Hello, Summer!: 5/17 – 23 WRD

Last week we kinda went from almost Winter to Spring, but I could see looking ahead that we were rapidly moving into Summer. Which we did. Suddenly I was running earlier and earlier and it was getting warmer and warmer.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and trading pace for effort.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles with long hill repeats, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), Short but steep hikes in Lake George
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (15 min), 3 miles easy Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (40 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, PB Toning Arms Walk (20 min), Yoga (30 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 6 miles LSD, maybe a walk with light weights later, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 12 (+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

Just another bunny

Running Update

Monday Intention: take it up a notch
Animals: 30 Robins, 1 Large Rabbit (who was still there when we walked Bandit)
I may often miss a Monday, but I also enjoy running on Monday because that leaves me options if the week goes sideways. I did have an early Webinar to catch, so I had to get out there early, so that Bandit could also be walked before the temps rose.

I wasn’t really feeling strides, so I did my hill repeats where I run up the short hill, over to the longer hill (which is also an incline), down the longer hill, and back over to the shorter hill — repeat as desired. Still riding the good running wave.

This house keeps us guessing. Last year they planted mini sunflowers & other flowers outside their fence. What are they up to now?

Thursday Intention: EASY
Animals: 50 Robins; a variety of squirrels, chipmunks, and other birds; 1 rabbit
Things are heating up quickly here (hence the subject of this post). With two harder workouts at the beginning of the week, I wanted to make sure I just spent some time running. I also got out much earlier as Mr. Judy wouldn’t be home, and Bandit needed to be walked before it heated up too much.

I was really shocked to see that this run was negative splits. Slow negative splits, but negative nonetheless. Hello, Summer Running!

These were all over the bike path

Sunday Intention: steady & easy
Animals seen: plenty, but I wasn’t counting today; although apparently this is where all the cool bunnies (and chipmunks) hang out
Thank God for cloud cover and starting early. It had warmed up considerably by the end of this run. I had 6 miles in mind, but I wasn’t married to it — but because I went steady and easy, 6 miles were totally doable.

At the beginning there was what seemed to be an entire family of both chipmunks and rabbits on the bike path, and yes, plenty of robins, too. What wasn’t there? A bear. One had been sighted recently on the bike path, but not really that close to us. I kept alert; you never know.

The really odd thing is that before I heard about that, I’d had a dream about bears, and one I saw somewhere I often run, although when I woke up I couldn’t quite remember where that had been. I told Mr. Judy about it, because I very rarely remember my dreams, so I have proof!

I think we all enjoyed this hike. I enjoyed the second, wish I could’ve gotten to the overlook though!

Favorites of the week
I was surprised when Mr. Judy agreed to an impromptu trip up to Lake George to hike on Tuesday — so also hadn’t had time to properly research it. The first hike went very well, and despite the fairly full parking lot, we only saw one person on the trails (and that was as we were heading back to the car). No doubt most people were tackling the longer hikes there. It was nice to have the views of the lake all to ourselves.

We had passed a preserve on the way, and decided to stop there and check out a trail on the way back. Even though that trail was relatively short, it was much steeper. Plus Mr. Judy was definitely getting a bit hangry (he also has a sometimes angry hip). We’d gone less than half a mile when I suggested maybe he should turn back with Bandit.

I went on about another quarter mile, but still couldn’t see the scenic overlook, and knowing they were waiting (although I ended up getting back to the car just a few minutes after they did), I decided to also turn around. Probably a good thing, my left calf was incredibly tight for a few days after despite lots of foam rolling! It’s fine now.

I’ve been doing quad stretches at the wall a few times a week for a while. Let’s just say those quads are incredibly tight! This morning they felt quite a bit looser. Not sure if the calf workout on the hike or the recent Yoga was responsible for that.

I think Mr. Judy was mollified when we finally stopped at a BBQ place he knows on the way home. Bandit got a lot of my turkey, too, so I’m sure he was happy.

Are you already acclimated to the heat, or struggling? 

Are you struggling to do the things that have to be done? Fitness is going well for me, but I seem to have lost my motivation to do some of the things that need to be done (cook, clean, even work up Yoga practices)

How’s your running/fitness going?

GWY Crown Chakra

ICYMI: We have arrived at your Crown Chakra. You guys, I personally loved this practice. I felt so opened up (in a good way) afterwards! I do have a warning though — I can’t see you to guide you through shoulderstand, and even though it’s modified, be careful if you choose to do it. A good alternative is plain ole legs up the wall. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m revealing one of my secret weapons that helps me choose whether or not it’s a good day to run. On Friday I’ll join you all to get a few things off my chest at the Runfessional.

Welcome Spring (for now): 5/10 – 16 WRD

Most of my family gathered for Mother’s Day, which made my mom kvell (happy & proud, essentially, in Yiddish). Then the next day we buried my Dad. We visited the graves of my brother (who died before I was born), and my Aunt & Uncle who are also buried in that cemetery.

The drive down, which I did, wasn’t too bad — until we got close to Long Island. It was raining, there was lots of traffic, and said traffic and its delays added quite a bit of time to the trip. But we made it.

Mr. Judy & I also spent a little tourist time on Long Island, even though it was mostly cloudy, windy, and quite chilly. My grandfather and two sets of aunts and uncles lived on Long Island — one quite close to where we stayed, so there was a lot of nostalgia.

Spring does seem to have finally arrived in Upstate NY this weekend, though, so we’re finally soaking up some sun.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and enjoying some good running finally.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Walking to buy baked goods, Walking the beach
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Walk to the beach, Short hike to a waterfall
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), 5 mile long-ish run, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Some sort of ST at some point

Running Mileage: 11 (+.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 Update

Driveway tomato house is now apparently driveway strawberry house

Wednesday Intention: take it easy
Although our trip went well, I was feeling very tired by Wednesday. It was a long, intense drive down and we packed a lot into those few days. And oh, yes, my Dad’s burial. I didn’t feel alled to run while I was on Long Island, but there was lots of walking. This run was strong, though, and surprising negative splits.

Came across this fellow on my cool down walk. They don’t bother me when I see them first.

Friday Intention: listen to my body and stop early if it said that’s what it wanted
Animals seen: 35 birds, including one cardinal; 5 chipmunks; a couple of squirrels; 1 rabbit; 1 snake
Thursday I was still very tired. I didn’t do much the first two days we got home. I wasn’t sure running was advisable, but I decided to go out & see. This run also went well, even though it had warmed up considerably. Pretty consistent. The tunnels under the overpasses stay so nice & cool!

Yet more red tulips

Saturday Intention: recover
Animals seen: 43 Robins, 1 Cardinal, 1 Chickadee?, A variety of UFOs; 3 squirrels; a duck & its ducklings
I have never seen a duck in this neighborhood — but that was on our walk with Bandit post run. The Chickadee I saw is a small bird that looks like the photos of Chickadees I looked up, but it’s a very neon yellow, so not sure.

This run was still a bit fast for a recovery run, but definitely not fast. Not that any of my runs have been fast lately. Still strong and consistent, despite it warming up even more.  

Vanderbilt Mansion grounds on the Hudson; Fire Island National Seashore & Lighthouse; High Falls

Favorites of the week
I’m not sure you could call my Dad’s burial a favorite, but it gives my mom closure finally. She was able to attend via her Amazon Echo. She also loved having the family together (mostly, anyway) for Mother’s Day, although we didn’t stay too long — there was still a long trip ahead of us.

We didn’t have a lot of time on Long Island, but we made the best of it. We didn’t have to eat inside at all, even though it was chilly for most of the trip.

The good news is we have booked an AirBnB that’s pet friendly outside of Lake Placid Village for July. So we’re taking Bandit. He didn’t do well in a hotel, but I’m hoping in a private house he’ll do better. There’s also a fenced in yard and that’s super helpful. We’re only staying three nights.

Poor mama definitely seemed distressed; don’t know if they saved her babies (photo courtesy of Mr. Judy)

In other animal news. when we came back to our street on Saturday a police car barely stopped at the stop sign. When we got up on the part our house is on, people were huddled on one side of the street and the police car was stopped in the middle of the road.

That’s when we saw the duck with her ducklings. Best we could figure is some of her ducklings fell down into one of the sewers. Hoping it worked out for the poor mama and her ducklings.

We have never seen ducks here. We don’t live by water. Best I could figure is maybe they came from the Town Offices, but that’s a good mile from here.

Duck Update: we heard from a neighbor this morning that the ducklings were rescued.

One of my favorite lunches

Any odd animals in your neighborhood recently? 

Are you ready to travel?

How’s your running/fitness going?

GWY Third eye Chakra

ICYMI: We’ll be concentrating on your third eye — where you can visualize your future (or a future race). We’ll also be opening up those hips, shoulders, and stretching out your low back. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Apparently I’m into the alphabet lately — we’re going over the ABCs of running. On Friday I’ll share five things it’s good to do post run/race. These posts are mainly reminders for me!

The Final, Final Goodbye: 5/3 – 9 WRD

Although we said goodbye to my Dad over a year ago, Monday we are laying him to rest, near his parents and his first born son (who died before I was born) and some other relatives. I hope this gives my Mom closure — although we don’t expect that she’ll be there, we know it bothered her that he hadn’t been laid to rest completely.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and recounting a strong running week. I was sure I’d be on the treadmill one day, but thankfully the weather held for me.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (10 min), 3 miles + Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min),  3 miles easy, Yoga (40 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min), PB ST (25 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), 4.5 miles easy, Yoga (20 minutes)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), some light walking/ hiking on the way down, hopefully

Running Mileage: 10.5 (+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 Update

Some pretty flowers for your Mother’s Day

Monday Intention: recover
Yet another week when I have to cram in my runs to some degree, so back to back runs again. I’m not running long, so it’s much easier to do. Took it nice and easy and counted the Robins: a record 47!

Probably because I started counting at the very beginning of my run — there were 17 just on my block! I’m sure there were a few double counted because I loop around several roads in my neighborhood. Plus a handful of crows, a plethora of UFOs (of the feathered variety), and 1 squirrel.

Thanks for the painted stones to brighten my day!

Wednesday Intention: just easy miles
I had totally planned to run on the mill with the forecast for showers, but they mostly held off in the morning; I just got drizzled on slightly the last mile. I forgot to start counting the Robins at the beginning of my run, but ended up with 35, a couple of crows, 1 squirrel.

On our dog walk on Tuesday I saw a hawk and we saw a woodpecker up close — we hear them all the time, I’ve seen them occasionally, but I’ve never had such a good view of one before.

Nice negative splits today and the run felt pretty good — no doubt the chilly temps helped.

More red tulips, Zenaida!

Sunday Intention: increase distance
I don’t dig the cooler temps for Spring (and all the rain), but the cooler temps totally feel great for running — and that rain helps the flowers. My pace bounced around all over the place, but I extended the run more than I expected to, although it’s still obviously a relatively short run.

I felt really strong the whole run, though. The extra rest I took post vaccine seems to have really helped my running. I stopped counting at 50 Robins, there were lots of crows, a couple of squirrels, and a chipmunk — and a cardinal I saw in our backyard earlier in the morning.

Happy Mother’s Day for the mother’s out there — more pretty flowers for you!

Favorites of the week
All the flowers. We didn’t get a whole lot of sun this week, there was wind, there was rain, and the temps were chilly — but like I said, that made for some good running.

Don’t know what happened to this nest. Poor momma bird.

Saw this next outside in our yard yesterday. I can’t help but wonder what went down.

Think the squirrel is thirsty?

So this squirrel. I spied him out on our deck, and grabbed my phone. The squirrel seemed to know I was taking its picture and kept racing back and forth.

Cheeky fellow!

He jumped off the pallet onto the rail and then jumped into the pine tree! I was impressed!

I was going through a box of old photos yesterday. I have a roomate from college I’ve wanted to contract, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember her last name — and definitely not her married name. In the box there was a card from her — voila! Married name. I tracked her down in just a few minutes after that (which is a bit scary, no?).

We reconnected and messaged back and forth for a while. It had been probably 35 years since I’ve seen her. We’re hoping to connect IRL at some point in the future. Her son also went to Vassar College; my parents house was behind the golf course. I used to run to the campus all the time when my parents still lived in that house.

Finally we meeting up with most of my immediate family (masked, although most of us are vaccinated) for mother’s day, and then Mr. Judy and I are headed down to Long Island, where the cemetery is. We’ll be on the road most of the day, so I’ll be late commenting.

What animals do you see the most in your neighborhood? 

How was your Mother’s Day if you celebrate?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers!

GWY Heart Chakra

ICYMI: Got tech neck? Hunched shoulders? This Yin Yoga practice is focused on Anahata, your Heart Chakra, and will help you open up — both physically and emotionally. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I’ve got a new Spring challenge for you! On Friday I’ll share five tips to up your mental game.