State #20, Half #23 (I think?): 2/11-17 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 10: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

I honestly don’t know quite where I am with the states — or halfs! I seriously need to update my “Races” page. It might be state #19 . .

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home and wrapping up BDR Savannah Half training.

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Workouts update

  • Monday:  Yoga (8 minutes), DM Stretch (15 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday:  SB WU (5 minutes), DM Total Body (15 minutes), travel to Savannah
  • Wednesday: 5 miles easy
  • Thursday: YFRHQ Hamstrings (20 minutes), 3 miles with strides
  • Friday:   Yoga (7 minutes)
  • Saturday: BDR Savannah
  • Sunday: TBL Pilates (30 minutes), Travel home

Mileage: 21.1 (-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

Wednesday
Tuesday was a long day of travel with delays due to the snowstorm & a late bedtime for me. I wasn’t even sure I would want to run & it was chilly (38F, anyone?). I didn’t rush out there but the run was fine, especially with lots of photo stops.

I spent the last mile or so clutching the grass woven roses the homeless? woman insisted on making me — as I ran by she said happy Valentine’s Day & I said over my shoulder that it was my birthday. She called me back & insisted I take them (in a nice way). We chatted for a while but I had no money to give her (not that she asked for any).

Thursday
I had planned on 4, but needed to get back, shower & change. Turns out I probably could’ve finished the 4 but still just did 3. One more mile ain’t gonna make a difference at this point. The run was fine again.

Satruday
Not quite the race I wanted, but I finished mostly intact (aside from a large blood blister on a toe) & not my best or worst time. We enjoyed our time here and I’ve added GA so I call that winning.

Favorites of the week
The meet ups — Skirt Sisters above and Karen @ Runningfifty below.

All the food.

All the sights, which I’ll leave for another post. And running in skirts — now it’s back to reality and more snow. It’s February, after all.

The Hay is in the Barn: 2/4-10 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 9: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

I admit it: life is much easier without Gizmo, but I can’t say that life without him makes me happy, either. I miss him. When you’re in caretaking mode, you don’t realize just how much time that caretaking consumes. I didn’t really think that he was that time consuming — but he was.

Still, there’s a race to be run, so run I did. I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up my last long run leading into BDR Savannah.

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Workouts update

  • Monday:  Yoga (7 minutes), Visit parents & multiple Dogwalks
  • Tuesday:  YFPR Hamstrings (20 minutes), 8 x 400s for a total of 5 miles, Iron Strength Abbreviated
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga
  • Thursday: Yoga AM (7 minutes), 4 mile “Progressive” Run
  • Friday:   Yoga (7 minutes), Dogwalk, YFR Hamstrings (10 minutes)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, TBL Pilates (30 minutes)
  • Sunday: 9 Mile LSD, DM Total Body (16 minutes), YFR Hamstrings (10 minutes)

Mileage: 18 (-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

What a difference a day makes. At least it wasn’t too cold.

Tuesday
Monday was a beautiful day, just perfect for running, but I was basically stuck inside almost all day. This morning, when I did my speed work, it was chilly — although 50 by the time I finished! — and very gray. Still much better conditions than we’ve seen in a while.

This speed work went much better than last week’s tempo. I didn’t hit my paces on all my intervals, and ended one short by mistake, but I hit the right pace on quite a few so I was satisfied. It was still hard. It will always be hard! It’s supposed to be hard.

I always think about asking their owners if we should get them together with Lola for a playdate

Thursday
It was a very gray day — again — but not gonna lie. 44 felt really nice. I wasn’t chilled for hours afterwards.

I set out to do a 5 mile progressive run. I decided 4 miles sounded just fine as I was running. The first mile was a little bit slower than I wanted, then I increased pace way too much the second mile. The third was a little faster, and the last mile was my fastest. So not quite what I was aiming for but I’ll take it. It always takes me a couple of miles to warm up.

Happiness is always an ice free path & some different scenery

Sunday
I had plans to meet up with someone but it fell through. Which allowed me to get out there a little later — it wasn’t crazy windy like Saturday, but it wasn’t warm, either. This was a surprisingly speedy run for me. I don’t know why. I wasn’t really pushing it, but I held a relatively consistent pace that was just a bit faster than my normal easy pace. I pulled it back just slightly at the end — I’d rather be speedy in my race than in a training run!

Favorites of the week
That chicken noodle soup again after my long run today. It really hit the spot.

Banana chips. Have you ever had them? I made some energy balls with them this weekend. The balls were great, but the banana chips were definitely addictive. I had some of them on my long run today. I guess I need to pack a few. I also need to make sure they’re not somewhere easy to get at at home, I could definitely see these being a problem.

In case you missed it, I wrote another post about Gizmo filled with more stories and photos. Read it here.

Looking forward to some future warmer runs!

Let’s get the conversation started:

Have you ever tried banana chips?  

Have you ever eaten banana chips to fuel a run?

For those trapped in snow and polar vortex, were you able to run outside this week? All my runs were outside — there were only three of them, LOL!

Saying goodbye & moving forward: 1/28-2/3 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 8: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

Normally running is my go-to for stress; it has gotten me through many difficult times in my life the last 10 years. I did not want to run this week after we put Giz to sleep, although I did my runs and have kept as active as you can when it’s so cold and you’re “stuck” inside — and that helps. It is what it is. Moving on.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up a week of heartbreak and moving forward.

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Workouts update

  • Monday:  Yoga (7 minutes), 6 Miles Easy, Dogwalk, Yin Yoga (15 minutes)
  • Tuesday:  Very short dogwalk (cold!). lots of laptime with & saying my final goodbye to Gizmo
  • Wednesday: YFPR Align & Alleviate (30 minutes), SB WU (10 minutes), DM Total Body (12 minutes)
  • Thursday: Yoga AM (7 minutes), TM Tempo-ish 6 Miles, Iron Strength Glute Blaster (15 minutes)
  • Friday:   Yoga (7 minutes), Pilates for Runners (25 minutes)
  • Saturday: YFPR Restore & Rebuild (30 minutes)
  • Sunday: 12 Mile LSD

Mileage: 24 (+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

I’m trying to believe in myself!

Monday
It was cold, but not terrible, with bright sunshine and not too much wind. I was grappling with my time with Gizmo coming to an end, repeating “I am at peace with my decision” to myself, although in many ways I was anything but.

I was tired in mind, body, and spirit, but it was actually a good run with my fastest mile being my last.

Thursday
Bitter cold (not as bad as Chicago, thankfully!) and snowy streets had me attempting my tempo on the treadmill. I enjoy speed work on the treadmill, but not tempos. Still, you do what you gotta do. Only I just couldn’t. Oh yes, I did finish the run. And I did the first 3 miles (my 2 mile warm up and the first tempo mile) just fine. Sort of.

By the end of the first tempo mile I just had to stop and walk around a while. I dropped the pace. The same for the next mile. And again. So that didn’t really boost my confidence or fulfill its purpose but I did get some more miles on my feet and worked on pace a little. I’ve done that pace for tempos before, but I guess the stress, and probably not fueling enough just got to me.

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Happy to get 2 runs outside this week!

Sunday
Darlene @ My first5k joined me for 2/3 of my long run (her last before her half next week, mine’s in 2 weeks). It’s the first time we’ve run together in forever. The route was boring but ice-free, it was a hazy shade of winter, and even though it was the warmest day in about a week, I was chilled for hours afterwards. Still, the company was good and I finished my last 4 miles after Darlene wrapped it up for an even 12. Taper town, here I come!

Favorites of the week
It’s easy to say there was nothing good about this week, but there are always silver linings. Gizmo hated the car, although he did get better about it recently when he spent so much more time in it. I was happy that there was no final car ride and his passing at home was peaceful.

We watched Bruce Springsteen on Broadway on Netflix this week. We’re not rabid Springsteen fans, although we did go see him in concert a few years back. It was at times really interesting, and at other times a bit boring — but I would still recommend it.

I’ve been wanting to go to Savannah forever, but I have not even looked at what I want to do there. I started to a little this weekend. We booked a food tour for my birthday, Valentine’s Day. So there’s that.

Let’s get the conversation started:

What’s the first thing you look for in a new city?  Food tours & hiking for me.

Anyone joining me for BDR Savannah?

Do you have Savannah recommendations for me?

Snow, Ice & Cold, Oh My!: 1/21-27 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 7: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

Snow. Check. Ice. Check. Extreme cold. Check. Pouring rain. Check. Mother Nature sure threw a lot at us this week, but I did my best to keep on keeping on.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up half and half: half treadmill runs, half running outside.

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Workouts update

  • Monday:  Yoga (7 minutes), TM Tempo, DM Lower Body
  • Tuesday:  4 TM miles, Abs
  • Wednesday: Very short Dogwalk (cold! snow!),  DM Pilates (11 Minutes), Yoga (8 minutes)
  • Thursday: Yoga AM (7 minutes), YFPR Flexibility & Flow afternoon (30 minutes)
  • Friday:   11 Mile LSD
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, TBL Pilates (30 minutes)
  • Sunday: Yoga (7 minutes), 3 mile supported run/race, IS Abbreviated, Dogwalk

Mileage: 23 (-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

The good thing about running inside was trying out some different skirts. This one’s Hover.

Monday
-7 in the morning — without the windchill (and there was windchill) — I know some people would still run outside in those temps, but some people bungee jump too.

5 miles on the treadmill, 3 at tempo, and stick a fork in me (as far as running).

Getting some abwork in in between miles. This skirt’s Jette.

Tuesday
While cold, it was sunny and not too windy. I didn’t really want to drive somewhere and the roads in my neighborhood were still too slippery. I did 4 miles on the treadmill, stopping each mile to do some abs.

The last time I did a similar workout it seemed to take forever. This time, while yes it took longer than just running obviously, it felt good — maybe in contrast to how hard yesterday’s tempo felt!

A better shot of the Wonder Wool top. Such bright colors this year!

Friday
Yesterday it poured cats & dogs, then changed over to snow, and this morning the roads just looked a mess. I decided to stay safe and do a shorter run on the treadmill. I made some energy balls I’d been meaning to  try out on a long run (so good!). And then I kept looking at the weather, looking at the road, looking at the weather . . . I decided to go for the long run after all.

It was almost noon by the time I started, so I was running through lunch. Had I decided to do this I definitely would have eaten differently and probably not made those energy balls. Basically I was running in neighborhoods near the park, but not in the park — not exactly exciting, but more exciting than running in my own neighborhood, and the roads in my neighborhood were still quite messy with slush and ice when I left.

I was still cautious and slowed over anything that looked wet, but there was no slippery ice like last week and aside from some tired hamstrings (probably because I didn’t foam roll before or warm up at all) the run was fine.

Sunday
Another cold (but not too bad, except for the wind) supported run/race. It was a tough morning at home, and my heart wasn’t really in it, but I knew I’d be better off running and I also knew that on my own I wouldn’t have pushed it as hard. Not that I really thought I was pushing hard but it was a pretty good pace and nice negative splits.

Peanut Butter Mud Pie — the waitress split it in half unasked!

Favorites of the week
This pie. It’s made multiple appearances on this blog, usually after a double digit run, and it never disappoints.

Seat warmers. Not on my car, obviously, which is almost 19 years old, but the ones in my husband’s car. I swear I wanted to ask him to just drive around some more on the way home from the restaurant so I could just luxuriate in the warmth. I may have actually asked that out loud . . .

I you liked some of the Skirt Sports I’m sporting here, feel free to ask about it and/or use my discount code 522CRJ for 15% off.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you have an amazing dessert that you love and therefore never try the other desserts at the restaurant — even though they look pretty awesome too? 

If you do run on the treadmill, do you mix things up on it?

Do you have a different fitness routine during winter?

 

Shoveling as Fasted Cardio: 1/14-20 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 7: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

Alas I think that was our last week with no snow on the paths — mostly, anyway, as I ran through just a little snow on Friday (yup, we got caught in the big snowstorm today). Maybe we’ll get lucky and it’ll warm up and melt the foot or so of snow forecast to drop on us today? Unlikely.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up dodging the snow as best as I can.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 4 miles easy TM, YFPR Rebuild & Restore (30 min)
  • Tuesday:  DM HIIT (12 minutes), TBL Pilates (30 minutes), Yoga (7 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (3 Tempo-ish), DM Total Body (15 Minutes)
  • Thursday: Yoga (8 minutes), DM Pilates (20 Minutes), Dogwalk
  • Friday:   9 Mile LSD, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (9 minutes), 4 miles easy, IS Glute Blaster
  • Sunday: Fasted Cardio — Shoveling so dogs could actually get out!, more shoveling,  yet more shoveling Yoga

Mileage: 22 (+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

Monday
I probably could’ve done this one outside, despite just a tiny dusting of snow — not so much on the road, but on houses, etc. — mostly, it was just that I’ve had super cold runs up to here! Honestly, it was a pretty nice, although cold, day.

Anyhoo, took to the mill for 4 miles easy and trying out my new kicks (Mizuno Wave Sky).

That break in the ice is about where those mysterious foot prints were a few weeks ago

Wednesday
My legs just weren’t having it. I was on the strugglebus from the moment I tried to pick up the pace, with each tempo mile getting progressively slower and maybe a bit more walking in the middle.

There are all sorts of reasons, the chief one probably being a night of very little sleep (no idea why, darn menopause). I tried hard not to beat myself up too much, I found the good in this run — like still no snow on the ground (which will change soon), the fact that I can run, yadda yadda.

Then I got home, and looked at some of last year’s tempo runs . . . where I struggled with pace . . . at about the same paces. Okey dokey then, I guess it wasn’t as bad as I thought (but it did feel as bad!).

If I’d known it was clear here, I would’ve gone this way in the first place!

Friday
The snow was gently falling . . . an inch maybe less on the path . . . there I was, running along, thinking how peaceful it was . . . and suddenly I hit a patch of ice hidden by the snow and went sliding . . . thankfully remained upright. I had on my screw shoes but they’re not much good on ice.

I turned around, walking, and hit another patch of ice, but again, thankfully, remained upright. Had I started out the other way, the path had actually been cleared (usually it was cleared where I started out running) — when I got to the clear part I was able to pick up the pace again, toward the end of the run. Otherwise it was a super slow run so it took me much longer than normal.

I have two more long runs before I taper and wrap things up — but of course the snow is blowing in Sunday. It’s gonna be interesting.

Everyone said it wasn’t that bad. I still thought it was darn cold & was thankful it was only 4 miles for me!

Saturday
Brrr! Glad I only had 4 recovery miles today, it was definitely another cold day. Except for the last half mile I did get to run with friends, which is always nice.

On my left arm my Garmin, unpictured on the right arm is a Momentum Sparklet

Darlene and I were twinning (except for the color), and all three Skirt Sports Ambassadors chose the Toasty Cheeks skirt to brave the cold — it does help keep your butt warm! Use Code 522CRJ for 15% off.

New kicks: Mizuno Wave Sky

Favorites of the week
I’m not sure that the Mizuno Wave Sky is actually a favorite. I really like how light it feels for a somewhat heavy shoe; what I don’t like is that big, built up heel. I like minimalist shoes for my speedwork/long runs and “regular” shoes for easy runs. They are very comfortable, but they run a bit short and I went up a half size — which makes them just a teensy bit large. They’ll be fine for short, easy runs.

Still purring

Ok, he’s actually having an off day today; it happens once in a while. But just a few days ago he actually laid down and purred during his fluids (hasn’t happened since, of course, he’s a cat & he’s good at it).

This was fairly early this morning. There’s been more.

Of course the big snow storm was not a favorite. I’m at peak in my training, but at least it looks like I should be able to get a long run in next weekend (knocking on wood). I had to go out at about 6:30 this morning to shovel just so the dogs could get out! And have already had to shovel a few more times for them.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Are you now buried in snow? 

Do you you like being buried in snow (me, definitely no)?

Are you a fan of recovery runs?
I never have been, but I actually do think it was helpful this week.

Let purring cats lie: Spilling over tea/coffee July 2018

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I won’t lie: the last couple of weeks have been tough. Some of the stress going on I’m sharing here, others I’m not yet ready to share on the blog. In the scheme of things, though, I’m still pretty lucky and I’m still writing my gratitude list every night.

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.

Yes, he still loves his boxes

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I took Gizmo to the vet for a long overdue annual, which was part of my stress this week, but the one nice thing from that visit is the vet said he has the teeth of a seven year old cat. He’s 17. He only had one dental, when he was five. Aside from a very short time when he was a wee kitten, before he came to us, he never ate kibble in his life.

We raised him on raw, although we switched back to canned several years ago when his brother got sick, but over the last few years we’ve fed a mixture of canned and raw — it gets harder and harder to keep him eating all the time, although inexplicably he’s actually a little overweight for the first time in his life. He doesn’t eat much at one time, and I’ve actually cut back on his food somewhat.

He’s not very overweight, though, and at his age, they can lose a lot of weight quickly so being just a little overweight isn’t always a bad thing (but it’s never a good thing if they’re really overweight, of course) — the vet didn’t seem worried.

Unfortunately, as I suspected, he’s in kidney failure. The good news is he’s still eating okay and keeping himself hydrated so at this point in time he doesn’t need fluids — very good, considering we have a vacation coming up!

Funny story: Gizmo has never been into people food, unlike his brother Simba who had some really weird tastes. Chicken, turkey, beef — of course. The one real exception is melon — which is not so uncommon with cats. Simba once ate through the rind of a cantaloupe I had ripening on the counter.

Anyway, if I eat melon he’s right there demanding some. If Mr. Judy eats melon? Crickets. The other day Mr. Judy was having some with breakfast — nothing. So I got the bowl from him and sat down near Giz and he immediately demanded his share.

The “family” all together

He’s still purring and happy, thank goodness.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I am making a real effort to get in a little more strength training. Those downhill races require strong legs, and I also have my longest race ever coming up just a short month after this month’s half.

As so often happens in our racing calendars, I’m wondering what the heck I was thinking? But sometimes I thrive on that kind of pressure, and training for the half kind of hid the fact that I need to start running what are — to me — a lot of miles.

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I was not unhappy to say goodbye to this hill!

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I’m happy the downhill repeats are over and done with. Now I just have to struggle to make sure I keep up with the aforementioned strength training so my legs are strong!

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that my resting heart rate has been higher this year than it was last year. Not a lot, maybe 4-5 beats. While I struggled with a long (although not serious) virus in the winter, I’ve been feeling much more like myself finally in this training cycle. Training is going well and I feel as though I’ve recovered well from my workouts.

It was interesting to me that my RHR was much lower Tuesday morning, the day after I went swimming for the first time in many months. Coincidence? I have no idea. Stay tuned.

Hopefully he’ll be this chill at the pet sitter

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you we left Bandit with a pet sitter we’ve used for Lola in the past when we went to see Andy Grammer. It was only one night. We’d already done a meet and greet, but this was a test to see if she wanted to take him for our trip to Idaho which will be long (and includes a side trip to see my MIL).

We had told her not to pick him up. We can do it, but he’s not super fond of it and that’s when he nipped Mr. Judy way back when they first met. As we were leaving she just bent down and hauled him up (so he wouldn’t run out the door) and he snarled at her, but was okay. She said she picked him up later in the day and he was fine. So that’s where he’s staying when we go.

As I told her, I wouldn’t have brought him if I thought he would be a problem, but he’s still a sensitive dog who doesn’t always adjust well. It definitely makes things easier to take both dogs to one person!

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

Any funny furkid stories recently?

Any funny stories at all — I could use a good laugh!?

Does heat cause you to eat less? Stress, too?

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Today I am also  joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy. I’m pretty sure this won’t be readable in five minutes so I apologize in advance!

I need shoes! Stat!: Spilling over tea/coffee June 2018

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I seriously can’t believe that I am striking out finding the running shoes I need at a decent price from all the usual suspects. Our local Fleet Feet doesn’t carry my Newtons. There is another really local store (as in not a chain) but it’s a good thirty minute ride from here.

I’d tell you I just might have to break down and go there!

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.

 

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I am kicking myself for not buying a couple of pairs of my beloved Newton Motion running shoes last year. Or running in my current pair so much. It’s time for a new pair. I can barely find them, and I certainly am not finding them cheap. But I need them.

Brooks Ghosts have gotten me across the finish line of more than one half, but I absolutely prefer the lightness of my Newtons. Excuse me while I have a mini panic attack here!

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It should be easy to just get into this and run . . . 

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I’m actually beginning to believe that it’s harder to get ready for a run in the heat than a run in the cold — just don’t ask me why it’s taken me nine years to come to that conclusion.

The clothes are pretty easy, although shimmying in and out of a shelf bra is a workout in and of itself. Then there’s the sunscreen, the antichafe cream, and the bug spray. And I often braid my hair, too!

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I was planning a run at the path near the bakery all us locals love last Friday. Haven’t been in forever. Certainly not since 2017. Partly because I just needed a change of scenery and partly because, you know, bakery.

Except they closed down until early June for remodeling! The horrors! Or maybe I was saved. It was only a 5 mile run. Did I really need to visit a bakery for that?  Especially considering the holiday weekend and Mr. Judy being home for four days (and eating a cookie the size of my head at my parents’ Memorial Day picnic).

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that Rachel @ Runningonhappy has been taking it kind of easy on me. I hate writing that, because no doubt she’ll see it and I’ll regret saying that!

I have yet to run more than 7 miles this year. I trust her completely, I’m not worried, and I’m confident I’ll toe the start line of my first 2018 half well trained. And there have definitely been plenty of hard workouts — 10 x 400m repeats, I’m looking at you! I used to think I liked speed work!

This dog that barely ate when we got him has developed amazing laser like focus when it comes to training now (this involved some hamburger)


If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that a bird has nested underneath our deck and there are definitely some baby birds in that nest. We can’t see them, but we sure can hear them. It’s actually quite near the door we go in and out with the dogs, but they haven’t seemed to notice.

Until one night when we were grilling and eating outside on the deck. Bandit was mesmerized. He kept looking down, occasionally scratching at the deck, cocking his head this way and that, trying to figure out how to get at those baby birds.

He couldn’t of course, and it kept him from begging for some of our steak as he normally does, not to mention it kept us entertained, too. I’d call that a win-win.

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

Have you had trouble finding your favorite running shoes when you really needed them?

Which is worse — dressing for a cold or hot run?

Have a favorite place you run to?

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Today I am also  joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy. I’m pretty sure this won’t be readable in five minutes so I apologize in advance!

Anatomy of a training cycle

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You’ve probably seen the facebook memes using emojis for running a half marathon or a marathon. No? Well, you can see one on a blog here. Today I’m going to write about the training cycle, not the actual race itself.

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Yippee! I’m signed up for a race!
I am so excited (how many times have I written that? That would probably be 14 times — for the 14 half marathons I’ve run. No wait, that would be 17 times, because I’m already signed up for 3 this year (with a possible fourth on the horizon).

Oh crap! I’ve got to train!
You sign up, you’re so excited and suddenly you realize . . . you actually have to train for this race. Or maybe you decide you don’t really need to train, but that’s not me, so we’ll stick to how I feel (since that’s really all that matters, right? A little sarcasm there folks; I am not President Trump).

You begin to wonder just what were you thinking.

Hey, I got this sh*&!
So you find yourself a coach or training plan, or you dust off an old training plan. Maybe you visit a running store and invest in some new shoes (hopefully in a wild and wacky color, although mine, unfortunately, don’t come in wild and wacky colors — ya hear me Brooks? Newton?).

And you start working your plan. And you feel pretty bada$$.

Make God laugh by making plans
Things are going along pretty good, and then suddenly you get sick. Or injured. Or your kids get sick or injured. Or your parents get sick or injured. Or your furkids. Or you have to travel for work. Or snowmaggedon happens. Or a monsoon. Your dishwasher springs a leak. Your stove explodes.

You get my drift — life happens.

Again, you find yourself thinking what was I thinking?

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Just make it end already . . . 

Will it ever end?
You are so tired. You are eating all.the.food — but maybe not burning off all.the.food. You are tired of hot runs. Of cold runs. Of rainy runs. Of runs on the treadmill.

OMG, am I ready?
Then the big day comes. You suddenly get amnesia (even if you’ve done this multiple times). Did I train enough? Too much? Will I meet my goals? How will I feel if I don’t meet my goals? Will I be DFL? Wait — how do I dress for cold (heat, rain, snow)? What should I eat? What shouldn’t I eat? Should I carry water? Should I walk?

The questions go on and on.

I’m so excited and I can’t hide it
Now, not everyone feels this way, I get this — many people are nervous when they toe the line. See above. But I’m usually excited (unless training didn’t go well and I’m injured and worried about being in pain); I am chatty and probably bothering total strangers with my chattiness (the complete opposite of me in real life).

I wouldn’t say there are no nerves at all, but the excitement usually trumps the nerves. This probably lasts almost the first half of the race.

Will it ever end?
This probably begins to kick in for me around mile 8, but it really depends on the race. But sometime, somewhere, this thought will definitely take hold in my mind.

Especially in that last mile.

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Glad that’s over . . . when is the next one?

It’s time to eat all.the.food!
I cross the finish line and yippee! I don’t have to run another step. I can eat something, although the irony is that I usually am not super hungry. Unless I am.

Usually I am already signed up for the next half, but if I’m not, you can bet I’ll be on that ipad when we get back to the hotel, because, you know, race amnesia.

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This weeks topic: scenes from my winter runs

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.

Tuesdays on the Run

Getting it done: 1/16-22 Weekly Wrap

I was kind of dragging when I ran with Darlene on Monday. By Tuesday afternoon I was exhausted. I took it easy on Wednesday, but I still felt really tired by the afternoon. Thankfully by the end of the week, despite some unexpected healthy problem with my Dad, I was feeling better and that meant better feeling runs, too.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to show you where and when I’m running — won’t you join us and show us where and how you stay active?

WeeklyWrap

Workouts update

  • Monday: Pahla B ST, Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Pahla B Core, Dogwalk, Pilates Perfect Body Perfect Silhouette & Stretch
  • Wednesday: Slushy Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Pahla B Flow, Dogwalk, 5 miles easy (felt anything but), YFR Foundation
  • Friday: Dogwalk, 3 muddy miles (easy?), Pahla B ST
  • Saturday: 7 mile LSD
  • Sunday: Dogwalk

Mileage: 18 (-.75)

TIU = Tone it Up
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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#nofilter

Monday


Since Mr. Judy doesn’t have MLK day off, I didn’t think about anyone else having it off. But Darlene did, and because of the warm weather last week, we hit up one of my favorite paths for some recovery miles.

I don’t think I’ve ever run there during the winter before, because usually the path is covered with snow and/or ice. We kept hearing these noises, and it wasn’t until we finished and I stopped to take some photos that I realized it was the river moving — the ice on it crashing into things.

My legs were tired from our race the day before, but clearly Darlene wasn’t.

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Nothing pretty on the run; no energy before/during/after!

Thursday


Bandit got so excited as I changed into running clothes and did my warmup. He clearly enjoys running with me. I did my first couple of miles with him before dropping him off at the house.

This run was a struggle from beginning to end. I’ve been super tired this week — hope I’m not coming down with anything — and despite an extra rest day on Wednesday, I didn’t get enough sleep the previous night.

It felt easier once I dropped Bandit off, but it never felt easy at all. And I search and searched for something to take a photo of outside . . . it was a chilly gray day (although warm enough that the freezing rain from Tuesday was completely gone) and I couldn’t find anything photogenic.

Friday


Friday’s run was an epic fail — in my choice of where to run, that is. I decided to take Bandit with me to one of my favorite little trails, since all our snow and ice is gone. What I didn’t take into account was how wet it’s been and that this is a trail, not a paved path.

It’s just a little trail, not a technical trail, but when you factor in sneaker sucking mud and some remnants of ice . . . let’s just say it was way slower than it ought to have been.

I’ve also gotta say Bandit was a trooper. Poor guy got so muddy. Someday when it’s a whole lot nicer we’ll go back. There aren’t usually a lot of people there, so it’s nice to know that I can go there and feel a little more secure with Bandit along.

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Saturday


My father was admitted to the hospital. Let’s just say it’s not good thing, but he also shouldn’t be there long. We hope. My sister said there was no reason to come down. I wanted to get my long run out of the way anyway — I just had a strong feeling it was better to get it done and have Sunday free. Just in case.

Sometimes a solo run is just what the doctor ordered. It might even have been a little too fast, especially considering it was my third running day in a row — but it always feels good to run hard when I’m stressed. I’m glad I could, and I’m glad I finally got to see the sun for a little while.

Favorites of the week
In general this week was kind of meh. We went out for sushi and stopped at my favorite local chocolate place afterwards yesterday– a nice reward for those 7 miles. And I had buttered popcorn at the movies (Hidden Figures) again. My Dad is still in the hospital, but seems better — and now I have jury duty tomorrow. With wintry mix moving in. And apparently about a mile walk from where you park to the courthouse. I could use some stay safe vibes!

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:

Would love to hear something good about your week!

#teamloathejuryduty or #teamjurydutyisfascinating?

What was the last movie you saw — do you remember?

Stay far away, snow!: 1/9-15 Weekly Wrap

I am enjoying our (mostly) unseasonably warm winter. Oh, we’ve had some snow, some freezing rain, some bitterly cold weather. But in short spurts. And at the moment, the snow is gone — which is just perfect for running, even if it’s not “pretty”. I can live without snow — and snow acts like a freezer, just pumping out cold.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to let you know how I stayed active this week — check out some of hte other bloggers (and especially our hosts!) to be inspired.

WeeklyWrap

Workouts update

  • Monday: YFR Hips, Pahla B Core, 3 miles easy (but cold!!) — 1.5 with Bandit, YFR Hamstrings
  • Tuesday: 10 min Pilates Perfect Body Legs & Stretch, Dogwalk, Pahla B ST, Yogaworks PM
  • Wednesday: YFPR Align & Alleviate, Dogwalk, 5 miles easy with 5 x 30 second strides
  • Thursday:  10 Min PIlates Lower Body & Flexibility, 3 easy treadmill miles
  • Friday: Pahla B ST, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Dogwalk
  • Sunday: DM Flow, 1.5 mile WU, 10k, YFR Foundation

Mileage: 19ish (+.75)

TIU = Tone it Up
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 

 

All bundled up for the Polar Vortex

Monday


Still in the grip of the Polar Vortex, but the roads were clear so I still ran outside. With Bandit. Who surprisingly didn’t seem to mind the fact that it was in the teens, with a feels like 8 temperature.

In fact, it might just have been his fastest run ever — under a 12mm (although I do have to pause my watch while he does his business, which is pretty much every walk break). I guess we both just wanted to get it done!

And wouldn’t you know the sun finally came out just as I finished? Boo.

Still enjoying the Christmas decorations

Wednesday


The morning was uber-windy, but then it calmed down and it was so nice and sunny . . . until I finally had time to get out for a run, of course. I still can’t complain — it was almost 50F! A hat & capris!

I did have the run with Bandit, who seemed to get tired towards the end; it’s been a while since he’s run that far, since it’s been so cold. I dropped him off at the house, and then did 5 x 30 seconds strides to counteract his slowing down. And finished off the last couple of miles, slowing down myself (the wind had picked back up again).

I’m enjoying this almost-no-snow-winter so far.

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Look, “running” through the Yukon

Thursday


It was a warm and rainy Thursday. I chose to get my run on on my treadmill. It was also a busy day of cleaning, since the following day I was going to visit my folks (an all day affair including a 90 minute drive each way).

So I left it a little late in the day, but I got it done.

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Enjoyed this path!

Sunday


The third in the winter series — a 10k — but I had 8 miles on the schedule, so I did 1.5 as a warmup beforehand. After all the running I do at UAlbany — which I hate — I found a lovely path around Indian Point. I took the warmup nice and easy because I knew that the “race”/supported long run would be speedy (for me).

I was about a minute slower than when I did this race a couple of years ago, but I’d rather have a great goal race and not leave it out in the training. There’s a lot of downhill on this course, but I wasn’t watching my pace, just noting it each mile. I reeled in a few people in the last few miles, but I was probably pretty close to DFL, but that’s okay. It was a good pace for me and it felt good — it was a lovely day to run, too!

The only fly in the ointment is that there isn’t a water station until mile 4. And since I’d already run 1.5 miles before the race, I was kind of dying of thirst! But hey, it’s free.

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Nut butter filled mochi

Favorites of the week
I discovered mochi. Which isn’t really true, I have tried it in the past. Mochi (look for it in an Asian market — refrigerated) is a sweet rice dough, although it’s not actually sweet; it’s rather bland. I am using a new book (review to come), and it had a recipe for Mochi stuffed with nut butter, maple syrup, and chia seeds. I had it three times this week!

Apparently you can make your own. I’ll have to try it sometimes.

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Bonding over pancakes

Then I invited everyone thinking of doing the Wineglass half in the fall over to my house for brunch afterwards (and my neighbor, who also runs). Several of us were at the winter series, but some weren’t — several are coming back from injuries.

Everyone knows me (some better than others), but not everyone knows each other, so I thought it would be nice if we all got to know each other. And maybe nudge the ones who are on the fence into signing up, since the race does sell out pretty early.

A good time was had by all. I think!

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:

Don’t you think running and bonding over food go together?

Any races anytime soon on your calendar?

Tried any odd foods lately?