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Author Topic: Master Runners January 2020!
JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 6, 2020, 20:56
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Nancy: I LOVE PASTA!! I've had DH buy the veggie pastas, he's not all that picky. He prefers them now. But you're right, it has to be limited. Same for brown rice and whole grain bread. DH LOVES gold potatoes tho. But he's great with veggies and fruits so he's always good for making sure they are on the grocery list.

Gosh, it's heartbreaking to watch all the fires in Australia. So many families left devastated. And the animals, just distressing. Hope the brief rain helps.

I skied a couple of times but preferred snow boarding which we did alot when we lived in Denver, and had ski passes to the ski slopes. I don't snow board anymore since we moved from Denver ............ and my knee issues started.
I like cross-country skiing, sold my skis though ........ should consider it again. Northern AZ has great ski trails.
I bought snow shoes (specifically for racing) when we moved to MN in 2012 ....... and I really enjoy them when I went on snow shoe hikes. I still would like to run a snow shoe race ..... at least once.
I'm still 'considering' the FYGB run. Just shivering thinking about it. But I know I would be so proud of myself .....once I'm finish and warm. LOL!! It's all for bragging rights, ha! I'd run it, not race it. But maybe I should race it, I'd get done sooner, haha!

Erica: I meant to say that the house to house parties on NYE sounded so much fun!! Wonderful way to stay connected to neighbors. We use to ride our snow mobiles from house to house of DH's relatives' when we lived/worked in northcentral ND. Lots of food, but my rule was no drinking. Maybe that's why I still don't drink on NYE....... until midnight if we are home. Not much because I still do my annual run on NY's day.

Today: drove to gym. Plan is to run a few miles outside and then do rest of workout in gym. It was sunny, 'warm' around 32 degrees, gotta run outside! 2 miles near lake around campus, then turnaround, 2 miles back. Then on TM for some speed workouts for 2.2 miles with some inclines. Finished 6.2 miles. Kettle ball, weights and stretching. Great workout!!

Have eye appt tomorrow. Will also get blood drawn for lipids, thyroid, etc. Getting this done after the holidays may not have good results, LOL!

I have a dilemma, need some input from you all:

April 18, Whiskey Basin, HM or 33k (20.5 miles). Which should I run?

Because, 2 weeks later, May 2, is the Shiprock trail marathon. I already registered for this.

I'm thinking the HM .......

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 7, 2020, 17:18
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Snowboarding looks like so much fun but again, I am sure I would seriously injure myself, I am kinda clutzy 🙂 Good job with your workout today. I went to the gym this morning and did stretching/floor exercises, and rode on the bike for 20minutes. Slow, slow steps but at least I got up and did something.

Hopefully your blood work results are ok, they probably will be, it doesn't sound like you eat that much junk.

I vote for the Whiskey Basin 'cause it sounds cool and if I am going to drink, I drink whiskey 😉 but also, you'd be tapering before the trail marathon and I think the 20.5 miles would be pushing it. Oh wait I misread that, I guess it is the same race just different distances. Well still cool!

thenancyrd

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on: January 7, 2020, 17:23
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I just looked up that race - very scenic! And how come you aren't considering the 88k run?! 😉

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 7, 2020, 19:53
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Hello ladies!
JC, definitely HM since you have a full 2 weeks later. I agree with Nancy that the 20.5 would be pushing it, I do remember when you couldn’t bend your knee! That was a scary time!
Nancy,Ethan goes back to RPI January 12th which is his 20th birthday. We are going to celebrate with family Saturday night. Going by so fast! I’ve also been being more careful with my food choices since January 1st. I started tracking again using My Fitness Pal. I’ve dropped a pound and just feel better eating less junk. I also stopped drinking alcohol. I had one hard cider Saturday night and had hot flashes all night long! Ugh.
Every 3rd day, Emma gets out of classes early so she came home and we ran an easy 6 miles yesterday. So much better! She even made me run up the one big hill, lol! Glad she felt good. Helped put the tough 9 miler behind.
Drove to Massachusetts today to help Mark pick up his Tesla. Finally fixed after he got rear ended a couple months ago. Looks brand new and let’s hope it stays that way! Tomorrow night, we need to drop off the old wagon Ethan’s driving for its 95K service. Next up, the Mini Cooper needs a service. Then the new Audi A3 has a recall. GAH!!! So, if you need me, I’ll be doing stupid car stuff.
Picked up a black tank top today at Marshall’s for Emma’s Princess Anna Costume for the half marathon. I got some craft supplies the other day so we can decorate it. Also got some snowflakes to tack onto my turquoise sparkle skirt for my Elsa costume.
Ok, time for bed! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 8, 2020, 07:44
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Oh, forgot to tell you, I’ve decided what my running/fitness goal is going to be for 2020. Last week, I realized I had signed up for a race in January (First Run 10K) and the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. A group of ladies in New England were discussing a 10 mile race in Portland Maine in April and I got an email about a price increase for the Shamrock Half (I did it a couple years ago) in March. That’s a local race. So, I signed up for the March and April races and decided to try and do an event each month for 2020. I’ve got the first 4 months lined up and will eventually add to that. I’m not going to “race” these but just go, have fun, and enjoy the challenges. Some will be new, some will be repeats, some local, some far away. Excited!.

JCtrail

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on: January 8, 2020, 22:30
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Today was another strength day with a nice 5.2 mile run on TM only with 2-5% incline. 30 min weights, 20 min kettle ball, 20 min TRX, finished with some long stretching.

The short track was being used by the university track team. There is a set time each weekday that they use the track for about 3 hrs, no one is allowed on the track till after 5 pm!

The upper level has additional TMs, cycles, elliptical but the floor is being redone since Monday. The machines have been removed. The flooring should be done Thurs or Fri. There is only 3 TMs on the first floor, 2 ellipticals, about 10 cycles, a rowing machine, a stair stepper, and couple of stretching machines. A separate room that has free weights, weight machines. Another room for TRX, kettle ball, medicine ball, etc.

I seem to get there when there are the least number of people. And at least 1 TM is open. So some people who are waiting are wandering around and visiting till after 5 pm to run/walk the track or use the TM when it's open. Some just sit and wait. You'd think they would try the bike, rowing machine, etc....

When I left, it was lightly snowing, 1 degree, 12 below with windchill.

DH made pancakes for dinner, we added blueberries, peanut butter, bananas, walnut and maple syrup.

Another Perfect meal for a cold MN winter night!

Ok ladies ...... as runners, sometimes we can be enablers 😛 as well as encouraging when it comes to races ...... I really appreciate your feedback and insight.
Yes, I agree. The April HM will be the smart choice. Will use that as my last training run. I want to do well for the May trail marathon. I don't want to feel depleted and/or fatigued when I toe that starting line.

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 8, 2020, 22:55
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Nancy: LOL!! I thought about the 60K to celebrate my 60th birthday AG but guess that will wait for another year. It's not too far from our AZ home and yes, very scenic. I love the race name too. I don't drink 'hard' liquor, so no whiskey celebration post-race ....... maybe a hard cider and/or glass of red vino. I find that I'm thinking of what I'm going to eat and what I will drink with it .....when I'm in the middle of a race, haha!!
Good job on getting out and getting it done! Every little feat adds to an accomplishment.
Cycling can be calming yet a nice good workout.

Erica: Gosh, Ethan is turning 20 yrs old!! wow!! Nice run with Emma. You are an awesome coach who just happens to be a wonderful mom as well. Glad you are feeling better and no sign of the ankle scare.
That is alot of car maintenance ...... totally get it. My DH and his cars. He's such a gearhead. He's holding onto his classics. He enjoys working on them.
That is a great goal for this year. A race each month. Yes, very exciting!!
Being healthy and having fun are top priorities in my book.
I would like to run a 50 miler this year. It was on last year's wish list .....
Just need to find the 'right' one.
You'll do amazing I know.
Is Emma interested in running more races?
How is Mark doing health-wise?

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 9, 2020, 07:09
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JC, I’m so impressed that you go to the gym in frigid weather! I’d be stuck in my warm bed most morning, lol! It turned super cold here overnight and I hope it warms up a bit by noon. Emma and I have some hill repeats to tackle. I’m pretty sure Emma is not going to want to run more races. She’s really not a fan of running but decided to take on this challenge as the timing was right. Who knows though. Maybe after she crosses the finish line, she’ll be hooked! Mark, Ethan, and I went for an easy 3 miler yesterday. Neither of them love to race but I’m happy they both still run sporadically for fitness. Ethan told me one of his fitness goals is to run a 20 minute 5K! Said he was going to find a race so he’d train, lol! He’s more talk than action. Mark is doing ok. He’s working on trying to drop some weight. He’s always been thin but has gained a bit of weight over the last couple of years. At his last physical, he was pre diabetic which scared the crap out of me! He’s come down off that weight but still needs to drop 10-15 pounds and then go get his A1C checked again.

Just had a call from the shop about the car. Needs new tires soon but decided to wait. We use a local shop for that and the tires should last until this summer. Ethan’s not driving a ton.

So funny! We had breakfast for dinner last night too! I made scrambled eggs and mashed avocado on toast with a couple of maple sausages. Ethan had an egg and banana pancake and sausages. Yummy!

Ok, time for breakfast. I’ve been trying some intermittent fasting...eating between an 8 hour window. Well, 8-10 hour window. So far, it’s cut down on my calorie intake and late night mindless snacking. Hoping it translates to the scale.
Enjoy your day!

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 9, 2020, 08:05
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Happy New Year!

So I had 2 weeks off from work and STILL was negligent about posting, ugh. I can't remember when I last posted but after searching it looks like November!

I 'ran' the Millinocket half on December 7. The 1st half is all uphill on a dirt road packed with ice, they do put dirt on top of the ice but I wore a brace on my ankle and tried to stay off to the side in fresh snow. While some people PR at this race, I don't see how, it is literally up hill both ways, finishing with a slight downhill. Last year it was my slowest half ever (it's honestly more about the experience), but I took 15 minutes off that time this year almost 6 months to the day of breaking my ankle.
As of this morning I have lost 25 pounds,and navigated the holidays well. I didn't deny myself anything I wanted and kept on plan when I could. For NYE we went to a prix fixe birthday dinner at a French restaurant I really like, we were home at 11:30 so actually stayed awake for 12 and toasted the New Year with both kids, who had been working.
I ran 20 miles last week, the most I have probably run in 1 1/2 years, my long run was 11 miles and was great, but my calves were SO tight, both ankles hurt.

Erica, thank you for the rolling before I run tip!

Tuesday I worked from home and decided to try a walk with the dog and see how I felt to run. We ended up running and nothing really hurt. Prehab, prehab, prehab!
I had the day off Sunday, walked the dog 3 miles.
Monday I took an extra rest day because I hurt, walked at lunch.
Tuesday was the lunch run with the dog.
Yesterday I walked at lunch at work, used my rowing machine 10 minutes and did some PT and body weight exercises.
Today I feel like I'm fighting a cold, and slept HARD, couldn't get out of bed. I have a massage at work this morning, and I will walk at lunch again, running on the treadmill when I get home if I'm up for it.
Cut back week so only 8 miles this weekend for a long run. I never like to run 2 days in a row and definitely am not doing that since my ankle. I need to run Saturday so really hope I can today.

I joined the Winter Warrior Challenge again this year, it's a Brooks program sponsored by local running stores. You need to walk or run at least a mile a day outside every day in January. While I am usually pretty active, I thought that would motivate me to get fresh air every day.

My son has so far been accepted to 3 of the 5 schools he applied to, and has academic scholarships from all 3! So exciting. His first choice is deciding until March, so we are in limbo until then.

Happy Thursday ladies!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Master Runners January 2020!
on: January 9, 2020, 15:38
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How great to come home to all these posts 🙂

Congratulations to you Lisa on your Millinocket half, 15minutes faster than last years is terrific and considering you had to recover from your broken ankle to boot. Good job! And also congrats on the 25# weight loss, you are feeling lighter and healthier I am sure. The WWC sounds fun, what a good way to keep yourself motivated to get through January which is often so yuky. A mile is doable. You mentioned this is a cut back week, what are you training for?

And congrats to your son, awesome news. Crossing my fingers for him for his 1st choice. What does he want to go to school for?

Erica that is a fun goal to have a run/race every month. Certainly something to keep you going but nothing too crazy. I think the Princess run will be so much fun, can't wait to see pics of you two 🙂

I do intermittent fasting in that I eat between 10am and usually 6pm, though tonight will probably be 6:30-7pm. I also try to have 3 hours before finishing dinner and going to bed. It has been a struggle not to eat at night but I'm doing it. Have lost just a tiny bit but every bit counts. I am doing this both for my weight but also for limiting factors that contribute to Alzheimer's per a book I recently read.

Happy Birthday to Ethan and Happy Labor Day to you! Safe travels back to school.

Of course all this healthy eating and limiting alcohol and whatnot will go out the window when we leave on our cruise January 19th!

Great job at your gym visits, JC! I walked 30mins this am on the TM then did my stretches. Not sure what to think anymore... I get occasional back twinges and of course right away I'm thinking oh no! what's happening?! I am sure I had back twinges before and never thought anything of them. I have a whole different mindset now. Working on that.

Ok ladies have a great Friday and weekend! Stay warm. Though I think they are predicting 60 degrees here for Saturday, that is crazy.

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