A Clear Conscience: October 2021


A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.— Steven Wright

My conscience is usually pretty clear, and it’s clear that my memory isn’t always great — except when it is. Mostly I chose this quote because it made me laugh. I get what he meant, but it’s my blog and I’m spinning it my way. Conscience clear!

I tried as much as possible to get out of the neighborhood. When Winter comes many of my normal routes are too snowy/icy to run.

Getting in scheduled runs
I did very well until the end of the month, but that was due to hiking. I’m A-OK with that.

Grade Earned:  A+

Recording my runs
I have veered off course here again . . . seriously, I need to start using my planner again because it helps me to keep focused. It’s a broken record, folks! But hey, I did finally got a haircut, LOL!

Grade Earned: C

Dynamic Warmup
The warmups are short, so they get done, but I’m still being a bit loosey goosey with those post run stretches — doing them a bit more often, though. It gets harder and harder as it gets colder and colder.

Grade Earned: A-

Foam Rolling
There were a few days I just forgot about foam rolling my calves in the morning. I blame it on Menopause brain. I wrote this part before I chose my quote!

Grade Earned: A-

It was hit or miss. Sometimes good, sometimes not great, sometimes not horrible. I am usually good for lunch, but by the time dinner arrives I just want it to arrive, LOL! I know that it’s important, though, so I’ve been trying to make more of an effort. I’ve been semi-successful with it.

Grade Earned: B+ (for trying)

Not only a great place to hike, it would be great to run there, too. Hilly in parts, though.

Cross Training
Yoga, ST, lots of walking recently, hiking. Gotta get out in nature before it becomes harder.

Grade Earned: A+ 

October 2021  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. I kept us busy with visits to three different state parks this months — one new to me, one new to me because I don’t remember it from childhood trips (back to that quote!), and the other tried and true but a new trail for us. Of course a couple of trips to mom; one multi-day, one just for the day. I’d already been going twice a month this past year, but sleeping there is challenging. I might get a break in Winter, or not. Overall I kept busy, tried to eat mostly healthy, and did some of the things I love.

October Goals:

  • Run 3 x week. Y. Most weeks I exceeded this goal. Short runs (sometimes just 1 mile) made it doable.
  • ST 3 x week. Y.  I did quite well with strength training, too. Except the last week, but that’s okay I was still very active.
  • Get back to a different course that’s been on hold for a while. N. I’ll be bringing this one back in November, I hope! 
  • At least one hike. Y. October was hiking month with many hikes.
  • At least one real rest day a week. Y. I definitely don’t think I got as much rest as I needed many weeks. I tried, though. I definitely did my best to make rest a priority.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Weight is definitely still higher than it should be — I just need to cook more!

Which leads me to November Goals:

  • Run 3 x week. 3 x week is usually doable, although sometimes even that can be hard. Hence the low mileage!
  • ST 3 x week. It’s a good goal to work towards, and most of the time it happens. Just not always.
  • Get back to a different course that’s been on hold for a while. At least finish up the reading & videos. Small steps.
  • At least one hike. I should get in a couple of short hikes this week on the way to visit mom. Go me!
  • At least one real rest day a week. I know many people  hate the dreaded rest day. Not me. Many of my rest days aren’t so restful, either. I’m shooting for one rest day a week. The Nor’Easter last month enforced that and my body enjoyed a day in pjs.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Seem to be maintaining at a higher weight. Some things are out of my control, but others aren’t. I really struggle with energy at this time of year.


Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.


21 thoughts on “A Clear Conscience: October 2021

  1. Well done, Judy, especially with the running and strength training goals!
    Those post-run stretches do get a lot harder when it gets cold.
    Is there a way you could do your stretches indoors? Maybe come in, do some stretches and then shower? That way, you’re not likely to forget it.

    I need to remember that quote!

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    1. I love that we got to explore a lot this month too! Definitely important to stock up now cause Winter’s coming!

      Although last year we had a snow storm the day before Halloween (and the previous few days had been unseasonably warm). I remember because of FB & Lola.


  2. Ha ha! That quote is golden! I think it was last winter (?) when I started incorporating 10 flights of stairs as part of my warmup. Sometimes those stairs (which I usually embrace) do feel a little “forced,” but my body appreciates the pre-run ritual. My post-run stretching is not always on-point, though. It happens, but sometimes I cut the stretching session(s) short due to time constraints.

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    1. My pre run stretching is really brief. I want to walk, but there just never seems to be enough time.

      And yes, I’m much more likely to skip the post run stretches — although I almost always do some Yoga later in the day & that helps, too.


  3. As usual a good month meeting most of your goals.

    I am enjoying hiking on my Sunday rest day since boating is over. With spikes I was able to continue through the winter. Hope the same for this year.

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      1. I do prefer hiking with others but it’s hard people people at the same level. So either stay home or go alone. Winter is a long season. My hubby would balk too.

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  4. Ha ha… love your quote.
    Sounds like you had a pretty great month, especially considering the challenging situation with your mom. I like how your goals are varied and sensible, unlike some people who go crazy over one thing for a month… oh wait, that’s me 🙂
    Hope your November is a good month as well!

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    1. I’ve had other times when I’ve done big goals. Right now I just have enough on my plate (for me) that I know it’s not a good idea.

      Everyone is different though — that’s what makes the world interesting!


  5. Great job on October! It sounds like even though it was busy, you managed to keep your goals top priority. I know as the days get shorter here, I let my nutrition slide so I’m hoping that a meal delivery service helps me with that. I will always agree with a rest day a week!

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  6. As usual, amazing job with your goals. Even with so much going on, you’ve been able to hit so many goals month after month.
    I normally indulge a little too much over the holidays but I still keep up my workouts so it all evens out, lol.

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