Let sleeping dogs lie . . . : Spilling over tea/coffee December 2017


. . . sort of

Our weather — as usual — has been rather schizoid recently. Mostly cold — like February cold — and most days there is a lot of tea consumed in my house. But sometimes it’s a green smoothie — not often enough once the mercury dips, but you’ll have to read on to find out more about that.

Confessions of a Mother Runner

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

It was on him when he went to bed . . . 

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you that Bandit is still sleeping in bed with us. Lola sleeps curled up between us, Bandit starts curled up next to me, occasionally between my legs, but at some point during the night he burrows way down towards the foot of the bed. Mr. Judy really likes having him down there when his feet are cold. He isn’t velcroed to me all night the way Chester used to be — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

When Mr.Judy was away for the weekend, I just left the dogs in the bedroom when I got up, and they both just stayed there until I came and got them.

When Mr. Judy is home, when I get up, about an hour later Bandit will get up and off the bed (which is still before Mr. Judy’s alarm).

We solved that by my simply taking him out with me when I got up a few times. And now he seems to understand that when I get up, it’s time for him to change beds (he just goes to his bed on the couch and curls up and goes back to sleep).

Oh, and that photo above? Bandit houdini’d his way out of his collar one night.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you last month I was bemoaning the demise of yet another personal blender. The next one finally arrived. I’d read that the ones ordered via Amazon don’t last as long as the ones ordered directly via the company, so I ordered from the company. It seemed to take forever (about 10 days, maybe a bit longer) to arrive.

So far, so good. I’ve used it for salad dressings, for smoothies, to grind nuts . . . we’ll just see how long it actually lasts. It’s from Tribest, in case you were wondering, and you can get one here (not an affiliate link).

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you my mom never misses an opportunity to tell us how unhappy she is where she is living: a senior living community where they have their own apartment, not assisted living. She knows that there also aren’t any better options for them, since they can no longer drive and private care for both is prohibitively expensive. They have made new friends there . . . but it’s not home and it never will be.

As I was ruminating on that this week, the idea came to me to ask her what would make it better. If she has no suggestions, I can still listen to her and empathize, but I can also let it go, knowing we’ve done the best we could.

And speaking of home, the sale of their home fell through on the stupidest thing. Their neighbor built a shed about 10 years ago. Partially on my parents’ lot, as it turns out. He claims he had it surveyed and that it was on his land, but no, it wasn’t, and he basically wasn’t willing to do the right thing and move and/or demolish the damn thing. Actually, he was happy to have my parents pay to have it moved, but then dragged his feet until the buyers backed out. Over a shed!

If we were enjoying high tea . . .
I’d tell you I’m very glad Thanksgiving is over. Ultimately it was an enjoyable day, and my parents are always happy to escape the “asylum”, but now it’s time to relax a bit for a while.

Sort of, anyway. There’s still a potluck I’m hosting next week and my parents’ 70th anniversary party which takes place in the middle of the week, which was the date my brother chose, and now he may not even be able to come due to work . . . but still, neither of these things is the slog that Thanksgiving was!

I am always happy this time of year to watch the goys (that would be anyone not Jewish) scurry around while I relax.

If we were enjoying high tea . . .

Maybe my green smoothies just need more chocolate

I’d tell you it took about four days before I got back to fairly normal eating after Thanksgiving. I didn’t stuff myself, but I also enjoyed my meal . . . and kept enjoying it with those little mindless BLTs (bites, licks, and tastes) for days afterwards. Thankfully the damage wasn’t too bad when I got back to a Weight Watchers meeting.

I also finally got back to making the occasional smoothie this week. I don’t really crave smoothies when it’s cold outside, but I actually have found that having smoothies on a fairly regular basis is really beneficial to me. And even when it’s cold, once I make my smoothie, I enjoy it. It’s kind of like getting out for a run on a gray, cold day — it can take me a while to talk myself into it, but I always feel better when I actually do it!

Ok, that’s off my chest . . . for now.

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

Smoothies in the winter — yay or nay?

Are you still enjoying those Thanksgiving leftovers?

Are you streaking (me, no, never, no thanks, it’s enough work getting out the door for scheduled runs)?


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


Cohoes Turkey Trot Race Recap 11/23/17


Yes, I know it’s 2017, but I was unable to find this year’s logo. This is my third year running this low key, free, yet chip timed turkey trot. I’m sure the big ones are a ton of fun, too, but it’s just far easier for me to get in and out of a smaller race and still have a peaceful morning.

Packet Pickup
I probably need to leave a bit later than I have been. There was no one parking where I park, or very few, and it’s not a very long walk to packet pickup (which is always easy). Unfortunately City Hall continues to be closed, but I was early enough to use the porta-potty before the line formed.

Then I just took my time walking around and taking some photos. There’s cookies, banas, donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and more out before (and after) the race, but I had my Honeystinger waffle since it had been a while since breakfast and I was good (although that hot chocolate was a little tempting).

The sun helped & the wind wasn’t as bad as forecast

The Plan
I continued with my flow of gunning for a PR but not actually looking up what my previous PR was. I just decided to to try to keep it under an 11 minute mile for the race — and even with the big hill in mile 2, I managed to hold onto that pace — just!

So how’d that work for me?

  1. Mile 1: 10:39. There are some rolling hills the first mile, but I started off a bit faster this year; not quite as I had hoped for — thank you, hills.
  2. Mile 2: 10:59. You go up the hill. Then you turn, and continue uphill. And up . . . still faster than last year.
  3. Mile 3: 10:02. Ah, what goes up most come down. And a couple of seconds faster than last year — literally.
  4. Last .48 mile: 9:52. The only slower lap, which oddly was apparently just a tad longer than last year.

2015: 38:19
2016: 37:56
2017: 36:31

The weather & dressing
It was warmer this year, and yet I still wore my North Face Thermoball; with my Skirt Sports Wonder Wool Tee and Hearbreaker skirt (discontinued? say it ain’t so!) I felt I nailed my outfit again. Or maybe it felt warmer because I actually dressed warmer than last year — but again, I was comfortable.

Was the race well run?
I think it’s extremely well run, especially since it’s free! You can pay for a race shirt . . . or not (I never have — maybe if they ever went to sweatshirts! That’d be cool). It’s chip timed. Although there’s no starting mat and I always wonder how that works. The refreshments are pretty nice.

This year there was a drone at the start, which was fun, but I’ve no idea where that footage was posted, if it was. I know I got to wave at it, so I’d like to see it. I think!

Maybe it helped me burn off some pie?

Final Thoughts
Because it’s not crowded, you can quickly find your own running space — especially once you hit the hills. Although speedy runners come out for this, the families looking for fun do, too; they can be path hogs, but hey, it’s a holiday (there was no swearing).

It’s a challenging run. While a 127 foot hill doesn’t sound like much, trust me, it’s steep. I ran into one of those friends after the race, and I had warned her it was hilly (her first time running this race) — she likes hills — and her comment was “Holy Hills!”. But the payoff is that sweet downhill to the finish (with a few minor hills). My friend thinks this needs  to be her new holiday tradition.

It’s also a ton of fun to watch the kiddie’s races, although I admit since now I do a warmup mile, I really didn’t. It’s just an all around good ole American fun way to stoke  your metabolism before Thanksgiving dinner and I’m always glad I run it, despite having to hustle home and shower and change quickly and make sure everything is pretty much done the night before (although Mr. Judy helps out, of course).

This week I am joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, and Coach Debbie Runs  for the Coaches’ Corner linkup


November 2017: Did I pass?


I ran two races in November, a 15k and a 3.5 mile Turkey Trot, and yes, much like last year in November, I PR’d them both. Clearly I need a half in November or December next year!

But PRs don’t tell the whole story. Let’s get the rest of the story.

Getting in scheduled runs
Finally! I’m not training for anything. Sure, there were those two races in November, and I knew I’d be racing hard, but there is no big goal race on the horizon. I don’t expect there to be for many months, actually..

But I felt well most of the month and there was no reason to skip a run. A few had to be shortened just because of busyness.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
A bit back and forth here. I really started the month off strong, but not surprisingly, things got hectic Thanksgiving week.

Grade Earned: 

Dynamic Warmup
November was pretty busy, and it wasn’t always easy to take the time for a warmup, but even though I rushed through it a time or two it got done. Even on cold race mornings..

Grade Earned: A

Foam Rolling
I had one time, I think, that I skipped my foam rolling because I was tired. And I regretted it when I woke up a bit stiff the next day!

Grade Earned: A-

Respecting my body
I didn’t push myself to work out when I was exhausted even though I kind of wanted to sometimes — I really feel that strength training makes a huge difference. But it won’t help if you’re laid up because you pushed yourself too hard.

Stockadeathon also seemed to take a lot out of me, so I took an extra rest day — and was able to pick up where I’d left off.

Grade Earned: A-

Why do you keep calling my name?

A few too many BLTs (bites, licks, and tastes). Especially those chips and appetizers on Thanksgiving (although they were lunch!). Lots of baking in preparation for Thanksgiving. I wasn’t horrible but I certainly wasn’t perfect, either.

Actually, I’m not chowing down on the desserts, but I’m still struggling to get back to my “normal” eating — has the winter chowdown begun — before winter?

Grade Earned: B

I got my hair cut. Again! After months of skipping haircuts I got 2 in about 6 weeks. I thought about booking a massage many times . . . like after Stocakadeathon. But it never happened.

Grade Earned: B

A hectic holiday week = not so much cross training

Cross Training
I didn’t do too badly with cross training until Thanksgiving week (although I did get that swim in). Yoga and strength training fell by the wayside Thanksgiving week. Lola’s dental and our trip to Bennington and Thanksgiving prep all combined into the perfect storm.

Grade Earned: B

Still running together sometimes

November 2017 gets  . . . 
. . . an B+. Hardly shocking that November wasn’t the perfect month. For the most part, unlike everyone else, now I get to heave a sign of relief. Lola’s dental is done (but she still has a couple of follow-up visits). Being Jewish, December is pretty low key. Yes, there’s Hannukah, but it’s not an important holiday. We do have my parents’ 70th Anniversary celebration in December, though.

Which leads me to:

How I did on November Goals:

  • Do a short yoga sesh when I wake up early (always feel better afterwards) — Y some days
  • Try for 80/20 with clean eating — don’t go nuts baking for Thanksgiving! — Y mostly, again; I could have done better, of course, but I wasn’t horrible either. Of course I did skip my weigh in since it’s closed Thanksgiving day . . . 
  • Epsom salt soak — let’s try for one, shall we? — N, again!
  • See how a swim feels now that it’s getting colder — Y, with my hair up in a bun it stays mostly dry and swimming always feels good
  • Continue to research 2018 halfs — Y, not signed up for anything but a plan is slowly coming together
  • Although I don’t see a trail race in my future any time soon, continue to run on trails occasionally. It’s good for the body. And soon no doubt they won’t be runnable. — that would be a big, fat N

December Goals:

  • Do a short yoga sesh when I wake up early (always feel better afterwards). It makes such a difference — one day I definitely felt stiff when I woke up and after 20 minutes of yoga, the difference was amazing.
  • Maintain a running base of about 17-20 mpw
  • Epsom salt soak — let’s try for one, shall we? Again! It’s cold out there — this should feel good!
  • Swim if I have the time
  • Continue to research 2018 halfs
  • Although I will be the first to admit that a cold green smoothie isn’t as enticing when it’s cold out, much like getting out the door & running — I’m always glad I made & consumed one! And I think it might help me get back on track with eating. Doesn’t have to be daily — start with just one a week! See if it snowballs from there.

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


Putting on Thanksgiving Ritz: 11/20-26 Weekly Wrap

If all I did the previous week was clean, all I did this week was run the dishwasher! Seriously, it’s surprising it didn’t burn out (and it is still working fine months after not draining properly).

Silver, runner & salt shakers courtesy of mom


In the past I’ve gone the paper plates and plastic cups route for Thanksgiving, but since I decided to use my mother’s silver, that didn’t seem appropriate. And not just here sterling — almost half that table was hers!

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to show that even when it gets tough, the tough keep moving — as much as they can!


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 3 easy treadmill miles
  • Tuesday: 3 miles easy + 10 x 20ish second strides; DM Abs
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, on my feet all day prepping for Turkey Day!
  • Thursday:  1 mile WU + Cohoes Turkey Trot
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, 38 minute swim (4 laps with kickboard)
  • Saturday: 7 mile LSD
  • Sunday: YFR Hamstrings, Foundation & Back

Mileage: 18 (+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 


There was only one reason I ended up on the treadmill again today: time.  The weather wasn’t that bad, despite the snow showers in the morning (yes, I said the dreaded s-world).

I also had to cut this run short by a mile too, again, due to time. Thankfully I’m not training for anything.  Sometimes it’s nice not to be training!


If you squint you might see Bandit in the window


It was going to actually be warm in the afternoon — after snow yesterday! — but Lola had her dental today and I wasn’t sure when I’d need to pick her up, so I went out & did 2 miles with Bandit, dropped him off, did my strides and cooled down.

It was a bright, sunny day, and I actually wanted to run longer . . . but alas, again, no time. Is running strides on a decline cheating? Running them into a 20 mph headwind makes up for that, right?


Great day for a Turkey Trot


I was solo for my Turkey Trot. I knew a few people who’d be there, but not enough to make plans to meet up with them and I didn’t bump into them before the race. Since I’ll be wrapping up my month on Tuesday, you’ll have to wait til the following week for the recap (unless I’m motivated to get it up Wednesday . . . maybe).

So, what do you think? It’s an odd distance; 3.5 miles. 3.5 hilly miles. Did I PR it?

A chilly group run


The group shifts from week to week, but we’re still mostly running long each week. Running Buddy J & I had swum together Friday (with Mr. Judy home, I had a bit more leeway with being out), and we ran together. Just keeping up the base.

Pre-dental on left

Favorites of the week
I’m not sure you can actually call taking Lola in for her dental on Tuesday a favorite, especially not since she ended up having 3 teeth pulled, but she came through it beautifully. It didn’t effect her appetite/eating at all — in fact, she whined the whole way home from the vet — she was hungry! Although the vet warned her tongue might loll out since she lost a lower canine, it doesn’t, and I actually think she looks better without it (she had a very severe underbite).

Thanksgiving went well. Mr. Judy says my Dad didn’t like the turkey, but hey, I didn’t hear it so it didn’t happen, right? No one else complained. We don’t have to drive, the pups get to stay home, and my sister doesn’t have to host. It’s a win-win all the way around.

Hard work being a guard dog

There was one minor incident with Bandit when my sister tried to gently move him and he growled at her. We can move him no problem, but obviously we still have some work to do with strangers.

Giz hid until he decided it was dinner time (he still had to wait for the humans to finish)
Games were played (and more than one person slept through them)
Many desserts were consumed (I only made three of them)

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:

If you celebrated, how’d your Thanksgiving go?

Any great Black Friday deals (I didn’t buy a thing . . . yet)?

What leftover are you still loving (we actually had very few leftovers!)? 

I ate the yogurt but . . . : Runfessions November 2017


. . . I wouldn’t feed it to you

It’s Friday Five and Runfessions time, but I have a little bit more to get off my chest this month, apparently. Yes, I’m bringing you six runfessions. I bet I could have brought a lot more!

I’m joining Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice to get a few peccadilloes off my chest. Want to know what yogurt I’m talking about? You’ll need to read on.

So good at wicking you can wear it more than once!

I runfess . . .
I wore one of my Skirtsports Wonder Wool tees for my hike with running buddy J. And I wore the same tee for our long run the next day.

I runfess . . .
It had been so long since I’d run with Bandit, I totally forgot about the hands free leash.

I runfess . . .
I couldn’t find my gaiters for the trail race so I ordered new ones. Then I found them. And of course ended up not running the race anyway. But now I’m totally prepared to hit the trails (at the time when the trails are about to become unrunnable!).

I runfess . . .
I talked about how I had to run around people at the park in my Weekly Wrap here. What I didn’t tell you was that I let fly some expletives — while they were still in earshot. I’m so tired of path hoggers.

They couldn’t hear me coming up behind them, but that they could hear (and laughed it off).

I runfess . . .
I was draining the whey off of my yogurt when what was left in the container plopped into my sink. And that was all the yogurt I had left. So I tried to scoop as much from the top as I could, and yes, I ate it. And lived to tell the tale.

I runfess . . .
After Stockadeathon (read about it here), I stopped at Whole Foods so I could buy some sushi for dinner. Feeling the need for a treat, I bought a Vegan Chocolate PB Filled cupcake and a cookie. I had the cupcake when I got home, and then the cookie after dinner.

Mr. Judy flew home with a layover in Chicago the next day, and was delayed. He called to let me know and wanted to know if I wanted him to bring me any Garretts (you may remember Garretts played a starring role in last month’s runfessions).

You have to know when to fold up

I quickly said NO!!!!!

Would you curse someone out right as you pass them?

Worn clothes to work out in — again & again?

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


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


Dear Running: I’m Thankful . . .


Dear Running,

I’m thankful that I found you. I’m thankful for  the obvious reasons, and the not so obvious reasons.

Dear Running, I’m thankful for the sense of well being that I almost always get after a run, whether the run was good or bad. You give me the energy to get on with my day and you make me a nicer person too.

Dear Running, I’m thankful for all the friends you’ve brought into my life. Almost 10 years ago I moved to a city where I knew no one, except for Mr. Judy, of course. My circle of friends is still small, but without running, making new friends would have been even more difficult.

Dear Running, I’m thankful for all the friends I’ve made not just all over the country, but all over the world. Running and blogging has put me in touch with some incredible women — and men. We may live in different countries, time zones, and cultures, but running brings us all together and shows us that we’re not so different after all.

Dear Running, I’m thankful for all the places you’ve taken me to. Everywhere I go, you are there for me. You are the best way to explore new places; except for maybe food tours. I just had a light bulb moment! We need running food tours. Need. Feel free to run with that idea.

Dear Running, I’m thankful for all the things you’ve taught me about my body. You’ve taught me to listen closely to it: to back off when I’m pushing too much, to push harder when I’m reaching for new goals, to take rest so that I can push harder, to fuel my body with the right foods, to seek out help when something doesn’t feel right.

Dear Running, I’m thankful for the confidence you give me every time I tackle a new goal: a new distance, faster speedwork than I thought I could do, races over terrain I thought I couldn’t handle. Every time I take on a new challenge and come through the other side triumphant, my confidence increases.

Dear Running, I’m thankful that you allow me to enjoy a little more food than I might if I didn’t run. I won’t lie — while food isn’t the only reason I run, not by a long shot, it’s nice to know I can indulge every once in a while because I’ve worked my body hard courtesy of you, running.

Dear Running, you are not an easy companion. Too often it seems you break me down to build me up. While you give me energy, you also make me tired. You demand time away from my loved ones. And sometimes you really do break my heart. In the end, though, I’m thankful that you came into my life. You have brought far more into my life than you have taken from it.


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 has Running brought you that you’re thankful for?

What else are you thankful for today?

Pre Thanksgiving Shenanigans: 11/13-19 Weekly Wrap

I’d like to say it was a quiet week. I don’t mind the cooking/baking for Thanksgiving, but the cleaning? How do you guys clean, work, and have a life? Seriously. It felt like all I did was clean this week.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to show that cleaning wasn’t the only thing I did this week.


Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, Rest Day
    Wednesday: 5 miles easy, Dogwalk
  • Thursday:  YFR Foundation & Back, Dogwalk, DM ST
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, 4 easy treadmill miles
  • Saturday: 7 mile LSD
  • Sunday: cold, rainy rest day

Mileage: 15 (-6)

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 


I don’t decorate, but I’m glad people do!



Apparently my 15k took a bit more out of me than I expected, so I took an extra rest day. And because I’d been feeling a bit eh, I thought I’d run on the treadmill. Not as much getting sweaty then chilled.

But it was sunny. I warmed up with Bandit, who appreciated no coat & went with me 2.25 miles — longest in quite some time for him. And even though I had 4 on the plan, I did 5. I was tempted to stick to the 4 because I ended up running at lunchtime and I was hungry. But it was just such a nice day and I felt a lot better. Thankfully I felt fine the next day, too.


Another super windy and cold day. Despite the bright sunshine, with a gazillion errands to run and chores around the house, I chose to stay on the treadmill. It takes far less time to throw on a pair of shorts and a top then bundle up for “feels like 20s”.

I “ran” out of time and had to cut this run a tad short. I never do that, but I just didn’t have enough time to get in a longer run.


All the leaves are brown, and the skies are gray



Some of the Wineglass girls braved the frigid cold — yes, it really feels like winter already — to get together for a group run. While the rest got together for coffee/breakfast afterwards, I had to head straight home because we were leaving for Bennington, VT.


Darlene insisted we needed a photo record

Favorites of the week
Going away the weekend before Thanksgiving wasn’t my idea, but I made the best of it, despite nasty weather, with good eats, contributing to the local economy, and some movies.


Since we just got home, here’s a little photo journal of the trip:


Good eats



More good eats


And yes, this was as awesome as it looks
Sadly there were no apples left 😦



Typical VT



We stopped at Bennington Potters


Got a fascinating private tour


And there was some retail therapy, too (which will appear on my Thanksgiving table)

I downloaded Megan Leavy, which we watched Saturday night. A cool story — the movie was good, but nothing that special. We also went to see “Thor Ragnarok” today. There wasn’t really a whole lot of plot, but it was entertaining and Cate Blanchett makes a great villain.


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:

Would you go away the weekend before Thanksgiving if you were hosting?

Are you a fan of Marvel tv & movies?

Watcha making for Thanksgiving?