Most of my family gathered for Mother’s Day, which made my mom kvell (happy & proud, essentially, in Yiddish). Then the next day we buried my Dad. We visited the graves of my brother (who died before I was born), and my Aunt & Uncle who are also buried in that cemetery.
The drive down, which I did, wasn’t too bad — until we got close to Long Island. It was raining, there was lots of traffic, and said traffic and its delays added quite a bit of time to the trip. But we made it.
Mr. Judy & I also spent a little tourist time on Long Island, even though it was mostly cloudy, windy, and quite chilly. My grandfather and two sets of aunts and uncles lived on Long Island — one quite close to where we stayed, so there was a lot of nostalgia.
Spring does seem to have finally arrived in Upstate NY this weekend, though, so we’re finally soaking up some sun.
- Monday: Yoga (20 min), Walking to buy baked goods, Walking the beach
- Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Walk to the beach, Short hike to a waterfall
- Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)
- Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
- Friday: Yoga (30 min), 5 mile long-ish run, Yoga (20 min)
- Saturday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes)
- Sunday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Some sort of ST at some point
Running Mileage: 11 (+.5)
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Wednesday Intention: take it easy
Although our trip went well, I was feeling very tired by Wednesday. It was a long, intense drive down and we packed a lot into those few days. And oh, yes, my Dad’s burial. I didn’t feel alled to run while I was on Long Island, but there was lots of walking. This run was strong, though, and surprising negative splits.
Friday Intention: listen to my body and stop early if it said that’s what it wanted
Animals seen: 35 birds, including one cardinal; 5 chipmunks; a couple of squirrels; 1 rabbit; 1 snake
Thursday I was still very tired. I didn’t do much the first two days we got home. I wasn’t sure running was advisable, but I decided to go out & see. This run also went well, even though it had warmed up considerably. Pretty consistent. The tunnels under the overpasses stay so nice & cool!
Saturday Intention: recover
Animals seen: 43 Robins, 1 Cardinal, 1 Chickadee?, A variety of UFOs; 3 squirrels; a duck & its ducklings
I have never seen a duck in this neighborhood — but that was on our walk with Bandit post run. The Chickadee I saw is a small bird that looks like the photos of Chickadees I looked up, but it’s a very neon yellow, so not sure.
This run was still a bit fast for a recovery run, but definitely not fast. Not that any of my runs have been fast lately. Still strong and consistent, despite it warming up even more.
Favorites of the week
I’m not sure you could call my Dad’s burial a favorite, but it gives my mom closure finally. She was able to attend via her Amazon Echo. She also loved having the family together (mostly, anyway) for Mother’s Day, although we didn’t stay too long — there was still a long trip ahead of us.
We didn’t have a lot of time on Long Island, but we made the best of it. We didn’t have to eat inside at all, even though it was chilly for most of the trip.
The good news is we have booked an AirBnB that’s pet friendly outside of Lake Placid Village for July. So we’re taking Bandit. He didn’t do well in a hotel, but I’m hoping in a private house he’ll do better. There’s also a fenced in yard and that’s super helpful. We’re only staying three nights.
In other animal news. when we came back to our street on Saturday a police car barely stopped at the stop sign. When we got up on the part our house is on, people were huddled on one side of the street and the police car was stopped in the middle of the road.
That’s when we saw the duck with her ducklings. Best we could figure is some of her ducklings fell down into one of the sewers. Hoping it worked out for the poor mama and her ducklings.
We have never seen ducks here. We don’t live by water. Best I could figure is maybe they came from the Town Offices, but that’s a good mile from here.
Duck Update: we heard from a neighbor this morning that the ducklings were rescued.
Any odd animals in your neighborhood recently?
Are you ready to travel?
How’s your running/fitness going?
ICYMI: We’ll be concentrating on your third eye — where you can visualize your future (or a future race). We’ll also be opening up those hips, shoulders, and stretching out your low back. You’ll find the video here.
Coming up on Tuesday: Apparently I’m into the alphabet lately — we’re going over the ABCs of running. On Friday I’ll share five things it’s good to do post run/race. These posts are mainly reminders for me!