Getting What I Need: 12/27 – 1/2 WRD

Pretty sure I’ve used that title before! I was supposed to be at my moms for New Years. Then a couple of days before there were several cases of COVID in the workers, the day before more and cases in the residents as well. It was a difficult decision, but I decided to stay home. The upside to that was I was already feeling very run down, so I have been able to rest a lot.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and trying to welcome a new year — cautiously.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (40 min), 1 mile recovery run, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min) <== Treadmill Arrives!
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yoga (40 min), 5 miles easy, (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 minutes), 2 mile treadmill recovery run, Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), probably more Yoga later & hopefully it stays dry enough for our Dogwalk

Running Mileage: 8  (+3) 

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

Running Update

Because we all need more joy

Monday Intention: Recover
It was a cold one with no sun, but also very little wind. I was tempted to go more than one mile, knowing this week would still be iffy weather-wise and travel-wise, but I felt that after a week of little running better to be cautious rather than push it.

Snow had melted by the time I finished

Wednesday Intention: go long-er
I again missed the gently falling snow of earlier in the day. I wore trail shoes, just in case, and there were some snowy patches going out, which were almost all melted by the time I came back. Took exactly as long as last week’s snowy, slightly slippery in spots run. Slow but upright.

Who doesn’t have two treadmills in their family room? I still manage to practice yoga in there too!

Thursday Intention: recover & treadmill test
Yup, I have a functioning treadmill again. It goes up and down, too (the old one stopped doing that years ago). Man, this slow run on it still felt hard! But quieter. I actually used the incline with the Peloton recovery run I did. I even made it 2 miles because there still wasn’t a whole lot of running this week.

No, we didn’t go to an actual theater | Photo on

Favorites of the week
We did watch some of the new movies released to streaming this week. Mostly hits, with one big miss: Don’t Look Up (Netflix). Well, if you enjoy dumb humor and a boring movie — seriously, I didn’t even want to finish watching it. And it was a long movie. Such a waste of talent!

We enjoyed Unforgiveable (Netflix). We also enjoyed Being the Ricardos (Amazon Prime) — Javier Bardem totally nailed Desi Arnez.

There was also the annual viewing of Love Actually last week, and I also watched Sleepless in Seattle too.

Having a functioning treadmill again is definitely a favorite!

ICYMI: I got talkative this week! Above is the thumbnail from post-run where I’m talking about what you can do instead of resolutions (although resolutions are fine too). I also counted down my top ten most viewed videos in 2021, with a few surprises — to me, anyway. Another short talk about how to battle the loneliness of the season, and yet another one about how to do a quick morning routine.

Top 10 videos click here * What will you resolve vlog click here
Feeling Lonely vlog click here * Quick Morning Routine click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Tuesday borrowed from my Channel video countdown and am sharing my most viewed blog posts in 2021. Friday of course I’m grabbing some hot chocolate to catch up with y’all!

Wrapping up 2018: 12/14-30 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 4: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

I’m beginning to add in some speed work, but am being somewhat conservative in my training. In fact, I’ll probably continue to go back and forth between three days a week and four days a week.  Mostly it will depend on the weather and how my body feels. I’ve also finally began to add in a little weight training too. I love Pilates & Yoga and think both are really beneficial for runners, but I do think lifting is important, too — just how to fit it all in?!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home and sharing my last week of training in 2018 — I’ll share my wrap up of 2018 on Tuesday.


Workouts update

  • Monday: TM Speed Intervals (6 x 1:30/30), Dogwalk, TBL Pilates (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday: DM 4 Minute Fat Blaster & Flow (25 minutes total), small dogwalks at parents
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes)
  • Thursday: 10 Mile LSD
  • Friday:   Dogwalk
  • Saturday: 6 miles easy, Iron Strength Glutes
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, hopefully later . . .

Mileage: 20 (+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

Snow again in the morning. Nothing much to write home about, but when I saw a truck sliding around the neighborhood, I knew I’d be better off on the mill. Again. It did melt later on, but I had to get my run in in the morning.

Increased the time of my speed interval, decreased the pace just a bit, and it went well.

It snows, it melts — which mostly works for me

There was lovely sunshine in the morning, but by the time I was able to run in the afternoon, it had turned cloudy and raw and I chose the wrong jacket. OTOH, it was a strong run and one of my fastest 10 mile training runs.

Had I known the predicted rain on Friday would fizzle pretty early on, I would have run on Friday, but maybe it was a good thing, as my knee had this really weird ache afterwards. Felt fine while walking but every time I had to lift it it hurt. No cyst and definitely not runner’s knees or IT problems. Just weird.

My kingdom for some sun!

It may have been warm for December in upstate NY, but that wasn’t exactly warm. Since I’d already done my long run I started after the group did, as I only wanted to run 6 miles. The knee was back to normal — the only thing I can think of is that my compression socks, which I always wear when it’s cold, somehow caused some muscle ache.

I totally meant to add in some strides at the end of this run and I totally forgot about them. Oh well.

Not the jackets again!

Favorites of the week
Mostly feeling good (had a weird day Friday but was fine by Saturday), strong running, little to no snow — life is mostly good.

Saw two good movies this weekend. One on Amazon, which we missed in the theaters, “Wonder”, which we both enjoyed and wasn’t quite what I’d expected. And we went to see “Green Book” today which I highly recommend if you’re in the mood to laugh and be moved.

Just Lola 🙂

Let’s get the conversation started:

Happy New Years! Any NY races? I do one on NYD. Pretty sure it won’t be canceled this year like last year was due to cold — and that’s not a bad thing!

Are you busy signing up for 2019 races? I am wide open, mostly

Quiet night in (yes) or party animal?

Pre Thanksgiving Shenanigans: 11/13-19 Weekly Wrap

I’d like to say it was a quiet week. I don’t mind the cooking/baking for Thanksgiving, but the cleaning? How do you guys clean, work, and have a life? Seriously. It felt like all I did was clean this week.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to show that cleaning wasn’t the only thing I did this week.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
    Wednesday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  YFR Foundation & Back, Dogwalk, DM ST
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, 4 easy treadmill miles
  • Saturday: 7 mile LSD
  • Sunday: cold, rainy rest day

Mileage: 15 (-6)

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 


I don’t decorate, but I’m glad people do!



Apparently my 15k took a bit more out of me than I expected, so I took an extra rest day. And because I’d been feeling a bit eh, I thought I’d run on the treadmill. Not as much getting sweaty then chilled.

But it was sunny. I warmed up with Bandit, who appreciated no coat & went with me 2.25 miles — longest in quite some time for him. And even though I had 4 on the plan, I did 5. I was tempted to stick to the 4 because I ended up running at lunchtime and I was hungry. But it was just such a nice day and I felt a lot better. Thankfully I felt fine the next day, too.


Another super windy and cold day. Despite the bright sunshine, with a gazillion errands to run and chores around the house, I chose to stay on the treadmill. It takes far less time to throw on a pair of shorts and a top then bundle up for “feels like 20s”.

I “ran” out of time and had to cut this run a tad short. I never do that, but I just didn’t have enough time to get in a longer run.


All the leaves are brown, and the skies are gray



Some of the Wineglass girls braved the frigid cold — yes, it really feels like winter already — to get together for a group run. While the rest got together for coffee/breakfast afterwards, I had to head straight home because we were leaving for Bennington, VT.


Darlene insisted we needed a photo record

Favorites of the week
Going away the weekend before Thanksgiving wasn’t my idea, but I made the best of it, despite nasty weather, with good eats, contributing to the local economy, and some movies.


Since we just got home, here’s a little photo journal of the trip:


Good eats



More good eats


And yes, this was as awesome as it looks

Sadly there were no apples left 😦



Typical VT



We stopped at Bennington Potters


Got a fascinating private tour


And there was some retail therapy, too (which will appear on my Thanksgiving table)

I downloaded Megan Leavy, which we watched Saturday night. A cool story — the movie was good, but nothing that special. We also went to see “Thor Ragnarok” today. There wasn’t really a whole lot of plot, but it was entertaining and Cate Blanchett makes a great villain.


And that’s a wrap 


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:

Would you go away the weekend before Thanksgiving if you were hosting?

Are you a fan of Marvel tv & movies?

Watcha making for Thanksgiving? 

5 Running Movies to Inspire You


Tis the season — to curl up in front of a fire (if only I had a fireplace!), eating buttered popcorn and watching a good movie. When I have the time, I love watching an inspiring movie before a race. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a movie about running.


Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share the five movies about running and life that will inspire you. I’d love it if you’d leave your favorite inspirational movies in the comments — you can never have too many of them!

McFarland, USA
On the face of it, this movie is about running and building champions. But it’s about so much more.

  • Not judging by looks
  • Talent isn’t everything; heart is
  • Being willing to work hard for your dreams
  • The strength of family — blood and the ones who become your family

And if none of that grabs you, Kevin Costner.

Louis Zamperini went from juvenile delinquent all the way to the Olympics. That in and of itself might be worthy of a movie . . . but he also served in World War II, where his plane was shot down and he survived — that might be enough for a movie.

He was captured by the Japanese and interned in a prisoner of war camp, where he endured unthinkable cruelties, yet his spirit remained, indeed, unbroken.

Spirit of the Marathon
I watched this movie before my first half marathon — and even though it is about the Chicago Marathon, half marathoners will find plenty to inspire them, too. I have watched it over and over again and never get tired of it.

From elites (Deena Kastor) to older runners to first time runners — no doubt you will find yourself in this film. And you will definitely feel good after watching it.

Run for Your Life
It’s doubtful that I will ever run the NYC Marathon. Because, you know, I’d have to run a marathon. But I found this documentary about Fred Lebow, the father of the NYC Marathon, so to speak, fascinating. Think Spirit of the Marathon without quite as much polish.

I had heard of him before I watched this, but I really didn’t know anything about him. To say he was a character seems like an understatement. I actually found many similarities between him and my grandmother, who also left her home at the tender age of fourteen, who came to this country on her own, and who also worked in the garment industry.

That’s where the similarities end . . . my grandmother certainly wasn’t a runner. Yet I see a little bit of my grandmother in Fred Lebow; they were forged in the same time under similar circumstances.

Anyone who has ever run, or wanted to run, the NYC marathon should watch this documentary.

Yes, this movie is about running. Horses running. But I challenge you to watch it and not feel inspired. It’s all about belief — believing in yourself, in your trainers, in your training.

Favorite quote:

Because you never know how far you can go until you run

More to explore:

  • Race
  • Spirit of the Marathon II
  • The Rookie (not about running, but about chasing your dreams at any age)
  • October Sky (also not about running, but incredibly inspiring)
  • Cliffy (the Aussie Rocky — only based on a true story)

So let me know in the comments:

What’s your favorite inspirational movie (doesn’t have to be about running)?

What’s your favorite running movie?

Do you see something of your family in any famous runners, even if your family doesn’t run?

At the movies: 5/1-7 Weekly Wrap

I was up to running this week, unlike after my NOLA half — still really tired. Not sure why. Travel? Lack of sun? I also suffered a complete lack of motivation for any sort of strength training, and that definitely needs to change next week.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin; if our hosts don’t inspire you to get more active, I don’t know what will!


Workouts update

  • Monday: JY High Mileage Reset
  • Tuesday: Managed 10k steps walking through airports
  • Wednesday: 3 miles easy
  • Thursday:  Couple of dogwalks
  • Friday: 3 easy TM miles
  • Saturday: Dogwalk
  • Sunday: 10 LSD, JY Sunday Reset

Mileage: 16 (-9.1)

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 

Matching the flowers (unintended)


I was tired; I won’t lie. The day before had been a very long day of travel, leaving my MIL’s house at 7 am-ish and arriving back home at 10 pm-ish (remember there’s a 3 hour time difference). Gizmo, of course, does not understand that I have just traveled 12 hours the day before, or that I recently ran a half . . . all he knows is that he wants his breakfast.

So I runcrastinated in the morning, with the payoff being that the rain had ended by the time I got out to run. I considered running to the grocery store, but I was a little time crunched what with having to go pick up Bandit, too, so I ran around the neighborhood instead (luckily for me, the pet sitter was sitting at the vet with her dog and I could leave later, although I didn’t know that when I set out).

This run was a struggle, and it wasn’t easy either. But it was negative splits — yeah, I pushed just a little that last mile to make that happen. Not that it was at all speedy.

Trying to brighten up our day


In retrospect, I’m glad I stuck to the treadmill for this run. Running in a pouring cold rain once this week was enough for me. Thursday was really nice, but I knew I needed another rest day, and I still don’t regret taking it.

Before the rain REALLY started


This long run was pretty good, even if the weather pretty much sucked. Didn’t I get enough cold rain last week? Apparently not, because it really poured on me for a few miles (but a few were dry, too).

The nice thing about this run was that at mile 8, where typically I’m slowing down, I felt pretty strong and the last two miles were my fastest. Not my fastest long run, but I enjoyed running on mostly flat path.

Favorites of the week
Between movies on our flights, going to a movie, and watching one on Amazon Prime, I’ve caught up with a few movies I wanted to see:

  • Collateral Beauty (really enjoyed it)
  • Jackie (rather strange, actually, I thought)
  • LaLa Land (also strange, not a fan & glad I didn’t bother with it in the theaters — can’t believe it won Best Picture over Hidden Figures)
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife (one of the few that I think was better than the book)
  • Manchester by the Sea (another slow, strange, rather pointless movie, I thought, and am still scratching my head at Casey Affleck’s Oscar, too)
  • I forgot Gifted! We saw this in WA & I recommend it (even if it reminds me of several movies)

Although I’d like to continue to run on trails sometimes, it won’t be in the cards next week most likely. I’d also really like to go swimming, but I probably won’t be able to squeeze that in next week either. Hopefully by the time I can it will be nicer weather. But it was nice to run on pavement more this week and see that my pace hasn’t suffered.

Recovery salmon (and avocado)



Sushi post LSD; sushi is always good. Not a whole lot going on this week.

And that’s a wrap 


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:

Treadmill or cold rain run? 

Most recent movie you enjoyed? 

What are you looking forward to this week?

Hello 2017 . . .: 12/26-1/1 Weekly Wrap

. . . nice to meet you!

Happy 2017! I look forward to seeing what you have in store for me: epic travels, epic adventures, good times with good friends. I know that there will always be bumps in the road, but on the first day of this year there is endless possibilities for good times. All you need is an open mind and heart.

I am so grateful to be linking up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin — thank you, ladies, for creating this safe place to support one another, catch up with old friends, be inspired, and meet new friends.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Saw Rogue One (took up half the day!), 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy
  • Wednesday: Danette May Yoga Flow, 3 1/4 easy miles with Bandit, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  20 min SB WU, Betty Rocker HIIT, shoveling the driveway
  • Friday: DM Yoga Flow, 20 min SB WU, Betty Rocker Booty Ladder, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Bill Hogan “3.5” mile NYD race (which is actually 3.7)

Mileage: 15 (+2)

TIU = Tone it Up
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 

Our snow melted (it’s back now)


I spent the morning/afternoon desperately searching for Hannukah candles (came up empty) and at the movies. The temps plummeted and some freezing rain coated the driveway.

I figured I’d just try. Grabbed the trash and was like uh-oh, this is really iced over — but then the road itself was fine. I might have tried for more, but I didn’t want to worry about the roads icing up as it got dark. I just took it nice & easy & concentrated on staying upright.

Enjoying a snow-free park


I’d originally planned on running in the neighborhood, but since most of the snow/ice was gone, I just had to take advantage of clear paths and go run at the park again. Sorry, Bandit!

Nothing remarkable about this run, unless you consider the fact that the first three miles were almost all at the same pace. Snow is supposed to be coming back, ice maybe too, so I’m glad I got out here while I still could.

Sporting my Hannukah hat


I don’t normally run three days in a row. A snowstorm was headed our way the next day, and I hadn’t run with Bandit in a while. I had to take advantage of clear roads while I could!

Skirt sisters


It was a really nice day for a New Year’s Day race. Not too cold, no snow or ice on the roads (but still a little snow on the ground). Chatted with friends I don’t get to see too often, and others that I do.

Oddly enough, Darlene put her bag next to mine . . . without knowing that it was my bag!

I wish I could say I started the year with another PR, but I didn’t. But I enjoyed the “race” and the company — that’s really what it’s mostly about, right?

Favorites of the week
We started out Monday with a movie, and ended 2016 with a movie:”Rogue One” — Mr. Judy enjoyed it — I thought it was entertaining but didn’t live up to the hype; and “Lion” — I enjoyed it; Mr. Judy liked it but found it a little too slow.

Actually, we also watched “The Secret Lives of Pets” on NYE — I thought the beginning was just hilarious, and most of the rest just mildly amusing — but you’ll probably enjoy it if you’re a furmom/dad.

I talked a few friends into running this half. And they talked a few more friends into it. It’s going to be epic!

It’s almost as if they posed for the trivet

Love my trivets!

There were several of these trivets for Hannukah — one that looked like the boys (Simba & Gizmo), above, and one that looked like Bandit. They’re by the same artist that did the print of Chester after he passed. There was also a pair of small heart earrings.

And that’s a wrap 


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:

Did you make it to midnight?

Any New Year’s races?

Have you nailed down your 2017 goals yet?