Weekly Run Down for 3.26.23-4.2.23: Mentoring, NYC and the YMCA

Most of my week was spent in NYC (working in Jamaica.) But I was able to drag myself out for two runs and a walk in the evenings while I was there. (I say “drag” because although I love Manhattan, I am usually so tired by the end of day (leaving the hotel at 7am and returning at 5pm).

This week I also added two new fitness activities.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Back to my regularly scheduled program.  IOW – 3 short weekday runs, a long run/brunch on the weekend and a walk/hike on Sunday (if my run was done on Saturday.)

it was quite muddy, trees down blocking the path and missing trail markers but the weather (and views) was great.

  • Monday – I celebrated my return to running by signing up to be a mentor. for the first time. The Freihofer Training Challenge (FTC) actually started last Monday (but I wasn’t sure I was ready…)

Unfortunately, they changed the location of the training after I signed up so I decided to get in a run at lunch.

nice to be back running on the rail trail… eagle sighting LOL

I’m definitely a work in progress… stamina and speed are lacking but I’ll be working on getting it back.

I drove to the new location after work to volunteer with the beginner group.

C25k – week 2 (90:60 intervals) and finished before the rain

On the way home, I met up with my BFF for a mall walk.

  • Tuesday – As I did last Tuesday, I took the train to Manhattan and checked into my hotel. Normally I immediately hop on the subway to Jamaica to set up for the next day.

I had taken a later train in the morning so as result I got back to Manhattan later that usual.  I decided to skip my set-up and go earlier the next day.

That gave me some extra time to run. This week I opted instead of going to Central Park, to run along the Hudson River.

it was a little chilly but much warmer than the day I spectated there.

After my run and dinner, I quickly changed my clothes and stopped in Macys (which was nearby).

such beautiful displays pictures don’t do it justice

and then I walked to the theater to catch a show.

such a fun show to see!!!!

  • Wednesday – After a long work day, I decided to just go for a walk in the park. I got a late start but any time of day is a good time to visit the park. Since it was getting late, I took the subway back to my hotel. Unfortunately Cari and I couldn’t coordinate a meet-up this time.

more signs of spring than where I live

  • Thursday – Another long STRESSFUL work day, but because I won’t be in NYC again for several weeks, I decided to mix things up and run along the East River. 

I took the crosstown bus, ran a few miles and then took the bus back.

  • Friday – Last day in the city so just work and the train home.
  • Saturday – Long Run Day – But the forecast was for rain and thunderstorms so we postponed our run/brunch until Sunday. And of course, it was not raining in the morning… GRRRRRRR! I hate when that happens.

But I made my FIRST visit to the gym.

One of the perks of the FTC is free membership to YMCA for 12 weeks.  I missed last week and was working in NYC the most of this week but I plan to work out on the machines several mornings a week.

Not much rain to speak of and the temps rose to 70 degrees by the time I was done with unpacking, cleaning and grocery shopping. So I headed out for a short run (in a skirt!!)

water was flowing and the sun shining… I’d dare say it was “hot”

  • Sunday – LONG Run Re-scheduled.

At least it’s not supposed to be humid and rainy… Just colder but sunny. We chose the Crossings.  Stan and Sherry have to run 12.  Barbara and I plan to join them for their last 6 miles before heading to brunch.

Since I have Monday off, I may even add a short hike to my day.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – DAY OFF – run, FTC
  • Tuesday – GYM, rest day
  • Wednesday – run, FTC?
  • Thursday – run w/friends
  • Friday – GYM, rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – Long Run (8 mi.)
  • Sunday – GYM, Easter dinner with the family, walk/hike

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Happy Vitamin C Day
  • Friday –  Ultimate Coffee Date

Happy Running! How is your year of running so far? Training for any big races?  Please share.






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32 thoughts on “Weekly Run Down for 3.26.23-4.2.23: Mentoring, NYC and the YMCA

    • 70 was lively. Today it’s in the 20s with the windchill.

      I’ve been to this gym before. I enjoy the variety of machines.


  1. Putting aside the stressful work days, it sounds like you had a great week! It must feel amazing to be back to running. And you really make the most of these short trips to NYC. I hope you enjoyed your long run today!


  2. It’s great to see you running again! How fun that you’re starting up your hikes as spring approaches, I always love the pictures you share from your hikes. And good for you that you’re getting back into strength training.

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  3. Wow – Have we discussed that I’m originally from the albany area? I always check out the Crossings to run when home! So it was funny to see the photo of your new run spot and see Albany-Shaker Road and then hear you mention running at the Crossings! What a small world.

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  4. It’s great to see you running again! Give yourself grace to rebuild your stamina — it will come back!

    The Macy’s flower show looks fun, but the real flowers are better.

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    • yes the real ones are but it will be a while up here.

      it feels hard but wonderful to be back out there hitting the pavement.


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