Currier & Ives: 2/26- 3/4 Weekly Wrap

On Friday our world was turned into a picture perfect Christmas card. It snowed for well over 12 hours (we were initially told to expect rain and maybe 3 inches of snow).

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to actually share a few more miles this week.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk,
  • Wednesday: DM Arms & Legs, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 3 miles easy (kind of)
  • Friday:  Snowed for 12+ hours; some shoveling
  • Saturday: Dogwalk
  • Sunday: 4 miles easy

Mileage: 7 (+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*

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

Running Updates

The day before the storm

I had thought I’d be getting three runs in this week, but it wasn’t meant to be. I was not happy to miss the warmer/nicer weather earlier in the week. On the other hand, I am so glad I got out before we were pummeled with ice/snow (mostly snow. Lots and lots of snow).

I was a bit angry at something and this was a surprisingly speedy run. I joked with Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy that I somehow need to get angry before races!

I also saw the first leaves budding out on the trees. Poor things; I’m sure they didn’t know what hit them the next day.

A gray day but the run felt good

Things weren’t as bad as they would probably have been earlier in the winter with that much snow — because of our warm weather in the weeks preceding this storm, streets got cleared quickly and remained fairly dry; which is good — very little black ice.

This run felt pretty good. I threw in some strides each mile and which helped me keep up a decent pace.

Favorites of the week
The snow was definitely not a favorite, but the streets were blessedly clean and dry the very next day. Which means the dogs don’t have to get cabin fever. It’s going to be quite the mess as that much snow slowly melts, and there are some more snow or wintry mix chances coming our way.

For now I’ll just share some of the storm photos. Remember this snow was from one storm! And the day before there was no snow on the ground and I ran in capris. It also doesn’t look like quite as much as it actually was, since it’s still “warm” and started melting right away, plus there was also some icing during the storm so it compacted down pretty quickly.

Shoveling pitstops for the dogs
Trying to give you a sense of how much snow
As seen in our neighborhood the next day
Someone attempting a skinny snow man

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:

Wouldn’t you like to come shovel for us?

Ever made a snowman?

Enjoyed anything new lately (and I do mean anything — food, book, movie, clothes, etc.)?


The Curious Case of the Standard Chihuahua: Spilling over tea/coffee February 2018


Somehow it seems as though mostly what I’m sharing is senior moments (not really — but it feels that way!). And a long discourse on chihuahuas that I totally understand if you skip it.

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I came downstairs with the purpose of reading and commenting on some blogs and to start this post, with a few ideas of what I wanted to say in mind.

Except then I sat down to write and had no clue whatsoever what I meant to write about . . . I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person that happens to — right? Right???

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you oh yea, this is what I meant to tell you: I had Lola at the vet (normal appointment) and there was a new assistant? vet? shadowing. She seemed extremely knowledgeable. She asked a lot of penetrating questions. She was able to guess Lola’s age exactly — most people see a chihuahua and think “puuuuuuuppy”, no matter how old they are.

Turns out this woman has had many chihuahuas.

She lost me when she claimed that Lola was a standard chi. Say what? I like to research things. And I definitely researched chis before we decided to get a dog — I really wanted a Papillon, but they’re not easy to find in rescues, and a long haired chi is just a Papillon by another name, right? We are often asked if she’s a Papillon.

So anyway, there are long haired and short haired chihuahuas. End of story. Teacup, while “cute”, is not really a breed — it’s the runt of the litter, and they often have quite a few health problems. And oh yeah, the breed standard is 4-6 lbs. Lola ranges from 9-11 lbs.

Seriously, keeping weight on that dog has always been a struggle, and she has a fantastic appetite. But this woman insisted there were teacup chihuahuas and standard chihuahuas, and that Lola was obviously a standard chihuahua and a purebred (which she supposedly was, but no, chis aren’t that big and they don’t have the really long back Lola has, which is why she has back problems).

Both Mr. Judy and I poked around on the Internet after that and neither one of us could find any evidence to support this woman’s claims. Very odd. Maybe I shoud have put this last because I can feel your eyes glazing over now that I’ve gone on & on.

Oh well, it’s what I’d tell you if we were enjoying a cup of tea!

Now my news device; cut the cord on tv news

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I downloaded the NPR app. Which is pretty funny, because I never listen to NPR. For years I’ve taped the Today Show & watched it when I had the time, but the truth is I get sucked into it and it’s really a talk show. For almost 3 hours.

Granted, like all my shows, I fast forward through the commercials, and like the Olympics, I fast forward through stuff I don’t like. I can get through those 4 hours in less than 2. For now, though, I’m going cold turkey.

I think I’ll continue to tape it because when I do end up on the treadmill, that’s what I like to watch.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that 2 massages in one month was heavenly. And I have one last one to use up within the next 3 weeks — I bought a package of 6 last year, but was too busy to use it for a while.

I don’t think I’ve ever had so many massages so close together.

Told ya Winter ain’t over!

.If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that I totally get the winter bashing, and this winter weather has definitely been crazy, but here’s the thing: it definitely wasn’t our worst winter (YWMV = your winter may vary). In fact, I lost track of the amount of times the snow melted away (but always seemed to come back). Which is much better than having snow on the ground continuously from December to April.

If you’ve never lived in an area where it snows, that snow on the ground acts like an AC unit — pumping out coldness. It makes it feel much colder than it actually is.

Would I rather be in TX for the winter? You betcha. But it won’t go down as the worst winter ever — at least, if March behaves itself (ahem, March, you’re starting off on the wrong foot or coming in like a lion, pick your metaphor). And I just saw leaves budding on a tree on my dogwalk Thursday. It may not be right around the corner from us, but it is coming.

Tea? Iced Tea? Coffee? Decaf? Green smoothie?

What news apps do you like?

Are those senior moments multiplying?

Do your trees already have leaves?


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

February 2018: Did I pass?


I know TOTR is no longer doing monthly grades, but I liked the idea so I’m keeping it. You’d think a month with almost no miles run would be short. You’d think wrong!

Getting in scheduled runs
I can’t fail myself on this one, even though I’m not sure I’ve ever had such a low month of running since I started running. And it’s not the first time I’ve gotten sick; in fact, I’ve been far, far sicker in the past.

But it may be the first time I got sick when I wasn’t actively training for anything.

Grade Earned:  C-

Recording my runs
Well, when you don’t run much, it’s easy to record your runs, right? After reading more about recovery, I also started to add some more metrics to my running journal: a simple little graphic for my sleep:

  • Below Normal
  • Normal
  • Above Normal

I hope that I keep that up when I get busier. And actually pay attention to it!

Grade Earned: 

Dynamic Warmup
I made damn sure to properly warm up when I did return to running. Because it had been so long since I ran. Helped that I wasn’t running far so running wasn’t consuming all my time.

Except . . . damn, I waited around forever for it to warm up last Wednesday. Which it did — but it was cool and drizzly in the morning. So right around the time I wanted to start warming up for the run, the dogs decided they must go out. And of course I don’t want an accident, so I was delayed quite some time while they enjoyed some sunshine and sniffed everybladeofgrassaround.

So I admit I didn’t quite take as much time as I might have if I hadn’t felt rushed — again!

Grade Earned: A-

Foam Rolling
I do foam roll. I’m pretty good about it. And most of the time, it takes me all of five minutes. That’s for calves, quads, hammies, IT, and piriformis. And then I read Coach Rachel’s post, Runners: You Need to Foam Roll! Thirty minutes? Say whaaat?

So I’ve started to actually take more time with my foam rolling. My calves and hamstrings are always so tight. We’ll see how long I can keep it up . . .

Grade Earned: A-

Balancing indulgence with healthy foods

Making sure to eat less when I was less active wasn’t easy; I will freely admit that. But it was worth it, in the end, because I managed to maintain my weight. I only hope that wasn’t because I’m losing muscle mass (which no doubt I am).

Grade Earned: A

I promise I’m gonna research it more & write a post!

No need to visit the chiropractor until next month, especially considering I wasn’t running. But I got a massage on my birthday and visit the Salt Den. It is time to schedule that next haircut . . .

Grade Earned: A

Cross Training
Well, since I wasn’t running, can I say I was cross training? There was a little yoga (until I seemed to relapse and decided I needed more rest again). There were lots of dog walks when the weather got nicer. And I’ve started to add back in some bodyweight exercises.

Grade Earned: C

January 2018  gets  . . . 
. . . a B-. Most of it wasn’t my fault, and I did a good job on some things that weren’t easy, but let’s face it, I spent the majority of the month laying on the couch watching the Olympics.

February Goals:

  • Book 2 massages (I have a package that runs out in March). One on my birthday. It’s my birthday tradition. Y
  • Register for the 1812 race. Y
  • Keep up the Epsom salt soaks — let’s shoot for three (although it is a short month!). N; too tired to sit around soaking my feet, but it probably would have been good for me.
  • Strength train 2-3 x week. N for obvious reasons
  • Continue to research 2018 halfs in November/December. N
  • Continue to play around with all the great tips from Laura @ Mommyrunfast’s Fit & Fueled course (a new one coming in March !) Y well sort of

Which leads me to March Goals:

  • No reason to push. Have 2 rest days following a run until I really feel rested.
  • Strength train 2-3 x week.
  • Get back to Epsom salt soaks.
  • Foam roll — really foam roll.
  • Book a hotel for Freakin’ Fast Half.
  • Sign up for 5k in April.
  • Book last massage in the series.

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.


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


Hey, I got a few miles in!: 2/19- 25 Weekly Wrap

I am still slowly returning to activity, getting back into the house cleaning groove (as much as I ever am), and resting a lot. The Olympics came along at a good time.

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


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: 2 miles easy, Dogwalk (just missing the sudden rain shower!)
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk before the snow
  • Friday:  DM Arms & Abs
  • Saturday: 3 miles easy
  • Sunday: Rainy rest day, but dried up in time for a Dogwalk

Mileage: 5 (+5)

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

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

Running Updates

Left & middle was Wednesday; on the right is Thursday. Crazy weather. Code 522CRJ for 15% off non sale Skirt Sports items

When I saw it was supposed to be 70 on Wednesday, despite the rainy forecast, I knew that had to be my first run back. Thankfully my body cooperated and while I still wouldn’t say I was 100%, this run, although short, gave me more energy — which is normally the case of a run, no matter how tired I go into it. And despite all the rest, I was a bit tired going into it.

It was slow, but really not terrible considering it was the first time I’d run in about 2 1/2 weeks. Especially considering it has been months since I’ve been able to run in such warm temps (which also tend to slow me down, especially as I ended up running midday, which I normally try to avoid).

I’m going to take it nice and easy for a little while. Still no reason to push it.


And just like that, by Saturday the snow had mostly melted again . . .

The group got together at 8, but I just didn’t want to get out that early. And knowing myself, I was sure I’d run too fast in a group. So I ran by myself a little later in the morning, and actually enjoyed the brief sunshine of the day (along with the wind).

This run felt harder than Wednesday, and it was slower, but it wasn’t bad. I’m keeping it easy right now and taking a couple of days rest after a run . . . until I feel back to normal. Happy to be moving again!

Favorites of the week
Can we talk weather? It snowed. It rained. It sleeted. It got up to almost a record high on Wednesday, and all the snow melted. Then it snowed some more. Then rained some more.

But I’m not complaining, because that 73 high on Wednesday was a rare February treat (although we set the record of 74 last February). Although I will admit that I am tired of the gray. And feeling cold. To everything there is a season, right?

Mostly I was just happy to be fever-free this week and getting back to more activity. Not even a whole lot of DOMs going on, for which I am very thankful. Otherwise not a whole lot going on.

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:

Have you been surprised by not feeling sore after time off for activity for whatever reason?

Are you gearing up for a race or still in an off season?

Do you make a big deal out of big birthdays (mine wasn’t a big one, but my mom’s 90th is just a couple of weeks away)?

A News Diet: Runfessions February 2018


You’ll have to read through to that last runfession to see what I mean by a news diet. And don’t get me wrong — I’d much rather be healthy than sick, but I made the most out of the time usually tied up with exercising.

I’m joining Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice to start off 2018 right.

I runfess . . .
I definitely didn’t want to be sick this month. In some ways, though, it was almost like a staycation. I wasn’t so sick that I just had to lay around, but I knew if I pushed it, I’d get to that point.

I was able to actually do a lot of cooking/baking. I watched the shows I rarely get to watch and a movie or two. I was able to work on the blog more and read and comment more on others’ blogs. I had time to sketch and doodle in my planner.

I runfess . . .
I also didn’t miss running while I was sick. It didn’t hurt that the weather was crappy for the at least half of it. It wasn’t really that I was burned out — but I was tired out, and I really wasn’t craving a run. At all.

I runfess . . .
I felt fine, as so often happens, until I didn’t. Seriously, I really thought I was getting back at it after being sick in January — the running was picking up, I was just about to start some harder training instead of easy running, the house was finally getting cleaned up . . .

And then the sore throat started. While I wasn’t able to do the “heavy lifting” around the house for a while (vacuuming, snow shoveling, putting away the clean clothes — since I wrote that a while ago I got back to it all except the vacuuming — our dust bunnies are the size of tyrannosaurus! — but I vacuumed some them up yesterday), I have gotten back into the habit of wiping down the kitchen every day. Yes, it can get pretty darn disgusting when I’m busy, but isn’t looking half bad right now.

Why is it so hard to juggle everything when we are well and have the energy?

I runfess . . .
That sometimes I feel as though fitness is my job. Well, when I’m well. There’s running, there’s yoga, there’s strength training, there’s swimming (when it’s not the dead of winter), there’s walking the dogs, there’s foam rolling, there’s hiking, there’s all the laundry . . .  and sometimes I think about making fitness my job.

Except the truth is I’m an introvert who’s not really great with people and sucks at marketing herself, which I know since I had my own business for 13 years. The main reason I’m not longer in business isn’t that I didn’t love design (which is what I did), but that I sucked at marketing and didn’t want to be “on call” 24/7 — and that was before cell phones were so commonplace.

Well, I enjoyed watching the Olympics; the dogs enjoyed having me to lay on

I runfess . . .
I tape the Olympics and watch them the next day. Even if I were 100% healthy, I just wouldn’t be staying up that late every night. Which also means that I went on a news diet since the start of the Olympics, because I like to be surprised — no spoilers for me! In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if maybe I should give up on watching TV news altogether — but where to get my news from? It’s still important to know what’s going on in the world.

I also runfess that I speed through all the sports that aren’t my favorites — it’s not because I don’t like watching some of them, but simply the sheer amount of time it takes to watch it all (even with skipping all commercials).

By the time you read this it will be too late for you to do this — or maybe you already do — bu I runfess that speeding through speed skating, bobsled, skeleton, and even some of the skiing is very entertaining.

And the cross country skiing? I think that was the most entertaining of all to speed through! But I did catch the end when Team USA won the gold — talk about fitspo! She left it all out on the course.

Where do you get your news from?

Are you more productive when you’re not exercising, or just chilling?

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


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


5 Signs You Need to Rest


Rest isn’t a four letter word — rest is where you get fitter (and you can read more about its importance here). Some people seem to have an innate sense of when it’s the right time for them to take a little more rest. And some of us keep pushing until we’re sick or injured.

Sometimes I know when to take a break — but sometimes, it seems, I don’t — my type A personality (when it comes to running, anyway) rears its ugly head and I push through on days I probably shouldn’t.

If you’re not one of those lucky people who instinctively knows when to rest more, how do you tell if it’s time for some extra rest? The truth is that the signs can be subtle and often not easily measurable. Which is why you need to pay attention!

So read on, but keep in mind I’m not a coach, medical professional, yadda yadda yadda.

Your runs are getting slower
If suddenly you find that you’re really struggling to hit paces that once seemed easy — and it’s not just an off day — it’s time to sit up and take note.

We all have bad runs, but if it’s the norm and not the exception, you probably need to rest more.

You’re having trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
We all have times when we have trouble sleeping. If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and this is not normal for you (or even if it is!), you may need to take some extra rest. Ditto if you suddenly find yourself sleeping much longer than is normal for you.

You’re sleeping well but you still feel exhausted
We’re supposed to wake up feeling refreshed when we’ve had a good night’s sleep, right? Much like running, it’s not abnormal to occasionally get a good night’s sleep and still feel tired in the morning, but if it happens all the time, you could be pushing yourself too hard.


Your RHR (Resting Heart Rate) is elevated
I wrote about RHR in “Are you really recovered?” (read it here). It’s something that’s tangible and measurable. I’m still tracking RHR; normally I find it’s a really good indicator of whether or not I’m really recovered. The biggest problem with a lot of indicators for recovery is that by the time they’re elevated, you may already have pushed too hard.

I’ve been sick for basically the first half of February, and this is one time my RHR didn’t get elevated . . . until I was sick. However, by my birthday I was feeling better. The next morning my RHR had shot way up again, and sure enough, the virus is not done toying with me yet.

You’re sore . . . days after your last run
If you strength train, you’re probably familiar with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). You know, you work out fine, and two days later you’re so sore you can barely move.

If you’re just always sore, then you may be pushing yourself too hard and not taking enough rest.


The bottom line is to pay attention to what your body’s telling  you.

I do want to write a post with some ways to actually track how well you’re recovering, but next week I’ll be back to grade February. That shouldn’t take too long!


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


What tells you that you need some extra rest?

Do you feel good  . . . until you don’t?

Enjoying the longer days? I know I am! And the sometimes mild weather.

Second zero week: 2/12- 18 Weekly Wrap

It’s been a long time since I’ve been laid up by illness for so long. The really frustrating thing is that outside of a handful of days, I never felt super sick. But just as I was feeling better, suddenly I kept getting random spikes of fever that would come out of nowhere and be over after a short amount of time. I’ve never had anything like that.

I am determined to rest and get better so I can enjoy a run during the warm weather that is supposed to be headed our way mid week!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share some of the good things about my week because there wasn’t a lot of activity, although there was a bit more than last week.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Morning yoga, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  Morning yoga, Dogwalk (and a sudden spike in temperature — mine, that is — in the afternoon — boo!)
  • Friday:  Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Shoveling a path down the driveway so we could Dogwalk

Mileage: 0 (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
That’s what it looks like inside

Favorites of the week
Some stress crept its way into my life towards the end of the week, but I did spend a pretty awesome birthday and got lots of relaxing in. Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes — I still need to get back to y’all, but I appreciated each and every one of them. The Salt Den offers you a free session on your birthday so how could I pass that up?

Who knew there’d be animal print sheets?

Before relaxing in the Salt Den I had an excellent, relaxing massage at Myomassage. Wearing my Skirt Sports Wrapsody tights made it easy to leave the purse at home. You can use code 522CRJ for 15% of non-sale items or check out the sale (ends today, 2/18, at midnight).

Enjoying my birthday dinner

And we ended the day with a yummy meal out. It didn’t hurt that this was the nicest weather I’ve seen on my birthday in quite a few years.

Yes, please, some protein in my granola!

This week I also tried out Trader Joes Peanut Butter Protein Granola. Even though I typically make my own granola, I was intrigued. It was good (and not too high in sugar, either, although I did eat only a half a serving — but that was plenty!).

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:

Made any great food finds recently?

Are you expecting a heat wave next week?

How do you treat yourself on your birthday (and if you don’t, why not)?