Best & Worst of Times: 10/19 – 25 WRD

This week didn’t start off as I planned, but it was pretty good — until the weekend. Then things went rapidly downhill.

I had targeted a park that was a little further away than we usually go for our anniversary roadtrip. I’d been there, once, and I thought Mr. Judy might enjoy it, too. We didn’t go on our actual anniversary, as the weather wasn’t great, although it wasn’t a lot better on the day we did go.

The weather wasn’t pretty but we still enjoyed our day

Unfortunately that night Lola fell ill. She could barely walk and sometimes couldn’t even stand. She stopped eating and drinking — and she’s always been a really big drinker. We’re still not 100% sure what is causing it (still); any and all good vibes and prayers are much appreciated.

Right before she started acting strange


Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and reporting on easing back into running.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min),  Dogwalk/RGB Walk 2.9, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), TM Intervals 2.53, Dogwalk/RGB Walk .92, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk./RBG Walk 5 (and just like that, RBG is a wrap)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min),RBG Walk/Dogwalk/Hike 2.50, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Much pacing at Animal ER, TM Run 2 + Core
  • Saturday:  Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), Easy 4 miles, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 8.43 (-.49)
Walking: Finished RBG; don’t think I’ll be tracking walking on the regular now but still trying to add in some extra miles

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: oops, I didn’t really think about one
Probably because I am using the Peloton Road to 5k (partially) for my virtual 5k in about a month. It was speedwork today. May have actually run it a bit slowly, but always better to save it for the “race”/

Friday intention: destress
If you follow me on FB here, you know that we had a belated road trip for our anniversary on Thursday (our actual anniversary was Monday). Everything seemed fine, until that night, when Lola started to act odd. There was sleep deprivation. The next morning she was even worse, and we ended up at the animal ER. 

After pacing around waiting for many hours while they tried to diagnose and treat her (no real diagnosis, possible UTI and other things that could be much worse but we elected not to spend $$$ on testing for things that probably aren’t really treatable at her age), I finally brought her home and for the first time in a really long time I felt the need to pound out some stress. Of course there’s been lots of stress all year long, but most of the time, I haven’t felt the need to run hard. Today I did.

This particular Peloton workout as part of the Road to 5k obliged with some speed work.

Sunday intention: run out the sadness
Lola is hanging in there after a second trip to the ER (ka-ching, ka-ching) and still no definitive diagnosis. Mr. Judy was very pleased that she ate & drank a bit on her own after he picked her up while I was running. As I’m typing this, she doesn’t seem too interested in treats again, but we’re grilling a steak so fingers crossed. She’s sighing a lot. I’m not terribly surprised, I warned Mr. Judy not to get too excited. She did enjoy some steak.

My heart was just heavy as I ran, but I’m still hopeful. She already has an appointment at the holistic vet, but getting in to any vet, and especially specialists, which was suggested, is super hard right now. It can take months to get an appointment.

I had originally planned a slightly longer run, but by the time I got out the afternoon was almost moving into evening so 4 it was. Probably just as well, there was sleep deprivation again last night.

There’s a deer hiding out on the left

Favorites of the week
On a better note, I met one friend I haven’t seen this year in the flesh for a walk this week.

Back at the pond

Then later in the week I met another friend for a walk near the pond and on the fitness path.

Finding Fall at the ER vet

Are you using running to help you destress lately?

What other things do you do to destress? 

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

Releasing Yin Yoga

ICYMI: This week I have a longer Yin Yoga practice to help you release — whatever you have to release! It will also help you open up your hips, your low back, and your chest. You can find it here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Yup, it’s time to wrap up October! On Friday I’ll be visiting the Runfessional here to cleanse my running soul.

26 thoughts on “Best & Worst of Times: 10/19 – 25 WRD

  1. Sorry to hear about Lola. Hope things work out for both of you.

    I like to walk in the woods or hike alone to de-stress. Running is too hard. I think it adds stress.

    I had Thursday off from work (my last day off) and the weather was picture perfect and I hiked like 10 miles, climbed a fire tower, saw an awesome waterfall. I am a slow hiker but I am proud that I can do scary things.

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  2. So sorry about Lola. It’s frustrating and worrisome when there’s no diagnosis. I hope she enjoys a bit of steak. When I wake up early for no reason, I usually start the day with a hard workout to burn off whatever stress woke me up.

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    1. She did enjoy the steak. 🙂 Definitely not out of the woods yet. It’s always so hard to see them this way; I know you know that.

      Luckily, when I’m not being kept awake by the dogs, most of the time I sleep pretty good!


    1. Getting back to running must feel awesome, Kim. So sorry about the s-word though!

      Thank you for your kind thoughts for Lola. She’s hanging in there, but still not doing great. It’s so frustrating that it’s so hard to get vet appointments now, but I am also so grateful to them for their hard work.


  3. I am sorry to hear about Lola. I hope she gets well soon.

    I use running to start off my day. Sometimes I cry or just think about whatever is bothering me. Well, you know how things have been going for me so these runs are very helpful.

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    1. Thanks so much, Marcia. Unfortunately she’s doing poorly still. Waiting to hear back from the holistic vet on whether or not they can squeeze her in today.

      I really do lose my appetite when I’m super stressed. Not such a bad thing for me, really.


  4. So sorry to hear about Lola. I haven’t written about it, but Cocoa is suffering over here from a bad ear infection. Again. She’s not getting better this time and now we have her on steroids. They are talking surgery, which is ear canal ablation. She’s only 4! This means she would be deaf. Out of all my cockers, this is the one with the ear infections. My heart is hurting for her. I swear Judy, this year just sucks.

    i hope Lola rallies back.

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    1. Poor Cocoa & poor you! I hope it doesn’t come to surgery.

      Lola is still not doing great, and I know she’s in pain sometimes so that really sucks. We’re still not even sure what’s causing it. But we’re all still hanging in there & I try to remain hopeful. At least she’s being a great patient, she’s actually really cooperative with the syringe feeding/watering. Which is a sign of how badly she feels. 😔


  5. I’ve been thinking about you and Lola. I hope she is feeling better. It’s so hard when our fur babies aren’t feeling well – they can’t tell us what’s wrong and it adds so much to the stress.

    Sending love to you. I’m glad you got to destress a little and see some friends. I am hoping things do calm down.

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