The Cookie Monster . . .: Runfessions December 2019

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. . . and #allthechocolate too! Actually, I haven’t done too badly with holiday eating. Yet. Why does all the sugar, carb laden food have to come out just when I’m at my weakest due to the cold and almost nonexistent sunshine? I runfess I’m actually glad I don’t have to attend #alltheholidayparties.

One thing does not look like the other. At least it was a left & right shoe — and I realized my mistake before I laced up.

I runfess . . .
It’s no secret that I am often misplacing things: my carkeys, my phone, my running clothes. The phone is a constant struggle for me because I’m not a power user when it comes to my phone. I’ve been pretty good with the keys since I’ve had a long stretch at home, although I’ll probably be on the road a lot again with my Dad in a nursing home.

Last week I couldn’t find the leggings I wanted to wear for a very cold long run. Anywhere. They’re thick, they’re fleece lined, I knew they were here somewhere . . . it was driving me crazy.

I did eventually remember where I’d put them, and yup, surprise! There they were. Not sure they were the right choice, even with the fleece my butt was frozen!

I runfess . . .
One morning in the beginning of December I woke up expecting rain to start soon — but it was going to hold off a few hours. I managed to hit the road by 7:30; the fact that it was a little warmer made it easier to motivate myself outside. I wasn’t expecting to run outside that day, though, and I swear those miles felt loooong.

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Breakfast of Champions

I runfess . . .
I fueled that unexpected run with the last two leftover cookies from our holiday party after Last Run (read about that race here). Hey, they didn’t have any flour, they had oats, they had nuts. Okay, they also had a whole lot of chocolate . . .

I runfess . . .
I further runfess that after that run, after walking the dogs immediately post run (one of my favorite ways to cool down), after eating my planned protein bar and feeding the dogs . . . I proceeded to chow down on a few Len & Larry’s protein cookies (the small ones, not the humongous ones).

#thestruggleisreal when it comes to the Cookie Monster in Winter

I runfess . . .
I also grabbed a few Little Secrets chocolate peanut butter candies before my run on Wednesday of the same week. After eating a  sensible breakfast, of course. These are like PB M&Ms, but with natural food coloring and less sugar. Which doesn’t mean no sugar. I took far less than a serving, but still. I blame the short December days!

Is healthy eating getting away from you this holiday season? 

Have the miles felt super long to you lately?

What was the last running item you misplaced?

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

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It’s getting hot in here: Spilling over tea/coffee July 2019

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Summer continues its a-little-too-enthusiastic grip on us, but that didn’t stop me from racing this July 4! It might have if it wasn’t for my running friends, though, I runfess (wait — wrong linkup!).

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date — I have lots to share: the weather is always a good topic amongst runners, what to do with leftover cookies, looking at the world through rain colored glasses.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I tend to be a glass half full gal. Yes, I can get as down as the next person about all the rain. And there has been plenty of it. In between the rainy days, though, there have been some beautiful ones. Those are the ones I hold onto.

Always hot & we stay in the AC as long as possible!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell that Firecracker 4 seems to be a good barometer for global warming (or so it seems anyway). It’s always hot, but it seems to be getting hotter and hotter every year.

Cookies be gone!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I finally had an aha moment with those cookies I runfessed about last week (read it here) and realized that Mr. Judy could take them to his next target shooting match. I’m sure they’ll all appreciate it, and my hips and thighs will thank me!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that it seems like we jam all the fun things into summer, which is rather short in these parts (especially this year!). It’s so hard to motivate yourself to get out as much in Winter (which is long) when it seems like it’s perpetually dark and definitely cold. Gotta make hay while the sun shines, right?

Can’t sleep in in summer with these two to walk!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you it’s harder to juggle the dogwalks with the running in summer. Lola, who is 13, is not very heat tolerant anymore so she needs early walks. Of course, I’m not all that heat tolerant either, so it’s hard to get them out and also get myself out at a decent hour for my run!

If you celebrated, how’d your 4th go?

Fun fourth of July races?

Has there been an unusual amount of rain where you live? 

I am also linking up with the  Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales & Fitness.

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5 Everyday Things . . .

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. . . and their uses for running

I love to try stuff. Follow this blog for any length of time, and you’ll quickly learn that. But sometimes you need a low tech solution to runner problems, and over the years, I’ve found a few.

 

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Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy and sharing with you some of my alternative uses for every day things you might find in your home.

Packit Bag
The Packit Bag has sides inside that are essentially ice packs. You put it in the freezer, and then you pack it with your cold stuff and it will stay cold for hours. I often double bag it into another insulated bag, too.

I will put a small water bottle filled with cold water into it before my run, then stash that into my mailbox. That way when I either drop off or pick up Bandit, I can refill my water bottle with lovely cold water. No ice cubes or freezing the water bottle.  And I only have to carry one water bottle with me at a time.

Lip Balm
I actually now have a little lip-balm sized tube of anti chafing cream. But I’ve read that lip balm can actually be used for for that, and it’s small and relatively easy to carry.

Just in case you get that burning feeling on the run.

Looks dorky but it works!

A Shoelace
My hydration pack doesn’t stay on one shoulder — it’s a known problem (although wasn’t known to me when I bought it) for us smaller boned gals with this pack. I can run that way, but it’s annoying. Not a problem during hiking, by the way!

So my very low tech solution was to tie a shoelace from one shoulder to the other. It worked during Utah Valley Half Marathon! It looks dorky, but it works. I love the pack and didn’t pay big $$ for it, so I’m willing to look dorky.

Socks
They can replace gloves, in a pinch. And of course, there’s always the DIY arm warmers (see this post here).

I know, I know, it’s summer, and arm warmers are the last things on our minds. But before you know it . . .

Cookies
I use cookies as fuel for my long runs — my long runs are not too long (yet), so I haven’t been eating anything on the run (yet). They’re beginning to inch up towards where I need to have some fuel with me, though.

I make my own, as I’ve written about here. I know some runners like fig bars (cut them into small pieces).

So let me know in the comments:

Have you ever tried cookies on the run?

What low tech solutions to running problems have you come up with?

What goes around . . .: 2/28-3/5 Weekly Wrap

. . . Comes around

I’ll get to the title in the Favorites of the Week.

Nothing super exciting about this week, again, other than the fact that I survived the workouts Rachel @ Runningonhappy cooked up for me and had a real confidence building long run.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin so we can all get together and inspire one another to be active and fit. Let’s do this thing!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, Pahla B ST
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 6 miles (4 @ tempo), Dogwalk, JY Post run hip reset
  • Wednesday: JY High Mileage Reset, Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, Pahla B ST
  • Friday: 5 TM miles speedwork, Dogwalk, JY Hip & foot reset
  • Saturday: DM Yoga Flow, JY Neck & calf reset
  • Sunday: 11 Mile LSD, JY

Mileage: 27 (+1.5)

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 

 

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What a difference a week makes! No snow

Tuesday


What a difference a week makes! The bike path was completely clear — it’s been a long time since I could actually head out for a whole 3 miles on it (and 3 miles back).

This tempo run didn’t feel any easier than last week’s, and yet somehow I managed to take 2 minutes off of it. Actually, I know how: my warmup and cooldown were about a minute faster — and all my tempo miles were actually at the right pace.

These runs are seriously hard for me. They’d be so slow for most of my friends. Just sayin’.

I guess my phone doesn’t focus well with the self timer


Wednesday


I had every intention of taking a day off running today. The runs are getting longer and harder, and I didn’t want to run three days back to back this week.

Except: insanely windy and almost 60, or insanely windy and in the 30s? What’s a runner to do?

Skirt up and take her dog out for 2 easy miles, then drop him off and finish with another 2 easy miles. I’ll take Thursday off to rest up for my speedwork on Friday.

Friday


More wind and cold. With a lot to do. I retreated to my treadmill, even though it was a beautiful (if cold) sunny day. Mostly for the time savings.

This was kind of a scary run for me — 4 x 800 @ 5 minutes (so a 10mm pace) with 200m recovery. I suppose I could say the treadmill made it easier to actually do it at the assigned paces (although “easy” is relative — it wasn’t easy for me!).

I took advantage of the treadmill run to wear fleece lined tights for a little heat acclimation. Not sure it will help at all, really, but I did it. And I spared you a photo. You’re welcome.

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SALE20 gets you an extra 20% off sale items at Skirtsports untile 3/12

Sunday


If last week’s long run was good, this one was great! Definitely not because of the weather: teens + windy = feels like negative numbers. But it was sunny! Sun makes such a difference. And I have the right cold weather gear.

Unfortunately the downtown reversible skirt from Skirtsports doesn’t really work for a curvy woman — I spent the first 7 miles tugging this skirt down. I have better luck with the toasty cheeks skirt — it can ride up a little, but I’ve done long runs with it and it didn’t really bother me.

I stopped after 7 miles to refill a water bottle, and I ditched the skirt. It did do its job, though — it kept my butt warm those first few frosty miles.

This was my unicorn run. It started when I woke up, put my feet on the floor, took my first few steps . . . and realized that my feet felt normal. And my lower back, which I managed to strain doing the same workout I’d done a few days before, felt good too.

And the run felt . . . almost easy. Some of it felt easy. I ran it faster than my prescribed pace for long runs — by like more than 30 seconds. I wasn’t trying to. I slowed down deliberately at times.  I felt strong the whole run, and I felt like I could definitely run a half at that pace — which may just be my fastest 11 mile long run on my own ever. I even ran my fastest mile my last mile. And I felt good afterwards!

Next week’s weather looks so nasty . . . mix of snow and rain, anyone? For 12 miles? I’m really hoping they’re wrong.

It’s easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.— Leonardo Da Vinci

The quote above just might refer to that dessert below . . .

Favorites of the week
Going back to my beginnings: running in Brooks (except my long runs in Newtons, and right now the plan is to run my half in my Newtons), and eating honeystinger chews on the run.

And the running was really good this week. Hard, but good. Could it be the honeystinger chews (not an affiliate link, but I am a Honeystinger ambassador)?

I haven’t ditched real fuel yet. I’m using a combination. My brownie bites went moldy before I refrigerated them (they have pureed butternut squash in them). I was so sad. But I’d made some Fig Crumble bars to try out . . . swoon (also from Rocket Fuel — Amazon Affiliate link). Kind of hard to keep them from falling apart — hello, crumble? But so good. And the chocolate chip cookies from Feedzone Portables (Amazon Affiliate link).

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Chocolate Hazelnut Torta

And then this happened a little while ago. Yes, there was some pasta first, but this was the main attraction and it was totally worth it. Unlike my birthday dessert, we did share this. Maybe a little unevenly.

And that’s a wrap 

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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:

Have you had a confidence building run recently? 

How do you shake off a bad run?

What dessert would you order if it were your last meal (and you knew it)?

Good day, sunshine!: 2/20-27 Weekly Wrap

Read the title anyway you wish: I’m thankful we got some sunshine and warm temps, or I’m sad that the sunshine (and warm temps) are gone just in time for my long run. Both are true!

Nothing super exciting about this week. Good runs, challenging runs, a run with Bandit. The snow finally melted, so that was very good. We’ll see how long it lasts, but for the next week or so, anyway, it looks like it’ll be rain, not snow.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin so we can all get together and inspire one another to be active and fit. Let’s do this thing!

WeeklyWrap

Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, Pahla B ST
  • Tuesday: 6 miles (4 @ tempo), Dogwalk, JY Post run hip reset
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, JY Align Your Stride, 5 miles easy
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4.5 miles (with 6 hill repeats)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B ST, JY Hip & foot reset
  • Saturday: DM Yoga Flow, JY Neck & calf reset
  • Sunday: 10 Mile LSD, maybe some yoga before bed

Mileage: 25.5 (+3.5)

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 

Snowman at the path

Tuesday


Another gray, windy, chilly run. Thankfully the bike path was clear . . . for about 1.5 miles. Although some black ice almost took me out at the very beginning, but thankfully I stayed upright.

I’ve been doing all my tempos on the treadmill due to weather, and while today wasn’t the greatest weather, it wasn’t terrible. Except now there were 4 miles @ tempo, instead of 3. I almost got up to pace that first mile, nailed it the second, was a bit slower the third, and nailed it the fourth and final mile. Of course my warmup & cooldown miles more than made up for those paces (by being slow, that is).

Unfortunately I really misjudged my turnaround (considering I had to loop about 3 times) and then had a long walk back to the car, into the wind, and of course the car was where my post run snacks were waiting for me and I was so hungry.

Wednesday


Finally! A decent day! It was warm, and by warm, this time I mean low 50s. Still, I got to wear capris and a windbreaker. The sun even came out — for a little bit. This run was so much better than Tuesday’s (the fact that it was an easy run had nothing to do with that, oh no, not at all).

As soon as Bandit saw I was getting ready to run he made it clear he wanted to come to. It’s been weeks (he doesn’t like to run in cold, wet, slushy conditions, I’ve discovered). I took him with me for 2 miles — we even managed to stay at the right pace — then dropped him off and finished up my 3 miles.

I tried to take a selfie of us when I dropped him off but they came out too blurry to share.

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Excuse my sweat . ..

Thursday


Finally! Yes! It was 66F when I headed out for my run. Oh no, it was 66F when I headed out for my run . . .

Well, the temps did make it hard, I won’t lie, but I’m not complaining because it was only that warm for 2 days this week. I couldn’t meet up with Darlene later due to some obligations and the fact that I also had hill repeats on the plan.

I pretty sure I didn’t run them as fast as I was supposed to, but I gave it the old college try. I gave serious consideration to just calling it a day at 4 miles while I was running, but I decided to go with 6 repeats (the plan had 8) and that left me just 3/4 of a mile from the prescribed 4.5.

Bandit didn’t seem real interested when I left so I didn’t go back for him — my original plan was to go back and run my cooldown with him.

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Enjoyed the park much more than SUNY

Sunday


Although I missed my chance to see Darlene before her half, and it was cold and insanely windy — and spitting snow at times — my solo run at the park surprisingly didn’t suck, considering a little extra stress the night before and a tiring week.

In fact, the first half seemed relatively easy, although we know it never feels that easy the whole way. Even the second half wasn’t too bad, although I felt just a tiny bit of knee tightness around mile 8 so I eased up on the pace.

Normally I will tape for a double digit run, but this is the second one that I haven’t taped for. The knee is feeling just fine now. Most likely I will tape for next week’s 11 miler.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

— John Ruskin

I’d could use a little less bracing & exhiliration in my life, thank you, John.

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My sister’s loss is my gain

Favorites of the week
I took this massage seat home from my parents — it’s actually the same brand as my foot spa (which I’m still loving). I was surprised my sister didn’t want it, since she has back problems, but her loss is my gain. I look forward to many sessions with it — not that I’m giving up on actual massages, of course, but it’s nice to get a little massage more frequently!

The weather. Breaking temperature records three days in a row in February? Yes, please! Even if one of those days was yesterday, where I spent three hours in the car and the rest of the day working on my parents’ home. I did get the massage seat out of that, after all, and I managed to get home before the thunderstorms.

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Real food fuel

I can’t say for sure that my cookie/brownie fuel for my long run this week made the difference to my run — could’ve been the stromboli + garlic bread the night before (garlic cheese bread was involved with my PR back in December) — but it didn’t hurt. I put it in a hard sided container from Amphipod.

I think I need to rearrange my little weekly recap to run starting with Sunday — which is how Rachel @ Runningonhappy’s plan for me runs — right now it looks like I’m having big leaps and dips in mileage, but that’s not really the case. Although I suppose no one but me really reads that anyway!

And that’s a wrap 

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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:

Have you ever tried fueling your runs with real food? 

If you could choose a memento of your parents — what would it be?

Would you rather PR even if you get injured or run the slowest race of your life — but injury free (borrowing the idea from Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner’s post — did your read it here?

Cookie recovery: 8/1-7 Weekly Wrap

Another week, more frustrations, but overall, not a bad week and I’m not even going to rehash the frustrating stuff — I whined enough yesterday over tea — except for Tuesday’s run — that was majorly frustrating and most of you are runners and that’s why you’re here.

It’s kind of a long one, so grab a cookie or two and your beverage of choice, and settle in because I’m wrapping it up  with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin. It’s all about supporting anyone who lives an healthy lifestyle.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 miles easy , Dogwalk
  • Tuesday:  3.5 miles 8 x 400/400m intervals, Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk,  Swimming 30 minutes, Iron Strength Abbreviated
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, just a bit of swimming, 2.5 tempo on TM
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, Pahla B full body beginner strength workout
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, 7 mile LSD, Pahla B Balance workout and Foam Rolling “workout”
  • Sunday: Dogwalk & the sport of Olympic watching

Mileage: 16 (-1)

TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
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

Monday



Monday was humid and I felt slow, but it was an easy run and I don’t really worry about my pace on easy runs. I was surprised, and pleased, to see that I had  run negative splits.

That’s what I wrote in my journal (*affiliate link), anyway — I can’t say as I really remember much about this run.

Tuesday recovery: Code CRJ20 for 20% off Skirtsports.com

Tuesday


As I mentioned previously, I went to the track near my home only to find out it was closed, and thus began a super frustrating run. While warming up in the parking lot at the track, before I realized I couldn’t run on it, I changed the settings on my Garmin to the intervals I needed for this workout. Or so I thought.

So when I got to the bike path, my next choice, I thought all I needed to do is run. Except I’m running . . . I’m running . . . and realizing that the watch hadn’t vibrated to alert me to the fact I’d run a quarter mile. Apparently my settings didn’t change. So I reset them, thinking it could still tell when I’d run a quarter mile — which it could, only from the time I reset the watch, which was totally useless and I ended up having to just watch the watch to know when to speed up and slow down.

After a half mile warm up and a mile of 400m fast/400m recovery (or the quarter mile alerts I set up) I realized the intervals were supposed to 200m. I think this is the second year in a row I managed to do that. The track would have been so helpful in that regard. I blame it on lack of sleep. I mentally shrugged and just finished up with the 400s.

For the first mile, my watch also kept wanting to go back to the clock . . . like I said, the whole damn run was just super frustrating.

Thursday


I couldn’t run until fairly late in the day. It was kind of a toss up whether to run outside or on the treadmill. It wasn’t super hot, but I just knew I’d get pretty darn hot at that time of day and it actually takes less time to run on the treadmill, plus my neighborhood doesn’t have a lot of flat and it was a tempo run.

Yes, the treadmill won.

Thankfully since Tuesday’s speedwork was on the longer side, this tempo run could be on the shorter side, which totally worked for a busy day. I did about a mile and a half at around 11:15 mm (with my normal walk breaks in there) — although I didn’t take walk breaks in my warm up and cool downs. Don’t ask me why; I don’t know.

I used to think I just couldn’t do tempos on a treadmill. I guess I can do short ones, anyway.

Happy because the humid run is almost over

Saturday


There was a threat of thunderstorms for the morning. It started to rain almost as soon as I hit the road. But it stopped about the time I got to the parking lot — unfortunately — because it was mid 70s and 80% humidity. I wished for more rain the entire run.

It turned out this is the rail trail that Darlene & I sometimes run at during the fall/winter, only we met at the parking lot where Darlene & I usually turn around. Which means that while it was a long slow uphill climb, it was a long slow decline on the way back. Since I run most long runs by feel (with the watch going, but not “watching” it), it was just naturally positive splits.

My running buddy, unfortunately, is out for the rest of the season. She has a partially torn meniscus and apparently is missing some cartilage from her knee. Not worn down — actually just missing. How she has run on it for as long as she has, I have no idea. I am so glad she was able to do her Venice half, but now she most likely faces surgery.

She came and rode her bike with me for part of the run, although I was concerned about her having to slow down so much and whether or not that would be good for her. And that’s most likely her plan — to ride with us for part of our runs, and also do some biking at a normal pace to keep up her fitness. And she’s investigating somewhere to swim. Maybe she’ll become a triathlete?

Favorites of the week
I went with a friend to her friend’s house on Thursday (which is why my run had to be later in the day) so we could enjoy her pool. This woman is in our Weight Watchers meeting, although she doesn’t always stay, and we went to Freihofers together. So it was very sweet of her to include me in the invitation.

Since it’s been super frustrating the last few weeks, and most of my away time from home is either running or grocery shopping, I so needed this! And her pool — and home — are just stunning. I would kill to have a pool like that that I could swim in every single day if I wanted to!

The three of us had a lovely time but although I meant to take some photos, I never did get around to it. And maybe she doesn’t want her pool appearing in my blog anyway . . .

Doesn’t look like much; trust me, it is worth it

I think I need to weed out my cookies board on Pinterest or just reorganize it. Yes, cookies are my jam. And the first cookie recipe you’ll find on that board is for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies from Chocolatecoveredkatie.

Oh my. You must make these because:

  1. It makes a small batch of cookies, so you won’t get into too much trouble.
  2. Mr. Judy actually asked for another in the evening (I’d given him one after lunch — sorry, honey, the last two are my recovery cookies from some run next week).
  3. They’re like little chocolate chip cookie pies.

This foam roller video from Phala B. I’d downloaded her free Crosstraining Guide for Runners a long time ago (I think maybe it was a blog hop?). I finally decided it was time to actually use it!

It got me to do a lot more foam rolling post long run than I usually do: the video is actually about 20 minutes long. I really enjoyed it, though. And recommend it.

Rocking that recovery look

These recovery socks from CEP (affiliate link). I use a lot of different recovery sleeves and socks, but I have to admit, CEP has quickly become my favorite (even if they look pretty darn odd during the summer).  They just seem to take the ache away magically. The compression is fairly high, so getting into and out of them is a struggle, but trust me, it’s worth it.

My ankle was achy after my long run Saturday. I spent some time in my CEPs, I applied some heat as we watched the opening ceremonies from the day before, and I woke up today with a happy ankle.

Before/after haircut


And I got that haircut. I didn’t do a good job capturing the before & after. Almost looks the same, doesn’t it? My bangs were already funky a minute after leaving the salon! But you should have seen what they looked like before. What I didn’t capture was that I’d pulled it up into a very high ponytail and used a barrette to pull it over so the curls were covering up the bangs. It’s quite the look, lemme tell you (it’s how I swim sometimes outside when it’s just for fun).

I did try to capture it, but there’s only so much contorting I can do inside a car.

And that’s a wrap!

I love to hear from you! Answer me one of the questions below in the comments, or just comment! Let me know what you think or what’s on your mind.

What is your favorite brand of compression socks if you use the?

Got a must try “healthy” cookie recipe for me?

I’d ask you for your favorite Olympic moment so far, but I tape it and watch it later so I don’t want spoilers! But okay, if you really want to share, lemme know.

Mountain climbers & Burpees: 7/25-31 Weekly Wrap

I am not gonna lie — it was a frustrating week. Including Bandit, who up until Friday I would have said was completely house trained, deciding to have an accident in our kitchen for no known reason, as he’d been out twice and done his business both times.

I worried about a bladder infection, but he was fine overnight and the next day. So now we need to keep a closer eye on him and he might have to lose what little freedom he gets. We’ll see.

Running, however, is still going pretty good.

I’m wrapping it up  with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin. It’s all about supporting anyone who lives an healthy lifestyle.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 miles easy on the treadmill, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday:  3 miles easy (with hill repeats x 10), Dogwalk, Full Bodylicious Abs
  • Wednesday: YFPR Knees & Hips, Dogwalk,  Swimming 25 minutes
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 3 easy treadmill miles
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, Iron Strength Abbreviated, Danette May Flow
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, 8 mile LSD, Yoga for Athletes* Hip Openers & Recovery
  • Sunday: Dogwalk

Mileage: 17 (+1)

TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

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Running update
Still very hot and humid, so yup, on the treadmill again this Monday. I decided to explore a little barefoot running — and I mean that literally. Oddly enough it seemed as if I was going really fast when I was barefoot, but when I stopped after a half mile to put my running shoes on, the pace felt easy. After a mile I took it up just a little, and it continued to feel easy. I finished my cooldown by walking for a quarter of a mile barefoot.

Tuesday I went out before walking Bandit. He was not terribly happy about that, since he had to stay in his crate while Mr. Judy was out walking Lola and I was out running. But I got to run with a lot more shade and that made it worthwhile. Doesn’t explain why my overall pace for this run was 10 seconds slower this week — it was actually slightly cooler than last week, more shady, but a lot more humid. Whatever. It got done and now we’re moving on to speedwork.

Back to 90 on Thursday, back on the treadmill for a tempo run. I realized I haven’t been doing tempo runs at all! Which is okay, as really I’m just beginning to train, so I did a sort of tempo run. One mile warmup/cooldown, and then started the middle mile at 5 mph (which is hopeful race pace for me) and picked it up every 2 1/2 minutes until at the end I was running at 5.4 (about 11:30 mm I think). You know what? It actually didn’t suck.

Saturday we finally caught a break in the weather — it was cooler, less humid, and cloudy. Score! We were running in the neighborhood near my chiropractor, as they’re a sponsor of our group and were having an open house afterwards. It also meant it was 2 hilly 4 mile loops. The first mile is a nice down hill, but of course that means that the last mile is a long uphill!

My running buddy is still out with an injury, although she rode her bike (the wrong way so we didn’t see her) and met up with her after the run — it was nice to chat as it’s been 3 weeks since we saw each other.

I as a bit worried about getting lost, so I probably ran that first mile too quickly. But it was downill, after all. I managed to keep people in sight enough to not get lost. I even almost managed negative splits (except for a big slowdown the last mile — not sure why — except that uphill, of course).

I was mostly running on my own, but I must say I was pleased that a couple of people I started out with, who got way ahead of me, I passed on the uphills. Both times!

Favorites of the week
It took a while, but Bandit is finally listed on the rescue site!

I got another quickie massage at the chiropractor’s.

I also added some gluten free graham cracker chunks

All the baked goods after my long run. Which was only 8 miles and I really can’t afford all the baked goods but oh well, it happens. Not to mention I baked some gluten free s’mores cookies after the run (you can find the recipe on my Pinterest cookies board) — if you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen them going into the oven. Above is what they looked like coming out. I only used a half cup of coconut sugar rather than the 2 cups of sugar the recipe called for.

Good, but maybe a bit excessive for 8 miles. They were hilly, though.

Then this carbolicious eggplant panini for dinner. I didn’t realize the eggplant would be breaded.

Sunday morning I was busy in the kitchen: baking muffins and making jam.

The title refers to the Iron Strength abbreviated workout, by the way. It includes mountain climbers, burpees, and planks, along with some weight training. And the pain is over in about 20 minutes.

Then probably the best part of the week: we met the person we plan to board Bandit with, and she’s willing to take him. She definitely sounds competent and I am so thankful there are people who are willing to take on dogs with issues. My brother will be in town in a few weeks so we’ll just try it for the day.

It’s 30 minutes away, but sort of on the way to my parents. It will mean he’ll need to be crated in the car, since Lola will be with us and she’s a nervous traveler. Not sure how he’ll feel about that — he actually rides great in the car, but since we don’t know what could set him off, and we definitely don’t want a dogfight in the back of the car, he’ll just have to be crated.

Not a terribly exciting week. I suppose that’s not a bad thing. I could have done without all the little frustrations, but again, that’s life. In the end, everyone is healthy at the moment, everybody still has all their body parts, so I guess we’re doing okay.

And that’s a wrap!

I love to hear from you! Answer me one of the questions below in the comments, or just comment! Let me know what you think or what’s on your mind.

Do you have a favorite strength training exercise routine for running? (always looking to expand my library)

Seriously, can you believe tomorrow is August?

Ever get a bit carried away with the recovery snacks/meal?