Getting What I Need: 12/27 – 1/2 WRD

Pretty sure I’ve used that title before! I was supposed to be at my moms for New Years. Then a couple of days before there were several cases of COVID in the workers, the day before more and cases in the residents as well. It was a difficult decision, but I decided to stay home. The upside to that was I was already feeling very run down, so I have been able to rest a lot.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and trying to welcome a new year — cautiously.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (40 min), 1 mile recovery run, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min) <== Treadmill Arrives!
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yoga (40 min), 5 miles easy, (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 minutes), 2 mile treadmill recovery run, Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), probably more Yoga later & hopefully it stays dry enough for our Dogwalk

Running Mileage: 8  (+3) 


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

Running Update

Because we all need more joy

Monday Intention: Recover
It was a cold one with no sun, but also very little wind. I was tempted to go more than one mile, knowing this week would still be iffy weather-wise and travel-wise, but I felt that after a week of little running better to be cautious rather than push it.

Snow had melted by the time I finished

Wednesday Intention: go long-er
I again missed the gently falling snow of earlier in the day. I wore trail shoes, just in case, and there were some snowy patches going out, which were almost all melted by the time I came back. Took exactly as long as last week’s snowy, slightly slippery in spots run. Slow but upright.

Who doesn’t have two treadmills in their family room? I still manage to practice yoga in there too!

Thursday Intention: recover & treadmill test
Yup, I have a functioning treadmill again. It goes up and down, too (the old one stopped doing that years ago). Man, this slow run on it still felt hard! But quieter. I actually used the incline with the Peloton recovery run I did. I even made it 2 miles because there still wasn’t a whole lot of running this week.

No, we didn’t go to an actual theater | Photo on Pexels.com

Favorites of the week
We did watch some of the new movies released to streaming this week. Mostly hits, with one big miss: Don’t Look Up (Netflix). Well, if you enjoy dumb humor and a boring movie — seriously, I didn’t even want to finish watching it. And it was a long movie. Such a waste of talent!

We enjoyed Unforgiveable (Netflix). We also enjoyed Being the Ricardos (Amazon Prime) — Javier Bardem totally nailed Desi Arnez.

There was also the annual viewing of Love Actually last week, and I also watched Sleepless in Seattle too.

Having a functioning treadmill again is definitely a favorite!

ICYMI: I got talkative this week! Above is the thumbnail from post-run where I’m talking about what you can do instead of resolutions (although resolutions are fine too). I also counted down my top ten most viewed videos in 2021, with a few surprises — to me, anyway. Another short talk about how to battle the loneliness of the season, and yet another one about how to do a quick morning routine.

Top 10 videos click here * What will you resolve vlog click here
Feeling Lonely vlog click here * Quick Morning Routine click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday borrowed from my Channel video countdown and am sharing my most viewed blog posts in 2021. Friday of course I’m grabbing some hot chocolate to catch up with y’all!

Always something to learn: Runfessions December 2021

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I may not be running a lot but that doesn’t mean I can’t come up with things to runfess.

I shoppingfess . . .
My Black Friday purchases were Nuun and running shoes. On Cyber Monday it was hiking poles. You know you’re a runner when . . . 

I runfess . . .
On one particularly brutally cold and windy run there was no dynamic warmup. There was barely a cooldown — because seriously, I was already cold! I definitely did not stick around to do any post run stretches, either. 

I runfess . . .
The day before Thanksgiving I chose to run in the neighborhood, rather than driving somewhere to run, because the leggings I chose to wear had no pockets. I didn’t have enough pockets to stow my keys. I do have plenty of leggings with pockets, but these very old leggings were just the right amount of warmth without being too hot. Cold weather dressing is a constant challenge!

I runfess . . .
A couple of weeks ago, the week I got my booster, I knew I probably had to get my runs in during the week. I had planned out T, W, and F. Then I saw that Thursday was supposed to be unseasonably warm, so I changed the plan to T, Tr, F.

I further runfess that I really wanted to get the booster on Friday so that by the next Monday I would feel good enough to run. I needed to go down to my mom for several days on Tuesday, leaving me little time to run at all the following week — but I just couldn’t get an appointment close to home on Friday. Instead I got to drive in a snowstorm on Saturday. Good thing I didn’t take the appointments that were further away.

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So that’s what they’re for!

I runfess . . .
I casually mentioned to Mr. Judy one day that I wondered what the metal thing in the middle of the bike paths were for. They were usually up, but sometimes down. Of course he knew. They can be put down to let the maintenance vehicles get through — I presume they are usually up so that no one actually tries to drive on the path. D’oh! I had no idea and always wondered about that.

What have you learned about running recently?

What do you have to runfess from December? Come join us

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I am also linking up with:

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Clearly wrapping up 2021

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Every New Year’s for the last few years, I think to myself, this year will be better. Every year seems worse than the one before that! I started detailing all the stuff that’s happened in the last five years, but truly, it just sounded whiny to me. It’s never been all bad, and I absolutely try to focus on the good.

You have to feel your feelings, too, though. Yes, I have friends who have gone through things much worse than me, but a wise friend once told me it’s your stress, and she was right.

Truthfully I don’t think this pattern will change in 2022. I knew in my heart — and told my spouse, siblings and some friends — early in 2021 that I didn’t think my mom had much time left, long before she broke her hip. She may stabilize with Hospice care — or not — but I just want to see her made as comfortable as possible for as long as possible and be able to stay in her apartment and enjoy the activities she still loves.

So 2021 brought no races, not in real life, and not virtually. I didn’t need that stress, and frankly, I also prefer to wait until life is a bit more normal. I have, as I have many times in the last three years, spent half a year going back and forth, doing my best to help my mom, and even with the vaccines, that wasn’t easy and I couldn’t be there as much for her as I’d like to be, with visitation at hospitals and rehabs still often restricted.

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A few scenes from our trips to Long Island, Maine, Lake Minnewaska— and the hike right before we canceled a vacation due to mom’s surgery.

Of course there were also many bright spots in 2021 — you always have to look for the silver linings! We took our first couple of short trips in more than two years. We have managed to remain healthy. We have a roof over our heads, and plenty to eat. I took a foam rolling course and earned my level one Coach’s certificate from RRCA. A new treadmill is on its way. We continued to do daytrips, too, discovering some new lovely places.

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A few of the many lakes & waterfalls of our day trips

In fact, I scrolled through my photos from 2021 recently — so many new places visited, and of course old favorites revisited.

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Olana through all four seasons

Mileage has been low, but I keep on moving. There are benefits to that lower mileage — some of the annoying aches I had disappeared. Some quickly, some took their sweet time, some seem to like to revisit but for the most part my body is in better shape with less pounding (although maybe a few extra pounds).

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Scenes from the most recent solo hikes

Although none of us know how much time we have, there is time for me to race in the future, but the time for being with my mom is dwindling.

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Yoga . . . everywhere

My daily (sometimes twice a day) Yoga practice is a habit now. It was almost a streak, although I didn’t keep track. I missed a few days here and there, but I can count them on one hand. I didn’t really set out to have a daily practice last year, but I’m grateful that I established that. My body appreciates it — and my mind too. Just like running, I feel so much better after I practice Yoga.

December Goals:

  • Run 3 x week. YMostly. there was one week I only ran 2 times. It was the best I could do that week.
  • ST 3 x week. Y/N.  ST was kind of hit or miss this month. I did better than November — I managed at least 2 x week, falling short of my 3 x week one week, I think.
  • Continue to work on Spring Challenge. N. I’ll be bringing this one back in December! 
  • At least one hike. Y. Actually this wasn’t a goal — but I did it! I explored new places on my own on the way to or back from my mom. I did not get lost.
  • At least one real rest day a week. Y. I need them, I really do. Often something just crops up, usually something to do with my mom, and it ends up being far more stressful than restful.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Weight is better. Still room for improvement, to be sure, but feeling more comfortable in my clothes. 

Which leads me to January Goals:

  • Run 3 x week. There could be a little running break sometimes in the future, but I’m trying to hold out until it’s really necessary. It’s not like I’m running a whole lot anyway.
  • ST 3 x week. I will settle for 2 x week if necessary. 
  • Continue to work on a new Spring challenge. There was a lot of time spent at my mom, but while I don’t expect that to change, I’m hoping at some point I’ll have time to work on stuff for me.
  • At least one real rest day a week. In normal times this isn’t at all difficult for me — I enjoy rest days! For the foreseeable future this may be difficult, but it’s so important.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. I was in a happier place with my weight in November & December. Winter can be a challenge but what’s life without a challenge, right?

Looking Forward
Sometimes you have to look back to look forward. I gave five reasons why clear was my word for 2021. How did I do?

2021:

  • Clear my mind regularly. Y. I’ve been meditating a long time, and yes, it’s a mostly daily habit. Sometimes twice a day. It makes such a difference! For instance I get white coat syndrome and my blood pressure tends to go up at the doctor. I get there early, I meditate, and lately my BP at the doctor reflects what it normally is for me at home.
  • Clear away the clutter. Y/N.  Despite efforts to tackle the clutter again, it crept back in. Half of this year I was frequently away from home for days at a time. On the other hand, I did bag up and donate a lot of clothes — of course I bought new clothes at the end of the year. Those end of the year sales always seem to get me! I think the scales are tipping more to the clear away side, though.
  • Clear away what is not serving me. Y/N. I think I did clear away some thoughts (but not all) that aren’t serving me. 
  • Be clear on my goals. Y. This blog definitely helps me to be clear and accountable for my goals!
  • Cue Yoga classes clearly. Y/N. Cueing comes naturally to some people; me, not so much. I haven’t had the opportunity to teach as much as I’d like. I’ve even tried to teach Mr. Judy, just for practice. Let’s say that lasted about a day.

I detailed my goals for my 2022 word (compassion) in this post here. I’m not really big into goal getting at the moment, life continues to be uncertain for the forseeable future. Things crop up I have no control over. Sometimes go with the flow is the more compassionate thing to do.

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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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A Plan B Kind of Week: 12/20 – 26 WRD

I did have a reaction to the booster, but it wasn’t as bad as with the second shot, thankfully. Still ran a fever for roughly 24 hours which kept me on the couch all last Sunday. Couldn’t even walk Bandit — and therefore Bandit refused to walk with Mr. Judy. He often refuses to walk with Mr. Judy when I first leave, but then when he realizes I’m not coming back quickly, he’s happy to walk with him: must patrol the neighborhood.

If you celebrate, I hope that you had a very Merry Christmas!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing how even a little movement can make a big difference in how we feel.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, PB Walking with Weights (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40 min), 3 mile hike at Falling Waters Preserve
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), PB Walking with Weights (25 min), Walk
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 minutes), PB Cardio Walk (35 min), Walk
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), PB Walking with Weights (25 min), 1.62 mile hike at Montgomery Place
  • Saturday: Yoga (60 min), PB Cardio Toning Walk (35 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (60 min), 5 miles easy, a dogwalk after lunch, maybe weights & Yoga later

Running Mileage: 5  (-6) 


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

Running Update

Falling Waters Preserve, larger falls

Tuesday Intention (hike): Self Care
When I’m at my mom’s, even with a live in aide, it’s beck and call time. The apartment is very warm. There are clocks chiming, oxygen machine going, and I sleep on a couch. So yup, I need a little time in nature before and after these visits.

Montgomery Place view of Hudson River & Catskill Mountains

Friday Intention (hike): self care
I had planned to stay through Saturday, originally, but the forecast was for freezing rain on Saturday and I would be back for a few days next week. So I left Friday, stopped at Montgomery Place and explored the trail to the lake. After our light snow it was a tiny bit slippery, but I just went very slowly and had a walking pole too.

Then I decided to walk out to get a closer view of the mansion. Turns out there’s beautiful views of the Hudson and the Catskills from behind the mansion! There’s a trail that takes you closer to the water’s edge, apparently, but I needed to get home and again — a bit slippery. Another time maybe. Like Spring, LOL!

I didn’t get far on the path, which wasn’t as icy as the parking lot, but there was just enough ice to make me decide to head back home.

Sunday Intention: maintain some semblance of a base
Ironically I had brought my running stuff with me to my moms (although I did forget the water bottles that fit in my pockets), but I ended up not running. Either bad weather or too busy helping the temporary aide and my mom.

Don’t let the bright blue sky fool you — although a “warmer” day, there was a lot of wind that made it harder to run and certainly made it feel colder. Plus I ended up back in my neighborhood. But five miles done.

Thanks to Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly for this collage. I didn’t run this week until today & shared a selfie from one hike just for fun but she included me anyway — thanks, Kim!

Favorites of the week
A temporary aide was found! There was a tiny bit of drama where the regular aide thought her replacement wasn’t going to come, but I had faith and she did. The good news is she’s extremely attentive to my mom. The bad news is she’s just there for two weeks. My mom always seems to like the temporary aides better (and so far both have had the odd coincidence of sharing the same name), but I don’t know if they could keep up that level of attention for months on end. I know I couldn’t, not 24/7!

So very grateful that it didn’t all fall to me.

Oh, I also took my mom to the audiologist while I was there. She was complaining she really couldn’t hear even with her hearing aids. Now she’s complaining that everything is too loud because she can actually hear.

Finally, of course, this week’s hikes. I do treasure my time out in nature.

ICYMI: I have a short Vlog with tips to keep you healthier this Winter. Most are based in the science of Ayurveda. I’ll also explain a bit about the energetics of Winter according to Ayurveda. While most of us are happily making our way through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there are many people who struggle at this time of year. I created a short, guided meditation for you — or pass it on to a friend that’s struggling.

10 Winter Tips Vlog click here * Guided Light into Darkness Meditation click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I’m wrapping up 2021 and Friday I’m getting a few things off my chest at the Runfessional — take a break from the holiday bustle and join us here.

5 Reasons . . .

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. . . Compassion is my word for 2022

I’ve been picking a word to concentrate on for my year for many years. I like to use that word in my monthly wrap up — sometimes with a quote, sometimes with a song. It just keeps that word in my mind all year long.

I do think it’s great for runners to have a focus for the year — although my word this year (mostly) has nothing to do with running.

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I’m linking up with My First 5K and MoreRunning With Attitude, Runs with PugsZenaida and Run Laugh Eat Pie for Fit Five Friday. Today I’m sharing 5 reasons Compassion is my word for 2022.

Compassion: sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others

1: Compassion for my sister
My sister lives the closest to my mom, and much falls on her shoulders, It gets to her no matter how much I help out. Sometimes, too, I think she does things because she feels guilty, even when I try to make the burden easier for her. Let’s just say I also bear the brunt of a lot of venting. I try hard to be compassionate to her, even when the going gets tough.

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In happier times (her 90th birthday, my Dad was still alive)

2: Compassion for my mom
No matter how rough our lives are, there’s no doubt that my mom’s life is 100 times rougher. Yet dealing with her isn’t always easy, either. I struggle with keeping her spirits up, as she is understandably depressed and anxious at times.

I try to keep compassion front and center, and can only hope that when my time comes, there is someone in my life to do the same. Not having kids definitely makes you wonder how you will get through the aging years.

3: Compassion for Mr. Judy
I have been gone a lot in the last six months, and I only see it happening more as we move into 2022.  It’s not always easy having a stressed out, tired spouse who sometimes can’t think straight, I know. He has had to take over feeding and walking Bandit a lot while I am staying at my moms — although since I’m the one that has always done 90% of that, he’s got a long way to go to catch up!

4: Compassion for Bandit
Poor Bandit. Whenever I leave, he never has a clue how long I’ll be gone. All he wants is to see his pack together. Especially the leader of the pack (me). 

5: Last but not least, compassion for myself
I am fairly certain that this won’t be going on for years. When you go on Hospice, it usually means they think you have six months to live, although people sometimes live far longer than that. I know that I’m doing the best I can, but it’s hard when you feel like you’re constantly coming up short. 

Final Thoughts
I think that there’s a real chance that this chapter in my life will end not that long into 2022, although of course it could go on longer. I struggled a bit with this word, knowing that I might not “need” it that long. It just kept coming up for me over and over again. 

Because really is there ever a time you don’t need to be compassionate?

Do you pick a word to focus on for your year?

If you do what is your word for 2022?

Do you remember your word for 2021, if you picked one?

7 Charities to Warm a Runner’s Heart

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It’s the end of the year, and maybe your thoughts are turning towards making some last minute donations. Maybe you already have a list of charities that are near and dear to your heart, but if you’re looking for some that have some sort of tie to running (mostly, anyway), I have a few to share with you.

We feel better when we’re doing something for someone else, don’t we?

Team Hoyt
I think most runners have heard of Dick & Rick Hoyt. Dick was the father who ran races pushing his son Rick — over a 1000 races, in fact. Their dedication to each other and to raising awareness about how running could make a difference in the lives of people with health challenges touched the hearts of many, myself included. You can make a donation here.

Soles4Souls
Runners may joke about the amount of running shoes that they own, but in the end, those shoes with many happy miles on them can still make a difference in other people’s lives. Clothes, too. Never wonder about where to donate your new or used shoes or clothing, or just donate money here.

Run for Hospice
Hospice is definitely near and dear to my heart since both my parents are/were on it. There are many local races for Hospice all over the country, you can donate to your local Hospice, or you can donate to Hospice Foundation of America here.

Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House are homes for military families, free of charge, close to hospitals where their loved ones are getting treatment. You can also donate airline miles so that military families do not have to pay to fly to be near their injured loved ones. Donate here.

Jack’s Fund
So many bloggers on these linkups have had lives touched by skin cancer. No matter how vigilant you are, it’s no secret that running is a sport that has us out in the sun year round. Jack’s Fund is dedicated not just to research, but also to education. You can donate here.

The Dempsey Center
Patrick Dempsey’s mother died from Ovarian Cancer, and the actor has worked tirelessly to help cancer patients and their families. There’s a Dempsey Challenge in the Fall in ME (where Patrick grew up). The Challenge is both a bike race and a road race. The friends we visited this year in ME have tirelessly raised funds for the Center for years; they lost a mother/MIL to cancer and the wife is from ME — which is part of why they retired there.. You can donate here.

Judy’s Team in Training Fundraiser
Last but certainly not least, my friend Judy Lynch’s fundraiser for Team in Training. Judy lost her daughter to blood cancer, and she has since worked tirelessly to raise money for Team in Training — with amazing results. I tried to mostly choose lesser known charities because the big ones often get the larger slice of the pie, but I know Judy and her big heart and how much she has turned a tragedy into an opportunity to do good You can donate here.

Final Thoughts
Some of these charities involve running in some way, or fight things that effect runners — others are just good causes. You can’t go wrong with any of these charities if you want to make a difference.

What is your favorite running charity?
What causes are near and dear to your heart? Why?
Do you look at the charity partners of the races you choose?

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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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Got Boosted: 12/13 – 19 WRD

Warmer temps earlier in the week degrading into a day of Wintry mix (the worst!) yesterday. Not a running day for me, but I did have to go out to get my booster. Thankfully it was warm enough so that the roads were fine, although that Wintry mix continued to fall as the sun and the temps went down.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing how even a little movement can make a big difference in how we feel.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (45 min), Dogwalk (no problem missing a Monday)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (45 min), 5 mile run, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, PB Walking with Weights (25 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (60 minutes), 5 mile run, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (10 min), Dogwalk, 1 mile recovery run
  • Saturday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, Cardio Toning (post booster – gotta keep the arm moving!), Yoga (15 min — again, keeping that arm moving)
  • Sunday: Yoga (15 min), probably more Yoga later & not much else

Running Mileage: 11  (NC) 


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

Running Update

I ran right by this decorated tree on the way out & didn’t notice the ornaments u til I came back. I love finding “hidden” Christmas trees

Tuesday Intention: go long-er
Mostly the same plan as last week. A big difference in weather this week though, and that was very helpful! Warmer temps and less wind. I finally got somewhere I hadn’t been for a while, needing a little change in scenery, and I wore my “speedy” shoes. I didn’t feel speedy, but it was a bit faster than I’ve been running my 5 milers lately.

This guy was not amused when I started to take his photo

Thursday Intention: go long-er
I’m not sure my body is really on board with the two 5 milers, although this one was faster than Tuesday’s. I’m sure the warmer weather didn’t hurt. Another bell curve run (probably due to the small uphill in the middle) with the last mile fastest, but not on purpose. It was in the 50s, but cloudy and windy so still difficult to decide what to wear and I was a little overdressed — I actually took off my hat the last mile or so.

I love all the sparkly decorations. I tried hard to take a selfie with this wreath but with the sun in my eyes I just couldn’t see to get the right angles.

Friday Intention: recover + endurance
A simple one mile recovery run. Warmer, but very windy. I was a little overdressed again, but it was only a mile. I was also nice and warm from walking Bandit right before the run.

Nurse Bandit is on the job post booster

Favorites of the week
Next week I am at my moms to help a temporary aide transition in as her regular aide takes a holiday vacation. Except . . . the replacement aide is now sick and unable to come. Which could mean I’m the replacement aide. Fingers crossed the agency can find someone, as I definitely wasn’t planning on being there for two weeks . . .

Other than that it was a week filled with laundry and cooking and working on my passion projects (this blog and my YouTube channel). I got a lot done but it was tiring!

We watched Tick, Tick, Boom on Netflix last night. Quite different from Lin Manuel Miranda’s first two movies. If you like musical theater I highly recommend it!

ICYMI: Do you find your SI joint easily gets irritated? This quick stretch (paired with simple breathwork) might help. Of course check with your doctor if you have an active injury. Filmed at beautiful Lake Minnewaska!

3 Minute SI Joint Stretch here

Keep an eye on the channel — if you’re feeling frazzled before the holiday, I have another very short pranayama I’ll be releasing on Wednesday. And then Friday there’s a short meditation if you’re struggling at this time of year!

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I’m sharing some charities with ties to running if you want to make a last minute donation and Friday I actually will be sharing that 2022 word!

5 Running Memes to Make You Laugh

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I love the memes Kim @ Kookyrunner shares every week — there’s always at least one that makes me laugh that I share with Mr. Judy, too. I’m sharing some running memes that made me laugh. It’s a quickie this week that should make you smile — even if you’ve seen these memes, and I know you’ve seen at least a few of them.

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I’m linking up with My First 5K and MoreRunning With Attitude, Runs with PugsZenaida and Run Laugh Eat Pie for Fit Five Friday. Today I’m hoping to give you a laugh — or two.

bmeme1For someone who runs all the time, I still have the ability to make it look like the first time I’ve ever tried

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bmeme4It’s a proven scientific fact that you run faster around other people

bmeme5Please stop asking me what I’m doing this weekend. I’m running. This weekend. Next weekend. Every weekend. Forever.

Final Thoughts
It’s easy to get a little too serious about the things we love — definitely raising my hand on that one! It’s also good to laugh at ourselves. I know there are also many people who struggle in the holiday season, for a variety of reasons, and if you’re one of them, I hope that I’ve put a smile on your face today. Just paying it forward!

Got a favorite running meme to share??

 

5 Simple Tips for Running through the Holidays

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If you live in the Northern Hemisphere — and in particular a cold, windy, snowy area like I do — running through the holidays can feel like a real challenge. Even if you live in sunny Florida, even in a normal year (and we all know that there’s been no normal years lately!), running through the holidays can still feel like a challenge:

  • Bad weather
  • Short days
  • Buying gifts
  • Cooking holiday food
  • Busy at Work
  • Waning motivation

Add in all the stress we’re all feeling right now, sometimes squeezing in that run is the last thing you want to do. Or you really want to do it but you just can’t find the time! Here are my tips to keep moving when time is short and the you’ve got many things on your to-do list.

Wake up earlier
I know, I know: you’re already overworked, overstressed, and tired! Bear with me though. You don’t necessarily have to wake up hours early! You might want to get up an hour early, but even 10 minutes will make a difference. If you’re like me and you hate being rushed, just decide on how long you want to run and double that time. 

It may seem like heaping even more on your holiday plate, but you’ll find exercise before you start your day will actually give you a little burst of energy. Even just 10 minutes!

Break up your run
You may not feel like you have a whole hour to devote to a run. How about 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at either lunch or after work? Or even 10 minutes twice a day? 

Sometimes it feels easier to do just a little bit at a time. Little bits add up to a lot!

Join a Challenge
Better yet, join a challenge with some friends! Runners love a challenge, and they’re plentiful at this time of year. 

Run through the Holiday Lights
This isn’t always easy when you live in a cold place. Look for some holiday group runs you can join that run in areas that have holiday lights. Even though I’m Jewish, I do love looking at the holiday lights!

Run for a Cause
You may not be motivated to get out and run when it’s cold just for yourself — but maybe if you know your running is helping out a cause near and dear to your heart you’ll find your running motivation.

What’s your favorite way to keep moving through the holidays?

Have you joined a holiday challenge this year? 

What cause would motivate you to run when you don’t feel like it? 

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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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The Rain Washed it All Away: 12/6 – 12 WRD

There were a couple of snowy runs this week, but yesterday it rained, and the snow is all gone for now. I am much happier without snow!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and just moving through the stress.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (45 min), Dogwalk, PB Walking with Weights (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (45  min),  5 mile run, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (40 minute)
  • Thursday: Yoga, (60 minutes), 5 mile run
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min),  Dogwalk, 1 mile recovery run
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday:  Yoga (40 min), Walking with Weights (25 min), 2ish mile hike at Montgomery Place Campus, Bard College

Running Mileage: 11  (+2) 


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

Running Update

It wasn’t even supposed to snow this day yet I ended up running in a snow squall that pelted me from every direction

Tuesday Intention: go long-er
I rebooted last week’s plan — try for a couple of long-er runs and one recovery run. The second long-er run never happened last week, hopefully it will this week. You know how I’ve been frustrated that the snow flurries stope when I start to run?

This run wasn’t snow flurries, it was a full-on snow squall for the first half that was not fun (think snow basically pelting you from every direction). It was also an unusual positive splits run, but hey, it happens. I know just how tired I was, and forward is a pace, after all!

At least it was supposed to snow this time. The neighborhood roads were clear, thankfully.

Thursday Intention: go long-er
I managed to get in two long-er runs this week, despite the snow, cold, and wind. It was another slow run with positive splits with a “speedy” last mile. I guess I’m just ready to be done by that last mile!

Now it seems penguins are a Christmas thing

Friday Intention: recover + endurance
The recovery runs have gotten shorter, but I’m still doing them with no walk breaks. This one was a bit on the “speedy” side for recovery, but only a mile and no walk breaks. I was a bit surprised by the pace when I finished, as I’ve been on the slow side this week.

I was at moms today, briefly, although with the driving it’s still an all day thing; Bandit’s waiting for my return

Favorites of the week
We finally ordered the treadmill! At the moment it looks like it might arrive when I won’t be here — hopefully we’ll be able to actually get a time when we’re both home.

Found a new waterfall today

My mom doesn’t get moving early in the morning, so I stopped at Bard College, Montgomery Place campus to do a little hiking — I was so happy the bathrooms were open, too! I only had time for a couple of trails, and not sure it’ll stay snow free long enough for me to go back and explore more any time soon, but with the Winters the last few years, it could happen (we get a lot of snow, then it warms up & melts).

I’ve got an appointment for my booster next weekend. It was not easy to get an appointment near me and it wasn’t really on the day I wanted, but I’ll have time to get stuff done before it just in case there’s a reaction — and enough time to recover before I’m at my mom again.

ICYMI: Need some help getting a great night’s sleep? How’s that digestion been? This Restorative Yoga practice will help with both issues! If you have a heating pad or hot water bottle, grab it for this one! Trust me this is a soothing practice that can really help those muscles relax with the addition of heat.

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Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday I’ll help you keep running through the holidays and Friday it’s time for the big reveal — my word for 2022.