Exhaling, for Now: 8/16 – 22 WRD

It was another stressful week in a month full of stressful weeks — but I knew it would be going into it. Activity was hard, but I did my best, which wasn’t half bad.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and moving through learning and bringing my mom home.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), 2 mile recovery run, Dogwalk, PB Cardio Walk (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), 5 miles long-er run, Dogwalk x 2 (AM/PM), PB Walking with Weights (25 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), 1.5ish TM miles, Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 minutes), Soul Stroll, PM Walk
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Walk
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Sunday:  Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, PB Boosted Walk (25 min)

Running Mileage: 8 (-3)

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

Running Update

Don’t know what this weed is but it sure is happy

Monday Intention: recover
The pace was about right for recovery, and consistent (for the 2 miles). As seems the norm for me, V02 ticked up a point (after coming down a point for yesterday’s long run). Beautiful morning to run; I would have expected to be faster with cooler temps, but yesterday was very busy in addition to the long run and that was just fine.

Fall is coming as the hibiscus sheds its flowers

Tuesday Intention: more miles easy
Despite temps in the high 60sF with plenty of humidity, it didn’t feel too bad — not with the soft Summer drizzle and a pleasant breeze. I was tired, though, from 3 days running in a row, two of them long-er runs. Bringing my mom home and plenty of rain the forecast, plus a course over the weekend, meant I had little time to run this week.

So far the Achilles is not acting up despite back to back running days — just a slight awareness after this run.

Wednesday Intention: recover again
I wanted 2 miles. I wanted the treadmill to be fixed. Sadly, neither happened. So I got around 1.5 miles gradually slowing to a walking pace. After walking Bandit in the holy humidity after this run, I was glad I didn’t run outside — I would have been a real sweaty mess instead of just a sweaty mess, and I was heading down to pick up and bring my mom home (and yes, of course, I still showered after).

Fall is REALLY coming (at my mom’s)

Favorites of the week
Despite spending most of my time indoors helping my mom, I still managed to get in a lot of walking and had no trouble meeting and exceeding my daily step goal. Doesn’t hurt that she’s not an early riser. She does have a live-in aide, for now, but I was still helping out a lot.

My current situation . . .

I had signed up to take the RRCA Level 1 Coaching course a few months ago. Little did I know what a difficult week this would already be! So.much.information in a short time. No, I don’t really plan to coach anyone, it was more for my own information; the fact that you can know take it online meant no travel and no extra $$ for meals and hotels.

Obviously I won’t be commenting much on blogs today

GWY Yin Yoga for the Whole Back Body

ICYMI: Even if you have no desire to do this Yin Yoga practice that will help strengthen your whole Posterior Chain (and you should do it!), you still need to check it out here — to see me having to do child’s post sitting on top of Bandit! Seriously, I couldn’t stop laughing! I also have a short vlog to help you think about anything you’ve let go of that you need to bring back into your life here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Interested in a plant based protein bar that won’t weigh you down? Check out my review of Mezcla Bars.  On Friday it’s time to join Marcia @ Marciashealthyslice to get some runfessions off my chest.

29 thoughts on “Exhaling, for Now: 8/16 – 22 WRD

  1. Glad your mom is home and has an aide — although I’m sure you still have a lot to do for her. Good to hear your Achilles is OK. I guess I’m going to be testing mine out this week

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    1. Good luck on your test run this week!

      Yes, I think there will still be a lot of back & forth. I also think she is probably winding down, but hard to tell how long that will take. If she’s like my Dad, it could take a long time.


  2. This was a tough week to do any running. You ran 4 days in a row. So kudos to you.

    I thought many times about getting certified but if I don’t coach I can’t justify spending the $$. But good luck with it and your mom. Hope things are less stressful this week. The weather looks worse. Sigh.

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  3. I can imagine how tough all the transport and care taking is. Glad you mom is home and fingers crossed is able to stay there with help. I had no idea RCAA was offered virtually now. Of course with COVID, I’m sure attending the in-person classes would be very tough. Enjoy all the content!

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    1. I’d been on the lookout to see if RCCA went virtual for a while — signed up for it several months ago. At least I was able to take it! Definitely easier to do it in your own home, and they say that people are actually doing better on the test.


  4. So glad your mom is home, but sorry it was another stressful week. HUGS my friend and good luck with the coaching
    Off to look into the yin yoga – posterior chain is always magiv to my ears

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  5. Glad your mom is home. That must be a relief that you can go see her whenever you need to/want to. Is she eating better now that she is home? Also glad she has a aide so it isn’t all up to you and your sister. You did great to get in the walking/running that you did. I hope the stress level starts to ease up.

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      1. I’m sorry she still isn’t eating much better. Hopefully after a bit, she will. My mom had decided that chocolate milk is THE thing and is drinking it a lot. I think that is keeping her from losing weight – she isn’t eating as well since my dad passed in Dec. Is there anything like that she will drink/eat – Ensure? Boost? I know being 2 hours away must be hard. Hang in there.

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      2. Thanks. She will drink Glucerna (she’s diabetic, among other things). My Dad’s been gone over 1 1/2 years now. I think she just doesn’t have a lot of fight left in her — I actually thought that before she broke her hip — but we’ll see how it goes.

        2 hours is hard, but at least it’s doable! Before this we lived in TX!

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      3. Is there anything she likes to do that you can get her interested in? Grandkids to visit? Something for her to look forward to? I’m sure you have tried everything. Just throwing out some ideas. I’m glad you are “only” two hours away. Much better than TX.

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      4. Unfortunately my Dad was truly her purpose for living. The grandkids don’t live close & most of them are mid 20s to 30ish. The things she used to love she’s really not interested in.

        I always felt we ended up moving here to help my parents (and sister) through these difficult times. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  6. glad to read that your mom is home and that you can now visit her and help out. That is so stressful in itself though. Way to fit in what you can on a busy week. I took the RRCA course a few years back in person and it is a lot of info in a short amount of time. I remember thinking there was so much more I wanted to learn about and wished they had skipped a bunch of other stuff. Ha! Have a good week ahead

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  7. So good to hear that your mom is home. I know this situation continues to be so stressful.

    That’s great that you’re taking the RRCA course. I’ve often thought of doing it just for my own knowledge as well, but have never been able to figure out how to fit it all in.

    I hope this week is a bit more peaceful for you.

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  8. Good news that you found an aide for your mom. It sounds like that person might not be permanent though? Here’s hoping it all works out for the best.

    I thought that book looked familiar in that picture – I hope you enjoy the RRCA class. I was lucky that it was offered very near where we live so I didn’t have to travel for it.

    Have a great week, Judy!

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