TT: Hiking 2021 – Mid-Year Update

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Once the Pandemic hit in March 2020, I knew that running 30 or more races including one half marathon each month would not likely happen.

I planned to continue to run hoping that the Pandemic would end but just in case, I knew that I needed an additional goal to stay active. Since I was working from home with no travel plans, I would have extra time.

In April, I decided that in addition to running, I would visit 25 trails in my area.

Before 2020, I had NO idea how many nearby opportunities there were for hiking. I wound up enjoying my trail walks, both solo and with friends, even more than my runs.

So I made the effort to visit as many trails each week as I had time for. Both after work and on weekends. By June, I changed my goal to 50 trails and to also re-visit the ones I liked and in different seasons.

And at the end of 2020, I had visited 72 different trails!!!!

2021 began and the Pandemic continued.  And even when things started opening up and races being held, I vowed to continue my hiking adventures. No goals other than re-visit trails that I enjoyed plus discover some new ones.

So here’s a list of the NEW trails that I have visited so far in 2021:

  1. Indian Kill Preserve 
  2. Burden Pond Preserve  (2)
  3. Sanders Preserve 
  4. Plotterkill Preserve  (2)
  5. Secret Woods Preserve (Ft Lauderdale, FL) 
  6. Grafton State Park 
  7. Ooms Conservation Area
  8. Hand Hollow Conservation Area
  9. BeeBe Hill Forest Trails
  10. Cohoes Falls Trail (Waterford)
  11. Owen D. Young Nature Trails
  12. Wintergreen Park
  13. Buttermilk (Yatesville) Falls (Montgomery Cnty)
  14. Paint Mine Trail (Thacher Park)
  15. Escarpment Trail (Thacher Park)
  16. Barbersville Falls Ridge Trail (2)
  17. Barbersville Falls – Creek Trail
  18. Ferncliff Forest Fire Tower
  19. Poet’s Walk
  20. Myakka State Park (Sarasota, FL)
  21. Falling Waters Preserve
  22. Saugerties Lighthouse Trail
  23. Postenkill Gorge Trail
  24. Dionondahowa Falls
  25. Hudson Crossings Park Trails
  26. Kaaterskill Rail Trail
  27. Kaaterskill Falls (lower falls)
  28. Kaaterskill Escarpment Trail
  29. Lawson Lake Trail
  30. Indian Ladder Farms Trail
  31. The Pinnacle

GRAND TOTAL = 31

That doesn’t count the times that I have re-visited many of the trails.

You may have noticed that Hiking Sunday has been replaced by Boating Sunday.

But don’t worry. I have discovered a new love. And there are so many more places that I have not hiked yet.

And I’ll be back out there come Fall.


Since it’s Tuesday, I’m joining the link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner)


I’m also linking up here:

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

Happy Running! Any non-running goals or accomplishments in 2021? Please share.


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

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

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Happy Running! How is your running going? Any in-person races planned? Have you been experiencing summer temps where you live? Any vacations planned? Please share.

FFF: Tips for Hiking Alone

Of course when I first starting hiking, I was nervous to go alone. What if I got lost?  What if I got hurt?  Would it be boring with no one to talk to?

But I conquered my fears and now I actually enjoy it.

I am a SLOW hiker and I also love to stop and take lots of pictures.  It is so much easier when I am alone (instead of pulling up the rear in a group or listening to my hubby’s groans.)

Here’s FIVE Tips to use if you are gong to hike solo:

1.Do the Research. Read the Reviews

Like when a RD says the route is flat and it isn’t.  The same with trails.  A “easy” trail is often not.  Read what others have said about the hike.  Make sure you read in the reviews from the season that you are hiking in.  The Trails change with the weather.

an easy hike??

moderate??? No way- death defying steep slopes and river crossings!

2. Bring Your Phone and a Portable Charger.

You can call for help if you need it.  You can track your location.  You will feel safer and more relaxed. The ALLTrails app is an app that I depend on. But make sure you have back up power for your phone.

3. Save a copy of the Map on your Phone.

Even if you bring your phone, on trails, service will be spotty.  Just go to the site when you do have a connection and save the map.  If you have a printer, you can print the map at home (I do not.)  I also recommend you do the same with directions to the site.  Do not depend on your GPS connecting to a satellite to get you there or back home.

4. Wear the Right Clothes and Bring the Necessary Supplies.

Always bring water, food, a flashlight, Band-Aids. insect repellent, extra jacket and socks, etc.  If it is dry, regular trail running shoes are fine. If the terrain is rugged, hiking boots are better. Of course, if the trail is snowy or icy, micro spikes are essential. (You can put screws in your shoes instead).  For all my hikes that are not flat, I use hiking poles.

5. Relax. Take it all in. Enjoy the Experience.

In other words, if you are worried about getting lost, you will miss out on the peace and tranquility of being on the trail.  If you think you may fall, you may skip the most beautiful parts of the trail.

getting to this view was not not easy…

I was very nervous crossing that ravine on a log…

Bonus Tip: Bring your dog.

They are great company.

But make sure that your pet is healthy enough for the altitude and the distance.

a young dog with a dog pack on, staring up at its hiking companion

Happy Running! Do you hike alone? Why or why not? Do you think that you may in the future? Any other tips to share? Please share.

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So you want to hike?

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

My Friday Five topic this week is What you need to be a successful hiker

But just like running, if you don’t have the right stuff, it could be a nightmare.

  1. Shoes.

It depends on if you just walking a flat trail or climbing up a rocky one.

Until recently, I just wore my trail running shoes and they worked fine.

proud to have crossed a creek on that log

But waterproof boots are helpful when it is muddy or you have to cross water.  They also offer more support on a rocky or steep trail.

new boots, cheap poles, orange hat and swag bag

2. Support.

Your legs are going up and down. Over rocks and trees.  I usually just use I stick from a tree.  It’s the perfect height and weight for me.

getting to the top with my trusty stick

Hiking poles also work great.  I bought a cheap pair and they broke the first hike.  I did order a new pair.

3. Clothes.

Just like running, wear layers.  You will be cold at first and then warm up.

started out with gloves and a jacket…capris are my favorite since you can add socks for warmth

Wear orange or pink during hunting season.

my shirt is orange

4. Connectivity.

Always bring your cell phone.  Download the ALLTRAILS app so you can track your route. But know that you may not have cell service. So be prepared.

Download the trail map before you go!!!

5. Supplies.

Obviously you need water and a treat for the top of your climb (or end of your trek.)  Also bring toilet paper, bug spray, sunscreen, extra pair of socks, windbreaker.

snack break

You can carry everything in a light back pack.  I actually use ones I’ve gotten as swag from races (as you see in the photo above).

**6. Companions

Obviously it’s more fun to go hiking with someone else.  Make sure you all have the same expectations, ability and endurance. Otherwise it is not fun.

for my running friends, 3 miles with moderate climbs is enjoyable for everyone

I am sure that dogs make the best companions.  I have seen so many hikers with their furry friends that I get FOMO.

if you look closely, you’ll see some small dogs with colorful vests

Happy Running! Do you like to hike? Do you hike often? Any other helpful hiking tips?

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Take a Hike

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

My Friday Five topic this week is Why I Like To Hike.

By hiking, I don’t only mean climbing mountains (though they are fun too). I mean doing walking trails especially ones with a view at the end.

  1. No Pace or Distance To Worry About. 

You can go slow or fast.  Run or Walk.  You can go as far as you want and then go back to where you started.  Pretty simple.

You can do it alone or with friends. Anytime, anywhere.

2. It’s Great Exercise.

Your legs are going up and down. Over rocks and trees.  You also use your arms to help you climb or hold onto trees. It’s a workout!

3. You Get To See Nature At Its Finest.

Trees, flowers, birds, animals.  Butterflies are my favorite.

4. It’s Peaceful.

I spent quite some time on a hike just looking out. You can forget about all the problems in the world.

5. It’s FREE.

Most hiking trails are well-marked, have parking and don’t cost a thing. And there are so many to choose from.  Just download the AllTrails app and take a look.

**6. It can be Challenging.

If you are competitive, there are hiking challenges – The Fire Tower Challenge (Complete 18 in Adirondacks and 5 in Catskills) or be a 46er (climb all the high peaks in the Adirondacks).

Or climb to the top of a mountain. The feeling of reaching the top is just as gratifying as a PR.

Happy Running! Do you like to hike? Do you prefer the challenging ones or just trail walks?

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Running Update: 10.16.17-10.22.17

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Last Week: 

  • Monday – Drove to Liverpool for work. In the rain. Thought I wouldn’t get to run but the rain stopped. Boy was it cold and windy.  Wasn’t I just on our boat the previous day??

  • Tuesday – Our first hard frost. But I had to work and then drive to Buffalo. The weather was so nice after work that I had to squeeze in a quick run even though it meant arriving late at night.

20 degrees warmer than Monday and sunny

  • Wednesday – Another long work day in Buffalo but I was determined to run. And I did. Perfect weather and great scenery.

Actually it was 5 Miles including 83 steps for a view

Got in a few walks as well. Lots of interesting sites in the city. Gotta take advantage before the after work daylight ends.

  • Thursday – Another work day and then a long 5 hour drive home. Ran one time before getting in my car. This time around downtown Buffalo.

  • Friday – I thought I might get in a run after work. (Trying to front load my runs since I wouldn’t be running on the weekend and rain was predicted for everyday the following week.) But I had too much to do before my upcoming weekend away including meeting up with Julia who was visiting from Moscow.

First met Julia in 2002. And last saw her in 2009.

  • Saturday – Road trip with some tennis friends. Goal: hiking in Watkins Glen and girl time. We got lucky with perfect weather too.

No running but 6.5 miles of trails

Afterwards we ate dinner on the Seneca Lake.  And then sat by the bonfire at our hotel on the lake.

  • Sunday – Another perfect day. We took a long hike to a waterfall and afterwards ate lunch at a winery.  The trail to the waterfalls was ideal for running (sigh).

No long run today but 9 miles hiking

13 miles done.

This Week: NYC

  • Monday – off to NYC for work
  • Tuesday –  after work run in NYC?
  • Wednesday after work run in NYC?
  • Thursday after work run in NYC?
  • Friday – rest day, train home
  • Saturday – rest day
  • Sunday – 12 mile run

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Happy Running! How is your running going? What’s new with you? Ever skip a long run before a big race? Ever feel FOMO when with your non-running friends?

Please share.

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Friday Five 2.0 – Fall Activities

It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.


The topic for today is: Fall Activities

The NE is the prettiest place to live in the Fall (though I may be biased).  So here are 5 of my favorite things to do around where I live:

1. Running

Obviously this is my favorite thing to do in all seasons.  But it is even more enjoyable when it is not hot and humid and the leaves are changing colors.

2. Racing

Yes, this is running-related but I love to race in the fall because there are so many races to choose from each weekend.  Every organization is trying to squeeze in a race before winter.

3. Hiking

The cooler weather makes hiking even more enjoyable. And then there are the pretty foliage to look at…

4. Eating

Cider donuts, homemade apple pies and pumpkin-everything… Need I say more?

5. Boating

It may not be warm enough to swim in the lake but it’s still beautiful.  Love riding around, hanging out by a bonfire and grilling on one of the islands.

** 6. Apple Picking and Farm Activities

I must add these since they are the only ones specific for fall.

Happy Running! What are your favorite fall activities?

Race the Train Recap

I love to race and this one sounded interesting last year so I signed up.  It was lots of fun but the first 1 1/2 miles were very challenging (I apparently blocked out the hills during the rest of the race.)

Here is the course map.  You can see what I mean about the long early hill..

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I wasn’t sure if I was up to running it again but my friend Sue said she had signed up and also my VT friend AJH expressed an interest in running it. So you know me, it didn’t take much persuading for me to sign up as well.

The race is not nearby – about an hour 50 minutes and you have to be on time since you take the train to the race start.

I asked my friend whose house is not too far away (in Chestertown) if I could stay there and she agreed. It would be about an hour closer so I didn’t have to get up as early. But the forecast was for heavy rain and thunderstorms so I decided instead to stay home and get up early the next day.

I woke up at 4:30 to pouring rain. I seriously contemplated a DNS. But I didn’t. And I am glad that I ignored the weather forecast

It was easy to get to North Creek Railroad Station and didn’t take as long as anticipated. And the rain stopped!!! So I got there very early and parked in a parking lot next to the finish line.

It was already in the 70s and very humid when I arrived.  But I was thrilled that it was not raining…

I picked my race packet (a cotton shirt, a bib, your train ticket and a raffle ticket) and walked around waiting for Sue and AJH.

I found both of them.  Sue was working at registration so I hung around with AJH.

There were REAL restrooms in the gift shop and a lot of interesting things to read and look at.

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some of these pics are form last year (hence the bright blue sky)

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Finally everyone arrived and we lined up to get on the train.

I spotted Maureen whom I met at the Shape Half in NYC.  It was cool to see her again and catch up. (She said that she had not run since but I knew that she would be speedy anyway… and she was.)

And then we sat and waited and waited. The train was supposed to leave at 8 am but it didn’t until about 8:20 and they even had a bus for the late arrival runners.

The ride was really scenic.  It was an interesting experience taking the train to the start line of a race.

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The train ride was along the Hudson River the whole way.

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Finally we arrived at the next station – Riparius.
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getting ready to beat that train LOL

 

We walked around and finally headed to the bridge where the race would begin.

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Finally everyone got to the start. I started with AJH and Sue. The train whistle blew and off we went.

The train gave us a head start and then it took off with the friends and families of the runners.

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photo from: The Sun

The goal was to beat the train. I knew that I would not and I also knew that since I don’t train on hills, it would be not be an easy race for me. Plus I was a little nervous about my ankle (which had been painful on the previous Monday and Tuesday)

The best case scenario would a course PR (faster than 1:28:54) and maybe win an age group award again.  But my real goal was really just to finish pain-free and enjoy the run.

And that’s what I did.

The first mile and 1/2 was a STEEP uphill. First on asphalt and then on dirt. I attempted to run but decided that I would be better off walking. Everyone that was running was struggling.  So I ran a little but mostly walked.

There was someone called out times at every mile. I was hoping to get my pace to between 10 and 11 and keep it there even if I walked the hills.

That uphill eventually turned into a downhill but after that it was just rolling hills. They never ended. (How could I have forgotten them??) They weren’t steep or as long except for maybe 2 more steepish ones (The one between mile 5 and 6 was so steep. I could barely walk up it.) That meant there were only 2 more steep downhills.

But because you were running on dirt with rocks, you couldn’t take advantage of the downhills as much as you would have liked. (I always fear a face plant.)

But my walk/run strategy on the hills seemed to work.  Those running passed me on the uphill but then I passed them on the downhill. In the end, I was not as drained as they were. (Sweaty yes! It was SOOOO humid!)

The scenery was nice as you ran through the woods (and listening to the train whistle until it passed you) and toward the end, you could see the river. Eventually, you had to run through town in order to finish at the train station.

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photo from: The Sun

The good news is that my ankle never hurt. I didn’t get blisters and I never felt tired. I didn’t push myself and as a result could enjoy the race. (Of course, part of me wished I had enough endurance to run up those hills but I know my legs would have been dead by the end if I did and I didn’t want to risk straining my ankle tendon.) In hindsight, I think I could have run more and walked less.. But who knew???

I had no time goals but I estimated that I would finish around 1:30:xx and I finished at 1:28:27. I was thrilled!!

everyone got a medal!

It was a course PR!!!!

I had some food (bagels, fruit, pastries) but the highlight was chocolate milk and then I waited around for the awards while trying to be creative with my medal.

Last year I won my age group but this year I was 3rd.  (Sue was too!)  I was happy!!! It always depends on who shows up whether or not I win…

The water bottle was the award

After the awards, they gave away raffle prizes but none of us won any.

All in all, a very challenging yet fun race. I think I’ll do it again (since I’ll probably block out any memory of those hills LOL)

My HILLY Splits:

mile 1 – 10:51
mile 2 – 10:55
mile 3 – 9:06
mile 4 – 10:15
mile 5 – 10:33
mile 6 – 11:52
mile 7 – 11:13
mile 8 – 11:00
.4 – 8:03

Afterwards, I stopped to visit the friend whose house I was supposed to sleep at the previous night.  She was there with a friend and they wanted to go hiking. I decided I might as well before the DOMS set in. So we drove back to North Creek and found a hike at Gore Mountain.  We chose the shortest and easiest one –  2.1 miles to a reservoir.

We never found the reservoir but saw a lot of pretty mushrooms and waterfalls.  It was so much fun!! And we stopped on the way home for ice cream!!

A pretty perfect day – racing, hiking, ice cream – all done with friends!!

Happy Running! Ever race a train?

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Running Update: 7.17.17-7.23.17

So excited to be this week’s host of the Weekly Wrap!!

As usual, last week was busy. Take a read below:

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Last Week:

  • Monday –  If you read my previous week’s update, you know that I spent the weekend with my tennis friends at a house on the Schroon River.  Well, I convinced one of my friends to stay over Sunday night so we could go hiking the next day. The forecast was for thunderstorms but we got lucky and it didn’t rain until we were done.

While my friend was sleeping, I snuck out for coffee and an early morning run.

It was wonderful. Love the sights and sounds of the Adirondacks.

Then we decided to hike Pinnacle Point and Cat and Thomas Mountains in Bolton Landing. I had hiked them before but it was much more fun with company. It started to rain on our way down Thomas so we did not climb Cat Mountain as planned.

top = view from lunch bottom left = top of Pinnacle Pt, bottom right = top of Thomas Mt.

Afterwards, we drove into town (the rain had stopped) and had lunch overlooking Lake George before heading home.  What a fun way to spend a day off from work.

  • Tuesday –  I also took today off from work. Some of my friends and I decided to go to the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx to see the Chihuly sculptures. It was fantastic.

the sculptures were amazing and mixed throughout the gardens

a busy day that ended with an Italian dinner and pastries in Little Italy of the Bronx

  • Wednesday – Back to work on a very hot, humid day.  Alyssa and I sweated out 3.5 miles. To do something different, we decided to run through downtown Albany looking for the Nipper miniature dog statues.

we found 5 out of 20 and ended our run back on the bike path

  • Thursday – Another work day.  It was warm and humid with a threat of rain but I stayed dry during my post-work run. From the rain not the sweat!!

Not easy in this heat. Lots of walking during this one.

  • Friday – A busy work day and a scheduled rest day.  I did stop off at the gym on my way home to use the machines before I had to rush off to s farewell party for a coworker.

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  • Saturday – Today I ran the Silks and Satins 5k (for the 6th time). It was warm and humid but still a fun time.  I met up with a lot of runners that I knew and even came in 3rd in my age group.

27:37 (gun time) = course PR

Afterwards, I stopped off at the Zim Smith Trail and ran in the opposite direction from last weekend to get in some more miles before heading home.

It was cloudier than during the race but warmer. I struggled to get these miles in but rewarded myself nicely afterwards.

In the evening, one of the ladies who is running the Wineglass Half on Oct 1 organized a get-together for the runners participating. It was a fun evening.

  • Sunday – Mah jongg weekend at the Schroon River house got postponed.  (I wasn’t disappointed because I went there last weekend.) My hubby talked me into coming up to the lake.  (It didn’t take much arm twisting.)

19 miles done with 4 runs and 3 rest days

This Week:

  • Monday – 4 mile run with Alyssa
  • Tuesday – 3 mile run
  • Wednesday rest, hair appt
  • Thursday 4 mile run
  • Friday – rest, gym, mah jongg
  • Saturday – 9 mile run, boating
  • Sunday – rest, boating

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 Happy Running! How is your running going? What’s new with you? Please share.

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Monday Running Update

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Last Week:

  • Monday – Day off from work. Whoo Hoo!! But my hubby had to work so I drove up to Bolton Landing and went for a solo hike.  The weather was perfect.  Cool and Sunny. I couldn’t believe that my legs weren’t even tired as I climbed 1 mile up to the top of a mountain.

After my climb, I visited our marina and then walked around town for a while. I resisted stopping at the outlets and instead came home and made chili.  I almost went to my Turkey Trot training group run.  But the route is hilly and speed drills were scheduled.  I decided to play it safe and not overdo.  (The new me!!)

  • Tuesday – Just work with a short walk at lunch and a short run before tennis in the evening with dinner out after.

I drove to the Colonie Bike Path because it is near where I play tennis. Wardrobe fail. Tennis skirt has no pocket for phone or car key.

  • Wednesday -I met up with Barbara for a run before my STEM volunteering. (Alyssa was sick.)

It wasn’t our best effort. We were both sluggish but we got it done

STEM group is doing the Couch to 5k walk/run and they’re up to 8 minutes running/walking.

it may be week 5 – I’ve lost track but those 2 new younger runners are back and they are great

Afterward, I met my BFF for our bi-monthly mall walk.

  • Thursday – My lunch walk got rained out but the rain stopped so I was able to run after work. My legs were tired. I don’t usually run 3 days in a row, especially after a half. 

drove home to run on the rail trail – haven’t run there in a while

I was supposed to go out with a friend but decided to stay home for a change. I never watch TV but since the hubby was out playing tennis, I watched one episode of This is Us (anyone watch this new show?) and Grey’s Anatomy.

  • Friday – A well needed rest day but at least I walked my usual path at lunch. The weather has turned cooler but it was sunny. (It was in the 30s in the am!!)

  • Saturday – I ran one of my favorite 10k races.  I had a course PR on a very chilly morning.

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walked up the hills the 2nd half so had to settle for 57:22 (my 2nd best 10K)

After the race, I drove up to our marina and we spent a perfect last day on the lake.

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we had a picnic on one of the islands with some friends

  • Sunday – I spectated at a Duathlon.  I do it every year to watch AJH.

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While AJH does the bike leg, I always do the run course which is 2 miles.

18.2 miles done with 4 runs and 3 rest days.

This Week:

  • Monday –  Turkey Trot Training group run (4 miles)
  • Tuesday – rest, tennis
  • Wednesday5 mile run with friends+ volunteering with STEM group
  • Thursday – 3 mile run
  • Friday – rest
  • Saturday – Day at Ellms Family Farm with mentee & 2 kids, 5K race (at 5 pm)
  • Sunday – College reunion lunch in NYC and Broadway show with tennis friends
Once again, I am linking up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by these wonderful bloggers Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin. See rules here.
http://hohoruns.blogspot.com

Happy Running! How is your running going? Any races?

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