February at its best: 2/1 – 7 WRD

There was nothing remarkable about this week — except for the fact that my mom got her first vaccine. Otherwise, pretty much same old, same old. February is doing what February does best: cold, gray, and snowy. Although I’d still say despite that we’re “enjoying” a somewhat mild Winter.’

I have to admit I don’t really quite remember what I did when in the beginning of the week — it was mainly Yoga, walking, and a little shoveling. I ran three times this week, and even squeezed in a short full body ST session yesterday.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (90 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (90 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (90 min), 2 TM Miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), Shoveling
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), 2.5 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (10 minutes)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), 2 miles very easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 6.5 (+3.25)

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

Wednesday Intention: work on endurance
Still on the treadmill. I took a “fun” run — seriously, Peloton has to rename these. Every “fun” run I’ve taken is speedwork, and I go in intending to take it easy and then don’t. I did love the 60s soundtrack!

Unfortunately I had to battle wind & of course the sun came out later

Friday Intention: fresh air + a little further
Why yes, I did finally venture outside for a run. It was a lot warmer than it’s going to be next week, although the winds were definitely fierce. Since my Garmin is set to run/walk intervals I just went with that. I was hoping the forecast flurries would fall during my run (and not the Wintry mix, also in the forecast), but there was just wind. No black ice, though, so very happy about that.

Trying to find the beauty in Winter but it’s a Charlie Brown shrub! We need to take a hint from the plants: rest up now to be ready to bloom in Spring.

Sunday Intention: early start (if not snowing) + ease back on distance
Met my intention completely. Much colder than Saturday, but no wind for the win. Running from my house very short distances — so much easier than getting in a long run. It would be hard to run long in my neighborhood in Winter. I was not nearly as tired after this run as I was after Friday’s — that wind makes a big difference.

Because it’s rechargeable, I can literally use it anywhere

Favorites of the week
My new portable essential oil diffuser! I’ve been wanting this forever, but it was always sold out. I freakin’ love this thing, especially the fact that I can move it around from room to room; it’s been used in my Yoga room, the family room, and the living area (which is quite open).

I also love the AirX essential oil I bought at the same time. I’ve had a very slight nagging cough, just enough that I had to take cough medicine in the morning and evening. After the first time I started diffusing AirX I was able to stop the cough meds. I won’t say I don’t cough at all, but it’s much less.

An immunity dessert!

Add Nuun Immunity tablets to the juice and let them dissolve completely to make immunity jello.

Bandit says February is for snuggling

How are you dealing with the snow (if you have it)?

Favorite type of chocolate — dark or milk? As a kid it was milk, now it’s dark — very dark!

Signing up for any real races? Not me, not yet, I think it’ll still be a while for me.

GWY Yin Yoga Saucha

ICYMI: Yin Yoga doesn’t always get into our upper body that much, but this practice will. It targets the Small Intestine — not to mention the hips and hamstrings in addition to the upper body. We’ll be discussing Saucha (decluttering/cleanliness — you can read more about it in this post here). I really encourage you to pay attention to what feels right in your body — always important. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Five things you may or may not know about me + takeaways for you. Friday I’ll be talking a little about one of our most important muscles. Can you guess which one it is?

Commencement: 1/25 -31 WRD

As in let the runs commence. A little, anyway. For much of January we had decent Winter running. Not too cold (mostly), not to snowy (mostly). Unfortunately I also wasn’t feeling up to running. Naturally now that I am, we’ve already had snow & bitter cold & a Nor’Easter maybe on the way — my return to running commenced with treadmill runs.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and #alltheyoga + return to running.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (60 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (90 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Yoga (90 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), 1.5 TM, Yoga (30 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (90 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (60 min), 1.75 with 4 x 20 sec strides TM, dragging Bandit? (well, we’ll see if he wants to walk, because it’s been a few days and likely to be a few more), Yoga (15 min)

Running Mileage: 3.25 (+3.25)

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

Just a wee bit chilly (and windy)

Friday Intention: take it easy!
I took to the treadmill — see the temps above! — and figured I’d do an easy 2 miles. Peloton really doesn’t have easy or recovery run as an option, so I just chose a progression run and kept my pace slow. It actually felt pretty good, but I started to feel tired (I didn’t take any walk breaks!) at 1.5 miles so I called it quits there. I didn’t even break a sweat! 

I suppose I could have chosen a run/walk workout, but I’m happy with my choice.

Sunday Intention: easy + a little further?
While it’s a little warmer, 11F is hardly warm. I did go a little further (not much!), I kept the pace slow, and I discovered Peloton does have a few recovery runs. That darn lack of a search feature! Anyway, I found some, I did one, and I just adjusted to my needs. I broke a tiny sweat, LOL! And there were no DOMs from my first run a couple of days before.

Favorites of the week
My sister has pulled the plug on the FL move. A long story. They still plan to move, but not in 2021 (although who really knows?). While I feel badly for her, I have to admit it takes a huge weight off my shoulders.

Somehow I missed season 3 of Outlander on Netflix, and season 4 was recently released. I’m set for what to watch for a while. I’m a huge fan of the series (as in the books).

Did you read the Outlander books, or get introduced to it on Netflix?

Obsessed with time travel themed books/movies? I always have been!

What is your favorite genre to read? Not sure I have a favorite. I’m open to most things!

GWY Yin Yoga Ahimsa (1)

ICYMI: This longer Yin Yoga practice is going to help you get into everywhere a runner needs to get into! We’ll also be focusing on loving kindness, or the Yama Ahimsa. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m recapping January. There wasn’t much running, but there was still a fair amount of movement. Friday I’ll be grabbing some hot chocolate & meeting up virtually with some other bloggers here — join us!.

Down but not out: 1/11 – 17 WRD

No running; still tired, but walking every day. This should be a pretty short post!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and still not running. Yoga + walking to keep the body moving.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (10 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (10 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (10 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (10 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (10 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (10 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (10 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)

Running Mileage: 0 (-3)

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

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

Running Update

Zero, zip, nada

Look closely; you can just see my red pajama bottoms Bandit’s snuggling up against

Favorites of the week
There have been more snuggles with Bandit. One day he actually snuggled with me a long time, but since then he’s mostly back to “I’ll lay on you when I want something from you” mode.

When I get up Bandit’s quick to claim the warm spot

Despite the extremely gray week, it was somewhat warm (for Winter) and mostly not too windy. In other words, good running weather for Winter — except Saturday, when we had a wintry mix. Although I don’t think I had COVID, I did get tested on Friday. Not sure when I’ll visit my mom again, but I just felt I had to make sure before I did. Still waiting on results.

I have definitely not been a complete couch potato, but I did finish up Bridgerton on Netflix. Lovely costumes, attractive actors, beautiful sets. If you’re looking for something light, you might enjoy this.

I’m also in the middle of Tiny Pretty Things, also on Netflix, which is pretty much a complete 180 from Bridgerton. It’s about high school aged ballet dancers at a fancy ballet school in Chicago, and opens with a mystery about who pushed one of the dancers off the roof.

It’s pretty dark, and lots of sex, but the mystery is interesting and the dancing is great. If you enjoy ballet, you might like this.

Finally we watched One Night in Miami on Amazon Prime last night. It was interesting and I’d recommend it.

What do you do when you feel stiff & achy?

Seen the sun lately?

Watching anything good on Netflix or Amazon Prime?

gwy banish aches

ICYMI: Movement is lotion — even when you’re not feeling 100%. This short practice will help you banish stiffness: when you’re sick, when you wake up — it also works as a great warmup for a longer Yoga practice. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: What has the Pandemic taught me about running? Friday I hope to reveal another project I’ve been working on while I haven’t been running — but we’ll see, it’s been slow going.

In & Out: 11/30 – 12/6 WRD

Last week I managed to get all my runs done outside. This week the weather was crappy on and off, and there were two treadmill runs. I’m totally fine with that — I still get outside to walk Bandit — except yesterday. Cold rain all day long? No thank you. Peloton does make the treadmill more bearable.

I’m totally digging a short hike before my run. Soon it’ll probably be too icy/snowy to do that — I wouldn’t be surprised if this week’s were the last. You can bet next Fall I’ll be revisiting these trails before my runs (in the Summer it’s really buggy on this path).

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But first I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and coasting towards the New Year.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min),  3.5 TM miles (Peloton Hamilton Run), Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40 min), Peloton Hamilton Ride, Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk., Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), 6 mile LSD, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Hiking, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday:  Yoga (30 min), 3 TM miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), Recovery Ride (20 min), PB ST, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 12.5 (+3.5)

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*

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

Running Update

Monday intention: easy run (not so much)
I’m finished with the Peloton 5k training, so I finally got around to the Hamilton run. Aside from finding it — and the instructor talking too much despite saying at the beginning that he wouldn’t, it was fine; but not great. Mainly because of the instructor talking almost non stop (slight Hamilton reference there).

The next day I took the Hamilton cycle, and I actually enjoyed that much better. The instructor did talk, but not as much. Not such a great choice for a recovery workout though.

Never know what you’ll see in the woods

Thursday intention: easy does it
The sun was calling my name, and the weekend weather sounded iffy at best. I warmed up with a 1 mile hike — and didn’t get lost this time! I even saw another woman walk up onto the trail as I was doing my cool down walk. I haven’t encountered a soul back there, but I could see bike tread in the mud.

My main goal was to keep it an easy long run. No negative splits, since it’s a decline out and an incline back — no need to push so I didn’t. Mostly pretty consistent. It was a good run — that sun and lack of wind helped so much!

Saturday intention: work on endurance
It was a cold, rainy Saturday, so I chose a Peloton endurance run. With no real races and less mileage, I know my endurance has suffered in 2020. Hopefully 2021 will bring some races — and it’s time to do some more steady state type runs. I was proud of no walk breaks during this run!

Squint & you can see the hawk in the tree (lower branches)

Favorites of the week
I draggedwent with Mr. Judy to another park for a short hike this week. We got lucky and we saw a hawk up close!

It was actually quite close and the photo doesn’t do it justice.

My local peeps know where I am. Gloomy day but brightened by a nature walk.
I’m sure Bandit could’ve climbed down, too, but it would’ve been more difficult for the human holding the leash.

We both also climbed down (separately; someone had to hold onto Bandit) the steep trail to get closer to the falls.

It wasn’t much of a harvest but those are the first two potatoes I’ve ever grown

These potatoes! I truly didn’t expect anything, and seriously, it’s not much, but it took almost no work at all.

Are  you working on any running goals?

I asked for Netflix recommendations on our coffee date — anyone didn’t chime in yet?

How are you dealing with the looooong nights right now? 

GWY FAQ 1

ICYMI: With a name of GoWithYin Yoga, obviously, I dig Yin Yoga (now). Have you ever wondered how Yin Yoga differs from other types of Yoga? How it can benefit you? I’m starting a series of short videos that will eventually make up a Yin Yoga FAQ. The first one explains the 3 principles of Yin Yoga here. If you have a question, drop it in the comments and I’ll cover it — eventually!

Coming up on Tuesday: What can lead to injury? Friday I’m TOL (thinking out loud) about how to make sense of what seems needless loss.

Easy does it: 3/18-24 WRD

Not a whole lot to report this week. Feeling better, but almost no running. No need to push myself. Since I’m mentoring for the Freihofers Training Challenge, it’s a pretty perfect opportunity to ease back into running, as the challenge follows the C25K app.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and all the other bloggers, whom you should visit, to share how we stay active and fit.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, Tai Chi (exploring new options, this was very brief)
  • Tuesday:  Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Yoga for Abs & Posture (45 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 Minutes)
  • Friday: Yoga for IT & Hamstrings (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Run/walk, mostly walking & mentoring (20 minutes)
  • Sunday: Yoga for Neck & Shoulders (20 minutes), Dogwalk

Mileage: 1, maybe? LOL — nowhere to go but up! (-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*

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

Running Updates

Yeah, it was pretty cold and a little slick

Saturday
My return to “running” coincided with mentoring for Freihofers Womens Run again — I’d already missed the kickoff on Monday. It also coincided with a thin covering of snow and ice. Insane winds giving the real temperature of 30 a feels like 15. I won’t lie: I really didn’t want to go.

I didn’t do a whole lot of running. I walked quite a bit with one lovely woman towards the end who is battling PF (and I know a lot of you can relate to that!).

Despite the conditions I’m really glad I got out there. Left to my own devices I wouldn’t have, but I had a blast and I think all the women that showed up did, too.

Lola loves to snuggle in close

Favorites of the week
I did find a new Netflix show to watch (new to us, anyway, apparently the first season came out in 2016): The OA. Also very odd, but odd in a good way to me. I love Jason Isaacs — such a talented actor. I do hate that his character is rather evil.

With me, too, while i was resting

The Widow, btw, was on Amazon Prime. Really enjoyed that.

So my one very short run/walk yesterday still netted me lots more steps than I’ve been getting lately. It’s been a while since I’ve seen 10k steps — still slowly easing back into activity, trying hard to stay healthy this time.

With most of my family (missing my brother & one nephew
Including the nephew who lives in India!
The birthday boy (who turns 93 tomorrow) facetiming with his son

Talk to me:

When looking for a show to watch, what type catches your interest?

Do the little teases of Spring have you thinking about what  you’re going to do when the weather gets nice?

What’s blooming where you live (snow here, apparently, although it should melt by tomorrow, it wasn’t very much)?

Going sideways: 3/5-17 WRD

By sideways I’m not referring to walking sideways on my treadmill, although I’ve been doing that — and backwards — at the end of some of my runs. If you decide to give that a try, don’t forget to turn the pace way down!

My week was off to a nice start. I’ve been slowly increasing my mileage, and getting in lots of other activity too. Then it all went sideways on Thursday — I woke up feeling okay, but by the end of the day I definitely didn’t.

I’m on the mend, but activity is definitely still limited to gentle yoga and resting.

I know I felt run down when we got back from Savannah, and I took time off from running to give my body a break. I eased back into running nice and slow. This is one of those I feel fine one moment, and really don’t the next though. Probably something I caught from my niece, who was coughing, and teaches littlegermfactoriesyoung kids.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and all the other bloggers, whom you should visit, to share how we stay active and fit.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Yoga (30 minutes), SB WU (5 minutes), 3 progressive TM, SB WU (5 minutes), PITT28 Cardio (25)
  • Tuesday:  Yoga (30 minutes), SB WU (5 minutes), 2 easy TM, Dogwalk, SB WU (5 minutes)PITT28 Legs (25 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 minutes), SB WU (8 minutes), PITT28 Cardio (25 minutes)
  • Thursday: Rest/sick day
  • Friday: Gentle Yoga (30 minutes)
  • Saturday: Gentle Yoga (30 minutes)
  • Sunday: Gentle Yoga (30 minutes)

Mileage: 5 (-6)

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

Monday
Apparently my treamill & I have dates on Mondays now. I added a mile, and the first couple of miles seem to go pretty fast. Another #icouldrunoutside #butidontwanttobecold day.

Tuesday
Just a steady couple of miles on the treadmill at a slightly faster pace than I’ve been running my easy runs.

Between just treadmill runs and being sick, I took no photos this week. So I give you Bandit. He sheds way worse than any of my long haired dogs ever did.

Favorites of the week
I’d heard chatter about the Umbrella Academy on Netflix so we checked it out. Sad to say this one wasn’t a favorite — it was too bizarre for both of us and we only watched the first episode.

The Widow, on the other hand, captured both of our attentions — and held them. We should be finished with that one today sometime.

Mr. Judy found the movie Kodachrome (we’re on a Netflix roll, apparently), and that was pretty good. Then we watched Triple Frontier last night, which was interesting but to my mind seemed to lack plot development. I’m not saying there wasn’t any, there was, but nothing terribly new — bad things happen when people get greedy.

Not a favorite: I’d been looking forward to the warmer weather forecast for the end of the week, hoping to be able to run in a skirt. Friday we broke the record, it was just a smidge over 70 (yesterday and today we’re having snow squalls). Nope, didn’t get to enjoy it at all. Bummer.

Finally I was a little surprised by people’s reactions to my post about getting in 5 miles in my home here. I did mention that it was done a little at a time, not all at once. A few minutes here, a few minutes there. Not to mention the last couple of days, when I truly have not been active at all and have spent most of my day laying on the couch, I’ve still gotten in a mile just from normal everyday movement.

On a normal day, without trying, I typically get in 2-3 miles around the house — that’s not counting the extra steps by trying to move each hour. Just going up and downstairs for the dogs, to exercise, to work on the desktop, etc.; moving around the house; taking out garbage, etc. We don’t have a McMansion, either!

Talk to me:

Any Netflix or Amazon Prime recommendations? (hopefully I won’t be watching that much tv going forward but always good to hear what other people find interesting).

How many steps do you think you get moving around your house?

Did you break any weather records this week where you live?