Sighting Spring: 3/15 – 21 WRD

Spring is slowly unfurling, bit by little bit. No we don’t have flowers yet or leaves on the trees, but we can see they’re coming and that’s always such a hopeful sign. What will you plant this Spring? Literally? Spiritually?

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy with 4 20 sec hill repeats, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Short hike/Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 2.5ish TM miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Led Yoga (30 min), PB Cardio/ST (25 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 6 mile LSD, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 11.5 (+.50)

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

First bulb sightings!

Tuesday Intention: tackle some hills — easy (seems to be my mantra lately)
It was cold. Like December cold. Mid 20s anyone? And gray. But not windy! It actually wasn’t my intention to do hill repeats when I left, but I decided I would give it a try. I was working on a video which took far longer than anticipated, so I got out much later than planned (and still so cold). That first mile was speedier than I’ve been in a while, although the hill repeats naturally slowed me down.

A strong run, though; I’ll take it!

Thursday Intention: get in a short one
Lots of things to work on today. Got out before the cold rain started (for the rest of the day) to walk Bandit. I’ve been waking up later this week due to the time change and getting up in the wee hours, then finally falling back asleep. I knew I wouldn’t be able to have breakfast & get out there before the rain & I was right.

Did a 10 minute warmup run followed by a 20 min Peloton recovery run. Fell a bit short of the usual 3 miles I’d run midweek but that’s all I had time for this day. Something is always better than nothing!

Oh what a beautiful morning! Can you see my geese friends?

Sunday Intention: go the extra mile
For the first time in forever (do you watch the Holdernesses on YouTube? I don’t, but Mr. Judy does, and therefore I often see their videos; they are cute) I was actually looking forward to a run. It promised to be a lovely morning with little wind, and it was.

Which isn’t to say this was an easy run, oh no! I again chose a route with a lot of hills. I took my time, I walked extra when I felt the need, and I soaked up some Vitamin D. Plus I ran 6 miles, which is the longest I’ve run this year.

Thanks, Nuun!

Favorites of the week
I can’t say I’ve been a good Ambassador for anything lately, but I was happy to see my new Nuun Immunity samples arrive. Stay tuned!

And thanks, Honeystinger!

I also got a surprise from Honeystinger!

Up & down the hills, through the mud & a little ice & snow

We took a short, steep, muddy, even icy in a few spots, hike this week too. Mr. Judy and Bandit were troopers. 

What signs of Spring are you seeing?

Does Spring make you feel hopeful? 

How did you celebrate the Spring Equinox? 

GWY Balance 3

ICYMI: We’re on week 3 of my Better Balance + Strong Core Challenge! You’ll find the video here. This week I also did a bonus Facebook Live mini balance + core workout I could definitely feel the next day; I also led kneeling sun salutes in the group yesterday. You can join here. But wait, there’s more! A meditation to help you spring into balance here (aka think about what you want this Spring). A kind friend informed me that my Happy Feet video had no audio; you can view it with instructions now here.

Coming up on Tuesday: 5 ways to prep for Spring Running. Friday I’m getting a few things off my chest at Marcia’s runfessional here.

Celebrating the Good Times: 3/8 – 14 WRD

Every little bit of sunshine, every Robin sighting, makes Spring feel just that little bit closer. We had very windy — but also warmer — weather this week. We had to try to soak up as much sun as possible this week since it got cold and windy by the weekend — but still sunny! I even got to film a video outside on the deck!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga (35 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 min), walk/hike at Olana
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), 5 miles “easy”, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 11 (+1.50)

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

Still some snow hanging in there!

Tuesday Intention: easy — enjoy the sunshine & warmer temps!
I was actually a little overdressed for this run. It wasn’t that warm, 40 and windy, but compared to last week it felt great even if I was battling wind most of the run. Although the easy miles didn’t feel easy, my V02 Max nudged up again. So the cardio comeback is complete. I saw a cardinal on my cool down walk at the end — I almost thought it was a robin!

Post run but water always makes me happy

Friday Intention: keep it easy
I like to take a rest day after going to visit my mom — and a crazy busy week — but I couldn’t pass up the chance to run on a semi-warm day when the sun was shining (but the wind was blowing). My least three longish runs have been the same distance, completed in the same time, but I swear each one has felt harder. The wind didn’t help, and the path I chose is somewhat hilly. 

We had sighted our first Robins at Olana the day before, which is south of here, but I saw a Robin on this run, too. I also saw 5 deer running across a fairly major road that’s not far from the airport — that was a huge surprise! I’ve never seen deer there at all.

Happiness is snow & ice free streets & lawns!

Sunday Intention: focus on feeling powerful
I wasn’t tackling major hills — or major wind (although it was windy) today, but there are plenty of little inclines in my neighborhood (plenty of hills, too, but today was not the day for that). I focused on flowing up those inclines. Now robins are everywhere. The next thing to look out for are Spring bulbs; Mr. Judy planted some in the Fall.

Celebrating a day late

Favorites of the week
We could have gone to visit my mom on her actual birthday, but the weather was warmer the next day so we agreed that was the better day to visit. Bandit is not allowed inside, so we had to meet outside. Feeling blessed that it was a nice enough day that we could do that. Yes, my mom has been vaccinated — but I haven’t been.

It was a chilly morning but we enjoyed our al fresco brunch before heading to mom’s

We had made our usual stop at Olana for a bathroom break and brunch outside. Usually I go by myself, but since it was my mom’s birthday, I thought it would be nice if Mr. Judy came too. Which meant Bandit had to come. Which meant meeting outside.

St. Patrick Day’s Cactus?

Speaking if hanging in, here is my St. Patrick’s Day cactus, as I’m now calling it. I had buds around my birthday, but apparently I didn’t water it enough and they dried up and fell off. I’m guessing these will be my last blooms, but only time will tell.

What are you focusing on these days?

Snow all gone or hanging in there? Ours is gone! Finally! Makes running a lot easier.

Did you race this weekend? 

GWY Balance 2

ICYMI: We’re on week 2 of my Better Balance + Strong Core Challenge! You’ll find the video here. This week I also did one bonus Facebook Live core workout in the Facebook group; you can join here.

Coming up on Tuesday: What if you could download that perfect blog post you wrote in your head on the run? Friday I’m going to help you turn some of those common negative thoughts on the run into positive mantras.

Marching in: 3/1 – 7 WRD

I’d like to say that Spring is marching in, but it sure seemed much more like Winter this week. A few dustings of snow, frigid temps with howling winds. Our hawks came back to roost, though, so surely Spring is on its way? I could have also titled this Breaking Away (remember that movie?), since I finally got to run a little outside my neighborhood today.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), PB Cardio Abs (12 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (15 min), 1.5 TM Bootcamp, SB 3.86 mile (15 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Abs (15 min), Filmed Yoga Video (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), Rest Day — ST was planned, but I was super tired & passed
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min) — another rest day while the wind howled
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 5 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 9.50 (-1.25)

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

Tuesday Intention: a little speed, some strength, cut back
I wanted to finally try a Peloton Tread Bootcamp, and I chose a 45 minute Classic Rock Bootcamp. It was a good class; although I had intentions of doing a cool down run because I ran even less than I thought I would — well, that was before I did the class. Note to self: if you want more miles, do a warmup run. I did follow it with a stationary bike cool down, though.

I thought about a 60 minute bootcamp — probably would have gotten me the mileage I wanted — but I’ve been a bit tired (and busy) the last couple of weeks so I was trying to take it a little easier. Insert evil laugh there!

A lot of snow has melted, but Winter temps have been hanging on

Thursday Intention: Take it Easy!
I was feeling a little off this week. Tuesday’s workout was a bit intense, plus there were various minor frustrations yesterday. It was gray, cold, and windy. It was also a very consistent run, and while I won’t say it felt great — the pace was a bit faster than it’s been in a while.

Both photos from our lawn. I expect this to be gone by the end of next week!

Sunday Intention: go the distance
Just 5 miles. Don’t let the sun fool you — it was cold, but not as cold as Saturday! I walked out and thought I was overdressed, but then the wind kicked up — nope, it was just right for me. the first three miles passed fairly “quickly”, that last mile was a bit of a struggle.

Favorites of the week
I had to ask Alexa if hawks go south for the Winter. Yup, indeed. I noticed that they hadn’t been around, but I also noticed them flying around and then coming to to rest on “their” trees opposite from our house (where we saw what I’m calling a young eagle last week). I look forward to watching them ride the thermals in the Summer. Sorry no photos.

It was a busy week, but nothing terribly exciting happened and I barely took any photos . Actually, I did finally get my new Yoga props, but I never took any photos of them. Oops!

Training or just running?

Snow all gone or hanging in there? Ours is mostly gone (for now) although it’s been so cold & we’ve had some flurries so there’s still some hanging on.

Did you race this weekend? 

GWY Balance 1

ICYMI: It’s the first video in my Better Balance + Core Challenge! You’ll find the video here. This week I also did two bonus Facebook Lives — one core, one for the back in the Facebook group; you can join here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Some historic moments in women’s running for Women’s History Month. Friday I’m sharing what I did to heal my Achilles Tendonitis. Of course I am not a medical professional and don’t really know which — or if all — of the things I did worked.

Warmer days are ahead!: 2/22 – 28 WRD

Wednesday had a high of 50F! Perfect running weather. I went to visit my mom; I got to enjoy the warmer weather on my hike there, but there was no time to run. I notice how much more birdsong there is these days, and the days staying light longer. Spring takes a long time to come up here, but every little sign of it is encouraging.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), PB ST (15 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 2.75 TM, SB 4.45 mile (15 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), 2 mile hike Olana, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), 5 mile LSD, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), PB ST (10 min), 13ish miles SB while taking the mobiliy course
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 10.75 (+1.25)

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

Tuesday Intention: go the distance
I gave serious consideration to skipping this run altogether. I woke up feeling tired. I was going to run outside — maybe I could have — but we’d had a bit of snow overnight, running in the afternoon when it would be clearer wasn’t an option, and quite frankly even though it was a warmer day, I wasn’t feeling it. I decided to run on the treadmill — an endurance run (steady pace) — and just keep the pace conservative. I survived.

Even after some warmer weather—still a ways to go. With rain in the forecast for this weekend we should see less & less of the white stuff.

Friday Intention: increase distance, keep pace easy
Mission accomplished! 5 miles that felt surprisingly good. Mostly consistent and the last mile was the fastest. I only look at my watch to see when miles are coming up; I drink some water each mile. So I have no idea how fast I’m running most of the time. No side stitches!

Our side of the street doesn’t get a lot of sun. I’m be other side you see grass!

Sunday Intention: take it easy, enjoy those warmer temps
It was almost 40F by the time I finished my run. No wind; sadly no sun either. A relatively easy 3 miles, meeting my intention.

Forgot about the photo until they were almost gone! They taste much better than they look in this photo.

Favorites of the week
I took some of my starter out of the fridge to reactivate, with the intention of making more bread. It was a busy week and I knew I just didn’t have the time to make bread — Friday I had my long-ish run, and Saturday I had an online class all day. So I decided to make some more pancakes. Apparently you can never have too many pancakes. They seemed to fuel 5 miles quite well.

Learned a lot about mobility & self myofascial release yesterday. It will make its way to the blog eventually.

I will definitely be changing up some of my foam rolling with what I learned in yesterday’s class. I’ll share a lot of what I learned, but it’s going to take a little time to digest all that information. The vibrating ball (in front) might just be my new bestie.

Bandit kept me company for almost the whole class (roughly 6 hours).

Over tea next Friday I  talk about Bandit & snuggling. I’ve noticed a decline since it’s been warming up, but he hung out with me during my class almost the entire time. Hard work, but a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do.

What are the little Spring approaching signs you’ve noticed?

Spring racing plans? Nothing for me, not yet anyway.

Have you tried a vibrating massage tool/foam roller? Yes, they make vibrating foam rollers. That might be next on my list.GWY Manifest Your Dream Meditation

ICYMI: A short, moving mediation. This will help you push away the fear and bring in the things you want in your life. You’ll find the video here. On the other blog I explain Oracle cards, how to use them, and a few options to consider here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Thoughts on the run — outside and inside. Friday I’m grabbing some hot chocolate and getting together with you virtually to share what’s going on in my life — and I promise to listen to what’s going on in yours, too.