Damn you, s’mores: Runfessions July 2017


July may have been quiet, but I still have a few runfessions to get off my chest. Or thighs, or buns . . . it seems like food is the theme in a lot of them this month!

Join me, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and other bloggers — reading other bloggers’ runfessions might just make you feel better..

I runfess . . .
I have a tendency to bit off more than I can chew — literally and figuratively. The literally being I tend to be a volume girl when eating (don’t give me teeny tiny portions!).

The figuratively being I get caught up in what I want to do vs what I should do vs what what’s realistic to do, and sometimes tire myself out needlessly. Take last Friday, for instance. I wanted to bake some stuff to bring to a party I was going to. And I just wanted to test out a lot of recipes I’d been eyeing for a while!

So I:

  • Walked the dogs
  • Made a smoothie to sip while exercising
  • Rode the stationary bike
  • Then did arms & abs
  • Baked brownie bites
  • Baked Banana oatmeal cookies simply because I had a couple of very ripe bananas
  • Made a dip for the party
  • Mixed up the batter for the s’mores cookies I planned to bake the next day
  • Washed towels
  • Mixed up the batter for my breakfast cookies the next day
  • Made a smoothie to drink post long run the next day
  • Cut up some lettuce and put it in mason jars for future salads
  • And of course fed the furkids and went outside with them multiple times throughout the day

Basically, I was pretty much on my feet from about 7 am until about 2 pm.

This was the day before my long run, naturally. So much for taking it easy.


I runfess . . .
I definitely got carried away with the S’mores Cookies I talked about in last week’s Weekly Wrap (read it here). And maybe those Fig Bars, too. As in I ate more than I should have.

I’m usually pretty good, but I’m blaming the runger.

I runfess . . .
One day I ran in the morning on a super humid day, which means lots of sweat. I didn’t feel like struggling out of those sweaty clothes knowing I’d either have to wear some new workout clothes or get back into them later . . . so I stayed in them a few hours, until I’d finished my strength training and some yoga.

Good thing there was no one around me to be grossed out by it!

I runfess . . .
I wimped out and decided to run on the treadmill on a humid, rainy day that actually turned out to not be all that rainy. I can’t tell you the amount of times I went back and forth between I’ll run outside, I’ll run on the treadmill. It was quite the epic battle.

I runfess I probably would have run outside if I hadn’t misplaced my Garmin charger and my Garmin had very little charge. The charger is magnetic, which is great, except for the fact that it has a tendency to stick to metal objects. I know I’d charged it Friday before my long run, and dammit why didn’t I charge it back up after that run?

It was just an easy run, but how would I know when to run, when to walk? Or how far I’d gone? Not to mention I’d probably have to download an app so I could tell how far I’d run and I didn’t want to deal with that.

Mr. Judy had been complaining about the fact that I hadn’t yet tested out the treadmill after he fixed it again. So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I runfess . . .
I normally don’t struggle with my weight as much during the summer, but this summer is different. Maybe it was all the travel and halfs. So knowing I only had a little wiggle room on my first of the month Weight Watchers weigh in to stay free for the month, I actually weighed several different dresses before I got dressed.

In the end I went with my lucky weigh in dress. Yes, I have one — basically, it’s the lightest dress I own. I will be heartbroken when it’s no longer wearable! In the end I could have worn something heavier, but I don’t have a scale at home and I wasn’t sure.

Everybody’s luck runs out sometime . . .

Do you sometimes overbook yourself?

How long would you stay in sweaty workout clothes?

What is the weirdest thing you’ve done to get a good weigh-in?

Wouldn’t you like to get some runfessions off your mind? Come join us


I am also linking up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy today.


Fig Bars vs S’mores: 7/17-23 Weekly Wrap

I’m still enjoying lower mileage and mostly easy runs. I’ve been getting in some cross training, and keeping up with my strength training so far. The one thing I’m not enjoying — and I think most of us aren’t — is the ever-present humidity.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and Darlene (guest host) to share how I’m moving this week. How was your week?


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 4 mile trail run, Pahla B Booty, Yoga
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles with 8 x 1 minute hill repeats, Blogilates Abs
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 30 min swim, Pahla B Arms
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B Full Abs, Blogilates Arms
  • Saturday: 8 mile LSD, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, JY Weekend Reset

Mileage: 19 (+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 


Don’t less the pretty trail fool ya — so buggy!


I decided to test out my theory that the perimeter of the trails would be much less grassy/weedy and I was right. But the bugs. Oh my word, despite the insect repellent buff and bug spray, at times the gnats were driving me insane (but thankfully not the whole run).

In fact, some kid scared the bejezus out of me because he asked me if it was buggy back there (I had no idea anyone was behind me and I don’t even run with music!).

Despite the sand, and the many roots trying to take me down, the trails were mostly shady and if it hadn’t been for the bugs, I would have said it would have been an enjoyable run.


Knowing I wasn’t happy with how late I got out the previous day, I got everyone (except Bandit, who has decided he doesn’t want breakfast) fed and then got out there. Athough humid (still) the sun was nowhere in sight and quite frankly I was happy about that!

I keep forgetting to rearrange data screens for these runs and just have no clue how fast I was running on the hill repeats. It was the slowest mile, but that’s because there’s a 2 minute recovery walk (which I needed). It felt harder than the prescribed 5k pace . . . I guess we’ll never know.

Picked Bandit up for my cool down. It’s hard work juggling getting my runs in and getting the dogs walked. Lola doesn’t tolerate heat well anymore. But then again neither do I when I’m running!


A blurry instead of a sweaty runfie


Back on the treadmill. While I’m all about getting it done outside because you never know what race day will throw at you, I’m also not going to torture myself with “feels like 90” when I can’t run in the morning. Bumped up the pace just a smidge.

Wildflowers as seen on my run


Another cloudy, humid run. Thank God for the clouds. Never thought I’d say that!

I got there early so I could add my extra mile (group run was 7 miles on the schedule). I ran with one of my friends for about 5 miles, which always makes it more enjoyable. Nothing terribly remarkable about this run other than the consistency of the pace — except that first solo mile (which was slow).

Before I left I doused my insect repellent buff in water. Then put it in my Packit bag (bag with ice packs for sides, basically). Boy, was that cold when I put it on! But I actually think it helped me stay a little cooler.

It’s time to start thinking about fueling on the run again — or having a post run snack that isn’t a smoothie. All I know is I wanted to eat all the things the rest of the day! Of course I was also very tired after basically waking up at 2 am and being able to get back to sleep . . .

Favorites of the week
I’ve been enjoying everyone’s posts about Blogfest. I don’t even have FOMO — I’d considered signing up, but then didn’t want to pay $50 if I couldn’t go. In the end, I just needed the downtime this month. So I’m not too envious. Maybe next year.

Us runners clean up nice!

Of course one of the highlights of my week was the get together of many of the women who are going to my fall half with me (sadly, one has already had to drop out due to surgery, but we still enjoyed her company!).

I brought desserts. Of course. And only one had any chocolate in it! And I also bought a yogurt dip — not sure anyone but me had any, but that just means more for me.

What surprised me was the fact that the Fig Bars were the hit — don’t get me wrong; I think they’re really good. But I also think that the S’mores Cookies (that recipe is on my Pinterest cookies board here — the Fig Bars come from a cookbook)  I made were really good, too! Unfortunately I had a lot of them left and had to take them home with me. That is the sort of thing that really tempts me. They’ll go into work with Mr. Judy tomorrow.

And that’s a wrap 


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 have a go-to party dish? 

What’s your best battle humidity tip? 

Do you mind if the trails have tall weeds?