It’s Alive! Or is it?: 8/9 – 15 WRD

It was mostly a brutally hot and humid week, and most of my running (well, about half) was spent on the revived treadmill. Most early mornings found me walking Bandit.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and still recovering, this time from the colonoscopy, the stress, and the heat wave.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Colonoscopy, Lots of rest, Short PM Dogwalk (because he pretty much refused to walk without me that morning)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk x 2 (AM/PM)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, 2 TM miles easy, PB Walking with Weights (25 min), Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 minutes), 3ish TM miles easy (a little easier than planned),  PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk x 2 AM/ PM, Yoga (50 min)
  • Saturday:Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk x 2 AM/ PM, Yoga (50 min)
  • Sunday:  Yoga (20 min), 6 mile longish run, Dogwalk (probably), Yoga (probably)

Running Mileage: 11 (NC)


PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

Wednesday Intention: just run easy
My first run in about four days, 3 days post colonoscopy, very little food for a day before, day of, and day after . . . yeah, all I wanted to do was get in a couple of miles. It was stupid hot so I hopped on the fixed treadmill, which apparently wasn’t quite fixed.

First I forgot to hit the button my Garmin. Then after a bit suddenly it got very loud. Mr. Judy said the incline was fixed but it wasn’t. At the end suddenly the pace was was way off (like too slow). Mr. Judy was going to recalibrate it after I finished, but suddenly it was okay!?! Whatever, I got in a couple of miles more or less.

Thursday Intention: give the mill another chance
Nope, it still wasn’t fixed. Same thing — it would get loud, and then it would slow down so much I could walk even though it was set at an easy run pace. I stopped twice to recalibrate it, which meant it seemed normal for 5 minutes, then slowly slowed down. It was definitely frustraing.

Mr. Judy worked on it again. We’ll see.

Took a while to find pretty flowers today

Sunday Intention: go longer again
The heat wave finally broke yesterday, and this morning was lovely, which was good because I slept late for me, and got out that way later than planned. It was one of those solo runs I really needed to get lost in my own thoughts. The late Summer hum of cicadas and crickets was soothing.

At one point I thought the person in front of me had lost some food (I called out you dropped something but no response), so I sped up to get it and give it to her — although it wasn’t hers! It was a partially eaten package of Cheez-Its. So weird!

Not from today, but this is what we’ll see at lunch since it’s finally cool enough to eat out on the deck again!

Favorites of the week
Between the colonoscopy, and the stress of finding an aide for my mom (still up in the air as I type) — well, let’s just say this week ended being not as restful as I’d hoped. You know it’s not great if a colonoscopy was almost the high point of your week (the clean bill of health, that is — no polyps).

At some point next week I should be bringing my mom home and staying a couple of nights. No idea right now which day it will actually happen. It’s supposed to be Tuesday.

GWY 3 Poses for Glute Activation

ICYMI: I have a great, short glute activation video every runner can try. My Achilles seems to like it a lot!. Check it out here. I also have a short vlog on where your Gluteus Medius is here, and 5 reasons you need glute activation here.

Coming up on Tuesday: We all have fears when it comes to racing. I’ve got a post on a few and why you don’t really need to fear those things.  On Friday I’m sharing 5 tips to know if you ever find yourself in Highland or Poughkeepsie NY and want to walk across the Hudson River.

Daytripping & Running: 6/21 – 27 WRD

Looking ahead I could tell next week wasn’t going to be a good time for us to be daytripping and hiking. Wednesday was really picture perfect so we headed out to Lenox, Ma for some good food and walking and a short hike. Sandwiched in between I completed four runs and some strength training.

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

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (50 min), 3 miles easy, Cardio Core Toning, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), 2 mile recovery run, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Daytrip with a couple of short hikes
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (10 minutes)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), 8 mile LSD, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 2 mile recovery run, PB Walking with Weights (25 min), Friend Yoga (45 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, REST DAY!!!

Running Mileage: 15 (NC)


PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

Pine needles all over driveway.

Monday Intention: hot, sweaty, easy
Our weather has just been bonkers the latter part of the Spring, the temps are all over the place. Knowing that it would be hot and humid today (then cooling down supposedly as the week goes on), I got my butt out the door relatively early and just ran by feel. 

It was what I call a bell curve run: started out slow and easy, slowed down from there, then on the last mile speeded up a tiny bit faster than the first mile. There was a really nice breeze going, and that helped tremendously.

One of the newer fountains. Also posted a video of the backyard to FB this week. And yup, I sweat. A lot!

Tuesday Intention: recover
Easy two mile recovery run. Ran in a cool-ish drizzle. Yes, we have everyone’s rain, apparently. Yes, it was significantly faster than the previous day. It was only about 10 degrees cooler when I started — much later than the previous day — but so much cooler. It was also forecast to basically stay at those temps the rest of the day — 30 degrees cooler than the previous day’s high temperature. Weather Whiplash, indeed.

A while back someone had painted a frowning face on the bike path. At the time I thought why? Just why? Then someone else painted over it. Still a little creepy . . .

Friday Intention: stay the course
I didn’t really have a plan, but with another heatwave headed towards us, I decided to take advantage of still cool-ish weather and see what my body wanted to do. Not quite sure it really wanted to run 8 miles, and the pace was all over the place, but I got it done. No desire to go longer, and probably will be dropping back down with heat and humidity dropping in.

Neighbors prepping for the 4th. How did that sneak up on us?

Saturday Intention: recover
The thermostat’s going up. Out for a short walk with Bandit, who is really feeling any heat these days — so lovely, breezy, and cloudy. Then a snack, quick change, and out for my nice & slow recovery run. Thank goodness I had to the foresight to bring water, which I normally don’t do because it’s only 2 miles. The sun was out, and while it certainly wasn’t unbearable, I needed that water — and probably more!

A nice walk in the woods in Lenox, MA. Yes, it was actually a tad chilly this day!

Favorites of the week
We had a really nice daytrip to Lenox, Ma this week. We stopped at a small preserve first, which truly was a walk in the woods. There are more difficult paths there, but it’s always a tradeoff finding the right length/difficulty for us all. Then an al fresco lunch, at an area we’ve been to a few times before — but for the first time we discovered there’s trails from the back of there, too!

Guess that Yoga is paying off. It was a little hard getting down the short (but very steep) path with few handholds. In the end I deleted those photos.

So we took a steeper, but shorter hike, before I went to buy chocolate. I have now got some more trails bookmarked to explore in Lenox for a return trip someday. I also found some gardens that look amazing — but suspect that Bandit might not be welcome there. I’ll find out though!

Another thing I’ve never seen in our neighborhood before (an actual truck from Amazon). Nothing on there for us. But the Prime Day packages are supposed to start arriving today.

While there were no big deals on Amazon Prime for us, there were plenty of smaller deals, and the packages are slowly rolling in. I often take the longer delivery to get digital credits when they’re offered — and then have a hard time deciding which kindle book of my very long wish list I want to apply them to!

I also had a friend come over for a chat in the backyard yesterday, and we did some Yoga together, too. Fun!

Bandit. Cause it’s been a hot minute (literally) since he’s appeared on the blog. Always looking for food.

Are you planning any escapes this Summer? 

Any great deals on Amazon Prime Day?

How’s your fitness going?

gwy root chakra meditation

ICYMI: Feeling spacey?  Try this guided Root Chakra meditation (won’t be live until 12:30) here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m wrapping up June — wow, halfway through 2021! On Friday it’s already July and time to gather over the hot beverage of your choice.

Enjoying all the light: 6/14 – 20 WRD

The Summer Solstice, which starts tonight, is a little bittersweet — because from here on out the days get shorter. Even knowing that we can still enjoy the long days of Summer and extra sunshine while we have it!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing my week in activity — and my Solstice Yoga video for you to enjoy.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (50 min), 3 miles TM, Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), 2 mile recovery run, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga video (60 minutes)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), 8 mile LSD, Yoga (15 minutes)
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 2 mile recovery run, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Short Hike
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk

Running Mileage: 15 (NC)


PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

Monday Intention: much slower intervals
I woke up to pouring rain and thunder & lightning. It looked like there might be a break around 8 am — nope. I had planned a treadmill run, and then I had hopes I could squeeze my run in outside — but it wasn’t worth risking it. I’ve been caught in a thunderstorms on the run. 3 times.

Of course it was fine the whole time I was running on the treadmill

I did a 45 Peloton Rock Run, but I made sure I wasn’t pushing as hard as my last Intervals run. I’ve been pushing a few weeks now, and it’s time to cut it back just a bit. I was still doing intervals, but not as fast. All was well until the last 10 minutes when my Ipad lost Wifi apparently — I just did a steady pace until I hit 3 miles and called it good.

After I showered and it was still clear, so I walked Bandit. We had already turned around but were still at least half a mile from home when I heard more thunder. Luckily he seemed to sense the need to get home, and by the time we got there, of course the thunder has stopped — for a while.

This is what I see before most runs

Tuesday Intention: recover
Easy two mile recovery run. Really not much to say (or apparently remember) from this one.

Not much to see on the runs this week. A sketch of 3 ladies chatting as I cooled down

Thursday Intention: increase distance
I really feel for those of you out in the west & midwest! Meanwhile we have been enjoying some damn nice weather this week (don’t worry, our luck ran out on Saturday, the day we were hiking). I took advantage of that to run 8 miles. 8 very slow miles. At some point I saw either a groundhog or a beaver — I was too far away to tell which. Still nothing terribly exciting on the run!

There are fewer rabbits this year but they’re BIG!

Friday Intention: recover
Another cool, dry morning. It’s heating up, but not quickly. I know it’s almost Summer, but this is the Spring weather we skipped and I love it! We walked Bandit first, because although not super hot, no cloud cover. The  running pace was quicker than the long run pace again — but far shorter.

Photo credit Lloyd Litt. Not long after I got up on Saturday, I looked out my kitchen window and this is what we saw. I shouted to Mr. Judy. I’d heard there was one in our area, but we’d never seen an albino squirrel before. Mr. Judy got some great shots! Apparently not all white squirrels are ablinos, but we think this one was.

Favorites of the week
Seriously? The weather! Except for Monday we had great weather this week. I wrote that before Saturday dawned really hot & humid! Well, most of the days were great.

Short hike at Falling Waters Preserve. At least there was still some water falling!

A nice day hiking, eating outside, and time with family yesterday. It’s so nice to get together with people without masking. And hugging them!

If you’re caught in the heatwave, how are you coping? 

If you do a recovery run, ever have it be faster than the long run?

Did you know the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year is Monday?

GWY Summer Solstice Flow 2021

ICYMI: I’ve got a great Summer Solstice flow that will tone you from top to bottom. It’s Beginner-friendly but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! You’ll find the video here. Keep your eyes peeled on my FB pages on Monday — I’m hoping to have Yin Yoga practice for the Solstice up tomorrow (if that’s your thing).

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m wrapping up June — wow, halfway through 2021! On Friday I’ve got a few things to get off my chest. It’s Runfession time!

Settling into a Groove: 6/7 – 13 WRD

I find it’s easier to get in more fitness during the Summer — how about you? I seem to have settled into a groove of running 4 x week, even though that wasn’t a goal. I told myself I was only going to run 3 x this week, but oops.

After a very hot and humid start to the week, it finally cooled off and I just knew I had to take advantage of that!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and my most weekly miles in a long time. Not that it’s much, but hey, I did one of my best halfs with just 19 miles a week.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, 3.5 miles of Intervals, PB ST (25 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Shortish hike
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), 7 mile LSD, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, 1.5 miles recovery, Cardio Toning (25 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (45 min)

Running Mileage: 15 (+2)


PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

Thankfully they did not go out the side the sewer was on; I haven’t seen them again

Monday Intention: beat the heat & keep it easy
I didn’t get out quite as early as I’d planned — what’s new? — but this is the earliest I’ve started my run so far. Thank goodness, because there was not a cloud in the sky and even at 6:30 it was hot. It probably didn’t help that I stopped to take some photos of the Mama duck and her ducklings. Yup, she was going walkabout again. 7 ducklings! Poor mama!

Wednesday Intention: I feel the need for speed
It has been about 70 and very humid when I’ve been walking Bandit for the last few days at about 6:30 am — I finally cried Uncle and decided to take it to the mill today. Which meant I could push myself a little harder than I have been lately.

I chose a 45 minute interval run. They were intervals of 4 minutes (2 at marathon pace, 2 at half pace) and 6 minutes (3 at half pace, and 3 at 5k pace) — something like that anyway. The instructor challenged you not to walk in the recovery interval but nope, I did. #sorrynotsorry.

Mr. Judy came in as I practically melted onto the mill at the end, wondering if I was okay. I was but it was not an easy workout!

Again not sure what these wildflowers are. They actually look a bit like petunias.

Friday Intention: increase distance
A dew point of 44 degrees! I took advantage of that to relax longer in the morning than usual lately, and even though it got a bit humid towards the end. even with a late start this run was fine. I thought my legs would feel heavy after the previous day’s hike, but they were fine, too. I know I said this would be a cutback week, but I took advantage of the cooler weather at the end of the week to go longer. Who knows how long that will stick around?

Saturday Intention: recover
Again a cool morning, so I walked Bandit before my run, instead of after. The heat earlier in the week definitely took something out of me and I was still recovering. Although my pace was slow, still not as slow as a recovery run should be (about the same as my long run pace!). Garmin said my V02 Max nudged up to 40 afterward, which is a number I haven’t seen in a long time, so I guess I’m doing something right.

Bandit doesn’t like water. We really weren’t sure he’d cross the stream. He did. Twice. No problem. Where we crossed wasn’t as wide as the photo above, but a little too wide to just jump across.

Favorites of the week
Thursday was finally a really lovely day. Mr. Judy actually suggested we hike. He wanted to go somewhere that was relatively close to home (within 30 minutes). The small park I chose wasn’t exciting, but I think we both had a good time. I know Bandit did.

We also ran into an older gentleman who used to be a runner as we were finishing up our hike. He had all sorts of stories to share with me; I’ll be sharing more of that when we meet for coffee/tea in a couple of weeks.

I had plans to go on another hike yesterday with a friend, but a long to-do list, a rainy morning, and already having tackled mud with Bandit on my last hike and my friend and I agreed neither of us really wanted to go. Today I bookmarked some hikes in MA & VT for the future.

Do you feel it’s easier to fit in more activity during Summer? 

Getting out earlier to beat the heat or just enduring it?

Training or just running?

GWY Yin Yoga at the Wall

ICYMI: We are switching it up and using the wall as a prop in this hip opening Yin Yoga practice. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Why it can be good to unplug. On Friday if you’re looking to shake up your runs just a little bit, I’ve got some ideas for you.

Running in a Face Shield: Runfessions August 2020

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Ok, no, I’m not running in a face shield. It’s just one of the weird thoughts I had on the run — you’ll have to read on to see what that’s all about. Oh, and have you seen the clear face masks? You can buy them here, btw.  They seem weird and it also seems as if droplets would get out the sides. The things we’ve had to learn this year!

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Bring on Fall . . . Running?

I runfess . . .
I am not sorry to see Summer go. Or I won’t be when it’s finally gone for good. It was a hot, humid, buggy, sweaty mess for much of the summer. Fall is usually my time for #alltheshortlocalraces though. Will I miss them? Or will I just get to enjoy running again?

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Winter — you can stay away! I know that’s not happening, but a girl can dream. Not long after I wrote the above, we began to have mostly Fall-like weather. I do runfess I’m a bit sad that I know that skirt season is coming to a close. Except — the skirt will go on. Did you hear the news? See the graphic above!

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I runfess . . .
I sometimes have the weirdest thoughts on runs. Like thinking I really needed to run in a face shield. No, not because of COVID, because of the damn bugs!

When that clump of leaves is further away . . . it could be a rabbit!

I runfess . . .
My eyesight can’t be corrected to 20-20 even with contacts/glasses. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a clump of leaves ahead of me and thought it was an animal.

I runfess . . .
It’s amazing how many clothes changes I go through some days in the Summer. One outfit to walk the dogs. One outfit to run. Another just kickin’ around at home. Another to film a video. Maybe even changing my top if I end up filming more than one video. Sometimes all on the same day!

I runfess . . .
I am lucky I can often move runs around to go with the better weather. Every time I do my long run on Friday (or Thursday like last week!), I feel as though the weekend started the next day — even when it obviously doesn’t. It totally messes up my sense of days. I further runfess that the linkups actually help me to remember what day it is.

Would you wear a clear mask? 

Does doing your long run on a different day mess you up in some way?

What are you looking forward to in September?

What do you have to runfess from August? Come join us

Runfessions

I am also linking up with:

The things bugging me: Runfessions July 2020

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The main theme of my runfessions for July is the bugs, heat, and humidity. Ants don’t bother me on the run, but they do sometimes bother me on my Yoga mat (outside). Summer puts a lot more meaning into the phrase “what’s bugging you”, right?

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They’re so tiny. Yet so annoying. | Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I runfess . . .
Nasal breathing does not protect you from the bugs. You’re not going to eat any bugs, but bugs will go for any orifice they can squeeze into. Yup, I’ve had bugs trying to fly up my nose! I’m not sure which is worse: having an insect fly into your mouth or your nose.

I runfess . . .
I thought I had had some major chafing underneath one of those pockets on one run. Nope, that’s where my frozen water bottle was and it was just red from the cold, LOL!

I runfess . . .
Even running just 3 x week it seems to be hard to get all my runs in. I guess if I didn’t care about rain, or humidity, or too much sun . . . just call me a picky runner.

I runfess . . .
I wasn’t super worried about Garmin going down. Of course then I read about how it’s also used in the aviation industry. Then I worried about my data being stolen, but heck, that’s just par for the course these days it seems. I do think the error message on the Garminconnect app shouldn’t have say “we’re down for maintenance, check back shortly” after 3 days . . . (or a week later — I’m still getting it sometimes).

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So over early morning runs that leave me looking like my top!

I runfess . . .
I had made a pact with myself to get in my runs outside — pretty much no matter what. Until that last week in July, when I felt run down — not that I ran inside; I just thought why are you torturing yourself with more early, hot, steamy runs when you feel so run down?

So I didn’t. I realized that I did want to break up with running — just briefly (I wrote about not wanting to break up with running here). I still had to get up and out early to walk the dogs, but that is far less involved than getting up and out early to run.

Sometimes you need to break up with something to appreciate it again. No worries, I’ll be back out there again, sweating and slogging with everyone.

How do you enjoy your runs with the gnats buzzing around your head? 

Do you get out early to embrace the heat, or just endure it?

What are you looking forward to in August?

What do you have to runfess from July? Come join us

Runfessions

I am also linking up with:

Lost & Found: Runfessions June 2020

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There isn’t a whole lot going on in my neck of the woods, so my runfessions aren’t earth shattering. Finding things, losing things, the heat and the things I should do but don’t always are rounding out June’s Runfessions.

Hiding in plain sight

I runfess . . .
Those missing capris were hiding in plain sight. Sort of. As I gathered up Winter jackets to give them one final wash before putting them away, suddenly the capris made an appearance. Now if I could just locate the missing pj bottoms and the top that Amazon tells me I bought last September . . .

I runfess . . .
I often don’t get around to washing my Winter clothes before either putting them away (or just when it gets warm enough so I no longer need them). Part of my workout mid June was getting that done for a change, I swear! Well, some of it. There’s still more to do, but then it heated up and my desire to complete the task dwindled.

I still need sunscreen under this top!

I runfess . . .
I’m generally really careful about my skin, seeking out shade, wearing sunscreen. I have spent a lot of time running in my long sleeve Cool It Tops from Skirt Sports — they help keep me cooler, and they have some UPF protection. But I runfess I’ve skipped the sunscreen when I wear them — not so good (until recently).

I runfess . . .
I was just beginning to think about running at the park. I’m not sure I’m up for the bike paths yet, since they’re so narrow. The paths in the park are narrow, too, but then there’s the whole park you can step over to if need be.

Except now it’s so hot that I need to get out super early and even though the park isn’t far, that’s another 20 minutes (or so) added in the morning when I have to walk/feed the dogs. Mr. Judy does often walk the dogs when I’m out running early, but he isn’t as enthusiastic about feeding them. Although he does that for me when I’m going out early to run my long runs — as I did today!.

Do you give your Winter clothes one last wash before putting them away for the season? 

What do you skip before a run because you’re low on time — even though you know it’s important?

Is heat interfering with your running?

What do you have to runfess from June? Come join us

Runfessions

I am also linking up with:

To all who serve, Thank You!: 5/20-26 WRD

I didn’t really have a lot of running or errands this week, but it sure seemed busy nonetheless. Then my shoulder decided to protest the weight lifting. It wasn’t as if I was doing much or lifting crazy weights, but it got really sore. I found some yoga videos for shoulder pain that helped immensely, and I’m doing some of those stretches when I wake up — today it seems pretty good.

Usually I get this sort of pain when I’ve done too many planks/flows in yoga, but I haven’t been doing much of that. The good news is I’m pretty sure it’ll go away on its own & probably relatively quickly — but I always hate when you’re doing something good for your body and it hurts you!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing how to ease back into activity.

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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:  Pilates Legs & Balance (30 min), 3 Easy Miles FTC Mentoring, Yoga Hamstrings & Hips (25 min)
  • Tuesday:  Yoga  Shoulders (35 min), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yoga Shoulders (20 min), Dogwalk, Pilates (30 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga Shoulder (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga for Sleep (15 min)
  • Friday: 4 miles with Hill Repeats (8), Yoga for Sleep (20 min)
  • Saturday: Prerun yoga (15 min), 3 miles easy with FTC Mentoring, Yoga for Sleep — unfortunately this one didn’t seem to work for me! (15 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Gentle Yoga at a Studio (60 min), ST Legs (10 min)

Mileage: 10 (+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

Yup, it got hot in a hurry!

Monday
It was an extremely warm/humid afternoon to run. Of course when you want it the rain is AWOL! It allowed me to actually run in a light outfit — most likely quite similar to what I’ll be running in next Saturday. It was the last day for our Monday mentoring group, as there’s no group run on Memorial Day (and I’ll be with my parents anyway).

1 mile up & down a moderate hill

Friday
Several of us wanted to go to one of the trail runs on Thursday, but the weather called for showers/thunderstorms. We had a brief downpour, but no thunder. However, I was very tired after quite a few nights of bad sleep, it was a 30 minute drive, and I decided to skip it (as did all the friends thinking about showing up).

Friday was a lovely day. I did some hill repeats, kept a very consistent pace, and extended my run to 4 miles for the first time since April.

Saturday
The race (a 5k) is next week! So this was our last Saturday group run. Ran an easy 3 miles with several different ladies, wishing several that I’ve gotten to know good luck in case I don’t seem them next week — it’s a large group when we’re all together! One of the perks of joining the Freihofers Training Challenge is that there’s a VIP tent near the start line for its members — a place you can leave your stuff, get out of the sun before/after, and of course, meet up with your friends.

Favorites of the week
We finally got to see Avengers Endgame. I personally thought it was too long (I’m in the minority it seems) and there are just too many story lines (and there are several movies in the series that I haven’t seen, like Ant Man). Which is not to say it was bad, but when I checked the time 2 hours in, I thought, really? Another hour?

We can close that door so the dogs still have access to some grass, but not the whole yard, when we’re out

What I did love is that the dogs survived with us being gone for 4+ hours. The dogs having access to the kennel outside is really a game changer for us!

I haven’t been able to find any cucumber plants that actually looked healthy, so I guess we won’t try cucumbers this year. I did get lettuce, chard, tomatoes, and a strawberry plant in the ground this week. There are still some herbs & some marigolds to plant, but they’re pretty hardy so they’ll just have to wait a bit.

If you’ve seen Avengers Endgame, what did you think?

Any trouble adjusting to suddenly warm weather? 

If you celebrate Memorial Day, any fun plans? We’ll be joining my parents at the BBQ at their senior living community (the dogs get to come this time).

Summer running had me a blast . . .

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Or did I?

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Yes, I enjoyed the race, but the temperature . . . just look at my face!

There’s so much to love about summer running:

  • Longer days, making it easier to squeeze in early or late runs
  • Warmer temps, which means less clothes
  • The feeling of moving freely because of fewer layers
  • Sunshine!!!!
  • Clear trails — at least clear of snow and ice

So what do we have to complain about when it comes to summer running?

  • As much, if not more laundry — all those sweaty running clothes
  • Humidity that makes every run feel like a battle
  • Heat from all that sunshine beating down on you
  • Feeling like you’re running through an African Savannah because of overgrown grass
  • Slower paces because of the heat and humidity
  • Stinging eyes from all that sweat
  • Frizzy (frightening) hair
  • Heat cramps
  • BUGS! Gnats may not bite, but they still drive me insane

So what’s a runner to do?
Accept the things we cannot change: the heat, the humidity, the bugs (anyone know a non-DEET spray that actually works?). Remember that all too soon trails will be buried under snow and ice and we’ll be buried under a gazillion layers again.

Enjoy those unicorn runs when it’s the right temperature and low humidity. Remember all those o’dark thirty runs and enjoy the extra light. Adjust your expectations and accept that you’ll probably run slower (but faster in the Fall). Explore new places to run. Try a new type of cross training (kayaking, anyone?). Jump in a pool after your run (oh, how I wish I had that option!).

 

 

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

coachescornerTalk to me:

Do you love to hate summer running?

Or do you just love running in the summer?

Which season do you think creates the most laundry?