Close Encounters . . .: 9/7 – 13 WRD

. . . The Cat Edition

It was a busy week with going back and forth to a friend’s house for four days to take care of her cats. Just in the mornings! She told me I was unlikely to see either of the cats — will she or won’t she? That’s in the favorites!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and reaching peak week for the Dempsey Challenge.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (60 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Peloton Bootcamp ST + 1.5+ mile, Yoga (40 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (20 min), Yoga (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 2.5 Progressive TM miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, PB Walking + Toning (25 min), Yoga
  • Saturday:  Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 9 mile LSD

Mileage: 16 (+2)

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

A new rainbow

Monday intention: take it easy; no really!
Another great morning to run with a nice breeze! Running is definitely less “I have to” and more “I choose to” now. Since I was planning a bootcamp tomorrow (aka a hard effort), I really wanted to keep it easy. Despite the negative splits, I kept it mostly in zone 2 for my HR. So yes, an easy effort.

Tuesday intention: get stronger!
A shorter Peloton bootcamp (45 min) today. My running portions of this bootcamp were mostly straight running, so I got in a little extra running by doing it and of course strength work as well. Just a teeny bit sore the next day, but no real DOMs like last week.

Thursday intention: work on speed
I took a Peloton progressive run. I had several errands in the morning, and it rained a lot of the morning and into the afternoon (and was very humid afterwards). I am proud of this run because I ran the whole 30 minutes, while continuing to increase the speed (I’ve been doing run/walk this summer). Not that the pace was ever blistering, but proud of staying the course — even though that wasn’t really what I set out to do!

First pumpkin sightings in the neighborhood

Sunday intention: smile every mile
Another nice day to run, with a breeze and clouds, and cooler temps. So nice to be able to get ready without rushing. Still #allthehills! I did, indeed, smile every mile, although some were tougher than others, I won’t lie. I walked up some (not all) of the hills. My virtual 10k in a couple of weeks will be partially in the neighborhood (slight inclines & declines) and then roughly 5k running downhill. Then it’s time for a small break from running!

The “brave” cat — NOT!

Favorites of the week
As you can see above, obviously I did see one of the cats. Actually, on the last day I saw both cats. On the third day I opened my eyes and there was one of the cats. No photos, because I can’t turn off the shutter click on my phone and I knew the noise would spook her. She was the shyer cat, as it turns out!

She circled around me completely a couple of times, keeping her distance. Then she’d sit down somewhere. This happened a few more times, with her getting just a little bit closer each time. I knew that she wasn’t actually going to come up to me this visit, so after she walked off the third time, I quietly got up and left.

The next day the other cat was on the stairs. He was supposedly the braver cat. I got a toy to play with him, but that spooked him. However, my friend, the female, came and circled me again. This time I was armed with a toy. I got her to play for a while! I never did get to pet either one, and I also noticed they never meowed at me. No purring either. It’s been almost two years since Giz passed, however, so even this close encounter with cats was fun (since I can’t teach Cat Yoga right now).

I’ll drive, Ma!

When I put Lola’s supplements onto the passenger seat, Lola hopped into the driver’s seat (she rides in the back).

Bandit sunning

We had what could be our last days warm enough to bathe the dogs, so we did. Bandit oddly seemed to enjoy it (he doesn’t usually). Lola, as usual, tolerated it.

Any exciting virtual races you’re training for — or even a “real” race?

Have you had to break out jackets and tights (not necessarily for running, but just walking around)? I’ve only had to do it a couple of times for walking.

What is one thing you’re proud you did this week? 

GWYT Pre Run Yin1

ICYMI: A “short” Yin Yoga practice to warm you up for a run. This actually ran a lot longer than I’d anticipated — so I have two more videos I’ll be uploading this week that get progressively shorter; keep an eye out for that! Watch this first Yin Yoga Warmup here. All of these practices are great post run, too.

On the blog, I shared a post about running cards — what I would put on them if I made some. I invited you to say what you would put on yours. You can see what people commented on that post here.

Also, if you’re lacking in motivation, I shared my ABCs of Motivation — again, I invited readers to share theirs. Quite a few played along and if you read the comments you’re sure to pick up some motivation here!

Coming up on Tuesday: Ways you *might* get faster if you’re a new runner. On Friday I’m sharing something I started recently — almost on a whim.

The grass is always greener: Tea/coffee Date July 2020

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Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date: I’m sharing how I finally used the dogs picking up habits (usually the bad ones) to my advantage this month.

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Better together? Or not?????

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you Lola occasionally has gagging/coughing attacks. They’re generally gone within 24 hours. Usually when I notice her having issues, I give her something for allergies, and it seems to help. I forgot to do that with her most recent episode, and paid the price with her waking us up at midnight coughing.

I also have cough medicine for her. Unfortunately she hates it. Even mixed with a little honey. Although apparently mixed with a little tuna works.

The funny part is we were trying to give her some before bed the next day. Bandit was there, tail going. So what the heck, I thought, I’ll give him a little, and sure enough, he liked it. The really funny part was after seeing Bandit eat it, Lola deigned to lick some without me having to try and smear it on her mouth.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you sometimes my Garmin just loses its mind. I don’t know why. Sometimes it’s a bogus heart rate reading. Other times, like last week, it tells me that I’ve climbed 50 flights of stairs. Before noon. Twice! I can assure you I didn’t. My run was a little hilly, but nothing out of the ordinary. I swear it’s possessed some days!

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Sunshine & no clouds — not what I want to see on a Summer run!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you in the Winter I long for sun. In the Summer, I pray for clouds! I can’t tell you how good cloud cover feels when it’s hot and humid outside — and how good sun feels on a very cold day.

#neversatisfied

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you thankfully our backyard isn’t too buggy, but I got some bites when I visited with my friend last week. On my hip. An area that’s sure to rub.

Then I got a brilliant idea: why not put my anti chafing gel on it? It definitely does seem to help. I swear I only seem to get bites in places that are sure to rub.

Do your furkids imitate each other?

Figured out a new running hack lately (or life hack, I guess!)? 

Do you care about sunshine & cloud cover? 

I am also linking up with:

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

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Lost dog tails: Tea/coffee Date June 2020

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Thankfully my dog tale/tail had a happy ending!

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Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date: and I’ll tell you how I’m trying new/old stuff, spending more time outdoors, and finally getting to see (but not hug) my mom.

Enjoying my own herbal tea blends

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you everything old is new again. I have been fascinated by herbs for a long time. I’ve taken a few classes in the past, making some herbal teas I rarely drank. I have come full circle back to that, but now I am drinking my herbal teas. I guess I’m not alone, because it’s been hard to find some of the herbs I want to use!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you even though we have not been that hard hit up here, I’m not up for large groups yet. It’s a personal decision and everyone has to do what they’re comfortable with. It’s not always about one person, sometimes it’s about the people in that person’s life. I am down with one on one in the open air.

The base for the next fountain & an outdoor rug courtesy of our neighborhood

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you we are slowly working on making our backyard more of an oasis, although Mr Judy does most of the work. There’s the Yoga platform. I put the Wicker chair I dragged home from a dumpster a few years ago behind the platform; it’s my meditation seat.

Mr. Judy is working on a fountain (all his fountains have been made with things we have at home so far, except for the power sources and pumps). Actually, now he’s working on another fountain with an old fire pit we dragged home this week. We’re planning to move our trellis over there, and I’m planning to hang some wind chimes from it.

Then I found the outdoor rug I’m carrying above — I carried that home about 3/4 mile (with multiple stops). Turns out that it’s pretty stained, but I’m working on cleaning it up and hoping to use it for my Yoga students (they can put their mats on it).

The sad part is that I’m the one that spends all the time out there and Mr. Judy does most of the work!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I walked the dogs last week, and at one point I noticed a dog that I thought was in its backyard. Then I noticed it wasn’t in its backyard. I tried to hustle the dogs along, but that’s when the dog noticed us. He ran over to us, and chaos ensued (if you’ve ever walked two dogs meeting another dog, you’ll understand).

Lola was freaking out and being all reactive, while Bandit was standing patiently and letting the dog sniff him. I felt terrible leaving the dog there, but I couldn’t try to get it into its yard with the way Lola was acting. The dog (who was very sweet) ran after us for a while, then headed back, and I was pretty sure I knew where it lived, but I had to get the dogs home first.

I went back as soon as I dropped the dogs off at home (I was basically far enough away that by the time Mr. Judy could’ve gotten to me, I would’ve been home already). As I was looking for the dog (and saw that indeed, the gate was open at its house), someone called me from across the street and wanted to know if I was looking for a poodle.

We chatted, I told him where the dog lived, and he was going to take it over later (it was still pretty early in the morning). I felt so much better, I’d felt terrible leaving the dog loose, but I couldn’t get him to his home safely with Lola raising such a fuss.

Socially distancing with Mom

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you we finally did make the trip to my mom:

  • 4 hours in the car
  • 1.25 hours chatting, socially distanced, outside, with masks
  • 1 pit stop
  • 1 hyper geriatric dog
  • 1 carsick dog

Totally worth it, even though it always makes for a tiring day!

Ever had to wrangle a loose dog to its home?

Have you picked up any new skills while in quarantine? 

Are you working on making your backyard more inviting? 

ICYMI: I’ve got another new Yin Yoga practice to help keep your immune system strong — or possibly help your digestion and breathing — maybe both! It’s a relatively short practice for Yin Yoga, a bit over 30 minutes long. Check it out here.

I am also linking up with:

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

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Aging isn’t for sissies: Tea/coffee Date March 2020

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Mr. Judy and the dogs are once again front and center if we were getting together over a hot beverage. Aren’t they always?

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Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date: can we talk? Especially about the damn menopot!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I would tell you Mr. Judy was away last week at a conference. I finally got my alone time. Somehow I accomplish a great deal more when he isn’t home. I am, however, very grateful that we were not clobbered with a big snowstorm this time.

Mr. Judy has gone to this conference many times, and we’re almost always hit with a big one while he’s away. I didn’t have to shovel once!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that I am all care-giver’d out. It’s been one thing after another since we moved to NY 11 years ago: parents and a whole string of aging furkids. Lola was having stomach issues while Mr. Judy was gone. She was waking me up several times a night to go outside. I am quite grateful that she didn’t just do something inside, but still.

One night it was so bad that I left the back door, the one with the pet door that we usually close at night, open. I knew it was the only way I was going to get any sleep.

Aging is not easy, in humans or animals. Good thing they’re cute.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that it is also ironic — and sad — that 4 years ago Lola was the one that had to be admonished to slow down on walks because Chester was in heart failure and couldn’t walk that fast. Now it’s Bandit who has to slow down for Lola. She’s not in heart failure, at least not yet, but she is old (14) and definitely showing it.

No worries, I still have plenty that fit & are flattering.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I have a large pile of jeans to donate. They actually fit — my guess is that I am probably thinner now than I was when I bought them — but let’s just say things have shifted and a lower rise does this middle aged body no favors. Damn menopot! Do you feel me? I know some of you do, anyway.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that something is going on with me and soap lately. I brought a different brand of dishsoap. In trying to get it going the first time, I ended up with soap all over my sweater. I was not pleased. I won’t be buying that brand again.

Then I was reaching over to get the cup that holds our toothbrushes so I could wash it, and I knocked the soap container into the sink, where it proceeded to break into a million pieces.

I scooped up the pieces to throw out in the garbage in the kitchen, unwittingly trailing soap across the bathroom, the hallway, and the kitchen floor. There’s a trash can in the bathroom. Don’t ask me why I didn’t just throw it in there. Maybe sleep deprivation The soap container was cheap, but I really liked it. I almost bought two at the time . . .

Is your body shifting (but maybe not your weight)?

One word to describe 2020 Winter so far? I admit I don’t know what I’d pick, so I’m interested to see what you pick.

Do you buy multiples of things you like? 

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

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There’s a little dog in all men: Tea/coffee Date January 2020

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Mr. Judy and the dogs figure largely in what I’d tell you if we were meeting up for some hot beverages today. I’ll bet you’re really shocked — not!

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Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date, while I forgive the dogs for the disgusting things they do because they’re cute. And maybe Mr. Judy, too.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I would tell you Mr. Judy was going through some old stuff, and came across some papers from his Dad (who also suffered with dementia).One was a list of passwords. One was JLITT.

We had a good laugh when at first I was puzzled about why he would use my name as a password. His first name was Jerry. I needed that laugh!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that Mr. Judy got a bee in his bonnet about making latkes (potato pancakes) from scratch. Yes, Mr. Judy can cook, but doesn’t do it a lot, so it’s often filled with me finding almost everything for him and some swearing. If you’ve never made latkes, it’s a labor intensive procedure and this fell in the week we were moving my Dad to the nursing home.

I made the frozen latkes from Trader Joes — as did one of his aunts and his sister — but that wasn’t good enough for him. I runfess I’m glad he did it while I was away from home.

It’s a good thing they’re cute

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I came home from yoga last Sunday, put away the groceries, sat down and talked to Mr. Judy a bit. Got up to make myself some tea. Walked back over and . . . someone had thrown up.

Lola has done her share of “redecorating” as I euphemistically call it

My money is on Bandit. Lola had just gotten up on the couch, and I think we would have noticed if she’d gotten back off.  I don’t remember Bandit getting off his couch, but he is the one that randomly throws up.

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there when I was talking to Mr. Judy, we didn’t hear anything (Bandit tends to do it pretty quietly). It wasn’t me and it wasn’t Mr. Judy. Good thing the dogs are cute, and at least this time they missed bedding, furniture, and carpeting.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I have actually gone from someone who loved to bake, and often baked simply because I enjoyed it and found it stress-busting . . . to someone that doesn’t bake so often anymore.

Could that be part of the secret to being able to maintain my weight without tracking? It’s mostly been that I am just too busy with other things. You know how when you’re really engaged in something and you don’t even think about eating? Yeah, it’s kind of like that.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that starting my YouTube Channel (you can check it out here) has been hard! I seriously knew nothing about editing video before I started. It seemed like with each new video a different problem would pop up.

In my latest video, I’d recorded an intro to it — at the moment I film using my Ipad — and for the first time, for whatever reason, the audio came out completely garbled. Unusable. Hence no intro to that video.

In that same video, I recorded the audio early one morning. It’s a longer video, clocking in at almost an hour. I finished, hit done, and poof! No audio. I simply didn’t have another hour to sit & re-record it. As I was venting to Mr. Judy, it finally appeared. I guess it just needed some processing time.

What was the last good laugh you had?

What was the last thing you had to learn that really challenged you?

What was something you used to really enjoy doing that you no longer do? 

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

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Water, Baths, & Bees, Oh My!: 6/3-9 WRD

Running went pretty well this week. I enjoyed mostly good weather on the run (despite showers here & there this week) and am loving the warmer days with still low humidity. Especially enjoying that all my runs this week were done in skirt!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing running, “training”, and staying active.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Morning Yoga (20 min), 3 Easy, Yoga Hamstrings & Hips (40 min)
  • Tuesday:  Morning Yoga (15 min), Dogwalk, 3 miles easy, Pilates (8 min)
  • Wednesday: Morning Yoga (12 min), Dogwalk, Yoga Booty Ballet Sculpt (30 min)
  • Thursday: Morning Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 2 easy TM miles
  • Friday: Morning Yoga (30 min), 5 miles easy
  • Saturday: Pilates (30 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Studio Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk

Mileage: 13 (+3)

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 Updates

The flags go up before Memorial Day and stay up all Summer

Monday
It was a beautiful, crisp . . . Fall day. Mother Nature just can’t make up her mind. “Recovery” week, although everything felt fine after my 5k (probably a signal I could’ve pushed harder), so just an easy run. Still tired, although sleeping a bit better — much better pace than last week, though.

It’s a short trail, but oh-so-pretty

Tuesday
The location and weather? Perfection! The run itself didn’t feel completely easy, nor did it feel completely hard. Overall, though, it was a great run because the location (and good weather) just brought me so much peace.

Thursday
It wasn’t supposed to rain, and it didn’t everywhere, but we had a fair amount of rain during the day. Friends were joining a trail run but I wasn’t feeling it so I hopped on the Treadmill for a couple of miles.

It was a hot one — well, considering the weather had been so cool, up to 67 by the end. But my sunglasses matched my skirt for the coolness factor.

Friday
With plans for Saturday, I wanted to get a longish run in and it was just a beautiful day. We still got a lot of rain this week, but the weather was great for most of my runs. I ran down past the High School, which is a really nice downhill . . . and of course a pretty long uphill on the way back. Still a decent pace. I got much better sleep for most of this week and my runs were the better for it.

Favorites of the week
One of our running friends had a race ask her if she’d do a water stop at her house, since the race goes right by it. She recruited a bunch of running friends to help her out and offered to grill some burgers & chicken for lunch while we all contributed something.

Best stocked water stop ever. Seriously, we actually had too much water (never a bad thing) and way too many people trying to hand out the water (there were less than 300 people in the race). We were begging them “me! me!” but we had lots of fun.

I take staying out of the sun seriously as much as possible, anyway!

Later on we went out to dinner, and were able to bring the dogs since we ate on the patio, and also brought them with us for our first outdoor ice cream this year.

I was feeling Chocolate/PB (and when am I not?)

As I was looking around to find a table, this woman walked over and started talking to me, calling Bandit by name. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out who she was, thinking maybe she was from the rescue that helped us out a bit years ago? Then I saw her daughter and realized it was our neighbor! Mr. Judy also didn’t recognize her when he saw her, so it’s not just me.

The weather was just stunning all weekend long, so the dogs also got a bath this afternoon. Unfortunately one bee  . . . then two . . . then three crashed the party. I did a lot of deep breathing (and Bandit wanted to eat the darn things — no, Bandit, bees are good — just not this close to me!).

Ever set up an aid station?

Do you get to enjoy some nice weather this week? 

Are you afraid of anything that stings? 

God Laughs: 5/27-6/2 WRD

I had planned to up the mileage just a tad this week, while at the same time trying to rest up a little before the race this weekend. It’s just a 5k, always too crowded to do great pace-wise, not to mention being sick a couple of times in the last couple of months hasn’t made for the greatest training anyway.

Well, you know the saying about woman plans and God laughs; he/she must have been ROFL at me for sure this week. The last week of May was just total Mayhem for me (mostly on the personal front). And yes, I stole Mayhem from Marcia @ Marciashealthyslice (and my life is totally tame compared to hers).

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing running, “training”, ans staying active.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Pilates Legs & Balance (30 min), 3 Easy Miles FTC Mentoring, Yoga Hamstrings & Hips (25 min)
  • Tuesday:  YBB Booty (25 min), 4 miles with 8 Hill Repeats
  • Wednesday: YBB Abs (12 min), Dogwalk, Almost 2 mile trail run
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, YBB Cardio + Sculpting (35 min)
  • Friday: 4 miles with Hill Repeats (8), Yoga for Sleep (20 min)
  • Saturday: YFR Foundation, Freihofers Run for Women 5k, Yoga
  • Sunday: Morning Yoga (15 min), Dogwalk, Slow Vinyasa at a Studio (60 min)

Mileage: 10ish (NC)

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 Updates

Yeah, it was a cold, rainy day

Tuesday
Monday was spectacular. Usually I run before I go to my parents, but it makes me very rushed & crabby. So despite knowing the weather was perfect, I decided not to run (right decision).

Alas, making the right decision did not help Tuesday’s weather. A cold drizzle for most of the run. Hill repeats again. The weather actually wasn’t that bad but man, this was a slow run — until the last mile, oddly.

You know how hills never look as steep as they are! Well this one does!

Wednesday
Met up with the women’s every other week group for a trail clinic — this time several friends were there, plus I chatted with some of the women I’d met the last time. Ugh! Hill repeats — again!

You had the option to run another loop after we finished the first, but frankly, it was getting late for this earlybird. Not to mention hill repeats two days in a row . . .

We moved on from twinning to a menage a trois

Saturday
Freihofers Run for Women 5k — I’ve been mentoring new & returning runners for this race for 10 weeks. It was my very first race ever 10 years ago. Back then I knew very few people, although I did have friends from my Weight Watchers meeting running the race. It’s definitely more fun now that I know more runners.

I definitely indulged in a few after the race

It’ll be a couple of weeks before I recap this (next Tuesday I’m wrapping up May), but it was neither my worst (that belongs to the first time I ran this race!) or best 5k. Still loads of fun, though!

Love using my own veggies!

Favorites of the week
Most of my veggies/herbs are now planted. Still have the marigolds & thyme to go — the thyme seems to be thriving so it’ll just have to wait its turn. I put some of my chard into this frittata I made this week.

Destroyer of baby bunnies & moles now

Another Bandit story. I came home from something one day and as I chatted with Mr. Judy outside, out of the corner of my eye I noticed Bandit rolling around in the grass, and something dark next to him. I went to see what it was, and it was a mole. We couldn’t decide whether to praise him (because we want to get rid of the moles!) or scold.

Bandit’s a mutt, and we don’t know exactly what he’s made up of, but for sure he has some Jack Russel Terrier in him. JRTs are bred to go after rodents that burrow, so he’s only being true to his breeding (again!).

What sort of workouts do you like in the week before a 5k?

Do you ever do hill repeats? 

Are there any women-only races in your town? 

To all who serve, Thank You!: 5/20-26 WRD

I didn’t really have a lot of running or errands this week, but it sure seemed busy nonetheless. Then my shoulder decided to protest the weight lifting. It wasn’t as if I was doing much or lifting crazy weights, but it got really sore. I found some yoga videos for shoulder pain that helped immensely, and I’m doing some of those stretches when I wake up — today it seems pretty good.

Usually I get this sort of pain when I’ve done too many planks/flows in yoga, but I haven’t been doing much of that. The good news is I’m pretty sure it’ll go away on its own & probably relatively quickly — but I always hate when you’re doing something good for your body and it hurts you!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing how to ease back into activity.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Pilates Legs & Balance (30 min), 3 Easy Miles FTC Mentoring, Yoga Hamstrings & Hips (25 min)
  • Tuesday:  Yoga  Shoulders (35 min), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yoga Shoulders (20 min), Dogwalk, Pilates (30 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga Shoulder (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga for Sleep (15 min)
  • Friday: 4 miles with Hill Repeats (8), Yoga for Sleep (20 min)
  • Saturday: Prerun yoga (15 min), 3 miles easy with FTC Mentoring, Yoga for Sleep — unfortunately this one didn’t seem to work for me! (15 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Gentle Yoga at a Studio (60 min), ST Legs (10 min)

Mileage: 10 (+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 Updates

Yup, it got hot in a hurry!

Monday
It was an extremely warm/humid afternoon to run. Of course when you want it the rain is AWOL! It allowed me to actually run in a light outfit — most likely quite similar to what I’ll be running in next Saturday. It was the last day for our Monday mentoring group, as there’s no group run on Memorial Day (and I’ll be with my parents anyway).

1 mile up & down a moderate hill

Friday
Several of us wanted to go to one of the trail runs on Thursday, but the weather called for showers/thunderstorms. We had a brief downpour, but no thunder. However, I was very tired after quite a few nights of bad sleep, it was a 30 minute drive, and I decided to skip it (as did all the friends thinking about showing up).

Friday was a lovely day. I did some hill repeats, kept a very consistent pace, and extended my run to 4 miles for the first time since April.

Saturday
The race (a 5k) is next week! So this was our last Saturday group run. Ran an easy 3 miles with several different ladies, wishing several that I’ve gotten to know good luck in case I don’t seem them next week — it’s a large group when we’re all together! One of the perks of joining the Freihofers Training Challenge is that there’s a VIP tent near the start line for its members — a place you can leave your stuff, get out of the sun before/after, and of course, meet up with your friends.

Favorites of the week
We finally got to see Avengers Endgame. I personally thought it was too long (I’m in the minority it seems) and there are just too many story lines (and there are several movies in the series that I haven’t seen, like Ant Man). Which is not to say it was bad, but when I checked the time 2 hours in, I thought, really? Another hour?

We can close that door so the dogs still have access to some grass, but not the whole yard, when we’re out

What I did love is that the dogs survived with us being gone for 4+ hours. The dogs having access to the kennel outside is really a game changer for us!

I haven’t been able to find any cucumber plants that actually looked healthy, so I guess we won’t try cucumbers this year. I did get lettuce, chard, tomatoes, and a strawberry plant in the ground this week. There are still some herbs & some marigolds to plant, but they’re pretty hardy so they’ll just have to wait a bit.

If you’ve seen Avengers Endgame, what did you think?

Any trouble adjusting to suddenly warm weather? 

If you celebrate Memorial Day, any fun plans? We’ll be joining my parents at the BBQ at their senior living community (the dogs get to come this time).

Whoever is doing the rain dance . . .: 5/13-19 WRD

Enough, already!

I really do try hard to look on the bright side of things, but it’s been hard this week, due to the weather. Make the rain stop! We did have one truly lovely day yesterday, and Thursday was mostly nice, too. Mr. Judy and I were able to take advantage of the nice weather yesterday and eat outside at the restaurant we went to (you may have seen the delicious dessert we shared on IG here).

bwrd

Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing how to ease back into activity.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, 3 Easy Miles FTC Mentoring, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday:  Dogwalk, Pilates (15 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Legs (10 min), 3 miles “easy”
  • Thursday: Dogwalk (rest day)
  • Friday: Yoga, SB (20 min)
  • Saturday: 3.1 miles easy with FTC Mentoring, Yin Yoga (30 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Some sort of ST soon

Mileage: 9 (+4)

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 Updates

At least it makes everything green

Monday
I hate weathermen and radar. The radar said the rain wouldn’t start until 3:30, well after the training group. So would someone explain to me why halfway through our run a cold rain started to pelt us? I was not happy.

Checking out a new running group

Wednesday
I checked out a new group. I knew a couple of people there, including Darlene @ Myfirst5k. There are runners to lead the front, middle, and BOTP. Unfortunately, I wasn’t fast enough for the fast runners and too fast for the slower runners. I ran one mile with a girl, but it was not a pace I could maintain for long, considering how little running I’ve been doing.

I let her go when I stopped a bit after a mile for a walk break. I ran the rest of the run on my own. Some day I will meet someone who’s a good match for me again!

Oops! We did it again. Pattern twinning.

Saturday
Finally, perfect running weather. We had rain 5 out of 7 days this week (and more on the way). If only we could have this weather for the race! I ran with several different women, and with one woman I’ve run with a few times — she’s a new runner (many aren’t), and we did 3.1 miles. She was very happy!

Got the Bok Choy in the “ground” (raised planter)

Favorites of the week
Saturday was a stunning day. We really needed a break from all the rain! Knowing more was on the way for today, I quickly cleaned up one of my planters and got the Bok Choy in. Some of my strawberry plants managed to survive the winter, surprisingly. I’m pretty sure I’ve got some cilantro going in there, too — which is great, because I love cilantro!

Not sure how these chives survived from last year but they’re going strong!

I was totally shocked when I saw the chives also survived the winter. We didn’t do anything special to any of the plants that came back.

By the weekend I wanted to throw these guys in the proverbial doghouse

Now on to the low spot of the week. After I was finishing up planting the bok choy, I glanced over and saw that Bandit had something dangling out of his mouth (he was at the other end of the yard).

I said “drop it!” forcefully and surprisingly he did. He knew I was really angry so he slunk away. It turned out to be a baby bunny. In fact, there were two baby bunnies running around.

I got the dogs in the house and mostly closed the door and went looking for the warren, which I didn’t find — what I did find was a dead baby bunny. I put my gloves back on and scooped the poor thing up, but it was gone. Bandit actually pawed the door open and came back outside, but obviously I was not too happy, even though I am unsure if he actually killed the bunny, or if he found it and it was already injured (which might explain him being able to catch it).

But wait, there’s more, unfortunately. We went out to dinner, and we closed the kennel door — the dogs have access to the kennel, but not to the entire yard. When I got back, I opened the door, and Lola went over to one of my chairs. Another dead baby bunny. Now, unless those baby bunnies wandered into the kennel, the dogs couldn’t have gotten at it.

I can’t believe that the one time the boys (my previous cats) brought in a baby bunny it survived — but these couldn’t survive my dogs. I know they’re just following their instincts, but it doesn’t make me happy.

Then this morning — in the vein of I hate weather radar — I checked it and it was supposed to start raining around 9:30 (despite an hour earlier showing no rain until late in the afternoon). I harnessed up the dogs, got them out, but Lola took so long sniffing around (but not actually doing anything, and she hadn’t actually done anything yet), that it started to pour on us — and we were only across the street from our house.

At least I have my trusty vest to keep me warm

Sorry for the venting — but to end on a positive note, here I am in the Skirt Sports Toasty Vest, because I was dressed for warmer weather (it’s supposed to warm up – eventually it got quite warm) — I went out with the dogs in just a skirt and tee (and jacket, thankfully), but back inside I needed something warmer! I just love this vest so much.

Unfortunately as far as I can tell the Toasty Vest is not available right now — I really wanted to get it in black, too, but I guess I’ll have to hunt elsewhere (I did find it on Amazon — affiliate link here — but of course it’s not on sale).

Do your animals catch other animals?

Are you planting a garden — veggies, flowers, or both? 

Vests yay or nay? I was never a vest person until I tried this one!

The Goldilocks of dogs: TOLT

I’m Thinking Out Loud about how to motivate yourself to clean, what trends I like — and don’t like, and just how impossible it seems to find a sweater that fits Bandit.

A ball throwing senior moment
I was going to throw the ball for Bandit one day last weekend (it was too cold to walk the dogs). I had a thought about something to write in this post, told him I’d be back in a minute (like he understood), walked in here, created this post and . . . nothing.

In the time it had taken me to walk from the laundry to the office (like, a minute) I’d forgotten what great insight I was going to share with you.

Tutus and Tennies shared a meme in this post about how getting lucky is walking into a room and remembering why you did last week.

How to motivate yourself to clean
Invite your runner friends over. Seriously, I got to thinking that since the group (hopefully) going to the half in September is made up of people who don’t all know each other, wouldn’t it be nice if we got together and did get to know each other?

So I invited them to brunch. On the week I lose a day to go down to my parents. 7 women (potentially) and myself and Mr. Judy. We only have 8 chairs. And a small house. 

I did warn them to beware of cat dander and dog hair.

Not team #bathleisure
No, I didn’t misspell that — not athleisure, but bathleisure is now a thing. Actually, I think it’s been a thing for a while. I am not a fan. 

What is bathleisure, you ask? Wearing pajamas and bathrobes in every day life. Of course a lot of people already do that, but we’re talking nice pajamas here. You won’t catch me intentionally in my pajamas, unless at I’m at home or out in the backyard withe the dogs.

Athleisure — yes, I’m all about living in workout clothes.

I miss the Wednesday Word
And yet I’m happy that Deb @ Debruns has taken it to monthly. I really enjoy the Wednesday Word because it’s always a challenge, but I find I often don’t get around to writing posts on my t0-do list because they don’t seem to fit into a linkup or because I’m so busy linking up that I can’t do justice to a post.

So I’m finally taking the opportunity to step back and try to write a little less quantity, but hopefully a little more quality. Really all depends on what’s on my plate.

blolasweater
Lola’s not sure about the sweater

Bandit is really Goldilocks
I swear he is the hardest dog to find sweaters and jackets for. They are either too big or too small and almost nothing seems to fit just right. The latest size “medium” sweater Mr. Judy bought for him is what Lola is wearing above . . . isn’t she styling in her cropped sweater?

bbandit2
But we’re sure the M doesn’t fit Bandit

Vanity sizing is rampant in dog clothing, too.

Just yesterday I was walking the dogs and someone with another dog walked by us on the other side of the road, twice. The second time they commented how well behaved my dogs were. I got a snicker out of that; people sure do set the bar low when it comes to dogs!

On the other hand, the previous night when Mr. Judy went to get Bandit to go downstairs with him, Bandit growled at him. Definitely disturbing. Was he actually growling at Mr. Judy, or did he hear something? He still bears watching; we already know that he has guarding tendencies, although they seem to come and go. Every time we think they’re gone for good, suddenly one day he gets possessive about something.

Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:

Is bathleisure a trend or here to stay?

Is the hard part of having people over making sure your house is presentable?

What ways do YOU motivate yourself to clean?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud