Weekly Run Down for 8.16.21-8.22.21: A Flowery Week

No big Heat wave. No races.  I did complete my last long run before my half marathon.

However, my trip to the New York Botanical Gardens and the Sunflower field were the highlights of the week.

Last Week:

  • Monday – #nevermissamonday. After work, I had time to kill before my Freihofer group run so I drove to see the sunflower field. Due to our hot, wet summer, it wasn’t as impressive as last year but still awesome.  ❤ sunflowers

Today’s intermediate workout was 15 min run, 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes slow x 3, 15 minute run.

more humid than I expected and it’s always nice to have company on a run

  • Tuesday – I planned this months ago with my tennis friends – a day at the New York Botanical Gardens to see the Kusama exhibit. The forecast was for clouds and showers.  Nope. Beautiful weather to hang with my friends. I knew I’d love Kusama’s art but it was even better than I expected…and there were so many flower gardens and water lily ponds. ❤

The NYBG is in the Bronx, right near Little Italy. So afterward we enjoyed a delicious Italian dinner before our long drive home.

  • Wednesday – A busy work day at home but I was able to meet friends after work for a walk followed by either the SOAR run or Ice Cream run. Since the SOAR run was held where I was already walking, I chose these women to run with.  (Definitely will do the ice cream run next Wed.)

  • Thursday – Another busy work day at home but I was excited because Thursday evening is our weekly trail run/walk.  Rain was in the forecast which is not unusual. I knew that I would go anyway since it was the last one (and I had perfect attendance.)

So it rained on and off all day, sometimes like a monsoon but it only drizzled during our run.

another nice trail run and I even ran most of it. Dinner and drinks afterward were fun too.

  • Friday – Rest day and more rain this morning but also a Starbucks walk during lunch (since I was at the office) and another after work before mah jongg.

sun came out for my lunch walk around the mall

  • Saturday –  Long Run Day with 12 on my schedule. I was so happy to have company for this one. I ran all the miles with Sherry and bumped into the others on the rail trail or after at brunch.

soul sucking hot humid AF run

  • Sunday – Hope to get in a hike before the rains come.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  FTC run
  • Tuesday – rest day, dinner with old teaching friends
  • Wednesday – (last) Ice Cream run
  • Thursday – Workforce Challenge 3.5 mile Race
  • Friday – train to NYC for a college reunion, Van Gogh exhibit, Cezanne at MoMa
  • Saturday & Sunday – run in the Hamptons, LI (visiting college roomie), beaches, wineries and more

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – What I Have Tried New This Year
  • Friday – Runfessions

Next Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – run in NYC, train home that night
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – rest day, trail walk
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – Race 4 The River Half Marathon
  • Sunday – rest day, boating

Next Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Workforce Challenge Race Recap
  • Friday – Ultimate Coffee Update

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Any in-person races planned? Is the weather interfering with your runs? Please share.

35 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 8.16.21-8.22.21: A Flowery Week

  1. Those sunflowers are gorgeous! holy moly…and the botanical gardens pictures are also breath taking. What a fun week!

    And great job on that humid 12 miler Darlene! You are tough!

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  2. Sounds like you had a great week. Love the sunflowers and the botanical gardens pictures! So pretty! Great job on your hot and humid 12 miler. Hopefully the weather for you HM will be better and it’ll feel like a breeze, relatively speaking.

    I was planning to run the AF HM on 18 Sept in Ohio. Unfortunately, I got the dreaded e-mail last week that they have decided to cancel the in person race and make it virtual. I plan to run it virtually, for many reasons, even though I hate for my first HM to be on a solo, virtual run. Oh well, we play with the hand we are dealt.

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  3. Botanical gardens are SO beautiful! As you know, I’m a color freak, and love all flowers, so I would have been totally awestruck had I been with you. Great job on the 12-miler!

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  4. You had a very busy social calendar this week! Love, love, love the sunflowers! My daughter and I picked flowers at a U-Pick place and made a lovely bouquet with a sunflower as the centerpiece. Great workouts this week including that 12 miler! Sounds like you’re ready for the half!

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  5. I really needed to see all those beautiful flowers (and smiles!) today! It sounds like you have some fun things coming up to be excited about and I’m looking forward to reading how everything goes.


  6. You had so much rain, but you got your runs in! Good luck this weekend with your half! Hope the weather cooperates!

    We had a lot of rain last week, too, and this week it’s just nasty humid. We soooo lucked out on Sunday with great weather for our century.


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