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13 miler! ROCKED IT!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I would just like to say that I was expecting this run to kind of suck -- 4 hrs of sleep, randomly hot and sunny at the beginning when I was expecting cool and cloudy (um, tights?! EEK!).

But then it got cool enough to be SUPER comfortable, and I actually finished the 13 miles in a Personal Best for me at that distance -- a 12:20 min mile average pace! WOOHOOO!!!!! Had to blog about it. Now for family time.

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SEEHOLZ 11/23/2009 4:19PM

    I saw your blog and finally got to read it-LOL!

What an awesome confidence booster! I hope your remembered to bottle some of this feeling up and save it for the marathon!

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MBSHAZZER 11/23/2009 9:12AM

    WAY TO GO!!! So glad it was good run! Hope you enjoyed the rest of the weekend!

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MTER67 11/23/2009 9:06AM

    Yay! Congratulations! Sorry bout the tights though, haha! (I always overdress!)

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GET-FIT-NOW 11/23/2009 12:46AM

    emoticonOn beating your best time.

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/22/2009 10:45PM

    woo hoooot!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/22/2009 6:39PM

    Now that is pure inspiration for "JUST DO IT" you never know how its going to turn out! *AWESOMENESS*

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DDUNKIES 11/22/2009 3:31PM

    Congrats!!!! what a fantastic accomplishment- you rock!!! love ya donna

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AMUNET_RA 11/22/2009 1:18PM


You just rock! Period!! You're such an inspiration!!!


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RINOACHAN 11/22/2009 10:36AM

    WOW! That's amazing!!

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KEAKMAN 11/22/2009 10:09AM

    WOOHOO!! Must be the new yogurt!

How many days and how many runs left???? emoticon

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BRE7482 11/22/2009 5:18AM

    Wow! That's awesome!

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    Wow! You run fast! 12:20 average with 13 miles??? Wooohoooo~!!!!


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KAYAKID 11/22/2009 1:10AM

    Dana, Enjoy your family amd good run and the count down has begun - 7 more runs right? You are rocking your runs! Proud of you!!!

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DDOORN 11/22/2009 12:07AM

    Ramping and revving on up! Woo hoo!


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WILDRICE99 11/21/2009 11:29PM

    That's awesome!!

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SEEBEES3 11/21/2009 10:28PM

    Wohoo! Don 'cha love it when the weather cooperates! I'm so glad you enjoyed your run. emoticon

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KUANGIE 11/21/2009 9:43PM

    Nothing better than a great run!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/21/2009 9:36PM

    Sounds like you are getting locked in.


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GAYEMC 11/21/2009 8:03PM

    Awesome, Way to go! emoticon

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    Whoo hoo! That had to feel great, and I'm glad you didn't have to discard your tights ;)

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TELERIE 11/21/2009 6:34PM

    Way to go, Dana! Glad you ROCKED that run! You needed it, I am sure!

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FITTYTIF 11/21/2009 4:29PM

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MICHAELA2780 11/21/2009 4:25PM

    Woohoo!!! I can't wait until I'm capable of running 13 miles...no matter what pace I run it! That's awesome!

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/21/2009 4:24PM

    I was going to blog about how much I love November weather for running. :) I've run outside the past two days in a row here!

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BRUIN2 11/21/2009 4:20PM

    And, happy Saturday!

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BRUIN2 11/21/2009 4:20PM

    Way to rock it, way to way to rock it!

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YOBABY! and other stuff...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I just found the best yogurt ever.

I'm upgrading from my old Stonyfield Organic Fat Free Strawberry. :)

To Stonyfield Organic Yobaby + Fruit and Cereal!

Yeah, it's for babies, but whatever -- it looked good so I decided to go for it.

The one I ate today was Straberry Banana, and the pack I bought is Strawberry Banana and Raspberry Pear. :)

Here are the ingredients:

Nutrition Facts: 110 calories, 4g fat, 55mg sodium, 15g carbs, 13g sugar, 4g protein

Yeah, my fatfree is 90 cal and I think 6g protein -- but it has more sugar. AND it doesn't have the omega-3's addition! AND...

This stuff is so cool, it's like a 3 layer treat. The top was a super creamy layer that was creamy colored as well, then in the middle was the yogurt, then at the bottom it's like the fruit puree and the grain stuff. That's what it seemed like to me anyway -- it was like discovering a treasure as I went! And it was sooooooo good tasting.

I got excited and had to come write a recommendation.

So anyway -- other stuff. Last night was tough -- a lot of dark moments, but then things started getting more normal (and junk food was purchased), watched some funny TV shows on TiVo... oh and then my father-in-law came down. That was kind of a secret until he called and said he was down the rd, then I finally told my DH he was coming. I think he was ready for it then, but earlier when he left (it's about a 2hr drive) I'm positive my DH would have totally rejected that notion so we kept it on the hushhush. I'm glad because I had to come to work this morning and go run 13 miles and I didn't want to be worried about him being home alone with his thoughts, ya know? Just not a good idea. Plus hello - his dad rocks and there's no way this can't be a positive thing anyway.

But here I am -- up till a little after 2AM working on this stuff (totally worth it, no regrets), had to be up at 6AM to be at work, and facing a 13 mile run afterward. WOOHOOO!! ;) hahaha.

I feel pretty ok about it though -- the weather yesterday said it'd be likely to rain during my run time, but now it says it's not! So that's a relief. I went and ate my pre-run meal about 45min ago and I just feel ready to go. All day yesterday I couldn't stop thinking about how much I was looking forward to this run to go work out some emotions, ya know? I wished my DH had that kind of thing to turn to. If I was in his spot I know running a loooong run like that would really help. We're just hoping to get him out of the gutter, even if not back on the positive track of feeling like continuing on and trying again yet, so that he can face meeting with his advisor next week to talk about what next, and then have a nice Thanksgiving break to get away from it all. His dad asked him not to make any decisions (to quit or not to quit) until at least after Thanksgiving. I'm like... 99% sure he will followthrough with it, but about 85% of what's coming out of his mouth now is not saying that... but there are those other comments... like "we'll have to get those nice copies made again!" (of the dissertation for the committee and the grad school) that are kind of talking about what will happen when he goes for it again..... so...... I'm optimistic. Now is not the time. I don't believe these "CONVICTIONS" that are gained when in a total emotional hole in the ground full of self loathing and depression -- ya know? I mean, I've been there before for other reasons and I know that my thoughts were NOT rational then and once I was out of it I couldn't believe I thought some of the things I did.

Anyway enough about that. Time to go run soon.

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/23/2009 1:45PM

    Sometimes when we hit that bump in the road, we have to slow down for a bit. When we hit that bump wrong, we have to pull over to change the tire, but then we get back on the road. We grumble for a while about the circumstance, but we finish the trip.

Your husband is still changing the tire now.

Interesting about the yogurt, I usually don't get those because they are too expensive, but I am just cheap.


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GET-FIT-NOW 11/23/2009 12:44AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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SEEBEES3 11/21/2009 10:24PM

    Thanks for the tip. Gotta try it! Hope the run goes well. Keep your chin up with DH. He is going through a very tough time and he's not going to be rational for a while. He will get through the other side though. It's great his dad came. He needs all the support he can get right now.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/21/2009 8:34PM

    Yogurt. I LOVE yogurt.
Specifically strained nonfat yogurt. Because of the protein/calorie ratio. As you'll see, below...

You've GOT to try Siggi's Skyr, if you can find it.
In 6oz:
Cal 100
Fat 0 g
Na+ 70 mg
Carbs 6 g
Sugar 4 g
Prot 17 g (Yes, SEVENTEEN g protein.)

Skim Milk, Live Active Cultures, Vegetable Rennet
(and agave nectar & fruit, if you get a flavored one)

B. Lactis, L. Acidophilus, L. Delbrueckiee Subsp. Bulgaricus, L. Delbrueckiee Subsp. Lactis, S. Thermophilus

Second choice is FAGE 0%
In 6oz:
Cal 90
Fat 0 g
Na+ 64 mg
Carbs 7 g
Sugar 7 g
Prot 15 g (FIFTEEN g protein.)

ade A Pasteurized Skimmed Milk, Live Active Yogurt Cultures (L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus)

Hang in there with DH. I know what you mean about how everything always feels better and clearer after exercise - and wishing others had something like that too. Glad he got to see his awesome dad.

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SEPPIESUSAN 11/21/2009 1:35PM

    Yobaby? You are so funny. :)

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DANCETHEBEACH 11/21/2009 1:35PM

    One really nice thing about it - your DH does have YOU! And you are incredibly motivational. This is a real resource for him. I'm sure that in time things will turn out for the best (although I'm also sure that right now it doesn't feel like it.)

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JESPAH 11/21/2009 1:01PM

    Your DH has his own feelings to work out, however he will work them out. I think the advice to slow down and not do anything until the holiday is over is good -- a lot of these despair feelings can push you into doing things without a lot of preplanning or consideration of consequences, so it's better to put brakes on it.

Hope he's better soon -- and you -- you know I wish wonderful things for ya!

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/21/2009 12:38PM

    Mmmm... FISH OIL! ;-)

Hey... I've been eatin' baby food lately, too... Never thought there would be GERBER in my tracker, LOL!

Your point about having running to turn to is one of my reasons for getting back to it, even though it is painful and slow coming now... Spiritually, I have God to turn to in wacky situations, and then nothing PHYSICAL to work it out with. The running used to be my time to go out and think about nothing - or everything. Can't wait to be able to run for long stretches once again. :)

I hope your long run helped YOU!

How cool that your FIL came to see his son. Awesome. :)


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SWEATONCEADAY 11/21/2009 11:47AM

    hoping your run is going well. after my grandma died i did a run and i was sobbing half the time. felt good. people probably thought i was a psycho lol. every day should get a bit better for you guys. chins up! (not that you have a double chin... your chin and henry's) emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 11/21/2009 11:38AM

    Dana, hope the run is just what the doctor ordered. I'm glad you are being such a rock for your hubby, too! I hope he continues - I sooooo know how it feels to be in that hole, but I think with the nice time spent with family, relaxing, he might change his mindset. Kind of makes me think of a friend of mine. She trained for and completed 2 Ironman Triathalons... but did not complete them in the alloted time so it didn't "count". Third time was a charm and she is now an official IRONMAN. But I'm positive that after the first two attempts, she probably wanted to throw in the towel, sell her bike, and never go running again. Just because one does not succeed on the first try, does not take anything away from eventual success! Have a great weekend!

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KIMCATUS 11/21/2009 11:36AM

    I can't even imagine what your sweetie is going through but I'm so glad he has you and supportive family near! *hugs* You know I'm sending up prayers for him that everything works out....and you know they will....it's just getting to that point that's the hardest!!

Woo hoo on the new "treat"....lol I tried the cocoa roast almonds you recommended....oh man. Best thing ever!!!!! I'll have to give this a shot too.... XD

Have a great run!

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SO devastated.

Friday, November 20, 2009

:( DH did not pass his defense today.

I am so shocked -- it is such a frustration after all of the hard work he has put in. Right now I'm mostly mad at his mentor for not preparing him well enough to pass. He has been diligently working on everything, submitting it to her for revisions, etc. etc. etc. Apparently she said today that it IS fixable (presumably meaning he can work more on his dissertation and then defend it successfully), but if she knows how to fix it then why did she not have this done BEFORE his defense? A PhD candidate can only be as prepared as their mentor prepares them for -- that is kind of the nature of this thing is that they don't know what is expected from that situation until they learn it and go through the process and the mentor is supposed to be preparing them for success.

At this point he is feeling very humiliated and I'm embarrassed I even mentioned it here, but at least I can now vent about my frustrations regarding it. I am 100% confident in his abilities in his work, and I am totally confident that with additional work he will pass, but I am so hurting for him so much right now I can't believe he has to be teaching a class right now and I have to be at work. I have to give him the car at lunch and I've asked to take an extended lunch break today as well so hopefully I can provide some bolstering and comfort but I don't even know what to do. *sigh*

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/23/2009 4:44PM

    All I can say is: "That sucks!"

Do you want me to kick his advisor for you?

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GET-FIT-NOW 11/23/2009 12:33AM

    Hope things turn around for your DH. Best Wishes , Paula

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KIRSTY1306 11/22/2009 6:53PM

    Oh Im so sorry that is terrible news. His mentor is really crappy if you ask me. You have no reason to feel embarassed to spark about it here, we definately wont judge you OR your husband, afterall he tried his best , it seems his mentor let him down!! Im sure it can all be fixed, just try not to get too upset, the same goes for your husband!
Kirb xx

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/22/2009 6:42PM

    I agree babe... It's better that you mentioned it here, better to be able to talk about it... And now you have more people's thoughts w/ him, it'll all turn out OK!!! Just being married to you I KNOW HE'S GOING TO ROCK IT... We're here for you both! *hugs*


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    He has come SO FAR and I hope he doesn't end it now. I hope he has other people to turn to for help to get his thesis back on the right track and finished up. I'm confident that with your support he'll get through this and PASS!

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MEGABOMB 11/21/2009 1:16PM

    Jesus christ this makes me so FURIOUS! It is absolutely the mentor's JOB to prepare him adequately for the defence and to not let him move forward until the document and the student are ready. I'm STEAMING to hear this news. Your husband better understand that this is not his doing - he's worked very hard and listened to his mentor, and SHE failed HIM. God, Dana, I'm SO PISSED for him! You might suggest to him that he can report on her abilities as a mentor (i.e., she sucks) to the school after he's done what she suggests to "fix" it and got his degree. There's too little feedback and very little accountability for mentors/supervisors, and the school will benefit from hearing his side of things.

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TELERIE 11/21/2009 10:23AM

    I'm so sorry about that, I agree with the others, the mentor hasn't done a good enough job. Hang in there and be there for him when he needs to vent. I hope he can take keep on going and try again soon. Hugs, Marit

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KEAKMAN 11/21/2009 9:52AM

    Dana I am so sorry to hear this. And I am hurting for you and for Henry right now. I wish I could come and hug you both. emoticon Let him talk it out as much as he needs and wants to and then be as supportive and encouraging as you always are. I cannot even imagine how stunned he must have felt when he heard the news. (what a crappy mentor)

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/21/2009 7:52AM

    Sometimes it isn't in the cards. There is always the next hand.

Just keep in mind that what happens to us is there for a reason, we just have to trust in God that it is what we need.


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SWEATONCEADAY 11/21/2009 12:33AM

    sorry henry. dana you are a great wife and you are supporting him just the way he needs it. let him feel what he needs to feel and you guys will get through this together.

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MISSY_MAGOO 11/21/2009 12:08AM

    I agree with the previous comments- listen to him and support him. He's got to be so upset and so mad about this- be his shouldercuz he needs you right now. And try to know that all will work out. It'll happen.

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DENRNAJ 11/20/2009 9:58PM

    I read earlier that it's hard to beat someone that does not give up. Your husband has worked hard for success- he can keep going and realize what he's worked so hard for. Please don't let disappointment and frustration overshadow the work already done.
You sound like you have a great "couple life".
I'll be thinking of you both.

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/20/2009 8:06PM

    Oh man. That sux. :(

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MDTWEETY 11/20/2009 7:24PM

    Sorry honey. What is the thesis about? What is his field of study? I hope you can both move past this and try to enjoy the weekend!! Sounds like he is a hard worker and will pass the next time! HUGS! emoticon

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SEEBEES3 11/20/2009 6:53PM

    Oh, I am so very sorry. His advisor so totally scr*wed him. Academia can be a total beast, I am so sorry he is going through this. He is going to be be really, really pissed and bitter about this one. His mentor got all your DH's work for less than nothing and the committee just stood there and let it happen.

Find out what the actual decision was. Depending on P w/Major Revisions, or P w/Minor revisions he'll be able to get through it but the time involved will be different. Regardless, he has to ride his advisor every step of the way to get things done and he's got to enlist as many folks in the committee to his side as he can to help since mentor is not to be trusted.

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SLCOLMAN 11/20/2009 6:40PM

    Ugh that is a huge shock. I can't get over his mentor :( Hang in there and offer support!!

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DOGSNRODENTS 11/20/2009 6:15PM

    I would just continue doing what you're doing right now -- supporting him in this time of a psychological blow to him. Really, anyone who goes through anything relating to the Ph.D process is going to just need someone to turn to when things don't go well like this.

I defended my Ph.D about this time last year, and while that went ok, I did not pass my qualifier on the first run back in 2005. It is a painful enough experience that it really can make you bitter if you have nobody to turn to for support.

That being said, if he needs to cry or otherwise vent, let him. He's fully justified in being really freaking angry. Keep being the loving wife I'm sure you already are to him.

P.S. I agree with the previous commenters -- his advisor is to fault. You don't let a student try and defend unless they have all of the materials they need to finish things up. That's just plain stupidity on the advisor's part -- not your hubby's.

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FITTYTIF 11/20/2009 5:56PM

    OH my I am so sorry to hear this. I agree his mentor should be responsible! Good luck encouraging him. I am sure he will do it next time!!
Know we are here for you and him.


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MASUMAH1 11/20/2009 4:54PM

    I'm really sorry to hear that..It's so disapointing when you depend on someone and they totally let you down. I can't imagine all the emotions you both are feeling.

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KIMCATUS 11/20/2009 3:46PM

    Oh no!!! I am so sorry....bless his heart! What an awful feeling.... :( *hugs*

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ARMSPORTS 11/20/2009 3:41PM

    I feel his (your) pain. I got my PhD about 15 years ago and there were many times I felt like I was going through the process alone. Not in a personal sense because I had my wife supporting me the whole time. But academically, my profs and even my commitee didn't have a strong grasp of my research because it was so different from their specific fields of expertise. I stayed at the school for financial and personal reasons instead of finding a mentor in my field at another university. At any rate, I got through it so I'm sure he will too! The Doctorate is such a long and weary haul compared to a Masters. If he hangs in there I'm sure it will pay dividends down the road. But he should ride that major prof like a donkey to make sure they are on the same page at his next defense.

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JOHNBABJR 11/20/2009 3:37PM

    I don't know how any of that works, but I am confident that he will turn the negative into a positive and learn from this setback. I know that's easy for me to say, but I know things will work out in the end.

Try and have a good weekend. You are in our thoughts.

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TAKEONME48137 11/20/2009 2:55PM

    Awww I'm sorry to hear that. =( I hope he is able to fix whatever the problem(s) were and defend it successfully. Good luck to him!

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MBSHAZZER 11/20/2009 2:33PM

    Oh, Dana, I am so sorry to hear that. I can't even imagine how frustrated you both must feel - all that hard work, AND not getting appropriate advice from his mentor. I hope that he can re-defend soon? Or is this one of those once a year things.

Well, the one positive is that he has a wonderful partner who will help him through this really tough time.

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LASHERTHECAT 11/20/2009 2:23PM

    Oh my... that's such a shock for you both. It does really reflect badly on his mentor though, more than on him... She told him he was ready... She should have said something earlier you're right. When can he defend again? Is he going to?

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VEGANLINDS 11/20/2009 2:18PM

    That's terrible. All of those years of hard work...
I'm relieved that he can do it again, but wow, such a huge let-down.

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KASHMIR 11/20/2009 2:14PM

    Oh Man, that Blows. I feel for you both!!!

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RHALES199 11/20/2009 2:05PM

    Oh, man, I am so sorry to hear this! I can undestand why you're all frustrated! emoticon emoticon
If you can, do something nice for yourselves this weekend...hopefully getting out and doing something would get your minds off of it and help you guys to feel better emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon I'm so sorry!!

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S318830 11/20/2009 1:52PM

    Oh geez! Just listen to him vent, agree with what he says (as long as it's not self-defeating) and let him know that he can fix it and pass next time. This time he'll also know what to expect and the twit of a mentor will help him. I'm sure this doesn't reflect well on her. She'll be motivated to help fix it. He'll do fine. But you're right, how frustrating that the mentor didn't actually take a more critical eye the first time if she now recognizes what was lacking. Sigh. Good luck. Hang in there... he'll make it through this and so will you.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/20/2009 1:18PM

    Ugh. You're absolutely right. A good thesis adviser does not let a student get to this point if he or she is not ready.

Qualifying exams, yes, under some circumstances.

The defense? NO.

Not his fault.


Did this have something to do with the last-minute committee member substitution? That happened to a friend of mine, where a new committee member (hot young faculty with something to prove) suddenly wanted all kinds of stuff done that the original committee had not stipulated. The adviser fought tooth and nail and got the thesis approved. And there was bad feeling between the two faculty for several years after that.

for BOTH of you.

P.S. What field is this in, anyway? Tell me it's not the humanities, because then I will retch.

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BRE7482 11/20/2009 1:17PM

    I'm so sorry that his mentor failed to prepare him properly. I've met your hubby a couple of times and he is absolutely the best! I know he'll bounce back from this. emoticon

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KARVY09 11/20/2009 1:12PM

    He must be so heartbroken. I know how much work goes into a defense and how it's supposed to be an exhilerating experience once you pass. I can only imagine how devasted he and you must be after all of those years of hard work.

Sending you and him hugs and good vibes. Enjoy yourselves this weekend and try not to think about it. Just lift each others' spirits and have some fun.

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LILHLFPINT 11/20/2009 1:09PM

    (::hugs:: i'm truly sorry to hear this. i'm glad you have this venue to express your frustration.)

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15 more days, 8 more runs!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

So, today I had to get up EARLY early and go rowing for the first time in two weeks!

I was dreading the cold... but got on my tights, shortsleeve tech shirt, THICK long sleeved T (from FSU Seminoles Chiefly Brass (basketball pep band)), hoodie, hat, gloves -- hey I was set! HAHAHA it was 40 degrees when I left and I was taking no chances.

I felt mostly really comfortable while rowing -- the thing about rowing is that you can get warm if you're continuously rowing for a while, but the wind/breeze factor is a lot MORE than running because you're literally moving so much faster. (consider at the last regatta one of our boats that ranked like...16th, rowed 5K in like 16 min? or something? and the fastest I've ever run that distance is 29:50 or so?) so...... considering we rotate through the boat so there are sitting still times plus the extra wind, I feel the need to dress a bit more warmly for rowing practice than for running.

Rowing was awesome today, though! We did a fun new drill using an "extended layback" position. So -- when you're rowing you swing your upper body back then pull in your arms and "tap down" with your hands to get the oar out of the water and end the stroke, then quickly straightening your arms back forward you swing your upper body forward before sliding up on your seat and setting the blade in the water (the catch) to begin the thrust back (the DRIVE) of the stroke.

ANYWAY -- when you swing your body back, you're supposed to be "laying back" a bit -- not sitting directly upright. Today's drill EXAGGERATED the layback position basically as far as we could -- so it was a serious core workout. The result being that you are really swinging your body over a very wide angle backward to forward as quickly as possible. It was very fun and very cool! The actual rowing itself was pretty chill, we didn't even go all 8's at any point and not too much on 6's -- left us available to concentrate on form and technique without having to worry about the set of the boat or speed too much -- also meaning a somewhat less intense workout which is good cause I had to run afterward.

It's so cool to have friends that are into fitness! HAHAHA :D Many of the rowers are also runners and they are all interested in my marathon training progress and wished me luck (today will be the last row I get before my marathon!!! How's THAT for exciting???). Before I did rowing I didn't really have any IN PERSON real life friends who were into stuff like that -- only SparkFriends. It's cool to be part of an athletic GROUP.

Anyway -- so I went to run! 7 miles was the schedule, but since I did 8.5 on Tuesday instead of 8, and 4.14 yesterday instead of 4, and I know a 6.5 mile route off the top of my head I resolved that would be the run for me today. I wore my HRM transmitter strap but forgot my watch! I have no idea how long I ran today. I was going to estimate based on my music but it gave out a little ways before probably the last mile or so? And I forgot so whatever. I picked points along the route that I determined would be my hydrating and fueling points and I think I did good on that even though I usually watch my watch, but yeah. In a way it was kind of freeing because it allowed me to really relax -- because who cares how long it took me??? It was an easy midweek run, I wasn't going to KNOW so why worry?

So..... other than my Saturday long runs (this Sat 13, next Sat 10) my runs are in the following short lengths ;) hehe:

5 miles, 4 miles, TURKEY TROT 5K (3.1mileS), 3 miles, 4 miles, 2 miles...

:D :D :D :D :D Today marked the last midweek mileage over 5 miles, and I only have ONE of those even. Woot. It's getting more and more exciting every day!!!

OH - and I confirmed there will be NO internet tracking. :( Sorry folks! But I will try to update if I can as soon as possible -- I mean I'm gonna be totally jazzed! haha.

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KASHMIR 11/20/2009 2:17PM

    WHAT??!!!!??? Your NOT going to TEXT us all as you run along and Update us on your progress??? What kind of friend is THAT??? emoticon emoticon Tee hee!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/20/2009 11:08AM

    The raw numbers won't be as enjoyable as your report on the race.

Can't wait!!

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NATURALLYME126 11/20/2009 9:35AM

    I am glad you found some "real life" friends with the rowing. ;) Thats awesome!

You rock with the running girl! I am planning on running tomorrow morning either at the park our on the treadmill at home. I think I will make the weekends my time to do my running and during the week I will hit the gym.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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TAKEONME48137 11/20/2009 8:40AM

    Yeah Chiefly Brass shirt! haha I know I've told you this a gazillion times, but I love hearing about your running endeavors and how successful you are with them. It keeps me going. Yay Marathon!

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BRE7482 11/20/2009 5:40AM

    I know what you mean about having friends into fitness. At the moment the only friends I have that are into fitness are my sparkfriends. I'm excited for you and the marathon. You're the first person I've known to run one and I've been telling EVERYONE about my sparkfriend who is running a marathon! You are so awesome!

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MISSY_MAGOO 11/19/2009 7:02PM

    Brrrr... I've been jogging in 30 degrees lately- but can't even imagine how cold it would be on the water! Kudos to you for bundling up and doing it!

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MBSHAZZER 11/19/2009 6:15PM

    OK, I'm cold just READING about your rowing!!! I'm glad you got out there though and did a double workout! WHOOO! Sounds like a fab day for exercise!

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KEAKMAN 11/19/2009 6:12PM

    Well, you could have DH send us updates as the race progresses....assuming he can follow you around from in front!

That's okay - we'll just all be glued to our computers....Is Memphis on Eastern or Central time???/

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JOHNBABJR 11/19/2009 5:30PM

    The rowing sounds like an excellent workout. Core work really helped me in my own training.

No worries on the internet tracking; I know you are going to ROCK the marathon!

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SEEHOLZ 11/19/2009 4:53PM

    You totally imspired me to get my butt out there, even though I'm feeling rather tired. I taught spin this AM, so I didn't run, but now I'm at least contemplating it. You are doing great-I just love your energy!

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16 more days, NINE more runs!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

So....this morning's run.... it was about as cold as it was yesterday - very similar. upper 40's (which if it's sunny is not so bad, but when it's cloudy and windy is not so awesome). I wore my tights today, and my gloves. I had similar tops on -- regular v neck T and longsleeved over it. I felt REALLY GOOD after I got going -- nice and warm! But then I started sweating more on my face and I didn't want to get sweaty underneath so first I scrunched the sleeves, then lost the gloves, and I still felt really good, so then when I got to my turnaround point I walked a bit and took off the long sleeve shirt -- felt ok. Then got a little cold, added the gloves -- and that pretty much worked. Slightly cold. I think it would have been better if I could have lost the short sleeve and kept the long sleeve, but the long sleeve has the advantage of being able to tie the sleeves around the waist... hahaha. And it was on top. Anyway -- fun.

Aside from the weather -- I had to stop like 5 times to re-tie my shoes -- I was experiencing a sore spot on the top of my left foot. So I finally succeeeded with skipping a middle hole and the top one and OFF I WENT!! But that first... I dunno, 1/2 a mile? took like 12 minutes. After that I was running along at a pretty good pace, felt settled in, probably a bit swift due to it being cold, and then when I was about 1/4 mile from the end I turned it up full blast. I ended up with an average of 12min miles, including all the stuff at the beginning so that was neat. I also listened to the Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be for the entire run. Over and over -- I just love that song. :)

Oh and if you didn't see my status update -- I got my bib number for the marathon yesterday!!!!!


:) So exciting!

I also spent most of last night looking up menus for the places that are offering discounts for the Friday Night Carbo-Loading event. Show your official race number and get a discount. And I made a google map of where they all are in relation to where we're staying... and the expo, and the start and finish...

Now I am going to email the marathon ppl and ask if they will be offering online tracking for the race because that would just make it perfect.

Oh, marathon marathon marathon marathon. Marathon marathon? Marathon.

(Yeah I am aware that is what I sound like but I can't help it!)

Oh - we'll toss in a little -- DH found an emergency replacement for his dissertation committee. One of his committee members was having health issues and can't make it and who knows when they could, so he got approval to do that. It meant more paperwork, but luckily finding the person went smoothly so full speed ahead to defense on Friday! Then next week Thanksgving! Then next week Marathon! :D

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/20/2009 9:48AM

    You excitement is contagious. I am ready to take off an run with you . . . at least for the first 10-15 car lengths.


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ANEPANALIPTI 11/19/2009 1:37PM

    I LOVE hearing your marathon talk!!!!!

Following you through this has been so cool! :D :D I can't wait to hear about it you're my hero!

I so bet that soon I'll be all 1/2 marathon, 1/2 marathon!

(I so know what you mean about the 40s but not sunny! GO YOU!!!)

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JOHNBABJR 11/19/2009 12:26PM

    Getting your number really makes it feel official, doesn't it? What a happy time to be a runner!

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LASHERTHECAT 11/19/2009 9:18AM

    Woohoo! Excitement is building!!

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    This is all so exciting - I'm so pumped for you! Black Eyed Peas is on lock on my ipod right now - it's all I'm working out to these days, too! Marathon Marathon Marathon!!! (ooh and carbo loading - sounds fun! haha)

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SWEATONCEADAY 11/19/2009 1:19AM

    yes i want to stalk i mean follow you on race day. i find i can wear short sleeves if i have gloves. i usually do long sleeves and gloves and push up the sleeves if i have too.

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CURVES_N_CURLS 11/18/2009 5:36PM

    As someone who was 80% trained for a marathon before the pregnancy and subsequent post-partum demise of my personal fitness, I am enjoying hearing all of the marathonmarathonmarathon stuff, as I am kind of living vicariously through you, LOL! :)

I figure if I can't do it personally, why not cheer on DANA?!!! :)

So I need new tunes... Will have to check out the BEP song.

I must have looked like a moron out on my walk / run the other day... Short-sleeved shirt and gloves. LOL! I hear you on the wardrobe changes. Today I also had a long-sleeve over a short-sleeve, and really needed the long-sleeve only, but wasn't about to take off my shirt in public to make the switch. ;-)


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MDTWEETY 11/18/2009 5:35PM

    Awesome job on training despite the cold. I wish I could be there to cheer you on for the marathon! I hope you'll "hear" my cheers anyway from here in Baltimore. :)

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/18/2009 5:33PM

    Oooh, good luck on DH's defense! And congrats for picking up a replacement committee member at such late notice. That can be really difficult.

What is the topic of his degree and thesis?

Tell him to be on time, LOL. (I was about 45 minutes late to my own defense - I'd had to argue at length with the airlines about taking my cats as they had originally agreed; I had a postdoc lined up 2500 miles away and was literally flying the day after defending. And I wasn't giving up my chance to talk to a HUMAN when they finally called back.)

Oh yeah, and best wishes on your ramp toward the Marathon...

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SEEHOLZ 11/18/2009 3:56PM

    Marathon, Imma Be, sounds all very repetitive all in all! Do you think the BEP can write us something similar on the whole marathon theme? Haha Now that would rock!
I know I heard that song, but not lately, so had to replay it!
The countdown's on! I also get those urges to listen to the same song over and over again- just not that one-LOL- yet!
Glad all is going according to plan- YES!

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CLOVERR1 11/18/2009 3:52PM

    Lol....I'm kind of stuck on replay too; Not BlackEyedPeas, but the "marathon,marathon, marathon" refrain. :)

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    Way to go! I'm loving the new Black Eyed Peas CD.. its been my go to for my work outs. Last night I was on my 2nd round of Circuit 4 of my MTC work out.. losing steam during my mountain climbers and "meet me halfway" came on and TOTALLY got me through the whole minute.. hell I ended up doing 30 more seconds because the beat was just so perfect. LOL

Congrats on getting your bib #!! Very exciting!

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MISSROCKABILLY 11/18/2009 3:37PM

    Congrats on a great run! I'm getting so excited for you, although not nearly as excited as you are! Keep us updated on whether there is tracking, I will join in on the stalking if there is.


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MBSHAZZER 11/18/2009 3:29PM

    YAY! You guys are full steam ahead! Lots of good stuff going on. Definitely let us know if they have tracking b/c if so, I WILL be stalking you!

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KEAKMAN 11/18/2009 3:29PM

    Idea for your marathon if it's chilly...(thanks to ZMONEY for the idea)...cut the toes out of a pair of tube socks and use them for arm warmers. Since they are just tube socks, if you need to toss them - big deal! That way you can go short sleeves and gloves if it's chilly to start but should warm up, or long sleeves and gloves if it's downright cold but you know you will warm up a mile or more into the race.

And I speak your language, so "marathon, marathon. Marathon! Marathonmarathon." emoticon

Finally HOORAY emoticon for your hubby getting everything all settled and ready to go for defense this Friday! I bet you guys are both total basket cases right now!

GO #397!

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