Not HIITing It

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Every Winter I go through the same routine, unless I’m training for a mid Winter half: I figure I’m not training for anything, so it’s time to really hit the strength training. Often after months of ST taking a back seat to running.

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These weights will get used the normal amount

Not giving up on ST, but . . .
Not this year. I am strength training, yes, because use it or lose it — those muscles will shrink and you’ll get weaker every year if you don’t keep strength training. It’s important!

Winter isn’t the time to go hard. We are hard wired to want to go inside and rest and recover during the short, snowy (for us!) Winter days. Even though our electricity means we can work out 24/7, it’s still not what our bodies need. I found an interesting read on the hibernation habits of some humans here.

I have been using a lot of Pahla Bowers’ Workouts for Women over 50 (but any age can benefit) found on her Youtube channel here. I’ve followed her for many years, but I love that recently she’s begun to showcase many workouts with cardio and weights — but no jumping. Trust me, you’ll still get a good workout!

I run, and I usually do at least long run a week, and another run that’s speed work or hill repeats. Maintaining my fitness base overall.

I’ll bet you’ve indulged in a few cookies, too

It’s ok to pack on a few pounds
I’m not giving you permission to chow down at every holiday party.  I recently read an article (which alas, I cannot find),  that said yes, we’re hard wired to want to eat more during Winter. It goes back thousands of years to when food was scarce during Winter.

We crave comfort foods: high fat, high sugar, carbs — all foods that can insulate us and give us energy. Deny yourself the foods your body is sure you need, and chances are instead of losing weight, you’ll struggle even more. You can read more about why we may gain weight during Winter — and reasonable things to do about it — here.

What’s a health-minded person to do in Winter?
Does that mean I’m throwing in the towel on maintaining a healthy weight during the Winter? Heck, no! Just as I’m not going to throw in the towel on running during Winter, because I don’t want to have to start over with C25K, neither am I just throwing up my hands & saying what’s the point of eating healthy if my body is just going to fight me anyway?

It’s natural to gain a little bit. Just keep an eye on it and make sure a little bit doesn’t turn into permission to #eatallthefood. Accept that you may be a little fluffier in Winter (what are cozy sweaters for, anyway?), but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to move that fluffier body.

This Winter I’m trying to give in a little. To accept that I’ll be up a few pounds, but to make sure I don’t turn a blind eye about how my clothes are fitting. To continue to move my body, but take it just a little easier on it so that I get a true off season. To try to work with my body and the natural rhythms of the season, instead of fighting nature.

When Spring comes, I’ll be ready to get out there and go hard again after a Winter of semi-hibernation!

To everything there is a season.
— Ecclesiastes 

Do you change your healthy lifestyle with the seasons?

Are you enjoying an off season now?

Does Winter send you running for the comfort food?

The Curious Case of the Standard Chihuahua: Spilling over tea/coffee February 2018

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Somehow it seems as though mostly what I’m sharing is senior moments (not really — but it feels that way!). And a long discourse on chihuahuas that I totally understand if you skip it.

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 I came downstairs with the purpose of reading and commenting on some blogs and to start this post, with a few ideas of what I wanted to say in mind.

Except then I sat down to write and had no clue whatsoever what I meant to write about . . . I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person that happens to — right? Right???


If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you oh yea, this is what I meant to tell you: I had Lola at the vet (normal appointment) and there was a new assistant? vet? shadowing. She seemed extremely knowledgeable. She asked a lot of penetrating questions. She was able to guess Lola’s age exactly — most people see a chihuahua and think “puuuuuuuppy”, no matter how old they are.

Turns out this woman has had many chihuahuas.

She lost me when she claimed that Lola was a standard chi. Say what? I like to research things. And I definitely researched chis before we decided to get a dog — I really wanted a Papillon, but they’re not easy to find in rescues, and a long haired chi is just a Papillon by another name, right? We are often asked if she’s a Papillon.

So anyway, there are long haired and short haired chihuahuas. End of story. Teacup, while “cute”, is not really a breed — it’s the runt of the litter, and they often have quite a few health problems. And oh yeah, the breed standard is 4-6 lbs. Lola ranges from 9-11 lbs.

Seriously, keeping weight on that dog has always been a struggle, and she has a fantastic appetite. But this woman insisted there were teacup chihuahuas and standard chihuahuas, and that Lola was obviously a standard chihuahua and a purebred (which she supposedly was, but no, chis aren’t that big and they don’t have the really long back Lola has, which is why she has back problems).

Both Mr. Judy and I poked around on the Internet after that and neither one of us could find any evidence to support this woman’s claims. Very odd. Maybe I shoud have put this last because I can feel your eyes glazing over now that I’ve gone on & on.

Oh well, it’s what I’d tell you if we were enjoying a cup of tea!

Now my news device; cut the cord on tv news


If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I downloaded the NPR app. Which is pretty funny, because I never listen to NPR. For years I’ve taped the Today Show & watched it when I had the time, but the truth is I get sucked into it and it’s really a talk show. For almost 3 hours.

Granted, like all my shows, I fast forward through the commercials, and like the Olympics, I fast forward through stuff I don’t like. I can get through those 4 hours in less than 2. For now, though, I’m going cold turkey.

I think I’ll continue to tape it because when I do end up on the treadmill, that’s what I like to watch.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that 2 massages in one month was heavenly. And I have one last one to use up within the next 3 weeks — I bought a package of 6 last year, but was too busy to use it for a while.

I don’t think I’ve ever had so many massages so close together.

Told ya Winter ain’t over!

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I’d tell you that I totally get the winter bashing, and this winter weather has definitely been crazy, but here’s the thing: it definitely wasn’t our worst winter (YWMV = your winter may vary). In fact, I lost track of the amount of times the snow melted away (but always seemed to come back). Which is much better than having snow on the ground continuously from December to April.

If you’ve never lived in an area where it snows, that snow on the ground acts like an AC unit — pumping out coldness. It makes it feel much colder than it actually is.

Would I rather be in TX for the winter? You betcha. But it won’t go down as the worst winter ever — at least, if March behaves itself (ahem, March, you’re starting off on the wrong foot or coming in like a lion, pick your metaphor). And I just saw leaves budding on a tree on my dogwalk Thursday. It may not be right around the corner from us, but it is coming.

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

What news apps do you like?

Are those senior moments multiplying?

Do your trees already have leaves?

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

Powering through Winter: Spilling over tea/coffee February 2018

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It’s a good thing February is the shortest month of the year, because it is often the worst month of winter. I know this, because my birthday is in February. In fact, that’s the first thing I’d tell you this month over a nice cuppa green tea. Or maybe some ginger tumeric. Or hisbiscus . . .

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 people keep saying that the worst of winter is over. I get it — the days are getting longer, so it feels that way. But it’s a trap. Because having been born in February, in a snowstorm, by the way, almost in the car — I know that we usually get hard hit during February. And sometimes March, too.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you how can it be that I’m not working, I’m not training for anything — in fact, my first longer race isn’t until July, for God’s sake. And yet I’m busy! All those retired people that join groups because they’re bored at home? I don’t understand. Maybe I need to send them Bandit. And Gizmo. There aren’t enough hours in the day — still!

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If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I absolutely recommend Laura @ Mommyrunfast’s Fit & Fueled Nutrition course. I learned a lot and have a lot of new ideas to play around with when it comes to running and nutrition.

If you’ve ever wondered how to eat before or after (or during a run), how much sugar to eat, whether or not you should be running fasted . . . Laura will give you the lowdown on that and so much more. The next course will start in March.

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If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I finally decided to do something I’ve been thinking about for years: go further. No, not a marathon. This week I signed up for the 1812 Challenge — an 18.12 mile race.

Of course it’s scary. It’s new. Anything new is scary. There’s a time limit and it’s summer — I don’t play well with heat and humidity but I managed a PR in NOLA where it was definitely quite hot and humid. I’m not looking to make any records here; I just want to finish within the time limit. And of course it’s an automatic PR anyway. Plus I have Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy to guide me so I don’t have to worry too much.

I’ve wondered for so long what it’s like to run more than 13.1, but on my own? Just ain’t gonna happen. So why not (hopefully) earn a little bling too?

 

What isn’t Skirtsports good for?

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell I am proud and excited to be representing Skirtsports as an #skirtsportsambassador again this year. Hiking, running, traveling, eating . . . there’s a skirt for that. Or shorts or tights or capris, if that’s your thing.

 

But Skirtsports is so much more than cute activewear. It’s a company that gives back with its Running Start program and empowers women of all shapes and sizes with its #realwomenmove campaign.

And yes, the skirts are awesome too!

Use Code 522CRJ for 15% off regularly priced items

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

Do you think about longer races?

Have you ever considered a nutrition course or consulting with a dietitian?

Are you looking forward to Spring or enjoying Winter?

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

 

Just hibernating: Spilling over tea/coffee January 2018

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Hibernating would be great if I were living off my fat like a bear does. Except the only thing that really is hibernating is my activity — unlike a bear, I’m still eating. I try to be more mindful and make better choices knowing that I’m not moving as much, but, as they say, #thestruggleisreal.

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 knowing that my first half (as of this writing) isn’t until the end of July kind of makes me want to find a spring half. I mean, that’s half a year away!

On the other hand, I’m kind of enjoying the fact that there’s no pressure to get in my runs. I’ll do them on the treadmill, since I don’t have to worry about racing in this godawful weather. And I’m sure my body is appreciating some downtime after 18 months of hard training.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that my body might be enjoying that downtime a little too much. As in there really hasn’t been a whole lot of activity lately. Not even dogwalks, as you may have noticed. With temps well below freezing and ice and snow still clinging to the roads, I don’t think we’d be walking very long.

Bandit thinks he wants to walk. He sees me suiting up to go get the mail or take out the trash, and he gets all excited. Wouldn’t you love to be a dog, and just be able to live in the moment?

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There’s only so much of this I can take!

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that at some point I am sure I will not be able to take any more treadmill running. And I will have to brave the cold. Because it seriously doesn’t look to be warming up any time in this century (just slightly tongue in cheek there).

Think you’ve got enough dogbeds, Bandit?

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that Bandit is almost a regular dog now. Almost. While we still struggle with some inappetance (usually only in the morning), he is all about the treats now. And man, when I make turkey, he most definitely wants that, too. Not to mention he is now cleaning the kitchen floor on a regular basis (which has its pluses and its minuses).

On the other hand, when we picked him up from the pet sitter on our way back from NYC, we were trying to get Lola’s coat on in the dark. Mr. Judy used his phone as a flashlight, which apparently was shining directly into Bandit’s eyes, and he growled at Mr. Judy.

As I said to my SIL, he’s damaged. We’ve done our best to help heal a lot of that damage, but I don’t think it can ever be completely healed.

You missed this one if you don’t follow me on IG. Would you want to exercise if even the fountains are frozen?

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I finally realized why I struggle so with my weight during the winter. It’s not about my eating; it’s about my activity. I’m just not as active. Sure, I’m still active, but there are many days I can’t walk the dogs, or can’t walk them long due to the temperatures. There are too many times I put off exercising because I don’t want to change, or don’t want to change afterwards because I have to layer up to go outside.

Some of my slothfulness lately has just been about not feeling well and taking it easy until I do feel well (I felt good, then I didn’t, then I did . . .).

So realizing that, what’s a poor frozen northeaster to do? Good question.

Ok, that’s off my chest . . . for now.

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

Do you struggle with weight and activity in the winter?

Do you have a lot of races scheduled?

Have you ever thought about where you’d like to retire to?

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

 

Pre Thanksgiving Shenanigans: 11/13-19 Weekly Wrap

I’d like to say it was a quiet week. I don’t mind the cooking/baking for Thanksgiving, but the cleaning? How do you guys clean, work, and have a life? Seriously. It felt like all I did was clean this week.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to show that cleaning wasn’t the only thing I did this week.

WeeklyWrap

Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
    Wednesday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  YFR Foundation & Back, Dogwalk, DM ST
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, 4 easy treadmill miles
  • Saturday: 7 mile LSD
  • Sunday: cold, rainy rest day

Mileage: 15 (-6)

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 don’t decorate, but I’m glad people do!

 

Wednesday


Apparently my 15k took a bit more out of me than I expected, so I took an extra rest day. And because I’d been feeling a bit eh, I thought I’d run on the treadmill. Not as much getting sweaty then chilled.

But it was sunny. I warmed up with Bandit, who appreciated no coat & went with me 2.25 miles — longest in quite some time for him. And even though I had 4 on the plan, I did 5. I was tempted to stick to the 4 because I ended up running at lunchtime and I was hungry. But it was just such a nice day and I felt a lot better. Thankfully I felt fine the next day, too.

Friday


Another super windy and cold day. Despite the bright sunshine, with a gazillion errands to run and chores around the house, I chose to stay on the treadmill. It takes far less time to throw on a pair of shorts and a top then bundle up for “feels like 20s”.

I “ran” out of time and had to cut this run a tad short. I never do that, but I just didn’t have enough time to get in a longer run.

 

All the leaves are brown, and the skies are gray

 

Saturday


Some of the Wineglass girls braved the frigid cold — yes, it really feels like winter already — to get together for a group run. While the rest got together for coffee/breakfast afterwards, I had to head straight home because we were leaving for Bennington, VT.

 

Darlene insisted we needed a photo record

Favorites of the week
Going away the weekend before Thanksgiving wasn’t my idea, but I made the best of it, despite nasty weather, with good eats, contributing to the local economy, and some movies.

 

Since we just got home, here’s a little photo journal of the trip:

 

Good eats

 

 

More good eats

 

And yes, this was as awesome as it looks
Sadly there were no apples left 😦

 

 

Typical VT

 

 

We stopped at Bennington Potters

 

Got a fascinating private tour

 

And there was some retail therapy, too (which will appear on my Thanksgiving table)

I downloaded Megan Leavy, which we watched Saturday night. A cool story — the movie was good, but nothing that special. We also went to see “Thor Ragnarok” today. There wasn’t really a whole lot of plot, but it was entertaining and Cate Blanchett makes a great villain.

 

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:

Would you go away the weekend before Thanksgiving if you were hosting?

Are you a fan of Marvel tv & movies?

Watcha making for Thanksgiving? 

Angry Running: 11/6-12 Weekly Wrap

Man, Winter blew in with a vengeance this week; even a little white stuff fell from the sky as the temps plummeted . . . just in time for my 15k..

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to show how I get it done even when it’s frigid!

WeeklyWrap

Workouts update

  • Monday: YFPR Hips, Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, DM Pilates
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, DM Abs & Arms
    Wednesday: 4 miles easy with 6 x ???? strides, Dogwalk, YFPR Hips
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, DM Abs
  • Friday:  3 Miles easy with 3 x 20ish strides, DM ST, 30 minutes swim (4 laps with kickboard)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk + a busy day of errands
  • Sunday: JY Hip, Calf & Hamstring reset, Stockadeathon (15k)

Mileage: 21.4ish (+5.4)

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 

Still some color at the park

Monday


I ignored the weather forecasts, went to the park, and was rewarded with no rain (that came later in the day).

About mile 4 there were 3 ladies walking abreast on the narrow paths. They moved aside for the guy walking towards them, then spread out . . . right in front of me.

Did you know anger makes you speedy?

Love Skirtsport’s limited edition Charmed print

Wednesday


So now it’s really cold. Like winter cold. 30s. It clouded over, but by the time I’d warmed up 1.5 miles with Bandit, the sun had come out.

The new Charmed print from Skirtsports is thinner and less compressive than their normal tights, so perfect for those in between weather days (and of course there’s three pockets).

I may be standing on the mill, but I got it done outside

Friday


Seriously, what’s up with the wind? The Wind Chill? And that white stuff falling from the sky (not much, thankfully). I probably would have stayed inside except there were strides on the plan and strides are pretty much impossible on the mill. With the right gear, it was fine.

What wasn’t fine? Bandit. I really don’t think it was the cold; I think it was the jacket. But you know those crazy crossfitters pulling all those crazy things? Try dragging a 20 lb dog who really doesn’t want to run, just sayin’.

Oh, and I was supposed to do 10 x 20 second strides. Oopsie.

Another pretty but pretty frigid morning

Sunday


Someday I’m going to have a great rest day before a race. Yesterday was not that day. And despite the cold, I nailed my outfit and the race. More to come on Tuesday, probably.

Sometimes change is a good thing

Favorites of the week
I decided I needed a bagel and lox instead of my normal overnight oats for my race breakfast today. I don’t have an iffy stomach and even though I’d never had a bagel and lox before a race or a long run, I was pretty sure it would be just fine and it was.

Trying out the Tribest

My new personal blender finally arrived. So far, so good. Unfortunately I didn’t get as much baking done as I wanted to this busy weekend, I did prepare the filling for the fig bars, which will now be fig cranberry bars since I didn’t have enough dried figs as it turned out. Hey, that’s Thanksgiving-y, right?

New name: Houdini

Not so much a favorite, but I had to share. Look way in the back of Bandit. Notice that sweater peaking out from under the covers? Yeah, that was on Bandit when we went to bed. Another one bites the dust. Darn dog is super hard to find sweaters/jackets for.

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 find you run faster when your angry?

Or how about when it’s cold?

If you have a dog & you live someplace cold, does your dog have sweaters/jackets?