Our Icicles are Growing: 3/12- 18 Weekly Wrap

Yup, that was 3 nor’easters in 3 weeks. At the moment it looks like the fourth one will miss us next week, but we’re still at the third snowiest March since 1888 — and temps below normal for much of the month, which I can personally attest to this morning.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to show how I continue to come back from illness and runner’s knee. And congrats to both our hosts for tackling half marathons this weekend!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, YFPR Knees
  • Tuesday: YFPR Align & Alieviate, SB 15 minutes, shoveling
  • Wednesday: 3 easy treadmill miles, SB, DM Arms & Legs
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk,  SB, YFPR Knees Restore & Rebuild
  • Friday:  DM Arms & Legs, YFPR Knees, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga Class, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk

Mileage: 12 (+1)

JY = Jasyoga
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

Leftover nest or new one?

Monday
Back to back runs — they may be short, but it’s been a while since I’ve run two days in a row. I probably wouldn’t have, only yes, we’re expecting snow tomorrow and I didn’t want to run on the treadmill again. Thanks to taping my knees, it felt pretty good. Left knee felt fine afterwards, just a few twinges in the right one.

Didn’t want to be on the mill this time, but we do what we have to do

Wednesday
I knew that later on in the day, despite last night’s snow, I’d be able to run outside. Unfortunately I just had a bunch of stuff going on and I had to knock out this run “early” in the morning (which for me meant 8 am) — and also meant it was done on the treadmill, as the roads were still somewhat messy then (although fine later on).

Still taping both knees, although the left one seems fine now. But the right one is still a bit achy. I had a massage right after the run, and that felt great. I also have a chiropractor appointment for next week — I was due for one anyway. I also slowed the pace some more and shortened my run interval.

Those leaves are coming . . .

Friday
Finally: a sunny day. You know what that means here in the winter? Damn cold day. But I got out early, as the wind was only supposed to pick up later in the day. I only taped the right knee.

I shortened my run interval and had to keep an eye on my pace so I didn’t run too fast. The knee seemed better about halfway through the run, but there is still a definite ache. The other knee felt okay during and after — maybe just a slight tightening above the kneecap in the last half mile, but it felt fine when I was done.

One down!

 

I took photos of this house on 3 different walks — the icicles kept getting longer each time — which gives you an idea of how cold it is here

It was tempting to try to run longer, actually, but I want to run stronger ultimately, and luckily there’s still not really a lot on my schedule.

What our backyard still looks like

Sunday
Although just a tad on the cold side — teens are cold, with the snow pumping out some more, right? But it was sunny and relatively calm. So glad I didn’t join the group that tackled an equally cold morning that was also insanely windy yesterday.

The best thing about this run is that it felt pretty good. I’m sure the blue skies and abundant sunshine had something to do with it — but so did the pain-free left knee and the right knee feeling a lot better. Unlike Friday’s run, I just ran. The pace was a bit faster, no doubt due to the cold, but this run felt good.

He trained in India — impressive!

Favorites of the week
One of my goals for February was to actually get outside of the house and try some classes. Well, obviously that didn’t happen. So it became a March goal instead. I went for my first yoga class in a studio in quite a few years. I was disappointed that the owner is no longer teaching because of her pregnancy; I hear she’s really good. The studio was Wellnest Studios for anyone local. I have a 10 day pass, so I plan to be checking out a few more classes there. And probably explore a few other places close to home.

It’s the first time I’ve had a male yoga teacher. I wasn’t wowed by the class, but it wasn’t bad, either. There were two other new people in addition to me, and it’s a small room, so it was really crowded. I’m sure all the yoga lately has helped the knee along.

We rented “The Shape of Water” last night. It was definitely an odd movie, but I really liked it. Back in December, when my brother was in for my parents’ 70th anniversary, he liked it so much he saw it twice — but the rest of his family hated it.

Tonight we’re hoping to rent “3 Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri”.

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Have you ever had a male yoga teacher?

What about a male masseuse?

Do you think it makes a difference?

My Mom’s Big 9-0: 3/5- 11 Weekly Wrap

We survived our second Nor’easter in 2 weeks — with another one possibly coming our way this coming week. Enough with the snow!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I’m getting back to activity after being sick.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
  • Wednesday: DM Arms & Legs, YFPR Knees, some more shoveling
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4 easy treadmill miles, YFPR Knees
  • Friday:  DM Arms & Legs, YFPR Knees, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Dogwalks, Happy 90th Mom!
  • Sunday: 3 miles easy

Mileage: 11 (+4)

JY = Jasyoga
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

Ya think? The sign 🙂 The rest was clear, though

Tuesday
We enjoyed a beautiful, sunny, blue skies day right before the next snowstorm was supposed to hit. And this time I was able to get out and run in it!

Doesn’t that door look like a coffin?

My knees were sore after Sunday’s run, which was a total surprise. Not the tightness of IT Band issues I’m used to, but more runners’ knee like achiness. So no strides today, although the overall pace was pretty much the same as Sunday. I really desperately needed that sunshine.

Jette in Holdiay; Wonder Girl in Shimmer/Black; use Code 522CRJ for 15% off of non sale items at skirtspors.com

 

Thursday
I definitely could have run outside on Thursday, despite more snow. But then how could I test out the new grippers on the Skirt Sports Jette skirt? They seem more comfortable than the old grippers — I find I need to go up a size in Jette to feel comfortable, but I do not have skinny legs.

Oh, the run was okay too.

 

As seen on the run

Sunday
I won’t lie: the knees are still aching. I am doing clamshells, leg raises, squats, single leg bridges, etc. etc. I’m trying to slow down. They’re not painful, and they don’t seem to change my gait, but they are definitely making it known that they forgot how to run longer/faster.

I taped them up today, and while they talked to me during the run, they didn’t seem as bad post run. I’d like to be running longer, but I have to respect the knees. I was also super tired after a long day in the car on Saturday.

Many happy returns, Mom! She used to be taller than me; I was bending down, too!

Favorites of the week
The long day on the road was so that we can spend my mom’s 90th birthday with her. My sister was working, my brother lives on the West Coast — we’re planning a whole family shingding at the end of the month, which will also celebrate my Dad’s 92nd birthday (his is in a couple of weeks).

We brought cake, chocolate covered strawberries, flowers, a birthday balloon (and where they live brought by more balloons), and took them out to lunch. Mr. Judy was actually a trooper and picked up a lot of that for me (I picked out the cake and the card). Mr. Judy also had some of their old movies transferred to a couple of DVDs.

My mom said it all made her feel very special, and I know how hard it is for her, so we were both happy.

Best Buds

Interestingly Bandit seems to have taken a real shine to my Dad — pretty funny for the dog who was leery of men when we got him (and he was!). Lola is a bit afraid of my Dad. He’s often a little too rough with her, although this time he didn’t really do anything. He had some surgery on his arm, though, and I wonder if she smelled something she didn’t like when he tried to pet her.

We saw our first Robin today. In fact, an entire flock of Robins! I guess Spring really is around the corner . . . despite all the snow.

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do your furkids show a gender preference?

Ever have trouble returning to running after time off (for whatever reason)?

Are you racing soon?