Can’t stop, won’t stop: 8/27-9/2 Weekly Wrap

Rachel @ Runningonhappy had nothing on my schedule this week. Only I’d decided before the 1812 Challenge that if I finished feeling good, I’d be signing up for another half at the end of September. You’ll have to read on to find out which one. ūüėČ

I’m joining up with¬†the Weekly Wrap from Holly @¬†Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home¬†to show you how I recover — at least, when there’s another race coming up.

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Workouts update

  • Monday:¬†JY Lower Back Love, Walking around Sackets Harbor & Cooperstown
  • Tuesday:¬†SB 15 minutes, JY Functional Core
  • Wednesday:¬†Dogwalk, 3 easy treadmill miles, JY Core Twist & Mobility
  • Thursday:¬† Dogwalk, 3 easy treadmill miles
  • Friday: ¬†Dogwalk
  • Saturday:¬†8 mile LSD, PB Core (8 minutes)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, PB Bodyweight Full Body (15 minutes)

Mileage: 14 (-15)

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

 

Wednesday
It was disgusting outside. So a short treadmill run it was.

Thursday
Cooler today, but the humidity was still rather stifling (and lots of heat headed our way next week — oy!). Since I couldn’t run in the morning, I got it done of the treadmill again. Next week it’ll be back to brutally hot morning runs.

Why yes, we do take up a whole picnic bench

Saturday
Almost all the Wineglass girls were back at it for various paces and lengths, some running, some run/walking, some walking. We ran into a lot of Skirt Sisters on the run, as well.

Lots of Skirt Sports sighted on our long run yesterday

A lot of us are gearing up for upcoming half marathons — some in groups, some solo.

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Favorites of the week
Oops, I did it again. I sweet talked Mr. Judy into another half at the end of this month: Ocean City NJ. Shout out if you’re going or know someone who is! We’ve been eyeing it a long time, ever since we stopped there on our way down to ZOOMA Annapolis three years ago (read about that here). Please, Weather Gods, send me some decent weather!

Let’s get the conversation started:

Are you gearing up for any exciting races?

Do you see a lot of women running in skirts where you live?

Can’t stop, won’t stop . . . when it comes to signing up for races?

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18.12 Challenge: Runfessions August 2018

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Another month, another racecation, and more racecation runfessions to get off my chest!

I’m joining Marcia @¬†Marcia’s Healthy Slice¬†and sharing the good and the bad surrounding the 1812 Challenge.

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I hate training through that muck — humidity wasn’t better though!

I runfess . . .
The first time I trained through the winter for a half it was such a bad experience I didn’t do it again for another five years. The race actually went quite well, but I really hate training through winter!

I have a feeling I’m going to feel the same way about training for the 18.12 Challenge. I may never do another longer race in the summer!

I runfess . . .
This was the first long race in a long time that wasn’t fueled (at least beforehand and afterwards) with some Garrett’s Popcorn. I have two suspects for the mild food poisoning I’m pretty sure I had after Freakin’ Fast Half: the salad the night before and the fact that my Garretts spent a lot of travel time in a hot car. Those are about the only two things Mr. Judy and I didn’t share right before the race.

I definitely missed my Garretts, but I had a good race with no issues so can’t complain!

I runfess . . .
I brought compression socks with me to the 1812 Challenge, I really did. And I totally planned on wearing some after my race. I really did. And . . . I totally forgot. At least I did foam roll and even managed to do a little yoga.

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In the end, I got the outfit right

I runfess . . .
I had the hardest time making up my mind about what to heck to wear for the 1812 Challenge. I felt like Goldilocks. This top is a little tight, but I’ve successfully worn it in a hot half. This top is a little too loose — I wore it successfully in a 10k — but will it cause chafing? And then there was the shoes! Did I want to wear the same shoes as my last half, which were fine? I certainly didn’t want to wear the ones that gave me a blister!

In the end it all worked out fine. And you know what I got the most comments on? Not my cute top in the cute temper tantrum print, not my skirt . . . the shoes! The bright yellow and magenta shoes! I got so many compliments on them. I love a cute shoe but the most important thing to me is that they didn’t cause any problems.

I runfess . . .
I was not looking at 2019 races, oh no. I just innocently opened Facebook. And there it was: REVEL Mt. Hood. Holly @ Hohoruns is always raving about the REVEL races. And we’ve been trying to finish up the states near WA. And it’s a downhill half! You know that’s my jam!

Poor Mr. Judy. He will just never get used to the way I love to plan. You’d think he would after 33 years of marriage!

Do you worry about how your running clothes will effect your race?

Got some 2019 races picked out already?

What do you have to runfess from August? Come join us

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I am also linking up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy today.

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August 2018: Did I pass?

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August was filled with the most miles I have ever run in what seemed like the most humidity, too. Not to mention warmer than normal temps.

My cooling neck towel got a lot of use!

Getting in scheduled runs
When it came to getting in runs, August was a doozy! Not so much in getting my runs done, but in the never-ending rain and humidity it threw at me. I managed to do almost all of them outside. I usually cave in this kind of weather.

Grade Earned:  A+

Recording my runs
I did pretty good. I at least filled in the bare bones pretty quickly. Still a bit sketchy about things like distance, time, and splits, but those are things I can look back up.

Grade Earned: A

Dynamic Warmup
It’s really tempting to skip that warm up. I mean seriously, when it’s that humid do you really need to warm up? You’re sweating practically before you step outside! (and yes, you really do still need to warm up!)

Grade Earned: A-

Foam Rolling
Every once in a while when I’m really tired at night, I skip my foam rolling (which is another reason it’s better to do it after the run and not wait until before bed). And every time I do, I wake up the next morning feeling stiffer than normal.

Grade Earned: B+

Totally wish I could like this all the time
Some would say I earned my half of this. My body begs to differ!

 

Nutrition
I know a lot of runners say they always gain a few pounds training for a marathon. Only I wasn’t training for a marathon. And yet I seemed to have found a few extra pounds. Some of it was due to travel. Some of it was due to less strength training — who am I kidding — no strength training during travel. And some of it was no doubt due to the choices I made about what I put into my mouth.

I did make a real effort to clean up my act towards the end of the month¬† . . . until my 18 mile race, of course! Even then, while I certainly indulged — anyone that follows me on Instagram knows that — I also passed things by that I wanted. It’s the story of my life.

Grade Earned: B-

Support

  • Massage? Not yet.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Yes.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? Yes, a broken record here. Luckily I like a long braid for my summer races.

Grade Earned: A-

Cross Training
After an extended break during/after my half in July, I got back at it. I knew I would need strong legs! I swam once a week until the pool closed. There was at least some yoga, and there was definitely strength training. I even did yoga before and after my race this past weekend — when what i really wanted to do was just laze around.

Grade Earned: A

August 2018  gets  . . . 
. . .¬†an¬†A-. Yes, I ran two races in August and PR’d them both (one being a new distance for me). Yes, I trained hard. But I also relied too much on protein bars and other “convenient” foods and while I didn’t gain a lot of weight, it’s enough to make me feel a little uncomfortable. When I indulged, though, I enjoyed every bite — if you make the decision to indulge, don’t feel guilty about it! Every next choice is an opportunity to make a healthy choice.

August Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. Probably not enough, but,¬†as always, something is better than nothing.
    • Strength train 2-3 x week. Y.
    • Foam roll — really foam roll. Y. With just a few exceptions.
    • Chiropractor visit.¬†Y.
    • Join my friends for a fun race — although I’ll be doing the longer distance — if the weather isn’t horrible (which is usually is). Y.¬†Although I decided to really join them and did the shorter distance.
    • Greens daily. Y. Mostly. Even when it was just greens powder in my smoothies . . .¬†
    • Berries daily. Y. Mostly. Even if it was in stuffed french toast . . .
    • Shoot for a class at Wellnest Studios. N. At least I started doing some yoga again.
    • Hopefully keep all of my toenails. ūüôā Y. Happy dance!

Which leads me to September Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. As always, something is always better than nothing.
    • Strength train 2-3 x week.
    • Some extra Core TLC. I do work my core, but I think I need to make it more of a priority again.
    • Foam roll — really foam roll.
    • Chiropractor visit.
    • Swim when the pool reopens.
    • Greens daily.
    • Berries daily.
    • Sign up for a half at the end of September.

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

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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

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Racecation Week: 8/20-26 Weekly Wrap

It’s always a busy week before a race, but driving instead of flying means that I have more wiggle room with when we leave (although the pet sitters really do like a time!).

I’m joining up with¬†the Weekly Wrap from Holly @¬†Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home¬†to wish the Weekly Wrap Happy Anniversary and count down to my big race day.

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Workouts update

  • Monday:¬†Dogwalk, PB KB Total Body (20 minutes)
  • Tuesday:¬†6 miles easy, JY Train Your Core (15 minutes)
  • Wednesday:¬†SB WU (10 minutes), PB Bodyweight (25 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Thursday:¬† Dogwalk
  • Friday: ¬†5 miles easy with 6 x 20ish strides
  • Saturday:¬†YFR Hamstrings + Foundation
  • Sunday: 1812 Challenge

Mileage: 29 (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

Tuesday
It was actually a pleasant day to run! Shocker! It was cloudy, not too humid, and there was a nice breeze. I’d like to dial up this weather for Sunday, please. Had a pretty decent run.

Friday
It was a beautiful morning to run. Almost caught the sunrise. Threw in some strides and had a nice, strong run before we hit the road.

Sunday
I ran the 1812 challenge today but according to my garmin it was more like 18 miles (a new course this year) & I’m perfectly fine with that!

An automatic PR since it’s the furthest I’ve ever run.

Favorites of the week
There are two chiropractors in the practice I go to — mine was out with, ironically, back problems, so I saw the other chiropractor — I’ve never been to her in her official capacity, although several of my buddies go to her, but know her a little socially.

Turns out she loves Sackets Harbor (where my race was today). So we chatted about it, the race, which restaurants are good, and since she’s doing Wineglass in the fall (which I did last year), I told her that the prerace dinner is really good, and we chatted some about that course.

And then in my Weight Watchers meeting I was chatting with a friend, and she happened to go to NYC and also Harriman¬† State Park, which the Appalachian Trail runs through. There’s some chance we could be headed that way in September, and she mentioned a hike that sounded doable — I know little about the area and hadn’t yet researched it, so just another little bit of synchronicity.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you like a shakeout run before a race (I don’t!)?

Do you really study the race course or just assume it will be well marked (I tend to look at it, but not really study it)?

Any little bits of synchronicity this week (the universe sending you something you need)?

A Summer of Firsts

 

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First time a butterfly tried to hitch a ride!

There were many firsts this summer: some good, some not so good. I am joining the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy and sharing all my summer firsts.

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First long distance races in Summer
I have always avoided racing long in Summer. So not a fan of heat. I have tackled some pretty hot halfs, and also my half in NOLA was definitely no picnic (read about it here), so when a half in July came up that piqued my interest (read about it here), I pushed the register button, of course.

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First race with a pitstop, first with no medal

First pitstop in a race
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond my control, that half in July also had my first pitstop during a race (of any length) ever. I survived and even PR’d despite the stop.

First blister from running
Did I get a blister from the July half? Or the 15 mile run? Even the 17 mile run? No, it had to happen on the 12 miler, the last double digit long run before my race. It’s on the inside of a big toe. I tried popping it a few times, but it just kept refilling.

I turned to Rachel @ Runningonhappy for advice and she told me to “rip off the outer portion” or words to that effect. I didn’t rip it off, but I did carefully remove it, and that does seem to have done the trick. There’s a big old scab there now, so it’s still healing, but it hasn’t bothered me (other than the fact I’ve been avoiding my favorite sandals so it doesn’t get rubbed).

So I am lubing my toes now, too, and praying.

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On my way to 15 miles

First runs longer than 13.1
I ran 15 miles the week after my half marathon. I had company for about the first third. It wasn’t easy, and I must say I was totally wiped out for the rest of the day.

I tackled 17 miles the next week by myself. I tried to find company but was unsuccessful. It was also tough, and while I was tired immediately after, I had more energy after some rest.

I was surprised that I felt fine the day after both runs.

First race longer than 13.1
I am on my way as you read this to tackle the 1812 Challenge. The unknown is always scary for me, which I wrote about in Tuesday’s post (read about it here). I know it’s just five more miles, and I’m quite sure I can do it, but there is a time limit for the race. For most of you it would be no problem. Based on my training runs, it shouldn’t be a problem for me but it could be tight.

Hopefully on Sunday I’ll post a photo of me smiling with my new medal. As it turns out, the company that put on Freakin’ Fast Half sent out an email this week that they are shutting down and deeply in debt; I will never get a medal for that half. I consider myself lucky — they could have pulled the plug before the race.

In fact, the race was also billed as a NYC Qualifier. And they sent out an email before the race saying the new course was, indeed, USATF approved. Now they are saying that you can try to submit it, but good luck with that and you might want to run another qualifier just in case.

Although I’m confused because this was only a half — don’t you have to run a marathon to qualify for NYC? Or do you have to time qualify for the NYC Half?

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First time placing in my Age Group

Bonus first: first time placing in my age group
I am quick to point out that there were only 4 women in my AG in this race, and the person who beat me was 10 minutes faster — and 5 years younger. It puts me solidly in the middle of the pack (2 out of 4). It was still exciting to me, though!

Have you ever run a half marathon and not received your medal — ever?

Any firsts this summer?

Are psychedelic yellow mushrooms growing your backyard? No? Must just be ours. ūüôā

Here be dragons

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Before you could see pretty much anywhere on earth via Google maps — way before — map makers would write “here be dragons” for unexplored lands/seas. I’ve always loved that phrase!

How far can you go?
For many years I’ve wondered what lies beyond 13.1 miles (or maybe 14.1, because sometimes I do a warm up mile before a half). I’ve thought about just going out and running a longer long run after a race, just taking my time, stopping to eat and drink whenever I wanted to, because there’s literally no race (or reason to rush).

Of course I never did. I know some runners just love running long for the sake of running long, but for the sane runners, why would you spend hours running when you didn’t have to?

In every person’s life, there comes a time . . .
. . . when they need more: more challenge, more daring, more than the “norm”. Being a cautious runner, I wasn’t ready for a marathon. But I finally decided that I needed to find out what dragons were waiting for me after 13.1 miles.

Maybe I’d become too “comfortable” running halfs (not that it ever feels comfortable, mind you). Maybe I subconsciously knew that my body was ready for something more — or at least I hope it is. My training has gone well, as well as it can in such a humid summer; my longer long runs were definitely challenging, but I bounced back quickly.

As you read this, though, I have not yet tackled that longer race. It’s this Sunday. I know that barring a heatwave or an injury I will run 18.12 miles. There is a time limit for this race, though.

Again, barring an insanely hot day or injury, I know that I should be able to run the race within the time limit. I also know that’s it’s close enough, for me, to be challenging. There are two points during the race that if you are not on track to finish in the allotted time you’ll be swept (and I don’t even know where those are!).

They don’t call it a Challenge for nothing, though.

Some people are comfortable being comfortable
I won’t lie — that is me, most of the time. If I really wanted to be uncomfortable? I’d tackle that marathon. I’m not getting any younger. It would have to be a damn good marathon, though — great swag, no time limit (or a very generous one), and especially not during the summer.¬†

I can say without hesitation at the moment that training for a longer race has not whetted my appetite for a marathon. Quite the opposite. I also know that things have a way of changing, sometimes, when we cross that finish line. Sometimes months after we cross that finish line.

It’s funny how doing something harder can plant the seeds of change.

Growth only happens outside our comfort zone
One of the things I know for sure is that we have to continually grow and take risks that scare us — all through our lives. It’s not easy, and it’s definitely not something that comes easily to me. It’s absolutely easier to keep things status quo and not rock the boat (or tackle the unknown distance where the dragons are waiting for you).

I hope that next week I will tell you that I slayed this particular dragon. I know it won’t be easy. I also don’t know what dragon I’ll need to slay next; I just know that there will always be another dragon. It’s what makes life interesting and exciting (and sometimes tiring!).

Talk to me:

Do you feel as though you’ve gotten too comfortable in your life?

When has doing something outside your comfort zone paid off big for you?

What dragons are you looking forward to slaying?

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

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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

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Enjoying single digit runs: 8/13-19 Weekly Wrap

Weather stalking. Cross training. Lots of baking — I needed to restock the pantry! Humidity. All easy runs that never feel easy due to the weather.

I’m joining up with¬†the Weekly Wrap from Holly @¬†Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home¬†as I’m winding down (or is that up?) for my first race past the half marathon distance. I try not to think about that much!

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Workouts update

  • Monday:¬†6 miles easy
  • Tuesday:¬†6 miles easy, Dogwalk, PB KB + Core (30 minutes)
  • Wednesday:¬†Dogwalk, Swimming (30 minutes)
  • Thursday:¬† Dogwalk, 5 miles easy
  • Friday: ¬†Dogwalk, Iron Strength Glute Blaster, PB Abs (25 minutes)
  • Saturday:¬†Dogwalk
  • Sunday: 8 mile LSD, PB Standing Abs (10 minutes)

Mileage: 25 (-4)

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

The ducks are taking over the park

Monday
Cloudy. Humid. Miserable. On speed dial, apparently.

This made me smile on a humid run!

Tuesday
This may actually have been my “best” run since coming home from ID — mainly because I got rained on the first couple of miles (and wished it rained longer). It makes it feel just a little less soupy — which is pretty funny when you think about it. I still can’t say I really enjoyed it; this humidity simply has to go!

Thursday
I finally caved: it was 87 feels like 90 and sunny. So yes, sue me, I ran on the treadmill.

Forget ladies who lunch, how about ladies who skirt?

Sunday
Saturday was horribly humid with threat of rain, so most of us chose to run Sunday instead. I won’t lie: running “just” 8 miles felt like heaven. Probably didn’t hurt that I was running with someone a bit slower than me, too.

We did not plan to match!

And noticed the unplanned matching of Skirt Sports!

We all loved these; can’t wait to see them finished!

Favorites of the week
There were a few bumps in the road this week — dying AC in the midst of an almost heatwave, I’m looking at you! — the continued rain, the ever escalating humidity, the bump at the scale from probably a bit too much indulging my sweet tooth last week + all the baking.

Some weeks are like that. But getting together with friends and finding someone to run with that was almost perfect. We both run/walk, our intervals are pretty close, I’m just a little faster — which of course makes that long run feel a lot easier. Not to mention not a double digit run in sight this week!

And the painted beams above along the rail trail caught everyone’s eyes! They’re not done yet, but they’re pretty cool.

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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:

Can’t live without AC or don’t want it?

Would you rather run with someone faster or slower than you?

Tackle the uphills in the beginning or the end of a run/race?