Weekly Run Down for 1.11.21-1.17.21: Counting Down

Counting down until my THREE day weekend.

Counting down until Biden is sworn in as President.

Counting down until I get my COVID vaccines. (I became eligible this week and after a zillion failed attempts, I got an appt.)

Counting down until I can run an in-person race.

Some years, it’s hard to enjoy the present and you have to look ahead to better times.

That being said, so far, this year I have kept up my fitness goals – running easy, running long, walking, hiking, indoor biking (two activities each day.)

Last Week –

  • Monday – Another cold gray morning. Postponed going outside until lunchtime.  The sun never came out but it was at least a little warmer. I decided to try something new for my run. I drove to the park n ride, ran a mile to the high school, ran a mile around the track and then back to my car.  A really nice diversion. The track was empty, clear of ice/snow and easy on the feet. Maybe next time, I’ll even do some speed work.

It was only in the high 20s and I was cold for awhile but in the end, it was the right choice of clothing.

With a few more minutes each day of light, I was able to explore a local trail after work.

Van Dyke Preserve at dusk

  • Tuesday –  Before work I rode George since it was a rest day.

I decided to try and focus on one nugget said by each trainer (makes the chatter more meaningful) – today was (don’t quote me) -“The way you see yourself impacts what you can do.”

During my lunch break, I went for a short walk. Just out my back door and onto the waterline.

another very dreary cloudy day…at least there was no wind so it felt warmer than yesterday (even walking).

After work, I got in my 2nd daily (and longer) walk with a friend around our outdoor mall.

we always pass this giant Christmas ornament and I finally took a selfie in it.

I spent most of the evening trying to make an appt for my COVID-19 vaccine.  At the current time, it was only offered through April 16 at UAlbany and all the appts were filled or the website kept crashing….grrr!!!

  • Wednesday – After a sleepless and frustrated night, I decided to get out earlier for my walk today.

saw the sunrise but still had to be at my desk by 8 am so a short walk in the ‘hood..

And back to running. I had more time so I drove to do my lunch run. I wish I time for a more scenic location but they are either icy or too far.  I settled for the roads near the rail trail as I did last week.

still cloudy but a little warmer and dry so can’t complain

After work, I got in a second but longer walk with my BFF. But the good news is that I decided to check out the vaccine appts one more time (after checking them ALL day) and miraculously, I found an open slot for Jan. 19!! Super ecstatic.

still holiday decorations at the mall…like the reflection of the outdoor tree indoors

  • Thursday –I debated whether to take a rest day or run. It always depends on which day of the weekend my long run is and that depends on the weather.  I decided to walk at lunch and drive to the trails in our town park. I was wondering if they we would be icy.  Yes in most places!!

I only did one loop. Next time, I’ll wear my Yaks and do the other.

and then went for a run after work at UAlbany before my walk.

finally the paths were clear here and that tent in the top left is where the COVID vaccines will be given.

I met with friends again for a long walk after work (my 3rd night in a row at the same locale.)

decorations will soon be taken down here so I’m enjoying/sharing them.

  • Friday – With Saturday’s weather looking iffy and today being dry, my rest day turned in a run day. Rain was forecast for the afternoon so I needed to get out at lunch (or before work but that rarely happens.). To save time, I ran in the neighborhood. And I think I saw a glimmer of sun through my window in the morning but by the time I got out to run, it was gray and gloomy. I didn’t do a Peleton run because it used up all my data last month.  Instead, I listened to a podcast (that I had already downloaded.)

the poor snowman on the top lost his nose since yesterday

The rain held off until evening so there was time for a quick hike before dinner. And then my walking companion called me and insisted that we do another outdoor mall walk.  (I may have created a monster lol).

  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday postponed due to rain/snow. Instead, I started the day with a virtual bike ride (via ZOOM) with some other bloggers.  So fun.

40 min ride. my longest so far. went by so quickly when you are chatting

After housework and errands, I realized that I hadn’t taken my daily walk. It had stopped raining so I decided to seek out another waterfall trails.  I though that I might encounter ice and snow. Nope. Two miles of MUD!!! Still worth it.

It was also our Anniversary (22 years) so I wanted to do something special.  A hard decision since it is the Pandemic and the weather was lousy.  We I decided on outdoor dining… in an heated private igloo on Lake George. Unfortunately, the igloos were all booked but we have reservations for NEXT Saturday.

The Bolton Barrel

doesn’t that look cool?

So instead, take-out at home. And actually, if I run next Saturday am instead of on Sunday am, it will work out better to celebrate (with drinks) on a Saturday night. (Fingers crossed for good running weather next Sat. am.)

  • Sunday – Re-Scheduled Long Run Day. After four weeks running at the Crossings, I wanted to vary the location to the Nisky Bike Path. Rumors had it that the path was clear, at least in one direction but yesterday’s weather might have changed that so back again to The Crossing it was. I was so lucky to have Karen for a few miles, then Chris and Sherry.  It was harder than normal. I rewarded myself with a shopping spee at Trader Joe’s

still cloudy and windy but no ice. My FEET hurt more than normal , though. ugh!

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  DAY OFF -bike, walk/hike
  • Tuesday – run, walk, COVID-19 vaccine
  • Wednesday –  rest day, walk, Sole Sisters ZOOM
  • Thursday – run, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day, bike, walk
  • Saturday –  LONG RUN, walk
  • Sunday – rest day, bike, walk/hike

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? Have the winter temps or snow hit? Have you signed up for any races? Virtual or In-Person? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 1.4.21-1.10.21: A New Year but More of the Same

Yes, it’s 2021 and a new year. But not much is new yet.

I will be more hopeful when the COVID cases stop increasing everyday and I get the vaccine.

Until then, the weather has not been my friend either (although it only snowed at the beginning of the week, it has been COLD.)

Happy to note that I will be riding George when I do not run and no matter what, I will walk everyday (and wear Yak Trax to do a little hiking).

Last Week –

  • Monday – I woke up to more snow than they predicted.

No stress when you are working from home…

Happy that it was a rest day and that I had George to keep me occupied. I’m working on getting some cycling legs. It still feels hard at low resistance. lol

chose the 30 min Elvis ride (the trainer was the same as for my Beatles run)

It’s hard after work to get in a long walk since it is gets dark so early still.  I took a chance on being able to hike a bit (with my yaks) at the Pine Hollow Arborteum.

It was pretty but a lot of snow – perfect for snowshoeing or Xcountry skiing lol

  • Tuesday –  .Snow really puts a kink in my routine.  You never know for sure where roads and paths would be clear.  I decided to run in the roads during lunch. It was fine but boring – no pretty flowers, fall foliage or holiday decorations to photograph. So my goal was to seek out snowmen…

and I found 3…also did a 30 min Peleton Hamilton run. I felt the same as with the Beatles. I just wanted to listen to the songs and sing along. Obviously others must enjoy all that chatter lol

Still making sure that I walk everyday.  With working, it’s easier for me to get out after work.  Today, I headed back to Five Rivers for a short walk before total darkness.

so peaceful and quiet

  • Wednesday – I had more time today so I walked BEFORE work. I just went through my yard onto the water line.  Such a great way to start the work day (even if the sky was gloomy and no pretty sunrise.)

no one here but me…so nice but no way to run on it with all the ice and ruts.

And I drove into town to do my run at lunch. I had briefly thought about a bike ride but no rain or snow so I gave it a shot. I scouted out the rail trail but nope, still too icy so I ran on the nearby neighborhood roads.

It was a Red day! (Sorry this was before the chaos broke loose in DC. I should have worn blue.) Lots of Christmas trees on the curbs. I ran my favorite Peleton run so far – 30 min of Madonna. Maybe because I’m a big Madonna fan and I also like the trainer, Matty. Not as much chatter and I enjoyed running intervals for the choruses of the songs. I also heard a new song – I Love NY!!! ❤

  • Thursday – Hooray for sunshine but boo for 20 degrees. I decided against that early morning walk.  But again, I drove at lunch to a location to do my run.  I parked in a different spot than the day before. The rail trail still was too icy in spots so I ran on the sidewalks and on the roads.  I again used the Peleton app for part of the run.  For some reason, it doesn’t show the distance on the watch while I’m running so I ended up with 4 miles rather than the planned 3. It may have been sunny but the wind made it feel awfully chilly.

like my selfie? Told you it was sunny. Today the Peleton run was to 60s music.

My after work (social distanced, masked) walks with friends resumed but today instead of on our usual Friday schedule. I hadn’t seen them in a few weeks so it was great to catch up. We decided to change to Thursday walks and maybe even add in another day.

  • Friday – After three days of running, today was declared a rest day and it was my busiest work day too. That gave me barely time for a 30 min bike ride during lunch (no Peleton, had to do work while I pedaled).

After work, I headed to the mall for a long wall without worrying about the dark.

  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday was back. The weather cooperated but still returned to The Crossings because I felt comfortable that I could avoid the ice by running there. I was able to run most of the miles with Sherry and Chris (Deb walked).  We wore our gaiters and kept apart so I felt totally safe.  Too cold to eat outside after our runs so the group brunch will have to wait until spring.

this may have been the coldest temps so far (teens) but once you got going (and chatting), it was fine.. the only thing that was cold were my thighs (need to wear lined tights next time).

  • Sunday – I started the day with 30 minutes on the bike sweating with Miley and Jess.

I really liked Jess and one thing that she said that I remember was: “Hurt doesn’t mean hard but it does mean growth.” 🙂

and then I wanted to get outdoors for a long walk or hike. So I dressed warm, grabbed my poles, Yak Trax and headed to Huyck Preserve. It was such a beautiful day.  The sun was shining brightly and the path was plowed. I didn’t even need my poles or Yaks. And the waterfalls were breathtaking.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  run, walk
  • Tuesday – rest day, walk, bike, hair appt, walk with BFF
  • Wednesday –  run, walk
  • Thursday – run, walk with friends
  • Friday – rest day, bike, walk
  • Saturday –  LONG RUN, wedding anniversary (22 years)
  • Sunday – rest day, bike, walk/hike

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.


I also have exciting news!

It’s time for a brand-new Friday Five, and we are thrilled to bring you this Fit Five Friday link-up (starting Friday, January 15!)

We’ve got FIVE incredible co-hosts, and we are ready to link up every Friday to share YOUR weekly fitness favorites! Join hosts Me (My First 5K and More), Running With Attitude, Run Laugh Eat Pie, Runs with Pugs, and Zenaida every Friday for Fit Five Friday! Who’s ready for some fun?

Here are the guidelines:

Your link should center around some kind of fitness (exercise, wellness, mental health, nutrition… the possibilities are endless!) Please link back to your hosts! It’s the right thing to do! Share the link-up love by visiting and commenting on your hosts and at least two other Fit Five Friday bloggers! Feel free to share about Fit Five Friday on your social media! Tag #FitFiveFriday to get the word out! And let’s go! We can’t wait!

Happy Running! How is your running going? Have the winter temps or snow hit? Have you signed up for any races? Virtual or In-Person? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 12.28.20-1.3.21: Happy New Year!!

Loving these four day work weeks.

This is the last one for a few weeks. No need to take a day off for hiking in the winter so I will wait until I can go on a vacation (or am going insane lol)

2021 has arrived. Hope it is a better year for everyone than 2020.

Last Week –

  • Monday – Rest day.  I did get out for a lunch walk on the water line (nothing interesting to photograph but the snow had at least melted).
  • Tuesday –  A cold day but the wind made it feel even colder.  I decided to run at lunch since at least the sun was out. I hate to run in my neighborhood unless I am pressed for time.  So I drove to the rail trail to see if I was able to run without slipping on ice.  It was ok at the beginning but then I ran into ice so I continued onto the road parallel to the trail.

my face, hands and feet were freezing…wind makes a huge difference. loved finding a HNY rock

  • Wednesday – Another cold windy day (not as sunny as yesterday but not as cold). Again I decided to avoid darkness and run during lunch. I drove to the trail trail but parked in a different location to see if it was less icy. It was but still not all clear.

still figuring out this clothing thing – cold into the wind but too warm with the wind at my back. Remembered my buff so at least my face didn’t freeze.

After work, I met my BFF for our walk around the outdoor mall.

  • Thursday – Another rest day on the schedule.  But I did go for a lunch walk.  I had thought briefly (very briefly) about going for my last run of the year but I had already passed my yearly goal.  So my mileage total stands at 1017 miles for 2020!!

Hard to believe it was New Year’s Eve.  Obviously not going out to celebrate or going to a party. We debated about what to do but since we didn’t see our sons and daughter-in-law for Thanksgiving or Christmas, we decided on a low key take out evening and gift exchange at my son’s house. It was so nice to be around family (get out of spandex and into dress up clothes lol).

  • Friday – DAY OFF for New Year’s Day. And my first run of 2021. Technically it was a virtual blogger run and a virtual 5k (NYRR Resolution Run). It’s always nice to have a real reason to run and to have the day off so you can run whenever the weather is at its best. So happy that there was no wind. In hindsight, I should have probably run 10 miles since a storm was predicted to be on the way. But I like my weekend long runs to be on the weekend and I don’t enjoy running them alone.

found another rock and a dry path 

and jumped with all the other bloggers – such a great bunch of ladies. I feel fortunate to have their virtual support.

  • Saturday – Saturday weather lately has not cooperated for my long run. No problem. No races scheduled. I can easily run on Sundays.  So last night there was a few inches of snow and then it rained on and off most of the day… fingered crossed for clear roads for Sunday.

This weather has made re-think my lack of cross-training and with possible limited outdoor running locations, So I added a new member to my family:

I’m going to call him “George.” I have it set up in a spare bedroom (decorated with a Lake George theme) opposite a TV (so I can watch Netfix) and it also connects to my ipad and iphone for podcast listening.

Now that I have a bike, I enrolled in a free two month trial of Peleton and did a 30 min 90s bike ride.  Holy Moley! I was dripping in sweat.

Even though it was a rest day, I needed some fresh air so I decided to check out Five Rivers.  It was slushy, muddy and icy but so peaceful at dusk.

  • Sunday – Rescheduled Long Run. The roads and paths were iffy. Slushy at best so I decided to return to the Crossings (again) and run on the neighborhoods roads near the park. Unfortunately I was solo today.  But surprisingly, all the paths were clear. I did a few loops and then the last few miles on the roads.

It was harder and slower than running with my friends but I was able to sing along with the Beatles on a Peleton run

After a bagel, chocolate milk and a soak in the hot tub, I was energized to take a hike before the next storm arrived.  I decided to wear my Yak Trax for the first time hiking. I was nervous But No slipping and sliding.  I may hit the trails more this winter (to walk not run.)

It started to snow pretty hard so my hike got cut short. This was at HollyHock Hollow.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  rest day, walk, bike
  • Tuesday – run, walk
  • Wednesday –  rest day, walk, bike
  • Thursday – run, walk
  • Friday – rest day, walk, bike
  • Saturday –  LONG RUN, walk
  • Sunday – rest day, walk/hike

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? Have the winter temps or snow hit? How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020? Do you hike in the winter?  What do you wear on your feet? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 12.21.20-12.27.20: Merry Christmas to Everyone!! Fa la la la la.

If you celebrate, I hope you enjoyed a nice holiday (in spite of the Pandemic.)

our 2020 photo card

We had so much snow last week that I was afraid that it would be around until spring.  Quite challenging for this runner.

Then it rained. A lot! Slush. Ice. Yuck!

Good news for the week:

I met my goal for the year!!! Woo Hoo! Thrilled!!

Last Week –

  • Monday – I’m always looking ahead at the forecast and trying to figure out when to run.  Although I ran 10 miles the day before, I had a busy work day and only got out after work.

Hello Darkness.  Where to go?

The Holiday Lights in the Park!! I didn’t know if I could run on the roads there but at least I could walk and get into the holiday spirit.

no ice or snow on the roads but so many potholes and puddles.

  • Tuesday –  Today I had time to scout out the neighborhoods roads during lunch. Heat wave – 40 degrees! With the breeze and the high snow banks, it actually felt colder than the day before.

clear roads 🙂

  • Wednesday – Another busy work day.  I was able to sneak in a walk in the sunshine during lunch.

hope it will melt by spring.. until then I’m stuck in the ‘hood

After work, I headed to UAlbany to see if they made any headway in clearing the paths. The path seemed clear at first but then there were too many icy spots so I decided to instead run in the road. That was too dangerous since the road was narrow due to the high snow banks and cars didn’t seem to slow down (There was traffic because this is also a COVID testing center).  In the end, I ran around the inner campus roads which were completely clear and no cars (since the school was closed). It worked.

  • Thursday – Four days in a row of running (19 miles!!) Rest day on the schedule!! Heavy rain was predicted anyway. Since it had started yet, I went out for a holiday walk at lunch.

even a Jew can be festive on Christmas Eve…surprised to see part of the water line being plowed…still too muddy to walk or run on

I wish I had planned my running schedule better. With 50 degrees, I could have run in a skirt!!

And then the rain came so no Christmas Eve walk. Just some eggnog by the fireplace binge watching Netfix (while knitting).

  • Friday – A pandemic Christmas celebration. My stepson went to his in-laws and we just did a gift drive-by at my MIL’s.  So a quiet day. I was hoping to squeeze in a run between the rain drops.  The good news about all this rain was that the snow was melting (until it becomes ice, that is). I started out my run on the rail trail that was clear until it wasn’t. It was also way warmer than I thought when the rain stopped (almost 60 degrees). I continued my run on the roads near the trail. Eventually the wind came which made it more comfortable and then it started to rain again. Luckily I was almost done.

over dressed for sure. I was sweating. Planned on at least 3 miles or maybe 4 but got carried away.

But with at least 4 miles, I finished my 2020 mileage goal a week early.

It rained on and off all day but with most of snow gone, I decided to check out the trails. I thought about Bozenkill or Wolf Creek but when it started to rain hard, I changed my mind to some place closer. I hadn’t been to HollyHock Hollow since summer and boy, was I surprised at the high raging creek.

It was like the rapids so mesmerizing. I would have stayed longer but it was getting dark.

  • Saturday – Again, I decided that Sunday had warmer temps, more sun and less wind so Long Run Saturday became LONG RUN SUNDAY.

I woke up to the clear roads being dusted with more snow (and the temps in the 20s).  I was planning on a hike but I always get nervous about ice. But off I went anyway in search of high water and waterfalls.

First stop was Bozen Kill.  The trails were very icy and muddy but I did get some views of the creek as I waded through the snow.

The next stop, which was nearby, was Wolf Creek.  This one was fairly crowded but so icy that I didn’t go all the way to the big waterfall and walked back on the road. The small waterfall was pretty nice. I need to return here wearing Yak Trax.

My third stop was going to be Hannacroix Ravine but the parking lot was a mess and I didn’t want to park on the side of the road so I headed home.  On the way, I stopped at Five Rivers to see Vloman Kill.  This place was crowded as well.  Glad to see families out hiking. I was immediately informed that the loop around the creek lost the bridge and it was no longer a loop.  So I walked to the end and then walked back.

My final stop was to see the Normans Kill.  It was snowy but less icy than the other locations so was able to walk around for awhile.

Unfortunately, I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to hiking on the icy trails.  And there’s a lot of beauty out there in the winter.

  • Sunday – A repeat of last week. All our bike paths will be ice covered for a while. So I returned to the Crossings and to my surprise, all the paths were clear.  It was cold (20s) but the sun was shining brightly and I had the company of one or two friends for ALL of my miles… the first time since October that no part of my run was solo.

we looped around the park several times…each time I removed one item of clothing (vest, mittens)… lots of great conversation made the miles go by quicker

No doubt, there will be another walk or hike before the day is done. And I have a masked knitting date tonight.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  rest day
  • Tuesday – run
  • Wednesday –  run
  • Thursday – rest day
  • Friday – New Years – DAY OFF – virtual NYRR Resolution 5k
  • Saturday –  rest day
  • Sunday – LONG RUN

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? Have the winter temps or snow hit? How did you celebrate Christmas 2020? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 12.14.20-12.20.20: Let It Snow, Let It Snow…Somewhere Else

I know it’s December but I have no gym access (and no equipment at home). Snow puts a real kink in my active life (especially when they predict one foot and you get 30 inches!!)

Thank you all for your kind words regarding my recent loss. I do appreciate you all being a part of my journey.

Running and hiking continue and keep me sane.

Last Week –

  • Monday – I had to work in the evening so I had the morning off. Between the rain and snow showers, it was hard to figure out a time to get out the door. I just threw on my trail shoes and hit the road. It snowed the whole run but it was invigorating having snow flakes flying in my face. I chose a new trail that I was able to run on (for the most part).

too bad you can’t see the flurries in my pics.

And I still had more time so I continued with a walk on my favorite trail at Fiver Rivers.

I think I have an obsession with running water lol

  • Tuesday – Today I had the day off from work. That meant I had time to go for both a run and a hike (even though it was freezing.)

First, I headed out for a sunny, yet frigid windy run. I drove the Albany end of the rail trail because I like the scenery there and I haven’t run there in a while. It did not disappoint despite that the first half was uphill.

When I returned, I drove to Salem Art Works to hike some of the trails. It was a long drive but I know hiking for the most part will end when ice and snow arrive so I’d better continue checking places off my list. The views were great and the artwork interesting.  The trails were not well marked, snowy and kinda slippery. So I spent more time walking around the artwork.

Afterward I headed to nearby Battenkill Creamery for….

I also picked up some of my favorite chocolate milk (and eggnog)

In the evening, I met my BFF for a long walk in the outdoor mall (brrrrr).

  • Wednesday – I hadn’t planned on another day off from work but we had go to a funeral/burial for my grandson. RIP Julian Thomas ❤

Afterwards, I wasn’t in the mood for a run but I knew I needed to get out and a foot of snow was predicted overnight. So I bundled up and headed to the opposite end of the rail trail (from Tuesday.)

It was single digits with wind chill but felt warmer than the day before or maybe I just over dressed. Happy to see that the art work on the trees was still in tact.

After some grocery shopping, I decided to hit the trails… maybe for the last time without snow covering them.

the calm before the storm at Normans Kill West

  • Thursday – No running or walking with all that snow. Glad to be working from home.

and still falling …

but once my hubby plowed out the driveway, I did put on my boots and went for a short walk at lunch (and then shoveled out my hot tub).

priorities

Obviously there was no way to drive or run…too much snow in the roads (and the plow has come by twice already) but again I went for a walk.  Sad to see all the holiday decorations buried.

  • Friday – Undecided if I should run or not…always depends on whether I was planning a long run on Saturday or on Sunday. But between the snow and the frigid temps, Sunday seemed like a better day.

At lunch, I just headed out my front door to see if I could run safely in the roads. And I did …barely. Some roads still had a lot of snow so I had to run in the middle of the road but on some, the snow was packed down so it was easy to run on. But any run where the sun is shining is a good one.

The temp was in the teens but it didn’t really feel cold…just a vest instead of a jacket and I felt fine

After work, I headed to UAlbany to check out the paths and then for a walk with friends around an outside mall (per usual on Friday evenings.)

  • Saturday – So where does one hike with two feet of snow covering? Still trying to figure that one out. I think I need to buy snowshoes or cross country skis!! Instead, I got my workout in by shoveling the snow off our deck.
  • Sunday – Re-Scheduled Long Run Day.  It was not warm but warmer. I headed over to the Crossings in hopes that their paths may be plowed and if not, I could run in the roads.   The paths were plowed but still slippery so we decided to run in the roads (in a nearby neighborhood.) Stan joined Karen & I for the first few miles and I ran just with Karen. When she left, I just continued on my own until I bumped into a former student of mine.

running is so much easier with friends!!

I had a busy afternoon planned. I had booked a holiday tour of Ten Broeck Mansion at 2:30 pm. Unfortunately, it got cancelled due to the snow.

Another thing to add to my list for next year.

and then I also had a ZOOM with my college friends scheduled for 4:30 pm. Always great connecting with these folks.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  run
  • Tuesday – run
  • Wednesday –  run
  • Thursday – rest day
  • Friday – Christmas – DAY OFF, run
  • Saturday –  rest day
  • Sunday – Long Run

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? Have the winter temps hit? How is your holiday decorating and shopping going? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 12.7.20-12.13.20: Happy Chanukah!

This week was a mixed bag.

It started on a high note.  Having just run a real race and had a mini vacay in NYC, I felt energized.

I am smiling beneath that gaiter 🙂

I took off a day from work this week and the weather was perfect for a run and a hike.

Things went downhill from there.

My external laptop monitor died (which is essential for my job). Not a big deal, I ordered a new one (and hooked up temporarily an old one).

But by the end of the week, I was in tears. My daughter-in-law lost the baby (at 15 weeks). No words for how devastated my family is.

Back to running. (I felt I had to share even though it’s personal because I posted in the Coffee Date that I was going to be a grandmother.)

Last Week –

  • Monday – Walking around NYC in boots rather than running shoes made my feet ache so I decided to call it a rest day. It was cold and breezy so it wasn’t a hard decision.

I did keep my streak alive (I think I have one…) of taking a walk at lunch. And then a short after work before getting my nails and my errands (that got missed over the weekend) done.

  • Tuesday – Another cold dreary morning. Again not tempted to walk before work. But dragged myself out at lunch for a run. I froze!!!!

Not only cloudy but windy too. I looked when I was done and it was “feels like 15 degrees!!” Ouch.

After work, I was not even tempted to go outdoors for a walk or hike.  I, instead, went to the mall to get in some steps (in a warm environment.)

  • Wednesday – Woke up to snow showers…UGH!  But the snow did stop with not much accumulated.  Again, I skipped my morning walk but got out at lunch.

It was still flurrying a bit and cold but not as windy as the day before.  The only thing that was cold was my feet.  I wore my trail shoes since I ran on the roads and there was a lot of black ice.

and I didn’t take any books or dvds today lol

No walk after work since I had a hair appt.

so fun to complete a virtual race virtually with friends. Thanks Jenn for the collage.

  • Thursday – Today I had the day off from work. It was nice to be able to run in the morning. Though cold, it is my favorite time of day to run. And I had time to drive somewhere to run. I decided to go to the Crossings followed by a trip to Trader Joe’s.

I had signed up for one more NYRR virtual 5k (see pic above) so I officially completed it today. Sorta. My watch died.  I started out in the park but it was slushy and icy so I continued onto a snowy trail and eventually ran in the neighborhoods.

notice anything amiss in my photo?

In the afternoon, I planned to go on a hike. I went back to the Van Buren Nature Trails (that I had visited a few weeks ago.) My friend Jan agreed to meet me there.

there were 4 colored trails…somehow we didn’t complete what we had planned…back again for visit #3, I guess.

Tonight was the first night of Chanukah so I lit the candles.  No gifts exchanged here.

flowers from TJ’s – they last 3 weeks so I can always have flowers in my house 🙂

  • Friday – No running today. But got in a few chilly walks.

more cute balloons in the ‘hood

The longer one was done with a friend after work around the outdoor mall.

  • Saturday – Back on track with my Saturday Long Runs. This week, we returned to the Nisky Bike Path. We hoped to get it done (including brunch) before the predicted rain.

I got there early to run 4 miles with Karen and then ran 6 more with my other friends. 10 done for day. No reason to run this many miles since I have no idea when my next half will be but what the hell? It definitely felt harder than usual. I think that skipping the 10 miler (in lieu of a 5k + 15 mile walk) had an effect.  I need the consistency, I guess.

and yes, we’re still doing outdoor brunch

  • Sunday – My traditional hiking day.  Since I’ve never hiked in the winter, I was leery of going anywhere where there would be ice or snow. I guess that is pretty limiting to any of the pretty mountain hikes.

I decided on Amy’s Park up north since there were several easy trails to choose from.

There is a race there but it was changed to virtual this year.

It was rainy on my drive up but happily it stopped and turned out to be a very nice day.  The trail was quit wet and muddy so I hiked the easy yellow (in both directions). I was alittle disappointed in the trails being out and back,

always love a waterfall

Since it was along drive, I decided I wanted to do more hiking. I stopped at a preserve but realized that it was way too icy so I continued into town.  I passed Up Yonda Farms and took a chance that there would be nice trails there. What a treasure!! I’ve been boating for 15 years there and never visited these trails.

lots of different trails and of course, an awesome view of Lake George.

It was so nice that I stopped for ice cream (egg nogg – tis the season).

Nothing like a day out in nature to take you mind off things.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  morning off, run
  • Tuesday – DAY OFF, run, hike, mall walk with BFF
  • Wednesday –  rest day, funeral for my grandson
  • Thursday –  run
  • Friday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Saturday –  Long Run
  • Sunday – rest day, hiking, college ZOOM

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Weekly Run Down for 11.30.20-12.6.20: NYC Bound?

Lots of running and good weather last week.

Hoping for more of the same though not optimistic for two weeks in a row. And unfortunately, there was quite a bit of rain this week.   In other words, getting wet on my runs.

My tentative plan for the weekend was to break away from my computer and go to NYC to race, meet up with friends, see the holiday decorations, etc.

But I waited until the last minute to decide: if I felt safe, if the predicted rain would happen and if I would have fun if wearing a mask for the entire weekend.

Stay tuned…

Last Week –

  • Monday – Normally my run day (#nevemissamonday) but there was hard rain on the way. I managed to sneak in a run outside before work (not early enough for sunrise). It was cloudy, humid but the forecast lied.  It started to rain as soon as I started running. The rain was light until the last mile.

I’m smiling because I found in one of the small library boxes, a copy of two of my favorite holiday videos. Yes, I stuffed them inside my waist band and ran 2 miles like that. Who doesn’t love “Love Actually”?

It rained harder as the day wore on…not even tempted to go for lunch walk.  Only ventured out after work to do errands.

  • Tuesday – Woke up to pouring rain again!  And then the power went off. I ventured out to see what was wrong since it was only raining lightly.  Got in only a mile before I got drenched. Without Internet, I could not work.  When the rain lightened, I went out again.  This time the rain stopped and the sun came out.  A power line had come down and by 10:15 am, we had power back and I could work.

actually very warm out and got my unplanned run done in two installments.

It looked like the temps would be dropping so I went for a walk during lunch. And indeed, windy and much colder than the morning. Dressed warmer for my post work walk.

  • Wednesday – Another cloudy cold morning with rain/snow on the way. I did get in a walk at lunch… I thought about running but just didn’t feel like it.  After work, I decided to venture out. It was less windy but still COLD! I should have checked the forecast because as soon as I started to run, it started to rain. Light at first but then it changed to freezing rain (the third day in a row getting wet on the run!!) I stopped my run at that point and headed to the library to return some books. Then the rain stopped and I finished my run.  At this point it felt delightful.

pt 1 on the rail trail and pt 2 in town and the neighborhood

  • Thursday – It looked finally like a day without rain.  There was even some sunshine though colder than previous days. I walked at lunch at a nearby nature preserve.

I hadn’t been in awhile…sure looked different without all the leaves on the trees…and boy, was it MUDDY!

After work, I met a friend to run through the holidays lights in the park… so fun.

Then I met my BFF for our usual 1.5 hr walk around an outdoor mall.

  • Friday – Debating all morning about the rainy forecast for NYC. Normally I would not mind but I planned to walk (rather than take the subway), eat take out (rather than in restaurants), visit the sites (rather than shop) … all would not be fun in the pouring rain.

I eventually opted to slow short run at lunch (yes, 5 days in a row) but then skip my long run on Saturday. (My group wasn’t gathering anyway due to the rain forecast.)

Hit for the water line since it was more convenient & I felt like avoiding the cars and dog walkers in the ‘hood. Even on a cloudy day, you can find beauty in nature.

Ended the day with some errands (in prep for my NYC trip) and my usual friends walk.

  • Saturday – A lazy morning (skipped my walk) but packed instead. I had decided to take an afternoon train to NYC.  My plan was to avoid traipsing around all day in the rain and just stay later on Sunday.

I arrived around 4 pm, checked into my hotel.  It was almost sunset so I rushed to the Vessel (I had pre-bought tix) to get in a view.  (and it was no longer raining and not cold.)

It never disappoints…even prettier than the pics.

Then I continued to walk around the area taking in the festive atmosphere.

Sixth Avenue, Saks, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, etc

I tried to make it an early night and get my #flatme settled.  It is hard when you are not at home (and you have plan for pre-race, race and post-race dress options.)

I didn’t know how COLD and windy it would be the next morning…

  • Sunday – Race Day – Winter Classic 5k – Got up bright and early (after a sleepless night) and took an Uber to the start. Made through all the COVID safety protocols and cautiously ran a hilly COLD 5k in Riverside Park. (Recap coming on Dec. 15.)

no watch and my slowest 5k in forever but I did it and it was worth it!!

I had done bag check so I could hang around after the race (and not freeze) and meet my friend Elizabeth. We spent hours in the park exploring parts that I rarely get to when I come to NYC.

don’t let those blue skies fool you. it was chilly.

Then, I walked umpteen blocks back to my hotel, changed my clothes and took more of the holiday sights of the city before getting an evening train home.

fifth avenue!! 18 miles walked today (counts as my long run??)

So happy to have decided to take a weekend away. No better place to get in the holiday spirit (even in a mask) than NYC.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  rest day
  • Tuesday – run
  • Wednesday –  rest day. hair appt
  • Thursday – DAY OFF, run, hike
  • Friday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Saturday –  Long Run
  • Sunday – rest day, hiking

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Any “real” races yet?  Have you decorated for the holidays yet? Do you usually go to NYC or a big to see all the decorations? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 11.23.20-11.29.20: COVID Thanksgiving Week

Well, I used to be excited during this week – only four days of work, a Turkey Trot race, and lots of good food and time with family and friends.

I am trying to be a positive person and not post about how “sad” I am feeling.

But running-related, things are fine.

Last Week –

  • Monday – A rainy morning so no pre-work walk or run.  I did get out at lunch. So cold and windy!!!!

hoping that the water line trail would protect me from the wind…not so much and it was muddy 😦

After work, I am trying not to limit myself to UAlbany because there are lights there. Instead, I drove to Washington Park in hopes of running there under the Holiday Lights (There was scheduled a walk there for owners and their pets. The lights didn’t officially start until Friday.)

It was so fun.  I’m definitely heading back for more runs during the holiday season (limited to 4:45-5:45 pm though)

not as windy in the park and not crowded but lit up 🙂

  • Tuesday – Another cold WINDY morning. Didn’t even attempt a walk or un until lunch time.

went on a different direction of the water line from Monday. Nice to at least have sunshine

I’m not a fan of running several days in a row but these runs are slow so I decided to get in a few more miles in town (in the dark.)

clock at the 4 corners of my town (I think it was 5:15 pm)

  • Wednesday – Since the weather was iffy for Thanksgiving Day, I decided to run my virtual Run for Thanks 5k during my lunch break today. The cloudy cold windy weather seemed to be lingering.

jumping on the rail trail lol

After work, I went for a walk and in the evening watched nearby fireworks.

  • Thursday – Thanksgiving Day so I had the day off from work.  Almost every year since 2009, I have run a Turkey Trot 5k or 10k.

And yes, my favorite race in Troy was held virtually.  But instead, I chose to do an unofficial virtual one on the Delmar Turkey Trot course.

Boy was I surprised how many people decided to do the same thing. What a great idea and so nice to see a lot of familiar faces on the course.

Now I definitely earned that cannoli and the rain held off until I was done 🙂

Thanksgiving Dinner was small.  Just me and the hubby. We decided on Italian Take-out instead of turkey.

We definitely missed being with our family.

Even without the turkey and the trimmings, I needed a post dinner walk. I headed to Five Rivers hoping to have enough time to explore before it got dark.

the fog at dusk was an awesome sight

  • Friday –  A well deserved rest day. I bet all my blogging friends took one too.

credit: Kim @ Running on the Fly

I had to work but took a long walk at lunch with a friend. Finally the temps warmed up a bit.

I went on an additional outdoor walk after work, as well.

  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday. Back to the rail trail for my 10 miles. I arrived early and ran almost 4 miles solo and then 5 others arrived. I run a little more than 6 miles with someone who was walking (she does walk fast lol).

the weather, the company and the breakfast were perfect.

I felt energetic and inspired by Chocolate Runs Judy to clear off the appliances from my kitchen counters and got rid a lot of unused stuff. Tossing is cathartic (if only my hubby would do the same.)

  • Sunday – Hiking Sunday.  The weather being nice and rain predicted for the next two days, I decided to go back to Van Buren Nature Trails since I felt rushed last week when I was there. But 3 of my running friends invited me to come with them to Schodack Island Park trails. I opted to go with them.  It was a beautiful day and I wound up walking more miles than I would have alone. The right decision. I’ll go to Van Buren another day.

I spent the rest of the day decorating.  I may not be Christian but I do like the house to be festive-looking this time of year.

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  rest day
  • Tuesday – run
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday –  run
  • Friday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Saturday –  train to NYC (TBD)
  • Sunday – Winter Classic 5k (TBD)

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Any “real” races yet?  How did you spend Thanksgiving? Did you run a Turkey Trot?  Have you started decorating for the holidays? Please share.

Weekly Run Down for 11.16.20-11.22.20 – Recovery and Five Day Work Week

I was recovering from my half marathon this week and it was my first five day work week in a long time.

Yes, I normally work five days a week.  But lately due to holidays and having to use up some vacation time (due to cancelled 2020 vacations), I have been only working FOUR days a week.

This has been really nice.  I have gotten to do a lot of awesome hiking.

Last Week –

  • Monday – Rest Day. Hoping my blister would heal so I could run soon. After a windy rainy night, the sun peaked out so I was hoping for a nice walk during lunch. As soon as I got out there, however, the sun went in and it turned dark and dreary.  The good news was that my legs and foot felt fine.  No lingering effects from the day before. Hooray!!

So I hit a local trail for a short one after work and continued in a lit neighborhood (Darn Darkness).

  • Tuesday – A busy work day so no time to do anything until after work.  I was trying to be good and take another rest day so I just walked at lunch.  It was another cold cloudy day…craving some  warmth and sun.

beginning to look a lot like Christmas….and I was sporting my new beanie that a got from a gift exchange (Thanks Debbie)

After work I squeezed in another walk on the trails… (Yes, I was tempted to run.)

some interesting trees at Pine Hollow Arboretum

  • Wednesday – I woke up to snow on the ground. Glad that I didn’t plan to run or walk. Another busy work day but I decided that it was time to run again. I headed to the rail trail after work hoping to beat darkness.

nothing like freezing temps and lack of light to make you run faster.

  • Thursday – Today I had time to run before work. But again, it was freezing.  So I wimped out. Instead, I got out at lunch when it was a little warmer. And I decided to do my 2nd NYRR virtual 5k race.  My legs were still recovering from Sunday’s hilly half but it got done.

cold and windy again but at least the sun was out!!

After work, I met my BFF for a walk.  Trying to stay outdoors but we were sooo cold.

  • Friday –  Another rest day with a short walk at lunch.

I took my usual longer walk with friends after work. Finally the temps warmed up a bit. It was great way to get rid of some of the COVID crazies.

not NYC but festive also in Albany, NY.

  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday. Back to the Zim Smith bike path so we could brunch outside at Leah’s. A similar scenario as previous Saturdays.  I got there early to run a few solo miles and then was joined at points by 6 others (walking or running) for additional miles.  In the end, I kept my 10 mile weekend long run streak.

50 degree weather was a welcome improvement over temps during the week…My vest did not stay on.

  • Sunday – Possible rain in the afternoon got me out early for a hike…colder and cloudy but still wonderful to be outdoors.

I decided to hike until it rained but I got lucky and got 8 miles on 4 different trails and never got wet.  Unfortunately I like the last one best and I ran out of time.

these pics are from a short trail but across the street were longer trails but just paths through fields…nothing really to photograph.

Visit #2 to Omni Art…just love to stroll around and see all the different art… I’m pretty sure I still have not seen it all. Need Visit #3!!

President Van Buren lived here and I always wanted to visit…but again the trails were not too exciting

this was surprising and my favorite of all… I’ll be back to do more hiking here.

In the evening, my mah jongg (that has been on pause since March) group celebrated our 12 year anniversary of playing together with  a ZOOM chat (and take-out Chinese food). Can’t want to play again  …. in 2021??

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  run
  • Tuesday – run
  • Wednesday –  rest day
  • Thursday –  HOLIDAY, NYRR virtual 5k, dinner with fam hubby
  • Friday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Saturday –  Long Run
  • Sunday – rest day, hiking

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Any “real” races yet?  What did you do for Thanksgiving?  Did you run a Turkey Trot? Please share.

Weekly Update for 11.9.20-11.15.20: Race Week…Gulp!

Yes, my FIRST real race since last February. Until now, all my “real” 2020 races have been out of town – NYC, Lake George, Bermuda.

Of course, this one was much different due to all the pandemic restrictions in place.

But my goal was to finish (with minimal pain) and connect with friends that I haven’t seen in forever.

Last Week –

  • Monday – The awesome Fall weather continued.  Still too lazy to run before work but I did get a run in during lunch on the rail trail.

still skirt weather…actually it was even tank weather… Loving it!

  • Tuesday – The sunny warm weather threatened to end by week’s end so I decided to run again today. And before work!!

And as soon as I got halfway, I got a text saying that our power was out.  WTH?  On a clear sunny windless day??

We do have a generator but I cannot work without Internet. UGH!

still in skirt…a little chilly at first but definitely the right choice

Phew, the power came back after an hour or so. Then I could relax and take my usual lunch walk…

on and off the water line

and trail walk at Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary after work (a quick one due to limited light).

kinda pretty at dusk

  • Wednesday – Veteran’s Day holiday so I did not have to work.  My plans were to hike if the weather cooperated. Rain was predicted for the afternoon so I decided to visit Olana State Historic Site since I had never been there before.

I didn’t want to go too far or do a challenging climb just in case the forecast was wrong.

It was warm but cloudy. And my running friend agreed to go with me.  It’s always more fun not going alone.

pretty views but there were not as many trails as we had hoped so we were disappointed.

We managed to get in 4 miles before we ran out of places to walk so we decided to stop off at Art Omni to have lunch and do more walking.

But the rain came early. We ate and then drove home.  At least we got to see Olana. Hope to go back in the spring when the flowers are in bloom.

  • Thursday – Since I had to work from 10:00 pm – 12:45 am, I took most of the day off. That gave me the opportunity to do a run and a walk/hike during daylight hours.

I woke up to drizzle and cold temps.  I wanted to get one more run in before Sunday so I dragged myself out there. My motivator was a Starbucks red cup. That meant I had to drive to Ualbany to run (don’t have a Starbucks in my town).

brr and sooooo windy plus I forgot my gloves but got it done and got my red cup 🙂

I still had time to kill before work so of course, I decided to get in a hike.  I dressed a little warmer and headed to Bennett Hill Preserve. I had visited there in May but I am trying to mix up new spots and old ones in new seasons.

a very pretty 3 mile loop

When I was finished, I stopped off at packet pick up. It was actually a drive by pick up. I opened my passenger window and they gave me my packet. Easy peasy.

even included my medal

  • Friday – Tired due to yesterday’s work hours and it was cold and dreary.  Not inviting to go outside.  I went for a brief walk at lunch and then a longer one after work with friends. We seem to be limited to the outdoor mall with early sunset (and not wanted to be inside).
  • SaturdayLong Run Saturday.  With a half marathon the next day…this was a walk and brunch instead of a long run.

it was chilly but hey, it’s November. So glad to have these running peeps in my life every weekend

My friend who had serious heart surgery followed by complications was rehabbing in MA. I got an appt to visit her today.  Since it was long drive for a 30 minute visit, of course, I had find a nearby trail. to stretch my legs.

unfortunately, it was getting dark so I didn’t have to get to the overlook….next time.

Then I came home to carb load, stress about the weather and decide on my #flatme.

long sleeved shirt with arm warmers, vest, capris with compression sleeves, beanie, gloves

  • Sunday – Race Day!! Upstate Classic Half Marathon. It was certainly different. I felt safe. It was hard since the course was very hilly. I also did not feel in racing shape and my foot hurt.  Plus it was COLD and windy. But I finished with a smile (that you couldn’t see under my mask). I’m so glad that I took the leap and ran this race. (More details in Tuesday’s Recap).

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday –  rest day
  • Tuesday – rest day
  • Wednesday –  run
  • Thursday –  run
  • Friday – rest day, walk with friends
  • Saturday –  Long Run
  • Sunday – rest day, hiking, ZOOM mah jongg anniversary party (12 years together)

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