Calm Before the Storm?: 8/2 – 8 WRD

It was a much needed week at home. I hate that my mom is alone, but we all talk to her every day, and friends call, too. so she’s somewhat busy with calls, PT, and OT.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and recovering from recent events — until I am able to visit again, or my mom goes home, whichever comes first.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy, PB Walking with Weights (35 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), Short Hike, Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yoga (40 min), 6 mile “long” run, PB Standing Abs (25 min), Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 minutes), 2 mile recovery run, Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (30 min), Swim (25 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Sunday:  Yoga, Dogwalk, time to rest!

Running Mileage: 11 (NC)

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

Running Update

I wonder how pine needles end up in perfect little circles like this

Monday Intention: just run
Today was a great day to run. The first mile was slow, but the second two miles were noticeably faster, which doesn’t mean they were fast. I did enjoy relaxing more before this run because the morning was cool & cloudy.

It says color the canal (because it’s the Erie Canal back there)

Wednesday Intention: maybe try for a faster turnover
It looked like it would slowly heat up over the next few days, so I took advantage of cooler weather to get in my longish run. I tried to work on turnover (sometimes) without actually trying to go faster. It wasn’t fast, but it was a bit faster and didn’t feel quite as hard as last week’s 6 miles.

My intuition said I should go up the big hill this time. So glad I did! Who knew they’d painted the shelter?

Plus I tackled the really big hill for the first time in a long time!

Neighbor’s flower patch — weird location but pretty

Thursday Intention: easy recovery
Not much trouble keeping it easy this morning. A true recovery run. Still negative splits, though.

Yes, there was a LOT of rain in July & it is showing up with disgusting fungus everywhere

Favorites of the week
We went eagle hunting one morning, but alas they didn’t come out for us. We heard a couple of days later that a walker at those trails found a dead eagle. Glad it wasn’t us.


Yup, my first haircut in a year and half. Before this every time I turned over in bed I literally had to lift my head up and move my hair out of the way. It’s always shorter than I want it (the cut makes it curl more), but it’ll grow out. Too much, no doubt.

The mom update: we now have a potential release date: 8/17. So of course now we’re scrambling to find an aide, which they are now recommending, even though we had already started the process. One place needs a 2 week notice. Yeah, well, tell it to the rehab. Wish us luck.

Although the hip is healing well, she has other physical issues that have worsened throughout this ordeal. Plus she continues to eat very little and lose weight.

Not a favorite, and might be TMI if you’re squeamish, I also have my first colonoscopy tomorrow. Because why not? Not like I have a lot on my plate, LOL. And yes this should have happened long ago. Both Mr. Judy & I have/had our first colonoscopies this year.

The rehab just opened for visits again, but obviously I can’t go right now. Hopefully sometime next week.

gwy 3 leg stretches

ICYMI: These are the exact three stretches I do after (almost) every run. It takes less than 15 minutes. Check it out here.

Coming up on Tuesday: You know I had to try the cooling gaiter I wrote about in this post here. On Tuesday I’m sharing my thoughts on how well it worked. It’s also no secret I’ve had a stressful month. On Friday I’m sharing 5 tips to make it through the stressful times.

35 thoughts on “Calm Before the Storm?: 8/2 – 8 WRD

  1. Only TMI if you give us more details. Lol.

    Looks like you had some decent runs.

    I did my first non weekend long run. And my first all hills.

    Off to another race. To see friends and eat after. That is my stress reliever. And wine.

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    1. I wonder if those pine needles could have been part of a nest? Sort of has that shape. Good news on your Mom – I hope you get the aide sorted out in time. Good luck with the colonoscopy – does that mean you’re doing the prep today?

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      1. Hmm. Interesting thought on the pine needles. Although usually if a nest comes down we see the whole nest — still, you might be onto something!

        The aide thing is probably going to be even harder than it was for my Dad. They just never give you enough time.

        Yes, I’ll start the prep tonight. Today it’s mostly fasting. The whole week is actually a prep, though, I definitely had to majorly change the way I eat.


  2. I had a colonscopy in my 40s. I don’t remember anything because they knocked me out, lol. The prep is the worst part. I haven’t had one since, but I did do the cologuard 3 years ago. I’m due for another one. Good luck!

    It has been a stressful month for me too. Here’s to hoping that some smoother days are ahead for both of us.

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    1. Unfortunately I know I have more stressful times ahead. Can’t change it, jut gotta deal with it.

      My husband had the Cologuard a few times too, but then it showed something so he had to go for the full thing. And yes, I’ll be knocked out too, thank you very much!


  3. I had my first Colonoscopy a few years ago. The prep is horrible, but a breeze after that. They gave me some kind of memory-altering drug (not sure why, since I was also going to be knocked out). Afterwards, I was mortified when I woke up in the same room I had been sitting in, prior to the procedure…with no recollection of even getting the anesthesia administered. They told me that I had walked (with the nurse) to the other room, and they’d done everything there. I sincerely hope I didn’t flash anyone from the backside of my hospital gown LOL

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  4. i need to do a colonoscopy this fall as well. Not worried about the procedure but the prep sounds yucky. We had a lot of that tree fungus as well also yuck. Hope all gets worked out with your mom this week and she will be able to come home soon w an aide. Getting old is not fun is it?

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  5. That makes me sad about your mom. I remember when my mom was in the hospital and in rehab, as much as I wanted to visit all of the time, I couldn’t. I hated that she was alone. What made it worse is that there weren’t that many staff that spoke Spanish. Yes to the haircut. It looks great and I like that picture of you. I remember I asked my doctor about a colonoscopy but now cannot remember why she told me not to get it. Maybe age? Well, now I will ask her again when I see her in a few weeks.

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    1. Well, I put it off as long as I could! They recommend starting much earlier. I didn’t find the prep that bad, really. Not pleasant, but not horrible, although I’m sure different people experience it differently.

      The actual procedure is in a few hours.

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  6. I know you mentioned that you think your hair is too short but I love it, especially your curls!

    I continue to pray for improved health and healing for your mom. Hopefully with the help of the aide and more PT, she will feel stronger and get her appetite back.

    I know saying good luck for the colonoscopy is probably weird, but I hope all goes well!

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  7. Ah yes, i had my first colonoscopy last summer. It really wasn’t that bad. The prep wasn’t exactly fun, but it didn’t seem as bad as everyone says. You’ll have no memory at all of the procedure and it will be over before you know it. Good for you for getting it done!
    Good luck with your mom. I know, it’s so stressful. And I love your hair! I don’t think it’s too short- it looks perfect.

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  8. Not TMI at all because we all need to start having them done when we turn 50. Here’s hoping yours goes well, and yes, the prep the day before is the worst part. I seem to be on the every three year plan with my colonoscopies because they always find polyps (fortunately benign).

    I hope it all works out well for your mom and that you can get her settled with an aide by the time the rehab center discharges her. Continuing to send prayers for her speedy recovery.

    Your new haircut looks great!


    1. Yeah, we’ll, I’m almost 60 & my dad had polyps. But I was in between PC drs for a long time. I’m really hoping I don’t have to do every 3 years!

      Thanks, Deb. Aides weren’t easy to come by 2 years ago & even harder now. My brother is hoping we can nail that down by tomorrow but obviously I can’t help much right now!

      My hairdresser is great. 😊 Also a curly girl.

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  9. Your hair looks gorgeous.

    I hope everything went well with the colonoscopy. Those can’t be fun.

    I am glad your mom has a release date and I hope you are able to secure the proper supports for her. ❤

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  10. I hope all went well with your colonoscopy. I’ve been dragging my feet but will be getting one this fall. How was the prep? That’s the part that worries me.

    Glad your mom has a release date! Hopefully the aide situation will work itself out. So stressful.

    Your hair cut looks great 🙂

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    1. Yes, all was well. I wrote 2 posts about it, LOL — but they won’t be published until September. Really, the gist is the prep really isn’t that bad. It’s not a lot of fun, but nearly as bad as some people make it out to be — at least IMHO.

      I didn’t have a dr for a long time after we moved. I’m 59, so obviously it should’ve been done long ago. It’s a relief to know everything’s ok. Don’t be scared!


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