We’re waiting: Spilling over tea/coffee April 2019


For Spring, that is. Wait, wasn’t that my subject last month? Why yes, yes it was — the graphic above is from March!

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date — we are already a quarter of the way through the year — what would you like to tell me over your favorite cuppa?

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
All your glorious sunshine filled, flowering photos . . . they make me jealous, I can’t lie. Our weather has been rather normal for this time of year, heck, it didn’t even snow on April 1 as it does on many years.

I come alive on the warmer, sunny days. The problem is there’s still so few of them. Broken meet record. At least there is no snow on the ground (at the moment, could still happen but I don’t think it will).

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that a funny thing happened as I started to run again. I was sick — actually much sicker — last year around this time. I didn’t run at all for a couple of weeks. When I started to run, I had a sudden (short) bout with runner’s knee. I realized that I needed to go back to shorter run intervals; I’d been working on longer intervals before I got sick.

Fast forward to 2019: on a whim I’ve been running without walk breaks at all after very little running in the month of March. At a normal pace for me. In fact, Monday’s pace was actually speedy for me (it was also only 2 miles, so don’t get too excited).

So far, knock on wood, my body is feeling okay. No runner’s knee, at least not yet. The only difference I can really think of is that there wasn’t actually any week this year that I didn’t run at all. I kept up with my Yoga and Pilates except for the one weekend I was really sick. Perhaps it’s just the prolonged period of recovery?

I really don’t know, and I suspect that as I run longer, I’ll revert back to my run/walk — endurance is always my weak point. For now, though, I’ll just run . . . unless I don’t.

Mr. Judy has a grow light on it that’s why it’s purple. Strong like Giz?

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that the acorn that was supposed to become an oak tree (someday) our vet sent us on Gizmo’s passing did . . . nothing. Literally for months. I got tired of watering the damn thing, so I stopped.

Well, the above does not look like a weed to me. And there’s nothing else sprouting in there. It’s awfully delicate, though, no doubt due to lack of water. I’ve begun to water it again, but my gut is saying that much like Chester’s tree, it’s just not meant to be.

He stares at me all the time. Hunts for me if he doesn’t know where I am. Yet rarely lays on me.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that after almost 3 years, I’ve noticed that most of the time Bandit only lays on us when he wants something: food or a bathroom break, in general. He often lays on Mr. Judy while I get the dogs’ breakfasts ready. Which seems so wrong to me.

There were a couple of days when Mr. Judy slept a little late, and Bandit actually sat on me for a change. Which of course was counterproductive to what he actually wanted: food.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you forget skirts, at the moment I’m still just waiting to wear capris!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
Thanks to Kim @ Kookyrunner for my most recent aha! moment: why not look for halfs that somehow involve chocolate? She was talking about the Hot Chocolate races, but I’ve already run one chocolate themed half. Why not search out some more?

My Chicago friends — this one caught my eye — ever heard of it?: Ooh La La Chocolate Half Marathon in Geneva, IL. These smaller races are what Mr. Judy prefers.

Any chocolate themed halfs to share with me?

Do your dogs only lay on you when they want something (Lola just likes to lay on us, in fact, she no longer likes being by herself that much — unless there’s a kong involved)?

Who’s racing this weekend? I can’t make up my mind! But I did . . .

I am also linking up with the  Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales & Fitness.


37 thoughts on “We’re waiting: Spilling over tea/coffee April 2019

  1. Our spring came … and has now gone away again!! It was so cold, rainy and windy yesterday (and I was TIRED) that I didn’t actually run (I did however do half an hour of physio exercises and yoga stretches – see that halo!), and the weather is the same today and forecast for the weekend. Bah! That’s a cute idea of the vet’s but also what if someone lives in a flat and has no garden? What if, indeed, it doesn’t grow?

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    1. Ours comes & goes. We’re supposed to get a few warm days next week — and then back to cold and rain. Sigh. Do the flowers really need that many showers? They’re even talking about snow tonight!

      The vet knows I live in a house.

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      1. Ah, that makes sense re the vet, and it is a lovely thought. We had snow yesterday but it didn’t settle. I was just thinking about running, turned to look out of the window and WHAT?

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  2. I actually like the Hot Chocolate races–the distance of a 15k (9.3m) is very appealing to me! Glad to hear you are running without walking–I wouldn’t know what that feels like anymore. Sigh.

    I’m so ready for sunshine and warm weather too! This has been a very long gray winter.

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    1. I do like the 15k distance, but I still have many states to go.

      I don’t consider run/walk to be bad at all. In fact, it’s been extremely helpful to me, and I suspect it will come into play with my 5 mile race Sunday.


  3. Yes. I agree. Where is spring? Even when the temps are warmer, it’s windy.

    I plan to wear a skirt on Sunday no matter what. However yesterday my back was killing me. The same thing happened a few years ago when I skipped the race. Soo. Who knows?

    You can still register for the Brooklyn race. Jeri is doing the 5k. There’s an open bed since Barbara cannot go.

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    1. Yeah, most of the warm days haven’t been super warm. At least not all day.

      I definitely will NOT wear a skirt Sunday. Probably tights. Maybe capris, but probably not. Weather does look like it should be pretty good.

      While I’d love to do the Hot Chocolate, my reason for not doing it remains the same: the whole weekend will add up to a lot of $$.

      Oddly enough, I ran into Jan last night. We didn’t really chat though as she was catching up with friends.


  4. We’ve finally got spring weather, but that doesn’t mean it’s consistently warm. Plus we’ve had two days of April showers already, including today! When I’m cooking, Scooby lays on the floor between me and the stove – how is that supposed to work?

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    1. Oh no, that’s an accident waiting to happen with Scooby! No doubt he’s waiting for some food to drop. 🙂

      Sometimes the dogs get so annoying in the kitchen I have to tell them to stay out. I have a small kitchen!

      Today is decidedly un-Springlike. But I see more & more foliage coming up for bulbs, I see some trees budding & buds on my blueberry plants. It’s very slowly coming.


  5. Spring seems to take its sweet time in arriving (at least in Iowa). Then, almost overnight (usually after a good rain), we awake to green & color. Hoping for that you greet me when I return home from my Cherry Blossom weekend 🙂

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  6. I have wondered where Spring is too. Here in Wisconsin the month of March had over 50 inches of snow. I am so desperate to run outside again. Looking out the window this morning I see a nice dusting of snow ❄️. I am still doing 3 runs a week & 3 Total Gym days a week. I think the resistance training is really helping improve my running. I feel stronger. Hypothyroidism makes running 🏃 hard, but I always feel better after. I have just given up on getting faster. Being consistent is my goal.

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    1. 50″ of snow. Wow. We had snow, but nothing like that, thank goodness. Although it is snowing at the moment.

      I really do think strength training is super important for everyone — and definitely runners!


  7. Our Spring weather here has been cooler than normal. I’m not liking it!
    That is such a great idea to plant a plant or tree in honor of your pets. I do hope your tree thrives!

    Have you thought about doing the races in Hershey, PA. They have a half marathon and relay in October (that maybe I will do) and then Penn State puts on a series of races in August and I think there is a 5K in the mix. You could make a nice weekend out if it! -M

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  8. I can’t think of any chocolate-themed halfs, except maybe the one in Hershey, PA. Have you ever done that one? I did it 2 times, and I must say, it was OK, but not great. Maybe it has improved since I did it.

    I am not typically a skirt-runner, but I saw an ad on FB for running skirts that has me intrigued. I am a little bit leery of ordering anything from a FB ad, but these skirts are so cute. I don’t know if you have ever heard of them – Dona Jo from Pittsburgh, PA?

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    1. I’ve already done my PA half. In fact, most of the NE is done. For a long time I thought I’d do Hershey, but in the end I did the Blue/Gray Half in Gettysburg (which we’d never been to before the race)

      I’ve heard of Dona Jo, but never personally tried them. One of my friends did — I don’t remember the details, but she didn’t like them much. She did eventually buy from Skirt Sports & now she’s hooked. Trued story. 🙂

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      1. I did the Blue/Gray too, I think 3 years ago. I really liked it. I think that’s where I won a pie for an AG award. Pies are such a great idea for an award!

        I read some negative stories about Dona Jo on BBB website, so I think I will not buy from them.

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      2. I checked my medal — Blue/Gray was 5 years ago for me. I thought wouldn’t it be weird if we’d done it the same year?

        I did like that race, but unfortunately I was having some hip pain so didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have. Nice race though! Almost makes me want to do the one in VA, too! There are so many tempting VA races though.


      3. If we’re both talking about the one in Gettysburg in the fall then yes! Which is too funny. Like when I did ZOOMA Annapolis before I started to blog — all sorts of bloggers I now know were there (and of course I met none).

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  9. That Chocolate race you speak of contacted me in their inaugural year wanting me to run it and share about it yet refused to cough up a free entry so I did not. No ticky no laundry…or something like that. The acorn idea from the vet is a very sweet idea. I’m a little sad the vet who euthanized Carlo only gave us an ink-stamped paw print while we got a nice cement mold of Remy’s. I wish they’d have matched since they were brothers. Oh well.

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    1. Yeah, I wouldn’t want to give a free race free PR either — although I am definitely still intrigued by it.

      Simba & Gizmo were also brothers, but their passing was 6 years apart & by different vets — and that’s exactly what we have, an ink pawprint & one in clay.

      What I d like is that they took fur from Giz & put it in a tiny little bottle with a little fur sticking out. I have fur from almost all of my previous furkids, so now I need to hunt down teeny, tiny bottles apparently.


  10. A friend is having similar issues with the seeded paw print she got for her kitty’s passing.
    mm. Chocolate. I’m bummed that I probably can’t do the Brooklyn Hot Chocolate one as it’s the first time it’s so close, but I did enjoy the hot chocolate at the end of the Frozen Penguin 10K

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    1. Well, it’s definitely growing now. As long as we get it planted sometime in May it at least has a chance. Besides, if Chester’s had thrived, we wouldn’t have had room for another one!

      That’s too bad about the Brooklyn Hot Chocolate. I would have loved to do it too, but just not ready to spend the $$ on it at this point in time.


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