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  1. mamaraby

    Well-Trained Bodies- October Edition

    Yesterday was an interval workout. Today was the first post 5k race workout with the kids. There was some grumbling beforehand, but I told them I wasn’t interested in grumbling. I was leavng at x time and anyone who wanted to run could join me and anyone who didn’t could stay home and either choice was fine. Grumbling ceased and the run was fun. There was also this big yellow ball in the sky that’s been absent quite a bit lately. It was a mystery. 😂 Non-guaranteed entry for the Chicago Marathon opened today so I put my name in for the lottery. December 11th they’ll let non-guaranteed entries know if they’re in. I hate big races like that, but Chicago has sentimental value so I’m going to give it a shot this one time.
  2. mamaraby

    Well-Trained Bodies- October Edition

    Halloween is one of those holidays that holds little appeal indulgence wise for me, probably because most chocolate is not vegan and the vegan candies do not appeal to me. Maybe also because if I were going to bake, I would need to be home. And we all know soccer season means being home with that kind of free time is an illusion. 😛 @soror - feeling icky is no fun! Sometimes that helps me mentally shift the framework because then I can more easily avoid it to prevent feeling icky. While dh and the kids did the soccer thing, I went with but got my run in on the bike path because that sounded more interesting than my neighbordhood route. 50 minutes total which began with me shivering and ended with me shivering after I had cooled off waiting for the soccer peeps to be done. I love running in the fall and yet sometimes I wish it were warmer! I have an easy run on the schedule today and an interval run tomorrow.
  3. mamaraby

    Well-Trained Bodies- October Edition

    @Kim in Appalachia - Awe! That stinks! Hope the hip feels better soon! @soror - glad to hear th change in med timing helped and you’re feeling better! Speed play run today and a flu shot. Drove the kids all over town. Your average Wednesday.
  4. mamaraby

    Well-Trained Bodies- October Edition

    I’m sure it’s partially that, but it’s also things like chip timing (not free), road closures and police/EMS (not free), permits (not free), etc. If free is the desire, then maybe instead a sponsored training run would be an option? I can only speak about my area in the US, but about 30 minutes or so away there’s a local running store that often holds runs like that. It’s not exactly a race, but it’s got the group aspect of a race. Or a local running group that gets together to run? The later probably requires a certain pace. Sponsored training runs may be more pace inclusvie, but that’s going to vary too. Fun runs and runs put on charities can be less expensive, but likely not timed. If chip timing is not a desire, and running together is, then maybe just setting out on your own route (trail probably is better because it cuts down on traffic crossing) and using a GPS app to keep time could be just as fun. Oh, or signing up a year in advance. Races are cheapest the day registration opens, but you really have to plan that out so that’s probably not so helpful. Just throwing ideas out there. 😄 I ran 10 miles of dh’s 18 mile long run. He decided to push the pace and while I could have done the whole thing with him, I decided being post-marathon gave me the privilege of saying “Yeah, I don’t want to work that hard. I’m done.” 😆 It was a great feeling. I took a rest day today. That felt great, too. Since I haven’t had a chance to get a true race pace effort since May, I decided to use the local Turkey Trot ($20) 5 mile race as my chance to do that. It’s two weeks after dh’s marathon so while we’re both signed up, I told him this time I’m leaving him behind. I have just enough time to go through the peak training and taper phase of the 80/20 Running 10k plan. I’ll start that tomorrow.
  5. mamaraby

    Well-Trained Bodies- October Edition

    @soror - It sounds like you’re chugging along! Can you set a reminder/recurring alarm for the meds so itks automated and someone/something else does the remembering? Re:5ks, there are some really unique ones out there - especially holiday themed ones. I often check the listings over at I think you're in the US. If not, ignore that. 😉 Won’t help. If you are, though, you can filter by state, distance, and month.
  6. mamaraby

    Well-Trained Bodies- October Edition

    @FairProspects - Sorry about the knee! Congrats on the weight loss. That’s fantastic! Friday I went out for my first solo run since the marathon. Felt wonderful. We ran our race yesterday. Ds ran by himself and surprised himself with his speed. He’s got bigger plans for running now. Dh figures he takes after me. He’s probably right, lol. My middle child did fantastic. Not as fast as she had hoped, but still amazing. My youngest initially was upset with me when I told her I didn’t think I could keep up with a 9:00/mile. She insisted that’s what she was going to run so I promised I’d try my best. Her goal turned out to be too ambitious for her. Still, so ridiculously proud of all three of them! Hands down, the most fun race of 2018. They’ve already picked out the next family race. Unplanned rest day for me today. Spent all day in my car either driving a child somewhere or waiting on a child somewhere. Two weeks until soccer season is over. I am feeling slightly burnt out on soccer at this point. My big surprise was that 9:00/mile. Turns out, I probably could have hung on until the end and gotten it in the low 9s. I also saw a picture of me from the race and found for the first time that I could say “hey, she’s looking slim” about myself. It’s been hard for me to see it. I think my perception of myself is finally catching up with reality. I still have some weight/body fat to lose, but I’ll take every step in the right direction.
  7. I’m fairly certain it defaults in Pages to storing the files on the cloud. If so, the above link should help. Otherwise, open the files app and navigate to browse. Under locations you should see “recently deleted files.” It should all be there.
  8. mamaraby

    Well-Trained Bodies- October Edition

    Last C25k run with the kids before their race on Saturday. The three kids all have wildly varying paces so dh ran with the slowest and Zi ran with the mid pace kid - she was tough to keep up with. If she can make the whole 5k at that pace I’d probably wrangle a PR. Not sure that she can. They’ve all done so well and ai can’t believe 10 weeks have passed!
  9. mamaraby

    Girls, running, and puberty

    I’ve been subscribed for three years and I don’t remember any pot articles. They’ve also gotten a new editor recently and changed up the format quite a bit. A lot of the long term columns are gone or changed. I’m less than enthused about the recent changes. I’m with @Jean in Newcastle, it’s not so much that you disagree with RW for your 12-year-old and more that you expanded that to all 12-year-olds with a blanket statement. Lots of different ways of parenting here.
  10. mamaraby

    a small sadness

    My baby is 8. My oldest can babysit. I have things I love to do that would be way harder with a baby. Other people have babies I can visit and babysit and send home. Like @prairiewindmomma said above, it is fabulous.
  11. mamaraby

    CC (but all welcome of course)Dd's dilemma

    We’ve done Softpaws in the past, but found they never stayed on as long as they said they would. Then they became annoying because we had to put them on so often. I think humans need to be careful when they say declawing didn’t bother their cat. We don’t really understand fully what cats feel since none of us are cats, but we do know that when they are in pain, the signs can be so subtle. I would err on the “I’m not in the body, so I’m not qualified to say there is no pain” side of things and not declaw. It would not be an ethical choice for me.
  12. mamaraby

    Well-Trained Bodies- October Edition

    @wintermom - I like long distance. I’ve got my eye on a 50k. 😂 And a 30k. A trail half. I’m contemplating trying the lottery for the Chicago Marathon next year. Chances would be slim, but it’s a bucket list item for me. @Kim in Appalachia - Score! The day before my marathon, I got a short sleeve running shirt at Target for $4.80 and I thought I had found a deal, lol. C25k with the kids today. It was 37 F when we went. I wanted cooler running weather, just not so sure that’s what I meant. I miss the big pockets on my running shorts for my phone and I’m feeling too cheap to buy new capris.
  13. mamaraby

    How much are you paying for internet?

    Same. To all of the above. What I have used to be $29.99. It’s gone up over time to the current $65/mo cost. AT&T speeds are ridiculously slow and they have data caps. Spectrum (formerly known as Charter) cannot have data caps per whatever merger agreement they reached awhile back. That provision was time limited from what I remember, but it won’t change for awhile. I believe they even changed some state law to allow competition awhile back. There’s still no competition and Charter’s not offering deals because let’s face it, there’s no real competiton (see also: above). We have had some connection issues the past couple of months, but they also just replaced our modem so maybe that will help. The connection issues are unique - it’s definitely not something we experienced in the past.
  14. mamaraby

    German Shepherds - update

    Well yes, because they like to be helpful. You wouldn’t want them to not be helpful, would you? 😂 Those humans might be unhappy if they did not help them. “I halp” - the motto of all Goldens, everywhere.
  15. mamaraby

    German Shepherds - update

    Heh, someone needs to tell my Golden about that bit about them loving to retrieve in water. In his opinion, water, unless it’s the kind in his bowl, is scary, yo. Very scary. Back up, run away, and hide scary. Human focused? Yes. Trainable? For sure. Handsome? You bet. He does shed a lot, is not quick drying, and the groomer bills to keep him handsome are more than I anticipated. Mine has separation anxiety of a sort. I can leave him home alone out of his crate if we’re gone all day and he’s fine. I can go on a trip, hire a pet sitter to come twice a day, leave him home with the cats, out of his crate, and he’s fine. I cannot, however, take him to a kennel or have him stay at a family member’s house. In the case of the kennel, he’ll stop eating and won’t eat regularly for more than a week after we’re all back home. He does slightly better at my sister’s house. This last time he was there for one night and my sister said he cried/whined every time he heard a door close. That was Sat/Sun. It’s Wednesday and he tries to follow me everywhere I go for fear that I’m going to leave him again. But yeah, he does a fantastic rug impression when he’s not afraid he’s being abandoned. And he loves people. And love. And cats. But also, love. Is someone hugging somewhere in the house? Don’t forget meeeeeeeeee!
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