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.


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


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 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.

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?

Throwing out the Android: 1/15- 21 Weekly Wrap

Nothing super eventful about this week. Three of my four runs were actually outside — despite getting dumped on with snow earlier in the week. I ran once with Darlene, who had MLK Day off, which hasn’t happened in a while. And met up with the remnants of the Wineglass girls for a group run for the first time this year. Feeling better so life is good.

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


Workouts update

  • Monday: 4 miles easy with Darlene (actually almost my easy pace for a change)
  • Tuesday: Ballet Beautiful
  • Wednesday: 3 treadmill miles (cause MN decided to dump 6+ inches of snow on us, not the forecast 1-4 — then some shoveling of said snow).
  • Thursday:  Still trying to get ice off the driveway, otherwise nothing . . . no reason other than a busy day
  • Friday:  JY 5 Minute Reset Hamstrings, calves & feet, 3 miles easy, Ballet Beautiful
  • Saturday: 6 mile LSD
  • Sunday: Dogwalk. First one in a week! Thank you January thaw.

Mileage: 16 (+2)

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 mone


y if you buy through these links

Running updates 


Our driveway Monday — the ice has mostly melted now, thank goodness!


It’s been a long time since I ran with Darlene @ Myfirst5k, but since others were running in the morning and I couldn’t and she wanted to sleep in, we met up for an “easy” run for me, a recovery run for her in the afternoon. Although still not warm, there was bright sunshine and little wind so it felt fine. And I recovered with some hot chocolate, one of my favorite ways to recover.


I thought I would have some major DOMs from the Ballet Beautiful DVD yesterday. Maybe it’s waiting for me. Maybe the 100 fire hydrants from the Feel Great in 8 challenge will knock them out. Anyway, I knocked out 3 easy miles on the treadmill while the outside was being turned into a Norman Rockwell photo.


The temps are slowly rising (although there is still ice on the driveway despite hacking at it almost daily — should be gone soon with forecast highs in the 40s this weekend). It wasn’t in the 40s when I ran this morning, although it was in the 20s so not too bad. I wore my trail shoes just in case of icy patches, but everything seemed fine (or the trail shoes did their job). And apparently totally forgot to take a photo.


Looks lovely, right?



Met up with the (smaller) group, and started early as I was the only slower run/walker there. Did one loop one way, the other loop the other way — I find that makes it much easier mentally. Which is not to say it makes it easy.


Except this is what it looks like 90% of the run

The last couple of runs have been n the speedier side for me — probably because it’s warmer, and I’m not bundled up like the kid from “A Christmas Story, not to mention that I do seem to be feeling normal again, too.





Furry side



Favorites of the week
Gotta give a shout out to the Skirtsports Double Take Reversible jacket — I snagged it on sale, and sadly it is no longer on sale, but if it goes on sale again, get it! I still haven’t tried it much below high 20s – mid 30sF, but so far I’ve been perfectly comfortable in it. There are two hand pockets and a large back pocket (all zippered), when you’re wearing it on the gray side, with the furry side in.


Pocket side with the furry side inside

Yesterday I wore it to run in, then after we had our post race snack, I just turned it inside out so the sweaty/furry side was facing out — which kept me a little warmer than just having it against me. The pockets are only on the gray side, by the way.



New refurbished iphone

For many years I have used an Android and carried an Ipod Touch, which I would kid was my external hard drive. We don’t get unlimited anything and we don’t usually get expensive phones.

It was time for a new Ipod — I’d had this one for 5+ years, I think. They don’t last forever. When I told Mr. Judy I was thinking of getting a new one (refurbished), he asked how much it cost. Turns out it was roughly $100 less than getting an older iphone, and our Tracfone service now allows you to use an iphone with the service. And yes, it was a pain carrying two devices for years — mostly because the Ipod took much better photos.

So as an early birthday present, I got an iphone 6. Surprisingly the whole porting stuff over and getting activated went totally smoothly. What does’t seem to be going so smoothly? The whole battery life thing. My Android had much better battery life, but in fairness to it, I had far fewer apps on it (because you couldn’t really fit many on it, hence the Ipod).

So any battery conserving tricks and tips would be highly appreciated. Plus any case suggestions. I ordered a screen protector and slapped that baby on right away (remember my cracked screen before a trip last year, so not fun). But I wanted to be a bit choosier about the case, although I don’t want to wait too long and let it get too scratched up.

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:




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:

Are things thawing (even if only temporarily) in your neck of the woods?

What’s your best Apple battery conserving trick?

Android or Apple and are you happy with it?

Devoloping Character: 1/30-2/5 Weekly Wrap


So last week I wrote about how we’re not buried in many inches of snow. All you people who kept bemoaning our lack of snow — can I please have it all directed at you? Cause it changed for us big time this week, with no end in sight. It’s February, though, and it’s pretty typical for our February.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and sharing my activities for the week. Check out how your fellow bloggers are getting active and don’t forget to share how you’re getting active, too!


Workouts update

  • Monday: DM Chest, Back & Arms, Dogwalk,
  • Tuesday: YTU Hips, Feet & Ankles, 5 easy/icy miles, Pahla B Abs
  • Wednesday: YFPR Hips, Pahla B ST, 4 easy miles, YFR Foundation
  • Thursday:  Pahla B Standing Abs, YTU Hips & Foot & Ankles
  • Friday: DM Flow, 5 TM miles (middle 3 steady state — which just means faster than usual for me)
  • Saturday: Pilates Perfect Body Belly & Stretch
  • Sunday: YTU Hips, Feet & Ankles, Stress relief; 10 Mile LSD

Mileage: 24 (+3.25)

TIU = Tone it Up
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 


I spent a lot of time in those Yaktrax this week


Mother Nature is clearly confused. The forecast was for snow turning to wintry mix turning to rain — what I call Dresden weather, because that’s exactly what happened the one day I spent in Dresden.

I was hoping to outrun the snow; spoiler alert: epic fail. I fed myself, fed all the animals, quickly changed into running clothes, did my warmup, got Bandit suited up  . . . and it was snowing. Big, heavy flakes. Crap.

So I pulled/dragged Bandit through less than half a mile and realized it wasn’t happening for him. Turned around, dropped him off, put on my Yaktrax, headed back out. Now it’s freezing rain. Double crap. What to do? Well, I wasn’t falling so I decided to soldier on.

It stopped after a while. Then it started up again, even harder. Then it stopped. Then the blizzard started. Seriously, MN?

I ran through it all, super cautiously (and super slow) and made it through 5 miles without falling or hurting myself.

My fartlek place


So envious of the 50s, 60s, 70s. It was a warm day — which means it was 42 feels like 35 when I ran in the afternoon. I really wasn’t even planning to run, but a snowstorm was supposed to be coming (spoiler: yup, it hit), so I snuck  in my easy 4 miles.

I threw in a fartlek at my favorite fartlek place (above), even though it wasn’t on the plan. Which just might explain why mile 3 was a wee bit fast. That’s okay, I dialed back down the last mile — and the previous day’s run was more than slow enough.

Only sunny when it’s too nasty to run outside, it seems!


Bitterly cold (so of course the sun was out). Windy. Snowy/icy streets (and probably running paths). Appointments/errands. And so it was back to the treadmill for a steady state run — basically, these 5 miles were just about 30 second slower than last week’s tempo run when all was said and done.

Maybe it felt a little easier?

Up for a challenge


I built a lot of character today! The last winter series today was 10 miles, which was perfect for my training plan from Rachel @ Runningonhappy. Only the snow was supposed to start at 10 am — same time as the runs.

I chose to get up early , despite the 3 hours in the car yesterday (trying to get my parents’ home ready to sell), and hopefully outrun the snow. Spoiler alert: it began to snow lightly just 2.5 miles in.

And the path wasn’t clear either — they’d obviously cleared it after our big storm earlier in the week, but we’d had more snow and a lot of wind since then. Packed down snow with a lot of ice underneath — but with my trusty Yaktrax (even with one coil broken –Amazon affiliate link) it was fine (if very slow). Almost negative splits, though.

I wasn’t the only runner there, and I wasn’t the only one there who’d decided to ditch the winter series (which got canceled, btw) and run early to avoid the worst of the snow.

The good news is it wasn’t super cold and it wasn’t windy, so there’s that. And I finished with no falls.

Challenges are meant to be met and overcome. — Liu Xiang

Favorites of the week
It was a long and challenging week, y’all, to be sure. Probably just the first of many. Almost at the peak of my half training, but also needing to go to work on my parents’ house every week.

Anyhoo, next week is my birthday and I enter a new age group. Not that that means much to me — trust me, I’d have to be the only person in my age group to win an award.


Heavenly! Happy early birthday to me!

But I did get myself a little early birthday present which I used today after my long run — a foot spa (amazon affiliate link)– it was heavenly. I’ve been thinking about getting one for years, and I’m so glad I finally did! Disclaimer: the links in this post are affiliate links; if you buy the product by using my link, I make a small amount of money — thanks! The opinions are my own.

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:

Valentine lover or hater? 

Is Mother Nature challenging you lately?

How are you overcoming your challenges?