Mr. Judy to the Rescue: 10/12 – 18 WRD

Yes, there is some running to report this week! Nothing wild, just a few short runs. Still lots of Yoga and walking. Less walking, though, because . . . running. My running miles basically replaced my extra walking miles from the previous week.
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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and reporting on easing back into running.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk/RGB Walk 3.00, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), TM Intervals 2.71, Dogwalk/RGB Walk .38, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk./RBG Walk 4.59
  • Thursday: Yoga (60 min),RBG Walk/Dogwalk/Hike 2.50, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), TM Run 2.21 + Legs, RBG Walk .42
  • Saturday:  Yoga (50 min), RBG Walk/Dogwalk 2.76, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (40 min), RBG Walk/Hike 2.22, Easy 4 miles, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 8.92 (=8.92)
Walking: 15.87 miles (-9.45)

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

Tuesday intention: Restart Running safely
Circumstances had me running on the two rainy days this week, which meant treadmill runs for me. I also started a loose version of the Peloton Road to 5k Program. Today’s run was intervals. I may have run a bit harder than I’d really intended but all was well and there was never any DOMs.

Friday intention: Running but finally some weights!
More rain. More treadmill miles. This time it was a 10 min WU, 20 min run with 10 min of legwork. Somehow following a Peloton class makes it much easier on the treadmill (for me).

I started with a warmup walk through the woods

Sunday intention: Go the distance . . .
. . . but not really. Just a slightly longer run than the first couple of runs — but easy! Although somehow negative splits. The mostly downhill second half might have had something to do with that. I started out with a walk through the woods (pictured above) to warm up.

Then onto my run

It was a bit hillier than I’d intended, but I had all the colored leaves to keep me entertained.

And this is where things went sideways

I chose a different way back because it was supposed to bring me back to where I’d parked. Then I got to the “path end” sign and had no idea how to go. I ended up calling Mr. Judy because I hate the maps app on my iphone 6, and he was able to point me in the right direction. I knew I was so close, but after walking back and forth for about a mile, I was getting darn hungry and anxious, too.

We’re at peak in the neighborhood

Favorites of the week
Despite a couple of days of rain, we’re really at peak up here in upstate NY and we’ve been blessed with some great Fall weather, too.

Fueled up for our walk

I didn’t need ice cream for most of my short walks/hikes this week, but since we got a warmer day — and I don’t like ice cream when it’s cold — this could be the last of the season.

Loved our walk around this pond so much I returned to this area to run (not the trails we walked on)
Short walk at another nature preserve with the dogs

This particular preserve had warnings about the duck hunting going on. A lot of people were still walking. I decided to chance it. I could hear shots, but never very close.

I needed this hot chocolate today!

You guys, this hot chocolate is da bomb. Seriously. I made it with chocolate cashew milk I made. I add collagen, turmeric paste, and some mini chocolate chips to it so it’s nice and creamy and chocolatey. Today I actually added some whipped cream and cinnamon (unpictured) because I ended up going a lot farther than I’d planned to! Yes, at some point I’ll be posting about my nut milk making adventures.

Oh, and that’s the Echo Show 8 we bought for my mom in the background. I’m working on setting it up for  her. We got a good deal on Prime Day; it’s not as good a deal now, of course, but it is slightly discounted here (Amazon Affiliate link). The sound is great! I’ve been having fun with it, when I’m not tearing my hair out how to get stuff working, of course. It’s been that kind of week. Sorry for the long post!

Do you ease back into running after a break or just pick up where you left off?

Do you embrace walking in addition to running or do you always feel the need for speed? 

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

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ICYMI: Sometimes video and audio fights me, and that was the case this week. I finally did get my Self Healing meditation put together after much hair pulling (ironic, no?) and you can find it here. Or maybe not. The first try at uploading it hung up. I’ve never had that happen before. I’m trying again but it’s unlikely to be live by the time I post.

Coming up on Tuesday: I finished my 40 Day Kriya and I’m sharing my thoughts on that. On Friday it’s a very personal post. Please view it with compassion and know that it’s not aimed at any person/s in particular.

Generator/Instant Pot to the rescue!: 10/5 – 11 WRD

Not running actually frees up some of my time. Yes, I’m walking more, but that doesn’t take as much pre- and post-routines (for me). Of course I could explore by running in the places I’m walking, but one problem I have is that I get so sweaty running that I can be uncomfortable post run if I have to drive a longer way home.
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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and just the walks, ma’am.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk/RGB Walk 3.67, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk/RGB Walk 5.39, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk./RBG Walk 2.50, Yoga (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (50 min),RBG Walk/Dogwalk 2.80, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (50 min), RBG Walk/Hike 6.20
  • Saturday:  Yoga (50 min), RBG Walk/Dogwalk 3.1, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), RBG Walk/Hike 1.66, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 0 (NC)
Walking: 25.32 miles (+3.30)

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

TX was bluebonnets, NY is leaves

Week intention: Recovery
That was the intention, but the Mother Nature had something else in mind. Wednesday afternoon we had a really short, really severe storm pass through. We weren’t hit hard, but there were trees down all over the neighborhood. 

We lost power for almost 3 days. Luckily we have a generator, but it doesn’t power everything, and it’s really loud — which made sleep difficult. Still I am very grateful for that generator — sleep would have been just as difficult without heat! Plus it powers our freezer & fridge. Most of my cooking was in the InstantPot or  Toaster Oven.

I hadn’t intended my running break to be quite this long, but the purpose was recovery, and I knew returning to running while really tired from sleep deprivation wasn’t in my best interest. There was lots of walking (and photos), though!

Started to take Lola on short walks; she was never happy being left behind!

Favorites of the week
The week started with a trip to mom with a stop at Olana first. I got to explore more trails. I definitely want to go sometime when I have even more time to explore!

We used this carrier above to carry Lola up the steps at Olana & to try to keep her calm while I visited with mom
It helped to keep her a *little* calmer

A short walk at a nearby nature trail

I took a solo walk at a nearby park & a little hike

10k walk/hike at Saratoga Spa State Park

Short walk with the dogs at one of my favorite (short) running trails

Today we visited a new place. May be the best place we’ve visited so far!

Lots of walking and Yoga, not much else. I wish I’d preloaded a few Peloton classes, but I didn’t. Plus . . . sleep deprivation most of the week, mom visit, vet visit for Lola . . . it was a busy work even without Wifi. I got in some amazing walks & lots of fall foliage, though!

How’re the leaves looking near you (if they turn)?

How do you cook without power? 

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

ICYMI: I had several things almost ready to film, but there was the generator noise — and no way to upload. Uploading video take s a long time. I plan to get a new meditation up soon. Stay tuned.

Coming up on Tuesday: Not sure yet. On Friday I share part of why I took my running break. I actually wrote that for last Friday, but it wasn’t finished, and I don’t have unlimited data, so this Friday it will be. I’m obviously very far behind on commenting on blogs and returning comments! Thanks for your patience.

Walking for RBG: 9/27 – 10/4 WRD

Nothing very exciting going on this week. No running to report (planned for break). Although I actually did get in more miles walking than I normally would with running, due to the Run for Ruth distance challenge.
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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running/walking my virtual Dempsey Challenge races.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, RGB Walk 3.13, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk./RBG Walk 3.58, Yoga (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (50 min),RBG Walk/Dogwalk 4.63, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (50 min), RBG Walk/Dogwalk 3.20, PB Walk + Toning (25 min)
  • Saturday:  Yoga (50 min), RBG Walk/Dogwalk 2.5, Filmed Yoga Videos (40 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (40 min), RBG Walk with a friend 5.62, Yoga (20 min)

Mileage: 0 (-10)
Walking: 22.62 miles

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

Week intention: taking it easy
Which meant no running for me this week. Despite decent weather, I didn’t really miss it, either. I did lots of walking. I *think* Bandit seems to be enjoying his extra, solo walks.

Bandit is not amused to lose his freedom a little, too

Favorites of the week
Lola continues to improve, but we’re not back to walks yet. The vet suggested only on grass. Well, she’s running around the backyard & where the heck are we going to be able to go for a short walk on grass? Actually I do have a few ideas.

Foggy start but the runway lights were cool!

But first a walk with a friend this morning. Miles always go by more quickly with a friend.

It doesn’t cost anything after Labor Day (except on the weekends)

Earlier in the week I visited Saratoga Spa State Park. I have run and raced a handful of times in this park, in fact normally I’d be doing a 10k there in a couple of weeks, but I don’t really know my way around it well and quite frankly I don’t think the road and trail signs are great.

Still I had a very nice walk that morning, enjoying the changing leaves and a waterfall or two.

The main reason I joined the walk for Ruth was the tshirt. Well, of course to honor her memory, too. Have you done a virtual just because you liked the swag?

Do you think the trails in your area are well marked? 

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

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ICYMI: An easy AM Yoga flow to banish any stiffness after sleeping here. Please excuse the resting b#*ch face. Sometimes it’s hard to get a great still!

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m finally giving you the lowdown on nasal breathing. On Friday I’ll suggest a few ways you can make virtual races more funI’m explaining why I decided to take a running break.

Leaves are a’popping: 9/21 – 26 WRD

After our cold snap last week, trees are popping out in color all over the place. Way too early, but there’s something about the changing leaves . . . even if I never missed that the 17 years we lived in TX!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running/walking my virtual Dempsey Challenge races.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (50 min), 3 miles easy (with 5 strides at end), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), Walk while waiting for Lola @ Vet, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), Dempsey Challenge Virtual 10k + .8 mile warmup, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday:  Yoga (50 min), Dempsey Challenge Virtual 5k Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)

Mileage: 10 (-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 Update

#allthepmpkins

Monday intention: Remind legs they can go fast
An easy run with strides at the end to work on turnover. Another nice day, although I kinda felt like I was dragging. The busyness of September catching up with me, I guess. Still it was negative splits. Last mile pretty darn fast for me (due to pausing my watch when I walk back uphill between strides).

Every day new trees are turning

Thursday intention: get stronger + speed
I chose to run my Dempsey Challenge 10k today instead of my usual long-run Saturday, thinking the weather would be cooler (maybe not so much, turns out). We’d still warmed up and it was humid, but not Summer-humid thankfully.  I ran .8 mile to warm up, then another 3.1 in the neighborhood (rolling hills).

6 pence

Then I took off downhill for the second half of the 10k. Yup, the second half was significantly faster. At one point I spied a penny — then another, then another — all in all there were six socially distanced pennies. Weird! Yes, I picked them up.

Then I walked almost 3 miles back up the hills, and then it was another 1.5 mile cool down walk with Mr. Judy and Bandit and stick a fork in me I was done — for the rest of the day! I was tired. I don’t think it was the “race” so much as all that time out in the sun. I felt fine the next day.

If you’d like to donate to my fundraiser, you can (until the end of September)  right here. 100% of your donations goes to support services for people battling cancer.

Dempsey Challenge 5k

Favorites of the week
In addition to running my virtual Dempsey Challenge on Thursday, we walked 5k on Saturday (the actual day of the road races, normally — there’s also cycling races) with Bandit. He was a bit balky towards the end (we had to pass our house to make sure it was really 3.1).

Bandit post 5k

Best use for beets!

Then there was this red velvet mug cake. It got its coloring from beets. Which I’ve had coming out of my ears with our veggie share.

Trying to block her escape route

Lola is better, but she is not amused at all at not being able to go on our walks. If she liked to be carried I’d take her with us that way, but alas, she really doesn’t. Luckily we have a gate that can attach to the top of our stairs, which Mr. Judy did. We carry her up & down those stairs. Sometimes she still goes up and down onto the couch, even though we try to help her and she has steps — she’s still darn fast for just about 15!

What are you looking at? Feather? What feather?

Run any virtual races lately?

Enjoying a little Indian Summer? We are for a few days!

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

GWY Pre Run Yin3a

ICYMI: One last Yin Yoga Pre Run Warmup and it’s the shortest one yet! I’ll get  you out for your run in just a little over eleven minutes here. All of these practices are great post run, too — or even the night before a hard workout.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m wrapping up my September. On Friday let’s grab some coffee or tea and get together to share what’s going on in our monthly coffee date here.

It’s more than Asana: Spilling over tea/coffee November 2019

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Most people come to Yoga for its physical benefits. I am not an exception. Sometimes, if you practice long enough, you begin to want to learn more about it . . . and Yoga is about more than just Asana.

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date, where I talk yoga, racing, and traffic — because that’s probably what I’d tell you if I were meeting you for a hot beverage.

Counteracted all that driving with some walking around while we were visiting my Dad

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I had almost a two week break from being at my moms in the middle of October. I really needed that break. It also forced my mom to actually start taking rides from some people who live/work where she is — something I had suggested.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that it’s kind of surprising to me how much my student is loving her private yoga sessions.

2 weeks . . . 3 races

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you Fall is definitely my favorite time of year to race. I’ve had years when I’ve raced almost every weekend for a couple of months. There’s less likely to be snow during Fall (although it can rear its ugly head) and the temps are often my friend.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you lately if there’s a traffic jam, you can almost bet I’m in the middle of it. Traffic isn’t that bad here, as it’s a relatively small city, but there’s been a lot of construction on the major highway. I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve been stuck in traffic. Once coming back from my mom it took me literally an hour to go what normally takes 15 minutes. Thankfully this last visit I was able to leave early and it wasn’t so bad.

The worst part is that it changes from day to day, even from morning to afternoon so it’s always a guessing game what the best route is — a game that I seem to be constantly losing.

Yoga . . . it’s not just on your mat

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you Mr. Judy and I had a discussion one morning about how my new “career” is great — because the antidote to stress can actually be found in Yoga (although Yoga teacher burnout is a real thing, too).

Stress out about demoing for the studio owner (it went ok, although I messed up a bit but she’s going to put me on the sub list)? Meditate on it! Yes, meditation is actually a part of Yoga. In fact there’s something called the 8 Limbs of Yoga; Asana is just one limb.

I thought it was a cool conversation because Mr. Judy actually recognized that Yoga is about more than the postures. Which is very true.

Have you been stuck in traffic more often lately?

Have you ever heard of the 8 limbs of yoga?

Is yoga all about Asana (postures) for you? 

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

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Reverse Mommobile: 9/9- 15 WRD

Kudos to all you moms out there who are taxiing your kids around all the time. Usually I’m the furmobile, as I like to call it. For much of this week, though, I was driving my mom around. Back and forth to the hospital every day. Shopping and errands. It was another intense week!

I am somewhat behind in replying to comments. I apologize if I haven’t gotten back to you. It’s going to be busy here for the forseeable future and I’ll do my best to read & comment on blogs — it just might take longer than usual.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing juggling activity — again — in a stressful, busy week.

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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: 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min), Soul Strolling
  • Tuesday: Yoga (10 min), Soul Strolling
  • Wednesday: Soul Strolling
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Yin Yoga (45 min), a much needed rest day!
  • Friday: Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Saturday: Dogwalk x 2, PM Yoga (10 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, 8 mile LSD, hopefully Yin Yoga tonight

Mileage: 14 (-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

Look at that wall. Imagine the hills. Or a bear . . . 

Monday
Initially I’d planned to go home today. I asked my mom Sunday if she wanted me to stay, but she couldn’t answer (because no doubt she didn’t want me to leave), so I decided to stay another day — in fact, I ended up staying two more days.

I hadn’t planned to run, since I thought I’d only be there a long weekend, but I’d packed one running outfit and brought running shoes just in case. Good thing. For my local friends, it was like running around Lake George — very hilly, and no shoulder at all (at least Lake George has a tiny shoulder).

Good thing I didn’t hear that bears had been sighted really close until dinner that night.

On guard duty when I left . . . still there when I got back

Friday
This was one of those runs: the kind you just completely drag yourself through, despite perfect running weather. I had hoped I’d feel better after the run, as sometimes I do when I’m feeling run down initially, but no. Well, it is what it is, and it wasn’t so bad that I needed to cut it short, although I definitely wasn’t going to extend it, either.

Not happy to have his siesta disturbed

Sunday
I had the dogs on my own, and there was no way I could do a long run Saturday & attend the party (more on that in the favorites) — I would have been gone at least 7 hours. Just doesn’t work for Lola, and she’s been quirky enough lately.

So I went to the party and ran today. I finally got a really good night of sleep, much needed (Friday Lola woke me up at 11, and I had a very hard time getting back to sleep — even if I’d been able to run Saturday, the body just said nope). Unfortunately that also meant I slept late, which had the snowball effect of me getting out a lot later than I’d planned, and wouldn’t you know summer was trying to make a comeback suddenly? It wasn’t summer hot, but it was 73F feels like 78 by the time I was done.

I happened to run across the snake above (almost literally) towards the end of my run. We had just been discussing fear of snakes at the party; generally I’m ok with little snakes like this. He seemed a bit angry, though, no doubt because the path full of bikers and runners were disturbing his sunbathing.

So it was a slog (slow jog). I still felt way better than I did on Saturday, and am very grateful I did.

This was definitely the highlight of Monday. Probably the only good thing about Monday.

Favorites of the week
Monday was a very, very bad day on so many levels, but the above did come into my email box at the end of the day. That was the one bright spot. Yes, I am a certified yoga instructor now. One that still needs to practice a lot at actual teaching! I have a lot to work on still, including developing a few hour long flows and memorizing them so that when I do get a job I have something to teach. Plus a lot of other business-type stuff.

Love celebrating our milestone birthdays! My next won’t be for a couple of years, don’t even know if I’ll still be here, and it’s in the middle of winter. Not expecting anything.

My running group came together to celebrate one of our own’s 50th birthday this weekend. Or as I liked to say, her birthversary (because her birthday and anniversary are just days apart). I needed those laughs! The cake was as yummy as it looks; so glad she requested chocolate.

Getting back home! As much as I hated to leave my mom alone, sleeping in my own bed and not driving at least an hour every day felt really good. My father was discharged to a rehab center that is unfortunately a half hour away from my mom, and in order to get there she’ll have to hire a driver.

I expect to be going back and forth on the regular while he’s there so I can take her at least once a week. We have no idea how long he’ll be there, and even if he’ll be able to come back home to the apartment when he has finished with rehab. Getting old can be really ugly.

Are you part of the sandwich generation — sandwiched between the demands of kids and aging parents? I suppose I’m lucky it’s just the aging parents.

What was your proudest moment from this week?

Are you good at memorizing things? I never was. It definitely hasn’t improved with age!

Soul Strolling: 9/2- 8 WRD

Normally I copy this post on Sunday or Monday and start filling it in as the week goes on. I knew I hadn’t been doing much with the post, but on Friday I realized I hadn’t even started it!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing juggling activity with a stressful, busy week.

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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:  3 miles TM speed ladder, dogwalk, trip to parents (before all hell broke loose)
  • Tuesday: 4 miles easy, PM Dogwalk, ST (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga practicing & taping practicum (60 minutes), PM Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, ST (
  • Friday: 8 mile LSD
  • Saturday: ST (30 min), Soul Stroll (35 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (15 min), Soul Stroll (35 min)

Mileage: 15 (-.50)

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

Monday
With rain and a trip to my parents, I was on the treadmill for some speed work. Pushed the pace a little again — it was hard, but doable. Not planning to push it again soon!

Fall Colors

Tuesday
Not sure how the week would play out (although still blissfully ignorant of what was going on with my parents), I decided to extend my run to 4 miles. Glad I did, since running will probably be a bit scarce the next couple of weeks.

I was bound and determined to make this a true recovery run, and I succeeded! I kept my HR low, and since I chose a somewhat hilly root, I took walk breaks when it got too high.

This barn looks a bit decrepit I can empathize!

Friday
I had already decided to extend my long run, but just had to move it Friday. With dry air and beautiful fall temps, this was a really strong run. 

Except the first mile. I started to run, and my HR shot way up. Walked, and it came right back down. This went on for almost half a mile. I was beginning to worry I was having a heart attack or something, even though I felt fine except for some understandable fatigue from this week.

Turns out the Momentum sparklet I had on that wrist was just edging under my Garmin, causing the sensors to not come in contact with my skin. Problem solved. So despite the uber-slow first mile, I actually ran a fairly normal pace at a decent HR.

Scenes from my parents. I took my mom back to her apartment, but she’ll stay with my sister again when I leave.

Favorites of the week
Wrapping up YTT and passing the test were definitely the highlight of my week, although seriously I was too tired to really feel celebratory. Still waiting to hear on the practicum.

Soul strolls. Google Erin Stutland. It’s a wonderful way to take a walk. Usually I’ve got my hands full with the dogs.

My Dad is improving but slept most of yesterday, still working the sedative out of his system. Not sure what the future holds.

What was your last tech malfunction?

Are your recovery runs actually easy?

When was the last time you took a test that was really important to you?  

Sliding into Fall: 8/26- 9/1 WRD

Another quiet week, and the last of my YTT calls. It’s amazing how much information we were exposed to — many students who are already teachers commented on how it was far more in depth than what they went through in an in person training. But just how much of it have I actually absorbed?

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing sliding into fall activities.

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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:  3 miles recovery run
  • Tuesday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, PB ST (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes)
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Trail Run 2.80 miles
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min), Hips & Arms (25 min), Yin Yoga (30 min)
  • Saturday: LSD 7 miles, Yin Yoga (55 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, ST (30 min)

Mileage: 15.80 (+2.80)

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

Ain’t she a beaut? Nope, that’s not in my yard, that’s in the park

Monday
I will admit it: I was just a little achy after the trail 10k the day before. More so than for most recent halfs! Probably because it wasn’t easy, probably because while I’ve done some trail running this summer, not that much.

A slow 3 miles on a very lovely day at the park.

Followed by a surprise chiro appointment (was able to get squeezed in last minute — remember they no longer take my insurance after this month). She said it was a good thing, as my hips were out of alignment. Despite all the yoga & body awareness, I never can feel that.

These neighbors made this cute sign from a tree they cut down!

Tuesday
Apparently I typed over this, I haven’t been entering my runs this week, and I don’t have a lot of memory of what went on here. It was easy and just a little faster than Monday’s run, that’s about all I remember.

A beautiful night to end the trail series on

Thursday
The last of the trail run series from our local running club. I was grateful they started half an hour earlier — I actually got to sleep at a decent time. Since it was my third run for the week, I hung back with a friend who is working her way back from an injury.

As seen on my long run

Saturday
Say what you will about the dwindling sunlight, our movement towards Fall brings in some lovely weather — and it was awesome for this morning’s run. Nice and steady, and let myself go a little harder that last mile. Sort of negative splits (even before the last mile). Nice.

I’m not sure I would have gotten through YTT without Quizlet

Favorites of the week
This week has been pretty much consumed by studying for my test for my YTT. It’s released today, but I am not yet ready to take it (I have over a week). Plus figuring out how to actually video my practicum (which I’ll be doing next week) and test uploading it.

If you ever need to study for something, I highly recommend Quizlet, you can download the app (or use it on your lap/desktop here). I used the free version.

I am actually feeling kind of run down — although a bit better this afternoon, but the resting heart rate remains good, so hopefully it’s just from lack of sleep and lots of studying.

Lastly, in case you missed it, the Skirt Sports Labor Day sale is going on here. Obviously I’m partial to the Cool it Tops, which I am wearing above, and yes, they’re on sale.

What is the best thing you’ve done that was totally hard, but totally rewarding at the same time?

Do you enjoy learning new things?

What would you like to do that you haven’t yet tackled in your life?  

State Number . . . : 10/22- 28 Weekly Wrap

. . . Well no, MA is a repeat state for me, so just two new states added this year (ID & NJ). However, Mr. Judy (more so than me!) and I have spent many happy hours on the Cape, as his parents retired to there (but then moved away about the time we moved up closer to them). I always thought my half in MA would be Cape Cod, but when Runner’s World did their only Heartbreak Hill Half, I just felt called to do it.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my taper week leading up to the Cape Cod Half. And then I’m done, but not quite finished, as Pahla B likes to say (visit the Killer B Queen here). As in I’m done with double digit racing, but not quite done racing.

WWSki-Orange

Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, JY Train Your Core (13 minutes)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, SB WU (8 minutes) PB Full Body Weight Loss (25 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, JY Twist Your Core (7 minutes)
  • Thursday:  YFR Hamstrings, Travel to Cape Cod
  • Friday:  Pre race yoga, walk to pick up packet & see the ocean (while it wasn’t raining)
  • Saturday: Cape Cod Half Marathon, post race yoga
  • Sunday: Farewell Cape Cod & AMR, Travel home

Mileage: 23.1 (+6)

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

My peaceful place. Apparently the Geese agree.

Monday
Since today was an easy run, it went a whole lot better than yesterday’s progressive run. It was supposed to be run at a slightly faster pace than my usual easy run pace, although I have run many easy runs at the pace.

A couple of miles were quite a bit faster, but overall the pace was just fine — and Rachel @ Runningonhappygives me a range of paces anyway. I am usually on the higher side (as in the slower pace).

Testing out headgear options for the race

Wednesday
5 miles easy was on the schedule, but I decided to do 4 1/2 and then throw in 5 strides. It was windy — but not as windy as the race is supposed to be — still, it gave me an opportunity to see if a buff could help hold down a hat in windy conditions. Seemed to work.

Notice that umbrella on the left . . . if only you could run with that!

Saturday
Last half for the year done. So very done. Nothing like running 13.1 with major wind, rolling hills & cold rain the entire race. According to Mr. Judy was, indeed, a Nor’easter. But running it with fellow BAMRs — it was priceless.

Chatting with Sarah & Dimity

Favorites of the week
In case you missed it, this weekend I attended the Another Mother Runner retreat on Cape Cod. We laughed, most danced, we learned, we bonded, we tackled or spectated a half in a Nor’easter.

Smiles the beautiful day before with Running Buddy J

Yes, the weather was just stunning Thursday, Friday, and it was great for the marathon on today.

Literal calm before the storm

But Saturday, the day of the race, it was a soaker. A Nor’easter, in fact. Rain, light to heavy to light and back to heavy the entire race. Wind in the 20 mph range with gusts up to who knows where. Waves crashing over the seawalls — one person said one even got her and all she could do was laugh.

I won’t leave you in suspense: it wasn’t a PR. Although I will always run better in nasty, cold conditions then direct sun and heat — one of my goals was to simply beat my time from NJ (read about that here) and I did that handily. I am happy with this race, although definitely sad because it’s a really beautiful course and we didn’t get to enjoy it much on race day — in fact, I took no photos at all during the race.

The race was still a fantastic experience, but you’ll have to wait on the recap a bit; I’ll be back on Tuesday to grade my October.

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here?

Let’s get the conversation started:

Would you bail on a race if it was a nor’easter?

Worst conditions you’ve ever raced in?

Do you like doing strides? I love them! I can be fast for short periods of time

Last Half Training for 2018: 10/15- 21 Weekly Wrap

Thankfully no snow here yet but the temps are cold enough for it overnight! Too soon, Mother Nature, far too soon.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my last week of hard training for the Cape Cod half as I move into tapertown. Be sure to stop by the other bloggers to see what they’re up to.

WWSki-Orange

Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, PB KB Cardio/Toning
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 6 x 400s for 5 miles total, PB Cardio, Agility & Core (30 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PB Low Abs HIIT (30 minutes)
  • Thursday:  5 miles easy, PB Beginner Leg & Butt (10 min)
  • Friday:  8 mile LSD, Iron Strength Glute Blaster (15 minutes)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Flat Belly Yoga (10 minutes)
  • Sunday: 4 very cold progressive miles, SB WU (5 minutes), PB Stability Ball Abs (25 minutes)

Mileage: 17 (-9)

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

Running along the Mowhawk Hudson path again — you gotta watch your step (although most likely you won’t see as many leaves on the path since it’s earlier)

Tuesday
Monday was cool and rainy and I was glad not to have to run. Today was much nicer, but rather raw and windy when I ran (although later in the day the wind died down and it was a beautiful fall day).

The 400s should feel easier on a cool day, right? My legs didn’t get the message. The overall run was faster than last week simply because the warmup miles weren’t so slow. Hit the right paces for most of the 400s.

As you’re almost nearing the finish, right before the gazebo and where the green path starts off to the right, you’ll see this little lake

Friday
Running Buddy J and I met up for a last long run before the half. She had to go out of town afterwards, and quite frankly the weather looked a little better on Friday — but Saturday wasn’t so bad, as it turned out. Although a bit chilly and windy with our first hard freeze.

We ran together about 3/4 of the run and then split off to maintain our own paces. Always nice to run with a friend, which despite my group I rarely get to do.

It’s definitely too early for these temps!

Sunday
Last week I asked where Fall went since it was summer-like for much of the week. Be very careful what you ask for because this morning was Winter like! It was super windy while I ran, but looking at the weather, the temps were supposed to drop and the wind pick up so I managed to get myself out the door in the morning.

I’d love to say  I nailed it, but the first mile was way too fast, the next 3 miles were too slow, but hey, the last mile was the fastest and it almost matched what would be race pace for me for 4 miles.

I’d still love to PR a 5k — it’s been years — but all indications just point away from that and of course time is slipping away. Just two more easy runs and then meeting up with a whole lotta AMR ladies I don’t know and running the Cape Cod Half Marathon. At least it’s not supposed to stay this cold.

Arancini. And was super yummy!

Favorites of the week
It was our anniversary on Friday (33 years) and we did what we normally do — we went out to dinner. We usually travel for our anniversary; we’d talked about Mr. Judy coming out to the Cape after the weekend, but in the end he decided not to. Obviously we’ve been traveling for a while now.

Wish I could say it was as yummy as it looked.

The cake was a disappointment to me. Mr. Judy was surprised when I put my fork down before him (we almost always share desserts). It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great, and I just don’t need to waste time (and calories) on something that isn’t great — probably ate too much of it anyway.

Slightly fuzzy photo, but Gizmo keeps cozying up to Mr. Judy

Getting friendlier or secretly trying to smother Mr. Judy? You decide!

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you find yourself struggling with your training at the end of a training cycle?

Do you prefer to run in the heat or the cold?

Do you have to clean your plate (clearly I don’t)?