Weekly Run Down for 6.26.22-7.3.22: Heading into the 2nd Half of 2022

Where has the year gone? Can’t believe it’s July already!!

And now the number of daylight hours is decreasing… So trying to make the most of my available time!

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday! 

this race will have to wait until next year

It was a tough decision to DNS a trail 5k race. But with weather in the 90s after a tough 15k the day before, I decided to join my hubby on the boat.

did not regret it one bit!!

  • Monday – DAY OFF! I now have every other Monday off from work.  I made plans to hike with friends.  But the weather didn’t get the memo. I woke up to rain!!

Heidi and I waited and waited and then decided to go for it once the rain stopped.  Fingered crossed for a good time and not too much mud.

It turned out to be a lovely day.  First a delicious lunch in Stockbridge, MA followed by a hike at Olivia’s Overlook

a lot of gradual climbing but worth it…

Then we hiked at nearby Steve’s Glen

this hike was shorter and easier which was a good thing since it was late in the day

We ended to day with the best ice cream at a farm in Lee, MA.

Unfortunately I got home too late to join the group run.

  • Tuesday – A busy week ahead so I squeezed in a run at lunch…

tried out my new Topos and listened to Matt Wilpers

I chose to use Peloton for my run for the music. But what interested more was of Matt’s Insights:

    • Do your best with what you got!

Don’t wish for longer legs, stronger core, cooler temps, better training on hills, etc… 

    • Are you intrinsically or extrinsically motivated?

Why do you run?  Do you need others or awards/rewards or signs of improvement? Do you just do it for you?

And then I went for a short walk after work

While I was walking, a friend called and we went for a longer walk together on the rail trail after dinner.

  • Wednesday – A busy evening so I had to run before work…

what’s with the hair? New Topos #2. Check.

Again, I was running solo so I chose another Matt Wilpers Peloton run.  And I got more advice from Matt:

    • Embrace the weather you have.

Go outside!  Make adjustments for the weather rather than excuses.

    • It’s easier for shorter runners to stay cool.

Something to do with air flow and energy expelled.

    • Lyrics to “Hung Up” by Madonna

Time goes by so slowly for those who wait
No time to hesitate
Those who run seem to have all the fun

I left work early to go the Van Gogh exhibit. It was my third time (in Montreal, NYC and now Schenectady).  Each time I saw it with different friends and each was different show. This visit was with my tennis friends.

Afterward, we went out to dinner to celebrate one friend’s BIG birthday.

  • Thursday – I had to squeeze in a run after work and before our weekly trail run walk.

one loop at UAlbany

My legs weren’t happy with three days in a row of running (but I had no choice since I skipped my run Sunday and Monday.)

always a fun time on the trails and ice cream after, of course.

  • Friday – Rest Day. After work, a relaxing evening with the mah jongg ladies,
  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday. No long races on my schedule until September 3 so I was free to just run and brunch with my friends.

We woke up to rain and my friends decided to instead to have brunch rather than run.

And yes, I was so tempted to join them….

But the rain stopped and I decided to do my LONG run.

the Bad: 97% humidity and I hate running alone! The Good: Lots of shade and bird sculptures and brunch with a friend after.

And then in the evening, the hubby and I went out to dinner with a boating friend.

  • Sunday –  Boating Sunday! 

The weather looks good and we invited my stepson, his wife and their two friends along with us.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – Race – Firecracker 4
  • Tuesday – rest day, Lake George Hike-a-thon
  • Wednesday – train to NYC, Al Goldstein 5k (in Brooklyn)
  • Thursday – run (in NYC) with Cari
  • Friday – rest day, train home
  • Saturday Long Run
  • Sunday –  rest day, boating

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – 2022 Goals – Mid-Year Update
  • Friday – Share 4 (or 5) Somethings

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Any in-person races run or planned? Any fun plans for July 4th? Please share.

27 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 6.26.22-7.3.22: Heading into the 2nd Half of 2022

  1. Well done on the running alone! My two main running friends are both going to be unavailable this month, I have arranged to run to meet two faster friends for a coffee after their run but am going to have to work hard to keep things going. I don’t feel confident listening to something as I run, either, so more challenging. Hope you can eke out these hours of sunlight and get what you want to do done.

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    • Good luck with your solo runs.

      I’m ok with short distances but I’m better with friends when it’s long. Hard to stay motivated. And I run slower. But at least I got it done.

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  2. It is such a bummer when it rains on your day off and ruins your plans. Glad you were able to get out later.

    As a short person, I’m not sure I agree with Matt’s comments about being cooler, but I do agree with his other advice. I am definitely intrinsically motivated at this point.

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  3. I’m totally in sync with Matt with Embracing the Weather. Granted, some weather feels much nicer than others, but we need to learn to make the best with what we’re given (since we cannot control it).

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  4. Yes, you’re to be commended for skipping the brunch and running eight miles alone! I’m sure you were much happier having done the run than if you’d skipped it.
    I like those thoughts from Matt. ‘Do the best with what you got”- so true. I could waste time complaining about my shorter legs or difficult foot, or I could just work with what I have to get better. Also, interesting fact about shorter runners staying cooler. My husband is 6’5″ and the heat REALLY bothers him. I’m going to tell him it’s because he’s so tall.

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  5. Jealous of your boating Sundays! What a gift you have with Lake George so close by.

    I had no idea about shorter runners staying cooler than taller runners. Who knew? Have a great week.

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  6. Sounds like you made the right decision about that 5K – a day on a boat, especially in that type of heat, sounds waaaayyy better!!

    I find that Matt Wilpers always have gems that he shares on his runs – he’s so knowledgeable about running!

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