So Your Race Was Canceled

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Almost all runners have been effected by race cancellations in recent days. Unless you’re one of those runners that just likes to run (there are many!),  you’re left wondering: I’m all trained up, now what? Or should I keep training for a race that’s coming up in a few months?

Race virtually
I know that’s what some of my friends have done. A lot of my friends, actually. If it helps you calm down and feel better, go for it.

I’m not sure I would do that, and here’s why: running is hard on the body. Even if it makes you feel better, your immune system is probably taking a hit — and is that what you really want to be doing right now?

Keep in mind I wasn’t really training, only sort of, maybe training. I was getting excited about going to DE, but I’m a firm believer that things have a way of turning out for the best, and that maybe there’s something better out there for me.

I am not a virtual race kinda gal. I enjoy the atmosphere of a race, conquering new territory. But I don’t what I would have done if I’d put in a lot of hard training.

Keep on training
My “goal” race isn’t until June. Hopefully with the warmer weather by that point the virus will have died down, although no one really knows. Since it’s still a few months out, though, I’m going to train as if I’m going to be racing it.

If your race is closer, it’s a toss up whether or not you should keep training (again, because while running can boost your immune system, hard training — or every just long distance running — can also give your immune system a challenge). We’re challenged enough right now.

So a race 1 month away: I’d maintain my base and do speed work once a week.

A race a few months out: I’d train normally.

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Running will help you burn off the crazies

Keep on running
Even if you live to race and you can’t, you don’t want to let your base go. We will be racing again some day. No need to start over from scratch. Running will help you stay calmer, too. It will get you outdoors, which will help you feel better, especially now as the weather begins to get nicer.

Get strong
Are you always saying you want to get strong but you’re always training for a race? Now is your opportunity! It’s a crap shoot on whether or not gyms are going to stay open, but there are so many wonderful ways to strength train online. For free!

Becoming a stronger person will make you a stronger runner.

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Keep an eye on the eating and drinking
It’s so easy to turn to food and alcohol after a stressful day. There’s nothing wrong with that — in moderation. It’s also very easy to overdo either — or both! — when times are stressful.

Both eating comfort food and drinking feel really good in the moment. They don’t make us feel good in the long run. They can pack on the pounds if we overindulge too much, which becomes a vicious cycle: you’re heavier, it’s harder to move, you continue to eat crap and get heavier, you don’t want to move, and so on and so forth.

Comfort food tends to be the opposite of healthy food, and when we’re going through a stressful time, eating healthy can actually help us stay well (or lessen an illness if we do get one) — and can help you feel better physically (maybe even mentally).

Last but definitely not least . . . 
Now is the time to do the things you normally don’t do because you don’t have time. Maybe you’re working from home. Maybe the kids and/your husband are home and they’re driving you nuts.

It’s the perfect time to try out that Yoga you know you should do, or begin to meditate, or foam roll more often. Of course you knew I’d go there, but so many teachers are offering incredible deals — or free workouts! — right now. Take advantage of it (and check out my YouTube channel here, of course — I’ll be adding a meditation to help you reduce anxiety this week!).

Final thoughts
As crazy as life might seem right now, maybe there’s a golden opportunity for us all. Haven’t we all said that we just don’t have the time for certain things — things that we know will actually make us better runners and better people?

You can complain about what you can’t do or you can try something new. The choice is up to you.

Will you run your race virtually if it’s cancelled? 

Are the kids home and/or are you working from home? 

Do you have another suggestion?

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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Running down a virus: 3/9-15 WRD

Yes, I was mildly sick last week. Still a little back and forth this week. No fever, no congestion, no coughing, no sneezing (at least no more coughing and sneezing than normal). I don’t meet the criteria to be tested, so I haven’t been.

Out of an abundance of caution I did’t go to my normal WW meeting, didn’t meet up with friends to run. and we canceled my Yoga with Cats for this month. About the only thing I have been doing still is grocery shopping. I worry a little that maybe I shouldn’t even be doing that.

My mom turned 92 on Tuesday, but that was the day her senior living community closed their doors to visitors. They said that we could come pick her up and take her out, but we couldn’t come in. This seemed silly to me, so we didn’t go. I’m not sure when we’ll be able to see her again, but we talk pretty much every day.

She was supposed to go visit my brother in CA in a couple of weeks, but they’ve canceled the trip (there were a lot of moving parts to that visit, and let’s just say a lot of it just imploded). She’s taking it all in stride. My brother’s MIL, who also lives in a senior community in CA, is on total lockdown. A friend of my mom’s, who also lives in a senior community in NY, had traveled to Europe with family, and was not allowed back into his apartment (part of why we canceled my mom’s trip to CA).

No half anytime soon for me (or anyone, it seems). I’d been in contact with the RD from the Coastal DE Running Festival just days before they decided to cancel it.

Here’s what I know: it’s important to take precautions, and even more important to try to stay calm and not stress over the things you can’t control. I plan another meditation on my YouTube channel next week about trying to take your anxiety down a notch. This will pass. My heart goes out to those who are sick and to those who lose loved ones — and especially to small businesses that are so hard hit. We will get through this and we will come out stronger the other side. — Chocolaterunsjudy

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing a little bit of doggy cuteness, healthy and not-so-healthy food, and a little bit of activity.

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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:  3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min)
  • Tuesday: Taught Yoga (60 min), Yoga (30 min)
  • Wednesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Sunday: 5 miles easy

Mileage: 12 (+8)

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

Loved being able to run in a skirt!

 

Monday
I felt better, although still tired. It was such a nice day, though, it was time to run. The first mile felt pretty good, and then the next 2 miles dragged. It was a really lovely day, though, so I was glad I got out there (I even filmed this week’s Yoga video on our deck outside!).

Still tracking the bulbs’ progress; nothing flowering yet

Wednesday
Much cooler, but still a nice day. Still hunting down the signs of Spring. I went out to do 3 but ended up with 4 — it felt a lot easier than Monday’s 3. Otherwise I really don’t remember a lot about this run.

A lovely if slightly chilly run, with I swear a headwind both out & back!

Sunday
Thursday afternoon I suddenly felt worse again. My RHR was elevated the next two mornings. Lots of rest. Just as suddenly on Saturday afternoon I started to feel normal again, and with a normal RHR this morning, I set out to see if there was any food left at the grocery stores — there was, with the exception of onions and potatoes ?? and frozen veggies, at least at the small market I shop at frequently.

Then I set out to do a shorter long run. I had 5 miles in mind, and that’s what I did. It felt good and it was a pretty normal HR and pace for me.

Home made chicken noodle soup

Favorites of the week
We’d cooked a whole chicken quite a while ago, and threw the bones in the freezer. So I decided to make some bone broth.

Sorry mom, I’ll bring some next time we’re together!

Since I don’t know when I’ll get to see my mom again in person, I ended up eating some of the cheesecake slices I’d bought to bring to her. If her birthday had been Monday instead of Tuesday, I could have gotten to her. Probably just as well I didn’t, since I have been just mildly sick. I just ate smaller pieces of some of the slices (brownie, apple, and raspberry). I also got to enjoy the flowers I’d bought for her, but I’ve sent the address book to her in the mail.

Lola likes to snuggle with Mr. Judy on the couch in the mornings

Just a little dose of doggy cuteness.

How have you been effected by Coronavirus?

Are you doing virtual races?

Have you had trouble finding food? 

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ICYMI: It was supposed to be a Vinyasa Yoga video today, but I wasn’t feeling great this week, so I filmed a Healing Meditation here for you instead. I know there lots going around (not just Coronavirus). Be the first to know when I release new videos: sign up for my newsletter here to find out when I add new videos, and you’ll receive a free Self Love Affirmation PDF and a bonus audio-only version of this self love meditation.

Moving through dark times: 12/30-1/5 WRD

Ringing in New Years with my Mom (well, at 8:30 pm)

Another super challenging week. I actually have hopes that life will get just a little bit better, the reason may seem odd: my Dad is now on Hospice. No, nothing changed, although everything changed. I plan to write more about that next Friday.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and share how I continue to move even through the tough, dark times. It helps.

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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:  SB WU (10 min), 3 miles TM, PB ST  (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (45 min), SB WU (10 min), 3 Progressive TM
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Soul Stroll
  • Thursday: Yoga (50 min), Soul Stroll
  • Friday: 7 mile LSD, Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Filmed Yoga video (30 min), TM Soul Stroll (30 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, PB Weights

Mileage: 13 (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*

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

Running Update

Monday
A cold rainy washout of a day. Did a steady state run on the mill. I prefer speedwork on it, but I knew I would most likely be back on it the next day. I actually hopped on the stationary bike and did a short dynamic warm up before running!

Tuesday
Snow & sleet overnight & a potential trip to my moms had me back on the mill. Weather while I’m home this week mostly sucks, but I’m glad I can still safely run on the mill.

I couldn’t help thinking of the calzone waiting for me when I saw this 

Friday
I didn’t have as much frustration to run off today, but the weather on the weekend wasn’t looking great. I was really tired, it’s been a long couple of weeks, but had a good run and glad I got that out of the way. The bike path is clear again — but not for long, probably — so finally running in a different place felt good.

Really useful to just pull out the cards I want when traveling!

Favorites of the week
Mr. Judy nailed my Hannukah gift. Normally we don’t even exchange anything anymore, although it’s tradition for me to give him an Ansel Adams calendar. I almost forgot about it in the midst of family drama — Amazon to the rescue!

In the beginning of my YTT the Yoga Teacher Toolbox was mentioned. It’s a binder with laminated cards of many poses with all sorts of information. It’s very comprehensive, and not surprisingly, not cheap. I mentioned it to Mr. Judy, and he kept looking for a deal on Ebay. Eventually I decided I didn’t need it. Guess what I got on the last night of Hannukah?

I did sign up for a half marathon this summer (hoping I get to run it, but one reason I chose it was its generous deferral policy): Revel Mt. Hood (see more info here). I’ve been wanting to try a Revel race a long time, wanting to go to Portland, and you now I love a downhill race. I also look forward to meeting Laurie @ Meditationsinmotion who is also signed up.

What was your favorite gift from the holidays? 

How has 2020 started off for you?

Sign up for any races?  

Love Hurts: December 2019

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I got to racing so much in November that apparently I was too busy writing up race recaps and never recapped November! It’s my favorite time of year to race, which is why I have so many long sleeve tech shirts (which I like to sleep in).

Running has been going well on just three days a week. No goal races in the near future, just keepin’ on keepin’ on. Running didn’t hurt me, but life? It’s been tough. Love can definitely hurt sometimes.

Love hurts, love scars
Love wounds and mars

Don’t get me wrong: I’m believe that it’s better to have loved & lost than to never love at all. Endings, though; endings can hurt. If we didn’t open our hearts, it wouldn’t hurt — but then we’d close our hearts to so much love. The hurt lets us know that we’ve love and been loved. In the case of love, no pain, no gain.

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Loosen up those tight runner muscles!

By the way, there’s a new video on my Youtube Channel. Once the hustle and bustle of your holiday is over — especially if maybe you’ve eaten a bit more than you planned to! — check out my Yin Yoga Runner Stretch & Digestion video here. This one is a longer one, so make sure you can carve out a little me time for yourself.

I’ll be making more me time a goal for January! Will I be able to meet that goal? Stay tuned!

Around ice or on the mill, I got it done

Getting in scheduled runs
Still no schedule, no racing, no big races on the horizon . . . but still running. And I definitely deserve an A for some of the cold temps I’ve been running in lately!

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I was doing well, but all the video editing I’ve been doing eats up way too much of my time. I know it’ll get easier as I learn the software, but still, things have gotten a little spotty again.

Grade Earned: B-

Dynamic Warmup
Still skimping on the warmups — but yes, I’m at least doing a few things before I start to tun. Even on the days when it feels like single digits.

Grade Earned: B+

Foam Rolling
I have been doing well with foam rolling before my runs. Not at any other time, but you do what you can. I moved the stick upstairs with the thought of occasionally using it . . . it remains untouched so far.

Grade Earned: B

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Trying alternative pastas

Nutrition
Nutrition has been a struggle as it always is in the shorter days, but for the most part, so far, I seem to be winning that struggle. A little indulgence here and there, which of course is fine — trying to make sure I don’t use the holidays as an excuse to indulge all the time — that’s the trick: pick your indulgences, enjoy them, but don’t make it an every day occurrence.

Grade Earned: A

Support

  • Massage? Not this month.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Still need to schedule it. Been too busy with other appointments.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? Made it after reading this, LOL — I had been thinking about it, so this got me to do it!

Grade Earned: B

Lots of yoga

Cross Training
There’s been a lot of yoga, for obvious reasons. I’ve been able to do a bit more strength training, but with more travel to my parents on the horizon, that will probably drop back down. I’ve started to incorporate Soul Strolls on the treadmill since often the roads are too iffy or the days are just too short.

Grade Earned: A-

November/December 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . an B. I know, lots of As, lots of good stuff, but the goals . . . I met 4 out of 7 goals. Not so great. Life has been busy. I may not have been staying with my mom as much, but I was still going to see my parents. Obviously that’s going to ramp up again and I will be away a lot again.

November Goals: (yes, never made goals for December)

  • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Y. Slowly began to do a bit more, but it will be a struggle with more travel for the forseeable future.
  • See if I can at least sometimes get back to a 4 x week running schedule. N. Nope, too much going on in my life right now. I’m happy with where my running’s at, though..
  • Approach another studio about getting on their substitute list. N. I kind of put my eggs in one basket with the first studio. I recently discover my eye doctor is a sub there. You can’t make this stuff up!
  • Foam roll when I’m able. Y. Before runs.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Still not tracking, still mostly maintaining (which means I bounce around a few pounds, but it’s not an upward creep). Being home more did help. Hopefully I’ll find the right balance going into 2020.
  • Meal plan on the weekends! N. Still struggling with it. I still need to keep reminding myself that this is a goal. 
  • A race? At some point?. Y. Three of them, in fact: two in November and one in December.

Which leads me to January Goals:

  • Strength train 2 – 3x week. There will be a lot of back and forth, with no ending date. I’ll do what I can, when I can — as always..
  • Maintain running 3 x week. I’m doing well on that schedule and with nothing big on the horizon see no need to ramp it up.
  • Study chair/slow yoga. Another to-do on my long list of to-dos to get off the ground teaching is to target some of the senior centers around me. I need to get comfortable with chair yoga. Not saying you can’t do regular yoga if you’re a “senior”, of course!
  • Foam roll when I’m able. Keep foam rolling before runs. Try to grab the stick occasionally.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Winter is always my tough season when it comes to eating. I stopped tracking 8 months ago, and have continued to maintain my weight — a huge win for me!
  • Meal plan on the weekends! I’ll keep putting this in until I get back to it. Which I haven’t managed yet. 
  • Carve out more me time. Between YTT, my parents, teaching yoga (which requires a lot of prep work for me — someday it’ll be more muscle memory, but that day is in the future), the dogs, trying to learn video editing! — let’s just say I’ve got away from some of the self care routines I know are important to keep me healthy.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Wrapping up Racing: 12/2-8 WRD

Last night (yup, night) was probably my last race for 2019. There was a 5k I considered for next weekend, but the weather right now doesn’t look great — of course that can always change. This week was still a bit light in strength training, but I suppose I made up for that with all the shoveling!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and again just maintaining my base.

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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 (40 min), TM Soul Stroll, Lots of shoveling
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40 min), Shoveling, 3 TM progressive miles, Yin Yoga (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, PB Cardio + Weights (30 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), 7 mile LSD
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Last Run 5k
  • Sunday: Yoga (40 min), Vin , Practiced Yoga with a friend (60 min)

Mileage: 13 (+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

Almost 2 feet of snow, and a bit more on & off later in the week

Tuesday
After a weekend of snow, the roads weren’t really that bad; we know how to handle it up here! I still stayed on my treadmill, from an abundance of caution. It only takes a little ice to take a runner down. I managed to procrastinate getting started even though I wasn’t going outside!

The hardest part of this run was not slipping on the way out of the parking lot

Friday
I still managed to procrastinate a little (well, read blogs & comment on blogs, feed the dogs, etc), which meant that I got out when I planned to get out, rather than a little early (more snow on the way). The predicted snow showed up right on time, basically during my last mile.

There is something extremely peaceful about running in falling snow — before it starts sticking to the roads, and I managed to time this perfectly in that respect. The hardest part about this run was getting into and out of the parking lot (pictured above), but I was grateful that at least the parking lot had been cleared.

The lights & the fireworks keep us coming to this race despite cold & snow

Saturday
Last Run is always a fun time, and I posted a video of the fireworks over on IG. First time posting other than ambassador stuff in a long while! Always a fun race, which I’ll recap Tuesday.

Three years ago I’d invited some friends over to my house post race, and despite the snow storm, most of them came. Apparently it’s become a tradition, although other people in our group have opened their homes since the first one at my house. A good time was had by all.

This chickpea granola was tasty!

Favorites of the week
I picked up some chickpea granola at Whole Foods. I’d definitely recommend it. As much as I love oatmeal, I find I just have to be careful about how much I consume to keep my weight in check. Although with the party Saturday night, there was a bit more indulging this week anyway.

I finally upgraded from a free WordPress blog to a paid one, so you don’t have to type quite as much any more (you should be able to reach me at Chocolaterunsjudy.com now). I was a little apprehensive, but I was already at 99.5% of my storage on the free account. The transition appears to have gone smoothly.

I slept in just a tad (like, 6am instead of 4:30 or 5), did my yoga, did some errands, and then practiced yoga with a friend. So I’m late to the link up party tonight!

Any more races for you this year? 

Interesting snack finds? 

How many holiday parties do you have?  

Reunited & It Feels So Good: October 2019

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I got a small break in October (see last month’s “grade” herefor what’s been going on), but it ramped up at the end of the month with my Dad’s discharge from rehab and scrambling to try to find a suitable aide for him. They don’t give you much notice.

Even with a break, there was a lot of time at my mom’s

Running continued pretty strong, and since I was home most weekends, I also got to do some of my favorite Fall races, with varying degrees of success.

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And sugar, this one is it
We both are so excited
Cause we`re reunited

Getting in scheduled runs
Even though I continued to play it by ear, from necessity, I also ramped up my running miles just in case I run a 15k in November. If the weather is good, I’ll do it (despite mostly likely little friend support) — although if a Nor’Easter or Blizzard comes through, no thanks!

Grade Earned:  A

One of my favorite things to do in fall — race!

Recording my runs
The scramble at the end of the month to get my parents settled caused some run recording to be spotty, but for the most part, it’s been better than it has been. Still lots of holes sometimes, though.

Grade Earned: B-

Dynamic Warmup
Still skimping on the warmups, but at least most days I’m going through some high knees, some butt kicks, and some leg swings. It’s something.

Grade Earned: B

Foam Rolling
I’d dearly like to get back to daily rolling, but for now mostly I’m rolling before my runs.

Grade Earned: B

There may have been a few too many treats in October

Nutrition
Nutrition has been okay. Most of the time fairly good, but occasional eating stuff I know is not really helping my body. I’m human, like everyone else — mostly I’ve been able to maintain my weight with the normal fall to winter creep. Time to cook has often been an issue.

Grade Earned: A-

Support

  • Massage? Not this month.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? I need to schedule an appointment soon. Probably after the 15k.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? No! The hair got downright scary, but it’s been trimmed and shaped. Even one of my mom’s friends commented on how nice it looked (of course that was after being washed, but before running).

Grade Earned: A

Cross Training
Yoga continued strong. There’s still some light strength training (some days a bit heavier) or some bodyweight exercising. Not quite as much walking as the days got shorter, colder, and busier, but there’s been more running miles.

Grade Earned: B

October 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . an B+. Still hanging in there at running three times a week, lots of yoga, a little bit of weight training. A few races: a slow trail 5k (read about it here), including a surprising 10k PR (read about it here) and a 5k that still didn’t break me out of my 5k rut (read about it here).

September Goals:

  • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Y. Not as heavy/intense as I usually do, but I did what I could.
  • Do my best to remain in running maintenance goal. Y. Actually, I got up to double digits in prep for the 15k. I’ll drop back down into running maintenance afterwards. Maybe . . . stay tuned.
  • Develop at least one vinyasa class. Y. Actually, developed two (the memorization is a different story). Taught private Yin Yoga classes. Got on the sub list at one local studio.
  • Foam roll when I’m able. Y. I’ve done better with it.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Still not tracking, still mostly maintaining (which means I bounce around a few pounds, but it’s not an upward creep). Although I need to keep a close eye on it going into winter — hopefully being home more often will help.
  • Meal plan on the weekends! N. Still struggling with it. After the beginning of the month I was just exhausted from everything going on, at the end of the month there was the mad scramble to get my parents settled. 
  • A race? At some point?. Y. Three of them, in fact.

Which leads me to November Goals:

  • Strength train 2 – 3x week. This will always be a goal. Hopefully November will be an easier month (if my parents stay healthy). I won’t be hosting Thanksgiving because my Dad can’t make the trip. Both relieved and a bit wistful at the same time.
  • See if I can at least sometimes get back to a 4 x week running schedule. I’ve done okay on 3 x week. It’s not the first time I’ve only run 3 x week, either. 4 x per week is my sweet spot, though.
  • Approach another studio about getting on their substitute list. It’s scary, but I know that I still need a lot of experience, and there’s only one way to get it.
  • Foam roll when I’m able. Would love to foam roll at least occasionally on days that I don’t run.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. It’s been back and forth. Not up enough that I feel the need to track, but I really hope that being home more will mean it settles down some.
  • Meal plan on the weekends! I’ll keep putting this in until I get back to it. Which I haven’t managed yet. But maybe with only the occasional day trip to my parents.
  • A race? At some point? I still want to tackle another 5k if the weather is favorable, and the weather is looking good for the 15k, too.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Loving 2019: Spilling over tea/coffee January 2019

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Notice what I did there? I snuck in my word for 2019 (read about it here). I’m hoping to keep it in mind a lot more than I did Believe in 2018, although Believe really was a great word for 2018, as I pushed myself outside my comfort zone (read my wrap up of 2018 here) and had to believe I would be successful — and I was!

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Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.

I’ll just be over here with my tea . . .

Loving a New Year
I know not everyone loves a new year, or even pays it much attention, quite frankly. Or they make resolutions they know they have little chance of keeping. I think there’s just something about having a clean slate, an entire year laid out before you with nothing but possibilities, that’s exciting.

Unflattering photo theme today, but this is me & Gizmo most mornings

Loving that Gizmo is still purring and curling up on my lap
I see the changes in him all the time. He’s not back to normal, but I think he’s settled into a new normal for him. Which still involves lots of lap time, lots of purring, and eating pretty well again.

I’m hoping that he stays well at least through March, which will allow us to get to Savannah and will also get him to his eighteenth birthday.

Loving clear streets and paths
Most of the past few big storms have missed us completely. I wrote that last weekend, and at the time all our snow from earlier in the year was gone. We’ve still had plenty of cold weather, but we’ve also had a few really warm days that melted whatever was left.

I’ll be a very happy girl if it could stay that way for another six weeks. Doubtful, but a girl can dream.

Loving going to races with groups
I’m the rogue runner in our little group. The one who goes off to races with her husband in tow instead of following the group. OTOH, without me, there might never have been a group at all. The group came to be because I wanted to run Wineglass with friends.

Running is definitely more fun with friends, but sometimes you have to do your own thing, too. Still it’s nice to have a posse — sometimes, at least — in the local races.

Ugliest & Warmest Coat Ever

Loving/not loving this coat
I wasn’t going to share this photo. And then I thought, why not? Even if it does make me look like a caterpillar trapped in a cocoon. The coat is seriously ugly. And it’s heavy. It’s also seriously warm, and I’ve already had to wear it on too many dogwalks this winter!

Not loving an empty calendar
Just one last big goal race — or I suppose one first big goal race in 2019. And then . . . who knows? I like to plan, I like to have the next race lined up before the one I’m training for is even run.

Things have a way of working out the way they’re supposed to; I truly believe that. I guess I just have to trust that 2019 has some good things up its sleeve for me. And at this point in 2018, there was also only one race on the calendar.

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

Do you care what your coat looks like as long as it’s warm?

Do you love the possibilities a new year brings?

What are you most looking forward to in 2019?

I am also linking up with the  Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales & Fitness.

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REALLY soaking up that sea air: Spilling over tea/coffee November 2018

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You know how they say how will you know someone has run a marathon? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you. At every opportunity. Just like I will probably be telling everyone I ran in a Nor’easter for a long. long time. Don’t want to walk the dogs in a little drizzle? Really?

Glad I took the time to walk down to the ocean before the rain moved in

I’d say that I needed lots of tea to warm up afterwards, except that Running Buddy J and I affectionately referred to our room as the Sauna. Cause it was so damn hot. All the time. Even with windows open — even with windows open in a Nor’easter (see how I snuck that in there?).

We were happy with our sauna/room directly after the race, though!

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I would tell you that my title refers to the fact that I ran a half marathon in a Nor’easter, by the ocean. Not that we could really see a whole lot with the constant rain. Although we did see the waves crashing over the seawall. One person said they even had one break right over them. Thankfully that did not happen to me.

By the time I was finished my outer layer must have weighed five pounds. Which leads me to my next point . . .

Don’t you think the heat blanket should’ve dried up my clothes?

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that my soaking wet race clothes sat in the bag I stashed them in until Tuesday (for the tights) and Wednesday (for the rest of it).

Well, I did have clothes all over the room in an attempt to dry them out overnight before we left, so they weren’t really soaking wet. But they were still wet.  I definitely needed a little rest from my “vacation” (aka attending classes, yoga, foam rolling, 4 hour drive there and back although I didn’t have to drive, and oh yeah a half) on Monday.

Just a few of my new running BRFs

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that despite the Nor’easter, this was one of the most fun races I’ve ever run. Why? Because it was a part of the Another Mother Retreat and they arranged for us to get a different color for our bibs. It was an out and back race so we were encouraging each other all throughout the race. Without the special bib color we probably wouldn’t have even recognized each other.

And if that wasn’t good enough, those not running the race came out to cheer us on. In a Nor’easter. In more than one location!

Dude, where’d your running mojo go?

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you when I did finally go out for my run (thankfully before more rain hit), it was fine. And then I picked up Bandit for my cool down. I haven’t “run” him in months.

He seemed reluctant to go — is he getting too old to run (he’s somewhere around 10). Once we started he seemed fine, because if he really doesn’t want to run, he lets you know. He also seemed really happy when we turned around to go back home. I only ran with him half a mile.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you when I first got home I had no desire to run. I could even see myself taking a week off of running. It’s been about 6 months of training for 3 halfs and an 18 mile race and you can stick a fork in me.

Except . . . not quite yet. There’s a 15k next week (haven’t decided if I want to race it or not but need to run if I plan to!). There’s a couple of 5ks maybe. I have been chasing a 5k PR for years . . . except I rarely do them so it’s unlikely. And of course a Turkey Trot if the weather is decent.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway here for a copy of “Couch to Active” (read my review here)!

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

How do you dry out clothes from a soaking when you’re not at home?

Are you done racing or still have goal races on the calendar?

What was your most fun race in bad weather conditions?

I am also linking up with the  Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales & Fitness.

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Soaking up that sea air: Spilling over tea/coffee October 2018

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Anyone that follows me knows last weekend didn’t go as planned, other than soaking up some sunshine (way too much sunshine, actually) and basking in the sea air by the Ocean.

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I would tell you that while my finish time for my latest half certainly wasn’t what I wanted or dreamed about, I am still happy I ran the race.

There is only one half that I regret running — one I went into injured, not realizing how badly the race would aggravate said injury and how long it would take before I could run without pain again — months, really.

Like every race I run, though, I learned something from that awful half just as I learned something from this weekend’s half. You’ll have to wait until Tuesday to find out what I learned! 🙂

Happy to have time by the sea

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that one way I deal with the ever shortening days over the last few years is by keeping extremely busy during Fall. This year is no different. I find when I’m busy, I may still get more tired and unmotivated as the daylight hours dwindle, but I’m just too busy to brood on it.

Finishing is winning & so is bumping into Skirt Sisters

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I wish I’d known that a.happy.sole was going to be at my half last weekend! I only found out when she posted to IG. I messaged her, but she’d left directly after the race.

I will have to console myself with meeting up with several skirt sisters (unplanned) at the race.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that skirts were also everywhere in the race last weekend. One was even a guy running in a skirt. Unfortunately, not too many from Skirt Sports.

I also saw quite a few people wearing the long sleeve race shirt during the race. Folks, it was a hot one. What were they thinking?

And then there were the two chicks wearing Lululemon tights and sport bras. Seriously, you ladies had bangin’ bodies, and if you had enough confidence to run in a sports bra why would you also run in tights on a hot day?

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If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you you better believe I’m looking for a little redemption at my half at the end of October. I’m not sure that I do have a faster half in me without a downhill race, but I definitely know that I have a faster half in me than my last one!

It’s not so much the finish time that bothers me — believe me, I was well aware that you can’t PR forever — what bothered me was that I was just not able to keep on running. Physically I’m sure I could have, although the sun was most definitely taking a toll on me (and everyone around me if you look through Mr. Judy’s photos), but mentally I just couldn’t take it anymore. And I hate when that happens.

But first there’s a little 10k to run with some friends . . .

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

Do you run in just your sports bra when it’s hot (on top, of course, I’m assuming something is on the bottom half)?

Do you wear the race shirt in the race?

Ever seen a guy racing in a skirt?

I am also linking up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy today.

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Running by the numbers in 2017

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I am not a numbers person. I don’t really track monthly or yearly mileage, although I have done a few yearly mileage challenges in the past. It just doesn’t motivate me.

What do I care about? My weekly mileage. Making sure it’s where it should be for wherever I am in training. Making sure that I’m not slacking or jumping up too much too quickly.

Since most people do seem to be very motivated by the numbers (and because I don’t really have 2018 goals yet), I decided to take a look back at mine and tally it up. Which required looking at Garminconnect, Finalsurge, and my running journal — and there are holes in pretty much all of those so it’s all an estimate anyway!

Total miles run for 2017: 1016.58
I know that’s actually a bit low, as I didn’t add in quite a few treadmill miles from December. If I had been a numbers geek, darn, I shoulda run a few more to round it up to 2017 for the year, except, of course, I know that I’m missing miles so there ya go.

Total miles run on the treadmill in 2017: 95
Again, an estimate. See, I’m always marking myself harshly because I never track things as closely as I should. While it may seem I spend a lot of time on it, the truth is most of my runs are outside. Although this harsher winter could change that! And not a single long run was done on the mill — which has not always been the case. Oops, I did my long run on the mill on New Year’s Eve day.

Monthly Miles in 2017
January:     70.74
February:   94.51
March:        97.22
April:           99.10
May:          104.00
June             59.21
July:             79.05
August:        97.10
September: 91.98
October:      78.31
November:  86.37
December:   80.00

Good thing I don’t tally stuff up and get hung up on those numbers, eh? Thanks to Rachel @ Runningonhappy for pushing me to one of my highest running mileage years ever — and more importantly, definitely my most successful running year ever!

Time spent running: 189 hours
Again, this doesn’t include treadmill running. I am not gonna work that hard tallying it up, sorry! According to Alexa, that’s just 7.8 days. That can’t be right, can it?

Elevation gain for the year: 17,491 ft
I asked Alexa for a mountain that was that height but she couldn’t come up with an answer. Google didn’t seem to know, either. It is higher than Everest base camp, though.

Races in 2017:
4 half marathons (1 was my first trail half marathon)
1 15k
1 10k
1 4 miler
1 3.5 mile Turkey Trot
3 5ks  (1 was my first trail 5k)

Total races: 11
Total PRs: 8 (counting those first trail races as PRs!)

States added: 4
LA, WA, UT & NY
The most states I have added in one year
Which brings me up to 16 states (and 18 halfs)

Looking ahead
2018 looks to be a quieter year, but of course you never know. I am signed up for two halfs and the annual July 4th race. And that’s it. I’d love to have 2018 all mapped out, because I’m a planner and it makes me happy to have things to look forward to, but I also believe that things work out the way they are supposed to be.

As usual, I am still thinking about 2018 goals. When I searched for it on my blog, I couldn’t actually find any 2017 goals. No doubt Darlene will point them out to me, she always seems to be able to find everything. There were many monthly goals, and most of the time I did well with them.

I would like to add two states next year (one of the halfs I’m already signed up for is a repeat state — just the way things worked out). I’ll be honest: I’d love to add three states, but the main goal is to keep running, tackle new challenges, and have fun with it all.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Have you got your goals all set for 2018?

What about your races?

Do you always tally up your monthly & yearly mileage?