Weekly Run Down for 11.13.22-11.20.22: Race Week!


Bookend Races.

15k last Sunday and half marathon today!!

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Stockade-athon 15K Race.

I really enjoy running local races (even if they are hard!!)  This was no exception.

It was not as cold as I expected and though it was far from my best finish time, it was faster than last year.  And seeing so many runners that I knew was icing on the cake.

I carpooled with Sherry & Stan and we skipped the post-race refreshment in favor of brunch at a diner

  • Monday – My scheduled day off.

I was happy that my friend was available to accompany me on a hike or two. We decided not to drive far (since I had to be home early for a vet appt.)

First stop was a wet walk around Ooms Conservation Area.

Our second was at Wilson M. Powell Wildlife Sanctuary to Dorsons Rock.

We ended the day with a delicious lunch.

Looking ahead to my work schedule and potential snow, I decided I’d better get a run done. It was dark so I headed to UAlbany.

  • Tuesday – Another frosty morning so I postponed my run until lunch.

it warmed up to the high 30s and I was fine… most of the leaves are in piles at the curb except for those red maples.

  • Wednesday –  Woke up to snow on the ground which changed to rain…

Back to in-person teaching so no time to run except after work (and bring clothes to change into).  I was pooped so decided to skip the run (and I had already run 3 days in a row.)

  • Thursday – Stopped at Starbucks on my way to work… who knew it was Red Cup Day!!

 Back to UAlbany for my after work run since it is the only route with lights near me.

  • Friday – Rest Day! No need to pack the running clothes!! Woo Hoo!

first Peppermint mocha of the season (in my Red Cup)

Stopped off on my way home to pick up my bib for Sunday’s race.

And played mah jongg in the evening.

  • Saturday – Another Rest Day and a walk with my running friends followed by brunch.

chose the Corning bike path but oops, the Girls on the Ru 5k was there too

And then picked up my bib for my Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.

  • Sunday – Upstate Classic Half Marathon!!

a cold windy day so my first race in tights…

This will be the 3rd time that I’ve run this hilly half marathon (and the 4th time on this course). It will be my last half of 2022 and most likely my hardest.

Being local, I know it will be fun and worth the struggle.

heading toward the finish line in 2021

14 years ago today, we formed a group to play mah jongg every Friday night. Tonight we are going out to dinner to celebrate.

13 year anniversary dinner

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  rest day
  • Tuesday – run, hair appt
  • Wednesday – rest day
  • Thursday – Troy Turkey Trot 10k Race
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Long Run (9 miles)
  • Sunday –  rest day, hiking?

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Stockade-athon 15K Race Recap
  • Friday – Runfessions

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Any races run or planned? Has the weather been winter-like where you live

28 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 11.13.22-11.20.22: Race Week!

  1. Good luck on your race Darlene! How fun to have one that is local. It’s really cold here too. Too early for this!

    Congrats to your Mah Jongh group! That’s pretty great that you’ve all been together for so long. Are all the original members still in?

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  2. I love the way you do lunch, complete with a martini!

    I am so impressed how you don’t let the cold stop you from your hikes. I’m okay running in the cold, but just can’t bring myself to walk when it’s really cold.

    There was snow on my car on Thursday morning when I got up to come home from the farm. Ugh, I’m not ready for the cold!

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  3. Our snow arrived, via flurries, Monday afternoon. Tuesday morning ,we were greeted with a thick blanket (and most of it is still here). UGH. I’m not embracing these January feels-like conditions, LOL. I hope your race went well!

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  4. I hope the half went well! Guess you are ending the year with a challenge!

    Enjoy celebrating your mah jong tradition with your friends! It’s great that you’ve kept it up for so long.

    I was just thinking you could have “race week” in almost every post and, yep, you will be racing again this week — or at least turkey trotting!

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  5. I hope it went well! Let’s see, a hilly race in the cold- sounds difficult.
    i agree with Debbie- your lunch looks very festive. Glad you happened to be at Starbucks for red cup day! Your drink looks delicious.

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