WTF, Garmin?: 6/6 – 12 WRD

Most of the time my Garmin behaves itself, but every once in a while it really does something funky. My long run this week had a Garmin incident.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and still enjoying mostly great weather this week.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (40 min), AM Walk, Lots of walking around mom’s place
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Yoga AM (30 min), Cardio Toning (25 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga AM (30 min), Dogwalk, Run 3 Miles, Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Thursday: Pilates/FR (30 minutes), Dogwalk, Barre (15 min), Yoga
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), 9 mile LSD, Yoga video (30 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), 2 mile recovery run, Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, more Yoga

Running Mileage: 14  (NC

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

Running Update

Reflection Wednesday

Wednesday Intention: strength + speed
A thankfully cool, dry morning, since I had to get Bandit out for a walk and ran later than I normally would. I did 7 x 100 hill repeats. It’s been a minute since I ran hills. I felt good because while it wasn’t a fast run, it was faster than previous hill repeats had been — and I alternated run up, walk down, with run up and run down. Last mile was a decent pace, too.

This might be the first time I’ve taken this photo — on a path I’ve run on for years

Friday Intention: pay attention to breathing & go long-er
It was another really nice day — windy, but little humidity. Even though we’ve had a lot of back and forth weather this Spring, in general, we’ve been having some really nice weather lately! So I had to take advantage of it and try to run more, because I have absolutely no interest in running that long if it’s a hot, humid day.

The run generally went well, and I actually felt pretty good afterwards — a bit tired, but good. As in nothing really aches — it’s been a couple of years since I ran that far.

I’ve never seen the turtle eggs before; I’ve only seen the turtles laying them

OTOH, my Garmin thinks I ran 3 miles. I had run 6 when my left calf was just on the verge of cramping up. So I paused my Garmin, and stopped to massage it, which helped. Except for the fact that my Garmin decided to completely dump the 6 miles; since there are usually at least two levels to go through to do that, I don’t know how it happened and was not particularly pleased about it.

It truly was a lovely morning (despite the Garmin funkiness)

I mentally shrugged it off, concentrating on everything I was grateful for (the beautiful day, my body being able to run 9 miles, my health, and so on and so forth). I think the cramping was due to the fact that it was in the low 70s by the end of the run, and despite the lack of humidity, what was I thinking running 9 miles without anything but water? Oops. Luckily I had a salty post run snack waiting for me in the car.

Then I noticed that the sleeve on my top (which I like) is developing a slit. It’s been a week like that, but most definitely first world problems.

It took many years before these peonies finally decided to bloom but I’m so glad they do now!

Saturday Intention: recover
I woke up feeling pretty darn good after my longest run in a couple of year — which included the big hill, btw — which is very encouraging. So I headed out for a short recovery run. That is all.

Speaking of turtles . . .

Favorites of the week
As I mentioned on FB (follow me here), Mr. Judy bought me these turtles a year ago. Initially we discussed putting them behind my Yoga platform, but I’m grateful I took so long to decide where to put them because I came to realize they would interfere with thumbnails for my Yoga videos. I’m very happy with where I chose to put them.

I got together with a friend for some ice cream this week — didn’t take a photo (you’re welcome). Usually once a year I like to get a brownie sundae there, but I didn’t feel like it that day — so just got one scoop, hot fudge, and whipped cream. It definitely hit the spot even though it was on the cooler side!

The new aide seems good, although I’ve learned you can’t judge from first days; it can take a while for them to show their true nature. However, I still need to go back down next week because she’s taking off a few days for doctor’s appointments. I will have been there weekly for a month by that point. Yes, I’m tired! To end on a high note, though, the actual aide change went pretty smoothly.

ICYMI: This one’s for you, my runners! A Hatha Yoga practice for strong legs and feet here, and a short vlog with more tips for strong feet here.

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I’m sharing thoughts on Squirrel’s Nut Butter and on Friday I’m taking you through my long run via the Koshas (which I will obviously briefly explain.

25 thoughts on “WTF, Garmin?: 6/6 – 12 WRD

  1. I love how you said you chose to focus on all your grateful for (after your mishaps). I think what we focus on totally dictates our mindset and attitude (negativity leads to MORE negativity, while gratitude often breeds more good fortune). I know, that sounds totally dorky and idealistic, but it works for me 😉

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    1. Doesn’t sound dorky at all because I believe it too. 🤣 it obviously wasn’t the end of the world—just annoying.

      It helped that I happened to know where I was at when I stopped. 😊


  2. 9 LSD? You are ramping things up!! Almost ready for a half. Glad to hear that your running is going so well.

    I need to eat every 3 or 4 miles when I run because that’s what I do when I race.. I always carry a GU even for my 7 miler yesterday. Why are the perfect running weather days not when I race?

    The turtles are cute. Hope they weather the winter.

    I agree with Kim. Whining about our problems gets us nowhere.

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  3. While I do agree that focusing on gratitude can be helpful, I think we do have to work through our problems. I’m sorry if anyone felt that I was whining on my post. My job is very stressful right now. Sometimes when you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s hard to look beyond the problems in front of you.

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    1. I didn’t think you were whining, Wendy! I think it’s good to share the bad with the good. We all feel overwhelmed at times, and it can be good to share it so we can all commiserate.

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      1. I know everyone has a different view of blogging. Many don’t want to share bad stuff. I think it’s a good idea, but respect the right of others to do as they see fit.


    2. I don’t think you were whining— & if someone did, that’s their problem.

      Obviously my Garmin malfunction was an annoyance, not a super big deal. But it has been a really stressful month for me too!


  4. That is great that you are feeling stronger on your runs and upping your mileage. I have not had a watch malfunction in a while but boy is it frustrating when it happens. I take water on all of my runs and also use my chews on runs 6 miles or more bc it helps me practice for races. Fingers crossed on the new aide!

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    1. If I’m not training (which I’m not) I usually don’t fuel until about 8/9 miles. But it’s been so long since I’ve had to fuel I didn’t think about it!

      Really I think all I needed was my salt stick chews.


  5. And now for my second comment. You had a great week of running, Judy! That’s annoying about the Garmin- I’ve had that happen. It’s lucky you knew how far you’d run before it reset itself!
    Glad the new aide is working out so far! And I’ll check out your yoga- I need strong feet.

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      1. The one thing I hate about my Garmin VenuSq is how easy it is to stop and delete a run mid-run, even though it supposedly takes a few steps. The Fenix was much more reliable — I blame the Venu touch screen.

        Glad your mom’s aide is workout out so far.

        LOVE that tree reflection photo.

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      2. Well, my Garmin has also done things like completely rework my intervals on the run . . . doesn’t happen often, but super annoying when it does.

        I’ve been eyeing the Garmin Venus (of some form) as my next but haven’t really researched it yet. Probably still holding on to mine another year, it’s only 3 years old.


  6. Ugh – that is so annoying about the Garmin issue. I had that happen once years ago and just chalked it up to a very weird glitch with the watch. Hopefully that doesn’t happen again!

    That’s great news about your mom’s aide and I hope that everything continues to stay good.

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  7. Those peonies are just lovely. We don’t get flowers like that here.

    Sorry about the Garmin – that’s frustrating for sure.

    It’s turtle nesting season here. I have never seen the hatchlings, but this morning I did see the trail from a nest to the water, where a mama turtle laid her eggs. It was so cool.

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  8. Judy, your pictures are stunning! It looks like you had a lovely week weather-wise.

    We’ve had several turtles come up from the creek to lay eggs in our mulch beds. I’ve never seen the eggs, though, so thank you for sharing.

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    1. You’re welcome! I’d never seen the eggs, either, although I’ve seen turtles on the trail that I presumed were laying since they’d be in the exact same position as when I ran by them an hour earlier. 🙂


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