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- - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-05-26 6:36 AM
Here comes the sun king... finally around here.... everybody's laughing, everybody's happy! Catch it while you can. Has it been a quiet week for you or super busy leading into the long weekend? Tell us about that plus your run/workout, other stuff, and long weekend plans.

Bonus: Side2 of Abbey Road, the best medley ever?
Parent - - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-05-26 7:05 AM Edited 2017-05-26 7:09 AM
Workwise has been fairly quiet. That's pretty typical right before long holiday weekends as project work/testing slows down and we are more in break/fix mode. I had an entire day this week where I could focus on one task with few interruptions. That's pretty much unheard of, and today looks very quiet too. I might take a partial day off.  Strange week here in terms of weather. Sort of like the June Gloom out in my West LA days, except we had rain to go with the gloom. Seems like every evening I was out running under grey skies with chances of rain. It was pretty pleasant running weather though, cool and calm and quiet in the woods. Keeps the people count down too I suppose. Anyways, enough that.

Workout/run: Last night we will call it 9.5 miles out on the trails of Birdsboro Watershed. Typical cool grey conditions again, with the bonus of very wet soppy trails. Somehow no rain on me during the run, as it rained most of the morning and started up again on my drive home from the trail. Saw barely a soul out there, just 2 teenagers hanging out by the damn across Hay Creek (it was flowing rapidly!) and one older codger out for a walk with a big old stick. So it was like the Lady and I had the several thousand acre woods to ourselves for the most part. I went in search of a connector trail from the lower trail along the HayCreek up to mountain to the trail that swings around the northwest reservoir. I thought I had found it, so we explored this tiny ribbon of trail that traipsed along the hillside but it only climbed up a few hundred feet above the river before sliding back down. So it just paralleled the lower trail. I did spy what appeared to be a thin rarely used trail that branched straight up through a big patch of mountain laurel. I guess I need to try that one of these days. Speaking of mountain laurel, it is in bloom now in the woods.

Today, I think 9 miles at lunchtime, trail TBD.

Weekend plans: Finish up mulching the one remaining bed, move the 2 miniature cypress trees to a new location, and that will be it for heavy gardening stuff this year. I have a 26-29 mile long run planned tomorrow (2 long loops around the lake) that will put a wrap on my heavy training for Mohican as well. Other than that, considering hitting Longwood Gardens as their new fountain display opens this weekend (we have season passes).

Bonus: Yes, well not counting classical music I suppose. Now I want to listen to it.
Parent - By Cristen [us] Date 2017-05-26 8:40 AM
You inspired me to listen to it now!
Parent - - By donnasaur [us] Date 2017-05-26 10:03 AM
enjoy your long weekend! How are you feeling about your Mohican training?
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-05-27 4:44 PM
Waiting until today (my last long run done) to answer. :laugh:

As far as my training, I feel ok. Not great, but good. I've been able to put in the miles but compared to last year I've lost about a minute/mile on most of my runs. Not sure how to get it back, it's just not there. Still, I had a really good 50k (in terms of energy/feeling not so much speed) last month and today's run was similar. Good feeling, just slower than last year. So I am good to go, and I do feel compelled to get another 100 mile qualifier in the books for WS this year and double my chances again for next year. It's getting old though, this qualifying year after year.
Parent - - By OxyJen Date 2017-05-26 8:21 AM
For the first time since Bill's son died one month ago today, I ran with the group in the morning. The day he died, I'd had my alarm set to join them but I turned it off and decided to sleep in a little longer. A half hour minutes later, we got that horrible call. Thank god I was home and not out running. Since that day, I've had an irrational fear of being out of the house at 4:30AM. Today I decided to go. The Friday run is the flagship run for this group and usually the most well attended. I've missed them. I'm glad I went but it was hard. I ran 6.5 miles with two small breakdowns along the way. I was able to stay for coffee for a few minutes since I'm off work on Fridays now (through the first week in August).

Then I had a meeting at Shawn's school for the annual review of his IEP. That lasted way longer than I thought it would. But it was a good meeting because I learned that some issues related to some late effects of his treatment are not as bad as I had thought they were. They have a half day from school and Lilly and I are going to go out to lunch, just the two of us.

The kids are going to their dad's on Saturday and Sunday. They are excited to spend the time with him and Bill and I need some time off from active parenting. We're very tired. We don't have any plans.
Parent - By Cristen [us] Date 2017-05-26 8:32 AM
Glad you were able to get out and run with the group.

Enjoy lunch with Lilly today and the downtime with Bill this weekend. Both of those sound really nice.
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2017-05-26 10:05 AM
I don't think your fear is irrational, it comes from a very real trauma.

Really hope that you and Bill can use the weekend to rest together.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-05-26 10:54 AM
Glad you were able to run with the group. :hug: Enjoy your weekend with no plans. :happy:
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-05-26 8:25 AM
It's been a mixed week for me. I worked from home yesterday because I was sick, I got hit hard by a cold. Feeling better today and am in the office with 4 other people. :roll: I'm going to try to get out of here a bit early.

Run/workout: not yet
Other stuff: I attended a day-long presentation skills course on Wednesday. We had to give a 2-minute presentation at the very beginning that consisted who we are, what we did outside of work, and what we wanted to get out of the course. All presentations were recorded on your phone so you could watch yourself later. We were critiqued, then we had the bulk of the workshop, learning about stage fright, how to hold yourself when presenting, how to project your voice, how to structure a presentation, then we had to create a 4-minute presentation and present it at the end of the day, using everything that we learned in the workshop. It didn't have to be work-related, so my presentation was about how to finish your first marathon. :laugh: Those presentations were recorded too, so you can compare them to the first presentations. I made huge improvements, but I say "actually" and "so..." WAY too much, and I also upspeak sometimes, where sentences sound like questions? I didn't realize I did that! It was a long but very useful day.
Long weekend plans: put the finishing touches on the upstairs bathroom, nap, spring cleaning

Bonus:no clue
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2017-05-26 9:25 AM
Your presentation skills course is interesting.  Back in the '70s as our office was getting ready to move from North Jersey to Philly some of the training dept. staff filmed us doing training presentations. Then they reviewed & critiqued the video with us.  Too long ago to remember any "takeaways" but I had a wired mic clipped to my tie and at one point I stepped on the mic cord which pulled the mic off my tie and it landed on a table in front of me.  It was a minor "clink" in real time but when played back it was the.loudest.crash.ever! :laugh:  I got points for not losing a beat and discretely reattaching the mic :laugh:  I didn't think of this until now & ironically in my first Spin audition I knocked the headphone jack out of my iPod in the middle of the class :roll: 

A recommendation I read one time on a cycling instructor forum was to take a video of yourself teaching a class so you could see it from your riders view.  That could be very interesting but I'm not sure it'll ever happen.
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2017-05-26 10:07 AM
prsentation courses are a time suck, but usually those 1-2 tidbits you can pick up are so helpful and worthwhile. They really do stay with you.
Parent - - By Cristen [us] Date 2017-05-26 8:31 AM
It's been a crazy week for me. It's completely dead today, since most folks are out of office, but it meant that all of the work and meetings were compressed into four days because people want to get things closed before the long weekend.

I ran today - 4.5 miles. Yesterday was relentless rain, so I bailed on running. I could have done the treadmill, but L has commandeered it as a place for all of her "friends" (stuffed animals, etc) while she does her little performances. So even though it would have taken probably 90 seconds to clear off, I decided it wasn't worth the trouble and went back to sleep. :roll:

Long weekend plans include having my in-laws over tomorrow and possibly visiting my parents on Sunday. I'm not super excited about either of these things, but am happy to have a long weekend so that I can pad these events with downtime.

Bonus: Yes. Except maybe if there were a medley of Revolver. But there isn't. So yes.
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2017-05-26 10:08 AM
:laugh: at the friends. That happens at our house, not with he treadmill though, that is strictly off limits, to the extent that N will close the door to the room where it is when friends come over.
Parent - - By Ed [us] Date 2017-05-26 9:12 AM
I think today will be an SDO.  I'd typically go to the gym & swim but my plan is to push my swim to tomorrow morning and head to the lake where there's an OWS for triathlon types.  It's going to be chilly for swimming :shocker!:  but I haven't swam in my wetsuit in 2 years so I really need to do it once before the Tri next weekend.  If I can sufficiently motivate myself I'll do shoulder PT exercises sometime today.

No plans for this weekend :meh:  Since the gym is on a short schedule on Monday (7-3) my class is cancelled and I have off from "work" until Wednesday.   As I was leaving the gym after my class last night I had a conversation with one of the young (almost ALL of them are young :cry: ) personal trainers and she told me she recently took a Spinning instructor certification class & just has to take/pass the online post-class exam & will be able to teach Spin.  She also works at another facility closer to her home and said she is more likely to teach Spin there.  She hasn't even told our group exercise coordinator she's getting certified to tech and we're about to lose an instructor moving to the west coast :roll:  Anyway, she expressed some concern about actually designing a class so I offered to share some examples from mine and some resources I use to get ideas for class design & music.  Our personal trainer & group exercise teams are on separate email dist. lists but she has my email so the ball is in her court to contact me so I can send her stuff. 

Bonus: Yeah
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-05-26 10:52 AM
The nice thing about your swim next weekend is that it is with the tide, so you can basically just float back to shore if you have to! :laugh:
Parent - - By Ed [us] Date 2017-05-26 12:07 PM
Unless THIS!   :laugh:  or :shocker!:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-05-26 12:32 PM
Parent - - By nooner [us] Date 2017-05-26 9:33 AM
We finally got the sun yesterday, but got a surprise shower around mid-day. I knew it was going to be a crazy day at work so I did 6 miles in very nice weather yesterday morning.

It was beautiful again this morning so met my friend and his co-worker at the trails for 6 miles. That route uses a trail that doesn't get as much traffic and is a bit more rugged (lots of roots) than most of the other trails and my friend said that he didn't care for it that much. With school ending soon,we will be able to get started earlier and avoid that trail.

My son and his fiancé are coming down for the long weekend. We have a ton of work to do around the yard so have told them to bring some yard work clothes and we will put them to work. I have 20 miles on the schedule as I'm 3 weeks out from my Alaska marathon.

Bonus: I have been enjoying the new Beatles channel on my Sirius radio.
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2017-05-26 3:21 PM
Are you doing the Mayor's Midnight one in Anchorage? So exciting!
Parent - - By donnasaur [us] Date 2017-05-26 9:48 AM
Hey there running friends.

The heat is now here to stay in North Texas, which means I am on the TM when R is out of town. 7.5 miles this morning
cottage cheese and fruit for breakfast, now I'm snacking on skittles. N got a huge bag from her violin teacher so I am being helpful :laugh:

no big plans for the long weekend, but busy. T ball game and a birthday party tomorrow, Sunday N and R will go on a 'date' to see a show, we only have 2 tickets and I usually take her, but this time R is going. Monday we are doing a 10K. We leave for Delaware on Wednesday so a lot of the weekend will be preparing to go away.

We got some sad news about Moxie yesterday, he has been having trouble breathing for months and our vet has been treating for asthma. It just isn't resolving, and other symptoms are getting worse so about a month ago I pushed for a specialist appointment. As R and I suspected he has a tumor, most likely cancer. We won't get the pathology report until next Wed, but I will call on Tuesday and see if we can get info. I know he is just a cat, and in the grand scheme of things this is not a major issue. Since R is out of town I had to take N with me when I picked him up at the specialty clinic (it is about 35-40 minutes away) and she told everybody there that Moxie is her best buddy, and she will give him all her love so he feels better
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-05-26 10:52 AM
Moxie :hug::hug: and N :hug:
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2017-05-26 3:19 PM
:sad:  I wish our pets could live forever. Loki's death hit Isabella pretty hard, and she was a teenager!
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-05-26 6:37 PM
:sad: oh moxie. that does make me sad.
Parent - - By Tim [us] Date 2017-05-26 2:55 PM
Busy week for me. GF anxiety meant I didn't sleep well several nights. I think we have that resolved. I think. Basically, it's what my BIL, spin, and a few other people said to me: What's the rush? Well, I think she's awesome and want to carve out time with her whenever I can. She also thinks I'm awesome. But she's also got a ton of crap she needs to get through before she can put much time/energy into things. So for now we're just slowing things way down, but still with an eye on the long-term future.:hug: Dating and relationships are complicated to begin with. Throw in a combined total of 5 kids, 2 houses, 2 jobs, a deceased spouse, a former spouse, a couple sets of former in-laws, and...oy. Yes, she's that awesome that she's worth dealing with all that.

6.5 miles this morning.
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2017-05-26 3:16 PM

And if she's also willing to deal with all that, she's worth the wait.:happy:
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2017-05-26 3:15 PM
The sun did make for a happier day.:happy: It's been a slower week, because the schools had today off today as well as this Monday  (something about unused snow days), and some parents took vacation time earlier, so, fewer dogs to walk. OTOH, some clients are going away for the weekend, so I have some dogs to walk tomorrow. We are not going away, just hanging, hoping to get some good running in, a lot of things done around the house, my dogs walked, maybe even a Costco trip but on Memorial Day weekend that might be a little ambitious.

6.2 easy miles this morning.:happy: Had a green smoothie for breakfast, will make a chicken fried rice for dinner.
Parent - - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-05-26 6:35 PM
the sun is finally shining and the relief at having a 3 day weekend seems palpable. It's been very busy at work and next week will be worse. Plus DH has been very busy with his parents. This weekend, we hardly have anything planned! :grin::grin: I was offering to go help unpack at his parents house but they are unpacking as inefficiently as they packed so that seems useless. :roll: And Dh is trying to make sure he is not over there every single day. its tough though as they are having some issues. I hope to garden each day plus run of course but nothing too long.

ran 3 this morning. It was supposed to be 6 but i was tired. The office closed at 3 and I actually was able to leave at 3. I came home and took a nap! : pbbt: Yep, the weekend will be about trying to recharge a bit.

bonus: sure? i'm not sure it made the cut on my music. :shocker!::blush:
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2017-05-27 9:02 AM
Good luck with your in-laws.:hug:
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