Weekly Run Down for 9.25.22-10.2.22: Race-cation to Maine

We started planning this weekend a year ago. I can’t believe it’s here already!!

Another get-away with 9 of my running friends. (It’s our 6th trip together.)  I think we even have more fun each time.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday was canceled again… Chilly and rain predicted.

For the 3rd week in a row I drove to Vischer Ferry Preserve.  I ran on a different rail (actually a towpath) than during my previous visits.  The weather was perfect and it didn’t rain. In fact, I was overdressed (amnesia on how to dress with it’s in the 50’s).

some interesting sights and Judy did run by me but she didn’t stop to chat

I ended my run again at the Country Store… with a delicious maple latte and pumpkin scone (sorry no pic of my food).

In the evening, I met one of our running friends who had moved away (but was visiting) for dinner.  It was great to catch up.

  • Monday – #nevermissamonday. I don’t usually like to run 3 days in a row but the weather was lovely so I snuck out at lunch.

fall decorations everywhere but it still felt like summer

  • Tuesday – A before work run today… it’s been a while. But I had some extra time in the morning.

so it was in the 40s and I thought I’d be chilly. Nope those arm sleeves came right off. I’ll figure out how to dress by winter

  • Wednesday – I had scheduled a Rest Day after running several days in a row. But one of my running friends (who was running the marathon) asked me to run with her. (That’s what friends are for…). So I met her for a few on the rail trail after work (besides the 5k race they all were easy runs.)

Yes we twinned, saw a rainbow and I found a very appropriate painted rock.

Afterward, as planned, I did meet my BFF after work for a long walk.

  • Thursday – I had planned to squeeze my last run in during lunch. But our running group was busy getting ready for the weekend so we cancelled our after work trail walk.

Instead I was able to drive to do a short run to test out these new babies.

Topo Specters.. will I wear them on race day?

ran around a new neighborhood (that was part of the 5k last Sat.)

My friends from Florida were in town escaping the storm, so I was able to visit with them too.

  • Friday – Another rest day!! To pack… It’s so hard to know what to wear in the early Fall… But the only important thing was my race outfit:

tank, skirt, cap and arm warmers and compression calf sleeves (for warmth)

  • Saturday – In several cars,10 of us all headed to Maine. We stopped for lunch in Hampton, NH, continued on to our AirBnB in Old Orchard Beach, ME then visited the expo in Portland, ME, checked out the race logistics, carb loaded and finally returned home to get ready for the big race the next morning. (Pics on IG)
  • Sunday – Maine Half Marathon. I ran the half marathon with two of my friends (and Deborah). One of my friends ran the full marathon and four of my friends ran the marathon relay.  Two just spectated. So it was quite a full day for everyone.

Maine Marathon | Maine Half Marathon | Maine Marathon Relay

Pics on IG. Recap coming soon!

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  sunrise walk, explore Old Orchard Beach and Portland ME
  • Tuesday – sunrise run, drive home
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – run, trails
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Long Run
  • Sunday –  volunteer at the Mohawk-Hudson Half and Full Marathons

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Barn to Bridge 5k Race Recap
  • Friday – Ultimate Coffee Date

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Weekly Run Down for 9.18.22-9:25.22: Back to the Weekly Race

My racing break is over.

This weekend I ran a 5k and next weekend, I’ll be running the Maine Half Marathon.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday was cancelled.

The hubby had a tennis match and the weather looked iffy. So instead I decided to go for a hike.

Since I had time, I drove to the Vischer Ferry Preserve again.  I parked in the same spot as last Sunday but instead I walked in the opposite direction. A buggier, narrower path with alga covered water on both sides.  But it was flat with lots of mushroom and bird sightings.  I may even come back and run on another longer wider path next time (the Towpath instead of the trail.)

After 2 hours of walking, I drove to the Vischer Ferry General Store and this time, I had ice cream and perused the craft fair.

I stopped at Fleet Feet on the way home to buy more Gu and I tried on some new Topos (didn’t buy but was tempted.)

  • Monday – #nevermissamonday and my day off from work.  I had planned to hike with a friend but the forecast was for rain.

So instead we met another friend for an early morning run and then went out for brunch.

The restaurant was quite a long drive but it was worth it for the blueberry pancakes.

On our way home, we stopped at a park to walk off those pancakes.

there was a brief shower, otherwise we stayed dry until we got home.

The park was next to a covered bridge and a very old cemetery/museum.  It was called Lily Park and we plan to go back next July when the lilies are i bloom.

  • Tuesday – I thought I might take a rest day but my after work walk got cancelled so I went out for a run instead.

the weather was perfect, even a breeze. I ran the last 1.5 miles of the 5k that I’m racing next.

  • Wednesday – I decided to sleep in instead of running before work.

embracing fall for lunch (also had a pumpkin bagel earlier)

After work, I went to a wake for one of the running friend’s father (It was so nice that the whole group showed up to support her) and then I met my tennis friends to go out to dinner. Although I don’t play tennis anymore, we all try to keep in touch with a monthly meet-up. As always, it was a fun evening.

  • Thursday –  An early morning run was planned but the weather didn’t get the memo. It was raining. So I waited until lunch to get in my run. Due to a time crunch, I had to run in my neighborhood.

happy to report that the rain had stopped but boy was it humid…

Normally on Thursday, I meet my running friends for a hike.  Due to scheduling conflicts, we postponed it until next week.

It worked out perfectly because now I was able to meet my walking friends for our weekly walk (the one that got canceled on Tuesday.)

  • Friday – Another rest day!! A busy work day ending with my mah jongg ladies.

#flatme. it may be fall but I’m not giving up on the tank yet! (I’ll add my DIY arm sleeves)

  • SaturdayBarn to Bridge Fall Fest 5k. A new race on the rail trail where I do most of my runs.

The weather was perfect. It was a fun race and I did better than expected.

always great to see old friends

I had parked my car 1.5 miles from the race start and since it was point-to-point, I had planned to run 4 miles back to my car in order to in my long run.

But I hung out a long time at the festival and since it was getting late, I decided to take the shuttle back to the start and then walk to my car.

Then I had to rush home and change because we were having a birthday party for my MIL who is turning 97!!

l2r: SIL, nephew, stepson, hubby, BIL, uncle, stepson

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday.

Lake time is ending soon.  Hope the weather cooperates this week and we can get out on the boat.

If not, I plan to get in some miles running and/or hiking.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – run
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk
  • Wednesday – run 
  • Thursday – run, trails
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – Drive to Maine, expo, carb load
  • Sunday –  Maine Half Marathon!!

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Malta 5k Race Recap
  • Friday – Runfessions

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Weekly Run Down for 9.11.22-9.18.22: Taking a Racing Break

A racing break for me is ONE weekend.

I have a 5k next weekend and a half marathon the weekend after.

But this weekend, the only run on my schedule was a stress-free 12 miler with friends.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday was cancelled.

The hubby had a tennis match and the weather looked iffy. So instead I decided to go for a run. (I’m anal about my long runs and the day before I had only run a 5k race + 3.)

Since I had time, I drove to the Vischer Ferry Preserve.  It rained on and off (which was fine since it was very humid). The trail is flat and dirt (no roots or rocks so not technically a trail)…. but it got pretty boring looking at an algae infested creek the whole way.  Many times I veered of the path to look at the Mohawk River. One time I bumped into a guy with a dog (off leash). We chatted and he recommended that I stop at the Vischer Ferry General Store.

OMG… Iced pumpkin latte and a delicious blueberry-lemon scone. I didn’t have any money but luckily they took Apple Pay. I can’t wait to go back to sample more of their food and coffees.

Now I had lots more energy and ran back to my car – 7 miles for the day!

that horse was refusing to over over the Whipple bridge lol

It was still early so I drove my car to the lot near the store and walked toward and past the dam and back.

On the way home, I stopped at Target. Trader Joe’s may not have their pumpkin products out yet but Target did.

  • Monday – #nevermissamonday. My friend was running her 20 mile training run today. I wanted to support her so I drove to the rail trail at lunch and caught up with her for her last few miles!!

and my favorite trail visitor came to see me

After work, I ran some errands and decided to stop at the rail trail to see the chalk art before they got washed away by the rain.

they were unfortunately very faded but you get the idea

  • Tuesday – A rainy morning which was actually good. Three days in a row of running was enough so I just met my BFF for a walk after work (after the thunderstorms)..

found this in my mailbox… my neighbor trains with the race director from my last half… my age group award!

  • Wednesday – Back to running before work so that I could meet my walking friends (not to walk) but to go out to dinner.

cool temps and fresh legs – hooray! my running friend was sick and the sun blinded me – boo!

  • Thursday –  Another early morning run.

started at a different point on the rail trail so the sun was not in my eyes… loving the chilly temps (almost had to wear gloves lol)

As I previously mentioned, ARE-sponsored trail runs ended so our group decided to continue them on our own. This week, we crossed the Hudson River to Troy, NY (Burden Pond).  I had walked this trail many times before but my friends had not.

it was well marked and lots of water views

  • Friday – Another rest day!! In the 40s when I got up.  I’m not ready for fall!!  I may have to dig out my gloves.
  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday!  12 miles on the schedule. That calls for good food after.

So we chose the Nisky bike path so we could eat at the new diner after. It was chilly at first but warmed up and I was lucky to have the company of some amazing runner friends.

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday.

Lake time is ending soon.  Hope the weather cooperates this week.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – DAY OFF – run, hike
  • Tuesday – rest day
  • Wednesday – run, tennis dinner out
  • Thursday – run, trails
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Race Day! Barn to Bridge 5k (+ 5 more miles), MIL’s birthday party
  • Sunday –  Boating Sunday

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Fall Race Schedule
  • Friday – Goals 2022 Update

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Weekly Run Down for 9.4.22-9.11.22: Running and Racing Continue…

No rest for the weary since a week after my half marathon, I had signed up for a 5k.

And I am training for another half on Oct. 2.

There were also a group hike and long walk. And TWO vaccines!!!!!

At least it was only a 4-day work week.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday.

The forecast was iffy but we got home before the rain.

a lovely way to recover from a half marathon

And then I went and got my Flu shot.

  • Monday – DAY OFF – #nevermissamonday Unfortunately the forecast was for a washout and they were right!

I was lucky to get a dry run in early

I drove the Albany end of the rail trail and was treated to many interesting sights. Happy to report NO after effects from the race or the flu shot!

I had to cancel my planned hike and instead spent time at Traders Joe’s and the mall.

1st pumpkin latte of the season

  • Tuesday – The rain continued in the morning so I postponed my run until lunch. And it was STILL raining. Boo!

sometimes you have to make your own sunshine. Thanks Trader Joe’s.

My running friend texted me after work that she was going for a run on the rail trail so I decided to meet up with her for part of her run.  Rain won’t kill me, right?

rain drops and many deer and glad to have company..

  • Wednesday – A dreary morning so I decided to skip the run and wait until lunchtime.

I drove to run in town..

humidity but lots of pretty flowers

And then after work, I was free to meet friends for a walk.

new art display on the rail trail

  • Thursday –  Finally a rest day and a busy work day…

As I mentioned last week, ARE-sponsored trail runs ended so our group decided to continue them on our own. This week, we choose the location based on the cookie/ice cream truck being nearby.

a pretty trail and yes I bought cookies and ice cream to go (drank the creamsicle)

  • Friday – Another rest day!! An evening for mah jongg and viewing a full moon.

  • SaturdayRace Day! Malta 5K.

This was my 7th time running this 5k.  And I focused on enjoying rather than finish time.

I did have fun and got an age award too (even with a slower time).

Afterward, I headed to Zim Smith bike path to run a few more miles and meet friends for brunch.

Not the 11 miles on my plan but 6 will have to do…

I couldn’t stay long because I had a tennis party to attend (celebrating a friend dealing with serious cancer diagnosis)

And I got my 3rd COVID booster!! I’m so relieved to be protected (even if there are side effects).

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday.

The lake would be my preference but the hubby has a tennis match and the weather looks less than ideal… so it may be a running/hiking day.

 

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – run
  • Tuesday –rest day
  • Wednesday – run, walk
  • Thursday – run, trails
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Long Run – 12 miles
  • Sunday –  Boating Sunday

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Run 4 the River Half Marathon Race Recap 
  • Friday – What I’m Loving Lately

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Weekly Run Down for 8.28.22-9.4.22: Race Week!

Another busy week and it ended with Half Marathon #60!!

Schenectady Half Marathon, Nark Running & Strength, Albany Running Coach, Frog Alley Brewing, Albany Running Exchange — Nark Running & Strength

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday.

Normally it’s just me and the hubby and I would be relaxing under a tree with a good book. Today we invited two friends on the boat so it was a day for swimming, chatting and cruising around the lake.

  • Monday – Back to #nevermissamonday and a before work run as the temps were heating up again.

a cloudy muggy morning brightened up with some flowers.

  • Tuesday – Another early morning run and I was fortunate to have company.

I got there early and ran 1.5 miles while watching the sun come up and then ran the 4.5 more miles with Deirdre (and again bumped into Barbara)

My hair appointment interfered with my post-work walk. It was raining hard anyway!!

  • Wednesday – It was not as warm as previous days so I ran during lunch….

a poor night’s sleep + tired legs =a slogfest

and then I was able to meet friends for a walk after work.

everyone needs sunflowers in their lives

And I also met my BFF for a second evening walk.

  • Thursday –  No running!! Resting up for the weekend…

The ARE-sponsored trail runs ended so our group decided to continue them on our own. I had been on this trail several times and never been able to follow the markers correctly.  I was hoping that with a group we could do the loop.  It was a challenge but we made it (thanks to the AllTrails app.)

very hilly and poorly marked but lots of laughs

  • Friday – Another rest day!!

My running friend picked up my bib yesterday so that saved me time (and gas).

no shirt which was fine with me and I have one from last year

So all I needed to do was carb-load and pick out an outfit…

channeling my strong…

  • SaturdayRace Day! Run 4 the River Half Marathon.

This was my 2nd time running this half and again I was lucky to have friends running it with me…so it was a fun time! And the weather was perfect.

I won’t lie…I struggled big time the 2nd half.

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday. 

The temps are cooling off but still looks warm enough for another lake visit…

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – DAY OFF – hike
  • Tuesday – run
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – run, trails
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Race Day – Malta 5k (+ more miles)
  • Sunday –  Boating Sunday

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Fall Bucket List
  • Friday – Top Blog Posts

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Weekly Run Down for 8.21.22-8.28.22: Taper Time

It was a busy week. But I am beginning to think they all are.

I fit in my runs and so training is done!

One more week until Half Marathon #60!!

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday.

It threatened rain but the rain never happened.  Lake George is a perfect place to beat the humidity.

  • Monday – Love my Mondays off. I planned to run first thing but again the forecast was for rain (that never appeared.) My friend and I debated where to go and it seemed less likely to rain in VT so off we went.  We had a lovely lunch and then hiked up to a waterfall.

1000 feet of climbing was worth it for the waterfall at the end.

5 miles for the day ended with ice cream…. No run, though.

  • Tuesday – I got up very early and met a friend for a run on the rail trail.

new sights on the rail trail and we got 6 miles done before the rain!! (yes, I usually only run 3 but I had to make up for yesterday’s missed run)

My post-work walk plans got rained out so I headed to the library and grocery store (trying to stay dry.)

  • Wednesday – Another pre-work run. Today was solo and in the hood and VERY VERY HUMID!!!!

Mums already? I dressed to match my cat LOL

No rain today so I was able to meet friends for a walk on the rail trail after work.

the artwork under the bridge is almost done

  • Thursday – I took today off from work for an annual breakfast and track day. My former co-worker and I have been doing this every summer since the 80’s!!!

don’t you love that sign?… it was for the Travers race on Saturday.

As usual, I didn’t win much money but had a great time.

Unfortunately I got back too late to join my running friends at the last ARE-sponsored weekly trail run.

  • Friday – Another rest day because I never run the day before or after long runs and races.

And I was hosting mah jongg … gotta shop and clean…

  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday.

Just a taper of 10 miles.

I arrived early and ran 2 miles (in the rain) and then joined my friends for 8 more.

not the whole group.. missing 3 and the dessert plate…

To celebrate, we gathered after at the home of one of our running friends for brunch and mimosas.

yup, it was so nice that everyone could attend. What a fun bunch of “Sole Sisters.”

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday.

It promises to be another gorgeous summer day.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  run, walk
  • Tuesday – run, hair appt
  • Wednesday – run, walk
  • Thursday – rest day, trail walk
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Rave 4 the River Half Marathon
  • Sunday –  Boating Sunday

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Share Four Somethings July/August
  • Friday – Ultimate Coffee Date

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Weekly Run Down for 8.14.22-8.21.22: Well, that went by fast..

It seemed like half marathon training just started and now, it’s only TWO weeks until my first fall half marathon on Labor weekend.

How did that happen? Where did the summer go??

Am I ready?

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Yes, that pretty much sums it up.  Maybe we will train seriously for the next one in Maine on October 2!

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Race Day and Boating Sunday.

I started the day with a 5k and the weather was perfect (I was not perfect but still won 1st in my age group.)

met up with friends that I don’t see often so I’ll call it a win

The rest of the day was again spent on the lake… relaxing.

in my orange chair with a book, a drink and a water view…

  • Monday – I had skipped my 11 Long mile run in favor of a 5k race with old friends. So before meeting running friends (on a day off) for a hike, I got there early and ran 8 miles.

I normally don’t enjoy running alone but it was nice to run in a different place – one where I used to run but hadn’t in awhile.

Our first 3 mile walk was at Peebles Island State Park.

lots of interesting sights (and conversation)

Then we had a lovely lunch followed by a 4 mile trail walk.

along the old Champlain canal

It turned out to be a very warm day so we had to end it with ice cream.

  • Tuesday – Rest Day!  But I did meet friend after work for a walk on the rail trail.

And then my BFF for walk #2 around an outdoor mall.

  • Wednesday – Back out there for a pre-work run in the neighborhood.

I woke up to rain and so I went back to bed. Then I woke up and it was NOT raining. I quickly got dressed and headed out the door.

the temps were nice but not the humidity! If you look closely you’d see that my shirt was on backwards. lol

I made the right decision since it was pouring by the time I finished work.

My plans to re-visit the sunflower fields got postponed. The colored ones were supposed have bloomed too.

hope to get there this weekend. 

  • Thursday – Another early morning run… in my foggy neighborhood.

a pink kind of morning and another humid one

After work, we met for an ARE-sponsored trail run at Thacher Park.

we got a little lost (which is par for us) but had fun. The views were great!!

  • Friday – Another Rest Day. Busy work day but mah jongg in the evening to unwind.
  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday. 12 miles!!  And I did it thanks for the help of my awesome friends!

I also took a long ride back to the sunflower field.

in love with these colored sunflowers!!

And then I went out to dinner with friends of a friend.  The guy is from France (the brother of the lady I stayed with in Sanguinet) and used to also be a marathon runner.

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday.

Another warm sunny day for relaxing and floating and reading…

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – DAY OFF – hike
  • Tuesday – run, walk after work
  • Wednesday – run, walk after work
  • Thursday – OFF – rest day, day at the race track
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg chez moi
  • Saturday Long Run Saturday (Taper Time), running friends mimosa brunch
  • Sunday –  Boating Sunday

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – What Happened from Ages 60-64?
  • Friday – Runfessions

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Weekly Run Down for 8.7.22-8.14.22: A Brief Cool Down…

Yes.  Heat, humidity to start the week but then we got a break…

Running continued but with an added 5k thrown into the mix.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday.

An oppressively hot day. Luckily I had lake breezes and shade (and no rain.)

  • Monday – It was #nevermissamonday but I stayed in bed instead of running. No regrets.

I had the day off (as I do every other Monday) and a running friend suggested a day at Emerald Lake in VT.  So I grabbed my SUP and we had a wonderful time. A long drive but so worth it. (And again missed the rain.)

  • Tuesday –  Back to work and I did drag myself out of bed early to get my run done. But Holy Humidity!!!

It warmed up but I think the humidity decreased.  Anyway, it felt that way during my post-work walk with a friend.

  • Wednesday – Day 2 of the early morning runs. Whoa! About 10 degrees cooler than the previous morning! I’ll take it.

always taking different neighborhood routes and always looking for flowers…

I met my friend again for a post-work walk (but we went in the opposite direction.)

  • Thursday – Rest day because I had a trail run scheduled for the evening.  As usual, I met my running friends and we walked, chatted and had a blast.

love those cloud formations

  • Friday – Normally Friday is my rest day but since I had a race on Sunday, I would be taking Saturday off (which is ordinarily my long run day.)

I had more time so I drove for my early morning run.

why yes, I do match everything

  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday for everyone else but for me, it was just a walk and brunch.

long runs, short runs, walkers and bikers – all on the rail trail supporting each other… so fortunate to be part of this group. No one ever has to be alone!!

  • Sunday –  Race Day! I ran the Run for the Roses 5k for the 2nd time.  I met up with old friends and somewhat conquered the hills in Grafton Lake State Park.. (Recap on Tuesday…)

Sunday in the summer is for boating so I plan to join my hubby up at the lake for the rest of the day.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – DAY OFF! Long Run, hike
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – run, ARE trail walk
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Long Run Saturday (12 mi.)
  • Sunday –  Boating Sunday

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Run for the Roses 5k Race Recap 
  • Friday – Quotes by Joe Henderson

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Weekly Run Down for 7.31.22-8.7.22: The Heat is Back On…

After a brief reprieve from the heat and humidity, summer weather returned in full force this week.

Not much could be done but as they say “Just do it!” And that’s what I did.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday!

Again I was treated to a gorgeous day for relaxing on the lake.

different dock at Red Rock Bay (Lake George)… same experience

Since my hubby had driven up the day before, we had two cars today.  That meant, I could stay later and do my own thing…

After he left, I walked around town admiring all the beautiful gardens.

Then I went for a few nature walks/hikes before heading home.

trails at the Sagamore followed by Up Yonda.

Of course, there was stop on the way at Martha’s for ice cream.

  • Monday – I really didn’t want to get up this morning to run but it was #nevermissamonday. As always, I was glad I did.

but holy humidity!!! Just chrysalis and bees today.

Having my run done before work allowed me to go for a leisurely walk on the rail trail with friends after work.

  • Tuesday – After a sleepless night, I was tired but I knew I HAD to run.

this run was dedicated to my sweet cat, Honey, who died the night before.

I do love all kinds of flowers but I really love sunflowers.  And I really needed a pick me up today!!

Two of the nearby fields did not plant this summer so I had to search out a new location.

And I found one!!  They are only open in the evenings which was perfect…Unfortunately my GPS did not take to the right location but a kind soul on the side of road directed me.  It was not free (however you got to cut your own flowers to bring home) and most of the fields had not bloomed yet.  (I plan a return visit in a few weeks.)

The flowers made me happy and it was definitely worth the trip!!

  • Wednesday – Yes, the third day in a row of getting up early to run. But again it freed up my evening for other things.

the bright sunshine was a killer today… those sunflowers are TALL…like my runfie?

My evening plans included dinner out with my former co-workers and walking pals.

  • Thursday – 100 degrees predicted for today!!! No running for me (since I don’t have access to a treadmill.)

Since I had to go into the office today, I did take a walk to the nearby Starbucks.

There were a few evening plans brewing – a group trail run for me and tennis for the hubby OR a Jimmy Buffet concert together.

It wasn’t the heat hat bothered me. It was the threat of thunderstorms (which may or may not materialize).

Well, we decided on the concert.  And it was the right decision.  While we were gone, there was a HUGE storm.  The power and internet went down. I wouldn’t have been able to go to the hike. My hubby’s tennis match was canceled.

The concert was awesome and NO RAIN!

The concert was held in Bethel, NY – the home of the famous Woodstock concert in 1969!!!

It was a very long drive (longer than I thought) and we got home at 1:30 am!!

  • Friday – Rest Day!! And a scheduled day off from work.

August 2021

I had planned (as I did last year) to visit a friend who was at a retreat on Lake George to hike and hang out on the lake.

As you can expect, I was very tired but my friend needed to get home and the weather was less than ideal so we decided to cancel.

I hate to waste a vacation day so I worked instead. (I’ll take another day off later in the month).

  • Saturday Long Run Saturday!

We decided to start early (to beat the heat) and then meet for brunch.  Thanks to my friends, I got 12 miles done on the rail trail.

it was humid and warm but running intervals (and with friends) made me feel like I could run forever

  • Sunday –  Boating Sunday!!

So far so good. We’ve been lucky to have dry Sundays to use our boat for the day.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  DAY OFF – run, hike
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – rest day, ARE trail walk
  • Fridayrun, mah jongg
  • Saturday – rest day, boating
  • Sunday –  Run for the Roses 5k (+ miles)

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Places I’ve Run (S-Z)
  • Friday – Who’s an Athena?

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

Happy Running! How is your running going? Any in-person races run or planned? Has the weather been warm where you live? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 7.24.22-7.31.22: Fitting it in…

Some weeks, I say that I’m happy that I fit in a run.  This was one of them.

For three days I was providing tech support for the NYS Bar Exam at a law school (7am-xx:xx). There was also a running group day at a lake, a trail run and a ZOOM with college friends.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Boating Sunday! In the 90’s!! Where else would I want to be?

perfect (didn’t even feel the heat) and no storms until that evening.

  • Monday –  Today our running group planned a day on Emerald Lake in VT.  Rain and the threat of thunderstorms called for a change in plans.

A later departure time allowed me to get my run in.

it was a wet one but it felt sooo good.

Fortunately one of my running friends does live on a lake and that was our back up plan.

The maiden voyage of my SUP… lots of laughs… didn’t even mind the mid day storm

  • Tuesday – Long work day – 7 am-5 pm  providing tech support to those taking the NYS Bar Exam.

But finally a beautiful (not steamy) run day so I accepted when a friend asked to accompany her on a run.

I got back just in time to a  ZOOM with college friends.

  • Wednesday – Back to my regular job.  I don’t like to run three days in a row but with thunderstorms and working at the Bar Exam on Thursday, I decided that I’d better run after work today.

humidity returned though

I had to rush the run because I forgot that I had a “wine” date with a friend.

  • Thursday – Back at the Bar Exam but I finished early enough to carpool with friends to the weekly trail run.

it was a long drive to Landis Arboretum but worth it..

  • Friday – Rest Day!! Finally! And I worked at the Bar Exam for the third and last day.
  • Saturday Long Run Saturday! 10 miles on the plan for Zim Smith bike path.

I was lucky to have the company of friends (and temps cooler than last week) plus brunch at Leah’s.

  • Sunday –  Boating Sunday!!

The heat seems to be back. Looking forward to a day on the lake.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  run
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – run, ARE trail walk (or Jimmy Buffet concert)
  • Friday – DAY OFF – a day with a friend on Lake George is planned.
  • Saturday Long Run 
  • Sunday –  rest day, boating

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Places I’ve Run (J-R)
  • Friday – Ultimate Coffee Date

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

Happy Running! How is your running going? Any in-person races run or planned? Has the weather been warm where you live? Please share.