Put the Mango in the Coconut: 6/11 – 17 Weekly Wrap

You will probably notice that several of the links I share this week are not from our linkups, but that’s because I have racing at elevation on the brain. There are five long runs until I am tackling elevation again.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up another strong week of half marathon training.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 6 miles (7 x 400m hill repeats), Pilates Glutes & Core
  • Tuesday: TIU Yoga, Dogwalk, Yoga for Feet, Walk with Friends
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 mile tempo run (3 miles @ tempo), Iron Strength Abbreviated
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, Baking is working out, right?
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, 10 Mile LSD, PB Full Body Strength (30 minutes)
  • Sunday: Spending father’s day with the parents

Mileage: 24 (+1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
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


The view takes out a little of the pain of running uphill & downhill for 3 miles, y’all

Back at my hill and doing downhill repeats again, to the tune of seven this week. Our beautiful running weather held, and even though it was warming up by the time I got out there, I had a good, strong run. And it was actually faster than last week.

I really do love running downhill (we won’t talk about going back uphill).

I wish I’d known there would be no thunderstorms; I’d have run outside!

Will there ever be an accurate forecast? With potential thunderstorms in the forecast, I did my tempo run on the treadmill. It barely even rained. On the bright side, I kept a nice consistent pace but yes, this felt hard! Tempos are always hard, but even while I hate doing them on the treadmill, it does make it easier to run the right pace.

We grilled after my run but it was too chilly to eat outside. Garden is coming along.

It was cloudy, cool, and windy. Not too cool for a skirt, though. I had two nice easy miles, then picked Bandit up for the cooldown. It was definitely cooler than the last time we ran, but I made sure to keep it slow for him.

Found this older Skirt Sports top on Amazon! It was really comfortable. I actually have a Happy Girl Skirt in that print, but I was wearing my Cool It Skirt.

Mr. Judy left even earlier than me on Saturday, leaving me on feeding & dogwalk duty. Gizmo has been a little off his feed lately, Bandit can always be a problem when I have to get out early. And while Lola never misses a meal, I need to walk her right before I leave if I am to have a hope of coming home to an accident-free house (she’s going on 13, after all). It’s a lot to juggle!

Since I couldn’t commit to a time I just ran on my own. I had more miles than anyone anyway — and that will continue for most of the summer. All the furkids mostly cooperated, but I still got out there later than I wanted — I started my 10 miles around 9 am. Thankfully the humidity was still low and the path is about 60% shaded.

I was having a great run, slower than last week but that was deliberate on my part — I went from 8 to 10 miles. Long runs are not about speed; they’re about time on your feet. Except . . . I needed a bathroom. And there are no bathrooms where I chose to run.

So here’s the TMI: despite my best efforts, I started leaking just a little the last couple of miles. I’ve never had that happen before. To say it was uncomfortable would be an understatement. But my skirt hid any evidence and hopefully it was so diluted no one ever knew (because I went into the bakery at the end of the run).

Oddly enough, the minute I finished my run I was fine. I’m planning to hit the same path next weekend, but I think Mr. Judy will be home to hold down the fort and hopefully I won’t have a recurrence!

Favorites of the week
The trailblazer bar from Leah’s Cakery (from my run yesterday). It probably has a gazillion calories but OMG it is so worth it. It helped me to recover from my long run. And oops! I ate it all before taking a photo of it.

I also tried a new on the run fuel from Rocket Fuel (Amazon Affiliate link) — coconut rice bars. Actually, I cut it into small pieces and rolled them into ball. I really liked them but I don’t think they’re going to travel that well. If I was just going out to the race, it would be fine. But we’re going to my MILs first and then several different cities.

My first double digit run in oh, eight months! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little anxious about it. Really, just a little. Running has been going well, and this run was no exception (except for the TMI portion of it). I chose not to tape my knees, and while there were a few twinges here and there, everything was fine. I know I will tape for the race — it comes down 3000 ft in 13.1 miles, y’all. That’s a lot on the old IT.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:


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 had the leaking problem?

Are you training for something (what?) or into your off season?

Do you think it’s okay for someone to ride a horse by a bike path?

34 thoughts on “Put the Mango in the Coconut: 6/11 – 17 Weekly Wrap

    1. Lola has never run with me. I used to do some intervals with her & Chester (previous dog), but she’s a sprinter. 🙂

      Today was far too hot to take Bandit out at all (except for our morning walk).


  1. No leaking. Thank God. Ugh!!

    There is a bathroom at around 2 miles but it depends which direction you went.

    Glad to hear Leah’s is back.

    We ran at 8 am and tonight it was rather warm already. Talked about starting at 7.

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  2. No worries on the leaking. Some of the speedier ladies I know just let the pee go when they are racing. And nobody is the wiser. 😉 But, I sort of wish I they had not told me this info. LOL. I wouldn’t worry about the downhill grade of your half. The Tear Drop half I ran in April lost 2100 in only 7 miles. That’s pretty steep but it really wasn’t that bad on the knees. Actually, I wish the other 6 miles had been that way. I think you’ll do great! Thanks for linking!

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    1. No, thanks, to just letting it go! It was so uncomfortable!

      You gotta remember that my knees are my vulnerable area (really, IT, but it’s often felt in the knees), and since I have another big race just a month later — not taking chances.

      I’m sure it’ll be fine but I’m still gonna tape. Now I just need to decide if I want to tape for 11 this week. 🙂


    1. You’re welcome. 🙂 Only it was actually mango for these bars (but you don’t really taste it). They were yummy & worked on the run, but it’s just going to be hard to cart them around for days prior to the actual race. So I have to make something else to train with that I can actually bring — I like to mix real food with honeystinger chews.


    1. It’s always nice to be in an off season, but I do (mostly) enjoy pushing myself, too.

      This training cycle has actually seemed a bit short (speak to me again in a couple of weeks), but it’s going well, which makes me happy.


  3. If only the workout aspect of baking could compensate for the eating part! Sound like you have a fun trip and race planned. I’m “officially” training for Sea Wheeze in Vancouver now. Hotel and air are booked so I guess it’s official. Ha!

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    1. This wasn’t actually sweets baking, it was baking breakfasts & running fuel. So not super tempting — although I do have a tendency to taste too much even so. 🙂

      Vancouver is a great city. Have you ever been? We’ve been several times. Most of them before I was a runner, but I think the last time I went there I ran, too.


  4. My neighborhood is actually by two horse riding schools, and I see them walking through all the time. It’s a big strange, and I certainly don’t appreciate having to dodge horse doo on my run. They use the gravel paths a lot, and that’s what i have to train on for my next race.

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    1. We were near a couple of stables when we lived in TX, but we definitely never saw horses just on the side of the road. Horses spook so easily!

      Where I run trails, or where I used to run trails, rather, people are allowed to ride and I do see horses there occasionally — although not super often. Makes more sense there. At least to me.


  5. The W&OD Trail where I run a lot has a parallel gravel horse path. At places it narrows down to one single two-way asphalt trail so the horses have no choice but to be there. There are signs telling everyone that the pecking order is horses>walkers>runners>inline skaters>bikers. Of course the bikers think everyone should yield to them. 😉

    Now I want to see a picture of the Leah’s Cakery treat after your description of how good it tasted. You’ll just have to pick up another one after your next long run and post a picture to IG!

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    1. The bar is nothing special to look at. But the taste . . . well, to me anyway. 🙂

      I probably will pick up another one on this week’s long run, since I’ll be solo again.

      Of course I also shared a PB Chocolate cupcake with Mr. Judy — that was photogenic, but again, we didn’t take a photo, just enjoyed!

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  6. I have used the bushes on a run before. I mean in town, not on the trails – although well off the path, of course.

    I love downhill running to, but I suspect the rough part of these downhill races is that you drive up to the starting elevation. Ascending quickly is the opposite of how to adjust to altitude!

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    1. The vegetation is super dense on that particular trail — and I don’t want to pick up poison ivy in an unmentionable place, either!

      Usually the bussing up is relatively slow — I don’t really think that’ll be a problem. Or at least I hope not!


  7. LOL, at the TMI portion – but as always love that you are keeping it real! I haven’t had that… yet! That can’t have been comfortable at all. Well done on a great week of running and for your first double digit run in ages! Thank you so much for the mention and link to my blog! I really appreciated that! Hope this week has started off well!

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    1. You’re very welcome. And no, it definitely wasn’t comfortable at all! Hoping this week’s long run (most likely at the same path) goes better — although the run itself went quite well.


  8. Leak – sadly yes needed to go on a long run ancouldnt hold it in! Fortunately it was raining but it’s not generally a problem for me!
    Horse – fine so long as it doesn’t poop on the path!

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