Hold On: October 2020


October had no races, virtual or otherwise. In fact, it was probably the least amount of running I did in 2020 with a 2 week running break, and now trying to squeeze in running around hopefully coaxing Lola back to health.

October also saw tempers fraying, the election getting on everyone’s nerves, and COVID once again surging in many places. Sean Mendes’ song “Hold On” may not be about being strong (although if you look up the speculation about its meaning, it definitely is), but it seems to fit the times.

So you just gotta hold on
All we can do is hold on, yeah
Yeah, you just gotta hold on
Just hold on for me

On the personal front, we had some very lovely Fall weather in October (no snow! yay!) and I made a real effort to get out there and soak up as much of it as I could. We also celebrated our 35th anniversary.

Getting in scheduled runs
There were no virtual races on the calendar for me in October. That’s part of why I decided to take a running break; you can see another reason I did in this post here. There was the Run for Ruth, and I did about 60% of that just with walking. Then I began to ease back into running and prepping for a virtual 5k in November — not a turkey trot, by the way! Although maybe I’ll add in a virtual Turkey Trot, who knows.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I record them here. Someday I’ll get back to journaling!

Grade Earned: Incomplete (due to pandemic)

Dynamic Warmup
Since I did some of the Peloton Road to 5k course, I did some of my “training” for the upcoming 5k on the treadmill. Somehow in my mind, since I don’t have to get out the door for those runs, it seems easier to warm up. I don’t warm up for my walks though. I probably should!

Grade Earned: A+

Foam Rolling
There was far less foam rolling in October. Just because I’m not running doesn’t mean my legs wouldn’t appreciate some extra loving!

Grade Earned: A-

There were definitely indulgences in October but maybe the fact there was no birthday cake to finish off helped

September was a little hard with Mr. Judy’s birthday month of fun. It was a bit too much fun when it came to food. I got back on track in October, though, and things (such as clothes) are beginning to slowly feel a bit more normal for me.

Grade Earned: A-


  • Massage? Nope. We all know why.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? See massage.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? I need to schedule that appointment. We are in a very good situation with COVID right now, but I could see that changing with more time spent indoors and school restarting.

Grade Earned: I

So much Fall beauty

Cross Training
Plenty of Yoga, plenty of walking, some easy hikes. A little bit of strength training. Not enough ST but the month has been a real roller coaster.

Grade Earned: A-

October 2020  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. Normally I might have given myself an A-, but I’m giving myself an A because I recognized I needed that running break and took it.

October Goals:

  • A short running break. Y. Glad I did it. I wasn’t a slug, I just didn’t run!
  • Ease back in with easy runs. Y.  Sort of, Some of the first Peloton runs weren’t exactly easy, but I also didn’t pick up right where I left off.
  • Find a flatter course for virtual races. Y. Maybe? 
  • Explore new places when I visit my mom. Y. It’s always a long day, but spending some time out in nature makes it feel a little easier.
  • Decide on my next virtual race. Y. It’s the “Champion for the Chesapeake”. The purpose is to get the Chesapeake Bay named as the next new national park. I love national parks — wish we had one here in NY! You can still sign up here if you’re interested. The shirts are nice (I already have mine).
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y.  Like most people this year, weight has been a bit of a battle. It’s staying fairly even, although lately my clothes have been feeling more comfy. NSV (non scale victory).

Which leads me to November Goals:

  • Continue working through the Peloton 5k Course. I’m back to only running 3 x week right now, so that makes it a little bit of a challenge because I don’t want to spend all my time on the treadmill. Plus it’s a 4 x week program. But I’ll adapt it to my needs.
  • Choose a course for my virtual 5k. I have been visiting a different bike path to run at, and trying to get to know it to figure out what might be the best course for a “race”.
  • More strength training! My AM Yoga is great bodyweight training. I feel strongly about lifting weights as we age. The trouble is how to get that on the schedule.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. I’ve been bouncing back and forth for months. Just hanging in there.
  • Continue to explore Kundalini Kriyas. I started a new Kriya (class) after my 40 day effort (read about that here and here). I really like this one: with the warmup and some meditation it took me about 30 minutes and it worked muscles runners need to work! I don’t plan to do another 40 Day Kriya soon, but I’m still shooting to try to keep an AM Yoga streak and explore different Kriyas. I’m actually already onto the second Kriya, and I like this one too. 


Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.


20 thoughts on “Hold On: October 2020

  1. Well done on your October goals, Judy! And congratulations on your 35th anniversary! That’s a great achievement.
    I hope Lola is feeling better. She has been having a rough time.
    When is your virtual 5k in November? I’ll be doing mine around the 28 November… a month to go. My programm also has me running 4x week. And the long runs for the 5K are surprisingly long, like 12K!

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    1. I was telling someone else my parents were married 72 years. We have a ways to go. 🙂

      My virtual 5k is the 14th. I don’t really remember if I have to do it that weekend or not!

      Unfortunately my time for running right night is very limited. 😦

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    1. Thankfully I don’t have anything really going on that I feel the need for the chiro, even though when things are normal I usually go every other month. I’m sure my hips are out of alignment, they always seem to be, but they’re not bothering me!


  2. Good month listening to your body and still staying active.

    It doesn’t look like the month is ending well. Snow predicted.

    I sign up now only for free virtual races with no swag. Esp since I just run slow and I need no more shirts.

    Hope Lola recovers. Sending healing vibes.

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    1. Now I kind of wish I’d waited on the running break. It’s a little hard to run at the moment, but c’est la vie.

      Thanks for the healing vibes. She still definitely needs some. A tiny bit better but still definitely not great.


  3. You had a good month. I had my second pandemic haircut today. We both wore masks, and it barely took 15 minutes. I really need a massage, but that is not quite in my comfort level.

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    1. I was going to get my hair cut, but they had a charity event inside, and I wanted to wait til a couple of weeks afterward. Now I think I’m just going to wait period. I don’t work so I don’t really have to worry about it. And it’s long to begin with — it would just look a lot better with the layers shaped but oh well.


  4. Happy anniversary. 35 years strong! It has been tough. My hope is regardless of who wins the election we the people can stop the hatred & violence. Can we please agree to disagree? This pandemic is bad enough. It is surging here in Wisconsin and at 57 I am nervous. I am still required to work in the office and there are too many cases. There are/were no runs this year. I did my own half in April but it wasn’t the same as a real race. Hopefully next year. I hope Lola is feeling better.

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    1. I know that often out of such turbulent times great change happens. I hope that is what will happen to our country.

      I didn’t even run a double digit run this year. No, it definitely wouldn’t be the same by yourself.

      Unfortunately Lola is worse. 😦


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