Half Speed Monday

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Half Speed Monday
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Mon, 06-16-2014 - 7:28am

I could just go back to bed right now.  I get up early to see my daughter off to school but part of me wonders why.  She's old enough to be self-sufficient but I feel guilty sleeping in when she's up and about.  School ends next week as it is. The weather here has been perfect on weekends for the past month. I love being outdoors and having the windows open!  I'm ready to get back to eating better, starting this morning w/ steel cut oatmeal, sprinkling of nuts and coconut. I'll be going to parkour and silks tonight.  It's vault week which is always the scary one for me so I'm hoping it's not just me and the young guys because they have no fear.  What are you all up to?






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 8:23am

I am in agreement with you there!  What a busy weekend!  We went ballroom dancing, furniture shopping/perusing, dinner with daughter, help teach my daughter to drive so she can get a driver's license (at 20, she still doesn't drive) and many, many conversations.  My mother has decided to move into independent living.  Her memory is worse, and she wants to move "while she still can."  :(  I am both happy and sad.  When I was driving in the downtown of her city (she has lived there 40 years,) she didn't recognize the streets, among many more incidents.  I am thankful I went to the meetings for Alzheimers/dementia patients, as I know to just "play along like nothing is wrong," so as not to agitate her.  During dinner, my daughter got exasperated, and I had to have a long talk with her about it.  So, I now prepare to help my mom move, move my daughter into my mom's townhome, buy dd a car so that she can easily travel to and from classes/work, and everything else surrounding those activities.  In the short term, I have court tomorrow, potentially linedancing Tuesday and Wednesday evening, and then, I took vacation days on Thursday and Friday to take some classes at the quilt convention (Thu/Fri/Sat are "ME days.")  Phew.  I have to get some yoga in there, too.  I think that walking around the quilt convention will be my low-level cardio workouts.  :O

Jean, what are the dates of the school year around you?!  The kids have 3 months off here!  I think it is sweet that you wake up with your daughter!  Enjoy those moments to be there to support her, as it all changes once they are gone!  Karla, how is your granddaughter doing these days?  She has been in my prayers.  GR, how are your sinuses feeling?  SJ, aren't you off on some other travel vacation, or are you relaxing at home?

Work today, preparation for court tomorrow.  :O  Wish me luck.  I HATE court.

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 8:26am

I had a lot of trouble getting out of bed this morning too because I was so comfortable. Typically when I wake up, I get up and go but for some reason today I felt like I was on cotton balls. lol

I ran 12 miles yesterday and was very happy with the experience. It was my longest run and I felt like I was well prepared.  The group I was with misjudged the weather and it got hot too fast on us (was already 85 degrees by mile 8). Otherwise things weren't horrible. With the anti perspirant, body glide and two pairs of socks, my feet were comfortable the entire run. I don't have even a hint at a blister today. My legs and back are a bit tight today but not horrible.  I had parked my car at the half way point so I was able to stop and grab a drink and a handful of skittles and it worked pefectly. By mile 8 I was still feeling good. At 10.5 I was starting to really feel the distance and I had to put forth much effort to finish up. I really don't know how people can say they only trained for 8 to run a half marathon. I want to know that I can go the distance and I want to feel strong about it. I am not going to attempt  that long of a run again for a few more weeks so I'm thinking some time in July. That will still give me plenty of time to do more conditioning. Oh, and my 12 mile run took exactly 2 hours. My pace was 10:00 a mile. I'm really pleased with that because it puts me just over 2 hours for a half. 

Recovery run for me this morning while it is still cooler then I am going to stack firewood. We try to get our wood in early in the summer so it's ready by the time we need it. After last winter we don't want to take any chances and not have wood prepared. 

Karla
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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 8:30am

Fresh, you will be happy once your mother moves to assisted living. Just knowing she is being watched and is safe will help give you peace of mind. My mother is driving again. Ugg. 

My granddaughter is doing great right now. Her last surgery seems to have worked. She got new leg braces as well (a different design) and she is walking much better. She doesn't seem as apt to fall as they seem to help her control her movements better. Thank you for asking! It really means a lot. :-)

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 9:15am

Whew, don't forget to take time for yourself, fsn!  You've got more than a full plate taking care of others.

Karla, good job on the running!  I'm with you on running the distance before the race.  Most marathon plans have you run 20 milds and assume the adrenaline will carry you through.  It probably works but 6.2 miles is far especially on top of 20 miles!  When I trained for the marathon, I did 24 miles as my longest run. For halfs, I try to go 15, logic being I want the 13 not to feel bad. For a 10 miler, I get in 12.  The reason some people go under is so they don't overtrain but that's mostly people who go for speed. I just want to finish and not feel terrible. 






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 10:17am

Jean, thanks for the reminder.  I am having a lot of anxiety at the moment.  C'est la vie.

Karla, AWESOME on the running.  When is your half marathon?  I can't imagine running.  It hurts my knees just thinking about it.  My ss is doing the Chicago Marathon again...but he is only 18, and when you are young without injuries, it is so much easier to do stuff!

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Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 10:33am

Jean, I too think it's sweet that you get up with your daughter.  

FSN, it sounds like things are all falling into place with your mom and daughter in terms of housing.  I can imagine that without an "education" of knowing to pretend like things are fine, it would be very frustrating to be with your mom and her not remembering things.  Wishing you calming thoughts for court tomorrow.   

Karla, so impressed with your running and perserverance with your feet.  I think all my feet issues are why I don't like to wear shoes.  

I had a fight with my mom this weekend and she has now apologized in the form "I think you mistook my message and I was just kidding."  I'm not buying it for a second because what she said was mean and passive aggressive.  I accepted her apology because I know it's the best I'm going to get but the whole thing really upset me.  My mom does not know how to communicate like an adult and I am always torn about whether to use my "healthy" communication skills with her... it's what I feel is right but I also know that I'm probably not going to get anywhere.  Passive aggression is her currency...  

OP made an offer on a place Friday.  We got verbal word from the realtors that there's a counter but he hasn't actually received it yet.  We think the other agent took off yesterday for Father's Day.  He's stressed and I'm stressed.  

Between that, the stuff with my mom and my overall stress levels in general, my weekend was probably as good as it could have been.  I don't have my training client for two weeks so that's kind of a nice break.  I'm working on freelance stuff today and may go out and get my allergy shots just to be done with it for the week.  Not sure yet.  Planning to do some type of strength workout.  DH freaked a bit about the credit card bill this morning and I am feeling stressed because money issues are a trigger for me.  I asked him if he was upset with me and he snapped at me saying it was okay for him to be upset about the credit bill but not be upset at me.  

I tell ya ladies... there are days when I want to run away.  Today is one of them.   

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 10:41am

Jean, my thought process is about the same. My plan too, is to get to 15 before the half so that 13 seems easier. I'm just increasing slow and steady so as not to get injured. I'm not concerned about overtraining because I really don't run that much (24-30 miles per week) and so far haven't really done speed training. After my one day of setting up for speed training last week, I'm not sure I even want to do it. It was hard and I don't have the motivation to run really hard. I just want to take it easy and mosey along and feel good. 

Fresh, thankfully I have never had knee issues. Congrats to your SS for even attempting a marathon. The fact he can stick to a training schedule and reach goals are great attributes. 

Gym, I have extremely sensitive feet and wear shoes all the time even in the house. Everyone keeps telling me that if I went barefoot more my feet my toughen up but I'm too much of a wimp to suffer it out.  

Karla
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Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 11:53am
I have sensitive feet too and generally wear flip-flops inside the house. :)
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Registered: 05-08-2006
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 2:36pm

I am a berefoot girl...I take off my shoes before I take off my coat and put them on only to leave the house...it is a family trait...we are always saying to some child 'where are your shoes?'   My weekend was stressful and I feel badly about. It.  My dad holds a Father's Day cookout  for our  family and his freind's family (her husband is dead). Although I am happy they have eavh other, I have a lot of issues with the situation...not really justified, but they still bug me...even though the cookout is at my dad's, his freind obvioysly is in  charge.  She asks her daughters to bring food, but not us...I go on the train, so really,  I should be grateful...and its not like the house is the house I grew up in....my dad was married a second time and he and my stepmother (also dead) bought the house after they retired...but I feel like an outsider.  My younger brother and sister were there, but my older brother and family didn't attend...anyway, I just could not wait for the day to end...I know that the number of Father's a Days with my dad is limited, and my dad was really happy, but when I walked in my door last night, I was so happy....Jean, I hope you impress the heck out of the young guys.  FSN, glad your mom made the decision to move...there is a lt of hard stuff ahead but it will be worth it.  GR, sorry about your mother...hope OP gets the house...I am heading to the gym soon...

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 06-16-2014 - 2:51pm

GR, sorry about all the added stress people are putting on your life.  Sometimes it's hard enough dealing w/ our own issues w/out having to deal w/ others'.  My running friends and I were talking about dealing w/ passive aggressive people yesterday. It seems like we've all married passive aggressive types.  The irony is they get frustrated when they have to deal w/ passive aggressiveness.

Karla, I rarely did speed training either. As long as I got in my long run and various workouts during the week I felt prepared. There are plans that have you do 15 miles so I used one of those for halfs but I had to play w/ it to fit the classes I taught during the week.

I used to be a barefoot girl but have had so many foot issules the past couple of years. Now I wear clunky orthotic house slippers in the house. I'm thinking it's not really good for my feet, that I should be closer to barefoot to work all those muscles and fascia but I have plantar plate syndrome so the balls of my feet get inflamed.  The sad thing is parkour is the number of things I pass on because of my injuries. The instructors are probably thinking, "Why do you even bother coming???"






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