Ultimate Coffee Date for June

It’s that time of the month…

to join up with Coco & Deborah for their ultimate coffee date.

1.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I ran my LAST virtual half marathon.

I had already signed up the real half marathons in March, April and May. But as you know, they were all cancelled.

I would be getting the swag so I felt like I should actually run them. I did not race them but just ran/walked that distance alone on three different routes.

I am DONE. I hope the next half marathon is a REAL one.

Did you run any long races that were cancelled virtually?

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you before I was working from home, I would run after work for 3 miles.  Some days I did not run at all.

Now being at home everyday, I have been on most days running before work, walking at lunch and then hiking after work.

So I have gone from 0-3 miles a day to 6-10 miles a day.

Of course that will end…mostly likely when I return to the office in the fall.

Have you increased your mileage during the pandemic?  

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I have started seeing my friends. After 10 weeks of self-isolation, we have decided to see each other…safely, of course.

Have you relaxed your social distancing yet?

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I mentioned that I finally got a shot for my painful foot.  The pain went away immediately.  Though it appears that it does rear its ugly head from time to time. Still!!

like here between miles 4 and 7

Anyone else experience intermittent pains?

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that there’s no shame in walking. To prove it, I had one of my slowest 5ks and even posted my time.

I believe this race last year may have been the last time that I ran FAST.  After that, there was marathon training, foot pain, then pandemic.

27:47 – FRW 2019

Do you RACE your virtual races? Have you lost speed by not racing?


It’s Friday so I’m also linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

Happy Running! Got anything to spill? Share it here!
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Goals 2020 Update

Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)

My Topic today is: GOALS 2020

If you read my blog, you may remember that my goal for 2020 was to run ONE half marathon EACH MONTH.

I actually ran January and February’s races.

Then this pandemic!! My March’s was cancelled and April and May’s have been postponed. I actually did not sign up for one in June. All were completed as virtual races (completed is a loose term meaning I did the distance.)

I decided to add a new goal in April:

Visit ALL the LOCAL 25 NEW NATURE TRAILS.

There are many nature preserves just in my local area.  So far, I have visited 21.

In addition to these preserves, there are many parks with trails, waterfalls, arboretums, and nature sanctuaries.  Plenty to choose from. I have visited 10 already.

Definitely one of the positives that has come out of the pandemic.  Normally I would be training and running with friends. For my job, I would be traveling.

I discovered places that were nearby and many of them have many trails so they were visited more than once.

And It’s only June 1 and I’ve already surpassed my Nature Trail goal. We are still in the midst of a pandemic.

Let’s see how many I can visit before the end of 2020!!!! 50??

I want to re-visit the early ones because of the increased greenery and of course, again the fall to see all the autumn colors.

You should follow me and view the gazillion pics through my IG posts (@dsc59).

The Best Nature Quotes (Here Are 450 Of The Most Beautiful)


I’m  also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! Anyone else getting outdoors more now? Have you changed your original 2020 running/fitness goal? Please share. 

Weekly Run Down for 5.25.20-5.31.20: Summer has arrived early…

Still working from home.  No word on when I will not be.

I also realized that my wifi works on my deck so I can do some work outdoors.  However, I cannot teach my webex training classes there since I need 2 monitors and quiet (Darn noisy birds!!)

I just bought an umbrella so I am excited for next week.

Trying to get outdoors often.  Always looking for new and interesting places to run or walk and practice social distancing. I added SIX more places to my list.

Un-canceled Project - Run The Edge Store

I signed up again for 6 more weeks…this past week was JOY Un-Canceled

Continuing to run/walk 500k until Aug 31.

And yes, it snowed a few weeks ago but this past week, the temps reached 90 degrees!!!!!!!!

Last Week –

  • Monday – Three Day Weekend. The Best.

I started the day off with a hike.  I intended to go to Keleher Preserve but passed Hannacrox Ravine Preserve first and decided to go there instead. It was a lovely place to go. I stopped when I reached the creek rather than crossing it to do a loop because I needed to get home.

yes I tried to dress patriotic

We hesitated going back up to the lake because it seemed cloudy and breezy.  Boy, am I glad we changed out minds. It was a lovely day. We docked at a new island (Long Island) and I was able to hike the length of it. We had lunch and I finished a book. For dinner, we did our first “dock n dine.” (You dock at the restaurant, they bring out your dinner and you eat on your boat. The new normal.)

I celebrated Memorial Day with a Bloody Mary.

  • Tuesday – I decided last week on days that I don’t train first thing, I would get up earlier and walk or run before work.  So today I ran.  It was lovely.

Unfortunately, I have to run in my neighborhood if I run before work but I made the best of it by concentrating on taking flower pics.

a slow but joyful run in these wonderful summer temps

So for my lunch walk, I took to the water line.

I was surprised how high the grass was and how many new wildflowers there were. I changed to a tank (as it was pretty steamy) and to knee socks (to ward off bugs and ticks.)

Then after work, since my run was already done, I could take off and explore. I headed back to Keleher Preserve where I planned to go on Monday.  There were many looped trails. I wanted to get to the overlook but not spend too much time. It was warm and muggy but not bad in the higher elevation and in the shade of the tall trees.

the view was much better than it looked in the pic. I followed the white trail to the blue, to the red then back to the white, the orange and then the white again..  yes, I had a map.

  • Wednesday – I got up early but not to run since I would not have time to shower. But when I looked at the weather forecast for the day, I decided that sweaty or not, I should squeeze a pre-work run in my neighborhood.

The never miss a flower run

At lunch, I drove to the park trail for different scenery.

Looks different from my last visit…trees with leaves and no more mud

The same as Tuesday – With my run and walk already done, hiking on a new trail was on my after work agenda. I hesitated going to Bennett Hill Preserve because many people posted that they saw snakes. (I HATE snakes.) But it was very warm and I knew like yesterday that the trees and the higher elevation would make it a perfect hike to choose.  I was right. Loved it.  NO SNAKES.  All uphill on the way out (but gradual), then a loop to see the view and then back down.

yes, that’s a tub with running water and there were lots of painted rocks too.

  • Thursday – A busy work day so it called for just walking and no running.  That also meant staying in the neighborhood.

My morning walk was pretty short but at least I got it done.

no more tulips so now you’ll see Irises (not mine)

My lunch walk had to be brief, as well.  This will be a low step day.

purple may be my favorite color lol

Thursday has been designated Tennis meet up day.  My friends play tennis and then I join them in the park for dinner.

Then I rushed home for a ZOOM chat with my running friends.  This week, we tried instead using a Facebook Room.

My college friends prefer it to ZOOM. My running friends, I guess, had some technical difficulties. ???

  • Friday – The rain that was supposed to come yesterday still hadn’t arrived but boy was it humid!  I started the day with a quick neighborhood walk.

no flower pics just rocks 🙂

I had more time to walk at lunch so I drove to the nearby preserve. It’s amazing how much greener and drier it was than the last time I walked here.

I was hoping to get in one more hike this week. But we had a huge thunderstorm. I’ve never seen it rain so hard. I thought that I was done for the evening but it stopped. So I decided on a preserve that was a short loop and not too technical (since it would be muddy.)

nothing special about this one but it was nearby to Trader Joes

And it didn’t rain again until later that evening.

  • Saturday – Today was a little bittersweet. I was hoping to be running my favorite race for the 13th year in a row.  Instead I ran it virtually.

I ran it on the rail trail because I was meeting friends there later for a long run. The cool part of a virtual race was that I could run it with others that lived far away such as Debbie in VA, Kim in IA and Cari in NYC.

running friends are the best

When I was done, my local running friends arrived. Some ran shorter, some walked and some ran 7 miles with me (6 ft apart) but still we were able to chat. And of course afterwards, we had our social distanced brunch together.

the first long run in a long time that was actually fun

After some weeding in the garden, the weather was so perfect that I decided to go for another hike…my 4th this week.  I have a thing for waterfalls so that’s why I chose this one. The hike turned out longer because I took the wrong trail and since it has been so dry lately, the waterfalls were not as big as I hoped.  Still felt great to be outdoors. And I got back before the unexpected rain.

  • Sunday – The rain seemed to cool things down. We had planned to go boating but it was only in the 50s. The hubby nixed that idea.

I had to stop by Nisky bike path to pick up a glass for running a virtual 5k.  There were two preserves not far so I decided why not.

The first one was a not marked (but obvious) short out and back trail. Still pretty and sans other hikers.

I was actually chilly … tank yesterday, jacket today. Crazy!

When I arrived at the second one, the parking lot was full. But it was a larger preserve with 3 different trails.  Yes, there were people there but they were friendly and I’m kinda over this social distancing thing.

I did 2 of the 3 loops

I stopped on the way home to buy more plants and spent the rest of the day, planting and weeding. (Although I may take one more hike before dinner.)

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – run
  • Tuesday –  rest day, college reunion ZOOM
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – rest day, tennis friends dinner, running friends ZOOM
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg walk
  • Saturday – LONG RUN 
  • Sunday – rest day, boating

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

Happy Running! How is your running going?  How is this virus affecting you and your family? Have you done any parking lot or driveway get togethers with friends or family? Please share.

Runfessions for May

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

1. I runfess…

I did not run at all on my birthday.  I usually run miles or kms to commemorate my new age but this was how I dressed that day:

this was May 9!! There was snow.

Do you usually celebrate your birthday with a run?

2. I runfess…

Once I experienced foot pain back in November, I ditched my favorite Mizunos and bought:

  • Altras (and returned them)
  • Brooks (and returned them)
  • Hokas (and returned them)
  • Another style of Hokas (would return them but FF is closed)

and then ordered the same Mizuno Wave Inspires as I had originally. (15s on the left and 16s on the right)

Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Inspire 16 | Fleet Feet

 

Did you try different shoes only to return to your originals?

3.I runfess…

I pay attention to matching my clothes but otherwise I’m pretty lax about things.  I have even worn new items in a race.

During my April Virtual Half Marathon, I got blisters on my feet. I wore good socks but then I remembered the
Karrimor Anti Blister socks (bought on sale at EMS) that I have been wearing for long races even during my full marathon.

And so I started wearing them again. My feet still ached but NO blisters. D’uh.

Did you pay close attention to comfort or fashion when racing?

4. I runfess…

I lost a pair of my favorite compression calf sleeves 😦

I tracked them down to having worn them last August (the advantage of having a blog and posting lots of running pics.)

 

I wear them a lot in the summer because most of skirts have pink in them…grrrr

Maybe they’ll turn up. Stay tuned.

Do you lose or misplace running clothes items?

5.I runfess…

I’ve been running a lot of virtual races.  What else is there?

I only wear wear a watch when I run an actual race.  And since I don’t really consider them races and don’t actually “race” virtual ones, I haven’t been wearing a watch. To calculate distance I either run where I already know the distance or I start my Apple watch and run half the distance and turn it off at that point.

The problem is many of the companies that offer virtual races want you to post your finish time.

So what do I do?

I make up my time.  Since I do feel a little guilty, I post a very slow one (which actually may be accurate for the way I am running these days.)

Anyone else do this? Don’t report me to the racing Gods!


It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month? Please share.

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Four Somethings for May

January 2018 Share Foru Somethings #ShareFourSomethings

Thanks to Laurie from Meditations in Motion, I discovered a link up started by blogger Heather Gerwing. The fourth Saturday of each month, Heather invites other bloggers to share their “Four Somethings”: Something Loved, Something Said, Something Learned, Something Read. If you are a blogger, you may post your Four Somethings too!

1. Something Loved.

This one is pretty obvious if you follow me on FB or IG.

FLOWERS!!

Someone mentioned to me that the flowering trees were even more beautiful this year.  i’m not sure if that is true but because I am walking more and running slowly, I know I have noticed them more.

3. Something Treasured.

FRIENDSHIPS.

I love my friends. But this pandemic has made me realize how important they are in my life.

Sure, ZOOM is great but not the same as seeing them the flesh.

And of  course, sitting 6 feet apart is not the same and being be to give a hug or a high five.

We will return to normal. Just have to be patient.

NOW:

THEN:

 

3. Something Read.

Caught (Coben novel).jpg

My co-worker lent me a whole bunch of mysteries. Most were so-so but I really enjoyed this one. I have always meant to read a book by this author.This one had so many subplots and twists and turns. I can’t wait to read anther one of his mysteries.

4. Something Ahead.

I always look forward in the summer to running with my friends and boating on Lake George.

Both will happen though obviously not in the same way as past years.

But thankful for the health of my friends and family. Not complaining.


Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).


I’m also linking up here:

Formerly the Running Coaches’ Corner, it’s back with new co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsRunning on HappyConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Fauxrunner.

Happy Running! What are your somethings? Share at least ONE. 

Weekly Run Down for 5.18.20-5.24.20: Still no races in sight

Still…

most likely all summer

Missing my running friends!!

Trying to get outdoors often so I do not go stir crazy in my Office (aka a room in my house). Always looking for new and interesting places to run or walk and practice social distancing. I visited two more this past week.

Un-canceled Project - Run The Edge Store

I signed up again for 6 more weeks…this past week was Kindness Un-Canceled

I signed up for this challenge too. It started on May 15 and lasts until Aug 31. 500k across NYS. I’ll walking AND running this one.

I have not registered for any more races until my three half marathons in August, September and October.

Now I’m not sure what I want to do.  Do I continue to prepare for and run virtual halfs monthly or do I just run whatever??

Socially, things are starting to open up (with lots of restrictions).

The highlight of the week was going out on our boat!!! And running with my friends!!

Last Week –

  • Monday – The day started out with rain. But it stopped and I took advantage and ran at lunch since I had scheduled an appt with my podiatrist for after work.

decided to run a virtual 5k. This one supported a charity for some friends who are running the NYCM. I will also be getting an engraved glass

I have been ignoring the fact that my feet have been hurting. Finally I gave in and went to the podiatrist. She again gave me a B12 shot (which cured me last time) for the neuroma and took xray of my bunion aching foot and prescribed Naproxen (which I had left over from the neuroma) and Voltaren cream (which I also had already).

Since I already had done my run, I decided that there was time to visit a new trail. I found one that was nearby.

I walked the loop and it was much longer than I anticipated. Not technical at all…a good one to run on.

  • Tuesday – A sunny warm day.  Woo Hoo. I had to take an early lunch so could not walk with my friend.

walked part on the hilly part of the waterline and part on the neighborhood

I decided to run on the rail trail after work since it was closer than my other routes. NO foot pain!!!!! (Why did I wait so long to see a dr.??)

I may have had zero foot pain but I also had zero energy to do this run.

After my run, I met my BFF for a masked walk around an outdoor shopping plaza.  You may remember that we used to do mall walks all the time to catch up and chat. I miss that!!

  • Wednesday – Wow. Another sunny warm day!! I had to stop off at work to pick something up so I did my lunch time walk there.

4 years working here and now I found a trail nearby

Then after work, I decided to run near where I used to work for this week’s Un-Canceled 5k and then end up in the park to check up on the tulips.

peonies have started to bloom in a few places 🙂

Sadly I had to say good-bye to the tulips. (Soon they will be replaced by annuals.)

most are gone or past prime but some were still left…

Then after dinner, I put 9 bags of mulch in my new perennial garden (Who needs strength training?)

  • Thursday – Today was my hubby’s birthday!  We’ll celebrate at a later date. I went for a walk before work

I spy a peony!! Not sure why I don’t get up earlier and go for a walk EVERY day before work??

and then during lunch again with my friend. We talked the whole hour so I didn’t get any pix.

they were anxiously waiting for me to get home…NOT!

Then after work, my tennis friends and I gathered for BYO picnic in a park. As we did last Thursday, we sat 6ft apart and chatted and ate. (My friends are retired so were able to play tennis there before dinner.)

last week’s pic. This week, there were 10 of us (the limit, right?)

Of course, my running friends and I continued with our weekly evening ZOOM chat. The focus of our conversation was planning our runs together.

  • Friday – Normally a rest day as I do my long run on Saturday. And the Sole Sisters planned our first social distancing run.  However, the forecast was for rain… Now I had a big dilemma since we wanted to go boating on Sunday!

Anyway, I again started the day with a walk before work.

always new flowering trees and bushes this time of year

Then I took an early lunch walk. Blue skies for the 3rd day in a row…getting spoiled.

the path behind my house is so much more lush…prettier but I no longer have easy access from my house (I have to walk around the block)

I decided keep my fingers crossed for a long run on Saturday and opted for a new trail instead of a run.

This is the same park that I picnicked this week but they have a whole network of pretty trails. I just did part of one.

  • Saturday – So it was raining when I got up so we decided to postpone our long run until Sunday.  As soon as I clicked send on that text, the rain stopped.

Since I was already dressed to run, I decided to just go for my walk.  I intended to walk on the rail trail but I noticed an entrance to the water line (that eventually passes behind my house) so I headed that way.  Two miles later, I came to a dead end with a trail or two (and not sure which one to take).  So I turned back but plan to pursue this from my end.

loving the sunshine and the warm weather (finally)

I stopped off at the grocery store but it was still early (and sunny) so I phoned my hubby and we decided to head up to the lake.

This was going to be our first boating outing of the season and the first during this pandemic. I was wondering how it would turn out. But it was great.  Not crowded. Most of our friends were out on their boats.  We got docks at our two favorite bays.  The weather was PERFECT!!

not any social distancing evident on the lake

It was tempting to stay and sleep on our boat but my hubby had tennis in the morning and I had my re-scheduled long run.

  • Sunday – As I mentioned above, I have no races on my schedule. That leaves me free to train or not to train. I decided to go for 10 miles and decide in future weeks. whether or no to do any virtual races.

My running friends (most of them) have decided to return to our group runs.  We ran or walked just not together. And then we met for brunch and ate (but not sitting together). It worked.  So great to talk to them in the flesh.

If I were solo, I would have done 10 miles but no reason to make everyone wait.

The rest of the day was spent gardening and I may also get in a hike.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – HOLIDAY = DAY OFF, rest day, boating
  • Tuesday –  run
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – rest day, walk, tennis friends dinner, running friends ZOOM
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg walk
  • Saturday – LONG RUN 
  • Sunday – rest day, walk, boating

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

Happy Running! How is your running going?  How is this virus affecting you and your family? Have you done any parking lot or driveway get togethers with friends or family? Please share.

What I miss about racing

It’s Friday so I’m also linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

My Topic today is: The Racing Void.

I have been know to run as many as 40 races in a year.  Usually at least 30. Well, not this year.

Of course, I miss all the people involved in a race: my friends, the other runners, the volunteers, the crowd but here are some other little things that I also miss:

1.FlatMes

You know, planning your race outfit the night before and posting a pic.

Of course, I always plan my outfit but it’s not the same if you are not going to a race.

2.Pinning on a Bib.

It’s one of the things that makes a race different than a run or a virtual race.

3.Pre-Race Jitters.

No matter how many races I have run, I always feel nervous waiting at the start line.

4.Swag and Awards.

There’s something special about someone putting a medal over your head or handing you an age group award.

5.Post Race Refreshments

Free Ice Cream,

Chocolate Milk or even a Dark n Stormy.

They just taste better when you’ve earned them in a race.


Happy Running! Do you miss any of the above? Are there some other things that you miss when you are not racing? Please share.