Hello, Summer!: 5/17 – 23 WRD

Last week we kinda went from almost Winter to Spring, but I could see looking ahead that we were rapidly moving into Summer. Which we did. Suddenly I was running earlier and earlier and it was getting warmer and warmer.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and trading pace for effort.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles with long hill repeats, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), Short but steep hikes in Lake George
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (15 min), 3 miles easy Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (40 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, PB Toning Arms Walk (20 min), Yoga (30 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 6 miles LSD, maybe a walk with light weights later, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 12 (+1)

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*

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Just another bunny

Running Update

Monday Intention: take it up a notch
Animals: 30 Robins, 1 Large Rabbit (who was still there when we walked Bandit)
I may often miss a Monday, but I also enjoy running on Monday because that leaves me options if the week goes sideways. I did have an early Webinar to catch, so I had to get out there early, so that Bandit could also be walked before the temps rose.

I wasn’t really feeling strides, so I did my hill repeats where I run up the short hill, over to the longer hill (which is also an incline), down the longer hill, and back over to the shorter hill — repeat as desired. Still riding the good running wave.

This house keeps us guessing. Last year they planted mini sunflowers & other flowers outside their fence. What are they up to now?

Thursday Intention: EASY
Animals: 50 Robins; a variety of squirrels, chipmunks, and other birds; 1 rabbit
Things are heating up quickly here (hence the subject of this post). With two harder workouts at the beginning of the week, I wanted to make sure I just spent some time running. I also got out much earlier as Mr. Judy wouldn’t be home, and Bandit needed to be walked before it heated up too much.

I was really shocked to see that this run was negative splits. Slow negative splits, but negative nonetheless. Hello, Summer Running!

These were all over the bike path

Sunday Intention: steady & easy
Animals seen: plenty, but I wasn’t counting today; although apparently this is where all the cool bunnies (and chipmunks) hang out
Thank God for cloud cover and starting early. It had warmed up considerably by the end of this run. I had 6 miles in mind, but I wasn’t married to it — but because I went steady and easy, 6 miles were totally doable.

At the beginning there was what seemed to be an entire family of both chipmunks and rabbits on the bike path, and yes, plenty of robins, too. What wasn’t there? A bear. One had been sighted recently on the bike path, but not really that close to us. I kept alert; you never know.

The really odd thing is that before I heard about that, I’d had a dream about bears, and one I saw somewhere I often run, although when I woke up I couldn’t quite remember where that had been. I told Mr. Judy about it, because I very rarely remember my dreams, so I have proof!

I think we all enjoyed this hike. I enjoyed the second, wish I could’ve gotten to the overlook though!

Favorites of the week
I was surprised when Mr. Judy agreed to an impromptu trip up to Lake George to hike on Tuesday — so also hadn’t had time to properly research it. The first hike went very well, and despite the fairly full parking lot, we only saw one person on the trails (and that was as we were heading back to the car). No doubt most people were tackling the longer hikes there. It was nice to have the views of the lake all to ourselves.

We had passed a preserve on the way, and decided to stop there and check out a trail on the way back. Even though that trail was relatively short, it was much steeper. Plus Mr. Judy was definitely getting a bit hangry (he also has a sometimes angry hip). We’d gone less than half a mile when I suggested maybe he should turn back with Bandit.

I went on about another quarter mile, but still couldn’t see the scenic overlook, and knowing they were waiting (although I ended up getting back to the car just a few minutes after they did), I decided to also turn around. Probably a good thing, my left calf was incredibly tight for a few days after despite lots of foam rolling! It’s fine now.

I’ve been doing quad stretches at the wall a few times a week for a while. Let’s just say those quads are incredibly tight! This morning they felt quite a bit looser. Not sure if the calf workout on the hike or the recent Yoga was responsible for that.

I think Mr. Judy was mollified when we finally stopped at a BBQ place he knows on the way home. Bandit got a lot of my turkey, too, so I’m sure he was happy.

Are you already acclimated to the heat, or struggling? 

Are you struggling to do the things that have to be done? Fitness is going well for me, but I seem to have lost my motivation to do some of the things that need to be done (cook, clean, even work up Yoga practices)

How’s your running/fitness going?

GWY Crown Chakra

ICYMI: We have arrived at your Crown Chakra. You guys, I personally loved this practice. I felt so opened up (in a good way) afterwards! I do have a warning though — I can’t see you to guide you through shoulderstand, and even though it’s modified, be careful if you choose to do it. A good alternative is plain ole legs up the wall. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m revealing one of my secret weapons that helps me choose whether or not it’s a good day to run. On Friday I’ll join you all to get a few things off my chest at the Runfessional.

37 thoughts on “Hello, Summer!: 5/17 – 23 WRD

  1. Unfortunately yesterday was sunny and the race started at 10 am. It was a struggle but in a good way.

    If you go to pilot knob, keep on going up to the waterfall.

    The hikes are getting very buggy. Tis the season.

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  2. It definitely got hot here this weekend and my run felt much harder! It will take awhile to acclimate. Glad running is going well for you! Great job with those hill repeats!

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  3. LOL on the hiking/BBQ trade-off. Not a bad deal. I’m surprised you could get that close to the bunny! Our weather is heating up now, but overall I think they said we will have an average to cooler than average summer.

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    1. We are have been as hot as a typical summer, to a bit hotter. It came on suddenly & had been unseasonably cool for a while, so hard to transition, but — not too buggy yet, not too humid. It’s going to cool down tonight.

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  4. I sort of don’t mind the heat because I’m not training for anything and not gunning for any kind of pace. I back off or walk when needed and its all good. That said, I’m thanking my lucky starts I don’t have 10+ milers I have to do. That would be brutal.

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  5. I’ve lost all motivation to cook, but it has nothing to do with the heat. I’m just over it, ha ha.
    Nice job on the six miler! When you slow down, all things are possible.

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  6. The heat this weekend made me happy that I’m not training for any races. I was never good with the heat anyway but now I feel like I just don’t have the patience to deal with it lol.

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  7. We have gone from record cool to record heat in a week. I’m still hoping for a little more cooler weather before summer really sets in.

    Glad your husband and Bandit went hiking with you. The pictures are really pretty. And the BBQ sounds like a wonderful treat afterwards.

    Love all of your wildlife.

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  8. Yes, it sounds like summer came barreling in everywhere this week. I don’t mind the heat, but I do prefer a bit of an acclimation and Momma N didn’t grace with that opportunity LOL I think I’ll be in full-on summer mode, though, after this week. I only have a few more weeks before my official AFM 26.2 training is underway…

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  9. It’s been hot on and off for a few weeks here, but the humidity just started to kick in. That’s tougher to acclimate to than the heat. Nonetheless, my training for a half marathon next month is going well.

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    1. That’s great that your training is still going well! Nice job.

      We’d been mostly unseasonably cool for quite some time. It wasn’t that humid, it wasn’t really that hot, but it was just the sudden heat that’s hard to acclimate to.

      A cold front came through last night & this morning it was so much cooler!

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  10. summer? what is summer? I have only vague memories.

    Glad you could get to Lake George – lovely! And I’m always surprised at how you can count all the animals! I tried that last week and was distracted by the ducklings 😀 But thanks to you I *have* actually been paying more attention to the animals lately!

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    1. I’m not saying the counting is completely accurate—it’s definitely not. It’s all just a game, though. We only had vague memories of summer too, until it hit hard! But we had a cold front come through yesterday & right now it’s lovely.

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  11. I just adore Bandit.

    I’m sitting staring at two baskets of laundry with no desire to fold. I also don’t want to cook dinner ever anymore. Boo.

    i’m so glad you were able to get out and get some hiking time.

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