Skirting Around: 7/3-9 Weekly Wrap

A quiet fourth, a fun race with friends, and more “hiking” on an easy trail. Despite more rain and humidity, the week ended on a high note with a beautiful day today.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and a guest host for the Weekly Wrap to share how I’m staying activeenjoying my summer: is being active making your summer more enjoyable?


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Core
  • Tuesday: Firecracker 4 + 1 mile WU (5 total)
  • Wednesday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Pahla B Booty
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Full Body with Dumbells
  • Saturday: 6 mile LSD, JY Full Body Recovery
  • Sunday: 1.5ish mile hike: Escarpment Trail @ Thatcher State Park

Mileage: 18 (+2)

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 

Hot, hilly, but fun: Firecracker 4


I’ve been running the Firecracker 4 race on the fourth for 4 years now. Has a certain ring to it, no? I’ll recap it on Tuesday, I hope; it was a fun race and even more fun to go with friends.


I had a morning vet appointment with Bandit. Decided to switch things up a bit and ran a little over 2 miles and then got him to run the last little bit with me. I expected it to be super slow and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t.

This dog was a cool silhoette — until I got closer to photograph him!


While it’s not impossible for me to run Thursday mornings, it’s hard for me to run and get a walk in before I have to leave for a meeting. And now that it’s warming up, that meant a pre-dinner run.

Mr. Judy warned me it might rain — I wish it had! Although the humidity wasn’t too bad, it was cloudy, and there was a nice breeze. Tried to get a pic of the big and little dogs on each side of the tire, but the minute I crossed the road to get closer they started to bark and run the fence line.

I’ve converted a few running buddies to the skirt


Humid again, but with plenty of cloud cover. It’s almost always a good day when I get to run with friends, especially one I hadn’t seen since the beginning of the year. And thankfully the rain waited for long after we were done (since some of it was heavy and there was some thunder, too).

Happy Adoptversary, Bandit! 

Favorites of the week
It was time for Bandit’s annual this week (can you believe that?). He was examined, got his rabies vaccination, got blood drawn, and his claws clipped, and no one got hurt (for those that don’t know, he bit the first vet I took him to after we’d had him for about a week last year). He did growl at the vet when she came in . . . apparently he has white coat syndrome.

In July Skirtsports does its #31daysofskirtsports. It’s a fun little game, where there’s a word prompt for each day. And the chance of prizes (and you don’t have to be in Skirtsports, either).

I got started on it last summer and then we adopted Bandit and that was the end of that. I’ve been having fun playing along on Instagram (you follow me, right?) this year.

After our run on Saturday, five of us went out for breakfast. We all enjoyed and had lots of laughs.

I really dithered on what to do on Sunday. First I tempted a friend to hike with me, then changed my mind (she had a lot to do anyway and I was kind of tired). Then I was going to go up to a Farmer’s Market. Then when Mr. Judy actually agreed to come out on a hike — who could refuse? Especially as the rain Saturday had blown in a lovely day today.

We headed to the park that we had thought about visiting last weekend, another one we’d been to once with Lola and Chester and never returned to. While it’s a beautiful park, it’s not at all well marked and the employees were less than helpful. The trail we had thought about doing last week was closed (which we knew, thankfully), as a woman was injured by a falling rock; I guess we dodged a bullet by not going last week!

We were off to a frustrating start trying to hunt down the trail, but eventually we figured it out and it was a nice, easy trail with some lovely views:




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:

Easy summer running or full on training (I’m still in a relatively easy phase)? 

Favorite way to stay active during the summer? 

What fruit and/or veggies are you loving lately?

30 thoughts on “Skirting Around: 7/3-9 Weekly Wrap

    1. Thanks, Deborah! The last two summers kind of sucked so I’m definitely trying to fit more fun things into this one!

      We lucked out, too, the park has machines for entrance fees, but they weren’t working so we didn’t have to pay anything.


  1. You’re doing a great job of staying active this summer!! I didn’t run a 4th of July race but I like themed races because they always seem fun AND people dress up for them!

    Also, happy adoptversary Bandit!

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    1. I do this race on the fourth, a turkey trot (a free one!), and one through a park with holiday lights in December.

      That last one is just for fun! The others are fun, too, of course, but I’m usually trying to actually race, Which can be challenging.


  2. Yay for Bandit’s anniversary — and relatively uneventful trip to the vet! Your running friends are rocking their skirts! I’m loving mine this summer too.

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    1. It was a nice little hike, and only about 30 minutes from where we live.

      We took the dogs for ice cream last night. Or rather, we had ice cream and my husband gives the dogs a little of his (because of course I get chocolate). It’s the first time we’ve taken Bandit. He did great — and I’ve never seen the place so busy!


  3. Looks like a great week for you! Like Holly said, I can’t believe it’s been a year already. I need to take Miss Cocoa in tomorrow. I think she hurt her back. She won’t go up stairs and cries when we pick her up. I found some Rimadyl from her surgery and gave her that today. It really helped.

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    1. Well, except for the fact he is again deciding not to eat in the mornings. Which makes it really difficult to get his anti diarrhea meds into him 😦 Which let’s just say makes scooping his poop an adventure.

      Some of the SS ambassadors have posted the graphic with all the words. I just try to say which word it is every day, but of course my posts are all over the place when it comes to time of day.


  4. I like easy running during the summer. I trained through Texas summers for my first two half marathons and that put me off training in summers. I will actually have kind of training since I just registered for a late August 5k.

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    1. Since our summers aren’t bad but winters typically are, I’m always training through the summer (but not always through the winter).

      If I still lived in the south, I’m sure that would be reversed!


    1. Well, he can still be super frustrating. But since we can walk the dogs together, don’t have to gate off the whole house, and he doesn’t attack random people (except vets — he obviously did NOT like vets & I didn’t get that memo), I guess we’ll keep him. 🙂

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  5. Firecracker Four does sound like fun and I would do it if it were on a lousy weather day (so no boating).

    But my friends have told me that it is too crowded for a fast time so it’s probably best that I spend my $ on others.

    That’s great that Lloyd has the hiking bug. I love hiking but I don’t see it happening this summer (not motivated to go alone) but LMK if you ever are solo on Sat or Sun and want to hike.

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    1. It was a lousy weather day a couple of years ago. 🙂 But good for racing!

      I’m not so sure Lloyd is really that into hiking . . . just glad that he’s coming. We also only do half a day — I’d be gone all day! — but that way he still feels like he can get stuff done.

      You’re always boating or racing on the weekends.


      1. I remember that 4th. We shivered at the lake.
        As I said, I would hike instead of boat on the weekend if I had company. Lou is fine with boating alone. he’s pretty independent. In fact, I won’t be boating the next 2 weekends.

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  6. Happy adoptiversary to Bandit, I love that picture! That hike looks amazing…I need to find some nice places to go this summer – it seems every weekend we’re so busy working on the house that we don’t get to do much else! I’m in my easy running mode now too. It’s nice, but I’ve been itching to run a little more lately…if only the weather weren’t so awful!

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    1. If my husband had his way, we’d be working on the house/yard all weekend too.

      My last two summers really sucked due to the furkids. So I’m determined to have some more fun this summer!

      I bet you have beautiful areas to hike. PA is really beautiful. The hardest part is finding the good trails! And a non-rainy day lately.

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