Weekly Run Down for 11.23.20-11.29.20: COVID Thanksgiving Week

Well, I used to be excited during this week – only four days of work, a Turkey Trot race, and lots of good food and time with family and friends.

I am trying to be a positive person and not post about how “sad” I am feeling.

But running-related, things are fine.

Last Week –

  • Monday – A rainy morning so no pre-work walk or run.  I did get out at lunch. So cold and windy!!!!

hoping that the water line trail would protect me from the wind…not so much and it was muddy 😦

After work, I am trying not to limit myself to UAlbany because there are lights there. Instead, I drove to Washington Park in hopes of running there under the Holiday Lights (There was scheduled a walk there for owners and their pets. The lights didn’t officially start until Friday.)

It was so fun.  I’m definitely heading back for more runs during the holiday season (limited to 4:45-5:45 pm though)

not as windy in the park and not crowded but lit up 🙂

  • Tuesday – Another cold WINDY morning. Didn’t even attempt a walk or un until lunch time.

went on a different direction of the water line from Monday. Nice to at least have sunshine

I’m not a fan of running several days in a row but these runs are slow so I decided to get in a few more miles in town (in the dark.)

clock at the 4 corners of my town (I think it was 5:15 pm)

  • Wednesday – Since the weather was iffy for Thanksgiving Day, I decided to run my virtual Run for Thanks 5k during my lunch break today. The cloudy cold windy weather seemed to be lingering.

jumping on the rail trail lol

After work, I went for a walk and in the evening watched nearby fireworks.

  • Thursday – Thanksgiving Day so I had the day off from work.  Almost every year since 2009, I have run a Turkey Trot 5k or 10k.

And yes, my favorite race in Troy was held virtually.  But instead, I chose to do an unofficial virtual one on the Delmar Turkey Trot course.

Boy was I surprised how many people decided to do the same thing. What a great idea and so nice to see a lot of familiar faces on the course.

Now I definitely earned that cannoli and the rain held off until I was done 🙂

Thanksgiving Dinner was small.  Just me and the hubby. We decided on Italian Take-out instead of turkey.

We definitely missed being with our family.

Even without the turkey and the trimmings, I needed a post dinner walk. I headed to Five Rivers hoping to have enough time to explore before it got dark.

the fog at dusk was an awesome sight

  • Friday –  A well deserved rest day. I bet all my blogging friends took one too.

credit: Kim @ Running on the Fly

I had to work but took a long walk at lunch with a friend. Finally the temps warmed up a bit.

I went on an additional outdoor walk after work, as well.

  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday. Back to the rail trail for my 10 miles. I arrived early and ran almost 4 miles solo and then 5 others arrived. I run a little more than 6 miles with someone who was walking (she does walk fast lol).

the weather, the company and the breakfast were perfect.

I felt energetic and inspired by Chocolate Runs Judy to clear off the appliances from my kitchen counters and got rid a lot of unused stuff. Tossing is cathartic (if only my hubby would do the same.)

  • Sunday – Hiking Sunday.  The weather being nice and rain predicted for the next two days, I decided to go back to Van Buren Nature Trails since I felt rushed last week when I was there. But 3 of my running friends invited me to come with them to Schodack Island Park trails. I opted to go with them.  It was a beautiful day and I wound up walking more miles than I would have alone. The right decision. I’ll go to Van Buren another day.

I spent the rest of the day decorating.  I may not be Christian but I do like the house to be festive-looking this time of year.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  rest day
  • Tuesday – run
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday –  run
  • Friday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Saturday –  train to NYC (TBD)
  • Sunday – Winter Classic 5k (TBD)

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Any “real” races yet?  How did you spend Thanksgiving? Did you run a Turkey Trot?  Have you started decorating for the holidays? Please share.

16 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 11.23.20-11.29.20: COVID Thanksgiving Week

  1. No turkey trots for me, although I am able to run pain-free again, which is great! My hip had been bothering me for a few weeks and even walking was painful. Thanks to my fabulous massage therapist and 2 sessions with her (plus time off from running and long walks even), and I’m back out running again!


  2. I know it’s a rough year for the holidays. We saw my Mom and my son, because we’ve been seeing them recently anyway. If we ever are on our own for Thanksgiving, I’d love to get Italian take-out — especially a good lasagne. But I’d still want my Mom’s cornbread stuffing, although I’m not sure I’d be able to make it myself without trying to make it healthier, which probably would ruin it. 😉 You got some good runs in this week — hopefully the good weather will last.

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  3. I am so impressed by how willing you are to drive to your hikes and runs. I’m so lazy that I almost always just head out the front or back door for my runs. I’m different for biking, though, and because I usually ride with friends, I drive to our starting location.

    Have a great week!

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  4. I’d love to have access to all those scenic parks and trails you have for walking (and running, of course LOL). Although our local trot had to go virtual, I was impressed how many runners/walkers were still out and about, and dropping off donations as well. We always do a NYD run in the morning…hoping we can keep that on the calendar. It’s around a lake, so it would be easy to spread out and “distance” ourselves from one another. I’ve been thinking of you and your family; hoping they’re all doing better ❤

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  5. Ooh, I am always up for Italian. I have to cook it myself, because we don’t have any great places near us. Boo.

    I never run at night but I love the idea of getting to run with the holiday lights. Maybe I can make an exceptioin.

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  6. No Turkey Trot for me on Thursday but ran for 20 minutes. Thanksgiving was very low key for me which was fine with me. 🙂

    I have seen so many nice decorations while out running but maybe during Winter Break I will head out to run in the evening. I am sure it looks pretty!

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