The calm after the storm: 1/2-8 Weekly Wrap

The first week of January was pretty quiet. In a nice way. It was nice to get back to an almost-normal life. Mr. Judy had Monday off, that pesky polar vortex decided to visit this weekend, making life a bit challenging — but nothing compared to my friends who had races canceled on them this weekend. My heart goes out to you. I’m sure there’s something even bigger and better out there waiting for you.

Yes, it’s time to join the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and let you know how the first week of 2017 played out.


Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 miles easy + 7 strides for a total of 3.25, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 10 min SB WU, Pahla B Standing Abs & Foot Exercises, Yogaworks PM
  • Wednesday: 15 Min SB WU, Pahla B ST, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  10 Min PIlates Buns & Thighs, 5 mile easyish, Pahla B Standing Abs
  • Friday: DM Yoga Flow, Dogwalk, Pahla B ST, 3 miles easy
  • Saturday: Rest day with a capital R! Too cold to walk the dogs, YFPR Knees (because I promised myself I’d do yoga — this was like 5 minutes! Something is better than nohting!)
  • Sunday: DM Flow, 7 mile LSD, YFR Foundation

Mileage: 18.25 (+3.25)

TIU = Tone it Up
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 updates 


It’s been a year since we lost Chester



I decided to see how icy the park was — not terrible, but I did have to pause my watch as there were some long icy patches. We really haven’t had much snow, but there’s been a little here, a little there — it’s hard to find somewhere to run without ice.

I finished with strides in the parking lot (no ice). It’s a shorter area than I usually do strides in, so I just did more.


The snow is mostly gone (that’s the lake icing up)



Back at the park. Our weather has been really back and forth between relatively warm and damn cold, but we had some warm weather this week and much of the snow washed away. There are still icy patches here and there, and the footbridge I use to go out into the surrounding neighborhoods is icy — but at least it was passable today. I just paused my watch and walked it.

Although they do clear the paths there, all it takes is one good snow (which we haven’t really had yet — thank God! — and there’s too usually too much ice to really run there, so I’m taking advantage of relatively clear paths while I can.


I didn’t even notice the flag when I took this photo!



Although it was pretty brisk, I warmed up with Bandit for 1.5 miles, dropped him off at the house, did 4 x 30 sec strides, and then finished my run for a total of 3 miles.

A very cold 7 miles


Darlene really wanted to go up north. But when I woke to about half of inch of snow on the ground, knowing that further north they tend to get more, I opted for the closer path (she didn’t even have snow at home).

She balked when she saw the snow-covered path, and I was willing to go back to her town, but once she got started she said it was fine. I wore Yaktrax just in case — first time in 5 years, which is the last time I foolishly decided to train through the winter.

It was great to have her company for 7 miles — which made it extremely easy for her, and got me to the pace I needed to be without feeling like I was pushing myself. I call that a win-win (that, and the fact that no one got hurt).

It was cold, but not icicle-lashes cold. Aside from cold thighs I was okay. And even though I wanted to do it the day before (with no snow), runs are always better with friends.

Favorites of the week
Getting back to normal-ish and the ever lengthening days. Even though it’s just a little bit each day, I can just feel myself beginning to come out of the hole that December often feels like.

Did you hear that our host, Holly, snagged a shiny new marathon PR today? Congrats, Holly! Can’t wait to hear about the race.

I am also very happy that the latest snowstorm missed us. Completely. Well, almost, I woke up to a little snow Sunday morning.

Blogger fail

We decided to stop for some hot beverages and a bite to eat after our run. Unfortunately I really didn’t think to take a photo until I had finished. I was in luck, because they had one of my favorites as a special today — a Monte Cristo. Yum!

And that’s a wrap 


This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Happy that life is more routine now?

Were you inside or outside for your runs this week?

Have you been sucked in by the after Christmas sales?

33 thoughts on “The calm after the storm: 1/2-8 Weekly Wrap

    1. Bandit is 8, and a recent adoption — he’d never been walked on a leash much before we adopted him, much less run with!

      It’s actually easier to run without him, but he seems to enjoy it. I do run/walk, and I’m slow, so it works pretty well for us.

      Sometimes I do the whole run with him, but that day was very cold so I didn’t think it was wise to have him out that long.


    1. That park is very pretty. I don’t get there as often as I’d like, but I took advantage of Mr. Judy’s time off.

      Someday I might run with Bandit there (although because we rarely go, he gets SUPER excited), but not today! Too cold.


  1. All three of my runs were outside this past week. It’s rare that I run on my treadmill unless it’s stormy, icy, or the snow is just too deep. It’s supposed to be warming up to the 50-60’s later this week so now more snow for a little while for us… You captured some beautiful pictures on your runs this week!

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    1. Even though we haven’t had much snow, it’s still difficult to find a totally clear path. All that melt, remelt, icing up . . . but thankfully not too bad so far. Which is pretty darn good for up here!


  2. You have a really beautiful place to run 🙂 All of my runs were luckily outside this week-the snowstorm ended up to the south of where I live so the roads were clear-just really cold!

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    1. We just got a very small amount of snow. And yes, extremely cold. But at least we had some sun yesterday & got our run done before the wind really kicked up.

      I run a lot at the park, and I do enjoy it, but I run a lot more in my neighborhood (like today) — which is not anywhere near as pretty. But it’s nice to just go out your front (or in my case, back) door & run.

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  3. Thanks for the company. It was nice to have a relaxing run for the first 6 and then I had a lot in the tank for mile 7.

    I got a lot done after at Home Depot too. Hidden Figures was great. Lloyd would like too.

    See you next Sunday unless you want to run in the dark at UAlbany Monday, Wed or Friday?

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    1. Thanks, Sonia — absolutely true.

      Up here you just gotta deal with cold, ice & snow. Luckily so far, this winter hasn’t been epic. Although I’m kind of dreading my run in a little while — no sun today & still really cold & a lot of my cold weather running tights are drying. 😦


  4. Running and talking is always so nice 🙂 I sure hope we don’t get a lot of snow but I may have try yak trax if we get another storm. It takes so long for the streets to get clear here.
    My only real after Christmas purchase was a long sleeve running top…I really need work clothes but that isn’t as fun to me lol
    It is nice you are keeping your mileage base up!

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  5. Since we don’t deal with ice or snow very often near me, I admit I take for granted I can go out for a run whenever I feel like it. Yes, it may be bitterly cold but the roads are safe to run on except this weekend. After my race was canceled I really wanted to get out and get some miles logged. Funny how motivated you are when you can’t run!! Saturday it just was unsafe there were not very many patches that were dry period. So I waited until Sunday and it was much better! The point is yall have way more challenges weather wise to get out there and get it down. Hats off to you both for getting it done this week! 🙂

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    1. Remember, I spent almost a third of my life living in TX. Which is where I bought my treadmill, btw, because of those horrible, hot, humid summers (before I was a runner, LOL).

      So my point is I think you have plenty of challenges yourself — because I’d rather be cold than too warm (not that either makes me happy).

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  6. Lucky! We got a lot of snow in Boulder, and then it was cold afterwards. Usually it warms up after a snow storm to start melting everything, but we might’ve gotten a little bit of vortex. My parents are getting a ton of snow in the mountains, and the ski resorts must be loving it.

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    1. We got a whole lot of vortex, and it definitely doesn’t always warm up after a snowstorm. But it will be warming up starting tomorrow . . . today’s run was in the teens and definitely felt like it.


  7. I always love seeing an icy river during a run. I used to run along the Schuylkill River regularly, but since I’ve moved my “safe” trail options are limited. I only went for a short run around the ‘hood…it was so cold, but fun! Great job with your 7 milers, I haven’t run that far in over a month!

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    1. If I never saw another icy (or snowy) river it’d be fine by me. I love running by the water when it’s warm. When it’s cold, it’s more like let’s run faster so I’m done and can get back to the car & some heat!

      It’s the furthest I’ve run since my half in Dec, but I’m back in half training mode.


  8. Congrats on a solid training week Judy – besides the freezing temps! Down here in South Florida I actually miss the snow a bit. I always loved running in cold weather, before we moved down here. The pic of the river is beautiful and I can almost feel the crisp cold air through the picture! Have a great week Judy!

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