The Final, Final Goodbye: 5/3 – 9 WRD

Although we said goodbye to my Dad over a year ago, Monday we are laying him to rest, near his parents and his first born son (who died before I was born) and some other relatives. I hope this gives my Mom closure — although we don’t expect that she’ll be there, we know it bothered her that he hadn’t been laid to rest completely.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and recounting a strong running week. I was sure I’d be on the treadmill one day, but thankfully the weather held for me.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (10 min), 3 miles + Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min),  3 miles easy, Yoga (40 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min), PB ST (25 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), 4.5 miles easy, Yoga (20 minutes)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), some light walking/ hiking on the way down, hopefully

Running Mileage: 10.5 (+1.5)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Some pretty flowers for your Mother’s Day

Monday Intention: recover
Yet another week when I have to cram in my runs to some degree, so back to back runs again. I’m not running long, so it’s much easier to do. Took it nice and easy and counted the Robins: a record 47!

Probably because I started counting at the very beginning of my run — there were 17 just on my block! I’m sure there were a few double counted because I loop around several roads in my neighborhood. Plus a handful of crows, a plethora of UFOs (of the feathered variety), and 1 squirrel.

Thanks for the painted stones to brighten my day!

Wednesday Intention: just easy miles
I had totally planned to run on the mill with the forecast for showers, but they mostly held off in the morning; I just got drizzled on slightly the last mile. I forgot to start counting the Robins at the beginning of my run, but ended up with 35, a couple of crows, 1 squirrel.

On our dog walk on Tuesday I saw a hawk and we saw a woodpecker up close — we hear them all the time, I’ve seen them occasionally, but I’ve never had such a good view of one before.

Nice negative splits today and the run felt pretty good — no doubt the chilly temps helped.

More red tulips, Zenaida!

Sunday Intention: increase distance
I don’t dig the cooler temps for Spring (and all the rain), but the cooler temps totally feel great for running — and that rain helps the flowers. My pace bounced around all over the place, but I extended the run more than I expected to, although it’s still obviously a relatively short run.

I felt really strong the whole run, though. The extra rest I took post vaccine seems to have really helped my running. I stopped counting at 50 Robins, there were lots of crows, a couple of squirrels, and a chipmunk — and a cardinal I saw in our backyard earlier in the morning.

Happy Mother’s Day for the mother’s out there — more pretty flowers for you!

Favorites of the week
All the flowers. We didn’t get a whole lot of sun this week, there was wind, there was rain, and the temps were chilly — but like I said, that made for some good running.

Don’t know what happened to this nest. Poor momma bird.

Saw this next outside in our yard yesterday. I can’t help but wonder what went down.

Think the squirrel is thirsty?

So this squirrel. I spied him out on our deck, and grabbed my phone. The squirrel seemed to know I was taking its picture and kept racing back and forth.

Cheeky fellow!

He jumped off the pallet onto the rail and then jumped into the pine tree! I was impressed!

I was going through a box of old photos yesterday. I have a roomate from college I’ve wanted to contract, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember her last name — and definitely not her married name. In the box there was a card from her — voila! Married name. I tracked her down in just a few minutes after that (which is a bit scary, no?).

We reconnected and messaged back and forth for a while. It had been probably 35 years since I’ve seen her. We’re hoping to connect IRL at some point in the future. Her son also went to Vassar College; my parents house was behind the golf course. I used to run to the campus all the time when my parents still lived in that house.

Finally we meeting up with most of my immediate family (masked, although most of us are vaccinated) for mother’s day, and then Mr. Judy and I are headed down to Long Island, where the cemetery is. We’ll be on the road most of the day, so I’ll be late commenting.

What animals do you see the most in your neighborhood? 

How was your Mother’s Day if you celebrate?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers!

GWY Heart Chakra

ICYMI: Got tech neck? Hunched shoulders? This Yin Yoga practice is focused on Anahata, your Heart Chakra, and will help you open up — both physically and emotionally. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’ve got a new Spring challenge for you! On Friday I’ll share five tips to up your mental game.

Here we go again: 4/26 – 5/2 WRD

There’s your Dolly Parton earworm for the day! You’re welcome! That’s how I feel though — or maybe it’s just Groundhog Day the movie. I feel like I’ve had to start over, over and over this year.

Hopefully now I can rebuild and stay strong!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and returning to running post vaccine. Oddly I think it was easier with the second vaccine. Probably because I was more prepared. Maybe because of all the Nuun Immunity? Who knows!

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, PB Walking + Toning Arms (25 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min),  Dogwalk, 3 miles easy, Yoga (40 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (25 min), Dogwalk, PB Cardio Toning (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 3 TM Miles, Yoga (15 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (45 min), Filmed Yoga Video (60 min), Dogwalk,
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk

Running Mileage: 9 (-1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Red isn’t just for roses!

Tuesday Intention: easy — how does it feel?
I wouldn’t say this run felt great, especially since I got out late (met a friend for a walk before the run). Overall not bad. I credit taking a week off running after my second vaccine. It wasn’t planned, but I think my body appreciated it.

Friday Intention: avoid the wind
It was very windy and a little on the chilly side. I know I could’ve run outside, but somehow it wasn’t terribly inviting. I did a 45 minute Peloton Pop run and just kinda did my own thing. Even at an easy pace I could see the droplets of sweat on the tread!

Love the flowering trees, even if the flowers don’t last long

Sunday Intention: a few more easy miles
I don’t feel the need to push with no training, and I think maybe easing back into running has been easier because, well, I took it easier. It was actually a tad warm — the front came through and it got chilly and rainy later, but I was happy to run in a skirt.

Being by water anywhere is always peaceful

Favorites of the week
It’s been a while since we did a little road trip, and even though we weren’t blessed with great weather, we made the most of it. Waterfalls, tulips, pizza & ice cream oh my! No real hiking, those falls are just off of a parking lot basically, but there was some walking around.

I could have sat by those falls meditating forever!

I also got together with a friend to walk for the first time since last year, because, Winter.

Are you training for something? 

Have you raced recently?

GWY Solar Plexus Chakra

ICYMI: We’re opening up our side bodies and hips while I introduce you to your Solar Plexus Chakra, Manipura. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m wrapping up April. Friday apparently it’s time for a coffee/tea date — at least I wasn’t the only one confused about which weekend that should be.

I Did Not Throw Away My Shot: 4/19 – 25 WRD

Another week where I knew I would have limited time to get in fitness. Glad that I decided to do my long run on Monday — it sure wasn’t going to happen after my vaccine!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running into that second vaccine.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), 7 mile LSD, Yoga (50 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 3 recovery miles, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min),  Dogwalk, Yoga (40 min)
  • Thursday: Complete Post COVID vaccine rest day due to fever
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, Hopefully some light Toning

Running Mileage: 10 (-2.5)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Interesting artwork along the bike path

Monday Intention: add distance, take it easy
Well, that was the intention, anyway. I did add a half mile to come up to 7 miles. And it was so hard. Despite multiple pauses to check my phone (tracking a grocery delivery). I tried to keep the pace easy, and it was quite consistent — but actually one of my faster long runs in recent history.

I saw a dead fox along the path. That was a first — I’ve never seen any foxes near that path at all. I wanted to get in a long run this week — don’t ask me why, since I’m not training for anything — and between the weather and the second vaccine this seemed like the best day. The good news is I finished, my Achilles felt good — during and afterwards. The bad news is that every long run has been a struggle lately.

That piece of hive on the road was a different location than the hive in the tree; both seen on the same run

Tuesday Intention: recover — go slow!
Well, I tried. This would be super slow for a lot of runners, but as a recovery run, even though it was slow for me and didn’t feel hard — it was probably faster than it should have been. I kept consciously trying to slow it down but it still wasn’t where it should have been; I was watching my Garmin, too, which I normally don’t do.

We went from this pretty day to rain & wintry mix the next

I’m not a big fan of the recovery run, but I had my second vaccine coming up the next day, and I felt like it’s actually better not to run right before your vaccine. Even though I ended up doing exactly that for the first — but I actually didn’t know I’d be getting vaccinated that day when I went out to run. The weather on Wednesday looked to be really nasty, anyway. Rain and potential thunderstorms.

Favorites of the week
It’s kind of a favorite/not favorite thing this week: I got my second vaccine. Luckily I got home before the Wintry mix kicked in!

As I suspected I had a reaction, and yes, it was worse than the reaction to the first vaccine.

I stayed busy post shot, folding laundry, doing Yoga with a lot of arm work, went to bed with just a slightly sore arm.

My reaction was thankfully short lived, with fever, complete loss of appetite (hello, fever), and body aches for 24 hours. I’ve been tired the last few days, but otherwise feeling back to normal. Oddly my arm wasn’t as sore as the first time, and yes, I made sure to move it the first time too.

It’s all worth it to feel a little peace of mind, although I also keep in mind that no vaccine is 100%.

I didn’t take any snuggling pics but he was in a weird position here

Nurse Bandit was on the job. He didn’t snuggle all the time, but he did snuggle with me a lot more than usual.

Are you training for something? 

Have you raced recently?

GWY Sacral Chakra

ICYMI: We’re stretching out your hips while chatting about the Sacral Chakra in today’s practice. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m sharing one of my favorite pre-run snacks. Friday it’s time to runfess over hot chocolate.

All the Seasons: 4/12 – 18 WRD

I had to cram a lot of fitness into the first part of my week this week, so it’s been a very busy couple of weeks. I wrote this post as the week went along; so much easier to remember what happened that way.

I get my second vaccine next week. Moderna is known for more side effects, and I already had effects from the first. This time at least I know it’s coming, so I’m doing some things that may head off those effects — like drinking Nuun Immunity every day.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and doing my best to stay active.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles (with 3 long hill repeats, Dogwalk, Yoga (50 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (45 min), Easy Hiking at Olana, Yoga (10 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Very Short Dogwalk, 6.5 mile LSD, Yoga (40 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (35 min), Filmed Yoga Vidoe (50 minutes), 3 TM miles Intervals, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga course (75 min)

Running Mileage: 12.5 (+.5)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Can you see the raindrops?

Monday Intention: easy run
It was supposed to be rainy, so I’d planned out my week to run Tuesday. I also planned out my week to visit my mom on Wednesday, and then remembered she plays bridge on Wednesday. So I ran two days in a row so that I could visit her on Tuesday instead (Thursday and Friday were supposed to be rainy again).

I’m surprised we don’t see more of this sort of thing

I did long/short hill repeats. Up the long hill, down and over to the shorter hill, down the short hill, back to the long hill — 3 times. Oddly enough this run actually felt fine. Strong. Maybe because of the cool (50ish), lightly rainy weather.

Don’t ask me why I headed down this knowing I’d have to go back up it!

Wednesday Intention: go the distance, don’t push too hard
Between last week and this week, I’ve crammed in a lot of activity with not as much rest as I probably need. It was a beautiful day, but warm. Mr. Judy was away, so I had to make sure Bandit got a short walk before I left to do my long run. Had I known Thursday wouldn’t be as rainy as forecast . . . 

This run started out strong, I was dressed correctly, but I got out too late and after a few cool days the warmer temps really wore me down. I reached for a few tricks, but they didn’t really help. At the end of mile 5 there was a loooong walk break. I did tack on an extra half mile, but I’m not sure that made up for that walk break!

Well, it was definitely more time on my feet. Coming up on the weekend I had a course both days, so I wanted to try and get a long run in before that. Which is how I ended up running more days bunched together than I have in a while!

At least it was gone by midday

Friday Intention: a little speed
With snow on the ground a treadmill run was a no brainer. I’m not really sure why I chose an interval run, it was a somewhat intense week, but it went okay. It was a slight miracle that the mill and my Garmin just about agreed on the mileage — so weird, usually the Garmin is way off (faster) than the mill.

There are people much better at landscaping than us! And I get to enjoy it.

Favorites of the week
All the signs of Spring, even if it was cool and cloudy, even if we did have some snow on Friday and spotty cold rain on the weekend. This is why I prefer Spring to Fall — it’s pretty, the days are getting longer, not shorter, and it just feels so hopeful — as long as you don’t watch the news.

Spring is s great time to visit Olana! April flowers!

Those signs were amply on display at Olana this week! It was chilly when I got there, but the clouds began to break up and eventually it was really pretty. I ate my lunch there and did a little sketching.

Bandit vegging out while I take a Yoga for athletes course

Seriously, Mr. Judy was gone most of the day yesterday, and I had 3 hours straight in the morning and Bandit laid there without moving (much). I left the door open so he could go out, but he never got off the chaise. I was freezing! It was colder than forecast.

Today I have the second half, but we’re supposed to do some Yoga this morning, Mr. Judy is home, and I suspect Bandit might not hang out with me but we’ll see.

Did Winter come back to visit this week? 

Are you training for something? If yes, how’s that training going?

GWY Root Chakra

ICYMI: A lovely stretch for your lower body, ending with several restorative poses. I’ll be explaining more about the Root Chakra, posing a lot of questions, and suggest that you journal after this practice. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: My pre long run/LSD routine. Friday I’m . . . not sure yet!

Spring is Starting to Pop!: 4/5 – 11 WRD

This time I started this post yesterday. The week sort of got away from me — it was busy though! I also suffered from laryngitis this week, so I had to cram my most of my fitness into the last few days. I don’t really remember what happened on what day until the last couple of days.

The leaves are coming in, the trees are beginning to bloom, the weather was seasonably appropriate, and Bandit finally got a bath — Spring has sprung!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running easy.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (45 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 min), Short hike/Dogwalks
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), short warmup hike, 6 mile LSD, Yoga (45 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga video (35 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (45 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga later

Running Mileage: 12 (-1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Beautiful day! Beautiful daffodils!

Wednesday Intention: easy run
I almost ran Tuesday because while I couldn’t talk, I felt better, and it was a beautiful day. Felt like it might still be better to rest, so Wednesday it was. An easy run in the neighborhood. The only thing memorable was seeing a dog off leash (we’d seen him off leash a few days before that). The owner was waiting for him to come to him, basically — he didn’t seem terribly concerned.

Chasing a dog never works, but he lives on a busy corner where people often speed around the curve.

A bike trail warmup for my run — this one looks muddy in the beginning, but really wasn’t

Friday Intention: go the distance
It was another beautiful day, but I relaxed in the morning and got out too late and chose the wrong top. This wasn’t an easy run by any means. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to do my warm up hike. The first entrance was a lake, but the second one wasn’t muddy — I won’t be running at this path too much longer because it gets so buggy in the Summer. Too bad because I enjoy my warmup hikes, even though there’s nothing really that great about the scenery there.

A few interesting sights on the run. The daffodils basically in the brush at the end of someone’s property along the path was definitely a surprise!

This photo was taken yesterday, when it was sunny. Today’s cloudy. But the forsythia are sunny!

Sunday Intention: enjoy the Spring weather
Ugh, I waited too long to get out there today, and it was really humid. At least I hit the outfit right! The first mile was a nice pace, but it was downhill from there between the ups and downs of the route I chose.

I started to skip some of my walk breaks to work on endurance.

Dionondahowa Falls; photo credit Mr. Judy (except the one of Mr. Judy)

Favorites of the week
We really had a pretty glorious week weather-wise. The Daffodils and Forsythia are blooming, always a sure sign of Spring. No snow. We took advantage of the weather and took a drive up to Schuylerville to do a short hike to a waterfalls, and then over to the Schuyler House to walk around some more. We ate lunch outside at a restaurant. It’s been 5 months! I needed that!

On Monday I woke up with a sore throat. I’d spent a lot of time sitting outside the day before. An allergy? I didn’t feel too bad, although I was really tired that day. I felt better on Tuesday, but could only croak (barely).

I’ve spent a lot of time outside the rest of the week, but by Saturday I could talk again. Weird!

We also grilled outside (which Mr. Judy has been doing for a while now) and ate outside. No need for the patio heater! And obviously I filmed this week’s video on the Yoga platform. I still love that so much!

Vegan zoodle bowl

Plus ordered some food for pickup today. I just haven’t been into cooking lately, although I’m trying to get back at it — but I wanted something healthy.

Finally it occurred to me to look into whether or not Forsythia are dog-friendly. They are! Cat friendly, too. We are constantly trying to get things into the backyard that aren’t toxic for Bandit. Why it took me twelve years to think of this, I don’t know, but now I’m hoping to look forward to Forsythia front and back next year.

What are you looking forward to in Spring? 

Has it been warm enough to enjoy outdoor dining? Have you?

What’s blooming around you?

GWY Throat Chakra Yin

ICYMI: I decided to create a Yin Yoga video devoted to the throat chakra, for obvious reasons. This practice will also help you release tension in your neck, throat, shoulders, and arms. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: My biggest takeaway from my Mobility course. Friday I’m sharing more takeaways from that mobility course. It’s mobility week!

Waterfall Chasing: 3/29 – 4/4 WRD

One of the benefits of rain/snowmelt is the waterfalls are quite full. There is definitely something about a waterfall that has always entranced me!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running post vaccine.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), 3 easy miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk/Short hikes/walks
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), 4ish TM (Endurance + Tread Bootcamp), Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (50 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), 6 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (45 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), PB Cardio Toning?, Dogwalk

Running Mileage: 13 (+3)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Hello sunshine (in flower form)

Tuesday Intention: easy run
It was a positive splits kinda day. The first mile was brisk — both weather and pace-wise, but after that I began to tire and got slower and slower. It was also pretty windy. I think? I didn’t start this post until Thursday. Oops!

Thursday Intention: endurance, speed, strength
I know that if I want to put in extra miles I have to do it before the Peloton Tread Bootcamp, so I did a short endurance run first. The Bootcamp had sprint intervals. All told an hour of hard work. Normally I’d do a bike cool down, but it was lunch time!

What a great idea!

Saturday Intention: enjoy nature
Ultimately I was glad that Mr. Judy had something today so I got my run done yesterday — it was a beautiful (but cold) sunny day! I did trail miles, and I ended up at a dam I didn’t even know was there, because I hadn’t gone that far on that trail before. The last 2 miles were a bit of a struggle. Definitely notice a slight hit to my endurance with that first vaccine, even a little over a week later.

I might have seen an eagle (so many birders come to these trails), but hard to say. I saw a very large bird flying, and I don’t think it was a hawk or crow. They had this really cool exhibit with pages from a children’s book on trees, so a nature walk where the kiddos could read a book page by page. I thought that was so clever!

Nice having these so close to home!

Favorites of the week
I spent multiple days trying to get close to Cohoes Falls, which is a large waterfall quite close to me. Didn’t happen — yes, I saw it, but from a distance (closer park doesn’t open until May).

Imagine my surprise to find this on my run yesterday!

I did discover the dam I didn’t know existed on my long run, though. Next week looks like we’ll have decent weather so I’m hoping to get Mr. Judy & Bandit on a short waterfall hike again.

They were not happy I invaded their space this time 🤣

In one of our unsuccessful waterfall hunts, we did come across this pleasant little park. Wish I had that right in my neighborhood! More geese, you’ll notice, but no interactions (unless you count Bandit trying to eat their poop, of course).

It did stick around overnight but quickly melted

Not a favorite? The April Fool’s snow! That happens pretty regularly in these parts, though, and was gone as quickly as it came.


I think we need more; don’t you?

Last but certainly not least, the bulbs emerging!

Have you discovered new things in your area recently? 

Has Winter made an unwelcome return? 

If you celebrate Easter, a very happy (and safe) Easter to you!

GWY Immune Boost + Breast Health

ICYMI: If you’re going to be vaccinated or just were vaccinated, you may enjoy this gentle, immune boosting practice, which is also great for breast health. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I share why I love Spring running. Friday I’m sharing some great Essential Oils for runners.

Sighting Spring: 3/15 – 21 WRD

Spring is slowly unfurling, bit by little bit. No we don’t have flowers yet or leaves on the trees, but we can see they’re coming and that’s always such a hopeful sign. What will you plant this Spring? Literally? Spiritually?

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy with 4 20 sec hill repeats, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Short hike/Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 2.5ish TM miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Led Yoga (30 min), PB Cardio/ST (25 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 6 mile LSD, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 11.5 (+.50)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

First bulb sightings!

Tuesday Intention: tackle some hills — easy (seems to be my mantra lately)
It was cold. Like December cold. Mid 20s anyone? And gray. But not windy! It actually wasn’t my intention to do hill repeats when I left, but I decided I would give it a try. I was working on a video which took far longer than anticipated, so I got out much later than planned (and still so cold). That first mile was speedier than I’ve been in a while, although the hill repeats naturally slowed me down.

A strong run, though; I’ll take it!

Thursday Intention: get in a short one
Lots of things to work on today. Got out before the cold rain started (for the rest of the day) to walk Bandit. I’ve been waking up later this week due to the time change and getting up in the wee hours, then finally falling back asleep. I knew I wouldn’t be able to have breakfast & get out there before the rain & I was right.

Did a 10 minute warmup run followed by a 20 min Peloton recovery run. Fell a bit short of the usual 3 miles I’d run midweek but that’s all I had time for this day. Something is always better than nothing!

Oh what a beautiful morning! Can you see my geese friends?

Sunday Intention: go the extra mile
For the first time in forever (do you watch the Holdernesses on YouTube? I don’t, but Mr. Judy does, and therefore I often see their videos; they are cute) I was actually looking forward to a run. It promised to be a lovely morning with little wind, and it was.

Which isn’t to say this was an easy run, oh no! I again chose a route with a lot of hills. I took my time, I walked extra when I felt the need, and I soaked up some Vitamin D. Plus I ran 6 miles, which is the longest I’ve run this year.

Thanks, Nuun!

Favorites of the week
I can’t say I’ve been a good Ambassador for anything lately, but I was happy to see my new Nuun Immunity samples arrive. Stay tuned!

And thanks, Honeystinger!

I also got a surprise from Honeystinger!

Up & down the hills, through the mud & a little ice & snow

We took a short, steep, muddy, even icy in a few spots, hike this week too. Mr. Judy and Bandit were troopers. 

What signs of Spring are you seeing?

Does Spring make you feel hopeful? 

How did you celebrate the Spring Equinox? 

GWY Balance 3

ICYMI: We’re on week 3 of my Better Balance + Strong Core Challenge! You’ll find the video here. This week I also did a bonus Facebook Live mini balance + core workout I could definitely feel the next day; I also led kneeling sun salutes in the group yesterday. You can join here. But wait, there’s more! A meditation to help you spring into balance here (aka think about what you want this Spring). A kind friend informed me that my Happy Feet video had no audio; you can view it with instructions now here.

Coming up on Tuesday: 5 ways to prep for Spring Running. Friday I’m getting a few things off my chest at Marcia’s runfessional here.

Celebrating the Good Times: 3/8 – 14 WRD

Every little bit of sunshine, every Robin sighting, makes Spring feel just that little bit closer. We had very windy — but also warmer — weather this week. We had to try to soak up as much sun as possible this week since it got cold and windy by the weekend — but still sunny! I even got to film a video outside on the deck!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga (35 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 min), walk/hike at Olana
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), 5 miles “easy”, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 11 (+1.50)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Still some snow hanging in there!

Tuesday Intention: easy — enjoy the sunshine & warmer temps!
I was actually a little overdressed for this run. It wasn’t that warm, 40 and windy, but compared to last week it felt great even if I was battling wind most of the run. Although the easy miles didn’t feel easy, my V02 Max nudged up again. So the cardio comeback is complete. I saw a cardinal on my cool down walk at the end — I almost thought it was a robin!

Post run but water always makes me happy

Friday Intention: keep it easy
I like to take a rest day after going to visit my mom — and a crazy busy week — but I couldn’t pass up the chance to run on a semi-warm day when the sun was shining (but the wind was blowing). My least three longish runs have been the same distance, completed in the same time, but I swear each one has felt harder. The wind didn’t help, and the path I chose is somewhat hilly. 

We had sighted our first Robins at Olana the day before, which is south of here, but I saw a Robin on this run, too. I also saw 5 deer running across a fairly major road that’s not far from the airport — that was a huge surprise! I’ve never seen deer there at all.

Happiness is snow & ice free streets & lawns!

Sunday Intention: focus on feeling powerful
I wasn’t tackling major hills — or major wind (although it was windy) today, but there are plenty of little inclines in my neighborhood (plenty of hills, too, but today was not the day for that). I focused on flowing up those inclines. Now robins are everywhere. The next thing to look out for are Spring bulbs; Mr. Judy planted some in the Fall.

Celebrating a day late

Favorites of the week
We could have gone to visit my mom on her actual birthday, but the weather was warmer the next day so we agreed that was the better day to visit. Bandit is not allowed inside, so we had to meet outside. Feeling blessed that it was a nice enough day that we could do that. Yes, my mom has been vaccinated — but I haven’t been.

It was a chilly morning but we enjoyed our al fresco brunch before heading to mom’s

We had made our usual stop at Olana for a bathroom break and brunch outside. Usually I go by myself, but since it was my mom’s birthday, I thought it would be nice if Mr. Judy came too. Which meant Bandit had to come. Which meant meeting outside.

St. Patrick Day’s Cactus?

Speaking if hanging in, here is my St. Patrick’s Day cactus, as I’m now calling it. I had buds around my birthday, but apparently I didn’t water it enough and they dried up and fell off. I’m guessing these will be my last blooms, but only time will tell.

What are you focusing on these days?

Snow all gone or hanging in there? Ours is gone! Finally! Makes running a lot easier.

Did you race this weekend? 

GWY Balance 2

ICYMI: We’re on week 2 of my Better Balance + Strong Core Challenge! You’ll find the video here. This week I also did one bonus Facebook Live core workout in the Facebook group; you can join here.

Coming up on Tuesday: What if you could download that perfect blog post you wrote in your head on the run? Friday I’m going to help you turn some of those common negative thoughts on the run into positive mantras.

Marching in: 3/1 – 7 WRD

I’d like to say that Spring is marching in, but it sure seemed much more like Winter this week. A few dustings of snow, frigid temps with howling winds. Our hawks came back to roost, though, so surely Spring is on its way? I could have also titled this Breaking Away (remember that movie?), since I finally got to run a little outside my neighborhood today.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), PB Cardio Abs (12 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (15 min), 1.5 TM Bootcamp, SB 3.86 mile (15 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Abs (15 min), Filmed Yoga Video (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), Rest Day — ST was planned, but I was super tired & passed
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min) — another rest day while the wind howled
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 5 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 9.50 (-1.25)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Tuesday Intention: a little speed, some strength, cut back
I wanted to finally try a Peloton Tread Bootcamp, and I chose a 45 minute Classic Rock Bootcamp. It was a good class; although I had intentions of doing a cool down run because I ran even less than I thought I would — well, that was before I did the class. Note to self: if you want more miles, do a warmup run. I did follow it with a stationary bike cool down, though.

I thought about a 60 minute bootcamp — probably would have gotten me the mileage I wanted — but I’ve been a bit tired (and busy) the last couple of weeks so I was trying to take it a little easier. Insert evil laugh there!

A lot of snow has melted, but Winter temps have been hanging on

Thursday Intention: Take it Easy!
I was feeling a little off this week. Tuesday’s workout was a bit intense, plus there were various minor frustrations yesterday. It was gray, cold, and windy. It was also a very consistent run, and while I won’t say it felt great — the pace was a bit faster than it’s been in a while.

Both photos from our lawn. I expect this to be gone by the end of next week!

Sunday Intention: go the distance
Just 5 miles. Don’t let the sun fool you — it was cold, but not as cold as Saturday! I walked out and thought I was overdressed, but then the wind kicked up — nope, it was just right for me. the first three miles passed fairly “quickly”, that last mile was a bit of a struggle.

Favorites of the week
I had to ask Alexa if hawks go south for the Winter. Yup, indeed. I noticed that they hadn’t been around, but I also noticed them flying around and then coming to to rest on “their” trees opposite from our house (where we saw what I’m calling a young eagle last week). I look forward to watching them ride the thermals in the Summer. Sorry no photos.

It was a busy week, but nothing terribly exciting happened and I barely took any photos . Actually, I did finally get my new Yoga props, but I never took any photos of them. Oops!

Training or just running?

Snow all gone or hanging in there? Ours is mostly gone (for now) although it’s been so cold & we’ve had some flurries so there’s still some hanging on.

Did you race this weekend? 

GWY Balance 1

ICYMI: It’s the first video in my Better Balance + Core Challenge! You’ll find the video here. This week I also did two bonus Facebook Lives — one core, one for the back in the Facebook group; you can join here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Some historic moments in women’s running for Women’s History Month. Friday I’m sharing what I did to heal my Achilles Tendonitis. Of course I am not a medical professional and don’t really know which — or if all — of the things I did worked.

Warmer days are ahead!: 2/22 – 28 WRD

Wednesday had a high of 50F! Perfect running weather. I went to visit my mom; I got to enjoy the warmer weather on my hike there, but there was no time to run. I notice how much more birdsong there is these days, and the days staying light longer. Spring takes a long time to come up here, but every little sign of it is encouraging.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), PB ST (15 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 2.75 TM, SB 4.45 mile (15 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), 2 mile hike Olana, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), 5 mile LSD, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), PB ST (10 min), 13ish miles SB while taking the mobiliy course
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 10.75 (+1.25)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Update

Tuesday Intention: go the distance
I gave serious consideration to skipping this run altogether. I woke up feeling tired. I was going to run outside — maybe I could have — but we’d had a bit of snow overnight, running in the afternoon when it would be clearer wasn’t an option, and quite frankly even though it was a warmer day, I wasn’t feeling it. I decided to run on the treadmill — an endurance run (steady pace) — and just keep the pace conservative. I survived.

Even after some warmer weather—still a ways to go. With rain in the forecast for this weekend we should see less & less of the white stuff.

Friday Intention: increase distance, keep pace easy
Mission accomplished! 5 miles that felt surprisingly good. Mostly consistent and the last mile was the fastest. I only look at my watch to see when miles are coming up; I drink some water each mile. So I have no idea how fast I’m running most of the time. No side stitches!

Our side of the street doesn’t get a lot of sun. I’m be other side you see grass!

Sunday Intention: take it easy, enjoy those warmer temps
It was almost 40F by the time I finished my run. No wind; sadly no sun either. A relatively easy 3 miles, meeting my intention.

Forgot about the photo until they were almost gone! They taste much better than they look in this photo.

Favorites of the week
I took some of my starter out of the fridge to reactivate, with the intention of making more bread. It was a busy week and I knew I just didn’t have the time to make bread — Friday I had my long-ish run, and Saturday I had an online class all day. So I decided to make some more pancakes. Apparently you can never have too many pancakes. They seemed to fuel 5 miles quite well.

Learned a lot about mobility & self myofascial release yesterday. It will make its way to the blog eventually.

I will definitely be changing up some of my foam rolling with what I learned in yesterday’s class. I’ll share a lot of what I learned, but it’s going to take a little time to digest all that information. The vibrating ball (in front) might just be my new bestie.

Bandit kept me company for almost the whole class (roughly 6 hours).

Over tea next Friday I  talk about Bandit & snuggling. I’ve noticed a decline since it’s been warming up, but he hung out with me during my class almost the entire time. Hard work, but a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do.

What are the little Spring approaching signs you’ve noticed?

Spring racing plans? Nothing for me, not yet anyway.

Have you tried a vibrating massage tool/foam roller? Yes, they make vibrating foam rollers. That might be next on my list.GWY Manifest Your Dream Meditation

ICYMI: A short, moving mediation. This will help you push away the fear and bring in the things you want in your life. You’ll find the video here. On the other blog I explain Oracle cards, how to use them, and a few options to consider here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Thoughts on the run — outside and inside. Friday I’m grabbing some hot chocolate and getting together with you virtually to share what’s going on in my life — and I promise to listen to what’s going on in yours, too.