State #16, Half #18: 9/25-10/1 Weekly Wrap

It’s somewhat short and sweet this week, because what promised to be a crazy week got even crazier midweek and I was feeling really run down (before that) so there wasn’t really a whole lot of activity. Aside from a little half marathon.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to wrap up how the week before my last half of 2017 went.


Workouts update

  • Monday: YFPR Knees, Dogwalk, DM HIIT
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 6 TM miles (4 @ steady state)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk
  • Friday: DM Pilates, YFPR knees & Hips, Travel to Corninig
  • Saturday: Rest Day
  • Sunday: Wineglass Half Marathon

Mileage: 19 (-4)

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 


My sweat was sweating. And I was on the treadmill representing the #brasquad (and decided to spare you that photo). When I opened the door to let Bandit out in the morning, even though I had grand plans of getting that run in early in the morning, but I just thought oh hell no!

I would have done it outside if I thought my race was going to be anything close to those conditions — so far it’s supposed to be almost perfect running weather. I never trust them, though. Still pretty sure it won’t be as humid or a high of 90 on race day.

Nothing much to say about this on this run. It got done. Just one more to go! 

And it was almost 10 minutes faster than my last 6 mile easy run!


Myself & 9 runner friends ran Wineglass today. We had a half virgin who rocked her race, a few PRs (spoiler: one of them was mine) & a good time was had by all. 

No mad sushi making skills

Favorites of the week
A while back Mr. Judy said it was a shame that we never went to the Culinary Institute to take a cooking class. Like, over a year ago. That’s the sort of thing I squirrel away. So I told him to pick a class at a nearby cooking school for his birthday. He decided on a sushi making class at a different school, as he knows the sushi chef from work.

Can’t say my rolls were a work of art but it made for a fun dinner.

And that’s a wrap 


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

Let’s get the conversation started:

What do you do if you feel run down before a race?

Race reports, please! How’d those races go this weekendMadd? 

What’s a race on your bucket list? 


When is enough enough?: Runfessions September 2017


It’s never enough, right? Never enough time, never fast enough, never enough states, never enough races. It seems that way, but it really isn’t. If you listen carefully to your body and your heart and the significant others in your life, you’ll know why you’re biting off more than you can chew.

You may not like it, but I like to say that things have a way of working out. And they do. It doesn’t seem that way when we’re in the throws of something that seems bad, and yet in hindsight, we often find that that bad thing may actually have turned out to be a good thing.

Join me, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and find out what all the bloggers are getting off their chests as we move into Fall.

I runfess . . .
Despite knowing that it’s been a long time of fairly non-stop training, I began to think about a November/December half. I mean, why not, right?

But then I whacked myself upside the head because I knew that I’m tired, my body’s tired, and it’s time for a break. Not that I don’t have some shorter races that I hope to do.

I runfess . . .
That using a race as a training or recovery run just isn’t easy for me. I may be slow (hey, I read a blog post this morning talking about being “BOTP” and their time was faster than my PR) but I do like to race.

So there I was last week: a tempo run, speedwork, a long run and a 5k the day afterwards.

I runfess I was almost glad that it was definitely too hot to really race.

I runfess . . .
I kept trying to figure out how to get one last swim in before my race. I haven’t been able to swim much, due to the pool being closed, and I know that when it gets really cold I won’t want to.

But the weeks were filled with the usual, plus an eye doctor appointment, that long run + race (see above), a cooking class (at least something fun!), a chiropractor appointment, and taking Lola to the vet at night for a consultation for a dental — a vet that’s almost 30 minutes away. And, of course, a little matter of packing for my race.

I sadly let my swim go.

I runfess . . .
. . . that when I realized I’d brought 2 left shoes to my parents’ apartment, I was not happy. I actually tried one of them on my right foot. It was quickly obvious that wouldn’t work; I wasn’t that desperate! But hey, I saw someone running barefoot in my 5k last Sunday. And almost a mile of that race is on a trail!

I runfess . . .
. . . that for about the last 2 years, I’ve had my halfs all lined up, one right after the other. Boom, boom, boom. Until now. I have no halfs scheduled for 2018. I have some thoughts, but so far, there’s nothing that’s called to me so strongly that I felt I needed to sign up right now.

But stay tuned. There just might be something a little different in 2018. And no, it’s not a marathon! Or at least, as of this moment, I am not signed up for a marathon and do not plan to sign up for one, either.

Any guesses to what I may be thinking of for 2018?

Ever had a shoe catastrophe (remember the trail shoe that came apart in my race)?

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


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


September 2017: Did I pass?


September was a good month for running with beautiful Fall weather — right up until Summer decided to return just a few weeks before my Fall half marathon.

One thing that wasn’t good this training cycle? The speed work. For whatever reason, I was never able to hit my paces for speedwork. I can’t lie; after a while, it got me down. Most of the summer I couldn’t even blame the weather!

I decided it was okay if I didn’t meet my goal for this race, since I’d already had a pretty awesome year of running.

On the other hand, there was still hope because I found that with just a few exceptions, my easy runs got faster. And my 11 mile LSD was the fastest I’ve ever run 11 miles (outside of a race).

I still don’t know what race day will hand me, but I know my goal is still within reach. And I also know that a lot of things can happen over 13.1 miles. So here’s how I got after it in September:

Getting in scheduled runs
September saw a lot of runs being shuffled around. For the most part they got done, except for that senior moment when I brought two left shoes to my parents.

It’s all good, though, because that week I ended up tacking on a 5k to the end of the week I wasn’t already planning on. Things have a way of working out.

Grade Earned:  A-

Recording my runs
Still struggling with this one as I hit my peak training, had all sorts of appointments coming out of my ears, an overnight visit to the folks, and brunches out with the running crew.

I know I will kick myself for not doing a better job next year.

Grade Earned: B

Dynamic Warmup
It’s still oh-so-tempting to skimp on this. Sometimes I may decrease the reps I do to shorten it a bit, but I’m still getting it in and I even added one of the ankle mobility exercises from this blog post here.

Grade Earned: A+

Foam Rolling
I didn’t bring anything to foam roll with me when I went to visit my parents (I blame the humid 12 miles the day before!) but hey, it’s all still good since I ended up not running that day anyway.

Grade Earned: A

Respecting my body
I think I listened closely to my body and definitely respected it. And I was rewarded by not getting sick (knocks on wood).

Grade Earned: A

I’ve continued to eat pretty clean since I did Danette May’s 30 Day Challenge in August (read about it here), still using many of those recipes — but still going out to eat and enjoying a highly caloric treat (often shared — I never did tell you about the hot fudge brownie sundae that 4 of us couldn’t finish, did I?).

My weight has continued to fluctuate, which is fine as I’m at a healthy weight, but my clothes continue to feel good and so do I.

Grade Earned: A+

Part of why September got so crazy busy was that I started to make all the appointments I’d been putting off for a while: massage, chiropractor, eye doctor, a consultation for Lola’s dental. I could have done some of these earlier (although the chiro really needed to be before my race!).

I still have some appointments I really need to get after — Bandit needs a dental, too (but I’m waiting to see how I feel about Lola’s). Gizmo is overdue for an annual. And then there’s the hair . . . I’ve been so busy all summer long on the weekends and my hairdresser only works on the weekends, so I’ve taken to just pushing the bangs back and shoving a bobby pin in there to keep it out of my eyes.

Grade Earned: A

Cross Training
We got a hike in on Labor Day. I did get to the pool once. I wanted to go more, but I ended up with a lot of appointments on the day I usually swim. Still no stationary biking.

I also got back to my almost-daily short Yoga practice (and sometimes longer). Even though I was doing a lot of stretching and Pilates, I noticed that my hamstrings just kept getting tighter and tighter. No bueno. With Jasyoga (and some of my other yoga DVDs) I can stretch them out in just 5 minutes (and other areas of my body, too).

Grade Earned: A

August 2017 gets  . . . 
. . . an A. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty damn good.

Which leads me to:

Goals for September:

  • Keep my journal up to date. Mostly, but not completely
  • Return to swimming when the pool re-opens. Doesn’t have to be every week. Y
  • Epsom salt soak once a week. I did it once . . . 
  • Continue my clean eating plan — maybe about 90%. Deprivation never works! Y
  • Continue with Pahla B’s Guide to Faster Running for strength training. Y, although I got off track a few times when I felt run down and didn’t quite finish it in time for my half
  • Foam roll immediately following roll unless I’m not home, and then do it when I get home. I’m just too liable to let it go if I wait until the evening. Y

Goals for October:

  • Enjoy my half — finishing = winning
  • Get right back to clean eating when I get back home
  • Epsom salt soak — shoot for every week; every week even better
  • Swim every other week; every week even better
  • Continue to research ID halfs
  • Trail race (if the weather’s decent — yes, I’m a fair weather trail runner, except for my only trail half!)

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


A Friendly Weekend: 9/18-24 Weekly Wrap

I may have been tapering this week, but it was filled with tempos, and speedwork, and racing, oh my!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to share how my last week before my Fall half went down.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 2 mile walk because 2 left shoes!, PB Core
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (3 @ tempo)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PB Kettlebell
  • Thursday:  Gaiam Yoga Conditioning, Dogwalk, 6 miles speedwork (8 x 400 with 200 recovery)
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Saturday: 8 mile LSD,YFPR Knees
  • Sunday: Maddie’s Mark 5k + .9 mile warmup

Mileage: 23 (-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 


Love these 2 Skirtsports prints together



So I got all ready to run at my parents Monday morning — all dressed, sunscreen applied — only to find I’d packed 2 different shoes. 2 left shoes. I even tried it on my right foot but no, I’m not that crazy.

Maybe those two days of rest did me good, though, because I finally had a good tempo run. It still felt super hard and the first mile still wasn’t on pace, but it was close and the other two miles were right on pace. Probably didn’t hurt that it was 5 miles instead of 6.


I definitely could have done this run outside. But it was hot and the middle of the day and it’s been a tiring, busy week. So I took it to the treadmill.

I do run/walk intervals for pretty much all my runs. Even speedwork. And sometimes that gets a little confusing with shorter speedwork, like these 400s with 200 recovery. And translating the pace into miles per hour. I did my best. It started out only moderately hard but definitely felt hard by the end.

I wasn’t sure if I really had it in me to do 6 miles on the treadmill, and my plan was to take Bandit out for the cooldown mile. But he wasn’t hanging out downstairs with me and I just wanted to finish so 6 miles on the treadmill it was.

And it was almost 10 minutes faster than my last 6 mile easy run!


Our last group long run (not me in the photo!)



We finally got back together with our USAFit Albany group for our last long run. Still far too early in the morning for my tastes (or Mr. Judy’s who was on dog duty), but the upside was it was still nice and cool.

Just kept a fairly steady pace . . . well, not really. I was working on negative splits (not trying, but it was headed that way), then slowed down, and then sped up a bit to make the last 2 miles the fastest.


For the second time this summer I used a race as a recovery run. Maddie’s Mark is always a fun time, but with my race next weekend and the late start and hot day, I just took it easy.

Not part of the course; as seen on my warmup


Favorites of the week
You know how I’ve been complaining for most of the summer that my speedwork has sucked? Well, I feel like I mostly nailed it. Finally. There was one mile in my tempo run that was a bit slow, but it wasn’t too far off and the rest were right on. That made me feel good.

I hadn’t intended to run Maddie’s Mark this year, really, but I usually go with my neighbor, who’s been going through some really tough times, and when she asked if I were going, I said sure — and it just happened to be the last day to register! Spoiler alert: I wasn’t trying for a PR and I certainly didn’t get one, but I had fun! Sometimes just slowing down to smell the roses is just what you need — literally, that photo I took above was by the rose garden.

And then I accompanied another friend back to the Salt Den today for a little R&R.

Congrats to all my running friends who raced this weekend! You guys rock!

And that’s a wrap 


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

Let’s get the conversation started:

When was the last time you just had fun at a race without worrying about pace?

Race reports, please! How’d those races go this weekendMadd? 

Enjoying those hot temps or wishing it was more Fall-like now? 

Dear Fall: 5 Things I want from You!


It’s the first day of Fall and I decided to go off script for the Friday 5 and write a little letter to Fall and ask it for a few favors.


Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share the five things I’d like to ask from Fall.

I won’t rehash our summer weather, you know what you threw at us, but Dear Fall, please let us have some bright blue skies with little cotton candy clouds. I need to recharge my batteries before the grayness of Winter arrives.

I’d like to run without the jacket (or hike!)

Cool enough to enjoy running . . .
. . . but not so cold I need a jacket. Gazillions of layers will come soon enough; for now, please let me enjoy the freedom of running in just a skirt and a tee (or capris, or even tights) — let’s save the jackets for winter, shall we?

No snow!
I mean seriously, it’s bad enough dealing with the snow during the Winter. Do you really need to throw it at us during your season, too, Fall? We runners don’t enjoy it. The furkids don’t enjoy it. And the plants certainly don’t enjoy it.

I know you’re just getting started!

Colorful leaves to entertain me . . .
. . . on the trees. Please let there be a trail angel to blow those leaves off of my running paths. I don’t want to roll an ankle because a branch or a rock was buried under all your Fall colors.

I do enjoy leaf peeping as I run.

A few PRs would be awesome
Seriously, Fall, if it doesn’t happen, I’m cool. I’ve had a good year of running. But you are often my best season for running. I’m hoping for a PR at my Fall half next week, but I’m not putting pressure on myself — it will be what it will be.

I’m counting on you, Fall, to help me out a little in the PR department with some crisp days that make running a pleasure.

So let me know in the comments:

What would you ask Fall for?

Any big Fall races coming up?

What is your favorite thing about running in the Fall?

A running IV . . .


. . . or how I get it “all” done

How do you do all that? It seems to be a frequent question, even if I feel as though I don’t do nearly as much as other women. Because: a) I don’t have kids and b) I don’t work. Or I don’t work now; it’s not as though I’ve never worked. And while the furkids suck up a lot of my time, because I seem to attract the needy ones, I’m under no illusions that it’s anything like having children — not to mention the fact that many of you have children and furkids.

I don’t t think you can have it all. But I do think you can make life easier with a few hacks.

Know your why
It’s not that long ago that I wrote about how important it was to know your why when you pick a race (read that post here). And while I didn’t write about that in my Danette May Challenge review (read that post here), Danette places a great deal of emphasis on knowing your why when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle — which is something I’ve already learned throughout the years.

Without knowing your “why”, it’s all too easy to procrastinate (heck, even when I know my why it’s all too easy to procrastinate!). When you truly know your why, it will help you make better decisions, plain and simple.

So dig deep and get to know why something is important to you. That’s the first step.

Make a to-do list
A to-do list is your roadmap for your day. I prefer a handwritten to-do list, because anything you take the time to write out by hand is more likely to stick in your brain. It’s not a bad idea to have it on your phone, too, although I confess I ain’t got time for that!

I tend to make my to-do list before I get ready for bed. There’s something about writing out what you have to do the next day that can set your mind at ease — even if it seems overwhelming — which it often does!

Are healthy meals overwhelming?
You should have a to-do list for what you’re going to eat, too. I know that that seems like work — and it is — but we area more likely to make better choices when we’ve put some thought into our meals ahead of time. You’re not married to your meal plan, but it can help prevent you from ordering that pizza or stopping in the drive through.

Use that crockpot (or instapot, or any other gadgets that streamline your cooking). Get the next day’s breakfast and dinner prepped the night before. Then just heat up your breakfast or grab it out of the fridge. Throw your dinner into the crockpot. And relax when you get home because dinner is waiting for you. Be sure to make enough for leftovers!

Make extras. I’m a huge fan of leftovers. Grilling chicken breasts? Throw on some extras. Ditto with veggies. Don’t forget to double a favorite recipe and store the extras in the freezer for nights when you truly have no energy.

Do a little meal prep on the weekends, when you have more time. Cut up some veggies. Make a big pot of quinoa and/or rice. Make a big pot of soup. Make some mason jar salads. Get some overnight oats going.  Bake some muffins or egg muffins.

Break it into little chunks
Aside from running, it’s rare for me to exercise more than half an hour at a time. In fact, it’s often 10 minutes here, 15 minutes here, some stretching while I wait for things to cook (as I wrote about in my post on ankle mobility — read it here).

Have you ever been running, felt tired, but told yourself you can do anything for 2 minutes? A half mile? A mile? It’s the same thing with all the other exercise, foam rolling, yoga, prehab, etc. that you know you should be doing.

Ditch that all or nothing mindset. Something is always better than nothing and it’s easier to commit to 10 minutes than an hour. Set a timer to make sure you don’t get distracted — and don’t spend more time than you want to. There’s something about a timer that focuses you.


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

coachescornerTalk to me:

What is your best life hack?

Have you ever thought about why something is truly important to you?

Do your prefer the routine of work or the freedom of days off?


Hello Taper!: 9/11-17 Weekly Wrap

I love me some taper. Seriously. I am so ready for mine. Y’all, I started training for halfs in March of 2016 with almost no breaks at all since then. So many do more, but that’s a lot for me!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin and sharing how my last peak week of training went down. Share along with us — we want to know how you’re doing!


Workouts update

  • Monday: 5 miles easy, PB Arms, Dogwalk
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles (4 x 800s), Pilates
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PB HIIT, Swim 25 minutes
  • Thursday:  YFR Hamstrings, Dogwalk, 6 miles easy
  • Friday: Dogwalk, PB Core
  • Saturday: YFPR Knees, Hips & Digestion, 12 mile LSD
  • Sunday: Dogwalk

Mileage: 28 (+3 )

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 

Loved the Wool Tee for a cooler day — too bad the heat came back!


Being 9/11, you’d think that would be on my mind for this run. Oddly enough, no, although of course it was on my mind on & off throughout the day.

I decided to do a grocery store run, so I took Bandit out with me the first 1.5 miles, dropped him off at home, tried to get Lola to do her business but no go, and then ran out & ended at the grocery store (I have an insulated backpack to carry home the groceries).

Nothing remarkable about this run except for its slowness. I am almost in taper town, so I am not pushing things (except for speed work). It was another beautiful day to run, too, and I enjoyed the run, it was just slow.

I did wear the Skirtsports Wonder Wool Tee for the first time. Love it! Normally I’d bring something to change into because I’ll get chilled walking home in my sweaty running clothes. You couldn’t even tell I’d sweated (except for the under arms). And it is actually way more flattering than it appears on the Website.

The heron’s made his home


Same workout as last week: 1 mile warmup; 4 x 800m fast with 400m recovery; 1 mile cooldown. I told Rachel @ Runningonhappy last week that I needed to adjust the paces. They just weren’t happening.

I went back to the same park I used for this run last week. It’s not as flat as the path I usually do speed work on, but heck, my race won’t be flat either (although net downhill). I kept the pace deliberately slower on the first repeat — I thought maybe I’d just gone out too hard the previous week. Except it ended up way slower than it ought to have been.

Never one to give up easily, the next three repeats just squeaked into the newly adjusted pace range and were, in fact, the exact same pace. And while my cool down mile was slow, it wasn’t as bad as the previous week; this run was still really hard for me, but it also didn’t suck the life out of me as much as the previous week. And it was a minute faster — I’ll take it!

Bandit enjoying the cool down


I checked both weather apps and the radar today because yes, rain was in the forecast. Unfortunately it didn’t happen and it was hot and humid; been a while since I ran in that.

I’m keeping with the keep it easy (except the speedwork) theme. I didn’t sleep well the night before, I didn’t hydrate as well as usual, and I kept falling asleep while watching some tv after lunch.

So I just ran. The first mile was super slow — which kind of annoyed me — until I realized that I had to stop because I still had it on lap key instead of autolap and alerts for each quarter mile — left over from Tuesday’s speedwork — so I stopped and adjusted that and I think that accounted for the slowness.

The rest of the run was also on the slow side, but reasonable. I just wanted it done. I was tired and felt sluggish. Then I picked up Bandit for the last mile.

Yes, Fall’s here, even if it feels like summer now!


This last really long run was another confidence booster, but in a different way from last week’s. It was much warmer and more humid than last week. Runners were complaining about the humidity up and down the east coast.

The run started out great. I had an average pace in mind, and while the first mile was slow, the rest all feel within that pace — all over the place, but actually a bit faster than that fast.

Until mile 9, that is. When I lost the cloud cover. This would be around 10 am or so (yes, I got out there a bit later than I’d planned on). I’ll admit it — I just couldn’t pull myself out of a negative funk. Not that “I’ll never run the race I want” place, but simply “I can no longer move my legs fast” place. I tried, but heat and humidity has a way of sucking the positive out of me.

The last couple of miles were very slow and a huge struggle, but you know what? In the end my average pace was the pace I had in mind to run this run! Glacially slow for most of my readers, but it’s actually speedy for me — not as speedy as last week, but that’s okay.

There’s hope for this race!

Favorites of the week
The weather was wacky again. I got to try out the Wonder Wool Tee from Skirtsports on Monday (love it!) and by yesterday’s long run I was back in a skirt and tank. Code BDAY13 gets you $20 off your order through tomorrow, 9/18.

Not a favorite? Hitting my foot on the sharp edge of our wooden platform bed last weekend. You should’ve seen the goose egg and bruise. While it hurt like a mother when I did it, thankfully it didn’t hurt to walk on and didn’t effect running.

And then there were the gnats on my long run. Holly @ Hohoruns had talked about being covered with them when she got through with a run — which had never happened to me — until yesterday. It was disgusting!

And can we talk about the fact that my knee was tight after swimming this week? There was no question about taping for my long run and I’m happy to report it wasn’t an issue (and I already have a massage and chiropractor appointment booked before that happened — long overdue anyway).

Today I’m relaxing, recovering, and spending the night with my parents because a couple of my West Coast cousins are in town on Monday.

And that’s a wrap 


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

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do the gnats stick to you?

Have your leaves begun to change (if they do in fall)? 

Sad to see summer go or happy for Fall?