Packing it Up: 7/9 – 15 Weekly Wrap

And taking it on the road. Most of this week was spent getting ready for our upcoming trip. It was its usual slog. And why did my dentist appointment have to fall a couple of days before we left? How about the moment I was afraid I’d lost my license (I didn’t)?

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I handled heat again, training, and packing this week.


Workouts update

  • Monday: 5 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: 6 x 800 (total of 5 miles), PB Total Body Kettlebells (15 minutes)
  • Thursday:  Travel to MILs
  • Friday:  4 miles easy
  • Saturday: 9
  • Sunday: Travel to Boise

Mileage: 23 (-3)

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

Although the heat is on again, the humidity isn’t, at least it wasn’t for this run. But that sun was sure beating down on me and had me wishing it was just the 4 miler I thought was scheduled, rather than five. But as usual, it got done.

6 x 400s. I can’t say as I looked forward to it, despite the nice cool weather — but the cloud cover made a huge difference and I actually nailed my paces (except for the first repeat). Not only that, in the past I’ve needed to walk more than I should to recover between each repeat, but I didn’t today.

Not that I’m ever going to find 400s anything less than hard.

There are truly lovely trails at a park near my MILs & I sure appreciated lower humidity, although WA was having a heatwave too!

I talked my SIL into taking me to the East Lake Samamish Trail, which was great. I even got to see Mt. Rainier when I got off the trail for a bit.

Favorites of the week
Those 400s on Wednesday  — such a confidence booster. I really thought the run would suck but I nailed it (if you throw out the first repeat).

Getting out of Dodge! Okay, the real fun doesn’t start until next week, but even having the break from furkid duty — even if I miss them — feels good.

There have already been a few desserts, I picked up Garret’s popcorn in the Chicago airport, & I leave you with just a few photos of our shenanigans so far.


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:

Are you able to pack the night before a trip & not stress?

How long is long enough for you at your MILs?

Does your dentist make your next appointment at your cleaning — even though that’s 6 months away?

35 thoughts on “Packing it Up: 7/9 – 15 Weekly Wrap

    1. Since my MIL & SIL live outside of Seattle, we usually visit a couple of times a year. Summer is the time to see her! It kinda killed me that we didn’t have the opportunity to actually go there, but we did a few years ago in summer & it was amazing.

      Of course most of the time we’re there in the rainy season. Not to mention it was high 80s & my MIL has no AC. . .


      1. I was there in late May and everyone said I should have been able to see them all, but no luck. Even on the train south.
        I lived without AC until a few summers ago – fifth floor apartment made me get it.


  1. Ha – I was surprised by a text from my dentist on Friday and I have an appointment tomorrow. I go to them six-monthly and it was March and September but it’s shifted as I or the dentist have had to cancel appts over the years.

    Great pics and good running, too. I love all these trails people run on!

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    1. I wasn’t really pleased to have to go to the dentist a couple of days before my trip & briefly considered canceling, but I do think it’s important so I kept it. At least I had it on my calendar so I knew about it. 🙂

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    1. Seattle is a wonderful city — summer is really the time to go! — but because we’re visiting family, we rarely get into the city. Although my SIL did offer, but my MIL can’t walk too much anymore. Also, it was pretty hot, which is unusual for them.


  2. Yes on the dentist but I always have to cancel. Who knows their schedule six months out?

    An hour is enough with my MIL. But she’s local so the hubby visits weekly.

    I feel like I live out a suitcase so packing is no big deal. And I know I am a lighter packer than you – no food and I try to wear the same skirt every day just change tops. I also want to not check my luggage. That’s the tough part…

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  3. I know’ it’s crazy making an appt 6 months out. I was. Dry tempted to cancel.

    Luckily we rarely have to pay for a checked bag & we both had one this trip. Running a race, running shoes, hiking shoes . . . Definitely ups the packing difficulty (and yes, a small cooler of food — which I actually eat! Saves money, too.

    When you travel a lot you do get in a rhythm for packing. That’d be you, not me! We waited for this trip a long, long time.


    1. My luggage is free but I hate to risk having my baggage lost and it’s happened many times and it’s faster not to wait.

      For work, it’s the same stuff each week, work clothes, running clothes. Only in nYC do I bring breakfast because hotels don’t provide.

      My hubby & I haven’t taken a vacation in like 5 years and a long one in 15 years. Good thing he doesn’t mind me traveling without him.


  4. I want to go back to Seattle–we didn’t see Mt Rainier and that is a big regret for me! Are you running there?

    I always make my cleaning appointments before I leave. That way I get the time I want. I only have Thursdays off, so it can be a challenge.

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    1. My race is in ID, but since ID & WA are next to each other we decided to also visit Mr. Judy’s family — it really was overdue. So I got my last long run in there, which was a nice change of scenery.


  5. I’ve never been to Seattle, and it looks gorgeous. I have a layover at the airport on my way to Anchorage, but I won’t count that. I need to visit, and maybe use a race as an excuse.

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    1. Seattle is really nice, but the waterfalls photos are in ID — I didn’t have time to caption photos!

      Everyone likes the Lake Samamish.Half. If you ever decide to do RnR, it’s VERY hilly. I keep trying to convince Mr. Judy that I “need” to do the Hot Chocolate race. 🙂


  6. It looks like your vacation has gotten off on the right foot! That’s a beautiful waterfall. I mentally pack ahead of time and then physically pack the night before. It’s a thing. LOL. My in-laws live close enough to day trip (about 1.75 hours away). But, I could stay a few days if we needed to. Enjoy your trip. Thanks for linking!

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  7. I usually pack the night before a trip. It’s only stressful if I forgot to do laundry! I hear it’s been almost as hot in Seattle as it is here…but we are cooling down this week, so hopefully Idaho does the same for you.

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  8. That pic of the trail…it looks so tranquil. I’d love a trail like that! My dentist used to always schedule our appointments as we were leaving the office, but now they schedule them on their own and email us with the time. Ugh. Usually, I can swing the appointment time, but sometimes I do have to reschedule around my work schedule.

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    1. I wouldn’t be happy with them picking my appt! You gotta wonder why we can’t just schedule it ourselves. I guess they’re afraid we won’t.

      I would love trails like that near where I live, too!


  9. Ooooh have fun. Looks lovely there. The last time I was in Seattle was on the way up to Alaska. I can’t get out of the dentist’s office without scheduling the next cleaning 6 months out. In a perfect world I’d have zero MIL time. Mine is a real prize. Not.

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  10. Great scenery! I have to pack the night before a trip, and it does cause me stress, but if I start earlier I will just prolong the agony. 🙂 My dentist makes appointments 6 mos. in advance — otherwise I’d never remember to call for an appt.

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    1. I have to start earlier than the night before for long trips. This one is on the longer side, includes racing, hiking & running so was tricky. Luckily the weather is pretty much the same the whole trip — hot! That makes it a bit easier.


  11. I must admit that I am a little bit envious of those who are able to run in such lovely venues. While my neighborhood it lovely and save, it is just outside the city (It’s called the “urban ring.”) so I don’t get these lovely views.

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