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Erica-
Richards

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Post Master runners February 2020
on: February 1, 2020, 15:28
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Hi all,
Thank goodness January is over! Longest month ever!!!
Helped my sister move some stuff into my parents house yesterday and tweaked my knee. Ugh. Very nervous about it but tried not to panic. My sister felt awful and she’s got enough on her plate right now. Knee felt better this morning so Emma and I decided to attempt our last long, long run. Set out and I was fine until mile 2.75. Sharp pain, couldn’t put weight on it. Tried to run. Nope. Stopped my watch. Stretched A LOT! Thought about having Emma go on without me but decided to give it another try. We started out slowly and I was cautious. Knee was fine the rest of the way...well, until mile 12.5 so we slowed down for the last half mile. 13 miles! Yippee!! Taper time!
Hope you are all well. It’s laundry time! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: Master runners February 2020
on: February 4, 2020, 07:23
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I have been sporadically getting email notifications when there's a new post, which doesn't help my already bad memory to check the board!

Erica- I am so sorry for your sister, I can't imagine that! I hope she is doing ok, or as ok as can be expected. Enjoy your taper! That is really my favorite part of training, lol, I know a lot of people don't like it.I hope your knee enjoys the rest and is a non-issue.

Nancy- I hope you had an amazing trip! I have been on two cruises and really enjoyed them. I hope you got some nice R&R! How are you feeling?

JC- what amazing pictures, the snow and the warm ones. It's amazing the difference of what a 'trail' is there and here. I wish I could find a plain dirt road, all the trails near me are very technical. I admit as I get older I am much more likely not to drive in snow/ice, I think you made the right call skipping the race.

My training is going well, I had a 16 mile long run Saturday, my longest since 2018. I was VERY sore Saturday after, but I stretched and made sure to foam roll a couple of times Saturday and first thing Sunday. Easy dog hike Sunday and I barely felt the 16 miles, which was a very pleasant surprise. This week my long run is 8-10 miles, a cutback week, yay!
I really need to get back into the gym, all I have been doing the past few weeks is walking and running, with a bit of stretching. I really need to get the cross-training back on track.
The stressful part of all this is the fundraising! The marathon training is the 'easy' part.
We have barely had a winter, and only had snow once that stuck for more than a day. I haven't been able to use my snow shoes at all. I know it's early still, but it's very disappointing.
I could NOT get out of bed this morning, set my workout clothes in the kitchen so I can change right away when I get home, ran 3 miles yesterday when I got home on the TM, will try to use my rower and lift weights today, start of cross training routine again.
Happy Taco Tuesday!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Master runners February 2020
on: February 4, 2020, 15:06
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A quick hello, I am back! It was a wonderful cruise, very relaxing. Hard to get back to reality!

I am sorry about your sister, Erica. Also was worried reading about your knee, but that was a happy ending. When is the race, when will you be in Florida - I presume you are not just going down for the race but will be staying a few days?

Doing awesome, Lisa! May I ask what are you doing for cross-training?

I too need to get back into some kind of exercise routine. Have been slacking between going back to work, finishing PT, the holidays, then vacation. I walked this morning on the TM for 25minutes, who-hoo!

Hi JC! I hope all is well with you 🙂

Erica-
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Post Re: Master runners February 2020
on: February 5, 2020, 09:16
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Hello!
It’s been a busy week! Not sure where to begin...

Lisa, so happy your marathon training is going so well. Yay! The fundraising is the hard part for sure! What’s the minimum you need to raise? I know Boston has high limits. Cross training? What’s that, lol! I sporadically do some arm weights. I’m so terrible!

Nancy, so glad you had a nice cruise! Any highlights? Did you have a favorite island? How was the food? Did you visit the gym? I’d probably park my butt on a pool longe chair for the week, lol! The race is Sunday, February 23rd. We leave the 21st and are staying through the 28th. I booked massages for the 29th for both of us.

Speaking of massages, I went Monday. Haven’t been in a very long time! She found a knot in my calf on the same leg as my knee issue. Felt better after and Emma and I had a very strong 4 mile run yesterday. So, all good! Emma goes Friday for her very first massage. She has tight calves so hopefully it will help.

Busy week socially for me. Went to dinner with my dear old friend John on Sunday night. He’s struggling a bit so he needed my ear. I think I helped him a little. Monday night, I hosted my friends for dinner and canasta. Haven’t played in a long time so that was fun! My friend Donna told us her son just got engaged! Yay! Last night, I took Emma to see Mean Girls at the Boston Opera House. It was her Christmas present. Fun show! We went to dinner before as well. Went with my friend Amy too. Her daughter Anna was sick so I invited my friend John to join us. He lives in Boston and after our dinner Sunday night, a fun night out was just what he needed. Lots of laughs!!

Well, I need to get to my to-do list. Have some volunteer work to do as well as errands and house crap! JC, hope you are well and the snow is beginning to melt!

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master runners February 2020
on: February 5, 2020, 19:37
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Nancy: welcome back, sounds like you had a blast. Tough to get back to reality, I'm sure, ha! Any active activities? Any favorite place? Assuming weather was very cooperative. So what next? UT?

Erica: oh no!! was my reply to the knee issue! Glad it got better..... and stays that way. What do you think it was ......and how did it feel? Glad Emma is still going strong. She'll love the massage. Knots in calves are my issues too. Foam rolling everyday ..... even when I'm in nursing home, LOL!! Post-run massages are the best! What a social butterfly to boot!! You have good friends to hang with. Nice! Snow is still hangin around.

Lisa: Fundraising? bummer. That's alot of time but I'm sure you'll reach your goal. Cross-training takes time too. Since renewing my membership, it makes it easier for me. I have weights at home but I don't always use them. Getting better ...... until I return to AZ, ha! WOW!! good job on the 10 milers.

I renewed my membership for a month at the local university gym ....... just enough time till I return to AZ in March. I've been focusing on intervals on the TM, keeping the grade between 5-8% at easy pace, and adding power walk for 1/2 to 1 mile at 12%. WHEW!! So far my longest distance has been 8.2 miles. I'll be going for 10 miles a couple of times. That should be good till I add more once I get back to AZ and add technicals at altitude. And I should be ready for the HM trail race I registered for.
I registered for the Whiskey Basin trail run HM, Prescott, AZ, April 18.
Would have love the 60K but not I don't feel close to being ready for that.
The 33K would have been perfect but I have the trail marathon two weeks later in NM, May 2.
I want to do well for that trail marathon.
The gym forces me to focus on intervals/speed that I tend to neglect. And I love the weights, TRX, elliptical, etc once I get into it. You know what I mean.............

It was so damn COLD yesterday!! Holy moly!! BELOW zero degrees in the morning ....... really?!? Ok, it was sunny...... Anyway, today was a little better but still COLD and sunny. Predicted to SNOW tomorrow, SERIOUSLY?!? I'm so over winter ...... but it does not want to leave. But just to laugh in its face, I ran a couple of times outside (just 3 miles)!! So there!! LOL!!

Being a 'witness' to the Arrowhead 135 was remarkably incredible!! While waiting for RB's boyfriend(JM) participating in the event, RB and I went snowshoeing and running. COLD!! but sucked it up. Made up for the race that I missed due to weather conditions a week prior.
JM dropped at around mile 86........ bummed about it. Ideal conditions compared to prior years but still tough. If you know who Pam Reed is, she finished as first female runner. She dropped out in prior races.

you all take care!!

JCtrail

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Post Re: Master runners February 2020
on: February 5, 2020, 19:45
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1. Pam Reed heading out after first check in point.

2. Female runner coming in to first check point while male runner is running back because he forgot his trekking poles inside the check point store!

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JCtrail

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Post Re: Master runners February 2020
on: February 5, 2020, 19:57
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1. JM coming for first check in location, about 36 miles. LONG night once he gets back out.

2. RB and I went snowshoeing on the frozen lake by the lodge where we were staying.

3. two runners with their sleds heading out after the second check in location, LONG second night on the trail.

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JCtrail

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Post Re: Master runners February 2020
on: February 5, 2020, 20:02
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1. RB and I going for our morning run.

2. One of the female runners coming in for check in.

3. sleds of the runners taking a break at the second check in location.
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thenancyrd

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Post Re: Master runners February 2020
on: February 8, 2020, 05:45
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Cool pics, JC! I can't imagine doing that... kudos to them!

Glad you are feeling better after your massage, and hopefully Emma enjoyed hers!

Busy crazy week at work for me and even worse for Fred. He comes home from work and goes right downstairs to his home office to log in/take calls. Came to bed this morning at 1:30am. Ridiculous.

The cruise was very nice, peaceful and relaxing. Ate far too much food, and drank lots of rum based drinks. Gained 5.8pounds but already most has come off, likely water weight due to salt and carbs.

Stops: San Juan - arrived 4pm. Did a tour of the city/fort, seems like a nice city. Unfortunately by time done it was dark, and didn't want to explore on our own so stayed right by the ship but too many people selling junky things we weren't interested in, so went back on the ship. We were on the NCL Bliss which is a huge ship - but next to us was the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas which was even bigger! Just crazy I don't know how they "drive" these ships let alone "park" them!!!

St. Thomas, Tortola, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Barbados, Antigua - all beautiful tropical islands in their own ways. Pretty blue clear water and colorful plants. Unfortunately some very poor areas. Tourism is #1 industry for $. Many are persistent, but are polite and back off when you say no thank you. Felt guilty not buying stuff but still, don't want any chatkees or other junky things. Did beach excursions in St. Thomas and St. Maarten, a train tour of St. Kitts, a bus tour on Barbados and a walking tour of St. Johns, capital in Antigua. Favorite island was Barbados, just beautiful. Also best weather there, the furthest south of the islands we went to, was 86-88 that day. Otherwise in upper 70's/low 80's. And every day a 10-15minute shower then sunny again. Fred enjoyed a local beer on every island and had a Cuban cigar on two of the islands. I Went to the gym 3 times otherwise slugged!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: Master runners February 2020
on: February 8, 2020, 05:49
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FYI: This has been happening the past month. After I post here, my screen goes red and I get a warning that says this site is unsafe and some other info... I am going to get my cell phone and take a pic, hopefully can post here to show you. This makes me nervous about this place, I know Erica said it is unmonitored...

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