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- - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 8:18 AM
Who's running/biking/lifting today?

and do you work from an office, from your house or are you past all that nonsense?
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 8:23 AM
It's our running day off today, but I will be doing weights with the momma later today and probably taking each dog for a mile loop around the neigborhood.

I go to work every day at our data center, because somebody has to sign for deliveries, and change out parts. But today I'm working from home because my mom has a bunch of appts and I'm the designated driver :happy:  I usually find working from home to be boring and too quiet, but it's a gray day here today and I've made some fresh tea and I've got a blanket on my lap, so it's not so bad.
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 9:37 AM
So nice you are able to help out your mom.:happy:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:06 AM
today is a great day to be home. so yucky and grey.
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 10:55 AM
That's great to be able to do that. Snuggling under a blanket while working sounds great. I hope your mom's appts go well :happy:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:04 AM
So great you have the flexibility to assist your mom!
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:30 AM
Good luck to your Mom! :hug:
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 12:23 PM
Are you walking dogs or running dogs?

If I get a blanket anywhere near me, I fall asleep. :grin: I'm an excellent napper.
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:46 PM
walking today since it's my day off. I am also an excellent napper and would much rather be dong that!
Parent - - By Xtreme Taper Date 2019-01-10 3:11 PM
Sort of cold and blustery here today. Actually not that cold (low 30's), but constant howling high winds are making it feel nasty. Not much on tap for today. Walked the Lady around the block (1 mile) at lunch and will hit the gym later for strength, stretching, and bike to nowhere.

I work from home. I have a separate room upstairs that has a huge L shaped desk. It's just a bedroom we converted I use as an office but it works well and is a separate space. I've been working at home since 1995 or so. In other words, forever.

I have a case of the January blues. My least favorite month.
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 3:14 PM
:hug:
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-11 6:43 AM
Crap weather lately. We've had an occasional beautiful day, but it seems like they've been followed by a week of gray, rainy and or windy weather. :meh: I can't get motivated for much these days. Maybe we need one of those vitamin D sun lamps, or UV lamps, whatever they're called?
Parent - - By foggydoggy [us] Date 2019-01-10 6:36 PM
2.65 easy miles around the Ballpark formerly known as ATT park.

I work in the office because I am a boss,  we are about to get a remote work policy but it probably won't apply to me being as I'm important and all that.  I would not want to work from home because I am not that disciplined, but not spending 3 hours commuting seems pretty damned attractive. I am 9 years and 1 month from being past all that nonsense, not that I'm counting.
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-11 6:44 AM
3 hours commuting?:shocker!:  I'd have taken a rock and whacked myself on the head years ago.:shocker!: How do you do it? Train?
Parent - By george [us] Date 2019-01-11 7:55 AM
I work from home every Thursday, so I got that going for me, which is nice. I don't run on Thursdays, but I did do some core work while waiting for some queries to run. Did a few minutes worth of the ab wheel and some stability ball exercises.
- - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 8:42 AM
I currently work in an office with the option of working from home as necessary. I used to have a remote job: the company was based in MI and I worked out of my apartment here in NJ. I loved it because I could make my own schedule (running at lunchtime in the winter was awesome) but I didn't like the lack of in-person human interaction (I held really long conversations with the Target cashiers when I went there : pbbt:). I like having the option of working from home in my current job, when I really need to get something done without interruption it works really well.

I skipped running this morning due to the 20+mph winds. After work the winds will die down to ~19mph :roll: so I will run then, before my work vball match. I brought a headlamp because it was way too dark when I ran on this particular course last week. Easy 4-5 depending on what time I get out there.
Parent - - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:07 AM
I feel like I spend so much time on the phone with my colleagues/clients that I don't really need to talk to people as much as be around other people sometimes
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:30 AM
exactly!
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 10:57 AM
Lol on the target talks. I'm sure they appreciated it :happy:

Wind is no fun! If you can delay and get out of it, sounds good!
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:05 AM
Ugh on the wind!:cry:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:30 AM
Yuck! Wind deters me too!
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 12:24 PM
It was crazy windy here the last few days; I guess it moved east.  You're welcome! : pbbt:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:10 PM
THanks :roll:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:47 PM
whoa - that's some crazy wind. I would have stayed in bed too!
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-11 6:47 AM
You just made me realize why I'm always talking to cashiers, strangers in line at the grocery store, sales clerks...:laugh::laugh:  I didn't realize I missed the human interaction, though I also don't like dealing with bosses and colleagues. :wtf::laugh:
- - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2019-01-10 9:22 AM
Being retired, I guess I'm past all that "nonsense."

It doesn't look good for today.  A cold front moved inn yesterday, bringing a lot of clouds, winds, and artic temps, and I'm wrestling with the moodies and wimpies. 

on a brighter note, a guy in our running club started a "last man standing" thing.
everyday he throws out a few exercises - mostly squats, wall sits, planks, push-ups, and lunges, and we report back if we got them done or not. 
we are not allowed to miss, even if we are running a 24-hr race. 

so far, i'm appreciating the motivation to cross-train, and the accountability
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:07 AM
that is a cool challenge! I love that idea
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 10:58 AM
That is a great idea for a challenge!
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:05 AM
What a great idea!!
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:24 AM
cool challenge!!
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:30 AM
we are not allowed to miss, even if we are running a 24-hr race. :shocker!: That's just mean! :laugh:
Parent - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:51 PM
I agree!!!  :laugh:
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 11:49 AM
Internet accountability!
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:55 PM
The guy isn't Michael Beaudoin in NJ, is it? There's a local coach and spin instructor who posts daily circuits too, all body weight stuff you can do at home. Love it!
Parent - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2019-01-11 6:42 AM
No.  A local runner here in northeast Indiana.
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:47 PM
you should share the challenge here and make all of us do it too!
Parent - - By LDR (100 Mile Stud) [us] Date 2019-01-11 6:44 AM
Here's today's challenge:

January 11th
20 push-ups, 20 squats
2x 30 second wall sits
2x 30 second planks
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-11 6:48 AM
I'm in for everything but the push ups- bad shoulder.:happy:
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-11 7:21 AM
Do one arm push-ups :evil::wink:
- - By essel [us] Date 2019-01-10 9:31 AM
4 miles last night, today I'm going to test pool next door (near work), I will report tomorrow. Hopefully I like it.

Working from the office with an option to work from home occasionally. I'm planning to do so twice in a month and see how it goes. I like working from home, but these days with Zeke in the house is hard to get in the zone :hug: He is a needy little thing and he apparently really likes us:grin:
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 9:42 AM
:laugh::hug:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:11 AM
Zeke :hug:

my kitties just kind of hang out with me, but don't really get in my face too much. One of my now deceased cats spent many a conference call purring on my lap :hug: current cat is more likely to sit near my computer vent
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 10:59 AM
Good luck with the pool! May it be the perfect temp, super clear, and free from weirdos and annoying people!
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:06 AM
I hope the pool works out well for you!
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:24 AM
Hope the pool is good! :grin:
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 12:20 PM
It sounds like you are going to sneak in to a neighbor's pool. :laugh:
Parent - By essel [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:35 PM
:laugh:
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:57 PM
You mean Zeke doesn't yet have you trained to work from home for him?: pbbt:
Parent - By essel [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:11 PM
He did...:cry:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:53 PM
enjoy the pool - and that's cool that you do have the option to work from home.
- - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 9:41 AM
7 last night. About 2 miles in, a snow squall came through and I was running into the wind :laugh: Hard to keep my eyes open. I was nice and warm already so it didn't really bother me. And it didn't last long. Hoping for 5 or 6 tonight. It's windy and snow showery and it turned colder. Ah well..

Work in an office. It would be nice to have the option of working at least one day at home but that's not possible. Think it has to do with our contracts etc..It is nice I work on a campus and go out for walks whenever I want really.
Parent - - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:11 AM
a campus that is nice to walk would be nice. The challenge of being home is I really do not need to walk anywhere at all. I just walk around the block when my garmin buzzes.
Parent - - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 10:18 AM
It's a beautiful campus with a 190 acre nature preserve, so I am very fortunate.
Parent - By old turtle Date 2019-01-10 10:21 AM
This would be perfect with warmer weather.
signed southern wimp
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:07 AM
On what campus do you work?
Parent - - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 11:11 AM
Binghamton University
Parent - - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:25 PM
I didn't realize that! I grew up on LI, so many people from my high school went there.
Parent - - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 1:49 PM
Yes, a good percentage of our students are from there :happy:

Where on LI?
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:51 PM
Stony Brook.
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:29 AM
:hug:
Parent - - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 11:01 AM
How long did the squall last?!

That is great about being to walk in nature :happy: I sometime take little walks when I move my car at 10&3. (We have a two Hour limit)
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 11:10 AM
Maybe 5 minutes :grin:
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:25 AM
What is a snow squall? :shocker!:
Parent - - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 12:23 PM
A brief period of heavy snow/wind.
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 1:52 PM
:grin: thanks!
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-11 6:49 AM
Do you live in Texas or something?: pbbt:
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 11:49 AM
Good think the temps were okay.  Crazy cold with blowing snow is a pain. Ya can't see where you are going. :laugh:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:53 PM
your campus sounds ideal for walks :hug:
- - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 9:58 AM
After my 8 miler yesterday, my sciatica/piriformis issues was really bothering me (as it has the last 3 days). It has been an issue over the last 2 months; some days no pain at all and other days I have had to stop every few miles to stretch. The biggest discomfort has been sitting, so I keep a tennis ball in my car and at my desk to sit on. After my run yesterday, I finally decided to visit my back-cracker to see if that would help fix the problem. It turns out, I have a high-hamstring strain. :roll: :sad: It felt exactly like the sciatica I have had in the past. But now that I think about it; in the past I would put the tennis ball between my upper hip and the seat to get relief. Lately, I have actually sat on it where by butt bone connects to my leg bone. I have had a lower hamstring strain in the past and absolutely could not run. But I have been running with this since early November; so I am hopeful my rest time can be short. I was just to the point of beginning to add speed to my workouts. :sigh:

I work from home all the time, except when I travel or go to a meeting somewhere. My biz partner and I started the company in 1999 and our plan was to initially work from home and then get an office space after about a year. After a few months we said "screw the office we love working from home". So now we have 27 employees and everyone works from home except for 3 admin. folks who work at my partners house. It has greatly helped my running, since for the most part, I can set my work schedule around my running. :wink: I do miss some of the interaction but if I need to talk to someone, I talk to Bogey. He's a great listener! :hug:
Parent - - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:13 AM
20 years working from home is amazing!

sorry to hear about the strain, hope it is a short layoff
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 10:35 AM
Yeah, back in 1998 and even into the early 2000s, it was very unique to work from home.
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 11:05 AM
In the mid 90s, my private company let us work from home.  They had a sweet deal.  The employee bought the computer.  The employer bought all of the software – the software cost $14K at the time!  Then, the company would lease the computer from you over a 3 year period.  If you stayed for 3 years, they paid it all.  I left after 18 months, but the computer was still mine.  But transferring files back/forth was such a bit PITA back then over dial up :laugh:
Parent - - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 10:16 AM
Sounds very familiar. It's the inflammation from the tendon that makes it seem like a sciatic thing. I recently listened to a podcast with an elite female ultra runner who has had upper hamstring injuries (she's also a doctor--pathologist) so I tend to give her more credibility than other runners rambling on about injuries. Her take was most of the anguish caused by upper hamstring issues or PF or Achilles tendonitis etc. is caused by inflammation rather than damage to tissue. She said often the damage to tissue is very minor. Inflammatories tend not to help since these areas typically have low blood flow. Also why they take so long to resolve/heal. It made a lot of sense to me. For her right now she avoids doing lots of hills or speed work.

The PT I did involved improving my stabilizer muscles.. and I cut back miles and kept it flattish. Finally feel like it's resolving. I sit on something cold after my runs usually in a effort to keep inflammation at bay..

:hug:
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 10:37 AM
Oh if I take ibuprofin, it completely goes away.  I would hope there is better blood flow to the hammy, at least better than the achilles or fascia. I plan to sit on a heating pad a lot to hopefully get more blood flow in there.
Parent - - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 11:07 AM
At the attachment there is not a lot of blood flow. And the sciatic is right there so inflammation would set it off. Glad ibuprofin works for you!!
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 11:45 AM
After some more thought, I am sure I have chronic hamstring tendinopathy; in other words tendinitis of the butt-hammy. It makes sense since I have been able to run through the pain. As I said before, I have had muscle tears/strains and running with those is not an option.

Thank you so much for making me think for change. :laugh: :hug:
Parent - - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 12:00 PM
Yes, my doc described it as tendonosis. Said there is some "fraying" in the hamstring where it attaches..That's what the mri showed. When it was really bad, my whole hip would feel sore and I even thought I might have a stress fracture. X-ray said my bones are fine. But after reading up on it, those kind of symptoms are pretty typical.

Pam Smith (the runner I mentioned) also said how fickle these injuries are. For example, after having the issue and recovering, she ran Badwater (135 mile race through death valley). No hamstring issue at all. Went out for a short run after she recovered from the race. No problem. Another short run. No problem. Third run. Bam. It was back.:meh: That was how my whole summer was :cry:

:hug:
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 12:16 PM
I ran 20 miles on Saturday and had no problems.  The next day I was about finished with an easy 4 mile recovery run and I had a shooting pain in my butt followed by the usual ache. :roll:
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 12:29 PM
Exactly :cry:
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:09 AM
Have you considered getting a Varidesk?  Or a desk/table which can go up & down so you don't have to sit all day? I am going on 5 months with my standing desk and love it!
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 11:46 AM
Yes, I have thought about it a lot. I just need to convince "The Man" to pay for it.  No, wait, I am The Man. :cool:
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:52 AM
:laugh:
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 12:00 PM
:laugh:
Parent - By essel [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:36 PM
yeah, I'm looking into this as well.
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:26 AM
Wow, that's really cool that y'all started something and have grown! Y'all hiring? :wink:
Hope it's not too long for your rest time.
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 12:19 PM
Sorry, we don't hire decimal people. :meh:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 1:52 PM
:mutmad:
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:29 AM
FU hammy! Are you going to stop running or just dial it back for now?
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 11:48 AM
I will stop for a few days while taking lethal doses of ibuprofin, ice and heat. See my response to Cowboyjunke above. I think I can run through it similar to what I have been doing but mix in more rest and/or cross training days.
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:59 PM
Sweet deal working from home. It's good to be the boss!:laugh:

Sorry about the sciatic stuff. That's so hard to get rid of for good.
Parent - By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2019-01-10 2:14 PM
I've  been using my walking treadmill desk about 75% of the day these days as it's hard to sit down.  I have a butt pain that has been going on for a few years now,  I originally thought it was a high hamstring tear because I could feel a pull down the whole hamstring when I bent over.  However, after longer runs, my butt cheek would often go into spasm - and that's above the hamstring attachment point, so maybe a couple of injuries?  With some time off, the pain became much more localized and now I'm pretty sure it's an issue with the ischial tuberosity.  I don't know if it is just chronically inflamed or if there is an injury there.  I'll probably have to get it checked at some point.  My understanding is that there is a bursar sack there that can become chronically inflamed.  There is also the possibility of a stress fracture or full fracture in that area as a cause for pain there.

As an alternative thesis, if your pain continues, you might want to explore this area - seems a like much more likely area to get a running related injury in (or chronic irritation) and the treatment eventually is a cortisone shot in the bursar sack if it's not a stress fracture.  Stretching and pressure point stuff may do more harm then good.
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:54 PM
what kind of stretches do you use for a high hamstring strain? that sounds very uncomfortable.
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 4:24 PM
Lay on back, left foot flat on ground (knee bent). Right ankle on left thigh near left knee. Pull on right knee with left hand, while trying to resist with right leg.  That pulls/stretches my right lower butt/high hamstring.   I hope all that makes sense. :laugh:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-11 9:32 AM
ah yes, I've done that stretch many a time. pigeon pose also really helps stretch that area :happy:
- - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:04 AM
I work full time from home, going into my company office in SF 2 days/month. Overall working from home suits me really well. I have been doing it now for more than 6 years. I can't imagine giving up hours of my life to a commute again, and can't see a situation where I would be willing to do it.  The upsides-I can juggle my schedule most days to do squeeze everything in, and it allows us to get by with a babysitter rather than a nanny/au pair.  I can also minor home stuff (schedule repairs, throw in a load of laundry, prep dinner) during the day.

the downside is that it is hard to miss face-time with colleagues, so I need to make a concerted effort to connect with people and make sure they remember I am here. It can be lonely but it is worth the tradeoff.

Today was a good example of how I juggle my schedule. Usually N takes a bus at 6:50, then I run and am showered and working by 9. Yesterday we were out late-ish for her so I let her sleep and drove her to school which meant I ran at 8 and was working by 9:30. I got up at my regular time and worked a little more before she works up.

run was 6.9

N has been asking to do archery at our rec center forever. she is finally old enough so went to the first class last night, it is all ages so she is the youngest (at 6) and the oldest was 16.  The class is from 6-7 which is a tough time already but at 7 the instructor said we would be going over. At this point he had spent an hour lecturing on safety. I get how important it is but it was really long and monotonous. She wants to go back next week, I hope they get to actually try to hold a real bow. we left at 7:15 last night and they had only gotten to using elastic bands to demonstrate how to hold the bow.
Parent - - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 11:07 AM
How cool on the archery! We did that in gym class in high school. I loved it. Makes me think of Robin Hood :laugh:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:55 PM
I used to always cut the webbing between my thumb and forefinger with the feathers when we did archery in PE :cry:
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:23 AM
The 2018 National High School Champion Archer and Texas overall (boys & girls:happy::happy:) Champion two years in a row, was Dorothy Cobb, who graduated with blazerboy last year.  There is a HS girl in my boxing class who is an archer. While I didn't notice it until she pointed it out to me, the muscles in one of her arms (the pull arm?) are super more defined than in the other arm.  I like a sport in which the girls & boys can compete against each other....it is very empowering.
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:26 PM
the other cool thing is that the younger kids and the older kids can learn/compete together. I hope she sticks with it, it is serious and a lot of technique so will be hard to learn. But if she does it could be worth it.
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:28 AM
The archery class sounds cool! :cool:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:26 PM
it is cool! kind of crazy that my rec center does it
Parent - - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-10 11:54 AM
Archery. :cool:

When I was a yoot, we were playing with a toy bow/arrow. A kid next door was flying a kite. I took a random shot and nailed that kite dead-center and broke the cross-sticks so it fell straight to the ground. :laugh: A friggin' miracle shot. :cool: I gave him some money for a new kite. :blush:
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:26 PM
nice shot!:laugh:
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:03 PM
Awesome!:laugh:

Today it would be a drone instead of a kite.
Parent - - By Ed [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:36 PM
...or a projectile shot FROM a drone to take down the kite!  :laugh:
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:54 PM
:laugh:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:11 PM
:laugh:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:56 PM
wow, they are really taking it slow with the learning. I guess thorough is best, but I hope the kids don't get too bored before they get to do the fun stuff.
- - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 10:07 AM
The week started off super slow, but now it seems to be ticking by.  Almost done?! This morning was a much better morning than it should have been.  I heard Parks & Rec scraped the trail, so I took my headlamp to the gym (right by trailhead).  At first, I thought made a mistake wearing capris.  The WC was solidly in the teens, but it wound up OK.  Tailwind on the way out and I just tried to enjoy the ride – which I did and felt amazingly good.  Came back expecting it to be brutal with the wind, but it wasn’t too bad either and negative split it by ~ 2min.  Trail wasn’t in horrible shape with a headlamp.  There’s only so much they can do.  I was glad to see they closed off with orange fencing a ~100 foot section that was SUPER dangerous.  Not only is it a sheer 10-15’ drop from the trail edge into the river – the trail is undermined and hollow for a couple of feet – and until now they only had a few random cones 6-8’ apart designating it as a hazard!  It was easy enough to by-pass by going through the fence rail and running through the hotel parking lot.  Afterwards, for the gym portion, I thought my body wouldn’t tolerate plyometrics and downloaded a sub video, but after the run I thought I’d give plyo a whirl – and I did very well with it.  Progress!  (note – I still look like a dork and can’t squat worth a d*mn)

For the last 21 years, I’ve worked exclusively in an office with no option to work from home.  I would love that option for days when errands need to be run/appointments, etc.  I don’t see it happening here in my “lifetime” (career).
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:14 AM
that is a great run! Woo! Negative split!
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 11:09 AM
Nice run!
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:25 AM
Just reading the description of the super dangerous part of the trail gives me a stomach ache!:shocker!:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:28 AM
Nice run! :cool:

I love plyometrics!
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:28 AM
That trail sounds scary!!
Good stuff!! :cool:
Parent - By essel [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:39 PM
Great run!
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:57 PM
temps in the teens... yuck! nice job on getting everything done. :grin:
- - By old turtle Date 2019-01-10 10:25 AM
I rode 35 minutes on our stationary bike. I am not someone who likes riding on this bike. However, until I can run...
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 11:08 AM
Yeah, it is monotonous for sure. I have to change the level every 3-5 min or else I might fall asleep. How's the hand feeling?
Parent - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:25 AM
I am with you on the bike thing......I hate it!
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:27 AM
How's the hand? I broke my hand (twice) a few years ago. Let me know if you need any tips on day-to-day activities! :hug:
Parent - By old turtle Date 2019-01-10 4:09 PM
not too bad. I am just in that frustrated stage right now. I have gotten better at styling my hair with one hand. other stuff? depends on the stuff
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:29 AM
Glad you got something in! :hug:
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 12:02 PM
:happy::hug:
Parent - - By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2019-01-10 2:25 PM
What did they do with the hand?

My first hand break happened when snowboarding when I hit some rocks and the board slid out.  I landed on my backside with my hand punching down on a rock.  One of the bones in my hand impaled on itself with the the top half driven down, splitting that bottom half of the bone splitting apart.  Went to the orthopedist and he asked me if I could still make a fist and do other normal hand movements.  When I could, he said - "Great - we'll just leave it alone then".  Huh?  He said it was broken so badly that in order to fix it he'd have to do extensive surgery and the likelihood of a worse outcome after surgery was higher then the function I still had.  He said eventually the bones pieces would just fuse together. He put a cast on it - but that was such a pain that I made him take it off after a couple of days.  I just ended up with a hand/wrist brace.  The worst thing was I had to get larger gloves to fit over the brace so I could go back out snowboarding the next weekend.  Can't pass up powder days, you know!
Parent - - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:12 PM
:shocker!: Is your hand all deformed now?
Parent - By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2019-01-10 6:43 PM
One knuckle is a bit shorter then it should be and I have a small lump on the back of my hand - not really all that bad.  A few lumps on the back of the other hand where I've fallen running and broken it a few times.
Parent - By old turtle Date 2019-01-10 3:56 PM Edited 2019-01-10 4:10 PM
:shocker!:snowboarding the next week-end. bet I can just about guess your age with that approach. :laugh:
it is in a splint. the alignment was good enough to avoid surgery. if all is good when he checks it next week I might start running again. let's just say he did not appear happy when I asked about running or mentioned a marathon in the middle of feb. but did not rule it out - but did mention the dangers should I fall.
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:58 PM
ah, the bike to nowhere. I wish you a speedy recovery!
- - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 10:27 AM
90 minute climbing spin class today, it was just what I needed! Followed it up with some stretching and a short body weight/balance workout.

I haven't worked in an office in more than 20 years. It's my goal to go another 20 without being in one.:laugh: My latest gig has me outside walking dogs, which has been mostly ok when the weather is nice, but I'm getting a little tired of the bad weather days and will be ending this job around the beginning of February. Today is gray, cold and very windy- the wind is the only thing that bothers me here, but it really, really bothers me. There are so many big trees with branches hanging over the sidewalks, and plenty of them crack off every winter. I've turned into Chicken Little.:laugh:  But I've procrastinated long enough, have to go to work now.:sad:
Parent - - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 11:09 AM
I don't blame you. I sometimes think about that, probably not as much as I should.
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:22 PM
Logically, I know it's very rare for a tree branch to hurt or kill someone in a windstorm, but it's actually happened in places too close to me for comfort.  Years ago, a woman in my tiny town was unloading groceries while her toddler was strapped in his carseat. Big tree fell on the car, killed the baby.:sad: In Central Park, where I have run hundreds of miles and many NYRR races, a runner was killed by a falling branch while running one such race. I've personally seen big trees uproot and fall on cars and roofs. Mother Nature can be a completely unpredictable biatch at times.
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 3:42 PM
Oh I completely understand paranoia, especially after seeing/experiencing/knowing about bad situations and close calls. You just never know. Stay safe :happy:
Parent - By old turtle Date 2019-01-10 3:58 PM
my husband almost got taken out by a pine tree after one of our bad ice storms. never seen him move so fast.
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:27 AM
Have you been able to manage through the hurdles to get back into practicing law?  Or, is it too much a pain in the ass to bother?
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:16 PM Edited 2019-01-10 2:22 PM
It's an administrative PITA, but not too bad. I just haven't made the time lately to finish my affidavit, part of the application I have to submit to the NJ Supreme Court. Another part involves a big check:roll:, and it hasn't been a good time with the holidays. But the main reason I want to drop the dog walking gig is to focus on submitting the application. It's on the list!: pbbt:
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:29 AM
Nice ride!! :cool::cool:
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:23 PM
Thanks! I'm loving the at-home spin classes!
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 2:25 PM
I was reading below what Ed mentioned. I have a spin bike (not a peloton) but I did a youtube spin class the other day and enjoyed it. I wouldn't mind subscribing to something to do that a couple times a week. I just get bored doing my own thing.
Parent - - By Ed [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:42 PM
..and SpinTV had a monthly option for $9.95.  So, could try it out for a month for less than $10.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 5:01 PM
:cool:
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:58 PM
There are a few apps you can use with any spin bike now- Peloton, Spintv, there are some others. I'm hopeless using a spin bike on my own. I would hardly work up a sweat. But when someone else is structuring the class, has good music, and is yelling at me, I sweat buckets and my HR gets fairly high.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 5:01 PM
I'll check it out!
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:01 PM
that's a long class. I would have been a sweaty mess!

some days I dream about not going to an office and walking dogs/running errands for people. we should switch! :cool:
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 4:01 PM
Oh, I was! I have a towel on the floor under the bike to mop up with, and a towel on the handlebars to mop me with, they're both soaking wet after class.:laugh:

We should switch, some days I dream of wearing real work clothes and not walking up and down a street hoping no one hears me imploring my furry charges to "Come on, please poopie, I know you have to, pleeeeeeaaaase.....": pbbt:
- - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:34 AM
Well, I'm not past all that nonsense but I just work for our family at the moment :hug: oh, and the kids school :laugh::roll:

6.1 miles with three friends for part of it. I almost canceled because my throat hurts and I just feel bleck. The mountain cedar is off the charts here so hoping that's it.

Anyway, leaving town tomorrow to see three of my college girlfriends. We are just meeting up at my parent's place in SW Texas but should be great! We are taking a "few of our favorite things" gift to each. I got grapefruit Topo Chico, a can of Oregon rose bubbles, coconut oil lip glossy and the TJ's sea salt turbinado dark chocolate almonds (PC :hug:)
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:41 AM
Have fun on your trip!  And please know, the moms who work outside the home REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate you working for their kids at school.:hug::hug:  The main PTO mom from when blazerboy was in elementary school, is now one of my good friends.   I came to know her because I was so grateful for all she did at school.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 11:55 AM
I totally get that... I only rolled my eyes because the staff sucks you in and you're up there ALL.THE.TIME. :laugh:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 12:28 PM
Have a great trip! :grin:
Parent - By cowboyjunkie Date 2019-01-10 12:31 PM
Sounds like a great trip!
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:29 PM
that sounds like a fun trip!

I love that there are parents who are active at the school. I do my best-and am there a lot-but I just can't quite get there on short notice which happens a lot
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:26 PM
Have fun!
Parent - - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:02 PM
nice run! and have a fun trip w/ the girls. gina?
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 5:02 PM
No! I miss her! Need to reconnect.
Parent - - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 3:41 PM
Lol! Have a fun trip! You deserve it! I could never stayed sane staying at home when the kids were little. But now that they are old and mostly gone, bring it on :laugh:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 5:02 PM
:laugh::hug:
- - By Ed [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:35 AM
I'm biking, of the indoor type, during 6pm spin class this evening.  Class attendance last Thursday was a bit of a disappointment (10) considering it was the beginning of January and...resolutioners :sad:  This week we have new & upgraded bikes for them so we'll see if it's any different.  I also get to assess how/if the no showers during 4 month construction project impacts those coming to class in the evening when all or most wouldn't be going directly from the gym to work :meh: 

Before retirement 8 years ago I worked in a DoD office & we were in the early stages of allowing limited work from home. I'm not sure how it's progressed since then & glad, since I was a manager, I don't have to deal with it.

I can't work from home for my retirement 3 hour/week PT job since our spin classes are live. In actuality, I do a good bit of work from home for this job because that's where/when I design my classes...but there's no separate compensation for that, just the 1 hour of teaching for each class. 

I did do some running related "work" from home this morning...logging the 20 renewed or new club members we got in the last day (our membership year is on a calendar year basis) and updating our web site with info for next month's club meeting.
Parent - - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:42 AM
If you became one of those Peloton instructors, I might get one and take your class.  You would be able to that at home, right??
Parent - - By Ed [us] Date 2019-01-10 12:51 PM
You would be able to that at home, right??   Um, if Peloton wanted to pay for remodeling my house, install appropriate backdrops,  equipment, etc. yeah maybe.  I know some of but do not know if all of their classes are filmed or streamed live with paying riders (@ $35ish per class) in the studio in NYC as they film. I understand Peloton instructors teach up to 15 classes per week.  When Peloton was starting up, the owner was quoted saying he would pay "the best instructors on the planet" $300 per class.  So, ~ $200,000 a year is about 10 X what I would make teaching 15 classes a week at my current rate per class :shocker!:  and I'm not sure how many weeks @15 classes/week my 65 y/o body would hold up for until it broke! :laugh:  

I read an online article the other day that had some profile info on 4 Peloton instructors.  While I am not questioning any of their abilities to construct or lead an indoor cycling class founded on solid exercise physiology, 3 or all of them had roots in the modeling industry & even when I was closer to their age :roll:  I never fit into that profile :laugh: 

Interestingly, Mad Dogg Athletics who owns the "Spinning" trademark, the original company founded by Johnny Goldberg ("Johnny G), has branched into the world of streamed indoor cycling classes with SpinTV.   At $99 for an annual subscription, it's less expensive than Peloton.  You need to have your own device to receive the stream and aren't locked in to a specific brand of bike.
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:33 PM
I did not realize that was the model for peloton, interesting
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 2:25 PM
I didn't know this either! Interesting!
Parent - - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:39 PM
That's funny, all the instructors I take Peloton classes with have backgrounds in competitive cycling or Div I college athletics.:wtf: I know there are some instructors who look, in the words of my friend and fellow Peloton rider, like porn stars:laugh:, but the six or so I've tried have been really good and knowledgeable instructors. Matt Wilpers is also a pro running coach.

And you don't need the Peloton bike to take their classes. People have recommended the Sunny Spin Bike, and they use the Peloton app with great success.

I must say, I'm loving the classes. At first I tried different instructors before settling on a few that I really meshed with, but there are so many different kinds of classes and instructors, it wasn't hard to find the ones that worked. Susie Beris was one of the original Peloton subscribers, and she's become completely converted.
Parent - - By Ed [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:06 PM Edited 2019-01-10 3:08 PM
Here's a link to the article in a renowned :roll: New Your City newspaper [url=https://nypost.com/2019/01/07/meet-the-kickass-peloton-instructors-getting-the-world-fit/Meet the kickass Peloton instructors getting the world fit.  [/url]

My point wasn't they didn't have an appropriate background to lead a great class!  More, and somewhat tongue in cheek, that someone with a modeling background, who also delivers an indoor cycling class founded on sound exercise physiology, would likely convey a more aesthetically pleasing appearance on Peloton's stream than the average looking 65 year old grandpa like me : pbbt:  ...and no disrespect toward them but I'd not likely be as good a performer to lead classes at that level!

I'm glad today's posts caused me to look up the SpinTV site because, even if I don't actually ride to any of their streamed classes, I could put down $9.95 toward "professional development" and watch the classes for ideas to use in mine!
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 4:07 PM
Ah, the NY Post. Now I understand.: pbbt:

I follow the general Peloton Facebook page, and I think you underestimate your appeal.:laugh: Most people who post seem most concerned with good playlists, knowledge of how you work on the bike, and numbers (output, HR, and cadence). You do your homework, Ed, pretty impressive.
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:04 PM
200K a year to bike sounds pretty darn good to me!
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:05 PM
:happy:
- - By blazer85 [us] Date 2019-01-10 11:37 AM
For the third day in a row, I did 4 recovery miles and am feeling great.  Who knew spending 15-20 minutes with the foam roller IMMEDIATELY after a marathon would be so beneficial??:laugh::laugh:  Will go to boxing class tonight.

I have the ability to work from home whenever I want.  I really don't do it except for early morning emails and conference calls.  I almost always take care of certain things after my run (7:15ish on), then shower and get to work around 9:00-9:30 (work day "starts" at 8:30).  The managers I have worked for the past almost 4 years don't care where I am, as long as a get stuff done.  I simply get too distracted if I am home all day and like being able to interact and collaborate face-to-face with my team.  Blazerman worked exclusively from home for 9 years.  He didn't realize how much he disliked it until he started driving the school bus.  If he is doing contract work in his field, he works from home, but it is so limited, he doesn't find it annoying.
Parent - By donnasaur [us] Date 2019-01-10 1:34 PM
there are definite challenges with working at home. I do get a cooped up feeling sometimes. I'm so glad blazerman enjoys his bus driving job!
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 2:25 PM
Glad you feel great!! :grin:
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:43 PM
I never got as much done at home as at the office, when I worked at one. I also found it distracting, and I just liked going to the office. Put in "professional mode" in a way working from home couldn't.
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:06 PM
glad your post marathon self is feeling great!
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 3:39 PM
Now the question is... Now that you know, will you continue the practice after all marathons? :wink:

I'm so glad blazerman likes his job! It's not an easy one for sure
- - By noquitter [us] Date 2019-01-10 12:10 PM
I work from home. Its a good fit for me. 

I am resting today. I did 4 miles  with 5x400 on the TM yesterday early. I love having the run out of the way, but man it's tough about 2:30 in the afternoon. Of course it's tough at 2:30 in the afternoon knowing I have to fit in a workout before the day is over: pbbt:
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 2:25 PM
:cool:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:07 PM
:happy: nice job on the speed work. I need to add that back into my repertoire
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 3:38 PM
Ha! Yes, 2:30 is a very low energy time for me too! Nice work today :cool:
- - By nooner [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:07 PM
6 elliptical miles.

The knee is feeling very good today, almost no noticeable limp. I ordered a pair of Hokas that arrived yesterday and I hope to break them in next week.

We are expected to work in the office. If I had to cover some work being done at the house, I’d be able to do so without taking any vacation. Having to work from the office does have it advantages as I get to use the fitness center in the building.
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 2:26 PM
Yay for the knee feeling good! :grin:
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-10 2:44 PM
Great to hear!:hug:
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:08 PM
hope the Hokas are easy to break in.  good news about your knee. :cool:
Parent - By Beastie Girl [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:14 PM
:grin:
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 3:37 PM
Yay!!!!
Parent - By rob26.2 Date 2019-01-11 7:42 AM
Good knee news! :cool:
- - By tahoeblue (spamkiller) Date 2019-01-10 2:38 PM Edited 2019-01-10 6:41 PM
Put in a 10k step walk this morning and will run about 6 miles this afternoon.  That should make it 10 days in a row with at least 20k steps.  365 days in a row with 10k steps didn't seem to do a thing for me, so I'm trying to turn it up a notch.  Not sure it's a reasonable expectation to be able to get at least 20k steps a day, but I'll work on it for as long as I can.  I think upcoming travel will bring the streak to a halt.

I work from home.  I've been doing it since the mid 90's.  It's much better than being in an office.  I hated being in an office.  I hate people in general, as well as cats, peanut butter, and bad wine. :laugh:  The idea of commuting to work is so foreign to me at this point, I really even hate to go visit the office and have to drive from the hotel and back every day.  Now I can show up for work in my underwear, not take a shower until the afternoon (after my run), and spread my work day out over the entire day so it works around other things I want to do, take days off mid-week and work weekends if I want, work doubles and take long weekends if I want.  It's pretty great.  I do go visit the office a few times a year, but find that I am highly unproductive while there. so always vow to never return.
Parent - By brneydrnnr (barney cougar) [us] Date 2019-01-10 3:17 PM
who hates peanut butter? :laugh:
Parent - By PoopedColt Date 2019-01-10 3:37 PM
So you'll never set foot in my house - 5 cats, 3 jars of peanut butter and 0 bottles of wine :laugh:

Going up from 10K to 20K is more than just a notch. It's double! Just saying because I think along the same lines and wonder why I'm getting so tired and stressed trying to fit everything all in...
Parent - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 5:03 PM
That's a lot of steps!! :cool:
- - By triplejake (The Vampire Lestat) [us] Date 2019-01-10 4:20 PM
3.3 miles for me this afternoon.

I mostly work from home, but travel to an office every couple of months or so and have some other business trips here and there.
Parent - - By redraider0528 (Fashionista) Date 2019-01-10 5:04 PM
Nice!
Are you still in Nash?
Parent - By triplejake (The Vampire Lestat) [us] Date 2019-01-10 5:17 PM
Yep!  :happy:
- - By Schantzie [us] Date 2019-01-10 7:16 PM
I ran this morning.  Another 5 :roll:  I can't seem to talk myself into more for now.  Time constraints are a factor.  That may get better next week.  Who knows?  I retired in June of 2017 (I think)  I'm so busy now, I sometimes wonder how I ever had time to actually draw a paycheck.  :grin:
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-11 6:56 AM
It's funny how what seems like all the time in the world boils down to nothing at times, doesn't it?:laugh: How's your grand baby? I need to text you, I downloaded the app you told me about, but Philip is a seriously paranoid IT guy, and he talked Isabella out of putting it on her phone because of "privacy concerns" or something.:sad: I figure FB already has all my personal info, and they must be bored out of their minds with it : pbbt:, so I'm not concerned.
- - By Arimathea [us] Date 2019-01-11 12:40 AM
I work from home on the average of 1 day a week.

2 days this week because I forgot I have an eye doctor appointment at 4, and I have a conference call 11-2. It is a sad comment on my city that I won't be able to get home in that 2 hour time span.

WFH is much more pleasant, no commute, but we are not supposed to abuse the privilege. Some departments don't get to do it at all since it's at the manager's discretion. I proved I could WFH when DH was in hospice, so my manager has no issue with me doing it. The work gets done.

And 5 miles this morning, partly because I didn't have to leave home at 5:15 to get to the bus on time!
Parent - By Spingoddess [us] Date 2019-01-11 6:57 AM
Hey there, haven't seen you in a bit but then I haven't been around much recently either. Good to see you here.:hug:
- By N70SAK Date 2019-01-11 9:41 AM
Did manage about 1.5 miles walking between class and my car; no knee brace, no ibuprofen. :happy: 

Finished my first full week of this Algebra II crash course.  Doing well. May have even got a 100% on yesterday's exam. :happy:

Student, so, the shop is a classroom, my office is my car and my desk at home.  Karōshi can't be far off. : pbbt:
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