Challenge: Count All the Animals!

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Maybe you’re training for a real life race — or maybe you’ve run a few already. If you need to change up things a bit, I’ve got a fun challenge for you this week! Bonus points if you can snag photos.

I’ve been running around my neighborhood a lot lately, and this has helped me from being super bored with the scenery — even if the scenery in Spring is pretty!

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What animals do you see on the run? Count em!
Last year we were trying to find the colors of the rainbow (see this post here). Thanks to Kim @ kimrunsonthefly for this challenge. She happened to mention that she wasn’t seeing many Robins any more.

My guess is I’m seeing all the Robins because I’m out there much, much later than Kim. Apparently the Robins don’t get many worms because they are not early morning birds (just joking)!

After Kim made that comment, on the next walk with Mr. Judy and Bandit I started to count Robins. I didn’t even think of starting to do it until we’d already been walking a while. We don’t walk very far, either.

That first day I counted 11 Robins and 1 Rabbit.

The next day I ran and I counted 11 Robins, 1 Cardinal, 1 Rabbit and a Murder of Crows

Again I didn’t even think to start looking for them until I was halfway through my run.

The next week I started right away — and counted a record number of Robins: 47!

Next time you’re bored on your run, I’d love to hear how many and which kind of animals you see on the run — I know some of you see some really cool animals! Like I said at the beginning of the post, bonus points for photos. Although I rarely got good bird photos, they always fly away.

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What I noticed
Although you often see Robins in pairs, I saw a lot of bachelors too. There were Robin deserts in the neighborhood — I’d see a bunch and then none for quite a while. So far I’m not seeing as many rabbits as in years past, but that may be because I’m not running early yet — and also because I know Rabbits are cyclical (they wind down then they’re everywhere again).

Final Thoughts
I can remember quite a few hot Summer runs in years past when I would count the Rabbits. It was a sign the run wasn’t going well. Better than counting steps though!

What animals do you commonly see on the run? 

Are you able to get good bird photos? 

Can you identify different types of birds? 

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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The Final, Final Goodbye: 5/3 – 9 WRD

Although we said goodbye to my Dad over a year ago, Monday we are laying him to rest, near his parents and his first born son (who died before I was born) and some other relatives. I hope this gives my Mom closure — although we don’t expect that she’ll be there, we know it bothered her that he hadn’t been laid to rest completely.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and recounting a strong running week. I was sure I’d be on the treadmill one day, but thankfully the weather held for me.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (10 min), 3 miles + Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min),  3 miles easy, Yoga (40 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min), PB ST (25 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), 4.5 miles easy, Yoga (20 minutes)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), some light walking/ hiking on the way down, hopefully

Running Mileage: 10.5 (+1.5)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Some pretty flowers for your Mother’s Day

Monday Intention: recover
Yet another week when I have to cram in my runs to some degree, so back to back runs again. I’m not running long, so it’s much easier to do. Took it nice and easy and counted the Robins: a record 47!

Probably because I started counting at the very beginning of my run — there were 17 just on my block! I’m sure there were a few double counted because I loop around several roads in my neighborhood. Plus a handful of crows, a plethora of UFOs (of the feathered variety), and 1 squirrel.

Thanks for the painted stones to brighten my day!

Wednesday Intention: just easy miles
I had totally planned to run on the mill with the forecast for showers, but they mostly held off in the morning; I just got drizzled on slightly the last mile. I forgot to start counting the Robins at the beginning of my run, but ended up with 35, a couple of crows, 1 squirrel.

On our dog walk on Tuesday I saw a hawk and we saw a woodpecker up close — we hear them all the time, I’ve seen them occasionally, but I’ve never had such a good view of one before.

Nice negative splits today and the run felt pretty good — no doubt the chilly temps helped.

More red tulips, Zenaida!

Sunday Intention: increase distance
I don’t dig the cooler temps for Spring (and all the rain), but the cooler temps totally feel great for running — and that rain helps the flowers. My pace bounced around all over the place, but I extended the run more than I expected to, although it’s still obviously a relatively short run.

I felt really strong the whole run, though. The extra rest I took post vaccine seems to have really helped my running. I stopped counting at 50 Robins, there were lots of crows, a couple of squirrels, and a chipmunk — and a cardinal I saw in our backyard earlier in the morning.

Happy Mother’s Day for the mother’s out there — more pretty flowers for you!

Favorites of the week
All the flowers. We didn’t get a whole lot of sun this week, there was wind, there was rain, and the temps were chilly — but like I said, that made for some good running.

Don’t know what happened to this nest. Poor momma bird.

Saw this next outside in our yard yesterday. I can’t help but wonder what went down.

Think the squirrel is thirsty?

So this squirrel. I spied him out on our deck, and grabbed my phone. The squirrel seemed to know I was taking its picture and kept racing back and forth.

Cheeky fellow!

He jumped off the pallet onto the rail and then jumped into the pine tree! I was impressed!

I was going through a box of old photos yesterday. I have a roomate from college I’ve wanted to contract, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember her last name — and definitely not her married name. In the box there was a card from her — voila! Married name. I tracked her down in just a few minutes after that (which is a bit scary, no?).

We reconnected and messaged back and forth for a while. It had been probably 35 years since I’ve seen her. We’re hoping to connect IRL at some point in the future. Her son also went to Vassar College; my parents house was behind the golf course. I used to run to the campus all the time when my parents still lived in that house.

Finally we meeting up with most of my immediate family (masked, although most of us are vaccinated) for mother’s day, and then Mr. Judy and I are headed down to Long Island, where the cemetery is. We’ll be on the road most of the day, so I’ll be late commenting.

What animals do you see the most in your neighborhood? 

How was your Mother’s Day if you celebrate?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers!

GWY Heart Chakra

ICYMI: Got tech neck? Hunched shoulders? This Yin Yoga practice is focused on Anahata, your Heart Chakra, and will help you open up — both physically and emotionally. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’ve got a new Spring challenge for you! On Friday I’ll share five tips to up your mental game.

Raindrops falling in containers: Tea/coffee Date May 2021

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Thanks,  Coco and Deborah, getting us altogether virtually for a coffee date. Raindrops aren’t falling on my head, they’re falling into glasses around here. Confused? Read on!

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If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you on our last get together I was telling you about all the vaccine appointment hoops I had to jump through. While my reaction to the vaccine wasn’t fun, it was relatively short. Since this time I knew it was coming, I also planned on some rest in the days after. I actually think that did me a lot of good, the aftereffects didn’t seem to linger on quite so long.

It took all 3 of these to water about 5 plants

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you about one of my newest projects: rainwater harvesting. Never heard of it? Well, it’s simply collecting rainwater. I made it really simple and just put out containers I already had. It also took almost 24 hours of some pretty heavy rain to fill four of these containers.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I used the rainwater I “harvested” to water my indoor plants — just a few of them (plants, that is). It used up almost all the rainwater I “harvested”.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I also found out that in CO it’s illegal to harvest rainwater. I didn’t know you could legislate something like that!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
We are taking our first “trip” in 2+ years this weekend. Unfortunately it’s to finally bury my Dad (who passed away in January of 2020). My parents’ cemetery is on Long Island, which is a longish drive from here. I finally convinced Mr. Judy to rent an AirBnB.

I figured if we have to go to Long Island, I might as well get to be by the ocean! 

Have you ever heard of rainwater harvesting? 

Are you gearing up for any trips? 

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Don’t Hurry!: April 2021

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If you’re racing, you probably do want to hurry! If you’re not, there is enough hurry in our world already. Slowing down can have great benefits, too.

All things will be clear to the man who does not hurry; haste is blind and improvident
— Livy

I made sure not to hurry my fitness after my second vaccine. Even though the reaction was short, I continued to be tired for several days. My body was clear: it wanted to take things easy for a little while.

I hadn’t planed to take a whole week off of running, but I’m glad that I did. My first run back wasn’t too bad. My body made it clear after the first vaccine that it would have been better to take more rest, but I didn’t know it would happen so not much I could do about that.

This time I knew the right thing for me was to take it easy. I’m glad I did!

It wasn’t all flowers in April. OK, I didn’t run in snow, but I did run in rain!

Getting in scheduled runs
I’ve continued to run 3 x week, with the exception of the week I got my second vaccine. I only got in two runs that week. I’ve actually run in the rain, too. Although there were a couple of treadmill runs (hello, snow!) — what can I say, I don’t love my treadmill, but I don’t mind it, and I notice my body seems to like when I run on it. Not that I plan to be running on it a lot!

I’ve been on Peloton maybe a year now — and I just hit 50 runs, LOL!

Grade Earned: 

Recording my runs
I have veered off course here again . . .

Grade Earned: C

Dynamic Warmup
My dynamic warmup is pretty short and sweet, which doesn’t mean that I’m tempted to skip — and have been known to skip it sometimes. I usually just remind myself it really doesn’t add much time and I’m better off if I do it.

Grade Earned: A

Foam Rolling
Still rolling along here (sorry, couldn’t resist that). I find it really helps my body!

Grade Earned: A++

Despite a little ice cream, it was a better month nutrition wise

Nutrition
I was already inching my way down before the vaccine, but a few days with no appetite didn’t hurt, of course. We got ice cream twice this month when we went on a road trip. The second time Mr. Judy didn’t really want it, but I urged him to do it. Oops.

Grade Earned: A-

Some light hiking for cross training — chasing the waterfalls

Cross Training
Yoga, running, a little hiking, walking, a little bit of indoor cycling. I have been slowly working short ST in there, too.

Grade Earned: A+

April 2021  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. I worked my way up to 7 miles pre-vaccine, but I’ll probably drop it back down and work up again. Not sure where I want my long runs to be. This time I know that I need to ease back in more slowly. I’m happy that I’ve been able to add back in more strength training.

April Goals:

  • Continue to lengthen out my long run. Y. While my endurance took a hit after that first vaccine, I did eventually make my way up to 7 miles. With no races in sight, I’m not sure that I want to go longer than that right now. Especially as it gets warmer! We shall see.
  • Do some longer ST. Y/N.  Y. I did better than I did in March, but it still really seemed to be a struggle to get it all in. I did really try to work it in!
  • Flexibility Challenge. N. I just haven’t had the time to work this one up yet. However, I did revisit my 21 Days of Yoga Challenge from last year, and I adjusted the audio on all my videos, which required changing the links on everything. It was quite the job to tackle!
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up.. Y. I have made just a tiny bit of progress here, with things trending down just a bit. 

Which leads me to May Goals:

  • Add in another running day (when I can). I am not sure how this will look for me, but I’m thinking just a mile or two — maybe recovery miles after a long run? This would be a way to increase my mileage just a little without increasing my long run. Probably not in the beginning of the month.
  • Do some longer ST. I am only shooting for 2 x week, but life has been very busy lately, and the beginning of May I know will be busy. Goals are good, but I’m not going to beat myself up if it doesn’t happen.
  • Strength for Wheel Pose. Wheel pose continues to elude me. I don’t know if it’s physiology, emotional, or just lack of upper body strength. I do have a program for it, and I already started this in April. We’ll see where this leads.
  • Flexibility Challenge. I am guessing this may not happen until June, actually, but creating the challenge will probably start in May.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Always a goal. Over the years I’ve gotten much better at it, but it’s always a work in progress.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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Here we go again: 4/26 – 5/2 WRD

There’s your Dolly Parton earworm for the day! You’re welcome! That’s how I feel though — or maybe it’s just Groundhog Day the movie. I feel like I’ve had to start over, over and over this year.

Hopefully now I can rebuild and stay strong!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and returning to running post vaccine. Oddly I think it was easier with the second vaccine. Probably because I was more prepared. Maybe because of all the Nuun Immunity? Who knows!

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, PB Walking + Toning Arms (25 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min),  Dogwalk, 3 miles easy, Yoga (40 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (25 min), Dogwalk, PB Cardio Toning (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 3 TM Miles, Yoga (15 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (45 min), Filmed Yoga Video (60 min), Dogwalk,
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk

Running Mileage: 9 (-1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Red isn’t just for roses!

Tuesday Intention: easy — how does it feel?
I wouldn’t say this run felt great, especially since I got out late (met a friend for a walk before the run). Overall not bad. I credit taking a week off running after my second vaccine. It wasn’t planned, but I think my body appreciated it.

Friday Intention: avoid the wind
It was very windy and a little on the chilly side. I know I could’ve run outside, but somehow it wasn’t terribly inviting. I did a 45 minute Peloton Pop run and just kinda did my own thing. Even at an easy pace I could see the droplets of sweat on the tread!

Love the flowering trees, even if the flowers don’t last long

Sunday Intention: a few more easy miles
I don’t feel the need to push with no training, and I think maybe easing back into running has been easier because, well, I took it easier. It was actually a tad warm — the front came through and it got chilly and rainy later, but I was happy to run in a skirt.

Being by water anywhere is always peaceful

Favorites of the week
It’s been a while since we did a little road trip, and even though we weren’t blessed with great weather, we made the most of it. Waterfalls, tulips, pizza & ice cream oh my! No real hiking, those falls are just off of a parking lot basically, but there was some walking around.

I could have sat by those falls meditating forever!

I also got together with a friend to walk for the first time since last year, because, Winter.

Are you training for something? 

Have you raced recently?

GWY Solar Plexus Chakra

ICYMI: We’re opening up our side bodies and hips while I introduce you to your Solar Plexus Chakra, Manipura. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m wrapping up April. Friday apparently it’s time for a coffee/tea date — at least I wasn’t the only one confused about which weekend that should be.

More Garmin: Runfessions April 2021

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While catching up over hot chocolate (yup, still drinking it hot!)

We’ve had lovely Spring weather in April, and several days of snow. Transitions are never easy! Most mornings still find me drinking a healthy hot chocolate, and I’ll add a scoop of collagen if it’s my post run snack, which it often is.

I runfess . . .
I have struggled with getting out earlier for my run longs on those warmer April days, and I paid the price — especially when I chose the wrong running clothes. I dragged myself through, with longer and longer walk breaks, on more than one long run this month. 

More time on your feet, right?

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I runfess . . .
My Garmin Vivoactive has been acting a little strange lately. It seems like it’s often updating the software, and the last time it did that, I had already reached my step goal for the day and it dumped like a thousand steps.

I was annoyed. I don’t know why, it doesn’t really matter!

I runfess . . .
Another day I was charging my Garmin. It’s pretty much habit now that every time I make a cup of tea, I pace around while it’s steeping (3 minutes for Green tea, 5 minutes for herbal tea). If you pace around and you’re not wearing your Garmin, does it really count?

I sat down and relaxed.

I think it’s definitely frozen!

I runfess . . .
This one kind of makes me laugh every time I see the water bottle sitting in the freezer. You know how I’ve shared that I fill a water bottle halfway in the summer, and then let the water freeze overnight, then top it off with more water — the ice slowly melts and the water stays colder longer.

I have had a water bottle, filled halfway, in my freezer since last Summer. There have been a couple of those warm long runs when I wish I’d used it!

I’d tell you over hot chocolate . . . 
My mom does get confused easily. She often says she watched a movie that she’s never seen before, although I know she has — she just doesn’t remember it. She can’t always think of names and has mixed up dates for important appointments occasionally. 

She is 93

The date of my second vaccine? She was laser focused on that! That she remembered, because that was important to her.

If it’s not a running day for you, how do you get your steps in? 

What have you found in your home recently that made you laugh?

What do you have to runfess from April? Come join us

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A Perfect Pre-run Snack

Properly fueling runs is an art, just like hydration, which I wrote about here.

What works for me absolutely may not work for you.

Thanks, Honeystinger!

Last week I found myself a few hours after breakfast, having already walked Bandit, prepping for a run. It wasn’t a long or hard run, but I felt like I needed a little something-something before I ran.

A really good choice is actually a banana — but the only bananas we had were still green. I know that some people actually prefer them that way, but I’ll pass.

Powered by honey

Honeystinger Short Stack Waffle
I have used Honeystinger Waffles often as a pre-race snack when I find myself in the same sort of situation: breakfast was just a little bit too long ago and I needed a little something to fuel my run.

I’ve also used bites of a Waffle towards the end of a long race, when my energy is really low.

Much of the energy in Honeystinger Waffles comes from honey. Honey actually has some medicinal qualities. More information on the carbohydrate (aka sugar) sources from the Website:

Utilizing an ingredient engineered by nature as opposed to in a laboratory has its benefits, like higher quality and no additional flavoring or coloring. We use honey, a natural form of energy and antioxidants, combined with other natural sweeteners as the energy sources for all products. Research in endurance athletes has proven that a mixture of carbohydrates is better tolerated by the body, prevents fatigue and enhances performance more than a single carbohydrate form.

How the ingredients in Honeystinger Waffles can help your run according to the Honeystinger Website:

Honey Stinger Waffles are the perfect snack to help you prepare and perform for all activities. The energy in waffles is released immediately and absorbed at a steady rate, which delays muscle fatigue and gives your body the power to achieve your goals. With the right balance of delicious honey-powered carbs, you’ll be counting the minutes until it’s time for the next one.

That banana, by the way? It’s got 14 gm of sugar (depending on the size of the banana) vs the 10 gm in the Honeystinger Short Stack. I will grant you that you can’t get more natural than a banana though!

Final Thoughts
It had been so long since I’d actually eaten a Honeystinger Waffle, I really thought that this was one of the mini waffles! Somehow it seemed smaller, but I guess it really wasn’t. I know a 3 mile run probably doesn’t need 10 gm of sugar. But sometimes you just need a somewhat-natural energy boost, and this fit the bill for me.

What do you snack on right before a run if you’re hungry? 

Do you like sugar as fuel, or fat? The HS waffles are great with some nut butter, too, btw

Store bought or home made fuel for your runs? 

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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I Did Not Throw Away My Shot: 4/19 – 25 WRD

Another week where I knew I would have limited time to get in fitness. Glad that I decided to do my long run on Monday — it sure wasn’t going to happen after my vaccine!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running into that second vaccine.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), 7 mile LSD, Yoga (50 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 3 recovery miles, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min),  Dogwalk, Yoga (40 min)
  • Thursday: Complete Post COVID vaccine rest day due to fever
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, Hopefully some light Toning

Running Mileage: 10 (-2.5)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Interesting artwork along the bike path

Monday Intention: add distance, take it easy
Well, that was the intention, anyway. I did add a half mile to come up to 7 miles. And it was so hard. Despite multiple pauses to check my phone (tracking a grocery delivery). I tried to keep the pace easy, and it was quite consistent — but actually one of my faster long runs in recent history.

I saw a dead fox along the path. That was a first — I’ve never seen any foxes near that path at all. I wanted to get in a long run this week — don’t ask me why, since I’m not training for anything — and between the weather and the second vaccine this seemed like the best day. The good news is I finished, my Achilles felt good — during and afterwards. The bad news is that every long run has been a struggle lately.

That piece of hive on the road was a different location than the hive in the tree; both seen on the same run

Tuesday Intention: recover — go slow!
Well, I tried. This would be super slow for a lot of runners, but as a recovery run, even though it was slow for me and didn’t feel hard — it was probably faster than it should have been. I kept consciously trying to slow it down but it still wasn’t where it should have been; I was watching my Garmin, too, which I normally don’t do.

We went from this pretty day to rain & wintry mix the next

I’m not a big fan of the recovery run, but I had my second vaccine coming up the next day, and I felt like it’s actually better not to run right before your vaccine. Even though I ended up doing exactly that for the first — but I actually didn’t know I’d be getting vaccinated that day when I went out to run. The weather on Wednesday looked to be really nasty, anyway. Rain and potential thunderstorms.

Favorites of the week
It’s kind of a favorite/not favorite thing this week: I got my second vaccine. Luckily I got home before the Wintry mix kicked in!

As I suspected I had a reaction, and yes, it was worse than the reaction to the first vaccine.

I stayed busy post shot, folding laundry, doing Yoga with a lot of arm work, went to bed with just a slightly sore arm.

My reaction was thankfully short lived, with fever, complete loss of appetite (hello, fever), and body aches for 24 hours. I’ve been tired the last few days, but otherwise feeling back to normal. Oddly my arm wasn’t as sore as the first time, and yes, I made sure to move it the first time too.

It’s all worth it to feel a little peace of mind, although I also keep in mind that no vaccine is 100%.

I didn’t take any snuggling pics but he was in a weird position here

Nurse Bandit was on the job. He didn’t snuggle all the time, but he did snuggle with me a lot more than usual.

Are you training for something? 

Have you raced recently?

GWY Sacral Chakra

ICYMI: We’re stretching out your hips while chatting about the Sacral Chakra in today’s practice. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m sharing one of my favorite pre-run snacks. Friday it’s time to runfess over hot chocolate.

Whatever’s the question . . .

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. . . Hydration is the answer

Okay, maybe hydration isn’t the answer to everything, but it sure does a body good!

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I’m linking up with My First 5K and MoreRunning With Attitude, Runs with PugsZenaida and Run Laugh Eat Pie for Fit Five Friday. I know many runners really don’t give much thought to their hydration before, during, or after running. I will share 5 ways staying hydrated can improve your running. It’s your choice what you do with the information.

1: Keep your cool
Staying hydrated can help you regulate your body temperature. We generate a lot of heat when we run!

2: Minimize cramps
Water alone may not be enough to keep you from cramping up, because not only are you losing water through sweat, you’re losing electrolytes, too. Which is exactly why it’s important to take electrolytes on the run for longer and hotter runs. Being well hydrated can be your first line of defense when it comes to cramping.

Also consider spraying the muscles that always cramp with magnesium spray before running!

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3: Run faster
I don’t know about you, but if I’m dehydrated I feel cranky, tired, and often have a headache. That’s even if I’m not active. Now imagine running that way! In addition, being properly hydrated may actually help you stave off fatigue.

4: Recover faster
You know how your massage therapist always tells you to drink more water after a massage? Massage can help move toxins out of your muscles and into circulation in your body. Guess what? Running creates some waste products too! Water can help you flush out those toxins, reducing muscle soreness, and helping you to recover faster.

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5: Potential to reduce joint pain
You know I am not talking about an acute or nagging injury here, right? That has nothing to do with hydration (well, it could over time). Joint cartilage is mainly water. Dehydration can lessen lubrication of the joints, leading to joint pain. No one wants to run in pain!

Final Thoughts
Finding the right level of hydration for you is an art. Too little, and you could slow down, be in pain, and cramp. Too much and it can feel very uncomfortable in your digestive system, potentially even leading too nausea.

The benefits of staying hydrated on the run far outweigh the side effects of dehydration on your running — to my mind anyway.

Have you ever suffered from side effects while running due to poor hydration?

What’s your favorite way to hydrate on the run? Plain water for me, please!

Did any of the benefits of hydration surprise you?

6 Tips for a Peaceful Race/LSD

Tips to Have a Great Pre Race Night

How long has it been since you last raced? Racing is oh so slowly beginning to open up. Are you a bit rusty about what to do the night before a race? Or maybe you’re new to running and you need some tips to help you set yourself up for success before a long run.

I’ve got you covered with these six tips!

Know your go-to meal/s
One of the main points of training is that you do nothing new on race day. That’s why we practice! Try out several pre-long run day meals. See which ones seem to agree most with your stomach — and your long run the next day.

If you’re racing from home, now you know exactly what to eat before the race. If you’ve traveled to race, make sure you’ve tried out a meal that will be easy to find at your destination.

Of course you can try something new — just be prepared for potential consequences

Lay out everything
And I do mean everything!

  • Clothes
  • Accessories: hair ties, sunglasses, hat/visor, gaiter, gloves, socks
  • Fuel
  • Bottles for beverages, if you carry your own
  • Any beverage mix you’ll be mixing up the next morning
  • Race belt or pins
  • Bib
  • Sunscreen
  • Anti chafe product
  • Tape, arm or leg sleeves, braces
  • Ziploc bags for if it’s rainy and you need to put your electronics in it
  • Watch
  • Bag for pre/post race stuff
  • License/money (if I had a $ for every time I forget my license!)
  • Car keys  (or every time I can’t find my car keys when I really need them)
  • Foam roller or balls
  • Anything you can leave out that you’ll have for breakfast
  • Shoes — make sure you have a left & right shoe (even if they don’t match)

You’ll sleep better knowing that you have everything is ready for the next day and there’s no reason to waste time.

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Hydrating well will give you more energy — just don’t overdo it! | Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

During the day, make sure to hydrate well . . .
. . . but know your cut off time. The time where if you continue to drink, you know you’re going to have to get up to use the bathroom. For me that’s usually around 5 pm!

Don’t overdo the hydration. You can’t make up for not hydrating well in the days leading up to your race by slamming liquids the day before your race — trust me, this will backfire on you.

So keep in mind that the time to really hydrate is in the three days or so leading up to your race.

Rest
You don’t have to be a zombie, but now is not the time to go on that strenuous hike or do heavy lifting. Of course if you’re traveling and you want to hike the day before your race, go for it! Just now that it’s unlikely to be a PR, if that’s what you’re shooting for.

I highly recommend that if you’ve tried meditation and you actually enjoy it (or at the very least tolerate it), meditate before you go to sleep. This will help you to relax, both in your body and your mind, and may help you sleep better. 

Normally meditation will absolutely help you sleep better, but we’ve all had that restless night before a race, right? It will still help to relax your body and calm your mind.

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Make sure you’re gadgets are charged! | Photo by Steve Johnson on Pexels.com

Charge up all your electronics
A dead Garmin is a real buzzkill at a race — unless, of course, you love to race naked. By naked I mean without a GPS watch, although there are a few races you can actually do naked, if that’s your thing.

Set an alarm — or two
I set my alarm on my Garmin Vivoactive, and since I wear that 24/7, there’s no worry that I’m going to forget to wear it or have it by me. I do need to remember to charge it up before I go to sleep — and usually to top it up a bit before I actually leave for my race.

I don’t normally sleep with my phone on, but before a race I do usually use it as a backup for my Garmin. I’ve never slept through my Garmin yet, but two is better than one. So I’ll have my phone charging, set to do not disturb (no middle of the night calls or texts), and have a second alarm go off a little after my Garmin is set to wake me. Just in case.

Final Thoughts
If you’re new to running or racing, this may seem a little overwhelming. Plenty of people have a much smaller pre-race routine, too. You’ll find out what works for you.

If you want to get a great night’s sleep before your race, these tips will help. Over time you’re pre race routine will become just that: routine. A ritual. Your body loves routines and rituals!

Are you looking forward to some RL races soon? 

How long has it been since you raced? 

What do you do pre-race/LSD that I didn’t mention? 

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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