Reverse Mommobile: 9/9- 15 WRD

Kudos to all you moms out there who are taxiing your kids around all the time. Usually I’m the furmobile, as I like to call it. For much of this week, though, I was driving my mom around. Back and forth to the hospital every day. Shopping and errands. It was another intense week!

I am somewhat behind in replying to comments. I apologize if I haven’t gotten back to you. It’s going to be busy here for the forseeable future and I’ll do my best to read & comment on blogs — it just might take longer than usual.

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing juggling activity — again — in a stressful, busy week.

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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: 3 miles easy, Yoga (20 min), Soul Strolling
  • Tuesday: Yoga (10 min), Soul Strolling
  • Wednesday: Soul Strolling
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Yin Yoga (45 min), a much needed rest day!
  • Friday: Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Saturday: Dogwalk x 2, PM Yoga (10 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, 8 mile LSD, hopefully Yin Yoga tonight

Mileage: 14 (-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*

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

Running Updates

Look at that wall. Imagine the hills. Or a bear . . . 

Monday
Initially I’d planned to go home today. I asked my mom Sunday if she wanted me to stay, but she couldn’t answer (because no doubt she didn’t want me to leave), so I decided to stay another day — in fact, I ended up staying two more days.

I hadn’t planned to run, since I thought I’d only be there a long weekend, but I’d packed one running outfit and brought running shoes just in case. Good thing. For my local friends, it was like running around Lake George — very hilly, and no shoulder at all (at least Lake George has a tiny shoulder).

Good thing I didn’t hear that bears had been sighted really close until dinner that night.

On guard duty when I left . . . still there when I got back

Friday
This was one of those runs: the kind you just completely drag yourself through, despite perfect running weather. I had hoped I’d feel better after the run, as sometimes I do when I’m feeling run down initially, but no. Well, it is what it is, and it wasn’t so bad that I needed to cut it short, although I definitely wasn’t going to extend it, either.

Not happy to have his siesta disturbed

Sunday
I had the dogs on my own, and there was no way I could do a long run Saturday & attend the party (more on that in the favorites) — I would have been gone at least 7 hours. Just doesn’t work for Lola, and she’s been quirky enough lately.

So I went to the party and ran today. I finally got a really good night of sleep, much needed (Friday Lola woke me up at 11, and I had a very hard time getting back to sleep — even if I’d been able to run Saturday, the body just said nope). Unfortunately that also meant I slept late, which had the snowball effect of me getting out a lot later than I’d planned, and wouldn’t you know summer was trying to make a comeback suddenly? It wasn’t summer hot, but it was 73F feels like 78 by the time I was done.

I happened to run across the snake above (almost literally) towards the end of my run. We had just been discussing fear of snakes at the party; generally I’m ok with little snakes like this. He seemed a bit angry, though, no doubt because the path full of bikers and runners were disturbing his sunbathing.

So it was a slog (slow jog). I still felt way better than I did on Saturday, and am very grateful I did.

This was definitely the highlight of Monday. Probably the only good thing about Monday.

Favorites of the week
Monday was a very, very bad day on so many levels, but the above did come into my email box at the end of the day. That was the one bright spot. Yes, I am a certified yoga instructor now. One that still needs to practice a lot at actual teaching! I have a lot to work on still, including developing a few hour long flows and memorizing them so that when I do get a job I have something to teach. Plus a lot of other business-type stuff.

Love celebrating our milestone birthdays! My next won’t be for a couple of years, don’t even know if I’ll still be here, and it’s in the middle of winter. Not expecting anything.

My running group came together to celebrate one of our own’s 50th birthday this weekend. Or as I liked to say, her birthversary (because her birthday and anniversary are just days apart). I needed those laughs! The cake was as yummy as it looks; so glad she requested chocolate.

Getting back home! As much as I hated to leave my mom alone, sleeping in my own bed and not driving at least an hour every day felt really good. My father was discharged to a rehab center that is unfortunately a half hour away from my mom, and in order to get there she’ll have to hire a driver.

I expect to be going back and forth on the regular while he’s there so I can take her at least once a week. We have no idea how long he’ll be there, and even if he’ll be able to come back home to the apartment when he has finished with rehab. Getting old can be really ugly.

Are you part of the sandwich generation — sandwiched between the demands of kids and aging parents? I suppose I’m lucky it’s just the aging parents.

What was your proudest moment from this week?

Are you good at memorizing things? I never was. It definitely hasn’t improved with age!

No One-Size-Fits All

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Google training plans or eating plans and you’ll have enough choices to choose from to make your head spin. The problem? You are the only you there ever will be, and who knows who those training plans or diets were created for?

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Free training plans found on the Internet might work for you, but they’re not going to work for every runner and every runner would have to tweak the same plan to meet their needs.

No one size in training plans
That’s why I highly recommend working with a coach, even if it’s only for a short while. A good coach will ask you a lot of questions, and then tailor a training plan to meet your needs. They’ll update it on the fly, because a training plan is a living thing, and it should change as your needs change.

Even if a coach is not in the cards, if you decide to follow a training plan you find online, or in a book, or from a friend, you need to tailor it to your own needs.

Some people do great with high mileage, and that same mileage, for another runner training for the same race, will result in injury. Some runners can run almost every day, and others will benefit from more rest days and cross training. Some runners do best running by time, some by perceived effort, others by pace.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea.

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Ayurveda is tailoring your diet to you

No one size in diet
Your best friend gushes about her latest diet, how great she feels, how much weight she’s lost or muscle she’s put on. A trusted coach has a plan that works for all their athletes. That Facebook group you belong to is all atwitter with their newest plan.

No doubt all examples work for those people, but will it work for you? Maybe. Maybe not. No doubt you get frustrated when it seems to work for everyone but you.

That’s the beauty of trying an elimination diet, like the one I followed in Eat, Live Thrive (read the review here), or following the guidelines of Ayurveda (which I talked about a little in this post here).

Both these methods can teach you so much about your body, but they will require more time, effort, and paying attention to your body than you’re probably used to. The payoff is finding what works for your body, at this time. The only thing sure in life is that everything changes, and any woman in her 40s and beyond will probably tell you what  used to work for her no longer does.

Ayurveda is a fascinating and difficult subject, and next week I’ll be reviewing another book about it. The good news about Ayurveda is that there are more and more books lately that try to bring that ancient wisdom into our modern lifestyles.

Final Thoughts
Mr. Judy often complains about health science: that what was good to eat yesterday is demonized today. It’s a valid complaint.

On the flip side, there’s a certain beauty to knowing you can create a plan that is tailored to your specific needs. You just have to pay attention to your body.

Does change bother you, or do you embrace it?

Do you follow training plans from the Internet to the letter, or adapt them to your needs?

Have you found that you continually have to change up what you eat?

What if you ran like an elite?

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Obviously most of us are not going to be paid to run or earn a lot (or any, most likely) money running and racing. I think we could still all learn a lot from how elites run.

If you’ve ever watched an elite runner, you probably marveled at how effortless they make running fast look. A lot of effort goes into being an elite runner, and I think all runners could take a page from the elite runner’s book.

Pick races carefully
Elite runners don’t usually race injured. It happens, like it does to everyone, but they are much more choosy about the races they run. They often will bail on a race with weather that isn’t conducive to their best performance.

Obviously elite runners’ livelihood is on the line — there’s prize money to be won to support their families. Elite runners, can, and do, run in some amazingly bad weather, too. Boston Marathon tales are made from those races!

Because their livelihood is on the line, though, they are more likely to skip the races that don’t play to their strengths.

We may share a birthday, but not much else!

Don’t run #alltheraces
I still remember listening to Meb on a runner panel at my very first half — yes, that Meb (I wish I’d known who he was!). He talked about how elite runners don’t run a marathon every month. Don’t race a marathon every month, anyway, no doubt they’re running marathons as training runs, which is faster than we mere mortal runners can race.

Elite runners know that races are grueling and they need to be trained and recover properly — Deena Kastor even wrote about how she took months off after a marathon. No running at all!

Do all that supportive crap you don’t want to do
They take ice baths, they get massages, they foam roll, they lift weights, they do yoga — and more! They have a whole team taking care of them, of course. It’s their job. They also put in the hard work in every way to make their dreams come to fruition.

Take fueling seriously
You’re probably not going to find elite runners downing some beers the night before a race. Or having poptarts as a pre-race breakfast. They know that if you eat crap, you feel like crap, and even worse — it effects your performance.

Recover like it’s your job
Well, for them it is their job. However, not all elite runners are just runners. Believe it or not, some have families and jobs in addition to running, too. This one also goes back to #dontrunalltheraces — you generally won’t find them running a marathon every week, or month, or even multiple marathons every year. They take time off after a goal race to properly recover; to be able to come back even stronger.

What else do elite runners do that we could lean from?

Which one of these do you think would help you if you started to do it?

How much does hard work vs the right body type and talent come into play to make a runner elite, do you think?

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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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Soul Strolling: 9/2- 8 WRD

Normally I copy this post on Sunday or Monday and start filling it in as the week goes on. I knew I hadn’t been doing much with the post, but on Friday I realized I hadn’t even started it!

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing juggling activity with a stressful, busy week.

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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:  3 miles TM speed ladder, dogwalk, trip to parents (before all hell broke loose)
  • Tuesday: 4 miles easy, PM Dogwalk, ST (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga practicing & taping practicum (60 minutes), PM Dogwalk
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, ST (
  • Friday: 8 mile LSD
  • Saturday: ST (30 min), Soul Stroll (35 min)
  • Sunday: Yoga (15 min), Soul Stroll (35 min)

Mileage: 15 (-.50)

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

Monday
With rain and a trip to my parents, I was on the treadmill for some speed work. Pushed the pace a little again — it was hard, but doable. Not planning to push it again soon!

Fall Colors

Tuesday
Not sure how the week would play out (although still blissfully ignorant of what was going on with my parents), I decided to extend my run to 4 miles. Glad I did, since running will probably be a bit scarce the next couple of weeks.

I was bound and determined to make this a true recovery run, and I succeeded! I kept my HR low, and since I chose a somewhat hilly root, I took walk breaks when it got too high.

This barn looks a bit decrepit I can empathize!

Friday
I had already decided to extend my long run, but just had to move it Friday. With dry air and beautiful fall temps, this was a really strong run. 

Except the first mile. I started to run, and my HR shot way up. Walked, and it came right back down. This went on for almost half a mile. I was beginning to worry I was having a heart attack or something, even though I felt fine except for some understandable fatigue from this week.

Turns out the Momentum sparklet I had on that wrist was just edging under my Garmin, causing the sensors to not come in contact with my skin. Problem solved. So despite the uber-slow first mile, I actually ran a fairly normal pace at a decent HR.

Scenes from my parents. I took my mom back to her apartment, but she’ll stay with my sister again when I leave.

Favorites of the week
Wrapping up YTT and passing the test were definitely the highlight of my week, although seriously I was too tired to really feel celebratory. Still waiting to hear on the practicum.

Soul strolls. Google Erin Stutland. It’s a wonderful way to take a walk. Usually I’ve got my hands full with the dogs.

My Dad is improving but slept most of yesterday, still working the sedative out of his system. Not sure what the future holds.

What was your last tech malfunction?

Are your recovery runs actually easy?

When was the last time you took a test that was really important to you?  

Rest needed, stat!: Spilling over tea/coffee September 2019

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On Monday we spent the day with my parents. Despite the rain, the dogs were pretty good. Bandit (he appears here a couple of times) seems to particularly enjoy going to my parents — until it’s dinner time. We had a nice visit with my parents and some of their friends.

The next day my sister called to tell me my mom had found my Dad unresponsive on the toilet (sorry if that’s TMI) not too long after we left and he was in the hospital. They finally determined he has a blood infection and pneumonia. Yet he seemed normal Monday.

He’s tough, although quite frankly has little that makes him happy, and yes, we siblings have discussed that it would be a blessing if he passed quietly in his sleep. Sorry if that’s also TMI, but that’s our reality.

He doesn’t appear ready to go, though, for whatever reason. I am headed down there tomorrow — prayers & good vibes appreciated, but it sounds as though it’s not a dire situation, either. At 93, though, you never know.

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date — I enjoy hot tea year round, and just love curling my hands around a warm mug of tea. It’s so soothing.

I was going to video this soothing fountain on the patio, but the cars and occasional planes made me realize that it wouldn’t be so soothing to listen to. Still, it was a nice dinner!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that Mr. Judy and I enjoyed an al fresco dinner at a very nice restaurant a couple of weeks ago. It was a lovely evening. While the restaurant is in a strip mall, they have tall shrubs surrounding it and it’s really quite nice.

We also had the patio all to ourselves. Despite the restaurant being busy, no one else chose to sit outside. Their loss!

Trails look so deceptively easy

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I enjoyed my trail 10k a lot more since I didn’t set out to race it and I had company for the second half. I would also runfess that I definitely wasn’t trained for that long on the trails, and I was tired by about mile 3! I finally runfess that I felt as though I had run a half by the time I finished, even though it was only half that distance (if you missed last week’s runfessions, they’re here).

Why is it that trail running, while so much slower than road running, feels twice as hard?

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that I am planning to take my YTT test today; nope, actually took it yesterday and passed with flying colors, although I didn’t think it was as easy as some did. I had wanted one more day to study, and to do it this morning when I wasn’t so tired (ha! didn’t get enough sleep last night), but I also want to get in a long run today and need to pack.

I submitted my practicum video on Wednesday; finished filming it right before the thunderstorms hit, thankfully. I’m pretty much assuming that I passed, but am waiting for my certificate and feedback on my practicum.

Bandit getting some Grandpa love — Grandpa didn’t act sick at all

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you Bandit is a strange dog. I know, I know, they’re all strange in their own ways but he is probably the strangest one we’ve had so far. The last couple of times we went to my parents, he refused to eat dinner there.

I was prepared this time, and only offered a very little, and when he refused that I gave it to Lola who was happy to help. When I fed him when we got home, he still just looked at it. Until I realized that I’d put the glass bowl on the floor of his crate, rather than in the raised bowl I usually use; I was very tired. When I put it in the raised bowl, he chowed down.

The odd thing is that in the beginning we fed him by putting the bowl on the floor of the crate . . .  spoiled much?

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
Poor Mr. Judy. He loves Bandit so. Bandit, who does like Mr. Judy, has made it very clear that I am his person. If I sit outside on the lounge chair, he almost always comes out and sits with me for a while — although with the cooling days, sometimes he doesn’t want to be outside.

He will go outside and lay with Mr. Judy — but only if I am not home. If I am home, and in the house, he stays inside with me.

What are some of your furkids quirks?

Do your furkids show a preference for one person or love the whole family?

Would you pick a trail race over a road race? 

I am also linking up with the  Fridays with Fairytales and Fitness from Fairytales & Fitness.

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We can learn to love again: August 2019

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So sue me: I basically picked Pink’s song because I like it and it’s my blog. So there. I haven’t fallen out of love with running, although maybe I’ve fallen out of love with training hard? I don’t know. The nice fall-like weather at the end of the month did make it easier to fall back in love with running. It can be nice to race here and there where you want to, and concentrate on other things.

Just give me a reason,
Just a little bit’s enough,
Just a second we’re not broken, just bent,
And we can learn to love again

August was intense with developing my 20 minute yoga routine to film (I know, just 20 minutes — how hard could it be? Hard, turns out!), keeping up with the course work and beginning to try to review for the final test for my YTT.

The harder you work for something the sweeter the reward, right?

A mix of trails and road this summer, with friends & solo

Getting in scheduled runs
I keep thinking I really need to research Fall halfs, but there just hasn’t been time. It may be a one half only year. So no need to follow a schedule.

Grade Earned:  B

Recording my runs
I was doing great with this right up until the very end of August. Then I completely fell off the recording runs (and anything else, like my normal gratitude list). That’s life!

Grade Earned: B

Dynamic Warmup
A mixed bag. Sometimes. Sometimes not. Before I know it it’ll be so cold I’ll have to do those warm ups inside.

Grade Earned: B

Foam Rolling
I didn’t foam roll as often as I did in July, but we’re still good here. I always miss it if I don’t do it!

Grade Earned: A

Nutrition
My ultimate goal is to get to a point where I maintain my weight without having to monitor it so much, or track what I eat so much. I haven’t been tracking a few months now and the weight is holding steady. Nutrition has been mostly good, but it does seem as though we ate out this Summer more than normal. On the other hand, we haven’t traveled in a long time, which might also explain why maintaining my weight has been easier.

Grade Earned: B+

Support

  • Massage? Still in a holding pattern.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? Yes and apparently good thing I did.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? Even though I know those layers really need a trim, at the same time I’m totally digging my longer braid.

Grade Earned: B+

Lots of yoga practice trying to figure out how to film my practicum

Cross Training
Just like last month, I’ve done well with yoga — don’t laugh, it’s easy to skip it while you’re trying to learn about it! — and strength training has been pretty good, too. Not as much Pilates, which I actually really enjoy, too. What will I do when I start actually teaching yoga classes???? Stay tuned!

Grade Earned: A

August 2019  gets  . . . 
. . . a B+. 1 trail race. A little hiking. Maintaining my weight. No injuries.

August Goals:

    • Continue to Prehab. Y. A little less often, but the foot still feels pretty good.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. Y. Nailed this in July. Slipping a little lately, but I’ll get back to it when I’ve finished my test/video.
    • Keep long runs about 6-7 miles. Y. I considered doing 8 miles yesterday, but since the last few weeks have only been three times a week and this week I did four times, I quickly ditched that idea.
    • Lots of Yoga & Studying. Y. Totally nailed that one. Will it be enough?
    • Foam roll almost daily. Y. Slipping a little here, too, but still foam rolling a lot — but it only takes 10-15 mintues!
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y. Still mostly working. Will be interesting to see if it still works as the days get shorter, which is usually a time I struggle more with my weight.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! N. I tried, but I didn’t succeed.
    • Trail race at the end of the month. Y. The Running Gods gave us some awesome weather and you can read about it here.

Which leads me to September Goals:

    • Look at Fall halfs! I took out prehab. I’m still doing it, sometimes, but so far, knock on wood, things feel pretty good most days so time to move onto another goal. This may be a year of only one half . . . or maybe I will decide on a race to run. Maybe that’s what I’ll turn my focus to when I graduate as a break.
    • Strength train 2 – 3x week. This will always be a goal. As we age, we naturally lose muscle. Not a good thing.
    • Work up to 8 miles. Maybe 9? There’s a 15k I usually do in November. Sure, I could do it even with just 7 mile long runs, but that wouldn’t be prepping my body. My body likes to be prepped.
    • Working on practice teaching — and finding a studio to teach/sub at. I have a lot of things I want to work on yoga-related. I definitely need a lot more practice teaching — although I need a little downtime, too, after I take my test and graduate.
    • Foam roll almost daily. Continue using my Lauren Roxburgh foam rolling and regular pre-run foam rolling.
    • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Winter is coming. It’s a time I — and most people — tend to put on weight if not mindful.
    • Meal plan on the weekends! I’ll keep putting this in until I get back to it. I sorta started to do it, looking at what recipes I wanted to try, but then not write them down and not be able to find what I wanted to make.
    • A race? At some point? Races are still abundant at this time of year. Just need to look around and see what appeals to me.

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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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Sliding into Fall: 8/26- 9/1 WRD

Another quiet week, and the last of my YTT calls. It’s amazing how much information we were exposed to — many students who are already teachers commented on how it was far more in depth than what they went through in an in person training. But just how much of it have I actually absorbed?

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Joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner and just sharing sliding into fall activities.

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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:  3 miles recovery run
  • Tuesday: 3 miles easy, Dogwalk, PB ST (30 min)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 minutes)
  • Thursday: Dogwalk, Trail Run 2.80 miles
  • Friday: Dogwalk, Yoga (20 min), Hips & Arms (25 min), Yin Yoga (30 min)
  • Saturday: LSD 7 miles, Yin Yoga (55 min)
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, ST (30 min)

Mileage: 15.80 (+2.80)

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

Ain’t she a beaut? Nope, that’s not in my yard, that’s in the park

Monday
I will admit it: I was just a little achy after the trail 10k the day before. More so than for most recent halfs! Probably because it wasn’t easy, probably because while I’ve done some trail running this summer, not that much.

A slow 3 miles on a very lovely day at the park.

Followed by a surprise chiro appointment (was able to get squeezed in last minute — remember they no longer take my insurance after this month). She said it was a good thing, as my hips were out of alignment. Despite all the yoga & body awareness, I never can feel that.

These neighbors made this cute sign from a tree they cut down!

Tuesday
Apparently I typed over this, I haven’t been entering my runs this week, and I don’t have a lot of memory of what went on here. It was easy and just a little faster than Monday’s run, that’s about all I remember.

A beautiful night to end the trail series on

Thursday
The last of the trail run series from our local running club. I was grateful they started half an hour earlier — I actually got to sleep at a decent time. Since it was my third run for the week, I hung back with a friend who is working her way back from an injury.

As seen on my long run

Saturday
Say what you will about the dwindling sunlight, our movement towards Fall brings in some lovely weather — and it was awesome for this morning’s run. Nice and steady, and let myself go a little harder that last mile. Sort of negative splits (even before the last mile). Nice.

I’m not sure I would have gotten through YTT without Quizlet

Favorites of the week
This week has been pretty much consumed by studying for my test for my YTT. It’s released today, but I am not yet ready to take it (I have over a week). Plus figuring out how to actually video my practicum (which I’ll be doing next week) and test uploading it.

If you ever need to study for something, I highly recommend Quizlet, you can download the app (or use it on your lap/desktop here). I used the free version.

I am actually feeling kind of run down — although a bit better this afternoon, but the resting heart rate remains good, so hopefully it’s just from lack of sleep and lots of studying.

Lastly, in case you missed it, the Skirt Sports Labor Day sale is going on here. Obviously I’m partial to the Cool it Tops, which I am wearing above, and yes, they’re on sale.

What is the best thing you’ve done that was totally hard, but totally rewarding at the same time?

Do you enjoy learning new things?

What would you like to do that you haven’t yet tackled in your life?