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Author Topic: November 2018 Master BAMRs!
thenancyrd

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Post November 2018 Master BAMRs!
on: November 1, 2018, 15:43
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Happy November 1st, BAMR's!

Hoping it is a GREAT month for us all 🙂

thenancyrd

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Post Re: November 2018 Master BAMRs!
on: November 3, 2018, 15:49
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Everyone is so quiet... hopefully you are all enjoying a great weekend.

Did not run today - but wow I feel so productive! Did laundry, cleaned the house, ran errands... felt so good. Going to a Halloween party tonight, our friend has this every year and since his son, son-in-law and us would not be there last weekend, he pushed it off to this weekend. He loves Halloween and goes over the top decorating his yard, makes a haunted house in his garage, and his wife decorates inside. Should be fun, and happy we are getting an extra hour of sleep tonight 🙂

JCtrail

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Post Re: November 2018 Master BAMRs!
on: November 3, 2018, 16:45
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Hi Nancy!! First, WOOHOO on the MCM finish!! high-fived BAMR!! I think the 'letdown' after a race is pretty common, I get those emotions after every race but the elation is realizing I've finished .....and the needed rest, you deserve it!! You did awesome, and so did Fred, CONGRATS to you both. I could visualize Katie 'jumping up and down, yelling 'mom, mom!!' How incredible to see mom running, it made my heart melt and smiling ear to ear!! I have to run MCM one of these years ......even tho' its a road race (ouch!). Most of AZ doesn't recognize daylight savings time so I don't get an extra hour ......can't tell the difference anyway. Haha!! Have fun at the Halloween party tonight, that sounds like it will be a screamer!!

After MN trail race, I didn't run till the following Wed., about 4 miles.
Then 8 miles when I was in SD, stayed/visited with DH's aunt for couple of days. Lots of fun, I really enjoy her company. She lives alone with 4 'babies' (dogs).
Then I stayed/visited colleague/friend near Denver.
After that, stayed with another friend in NM where I visited with my parents.
Back in AZ, I ran 4 miles on Thursday.
Procrastinating about my run today .......LOL!!
I'm feeling good, knee is ok, just doesn't like the cold weather temps.
Still searching for an ultra race .......

DH won 2nd place at his work costume contest. He was Captain America. No one else in the dental dept dressed up. Fighting crime and tooth decay, my super hero!! LOL!!

We had about 20 kids come by. The younger they are, the cuter their costumes are!! It was a cold night so most came by early.

JCtrail

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Post Re: November 2018 Master BAMRs!
on: November 3, 2018, 16:47
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Hi Erica and Lisa!! Hope you are both doing well. Sorry about the short reply. My time at the library is counting down.

thenancyrd

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on: November 5, 2018, 17:51
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Thank you, JC! You have been travelling and visiting, that is fun 🙂 Glad your knee is ok. Keep it warm, do you wrap it with an ace or something when you do run?

Congratulations to Captain America, I bet he was cute fighting crime AND tooth decay!

Haven't run yet... enjoyed the weekend NOT running, just doing stuff around the house. I'll get back to the gym eventually...

Anyone watch the NYC marathon?

JCtrail

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Post Re: November 2018 Master BAMRs!
on: November 7, 2018, 16:45
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Hi Nancy!
I watched the NYC marathon ......had high hopes for Desi Linden but not to be....however it was incredible to see S. Flanagan on the podium!! I was cheering for her to move up to at least 3rd, WOW!! She fought her way back towards the end. Exciting!! And to have 4 American runners in the top 10 ......for both women and men!! YAY!!

Yeah, my knee lets me know when it needs warmth .....and yes, I wear a support sleeve, it's not a 'brace' ......mainly for stability. I still need to make sure I have my blister-prone areas covered too. I need to work with some tape for that instead of band-aids ......which doesn't stay put due to friction over a period of time, and wet conditions (like going through water crossings).
Sometimes "doing stuff around the house" can be relaxing .......especially in your pajamas, LOL!!

So my procrastination won out on Saturday, LOL!! It was a beautiful day, WTHeck?!? Just got lazy really. Anyway, woke up on Sunday determined to get a run in ..........'just go for an hour and see how you feel?' ...........well, I felt great and finished 8 miles on the trail near home, YAY!!
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 6 miles on the same trail .....another gorgeous day. Then attended an REI class on winter backpacking and camping .......just in case I get all gung-ho and decide to hang out in the woods, LOL!! Learned a couple of new things! Especially the difference between summer and winter tents. Since I already voted last month, I didn't have to stand in line so I got together with others at a local venue in town to watch the election results. It was exciting to see the number of women who got elected!!

Today: I'm procrastinating .....AGAIN..... for my run. Actually don't need to as I will run tomorrow with a friend so THAT doesn't help, haha!! At this point, getting back to my running every other day to give my knee the rest it needs has worked as far as training goes.

I still would like to run an ultra or another trail marathon before end of year. Been checking out CA, NM and even TX. There's a group of ladies running this: http://www.trailracingovertexas.com/brazos-bend-100/
I thought about it ......either the marathon distance or maybe my first 50 miler .......the terrain is mostly flat and on "hard crushed rock" ..........I tried that on my recent run, and after couple of miles, it hurts!! Can't imagine running 26 or 50 miles on that!! And, I know I will get bored.

I would like to stay close to home. NM is do-able, can visit/stay with family, less $$ ...... but there really isn't a trail race I've found yet.

thenancyrd

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Post Re: November 2018 Master BAMRs!
on: November 8, 2018, 17:52
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Hmmm yeah JC, that race doesn't sound like it would be good for you on hard crushed rock... hopefully something turns up for you before New Years Eve. Hey that would be a fun way to end the year!

Went to the gym yesterday and did weights, today ran on the TM 3miles. Felt good! Planning on running outside Saturday morning. Sooo happy to be back to just regular old runs 🙂

Erica-
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Post Re: November 2018 Master BAMRs!
on: November 8, 2018, 18:03
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Ok, 8 days until I sorted out it’s a new month. I think that’s a record for me, lol!
Been crazy busy...
Nancy, congratulations on MCM!!! So awesome! And to Fred too! So great to have your daughter there cheering you on. That would have made me get all choked up. Hope you had fun at the Halloween party. Not my favorite “holiday”. I handed out candy. Only had 11 kids but they were all very young and super cute!
JC, wow, so much traveling! Sounds like fun! Hope you can find another race before the end of the year. I, too, loved seeing all the women elected! I watched the NYC marathon and was so excited when Shalane picked off the 3rd place woman towards the end. She didn’t look great leading up to that point but seemed to get a big lift once she reeled her in and passed her. Loved it!
So, had a wonderful weekend in Falmouth for the AMR retreat. So fun and had a blast running the half marathon in a nor’easter, lol! Really, smiled the entire race.
I’ve been very busy working on my friend Henry’s estate. One phone call seems to lead to pages and pages of paperwork. Oh well, I’ll get through it eventually.
Had a wonderful visit with Ethan at RPI the weekend before my Halloween. He’s happy and having fun. WHat more could you want?
Today is Emma’s birthday so we just got home from dinner out. She had a sleepover Monday night with a small group of friends (no school) and is going to go out to brunch with another group on Monday (no school).
I leave tomorrow for Richmond VA for my marathon. Should be interesting. Looking forward to spending time with my friends.
Ok, must.go.pack!!!
More later!

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: November 2018 Master BAMRs!
on: November 9, 2018, 06:43
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Finally send my very long race report for Mount Desert Island!

MDI Race Report- very long!

Went up to Maine Friday and were able to stay at Erica’s cottage (thank you, thank you, thank you)! This was about 3 hours and halfway from home, Saturday went to Bar Harbor. Went straight to packet pickup. No marathon jackets, which I really wanted, they had hoodies instead, passed. I bought a couple of things (mug and short-sleeved running shirt). Go to Motel, actually pretty cute. Starting line of race will be right outside! Got settled and checked out Acadia National Park, went to dinner where I had made reservations, getting VERY nervous. Lots of doubts due to my bad summer, missed long runs, STRESS. My husband and Erica talk me off the ledge. Erica emailed ‘Snap out of it!’ Which I hear in Cher’s voice from Moonstruck, which is exactly how she meant it!
I send my husband to Cadillac Mountain for sunrise pictures. He has a really good camera, is an avid photographer, and I know where the starting line is of course. We had spent some time Saturday driving around before dinner, walked around a bit, though not too much for me. Stressed out morning, crappy sleep as per usual for a distance race. Getting ready to go outside and he’s back, we go out together. Less than 1000 marathoners registered, more for half but they start at our 13.1 mile marker. It’s clear, a chilly 33F, light wind. Supposed to be windy for race, with gusts up to 30 MPH. Overdressed a bit, wore capris, short sleeved tech shirt with long sleeve over, my super light rain jacket as I though it would deflect the wind, 2$ Target gloves I thought I would toss at some point, and a Smartwool headband to cover my ears. The jacket was around my waist after the 3rd mile or so, gloves in my pocket about the same, never tossed them because I thought I would want them later.
I hit my watch too soon at the start, so the whole race it was about .20 mile or so ahead of actual course. Completely GORGEOUS course, hills and trees to start. 1st hill is immediate, I make the decision to walk it. I kept a good pace, so I decided to walk up the hills, run flats and downhills as long as I can keep a decent walking pace going up. I decide to break the race into 5 mile increments, helped me in NYC. Miles 1-5 good, pass a couple of people who went out too fast. 10k mile, older guy doing the relay, pulls over to the side to pee, I pass him (not looking of course), but I’m also not going to wait! He passes me after a while and says he hopes he didn’t embarrass me. I say no, I have kids! He tells me how Paula Radcliffe had to pull over in London, and he’s 80 and can do what he wants, I agree! He later pulled over in a park and then got back on the road before I caught up to him. Sigh. 8-ish miles was the relay transition, so I lose Pee Man. The course is truly stunning, going through trees with gorgeous foliage and then a beautiful ocean view opens up. I take some pictures, but want to keep moving. Mile 10 goes by, I pass through the start of the 1/2. A mile or so later 2 tween girls run past me from ahead, then turn around and pass me again, they go to a water table at about mile 14. About 15 women and girls at this water station, they all just stare at me after I say hi, none say a WORD. Weird, whatever, moving on. I had been taking Cliff Shot Blocks and alternating with Stroopwafels I had been using in long runs from my grocery store. Had Nuun in my bottles in my belt and was adding water at the stops and tabs I had carried. Nutrition and hydration were great.
Mile 15 ok, now focusing on getting to 20, seeing my husband at about 18. I tell him to never let me do this again, SO hilly! Ha. I am SO thankful I trained on hills all summer, could have even done more. I can’t imagine how it would have been if I hadn’t trained for hills. Mile 20, yay! 20-26 are on a busy road, speed limit 50 with people going faster. There are orange cones on the side of the road to block more of the shoulder and for safety, people are ticked off about the cones and having to slow down. My least favorite part of the whole thing, by far. At some parts here we go through some towns and I hop on the sidewalks. Of course I am slowest here because I am tired. I never really got the hurt I get in a marathon, which was great. NYC I had that hurt at mile 9. My feet hurt and my calves were cramping badly because of the hills, at points I was walking backwards up the hills to try and stretch my calves. See the Pee Man at almost 26 miles as he as leaving the finish area, said he wouldn’t embarrass me on Main Street! Ha, gave me a chuckle. Left at mile 26, flat to finish. I shuffled over the finish line, big smile on my face as people cheered. Race official said the first 100 people who finished weren’t smiling like that! Made me feel good. See my husband, get my lobster claw medal and some food.
Very slow, very hilly, very beautiful. I hear Erica in my head “We GET to do this!”
I had an amazing time, and can’t wait to do it again!

Will send pictures separately.

Lisa-
Dennis

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Post Re: November 2018 Master BAMRs!
on: November 9, 2018, 06:46
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1- Me at finish of course.

2- in the woods in the park portion I think.

3- mile 8-ish, coming out of the woods.

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