Burning up the trails: 4/3- 9 Weekly Wrap

In some ways, this week was a repeat of last week: nothing particularly exciting going on, another trip to my parents — which I thought would be the last one, except it took much longer than I expected and I think there’s more left to do than my sister realizes.

Still a bit back and forth, feeling okay one day, the next not 100% — today I feel pretty good and with some vitamin D from my run, I’m hoping I stay that way!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin so we can all inspire each other to stay active.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, DM Flow
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Pilates Perfect Body Arms, Legs, Belly & Stretch
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy on trails
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, Iron Strength Abbreviated
  • Friday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy
  • Saturday: Pilates Perfect Body Arms, Total Body, Stretch, Strala Arms, Back & Shoulders, Working on my parents house
  • Sunday: 8 mile LSD

Mileage: 18 (+11)

JY = Jasyoga
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 

No, I didn’t run up these!


After a few extra rest days (again), I can’t say that I still felt 100% but frankly, I was getting tired of resting. Sort of. Actually Tuesday I felt good, but oddly Wednesday I was feeling run down again. No idea why.

So I headed out to run some trails. Which you might notice is different from where I normally run. Because I runfess that I’ve been keeping quiet about my next half, which just happens to be a trail race. And I’ve never done a trail race.

I have run on trails — occasionally. But not often. Other than getting slightly lost at the end of the run, it was fine.


I totally waffled back and forth on this: it was supposed to rain all day, only it really didn’t. I had to go out and run errands in the morning, but I knew Bandit would have a difficult time handling how long I’d have to be out if I tacked on a run.

I figured I’d run on the treadmill. No, I’d go outside. No, treadmill. In the end, it wasn’t raining too bad, so I took Bandit out for 1 1/2 miles, dropped him off, and then finished off in a cold, windy drizzle.

No filter


Finally a perfect day to run. The universe seemed to conspire against me — I’m not going to go into all the details, but when I got to the trails I’d planned to run on, the Fire Department had closed them for a controlled burn. Who does this happen to (besides me, of course)?

I ended up driving around way more than I had any desire to after 3 hours in the car yesterday, but I did at least run on an unpaved path. A short one. With lots of looping. Well, my trail half will have loops 3 times so it was good practice. The run itself went well.

I also used a relatively inexpensive hydration backpack I’d bought last year and never used. I didn’t fill the bladder all the way, so it made a lot of sloshing noises, but otherwise it actually worked quite well.

Still no filter

Favorites of the week
So, again, not a great week and not a horrible week. The beautiful weather today was absolutely a favorite, and it’s supposed to stick around a few days. I’m just going to do what I did last week: I’ll share some photos from my long run.

I swear these guys were posing for me!

Nothing like running along the water

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:

Ever done a race that loops multiple times? 

Ever feel like the universe doesn’t want you to run? 

Trails or the road?

31 thoughts on “Burning up the trails: 4/3- 9 Weekly Wrap

  1. I did the Saratoga Half which was 2 loops and it was my least favorite half. Ironically I am running another in 3 weeks in Central Park so I get to run Harlem hill twice. Oh boy!

    I like the scenery of a trail not would not to race.

    The weather has been conspiring against my runs. It is seems to be sunny on my rest days.

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    1. This one was quite cheap & includes the bladder. I’m just hoping it doesn’t fall apart before race day, but I have to say, I really liked it.

      No pockets in the front, though (that would’ve been awesome).


  2. I don’t think I have done a looping race – maybe at a track meet in high school? 😉 Practicing that mental aspect is a good idea. I use a Nathan pack for biking. Usually my Hydraquiver is enough for running.

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    1. This half is a trail half (which is a little scary, I gotta admit) — so it’s a 4.5 mile loop 3 times (well, obviously not completely 4.5 the last loop).

      There’s one aid station. So you have to carry water with you — or at least I do!

      Since this is a cheap hydration pack, I’m really hoping it stands up until the race. I actually really like it. I like having my hands free and pockets that aren’t completely stuffed!


  3. I”m OK doing loops while training, but they’re not my favorite. I haven’t done any race that has loops, and I don’t think I will. I would be bored the second time around.

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    1. I’m not sure anyone actually enjoys loops! And I don’t know how I’ll feel about it on race day.

      I did do a 10k a few years back that was 2 loops, and I remember how much it sucked to have to run by the finish line the first time (there’s also a 5k).

      The good news is the aid station has chcoolate. 🙂


  4. How exciting that you’re going to run a trail race! I love running on the trails – it’s when I feel the most at peace. Plus, my feet are always a lot happier from the softer surface. Great pictures as always – too bad about that controlled burn throwing things off for you!

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    1. I’m not sure whether to be excited or scared. Actually, the trails aren’t very technical (or so they say), but the hills . . .

      I’m worried about that controlled burn thing happening again! There aren’t a whole lot of trails super close to home. It was a real PITA.


  5. I’m kind of split on paved paths/roads vs trails. Trails are beautiful but pace is sacrificed. I’ve only done trail 5k and 10ks and 2 loops at most. It’ll be a fun adventure for you!

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      1. Actually, I didn’t happen to come in that way, but I did run down a hill that steep (if it can be called running — I was cautious!) that first mile. Which explains why that mile was so slow!

        I’m really hoping they are done with their burns and I can run there today.


  6. I love your area for running Judy – the trails look beautiful. I really would love to run a Trail Half-Marathon. Nature Trails here in Florida scare me a little bit, because you never know what creatures you encounter, but further Up North I’d love to run a Half like this. I was just reading an article today about how switching to trail running here and there really improves your running stamina, even at a slower pace.
    Have a great running week Judy!

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  7. First of all, lovely pictures! I wish that I could walk more with our dog, but we have two dogs that can only be walked one at a time. With running, I definitely prefer the trails, but being a stay at home mom usually requires me to run on the treadmill at the YMCA for the childcare!

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    1. We had to walk the dogs separately when we first got Bandit 3/4 of a year ago, then it was on 2 leashes, and now we walk them on the double leash like we did when we had Chester — which is something I was SURE would never happen.

      It’s hard enough to get out with a dog with separation anxiety — but far easier than getting out with a small child!


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