Damn you, s’mores: Runfessions July 2017


July may have been quiet, but I still have a few runfessions to get off my chest. Or thighs, or buns . . . it seems like food is the theme in a lot of them this month!

Join me, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and other bloggers — reading other bloggers’ runfessions might just make you feel better..

I runfess . . .
I have a tendency to bit off more than I can chew — literally and figuratively. The literally being I tend to be a volume girl when eating (don’t give me teeny tiny portions!).

The figuratively being I get caught up in what I want to do vs what I should do vs what what’s realistic to do, and sometimes tire myself out needlessly. Take last Friday, for instance. I wanted to bake some stuff to bring to a party I was going to. And I just wanted to test out a lot of recipes I’d been eyeing for a while!

So I:

  • Walked the dogs
  • Made a smoothie to sip while exercising
  • Rode the stationary bike
  • Then did arms & abs
  • Baked brownie bites
  • Baked Banana oatmeal cookies simply because I had a couple of very ripe bananas
  • Made a dip for the party
  • Mixed up the batter for the s’mores cookies I planned to bake the next day
  • Washed towels
  • Mixed up the batter for my breakfast cookies the next day
  • Made a smoothie to drink post long run the next day
  • Cut up some lettuce and put it in mason jars for future salads
  • And of course fed the furkids and went outside with them multiple times throughout the day

Basically, I was pretty much on my feet from about 7 am until about 2 pm.

This was the day before my long run, naturally. So much for taking it easy.


I runfess . . .
I definitely got carried away with the S’mores Cookies I talked about in last week’s Weekly Wrap (read it here). And maybe those Fig Bars, too. As in I ate more than I should have.

I’m usually pretty good, but I’m blaming the runger.

I runfess . . .
One day I ran in the morning on a super humid day, which means lots of sweat. I didn’t feel like struggling out of those sweaty clothes knowing I’d either have to wear some new workout clothes or get back into them later . . . so I stayed in them a few hours, until I’d finished my strength training and some yoga.

Good thing there was no one around me to be grossed out by it!

I runfess . . .
I wimped out and decided to run on the treadmill on a humid, rainy day that actually turned out to not be all that rainy. I can’t tell you the amount of times I went back and forth between I’ll run outside, I’ll run on the treadmill. It was quite the epic battle.

I runfess I probably would have run outside if I hadn’t misplaced my Garmin charger and my Garmin had very little charge. The charger is magnetic, which is great, except for the fact that it has a tendency to stick to metal objects. I know I’d charged it Friday before my long run, and dammit why didn’t I charge it back up after that run?

It was just an easy run, but how would I know when to run, when to walk? Or how far I’d gone? Not to mention I’d probably have to download an app so I could tell how far I’d run and I didn’t want to deal with that.

Mr. Judy had been complaining about the fact that I hadn’t yet tested out the treadmill after he fixed it again. So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I runfess . . .
I normally don’t struggle with my weight as much during the summer, but this summer is different. Maybe it was all the travel and halfs. So knowing I only had a little wiggle room on my first of the month Weight Watchers weigh in to stay free for the month, I actually weighed several different dresses before I got dressed.

In the end I went with my lucky weigh in dress. Yes, I have one — basically, it’s the lightest dress I own. I will be heartbroken when it’s no longer wearable! In the end I could have worn something heavier, but I don’t have a scale at home and I wasn’t sure.

Everybody’s luck runs out sometime . . .

Do you sometimes overbook yourself?

How long would you stay in sweaty workout clothes?

What is the weirdest thing you’ve done to get a good weigh-in?

Wouldn’t you like to get some runfessions off your mind? Come join us


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


Taking the long way home: 6/2- 18 Weekly Wrap

With high winds battering Salt Lake City the day we were scheduled to depart, we didn’t make it home as scheduled. We missed our connection and with no later flights, and were stuck overnight in Chicago. So a little nod to Wendy @ Takingthelongwayhome in the subject (I could’ve gone with there’s no place like home).

Thankfully we were able to book a hotel near the airport, but I had to rely on my rapidly dwindling supply of protein bars for dinner. At about 9 pm.

We had smooth sailing the next day, but didn’t get home until almost dinner time. Apparently we lost power that night, for reasons unknown, yet I still managed to sleep through the very loud generator that’s right under our window. Yes, I was a little tired after all the hiking and a couple of frustrating days of travel. Normally there is no way I would be able to sleep through that kind of racket.

What with taper, all the hiking, and the race, I seem to have fallen out of the habit of doing anything else (like yoga, strength train, meditate). It’s time to get back to a more balanced way of life!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin so we can all inspire each other to stay active.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Travel day with a detour overnight in Chicago
  • Tuesday: Another travel day; made it and picked up Lola
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk x 2 and picked up Bandit
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 3 mile easy run
  • Friday: Dogwalk before the rain started, Bridges, Arms & JY Run Your Core
  • Saturday: 3 miles easy
  • Sunday: Father’s Day with the parents

Mileage: 6 (-9.6)

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

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

Running updates 


Don’t you love matching your shoes to the flowers?


I absolutely knew I was recovered properly, what with about 4 days of almost complete rest. So why the heck did I feel totally like a sloth during my run — in the rain — on Thursday?

It was a somewhat warm day so the rain wasn’t really bad, and considering I just had perfect weather for my race, I really can’t complain. Still — could the rain just stay away for a while? Not if you look at next week’s forecast, apparently.

In the end my pace wasn’t bad, and I had negative splits — which just happened.

The joke was on me, because Saturday was perfect positive splits! Hills, people, hills. But I got to run with someone for most of the run so it’s all good. Time to dial things back . . . just for a little bit!

I worked hard for my PR!

Favorites of the week
Home. I do love to travel, but I’m ready to just be at home for a while. Hopefully I can figure out a way to work some hiking into my weeks! Although running, dogwalking, swimming, hiking . . . even when you’re “retired” there’s still never enough hours in a day!

Other than our extended stay in Chicago, it’s been a quiet week and that’s nice for a change.

The s’mores french toast from Clean Sweets hit the spot after Saturday’s run

In case you missed it on Instagram (follow me here), I made S’mores French Toast yesterday. Easy peasy folks: make french toast. Crumble it up or cut it up. Top with chocolate chips, minim marshmallows, and some graham cracker bits. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making that again sometime!

There were more yummy desserts today, including a brownie sundae that literally fed the eight of us. Blogger fail, though, no photos at all.

And that’s a wrap 


This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you make s’mores during the summer (we don’t, actually)? 

Are you lucky enough to live near nice places to hike (most places are at least a half hour drive from us)? 

How do you fit it all in?!