If you celebrate, I hope you enjoyed a nice holiday (in spite of the Pandemic.)
We had so much snow last week that I was afraid that it would be around until spring. Quite challenging for this runner.
Then it rained. A lot! Slush. Ice. Yuck!
Good news for the week:
Last Week –
- Monday – I’m always looking ahead at the forecast and trying to figure out when to run. Although I ran 10 miles the day before, I had a busy work day and only got out after work.
Hello Darkness. Where to go?
The Holiday Lights in the Park!! I didn’t know if I could run on the roads there but at least I could walk and get into the holiday spirit.
- Tuesday – Today I had time to scout out the neighborhoods roads during lunch. Heat wave – 40 degrees! With the breeze and the high snow banks, it actually felt colder than the day before.
- Wednesday – Another busy work day. I was able to sneak in a walk in the sunshine during lunch.
After work, I headed to UAlbany to see if they made any headway in clearing the paths. The path seemed clear at first but then there were too many icy spots so I decided to instead run in the road. That was too dangerous since the road was narrow due to the high snow banks and cars didn’t seem to slow down (There was traffic because this is also a COVID testing center). In the end, I ran around the inner campus roads which were completely clear and no cars (since the school was closed). It worked.
- Thursday – Four days in a row of running (19 miles!!) Rest day on the schedule!! Heavy rain was predicted anyway. Since it had started yet, I went out for a holiday walk at lunch.
I wish I had planned my running schedule better. With 50 degrees, I could have run in a skirt!!
And then the rain came so no Christmas Eve walk. Just some eggnog by the fireplace binge watching Netfix (while knitting).
- Friday – A pandemic Christmas celebration. My stepson went to his in-laws and we just did a gift drive-by at my MIL’s. So a quiet day. I was hoping to squeeze in a run between the rain drops. The good news about all this rain was that the snow was melting (until it becomes ice, that is). I started out my run on the rail trail that was clear until it wasn’t. It was also way warmer than I thought when the rain stopped (almost 60 degrees). I continued my run on the roads near the trail. Eventually the wind came which made it more comfortable and then it started to rain again. Luckily I was almost done.
But with at least 4 miles, I finished my 2020 mileage goal a week early.
It rained on and off all day but with most of snow gone, I decided to check out the trails. I thought about Bozenkill or Wolf Creek but when it started to rain hard, I changed my mind to some place closer. I hadn’t been to HollyHock Hollow since summer and boy, was I surprised at the high raging creek.
- Saturday – Again, I decided that Sunday had warmer temps, more sun and less wind so Long Run Saturday became LONG RUN SUNDAY.
I woke up to the clear roads being dusted with more snow (and the temps in the 20s). I was planning on a hike but I always get nervous about ice. But off I went anyway in search of high water and waterfalls.
First stop was Bozen Kill. The trails were very icy and muddy but I did get some views of the creek as I waded through the snow.
The next stop, which was nearby, was Wolf Creek. This one was fairly crowded but so icy that I didn’t go all the way to the big waterfall and walked back on the road. The small waterfall was pretty nice. I need to return here wearing Yak Trax.
My third stop was going to be Hannacroix Ravine but the parking lot was a mess and I didn’t want to park on the side of the road so I headed home. On the way, I stopped at Five Rivers to see Vloman Kill. This place was crowded as well. Glad to see families out hiking. I was immediately informed that the loop around the creek lost the bridge and it was no longer a loop. So I walked to the end and then walked back.
My final stop was to see the Normans Kill. It was snowy but less icy than the other locations so was able to walk around for awhile.
Unfortunately, I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to hiking on the icy trails. And there’s a lot of beauty out there in the winter.
- Sunday – A repeat of last week. All our bike paths will be ice covered for a while. So I returned to the Crossings and to my surprise, all the paths were clear. It was cold (20s) but the sun was shining brightly and I had the company of one or two friends for ALL of my miles… the first time since October that no part of my run was solo.
No doubt, there will be another walk or hike before the day is done. And I have a masked knitting date tonight.
This Coming Week –
- Monday – rest day
- Tuesday – run
- Wednesday – run
- Thursday – rest day
- Friday – New Years – DAY OFF – virtual NYRR Resolution 5k
- Saturday – rest day
- Sunday – LONG RUN
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Happy Running! How is your running going? Have the winter temps or snow hit? How did you celebrate Christmas 2020? Please share.