Throwing out the Android: 1/15- 21 Weekly Wrap

Nothing super eventful about this week. Three of my four runs were actually outside — despite getting dumped on with snow earlier in the week. I ran once with Darlene, who had MLK Day off, which hasn’t happened in a while. And met up with the remnants of the Wineglass girls for a group run for the first time this year. Feeling better so life is good.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my activity this week.


Workouts update

  • Monday: 4 miles easy with Darlene (actually almost my easy pace for a change)
  • Tuesday: Ballet Beautiful
  • Wednesday: 3 treadmill miles (cause MN decided to dump 6+ inches of snow on us, not the forecast 1-4 — then some shoveling of said snow).
  • Thursday:  Still trying to get ice off the driveway, otherwise nothing . . . no reason other than a busy day
  • Friday:  JY 5 Minute Reset Hamstrings, calves & feet, 3 miles easy, Ballet Beautiful
  • Saturday: 6 mile LSD
  • Sunday: Dogwalk. First one in a week! Thank you January thaw.

Mileage: 16 (+2)

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*

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Running updates 


Our driveway Monday — the ice has mostly melted now, thank goodness!


It’s been a long time since I ran with Darlene @ Myfirst5k, but since others were running in the morning and I couldn’t and she wanted to sleep in, we met up for an “easy” run for me, a recovery run for her in the afternoon. Although still not warm, there was bright sunshine and little wind so it felt fine. And I recovered with some hot chocolate, one of my favorite ways to recover.


I thought I would have some major DOMs from the Ballet Beautiful DVD yesterday. Maybe it’s waiting for me. Maybe the 100 fire hydrants from the Feel Great in 8 challenge will knock them out. Anyway, I knocked out 3 easy miles on the treadmill while the outside was being turned into a Norman Rockwell photo.


The temps are slowly rising (although there is still ice on the driveway despite hacking at it almost daily — should be gone soon with forecast highs in the 40s this weekend). It wasn’t in the 40s when I ran this morning, although it was in the 20s so not too bad. I wore my trail shoes just in case of icy patches, but everything seemed fine (or the trail shoes did their job). And apparently totally forgot to take a photo.


Looks lovely, right?



Met up with the (smaller) group, and started early as I was the only slower run/walker there. Did one loop one way, the other loop the other way — I find that makes it much easier mentally. Which is not to say it makes it easy.


Except this is what it looks like 90% of the run

The last couple of runs have been n the speedier side for me — probably because it’s warmer, and I’m not bundled up like the kid from “A Christmas Story, not to mention that I do seem to be feeling normal again, too.





Furry side



Favorites of the week
Gotta give a shout out to the Skirtsports Double Take Reversible jacket — I snagged it on sale, and sadly it is no longer on sale, but if it goes on sale again, get it! I still haven’t tried it much below high 20s – mid 30sF, but so far I’ve been perfectly comfortable in it. There are two hand pockets and a large back pocket (all zippered), when you’re wearing it on the gray side, with the furry side in.


Pocket side with the furry side inside

Yesterday I wore it to run in, then after we had our post race snack, I just turned it inside out so the sweaty/furry side was facing out — which kept me a little warmer than just having it against me. The pockets are only on the gray side, by the way.



New refurbished iphone

For many years I have used an Android and carried an Ipod Touch, which I would kid was my external hard drive. We don’t get unlimited anything and we don’t usually get expensive phones.

It was time for a new Ipod — I’d had this one for 5+ years, I think. They don’t last forever. When I told Mr. Judy I was thinking of getting a new one (refurbished), he asked how much it cost. Turns out it was roughly $100 less than getting an older iphone, and our Tracfone service now allows you to use an iphone with the service. And yes, it was a pain carrying two devices for years — mostly because the Ipod took much better photos.

So as an early birthday present, I got an iphone 6. Surprisingly the whole porting stuff over and getting activated went totally smoothly. What does’t seem to be going so smoothly? The whole battery life thing. My Android had much better battery life, but in fairness to it, I had far fewer apps on it (because you couldn’t really fit many on it, hence the Ipod).

So any battery conserving tricks and tips would be highly appreciated. Plus any case suggestions. I ordered a screen protector and slapped that baby on right away (remember my cracked screen before a trip last year, so not fun). But I wanted to be a bit choosier about the case, although I don’t want to wait too long and let it get too scratched up.

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




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 things thawing (even if only temporarily) in your neck of the woods?

What’s your best Apple battery conserving trick?

Android or Apple and are you happy with it?


5 Diet Hacks . . .


. . . That Aren’t About Food

Maybe hacks is too strong a word, but I know that these five things are so important that you are very unlikely to lose and maintain your loss until you’ve addressed most of them.

Last year I shared some of the ways that I maintain my weight loss in the post here. Today I am joining the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share the hacks that will help you lose weight, but have nothing to do with food.


It’s not about what you’re eating
I say this often: it’s not about what you’re eating, it’s about what’s eating you. Just changing what you eat will never work long-run — you have to delve into why you’re eating that way.

Think about what you can add/Deprivation
Deprivation never works. It always back fires. Cutting out whole food groups rarely works long term, unless, of course, you have a health issue.

Instead of approaching your eating with the view of what you can’t eat, try to think about what you can add in:

  • More fruits & veggies
  • More protein
  • More vegetarian meals
  • More healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocados)
  • More unprocessed carbs (sweet potatoes, potatoes, rice, starchy vegetables)
  • More hydration


Love yourself
Unhealthy eating habits often stem from not accepting yourself at any weight, low self esteem, and poor body image. Of course there can be many reasons, but how often have you thought “if I only weighed ______” or “looked like ________”, I’d be happy?

It’s not always easy to love yourself when you’re not where you want to be — I totally get it, because yes, of course, like most women, even at a healthy weight I can still struggle with it. Not all the time, but there are days, especially if my weight is up a little bit and I can see that in my face.

But just like running is almost 75% mental, so is a healthy lifestyle. Your thoughts control your actions. Working on self love is sometimes even more important than what you put into your body, because in the long run, loving yourself will help you to maintain a healthy weight.

Positive affirmations and meditation are both great tools to help you learn to love yourself no matter what. Self care is important, too. If you’re not taking care of yourself, what exactly are you saying to yourself? That you’re not worthy of being pampered? That you are the least important person in your world?

Make it a game
Eating healthy doesn’t always have to feel so hard. Sometimes having a little more fun with it makes it easier. That’s why I’m enjoying the Feel Great in 8 challenge so far — you get points for healthy habits, and each week during the challenge some categories (fruits, vegetable, protein, etc.), increases what you need to do to earn your points. Maybe that’s not your idea of fun, but it’s a challenge (hence the Feel Great in 8 Challenge) and I love a challenge.


What is your why?
I saved the most important one for last. Why do you want to lose weight? What’s your motivation? Looking good is a given; we all want to look good. That’s probably not the real reason why — for the real reason, you have to dig deep. The good news is that once you find your why, you are more likely to be successful — as long as you keep that why in mind.

My why? Well, there are many. Yes, to look good. I worked and do work damn hard to maintain a healthy weight. I have more energy when I maintain a healthy weight — more confidence and self esteem, too, and who doesn’t want more of that?

My real why? To age well. I want to live better, not longer (although better and longer are the real pot of gold at the end of the rainbow). I have watched many relatives age, and not particularly well, including my parents. I know what I don’t want. I am willing to work hard for what I do want.

To come up with your own why, consider using the five whys, which might look like this:

  1. Why do you want to lose weight? So I can fit into all my cute clothes without struggling.
  2. Why is it important to you to fit into your clothes without struggling? So that I feel happy when I get dressed.
  3. Why do you want to feel happy when you get dressed? It makes my day seem easier.
  4. Why does it make your day seem easier? Because it makes me happy when I can fit into any clothes in my closet.
  5. Why does it make you happy when you can fit into any clothes in your closet? Because it makes me feel like a success.

Feeling successful is a good why, although it may not be your real why. Still, you can see how using the five whys (keep asking why about the answer you come up with ) will help you dig deeper.

You might also be interested in:

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

What is your why?

Are you looking to eat healthier?

What do you think is the most important thing when it comes to weight loss?

Fit & Fueld: My Thoughts Halfway Through


Do you have burning questions about running and nutrition? If you’re eating the right foods to fuel your runs? If you’re getting the most out of your workouts? All these questions, and more, are addressed in Laura @ Mommyrunfast’s Fit and Fueled Nutrition Course for Runners (more information here).

This course is full, but Laura says she plans to offer it again the beginning of March.

Disclaimer: My fee for this course was waived in exchange for an honest review of the course. All my thoughts and opinions are totally my own.

So what is Fit and Fueled?
Fit and Fueled is a month long online course aimed at runners, and specifically how to balance training and fueling (and what is proper fueling) for runners. The course is comprised of six modules, with both videos and PDF handouts:

  1. Best carbs
  2. Timing nutrients
  3. Balance training to improve fitness
  4. Train low, race high
  5. Run stronger with appropriate strength training
  6. Dial in your nutrition
  7. Bonus tips

Note that while there are six modules, there’s actually seven, since there are bonus tips. As of this writing we are through module three.

Also included in the fee is a private Facebook group where we can discuss what we’re learning, ask Laura questions, and all the videos and handouts are posted to the group (they are also emailed to you).

My Thoughts so Far
I’m digging it! I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about nutrition; you’ll quickly realize if you read this blog that nutrition is a passion of mine. Overweight for much of my life, a lifetime Weight Watchers member (it works for me), a former Weight Watchers leader for a hot minute, I actually find nutrition fascinating.

I also believe that learning is a life-long process, and I am definitely learning new things and changing up some of my routines to put that knowledge into play.

The videos and the handouts are short, and even the busiest person, if interested, will be able to find the time to view/read them. The discussions in the private Facebook group have been very helpful, too.

I’ll be back in February to share my final thoughts on Fit and Fueled.


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


Have you tweaked your nutrition in 2018?

Do you feel confused about when to eat — and what?

Or do you just go by the motto: if the engine is hot enough it will burn off anything?

Another one bites the dust: 1/8- 14 Weekly Wrap

Race streak, that is. I’ve been doing the New Year’s Day “race” since 2011; I ran this race before I’d even run my first half! First it got pushed from New Years Day to today due to the extreme cold on New Years Day. Turned out to be just as cold today, and despite the ice/snow storm we had yesterday, it wasn’t canceled. But I chose to stay safe (and much warmer) on my treadmill. Of course Darlene @ Myfirst5kandmore ran it. I hate breaking the streak, but it was the right decision for me, especially since I feel as though I’m finally back to normal. I hope!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home — thanks, Wendy, for stepping into Tricia’s shoes (we miss your smiling face, Tricia!).


Workouts update

  • Monday: Short Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: 6 miles outside! (can you tell I was excited?), dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga Booty Ballet
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Friday:  3 treadmill miles
  • Saturday: Flat Belly Yoga, trying to shovel (and not succeeding) the ice off the driveway)
  • Sunday: 4 treadmill miles, driveway still a sheet of ice

Mileage: 14 (NC)

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 


Screw shoes got me through no problem



The first outside run of 2018! And it felt great . . . for about 2 miles. I went to the park, and while they clear the paths, and were actually clearing paths as I ran, the windrift means there are still stretches where I’m running on snow that isn’t packed down. It was like trail running!

By mile 3 the sun was disappearing and I was tired already. The good news is that I finished my run, never had any sliding at all due to my screw shoes, and while I definitely felt tired afterwards, finally a day where I felt my temp was normal.


A few people still do have decorations up



Mid 40s so my second outside run this year! Nothing super spectacular about this one. On the slow side but someone checked his phone early in the morning, and while he got back to sleep, I didn’t. So yup, kind of tired. It just felt nice to be running without a gazillion layers on.


Did you catch it? My first 2 days of running in a row in quite some time. Unfortunately, due to the pouring rain and getting together with a friend in the afternoon, I was back on the treadmill. The good news is that it warmed up and all the snow (mostly) melted overnight. The bad news is more (and ice) is on its way and Sunday’s race, which was pushed back from NYD, is in jeopardy. Again.


Yup, still on the treadmill. I watched the first two episodes of “13 Reasons Why” — can’t say as it grabbed me the way it seems to have a lot of people, but then again, it got me through 6 miles on the treadmill..


Boot cuff

Favorites of the week
There wasn’t a whole lot of anything going on this week. The bomb cyclone bombed (in that we only got 4 inches, thankfully, which isn’t much in these parts). Yes, it got really, really cold, but the good news is I was able to hunker down at home for most of it and we never lost power.



Not the greatest photo but you get the idea


Met up with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while for lunch on Friday and we went to a salad place I’d been wanting to try for a while. Win-win. It was pretty good, although somewhat pricey for a salad, but as you can see they were huge (we’d already been eating for a while by the time I remembered to take a photo).


Bandit willing something to drop


Yes, we decided to tackle some sushi again Saturday night. This time we decided to stick to cooked, although the raw fish we had the first time was from Whole Foods and was fine — it’s just expensive!

Notice Bandit looking on in anticipation. We made some edamame to go with our sushi both times. Bandit, our finicky dog, who often turns up his nose at breakfast, loves edamame (turns out Lola will eat it, too). I mean seriously loves it. Like he’ll train for it. He’ll stay for it. Who knew? Weird dog! I also let him lick just a tiny bit of Sriracha off my finger and he seemed to enjoy that, too.

These are my rolls. Mr. Judy makes much better looking rolls (they all taste just fine!)


I made a cucumber avocado roll and a “crab” roll. I bought imitation crab that is specifically for sushi. I really don’t like the ingredients — no actual crab, but some wheat and sugar, but Mr. Judy wanted it. We were discussing how we could get in some more variety when I had  a lightbulb moment: I could make the avocado peanut rolls I love so much! Next time.

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



This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

What’s the weirdest thing your furkid eats?

What is your favorite type of food to go out for?

Are you into fiber arts?

5 Hacks for Better Sleep


I have struggled with insomnia my entire life. As a kid I was generally the first one up in the mornings. As a college student, I’d get up in the middle of the night to watch old movies. The difference was back then it didn’t make me tired.

As a newlywed, I’d often wake up at 2 or 3 in the morning and spend an hour or so knitting before I was able to get back to sleep. For a while I seemed to sleep okay, and then there was perimenopause and menopause — maybe you can relate? I rarely have problems falling asleep, but I was still often waking up an hour or more before I actually wanted to get up. Only now, in my 50s, it makes me tired.

I’m happy to say I’m sleeping a little better these days. I am joining the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share the hacks I’ve used to get better sleep.


Stop liquids after dinner
I often have trouble getting back to sleep if I have to get up and use the bathroom. Yes, it’s true that as we age, there are often more trips during the night.

One simple way to minimize those bathroom trips is to have a cut off time for drinking liquids. Since I’m an early to bed, early to rise person, for me, that’s after dinner. Your time might be different, but I’d suggest stopping all liquids (with one exception below) at least 2-3 hours before you go to bed.


The exception: tart cherry juice
I started drinking a small amount of tart cherry juice about an hour before bed a few months ago. It’s the gift that keeps giving: not only can it help you fall asleep, it can also help with inflammation and therefore boost recovery for runners. And unlike beet juice (also helps with inflammation and recovery), I like the taste.

When I remember, I also have a little in the morning, too. I use it to take my multivitamins. See this article here for the benefits of drinking tart cherry juice.

Write out — yes, by hand — a to-do list right before bed
I know: writing is so old school. It’s also very effective in helping you to remember things. Which is why I suggest actually writing out a to-do list. And doing it before you go to bed helps you calm your mind — you’re not laying in bed trying to remember all the things you have to do tomorrow.

You can, of course, also use an app. If you do, I suggest doing so in addition to writing it out.

Write out — again, by hand — 3 things you’re grateful for
It’s way too easy to focus on the negative. The news almost always negative. No matter how bad your life seems, no no matter how bad the news seems, there is always something to be grateful for. Writing it down helps you to focus on the things that are going right in your life.

Think there’s nothing going right in your life? Start with the basics:

  1. I’m grateful I can breathe on my own
  2. I’m grateful for my warm (or cool, depending on where you live) home
  3. I’m grateful for my health
  4. I’m grateful for my family
  5. I’m grateful for my friends
  6. I’m grateful for my furkids
  7. I’m grateful for sunshine
  8. I’m grateful for healthy food to eat
  9. I’m grateful for my ability to run, walk, talk, see, etc.
  10. I’m grateful for my comfortable bed

There ya go — if you’re stumped for anything to be grateful for in your life, I’m pretty sure you’ll find something on the list above.

For God’s sake, get off the electronics already!
It may be somewhat unfair for me to say this: I don’t work outside the home. I’m not super attached to electronics — ask my friends. Still, it’s so tempting to check facebook one more time, email one more time, and before you know it you’re up way past your bedtime.

Then there’s the fact that you often get caught up with stuff online that riles you up. Not a good recipe for good sleep.

That’s not the real problem, though — that’s the blue light that electronics emit (see here for more information on blue light). If you sleep like a baby, no worries. But if you’re struggling with sleep, keep the phone out of your bedroom. And the tablet, computer, and television. At the very least, keep it on do not disturb.

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

Do you more hacks for better sleep?

Do you have a sleep routine?

Is your phone always by your side?

10 Goals for a Great 2018


Expecting my 2018 Goals? Gotcha! I’m still working on my own. Are you still working on your goals for 2018? I know some people feel that goals are too stressful, but would you take a road trip without your phone? Of course, back in that day, it would be would you take a road trip without a map?

Most people wouldn’t. Some people, of course, do just like to wander, but most of us want some guidance. Goals are just that: guidance — they’re not written in stone, they’re something to help motivate you and challenge you.

Maybe you’re like me, taking a little off season or running sabbatical. Or maybe you’re already gearing up for that Spring marathon/half marathon.

1. Hire a running coach
You may have heard me mention Rachel @ Runningonhappy a time or two. I hired her during her free month offer last January and as you may know, I also had the best running year of my life.

Coincidence? I think not.

Guess what? She’s offering the same deal in 2018. You still have time to hire Rachel and have your best running year — which doesn’t necessarily mean lots of PRs; there are different ways to define a great running year (no injury, better endurance, having fun running, and tackling a new distance are just a few).

Foam rolling does a body good

2. Foam roll
While I’m quite good about foam rolling — most of the time — I know that some runners really struggle with it. I also know that it’s a habit/goal that benefits every runner.

I get it thought: it’s just one more thing to do on your very long to-do list. And oh-so-tempting to skip.

“They” say that the best way to create a habit/goal — and stick to it — is to tie it to something you’re already doing. So try foam rolling before your run. You’re going to run, right? Telling yourself you’ll do it after your run makes it too easy to skip.

3. Get into those compression socks
This is one of my personal goals. Not for right now — my favorite compression socks are my Mud Gear socks. They’re knee high and they keep me warm in the winter so I run in them and then stay in them afterwards..

This is a goal that I’m penciling in for the summer, when I tend to skip compression altogether because it’s simply too hot. I know that compression benefits me and makes recovery quicker, thought, so it’s a goal for me to keep at it year-round.

4. Strength Train
If you’re in your off season like I am, now is the perfect time to start a strength training program. Don’t go nuts, because then you’re going to burn out, but if you start now, it’s more likely to become a habit and something you’ll continue to do as your training gets heavier.

5. Work on your mental training
We’re all mental: agreed? Or maybe that’s it’s all mental. Not all, but often we’re held back by our beliefs. An off season or the beginning of training is the perfect time to work on your mental toughness. Here are a few posts on that:

2017 was the year I started hiking again

6. Take up a new sport
Swimming. Biking. Yoga. Barre. Kickboxing. Boxing. Cross country skiing. Snow shoeing. Pilates.

Triathletes tend to get injured less frequently than runners. One of the reasons is that they’re always cross training. Doing the same thing over and over again is the definition of insanity, right?

7. Epsom soaks
Epsom soaks can speed recovery and you can do it at home and it’s not expensive. I really enjoy them. So don’t ask me why I don’t do them nearly as often as I should. Oh wait, because filling and lugging around my foot spa is a royal pain! You don’t need a foot spa, of course, but they are very nice.

But would you believe I’ve actually done it twice in the last few weeks, after months and months of not doing it at all? So how did I get it done? I filled up that bad boy early in the day, so it was all ready to go whenever. It’s not like I’m going to let that go to waste once I took the trouble to fill it up already!

Will I keep up that behavior? Probably not. But maybe it will get me to do them more often than I did in 2017.

8. Join a running group
If you’re a slower runner I get it — it’s scary to try a running group. And if you run a 10 or 11 mm, I’m sorry, no, you’re not slow; you will almost certainly find someone to run with.

I’ve made some great friends from running groups, yet I still struggle to find people to run with. Most of my running friends are faster. Most don’t run/walk.

If you’re lacking motivation, though, check out your local running groups. Guess what? If you hate it, you don’t have to go back. But what if you love it?

9. Tweak your nutrition
If you’re not heavily into your training, it’s a great time to focus on healthier eating. And if you are training? Maybe it’s an even better time. I’m doing that right now with Laura @ Mommyrunfast’s Runner’s Fit & Fueled Course (sorry, it’s closed right now). I’m enjoying what I’m learning so far.

In addition, I signed up for Tiffany’s Feel Great in 8 Challenge. I’ve followed her a long time, and I decided now was the perfect time, while I’m not running a lot, to explore her program — the challenge is also closed now, but you know I’ll be giving you a review and she runs these challenges a few times a year.

My review of Danette May’s 30 Day New You Challenge (yeah, also closed, but also run a few times a year) is one of my most viewed posts from 2017. And yes, I’m still using many of the recipes, still listening to the meditations, and when I feel better — still using the workouts.

10. Organize your running gear
In my weekly wrap post I alluded to the fact that with less training I’ve been tackling some stuff in the house that has been sorely neglected. We have a three bedroom house. We share a bedroom, and then we each have a bedroom for our stuffcrap. Mine tends to be a second closet. A very messy second closet.

Or maybe that’s a third closet, since the bedroom has a closet (although to be fair, Mr. Judy and I share the master bedroom closet — which isn’t exactly large.

It’s the proverbial I know where everything is in the mess — which is sort of true. But I’ve been spending 10 minutes or so in there most days of the week, going through all the stuffcrap, bagging up stuff to donate, getting rid of stuff, and generally trying to see the floor in the room, too.

Eventually I’ll be putting the clothes wrack I took home from my parents, and hanging up a lot of my Skirtsports gear on it. And I’m going to try to organize it better, so I can actually find things like throwaway shirts, gloves, extra water bottles, etc. — without wasting an entire day.

Wish me luck. It’s a big job. And once I’ve whipped that into shape, there’s plenty of other areas of our home that need some going through/organizing.


Let’s make 2018 Great!
There are as many goals as there are people (probably more). These are just a few suggestions. I’d love to hear some of your goals, too. Leave me a comment and let me know what goals you’re working towards in 2018.



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


Is there a nutrition challenge you’ve tried and recommend?

Any organizing tips for running stuffcrap?

If I wasn’t running, I’d be __________?

Short & Sweet: 1/1- 7 Weekly Wrap

Kind of like me. Still battling that on again off again low grade temp. I’m not sick enough to not work out, and not quite feeling good enough to work out as much as normal. There’s the horrible crud that’s been making the rounds that lasts for weeks, and thankfully mine is not that bad.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin (ok, it’s just Holly now — unless she has a new cohost), but I just decided to leave Tricia in there. We all appreciate your work so much, ladies!


Workouts update

  • Monday: Recovery day after my LSD, a little shoveling
  • Tuesday: 5 treadmill miles
  • Wednesday: Physique 57 Arms & Abs, Dogwalk (first one in a week due to the cold! And probably last one for almost another week — more cold and snow/wintry mix on the way)
  • Thursday:  Rest day
  • Friday:  3 treadmill miles, shoveling paths for the dogs in the backyard
  • Saturday: JY Run Your Core, JY Hamstrings
  • Sunday: 6 mile treadmill LSD, JY Quick Post Run Reset

Mileage: 14 (NC)

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 


After so many rest days, I was definitely itching for a little movement. We’d had 6 inches of the white stuff the previous day, but Mr. Judy took care of that with the snow blower.

Still, messy and cold, I took it to the treadmill. I also increased my run interval to 2.5 minutes, but decreased the pace a little.


Still on the treadmill and still working on some endurance, I again slowed the pace just a little but increased my run interval to 3 1/2 minutes. Even just an easy 3 miles seemed to take a long time.


Yup, still on the treadmill. I watched the first two episodes of “13 Reasons Why” — can’t say as it grabbed me the way it seems to have a lot of people, but then again, it got me through 6 miles on the treadmill..

Favorites of the week
There wasn’t a whole lot of anything going on this week. The bomb cyclone bombed (in that we only got 4 inches, thankfully, which isn’t much in these parts). Yes, it got really, really cold, but the good news is I was able to hunker down at home for most of it and we never lost power.

I thought I would try to begin highlighting a few of my favorite blogs from the week here (in case you missed them):

I am also enjoying the freedom from training — at the moment, anyway. I’m getting at some things in the house that have been on the back burner a long, long time. I had actually hoped to be running more mileage at this point, just for base building, but it is what it is. I’m happy that I’ve still been able to get in some runs.

I’ve been working on goals for 2019 and some other healthy behaviors I’d like to make habits. Would you believe I’ve finally done some Epsom soaks? Twice? More on that in Tuesday’s post, which is all about healthy goals you might consider for 2018. All bets are off when I get into serious training, no doubt, but for now, I have the time, and hopefully I can make some new habits.


And that’s a wrap!

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:

Made your 2018 goals — do share!?

Did you get dumped on or was the bomb cyclone a bomb in your area, too?

Are you a skier & look forward to snow?