Weekly Run Down for 5.17.21-5.23.21: More Birthday Celebrations and a 5k

Due to the amount of dessert consumption this week, I should have walked, run or hiked much more!!

I ran a race on Saturday. Normally a 5k would be nothing to sweat about. I have already done in-person races this year – two half marathons, a 5 miler and a 5.67 miler up a mountain. But this 5k seemed daunting. I don’t remember how to run fast lol.

Last Week:

  • Monday – I had to squeeze in my run during lunch since my BFF was taking me out to diner as a belated birthday gift.

Note to self: running on a very warm sunny day at NOON is not a great idea

I picked a restaurant where we could walk afterwards.

that is Cannoli cake – and yes we walked for 2 hours after eating half of that!!

  • Tuesday – A busy work day gave only enough time to take a walk after work with friends. We decided to switch it up and walk near my friend’s apartment rather than on the rail trail.  Then we stopped in for munchies and wine after.  What I didn’t know was that it was a surprise birthday party.

food and flowers….I am so lucky! (on the right is one of the trees in my friend’s neighborhood.)

  • Wednesday – Another busy work day so I ran after work. I headed to the rail trail since I was nearby picking up my car (air conditioning fixed $$).

At the last minute I decided on the other end of the rail trail for varied scenery. Boy this was a struggle (hot and humid).

I am glad that I decided to run there rather than in my neighborhood.

a black bear was spotted at the same time…yikes!

  • Thursday – Today I squeezed in a quick run during lunch.

hot and humid again and it was garbage day… had to veer off and run some on the water line (no bear sighting)

After work again, I met a friend for a walk on the rail trail.

we found a cool resting spot under the bridge and along the creek

  • Friday – A rest day. And my hubby’s birthday!! No big celebration. Just some pizza and ice cream cake for dessert.

But before dinner, I met a friend for a walk at the Pine Hollow Arboretum for a change of pace since she had never been there.

she loved so we’ll be going back

  • Saturday – Race Day – Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k. It used to be one of my favorite (and most successful) 5ks.  But it’s been a while since I raced a 5k or even ran fast. I gave it my best shot and had lots of fun. That is what really matters not finish times or awards.

chocolate milk and home baked cookies = great race… despite a long water stop and 2 stops for untied shoelaces, my finish time was way better than expected.

Afterward, I reluctantly added on some more torturous miles.  Hot and Humid!!  I had hoped for 7 more miles but I barely made it to 3!

Then I stopped by some local trails. The first one was had waterfalls and it was lovely.

The second one was along the Hudson River.

And so I had to hurry home to get ready to go out to dinner to celebrate my hubby’s birthday.

  • Sunday – My running friends were doing a local 5k.  FOMO.

But I had to go up and help my hubby get our boat ready for the summer.

last year’s first weekend boating pic

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  run
  • Tuesday – rest day, hair appt
  • Wednesday – SOAR run
  • Thursday – rest day, bib pick-up, walk with friends
  • Fridayrun
  • Saturday – rest day, boating?
  • Sunday – Miles Along the Mohawk 10 mile race

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k Race Recap
  • Friday – Runfessions

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31 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 5.17.21-5.23.21: More Birthday Celebrations and a 5k

  1. It was my husband’s bday this week too! (Thursday) We ordered pizza and I made him a cake. Looks like you got to explore some fun places this week! Congrats on the 5k!

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  2. What a fun week of running and celebrating!

    Yikes on the bear- I have seen one at my husband’s family cabin and I freaked out, even though they are generally not going to come after you. But I’d rather not take my chances 🙂

    Congrats on an in-person 5k! 5k’s are hard…it’s tough to run fast!

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  3. Ha, I was listening to a podcast today with an ultrarunner who regularly runs 100 mile races, and she talked about how much she hates 5ks! See, you’re in good company. I hope we’ll get a race recap!
    Gorgeous pictures as always, and Happy Birthday to your husband! Lots of celebrating and that’s okay-you guys deserve it.

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  4. My car was in the shop for a couple days, getting air conditioner replaced LOL It was an ideal week to have the air fully functioning here. Lots of celebrations happening in your world! I say enjoy all those sweets and don’t worry about any extra walking/running LOL

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    • What a coincidence. Yes nice to have air conditioning when needed.

      I did enjoy all the desserts. Glad those birthdays are done for now.


  5. 5ks are their own kind of hard. You enjoyed, so that’s what counts.

    I kept an eye out for bears on my run yesterday, thankfully obviously I’m far away from where the bear was sighted but yes, YIKES!


    • I’m ok. Bears won’t chase you. They are looking for food.

      Glad I did run that race or I’d probably be on the rail trail at that exact time.

      Things are feeling much more normal now that my friends are racing again.

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  6. yay on the race! but I can imagine you were feeling nervous about it! we had a marathon relay on Sunday (well, I biked) and Ron was super nervous about it! I was like “it’s just 10.5K!” but for him it was like an event since there were several running together. Crazy!

    how fun on the surprise birthday party! and glad you weren’t around when the bear was. Obviously had he seen you as food you’d have been in trouble haha!


  7. Yikes on the bear in your neighborhood! Several years ago there were several bear sightings in our neighborhood and on my mom’s farm, but I never saw any.

    Congrats on running another race! Back when I was running marathons, I hated running 5K’s, but these days I love them.

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