The one with animals & easy hiking: 5/31 – 6/6 WRD

It was a somewhat busy week with a trip to my mom and an early long run. Very glad I got that done before Summer started to come back again! I used to run very early all the time, but over the years I’ve found that can feel tiring after a while — even though I’m up early naturally (and doing my Yoga then).

There are really only two ways for me to beat the heat though: run on the treadmill or get my butt out there early. I haven’t run on the treadmill recently . . .


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and slowly building up a base again.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), Short walks & hikes
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), 6 mile LSD, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), 2 mile recovery run, Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy with surges, Dogwalk, PB ST (20 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (30 min), 2 miles recovery, Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (60 minutes), Cardio Toning (25 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, Walk/ Easy Hike

Running Mileage: 13 (-1)

PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

She must have been laying eggs although I didn’t see any

Tuesday Intention: keep it easy
Going to see my mom is always a long & tiring day, so normally I wouldn’t run the next day. I definitely don’t usually do my long runs on Tuesdays either. It looked like the best weather so I decided to roll with it and just keep it easy. No pickups/surges just easy miles. The weather was cool at the beginning, getting a touch humid (but not hot) at the end.

Thanks to Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly for the Global Running Day collage!

Wednesday Intention: recover
Of course normally I wouldn’t hike Monday, do a long run Tuesday, and then run again Wednesday. I’m trying to embrace the cooler mornings before the next heat wave and the recovery run at the same time. Even I have trouble running slowly enough for it to be a true recovery run, but it’s certainly not fast.

Thank you for your service

Friday Intention: easy — acclimate to warmer temps
That was the intention. Just like my intention for this week was a cutback week. No on both counts. I set out for an easy run, and it wasn’t a hard run, but I found myself putting in surges in the last couple of miles anyway.

Trying to hide in plain sight by our driveway

Saturday Intention: recover
I’m getting out there earlier and earlier to beat the heat. I definitely took this run easy.

Suddenly there’s a lot more bunnies

It was still somewhat cool, getting a touch humid, and for whatever reason my pace was slower. Which is not a bad thing for a recovery run.

The flowers at Olana are lovely; too bad it was a cold & nasty while we were there!

Favorites of the week
Will we or won’t we? My mom was super excited by the fact that we could join her for her Memorial Day picnic. Unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t get the memo, and while the rain held off, it was far too chilly to eat outside — we are still not allowed into the dining room. So a picnic at Olana it was.

We could bring Bandit into my mom’s apartment, finally! We joined her to chat after her BBQ. My sister and BIL came too. Everyone except my BIL was maskless (BIL won’t get vaccinated). Still inching back towards normal.

We saw more turtles & some deer crossing the river — quite a ways away from us though.

A maskless catchup walk with a friend today, too.

If you celebrated Memorial Day how did you celebrate? 

Have you had to adjust when you run due to the temps?

Training or just running?

GWY Strong Legs Yoga Flow

ICYMI: An hour Hatha Yoga practice. I believe that you need the Yin and Yang practices. This practice will help you get strong legs. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Since it’s heating up, let’s talk about ways to conquer that heat. On Friday I’m sharing tips if you want to hike with your dog/s.

47 thoughts on “The one with animals & easy hiking: 5/31 – 6/6 WRD

  1. Memorial Day seems a long time ago. I don’t remember it being cold. I believe I went hiking.

    Unfortunately the best time for me to run is noon. So hot hot. I guess I could run at 5am.

    Yesterday was a scorcher but always easier with friends. Just running even though we are all racing next Sat.

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      1. I would assume that Lloyd can walk him sometimes.

        I think I need my sleep more and it’s dark that early so heat it is.

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      2. I’m impressed with anyone who is out running at 5 am. My fault because I have stuff going on every evening so I go to bed too late. Anyway I’ll be hiking 10 miles in the Catskills tomorrow.

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  2. Sounds like a great week. It was hot down here in FL and my daughter was visiting so we had a lot of pool/beach time.
    The treadmill has saved me here in Florida. Once the humidity hits it doesn’t matter what time you run, it’s brutal. I only ran once this week, between my daughter visiting and now this crazy head cold, I’ve been down for the count.

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  3. just running, might transition that soon, but I might not. Was supposed to train for next week an that never happened
    Yay animals but YAY maskless visit. it’s the little thing

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  4. So glad you got to see your mom for Memorial Day! It definitely warmed up over the last week. Getting out nice and early really is the only way to beat the heat.

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  5. Love all the bunnies that stopped by to visit your place this week, lol! They are really cute.

    I’m so happy you were able to see your mom!

    You were smart to do the bulk of your workouts in the beginning of the week. The air quality has been so horrible here this weekend – I have no clue how people were able to run outside if they didn’t do it super early in the morning.

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  6. I also struggle to intentionally run slow enough for it to be a recovery. I usually will do cycle or a walk instead bc I can go easier. I hear you on the getting up early to beat the heat. I wonder if it is the heat that tires me out or the getting up early!?

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    1. Even though I’m always up early, getting out for a run really early does wear me down eventually. Although there’s definitely satisfaction in reaching 10k+ steps before breakfast. 😊


  7. I was happy to have real summer temps back, all week! It takes all guesswork out of what to wear for running (biking is a bit of a different story). Such pretty flower pics, Judy! The dreary day probably enhanced the photographs because it made the colors pop.

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    1. I am never very happy to see 90s. But can’t change it & early days so far so not too bad.

      The sun did come out on Memorial Day. By the time we were back in the car heading home, of course.


  8. Last spring, I saw a turtle laying her eggs at the forest preserve. It was very cool to see that! We have a lot of bunnies in our back yard; in fact, that is how Cocoa injured her back, trying to catch one. Sheesh. Glad you got to see your mom and that Bandit could go too!

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    1. Oh, poor Cocoa. We often get bunnies in the backyard. Bandit can really only get the babies (and Mr. Judy did fine baby bunnies back there earlier in the Spring).

      Being able to take Bandit inside again is a huge help. And my mom likes to see him.


  9. I forgot it had been a holiday week until I finished up my blog today! The days have just flown by this week. It has been so nice going places without a mask. I feel like a winner every time the sign says “for those fully vaccinated”. Yay science!! I’ve been seeing some cute little bunnies on my runs lately. Such cuties.

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      1. If it makes you feel better, at least you can say the bunnies ate the hostas and you didn’t accidentally run them over with the lawnmower. I’m guilty of that last bit 😅. But my hosta grew back this year! They’re hardy plants.

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      2. The hostas are actually in a plating under a tree, so they don’t get mowed. 😊 Maybe the bunnies only like them when they’re new? This year they seem intact.

        Last year we planted black eye susans which apparently rabbits LOVE & they completely mowed them down. We used to have daisies that came over from another yard; those were safe but eventually died out. Maybe we need to actually buy some.

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  10. It’s funny, I read Darlene’s comment and Memorial Day does seem like a long time ago! I had to look at my calendar to make sure it really was this past Monday.
    Love the pics of the flowers and bunnies! When I saw the picture of the turtle my first thought was, “hey, that’s me!”
    Hope you continue to inch towards normal this week!

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    1. I think we’re supposed to cool off mid week, so I shouldn’t have to move up my long run quite so far this week! But I am planning to try to get out there early tomorrow morning.


    1. Oh, I’m not running long or hard so it’s not so bad & our heat is supposed to break mid week. But thanks! Yes, the flowers are lovely there & there’s always something new to see. I’ve been there at least 10 times in the last 12 months (probably more!).

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  11. I’m always impressed when people wake up very early to run. I prefer the evenings but now it has gotten so hot all of a sudden! I’ll have to go out even later than usual. I managed a few outings last week, including yesterday.

    Yes to bunnies! I keep seeing them too!

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  12. I would run in the mornings if I could get my body to cooperate, but for some reason I also end up doing them later in the day. So treadmill it is. Although I kinda prefer it. Sorry your picnic was a bit chilly but at least you got to see your mom.

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    1. Even though I’m a morning person it can still be hard getting out early enough with this mini heat wave! Today was my earliest so far. It was still a bit tough but I just took it slow.


  13. I’m so glad you are getting that time with your mom! And I love those bunnies.

    We just had drinks and snacks with friends on Memorial Day. Nothing major.

    we are definitely dealing with the heat. It means we have to slow waaaaay down.

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