Don’t Patronize me!: 11/26 -12/2 Weekly Wrap

On my Friday on my long run, this guy passed me, calling out passing on the left. No biggie, right? Only he also said older, slower runner passing. Well, you’re passing me, so obviously you’re not running slower than me.

I get it, he said he was 69 (no idea why he felt he needed to share that info), so I’m sure for him he’s slower. He also felt the need to say “you’re out here doing it!”. Oh really? I didn’t notice that (insert snarky inner voice). Hrumph. Just call me Scrooge.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how this slow old gal is still getting it done.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Gaia YFR Conditioning (20 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: 5 TM miles, Gaia YFR Post Run (20 minutes)
  • Wednesday: YFRHQ Hamstrings (20 min), Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  YFPR Align & Alleviate, Dogwalk,
  • Friday:  YFRHQ Glutes & Hamstrings & Stretch (45 minutes), 7 mile LSD
  • Saturday: YFPR Rebuild & Restore (30min), 6 miles easy
  • Sunday: Yogaworks AM (10 minutes), Dogwalk, Balanced Life Pilates (30 minutes)

Mileage: 18 (+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

Tuesday
I knew Tuesday was supposed to be messy, but when I had the opportunity to finally see “A Star is Born” on Monday, I took it (I thought it was good, but not quite the rave everyone seems to think it is).

So treadmill Tuesday it was. I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time on my treadmill this winter. I ran a mile, stopped, did some prehab stuff, ran another mile, and so on. I wanted to get 6 but frankly 5 seemed to take forever!

The shoes are actually orange, but the jacket was just gray!

Friday
That’s more like it. My runs have been slooooow lately. I’ve just been running easy, by feel, and until today, apparently that meant super slow. Today was a normal pace, without trying, for 7 miles, which I haven’t done in a few weeks.

Of course when I heard gunshots about halfway through I sped up and saw some paces I definitely hadn’t seen in a while . . . realizing the only orange on me was my shoes. When I got home Mr. Judy said with that many gunshots (there were a lot) it wouldn’t be hunters, and found there was a gun club not far from where I was running. I’ve run there many, many times and this was a first.

Dunno why we all look like we need a bathroom. It’s the only sun we’ve seen in days!

Saturday
I met up with the group again this week and even got to share my run with someone again.

Always peaceful by the river.

Skipped a local 5k because my legs are not up to racing (or maybe they are?) and I’ve heard it was hilly, too. I also taped my hamstrings — talk about awkward! — both Friday & Sat. And my legs feel a whole lot better. I’ve been doing a lot of things for those hamstrings, but why didn’t I think about taping sooner? It seemed to help tremendously.

My lost skirt found. And yes, that’s our wedding picture. We’ve never hung it in the 4 homes we’ve had so far . . . 

Favorites of the week
I found the elusive Wonder Wool Skirt today (read about my problems finding it here)! I store off season running clothes in boxes in the closet in my spare bedroom, and turns out it had somehow fallen behind those boxes. Of course I had to drag out every box and completely go through them before I found it.

I’m happy the big blizzard totally missed us. We got rain, but you don’t have to shovel rain and what snow we had left has washed away — which means more places to run. It’s going to remain cold, but let’s hope that the snow stays away a bit longer.

Let’s get the conversation started:

What sort of “encouragements” rub you the wrong way?

Finish your Thanksgiving leftovers (we freeze our leftover turkey, or most of it, I’ve been enjoying some turkey sandwiches after my runs)?

Do you enjoy snowstorms?

Sometimes change is good . . . : 11/19- 25 Weekly Wrap

. . . and sometimes it doesn’t feel so great

This Thanksgiving was bittersweet, in more ways than one. Bitterly cold, for example, which had me running on the treadmill instead of in a Turkey Trot. I’ve run in weather that cold, but it was just not calling to me this year.

Also bittersweet because we all agreed that my Dad can no longer travel here for Thanksgiving. When we moved here almost 10 years ago, we went to my parents. Then it became clear it was too much for my Mom (and now I know why!), so my sister took it over. Unlike my mom, my sister wouldn’t let us have the dogs in the house so it was a pain.

My sister works retail, and while she doesn’t work on Thanksgiving, she does work Black Friday. So then I took it over — which in some ways made my life easier, in other ways much harder. Because it’s really all on me.

After just a few short years hosting, just as I feel as though I’m hitting my stride! — I’ll be hanging up my mom’s turkey salt shakers next year. I had changes in mind if I were hosting next year, but the universe had a different kind of change in mind.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my activity during Thanksgiving week.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: YFPR Strengthen & Stabilize (30 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Pilates Legs & Abs (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (5 minutes), YFR Hamstrings
  • Thursday:  3.5 treadmill miles (baby it’s cold out there!) + apparently another 3.5 miles hosting Thanksgiving
  • Friday:  Total Body Pilates (10 minutes), YFPR Flexibility & Flow (30 minutes)
  • Saturday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yogaworks AM (10 minutes), Yogafusion (60 minutes), Dogwalk

Mileage: 13.5 (-2.5)

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

Yup, fall in Upstate NY

Monday
I knew my body wouldn’t be super excited about running two days in a row, but I have other things on my plate for Tuesday, not to mention we’re supposed to get pretty messy weather in the morning.

I headed out to the park after some Thanksgiving grocery shopping that thankfully wasn’t too painful. While mostly clear, there are still icy patches, so it was a slow run/hike. Especially as I took the little bridge into the adjoining neighborhood, which wasn’t at all clear, and I did pause my Garmin for that stretch.

I even wore trail shoes, and I’m glad I did, although most of the time it was okay.

Thursday
It struggled & failed to make it out of the teens on Thursday. There was no dogwalk and no Turkey Trot either. It wasn’t just the weather, my hamstrings have been bothering me and the Turkey Trot I do is very hilly. But that wasn’t it either . . . it was really a matter of time and motivation. My family got here really late after a GPS mishap and I needed every extra second!

I wanted to run 5 miles but there wasn’t enough time. I settled for 3.5 miles . . . the same amount as my Turkey Trot. It was my own personal Turkey Trot that ended with a little bit of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

Saturday
I met up with the group this week and even got to share my run with someone for a change. I really did want to get in 7 miles, but no one else wanted to run more than an hour, and I’m just going with my body probably needs the break anyway. Totally forgot to take photos!

Favorites of the week
I think part of my time crunch with Thanksgiving this year was that I ran a half so much later in the year and the fact that the the week before and the week of Thanksgiving were packed with vet visits, ending with Lola’s visit to the cardiologist.

Remember, the regular vet thought her heart might be enlarged — she’s 13! He recommended we see a cardiologist. The cardiologist listened to everything, took her pulses, and had already reviewed that xray. He said chihuahua hearts tend to look big on xrays.

He said without the ultrasound he couldn’t 100% guarantee that she’s fine, but he really thought she was and saw no reason to do the ultrasound. He is the same cardiologist we saw with Chester, who ultimately died from heart failure. I trust him completely. So that was a big relief!

And then while getting ready for Thanksgiving I also decided to do a deep dive into some decluttering and redecorating . . .

Moved pillows on top of the cabinet
All rocks found on my travels
Using Kraft paper for the tablecloth almost worked (until someone spilled a drink)
I was going to use stamps, but couldn’t find any on short notice so went with some stickers (which were kind of a pain). I wrote the questions on the paper. And used Washi tape for a little glitter.
We serve buffet style

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My nephew & his girlfriend “hamming” it up

Thanksgiving went relatively well, and the Instant Pot did a great job with the turkey breasts. Trader Joes had precooked turkey legs this year & everyone enjoyed that along with their Turkey Breast en Croute (which Mr. Judy & I enjoyed again the next day).

Turkey coma? Actually, I think we were still waiting for the turkey to finish cooking . . .
My Dad and my niece

Ultimately no games were played. Everyone seemed to enjoy watching the parade and the dog show (which luckily we’d taped).

Today I went to a yogafusion class with Running Buddy J. It was taught by her favorite yoga teacher. It was at Athleta, so it was free — can’t beat that!

If you’re a vegetarian/vegan runner/athlete, you might want to check out the 2018 Plant Based Fitness Bundle. Just passing it along, I don’t have any affiliation with them!

Lucky there was no fighting (biting or scratching)

And today the above happened. I don’t know what Gizmo was thinking (Bandit was already in the bed when Gizmo just decided he wanted to be in it too). Seriously, this is a cat who used to hate dogs. He’s old enough now (17) that apparently he just doesn’t care — he wants what he wants when he wants it.

Let’s just say that Bandit is still somewhat unpredictable — he actually snarled at me last weekend when I tried to get him out of a bed, which he’s never done before — and this made me incredibly nervous — it sounded like maybe Bandit was growling just a little, but he didn’t do anything — and once I finished taking photos I encouraged Gizmo to move on.

Let’s get the conversation started:

How was your Thanksgiving?

Did you crush a Turkey Trot?

Any great Black Friday finds? Amazon had the Garmin Vivoactive 3 at a good price, but I decided to wait on it & see if it drops any further as the holiday madness progresses.

Bye bye racing; maybe?: 11/12- 18 Weekly Wrap

It seemed like all the races were canceled this weekend. At least the ones I was interested in, anyway. Some of the Sole Sisters got together to run, but frankly, I need all the time I can get before Thanksgiving so it’s probably just as well those races were canceled. In case you missed it, I’d already written on how I was giving up on one racing goal for this week (read about it here).

I have a feeling that I’ll be ditching the Turkey Trot this year, too. It’s going to be frigid! The one I do has nowhere to wait inside.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I stay active when the snow comes . . . even if it’s too early.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk x 2, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (20 minutes) — usually if I write it, I do it, but not this time
  • Tuesday: Yoga ( half salutes, pigeons, hamstrings, restorative — 30 minutes), 4ish chilly miles easy
  • Wednesday: Pilates Legs & Abs (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (5 minutes), YFR Hamstrings
  • Thursday:  YFPR Align & Alleviate (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Friday:  7 treadmill miles (split into an AM & PM runs of 3.5 miles each)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Pilates Legs, Arms & Stretch
  • Sunday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk

Mileage: 16 (-2)

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

Despite the Sunday snow & some snow in the morning, it was still Fallish on Tuesday

 

Tuesday
Can I reboot this day? First I get stuck in a godawful traffic jam while taking Lola to the vet, literally having us stuck on a bridge, and then half an hour late. We were maybe 2 miles away from the vet when this happened (yes, I called them to let them know I might be late, understatement of the year). At least we missed the traffic jams the snow created the next day . . .

Then I decided to run as naked as I get — just recorded the whole run with no splits & tried as much as possible not to watch it. Suddenly at almost the end of the run it looked like my Garmin stopped the run without me telling it to . . . and then it came up with the run interval screen — and froze there.

When I was finally able to unfreeze it it said I’d done something like 7 miles. Yeah, no. I do know my pace was pretty slow, because I think right before that happened I’d paused it to take a picture, and it shows average pace when you pause.

Which is why I rarely run without knowing my pace, but maybe that’s what my body needed. Really, my body probably needed another rest day and apparently the universe was trying to tell me that too. The run wasn’t horrible, just slow, and quite frankly I accomplished very little today.

Friday
Friday it snowed most of the day. I wanted a long run but it would have to be on the treadmill. I ran 3.5 miles in the morning and another 3.5 miles in the afternoon.

By Friday it was definitely Winter, and although I’d pulled up the plants on one planted, I just couldn’t pull up the strawberries since they weren’t yet dead. Guess I should have.

Sunday
It took me a long time to motivate myself outside this morning, but I had a good run. Its been a long week of cleaning, food shopping, and prepping/baking/cooking stuff for Thanksgiving. It may have been a bit slow but this run felt good. This time I had Autolap on, but not the alerts for the my pace each mile. Which seemed to work well for running by feel — I really never know what my pace was.

Not really a favorite . . . 

Favorites of the week
Snow seemed to be the theme of the week. I’d like to say it’s too early, and while it is early, some of my memories on Facebook showed that we had snow this time of year four years ago. Although not quite so much.

I’ve looked up a bunch of games we can potentially play on Thanksgiving using Alexa. Trying to get Mr. Judy to try some of them out with me!

Other than that, it’s really all about cleaning, cooking, baking . . .

Final hours to enter my giveaway of Couch to Active here! Read the review here.

Let’s get the conversation started:

How do you motivate yourself to stay active when the weather ain’t great?

Any fun Thanksgiving traditions to share?

What’s your role in the Thanksgiving celebrations?

Short & sweet race week: 11/5- 11 Weekly Wrap

Slowly easing back into activity and my last “long” run/race for a bit. I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share running and racing this week — I had my eye on a couple of 5ks in the next couple of weeks but now I’m thinking maybe my body needs a bit more rest. Still haven’t decided.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, SB WU (10 Minutes), Pilates Arms & Abs (20 minutes)
  • Tuesday: 5 miles easy with just a little cold rain, Iron Strength Glutes
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk x 2, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (20 minutes)
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk x 2
  • Friday:  4 miles easy with 5 by 30ish seconds strides, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (20 minutes)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Pilates Total Body, Abs & Stretch
  • Sunday: Stockadeathon 15k

Mileage: 18ish (+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

Leaves are almost all off the trees

 

Tuesday
I do love me an off season! Even if mine might be the shortest one ever. If I do BDR Savannah, I’ll be back in training next month. I would’ve run to vote, only there was rain in the forecast and I didn’t know how long the wait might be at the polling place.

So of course the dry radar produced some nice cold rain on me during this run, but thankfully it was really only a short period of rain. Glad I got it done before more showers moved in. And yes, I drove to vote later. I really didn’t want to tackle the hill back from the polling place anyway since my 15k this weekend is hilly enough.

A little post run bathroom selfie. Notice running clothes hanging to dry everywhere . . . and . . . drumroll . . . a haircut!

Friday
No rain — in the morning. It was cold and cloudy but thankfully not windy. This run felt pretty good. I’m not feeling quite as sluggish as I was after my last half, just the normal seasonal sluggishness. 🙂

Yes, this is what I woke up to race morning but thankfully it cleared out quickly.

Sunday
I’ll be recapping my 15k on Tuesday. Despite having several friends running the race, I parked in a different area (same place I always park, bathrooms with no/short lines always available), but I spaced on the time of the start of the race as I was chatting with another couple . . . and so I got a warmup as I ran to drop off my dry clothes and coat at the bag check, making it to the start with about 2 minutes to spare . . .

I’ll leave the rest for the recap!

But I “ran” into them post race

Favorites of the week
The hot chocolate at the diner after the race was really tasty, and no, I didn’t even think about taking a photo of it. And speaking of sweet, as I mentioned Friday (read it here), I actually did a little sugar reset (not detox!) this week. It went well.

Running a race “with” friends (well, I did meet up with them afterwards) and seeing friends along the route (and in the race — even my brand new “friend”).

You don’t see these guys sharing a bed — other than the real bed — too often

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here? Read the review here. I’m extending it one more week — it’ll make a great gift for the holidays.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Have you ever completely spaced about when a race starts — when you’re pretty much already there!?

Chocolate milk or hot chocolate after a cold race?

Do you get a lot done after a race? Must say I didn’t today. Which I’ll probably regret next week  . . .

 

Life after Goal Races: 10/29- 11/4 Weekly Wrap

You’ll probably notice I was a bit of a slug this week. And I’m okay with that. Kind of wished I’d done a little yoga but I didn’t and that’s just the way it is.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share life after goal races. There might be a 15k next weekend . . . still waiting a bit on weather before I pull the trigger on that.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, SB  (20 minutes)
  • Wednesday: 5 miles easy
  • Thursday:  Rainy Dogwalk (really? I haven’t dealt with enough rain already?) & dry one later on
  • Friday:  8 mile LSD in between rain storms with 5-6 short hill repeats
  • Saturday: 4 miles easy (as easy as it ever is in a cold rain)
  • Sunday: Visit parents

Mileage: 17 (-6.1)

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

Thumbs up for the fleece hat with the hole for my ponytail

Wednesday
Part of me was ready to take off the whole week. Not so much that I am sore or injured just supremely unmotivated. Despite the fact that it was supposed to rapidly warm up, I was running in the morning while it was still in the 30s (but not too windy yet). It did, in the end, feel good to hit the road after 3 days off. If I didn’t have a potential 15k next weekend, I’d probably have taken more time off.

I picked up Bandit for a cool down for the first time in a very, very long time. He seemed very confused. Maybe he’s getting too old for this s*#t?

Hazy shade of winter. Except it’s Fall. Can’t say it feels like Fall.

Friday
Will it ever stop raining? At least my run was dry. And it wasn’t cold. In fact, had Ocean City been like this (overcast, no sun in sight) it would have been a very different story.

Threw in 5 or 6 small hill repeats in the middle. The 15k next week is hilly. And because I was a little on the slow side, picked it up miles 6 & 7 to prove to myself I can pick it up when tired. But some niggles started talking so I slowed down the last mile.

More cold rain. REALLY?????

Saturday
Just couldn’t catch a break today. Yesterday I wore almost the same outfit, with the exception of a skirt yesterday and capris today + Wonder Wool Tee. With a windbreaker over yesterday — after one mile I tied that windbreaker around my waist.

Today I got caught in rain even though the radar looked dry, but instead of that windbreaker I had a vest on — and the temp dropped during the run, the rain got harder, and I wished I’d worn a windbreaker again!

I mean seriously, 2 Saturdays with cold rain? And no cheering section this time. Luckily it was just 4 miles. Sunday, when my friends ran, which obviously was also the NYC Marathon, was perfect running weather.

Bandit loves going to my parents. Lola not so much. 

Favorites of the week
Normally I don’t watch the marathon on tv. But we happened to be at my parents, and my Dad happened to put on the marathon, so I got to see the elite women finishing, which I admit was kind of cool. Kudos to everyone who ran it today!

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here?

Let’s get the conversation started:

What do your off season workouts look like?

Going off of Daylight Saving Time — yay or nay?

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Being Jewish is very helpful at this time of year.

My diet hacks revealed: TOLT

I’ve maintained a 40 lb weight loss for 3 1/2 years, more or less. It’s not the first time I’ve lost that much weight, but this time I did things differently — and it seems to have worked (even when it feels like it’s not working). So today I’m Thinking Out Loud about the ways I lost that weight, and how I maintain that weight loss.

I’m not a nutritionist, doctor, nurse, and I firmly believe that every body is different, so what works for me may not work for you. I hope that you can take away something that helps you, though.

And then of course there’s always the furkids — they tend to be on the skinny side, but that’s because I can control what they eat (to some degree).

This one is thanks to Mr. Judy
He said it a long time ago, and he was right: just leave over a few bites of your meal.I don’t do that much at home, as I’ve usually planned out my meals (more on that below).

But eating out? Yes, I do it all the time. I know some of you are of the clean plate generation. Think of it this way: is the extra food you’re eating doing you any good? And is it actually going to do anyone any good if you eat every bite on your plate? It’s hard to change habits, I understand.

I definitely do this with desserts out. Usually Mr. Judy and I share if we do get dessert. Occasionally, like after a half, I’ll enjoy every single bite. That decadent chocolate PB dessert I ate at brunch? No, I didn’t finish it.

I’m happy if I can just get people to think in new ways.

Preplan your meals
If you don’t have  a weight problem, you probably just want to skip on down to the Bandit update. Or you might just want to read through it anyway — maybe you picked up a few pounds over the holidays?  Keep an open mind. Try the things that appeal to you.

Yes, I try to preplan most of my meals. Usually the day before, but sometimes the day of. I may change my mind a gazillion times, depending on how I feel, but it gives me a blueprint and a better idea of what I can swap in if I’m not feeling what I planned.

Not to mention it takes the angst out of what the heck am I going to eat for dinner tonight?

Carb cycle
There are lots of carb cycling plans out there. I’ve tried a few — and they’ve been too rigid for me. So here’s what works for me: eating more carbs on days I’m more active, less carbs on days I’m less active.

I don’t count carb grams, by the way.

Easy peasy.

 

No carbs at night
Except for one or two nights a week, I don’t have any carbs with dinner. Well, not the starchy kind (no rice, no potatoes, definitely no bread). I will usually have some fruit as dessert, so yes, there is carbs in that (actually, there’s carbs in just about everything).

The theory behind that one is that we are less active at night, and far less likely to burn the carbs off. I am actually all about balance over time, so while the truth is I think you can eat carbs at night and maintain your weight, I’ve just found that this works well for me.

Whole foods
I don’t think carbs are the devil. If you’re active, you really need those carbs. The less processed you eat, though, the more your body knows what to do with the carbs.

I try to concentrate on things like brown rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, plaintains. Apples, bananas (so many things you can do with bananas that are yummy!).

Let the guilt go
This might be the most important diet hack of all.

Channeling his inner Chester

Bandit update
I thought by now, with Mr. Judy being around a bit more during the holidays, that Bandit would have almost complete freedom in the house. But last week he chased Gizmo — not in a playful way — when Gizmo was running around one morning. So we continue to take and slow and easy.

Not amused by dogs

Don’t get me wrong, both Chester & Lola also had to learn that chasing Giz is not acceptable. I’m pretty sure that Bandit will learn that too, but I would rather continue to keep a close eye on him than have someone lose an eye.

In the good news department, last week I started to walk them on the double leash I used for Chester and Lola. I truly though that that would never happen. I do have to really keep an eye on them, and sometimes hold Bandit’s leash so he doesn’t pull Lola along, but so far, so good.

On the other hand, one day they were both coming upstairs with me and Lola was directly in front of Bandit and he jumped over her. That could have ended really badly in so many ways, but thankfully no one was hurt.

 

Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:

What’s your favorite diet hack?

Exciting plans for New Years (nope, not at all here — and I don’t stay up to midnight, either)?

What was the last blog you read (besides mine)?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

#holottarest after #holottafun: TOLT

I’m Thinking Out Loud about running, which is actually kind of funny because until the end of the year, I’m in my off season. I’m thinking about hilly courses vs flat courses, taking the pressure off of racing, and of course, there’s a Bandit update in there too.

#holottarest
In case you missed my Weekly Wrap post (read it here), I was on a little racecation last week with 7 other bloggers. We were kind of hard to miss on IG, except for me; I didn’t post a lot.

And now I’m taking a #holottarest, since I have a bug. Thankfully it waited until I came home to really take hold. I always take the week after a half off of running anyway, but now there’s not much activity of any kind going on.

Hoping to feel better by Saturday, because I have a fun run to run! It’s my last “race” of 2016.

Sole sisters

Sister from another mother
Darlene
and I were seated across the aisle from each other on our final flight back. The woman I was seated next to asked us if we were sisters! We got a chuckle out of that.

Smiling because I’m chicking tall runner dude? Or cause it’s flat!

 

#teamflat or #teamhills?
I have only run 2 flat half marathons; the first was my first half, Vegas, which you can read about here. I didn’t really know what I was doing, which I’d say is true of most first time half marathoners. As I like to say, there ain’t a #holotta flat in the northeast — or my neighborhood, for that fact. So I was very curious how I would do on a flat & fast course.

Or as I’ve been saying for a while, I’m willing to find out if I like a flat & fast course!

I know some runners prefer the hills — they feel that it actually gives their legs a break. All I know is that after a long string of very hilly halfs, my body was very happy to take on a flat course.

And that’s all I’m sayin’ bout that for now.

Seriously, I am so far behind on race recaps!

No pressure
I will always try my best during a race. Sometimes I will watch my pace; sometimes I don’t. It can work out well both ways.

One thing I don’t watch is time elapsed. Just like in this most recent half marathon, I watched my pace, I noted my average pace for each mile, but I didn’t look at time elapsed and I didn’t do the math in my head.

It can make you crazy

The reason I sometimes watch my pace is that I can slow way down as I get tired — yet I am capable of running faster — I just have to realize I am running slower than I want and I am still able to pick up the pace (sometimes, of course sometimes I am just running the best I can).

Does that make sense?

Running by feel can work for me, but it can also work against me.

Off season, I love you!
I like to take a little running break each year. And most years I don’t start training for a spring half until winter is almost done. Running through the winter is tricky in these parts, and I really don’t want to do long runs on my treadmill. Or loop the same 2 mile loop multiple times because that’s the only path that’s cleared.

This year I am training through the winter, but I figure I don’t have to start seriously training until January. Which gives me a short off season.

I don’t stop running in my off season. But there’s no speed work, there’s usually less weekly mileage, and the “long” runs are not so long.

No streaking for me!

In case you missed it
There was never time while I was away to actually link up my posts! So this is what you might have missed last week:

Another first: sharing a bed

Bandit update
We are slowly expanding Bandit’s freedom. He’s mostly free in the house now, except when I’m downstairs I gate the stairs — if he went upstairs, no doubt I’d find him on the bed at some point. I’m not ready to let him on the bed.

He has been in the same bed with Lola, he has been in the bed on the couch while Gizmo laid on me — so far, so good.

Mr. Judy reported that there was only one incident of growling while I was gone. There was a lot of ear licking involved, apparently. It was Lola who growled!

Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:

Do you prefer flat & fast or hilly?

Do you run by feel or watch your pace?

Do you do better without race time goals?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

One last state for 2016: Spilling over high tea December 2016

I truly cannot believe that this is the last time in 2016 that I will hold a nice warm cuppa in my two hands, pull up a seat, and let you know what’s on my mind lately. I can’t say that I will be sorry to see 2016 go — it was a hard year in many ways, although there were a lot of good times, too.

So let’s just get right down to it and I’ll let you know what’s on my mind lately.

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Today I am joining up with Coco and Deborah for their ultimate coffee tea date.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that while no, I don’t wish my life away, yes, I am looking forward to 2017. I have hopes for a calmer year this year. You never know, and there is still a lot of work to do in the parents department, but new years are just so full of hope and promise.

Bandit is taking over Lola’s bed (who stole it from Giz)


If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that there are times that I feel Bandit is the reincarnation of Chester. Don’t get me wrong, they are very different dogs — I never, ever worried about Chester biting a vet, and in fact, most vets were really in love with him.

Sometimes I can’t help but think that somehow Chester had a hand in sending Bandit to us.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I made it through 2016 without making a lot of goals. Monthly goals? Ha! Most months it was just a matter of survival.

I made a few goals way back at the beginning of the year, but I’m sad to say if I were getting a report card on them I think I’d get an F — and I’ve never had an F, ever!

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I am looking forward to a little bit of an off season. When I don’t worry about speedwork or tempos. This one is going to be very brief, though, as I have a half at the end of March.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I am currently in FL enjoying a lovely blogger meetup instigated by our Weekly Wrap hosts, Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ MissSipiPiddlin. And while I may have complained of the work it took to get there, seriously, I’m writing this a couple of days before I leave and I can’t wait!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that by the time you read this, chances are pretty good that I will have completed my 14th half marathon and state #12. Stay tuned!

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Or something else?

Have you ever adopted a furkid that reminded you of one that had passed?

Are you into an off season, still racing, or streaking?

2016: good year, bad year, or meh?