The Week That Was

Goodbye, Oregon!

Meditations in Motion

Bill and I began the week on the West Coast, in Oregon, visiting my middle son Rob, his wife Ari, and her family. This is a photo of the alfresco farewell dinner we had on Monday.

Rob and Ari are excellent cooks. For this dinner, Rob smoked several chickens (organic, free-range, of course – this was Oregon), Ari make a lettuce salad and a cucumber salad, Ari’s aunt brought some delicious potato salad, and for dessert, fresh strawberry shortcake and home-made whipped cream made with strawberries we picked the day before.

Meditations in MotionThe next day, we sadly packed up and began the long trek home to Pennsylvania.

The Weekly Workout Wrap-up.

My workouts this week leave something to be desired. The “something” desired is actually doing the workouts.

Oh, I did a daily routine of stretching for my hamstrings and glutes. I do not want a reprisal of the hamstring injury that plagued me for two years and hampered my running.

Most days I also do a few push-ups (just to assure myself that I still can do them) and planks. I used to try to hold a forearm plank as long as possible. Five-minute planks were the norm and my longest plank was eight and a half minutes. Now, I concentrate more on form and do two or three sets of two-minute planks.

The entire stretching and strengthing routine, however, takes about 10 minutes, not a big chunk of my day.

Meditations in Motion

Running is what suffered most on our 20-day trip. There was always something more exciting to do – a trail to a beautiful waterfall to hike, or a brewery to sample, or a grandson to play with, or a family member to sit and chat with. Priorities, right?

This week, I ran three times so far for a grand total of 10.5 miles. On Thursday, Bill and I ran 4.26 miles, our longest run since July 25. And we are marathon training.

If you are reading this post on Sunday, the day it is published, I have just completed a half marathon. I hope.

The half marathon, The Hellbender, is run on a wide, flat trail through the woods in Northern Pennsylvania. We have run it before, several years ago, and it is one of our favorites. This year, I am going into the race feeling woefully undertrained. I will keep my fingers crossed and publish a race report soon.

What time zone is this?

Meditations in MotionI have to admit, one of the factors affecting my desire to run is my body’s lack of adjustment to passing through different time zones. We first began our trip with a visit to family in Colorado, a two-hour time difference.

It was easy for me to go to bed early each night since I usually hit the sack when my grandson went to bed. I got up early each morning for a little time to myself before we began our busy days.

It’s not difficult to be virtuous when you’re traveling west.

Meditations in MotionBy the time we got to Oregon, three time zones west of our home in Pennsylvania, I had adjusted to the two-hour Mountain Time Zone difference and still got up an hour earlier than normal.

Now, returning East, my body wants to stay up late and sleep late. I’ve gone from virtuous to slovenly.

Sleeping late is not conducive to running in the Mid-Atlantic states in the summer, since by 9:00, the heat and humidity have already skyrocketed. By comparison, the first day I ran in Colorado, the temperature was a brisk 42 degrees at the start, with very low humidity.

Plans for Next Week.

We are leaving directly from the race today (sans shower) to travel to Boston, where we will meet friends for several days of exploring that historic city.

One of the friends we are meeting is Nancy, who has completed a marathon in each of the 50 states, plus around 50 additional marathons. She is currently pursuing the goal of running each of the World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, London, Boston, New York, Chicago, and Berlin) and should complete her quest in 2020. She will make sure I run. Long distances. Every morning. I need her “gentle” (and I write that with deep irony) encouragement.

On our way home, we plan to stop on Cape Cod to visit my sister and brother-in-law. At least there are no time zones to cross.


I am linking up with Running on the Fly and Confessions of a Mother Runner for their Weekly Rundown.




  1. Hope your race went well today, Laurie! Enjoy your time in Boston with your “coach.” Lol! Yes, like you, I’d find the time change difficult at my age, especially since I’m used to following my routine. Thank goodness you’re done changing them for the time being.

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    • It did go well. I hope to write a race review when I get home. thank you! My coach was the perfect traveling companion to keep me going in Boston, but I am still struggling with sleep patterns changing.

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  2. I have to admit that I am jealous of all that traveling! It’s been a long time since I’ve been anywhere. Hence packing in stuff nearby at home.

    I hope the half marathon went well! Can’t wait to hear about it.

    I am totally with you on form over time for planks. Very few people can actually hold a proper plank for a super long time.

    Enjoy all your upcoming adventures!

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  3. All of that time zone travel would mess with me…especially on the return trip. I’m pretty functional with limited sleep…but it would be difficult to get to bed “earlier” or “later” to accommodate the time differences. I’m eager to hear about your half marathon!

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    • I still find myself trying to convert time zones to the one I am in, even though I am back in the Eastern time zone again. My sleep cycles are all messed up. Hope to write a race report when I get home.


  4. I never thought about car-lag. We were in Utah and took our time coming back to the Eastern time zone. After we got back, I didn’t hesitate to get up at our normal time (before dawn) to walk. Now RUNNING would be in an entirely different matter!

    Our son and Rose are still in Oregon, sending back a few gorgeous shots of mountains and shore. The scenery is breathtaking.

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    • I am still confused about time zones. I keep trying to convert the time into Eastern time, even though we are still in the Eastern time zone! Going to write a race report when we get home. Thanks!


  5. Busy, busy! I love the busyness of summer but I do crave the routine of fall and winter. This summer, more than usual, I’ve been better about letting go of routine. It’s been fun. Enjoy your journey to Boston!

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  6. Hi Laurie, that farewell meal has got my taste buds tingling and those strawberries look sooooo good!… I can so relate to workouts going out the window. Since dusting off the running shoes at the beginning of the summer, I’d got into a good routine of stretching and strength training too, but with August being the craziest/hottest month of the year coupled with my sister and her family being here, I’ve let it slide. I know that once they have gone and the temperatures have dropped I will get back into it again with no distractions (apart from work, but I don’t mind that)… That half marathon sounds lovely and something that would get me interested in upping the milage again… I notice that the Athens marathon isn’t on your friends’ list!


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    • Those strawberries (my absolute favorite food) were delicious. I thought I would not have any more fresh strawberries until next year since the strawberry season is over at home, so I was delighted to have this unexpected surprise.

      Running will be there for you when you decide to return! 🙂

      My friend did the Athens marathon in 2018!


  7. wow! 50 marathons in 50 states? that’s amazing. I’m still trying to make it to all 50 states (I’m at 44 right now!) but since I visited most of them before I started running, I just want to visit them, no need to revisit states just to run races. Like, sorry Iowa. I’m never going back 😉

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    • Going to all 50 states is such a cool goal! I will have to count up the number of states I have visited. Hubby and I have a map with pins in it that represent all the places we have visited. Never been to Iowa.


  8. Hmm – I thought you were awesome running all those 5Ks and marathons Laurie, but wow to your friend Nancy. As that expression goes “I want to be that girl!” How impressive is that – I hope she fulfills her goal. Have fun and I hope you get to go clam digging again while bopping around Boston.

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  9. I hope your half went well! Your travels sound lovely but yes, exhausting. Running would most definitely take a back seat for me as well. You had me at 42 degrees. It’s so humid here we’re fogged in this morning. Not a cool fog either. Ugh.

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  10. Hay Laurie, glad to hear you’re out having fun with family and friends, as for the time zone difference just stay on eastern time it’s easier that way when you come home.


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  11. Welcome back to the east coast. I hope your half went well!

    Talking about the free-range organic chicken your son prepared in Oregon reminds me of an episode on Portlandia where a couple are in a restaurant ordering such a chicken. They ask so many questions about the chicken’s origins that the waitress sends them to the farm to visit where the chicken had been raised. It was hilarious! Have you seen it?

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    • The half went really well. Thank you!

      My son and daughter-in-law were telling me about the exact same episode of Portlandia and laughing about it too. I have not seen it, but now I must find it! 🙂

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  12. School started here last week, so I know that you of all people will understand why I am just now catching up to your posts I’ve missed. I’m sure your Oregon time feels like long ago already, but I enjoyed reading it & recalling our Oregon visit earlier this summer — it’s a gorgeous state, and you have a lovely family. Now I can go read about how the race went. See? It’s like binge-watching TV. Binge-blogging?

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    • Oh, Jan. I was so far behind on commenting and responding to comments a few weeks ago and I am retired! Back to school time was always a hectic time. No explanations needed. Yes, a visit to Oregon is always so relaxing and enjoyable. I am a firm believer in binge-blogging. It’s almost always how I wind up blogging.


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