Add another state?: 2/10-16 WRD

The date for my Dad’s burial has been set, and it was arranged so I could run the April half if I want to — or so I thought. I can still run the April half, but the new potential date means two trips at the end of April. So it’s gone from a nice long weekend away to add another state, to potentially all sorts of driving and my Dad’s burial — not so much relaxing. What to do?

We most likely won’t make our decision until the end of the month, since the price goes up in March (and it’s already not cheap) — in the meantime I’m still in limbo, trying to begin to up my training just in case.

If I do run the April half, most likely I will target it mostly for fun and training for my June half (although the April half is flat & fast, and the June half is downhill, and therefore has the potential to be fast). I’d probably continue to run just three times a week — unless that early spring arrives — maybe even if it does — and simply begin to increase those long runs.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and trying to motivate myself through the gray days of Winter.

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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:  Yoga (60 min), Shoveling ice, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: 3 miles with 5 hill repeats
  • Wednesday: Yoga (15 min), Dogwalk, Taught Yoga (60 min)
  • Thursday: Cardio (10 min), Yoga (30 min), Shoveling Ice, PB Walk with Weights (25 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (15 min), 3 TM Progressive Miles
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Soul Stroll
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), 8 mile LSD, PB ST (10 min)

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 Update

Finally got the driveway clear of ice (before the next ice storm hit)

Tuesday
It was an ugly day: cold drizzle and gray, but the temps hovered just above freezing allowing me to get out there without having to worry about black ice. I took it nice & easy, even backing off on the number of hill repeats I did. Oddly enough, this turned out to be a strong run for me — the first that felt that way in quite some time. I guess my Garmin agreed, because I gained back the point on my VO2 Max that I’d lost.

Friday
Going to my mom’s for her first Valentine’s Day alone, so 3 progressive mill miles it was (due to the cold, the wind, and time crunch).

I was able to gingerly walk over this bridge

Sunday
I was hoping the bike path was clear; I made a quick trip there, and our overnight dusting of snow was still there. Who know what was underneath that snow? I didn’t want to find out.

I was tired of running in the same neighborhood, but there wasn’t much choice. The path to the bridge was clear, though, so I slowly and carefully walked over into the park. Most of today’s run was in the park, but there were still spots were the path was completely covered in ice. Wearing my trail shoes today helped a lot.

I also spent quite a bit of time running around parking lots — a runner’s gotta do what a runner’s gotta do — and discovered some new sidewalks to extend my run into 8 miles without looping.

A far warmer, and less windy, day than yesterday, but it still wasn’t an easy run. I couldn’t convince myself for much of the run that Winter running is, indeed, a good thing (like I wrote about this week here), but I rallied enough to realize that I am lucky I can run, and that I got to do it outside.

I think my Mom deserves the roses on Valentine’s — but I got flowers from Mr. Judy, too (not pictured — the flowers or Mr. Judy). My necklace? That was a gift from my parents on my Bat Mitzvah. It’s almost antique now, LOL!

Favorites of the week
I usually like to get a massage on my birthday, whether or not I’ve run. Since it’s almost a month since my Dad passed, and Valentine’s Day happens to be my birthday, and my brother was coming in for a visit (he had scheduled that a long time ago), I thought it would help my mom if I went down to her instead. No time for a massage.

Instead of pampering myself I spent my birthday running on the treadmill; picking up roses, chocolate covered strawberries, and new towels for my mom; and of course the 90+ minute commute down there. I attended Shabbat Services with her, but she did have a cake for me at dinner, which was just ok, but wait, there’s more . . .

Grandma soaking up the love

My brother came in the next day with his daughter. I’d overheard my mom talking to my sister, and knew she was bringing another cake that day. Along with pizza for lunch for everyone. Oy! The cake was supposed to be a surprise, but I can still hear fairly well.

It tasted as good as it looked! My poor sister brought sparkler candles for the cake. They don’t allow candles at all at my mom’s senior living facility.

As you can see, though, it was a beautiful cake (and much better tasting than the previous night’s cake.

So . . . not the best birthday, although I rarely spend it with family, and while we’ve been brought together a lot this year for sad things, it was nice to spend a happier occasion together. Not my worst birthday, either: that belongs to my fourteenth, when my Uncle died unexpectedly of a heart attack.

Do you have cake on your birthday?  Because it’s just me & Mr. Judy, I haven’t had a cake on my birthday since my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah, 5 years ago (it happened to fall on my birthday). I do always have dessert on my birthday, though. 🙂 Just no need for an entire cake!

If you travel to your halfs, are they just a quickie, or do you take the time to explore? Mine are called racecations for a reason — I like to take my time in the area that I’m visiting!

Do you pamper your mom on Valentine’s Day?  Yourself?

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My Good Samaritan Moment: 2/3-9 WRD

Mr. Judy was slated for a short business trip the latter end of the week. The snow/ice had different plans for him, though, and he ended up having to reschedule. I have to admit I was looking forward to just cooking for myself and getting at some projects I wanted to tackle.

On the other hand, it was nice not having to manage the snow and ice on my own. The snow wasn’t too bad at all, but the ice . . . that’s a different story.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and trying to motivate myself through the gray days of Winter.

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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:  3 miles with 9 hill repeats, Yoga (60 min)
  • Tuesday: All the Yoga: Taught Yoga (60 min), Filmed Yoga (20 min), Practiced Upcoming Cat Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk, PB Cardio + Light Weights (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Time Trial 3 Miles, Yoga Vin + Yin (60 min)
  • Thursday: Cardio (10 min), Yoga (60 min), Filmed 2 Yoga Videos (60 min), PB Walk with Weights (25 min)
  • Friday: Cardio (40 min), Yoga (30 min)
  • Saturday: Shoveling snow & ice, Yoga (60 min), Filmed Yoga Video (10 min), PB St + Cardio (15 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), 8 mile LSD

Mileage: 14 (+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 Update

Partly cloudy was the theme for this week

Monday
The sun eventually peeked out, but most of this day was gloomy. What else is new? The dusting of snow, the cold drizzle in the morning. My body seemed unhappy with back to back running days, my VO2 MAX moved down (just a point) for the first time in ages. 

Not sure why I wasn’t feeling this run. And why didn’t I think to make it my long run instead?

Wednesday
My first time trial was a long time ago — September, as it turns out. I raced enough that I didn’t really feel the need for another one. I decided to try one yesterday, before the snow/ice moved in. For some reason I was just really lacking in energy. I warmed up half a mile, tried to run hard for a mile and half, and then easy the last mile. 

Looking back on my one & only time trial, I’d stopped my watch & restarted it between the warmup and the actual time trial. I didn’t think to do that this time. I also had to stop because there’s a short tunnel I had to go through, and I know that it ices up — good thing, it was a sheet of ice on one end and I had to walk gingerly over that. Ice would be a theme for this week, too.

I really struggled, and was a bit disappointed, thinking I’d lost fitness. When I compared it, though, the times were actually somewhat close. The first part was slower than that first trial, but the second part was faster. I *think* my HR was a bit lower, but since I forgot about stopping it, it’s my average HR for the entire run.

Anyway, it was a good, hard effort and I remained uninjured. Winning!

The hardest part was walking over the ice in the parking lot, as usual

Sunday
I have been stuck in the 7 mile long run for months. Not training for anything. Today I decided to bust through and add 1 more mile. I had thought about a half the end of April, but it doesn’t look like that will happen. 

Funny thing was once I decided to do 8, it wasn’t that big a deal. It was really cold (teens) but not windy, and the sun continued to play peekaboo. And then I had my good Samaritan moment at the end of this run (more on that in this week’s Favorites.

Me in an older Skirt Sports top with Bandit

Favorites of the week
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I thought this post would be pretty short, it was another uneventful week. Aside from the storm and drama of Mr. Judy not being able to get out. And then my week took a turn — in a great way!

I received a card from one of my running buddies, and thought, oh, how nice, another condolence card. Only it turned out to be from my little running group, and had a very generous donation to Hudson Valley Hospice, who had taken care of my Dad in his final weeks. Even better, my birthday is next week.

I was so touched, and completely surprised! I kind of felt badly that I chose to do my long run today, rather than joining the group yesterday. I worried about the still-icy roads, and frankly just wasn’t feeling it yesterday.

And then . . . I was about a quarter mile from being finished when I saw a credit card in the road. I almost ran on by . . .  what to do? It was right in front of one house’s driveway. There was no house across the street.

Yes, I stopped, walked up, and rang the doorbell. And waited, and waited some more, lots of dogs barking . . . footsteps . . . more waiting, rang the doorbell again. Finally a man opened the door. I asked him if he knew the person on the card. When he said it was him, I asked for ID (you never know).

He was so happy I’d found his card! Apparently he’d given it to his mom, and she’d lost it. They looked for it, but it was during the storm, and he figured they’d find it when the snow & ice melted. I’m sure he would have found it without my help, it truly was right at the end of his driveway (just on the other side of the ice), but still, you never know. He was very happy I’d found it. Considering I’ve had people find my wallet and return it — twice — I was more than happy to return the favor.

And I was glad that I’d listened to my intuition after all and run today.

Do you look forward to alone time?  

What body part tends to bother you the most? Lately I’ve been doing fairly well, knock on wood. Until I got this knot in my calf, like yesterday, I have no idea from what.

Have you ever tried to run in a skirt?  Just one skirt and I was hooked!

ICYMI: Runners who battle feet problems, you’re going to love my short Yoga video to help you strengthen those tootsies here. Well, you may not love me during, but your feet will thank you. Do this a few times a week and your feet should feel a whole lot better. In the future I’ll be sharing an even shorter Yoga video to help you side step all those foot problems runners suffer from. Be the first to know when I release new videos: sign up for my newsletter here to find out when I add new videos, and you’ll receive a free Self Love Affirmation PDF and a bonus Abundance meditation.

Searching for Vitamin D: 1/27-2/2 WRD

No big shock, I was very tired the beginning of the week. Last week was intense. Heck, the last half year (and more) was intense. I just wanted to come home & sleep for a million years.

Of course life goes on, and even though I have to admit I wasn’t super motivated this week, I got out there for a few runs. The weather wasn’t horrible, and I even got my runs done outside.

It was a mostly gloomy week though. This morning I woke up to sunshine and a dusting of snow, but by the time I got out midday, that was all gone. It’s why I struggle so much with running outside in Winter.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and sharing getting back to my new normal. It seems like there’s always a new, new normal — doesn’t it?

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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:  PB ST (25 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Taught Yoga (60 min), 3 miles + 8 x 20ish sec hill repeats, Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: PB ST + Cardio (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Bodyweight Abs + Arms (10 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: 7 Mile LSD
  • Saturday: Cardio (10 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Filmed short Yoga Video, 3 miles easy with 7 x 20 sec strides, Dogwalk

Mileage: 13 (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 Update

That pretty, fresh holiday snow? This is what it looks like after a few months.

Tuesday
Gloomy, raw day. Went out for an easy run and decided on hill repeats instead — gotta get them in when the roads are clear, although it looks like they’ll stay clear for a while (fingers crossed).

Still gloomy. Takes forever for me to get out there.

Friday
Cloudy, raw, totally uninviting. I took my sweet time getting ready in the morning, but I got out there — and the last 2 miles were the fastest. I think I was just ready to be done! Plus I try to start out “slow” and finish strong. Sometimes, anyway.

This is my landmark to end one repeat of strides

Sunday
With midweek weather looking frightful, I have a feeling I’ll be running tomorrow. Maybe a time trial (if I have time, LOL!). So I didn’t want to run hard today. Since I’m only running 3 x week, I wanted to put in strides. I run (downhill) from my mailbox to the fence above. Much rather do this than just 3 miles easy!

Where’s the filling?

Favorites of the week
Home again, that was the highlight of my week! Not having to drive my mom home in the dark on those curvy country roads was also very nice. Otherwise, it really was an an unremarkable week.

Both Mr. Judy and I tried the Bobo’s Toaster Pastry pictured above this week (I found it at Whole Foods). We both wondered where the Chocolate Peanut Butter filling was, but we both agreed we’d eat it again.

I used the toaster pastry as dessert with my lunch after my long run this week. It has a surprising 9 gm of protein in it (it partially uses chickpea flour, although you’d never notice that (Mr. Judy didn’t).

Do you have a full race schedule for 2020?  Mine has one race. Kinda like 2019.

Are you struggling getting out the door during Winter? Tuesday I’ll be talking about why you should keep running even when you don’t feel like it.

Any interesting finds at the grocery store recently?  

ICYMI: I uploaded a vlog about Yoga Props here. Next Saturday watch for a little love for your feet. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel to be notified when new videos are released! Sign up for my newsletter hereto find out when I add new videos, and you’ll receive a free companion PDF and a bonus Abundance meditation.

A Spooky Good Time: 10/28-11/3 WRD

Much of this week was spent at my mom’s again. Both the staff and the residents got into the spirit of Halloween. So did Mother Nature with some nasty storms and power outages!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and sharing how I’m prepping for that 15k next week I’m not even signed up for yet.

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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: Yin Yoga + Yoga practice for teaching (75 min), 4 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Taught Yoga 60 min (which is actually mostly sitting for Yin), Barre (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga Hips (30 min), 3 miles tempoish, Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (roughly 90 minutes, combo styles), walking all over the independent living facility — multiple times
  • Friday: Yoga (50 min), morning walk
  • Saturday: Yin Yoga (30 min), 7 mile LSD, Yoga (40 min)
  • Sunday: Hips (20 min)Dogwalk, Yoga (40 min)

Mileage: 14 (-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*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

Fall is still falling (but at least no snow yet)

Monday
A dreary, but dry, Monday. Tackled the hilly route again. A bit slower than last week (seems to be a theme) but still a pretty strong run with a good HR on those hills.

I like the combo of the older capris and the blue deco Watch Me Go

Wednesday
I’d planned to run inside before heading down to my moms, but the tv wasn’t cooperating, so I headed outside to take my frustration out on the road — quickly. Not quite as quickly as I’d hoped, but not bad.

A new furry friend

Saturday
I briefly met up with my friends, but ran alone. It was a nice, strong run. This week tapered a bit more than I really wanted/planned to, but it is what it is and better to go low then overtrain. Dearly wanted to go out for breakfast with the rest of the gang, but miles to go before heading down to my mom’s on Sunday.

I had a jacket on over the top with the slits for my watch. I rolled back the sleeve of the jacket, so I could peak at my watch occasionally. I ran almost entirely by feel, not even checking my pace every mile, just my HR now & again — and I managed to keep it pretty much where it needed to be. Guess that’s what I’ll do until it’s really just too cold.

They may be older, but they can still cut a rug!

Favorites of the week
Mom wasn’t planning to go to the Halloween party, but I said I’d go with her (seriously, she needs to get out of that apartment!), so she went & enjoyed herself. The music was pleasant, the decorations and costumes were great, and my mom enjoyed herself and took her mind off her worries for a while.

Mom’s not afraid of the good witch

It was a very hectic few days at my mom’s. My Dad  is scheduled to come home on Monday. He’ll have an aide 24/7, at least at first, which meant clearing out my parents’ second bedroom. I feel as though all I’ve done the last 10 years is clear out their stuff. Oh wait, it’s true, I have, again and again. Sigh.

After 2 months in hospital and rehab, my Dad is deeply depressed and has lost most of his will to live, and a lot of strength — and weight, too. We expect him to regain some strength — maybe. Or maybe he’s just reached the tipping point. He’s not eating much, either, and that was his one great joy.

My mom is always thinking negatively, and the truth is no one knows if he’ll turn around once he comes home. Maybe. Maybe not. He’s fast approaching 94. Only time will tell. As you read this I’m either en route again or at my moms — going through their papers, rearranging, so it may take a while before I get back to you — but I will!

How did you spend Halloween? 

How do you feel about people walking/running listening to music without headphones? It seems a lot more common and I want to yell at these people to put in some damn headphones.

Has it snowed yet where you live?  Not yet here. Possibly a little next week, but my guess is it would quickly melt.

Still on the racing circuit: 10/21-27 WRD

I do love me some races in the Fall. This week’s was a 5k. One billed as flat and fast for PRs — yeah, right! The hills weren’t bad, but they were there. I’m getting ahead of myself though.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and sharing how I’m tackling all the hills and all the races.

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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: Yin Yoga + Yoga practice for Demo (90 min), 4 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Taught Yoga 60 min (which is actually mostly sitting for Yin), Yoga Demo  (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Yin Yoga Hips (30 min), 3 miles tempoish, Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Arms (5 min), Booty (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Hips & Glutes (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (40 min)
  • Saturday: Yin Yoga (60 min), Harvest Hustle 5k + 1 mile warmup, 7 mile LSD, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: ST (30 min)

Mileage: 18 (+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

Chose the hilly route. Would it help Saturday?

Monday
It had to come to an end at some point, right? The nice weather that is. Foggy, drizzly, raw. I had a really good run though. I chose the hilly route outside my neighborhood, the HR cooperated, and despite the hills I had a good pace.

I forgot to take a photo — this was from Monday’s run — it was a beautiful blue sky on Wednesday.

Wednesday
A really nice day to run and actually wish I’d worn a skirt instead of capris! I set out thinking maybe I’d do an easy run with strides, maybe a 5k this weekend, and then thought maybe not the 5k so let’s push it a bit (although I’m back to thinking maybe do the 5k).

Somehow though I’d turned off step tracking so all the steps on the run weren’t tracked. In fact, it was a frustrating tech day all around.

We run through this covered bridge & up the hill every weekend training for Freihofers

Saturday
First I warmed up up for the 5k, meaning to do .9 mile but somehow spaced out and ended up with 1 mile — which worked out okay since the 5k was just a bit short.

After the 5k I finished off with 7 miles, to round it up to a nice 11 miles — except quite frankly the rest of the run was kind of a death march, starting out slow and just getting slower with each mile. With lots of extra walking towards the end.

I was just so demoralized by how slow I got towards the end that I did run/walk intervals for the last mile. Pushing it when I ran, walking where I felt like it. Fastest mile of the run, which quite frankly isn’t saying much.

Rookie mistake #1: although I actually grabbed some fuel (and had had a snack after the 5k), I didn’t have any electrolytes with me. Maybe that’s why it was so tough? Last week’s long run was so strong.

Rookie mistake #2: Normally when I split a long run into a race and miles afterwards, I drop down my mileage, figuring that during the race I’m really pushing it (which I did). So seriously I probably should have run about 5 miles post race. And had some electrolytes with me.

Well, I got it done. I’m not injured (although one of my toes was bothering me and I worried about a blister, but it’s ok). It was a beautiful day and a good cause.

More nice weather at the rehab

Favorites of the week
Running Buddy J PR’d her half yesterday. The one we ran last year in the Nor’easter. Of course she had beautiful weather. I rarely do, I must be a jinx.

Thankfully I’m not running today — because today it is raining. Most of the week we had really nice weather and I don’t have to go out today, so I’m not complaining.

So you have a favorite time of year to race? 

No matter how long you run, do you find yourself sometimes making a rookie mistake?

Can you believe next weekend we fall back — and Darlene runs her first marathon? 

It’s getting hot in here: Spilling over tea/coffee July 2019

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Summer continues its a-little-too-enthusiastic grip on us, but that didn’t stop me from racing this July 4! It might have if it wasn’t for my running friends, though, I runfess (wait — wrong linkup!).

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date — I have lots to share: the weather is always a good topic amongst runners, what to do with leftover cookies, looking at the world through rain colored glasses.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I tend to be a glass half full gal. Yes, I can get as down as the next person about all the rain. And there has been plenty of it. In between the rainy days, though, there have been some beautiful ones. Those are the ones I hold onto.

Always hot & we stay in the AC as long as possible!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell that Firecracker 4 seems to be a good barometer for global warming (or so it seems anyway). It’s always hot, but it seems to be getting hotter and hotter every year.

Cookies be gone!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I finally had an aha moment with those cookies I runfessed about last week (read it here) and realized that Mr. Judy could take them to his next target shooting match. I’m sure they’ll all appreciate it, and my hips and thighs will thank me!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that it seems like we jam all the fun things into summer, which is rather short in these parts (especially this year!). It’s so hard to motivate yourself to get out as much in Winter (which is long) when it seems like it’s perpetually dark and definitely cold. Gotta make hay while the sun shines, right?

Can’t sleep in in summer with these two to walk!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you it’s harder to juggle the dogwalks with the running in summer. Lola, who is 13, is not very heat tolerant anymore so she needs early walks. Of course, I’m not all that heat tolerant either, so it’s hard to get them out and also get myself out at a decent hour for my run!

If you celebrated, how’d your 4th go?

Fun fourth of July races?

Has there been an unusual amount of rain where you live? 

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

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Fair Weather Runners,Unite!

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I have run in some pretty gnarly weather conditions: snow, sleet, thunderstorms, extremely windy, a Nor’easter (yes, I’m going to milk that one for years to come). Sometimes the weather changes when I’m already out on the run and I have no choice but to run back to the car. Other times, yes, I know the conditions and I choose to run anyway.

I may be smiling, but damn! It was cold! And slippery.

Fairytales and Fitness

Getting ready to run my longest race ever — in high humidity & raining at the start

Given the choice . . . 
. . . for training runs, I will more often than not choose not to run in bad weather. That may mean running on a treadmill or running on a different day — or time of day. I am lucky that I don’t work and have the flexibility to change when I run (sometimes; I still have other responsibilities!).

My first half. Also still my coldest half ever. Don’t I look happy?

I find right now, as I’m not in training for anything specific, I’m even more of a wuss. There have been a lot of days I know I could run outside if I’d just accept being blown around by the wind and cold (not to mention being pelted by cold rain).

I don’t want to so I don’t. I also know that when push comes to shove, I will run in those conditions. That I have run in those conditions. There’s no reason (for me) to put myself outside my comfort zone right now, because I don’t have to worry about what race day will hand me; I already know I can run in adverse weather.

This has been what it looked like before, during, and after quite a few runs

And yet . . .  
. . . I signed up to mentor for the training challenge of our Women’s 5k in June. It started with a snow/sleety morning. There have been rainy days. Very cold and windy days. Because I volunteered for and am meeting the group, I show up no matter the weather — including running in a cold rain this week.

I might grumble a lot about it, but I’m there!

If you’re not a weather wuss like me . . . 
If you absolutely have to get it done outside, no matter the weather, here are a few resources for you:

Do you even care about the weather?

What type of weather causes you to bail?

What getting out the door tips to you have to share?

It is important to experience running in all kinds of weather if you plan to race, because you truly never know what race day will hand you. Each bad weather runs builds your mental game, knowing that you have — and can — run in bad weather. — Chocolaterunsjudy