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


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

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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.

33 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 5.18.20-5.24.20: Still no races in sight

  1. I am like you not sure about any of the fall half races on tap. I am still hoping the wine glass half happens in October. I figure I can start training in July. Everyone loves to train for races in the summer heat right? ha!

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  2. Glad you had a perfect return to the lake and runch today.
    It’s moot for me with the injury, but i think I’d still be doing “whatever” mileage even without it. I’d rather stop without the pain marker but overall am enjoying just running as long as I’m enjoying it
    Skirt and yours are the only virtual ones I’m doing. Actually next race on my calendar is Ft. Lauderdale, but assuming normalcy I’ll do Delray Santa before


  3. Yay that the B12 shot helped! I got an email this week that there will be some 5ks in my area this summer and our local marathon says that they are a go for September. We’ll see how everything plays out. Now that the weather is nice it’s very easy to socialize distantly. We did have some family gatherings at the beginning of the month for my FIL’s funeral which were not distant but we’d already been together on the day he died and I have to say that it was just so wonderful to be close with the extended family (and we’re 14 days out at this point so no one got sick).

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    • That’s great that you will get to race this summer. I’m pretty sure that we will not but there has been less social distancing than at the beginning of this.


  4. Aren’t those early morning (pre-workday) walks nice? I got hooked on those when my knee was healing (yikes, almost three years ago), and I’m so glad the sunrises are happening earlier and earlier. I’m jealous of your boating 😉

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  5. Aren’t those early morning (pre-workday) walks nice? I got hooked on those when my knee was healing (yikes, almost three years ago), and I’m so glad the sunrises are happening earlier and earlier. I’m jealous of your boating 😉


  6. Glad you got your foot problem solved! I’m also one of those people who wait too long to get things fixed.
    Love all your trails, you have such a variety to choose from!
    And the first outing on the boat! Feels like normality has returned, right?
    I had my first run with a group of 5 (maximum) and that felt so nice, too.

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    • Not totally gone. But much better.

      And yes on the boat felt normal. Could forget about the virus for one day.
      The trails have saved me. Who knew there were so many.

      Hope my first group fun is the first of many. Still many are hesitant to leave their neighborhood.

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  7. I’m also undecided about training for virtual races or running just to run. I have virtual 10k coming up but nothing other than that. Although my half is supposed to be reschedule for July, but I don’t think that will happen. So I might end up doing that virtually.

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  8. You know I love all your trail runs!

    I’m so glad you got out on the boat! I’m sure that was soooo good for your soul!

    I am going to sign up for a Florida virtual. I am trying to decide if I am going for the 300K solo or 1000K team effort.

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  9. I seriously don’t think I’ll be doing a real race this year at all. Might sign up for Firecracker although I haven’t yet, but just to support them.

    There is always something else to do. I’m still running, just not as much.


    • I hope I will. I may sign up for Bacon hill virtual to support them. Otherwise I’m just running. As often as the weather allows. Nothing else to do in the evening. I hate to sit around and watch TV.

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      • Luckily with no job & this awesome weather I’ve been spending many hours outside. We’ll still usually watch one episode of something before I go to bed — by then I’m tired from all the fresh air!


        • I’d rather read than watch TV. I try to do that everyday night. My hubby likes TV. A lot. But at least he plays tennis to stay in shape and not gain weight.

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          • I read during the day — morning, noon, and night (before I go to sleep). I enjoy a little TV though.

            My husband would like to watch movies every day, but I generally don’t want to take that much time watching TV so we don’t (or at least I don’t).


            • The luxury of a non-worker. This pandemic has made me so much more active… I used to just run 3 miles a day. Now with running, walking and then hiking, I getting in 6-10 miles a day. Of course, this will all end once I go back to the office in the fall. My hubby works, naps, plays tennis and then watches HOURS of TV. It’s all good. Everyone enjoys different activities.

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  10. Love that you managed to stay very active this week. Definitely not surprised. 🙂 Right now the challenge have kept me motivated to run. I am debating if I should sign up for a Fall race. Or maybe train for one and then sign up when it does take place.

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    • The pain was gone and then came briefly and then disappeared. I think I will always have some discomfort.

      Boating is my favorite summer activity.


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