A Friendly Weekend: 9/18-24 Weekly Wrap

I may have been tapering this week, but it was filled with tempos, and speedwork, and racing, oh my!

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

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 2 mile walk because 2 left shoes!, PB Core
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (3 @ tempo)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PB Kettlebell
  • Thursday:  Gaiam Yoga Conditioning, Dogwalk, 6 miles speedwork (8 x 400 with 200 recovery)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Saturday: 8 mile LSD,YFPR Knees
  • Sunday: Maddie’s Mark 5k + .9 mile warmup

Mileage: 23 (-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 

 

Love these 2 Skirtsports prints together

 

Tuesday


So I got all ready to run at my parents Monday morning — all dressed, sunscreen applied — only to find I’d packed 2 different shoes. 2 left shoes. I even tried it on my right foot but no, I’m not that crazy.

Maybe those two days of rest did me good, though, because I finally had a good tempo run. It still felt super hard and the first mile still wasn’t on pace, but it was close and the other two miles were right on pace. Probably didn’t hurt that it was 5 miles instead of 6.

Thursday


I definitely could have done this run outside. But it was hot and the middle of the day and it’s been a tiring, busy week. So I took it to the treadmill.

I do run/walk intervals for pretty much all my runs. Even speedwork. And sometimes that gets a little confusing with shorter speedwork, like these 400s with 200 recovery. And translating the pace into miles per hour. I did my best. It started out only moderately hard but definitely felt hard by the end.

I wasn’t sure if I really had it in me to do 6 miles on the treadmill, and my plan was to take Bandit out for the cooldown mile. But he wasn’t hanging out downstairs with me and I just wanted to finish so 6 miles on the treadmill it was.

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

 

Our last group long run (not me in the photo!)

Saturday

 


We finally got back together with our USAFit Albany group for our last long run. Still far too early in the morning for my tastes (or Mr. Judy’s who was on dog duty), but the upside was it was still nice and cool.

Just kept a fairly steady pace . . . well, not really. I was working on negative splits (not trying, but it was headed that way), then slowed down, and then sped up a bit to make the last 2 miles the fastest.

Sunday


For the second time this summer I used a race as a recovery run. Maddie’s Mark is always a fun time, but with my race next weekend and the late start and hot day, I just took it easy.

Not part of the course; as seen on my warmup

 

Favorites of the week
You know how I’ve been complaining for most of the summer that my speedwork has sucked? Well, I feel like I mostly nailed it. Finally. There was one mile in my tempo run that was a bit slow, but it wasn’t too far off and the rest were right on. That made me feel good.

I hadn’t intended to run Maddie’s Mark this year, really, but I usually go with my neighbor, who’s been going through some really tough times, and when she asked if I were going, I said sure — and it just happened to be the last day to register! Spoiler alert: I wasn’t trying for a PR and I certainly didn’t get one, but I had fun! Sometimes just slowing down to smell the roses is just what you need — literally, that photo I took above was by the rose garden.

And then I accompanied another friend back to the Salt Den today for a little R&R.

Congrats to all my running friends who raced this weekend! You guys rock!

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:

When was the last time you just had fun at a race without worrying about pace?

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

Enjoying those hot temps or wishing it was more Fall-like now? 

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Dear Fall: 5 Things I want from You!

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It’s the first day of Fall and I decided to go off script for the Friday 5 and write a little letter to Fall and ask it for a few favors.

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Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share the five things I’d like to ask from Fall.

Sunshine!
I won’t rehash our summer weather, you know what you threw at us, but Dear Fall, please let us have some bright blue skies with little cotton candy clouds. I need to recharge my batteries before the grayness of Winter arrives.

I’d like to run without the jacket (or hike!)

Cool enough to enjoy running . . .
. . . but not so cold I need a jacket. Gazillions of layers will come soon enough; for now, please let me enjoy the freedom of running in just a skirt and a tee (or capris, or even tights) — let’s save the jackets for winter, shall we?

No snow!
I mean seriously, it’s bad enough dealing with the snow during the Winter. Do you really need to throw it at us during your season, too, Fall? We runners don’t enjoy it. The furkids don’t enjoy it. And the plants certainly don’t enjoy it.

I know you’re just getting started!

Colorful leaves to entertain me . . .
. . . on the trees. Please let there be a trail angel to blow those leaves off of my running paths. I don’t want to roll an ankle because a branch or a rock was buried under all your Fall colors.

I do enjoy leaf peeping as I run.

A few PRs would be awesome
Seriously, Fall, if it doesn’t happen, I’m cool. I’ve had a good year of running. But you are often my best season for running. I’m hoping for a PR at my Fall half next week, but I’m not putting pressure on myself — it will be what it will be.

I’m counting on you, Fall, to help me out a little in the PR department with some crisp days that make running a pleasure.

So let me know in the comments:

What would you ask Fall for?

Any big Fall races coming up?

What is your favorite thing about running in the Fall?

A running IV . . .

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. . . or how I get it “all” done

How do you do all that? It seems to be a frequent question, even if I feel as though I don’t do nearly as much as other women. Because: a) I don’t have kids and b) I don’t work. Or I don’t work now; it’s not as though I’ve never worked. And while the furkids suck up a lot of my time, because I seem to attract the needy ones, I’m under no illusions that it’s anything like having children — not to mention the fact that many of you have children and furkids.

I don’t t think you can have it all. But I do think you can make life easier with a few hacks.

Know your why
It’s not that long ago that I wrote about how important it was to know your why when you pick a race (read that post here). And while I didn’t write about that in my Danette May Challenge review (read that post here), Danette places a great deal of emphasis on knowing your why when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle — which is something I’ve already learned throughout the years.

Without knowing your “why”, it’s all too easy to procrastinate (heck, even when I know my why it’s all too easy to procrastinate!). When you truly know your why, it will help you make better decisions, plain and simple.

So dig deep and get to know why something is important to you. That’s the first step.

Make a to-do list
A to-do list is your roadmap for your day. I prefer a handwritten to-do list, because anything you take the time to write out by hand is more likely to stick in your brain. It’s not a bad idea to have it on your phone, too, although I confess I ain’t got time for that!

I tend to make my to-do list before I get ready for bed. There’s something about writing out what you have to do the next day that can set your mind at ease — even if it seems overwhelming — which it often does!

Are healthy meals overwhelming?
You should have a to-do list for what you’re going to eat, too. I know that that seems like work — and it is — but we area more likely to make better choices when we’ve put some thought into our meals ahead of time. You’re not married to your meal plan, but it can help prevent you from ordering that pizza or stopping in the drive through.

Use that crockpot (or instapot, or any other gadgets that streamline your cooking). Get the next day’s breakfast and dinner prepped the night before. Then just heat up your breakfast or grab it out of the fridge. Throw your dinner into the crockpot. And relax when you get home because dinner is waiting for you. Be sure to make enough for leftovers!

Make extras. I’m a huge fan of leftovers. Grilling chicken breasts? Throw on some extras. Ditto with veggies. Don’t forget to double a favorite recipe and store the extras in the freezer for nights when you truly have no energy.

Do a little meal prep on the weekends, when you have more time. Cut up some veggies. Make a big pot of quinoa and/or rice. Make a big pot of soup. Make some mason jar salads. Get some overnight oats going.  Bake some muffins or egg muffins.

Break it into little chunks
Aside from running, it’s rare for me to exercise more than half an hour at a time. In fact, it’s often 10 minutes here, 15 minutes here, some stretching while I wait for things to cook (as I wrote about in my post on ankle mobility — read it here).

Have you ever been running, felt tired, but told yourself you can do anything for 2 minutes? A half mile? A mile? It’s the same thing with all the other exercise, foam rolling, yoga, prehab, etc. that you know you should be doing.

Ditch that all or nothing mindset. Something is always better than nothing and it’s easier to commit to 10 minutes than an hour. Set a timer to make sure you don’t get distracted — and don’t spend more time than you want to. There’s something about a timer that focuses you.

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

coachescornerTalk to me:

What is your best life hack?

Have you ever thought about why something is truly important to you?

Do your prefer the routine of work or the freedom of days off?

 

Hello Taper!: 9/11-17 Weekly Wrap

I love me some taper. Seriously. I am so ready for mine. Y’all, I started training for halfs in March of 2016 with almost no breaks at all since then. So many do more, but that’s a lot for me!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and sharing how my last peak week of training went down. Share along with us — we want to know how you’re doing!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 5 miles easy, PB Arms, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (4 x 800s), Pilates
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PB HIIT, Swim 25 minutes
  • Thursday:  YFR Hamstrings, Dogwalk, 6 miles easy
  • Friday: Dogwalk, PB Core
  • Saturday: YFPR Knees, Hips & Digestion, 12 mile LSD
  • Sunday: Dogwalk

Mileage: 28 (+3 )

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 

Loved the Wool Tee for a cooler day — too bad the heat came back!

Monday


Being 9/11, you’d think that would be on my mind for this run. Oddly enough, no, although of course it was on my mind on & off throughout the day.

I decided to do a grocery store run, so I took Bandit out with me the first 1.5 miles, dropped him off at home, tried to get Lola to do her business but no go, and then ran out & ended at the grocery store (I have an insulated backpack to carry home the groceries).

Nothing remarkable about this run except for its slowness. I am almost in taper town, so I am not pushing things (except for speed work). It was another beautiful day to run, too, and I enjoyed the run, it was just slow.

I did wear the Skirtsports Wonder Wool Tee for the first time. Love it! Normally I’d bring something to change into because I’ll get chilled walking home in my sweaty running clothes. You couldn’t even tell I’d sweated (except for the under arms). And it is actually way more flattering than it appears on the Website.

The heron’s made his home

Tuesday


Same workout as last week: 1 mile warmup; 4 x 800m fast with 400m recovery; 1 mile cooldown. I told Rachel @ Runningonhappy last week that I needed to adjust the paces. They just weren’t happening.

I went back to the same park I used for this run last week. It’s not as flat as the path I usually do speed work on, but heck, my race won’t be flat either (although net downhill). I kept the pace deliberately slower on the first repeat — I thought maybe I’d just gone out too hard the previous week. Except it ended up way slower than it ought to have been.

Never one to give up easily, the next three repeats just squeaked into the newly adjusted pace range and were, in fact, the exact same pace. And while my cool down mile was slow, it wasn’t as bad as the previous week; this run was still really hard for me, but it also didn’t suck the life out of me as much as the previous week. And it was a minute faster — I’ll take it!

Bandit enjoying the cool down

Thursday


I checked both weather apps and the radar today because yes, rain was in the forecast. Unfortunately it didn’t happen and it was hot and humid; been a while since I ran in that.

I’m keeping with the keep it easy (except the speedwork) theme. I didn’t sleep well the night before, I didn’t hydrate as well as usual, and I kept falling asleep while watching some tv after lunch.

So I just ran. The first mile was super slow — which kind of annoyed me — until I realized that I had to stop because I still had it on lap key instead of autolap and alerts for each quarter mile — left over from Tuesday’s speedwork — so I stopped and adjusted that and I think that accounted for the slowness.

The rest of the run was also on the slow side, but reasonable. I just wanted it done. I was tired and felt sluggish. Then I picked up Bandit for the last mile.

Yes, Fall’s here, even if it feels like summer now!

Saturday


This last really long run was another confidence booster, but in a different way from last week’s. It was much warmer and more humid than last week. Runners were complaining about the humidity up and down the east coast.

The run started out great. I had an average pace in mind, and while the first mile was slow, the rest all feel within that pace — all over the place, but actually a bit faster than that fast.

Until mile 9, that is. When I lost the cloud cover. This would be around 10 am or so (yes, I got out there a bit later than I’d planned on). I’ll admit it — I just couldn’t pull myself out of a negative funk. Not that “I’ll never run the race I want” place, but simply “I can no longer move my legs fast” place. I tried, but heat and humidity has a way of sucking the positive out of me.

The last couple of miles were very slow and a huge struggle, but you know what? In the end my average pace was the pace I had in mind to run this run! Glacially slow for most of my readers, but it’s actually speedy for me — not as speedy as last week, but that’s okay.

There’s hope for this race!

Favorites of the week
The weather was wacky again. I got to try out the Wonder Wool Tee from Skirtsports on Monday (love it!) and by yesterday’s long run I was back in a skirt and tank. Code BDAY13 gets you $20 off your order through tomorrow, 9/18.

Not a favorite? Hitting my foot on the sharp edge of our wooden platform bed last weekend. You should’ve seen the goose egg and bruise. While it hurt like a mother when I did it, thankfully it didn’t hurt to walk on and didn’t effect running.

And then there were the gnats on my long run. Holly @ Hohoruns had talked about being covered with them when she got through with a run — which had never happened to me — until yesterday. It was disgusting!

And can we talk about the fact that my knee was tight after swimming this week? There was no question about taping for my long run and I’m happy to report it wasn’t an issue (and I already have a massage and chiropractor appointment booked before that happened — long overdue anyway).

Today I’m relaxing, recovering, and spending the night with my parents because a couple of my West Coast cousins are in town on Monday.

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 the gnats stick to you?

Have your leaves begun to change (if they do in fall)? 

Sad to see summer go or happy for Fall? 

5 Ankle Mobility Resources for Runners . . .

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. . . to check out

I never gave much thought to my ankles. They never bothered me. Until they did. In 2016, about 8 years into my running “career”, suddenly my ankles hurt. Bad enough that I had to tape them. I saw my chiropractor, I saw a physical therapist, and I was gifted with the Shintek (see my review here).

2017 dawned and there was no more taping. Sometimes my ankles will begin to ache on a long run, but they’re fine post run and haven’t been a problem this year. I no longer get out of bed in the morning and hobble around like my 90-year-old parents.

I’ve come to realize that a lot of runners have tight ankles — you may not realize that you do until they start speaking to you. I’ve also come to realize that it’s very important to keep working on mobility and flexibility as we age; use it or lose it!

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Since I am not a coach or physical therapist or chiropractor or any type of medical professional, today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share five resources for ankle mobility exercises. There are many sites out there; these just happen to be the ones that caught my eye.

 

How to improve wrist and ankle mobility
In this post at Mark’s Daily apple here, not only do you get ankle mobility exercises — many of them videos — you also get wrist mobility exercises. Now, I know that our wrists don’t have much to do with running. But due to our time on computers, our wrists do tend to take a beating.

Improving ankle mobility for runners & triathletes
Not only will you find video of ankle mobility exercises for runners here, you will also find information on the importance of testing ankle mobility both before and after doing the exercises to see if those exercises are working for you.

Self Myofascial Release for Happy Feet!
In Debbie @ Coachdebbieruns own words:

There are many kinds of body care, all of which can be helpful. There is nothing like a good sports massage, especially during training or after an event. If you haven’t tried fascial stretch therapy yet, you’re missing out on a key tool in improving performance and recovery.

You can see her video for happy feet here.

Foot pain & Plantar Fascitis Stretch
I love Jill Miller’s Yoga Tune up series. I wrote a small blurb about it in my 5 Yoga DVDs I love (read it here). Watch this quick video clip on Youtube here; it has one of the stretches I do almost daily for my ankles — although I use my Original Worm (Amazon Affiliate link — more information on the Worm here).

Foot & Ankle Mobility Drill
I’ve seen this drill on several different websites — take a look at this video here which goes into some in depth discussion of why this simple drill is useful and gives you tips on how to do it.

This isn’t a drill I’ve been doing, but I think I’ll be adding this to my morning mobility routine. Yes, I actually have one. I started several months ago. I think it’s really made a big difference in how my body feels. I do a little bit while waiting for a furkid to eat, while waiting for the dogs to do their business, while waiting for my tea to brew. Just a few exercises here and there, not necessarily all every day — like yoga, it’s better if you do a little every day than a lot on just a couple of days.

Again, I am not a medical professional or coach, so use your own common sense and if you’re actually in pain and your gait is effected — seek out professional help. If things just ache, I hope you find something useful in one of these links.

So let me know in the comments:

What body part is aggravated by running?

Have you ever done PT for it?

Have you ever done any of these exercises/stretches/drills?

 

Danette May 30 Day Challenge Review

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Pancakes. Waffles. Chocolate covered strawberries. Pasta. Does that sound like punishment for you?

I have been following Danette May for several years. Several times a year, she runs a 30 day challenge, focusing on both mind and body. I have wanted to try it, but it was never the right time . . . I was always training for a race.

That was no different this summer. But I thought to myself “there’s never a good time” and it’s true. Life is always in the way, but I knew my clothes weren’t fitting the way they should and that bothered me.

I signed up for the August challenge — and I’m very happy that I did.

What’s included :

  • Price: $47
  • 3 Day Detox
  • Meal plans for 3 meals + up to 3 snacks per day (including vegetarian options for many recipes — although not many vegan options), released weekly
  • Weekly Meditations
  • Weekly workouts: Pilates and Bodyweight
  • A few motivational emails each week
  • A private Facebook group for support

3 Day Detox
When you sign up you get links to your materials. It includes :

  • A welcome email with a link to the private Facebook group and a overview of the program
  • An email with links to the meal plan, meditations, and workout plan/video
  • An email asking you to take some time to think about your “why”
  • An email detailing some of what you might feel

I didn’t have all the ingredients ready for the “detox” bcause I signed up the day before the challenge started — I recommend signing up a week before it starts (the next one is 9/18).

It is a detox, but not as harsh as many. So I winged it. Something Danette said you shouldn’t do in her introductory videos. Oh well. She also said you shouldn’t exercise hard during the first week — yeah, but I’m training for a half! Oh well again.

The first day is a lot of liquid and no solid food. Except I had some solid food. I did follow as best I could, but I subbed in a smoothie from a different plan, and added in one of the meals from the next day.

The second day was different smoothies (but everyday includes dandelion tea and that master cleanse drink — you know, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice,  and cayenne pepper in water?). Speaking of the detox drink, I didn’t have any cayenne pepper. So I just added ACV to my usual water with lemon juice in the morning (yes, that’s the first thing I drink).

Eventually I bought some cayenne and have been adding that in, too.

Oh, and I didn’t have any Dandelion Tea, either. Dinner, however, was solid food — but a light quinoa dish.

And the third day was supposed to have a smoothie for dinner, but a solid food meal for lunch. Again, I added extra food and moved things around.

The verdict: some of the recipes were tasty, some were okay but nothing was so bad I had to choke it down. Other people didn’t quite feel the same way.

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Lots of yummy food

Days 4 – 6
Once you get past the detox, you can swap lunch for dinner, snacks from one day to another, and so forth. Basically no sugars and no chocolate (other than occasional protein powder and cacao nibs).

I’m rather surprised that dairy is allowed. Not a lot, and not regular milk, but yogurt and cottage cheese and a small amount of regular cheese occasionally.

I rarely found myself hungry. I enjoyed the food. And cravings had already dropped off big time. And of course I particularly enjoyed the chocolate chip cookie dough balls. I also really enjoyed the bok choy bacon salad

Weigh in on Thursday (started the plan on Monday): -.8 lb

Week 2
Foodwise things get easier in the second week. While it’s highly suggested you stick to the plan, it’s also okay to switch a lunch for dinner, or a snack from one day to a different day — which means you can work more with leftovers and not have to prep nearly as much. I rarely did the meal plan exactly as laid out — I’m a rebel that way!

Things like oats and honey and/or maple syrup (in moderation) are reintroduced.

Still few cravings (and no chocolate, outside of cacao nibs) — if you can believe that! Again I really enjoyed so many meals, rarely was hungry, and rarely had cravings. A couple of my favorites from this week was the artichoke pizza and the banana walnut quinoa.

Danette does warn you that it’s not unusual to gain weight this week, which is exactly what happened to me. But just .4 lb. Which might also be due to the fact that I was feeling better this week and was able to exercise more — I’ll usually see a temporary increase if I’m exercising more.

The workouts, however, get harder. Because I’m training for a half marathon, though, I don’t end up following the workout schedule. And there is no adaptations for people who are training for something (and I never asked about that, either). With more food this week, though, and the reintroduction of some carbs, I found it was easier to fuel workouts properly.

Weigh in on Thursday: + .4

Week 3
Week 3 reintroduces . . . wait for it . . . chocolate! Yes, you get to eat some chocolate this week. The previous weeks had chocolate smoothies and a chocolate avocado pudding I really enjoyed, but this week it’s real chocolate.

There are also a couple of recipes using chocolate + coconut oil — I found both to be really good (chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered almonds).

Some of the recipes also repeat occasionally — which is good if you like leftovers — I do! The sweet potato antioxidant salad was so good I plan to serve it on Thanksgiving. The salmon burgers have become one of my go-tos.

The workouts continue to get harder, but they’re still bodyweight. In this week you do both the new bodyweight workout plus occasionally the Pilates workout from the first week on some active rest days.

Weigh in on Thursday: -.2

Week 4
When I first looked over the recipes for week 4, I was underwhelmed. Even now that I’m finished with the challenge (but continuing to use many of the recipes — more on that in a bit),

Some people in the Facebook group were disappointed that some of the recipes this week were repeated more often. As I said above, I like leftovers. While I will say that it wasn’t my favorite week recipe-wise, I didn’t feel deprived at all: hello, chocolate mug cake, french toast, filling protein pancakes and watermelon banana booster.

The workouts continued to progress, Pilates continued to be in there for active rest.

The one downside to week 4 was it became a real push to join the monthly site called Forever Fit. I enjoyed the program, so I started a trial membership and I know I’ll be joining. In fact, if you do sign up for the next challenge, I suggest taking advantage of the offer to try it out for a month for $1 when you sign up for the challenge (my trial membership was 2 weeks for $1) .

Suddenly mentors, as they’re called, were appearing in the private Facebook group and talking about Forever Fit. Danette made videos about it. It just seemed a little too pushy for my taste; I won’t lie.

All the materials are yours to keep so yes, you can do it again on your own. But just like Weight Watchers, the accountability and support of a group are what really make the difference. People — myself at one time included — think I know how to do this; I don’t need to pay for it. Guess what? It’s the rare person that’s successful on their own.

Weigh in on Thursday: -1.4

Pros and cons
When it comes to food, I’m pretty adventurous. When it comes to weight loss, I’m willing to try new things — nothing drastic; no cleanses for me, no cutting out entire food groups. So this isn’t the first time I’ve joined a challenge/reset — but I do feel this was the first time I joined a challenge and really felt this was a lifestyle that worked well for me.

  • Meals plans that map out every meal
  • Flexibility — the ability to swap lunch for dinner, breakfast for breakfast, snack for snack (after the 3 Day Detox)
  • Mind-body connection: weekly guided meditations
  • Weekly Workouts
  • Private Facebook Group for support
  • 3 meals and up to 3 snacks per day
  • A lot of new recipes — I still haven’t tried all of them
  • I quickly found most cravings gone
  • Guidelines for when you go on vacation
  • Guidelines for eating out
  • While I didn’t lose a lot of weight — or inches! — the difference in how my clothes felt was pretty amazing
  • Several emails per week with encouragement and more information
  • Money-back guarantee
Cons:
  • A lot of meal prep — you’ll spend more time in the kitchen than you’re probably used to
  • The detox isn’t easy, but definitely doable
  • The mealplan for the week is released on Friday. I tend to avoid weekend grocery shopping when possible, so it made shopping for what I needed a little difficult.
  • I actually found the private Facebook group not that exciting — there are thousands of woman (mostly) from all over the world — I do better in a smaller group where you can really get to know some people. I actually do like the private Facebook group for the ongoing Forever Fit community. There are still thousands of women (mostly), but I find useful information in there and there are challenges and inspiration, too.
  • Towards the end it feels like a really hard sell to join the Forever Fit community.

A word to the wise: the next challenge starts on September 18. If you’re interested, I’d suggest signing up early and getting your materials so you can do your shopping. I signed up last minute and couldn’t start right away — my kitchen is always pretty well stocked, but I still had to go shopping. And it seems like a lot of food for those first three days.

You can sign up with my referral here

Disclaimer: I do not earn any money by promoting this challenge, but I can potentially earn prizes by referring people. That’s not why I’m referring you — I wouldn’t mind a prize, but I also know that while some of my blogger friends are able to easily maintain a healthy weight, many are like me and it’s a struggle. I hope that people who have read my blog for a while know that I only recommend things I truly believe in. And don’t forget, there’s a money back guarantee (I didn’t use it, so I don’t know how easy it is).

I’m sure some people wouldn’t have the time or interest in that much meal prep, but the truth is, food shouldn’t always be fast and yes, you’re worth the investment of time. You may end up spending more than you’re used to at the grocery store, too, but again, I’m willing to spend money on good food.

Others, I’m sure, will not be thrilled with meditations, but I’ve already talked about how much I feel guided meditations help me.

You don’t have to be perfect. I wasn’t. I did not follow the detox exactly. I still went out to eat.  I got the yummy granola bar from Leah’s Cakery that I love so much. I was doing a different exercise program already, so although I worked in the workouts, I didn’t always do them as many times as it’s suggested.

Finally: I lost 2 pounds. Not much for a month, right? But it’s a good loss for me. I’m at a healthy weight, but at the higher end of a healthy range and I could feel it in my clothes. It was never just about the number, though. I felt better about myself, and my clothes fit a lot better. I have one pair of jeans that will get tight when my weight creeps up — which is had (both the weight and the tight jeans), and by the end of the month they were loose on me again.

 

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This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

coachescornerTalk to me:

Have you done an eating reset you enjoyed?

Do you enjoy plans that involve the mind/body connection?

What is your best tip for getting back on track?

New Critters: 9/4-10 Weekly Wrap

No, no new furkids! But I saw a larger snake than I’ve seen in our neighborhood before (unfortunately squashed by a car) and a Heron at the park. We enjoyed some scenic views from an overlook we hiked to, and oh yeah, there was a little running in there, too (and trying — but failing — to outrun a thunderstorm — when there wasn’t supposed to be a thunderstorm).

That’s my week in a nutshell. Read on if you want the “gory” details!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and today’s guest host to share how Fall is going; it may not officially be Fall, but tell that to the trees!

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 2 mile hike, 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (4 x 800s), Short bodyweight workout
  • Wednesday: PB HIIT
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 6 miles “easy”, PB Glutes
  • Friday: Dogwalk, PB Core
  • Saturday: JY Hamstring, Calves & Foot 5 min reset, 11 mile LSD, Pilates
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, JY Hip & Hamstrings Reset

Mileage: 25 (+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 

Poor snake — haven’t seen one this large before in the neighborhood

Monday


Despite a good long run last weekend, I suddenly was feeling run down again. I debated with Rachel @ Runningonhappy whether or not I should skip today’s easy run — I really wanted to get in a hike. She gave me the green light.

We did a moderately steep mile hike in the morning; I was feeling better. So I went out before dinner for an easy three miles. Somehow afternoon miles are speedier for me.

 

And never saw a Heron here before, either!

 

Tuesday


It seemed like a workout with my name all over it: 1 miles warmup; 4 x 800m fast with 400m recovery; 1 mile cooldown. I usually enjoy shorter speedwork.

Although it was in the mid 60s, there was a breeze and plenty of cloud cover. And again, I just could’t hit those paces. And by the end I definitely felt like I’d left everything out there; my walk breaks got slower and slower . . .

Easy runs have mostly gotten a bit faster but speedwork seems to be slowing down. Not sure what’s going on.

This was not supposed to happen

Thursday


With rain in the forecast, I hurried home from my errands, ate a quick lunch (sitting outside with the dogs and putting away the groceries), then got right out there. 6 miles seemed like an awful lot, but inaccurate weather said it was supposed to stay dry for 2 hours at least. Maybe it actually did.

So I’m going along, definitely taking it easy, aside from some fartlek play around mile 4 I think, and I notice the clouds getting ominous. I don’t remember mention of a thunder. I mentally ditched the idea of picking up Bandit and just tried to get ‘er done.

It started to rain about mile 4 1/2, lightly, at first. Around mile 5, it really started to come down. Was that a crack of thunder? I wasn’t sure, but I picked up the pace — by now it was a torrential downpour — a cold downpour — and the wind had picked up, too. I skipped most of my walk breaks.

Within a half mile of home there was definite thunder. Crap. I briefly considered stopping at someone’s house, but there are only a few neighbors I know, and only a few that would be home. Good thing I didn’t pick up Bandit! It’s amazing how fast you can run when you’re trying to outrun lightning (thankfully I never actually saw any).

And I kid you not — literally 2 minutes after I squelched my way into the house, completely drench, the sun came out and the rain stopped. And oddly enough, the exact thing happened to one of our Wineglass girls!

Yes, leaves are changing colors all over already

Saturday


BOOM!  My speediest 11 mile long run, ever. A real confidence builder, and confidence had been crumbling a bit with those speed workouts the last month.

So many factors effected this run:

  • Good weather
  • Running on my own (but with a group)
  • Stromboli + garlic bread the night before (hadn’t done that in a while)
  • New running shoes
  • Caffeinated Honeystinger chews (Amazon Affiliate link; I’m part of the Hive) instead of the uncaffeinated ones
Enjoying the view at Vroman’s Nose

Favorites of the week
Labor Day was a beautiful day, and Mr. Judy was up for a hike.

They’re good hikers

The dogs are always ready for a hike.


It had rained all day the previous day, and I was worried that the trail would be really muddy, but it wasn’t. Alas, trees are changing. Leaves are falling. Yes, it’s very pretty. But soon the days will be short, the trees will be bare, and I’ll just want to hibernate.

Smiling at the thought of sushi

Last night, if you follow me on Instagram here, you saw that we had hibachi. Mr. Judy had a certificate to the restaurant and thought we could have sushi. Alas. we could not. So hibachi it was. Plenty of protein and carbs to refuel from that 11 mile long run.

The food was good but the service — well, let’s just say that there was a misunderstanding about the certificate the the people working there, who can barely speak English have never heard of “the customer’s always right”. I don’t think we’ll be back.

Bandit has finally decided that maybe he’ll eat some breakfast. At least with the cooler mornings, he has something the last couple of days. Which does make a difference in the poop situation (still with the potty talk).

My parents actually got two offers on their house, finally. They accepted one. The inspection, surprisingly, went well. They were supposed to sign a contract Friday but there’s been no word yet.

And of course, my thoughts and prayers are with FL and TX.

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:

Are leaves changing where you are?

Had a confidence boosting run lately — spill!? 

Hibachi or sushi?