More Garmin: Runfessions April 2021

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While catching up over hot chocolate (yup, still drinking it hot!)

We’ve had lovely Spring weather in April, and several days of snow. Transitions are never easy! Most mornings still find me drinking a healthy hot chocolate, and I’ll add a scoop of collagen if it’s my post run snack, which it often is.

I runfess . . .
I have struggled with getting out earlier for my run longs on those warmer April days, and I paid the price — especially when I chose the wrong running clothes. I dragged myself through, with longer and longer walk breaks, on more than one long run this month. 

More time on your feet, right?

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I runfess . . .
My Garmin Vivoactive has been acting a little strange lately. It seems like it’s often updating the software, and the last time it did that, I had already reached my step goal for the day and it dumped like a thousand steps.

I was annoyed. I don’t know why, it doesn’t really matter!

I runfess . . .
Another day I was charging my Garmin. It’s pretty much habit now that every time I make a cup of tea, I pace around while it’s steeping (3 minutes for Green tea, 5 minutes for herbal tea). If you pace around and you’re not wearing your Garmin, does it really count?

I sat down and relaxed.

I think it’s definitely frozen!

I runfess . . .
This one kind of makes me laugh every time I see the water bottle sitting in the freezer. You know how I’ve shared that I fill a water bottle halfway in the summer, and then let the water freeze overnight, then top it off with more water — the ice slowly melts and the water stays colder longer.

I have had a water bottle, filled halfway, in my freezer since last Summer. There have been a couple of those warm long runs when I wish I’d used it!

I’d tell you over hot chocolate . . . 
My mom does get confused easily. She often says she watched a movie that she’s never seen before, although I know she has — she just doesn’t remember it. She can’t always think of names and has mixed up dates for important appointments occasionally. 

She is 93

The date of my second vaccine? She was laser focused on that! That she remembered, because that was important to her.

If it’s not a running day for you, how do you get your steps in? 

What have you found in your home recently that made you laugh?

What do you have to runfess from April? Come join us

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Going sideways: 3/5-17 WRD

By sideways I’m not referring to walking sideways on my treadmill, although I’ve been doing that — and backwards — at the end of some of my runs. If you decide to give that a try, don’t forget to turn the pace way down!

My week was off to a nice start. I’ve been slowly increasing my mileage, and getting in lots of other activity too. Then it all went sideways on Thursday — I woke up feeling okay, but by the end of the day I definitely didn’t.

I’m on the mend, but activity is definitely still limited to gentle yoga and resting.

I know I felt run down when we got back from Savannah, and I took time off from running to give my body a break. I eased back into running nice and slow. This is one of those I feel fine one moment, and really don’t the next though. Probably something I caught from my niece, who was coughing, and teaches littlegermfactoriesyoung kids.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and all the other bloggers, whom you should visit, to share how we stay active and fit.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Yoga (30 minutes), SB WU (5 minutes), 3 progressive TM, SB WU (5 minutes), PITT28 Cardio (25)
  • Tuesday:  Yoga (30 minutes), SB WU (5 minutes), 2 easy TM, Dogwalk, SB WU (5 minutes)PITT28 Legs (25 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 minutes), SB WU (8 minutes), PITT28 Cardio (25 minutes)
  • Thursday: Rest/sick day
  • Friday: Gentle Yoga (30 minutes)
  • Saturday: Gentle Yoga (30 minutes)
  • Sunday: Gentle Yoga (30 minutes)

Mileage: 5 (-6)

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

Monday
Apparently my treamill & I have dates on Mondays now. I added a mile, and the first couple of miles seem to go pretty fast. Another #icouldrunoutside #butidontwanttobecold day.

Tuesday
Just a steady couple of miles on the treadmill at a slightly faster pace than I’ve been running my easy runs.

Between just treadmill runs and being sick, I took no photos this week. So I give you Bandit. He sheds way worse than any of my long haired dogs ever did.

Favorites of the week
I’d heard chatter about the Umbrella Academy on Netflix so we checked it out. Sad to say this one wasn’t a favorite — it was too bizarre for both of us and we only watched the first episode.

The Widow, on the other hand, captured both of our attentions — and held them. We should be finished with that one today sometime.

Mr. Judy found the movie Kodachrome (we’re on a Netflix roll, apparently), and that was pretty good. Then we watched Triple Frontier last night, which was interesting but to my mind seemed to lack plot development. I’m not saying there wasn’t any, there was, but nothing terribly new — bad things happen when people get greedy.

Not a favorite: I’d been looking forward to the warmer weather forecast for the end of the week, hoping to be able to run in a skirt. Friday we broke the record, it was just a smidge over 70 (yesterday and today we’re having snow squalls). Nope, didn’t get to enjoy it at all. Bummer.

Finally I was a little surprised by people’s reactions to my post about getting in 5 miles in my home here. I did mention that it was done a little at a time, not all at once. A few minutes here, a few minutes there. Not to mention the last couple of days, when I truly have not been active at all and have spent most of my day laying on the couch, I’ve still gotten in a mile just from normal everyday movement.

On a normal day, without trying, I typically get in 2-3 miles around the house — that’s not counting the extra steps by trying to move each hour. Just going up and downstairs for the dogs, to exercise, to work on the desktop, etc.; moving around the house; taking out garbage, etc. We don’t have a McMansion, either!

Talk to me:

Any Netflix or Amazon Prime recommendations? (hopefully I won’t be watching that much tv going forward but always good to hear what other people find interesting).

How many steps do you think you get moving around your house?

Did you break any weather records this week where you live?

You are not a number

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I figure y’all need a break from all things doggie.

I started writing this post before Bandit entered our lives, and I think it’s a very important post: it is easy to define ourselves by numbers, but we are so much more than any number associated with us.

 

It’s free Friday this week’s Friday Five  from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run and I suppose it’s appropriate for a Friday Five post to revolve around numbers.

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You can’t stop the march of time

Age

You are as young as you feel.

It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.

We don’t stop running because we get old, we get old because we stop running.

All those quotes are true. I’m not saying things don’t change as we age — they do. We can choose how we react to those changes, but our age does not define us.

Finish Time
And speaking of things changing as we age . . . I’m lucky, I guess, in a way, that I started running when I was older. I haven’t yet hit the “wall” of age, that point when our finish times begin to decline.

In fact, Coach Debbie recently wrote an excellent post on that very subject: Running Against Time.

My finish times can be all over the place, though.

I actually do think finish times can be important, and there’s a blog post in there someday, but the most important thing is that you got out there and moved your body.

Someday, inevitably, my times will slow — which is always surprising to this turtle runner, but it’s true — we can age well, but we will still age. When that happens, I hope I do not let declining finish times define me.

Scale
The scale doesn’t reflect how well you ate. The scale doesn’t tell you how much muscle you put on or lost. The scale doesn’t tell you how consistent you were with your exercise. The scale doesn’t say just think about the sodium laden meal you consumed before stepping on me.

It’s a tool, but the number it spits out at you doesn’t mean you’re a good or bad person, a winner or a failure. It’s data, plain and simple.

Clothing Size
Don’t even get me started on vanity sizing.

I’m normally a small or about a size 6 in pants. But I have clothes that are XS and M, and all the way up to a size 10 — that fit me.

There is no holy grail clothing size to shoot for, because there is no standard sizing. Moving on.

Steps
Everyone likes a challenge, right? It seems like the more steps, the merrier. You know those nasty little things called stress fractures? Basically they happen when you overexercise. And you know what? You can overexercise with any exercise, not just running.

Yes, walking too much could lead to a stress fracture, too.

I’m not saying that it’s a bad idea to look at your steps, or even to shoot for more steps. But do it intelligently — don’t shoot for a certain number of steps because that’s what someone else is doing. Treat it like running: don’t increase too quickly; remember, slow and steady wins the race.

I’ll leave you with this very short video (yes, Tricia, Karen, and Paula — did it on the first try):


Let me know what you think in the comments:

What changing number are you okay with?

What changing number bothers you?

Do you find yourself defining yourself with numbers?