It’s Alive! Or is it?: 8/9 – 15 WRD

It was mostly a brutally hot and humid week, and most of my running (well, about half) was spent on the revived treadmill. Most early mornings found me walking Bandit.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and still recovering, this time from the colonoscopy, the stress, and the heat wave.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Colonoscopy, Lots of rest, Short PM Dogwalk (because he pretty much refused to walk without me that morning)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk x 2 (AM/PM)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, 2 TM miles easy, PB Walking with Weights (25 min), Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 minutes), 3ish TM miles easy (a little easier than planned),  PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk x 2 AM/ PM, Yoga (50 min)
  • Saturday:Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk x 2 AM/ PM, Yoga (50 min)
  • Sunday:  Yoga (20 min), 6 mile longish run, Dogwalk (probably), Yoga (probably)

Running Mileage: 11 (NC)

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

Running Update

Wednesday Intention: just run easy
My first run in about four days, 3 days post colonoscopy, very little food for a day before, day of, and day after . . . yeah, all I wanted to do was get in a couple of miles. It was stupid hot so I hopped on the fixed treadmill, which apparently wasn’t quite fixed.

First I forgot to hit the button my Garmin. Then after a bit suddenly it got very loud. Mr. Judy said the incline was fixed but it wasn’t. At the end suddenly the pace was was way off (like too slow). Mr. Judy was going to recalibrate it after I finished, but suddenly it was okay!?! Whatever, I got in a couple of miles more or less.

Thursday Intention: give the mill another chance
Nope, it still wasn’t fixed. Same thing — it would get loud, and then it would slow down so much I could walk even though it was set at an easy run pace. I stopped twice to recalibrate it, which meant it seemed normal for 5 minutes, then slowly slowed down. It was definitely frustraing.

Mr. Judy worked on it again. We’ll see.

Took a while to find pretty flowers today

Sunday Intention: go longer again
The heat wave finally broke yesterday, and this morning was lovely, which was good because I slept late for me, and got out that way later than planned. It was one of those solo runs I really needed to get lost in my own thoughts. The late Summer hum of cicadas and crickets was soothing.

At one point I thought the person in front of me had lost some food (I called out you dropped something but no response), so I sped up to get it and give it to her — although it wasn’t hers! It was a partially eaten package of Cheez-Its. So weird!

Not from today, but this is what we’ll see at lunch since it’s finally cool enough to eat out on the deck again!

Favorites of the week
Between the colonoscopy, and the stress of finding an aide for my mom (still up in the air as I type) — well, let’s just say this week ended being not as restful as I’d hoped. You know it’s not great if a colonoscopy was almost the high point of your week (the clean bill of health, that is — no polyps).

At some point next week I should be bringing my mom home and staying a couple of nights. No idea right now which day it will actually happen. It’s supposed to be Tuesday.

GWY 3 Poses for Glute Activation

ICYMI: I have a great, short glute activation video every runner can try. My Achilles seems to like it a lot!. Check it out here. I also have a short vlog on where your Gluteus Medius is here, and 5 reasons you need glute activation here.

Coming up on Tuesday: We all have fears when it comes to racing. I’ve got a post on a few and why you don’t really need to fear those things.  On Friday I’m sharing 5 tips to know if you ever find yourself in Highland or Poughkeepsie NY and want to walk across the Hudson River.

29 thoughts on “It’s Alive! Or is it?: 8/9 – 15 WRD

    1. Well, I did get a lot of posts from the procedure which you can expect in a few weeks, but of course everyone has their own experience. It is definitely NOT as bad as so many make it out to be (still not exactly pleasant, though).

      Thanks, Deborah!


  1. Sorry for the stressful week, Judy. I can tolerate the heat pretty well, but it was even “stupid hot” for me LOL (especially for my Monday run). Milly is still contentedly sleeping, quietly, in her spot in the mudroom. I’m probably going to just “simply” replace her than try to figure out how to fix her (if that’s even possible, given her senior age of 20+ years). Obviously, I’m not in any hurry 😉 I hope things go well with your mom this week ❤

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    1. My treadmill is just as old. It’s been fixed multiple times — luckily my husband is handy — although right now it still remains to be seen if it will work at least close to properly. The hard part is getting rid of the old mill!


    1. My bone density is low, sigh. The product in living in the frozen tundra with little Vitamin D for most of my life.

      I still have to go every 5 years because my Dad did have polyps.

      Thanks, Deb. Yup, it would be stressful no matter what but let’s just say it’s been even harder than it was with my Dad (getting that aide) and we just have no clue how next week will play out yet.

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  2. Yeah, remember I had to finally break down and buy a new TM? Mike couldn’t fix it anymore, especially when it started smoking…

    I am just dreading the day when I have to care for my parents. My mom is really starting to lose her memory. It’s so concerning. My dad is sharp as a tack, but I don’t see how he could live without my mom.

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    1. Well, we weren’t sure that my mom could live without my dad, although she was much sharper than him — but 70+ years of marriage!

      It’s really hard, Wendy. The last 5 years . . . so much stress. My mom is winding down — even before all this happened, I could see it was happening. I think it’ll be sooner rather than later, but I hope there are no more trips to rehab!


  3. Sorry that you had another stressful week 😦 but that’s great news about the clean bill of health from the colonoscopy.
    I hope that Mr. Judy is able to fix the treadmill for you. I can see how that would be frustrating, especially when it started to slow down.

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  4. Sorry your mom’s situation is still not resolved. I hope you find a good person soon. I have learned to warm-up before a run — including waking up my glutes. I should have done more for my calves!

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  5. How great to have that procedure behind you! I opted for the home test kit, which I’m sure isn’t as good, but that’s what I’m going with for now. All the best with your mom’s homecoming. My dad’s wife is not doing well. The saga continues.

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear about your MIL. Yup, it seems never ending but of course it does and then you’re missing them.

      Mr. Judy did that test for several years, but it turned up something this year, which is why he also had his first colonoscopy this year — and another in 3 years.


  6. I’m so sorry your week wasn’t the best ever. I didn’t know about your colonoscopy – that’s me being too busy to catch up 😦 Hoping you have a much better new week and that the stress calms down a bit.

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    1. No worries, Renee, obviously I’m a bit behind too!

      Nope, this week is going to be very stressful too, but hoping it will calm down soon. Although of course after my Dad passed that’s what I thought would happen (1/20) and nope, not so much!


  7. The colonoscopy prep is not fun, but the procedure itself is nothing, and so nice to get a clean bill of health! It does make the week a little weird though.
    Hope everything goes smoothly with your mom! Good luck. And I’ll definitely check out your glute medius video- why are those muscles so lazy???

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