State Number . . . : 10/22- 28 Weekly Wrap

. . . Well no, MA is a repeat state for me, so just two new states added this year (ID & NJ). However, Mr. Judy (more so than me!) and I have spent many happy hours on the Cape, as his parents retired to there (but then moved away about the time we moved up closer to them). I always thought my half in MA would be Cape Cod, but when Runner’s World did their only Heartbreak Hill Half, I just felt called to do it.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my taper week leading up to the Cape Cod Half. And then I’m done, but not quite finished, as Pahla B likes to say (visit the Killer B Queen here). As in I’m done with double digit racing, but not quite done racing.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, JY Train Your Core (13 minutes)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, SB WU (8 minutes) PB Full Body Weight Loss (25 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, JY Twist Your Core (7 minutes)
  • Thursday:  YFR Hamstrings, Travel to Cape Cod
  • Friday:  Pre race yoga, walk to pick up packet & see the ocean (while it wasn’t raining)
  • Saturday: Cape Cod Half Marathon, post race yoga
  • Sunday: Farewell Cape Cod & AMR, Travel home

Mileage: 23.1 (+6)

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

My peaceful place. Apparently the Geese agree.

Monday
Since today was an easy run, it went a whole lot better than yesterday’s progressive run. It was supposed to be run at a slightly faster pace than my usual easy run pace, although I have run many easy runs at the pace.

A couple of miles were quite a bit faster, but overall the pace was just fine — and Rachel @ Runningonhappygives me a range of paces anyway. I am usually on the higher side (as in the slower pace).

Testing out headgear options for the race

Wednesday
5 miles easy was on the schedule, but I decided to do 4 1/2 and then throw in 5 strides. It was windy — but not as windy as the race is supposed to be — still, it gave me an opportunity to see if a buff could help hold down a hat in windy conditions. Seemed to work.

Notice that umbrella on the left . . . if only you could run with that!

Saturday
Last half for the year done. So very done. Nothing like running 13.1 with major wind, rolling hills & cold rain the entire race. According to Mr. Judy was, indeed, a Nor’easter. But running it with fellow BAMRs — it was priceless.

Chatting with Sarah & Dimity

Favorites of the week
In case you missed it, this weekend I attended the Another Mother Runner retreat on Cape Cod. We laughed, most danced, we learned, we bonded, we tackled or spectated a half in a Nor’easter.

Smiles the beautiful day before with Running Buddy J

Yes, the weather was just stunning Thursday, Friday, and it was great for the marathon on today.

Literal calm before the storm

But Saturday, the day of the race, it was a soaker. A Nor’easter, in fact. Rain, light to heavy to light and back to heavy the entire race. Wind in the 20 mph range with gusts up to who knows where. Waves crashing over the seawalls — one person said one even got her and all she could do was laugh.

I won’t leave you in suspense: it wasn’t a PR. Although I will always run better in nasty, cold conditions then direct sun and heat — one of my goals was to simply beat my time from NJ (read about that here) and I did that handily. I am happy with this race, although definitely sad because it’s a really beautiful course and we didn’t get to enjoy it much on race day — in fact, I took no photos at all during the race.

The race was still a fantastic experience, but you’ll have to wait on the recap a bit; I’ll be back on Tuesday to grade my October.

Have you entered my giveaway of Couch to Active here?

Let’s get the conversation started:

Would you bail on a race if it was a nor’easter?

Worst conditions you’ve ever raced in?

Do you like doing strides? I love them! I can be fast for short periods of time

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Last racecation: Runfessions October 2018

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Yes, another month, and another racecation — but this time it is also the Another Mother Retreat on Cape Cod — I’m writing this the week before the retreat, but by the time you read it, I’ll already be there. With Running Buddy J.

I’m joining Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and getting a few things off my chest for October, which brings a close to the racecations. I runfess I am both happy and sad about that.

The acupuncture isn’t the hard part — getting him in the crate is the hard part!

I runfess . . .
I take my furkids to a holistic vet in addition to a regular vet (and any specialist they may have to see, too). It’s a lot of $$. Sometimes you’re not even sure it really does anything. On to my catfession.

So Gizmo takes a while to eat, as I’ve mentioned, but a few weeks ago his appetite was noticeably off (but nothing else seemed off). One night I had to leave out his food overnight to get him to eat.

Some acupuncture, more of the unGodly expensive homeopathic mixture she makes for him, and voila! I can put the food down and he eats. Not the whole thing at once, still, but it’s back to taking maybe 20 minutes vs half a day. The difference was truly dramatic.

That’s warm water with bubbles, not ice in there!

I runfess . . .
I finally hauled out my foot spa after not using it for like . . . a year? And like all things you enjoy but don’t do often enough, I asked myself why it’s been so long since I used it.

Because the damn thing is awkward to fill and empty, of course. But I think I’ve finally hit on a method that will work — use a measuring cup to put in the water (you don’t want it going over the controls) and then dump it into the bath tub.

I used to be resistant to dumping it in the bath tub, because Gizmo got in there, but one way I knew something was up with him was that he was insistent on going in there and licking the bath tub. So we now close the bathroom door. He can’t get at the tub, problem solved, and my feet will thank me.

I runfess . . .
I, along with most everyone else going to the retreat, are struggling with what to wear for the half. Every long distance race I ran this year has been hot, hotter, hottest. And I basically wore the same outfit for all three.

This race won’t be hot. It might be perfect, or it might be rainy and windy, and who knows, it’s not predicted to be really cold but it could be. I seem to have forgotten how to dress for cold runs, but I’ve sure been getting plenty of practice lately!

I runfess . . .
I told Rachel @ Runningonhappy that I wanted to dial back my training after Ocean City (read about it here). It’s been a long, hot, humid, training summer. I ran 2 halfs, and an 18 mile race, and tomorrow I’ll be running the last half of 2018. And all those races were within the last four months!

That last half is tomorrow. Of course I’d be happy with a PR, but hey, I already have a pretty awesome half PR for this year. I’m running it with a friend and it’s part of the AMR retreat. As long as the weather is halfway decent and I remain uninjured, there’s just no way this will be a bad time!

BTW, it doesn’t look as though there is wifi in the rooms. So bear with me as it might take me a while to comment back to you!

I runfess . . .
I have been much more consistent about doing my PT exercises. And while the on again/off again pain on the side of my foot isn’t gone, it is much better.

Or is that due to the fact that with the colder weather, I’m back to running in compression socks?

Do you have a gadget you love but rarely use?

Do you find it harder to figure out what to wear for colder races?

Arms sleeves — yay or nay?

What do you have to runfess from October? 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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Couch to Active: Book Review + Giveaway

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There’s a good chance that you’re intimately acquainted with Couch to 5k if you read my blog. You’re probably already pretty active.

But do you struggle with your motivation? Is it still hard to get out the door — to run, to get to the gym, or even simply get out on your lunch hour to walk?

Whether you’re struggling with that motivation and family responsibilities, or you want to just get more active in general, Lyn Lindbergh has an 8 week plan that will literally walk you into walking (or running, or swimming, or biking) more!

Read on to find out more about the book and to enter to win a copy for your very own!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my hones review. All opinions are my own.

Book Overview
It’s an eight week plan so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s broken down into eight chapters:

  1. The Basics. Check in with your doctor, start slow, be mindful of where your body is at now, not where you want it to be, don’t compare yourself to others, schedule it.
  2. Reach Out. Tell your loved ones why this important to you, make it fun, and don’t forget to thank your loved ones for supporting you.
  3. Breaking Barriers. Where you figure out why you’re not already doing what you know you should be — even advice to just accept that your body won’t be where you want it to be and no one cares but you.
  4. Solve It. Figure out what barriers you can actually solve, how to deal with naysayers (or not, really), and solutions to make sure you will follow through.
  5. Own It. You are an active person — just own it, how you are healing yourself, and why sleep is important.
  6. Radical Change. There’s no surprise — or shame — that there are just barriers to fitness we can’t break through. Work your way through what can’t change, and what needs a major change to have a break through.
  7. Your Next Two Years. Make a plan, consider the times of year when it will be tough to be active, and how to deal with the inevitable setbacks.
  8. Celebrate. You have broken through your barriers and become an active person. We do what we’re rewarded for — so celebrate your success!

There are also recommendations for how to schedule exercise — not the actual exercises, but when to do cardio, strength training, rest, etc. — whether you’re doing this because your doctor says you have to or you’re already very active and everything in between.

There are planners by month (including space for holidays, so you know when something is coming up) and by week.

There is also a list of all the affirmations in the book (there are many!) broken down by chapter.

How it’s all broken down
You’re a busy person; Lyn’s a busy person — she gets it. Each chapter is broken down into multiple small sections with short assignments to work through. The assignments would, and should, take some time, but most of the sections are less than five pages. 

Lyn’s not just preaching at you, she gives real world examples from her own life and from people she’s worked with — and then she prompts you to work through the assignments — because she knows that just reading about something won’t motivate you off that couch — you have to put in the work. If you put in the work, the program will work! Simple, right?

There are also many affirmations throughout each chapter. I’m personally a huge fan of affirmations and believe that you can never have too many. Don’t just read them — write the ones that speak to you on a post it and put it somewhere you’ll see it every day.

Who is this book for?
Anyone. Whether you’re looking to get off the couch or you just need strategies to deal with whatever is keeping you from exercising or you need to work on consistency and motivation, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

I also think personal trainers might get a lot out of Couch to Active, too.

Win a copy of Couch to Active for yourself!
I have one copy of the book to give away. Enter to win here.

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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Last Half Training for 2018: 10/15- 21 Weekly Wrap

Thankfully no snow here yet but the temps are cold enough for it overnight! Too soon, Mother Nature, far too soon.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share my last week of hard training for the Cape Cod half as I move into tapertown. Be sure to stop by the other bloggers to see what they’re up to.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, PB KB Cardio/Toning
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 6 x 400s for 5 miles total, PB Cardio, Agility & Core (30 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PB Low Abs HIIT (30 minutes)
  • Thursday:  5 miles easy, PB Beginner Leg & Butt (10 min)
  • Friday:  8 mile LSD, Iron Strength Glute Blaster (15 minutes)
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, Flat Belly Yoga (10 minutes)
  • Sunday: 4 very cold progressive miles, SB WU (5 minutes), PB Stability Ball Abs (25 minutes)

Mileage: 17 (-9)

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

Running along the Mowhawk Hudson path again — you gotta watch your step (although most likely you won’t see as many leaves on the path since it’s earlier)

Tuesday
Monday was cool and rainy and I was glad not to have to run. Today was much nicer, but rather raw and windy when I ran (although later in the day the wind died down and it was a beautiful fall day).

The 400s should feel easier on a cool day, right? My legs didn’t get the message. The overall run was faster than last week simply because the warmup miles weren’t so slow. Hit the right paces for most of the 400s.

As you’re almost nearing the finish, right before the gazebo and where the green path starts off to the right, you’ll see this little lake

Friday
Running Buddy J and I met up for a last long run before the half. She had to go out of town afterwards, and quite frankly the weather looked a little better on Friday — but Saturday wasn’t so bad, as it turned out. Although a bit chilly and windy with our first hard freeze.

We ran together about 3/4 of the run and then split off to maintain our own paces. Always nice to run with a friend, which despite my group I rarely get to do.

It’s definitely too early for these temps!

Sunday
Last week I asked where Fall went since it was summer-like for much of the week. Be very careful what you ask for because this morning was Winter like! It was super windy while I ran, but looking at the weather, the temps were supposed to drop and the wind pick up so I managed to get myself out the door in the morning.

I’d love to say  I nailed it, but the first mile was way too fast, the next 3 miles were too slow, but hey, the last mile was the fastest and it almost matched what would be race pace for me for 4 miles.

I’d still love to PR a 5k — it’s been years — but all indications just point away from that and of course time is slipping away. Just two more easy runs and then meeting up with a whole lotta AMR ladies I don’t know and running the Cape Cod Half Marathon. At least it’s not supposed to stay this cold.

Arancini. And was super yummy!

Favorites of the week
It was our anniversary on Friday (33 years) and we did what we normally do — we went out to dinner. We usually travel for our anniversary; we’d talked about Mr. Judy coming out to the Cape after the weekend, but in the end he decided not to. Obviously we’ve been traveling for a while now.

Wish I could say it was as yummy as it looked.

The cake was a disappointment to me. Mr. Judy was surprised when I put my fork down before him (we almost always share desserts). It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great, and I just don’t need to waste time (and calories) on something that isn’t great — probably ate too much of it anyway.

Slightly fuzzy photo, but Gizmo keeps cozying up to Mr. Judy

Getting friendlier or secretly trying to smother Mr. Judy? You decide!

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you find yourself struggling with your training at the end of a training cycle?

Do you prefer to run in the heat or the cold?

Do you have to clean your plate (clearly I don’t)?

5 Ways to Take off Pressure

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My running friends know that when I train, I train hard. I rarely cut runs short. It’s even rarer for me to skip a long run. I’ll choose to run by myself when my schedule and my friends’ schedules don’t match up.

Just because I train hard, though, doesn’t mean that I am certain of a positive outcome. Anything can happen in any race.

I am joining the Friday Five 2.0 from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share how I train hard yet take the pressure off myself during a race.

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This PR was the result of literally years of training hard

Don’t expect training to pay off in one season
I think this is one of the biggest “secrets” about training — 2 or 3 months don’t necessarily give you immediate results. They might, but it’s unlikely. Especially if you don’t have someone guiding you.

You have to keep showing up and doing the work and trust that it will pay off somewhere down the road — because it will. I’m living proof.

Don’t know your PRs
Ask me what my 10k PR is in a couple of weeks and I’ll probably have no clue. Ok, I do know my 5k PR (probably because I’ve been chasing a new one for a long time) and my half PR. I don’t know those in between distances — the 4 mile, the 3.5 mile, the 5 mile, the 15k.

You can’t obsess about what you don’t know.

Don’t look at last year’s race
Looking at the previous year’s race can certainly be helpful — knowing what pace you started out at and how that worked for you, where the hills are, that sort of thing. If you don’t know what your finish time was in the previous year you won’t obsess about beating it.

Don’t have your watch show elapsed time
I have my watch set so that it doesn’t show me elapsed time. Ever. Not in training or during a race. I generally have no clue whether or not I’ve PR’d or am on my way to a PR as I’m racing. I have a race plan, it has paces, and I try to hit my paces.

I don’t run naked, but you should probably try it!

Run naked
This is a do as I say, not as I do, because so far, I’ve never had to run naked (aka no watch or not looking at your watch) in a race. Or wanted to. Running Buddy J just did that for our 10k last week and she did awesome. I know Darlene @ Myfirst5k has done it on more than one occasion and claims it was really freeing.

Running fast rarely comes naturally to me. My running will often slow down towards the end of a race — sometimes even at the beginning — if I don’t “watch” it. I get why running by feel can be important, but what can I say? I’m not feeling it. But you might find it helpful to ease the pressure on yourself.

Do you race “naked”?

Do you even care about your finish time?

What was the race that surprised you the most — in a good way?

Great Pumpkin 10k Race Recap 10/13/18

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This year I got to ride with friends so there was no mad dash to make it to the starting line like last year (read about it here). We had a fairly large group, with most doing the 5k, but this year there were a couple of friends doing the 10k, too. It’s always fun when you have friends cheering you into the finish line.

Packet Pickup
We all picked up our packets the day of the race this year, with no issues. Even my friend who’d registered after the tee cut off time got her tee.

In 2017

The weather & dressing
It was fifteen degrees cooler than last year’s race, which would have been fantastic — if there hadn’t also been a cool drizzle going on for pretty much the entire race.

Major drop in temps a year later. And this is the only photo I took since it was raining.

I wore my Skirt Sports Wonder Wool Tee (Skirt Sports Ambassador) under a Tough Chick Top and a Skirt Sports Charmed tight.

My Race Plan
I didn’t bother to ask Rachel @ Runningonhappy for a race plan (again). But Another Mother Runner just happened to run an article about 10ks recently, so I based my plan at that: shooting for an average of a 11:00 mm, I planned to go out at around 11:10 – 15, try to run 11 the next three miles, then see if I could pick up the pace the last two.

I did not look up my 10k PR or last year’s race — but I did know that the hills start when the 10k splits off from the 5k (you all start together).

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 10:58. A slightly fast start but nothing that would come back to haunt me.
  2. Mile 2: 11:09. Relatively flat. So just switch mile one and two and I’m right on track.
  3. Mile 3: 10:39. A slow decline and oops! Definitely way faster than I’d planned to run it..
  4. Mile 4: 10:40. A long decline and a long incline — I guess the decline must have been longer! The hills were already draining my energy.
  5. Mile 5: 11:19. Mostly a long hill, plus quite a bit of wet pine needles and pine cones that you need to be careful on. I got to see Running Buddy J here & shouted some encouragement. Definitely a tough mile.
  6. Mile 6: 10:47. Mostly downhill.
  7. Last .16: 10:45. And a sprint to the slightly uphill finish with my friends cheering me in.

1:07:14 — Official Time
10:50 Average Pace
6 out of 9 in F55-59
249 out of 321 Runners

Previous Years:
2017: 1:08:39 — Official Time, 11:03 Average Pace

Yes, it was both a 10k PR and a course PR. I met my goal although I didn’t quite follow my plan. Hills always make it hard for me to pace myself! A really good tune up race for my half in two weeks, which supposedly is rolling hills.

Was the race well run?
The race was extremely well marked and there were plenty of course marshals even on a cool, rainy day. There are a lot of refreshments after, but there’s a long line (even though the 5k was long finished!) and we skipped them (I had a protein bar with me). One of our group placed in her AG — I was definitely envious of her pint glass, but I was nowhere near placing in mine, even though there weren’t a lot of us.

Since I’m now a *little* familiar with the race, having run it two times, and went with friends, we had no problems with parking. If you miss the first entrance with the Great Pumpkin sign (we did, actually), do yourself a favor and turn around — you can thank me later. Otherwise you may have trouble finding the appropriate parking lot.

The real bathrooms at the pavilion are always a treat — and there are portapotties if you don’t want to wait on line, too. There’s a coat check, too, which Running Buddy J and I took advantage of. So my throwaway fleece lives to grace another race.

Positives:

  1. Such a pretty park to run through, especially in the Fall.
  2. Real bathrooms.
  3. A well marked and well directed course.
  4. Nice long sleeved tech shirt.
  5. The entry includes a free raffle ticket — unfortunately I didn’t win anything (again!).
  6. Running with friends.
  7. A PR is always sweet.

Of course no race is perfect. The downsides:

  1. The weather (although it wasn’t that bad).
  2. The pavilion is too small for all the runners! Thankfully it wasn’t pouring.
  3. Hilly.
  4. The paths, for the most part, are quite narrow. And speaking of running with friends, two moms were running with their strollers, keeping together. While I was happy they had each other, I was not happy that they took up the entire path. And with my run/walk, I’d pass them, then fall behind, then have to pass them again . . . and again . . . maybe I was petty, but it was annoying. Then there was another mom pushing a stroller, who stopped to tie her shoe, and the stroller started to roll into the woods . . . runners closer to her alerted her and as far as I could tell her kid was just fine — never saw that before!

What I learned
Good question. I guess that I will probably never execute a race plan perfectly. I didn’t learn this, but it’s a good reminder — I really have a lot of trouble pacing myself on a hilly course. And always carry something to eat after the race — you can’t always rely on race food.

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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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Weather Whiplash, Again!: 10/8- 14 Weekly Wrap

Fall arrived in a big way this week, but not before Summer battled for it and almost finished me off. Seriously, a couple of days with highs in the low 80s, a super humid run, then temps plummeting to the point where you’re trying to figure out how to dress for running outside.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to share training, racing, and life. Check out all the bloggers for a little extra dose of inspiration.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 5 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 6 x 400s for 5 miles total, PB Tank Arms (25 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, PB Low Impact Bodyweight MetCon (35 minutes)
  • Thursday:  5 miles easy, PB Beginner Leg & Butt (10 min)
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, rest day
  • Saturday: YFR Hamstrings, Great Pumpkin Challenge 10k, Dogwalk, YFR Foundation & Back
  • Sunday: 6 miles easy

Mileage: 26 (+7)

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

Love the neighbors that decorate

Monday
I tried to do the right thing when I stopped midway through my run because I saw a dog off leash and by himself. He was by a front door, whining, so I watched for a while but no one came to the door. I approached the dog cautiously (you just never know, especially if you’re approaching a dog on its own property), but it was friendly, so I rang the bell.

Turns out they have an invisible fence. A little PSA here: I hate those things. It doesn’t protect the dog — they are still vulnerable to any wildlife in the area (a large coyote has been seen nearby) and if motivated enough, they will get through the fence — in fact, one of our neighbors with an invisible fence had a dog run over by a car (yes, the fence was on).

Oh yeah, the run was okay.  I was kind of dragging after a busy week last week, although I was working my way towards negative splits without trying to. I mentally told myself to take it easy, since it was an easy run, and I have a race this weekend. That seemed to work, because I was a bit slower on the last mile.

Wanna run Mowhawk Hudson? You’ll see a whole lotta this

Tuesday
The first 2 miles were slow. Not as slow as the last two miles in my recent half (read about that here), LOL, but much slower than normal. I was still tired (thank you, shorter days) and so not feeling this run.

I won’t say I totally rocked it, but considering it was humid and 70 by the time I finished, I’m actually quite proud of this run.

Where’s the rain when you want it?

Thursday
Where’d fall go? The last couple of days in the 80s, today a very humid 70s — ugh! I just dragged myself through this run, there’s no other way to describe it. And the damn rain actually stopped by the time I started — I had psyched myself up for some nice, warm rain.

Ok, we’ll get plenty of Fall on our race in Saturday.

Here’s the rain!

Saturday
We had quite the group at the Great Pumpkin Challenge. 10kers, 5kers, and an AG award (not me, not even close). A good time was had by all despite the hills and cold rain. Read about it on Tuesday.

A few things you might see on the way to the finish line of Mowhawk Hudson

Sunday
No long run due to my race, so back to back runs this weekend. Since Running Buddy J and I are doing the same half in two weeks and she also did the 10k yesterday, we met up this morning for the second half of our “long run”. A much nicer day than yesterday’s race.

Favorites of the week
It only took 17 years, but apparently Gizmo is warming up to Mr. Judy. 🙂 It happened again today, while I was out. All three of them with Mr. Judy. Welcome to my world, dear.

And speaking of warming up, first Fall soup was made and it’s yummy.

And someone else is getting cozy on the bed.

Let’s get the conversation started:

Did Fall just suddenly drop in after a return of summer?

Do your furkids play favorites (apparently the males favor me and the lone female favors Mr. Judy, although they all listen better to me. They know which side their bread is buttered on, so to speak)?

Tell me something great from your week!