Slowing Expanding: 1/10 – 16 WRD

I am determined to respect my body and give it the rest it wants — while trying to move gently, too. I seemed to find a good balance this week. What I didn’t find? Myself, outside, as much as usual. The ice stuck around for days because of the the mostly cold temps — I went food shopping one morning and getting back up the very icy driveway (we live on top of a small hill) was definitely tricky.

The subject also refers to our slowly expanding daylight!


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and moving and resting in equal-ish measures.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min) AM, Yoga Midday (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40 min), 2 TM miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga AM (40 min), Yoga Afternoon (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 minutes), 2 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (45 min), PB Walking with Weights (25 min), Walking around Olana
  • Saturday: Yoga (35 min), PB Cardio Toning (25 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 2 TM miles, PB ST (25 min)

Running Mileage: 6  (+2) 

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

Running Update

This photo wasn’t actually taken on this day, but it’s our bathroom window. Yeah, it’s been a very cold most of the week.

Tuesday Intention: take it easy
It was cold and windy, and if I were feeling normal maybe I’d run outside. Still fatigued but wanted to run so it was a treadmill run. Did the Rent run — but failed to notice that it was only 20 minutes & an outdoor workout as well, so also had to tack on some cool down. A rock musical is a good soundtrack to run to. Felt good after, seemed to feel okay the next day. #sorrynotsorryiranonthemill

No, I didn’t have the gaiter over my nose while running. Notice the ice on the side of the road. That’s what my entire driveway looked like, and probably will look like again after tomorrow’s storm.

Thursday Intention: still easy
After days of cold, wind, ice — or all three at once! — I finally got outside to run. I had to gingerly walk down the driveway because the ice hadn’t yet melted, although it was gone when we walked later in the day. It was slow, I felt tired, but it was definitely nice to be outside.

Sunday Intention: a slight push
I did the Peloton ABBA run today, so there were some surges and some hills. I also tacked on some strength training post run. Tomorrow I’ll probably be doing some shoveling. I can remember long ago watching Mama Mia while running on the treadmill (it was still negative temps when I ran) — it’s another great soundtrack to run to! Even though it was going to be very cold today, the wind was absent and the sun wasn’t, but I didn’t want to wait until later in the day when we actually had some degrees.

There will probably be a lot of photos from Olana this winter

Favorites of the week
Hard to believe it had been almost three weeks since I’d visited my mom. It wasn’t much of a visit, really, as I had some important stuff I needed to take care of for her which had me in the business office for much of the visit. I got it done, but no doubt the insurance company will come back with more requests. Truly hoping I’m building up some good karma so someone’s gonna help me out with this stuff when I’m her age!

I am very grateful that the treadmill is an option again. Even though I’m not training for anything, I still want to run, and super cold weather and lots of ice has made that difficult lately.

I have also observed the longer daylight and that makes me happy too! It’s not getting dark until almost 5 pm now. Don’t laugh, for us in December it’s full on dark by 4:30 pm, so this is a welcome sign of the warmer, longer days ahead. This week I’ve slowly been feeling better, and I’m sure the slowly expanding daylight is also partially responsible for that.

Probably a lot of bored Bandit in the coming weeks too. Although I do try to play with him more since it’s mostly been too cold to walk!

ICYMI: It’s all about the hips & glutes this week guys — I might even sing. Just a tiny bit. I go a little bit deeper into what Satya is in this week’s vlog.

Yin Yoga for Hips & Glutes click here * Satya vlog click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday: is it ever too cold to run outside? I started to write this post before all the cold descended on us! Friday: will strength training make you a faster runner?

36 thoughts on “Slowing Expanding: 1/10 – 16 WRD

  1. glad to here that you are feeling better. Obviously it helps you to cut back on the runs and rest a lot.

    I’ll answer Tuesday’s question – Never! Just dress properly and call a friend or two.

    Unfortunately, my running routes are limited to where I can run. I have to drive into town (I hate running in my boring neighborhood) or drive to the Crossings. Although I don’t love the cold weather, I’m getting used to it. It feels so invigorating and after awhile if you run long, you actually get warm.

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    1. I struggle a lot with SAD. Always have. I was so much happier in TX — in the Winter anyway. At least this year hasn’t been as bad as last year was for me. I keep working on it but hopefully soon we won’t have to stay here all winter.


      1. It helps that I get to sunny Florida twice a year.

        I think it has been sunnier. Even though it was cold I tried to be outside today and yesterday. Because the sun felt great.

        I don’t plan to move and leave my friends. But I’d love more warm weather vacations.

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  2. Glad to see you are getting the rest you crave, Hope this helps you feel more energetic this week. It is nice to not have the pressure of a race sometimes. Have a good week ahead 🙂

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  3. I’m with you on the treadmill! I forgot about the ABBA classes. I prefer taking the music classes outside because they tend to have less structure and I need structure on the mill!

    I live at the top of a big hill too, and if it’s slick I have to make Scooby go very slowly – basically pausing every step!

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    1. I’m not sure I’d say the ABBA class was structured but it was most definitely not steady state either! And the songs just make me smile. So happy I can do inclines again.

      Luckily our hill is small, but I’ve fallen on my butt going down the driveway on more than one occasion. Even though Bandit can’t drag me I do have to remind him to go slow sometimes when it’s slick or when we’re hiking. He’s pretty good about it.


  4. We had a skating rink on the driveway this week! I was grateful for the mini-thaw we had midweek. It was really slick!

    Is it ever too cold to run? You know my answer to that!!! I ran that race last February when it was -20ish. But no wind and sunshine made it tolerable. As did my thermoball…

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  5. ABBA totally rocks! I didn’t do any of the runs, but I did several rides and stretches and strength workouts. I repeated a few because the music was just. so. awesome. Truthfully, I haven’t really noticed the increased daylight here because it still feels like a “strange” place to me so I have nothing to really compare the days to (if that makes sense?). While I will have a nasty re-acclimation to the cold upon my return to Iowa, I expect the daylight change will be very obvious 😉

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    1. I agree on ABBA.

      Sunset at 5 instead of 4:30 was really noticeable for me! Down south the sun rises & sets later, though.

      I read a fascinating book recently & it talked about setting up a snowbird stay to support your health, but that was for people staying the full winter. I’ve never gone anywhere that long in the winter though. Hoping to soon (although not this year).


  6. Glad you’re feeling better! You got in a nice balance of runs and yoga this week. Reading through the comments here- SAD is what made me move to Florida. I just decided life is too short to suffer like that. Of course, not everyone has the option to just move wherever they want. I was at a transitional point in my life and made the move! I hope you find a way to spend some time down south in future winters.

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    1. I could detail my multiple moves, but that would be a long comment! Let’s just say I’ve been going back & forth between south-ish/south & way north (with unfortunately way more time in the north) for much of my life.

      We plan to move somewhere . . . not FL though! Someday. Right now it’s my mom keeping us here. It’s unlikely that she has more than a year or two left. If that.


  7. I am fighting the good fight and supplementing vitamin D3 like crazy so hopefully I will not be horribly deficient this year. I have noticed the sun setting almost 30 minutes later now and I love it. At the solstice it is dark here at 4:15 in our central time zone.

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  8. Love the ice feathers in the first picture. Sounds like you had a good week and taking it easy when your body needs the rest is important. I’m glad you are feeling better, even though I haven’t read your posts lately (been off for a while) so don’t know if it is SAD or something else too. My dad used to have SAD. He would never admit it, but was always down in the winter. It’s not getting dark here now until around 5:45 – 6. I’m so happy.

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  9. Looking at those photos I understand why you use the treadmill!
    You are wise to respect your body and give it the rest it wants. I am old but I have never followed this easy rule! I take a break when it’s too late!
    I hope you are feeling better.

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    1. Luckily on that day the ice was only on our driveway. So it’s just a matter of getting out to the street. I like to run down our driveway usually but I’m careful & don’t do that much in winter.

      I think you guys are even grayer than we are & we’re very gray!


  10. I love Bandit. Even when he’s bored, he’s just perfect.

    I haven’t noticed the days getting longer quite yet, but it’s coming.

    I hope you were able to get everything done for your mom. I’m sure it’s a lot.

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  11. Hopefully there won’t be too much snow and ice this week. It was brutally cold for a few days here last week, but the ice is what really keeps me on the treadmill. I’m so terrified of slipping and falling.

    I’ve noticed a little more daylight here in the evening as well. I’m just happy it’s not totally dark at 5pm anymore.

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