Weekly Run Down for 6.1.20-6.7.20: The Latest New Normal

13 weeks and still working from home.  The word is that I will not return to the office until at least after Labor Day.

I bought a patio umbrella so I can sometimes work outside.

Continuing to look for new and interesting places to run or walk and practice social distancing. This week I re-visited some that I had already discovered.

The New Normal was running, walking, working ALONE and in isolation.

My LATEST New Normal is re-connecting with my friends – picnics, running, hiking, boating, eating.  All with the appropriate safety measures.  Humans are not meant to be “alone” IMO. (No judgment against those who still feel uncomfortable being around others. I am fortunate that my friends feel as I do.)

Un-canceled Project - Run The Edge Store

this past week was COMMUNITY Un-Canceled


Continuing to run/walk 500k until Aug 31.

No races yet but I got two new bling items.

Last Week –

  • Monday – Last week, it was 90 degrees one day.  Today when I woke up it was in the 40s. I went for my pre-work walk wearing a sweatshirt!!

no more daffodils or tulips but plenty of irises and azaleas around

I had made plans to hike with a friend after work, so I squeezed in a 5k during my lunch break.

breezy and cool but warm when the sun came out. This was on the water line line trail near my house

Thankful for the running community. As Kim said: We are running physically “apart but virtually together.”

I have already hiked 31 places during this pandemic. One with the hubby but the rest all alone.  More and more of my friends are open to doing things together (but 6 ft part lol).  So my former teaching BFF agreed to wait until I was done working to do a short hike together. I returned to one of the first places I visited back in March. You can see from the pic on the left that it is a lot greener now. And it was so nice to have company … finally. On the way home, I stopped by one more trail (that I also have previously visited in March.).

  • Tuesday – Another chilly morning and since rain was in the forecast for later, I had planned to run before work.  I didn’t get up early enough so I settled for a neighborhood walk.

always finding new flowers to take pix of.

As they forecast, it was raining around lunchtime. I waited until it stopped and took a quick run  around the neighborhood.

my legs felt like lead and I was way overdressed since I didn’t change from my morning walk…but got home before another rain shower

After work, I had a ZOOM video chat with some of my college friends. Always fun re-connecting with old friends (with whom I spent my junior year in Nice, France.)

  • Wednesday – Global Running Day. It was no-brainer not to run at some point in the day.  The challenge with working and the weather – WHEN?

Missing my NYC Skirt Sisters but we celebrated virtually as “triplets”

I started the day with a neighborhood walk and photo session (see above) and as always looking for new flowers in bloom.

it’s peony time!!

My running friends and I planned a short trail run for after work.  Just in case it did rain then, I ran at lunch. I started in the neighborhood and then continued on the waterline going in the opposite direction from Monday.  It started to rain (darn weather app) but stopped and then started and then stopped. Actually preferred it when it was raining because it was so muggy.

in the ‘hood and before and after the rain

Phew. The rain had stopped by the time I finished work. We all met at 6 Mile Waterworks for a trail walk and then hung out (at a distance).

we enjoyed so much that we want to do it every week.

  • Thursday – REST DAY.  After 3 days in a run of running, I took the day off.  That still meant a walk or three.

Pre-work walk: still managing to discover new things but the neighborhood is starting to get boring.

lunch walk in the park: different direction from last week…no coyote sighting 🙂

Before the last walk, I had my weekly picnic in the park with my tennis friends.

I was already in the park so I stayed and walked part of the red trail. I didn’t expect flowers but there they were…wish I had had more time but it was getting dark…need to go back and finish this trail

  • Friday – REST DAY.  Another day off from running because I planned a long run for the next day. Back to summer temps and HUMIDITY. Yes Holy Humidity…so glad to not run today. I was sweating on my walks (both before work and lunch were in my neighborhood due to time constraints.)

an early rose

I forgot that I bought these – channeling my love of NYC

We had a huge thunderstorm when I finished with work.  I had planned a hike 😦

Instead I went for a short walk in the park before I met a friend there for happy hour. And then it started to pour again. Luckily there was a nearby gazebo and we hung out there and chatted over wine.

  • SaturdayLONG RUN DAY. There were thunderstorms in the forecast. But when I woke up it was sunny and no sign of rain. As I did last week, I went early to the rail trail so I could run 3 miles before everyone arrived. Yike! The Humidity!  I was dying and it was only 7 am.  My friends arrived and did a variety of mileage and walking. I ran with Sherry and we barely and I mean barely survived 7 miles.

The flag and bench was dedicated to someone I knew and my first 5k ever was in memory of him.

Same as last week, we all got something to eat and brought it to the library lawn and hung out (6 ft apart) and chatted until the rain drove us away.

I spent the rest of the day recovering…and doing errands and stuff around the house like weeding and laundry.

  • Sunday – The temps cooled off and it was cloudy so we decided not to go boating.  Instead, the hubby played tennis and I went hiking with a friend.  I think I got her hooked on hiking the local preserves..

I picked Huyck Preserve since she had never been and I had enjoyed it (esp. the waterfalls).  It was even more fun not being by myself.

we did the full loop around the lake which was longer than the hike I originally did.

More weeding and laundry.Took a break and went for another hike. This time I re-visited Hollyhock Hollow Preserve. I did the blue loop along the creek and then also part of the white trail to an old quarry.  So many more trails left to explore too.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – run, dr appt., walk with BFF
  • Tuesday –  run
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – rest day, trail walk
  • Friday – rest day
  • Saturday – LONG RUN 
  • Sunday – rest day, 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.

34 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 6.1.20-6.7.20: The Latest New Normal

  1. I love that you do so many walking breaks during your workday. I was wondering – how many steps to you log on an average day? You must be well over 10’000 a day.


  2. Great photos of your runs and walks! Summer heat and humidity have kicked it up a notch here in central NC so my running lately has had lots of walk breaks. I keep telling myself to just be patient and in a couple of weeks I’ll be more acclimated to the weather.

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  3. Lots of great photos- those pink flowers are my favorite. Glad you’ve been able to connect with friends is so many ways (and college friends- how wonderful! And jealous you studied in Nice. I would love to go there.)


  4. You’ve found some great locations to run — and walk and hike. I love those shoes! I am about ready to get new shoes, and holding out for my running store to open — maybe next week?

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  5. I agree that humans are not meant to be alone. I am happy to see you are starting to reconnect in person with your friends. Slow and steady right?! Your outdoor space looks nice enjoy being out there. Thanks for linking up

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  6. Oh my goodness it is so wonderful to be with people again! My husband and I will be home until September at least, and the state is talking a good game about getting the kids back to school this fall, but for right now we really have the best of all worlds where we’re at home and spending time with friends again. Darn heat and humidity thought, I’m really struggling to run more than 3 miles when it’s bad so super props to you for getting 10 in.

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    • Seriously I struggle with 3 miles too.10 almost killed me.

      So great to hang with family and friends again. Still not normal but so much better.


  7. We are starting to get together with some of our friends (around well-spaced seating at bonfires, etc.). We’d been zooming with them, but nothing beats the in-person thing 😉 Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pics from your walks/hikes!!

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  8. It’s funny how different our skirts look depending on the other colors in our outfits.
    Someone should really make a timelapse via blooming photos of how long we’ve all been in quarantime. I was saying that with the changing light in the 7p clap too

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  9. Ugh on that weather. The humidity sure is the worst. I miss my friends and family and would love to get together with them. My mother is still not comfortable doing that so we’ll see what happens.

    Running is going good. Surprisingly well and I hope it stays that way. 🙂

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  10. I agree, we are not meant to be isolated for so long. We had breakfast with one couple after running on Saturday, trying to stay distant enough but probably not 100% perfect. Still, it was so very nice to have some normalcy after months of being alone!

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    • Yes Saturday was miserable. But I prefer company to weather. And I also like to get it over with and enjoy the weekend.

      Not sure if I’ll have time to run today unfortunately. Busy day and evening.

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  11. Great job on all your runs last week – you had some really great mileage! Right now running anything over a 10k seems like it would be a struggle but I would like to run a 15k at some point this month – we’ll see.

    The humidity was SO gross last week. I hope that this week we get a long break in that type of weather. It just makes everything so miserable.

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  12. Great job!

    My friend’s husband basically built himself an outside office on the covered deck off their back patio. He may never go back into the actual office. It’s unbelievable.

    Still love seeing all your flowers and nature scenes. I haven’t strayed too far away from home.

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  13. really been enjoying your colorful photos lately Darlene!

    being able to run with friends again is amazing. We’ve had the opportunity a couple of times and it’s been so great!

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