Hopping Back In + a Honeystinger Discount Giveaway!: 3/19- 25 Weekly Wrap

Happy no snow dance! And my sympathies to those that got clobbered again. I finally felt normal again and it was a very busy week filled with some fun things, some sun, and some great runs.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to show a more normal week of activity.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, Volunteering with FTC, 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Yoga for Strength
  • Wednesday: 4 miles easy  Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk,  3 miles easy
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, YFPR Flexibility
  • Saturday: 20 min mentoring + 4.5 miles easy, Yoga TRX Stretch, SB + PB 10 min Total Body
  • Sunday: Dogwalk

Mileage: 14.5 (+2.5)

JY = Jasyoga
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

It was mostly snow free — but not completely

Monday
Today kicked off the Freihofers Training Challenge — it’s the local large women’s 5k (and was my first race, as mentioned here). I mostly walked with a woman who had never run a step in her life and didn’t know anyone there. Did I mention it was windy and freezing (literally)? I stayed with her all the way, because I knew if someone didn’t she probably wouldn’t finish and probably wouldn’t come back.

I’m kneeling in gray on the left. And yes, that’s snow in the background. Beautiful day though!

I know several other of the women in the group, but they were running in the intermediate program.

Anyhoo, after that I did another 3 miles easy. And before I left I walked the dogs. So a lot of time on my feet but I woke up with happy knees.

Happy Spring! That’s what it looks like in upstate NY

Wednesday
I decided to test out my knees with a 4 mile run. It’s been a couple of weeks since I ran 4 miles (from an abudance of caution). Happy to report that everything felt fine — and the next day, too.

Still taping my right knee, although it feels almost 100% — mainly because I’m beginning to push the mileage again.

Lucky nickel?

Thursday
Not only did the last nor’easter miss us, but by the afternoon, when I ran, it was in the 40s. I wore capris. I didn’t need gloves. I was probably still overdressed. I found a nickel — the first money I’ve ever found on the run! And the best part of all? No tape, no pain. Priceless.

The flowers are fake but it still made me smile

Saturday
Today was the large group for the Freihofers Training Challenge (yes, there’s still time to join if you’re in the Albany, NY area!). Several of my friends are in the training group. Several of my friends are mentors. I’m really enjoying running with the BOTP runners and encouraging them. It’s amazing the Chatty Cathy I turn into on the run.

Then I quickly booked over to the park, because I could see the bikepath still isn’t clear enough. I wanted to try for 5 miles, but I also had to do some grocery shopping, get home, change quickly, and get back out to try Yoga TRX Stretch — so I called it at 4.5 awesome miles. I’d taped both knees since I was going longer, and most likely I didn’t need to. My pace wasn’t bad, either. Must’ve been the sun.

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A surprisingly tough yoga workout!

Favorites of the week
This week I was back Wellnest Studios to try out Yoga Sculpt. I was expecting a relatively easy class. And despite the 2 lb weights, boy, was I wrong! It was really challenging. And my glutes were so sore for days.

Finally got to try out TRX

I also did a TRX Yoga Stretch class there on Saturday. It was totally awesome. I will definitely be back.

Recently I read about and downloaded the Duolingo app (more information here). I have started out with learning some Italian. I’m loving it! It’s free, but there are ads — so far they aren’t at all annoying. They just show up after you finish a lesson and you just click the x to close out of them.

By the time you read this we should have seen “Black Panther”. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway above!

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:

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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:

Have you ever mentored runners?

Have you tried TRX? What do you think?

Do you speak another language? I was always good at languages but because I no longer use anything but English, I wouldn’t say I speak another language. I know some Spanish and a few words in a few other languages.

Our Icicles are Growing: 3/12- 18 Weekly Wrap

Yup, that was 3 nor’easters in 3 weeks. At the moment it looks like the fourth one will miss us next week, but we’re still at the third snowiest March since 1888 — and temps below normal for much of the month, which I can personally attest to this morning.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to show how I continue to come back from illness and runner’s knee. And congrats to both our hosts for tackling half marathons this weekend!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, YFPR Knees
  • Tuesday: YFPR Align & Alieviate, SB 15 minutes, shoveling
  • Wednesday: 3 easy treadmill miles, SB, DM Arms & Legs
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk,  SB, YFPR Knees Restore & Rebuild
  • Friday:  DM Arms & Legs, YFPR Knees, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga Class, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk

Mileage: 12 (+1)

JY = Jasyoga
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

Leftover nest or new one?

Monday
Back to back runs — they may be short, but it’s been a while since I’ve run two days in a row. I probably wouldn’t have, only yes, we’re expecting snow tomorrow and I didn’t want to run on the treadmill again. Thanks to taping my knees, it felt pretty good. Left knee felt fine afterwards, just a few twinges in the right one.

Didn’t want to be on the mill this time, but we do what we have to do

Wednesday
I knew that later on in the day, despite last night’s snow, I’d be able to run outside. Unfortunately I just had a bunch of stuff going on and I had to knock out this run “early” in the morning (which for me meant 8 am) — and also meant it was done on the treadmill, as the roads were still somewhat messy then (although fine later on).

Still taping both knees, although the left one seems fine now. But the right one is still a bit achy. I had a massage right after the run, and that felt great. I also have a chiropractor appointment for next week — I was due for one anyway. I also slowed the pace some more and shortened my run interval.

Those leaves are coming . . .

Friday
Finally: a sunny day. You know what that means here in the winter? Damn cold day. But I got out early, as the wind was only supposed to pick up later in the day. I only taped the right knee.

I shortened my run interval and had to keep an eye on my pace so I didn’t run too fast. The knee seemed better about halfway through the run, but there is still a definite ache. The other knee felt okay during and after — maybe just a slight tightening above the kneecap in the last half mile, but it felt fine when I was done.

One down!

 

I took photos of this house on 3 different walks — the icicles kept getting longer each time — which gives you an idea of how cold it is here

It was tempting to try to run longer, actually, but I want to run stronger ultimately, and luckily there’s still not really a lot on my schedule.

What our backyard still looks like

Sunday
Although just a tad on the cold side — teens are cold, with the snow pumping out some more, right? But it was sunny and relatively calm. So glad I didn’t join the group that tackled an equally cold morning that was also insanely windy yesterday.

The best thing about this run is that it felt pretty good. I’m sure the blue skies and abundant sunshine had something to do with it — but so did the pain-free left knee and the right knee feeling a lot better. Unlike Friday’s run, I just ran. The pace was a bit faster, no doubt due to the cold, but this run felt good.

He trained in India — impressive!

Favorites of the week
One of my goals for February was to actually get outside of the house and try some classes. Well, obviously that didn’t happen. So it became a March goal instead. I went for my first yoga class in a studio in quite a few years. I was disappointed that the owner is no longer teaching because of her pregnancy; I hear she’s really good. The studio was Wellnest Studios for anyone local. I have a 10 day pass, so I plan to be checking out a few more classes there. And probably explore a few other places close to home.

It’s the first time I’ve had a male yoga teacher. I wasn’t wowed by the class, but it wasn’t bad, either. There were two other new people in addition to me, and it’s a small room, so it was really crowded. I’m sure all the yoga lately has helped the knee along.

We rented “The Shape of Water” last night. It was definitely an odd movie, but I really liked it. Back in December, when my brother was in for my parents’ 70th anniversary, he liked it so much he saw it twice — but the rest of his family hated it.

Tonight we’re hoping to rent “3 Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri”.

I’m wrapping it up with a few favorite blogs from this week:

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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:

Have you ever had a male yoga teacher?

What about a male masseuse?

Do you think it makes a difference?