Raindrops are falling on my head: 6/22 – 28 WRD

We had some really nice weather this week once it cooled down, so I was back outside as much as I could be.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and my training for the next virtual race.

Workouts update

  • Monday:  3 miles easy, Yoga (40 min), Legs (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Pink Cycling (30 min), Yoga (50 min)
  • Wednesday: 4 miles with 6 x 20ish strides, Dogwalk,  Arms (20 min), Yoga (20 min),
  • Thursday: Dogwalk , Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: 7 mile LSD (1 mile WU, 4 miles practice virtual race, 3 miles walking uphill, 2 mile CD), Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday:  Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min), SB Show Tunes Pride (30 min), probably core later

Mileage: 14 (+1)

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

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

Running Update

Today’s rainbow was my new suncatcher — it came from France!

Monday: intention — easy recovery run — like, super easy!
Although it didn’t feel easy, but it wasn’t horrible, either. I got out earlier, which helped, although of course not as early as I’d planned. I scratched the fartlek and slightly longer run idea in favor of bowing to the weather gods and just taking it easy. Considering the day’s high ended up being 93F, I think that was the right move!

Close up. The light was nice.

Wednesday: intention — pay attention to foot turnover during strides
I got out later than intended (what’s new) but that was mostly because I was debating between treadmill (potential for thunderstorms) and running outside. So glad I #optedoutside — the thunderstorms missed us, and with the cloud cover, it was almost pleasant.

I almost didn’t do the strides at the end; I heard a crack of thunder as I headed back home. I never heard more thunder, it didn’t seem to be darkening (although the wind picked up — which was actually nice!), and since I do them in front of my house, I felt fairly certain I could just head on in if need be. I did forget abut the foot turnover until the last two strides . . . oh well. Another decent run.

Another fountain in the works. It’s been changed, but there are some creative differences going on. Stay tuned.

Friday: intention — dry run for Virtual Firecracker 4
I learned from last week’s long run and took more water with me. I did a dry run for my virtual Fourth of July race (it might actually be the race, we’ll see).

1 mile warm up, 4 miles mostly downhill. Walked about 3 miles back up the very steep hills, then finished up with a 2 mile cool down. Not gonna lie, those last 2 miles were tough. Probably because it was 9 am already.

The weather was really nice for a change (which is why this might be the race I report). I pretended I was hiking in OR (my race would’ve been there yesterday, I would hopefully have met Laurie @ MeditationsinMotion). Ah well, it was not meant to be.
This run was pretty strong and pretty consistent. I didn’t push (well, maybe a tiny bit) but let the downhills carry me down. Right now the Fourth actually looks like good weather, but we all know how that can change!
Animal sightings: groundhog and maybe a bald eagle. I didn’t think it was big enough. I’ve never seen one this close to home. But it was quite large and it had a white head . . .

Lola likes to check out what’s going on on the Yoga platform.

Favorites of the week
I met up with a friend in my backyard again this week. Always good to chat with someone other than Mr. Judy!

Bandit likes to come out on the deck for lunch. He often gets some treats from our meal out there. But he likes to lay on the deck, too.
Drying out my Yoga mat

I practiced Yoga after I walked the dogs this morning. Rain was in the forecast, and yup, it sure did rain. But I chose the location of my Yoga platform wisely — it’s under a lot of tree cover. Yes, I got a little wet, but we don’t melt people! It felt great. Luckily the thunderstorms hadn’t started yet.

I did head on in for the reclined positions at the end, because my mat was getting pretty wet and I didn’t want to lay down on it. I’m still in the clothes I was wearing, 3 hours later — the Go Longer Skirt Sports skirts dry quickly! If you’re an XS or S, you’re in luck, they still have some in stock. I wear a S, but if you’re in between sizes I’d size up.

Is there a planned race you’re mourning right now? 

Spending more time in your own backyard (if you have one)? 

Ever done Yoga in the rain? 

 

GWY Yin Yoga for Mindfulness

ICYMI: I titled this practice Yin Yoga for Mindfulness, obviously, but it is definitely a great practice for runners. It’ll help you get into the fascia that tightens up so much on us. And yes, it will help you really tune into your body, too. Watch it here. This is a longer practice, so if you’re getting rained on like we are, enjoy!

Coming up on Tuesday: It’s time to wrap up June. Friday it’s time to virtually gather over the tea/coffee pot. Don’t forget that Skirt Sports is selling off its inventory, so check out the sale here — inventory & prices are decreasing!

Out & About: 6/15 – 21 WRD

Well, sort of out and about. We had to go to the bank this week, and I had to take Lola for a long overdue vet appointment. I could almost hear my car sigh with contentment for being driven.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing a decent week of fitness, despite the heat.

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk,  SB Greatest Showman (30 min), Yoga (60 min)
  • Tuesday: 4 miles easy, Yoga (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Soul Stroll, Legs (15 min), Yoga (20 min),
  • Thursday: 3 miles easy including 6 x 20ish strides, Arms (15 min), Yoga (15 min)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min)
  • Saturday:  6 mile LSD, Arms (15 min)Yoga (45 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Yoga (60 min)

Mileage: 13 (+1)

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

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

Running Update

My fartlek trees

Tuesday: intention — recovery run + fartlek
I knew this was probably the last nice morning to run this week. I decided to head down towards the college, which was a good move because it’s shady down there and there’s a row of trees I love to use for fartleks.

I found that I my breathing quickly got out of control on the fartlek, so a little later when I used telephone poles for the same purpose I made sure the hard running portion wasn’t quite so hard. This was a nice, strong run.

I may have shared this rainbow already . . . 

Thursday: intention — listen to breath to keep it easy, pay attention to foot turnover during strides
It wasn’t as humid as I feared, and I had nice cloud cover. Took the first 2.6 miles easy, then downhill strides. Today I focused on foot turnover. My cadence tends to be slow. Somehow I finally pushed my V02max up a point. 

Sunday: intention — don’t worry about pace, more downhill training
I did a lot of things right for this hot run: I froze water in my water bottles. I wore my cooling towel. I didn’t care about pace. However, I also didn’t bring enough water (especially because I chose to walk the uphill, which is literally 2 miles). I would wet the cooling towel each mile, which helped, but I also tried wetting my visor — that dried so fast it wasn’t worth the water. 

Plus I started too late, despite the fact that that’s the earliest I’ve started this year. Ah well, lessons learned. It wasn’t a horrible run all things considered, but it definitely took something out of me. It was 80F by the time I finished, and no clouds — not much shade, either, but I was grateful for every piece of shade I found! Not surprisingly, the V02max came back down a point. Frankly, I was surprised it wasn’t more!

That’s what we did with the firepit

Favorites of the week
We now have an inside fountain, a fountain on our raised deck where we often eat lunch (but not today!), and the firepit fountain is out by my Yoga platform. I love them all! You can view the firepit fountain in action in my latest YouTube video (a Down Dog tutorial) here.

The tshirt says “The Dogfather” (and no, I didn’t buy it for him); it was bath day, notice Lola cowering in the background on the right

Not loving: we had to go to the bank this week. We needed to get something notarized, in addition to straightening something else out. We got there and there was a masked security guard standing outside, which was a bit off putting. There was no hand sanitizer anywhere (except on the employee’s desk). There was also absolutely no attempt to clean between the people before us and us. Good thing Mr. Judy brought his own pen!

Seriously that can’t be comfortable

If you’re in the middle of a heatwave too, what’s your favorite way to stay cool? Right now I’m enjoying smoothies post run and smoothie bowls for breakfast.

Taken up any new hobbies? Seriously, I already have too many!

Did you find any good father’s day gifts for the men in your life? 

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m sharing some of my favorite smoothie recipes on Tuesday. After my long run yesterday, I absolutely couldn’t face food — thank goodness for refueling with a smoothie! On Friday I’ll be joining the runfessional — it’s time to get a few things off my chest! Don’t forget that Skirt Sports is selling off its inventory, so check out the sale here — inventory & prices are decreasing!

Solar powered: 6/8 – 14 WRD

Running this week went much better than it has for a while. Our weather keeps going back and forth between unseasonably hot and unseasonably cool, but so far it’s all good.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing how I “train” for my next virtual race.

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk,  Yoga (60 min)
  • Tuesday: 3 miles easy, Yoga (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (60 min),
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: 3 miles easy including 5 x 20ish strides, Arms (10 min),  Yoga (60 min)
  • Saturday:  Dogwalk, Yoga (60 min)
  • Sunday: 6 miles LSD, some Yoga and some legwork later, I think

Mileage: 12 (NC)

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

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

Running Update

Still finding rainbows

Tuesday: intention — recovery run listening to body
I felt as though as I was moving slowly (well, of course I actually was) but when I was done and looked at my stats, it was negative splits. Weird. It was much warmer today, although cloudy, which helped.

Had to capture the beauty of the tree with the sun peeking through it

Friday: intention — enjoy being outside on a beautiful day, but remind my feet they can run fast
Finally! The stars aligned: great running weather and a run that felt pretty darn good. First two miles very consistent, last fast due to strides. V02max still being stubborn, I thought it would go up with this run.

I had wanted to run Thursday, so Saturday could be an option for my long run, but it was disgustingly hot and humid by the time the rain cleared out. No thanks.

Friday’s rainbow
Sunday’s Rainbow: Hope!

Sunday: intention — enjoy the day, get friendly with hills again
Another gorgeous day to run, and another decent run. I went out hours later than I have been recently, which was nice (when I got up it was in the 40s!). I’m planning to sign up for the virtual 4th of July race, and make it a downhill race again — so it’s time to actually start running down steep hills again!

Decal applied thanks to Mr. Judy

Favorites of the week
I was surprised when Mr. Judy wasn’t resistant to a vinyl decal for the wall in my room. He hates putting almost anything on the walls. You’re supposed to apply them not long after they arrive. Oops, a month later . . . it was a challenge but Mr. Judy got it done and I love it!

They just love putting their heads . . . on anything; Bandit blending in to the pillow
Bandit & Lola . . . just cause . . . cuteness

What is brightening your spirits right now?

Favorite uplifting quote? 

Do you just get out there & run good weather or bad, or are you waiting for nicer weather? 

Coming up on Tuesday: The Tuesday Linkup gals (check it out here) are asking us what our training philosophy is. On Friday I’ll be sharing where you can get face masks specifically designed for running — if you wear them for running (I don’t). If you have one you love, feel free to share it in the comments! Don’t forget that Skirt Sports is selling off its inventory, so check out the sale here — inventory & prices are decreasing!

Springing into . . . Snow?: 4/6 – 12 WRD

Yes indeed, we got just a tiny bit of the white stuff yesterday — nothing sticking, just a brief snow shower. Thankfully I chose to run today, a much nicer day. Yesterday the wind was insane. Today it was just windy.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing still more doggy cuteness again. Which is what happens when we’re at home and Mr. Judy is bored.

Workouts update

  • Monday:  SB (15 mn), 4 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: SB (18 min), Dogwalk, PB Cardio + Weights (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Cardio (10 min), SB (5 min), 4 miles easy, Yin Yoga (30 min)
  • Thursday: Rainy Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Friday: SB (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Sunday: 8 miles LSD, Yoga later

Mileage: 16 (NC)

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

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

Running Update

Blurry daffodils, still most welcome

Monday
Finally a nice running day; I was even a little overdressed due to getting out later than planned (I got caught up working on my spare room). Still nose breathing, still slow, but a lovely day to run.

I don’t normally do runfies, but this was part of stuff I was working on for Tuesday’s post

Wednesday
Not so nice, but not too bad either. I got excited because this run was just a little faster. Then I remembered I came up with an idea for Tuesday’s post and there were a lot of photo stops in the beginning.

I’ve been talking about grounding a lot lately. Notice the trees roots rising out of the muck — that’s grounding!

Sunday
You may or may not have noticed I took a lot of rest this week. I was feeling pretty run down by the end of the week. The weather wasn’t bad today. I chose the other side of the neighborhood, which is still hilly, but not as steep. 

Still can’t figure out why a much slower pace still feels really hard simply by breathing through your nose. A glimmer of hope, though, this was slightly faster than last week’s 8 miler, and the pace was very consistent — whether I was going uphill or downhill. I was tiring towards the end, and walking a bit more, and really wondering why I had to run into that headwind at the end.

Now that’s partner Yoga!

Favorites of the week
Lola tries to get Mr. Judy to go to bed earlier than he wants to. And Bandit gets very clingy and/or antsy until I’m in bed at night.

So far, so good. That’s how I usually respond when people ask how we’re doing. Another week, getting groceries delivered from the store, did curbside pickup from the pet store for dog food and Frontline (talk about sticker shock!). This week we really threw caution to the wind and got sushi delivered — mainly because it’s Passover. Sushi isn’t exactly considered kosher for Passover but I say it’s in the spirit of the holiday.

I wanted to share some other stuff from YouTube; a couple of videos I watched this morning.  Oh my goodness, this YouTube video here is so inspirational (watch til the end, it even ties in a bit with running!).

Ishvara pranidhana is a concept that I love — basically that there is a higher power that has a plan for us. I believe in that. Watch this YouTube video here if you want to see how that concept could help you right now.

How are you doing?

Are you in a new normal? 

If you celebrate Easter today, how has that changed for you? 

Coming up on Tuesday: I have a fun little challenge for those of you who are stuck running in your neighborhoods. Stayed tuned.

ICYMI: Well, nothing new on YouTube or Facebook today. I suggest pairing my new grounding Yin Yoga practice here with the grounding meditation here.

Be the first to know when I release new videos: sign up for my newsletter here to find out when I add new videos, and you’ll receive a free Self Love Affirmation PDF and a bonus audio-only version of this self love meditation.

Trying Something New: 3/30-4/5 WRD

Of course. Cause if you get to know me, you know I’m almost always trying something new. I crave variety in most things in life.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing still more doggy cuteness, because why not?

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, SB 15 min, PB Cardio Toning (25 min), Yoga (30 min)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, SB 10 min, 4 miles easy, Yoga (30 min)
  • Wednesday: SB (15 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (50 min), Soul Stroll (20 min)
  • Thursday: SB (10 min), 4 miles easy, Dogwalk, PB Barre + Foam Rolling, Yoga (30 min)
  • Friday: Soul Stroll (30 min), FB Live Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: 8 mile LSD, Dogwalk, FilmedYoga Video (23 min oops, was supposed to be 10-15)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, PB Cardio + Weights (25 min), Yoga (30 min)

Mileage: 16 (+1)

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

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

Running Update

Pepperoni wanted out from social distancing

Tuesday
Kind of a raw, chilly day. At least I didn’t get rained on. Of course Wednesday was beautiful, but I got other stuff done then. Started working on nasal breathing while running. I’ll write about that — eventually. Basically it made my run much slower, and felt really hard — even though slower.

I’ve also never struggled with my nose running while running until today. Who knew mouth breathing was the answer?

Finally Daffodils

Thursday
Still breathing in & out through my nose. Felt a bit easier today. Still very slow but it’s supposed to be in the beginning. It’s kind of like beginning HR training. I tried a few things and nose wasn’t running as much.

I didn’t run up that hill, but lots of others

Sunday
Back to nose running (literally & figuratively). Have to admit I couldn’t imagine nasal breathing for 8 miles, and it was tough, but I mostly did it. This run was 12 minutes slower than my very hilly run last week. Same distance. That wasn’t completely due to nasal breathing, though, I just wasn’t feeling the hills on the way back so I did a lot of walking.

Mr. Judy & I debated me calling him to come pick me up so I didn’t have to come back up the hills, but in the end, I nixed that idea. Kinda sorry about that.

Dogs. The silly things they do.

Favorites of the week
Lola is definitely showing her age, sleeping a great deal, and sleeping later in the mornings. I told Mr. Judy to just put the bolster on top of her when he got up, so he did.

Not liking? Got an email update from my mom’s senior living community. They have their first case. In assisted living, and my mom does not live in assisted living, but it’s still part of the building. Thinking good thoughts. She’s tough.

Ending on a lighter note. It’s not just Lola. Although Bandit did this on his own.

No doubt you’ve probably heard about the Blogger Zoom call yesterday by now. I’m sure it will have even more people next week. And hilarity will ensue.

Are you doing all the cooking?

Are you afraid of going live on Facebook? I know I’ve been resisting it!

#teamtraining or #teammaintenance? For now I am still training, at least until I find out if the half end of June is a go or not. If it’s cancelled, I’ll be back to maintenance.

Coming up on Tuesday: There are three things you need for a bad weather run. Then on Friday I’ll go more into Karma vs Dharma which I talked a little bit about in my vlog here.

No Worries Meditation

 

ICYMI: I’ve got a new meditation to help you let go of your worries here. I went live on Facebook yesterday Friday with a great Yin post run stretch that hits all those tight spots — you can catch the replay hereIf you do like these meditations and videos, please press the like button — it helps me continue to bring everyone free videos.

Be the first to know when I release new videos: sign up for my newsletter here to find out when I add new videos, and you’ll receive a free Self Love Affirmation PDF and a bonus audio-only version of this self love meditation.

Business as usual: 3/23-29 WRD

Sort of. Ok, obviously it’s not completely normal, but in general things are going along okay so far here. I hope that it is with you guys, too. We adjust and we just pray and have to have faith that we will get through this.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing more doggy cuteness, because why not?

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, SB 20 min
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, SB 10 min, 4 miles easy, Yoga (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min)
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, SB (15 min), Yoga (30 min)
  • Friday: 8 mile LSD, Yoga (30 min)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, FB Live Yoga (35 min)
  • Sunday: 4 miles easy, no doubt some Yoga later

Mileage: 15 (+3)

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

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

Running Update

Snow in Spring? Now that actually is normal

Tuesday
I’m trying to remember this run, I truly am. I think it was a decent run. Obviously nothing memorable. The only thing memorable was the 6″ of snow the day before, of course, but that’s the nice thing about Spring snow: it melts quickly.

There was lots of walking coming up this hill

Friday
Initially Saturday looked like the better day, but my body didn’t want to run Thursday, Sunday looked to be a washout, so Friday it was for my long run. Turned out it was a beautiful day. The run was hard, because I chose a very hilly path.

I got further on this particular path than I have before, and there’s one really steep hill then lots of rolling hills. I discovered there’s also an insanely steep hill further on after the really steep hill, LOL! There was a lot of walking, it was slow, but I finished. Too soon, as it turns out . . . I could easily have made it a 9 mile run but I just had a very long cool down walk.

Running through raindrops

Sunday
The radar showed a potential break in the rain, but good thing I had mentally prepared myself to get wet, because I did. At least I didn’t get poured on. 4 miles to burn off a frustrating morning.

Trying to keep local restaurants afloat & trying new ones, too

Favorites of the week
We’re still going around the world with delivered food. This week it was Greek, and it was yummy: mine was Spanokopita appetizers and a Vegan Gyro. Both were yummy. I do kind of feel divided, worrying a bit that maybe we’re putting ourselves at risk. We get the food out of the packaging, wash our hands, then spritz the counter with cleaner. After all, I’m still grocery shopping too (although not as often).

It was cold out there yesterday — I feel for those swimsuit models!

I really needed a good head shot for a project I’ve been working on for my YouTube channel (you can check it out here, of course) and although we’ve tried a few times, we just weren’t successful . . . until yesterday. We got quite a few good ones. This is not one I’m using, unfortunately Lola came out blurry. Hadn’t planned to have the dogs in there but they wanted to participate. 🙂

Are you doing all the cooking?

Are you afraid of going live on Facebook? I know I’ve been resisting it!

#teamtraining or #teammaintenance? For now I am still training, at least until I find out if the half end of June is a go or not. If it’s cancelled, I’ll be back to maintenance.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m wrapping up March. I am hoping to get out another Yin Video and Mediation video next week, but not quite sure how that will go yet.

gwy grounding meditation

ICYMI: I’ve got a new grounding meditation for you here. I went live on Facebook yesterday –you can catch the replay here. You wanted Yin? You got it! If you do like these meditations, please press the like button — it helps me continue to bring everyone free videos.

Be the first to know when I release new videos: sign up for my newsletter here to find out when I add new videos, and you’ll receive a free Self Love Affirmation PDF and a bonus audio-only version of this self love meditation.

A Spooky Good Time: 10/28-11/3 WRD

Much of this week was spent at my mom’s again. Both the staff and the residents got into the spirit of Halloween. So did Mother Nature with some nasty storms and power outages!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and sharing how I’m prepping for that 15k next week I’m not even signed up for yet.

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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: Yin Yoga + Yoga practice for teaching (75 min), 4 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Taught Yoga 60 min (which is actually mostly sitting for Yin), Barre (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga Hips (30 min), 3 miles tempoish, Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (roughly 90 minutes, combo styles), walking all over the independent living facility — multiple times
  • Friday: Yoga (50 min), morning walk
  • Saturday: Yin Yoga (30 min), 7 mile LSD, Yoga (40 min)
  • Sunday: Hips (20 min)Dogwalk, Yoga (40 min)

Mileage: 14 (-4)

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

Fall is still falling (but at least no snow yet)

Monday
A dreary, but dry, Monday. Tackled the hilly route again. A bit slower than last week (seems to be a theme) but still a pretty strong run with a good HR on those hills.

I like the combo of the older capris and the blue deco Watch Me Go

Wednesday
I’d planned to run inside before heading down to my moms, but the tv wasn’t cooperating, so I headed outside to take my frustration out on the road — quickly. Not quite as quickly as I’d hoped, but not bad.

A new furry friend

Saturday
I briefly met up with my friends, but ran alone. It was a nice, strong run. This week tapered a bit more than I really wanted/planned to, but it is what it is and better to go low then overtrain. Dearly wanted to go out for breakfast with the rest of the gang, but miles to go before heading down to my mom’s on Sunday.

I had a jacket on over the top with the slits for my watch. I rolled back the sleeve of the jacket, so I could peak at my watch occasionally. I ran almost entirely by feel, not even checking my pace every mile, just my HR now & again — and I managed to keep it pretty much where it needed to be. Guess that’s what I’ll do until it’s really just too cold.

They may be older, but they can still cut a rug!

Favorites of the week
Mom wasn’t planning to go to the Halloween party, but I said I’d go with her (seriously, she needs to get out of that apartment!), so she went & enjoyed herself. The music was pleasant, the decorations and costumes were great, and my mom enjoyed herself and took her mind off her worries for a while.

Mom’s not afraid of the good witch

It was a very hectic few days at my mom’s. My Dad  is scheduled to come home on Monday. He’ll have an aide 24/7, at least at first, which meant clearing out my parents’ second bedroom. I feel as though all I’ve done the last 10 years is clear out their stuff. Oh wait, it’s true, I have, again and again. Sigh.

After 2 months in hospital and rehab, my Dad is deeply depressed and has lost most of his will to live, and a lot of strength — and weight, too. We expect him to regain some strength — maybe. Or maybe he’s just reached the tipping point. He’s not eating much, either, and that was his one great joy.

My mom is always thinking negatively, and the truth is no one knows if he’ll turn around once he comes home. Maybe. Maybe not. He’s fast approaching 94. Only time will tell. As you read this I’m either en route again or at my moms — going through their papers, rearranging, so it may take a while before I get back to you — but I will!

How did you spend Halloween? 

How do you feel about people walking/running listening to music without headphones? It seems a lot more common and I want to yell at these people to put in some damn headphones.

Has it snowed yet where you live?  Not yet here. Possibly a little next week, but my guess is it would quickly melt.

Still on the racing circuit: 10/21-27 WRD

I do love me some races in the Fall. This week’s was a 5k. One billed as flat and fast for PRs — yeah, right! The hills weren’t bad, but they were there. I’m getting ahead of myself though.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and sharing how I’m tackling all the hills and all the races.

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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: Yin Yoga + Yoga practice for Demo (90 min), 4 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Taught Yoga 60 min (which is actually mostly sitting for Yin), Yoga Demo  (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga Hips (30 min), 3 miles tempoish, Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Arms (5 min), Booty (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Hips & Glutes (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (40 min)
  • Saturday: Yin Yoga (60 min), Harvest Hustle 5k + 1 mile warmup, 7 mile LSD, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: ST (30 min)

Mileage: 18 (+2)

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

Chose the hilly route. Would it help Saturday?

Monday
It had to come to an end at some point, right? The nice weather that is. Foggy, drizzly, raw. I had a really good run though. I chose the hilly route outside my neighborhood, the HR cooperated, and despite the hills I had a good pace.

I forgot to take a photo — this was from Monday’s run — it was a beautiful blue sky on Wednesday.

Wednesday
A really nice day to run and actually wish I’d worn a skirt instead of capris! I set out thinking maybe I’d do an easy run with strides, maybe a 5k this weekend, and then thought maybe not the 5k so let’s push it a bit (although I’m back to thinking maybe do the 5k).

Somehow though I’d turned off step tracking so all the steps on the run weren’t tracked. In fact, it was a frustrating tech day all around.

We run through this covered bridge & up the hill every weekend training for Freihofers

Saturday
First I warmed up up for the 5k, meaning to do .9 mile but somehow spaced out and ended up with 1 mile — which worked out okay since the 5k was just a bit short.

After the 5k I finished off with 7 miles, to round it up to a nice 11 miles — except quite frankly the rest of the run was kind of a death march, starting out slow and just getting slower with each mile. With lots of extra walking towards the end.

I was just so demoralized by how slow I got towards the end that I did run/walk intervals for the last mile. Pushing it when I ran, walking where I felt like it. Fastest mile of the run, which quite frankly isn’t saying much.

Rookie mistake #1: although I actually grabbed some fuel (and had had a snack after the 5k), I didn’t have any electrolytes with me. Maybe that’s why it was so tough? Last week’s long run was so strong.

Rookie mistake #2: Normally when I split a long run into a race and miles afterwards, I drop down my mileage, figuring that during the race I’m really pushing it (which I did). So seriously I probably should have run about 5 miles post race. And had some electrolytes with me.

Well, I got it done. I’m not injured (although one of my toes was bothering me and I worried about a blister, but it’s ok). It was a beautiful day and a good cause.

More nice weather at the rehab

Favorites of the week
Running Buddy J PR’d her half yesterday. The one we ran last year in the Nor’easter. Of course she had beautiful weather. I rarely do, I must be a jinx.

Thankfully I’m not running today — because today it is raining. Most of the week we had really nice weather and I don’t have to go out today, so I’m not complaining.

So you have a favorite time of year to race? 

No matter how long you run, do you find yourself sometimes making a rookie mistake?

Can you believe next weekend we fall back — and Darlene runs her first marathon? 

Happy 34 to Us: 10/14-20 WRD

I don’t post a lot to my personal FB page — although I’m always saying I should do it more because I do love looking at those memories — but this weekend the weather Gods aligned to give us the perfect day on our anniversary (our actual wedding day, not so much). We made the most of it. It also had me running long solo the day before on a windy, cooler day — and how did that work out for me?

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and sharing how I’m ramping up the running for a 15k I may or may not run in November.

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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: Yin Yoga Pre Workout (60 min), Lawson Lake Trail 5k
  • Tuesday: Yoga  (30 min), 3 miles easy
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Barre (30 min), Yoga (15 min)
  • Thursday: Arms (5 min), Booty (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yin Yoga (60 min), 10 hilly miles
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, lots of walking around Prospect Mt. in Lake George
  • Sunday: Studio Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk

Mileage: 16 (+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

All the leaves

Monday
Went with some running friends to the Lawson Lake Trail Festival. This one was for fun, not for time (let’s just say that was a good thing, see my recap on Tuesday). A pretty park but some major hills so there was a lot of walking. Thankful for even more perfect running weather!

All the Halloween decorations

Tuesday
Late afternoon recovery run. Yes, we’re still having great weather. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a “run” of weather this nice. The legs felt heavy but the pace was decent at a decent heart rate.

The weather sounded like this run would be tough, but it wasn’t that bad

Friday
I don’t know why, but the pace was much slower due to my HR today from the get-go. I can understand the heart rate going up as the run goes on, as you fatigue. Tuesday’s run was so strong.

I tackled a hilly route again, as the 15k, if I do it, is hilly. My first double digit run in 8 months. It’s not the first time I’ve gone that long between halfs, but there’s no half in the near future, so after the 15k I’ll drop my long runs back down.

It was quite windy, and I thought it would feel really cold, but I was probably overdressed. With the sun going in & out ultimately I was happy with what I wore. Didn’t need the neck gaiter, though, and glad I didn’t put on light gloves because I didn’t need them, either.

I was pleased that I got up most of the first, long big hill on this route without my heart rate spiking until the top. I also noted how quickly my heart rate would come down on any decline, no matter how small — my body really does love a downhill!

Anniversary Shenanigans

Favorites of the week
Glad the weatherpeople finally got a forecast right, because our anniversary Saturday was picture perfect. Literally! A little chilly, though; I am wearing three layers of tops and needed every single one!

I’d decided this summer if the weather was nice on our anniversary, we’d go to Prospect Mountain — we’d tried in the summer, but although many reviews said it was dog friendly, there’s a sign for the scenic drive saying no pets allowed.

Turns out they’re not allowed on the shuttle to the summit or near the picnic areas at the summit, but otherwise it’s okay. Good to know, although we left the pups at home. You can also hike up to the Summit from the village, but that’s a bit beyond what Mr. Judy wanted to do.

We also enjoyed a lot of eating out this weekend. We even found a pizza place we both like — the last one we tried that we both liked closed shortly after we tried it. We like very different things in pizza places, so finding one we both like is a big deal.

Lastly I could use some good vibes for Tuesday. The studio yoga class I went to today had a substitute teacher — the owner of the studio. I chatted with her afterward and now I’m doing a demo for her on Tuesday! I can use all the “do a great (or at least good) job” vibes I can get!

Do you & your SO have trouble choosing restaurants, or do you enjoy the same things? 

What would your ideal anniversary/birthday look like?

Would you walk or run through those leave covered trails? 

1 runner, 1 deer, 1 turkey: 10/7-13 WRD

Saw a deer on the way to my moms, which is not at all unusual in around here. I saw a huge turkey running across the road on the way to my Dad. Then I actually saw a runner running while I was at my moms — which was a first.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing juggling activity with apparently animal sightings.

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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: Rainy Rest Day — barely any movement!
  • Tuesday: Yin Yoga  (60 min), 4 miles easy
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Barre (30 min), Yoga (15 min)
  • Thursday: 4 miles with 8 x 30ish strides, Yin Hips (60 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk x 2
  • Saturday: Yin Yoga Pre Workout Stretch (30 min), Great Pumpkin Challenge 10k + .9 mile warmuup
  • Sunday: Yoga (45 min), Barre (30 min)

Mileage: 15 (+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

This week the weather was just spectacular for the most part

Tuesday
Last week’s runs weren’t bad at all, but they were slooooow. I had planned to do a barre workout on Monday, but I barely got in 5000 steps — no dogwalk due to rain all day, and I was feeling really meh. Like coming-down-with-something meh.

Apparently the rest helped and I felt better today. I certainly wouldn’t call this run speedy, but it was faster while keeping the HR in line. Bonus points for actually getting the running clothes right.

Killer hills at my mom prepared me for my 10k

Thursday
Graced with almost perfect running weather at my moms (a fierce wind at times), I tackled the hills and added in some downhill strides at the end. Although I ran by feel and ignored my HR, I was pleased that it actually stayed great for the majority of the slow, again, run — until the strides, of course.

Tackling more hills with friends

Saturday
A group of running friends and perfect running weather, after 2 years of less than optimal weather for this hilly 10k; what more could a runner ask for? I even did my warm up mile. I’ll recap it on Tuesday. This race is always a “good time”.

Yup, that’s the lovely Cari on bottom left (and first male on the bottom right)

Favorites of the week
Went with a bunch of friends to spectate our big local race this morning. Caught Cari @ TravelingwithCari coming in for the finish (sadly this was all that I saw of her this weekend), and many other local friends.

Yes, also caught Darlene @ Myfirst5k coming in to the finish. With 7 miles before the start of the half she’d covered 20.1 miles. In brand new shoes.

What was the last race you spectated? 

What’s your favorite thing to say to encourage racers? 

Would you wear brand new shoes on race day?