5 Gifts for the Traveling Runner

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I may be going off theme today for the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy again — but I hope you’ll bear with me and see if any of these gifts seems right for the runner in your life.

Which just might be you.

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Heating Coil
I have had a small heating coil for probably decades. The same one. It comes in handy and it doesn’t take up much room in your luggage.

I don’t like hotel coffee makers, as they usually taste of coffee, and you know I hate coffee. Give me a microwave, and I’m good, but some hotels just don’t have them. Many, in fact.

I always pack my heating coil with me when I travel. You just never know.

Mini Crockpot
This mini crockpot is so versatile. It can cook oatmeal overnight. It can reheat leftovers if you don’t have a microwave. Or warm up some baked goods if, again, you don’t have a microwave.

I have traveled with it by car, train, and plane. Yes, I stuck it in my backpack on our recent trip to NYC. And I used it! No microwave, but I still had my warm chocolate oatmeal muffin and breakfast cookies in the mornings.

Insulated Bag
I have been traveling with this insulated bag back and forth to my parents, and it’s made multiple trips on airplanes with me too. You know I love my food and you know I’m picky about it.

I love the organization — being able to keep some food cold (or hot), some food dry away from the cold or hot items, I can stick in water bottles — it’s a very well thought out design.

Flight 001 Packing Cubes
Traveling on racecations can take a lot of organisation, and I find these packing cubes from Flight oo1 make it easy. There are 2 zippered pockets: one for clean clothes, one for laundry.

I have one that I use for my exercise/race clothes, and the other I use for the rest of my clothes. One for unmentionables (although sometimes they just end up in with the regular clothes). One that allows me to organize my various headphones and chargers.

They have made many trips with me and so far none have needed to be replaced. They have a little handle and I have used them as a gear bag for my support crew, aka Mr. Judy.

Travel Tea Mug
I don’t like coffee. And even if I did, few hotel rooms have actual mugs. I got this particular travel mug from Republic of Tea, for free, along with the purchase of tea. I had two: one did eventually break, after many years of travel.

I can make tea directly in this mug using my heating coil. It’s double walled, so it’s never too hot to hold. It can be used with a tea bag or even loose tea, as essentially it’s a small french press.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

What products make traveling to racecations easier for you?

Is there something that you always pack on a trip?

Are you looking forward to a racecation next year? Where?

Tenderizing Turkey: TOLT

I’m Thinking Out Loud about how grateful I am to my blogger friends (again), PRs (again, in case you missed it), and, of course, Bandit. Someday I’ll be able to stop posting updates on him because he’ll just be part of the pack!

Too busy to link up
Seriously, I was so busy all day on Thanksgiving that I never actually got around to linking up last week’s TOLT post (which you can read here, if you’re so inclined). I wrote it, I posted it, I just never got around to actually linking it.

#bloggerfail

How do coaches work?
It wasn’t that long ago, in a TOLT far away, that I wrote about my coach FOMO (you can find that post here).

The other day I was thinking again about some of my friends who have been so successful working with coaches (but I also know some who haven’t been as successful).

I got to thinking — is it really the workouts that are making the difference? Or just the fact that you have a cheerleader in your corner to push you and celebrate with you, or dissect the bad races for you?

We all know that racing is as much, if not more, about our mental game anyway. Just food for thought.

Remember when packing was easy?
Well, maybe never easy, but man, for a simple sport, running makes packing hard for me! If you follow me on IG, you know I’m a #shoeaddict. I usually try to keep it down to a couple of pairs + my running shoes.

But those running shoes take up a lot of space — and no, I actually don’t travel in them. Then there’s fuel, and water bottles, sports bras, my racebelt if it’s a racecation, a visor/hat/beanie . . . it seems like the list goes on and on and the space just disappears!

Guys, this might be TMI
You know how I’ve been saying I’ve been feeling meh, on and off, the last few weeks? Then there was the huge cystic pimple that erupted out of nowhere on Thanksgiving. Lovely timing (it’s still there). And a couple of days ago my boobs were sore.

Then it happened . . . my period started. Keep in mind I haven’t had a period since July 2015, although there was a tiny bit of spotting last year around this time, and it remains to be seen whether or not that’s all this is.

Keep in mind I’m also much closer to 55 than 54. And let’s not forget that the timing couldn’t be worse, what with traveling limiting access to bathrooms and a half to run.

But that at least explains why I’ve been having mild flu-like symptoms — I am one of the lucky ones that happens to before her period.

My simple Thanksgiving turkey recipe
I am not a turkey person, and neither is Mr. Judy. Although I really did enjoy that turkey sandwich on Monday . . . but I digress.

Turkey is also not my specialty, although I’ve made a few. I haven’t made a whole turkey for the last two Thanksgivings. I prefer to make a deconstructed turkey: a breast, several legs, and a couple of wings.

Takes less time to carve and you got your white meat and your dark meat (I’m #teamdarkmeat, by the way).

I don’t know how well this will work for a whole turkey, but it works for me and results in tender turkey:

  1. Brine the turkey the day before. Start the brine early in the morning — it takes forever to cool down and you don’t want to cook your turkey in the brine. I bought brining mix and bags in the grocery store, by the way — trust me, the brining bags are worth it. Much heavier duty and larger than ziplocs.
  2. Take turkey out of the brine, wash the brine off, and pat dry.
  3. Smear with butter.
  4. Season with poultry seasoning and some sea salt.
  5. Put into pans and back in the fridge overnight.
  6. Take turkey out to come to room temperature at least 30 minutes before putting it in the oven.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 (my oven is weird — for most ovens 350 is probably good).
  8. Put in the breast (I had a 5 1/2 lb breast) about 2 1/2 hours before serving. Pour in a little chicken broth into the pan — just enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
  9. After half an hour, put in the legs and wings (also with a little chicken broth in the pans).
  10. Check after an hour or so to make sure the skin isn’t browning too fast; if it is, cover with foil.
  11. Take everything out of the oven when done and cover with foil about 10-15 minutes before slicing/serving.

While this may seem like a lot of steps, it really isn’t. And everyone commented that the turkey wasn’t dry.

Something is better than nothing
It is oh-so-easy this time of year to believe that if you can’t do your regular, full length workout, it’s better to do no workout at all.

Many of my workouts are quite short. That’s why I can get multiple workouts into one day. 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there . . . you’d be surprised at how just a little bit can keep your fitness going.

Next time you’re tempted to skip that run or workout because you can’t finish what’s on your schedule, don’t! Do something:

Trust me, by New Year’s, if you follow my advice, you’ll be thanking me.

So far, so good, except Bandit keeps taking Lola’s beds!

Bandit update: Thanksgiving edition
I talked briefly about Bandit and Thanksgiving in this week’s Weekly Wrap (you can read that here).

Mr. Judy had the dogs gated into our downstairs when my family arrived. Lots of barking, of course, which is fine. After coats had been taken and people had settled in, I had Mr. Judy bring up Bandit, on leash.

I could see that he was doing just fine, so I had Mr. Judy take the leash off. Of course we’ve traded growling at people for jumping up on them for attention, but the tail was wagging and he seemed just fine with very tall people and very old people and canes and everything in between.

My BIL, unfortunately, spent some time teasing him. Most of this I didn’t see, because of course I was busy in the kitchen much of the day. Apparently he pulled his tail at some point — I don’t know how hard — but aside from a yelp, nothing happened. In fact, later Bandit was sitting on my BIL’s lap; and my BIL was handling his paws. I asked him not to do that, since most dogs are very sensitive about their paws, but he continued to do it.

This was the first day we allowed Bandit on the furniture since that first week way back in July when we got him — when he growled and lunged at both Gizmo and Lola while on furniture. He was fine, and seemed to lap up the extra attention.

Again I didn’t see this incident, but apparently my Dad started to get up at one point and my BIL got up very quickly and Bandit barked at him. Everyone assures me that that’s all that happened. My BIL is about 6′ tall, by the way, and you know I’m short — as is Mr. Judy.

I’m giving Bandit an A-. We are slowly moving along with allowing him more freedom in the house. We don’t keep him off furniture anymore (except one recliner and our bed), although sometimes he still chooses to curl up in his bed on the floor near the couch. Other times he does use the bed on the couch. As long as he isn’t guarding it (and so far he isn’t, knock on wood), I’m fine with that.

When I’m downstairs, though, I still gate the stairs so he has to stay downstairs with me. I don’t want him wandering around upstairs solo yet, especially since I don’t want him on the bed right now (maybe never, we’ll have to see how it goes). When I’m upstairs, though, he doesn’t go downstairs, so he can be where he wants to be.

Gizmo has been dealing well with Bandit so far, too

The only problem with gating the stairs is that Gizmo’s litter boxes are downstairs, although he’s realized he can get on the little shelf by the stairs, go to his cat tree, and jump down from there. It’s still not ideal, but it’s working for us now. For a young cat it wouldn’t be a big deal, but he is 15 and he does have some arthritis.

Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:

Any turkey cooking secrets you care to share?

Have you considered hiring a running coach?

What stops you if you considered hiring a coach, but haven’t?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

Runner’s High? Thank Your Endorphins

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Endorphins: any of a group of peptides occurring in the brain and other tissues of the vertebrates, and resembling opiates, that react with the brain’s opiate receptors to raise the pain threshold

Endorphins, how I love you. Endoprhins and the thought of what I will eat after my run/race get me through many a long run/race.

Even my MIL has noticed how running releases endorphins for me: she tells me I’m a nicer person after a run.

It’s not just after a run, either, although I suppose that you have to actually run to get those endorphins flowing. I am also a happy chatty cathy at the start line.

There’s nothing like the endorphins from being fit, and the incredible endorphin rush that goes with that.
–Richard Branson

Of course many a new runner wonders just when those endorphins are going to kick in — all they know is that running is hard. Except those few gifted people that fall in love with running from the very first step — which was not me, by the way; I would say it took me years to actually fall in love with running.

Like most runners, it’s often a love/hate relationship.

If you’re a new runner, I can tell you that most likely you’ll only feel that runner’s high after a run, when those endorphins kick in — you’re unlikely to feel them during your run. I can also tell you that there are very few runs that leave me feeling worse than when I started; usually, I feel so much better after a run. I’m a happier, kinder person.

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Tell me in the comments:

Have you ever felt a runner’s high?

Don’t you just love the good feeling endorphins give you after a run?

Does the thought of those endorphins at the end of a long run help you get through the run?

Cohoes Turkey Trot Race Recap 11/24/16

You can have your Troy Turkey Trots, because even though I’ve never done it, I’m pretty sure I prefer the more low key (and free) Cohoes Turkey Trot. Here’s how it went down for the second year I’ve run it.

Packet Pickup
I got to the race earlier this year than last year. I knew that you could hang out in city hall before the race. More on that later. Walked over to the sign in table in the park, gave them my two boxes of soup, and got my bib.

The Plan: run by feel
Unlike last week’s Girls on the Run 5k, I had no PR aspirations and no plans to even watch my pace. Just move my body and put myself in a good mood for the rest of the day.

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 11:04. 3 seconds slower than last year.
  2. Mile 2: 11:45. 10 seconds slower than last year — this mile has 2 very steep uphills (really, one long uphill). No idea why I was slower — still warming up because it was colder than last year?
  3. Mile 3: 10:05. 13 seconds faster than last year — downhills, I love you. Although I was very grateful the snow held off til later in the day — had it been snowing, I would have had to slow way down, because there are some very steep hills in there.
  4. Last .44 mile: 9:15. Almost 1 minute faster than last year. Um, maybe because it was a lot colder (again)? Except by this point I was warm. Not too warm, just comfortably warm.

2015: 38:19
2016: 37:56

Yes, it was a PR – maybe? – and I wasn’t looking for one again. However, you’ll also notice that the pace is quite a bit slower than last week’s 5k and this race isn’t that much longer. And it seemed like maybe I didn’t press my Garmin at the same time or the course was somehow short (or maybe I just ran tangents better?). I am still totally satisfied with how both races “ran”.


The weather & dressing
It was much colder than last year, and for some reason this year, they didn’t open City Hall. I kept hoping maybe they’d open it at some point, but they never did. So I hung out in the cold for an hour.

I wore a fleece lined jacket from Fabletics, my Skirtsports Switzer capris (I guess they’re currently sold out — too bad, one of my favorites!), and the free flow long sleeved top. I also tried out the convertible saftey mitts — I was disappointed with the tech tips, I had a hard time using my Ipod with them. But they kept my hands warm (although the wind guards make my hands look humongous, and I actually have very small hands).

What I Saw/Felt
It was so cold that I had zero desire to take any photos (other than the one I asked my new friend to take of me). I happened to meet a guy as we walked to get our bibs, and we both headed over to city hall afterwards, thinking we’d wait inside. We went back to ask if it would be opened and where some bathrooms were!

There were some portapotties next to City Hall — and no lines — so I just used them. Later there would be a small line.

My new buddy left at some point, and I struck up a conversation with a woman who somehow looked familiar to me. We had a lot in common: started running late in life, run for stress relief and weight management, and her son went to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (which is at my alma mater, RIT). We kept chatting and eventually the same runner came back — wouldn’t you know they were friends?

I eventually left to warm up, which included some jogging back and forth because I was just so cold.

Last year I thought we ran past Cohoes Falls, but never actually saw them. This year I did. While I love the downhill finish, a lot of it is on the sidewalk, as the streets are narrow and the route not closed to traffic.

In fact, at one point I was running in the street, and this car was driving on that side of the road. And it just kept driving slowly along with us — I found that incredibly annoying (and potentially dangerous).

I also realized that the part of the race that is on the bike path is actually a portion I have run many times. I choose not to run there real often, as it’s a decline out, and an incline back — but we were heading in the direction of the decline.

When I was done, I took a quick look at the food, and then just decided to head on home (I had snacks in my car). I started walking back to the car, and then just decided to jog back to it. So maybe about 4 miles for the day — good thing, as the rest of the day was devoted to cooking/entertaining/cleaning up.

Was the race well run?
It’s free, y’all. You can get a tee if you pay for it. Getting my bib was easy. Where the start line actually was? Confused everyone. There’s one water stop and they hand out small bottles of water. Sort of nice, except then you have to carry them with you. I think last year I just didn’t take one. This year I did, drank some water, and put it in my pocket for the rest of the race.

There’s not a whole lot of food post race, but there are some protein bars and other snacks. In the end I didn’t take anything — it’s Thanksgiving, after all, and I had plenty of food waiting at home!

For a free race that’s meant to be a fun run to get the whole family moving (there are multiple kid races before the main event), it’s very well run. I’ll probably be out there next Thanksgiving.

Final Thoughts
I’ve never tried Troy, even though I know plenty of runners who do it. Because Thanksgiving is always a hectic day for me, I prefer my turkey trot to be more low key and close to home. Free doesn’t hurt either.

I also don’t really want the secret to get out . . . I like practically rolling out of bed to go and race — that almost never happens!

I’m linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup.

Tuesdays on the Run

Thankful Thanksgiving is over:11/21-27 Weekly Wrap

I’ve been slacking again. Not a whole lot of strength training or yoga this week. I was fighting off a cold, off and on, and, of course, just super busy with Thanksgiving prep.

Thankfully I never felt bad enough that I had to skip a run. I knew I might be better off with extra rest days, but with the holiday and everything going on, I just didn’t have a lot of wiggle room. And let’s not forget the cold and insane winds at the beginning of the week!

I didn’t get my weekly mileage up where I like to to be again with this very short training cycle. Too much stuff going on. I feel pretty strong, though, and I don’t have any major goals for my upcoming half — except to finish, pain free, of course.

I love linking up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and reading about how you’ve been active. Join us!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 3.5 mile easy treadmill run
  • Tuesday: 3 mile easy treadmill run
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Cohoes Turkey Trot (Roughly 4 miles with WU & CD), YFR Foundation
  • Friday: Dogwalk
  • Saturday: 8 mile LSD/tempo with Darlene, then all the sushi (well, some)
  • Sunday: YFPR Align & Alleviate, Dogwalk

Mileage: 18.5 (+1.7)

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 

Monday


It was cold. It was insanely windy. Windchill temps in the teens. Yeah, I could have run outside, but it was too cold even to walk the dogs outside. I had tried the previous day with Bandit, but basically had to literally drag him to get him started (almost, anyway), and decided fine, you can not walk on really cold days.

Thankfully Bandit has been doing okay, so far, with the weather induced-reduced exercise.

He didn’t get to run, but he did get to lick the salt off me


Tuesday


Same weather, same treadmill, same pace. I felt as though I was fighting something off, and normally I probably would have taken an extra rest day. And maybe I should have. But I didn’t.

Taken while waiting for the race to start, actually

Thursday


It was a very cold Turkey Trot (and you can come back Tuesday to read the recap). But it definitely put me in a good mood for the rest of the day, which sort of felt like a marathon with barely time to sit down. I was also feeling better, although by Friday I felt like I was fighting something off again (my sister’s cold, maybe?).

I enjoy running in the afternoons in winter (and with company!)

Saturday


Saturday dawned just ugly. Cold steady rain. Ugh! But it was supposed to stop later in the day. Sunday was supposed to be colder and more windy, plus Darlene and I independently came to the same conclusion: we’d rather get our last LSD out of the way and have a rest day before the start of our taper week.

I felt kind of crappy in the morning, and I was dragging, although as always when running with Darlene, I ran faster than I might by myself. Oddly I felt better afterwards. We chatted about our upcoming trip. And luckily the rain actually did stop before we started to run.

If they were only ruby colored . . .🙂

Favorites of the week
My sparkly converse (even if there is now glitter all over the house). Cute and comfortable. They also matched the placemats I bought almost last minute — I really liked them, too!

Notice how my placemats matched my sneakers? Not planned! But I like it

That my family actually played along with my post-it notes on the table about what we’re thankful for this year.

I’ve enjoyed this salad a lot this week!

That everyone — even my mom — well, with the exception of Mr. Judy who didn’t try it — loved my massaged kale salad. It was a big hit. My sister requested the recipe. I love that a healthy recipe was the favorite one!

Another good race and chatting up & hanging with some new runner buddies at the start of the race. I don’t know anyone who does the Cohoes Turkey Trot . . . only I did, I actually ran into one of last year’s coaches from my running group as we lined up.

Bandit hanging with my niece & nephew

That Bandit mostly behaved himself. I’ll probably do his usual update on Thursday, but he enjoyed a lot of petting, sat on strange people’s laps, and seemed to like my parents (who are dog people, although my Dad can be a little rough) just fine.

He’s had a lot more freedom in the house, with Mr. Judy being home most of the week, and unfortunately he’ll be losing that tomorrow since I can’t always keep an eye on him when it’s just me and I don’t think he’s ready for complete freedom yet.

That Thanksgiving is over with. I feel like I can relax — sort of — for the first time in many, many months. I’m taking a very short off season before spring half training begins. I still have to think about how I want to train and how long I want my off season to be!

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:

How’d your Thanksgiving go?

Are you done with racing for the year?

If you are done, are you happy or sad about that?

Where’d my kitchen mojo go?: November 2016 Runfessions

 

I’m hooking up with the new Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy,   and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions todayI runfess that in honor of Black Friday, this post was going to be another post full of stuff to shop for, but since it’s the end of the month and runfession time, I think I’ll save that one for next Friday.

Come back next Friday and I’ll show you some of the things I always travel with. Cause yeah, I’m traveling next week!

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I runfess . . .
. . . my kitchen mojo deserted me. I found a recipe that looked pretty awesome for Thanksgiving: sweet potato dinner rolls. Back in the day I was a very talented bread baker, but it’s been a while, since I don’t eat a lot of bread.

I tried four different times, with three different types of yeast, with milk, with water — my yeast wouldn’t activate. Once I even mixed up the dough, but sure enough, it didn’t rise.

I wasted hours and created a lot of dirty pans. In the end I had to settle for soda bread. Baking soda rocks.

I runfess . . .
. . . I had made an interesting find in my refrigerator while cleaning it out. Well, several. Yes, there were a few science experiments going on in there that I’d been turning a blind eye to and finally had to take care of. So tempting to just throw it out, container and all.

I also found the mini apple crisps (several) that I’d made for last Thanksgiving. Seriously. They were way in the back. And because they’d been heated and were in mini mason jars, they weren’t moldy. Basically they were canned.

Yes, I threw them out without taking a taste.

I runfess . .  .
. . . I had major stress before leaving for NYC and the Dash to the Finish Line. It was sort of my fault. I hadn’t been home much in months, and while I’d finally had a couple of weeks at home, I had mounds and mounds of clean laundry.

That is, I’d finally been able to do a lot of much needed laundry, but I didn’t have the time to put it away. I knew I’d laid out the sweater I was going to wear that morning. And I swear it took me 20 minutes of searching to finally find it at the bottom of one of those clean laundry mounds.

So once again I was all stressed out leaving for a trip. And this time we had a train to catch and Bandit to drop off. We still got there in plenty of time. But I got all sweaty before I left!

I runfess . . . 
. . . a girls’ weekend at a half marathon sounds like such fun half a year ago. Before Bandit, before my mom’s surgery, before moving my parents.

It still sounds like all sorts of fun — right up until those weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and realizing I had all this cleaning and cooking and running to do.

Don’t get me wrong, Holly & Tricia, I am still majorly looking forward to meeting you guys in real life next week. And our lovely host Marcia, too! In fact, I kind of have to pinch myself and wonder why you included me. But it’s been a tiring journey!

I runfess . . .
. . . I have been skipping foam rolling more often than I should. I know a lot of people never foam roll at all, but it’s important for me. I’m the type of runner who really needs to cross all her “ts” and dot all her “is” to remain pain free.

But I runfess this past week I’ve been fighting off a cold (winning, so far, knock on wood), and while I runfess I probably should have taken more rest days and maybe skipped a run, what got skipped instead was the foam rolling.

Talk to me. Leave a comment or answer a question:

Have you found yourself skipping important stuff this week?

Do you ever wonder why someone invites you to something?

Do you lose stuff as often as I seem to?

I am thankful for you: TOLT

I’m Thinking Out Loud about how grateful I am to my blogger friends (again), PRs (again, in case you missed it), and, of course, Bandit. Someday I’ll be able to stop posting updates on him because he’ll just be part of the pack!

What is a PR, anyway?
I touched on this briefly in my Girls on the Run 5k recap. A PR should be so simple, right? It’s a personal record, as in the fastest you’ve ever run a distance.

Does it only count if you achieve it in a race? Not that I ever PR a training run, anyway!

Does it count if the course is short?

What if you know that your actual time was a PR, but the race only uses gun time, not chip time?

Race tee sizing
This isn’t actually a rant — someday I’ll air my pet peeve about race shirt sizing. Nope, this one was a sort-of pleasant surprise.

I wasn’t guaranteed a tee size for my Girls on the Run 5k because I signed up so late. I’ve got plenty of race tees so no biggie. You had your choice of M, L, or XL, but no guarantees if you picked it up the day of the race, like I did. And when I picked mine up, all they had were L & XL — I figured it would make a nice layer or throwaway, being such a nice bright yellow.

Then Sunday night when winter arrived in a really fierce way, I figured it would be good to sleep in. I got it, looked at it, and thought “man, these really ran small”. So I looked at the label — surprise, surprise, it was a small!

Everyone has an opinion
I know my body fairly well. When I somehow pulled a groin muscle during sleep (or so it seemed) and shared that on the blog, my blogging peeps were full of advice: rest. don’t stretch too much. roll it.

Although I’ve been known to be wrong, I was fairly certain it would go away on its own (which it has, unless it comes back of course).

I know my friends just had my back, but I always get a chuckle out of the advice that comes out when you admit to a niggle — and I am 100%, absolutely guilty of doing the same thing.

I wrote about how grateful I am to all of you yesterday in this post, and I am, and I hope if you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today — or if you’re not — that you’re having a totally awesome day.

So I’ve been feeling as though I’m fighting off a cold all week long . . .

Team foil roaster pan?
I have real roaster pans. They’re rarely used. Y’all know my “love” of cleaning and housework! So when I have to roast something, most of the time I use a foil roaster pan, even though I try to avoid using foil much around food.

I bought my turkey parts — breast, wings, drumsticks — that’s how I roll instead of an actual turkey — on Monday. I’d bought my roaster pans ahead of time. Or so I thought. When I got home I realized that there is no way those turkey parts are going in the two pans I bought. I was going to go back out, because I don’t want to have to go out shopping tomorrow (or Wednesday), but Mr. Judy offered to throw himself into the gladiator pit for me and pick some up.

I need some large ziplocs too . . . .

You know you love something when you miss it
Like running — you know how when you can’t run, it seems like runners are everywhere, and all you want to do is run?

Or blogging, for instance. Maybe because it’s still relatively new for me. But when I couldn’t blog as much as I wanted to during all the family drama, I really missed it.

I keep telling myself I’ll pull back, just a bit, to turn out more quality posts, rather than quantity, and yet . . . here I am. I’ve always been a journaler/journalist/diarist? at hear.

Bandit likes me sweaty after a treadmill run

Bandit update
We made a second visit to the vet (see my scene of the crime post from a few weeks ago) and Bandit did great again.Of course, he didn’t have to wait in a waiting room for half an hour and still didn’t see the vet, but he did get on the scale and I did pick him and put him on the exam table. Baby steps!

I also made a quick pitstop at the grocery store and left him in the car for about 5 minutes. I gave him a piece of jerky, which he stopped eating the minute I left the car without him. When I came back out, he was sitting and just staring at the dog. But he wasn’t jumping up, barking, or destroying the car. He got back to work on the jerky when I got back in the car.

It got so cold and windy that he didn’t get a walk for a couple of days, too. The first day I tried, and he was totally not into to it, so I gave us all a break (we’re talking windchills in the teens). He seems to be managing.

Part of it is his secret supplement cocktail: Nurticalm, RX Clay, and Diarrhea Tabs (Amazon affiliate links). He is sleeping through the night and I’m not having to clean up messes. Knock on wood! It’s like having a baby or a puppy . . .

In some ways he’s so like Chester — separation anxiety resulting in poor poops and not touching food when I’m out (we’re past that now), smart, protective, prefers me to Mr. Judy although not quite as bad as Chester was, not terribly interested in playing with Lola — although the jury is still out on that one.

There are a couple of major differences: with Chester, most days, getting out first thing in the morning was like a major emergency (Bandit was like that at first, too, but things have calmed down and now I don’t take him out until I’ve fed Gizmo — big change!). And Bandit is like Lola in that he likes to go to sleep early. He snoozes in his bed while we watch tv and he actually would rather go into his crate than downstairs with Mr. Judy!

Today will be a big test for him, with all the chaos and people, assuming the weather isn’t too bad and my family gets here. I’ll let you know how he did next week.

 

Making sure Lola gets some play time, too

 

Giz trying to “help” me decorate for Thanksgiving

Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:

Team real roaster pan or foil roaster pan?

Do you play a doctor on the Internet?

How did Thanksgiving go and what did you serve (recipes please!)?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud