Busy with life: 8/14-20 Weekly Wrap

There was a lot of solo running this week, including my first double digit run in a while. Next week looks to be much more sociable. I hope the forecast is right — there’s a trail festival on Sunday and I’m hoping to do the 5k as a recovery run. Right now the forecast looks perfect, but it could change dozens of times before next week!

We visited my parents yesterday, which is an all day affair, and I was too pooped to finish up this post when we got home — then had to get out early to meet up with a friend, run some errands . . . just busy with life.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and today’s guest host to let you know how training is going and take a peek at your training, too.

WeeklyWrap

Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 4 miles on the trails, PB Dumbell Workout
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 6 miles (3 x mile repeats), Pilates
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Arms, 25 minute swim
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Abs & Glutes
  • Saturday: 10 mile LSD
  • Sunday: Pilates, visit parents & multiple short dogwalks

Mileage: 23 (+ 2 )

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 

At least the trails are runnable now. Some of them.

Monday


I was going to meet up with a friend but we couldn’t make it happen, which left me free to see if the trails were still so overgrown — and actually, at least some of them were more groomed. And with all the rain, some of the sand was more packed down.

4 slow miles — but extremely consistent! A little buggy in places, but it’s a nice change of pace.

Lots of rain . . . lots of flowers

Tuesday


Lola refused to eat her breakfast this morning. Apparently Bandit is a bad influence. This dog is always happy to eat! And no, she wasn’t sick, she was happy to take treats and go for her walk but I wasted time trying to persuade her to eat, I’d overslept a bit, and all in all, didn’t get out there until 9 am. When the cloud cover started to disappear. And it was a pretty soupy day.

I still wasn’t able to hit the paces, but with the humidity, I really wasn’t surprised. Next week will be harder, there’s no walk break between tempo miles . . . but harder runs make us better runners!

How cute are the new prints from Skirtsports?


Thursday


Another speedy easy run before dinner. Apparently running for my dinner makes me faster. Had to try out the new Skirtsports prints (code FWC20 for 20% off of most items).

Getting off the path to see the views

Saturday


Mr. Judy had something to go to, but later than me, so while I didn’t get out as early as I would’ve liked to it was the earliest run of the week. It was also my longest run since my last half — didn’t particularly bother me since it was just one more mile than last week.

Although our small group was meeting up, they were getting out later and after three weeks battling the road closures due to construction, I just wanted to stay closer to home. My pace was all over the place, and on the slower side, but again, a humid day. Luckily where I was running has plenty of shade.

I saw Forrest Gump again for the first time this year. Well, the guy who reminds me of Forrest Gump. And I chicked him. At the end of my run. Of course, for all I know he’d already run 20 miles (unlikely, but you never know).

I actually didn’t tape for this run, and usually I do when I get into double digits, but I carried some strips with me just in case. I didn’t need them.

Favorites of the week
It was a frustrating week for many reasons. Nothing major, just a buildup of frustrations. Probably my most favorite thing (aside from refueling with sushi later on in the day after my long run) was the small pill dispenser that came with my last order of Saltstick fastchews.

I’ve been looking for something like that forever. I don’t have a photo yet, but it worked pretty good until you got to the last chew, which was stuck in the bottom. The reality is I need two of them, although they’re small, so pretty easy to carry.

 

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:

Do you run by something for months & then one day decide to look closer? 

What’s your favorite way to carry chews on the run? 

What do you think about the new Skirtsports prints? 

RnR Cape Cod: 9/19-25 Weekly Wrap

No, Rock n Roll is not starting a race in Cape Cod, but don’t you think they ought to? I could probably sweet talk Mr. Judy into that. Maybe. Although I told him he likes the idea of the Cape, not so much the reality (driving there is not fun).

We needed some time away. Although we actually will have a lot of time away in the next few months. My next half is coming up quickly, and then another little racecation, and then another . . . I did even sign up for the best damn race in New Orleans for March 2017! I’m not sure I’ve ever been that impulsive about a race signup.

No, I didn’t get in for $1. I thought I had it all set to go on my phone, as we were going to be out and about when registration opened, but let’s just say I was frustrated. I signed up several hours later when we got back to where we were staying.

They have pace groups for 2:40 & 2:50! Maybe I’ll finally be able to run with a pace group!

So because I’ll be traveling a lot in the next few months, but “wrapped” up with family business too, follow me on Instagram to find out what shenanigans I’m up to. I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.

WeeklyWrap

Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 15 min stationary bike, Pahla B Stability
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4.5 miles speedwork (5 x 800), 12:20 bike WU, Pahla B Core HIIT
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 3.5 miles easy, Pahla B Full Body KB
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, otherwise in the car most of the say
  • Friday: Lots of dogwalking
  • Saturday: 10 miles LSD, Dogwalk, YFR Hamstrings & Foundation
  • Sunday: 2 miles easy, Dogwalks, walked around Goodwill Park

Mileage: 20 (+1)

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

Back of the tank says: Mind over matter. Indeed.


 Tuesday


Normally I run MTTrS. Monday I was just completed exhausted, mind, body, and spirit (read about what went down in the Weekly Wrap). I am slowly learning to Respect my body. So even though running Monday & Tuesday would have really worked for me this week, I also knew I wasn’t up to running yesterday.

Unless I’m physically sick, I never bail on a run! I’m so glad I did. I needed to.

I got out a little later than I planned to (family stuff), and even though it was a warm, humid day, thankfully the cloud cover held for most of my run. I did 5 x 800m intervals with 3 minutes of rest in between, with a 1 mile warmup and cooldown.

It felt comfortably hard. My intervals were really steady at just under 11 mm, with the last one being the fastest. What can I say? I just love being able to stop and catch my breath after half a mile.

Fall is coming . . . 

Wednesday


Although the day before fall starts, the mornings tend to be cooler and shadier as the days get shorter. I set out for three and a half easy miles, and that’s pretty much what I got. Nothing terribly remarkable or memorable about this run.

Not always a bad thing.

I’ll take your picture if you take mine . . . 

Saturday


It was such a beautiful day to run. So run I did. 10 miles. And since I was in a new-to-me running area, I took my time, stopped a bunch, and took lots of photos.

Oh, and I’m pretty sure I saw Janelle @ Runwithnoregrets and MB @ tutusandtennies, but I thought I’d shout out to them when our paths crossed again . . . sadly they never did.

Beautiful fall day to run


Sunday


I was pretty determined to get in some good mileage this week. And it was a beautiful, cool, Fall day. So I ran up and down the street our house was off of . . . several times. Because it was only about half a mile.

And then at the end some lady started to chat me up about running, did I think it helps to lose weight? Somewhere from there we got to talking about our elderly parents . . .

Yes, I forgot my hat. Good thing it was mostly shady.


Favorites of the week
Getting away! I swear, never have I been more in need of some RnR. The first night I laid down with Lola at 7 pm, just to rest, and woke up with Mr. Judy came to get her for last call at 9 pm!

A great place & day to run


My long run on Saturday. It was such a confidence booster. I forgot my Rocktape! (affiliate link.) So I admit to being nervous. There’s an awesome bike path in the area, the shiningseabikeway, and it’s nice and flat. I really wanted to run it end to end, which was just about perfect mileage, but Mr. Judy was concerned about trying to find parking in Woods Hole so I did an out and back instead.

Everything felt great. Nothing bothered me — not during the run, not after the run.

All the eats

All the lobster rolls. And the hot fudge sundae.

A little tree pose by a tree

Gorgeous weather. We got so lucky!

Lola loves a little breeze

That Lola was mostly extremely well behaved.

Unfortunately, there were so many bloggers right within reach, and I didn’t meet up with a single one. 😦 I didn’t know most of them would be there, with the exception of MB, so that made me sad.

Dogs aren’t allowed on the beaches until Oct. 1, so I didn’t get to walk or run by the ocean, either.

And that’s a wrap 

Let’s get the conversation started:

What’s your next race?

Have you ever signed up for a race on a whim? Which one?

Where was the last place you went on vacation? Would you recommend it?

I’m  also linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup. Because, why not?

Tuesdays on the Run

Aging isn’t for sissies: 9/12-18 Weekly Wrap

Another very, very hard weekend with my parents — although just the weekend this time, I actually did get to stay home last week and am back home right now. For those that don’t read the blog regularly, my parents are basically in their 90s, my mom is recovering from surgery and the recovery has been very difficult.

We finally convinced them to put a down payment on an apartment in a retirement community. It wasn’t easy; it was highly emotional for all involved. We’re a month away from actually moving them in, and we worry they will try to back out, although it’s a non refundable deposit.

So I will continue to be on and off the blog. I’ll do my best to keep up with comments and your blogs, but I hope you’ll understand if I don’t do more than like a comment. I truly love the interaction between bloggers, but my time online is often limited these days.

Having my longest long run in this week made it a bit easier to get my weekly mileage in!. I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.

WeeklyWrap

Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, Pahla B 15 Minute KB
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 3 miles: 1 mile WU, 800/3 min recovery x 3, .5 mile CD
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Pahla B 15 Minute KB
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, no other organized exercise but 10k+ steps anyway
  • Friday: 11 miles LSD
  • Saturday: Looking at retirement communities
  • Sunday: Looking at retirement communities

Mileage: 19 (+2.9)

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

Just me & my duck friends

Monday


Some storms Sunday morning finally blew out our humidity, so my run today wasn’t a slogfest and didn’t suck. Almost negative splits, with one rogue mile. I probably really didn’t need 5 miles, but life is so crazy right now I figure get ’em when I can.

13.1. I’ve got this. I hope!

 Tueesday


I haven’t done speed work for most of my training, with the exception of last week’s 5k, which is really more a tempo run. I have a tendency to do my speedwork more as progressive runs (each speed interval faster than the last), so my aim for this run was to try to keep the intervals about the same pace. I mostly succeeded with it, and I am happy with this run.

Running without humidity? Priceless!

Post run selfie. Maybe I need to change my profile pic, hm?

Friday


I headed  out a bit later than I really wanted to, not hitting the path until almost 9:30. But it was a cool, low humid day, and most of the path was in shade, so it was fine.

I basically wanted to try to mimic my race, just at a slower pace. I mostly succeeded. It was mostly negative splits, although I let my last mile be my cooldown and I slowed way down then.

I got my brownie sundae afterwards; I only ate about half of it because it was humongous. A couple of hours later I was hit with severe cramps in my hamstrings. Both of them. I was going to get the mail, and I could barely walk. Out of the blue. No idea what that was about; they passed after several minutes and I was fine.

Dehydration? Or the fact that I didn’t take electrolytes after my run? I usually do, but it wasn’t super hot and I didn’t really think I needed it. Thankfully it didn’t happen on the run.

I shared some thoughts from/about the run on Friday’s post.

I took out about half of that bad boy

Favorites of the week
Brownie sundae, of course. I kind of wish I could have waited to later in the day to eat it, but I had to get ready to head down to my parents the next day.

A good double digit run in good weather.

While I wasn’t able to keep up with you, congrats to everyone racing this weekend! So many of you out there getting it done. Great job! You should be so proud of yourself!

Other than that, seriously, yesterday was just horrible. We all (my siblings and I) hate seeing my parents this way, hate having to force the issue, and hate the way we had to force the issue. We all know it had to be done, but that doesn’t always make it any easier. It ranks up there with putting my furkids to sleep, learning my FIL had dementia, and Chester and Simba’s diagnoses with their terminal illnesses.

And that’s a wrap 😔

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you think that post run selfie is a good profile photo?

Ever get a “treat” and then realize it’s not really what you wanted?

Do you feel badly about only eating part of what you bought?

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.

WeeklyWrap

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!


Monday



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

 Thursday



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

Sunday



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!

The heat is on: 8/22-28 Weekly Wrap

A few cool mornings in the beginning of the week, but then the heat and humidity returned. Friday was really unbearable; luckily my first double digit run of this training cycle was Saturday. Find out how it all went down below.

I think maybe things are looking up, even so, and I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.

WeeklyWrap

Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 mile tempo, Pahla B 10 Minute Core, YFR Hamstrings & Foundation
  • Tuesday: 2 miles easy, Shapeshifter Yogaflow
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Kettlebell
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 2 miles easy on the Treadmill, 15 minutes stationary bike
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Kettlebell, YFPR Knees
  • Saturday: 10 mile LSD
  • Sunday: Walking around hospital 

Mileage: 17 (+3)

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

Thank God I wore a tank top

Monday



What a gorgeous day to run! I met up with Darlene for the first 3 miles of her 10 mile run. So it was slow and easy for her and a tempo run for me. Thankfully Bandit’s diarrhea from the weekend had ended, so while I was sleep deprived, I didn’t have to come home and do any cleaning.

I did tape my IT because of the twinges I’d had Saturday; I think that was a good decision. Surprisingly my ankle felt fine afterwards.

 

Sweaty, not radiant

Tuesday



It was so nice and cool when I got up, but I waited until about 9 am to run. It wasn’t nearly as cool then, and not a cloud in sight. Unfortunately I’d chosen capris, which would have been fine had I run around 7, but thankfully I wore a light tank top on top.

Since I’m still rebuilding mileage, it was just an easy 2 miles. I concentrated on cadence, though, and so it was a decent pace for me. No taping, no problems.

Beating the heat on the treadmill (aka Old Faithful)

Thursday



I could have got out early in the morning to run. It wasn’t too bad then. But soooooo tired. And a busy day ahead of me.

So nope, I opted for an afternoon treadmill run. It was only  miles, after all (rebuilding after being sick). I bumped up the pace just a little bit, considering how short the run was and I have nothing else really to say about that run.

Scenes from Saturday’s run

Saturday



10 mostly lonely miles. I tackled Blatnick hill (the locals know what I’m talking about), while many of the group wimped out and avoided it. Pacing sort of all over the place — partly because of that hill. 

I tried to do 2 miles at race pace towards the end, but the body just wasn’t having it, even though it was a really nice day to run. But they were faster, just not as fast as I was aiming for.

Happy to be finished with my first double digit run since my last half and still feeling good.

The trick is to count it down for the photographer
Favorites of the week
Getting those 10 miles in. I wasn’t quite sure how they’d go down but it was good. Happy with my overall pace. Happy with how my body felt afterwards.
Unfortunately not quite sure when I’ll run again; my mom has being doing okay during the days, not so great at night, and there’s been some falling. I’ll be headed that way as you read this (or already there).

In fact, my mom was readmitted to the hospital early Sunday morning and I drove down even earlier. There’s a lot going on, not life threatening, but the bottom line is she was severely dehydrated and getting her to eat and drink is still a struggle. 

And that’s a wrap 😔

No questions today. I’ll have time to read comments while in the hospital later today, probably.