Getting out of town: 6/1 – 7 WRD

If you read my coffee/tea post here, you already know that I went to visit my mom this week. If you didn’t, don’t worry, I’ll talk about it a bit in my favorites section. 🙂


Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and a recovery week with lots of Yoga and some running and neighborhood “clean up”.

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, SB (15 min), Yoga (60 min)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalks, Visited Mom, Yoga (30 min)
  • Wednesday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (60 min),
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Yoga (40 min), Trying to clean the “new” rug
  • Friday: 3 miles easy including 6 x 20ish strides, Yoga (60 min)
  • Saturday:  Dogwalk, Yoga (60 min)
  • Sunday: 6 miles LSD, Yoga at some point (can’t break the Yoga streak)

Mileage: 12 (-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 Update

There are a lot of kid rainbows in the neighborhood

Wednesday: intention — recovery run listening to body
After my slog on Sunday, I knew I needed a slight running break. Despite the long day to visit my mom for an hour and a quarter the day before, I felt much better this morning. It wasn’t fast, but it felt so much better than Sunday, despite the fact that the sun came out — only during my run! V02max inched back up a point.

Another faded rainbow

Friday: intention — listen to my body, but remind it it can run fast
It got really chilly this past weekend (as you can see from how I’m dressed visiting my mom below), and then yesterday was 90F. Looks like this week will go the same way. So it was hot & humid, but thankfully cloudy, this morning. V02max dropped a point again — I thought this was a decent run, with negative splits thanks to the strides at the end. #justshakesheadinbewilderment

More rainbow kid art

Sunday: intention — listen to my body, think about Dad
Almost a repeat of last Sunday: great weather but about midway through this run I got tired. I actually stopped after 4 miles to walk a bit back & forth hoping to shake it off. That worked out well because someone was coming down the sidewalk, but didn’t help with the fatigue.

What gorgeous Peonies! Mine are just beginning to bloom (these aren’t mine)

It didn’t feel quite as hard as last Sunday’s. I thought a lot about my Dad; we were originally planning to hold his burial today. The weather would have been perfect.

A chilly, drizzly day (nicer back home, of course) but first time I’ve been eye to eye with my mom in almost four months

Favorites of the week
We did finally go to visit my mom. 2 hours down (one pitstop at a service area), 2 hours back , about an hour and a quarter chatting with my mom. Next time I’ll probably go by myself, because the dogs were a pain.

Lola can’t settle while on leash, and while Bandit was fine, he threw up just as we got there. Next time we do go with the dogs, I guess he’ll have to go with just one meal for the day; this isn’t the first time we’ve had that problem with him. But sometimes he’s okay.

Let’s just say maybe I should have left the carpet. We’ll see.

I’ve been dumpster diving. Well, no actual dumpsters involved. I carried this rug about a mile home. Unfortunately it’s kind of beat up, but I was thinking I could use it for Yoga students to have a more comfortable place to roll out their mats outside. We’ll see if I can make it presentable.

Then we also took this old fire pit above (had to go back & drive to get that one). Mr. Judy plans to make another fountain out of it. I think it’ll look cool!

Finally, tuna poke is one of my go-to meals for hot days. It’s relatively easy and quick and doesn’t require an oven. Although I used Right Rice (Amazon Affiliate link here) for it. They call it a plant based rice alternative, but a better title would be legume rice –it’s made using lentil, chickpea, and rice flour + pea fiber , but who would eat that?

Mr. Judy didn’t mind it; that’s high praise from him, actually, since he really likes rice. White rice, specifically. Right Rice is packed with 10 gm of protein per serving, comes in several different flavors, and is easy to make — just boil water, add Right Rice, and let it sit covered for 10 minutes.

Ever tried Right Rice? Did you like it?

What’s one of your favorite hot weather meals? I made a Chinese Chicken Salad this week that *I* thought was yummy.  

Do people put out stuff for free in your neighborhood? Ever helped yourself to something?

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m trying to decide if I want to do a virtual race on July 4th. On Friday I’ll be writing about why I’m making my runs intentional. Don’t forget that Skirt Sports is selling off its inventory, so check out the sale here.

39 thoughts on “Getting out of town: 6/1 – 7 WRD

  1. I like your neighbourhood – so many rainbows!
    Nice that your runs were a bit better this week. I have never heard of Right Rice – with so much protein it looks like a healthy alternative to regular rice.
    Looking forward to your post on intentional runs!

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  2. Nice neighborhood finds! My neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods often put free things on the Nexdoor site. I’ve seen some pretty good stuff there but I’ve only gotten anything once so far, a couple of portable tables for our Girl Scout troop.

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  3. Definitely cannot break the yoga streak! Every time I see your yoga activities it reminds me that I need to do more of it. Love the photo of you and your mom. My kids love to make their own tuna poke bowls as well. Yours looks good! Thanks for linking up and have a great week

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    1. Poke is so easy & always good. Luckily right now we have a lot of tuna in the freezer. It’s supposed to get really hot again mid week, but we’ll probably have the Chinese Chicken Salad I made this weekend. Gotta mix it up sometimes. 🙂


  4. I don’t run in my neighborhood much and lately I’ve been just taking pictures since their flowers are nicer than mine.

    Glad you got to see your mom finally.

    We have seen my MIL (who is 95) just a few times. We feel it’s more risky to make her unhappy than to worry about giving her the virus. In our opinion. She’s had in house visits from her kids and grandkids for the past 13 weeks….so… She’s old. She needs to be happy.

    I think I would be embarrassed to take someone’s else’ junk. But hey, it worked so who’s to criticize. Besides you didn’t bring it in your house. it was for outdoors.

    I don’t eat differently in the summer than the winter except for lots of ice cream.

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    1. No one is allowed to go inside where my mom lives. But sister & niece, who live a lot closer), go weekly. Much easier for them. My mom is old, too. Not quite as old as your MIL, but not that much younger, either.

      I think I forgot to mention we did go to Guptils last week. First time this year though.


  5. So glad you got to see your mom, but sad that it was on the day of your dad’s planned burial. When will that take place?

    My peonies are also opening up. I guess I need to go check on them (they are on the opposite side of the house).

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    1. No, my visit to my mom was earlier in the week. The burial would’ve been sat. No idea when we’ll do it. My brother needs to come in from CA, plus if my mom leaves she has to self quarantine for 2 weeks when she goes back. Not to mention the cemetery is far away, so that’s hours & hours in the car being exposed again. My guess is it’s not happening until at least next year but who knows.


  6. I’m glad you were able to see your mom but how sad it was on the planned day of your dad’s funeral. What a tough time…We’re hopeful to have some sort of service for my grandfather who passed away from Covid, but not sure yet.

    We always think its a good idea to bring the pups and then often regret it…

    Great finds in the ‘dumpster!”

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  7. I love all the rainbows — and those peonies! Glad you got to see your mom, but sorry about your dad’s funeral. We never had one for my dad because his wife didn’t want one – I think that was hard on my kids. My husband doesn’t even like orzo, so I don’t think he’d go for that rice!

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    1. My MIL didn’t have a funeral for my FIL, either. We already had a memorial, but the funeral is important to my mom.

      Unfortunately their plot is on Long Island, & my brother lives in CA, so the logistics are not easy in the best of times, which clearly this isn’t.

      I was surprised my husband was ok with the Right Rice, so you never know. I’m actually not super fond of orzo either — just doesn’t taste like pasta to me. Except this isn’t meant to taste like pasta. 🙂


  8. Thank you for sharing all the rainbows 😉 We all need those bright bursts of positivity. I bet your mom really appreciated your visit; I’m glad you were able to make it happen. With all three kids in their own ‘homes” now, we do scope out the “finds” on some peoples’ curbs. At least now days, we can send them a quick pic to see if it’s worth our while to drag said “finds” home.

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  9. I miss poke. But you saw that coming
    Glad you were able to see yuor mom. This weather has been so changeable!
    We do have some curbside stuff but I’m generally not hauling it up five flights

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    1. Well, if you can get ahold of good raw tuna, it’s incredibly easy to make & no cooking is involved (even if you can cook now).

      5 flights would definitely be a detraction (but it’s great exercise).


  10. Happy to know you saw your mom! This week I will start decluttering the apartment. There are so many things I want to get rid of and now is the perfect time. I am going to do one room per day so that it doesn’t feel as overwhelming. Yes, I have so much stuff here.

    I’ve never tried Right Rice but have added it to my cart. I have bags of a different kind that I bought from Costco so I am going to wait till that is done so I can buy this one.

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      1. As far as I can tell, no place local is accepting donations right now (which is understandable). Although my husband said someone posted on Next Door that she needs them . . . I’m not sure what’s in a lot of those bags anymore!


  11. Oddly enough, a neighbor across the street put their fire pit out for trash last week. I’ve always wanted one but we can’t have one on the deck and our yard is too uneven. I’ve been dropping hints for a patio for years.
    How nice to see your mom. What a trek to get there though. The Caveman has tried to take Ozzy to the office with him on a couple occasion and he’s good for maybe an hour then he’s horrible and wants to go home. Dogs definitely need their routine.

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    1. I’ve never really wanted a fire pit. Well, I think it would be cool, but I’m a bit afraid of actually setting a fire (although I enjoy sitting in front of one).

      Bandit’s usually ok as long as I’m there. The car sickness is a sometimes thing, which makes it frustrating.

      Lola is sort of ok when we can go in and at least she can just comfortably lay down. But as you know, they get kind of squirrely as they the get old. 😦


    1. The place we get poke bowls delivered does it with rice. They also have an option for half rice and half lettuce, which is nice. I actually do see it that way a lot! My husband kind of revolts when there’s no carbs in his meals, so I was happy with the plant rice as a substitute.


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