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Erica-
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Post July 2018 Masters
on: July 1, 2018, 08:55
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Hi all!
Happy July 1st! Started today with an impromptu track workout. Went to keep Emma company. She’s trying to get into shape for soccer tryouts. Ethan joined us too and my friend’s son as well. While it was 80+ degrees and super humid, we managed to get it done! Did a mile warm up, 4x400, then a half mile cooldown. So, only 2.5 miles total but enough for a first time out (for me). Was super excited that my 4x400’s equaled a 7:57 mile!!!!
Heading home tonight to begin getting ready for our trip to Maui. We leave Monday night to stay at a hotel (they have a stay and park deal) by Logan airport. We fly out Tuesday morning at 9am.
Well, need to go clean the cottage before one last trip to the beach. Stay cool and Happy 4th!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: July 2018 Masters
on: July 2, 2018, 18:24
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Have a wonderful time, Erica & family!!!

Hot here. Ran 11 miles Saturday, a much better run than the 11 miles two Saturdays ago. Today ran 6 before work. The heat sure takes a lot of you.

The big news around here is that we adopted my cousin's cat. She is sick, moving into her brothers home, and couldn't bring the cat with her. So we drove out on Thursday (she lives outside of Harrisburg PA about 3 hours away) and got him. Smokey is about 6 years old. He is a mush, loves to be petted and purrs away. He is sleeping in Katie's room, so he is most comfortable there hiding under the bed, but will come out if you call his name. An adjustment for all of us.

Stay cool and hydrate!

JCtrail

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Post Re: July 2018 Masters
on: July 5, 2018, 16:37
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Erica: hope you are having a blast in Maui!!

Nancy: that is so wonderful and generous of you, adopting cousin's cat. So sorry to hear of the circumstances but I'm sure that is such a relief for her to know Smokey is in a loving home. Cats are fun, have you check out cat videos, seriously, what a life!! LOL!! And knows his name, big bonus. WOW!! WTG on the 11 miles in the heat!! I have yet to run a double digit since my last race. But I did run about 8 miles last Sunday. Will run this evening. So much cooler and nicer I found.

So this was our holiday visit from DD and the 2 GDs:

DD and the 2 GDs (city girls, from Phoenix) visited us from Mon-Wed. We reserved a spot at the nearby campground, about 5 miles from the house, and they kept saying they were so 'excited', 'can't wait', 'when are we going?" ......... but we (DH and I) had our doubts. We took our [email protected] trailer on Wed night, set it up but kept it hooked up to the truck, and brought my car also. DH stayed home. It was a 'girls night out' HA! He wanted to wash his car to take to the parade in the morning.

So later, in the evening, we all went on a short hike to check out the volcano crater nearby. The younger GD (5yrs) is afraid of her own shadow, but the older GD (7 yrs) was okay. I told them everything looks different when it gets dark but they were still gung-ho on staying the night. We are having dinner at the picnic table when it started getting dark, and then it was a TOTAL MELTDOWN from the younger one. She wanted to go home (to Phoenix, LOL!!), 'I miss other grandma', 'this is so scary' , etc...... Then older one kept asking what kind of noises occur during the night. I told her "I don't know because we will be asleep." LOL!! They pretty much scared themselves out, no help needed from us. I had a 'back up plan' ......I told DD to take the girls back in my car. Thus, the reason for a second vehicle. DD was not happy, and I was disappointed but not surprised.

Poor DH, he was hoping it would work out and he would have a 'one guy night out' at the house .........but he had a full house, where the younger one kept wailing and having another tantrum for another hour. She wanted to go back to 'camping' because I set up the bed inside the trailer and she thought it was 'cute.' I was not going to take them back to the house in the middle of the night .......because I KNOW they will change their mind AGAIN. GOOD GRIEF!!

So DH stayed outside, kept busy by washing his car and ......then mine, LOL!!

DD doesn't really have that much of a disciplinary authority since both girls spend alot of time with the other grandparents and the father. From my observation, they pasify them by giving in to the kids demands, and taking (literally driving) them to any fast food place that they want to calm them down. It's really sad, to say the least.

Anyway, trying not to be judgemental .............ugh!

But I stayed the night at the campground, LOL!! Yes, I did!! I mean it was already paid for ....... LOL!! It was quiet, spent the night watching the bright stars, took a walk around the area, read my book. Got up early to watch the sun rise, read again, not much to pack. Then back at house around 8 am. DH is ready to leave for the parade. Because of their behavior, DD told the girls they weren't going to the parade. Of course, that set off another wail-fest!! Good Lord!!

We said our goodbyes. Older one told me she had a good time hiking with me. Just melted my heart. DD had to take the girls back to their father and grandparents who had something planned for them. This is what they always do and they tell the girls so DD is caught in a dilemma all the time.

DH and I took off, and drove the '57 Buick to the parade, had breakfast. DD and GDs left around noon.

It was disappointing but hoping we can try again when they are older ........ maybe when they are 30!!! LOL!!

That was my holiday .........

Stay cool and safe, ladies!!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: July 2018 Masters
on: July 8, 2018, 05:32
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Sorry the camping night did not work out with your granddaughters, JC, but you had a nice peaceful night 🙂 it sounds beautiful. I admire you not being judgmental, I don't have any GC and I know it's best to keep your mouth shut but still... pacifying them? That'll come back to bite them in the butt someday I am sure. Or at least I think.

Fun parade!

Smokey is settling in. He remains in Katie's room for the most part, but willingly comes down to the living room if one of us is sitting in there watching TV or reading. We bought a big scratching post/platform which he likes to climb up on and survey his kingdom. Katie was watching Animal Planet or something the other day, it was about snow leopards, and he climbed right up to the TV and watched, it was amusing. You are correct JC, so many cat videos!

Running is... running. 13 miles yesterday morning. It was beautiful out, 56 degrees sunny blue skies light breeze. I survived it. All the windows in the house are open as this morning is just as gorgeous as yesterday. Just glorious.

Enjoying Erica's Hawaii photos on FB!

Hey Lisa - hope all is well!

Enjoy your Sunday all 🙂

JCtrail

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Post Re: July 2018 Masters
on: July 10, 2018, 12:35
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Nancy: I said I 'try' to not be judgemental, LOL!! .......but it creeps in my thoughts ......which I don't share with DD. It's like walking on eggshells around her. She's so stressed out and it shows. I worry about her health but she blows it off.
DD has to split the girls' time with ex who moved back in (after divorce) with his parents (both retired a couple of years ago from education). Yes, we said that too, HAHA!!
We all know it's the grandparents taking care of the girls. DD feels conflicted all the time as the girls have gotten use to the other grandparents' complacent 'rules.' They don't seem to be on the same page, thus confusion and frustration leads to tantrums which results in giving in. However, DD has sporadic hours due to her job and stays up late alot ......and the girls end up staying up with her, playing on their Ipad, phone ......... no structure. DH and I couldn't believe it when they visited us. So DD isn't all free of her part in it .......lives in denial, I think.
Yep, totally agree, it will come back to bite them in the butt ........ We don't see them enough and we keep our opinions/advice to ourselves unless it's requested. I can't believe how much the ex and other grandparents have so much control over DD but she's caught in a dilemma. She calls/texts now and then to vent. We just try to offer support, tell her we love them, etc. That's all we can do sometimes, right?

DH and I are so GLAD we do not have kids to raise anymore, LOL!!

Smokey surveying "his kingdom" cracked me up ......it's so easy to visualize, HAHA!
WOW!! I'm jealous you ran 13 miles!! Gosh, it is taking me forever to get in a double digit run. I don't want to do the 'too much, too fast, too soon' ....... that's risking injury and I paid alot for the Pikes Peak event to jeopardize toeing the starting line.

I didn't run yesterday as planned. My calves were so achy and tight. I think it was from running in 8mm drop running shoes (which I love), and hill repeats at that, during all my runs lately. I brought my Cascadia for my run today, calves are feeling better after massaging and using foam roller and resting.

We've had rain everyday so the trails are ideal. It has been so dry that it has soaked completely into the ground, leaving them damp, not muddy.
What a difference a rainstorm makes in dropping the temps .......although it's still in the high 70s and 80s, the cloud cover has a cooling effect.
I leave the windows open too, no need for A/C lately.

thanks for 'listening.'

thenancyrd

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Post Re: July 2018 Masters
on: July 10, 2018, 17:18
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Smokey is quite chubby but he is a good guy. Trying to post some photos of him:

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thenancyrd

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Post Re: July 2018 Masters
on: July 10, 2018, 17:31
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Oh, I'm glad the photos posted! I had to log in on my ipad. The top one he is laying next to me on the couch. Then we bought the post which he really likes. We've had him just about 2 weeks, he is still a little skittish but for the most part doing well. He hardly eats, I guess he is still adjusting to us (my cousin gave us the food so we know it's what he ate) as otherwise I don't see why he'd be so chubby!

That's a tough situation for you and your DH re: your DD and GD's. You're absolutely correct - all you can do is support her, let her vent, and love her (and the GD's). I don't think life works out the way WE think it's going to work out, when we are young/dreaming about the future.

Monday was a short 3 miles so we ran the one hill in town. I have gotten the sore throat/cold thing that's been going around work so last night I went to bed early and this morning croaked out "no!" when the alarm went off. Fred ran by himself today. We'll see how I feel Thursday, which is my next scheduled run day.

I imagine the trails are softer with the absorption of the water? Glad your calves are feeling better. I wear the same type of shoe all the time (Asics Gel Kayano); do you find it helps you (outside of the achy calves) to wear different types of shoes, different support? Answering my own question - I'm guessing different shoes for different run surfaces.

Have a great Wednesday!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: July 2018 Masters
on: July 19, 2018, 19:21
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So we've had Smokey with us for 3 weeks. Today we took him to the vet for a checkup and shots. Found out he was micro-chipped, my cousin forgot to mention that. He weighed in at 17.7#, I'm sure he was 18# (or more) when we got him, he only this week started to eat. Anyway our vet said he'd like him to lose a pound or two, so we will work on that. Visions of a kitty treadmill... 😉

Lisa I saw on FB about your dog, I am so sorry. Hugs to you.

Today's run was great - running at 55 degrees/low humidity is the way to go. Previous runs have been awful. Last Saturday was a 14mile death march. I was convinced I was transferring my bib to someone. I've since changed my mind about that. Need to work on my head (thoughts).

Busy weekend for us - going to Pennsylvania for our annual family reunion, this one is #69!

You all have a great weekend!

Erica-
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Post Re: July 2018 Masters
on: July 19, 2018, 20:00
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Hello there!
Been so busy but have been keeping up with everyone.

JC, sounds like DD is in a tough spot with her ex and in laws. I would find it difficult to hold my tongue. How’s the Pikes Peak training going? Isn’t that a race up a mountain? Do you have to run down too?

Nancy, sounds like Smokey is settling in. Did you know he was overweight when he came to you? My neighbor here in Maine used to walk his cat on a leash. Cracked me up! Weather here has cooled down too but today was a rest day. I swam for 25 minutes at the pool. I’m doing 14 miles in the morning. I hope it’s not too hot but after running in Hawaii and here too, I’m getting used to it. Think of how speedy we’re going to be in the fall!

Lisa, I am so sorry about Sydney. Loved all the beautiful pictures you posted. I hope you can get out for a run and a good cry.

Maui was wonderful! We had lots of fun and plenty of relaxing time. We stayed at the Residence Inn in Wailea and it was perfect. It was away from the crowds, perched up on a hill, with a breeze and a view of the ocean. We got a studio suite with a kitchen, dining table, couch, porch, and 2 queen beds. We were about 5 miles from a Safeway so we got food for lunches, snacks, and grilled out a few times for dinner too. We hit most of the hot spots, drove to Hana, hiked, went up on Mt. Haleakala, went parasailing, zip lining, snorkeling, to a luau, and hung by our pool. We watched some World Cup soccer (saw England eliminated). Breakfast was included at the hotel so we met in the morning (brother, sister in law, and 2 kids) and planned the day. I ran 4 times over 10 days so not too bad. I didn’t sleep well the entire time. The bed was comfortable but I’ve been having multiple night sweats every night so that sucked. Still working on getting over my jet lag but I’m pretty much back to normal. We spent this past Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in NH and came back to Maine Tuesday night. Sunday, I’m taking Ethan to RPI for student orientation and we’ll come back to Maine Tuesday night. Trying to spend as much time here until Emma has soccer tryouts August 13th. Lots to do getting Ethan ready for college. Oh boy!

Back to training for the Richmond Marathon. I did 2 “practice weeks” before Maui, took is easy while we are away, and jumped back into week 2 this week. My resting heart rate is still on the high side but my heart palpitations have subsided. I’ve decided to cut back a bit more on my thyroid meds to see if that brings my resting heart rate down. I had a terrible tempo run Wednesday but chalking that up to jet lag. Plus, I went late and it was hot and humid. Fingers crossed for a better long run tomorrow!

Well, that’s it for me. Have a good night!

Erica-
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Post Re: July 2018 Masters
on: July 20, 2018, 17:35
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OMG! Slowest long run I’ve ever run but 14 miles done! Shade was nice. Sunny stretches were hot. A bit nervous about my 15 with mid 5 at race pace next week!

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