Putting the R in Rest: 10/2-8 Weekly Wrap

It’s another week short on activity, but man, I needed that! The last couple of weeks before my half were not the least bit restful and I was feeling extremely run down and just praying I could make it to the half healthy (actually, praying I would make it at all — but that’s a story for my recap, which might be out on Tuesday) and remain healthy afterwards.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to wrap up how the week before my last half of 2017 went.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Tackling the 832 steps at Watkins Glen
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day, JY Recovery Yoga
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day, JY Whole Body Recovery Yoga
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk
  • Friday: Dogwalk, DM Pilates, Better Belly Yoga
  • Saturday: 6 mile LSD (is it really an LSD if it’s your only run of the week? And does it really justify all the carbs afterwards?)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, DM Booty

Mileage: 6 (-13)

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 

I like the Skirtsports bolero better than arm warmers!
Saturday


Our Wineglass group has already splintered. Running buddy J is out in TX minding her grandkids while her daughter is running Chicago today. Some got together at 7 am to run. Too early!

I met up with Darlene after her race midday. I was a bit concerned it would be too warm, as things have warmed up again, but it rained on and off which cooled things down. As always, an easy recovery run for her; faster for me, but not too fast. The first two miles were consistent, slowed way down the third mile, but then we did have negative splits for the last 4 (which includes the slower third mile). Not sure what you call that.

Medal Monday at Watkins Glen
Favorites of the week
The day after our half Running buddy J and I conquered Watkins Glen. From the Website:

Watkins Glen State Park is the most famous of the Finger Lakes State Parks, with a reputation for leaving visitors spellbound. Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. 

Always cool looking out behind a waterfall
There are also some 800 odd stairsteps to climb. Race shirts were everywhere. Some were nimble, some were obviously hurting, but it seemed a lot of the race was there. My mom tells me I’d been there when I was young, but I didn’t remember it. Running buddy J forgot she’d been there a few years back, but thank you for indulging me and going again!

Could you imagine discovering this place?
I want to get together a little travel recap at some point (of course I had grand plans to do that with UT, too), so I’ll only share a few photos of Watkins here. And I really must remember to take photos more often — I tend to forget to do that!

Bandit update: I leave all the furkids together when I run around the neighborhood on a frequent basis. No food is involved. I’ve been a bit stumped about how to try it for when we go out and leave them with kongs/chews.

We decided to try them out yesterday when we went out to dinner, close to home. Mr. Judy has a webcam, so we used that to check on in with them. Took a while to find them, but both dogs were barking. A lot.

Well, at least we came home to no messes and intact furkids.

And that’s a wrap 

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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:

Do you have a favorite state park?

Would you have tackled that walk before the race? 

If you raced today (hello, Mohawk Hudson — they had atrocious weather — and Chicago) how did it go? 

Start spreading the news: Spilling over tea/coffee October 2017

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As in, NY is done. Mr. Judy has been giving me grief over the fact that I hadn’t yet done NY for ever (I live in NY, if you didn’t know that). I’m so happy that I was able to share it with 9 running friends — some old, some new; a little sad that I couldn’t share it with Mr. Judy, but I’ll bet he’s actually rather happy about that.

Confessions of a Mother Runner

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

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I am happy to have all my halfs for 2017 done. It is definitely time for some rest (and somehow my fingers typed race!).

Of course Mr. Judy asked if I was done now. Such a silly question. Well, I’m done with halfs for the year, but that doesn’t mean I stop running completely. But I will be dialing things back.

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Not sure we can pull it off again!
If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I wish I had my 2018 races mapped out. It was kind of sweet knowing when my halfs would be in 2017. I have a few ideas, I have research to do, and I’m waiting to hear back about something, too.

And the Wineglass girls want a repeat performance . . . not necessarily at Wineglass. I think it’s gonna be hard to get 10 women to decide and commit (more, really, a couple had to drop out due to injury).

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I had a chocolate pb cupcake & buckeyes (and “borrowed” the photo above from the Website)
If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d say that, as usual, I indulged my sweet tooth big time during my Wineglass weekend. We found the best bakery — Poppleton Bakery — go there if you’re ever in Corning . . . I bought something to have after the half, only we stopped in after the half, and I may or may not have bought something else . . . but eaten the cupcake too . . . I guess that really ought to have been saved for a runfession!

The hard part is reigning that sweet tooth back in now that I’m back home and basically barely moving — I need a bigger break this time, especially with nothing big on the horizon!

Somehow I managed to not gain any weight. Thank you, lucky weigh-in dress.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that in September our dishwasher broke. Only apparently it didn’t, really. After a week of washing everything by hand and Mr. Judy tinkering with it, then getting out a repair man . . . you guessed it — he couldn’t find anything wrong with it.

Which cost us $100. Thankfully we haven’t had any more problems with it but don’t you just hate when that happens?

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I don’t think I can top 2017: if you count my trail half (my first trail half, also my slowest half ever), I PR’d every single half. So far I didn’t PR a single shorter race, but then again, I didn’t do many shorter races.

I’m pragmatic — I know that this streak won’t last forever, but I don’t just run for PRs. Of course everyone loves a PR, but it’s not why I run (but it’s why I train hard). So thank you, 2017 and Rachel @ Runningonhappy — it’s been grand!

Not that I’m done with 2017 . . . I am not signed up for any races, but I have a few I’m eyeing. The first up might be a 10k next weekend. A new one to me, but everyone seems to love this one. I think I was always on a racecation at this time in years past . . .

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Or something else?

Every have something break, but not really?

What do you indulge in after a big goal race?

Are you one & done or do you repeat long races?

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Today I am also  joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy.

State #16, Half #18: 9/25-10/1 Weekly Wrap

It’s somewhat short and sweet this week, because what promised to be a crazy week got even crazier midweek and I was feeling really run down (before that) so there wasn’t really a whole lot of activity. Aside from a little half marathon.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to wrap up how the week before my last half of 2017 went.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: YFPR Knees, Dogwalk, DM HIIT
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 6 TM miles (4 @ steady state)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk
  • Friday: DM Pilates, YFPR knees & Hips, Travel to Corninig
  • Saturday: Rest Day
  • Sunday: Wineglass Half Marathon

Mileage: 19 (-4)

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 

Tuesday


My sweat was sweating. And I was on the treadmill representing the #brasquad (and decided to spare you that photo). When I opened the door to let Bandit out in the morning, even though I had grand plans of getting that run in early in the morning, but I just thought oh hell no!

I would have done it outside if I thought my race was going to be anything close to those conditions — so far it’s supposed to be almost perfect running weather. I never trust them, though. Still pretty sure it won’t be as humid or a high of 90 on race day.

Nothing much to say about this on this run. It got done. Just one more to go! 

And it was almost 10 minutes faster than my last 6 mile easy run!



Sunday


Myself & 9 runner friends ran Wineglass today. We had a half virgin who rocked her race, a few PRs (spoiler: one of them was mine) & a good time was had by all. 

No mad sushi making skills

Favorites of the week
A while back Mr. Judy said it was a shame that we never went to the Culinary Institute to take a cooking class. Like, over a year ago. That’s the sort of thing I squirrel away. So I told him to pick a class at a nearby cooking school for his birthday. He decided on a sushi making class at a different school, as he knows the sushi chef from work.

Can’t say my rolls were a work of art but it made for a fun dinner.

And that’s a wrap 

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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:

What do you do if you feel run down before a race?

Race reports, please! How’d those races go this weekendMadd? 

What’s a race on your bucket list? 

Where can we meetup?

Were you aware that Deb @ Debruns is so kindly running a race linkup now? The purpose is so bloggers (well, anyone, not just bloggers!) can link up with one another at their races. How cool is that?

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The bling doesn’t come with the dog, but it does glow in the dark!

Best Damn Race NOLA Half Marathon
If you decide to join me in NOLA, you’ll also get the chance to meet Tricia @ Mississsipiddlin’ and MB @ Tutusandtennies. Three for the price of one! Plus, NOLA.

The race is March 26 and you can register here.

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Run beautiful Utah with me

Utah Valley Half Marathon
Didn’t win my raffle for a free entry to the Utah Valley Marathon (or 10k, or half — I’m running the half). You can still take 15% off your race entry by using code crj15 (disclaimer: I make a small amount of money from everyone that registers using my code).

Again, you get the chance to meet me and MB. And Marcia @ Marciashealthyslice and Debbie @ Coachdebbieruns. And a little birdie told me there might be a few more bloggers thinking about coming.

Darlene, Wendy, and Erika all have some race entries they’re raffling off, too, so check out their sites.

The race is June 10 and you can register here.

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Wineglass Half Marathon
Mr. Judy has given me all sorts of ribbing over the years about the fact that with 5 years of running halfs, I have yet to run one in the state I call home (for now). I’m hoping to rectify that this year by running the Wineglass Half with a whole group of runner friends. I have never heard a bad word about this race — and like Utah, it’s net downhill — without the elevation!

You could meet me and Darlene @ Myfirst5kandmore at this race.

The race is October 1 and you can register here  — but hurry — it sells out!

So there you have it: my halfs for 2017. So far. Of course I run some shorter local races, too, but no one ever seems to want to come here. Can’t say as I really blame them! Make sure to post your races to the linkup because running is always more fun with friends.

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I am linking up with Deb and her race linkup today.

Hello 2017 . . .: 12/26-1/1 Weekly Wrap

. . . nice to meet you!

Happy 2017! I look forward to seeing what you have in store for me: epic travels, epic adventures, good times with good friends. I know that there will always be bumps in the road, but on the first day of this year there is endless possibilities for good times. All you need is an open mind and heart.

I am so grateful to be linking up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin — thank you, ladies, for creating this safe place to support one another, catch up with old friends, be inspired, and meet new friends.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Saw Rogue One (took up half the day!), 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy
  • Wednesday: Danette May Yoga Flow, 3 1/4 easy miles with Bandit, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  20 min SB WU, Betty Rocker HIIT, shoveling the driveway
  • Friday: DM Yoga Flow, 20 min SB WU, Betty Rocker Booty Ladder, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Bill Hogan “3.5” mile NYD race (which is actually 3.7)

Mileage: 15 (+2)

TIU = Tone it Up
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 

Our snow melted (it’s back now)

Monday


I spent the morning/afternoon desperately searching for Hannukah candles (came up empty) and at the movies. The temps plummeted and some freezing rain coated the driveway.

I figured I’d just try. Grabbed the trash and was like uh-oh, this is really iced over — but then the road itself was fine. I might have tried for more, but I didn’t want to worry about the roads icing up as it got dark. I just took it nice & easy & concentrated on staying upright.

Enjoying a snow-free park

Tuesday


I’d originally planned on running in the neighborhood, but since most of the snow/ice was gone, I just had to take advantage of clear paths and go run at the park again. Sorry, Bandit!

Nothing remarkable about this run, unless you consider the fact that the first three miles were almost all at the same pace. Snow is supposed to be coming back, ice maybe too, so I’m glad I got out here while I still could.

Sporting my Hannukah hat

Wednesday


I don’t normally run three days in a row. A snowstorm was headed our way the next day, and I hadn’t run with Bandit in a while. I had to take advantage of clear roads while I could!

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Skirt sisters

Sunday


It was a really nice day for a New Year’s Day race. Not too cold, no snow or ice on the roads (but still a little snow on the ground). Chatted with friends I don’t get to see too often, and others that I do.

Oddly enough, Darlene put her bag next to mine . . . without knowing that it was my bag!

I wish I could say I started the year with another PR, but I didn’t. But I enjoyed the “race” and the company — that’s really what it’s mostly about, right?

Favorites of the week
We started out Monday with a movie, and ended 2016 with a movie:”Rogue One” — Mr. Judy enjoyed it — I thought it was entertaining but didn’t live up to the hype; and “Lion” — I enjoyed it; Mr. Judy liked it but found it a little too slow.

Actually, we also watched “The Secret Lives of Pets” on NYE — I thought the beginning was just hilarious, and most of the rest just mildly amusing — but you’ll probably enjoy it if you’re a furmom/dad.

I talked a few friends into running this half. And they talked a few more friends into it. It’s going to be epic!

It’s almost as if they posed for the trivet


Love my trivets!

There were several of these trivets for Hannukah — one that looked like the boys (Simba & Gizmo), above, and one that looked like Bandit. They’re by the same artist that did the print of Chester after he passed. There was also a pair of small heart earrings.

And that’s a wrap 

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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:

Did you make it to midnight?

Any New Year’s races?

Have you nailed down your 2017 goals yet?