Yoga Friends

Sunday afternoon while watering the flowers on our deck, I noticed this little skink hanging out with my yoga frogs. He stayed in chaturanga while eying the frogs in their more relaxing poses.


Summer Kickoff

I have to keep this post short and sweet because today’s our Annual Summer Kickoff Barbecue. This year we decreased our guest list from 99 families to 44 (and a lot of those are away for the holiday); but for the most part, there’s still the same amount of work going into it. There’s food to shop for (although a lot less), tables to set up, drinks to put out on ice, food to cook in advance, etc. I’m so thankful that my friend Betty is willing to help me out year after year. It eases up the burden and allows Bill and me to visit with our friends.


One thing I can’t control and take care of in advance is the weather – here’s today’s hourly forecast. The barbecue starts at 5 PM… You know, Momma N’s gotta make everything wet and messy for the third year in a row.


Seriously, I need to channel my inner yoga frogs and chill. There’s nothing I can do about the weather and our basement is plenty big enough to accommodate everyone if we need to rush inside. As my dad would have said, “There’s a 40% chance it won’t rain.”

Even though we celebrate Memorial Day with a barbecue every year, we do take the time to remember those who fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we might live freely in this beautiful country.


Injury Followup

I had my followup appointment with my spine doctor to go over my MRI results a couple of weeks ago and totally forgot to mention it. My spine is ugly, ya’ll! Basically, I have one plump and healthy looking disc, and the rest are rather squished and pathetic. I’ve even developed a tiny bit of scoliosis as a result and there are little herniations all over the place. No wonder I’ve lost 1.5 inches in height in the last several years.

I suppose that’s the price you pay when you wanted to run all the marathons, and for years ran a minimum of sixteen miles on Saturday morning whether you were in a training cycle or not.

My doctor recommends that I continue on with my current routine and that surgery isn’t necessary – thank goodness. My numb foot is a rare occurrence these days so things really are progressing back to my new normal.


And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…



Two of my runs this week were at zero dark thirty and solo, but I felt good and ran strong. Of course, cool temps and low humidity didn’t hurt.

On Friday evening, I didn’t reach out to my girlfriends in time to set up a run date so I slept in a little and didn’t head out on Saturday morning until 8 AM. Even with running later, the weather was decent (the heat is moving in today) and I felt pretty good.



I had hoped to get out on my bike after Saturday’s run, but my time was limited so I had to skip it…


Strength Training

Boom, three out of three completed.



I’ve added Yoga for Cycling (affiliate link) into my routine and even got Bill to join me. It’s a short routine (less than ten minutes) so there’s no excuse not to fit it in at least once a week.


It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…

I had hoped to finish the second part of my recap of our Five Boro Bike Tour, but it didn’t happen. I got a good start on it with my pictures, but have to add the story. For me, the pictures take the longest, so I’m off to a good start. I do need to get it finished so I can start working on the DC Bike Ride recap.

Tomorrow I’ll have a post commemorating Memorial Day and then on Friday, I’m planning to join Marcia for her fun Runfessions linkup! It’s been a while so I need to get some things off my chest. 😉


In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • Have you lost any height from running?
  • How do you celebrate Memorial Day? ~ We’ve gone to Arlington National Cemetery a few times in years past… 
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!


Happy Running! ~ Deb