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Today is my ex's 52nd birthday. Funny how that sticks in your head even after being divorced from him for 7 years and now married to the most wonderful man.<br><br>
No running today still, but I do start PT on Monday so I'm happy about that. Yesterday I had a wonderful yoga class and this morning I'm going to take 1/2 of a class since I have to be at work at 9:45am (class is 9-10 but I work only about 1 mile from there so it's ezpz to drive there quickly).<br><br>
The weather finally cleared up here in NY but it's still humid and warm.<br>
Good runs to all of you today,<br><br>
Susan
 

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Hi Susan and the rest, I am heading up to Harriman State Park today for a Geocaching and hiking day. I was going to run but instead am going to get going, need to stop at the chiro ,my neck has a little crick in it.<br><br>
Good runs and races to all y'all.<br><br><br>
Barb
 

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Hi Susan & Hally !<br><br>
Happy Saturday Kicksters!<br><br>
Went for 6 slow, untimed miles. Hard to believe I ran 20 more than that just a week ago!<br><br>
Good running, hiking, geocaching, yogaing, biking & everything else to everyone!<br><br>
Glad the pie came out ok Ken!
 

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Good morning, ladies & gents.<br><br>
0710<br>
64 F, windy<br>
13 mile progression run (6 @ 9:30, 5 @ 8:30 -> 7:45, 2 @ easy)<br><br>
I was going to do one more faster mile, but the big bad headwind got the best of me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Mad"><br><br>
Gotta run, be back later.
 

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Hi everyone! Thought I'd pop in quick this a.m. before starting our packing. DH and DS are at his soccer game, so I'm getting stuff ready so we can leave by about late a.m.<br><br>
John - thanks for the message about seeing Robert in yesterday's daily. When I was there yesterday at lunch, I was thinking of him and wondering if he was able to fit in much running with his new job and all.<br><br>
I wish I would have gone a little bit longer in yesterday's run. With my 13.1 miles on Sunday and combined with what I've run this week so far, I'll hit 29.85 miles. 30 mpw would have been a weekly PR for me I think. I think I'll have to do at least a 1/2 mile warmup prior to tomorrow's start so I can get in over 30 miles this week.<br><br>
off to go check on Weott's weather now . . .<br><br>
Have a good weekend everyone and good luck to all racing!
 

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Good morning Kickster goddesses (and millbot)!<br><br>
Pink, more info on hernia surgery. I had plastic mesh used in my hernia repair. Due to the size of my hernia, it was the best way to fix it. I know many guys who have had the same procedure with absolutely no complications. What appears to be the key to this kind of repair is how the mesh is place in the body. My surgeon is one of the professors at OHSU (our medical school), and he took the time to explain the different procedures to me. Some doctors are trying to place the mesh laparoscopically through a small incision, which will reduce recovery time by several weeks. The success of this type of surgery is not as great as the classic method, where they make the incision long enough to place the mesh over the rupture and sew it directly into place. Longer recovery time, but a higher success rate. My surgeon said he would do either procedure on me, so I chose the classical one since he said that he has never had that procedure fail. Unfortunately for me, my incision ended up being 12" long (normal 6-8"<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">, so my recovery to full time running was longer: 6 weeks of NO running, 3 weeks of limited running following that.<br><br>
I'm going to do a 3 mile run sometime this weekend. We're in the midst of some very strong storm fronts, so I'll see if I can sneak out during a lull.
 

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Hey folks.<br>
Great October weather on tap for the weekend here in the mountains. I'm visting Asheville, NC. Did a little workout at the spa before DW and I drove over. May do a few fun miles with the local trail running club tomorrow, if I can hookup.<br>
Hally, that geocaching thing sounds fun, how does one get started?<br><br>
Have a great weekend all,<br>
jjj<br><br><br>
GO RACERS !!!!
 

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Since Puddinhead has made regular appearances here since she joined my family seven weeks ago, I thought I should related what has happened.<br><br>
As you may recall, Puddinhead was a stray who took a liking to us (after DW fed and watered her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">). After looking for her owner without success, we decided to keep her. It was clear from the start that she was very energetic, which was okay, since I was willing to run with her to keep the edge off her energy. By last week, she was putting in 30 mpw, and showing no ill effects. She had picked up some good running habits and lost the bad ones, and I enjoyed having her with me.<br><br>
Unfortunately, some other very bad behaviors have proved a more durable part of Puddinhead's character. She is very dominant toward people who are not consistently authoritative toward her, such as meek and submissive DD2. She absolutely loses her mind when there are cats or chickens around; if she ever caught a cat or a chicken, there's no question that she would kill it. Finally, she is an accomplished escape artist, and once she is loose, she runs far and wide, harassing the neighbors' animals and otherwise making a nuisance of herself. Last time it took me over an hour to retrieve her, and this was shortly after we finished our run! (So much for tiring her out.)<br><br>
We worked with Puddinhead every day to encourage the good and discourage the bad, but changes were simply not happening. In the interest of my family and peaceful relations with the neighbors, we decided Puddinhead had to go. As of yesterday, she is no longer with us.<br><br>
We are still sad about this. Life without her is simpler but also feels a bit empty.<br><br>
We agree that we want to get another dog soon, but it will take us a little while to get over Puddinhead. These creatures do become very important to us in a short time, don't they?<br><br>
If you have a well-behaved pet, give him or her an extra hug today.
 

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Lab - Thanks for the extra info. Since mine is small, I had left a message yesterday morning with my surgeon to see if it can be done without the mesh - I guess Friday and Mondays are surgery days so, I'll wait for the response early next week.<br><br>
millbot - nice 13 miler! So sorry about Puddinhead . . . but family comes first, so it was a wise, but I'm sure hard, decision.
 

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Millbot, I'm so sorry about Puddinhead. Losing, or having to rehome an animal is just heart-breaking but sometimes necessary.<br><br>
Only once have I ever had a dog I could run or hike long distances with, and that was a golden retriever named Gaffney. She was a great dog. We got her when our youngest son was 2 years old and she was very wild, but incredibly loving. When I read "Marley and Me" years later, it really resonated. Poor Gaffney developed lyme disease when she was 8 and it wasn't being diagnosed by vets at that time; it was thought only people could get lyme. She developed severe neurological problems and finally I had to put her down at age 9, which is pretty young for a Golden. We have wonderful pictures of Gaffney and my kids still talk about her all the time. My french bulldogs hike short distances with us (3-ish miles) but of course they can't run with me. I hope that someday soon you find a dog to run with who's better suited for your family situation.<br><br>
Best wishes,<br>
Susan
 

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.....millbot//.......sorry to hear, but sounds like you made the right call......<br><br>
.........no running today//........nordictrak, and some x-bike........<br><br>
good running guys.........
 

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Quick post. Gotta hit the road.<br><br>
2(4x100 metres)<br><br>
Weird w/o. Lots of rest. Fun, tho'. Cranking things up next week. Whew!<br><br>
JJJ, epic run yesterday. Malaprops, eh? I had a friend who would say she was "ravishing" when she was particularly hungry. Doh!<br><br>
(((Puddinhead))) Sorry to hear this, mill.<br><br>
Bonne weekend!
 

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SS.. I had the small inscision hernai fix with the mesh and it went fine. Only problem was I started up running a bit too soon or intense and pulled a hamstring. All the leg muscles tighten up during the recovery from the hernia op. The proceedure itself was easy since they knocked me out. I don't even notice it. So lacproscopic surgery for inguinial hernia is the way to go IMHO.<br><br><br>
JJJ.. so sorry. tough call but some dogs just have unsolvable problems. You did what you could.<br><br><br>
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Man Milbot sorry about Puddinhead. It's important that a dog works well with a family. There is probably one out there for you.<br><br>
Races day for me Kansas City half in 2:05:23. Gorgeous day for a gorgeous race. Age group PR by 17 minutes. I'll write the race report tomorrow.<br><br>
Good Races for the Humbolters<br><br>
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3 mile jog for me in windy conditions.<br><br>
Millbot, sorry Puddunghead didn't work out. It's amazing how fast our furry friends can become a part of our family. I've never been as attached as I am to our current Corgi. I dread the day that we will have to say good-by for any reason!<br><br>
Good-luck to all in your races!!
 

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Hi Everyone<br>
3 miles today, still breaking in the new shoes. They still feel good so I think they'll be the ones I run the marathon in.<br><br>
Millbot....I'm also sorry to hear about Puddinhead, but you did the right thing. Who knows what could have happened. We have 2 Dachshunds so they don't run with us but they are wonderful with the kids.<br><br>
Tamster....good luck tommorrow!!!<br><br>
Pink....don't be afraid to ask as many questions as it takes for you to be satisfied. I've got the pumpkin pie in the oven now. My oldest son LOVES pumpkin pie. I'll let you know the outcome.
 

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Afternoon kicksters<br>
Millbot - good run! Sorry about puddinhead. We rescued a rat terrier from the pound about a year ago. We think she was a breeder who either escaped or was dumped as she has tattoos marking her. Great dog but has some habits we're still working on.<br><br>
roadhawk - congrats on your race. Here there might be some age hardware involved?<br><br>
Tamster/racers - good luck. Run like you stole something.<br><br>
90 mile bike ride for me today. Tour de Goliad. Goliad is a small town founded with a Spanish mission in S. TX. to convert the indians. Nice little town and nice ride. It has lots to see and the mission can be toured.<br><br>
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Sorry about puddinhead, Millbot! It's amazing how emotionally attached we get to furry family members. Anything like that has to be wrenching.<br><br>
I went for another TM sweat-fest today but had to cut it short after 30 min. I'm getting sciatica-like twinges on one side. I think its just a lumbar-glute spasm. I'm frantically applying every therapy I can think of: running Javelina while dragging one leg sounds like less fun.
 
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