Weekly Run Down for 4.19.21-4.25.21: Recovery Week and Signs of Spring

Living in the NE, we seem to be behind everyone else with signs of Spring and it also such a short season. Before we know it, it will be hot and humid.

My running actually was related to weather not recovery.  All the hiking I did the next day seemed to alleviate any stiffness in my legs.

Hit #40 for my 2021 Hike Challenge:

Last Week:

  • Monday – Today’s forecast was for occasional rain showers. With work, it is always a challenge to time my run just right. I drove to near the rail trail and it started to rain as soon as I got there. I grabbed my jacket and continued on my run. Of course, it did stop and I was sweating.

The house on the top left had necklaces hanging from her tree. When I asked why, she said they do it New Orleans. After I took the picture on the bottom left, an old man came out of his house down the street and asked what I was doing. I explained that I like pink flowers. He then grumbled something.

When I looked the weather for Wed & Thurs, it looked like I may have to skip my runs.  So I opted for run #2 today. After another quick rain shower, I drove to UAlbany.

all the cherry blossoms from last year were gone but I found some other interesting sights

Then I met my BFF for a long walk at the nearby outdoor mall.

  • Tuesday – Too busy a work day to get in a run (and I ran twice the day before). So just a short walk at lunch and a hair appointment after work. It was light enough afterward that I was able to get in a quick hike at a nearby trail (oops forgot my phone for pix.)  Then I met my walking friends for snacks (and wine).
  • Wednesday – A predicted rainy day. It did rain on and off and I was hoping like Monday to time it right and get in my run between showers. It was cloudy and the 40s at lunch. Of course, it started to rain, stopped, got sunny and then started to rain again. Crazy weather.

definitely overdressed…. still waiting for tulips. Maybe next week.

  • Thursday – A very windy cold day with a chance of snow flurries (seriously?) I took a chance and drove to do my run on the rail trail.

It was crazy windy and snowing when I started my run and then the sun came out and it got even windier. At least I remembered to wear green for Earth Day. Did you?

I met my friends after work for a long walk (too windy for the rail trail so back to the outdoor mall.)

  • Friday – As usual Friday was my rest day (due a long run the next day.) Of course, it may have been the first sunny day of the week. I decided to take my bike out for the FIRST time this year.

needs a major tune-up I think

But since I had had not hit a single trail all week, I headed out for a hike after dinner.  Waterfalls, of course.

very pretty and many more trails that I had time to cover

Loving the extra daylight and I took advantage and stopped off at a nearby trail.

the extra rain has made the waterfalls even more impressive but some of the trails were too muddy to hike on.

  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday.  Even though my half marathon was done, I still intended (if possible) to meet up with my friends for brunch and run 10 miles each weekend. We met at various times for a variety miles at the rail trail. I started early and ran 3 miles alone and then ran 7 more miles with Sherry and Stan.

Stan & I were both wearing a shirt from the Brooklyn half marathon.

With rain predicted for Sunday and my impending vacation, I was anxious to get in at least one more hike on the trails. Especially since the weather was gorgeous. I decided to drive about an hour and instead of exploring waterfalls, I hiked and climbed a fire tower.

beautiful views and I met a lovely couple to hike with

The couple whom I met recommended another nearby hike and it was pretty as well (but longer).

view of the Hudson, the train and a variety of terrain.

  • Sunday – A rainy day which worked out perfectly since I needed to get ready to leave on my vacation. First order of business was to get my nails done. Since the salon opened later than I thought, I made a spur of the moment decision to head to the park to see how the tulips were faring.  It was raining but not hard.  I was shocked…so many were already in bloom. Not all. I bet they will be in full bloom next weekend (when I am in Florida.)

my favorite time of year…

The rain stopped so I decided to go for a walk.

yup…more signs of spring

Finally, thanks to Cari for organizing this event.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  run, walk
  • Tuesday – run, walk with friends
  • Wednesday – rest day – 6 am Flight to Florida – pool, walk in Naples, Fl.
  • Thursday – run, tennis, beach, walk in Naples
  • Fridayrun, tennis, beach, walk in Naples
  • Saturday – run, tennis, beach, walk, theatre in Naples
  • Sunday – run, walk, road trip to Sarasota

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Working FT and Running
  • Friday – April Runfessions

The Next Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – run, tennis, beach, walk in Naples
  • Tuesday – run, tennis, beach, walk in Naples
  • Wednesday – run, tennis, pool, walk in Naples, 6:30 pm Flight Home
  • Thursday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day, walk
  • Saturday – Long Run (or RACE?)
  • Sunday – walk/hike, Mother’s Day/MY BIRTHDAY

The Next Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – My Favorite Vacation
  • Friday – Ultimate Coffee Date for May

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

Happy Running! How is your running going? Doing any virtual races? Any in-person races planned? Any vacations planned? Please share.

39 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 4.19.21-4.25.21: Recovery Week and Signs of Spring

  1. We were teased by a couple of 80 degree days at the beginning of the month. SInce then we’ve been below normal temp wise. That said, it’s supposed to really warmup again this week. I’m all for it. How fun to be heading back to Florida!

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  2. You seem to have found lots of signs of spring! Love the flowers and the waterfalls. Nice on the 10 miler. Right now 8-ish miles is my base. I need to plot a route to work up to 10, or drive to the bike path.

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  3. It looks so pretty and springy there even if it doesn’t always feel like it is! Another great week for you. No real races here yet. I doubt I will have one before September. I am still planning on doing Corning in October as well. Have a great week

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  4. So many pretty flowers! Our tulips started blooming this past week (just in time for the frost advisory LOL). We do have some warmer temps in the forecast this week (hello, 80F!!!!), so I’m all kinds of excited…hoping I can go for a real bike ride outdoors! Enjoy our trip!

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    • Yup. I ran during the snow.

      Enjoy being vaccinated. Mentally it gave me an instant lift. Even after the first one.

      I can’t wait to unplug from work, relax and soak up vitamin D.

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  5. Such a great week of workouts for you! We had some crazy weather here this past week – yesterday I was wearing short sleeves and today I had a hoodie sweatshirt and a rain jacket, lol.

    I hope that you enjoy your upcoming trip 🙂

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  6. I totally get why you stick with 10 miles consistently. It feels nice and long (double digits feels good!) and also you’re pretty much ready to run a half if you want to.
    Beautiful pictures as always! Can’t wait to hear about your time here in the Sunshine State- the west coast is gorgeous.

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  7. Even with all the rain, all your flower photos are just so bright and beautiful. We don’t really get too many blooms here, so I love seeing everyone’s pictures.

    I love that you completed your hiking challenge! That’s so great!

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  8. I love how you squeeze your hikes and walks into any free time you have. You always take so many pretty pictures, too! LOVE the tulips!

    I hope you’re having a wonderful time on vacation! We’ll be heading to Florida for Memorial Day weekend. Can’t wait!

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  9. Wow! You are already at hike #40 for 2021??? You are doing great, Darlene. Your area is certainly getting its share of April showers! Have a wonderful time next week in Florida. Sounds like a great time to get away!


    • I can’t wait to get away… and it’s not only for the weather. Just need a break from everything!

      I usually hike once or twice a week so it’s pretty easy.


  10. ah you couldn’t tell from all those gorgeous photos that the weather was so odd!!

    I know you are heading out to Florida so I hope you have a great time! stay safe!


    • I plan to have a blast (and be safe too). Mostly running, tennis, beach and outdoor dining.

      Crazy weather in the spring so I never feel like I am dressed right. Summer is easier.


  11. I love how organized you are in planning your runs and posts. I’m the embodiment of *shrug* on all of it, but I do try. I think you could easily change your blog name to “Waterfalls, of course” 😀
    So good to talk last weekend.

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