Weekly Run Down for 4.27.20-5.3.20: So over this social distancing thing

May 15 can’t come soon enough…but will it be even longer??

Otherwise things are the same. All social activities still cancelled. Missing my friends!! But keeping in touch via ZOOM.

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.

So happy to read this – https://www.businessinsider.com/you-can-still-go-outside-while-quarantining-sheltering-in-place-2020-4 

I know many of you do not agree and are staying close to home and even staying indoors (having groceries delivered, eating only take-out, etc).   Everyone has different levels of comfort.

I am not sure I even enjoy Virtual Races but I keep signing up for them!?

trying to run one of these each week…

I’ve run the 5k and 10K and the 13.1 !!

some friends are trying to raise $$ for their NYCM charity and you get a really cool glass.(Runners and walkers complete any time between May 17th and May 31st.)

another free one

You will have between Saturday, May 23 at 6 a.m. and Sunday, May 31 at 11 p.m. to complete a 5K run by yourselves

It’s not too late.  You can still register the the Virtual FRW 5k until May 5 at  https://freihofersrun.com/virtual-5k/.  Use the code AMBSS5 and for $20, you will get:

  • 42nd annual virtual Freihofer’s Run for Women t-shirt (you can even choose between two different colors) & bib
  • A finisher’s certificate that can be printed out at home
  • Commemorative finishers’ medal
  • Coupons for Freihofer’s products
  • Automatic entry into Virtual 5k Sweepstakes with great prizes!

The t-shirts, medals and coupons will be mailed to participants the first week in June.

Last Week –

  • Monday – Another cold, windy rainy day. I was hoping to get out early for lunch but that didn’t happen (Darn work!) So instead of waiting until after work to do my run (in case it started raining harder), I squeezed one in at lunch instead of my walk.

yes, that’s a banana on the side of the road…it was raining but not too hard.

Then after work, it was still cold, windy and RAINING.  I planned to go for a walk but just couldn’t drag myself out the door. So unlike me 😦 Some days are like that.

  • Tuesday – Hooray for a dry day. Still chilly and breezy but as I mentioned last week, I have a friend who is now only working 3 days a week and she has agreed to DRIVE to my house to walk with me on her off days.  So nice to have adult conversation with someone other than my hubby. (Now that is a good friend.)

The sun was shining and now near 60 degrees after work so I was anxious to get out there. I decided to actually run a 10k at the Corning Bike Path.

It felt hard…well all my runs feel hard these days… but at least it was skirt weather. Wearing purple to summon up the courage to finish this run.

  • Wednesday – Ok, another dry day (before 3 days of predicted rain). I couldn’t wait to get outside for my lunch walk. I quickly drove to one of the closest preserves. (Where I go depends on my afternoon work schedule and how long I have for a break.) Although it was the same temps as yesterday, it was windy and cloudy so felt chilly.  Still enjoyed this time away from my desk immensely.

discovered some new flowers and that someone moved the painted rock

I didn’t really feel like running 3 days in a row but in the NE during April, if it’s not raining, you go for it. I decided to go to Washington Park to check the progress of the tulips. Guess what? I forgot my phone. Please believe me without photos that a 2.5 mile run took place and that the tulips are about a week away.

last week’s pic – same exact route but zero sun today and more wind.

  • Thursday – Yup, rain in the morning. Fingers crossed that it wouldn’t rain or rain hard all day long. Even on a rest day, I do like to go for a walk or two. It was pouring at lunchtime so walking was a no go. After work, it had stopped but was insanely windy. Still I needed to escape my house and continue on my quest to explore new places. The Stevens Farm Trail was different than the other preserves. It wasn’t really a well marked loop but it was very interesting. There were empty farm buildings dating back to the 1800’s, a K-9 training unit, a llama farm, a closed very old metal bridge and of course, a muddy trail along the creek.

Isn’t the llama cute? I wanted pet her but the owner said that she was a spitter so… NOPE!

Thursday nights are our weekly running group’s ZOOM night.  I’m not sure if we even talk about running lol.

  • Friday – Day 4 this week with clouds.  Rain was predicted for the afternoon so I was hoping for a lunch walk (although my work schedule would make this one a tight squeeze.) Never believe your weather app, it was pouring around lunch time.  Since it wasn’t that cold or windy, I decided to take that walk in my neighborhood.  Wrong choice.  Even with an umbrella and raincoat, I got soaked!!!

should have stayed home

It was still pouring when I finished work. Only water, right? So I grabbed my umbrella again and drove to Washington Park. The trails would be too muddy and I figured no one else would be there taking photos of the tulips in the rain. Well, I wasn’t alone (other crazy camera buffs like me) and eventually the rain did stop for a few minutes. Most of the tulips have not bloomed but I was treated to some early bloomers.  Definitely worth the trip.

  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday. I was tired and tempted to sleep in but I like to get my LSD out of the way and enjoy the weekend.

12 miles was on my plan as prep for my Steel Rail Virtual Half Marathon. It’s always a challenge on where to go.  I don’t like to run in the same places. And of course, most runners abstain from running on crowded paths. This doesn’t bother me so I drove to Zim Smith. I ran the opposite way from what I normally do just for a change.

and then I walked 1.1 miles so it would count as a half marathon

Of course on a nice day, there were walkers and bikers.  Everyone was cautious, polite and friendly. And for my post run I was hoping for a treat from Leah’s. They were closed so I had to settle for extra thick milkshake from Stewart’s.

I spent the rest of the afternoon pulling weeds until our our 3rd ZOOM Blogger Coffee Date. As with the others, it was so fun to connect with everyone.

  • Sunday – Another dry day.  Not as sunny as yesterday but warm. I was excited to take a long walk on another preserve or two, do my weekly grocery shopping and even get in some more yard work.

loved this place but sooo muddy

a short unmarked trail

Today my tennis friends and I would have been in Naples, Fla. We always get together one night during this trip to discuss a book that we have all read in advance.  So instead, we used ZOOM tonight for our book chat.  We all read the mystery The Turn of the Key.

we starting out discussing the book and then kept talking and talking and talking…

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – run
  • Tuesday –  run
  • Wednesday – rest day, walk
  • Thursday – run, ZOOM running group chat
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg walk
  • Saturday – LONG RUN, MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Sunday – rest day, walk, Mother’s Day

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? Are you having  hard time finding safe places to run? Are you running in new places or are in a running route rut?  Are you having nice spring weather?  How many VIRTUAL races have you signed up for? Please share.

25 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 4.27.20-5.3.20: So over this social distancing thing

  1. I’m with you – feeling over all of this. Unfortunately it’s not over. Our state reopened some types of businesses on Friday and unrelated to that, 26 new cases were announced for the week. So I can only imagine how many more in the next few weeks there will be with more activity. We are still staying 99% at home, only going out to work around the yard and walk our neighborhood. It’s BORING after 7 weeks.


  2. I also keep doing the virtual runs and not sure I really enjoy them either! Also gives me something to do between eating meals. Do you have a link for any of those other virtual runs? The TP one looks fun for next week. Thanks for linking up


  3. My job extended our work from home order until May 31 so I’ll be home for a little while longer. CT is going to start re-opening businesses on May 20th so we’ll see how that goes – I’m kind of worried to be honest!

    I’m going to do two virtual runs next week which should be fun!


    • GL on your virtual races.

      I’ll be working at home for a while… maybe all summer. I’m getting used to it.

      Just want to do some fun things again.


  4. Love the tulips — and the llama! It’s great that you are fining different places to run. I could in theory if I parked in another neighborhood but I’m not motivated enough. I’m trying to explore different neighborhoods from my house but I miss the DC monuments and river views!

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  5. I love all the walking you’re doing! You have been posting so many beautiful pics from all your outings…thanks! They bring a bright spot to my day 😉


  6. I have not signed up for a virtual race yet, but maybe Freihofers just to support them (yes, I know tomorrow is the last day).

    I may not have driven anywhere, but I took plenty advantage of the fabulous weather to spend a lot of time outdoors this weekend! Love filming Yoga videos on my deck.


    • I don’t race those races but I know those race companies may not be around if we don’t support them. FRW is taking a big loss.

      I was cleaning the furniture on my deck and tripped and fell… Cleaning is more of a hazard than running. No more lol

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  7. There’s my llama friend!!!!!

    I do love seeing all the tulips you post. I want family photos in a tulip field at some point. Obviously, now is not the time, but it would be so awesome.

    I know you’re over this. It’s just getting very difficult to sustain. We will, because we are strong, but we don’t have to like it.

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    • One year, you have to come to NYC with your family.
      I know I will survive this. What is sad is all those who had family members or friends who died from COV19 and all those businesses that will not get through this.

      Sad times, for sure. But tulips and llamas, they make me smile!!


  8. The farm on one of my running routes that had llamas got sold and I am bummed about that. I can do without the spitting though. haha! Your tulip shots are so pretty!


  9. virtual races are really not my thing. nothing against them for others of course, but I already run alone all the time – I run races to 1) not have to think about where I’m going to run that day and 2) see people I know and maybe even grab a drink or a bite afterwards!

    I really miss people and just small things too. Going out for a coffee. Having a drink after work. Going out for a meal with the hubs.

    loving your photos Darlene!

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    • I miss all those things too.

      I agree about virtuals. Not really races but a way for me to support an organization or charity. I don’t even wear a watch for them.


  10. I’m not sure how it is where you live, but I would be shocked if someone told me that I shouldn’t be out exercising. There are so many people out walking and running where I live, and they aren’t super spaced apart, but at least reasonably spaced in my opinion. It sure was a rainy week for you – good job getting out there!


    • I actually have friends that have not left their house since March 16 – they order in all their groceries and do take-out as well. Also my running friends are running alone and are avoiding bike paths. I am not doing either and I do feel safe. Everyone is different I guess.

      Yes last week was rainy. This week less so but also cool and may snow at the end of the week.


  11. Those pictures of the tulips are beautiful! Virtual races are just not for me as I just prefer to run. However, I do know they’re a great motivator for many people. Maybe I just haven’t found “the one” for me. I was tempted to sign up for the Race Across Tennessee and the Yeti Ultra 24 Hour Challenge. I am going to check out the Un-canceled Project again since I know they’ve extended it for 6 more weeks.

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