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.