Weekly Run Down for 1.1.23-1.8.23: A New Year and Training Begins

A new running year and time to start training.

For me that means, long runs on the weekend to prepare for all those Half Marathons that I signed up for…

Crazy me!

Anyway, the first one is Feb. 19.

This one will be the hardest since my last one was in November so there was a restful break in training.  And of course, there’s the cold, snowy, icy weather which can always derail my running.

After that, although I have half marathons in March, April and May… hopefully, I will stay heathy and just maintain the miles and the weather will warm up and the bike paths clear….

Last Week:

  • Sunday -Winter Series #2 Race.

The choice was a half marathon or 5.5K 3.75m. The shorter distance for me! And since I ran 7 miles the day before, this was just a “fun” run with friends. But it was very windy and chillier than I was dressed for.  I started run/walking intervals with my friends but I was too cold to continue and so I just ran ahead by myself.

the BEST way to start a new year

Then I had to go to the Apple Store to pick up my new watch.  I’ve been procrastinating but my old one dates back to 2016!! ❤ it for everyday use… still a Garmin diehard for races.

  • Monday – #Nevermissamonday…. It was a slow work day (because last week was so crazy) and I was able to run during lunch.

so exciting to see no snow or ice on the rail trail… Over dressed today, under-dressed yesterday. Will I ever get it right?

Then after work, I met my BFF for a long walk.

  • Tuesday – Rest Day and a hair appt after work. Rainy day, anyway.
  • Wednesday – I had plans to meet a running friend after work (as long as it wasn’t raining.)

With rain predicted for late in the day, I squeezed in a run during lunch…

and then another after work at Ualbany (because it didn’t start raining until 7pm).

Both runs were slow with walk intervals so I didn’t overdo things.

  • Thursday – Busy work day so I could only get my run done after work. Besides again, it was rainy off and on most of the day.

I didn’t want to drive back to UAlbany (since I was WFH) so I took a chance and ran in town. I got it done before it got too dark.

  • Friday – A Rainy Rest Day!!

A stop at the office and the evening with the mah jongg ladies.

  • Saturday – Long Run Day. 8 miles on my plan.  So happy with the thaw that the bike paths were clear and my friends were available.

nice weather, friends and run/walk intervals definitely made the miles enjoyable and brunch after (8 of this week)

  • Sunday – It is time to hit the trails. I haven’t been in weeks.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – DAY OFF – run, hike with a friend
  • Tuesday – run at lunch, dentist appt
  • Wednesday – rest day (train to NYC???)
  • Thursday – run after work (NYC?)
  • Friday –  rest day, mah jongg (or train home??)
  • Saturday Long Run (9 miles)
  • Sunday –   Winter Series #3 race (5.5k)

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Best of 2022 (Race Awards)
  • Friday – 5 Things That Motivate Me

Happy Running! How is your running year beginning? Any new goals? Training for any races? Have an Apple Watch? Please share.






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39 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 1.1.23-1.8.23: A New Year and Training Begins

  1. A fun glow worm!
    I’m surprised you had to work Monday with it being a federal holiday, but glad it was quiet.
    Those NY Day emails were the first ones I got from Hudson MOhawk in years. So weird

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  2. I had an Apple Watch when they first came out and didn’t really like it. It seems that they have done a ton of updates with the running metrics and many more features. You should let us know your favorites. Have a great week!

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    • I don’t use it at all for running. I use it for the calendar gps texting and phone calls. The mileage is not accurate. Yesterday we ran 8 miles and on my watch it was 7.8.


  3. Your year is off to a great start! You’ve got plenty of time to ramp up for that Half — hopefully the weather will cooperate and not dump too much snow on your trails.


  4. You’ll be fine for the February race! Plenty of time for a few more long runs. Fingers crossed for good weather- today’s weather would be nice. It was low 60s and low humidity for my run.
    You had a lot of rain last week- that’s unusual for January! Nice job getting all your runs done.

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  5. Looks like you’ve got some exciting races ahead. All the best with your training. I am envious of your sunshine. We’ve had none in so long here. I am the last in my family without an Apple watch!

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    • I don’t like it for running though.

      A little sun but mostly rain last year. Hope your weather improves. Because it comes our way next.


  6. Cannot wait to see all the Half Marathons you do this year! My first one (still debating as it’s a 5-hour drive away) is 18 March so I’ve started training. So far, it’s easy short runs which I’m enjoying! My long run this past Saturday was 6K and the one this coming Saturday will be 7K but then it goes up from there.

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