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!


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.

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.


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!