It's Monday!

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Registered: 04-05-2002
It's Monday!
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Mon, 06-02-2014 - 7:30am

Whew, whirlwind of a weekend and time just flew. I think nice weather makes time fly.  My daughter moved to my son's room last fall and we never did anything w/ her room which has been sitting empty. We don't have a big house so it's a wasted space. Our other bedroom upstairs is the office/snoring room (where my husband goes to snore). We wanted to move the bed to my daughter's old room, only we had no paint to touch up the holes. It drives me crazy that we had to paint the entire room just for a few holes.  Anyway so that was a good part of the weekend.  Yesterday, I went for a run, about an hour, walked the dog for another hour, made chocolate chip cookie dough (trying out a new recipe that needs to rest for a few days), finished the painting/reaassembled the room, went to Costco and came home to find that no one has done anything in the house. Husband had golfed and vegged out in front of the TV, son had gone out to lunch w/ friends and played computers, daughter stayed in her room.  Dog in the meanwhile had gotten into all sorts of things she's not supposed to and there was a mess everywhere.  Ugh.  How do moms raise families who are more proactive?  Enough of my rant.

I'm going to parkour tonight and then silks tonight. I think I'm going to venture to the dog park again. My dog ends up so dirty there but she loves playing w/ other dogs.






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 10:11am

When you find out how mom's raise kids who are more proactive please let me know.  I think in our own homes most of the time kids don't help out unless directed because all too often they know mom will do it if they get something done. 

I went to Dick's this weekend and got Body Glide,a hat, and a package of sport beans that I wanted to try out. My long run yesterday (11 miles) started off pretty good and ended not so good.  I was coated with my sunscreen and body glide and had my sport beans and water hidden at a strategic point. My sister and I chose to do a very difficult hilly course but decided to take it slow since it was already very hot and humid by the time we started. (We are both still trying to adapt to the heat this summer since it went from very cold to hot overnight.) I was feeling good until we stopped to refuel an hour into the run. My first experience with the sport beans wasn't good and I don't think I'll ever try them again. First, they were so sour I could barely choke them down even with water. 10 minutes after eating them, I was out on the road in the hot sun and got nauseous and dizzy. I almost had to stop because I got so sick but managed to make it. Several people in my gym suggested trying them a few times before using them at a race because many people can't tolerate them and I'm glad I found out early I am one of those people. I'm just going to stick with a sport drink for now. I am considering trying one of the gels but after my experience with the beans I am very leary. 

The body glide worked great at first but I ran with remenants of blisters on one of my toes and by the end of my run it was very irritated again. Otherwise it worked great for my other rub problems. I need to let my foot skinjuries heal totally before getting out on the road again. 

Speaking of feet, I bought myself a new pair of Tevas. lol I've had my old pair for 21 years so decided to break down and get a new pair. 

I'm going to give the cardio pyramid a whirl today. I'll let everyone know how it goes. 

Karla
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Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 10:40am

I don't know how you guys do it with kids/families who don't do stuff.  I think being a mom would just prime me for my very own episode of Snapped (the one where the chicks go crazy).  They would interview you all and you all would say "She seemed so nice and I know she went to therapy.  We never expected her to murder and eat her husband and children."  

Despite still being swollen (OP has affectionately - or perhaps unaffectionately- been referring to me as "Cabbage" as in Cabbage Patch dolls), it was a nice weekend.  We had a quite night at home Friday, saw a movie with friends on Saturday and caught up on one of our TV shows yesterday.  

Symptoms haven't changed.  I'm waiting on test results today and am more or less waiting until my Wednesday doctor appointment.  I've cut back on work because my fatigue is so pervasive.  The last few nights, I've taken 2.5 mg of ambien and have slept between 8 and 10 hours each night.  Normally, that dose gets me to my usual 6.5 - 8 hours.  It's weird.  

I've cancelled my client for today and am just focusing on freelance stuff.  Trying to strike a balance between accomplishing some things and letting myself rest.  

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 11:05am

Gym, I'm glad you are able to relax and have fun through all this.

2.5 mgs Ambien wouldn't even phase me. I used to take 10mg every night and felt great if I got 6 hours of sleep. My doc is afraid these days to prescribe 10mg anymore so she has cut me to 5mg. I get about 3-4 hours uninterrupted sleep most nights now and I have to take it a good hour before I want to go to bed to give it time to do something. 

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 11:37am

Karla, I wonder if our kids see us as efficient and competent so they don't need to step in. When we were in Costa Rica, there was a family where the two kids took care of their mom, down to zipping her jacket. She might have been ill but didn't seem so.  My kids would never think of me like that!  They're fine w/ my lifting heavy stuff while they sit.

It's really smart to try out new things during training. The worst is to try them out during races. By the time you race, you're only doing tried and true.  I can't do anything that requires chewing. I choked on some jelly thing and decided I couldn't chew and run at the same time. I could do gu/gels but some upset my stomach.  Sports drinks are fine.  I know someone who downed a power bar at mile 20 of the marathon.   That would guarantee I wouldn't finish.  BTW, if you are planning to do long distance races, I'd highly recommend a spi belt or something like it.  It's great for runs at home, too. I also have a waterbelt.

Funny, GR. I know a mom who is hyperorganized, everything planned to a T.  Someone once said she'll end up being the ax murderer because she's so tightly wound.  There must be something connecting all these odd symptoms you've had over the past few years. You need the House doctor!  Hope they figure it out.  






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 11:59am

lol Jean, I can't walk on the tread while chewing gum so I don't know why I thought I could run and eat jelly beans. I choked and gagged on them which should have been a red flag for me to just stop eating them. I also can't drink and run at the same time so I had to keep stopping to take swigs of water. I can down a small powerade in a matter of seconds without much thought (standing still of course) so that might just be the safest option for me. lol

I'm not scheduled for another really long run for two weeks (running a Color Run with some gals this weekend) so I may try a gel next time. I have plenty of time to experiment before my half so I want to try things out now. 

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 12:47pm

I can't drink and run at the same time either. People have told me to pinch the cup but that doesn't help. Just a warning, the gels/gus are sickeningly sweet.  In the beginning (this is really gross so apologies ahead of time), I would like my arm first to get the salty taste and then down it.  I felt like a real pro when I got to the point I could rip it open w/ my teeth and down it in one.






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 1:09pm

I can't speak about this as a parent, but I can tell you what my mother did...of course, I am a very 'parentified' child, and my dad wasn't much in the picture even when they were married...my mother's attitude was 'why should she be working when everyone else was playing?' We had summer 'chore charts' early on. Our town conveniently had a noon whistle - a call fire department summoned by code, and they texted the whistle at noon and 9:00pm each day. Once the noon whistle blew, we had to come in, have lunch, do our chores, and if we finished early, read until 1:00. At night all year round, the television went off at 6:00 - we had to help with dinner, eat, wash the dishes and finish ant homework (both of us had to finish) before the tv could go back on. On Friday night, she made a list of the housework that needed to be done before we could leave the house or put the tv on on Saturday. We didn't have to help, but all we were allowed to do until everything on the list was crossed off was read. She never shoveled snow, raked leaves, or mowed the lawn without us...at one time soon after my dad left, she was offered a 'good' job that would have paid a lot but we would have had to move. The alternative was that she would work at some part time jobs in addition to her full time job, but we would have to help with the house. We chose to stay, and she made sure we honored our agreement. She was always respectful to us...if she wanted us to do something, she would say 'when that program is over' or 'when you come to the end of a chapter' or 'what time tomorrow should we?' If she called us to come right now, we knew there was a truly urgent issue. My sister in law often says what a close unit the three of us were - how we worked together well, and how my brother and I always did what she asked of us as if it were expected, not an imposition. It was not one sided - she was a very hard worker, but she always had time for what we needed and somehow always found the money for the needs and the biggest wants. But she was no pushover...we certainly had a lot of issues for other reasons but she really was a very smart mother.

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 2:41pm

That's a great system your mom had. I wonder if part of it is that Karla and I essentially stay home most of the time so it's easier to do it and get it over with. I can do the dishes or call the kids to do it and watch them, or do my own thing (which I do do).  But i've never assigned chores and I think we were the same way growing up in my family. My mom stayed home so we viewed the chores as optional.  They do things around the house but it's not on their own.  Hmmm, maybe I need to come up w/ a list like: empty the diswasher 3 times this week, vacuum at least two rooms, clean at least two toilets. That way, it's their own time but they need to do something.






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 3:21pm

That might be it Jean, I can do things much faster and better than assigning it  and waiting for it to get done. I have a tendency to go behind anyone who does something and redo it though I am doing a much better job at not doing that since it realized it was a very bad habit. 

Karla
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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 06-02-2014 - 3:27pm

HAHA-It is official...I have signed up for my first half-marathon! It's not until September 27 but that is okay because my training program is a 20 week program. I can't believe I am doing going to do this. I never thought I would get back to running again but here I am. lol 

In the mean time, I am also signed up for a 10K July 5th. 

I'm doing a color run this Saturday and a 5K in August and in October. That takes my race schedule up to November. I am looking so forward to training for these things!! 

Karla
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