The one where I leave my neighborhood: 6/6 – 7/12 WRD

Obviously I have left my neighborhood: to shop, to see my mom, to take Lola to the vet. This week was the first week in many that I took one of my runs out of the neighborhood.


Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing pushing through the heat this week.

Workouts update

  • Monday:  4.72 non technical trail miles, Yoga (34 min)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, SB Lady Gaga (30 min), Pilates (8 min), Yoga (30 min)
  • Wednesday: 3 miles easy, Pilates (Booty) + Peloton Crush Your Core (15 min) Shot Yoga Video (60 min),
  • Thursday: Dogwalk , Pilates (30 min), Yoga (15 min)
  • Friday: 7 mile LSD — that’s all she wrote, folks!
  • Saturday:  Dogwalk, SB (15 min), Pilates Arms + Abs (20 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min), Pilates Legs (10 min), SB planned for later

Mileage: 14.72 (+.72)

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

It’s a lovely, but short, path

Monday: intention — easy recovery run
For the first time in months, I got in the car and drove somewhere to run. I’m signed up for a virtual series of trail runs this month, with the swag being a bowl or mug at the end (hence the odd mileage for this run). One of my friends is running the series with me (not literally with me, though).

I took it to one of my favorite non technical trails, which is by a river. There’s a lot of grass around most of it, so I knew even if it was busy I could just step aside (as I did several times).

Eating my post run snack looking out over the water . . . heaven

This run was enjoyable (always love running by water) and felt really tough at the same time. It’s a short trail, so I ran back and forth a few times. I slowed down the last two miles, and put in some extra walking the last mile because I felt just the teeniest bit light headed. Week one done.

That was a hot one — and it only got hotter as the week went on!

Wednesday: easy does it + breath attention
Despite rain predictions the night before, I laid out clothes for this morning. Very humid, yes. Also cloudy and breezy. Not so bad except for when the bugs closed in — which was about half the run. Glad I got it done so I can try to pick the best day weather-wise for my long run, not that any day this weekend is looking great.

I think he was trying to blend with the tree

Friday: intention — survive the heat
I got up earlier, but somehow I got out the same time as my long run last week. I didn’t think I was procrastinating. Or maybe it was the interrupted sleep last night that slowed me down (getting on out the door & on the run!).

I’m sure my FL friends are laughing at me. It wasn’t too humid, actually. The bugs weren’t horrible. But it was about 80 by 7 am (half an hour into the run) and the sun was relentless.

It started out not too bad, but I was definitely feeling that heat by mile 5. I chose the slightly less steep side, which helped. Not training for anything? Yup, I’m gonna walk more if I feel like it.

This was a 7 mile run (using intervals) with no big walk break in the middle though. A big slow down miles 5 & 6, but I rallied the last mile — no mile was fast, but I was faster on the last mile than miles 5 & 6. Glad I chose Friday — Saturday & Sunday were even worse humidity-wise (although there was cloud cover).

These make a great pre- or post run snack

Favorites of the week
I’ve mentioned Bobo’s Toaster Pastries before (Amazon Affiliate link here) but they’ve been a great light-ish snack before early morning runs — or after the run. They do have a lot of sugar (hello, pastry) so it’s not something I eat all the time. The nut butter ones have a little less sugar.

Not sure how she stays on there

We also got lobster rolls on Friday. We picked them up and brought them home to eat. Sorry, I didn’t take a photo. I had thought to get some for the Fourth, maybe, but that didn’t work out. It also allowed us both to go out at the same time briefly — want to make sure the dogs don’t get too used to us being around all the time.

We also watched Hamilton again, as well as a documentary about it and Lin Manuel Miranda. The documentary was interested (One Shot to Broadway on Amazon), although a little dry. I’m sure we’ll watch Hamilton at least one more time before our month is done.

I also googled if Hamilton County here in upstate NY was named after Alexander Hamilton. It was. I’d suspected as much. I then googled if Elizaville was named after Elisabeth Schulyer/Hamilton — couldn’t find out if it was. I suspect it was. A couple of years ago I read the novel My Deal Hamilton. I recommend that, too!

The things dogs do with their beds . . .

How would you caption the photo of Bandit above? 

Where would you rather run: by water? In the mountains? On the trails? On the road? Someplace I haven’t mentioned?

What animal do you see most on the run?  Really, my answer is probably birds. The rabbits are out in force this summer, though.

GWY Cooling Yin Yoga

ICYMI: The heat is on, #amiright? This Yin Yoga practice can help you cool down after a run or a vigorous workout — both literally and figuratively. Watch it here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Fitting in fitness; it’s the topic for the Tuesday Linkup here on the 28th, but since I’ll be wrapping up July then, I decided to write about that on Tuesday. On Friday I’m sharing some thoughts about running being fun. Don’t forget that Skirt Sports is selling off its inventory, so check out the sale here — inventory & prices are decreasing!

32 thoughts on “The one where I leave my neighborhood: 6/6 – 7/12 WRD

  1. I think I prefer running by the water — if I can get an early start or find some shade! I see squirrels the most — or at least pay the most attention to them running with Scooby. I’d caption the photo Bandit Taco, since it sort of looks like he’s in a taco shell. 😉

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  2. So many great Hamilton tips! I will have to be well-rested for the documentary or I’m sure I’ll doze off, haha!

    Glad you got out a bit more for your running. That heat is killer. Nice work!

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  3. I have seen more rabbits this year than I remember seeing in the past. Of course, there’s always an abundance of squirrels (I’m such a sucker for furry little critters LOL). We still have not seen Hamilton…

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    1. Rabbits go through like 7 year cycles, and then die off, then come back. I think we’re building again.

      I’m happy I finally got the chance to see Hamilton, even though it was a recording. I imagine I’ll watch it a couple of more times before our subscription is up.

      Have a great week, Kim!


  4. You know how much I love running by and being on the water! I asked my husband again when we were moving to the lake! We have to wait until he can retire so we can keep his insurance. It will probably be about 5 more years. Sigh….

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  5. I also like running by the water when I can – I always find it to be so peaceful! Glad you were able to enjoy a small change of scenery for your trail run. It seems like it was so humid everywhere this week so I’m not surprised you felt a little light heated at the end of your run.

    I usually don’t eat before my early morning runs or workouts because it usually makes me cramp up, but the Bobo’s Toaster Pastries sound like a great light snack to enjoy!

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    1. I really need something in my stomach, even when it’s an early run. Although one of my runs I had an even smaller snack — but I still needed something! Hmm, which reminds me, I have to get out earlier tomorrow, maybe I should do the same snack.

      Have a great week, Kim! It’s supposed to cool off a little.


  6. 80 degrees at 7am is HOT. Add in humidity and it is even brutal. I like running along the lake. I know there are times where the wind helps cool me down during a hot summer day. Also, there’s been times in previous years in which I’d run in a specific area/spot and it would feel like the AC was on. So weird.

    I rarely eat anything before my run (just coffee) but will eat a Picky Bar before a long run.

    I see a lot of dogs on my runs. Thank goodness they’re all leashed but still they freak me out when they bark.

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    1. Barking dogs don’t necessarily mean anything. Mine would probably bark — but they’re friendly. Although Lola isn’t as friendly as she was when she was young – I think that’s partially due to poor vision.

      I have to eat something before a run. Especially a hard run! Or a long one. I need the fuel. But I know lots of runners who don’t/can’t.

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  7. After 10 weeks, it must have felt great to leave the ‘hood.

    I LOVE the water. We are lucky to be so close to both the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.

    I watched Hamilton again on TV too. I enjoyed it but so love the excitement of a live show. Maybe if I ever get back to NYC again.

    And yes, Saturday was sooo humid but if you work, you have to run long on the weekend. I’m used to it. I don’t plan to retire anytime soon.

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      1. Lucky for me, my hubby is not a fan of musicals so I see them alone or with friends. The tix are cheaper at the theatre – no service charges.

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      2. My husband isn’t a super fan of musicals, either, but he liked it — and I’m pretty sure he’d be okay with seeing it in a theater — if it were much, much cheaper. But then it’s double the money, of course.


      3. My hubby watched the whole thing and he said it was Ok. I was surprised. We used to go to Broadway shows in nYC but years ago when they were cheaper.

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  8. I love running by the water! I dont get to do it very often, although I used to run by the Baltimore harbor when I lived downtown. I would say the animal I see most when I run is deer, followed by foxes.

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    1. We have rivers not too far away, and there’s one park with a man made pond that I haven’t been to since this started (although I might try getting out early & see what happens one of these days).

      I have only ever seen a fox here once. Some neighborhoods have a lot of them, but obviously not mine!


  9. Rabbits, so many rabbits lately! I think I would have to say a shaded trail. I mean, by the water makes me think there is no shade. I know the FL people laugh at us saying 70 is warm, but how about when it hits below freezing and we’re out there running? We’re so strong! 🙂

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  10. I love my trails but I really love running along water. The Carlsbad Marathon was amazing. So many rabbits here. It’s crazy because Ozzie won’t chase after the little ones. Its like he knows to lay off.

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    1. Yeah, well, of course Bandit killed the 2 baby bunnies in our backyard last year. I don’t think a mama has been stupid enough to dig her warren in our backyard again. He mostly ignores them on the walk, though, it’s funny.

      Love, love, love running by water. Wish I lived closer to some — but at least we have the rivers. Now it’s just all the bugs though.


  11. Other than birds and neighbors’s dogs, I probably see deer the most on my walks and rides. My favorite place to run is definitely on trails in the mountains. My favorite part is running along the ridge with occasional views to below after I’ve made the climb to the top and now it’s relatively flat; plus it’s all downhill to get back to my car. LOL

    Have a great rest of your week, Judy!

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    1. We really don’t “run” into much deer in our neighborhood. We say the one young one once — this year. Birds, definitely! Those birds are loving our firepit fountain.

      Running mountains will definitely make you tough — I prefer to run down them, LOL!

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  12. I’m so late reading all these, not sure what’s happened to my week!

    I love running by the water and really miss it at the moment as we’re not encouraged to use the canal tow-paths, which are narrow. I see birds and dogs mainly!

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    1. No worries! Believe me, yesterday I didn’t feel like I really did that much, but the day still seemed really full.

      I’m so sorry that you are unable to run at a place that gives you more peace. We will get to a time when we’re able to do the things we love to do!

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