, WHEW!! Then easy 1/2 mile walk on track. Finished with 20 min of stretching and foam rolling.

I've noticed that when I run the flat surface of the track, my knee just doesn't seem to get 'warmed up'..... and feels more achy, sore, and tight. But after running inclines, it felt so much better. I guess my legs are missing the mountains. 😎

Fri: REST day. I could feel the workout from yesterday. Felt good though. Did some yoga, stretching, foam rolling.

Sat: drove to gym. 15 min ellip. 2 miles on TM with incline between 2-7%. 2 miles on track, easy pace. Back to TM, could only go for just 1 mile with incline again. Back to track for 1 mile, easy pace. Then 1 mile on TM with incline. 1/2 mile easy run and 1/2 mile walk on track. Knee was happy too. My longest run so far.7.5 miles. 😀
10 min TRX to stretch mainly. The basketball court became empty so I checked out a basketball and did some shooting around. After 20 minutes, I left but not before I got in 8/10 free throws!! Still got it, LOL!!

Today: Still cold but sun peeked out for a few hours in the afternoon. Would have been nice to get in an easy short run but it was too WINDY!! DH spent the last few days getting snow off the roof of the house ....... with a snow removal thingy called 'the avalanche' ....... lots of work yet easier than using a scraper thingy. This is his workout! 😉
I took photos and videos of him in the cold, with snow swirling around him from the wind ..... while I sipped hot coffee mixed with cocoa (yummy), and watched him from inside the warm house, ha!! DH is funny, he loves to dance so he had his music on and would dance when he needed a break, LOL!!
I sent a couple of videos to DD and the GDs, they thought it was a hoot!! 😀 And in disbelief of the amount of snow we have. And that grandma is CRAZY for running outside!! haha!!

I made chicken & broccoli pasta casserole for dinner ...... just whipped it up. DH loved it. Just perfect for a cold MN winter.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 6, 2020, 19:04
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Your chicken & broccoli pasta casserole sounds yummy! I love all of those foods 🙂 though as always with the new year, I am trying to eat better and I am limiting pasta for a while.

I too would love to travel more once we retire. Guess it will be a balancing act of what we can afford. Australia and New Zealand are on the list... those fires in Australia are awful.

Sorry about your DH's siblings, that's a terrible way to treat their Dad. You both are good children to your parents.

The lantern lit snowshoe hikes sound fun. I have never snow-shoed, nor have I ever cross-country skied. It always looks like a good time. I skied when I was in high school, but it was more of a thing to do with my friends, I never really liked it. I am not much of a cold weather person I have to admit. I prefer the warmth. But I would bundle up to try the snowshoe hike! Good luck with that Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard run! I can't wait to hear all about it.

I am trying to picture your husband, was he on the roof???

Glad you had fun NYE Erica. That was a cute idea, to travel from house to house. And since in the neighborhood, no one was drinking and driving. Glad your foot issue resolved itself! So proud of Emma, she's doing awesome. Looking forward to hearing all about that race, also.
Has Ethan gone back to school yet? Boy time is flying, he's nearly half way done with college!

Alrighty I've gotta go, my pillow is calling my name. Have a good night!

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