My Week of 5ks: 5/18 – 24 WRD

We had a string of beautiful days this week, and trust me, we all needed that for our sanity up here! I love the freedom of living in Skirt all Summer long (with temps going up to 90 next week, yup, looks like unofficial Summer has arrived).

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing my string of 5ks in prep for a virtual 5k — this week, or maybe on Memorial Day.

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 3.1 miles easy, Bodyweight + Kettlebells (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: 3.1 miles easy with 7 x 20ish strides, Core (15 mn)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Yoga (35 min)
  • Saturday:  6 miles (maybe not so easy), Yoga (60 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, hopefully Platform Yoga and ST

Mileage: 12.2 (+3.2)

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 Update

Another neighborhood rainbow

Tuesday
I kept thinking I needed to do my virtual Freihofers this week, but luckily realized I don’t need to do it until next week. I ran 3.1 anyway, just to have something to report if things don’t go my way next week. Another nice day to run, but I really need to start getting out there earlier.

Today I had to walk the dogs before I ran, as Mr. Judy was waiting for a delivery. Lola, who is 14, just can’t take temps much over 60F, so she needs to be walked earlier now.

Now violet is everywhere it seems!

Thursday
Another great day to run! Of course I stopped to take a photo and while I thought I’d paused my Garmin, I hadn’t. No matter what, nice negative splits. Still slow but those strides always help; I cheat and run down a slight incline in front of my home, pause the Garmin while I walk back to my starting point, and repeat. Maybe not so kosher but that’s how I roll.

A washed out rainbow

Saturday
I decided to try to tackle a 5k as part of my long run. I warmed up with .9 (because 3.1 + .9 = 4 miles). Then I ran down the road on one side of my neighborhood for 3.1 miles. I did stop a couple of times to take photos (and paused my Garmin) so this probably won’t be my official 5k. The pace was decent because it was almost entirely downhill, which the race isn’t. I’m sure the stops helped the pace, too.

Although in typical fashion of this particular race, it was suddenly hot! I got out a bit later than I wanted (but earlier than the race starts). By the time I finished it was in the mid 70s. I haven’t run in those temps in many months. I’ve been lucky if it’s in the 50s!

One of the weirdest things I’ve seen on the run (but not the weirdest)

Of course what goes down must come up. I walked up the very long, very steep hill after I’d finished those first 4 miles. I had zero desire to run up a hill that steep, intervals or not. I ran some more on the flatter parts. Then walked up the final hill, too. I did run it in.

I’d thought I might add a mile to my long run this week, but with the sudden increase in temps, I really just had no desire to. I must’ve gotten in a good couple of miles walking uphill in addition to my 6 miles running.

Lola joined me for a little Yoga

Favorites of the week
I’ve been teasing what Mr. Judy was building for me for a while. Lola and Bandit helped me to christen it after my run.

It’s a Yoga platform in my backyard!

Bandit continues to be my Yoga partner

As much as I love my deck Yoga, platform Yoga is even better! It’s shaded by our pine trees (although those pine needles get everywhere) and there’s a nice breeze back there.

Apparently he’s also my construction partner (he just needs thumbs)

I helped just a smidge: carrying over most of the top boards and tightening up most of the bolts on the corners.

This is where I plan to be teaching my Yoga student — I’m not sure if she’ll be on the ground or maybe with me on the platform. I think there’s enough social distance between us if our mats are turned the other way.

My friends are getting ready to social distance run and brunch (also outside). I wasn’t quite ready, and they decided to run today anyway — I’d already run Saturday. I want to join in, but I’m not quite sure it’s the right thing to do now. I have several people in my life that are at higher risk.

One is my mom, and of course it’s been months since I’ve been in contact with her — but I’m hoping to see her soon. Others are ones I’m in contact with more often. I shared a post on my FB page here this morning on the risks of various gatherings, written by a runner who is also a virologist.

Of course it’s also not great to be isolated. As I said on FB, difficult times and difficult decisions.

Wouldn’t you love to join me on my platform? I can definitely envision filming some videos out there! Too bad the wifi isn’t strong enough for Zooming.

Are you handy?  Me, nope. Good thing Mr. Judy is.

How much of your exercise do you take outdoors? I thought about strength training out there, but lugging the weights out — and back! — didn’t seem enticing. Of course it’s more exercise, but I use different weights.  Although I’m sure ultimately it would feel great!

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m sharing some of my running hacks that make running go smoother. Of course Friday it’s time for runfessions; we all love getting those out there, don’t we? Don’t forget that Skirt Sports is selling off its inventory, so check out the sale here.

Zooming around: 5/11 – 17 WRD

Finally Spring has arrived! Although in typical Northeast fashion, it looks like we’re going to skip right over Spring and go into Summer. I am not complaining about that at all!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing what little movement there was this week.

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: 3 miles easy
  • Friday: Dogwalk, SB (15 min), Bodyweight + Kettlebells (20 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday:  Dogwalk, Yoga (60 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, 6 miles easy, Yoga later maybe, maybe some ST, maybe both . . .

Mileage: 9 (-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 Update

Kind of a rainbow . . . 

Thursday
Body wanted lots of extra rest again this week. The good news is that after all that rest, my runs felt better than any of  last week’s runs. Maybe that was also because I decided to bring back structured run/walk intervals as I continue to struggle|work on nasal breathing. The weather was again perfection, so worth the wait!

Even a pandemic can’t stop Memorial Day prep

Sunday
Running in  skirt. Living in a skirt. I’ve missed that! Cloudy, but great running weather. This run felt hard at times, but that may have been due to the incessant hills. I did both roads that lay on either side of my neighborhood, and they’re both hilly. I think run/walk is the way to go for now.

Not sure why he looked so sad, he loves his walks!

Favorites of the week
I don’t Zoom as much as a lot of people — it’s totally a verb now, right? There was more zooming for me this week than usual. My brother’s 60th birthday call (we did get my Mom on it), blogger Zoom, the Yoga Zoom with friends last weekend. I did miss the Zoom with my local running friends, but what can I say? Evening doesn’t work well for me and I was just especially tired this week.

I made an ecard for my brother’s 60th with a collage of family, too (it was my third in about a week!) but it was fun.

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Auto balancing my chakras below me as I practice Yoga on the deck

There’s been quite a bit of deck Yoga, which has been lovely, especially with the rainbow chimes chiming below me.

Other than that, not a whole lot going on. Although I may be teaching my private Yoga student again in the near future — outside in my backyard. Let’s hope I can find all the dog poop. 🙂

Is it Spring or Summer where you live (or worse, not even Spring yet)?

Any Memorial Day plans?  Not here. Unless we can work out the bathroom situation going to my Moms.

Do you think your furkids will be upset when things get back to normal? Although we’ve both gone out, not at the same time and not as often. I had already said to Mr. Judy that we’ll have to recondition them to us being gone longer eventually.

Coming up on Tuesday: What I can’t wait to experience at a real race (which probably isn’t going to happen for me this year). Friday I’ll talk about the pros of running near to home. Gotta try to stay positive here! Don’t forget that Skirt Sports is selling off its inventory, so check out the sale here.

S is for . . . : 5/4 – 10 WRD

. . . Spring or . . . Snow????

Yeah baby, it snowed yesterday. Multiple times. No real accumulation, thankfully.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing staying cool. Literally!

Workouts update

  • Monday:  3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Bodyweight/Kettlebells (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, SB (10 min), Bodyweight/Kettlebells (30 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: 3 miles easy with 5 x 20ish strides, Dogwalk
  • Friday: Dogwalk
  • Saturday:  Dogwalk, Taught Yoga on Zoom (30 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, 6 miles easy, Yoga later (maybe, if time between Zooms)

Mileage: 12 (+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 Update

The Magnolias survived

Monday
I may often miss a Monday, but glad I managed to get out there this morning before the weather went South (or is that North?). It was a beautiful morning, but the clouds moved in, the wind picked up, and the temps dropped. Thankfully it was nice during my run, which was slow, but I knew that’s what my body needed today.

Are you EVER coming back (before I’ve even left)

Thursday
Today was a beautiful day. A bit windy, but nothing too bad. I wasn’t quite sure how strides would work with nasal breathing, which still seems hard. I do my strides at the end of my run, sprinting from my mailbox to a neighbor’s fence, then pausing my watch and walking back to my starting point.

More neighborhood rainbows

That walk back gave me enough time to recover from the harder effort — while still continuing to breath through my nose. Without the strides this run would have been on the slower side, but glad to see I could still incorporate some strides. A girl’s gotta run fast sometimes.

A rainbow AND a letter for Liz @ Librofulltime

Sunday
I was really optimistic about this run. I just had a feeling it would go well. Unfortunately, it was a slog. I think my body was saying no thank you to running long today, but I still finished 6. Not sure why. I spent the last couple of miles in a sort-of fartlek. Maybe I need to go back to run/walk intervals until (if?) nasal breathing feels easier.

Quite a few takes to get a decent photo

Favorites of the week
We mugged for the camera to get the photo above to use in the ecard I made for my mom today. Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate! Let’s just say it took multiple takes over two days, but since we don’t have any photos of all of us, glad we persevered.

Not quite as happy? I thought my mom could phone into my brother’s 60th Zoom birthday call tomorrow. Turns out you only get dial in numbers on a paid account — as far as I can tell. Let’s just say Zoom’s support docs leave a bit to be desired.

By the way, Zoom is also now requiring passwords for all meetings.

We haven’t given up, though. She does have a laptop. I’m going to try another test and see if she can actually manage to click through. She’s not tech savvy, it’s hard when you can’t see her computer while trying to help, plus she has a significant hand palsy. If she could manage it, then she could even see us!

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There have been a lot of times over the years we’ve lived here when I’ve wondered if somehow we got transported to VT. Yesterday was on of those times!

Almost forgot to share our snow yesterday. I mean, it was just a dusting — although we had flurries twice more during the day. I have never seen snow here this late in the year. The good news is it’s slowly going to warm up next week — and it looks like maybe Spring will arrive — and stay.

To end on a happier note, I also taught a Yoga class to Running Buddies D&J yesterday on Zoom. They gave two thumbs up to the Airpods, which stayed connected well the whole time. Zoom also let us chat after for a long time, so win-win! I will probably offer to teach a donation based Yoga class for the Humane Society now that I can communicate effectively. I still need to test them out on FB Live, so I may be starting back there, too!

Real cards or ecards? I hate to slaughter trees for cards

Are you parents hopping on the Zoom craze? 

How often to you go grocery shopping now? Every week I’ve been saying I really need to physically go to a grocery store. Every week I decide not to. Well, this week it was finally time. In fact, I went to two. I should be good for another month or so. Grocery deliveries are always an adventure — let’s just say substitutions can be interesting, and sometimes there are substitutions for no apparent reason.

Coming up on Tuesday: The topic is your worst race experience, but I went with my biggest race pet peeve. Any guesses? Friday I’ll a surprising benefit from good hydration. Don’t forget that Skirt Sports is selling off its inventory, so check out the sale here.

Making God Laugh: 4/27 – 5/3 WRD

You know the old saying, man plans, God laughs. I had plans for this week. Nothing earth shattering, basically trying to take advantage of the handful of nice days we had.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing how God laughed at my plans.

Basically, my body told me it needed more recovery days this week. So much for my plans to run on the nice days. I only ran twice, so I missed out on some nice weather, but I did get to run Saturday, which was basically perfect running weather.

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Yoga (8 min), 4 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (60 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (7 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (40 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Yoga (40 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (90 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday:  6 mile LSD, Yoga (30 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Film Yoga Video (60 min)

Mileage: 10 (-7)

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

Flowers brighten even gloomy days

Monday
Cloudy, windy, chilly. Back to what passes for Spring in the Northeast. Got out for 4 miles & managed to stay dry. Gotta take your wins where you can find them.

This was Yoga on the deck earlier in the week — I may not have run, but I love my deck Yoga sessions! Hoping for one today, too

Saturday
Picture perfect running weather. It would have been a great day for a race! I chose the hillier route since I wasn’t running as long. Yes, the June half is officially cancelled. I had to get off & wait for some wrong siders, but I guess the rest did me good. The pace wasn’t bad.

So not a whole lot of movement this week, but today I’m feeling back to normal so it’s what I needed.

A rainbow in my backyard every day

Favorites of the week
Mr. Judy surprised me with the rainbow wind chimes above. Yes, he reads the blog sometimes.

You can never have too many digital options!

He also managed to revive his old laptop (he recently got a new one). We share our desktop; there’s a lot I can do on my Ipad, but not everything. Not that I can do everything on the laptop, either, but I can do some things I can’t on the Ipad. I spent some time blogging outside yesterday afternoon.

Mr. Judy was my hero this week — he also worked his magic to get me a good deal on  AirPods 2nd Generation. I may look dorky, but it should improve my audio (while I continue the hunt for a wireless microphone at a decent price). I’ll be testing them out on a FB Live soon!

Do you have a YouTube Channel? I’ll subscribe to yours if you subscribe to mine. 🙂

What do you do to make treadmill runs more fun (if you run on them)? 

A long shot, but does anyone have reasonably priced but good quality wireless microphone recommendations? 

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Coming up on Tuesday: Your race is cancelled. The weather’s no good or you have young kids to keep an eye on. How will you entertain yourself on your treadmill? Friday I’ll be writing a love letter to Skirt Sports; if you haven’t heard, there’s a good chance they’re going out of business if they can’t find a buyer. Skirts (and so much more) are selling out, so check out the sale here.

Running on sunshine: 4/20 – 26 WRD

I’d like to say snow is in our tailview mirror, but not this week. At least there was no accumulation. But there was snow, rain, sleet, and hail oh my! In between all that there was also sunshine, and some days that were breezy instead of super windy. A little sunshine goes a long way!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing some sunny runs that have saved this runner’s mojo.

Last week I noted that my RHR (resting heart rate, taken first thing n the morning) was going up, up, up. If it suddenly jumps 10 degrees it’s a pretty sure sign that you’re getting sick. Mine wasn’t increasing that much, but there was a noticeably trend up and my runs definitely felt off. This week was better in both departments.

Spring is always a difficult time for me health-wise. Last year at about this time I’d spent a night in a hospital due to fainting & a really nasty stomach bug. So grateful that was last year, not this year. I haven’t been truly sick, but I have definitely struggled with feeling run down the last couple of months. Something some sun and warm days could cure — but alas, it’ll be a while before we see that.

Not my best photo, but loved soaking up some Vit D (Bandit, too)

Of course after I wrote the paragraph above, we finally had a Spring-like day, and I totally took advantage of it, eating lunch outside and then doing my recovery Yoga outside too. I slept like a log last night!

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Yoga (8 min), Dogwalk, PB Arms (15 min)
  • Tuesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (50 min)
  • Wednesday: SB (20 min), Yoga (5 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (8 min), 4 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Friday: SB (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (8 min), 9 mile LSD, Dogwalk, Yoga (30 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (7 min), Dogwalk, ST later

Mileage: 17 (+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

New leaves & flowers are always such a hopeful sign

Tuesday
Rain was in the forecast and so I “hustled” and actually got out there around 9. I’d probably get out earlier, but it was cold and windy. The first 3 miles weren’t too bad, and I probably should have called it quits there. Unfortunately the wind wore me down that last mile, especially running into the headwind the last quarter mile. 

I seem to have taken a few steps back. What is my body trying to tell me?

It wasn’t warm, but it was sunny — we needed that!

Thursday
The first nice day in what seems like forever. By nice I mean in the 40s, with a slight breeze, but sunny, LOL! This run was better than most of last week’s, but still felt hard. Which might be because I chose a hilly route, just to get myself out of the neighborhood! I enjoyed the sunshine, though.

First rainbow & a heart, extra points!

Saturday
Often they promise us nice weather but don’t deliver — today they certainly did! I realized maybe I’m simply pushing too hard on my long runs. Then again, I don’t usually look at pace at all. Anyway, I gave myself permission to walk when I felt like it and I felt like it a lot. 

Second rainbow — people are creative!

The pace was still considerably better than last week’s long run, despite the extra mile; no doubt due to the more favorable weather.

Lola & Bandit practicing proper social distancing (actually it was hard to get this photo!)

Favorites of the week
If you follow me on Instagram here, you’ll know that we participated in a car parade to thank the staffers at our local Humane Society.

The scarf sorta worked — this was after Tuesday’s run, so yup, a chilly but sunny day

They are not allowing the many volunteers to go in (although apparently they’re going to start letting some come in), so those guys are working overtime to keep the animals safe — while adoptions seem to be booming.

I will totally be getting this again!

This Poke Bowl. Just had to share!

Bandit wanted some too (but didn’t get anything; he got some dog treats eventually)

I’ve noticed cars zipping around, ignoring stop signs and even red lights. On one run this week, though, I had a car stop at a green light and wave me over so I could cross the street. Seriously, how cool was that?

How are you thanking essential workers?

Still looking for rainbows? 

What virtual races did you run this week? Just not my thing

Coming up on Tuesday: April’s not quite over, but I’m wrapping up my month & putting a grade on it. Of course I’ll be joining y’all (virtually) for some tea next weekend.

ICYMI: It’s a crave busting meditation. I know there’s been some issues with volume on my videos (not completely sure why), but I worked on this and hopefully it’ll be much better. You can view the meditation here. And Yes, you can always join the 21 Days of Yoga Challenge at any time here.

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.

Let’s Return to Spring; Please?: 4/13 – 19 WRD

More snow, but nothing really to write home about. Wind and cold though! Definitely having some shorts/bathing suit photo envy. I’d settle for putting away my Winter clothes, I stare at my closet and I just don’t even want to put them on again!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and apologizing for the rant. We all have our breaking point! Still running, but coming to grips with the idea that the half in June is probably a no-go. Trying to decide if I want to drop the mileage on my long runs . . .

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Rainy rest day
  • Tuesday: 4 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PB Cardio + Balance + Weights (25 min)
  • Thursday: 4 miles easy, Yoga (10 min)
  • Friday: SB (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (8 min), PB Walking + Weights (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: 8 miles LSD, Yoga maybe later

Mileage: 16 (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

Spring is slowly arriving

Tuesday
The mornings are still chilly, and that’s generally when I run. Too bad it’s nicer in the afternoon! It was somewhat cloudy & windy, but still, not bad. I actually almost had slow negative splits. I guess I ran out of steam the last mile. 

Wish this was the only snow we got this week — it wasn’t! But it melts quickly.

Thursday
Yup, woke up to a dusting of the white stuff, which was gone by the time I ran. Very cold and windy, but sunny — not a bad run. Paces are *slowly* getting better (see what I did there?). Eventually it’s supposed to feel easier to run breathing through your nose — I am most definitely not there yet, but I have some ideas why that may be.

Mr. Judy found this garden art. I didn’t remember we had it, or where we used it in TX!

Sunday
This run sucked and was very frustrating on many levels. I don’t have my Garmin to show me pace, normally, but it kept going through data screens & so I kept seeing it. It wasn’t about the pace, though, it was about many things.

By the second half of my run I just ignored my Garmin completely. I won’t say that that made this a good run, but it did get me back in touch with my body. I was surprised my pace actually picked up on a long uphill despite a lot of walking. No injuries, no pain, finally nice weather (by that I mean sunny, mid 50s, and still windy, LOL!) — so there’s my positives.

Thanks Deborah & Coco for setting this up!

Favorites of the week
Another blogger Zoom meetup. So nice to put faces & voices to blogs. If you want to join the next one (which we didn’t discuss), but I’m assuming there’ll be a next one, just let Deborah @ Confessionsofanothermotherrunner know.

Other than that, same old, same old — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Except the weather. The weather got me down this week, but today I believe we made the turn away from Winter and back towards Spring — I hope! I think tonight we’re going to do Moroccan for dinner (delivery). We continue our virtual world culinary tour.

How are you overcoming bad weather, if you have it?

How are you dealing with those cancelled races? 

What is motivating you off the couch and out the door? 

Coming up on Tuesday: have you been hitting the snack drawer hard lately? I think a lot of us are, for a variety of reasons! I’ll give you some tools to cope with those cravings.

You can start the challenge any time!

ICYMI: It’s a biggie this week. I released a 21 Days of Yoga Challenge. Short videos every day for 21 days. A collaboration between myself and four other Yoga teachers, so you know I packed my portion with a lot of runner Yoga. You can sign up here.

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.

Let the Sun Shine: 5/14 – 20 Weekly Wrap

Lately it’s been cool and cloudy most mornings, with the sun eventually breaking through and warming things up. Generally the second I start to run! Except for this weekend. Cool and rainy this weekend. All the lawns, trees, and flowers are looking pretty good because they’re getting water — naturally — on a regular basis.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up a week of (mostly) good running weather and some strong runs.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 3 miles with FTC Training Group + 1 mile, Rapid Results Pilates Arms, Buns & Thighs & Stretch
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Speedwork (10 x 400m repeats) — total of 7 miles
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4 miles easy, PB Full Body KB (15 minutes)
  • Friday:  Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Jogs for Jugs 5k + warmup
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Iron Strength Abbreviated, Yoga for Recovery

Mileage: 19 (+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 Updates

 

When you don’t have a pocket for your keys, a Buff totally works!

 

Monday
I was supposed to meet up with Running Buddy J to get in a mile before the training group, but the dogs and the slooooow truck in front of me had other ideas. I led the Beginner’s Group, which meant a lot of running back and forth to make sure everyone knew where to go (sort of, anyway); sometimes running pretty hard trying to catch up with the front runners. The upside was I got a decent paced run for a change — and then finished up with that mile afterwards.

Wednesday
Ugh. I just hate falling short of prescribed paces. What’s even worse? When it’s speed intervals and I didn’t make the right pace for any of them. I mean, c’mon, there was 10 of them! I was close, though. I did the best I could and that’s all any of us can ever say, right?

Thursday
20 degrees warmer than yesterday’s run (80F), but thankfully low humidity. I was surprised to pretty much keep my normal pace — must’ve been the Skirt Sports Cool It Skirt! Use Code 522CRJ for 15% off regular priced items.

2 Judys do Jogs for Jugs

Saturday
Jogs for Jugs benefits local Breast Cancer Survivors. There’s a half and a 5k, and I’m very thankful I did the 5k — because the weather for the half was not nice, but the 5k was actually pretty good racing weather. I’ll recap the race on Tuesday.

How cute is she?

Favorites of the week
One of my first friends in this city finally broke down and bought her first Skirt Sports skirt (Happy Girl, btw). She is rocking the Rockstar print! And she really liked it. So much so, she’s planning to buy another . . . that is the only dark side to Skirt Sports — you can’t just buy one and done.

First ice cream of the year on Thursday. Then plunged back into the 50s on Saturday! Low 50s!

 

It was warm enough to make a trip to my favorite local ice cream place on Thursday. I chose one of their new flavors — mint cookie fudge. It was certainly minty, the cookies were good — but where was the fudge? Mr. Judy’s Sea Salt Caramel Truffle, on the other hand, was quite good.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:

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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 keep ice cream at home or go out for it when you want it?

How’s the garden and flowers doing?

Do you pick races for PR potentials or causes or both?

Who doesn’t love food mail?: 5/7 – 13 Weekly Wrap

Welcome to the food edition. Wait, isn’t that every week? This week I have some foodie finds to share with you, from snack bars to Instant Pot recipes.

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Love the Holiday print!

And don’t forget to check out the Skirt Sports Mother’s Day sale (here). I definitely recommend anything in the Holiday print (which is on sale). In case something that isn’t on sale catches your eye (like the Cool It Skirt), use code 522CRJ for 15% off.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up a week of (mostly) good running weather and some strong runs.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 1.5 mile easy + FTC Training Group (2 miles very easy), Rapid Results Pilates Arms, Abs & Stretch
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (3 @ tempo), Pop Pilates Muffin Melter
  • Wednesday: Yoga, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, Pilates for Runners
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, 6 mile LSD with a fast finish (mission accomplished), YFR Foundation
  • Saturday: Yoga,  Dogwalk
  • Sunday: 3.5 miles easy (last 3/4 with Bandit)

Mileage: 18 (+1.5)

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

These trees really looked pretty in person. But they stink!


Monday
A nice day, although rather cloudy so it felt a bit cooler, but once you got moving it was fine. I met up with Running Buddy J and we did 1.5 miles before the training group.

I got to lead the beginners’ group this day, and I started out at front then dropped back to the BOTPers as we neared the end. The workout was 2.75 miles or 35 minutes — we stopped at 35 minutes which was 2 miles. I know they are ready and I’d rather see them be more cautious with their running — most of them are just in it for fun and have actually done the race a few times.

As seen on our walk . . .

Tuesday
It was a beautiful day to run. Bright sunshine and low humidity. The only problem? I ended up starting about the time I had meant to be finishing up so I was running through warmer temps than I’d planned on. Mainly because I was worried about it being too chilly if I started earlier. Go figure.

But with a flatter path and lower humidity, this was a strong tempo run. I didn’t completely nail it, but I came damn close. The middle mile I slowed down — despite it feeling faster — which is exactly why I don’t run by feel!

It was the perfect day to run

Friday
I still got out there later than I wanted to. It was a bit nippy when I walked the dogs, but by the time I got to the bike path it had turned sunny — but still on the cool side. Perfect. I was originally miffed that I had to miss the training group on Saturday for an early Mother’s Day celebration, but the truth is my parents did me a favor — this was far and away the best running weather of the week.

This was supposed to be a long run with the last 2 miles slighter faster. Oops. It turned into mostly negative splits. It was just the perfect day to run, and I felt in the zone. Always a nice feeling!

Sunday
I did a somewhat quick 3.5 miles. I had had every intention of doing this run on the treadmill before going to my parents yesterday, but decided I need another rest day and the weather, while a bit cool and cloudy in the morning, was much nicer today. I had stuff to do in the afternoon — it was beautiful then!

I actually ended up running this a bit faster than I really meant to, especially seeing as how I’ll be running 3 days in a row and one of those runs will be speedwork, but my legs oddly wanted to go faster. Which is a bit unusual for me!

Finally tried these!

Favorites of the week
When I read about the Honeystinger Cracker & Nut Butter Bars, I knew I had to try them. They did not disappoint. Chocolate, nut butter, and not too sweet — what could be bad? Nothing! Disclaimer: I am a Honeystinger Ambassador.

A super quick easy meal

I am still in love with my Instant Pot. It’s the rare week that something doesn’t get cooked in there. My Weight Watchers leader is always raving about hummus chicken. I figured there must be an Instant Pot recipe, and sure enough there was. Start to finish I think this took maybe 20 minutes — and that includes shredding the chicken! You can find the recipe on my Instant Pot board (here) on Pinterest.

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Speaking of Honeystinger, did you know they have a sampler? Packed with so much goodness. Find it here. It’s a great introduction to Honeystinger products.

Today I also had a lovely massage. They ran a special with a free paraffin treatment on either your feet or hands for Mother’s Day along with a 60 minute massage. When I asked how much extra it would be to do both hands & feet, she said it wouldn’t cost anything extra. So now I have smooth hands and feet — temporarily!

Happy Mother’s Day to all who celebrate! Hugs to all whose mothers are no longer with them.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:

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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 you doing something special for yourself today?

What is your favorite spa treatment?

Milk or dark chocolate? (if you don’t like chocolate, I’m not sure we can be friends)

Did you find my mojo?: 4/30 – 5/9 Weekly Wrap

It’s been sadly lacking this week. I got my workouts done, and other stuff, too, but I spent more time just sitting at the computer not being productive than normal.

Of course I get to blame the weather — once again, it was crazy! On Monday I was wearing a beanie and Skirt Sports Wonder Wool Skirt and praying it would not rain (but it did — thankfully just a drizzle) — by Wednesday it hit 90F — and by Friday I did my tempo run in the morning praying it would rain, which sadly it did only a bit — because it was so dang humid.

The only upside was that I got all my runs in outside this week.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I tried to acclimate to springsummer.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga, Dogwalk, 1 mile easy + FTC Training Group (2 miles very easy), Pop Pilates Muffin Melter, Pilates Stretch
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, YFPR Flexibility & Flow
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, PB Total Body + Balance
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, 5 miles (3 @ tempo)
  • Saturday: 2.5 miles with training group + additional 2.5 miles,  Dogwalk, Iron Strength Glute Buster
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, , maybe some yoga tonight

Mileage: 17 (+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

Return to winter-like temps


Monday
More cold drizzle. Yuck! I arrived early to get in a warm up mild, and was surprised by a decent pace. No doubt due to worry about making it back on time. Then I ran most of the training run with one of my friends, instead of bringing up the rear and moving back and forth between runners like I usually do. It just seemed simpler.

Then spring-like

Tuesday
This marked my fourth day in a row running — not a record for me, but definitely unusual and I knew I was pushing it a bit, especially with all the cold, drizzly runs (and race).

Again I went back & forth a lot on this one. I went outside with the dogs, and with the cloud cover it felt cooler than I expected, and I decided no, I’d push it off til Wednesday. I’m not sure what changed my mind, but it wasn’t a bad run at all.

Right into summer

Friday
Remember those skirts I wanted to test out last week? Well, the crazy weather gave me my opportunity this week. Both passed with flying colors (today it was the Skirt Sports Hover, which worked much better for me than last year’s due to the new grippers — use code 522CRJ for 15% off non sale items). Picked up Bandit for the cool down.

You know how I hate not making my paces, but I know that I am in no way, shape, or form acclimated to this sudden “heat”/humidity — hello 70 with 80% humidity after weeks of 40s feels like 30s. I came close, but I just wasn’t able to do it — but I did my best so I’m okay with it. It was a strong run.

I’m getting to explore the park more 

Saturday
Ran 2.5 with the training group. I was towards the head of the group this time, so when the person I was running with was finished, I waited to encourage the rest of the runners. Only I didn’t see the BOTP runners. I started to walk. I walked . . . and walked . . . I never did see the rest of the runners.

Trees ain’t gonna stop me

Eventually I decided to just finish up my extra miles.

This is more like it!

Favorites of the week
Despite the lack of motivation, there was some action in the kitchen this week’

Recovery pudding from Running with Spoons

I tried the 4 Ingredient Brownie Protein Pudding from Amanda @ Runningwithspoons — it’s pinned to my Protein Pudding board on Pinterest (find it here). Really, it’s just banana nice cream at its heart. I had to decrease the amount of milk I used in the recipe — my guess is it depends on your protein powder — but it was nice to have a slight change in my post run snacks. I made it a second time with less milk and it was definitely much more pudding-like. I also added a date for a little extra sweetness.

Salad with feta dressing from NMAC

I made the Feta Dressing from the No Excuses Detox (Amazon Affiliate link) and threw in a little dill, too. I actually got Mr. Judy to eat salads for dinner with that dressing this week — twice!

We just got back from Avengers Infinity War. I thought it was okay — I think they’re just trying to jam too much in now and it makes it confusing to follow, but Mr. Judy liked it.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:

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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:

Have you been struggling with motivation lately?

Care to brag about a recent race (doesn’t matter if it was a PR or not!)?

Planning to see the Avengers movie?

Enough with the rain!: 4/23 – 29 Weekly Wrap

We got a couple of Spring-like days and then we descended back into gray skies, chilly  temps, and rain. Well, it’s almost May so it’s time for those April Showers to get lost — don’t you think?

There was a lot of synchronicity going on this week, too: meeting the DJ from the station I listen to, who is training for Freihofers and also running the same 5k as me Sunday (alas, I did not see her); and also meeting one of the coach’s wife at my yoga class (I happened to be wearing the training tee) — it’s a small world!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I got out there (most of the time) and got active despite the dreariness.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: PB Core, Dogwalk, FTC Training Group + 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4 miles easy, PB 15 min KB
  • Wednesday: Yoga Lunchtime Flow at Wellnest Studios
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 3 miles easy, Pilates Arms & Legs
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, YFPR Restore & Rebuild
  • Saturday: 2 miles (with 8 x 20 strides) with training group,  Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Cherry Blossom 5k, Dogwalk, YFR Foundation

Mileage: 15ish (-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

Hope you had a great race, Tracy (can’t wait to hear about it)


Monday
The sun came out to play! Finally! What a difference a week makes. We finally had a glorious Spring day — it got up to 70! — I got to run in a skirt. It was simply awesome. Roughly 2 miles with the training group and another 3 miles after on my own. A good run & a good pace.

I finally got to take out the Skirt Sports Jette skirt and its new grippers for a warm run. The old grippers made it difficult for me to run more than a few miles in the Jette — sometimes they caused chafing — it was about 5 miles total and so far, so good.

Spring is here — sort of

Tuesday
Be still my heart. Two spring-like days in a row. It seemed to take forever for my legs to warm up and get moving, though, despite the pleasant temps and the opportunity to run in a skirt the second day in a row. In the end, though, this run was just fine. I even took Bandit out for his first run of 2018.

And I saw my first daffodils — Spring really has finally sprung!

 

That was a fast spring 😦

Thursday
With a Skirt Sports order of short skirts arriving the day before, and a windy/cloudy forecast, I was tempted to run on the treadmill to try out skirts. Only I didn’t. After walking the dogs I knew it would be fine to run outside (since it didn’t rain) and it was.

I’m sure Bandit enjoyed his 3/4 of mile run (I pick him on the cool down). He’s actually been keeping up fairly well, no doubt because it’s not warm yet — that’ll change next week!

We run up that hill every Saturday

Saturday
The training group ran a whole 25 minutes straight. And even I was able to do it, running with the BOTP ladies. Yes, it was chilly and windy but not actively raining so I call that a win. I also left my mentees to do my strides.

Why is it when we all race together it’s so cold?????

Sunday
We had an almost-reunion of the Wineglass girls — one was running the Jersey Half, another had done her long run the day before — at the Cherry Blossom 5k. Everyone else had done this race a few times but I never had. It was a nasty, cold, rainy day, and I’ll recap the race on Tuesday.

Favorites of the week
The week started off so nice — we finally fired up the grill, and even ate our dinner outside. During the summer we are often plagued by hornets, so it was nice to eat outside without fear of getting stung.

I tried the Frozen Matcha Latte from the No Meat Athlete Cookbook (Amazon Affiliate link) this week and like it so much I made it the next day, too. I did throw in a date for a little extra sweetness.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:

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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:

Run the day before a race: yeah or nay?

What makes you decide to run a race (location, friends, cause, chance of awards)?

Don’t you hate having to wait to try out new gear?