What makes Chocolaterunsjudy tick:10/3-9 Weekly Wrap

And that would be chocolate, of course! But we’ll get to that in the weekly favorites.

So because I’ll be traveling a lot in the next few months, but “wrapped” up with family business too, follow me on Instagram to find out what shenanigans I’m up to. I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 4 mile tempo run, PT16x16WO3
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 3 miles easy,  PT16x16 WO9, YFPR Knees
  • Wednesday: Shapershifter Yogaflow, Dogwalk, PT16x16 WO10, Swim 30 minutes
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, PT16x16WO11
  • Friday: Holly Mosier 10 Minute Yoga, Dogwalk, 6 mile LSD
  • Saturday: 3 miles easy
  • Sunday: PT16x16 WO11, YFR Hips

Mileage: 16 (-3)

TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
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 


I’ve become really good at started out slow lately. I hope that helps me in my half! Usually by about mile three I seem to hit a normal pace for me.

Today’s tempo was 1 mile WU & CD, with 2 miles at tempo in the middle (using my normal run/walk intervals). It went pretty good, despite very slow WU & CD — maybe because this was the day after Bandit woke me up at 1:30 am to go outside?

The tempo miles went well. Although we’re enjoying some lovely fall weather, I’m getting out later in the day to try to run when it’s warmer, since my race will be warm. Maybe very warm.


I’ve been experimenting with slightly different run/walk intervals — I won’t use them in my race, as I haven’t trained with them. But 30 seconds is barely enough time to whip out a water bottle . . . so I’ve been trying a 45 second walk interval.

Today was an easy run, and those first two miles were so slow. But by the third mile my pace naturally dropped to fairly normal.


In an attempt to stay heat acclimated, I set out for my last short “long” run midday on Friday. It was in the low 70s, but low humidity — that actually should mimic race day conditions pretty well.

I’d been jonesing for a run — the previous two days had been just beautiful, but alas, runs weren’t scheduled for those days and at this point I knew I was better off taking it easy.

And easy does it it was. Without trying to I sort of mimicked a race: it felt easy at first, I wa running negative splits, but as I heated it up it felt harder and I slowed down. Which kind of made me a little mad, so I made an effort the last mile and it was my best mile. I aslo threw in a few fartleks earlier on because that particular route as a row of trees that just calls out for fartleks.


3 easy treadmill miles before breakfast. A busy day, but it was fine  — always good to get in early morning miles. 

Favorites of the week
When your husband says he’s signed up for an all you can eat Yelp event at your favorite local chocolate shop . . . but it’s the day before your first of the month weigh in at Weight Watchers . . . what do you do?

Obviously, I chose to go. I knew I had enough of a cushion for it not to be a problem, and it wasn’t. I also didn’t eat everything in sight. You could ask to try almost anything in the store, and they also had chocolate dipped strawberries, fudge, and chocolate butter crunch bars out (I took home some strawberries, but sampled the fudge and the chocolate butter crunch bars).

My strategy was to just take a couple of bites and throw the rest out for most things: pumpkin truffle, strawberry cheesecake truffle, salted dark chocolate caramel, the fudge, the butter crunch.I did eat everything chocolate peanut butter, because that’s my jam, so to speak: the nougat bar (like a snickers — my favorite), the crunchy peanut butter ball, and the mini peanut butter cup. Thankfully they also provided us with free water — I needed it with all that sugar!

That fact that I can fit two 6 ounce flipbelt water bottles (amazon affiliate link) into one pocket on a sparkleskirt.

These little tabs (amazon affiliate link) have seriously saved me from wanting to murder Bandit. They’re for diarrhea, which he is prone to due to anxiety (I think). While we’re still struggling a bit in that department, despite being boarded and having to go out in the middle of the night once, there has been no days of let’s go out every two hours round the clock. Thank you, God!

And that’s a wrap 

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you have a favorite chocolate treat?

Do you ever feel you get something under control, only to have something else spin out of control?

Racing: hot or cold weather?

How to distract yourself during the taper

Tapers: love em or hate em, they’re gonna arrive and you have to get through them. Hopefully intact. This is actually next week’s topic, but since I have something else planned for next Tuesday and I happen to be in my taper currently, let’s talk a little bit on how to distract yourself during your taper.

Stalk the weather
Hey, it may be 2 weeks out, 10 days, a week, a couple of days — forecasts lie. Like really, really lie, as I found out much to my dismay at Shipyard Maine. Not that I didn’t already know this, but you’d think a couple of days before a race they could get the weather right.

I’ve got this bridge in Brooklyn for ya . . . but seriously, weather is very important for a goal race, and while you can’t change it, you can be prepared. Sort of. Which leads me to my next distraction . . .

Pack/Plan all the clothes
I’ve been burned on trying to pack lighter (even when traveling by car!) too many times. So what the heck — pack the shorts, the skirts, the tees, the tanks, the leggings . . . anything and everything you think you might wear in your race.

I’m pretty sure I don’t have to worry about this for my upcoming AZ race — it’s going to be damn hot — to me, anyway. It’s just a matter of having some kind of throwaway (or handoff) because desert mornings can be chilly.

These guys don’t understand “not now, I’m trying to taper”

Get yourself a furkid or two
All my goal races are racecations. Hey, it helps distract you from the weather and your nervousness and what the heck pace you might want to run, because you’re up to your eyeballs cleaning your house and getting everyone packed.

Right now none of the furkids are on any meds, just supplements. So if I screw it up? Not a big deal. But I still have to get those supps into little packets for the three different pet sitters we have, make sure there’s enough food (again, three different types), kongs, chews, etc.

It’s like mobilizing an army. And then one of said furkids might decide to wake you up at 1:30 am, of course on the night you had trouble falling asleep, to go out and potty.

Mad baker doesn’t stop for taper

Bake all the food
I find breakfast on the road one of the hardest meals to eat healthy. So I bring it with me. And because I’ve had so little time at home lately, that means I’m baking right up until the last minute.

Thankfully I like to bake.

Sometimes I forget to bring what I bake anyway (because I stick it in the freezer so it can survive the trip), so not only am I baking all the food, I’m taking all the snacks/breakfasts also, in case I forget what I’ve baked or get stuck in an airport or plane for a gazillion hours.

Overanalyze every little niggle
Last week’s topic was best running advice, and I think maybe one of the best pieces I’ve received was that if you run, things will ache, but they shouldn’t be painful.

Then of course you enter your taper, and things do ache. Sometimes things that always ache, sometimes things that never ached before.

And so you start to wonder . . . if I run this race and push for my goal, will I injure myself and not be able to run the other races I already have lined up? Is this a “real” ache, or phantom taper ache? Because it seems there’s always an ache that pops up during your taper that doesn’t at all bother you during your race.

Research restaurants
Because, you know, an army marches on its stomach. Napoleon said so (and look what happened to him).

There are pre race dinners to plan and post race recovery meals/treats to plan. Reservations? Nah, that’s for sissies. But knowing where you want to eat? That’s for determined runners.

Make it a Racecation
Then you get to do all of the above, and pack, and clean, and travel — yes, it can definitely distract you from the fact that you have a goal race looming.

Sometimes I do wonder which is better: racing from home, or traveling to race. Guess I’ll never really know, not for the half distance, anyway.

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. Sure, I’m being a little tongue in cheek here — but just a little! There’s a kernel of truth in all my points!

Tuesdays on the Run

Let’s get the party started — tell me in the comments:

How do you distract yourself during your taper?

Would you rather race at home or travel to a race?

Do you have a bucket list race (that’s today’s actual topic)?

Time to stop complaining . . .: 9/26-10/2 Weekly Wrap

. . . about the weather, that is. Except the lack of sun, but hey, it’s the northeast and you better get used to that cause it could snow in a month. Or sooner. Seriously.

I spent a lot of my week acting like an ostrich, not wanting to call or email my sister for fear she’d ask for help and I’d lose this weekend. Thankfully, she didn’t. I don’t much of what’s going on down there . . . I hope that’s a good thing.

So because I’ll be traveling a lot in the next few months, but “wrapped” up with family business too, follow me on Instagram to find out what shenanigans I’m up to. I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalking as we made our way back home
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles speedwork (6 x 800),  PT16x16 WO1
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PT16x16 WO2, Swim 30 minutes
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 3 miles tempo run, YFPR Hips
  • Friday: Shapeshifter Yogaflow, Dogwalk, Easy 3 miles, PT16x16WO3
  • Saturday: 8 miles LSD, YFR Hamstrings & Foundation
  • Sunday: Dogwalk at the park, hopefully some yoga before bed

Mileage: 19 (-1)

TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
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 

The skirt can’t keep fall away


Another great day to run; too bad I couldn’t get out until almost lunch time! With the cooler Fall temps it wasn’t too bad.

I took this one a little easier than last week’s 5 x 800; I just ran by feel, pretty much. The first 3 were comfortably in the 11ish mm, with the last 3 a bit faster in the 10ish mm. I’ll take it.

I’m beginning to target a time window for my next half, even though the truth is I seriously have no real idea what will happen. Life was too chaotic this training cycle — not enough cross training, not enough yoga, not enough sleep, too much stress . . . but I know I’ve done the best I could with the circumstances, that people are facing far worse than what I’m going through, and oddly enough, I’m feeling pretty strong.

Taper hasn’t started yet, though. Taper can be problematic for me, and not because I hate cutting back on my running — no, I’m all for that! But injuries have often mysteriously popped up in my taper.

Love this Skirtsports top (Code CRJ20 for 20% off regularly priced items)


Two speedwork runs in one week — BOOM! The last time I did a tempo run was the end of August, right before my mom’s surgery and before life exploded!

I forgot to change my laps from half miles to miles again, but as this was a short run, it didn’t bother me that much. It was right before dinner and I had some stress to run off — I’m sure that helped.

People in the neighborhood get pretty creative


It’s rare that I run more than 2 days back to back, but with travel, it happened this week. The beautiful fall weather is making it a lot easier to get out there and run (just not a zero dark thirty).

A pretty steady easy run, and I noted that my left IT is just very slightly irritated.

Early run, early morning dew


I was faced with a choice today: run the last run with my group, despite the fact I’ve barely run with them and knowing that most of my closest friends wouldn’t be there anyway — plus it started at almost zero dark thirty. Also knowing I’d be on my own.

Or meet up with Darlene later in the day. Who didn’t want to run as many miles as me, although in the end she ran more miles than me after earning yet another AG award in a race.

It should be pretty obvious that I chose the group. I thought I’d get my tee, but nope, the head coaches weren’t there. But I had a haircut later in the day and other stuff I really needed to do, so even though I haven’t seen Darlene in over a month, I just wanted to be done early. I also slapped some tape on the IT band as a precaution.

It was a great day to run! Downright chilly at 50 with a slight wind at 7 am and I wore a jacket for the first time since the spring — and did not regret that choice, either. I ran by feel, only occasionally catching glimpses of my pace, ending with nice negative splits — except for one rogue mile — there’s always one rogue mile, it seems.

Since I was on my own anyway, I enjoyed running through the park, rather than around it, as the planned route dictated. Hey, I can be a rebel sometimes. And almost bandited the same 5k I seem to end up either banditing or almost banditing every year!

I am always amazed at how difficult 8 miles seems at the beginning of a training cycle, and how easy it seems at the end (if you’re injury free, of course). I kind of wanted to do 9, but I also didn’t want to hold up the substitute coach forever. I figured one mile won’t make the difference.

I have aimed to take it easier the last couple of weeks before my taper. Not easy, but easier. I think I’ve had a tendency to push too hard in training, resulting in great training and bad races. Not always, but enough to know now is the time I need to ease up. Just a little.

Favorites of the week
The great Fall weather. You gotta love that! The trees are changing and the leaves are falling — we’ll be knee deep in them when we get back later this month.

I ran 3 days in a row and I still feel strong. This week is going to be busy and figuring when to run is going to be tricky

Quick, healthy & yummy

The healthy banana bread bread chocolate chips oat bars from Ambitions Kitchen (you’ll find it on my new Oatmeal Bars board on Pinterest). I whipped them up quickly after my run — I didn’t use oat flour, just quick oats, and it worked fine. I am still baking my way through Monique’s site.

Lots of sushi this week.

And that’s a wrap 

Let’s get the conversation started:

Are leaves changing where you live?

Have you noticed just how early sunset is?

Are you enjoying all things pumpkin (I haven’t started . . . yet)?

5 September 2016 Runfessions


September flew by at lightning speed, especially considering how little of it I was actually at home. How is tomorrow October???? My God, before you know it, we’ll be married 31 years.

I’m hooking up 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,  and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions today.

One stone, two birds.

I runfess . . .
. . . I was scared to call my sister after I got back from Cape Cod.

My sister likes to vent, so it can easily eat up an hour of my day. But that wasn’t really the problem. The problem was that I will be away for most of the prep work for my parents’ move, and I was afraid that she would ask me to come down this weekend.

It’s totally unfair that most of the prep work is falling to her because she lives there, but I really need this weekend to get some stuff done! I haven’t heard anything from her yet (maybe she’s just mentally cursing me).

I runfess . . .
. . . that I really enjoy writing my blog — after running and baking, it’s my other therapy. I enjoy reading your blogs, too.

It’s bothered me that I’ve had so little time to write and read blogs lately.

I runfess . .  .
. . . that moving into my taper, which I will be after my long run this weekend, always makes me happy.

Despite the fact that exercise is just a part of me, and has been for decades, I’m still a sloth at heart. I get tired by the end of a training cycle and I’m ready to back off.

And hoping that fresh legs mean a good race.

At least not a painful race!

I runfess . . . 
. . . I did my longest long run a week too soon. I forgot that the race the schedule is optimized for is actually a week earlier than my own.

Oh well, 11 miles, 10 miles, it’s just a mile, right? I often tell myself you can do anything for a mile. Or half a mile. Or quarter of a mile . . .

I runfess . . .
. . . I was seriously losing my marbles for a while — assuming I had any to begin with. I misplaced my car keys at one point, and thought I’d locked them into my car (thankfully I hadn’t).

Then I headed home one time and couldn’t find my house keys. I never took them, as it turned out.

Then I misplaced one of our phones. Yes, we have an internet phone — or 4 actual phones. I was pretty sure it was downstairs somewhere. Usually I can at least recall, step by step, what I was doing . . . and I had no freakin’ clue.

Mr. Judy did eventually find it in the laundry room.

It’s not just me — my brother managed to fly, twice!, without a license. He’s a lawyer.

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

Taper –yea or nay?

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever forgotten?

What is your therapy?