Weekly Run Down for 12.2.19-12.8.19: It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas…

Yes, it’s that time of year…tree lighting and decorations in NYC (and I was there ALL week for work) and a local holiday 5k race.

Last Week –

  • Monday – Our first snowstorm of the year and it was a big one (over 2 ft). Even my office was closed. Unfortunately I was scheduled to take the train to NYC. I got there but only after a long 2.5 hour delay. After a quick trip to Queens, I would normally rush back to Manhattan to run. But with a sore foot and the snow/sleet, I just hopped the subway to Lincoln Center to meet my friends Cari and Elizabeth. We had tix to a VIP reception at PJ Clarke’s. Free drinks, free food and great company. Afterward I took the subway back to the hotel. No unlike me. I love to walk in the city 😦

  • Tuesday –  A long work day with a lot of walking and standing. Ventured out to Hudson Yards for some entertainment but foot pain sent me back to the hotel to self medicate with pizza and wine.

I tried out the hotel Peleton – pretty cool

  • Wednesday – Another long work day with a lot of walking and standing but instead of going right back to the hotel, I stopped off to check out some of favorite holiday decorations, have dinner and then limp back to my hotel.

Lotte Palace hotel & 6th ave & 49th

The city was crazy crowded so I enjoyed my wine and dessert in the hotel while watching the Rockefeller tree lighting on TV.

  • Thursday – Same old same old. Work…foot pain. NO RUNNING. My last night in Manhattan so of course, I had to check out Saks and Rockefeller Center.

  • Friday – Just a normal city work day followed by the train home in the evening.
  • Saturday – For the first time ever I did not run the Last Run 5k. I did not even walk it. I went dressed up and cheered for my friends. Bummed but felt it was the smart move.

all dressed up and nowhere to run..

Afterward we all gathered for a post race party.

  • Sunday – Another DNS. I did not even go to our first local race of the season. At least this one was free.

FOMO

In the afternoon I went with a friend to see the Les Miserables concert movie.

″Les Miserables: The Staged Concert″ - Press Night - Curtain Call & Backstage

It was awesome especially the finale

And in the evening out to a Chinese dinner to celebrate our mah jongg group’s 11th anniversary.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer. But NYC is my favorite place to run it and I did not.

Christmas in NYC is magical and I only limped my way to a few key sights. I normally would have done a lot more.

The good news is that while I was away my new kitty ran away. But he came back!!!

Foot doctor appointment on Monday morning. Fingers crossed for an end to this pain.


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Weekly Run Down for 11.25.19-12.1.19: Turkey (Trotting) Week

Yup, time to race so you can eat all the turkey and fixings.

Last Week –

  • Monday – After a miserable weather day on Sunday, I was happy to see the rain stop. Chris and I as usual headed to UAlbany after work.

  • Tuesday – Normally my rest day but I needed to cook and rest on Wednesday so I decided to squeeze in a run before meeting my BFF for a walk around the mall. Of course, not having any friends to meet, I procrastinated for about an hour before leaving my office. But with 50 degrees in November, I was glad I got out there.

UAlbany loop…again!

  • Wednesday – Rest day after work so I could make some of Marcia‘s soup to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Glad the hubby agreed to pick up my bibs for the next day’s races.
  • Thursday – A Turkey Trot has been a tradition since I started running. This year again I ran the Troy Turkey Trot 10k and followed it with the 5k. It was cold and with the wind and a sore foot, I had 2 course PWs but still had a fun time.

carrying on the tradition

Afterwards there was the BIG dinner with the fam and I ate back all the calories that were burned off during those 9.3 miles.

Thanks Marcia, the soup was a big hit

  • Friday – Another rest day. Black Friday but I had to work and didn’t buy a thing!!

except for a Peppermint Mocha –  thanks Cari 

  • Saturday – Normally a run with my Sole Sisters but I had to go to a funeral. Besides I had already done my long run on Thursday and should be resting my foot. I did join my friends for brunch.
  • Sunday – Rest day. Third one in a row. Another tradition has been to celebrate my mentee’s birthday by painting. Well the impending snowstorm put a wrench on that. We’ll have to reschedule. Instead I went to the gym (resting my foot)

an hour on this machine while facing the route I normally on i.e. watching runners go by 😦

and then to the movies during the snowstorm.

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Weekly Run Down for 11.19-11.25.19: On the Road Again

Next big race is not until January 19…Fred Lebow Half Marathon in NYC  so I am enjoying my downtime.

But I had to travel for work. At least it was NYC.

Last Week –

  • Monday – Rain, freezing rain..ugh. Glad that I had run the day before.
  • Tuesday – Snow today!!! But it stopped and I met up with friends to run after work.  It’s getting boring already because we have to run at UAlbany since it is lit up at night and clear when there is ice or snow.

  • Wednesday – Off to NYC by train for work. I was able to get there early enough to squeeze in a run along the Hudson,

warm and sunny when I started and cold and windy when I finished

a sunset climb of the Vessel,

and then a meet up with Elizabeth and Cari to celebrate Cari’s birthday.

so lucky to have met these ladies

  • Thursday – After a long work day, there was not enough time to run because…

I had tickets to see Hamilton. It was awesome…everything I had heard about the show was true…LOVED it.

(The truth was that I walked 40 blocks in boots Wed night and then walked and stood all day today in uncomfortable work shoes…my feet were KILLING me!)

  • Friday – Another rest day since I had to head home right after work. Even though I wore my running shoes to work…my left foot (actually the ball of the foot) was very painful… I could hardly walk.)
  • Saturday – I originally had planned to run a local 5k (but I really never liked the race since it is crowded with young kids – benefits Girls on the Run) so instead I chose a long run with my Sole Sisters on the local rail trail. However, I had made the decision the night before to rest my foot so I did not go (Glad I didn’t register for the GOTR 5k).  Instead I went to the gym and then joined my running friends for brunch. Well, I iced my foot and the pain was virtually gone… I did errands and waited for the pain to return…it did not.. I hate to waste a sunny Saturday so I did run!! Not long and not fast and I did not regret it.

  • Sunday – Rest day (and a rainy one) so I did some errands (nails, groceries, library) while tracking my good friend Alyssa who was running the Philly Marathon…so sorry that the weather was horrific.

In the afternoon, I went to another Cat Yoga class. This one was held where I normally take yoga classes and it was a fundraiser for a local adoption service. So fun and lots of cats and kittens (tempted but no I didn’t take one home.)

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – run with friends
  • Tuesday –  run, mall walk with BFF
  • Wednesday – rest day, bib pick up, cooking
  • Thursday – Troy Turkey Trot 10k and 5K
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – run with Sole Sisters
  • Sunday – rest day, painting B-Day celebration with mentee

I guess all the cool kids are doing this so here’s my TEN Year CHALLENGE contribution:

running 3.1 miles in a cotton tee shirt and shorts vs running 26.2 miles in a tech tank and skirt


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Weekly Run Down for 11.11.19-11.17.19: Back to Normal

Marathon training is over..Back to normal running and racing.

Next big race is January 19…Fred Lebow Half Marathon in NYC (yup, I caved and signed up) and then February 16 …ZOOMA Half Marathon (Bermuda) followed by on March 15:

so unexpected but so exciting…this time I hope I will not be injured

So training doesn’t really start until December. I plan to enjoy my downtime.

Last Week –

  • Monday – After my 15k race on the previous day, I had planned to take the day off but with the impending icy mix forecast and a work holiday, I decided to indeed go for a run. It was cold and dreary but I chose a trail at Five Rivers Environmental Center and it was perfect.

I wasn’t the only crazy person out there..bumped into a former co-worker/runner.

In addition to de-cluttering, cooking (soup) and errands, I went a Hot Yoga class then out to dinner.

  • Tuesday – Even colder than the day before and snow/sleet/rain mix in the morning. I am not enjoying this early winter.  At least I had company for my after work run.

that UAlbany loop with Chris

  • Wednesday – Yet another frigid day but today the sun was shining. Unfortunately it is almost dark when I get out of work. But again I had a friend to run with. Due to icy conditions and darkness, we ran on that boring UAlbany loop. Although the temps were colder, no wind so it was more comfortable as Karen and I chatted about NYC marathon which we both had just run.

  • Thursday – Finally a rest day and my monthly dinner out with my tennis friends.  Always a good time!!

good food with good friends

  • Friday – Another rest day and a evening with the mah jongg ladies.
  • Saturday – A long run with my Sole Sisters. So nice to not have to actually run “long” since I am NOT training for anything….yet. There were 8 of us but I ran with Barbara. We all started at different times and ran different distances but I think every one had someone to run with.

chilly but lots of sunshine which made all the difference (and someone to talk to)

After brunch, I rushed home because I signed up for my 2nd yoga class of the week. I wasn’t planning to but this one was designed for runners and focusing on lower back and spine.  Yup, just what I needed. I plan to go again next month.

2 hours of stretches and yoga with lots of props – best class!

  • Sunday – Rest day usually but I decided on a recovery run since the weather forecast for Monday looked iffy and Jeri (and her dog) wanted some company.

we started later since it was 15 degrees when I got up but it warmed up and we were treated to a sunny run with no wind

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – rest day
  • Tuesday –  run with friends at Ualbany
  • Wednesday – train to NYC, run and dinner with Cari & Elizabeth
  • Thursday – rest day, HAMILTON!!!
  • Friday – rest day, train home
  • Saturday – run
  • Sunday – rest day, cat yoga

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Weekly Run Down for 11.4.19-11.10.19: Recovery Week

Post-race let down?

Nope, still savoring the moment.

Can’t believe that I actually ran the NYC Marathon!!

Last Week –

  • Monday  – A busy recovery day in NYC. I got up early, had breakfast in the hotel. Then I had an appt. at RECOVER, followed by Lacey and I climbing the Vessel to take a picture with ours medals (what else?) Afterward we met Cari for a post race recovery lunch – Mazoh Ball soup and lox. Cari & I walked Lacey to the train and then took the subway to Jack Rabbit for more recovery and freebies before we separated. She took the subway back to her apt and I to Penn Station to catch my train home.

Loved the Normatec boots (did them twice)..and we talked the attendant in letting us take the ADA elevator down (had to hide our medals lol)

  • Tuesday – Back home and at work. Still recovering but I had signed up for a yoga class (Cat Yoga) because I had taken it before (and it was fun) and I wanted to support my friend Judy who was teaching it as her first class.

I was a little stiff, of course, but enjoyed the cute kitties (and didn’t come home with another cat…this time.)

  • Wednesday – Still in supposed recovery mode though tempted to run. Good thing I had a chiro appt. She was surprised at how fast I bounced back. Not much for her to do. Lol.
  • Thursday – Ok, enough rest. I wanted to take the post marathon legs out for a short run. But rain/snow thwarted that idea. Instead I went out to celebrate.
  • Friday – I planned to get up early and run but 20 degrees. Yikes.  Instead after work, I ran a loop at Ualbany and rushed home as I had to clean my house since I was hosting mah jongg.

cold & windy so I ran fast

My friends brought me delicious cupcakes to celebrate my marathon and I won several times. Good times.

  • Saturday – Resting again due to a race the next day. Instead of a run, I went for a walk with my running friends, had brunch and then went on errands and to pick up my bib.

too cold & windy to walk the whole 4 miles so Sherry & I ran the last mile

  • Sunday – In a moment of insanity, I signed up for a local 15k race a week after my first full marathon. I didn’t know how it would go but I decided to do it since I love this race and what’s 9.3 miles compared to 26.2? Well, my legs weren’t as recovered as I thought so I took it slow and ran/walked it.  Bumped into a lot of runners that I knew and even ran most of the race with someone.

don’t have to run fast to enjoy a race… over 6 minutes slower than last year & I don’t care 🙂

This Coming Week – 

  • Monday – DAY OFF – run/walk
  • Tuesday –  run
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – rest day, dinner with tennis friends
  • Friday – rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday – run
  • Sunday – rest

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Weekly Run Down from 10.28.19-11.3.19: Race Week!!

After 18 weeks of training it came down to this….

Last Week –

  • Monday – After work run. I ran solo today near my home because I was having dinner with friends nearby. Another beautiful fall day on the rail trail.
a white cat passed in front of me. good luck, right? (top pic)

The friends that I had dinner with were planning to drive down to NYC to catch me sometime during the marathon (crazy, right?) We discussed their plans. We’ll see what happens on Sunday. I am so grateful that they are even thinking of doing this.

  • Tuesday – Another after work run. This time my running friend Chris ran with me on a UAlbany loop. Glad she was there to drag me along (I had gotten up at 3 am to take the hubby to the airport.)

Afterward, I met my BFF for a walk around the mall.

  • Wednesday – Last run before the Marathon!!  Just a short one on the rail trail (but in a different spot from Monday.)

like my photo fail? (top pic)

  • Thursday – Rest Day due to a scheduled hair appt. and of course, candy distribution to neighborhood kids. (No Kit Kats left for me!! Yay!!)

  • Friday – Another rest day and I needed to pack for the weekend (mostly throw away race clothes LOL). I played mah jongg in the evening to take my mind off the race.
  • Saturday –  Rest Day #3 in a row….This morning I took the train to NYC, met my roommate Lacey, checked into the hotel and then headed to the expo to pick up my race bib. We took a lot of goofy photos, checked out all the free samples.

My plan was to attend a few of the podcasts at the Run Center or meet Meb at Marriott and then head back to the expo to do some shopping….

best decision – Meb was fantastic. And all I bought at the expo was a car magnet.

And not walk too much but you know how that goes in NYC. Then carb load, maybe catch the sunset at the Vessel and finally go to bed early.

oops. missed the sunset so explored the 5th floor of Hudson Yards

Check IG @dsc59 for more pics.

  • Sunday – RACE DAY! MY FIRST MARATHON! NEW YORK CITY!! Early wake up to walk to the NYC Library to catch the 7 am bus to the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge where I waited with other Green Wave 3, corral D runners until our scheduled 10:35ish am start.

I ran, I walked, I cried and ….. eventually I finished 26.2 miles.

Rode the bus with Cari and hung out in the village before the race start….ran with someone I knew from Albany for many miles in Brooklyn, hugged my local tennis friends at mile 17.5…struggled with a lot of pain but cross the finish line with a smile!!

Check IG @dsc59 for more pics.

I.Am.A.Marathoner. (More details in a later post.)

This Coming Week – Recovery Week

  • Monday – rest day in NYC, recovery stuff, photo op at the Vessel, lunch with Cari, bus/train home
  • Tuesday –  rest day, Cat Yoga??
  • Wednesday – rest day, chiro appt.
  • Thursday – rest day, trip to the gym?
  • Friday – run, mah jongg chez moi
  • Saturday – rest day, bib pick up
  • Sunday – Stockade-athon 15K

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Weekly Run Down for 10.21.19-10.27.19: Taper Time

No work travel again this week. Just the normal stuff.

And it’s taper time for my NYCM training.

Last Week –

  • Monday  – I met some friends after work on the rail trail. They walked and the reason for our meeting was to say good-bye to one of the group who was leaving for Florida and would be gone until spring. I ran some and walked some.

I ran 2, walked 2 and ran 1.

  • Tuesday – Rest day due to some rain. I had errands to do anyway.
  • Wednesday – An after work run on the Corning Bike Path. I was exhausted and really did NOT feel like running but I had to agreed to meet a friend.  I walked more than usual but it was great to get out there on this beautiful fall weather evening.

  • Thursday – For today’s after work run I had two friends to run with and we were back on the UAlbany campus since it is convenient for all of us. Karen is also running NYCM so you can guess what we chatted about while we ran.

and it was almost 70 degrees!!!

  • Friday – Rest Day and mah jongg night.
  • Saturday – Last long run before the marathon. If you can call it “long.” I only had to run 8 miles. My running friends were busy and I was solo so I decided to go to a place that I hadn’t run in awhile. Luckily I did find three runners that I knew to run with (from another running group) there.  I ran 4 miles with Nancy, Barb and Sue and then 2 more with Barb. I planned on running 8 but Barb showed me a new path and we just wound up running 4 more. The scenery, the weather and the conversation were great.

near Peebles Island/Waterford

I had planned on running around Peebles Island originally but instead I decided to take a walk around the island before heading home .. best decision!! I forgot how beautiful it is here.

We finally went out to dinner to celebrate my stepson’s birthday in the evening. Let the carb loading begin…

  • Sunday – Today I signed up to volunteer at a Trail Race. I didn’t plan to run it and I do not volunteer often enough. It took place at Thacher Park, which I love. Forecast was for heavy rain and wind… and I woke up in the middle of the night with an upset stomach.  A Big DNS.  Sorry, ARE. I promise to volunteer at a future race!!!!

Finally watched (for the first time) Spirit of the Marathon and the Fred Lebow Story.  Cried during both.

This Coming Week – Marathon Training Week 18

  • Monday – run 4 mi., dinner w/friend
  • Tuesday –  run 3 mi, mall walk w/BFF
  • Wednesday – run 2 mi.
  • Thursday – rest day, hair appt
  • Friday – rest and pack
  • Saturday – rest day, train to NYC, expo, carb load
  • Sunday – NYC Marathon!!!!!

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