Hello October & Fall: 9/30-10/6 WRD

Dad is back in rehab. Seems to be better, but I let my sister take my mom there yesterday. I’ll be back down for Yom Kippur this week. There was still a lot of walking this week, but little running, although I ran 9 miles for the first time in a long, long time. Perhaps there will be a race next week. Or not. Who knows?

There was basically no strength training this week. Although some of the balance-themed yoga practices had me experiencing some DOMs in my arms — amazing how hard you can work at yoga if you do it right.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing juggling activity — still — in a stressful, busy week.

briots

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: Yin for Runners (50 min), Soul Stroll
  • Tuesday: Yoga  (15 min), Bodyweight exercises (15 min)
  • Wednesday: Taught yoga 60ish minutes, Soul Stroll
  • Thursday: Balance Flow (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yin Yoga (30 min), 9 mile LSD
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Yoga Core Workshop (2 hours)
  • Sunday: Yin Yoga (60 min), 5 miles easy

Mileage: 14 (-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 Updates

Not that much color yet on Mowhawk Hudson path; plenty of leaves & acorns

Friday
My friends were running Saturday. Let’s just say things are tentative with my Dad at the moment. I had to carpe diem to make sure I got a long run in. Well, I didn’t have to get a long run in, but having not run all week, I wanted to.

My resting heart rate actually said maybe you should wait a day, but I was running out of days and decided to go for it. I chose a part flat/part hilly route because some upcoming races, if I do them, will be hilly.

It was super slow to accommodate my HR. It was also quite cold, and when I dressed in a light long sleeve top and my Skirt Sports Toasty Vest, I seriously thought I’d get too warm. I never even unzipped it and wish I’d worn a heavier top as well. Hello, Fall.

Same path, but not part of the race course. Rolling & one large hill/s.

Despite all that, I felt like this was a slow, but strong run. More walking than usual due to the really big hill (again, HR) but I ran 9 miles for the first time since February and felt pretty strong. I’ll take it.

I love using these trees for Fartleks so I don’t slow down too much on the uphill. Not today.

Sunday
I wanted to get two runs in this week though and that just wasn’t going to happen if I ran yesterday. Again, my resting heart rate was a slightly cautionary tale. Keeping my HR low kept this run slow (along with the decent long hill). Forgot to mention this was an actual run to the grocery store to pick up a few items run.

I recommend it!

Favorites of the week
This Mac n Cheese from Trader Joes is really good, but be aware that a box is actually two servings. I ate three quarters on Friday after my nine miles, and finished it off with my dinner Saturday night. They aren’t large portions, either. There’s a slight kick to it.

I ran the Shipyard Maine Half a few years ago.

We went to a pub-type restaurant on Friday. Mr. Judy enjoyed it, and mine was good, although pub food is not really my jam. The signs on the wall reminded me of a couple of halfs I’ve run.

Do you enjoy a beer after a long distance race? I don’t drink and never liked beer anyway.

Ever been reminded of races in a restaurant? 

What’s your favorite fall comfort food? I don’t eat Mac n Cheese as much anymore, but I do love it — any time of year, actually.

Watch out for the acorns!: 9/23 -29 WRD

If you’re coming up to run Mohawk Hudson/Hannoford Marathon/Half next month, just watch out for those acorns! In 10+ years of running I’ve never been hit by one, until this week. Damn, those things hurt! Did it just naturally fall or did some angry squirrel throw it at me?

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing juggling activity — still — in a stressful, busy week.

briots

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, 3 miles easy, Bodyweight exercises (10 min)
  • Tuesday: 4ish mile time trial, Yin + Vin Yoga Practice for teaching (60 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Taught yoga 60ish minutes, Soul Stroll
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Warrior III Flow (30 min)
  • Friday: Yin Yoga (40 min), 6 mile LSD
  • Saturday: Yoga for Balance (20 min), Hips & Booty (15 min), Long walk
  • Sunday: Crossings 5k Challenge + .9 mile warmup

Mileage: 17ish (+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 Updates

Been watching this vine grow & flower all summer. It’s like in the middle of this person’s lawn. And then boom! A pumpkin? Or some weird squash?

Monday
I was going to run in the morning then do grocery shopping. Nope, too humid I’ll run on the treadmilll later. Then I walked the dogs and with the cloud cover it was not bad.

Got home, ate a small snack (since I’m not a fan of the fasted run), and chose a rolling hills route because I’m thinking about a 5k this weekend (all depends on how I feel). It won’t be nearly as hilly, in fact overall somewhat flat, but there’s a little bit of hills.

Because my route was hilly, I did let my HR climb more than I normally do for an easy run, but I just wasn’t feeling the walk breaks (except to drink water each mile) today. The sun started to come out just as I finished. That was my miracle this morning (which refers to last week’s WRD,which you can read hereif you missed it).

You will probably see some wildflowers along the Mohawk Hudson Route

Tuesday
I did a sort-of time trial today to try to figure out my HR zones. WU .5 mile, run comfortably hard for 30 min (one walk break roughly halfway through to drink water), and .75 mile cool down. It was nice to know I could still actually run fast, for me.

Now I just have to figure out how to configure those HR zones from the data!

And you will probably encounter some leaves & acorns (hopefully not the falling ones)

Friday
Another beautiful Fall morning to run, another day getting out pretty late, but a decent (if slow) longish run. Cause I don’t really consider 6 miles long, even if the longest I’ve run in basically 8 months is 8 miles. 

The good news is the 5k on Sunday starts earlier, but the bad news is that park has basically no shade. On the other hand, the weather looks to be good (which is part of why I decided to do it).

Um, yeah, the wind was crazy today and this was before the race! my braid completely fell apart. And yes, the twinning was completely unintentional, too.

Sunday
My friend and I had a good time at the Crossing 5k Challenge this morning, with a recap to come on Tuesday.

Not the Mohawk Hudson path, but pretty 

Favorites of the week
Unfortunately a few of my running friends are on the injured list. The good news for me, since I wasn’t running but walking, was that I had someone to walk with for a nice long walk on Saturday.

Spicy Crab Japanese Crepe

We had our second visit to the local Japanese crepe restaurant. I chose the spicy crab crepe this time and the blueberry cheesecake dessert crepe; I know, no chocolate, shocking!

The interesting surprise here was that while we were eating, the owner of our favorite sushi restaurant walked in. She owns this restaurant, too. And a few others. She’s a busy lady!

Last but of course not least, I taught my first private yoga lesson this week. She seemed to like it and wants to do more, although she’s busy so synching up our schedules isn’t easy. She’s also running Chicago, btw. We hadn’t discussed price, and I didn’t charge her, although she made the offer to pay me when we were done.

She should be a good resource, as she’s a chiropractor and also helps volunteer coach other runners. I’m trying to decide whether or not to offer her the friends & family price. Probably.

Oh, and really not least, but last: Happy New Year! Yes, it’s the Jewish New Year tonight. I think I’m overdue for a better year. Although there were certainly ups and downs this year. I am headed back down to my mom’s again tonight so she won’t be alone, and I will take her to my Dad again tomorrow.

Do you sign up early for races to save money, or wait til the last minute to make sure you want to actually do it? 

Have you ever had your own business? I was a graphic designer for a long time.

How did you handle pricing for people you knew? Would you give the chiropractor a discounted rate?

It’s a Miracle: 9/16 -22 WRD

I was listening to a talk this morning and they shared this quote from Albert Einstein:

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

I realized that even though I’m a pretty positive person, I have gotten a bit into that rut of woe-is-me lately. So take note of all the miracles in your day today: you got up, the sun is shining (even if it’s cloudy), you had food to eat and water to drink, shelter when you need it, nature just waiting for you to be out in it.

Find your miracles today, my friends.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing juggling activity — still — in a stressful, busy week.

briots

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 x 2, 3 TM miles easy, YIN Yoga for Hips (47 min; didn’t get to it yesterday!)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (10 min), Soul Strolling
  • Wednesday: 3 hilly miles “easy”
  • Thursday: Dogwalk x 2, Yin Yoga (45 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (15 min), 8 mile LSD, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Bodyweight (12 min), PM Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, working on a yoga flow for a “client”

Mileage: 14 (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 Updates

Monday
My RHR said today would make a good rest day (especially after a restless night), and I went back & forth, but decided to take it to the mill for a short, easy run (it’s just faster that way for me). I was happy that this time, unlike last week, I actually felt better post run.

It’s really pretty and really hilly

Wednesday
At my mom’s again, wasn’t sure if I wanted to run when I got up after lots of driving the day before to take her to see my dad, but as the morning went on I felt better so decided take on the hills again. It went pretty well til the last mile, which has some really steep uphills I was forced to walk up at times in order to keep my heart rate in check.

Stinging insects making hay while the sun shines

Friday
It was a beautiful morning. I got out late, but not too bad.  Yet another slog while trying to keep my heart rate low. I feel like I’m getting slower and slower, although I know it’s mostly the result of too much stress and not enough rest. Better slow than sick, I figure.

It’s as good as it looks

Favorites of the week
Mr. Judy was away until essentially Friday, which was his birthday. He wanted lobster for dinner, but asked for deli for lunch. I suggested the brownie sundae we shared — I generally only get one once a year!

We had a late lunch due to my run, and we were both full a long time afterwards. He didn’t get that lobster — although he had that last night. Brought me home some sushi/sashimi, too, as I’d spent the day driving my mom to CT to see my Dad. I was extremely tired when I got home.

My sister & brother were there in CT, too — my brother lives on the west coast, so hadn’t seen my parents since almost February. He happened to be in town for his daughter’s college graduation so went the extra mile, literally, to make the visit to my parents. Always good to see him, but of course the circumstances are difficult.

I initially had planned to run today, but my RHR told me I was better off with a rest day today. I was excited to be able to run four times in one week, but again, better to stay healthy.

I am teaching yoga this week with one of the chiropractors at the practice I go to. I’m very excited and really hope she enjoys it!

What miracles did you notice today? 

Is it feeling like Fall today? Here it feels like summer today! Except for the nice, cool mornings.

What’s one of your favorite food indulgences?