Explorer: 6/27 – 7/3 WRD

A week at home felt good. Tomorrow I will spend the holiday with my mom, but just the day and will have Mr. Judy on hand to help with the driving. It was a good week for a little local exploring!

It all started in this backyard 6 years ago

In other news it’s Bandit’s gotcha day today. More on that at the end.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing up a bit as Summer heats up.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Pilates (40 min), Dogwalk <== rest day
  • Tuesday: Yoga AM (30 min), 2ish mile hike @ Burden Pond Preserve, Barre (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga AM (20 min), 7 mile LSD, Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga AM (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Taught Yoga (30 min), PB Toning Cardo (25 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga PM (20 min)

Running Mileage: 13  (NC

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

Running Update

Mid run exploring

Wednesday Intention: body scan & breathwatching
It was a beautiful day, with low humidity, but still, by the time I finished this run it was also 75F. I got out too late. Not a bad run though! Slow, yes. No races in my immediate future so I’m taking it easy.

I did take a break just 1/3 into the run to explore Lock 7 on the Erie Canal (yes, this bike path runs along the Erie Canal). With all the miles I’ve logged there, I’ve never really explored the lock. I knew I’d pay for this little detour at the end, but it was worth it.

Not a sunrise run, but getting closer

Friday Intention: find the fun
Today was forecast to rise into the 90s — which it did, and I was successful in getting myself out fairly early. Thankfully not yet humid and somewhat shady. I took it easy and it wasn’t a bad run. HR was high the first mile again, but normal the last two miles. No, not obsessing about it — just noting it.

Grateful for a cool morning

Sunday Intention: breath in calm, breath out tensions & pay attention to HR
I’m beginning to suspect that the wonky HR lately is just due to heat acclimation. It was totally normal for this run — I just glanced at it now & again to make sure it wasn’t climbing, and it wasn’t — despite the hills. I wore Newtons in the first time in forever (or so it feels like). Slow run but just building strength and base.

Unfortunately nothing useful here

I did find another free library close to my neighborhood on my cool down walk, but alas the few books in there had major water damage.

You’d never suspect what a rocky time we had in the beginning

Favorites of the week
6 years ago this day we met with Bandit’s previous owner and Bandit in our backyard and adopted him then and there — despite the fact that he’d already nipped Mr. Judy. He’d lived with cats and dogs — what could go wrong? Plenty, it turns out.

Long story short within a week of that private adoption he’d bitten a vet, lunged at both Lola and Gizmo, and growled at a lot of different people when I walked him. He was housetrained but had several accidents at first. We had to keep him completely separate from both Giz & Lola for a long time — which was particularly difficult with Giz, because he’d jump the baby gates & come into the kitchen. Oh, and did I mention Bandit refused to eat at first? Like, completely?

At the same time I was dealing with the aftermath of my mother’s surgery and then my parents’ move to where my mom lives now.

Today you would never know any of that. It took a lot of work, a lot of training, and a lot of treats — and ultimately CBD oil. He is also laser focused on food now and completely crushed when he doesn’t get food at a meal — our meals, that is. Does he miss animal companions? I guess we’ll never know since I don’t intend to adopt any animals while we have him.

I guess it’s just another lesson in never giving up!

ICYMI: This Yin Yoga practice will work the whole posterior chain, focusing mainly on the low back, hips and glutes. Just what the runner ordered! If you believe in energy work, it will also help to balance your Chakras; practice with me here, After (or before!) I get a little personal with my love for this country here.

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I’m looking back at the first half of 2022 and Friday I’m sharing ways to make Summer running more fun.

27 thoughts on “Explorer: 6/27 – 7/3 WRD

  1. You really have quite a success story with Bandit. He’s so lucky you didn’t give up on him. ❤

    I’ve only used a Free Little Library once – at the beach. There’s one on my walking route, but it’s mostly filled with children’s books and romance novels.

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  2. I love all the free libraries around. I’ve found a few good books to read.

    I’ve visited that lock many times. A fun extension of my run.

    Enjoy the 4th.

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  3. Happy Gotcha Day! That was hard work, well done for persisting. We have a Little Free Library here but I asked about putting BookCrossing registered books in it and they have a list of rules about how much and when you can donate and I gave up! I popped a load in our local coffee shop today, though.

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  4. A lot of people would have taken him back to the shelter, which makes me think that he did live in some bad places in his past. Glad he feels secure with you now. Poor pup.

    Every time you talk about the Erie canal, that song goes through my head…15 years on the Erie canal, lol!

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  5. My HR has been up this week too and I know it is the heat and humidity. I am just trying to cut myself a little slack and take more walk breaks. Bandit is lucky to have you all!

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  6. Aw! I love the Bandit story. Yes- never give up.
    I’m sure your elevated HR is because of the heat. Your body is definitely working harder when it’s hot. Sounds like you had some great runs though. Happy 4th!

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  7. Happy Gotcha Day to Bandit! Our Bentley came to us very aggressive. It took a lot of patience, understanding, discipline and love to get him on track, and while he was always a wild card, he was, as all dogs are, a very good boy. ❤

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    1. I hear you! Bandit isn’t really a wild card anymore, but he’s still an anxious dog & unpredictable about eating — plus most of the time he just won’t walk with my husband if I’m not with them. Sigh.


    1. It’s funny in my memory it seems as though it took half a year for Bandit to come around. We got him right before the 4th & we had Thanksgiving at my house that year — with everyone “free”.

      I’m not crazy though! I remember the early days when we used the pet sitter. I told her sometimes I had to put his food on my fingers & let him lick it off to get him to eat. She was like oh hell no I’m not doing that — & she was very experienced with difficult dogs, LOL!


  8. oh wow. I tought you’d had Bandit much longer
    I love that Cool It top but can’t make it work for me in summer. So wish I’d discovered them before they were discontinued

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    1. One of mine has a slit — although still wearable. I wish I’d bought the skirts in the next size up now (the small was fine a few years ago but is now a bit tight). I really loved those skirts, too!

      It only feels like we’ve had Bandit longer. 🙂


  9. I well remember all the patience you had with Bandit. He was a very lucky guy that it worked for your paths to cross 😉

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  10. For some reason I thought you had Bandit for way longer! Maybe it’s because he’s such a perfect fit with you and your husband 🙂

    I hope you had a nice holiday visit with your mom today.

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  11. Happy gotcha day Bandit! I love these types of stories. We had a troublesome dog as well who required an expensive visit to a behaviorist and some calming meds. It’s hard work, but so glad it worked out for you.

    The heat really snuck up us so I’m sure heart rate is heat acclimation. As long as you feel good, keep pushing on.

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    1. We talked to a behaviorist. We had more than one vet & the trainer actually tell us we weren’t bad people if we put him down. Thankfully he was a success story.

      The problem with the heat acclimation here was we kept going from unseasonably cool to unseasonably warm. I think Summer might finally be here to stay. 🙂


    1. I guess Mr. Judy was lucky that I was willing to stay the course, LOL! He always saw the good in him, and the irony is Bandit pretty much only has eyes for me — when I’m around, anyway. Or unless Mr. Judy has food for him. 🙂

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