A Balanced Week: 11/21 – 27 WRD

Despite two lost days this week (Thanksgiving & going to the movies) I actually did have a good week fitness-wise.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner sharing a week where I felt I had a nice balance of rest and activity — despite the holiday and the movie eating up two days of the week.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Pilates (15 min),Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, PB Cardio Toning (25 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (35 min), 6 mile long-er run, Pilates (15 min), Yoga PM (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Very short walk/dogwalk @ Olana on way to mom for Thanksgiving <== not so restful rest day
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (25 min), Dogwalk, Pilaes (15 min), Yoga PM (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Pilates?, hopefully filming some Yoga videos

Running Mileage: 12 (+2

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

Running Update

Cooper’s Hawk

Monday intention: take it easy
I definitely took it easy because there was still a slight dusting of snow on the path and it was just a bit slippery in places — although melting as I ran. Cold and windy though. Seeing the Cooper’s Hawk above was the highlight of my week! I’ve run this path many times and never seen one so close before — he perched there posing for me for a long time.

Interesting tread
Different view on the trails

Wednesday intention: go long-er
I ran a couple of errands before this run because I knew once I’m done, I’m done! Plus had to lay out everything for the next day so we could hopefully get an early start. A chilly but calm and consistent run.

Santa skeleton on my head

Saturday intention: strengthen
While the streets remain clear, I’m taking it to the smaller hill and aiming for hill repeats once a week. Windy and a bit chilly but very sunny as well.

Sunrises, sunset & Thanksgiving Cactus

Favorites of the week
I stepped out onto our front doorstep a couple of mornings to capture the sunrise. They don’t last long but they sure are pretty! They seemed to last longer in SNP.

Thanks Cariane @ Travelingcari for the montage!

Thanks to Cari we have fellow bloggers “gathering” together from all over the country — and the world!

And a little montage of my own week

We also went to see “Wakanda Forever” this week. I found it boring and very disappointing — loved the original Black Panther. Mr. Judy through it was okay.

ICYMI: Wrapping up a month of body love by showing your spine some love.! Loosen up your spine with me here, Check out this short guided meditation to love your body here. As you might imagine, this was filmed quite some time ago!

Coming up on Friday: I have plenty to share as I drink plenty of tea.

26 thoughts on “A Balanced Week: 11/21 – 27 WRD

  1. I rarely go to movies since they eventually are on demand. Thanks for the review. I wasn’t planning on that one.

    The sunrises have been amazing lately if only I was running at that time.

    And yes we’ve had some slippery roads for running like during a half. Hopefully it stays dry for the rest of my long runs.

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    1. It wasn’t really my choice to go to the movies — but we don’t have a gazillion on demand channels, either. Right now it’s pretty much Netflix & Amazon.

      I just go out in my pjs to get the sunrise photos. 🙂 Hey, if one of my neighbors can walk her dog in here pjs . . . .


  2. Love that hawk! What is that building on the trail?

    No snow for us — it was in the 60s yesterday!

    Bummer on the movie. We haven’t been to a move since covid hit. The new comedy/mystery from the Knives Out people has me tempted — guess I need to look up the name.

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    1. I’m not sure what the building is (Darlene probably knows); probably some kind of power station.

      It’s warmer now and rain is expected, but it was in the 20s when we left on Thanksgiving — poor Bandit was so cold!


  3. I actually bought myself a Christmas cactus yesterday. I’ve been hinting at how much I’d like another one (my son gave me one several years that bit the dust)…so Happy Holidays to me (from me).That hawk is pretty majestic! We had a neighborhood owl that hung out in the park (a block from my house) and it was always neat seeing it (usually in a different tree every day).

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  4. How cool to see that Cooper’s Hawk! We have lots of Red-shouldered Hawks in our back yard, but I’ve never seen a Cooper’s. We have a chain of restaurants/wine clubs in the area called Cooper’s Hawk, though. 😉

    Your Thanksgiving cactus is very pretty!

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    1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one either. I had to look it up in the Merlin app. We have Red tail hawks in our neighborhood — they used to nest opposite our house but abandoned their nest a couple of years ago for whatever reason.

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  5. Your capture of that Cooper’s Hawk is amazing! I see a few hawks around here but I’ve never been able to get a photo. I saw 2 bald eagles this morning, but again…no photo. I just love seeing them!

    I guess if I splurged for one of those 20 foot skeletons, I’d keep it going too, lol

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  6. I have gotten used to streaming movies so much in the past few years. We rarely make it in person anymore. Funny, we used to go all the time pre covid. Hope you had a really nice Thanksgiving

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  7. Wow, you really live in a beautiful area. I love the picture of you and your mom- I’m glad you got to spend Thanksgiving together! I’m impressed that you titled this post “A Balanced Week”- my week was definitely not balanced! But it was fun.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I was just lucky the hawk was in a hurry to get somewhere.

      I don’t think the woman who plays the lead was really a strong enough actor. Plus . . . it was just waaaaaaay too long. I too really liked Black Panther.


  8. I’ve noticed some skeleton-themed Christmas decorations this year as well. I find it a bit strange but I guess it’s a way to make more use of Halloween decorations.
    Love the hawk photo. My neighbor sees them all the time from her screened-in porch. She says they often have a squirrel or other small animal in their claws!

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