Let’s Lift Each Other Up: June 2020

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The weather in June was all over the place. Mostly lovely, so I can’t complain. A couple of weekends were so chilly that one day I had to take my Yoga inside. Then it heated up quickly! Luckily I picked the right spot for my Yoga platform. It’s nice and shady and even on days in the low 90s I am comfortable back there.

Now the ants are a different story . . .

I am taking a break from stronger lyrics (strong is my word for 2020), but “Hey Girl” from Lady Gaga & Florence Welch (a song not familiar to me) caught my eye — I thought it was a good message for the times.

Hey girl, hey girl
We can make it easy if we lift each other
Hey girl, hey girl
We don’t need to keep on one-in’ up another

Although aimed at women, it’s a good message for everyone. Stop tearing people down to make yourself feel better. We all rise together.

Chasing rainbows & trying to stay cool (literally)

Getting in scheduled runs
I’m still happy with 3 x week for the forseeable future. It gives me more time for my stationary bike, strength training, and Yoga. I kept thinking I would go a little longer for my long run, but then someone turned the thermostat to hot and humid.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
Maybe this sections just needs to go away . . . like many of us think about 2020.

Grade Earned: F

Dynamic Warmup
I’ve been doing good with a pre-, and usually a post-run stretch, thanks to Peloton.

Grade Earned: A+

Foam Rolling
I’ve been exploring a lot of new things, so I’m back to foam rolling only before I run. I know my body would be very happy if I tried for more again. It still needs to be a goal!

Grade Earned: B

Nutrition
Mostly good. The extreme heat towards the end of the month had me not so hungry. Definitely room for improvement though. Isn’t there always?

Grade Earned: B

Support

  • Massage? Nope. We all know why.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? See massage.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? While we can get haircuts again, my hairdresser is actually opening a new salon. Which hasn’t happened yet. It’s braid season; I can wait.

Grade Earned: F

Yoga inside, outside, plus stationary cycling & more!

Cross Training
Running less means I have more time for other fitness activities, which I enjoy. Yet it still seems as though there’s not enough hours in a day to get everything done!

Grade Earned: A+

June 2020  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. A couple of Fs again, but mostly June was a decent month.

June Goals:

  • Continue exploring Peloton App. Y. There’s a lot to love, but there are some things I’m not as fond of. Nothing’s perfect, right?
  • Continue running 3 x week. Y. I also made an effort to keep those runs outside — it wasn’t easy when the second half of the month was stacked with heat waves but I persevered.
  • Set an intention for each run. Y.  I like to work towards goals, and since I don’t actually have a running goal right now, having an intention for every run gives me a “goal” (read more about intentions here).
  • Continue almost daily foam rolling. N. I foam rolled before my runs. That’s all.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Weight is basically in maintenance mode, and that’s okay.
  • Explore a Backbend Course Y/N. As I wrote last month, I couldn’t find a specific build to Wheel course. I should have just modified this goal to work on strengthening my arms and core — which I did. I have a feeling that it will take a lot longer than a month, and may not be a pose that works for me. We’ll talk again at the end of the year.
  • Take the tests for the online Reiki course I’m taking. N. I am taking a meditation course in July. I’m still practicing Reiki on myself, and when I have time/remember, the dogs. Even occasionally Mr. Judy.

Which leads me to July Goals:

  • Continue exploring Peloton App. I haven’t tried a meditation yet. I’ve only done one Yoga class. Then there’s the Artist series that Kim @ Kookyrunner turned me on to.
  • Continue running 3 x week. If it ain’t broke . . .
  • Set an intention for each run. I enjoy this goal!
  • Learn more about meditation. I’ve been meditating for several years. I enjoy creating meditations for my YouTube channel (here). I’d been looking into meditation teacher trainings — but when someone I’d been following offered a shorter (30 hour) , discounted course, I signed up. Hopefully I’ll be adding more meditations with what I learn.
  • Extend either a weekday or long run. I will admit, summer running is not my jam. I have extended some weekday runs. I’d like to run a little longer for my long runs, but I just haven’t been feeling it with the weather.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. I think this is another permanent goal.
  • Complete virtual July 4th race. This may not happen in July — it might have even already happened! 

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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Sunshine of Your Love: July 2019

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I have to admit I didn’t realize what song this was from the title, but when I clicked on the link, yup, I knew it. Who here hasn’t done an early morning run in the sunshine — maybe a bit too much sunshine?

I’m with you my love
The light’s shinin’ through on you
Yes, I’m with you my love
It’s the morning and just we two

July held a race, lots of fun stuff off the road, and yes, plenty of sunshine and early morning runs.

Annual Fourth of July race tradition

Getting in scheduled runs
Slowly beginning to think about running goals for later in 2019, but still nothing big on the horizon, so still maintaining my base with occasional hills and speed work. You’ll notice there are no tempos!

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I’ve been pretty good with recording runs. I like having that to look back at! Those Thursday night trail runs — they keep me up until almost my bedtime! Most of them are at least a half hour drive from my home, some further. Sometimes I just gotta go to sleep not long after I get back home, so yeah, I get to those when I get to those.

Grade Earned: A-

Dynamic Warmup
I’ve been a bit better at getting out there earlier, but it’s still not always easy. It’s not the greatest idea to just run, even in the warm summer, but hey, I’m as human as the next gal. Sometimes that’s exactly what happens.

Grade Earned: B

Foam Rolling
I’m still in “love” (see what I did there?) with foam rolling. Well, love might be a strong word. Any time I skip it, I feel it, and that’s what keeps me rolling.

Grade Earned: A

Nutrition was decent in July, with occasional treats (yup, I still consider sushi a treat!)

 

Nutrition
As I mentioned last month, I took a break from actively trying to lose weight to simply maintain where I am. I am definitely maintaining. That isn’t a bad thing.

Grade Earned: B+

Support

  • Massage? I had plans to make an appointment, I truly did, but July ended up with a few unexpected expenses. Hopefully it will work into the budget in August.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? I do every other month unless something’s wrong, so there was no need in July.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? I think I tipped over on that one — it’s time!

Grade Earned: B+

Bruise on shoulder courtesy of my fall on the trails, but that was about the only thing hurt. Lots of Yoga, naturally.

 

Cross Training
Yoga (for obvious reasons) and strength training are going pretty strong. Pilates has been harder to fit in. At the beginning of the month I realized that strength training had been a bit lacking, so I’ve been doing a lot of Pahla Bower’s shorter workouts on Youtube here, with one or two of the slightly longer ones. The body feels pretty good in general.

Grade Earned: A+

Yup, this was after the fall — still smiling (mainly because I was out of the woods and away from the darn bugs!)

 

July 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. 1 race. More fun with friends. A concert. Short hike. Maintaining my weight. No injuries.

July Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. A little less often, but the foot still feels pretty good.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Y. Nailed this in July.
    • Start extending my weekend runs. Y. I maintained at 6 miles for my long runs, with one 7 miler. Pretty good in a hot, humid summer (most of the time).
    • Continue practicing Yoga. Y. Obviously YTT requires some Yoga practice.
    • Foam roll almost daily. Y. Towards the end of the month it actually did get to daily; I bought a deal from Lauren Roxburgh (her Website is here, but you can find some free videos on Youtube) which includes 3 foam rolling routines that are only 10 minutes or less. They’re quite different so I’ve been doing them daily — in addition to my usual pre-run foam rolling.
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. It definitely feels freeing to not be tracking what I put in my mouth, and so far I’m still maintaining my weight without tracking. Always a work in progress.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Y/N. It’s been harder with the classes/videos I have to watch, the live calls, working on my practicum (already!). Does thinking about what I’ll eat in the coming week count? Well, I guess it does. I know that I’ll get back to it.
    • Annual Fourth of July race. Y. Indeed, and you can read about it here.

Which leads me to August Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. My feet have been doing pretty good. Sometimes I only do my PT exercises a couple of times a week. As long as my feet aren’t bothering me it’s working for me.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. You may not have noticed, but I’ve actually begun to strength train more frequently — but often for just a little bit. I shoot for two longer sessions (about 30 min) 2 times a week, and short (often just 10 min) about 3 times a week. I like the results I’m getting from that. I might bail on a busy day if I’m looking at 30 minutes or more, but you can always squeeze in 10 minutes.
    • Keep long runs about 6-7 miles. I could be ready for a half in a month with my base, but the reality would be I’d prefer a couple of months to feel well trained and safe.
    • Lots of yoga & studying. I have my written test and my practicum for my YTT in September. I’ve learned a lot, but I haven’t been able to actually study as much as I’d like to because just the course itself is so time consuming!
    • Foam roll almost daily. Continue using my Lauren Roxburgh foam rolling and regular pre-run foam rolling.
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. I had planned another short detox this month, or as I prefer to call it, a reset. I decided to push that off until September. I’ve been maintaining my weight at a good place (which doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to lose a few pounds, but then most of us would).
    • Meal plan on the weekends! I’ll keep putting this in until I get back to it. I at least have a plan in my mind, but having written down is much more helpful.
    • Trail race at the end of the month. Depends on the weather.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

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

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I Will Always Love You: June 2019

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Now who doesn’t love this Whitney Houston song? Such a wonderful voice, such a sad ending to her life. My June was not sad, though; in fact, there were lots of fun times! June was about coming back to running — on my terms. Running how and when I want, something we all need to do sometimes to remind ourselves about why we fell in love with running in the first place.

There was fun with friends volunteering at a race
There was a Women’s 5k with friends and a solo Trail 5k

Getting in scheduled runs
Still no big goals in sight, still listening to my body and running when, how, and for how long I want to.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I haven’t gotten back to writing down pre and post run stuff, which is helpful, but I’m still recording my runs. I think that it helps that my planner, journal, and running journal are all one and the same.

Grade Earned: A-

Dynamic Warmup
Running almost completely outside, so in general I’ve gotten back to doing dynamic warmups. Things do get a little tricky as it warms up — you don’t want to warm up in the Winter because it’s too cold (and you need it the most!), and then in the Summer you procrastinate too long, it’s too hot, and you just want to get out there (yup, that happened just yesterday and there was zero warmup).

Grade Earned: B

Foam Rolling
Still rolling, rolling, rolling. Sliding just a tiny bit on PT exercises for my foot (it’s been almost a year!), but it let’s me know when I’ve ignored it for too long.

Grade Earned: A-

Summer treats are in full swing but so far not too far out of hand

Nutrition
I started out the month really strong, seeing a number on the scale I haven’t seen in a few years — and then I got just a little bit off course towards the middle of the month. Next month I plan to give my body a break and just maintain my weight, but I’d like to be maintaining a little lower than where I am right now.

It’s really easy to get loosey goosey with eating when the scale is giving you good reports — I’m still motivated, though, so I’ll tighten things up just a bit. Well, maybe!

Grade Earned: B+

Support

  • Massage? I actually had a really good (free!) massage after Freihofers.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Why yes I did.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? We are definitely approaching the tipping point there.

Grade Earned: B+

First hike in a long time!

Cross Training
Pilates, Yoga, and strength training, oh my — once I was feeling better! More time on the stationary bike. Unfortunately my shoulder started to complain towards the end of the month, so I wasn’t able to progress my strength training as much as I wanted to. Shoulder is fine now, but ST is still a bit lacking. We even got in one short hike in between all the rain!

And all the waterfalls

Grade Earned: A+

June 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . a A-. 2 races. Fun with friends. Short hike. Maintaining my weight. No injuries.

June Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. A little side tracked but mostly doing good.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Y. Definitely more like twice a week, and usually not too long, but you gotta start somewhere.
    • Start extending my weekend runs. Y. Hanging around 5-6 miles. It’s been a little hard balancing life lately!
    • Continue practicing Yoga. Y. Still enjoying my studio classes & home practice.
    • Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen. 
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Weight is maintaining fairly well, but definitely need to tighten up my eating just a smidge.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Y/N. I’ve been busy, and while I haven’t completely let it go, the weeks I wing it more generally don’t turn out as well with healthy eating. On the other hand, I even prepped some Mason Jar salads towards the end of the month & that was a life saver!
    • A short race? Y. In addition to Freihofers 5k, which kicked off the month, I also ran a trail 5k.

Which leads me to July Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Whenever I start skipping it, my feet remind me they still  need it.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Muscles atrophy as we age if we don’t use them, folks.
    • Start extending my weekend runs. Maintain about a 6 mile long run once a week. Ok to go a little longer if I’m feeling it — ok not to if I’m not feeling it.
    • Continue practicing Yoga. Yoga just makes me feel good.
    • Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen. 
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. So far, for the first time in my life, this is working for me. I spent so many years carefully tracking all my food — I’m okay with doing it again,too, if I get off track — but all those years of tracking have given me a pretty good idea of what healthy eating looks like — that’s really the point of tracking!
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan. 
    • Annual Fourth of July race. Looks like it will be just me and one friend (actually, 2 other friends are signed up) this year. It also looks to be the hottest day of the year so far, but the tradition will (most likely) go on (and we’ll end on a little Celine Dion).

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

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

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August 2017: Did I pass?

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August was a month of good running, but I’ve let a lot of stuff slide that I really shouldn’t. Let’s not even talk about the length of my hair (and bangs!). It’s kind of scary.

So let’s get right down to it.

Getting in scheduled runs
I skipped one run this month due to feeling super run down. And I felt a lot better the next week!

Grade Earned:  A-

Recording my runs
I’m slipping a bit on this one. Sometimes days go by before I get around to it — who remembers what they did yesterday, let alone a few days ago? I need to get back into it, because I know find the information very useful and am always sorry when there are gaps in my journal.

Grade Earned: B

Dynamic Warmup
I made a real effort to do my dynamic warmups, even when I was short on time, and not just go through the motions, either. And the full routine, too. 

Grade Earned: A+

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Not enough of this

Foam Rolling
I continued to be pretty good with my foam rolling, but there was a time or two (or three) that I left it to the end of the day — mainly when I ran at the end of the day — and I just threw in the towel on it.

Grade Earned: B

Respecting my body
I think I listened closely to my body and definitely respected it. And I was rewarded by not getting sick (knocks on wood).

Grade Earned: A

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Yummy, healthy food

Nutrition
I joined an eating challenge this month. I didn’t lose much weight at all, but I feel better and my clothes are fitting better, too.

Grade Earned: A+

Support
Kind of fell off of the deep end there . . . it’s been months since my last chiropractor appointment and ditto with massage. I feel pretty good, but I also know that these things are important for me.

Grade Earned: B-

Cross Training
No stationary biking. I swam until the pool closed down for maintenance. I stopped hiking because either the weekends were too busy, it was too hot and humid, or I was just run down.

I actually think that hiking might be part of why I was feeling run down; I don’t regret it at all, but I also know I wasn’t really getting in enough rest. And I have a list of places I want to get to . . .

Grade Earned: B

August 2017 gets  . . . 
. . . an B+. I know everyone will say it looks like a great month, but I know that I’ve been skipping some important stuff. You can only get by with that for so long until it comes back to bite you. I always find it harder as the days get shorter, even if I appreciate the cooler mornings and more shade for running.

Which leads me to:

Goals for August:

  • Keep my journal up to date. Sort of
  • Swim once a week (until they close the pool mid-month for maintenance). Y
  • I’d like to continue some trail running, but that will depend on the weather during the dog days of summer. Ditto hiking. Y for trail, N for hikes
  • Maybe sign up for a trail race at the end of the month. Maybe. – read about it next week!
  • Continue with Pahla B’s Guide to Faster Running for strength training. Y (slight hiatus one week when needed more rest)

Goals for September:

  • Keep my journal up to date.
  • Return to swimming when the pool re-opens. Doesn’t have to be every week.
  • Epsom salt soak once a week.
  • Continue my clean eating plan — maybe about 90%. Deprivation never works!
  • Continue with Pahla B’s Guide to Faster Running for strength training.
  • Foam roll immediately following roll unless I’m not home, and then do it when I get home. I’m just too liable to let it go if I wait until the evening.

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.

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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

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July 2017: Did I pass?

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I started rebuilding my base in anticipation of my fall half marathon. There was a bit of speedwork, some trails, some hills. But all in all, a month of easy running (and one low key, shorter race).

It’s been a nice break that I needed. I love to travel, but it was good to have some time at home, too.

Getting in scheduled runs
Since my next half was almost 3 months away at the beginning of July, there wasn’t a whole lot of hard running this month. Or piles of miles. It wasn’t that hard to get the miles in, other than juggling the dogwalking with the runs.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I’m doing a little better getting those runs recorded in a reasonable time frame now that life isn’t quite so hectic.

Grade Earned: A

Dynamic Warmup
Somehow, though, I still always seem to be rushing through my warmups. Either I’m getting in extra miles before a group run, or I have to hurry home to the dogs, or I have to walk the dogs before it gets too hot . . . On the other hand, I did do my warmup mile before Firecracker 4 and my dynamic warmup, despite being there with a group.

I think the only thing saving me is that since it’s nice and warm, it’s not all that hard to be standing around a few minutes before a run warming up.

Grade Earned: A-

Foam Rolling
Because I slacked so much on foam rolling in June, I’ve started to try to do it soon after my run instead of waiting until I go to bed. There’s nothing wrong with foam rolling later in the day; there’s just the my tendency not to do it if I don’t do it right away.

Grade Earned: A

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I admire the runners who are outside no matter the weather but sometimes I choose the mill

Respecting my body
With lower mileage my body is feeling pretty good. A few very minor aches — sometimes. I try to get my runs in in the morning when possible — the heat & humidity in the second half of July made running in the afternoons a definite challenge. And when the “feels like” temperature is in the 90s — well, my treadmill is fixed.

Grade Earned: A

Nutrition
I’ve been pretty good with my nutrition in July, really cleaning my act up for the most part (aside from the tastes of the Mac & Cheese & Corn puddings at the BBQ place — something that tastes that good is definitely not that good for you!).

And yet the scale continues to mock me. And some of my running clothes are just tighter than they ought to be. It’s annoying.

I know I’m definitely not perfect, but I’ve made a real effort here!

Grade Earned: B

Support
No chiropractor appointment or massage, but those are things I don’t do every month unless I’m having a problem. Knock on wood, with the lower and easier mileage, I’ve been feeling pretty good.

Grade Earned: A

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Continued exploring the area

Cross Training
Some stationary biking, some easy swimming, some easy hiking.

Grade Earned: A

July 2017 gets  . . . 
. . . an A. I’ll go easy on myself. I think it probably should be an A-, but that’s probably only in my mind. Sure, the scale isn’t where I want it to be but I know I’ve really tried hard to eat healthy this month.

Which leads me to:

Goals for July:

  • Continue keeping my journal up to date. Y
  • Swim once a week. More or less
  • Run on trails occasionally — an easy run once a week would be great, but something is always better than nothing. Y
  • Continue to hike occasionally — if the weather doesn’t get too humid and buggy for it. Amazingly, Y!
  • Get back into regular (2-3 x week) strength training. Y

Goals for August:

  • Keep my journal up to date.
  • Swim once a week (until they close the pool mid-month for maintenance).
  • I’d like to continue some trail running, but that will depend on the weather during the dog days of summer. Ditto hiking.
  • Maybe sign up for a trail race at the end of the month. Maybe.
  • Continue with Pahla B’s Guide to Faster Running for strength training.

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.

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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

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June 2017: Did I pass?

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It seems a little unfair, really, that as we reach the peak of our race training, many of the things that keep us in shape tend to fall by the wayside: good nutrition, prehab, cross training. Did that happen to me in June?

You be the judge!

Getting in scheduled runs
I stuck to my training schedule, for the most part, until race week (which happened to coincide with the beginning of June). I’m definitely giving myself props for getting in that last long run the day after arriving in UT.

I skipped several runs on the schedule in favor of hiking in National Parks. The one run I managed to squeeze in was shortened because I was running at 8000 ft (thankfully the race was only at 5000 ft). But I picked up where I left off when I got home with no problems.

Grade Earned:  B+

Recording my runs
I’m doing a little better getting those runs recorded in a reasonable time frame now that life isn’t quite so hectic.

Grade Earned: A

Dynamic Warmup
I know how important it is to warm up. And yet . . . it seems like I always want to get out there and just get it done. Generally because I’ve got other stuff to get to.

And my warmup before the race was definitely lackadaisical.

Grade Earned: A-

Foam Rolling
Boy when you slide, you slide big. I had my worm with me in UT. I think I used it once. Even when I got back home, I kept skipping the foam rolling . . . I’m back at it (for now, anyway).

Grade Earned: B

Respecting my body
I think this was one area where I did good. I could’ve run in 97 degree heat. I could’ve run after hiking all day. It wasn’t in my best interest.

Grade Earned: A

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A little too much sugar . . .

 

Nutrition
I must say that the food in Bryce wasn’t terribly exciting. I managed, somehow, to get plenty of veggies in while in UT — not always easy while traveling. But there was also Garret’s popcorn — I did impress myself with saving some for post race — I bought that on the way to UT! And there were pretzel sticks, pie, ice cream, a large dark chocolate peanut butter cup, lots of fries . . .

So really kind of a mixed bag there.

Grade Earned: B

Support
I had a chiropractor appointment, a massage, and I visited the Salt Den again before leaving.

Grade Earned: A

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. . . but a whole lotta hiking!

Cross Training
There was all that hiking, of course. And I’m riding my stationary bike again and swimming. We even got in a hike last weekend!

Grade Earned: A

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It’s always a good month with a PR in it — but I could have done better, as usual!

May 2017 gets  . . . 
. . . a B+. I definitely see (and feel) the lack of strength training in my body. I thought I ate fairly well in UT, but when I really think about it . . . maybe not so much. Don’t get me wrong — I’m okay with indulging sometimes. And you could say “but you were on vacation”. Except it was my second vacation in three months. It doesn’t take long to put on the pounds, but it sure takes longer to take them back off.

And I just kept blowing off all the stuff I know keeps me running pain free. Usually because I just didn’t want to do it.

Yes, I had an awesome PR (you can read about that here), but I had that PR partially because I put in the work. The year isn’t over and I have one more big goal race and probably a few shorter races too. Which leads me to:

How’s 2017 treating me?
On a personal level, the first half of the year was definitely rough. It wasn’t easy to see my parents so unhappy. My mom has realized they are better off where they are, although it still doesn’t make her happy. My dad will never really accept it, but he’s not going anywhere. Moving them and getting them to give up the car were really major victories. I wonder, sometimes, though, if they are now declining more rapidly because of the move. I also know they truly couldn’t remain where they were.

Sometimes aging really sucks.

Going back and forth almost every week to work on their house — not to mention the stress of actually sifting through most of their belongings — well, the only thing good I can think of about that is at least they are actually still alive. Although in some ways that made it even more difficult, trying to decide what was important for them to keep. It was both physically and emotionally draining.

Never having time to get together with friends and rarely being able to do anything fun wasn’t a lot of fun, either. But I knew it would pass, and my life is more or less back to normal. For now. I hope for a good long while!

But of course we’re talking running. Running was good. I’ve run 3 half marathons in 2017, and technically every single one was a PR. I was shocked to have a PR in a very steamy NOLA half (read about it here). I ran my first trail half — read about that here — (that was the “technically” a PR — because it was a first trail half, I suppose you could claim it was a PR, even if it was my slowest half ever). And I ran my first half at elevation (read about that here).

I’ve had little aches and pains, but nothing major. I’ve managed to stay healthy, knock on wood.

I started out the year by giving Rachel @ Runningonhappy a month trial as my coach, after which I continued to follow her coaching — and I have no doubt that she is definitely part of the reason I’ve had such a successful season racing in 2017 — so far!

It’s time to dial things down a little, and yet ramp them up, too, as I begin to train for my fall half marathon.

Goals for July:

  • Continue keeping my journal up to date.
  • Swim once a week.
  • Run on trails occasionally — an easy run once a week would be great, but something is always better than nothing.
  • Continue to hike occasionally — if the weather doesn’t get too humid and buggy for it.
  • Get back into regular (2-3 x week) strength training.

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.

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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

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