Bad news & we’re off!: 7/5 – 7/11 WRD

Off to the Adirondacks. Adventure awaits!

I wrote the above & most of the rest of the post before I got the news on Friday; my Mom fell and broke her hip. We left on Saturday, since it was unlikely that anything was going to happen that quickly — and if it does, we’re not that far away and come home. Prayers, healing vibes, whatever you got appreciated.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running through more cutting back this week — just time, mainly. I don’t think we’ll do a ton of hiking, but we should do some while we’re gone.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (15 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min), PM Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 2 mile recovery run, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Swim (10 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 minutes), 2 miles easy, Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), 4 TM miles mixed
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalks a short hike or two
  • Sunday: Yoga (40 min), Headed down to my sisters & the hospital

Running Mileage: 11 (-.5)

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

Running Update

Am I the morning only one who thinks these things on the grass are creepy?

Monday Intention: time on feet
It was a lovely morning but somehow I wasn’t really feeling this run even keeping it really easy. My Garmin seemed to think it was okay though.

More Fourth decorations

Tuesday Intention: keep it REALLY easy
I sure did, too. It was soupy. I had checked the radar before my run, and it looked like we’d be dry for a few hours so the plan was to come back & walk with Mr. Judy & Bandit. Except as I was walking towards home it started to thunder. Luckily I didn’t get caught in a thunderstorm, it only lasted a short amount of time, and we walked Bandit when it finished.

In summer there’s usually not so much to photograph. The raindrops on these flowers caught my eye.

Thursday Intention: add some miles
It was supposed to rain and have possibility of thunderstorms all day long. I woke up to no rain, so I decided I would just try to get 2 miles in so that I could be near to home again (in case). The radar showed it would be clear for a couple of hours. I got rained on , of course (also when I walked Bandit after my run), but not for long. I had hoped to do my long run today, and I could have — if I hadn’t been fooled by the weather app.

Apparently we had a pretty good thunderstorm the night before — I’ve been super busy all week long and I slept right through it. I’m usually a really light sleeper!

New Mizuno Wave Horizon 4. Finally ran on the treadmill so was finally able to try them out— they were a Prime Day deal. I’ve run on Mixunos before, but let’s just say it’s a good thing these were a deal I’ll need a few more runs before I really make up my mind about them but I at l least know I’ll keep them now.

Friday Intention: and just a little longer
Radar said rain almost all day. Would you believe not a drop til almost dinner time? Sigh. Well, I did have these new shoes to test out. I did a 10 min WU and then a 45 min run, which was a mix of steady state and surges. 

Severence Moutain overlooking Schroon Lake. Had it mostly to ourselves! Photo courtesy Lloyd Litt

Favorites of the week
We are in the Adirondacks as you read this. Hopefully the weather cooperates. Hopefully the traffic isn’t too bad. Hopefully the three of us enjoy this short break! What  actually happened is we packed up the car, had lunch, hiked. On top of the mountain I facetimed with my sister (who recently got an iphone) & my mom, and the doctor happened to come in during. Long story short surgery might happen today. We headed back home and I’m off to the hospital (about a 90 minute drive, actually a stop at my sister to drop off my stuff first).

Met up for a very brief swim (more talk than swim) and a little bit of poolside Yoga midweek. Very thankful that my friend is gracious with her community pool!

We have “booked” our next slightly longer vacation (still less than  week). We have been planning to visit with friends in ME for months, but we made it official and nailed down some dates in August. I have a 2 day course right before we leave. It’s gonna be busy!

How are you staying cool this Summer? 

What’s your favorite way to cross train? Yup, I do love to swim, but it’s harder to find places close to me to swim at since the community center I used to go to closed. Now it’s a sports complex and cost way more $$.

Any vacations coming up?

GWY Cooling Hatha Yoga

ICYMI: A gentle Hatha Yoga that will both heat you up and cool you down — while stretching everywhere a runner needs to stretch.  Check it out here. I also explain a bit more about Prana here. You might be surprised at my definition of Prana!

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m busting a few running myths. On Friday you can see ways sugar might be sneaking into your eating.

What the doctor ordered: 6/19- 25 Weekly Wrap

No, I am not sick (knock on wood). But it was another nice, uneventful week and I continue to ease back into a more normal routine. A swim, some runs, a little strength training, a little Pilates, and even a hike.

Because I haven’t been doing much strength training and also working on reigning in my appetite since I’m not running as much, I’ve definitely been feeling rather fluffy. Time to start eating better (working on it) and get more active (working on that, too).

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to share how I stay active (and whoever might be our guest host this week so our lovely hosts can get out there and enjoy their summer, too).


Workouts update

  • Monday: Travel day with a detour overnight in Chicago
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Core, 4 miles easy
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Bridges, Swim
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pilates Arms, Thighs & Abs
  • Saturday: 6 mile LSD, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Hike: Kipp Mountain

Mileage: 14 (+8)

JY = Jasyoga
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 updates 

Lots of calves out


I kind of felt bad going to the park to run without Bandit — 4 miles, especially since we haven’t run in a while is too much — and it’s too warm to leave him in the car.

I have a 4 mile race in two weeks, so I threw in some tree farleks (run fast to the next tree, jog to the next, repeat until you run out of trees) in the first and third miles.

Very gray but dry


I decided to push my “easy” pace again. Even though it was high 70s and a bit muggy (nothing to you Southern runners, I know). And that worked just fine. Until mile 4. I just ran out of energy and willpower. It was nice negative splits up until then.

It also started to get buggy after a few miles. I think I can deal with the humidity better than the bugs! I’d brought along a snack to eat looking out over the river after the run and was afraid the bugs would chase me away, but oddly after I was done it wasn’t so bad.

I enjoyed an AB&J and cherries after the run. Then came home and devoured a banana covered in nut butter.

Those are falls back there


This was a great run, despite being poured on for the majority of the 6 miles. I think part of it was that I ran with a friend for a third of it (I was going a bit further so we parted at her halfway point). Part of it was actually being DFL within our small group, which allowed me to just explore on my own and get off the beaten path . . . literally . . . and onto some trails.

Gotta do it once in a while

Favorites of the week
As I said, another quiet week. I needed that! But I did want to show that I still take my heels out every once in a while. Love the wedges above, but I have to walk slowly in them so that I don’t twist an ankle! We wouldn’t want that.

I know it doesn’t look like much; trust me!

My newest yogurt bowl craze: mix greek yogurt with PB2 and crumbled protein balls (you can find many recipes on my protein ball board on Pinterest here). So, so good. So filling! I use a ratio of about 2 ounces of yogurt to 2 tbsp of PB2 — more yogurt, and you loose the peanut butter flavor. Of course you can also use real peanut butter, too.

After drooling over Darlene @ Myfirst5kandmore’s photos from her Chestertown challenge hikes last year, I decided we had to check it out today because the weather was just perfect for it — except for the slight change of rain, which luckily did not happen while we were out — we did Kipp Mountain.

We all made it

It wasn’t easy to get Mr. Judy to agree, but he did and decided he would drive. Because the open moon roof works magic on Lola (she tends to have a meltdown in the car after about 45 minutes but she did great today). The dogs loved the hike, even though in parts it was quite steep and they had to scramble over several tree limbs across the path.

What a view!

The hike itself wasn’t terribly scenic, but the payoff at the end sure was!

And that’s a wrap 


This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Ever hiked with your little dogs? 

How far would you drive for a short hike? 

How is your training/running/exercise going?