Moving through dark times: 12/30-1/5 WRD

Ringing in New Years with my Mom (well, at 8:30 pm)

Another super challenging week. I actually have hopes that life will get just a little bit better, the reason may seem odd: my Dad is now on Hospice. No, nothing changed, although everything changed. I plan to write more about that next Friday.


Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and share how I continue to move even through the tough, dark times. It helps.


And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  SB WU (10 min), 3 miles TM, PB ST  (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (45 min), SB WU (10 min), 3 Progressive TM
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Soul Stroll
  • Thursday: Yoga (50 min), Soul Stroll
  • Friday: 7 mile LSD, Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Filmed Yoga video (30 min), TM Soul Stroll (30 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, PB Weights

Mileage: 13 (NC)

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 Update

A cold rainy washout of a day. Did a steady state run on the mill. I prefer speedwork on it, but I knew I would most likely be back on it the next day. I actually hopped on the stationary bike and did a short dynamic warm up before running!

Snow & sleet overnight & a potential trip to my moms had me back on the mill. Weather while I’m home this week mostly sucks, but I’m glad I can still safely run on the mill.

I couldn’t help thinking of the calzone waiting for me when I saw this 

I didn’t have as much frustration to run off today, but the weather on the weekend wasn’t looking great. I was really tired, it’s been a long couple of weeks, but had a good run and glad I got that out of the way. The bike path is clear again — but not for long, probably — so finally running in a different place felt good.

Really useful to just pull out the cards I want when traveling!

Favorites of the week
Mr. Judy nailed my Hannukah gift. Normally we don’t even exchange anything anymore, although it’s tradition for me to give him an Ansel Adams calendar. I almost forgot about it in the midst of family drama — Amazon to the rescue!

In the beginning of my YTT the Yoga Teacher Toolbox was mentioned. It’s a binder with laminated cards of many poses with all sorts of information. It’s very comprehensive, and not surprisingly, not cheap. I mentioned it to Mr. Judy, and he kept looking for a deal on Ebay. Eventually I decided I didn’t need it. Guess what I got on the last night of Hannukah?

I did sign up for a half marathon this summer (hoping I get to run it, but one reason I chose it was its generous deferral policy): Revel Mt. Hood (see more info here). I’ve been wanting to try a Revel race a long time, wanting to go to Portland, and you now I love a downhill race. I also look forward to meeting Laurie @ Meditationsinmotion who is also signed up.

What was your favorite gift from the holidays? 

How has 2020 started off for you?

Sign up for any races?  

43 thoughts on “Moving through dark times: 12/30-1/5 WRD

  1. sorry to hear about your dad, Judy. I’m thinking about you and sending you hugs.

    we don’t do gifts at all. nothing. nada. BUT we did just go to italy so, you know, I can’t complain.

    I signed up for the 1/4 marathon at Rotterdam. I’m looking forward to it as some other friends from the UK are coming over. I would LOVE to do that race with you at Mt. Hood. I used to live in Portland and do miss it sometimes.

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  2. I unfortunately signed up for 4 half marathons…well that was before the sore foot…No I will not defer any of them but I may just not run them or just slog along (I really could care less about getting a good finish time right now.)

    I buy my own gifts. I got an ipad mini and after shokz headphones. Love them both. Actually my hubby got me a gift certificate to a jewelry store and to a foot massage place (I HATE massages and don’t need any more jewelry…but it’s the thought that counts.)

    That was a great gift that Lloyd got you. Very thoughtful.

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      1. You were smarter than me lol

        It easy to buy my hubby gifts. He doesn’t shop for himself. BOSE wireless headphones. He loved them.

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      2. Oh, I rarely pay full price. But with him it’s get a discount, then go through a portal, then it’s which portal has the best discount . . . it’s amazing that he actually has time to buy as much as he does.


  3. Sorry to hear about your dad, but It’s good that you’re getting everything in place. That way he’ll be well cared for and comfortable.

    Isn’t it funny how our guys come through every once in a while with something thoughtful? What a nice gift!

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    1. Yup, that’s completely the aim, to keep him as comfortable as possible.

      And up, once in a while he does give me an outstanding gift. 🙂 Most of the time we travel in lieu of gifts. It’s really been our MO since we got married!


  4. I’m very sorry to hear about your Dad. I know that these last few months have been very difficult for you.

    So glad that Mr Judy was able to find that item for you! Such an awesome and thoughtful gift 🙂

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    1. Actually having Dad on Hospice should actually be a really good thing. Time will tell (so to speak).

      I seriously just decided as my training went on that I didn’t need to spend the $$ on that. But it’s nice to have someone else spend the $$ on it. 🙂


  5. Haha, the calzone pic! Isn’t it funny how sometimes random things make us smile.
    You have signed up for a half-marathon! I think it’s important to have races to look forward to. And you’re going to meet Laurie! I would love to meet both of you in person.
    And please say hello to Mr. Judy from me. I love that he gave you such a nice (and unexpected!) present.

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    1. I always love to have races to look forward to, but I also don’t like to waste $$ on it & I know that this year is probably a crapshoot.

      I mean, it always is, things happen, but when you KNOW that things are more likely to happen — it just makes sense to try to cover your bases.

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  6. Oh, Judy. So sorry to hear about your father. I hope all goes well for everyone, and he can find some comfort and peace. The hubs and I don’t routinely do holiday gifts anymore, simply because we frequently buy our own stuff (this new saw can be my gift, these new running shoes can be mine, etc.). He did surprise me with some perfume, though. That’s always nice 🙂

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    1. I think a lot of people (including us) are that way now — it’s just too easy to buy our own gifts! Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, LOL!

      Although having someone buy us something we love is always nice. 🙂


  7. Way to go, Mr. Judy. Coming through with a great Hannukah gift!

    I am thinking about you and your parents, Judy, and sending good wishes your way. It must be so hard to see your dad in hospice.

    I hope the darkness dissipates somewhat by the time Mt. Hood rolls around. I am looking forward to meeting you there.

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    1. Quite frankly, now I’ve begun to worry about my mom as well. I knew 2020 would be a tough year, but I am pretty good at compartmentalizing — and seriously, I need a vacation! It’s been almost a year and that one wasn’t super long, because at the time we thought Gizmo might still be alive (although he ended up passing shortly before our vacation), and I knew it would be very hard to leave him for long.

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      1. I did have the opportunity to go somewhere in feb, but I want to be able to take a decent amount of time in OR (which will also include a side trip to Seattle to see my MIL & SIL). Now that my dad is sorta settled, life is sorta normal again. I hear you, though!

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    1. Thanks, Deborah. Well, no one gets out alive, and my parents have had mostly very good, and obviously very long lives. It was even sadder with my FIL (who also had dementia) because he was so young when it started).


  8. I’m sorry to hear about your dad, Judy. I’m thinking of you and yours and wishing you light and peace through these dark times. That is a very thoughtful gift you got. We do not exchange here…just gifts for the kids.

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    1. Thanks, Marcia. Hospice (I hope, anyway) will be a good thing, much better than the whole fiasco with the live in aide. She did her best, and I could never have done what she did, but it was not good at all.


  9. Oh Judy, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Hugs to you and your family. How exciting that you’ll meet Laurie. In my family we don’t exchange gifts anymore but I did receive some nice ones from my coworkers and students.

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    1. Thanks, Zenaida. My Dad is 93, actually getting fairly close to 94. He’s mostly had a good life. It’s just the ending that has been bad. Of course my parents went through bad times, we all do, but in general, they have had great lives & got to do many things that they loved.

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  10. Sorry to hear about your dad. Thinking of you and hoping you’re able to look after yourself as well amidst all the caring. How lovely of Mr Judy to get you that yoga set. I had some lovely gifts, mainly books, but I think my two favourites might be my Spanish learning calendar from my best friend Emma and the promise of a walk up the high street popping in the charity shops to buy me some books, followed by a cup of tea, which my friend Sian gave me and I’ll cash in after my birthday later this month!

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  11. I’m really sorry to hear about your dad. Mr. Judy sounds like a very thoughtful man.
    I can’t wait to hear about Revel Mt. Hood. I’ve thought about running a Revel half marathon too. I hear they’re great races.

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    1. I’ve also heard that Revel Races are great. I might consider the one in HI (assuming they’re still doing it then) for my 60th birthday. Unfortunately I’ve run most of the states they do races in, but I can always hope that they add new races!

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  12. We’re not big gift people — but the running store at Stuyvesant has my favorite honey stinger chews, so Albany Claus gave me some.

    So sorry to hear about your dad. XOX

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    1. Thanks, Chaitali. Yes, it’s a hard thing, but it was the only solution. Even if I lived closer, I really don’t think my mom could have taken care of him any longer. It’s hard for a much younger woman.


  13. I’m sorry about your dad. I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

    2020 isn’t dazzling me too much right now. More PT. More recovering. Same ol’ same ol’.

    Love those cards! What a sweet gift. Mr PugRunner gave me an IOU for a weekend away when I am feeling better, which is pretty awesome. 🙂

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    1. A weekend away (at some point) is always fun. We haven’t had much vacation in the last year, so we’ve been talking about that maybe. Although I’m thinking a couple of bigger trips. We’ll see how the year plays out.


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