Farewell, 2017!: 12/25-31 Weekly Wrap

Or a Tale of Two Christmas Trees

Or really three Christmas trees. Like much of the nation our temperatures quickly plummeted this week. And didn’t budge. Just like forecast. Throw in some snow, and I was right about those treadmill runs.

The good news is that by Tuesday I was feeling back to normal. Hopefully despite the exposure to my BIL’s cold and traisping around NYC in the cold, I’ll stay that way.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin even though again this week there wasn’t a lot of activity. NYC is usually good for lots of walking, but not when the temperatures struggle to get out of the teens. But there was a lot going on so I apologize for the length of this post!


Workouts update

  • Monday: Recovery day after my LSD
  • Tuesday: 5 treadmill miles
  • Wednesday: 3 treadmill miles
  • Thursday:  JY Core & Hips, Walking around NYC
  • Friday:  JY Core, Walking around NYC
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: 6 mile treadmill LSD

Mileage: 14 (+1)

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 


After so many rest days, I was definitely itching for a little movement. We’d had 6 inches of the white stuff the previous day, but Mr. Judy took care of that with the snow blower.

Still, messy and cold, I took it to the treadmill. I also increased my run interval to 2.5 minutes, but decreased the pace a little.


Although I had a bunch of stuff to do in the morning, I also squeezed in 3 miles on the treadmill — we were leaving for my parents, then NYC, and with the bitterly cold temps and choosing to travel very lightly, I knew I wouldn’t be getting in any running.

I’ve been playing around a bit with lengthening my run intervals, so I also dropped the pace just a pinch. Since this was a shorter run I tried out a 3 minute running interval; which was fine. It felt good to get two runs in back to back and feel okay.

Bandit snoozes through my run


No, running on the treamill isn’t my fav. And while sunny, it was definitely a very cold day. Could I have run outside? Yes, I could have. Did I feel it was the best option for me? Nope. Obviously.

Played around with pushing the pace just a little and got it done.

Almost the whole family

Favorites of the week
We headed down for a belated 70th anniversary dinner with my parents, my sister and brother, and their respective families. Everyone except one niece and one nephew was in attendance, and since my brother lives on the West coast, that doesn’t happen a whole lot.

Brave souls at the ice rink in Bryant Park

The next day we took the train into NYC. We were trying to meet up with friends who are presently living in Germany, but were in the city for the holidays, but the plans were tenuous. They didn’t want to brave the cold and make it in at night. After a lot of back and forth, Mr. Judy finally agreed to try heading towards Bryant Park and the Winter Village — and we discovered bundled up as we were, it wasn’t bad.

Tree in Bryant Park

Neither of us wanted to actually eat outside (although people were — the Winter Village has all sorts of awesome street food and we enjoyed it last year), so we headed into the Bryant Park Grill right next door. It was surprisingly affordable, especially when they split the rib eye dinner between us with no sharing charge.

Rockerfeller Center Tree

Fortified with hot food, we pushed on to Rockerfeller Center and the Christmas Tree. I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw it — decades, maybe? If you want to see some of my really frozen photos, check out my Instagram here.

Indeed, 34 years ago Christmas Day in the city
It was damn cold then, too; a theme? (me — with short hair — & my brother)
The future Mr. Judy

Part of my insistence on seeing the tree was a) yes, it had been decades and b) it was nostalgic. Although Mr. Judy is nowhere to be found in those old NYC photos, we met each others’ parents for the first time that Christmas vacation. We’d been dating maybe 3 months at that point? He came home with me, then went home to Wellesley.

I then took the train to Boston, and we met up with my then-roomate (whom sadly I’ve lost touch with — I don’t know her married name!) in Boston. We even went to First Night in Boston, despite the cold — something Mr. Judy definitely wouldn’t be into these days!

A couple of more favorites from this week: we went to see The Greatest Showman. Then my family went to see it after we’d left for the city, the first time my parents have been to the movies since their move (they do have movies there on a regular basis, but not usually first run, although they do get them sometimes).

My sister, SIL & myself all loved it. My mom wasn’t as impressed, but she no longer hears well and couldn’t really make out the singing and I’m sure that played into her enjoyment; but she also thought it was sad. The men universally seemed to think it was okay (don’t know how the younguns felt about it).

We gave my mom an Echo Dot; I didn’t think she was all that impressed with it at Thanksgiving but turns out she really wanted it! We also gave her one of our old smartphones, since you need to set it up the dot with an app, and are trying to teach her how to text, but she’s having trouble with it. It’s not a senior friendly phone, but they live in a dead zone where a lot of networks don’t get signal — but we knew this one did, and it does. Hopefully next time I visit we can work more with her & the phone.

I did miss the last brunch of the Wineglass girls. Although we were home by then, we’d just gotten home late the previous evening, and I was tired plus I had a bunch of errands to run. There’s always the next breakfast. They’re breakfast obsessed.

Tonight we are just sheltering in place. We’re going to make some sushi. Or try, anyway. I will be asleep long before midnight. I wish everyone a happy and safe New Year.


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:

Fun plans for New Years?

Do you remember when you met your SO’s parents?

Do you have those 2018 goals in place?

45 thoughts on “Farewell, 2017!: 12/25-31 Weekly Wrap

    1. Well, the main reason we went to NYC was to meet up with our friends, who is Mr. Judy’s best & oldest friend, pretty much. It almost didn’t happen, but in the end it did & it was nice to touch base with them (they are the friends we adopted Gizmo from).

      Happy New Year, Wendy!


  1. Glad that you are feeling better this week!

    You were all so brave for exploring NYC this week in the cold – Brrr! It’s weird because I live pretty close to NYC, but I rarely go there except if it’s for work. I did happen to walk by the tree a few weeks ago when I was leaving a work event at night and it was really pretty!

    Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year Judy!

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    1. I wish we were closer. It made for a very long trip — 2 hours to my parents, taking them back & forth to Poughkeepsie (another half hour), the train down, driving back from Poughkeepsie . . . well, you get the picture.

      But I still enjoyed it! Happy New Year, Kim!


  2. I enjoyed reading your reminiscences and seeing those old photos.
    You are braver in the cold than I. I’m definitely like Mr. Judy.
    Wishing you the best for 2018.

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    1. It’s amazing the difference in temperature between just here & NYC — so imagine the difference between here & where you live! I did stay up until almost 10 pm. Which is late for me. 🙂

      Happy New Year, Coco!


  3. Those trees are so pretty in NYC! Love the old pics! I am going to my Aunt’s to play some games this New Years. That’s great you were able to get to have most of the family for your parent’s 70th Anniversary Dinner. So special when all the family gets together.

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    1. Since my brother lives on the West Coast, it’s always hard getting the whole family together. OTOH, his daughter is living in Manhattan at present; she teaches, so she had the week off & so did their youngest, who is still in school.

      His oldest lives in India. Obviously he was not there! Happy New Year!


  4. Happy New Year Judy! How nice to make it to NYC to see the tree. My mom recently got a smart phone, it’s been a challenge teaching her to use it, although my sister bears the brunt of that.

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      1. Oh yes, I totally agree. Although we did have to get dressed today to dust off the snow on the driveway — not much, so thankfully it didn’t take long, but at these temps, it gets icy if not cleared.

        It wasn’t that bad, but I wasn’t out long & my fingers (which were gloved) were hurting!

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    1. It is very fun to see the holiday decorations in NYC! I wish I could have seen the store windows, too, but that would definitely have been pushing my luck. 🙂

      I hope you had a fun evening. Happy New Year!


  5. Those are wonderful pictures of NYC both old and new! It was nice to go back and relive the memory with Mr. Judy! On both my trips to NYC, the holiday decorations were up but the Rockefeller tree was not ready yet. I’ve always wanted to see it without scaffolding. LOL. I gave my husband an Echo and it will not sync to our WiFi. And…we are both relatively tech savvy. Argh! Happy New Year and thanks for linking!

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    1. The tree is definitely something to see. We had less than 24 hours in the city, though, and of course there was the cold, so we didn’t get to see any holiday windows which are something!

      Have you had any more luck with the Echo? We usually couldn’t get them to work the first time (including at my parents), but eventually they come around. Not the best app.

      Happy New Year, Holly!


  6. I am going back to NYC next Sun (for the 4th time). Hope it’s not as cold. But probably will be.

    I haven’t used the tm yet and I could never do 6 miles on it. but since I’m not training yet, I don’t care if I get my long runs in. That will change come February, though.

    Our after run meet-ups are more about chatting than eating. We were at the diner for hours and covered everything from politics to sexual orientation LOL.

    We braved the cold for an evening out. It was fun but cold even inside the restaurant.

    I bet you wouldn’t have done the 3.5 miler today. I’m waiting until the temps goes above zero.

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    1. Well, sat is supposed to be much colder than sunday, but I think it will still be pretty cold.

      Um, yeah, no, the meetups aren’t just about the talk. Trust me. Remember, I’ve been to most. Since we didn’t go to the movies today, not sure I’ll make next week’s either.

      It’s a moot point whether or not I would’ve done the race today since it’s not being held. But I have done it every year, when I knew no one, when it was cold, when it was warm. I’ve run in pretty cold temps but not as cold as you do. I just sweat to much and get too chilled and don’t really need that.


      1. Not only about talk. We did eat. I’m not fussy about food. Will eat about anything. I plan to run on Sat. I’m sure we’ll connect eventually. Happy new year.

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      2. For the WS. Unless there’s a blizzard. 🙂

        I don’t plan to run next sat unless it’s on the treadmill. Although since Lloyd didn’t want to go to the movies today because of the cold, I’m guessing he won’t want to next sat either, which is supposed to be even colder.


  7. Fun plans for New Years? Stayed home with temps @ – 22 & an awful cold.

    Do you remember when you met your SO’s parents? Not really but we grew up in the same town.

    Do you have those 2018 goals in place? Lose the last 10 pounds & run my first 1/2 marathon.

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  8. I hunkered down this weekend too. A cold snap moved in very quickly, and I’m taking advantage of it and staying inside. I was in bed by 10 last night, but I did hear fireworks around midnight. I went back to sleep after that.

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  9. Happy New Year! This cold weather has been really hard to resist hibernating away from, lol! NYC around the holiday always feels so magical, glad you had a great time with family. Stay warm!!

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  10. What an awesome trip, the trees and all the lights are gorgeous! 70 years is pretty darn amazing too! I like seeing young Judy 🙂 You were a cutie with your short hair!
    Happy New year! I am still working on what to do with my self this upcoming year lol

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    1. Yeah, I had short hair for quite some time. It was long when I was younger, but I didn’t really know how to take care of it & my mom made me cut it short!

      I have no doubt you’ll get in your races — especially with Bibrave! Congrats!


  11. WOW Judy what a great trip! I loved seeing your old photos as well! I have only once seen the tree at Rockefeller Center, I think it was maybe 1987?

    For New Year’s we usually just stay home but last week Thursday my husband said to me “Shall we go away for NYE?” He’s kind of a likes-to-have-everything-planned guy so I was very happy with this spontaneity! He was thinking Paris but knowing what I know about travel planning I thought that could be a very expensive night away (plus 12 hours in total driving) and what he doesn’t know is that I have a 50th birthday trip planned for him in just 10 days so I was able to convince him that closer to home might be better (without giving up the surprise). So we went to Dusseldorf and it was really nice!!

    I’m not really doing big goals for 2018, more like breaking off tiny bits week by week 🙂

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to more from you in 2018!

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