Weekly Run Down for 7.17.22-7.24.22: Working Five Days

I know most of you do work five days but this is the first week since the beginning of June where I had to work on Monday.

I now have every other Monday off and then there was also Juneteenth and Fourth of July Monday holidays.

So the week was tiring. I guess I’m out of practice.

There are group run opportunities every night of the week if I so choose.. but this week, it was just too hot to wait until the evening to run.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday!

Again we were blessed with another dry warm day. We chose a new site and it may have become my favorite.

shade, lake breeze, beautiful views, good book = paradise

  • Monday – A rainy morning but it had stopped by lunch time but more rain was predicted for later in the day.

I planned to participate in a group run at The Crossings after work but decided not to risk getting rained on and skipped out for a run earlier..

drove to a different neighborhood for this run

Instead of participating in a Peloton run, I listened to a AMR podcast. It made me think of Judy‘s recent posts on HR. This runner talked about spikes in her HR.  She attributed most of the HR spikes to stress. She decided to run listening to music and/or a podcast.  This prevented her mind from going to her stressors: family/work issues, her pace, the weather, etc.  No HR spikes.  Ok, I’m not saying this is the only reason your heart rate goes up but it’s worth trying if you run in silence.

I did go for a walk after work on the rail trail with a friend  We did get rained on but it felt sooo good!!

  • Tuesday – Another scorcher but a Rest Day due to a hair appt!  Self-care is important, right? (I even got my nails done last Saturday.)
  • Wednesday – There was a SOAR run scheduled on the Albany end of the rail trail so I planned to join them. (also an ice cream run scheduled on the same trail, different location. Nice to have choices.)

But because of the predicted 95 degree temps (+humidity), it got cancelled.

So my only choice was to drag myself outta bed (after a poor night’s sleep due to all the thunderstorms) and run.

It was great and I need to do this EVERYDAY!!

Instead of that after work run, I did go for a walk…. even at 8 pm, I sweat.

  • Thursday – As I have done in previous weeks, I planned to do my run right after work and then drive up to the ARE trail run location to join my friends to walk the trails.

Another hot summer day so I wisely decided to run early before work. I woke up to NO INTERNET which would complicate things.  I would have to drive to my office.

talked to the guy fixing the Internet and he assured me that it would fixed by 8am!! Too sweaty again to show you what I looked like after my run lol

And the Internet returned and I was able to work from home. Phew!

It was still very hot and humid in the evening. No lie. But it was great to head to the mountains where it was a little cooler.

great views and lots of shade and that cold drink at a nearby restaurant was amazing!

  • Friday – Rest Day!! HOT HOT but mah jongg night in an air conditioned friend’s home… Ahhh!
  • Saturday Long Run Saturday! There was a local 5k that I thought about running…

But I do enjoy our group LONG runs and it was HOT so I skipped it.

starting early made all the difference and of course, brunch after with friends.

  • Sunday –  Boating Sunday!!

How hot will it get? 100??

The plan is to float in the lake and/or sit under an island tree and read a book (or both).

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  DAY OFF – Day at Emerald Lake (with my running friends)
  • Tuesday – run (after working at the NYS bar exam)
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – working at the NYS bar exam, run before ARE trail walk
  • Friday – working at the NYS bar exam, rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Long Run 
  • Sunday –  rest day, boating

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – PlacesI’ve Run (A-I)
  • Friday – Runfessions

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28 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 7.17.22-7.24.22: Working Five Days

  1. You did a great job getting in your runs — it was definitely a challenging week for that. Since I’ve been making sure to get in more electrolytes the spikes have pretty much gone away. I’m running easy (except that Peloton run) so that’s not stressing me out.


  2. This was our second consecutive week of extreme heart and humidity. Mind you, it’s always hot and humid in July, but there’s usually a day or two sprinkled in with some not-so-extreme conditions. Oh well…I’ll gladly take the heat of summer over the wind chill of winter. So you passed on a race? Wow 😉


  3. This heat and humidity is definitely a challenge. I start most of my runs before the sun to beat the heat so kuddos to you for getting out there in the afternoons. It’s great that you have a lake to escape to.

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  4. My vote is for the island tree. What are you reading?
    I was in the office much of this week for their AC
    I feel you on the five days. Week of 7/11 was my first since mid June since in addition to the 4th and Juneteenth, I took the day after Pride off as the weekend was CRAZY

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  5. what? A week without a race?! It was so hot everywhere sounds like a smart idea. It is nice to have the lake with the breeze on weekends to enjoy. Have a great week ahead

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  6. I traveled to Chicago and it was hot here as well- but I expected that. It’s supposed to be hot in July, right? Getting out early is key. I love your pictures from your boating Sundays! That sounds like paradise- floating in a boat and reading all day. Hope you’re enjoying it!

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  7. I would love to have a friend with air-conditioning. We just don’t have it here: our homes are made to conserve heat and they’re going to have to change this. We got through our heatwave anyway, and I got a few more miles in this week than last. Love your boating pics!

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    • I spent most of the day reading I. The shade. But the breeze off the lake was refreshing.

      I had to run early which is not normal for me.


  8. I hope you stayed cool on the lake today!

    I’ve been working 5 days plus putting in a few hours on the weekend lately to make up for the loss of productivity of going into the office. 😉

    Interesting thoughts on HR. Mine spikes at the start of a treadmill run, but then settles lower.

    Love all the flowers!

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  9. Glad you have the lake time to beat the heat. The flowers are gorgeous at this time of year though! I work at home 20 hours and away 25 hours. The problem with the at-home part for me is I can “always” work and that’s where the lack of balance comes from. Ugh.

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  10. Such a full and active week Darlene! I work 5 days a week, but I would probably feel like you if I ever had to go into the office again 5 days a week…that would break me, even though it was the norm before!

    Beautiful flowers, beautiful kitty!

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