Weekly Run Down for 10.12.20-10.18.20: Hiking and Racing Virtually – That’s my life


With no races to be had, I seem to be continuing with the virtuals though I would not call it “racing.” I ran a 5k and then another half marathon this past week.

I also feel grateful that the colors this Fall have been amazing and the weather has allowed me to experience them.  I try to get to as many trails as possible.  I think I may have done SEVEN this past week.

Last Week –

  • Monday – A Holiday so a day off from work.  I thought the weather would prevent me from hiking but it did not. I had to change from a Catskill-based fire tower hike to one in the Adirondacks.  And I did it ALONE. It is definitely more fun with someone else but I met so many friendly hikers and I was able to go at my own pace. I can’t wait to do another.

the view from the top of the Spruce Mountain fire tower was breathtaking.

I felt so energized after my climb that I wanted to do another hike.  I passed Saratoga State Park and decided to stop.  I hadn’t been there in ages.  I forgot how much I love this park. Lots of pretty trails and I finally figured out the 5 mile perimeter trail.  The best part was that my hike coincided with a Sound Walk.  When you passed certain locations (if you downloaded the app), you could listen to different music.

such a pretty park. I need to go back…so many beautiful places…so little time

  • Tuesday – We finally got that rain.  Morning walk cancelled and it looked doubtful for the rest of the day.

Finally it stopped by the time I got out of work. I headed to UAlbany to squeeze in a run since although I had hiked, I hadn’t run since Saturday.

the pinwheels were done by students – positive, uplifting messages on each one

When I was done, I rushed to the mall and then back to UAlbany to volunteer with the STEM walkers. Unfortunately the session got cancelled at the last minute so I returned to the mall to finish my shopping.

  • Wednesday – Decided not to run and have a rest day today but took a few walks.

A short one in the ‘hood before work…

finally some sunshine and lots of signs of Halloween

 and a longer one at nearby Van Dyke nature preserve during lunch.

not sure if the colors are more impressive this year or that I am noticing them more

No one was available for our weekly after work trail walk so I was able to pick my own location. I chose Holt Preserve since I hadn’t been there in awhile.  It is getting dark so early so I have to be careful and not choose a long one or one that is far away.

this is one of my favorites – trails, a pond, view of the Helderbergs

I didn’t do all the trails so I had time to visit another preserve before it got dark – Holly Hock Hollow.

I only had time for the creek trail but it was pretty though not as much water as in the spring

  • Thursday – Back at it again for my next to last virtual 5k. Very windy and warm…just not feeling it!

drove to a new neighborhood for variety to complete my 6th virtual 5k…each slower than the previous lol

Then a walk on the trails at local Elm Ave. Park during lunch.

hope you’re not getting tired of my foliage pics because they are motivating me to get out there several times a day…these tall trees blocked the wind too

After work, we went out to a family dinner to celebrate my stepson’s birthday. At least that’s why I though we went to dinner. It turned out that it was to tell us that we’re going to be GRANDPARENTS!!

due May 25. My b-day is May 9 and my hubby’s May 21. So exciting!

Is it too soon to start shopping?

Running Baby One-Piece - Future Runner

  • Friday – I woke to rain…ugh. And it rained all day. At least it was a rest day but still, I like to get outside.

Have umbrella, will travel. I walked in the morning.  It drizzled on and off.

still can find beauty in the rain

It was pouring during lunch but I still took a walk.

I love that these leaves are heart-shaped…quite a challenge to take a pic while holding an umbrella

Luckily I was able to convince my friend to walk in the mall (with masks) after work.

  • SaturdayVirtual Amelia Island Half Marathon. I was debating on whether or not to do it this morning or later in the day or Sunday or even next weekend. The only good thing about virtual races is you have that choice.

It was raining all night but when I woke up, it had stopped so I decided to get it done. I had hoped to have company for many of my miles but I wasn’t sure how many and with whom. Others were arriving later and walking.  My goal was to finish 13.1 and have my treats from Leah’s Cakery as a reward.

So I drove to Zim Smith early and Barbara offered to run with me.  We ran about 2.5 miles and then Heidi arrived.  We ran about 2.5 more miles together and then I ran the rest with Heidi. I run at whatever intervals my friends want.  When alone, I just run and walk when tired.  We started at 5:1, then went to 4:1, then 3:1, 2:1…get the picture. I finally took off and sprinted the last mile.

The weather was perfect.  Wish I was actually running in Amelia Island but running with friends is the next best thing.

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday has officially been changed (our marina is closed) to Hiking Sunday until winter.  Beautiful weather continues…but always decisions to be be made: long or short, flat or mountain, mountain or fire tower, alone or with friends, north or south, near or far???

Well, I missed my boating days so I decided to get views of the lake from above.

First I drove to Pilot’s Knob Preserve.  I hiked up to the view with a new friend. Then continued on my own the rest of the way to the waterfall.  Not a difficult hike but hilly and long!!  Still worth it for the views of the lake.

Not done yet.  Next stop was Prospect Mountain. Yes I could  have hiked up the 5 miles to the top but instead I drove up stopping at all the overlooks and then finally hiking to the summit.

Up North, a lot of leaves had already fallen so it was probably past peak but still a beautiful Fall day…very grateful!

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  run or short hike
  • Tuesday – run, STEM walk
  • Wednesday –  run, trail walk
  • Thursday – DAY OFF – rest day, long hike, mall walk with BFF
  • Friday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Saturday – Long Run (11 miles)
  • Sunday –  rest day, college ZOOM, short hike

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Any “real” races yet?  How are you embracing Fall? Any experiences with power outages? Please share.

30 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 10.12.20-10.18.20: Hiking and Racing Virtually – That’s my life

  1. We went to Prospect Mt last year for our anniversary (which is tomorrow); definitely past peak at this time of year — and last year was REALLY cold — but still fun.

    I’ve heard Pilot’s Knob is relatively easy, but unfortunately it’s just not in the cards for me right now. I’m still enjoying where I’ve managed to get to.

    I still haven’t figured out 5 mile trail. It is not well marked. That’s the one I tried to use Alltrails locator on but it was just a failure for me. But there’s plenty to explore there.

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    • Pilot knob is definitely not easy. Lots of climbing up and down. But it depends on what your ability is. There are harder trails and easier ones.

      The colors were beautiful today. Better than in my pics. But a lot of leaves on the ground.

      I didn’t use AllTrails for the 5mile trails. Sometimes AllTrails is all wrong. I just followed the yellow signs. But I entered from rte 50. It was very easy. But last year I had problems. I kept losing it.

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        • Yes I read that it and pinnacle were closed because they were narrow. I guess they redesigned both and added more switch backs. As I mentioned it is quite a long climb up. Be prepared. Though the waterfall will be probably better in the spring.

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  2. I love all the Halloween decorations that you saw while out on your walk. I don’t celebrate Halloween too much but I love seeing all the outdoor decor.

    Congratulations on the happy news that you will be a grandma – how exciting!!!

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  3. Whoa, that giant pumpkin is creepy. Love that I “know” the park. you were in.
    So many bright, vibrant colors. Bummer that boating is over, but glad you found a replacememnt. Never too soon to shop

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  4. Congrats on grandbaby and congrats on 13.1! Good times! I’ll go one better than “future runner”…just wait until baby is old enough to run races with you;-)

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  5. Congratulations on your impending grandma-hood!!!!! The most exciting role in the world. You are gonna love it, Darlene. You have gorgeous places to hike and run. Aren’t the leaves beautiful this year?

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    • I don’t know why but you are correct. They are more beautiful this year.

      Lately it has been very windy so they are rapidly falling off the tress.

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    • Gotta stay active. Especially when you teach remotely from home.

      No stress because I’m not training. Just easy runs and walks. And bring outside.

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  6. Congratulations on your new grandbaby!!! How exciting ❤

    I am super jealous of your gorgeous hikes. We don't have anything quite as scenic here, although I think I will see if I can talk A into a local hike sometime next week. It would be good for us.

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  7. Oh wow, your fall pictures are stunning and I love how often you’re getting out for walks/hikes above and beyond your running! I think that’s a redbud tree with the heart shaped leaves.

    Congrats on the grandbaby! That’s so exciting!

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