Weekly Run Down for 5.31.21-6.6.21: More rain and then a heat wave…

After last weekend’s cold rainy weather, it was nice to have more seasonal temps.

I celebrated

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on June 2, 2021

with my virtual running friends,

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I went on my first group hike of 2021

                    at a new local park

I’d say that it was a pretty good week (even with all the rain and without a race.)

Last Week:

  • Monday – It was Memorial Day and so I had the day off from work. Normally we would be boating on Lake George. But the weather was cold and dreary and the sun didn’t come out until 4 pm.

I felt well enough to run but decided to rest the feet and do some exploring.

First I headed to see some local falls. Last time I saw them, the Viewing Park was not open. This time you could walk across and down and get a closer look.

Needing to stretch my legs more, I walked around town… lots of history here.

Since I wasn’t too far away, I was curious about Van Schaick Mansion so I drove there.

a little disappointing but the little library replica was cute

And then on my way home, I stopped to walk around the gardens at Ten Broeck Mansion.

I need to come back when more of the flowers are in bloom.

  • Tuesday – It was cool but the sun was shining so I had to get out and see how my feet felt.  They did ok for a quick lunch run in the neighborhood.

the sun went in but I misjudged how warm and humid it was (overdressed) at noon.

I always listen to podcasts when I run alone.  However, by the time I get home, I have forgotten what I learned. So I decided to stop and record a note.

Today’s nugget (as Nicole DeBoom calls it) is from AMR: Your body is an instrument not an ornament. Focus on what it can do, not what it looks like.

After work, I was back on the rail trail for a long walk with a friend. We chose a different direction and were happily surprised with this view.

  • Wednesday – National Running Day!  So of course, I had to run!! Again, I chose to do it at lunch in the neighborhood but a different route from Tuesday.

could feel the humidity for this one

Today’s nugget is again from AMR: A real runner doesn’t have to do anything, You should do whatever fires you up. And it’s different for each person.

I also celebrated the day with a purchase:

My favorite show ever. This is so me some days….

So after work, I was free to go hiking and hoping that the forecasted rain would hold off. It was just Jan and I and we chose a newly opened local trail called Normans Kill Ravines. Unfortunately as soon as we arrived, it started to rain and it continued raining hard the whole hike.  And the 3.5 mile loop (due to lack of trail markers) turned into almost 5 miles.

The trails were very pretty even with the mud but we ended up exiting the trail on the opposite side of the park and had to walk back through town to our cars.

  • Thursday – Not running on Monday always messes up my schedule. I hate to run three days in a row. And so it was a struggle but I got it done.

I get dressed before work but I need to check the weather before my lunch runs…so warm and humid. Though this was tough, I enjoyed all the roses and irises and a new walking trail.

Today’s nugget (from a guest on Run This World): I’m not a naturel athlete. I’ll never be fast. I do not train to to be a better runner. I go out to run because I want to get better at sucking at something. (Can anyone identify?)

I wasn’t sure if the thunderstorms would cancel my post work walk or not with my friend. But they did not and the rain arrived much later.

Afterward, I rushed to my friend’s for a charity Scrabble tournament.

We played as a team against 7 other teams. I think we did really well (over 800 pts in each of the 2 games.) Maybe we’ll win. Anyway, it was so much fun. (and yes I’m dressed in my walking clothes.)

  • Friday – Finally a rest day. It started out with rain but then it stopped and I actually took out my bike at lunch. Ugh! So hot and humid (what a change in the weather).  Still not a fan of biking but maybe if I left the neighborhood?

I was also happy to be back playing mah jongg on Friday nights.

  • Saturday – Reunited with my Sole Sisters (after a few weeks off) for a long run. We decided to meet at the Zim Smith bike path and run our usual individual distances and then meet after for brunch outside Leah’s.  I ran 1 mile before and then carpooled with Barbara. Then I met Sherry, Stan and Judy for 7 more. It was so nice to have the whole gang together again.

Just couldn’t muster up enough energy in the heat/humidity for 10 miles

  • Sunday – Summer arrived. What happened to spring? Hot Hot Hot.

Not sure what we’re planning…Boating? Gardening? Appliance shopping??

It turns out that it was hiking at Up Yonda Farms.

Near our boat…my 2nd time here but did ALL the trails this time.

Hope you are staying cool.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – DAY OFF, long hike with a friend in the Catskills
  • Tuesday – run, walk with friends
  • Wednesday – Ice Cream Run (with friends)
  • Thursday – run, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – Rabbit Ramble 4 mile race
  • Sunday – rest day, boating or hiking

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Speed or Endurance?
  • Friday – Upper Arm Exercises

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32 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 5.31.21-6.6.21: More rain and then a heat wave…

  1. It’s a shame Memorial Day weekend was a bust for many of us weather-wise but summer temps are definitely here now. Those irises are gorgeous! Wish they’d last a little longer though.

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  2. OMG I love that ‘Ew Running’ shirt! I binge watched Schitt’s Creek and agree that it was such a great show.

    Isn’t it crazy how different the weather is now vs last weekend? We really went from one weather extreme to the other, and it’s still technically Spring which is wild.

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    • I can’t wait to wear that shirt.

      I know. 50 degree difference in two weekends. Though I prefer last weekend’s for a race.


  3. Great nuggets! I like the instrument vs. ornament one — lots to think about. I’m not sure about not running to be a better runner. I’m certainly not trying to reach a certain goal — but I do try to do my best. I love the daisies in your GRD photos!

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  4. Look like you had a great week of running and hiking. I would not say I am a natural athlete either but we learn to work with what we have!

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  5. Ha, love the nuggets from your podcasts! The heat and humidity on the long runs are draining for sure. Glad you had all your friends together again though, that sounds lovely!

    I love Scrabble! How fun- way to go Darlene!

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  6. No rain here, sadly! We’re in a huge drought. I don’t mind no rain, but we really need it.

    Isn’t it great how everything is going back to normal? Feels so good!


    • I prefer last weekend’s rain to today’s heat and humidity – 95 degrees!

      It feels great to run races again and run with my friends!!


  7. Oh, I love the David shirt!!! Funny how Memorial Day weekend was such an extreme difference from this (current) one. Fortunately, we had a cold weekend, but Memorial Day itself wasn’t too bad.

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  8. I like the “nuggets” from your podcasts! I also listen to podcasts while I run, and I love them.
    I see you got our for your Sunday hike after all (instead of boating with your husband.). Looks like a great week overall! Good luck on your upcoming race.

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  9. I identify very much with all those quotes. I didn’t purchase that tank yet. I have a cricut, so I may purchase the art and do my own.

    Love that you are still getting in great hikes and some boat time.


    • It was very hot on Sunday but there were things to fix on the boat. Hopefully there will be more boating weekends.

      Yes when I saw that shirt on someone else, I knew I had to get it.

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