Bye Bye, Trails!: 12/5 – 11 WRD

Sleep was spotty this week, which led to many senior moments. There was a trip to mom, so there was a short hike but a bit less running than I wanted. As usual I just tried to do the best I could.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and wondering why that proverbial balance is so hard to find.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (35 min), 2 mile hike @ Greenport Conservation Area
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, PB Cardio Toning (25 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (35 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Pilates (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), 2 mile Recovery Run, Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), PB ST (25 min), Dogwalk, Walk with a friend
  • Saturday: Yoga (25 min), Dogwalk, <== sort of a rest day
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 6 mile long-er run, Dogwalksnow started early, PM Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 11 (+2

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

Running Update

Ho, Ho, Ho

Wednesday intention: take it easy
I wasn’t going to run today. I never sleep well during the Full Moon and today was no different. After resting in bed a while after waking up in the early morning hours I got a second wind so I decided to go for it. I started out feeling pretty strong and then had to drag myself through the last mile. I probably should have rested; my Garmin scolded me the next day.

Pretty & chilly morning

Thursday intention: recover
Going to my mom tends to throw my running “schedule” off, and that was as true as ever this week. I wanted to get in more miles, but I also knew I’d be better served by a short recovery run so that’s what I did.

Running in a Winter Wonderland

Sunday intention: go long-er
This was a run where Mr. Judy said “you know it’s snowing, right?”. Ah, the things non runners say The snow actually started much earlier than forecast, so Bandit didn’t get a walk. We’ll see how obnoxious he is today.

So yes, I’m sweating while there are snowflakes sticking to my eyebrows. This was actually a decent run. It’s most likely my last trail run of the year, too. I don’t do the trails after we’ve had a snow that sticks (unless it warms up quickly, and it’s not supposed to).

It was going great, not slippery at all, until I got to just before turning around when I stepped onto a sheet of ice beneath the snow and slowly (and gently) went down, thankfully falling the way you’re supposed to mostly — I am not hurt. I also stepped on another patch of ice beneath the snow on the other side coming back, but this time I managed to stay upright.

That’s why I don’t run trails once the snow sticks around. It’s just not worth it to me. You never know what’s actually lurking down there.

Cold walk with a friend

Favorites of the week
It was a busy week (for me), and getting together with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while was definitely one of the highlights. Even if it was cold and windy.

A muddy trek to a so-so overlook

I went the other way at Greenport Conservation Area on the way home from mom. So much mud! The overlook was just okay, but now I know. I might have liked it more if I hadn’t had to slog so much. Thank goodness my hiking boots are waterproof. I also timed it beautifully to arrive at home just as the sun was setting (and it was a lovely sunset, too) — I really wanted to keep going but glad I resisted.

He does surprisingly well at this vet

Bandit can be so iffy, but for whatever reason, the vets and vet techs here have no problems with him. In fact the vet tech asked if I wanted to collect a urine sample and I said no thanks, you try. She said he pee’d on a post right away and was no trouble for the blood draw. The bill for an annual checkup and senior panel and urinalysis was about a third of last month’s credit card bill — and that one was higher than usual. I thought Mr. Judy was going to kill me for agreeing to all that but he was surprising cool about it. True love — for Bandit, that is.

ICYMI: If you struggle with SAD, this is a practice for you. Open your spine and chest with me here, I’ve also got a longer Vlog with tips on easing depression and anxiety here.

Coming up on Friday: Probably nothing. Several appointments next week and then back at my mom for an overnight next weekend.

19 thoughts on “Bye Bye, Trails!: 12/5 – 11 WRD

  1. It was quite slippery but I took easy today at the race.

    I guess I better look for my yak trax. I hope to run and hike tomorrow.

    Yes. The vet can be pricey.

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  2. Especially from seeing your photos, I can see how running in snow can be a good experience – but I couldn’t cope with ice and the risk of slipping!
    Vet costs can be excruciating! But I think it’s cheaper here in Ireland than in many places.. last year my cat was very sick after a bad UTI, and was in the hospital for a week, receiving fluids, antibiotics and whatnot.. I was in shock over how low the bill was. I expected a full salary worth.. almost.

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    1. You are lucky that it’s not as expensive in Ireland! At one time we had 2 cats & 2 dogs, but now it’s just the one (not one of the original 2 dogs). It’s amazing how much time he seems to take . . .

      Lots of people use spikes or Yaktrax to run on trails in Winter. Just not my thing. Even though I wanted to take more photos than I did! Snow can definitely be very peaceful. At least at the start of the season.


  3. Eek- I can see why you don’t want to run on icy trails. And it definitely looks cold up there! Sounds like you have a busy week coming up- I hope you’re able to get more sleep. Good luck with the trip to your mom’s.

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  4. I’m such a chicken when it comes to running in the snow because I’m always afraid it may be icy. Also I usually run on sidewalks and in a local park where they don’t do a good job of plowing.

    I hope that you are able to get more sleep this week.

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  5. Sorry to hear you fell but glad it wasn’t worse. I don’t envy people up north now with all of the cold and snow. It’s been relatively mild here during the day anyway and should hopefully will stay that way until next month.

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    1. Lightly falling snow is the best. Although it wasn’t so light most of the time. I’ll miss those trails though!

      It’s truly amazing how good Bandit is at the vet, considering he bit the first vet I took him to when we first got him. 😊

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  6. A very sensible attitude to the trails and ice! We had our club run yesterday night and it was fine for most of it but about a mile out of the four the pavements were covered with ice. And I was the lead on the session, so I was so nervous someone was going to fall (no one fell). The two people who decided it was going ahead didn’t go! Anyway I also went out when it was snowing on Sunday and it was fine – I did get some funny looks from other people, though!

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