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- - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 9:13 AM
Are you listening to any good music these days? Is there anything else that has been music to your ears?

Weekend recap
Today's run/workout

Bonus: What is your all-time #1 favorite song to run to? What about a song that gets you pumped up?
Parent - - By BigTex [us] Date 2017-06-19 9:37 AM
Weekend recap:  36 holes of golf.  First 27 were pretty good, complete meltdown in the last 6.
Lesson learned:  It's too hot to play midday golf, even with a cart.
WTF:  The guy I played with Sunday is a Muslim, which means that he didn't eat or drink anything between sunup and sundown.  I drank a gallon of water, easy, and I was still feeling dehydrated.

I was also feeling dehydrated after this morning's run.  This was the first time this year that my shorts have been dripping wet.

Blather:  Taking a half day of vacation Thursday to attend the going-away reception at MrsTex's office.  Early retirement, here she comes. 

Bonus:  That's too hard.  The races always play "Running Down a Dream", which has a good beat.  It's not a sprint-to-the-line song, but I like Springsteen's "One Step Up and Two Steps Back" on a long run.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 10:16 AM
Congrats to Mrs. Tex on her early retirement! What are her plans?
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2017-06-19 11:25 AM
Congratulations to Mrs. Tex! 

Hot midday golf :cry::cry::cry:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-06-19 1:50 PM
Super jealous of Mrs. Tex!
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 9:38 AM
Yesterday I was out for a long bike ride, and I ride without earphones so I actually got to hear the sounds of the park that I was riding through. Birds and streams and stuff. It was really nice! As for music, my new car came with a 3-month trial of Sirius XM, so I've been listening to a wide variety of music! 80s, 90s, 2000s, alternative, country, new wave, and random other stuff. I really like Ed Sheeran's Castle on the Hill.

Weekend recap: Saturday I ran the New Milford 5k in 25:44. I executed my race plan pretty perfectly so I am happy with the result. It was in the low 70s with 1000% humidity, and I kind of felt like I was holding back too much at the beginning of the race, but I stuck with the plan and finished strong. I ran with other members of the NJ Racing Project team since it was the NJ women's masters championships, and we came in 9th out of 20 teams. I just joined the team 2 weeks ago and they were happy to have me since only 2 other people raced Saturday. I actually did a warmup and cooldown as well, for a total of 5.48 mi on the day. The hip was cranky after the hard effort, so Sunday I did some yoga and rode the length of the local running/biking path from one end to the other and back again. It was a lovely ride with the exception of some people who thought they were the only people using the path. :roll: 12.65 miles in 59:01 for 12.9mph average pace. I took some ibuprofen for my hip, which helped a lot, and even this morning the hip felt much better, almost back to normal!

Today: 4 easy miles this morning in the 1000% humidity again. Tonight will be some hip strengthening and stretching.
Food/drink: berry smoothie, banana, green tea
Blather: the thunderstorms are starting, yay! Although my head is exploding with a migraine from the pressure change, I will be happy to get some of this humidity out of here! It's supposed to storm pretty hard, we have severe storm and flash flood warnings through tonight.

Bonus: I have 2 favorite songs to run to: Pictures of You by The Cure and I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons. Pictures of You is like 7 minutes long so it's a nice calming influence during a run. I Will Wait is the complete opposite, with a really fast tempo that makes me run fast. To get me pumped up, I have a whole playlist :roll: and it includes Lose Yourself my Eminem.
Parent - - By Ed [us] Date 2017-06-19 11:32 AM
the NJ women's masters championships  so I see that was the USATF NJ Assn's Women's Masters Champs./part of their Grand Prix. I guess you joined!

We're still dealing with sunny - cloudy - sunny - cloudy here with humidity you could cut with a knife!  3:00pm appears to be the consensus for the arrival of thunderstorms.

Besides I Will Wait, I like Mumford's Hopeless Wanderer a lot.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 12:54 PM
I have been a member of the USATF for a few years so I can get discounts on races! : pbbt:
Parent - - By Limoboss Date 2017-06-19 12:18 PM
I will take a guess you were at the Saddle River County Park yesterday and included the lap around the duck pond  which is .65 around give or take. I was there yesterday too and ran the whole 12 mile path at 2:30 in the afternoon in an attempt to try and get back into shape after a year of bad life events and horrible injuries. What time were you there?
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 12:55 PM
Yes that's exactly where I was! We just missed each other. I finished up around 1:30. I can't believe you were running at that time of day in that heat and humidity! :cry:

Sorry to hear about the bad life events and horrible injuries. I hope they are behind you now! It's nice to see you! :hug:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-06-19 1:52 PM
I once had a really good run on which I repeatedly listened to that Mumford & Sons song over and over.
Parent - - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-06-19 9:57 AM
I listened to Kate Bush's Ariel on the drive over to Ohio the other day. Not a new album mind you, but a decade old. The songs have so much texture or depth, especially the last 2 tracks.
Here is a blurb about the album: The second disc, subtitled A Sky of Honey, consists of a single piece of music revelling in the experience of outdoor adventures on a single summer day, beginning in the morning and ending twenty-four hours later with the next sunrise.

Weekend recap: Unfortunately, my recap does not include 24+ hours of reveling in the outdoors, as I DNF'd Mohican about 15 hours in around 58+ miles. No need to feel sorry for me or sad. First DNF, and the writing was on the wall and in my head the whole year.

Non-workout: About 1.5 mile walk along the lake with the dogs this morning. SirB tagged along and I had trouble keeping up with him on the way back. Took a picture of an angler by his request who had just caught a substantial sized carp. He wanted a photo before he released the fish.

Food/drink: Late breakfast of bacon and eggs.

Blather: Follow-up with the orthopod later today for swollen knee. Yeah, what did you expect dummy?!

Bonus: I don't have one, but do like music on the drive to/from the trail. It varies though.
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 10:20 AM
Sorry to hear about the DNF! :cry: I thought about you as I was running my 5k this weekend, I figured you would chastise me for racing with a  sore hip, and then I thought, "well he is out running 100 miles on a bum knee, so he shouldn't talk!" : pbbt: Ugh. Good luck at the ortho!
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-06-19 10:57 AM
It wasn't the knee that did me in, so much as my head, but yeah it started to niggle here and there so was a strong rationalization point.
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2017-06-19 11:33 AM
Sorry about the DNF but maybe it will turn out to be a good decision relative to your knee.
Parent - By Cristen [us] Date 2017-06-19 12:46 PM
I'll start with the good: Really like Kate Bush. Her last album that came out in the winter was great.

I'm sorry about the DNF. Sounds like the knee was probably the issue, and I'm glad you're following up with the ortho.
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-06-19 1:53 PM
Bummer about the DNF.  I hope that knee gets better.
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-06-19 2:00 PM
oh bummer. i was thinking about you when i was out gardening and such wondering how it was going.
Parent - By Eric1970 Date 2017-06-19 7:14 PM
:sad: Sorry Dave.
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2017-06-20 9:23 AM
I'm sorry, but it sounds like the right decision.
Parent - - By OxyJen Date 2017-06-19 11:08 AM
No new music lately for me.

My weekend was interesting. We went to Ocean City for a day trip event hosted by one of the cancer family groups I'm in. Another friend invited me to stay with them at a casino hotel in Atlantic City. She said they had a suite and we could use the second room and stay Friday and Saturday. Somehow I'd gotten the impression that this was through her husband's work but it was actually because before their kid got sick (he has the same type of cancer that Shawn has, that's how we met) he was a "high roller" gambler and he still has membership that gets him a ton of comped stuff. So the room was free, parking was free, our meals were free, and we had this awesome room overlooking the ocean. He's one of those people who studies it all and it's like a part time job. He taught me some of what he does and didn't mind if I watched for a while. It was really quite cool to see. So that was something different.

My running has been in a total slump. The last couple days have been brutally hot and humid and I ended up having to run in daytime which made it sunny, too. And any weight loss progress I had made over the winter and early spring came right back in the two months since Bill's son died. So I'm just feeling pretty miserable while running lately. The streak is still going although most days I run the minimum. I'm glad for that because if it weren't for the streak I'd probably be doing next to nothing, gaining even more weight, and feeling even crappier when I do run. Everything just feels so tangled up right now.
Parent - - By Ed [us] Date 2017-06-19 11:34 AM
I saw Facebook pics of your shore trip.  Yeah, clouds do not block UV rays!  :cry::cry:
Parent - By OxyJen Date 2017-06-19 11:49 AM
The crazy part is that it's never happened to me before, and almost every family that we were there with had the same experience. And this is not a group that messes around with cancer risks! :cry:
Parent - - By Cristen [us] Date 2017-06-19 12:49 PM

I'm sorry, Jen. Sometimes running's purpose is getting fast and feeling super fit and training for marathons and other times, it's just a mental break/meditation/alone time.
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-06-19 1:58 PM
that's a great way to put it.
Parent - By OxyJen Date 2017-06-19 8:09 PM
I agree, and I'd settle for either end right now but I pretty much hate almost every run these days. I don't plan to stop doing them, though.
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 1:52 PM
Your sunburn pic looked painful :cry:

Glad the streak is still going! :grin:
Parent - By OxyJen Date 2017-06-19 8:34 PM
The sunburn is now starting to peal. I can't believe that I fucked this up as much as I did. My only consolation is that everyone else did the same thing thinking it was ok.
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-06-19 1:55 PM
That streak is super important and hope you never stop!
Parent - By OxyJen Date 2017-06-19 8:36 PM
I plan to stop the streak in October after a year. I've been growing my hair out for the same amount of time and plan to cut it and donate it the day that I stop running.
Parent - - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-06-19 1:59 PM
will you be applying your new found gambling skills? :laugh::mischief:

i hope things become less tangled.
Parent - By OxyJen Date 2017-06-19 8:28 PM
Ha, no. It was fascinating to watch and learn but it's way out of my league. And I don't have a league. I said that I was going to play roulette until I lost $50. Around 11:30pm I was exhausted and up $120 so I cashed in and went to bed. My friend was up until 4:30 and won $8000. It's a different world.
Parent - - By donnasaur [us] Date 2017-06-20 9:23 AM
I saw your posts over the weekend, that burn looked bad.

It sounds like you are at a time where running is literally just the act of putting one foot in front of the other every day. I hope that when you finish the streak you feel better about running, and yourself.

How is Shawn doing? It is amazing that you know another family with a child with the same cancer, isn't it extremely rare?
Parent - By OxyJen Date 2017-06-20 9:44 AM
It depends on who you ask. When they were first able to finally get enough cells to get a diagnosis, they said it was a PNET (Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor) cancer but that there wasn't enough tissue to do any genetic testing and that it didn't make any difference in terms of treatment. Usually the specific type is based on the location of the primary tumor, but Shawn didn't have a primary tumor. A couple months later his doctor told me that it turns out that they did get enough to do genetic testing and it has mutations that are consistent with medulloblastoma (which is what my friend's son has). Sometimes I see his diagnosis written as PNET, other times it's medulloblastoma, and sometimes it's just "disseminated cancer." In other words, what Shawn most likely has is a very (VERY) unusual presentation of a fairly common cancer. Several of his doctors have been at CHOP for 30+ years and have only seen anything even remotely similar to his twice in that time. So he's the third. Of the other two, one is dead and the other just graduated from high school.

Shawn's doing mostly ok at the moment. We're going down to CHOP this afternoon for a routine hearing test. He gets so excited about going down there these days. It's like his second home.
Parent - - By Ed [us] Date 2017-06-19 11:20 AM
Until 4.5 - 5 years ago I rarely listened to and/or liked any type of music that wasn't classic rock.  After all, I grew up with music of that genre & there couldn't possibly be any better...ever!  :roll:  I have expanded my music appreciation horizon over the past several years.  Last week, one of the cycling instructors I follow on Spotify used this song by Fritz and the Tantrums and I liked it well enough to drop it into one of the playlists I used last week. 

On the weekend I did another 1400 meter pool swim on Saturday & that evening my DW and I went out to dinner for our anniversary.  Yesterday I took an SDO.  Due to a change in our son's schedule he was home yesterday so we had him & his GF and our DD & her DH over for Father's Day dinner...grilled turkey burgers, grilled asparagus and salad.  DD & her husband gave me a (64 oz :shocker!: )growler full of a summer wheat type beer from a micro brewery that's just a couple of blocks from their house.  There's still a lot left & I'm not sure I'll be able to finish it all before it turns bad :shocker!::cry:

This morning I taught cycling class & then did core & shoulder PT exercises.  There was a better than I anticipated turnout for class on the first day school was out for several of the school teachers in my class!  I was glad they came because I featured this song specifically for them in the playlist this morning.   

Leftover turkey burger for lunch.

Bonus:  the only time I would run with music was on the treadmill and I rarely ran on the treadmill :meh:  However, a favorite song I like now is All These Things That I've Done by The Killers.  I've cited it on here at least a few times and my running related history with the song is the first time I heard it was with this video on YouTube.  1984 is also the year I started running so that adds more meaning to it for me.
Parent - By Cristen [us] Date 2017-06-19 12:43 PM
Your playlists of music for spin are super diverse! :cool:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-06-19 1:57 PM
I am certain the teachers enjoyed your thoughtfulness in including Alice Cooper.
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 1:59 PM
Before I clicked on that second link, I thought maybe it was Hot for Teacher. :laugh::laugh:
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2017-06-19 5:20 PM
:laugh:  I have not been able to figure out a way to make Hot For Teacher work in one of my classes :meh:  but I have used Stacy's Mom several times and I always precede it with an apology to anyone in the room named Stacy or with a daughter named Stacy!
Parent - - By Cristen [us] Date 2017-06-19 12:42 PM
I used to be really into music and see a ton of shows, but I'm so out of the loop with what is current. But that doesn't mean that music I listen to today isn't good to me! :cool: While at work, I am really into New Pornographers/AC Newman/Ryan Adams/Arcade Fire, etc. type music. I'm also into War on Drugs now, specifically "Red Eyes". Kurt Vile (and the band itself) have Philly roots, so they've done a lot of local shows, and I've seen them a lot live, which always helps endear one to a band. When I'm running, it's a whole different ballgame. I listen to a lot of Beyonce. : pbbt:

Weekend Recap: Mostly good. We were supposed to take FIL out to a fancy brunch yesterday, but just as we were about to walk out the door, MIL calls us and says that FiL is having digestive issues. So, we put a hiatus on that. We decided to head to my parents' house, swim, and then had dinner there.
Today's Run: 3 super humid, gross miles. There are big storms moving in today, just in time for the evening commute :roll: Just hoping our power stays on.
Food/Drink: Tacos tonight. I had a chicken and roasted red pepper sandwich (that I made) and a yogurt for lunch.

Bonus: It all depends on the mood. If I want to rock out, it's "Stuck Between Stations" by the Hold Steady or "the House that Heaven Built" by Japandroids. Otherwise, "Countdown" by Beyonce :cool:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-06-19 1:58 PM
You get points for offering to take FIL out!
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 2:12 PM
I always learn of new music when you post! :cool:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2017-06-20 9:21 AM
I was listening to the New Pornographers with N and she asked their name. She loves to learn new 'big' words and use them, so in our house the are now the new cartographers. Feel free to use that.
Parent - - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-06-19 1:50 PM
i seldom listen to music except when i am driving. i don't drive all that much and our old car only has a regular radio in it and you can't even connect an iphone. :shocker!: :roll: I start back to the part time schedule at work this week. Hurray!  :grin:

busy weekend with hardly any running. :grin: I did run 3.5 miles saturday and that was about a half mile too much. : pbbt: nothing hurts but legs are pretty dead still. I did a lot of gardening and window trim sanding at home. we also went down to dh's parents house. I did gardening there too. it was nice to see them in their new place. it's going to be a long time for them to be settled in but they are making some progress. his dad is pretty confused and doesn't move too well right now. :sad: their other son who lives across the street now goes over every evening because they feed him. also, he's not gotten cable set up at his new house so he is still recording all his shows and watching those until 1 or 2 am each night. it's kind of like their other son has moved back in.  :roll: :whatever::blather:

I ran 3 this morning. I think it felt better?

bonus: last train to lhasa by banco de gaia. i'm not sure why i like this one so much but it just steadily builds and i like the visual imagery of a train going up a mountain. it's also 11 minutes long.
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-06-19 2:00 PM
At least the other son can relieve some of the things on your to-do list?
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-06-19 2:03 PM
well, i ended up cutting down a shrub that he was supposed to cut down but hadn't got to yet. :roll: he does mow their lawn at least. it's very good for his mom as she likes having more contact and vice versa.
Parent - - By Cristen [us] Date 2017-06-19 2:04 PM
:laugh: We have one of those cars, too. Now that we have our our new family car (which is actually a used 2012 model), we can't stop marveling at all the "new" technology, including the USB port. :laugh:
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-06-19 2:05 PM
it is one of the fun things of renting a car when we are out of town. oooh, fancy new things!  :laugh:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 2:14 PM
Yay for part-time schedule!

You are awesome for doing everything you do for dh's parents. :hug:
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-06-19 2:15 PM
Since the boy and I share an iTunes account and he downloads EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY release, I have more country music than the average bear!  It is my favorite so that is fine and he exposes to me to new artists.  I also listen to a lot of classic rock and anything current blazergirl suggests.  At boxing, I listen to a music a typical, middle-aged, white, banker lady isn't normally exposed to.:laugh:  Every so often I will ask my trainer to text me the name of a song and its artist so I add stuff to my running playlist.

I had a horrible 18 miler on Saturday.....even though I drank a ton, I must have been dehydrated. When I looked at my run stats afterwards, my HR ranged in the 170-175 range for almost the entire run!  I felt much better on Sunday's 10 miler. Smoothie for breakfast and sushi for lunch.

Blather: Saturday night, blazerboy came back from his mission trip in Costa Rica.  His youth group rotates their trips between rural, urban, reservation and international so they can have a broad experience while in HS. He worked VERY hard this week and is finally of the age (17) where he recognizes he can make an impact and that service to others is not simply something for a college application.  I was very impressed by how he talked about his week and saw that he matured while he was gone.  Almost ready to get this one out of the house!

Bonus: Fat Bottom Girls......super awesome tempo for running.
Parent - - By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2017-06-19 2:42 PM
After hearing A John Deere Tractor on a Half Acre Field, I stopped listening to country music - I figured how is anyone ever going to top that lyric?  :laugh:
Parent - By BigTex [us] Date 2017-06-19 6:02 PM
I've never heard of the song, but half an acre isn't a field.  it's a yard.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-06-19 2:50 PM
blazerboy :hug:
Parent - By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2017-06-19 2:51 PM
I made it out for 10k today.  Fourth day in a row getting out, which is a record as of late.  Been suffering with what I think is a strained gluteus medius for months now that came on during Boston training.  It seemed at first to be a hamstring issue, and then a PT diagnosed as sciatica, but I think it's the old runners butt.  When you add it on top of other issues, it's been hard to shake.  It's not so much the pain, but with "runner's butt" you just have no power at all, so running really isn't much of a joy.  Even now, runs are really slow.  Finally broke a hour for 10k today.  I'm hoping that because it's 90+ degrees out there and I'm at 6300 feet, that all means that I don't suck as bad as it sounds.  Still, had to DNS at half on Saturday because I just didn't think I could get through something that long.

Had some yogurt and granola for brunch after the run today.

Bonus:  I usually run with headphones, but rarely pay any attention to what is playing.  It's just a way to help block out the sound of my gasping for air when I run.
Parent - - By Eric1970 Date 2017-06-19 7:46 PM
Sadly, no new music. I was listening to Ed Sheeran on Spotify for a while, but that was a few months ago. I seem to be sucked into an 80's alternative time warp.:laugh:

Weekend: Runs felt like crap. Especially yesterday in the humidity. 7 on Sat, 5 on Sun

Today: 6mi on TM. Too muggy out. It was late and I was hungry. Tomorrow will be an off day.

Food: salad, bruscetta with olive tapenade, quesadilla. I was lazy and that was what was around

Blather: So Morgan has survived two weeks of living at me and working in my office under her oppressive boss. It is some adjusting on my part since she does not spontaneously, clean the frying pan or pot she just used. I think she is waiting for the kitchen elf. Somehow, glasses make it to the counter above the dishwasher, but the dishwasher does not open and they do not make it inside. In a way, I can't wait for the kitchen renovation to start in the nest few weeks, so that I don't have the OCD jitters everytime I see a plate put in the dishwasher backwards! :roll: (I do love her thought...really!:blush::hug:)

Bonus: Too many options to pick one. It depends on my mindset: It could be the William Orbit remix of Madonna's Justify My Love which is usually changed in my head to "Justify this Run" as I try to list all the bad shot I eat and drink that requires me to finish my sucky run or one day it could be "Believe it Or Not" from The Greatest American Hero.: pbbt:
Parent - By Cristen [us] Date 2017-06-20 10:41 AM

I like your "Justify this Run" approach.
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