Leaves are a’popping: 9/21 – 26 WRD

After our cold snap last week, trees are popping out in color all over the place. Way too early, but there’s something about the changing leaves . . . even if I never missed that the 17 years we lived in TX!


Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running/walking my virtual Dempsey Challenge races.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (50 min), 3 miles easy (with 5 strides at end), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), Walk while waiting for Lola @ Vet, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), Dempsey Challenge Virtual 10k + .8 mile warmup, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday:  Yoga (50 min), Dempsey Challenge Virtual 5k Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)

Mileage: 10 (-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 Update


Monday intention: Remind legs they can go fast
An easy run with strides at the end to work on turnover. Another nice day, although I kinda felt like I was dragging. The busyness of September catching up with me, I guess. Still it was negative splits. Last mile pretty darn fast for me (due to pausing my watch when I walk back uphill between strides).

Every day new trees are turning

Thursday intention: get stronger + speed
I chose to run my Dempsey Challenge 10k today instead of my usual long-run Saturday, thinking the weather would be cooler (maybe not so much, turns out). We’d still warmed up and it was humid, but not Summer-humid thankfully.  I ran .8 mile to warm up, then another 3.1 in the neighborhood (rolling hills).

6 pence

Then I took off downhill for the second half of the 10k. Yup, the second half was significantly faster. At one point I spied a penny — then another, then another — all in all there were six socially distanced pennies. Weird! Yes, I picked them up.

Then I walked almost 3 miles back up the hills, and then it was another 1.5 mile cool down walk with Mr. Judy and Bandit and stick a fork in me I was done — for the rest of the day! I was tired. I don’t think it was the “race” so much as all that time out in the sun. I felt fine the next day.

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Dempsey Challenge 5k

Favorites of the week
In addition to running my virtual Dempsey Challenge on Thursday, we walked 5k on Saturday (the actual day of the road races, normally — there’s also cycling races) with Bandit. He was a bit balky towards the end (we had to pass our house to make sure it was really 3.1).

Bandit post 5k

Best use for beets!

Then there was this red velvet mug cake. It got its coloring from beets. Which I’ve had coming out of my ears with our veggie share.

Trying to block her escape route

Lola is better, but she is not amused at all at not being able to go on our walks. If she liked to be carried I’d take her with us that way, but alas, she really doesn’t. Luckily we have a gate that can attach to the top of our stairs, which Mr. Judy did. We carry her up & down those stairs. Sometimes she still goes up and down onto the couch, even though we try to help her and she has steps — she’s still darn fast for just about 15!

What are you looking at? Feather? What feather?

Run any virtual races lately?

Enjoying a little Indian Summer? We are for a few days!

What is one thing you’re proud you did this week? 

GWY Pre Run Yin3a

ICYMI: One last Yin Yoga Pre Run Warmup and it’s the shortest one yet! I’ll get  you out for your run in just a little over eleven minutes here. All of these practices are great post run, too — or even the night before a hard workout.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m wrapping up my September. On Friday let’s grab some coffee or tea and get together to share what’s going on in our monthly coffee date here.

33 thoughts on “Leaves are a’popping: 9/21 – 26 WRD

  1. A good week! Ha love the feather pic, the cats are always appearing with dust on their whiskers and today I found a bit of Willa fur hanging out of the corner of Percy’s mouth: busted! (she was fine, they do seem to shed tufts when they fight).

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  2. Sounds like a great week and I love the color of your sneakers!

    That red velvet mug cake recipe that uses beets sounds really cool! I love adding beets to my salads or drinking beet juice so I would definitely try it!

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  3. I’ve been leaf peeping–it’s going to really cool down this week and i think they’re going to pop! Kind of a mixed blessing.

    So not a fan of beets. I was starting to like them and then I had a major GI upset after eating them. So much for that!

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    1. Luckily I do like beets, cause we keep getting them week after week (and I’m the only one that eats them).

      I was really hoping to get out somewhere next week, but it looks like we have quite a bit of rain in our forecast. They’re so often wrong though!


    1. The mug cake was really good. Mostly I think you could just add pureed beets to almost any mug cake recipe. This particular recipe — which I only half followed — said it wouldn’t really be that red but it definitely looked like red velvet cake!


  4. Though Fall is not my favorite season, I do love the changing leaves. Glad I’ve been hiking a lot because they’ll be gone soon.

    I’ve been doing some virtuals. Everyone seemed to agree that they’re not races but runs with swag.

    Happy Yom Yippur. Hope you break your fast with something delicious.

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  5. Oh, I never would have guessed that cake had beets in it — what a great idea! I only buy pre-roasted beets to slice for salads because I’m intimidated by them. 😉 We’ve had a pretty wet summer and fall started with rain too, so I’m not sure what our leaf colors will be like.

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    1. Beets are actually really easy, but they do take a long time to roast. I just poke them with a fork like a potato, and then roast them until they’re soft. Time varies with the size. I don’t even peel them.

      The beets in my veggie share have gotten HUGE! Although I think this coming week is the first beetless week in months.

      It’s waaaaay early for the trees to be turning, but so far they seem to be looking good. I’m pretty sure that unseasonable cold snap had a lot to do with the earliness.


  6. One thing I’m proud of (for this past week) is the 100 biking miles! That said, that will NOT be happening this next week LOL Like with running, it’s probably wisest to scale back the miles now and then, even if the biking miles are a lot easier to do.

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  7. It got warm here again too. Its nice during the day but for the past few mornings its been really humid for running! I have a virtual 10k coming up. I haven’t decided when I will run it yet though.

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    1. Lots & lots of leaves turning. And of course falling all over the lawn.

      We had a photo of Chester & the acorn (same sort of thing, huge acorn stuck in his mouth & he just tried to look normal, LOL). Mr. Judy actually had it come up as a FB memory recently.


    1. I am willing to bet you finished up your 200km challenge!

      With Lola not able to go on walks with us, we’ve been taking longer walks. Actually I’d already started to do that right before she hurt her foot.


  8. Sweet Lola. Would she ride in a wagon or dog stroller?

    I am hopeful to see some fall foliage in about two weeks. In Florida, it’s just not a thing, so it will be a nice change of pace.

    That beet cake looks good. I like beets in pretty much everything, so that would be a win.

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    1. Lola would absolutely not stay in anything. She has two speeds: on & off. Off is sleeping for hours, on is trying to play and run as if nothing is wrong.

      The vet gave the go ahead to do short walks on grass — but keeping her on grass might be hard. She soooooo wants to walk though.


  9. I guess we can’t have Indian Summer here yet since we haven’t had frost, but sadly it’s probably coming soon. Our neighbor walks her two little dogs in a stroller. It’s cute but I wouldn’t wanna do it. I love beets but I’m the only one in here who does so usually I skip. Fun mug cake!

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    1. We haven’t technically had a frost either but we had quite a few days with lows in the 30s, now the lows are in the 60s (about to change) — so I’m gonna call it Indian Summer!

      I’m the only one that eats most of the veggies in this house, although Bandit likes to help. He actually keeps begging for beets, too, but I’m not giving him any!

      Lola would never, ever sit still in a stroller or wagon. It’s just not in her nature. She still wants to go! She wants to go on the walks so badly, she comes running over to the fence, all excited. Poor girl. We can still only walk her short distances on the grass. Which should be interesting.


  10. Bandit looks so tired. Long day for him!

    I don’t think I’ve ever had beets. I know I don’t eat a lot of vegetables but by now I’ve at least eaten a lot of them.

    Last week I did fun things for me. I took it easy and relaxed. This week is another story. Not too bad but not relaxing either. Oh well.

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