Weekly Run Down for 12.14.20-12.20.20: Let It Snow, Let It Snow…Somewhere Else


I know it’s December but I have no gym access (and no equipment at home). Snow puts a real kink in my active life (especially when they predict one foot and you get 30 inches!!)

Thank you all for your kind words regarding my recent loss. I do appreciate you all being a part of my journey.

Running and hiking continue and keep me sane.

Last Week –

  • Monday – I had to work in the evening so I had the morning off. Between the rain and snow showers, it was hard to figure out a time to get out the door. I just threw on my trail shoes and hit the road. It snowed the whole run but it was invigorating having snow flakes flying in my face. I chose a new trail that I was able to run on (for the most part).

too bad you can’t see the flurries in my pics.

And I still had more time so I continued with a walk on my favorite trail at Fiver Rivers.

I think I have an obsession with running water lol

  • Tuesday – Today I had the day off from work. That meant I had time to go for both a run and a hike (even though it was freezing.)

First, I headed out for a sunny, yet frigid windy run. I drove the Albany end of the rail trail because I like the scenery there and I haven’t run there in a while. It did not disappoint despite that the first half was uphill.

When I returned, I drove to Salem Art Works to hike some of the trails. It was a long drive but I know hiking for the most part will end when ice and snow arrive so I’d better continue checking places off my list. The views were great and the artwork interesting.  The trails were not well marked, snowy and kinda slippery. So I spent more time walking around the artwork.

Afterward I headed to nearby Battenkill Creamery for….

I also picked up some of my favorite chocolate milk (and eggnog)

In the evening, I met my BFF for a long walk in the outdoor mall (brrrrr).

  • Wednesday – I hadn’t planned on another day off from work but we had go to a funeral/burial for my grandson. RIP Julian Thomas ❤

Afterwards, I wasn’t in the mood for a run but I knew I needed to get out and a foot of snow was predicted overnight. So I bundled up and headed to the opposite end of the rail trail (from Tuesday.)

It was single digits with wind chill but felt warmer than the day before or maybe I just over dressed. Happy to see that the art work on the trees was still in tact.

After some grocery shopping, I decided to hit the trails… maybe for the last time without snow covering them.

the calm before the storm at Normans Kill West

  • Thursday – No running or walking with all that snow. Glad to be working from home.

and still falling …

but once my hubby plowed out the driveway, I did put on my boots and went for a short walk at lunch (and then shoveled out my hot tub).

priorities

Obviously there was no way to drive or run…too much snow in the roads (and the plow has come by twice already) but again I went for a walk.  Sad to see all the holiday decorations buried.

  • Friday – Undecided if I should run or not…always depends on whether I was planning a long run on Saturday or on Sunday. But between the snow and the frigid temps, Sunday seemed like a better day.

At lunch, I just headed out my front door to see if I could run safely in the roads. And I did …barely. Some roads still had a lot of snow so I had to run in the middle of the road but on some, the snow was packed down so it was easy to run on. But any run where the sun is shining is a good one.

The temp was in the teens but it didn’t really feel cold…just a vest instead of a jacket and I felt fine

After work, I headed to UAlbany to check out the paths and then for a walk with friends around an outside mall (per usual on Friday evenings.)

  • Saturday – So where does one hike with two feet of snow covering? Still trying to figure that one out. I think I need to buy snowshoes or cross country skis!! Instead, I got my workout in by shoveling the snow off our deck.
  • Sunday – Re-Scheduled Long Run Day.  It was not warm but warmer. I headed over to the Crossings in hopes that their paths may be plowed and if not, I could run in the roads.   The paths were plowed but still slippery so we decided to run in the roads (in a nearby neighborhood.) Stan joined Karen & I for the first few miles and I ran just with Karen. When she left, I just continued on my own until I bumped into a former student of mine.

running is so much easier with friends!!

I had a busy afternoon planned. I had booked a holiday tour of Ten Broeck Mansion at 2:30 pm. Unfortunately, it got cancelled due to the snow.

Another thing to add to my list for next year.

and then I also had a ZOOM with my college friends scheduled for 4:30 pm. Always great connecting with these folks.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  run
  • Tuesday – run
  • Wednesday –  run
  • Thursday – rest day
  • Friday – Christmas – DAY OFF, run
  • Saturday –  rest day
  • Sunday – Long Run

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Have the winter temps hit? How is your holiday decorating and shopping going? Please share.

32 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 12.14.20-12.20.20: Let It Snow, Let It Snow…Somewhere Else

  1. Wow, 30 inches of snow there!? We only got like 4-5 but since it was so little no one really shoveled and it all froze and turned to ice. The streets are still a mess this weekend. Hopefully it starts melting there soon so you can continue getting out for your runs, walks, and hikes!

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  2. It’s crazy how much snow you got and Iowa saw nothing LOL It’s usually the other way around. Don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll make up for that come January.

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  3. Shoveling snow is a great workout, but ugh, the kind of workout that no one would ever do by choice. I hope that you get a break with the snow.

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  4. I agree, something about the snow on the run is refreshing. Sometimes warmER is all we can ask for. Love your Wednesday action shot and the Salem photos, although I said that somewhere else already.

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  5. Luckily I ran on the treadmill before all the snow hit — because if I’d shoveled first I would’ve never run.

    I walked the next two days. Bundled in my blanket coat, I was fine. We were finally able to take Bandit for a short walk today. Of course exactly at the time the snow decided to fly again! We got very snowy in that short walk.

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  6. Wow that was some storm! It’s been years since we’ve had a snow storm anywhere near that much. Glad you were able to get some runs in beforehand. We are eerily mildish and snow-free. Not complaining.

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  7. Wow, that’s a lot of snow! We got 30 inches several years ago and I remember how long it took for the snow plow to make it to our cul-de-sac. Of course, we’re not prepared for that much snow in our area. Nice planning so you could get some runs in before it hit.

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