It’s getting hot in here: Spilling over tea/coffee July 2019

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Summer continues its a-little-too-enthusiastic grip on us, but that didn’t stop me from racing this July 4! It might have if it wasn’t for my running friends, though, I runfess (wait — wrong linkup!).

Confessions of a Mother Runner

Pull up a chair and mug with Coco and Deborah and me for the ultimate coffee tea date — I have lots to share: the weather is always a good topic amongst runners, what to do with leftover cookies, looking at the world through rain colored glasses.

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I tend to be a glass half full gal. Yes, I can get as down as the next person about all the rain. And there has been plenty of it. In between the rainy days, though, there have been some beautiful ones. Those are the ones I hold onto.

Always hot & we stay in the AC as long as possible!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell that Firecracker 4 seems to be a good barometer for global warming (or so it seems anyway). It’s always hot, but it seems to be getting hotter and hotter every year.

Cookies be gone!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you I finally had an aha moment with those cookies I runfessed about last week (read it here) and realized that Mr. Judy could take them to his next target shooting match. I’m sure they’ll all appreciate it, and my hips and thighs will thank me!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you that it seems like we jam all the fun things into summer, which is rather short in these parts (especially this year!). It’s so hard to motivate yourself to get out as much in Winter (which is long) when it seems like it’s perpetually dark and definitely cold. Gotta make hay while the sun shines, right?

Can’t sleep in in summer with these two to walk!

If we were enjoying tea/coffee . . .
I’d tell you it’s harder to juggle the dogwalks with the running in summer. Lola, who is 13, is not very heat tolerant anymore so she needs early walks. Of course, I’m not all that heat tolerant either, so it’s hard to get them out and also get myself out at a decent hour for my run!

If you celebrated, how’d your 4th go?

Fun fourth of July races?

Has there been an unusual amount of rain where you live? 

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

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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.

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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

Put the Mango in the Coconut: 6/11 – 17 Weekly Wrap

You will probably notice that several of the links I share this week are not from our linkups, but that’s because I have racing at elevation on the brain. There are five long runs until I am tackling elevation again.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up another strong week of half marathon training.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 6 miles (7 x 400m hill repeats), Pilates Glutes & Core
  • Tuesday: TIU Yoga, Dogwalk, Yoga for Feet, Walk with Friends
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, 5 mile tempo run (3 miles @ tempo), Iron Strength Abbreviated
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 3 miles easy
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, Baking is working out, right?
  • Saturday: Dogwalk, 10 Mile LSD, PB Full Body Strength (30 minutes)
  • Sunday: Spending father’s day with the parents

Mileage: 24 (+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

 Monday

The view takes out a little of the pain of running uphill & downhill for 3 miles, y’all



Back at my hill and doing downhill repeats again, to the tune of seven this week. Our beautiful running weather held, and even though it was warming up by the time I got out there, I had a good, strong run. And it was actually faster than last week.

I really do love running downhill (we won’t talk about going back uphill).

I wish I’d known there would be no thunderstorms; I’d have run outside!

Wednesday
Will there ever be an accurate forecast? With potential thunderstorms in the forecast, I did my tempo run on the treadmill. It barely even rained. On the bright side, I kept a nice consistent pace but yes, this felt hard! Tempos are always hard, but even while I hate doing them on the treadmill, it does make it easier to run the right pace.

We grilled after my run but it was too chilly to eat outside. Garden is coming along.

Thursday
It was cloudy, cool, and windy. Not too cool for a skirt, though. I had two nice easy miles, then picked Bandit up for the cooldown. It was definitely cooler than the last time we ran, but I made sure to keep it slow for him.

Found this older Skirt Sports top on Amazon! It was really comfortable. I actually have a Happy Girl Skirt in that print, but I was wearing my Cool It Skirt.

Saturday
Mr. Judy left even earlier than me on Saturday, leaving me on feeding & dogwalk duty. Gizmo has been a little off his feed lately, Bandit can always be a problem when I have to get out early. And while Lola never misses a meal, I need to walk her right before I leave if I am to have a hope of coming home to an accident-free house (she’s going on 13, after all). It’s a lot to juggle!

Since I couldn’t commit to a time I just ran on my own. I had more miles than anyone anyway — and that will continue for most of the summer. All the furkids mostly cooperated, but I still got out there later than I wanted — I started my 10 miles around 9 am. Thankfully the humidity was still low and the path is about 60% shaded.

I was having a great run, slower than last week but that was deliberate on my part — I went from 8 to 10 miles. Long runs are not about speed; they’re about time on your feet. Except . . . I needed a bathroom. And there are no bathrooms where I chose to run.

So here’s the TMI: despite my best efforts, I started leaking just a little the last couple of miles. I’ve never had that happen before. To say it was uncomfortable would be an understatement. But my skirt hid any evidence and hopefully it was so diluted no one ever knew (because I went into the bakery at the end of the run).

Oddly enough, the minute I finished my run I was fine. I’m planning to hit the same path next weekend, but I think Mr. Judy will be home to hold down the fort and hopefully I won’t have a recurrence!

Favorites of the week
The trailblazer bar from Leah’s Cakery (from my run yesterday). It probably has a gazillion calories but OMG it is so worth it. It helped me to recover from my long run. And oops! I ate it all before taking a photo of it.

I also tried a new on the run fuel from Rocket Fuel (Amazon Affiliate link) — coconut rice bars. Actually, I cut it into small pieces and rolled them into ball. I really liked them but I don’t think they’re going to travel that well. If I was just going out to the race, it would be fine. But we’re going to my MILs first and then several different cities.

My first double digit run in oh, eight months! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little anxious about it. Really, just a little. Running has been going well, and this run was no exception (except for the TMI portion of it). I chose not to tape my knees, and while there were a few twinges here and there, everything was fine. I know I will tape for the race — it comes down 3000 ft in 13.1 miles, y’all. That’s a lot on the old IT.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:

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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:

Ever had the leaking problem?

Are you training for something (what?) or into your off season?

Do you think it’s okay for someone to ride a horse by a bike path?

Silver Linings Playbook: 6/4 – 10 Weekly Wrap

I can’t say as I was super happy about the unseasonably cool weather this week — except when it comes to running. On the other hand, running in unseasonably warm weather the previous few weeks set me up for a good race last weekend. There’s always a silver lining, right?

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up another week of training, dodging raindrops, and silver linings.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 6 miles (6 x 400m hill repeats)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy, PB Total Body Toning (15 minutes)
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Abs, Hips & Glutes
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, YFPR Hips, 4 miles easy
  • Friday:  Dogwalk, Pilates Legs & Arms
  • Saturday: YFR Hips, 8 Mile LSD
  • Sunday: Short Hike

Mileage: 23 (+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

 

The view never gets old, even though the workout is damn hard!

Monday
Careful what you ask for, right? Downhill repeats on the schedule since my upcoming half has a 3000 ft drop. I was blessed with a unseasonably cool day (and the rain had ended earlier). It’s still hard. I’m sure it will always be hard.

I was pleased that it was faster than when I did downhill repeats last year — not that I was trying to be faster, in fact the warm up miles were quite slow — and most of all, that my body felt fine the next day.

It’s the only color they come in & I have nothing they match!

Tuesday
I ended up hanging around most of the day, waiting for the guys who were working on our trees to finish. The upside was that my new Newtons arrived. As usual, when I’m in a bit of a time crunch, I run faster (it was a theme for this week). Picked Bandit up for the cool down and he managed to keep a decent pace, too.

Thursday
Or the day I broke Bandit. No, no really, but . . . Thursday wasn’t a frustrating day overall, but there was some frustrating incidents. By the afternoon I was more than ready to take it out on the road.

After 3-speedy-for-me miles (frustration/anger almost always makes me run faster) I picked up Bandit for my cool down. I knew it was a bit warmer than he’d been running in, but he seemed game and didn’t seem tired while we ran. It was only 3/4 of a mile.

When we got home it was a different story. As soon as I took his harness off he just plopped down, which isn’t like him; he’s part JRT and though he does a good couch potato act, he’s got a lot of energy. When we went upstairs and I refilled the water bowl (Giz is constantly draining it), Gizmo of course called first dibs, and Bandit again flopped down while waiting his turn. And afterwards he plopped down on the floor on his side.

None of this was normal behavior and we were getting concerned. Long story short, he’s just fine, but let that be a cautionary tale to those who run with dogs — they don’t always have the good sense to stop before they’re overheated/tired and we have to be mindful of them.

Lovely day along the Hudson

Saturday
If I could dial up weather for my races, this would be it. Although I met up with several friends, I had longer to run so I started solo earlier. The plan was to meet up more friends for breakfast afterwards, and knowing I’m in a time crunch almost always makes me run faster. Again!

Or maybe it was the Nuun with caffeine in it. I like to use caffeine for my races, but most of the time in training I don’t. But as usual, I’m playing around with new stuff and one of the things I decided to try this morning was to have Nuun prior to my run (not during, not after). I had one tube of Nuun with caffeine, and it’s only useful before a run.

Or maybe it was the new Newtons (a different model). I didn’t say I couldn’t find them at all, just that I couldn’t find them cheaply. I do wish they came in more colors!

I ended up with a pretty consistent pace, and quite a fast pace for me. The sort of pace I might run if I were running with Darlene (except I wasn’t). I felt a little knee tightness at one point, but it seemed to open up and I felt okay afterwards. And still feel fine.

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Come join me!

Favorites of the week
I took advantage of Global Running Day and signed up for the inaugural Best Damn Race Savannah. In 2019. I’ve wanted to go to Savannah forever, but most of the halfs there are in months that are almost guaranteed to be hot. This half is in February. Even better, it’s two days after my birthday.

I did the inaugural Best Damn Race NOLA last year (read about it here), and I enjoyed the race (if not the heat) and felt it was in general well run — awesome medal, too!

You can join me by using my link here. I get $25 off if five of you sign up. Considering I could barely give away a race entry to UT last year, I’m not expecting any signups but I had to throw it out there. How about it, my Southern runner friends?

Mr. Judy wasn’t happy about the tick possibilities

Today I managed to get Mr. Judy out for a short hike at a nearby preserve. We were hunting for the waterfalls, but we never found them. Of course, we only hiked about a mile. Bandit and Lola were with us, too. I would have gone further, but I was happy to be out there and also to have some hills to climb. I much prefer the hills when I’m hiking . . .

We’ve also been doing a little more landscaping around the house

We stopped at a nursery/farmer’s stand on the way back. We wanted to get some shrubs for various places in the yard. We took the dogs with us, then I saw the “no pets” sign as we were checking out. Whoops! Well, the employee we were talking with didn’t say anything about the dogs. I picked up some corn to grill with our steak tonight.

The shrub above is actually giving us some fits. There were tree roots where we wanted to put and and we’re having the darndest time trying to figure out where it should go. Stay tuned . . .

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:

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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:

Are you still planting?

What’s for dinner tonight?

Do you enjoy the act of hiking for itself, or must there be a great view?

Wrapping up the mentoring: 5/28 – 6/3 Weekly Wrap

Another autograph added to my famous runners visor (which includes Frank Shorter, Deena Kastor, and Bart Yasso among others — I’ve been lucky to meet some very cool runners!). Some sleepless nights, some hot runs, and one last 5k for the summer (next race will be a 4 miler).

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up another week of training and racing.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: 3 treadmill miles (time crunch due to going to parents)
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Speedwork (8 x 400m repeats) — total of 6 miles, PB Standing Abs
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 2 miles easy + 6 x 20 second strides (was supposed to be 8), Iron Strength Glute Blaster
  • Friday:  Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Freihofers Women’s 5k
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Pilates Abs & Arms (I was totally going to take another rest day, until I realized I’d already had 2 rest days this week!)

Mileage: 15.5ish (-2.5)

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

 

 

Monday
I so wanted to go to the unofficial FTC run, but we had to be on the road by 10 — I know it sounds like it would be easy to get in those miles before we left, but since I also had to feed the furkids (which is complicated), shower, change, make sure we had stuff for the dogs with us — time runs out quickly.

It was a strong easy run on the treadmill, if that makes sense.

Wildflowers along the path

Wednesday
I wanted to do this run on Tuesday, but going to my parents is always a tiring day and this was speedwork, so I knew I was better off putting it off a day. Both days were hot and humid, by the way.

While I didn’t hit my paces for much of the 8 x 400m on tap, I was pretty consistent and consistently close. It was also 74 and humid by the time I finished, there wasn’t as much shade as the previous week — yes, I’m really happy with this run!

Thursday
I had planned to move the easy run with strides to this day since I prefer some rest before a race — even when it’s a 5k, even when it’s not a goal race. After a mostly sleepless night Tuesday and a hard run on Wednesday, I figured rest would be more important.

Then I got out there to walk the dogs, and it was actually quite pleasant with some cloud cover and a breeze. And Friday is supposed to be rainy. So I quickly changed, made all the furkids wait on their breakfasts, skipped my warmup and just ran.

We all survived.

At the start with 3000+ new running buddies

Saturday
When I opened the door to check the weather early in the morning, OMG it was so humid. Horrible. But by race time (9 am) the humidity had greatly dissipated and the cloud cover helped a lot, too.

I know a lot of people were complaining about the heat, but while it definitely wasn’t cool, it didn’t really bother me that much. It must have been my Skirt Sports Cool It skirt — all my hot runs lately (and there have been a few) in it have gone really well.

That was the race the group I was mentoring was training for, and while I will miss mentoring, I’ll enjoy having more flexibility with my running now — especially as it’s time to ramp it up for my next half next month.

I’ll recap the race on Tuesday.

Favorites of the week
You just never know what you’ll run into in this neighborhood. Well, any neighborhood I’ve ever lived in really. But we don’t live out in the country. Yet I was astounded to see that black goose wandering around our neighborhood while walking the dogs and on my run on Thursday.

When I googled Black Geese (read more about them here) — and there are several species of them that live in North America — none of them looked like the fellow I saw. Maybe he’s the opposite of an albino? Or maybe he’s young and will get more white later? Anyone have any answers for me? Actually, Paula @ Neveradullbling had an answer — a domesticated black swan, most likely a pet. Except he/she? was just wandering free in the neighborhood; it never occurred to me that it wasn’t a wild animal!

Joanie & other former elite runners


I met Joan Benoit Samuelson briefly at the panel of former winners for the Freihofers Run for Women,.

Like runners, these raised beds cleaned up nicely

My raised bed have gone to weed the last few years. Quite literally. Between Chester, Bandit, and my parents, I just did not have the time for them. Mr. Judy helped me whip them into shape and I planted my small garden.

Skirt Sports — it’s not just for running!

Mr. Judy also turned a small pallet that had been slowly decaying behind our shed into a small planter for me. The planters weren’t really deep enough for the plants, but they’re mostly herbs and herbs are pretty hardy so we’ll see how they do.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:

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

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you garden?

Favorite thing to grow?

Ever run an all women’s race?

The Heat is On: 5/21 – 27 Weekly Wrap

Well, it was, anyway. The mercury just kept going up and up and up this week — right until today.  Today it’s cool and raining. A perfect rest day with a little retail therapy thrown in there.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up another week of pretty strong running.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 2 miles easy + 3 miles with FTC Training Group, PB 10 minute core
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Speedwork (10 x 400m repeats) — total of 6 miles, PB Stability Ball Tabata (25 minutes)
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk
  • Friday:  3 miles easy + 2 miles fast finish, Pilates Abs & Stretch
  • Saturday: 3 miles easy with FTC Training Group, Dogwalk, Iron Strength Abbreviated
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Retail Therapy (hey, about 4000 steps walking around that mall!), Maybe some yoga later . . .

Mileage: 18 (-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

 

 

Monday
This week I did manage to meet up with Running Buddy J for extra miles before the training group. It was the last official Monday for the group — the race isn’t until next Saturday, but there’s no “official” group next Monday since it’s Memorial Day.

I see why Lotta Breeze Skirt is getting so many good reviews

 

Wednesday
I had a choice: run in the cold rain yesterday, or run in much warmer temps and some humidity this morning. My choice was obvious.

While I wouldn’t say I nailed this speedwork, I’m really happy with it — I managed to hit my pace in half the intervals. I’m not sure why it was easier this week since it was a lot warmer, but thankfully the shade held for most of my run.

 

Thank goodness for shade!

Friday
Mr. Judy took Friday & Monday off, which meant I could askbeg him to walk the dogs so that I could get out for my run a little early. Because it was going to warm up quickly. I still fed the furkids, so I didn’t get out there until almost 8:30, but it saved me some time and the path was blessedly still shady by the time I got there.

 

I now have a Cool It Skirt in blue, too. They also come in white.


The first three miles were supposed to be easy, and they were, but I kept trying to slow down. I probably still ran them a little faster than I should have considering that I was supposed to pick up the pace the last two miles — but I nailed it even so (even Coach Rachel @ Runningonhappy said so)! Overall this actually came close to my 5 mile tempo run a week or so ago.

I can’t say enough good things about the Cool It Skirt from Skirt Sports (Skirt Sports Amabassador). The Lotta Breeze Skirt was really comfortable too, but the Cool It Skirt is so light and I can carry enough water with me for about a 5-6 mile run with the extra pockets. Use code 522CRJ for 15% off of non sale items.

 

Skirt Sports is cropping up at the Freihofers Training Group

Saturday
Our last training group run on a Saturday — the race is next Saturday! Unfortunately there was far too much talking before we got started. It was hot & humid. It’s a holiday weekend and some people had places they needed to be.

 

I ended up running near the BOTP with a woman who was really struggling this week. She told me her story, and this woman is more than a survivor, she’s a thriver! She was really beating herself up because she was struggling, and I could see she really wanted to just shorten the run. Although we walked a lot, I managed to distract her enough to complete the whole run. I knew she could do it — she’s already beaten so much (and shes 15 years younger than me!). I hope that she felt better about herself after sticking it out.

 

Refueling with risotto

Favorites of the week
Mr.Judy took Friday and Monday off, so we actually went out to eat Friday evening. It’s a very nice restaurant with outdoor seating, and it was plenty warm enough to eat outside. Doesn’t everything taste better outside? Despite the fact that the restaurant is in a strip mall, they have a lot of greenery around the outdoor patio and it was really pleasant.

 

 

Buying shoes is a good deed, right?

Today, unfortunately, is pretty much a wash out. Not like in FL, but rain most of the day. I didn’t want to sit at home, I wasn’t motivated to do the things that need to be done at home (broken record here), so retail therapy it was. I got some cute things at good prices — although these Toms were not on sale but hey, they’re cute, they’re comfy, and they donate a pair of shoes to a kid in need. So I did a good thing, right?

 

What membrame?

We are going to try these ribs in the Instant Pot tonight. It’s been a long, long time since I’ve made ribs. We’d read that you need to remove the membrame. Well, after about 20 minutes of us both struggling with it, we decided it must have already been removed. I got them at Trader Joes, by the way. So if anyone knows if Trader Joes already removes the membrame . . . . well, I’ll let you know how they turn out.

I hope everyone who is celebrating has a safe, happy Memorial Day. Hugs to all the wives/husbands whose significant other is deployed. Remember to give thanks tomorrow — I’ll be thanking my Dad for his service; he’s a WWII vet.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:

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

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you enjoy eating outside?

Do you have any veterans in your family?

What’s on the menu tomorrow (we’ll be with my parents for a picnic)?

Let the Sun Shine: 5/14 – 20 Weekly Wrap

Lately it’s been cool and cloudy most mornings, with the sun eventually breaking through and warming things up. Generally the second I start to run! Except for this weekend. Cool and rainy this weekend. All the lawns, trees, and flowers are looking pretty good because they’re getting water — naturally — on a regular basis.

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Wendy @ Taking the Long Way Home to wrap up a week of (mostly) good running weather and some strong runs.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 3 miles with FTC Training Group + 1 mile, Rapid Results Pilates Arms, Buns & Thighs & Stretch
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk
  • Wednesday: Dogwalk, Speedwork (10 x 400m repeats) — total of 7 miles
  • Thursday:  Dogwalk, 4 miles easy, PB Full Body KB (15 minutes)
  • Friday:  Dogwalk
  • Saturday: Jogs for Jugs 5k + warmup
  • Sunday: Dogwalk, Iron Strength Abbreviated, Yoga for Recovery

Mileage: 19 (+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

 

When you don’t have a pocket for your keys, a Buff totally works!

 

Monday
I was supposed to meet up with Running Buddy J to get in a mile before the training group, but the dogs and the slooooow truck in front of me had other ideas. I led the Beginner’s Group, which meant a lot of running back and forth to make sure everyone knew where to go (sort of, anyway); sometimes running pretty hard trying to catch up with the front runners. The upside was I got a decent paced run for a change — and then finished up with that mile afterwards.

Wednesday
Ugh. I just hate falling short of prescribed paces. What’s even worse? When it’s speed intervals and I didn’t make the right pace for any of them. I mean, c’mon, there was 10 of them! I was close, though. I did the best I could and that’s all any of us can ever say, right?

Thursday
20 degrees warmer than yesterday’s run (80F), but thankfully low humidity. I was surprised to pretty much keep my normal pace — must’ve been the Skirt Sports Cool It Skirt! Use Code 522CRJ for 15% off regular priced items.

2 Judys do Jogs for Jugs

Saturday
Jogs for Jugs benefits local Breast Cancer Survivors. There’s a half and a 5k, and I’m very thankful I did the 5k — because the weather for the half was not nice, but the 5k was actually pretty good racing weather. I’ll recap the race on Tuesday.

How cute is she?

Favorites of the week
One of my first friends in this city finally broke down and bought her first Skirt Sports skirt (Happy Girl, btw). She is rocking the Rockstar print! And she really liked it. So much so, she’s planning to buy another . . . that is the only dark side to Skirt Sports — you can’t just buy one and done.

First ice cream of the year on Thursday. Then plunged back into the 50s on Saturday! Low 50s!

 

It was warm enough to make a trip to my favorite local ice cream place on Thursday. I chose one of their new flavors — mint cookie fudge. It was certainly minty, the cookies were good — but where was the fudge? Mr. Judy’s Sea Salt Caramel Truffle, on the other hand, was quite good.

Blog posts that caught my eye this week:

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

Let’s get the conversation started:

Do you keep ice cream at home or go out for it when you want it?

How’s the garden and flowers doing?

Do you pick races for PR potentials or causes or both?