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- - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 7:01 AM Edited 2017-12-07 7:04 AM
What's up today peeps?
What's your favorite Christmas treat? :hug:
Parent - - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-12-07 11:31 AM
Wind wasn't gusting as hard as predicted this morning, so I did 3.2 -- did go out into the wind and back with it, in case it kicked up during my run.

The entire Southland is on edge wondering how bad today is going to be. Predictions have called for wind gusts up to 80 mph. :sad:

Favourite Christmas treat? I have to admit that I love fruitcake. Bring on the jokes.
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:29 PM
I have honestly never tried fruitcake, so I may like it.  But, since I don't believe it typically involves chocolate, I probably will never try it.
Parent - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:48 PM
I like fruitcake too. I was shocked to find out not everybody did.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 2:12 PM
Hope the wind stays down!
Glad you got a run in. :happy:
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 2:16 PM
we always do plum pudding as DH's family always did it for holidays (they lived in England for some years before my husband was born). it's all about the hard sauce but i do like that fruitcake like dessert. 

so scary! :cry:
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:43 PM
Terrible about the files. I hope you are not impacted.
Parent - - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:42 PM
A short 4 or 5 miler with the Lady on the trails of Coventry Woods before sunset. Cold but not quite wintery like, as I ran without the skullcap. Fingers were feeling chilled though by the end. Saw one mountain biker, and one woman with an excitable young dog. Oh, and a woman shopping for books with her kids at the free library at the trailhead. It's just little stand someone built where people drop off and pick up old/used books.

Butter cookies with frosting or oatmeal snowballs.
Parent - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 7:27 PM
Sounds like a good run.
Parent - - By jaszflamus (I like wool!) Date 2017-12-07 4:52 PM
Not nearly as bitter as yesterday, 5 miles along the river at lunchtime in somewhat breezy sunshine and I even took off the gloves after turning around to head downwind. :happy:

I like ALL holiday treats. :blush:
Parent - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 7:27 PM
I never mind if my hands get warm.
Parent - By IB [us] Date 2017-12-07 11:53 PM Edited 2017-12-07 11:55 PM
8.7 miles - Ran home from work after a long day on the clock.



chilly & dark at 2020

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>What's your favorite Christmas treat?


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- - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-12-07 7:05 AM
It's even colder today, and still windy.  All I did yesterday was take Layla for a short walk, but we even had to cut that short when she developed a pretty severe limp.  I checked the pad of her paws, but there doesn't seem to be anything wrong there.  Might need to schedule a trip to the vet.
Parent - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-12-07 7:06 AM
Oops...favorite Christmas treat: these homemade "Heath" bar type of things my in-laws sometimes make during the holidays.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 7:09 AM
I hope she's okay :hug:
Parent - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 7:53 AM
I hope your dog resolves her limping.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 9:58 AM
:hug:
Parent - By skigirl Date 2017-12-07 10:04 AM
Poor pup!
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:30 PM
It makes me :sad: when the dog is hurting and I can't figure it out.
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:44 PM
Sorry about Layla. I hope the limping passes soon. Sir B the springer had a limp earlier this week. Thankfully it's gone and he's walking normally again. SirB is approaching 14 years of age so I worry about him. No salt on the sidewalk or roads was there? Sometimes that can affect the paw pads and cause a limp.
Parent - - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-12-08 3:46 AM
We took her to the vet yesterday afternoon.  There is no apparent damage to her foot or lower leg.  The lumps are most likely fatty deposits.  He was concerned with something way up in her upper shoulder area (humeros bone, he called it) that can sometimes be indicative of bone cancer in larger dogs - Layla weights 70# - but it she gets back to walking normally, he said to not be concerned.  He gave us a pain reliever (doggie Tylenol?) and a hormone for her leaking bladder.  I'm pretty confident she's going to be fine. 

Thanks for the concern and kind comments. :hug::hug:
Parent - By IB [us] Date 2017-12-08 8:47 PM
:cool: :hug:
- - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 7:08 AM
5 miles for me with two friends :hug::hug: It was chilly but not crazy windy which made it very enjoyable.

Currently I'm obsessed with the white chocolate peppermint pretzel thins but I think my favorite Christmas treat is fudge. :hug: I'm going to make several batches for the school nurses, my fellow Running Club coaches, etc.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 9:59 AM
Nice workout! :hug:

I made fudge for the first time a few years ago. I never realized how easy it was! Especially to make different variations.
Parent - By skigirl Date 2017-12-07 10:04 AM
Five miles is a great distance for a weekday morning run!
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:31 PM
I don't believe in white chocolate.....it is like fake chocolate!
Parent - - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:49 PM
Do u feel the same about white pizza and white chili?
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:53 PM
Nope!  I am so just passionate about chocolate (dark, milk, bittersweet, semi-sweet...in that order) and white chocolate doesn't taste like chocolate to me.  I am not adverse to its taste, it is simply not my favorite.
Parent - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2017-12-08 3:47 AM
White pizza, yes.  White chili is awesome, though.
Parent - By nooner [us] Date 2017-12-07 1:05 PM
It's not *like* fake chocolate, it *is* fake chocolate.
Parent - By ironjen Date 2017-12-07 1:40 PM
Yes this! Fake! fake!
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 1:55 PM
Fake or not, I still like it. :cry:

y'all are tough : pbbt:
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 2:13 PM
I did yoga too. 4 days in a row. :grin::happy::grin::happy:
Parent - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 7:28 PM
You are a glutton for punishment.
Parent - - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:46 PM
I don't care what people say about white chocolate but the white chocolate peppermint bark is so good.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-08 5:51 AM
:hug::hug:
- - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 7:51 AM Edited 2017-12-07 7:53 AM
My favorite Christmas treat will either be chocolate chunk pecan pie bars or German chocolate caramel bars. I may need to make both and try them again to break the tie.

I ran 4 last night at the group run and stayed around to try a  freshly squeezed  grapefruit wheat beer. I liked that quite a bit.

I also got up at 4:15 and made it to the gym for 2 miles and weights. I actually managed to get my shirt on facing the correct way (logo on front and sponsors on back) so that's s plus.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 9:22 AM
That beer sounds pretty great!
Send some of your treats to Texas and I'll pick. :wink:
Good for you! :cool: I'll admit, I wanted to get back in bed today but glad it's done now!
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 10:00 AM
Nice job on getting up for your workout so early this morning :cry: and for properly putting on your shirt! :laugh:
Parent - By skigirl Date 2017-12-07 10:05 AM
Hey, some days are all about the small wins.  :laugh:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:32 PM
I am not a fan of grapefruit, but I have loved every grapefruit beer I have ever tried. To me, it adds a nice fruit something-something without being sweet.
Parent - By nooner [us] Date 2017-12-07 1:03 PM
That sounds like a nice refreshing post-run beer.

And it didn't prevent you from putting your shirt on the right way. :laugh:
Parent - - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:46 PM
Ah, you did have that craft beer!  :cool:

Phew, you are an early riser.
Parent - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 7:29 PM
I am a morning person, but still I find there is such a thing as too early.:roll:
- - By Ed [us] Date 2017-12-07 8:34 AM
Workout beyond teaching indoor cycling class tonight is TBD.  Might get out and walk a mile or two & should do hip exercises.  Just got home from a dentist (hygienist) appt.  Had to take 2000 mg of amoxicillin before going due to my recently obtained new hip. Apparently that will be the pre-dentist appt. procedure for the next 2 years. 

It's more winter-like here than earlier in the week...about 38° with light winds but bright sunshine.

Oops!  Forgot this...cookies!!!  Most types :wink:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 9:23 AM
Yay for sunshine!! My boys are headed that way shortly.

Cookies are always good. :hug:
Parent - By skigirl Date 2017-12-07 10:05 AM
Yay for a sunny day!
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 10:57 AM
Are you at 100% for teaching yet? Or still using low/no resistance?
Parent - - By Ed [us] Date 2017-12-07 11:15 AM
Yesterday I was at about 90% :happy:   I haven't had (and won't unless I initiate it) any direct, specific communication with my surgeon or his staff since my follow-up appt. on 11/16.  Next time I see him will be in May.  So, I'm approximately following what his NP told me then..."keep the intensity under control for 2-4 more weeks, no running"<---:roll: ""or jumping"<---:roll:    I did some standing climbs but I was thinking about every.single.pedal.stroke!   I'm subbing a class Saturday morning and have a HITT profile I'll use then & Monday...if it goes ok.
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:33 PM
Excellent progress!
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:50 PM
:cool: Excellent!
Parent - By ironjen Date 2017-12-07 1:41 PM
:cool:
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 2:13 PM
:grin::cool:
Parent - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 3:20 PM
Nice!
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:48 PM
Huh, that's interesting about the dentist thing. Glad you are recovering so well.
- - By BrookieCookie (Canadian Beaver) Date 2017-12-07 8:37 AM
I did Insanity Monday and Tuesday and I plan to go again today and tomorrow. I have a thread on wimmins about the flu shot if anyone here has something to say aboot it I'd appreciate it! THREAD
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 9:23 AM
Still liking Insanity?

I chimed in. I'm probably no help though. :happy:
Parent - By BrookieCookie (Canadian Beaver) Date 2017-12-07 12:37 PM
I do still like it but it's ending soon and they're not doing another one so I have to go back to thinking for myself in the gym womp womp :sad:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 10:56 AM
Insanity :cool:

I got my flu shot. I know nothing about children so I'm no help there. : pbbt:
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2017-12-07 11:20 AM
I got a flu shot this fall & the past two years.  My current employer (hospital system affiliated gym) requires it of all employees.  I wasn't against it previously, just never bothered.  I never got the flu in the years before or since I started getting the shot.  ...but I'm not a spring chicken anymore :sad:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:37 PM
I always get a flu and my kids have always gotten them, even at a young age.
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 2:10 PM
work offers flu shots free so i always get one (and dh can get one too). I do it every year since we both have aging parents and the flu frightens me for them. It doesn't always protect but it's what we got.
- - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 9:55 AM
I am going to try to hit the gym tonight between work and my corporate volleyball match for either the bike or the elliptical. It is looking increasingly unlikely that I will make it there though. I will definitely make it to the work vball match though since I'm the coach and captain. Priorities! : pbbt:

My favorite Christmas treat is an unfrosted shortbread cookie. I love those things.
Parent - By skigirl Date 2017-12-07 10:03 AM
Coach and captain - yeah, you need to be there.  : pbbt::laugh:
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:42 PM
I think shortbread cookies are what they serve in hell.:roll:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:51 PM
:laugh: They are so plain and dry but I think that's what I like about them. :wtf:
Parent - By ironjen Date 2017-12-07 1:42 PM
I love shortbread, but I miss my Grandma's. I really should try my hand at making it because they are way better than Walker's.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 1:56 PM
:cool::cool:
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 2:08 PM
dh has been making shortbread with cocoa nibs. they are so good! :shocker!:
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:49 PM
No frosting?! :cry:

How can it be a tree without green frosting! :grin:
- - By skigirl Date 2017-12-07 10:02 AM
Not sure what I'll do today - as I'm already at work, obviously a morning run is out of the question, so it would be a workout after work.  I've been sleeping poorly all week and am super-tired today - not sure if a workout would help me, or if I should just head home and try to get to bed early.

Favourite holiday treat - that's actually a sore spot with me right now as my MIL is continuing her annual tradition of avalanching my house with unwanted holiday baking.  (For over twenty years now I have been telling her I don't want all this stuff, and for over twenty years she has been ignoring me and sending it anyway.)  We got two dozen Nanaimo bars last week, which DH mercifully took to school for his students to dispose of, and then yesterday two dozen butter tarts showed up.  : pbbt:  Long experience tells me this is only the beginning and there will be five or six more deliveries before the holidays.  : pbbt:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 10:55 AM
That is a lot of baked goods! :shocker!:
Parent - By Arimathea [us] Date 2017-12-07 11:33 AM
Mmm, Nanaimo bars. Sorry, I know you didn't need to hear that.

Glad DH took the baked goods away.
Parent - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 11:35 AM
If you want to try to deflect and pivot strategy, I'd be happy to provide my address for some of the treats.:mischief:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:44 PM
I had to look up what Nanaimo bars were and YUM!!
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 1:56 PM
Wow! That's a lot of baked goods. :hug:

Hope you get some good sleep tonight. :grin:
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 2:07 PM
because that is what you do at holidays! (give all the extras to work.. :laugh:) DH can get sort of protective of this sort of stuff though. :roll::meh:
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:50 PM
I am going to shout out to Eric the baked goods panderer on marathons. Seems your issue is right up his alley!
- - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:49 PM
5 miles this morning with the wind getting stronger and the temp falling while I was running.  Oh yeah, I broke my self-imposed restriction of not running more than two days in a row as this was the third day in a row I ran.  Leg feels 98% and I ran slow, so all is good.  Will go to boxing class tonight.

This is tough, but I would say Buckeyes as I only make them at Christmas.  My mother used to say that if one did not make AT LEAST six different types of cookies at Christmas, one was a failure as a woman/wife/mother. :roll::laugh: Blazergirl and I laugh at this every year and purposely never make more than five types of cookies....sometimes, only four types.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 12:53 PM
Blazergirl and I laugh at this every year and purposely never make more than five types of cookies....sometimes, only four types.
:laugh::laugh:

98% is very specific. Glad you are better! :hug:
Parent - By ironjen Date 2017-12-07 1:43 PM
:laugh::laugh::laugh:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 1:57 PM
I do like buckeyes!!

The wind got so much worse right after we finished. So thankful we went early!
Parent - - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 2:04 PM
wtf are buckeyes?

good job disappointing your mother (yet again) every single year!  :laugh::laugh:
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 2:11 PM
oh, those do sound good! homemade ones are better I'd guess.
Parent - By SRoo Date 2017-12-07 3:55 PM
One?
Parent - By noquitter [us] Date 2017-12-07 4:08 PM
My mom did all that stuff when we were little, but I think life just happened and she stopped. We all have different priorities.
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:51 PM
Haha. Someone from Michigan who likes Buckeyes!

Great news on the running front. :happy:
- - By nooner [us] Date 2017-12-07 1:01 PM
4 miles at noon.

I was hoping for some company, but, alas, I was solo. It was the last run before the marathon on Saturday. The weather forecast took a nasty turn overnight and the near perfect 40 degrees temperatures are now offset with 30% chance of rain.

A question for you all regarding the race:

4 of us have been training together with the goal of getting two of the guys under 4 hours. The guy I run with most often has been fighting sciatica for the last few months and has had trouble with his runs and I don't think he will be able to maintain the pace needed. If and when he falls off the group, I need to decide if I stay with him or with our mini 4 hour group. This isn't a goal race for me so time isn't a huge factor and I know the other guy leading the group can run 4 hours in his sleep.

Those that know me well probably know which way I'm leaning, but I'd be interested in seeing what everyone thinks.

Favorite Christmas treat: Buckeyes (chocolate covered peanut butter balls)
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2017-12-07 1:26 PM
Don't stay with him.  For the entire year, you have stated this was the race you hoped to run well, so stick to the plan.  Additionally, he will likely feel bad if you stick with him....I AM SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE AS THE PERSON YOU HAVE STAYED WITH AND I THEN I FELT BAD.

I also think you should listen to me since we have the same favorite Christmas treat!!
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 1:59 PM
Hmmm. I don't know what to tell you but I say stick with your goal and get the two guys their under 4 finish!
Parent - - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 2:03 PM
this could go either way. how much off pace do you think the sciatica guy will fall? will he start at stupid pace or sensible pace? :roll:: pbbt: I don't think he should start with that 4 hour pace group. So you stick with your goal of the under 4 group.  30% is not bad!
Parent - - By nooner [us] Date 2017-12-07 2:15 PM
That's a good question (how far off pace he might fall) and I'm not sure but my feeling has been if I stay with him he will be more inclined to keep plugging away and be closer to the 4 hour goal. If he is on his own it is more likely that he would be much slower.

We plan on a pretty sensible pace, working our way down to marathon pace over the course of the first 4-5 miles. The course will be fairly crowded until just after 5 miles (then the half splits) and then we can have some room to run.
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 2:21 PM
if you don't think he'll be that far off, than it certainly makes sense to stay with him since you fine with whatever time for this race. He'll be lucky to have you helping!
Parent - By SRoo Date 2017-12-07 2:04 PM
Why don't you bring this up at the next group run?  That way you don't have to guess about everyone's expectations.
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:53 PM
If the sciatica guy has run marathons before then he should be ok and I'd stick to the 4 hour goal. If it's first, then stick with him.
- - By SRoo Date 2017-12-07 1:29 PM
I'm going to lift later today, but you've got me thinking about holiday treats.

Buckeyes and peppernuts, neither of which I make.
Molasses cookies and chocolate-chocolate-chunkers and cranberry bread are some of my favorites to make and eat and share.  Sugar cookies are fun and messy and get the lad involved.  He always picks out the cookie cutter shapes so we have the traditional Christmas squirrels and foxes and moose (which are a pain because their antlers break) and then I make him select a tree or a star or snowperson or something.  We also make cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning.

Childhood story:  we had cookie cutters that were supposed to be lions but looked like Saint Bernards once the cookies were baked.  My brothers and I were supposed to be frosting and decorating cookies so naturally we were messing around with cookie dough and sugar.  Mom finally yelled at us "frost those dogs right now!" and we looked at each other, then at the frosting, then at the our patient Saint.  Turns out there is one tiny little spot on the tip of a Saint Bernard's nose that is impossible for her tongue to reach.  We even put sprinkles on. :happy:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 1:59 PM
:blush::laugh: Love the childhood story!!

You've got a good list of holiday treats!
Parent - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 2:00 PM
i don't even know what buckeyes or peppernuts are. :shocker!::wtf:

cute story! :laugh:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 4:40 PM
:laugh::laugh:
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:54 PM
Good story! :happy::laugh:
- - By PuddleThumper Date 2017-12-07 1:58 PM
speed day! after that rude wake up call at the 2 mile race, back to the track for me. Met running partner too so that was even better. Favorite quotes for the day:
The thought of 200 recoveries versus 400 meter recoveries makes my teeth hurt.
I can do anything for one minute and 45 seconds.

It's been a while so wasn't sure what pace this would be at plus is was freezing. The track was a little frosty but had no trouble with it being slick. Mile+ warm-up, 2x800 at tempo (3:45), 4 x 400 (with 400 recoveries : pbbt:) at 1:47, 1:45, 1:43, 1:42 and 2 x 200 (with 200 recoveries) at :48, :47. Yay! that went well. My legs feel pleasantly worked this morning but i've been going up and down the stairs all morning :roll: and that's been fine. Group run this evening. I'll not be running but will lead the group strength workout. It's hit or miss if i get to do any strength work but i'll do some. 

christmas: eggnog probably tops the list. I like mine with brandy. :wink:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 2:11 PM
Sounds like a great workout!!
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2017-12-07 4:41 PM
Nice workout! :cool:
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:55 PM
Nice job on the speedwork. 200 recoveries can work.. I've done em' before, and am amazed how slow I can make 1/2 lap take. : pbbt:
- - By triplejake (The Vampire Lestat) [us] Date 2017-12-07 2:00 PM
Gym day for me.

I like many Christmas treats -- those chocolate-covered peppermint Jojos at Trader Joes are pretty good as non-homemade items go, though.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2017-12-07 2:11 PM
Oh! I need to try those. Next time. :grin:
- - By cowboyjunkie Date 2017-12-07 2:23 PM
Gonna try for about 8 after work.

When I was little, there were these cookies from a bakery I really liked. I don't know how to describe them. Lots of icing.

My friend Maura sometimes sends me really good fudge this time of year.
Parent - By Xtreme Taper Date 2017-12-07 4:55 PM
Yes, icing is the key. Enjoy your run. :happy:
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