5 September 2016 Runfessions


September flew by at lightning speed, especially considering how little of it I was actually at home. How is tomorrow October???? My God, before you know it, we’ll be married 31 years.

I’m hooking up with the Friday Five  from Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run,  and Marcia’s Healthy Slice for Runfessions today.

One stone, two birds.

I runfess . . .
. . . I was scared to call my sister after I got back from Cape Cod.

My sister likes to vent, so it can easily eat up an hour of my day. But that wasn’t really the problem. The problem was that I will be away for most of the prep work for my parents’ move, and I was afraid that she would ask me to come down this weekend.

It’s totally unfair that most of the prep work is falling to her because she lives there, but I really need this weekend to get some stuff done! I haven’t heard anything from her yet (maybe she’s just mentally cursing me).

I runfess . . .
. . . that I really enjoy writing my blog — after running and baking, it’s my other therapy. I enjoy reading your blogs, too.

It’s bothered me that I’ve had so little time to write and read blogs lately.

I runfess . .  .
. . . that moving into my taper, which I will be after my long run this weekend, always makes me happy.

Despite the fact that exercise is just a part of me, and has been for decades, I’m still a sloth at heart. I get tired by the end of a training cycle and I’m ready to back off.

And hoping that fresh legs mean a good race.

At least not a painful race!

I runfess . . . 
. . . I did my longest long run a week too soon. I forgot that the race the schedule is optimized for is actually a week earlier than my own.

Oh well, 11 miles, 10 miles, it’s just a mile, right? I often tell myself you can do anything for a mile. Or half a mile. Or quarter of a mile . . .

I runfess . . .
. . . I was seriously losing my marbles for a while — assuming I had any to begin with. I misplaced my car keys at one point, and thought I’d locked them into my car (thankfully I hadn’t).

Then I headed home one time and couldn’t find my house keys. I never took them, as it turned out.

Then I misplaced one of our phones. Yes, we have an internet phone — or 4 actual phones. I was pretty sure it was downstairs somewhere. Usually I can at least recall, step by step, what I was doing . . . and I had no freakin’ clue.

Mr. Judy did eventually find it in the laundry room.

It’s not just me — my brother managed to fly, twice!, without a license. He’s a lawyer.

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

Taper –yea or nay?

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever forgotten?

What is your therapy?

It’s weather stalking time: TOLT

My thoughts are all over the place, but that’s what Thinking Out Loud  is all about anyway: weather stalking, swimming ballet buns, tough bodyweight exercises. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read on!

It’s that time again
Let the weather stalking commence. Doesn’t matter that my half is more than two weeks away; I have to start thinking about what to pack. So I added Scottsdale to my weather app today.

Lows in the mid 60s. Geez, right now we’re just barely out of the 60s for a high!

Of course, I knew that it would be hot, just as I knew it was unlikely to be hot here. I will have a little time to acclimate to the heat but not enough. Not nearly enough.

Hopefully I’ve gained a little wisdom from all those halfs I’ve run, and will just accept that this race is very unlikely to be a PR and dial back my finish time (and pace) expectations.

Sometimes you wonder why you train so hard, though . . . .

I thought I had it figured out
My nails. Nail polish remover seems to just destroy them. Is it just me? After a few times wearing polish, my nails become incredibly brittle and start breaking easily. They’re very strong if I never wear any polish.

I got some nail polish remover with no acetone. Maybe it’s just not the one. Seemed better the first time, but after I removed polish the second time, yup, my nails got all ridged and brittle again. Sigh.

What I’m loving lately
Being able to walk the dogs later in the day. While I don’t like the short days — and mostly I’ve been too busy to even really notice them — I do like the fact that I don’t have to walk them almost as soon as I get up anymore.

Yesterday I went to put my hair into a ponytail for swimming, only it got kind of halfway stuck the last time, creating more of a ballet bun. I think I like that better — I think my hair stayed dryer; a happy accident. Maybe I’ll be able to swim a little bit longer into the cooler weather, which would be nice.

I spent more than half of September away from home
Most of it not in a good way, if you follow my weekly wraps.

The only good thing was that with all that back and forth, I almost always had toiletries, tea, and snacks ready to go.

Let’s just not mention the number of things I kept forgetting or misplacing (house keys, anyone? Nah, who needs those?).

Who knew 16 minutes could be so hard?

Bodyweight exercises can be tough!
I am always surprised how sore you can get without ever picking up a weight.

I am currently doing the #purelytwinsfitnesss #PT16x16 challenge. Mostly bodyweight exercises for just 16 minutes . . . and my butt is totally feeling it. Check it out — Purely Twins 16×16 Challenge — it’s free!

They were doing so well together

Bandit update
So yeah, now I’m on dog walking duty again, as in walking both dogs at once. Bandit’s loose leash walking isn’t really quite up to that yet, but we did get a Petsafe Easy Walk harness (Affiliate link) for Bandit; no not the one in purple, although I do love purple.

Apparently I’m supposed to be teaching him to heel, but I’ve really never tried for that with my dogs. As long as they’re not pulling, I’m happy. It’s kind of a pain with little dogs, though, because if the leash gets too low, then it gets under their legs instead of along their sides.

Lola seems to have gotten the feel for the hands free leash, so I don’t always have to hold it for her.

Unfortunately, last night Lola came up to Bandit as he was laying in his bed next to the couch and he snapped at her. Sigh. They’ve been doing so well together. It’s why I remind Mr. Judy over and over that while no, he’s not the devil, he still does have issues. This morning I told him that while I hope he continues to improve so that he can be fully integrated into our lives, he has to accept that it’s also possible this may be as good as it gets.

I definitely hope I’m wrong on that!

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Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:

Am I the only one that can’t seem to wear polish without destroying my nails?

Any upcoming racecations?

Do you do something different with your hair when you swim?

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

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

Grant me wisdom to change course


It takes wisdom to know when you’re spinning your wheels and it’s time to change course.

Wisdom: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment

I have some experience after about 7 years of running and 12 half marathons. I am always seeking to increase knowledge of running.

Good judgement? Sometimes; sometimes, obviously, not. I guess that’s human.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.

That is what my Believe Journal is for. I’d like to say I record every workout, but life gets in the way, and there are some holes.

I look at last years journal: how was I running at this time last year? What sort of mileage was I running in the weeks leading up to my goal race? How was I feeling?

That reflection does help me learn some wisdom: when to back off, how much to run, and so on.

This may be more knowledge than imitation, bur I may use the same workouts at the same point in my training cycle: because it worked well for me the first time. Sometimes I’ll try new workouts, because I crave variety.

I love to watch people run — I may try to imitate someone’s running form, or I may look at them and wonder how they ever complete 13.1 miles. I may do workouts or drills and try to imitate the correct form.

I may look at what my faster friends are doing, and think about imitating them. If it works for them . . . although more often than not I march/run to the beat of my won drum.

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but does it bring you wisdom? Sometimes; sometimes not.

Oh boy, Conficious, you gt that one right. I have gained a lot of wisdom through experience, and most of that hard earned wisdom was earned through a lot of pain and suffering: starting too fast, not slowing down to accommodate the temperature, not seeking help for an injury; I could go on and on.

Most of those lessons were learned the hard way, but in the end, yes, they did bring me a lot of wisdom. That doesn’t mean I won’t do something stupid in my next goal race, but it does mean that I am sure to learn from whatever mistake I make and gain a little more wisdom.

I hope that with reflection, imitation, and experience, I’ll have the wisdom to know when it’s time to change what I’m doing.

Deb Runs

Tell me in the comments:

What wisdom have you learned from past mistakes?

What wisdom do you wish you’d learned sooner?

Do you still have your wisdom teeth, by the way? I was about 30 when I had mine pulled!

RnR Cape Cod: 9/19-25 Weekly Wrap

No, Rock n Roll is not starting a race in Cape Cod, but don’t you think they ought to? I could probably sweet talk Mr. Judy into that. Maybe. Although I told him he likes the idea of the Cape, not so much the reality (driving there is not fun).

We needed some time away. Although we actually will have a lot of time away in the next few months. My next half is coming up quickly, and then another little racecation, and then another . . . I did even sign up for the best damn race in New Orleans for March 2017! I’m not sure I’ve ever been that impulsive about a race signup.

No, I didn’t get in for $1. I thought I had it all set to go on my phone, as we were going to be out and about when registration opened, but let’s just say I was frustrated. I signed up several hours later when we got back to where we were staying.

They have pace groups for 2:40 & 2:50! Maybe I’ll finally be able to run with a pace group!

So because I’ll be traveling a lot in the next few months, but “wrapped” up with family business too, follow me on Instagram to find out what shenanigans I’m up to. I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 15 min stationary bike, Pahla B Stability
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 4.5 miles speedwork (5 x 800), 12:20 bike WU, Pahla B Core HIIT
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 3.5 miles easy, Pahla B Full Body KB
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, otherwise in the car most of the say
  • Friday: Lots of dogwalking
  • Saturday: 10 miles LSD, Dogwalk, YFR Hamstrings & Foundation
  • Sunday: 2 miles easy, Dogwalks, walked around Goodwill Park

Mileage: 20 (+1)

TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

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Running updates 

Back of the tank says: Mind over matter. Indeed.


Normally I run MTTrS. Monday I was just completed exhausted, mind, body, and spirit (read about what went down in the Weekly Wrap). I am slowly learning to Respect my body. So even though running Monday & Tuesday would have really worked for me this week, I also knew I wasn’t up to running yesterday.

Unless I’m physically sick, I never bail on a run! I’m so glad I did. I needed to.

I got out a little later than I planned to (family stuff), and even though it was a warm, humid day, thankfully the cloud cover held for most of my run. I did 5 x 800m intervals with 3 minutes of rest in between, with a 1 mile warmup and cooldown.

It felt comfortably hard. My intervals were really steady at just under 11 mm, with the last one being the fastest. What can I say? I just love being able to stop and catch my breath after half a mile.

Fall is coming . . . 


Although the day before fall starts, the mornings tend to be cooler and shadier as the days get shorter. I set out for three and a half easy miles, and that’s pretty much what I got. Nothing terribly remarkable or memorable about this run.

Not always a bad thing.

I’ll take your picture if you take mine . . . 


It was such a beautiful day to run. So run I did. 10 miles. And since I was in a new-to-me running area, I took my time, stopped a bunch, and took lots of photos.

Oh, and I’m pretty sure I saw Janelle @ Runwithnoregrets and MB @ tutusandtennies, but I thought I’d shout out to them when our paths crossed again . . . sadly they never did.

Beautiful fall day to run


I was pretty determined to get in some good mileage this week. And it was a beautiful, cool, Fall day. So I ran up and down the street our house was off of . . . several times. Because it was only about half a mile.

And then at the end some lady started to chat me up about running, did I think it helps to lose weight? Somewhere from there we got to talking about our elderly parents . . .

Yes, I forgot my hat. Good thing it was mostly shady.

Favorites of the week
Getting away! I swear, never have I been more in need of some RnR. The first night I laid down with Lola at 7 pm, just to rest, and woke up with Mr. Judy came to get her for last call at 9 pm!

A great place & day to run

My long run on Saturday. It was such a confidence booster. I forgot my Rocktape! (affiliate link.) So I admit to being nervous. There’s an awesome bike path in the area, the shiningseabikeway, and it’s nice and flat. I really wanted to run it end to end, which was just about perfect mileage, but Mr. Judy was concerned about trying to find parking in Woods Hole so I did an out and back instead.

Everything felt great. Nothing bothered me — not during the run, not after the run.

All the eats

All the lobster rolls. And the hot fudge sundae.

A little tree pose by a tree

Gorgeous weather. We got so lucky!

Lola loves a little breeze

That Lola was mostly extremely well behaved.

Unfortunately, there were so many bloggers right within reach, and I didn’t meet up with a single one.😦 I didn’t know most of them would be there, with the exception of MB, so that made me sad.

Dogs aren’t allowed on the beaches until Oct. 1, so I didn’t get to walk or run by the ocean, either.

And that’s a wrap 

Let’s get the conversation started:

What’s your next race?

Have you ever signed up for a race on a whim? Which one?

Where was the last place you went on vacation? Would you recommend it?

I’m  also linking up with with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup. Because, why not?

Tuesdays on the Run

Sneaky races: TOLT

Today I’m Thinking Out Loud about the need to talk early and often with your parents about what they want as they age. To think about what you want as you age.

It’s probably time to start that conversation
If your parents are in their 70s, that is. Don’t be like us, don’t wait until they’re 90 and have put down roots so deep that it’s damn near impossible to pull them up.

I have thought for years that my parents should move. I voiced my concern to my siblings and my parents. Pretty much everyone ignored me. Even now my siblings (not to mention my parents) are guilt ridden and beginning to think maybe they should just stay in their house.

I am sad, but I do not feel any guilt whatsoever. That house is an albatross, it’s not safe, and it’s increasingly isolating to them.

I hope that by the time I am 75, I am in a much better living situation and giving thought to what I should do as I age. I want to break the cycle. I have no children to be a burden to, but that is both a blessing and a curse. 

I have to start watching that sugar
As the days get shorter, I find the sugar cravings increase. Well, the days are definitely getting shorter.

This is the time of year, soon, when I start gaining weight. I do have 2 halfs lined up, so maybe that will help counteract some of that weight gain. Usually at a certain weekly mileage, I don’t have as much trouble maintaining my weight and can afford a few more sweets.

This is the first year that I (hopefully) run a half in December, so it will be interesting how that plays out. Although that’s not true, RnR Vegas was in December . . . but so long ago.

What I’m loving lately
Epic Bars (affiliate link). Sorry, my veggie/vegan friends. Although they do have some sugar from dried fruits, I find them very satisfying and they’re easy to carry around. I like the taste; Mr. Judy was not impressed, although my sister seemed to like it

I’ve been practically living on the things the last few weeks — just a slight exaggeration. I often grabbed one with a few carrots for a fast meal before I left my parents. And I almost always carry some in my purse, just in case.

It’s back to that whole sugar thing, so many protein bars have so much sugar, and lately I haven’t had much time to bake my own.

Speaking of sugar, these cookies from Ambitious Kitchen. They’re the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies on my Pinterest Cookies board.

How’d RnR Philly go?
I know so many of you ran it! And I was tied up with family all weekend. Then very busy when I got home. I may never have time to catch up with your blogs, but I’d love it if you commented and let me know how it went!

It snuck up on me, as usual
I am less than a month out from my next half marathon (assuming I go, which I think I will). It never fails to amaze me how it just creeps up on you. Every time. You can spend many months training, and suddenly it’s like — whoa! where did that come from?

I usually have a pretty good feel for how it might go, but I’m really not sure with this one. This might just have been the toughest training cycle I’ve had so far: lots of stress, more solo than expected, many sleepless nights, one missed long run, not enough speedwork, not as much weekly mileage as I’d like to see.

On the other hand, I’m not injured (so far, anyway, don’t want to tempt the running Gods).  Oh sure, after months of training, things ache sometimes, but that’s to be expected. Mostly I feel relatively strong.

Fall halfs tend to be my strong suit, but since this is a racecation in AZ, well, I guess we’ll just wait and see, right?

And speaking of sneaky races . . .
I know where I’ll be on Friday at noon. I think, anyway. Staring at my ipad, trying to sign up for the best damn race in New Orleans for hopefully not a lot of money.

Who’s with me?

Bandit update
On Wednesday, Mr. Judy had to go into work early. I walked the dogs. Together. Which may not sound like a lot; Mr. Judy has been doing it a while.

I actually think that Bandit is not quite ready for it. We’re still working on loose leash walking with him. He’s pretty good the majority of time — until he sees something that really catches his interest.

But it went okay. I hooked Lola up to a hands free leash, although I had to lift up one end because she didn’t like the feel of it on her back if I left it as is. It did allow me to drop her leash when picking up something, giving a treat, etc. Bandit walked on his regular leash. The leashes never got tangled, although they had to be passed over and under sometimes.

Bandit tends to want to go to sleep pretty early. But he needs to go downstairs with Mr. Judy so that he can have a later last call. He often doesn’t want to move. The other night I just picked him up and carried him downstairs, with him trying to give me kisses most of the way downstairs.

So yeah, he’s come a really long way. But he’s still got a long way to go, and there’s still a lot of management and training involved. And the poop department is still sketchy (one night it was all over the kitchen floor — sorry if that’s TMI!)

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Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:

What are you loving lately?

Any upcoming racecations?

Who wants to run the best damn race in New Orleans with me next spring?

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

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

How will I Accomplish My Goals?


Life seems to be throwing an awful lot of curveballs and lemons at me lately. Sometimes I feel as though my goal of completing two more halfs this year is slipping out of my grasp. We spent Monday night trying to figure out how we could possibly accomplish our plans and help my siblings and parents with their move at the same time.

At that moment it seemed that the only possibility was to cancel at least one upcoming trip. But which one? We can’t get a refund on the house we rented on Cape Cod. If I don’t run the Phoenix half, we lose a lot frequent flyer miles (not to mention there’s a side trip to see my MIL). And if we cancel our trip to NYC in November, I don’t get to meet up with friends or run the race I’m already registered for.

So little time, so much to accomplish.

Accomplish: achieve or complete successfully

Lemme tell you, Monday was a tense night. And tiring. But after a good night’s sleep (finally!), I got my ducks in a row and started to work on accomplishing things: my run, our plans for my parents, some last minute grocery shopping.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
–Anatole France

I dream all the time, of all sorts of things: of running a half in every state, of my parents realizing that the move they dread so much will actually make their lives easier, of meeting online friends in real life, of a life that doesn’t feel as though everything is spinning out of my control.

I know in order to accomplish some of those dreams, I must act: I must train, I must plan, I must continue to support my parents.

And most of the time I believe that things will work out. That every problem has a solution — sometimes even multiple solutions.

One thing I know for sure
A gentle smile, a kind look, a good-natured  smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles
–William Hazlitt

Lately it has taken every ounce of patience in my body to deal with some of the situations I find myself in. Sometimes I don’t want to be the patient one, the reasonable one, the one that apologizes even though I have done nothing wrong.

I want to scream and say “what about me? can’t you see I’m drowning here?”. And yet I know that wouldn’t accomplish anything.

Indeed, eventually, by keeping my temper and biting my tongue, what I have accomplished is avoiding blowups that would only have made things worse than they already were.

So now you’ll excuse me, as I have a ton of things to accomplish today!

Deb Runs

Tell me in the comments:

What do you want to accomplish before the end of 2016?

Which accomplishments make you proudest?

What steps do you need to take to accomplish your dreams?

Aging isn’t for sissies: 9/12-18 Weekly Wrap

Another very, very hard weekend with my parents — although just the weekend this time, I actually did get to stay home last week and am back home right now. For those that don’t read the blog regularly, my parents are basically in their 90s, my mom is recovering from surgery and the recovery has been very difficult.

We finally convinced them to put a down payment on an apartment in a retirement community. It wasn’t easy; it was highly emotional for all involved. We’re a month away from actually moving them in, and we worry they will try to back out, although it’s a non refundable deposit.

So I will continue to be on and off the blog. I’ll do my best to keep up with comments and your blogs, but I hope you’ll understand if I don’t do more than like a comment. I truly love the interaction between bloggers, but my time online is often limited these days.

Having my longest long run in this week made it a bit easier to get my weekly mileage in!. I’m wrapping it up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin because you just never know who you might inspire.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, Pahla B 15 Minute KB
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 3 miles: 1 mile WU, 800/3 min recovery x 3, .5 mile CD
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Pahla B 15 Minute KB
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, no other organized exercise but 10k+ steps anyway
  • Friday: 11 miles LSD
  • Saturday: Looking at retirement communities
  • Sunday: Looking at retirement communities

Mileage: 19 (+2.9)

TIU = Tone it Up
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

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Running update

Just me & my duck friends


Some storms Sunday morning finally blew out our humidity, so my run today wasn’t a slogfest and didn’t suck. Almost negative splits, with one rogue mile. I probably really didn’t need 5 miles, but life is so crazy right now I figure get ’em when I can.

13.1. I’ve got this. I hope!


I haven’t done speed work for most of my training, with the exception of last week’s 5k, which is really more a tempo run. I have a tendency to do my speedwork more as progressive runs (each speed interval faster than the last), so my aim for this run was to try to keep the intervals about the same pace. I mostly succeeded with it, and I am happy with this run.

Running without humidity? Priceless!

Post run selfie. Maybe I need to change my profile pic, hm?


I headed  out a bit later than I really wanted to, not hitting the path until almost 9:30. But it was a cool, low humid day, and most of the path was in shade, so it was fine.

I basically wanted to try to mimic my race, just at a slower pace. I mostly succeeded. It was mostly negative splits, although I let my last mile be my cooldown and I slowed way down then.

I got my brownie sundae afterwards; I only ate about half of it because it was humongous. A couple of hours later I was hit with severe cramps in my hamstrings. Both of them. I was going to get the mail, and I could barely walk. Out of the blue. No idea what that was about; they passed after several minutes and I was fine.

Dehydration? Or the fact that I didn’t take electrolytes after my run? I usually do, but it wasn’t super hot and I didn’t really think I needed it. Thankfully it didn’t happen on the run.

I shared some thoughts from/about the run on Friday’s post.

I took out about half of that bad boy

Favorites of the week
Brownie sundae, of course. I kind of wish I could have waited to later in the day to eat it, but I had to get ready to head down to my parents the next day.

A good double digit run in good weather.

While I wasn’t able to keep up with you, congrats to everyone racing this weekend! So many of you out there getting it done. Great job! You should be so proud of yourself!

Other than that, seriously, yesterday was just horrible. We all (my siblings and I) hate seeing my parents this way, hate having to force the issue, and hate the way we had to force the issue. We all know it had to be done, but that doesn’t always make it any easier. It ranks up there with putting my furkids to sleep, learning my FIL had dementia, and Chester and Simba’s diagnoses with their terminal illnesses.

And that’s a wrap 😔

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you think that post run selfie is a good profile photo?

Ever get a “treat” and then realize it’s not really what you wanted?

Do you feel badly about only eating part of what you bought?