Shoveling as Fasted Cardio: 1/14-20 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 7: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

Alas I think that was our last week with no snow on the paths — mostly, anyway, as I ran through just a little snow on Friday (yup, we got caught in the big snowstorm today). Maybe we’ll get lucky and it’ll warm up and melt the foot or so of snow forecast to drop on us today? Unlikely.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up dodging the snow as best as I can.


Workouts update

  • Monday: 4 miles easy TM, YFPR Rebuild & Restore (30 min)
  • Tuesday:  DM HIIT (12 minutes), TBL Pilates (30 minutes), Yoga (7 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (3 Tempo-ish), DM Total Body (15 Minutes)
  • Thursday: Yoga (8 minutes), DM Pilates (20 Minutes), Dogwalk
  • Friday:   9 Mile LSD, Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Yoga (9 minutes), 4 miles easy, IS Glute Blaster
  • Sunday: Fasted Cardio — Shoveling so dogs could actually get out!, more shoveling,  yet more shoveling Yoga

Mileage: 22 (+1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running Updates

I probably could’ve done this one outside, despite just a tiny dusting of snow — not so much on the road, but on houses, etc. — mostly, it was just that I’ve had super cold runs up to here! Honestly, it was a pretty nice, although cold, day.

Anyhoo, took to the mill for 4 miles easy and trying out my new kicks (Mizuno Wave Sky).

That break in the ice is about where those mysterious foot prints were a few weeks ago

My legs just weren’t having it. I was on the strugglebus from the moment I tried to pick up the pace, with each tempo mile getting progressively slower and maybe a bit more walking in the middle.

There are all sorts of reasons, the chief one probably being a night of very little sleep (no idea why, darn menopause). I tried hard not to beat myself up too much, I found the good in this run — like still no snow on the ground (which will change soon), the fact that I can run, yadda yadda.

Then I got home, and looked at some of last year’s tempo runs . . . where I struggled with pace . . . at about the same paces. Okey dokey then, I guess it wasn’t as bad as I thought (but it did feel as bad!).

If I’d known it was clear here, I would’ve gone this way in the first place!

The snow was gently falling . . . an inch maybe less on the path . . . there I was, running along, thinking how peaceful it was . . . and suddenly I hit a patch of ice hidden by the snow and went sliding . . . thankfully remained upright. I had on my screw shoes but they’re not much good on ice.

I turned around, walking, and hit another patch of ice, but again, thankfully, remained upright. Had I started out the other way, the path had actually been cleared (usually it was cleared where I started out running) — when I got to the clear part I was able to pick up the pace again, toward the end of the run. Otherwise it was a super slow run so it took me much longer than normal.

I have two more long runs before I taper and wrap things up — but of course the snow is blowing in Sunday. It’s gonna be interesting.

Everyone said it wasn’t that bad. I still thought it was darn cold & was thankful it was only 4 miles for me!

Brrr! Glad I only had 4 recovery miles today, it was definitely another cold day. Except for the last half mile I did get to run with friends, which is always nice.

On my left arm my Garmin, unpictured on the right arm is a Momentum Sparklet

Darlene and I were twinning (except for the color), and all three Skirt Sports Ambassadors chose the Toasty Cheeks skirt to brave the cold — it does help keep your butt warm! Use Code 522CRJ for 15% off.

New kicks: Mizuno Wave Sky

Favorites of the week
I’m not sure that the Mizuno Wave Sky is actually a favorite. I really like how light it feels for a somewhat heavy shoe; what I don’t like is that big, built up heel. I like minimalist shoes for my speedwork/long runs and “regular” shoes for easy runs. They are very comfortable, but they run a bit short and I went up a half size — which makes them just a teensy bit large. They’ll be fine for short, easy runs.

Still purring

Ok, he’s actually having an off day today; it happens once in a while. But just a few days ago he actually laid down and purred during his fluids (hasn’t happened since, of course, he’s a cat & he’s good at it).

This was fairly early this morning. There’s been more.

Of course the big snow storm was not a favorite. I’m at peak in my training, but at least it looks like I should be able to get a long run in next weekend (knocking on wood). I had to go out at about 6:30 this morning to shovel just so the dogs could get out! And have already had to shovel a few more times for them.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Are you now buried in snow? 

Do you you like being buried in snow (me, definitely no)?

Are you a fan of recovery runs?
I never have been, but I actually do think it was helpful this week.


It was different then


Life changes you, whether you want it to or not. It’s a good thing, though — life changes you for the better. A few more wrinkles but a whole lot more wisdom. A bigger stomach but a bigger capacity to love and laugh. When we’re open to it, change is a good thing.

Or as Deena wrote in “Let Your Mind Run” (Amazon Affiliate link, read my review here):

The flexible tree puts down strong roots — Deena Kastor

Fairytales and Fitness

Aging gracefully is about being flexible, being open, allowing change, enjoying change and loving yourself. — Wendy Whelan

These were the largest jeans I ever wore — but now maintaining my weight is about being healthy, not looking cute

When I was young, it was definitely dieting — can we say Slimfast? 2 tiny bars and then a regular dinner? Did it work? It depends on your definition of working — yeah, I lost the weight I needed to to fit into my sister’s wedding dress, but it didn’t stay off long.

Even my first go round with Weight Watchers (or WW as it’s now known) — I was determined, and I became a lifetime member the first time round — not many people do that. Again, though, I did it in a way that wasn’t sustainable.

The problem back then was that it was all about looking good, and not so much about feeling good. That’s changed. That’s why this time I’ve managed to keep the weight off (which isn’t to say I never struggle with it — it’s still hard).

Enjoying the process

When I moved to some place where I knew no one for my first job after college, I taught myself to knit and crochet (with help from some coworkers). Back then it was all about finishing. I wanted to get it done, to see how it would turn out. Yes, I enjoyed the process, but it was all about the end result, not so much about the journey.

I was hot and heavy with knitting for a long time, but it kind of petered out when I lived in TX. Oh, I’d pick up my needles now and again, I joined a knitting club at one point, but it was a hobby I’d put away for a long time.

Then some people in my running group decided they wanted to learn to knit. I figured I’d do something simple, but that got me looking through my yarn, looking at patterns . . . knitting . . . and remembering how much I loved it.

The funny thing is, it’s much more about the journey than the end result now. I don’t really need much in the way of hats or scarves or afghans, but I still enjoy simply sitting and knitting. Of course I want to enjoy the finished project, but now it’s much more about the meditative quality of knitting rather than the finished project. Plus I’ve discovered listening to audiobooks while I knit!

It’s different now
Goals, hobbies, jobs . . . they’re always changing. They should be always changing. We should be always changing. That’s what makes life exciting. And scary.

Learning to enjoy the journey, rather than the end result — that’s what ultimately makes us happy.

What has changed for you as you’ve grown older?

What change are you scared to make?

Are you able to enjoy the journey?

Enjoying the journey should always be the goal. The payoff at the end of the journey is short lived, but that journey to get there is long — enjoying the journey will keep you going. — Chocolaterunsjudy


Let Your Mind Run (Book Review)


My running group is trying to revive our book club. Mind you, we did one book. In 2017. We chose Deena Kastor’s memoir, Let Your Mind Run (Amazon Affiliate link) this time. Learn more about Deena at her Website here.

I absolutely loved this book. Most of  my sole sisters did, too, although one person was somewhat on the fence about it, and there were varying degrees of like/love. Did you know that I actually met Deena briefly? It’s true.

Deena was so sweet!

Oh, how I wish her book had been available back then (a few years ago). I’m always star struck when I meet a famous runner, and I really never know what to say. She put me at my ease, though, and asked about my training, and really listened. Such a fangirl moment.

Deena is not just incredibly talented, she’s also smart. How I wish I could sit down with her and pick her mind even more now!

Did you know we share a birthday? Eleven years apart, but still, that might explain why I have also been practicing visualization, gratitude, affirmations and so on for a long time. Now, If I could just have a smidgen of her speed (or her metabolism) . . .

What’s in the book?
Let Your Mind Run is part memoir, part mental tricks, and part a “run down” of many of Deena’s races. I am so impressed by her recall of races stretching all the way back to herself as a very young runner, but knowing how much she emphasizes mental training (more on that later), it’s not too surprising that she has taken such meticulous notes.

Here’s a list of the chapters in the book:

  • Winning
  • Losing
  • The Magical Vision of the Malboro Man
  • Getting Schooled in Running
  • Assembling an Athlete
  • What are You Thinking?
  • A Well of Strength
  • Strategic Joy
  • Seeing is Believing
  • Positivity Has a Passport
  • Love Makes You Stronger
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Optimism
  • Going the Distance
  • Running on Joy
  • Go! Go!
  • The Meaning of Winning
  • A Sandwich on the Deck
  • The Positive Path

You definitely don’t have to be an Olympic athlete, a national or world record breaker, or even a good runner to appreciate the wealth of information in this book — obviously I am none of those things. I scribbled down so many notes from this book, though — and I know I will be rereading this book again. I’ve read many books on building your mental game, but I truly believe that this is one of the best I’ve read/listened to (since I listened to the audiobook — not on the run, though).

If you’ve never watched it, I suggest watching “Spirit of the Marathon” — you can buy it on Amazon for $2.99 here(Amazon Affiliate link) — in conjunction with Deena’s book — maybe after you read the chapter on the Chicago Marathon — it follows several different runners in that marathon, from marathon virgins to elites (including Deena, obviously) — and I have watched it many, many times for inspiration.

So many great ideas!

Just a few of my takeaways
When I opened my journal and everyone saw I actually had notes, they were so surprised! I didn’t buy a physical book — I probably won’t, but I will buy the kindle version at some point — and there was so many great tidbits to glean from this book:

  • She had a great way of explaining adaptation succinctly: you push your body; you rest; and your body adapts. In fact, I was impressed with how much time she took off running — completely — after marathons. It’s something recreational runners so rarely do — many nagging injuries can probably be traced to the fact we don’t take recovery seriously enough (although of course that’s not the only reason for injuries).
  • As Deena writes on her Website, the one thing she hopes we take away is that a positive attitude and gratitude — for even the smallest things — can make huge differences in our lives.
  • Don’t compare yourself to last season, last year, years ago. Find a way to be the best you can be in the present moment (let the past go).
  • Consider with running what do we take and what do we give back? That question really caught my attention, and it’s something I’ve been pondering on the run. What exactly is my running giving back to this world?

There’s so much more in the book — for instance, Deena talks about how to train for heat when you’re not in a hot environment. Which is something I’m doing presently, as my half is in GA. The South in February can be extremely cold — even snow! — or extremely hot and everything in between. I know; I lived in TX for 17 years.

If it’s cold, that’s not a problem for me. It will never be as cold as it’s been here at home! If it’s hot, though — that can be really tough and I don’t have as much time to acclimate to as I’d like. I was already practicing some of the tips I used for training for my NOLA Half two years ago (read about it here). It’s nice to know an elite athlete doesn’t think that’s crazy!

If it’s not hot, no worries. Those uncomfortable runs build mental toughness — toughness can carry you far.

Who is this book for?
I was discussing the book, before I’d gotten too far into it, with one of the other members of our group. She said that it would probably only interest runners, because it goes so heavily into the details of running. After finishing the book, I think she might be right. Yet Deena mentioned so many books from athletes in different sports that helped to inspire her — many of them old — I wanted to read them too! Alas the only copies available of some of the older books are very expensive.

There is so much information on building your mental strength, so many ideas that I am now trying to incorporate into my own running. Would an athlete from another sport find this book as interesting? Maybe. 

I do know that I would recommend this book to any runner, whether they are BOTP like me or winning AG awards all the time. It’s so important to keep growing and there’s just so much information in here to help and to inspire.

Final Thoughts
The Sole Sisters all agreed that Deena’s emphasis on finding the positives in everyday life and every run are game changing. We all know this, of course, but to see how it could change her training and her races was inspiring — and yes, I tried to put those ideas into play with several challenging runs last week (with varying degrees of success).

One last final thought: Deena, please, I want a cookbook from you, too!

Want another opinion on this book? Check out Wendy @ Takingthelongwayhome’s review here. And Liz’s @ Sedateladyrunning here.


Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

Get Comfortable . . . : 1/7-13 Weekly Wrap

. . . being uncomfortable

Training Week 6: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

When it came to running, this week was definitely all about being uncomfortable — as in pushing, not as in pains/injuries. I ran a 10 mile LSD on a real beast of a day — feels like single digits with winds gusting up to 30 mph (but there was sun!). A tough 10k today — much less wind, but still some, and just as cold.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home (who are up to shenanigans again) to share how I toughed out some pretty nasty running weather this week. But no snow! Still! Oh, we get some showers now and again, but we are still snow free and that makes my heart sing.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, YFPR Align & Alleviate (30 minutes)
  • Tuesday: Yogaworks AM Yoga (10 minutes), TM Speedwork, Dogwalk, FFF Wind Down Yoga (20 minute)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, DM Total Body (15 Minutes)
  • Thursday: SB WU (10 minutes), DM Pilates (9 minutes)
  • Friday:   10 Mile windy, brutally cold LSD, TBL Pilates (30 minutes)
  • Saturday: Rest Day
  • Sunday: 10k, Iron Strength Glutes (15 minutes)

Mileage: 21 (NC)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
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

Errands in the afternoon, which left me on the mill in the morning since we’d had some sleety kind of stuff in the morning. Upped the total run to 5 miles (I’d been doing 4 on the mill) and the repeats to 8. Practiced some gratitude on the run and goterdone.

Don’t let the sunshine fool you . . . definitely one of my harder long runs

Just like last Friday, we finally got some sun. Except it was in the teens with winds of 15 mph gusting up to 30 mph. I layered up — the only thing that was really cold were my quads/ hamstrings (despite my toasty cheeks skirt) — and got out there somewhat early (9:30, LOL), telling myself it really wasn’t going to warm up so I might as well get er done.

And I did. The first 5 weren’t too bad, but battling wind always tires me out and it showed with a slow down the last 3 miles. I was tempted to call it quits at 9 miles; I won’t lie. But I persevered, and I finished 10, and despite the slow down at the end, the run was still a good pace for me. Maybe it was the lemon essential oil I dabbed on myself before the run? I’d like to say I wanted it over so I ran faster — I definitely wanted it over, but that doesn’t always translate into running faster!

I also consoled myself with the fact that while it could be cold in Savannah, it will not be that cold.

“Ready” to take on 10k (me) & 3 miles (Darlene) in some pretty darn cold temps

Another very cold, but very sunny morning for the third Winter Series. Most of my running buddies were doing the 3 miler, as they’d run long the day before, but I was tackling the 10k. I was able to line up with a couple of friends, thankfully, although of course they were soon out of sight as I was way BOTP (and probably DFL to begin — but I reeled in a few runners those first few miles!).

The plan was to treat this as a tempo run. Let’s just say that that plan soon flew out the window, as my splits were all over the place. The good news is that I was just 1 minute off my 10k PR — set just 3 months ago — and that it was a course PR. By several minutes. I thought I’d only run the 10k one time before today, but apparently I’ve had “race” amnesia and run it several times.

I did “run” into the trouble the last mile when I saw when friend who was also running the 10k coming back towards me — was I supposed to circle the cone and go around again? I stopped, ran down to the course marshals, stopped to ask again . . . so I was actually even closer to that PR!

Even though my splits were all over the place, they were all faster than when I ran this race 2 years ago (I didn’t run any of the winter series last year). It may not have gone according to plan but I’m still pretty darn pleased with it.

This fritata was a hit!

Favorites of the week
We had our second running group bookclub meeting this weekend. The last was in December 2017; a good time was had by all. I got several compliments on the fritata I brought, which, btw, came from the Healthy Glow Guide Reset. Healthy Glow Guide is closing its doors today, but you can get the guides at 75% off here using the code KEEPONGLOWING.

If you’re a foodie and love healthy recipes, these are great guides, split into Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter and as I mentioned a Reset. Some of the recipes can be a little time consuming and expect to have way more than 5 ingredients, but seriously, they are so good. The Taco Soup from the Reset is one of Mr. Judy’s favs, although I leave out the beans, which I love — but him, not so much. I’m sad to see them folding up their doors. I have no affiliation with HGG, but I’ve been a fan for years!

It was another strong week, and the roads are still clear — so despite the extreme cold, life is pretty good.

I did get a nice compliment from a local at today’s race saying that she loved my blog — thanks, Dee!  Made my day.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you enjoy cooking even when it’s a little involved? 

Do you enjoy healthy recipe ebooks — got any to recommend to me?

Running in feels like single digits?

What will change for you in 2019?

bsmallstepsAre you a resolutions/goals person, or do you ignore all the hype of New Year’s resolutions, figuring that resolutions never work anyway?

There’s an old saying from Weight Watchers or WW as they style themselves now:

If you do what you always did, you’ll get what you always got.

Fairytales and Fitness

Tweak your life
Whether you believe in resolutions/goals or not, chances are your life isn’t perfect. There’s no need to overhaul your whole life and make lofty resolutions that have no hope of ever being fulfilled.

Some hydrating spa water, but I also go for simple H20

You can change your life with some small tweaks, though, and here are a few I’m doing (some I had already started before the ball dropped on 2019):

  • Drink more water. I don’t drink juices or soda, but I realized how heavily I rely on teas. While there’s nothing wrong with that, plain old H2O does a body good. So I’ve been drinking more of it.
  • Walk more. I wrote about this a while back, how I’d relaxed my walking because I thought I do enough running. Then I realized I really do need to move more, and since the weather is often nasty at this time of year, my treadmill has been getting a workout — a walking workout, that is!
  • Utilize those stairs. I’ll never be Kim @ Runningonthefly, but I decided recently I could use my stairs more. So when I’m pacing around the house because I’ve been sitting too long, I also go up and down the stairs a little. This is one I know I need to build on slowly, because too many stairs too soon can irritate my IT.
  • Preplan my meals. I know for a lot of people this sounds nuts, but it works for me. And of course I’ve gotten away from it. I just plan out my day the night before — and if I feel like changing it — which I often do — I just change it. Having a plan helps me to make better choices, and I suck at following other people’s meal plans.
  • Mindful eating. I don’t read or watch tv while I eat, but sometimes I find myself gobbling down my food when I’m busy — sometimes even when I’m not. We don’t taste our food when we do that, which can lead to overeating! One way I slow down and savor my meals is by closing my eyes — when I’m by myself, anyway.
  • Taking it to the stairs — simple steps!

Simple steps to a better life
Some people love those big, scary goals to motivate themselves. Sometimes I do, too. You can never go wrong with small steps to a better you.

What small changes are you making in 2019?

Do you have any big goals for 2019?

Or are you completely happy with your life as it is right now?

Big, hairy, audacious goals are wonderful. Without the small steps you most likely won’t meet those goals. So dream big, but start small. — Chocolaterunsjudy

Bill Hogan 3.5 mile Race Recap 1/1/19

Thanks for the photo, Darlene

This race isn’t scenic. It isn’t fun. And the weather is usually in some way nasty — this year it was with 30 mph winds gusting up to 40 mph. Yet, I come back year after year — I always feel my year starts out on the right foot with this “race”.

The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Clubputs on what they call the winter series. They are, at their heart, a supported long run:

  • There are water stops
  • There are course marshals
  • There are different distances to choose from
  • There is food afterwards
  • There are photographers
  • There is no fee for club members; $5 for non-members

What they are not:

  • They are not chip timed
  • They are not accurately measured
  • They are not scenic

Packet Pickup
There are no packets, since there are no bibs or chips or medals. I like the fact that the race doesn’t start until noon, even though I don’t stay up til midnight on New Year’s, but it does make eating a little funky.

However, despite the lack of shirts or even bibs, you still have to come early (parking can go quickly sometimes) and you do have to sign in — whether you registered online (I never do) or not.

This year I picked up one of our running group who lives near me (she’d driven me to Last Run) — we left around 10:45. We were definitely early, but some of our group were already there. I hit the indoor bathroom before there was a line.

Why yes, there was a plan
I planned to treat the race as a mini tempo run. I planned to warmup & cooldown in the first and last half mile, and push the pace the rest of the race.

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 10:37. Some moderate inclines and declines. Oops, didn’t quite follow the plan here.
  2. Mile 2: 10:29. Mostly flat.
  3. Mile 3: 10:23. Mostly a long, slow decline. In previous years I’d slowed down in mile 3, despite the decline. Here I’m working on some nice negative splits!
  4. Last .7: 11:13. Well, I did follow the plan and pulled back the pace here. I won’t lie, either — I was tired and quite happy to slow down. Until I saw that I was close to my PR for this race after all. It was probably close to a 5k PR at that point, too.

My times for this race:

  • 2011: 38:48
  • 2012: 40:40
  • 2013: 41:15
  • 2014: 40:45
  • 2015:  39:22
  • 2016: 38:45
  • 2017: 40:03
  • 2019: 39:41

The weather & dressing
The weather was warmer than most years, around 40, but with those nasty winds, the feels like was in the 30s. I wore my Skirt Sports Triple Pocket Tight in Charmed, Skirt Sports Toasty Cheeks Skirt(because of that wind!), Wonder Wool Long Sleeve (I’m a Skirt Sports Ambassador), and New Balance Jacket. I was happy with how I dressed.

What I Learned
No race is ever all good or all bad, of course, and it helps to look back at both the positives and negatives. Negatives:

  • Only one water stop. Unlike most people, I like to drink water every mile — even for a cold almost 4 mile race. So I just carry a small water bottle with me.
  • The wind! It was nasty.
  • The very unscenic course.


  • Chatting with friends pre and post race.
  • It’s free if you’re a HMRRC member — including food before and after the race (although they used to serve pizza and no longer do). Bananas, cookies, bread, peanut butter, soup, etc. I just ate the snack I’d brought with me, though.
  • Starting the year off with a “race”.
  • I won’t lie — I was a little miffed when I realized if I’d just pushed a bit harder that last 3/4 mile, I could have started the year off with a shiny new PR. I realize, though, that I hadn’t planned to really race it, and that I did a very good job considering the winds. I’m very happy with my performance.

Was the race well run?
Yes, the race is very well run. The volunteers (thank you!) do an excellent job of directing you, and there was more signage this year, too — there’s also a half marathon, so there are several places where the half marathoners go a different route.

It’s not chip timed, as I said, but there is a finish clock and you’re handed a numbered index card as you cross the finish line to write down your time. There was also a table at the finish line — outside! — so that you could hand in your card right away — brrrr! It might have been nice running weather, but I’d be really cold having to sit out there.

Will I run it again next year? If I’m here and the weather isn’t too atrocious, no doubt you’ll find me running this race on New Year’s Day 2020.

Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

Trying new stuff: 12/31-1/6 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 5: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

The new stuff is down in favorites, although I did end up running on unpaved paths/non technical trails a couple of times this week. The snow is still bypassing us, so you have to take advantage of that!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home and sharing my start to 2019.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, DM Total Body (15 minutes)
  • Tuesday: Bill Hogan 3.5ish Mile Race (recap coming next Tuesday)
  • Wednesday: 4.25 miles easy
  • Thursday: YFPR Flexibility & Flow (30 min), TBL Pilates (30 min), Dogwalk
  • Friday:   8 Mile LSD
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, YFR Hamstrings
  • Sunday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk, Iron Strength Abbreviated

Mileage: 21 (+1)

JY = Jasyoga
PB = Killer B
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

Even though I was bummed this race was canceled last year, I also enjoyed staying cozy at home. This year I braved the crazy winds with several friends. Read more about that next Tuesday.

I don’t come here a lot, but it’s so peaceful when I do

Finally! Some sun! A colder day than yesterday, but no wind so it felt much better. Headed out for a unpaved/trailish run, with no thoughts but recovery on my mind. This run was great — no doubt due to recharging my solar batteries!

Finally a Friday with decent weather. I went to the upper end of the bike path, to shake things up a bit, and was glad to see that only one of the short tunnels under the overpasses had ice in it — with our back & forth weather you never know. My butt was feeling yesterday’s Pilates, but it was another good, strong run.

I threw in some strides mid run, which combined with the slight downhill made it a speedy mile, but surprisingly the last mile was my fastest.

That’s a hiking boot. Hanging in off a tree. With twigs & lichen. WTF?

We met up at a path further north, and the day couldn’t decide what to do: rain, sleet, or let the sun come out — all day. I started with someone else later than the main group, since I’d done my long run on Friday, but I turned back the other way after a mile because the path was icy and finished up alone. It did allow me to run my own pace, though.

Favorites of the week
We tried out a Japanese crepe restaurant that opened relatively recently. It has both savory and sweet crepes, and the combinations are interesting. I had a shrimp avocado crepe and a banana chocolate mini crepe.

They were good! The restaurant was quite busy, though, and there aren’t really enough cooks to handle that many people. So service, while good, was slow.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Ever heard of Japanese crepes? 

Are you in the snow belt? I am glad we aren’t, for once! But still missing the sun . . . 

How’s 2019 treating you so far?