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  2. Not that I was ramping up for anything. That hamstring was a little worse than I thought. Went out for a test run on Monday (last) and got less than a half mile before I realized it wasn't ready. Gave it another try on Friday. Not 100% but good enough for an easy 4. Those 4 felt pretty terrible though. Either because I was going slow and running slow is hard, or it's related to this bug or whatever thing that showed up after Thanksgiving. Pain in the upper abdomen and some other issues I won't talk about in public because TMI. Getting Christmas prep finished has eaten into running time anyway, so it's just as well I'm not doing much of it. May have missed the best weather I'll see until spring. So, Christmas. Tree is up. Lights on the house. Decorations are out. Gifts are bought. I was going to make some personalized plates for some of the kids but decided not to add that workload. Finished the mint chocolate dipped Oreos on Sunday. Still need to wrap and ship the ones that didn't come from Amazon for the out-of-towners. That will be tonight. Some of that has taken longer than expected because we're helping T-Rex get through the last two weeks of the semester. She called in a panic last week, afraid that she couldn't remember anything from class and she was going to fail microbiology. Keep in mind, this isn't the normal kind of nervous anticipation college students get before finals. So we halted some of the things we had planned for Saturday and spent four hours going through the study guide, after an hour just talking her down from the edge of the cliff. One test was yesterday (thought she did OK - still waiting to see), the scariest one is tomorrow (another two hours with her on Skype Sunday), and the last one next Tuesday. Fingers crossed, prayers ongoing. Connor got moved into his apartment in Tacoma yesterday. Had the ex-SIL's, his sister and a couple of new work friends to help, so they were done sooner than expected. Think I'm going to pass on Atlanta. I've been thinking about it for what - a month? two? - and I just can't get excited about it. Hilly course, very early (still winter, in fact) race date. Not really looking forward to winter training for the second year in a row. And with the hamstring along with this gastrointestinal whatever, I'm not up to reasonable mileage to start a marathon plan this week - and that would be an abbreviated schedule. Not feeling it. Other options for spring then? April 18 - Garmin (in the land of Oz), Olathe KS - Not excited about the elevation profile, which is down 200 from the start to about mile 11, then mostly up on the way to the finish. But, it's a spring marathon so not a PR or BQ race anyway. April 26 - Glass City, Toledo, OH - Pretty darn flat. Within an hour from my front door. Tempting. April 26 - Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, OH - Not quite as flat as Glass City. Not quite as close to home. April 26 - New Jersey - Long Branch, NJ - Pancake Flat. And there's a bunch in May: 3 - Ft. Collins, CO 3 - Carderock, MD 3 - Lincoln, NB 3 - The Flying Pig 3 - Providence, RI 17 - Colfax in Denver 17 - Sugarloaf in Maine Maybe I'll lay out a schedule first and pick the right weekend with Mrs. Dave. That's probably a good idea.
  3. MichaelV

    I said I'd be back.

    Great update. Sounds like you have some adventures in your future!
  4. Yesterday
  5. Dave

    I said I'd be back.

    How much are those nox-gears? I've been tempted to look, but don't want to get spammed with any more ads about them than I already get. Congrats on the marriage. 50 isn't so bad.
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  7. Hello CodingJungle, Welcome to The Loop. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. CodingJungle joined on the 12/08/2019. View Member
  8. SIbbetson

    I said I'd be back.

    I wish you'd posted about wanting the Noxgear vest a little sooner - it was almost half off around Black Friday-Cyber Monday! Everyone in my running group wear them on our 5 a.m. runs, and it's clear cars REALLY see us (we run country roads with no street lights too).
  9. SIbbetson

    Barf

    Prayers for quick healing without surgery!
  10. ocrunnergirl

    Jolly Holly 5K

    Sorry for your loss.
  11. ocrunnergirl

    I said I'd be back.

    Congratulations! Your weekend sounds fantastic. I’ve always wanted to try XC skiing. It seems like it would be such a great workout.
  12. mattw

    I said I'd be back.

    Sounds like you got a good number of adventures in this year too! I hope the winter isn't too harsh.
  13. DrWhiskers

    I said I'd be back.

    Congrats to you and Mr TreeGirl!! The noxgear vest is a solid purchase. Also buy rechargeable batteries (3 × AAA)
  14. SIbbetson

    Jolly Holly 5K

    That is when vertigo gets the worse (when you flip your hair over!). Has it resolved now? If not, the Epley Maneuver is very effective for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. I am not racing CIM this weekend as I'd planned, due to a death in my immediate family. The verse still applies though! Thank you for it.
  15. MichaelV

    Barf

    Hope you don't have to have surgery.
  16. TreeGirl

    Jolly Holly 5K

    You ROCK, girlfriend. 😎
  17. TreeGirl

    swartkoppies slowly

    OMG!!! A giraffe!!!! I love them so much. I've seen them in a zoo but never in the wild. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your incredible adventure.!
  18. TreeGirl

    I said I'd be back.

    Winter came early to northern Michigan and I'm already tired of running on snowy surfaces but I'll endure. This morning was 10 minute warm up, 10-20 minutes at medium effort, 10 minute cool down. The whole run was me struggling to find footing and not getting run over by big plow trucks clearing city streets. I wave at them regularly to show my appreciation and hopefully build some compassion to not flatten me. I need one of those Noxgear vests that I see in FB ads constantly. I better budget that for myself for my January birthday. I wear a headlamp w/flashing red lights and reflective vest but it's amazing how distracted people are at 6 am in a small town. This weekend I have a 45 minute run on the training plan tomorrow morning, a ski wax clinic (free!) and plan to x-c ski some on Saturday and Sunday if conditions are decent. I'm looking forward to the weekend, especially the sleeping in part! I also have to make raspberry jam for Christmas gifts and help Chris paint some Christmas crafts for gifts that he's been working on in the basement. It should be a fun weekend. I'll be 49 in January and I'm laying my plans to get ready for an incredible start to my 50th year in 2021. Much fun will be had and I have to be ready! Trail running, hiking, skiing, camping, adventures galore! A couple of you noted from my last update that Chris is my hubby and he is. No memo was missed - I promise! We didn't announce it. We went to the local courthouse and did a simple private ceremony and then told our families. We've both been married before - no need for a fuss. We just want to live happily together and we are. We married in April and this is us on our honeymoon in Arizona in September seeing Pueblo ruins.
  19. TreeGirl

    Barf

    Wow. That sucks on so many levels. I'm really sorry. 😨
  20. ocrunnergirl

    Barf

    Wow! That sounds awful. I hope your foot makes good progress in the next 3 weeks.
  21. doug in co

    Barf

    argh.. that's a lot of damage for playtime.. funny thing, I have a stylish boot just like that 😉
  22. Dave

    Barf

    Injuries should be gotten by bombing down the side of a mountain in a 100-miler, amiright? Prayers for a quick healing, Gumbo.
  23. mattw

    Barf

    Bummer. Good that you got the right fit. But as these things go, you know next year's model will be all wrong.
  24. Looks like fun! Great marathon too. My oldest loves running. She’s only 4, but one day she’ll be kicking my ass
  25. Gumbo

    Jolly Holly 5K

    PR!!! Yay!!
  26. Gumbo

    swartkoppies slowly

    Wow! What a beautiful place to visit!
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