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Got a run in! YES

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I decided to just say screw it to this weird cold. More of an internal bruise in my upper right chest and run anyway. Yes I did see the Dr last week, he found nothing and said to take Aleve.

So I have been taking Aleve and I'd rather not. Found that if I didn't take it at night, I could certainly tell the next morning, so had been taking it twice a day. But last Sunday am I felt pretty good. So Monday night, I didn't take it. Oh I could tell this morning! I took one before the run.

The first few strides of the run were actually painful in the chest but then subsided. I took it slow and averaged about a 12 minute pace. Just under 2 miles.

And yes.. I still have my Biffronies... He just turned 20 a few weeks ago. Here's some pics of him. I swear he does not look this narrow when you are standing with him! And go figure our weather, this was mid March in the 70's when these were taken. It was 36 this morning!

There is an 8" height difference between Biff and emoticon I have to remember this when I dismount Biff... can you say shock to the knees...ow

I was really proud of emoticonlast night. He was not turned out due to high winds, mud and the other horses being nuts, which is fine. There were too many little kids in the indoor to ride, in case he misbehaved! The indoor round pen was being used. hmmm maybe I should have stayed at the barn I pretty much had to myself! So I took him to the outdoor round pen and all he did was walk around. Ok fine. So I tacked him up and road him in the outdoor w/ these huge gusts of wind! He was a saint! Shocked me.. I totally figured he'd be a bit flighty w/ the wind.

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SPUTNIK512 4/18/2012 9:25AM

    emoticon Awesome!

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_LINDA 4/18/2012 1:12AM

    Wow! 20! A senior!! Sometimes perspectives in a camera can look strange...
Glad your run didn't cause you to feel worse, that is the main thing..
Good on Turtle for behaving in those winds (boy I am sick of winds)
Crazy weather here too, four days ago we were riding 53 F now its hugging 22 and lower!!!

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FRAN0426 4/18/2012 12:11AM

    Biff is getting up there in age, or do horses have longivity? Didn't kmow you have another horse, but sounds like he is doing great, how old is emoticon? we have beenaving crazy weather too. It has been below freezing several mornings in a row. Cold days and lots of wind too. It is raining once again tonight, although things are greening up nicely with te rain we have been getting. At least we didn't get the 10 inches of snow northern Mn. got so glad for that.

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CSIENK 4/17/2012 3:18PM

    Great pictures of Biff! Great job getting your run in, but remember to take it easy on yourself. Our weather has been crazy too. We had some lovely spring/summer weather in March... and it was 30 degrees this morning.

Keep up the great work.
Cindy emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 4/17/2012 1:59PM

    Biff is beautiful !! I'm a sucker for horses, but don't life in circumstances where I could keep one, otherwise I'd have horses!

Glad you got your run in. Feel better!! Sending you some virtual chicken soup vibes!

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NATPLUMMER 4/17/2012 12:16PM

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Hi Biff!!
Yay Turtle!!

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    emoticon on getting a run in.

Do you know horseback riding in on my 'to do' list as it's something I've never really done (except maybe pony rides when I was young :)

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No Exercise, high sodium, very mean scale.. and pictures

Monday, April 16, 2012

My goodness this month has really been a beast on me! I ran on the 2nd and that has been the last run! Hopefully I'll get out tomorrow morning! The first week of April was just crazy with things and holidays that I only got the one run in.

Sunday I started coming down w/ a chest cold, I could not take a deep breath, that was about it. So if I can't take a deep breath, figured I'd better not run.

then I had a week of HIGH sodium levels, little exercise and I wonder why the scale kept going up by .4 or .6 every day....sigh. I hate hidden sodium, I really do!

So I feel better, not 100% but much better. Going to try for a run tomorrow... the scale is stating it is necessary!

I found a soup that is gluten free and low sodium, hopefully it tastes good!

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So Sunday, I moved emoticonto a new barn and he loaded into the trailer like a champ! Here are some pic's!
So glad I got this shot!

He is so not afraid of water! Love it! We had a monsoon Saturday night..

Here is Turtle clean

and after he rolled, his entire side is soaking wet and covered in sand!

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SPUTNIK512 4/17/2012 11:30AM

    Ugh, I know what you mean about sodium, it's my enemy! I can be within my ranges on everything else, but if I'm over on sodium it up that number on the scale!

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NATPLUMMER 4/17/2012 9:24AM

    I hope you felt well enough to get out for a run.
You'll kick that sodium weight to the curb...just keep hydrating.
Turtle is so handsome :-) And the pics are all right-side up ;-)

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CH0718 4/17/2012 9:07AM

    Hope you are feeling better! Turtle is a beauty!

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SNOWFILLY 4/17/2012 8:25AM

    Turtle looks at home in the water. LOL He is beautiful!!! Are these pics of the new barn that Turtle is at? Nice place!! Do you still have Biff?
Hope you feel better!!!
Are you going to the Midwest Horse Fair? emoticon

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    What a lovely looking horse!

Glad you're feeling better... the scale will back off once you get your mojo back - of this I have not doubt!

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_LINDA 4/17/2012 2:17AM

    You are right not to exercise with a chest cold -take it easy. Hope you feel better soon! Staying away from processed foods will keep your sodium low -nothing beats fresh fruit and veggies!
AWESOME photos of Turtle -LOVE them -what a fun horse :)

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1CRAZYDOG 4/16/2012 9:15PM

    I hope you feel better. The virus that's going around here is a real bugger! Hangs on. Just take care of you.

Oh your horse is a beauty!

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EXCIRA 4/16/2012 6:50PM

    Remember, when you fall off - you get right back on the horse!

(Pun totally intentional!)


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DAWNO64 4/16/2012 5:16PM

    Pretty turtle!!!
I've had the same darn cough, and the same lack of exercise, but I beat you on the weight gain. Hopefully the cough will go away soon. It's been just one thing after another!!

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Bittersweet memories

Friday, April 13, 2012

I was just at my friends website going thru the photos. He recently had a barn fire and lost almost his entire show string. He did lose all his equipment and clothes and personal possessions.

I was surprised to see my horse in his photos. I am pleased to see him there. I really loved that horse. Ironically, if I had bought him back as I wanted to, he too would most likely be one of the 19 horses that lost their lives in this fire. My horse is #24 and #63. My Brassy Ass I called him.

Dancing in the Dark is gone. He had so many National Championships. He was such an awesome horse. My heart goes out to all the owners that lost their horses in this fire. Such a scarey thing.

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 4/17/2012 8:31PM

    we saw the fire from afar and i didn't learn what happened until it was too late. i hope your friend is ok, so sorry for the loss of all those beautiful horses...

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/14/2012 9:19PM

    not sure Bob. I know that a lot of strangers stopped and helped open stall doors. The media is really bad on numbers. It was 7 dead for the longest time, then next report it jumped to 19.

I hope he is too Cello.. I haven't called him, he's busy enough w/ the actual owners and everything going on.

Comment edited on: 4/14/2012 9:21:04 PM

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CELLO23 4/14/2012 3:32AM

    Hope your friend is recovering OK after such a trauma. The horse is a beauty - such a glossy coat!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/13/2012 9:20PM

    Oh my . . . sooooo gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen a horse with such a distinctive face marking. Beauty!!

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BOBINVA 4/13/2012 9:15PM

    Is this the same barn where a 15 year old girl saved 23 horses?

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NATPLUMMER 4/13/2012 3:44PM

    So handsome!! emoticon

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The quest for shoes!!!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

here is the update! I do have a very mild heel strike and I was thinking I did not. Oh well! Jim was the guy helping me out at the store. He went all over the shoes inch by inch and said there was no uneven wear or specific breakdowns. He too believed I should have gotten more than 214 miles on them.

So listening to my recap on mild stability ASICS and if I should try minimalist shoes, he said no, I would be better off in a higher cushioned shoe to help get past 200 miles.

I put on a Nike Vomero (?) and I really liked it but the toe boxes are getting smaller and I could feel my toes at the end of the shoe so he put in for the next size up, which should be in Mon/Tues. Also tried Brooks Glycerin, really liked them. And ASICS Nimbus. So when the Nikes come in, I'll try them all again and make my pick!

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CAROLCRC 4/6/2012 7:57AM

    I'm on my first pair of Brooks Glycerins... so far so good.

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SPEEDYDOG 4/6/2012 7:42AM

    Good luck finding the right shoe. The Nike Zoom Vomeros are a great cushioned ride. The toe box is quite wide on the men's shoes and fits me great. I also have a pair of Nike Pegasus shoes also. The Pegasus has slightly less cushion than the Vomeros and are a bit better on rough trails.

I just hope you find a shoe that jumps on your feet and feels like the shoe was made just for you.

Thanks, Bruce

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CELLO23 4/2/2012 9:07AM

    Good luck! I was hoping that having been measured and slomotion video'd once in a shop, I could rely on the same shoes forever! But it seems not :) I'm a little disappointed with the wear in my Sauconys, though they are v comfy - the mesh on top got a hole in it quite quickly. Hope you find your shoe nirvana!

@striver I was very intrigued by those oesh's - high concept!

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_LINDA 4/1/2012 11:15PM

    I hope you find something that works for you. Finding the perfect shoe is a pain.
I have settled on New Balance myself.
I won my big prize at a Health and Wellness fair at a fitness facility. It only ran for three hours for one day, so likely was not many people there. My kind of odds!

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MIRAGE727 4/1/2012 4:26PM

    I rock the ASICS Kayano 17s. My DW is now on her 18s. Both of us got evaluated for gait analysis and tested two different shoes, one on each foot at the same time, around an Official Mondo track. It really showed a difference in comfort and support. Just this past week, I did a logic test and the shoe recommended for me after I finished was ...the ASICS Kayano. But I'm always looking for new stuff and the best ride! All the best on your new wheels. Just make sure it's feels right for you!

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RUNNINGPFUHL 4/1/2012 4:13PM

    I have Brooks, I continue to go back to them. Great shoes.

I'm interested in a minimalist shoe though as well.... just don't' want to shell out the money for them!

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CAMROLA 4/1/2012 3:37PM

    Trial and error. Very important to find the right fit! You'll be tearing up the road in new kicks soon!


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STRIVER57 4/1/2012 1:04PM

    you might consider these evidence-based shoes, which i love passionately. unless you live nearby you need to order them by mail but you can return them if the fit is wrong (mine was perfect):<
BR>read their info and their links. she really knows what she's talking about. i wear these shoes all the time, for running and walking ... except for very dress-up occasions (of which i don't have many).

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ALICIA214 4/1/2012 12:35PM


Quite an operation isn't it finding shoes that fit and are comfortable.

Good Luck. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/1/2012 12:22PM

    I do love a nice cushioned shoe. Hopefully you'll be in some fabulous ones in a few days :-) emoticon

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minimalist shoes?

Friday, March 23, 2012

So I have killed another pair of emoticonand I am not happy emoticon
I understand that my two pairs of ASICS didn't last over 100 miles as they were stability shoes and I did not need stability. so when the basic cushioning wore down and I had the stability part left, made sense.

But I do not understand why I only got 214 miles on my Saucony, non stability? And yes, I alternate running shoes. I currently have a pair of Ghosts with 86 miles on them.

So, another runner at work suggested minimalist shoes. I read some articles and paid attention to my running this morning and I do a flat foot strike and do not have a large stride, so it's not like I'm heel pounding.

Here's the article I read yesterday

Any ya's or nay's out there?

Can I run with the minimalist AND switch with the ghosts or is it one or the other?

On a emoticonupdate, he does not like motorcyles. Can we all say WEEE and bolt across the arena! I am going to meet with the owner of another barn tonight. this is where my instructor is and it will be easier to get a lesson if we are at the same place. That and this place has jumps that are left up 24/7 which is a huge +. Also access to riding trials too.

sorry I have been a bit MIA lately, been busy! Working on the over 300 emails from SP. I think I might be on a few teams that are pretty active!

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CAROLCRC 4/3/2012 8:47AM

    Make the shift to a minimalist pair very, very slowly. I took 3 weeks of running to work up to 2 miles at a time (I'd start out with 1/4 mile in the Frees, then switch to my padded shoes - gradually increasing the distance before the switch). I alternate my Nike Frees with my more padded neutral shoes. I now run about 4 miles a week with the Nikes, and the rest of my miles in padded neutrals.

Using the Frees changed my stride from classic heel-strike to mid-foot, and basically solved my knee and ankle issues. After 3 years of shoe experimenting, this switch let me return to long distance running.

Good luck!

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SPEEDYDOG 4/1/2012 10:24AM

    I read the article on minimalist shoes and mid-foot strike with great interest. I am one of those people that starting recreational running in the 1970s when all shoes were minimalist shoes. I those days, the vast majority of runners were young, fit and fast! Then came the running boom! The slipper-like minimalist shoes just didn't work well for heavier people (like I am now) plodding along (like I do now)!

The first pair of cushioned shoes I bought were Etonic Street Fighters! Great name and for a great shoe. I launched myself down the track at the high school. IT was like running on clouds. Magnificent!

These old Etonics had a profile that resembled the new minimalist Nike Free Run shoes. My humble opinion is that padding is a good thing. I mid-foot strike is not natural for a lot of people. The shoes have nothing to do with your foot strike. There are elite runners that have a heavy heal strike.

I bought a pair of minimalist shoes for doing kettlebells and other low impact exercises. These shoes are Inov-8 Road-X Lite racing flats. I did a bit of running in these shoes and it sucked!

Maybe you would like a minimalist shoe. As for me, I like the nice cushy ride. BTW, I have a natural mid-foot strike. I am just old and set in my ways!

Thanks, Bruce

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CSIENK 4/1/2012 9:40AM

    Interesting article. It's something I've considered doing, but haven't gotten around to it yet (switching to a lighter, more minimalist shoe). Let me know what you decide on.

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TIGGER622 3/24/2012 10:06AM

    Just checking in! I have been interested in minimalist shoes, but have no knowledge base there :P sorry!!! Sounds like moving your little turtle would make a lot of sense! Hope you're doing well and enjoying the weather, its been amazing!!!

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_LINDA 3/24/2012 1:48AM

    Great article! If you do go into something like this, it would best be on soft ground like earth or grass. Not having anything between you and the pavement would be asking for heavy joint impact and possible injuries not being used to it. Good thing it says to start out very slowly..
I have been curious about those separate toe shoes, when I looked at them, they reminded me a lot of aqua shoes with mesh upper and a minimum sole -but what a price for them -need some money in the budget..
That would be great if you and Turtle got to this new barn with permanent jumps and trails as a bonus! Hope it works out for you!
Have a fabulous weekend!

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NATPLUMMER 3/23/2012 5:02PM

    It's worth a try. Remember that you have to start out slowly with them, though.
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RUNDARCYRUN 3/23/2012 4:01PM

    I got my first pair of VFFs over a year ago, & started working into them slowly, switching out with "normal" shoes. I didn't start trying to fully transition to minimalist shoes until this year. I did it for the same reasons you mentioned - getting tired of buying shoes where the cushioning wears out so fast!! I also agree with the concept behind it, that our feet have amazing designs, and don't really NEED help from running shoes. For the past 2 months, I've run every run in minimalist shoes (I now have Saucony Hattoris as well), about 270 miles total. My VFFs & Hattoris both have about 300 miles on them, & don't show much signs of wearing out. Since cushioning is not a concern, I guess when my foot is peeking out the bottom, it'll be time to buy new ones!!

With that being said, minimalist shoes do take a lot of adjusting, varying from person to person. Transition just needs to be taken cautiously, but why not try it!?! ;) Good luck!

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    I switched a few months ago to a minimalist shoe- Brooks Pure Cadence and I like them a lot. They aren't anywhere near as minimal as shoes like the Virbram 5 finger, but I think of them as maybe being a transition shoe.
As for switching back and fourth- I am not sure. I have old runners (asics) that I have work for other stuff, and now I never want to wear them, I love the Brooks SO freakin much. I also seem to run faster than I used to- I used to heel strike, and had too long of a stride. It's shorter and faster now.
Sorry not much advice that's actually helpful.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/23/2012 3:41PM

    Do you need cushioning in your shoes? Most minimalist shoes don't have much (if any).

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TERRIJ7 3/23/2012 2:46PM

    I'm a walker, not a runner, so you'll have to consider that; however, I have a history of foot trouble (bunions, blisters, etc) and have switched to the Vibram 5-fingers. I adore them! I had reconstructive surgery on one foot because I could no longer find shoes to fit and even short walks had become very painful. I'm now pain free, but still have trouble finding good shoes that fit well and all that. Without exception, every person I saw wearing the 5-fingers said they were the most comfortable shoes ever--so I finally tried some on for myself. I wore them around the store for about 15 minutes to get past the feeling of having "gloves" on my feet and then I didn't want to take them off! They are, by FAR, the most comfortable things I've ever worn--even more comfortable than going barefoot. I was warned not to run in them until I'd given my foot muscles a chance to adjust and get stronger (not an issue for me) and I did notice some slight cramping in one foot while walking uphill during that first week. I just slowed down and stretched my foot a little. Clearly, you use more muscles with them than with traditional shoes. The soles are very protective. I can even walk on gravel if I have to. I paid about $110 for them, but after my foot surgery I'm pretty much doomed to buying expensive shoes and the comfort is well worth it at this point.

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THECRAZYMANGO 3/23/2012 1:36PM

    Holy! 300! And I get overwhelmed with 30-50 when I am gone! Good grief!!

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JERRYB56 3/23/2012 1:34PM

    This is a really interesting subject. I've been toying with the idea of trying the Vibram Five Fingers, but, unfortunately, the price is not minimalist. If I don't like them, or don't do well with them, I'm out a sizable chunk of change. Info at, if you're interested.

Do you get your shoes at a real runner's shoe store, like Fleet Feet? Maybe a good evaluation and fitting would make all the difference, regardless of what type of shoe you end up with.

Keep up posted!

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STUDLEEJOE 3/23/2012 1:20PM

    Interesting post. Thanks for sharing

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