Let Freedom Ring: 4/11 – 17 WRD

Happy Easter or Passover if you celebrate! My Icalendar tricked me into thinking Passover began Thursday night. Oops! I know Mr. Judy enjoyed that brisket anyway. Turns out we had a little house drama on Friday, so maybe starting Passover early ended up being a good thing (nothing too dramatic, but annoying & frustrating). Title is a nod to the meaning of Passover!


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and loving some Spring weather this week (which has now ended).

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk (rest day)
  • Tuesday: Yoga AM (30 min), 3 miles sort of progressive, Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yoga AM (30 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 minutes), 6 Miles LSD, Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), PB Walking with Weights, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), Peloton Cycle WU (10 Min), 3 miles with hill repeats, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), Arms & Legs (15 min), Hiking on way to see mom

Running Mileage: 12  (NC

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

Running Update

Much happier crocus

Tuesday Intention: a little speed on tired legs (finish strong!)
This was what I was shooting for in my 5 mile run last week. Except this was only a 3 mile run. I hit the overall pace I was shooting for last week (on a much shorter run). My plan had been to do my long run today, but I really just wasn’t feeling it and I waited for the cold rain to finish, which put my run later in the day than I’d anticipated. Nice to start off the week with a strong run.

It’s like they’re painted
Yes the airport is quite close to this bike path. First time in 12 years I’ve managed to snag a photo of a plane crossing, even though it’s a common occurrence

Friday Intention: long-er + a little speed
My plan was to run the first 3 miles easy, then try to pick up the pace (slightly) the last 3 miles. The easy miles were easy — turns out I could pick up the pace in mile 4 & 6, but not really in mile 5. Weird! Then again I was very surprised when I checked the weather after this run and found out it was already 70 degrees (I did wear a skirt one day this week). It was a slow but strong run, if that makes sense, and my first 6 miler of 2022.

Forsythia always makes me happy

Saturday Intention: getting stronger
Back to hill repeats today. Toyed with doing 4 miles but it was another busy week and I thought I’d be better served keeping this run short. The forecast rain didn’t materialize, so I didn’t have to get out as early as I’d anticipated — even though I was ready. These runs are quite slow because I’m not worrying about pace and walking down the short hill. It’s almost a strength workout disguised as a recovery run.

Funny story (feel free to skip): As I was finishing up this run I saw Mr. Judy and Bandit. I hadn’t asked him to walk Bandit but I was glad he was doing it. I waved to Mr. Judy but didn’t say anything so Bandit wouldn’t know I was there . . . except apparently he picked up on that.

He had put on the brakes at the point — until he saw me. Mr. Judy actually wasn’t super pleased that Bandit decided he could walk after all once he saw me. We finished up his full walk.

Can you guess where we are? I’d be really surprised if you did!

Favorites of the week
We wanted to check out the small preserve Darlene had mentioned a few weeks ago — no parking. Instead we checked out the Albany Rural Cemetery. I’d heard it was a good place to walk. I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to go here, but it’s quite close to where we live and the short drive wasn’t a total loss.

More than a walk — there are some killer hills in there.

I keep forgetting that you can’t do a long exposure (which is how you get the smoothed out waterfalls) from a burst — and I keep taking bursts! Doesn’t Bandit look ghostly here?
The waterfall at Montgomery place was really flowing today. Unfortunately you get close enough for a better photo.
Then I climbed up my first firetower in Ferncliff Forest
To be rewarded with this view
For me it’s got to be warm for ice cream. Celebrating 6 miles. A little disappointed with this flavor sadly. Not that it was bad but not as good as some of my favorites.

The weather was on the warmer side midweek — it hit 80 one day! — but has cooled down. There was rain, and there was a mix of clouds and sun (especially during our walk at the cemetery). My memories from 4 and 8 years ago this week show snow, and there was none of that (except apparently some snow today), so that’s something worth celebrating! We moved here around this time of year 13 years ago and it was a very warm day the day our stuff was delivered.

ICYMI: You’re in the homestretch if you’ve been following along with Spring Into Action. You can join Spring into Action at any time here. Or just go ahead and join me for some breath work (Pranayama) to get grounded and calm here. This is a very accessible Pranayama that is great for runners.

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I’m wrapping up the second half of my A-Z travels, a subject I look forward to seeing other bloggers’ take on this in the future!. On Friday I’m sharing some of the artists I’ve been listening to lately — although not on the run. How many will you know?

23 thoughts on “Let Freedom Ring: 4/11 – 17 WRD

  1. OK, i guess that view is worth climbing all those steps of the fire tower.

    LOL on Bandit not wanting to walk with your husband. I don’t think Scooby’s picky like that, but my husband will stop at our neighbor’s so the dogs can play while I don’t.

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  2. I do love climbing fire towers but haven’t done any since the fall. I need to add some more to my list.

    A lot of folks park on the road near Little’s Lake and walk in. I did park inside but I did see folks along the road when I left.

    It was nice to be in a skirt yesterday but alas winter has returned today.

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    1. I know my husband wouldn’t have been comfortable parking on the toad. It was fine. I did get more hiking on today & actually it’s major hills in the cemetery!

      I wanted to get to Ferncliff last year but we had too much going on with my mom at that point.


  3. ooh looks like a great day trip and some beautiful views. I hate it when I splurge on something like ice cream and then it is disappointing! Yes, I will do your A to Z run post sometime this summer too

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  4. We went out for ice cream last night and the mixed “flurry” that we ordered was huge! It was supposed to be a small and it was almost twice the size. For an ice cream lover like me, I’m shocked to say it was actually too big! We got to see two bald eagles fly low by the ice cream shop too (it’s next to a small stream). It was quite the experience.
    Very nice streams, waterfalls and landscapes for you this week!

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  5. One of the trail runs I’ve done (but not in recent years) has a fire tower as part of the race. It’s an optional “detour,” so that means I’m all about it. Those crocus are absolutely beautiful! Actually, all of your pics are outstanding 😉

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  6. Your pictures are beautiful!!! I love the flowers. Nice job on the six mile run- I also ran six miles this week! I’m laughing at you celebrating Passover a day early- I also had trouble keeping track of the days the week, but at least Easter is always on a Sunday- makes it easy.

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    1. In my defense, all Jewish holidays start the night before. But calendars don’t often get the first night right. I saw Friday being “Passover all day” on my calendar, when it reality it was the first night. Oh well.


  7. I think our warmest day this week was around 71, but it seems like we had wind every day of the week. It was kind of nuts!

    I love the photos of the flowers on your post. Whenever I see so many colorful flowers, it makes me thing that Spring is (finally) here.

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  8. Looks like a beautiful hike! I love seeing all the creeks and waterfalls full this time of year. Sadly, we have not seen much spring yet. I woke up to snow! this morning.

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  9. Ozzy is picky about who he walks with as well. If he knows both of us are home, he wants both of us! That forsythia is gorgeous. We are not there yet. It snowed all dang day today. I am well over it. Ugh.

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    1. Bandit will (usually) walk with me without my husband. If I’m home, though, most of the time he won’t walk with my husband without me. I am his person.

      We had snow & ice overnight. But it’s going to warm up, Spring is coming.


    1. The hike with the fire tower was a new place for me — it had gotten too snowy last year before I could get to it. The other two places are sort of regular stops for me on the way to my mom — when it isn’t Winter! Today it would’ve been Winter, LOL!

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  10. That’s so funny that Bandit had stopped walking until he saw you. They really are funny little beings, aren’t they?

    I just made a quick outline for A-Z travels with (and without) running and I’m looking forward to finding time to work on it. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Those purple and white crocuses do look hand painted! They’re so pretty!

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