Happy Anniversary to Us!: 10/16-22 Weekly Wrap

32 years. My God, we were just kids. Seriously. To put that into perspective, though, my parents will be celebrating seventy years soon.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to kick off those holiday-themed races.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 4 easy trail miles, YFPR Knees
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy grass miles
  • Wednesday: DM HIIT, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 7 mile LSD
  • Friday: Yogaworks AM, Dogwalk, DM Booty
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
  • Sunday: Lots of little dogwalks (they sure add up)

Mileage: 19 (+5)

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 


Fall on the trails



I dropped the dogs off at Lola’s pet sitter — she’s never had Bandit, but it would definitely be easier to leave the dogs with her, at least occasionally, rather than having to drive almost 30 minutes. He did just fine.

Then I hit the trails for 4 very windy, very cloudy, very cold miles. Why does 4 miles on trails feel like about 8 on the road?


The bolero fits in a pocket once you warm up



Because the park is closer than where I run trails, I got the bright idea to run at the park — only on the grass (and another test “run” for Bandit being uncaged while I was gone; it went well). There are no trails on the grass, mind you. But if I end up doing the trail race I’m eye in a couple of next (just a 10k!), part of it is on the grass. Seemed like a good solution to me.

And then I’ll have my trail trifecta: a half, a 5k, and a 10k — in that order.

Unfortunately, the weather ain’t looking too good for a trail race next weekend (lots of train translating into lots of mud). I’m still debating.

Nice light at the bikepath


Although it was literally our anniversary today, we were going away the next day, so I wanted to squeeze in that long run. It was actually a great day for a run — warm, but not humid, with a nice breeze.  I was working on negative splits at a surprising pace for me (not intentionally), until about mile 5 when suddenly I felt a niggle in my quad. Weird. Never felt that before.

So I slowed it down; better safe than sorry.

Much of this run was alongside a busy highway


I was super glad I’d gotten in that long run Thursday. It wasn’t super scenic where we stayed, and I just ran along the highway (it had nice wide shoulders). I totally missed this barn going out. I kind of wonder why people live there; doesn’t seem to be much there at all. We just needed a dog friendly hotel that had room last minute.

Love this stojo travel mug

Favorites of the week
I’d bought this travel mug quite some time ago from Stojo (Amazon Affiliate link), but had never used it until this weekend. And now I don’t know why I waited so long! It’s made from silicone and is collapsible, so it packs down small. It’s got a hard plastic sleeve so you can hold it even if your beverage is piping hot. I’m pretty sure I’ll be traveling a lot ore with this in the future.

The weekend didn’t quite go as planned, mainly because it turned out that being in a new place made Bandit very anxious. To the outsider he looked pretty relaxed, but it was difficult to get him to eat or into a crate when we were at my parents (we didn’t want the dogs lose in their apartment when we went out to dinner).

He did fairly well, all things considered: no accidents, no marking, almost no barking at my parents. Barking at the hotel . . . that was a different story. He barked almost any time someone walked past our hotel room. He finally settled down around midnight. Then wanted to go out around 6:30 (and it was 39F out).  He did get to sleep in bed with us all weekend, though, and he certainly brightened a lot of people’s day at my parents’ senior living community (Lola, too, of course).

We stopped at Clermont House to take in the views of the Hudson River

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:

Do you mind doing your long run midweek?

How long does your run have to be before it qualifies as a long run? 

How do you usually celebrate your anniversary (we usually do go somewhere)? 

33 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary to Us!: 10/16-22 Weekly Wrap

  1. Happy Anniversary! There was a barking dog at our hotel, but it seemed to quiet down soon. Glad Bandit is better socialized on the whole. I think next year we will go somewhere romantic for our anniversary …

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    1. Bandit didn’t actually bark for long at all, but everytime someone walked past our room (or a dog wandered past it — seriously, at one point there was a dog whining at our door with no owner in sight through the peep hole) — he’d bark, I think it was mainly annoying to ME.

      And oddly they didn’t bark (as far as we know) when we left them crated at my parents.

      It definitely wasn’t a very romantic anniversary, between dogs & parents, but oh well. Other times my husband has been traveling on our anniversary!


  2. I have a hydroflask that I love putting coffee in because it keeps it really hot for long but that
    collapsible mug is a nice feature I have seen those boleros on another blog and I love the idea that they fit right in your pocket, but they are still a bit pricey for me.

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    1. Wait for a sale for the bolero (it’ll happen someday!). I get it, though, it IS pricey.

      The collapsible mug was great. I always kind of worried about flying with it from the simple fact what if I didn’t like it, but now that I’ve tried it, I’ll definitely fly with it someday!

      I don’t know how long something would stay hot in it, though. Probably not that long. I was drinking it right away, though.


    1. Thanks, Kim! Oddly enough I was the first one of my friends to get married (oddly, because I didn’t even date in HS).

      Well, Bandit wasn’t really terrible, but he did make the whole weekend more tiring/trying that I expected it to be.


  3. Happy Anniversary. Ours is in January and de don’t really celebrate…maybe dinner out.

    I don’t consider it a long run unless I am training for something. it’s just a run.

    I am training and I skipped mine. It was worth it to spend time with my friends and chill.


  4. Happy Anniversary!! 32 years is beautiful. You were just a kid for sure!
    Beautiful pic of you by the water.
    I love squeezing in my long run before the weekend, I have done that many a times and I relax a bit more all weekend.
    I hate when those random pains pop in just enough to make you worry.
    A muddy excursion doesn’t sound great lol I love trails but muddy can be very tough. I hope things change up for you!

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    1. It’s always kind of hard for me to squeeze in that long run during the week because of the dogs, but this run was only 7 miles so it was doable, especially since I’m able to leave Bandit more these days.

      My trail half was muddy, remember (Mud & Chocolate). As of this morning it looks like it might be back on, the forecast is saying showers in the afternoon, but of course that could change about 20 times over the next couple of days. 🙂


  5. Happy Anniversary! 32 years is amazing. I think I may have to try the bolero. Very cute. I can imagine that Bandit and Lola surely did brighten everyone’s day at the senior community. It made Bandit’s nervousness with traveling well worth it, yes? Good luck with the trail run! Thanks for linking.

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    1. You’ve got all those arm warmers though . . . I have a few, but I almost never wear them, I find they tend to be a pain. I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of the Bolero.

      Making the seniors happy didn’t really make it worth my while, frankly. He has been there before, when we were cleaning out my parents’ house he came with us one weekend & didn’t react this way. He’s definitely high maintenance!


  6. Happy Anniversary! 32 years is certainly something to celebrate! My ultra trail running friend says that miles always feel much harder/longer on trails than on the road. Like the 8 mile trail run (I was going last week but decided to wait for fear of getting injured while marathon training) he said would be like running a half marathon on the road. Yikes! I still plan on getting my feet wet on a trail run as soon as I get this marathon behind me. Good luck with yours!

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    1. It’s nice to know that it’s not just me feeling like trail miles seem like double. I swear that trail 5k I did in August went on forever, so now of course I’m back to double that distance. 🙂 But then again, I’ve already done a trail half, too.

      Totally understand not wanting to be on trails during marathon training. I didn’t do a whole lot of trail running over the summer for that very reason (and that was just a half).


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