Vacation Tales: Tea/coffee Date December 2021

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Recent vacations — ours & then Mr. Judy’s — provided plenty of fodder for the coffee klatch, although of course I’ll be drinking hot chocolate. Thanks,  Coco and Deborah, for the opportunity to tell some tales from vacations — his & ours.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I have been looking for my walking stick for like 6 months. I know one place I saw it in the past, but it’s most definitely not there. I expanded the search to the entire house before we left for our trip. I never did find it, but I did find the Yoga book that had been missing for a while. I found a reasonable pair after Black Friday, but decided to wait until Cyber Monday. It’s not like I’m going to be using them much over the Winter, even though there are plenty of Winter hiking people in these parts.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that we had bad (as in not well marked) detours coming and going from our trip to Lake Minnewaska. One had me driving down a very bumpy road, only to have to turn around and backtrack less than half a mile from where we were supposed to turn. 

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I know I have a lot of gray hair, but I’m used to people thinking I’m younger than I actually am, not older! And Bandit, seriously, you’re supposed to protect me.

 

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you the second day we were at Lake Minnewaska the attendant asked if we were from NY, and said we could get in for free by just using our license. Turns out you had to be 62 (next year — for Mr. Judy). She said how much she loves the “active seniors”. Not sure how I feel about that!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you Bandit has always had a delicate stomach. Our first day we were going straight to the park, so any food we had with us basically had to be okay for a few hours without refrigeration. Normally one can is three meals for Bandit. I decided I’d just split the can in half.

Which was fine the first morning, but the second morning he ate about three quarters of it and then stopped. Bandit is a mysterious dog.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that Mr. Judy’s recent trip out West was the first time I was home alone with just Bandit. I definitely missed Lola, who was more cuddly than Bandit. Plus when Mr. Judy came home very late at night, Bandit never made a sound. Some guard dog he is!

If you have a dog, do you think he would sleep through someone coming into your house at almost midnight? 

Would you happy or a bit disturbed for someone thinking you’re older than you actually are? I might have been okay with it if we actually had gotten in for free!

Tell me something you’re looking forward to in December!

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Are We Done Yet???: 10/25 – 31 WRD

We were heading out the other way when I turned around for some photo op & then saw this path! We had to go down it it was so beautiful (although wet after that Nor’easter).

The beginning of the week was spent at Lake Minnewaska State Park, and despite the meh weather (including a Nor’easter) it was amazing! I can’t wait to go back someday and explore more. If you follow me on FB here you’ll see a lot more photos of our hikes there.

The subject, unfortunately, refers to the fact that in addition to researching a new treadmill, we’ve added researching a new dishwasher to that every-growing list of things we need. The new phone (which we bought from a friend) is coming? Maybe? Definitely #firstworldproblems but annoying. You know they say these things come in threes.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and enjoying hiking, a little running, and lots of Yoga, of course.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), 5 mile hike/dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40  min) AM & PM, PB Cardio Abs (20 min), major rest day due to Nor’easter
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), 6 mile hike/dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga, (40 minutes), 5.3 mile long-er run, Yoga (45 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk AM, 1 mile recovery run, Filmed Yoga video (60 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk AM, Rainy rest day
  • Sunday:  3 miles easy-ish + surges

Running Mileage: 9.3  (-2ish) 


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

Running Update

Yup, just more bizarre fungi

Thursday Intention: easy & long-er
I knew it would make more sense to not run long today, after a long, active day and a few hours in the car the day before, but I wanted to get a few runs in this week and there wasn’t a whole lot of options for juggling days.

Definitely a gray day but the leaves are still colorful

Stayed at same time for the run as last week — a little further than the previous week, roughly the same as a couple of weeks before. I’ll take it. 

Kinda Pirates if the Caribbean do Halloween

Friday Intention: recover + endurance (no walking)
The weather is most definitely Fall and for the first time in a long time it was an afternoon run. The morning was chilly and foggy, and I had errands to run. It was just one mile, of course, and because I’ve been doing the one mile runs without walk breaks sometimes they’re faster than my long runs.

Some really go all out for Halloween! There’s a cat pumpkin in there.

Sunday Intention: a little speed (some surges and pick-ups sprinkled in)
Somehow I wasn’t really feeling this run. I was overdressed — it went from a chilly rain to warm-ish temps rather quickly. I thought about surges in the second mile but nope. I finally decided to do it in the last mile. Which made for a bell curve run.

Halloween & Alma Mater spirit in my scarf. Yup, it was chilly & the lake is roughly 1700 ft elevation (where we live is around 300 ft)

Favorites of the week
Our trip to Lake Minnewaska was a complete success, although we could’ve lived without the Nor’Easter in the middle of the trip. Plus the multiple roads closed to flooding and/or construction which added a lot of time to the trip.

RIP Baby. Miss you.

Bandit, who did not do well the one time we stayed at a hotel with both him & Lola (today marks one year that we said goodbye to Lola, read more here), did just fine at an AirBnB. He was particularly fond of the weighted blanket. I’m not sure I really liked it, but for some reason he loved laying on top of it.

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ICYMI: If you’re ready to let your legs relax and re-energize, I have the perfect Restorative Yoga practice for you. You’re going to need a lot of props, though!

Restorative Yoga | Post Run Stretch click here * 5 Benefits of Restorative Yoga Vlog click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: I’m wrapping up October. Friday it’s time to enjoy some hot chocolate and catch up on what’s going on in your world — and mine.

What to Watch in a Pandemic?: Tea/coffee Date December 2020

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Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me and a bunch of bloggers for the ultimate coffee tea date: It’s a mixed bag today, but that pretty much describes my mind most days.

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If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you we finished up watching The West Wing right about election time. It was perfect timing and totally serendipitous. I was amazed at how well this show stands up and is still relevant. I was also kind of surprised that I remembered the earlier episodes much better than the later ones — so weird.

I got to finish up my tomatoes!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you last month I told you about the green tomatoes I picked right before our first hard freeze. It took a while, but they did all ripen and I ate them all.

They’re mine! Finally! They’re all mine!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you Bandit now has his pick of way too many pet beds. Of course we did end up throwing out one that he had completely and utterly destroyed. We had to shoo him off the big pillow near our dining room table because Lola really loved it at the end of her life, but now it’s his. It’s all his!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you we should have a memorial tree grove by now. One of our vets sends us a seedling every time we lose a furkid. So that should be four trees. Except so far none of them has made it, probably because all the losses have been in Winter. I ought to tell the vet, but I kinda hate to.

This most recent seedling has at least sprouted

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that TV in the time of Pandemic is not so great for relaxing. I guess because of the shows I watch. But TV is a form of escapism for me — and watching shows that work in the pandemic to the show, which I suppose they really had to do — well, that’s what I’m turning to TV to get away from!

We did recently watch The Queen’s Bandit on Netflix (takes place in the late 60s, no Pandemic in sight) and we both really enjoyed it.

Do your furkids actually use their beds? Bandit often likes to literally lay around a bed.

Ever tried to save some veggies from a frost? 

Can you recommend a great Netflix series to take our minds off the Pandemic? We tried Schitts’ Creek. Not my kind of humor, but we’ve only watched a couple of episodes so far.

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Sleep Shopping?: Runfessions November 2020

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Or Senior Moment?

I runfess that I had almost completely written another post for today, and then I realized it was runfession time! D’oh. Of course I can’t miss out on that.

I runfess . . .
My misplacing things has become a “running” runfessional. This time it was one of my heavier running jackets. I spent 20 minutes looking for the darn thing a few weeks ago. Before a run. No exaggeration. Then I didn’t even wear it! I have worn it several times since then.

Every time I try to organize things I can’t find anything — what’s up with that?

I guess I have good taste & a terrible memory

I runfess . . .
Leggings from Fabletics arrived in the mail last week. I have zero memory of ordering them. But I did. Luckily I love them! Not for running though, but they’ll make appearances in Yoga videos. They would have been perfect for my Moon Salutations (which you’ll find here — good to practice anytime from 11/29 – 12/2).

Would you disturb this cutie?

I runfess . . .
The dust bunnies were getting scary around here. It sounds like a cop-out, but Lola hated the vacuum (Bandit doesn’t mind it). Since we had to shut her out of the bedroom to protect her, and she wasn’t supposed to use the stairs for a long time, I felt really badly trying to vacuum and disturb her. So I didn’t.

The things we do for our furkids!

Sometimes it just takes me a while. Or years!

I runfess . . .
We have had the InstantPot for two years. It gets a lot of use, but it’s not used every day. For the past two years it has lived on our counter.

I finally found a spot for it in a cabinet. It’s easier to keep it on the counter, gotta admit, but it frees up a lot of counter space when it’s not there.

I runfess . . .
Remember my October running break? I runfess I had trouble figuring out when I ought to shower when I wasn’t running. I don’t get nearly as sweaty when I’m not running!

Have you ever looked at the Intensity Minutes on the Garminconnect App?

Recommended guidelines state that 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week is the key to a healthy life. Luckily anything above a brisk walk counts, and your Garmin will track this from step and heart rate data, if available.

I don’t think I’d ever make this goal without running. With running I go way over the goal! I’m not super active like some, but I’m not a couch potato either. Of course I don’t walk fast. I still don’t know what to make of this stat.

Do you lose things after you reorganize things, or is it just me? 

Do your furkids ever stop you from cleaning?

Every receive things you have zero recollection of buying?

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

All kidding aside, despite the trials and tribulations of 2020, I have much to be grateful for, not the least is with a healthy family so far, knock on wood. I know for many, myself included, Thanksgiving wasn’t what we expected or wanted, but I hope you found it in your heart to be grateful for what you have.

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Sourdough Fail: Tea/coffee Date November 2020

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Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me and a bunch of bloggers for the ultimate coffee tea date: How do sourdough pancakes with that coffee/tea sound?

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If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that they had just opened up inside visitation where my mom lives. Then a staff member in the assisted living there (my mom does not live in assisted living) tested positive. So much for that. I had planned to bring her her Echo Show (before Lola got so sick) and set it up for her.

It’s just a matter of plugging it in and putting in her Wifi password so hopefully I can talk her through it (I set up the device already at our house). In fact, I’m off to see her today. She’s going to have questions and I will be already tired from the visit! Lord give me strength.

Well one is ripening

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I have some green tomatoes I picked right before our snowfall. I am not a fan of fried green tomatoes. I’m not sure they’ll actually ripen inside since they were still green? I guess it’s a wait & see. Like if the potatoes & carrots survived the snow (we did cover them). Obviously at least one tomato is ripening.

It’s large enough for a frozen pizza (yes, that’s the first thing we cooked in it)

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you we did buy our toaster oven/air fryer (as I talked about in last month’s Tea/Coffee date, and in last week’s Weekly Run Down here). Mr. Judy had found a great deal on the model I decided on on Prime Day, but I was asleep and by the morning that deal was gone.

I took it as a sign that we were meant to get the other, more expensive model we’d been thinking about. Mr. Judy was not thrilled, but he did buy it and so far we’re really happy with it.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I did a search to link up last week’s post. I searched on “RIP”. It came up with Lola, my Dad (both in 2020), and Chester. I wrote about Gizmo, too, who passed in 2019, but I titled it something different. Cause you know I’m always going to write about the furkids, even if right now it’s only furkid.

Sorry for the graphic photo

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I tried my hand at sourdough starter and was successful. Sort of. Wouldn’t you know I did it the week Lola got sick? So it was bubbly and doubling and I successfully made sourdough pancakes with it.

We did get sourdough pancakes out of it a couple of times before it got moldy. They were definitely sour!

Then I forgot to feed it and it got just a little moldy. My research tells me I probably could have started new starter with just a little bit of it (it was just a little mold) and that that rarely that happens. But it is 2020, #amiright?

What you don’t know is that I used to bake bread from scratch all the time. Back when we were first married and I lived in VT. Kneading is really therapeutic! Then eventually we got a bread machine, and I used it so much it eventually broke.

I will try sourdough again, but right now I’m still recovering from the past month or so.

Where are my sourdough bakers?

Ever tried to save some veggies from a frost? 

Does it bother you when you miss a good deal? 

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RIP Lola (2005 – 2020): 10/26 – 11/1 WRD

Saying goodbye is never easy

It was a long, long week. Physically and emotionally draining. Lola improved, just slightly, then she got worse. The runs were short, although that doesn’t always mean they were easy.

She loved laying by the patio heater this week

Even last night, this wasn’t the post I thought I’d be writing, but Lola went to her final sleep in my arms last night (at the animal ER).

Meanwhile Bandit is enjoying not having doors closed anymore

Sleep was often interrupted, there have been six visits to two different vets in the last week. Even when the runs felt hard, though, in the end I felt better for doing them and am happy I was able to squeeze them in.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and reporting on easing back into running.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min),  Dogwalk/RGB Walk 2.9, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), TM Peloton 5k Prep + WU + CD (2.77 miles), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk., Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min),Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), TM “Fun Run” + WU 3ish miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday:  Yoga (30 min), 4 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), Walking at the park, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 10ish (+1.5)

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*

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Running Update

Tuesday intention: 5k Prep
This had to be squeezed in before taking Lola to the vet. Not quite sure what to expect, but it was mostly intervals. I debated about waiting until Wednesday, as I hadn’t had a good night’s sleep, but I’m glad I went ahead and did it; it gave me more flexibility with runs the rest of the week, and with cold, rain, snow, and wind in the forecast I needed that!

Thursday intention: take it easy
Because of all the stress lately and sleep deprivation, a Pop Fun Run sounded perfect to me. Fun run my a$$! This was speed work, plain & simple, but it was a short enough run that once I started it, I was sorta committed. Oh well, I survived it. 

Halloween is in the hood

But the snow was gone

Saturday intention: run out the sadness (again)
I dropped Lola back off at the ER right before this run. Or rather, I was foam rolling and getting ready for this run, when she threw up again and it was clear she needed to be seen. Knowing I probably had hours until I heard from the vet — they are so slammed these days — I decided I would attempt to run. Stopping to check my phone every mile.

I wondered what was going to go on in there?

My heart and legs felt heavy, it wasn’t fast, it felt hard. No doubt from lack of sleep and emotions. It was slow, but fairly consistent, so there’s that. It was also a lovely day, and I tried to be present enough to enjoy it — although it wasn’t easy.

Of course not long after this run and a quick hop in the shower to warm up, we got the call from the vet. Lola’s kidney values were very elevated, which wasn’t shocking to me, but for the first time in our 35 years of married life, the vet strongly urged us to put her to sleep. Right away.

She also told me she could make her comfortable for the weekend, and she had an appointment with the holistic vet on Monday. I know the holistic vet could have made her feel better . . . for a while. It’s not curable, though, of course, and it’s much harder on dogs than cats. We made the hard decision to let her go.

Fish “Fry”

Favorites of the week
I never wrote about our new Breville Toaster Oven/Air Fryer we bought for our anniversary. Something I’d been eyeing a long time. Like the Instant Pot, there’s a learning curve, but so far we really like it. The entire meal above was made in its air fryer — Mr. Judy liked it, and he can be a tough customer.

Finding solace in nature

I really haven’t been able to get away much lately. Lola couldn’t be left alone for more than a few minutes at a time. This morning, though, I needed to get away and go for a walk, so I did. It’s not a pretty day, it’s very windy, and we keep losing Internet, but I found some healing in nature. The rest will just take time.

And just like that, the two cats and two dogs we moved here with 11 1/2 years ago are gone.

I’m also going to ask for prayers for a neighbor’s husband. He’s been in the hospital with COVID — he did have underlying conditions — but at the moment it’s not looking great and she’s not even allowed to visit him.

No questions this week. Love on your loved ones.

GWY Gentle Moon Salutations

ICYMI: I actually did manage to get up a video this week — early, even. Because I wanted people to have the opportunity to do it on the Halloween Full Moon — it goes really well with a full or new moon! You can find it here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I have started to make my own nut milk, and I’m going to share how that’s going. Maybe it’s a stretch to share on a running linkup, but hopefully you guys will be ok with it. On Friday I’ll be joining so many friendly bloggers here for tea — or coffee if that’s your thing.

Finding Rainbows in Nature: Runfessions October 2020

Between all the colorful leaves, the lakes/ponds, and grasses, it’s been easy to find my rainbows out in nature these days. Hopefully these memories will help sustain me through the long, cold, dark, dreary Winter. Or maybe I’ll find more beauty in nature this Winter; who knows?

I runfess . . .
During our 3 day power outage our generator powers a lot, but not all, of our house. The microwave, refrigerator, and toaster oven (if you move it to another plug) for instance, but not the stove.

We use a portable light for the bathroom. Because we thought those lights weren’t powered (just like the bedroom lights aren’t). We almost died laughing the day I walked into the bathroom and turned on the lights without thinking about it, and sure enough they went on. One switch. There’s another switch that powers a different light as you walk in that isn’t powered by the generator.

I runfess . . .
I actually think a mostly extended break from hard running this year actually has done my body a lot of good. It’s given me time to try to figure out what the right amount of running for me is. Still not sure, but it has helped me mostly move from “I have to run” to “I get to run“. Most days.

Move more, exercise less

I runfess . . .
I think that you’re really not going to lose a lot of fitness in 2 weeks (if you’re not laid up injured or sick). I didn’t have any DOMs when I started to run again — or lift. I’m sure all the walking/hiking I did instead of running helped, too. Don’t be so afraid to stop running every once in a while — just keep moving!

Bandit: hey, what about me?

I dogfess . . .
Last Sunday I had the dogs in the office with me while Mr. Judy made dinner. All by his lonesome. After dinner he fed Lola and Bandit some leftover steak, as he always does, and we were so happy Lola ate some. Then we sat down to watch some TV. After the first show I realized I had never actually fed poor Bandit dinner!

I runfess . . .
Apparently our hot, humid Summer was good for one thing: colorful Fall leaves. At least that’s what someone commented on a post on FB. Or maybe it was the great Fall weather we enjoyed (until now) — according to this PDF here:

The best weather for brilliant fall foliage is a growing season with ample
moisture followed by a dry, cool and sunny autumn with warm days and cool but frostless nights.

I know we’re still actually in a drought, but we haven’t had a frost — yet — and it’s been relatively sunny and dry this Fall. No matter what, all the colorful leaves makes for some happy walking, hiking, and running.

Do you think Fall has been particularly colorful this year? 

Ever felt a little running break actually helped?

Have you been finding new trails/paths to enjoy?

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

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Best & Worst of Times: 10/19 – 25 WRD

This week didn’t start off as I planned, but it was pretty good — until the weekend. Then things went rapidly downhill.

I had targeted a park that was a little further away than we usually go for our anniversary roadtrip. I’d been there, once, and I thought Mr. Judy might enjoy it, too. We didn’t go on our actual anniversary, as the weather wasn’t great, although it wasn’t a lot better on the day we did go.

The weather wasn’t pretty but we still enjoyed our day

Unfortunately that night Lola fell ill. She could barely walk and sometimes couldn’t even stand. She stopped eating and drinking — and she’s always been a really big drinker. We’re still not 100% sure what is causing it (still); any and all good vibes and prayers are much appreciated.

Right before she started acting strange

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and reporting on easing back into running.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min),  Dogwalk/RGB Walk 2.9, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), TM Intervals 2.53, Dogwalk/RGB Walk .92, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk./RBG Walk 5 (and just like that, RBG is a wrap)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min),RBG Walk/Dogwalk/Hike 2.50, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Much pacing at Animal ER, TM Run 2 + Core
  • Saturday:  Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), Easy 4 miles, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 8.43 (-.49)
Walking: Finished RBG; don’t think I’ll be tracking walking on the regular now but still trying to add in some extra miles

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*

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Running Update

Monday intention: oops, I didn’t really think about one
Probably because I am using the Peloton Road to 5k (partially) for my virtual 5k in about a month. It was speedwork today. May have actually run it a bit slowly, but always better to save it for the “race”/

Friday intention: destress
If you follow me on FB here, you know that we had a belated road trip for our anniversary on Thursday (our actual anniversary was Monday). Everything seemed fine, until that night, when Lola started to act odd. There was sleep deprivation. The next morning she was even worse, and we ended up at the animal ER. 

After pacing around waiting for many hours while they tried to diagnose and treat her (no real diagnosis, possible UTI and other things that could be much worse but we elected not to spend $$$ on testing for things that probably aren’t really treatable at her age), I finally brought her home and for the first time in a really long time I felt the need to pound out some stress. Of course there’s been lots of stress all year long, but most of the time, I haven’t felt the need to run hard. Today I did.

This particular Peloton workout as part of the Road to 5k obliged with some speed work.

Sunday intention: run out the sadness
Lola is hanging in there after a second trip to the ER (ka-ching, ka-ching) and still no definitive diagnosis. Mr. Judy was very pleased that she ate & drank a bit on her own after he picked her up while I was running. As I’m typing this, she doesn’t seem too interested in treats again, but we’re grilling a steak so fingers crossed. She’s sighing a lot. I’m not terribly surprised, I warned Mr. Judy not to get too excited. She did enjoy some steak.

My heart was just heavy as I ran, but I’m still hopeful. She already has an appointment at the holistic vet, but getting in to any vet, and especially specialists, which was suggested, is super hard right now. It can take months to get an appointment.

I had originally planned a slightly longer run, but by the time I got out the afternoon was almost moving into evening so 4 it was. Probably just as well, there was sleep deprivation again last night.

There’s a deer hiding out on the left

Favorites of the week
On a better note, I met one friend I haven’t seen this year in the flesh for a walk this week.

Back at the pond

Then later in the week I met another friend for a walk near the pond and on the fitness path.

Finding Fall at the ER vet

Are you using running to help you destress lately?

What other things do you do to destress? 

What is one thing you’re proud you did this week? 

Releasing Yin Yoga

ICYMI: This week I have a longer Yin Yoga practice to help you release — whatever you have to release! It will also help you open up your hips, your low back, and your chest. You can find it here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Yup, it’s time to wrap up October! On Friday I’ll be visiting the Runfessional here to cleanse my running soul.

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*

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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.

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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.

bwrd

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.

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