What I know for sure about training

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There are as many ways to train as there are runners, even though most training plans follow the same pattern:

  • Build a base. Building your base is basically making sure that you will have the endurance you need to start training for whatever distance you chose.
  • Strength. Not so much about strength training, but more about beginning to work harder, with speed work and hill repeats.
  • Peak. After you’ve laid your base and worked on getting faster/stronger, it’s time to go longer — and harder.
  • Taper. You’ve done the hard work (and probably beaten your body up a little — or a lot!). It’s time to dial it back, and let your body recover just enough so that you have a great race (but not so much that you lose all your hard work).

There are all sorts of variations: run 3 x week; no, run every day!; back to back long runs (those crazy ultra racers); even spreading our your training over a longer cycle than a week.

Remember, I’m not a running coach. The point is simply that while most (but not all) people agree on the phases of training, there are a lot of different ways to train.

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This PR was years in the making

The most important thing I know about training
Training is never wasted. You may not reach your running goal in one training cycle, but if you don’t give up and you continue to train smart, you will improve.

Training is cumulative

I personally feel that now is a great time to cut back — not stop, mind you, just cut back. Unless you truly think that training is the only thing keeping you sane. If that’s you, just make sure you sometimes ask yourself how it’s working for you. Be honest with yourself.

Always training hard is a invitation for injury. Even our ancestors would rest after they outran that saber tooth tiger.

Smart training will keep you injury free
Yup, you can overtrain and injure yourself, which is why I ask you to check yourself before you wreck yourself with how you’re training presently.

I know some runners feel it’s possible to jump into almost any distance with minimal training. My number one goal for any race is to finish it pain free. Of course I’ve had times I haven’t met that goal, but for the most part, I have. I’d rather live to run another day.

Begin as you mean to go on
IOW, train for the conditions you expect. Hilly course? Don’t train on flat roads; if that’s all you have, try using a treadmill for hills. Working on speed? You gotta run fast. Sometimes. Going long? It’s more important to have time on your feet than speed work. You get the idea.

Do you train or just run? 

Are you training even if you’re not racing?

What’s your best training tip? 

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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Reasons to train . . .

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. . . even if you don’t race

You don’t have to race to run, and I have plenty of friends who just love to run. Period.

What if you do enjoy a race, now and again, or more frequently? What happens when you have some racing downtime, for whatever reason — should you simply run for fun, or maybe train — just a little? All the cross training? Strength train?

I do think that getting back to strength training and cross training when you have more time does a body good. What about running?

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Training does a body good
Our bodies quickly adapt to any exercise we throw at it. That’s why it’s a good idea to switch up what sort of exercise you do and why it’s a good idea to change the weights you lift, too.

If you run the same 3 mile loop at the same pace every day, yup, your body is going to adapt to that. There’s nothing wrong with that, if that’s your jam, but you won’t be increasing your cardiovascular fitness and worse — at some point you’ll probably find yourself really bored and you might stop running altogether.

Hills keep your body strong

Variety is the spice of life
Some people love eating the same thing day after day after day. Not only would that bore me, but that boredom could lead me to actually overeat the wrong things.

Running the same distance, at the same pace, in the same place . . . to me, that’s boring. I don’t have to push myself hard if there’s no race in the future, but mixing things up with a little speed work here, a few hills there just keeps things interesting . . . and keeps my body guessing and adapting.

Keep your body injury free
Running can be an addiction and like any other addiction, if you’re clean for a while and relapse, you forget that you no longer have a tolerance to your drug of choice (in this case running).

That’s when you go out, run at a pace or distance you used to train at, and wham! You’re on the bench due to injury. Keeping a little training in your life will help keep you in shape and remind you of where you are now.

Keep running so you’re ready to go

Ready to go
You can be ready to start training earlier by simply keeping in a little light training in your off season/downtime. There’s no reason to run every day, or do speedwork twice a week, but a little something — strides, 400m repeats, “easy”/short hill repeats, a fartlek — once a week will keep your body guessing and adapting, which will make it easier to slide back into heavier training when the time is right.

Don’t get hung up on it, though
Having a busy week? Feeling “run” down? Run less days than normal. Make them all easy runs. Maybe even just do cross training instead. Not running for a week or two won’t kill you, and might even do your body a world of good.

An off season/down time is a great time to remind yourself why you feel in love with running in the first place. There’s no reason to push too hard, no reason to run all the miles, and every reason to listen to your body and change up what you have planned based on how you’re feeling.

Always remember: running is something we get to do, not something we have to do. It’s easy to lose sight of that when there’s a race involved — most of us need some amount of training in order to race without injuring ourselves.

Running is patient. Much more patient than runners are. It will wait for us. Occasionally you’ll need to break up with running just a little, or ease up on your mileage and effort to allow your body time to recover. When you’re recovered, if you don’t have any real goals for your running, it’s still a good idea to take it up a notch every once in a while to keep your body guessing, keep you mentally engaged, and make sure you’re prepared and ready for the demands of running harder when you resume your training. — Chocolaterunsjudy

Do you enjoy having some downtime from racing?

Do you still mix things up when you’re not racing?

Or do you just love to run but not so much to race?

Bye bye racing; maybe?: 11/12- 18 Weekly Wrap

It seemed like all the races were canceled this weekend. At least the ones I was interested in, anyway. Some of the Sole Sisters got together to run, but frankly, I need all the time I can get before Thanksgiving so it’s probably just as well those races were canceled. In case you missed it, I’d already written on how I was giving up on one racing goal for this week (read about it here).

I have a feeling that I’ll be ditching the Turkey Trot this year, too. It’s going to be frigid! The one I do has nowhere to wait inside.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I stay active when the snow comes . . . even if it’s too early.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk x 2, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (20 minutes) — usually if I write it, I do it, but not this time
  • Tuesday: Yoga ( half salutes, pigeons, hamstrings, restorative — 30 minutes), 4ish chilly miles easy
  • Wednesday: Pilates Legs & Abs (20 minutes), Dogwalk, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (5 minutes), YFR Hamstrings
  • Thursday:  YFPR Align & Alleviate (30 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Friday:  7 treadmill miles (split into an AM & PM runs of 3.5 miles each)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Pilates Legs, Arms & Stretch
  • Sunday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk

Mileage: 16 (-2)

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

Despite the Sunday snow & some snow in the morning, it was still Fallish on Tuesday

 

Tuesday
Can I reboot this day? First I get stuck in a godawful traffic jam while taking Lola to the vet, literally having us stuck on a bridge, and then half an hour late. We were maybe 2 miles away from the vet when this happened (yes, I called them to let them know I might be late, understatement of the year). At least we missed the traffic jams the snow created the next day . . .

Then I decided to run as naked as I get — just recorded the whole run with no splits & tried as much as possible not to watch it. Suddenly at almost the end of the run it looked like my Garmin stopped the run without me telling it to . . . and then it came up with the run interval screen — and froze there.

When I was finally able to unfreeze it it said I’d done something like 7 miles. Yeah, no. I do know my pace was pretty slow, because I think right before that happened I’d paused it to take a picture, and it shows average pace when you pause.

Which is why I rarely run without knowing my pace, but maybe that’s what my body needed. Really, my body probably needed another rest day and apparently the universe was trying to tell me that too. The run wasn’t horrible, just slow, and quite frankly I accomplished very little today.

Friday
Friday it snowed most of the day. I wanted a long run but it would have to be on the treadmill. I ran 3.5 miles in the morning and another 3.5 miles in the afternoon.

By Friday it was definitely Winter, and although I’d pulled up the plants on one planted, I just couldn’t pull up the strawberries since they weren’t yet dead. Guess I should have.

Sunday
It took me a long time to motivate myself outside this morning, but I had a good run. Its been a long week of cleaning, food shopping, and prepping/baking/cooking stuff for Thanksgiving. It may have been a bit slow but this run felt good. This time I had Autolap on, but not the alerts for the my pace each mile. Which seemed to work well for running by feel — I really never know what my pace was.

Not really a favorite . . . 

Favorites of the week
Snow seemed to be the theme of the week. I’d like to say it’s too early, and while it is early, some of my memories on Facebook showed that we had snow this time of year four years ago. Although not quite so much.

I’ve looked up a bunch of games we can potentially play on Thanksgiving using Alexa. Trying to get Mr. Judy to try some of them out with me!

Other than that, it’s really all about cleaning, cooking, baking . . .

Final hours to enter my giveaway of Couch to Active here! Read the review here.

Let’s get the conversation started:

How do you motivate yourself to stay active when the weather ain’t great?

Any fun Thanksgiving traditions to share?

What’s your role in the Thanksgiving celebrations?

Short & sweet race week: 11/5- 11 Weekly Wrap

Slowly easing back into activity and my last “long” run/race for a bit. I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share running and racing this week — I had my eye on a couple of 5ks in the next couple of weeks but now I’m thinking maybe my body needs a bit more rest. Still haven’t decided.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, SB WU (10 Minutes), Pilates Arms & Abs (20 minutes)
  • Tuesday: 5 miles easy with just a little cold rain, Iron Strength Glutes
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk x 2, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (20 minutes)
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk x 2
  • Friday:  4 miles easy with 5 by 30ish seconds strides, Triggerpoint Grid Core Work (20 minutes)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Pilates Total Body, Abs & Stretch
  • Sunday: Stockadeathon 15k

Mileage: 18ish (+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

Leaves are almost all off the trees

 

Tuesday
I do love me an off season! Even if mine might be the shortest one ever. If I do BDR Savannah, I’ll be back in training next month. I would’ve run to vote, only there was rain in the forecast and I didn’t know how long the wait might be at the polling place.

So of course the dry radar produced some nice cold rain on me during this run, but thankfully it was really only a short period of rain. Glad I got it done before more showers moved in. And yes, I drove to vote later. I really didn’t want to tackle the hill back from the polling place anyway since my 15k this weekend is hilly enough.

A little post run bathroom selfie. Notice running clothes hanging to dry everywhere . . . and . . . drumroll . . . a haircut!

Friday
No rain — in the morning. It was cold and cloudy but thankfully not windy. This run felt pretty good. I’m not feeling quite as sluggish as I was after my last half, just the normal seasonal sluggishness. 🙂

Yes, this is what I woke up to race morning but thankfully it cleared out quickly.

Sunday
I’ll be recapping my 15k on Tuesday. Despite having several friends running the race, I parked in a different area (same place I always park, bathrooms with no/short lines always available), but I spaced on the time of the start of the race as I was chatting with another couple . . . and so I got a warmup as I ran to drop off my dry clothes and coat at the bag check, making it to the start with about 2 minutes to spare . . .

I’ll leave the rest for the recap!

But I “ran” into them post race

Favorites of the week
The hot chocolate at the diner after the race was really tasty, and no, I didn’t even think about taking a photo of it. And speaking of sweet, as I mentioned Friday (read it here), I actually did a little sugar reset (not detox!) this week. It went well.

Running a race “with” friends (well, I did meet up with them afterwards) and seeing friends along the route (and in the race — even my brand new “friend”).

You don’t see these guys sharing a bed — other than the real bed — too often

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here? Read the review here. I’m extending it one more week — it’ll make a great gift for the holidays.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Have you ever completely spaced about when a race starts — when you’re pretty much already there!?

Chocolate milk or hot chocolate after a cold race?

Do you get a lot done after a race? Must say I didn’t today. Which I’ll probably regret next week  . . .

 

Life after Goal Races: 10/29- 11/4 Weekly Wrap

You’ll probably notice I was a bit of a slug this week. And I’m okay with that. Kind of wished I’d done a little yoga but I didn’t and that’s just the way it is.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share life after goal races. There might be a 15k next weekend . . . still waiting a bit on weather before I pull the trigger on that.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, SB  (20 minutes)
  • Wednesday: 5 miles easy
  • Thursday:  Rainy Dogwalk (really? I haven’t dealt with enough rain already?) & dry one later on
  • Friday:  8 mile LSD in between rain storms with 5-6 short hill repeats
  • Saturday: 4 miles easy (as easy as it ever is in a cold rain)
  • Sunday: Visit parents

Mileage: 17 (-6.1)

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

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Thumbs up for the fleece hat with the hole for my ponytail

Wednesday
Part of me was ready to take off the whole week. Not so much that I am sore or injured just supremely unmotivated. Despite the fact that it was supposed to rapidly warm up, I was running in the morning while it was still in the 30s (but not too windy yet). It did, in the end, feel good to hit the road after 3 days off. If I didn’t have a potential 15k next weekend, I’d probably have taken more time off.

I picked up Bandit for a cool down for the first time in a very, very long time. He seemed very confused. Maybe he’s getting too old for this s*#t?

Hazy shade of winter. Except it’s Fall. Can’t say it feels like Fall.

Friday
Will it ever stop raining? At least my run was dry. And it wasn’t cold. In fact, had Ocean City been like this (overcast, no sun in sight) it would have been a very different story.

Threw in 5 or 6 small hill repeats in the middle. The 15k next week is hilly. And because I was a little on the slow side, picked it up miles 6 & 7 to prove to myself I can pick it up when tired. But some niggles started talking so I slowed down the last mile.

More cold rain. REALLY?????

Saturday
Just couldn’t catch a break today. Yesterday I wore almost the same outfit, with the exception of a skirt yesterday and capris today + Wonder Wool Tee. With a windbreaker over yesterday — after one mile I tied that windbreaker around my waist.

Today I got caught in rain even though the radar looked dry, but instead of that windbreaker I had a vest on — and the temp dropped during the run, the rain got harder, and I wished I’d worn a windbreaker again!

I mean seriously, 2 Saturdays with cold rain? And no cheering section this time. Luckily it was just 4 miles. Sunday, when my friends ran, which obviously was also the NYC Marathon, was perfect running weather.

Bandit loves going to my parents. Lola not so much. 

Favorites of the week
Normally I don’t watch the marathon on tv. But we happened to be at my parents, and my Dad happened to put on the marathon, so I got to see the elite women finishing, which I admit was kind of cool. Kudos to everyone who ran it today!

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here?

Let’s get the conversation started:

What do your off season workouts look like?

Going off of Daylight Saving Time — yay or nay?

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Being Jewish is very helpful at this time of year.

State Number . . . : 10/22- 28 Weekly Wrap

. . . Well no, MA is a repeat state for me, so just two new states added this year (ID & NJ). However, Mr. Judy (more so than me!) and I have spent many happy hours on the Cape, as his parents retired to there (but then moved away about the time we moved up closer to them). I always thought my half in MA would be Cape Cod, but when Runner’s World did their only Heartbreak Hill Half, I just felt called to do it.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my taper week leading up to the Cape Cod Half. And then I’m done, but not quite finished, as Pahla B likes to say (visit the Killer B Queen here). As in I’m done with double digit racing, but not quite done racing.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, JY Train Your Core (13 minutes)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, SB WU (8 minutes) PB Full Body Weight Loss (25 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, JY Twist Your Core (7 minutes)
  • Thursday:  YFR Hamstrings, Travel to Cape Cod
  • Friday:  Pre race yoga, walk to pick up packet & see the ocean (while it wasn’t raining)
  • Saturday: Cape Cod Half Marathon, post race yoga
  • Sunday: Farewell Cape Cod & AMR, Travel home

Mileage: 23.1 (+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

My peaceful place. Apparently the Geese agree.

Monday
Since today was an easy run, it went a whole lot better than yesterday’s progressive run. It was supposed to be run at a slightly faster pace than my usual easy run pace, although I have run many easy runs at the pace.

A couple of miles were quite a bit faster, but overall the pace was just fine — and Rachel @ Runningonhappygives me a range of paces anyway. I am usually on the higher side (as in the slower pace).

Testing out headgear options for the race

Wednesday
5 miles easy was on the schedule, but I decided to do 4 1/2 and then throw in 5 strides. It was windy — but not as windy as the race is supposed to be — still, it gave me an opportunity to see if a buff could help hold down a hat in windy conditions. Seemed to work.

Notice that umbrella on the left . . . if only you could run with that!

Saturday
Last half for the year done. So very done. Nothing like running 13.1 with major wind, rolling hills & cold rain the entire race. According to Mr. Judy was, indeed, a Nor’easter. But running it with fellow BAMRs — it was priceless.

Chatting with Sarah & Dimity

Favorites of the week
In case you missed it, this weekend I attended the Another Mother Runner retreat on Cape Cod. We laughed, most danced, we learned, we bonded, we tackled or spectated a half in a Nor’easter.

Smiles the beautiful day before with Running Buddy J

Yes, the weather was just stunning Thursday, Friday, and it was great for the marathon on today.

Literal calm before the storm

But Saturday, the day of the race, it was a soaker. A Nor’easter, in fact. Rain, light to heavy to light and back to heavy the entire race. Wind in the 20 mph range with gusts up to who knows where. Waves crashing over the seawalls — one person said one even got her and all she could do was laugh.

I won’t leave you in suspense: it wasn’t a PR. Although I will always run better in nasty, cold conditions then direct sun and heat — one of my goals was to simply beat my time from NJ (read about that here) and I did that handily. I am happy with this race, although definitely sad because it’s a really beautiful course and we didn’t get to enjoy it much on race day — in fact, I took no photos at all during the race.

The race was still a fantastic experience, but you’ll have to wait on the recap a bit; I’ll be back on Tuesday to grade my October.

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here?

Let’s get the conversation started:

Would you bail on a race if it was a nor’easter?

Worst conditions you’ve ever raced in?

Do you like doing strides? I love them! I can be fast for short periods of time

Last Half Training for 2018: 10/15- 21 Weekly Wrap

Thankfully no snow here yet but the temps are cold enough for it overnight! Too soon, Mother Nature, far too soon.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my last week of hard training for the Cape Cod half as I move into tapertown. Be sure to stop by the other bloggers to see what they’re up to.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, PB KB Cardio/Toning
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 6 x 400s for 5 miles total, PB Cardio, Agility & Core (30 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PB Low Abs HIIT (30 minutes)
  • Thursday:  5 miles easy, PB Beginner Leg & Butt (10 min)
  • Friday:  8 mile LSD, Iron Strength Glute Blaster (15 minutes)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Flat Belly Yoga (10 minutes)
  • Sunday: 4 very cold progressive miles, SB WU (5 minutes), PB Stability Ball Abs (25 minutes)

Mileage: 17 (-9)

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

Running along the Mowhawk Hudson path again — you gotta watch your step (although most likely you won’t see as many leaves on the path since it’s earlier)

Tuesday
Monday was cool and rainy and I was glad not to have to run. Today was much nicer, but rather raw and windy when I ran (although later in the day the wind died down and it was a beautiful fall day).

The 400s should feel easier on a cool day, right? My legs didn’t get the message. The overall run was faster than last week simply because the warmup miles weren’t so slow. Hit the right paces for most of the 400s.

As you’re almost nearing the finish, right before the gazebo and where the green path starts off to the right, you’ll see this little lake

Friday
Running Buddy J and I met up for a last long run before the half. She had to go out of town afterwards, and quite frankly the weather looked a little better on Friday — but Saturday wasn’t so bad, as it turned out. Although a bit chilly and windy with our first hard freeze.

We ran together about 3/4 of the run and then split off to maintain our own paces. Always nice to run with a friend, which despite my group I rarely get to do.

It’s definitely too early for these temps!

Sunday
Last week I asked where Fall went since it was summer-like for much of the week. Be very careful what you ask for because this morning was Winter like! It was super windy while I ran, but looking at the weather, the temps were supposed to drop and the wind pick up so I managed to get myself out the door in the morning.

I’d love to say  I nailed it, but the first mile was way too fast, the next 3 miles were too slow, but hey, the last mile was the fastest and it almost matched what would be race pace for me for 4 miles.

I’d still love to PR a 5k — it’s been years — but all indications just point away from that and of course time is slipping away. Just two more easy runs and then meeting up with a whole lotta AMR ladies I don’t know and running the Cape Cod Half Marathon. At least it’s not supposed to stay this cold.

Arancini. And was super yummy!

Favorites of the week
It was our anniversary on Friday (33 years) and we did what we normally do — we went out to dinner. We usually travel for our anniversary; we’d talked about Mr. Judy coming out to the Cape after the weekend, but in the end he decided not to. Obviously we’ve been traveling for a while now.

Wish I could say it was as yummy as it looked.

The cake was a disappointment to me. Mr. Judy was surprised when I put my fork down before him (we almost always share desserts). It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great, and I just don’t need to waste time (and calories) on something that isn’t great — probably ate too much of it anyway.

Slightly fuzzy photo, but Gizmo keeps cozying up to Mr. Judy

Getting friendlier or secretly trying to smother Mr. Judy? You decide!

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you find yourself struggling with your training at the end of a training cycle?

Do you prefer to run in the heat or the cold?

Do you have to clean your plate (clearly I don’t)?

Weather Whiplash, Again!: 10/8- 14 Weekly Wrap

Fall arrived in a big way this week, but not before Summer battled for it and almost finished me off. Seriously, a couple of days with highs in the low 80s, a super humid run, then temps plummeting to the point where you’re trying to figure out how to dress for running outside.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share training, racing, and life. Check out all the bloggers for a little extra dose of inspiration.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 5 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 6 x 400s for 5 miles total, PB Tank Arms (25 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PB Low Impact Bodyweight MetCon (35 minutes)
  • Thursday:  5 miles easy, PB Beginner Leg & Butt (10 min)
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, rest day
  • Saturday: YFR Hamstrings, Great Pumpkin Challenge 10k, Dogwalk, YFR Foundation & Back
  • Sunday: 6 miles easy

Mileage: 26 (+7)

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

Love the neighbors that decorate

Monday
I tried to do the right thing when I stopped midway through my run because I saw a dog off leash and by himself. He was by a front door, whining, so I watched for a while but no one came to the door. I approached the dog cautiously (you just never know, especially if you’re approaching a dog on its own property), but it was friendly, so I rang the bell.

Turns out they have an invisible fence. A little PSA here: I hate those things. It doesn’t protect the dog — they are still vulnerable to any wildlife in the area (a large coyote has been seen nearby) and if motivated enough, they will get through the fence — in fact, one of our neighbors with an invisible fence had a dog run over by a car (yes, the fence was on).

Oh yeah, the run was okay.  I was kind of dragging after a busy week last week, although I was working my way towards negative splits without trying to. I mentally told myself to take it easy, since it was an easy run, and I have a race this weekend. That seemed to work, because I was a bit slower on the last mile.

Wanna run Mowhawk Hudson? You’ll see a whole lotta this

Tuesday
The first 2 miles were slow. Not as slow as the last two miles in my recent half (read about that here), LOL, but much slower than normal. I was still tired (thank you, shorter days) and so not feeling this run.

I won’t say I totally rocked it, but considering it was humid and 70 by the time I finished, I’m actually quite proud of this run.

Where’s the rain when you want it?

Thursday
Where’d fall go? The last couple of days in the 80s, today a very humid 70s — ugh! I just dragged myself through this run, there’s no other way to describe it. And the damn rain actually stopped by the time I started — I had psyched myself up for some nice, warm rain.

Ok, we’ll get plenty of Fall on our race in Saturday.

Here’s the rain!

Saturday
We had quite the group at the Great Pumpkin Challenge. 10kers, 5kers, and an AG award (not me, not even close). A good time was had by all despite the hills and cold rain. Read about it on Tuesday.

A few things you might see on the way to the finish line of Mowhawk Hudson

Sunday
No long run due to my race, so back to back runs this weekend. Since Running Buddy J and I are doing the same half in two weeks and she also did the 10k yesterday, we met up this morning for the second half of our “long run”. A much nicer day than yesterday’s race.

Favorites of the week
It only took 17 years, but apparently Gizmo is warming up to Mr. Judy. 🙂 It happened again today, while I was out. All three of them with Mr. Judy. Welcome to my world, dear.

And speaking of warming up, first Fall soup was made and it’s yummy.

And someone else is getting cozy on the bed.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Did Fall just suddenly drop in after a return of summer?

Do your furkids play favorites (apparently the males favor me and the lone female favors Mr. Judy, although they all listen better to me. They know which side their bread is buttered on, so to speak)?

Tell me something great from your week!

Getting My Ducks in a Row: 10/1- 7 Weekly Wrap

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my week of training and catch up with all the other lovely bloggers and see what they wrapped up this week. If you raced this weekend — Chicago, our local Hudson Mowhawk — I hope you had a fabulous race.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Travel home from OCNJ
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, PB Beginner Toning  (25 minutes)
  • Wednesday: 5 miles easy, PB Low Impact Bodyweight MetCon (35 minutes)
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4 miles easy, PB Beginner Leg & Butt (10 min)
  • Friday:  Chilly dogwalk at the park, PB Abs HIIT (15 minutes)
  • Saturday: 10 mile LSD, PB Abs Finisher & Stretch (10 minutes)
  • Sunday: Parental visit

Mileage: 19 (-4)

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*

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Running Updates

These ducks were trying to go every which way

Wednesday
With rain in the forecast for Thursday (spoiler: it didn’t materialize), I wanted to get in the longer run today. Thursdays are busy for me anyway. It was cooler and it was cloudy so it was a decent run. Despite the groups totally hording the path at the park which caused me to have to run on grass, multiple times. I channeled the zen of the park and there was no swearing. This time.

Just a wee bit windy

Thursday
Came home after my meeting and quickly changed to try to get ahead of the forecast rain. I don’t like running at lunchtime, but you do what you gotta do. I was tired but a bit angry — one of those days — and I took it out on the road. Unfortunately all those little annoyances continued. Some days you aren’t as good at letting it roll off your back. Of course it never rained . . .

Not the right names but it did make me think about #milesformollie

Saturday
Hello, Fall! Although overcast and chilly, I’ll take this kind of weather over last weekend’s weather any day. Still felt as though I was dragging some but overall it was a good run and the only double digit run before the half at the end of the month (if you don’t count the half last week, of course).

Favorites of the week
Although today I’m at my parents, the next few weeks should be a bit calmer (and most likely cooler, despite some warm temps forecast for the beginning of next week) and I’m quite ready for that.

Have you ever heard of DogSpot (find the app here)? Definitely wasn’t on my radar but we saw it when we stopped at a service area on the way home from OCNJ. Basically you join via the app, and at certain locations there are essentially doghouses (that lock, and have air holes and air conditioning, and a puppy cam) that you can use for your dog while you are in the business. I can’t really see myself ever using it but it was intriguing.

The ones we saw were right outside the entrance to the service area.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Would you feel comfortable leaving your dog at a Dog Spot?

Any fun plans for Columbus Day?

What are you looking forward to right now?

Bouncing Back: Spilling over tea/coffee September 2018

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I had this post completely written and scheduled before my race last weekend. Except I scheduled it for Friday the 7th, totally missing the fact that last Saturday was actually the first Saturday of the month. So I’ll be a little late to our coffee/tea date . . .

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I would tell you my running friends were in a tizzy about the weather for my 17 miler (although I wasn’t planning to run with them). On Friday thunderstorms were forecast for the early morning hours.

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No leaking and no rain — just humidity & sweat!

It was raining when I got up, which I knew it would be, but the chance of thunderstorms were taken out of the forecast. Running in the rain when it’s warm can be really nice — but running for 17 miles in the rain? In the end, I didn’t get rained on although I looked like I had because of the extreme humidity.

Some of my friends ran later; some planned to do their long run on Sunday, when there was no rain in the forecast.

The forecasters can’t forecast for the next hour, much less for the next day.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I was surprised by how quickly I bounced back after those last two really long runs. I was definitely a bit sore and quite tired after the 15 miler — too tired even to go out to eat — but I was fine the next day.

After the 17 miler? While I felt like I’d been run over by a truck immediately after the run, in a few hours I felt fine. And I felt completely fine the next day, too. Ditto with the actual race. But I’m not unhappy to be back in Half training mode!

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that aside from a slight bout of runner’s knee after being sick in the winter, I haven’t taped my knees at all during the last two training cycles: not for my 12 miler, my 15 miler, or my 17 miler.

Yet I’ve continued to tape for my races. While it would be nice not to tape, it gives me peace of mind. Not only that, it actually does help you recover faster, much like compression socks do.

I was quite shocked, though, that not only did I get through those really long runs without taping but that I felt fine afterward (and I didn’t wear compression socks, either — which I really should, but darn summer humidity!).

Gizmo is still very food motivated, but I see changes even from this photo, which was taken 7/5

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that the day after my 17 miler, I did feel completely normal — aside from the fact that Gizmo started pacing, meowing, and scratching at our bedroom door at 2 am so I didn’t get quite as much rest as I’d hoped to.

In fact, I felt good enough to go for a hike. I also knew that this was not in my best interest. Luckily the heat and humidity was still killer, so even though I sort of wanted to go for a hike, it was an easy decision to stay home and continue my recovery.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you you should always carefully read through the race FAQ and Website. No matter how many times you have run the race. Don’t assume that there are no changes — and the Website may not call attention to them.

I almost talked Mr. Judy into coming to Camp Chingacook with me because we could take the dogs. He’s a sucker for most things that we can take the dogs to. Granted, four years had also passed since I’d run this race.

Luckily I did reread the FAQ, because dogs were no longer welcome at this race. Turns out that one of my friends almost brought her dog, too!

And of course I also missed the fact that Freakin’ Fast Half (read about it here) wasn’t chip timed — not that there was really anything I could have done differently that morning to change how the race went.

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

Do you feel fine after a long run?

Do you do a recovery run after a long run?

Do you even look at the FAQ for races?

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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