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Author Topic: August 2018 Masters
thenancyrd

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Post August 2018 Masters
on: August 2, 2018, 18:29
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Oh boy... how is it August?!

Going back to read the late July posts...

Erica-
Richards

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Post Re: August 2018 Masters
on: August 2, 2018, 20:16
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Lol, took me until tonight to figure out it was a new month. Oh boy! The summer is flying by!!!

More later. Need to get up early for my long run tomorrow,

thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2018 Masters
on: August 6, 2018, 19:25
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Popping in for a quick hello!

Ran 16 miles Saturday, first 10 in the rain. Then the sun came out and the temp shot up and I slowed down. But, got it done!

Hope everyone is staying cool.

Erica-
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Post Re: August 2018 Masters
on: August 11, 2018, 11:58
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Hi,
Sitting here at the cottage waiting for Lisa and her husband to arrive. Can’t wait!
It’s been a super crazy week. My run last week was interrupted by a text from my daughter saying that she thought she was relapsing! I was at mile 7 of 13, in the same spot where I got the text a year ago, almost to the day, that she had relapsed. I decided to cut my run short and get home in case she was having a meltdown. So, only ran 10miles but it was a cut back week so no worries. In the end, she was fine. I think she was just freaking out because of the anniversary of her last relapse.
Went back to NH Sunday night, stopping for dinner along the way. Ethan had a dentist and an eye appointment and then we drove back to Maine Tuesday night after dinner. Kids both worked Wednesday and I did some Hill repeats. Drove home Thursday morning. Emma and I had dentist appointments. I left Emma with Mark and drove straight back because Ethan had to work Friday morning. Dropped him off at 8 and then went for my long run. Plan was for 16miles with mid 6at race pace. It did not go well at all! By mile 5 my stomach was flipping and I was out of water (20oz). Stopped at a Cummerbund Farms. Did a mile @ race pace, stopped to cool down. Repeat. By mile 8, I decided to just make it through the miles so I began doing a walk/run. Didn’t care what my pace was. Stopped at mile 11and bought a very large water. Refilled my bottles and drank the rest. Just after mile 13, I stopped and sat down on a fence in the shade. I dropped my money, bent over to pick it up, and thought I was going to pass out. The feeling wouldn’t go away so I yelled over to some people sitting on their porch and they came over. I slid down onto the ground and poured water over my head, neck, and wrists. They asked if I needed an ambulance and I didn’t think so. I just didn’t want to pass out and have no one notice me. Another couple drove by and stopped and said they could drive me home. I said I think I just need my chocolate milk and the woman from the house said, I’ll make you some! She ran back across the street and brought me a huge glass. I sipped it but was worried that I had over hydrated and didn’t finish it. I slowly started feeling a bit better so I moved back up to sit on the fence. Eventually I stood up. The couple who had pulled over drove me home and I texted my neighbor who met me at the front of our gated complex. She drove me home and stayed at my cottage while I showered in case I passed out. I texted my husband to tell him what happened and made my lunch. Felt weird but better. Still feel weird. So, I’m still not quite sure what happened but I hope it never happens again! It may have just been a comedy of errors but I hope it’s not something that becomes a habit or an underlying issue. Going to take a super slow recovery run tomorrow to “get back on the bicycle “. I’ll go with my husband.
Heading home tomorrow night. Emma has soccer tryouts all week and I’ll come to Maine Thursday night with Ethan. He’s working Friday morning. I have an 18 miler.
Well, better get the cottage sorted out for my guests! Hope you are all well. Congratulations on your 16 Nancy!

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2018 Masters
on: August 11, 2018, 14:45
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Quote from thenancyrd on August 6, 2018, 19:25
Popping in for a quick hello!

Ran 16 miles Saturday, first 10 in the rain. Then the sun came out and the temp shot up and I slowed down. But, got it done!

Hope everyone is staying cool.

Hi Nancy! Summer is certainly becoming a blur ......and some kids are already back at school. My GDs are, and they are so excited. I don't think they have a clue how soon they are back in school ......2nd grade and all-day kinder. Just cute to see them with their new school clothes, and all smiles!!! Hey, YOU GOT IT DONE!! Tha's what counts. Always great to have MOST of the miles in before the heat hits and slows you down, been there.

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2018 Masters
on: August 11, 2018, 15:29
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Erica, OMG!! First, so glad DD was not in distress and she is good now. I can't imagine the anxiety of such an incident. You can always make up the miles.
I don't know how you manage all that car-pooling and each member's schedule. HOLY Buckets!! How long does it take from NM to Maine cottage? Is the traffic reasonable?
Second, that is quite a scare on your run. How hot was it? Heat exhaustion affects each of us differently. Did you get in any electrolytes or salt tabs? It doesn't take much time in hot weather to disrupt body's salt/potassium balance .......especially if you're a heavy sweater (like I am). I'm so glad you have good neighbors you can trust along your route. You did everything smart when you needed help. Drinking chocolate milk slowly is better than drinking it fast and too much ......it can make you puke. Gosh, I was feeling so bad for you .......because you were describing how I kinda felt when I ran my last trail race (altho running 3 races (in hot/humid weather) in 3 wks probably did the most damage). I hope it isn't something to worry about or anything related to the heart palpitations but having someone know where we are is definitely the smartest/safest thing. I always leave a written message at home and a text with one of the trail divas when I run or hike. DH is living at our work home (2 hrs one way) during the weekdays, he's home on weekends. Sometimes I'll stay with him if I don't have meetings to attend at our northern AZ home. I hope you are feeling better! And you will get that 18 miler!!

Well, not much going on with me other than trying to stay serious with some altitude training. Ran with a few trail divas on a strenuous trail last Saturday, a 14 miler. It's UP, UP, UP for 7 miles......then DOWN, DOWN, DOWN. I'm good on the uphills and was at the top, about 10,000 ft, before the others but they killed me on the downhill. LOL!! I'm just overly cautious about my knee especially with a race coming up. It was a gorgeous day. A few runners, mostly training for the upcoming Pikes Peak and Imogene Pass trail runs, both in CO. I missed Imogene Pass registration deadline ......AGAIN, ugh!! http://live-raceresults.com/imogene/
Lots of hikers though.

And then the next day, last Sunday, I hiked Mt Humphreys, about 12,600 ft. WHEW!! It was around 34 degrees and WINDY at the top. But I know to always have my windbreaker and gloves when going up. There were other hikers who were huddling beneath rocks and couldn't wait to start back down. They didn't even really enjoy the summit other than a couple of selfies. I'm over here taking photos of the view from every point, LOL!!
My poor knee was complaining the whole way down! Running 14 miles the day before didn't help. My poor calves were so tight and fatigued but I rested when I could. 5 miles to the top never took soooooo long ......it felt more than that, I swear. LOTS of hikers on this day as well. But the Forest Conservation people had a 'booth' at the trailhead to warn hikers of the temp and severe wind at the top, and told hikers in flip-flops to change into better shoes, duh!! Those city people don't know any better ........LOL!!

Anyway, I took 4 days of rest because my knee was swollen!! It was pretty achy ......I just can't/don't want to take ibuprofen (or anything) so I just iced/elevated it. Felt so much better yesterday morning, and got in a 10 miler, yippee!! Never felt so rested too. I want to be as healthy as I can be when I toe the starting line for Pikes Peak.

My RB from MN and her BF will be in CO to hike and get adjusted to the elevation before we all meet up in Manitou Springs, CO. They are running the Pikes Peak marathon.

Gonna be weather stalking this coming week. It's predicted to rain when I run ......hoping it's later in the day ......when I get done. Goal is to finish upright! Second goal is to finish uninjured. Third is to finish under 6 hrs, 15 mins (cut off time). I think I can finish in 5 hrs.

I'll be leaving on Monday, visiting family and friends in northern NM (my mom's birthday is Wed), then camp my way to CO. DH will be in MN for a week as well.

Oh, I registered for this. http://surfthemurph.org/
I will be driving to MN for couple of weeks to visit RB and we will be running this race. RB is running the 50 miler. I'll be running the trail marathon.

Ok, I gotta go and meet DH for early dinner.

JCtrail

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Post Re: August 2018 Masters
on: August 11, 2018, 15:30
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Hi lisa!! You and Erica are running a race, right? Good luck Lisa and Erica!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2018 Masters
on: August 11, 2018, 15:48
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Happy Saturday afternoon from a very wet/soggy NJ!

Oh my goodness Erica, all that driving back and forth! Do you get frequent (driver) miles?! 😉 glad you are enjoying your summer with your family, I enjoy seeing your photos on FB of you all on the beach and stuff. And have an awesome time with Lisa and hubby 🙂

Now on to serious stuff... scary about your Emma! I am glad she is ok, poor kid must have been very anxious. It stinks that young kids have to deal with serious illness. Yes she has recovered but still, I am sure it always lurks in the back of her mind. And scary about you! Holy cow, so thankful for good people in the world who helped you out. They were your guardian angels yesterday. You always hear about the importance of hydrating, don't want to dehydrate (there was just a post on the Women of MCM FB page about a woman who died last week from dehydration) yet over-hydration can be just as bad. Hopefully resting today/having fun with friends takes your mind off of it and you feel better. Good idea to go tomorrow with Mark.. take it slow and be safe!

Good luck to Emma with soccer! Guess she will be starting classes soon, as JC's granddaughters? And when do you bring Ethan to college and get him settled? Hugs to you Mom, that will be an emotional day. But exciting too!

It is so early to go back to school, but I guess your GD's get out early May JC? I am sure they are adorable in new back-to-school clothes and supplies! How are you doing, how was the Pikes Peak run and what's next for you?

Lisa, I hope all is well at your end of the computer!

So today was a cut back day, we were supposed to run 14 miles. The christening of my nephews daughter was today at 11am. So we figured ok we'll go out at 6am and try to do the 14, but figured we would do less. So... headed out at 6:45am (notice how timely we were) it's lightly raining. As we walk to warm up it starts raining a little bit harder. Then harder. Then pouring. Finished the walk part start to run, pouring, and now it starts thundering and lightening. That was it for me, turned around and ran home. Completely sopping wet. So much for that. It has been raining off and on with occasional thunder/lightening all day. Thankfully the christening was inside the church and then the party at a local Italian restaurant, it wasn't a planned outside backyard BBQ! It was very nice and we enjoyed seeing family and our new little great-niece <3

Tomorrow morning I am volunteering at our towns' sprint triathlon. The weather forecast is for this rain to continue all night and tomorrow... this should be interesting for those participating. And probably a little bit nerve wracking for the bike part, roads can be slick from oil/crud on the road with all this rain. I have volunteered twice before, always find it inspiring because you see all kinds of people doing it. I have thought about it, but can't imagine juggling 3 different sports.

Katie had a job interview in NYC on Wednesday. She goes back this coming Wednesday for a 'test-day', they are going to give her something to do, I guess to see how she handles it. She is calling it 4 hours of free labor. She does want to work in the city, but this isn't exactly what she wants to do, and, she had planned on going on a road trip/vacation next month. So we'll see what happens with this. On the one hand it is experience, though it is a short-term 3month contract... but on the other hand it isn't 100% what she wants and she wants to do her road trip! I guess what will be, will be.

Alrighty, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

thenancyrd

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Post Re: August 2018 Masters
on: August 19, 2018, 04:54
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Another week gone by...

I see when I had posted JC had posted also, wow, your runs/hikes are always amazing to me. 34 degrees burr... can't imagine that since it's been so hot and humid here. Had to laugh at your comment about city people in flip-flops, that is the truth! When we were in Utah last May we often saw people in the National Parks wearing them, what the heck?! Didn't realize that "park" usually means trails not paved roads?! Oh well...

Hopefully things are well with you, Erica & Lisa. Nice visit? Were you in a race as JC mentioned?

Yesterday was supposed to be 17miles I was doing well, until just before mile 12. Had cramping, couldn't shake it. Told Fred to keep going, I turned around and slowly walked home, total distance between run and walk was 13.76miles. Felt "off' all day. I remember this happened to me last year, but when I looked in my journal I didn't write much about it. So not sure what happened. Probably the pepperoni pizza Friday night didn't help.

Katie had a 2nd interview during the week where they gave her work to do. She showed me her work (developing stuff for their Pinterest and Instagram accounts, and a short animation), which I thought was well done but then again I'm her Mom and will love everything she does! They told her they would evaluate and 'will be in touch'. She said she liked it, so crossing fingers for her but if nothing else, at least it was experience in job interviewing, seeing what might be expected of her during an interview.

Hope all is well - enjoy your Sunday!

Erica-
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Post Re: August 2018 Masters
on: August 26, 2018, 07:19
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Hi all,
Oh boy...what a week! Too much crying. Anyways...
JC, it’s only an hour and a half drive from NH to our cottage in Maine. Traffic isn’t too bad as long as you know when to go/leave. We also know some back roads. The worst it’s been with traffic is 2 hours but we mostly avoid it. How was Pikes Peak??? Race report? Did you meet your goal? Love reading about your races!

Nancy, this summer seems to have been unusually humid along with extra high dew points. I’ve found that I need to really think about my fueling and hydration at least 2-3 days prior to my long runs or else I’m in trouble. I did much better preparing for my 18 miler last week and it was much better. I also ran almost 7 with one of my Ragnar relay friend so that helped a lot! Did Katie get the job? How was volunteering at the race? I’ve done a handful of duathlons and triathlons and I have to say, I’m not hooked like everyone said I would be. I do enjoy swimming now but am afraid to ride my bike. Drivers are scary! It is good cross training though.

Lisa, how are you doing? I’m sorry about your migraines. Totally sucks! This is a stressful time of the year too. When does Meghan go back to school? Patrick? Emma doesn’t go back until the Wednesday after Labor Day but Soccer has already begun.

So, last week, right after I finished my 18 miler, my friend Liz called to tell me our friend Henry passed away. He died of a pulmonary embolism and metastatic chondrosarcoma. The chemo destroyed his kidneys so none of the effective blood thinners worked on his clots. They attempted surgery but he never woke up. He was only 63. A week before he passed away, he asked me to be his executor. Of course I said yes but it’s a complete nightmare. The attorney said it would take 9-12 months easy to settle. His ex wife, Carol, flew in last weekend and was a bit of a pain to deal with. They’ve only been divorced form 2 years and she thought she’d be able to swoop in, clean the house out, sell it, and fly away with her money. I had to lock the house, hide the key, and make her return Henry’s car that she thought she could use while she was here. She’s also a friend of mine so it was awkward. Needless to say, with so much to do, I haven’t had time to grieve but that will come later.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I’m working on getting Ethan packed and ready to go to RPI. My friend Dawne let me borrow her Honda Pilot so we didn’t have to take 2 cars. It’s a 3 hour drive each way. Everything went very smoothly. He’s in a triple but one roommate isn’t coming so they may get to have just 2 to the room (unless someone requests a move). We walked in and his roommate Kevin had Star Wars and Marvel posters on the wall and legos on his desk. Perfect match!! We were ready to leave at 3 but Ethan wanted us to stay a bit longer. He had a dorm meeting at 4 but at 3:30, I told him we were going to head out. I wanted him to get to know his roommate and didn’t want to wait until the last minute to leave. Mark threw on his sunglasses before he hugged Ethan to hide his tears. Emma and I made it out of the dorm until we broke down. I keep looking at the pictures from yesterday. I miss him.

Well, that’s it for now. Off for a 3 mile recovery run with Mark. Ran 20 miles Friday. It was rough. Blisters have blisters. But it’s all good.
Have a great week!

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