Compassion: June 2022

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. — John Holmes

Compassion continues to be a struggle. So I picked a great word for me, right? It’s not that I’m not compassionate, just that I’m human.

How did June go? Let’s see!

Getting in scheduled runs
Running continued to go well in June; the most important part is feeling well. I got up to 9 miles while it was still cool — and continued to feel well with more running than there’s been in quite some time. Another race, with a faster finish time, although I am most definitely slower than I was a few years ago. I know my body has needed that slower running in the past couple of years. Better to run slowly and keep running, than push too hard and burn out, IMHO.

Grade Earned:  A

Dynamic Warmup
So much easier to warm up when it’s warm outside. I’ve done a warm up mile (or close to) before my races, too.

Grade Earned: A

Foam Rolling
I returned to rolling before Yoga in the mornings — that works for me. I may not do as much Yoga, but I get both done.

Grade Earned: A

Nutrition
May/June saw me at my moms pretty much weekly, usually overnight. I actually eat well when I’m there because I bring my own food (not much other options). By the time I get home though, I’m burnt out. It’s time to do laundry, shop, and then do it all over again. Plus I ate slightly more carbs before my 5k. So yeah clothes are a bit tighter again.

Love my outdoor Yoga!

Grade Earned: A

Cross Training
Going to my moms does give me the opportunity to explore new places, although there have been a few times I’ve just driven without stopping, too. I continue to practice Yoga, of course; I’ve been working on getting in a bit of Pilates; some cycling, and strength training has been going along well, too.

Grade Earned: A

A June race in the books. No July race in sight, at least not yet. Expect to be at my moms for the 4th — July 4th races are usually pretty brutal, anyway!

June 2022  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. I indulged more than I should have at times, but I’ve really tried to balance that out with healthy eating. I just need a bit more energy to get in more cooking and more mileage.

June Goals:

  • Run 3 x week. Y. Happy to be running 3 x week (4 x one week) and got up to 8 & 9 miles a few times.
  • ST 3 x week. Y.  I did well with ST this month (until last week, only 2 x)..
  • Try to get mileage to 15 miles. N.  I had several weeks at 14 miles so I’m happy with that. Close enough.
  • More hiking. Y/N. Not really sure there’s been more. There’s been less with Mr. Judy & Bandit, and the price of gas isn’t helping.
  • At least one real rest day a week Y/N. Most weeks yes, but there was definitely at least one week where there truly was almost no rest at all.
  • Start planning the next getaway. Y. I thought we would get away this Summer, but I’ve switched that to late Fall. Let’s just say we’re in negotiations about that. However we have begun to at least think about it. I actually did broach the idea of a Summer getaway closer to home to Mr. Judy, with only tepid response.
  • A race? Y. I was very lucky to catch much cooler weather for my race, even though it was very windy.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. I think that the higher number on the scale had a lot more to do with sodium from restaurant eating (maybe a little sugar). I don’t weigh myself often anymore, usually once a month.

Which leads me to July Goals:

  • Run 3 x week. 3 times is usually doable. Hoping that life settles back into some semblance of normalcy again.
  • ST 3 x week. I mostly managed it in June. I don’t anticipate July being as busy.
  • Keep long runs between 6-7 miles. I’d like to keep them at 7-8, but I also don’t want to exhaust myself before I even start to train.
  • More hiking. Whether that’s on the way to my mom or with Mr Judy (or both).
  • At least one real rest day a week. There definitely were not enough true rest days in June.
  • Think about a local Summer trip. Since I pushed the next state exploration to Fall, a road trip in the Summer would be nice. I came up with an idea that isn’t too far away, but always hard to plan last minute getaway with animals.
  • Look for hotels for late Fall trip. Unknown if we’ll take Bandit, or even if it will happen, but easier to cancel hotels than AirBnBs.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. It has been creeping up. Sometimes self inflicted. I just want to feel comfortable in my clothes!
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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

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

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25 thoughts on “Compassion: June 2022

  1. Well done on your June goals, Judy!
    The nutrition and the weight will soon return to normal, I’m sure.
    If you only weigh yourself once a month, it’s easy to get an outlier number on the scale. Especially with races and restaurant visits – that can mess up the weight.
    Perhaps you could weigh yourself every week and calculate a monthly average from that?

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  2. Great job meeting your goals. And even a race. July 4 is supposed to be cool. Maybe I’ll get some cooler temp races.

    Ice cream is my weakness. Good thing I don’t weigh myself. Lol.

    Enjoy the rest of the summer and planning for Fall.

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  3. Another solid and consistent month, Judy! That’s quite an accomplishment given all the traveling you have to do. Great job!

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  4. Sounds like you had a pretty great month. It’s soooo hard to eat healthy while traveling but it seems like you’re doing a good job. Glad your running is going well! I’ll be interested to hear about your summer road trip. Good luck with the July goals!

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  5. Overall another great month for you Judy – nice job! I’ve noticed that it was easier for me to eat better when I was working in the office – probably because I had less food options and usually packed my lunch to bring with me. I am working on getting back into that mindset so that I don’t mindlessly snack during the day.

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  6. We always judge ourselves more harshly than we did others
    Definitely on the sodium, and heat retention
    Be gentle on yourself, and I hope you can escape sometime soon

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  7. Well done, Judy! I know how exhausting it is to take those trips to visit your mom. It does take a toll on your and it isn’t easy to eat healthy. But it looks like you are doing quite well there. I have a race on the 4th but have not checked on the weather. 🙂

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