Weekly Run Down for 6.7.21-6.13.21: Hiking Adventures

I had taken a day off from work this week to go hiking with a friend and it turned out to be the warmest day of the year.

The temps did cool down a little and I managed a few runs, hikes and even a race this week.

Last Week:

  • Monday – As I mentioned, months ago I had chosen this day to go hiking. The weather decided to heat up to over 90 degrees. Not my preferred temps for hiking but at least there was no rain or mud. My friend chose a hike in the Catskills. She is a very experienced hiker so hikes that I’ve taken with her have always taken me out of my comfort zone. This one was no different but still enjoyable. We couldn’t find the parking lot for Kaaterskill Falls so instead we parked at a new Rail Trail and walked 1.5 miles to the Falls trail.  It turned out to be a nice diversion as it was flat and shady.  The falls were awesome and in hindsight I wished that I had gotten wet.  There were a zillion stairs going down to each level.  Not bad and we had lunch at the middle level but going back up…Oy!! We decided to continue on the Escarpment Trail next since someone said it was flat and easy. NOT!! Rocky, lots of climbing.  I think we made it half way to the first viewing overlook and then turned back. Almost 7 miles for the day but so needed mentally!!

we both want to go back again when it is a little cooler.

When I got home, I remembered that I had a ZOOM book club and a walk planned with my BFF.  I didn’t really like the book so I opted for the walk and chat (We even had to walk in the air-conditioned mall due to the heat.)

  • Tuesday – Still so hot and humid.  Crazy me again chose to run at noon, the hottest part of the day. My legs were also tired the previous day’s climbing. As luck would have it, it started to rain before my run which did cool things down a little, but not much. Not a pretty run but it got done.

when I was done, it was feels Like 92…ugh!!

Today’s nugget (from Fit Strong Women over 50 Podcast): Refine your best so doing your best doesn’t seem like failure.

Thunderstorms almost took out our after work walk on the rail trail. Luckily there was a break in the rain and we squeezed it in.

also saw lots of bunnies but they were too quick to photograph,

  • Wednesday – Today was our first scheduled Ice Cream run. You know how I feel about ice cream so joining this group was a no brainer. The timing worked out since I was too busy to run at lunch anyway. We met at Tawasentha Park at 6 pm (after a thunderstorm), ran/walked and then had ice cream at a nearby shop.

even though it had rained, it was so so humid and muddy so this was more a walk than a run. Made a new friend (the niece of my good tennis friend’s husband) and the ice cream was delish!

  • Thursday – As I said last week, I hate to run three days in a row but I did not run Sunday or Monday so run day 3 it was. Slow and short. It was followed immediately by a very long walk with a friend on the rail trail.

I planned on 3 but my friend arrived early… but we walked 7 miles so there’s that.

these thunderstorms keep the creek flowing

  • Friday – Rest Day finally. Not much activity beside my weekly mah jongg game and getting ready for my race the next day.

fingers crossed that the rain forecast was wrong

  • Saturday – Race Day. Rabbit Ramble 4 Miler.  Actually it didn’t feel like a race. I didn’t train for it and it was small and just something different to do with our running group. I think our goal was to finish quickly and get to brunch. And that’s what we did. Four of us ran the race and five cheered.

don’t have the official results but I think I had a PR and won my age group!!

  • Sunday – I thought we might take the boat out my my hubby decided to play tennis and then watch the finals of the French Open on TV.  I took advantage of the free time for laundry, a run, a hike and then some errands.

I decided to run on the Corning Bike Path because I hadn’t in a while.

got out too late and there was no shade so I think this run took more than twice as long as my race the day before.

Todays nugget: (from She Runs It podcast): The moment the negative stuff is taking up too much head space, it’s time to make a change.

Afterward on my way to shopping, I stopped by a trail.

An oasis in the middle of the city

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – run
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Wednesday – Ice Cream run
  • Thursday – ARE Trail Run (with friends)
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – LONG Run
  • Sunday – rest day, boating or hiking

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Rabbit Ramble 4 Mile Race Recap
  • Friday – Social Networking for Runners

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Weekly Run Down for 5.31.21-6.6.21: More rain and then a heat wave…

After last weekend’s cold rainy weather, it was nice to have more seasonal temps.

I celebrated

NATIONAL RUNNING DAY - First Wednesday in June - National Day Calendar

on June 2, 2021

with my virtual running friends,

                                    ❤ these bloggers

I went on my first group hike of 2021

                    at a new local park

I’d say that it was a pretty good week (even with all the rain and without a race.)

Last Week:

  • Monday – It was Memorial Day and so I had the day off from work. Normally we would be boating on Lake George. But the weather was cold and dreary and the sun didn’t come out until 4 pm.

I felt well enough to run but decided to rest the feet and do some exploring.

First I headed to see some local falls. Last time I saw them, the Viewing Park was not open. This time you could walk across and down and get a closer look.

Needing to stretch my legs more, I walked around town… lots of history here.

Since I wasn’t too far away, I was curious about Van Schaick Mansion so I drove there.

a little disappointing but the little library replica was cute

And then on my way home, I stopped to walk around the gardens at Ten Broeck Mansion.

I need to come back when more of the flowers are in bloom.

  • Tuesday – It was cool but the sun was shining so I had to get out and see how my feet felt.  They did ok for a quick lunch run in the neighborhood.

the sun went in but I misjudged how warm and humid it was (overdressed) at noon.

I always listen to podcasts when I run alone.  However, by the time I get home, I have forgotten what I learned. So I decided to stop and record a note.

Today’s nugget (as Nicole DeBoom calls it) is from AMR: Your body is an instrument not an ornament. Focus on what it can do, not what it looks like.

After work, I was back on the rail trail for a long walk with a friend. We chose a different direction and were happily surprised with this view.

  • Wednesday – National Running Day!  So of course, I had to run!! Again, I chose to do it at lunch in the neighborhood but a different route from Tuesday.

could feel the humidity for this one

Today’s nugget is again from AMR: A real runner doesn’t have to do anything, You should do whatever fires you up. And it’s different for each person.

I also celebrated the day with a purchase:

My favorite show ever. This is so me some days….

So after work, I was free to go hiking and hoping that the forecasted rain would hold off. It was just Jan and I and we chose a newly opened local trail called Normans Kill Ravines. Unfortunately as soon as we arrived, it started to rain and it continued raining hard the whole hike.  And the 3.5 mile loop (due to lack of trail markers) turned into almost 5 miles.

The trails were very pretty even with the mud but we ended up exiting the trail on the opposite side of the park and had to walk back through town to our cars.

  • Thursday – Not running on Monday always messes up my schedule. I hate to run three days in a row. And so it was a struggle but I got it done.

I get dressed before work but I need to check the weather before my lunch runs…so warm and humid. Though this was tough, I enjoyed all the roses and irises and a new walking trail.

Today’s nugget (from a guest on Run This World): I’m not a naturel athlete. I’ll never be fast. I do not train to to be a better runner. I go out to run because I want to get better at sucking at something. (Can anyone identify?)

I wasn’t sure if the thunderstorms would cancel my post work walk or not with my friend. But they did not and the rain arrived much later.

Afterward, I rushed to my friend’s for a charity Scrabble tournament.

We played as a team against 7 other teams. I think we did really well (over 800 pts in each of the 2 games.) Maybe we’ll win. Anyway, it was so much fun. (and yes I’m dressed in my walking clothes.)

  • Friday – Finally a rest day. It started out with rain but then it stopped and I actually took out my bike at lunch. Ugh! So hot and humid (what a change in the weather).  Still not a fan of biking but maybe if I left the neighborhood?

I was also happy to be back playing mah jongg on Friday nights.

  • Saturday – Reunited with my Sole Sisters (after a few weeks off) for a long run. We decided to meet at the Zim Smith bike path and run our usual individual distances and then meet after for brunch outside Leah’s.  I ran 1 mile before and then carpooled with Barbara. Then I met Sherry, Stan and Judy for 7 more. It was so nice to have the whole gang together again.

Just couldn’t muster up enough energy in the heat/humidity for 10 miles

  • Sunday – Summer arrived. What happened to spring? Hot Hot Hot.

Not sure what we’re planning…Boating? Gardening? Appliance shopping??

It turns out that it was hiking at Up Yonda Farms.

Near our boat…my 2nd time here but did ALL the trails this time.

Hope you are staying cool.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – DAY OFF, long hike with a friend in the Catskills
  • Tuesday – run, walk with friends
  • Wednesday – Ice Cream Run (with friends)
  • Thursday – run, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – Rabbit Ramble 4 mile race
  • Sunday – rest day, boating or hiking

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Speed or Endurance?
  • Friday – Upper Arm Exercises

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Weekly Run Down for 5.24.21-5.30.21: Back to Normal?

By back to normal, I mean that for the second weekend in a row, I had a RACE on my schedule.

I also got my hair cut and my nails done 🙂

And I played mah jongg with my friends for the first time since March 2020.

In addition, NYS removed the mask mandate for indoors and outdoors (as long as you are vaccinated.)

Last Week:

  • Monday – After a steamy few days, a front came through and cooled things down. I waited until lunch time to run so it was sunny and warm but at least there was a breeze.

lilacs are gone but now it’s iris time!

  • Tuesday – It was a busy work day with a hair appt scheduled for after work. Just a rest day! I have taken up weeding my garden as cross training.
  • Wednesday – After work, we had our second SOAR run scheduled at UAlbany. A fun run with new and old running friends.

But with the threat of thunderstorms, in case it was canceled, I decided to run at lunch (in the heat of the day!!)

And I was right, it did rain. The run was not cancelled but I decided to skip it.

  • Thursday – Today I squeezed in a quick run during lunch. I ran to a fairly new trail and then back to my car.

After work, I picked up my race packet for Sunday’s race

nice 1/2 zip

and then went for a walk with two friends on the rail trail.

haven’t found one in a long time so this was nice

  • Friday – Rest Day. It was supposed to rain all day so I didn’t plan much outside activity. I played mah jongg for the first time since last March!! Happy to be re-united with these wonderful women. And I remembered how to play!!

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  • Saturday – Rest Day #2. I know I should rest but the trails were calling. Unfortunately the rain postponed my walk until later in the day. I tried to decide what to wear for my race which I thought since it was on Memorial Day weekend, I could wear a skirt and a tank… Forecast was for 40 degrees and rain!!!

went back n forth but eventually settled on the skirt with compression calf sleeves and a LONG sleeve shirt.

  • Sunday – Race Day! Miles on the Mohawk 10 miler. As I mentioned, summer had seemed to have come and gone. And it was freezing (in the 40s) and it poured for 8 of the 10 miles.  Still had fun and glad to have done another in-person race.

I think I spent the rest of the day warming up in front of the fireplace (Is it really May 30??)

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  HOLIDAY – DAY OFF – hiking
  • Tuesday – run, walk with friends
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – run, walk with friends, Scrabble night for charity
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – Long Run or 5K
  • Sunday – rest day, boating/hiking

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Miles on the Mohawk 10 Mile Race Recap
  • Friday – Ultimate Coffee Date

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Weekly Run Down for 5.17.21-5.23.21: More Birthday Celebrations and a 5k

Due to the amount of dessert consumption this week, I should have walked, run or hiked much more!!

I ran a race on Saturday. Normally a 5k would be nothing to sweat about. I have already done in-person races this year – two half marathons, a 5 miler and a 5.67 miler up a mountain. But this 5k seemed daunting. I don’t remember how to run fast lol.

Last Week:

  • Monday – I had to squeeze in my run during lunch since my BFF was taking me out to diner as a belated birthday gift.

Note to self: running on a very warm sunny day at NOON is not a great idea

I picked a restaurant where we could walk afterwards.

that is Cannoli cake – and yes we walked for 2 hours after eating half of that!!

  • Tuesday – A busy work day gave only enough time to take a walk after work with friends. We decided to switch it up and walk near my friend’s apartment rather than on the rail trail.  Then we stopped in for munchies and wine after.  What I didn’t know was that it was a surprise birthday party.

food and flowers….I am so lucky! (on the right is one of the trees in my friend’s neighborhood.)

  • Wednesday – Another busy work day so I ran after work. I headed to the rail trail since I was nearby picking up my car (air conditioning fixed $$).

At the last minute I decided on the other end of the rail trail for varied scenery. Boy this was a struggle (hot and humid).

I am glad that I decided to run there rather than in my neighborhood.

a black bear was spotted at the same time…yikes!

  • Thursday – Today I squeezed in a quick run during lunch.

hot and humid again and it was garbage day… had to veer off and run some on the water line (no bear sighting)

After work again, I met a friend for a walk on the rail trail.

we found a cool resting spot under the bridge and along the creek

  • Friday – A rest day. And my hubby’s birthday!! No big celebration. Just some pizza and ice cream cake for dessert.

But before dinner, I met a friend for a walk at the Pine Hollow Arboretum for a change of pace since she had never been there.

she loved so we’ll be going back

  • Saturday – Race Day – Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k. It used to be one of my favorite (and most successful) 5ks.  But it’s been a while since I raced a 5k or even ran fast. I gave it my best shot and had lots of fun. That is what really matters not finish times or awards.

chocolate milk and home baked cookies = great race… despite a long water stop and 2 stops for untied shoelaces, my finish time was way better than expected.

Afterward, I reluctantly added on some more torturous miles.  Hot and Humid!!  I had hoped for 7 more miles but I barely made it to 3!

Then I stopped by some local trails. The first one was had waterfalls and it was lovely.

The second one was along the Hudson River.

And so I had to hurry home to get ready to go out to dinner to celebrate my hubby’s birthday.

  • Sunday – My running friends were doing a local 5k.  FOMO.

But I had to go up and help my hubby get our boat ready for the summer.

last year’s first weekend boating pic

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  run
  • Tuesday – rest day, hair appt
  • Wednesday – SOAR run
  • Thursday – rest day, bib pick-up, walk with friends
  • Fridayrun
  • Saturday – rest day, boating?
  • Sunday – Miles Along the Mohawk 10 mile race

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k Race Recap
  • Friday – Runfessions

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Weekly Run Down for 5.10.21-5.16.21: Just Going With the Flow

After an exciting two weeks of vacationing, celebrating and racing, this week was kinda dull.

Some weeks are like that.

But there was some running, walking, biking and hiking. I was selected as a Zensah Ambassador.

So life is good.

Last Week:

  • Monday – A rainy dreary day. I had a dentist appointment in the morning and was hoping that I could squeeze in a run between raindrops before going back to work.

  • Tuesday – A very busy work day so a rest from running but a long walk after work with friends.
  • Wednesday – Today SOAR group runs resumed. Women gather every two weeks at 6 pm to run and socialize.  The first meeting was at UAlbany.  The time of the run doesn’t excite me since I only work until 4 pm but it gives me the opportunity to run with others and meet new runners.

There were at least 20 women who showed up. I ran intervals with my running friend Deirdre and spent lots of time chatting with old friends (Lara) and co-workers (Colleen).

  • Thursday – I decided today that my lunch run would include some speedwork. So I drove so I could run some 200s on the HS track.

It was in the 30s when I got up. I never checked the weather before I left to run…. sunny & mid-60s!! Skirt & tank weather!! I did do 200m sprint, 200m jog 4X on the track.

After work, I again met friends to walk on the rail trail.

a veteran running to support an important cause

  • Friday – Another rest day. I decided to take the bike out during my lunch break. I didn’t ride far or long (need to get those muscles back in shape.)

of course I matched my outfit to my ride. She is now named “Big Red.”

And hit the trails after work on this beautiful day.

noting exciting but very peaceful

  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday. I got to see the Florida runners for the first time in eons. We started on the rail trail at different times to run different distances.  Of course, we all gathered after for brunch.

I ran the 10 miles with Sherry… the highlight was seeing two eagles up in a tree. Afterward we met the 5 others for a delicious brunch.

The rest of the day was spent grocery shopping, laundry, weeding and TAXES.

  • Sunday – Started out this gorgeous day with a waterfall hike.

I had already visited this trail in the winter but wanted to get here before the rain. It was so peaceful – didn’t see a soul.

Afterward, I completed another nearby but much shorter waterfall hike.

I spent a lot time here watching the crazy college students who climbed down into the gorge and up the cliff of the waterfall to dive in..brrr!

The rest of day was spent outdoors, weeding (X training, right?) Depending on if and when we get thunderstorms, I may go on another nearby hike or bike ride.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  run at lunch, belated birthday dinner out with BFF
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Wednesday –run after work
  • Thursday – run at lunch, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day
  • Saturday – Bacon Hill Bonanza 5k + 7 miles
  • Sunday – rest day, hike or boating

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Prospect Mountain Road Race Recap
  • Friday – Tips for Hiking Alone

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Weekly Run Down for 4.26.21-5.9.21: Vacation Time, a Race and My Birthday!!! Triple Whammy!

I was away with my girlfriends in Naples, Fla most of this TWO week period. We had perfect weather and loads of fun.

Then I came home to lots of laundry and to celebrate my birthday (on Mother’s Day.)

On an insane impulse, I also registered for a race on Saturday.

4-26.21-5.2.21:

  • Monday – I was planning on squeezing in a run at lunch in the neighborhood but an emergency vet appt in the morning took away my lunch time (Champ had an infected bite wound but he is now fine).

he was very upset that he couldn’t go out and play for a week

Instead after work, I drove back to Washington Park to run around the tulips and do some hill work. Change of plans, I ran around town first and ended up at the tulips.

no pep in my step today but still got it done….

I just took pics, skipped the hills and walked back to my car.

90,000 bulbs here once they are all in bloom

  • Tuesday – Today I had time for a run during lunch. I was expecting much but trying to front load my runs in case they do not get done in Florida.

stayed in the neighborhood and sported my Florida race shirt

After work, I skipped my long walk with friends in order to finish packing and to get to bed early.

  • Wednesday – I took a very early flight (6 am) to Florida. Once we arrived, we picked up the rented van and drove to Naples.  We got settled in our villas, ate lunch, went grocery shopping and then hung out at the pool. I was glad that I ran Monday and Tuesday since there was a lot of sitting happening today.

sunny – heat index over 100 EVERYDAY!!

  • Thursday – I got up early and excitedly got to play tennis with my friends. I guess it’s like riding a bike. It felt great to be out there. Afterward, while they were taking a tennis lesson, I went for a run. Whoa. Heat and humidity! Quite an adjustment.

ran around the neighborhood admiring all the gardens

Next on today’s agenda was the beach followed by a delicious dinner in French restaurant. A perfect day to be followed by many perfect days.

Best dinner of the week (I am a biased former French teacher)

  • Friday – Today I went for a pre-tennis run. Still hot and humid. I decided that I would just happily endure the heat and humidity each morning.

more sweat and more flowers

Again we went to the beach. And after, we all went out to a scrumptious dinner. (Do you see a pattern?)

Some of the girls did go to the pool some days but I prefer the beach. Cool breezes, warm waves= Heaven!

  • Saturday – Things were becoming routine.

I found it cooler if I ran outside the community and along the canal…

I ran (if you could call it “running”) while my friends took their tennis lesson, then I played tennis with them and afterward I went to the beach. It was hot, sunny and humid but I loved it. Tonight’s dinner was Italian and we went to the theater after.

We saw Calendar Girls at the local theater

  • Sunday – I started the day with an early morning walk. No tennis or running since we decided on a road trip. We drove 1 1/2 hours north to Sarasota. First we took a boat ride on the Myakka River

Not as many alligators as we hoped but it was fun and we enjoyed a picnic lunch in the park too.

and then went on a nature and canopy walk in the park.

quite shady which was very very nice on this hot day

Next we visited Selby Gardens where in addition to the beautiful flowers, there was an exhibit of Lichtenstein’s version of Monet.

Monet is one of my favorite painters so I really enjoyed this!!

We ended our visit with the St Armand Circle shops and a seafood dinner.

Last Week:

  • Monday – For the next few days, we played tennis first thing in the morning and then I ran during their lesson. The runs became more difficult since the temps were higher and the sun stronger. I coped by adding in more walk breaks.

I think I was walking more than running so these were just miles on the legs….

Again we went to the beach and out to dinner. But tonight we skipped dessert and had it back home during our book club.

We discussed Anxious People and yes, the dessert was as good as it looks

  • Tuesday – Today was pretty similar to Monday. Tennis, slow sweaty run, beach.

Of course, I realized that I should be running BEFORE tennis when it was cooler!! Not easy when you stayed up late on vacation….

Since it was our last Florida dinner, we had it at the Ritz while watching the sunset.

Top left: this is the first restaurant we ate at in Naples in 2005 so we go there every year just to take a pic. I am sunrise and sunset obsessed so I insist on ONE during my tennis vacations. My friends indulge me. (on my own, I’d be there every night lol)

  • Wednesday – Last day in sunny Florida. Tennis, a slow run…

I was frowning because I looked at the weather forecast for home!!!

followed by relaxing by the pool and dinner at the airport. Our flights were uneventful (for a change.)

Top: group pic with Mark our tennis instructor (I did not take lessons but everyone else liked him). Bottom: the bigger of the two pool in the community

  • Thursday – Home sweet home but missing my friends and the warm sunshine. I don’t often run several days in a row but my Florida running was more walking and I also wanted to check out the tulips in Washington Park before the weekend. The weather was cool and breezy so perfect for running.

it’s lilac time too!!

This past weekend was have been peak for the tulips but they were still gorgeous.

more tulip pics on IG @dsc59

After work, I resumed my walk on the rail trail with friends.

  • Friday – Finally a real rest day. The only thing I did was take a walk with a friend after work.
  • Saturday – On a whim, I signed up for a race – Prospect Mountain Road Race – 5.67 miles up a mountain (over 1600 ft elevation gain). Crazy, right? Yes it was hard, very hard but I finished unscathed, won 3rd in my age group and even enjoyed it.

Afterward, I drove up to Bolton Landing and walked around for a while (I had planned to run but was too beat).

Lake George still pretty on a cloudy day

As as soon I got home, I had to rush out as my stepson and his wife had invited us out to dinner to celebrate my birthday and Mother’s Day.

  • Sunday – MY BIRTHDAY!  No big celebration planned.  I thought I might run 6.8k but decided that I would go for a hike or two instead.

I am lucky to have so many choices within an hour radius.  I decided that I needed water views and waterfalls.  And I hit the jackpot.

Falling Waters Preserve – 3 trails with Hudson River views and several waterfalls!

On the way home, I stopped to hike a shorter trail.

More views of the Hudson but people live in the lighthouse so I could not climb it.

Believe it not mot, I accidently walked 4.2 miles or 6.8K!!!

Later we will stop by my MIL’s to wish her a happy Mother’s Day.

This Coming Week on the Run – 

  • Monday –  run, walk
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Wednesday –run, walk
  • Thursday – run, walk
  • Friday – rest day, bike, walk
  • Saturday – Long Run
  • Sunday – rest day walk, hike

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday–  My Worst Racing Outfits
  • Friday – Tips for Running During Vacations

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

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Weekly Run Down for 4.19.21-4.25.21: Recovery Week and Signs of Spring

Living in the NE, we seem to be behind everyone else with signs of Spring and it also such a short season. Before we know it, it will be hot and humid.

My running actually was related to weather not recovery.  All the hiking I did the next day seemed to alleviate any stiffness in my legs.

Hit #40 for my 2021 Hike Challenge:

Last Week:

  • Monday – Today’s forecast was for occasional rain showers. With work, it is always a challenge to time my run just right. I drove to near the rail trail and it started to rain as soon as I got there. I grabbed my jacket and continued on my run. Of course, it did stop and I was sweating.

The house on the top left had necklaces hanging from her tree. When I asked why, she said they do it New Orleans. After I took the picture on the bottom left, an old man came out of his house down the street and asked what I was doing. I explained that I like pink flowers. He then grumbled something.

When I looked the weather for Wed & Thurs, it looked like I may have to skip my runs.  So I opted for run #2 today. After another quick rain shower, I drove to UAlbany.

all the cherry blossoms from last year were gone but I found some other interesting sights

Then I met my BFF for a long walk at the nearby outdoor mall.

  • Tuesday – Too busy a work day to get in a run (and I ran twice the day before). So just a short walk at lunch and a hair appointment after work. It was light enough afterward that I was able to get in a quick hike at a nearby trail (oops forgot my phone for pix.)  Then I met my walking friends for snacks (and wine).
  • Wednesday – A predicted rainy day. It did rain on and off and I was hoping like Monday to time it right and get in my run between showers. It was cloudy and the 40s at lunch. Of course, it started to rain, stopped, got sunny and then started to rain again. Crazy weather.

definitely overdressed…. still waiting for tulips. Maybe next week.

  • Thursday – A very windy cold day with a chance of snow flurries (seriously?) I took a chance and drove to do my run on the rail trail.

It was crazy windy and snowing when I started my run and then the sun came out and it got even windier. At least I remembered to wear green for Earth Day. Did you?

I met my friends after work for a long walk (too windy for the rail trail so back to the outdoor mall.)

  • Friday – As usual Friday was my rest day (due a long run the next day.) Of course, it may have been the first sunny day of the week. I decided to take my bike out for the FIRST time this year.

needs a major tune-up I think

But since I had had not hit a single trail all week, I headed out for a hike after dinner.  Waterfalls, of course.

very pretty and many more trails that I had time to cover

Loving the extra daylight and I took advantage and stopped off at a nearby trail.

the extra rain has made the waterfalls even more impressive but some of the trails were too muddy to hike on.

  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday.  Even though my half marathon was done, I still intended (if possible) to meet up with my friends for brunch and run 10 miles each weekend. We met at various times for a variety miles at the rail trail. I started early and ran 3 miles alone and then ran 7 more miles with Sherry and Stan.

Stan & I were both wearing a shirt from the Brooklyn half marathon.

With rain predicted for Sunday and my impending vacation, I was anxious to get in at least one more hike on the trails. Especially since the weather was gorgeous. I decided to drive about an hour and instead of exploring waterfalls, I hiked and climbed a fire tower.

beautiful views and I met a lovely couple to hike with

The couple whom I met recommended another nearby hike and it was pretty as well (but longer).

view of the Hudson, the train and a variety of terrain.

  • Sunday – A rainy day which worked out perfectly since I needed to get ready to leave on my vacation. First order of business was to get my nails done. Since the salon opened later than I thought, I made a spur of the moment decision to head to the park to see how the tulips were faring.  It was raining but not hard.  I was shocked…so many were already in bloom. Not all. I bet they will be in full bloom next weekend (when I am in Florida.)

my favorite time of year…

The rain stopped so I decided to go for a walk.

yup…more signs of spring

Finally, thanks to Cari for organizing this event.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  run, walk
  • Tuesday – run, walk with friends
  • Wednesday – rest day – 6 am Flight to Florida – pool, walk in Naples, Fl.
  • Thursday – run, tennis, beach, walk in Naples
  • Fridayrun, tennis, beach, walk in Naples
  • Saturday – run, tennis, beach, walk, theatre in Naples
  • Sunday – run, walk, road trip to Sarasota

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Working FT and Running
  • Friday – April Runfessions

The Next Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – run, tennis, beach, walk in Naples
  • Tuesday – run, tennis, beach, walk in Naples
  • Wednesday – run, tennis, pool, walk in Naples, 6:30 pm Flight Home
  • Thursday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day, walk
  • Saturday – Long Run (or RACE?)
  • Sunday – walk/hike, Mother’s Day/MY BIRTHDAY

The Next Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – My Favorite Vacation
  • Friday – Ultimate Coffee Date for May

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Doing any virtual races? Any in-person races planned? Any vacations planned? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 4.12.21-4.18.21: Cherry Blossoms and Race Week!!

After a beautiful warm sunny week last week, it was not surprising that this week did not follow suit.

But my plan was to relax and take it slow… and enjoy the beginning signs of spring.

After a long two months, I finally ran another half marathon and in person!  This one was local and on the same course as the one I ran last November. It was fun to see all my friends again (even with the COVID restrictions.)

Last Week:

  • Monday – A rainy morning but by lunch it had stopped. A chilly cloudy day but glad to get outside. Unfortunately due to unexpected meet-up with a friend, I got delayed and wound up getting caught in the rain halfway though this run.

Got to see some early tulips but my hands and ears were so cold!!

Of course, the rain stopped by the time I finished.  I had to get back to work so I drove back to take pictures.

surprised to catch these at peak during my run UAlbany run. ❤ cherry blossoms!!

  • Tuesday – A busy work day so only had time for a quick neighborhood walk at lunch.

they are so short-lived, these beautiful blossoms

After work, I went for my usual LONG rail trail walk with friends.

always interesting sights – the highlight was a young girl roller blading holding a chicken!! The top left is the RD from Saturday’s race (and his wife).

  • Wednesday – Anxious to catch some more peak cherry blossom trees, I headed to Washington Park after work to run.

2 cherry blossom trees (but lots of pink magnolias) and only ONE tulip – lol

I only had time for a short run/walk since my running friend texted me and asked me to run with her at UAlbany.

two days later and the trees were mostly past peak with pretty pink “snow” on the ground. I was overdressed too (it was 70 degrees) – skirt/tank weather

Rush rush again- dinner plans with a friend. So nice to be able to socialize again (and she didn’t notice my sweaty running shirt under my jacket. lol)

  • Thursday – Rest Day. And a rainy one. I guess the timing worked out perfectly. It had stopped raining by lunch so I went for a walk.  It was downright chilly (down coat and beanie cold).

discovered another new trail nearby…seems to go on forever!!

After work, I was able to get my race packet and then since it was pouring go for a work in the mall.

  • Friday – A Second Rest Day with snow in the forecast!! There was a dusting in the morning but again it was chilly.

view of our tree from my window

After work, again due to rain, I went for a walk around an outside mall (with a friend).

  • SaturdayRace Day!!! With 1000 of my closest friends (lol), I ran 13.1 miles! Unfortunately, it was colder than I had hoped (so I changed my outfit at the last minute). And due to all the recent rain, the start and finish was crazy muddy.  But I finished. It was hard due to my too fast miles 1-5 and then the unending hills. But I ran a real race.  Life is good!

In the town where I live, people pain rocks and when you find them you post to FB and then move them. This afternoon, a massage studio sponsored a rock painting session. It was lots of fun and a good way to rest my weary legs for a few hours.

obviously I do not have much artistic talent lol

  • Sunday – It’s Hiking Sunday. I was hoping that my legs would allow me. But actually ikt was a beautiful day and hiking was what the doctor ordered.  I felt so better better afterwards. I, of course, needed my waterfalls fix and then I also hike two new trails in the same area.

Barbersville Falls (top left) and then the ridge trail (with lots of creek crossings) and then the nearby Creek trail (bottom pics).

This Coming Week on the Run – 

  • Monday –  run, walk with BFF
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk, bike, hair appt.
  • Wednesday – run, walk
  • Thursday – run, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day, bike, walk
  • Saturday – Long Run
  • Sunday – walk/hike

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Druthers H2H Half Marathon Race Recap
  • Friday – The New Normal for Racing

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Doing any virtual races? Any in-person races planned? Any goals for April? Is it warming up where you live? What about those April showers? Are they happening? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 4.5.21-4.11.21: Chasing Waterfalls and Tapering…

After a ugly weather week last week, this week started out promising.

The highlight of the week was that I had taken Wednesday off from work (to hike) and the weather was perfect. I used the day to continue my chase of the NYS Waterfalls.

Temps up to 60 degrees (and even 70, I think) and no rain all week.  (Not great for the flowers but good for the runner/walker/hiker.)

I even reach another milestone.

I think it may be time to take out the bike for a spin….

Last Week:

  • Monday – I used to be so good about getting out before work and going for a walk.  I have not done that in ages.  I did go for my run at lunch time. It was warm but still windy. The sun was shining so I was very grateful.

overdressing seems to be my spring theme…I’ll get it right eventually. Lots of Easter eggs on the trail and my daffodils finally bloomed.

After work, I went for a walk in the park searching for signs of spring

not much to report… no sign of the infamous tulips

and then met my BFF for a long walk around our outdoor mall.

  • Tuesday – Another nice sunny breezy day.  So why not a run on my rest day? lol

I started out on the water line but it was muddy so I switched to the neighborhood.

this run was rushed since I stopped to talk with a neighbor (she usually runs 10m everyday at 5 am and I hadn’t seen her in awhile…unfortunately she has breast cancer and is going through chemo. She continues to run only 5m and is training for the Chicago marathon). So inspired yet grateful to be healthy!!

and after work, I took a long walk on the rail trail with two friends.

we have now added after walk munchies or dinner lol

  • Wednesday – Re-arranged my rest day and went for a few hikes instead on my day off from work. I also had hired someone to deep clean my house (since I have been slacking in that dept and my regular cleaning lady moved away.)

As you probably know, I am waterfalls obsessed.  And since I had the whole day to myself, I decided to take a long drive (1h30) to Owen D. Young.  I heard that it was nice but I was not prepared for all the waterfalls in one place (plus caves and trails).

definitely worth the drive

Since I was already in the area, I Googled to see if there were any other waterfalls nearby. Yup, not too far away was Wintergreen Park and Trails.

My last stop was at Buttermilk Falls before heading home.

  • Thursday – A busy work day only allowed me to squeeze in a neighborhood run during lunch. And it was skirt weather. Woo Hoo!

Again, after work, I went for a long walk with friends on the rail trail. We do vary the direction now that we meet there twice a week.

  • Friday – A scheduled rest day.  Since the weather was still amazingly nice, I did go for a few walks. I went to the local park at lunch.

not many leaves on the trees, but a children’s walk, some Easter eggs and mud.

and then it was so nice a day that I went for another hike. And of course, there was a waterfall.

Across from these trails was another one which led you to the Hudson River.

  • Saturday – Long Run Saturday.  Our taper before the half marathon next Saturday. This week, we all met at the Nisky Bike Path and ran or walked our individual paces and distances and then had brunch together.

I wore different shoes and different socks and a result of one or the other got painful blisters (also could have been the humidity). A painful 10 miles but the taper is done. And brunch was great.

  • Sunday – Forecast called for showers so I headed out early hoping to squeeze in my hike and not get wet. I decided to go to Thacher Park where in the past I have run on some of the trails. Who knew how many waterfalls there were there…

it was warm and humid and it seemed that the rain would hold off for a while so I walked across the road and walked on another trail.

such pretty views

On my way to grocery shopping I stopped off to see if things has started to bloom….

just a start….

This Coming Week on the Run – 

  • Monday –  walk, run
  • Tuesday – run, walk with friends
  • Wednesday – walk, run
  • Thursday – rest day, bike, walk, race bib pick up, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day, bike, walk
  • Saturday – Druthers Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon!!
  • Sunday – walk/hike

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Favorite Podcasts
  • Friday – How Indoor Cycling Can Help Runners

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

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Weekly Run Down for 3.29.21-4.4.21: What Happened to Spring?

We got lucky with spring temps last week but this week, it seemed like winter again. Typical spring in the NE.

Fingers crossed that spring will return next week again.

Last Week:

  • Monday – Nasty weather in the morning – cloudy, cold with very high winds.  I decided to postpone my run until after work. At least the sun came out and it warmed up a bit but it still was very windy.

started out in the neighborhood but ended up on the rail trail – new sighting: a dog grave

Then I had to rush home for a mah jongg group book ZOOM. We discussed The Book of Lost Names. So fun to see everyone again (at least virtually.)

  • Tuesday – A busy work day so I decided not to run and instead do a quick walk in the park at lunch

oops I forgot my phone so no pics. Did you walk in the park today??

and then a long walk with friends after work (followed by dinner with them).  Unfortunately the evening ended badly with either a stomach flu or food poisoning (haven’t been that sick since I was kid.)

  • Wednesday – Still a windy day and rain/snow predicted for later and tomorrow. Still not feeling 100% but decided to try an easy run at lunch. I drove to a nearby neighborhood.

warm but very windy, saw my first daffodils and didn’t puke…win win.

After work, I always have that cooped up feeling and decided that I needed some fresh air.  And it hadn’t started raining…yet.

a long walk at Normanskill Farms = just what the doctor ordered

  • Thursday – Ugly rainy day.  Bike time at lunch and a walk with friends after work (back at the outside mall to stay dry). On my drive home, it started to sleet then snow.

still no blooms…poor cold daffodils

  • Friday – Winter temps returned.  Managed to squeeze in a cold walk at lunch. April (snow) showers bring May flowers, right?

maybe that’s why my Christmas Cactus is confused…

After work, I resorted to a mall walk and was treated to this on my way home. Glad I didn’t skip the walk.

  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday.  12 miles on my schedule and I picked Zim Smith for our group run.  We hadn’t been there in ages and we all love brunch after at Leah’s Cakery. Of course, that was the plan before our unexpected snowfall. Fortunately the path was clear, the sun was shining, no wind and the chilly temps actually were perfect for a long run. I ran the first 7 miles with Stan and Sherry. Luckily Stan left since his pace is way faster than mine.  I ran the next 4 with Sherry and dragged myself through the last mile solo.

the best part was the chocolate milk, quiche and brownie recovery (and yes it was chilly after when you are sweaty).

  • Sunday –  Hiking Sunday continued but an early one since it was Easter and I had to go to dinner at my MIL’s. I was not expecting how much I loved this one (Beebe Hill Trails). A decent climb, pond and creek view, lean-to, old cemetery and a Fire Tower!! (more pics on FB & IG)

I need to go back when I have more time to explore the other trails here.

After a huge meal and this:

Ever heard of Duck Donuts? My first experience. Yum.

I decided on a second hike.  This time it was a trail I had found out about but had forgotten about.  It lets you view the Cohoes Falls from the opposite side.  Th eonly problem was the MUD. I was covered to my knees lol

but I did make it to the end

This Coming Week on the Run – 

  • Monday –  run, walk with BFF
  • Tuesday – rest day, bike, walk with friends
  • Wednesday – DAY OFF, run, hike
  • Thursday – run, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day, bike, walk
  • Saturday – Long Run (Taper 10)
  • Sunday – rest day, bike, walk/hike

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Five Year Predictions: Past and Future
  • Friday – Advice for Recovering from the COVID Vaccine

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

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