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Re: What Comes Next

Post  Julie on Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:43 pm

You two are unique.....I'll leave it at that.

I hope fluffy is good to the Christmas tree. Yay for snow melt!
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Post  ounce on Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:33 am

@Julie wrote:You two are unique.....I'll leave it at that.

I hope fluffy is good to the Christmas tree. Yay for snow melt!

Oh, you're too kind, Julie. You know, Mark and I do road shows. Maybe we can bring our schtick to your blog. I think Nick would give us a fantastic reference.  Approval 
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  Jerry on Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:07 am

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@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:After a busy Sunday (getting a tree, scampering around on the roof putting up lights), I was too sore on Monday to go for a run. I may have scampered too enthusiastically on those weird pitches on my roof. I'd actually stretched, dressed and got out the door and made it about two houses down before my body's urgings to take a rest day got too loud to ignore. Well, fine. I headed back inside, changed out of my gear, and took a nap.

It's probably for the best, but still. Hoped to get a walk in at lunch today but something came up. I'll try again tomorrow. I'm doing a pretty poor job as a wear tester this time.  Neutral 

I'm hoping that I'll get some momentum when I decide on what I'm going to train for.

MARK!  MARK!  

JERRY HAS HACKED INTO YOUR ACCOUNT!!!!!

CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD!!!!!!!

 lol! 

Nah. Mark is just lazy.

OMG! Ounce is right!

Jerry is too lazy to login his own account.
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  Mark B on Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:19 pm

@Julie wrote:You two are unique.....I'll leave it at that.

I hope fluffy is good to the Christmas tree. Yay for snow melt!

Hey, Julie! Yeah, I think the teacher might have to separate the two of us for being disruptive.

Speaking of disruptive, I keep hearing this *scritch-thump! scritch-thump!* from behind the Christmas tree. I look, and see Fluff jumping up and batting at a branch that's about three feet off the ground!

I'm thinking that we might not put decorations on the tree this year....  Suspect 

@ounce wrote:Oh, you're too kind, Julie.  You know, Mark and I do road shows.  Maybe we can bring our schtick to your blog.  I think Nick would give us a fantastic reference.   Approval 

Oh, I'm sure he would. Not quite sure which comedic (?) duo we most closely resemble. (Door opened for as many cheap shots as possible...)
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  Mark B on Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:19 pm

Mark, no, wait, JERRY wrote:Jerry is too lazy to login his own account.

I hear you, Jerry. I hear you. Wink


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Post  ounce on Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:20 pm

Mark, you may want to get you some of those injinji socks at Running Warehouse, but the sale ends at 9 a.m. Pacific time...or 40 minutes from this writing.
http://www.runningwarehouse.com/catpage-M1312DAYS.html
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  Mark B on Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:22 pm

@ounce wrote:Mark, you may want to get you some of those injinji socks at Running Warehouse, but the sale ends at 9 a.m. Pacific time...or 40 minutes from this writing.
http://www.runningwarehouse.com/catpage-M1312DAYS.html

Thanks, Doug! They actually had a better price on Injinji.com earlier this shopping season, and I passed. I think I have enough for now.
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  ounce on Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:23 pm

@Mark B wrote:
@Julie wrote:You two are unique.....I'll leave it at that.

I hope fluffy is good to the Christmas tree. Yay for snow melt!

Hey, Julie! Yeah, I think the teacher might have to separate the two of us for being disruptive.

Speaking of disruptive, I keep hearing this *scritch-thump! scritch-thump!* from behind the Christmas tree. I look, and see Fluff jumping up and batting at a branch that's about three feet off the ground!

I'm thinking that we might not put decorations on the tree this year....  Suspect 

@ounce wrote:Oh, you're too kind, Julie.  You know, Mark and I do road shows.  Maybe we can bring our schtick to your blog.  I think Nick would give us a fantastic reference.   Approval 

Oh, I'm sure he would. Not quite sure which comedic (?) duo we most closely resemble. (Door opened for as many cheap shots as possible...)

We should let our many admirers (or detractors---the scourge of the earth!) name our duo.

And in my best Jon Lovitz imitation---------ACTING!!!!!!!
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  Mark B on Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:50 pm

@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@Julie wrote:You two are unique.....I'll leave it at that.

I hope fluffy is good to the Christmas tree. Yay for snow melt!

Hey, Julie! Yeah, I think the teacher might have to separate the two of us for being disruptive.

Speaking of disruptive, I keep hearing this *scritch-thump! scritch-thump!* from behind the Christmas tree. I look, and see Fluff jumping up and batting at a branch that's about three feet off the ground!

I'm thinking that we might not put decorations on the tree this year....  Suspect 

@ounce wrote:Oh, you're too kind, Julie.  You know, Mark and I do road shows.  Maybe we can bring our schtick to your blog.  I think Nick would give us a fantastic reference.   Approval 

Oh, I'm sure he would. Not quite sure which comedic (?) duo we most closely resemble. (Door opened for as many cheap shots as possible...)

We should let our many admirers (or detractors---the scourge of the earth!) name our duo.

And in my best Jon Lovitz imitation---------ACTING!!!!!!!

At the very least, it will give a sense of who is looking in on the blog... Well, looking in and not immediately rolling their eyes and going someplace else.
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  Julie on Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:17 pm

Entertaining.  Very Happy  Thanks for the road show offer!

We only have a few non-breakable ornaments on our Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  nkrichards on Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:49 pm

I'm not even going to try and catch up on this blog and figure out how it got to this point but I am looking in...

And stayed long enough to say 'hello'.
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  Mark B on Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:54 pm

@Julie wrote:Entertaining.  Very Happy  Thanks for the road show offer!

We only have a few non-breakable ornaments on our Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

We put non-breakable ornaments on the tree last year when they were just kittens. This year, we may forgo ornaments altogether, because we think they might actually go for them - even if they're three-quarters of the way up the tree. I've already seen Fluff jump a third to half the height of the tree, going for a branch.

This is what Callie can do without even jumping - and she's the well-behaved one!



Haven't got a good photo catching Fluff in the act -- he's too fast.


@nkrichards wrote:I'm not even going to try and catch up on this blog and figure out how it got to this point but I am looking in...

And stayed long enough to say 'hello'.

Hello, Nancy! Welcome back! Hope you come back soon. Not sure how the blog took such an odd twist, but I guess that's what happens when I'm still uncommitted on a race and not posting so much on, you know, running. Smile
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  Mark B on Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:56 pm

Crazy running day at Nike: 3.44 miles total with 6x~100 meter strideouts

Weather: Partly frosty. 28ish. Gear: One mile fully clothed. The rest in shorts, long-sleeved T.  

I had a dynamic testing session at Nike today, but I was running long before I got to try on the prototypes: all the parking near the testing site was taken, and I finally had to give up and use the campus parking garage - which is about a half-mile way.

Not like I actually knew the way exactly. I ended up cutting through building lobbies as shortcuts and looping past offices and around ponds as I hustled my way to the Bo Jackson center. At least I warmed up.

The test itself was interesting, and a good workout. I ended up doing three cycles of a little more than three-quarters of a mile total, with a couple of strideouts in the middle. I didn't have a Garmin going, so I don't know how fast I ended up going on the strides, though the pace for the whole circuit was in the 8-9 minute range.

It was sub-freezing, so my single shirt with no jacket was a little thin, but I made up for it by working harder.

After the testing was done, I asked an employee and found a slightly more direct way back to the parking garage, which included a bit of the chip trail that circles the campus.



Which was a nice consolation for having to jog back to my car.
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Re: What Comes Next

Post  Julie on Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:44 am

Beautiful! Cute kitty, too. 2 cats and a rabbit here but the rabbit mostly stays in her cage (indoors).
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Post  Mark B on Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:25 am

@Julie wrote:Beautiful! Cute kitty, too. 2 cats and a rabbit here but the rabbit mostly stays in her cage (indoors).

Thanks, Julie. They've got some very impressive landscaping at Nike World HQ. That's one of the benefits of being a tester there - not getting shooed out by security while you're checking it out.

Callie is a sweetie. She's the one we thought we were going to lose earlier this year due to some degenerative disorder, but she recovered and is now strong, healthy -- and more frisky than she was as a little kitten. Definitely one of the best gifts of 2013. Smile
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:53 am

Someday I hope to see Nike World Headquarters - would be cool.  And my first dog was named Cally.
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Post  Mark B on Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:55 pm

Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Someday I hope to see Nike World Headquarters - would be cool.  And my first dog was named Cally.

Well, if you happen to be in the Portland metro area toward the end of July, you can run through the whole campus inside the berm at the Bowerman 5K, possibly see some elites and sub-elites and generally rubberneck without getting escorted from the premises!

Cally/Callie is a good name. My Callie is snoozing at the top of the stairs right now, in a spot where she can keep an eye on me at the computer. Nice.

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We had a dusting of snow this morning, but it wasn't enough to even delay school. It was turning to sleet as I dropped Alec off at school. It's supposed to turn to cold rain soon. My run today ought to be a little on the damp and chilly side.
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Post  ounce on Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:43 pm

@Mark B wrote:
Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Someday I hope to see Nike World Headquarters - would be cool.  And my first dog was named Cally.

Well, if you happen to be in the Portland metro area toward the end of July, you can run through the whole campus inside the berm at the Bowerman 5K, possibly see some elites and sub-elites and generally rubberneck without getting escorted from the premises!

Cally/Callie is a good name. My Callie is snoozing at the top of the stairs right now, in a spot where she can keep an eye on me at the computer. Nice.

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We had a dusting of snow this morning, but it wasn't enough to even delay school. It was turning to sleet as I dropped Alec off at school. It's supposed to turn to cold rain soon. My run today ought to be a little on the damp and chilly side.

Want to borrow my jacket?  Maybe Callie could be a nose warmer?
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Post  Mark B on Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:04 pm

@ounce wrote:
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Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Someday I hope to see Nike World Headquarters - would be cool.  And my first dog was named Cally.

Well, if you happen to be in the Portland metro area toward the end of July, you can run through the whole campus inside the berm at the Bowerman 5K, possibly see some elites and sub-elites and generally rubberneck without getting escorted from the premises!

Cally/Callie is a good name. My Callie is snoozing at the top of the stairs right now, in a spot where she can keep an eye on me at the computer. Nice.

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We had a dusting of snow this morning, but it wasn't enough to even delay school. It was turning to sleet as I dropped Alec off at school. It's supposed to turn to cold rain soon. My run today ought to be a little on the damp and chilly side.

Want to borrow my jacket?  Maybe Callie could be a nose warmer?

Thanks, Ounce. I think I'm covered on cold weather gear. The pullover I keep talking about is a SportHill Zone 3 top (I think it's an Explorer II, but I'm not positive) that works quite well, especially when layered with other items.

As far as including Callie in a layer... well, she's sweet and cuddly, but she digs in her claws when she gets nervous - and creates exquisitely painful puncture wounds. So, probably not gonna happen.  What a Face 
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Post  Mark B on Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:05 pm

Low HR Run: 4 miles

Weather: Chilly, a little slushy, damp and windy. 33 degrees, wind chill into the 20s. Gear: Testers, tights and wind pants (too much), T, pullover and jacket (almost too little), gloves and hat (just right). Fuel/fluid: Carried nuun in handheld.

Kind of a difficult run. The conditions were not great (cold, windy and very damp -- at least it only drizzled a bit instead of raining hard like it is now) and my legs were feeling all the different types of running I did yesterday. So I was creaky and sore starting out. Once my legs warmed up, they quickly felt heavy and sludgy. I'd thought about going longer but turned around two miles out and decided to see this as a recovery run.

Walked first and last 5 minutes. Average HR for entire run: 131
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Post  ounce on Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:27 pm

@Mark B wrote:
@ounce wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Someday I hope to see Nike World Headquarters - would be cool.  And my first dog was named Cally.

Well, if you happen to be in the Portland metro area toward the end of July, you can run through the whole campus inside the berm at the Bowerman 5K, possibly see some elites and sub-elites and generally rubberneck without getting escorted from the premises!

Cally/Callie is a good name. My Callie is snoozing at the top of the stairs right now, in a spot where she can keep an eye on me at the computer. Nice.

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We had a dusting of snow this morning, but it wasn't enough to even delay school. It was turning to sleet as I dropped Alec off at school. It's supposed to turn to cold rain soon. My run today ought to be a little on the damp and chilly side.

Want to borrow my jacket?  Maybe Callie could be a nose warmer?

Thanks, Ounce. I think I'm covered on cold weather gear. The pullover I keep talking about is a SportHill Zone 3 top (I think it's an Explorer II, but I'm not positive) that works quite well, especially when layered with other items.

As far as including Callie in a layer... well, she's sweet and cuddly, but she digs in her claws when she gets nervous - and creates exquisitely painful puncture wounds. So, probably not gonna happen.  What a Face 

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Post  nkrichards on Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:24 pm

You folks that run in the rain are...not sure what word I want to choose but you know what I mean.  Smile 

We have to deal with the cold over here but I seldom have to run in the rain and I'm not sure I'd be as committed as I am if I did!
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Post  Mark B on Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:01 pm

@ounce wrote:wuss

Well, maybe. I'm not really into acupuncture, either...

@nkrichards wrote:You folks that run in the rain are...not sure what word I want to choose but you know what I mean.  Smile 

We have to deal with the cold over here but I seldom have to run in the rain and I'm not sure I'd be as committed as I am if I did!

Here's a word: Wet.

Rain doesn't really bother me all that much, as long as it's not in 30s to low 40s and windy. (I ended up hypothermic one morning in condition like that, and it was no fun at all.) Most of what we get is torrential drizzle, in relatively mild temperatures, so it's not so horrible with the proper gear.

Speaking of gear, I was dismayed last week when the cover of my LifeProof case split from the side of the case, rendering the whole thing useless as protection for my iPhone. I had to use a double-baggie system on my last run, just to be safe.

The case had just gone out of warranty, too. But I went ahead and put in a claim on it, not really expecting much.

I got an email back from them today. They're shipping me a new one. Free. Very Happy
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:56 pm

Wet - love that.  It is raining super hard here as well and is going to continue right through tomorrow which will make our drive south a bit more interesting.
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Post  Mark B on Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:28 am

Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Wet - love that.  It is raining super hard here as well and is going to continue right through tomorrow which will make our drive south a bit more interesting.

You guys are getting some very intense weather this week. Drive safely!
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