Travel Edition: Runfessions May 2021


Do you find it difficult to travel again after a long time with travel? This period was one of the longest time with absolutely no travel in my entire life. Some of it due to the Pandemic, and some of it due to helping out with my Dad in the last few months of his life. It was the perfect storm, unfortunately!

I runfess . . .
I had some trouble tracking down my travel stuff when packing for our trip to Long Island. There was a time I was half living at my parents, and I pretty much had things down to a science. It’s been 2+ years since I had to use various packing cubes, etc. Not to mention reorganizing a lot of my space in that time!

I runfess . . .
I brought running shoes and clothes with me to Long Island. I never felt like running. Plus it warmed up much more than they predicted that last day we were there, and I would have been very warm in the clothes I brought. We did plenty of walking. 


Warm clothing takes up space! Doesn’t look warm, right? Well, it wasn’t!

I runfess . . .
You might get a laugh from this: I took my largest, expendable suitcase with me, although I did not have to expand it. Technically it fits in an overhead, but the long way. Mr. Judy couldn’t understand why. He was like: seriously? Yes!

The weather was cold to warming, which required a couple of sweaters. I dragged a pair of boots with me (although these ultimately didn’t go in the suitcase) because, burial (and maybe rain, although thankfully it ended before the burial). Lastly I packed running shoes and clothes — which, of course, I ended up not wearing — hat, sunglasses — you know that stuff is bulky!

Again, #sorrynotsorry. We were driving. Why not bring what I needed? I also brought a travel Yoga mat and Yoga blocks, by the way, which I used every day.

I runfess . . .
Running has been going well lately. I still have no real goals, I don’t really push myself all that much, but for much of the Spring it was a struggle. I really do blame the COVID vaccines! For a while the cooler weather was great for running, but even as it’s warmed up, it’s still been going pretty well.


I runfess . . .
My Garmin is at it again. In a run last week, when I went to check my steps after my run, my watch told me to turn on tracking to show that activity. I know I did not turn it off, because it was tracking steps just fine before I left the house. After my 3 mile run and a half mile cool down walk it showed me something like 755 steps. 

For some mysterious reason my Garmin decided it didn’t need to track my steps from that run and walk. It was the first, and so far last, time this has happened.

Have you had trouble finding things you haven’t used since the Pandemic began? 

Do you travel light even if you’re driving?

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


I am also linking up with:


Raindrops falling in containers: Tea/coffee Date May 2021


Thanks,  Coco and Deborah, getting us altogether virtually for a coffee date. Raindrops aren’t falling on my head, they’re falling into glasses around here. Confused? Read on!


If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you on our last get together I was telling you about all the vaccine appointment hoops I had to jump through. While my reaction to the vaccine wasn’t fun, it was relatively short. Since this time I knew it was coming, I also planned on some rest in the days after. I actually think that did me a lot of good, the aftereffects didn’t seem to linger on quite so long.

It took all 3 of these to water about 5 plants

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you about one of my newest projects: rainwater harvesting. Never heard of it? Well, it’s simply collecting rainwater. I made it really simple and just put out containers I already had. It also took almost 24 hours of some pretty heavy rain to fill four of these containers.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I used the rainwater I “harvested” to water my indoor plants — just a few of them (plants, that is). It used up almost all the rainwater I “harvested”.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I also found out that in CO it’s illegal to harvest rainwater. I didn’t know you could legislate something like that!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
We are taking our first “trip” in 2+ years this weekend. Unfortunately it’s to finally bury my Dad (who passed away in January of 2020). My parents’ cemetery is on Long Island, which is a longish drive from here. I finally convinced Mr. Judy to rent an AirBnB.

I figured if we have to go to Long Island, I might as well get to be by the ocean! 

Have you ever heard of rainwater harvesting? 

Are you gearing up for any trips? 

Also linking up with:


Battling Elements & Tech: Tea/coffee Date May 2020


Remind me why I thought starting a YouTube channel was a good idea? (it’s here, if you haven’t already checked it out).


Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date: and I’d chew your ear off about all my tech woes.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you tech has been super frustrating lately. Editing videos is just not for the impatient. Although the volume sounds just fine on my devices, apparently not on anyone else’s. I don’t know why. I am working on fixing that (but nothing is easy when it comes to tech!).

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you it’s truly amazing what you can have delivered these days, and those delivery people are superheroes in my book. I even finally found some baking powder — I believe, anyway, we’ll see what happens when I get that delivery.

C’mon Spring, it’s time to put those Winter coats away!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I am still occasionally wearing Winter coats (I hope that’s not true by the time this goes live!). At least I don’t have to wear the purple monstrosity, although there was one day last week I considered it. I did wear the green coat this week, sadly. I’m hoping that’ll be the last time.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I came home from my long run last Saturday, and told Mr. Judy I was bored with my 8 mile long runs so I went 9. You get me, right? He’s lived with me long enough to sorta understand, but he’s not a runner, so he doesn’t really get it.

So ready to go somewhere. Anywhere, really!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I long for a vacation, even though I know it’s not happening. I have a feeling this will be my longest stretch ever with no travel. We’re considering getting some BBQ & bringing some to my mom.

We can’t go in, but we can social distance with her if she comes out on the porch. It would mean a really long day in the car (and for the dogs in the car, no way could we leave them at home for that many hours). Then do we eat it in the car or do we bring it home, which means reheating it hours later? If it ever stops raining . . .

Is it still cold enough to wear a Winter coat sometimes where you live?

Are you excited or bored by your runs/workouts? 

If you could travel, where would you go? 

I am also linking up with the  Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales & Fitness.


ICYMI: I took advantage of the one nice day this week to film outside; I talk about Karma vs Dharma here. I’m also going live on Facebook at 4 pm ET  hereto share a short-er preview of next week’s longer Yin Yoga video (which was also filmed outside — feels so much better out there!).

I can’t really interact with you while I’m doing the live video, but you can like it and/or comment and I’ll get back to you later! Maybe there will be a new meditation this weekend . . .

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So you wanna go on a Racecation . . .


Now watcha gonna do?

It’s tempting to do all the things when you go on racecation, but if you actually want to race, you’ll be better served by taking it easy. That doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself in your hotel room!

Walking Tours
This may seem conterintuitive, but the truth is most walking tours cater to people of all fitness levels and aren’t actually all that taxing. Of course you can find free, self guided walking tours on Pinterest and online, but tour guides are often very passionate about their cities and it’s a fun way to explore.

Running Tours
If you have more time and you need to get in a last run or two, a running tour may just be the ticket. Group running tours may be a crap shoot when it comes to pace, but private ones will cater to your pace. Just like walking tours, you’ll learn a lot about the city you’re in — but you’ll cover a lot more area!

Food Tours
Food tours are the best of all worlds: it’s not just about the food, you’ll learn about the city, too. There usually isn’t that much walking, and you get to sample a lot of food — definitely enough for a meal.

Photography Tours
Our cell phone obsessed world just loves to take photos, right? A photography tour may guide you to places you would have trouble reaching on your own. They’ll be your sherpas, and they’ll probably stop at some cool local place for lunch that you wouldn’t have found on your own, too.

Hop on/Hop off Tours
Many larger cities have a hop on/hop off tour, which is exactly like it sounds: you can get on and off at multiple stops for one fee, which is a good way to explore without doing too much walking (or driving, and struggling to find parking at multiple stops). Some cities even have free trolleys that are hop on/hop off.

Best racecation activity ever

Hire a Guide
One of the best experiences I ever had on vacation was hiring a guide for a hike and a private yoga lesson in Sedona, AZ. Seriously, it was amazing! Google hiking guides and see what you find.

You may want to make sure you don’t do too much walking, but maybe you’d like to try some yoga or pilates or other non taxing workouts. Check out Classpass here and Groupon here before you go to sign up for new experiences (Groupon has way more than just fitness, of course, that’s how we booked our food tour in Savannah).

Don’t forget to ask at the front desk, too. They may have recommendations — they may even have a deal with a nearby gym.

Although remember, nothing new before your race, so be careful!

Do you have anything to add to my list?

What’s your favorite vacation memory?

How do you stay active on racecation but not too active?

I am linking up with:

Packing it Up: 7/9 – 15 Weekly Wrap

And taking it on the road. Most of this week was spent getting ready for our upcoming trip. It was its usual slog. And why did my dentist appointment have to fall a couple of days before we left? How about the moment I was afraid I’d lost my license (I didn’t)?

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share how I handled heat again, training, and packing this week.


Workouts update

  • Monday: 5 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: 6 x 800 (total of 5 miles), PB Total Body Kettlebells (15 minutes)
  • Thursday:  Travel to MILs
  • Friday:  4 miles easy
  • Saturday: 9
  • Sunday: Travel to Boise

Mileage: 23 (-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

Although the heat is on again, the humidity isn’t, at least it wasn’t for this run. But that sun was sure beating down on me and had me wishing it was just the 4 miler I thought was scheduled, rather than five. But as usual, it got done.

6 x 400s. I can’t say as I looked forward to it, despite the nice cool weather — but the cloud cover made a huge difference and I actually nailed my paces (except for the first repeat). Not only that, in the past I’ve needed to walk more than I should to recover between each repeat, but I didn’t today.

Not that I’m ever going to find 400s anything less than hard.

There are truly lovely trails at a park near my MILs & I sure appreciated lower humidity, although WA was having a heatwave too!

I talked my SIL into taking me to the East Lake Samamish Trail, which was great. I even got to see Mt. Rainier when I got off the trail for a bit.

Favorites of the week
Those 400s on Wednesday  — such a confidence booster. I really thought the run would suck but I nailed it (if you throw out the first repeat).

Getting out of Dodge! Okay, the real fun doesn’t start until next week, but even having the break from furkid duty — even if I miss them — feels good.

There have already been a few desserts, I picked up Garret’s popcorn in the Chicago airport, & I leave you with just a few photos of our shenanigans so far.


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 you able to pack the night before a trip & not stress?

How long is long enough for you at your MILs?

Does your dentist make your next appointment at your cleaning — even though that’s 6 months away?