Weekly Run Down for 6.8.20-6.14.20: Same old, Same old

Things are changing but most things are not.

I am working from home.

I am seeing my friends but at a distance.

I am running casually a few times a week with a long run on the weekend.

I am walking daily and visiting nature preserves as often I can.

NO RACES!! Another Half Marathon has gone virtual – Saratoga Palio (my September race cancelled)!!

Un-canceled Project - Run The Edge Store

this past week was PERSEVERANCE Un-Canceled


Signed up run/walk 500k but just switched to 1000k – have until Aug 31.  Wish me luck!

Last Week –

  • Monday – A beautiful day.  I started it with a neighborhood walk.

my focus this morning was looking for peonies…

I had to squeeze in my run at lunch since I had a few things scheduled for after work.

wore my aftershoz headphones for the first time in a long time.

I was warm and tired but persevered through this run

After work, I had an appt with my podiatrist.  I got there early so went for a walk (on the trail nearby that I had discovered the last time I went to my office.)

After my dr. visit and dinner, I met my BFF for a walk and talk at an outdoor mall.  (Gotta get those steps in – 6 miles a day to meet the 1000k challenge.)

in front of the bookstore…all the stores are now open with limited hours.

  • Tuesday – The temps are heating up.  I should have RUN before work but I didn’t. I walked in the ‘hood.

the roses are comin’ the roses are comin’

Getting tired of the neighborhood so I drove to the rail trail but walked on the road and the waterline – for variety.

Then after work, it was almost 90 degrees…yikes.  I drove to the Crossings and dragged myself through 3 steamy miles.

is it creepy to run through a cemetery?

  • Wednesday – After that horrible run in yesterday’s heat, I decided to get up early and run before work. The only negative is I don’t have time to drive somewhere so I am limited to my neighborhood and surrounding areas.

Some runners like to look for rainbows. For me, it’s flowers. I used to like rainbows (in fact I bought a wind chime at the end of last summer) but now it makes me sad. It reminds me of this pandemic.

Best idea ever to get my run done before it hit 90 degrees.  At lunch, I took a leisurely walk at the preserve.

I saw a huge blue heron by the creek but he flew away before I could get a pic.

After work, I drove to hike at another preserve. I decided to re-visit Bozenkill Preserve.  I wasn’t able to hike the whole trail last time due to the mud. It was dry this time and much cooler there in the shade of the trees.

I walked the blue and white rails and most of the red… It’s an out and back (not my favorite) so it got kinda boring.

As I started to drive home, it started to rain… That was a surprise.

  • Thursday – Woke up to wind and POURING rain…so no pre-work walk or run.

Actually, it was a rest day anyway.  I walked at lunch since the rain had stopped and it was sooo HUMID. So glad that I didn’t try to run.

pink flower day

My running group has decided to visit the trails every week.  Tonight we chose Tawasentha Park. It was so fun (not the hills but having company and the ice cream afterwards.)

just walking the trails on a steamy evening

  • Friday – I had planned to be in NYC today and running the NYC Mini 10k the next day. So sad!!!

The pattern lately has been two rest days before my long run. And if the weather cooperates, just a few walks and/or hikes.

Of course today’s weather was perfect for running.

Hope you’re not sick of my neighborhood flower pics. But after yesterday’s pink flower day, I decided to pick a color and focus on that during my walks.

pre-work walk

lunch walk

After work, my new hiking buddy agreed to come walk with me.  I re-visited Pine Hollow Arborteum.

I was a little disappointed on how overgrown things were and that most of the trees were past bloom..still a relaxing way to end the week.

On the way home, I stopped off at another trail that I hiked early on in the pandemic – Normanskill Preserve West.

loved this loop down to the creek and back

  • SaturdayLONG RUN DAY.  The challenge is to find a route where we can easily gather afterward and have brunch (while 6ft apart).  So far, we have been returning each week to the Rail Trail.  For the 3rd week in a row, I started earlier (ran 4 miles) and then ran with others (6 more with Karen & Sherry).  Another 10 mile run completed!!  The temp was perfect and this run was sooo much easier than last week.

2 others missing from the pic. so happy that we are back “together “again.

Got home and did some strength training.  No, I pulled weeds and trimmed bushes.  Same thing LOL

  • Sunday – Finally a Boating Day.  Not as warm as I would have liked so instead we decided on yard work.  The hubby mowing the lawn and me again weeding and trimming bushes.

I had to take advantage of the awesome weather and go for one more hike for the week. This time, it was some place new – Christman Preserve.

I was hoping for a beautiful waterfall…no mud but unfortunately the waterfall was nonexistent… though it looked like it may have been crowded, but it was not and I enjoyed the hike. I plan to return and complete more of the trails rather than just the one to and from the upper and lower waterfall.

Looking ahead to summer temps and boating for sure, next weekend.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – run after work
  • Tuesday –  run at lunch, hair appt (finally)
  • Wednesday – rest day, dinner with tennis gals
  • Thursday – run before work, trail walk with running friends
  • Friday – rest day
  • Saturday – LONG RUN 
  • Sunday – rest day, boating with family

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Happy Running! How is your running going?  We’re almost at phase 3. Are you relaxing on the social distancing and seeing your friends or going out to dinner or even had a haircut? Please share.

27 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 6.8.20-6.14.20: Same old, Same old

  1. Sorry to hear that another one of your half marathons went virtual 😦 I know you’ve had that happen a lot this year but you are doing a great job with your runs, virtual races and exploring new areas!

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    • I and everyone are making the best of it. It’s all we can do…but running without a race to train for is very unmotivating. But what’s the alternative? I refuse to just do nothing and relax.


  2. You are lucky to be able to get your hair cut. Our salons are still closed. Sorry your half marathon was canceled. Darlene, did you ever think about looking in northern PA for races? I am getting emails about small races held in northern PA. There is even a half marathon in August. The races are small (less than 250 people) and there will be social distancing measures in place, but they are real, in-person races. I don’t know how far of a drive that is for you.

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    • I’d love to race anywhere… not sure how far northern PA is and where I could stay. Hopefully this will end and we will all race again…like before.


  3. I will never get tired of flower pix, keep them coming! Hey it may be same old same old but you’re getting it done. Sorry about your race, it’s not like we don’t know that the cancellations are coming but it’s always bittersweet on the race day that could have been.

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  4. We did go boating on Saturday and yes, I skiied–my son wakeboarded–but it was cold and we called it pretty quickly! Crazy, crazy weather this year. Pretty much everything is wacked.

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  5. Flower pics forever.
    This weekend was perfect for just being outside.
    Phase I doesn’t mean much for me personally. I think I can get a pedi in phase III. Forgot about the Mini until my phone pinged that I should be in a meeting. I actually thought it was last week, but forgot they moved some and June 1 was Monday which messes up everything

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  6. Sorry to hear about your recent cancellation. Ugh. My marathon was cancelled this week as well (scheduled for Sept.19th)…and I’d just mapped out a tentative training plan LOL Oh well, I guess the FOMO will be non-existent because everything else is getting cancelled as well.I LOVE all the flower pics! Keep them coming 😉

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  7. So nice to get together with running friends for a run (and meeting up for ice cream afterwards). Nice work on getting your miles done – you’ll get those 1’000k easily.
    We’re not allowed to run through a cemetery here – walking only. 😉

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  8. Love all those flowers! And the mask-wearing art installation (do call that a statue? Sculpture?) – gotta set an example. I’m not joining any group runs yet, but it’ good to see them starting again.

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  9. I read your entire post and all I could focus on was that you’re getting your hair done! THAT is going to be so nice. I have an appointment to get mine done at the very end of this month, which will make it six months since my last hair appt. In case you’re wondering, that is too long. LOL I know you know.

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  10. Did you like the Aftershokz headphones? I know many people rave about them but I have yet to try them out. All of your flowers on your runs/walks are beautiful. Thank you for sharing those with us.

    We are at Phase 3 but I am not doing anything new. Still at home and go out only when needed. I am OK with it. However, I do take my mother to the doctor when it is necessary. We both need a haircut but I think I am going to wait for mine. I am in no rush.


  11. pretty much same old same old here. we went out once for coffee. we are shopping for a house so that’s kind of awkward with social distancing! I got a haircut as did Ron but our hairdresser has her own salon so there is no one else in the shop when a customer is with her. Way less exposure than going to a bigger salon. We can go out to eat but I’m waiting it out. Another friend of mine does catering and I’ve ordered our sunday dinner from her this week to help her out as well. Mostly we are just helping friends who can now operate (the cafe we went to is also owned by a friend!). In July we are hoping for a weekend away to Zeeland, hence not going out yet. We’ll do that in a couple weeks. Thankfully our numbers are steadily lower than they were 2 months ago.

    I love your neighborhood pics! definitely love seeing them.

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  12. You have some beautiful trails in your area! Sorry another race went virtual for you. I’m so tired of virtual races. I think its nice that they send the swag and you get the option to do the race still but at this point I’m just feigning for a real race vacation!

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