Happy 94, Mom!: 3/7 – 13 WRD

With lots of family (unpictured obviously) it was a very happy birthday

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas we were truly unsure if my mom would even see 2022, much less her 94th birthday, but here we are. Being on Hospice and not having to go to doctors has helped to stabilize her.

The name of the game this week in running was easy. All my miles this week were easy. Which is not to say they all felt easy. It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I was kind of dragging this week.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and slowly increasing my miles.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (40 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga AM (20 min), Cardio Toning (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yoga AM (20 min), 5.5 miles easy
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 minutes), Walk at Olana, Couple of short Dogwalks
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), 5 miles easy, Dogwalk, PM Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Cardio Abs (25 min), Toning Walk (25 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), some ST right after I post, and hopefully a Dogwalk much later when it warms up

Running Mileage: 13.5  (+.5) 

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

Running Update

The snow was melting (beginning of the week)

Monday Intention: just run easy
Another tricky week between a couple of storms and losing a day on my mom’s birthday (but enjoying time with family). I’ve been working hard, pushing hard, so while I decided not to make this week a cut back week, I knew I needed more ease in my life. I wish I could say this run felt easy but it didn’t — maybe due to the cold rain the entire run.

Yup another reflection

Wednesday Intention: easy does it
I thought with basically no wind and temps around 30, it would feel “warm”. Except we were expecting snow (which showed up exactly as I finished this run). If you’ve lived somewhere it snows, you know that “snow is in the air” chill.

Another run that definitely didn’t feel so easy. I fueled well (breakfast, that is), I hydrated pretty well, and I got a good night’s sleep. I was able to run on a path that I knew would be completely snow covered again by the end of the day, so that was nice. Still slowly increasing distance.

This is not a lake. It’s just snowmelt (and apparently bad landscaping)

Friday Intention: long-er again
I would have liked to rest. I packed a lot of running (for me) into just a few days, plus getting stuff for my mom’s party and of course going down (and doing her meds). With more snow on the way, though, I decided to just get it done.

I started out at a decent pace, running into another running friend quickly after I’d started & so of course stopped to chat. She’s a friend I get together with regularly, but it had been a while (darn weather!).

The first mile was a pretty decent pace, and then it just got slower, and slower, and slower . . . until the last mile. I guess I’m always ready to be done by the last mile!

Back at Olana on the way to moms. Luckily the snow (first storm) was the day before)

Favorites of the week
It is really amazing how much work goes into putting together a Yoga program. I have Hatha flows, I have a Yin practice, a Restorative practice, Pranayama, and several meditations — warmups, cool downs, and hip strengtheners Oh My! Right now I’m targeting 3/27 for the fun to begin — you can sign up here to be in the know — or tell a friend you think would enjoy it!

Second snowstorm; luckily not as much as forecast. Not a favorite.

ICYMI: A simple, accessible Hatha Yoga flow you can use to keep your feet (and hamstrings, and core) happy. Follow that up with the question does Yoga do anything for your feet?

Strong Feet Flow click here * Does Yoga Help Your Feet Vlog click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I have a short review of my Sole F80 treadmill. On Friday I’m sharing a short review of the book “Breathe”, by Darya Klishina, an elite Pole Vaulter who had a severe case of pneumonia about 10 years ago — and shares how she was able to heal herself and go on competing at the elite level.

34 thoughts on “Happy 94, Mom!: 3/7 – 13 WRD

  1. Happy birthday to your mom. My MIL turns 97 and still lives in her home (but she’s not alone there.)

    And quite a week weather-wise. I ran twice with snow blowing in my face and slip sliding on my feet.

    I did get out to the bike paths but even when they were clear, it was only 1-2 miles. It seems that I’m always at the Crossings for my long runs!

    Very happy for the extra hour so I can run in daylight after work.

    Enjoy your trip away. Too bad you’ll miss our ZOOM.

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      1. My run was last Sunday. It was pure ice after the lock. I asked other runners and they agreed. It may have melted by Sat or you went in the other direction.

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      2. I hope not. I’m running 13 next weekend and I’m tired of the Crossings neighborhoods. I didn’t realize that you ran beyond the lock and to Blatnick.. maybe I should have tried the other direction to get in 10. (But that’s where I broke my ankle so I tend to go the other way.)

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      3. I didn’t run beyond the lock. I stopped at the small decline. Then turned and went back the way I came — and beyond. Obviously 5.5 isn’t 13 miles. But it was definitely clear beyond 2 miles. And with the warmer temps pretty sure it should be very clear by next weekend.


  2. That is wild…all that standing snow melt “water” in that third pic! You mentioned your run where you kept slowing down and just wanted to be done…I can totally relate to that from my race yesterday. I’m struggling with what to write about it because I don’t enjoy reading “downer” blog posts…though those runs and races happen to all of us, and we are stronger for the experience(s). Stay tuned!

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    1. I think many people only show the good side of life on their blogs, and I think that does a disservice to readers who begin to think that they’re not normal. So I like to keep it real — obviously!

      But that’ me. In the end share what you feel called to share, Kim.

      For me I think I was just pushing really hard the last couple of weeks and kinda pigeonholed on the days I could run between family & weather. Weather looks much better next week!


  3. Happy birthday to your Mom! I’m glad you got to be with her too. Our weather has been all of the place – from shorts weather in the 60s to blustery snow in the frigid 20s. I have to avoid my main 4/5 mile loop after it rains because the sidewalk and adjacent grass get so flooded, and the adjacent road is so busy it’s a risky detour.

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    1. We don’t have sidewalks in my neighborhood. Maybe it’s a good thing. I live on a dead end, though, so often it’s not cleared well & remains icy much longer than the rest of the neighborhood.

      But that’s the only good thing about later Winter snow — it doesn’t stick around as long as in the middle of Winter!


  4. Happy birthday to your mum and I’m glad you were able to be with her. And well done on a strong week. I had a slight cut-back week this week as we had a workman in the house for three days so I was unable to get out on Thursday (if I had, I would have had to delay my shower – noooo!) but was pleased I managed another eight-miler this morning.

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    1. I often have to delay my shower! Usually because I get home & it’s time for lunch. It is what it is. Nothing wrong with a cut back week though!

      Nice job on your 8 miler! It still seems far away to me. Then again I don’t know what I’m really shooting for without races.

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  5. Happy Birthday to your mom!! I think you resemble her, although I think you once said you look like your dad. Funny how that happens. I’m glad she’s doing so well, all things considered.

    That standing water photo reminds me of the mess I ran through on my trails a few weeks ago. We had a big rainstorm and with the frozen ground and creek, the water had nowhere to go. Then it froze. It was such a mess! I will be so glad when we get past this season.

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    1. Trust me, I am all Lester. We were actually discussing that while I was their. She has lost about 30 lbs, but she finally is beginning to eat again. I truly believe that it took this long to really get the anesthesia out of her body! It can take a really long time at that age.

      There are quite a few standing water ponds at that park. Didn’t used to be when I moved here — not this bad anyway. Don’t know what changed!


  6. I would say the answer to the foot question is yes! Yoga does a lot for your feet.
    Happy Birthday to your mom! She looks great- so happy you were able to celebrate with her.
    Your pictures are beautiful, but it’s reminding me how gray the winters can be up there. I hope you get some sunny spring days SOON!

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    1. Well, we got some sun today, but definitely not Spring-like. Warmer weather is coming, thankfully.

      But yes, we get a lot of gray days. Can truly give Seattle a run for its money (and they have much more temperate temps & much less snow!).


  7. Happy birthday to your mom! 94- amazing! And it’s great that hospice has actually been a good thing for her.

    That standing water is a mess! But it does mean spring is coming, hopefully!

    The “snow is in the air” chill is for real!

    Great job on your runs this week Judy!

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    1. Not having to go to the doctor has made all the difference. She was getting panic attacks (although she’d deny it).

      It’s funny, when I ran on Friday it didn’t get the same biting chill as Wednesday, although of course snow was imminent on Wednesday.


  8. Happy Birthday to your mom! She is looking well! That’s great you and the family were all able to gather to celebrate her. I am so over all the winter weather everyone seems to have gotten last week. This week will be much better!

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    1. My Dad was just a couple of months short of his 94th birthday when he passed. So when Mr. Judy talks about how most people only live into their 80s, I’m like not my family!

      I hope that you enjoy whatever practices you choose to do. There is a good variety and most are relatively short.


  9. Happy birthday to your mom-she looks good! Glad you all were able to celebrate together. Yes, I do believe yoga can be good for your feet as well! Why not! Crazy weather swings here too you never know what you will wake up to

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  10. Happy Happy Birthday to your mom! Such a blessing to see 94 and I love her huge smile in that photo 🙂 So glad that you were all able to celebrate with her.

    The weather here was nuts last week, especially over the weekend – you definitely wouldn’t think that Spring was right around the corner.

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