Spring is Starting to Pop!: 4/5 – 11 WRD

This time I started this post yesterday. The week sort of got away from me — it was busy though! I also suffered from laryngitis this week, so I had to cram my most of my fitness into the last few days. I don’t really remember what happened on what day until the last couple of days.

The leaves are coming in, the trees are beginning to bloom, the weather was seasonably appropriate, and Bandit finally got a bath — Spring has sprung!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running easy.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (45 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 min), Short hike/Dogwalks
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), short warmup hike, 6 mile LSD, Yoga (45 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga video (35 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (45 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga later

Running Mileage: 12 (-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 Update

Beautiful day! Beautiful daffodils!

Wednesday Intention: easy run
I almost ran Tuesday because while I couldn’t talk, I felt better, and it was a beautiful day. Felt like it might still be better to rest, so Wednesday it was. An easy run in the neighborhood. The only thing memorable was seeing a dog off leash (we’d seen him off leash a few days before that). The owner was waiting for him to come to him, basically — he didn’t seem terribly concerned.

Chasing a dog never works, but he lives on a busy corner where people often speed around the curve.

A bike trail warmup for my run — this one looks muddy in the beginning, but really wasn’t

Friday Intention: go the distance
It was another beautiful day, but I relaxed in the morning and got out too late and chose the wrong top. This wasn’t an easy run by any means. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to do my warm up hike. The first entrance was a lake, but the second one wasn’t muddy — I won’t be running at this path too much longer because it gets so buggy in the Summer. Too bad because I enjoy my warmup hikes, even though there’s nothing really that great about the scenery there.

A few interesting sights on the run. The daffodils basically in the brush at the end of someone’s property along the path was definitely a surprise!
This photo was taken yesterday, when it was sunny. Today’s cloudy. But the forsythia are sunny!

Sunday Intention: enjoy the Spring weather
Ugh, I waited too long to get out there today, and it was really humid. At least I hit the outfit right! The first mile was a nice pace, but it was downhill from there between the ups and downs of the route I chose.

I started to skip some of my walk breaks to work on endurance.

Dionondahowa Falls; photo credit Mr. Judy (except the one of Mr. Judy)

Favorites of the week
We really had a pretty glorious week weather-wise. The Daffodils and Forsythia are blooming, always a sure sign of Spring. No snow. We took advantage of the weather and took a drive up to Schuylerville to do a short hike to a waterfalls, and then over to the Schuyler House to walk around some more. We ate lunch outside at a restaurant. It’s been 5 months! I needed that!

On Monday I woke up with a sore throat. I’d spent a lot of time sitting outside the day before. An allergy? I didn’t feel too bad, although I was really tired that day. I felt better on Tuesday, but could only croak (barely).

I’ve spent a lot of time outside the rest of the week, but by Saturday I could talk again. Weird!

We also grilled outside (which Mr. Judy has been doing for a while now) and ate outside. No need for the patio heater! And obviously I filmed this week’s video on the Yoga platform. I still love that so much!

Vegan zoodle bowl

Plus ordered some food for pickup today. I just haven’t been into cooking lately, although I’m trying to get back at it — but I wanted something healthy.

Finally it occurred to me to look into whether or not Forsythia are dog-friendly. They are! Cat friendly, too. We are constantly trying to get things into the backyard that aren’t toxic for Bandit. Why it took me twelve years to think of this, I don’t know, but now I’m hoping to look forward to Forsythia front and back next year.

What are you looking forward to in Spring? 

Has it been warm enough to enjoy outdoor dining? Have you?

What’s blooming around you?

GWY Throat Chakra Yin

ICYMI: I decided to create a Yin Yoga video devoted to the throat chakra, for obvious reasons. This practice will also help you release tension in your neck, throat, shoulders, and arms. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: My biggest takeaway from my Mobility course. Friday I’m sharing more takeaways from that mobility course. It’s mobility week!

Waterfall Chasing: 3/29 – 4/4 WRD

One of the benefits of rain/snowmelt is the waterfalls are quite full. There is definitely something about a waterfall that has always entranced me!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running post vaccine.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), 3 easy miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk/Short hikes/walks
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), 4ish TM (Endurance + Tread Bootcamp), Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (50 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), 6 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (45 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), PB Cardio Toning?, Dogwalk

Running 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 Update

Hello sunshine (in flower form)

Tuesday Intention: easy run
It was a positive splits kinda day. The first mile was brisk — both weather and pace-wise, but after that I began to tire and got slower and slower. It was also pretty windy. I think? I didn’t start this post until Thursday. Oops!

Thursday Intention: endurance, speed, strength
I know that if I want to put in extra miles I have to do it before the Peloton Tread Bootcamp, so I did a short endurance run first. The Bootcamp had sprint intervals. All told an hour of hard work. Normally I’d do a bike cool down, but it was lunch time!

What a great idea!

Saturday Intention: enjoy nature
Ultimately I was glad that Mr. Judy had something today so I got my run done yesterday — it was a beautiful (but cold) sunny day! I did trail miles, and I ended up at a dam I didn’t even know was there, because I hadn’t gone that far on that trail before. The last 2 miles were a bit of a struggle. Definitely notice a slight hit to my endurance with that first vaccine, even a little over a week later.

I might have seen an eagle (so many birders come to these trails), but hard to say. I saw a very large bird flying, and I don’t think it was a hawk or crow. They had this really cool exhibit with pages from a children’s book on trees, so a nature walk where the kiddos could read a book page by page. I thought that was so clever!

Nice having these so close to home!

Favorites of the week
I spent multiple days trying to get close to Cohoes Falls, which is a large waterfall quite close to me. Didn’t happen — yes, I saw it, but from a distance (closer park doesn’t open until May).

Imagine my surprise to find this on my run yesterday!

I did discover the dam I didn’t know existed on my long run, though. Next week looks like we’ll have decent weather so I’m hoping to get Mr. Judy & Bandit on a short waterfall hike again.

They were not happy I invaded their space this time 🤣

In one of our unsuccessful waterfall hunts, we did come across this pleasant little park. Wish I had that right in my neighborhood! More geese, you’ll notice, but no interactions (unless you count Bandit trying to eat their poop, of course).

It did stick around overnight but quickly melted

Not a favorite? The April Fool’s snow! That happens pretty regularly in these parts, though, and was gone as quickly as it came.


I think we need more; don’t you?

Last but certainly not least, the bulbs emerging!

Have you discovered new things in your area recently? 

Has Winter made an unwelcome return? 

If you celebrate Easter, a very happy (and safe) Easter to you!

GWY Immune Boost + Breast Health

ICYMI: If you’re going to be vaccinated or just were vaccinated, you may enjoy this gentle, immune boosting practice, which is also great for breast health. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I share why I love Spring running. Friday I’m sharing some great Essential Oils for runners.

First Race 2018: 4/9 – 15 Weekly Wrap

As I was gearing up for my first race of 2018 my body was rebelling a bit with some unexpected tiredness. Or maybe it was just the weather? Not to mention the forecast for the race today was giving us all fits — ice! I kid you not.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I geared up for my first race of 2018.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: PB Legs & Booty, Dogwalk, Volunteering with FTC, 5 miles easy overall
  • Tuesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: PB Total Body, Dogwalk, Element PM Yoga
  • Thursday:  Feeling a bit meh so an unscheduled rest day
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, PB Total Body Kettlebell, YFPR Flexibility & Flow
  • Saturday: 1 3/4 mile WU with FTC, 1.5 miles easy + 8ish strides, Pilates Perfect Body Perfect Silhouette
  • Sunday: Delmar Dash (5 mile race)

Mileage: 17ish (NC)

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

Monday
It was a beautiful, sunny day with not too much wind — so naturally I completely forgot to take any photos. Too busy catching up with Running Buddy J after the training group.

I don’t know why but today’s run just felt hard. It happens sometimes. My resting heart rate was mildly elevated this morning, I was super tired Sunday evening & it was a rest day, so this bears watching (cue foreshadowing).

Tuesday
The weather. Oy! So unmotivated to do anything. The sun would come out for a hot minute, then it would look threatening. I procrastinated as long as I could, but finally I had to get out there.

A faster run than yesterday that felt easier. But seriously there’s nothing to take pictures of: no flowers, no leaves on the trees, no sun. It’s majorly depressing.

 

Great minds think alike (same print)

Saturday
Don’t let the sunshine fool you — it was darn chilly and windy (yet again). Warmed up mentoring the challenge group than ran another 1.5 miles on my own with some strides in the middle to get ready for the race tomorrow.

 

Some Wineglass Girls racing

Sunday
A week ago, when I finally registered for the Delmar Dash, the forecast was for afternoon showers. Which then changed to morning showers. Which then changed to ice! Luckily the ice never fell, it wasn’t even really drizzling, and although chilly, it was good racing conditions.

I’m leaving the recap for Tuesday. And that’s all I’m saying about that.

Poor things didn’t know it was going down to freezing!

Favorites of the week
My parents’ house is finally sold! I wouldn’t say that solves all their problems, but it definitely eases the bleeding money on a fixed income.

I finally saw these little bits of color above on Friday. It’s been so gray and drab most of the week, it’s nice to see a sign that maybe we’ll have a spring after all. Poor things won’t know what hit them with our weather over the weekend, though.

Good luck to all who are running Boston tomorrow! May the weather and running Gods smile on you!

Sorry, it was a busy week so I never got around to adding my favorite blog posts for the week! Hope to be back with it next week.

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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:

Would you run a rainy road race with temps in the 30s — in April — seriously, where is Spring?

Are you watching the Boston Marathon tomorrow?

What’s blooming in your neck of the woods?

Zzzzz: 2/6-19 Weekly Wrap

This week was still long, still tiring, but minus the snow shoveling, not nearly as bad as the previous week. And I had a nice birthday (more on that in my weekly favorites).

The best part? I slept a whole lot better than I have in a long, long time. And I really needed that.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin sharing my birthday week with you — won’t you share with us how you’re staying active?

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Pahla B ST, Pilates Trim & Tone Total Body & Stretch, Shoveling
  • Tuesday: DM Flow, YTU Feet & Ankles, 4 miles easy (including 8 x 20 strides)
  • Wednesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk,
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 5 TM Miles (3 @ tempo)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pahla B ST, JY Hip & foot reset
  • Saturday: JY Calf reset, Pahla B Abs
  • Sunday: 9 Mile LSD, JY Post Run Recovery

Mileage: 22 (-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 

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Finally! I needed that!

Tuesday


It was my birthday and Mother Nature finally gave us a break — for a Northeast Winter’s day, it was a decent day: no ice, no snow, the sun peaking out . . . occasionally . . . not during my run, of course.

This was the first time in a really, really long time that I’ve run a mile without doing my run/walk intervals (that would be the strides portion — still intervals, but no walking involved).

I survived. Which is why I love having Rachel @ Runningonhappy to hand me my workouts. I’ve gone out on my own with the intention of not taking a walk break on an easy run, but I’ve just gotten so used to my run/walk. The other three miles were all done with run/walk intervals, but it’s nice to see I can still just run — if only for a little while!

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The white is snow; on Sunday, we still have some (but it’s melting . . . slowly)

Wednesday


Another decent winter day, with snow in the forecast (but not much). I slept a bit late, I and I had trouble motivating myself out the door early (did you catch my tips on that very subject here?)  when I saw the snow wasn’t supposed to arrive until 2 pm (even though I know my app is wildly inaccurate when it comes to start times).

A solid negative split run. I wasn’t really aiming for that, but when I saw I was headed that way, yeah, I made an effort. I was hoping that the sidewalks would be clear enough to run a slightly different route, but alas, they still had too many icy patches for me to attempt them. I’m getting really bored with so few places to run!

Thursday


Yes, I could have done this run outside. Only my neighborhood is hilly and my race isn’t. Not to mention the wicked winds making it feel colder than it really was.

And yes, I could have done it Friday, rather than run three days in a row (even though that was what was on the plan). Only I had appointments and errands at a time that made getting in a run logistically difficult.

I bumped up the pace on the tempo portion just a smidge, and the overall run was 30 seconds faster. Still felt really, really hard. But I did it. And didn’t bother with photos.

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Skirtsports . . . pre/post run

Sunday


It was a nice day for a run. Not the 60s and 70s so many of you are enjoying, and still plenty of snow on the ground, but it’s been a long time since it’s been a sunny day where I didn’t feel I needed to hurry through my warmup because it was so frickin’ cold.

The park angel deserted me — the bridge connecting the park to the neighborhoods beyond, where I did most of my running, was still ice. But melting ice, so I just paused my Garmin while I walked on over. Most of the paths were snow/ice free, although I did “run” into some black ice initially.

The first few miles felt easy; of course that didn’t last, but I still almost did negative splits, except for the last mile.

 

I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoyed the process. — Oprah Winfrey

I’m trying, Oprah; I’m trying. Some days — some weeks! — it’s tough. But you gotta enjoy some warmer weather, especially when it comes with a dose of vitamin D!

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Favorites of the week
Mmm, red velvet cake. Seriously, what’s not to love? I would have liked to see more chocolate ganache (maybe I should have asked for some?). And since it was Valentine’s Day (aka my birthday) and a prix fixe menu, I got the dessert all to myself. I did give Mr. Judy a taste.

The infrared wrap. I had a foot massage — think a sports foot massage, as in hurts so good — and I thought I’d booked the wrap followed by a massage. Only it turned out I’d just booked the wrap.

Even though she didn’t turn it up fully, by the end of 30 minutes I was sweating buckets and getting a little uncomfortable — only I felt so comfortable afterwards! It was amazing, and I can’t wait to try it with the massage afterwards. If you have any nagging aches, this really does help.

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A lovely surprise; thanks, Mr. Judy!

And all the flowers. I bought myself tulips, because normally Mr. Judy doesn’t buy me flowers for Valentine’s Day (aka my birthday) because of the price increase — except this year he decided to. Two vases of tulips, two dozen roses! Good thing those roses came with a vase since I’d already used up our larger vases for the tulips!

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Now don’t you want a brownie for breakfast?

And this protein breakfast brownie. I will need to tinker with it more, so no recipe right now. But it was really good!

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:

Are you enjoying the process (whatever you’re working on)? 

Do you feel a bit left out if it’s still snowy where you live?

Share dessert or keep it all for yourself?