Whoever is doing the rain dance . . .: 5/13-19 WRD

Enough, already!

I really do try hard to look on the bright side of things, but it’s been hard this week, due to the weather. Make the rain stop! We did have one truly lovely day yesterday, and Thursday was mostly nice, too. Mr. Judy and I were able to take advantage of the nice weather yesterday and eat outside at the restaurant we went to (you may have seen the delicious dessert we shared on IG here).

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing how to ease back into activity.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, 3 Easy Miles FTC Mentoring, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday:  Dogwalk, Pilates (15 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Legs (10 min), 3 miles “easy”
  • Thursday: Dogwalk (rest day)
  • Friday: Yoga, SB (20 min)
  • Saturday: 3.1 miles easy with FTC Mentoring, Yin Yoga (30 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Some sort of ST soon

Mileage: 9 (+4)

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

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

Running Updates

At least it makes everything green

Monday
I hate weathermen and radar. The radar said the rain wouldn’t start until 3:30, well after the training group. So would someone explain to me why halfway through our run a cold rain started to pelt us? I was not happy.

Checking out a new running group

Wednesday
I checked out a new group. I knew a couple of people there, including Darlene @ Myfirst5k. There are runners to lead the front, middle, and BOTP. Unfortunately, I wasn’t fast enough for the fast runners and too fast for the slower runners. I ran one mile with a girl, but it was not a pace I could maintain for long, considering how little running I’ve been doing.

I let her go when I stopped a bit after a mile for a walk break. I ran the rest of the run on my own. Some day I will meet someone who’s a good match for me again!

Oops! We did it again. Pattern twinning.

Saturday
Finally, perfect running weather. We had rain 5 out of 7 days this week (and more on the way). If only we could have this weather for the race! I ran with several different women, and with one woman I’ve run with a few times — she’s a new runner (many aren’t), and we did 3.1 miles. She was very happy!

Got the Bok Choy in the “ground” (raised planter)

Favorites of the week
Saturday was a stunning day. We really needed a break from all the rain! Knowing more was on the way for today, I quickly cleaned up one of my planters and got the Bok Choy in. Some of my strawberry plants managed to survive the winter, surprisingly. I’m pretty sure I’ve got some cilantro going in there, too — which is great, because I love cilantro!

Not sure how these chives survived from last year but they’re going strong!

I was totally shocked when I saw the chives also survived the winter. We didn’t do anything special to any of the plants that came back.

By the weekend I wanted to throw these guys in the proverbial doghouse

Now on to the low spot of the week. After I was finishing up planting the bok choy, I glanced over and saw that Bandit had something dangling out of his mouth (he was at the other end of the yard).

I said “drop it!” forcefully and surprisingly he did. He knew I was really angry so he slunk away. It turned out to be a baby bunny. In fact, there were two baby bunnies running around.

I got the dogs in the house and mostly closed the door and went looking for the warren, which I didn’t find — what I did find was a dead baby bunny. I put my gloves back on and scooped the poor thing up, but it was gone. Bandit actually pawed the door open and came back outside, but obviously I was not too happy, even though I am unsure if he actually killed the bunny, or if he found it and it was already injured (which might explain him being able to catch it).

But wait, there’s more, unfortunately. We went out to dinner, and we closed the kennel door — the dogs have access to the kennel, but not to the entire yard. When I got back, I opened the door, and Lola went over to one of my chairs. Another dead baby bunny. Now, unless those baby bunnies wandered into the kennel, the dogs couldn’t have gotten at it.

I can’t believe that the one time the boys (my previous cats) brought in a baby bunny it survived — but these couldn’t survive my dogs. I know they’re just following their instincts, but it doesn’t make me happy.

Then this morning — in the vein of I hate weather radar — I checked it and it was supposed to start raining around 9:30 (despite an hour earlier showing no rain until late in the afternoon). I harnessed up the dogs, got them out, but Lola took so long sniffing around (but not actually doing anything, and she hadn’t actually done anything yet), that it started to pour on us — and we were only across the street from our house.

At least I have my trusty vest to keep me warm

Sorry for the venting — but to end on a positive note, here I am in the Skirt Sports Toasty Vest, because I was dressed for warmer weather (it’s supposed to warm up – eventually it got quite warm) — I went out with the dogs in just a skirt and tee (and jacket, thankfully), but back inside I needed something warmer! I just love this vest so much.

Unfortunately as far as I can tell the Toasty Vest is not available right now — I really wanted to get it in black, too, but I guess I’ll have to hunt elsewhere (I did find it on Amazon — affiliate link here — but of course it’s not on sale).

Do your animals catch other animals?

Are you planting a garden — veggies, flowers, or both? 

Vests yay or nay? I was never a vest person until I tried this one!

Fair Weather Runners,Unite!

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I have run in some pretty gnarly weather conditions: snow, sleet, thunderstorms, extremely windy, a Nor’easter (yes, I’m going to milk that one for years to come). Sometimes the weather changes when I’m already out on the run and I have no choice but to run back to the car. Other times, yes, I know the conditions and I choose to run anyway.

I may be smiling, but damn! It was cold! And slippery.

Fairytales and Fitness

Getting ready to run my longest race ever — in high humidity & raining at the start

Given the choice . . . 
. . . for training runs, I will more often than not choose not to run in bad weather. That may mean running on a treadmill or running on a different day — or time of day. I am lucky that I don’t work and have the flexibility to change when I run (sometimes; I still have other responsibilities!).

My first half. Also still my coldest half ever. Don’t I look happy?

I find right now, as I’m not in training for anything specific, I’m even more of a wuss. There have been a lot of days I know I could run outside if I’d just accept being blown around by the wind and cold (not to mention being pelted by cold rain).

I don’t want to so I don’t. I also know that when push comes to shove, I will run in those conditions. That I have run in those conditions. There’s no reason (for me) to put myself outside my comfort zone right now, because I don’t have to worry about what race day will hand me; I already know I can run in adverse weather.

This has been what it looked like before, during, and after quite a few runs

And yet . . .  
. . . I signed up to mentor for the training challenge of our Women’s 5k in June. It started with a snow/sleety morning. There have been rainy days. Very cold and windy days. Because I volunteered for and am meeting the group, I show up no matter the weather — including running in a cold rain this week.

I might grumble a lot about it, but I’m there!

If you’re not a weather wuss like me . . . 
If you absolutely have to get it done outside, no matter the weather, here are a few resources for you:

Do you even care about the weather?

What type of weather causes you to bail?

What getting out the door tips to you have to share?

It is important to experience running in all kinds of weather if you plan to race, because you truly never know what race day will hand you. Each bad weather runs builds your mental game, knowing that you have — and can — run in bad weather. — Chocolaterunsjudy

Here’s to you, mammas: 5/6-12 WRD

Easing back into activity, again! The weather was pretty atrocious for much of the week, lots of cold rain. I was able to run outside the two times I ran. We did have a beautiful day on Wednesday, but I had some errands including a haircut — a girl’s gotta have priorities! I didn’t take any photos yesterday, but I was wearing a beanie & tights yesterday for my run — that’s just wrong in the middle of May!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing how to ease back into activity.

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And linking up with Jenn @ Runswithpugs, Brandi @ Funnerrunner, Anna Louise @ Graciouswarriorprincess, Briana @ Matsmilesmedals, Meghan @ Meghanonthemove, and Elizabeth @ Trainwithbainfor RIOTS(running is our therapy)

Workouts update

  • Monday:  Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday:  Dogwalk, Arms (10 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Legs (10 min)
  • Thursday: Pilates (10 minutes), 2 miles easy, Dogwalk, Arms (10 min)
  • Friday: Rest Day (just a dog walk once the rain stopped)
  • Saturday: Yoga (10 min), 3 miles easy with FTC Mentoring
  • Sunday: SB (15 min), Yoga (20 min), visiting the mammas in my family

Mileage: 5 (+5)

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

Lovely tulips everywhere

Thursday
Went out for a short run. Had a light, long sleeve top on so no idea of pace while running. When I finished, it was a fairly normal pace for me despite feeling pretty slow. Still rather low on energy, I spent about 10 days not eating a whole lot.

Clothes swap

Saturday
An easy three miles with the FTC ladies. We’re three weeks away from the race. Then there was a clothes swap & some edibles post run (any clothes left will be donated to domestic violence survivors).

More tulips

Favorites of the week
Despite a very rainy week, we were able to get out there to walk the dogs most days. It usually let up at some point. We are definitely all sorts of green here.

And yet more tulips

This area has a very heavy Dutch influence (remember, NYC was once New Amsterdam) so tulips are a big thing around here. There’s a tulip festival, although I’ve never been.

Chihuahua lady flakes out on us, but luckily I was able to get a sitter on such short notice — cause it has poured all day.

What flowers are blooming near you?

Do you enjoy them or are they making you miserable? 

Any running and/or fitness brags this week? I ran. That’s all. 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mammas!

Love Will Keep Us Together: April 2019

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Yup, had this post *almost* ready to go last week, but not quite ready. So I’m wrapping up April today. Technically I only missed running those last couple of days in April.

No real plans for any big goal races any time soon. Heck, at this rate the 5k the beginning of June will be my big goal race! It’s been a tough couple of months. So why do I keep returning to running?

Because most days I still love the way I feel after a run. I’m a much happier person. And yes, I was a huge Captain & Tenille fan back in the day.

Getting in scheduled runs
Still no scheduled runs. Thankfully no longer any snow, unlike March. I am still running without a real goal. I had just pretty much gotten a good base back — until last week. May will be another month of rebuilding that base slowly.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
It must be easier when I’m not actually training for something and the mileage is low, because I’ve been good about recording my runs..

Grade Earned: A

Hey, it takes time to braid your hair!

Dynamic Warmup
Still skimping on this one. I can’t blame it too much on cold. Time and/or procrastination . . . that’s a different story.

Grade Earned: B

Foam Rolling
Every once in a while I get too busy to foam roll. My body tells me the next day I’ve been a bad girl.

Grade Earned: B+

It’s not just the matcha that makes this smoothie green!

Nutrition
Nutrition has definitely been tightened up. Still going through the discovery phase from Eat Live Thrive — read about it here, and at some point you can expect a follow up post. Of course the last week I’ve mostly been eating eggs, white rice, and drinking bone broth (but hey, that’s May, not April, anyway).

Grade Earned: B+

Support

  • Massage? A short massage after the Delmar Dash.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Still not much going on, but it’s probably time for a maintenance appointment.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? I had already made one for tomorrow. Gotta look decent for Mother’s Day.

Grade Earned: B+

A little yoga fun on the deck (when it was still spring-like)

Cross Training
There has been a lot of yoga, a lot of Pilates, and strength training is slowly being reintroduced. I get my best results as far as how I look if I’m lifting some — not to mention it’s really important as we age to keep those muscles strong! I get on the stationary bike as a warm up for workouts frequently. Well, that was all before I got sick, of course.

Grade Earned: A+

April 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . a A-. One race. Recreational running. Yoga, Pilates, and some strength training. Better nutrition, trying to discover the foods that really work for me, a slight weight loss. Some spring like weather — finally! Of course we can’t control the weather, but I can’t tell you how desperately I need some sunshine (too bad it went away again at the end of the month).

April Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. The foot is feeling better. Coincidence? Nope!
    • Continue practicing yoga.Y. 
    • Restart PITT28 Modified. N. Decided to just stick with Yoga + Pilates for now.
    • Plan out meals the day before. Y. Most of the time. It helps.
    • Foam roll almost daily.Y. Most of the time — although I will admit I’ve fallen back to foam rolling only when I run, and I do personally see a benefit from it on non-running days too. 
    • Start an Elimination Diet. Y. To me it’s been fascinating (see my review of Eat Live Thrive Diet for a little more info here).
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Y. Most of the time. It’s always a fluid practice, as it should be — but having some kind of plan helps you to stay on track. 
    • A short race? I went into the Delmar Dash undertrained (read about it here) and unsure of whether or not it was really the best idea. Glad I ultimately decided to do it.

Which leads me to May Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. As always, something is always better than nothing.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. I did start a little strength training again in April. I don’t want to go crazy with it — I have a tendency to think I must always squeeze it in and push when I probably shouldn’t — but I would like to push just a little bit more. Stronger person = stronger runner. Except of course I need to ease back into it again.
    • Continue practicing Yoga. Yoga just makes me feel good. And there are so many different ways to practice yoga! It actually has helped in my last two illnesses.
    • Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen. 
    • Start the Lifestyle Phase of the ELT Diet. As I write this I am almost done with the Discovery Phase. I only had 2 foods left to test! I should still be able to start Discovery this month. It’s time to move on to figure out just how many carbs my body really needs.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan. 
    • Plan out meals the day before. I have definitely found that doing my planning in an afternoon break works well, but I still do have days where I don’t have that afternoon break. Progress, not perfection, and consistency are the keys.
    • A short race? Hmm, do I want to do a 5k that isn’t far from my house this Thursday evening? Maybe. Again, stay tuned! Yeah, well, obviously that didn’t happen. It wasn’t meant to be.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

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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Making Love Out of Nothing At all

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March’s earworm is Air Supply. Yes, I was actually a fan back in the day and even saw them in concert many decades ago. March is a big birthday month in my family, and there was a lot of celebrating going on. Almost had the entire family together Sunday, but were missing my brother & nephew.

There was very little running in March — let’s just say my running came in like a lion as I tried to rebuild but out like a lamb with almost none due to illness. I wasn’t training for anything so I never planned for there to be much, but March kicked my booty in a bad way.

Most people have a time of year that they often get sick, and for me it tends to be around Feb-April. So why I always feel like this is a good time to really go hard with exercise (not necessarily running) is beyond me. You’d think I’d learn!

March was cold & snowy as usual, but there are occasional Spring-like days to keep us hoping

Getting in scheduled runs
There are no scheduled runs, but there are runs I’d like to do to maintain my base, but yeah, just as I was rebuilding I was out for the count again.

Grade Earned:  B-

Recording my runs
I did do a good job on recording the few runs I ran.

Grade Earned: A

Dynamic Warmup
There were still a lot of treadmill runs. Mostly treadmill runs, actually. Just so over being cold! I didn’t really do a lot of dynamic stretching — I foam rolled and then I’d hop on the stationary bike to warm up. Good or bad? You decide.

Grade Earned: B-

Foam Rolling
I got back into a regular foam rolling routine — until I got sick.

Grade Earned: B-

There was soup. Lots and lots of soup.

Nutrition
Nutrition, with no vacation, was better. 2 birthday celebrations in 2 weeks didn’t help, but oddly enough being sick helped me eat better. I made better choices, knowing it would help me heal sooner rather than later.

Grade Earned: B

Support

  • Massage? No.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? No. But not much going on, and typically I do one every other month to maintain alignment anyway.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? Not quite there yet  . . .

Grade Earned: B

Cross Training
I hit cross training hard in the beginning, since running is taking a backseat right now. I committed to PITT28 — and maybe that was actually my downfall. It’s only bodyweight exercises, but it’s intense. Or maybe it felt like it was intense because I was coming down with something? Or I came down with something because I pushed myself too hard?

Grade Earned: A+?

March 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . a B. When it comes to activity, obviously it wasn’t a great month. On the other hand, I listened to my body — there was no reason to push hard, but as I felt better, I also slowly added back in gentle exercise. Eating improved, and hopefully with the slow coming of Spring, it will continue to improve. The longer days — and sunshine occasionally — always puts me in a better mood.

March Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. Until I got sick.
    • Strength training 2-3 x week.Y. Again, until I got sick. 
    • Continue practicing Yoga & Pilates.Y. When I felt better I actually tried out some gentle yoga for Cold/Flu. I’ve never tried that before. While I mostly needed rest, some gentle movement was beneficial. PITT28 (see below) uses some Pilates moves.
    • Plan out meals the day before. Y/N. Again, until I got sick. Then I was eating less so mostly I was able to plan out a healthy day either in the morning or as the day went on.
    • Foam roll almost daily.Y. Again, until I got sick. 
    • Play around with savory snacks (and report back on them!).N. For the most part no. Maybe I just need to give up on this goal and call it good with Green Smoothies!
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Y. Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan. 

Which leads me to April Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. As always, something is always better than nothing.
    • Restart PITT28 — Modified. It’s a great program that alternates HIIT cardio and Pilates moves. Many of these moves are great for runners: jumping lunges (or just lunges), Burpees, Mountain Climbers, fire hydrants . . . the list goes on and on. But it’s actually fairly intense — for me, anyway, apparently — on top of running. It’s meant to be done 6 days a week, and maybe that was just too much (even though I never did 6 days). Shoot for a couple of days a week, and maybe one day of ST with weights. 
    • Continue practicing Yoga. Yoga just makes me feel good. And there are so many different ways to practice yoga!
    • Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen. 
    • Start an Elimination Diet. I am reading a book to review, and it starts off with an Elimination Diet — there are several different levels, and the first level isn’t really that hard. I didn’t actually completely start it last week, but I incorporated some of its ideas and I had my first good weight loss (much needed) in weeks. I’ll write more about it when I review the book, of course.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan. 
    • Plan out meals the day before. I made strides on this in March, but sort of got off track when I was sick (I was still tracking). Hopefully April’s gonna be a healthy month and it’s time to lose those few extra pounds that joined me in 2019.
    • A short race? Normally I start April off with a 5 mile race. Of course there wasn’t much running in March, but it’s not the first time I’ve done this race in similar circumstances. Depends on the weather and how I feel.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

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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I Can’t Make You Love Me

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Still riding the love train (read about it here), and this month I give you Bonnie Raitt. You’re welcome. I chose that one because sometimes races are just ok — not necessarily anything you did or didn’t do, it happens.

Last month it was “What is Love? Baby Don’t Hurt Me”. Well, my race (read about it here) did hurt me, in the form of a blood blister, but overall I was fine so I guess it sort of worked.

I got lucky and got all my long runs done outside

Getting in scheduled runs
I get very lucky with this training cycle — I managed to get all my long runs done outside. That also meant the last 3 or 4 were in the same neighborhood, and by the time I left I felt that if I had to run there one more time, I’d be scratching my own eyes out.

I also got lucky we escaped this . . . 

Luckily the next week was all running in Savannah.

It wasn’t the sunny vacation I dreamed of, but it was better than back home!

Grade Earned:  A+

Recording my runs
I have continued to do a good job recording runs, including making copious notes all over my journal while in Savannah.

Grade Earned: A

Dynamic Warmup
I’m still struggling with this on cold days. If I ran more at home, I’d do it inside, but I rarely ended up running in my own neighborhood (often icier than where I did run). I did not do my warm up mile in Savannah — the streets can be uneven and who wants to trip on the way to their race? However it was a mile and a half walk to the start, so there’s that.

Grade Earned: B-

Ok, this was from January. But you get the idea.

Foam Rolling
I did great with this right up until I got home from Savannah . . . and no foam rolling. Really broke my streak! No PT exercises either. With no running, though, things still feel pretty good. I’ll get back to it — I’ve gotten back to the foam rolling, not to the PT exercises yet.

There’s a lot of debate whether or not foam rolling is really helpful — read Wendy’s review of “Good to Go” here — but I’m #teamfoamroller. Not #teamicebath (never done one).

Grade Earned: B

Also #teamchickennoodlesoup post run

Nutrition
If you don’t count Savannah, my nutrition in February was pretty good. That’s kind of like saying if you don’t count the bank robbery, he’s an upright citizen. Am I the least bit regretful? No!

And all the rich food in Savannah . . .

Grade Earned: B

Support

  • Massage? Yes.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Yes.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? Done.

Grade Earned: A+

Cross Training
I committed to Iron Strength while training and stuck to it. I did more yoga, and more Pilates, too. After the race I’ve spent some time on my stationary bike, usually as warmups for strength training. And still doing yoga and Pilates but not running — by the time you read this, that will probably change (yes, it has).

Grade Earned: A

February 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . an A-. I think I’m going easy on myself here, quite frankly, there are lots of Bs here. I completed my race and my training despite the stress of losing Giz. I also allowed myself #allthefood in Savannah — good thing I don’t drink; Savannah may be a foodie city, but it’s also a drinking city. Let’s just say there was a lot of adults having a lot of fun there. #thestruggleisreal when it comes to warmups in cold weather, which ironically is when you need it most.

February Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. Until we got back home, yes.
    • Add on some short strength training 2-3 x week.Y. I was faithful to my Iron Strength workouts once a week. Right now many of my workouts are short, often bodyweight, but it’s getting done. 
    • Continue alternating Yoga & Pilates — emphasis on Yoga.Y. Even though I was heavy on the R&R when I got back, I have definitely continued to do yoga and Pilates. 
    • Plan out meals the day before. Y/N. Sometimes . . . not as often as I should. I’m working my way back to making this more of a habit, but I’m not there yet. And obviously all bets were off on vacation.
    • Foam roll almost daily.Y. Again, until I got back from vacation. 
    • Play around with savory snacks (and report back on them!).N. Yeah, no. I just haven’t been super motivated in the kitchen lately.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Y. Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan. 
    • Be mindful of eating on vacation. Y/N. I definitely indulged. I also never felt bad due to food choices, and I got right back on track with healthy eating when I got home — I think that’s really key.

Which leads me to March Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. As always, something is always better than nothing.
    • Strength training 2-3 x week. Pilates is a great workout, but I truly believe that actually lifting weights will help me age better. So while I’ll continue to concentrate more on Pilates and Yoga, I need to start lifting, even if it’s just a little.
    • Continue practicing Yoga & Pilates. I actually enjoy both and see benefits from both.
    • Foam roll almost daily. I’d really like to say daily, but I just know that won’t happen. 
    • Play around with savory snacks (and report back on them!). I am still really struggling with this one and it probably means I really need to do it.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! Much easier to shop and eat well when I have a plan. 
    • Plan out meals the day before. Another habit I’m really struggling with. I think I need to try doing it earlier in the day. Most of the time by night I am tired and have a lot of other little things I need to get done before going to bed.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

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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State #20, Half #23 (I think?): 2/11-17 Weekly Wrap

Training Week 10: Best Damn Race Savannah Half

I honestly don’t know quite where I am with the states — or halfs! I seriously need to update my “Races” page. It might be state #19 . .

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home and wrapping up BDR Savannah Half training.

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Workouts update

  • Monday:  Yoga (8 minutes), DM Stretch (15 minutes), Dogwalk
  • Tuesday:  SB WU (5 minutes), DM Total Body (15 minutes), travel to Savannah
  • Wednesday: 5 miles easy
  • Thursday: YFRHQ Hamstrings (20 minutes), 3 miles with strides
  • Friday:   Yoga (7 minutes)
  • Saturday: BDR Savannah
  • Sunday: TBL Pilates (30 minutes), Travel home

Mileage: 21.1 (-1)

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*

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Running Updates

Wednesday
Tuesday was a long day of travel with delays due to the snowstorm & a late bedtime for me. I wasn’t even sure I would want to run & it was chilly (38F, anyone?). I didn’t rush out there but the run was fine, especially with lots of photo stops.

I spent the last mile or so clutching the grass woven roses the homeless? woman insisted on making me — as I ran by she said happy Valentine’s Day & I said over my shoulder that it was my birthday. She called me back & insisted I take them (in a nice way). We chatted for a while but I had no money to give her (not that she asked for any).

Thursday
I had planned on 4, but needed to get back, shower & change. Turns out I probably could’ve finished the 4 but still just did 3. One more mile ain’t gonna make a difference at this point. The run was fine again.

Satruday
Not quite the race I wanted, but I finished mostly intact (aside from a large blood blister on a toe) & not my best or worst time. We enjoyed our time here and I’ve added GA so I call that winning.

Favorites of the week
The meet ups — Skirt Sisters above and Karen @ Runningfifty below.

All the food.

All the sights, which I’ll leave for another post. And running in skirts — now it’s back to reality and more snow. It’s February, after all.