Neighborhood Watch: 7/22-28 WRD

I finally came clean about what’s been keeping me so busy this summer in my runfession, which you can read here if you missed it. There was running, there was yoga, there was family, and there was car drama (but not too bad, we think).

For one reason or another all my runs were in my neighborhood this week. Definitely not planned that way. Also three days in a row, which I don’t normally do, but just running short and easy runs for the most part makes that a little easier.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing Summer activities.

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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:  Dogwalk, PB Abs & Balance (30 min)
  • Tuesday: 3 easy miles, Pilates (60 min)
  • Wednesday: 3 easy miles, Yoga (60 min), PB Abs (10 min)
  • Thursday: 3 TM Speed work, Yin Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Pilates Arms (10 min) Studio Yoga (90 min)
  • Saturday: 7 mile LSD, Yoga (25 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Yoga (90 min)

Mileage: 16 (-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

2 feet off the round!

Tuesday
I considered running on Monday, but aside from the fact it poured the vast majority of the day, I knew I needed a rest day so I took it. It took a while for the rain to finally turn off this morning, but the reward was a cool morning and a nice easy run in my neighborhood with some rolling hills.

Boat Pose. Gotta relax that neck & move it back in line with my spine!

Wednesday
Another glorious morning. Sunnier, but still low humidity and in the 60s (plus I got out earlier). Slightly slower than yesterday, but yesterday I was running after 2 days of rest, and I always find a little more oomph after a couple of days of rest.

I got out earlier so I could get to a restorative yoga class afterwards (seriously, I could have run to it, but then I would have been disgustingly sweaty). It was a small class today and I swear the teacher created it just for me; there was lots of lovely hip opening poses and it was just perfect!

Recovering with salmon & my one of my favorites: peanut avocado roll

Thursday
The running friends were trail running again, but my brother and nephew were in town. We were meeting them for lunch, and I needed to just get it done.

Dressed up to go out to lunch. The shorties do not come with the Skirt Sports dress, but they were really comfortable underneath and gave me pockets (they are from Skirt Sports, too)

It was a really lovely morning to run outside, but it’s quicker for me to run on the treadmill in those circumstances. Back to 6 x 400m/200m upping the pace just a smidge. I like running fast . . . for short intervals.

Saturday
I was fueled, I got dressed, I got into my car, and the car emitted this enormous rattle. I thought it sounded like it was coming from the muffler. Mr. Judy wasn’t sure, and he was going somewhere that morning too.

Going down, down, still going down . . .

Didn’t really want to risk my car dying on the side of the road somewhere, so I texted my friends, and I ran down the road. Literally. It was quite the hill workout. I picked a number to try to keep my heart rate under, so even though were was one really slow mile on the way back, as I stopped to walk anytime my HR went over that number — hills down, which of course mean hills back — the overall pace was good.

What goes down must come up — just at the base over several steep hills

I had planned 7 miles, but thought I might just drop down to 6. Despite more heat coming in this weekend, it was actually a pretty nice morning to run, and those first 3.5 miles flew by. The second half was obviously more challenging, but I did find I was less tired by keeping my HR in check. Although later that afternoon I was really tired.

It was challenging but actually felt really good

Favorites of the week
I went to a free community yoga class Friday night (right before the car trouble), at a studio I haven’t been to before. It’s where one of the teachers I take classes with did her teacher training. Definitely very different. I got there really early, since I’d never been there before; that was a good thing, because we somehow packed 50 people into that room!

Always nice to see my brother and his family (he lives on the West coast). It’s his last big college crawl with his youngest.

Bet you want some ice cream now, right?

After we parted ways with my brother, we headed over to an ice cream stand so I could try some Only 8 Frozen Yogurt. My WW leader and others in my meeting rave about this stuff. It was pretty good; not sure I’d go out of my way to get it again, but since we were near by I just had to find out what all the fuss was about — plus this week’s flavor was Chocolate Peanut Butter, which I’m always down for.

Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt? I actually usually go for a cup of ice cream.

Do you do any heart rate training?

What was the highlight of your week?  Tell us  about it!

Old Favs & a Few Quickies

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I won’t lie: one reason I enjoy running is that it allows me a little more wiggle room with my eating — rather than packing more wiggle on me!

Today’s topic is tried and true pre-race dinners. You know I’m all over any topic that has to do with food!

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I think this was a prerace meal!

Sushi
Our local sushi restaurant, just a couple of miles from our home (how convenient) is our most visited restaurant. Partly because Mr. Judy can get deals for it. Partly because it’s so close. And partly because I love sushi.

For a long time sushi fueled my races, if it was available.

Pizza + Garlic Sticks
And then I ran a half marathon in FL with fellow bloggers. It was a large PR for me and it was fueled by pizza and garlic sticks

Call me superstitious, but most of my halfs since then have also been fueled by pizza and garlic sticks. It’s usually easier to find than sushi. I love pizza and don’t eat it often so it’s a nice treat before a race.

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TJs Japanese Fried Rice

When at Home . . . 
I don’t run halfs at home. Never have. Not saying I never will, but it’s fun to explore new places while running a race and I still have a whole lot of states to run in! I don’t run a lot of longer distance races at home, either. Partly because there aren’t many.

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Breakfast works too

So most of these meals are simply what I like to eat before a long run, and training is all about practice — including what you’ll eat the night before your race. You want to eat something you’ve tried out before that you know is usually kind to your stomach, because the night before a race only intensifies the jitters and that can translate to an iffy stomach for some.

  • Pierogies. We have eaten these before more long runs than Mr. Judy cares to remember.
  • Trader Joes Japanese Style Fried Rice. Even Mr. Judy enjoys this vegetarian dish (even if he still thinks it makes a nice side dish).
  • Gnocchi. I don’t do gnocchi as often, but I sure do love it.
  • Trader Joes Reduced Guilt Mac n Cheese. I’ve been doing this a bit more often before my long runs, which haven’t really gotten that long yet. Dairy can be difficult for a lot of people to digest, so you have to know your stomach. For a really long time I loved Trader Joes Gluten Free Mac n Cheese. I even wrote to them when they discontinued it. They never replied. 😦
  • Breakfast for Dinner. I haven’t actually done this before a half, but it should work well: bagel & lox; omelet, home fries, and some toast; french toast. I’m getting hungry!
  • Stromboli + garlic bread. There’s a particular local place I like that delivers. This is just a riff on the pizza + garlic sticks, of course. I haven’t done this in a long time. Maybe it’s time . . .

What Should You Eat Before a Race?
That absolutely could be an entire post on its own. If you’re away from home you should eat something at least similar to what you’ve been eating before your long runs all along. Nothing new on race day (or the night before the race) right? If you’re at home, stick to what you know works for you.

Don’t go crazy with the carbs. Yes, you need more carbs than you normally do, but you don’t need to go overboard — that is more likely to backfire on you than help you. Try to increase the amount of carbs you eat for several days prior to your race.

A little bit of protein and fat are important too. Go easy on the sauces and anything fatty — they’re harder to digest and can cause GI distress “in the long run”. Stick to more easily digestible carbs like rice and potatoes and fruit. Some protein + a baked potato is a good choice in a pinch, too, and is readily available almost everywhere.

You’ll  notice that pasta is noticeably missing from my list, with the exception of the Mac n Cheese. In general it doesn’t fill me up and I’m more likely to eat too much of it. While many will caution you to ditch the veggies (too much fiber can cause GI distress), I still enjoy a salad with that pizza and garlic bread. My stomach’s pretty tough, so far, knock on wood.

Talk to me:

Are you a carb loader or a protein fan before long races?

What are your go-to prerace dinners?

Do you think it really makes much difference what you eat before a race?

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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New Critters: 9/4-10 Weekly Wrap

No, no new furkids! But I saw a larger snake than I’ve seen in our neighborhood before (unfortunately squashed by a car) and a Heron at the park. We enjoyed some scenic views from an overlook we hiked to, and oh yeah, there was a little running in there, too (and trying — but failing — to outrun a thunderstorm — when there wasn’t supposed to be a thunderstorm).

That’s my week in a nutshell. Read on if you want the “gory” details!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and today’s guest host to share how Fall is going; it may not officially be Fall, but tell that to the trees!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 2 mile hike, 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (4 x 800s), Short bodyweight workout
  • Wednesday: PB HIIT
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 6 miles “easy”, PB Glutes
  • Friday: Dogwalk, PB Core
  • Saturday: JY Hamstring, Calves & Foot 5 min reset, 11 mile LSD, Pilates
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, JY Hip & Hamstrings Reset

Mileage: 25 (+4 )

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 money if you buy through these links

Running updates 

Poor snake — haven’t seen one this large before in the neighborhood

Monday


Despite a good long run last weekend, I suddenly was feeling run down again. I debated with Rachel @ Runningonhappy whether or not I should skip today’s easy run — I really wanted to get in a hike. She gave me the green light.

We did a moderately steep mile hike in the morning; I was feeling better. So I went out before dinner for an easy three miles. Somehow afternoon miles are speedier for me.

 

And never saw a Heron here before, either!

 

Tuesday


It seemed like a workout with my name all over it: 1 miles warmup; 4 x 800m fast with 400m recovery; 1 mile cooldown. I usually enjoy shorter speedwork.

Although it was in the mid 60s, there was a breeze and plenty of cloud cover. And again, I just could’t hit those paces. And by the end I definitely felt like I’d left everything out there; my walk breaks got slower and slower . . .

Easy runs have mostly gotten a bit faster but speedwork seems to be slowing down. Not sure what’s going on.

This was not supposed to happen

Thursday


With rain in the forecast, I hurried home from my errands, ate a quick lunch (sitting outside with the dogs and putting away the groceries), then got right out there. 6 miles seemed like an awful lot, but inaccurate weather said it was supposed to stay dry for 2 hours at least. Maybe it actually did.

So I’m going along, definitely taking it easy, aside from some fartlek play around mile 4 I think, and I notice the clouds getting ominous. I don’t remember mention of a thunder. I mentally ditched the idea of picking up Bandit and just tried to get ‘er done.

It started to rain about mile 4 1/2, lightly, at first. Around mile 5, it really started to come down. Was that a crack of thunder? I wasn’t sure, but I picked up the pace — by now it was a torrential downpour — a cold downpour — and the wind had picked up, too. I skipped most of my walk breaks.

Within a half mile of home there was definite thunder. Crap. I briefly considered stopping at someone’s house, but there are only a few neighbors I know, and only a few that would be home. Good thing I didn’t pick up Bandit! It’s amazing how fast you can run when you’re trying to outrun lightning (thankfully I never actually saw any).

And I kid you not — literally 2 minutes after I squelched my way into the house, completely drench, the sun came out and the rain stopped. And oddly enough, the exact thing happened to one of our Wineglass girls!

Yes, leaves are changing colors all over already

Saturday


BOOM!  My speediest 11 mile long run, ever. A real confidence builder, and confidence had been crumbling a bit with those speed workouts the last month.

So many factors effected this run:

  • Good weather
  • Running on my own (but with a group)
  • Stromboli + garlic bread the night before (hadn’t done that in a while)
  • New running shoes
  • Caffeinated Honeystinger chews (Amazon Affiliate link; I’m part of the Hive) instead of the uncaffeinated ones
Enjoying the view at Vroman’s Nose

Favorites of the week
Labor Day was a beautiful day, and Mr. Judy was up for a hike.

They’re good hikers

The dogs are always ready for a hike.


It had rained all day the previous day, and I was worried that the trail would be really muddy, but it wasn’t. Alas, trees are changing. Leaves are falling. Yes, it’s very pretty. But soon the days will be short, the trees will be bare, and I’ll just want to hibernate.

Smiling at the thought of sushi

Last night, if you follow me on Instagram here, you saw that we had hibachi. Mr. Judy had a certificate to the restaurant and thought we could have sushi. Alas. we could not. So hibachi it was. Plenty of protein and carbs to refuel from that 11 mile long run.

The food was good but the service — well, let’s just say that there was a misunderstanding about the certificate the the people working there, who can barely speak English have never heard of “the customer’s always right”. I don’t think we’ll be back.

Bandit has finally decided that maybe he’ll eat some breakfast. At least with the cooler mornings, he has something the last couple of days. Which does make a difference in the poop situation (still with the potty talk).

My parents actually got two offers on their house, finally. They accepted one. The inspection, surprisingly, went well. They were supposed to sign a contract Friday but there’s been no word yet.

And of course, my thoughts and prayers are with FL and TX.

And that’s a wrap 

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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 leaves changing where you are?

Had a confidence boosting run lately — spill!? 

Hibachi or sushi? 

Getting it done: 1/16-22 Weekly Wrap

I was kind of dragging when I ran with Darlene on Monday. By Tuesday afternoon I was exhausted. I took it easy on Wednesday, but I still felt really tired by the afternoon. Thankfully by the end of the week, despite some unexpected healthy problem with my Dad, I was feeling better and that meant better feeling runs, too.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to show you where and when I’m running — won’t you join us and show us where and how you stay active?

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Pahla B ST, Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Pahla B Core, Dogwalk, Pilates Perfect Body Perfect Silhouette & Stretch
  • Wednesday: Slushy Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Pahla B Flow, Dogwalk, 5 miles easy (felt anything but), YFR Foundation
  • Friday: Dogwalk, 3 muddy miles (easy?), Pahla B ST
  • Saturday: 7 mile LSD
  • Sunday: Dogwalk

Mileage: 18 (-.75)

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 

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#nofilter

Monday


Since Mr. Judy doesn’t have MLK day off, I didn’t think about anyone else having it off. But Darlene did, and because of the warm weather last week, we hit up one of my favorite paths for some recovery miles.

I don’t think I’ve ever run there during the winter before, because usually the path is covered with snow and/or ice. We kept hearing these noises, and it wasn’t until we finished and I stopped to take some photos that I realized it was the river moving — the ice on it crashing into things.

My legs were tired from our race the day before, but clearly Darlene wasn’t.

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Nothing pretty on the run; no energy before/during/after!

Thursday


Bandit got so excited as I changed into running clothes and did my warmup. He clearly enjoys running with me. I did my first couple of miles with him before dropping him off at the house.

This run was a struggle from beginning to end. I’ve been super tired this week — hope I’m not coming down with anything — and despite an extra rest day on Wednesday, I didn’t get enough sleep the previous night.

It felt easier once I dropped Bandit off, but it never felt easy at all. And I search and searched for something to take a photo of outside . . . it was a chilly gray day (although warm enough that the freezing rain from Tuesday was completely gone) and I couldn’t find anything photogenic.

Friday


Friday’s run was an epic fail — in my choice of where to run, that is. I decided to take Bandit with me to one of my favorite little trails, since all our snow and ice is gone. What I didn’t take into account was how wet it’s been and that this is a trail, not a paved path.

It’s just a little trail, not a technical trail, but when you factor in sneaker sucking mud and some remnants of ice . . . let’s just say it was way slower than it ought to have been.

I’ve also gotta say Bandit was a trooper. Poor guy got so muddy. Someday when it’s a whole lot nicer we’ll go back. There aren’t usually a lot of people there, so it’s nice to know that I can go there and feel a little more secure with Bandit along.

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Saturday


My father was admitted to the hospital. Let’s just say it’s not good thing, but he also shouldn’t be there long. We hope. My sister said there was no reason to come down. I wanted to get my long run out of the way anyway — I just had a strong feeling it was better to get it done and have Sunday free. Just in case.

Sometimes a solo run is just what the doctor ordered. It might even have been a little too fast, especially considering it was my third running day in a row — but it always feels good to run hard when I’m stressed. I’m glad I could, and I’m glad I finally got to see the sun for a little while.

Favorites of the week
In general this week was kind of meh. We went out for sushi and stopped at my favorite local chocolate place afterwards yesterday– a nice reward for those 7 miles. And I had buttered popcorn at the movies (Hidden Figures) again. My Dad is still in the hospital, but seems better — and now I have jury duty tomorrow. With wintry mix moving in. And apparently about a mile walk from where you park to the courthouse. I could use some stay safe vibes!

And that’s a wrap 

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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:

Would love to hear something good about your week!

#teamloathejuryduty or #teamjurydutyisfascinating?

What was the last movie you saw — do you remember?

5 favorites this week

Last Friday I shared with you some favorite recipes from Ambitious Kitchen; this Friday is also favorites with the Friday Five  from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run. So I’m taking the easy way out and just sharing some favorites from the week!

So good I had to make it more than once

Cinnamon Roll French Toast
Trader Joes makes a cinnamon roll bread that is really good — no doubt because each small slice has 9 grams of sugar. It’s actually been sitting in my freezer for at least 6 months, but this week I hit it up for French Toast. Twice.

I actually still managed to lose weight this week, which is sort of a mystery considering the sodium from the soup I was drinking all week and the sugar in this French Toast (I top it with nut butter, not syrup, so there’s that) and the fact that I ran right before my meeting, too.

Frolic is versatile!

New Frolic print from Skirtsports
I shared this on instagram (I’ll follow you if you follow me!) but this new print is just so cheery and cute and I want it in everything that Skirtsports offers (don’t forget Code CRJ20 for 20% off regularly priced items).

As seen on my run

Scenes from my run
Yup, I got out for a couple of quick runs and enjoyed the wildlife at the park. Even if the ducks swam away from me.

I was actually concerned for the cow nearest the fence in the photo abvoe — she stuck her head through the fence, but as soon as I stopped to take a photo she pulled it back in.

I like to take my shoes out 🙂

Sushi . . . twice
On Sunday my appetite was beginning to come back, but I still didn’t have the energy to actually get changed and go out, so we ordered sushi in (yes, one of my favorite places delivers, but sadly we couldn’t use the coupon Mr. Judy had).

He also had another coupon that was expiring on Tuesday, and we did go out so that we could use it then. We rarely go out to eat twice in one week, and definitely not sushi twice in one week!

Works for me. In the photo above I’m dressed to go to my Weight Watchers meeting, although I did wear a different dress and some heels to go out on Tuesday!

Definitely think they did a good job with Jamie

Finishing Outlander*
I have one more episode to watch, actually, but I should definitely finish it by the end of the weekend. A lot of nudity in it, and I do think a lot of it was actually kind of gratuitous, although some of it is important to the plot. I just think they went overboard.

I think they did a fairly good job with most of the casting, except for Frank. He definitely wasn’t as cute as I’d pictured him in my mind.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Do you pay attention to the sugar in foods?

What would be your pick for your last meal?

What was a favorite from your week?

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You don’t always get what you want: 7/11-17 Weekly Wrap

But sometimes you get what you need

Things with Bandit are pretty status quo. I got all my runs in. And then I got something I really, really needed — but you’ll have to keep reading to find out what that was.

I’m wrapping it up  with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin. I bare it all, most of the time — but you can share whatever you’d like to share. It’s all about women sharing and caring with other women.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 miles easy including hill repeats x 8, Dogwalk x 2
  • Tuesday:  4 miles easy treadmill, Dogwalk x 2
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk x 2, Yoga Body Makeover Tone with weights, PopPilates Muffintop Melter (affliate links)
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk x 2, 3 easy treadmill miles
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, Physique57 Arm & Ab Booster
  • Saturday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk x 2
  • Sunday: Dogwalk and . . . haven’t decided what I need yet. TBA Danette May Arms & Shoulders, Chest & Back, Legs & Glutes, Flow.

Mileage: 15 (+1)

TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
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
Monday I got out after Mr. Judy got home. It would have been a lot nicer to run in the morning, when it was nice and cool, but Bandit needs that first morning walk, so afternoon hill repeats it was. Mr. Judy asked me if I had a good run when I got home, as he was managing a pacing Bandit who unfortunately saw me leave even though I went out a different door to try to avoid it. Good? Not really, but I got it done.

Tuesday was very hot, and again, I can’t get out in the mornings — unless I’d like to do so at about 3 am, which I don’t really need right now — so I took it to the treadmill. I tied Bandit to the desk (so he couldn’t get up on our chaise lounge); he has a large dog bed there. The treadmill doesn’t bother him at all, but I even wore headphones for the TV because I have to blast it pretty loud to hear it over the treadmill, and his bed is right underneath the tv.

The things we do for our animals.

Thursday it was very hot and humid (yes, I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s been abnormally warm here most of the time), so I ran 3 easyish miles on the treadmill. I say easyish because I decided to up the pace a bit, since I’m not able to run in the heat much and acclimate to it.

Saturday was cooler and less humid, but between dog walking and getting everyone fed and settled (even with Mr. Judy’s help), I wasn’t able to get out there until 8:30 — again, not able to run with my group but hoping maybe next weekend I’ll be able to, as we have 7 miles on tap next weekend.

I won’t say this was my most miserable run ever, far from it, but also wasn’t fun. It was lonely, it was hot (where was that predicted cloud cover?), but I got it done. That is apparently my theme song for this week: it wasn’t fun but it got done.

It was slow, but actually not too bad for me. Not considering it was mostly sunny and in the mid 70s. I didn’t watch my watch at all, my pacing was all over the place, but yup, I got it done.

I really am envious of the people who call runs because they’re simply not feeling it. How do you do that? I really wanted to do anything but run Saturday, but it was on the schedule, I’m not sick or injured, and so it was done.

Favorites of the week
Can’t say as this week was much better than last, but hey, Bandit didn’t bite anyone this week, so that’s good, right? Actually, while he has made it clear he has separation anxiety — won’t touch a kong while we’re gone, although at least he will now eat one in his crate while we’re there — he also stays in the crate without too much objection. He has made great strides in the short time we have had him.

The good news is that I haven’t had to miss a Weight Watchers meeting yet. And maybe, just maybe, I could go swim next week?

I have been busy contacting rescues, and let’s just say it’s disheartening. And that’s all I’m going to say about that for now.

 

You see half of my face because of the big zit. Yes, I am 54 & I still get them.

 

So favorites? Mr. Judy brought me roses last weekend.

Trust me — avocado + peanuts = a good thing

Sushi heals almost everything, and what it can’t heal, it makes better — am I right? I’ve particularly fallen in love with this peanut avocado roll pictured at the top of the photo above. It is exactly what the name says: an avocado roll with roasted peanuts in it. I know it sounds bizarre, but it’s so good. I think I need to try my hand at making that at home! I might even have sushi rice around here somewhere.

Remember the title? I walked around the farmer’s market after my run Saturday. I didn’t bring much money with me, but it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been able to get there.

There was a booth offering massages! Score! I have been in desperate need of a massage. Unfortunately, as I said, I didn’t have much cash with me, so I could only afford 15 minutes. It was a little slice of heaven.

I wish I’d known the top was draping funny, but I love this combo! And yes, those are crocs

This top (from Fabletics) and gym girl ultra skirt (use CRJ20 for 20% off of regularly priced items). This was post run (I did run in the skirt, but wore a different top, and changed before I remembered to take a selfie), obviously, but I like the combo so much I stayed in it all day.

And that’s a wrap:(

I love to hear from you! Answer me one of the questions below in the comments, or just comment! Let me know what you think or what’s on your mind.

What do you think about the avocado peanut combo?

Did you know crocs makes some cute shoes?

I would love to hear about your interactions with animal rescues. We’ve had some great interactions, and some not so great ones.

5 Favorite Pre-Race/LSD Meals

One of the best things about running a long race? I can eat! I can eat things that I can’t eat all that often! You do have to be careful, though — try to get your carb loading in by just increasing the percentage of carbs you eat in the days leading up to your race, rather than eating a whole bunch of carbs the night before.

Carb baby, anyone? That time you look like you’re pregnant because you ate too many carbs and are bloated. It’s not fun to race feeling that way!

We’re talking food again for 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

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It wasn’t all mine

Sushi
Hands down my favorite pre/post long run, race, anytime meal. You got your carbs (from easily digestible white rice), your protein from fatty fish (in my case, anyway, I looooooove salmon), and sometimes a little bit of healthy fat from avocado.

Go easy on the sauces. I have to admit I love the spicy mayo, but I try to stick to relatively plain rolls before a race. Unless I don’t.

And don’t forget the sweet potato roll!

Stromboli
I love pizza, but seriously, unless I can eat like 3 pieces, it just doesn’t satisfy. Stromboli, on the other hand — this is my second choice for pre/post long run/race. I usually go with veggie. I know common wisdom has you decreasing the amount of veggies you eat before long runs/races, but I find I just do better if I continue to include them.

I’m used to that, though, so do what works for you.

I’ve been known to freeze a stromboli and travel with it when the ride isn’t too long!

Pierogis
I can’t often get these on the road, but boy, I love me some pierogis before a long run/race. Again, carbs, protein — I pan fry them in some butter. I could do this every week.

I had scoped out a pierogi restaurant for after the Heartbreak Hill race, on our way to Cape Cod. The savory ones were a little disappointing (kind of like the race, but that was just because of the heatwave), but oh my! The dessert pierogis.

I still have dreams about those . . .

Sadly they didn’t have sweet potato fries

Sandwich with sweet potato fries
Sometimes the pickings are really slim. Some of my races in New England have been off season and often many of the restaurants have been closed.

I don’t eat sandwiches a lot; I don’t find them satisfying, often, or kind to my waistline, but they’ll do in a pinch. Especially when paired with sweet potato fries.

Mmmm, gnocchi!

Gnocchi
In a pinch, I have gone with gnocchi. Sometimes gnocchi with a salad, or maybe some sort of protein. I’m not sure I’ve ever done it before a race, but I do know I’ve done it before long runs. I skip the tomato sauce — as much as I love tomatoes, I’m not always a big fan of sauces (I don’t use soy sauce on my sushi, for instance, or put tomato sauce on my stromboli).

If all else fails, I’ll get some sort of protein (fish, chicken, steak), veggies or salad, a baked potato and some bread or better yet garlic bread. But it’s definitely not my preference.

You’ll notice pasta isn’t anywhere on my list. It’s not that I don’t like pasta, of course I do — who doesn’t? It’s just that I don’t find pasta to be terribly filling, which means I tend to eat too much of it, and then we’re back in that carb baby situation.

I also want to give a shout out to Kerry, who will be rocking her first marathon Sunday. Run, Kerry, Run!

 What’s your go-to prerace meal?

Any unusual ways to carb load?

A Failure as a Girl Scout: TOLT

That moment when you think you got a head start on something and you realize you really didn’t? That’s just one thing I’m Thinking Out Loud about today.

The title refers to a Girl Scout and always being prepared — clearly, I am not! Although I was a Girl Scout. Right up into High School.

Blogger was really bugging me
I kept writing comments, pushing post, and then I’d get an error page that told me to reload. And of course my comment had gone up to the big comment hole in the cloud. This was happening on multiple blogs.

I took to copying my comment before hitting post in precaution.

Of course it stopped happening.

And could someone please explain to me how to get my avatar to show up on blogger sites? I’m signed up with Gravatar, but it doesn’t seem to work with Blogger, although as far as I can tell it works with everything else.

I thought I gave myself enough time
I’ve started the process of gathering up everything I need for my next half. Not clothes, because I won’t have any clue of weather until we’re a lot closer (and probably not even then), but food, supplements (for me & Lola, because we’re bringing Lola with us — her second half!), any running gear I don’t need between now and then.

That moment when I realized that we’re actually taking a bit of vacation time before the half . . .

I’m still feeling calm about getting ready, but we’ll talk again next week. I’m always calm about it . . . until I’m not.

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I can definitely dream about this!

 

Color me happy
Another part of my preparation for my half is researching restaurants. We’re staying in a relatively small town close to the half, and Maine is known for its lobsters, lobster rolls, and fried everything beach food.

So I was very happy to find a sushi restaurant that got decent reviews right in our little town. Sushi is my preferred pre long run/race meal. It’s fueled a lot of long runs and races!

 

Usually I’m in workout clothes or pjs

Speaking of color . . .
Cute outfit of the week! Yes, I was in a dressing room at the time, but this was what I was wearing that day and I just thought I’d share (none of it was new, either!). It was an oddly neutral outfit for me –not an odd outfit, mind you, but I like to wear color usually.

So you’ve probably heard that stripes are not your friends. The truth is that’s not always the case. Since these stripes go in a lot of different directions, they’re very flattering. Vertical and diagonal stripes can be very flattering, too: it all depends on the angle.

Horizontal stripes? Rarely flattering, but there are exceptions, again, it’s all about the placement.

I so rarely wear heels anymore, but I needed a bit of heel to pull off the midi skirt without looking like a little person. Those shoes are really comfortable, though! And the nude color helps make my legs look longer.

And finally a faux leather moto style jacket to give the outfit a little edge.

 

Giz loving the extra daylight

Is a quiet house unsafe?
We lost our guard dog when we lost Chester. Seriously, Lola will bark if she hears another dog, or she’ll growl a bit when she sees another dog on our walks.

Inside? She almost never barks. Twice in the last week I forgot something and had to come back in after leaving. Not a peep. In fact, she never came out of the bedroom where she was busy demolishing her kong to even see just who had come into the house!

Chester took his guard dog duties very seriously. Heck, he always barked when we left or came home! Lola is always waiting for us when we come home, and she might whine to let us know she was lonely, but there’s no barking.

That’s a good and a bad thing.

I didn’t take any photos of her this week, so I gave you Gizmo enjoying his heated bed instead.

 

What’s your favorite pre long run/race meal?

Is your dog a good guard dog?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud