Generator/Instant Pot to the rescue!: 10/5 – 11 WRD

Not running actually frees up some of my time. Yes, I’m walking more, but that doesn’t take as much pre- and post-routines (for me). Of course I could explore by running in the places I’m walking, but one problem I have is that I get so sweaty running that I can be uncomfortable post run if I have to drive a longer way home.
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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and just the walks, ma’am.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk/RGB Walk 3.67, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk/RGB Walk 5.39, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk./RBG Walk 2.50, Yoga (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (50 min),RBG Walk/Dogwalk 2.80, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (50 min), RBG Walk/Hike 6.20
  • Saturday:  Yoga (50 min), RBG Walk/Dogwalk 3.1, Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), RBG Walk/Hike 1.66, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 0 (NC)
Walking: 25.32 miles (+3.30)

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

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Running Update

TX was bluebonnets, NY is leaves

Week intention: Recovery
That was the intention, but the Mother Nature had something else in mind. Wednesday afternoon we had a really short, really severe storm pass through. We weren’t hit hard, but there were trees down all over the neighborhood. 

We lost power for almost 3 days. Luckily we have a generator, but it doesn’t power everything, and it’s really loud — which made sleep difficult. Still I am very grateful for that generator — sleep would have been just as difficult without heat! Plus it powers our freezer & fridge. Most of my cooking was in the InstantPot or  Toaster Oven.

I hadn’t intended my running break to be quite this long, but the purpose was recovery, and I knew returning to running while really tired from sleep deprivation wasn’t in my best interest. There was lots of walking (and photos), though!

Started to take Lola on short walks; she was never happy being left behind!

Favorites of the week
The week started with a trip to mom with a stop at Olana first. I got to explore more trails. I definitely want to go sometime when I have even more time to explore!

We used this carrier above to carry Lola up the steps at Olana & to try to keep her calm while I visited with mom
It helped to keep her a *little* calmer

A short walk at a nearby nature trail

I took a solo walk at a nearby park & a little hike

10k walk/hike at Saratoga Spa State Park

Short walk with the dogs at one of my favorite (short) running trails

Today we visited a new place. May be the best place we’ve visited so far!

Lots of walking and Yoga, not much else. I wish I’d preloaded a few Peloton classes, but I didn’t. Plus . . . sleep deprivation most of the week, mom visit, vet visit for Lola . . . it was a busy work even without Wifi. I got in some amazing walks & lots of fall foliage, though!

How’re the leaves looking near you (if they turn)?

How do you cook without power? 

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

ICYMI: I had several things almost ready to film, but there was the generator noise — and no way to upload. Uploading video take s a long time. I plan to get a new meditation up soon. Stay tuned.

Coming up on Tuesday: Not sure yet. On Friday I share part of why I took my running break. I actually wrote that for last Friday, but it wasn’t finished, and I don’t have unlimited data, so this Friday it will be. I’m obviously very far behind on commenting on blogs and returning comments! Thanks for your patience.

Walking for RBG: 9/27 – 10/4 WRD

Nothing very exciting going on this week. No running to report (planned for break). Although I actually did get in more miles walking than I normally would with running, due to the Run for Ruth distance challenge.
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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running/walking my virtual Dempsey Challenge races.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, RGB Walk 3.13, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk./RBG Walk 3.58, Yoga (15 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (50 min),RBG Walk/Dogwalk 4.63, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (50 min), RBG Walk/Dogwalk 3.20, PB Walk + Toning (25 min)
  • Saturday:  Yoga (50 min), RBG Walk/Dogwalk 2.5, Filmed Yoga Videos (40 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (40 min), RBG Walk with a friend 5.62, Yoga (20 min)

Mileage: 0 (-10)
Walking: 22.62 miles

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

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

Running Update

Week intention: taking it easy
Which meant no running for me this week. Despite decent weather, I didn’t really miss it, either. I did lots of walking. I *think* Bandit seems to be enjoying his extra, solo walks.

Bandit is not amused to lose his freedom a little, too

Favorites of the week
Lola continues to improve, but we’re not back to walks yet. The vet suggested only on grass. Well, she’s running around the backyard & where the heck are we going to be able to go for a short walk on grass? Actually I do have a few ideas.

Foggy start but the runway lights were cool!

But first a walk with a friend this morning. Miles always go by more quickly with a friend.

It doesn’t cost anything after Labor Day (except on the weekends)

Earlier in the week I visited Saratoga Spa State Park. I have run and raced a handful of times in this park, in fact normally I’d be doing a 10k there in a couple of weeks, but I don’t really know my way around it well and quite frankly I don’t think the road and trail signs are great.

Still I had a very nice walk that morning, enjoying the changing leaves and a waterfall or two.

The main reason I joined the walk for Ruth was the tshirt. Well, of course to honor her memory, too. Have you done a virtual just because you liked the swag?

Do you think the trails in your area are well marked? 

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

GWY Easy AM Yoga1

ICYMI: An easy AM Yoga flow to banish any stiffness after sleeping here. Please excuse the resting b#*ch face. Sometimes it’s hard to get a great still!

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m finally giving you the lowdown on nasal breathing. On Friday I’ll suggest a few ways you can make virtual races more funI’m explaining why I decided to take a running break.

Burger Battles: 8/12- 18 WRD

Yet more rain (and thunderstorms), a return of heat & humidity, some hiking, a bit less running, and a taste test. That’s what went down this week.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing Summer activities.

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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, Some light hiking, Yoga (30 min)
  • Tuesday: 3 miles easy, Yoga (15 min), PB Abs (10 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes), Fem Fusion Fitness FOGA (yoga+fitness, arms)  (20 min)
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, 3 mile Trail run, Yoga (30 min — another practice of my practicum!), PB Balance + Mobility (30 min)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min), Barre (30 min)
  • Saturday: 7 mile LSD, Short Dogwalk cause it was so hot & humid, Pilates (30 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Yin Yoga (45 min)

Mileage: 13 (-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 Updates

Cloudy & buggy 9 am run

Tuesday
With more thunderstorms/rain in the forecast, I figured I’d be on the treadmill. Except the morning was dry. I got out late, since I hadn’t prepared at all, and even though it was buggy, warm, and humid, it wasn’t too bad. Probably because I was trying to keep my HR low.

Thursday
Another evening trail run with friends (with a little bit of sprinkling going on). Probably the easiest trail we did this summer, and pretty, too! The trail was only 2.5 miles but a friend agreed to run an extra .5 mile so I could get 3 (and not get lost).

The kind of run where you really wish it would rain

Saturday
Disgustingly hot and humid, but thankfully cloudy. Slower than normal while keeping the HR low, but not too bad. That’s the trade-off: more time on your feet.

We tried it: Impossible Burger

Favorites of the week
I very rarely eat fast food (luckily I have the option to make my own meals most of the time). Mr. Judy had a coupon for a free Impossible Burger when you purchased a Whopper at Burger King, so we tried it out. If you compare the Impossible Burger herewith the Whopper here, it’s kind of a wash, frankly, as far as nutrition goes. Neither one is terribly healthy.

I am also not super into veggie-meat replacement foods anymore, because that ingredient list is long and not always that healthy. On the other hand, it’s really nice for vegetarians to at least have an option, and there’s also the whole issue of cows and greenhouse gases.

Mr. Judy tasted the Impossible Burger, which I finished, and said it was okay. Of course he knew it was a veggie burger so that’s not really a fair comparison. Google Impossible Burger vs Whopper and you’ll find more people’s opinions.

Scenes from Saratoga Spa State Park

I had planned that Impossible Burger to fuel some hiking; in fact, I was trading a run for a hike. Long story short it didn’t really happen, but we did do a series of shorter hikes in a park I’ve been to a few times — always for running — but haven’t gone to just to explore. I still got in about 18 floors, which is quite a bit more than a normal day for me.

Tech fail

I tried to video my practicum practice session this week (the dogs were a lot calmer), but I only managed to video our discussion afterwards.

My parents are finally getting a much-needed aide next week. I can’t begin to tell you how long that process dragged on. Now the real fun begins, because my Dad doesn’t think they need help and he can be downright snarky to people. I don’t expect it to go smoothly at first, but my Mom, who can take care of herself, really needs that help taking care of him. Any good vibes appreciated.

Would you ever choose a veggie burger over a real burger? I am actually not fond of real burgers, never was, but my mom loves them so I don’t know where I get it from.

Techonology: friend or foe — or does it depend on the day?

What’s your favorite activity to do instead of a run?