All the Seasons: 4/12 – 18 WRD

I had to cram a lot of fitness into the first part of my week this week, so it’s been a very busy couple of weeks. I wrote this post as the week went along; so much easier to remember what happened that way.

I get my second vaccine next week. Moderna is known for more side effects, and I already had effects from the first. This time at least I know it’s coming, so I’m doing some things that may head off those effects — like drinking Nuun Immunity every day.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and doing my best to stay active.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles (with 3 long hill repeats, Dogwalk, Yoga (50 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (45 min), Easy Hiking at Olana, Yoga (10 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Very Short Dogwalk, 6.5 mile LSD, Yoga (40 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (35 min), Filmed Yoga Vidoe (50 minutes), 3 TM miles Intervals, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga course (75 min)

Running Mileage: 12.5 (+.5)

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

Can you see the raindrops?

Monday Intention: easy run
It was supposed to be rainy, so I’d planned out my week to run Tuesday. I also planned out my week to visit my mom on Wednesday, and then remembered she plays bridge on Wednesday. So I ran two days in a row so that I could visit her on Tuesday instead (Thursday and Friday were supposed to be rainy again).

I’m surprised we don’t see more of this sort of thing

I did long/short hill repeats. Up the long hill, down and over to the shorter hill, down the short hill, back to the long hill — 3 times. Oddly enough this run actually felt fine. Strong. Maybe because of the cool (50ish), lightly rainy weather.

Don’t ask me why I headed down this knowing I’d have to go back up it!

Wednesday Intention: go the distance, don’t push too hard
Between last week and this week, I’ve crammed in a lot of activity with not as much rest as I probably need. It was a beautiful day, but warm. Mr. Judy was away, so I had to make sure Bandit got a short walk before I left to do my long run. Had I known Thursday wouldn’t be as rainy as forecast . . . 

This run started out strong, I was dressed correctly, but I got out too late and after a few cool days the warmer temps really wore me down. I reached for a few tricks, but they didn’t really help. At the end of mile 5 there was a loooong walk break. I did tack on an extra half mile, but I’m not sure that made up for that walk break!

Well, it was definitely more time on my feet. Coming up on the weekend I had a course both days, so I wanted to try and get a long run in before that. Which is how I ended up running more days bunched together than I have in a while!

At least it was gone by midday

Friday Intention: a little speed
With snow on the ground a treadmill run was a no brainer. I’m not really sure why I chose an interval run, it was a somewhat intense week, but it went okay. It was a slight miracle that the mill and my Garmin just about agreed on the mileage — so weird, usually the Garmin is way off (faster) than the mill.

There are people much better at landscaping than us! And I get to enjoy it.

Favorites of the week
All the signs of Spring, even if it was cool and cloudy, even if we did have some snow on Friday and spotty cold rain on the weekend. This is why I prefer Spring to Fall — it’s pretty, the days are getting longer, not shorter, and it just feels so hopeful — as long as you don’t watch the news.

Spring is s great time to visit Olana! April flowers!

Those signs were amply on display at Olana this week! It was chilly when I got there, but the clouds began to break up and eventually it was really pretty. I ate my lunch there and did a little sketching.

Bandit vegging out while I take a Yoga for athletes course

Seriously, Mr. Judy was gone most of the day yesterday, and I had 3 hours straight in the morning and Bandit laid there without moving (much). I left the door open so he could go out, but he never got off the chaise. I was freezing! It was colder than forecast.

Today I have the second half, but we’re supposed to do some Yoga this morning, Mr. Judy is home, and I suspect Bandit might not hang out with me but we’ll see.

Did Winter come back to visit this week? 

Are you training for something? If yes, how’s that training going?

GWY Root Chakra

ICYMI: A lovely stretch for your lower body, ending with several restorative poses. I’ll be explaining more about the Root Chakra, posing a lot of questions, and suggest that you journal after this practice. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: My pre long run/LSD routine. Friday I’m . . . not sure yet!

Spring is Starting to Pop!: 4/5 – 11 WRD

This time I started this post yesterday. The week sort of got away from me — it was busy though! I also suffered from laryngitis this week, so I had to cram my most of my fitness into the last few days. I don’t really remember what happened on what day until the last couple of days.

The leaves are coming in, the trees are beginning to bloom, the weather was seasonably appropriate, and Bandit finally got a bath — Spring has sprung!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running easy.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (45 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 min), Short hike/Dogwalks
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), short warmup hike, 6 mile LSD, Yoga (45 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga video (35 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (45 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga later

Running Mileage: 12 (-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

Beautiful day! Beautiful daffodils!

Wednesday Intention: easy run
I almost ran Tuesday because while I couldn’t talk, I felt better, and it was a beautiful day. Felt like it might still be better to rest, so Wednesday it was. An easy run in the neighborhood. The only thing memorable was seeing a dog off leash (we’d seen him off leash a few days before that). The owner was waiting for him to come to him, basically — he didn’t seem terribly concerned.

Chasing a dog never works, but he lives on a busy corner where people often speed around the curve.

A bike trail warmup for my run — this one looks muddy in the beginning, but really wasn’t

Friday Intention: go the distance
It was another beautiful day, but I relaxed in the morning and got out too late and chose the wrong top. This wasn’t an easy run by any means. Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea to do my warm up hike. The first entrance was a lake, but the second one wasn’t muddy — I won’t be running at this path too much longer because it gets so buggy in the Summer. Too bad because I enjoy my warmup hikes, even though there’s nothing really that great about the scenery there.

A few interesting sights on the run. The daffodils basically in the brush at the end of someone’s property along the path was definitely a surprise!

This photo was taken yesterday, when it was sunny. Today’s cloudy. But the forsythia are sunny!

Sunday Intention: enjoy the Spring weather
Ugh, I waited too long to get out there today, and it was really humid. At least I hit the outfit right! The first mile was a nice pace, but it was downhill from there between the ups and downs of the route I chose.

I started to skip some of my walk breaks to work on endurance.

Dionondahowa Falls; photo credit Mr. Judy (except the one of Mr. Judy)

Favorites of the week
We really had a pretty glorious week weather-wise. The Daffodils and Forsythia are blooming, always a sure sign of Spring. No snow. We took advantage of the weather and took a drive up to Schuylerville to do a short hike to a waterfalls, and then over to the Schuyler House to walk around some more. We ate lunch outside at a restaurant. It’s been 5 months! I needed that!

On Monday I woke up with a sore throat. I’d spent a lot of time sitting outside the day before. An allergy? I didn’t feel too bad, although I was really tired that day. I felt better on Tuesday, but could only croak (barely).

I’ve spent a lot of time outside the rest of the week, but by Saturday I could talk again. Weird!

We also grilled outside (which Mr. Judy has been doing for a while now) and ate outside. No need for the patio heater! And obviously I filmed this week’s video on the Yoga platform. I still love that so much!

Vegan zoodle bowl

Plus ordered some food for pickup today. I just haven’t been into cooking lately, although I’m trying to get back at it — but I wanted something healthy.

Finally it occurred to me to look into whether or not Forsythia are dog-friendly. They are! Cat friendly, too. We are constantly trying to get things into the backyard that aren’t toxic for Bandit. Why it took me twelve years to think of this, I don’t know, but now I’m hoping to look forward to Forsythia front and back next year.

What are you looking forward to in Spring? 

Has it been warm enough to enjoy outdoor dining? Have you?

What’s blooming around you?

GWY Throat Chakra Yin

ICYMI: I decided to create a Yin Yoga video devoted to the throat chakra, for obvious reasons. This practice will also help you release tension in your neck, throat, shoulders, and arms. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: My biggest takeaway from my Mobility course. Friday I’m sharing more takeaways from that mobility course. It’s mobility week!

Waterfall Chasing: 3/29 – 4/4 WRD

One of the benefits of rain/snowmelt is the waterfalls are quite full. There is definitely something about a waterfall that has always entranced me!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and running post vaccine.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), 3 easy miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk/Short hikes/walks
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), 4ish TM (Endurance + Tread Bootcamp), Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (50 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), 6 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (45 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), PB Cardio Toning?, Dogwalk

Running Mileage: 13 (+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 Update

Hello sunshine (in flower form)

Tuesday Intention: easy run
It was a positive splits kinda day. The first mile was brisk — both weather and pace-wise, but after that I began to tire and got slower and slower. It was also pretty windy. I think? I didn’t start this post until Thursday. Oops!

Thursday Intention: endurance, speed, strength
I know that if I want to put in extra miles I have to do it before the Peloton Tread Bootcamp, so I did a short endurance run first. The Bootcamp had sprint intervals. All told an hour of hard work. Normally I’d do a bike cool down, but it was lunch time!

What a great idea!

Saturday Intention: enjoy nature
Ultimately I was glad that Mr. Judy had something today so I got my run done yesterday — it was a beautiful (but cold) sunny day! I did trail miles, and I ended up at a dam I didn’t even know was there, because I hadn’t gone that far on that trail before. The last 2 miles were a bit of a struggle. Definitely notice a slight hit to my endurance with that first vaccine, even a little over a week later.

I might have seen an eagle (so many birders come to these trails), but hard to say. I saw a very large bird flying, and I don’t think it was a hawk or crow. They had this really cool exhibit with pages from a children’s book on trees, so a nature walk where the kiddos could read a book page by page. I thought that was so clever!

Nice having these so close to home!

Favorites of the week
I spent multiple days trying to get close to Cohoes Falls, which is a large waterfall quite close to me. Didn’t happen — yes, I saw it, but from a distance (closer park doesn’t open until May).

Imagine my surprise to find this on my run yesterday!

I did discover the dam I didn’t know existed on my long run, though. Next week looks like we’ll have decent weather so I’m hoping to get Mr. Judy & Bandit on a short waterfall hike again.

They were not happy I invaded their space this time 🤣

In one of our unsuccessful waterfall hunts, we did come across this pleasant little park. Wish I had that right in my neighborhood! More geese, you’ll notice, but no interactions (unless you count Bandit trying to eat their poop, of course).

It did stick around overnight but quickly melted

Not a favorite? The April Fool’s snow! That happens pretty regularly in these parts, though, and was gone as quickly as it came.


I think we need more; don’t you?

Last but certainly not least, the bulbs emerging!

Have you discovered new things in your area recently? 

Has Winter made an unwelcome return? 

If you celebrate Easter, a very happy (and safe) Easter to you!

GWY Immune Boost + Breast Health

ICYMI: If you’re going to be vaccinated or just were vaccinated, you may enjoy this gentle, immune boosting practice, which is also great for breast health. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: I share why I love Spring running. Friday I’m sharing some great Essential Oils for runners.

Sighting Spring: 3/15 – 21 WRD

Spring is slowly unfurling, bit by little bit. No we don’t have flowers yet or leaves on the trees, but we can see they’re coming and that’s always such a hopeful sign. What will you plant this Spring? Literally? Spiritually?

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy with 4 20 sec hill repeats, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Short hike/Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, 2.5ish TM miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Led Yoga (30 min), PB Cardio/ST (25 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 6 mile LSD, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 11.5 (+.50)

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

First bulb sightings!

Tuesday Intention: tackle some hills — easy (seems to be my mantra lately)
It was cold. Like December cold. Mid 20s anyone? And gray. But not windy! It actually wasn’t my intention to do hill repeats when I left, but I decided I would give it a try. I was working on a video which took far longer than anticipated, so I got out much later than planned (and still so cold). That first mile was speedier than I’ve been in a while, although the hill repeats naturally slowed me down.

A strong run, though; I’ll take it!

Thursday Intention: get in a short one
Lots of things to work on today. Got out before the cold rain started (for the rest of the day) to walk Bandit. I’ve been waking up later this week due to the time change and getting up in the wee hours, then finally falling back asleep. I knew I wouldn’t be able to have breakfast & get out there before the rain & I was right.

Did a 10 minute warmup run followed by a 20 min Peloton recovery run. Fell a bit short of the usual 3 miles I’d run midweek but that’s all I had time for this day. Something is always better than nothing!

Oh what a beautiful morning! Can you see my geese friends?

Sunday Intention: go the extra mile
For the first time in forever (do you watch the Holdernesses on YouTube? I don’t, but Mr. Judy does, and therefore I often see their videos; they are cute) I was actually looking forward to a run. It promised to be a lovely morning with little wind, and it was.

Which isn’t to say this was an easy run, oh no! I again chose a route with a lot of hills. I took my time, I walked extra when I felt the need, and I soaked up some Vitamin D. Plus I ran 6 miles, which is the longest I’ve run this year.

Thanks, Nuun!

Favorites of the week
I can’t say I’ve been a good Ambassador for anything lately, but I was happy to see my new Nuun Immunity samples arrive. Stay tuned!

And thanks, Honeystinger!

I also got a surprise from Honeystinger!

Up & down the hills, through the mud & a little ice & snow

We took a short, steep, muddy, even icy in a few spots, hike this week too. Mr. Judy and Bandit were troopers. 

What signs of Spring are you seeing?

Does Spring make you feel hopeful? 

How did you celebrate the Spring Equinox? 

GWY Balance 3

ICYMI: We’re on week 3 of my Better Balance + Strong Core Challenge! You’ll find the video here. This week I also did a bonus Facebook Live mini balance + core workout I could definitely feel the next day; I also led kneeling sun salutes in the group yesterday. You can join here. But wait, there’s more! A meditation to help you spring into balance here (aka think about what you want this Spring). A kind friend informed me that my Happy Feet video had no audio; you can view it with instructions now here.

Coming up on Tuesday: 5 ways to prep for Spring Running. Friday I’m getting a few things off my chest at Marcia’s runfessional here.

Celebrating the Good Times: 3/8 – 14 WRD

Every little bit of sunshine, every Robin sighting, makes Spring feel just that little bit closer. We had very windy — but also warmer — weather this week. We had to try to soak up as much sun as possible this week since it got cold and windy by the weekend — but still sunny! I even got to film a video outside on the deck!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (15 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga (35 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Yoga (40 min), walk/hike at Olana
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), 5 miles “easy”, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 11 (+1.50)

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

Still some snow hanging in there!

Tuesday Intention: easy — enjoy the sunshine & warmer temps!
I was actually a little overdressed for this run. It wasn’t that warm, 40 and windy, but compared to last week it felt great even if I was battling wind most of the run. Although the easy miles didn’t feel easy, my V02 Max nudged up again. So the cardio comeback is complete. I saw a cardinal on my cool down walk at the end — I almost thought it was a robin!

Post run but water always makes me happy

Friday Intention: keep it easy
I like to take a rest day after going to visit my mom — and a crazy busy week — but I couldn’t pass up the chance to run on a semi-warm day when the sun was shining (but the wind was blowing). My least three longish runs have been the same distance, completed in the same time, but I swear each one has felt harder. The wind didn’t help, and the path I chose is somewhat hilly. 

We had sighted our first Robins at Olana the day before, which is south of here, but I saw a Robin on this run, too. I also saw 5 deer running across a fairly major road that’s not far from the airport — that was a huge surprise! I’ve never seen deer there at all.

Happiness is snow & ice free streets & lawns!

Sunday Intention: focus on feeling powerful
I wasn’t tackling major hills — or major wind (although it was windy) today, but there are plenty of little inclines in my neighborhood (plenty of hills, too, but today was not the day for that). I focused on flowing up those inclines. Now robins are everywhere. The next thing to look out for are Spring bulbs; Mr. Judy planted some in the Fall.

Celebrating a day late

Favorites of the week
We could have gone to visit my mom on her actual birthday, but the weather was warmer the next day so we agreed that was the better day to visit. Bandit is not allowed inside, so we had to meet outside. Feeling blessed that it was a nice enough day that we could do that. Yes, my mom has been vaccinated — but I haven’t been.

It was a chilly morning but we enjoyed our al fresco brunch before heading to mom’s

We had made our usual stop at Olana for a bathroom break and brunch outside. Usually I go by myself, but since it was my mom’s birthday, I thought it would be nice if Mr. Judy came too. Which meant Bandit had to come. Which meant meeting outside.

St. Patrick Day’s Cactus?

Speaking if hanging in, here is my St. Patrick’s Day cactus, as I’m now calling it. I had buds around my birthday, but apparently I didn’t water it enough and they dried up and fell off. I’m guessing these will be my last blooms, but only time will tell.

What are you focusing on these days?

Snow all gone or hanging in there? Ours is gone! Finally! Makes running a lot easier.

Did you race this weekend? 

GWY Balance 2

ICYMI: We’re on week 2 of my Better Balance + Strong Core Challenge! You’ll find the video here. This week I also did one bonus Facebook Live core workout in the Facebook group; you can join here.

Coming up on Tuesday: What if you could download that perfect blog post you wrote in your head on the run? Friday I’m going to help you turn some of those common negative thoughts on the run into positive mantras.

Marching in: 3/1 – 7 WRD

I’d like to say that Spring is marching in, but it sure seemed much more like Winter this week. A few dustings of snow, frigid temps with howling winds. Our hawks came back to roost, though, so surely Spring is on its way? I could have also titled this Breaking Away (remember that movie?), since I finally got to run a little outside my neighborhood today.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), PB Cardio Abs (12 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (15 min), 1.5 TM Bootcamp, SB 3.86 mile (15 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Abs (15 min), Filmed Yoga Video (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), Rest Day — ST was planned, but I was super tired & passed
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min) — another rest day while the wind howled
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 5 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 9.50 (-1.25)

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

Tuesday Intention: a little speed, some strength, cut back
I wanted to finally try a Peloton Tread Bootcamp, and I chose a 45 minute Classic Rock Bootcamp. It was a good class; although I had intentions of doing a cool down run because I ran even less than I thought I would — well, that was before I did the class. Note to self: if you want more miles, do a warmup run. I did follow it with a stationary bike cool down, though.

I thought about a 60 minute bootcamp — probably would have gotten me the mileage I wanted — but I’ve been a bit tired (and busy) the last couple of weeks so I was trying to take it a little easier. Insert evil laugh there!

A lot of snow has melted, but Winter temps have been hanging on

Thursday Intention: Take it Easy!
I was feeling a little off this week. Tuesday’s workout was a bit intense, plus there were various minor frustrations yesterday. It was gray, cold, and windy. It was also a very consistent run, and while I won’t say it felt great — the pace was a bit faster than it’s been in a while.

Both photos from our lawn. I expect this to be gone by the end of next week!

Sunday Intention: go the distance
Just 5 miles. Don’t let the sun fool you — it was cold, but not as cold as Saturday! I walked out and thought I was overdressed, but then the wind kicked up — nope, it was just right for me. the first three miles passed fairly “quickly”, that last mile was a bit of a struggle.

Favorites of the week
I had to ask Alexa if hawks go south for the Winter. Yup, indeed. I noticed that they hadn’t been around, but I also noticed them flying around and then coming to to rest on “their” trees opposite from our house (where we saw what I’m calling a young eagle last week). I look forward to watching them ride the thermals in the Summer. Sorry no photos.

It was a busy week, but nothing terribly exciting happened and I barely took any photos . Actually, I did finally get my new Yoga props, but I never took any photos of them. Oops!

Training or just running?

Snow all gone or hanging in there? Ours is mostly gone (for now) although it’s been so cold & we’ve had some flurries so there’s still some hanging on.

Did you race this weekend? 

GWY Balance 1

ICYMI: It’s the first video in my Better Balance + Core Challenge! You’ll find the video here. This week I also did two bonus Facebook Lives — one core, one for the back in the Facebook group; you can join here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Some historic moments in women’s running for Women’s History Month. Friday I’m sharing what I did to heal my Achilles Tendonitis. Of course I am not a medical professional and don’t really know which — or if all — of the things I did worked.

Warmer days are ahead!: 2/22 – 28 WRD

Wednesday had a high of 50F! Perfect running weather. I went to visit my mom; I got to enjoy the warmer weather on my hike there, but there was no time to run. I notice how much more birdsong there is these days, and the days staying light longer. Spring takes a long time to come up here, but every little sign of it is encouraging.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), PB ST (15 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 2.75 TM, SB 4.45 mile (15 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (20 min), 2 mile hike Olana, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (20 min), 5 mile LSD, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), PB ST (10 min), 13ish miles SB while taking the mobiliy course
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 10.75 (+1.25)

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

Tuesday Intention: go the distance
I gave serious consideration to skipping this run altogether. I woke up feeling tired. I was going to run outside — maybe I could have — but we’d had a bit of snow overnight, running in the afternoon when it would be clearer wasn’t an option, and quite frankly even though it was a warmer day, I wasn’t feeling it. I decided to run on the treadmill — an endurance run (steady pace) — and just keep the pace conservative. I survived.

Even after some warmer weather—still a ways to go. With rain in the forecast for this weekend we should see less & less of the white stuff.

Friday Intention: increase distance, keep pace easy
Mission accomplished! 5 miles that felt surprisingly good. Mostly consistent and the last mile was the fastest. I only look at my watch to see when miles are coming up; I drink some water each mile. So I have no idea how fast I’m running most of the time. No side stitches!

Our side of the street doesn’t get a lot of sun. I’m be other side you see grass!

Sunday Intention: take it easy, enjoy those warmer temps
It was almost 40F by the time I finished my run. No wind; sadly no sun either. A relatively easy 3 miles, meeting my intention.

Forgot about the photo until they were almost gone! They taste much better than they look in this photo.

Favorites of the week
I took some of my starter out of the fridge to reactivate, with the intention of making more bread. It was a busy week and I knew I just didn’t have the time to make bread — Friday I had my long-ish run, and Saturday I had an online class all day. So I decided to make some more pancakes. Apparently you can never have too many pancakes. They seemed to fuel 5 miles quite well.

Learned a lot about mobility & self myofascial release yesterday. It will make its way to the blog eventually.

I will definitely be changing up some of my foam rolling with what I learned in yesterday’s class. I’ll share a lot of what I learned, but it’s going to take a little time to digest all that information. The vibrating ball (in front) might just be my new bestie.

Bandit kept me company for almost the whole class (roughly 6 hours).

Over tea next Friday I  talk about Bandit & snuggling. I’ve noticed a decline since it’s been warming up, but he hung out with me during my class almost the entire time. Hard work, but a dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do.

What are the little Spring approaching signs you’ve noticed?

Spring racing plans? Nothing for me, not yet anyway.

Have you tried a vibrating massage tool/foam roller? Yes, they make vibrating foam rollers. That might be next on my list.GWY Manifest Your Dream Meditation

ICYMI: A short, moving mediation. This will help you push away the fear and bring in the things you want in your life. You’ll find the video here. On the other blog I explain Oracle cards, how to use them, and a few options to consider here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Thoughts on the run — outside and inside. Friday I’m grabbing some hot chocolate and getting together with you virtually to share what’s going on in my life — and I promise to listen to what’s going on in yours, too.

Typical February Week: 2/15 – 21 WRD

Snow. Ice. Cold. Not nearly as much as forecast, though — in fact, much, much less (except the cold part). I was able to run outside twice. My heart goes out to my friends in Austin, even while I’m actually glad (for once!) that we live here and not there. I’ve been without power. I’ve been without water. Neither is fun. Throw into that burst pipes — yikes!

I am ready for some good news, I truly am!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (40 min), PB Legs (11 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), PB Balance + Core (10 min), 2.5 TM, 4.5 SB, Shoveling, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), PB ST (10 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), Easy 3 miles, Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), PB Legs (10 min), A little touch up shoveling, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), PB Arms (10 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (20 min), 4 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 9.5 (+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

This is how it looked by the afternoon when the temps had risen above freezing and the ice was melting. Made the shoveling easier, but I stuck to the mill in the morning.

Tuesday Intention: just a touch of speed + more time
I chose a 45 minute intervals run today. I’ve been using 45 minute runs, but just running for 30 minutes. I continue to slowly increase time and length of my runs, so this week I wanted to run for 35 minutes. Which I did.

Another cool ice photo. Makes plastic mesh look like chain mail!

I kept my “speed” relatively low, walked the last 10 minutes, and then cooled down with a 10 minute indoor bike ride. I’ve been doing 15 minute cycles, but it was getting really close to lunch and no one wants Mr. Judy hangry.

No killer storms here but lots of days with just a few inches of snow & lots of cold means the snow stays. Until next week when we’re supposed to get more seasonal temps.

Thursday Intention: opt outside + easy miles
No wind for the win again! Which is good because it was just barely above 22F. Definitely took it easy, but a good run overall. Except for when I turned around at the end of one street and almost literally ran into a woman running on the wrong side of the street — I had no idea she was there. Otherwise uneventful except for V02 Max nudging up a little and my last mile being a pretty normal pace.

Typical February scenes

Sunday Intention: add some more distance (again!)
Another cold in the low 20s run, but wind not too bad and bright sunshine! It still felt more difficult than Thursday’s run. No idea why. Back up to 4 miles. Woohoo! Although I did stop after mile 3 to make sure Mr. Judy had been out to walk Bandit — he just won’t walk if I’m at home and Mr. Judy takes him solo, but he usually will walk if I’m not at home. Looking for me, no doubt. I was worried I’d get home and then have to go back out to walk him — which I do a lot — but I just wasn’t feeling that today. He’s such a weird dog.

Rarely seen sunshine outside; but no way to get Vitamin D from that sunshine so gotta get light somehow

Favorites of the week
I want to thank everyone, again, who took time out of their love day to wish me a happy birthday last week; I am grateful to each and every one of you.

Mr. Judy actually put his thinking cap on and got me a great gift: a new light box for the mornings. I’ve had a small one for many years, but the rechargeable battery was slowly dying. The new one is much larger. I still get tired in Winter, but I do think it helps! I also asked for something like a water pick — food is always getting stuck in my teeth — and he got me that, too. It took some getting used to but my teeth feel so good after using it.

He also chipped in with his family, and there are some new Yoga props on their way, too.

Of course birthdays aren’t about what you receive, but it’s always nice to know that people are thinking about you.

Favorite recent birthday gift?

How’s your motivation holding up as Winter grinds on?

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free virtual Yoga class here

GWY Yin Yoga Hamilton

ICYMI: It’s a Hamilton Yin Yoga practice! I had so much fun working on this. You’ll deeply stretch your whole body. I will give you a quote from the play for each Asana (posture). I can’t play music from the soundtrack due to copyright, but maybe you can entertain yourself with it in your mind as we practice together. You’ll find the video here. If you’re looking for some inspirational morning reading I’ve got some suggestions here.

I’m running a fun challenge in my private Facebook Group. I’ll be trying to help you get into the “routine” of practicing something calming each morning. I will be raffling off a free thirty minute private Yin Yoga class via Zoom. You can join here. You can only enter to win if you’re in the Facebook group, and you have until the end of the month to enter. No pressure, it’s supposed to be fun!

Coming up on Tuesday: I’m wrapping up February (just a few days early). Friday it’s time for some runfessions!

Private Yin Yoga Class Giveaway: 2/8 – 14 WRD

I visited my mom for the first time in almost 6 weeks, which made  her very happy. It was a very busy, tiring week though, but I feel as if I accomplished a lot — including three runs, a tiny bit of indoor cycling, and some short strength training sessions. I’d like to say today will be restful, but I’m running and still working on some stuff — maybe tomorrow???

There is also a lot of snow in the forecast for next week. I’m really trying to run outside at least occasionally, but Mother Nature isn’t making that easy! Perhaps we’ll get lucky and be on the low side of the forecasts. I think a lot of my strength training could be shoveling next week!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running and strength training.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, PB ST Arms (10 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), 2.5 TM, 4.5 SB, Shoveling, Yoga (90 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), Short Hike at Olana
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), PB ST (13 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), 2.5 TM miles progressive, CD walk (15 min), CD Cycle (15 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (30 min), PB Standing Abs (6 min), Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), 3.5 miles easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 8.5 (+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 Update

Tuesday Intention: work on endurance
Back on the treadmill. I was excited when I got up and it wasn’t snowing yet, but it wasn’t long before it started. Endurance run, slight walk to cool down, then hopped on the stationary bike for the rest of the cool down. The endurance run was 45 minutes, but I only ran 30 — I think I like using the stationary bike for a cool down after a shorter run. Good to change things up!

Friday Intention: a little (very little) speed
I could have run outside. Yes, it was very cold, but not very windy and even some sun. I had a lot of balls to juggle though — or maybe I just didn’t want to freeze my butt off! I chose a progression run, keeping it very moderate. This did feel a tiny bit harder than the endurance run on Monday (same amount of time). I again enjoyed a cool down cycle.

This is what 59 looks like. Notice the rabbit tracks behind me.

Sunday Intention: add some more distance
I had many lovely birthday gifts today, but not gonna lie: this was  one of the best. a run that felt pretty darn good. It’s still relatively short and slow, but my longest run in over a month. I realized on this gray day, that the lack of wind is even better than sun in Winter, although of course both would be lovely. Now unfortunately it’s time to batten down the hatches and most likely more treadmill runs if the forecasts for next week are to be believed.

Clearing the air as I drive

Favorites of the week
I took my portable diffuser with me on the road to my mom. I loved using it in the car! I also wanted to show it to my mom to see if she’d have any interest in it.

Flour. Salt. Water. Baking Soda. Pretty amazing!

For months every morning I’d get up and say “this is the day I’m going to start a sourdough starter again”. It’s really not that hard. But I didn’t do it. Until finally I did. It didn’t go moldy this time. I made sourdough pancakes from the discard again. Yesterday I finally baked my first loaf!

Bandit channeling Lola. So many memories of her (and Chester) popped up for me on FB today.

How are you dealing with the snow (if you have it)?

Cake, cupcake, donuts, cookies, brownies? What’s your favorite dessert?

If you bake sourdough bread, what do you do with the discard? 

gwy MR yin

ICYMI: A “short” Yin Yoga practice that will ground you and energize you for your day. This is the last piece of my morning routine practices. Yes, it’s longer, but today is Valentine’s Day so maybe try this for an afternoon energy burst! I don’t suggest doing this practice in the evening because it’s designed to be energizing. You’ll find the video here. You can also read a blog post about morning routines here for a little more information.

I’m running a fun challenge in my private Facebook Group. I’ll be trying to help you get into the “routine” of practicing at least one of these routines each morning. I will be raffling off a free thirty minute private Yin Yoga class via Zoom. You can join here. You can only enter to win if you’re in the Facebook group, and you have until the end of the month to enter. No pressure, it’s supposed to be fun!

Coming up on Tuesday: Five Pandemic Running Pet Peeves. Friday I’ll share how to ease back into running after an illness — which is a little different from coming back from injury..

February at its best: 2/1 – 7 WRD

There was nothing remarkable about this week — except for the fact that my mom got her first vaccine. Otherwise, pretty much same old, same old. February is doing what February does best: cold, gray, and snowy. Although I’d still say despite that we’re “enjoying” a somewhat mild Winter.’

I have to admit I don’t really quite remember what I did when in the beginning of the week — it was mainly Yoga, walking, and a little shoveling. I ran three times this week, and even squeezed in a short full body ST session yesterday.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and easing slowly back into running.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (90 min), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk, Yoga (90 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (90 min), 2 TM Miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga (30 min), Shoveling
  • Friday: Yoga (30 min), 2.5 miles easy, Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, PB ST (10 minutes)
  • Sunday: Yoga (30 min), 2 miles very easy, Yoga (20 min)

Running Mileage: 6.5 (+3.25)

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

Wednesday Intention: work on endurance
Still on the treadmill. I took a “fun” run — seriously, Peloton has to rename these. Every “fun” run I’ve taken is speedwork, and I go in intending to take it easy and then don’t. I did love the 60s soundtrack!

Unfortunately I had to battle wind & of course the sun came out later

Friday Intention: fresh air + a little further
Why yes, I did finally venture outside for a run. It was a lot warmer than it’s going to be next week, although the winds were definitely fierce. Since my Garmin is set to run/walk intervals I just went with that. I was hoping the forecast flurries would fall during my run (and not the Wintry mix, also in the forecast), but there was just wind. No black ice, though, so very happy about that.

Trying to find the beauty in Winter but it’s a Charlie Brown shrub! We need to take a hint from the plants: rest up now to be ready to bloom in Spring.

Sunday Intention: early start (if not snowing) + ease back on distance
Met my intention completely. Much colder than Saturday, but no wind for the win. Running from my house very short distances — so much easier than getting in a long run. It would be hard to run long in my neighborhood in Winter. I was not nearly as tired after this run as I was after Friday’s — that wind makes a big difference.

Because it’s rechargeable, I can literally use it anywhere

Favorites of the week
My new portable essential oil diffuser! I’ve been wanting this forever, but it was always sold out. I freakin’ love this thing, especially the fact that I can move it around from room to room; it’s been used in my Yoga room, the family room, and the living area (which is quite open).

I also love the AirX essential oil I bought at the same time. I’ve had a very slight nagging cough, just enough that I had to take cough medicine in the morning and evening. After the first time I started diffusing AirX I was able to stop the cough meds. I won’t say I don’t cough at all, but it’s much less.

An immunity dessert!

Add Nuun Immunity tablets to the juice and let them dissolve completely to make immunity jello.

Bandit says February is for snuggling

How are you dealing with the snow (if you have it)?

Favorite type of chocolate — dark or milk? As a kid it was milk, now it’s dark — very dark!

Signing up for any real races? Not me, not yet, I think it’ll still be a while for me.

GWY Yin Yoga Saucha

ICYMI: Yin Yoga doesn’t always get into our upper body that much, but this practice will. It targets the Small Intestine — not to mention the hips and hamstrings in addition to the upper body. We’ll be discussing Saucha (decluttering/cleanliness — you can read more about it in this post here). I really encourage you to pay attention to what feels right in your body — always important. You’ll find the video here.

Coming up on Tuesday: Five things you may or may not know about me + takeaways for you. Friday I’ll be talking a little about one of our most important muscles. Can you guess which one it is?