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JCtrail

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Post MAY 2018 masters RUNNING, etc
on: May 2, 2018, 18:19
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HAPPY MAY!!

🙂 We got treated to May with a snowstorm. 😮 Started yesterday with rain/sleet and then snow!! It's MAY, right?!? 😉

Erica: welcome home! Why do we need a vacation from our vacation?!? LOL!! You'll rock the HM!! November is the Richmond FM? Have you run it before? I see it alot in magazines. Sounds like a huge event. Prom season, already? And we have graduation ceremonies coming up with family here too.

So DD is back to normal. Yes, I read about the sandals (years ago) causing infections due to some materials that some people were allergic/sensitive to. DD knew about it too and I made her throw them out. I don't understand how some people can 'live' in flip-flops on a daily basis. Have you seen their feet and soles? Icky!! DD uses the excuse that its because it's so hot in Phoenix. I'll wear sandals occasionally when I dress up but not on a daily basis. I always think I may need to run or hike. I love my Ahnu shoes.

Lisa: glad you are feeling better. And getting some miles in.
Nancy: MCM?

Ok, I may be getting mixed up with these posts since I'm responding to them in May, not April and I can't see April anymore. Sorry.

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: MAY 2018 masters RUNNING, etc
on: May 3, 2018, 06:52
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JC- so glad DD is better! I wear flip flops only in the shower at the gym! lol I do wear sandals in the summer, but change pairs almost every day and tend to wear Tevas or Oofos in the house, which have arch support.
a May snow storm?! After our March & April I think that would push me over the edge.

So I went out for a 'time trial' 5 k last Sunday, turned my watch off for about .50 of a mile, ugh.Oh well. I have been alternating running days with cross-training, doing different things and I have definitely been getting stronger. I am really enjoying the weight training- which I think I've said too much. Today I ran 8 hill repeats at 5% incline for one minute, easy run for 2 minutes in between, finished up with 10 minutes at race pace. I have been doing a Myrtle routine for strengthening hips after all my runs, not sure if it's doing anything, but it can't hurt?
seems we skipped spring for a few days & went straight to summer, 96 yesterday, Monday was 45. ah, New England.

Happy May ladies!

thenancyrd

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on: May 4, 2018, 18:07
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Totally forgot new month = new thread.

Happy May 🙂

This weather sure is crazy, Lisa. Same here in NJ. Much more humid today, looks like some storms are going to come through soon. Good job on your runs.

Tomorrow is our 34th wedding anniversary. Time flies... going for 8mile run in the am then coming home to try to get Katie tickets for a concert she wants to go to, since she will be presenting her thesis at 10:40am. Can't believe she's done. Next weekend is graduation... anyone know of anyone in the animation field?!

Have a good weekend all 🙂

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: MAY 2018 masters RUNNING, etc
on: May 6, 2018, 16:22
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Ok, I win for the last one to realize it’s a new month, lol! A bit crazy here this past week!

JC, how was your marathon? Wasn’t it yesterday? Race report? I wore my new Oofos flip flops at Disney and they are like walking on clouds and have great arch support. I felt like I was getting blisters though so I went to first aid and got bandaids just in case. It was mostly from the humidity. Otherwise, great to walk in. Glad DD is better!

Nancy, happy 34th! On Cinco de Mayo too, I ran 8 miles Saturday morning so we ran together, lol!

Lisa, do you do your weight training at home or do you go to a gym. I really really need to do it but HATE it! What’s your secret.

So, crazy, crappy, stressful week. I won’t go into all of it but suffice it to say, my heart rate was through the roof, I was completely stressed out, and I’m glad the week is over. Trying to decide if I need to go to the doctor tomorrow for some blood work. Not sure if my elevated heart rate is something more than stress. I cut back on my thyroid meds back in February but it’s not helping. It could be the pill I’m on her my excessively long periods. It’s a progesterone birth control pill. Can’t decide if I should or want to deal with it right now. I’ve had a stress test, halter monitor, etc. so I know my heart is fine but somethings making it race. Does not bode well for my half on Saturday unless it calms down this week.

Prom prep was so fun! I hosted Emma and a few friends earlier in the day and after they left, Ethan’s friends came by. I rarely see Ethan around his friends so that was fun, interesting, and insightful. They’re such a great group of kids. I sure hope he finds “his people” when he goes off to college.

Well, better go think about throwing some dinner together. Have a great week! I’ll check in again soon but it’s another busy week.

JCtrail

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Post Re: MAY 2018 masters RUNNING, etc
on: May 7, 2018, 22:07
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Nancy: HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY!! Hope it was fun! And Congrats to Katie, WOW!! What concert?

Lisa: nice that you can tell the difference with all that cross-training. The hill repeats will really foster the strength training. I can feel the difference in my running since running more mountain trails after moving back to northern AZ from flat northern MN.

Erica: you amaze me with all that energy even with what your body is throwing at you! Hope body finds balance, that does not sound good. Have you experience them before? Fingers crossed that it doesn't mess up HM race.

May 5th, Shiprock Marathon RR:

Road marathon running is stupid!

But I FINISHED. Start temp around 48 degrees, finish temp about 80 degrees!! FULL SUN, head on breeze which kept me cool for about 10 miles. Then it was just HOT!! Even the pavement was HOT! OUCH OUCH!!
First 20 miles, aid stations are 2 miles apart, with water and Gatorade or Tailwind, some had orange slices. But after mile 10, there were orange slices, bananas, pretzels, gummy bears, and a couple had watermelons. After mile 20, aid stations are 1 mile apart. So I didn't carry any water. That is the most difference between road races and mountain trails races.

My goal is to finish. Second goal: to finish around 4.5 hrs. Hydrate while walking through A.S.
I wore a light windbreaker till mile 10, then a white short sleeve tech shirt, running skirt, a watch (garmin has become too unreliable), a small waist packet with couple of gels, salt tabs, clif bar.

Decided to stay behind the 4:30 pacer and hoped to get in front of him as we near the finish.

By mile 10, my right hip area started feeling achy/tight. Been dealing with that for a couple of months now. Not sure if it's an I.T. band issue (since I never had it before). It just gets annoying. So at each aid stations, I did some slow stretches, then run again. After couple of miles, it would start bothering me again. But I kept stretching and running. I overheard the pacer that he was about 3-4 minutes ahead so I thought I would have some leeway there while I stretched at aid stations, and catch him again.

My brother volunteered by riding on his road bike. He found me around mile 16 and wished me luck. My cousin waited for me at mile 20 when we turn north towards town after running west to east. I knew I would need some cheering after mile 20. There were some spectators all along the course. My cousin took some awesome photos!

I felt okay despite the hip/thigh annoyance. I ate half of gel at mile 6, and mile 14. At mile 22, I ate another half and asked for water at the aid station. But they have me clear Gatorade instead which I chugged down before realizing it wasn't water!! OMG!! that's a no-no ....... I told them and they apologized but I knew I might have tummy issues.

And I did..... at mile 22.5. I got nauseous, dizzy, and felt like I was gonna puke a couple of times. I wish I did, I probably would have felt better. I saw the 4:30 pacer disappear in the distance, ugh!! It wouldn't do any good to get upset or mad. What's done is done and I need to direct my energy on finishing the best I could. I ended up walking and barely jogging till mile 23. I tried drinking water to 'dilute' my tummy at mile 23 aid station and jog/walked most of mile 24.

Ok, I just need to suck it up. Had a couple of sips of water and I focused on a runner ahead of me. I noticed one female runner who had passed me around mile 18, and she looked to be in my age group. She was walking a lot by mile 22. I passed her at mile 25, and just willed myself to pick up my pace and get a strong finish. I set my sight on a young blond pony-tailed runner who I used as a pacer. Her husband helped run her in the last 1/2 mile which helped me a lot too.

My cousin and brother met me at the finish. I went straight to the massage tent and put my name on the list (but I ended up not going back). I had a niece running the HM so my cousin and brother are talking with her while I get some fruit to eat, and to sit down. My cousin finds me and tells me I placed 3rd in my AG!! WHAT?!? haha!

We checked the results on the board. Was directed to the awards table to claim my 3rd place AG, it's a beautiful pottery vase. My cousin leaves and my brother goes back to the course to ride back to his car which is at the starting line!! He rode over 50 miles!! crazy guy!

I stayed around just cheering on the runners. There were still some even after the cut-off time.

So today, I checked the results online.
It shows that I finished 2nd instead!!
If that's correct, then I have Gail from MA 3rd place pottery vase. oh dear!
I sent an email to the RD.
Will see how this turns out.

So I finished OV: 89th/214. Female: 29th/85. AG: 2nd/12.
My finish time of 4:45:21 was my second slowest road marathon time but I'll take it.

I stretched a lot after returning to my friend's house. Stretched again the next morning before my post-recovery run of 3 miles. Today is REST. Feeling better, hip/thigh area feels ok.
Will be returning home on Wed.

DH is in northern MN, checking on house. I'm visiting family and friends. But mostly my dad who is recovering from meniscus repair surgery in a nursing home near the hospital. He's lost so much strength and muscle tone from being sedentary that the physical therapy is just difficult for him. It's gonna be a long way to recovery.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: MAY 2018 masters RUNNING, etc
on: May 8, 2018, 18:06
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Awesome race, JC! Congratulations!!! You did a great job keeping going even though you were hurting. I'm guessing your stomach settled. 2nd place... whooo-hooo! And sweet of you to look who is entitled to that 3rd place vase. Hopefully the race director helps out with that. Have a good trip home tomorrow. Sorry about your Dad... sending him healing thoughts.

Erica I hope you are feeling better. Good luck with your half, can't wait to read about it. Enjoyed seeing prom pics on FB 🙂

Lisa I need to look up "Myrtle" routine... I think I had something book marked once. Love my Tevas; need to check out Oofos, saw them at our running store when we bought new shoes last weekend.

Heading up to Rochester Thursday after working a half day and will come home Monday evening. It's exciting but sad, somewhat scary at the same time. I am having some anxiety about her coming home permanently, nothing bad just having to get used to another adult in the house all the time, is she going to get a job, other things in her life...

JC. she wanted tickets to see BTS (I don't know the group but apparently popular?) they are playing here in September. Got on the website right at 10am Saturday am but was unable to get tickets.

Alright you all have a good weekend!

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: MAY 2018 masters RUNNING, etc
on: May 12, 2018, 14:11
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Nancy- I hope the weather is good for graduation! Can’t believe she graduated already, seems like not too long ago she started? Would love to hear about your weekend.

Erica- Race report when you feel up to it?

JC- I lol at the ‘road marathon running is stupid’ comment! Congratulations on the AG win! Nice of you to email the race director, will be curious to see what they say. I hope your dad gets strength back for PT.

So last Saturday I went out for 7 miles, came home, iced, rolled and stretched, did 3 Sunday. My right quad was achy/off. It felt stiff Friday after my hill repeats last Thursday. Monday- warmup for 10 minutes on recumbent bike at gym, all the weight machines, free weights (walking lunges, squats), core work. Tuesday- easy 3 mile run on treadmill, quad was OK, Wednesday-30 minutes on rowing machine, upper body hand weights. Thursday- hill repeats on treadmill at gym: 9 xs 60” at 5% incline, easy warmup and cool down. Felt AMAZING after, quad was ok. Friday rest day, quad was tight, should have rolled, stretched, etc. Today went out for 6, quad squawked at me, came home and walked on the treadmill, upper body hand weights. Will take a week off running and keep up with rolling and stretching the quad. Maybe the extra hill repeats I’ve been adding and the MRTL exercises at the same time weren’t a great idea, now not sure what bothered it. Ugh, I want to be healthy going into marathon training, so better safe than sorry.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Erica-
Richards

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on: May 16, 2018, 07:18
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Happy Hump day!
JC, congratulations on your “stupid” road marathon! Amazing job!! How’s your hip/IT band doing? Did you hear back about getting the 3rd place prize to the other runner? What’s up next for you? Hope your dad is improving!

Nancy, congratulations to your daughter! What are your plans? When do you start you training to MCM? I know you said but I forget.

Lisa, how are your quads? That’s why I don’t cross train, lol! I always feel like I get injured because I’m not used to doing them and I overdo it. Ok, that’s my excuse...I really need to though. That’s probably why I’m not getting faster. I need to get stronger first.

Not much to report for my half marathon. The “good” news is because I had to abandon my race goals so early on, I was able to enjoy the rest of the race. Well, as much as I could with heart palpitations. I spoke with my endocrinologist yesterday, had blood drawn to check my thyroid, and am waiting to find out if I’m overmedicated. In the meantime, I’m a bit down and beginning to wallow. Need to snap out of it! I ran 3 miles Sunday with my husband just to get things moving and then another 3 Monday and felt a lot better muscle wise. Had a massage Monday. My quads and calves were a bit tight but nothing crazy. She said my fascia was stuck around my rib cage so she wants me to try and take lots of deep breaths. Not sure if it’s related to my racing heart or what but that was new for me.

Did some gardening yesterday before the crazy storm came through. Having the house power washed today...it’s super green on the shady side! Trying to get ready for Ethan’s graduation party. The house needs some sprucing up! We’ve been here almost 20 years and it’s time to do some work on it!

Oops, got to go run before the power washing guy comes. Have a great day!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: MAY 2018 masters RUNNING, etc
on: May 16, 2018, 18:16
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A belated Happy Mother's Day, all! I hope you had a good day and were treated well.

Sorry about your down & wallowing, Erica. Perhaps hormonal? Nothing like good old perimenopause to mess with you. Enjoy seeing your photos of the race on FB. And glad you stayed with it and enjoyed. I never heard of fascia getting stuck around your rib cage... interesting.

When does Ethan graduate? I saw prom, and awards night coming up. Do they do any kind of senior trip, project graduation, etc. It is an exciting time!

Had to laugh at your green house comment, we have the same situation. Our house needs a bath, too!

Lisa I hope your quads are doing better. Good idea to take some time before starting training. Is your Megan home from college yet? How did she enjoy freshman year? And your son (I apologize, I forget his name) how is school for him. Going into his senior year next year?

Graduation was great. Weather was so-so, on the cool side but we never had rain interfere during the day with any activities so that's a win. Can't get over the fact she is done! I think it will really hit home for all of us, especially Katie, when she is still here at home in September. She is going away for the weekend with some friends, will be back Monday. Then she needs to start looking for a job. And unpacking all her stuff... boy, there is stuff everywhere! Cleaning out the apartment was a job.

I think (I really need to look at the training plan!) we will start marathon training next Monday. I wanted to add in some time, as I know I will miss 2, possibly 3 Saturdays (long run day due to other commitments), and with those 2 I am not around Sunday either to shift the run. So we'll see.

Nearly the weekend! 🙂

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: MAY 2018 masters RUNNING, etc
on: May 22, 2018, 18:30
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Hi all,
Having iPad issues so hopefully it won’t shut down while I’m typing and delete my post again. Grr!
Busy here! Went to senior awards night last night. Ethan got his cord for National Honor Society and a medal for NH STEM Scholars. He’ll get another cord Thursday night for the International Thespian Society. Saw him present his senior project today. It was on cognitive bias and the game of chess. I was impressed! He passed, yay! Almost done! Senior trip is May 31st to Six Flags. Graduation is June 1st.
Decided not to run the Old Port half as my redemption race. Too much going on and now it’s sold out. They changed the course and it’s earlier in the summer so I may put it on my list for next year. I’ve done it before (pace leader twice) and it’s a fun race. I think I may try for a BQ in November at the Richmond Marathon. I have friends running it so might be fun.
My lab work came back fine so I’m not overmedicated. My endocrinologist recommended magnesium to try and help with the palpitations. I may call my gyn but I really think it’s just menopause. My mom said she had them too.
Lisa, congratulations on getting into Falmouth! You are so lucky!! Haven’t you gotten in every time you’ve entered the lottery?
Nancy, must seem strange having Katie home. Hope she can find a job. I remember being so stressed because I didn’t have one before I graduated.
JC, how’s your recovery going from your road marathon? Hope you are feeling good.
Well, I better post before my iPad decides to turn off. Happy Taco Tuesday!

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