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- - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 7:52 AM
Happy Halloween everyone! Tell us what you'll be doing for exercise and what sort of candy you'll be handing out if you participate in this gluttonous holiday :cool:

3.15 for Benji and me in the drizzle this morning - started w/ a rain jacket but quickly realized I would die if I kept it on. only saw 1 other runner and 1 walker.

we'll be passing out full size Hershey Bars, Twix and Kit Kats this evening.
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 7:55 AM
Whoa! My kids would love to come trick or treat at your house. They get so excited with a full sized candy bar. It's like magic. :hug:
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 7:57 AM
I'm scared we won't have enough - we have 108 and we weren't in this house last year, so fingers crossed we won't run out :grin:
Parent - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-10-31 8:07 AM
Yes full sized candy bars rock if you're a kid. Well done bnryediner! :hug:
Parent - - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 8:22 AM
full sized bars! If you run out you can just turn off the light.
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2018-10-31 9:04 AM
This. We always run out. There is no way we could get enough. The hard part is cutting people off because there's always a long line.
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:13 AM
You are Halloween Royalty!!
Parent - - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:29 AM
Cheers for full-size candy bars! (I know it's a privilege to be able to do that, but it's definitely a nice treat!)
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:38 AM
:happy:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:44 AM
My Halloween heaven is full-sized Twix and Kit Kats!
Parent - - By george [us] Date 2018-10-31 11:29 AM
Took an hour of vinyasa yoga at lunch. I dressed up as Lumbergh from Office Space and will be meeting the wife to take the girls out trick or treating after work: 3yo is Elsa and 1yo is a ladybug.
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 11:32 AM
were you carrying a coffee mug?
Parent - - By george [us] Date 2018-10-31 11:58 AM
A coffee mug and a red Swingline stapler. I feel like a tool wearing a tie, suspenders, and with gel in my hair. How do people do this stuff all the time??
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2018-10-31 6:30 PM
:laugh:

Hang in there, you'll end up on a beach in the tropics!
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 11:44 AM
:laugh::hug:
Parent - - By triplejake (The Vampire Lestat) [us] Date 2018-10-31 12:50 PM
4 miles for me today.

Full size!  Fancy.

We normally get a ton of trick or treaters here -- have something like 700 fun-size candies on hand, a mix of Reese's, Snickers, Kit-Kat, Twix and such.  It might rain here, though, which could mean that I'm going to be eating a lot of candy.
Parent - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:22 PM
That is a lot of candy!!!
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-11-01 7:42 AM
well hello there!
Parent - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:22 PM
Your trick-and-treaters will love you!
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2018-10-31 2:54 PM
Just saw this! Hope the link works!
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-11-01 7:42 AM
:sad: I couldn't open it
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2018-11-01 10:52 AM
Need to be logged in on Facebook, before or after you click on the link.
- - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 7:57 AM
I'm going to yoga. :hug:

I hope it doesn't rain because I've got several bags of candy - two chocolate variety bags and two bags of candy variety! Jack is dressing up as a soccer player (he's done whatever team he's with for the last 2 years and it's awesome) and Brett is a disco queen!
I made ghost nutter butter cookies with candy eyes for Jack's class. : pbbt:

Happy Halloween!! :hug:
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 7:58 AM
ooh, enjoy your class. I would love it if you'd save me a nutter butter ghost for next week!
Parent - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-10-31 8:07 AM
nutter butter ghost sounds like it would hurt :hug:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 8:21 AM
fun costumes!

Those cookies sounds yummy.
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2018-10-31 9:03 AM
:hug: enjoy tonight! So much fun
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:14 AM
The cookies sound awesome!
Parent - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:31 AM
The cookies sound cute! (Reminds me that I need to get a package of Nutter Butters, too, as a colleague has a recipe at the NYT that involves using Nutter Butters as the crust for a bar cookie that I really want to try.)

Have a great time tonight!
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:45 AM
:hug::hug:
Parent - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:21 PM
Disco queen!  :laugh::hug:
- - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-10-31 8:05 AM
7km in the rain....quite miserable and dark but all done!  Molly enjoyed it.

I will be handing out nothing for Halloween.  When I first moved here I had candy for the little rats:laugh: but nobody showed up.  :hug:
Parent - - By PoopedColt Date 2018-10-31 9:02 AM
I'll trade! I do enjoy it, but it would be nice to sit inside for a change
Parent - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-10-31 11:11 AM
Yes, and in this climate the weather isn't usually great for the little peeps:hug:
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:14 AM
Sorry you have no trick-or-treaters!
Parent - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-10-31 11:11 AM
:laugh::hug:
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:28 AM
you can hand candy to yourself!
Parent - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-10-31 11:11 AM
I don't really eat candy but I can eat some nacho chips and pretend!:hug:
Parent - - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:31 AM
You could have a Halloween treat for Molly!
Parent - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-10-31 11:12 AM
Every day is Halloween for that dog:hug:
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:45 AM
:hug:
Parent - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-10-31 11:12 AM
:hug:
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 10:53 AM
:hug: Glad you got it done!
Parent - - By Mookiethedog Date 2018-10-31 11:13 AM
When I felt like quitting I told myself if I don't finish then I would have to go to Costco and buy a big case of mini corn thingees :hug:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 2:42 PM
:laugh:
- - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 8:21 AM
I have an enormous bin of all kinds of candy and a smaller bin of non-candy for kids with allergies. It better not rain!

my kid dressed as Lyric McKerrigan (from a book she really likes right now) for school Halloween. Tonight she will be a medieval princess, not sure how we will turn around the hair style, but we will make it work.

I was hoping to volunteer at her school party but I can't because there is a transportation meeting and it is too much time to go to both. As it is the transportation meeting is going to be tight and I have had to move a few things around...

run was 7.6 miles. Drizzly. I really hope if it rains it is done by this evening.
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2018-10-31 8:37 AM
Halloween is the best at N's age! Isabella never gave it up, she dressed up and trick-or-treated through senior year! And today she's wearing her Veronica (the head biatch from Heathers) costume to her college classes.:laugh:
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2018-10-31 9:02 AM
Agreed! This is the best age. Enjoy the moments :hug:
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:16 AM
Blazergirl has two different costumes for parties this weekend.....just like N!
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 10:46 AM
:laugh::laugh:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:29 AM
a very disappointing drizzle too - not enough to cool it down, but enough to make my legs and Benji look scruffy and damp :laugh:
Parent - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:32 AM
Rain on Halloween is the worst (mostly because you still have to trick-or-treat regardless of the fact that you're getting soaked :laugh:).
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:46 AM
What do you put out for the kids with allergies? That's awesome that you do that. :happy:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 10:07 AM
glow sticks, fake teeth, wiki sticks, all non-food.
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 2:44 PM
The friend who is coming to trick or treat w N can't eat most things (she has PKU) so I really wanted to have things she could swap for. usually I just have one or two things.
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 10:52 AM
Her pic was so cute! :hug:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 11:13 AM
thanks:hug:
Parent - - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:21 PM
Nice of you to think of having something for kids with allergies.  :hug:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 2:44 PM
Thanks-I usually have something for them, but my daughters best friend can't eat most treats (she has PKU) so I wanted to make sure she had plenty of options to trade for at our house.
- - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2018-10-31 8:33 AM
Happy Halloween!  3.5 recovery miles this morning, plus 30 minutes of "hip-opener" yoga. When I started running distance in 2004, I could go into a bridge from a standing position. Now I can't even sit cross-legged.:cry: I'm committing to this yoga and stressing thing! Spin tonight. Yesterday's spin was tough! All climbing. I just hope it helps me run hills.

This is my first Halloween in the new house too, so I have no idea how many kids we'll get. I bought a big bag and 3 small bags, Reeses PB cups, fun-sized hershey bars, and m&ms.
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2018-10-31 9:01 AM
Wow! I was never even flexible as a kid. For me, stretching is like an obese person dieting. I work and work for such teensy results. And if I stop for a little bit, I'm quickly worse than when I started :meh:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:17 AM
Hip-opener yoga sounds very interesting and like something I should look into.
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:29 AM
get that criss cross applesauce down!
Parent - - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:33 AM
I'm fully committed to the stressing thing, too. :laugh:

Any idea how many trick-or-treaters you might get this evening?
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2018-10-31 2:58 PM
Er... stretching.:blush:  Maybe that was a Freudian slip?:laugh:

It's 5pm and we've had two trick or treaters so far.:meh:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:47 AM
I'm committing to this yoga and stressing thing!
:laugh::laugh:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 9:56 AM
:hug::hug:
Parent - - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:20 PM
Yoga and stressing!  :laugh:  Love autocorrect.
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2018-10-31 2:58 PM
:laugh:
- - By PoopedColt Date 2018-10-31 8:39 AM
What don’t we give out is more like it.  Full sized anything, I suppose!  We sit on our porch for 1:30 and hand out one piece per kid (OK 2 if they’re the dinky tootsie rolls) in a steady stream lined up our sidewalk until the candy is gone.  We buy 5-6 of the $15-20 mega packs sprinkled with several $2-5 bags.  We have just about everything.  I’d say a little more than half is chocolate, 1/3 is stuff like Skittles/sour stuff, and then always a bag of cheapie smarties and tootsie rolls/pops.  The tootsie pops are good for those little ones that are really too little to eat anything…  Since my kids have been born (20 years), I can’t remember it raining on Halloween.  This year is no exception.

This morning’s workout was rough.  I walked in the woods at lunch yesterday and ran outside in the afternoon – combine that with a long drive home and more importantly, no shower => sinus headache from hell/stiff and achy.  I nixed the long run in favor of a regular run and a Back/Bis video.  You have no idea how thankful I was that this video had no HIIT component.  I didn’t want my brains splattered on the wall for some poor soul to clean.   The run does help get the junk behind my eyes moving.  That helps with the headache temporarily.  <grin> :meh:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:18 AM
I didn’t want my brains splattered on the wall for some poor soul to clean.

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:32 AM
that person appreciates it too!

you must get a lot of kids - I think we will too, but the weather might shrink the crowd.
Parent - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:34 AM
You'd be right at home at the street perpendicular to ours. Those homeowners give our thousands of pieces of candy on Halloween. It blows my mind. Last year, we helped our former neighbors on that street with trick-or-treat. It was an eye-opening experience.
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 9:48 AM
Hey! I have a new arm balance for you... maybe you've tried it? Camper? We did it today and oh my! I don't know if your knee will let you do it though? Let me know!
Parent - - By PoopedColt Date 2018-10-31 10:33 AM
I tried googling and came up blank. Grasshopper maybe? And if so, yes... I'm not flexible enough for that. I can only do flying pigeon with running shoes - extra length to reach and grip my tricep. : pbbt:
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 10:42 AM
I had the same experience :wtf:

You start by putting your left knee on your right (like a figure 4) and squat down (chest up, butt down) so you feel and unbelievable hip stretch and then you go up onto your arms. You can fly your back leg but yeah, that's not for me.
Parent - - By PoopedColt Date 2018-10-31 10:50 AM
Sounds like flying pigeon. My hips aren't open enough to do that on my own. But last year I found if you have on running shoes, you can hook the toe of the shoe around your "tricep" - for me it's just above my elbow : pbbt: and rock up.  But there's zero chance I could ever get my leg to easily just lay like that. :laugh:

Google grasshopper! Moonglow can do it :cool: she's gumby king pigeon is relaxing to her. My body doesn't even want to imagine!
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 10:52 AM
I will!!! :cool: I have finally learned to love pigeon.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:48 AM
That's a lot of candy! :shocker!:
Parent - - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 10:50 AM
we usually get about 400-500 kids if halloween is on a weekday, 600-800 on a weekend. I buy candy accordingly and really hope the rain doesn't ruin it.
Parent - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:19 PM
:shocker!::shocker!::shocker!:
Parent - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:20 PM
Ugh, sorry to hear about the bad headache.  :sad:
- - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:07 AM
Although we live in one of the most heavily trafficked trick-or-treat neighborhoods in our city, we get very, very few trick-or-treaters on our street because it's on a hill and because it doesn't have a continuous sidewalk on either side of the street. (In fact, our side of the street has no sidewalk.) For the few kids who do venture down, we will have full-size assortments from Hershey and M&M/Mars. There is an order for candy distribution: First, get rid of the candy that no one in the house likes or will eat (Hershey with Almonds; Peanut M&Ms). Second, give away what you think I can't bake with at some point or most wouldn't want to take to a movie at some point. In all likelihood, we will still have Hershey with Almonds and Peanut M&Ms left at the end of the evening. The rest of the mix includes regular M&Ms, Twix, Kit Kats, Hershey milk chocolate bars, Reese's PB cups. I think there are a couple of other things in there.

This year, Halloween evening is in disarray for our house because two of us are going to NYC tonight (Hamilton!) and the other one has a long commute home from her job today (train back to town, and then about a mile walk home) and may not be back at the house til 7:30, at which point we probably will have missed a trick-or-treater or two. I made some cupcakes last night (chocolate with caramelized white chocolate-cream cheese frosting and fun Halloween sprinkles) just to celebrate the day.

Sad this year because I missed a showing last weekend of Rocky Horror Picture Show -- that is a Halloween staple for me!

10 mi this morning.
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:19 AM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE peanut M&MS!!
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2018-10-31 9:21 AM
Might have missed a trick or treaters or two at 7:30?! :shocker!: ours start at 4:30 Or so. I go home at 5 and they are already walking the streets. We do it from 5:30-7:00. That seems to be the peak around here

Have fun tonight!
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:33 AM
those cupcakes sound delicious!
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:49 AM
Enjoy Hamilton!!! :grin::grin::grin:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 10:51 AM
Dang, those cupcakes sound amazing!
Have fun tonight!! :hug:
Parent - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:19 PM
Too bad about the movie - it's disappointing to miss a tradition.
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2018-10-31 4:39 PM
Hamilton on Halloween! Extra special!:hug:
- - By Ed [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:08 AM
For exercise, I taught 6am spin class & will be Deja Vu'ing it all over again at 6:30 this evening. Halloween themed playlist (see at the bottom of this post if interested) and a slide show of scary images on the big flat screen at the front of class.  There was a "story" to go with class...had 10 riders but a couple of regulars missing so I explained they were out for a bike ride & abducted by vampires and taken to a cabin in "Werewolf Woods" and we had to ride there, through some scary stuff, to rescue them.  I wore black bike shorts & T shirt, topped off with a black vampire/count cape and fangs!  I had to ditch the cape & fangs for the ride :sad:  Everyone seemed to have fun with the ride.  Not sure what (if any?) turnout I'll have for class this evening.  Teaching as a sub so my story is the regular instructor got taken by the vampires, etc. 

Young woman at the membership counter this morning was dressed as an elf.  One of the trainers, Allie, arrived wearing scrubs & a stethoscope and I mistakenly referred to her as nurse Allie when it should have been Dr. Allie :shocker!:  oops!

DW will be handing out any candy tonight since I'll be gone.  We only average 15-20 trick or treaters, many fewer than when our kids were young. 

Song       -     Artist
Nightmare on Elm Street Theme Remix - Disco Phantom
Thriller(Short Version) - Michael Jackson
This Is Halloween - Marilyn Manson
Dark Side - Kelly Clarkson
Hell and Back - The Airborne Toxic Event
Halo Theme Song - William Joseph & Lindsey Stirling
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
Toccata-Carpimus Noctem - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Bad Moon - Rising  CCR
Demons - Imagine Dragons
People Are Strange - The Doors
Witchy Woman - The Eagles
Don't Fear The Reaper - Pierce The Veil
My songs know what you did in the dark -   Fallout Boy
I Put A Spell On You - Annie Lennox
Season Of The Witch - Donovan
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:20 AM
Yes.....Dr. Allie!!!
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:35 AM
fun playlist! you missed the Witch Doctor song though... ooh eee walla walla bang bang! :laugh:
Parent - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:36 AM
I think some colleagues here have dressed up for Halloween to enter a contest for a free lunch. I just don't have that level of holiday spirit. :laugh:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:50 AM
Fun class! :grin:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 10:50 AM
I like the playlist!
Parent - - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:18 PM
Aw, I'm disappointed to hear you had to take off the cape to teach.  My mental image of a spin class instructor on a bike with a cape was pretty entertaining.
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2018-11-01 5:01 AM
Yeah...not so much fun if your cape gets tangled in the pedals!
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2018-10-31 4:41 PM
Love the cape and fangs!:laugh:

Very creative ride!
Parent - By Ed [us] Date 2018-11-01 5:05 AM
The ride was modified from one shared (with the intent for other instructors to use as they saw fit) on a cycling instructor site I subscribe to.  If it were a college term paper, I'd flunk for plagiarism but that doesn't apply here!  I don't come up with every creative idea on my own
- - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:30 AM
I am hoping it won't be raining tonight so I went to the 5:45 am boxing class this morning.  I am usually so beat down and tired by the time I go to the evening class, I just can't give 100%.  I went full force this morning and walked out feeling like awesome!  I am hoping to sneak out early this afternoon so I can get 45-60 minutes on the elliptical before trick-or-treating time. 

If it isn't raining, we usually sit out on someone's lawn with 4-5 of the neighbors and hand out candy all together.....it is candy gauntlet! Adult beverages are typically consumed while we do this and we keep a cooler for the grown-ups who are walking the kids.  Historically, we get 120-150 kids......some get driven from where it may not be as safe to wander about.....so I have about 300 pieces of fun size candy bars such as Hershey, Twix, Snickers, and M&Ms.  I only did chocolate this year.
Parent - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:37 AM
Adult beverages definitely make the evening more entertaining.
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:37 AM
nice about your morning class!

I like your idea about having a cooler for the adults, that's awesome.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:50 AM
candy gauntlet :laugh:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 10:50 AM
YES on the adult beverages! I will definitely enjoy my wine later! : pbbt:
Parent - - By nooner [us] Date 2018-10-31 12:01 PM
I had a cooler for the grown-ups last year and nobody was interested so more for me. :mischief:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 2:45 PM
I would totally trick or treat at your house
Parent - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:17 PM
Whoa, that's early for a boxing class.  I'm glad to hear it left you feeling good.  You are tough!!
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2018-10-31 4:43 PM
There was a house in my old neighborhood that always had little cups of margaritas for the adults on Halloween.:laugh: I loved that house!
- - By nooner [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:35 AM
10 miles this morning.

It was supposed to be 3 of us but we got another text from the guy who has bailed on the Wednesday run more times than I can remember in the last 2 months. He is running more than me and the other training partner but the consistency of his absences is starting to become a thing. We ran by a house we haven’t seen in the last few weeks and they had all of their Halloween stuff lit up and it was great!! I broke out my orange shirt to be a “pumpkin” for the run. Lots of treats at the office today so have nibbled on some various things and will take another pass through the tables after I do my exercises at noon.

We have choir practice tonight so will leave a bowl of candy on the porch. We got less than 5 kids last year so I still expect there to be candy in the bowl when we get home. (All of the kids will be younger so I don’t expect anyone to take more than one or two pieces)
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:38 AM
I think mrbarney and I will walk with the boys, so I'll be watching our camera to see the fun costumes (my mom and the oldest will be home passing out the candy)
Parent - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:45 AM
Nice that you can give out candy on the honor system!
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:51 AM
We have one house in the neighborhood that goes all out for Halloween. I like to do a Halloween light run like  I do with Christmas lights!
Parent - By nooner [us] Date 2018-10-31 12:17 PM
I appreciate the folks who have their holiday stuff lit up for the morning runners. :cool:
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 10:17 AM Edited 2018-10-31 10:26 AM
A neighbor has 10-12(?) Halloween inflatables in their yard.  They seem to add to the display each year and I think it is fun.
Parent - - By essel [us] Date 2018-10-31 11:56 AM
We have neighbors like this, both teachers. From the outside they want to look like fun couple and the putting tons of decoration every year for every possible occasion (Christmas, Valentines  Day, 4th of July, etc.)...but they are the most not approachable people you can meet. It's too hard for them to wave when they passing you driving by, not even hello when checking mail. weird...
Parent - By nooner [us] Date 2018-10-31 2:13 PM
That’s odd. One would think that only people with outgoing personalities would be inclined to decorate like that.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 10:49 AM
:grin: Nice run!
Parent - - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:17 PM
Too bad about your inconsistent running partner.  Is it disruptive for you and the other guy?
Parent - By nooner [us] Date 2018-10-31 2:12 PM
It was only disruptive on the mornings when it was just the one guy and one other person so that one was left on their own.

My other training partner is more inclined to bail when this happens but I was glad he didn’t today as I didn’t turn my phone on until I arrived at the Y and only saw the one other car.
- - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:43 AM
Happy Halloween! I am wearing my "trick or tacos" shirt at work. :laugh:  I will be running after work, 5 miles or so. Maybe longer depending on what time I actually leave the office. We aren't handing out candy. :sad: We've lived in this house for 4 years and have gotten 2 trick-or-treaters in that whole time. There are tons of kids in our hood, but the town has a trunk or treat and the local businesses give out candy too, so maybe that's why? Who knows. Instead DH and I are going to the movies to see the new Halloween. :evil: I plan to consume lots of popcorn!

Weekend report including race:
Friday: DH and I traveled to VA and stopped for lunch at a place that had candied bacon on a stick for an appetizer. So of course we ordered that. :laugh: It was delicious. It was baked with brown sugar and cayenne pepper. So so good. We finally made it to my parents' house (DH wanted to take the scenic route so it took 7 hours to get there instead of 4.5), hung out there for a while, then hit our hotel in Crystal City. Saturday was windy and rainy and cold for our 2-mile shakeout run. Then we headed to the Pentagon for the kids' 1-mile run. Both of my nieces were signed up this year (my then 6-year-old niece ran it last year), but we weren't sure if they would bail due to the weather. I was very proud that they didn't! My 7-year-old niece had one goal: to beat her big sister. :mischief: My 11-year-old niece just wanted to finish, since she had injured her ankle at ballet during the week so she was taking it slow. They both reached their goals and I was very proud of both of them! :hug:

DH and I have gone to MCM every year since 2012, raising money for the Semper Fi Fund. I ran the full marathon in 2012, 18 miles of it in 2013, and the 10k every year since. This year at the SFF pre-race dinner, we were at a table with 3 athletes in wheelchairs, and one who wasn't in a wheelchair but who was also going to handcycle the race. The guy sitting right next to me had no legs, not even stumps. I asked if he had raced MCM before, and he said yes: 3 times. He ran it once, then he has handcycled it twice, and this would be his third time. He just kind of casually said it, as if he didn't suffer some awful injury that caused the loss of both legs between the time he ran it and the times he handcycled it and up to that day. That just got to me for some reason. And convinced me that I need to go back to what I said after that first year of MCM: that I would do the full marathon for the SFF every year that I was physically able to do it. So next year I'll be back for the marathon!

Sunday DH went to the marathon start and I went to the 10k start. I warmed up for a mile on Pennsylvania Avenue but didn't quite make it up to the White House. The race started on the Mall and I was annoyed with all of the walkers who lined up in front of me even though I was in the 50-59:59 corral. :mutmad: I was weaving all over in mile 1 (9:09), and consequently I overran mile 2 when the people on the course thinned out a little (8:20). Miles 3-6 were surprisingly evenly paced for me (8:46, 8:42, 8:45, 8:49), and then I loped it into the painful uphill finish for a time of 56:06 (8:47 pace for 6.4 miles per my Garmin), less than a minute slower than last week's 10k. So I didn't hit any of my goals, but I was happy with the sub-9 minute per mile average.

I changed into dry clothes and spectated the marathon finish. The race app wasnt working, and the text splits weren't working, so I had no idea how DH was doing in his race. :cry: Then a friend in NJ signed up to get email splits and texted them to me :genius: and DH was exactly where he needed to be at the half to hit 3:30, which was his stretch goal. But the subsequent splits showed him slowing down, and I think he finished with a 3:55 which was a CR and the first time he's broken 4 on this course. He wasn't pleased with that, but he took it. I had to remind him that he had PRed in the 10k a week before, then PRed in a 5k AND a half marathon ON THE SAME DAY the week before that, so maybe his legs were just tired. :roll: So then he felt a little better.  My friend Paul flew in at 3:05, my brother was ~4:45, and my friend's 16-year-old daughter finished her first marathon in sub-5! Also, one of the Team Semper Fi athletes also finished in sub-5, pushing a full-grown developmentally disabled man in a wheelchair. The athlete only has one leg, runs on a blade, and his remaining leg is all torn up from the IED that cost him his other leg. You might have seen a picture of him a few years ago in Boston carrying an American flag over the finish line the year after the bombing. That just solidified my decision to get back to the full marathon at this race next year. No excuses.

Monday morning we found a fun-sounding place in DC to eat breakfast before we hit the road: Taco Babma! I had 2 chorizo breakfast tacos with lots of salsa and guacamole, they were delicious. We did a bit of sightseeing and then hit the road back to NJ, again taking the scenic route to avoid the NJ Turnpike. During the ride back we picked out some potential races for next year, potentially including another cross-country drive home from a destination race, taking a different route than what we took for our honeymoon earlier this year.

Next up: Kiawah Island Marathon in December with nooner!
Parent - By Doughboy (spamkiller) Date 2018-10-31 9:54 AM
Sounds like a great weekend -- lots of fun and inspiration! :hug:
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 10:24 AM
Fun weekend!

Outside my family, you are the only person I know who I heard utilize the word "stump".  My dad was amputee so we said it all the time.  I suspect people are not sure what word to say and do not want to be insensitive, so I understand not referencing a stump at all.  Anyhoo, you using it made me think of my dad.:hug:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 11:29 AM
:hug::hug:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2018-10-31 10:34 AM
:cool:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 10:48 AM
Sounds like a great weekend!
Enjoy your run tonight! :grin:
Parent - By nooner [us] Date 2018-10-31 12:19 PM
I’m looking forward to Kiawah in December!

What are the races on your list for next year?
Parent - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:16 PM
Blah blah blah CANDIED BACON blah blah blah  :laugh:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2018-10-31 2:47 PM
nice weekend!it must have been fun to see all those finishes.
- - By essel [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:43 AM
4.8 miles run this am. 5:30 am and empty road. Santa Ana winds started so it was warm already...weights tonight.

Halloween candy - that would be twix, snickers, tiny bags of M&Ms, and some other sweets. We are not busy on Halloween - usually 5-8 kids. Our street is on less busy if town and it's a longer walk for many, so I think I'm going to have candy leftovers :)
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2018-10-31 9:52 AM
Where in CA do you live?
Parent - By essel [us] Date 2018-10-31 11:53 AM
Near LA; west. I'm looking into moving back to San Francisco though. I lived there 10 years and still staying in touch with a lot of friends. Actively looking/ interviewing for a job so I can afford living there :roll:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2018-10-31 10:25 AM
Not a bad selection of candy to have left over!
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2018-10-31 10:47 AM
I wouldn't mind those being leftover. :grin:
Parent - By essel [us] Date 2018-10-31 11:51 AM
That was the plan from the beginning! Snickers are my favorite! Very good snack for hiking and skiing.
Parent - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:15 PM
Good luck dealing with the leftovers!  :wink:
- - By Limoboss Date 2018-10-31 12:06 PM
8 miles today with another 5K time trial. Ran 9 seconds faster than 2 weeks ago finishing in 19:08. Really starting to feel good about running again. Just finished lunch and headed to Powerhouse for arms and core. On that note my wife says I’m starting to look “jacked”
Parent - By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:14 PM
Nice!!!  :cool:
- By skigirl Date 2018-10-31 1:14 PM
Hi everyone.  Somehow the last couple of days have flown by and I haven't had the chance to post.

Monday, I ran in the evening; yesterday I went to the gym after work and did an hour of TM speedwork and strength training; today was Pilates. 

DD is heading to a friend's place to hand out candy tonight, so DH and I will be at our house on our own.  We don't get many kids at our place so I'm not sure if we'll bother buying chocolate bars or not.  DH will probably decide on the way home from work.
- - By Tim [us] Date 2018-10-31 1:31 PM
I’m actually running regularly and my foot doesn’t hurt much anymore!!! More of a dull ache instead of a sharp pain. If it keeps going like this, the dull ache will fade away to nothing in the coming months. Now begins the long process of getting back in shape. 3 miles this morning, plus some push-ups and planks.

Halloween: We’ll give out candy at my house. Twix, Milky Ways, Sour Patch Kids, M&Ms, and Kit Kats are in the bowl.

A few people at work dressed up, but I was in a rush this morning and couldn’t find my pirate costume.
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2018-10-31 5:06 PM
Pirate like Johnny Depp:hug::hug: or pirate like Cap'n Crunch?

Nice running!
Parent - By Tim [us] Date 2018-10-31 5:50 PM
More Johnny Depp than Cap’n Crunch
- By The Beard (is wearing Arm Panties) [us] Date 2018-10-31 4:43 PM
5.2 miles before the trick or treaters start coming. It’s in the 50s. Perfect night.
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