Out of the frying pan …: 9/5-11 Weekly Wrap

I made my escape from my parents last weekend, went back early Monday with the intention of leaving Wednesday morning after taking my mom to her doctor’s appointment on Tuesday — an aid came to work on Tuesday and although she’s an aid for the house and not a nurse, and doesn’t drive as we were told she would, she’s still a big help.

Unfortunately, but fortunately, we were finally able to get her a primary care doctor’s appointment late Wednesday afternoon, so I had to stay over another night. Doctor appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hours to get the aid set up. Visiting nurses, physical therapists, and oh, learning how to use a glucometer. Fun times.

My weekly mileage is not at all where I want it to be — I was going to run some recovery miles today, but after my sweatfest Saturday I knew it wasn’t happening. I need to squeeze in a whole lot of miles and a bunch of other stuff into the coming week, including an 11 mile run on Friday (no time for it on the weekend).

I do think I’m doing enough to get by, but it seems ironic that I’m not injured at all, and I’m still struggling to get my runs in!

In some ways this week it was even more challenging to stay active, but I did my best. I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.


Workouts update

  • Monday: quiet labor day with my parents, after the 90 minute drive early in the morning
  • Tuesday: 5 miles “easy” in the evening, only time I could get out
  • Wednesday: 3 easy miles, Pahla B Stretch and Strengthen yoga
  • Thursday:  Pahla B Beginner Dumbell Workout, drive back home after super stressful day
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B 5×5 Core
  • Saturday: Maddie’s Mark 5k + 5 miles later in the day (too late!)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk

Mileage: 16.1 (-.5)

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


Vassar is really a lovely campus



Between setting up the aid and my mother’s doctor appointment, it was a long day. So naturally I left for a run at the time I would normally be eating dinner.

It was warm and humid, but not terrible, and lots of cloud cover. I set off thinking I’d do 3 miles through Vassar College, and then ended up running to Arlington, the town on the other side of Vassar — a total of 5 miles. I wasn’t sure when I’d be able to run again.

They were slow, and hot, but not too terrible, and yes, I saw my friends the doe and its fawn again.


And Vassar Farms



With the aid there, I went for a run in the morning. It wasn’t as humid and there was a slight breeze. Still slow, but I was encouraged a little bit that it was better at least. Oh, I’d meant to bring my small Flipbelt water bottle (Amazon affiliate link) with me (it fits into a Skirtsports skirt pocket), but of course forgot it — as in totally forgot to bring it with me from home.

No worries, I had my large handheld Camelbak water bottle (Amazon Affiliate link) with me. Probably a good thing — no worries about running out of water!

Pre race, went with sparkleskirts this time


In the morning I ran Maddie’s Mark 5k with my friend and neighbor. It’s one of my favorite 5ks and I usually do quite well at it, but they keep moving it earlier in the year and it was a hot and humid day. I’ll recap it Tuesday, and while it was fun, it was also my slowest finish time for this particular 5k.

Around 3 pm I set out to finish up my miles with 5 miles. I didn’t look at the weather, and that was probably a good thing — by the time I finished, it was 86 degrees, feels like 91. That run ranks right up there with ZOOMA Annapolis last year, but thankfully it was only 5 miles.

I didn’t bring enough water with me (about 10 ounces), but thankfully I had peanut butter pretzels and some Gogosqueez with me.

I tried to tell myself that all these hot, miserable runs at odd times are going to make me stronger for my half in October. Then I tried to think about the 9/11 survivors, who went through things so much worse than I can even imagine.

It didn’t help.

I had to stop three times and walk around in the what little shade there was until I cooled down. I’ve never done that before. But it helped me get through the run without fainting or heatsroke!

The only thing good about this run is that I finished it

Seriously, it was that tough

Favorites of the week
Getting home — and hopefully staying home until next weekend; that is probably my favorite thing about this week. It was definitely another hard week, y’all. Probably just one in a long string of hard weeks coming. The only good thing to come out of this is that it is clear to myself and my sister and brother that it is way past time that my parents move out of that house, and it’s going to happen. And I’m pretty sure it ain’t gonna be pretty.

Meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in a while at the 5k, and going to it with my neighbor, who has her own issues going on but kindly drove us (thank you, Mary Jane).

Getting at least a couple of nights of good sleep — finally!

Chocolate chocolate chip cookies from fitfoodiefinds.com


Baking. It’s my other therapy.

Those ears!

Bandit is still coming along. I picked him up this weekend — which may not sound like much, but trust me, it is. I just decided to go for it.

At one point I was sitting with him in the kitchen and Gizmo decided to jump the gate and then stayed in there with us. I’m assuming that that means Gizmo feels more comfortable with Bandit, too, but who knows? Bandit gave him the whale eye, but he didn’t move or growl at him.

And that’s a wrap 😔

Still no question, but tell me what’s going on in your world in the comments!

Where did summer go?: 8/29-9/4 Weekly Wrap

Last week I wrote that I thought things were looking up — how wrong I was (as I got into a bit yesterday).

I did my best to stay a little active while I was away — it wasn’t easy; the only thing that helped was that my parents don’t get moving very fast in the morning. I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.


Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Pahla B Stretch & Strengthen Yoga & Beginner Balance
  • Wednesday: Pahla B Beginner Dumbell workout
  • Thursday:  3.5 miles “easy”
  • Friday: Pahla B Beginner Dumbell Workout (I think I did this?; can’t really remember!)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk
  • Sunday: 10 mile LSD

Mileage: 16.5 (-.5)

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

I get what you early morning runners enjoy!


Since my brother was still there, I got out for an early morning run. He wouldn’t leave my father alone, not even for a few minutes, so  that got me moving that last mile because I knew he wanted to get to the hospital early!

I needed to get home; she totally blocked my path!

The doe and fawn above had a different idea about that . . . I really needed this run!

My little friend


It was a totally miserable run. My sister came in the morning so I could get a run in. Originally she was going to come over after she dropped my niece off at the train station, but I told her to come later, because I was too tired to get out that early to run.

The joke was on me, because just about when I was ready to run, the visiting nurse came. So I didn’t go out until 11:30. And forgot my anti chafing cream. It was a hot, miserable run.  I hadn’t eaten anything since about 6 am. I had water with me, but not enough. I’d planned to get in 4 miles but I just couldn’t do it. And I had a stitch on both sides!

I did explore a new place to run near my parents’ home that my niece had recommended.

Someone I’d contacted called me halfway through this run; I couldn’t see who it was in the bright sunshine, then could barely talk . . . I could feel my underarms chafing towards the end and tried to run holding my upper arms away from my body . . .

Pretty sure these goats wanted me to feed them

The only “positive” thing about this run was the positive splits.

Skirtsports Cascade skirt held up well to 10 miles


I got home in the late afternoon Friday, stopping to pick up Bandit along the way, a 2 hour drive altogether because Bandit’s kennel is not quite on the way. I knew my running group had a 6 am run planned; I also knew that wasn’t happening for me. I contacted Darlene, but she was also running Saturday — again, not happening for me.

So I set out to run 10 miles solo Sunday morning. A beautiful day to run, but because my mom had had some issues the previous evening, I felt I had to call and check on her. She seems to be doing much better today, but that meant I didn’t get out until 9 am, finished about 11:30 . . . despite the low humidity and low temps, it was still mid 70s by the time I finished and those last 3 miles were hard. Especially that last half mile.

The plan actually only called for 9 miles, but since I’d missed that long run while I was sick, and I haven’t been able to run much, I wanted to get in 10. I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in quite some time about mile 3; we stopped to chat, and it turns out, unfortunately, that she is going through something very similar with her own mom. So we commiserated for a while — and she’s an only child!

Is this planter new? Never noticed it before

Favorites of the week
Gotta say there wasn’t a whole lot good about this week. I got in 10 miles & no niggling aches and pains (today, anyway), so that’s good.

Just chillin’, Dad

Mr. Judy took this cool photo of Bandit & Lola. Of course that was before he had diarrhea all night again (Bandit, that is, not Mr. Judy, who kindly took on taking care of Bandit last night), no doubt due to boarding again, as he’d been good before and during and during the first day afterward.

Hoping for a better week coming up. I still have to go back to my parents, but I’m hoping to be home by Wednesday. So I’ll be a bit scarce with posting and reading for a while longer. And replying to comments. And squeezing in my runs are still going to be a major challenge!

And that’s a wrap 😔

No questions today. Still got a lot of stuff to do today!