On Holiday Weekends, Tapering, and Yoga Challenges

Where to begin?

With the exception of a few posts on Instagram this weekend, I’ve been flying under the social media and blogging radar for the holiday. It has been glorious.  Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it was really nice. Lots of time spent with family and friends, some good runs (and a not so good run), some pool time, a barbecue, and a belated birthday celebration for my youngest son. I loved taking the time to be present.

TaperingThis is an interesting property in La Quinta that I’ve been running by for years, but stopped finally (because this was during the not-so-good run) to take a few pictures. Love the eclectic display, I’m not sure if the flag was just up for Memorial Day or if it’s a regular feature. There isn’t a house on the lot, just a small trailer, where I assume the owner lives.

Yoga Challenge

After a complete fail at daily (or anywhere near daily) yoga, I have decided to postpone any type of a challenge until after my marathon. At that point I will be running less, and presumably have a little more time to dedicate to my yoga practice. I’ve been talking to my friend April lately, which is like the first step to going back to class (she owns my favorite yoga studio). And I still have my at-home options that I love, YogaDownload.com, (they have a 40% off Memorial Day Sale sale through tomorrow!) where I can download great audio classes, and My Yoga Works, which has a variety of online classes.

Marathon Training

Tapering - marathon training

I just finished up my first week of tapering, and with five more days until Rock and Roll San Diego I’m as ready as I’m going to be. I was really pleased with my training last week. I ran my last tempo run last Wednesday, which was a six mile run alternating between marathon and half marathon pace. Over the weekend, Alan and I ran 10 miles, so from here on out the mileage will continue to taper off. Sunday was a short run with the dogs which is always fun. Monday was a little tough. It was hotter than expected, about 84 by the time I finished (at 7:00 am!), and more humid than normal for the desert. I felt sluggish and had to walk a few times, so I occupied myself by taking pictures along the route.



Speaking of tapering, I’ll have a post about the Art of the Taper tomorrow. It’s an important part of your training plan, so if you’re running a marathon (or any “target” race) soon I hope you’ll check back. There is more to it than just running less.


I’m trying out a pair of Asics Electro33 running shoes. Full report coming later, but so far I’ve worn them on a couple short runs and I like them a lot. I don’t want to do too much before the marathon, so I’ll do the full review afterwards. I love the color. Alan and I kidded that my shoes were so bright we had to wear shades!


Family and Friends

On Saturday we went to a barbecue hosted by the mother of one of our cross country runners. There were a lot of kids, who spent most of their time in the pool, while the adults chatted (mostly inside in the air conditioning). Our hostess went above and beyond to cater to our dietary needs, with several salads, a great tofu in peanut sauce dish, veggie burgers, vegan sausages, and more! I had such a great time I didn’t take a single picture!

On Sunday, one of our twin grandsons and his mom were in town (the other twin had a baseball tournament), so we spent some time at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center. Alan and Cash swam laps while I soaked up some shade. The aquatic center is a great deal. In addition to the lap pool, they have diving, a kiddy pool, water slides, and more, all for just a few dollars per person. No wonder the place was packed!




My youngest son’s 33rd birthday was actually last Tuesday, but this was the first chance we had to get together to celebrate. We were going to cook at home, but at the last minute (well, last few hours), I thought it would be more fun to go out to dinner, so we all met at PF Changs, which has a few vegan options on their menu. I would have preferred Native Foods, but, well, it wasn’t my birthday.

We had a nice time with David and his girlfriend Melissa. It wasn’t too busy, the food was good, and we all enjoyed each others company.


This asparagus was so good! A little spicy, with garlic and probably too much salt, but really, really good. I also had the vegetarian lettuce wraps (which are vegan) as my entree.


TaperingAfter a failed attempt at a group selfie, we asked an elderly gentleman, who was passing by, to take a picture of us. He was kind and willing, and maybe just a little unused to current technology. So we’re a little blurry, but he was very sweet to help us out.

It was a nice way to end a long weekend. Back to the real world tomorrow. Stay tuned for the taper post on Wednesday.

So, how was your Memorial Weekend? Any celebrations, parties, barbecues, family, etc?

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  1. says

    My weekend……… VERY MELLOW – too too too mellow actually. I was babysitting a dog, so really I didn’t do much of anything except chill with Monty! Ha Ha. My brother’s new adopted dog! That’s okay though, sometimes chiller weekends are welcomed with open arms! :)
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  2. says

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend! It was just a little shy of being warm enough for the pool IMO but a lot of people did go. So I just took the grands to the parade, took them home to their mom, and took a nap. They are tiring! :)

    Love the shoes and the colors! Also the pups. And especially the kitten. So cute!

    It was nice of the older gent to take the picture. Even though it’s a little blurry it’s still quite good of everyone.
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  3. says

    It looks and sounds like you had a great weekend and birthday celebration for your son! Also glad that you have had a chance to unplug a bit. Me too, more out of work necessity (deadlines!!) than anything but nice nonetheless. As for the yoga challenge, it’s hard when you have the marathon coming up! I always tend to do that – try to do all the challenges at the same time that I’m training for something or have other big things going on and it always becomes too much.
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