Great minds think alike: 4/22-28 WRD

The beginning of the week was so beautiful, and the end was so harsh. Some hills, some trails, some mentoring and easy runs. Not as much strength training as I should do but at least I did something. And matching Skirt Sports patterns at a couple of different runs!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and sharing my week of maintaining my base.

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

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, FOGA Arms & Core (20 min), 1 mile + 2 miles easy while FTC Mentoring
  • Tuesday:  3 miles with 7 x 30 sec-ish hill repeats, Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yoga/Pilates (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Yoga Feet & Ankles (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga for Hips, Hamstrings & Back (45 min), 2 miles trails + 4 more miles
  • Friday: Pilates (10 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga Hips & Hamstrings (7 min), FTC Mentoring 2.75 miles, Dogwalk, Kettlebells (15 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Rest Day

Mileage: 14.75 (+.25)

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

Finally a beautiful day for a run.

Monday
I had every intention of just doing the workout with the mentees, even knowing it would be quite slow. I hung out with the real BOTPers, so it definitely was slow. I got to the park early, with just enough time to squeeze in one mile on a most beautiful day to run — happy I did.

Pocket full of water.

Tuesday
Such a beautiful day. Should have worn a skirt not capris but I’m getting closer to guessing right, anyway. Added one more repeat this week. Then kicked myself for not thinking about exploring some trails at the park I keep thinking about — it was the perfect day to see how long/short they actually are.

Glad I got out there today, it was our last nice day for quite some time.

Thursday
I did go explore the trails at the park this time. I thought they’d go for maybe half a mile and peter out, but there are a lot of trails back there. A lot of very technical trails — all sorts of roots, rocks, and some mud. Why did I never think to train here when I was training for my trail half a couple of years ago?

Actually, probably a good thing. As I said, these trails were even more technical and even steeper. I only ran on them for 2 miles, but my shoulders were so tight the next day — I swear, did I climb them instead of run on them?

Actually one of the more un-technical parts!

I actually took it incredibly slow. I was very mindful that there were only a few people in that section of the park (which is still actually closed), and I didn’t want to fall several miles from my car and have to hobble back. I managed to stay upright, although I did catch my toe a couple of times on roots.

I finished up the rest of the run on the paved path, but man, this run really kicked my booty. I suspect that by summer it will be way too buggy to be enjoyable in there, but it was a truly lovely day today. It’s so close to my house, I’m sure I will run trails there again some day.

Mentor Skirt Sports Pattern Twinning.

Saturday
At least it didn’t snow, and it didn’t rain on us either. But the wind and the feels like 30s temps! Ugh! Ran back & forth between lots of women. One of the women I ran with for a time thanked me afterwards, telling me she wanted to walk but I kept her going (it was supposed to be a 2.25 mile run with no walk breaks).

Different skirts, but more pattern twinning.

Favorites of the week
It was a pleasure to be in skirts this week . . . until of course the weather whiplash roared back in on Thursday. And so it goes. Happy that I have the running gear to tackle almost any weather — the will is a different story!

A big shout out to Marchia @ Marciashealthyslice for rocking the London Marathon and wrapping up her World Major Marathons quest.

The dogs are slowly getting  the hang of the pet door. Sometimes I have to pop a corner but they’re pushing through (mostly) on their own and the flap is now down (good thing, too, considering how chilly it is!).

Talk to me:

Enjoy any racing this week?

Roads, trails, or both?

Group runner or solo — or both?

Spring Cleaning: 4/15-21 WRD

A “big” jump in running for me (it’s all relative) and the first 4 x week in a while. I was so happy to be able to run in a tank and skirt finally; not so happy about the humidity.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and wishing those who celebrate a Happy Easter & Passover.

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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:  2 miles + 1.5 miles easy while FTC Mentoring, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday:  3 miles with 6 x 30 sec-ish hill repeats
  • Wednesday: Yoga/Pilates (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Yoga Feet & Ankles (15 min)
  • Thursday: ST Arms (15 minutes), Pilates Core (10 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Friday: 6 Miles Easy, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: FTC Mentoring 2 miles, Runner’s Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Rest Day

Mileage: 14.5 (+3)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Monday
Got in 2 speedy miles before mentoring for roughly 1.5 miles. Got rained on a bit before the mentoring, but it was fine, and stayed dry during the mentoring run.

Hill repeats (didn’t need the vest really — again!)

Tuesday
It may have been windy, but it was finally a pretty day to run. I chose to do some hill repeats. Small, short hill repeats. They add up fast, though! Ran one mile. Stopped to stretch. Ran up and down a hill 6 times (almost .75 miles, as it turns out) & continued til I hit another mile.

Small break. Then finished up with one more mile — originally I was just going to do .5 mile but figured it’s a nice day why not go the whole mile. I felt tired & sluggish, but it turned out to be the fastest mile — all three were relatively consistent, though, surprisingly — even the hill repeats.

As seen on the run (well, after the run)

Friday
Holy humidity, batman! I got out far too late for this run. I decided I would take a walk break each mile for water. Well, that turned into longer and longer walk breaks and then multiple walk breaks per mile disintegrating into run/walk intervals for the last half mile (and that last mile was way faster than the previous two, go figure).

Beginners warm up with a “brisk” 5 minute walk

Saturday
We were threatened with rain and/or thunderstorms. What we got was hot & humid with a few sprinkles at the end, which worked out because today it was 25 minutes of straight running and that’s a big jump for these ladies. Later it poured buckets!

Pre-bath. Yup, he got me with that tongue!

Favorites of the week
The Spring cleaning refers to giving the dogs baths today. We’ve finally found Spring, so we could do it outside. They do not enjoy it, but they’re generally pretty good about it. Which is why small dogs are a favorite of the week — they may squirm away, but ultimately there is no escaping the inevitable.

Matzo Brei. I did not take photos this year. Search my site and some will come up. Essentially it’s french toast made with crumbled up matzo and it’s my favorite thing about Passover. I wish I could eat it ever.single.day. I’ve even been known to make it after Passover is over, just to use up leftover matzo. It makes great running fuel — for me anyway.

I hope whether you’re celebrating something today or not, that you to enjoy a nice day (or cozy up inside).

Talk to me:

Do you still do baskets even if your children are grown?

Still in Winter or has Spring found you, too?

What was your favorite run of this week?

Not running down goals: 4/8-14 WRD

Still running, but not presently running down any running goals, if you get my drift.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and lots of healthy-minded bloggers — there are many ways to stay active.

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

Workouts update

  • Monday:  1.5 miles easy while FTC Mentoring, Yoga Backbends (50 minutes)
  • Tuesday:  ST + Pilates Legs (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Yoga Hips (55 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: ST Arms (15 minutes), Pilates Core (10 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Friday: 4 TM Progressive Miles, Dogwalk, Yoga/Pilates Fusion (30 minutes)
  • Saturday: FTC Mentoring 2 miles + 3 easy, Studio Yoga (1 hr), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Raking

Mileage: 11.5 (+1.5)

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
This was my third running day in a row, although granted two of them were just easy running with the FTC group, but yesterday was my race. Slow & steady does it. The forecast rain didn’t appear until we finished, which was a big relief. Although I forgot that I ran on Saturday, just a tiny bit. It’s fine, still not training for anything, just enjoying the run.

Friday
It was a raw morning, so I opted for a progressive run on the treadmill. I thought it would be easier than a steady run. I also wanted to try to run all 4 miles. I don’t know what happened, but at about 2.5 miles I just had to get off and walk a little — and then again in about another half mile. I was feeling kind of light headed. I did finish it up, but man, this run kicked my booty for some reason.

First time running with Running Buddy D in a long time!

Saturday
Ran with a variety of our lovely FTC ladies for a couple of miles, then ran with Running Buddy D for another 3. She’s just home from Bucharest, where she ran a 10k! Finally a warm day, which was sort of unfortunately for all the runners running a new local half (including Darlene @ Myfirst5k.

It was actually warm enough to eat outside (even with that ominous cloud in the background)

Favorites of the week
Sorry Midwest, but I’m totally glad that Spring blizzard missed us. We had a lovely Spring day yesterday. I ran in a skirt. Mr. Judy grilled some burgers (I made myself a salad) and we were able to eat outside.

More & more daffodils every day (and the dogs looked in every direction but at me)

Spring is just about ready to pop, finally — I saw my first daffodils this week and the forsythia is almost beginning to bloom.

The stop at the Apple store was a tiny bit frustrating — I had made an appointment, but it seemed they just took people in the order they signed in, or so it seemed — I was right: it was the battery — and that’s mostly why there is a lack of photos this week.

We bought the phone refurbished. I now know that the battery should have been glued in — you could feel it moving around, but we’d read that that wouldn’t be a problem. Apparently it was, as from the moment I got the phone the battery drained really fast. It was my first iphone, and some research said it wasn’t abnormal for that model. Apparently it was, though, because with the new battery it definitely doesn’t drain as fast. I *think* they may have fixed another issued I’d been having too (connecting to wifi).

It wasn’t that expensive and it’s like I have a new phone!

To all those running down goals at Boston, may you have fair weather & good times!

Talk to me:

What flowers did you notice this week?

What do you like to do when you aren’t running?

Ever mentor other runners?

Nice weather racing: 4/1-7 WRD

I’m still not running a whole lot, but so far, knock on wood, it’s going fairly well. Of course I typed this sentence the day before my 5 mile race — I may sing a different tune after that (cause it’s been a month since I’ve run that far, even easy, much less racing).

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and lots of healthy-minded bloggers to share how I keep active. Congratulate both Kim & Deborah on finishing the Cherry Blossom 10 miler (lucky dogs!).

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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:  2 miles easy + FTC Mentoring
  • Tuesday:  ST (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Easy 3 miles, Dogwalk
  • Thursday: ST Legs (15 minutes), Pilates Legs (20 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Dogwalk, ST Abs & Core (15 Minutes), Yoga Abs (20 minutes)
  • Saturday: FTC Mentoring (walked with an injured runner), Yoga for Abs & Glutes (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Delmar Dash 5 Miles, Yoga (40 minutes), Dogwalk

Mileage: 10 (+4.5)

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

Don’t let the bright blue skies fool you — it was seriously cold this day!

Monday
Still riding the no walk runs — still short runs — this one was surprisingly speedy (for me). Weird.

Then another 1+ miles with the group, still not a whole lot of running but they’re up to 3 minutes running for part of it.

Wednesday
Finally a beautiful day — too bad I totally forgot my phone (as in left it at home) so sadly no photos to share. I headed up to the trail by the river, the really short one, but I was only looking for 3 miles.

For the first time in a really long time, I was overdressed, and although my plan is still to just run without walking and see where it takes me, I had to stop after 1 mile because I was broiling. I took off my jacket and wrapped it around my waist.

3 miles seemed like such a long way. The last mile . . . I was dragging. I had initially thought about putting in some strides but quickly nixed that idea. It’s been almost a month since I’ve actually run three miles! I was very surprised when I looked at my splits later to see that it was my fastest mile.

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I didn’t actually have big dreams for this race — just to finish!

Sunday
I stalked the weather and finally signed up for a 5 mile race on the last day of online registration — weather looked great for running — and it was! I’ll recap it on Tuesday, but met up with Darlene and got my free massage. In an odd twist of fate, both Darlene & I had the same massage student. We were wearing the same Skirt Sports print, although I was in capris and she was in a skirt — the woman thought I had come back for a second massage (hello, did she notice all the gray hair?).

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Mr. Judy captured Bandit waiting for me while I was out racing

Favorites of the week
Second try from Butcherbox will be Flat Iron Steak tonight; I’ll let you know how it turns out. This time Mr. Judy will grill it (on a rare nice day). If you use my link here, I might get something (we’re not exactly sure what).

In another weird twist of fate I briefly ran into Running Buddy J (who just got back from FL last weekend) when we went out to dinner. We were seated in booths with our backs to each other, but I could hear her talking and realized that was her so we said a brief hello (she was with friends, so I didn’t want to intrude).

You know what wasn’t a favorite? The snow/sleet we got on Friday. Thankfully it had melted by the next day. And the fact that my phone refused to turn on after the race, but would come on when plugged into the charger when I got home — showing 100% battery. It will only stay on when plugged in at the moment, although I still have some debugging to do. It might need a new battery. Always something.

Talk to me:

Any synchronicity going on in your world this week?

Is there a race you do that always seems to have bad weather?

If you’re in training-mode, how’s it going?

Slow & Steady Does It: 3/25-31 WRD

Some days I felt pretty good, some days I felt a bit eh, so I am still taking it easy. No reason not too.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner along with lots of other healthy-minded bloggers. Check them out for some inspiration!

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

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, Yoga IT Stretch 12 minutes), 1.5 miles easy + FTC Mentoring
  • Tuesday:  Yoga Detox (45 minutes), Dogwalk, Raking, Pilates Abs (150 minutes)
  • Wednesday: PIlates Arms & Back (15 minutes), Dogwalk, Raking, Yoga for Recovery (30 minutes)
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Pilates Legs (15 Minutes)
  • Friday: 2 easy TM miles, Pilates Stretch (15 minutes), Yoga Lymphatic Massage (20 minutes)
  • Saturday: 2 miles easy + FTC Mentoring, Dogwalk, Pilates Posture & Balance (10 minutes), Yin Yoga Hips (20 minutes)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Yoga (30 minutes)

Mileage: 4.5 (+3.5)

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

I wore trail shoes assuming there’s still be icy patches — there weren’t

Monday
Last week was the start of the Freihofers Training Challenge (yes, you have one more day to sign up hereif you’re local!), but I wasn’t up to attending. Today I got out there early and ran .75 miles, took a break for some photos, then ran back .75 miles — no walk breaks. Don’t ask me why.

Then another 1.34 with the group, very easy, mostly walking, although I did run between people to make sure everyone was okay.

Lola getting in on the photoshoot

Friday
A really nasty, rainy, raw day. Feeling kind of eh (still kind of back & forth with it), but did 2 easy miles on the mill. Again with no walk breaks. Again don’t ask me why.

Through the covered bridge and up the hill every week

Saturday
Feeling better this morning, and especially happy that the forecast rain was taken out of the forecast — and it did stay dry. Back mentoring and many of my friends were there this week. Did roughly a mile of mostly walking (they’re on 20 minutes of 90 seconds run, 2 minutes walk, so not a whole lot of running yet).

Ran with one friend afterwards for a couple of miles (no walk breaks) and called it good.

Falling apart Chuck Roast courtesy of my InstantPot and Butcher Box

Favorites of the week
Did you see my post on Instagram about our first try from Butcherbox? (You’re following me here, right?). Mr. Judy was salivating over all that meat when it arrived — we don’t eat a lot of beef, generally (they also have chicken and pork). I did the chuck roast in my InstantPot and it came out great.

I’ll write a review of Butcherbox when we’ve tried a few more things (read: in a couple of months, probably!). Right now all you need to know that it’s humanely raised, grass fed, and comes in a cardboard box — no Styrofoam at all (but obviously dry ice).

If you use my link here, I might get something (we’re not exactly sure what). The roast was great — that’s all we’ve tried so far (there were also some filets, sirloin tips, ground beef, and a couple of hanger steaks).

Got in three runs this week! I think the 5 mile race I was considering is probably not gonna happen next week. I don’t think any of my friends are doing it, and while I’d worked back up to 5 miles, that was before I got sick. There will be other races.

Saw the first bulbs coming up this week while walking the dogs — Spring will come up here — eventually.

Talk to me:

Are you big meat eaters?

What sort of subscription boxes do you get?

If you’re in training-mode, how’s it going?

Easy does it: 3/18-24 WRD

Not a whole lot to report this week. Feeling better, but almost no running. No need to push myself. Since I’m mentoring for the Freihofers Training Challenge, it’s a pretty perfect opportunity to ease back into running, as the challenge follows the C25K app.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and all the other bloggers, whom you should visit, to share how we stay active and fit.

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

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, Tai Chi (exploring new options, this was very brief)
  • Tuesday:  Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Yoga for Abs & Posture (45 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 Minutes)
  • Friday: Yoga for IT & Hamstrings (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Run/walk, mostly walking & mentoring (20 minutes)
  • Sunday: Yoga for Neck & Shoulders (20 minutes), Dogwalk

Mileage: 1, maybe? LOL — nowhere to go but up! (-5)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Yeah, it was pretty cold and a little slick

Saturday
My return to “running” coincided with mentoring for Freihofers Womens Run again — I’d already missed the kickoff on Monday. It also coincided with a thin covering of snow and ice. Insane winds giving the real temperature of 30 a feels like 15. I won’t lie: I really didn’t want to go.

I didn’t do a whole lot of running. I walked quite a bit with one lovely woman towards the end who is battling PF (and I know a lot of you can relate to that!).

Despite the conditions I’m really glad I got out there. Left to my own devices I wouldn’t have, but I had a blast and I think all the women that showed up did, too.

Lola loves to snuggle in close

Favorites of the week
I did find a new Netflix show to watch (new to us, anyway, apparently the first season came out in 2016): The OA. Also very odd, but odd in a good way to me. I love Jason Isaacs — such a talented actor. I do hate that his character is rather evil.

With me, too, while i was resting

The Widow, btw, was on Amazon Prime. Really enjoyed that.

So my one very short run/walk yesterday still netted me lots more steps than I’ve been getting lately. It’s been a while since I’ve seen 10k steps — still slowly easing back into activity, trying hard to stay healthy this time.

With most of my family (missing my brother & one nephew
Including the nephew who lives in India!
The birthday boy (who turns 93 tomorrow) facetiming with his son

Talk to me:

When looking for a show to watch, what type catches your interest?

Do the little teases of Spring have you thinking about what  you’re going to do when the weather gets nice?

What’s blooming where you live (snow here, apparently, although it should melt by tomorrow, it wasn’t very much)?