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Old 01-06-2013, 10:12 AM   #1936
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I am coming down with a cold. I guess better now than Wednesday. Praying it clears up soon. I am downing green tea, vitamin c, and taking zicam religiously.

I commiserate with the PP about fundraising. We set a goal of $500 for Team Gleason for ALS patients -- on our own we wanted to fundraise and run for them -- but I am not very good at fundraising, I have discovered. Of donations I know about (don't know how many donations were made direct before we recently got a FirstGiving page, the link in my sig is direct to the charity), we have raised $101.20. I know that good can still be done with that, though!

Less than a week! I am working on our post race shirts on my embroidery machine. Which I better turn my focus back to before it eats my BFF's shirt! It ate my practice shirt and broke the needle. It's a bit Fatal Attraction---it will not be ignored!
I'm so glad I'm not the only one feeling inept at fundraising. It's a good attitude to look at what you DID raise and know that even amounts under your goal can do some good. Now I will try to adopt that instead of the feeling of "failure" attitude.

Thanks for the giggle over the Fatal Attraction embroidery machine! They tend to alternate between feeling like watching paint dry and being obnoxiously high maintenance. Good luck!
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:29 AM   #1937
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I'm so glad I'm not the only one feeling inept at fundraising. It's a good attitude to look at what you DID raise and know that even amounts under your goal can do some good. Now I will try to adopt that instead of the feeling of "failure" attitude.

Thanks for the giggle over the Fatal Attraction embroidery machine! They tend to alternate between feeling like watching paint dry and being obnoxiously high maintenance. Good luck!
Glad I gave you a giggle. Got the words done on all three shirts last night; today is adding Donald to them.

And, yes, don't feel like a failure. I'm on my phone so I can't see your sig--which charity are you supporting?
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:37 AM   #1938
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Well, this is new. Anyone else have some pretty bad back pain? And what to do about it 6 days before the races? I thought I just slept funny Friday night, but it lasted all day Saturday. And still here today. In the lower back. It hurts most when sitting, and then moving positions. Kinda OK while standing. Sleeping was not good. Ibuprofen didn't do much yesterday. I may try heat later today.

Sometimes I'll have pain in the lower back from time to time, but it's usually gone after a few hours. It's never lasted more than an entire day. I have no clue what I did to cause it. Friday was 8 miles, A-OK. Went to sleep as normal. Dog jumps on the bed at 5:30am, as normal, and that's when I felt it. He's a big dog, but it wasn't from him.

I'll be doing an elliptical workout today instead of running. No way I can run with this pain. Geeez, just one more thing to add to my list....
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Thinking stress from thinking of the upcoming weekend; though lower back would not be the typical spot. I would not hit the elliptical if you are reading this before heading out. Better to rest the muscle and allow it time to heal.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:40 AM   #1939
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Glad I gave you a giggle. Got the words done on all three shirts last night; today is adding Donald to them.

And, yes, don't feel like a failure. I'm on my phone so I can't see your sig--which charity are you supporting?
I'm supporting Give Kids the World.

Are you using a Brother Embroidery machine?
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:07 AM   #1940
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I'm supporting Give Kids the World.

Are you using a Brother Embroidery machine?
Great cause!

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Old 01-06-2013, 11:16 AM   #1941
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Well, this is new. Anyone else have some pretty bad back pain? And what to do about it 6 days before the races? I thought I just slept funny Friday night, but it lasted all day Saturday. And still here today. In the lower back. It hurts most when sitting, and then moving positions. Kinda OK while standing. Sleeping was not good. Ibuprofen didn't do much yesterday. I may try heat later today.

Sometimes I'll have pain in the lower back from time to time, but it's usually gone after a few hours. It's never lasted more than an entire day. I have no clue what I did to cause it. Friday was 8 miles, A-OK. Went to sleep as normal. Dog jumps on the bed at 5:30am, as normal, and that's when I felt it. He's a big dog, but it wasn't from him.

I'll be doing an elliptical workout today instead of running. No way I can run with this pain. Geeez, just one more thing to add to my list....
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I have a lot of problems with my lower back. Here are a couple of things I do that work for me--but just a note, I have been to pt for this, so this is what they suggested for my specific problem.

I lay on my back with a tennis ball under me and roll around on the tennis ball. It kind of works like a foam roller except very focused. It is very painful sometimes, but really loosens the muscle up. I do a stretch where I lay on my back, one leg raised, towel looped around foot and then pull leg over other leg. I also have found that hanging upside down really works. There is a machine at the Y that I use, but if you have a sturdy sofa/chair you could also use that. the pivot should be at your hips.

Be careful with running and a tight back. It really aggravates my itband and my rule of thumb from experience is if I can't touch the ground in forward fold, I don't run. I walk and do yoga stretches until I can.

If all else fails you could try a massage. I was so miserable before w&d I scheduled a massage. None of my tricks were working. It really helped.

Good luck and I hope you feel better.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:19 AM   #1942
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Well, this is new. Anyone else have some pretty bad back pain? And what to do about it 6 days before the races? I thought I just slept funny Friday night, but it lasted all day Saturday. And still here today. In the lower back. It hurts most when sitting, and then moving positions. Kinda OK while standing. Sleeping was not good. Ibuprofen didn't do much yesterday. I may try heat later today.

Sometimes I'll have pain in the lower back from time to time, but it's usually gone after a few hours. It's never lasted more than an entire day. I have no clue what I did to cause it. Friday was 8 miles, A-OK. Went to sleep as normal. Dog jumps on the bed at 5:30am, as normal, and that's when I felt it. He's a big dog, but it wasn't from him.

I'll be doing an elliptical workout today instead of running. No way I can run with this pain. Geeez, just one more thing to add to my list....
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Back (ok, way back) in college, when I was a rower, tight hamstrings/glutes were as much of a cause for low back tightness and pain as something done directly to the back, assuming your pain is muscle related.

On those days, we'd skip the rowing and instead do something really light to warm up the muscles (10ish minutes of walking and light SLOW "windmills"), then spend 30 minutes to an hour stretching everything on the backside of our body (calf, hamstring, glutes, low back, obliques, lats, and traps). The key was stretching for a long time, rotating through each muscle group and slowly stretching everything out. You don't want to overstretch and damage something.

I actually find, during a taper, that I get a lot more stiff than during peak training periods. I always attribute this to lack of a complete stretch after runs, because mentally I'm viewing them as short and easy taper runs.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:31 AM   #1943
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Thanks for the quick replies! I appreciate it.

My DH (who has degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, fused discs, etc) also said it probably is stress. Mostly cuz I didn't do anything directly to cause anything. Who knows.

I like the tennis ball thing, not sure what the puppy will think when I'm "hiding" his ball under my back though! Should be cute. I'll give it a try. That and some light massage too.

The stretching thing has me intruigued as well since I do have a recurring left leg hamstring pull. It's been great for the last few months, but I recently got over a left leg groin pull too. I'll try everything.

Thank you!! Sooooooo ready to have those 3 medals in my hands......
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:46 AM   #1944
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Hang in there Tanya! I hope your back feels better in the next day or so!
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:51 AM   #1945
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Great cause!

Yes, I have the PE770
Nice machine! I aspire to get a Brother machine, but that's going to have to wait for a bunch of paychecks and bills to go by.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:59 AM   #1946
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Nice machine! I aspire to get a Brother machine, but that's going to have to wait for a bunch of paychecks and bills to go by.
I know what you mean. I was only able to finally get mine after some generous cash gifts toward it from my in-laws and parents.

Well, this illness doesn't feel worse today, a teensy bit better, so hopefully I'll have shaken this before the race. I am heartened to know we at least won't be freezing during the Half this year, but the temps clinch I am carrying a water bottle for nips between water stations.

I went ahead and did up a playlist just in case I end up needing my iPod for encouragement during the stretch between MK and Epcot during the Half. I am so excited for this race!!!!!
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:04 PM   #1947
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I know what you mean. I was only able to finally get mine after some generous cash gifts toward it from my in-laws and parents.

Well, this illness doesn't feel worse today, a teensy bit better, so hopefully I'll have shaken this before the race. I am heartened to know we at least won't be freezing during the Half this year, but the temps clinch I am carrying a water bottle for nips between water stations.

I went ahead and did up a playlist just in case I end up needing my iPod for encouragement during the stretch between MK and Epcot during the Half. I am so excited for this race!!!!!
Hooray for gifts that help you reach your dreams!

I hope you feel better well before the race. It looks like we're going to have to worry about heat instead of cold this year. Good idea to have extra hydration available in between water stations, just in case.
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Does anyone have any news on what's happening with the Waiver system?
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Does anyone have any news on what's happening with the Waiver system?
Continued computer problems on Disney's end. Hopefully resolved sometime today.

Went to print mine after finally bought new ink toner. I hope this is up before weekend as i just dont want to stand in line to print there.
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i have yet to be able to check-in online. Problems with web page.
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